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Cherry Wheat!


Oh how we love sipping on a little Sam Adams Cherry Wheat on tap when we go back to Michigan in the summer! If you are lucky, they’ll put a maraschino cherry or two in the bottom of the glass, too.

018You are probably surprised that I’m drinking a mass-produced beer like Sam Adams. Additionally, it’s not local. And when I’m vacation, I do like to drink local beers. Still, we never find this glorious, glorious beer on tap in Minnesota. So that got us to thinking…


We find Cherry Wheat on tap many places where we dine in Mid-Michigan. Hmm…

Then, we picked up a six-pack of the to sip on while out on the lake later that week. And we read this on the bottle neck:

Cherry Wheat

So THAT’S why. Using Michigan cherries has to be the reason it is distributed widely in Michigan. Oh, if only, they’d send those kegs just a little bit further west to us… I often forget about buying it in the bottle at home. But tap is so much better anyway.

One of the places where I nearly always order a Cherry Wheat is at the Riverwalk in Gladwin. The Riverwalk is a bit of a higher-end restaurant for the town. And it’s also one of the few places in Gladwin that has an online presence and posts their menu.

One menu that surprised me this year was their Under 500 Calorie Menu!

Riverwalk under 500

While I do appreciate menus like this in any restaurant, I didn’t order from it the duration of the trip. I guess I was just in the mood for other items. And it seemed that the Riverwalk Salad that I loved so dearly in the past was no longer on the menu! {Cue sad face.} But I do like that there is a map of Michigan next to the items that are considered “Pure Michigan.”


There were some new apps on the menu that intrigued us this year. As Rob is a fan of onion rings, he ordered the Onion Tower:

ONION RING TOWER $8.99 A tower of Beer Battered, Hand Cut Onion Rings served with Signature Sauce.

A tower of Beer Battered, Hand Cut Onion Rings served with Signature Sauce

No, no no. Nine dollars for seven mediocre onion rings is even an abomination in Mpls-St. Paul, where prices tend to be higher. These should have been a TOWER or an The Best Onion Rings Ever. This wasn’t the case. No way would he ever order these again. But we did find an app that we loved:

PRETZEL POPPERS $6.99 Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Pretzel Bites served with Signature Sauce.

Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Pretzel Bites served with Signature Sauce

These are genius! This is actually what they should be serving at baseball games {if they aren’t already}! That way, people aren’t trying to juggle their containers of pretzels with cheese sauce and their beers beer while making their way across laps to their seats. When we brought Rob’s parents back to the Riverwalk, we had to get them an order. The dipping sauce is really good, too, but unnecessary. These bites are perfection by themselves.

I’ve never ever seen Rob order potato soup in my life; but he did at lunch and loved it:

Whats the soup of the day joke SOUP DU JOUR CUP $2.99

SOUP DU JOUR (cup) – $2.99

“Soup du Jour” always reminds me of this clip from Dumb and Dumber:

Oh how hard it is to watch that after watching marathons of Newsroom starring Jeff Daniels!

Anyway, there was a special one day and it sounded like it’d hit the spot:


Buffalo Chicken Caesar Pizza

This pizza/flatbread {they may have called it a flatbread} was near perfect. The cucumbers, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese with the Caesar dressing and hot sauce just made a great combination. The crust was good, too. The only downfall about this pizza is that reheating is difficult with that romaine lettuce. But is there really a way around that? If you have never had anything like this, I’d highly suggest you attempt to make a version. Biz, do you want to give it a go?! I think it’d be up your alley!

And of course, the Pretzel Burger that won my heart over during last year’s visit is always a satisfying option at the Riverwalk.

Jumping back to the title of this post, I’d say that in some ways Cherry Wheat = Summer for me. Maybe because I’m only drink it on vacation… 😉

Is there a beer or beverage that = summer for you?

What is your favorite one-bite food?


Couch to 5k – Week 5


Okay, so we’re picking up the pace this week!

During the first four weeks of my Couch to 5k program, I would follow the same run-walk intervals for all three days of the week. You can check those out here:

That was NOT the case this week. Each day of the week, my running time increased.

Couch to 5k – Week 5

Day 1 – Tuesday

  • 5 min warm-up
  • Run 5 min
  • Walk 2 min
  • Run 4 min
  • Walk 2 min
  • Run 5 min
  • Walk 2 min
  • Run 4 min
  • 5 min cool down

Day 2 – Thursday

  • 5 min warm-up
  • Run 6 min
  • Walk 1 min
  • Run 4 min
  • Walk 1 min
  • Run 6 min
  • 5 min cool down

Day 3 – Saturday

  • 5 min warm-up
  • Run 7 min
  • Walk 2 min
  • Run 5 min
  • Walk 2 min
  • Run 7 min
  • 5 min cool down

Do you see what I mean?

The thing is, the running portions of these intervals were very difficult. But they also felt great. It’s just as hard for me as it was the first time around. But this past week felt different to me than it has felt the previous four weeks. Why?

During the first few weeks, I was still feeling like I was coming back from my back surgery, like I had to be careful. I felt stiff. Fragile. But now the difficulty feels normal. Does that make sense? I’m still slow… definitely slower than when I ran my first 5k. But it feels challenging in a way that is supposed to feel.

Does that make any sense at all?

What’s more? The weather has been so beautiful to run outside! I’m taking advantage of every summer day that I can.

In any case, I completed Week 5.

How you are making the most of your last few weeks of summer?


Dog Days of Summer


When Labor Day comes around, doesn’t it feel like the end of summer?

Here are some summer memories with our dogs over the past few years…

Off on Vacay!


Benny’s turn…

A fave photo of Benny – he loves the lake…

He also loves fishing…

Here’s Benny on the paddle boat before Rob casts the line…

And here’s after… Yup, he jumped in the water after the lure!

Sophie likes to chase the bobber, too…

…and sometimes surf, too! Surfin’ Sophie!

…but it’s always nice to rest, too.

And the sun sets on summer: 2011 Labor Day weekend sunset on Pratt Lake in Gladwin, Michigan

When signifies the end of summer end for you?


The Wine Chiller


One of my favorite and most popular wine accessory items is on special this month!

Here’s why people love it:

  • It chills wine fast – If you come home and had a hard day at work or someone pops over unexpectedly, just remove your bottle of wine from your wine rack, take the chiller out of the freezer {it lays flat, so you just keep it in there} and slide it on the bottle. In less than ten minutes, your wine will be chilled.
  • It’ll keep your wine chilled for up to 3 hoursWho takes that long to finish a bottle?! 😉 It’s great when you are out on the deck in the summer, out on the boat or camping. No need to mess with an ice bucket!
  • It’s perfect for both red and white wine drinkers – There’s a misconception that red wine should be served room temperature or warm. WRONG! It should be more like cellar temperature – the temperature of a cool basement. If you’ve got a red wine at room temp, put on the wine chiller for just a couple of minutes to bring it down a bit.
  • It’s a great gift – It’s perfect for someone who you know loves wine, but you aren’t quite sure what kind of wine they like.
  • There are other uses – You’ll want to get more than one! Someone will steal one as a ice pack for their lunch. {One husband did when he went hunting!} You might use it you hurt your back. Kids love them for to soothe their owies. You can even use it for your head the next day if you had a little too much wine the night before.

The Tasting Special in June:

This wine chiller is normally $15.98. However, guests at June tastings can get it for only $5 when they purchase any six bottles of wine from The Traveling Vineyard.

This is one of the most popular accessory items at my Wine Tasting events, even when it’s not on special!

If you are in the Twin Cities metro area, visit my website to book a June tasting.

If you have one of these Wine Chillers, what do you love about it?