Another fine week it has been!!! And, continues today as Niki and I celebrate Pico’s 11th birthday with our favorite boy. Tom and I drove to Indianapolis 10 years ago to pick him up from his foster home after being rescued from a puppy mill. HALO, the Havanese rescue organization goes to dog auctions, mostly attended by buyers for pet stores, and purchases as many litters and breeding dogs as possible for adoption. Pico, formally known as Pete, was one of the lucky guys to get a better lease on life after a tough start at such. I remember the first time seeing him romping with 10 other, already spoken for pups, and letting Niki, who traveled with us on our day long journey, down with them all. We had already chosen Pico via on-line photos and he bonded with us immediately. It took he and the Niki-girl a few days but then all was good. They are best buds. We all know how lucky the 3 of us are to have each other. Dogs are awesome. As are horses. P and Z rock too.
Pico and Niki with their “Birthday Cookies.”
The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday run at Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky. Also know as “Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses the winning horse is adorned with or, “The Most 2 Exciting Minutes in Sports.” It is a 1.25 mile race for 3 year old thoroughbred horses. The first race was held in 1875 with attendance of 10,000. Over 150,000 are expected this year. It is the first leg of the Triple Crown with the Preakness and Belmont Stakes following. Geldings carry 126 pounds and Fillies 121 pounds. The fastest horse ever was Secretariat who won in 1973 with a time of 1 minute 59 2/5 seconds. The TV’s will be on for the race and Mint Juleps flowing!
And, Mother’s day on Sunday has promises of glorious weather. We’ve got some great specials including An Oscar Scramble with Jumbo Crab, Asparagus, Spinach and Gruyere Cheese scrambled with Michigan Organic Brown Eggs and a Drizzle of Hollandaise; Belgian Waffle Sundae with Strawberries, Banana, Whipped Cream and Michigan Maple Syrup; or a Belgian Waffle topped with Buttermilk Fried Chicken Strips and Sriacha Honey and a Beautiful Spinach Salad Tossed with Strawberries, Pistachios, Oranges, Toasted Coconut and Citrus Vinaigrette. Regular menu items are available too. We’re open 11-5 and have walk-in seating available at this time. Honor Mom’s contribution to your life and pay tribute to her with a gift certificate or visit to the Bistro.
My love and appreciation goes out to my Mom, Marj Smith, who shaped me into the person I am today through her nurturing and guidance. I strive to make you proud every day by following your examples of kindness, patience, honesty and tenacity.
“I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations.” Genesis 17:16
WHAT’S COOKING AT THE BISTRO?
Finally, Board Features are outstanding as usual! The first of the season Soft Shell Crabs are Presented over Ginger Brown Rice and Asian Style Slaw; Walleye is Basil Crusted and Accompanied with Parmesan Polenta and Skinny Green Beans; Roasted, Sliced Orange and Rosemary Marinated Pork Tenderloin Accompanied with a Sweet Potato Pie and Natural Jus and lastly Lake Trout Topped with Grilled Lemons over a Bed of Roasted Redskins and Broccolini & a Drizzle of Chive Oil. But wait, there’s two drinks also: Sangria Blanca & “The Mexican Pineapple:” Grilled Pineapple Infused Mezcal Tequila & Pineapple Juice Served in a Salt Rimmed Glass.
As Always, “Have a Million Dollar Day!”
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