The Best Of Everything
around the stage. There are no bad
"At the Common Grill, Gloria and I
started with an appetizer, broiled
Dungeness crab cakes with red chili
mayo. They were as good or better
than Muer used to make (present ones
do not equal those of years ago.) Next
had the Tuscan pear and
American space programs.
the hotel concierge said was
ISA 'N DATA ...
salad with herb-balsamic
Over the years, many people ques-
the finest Chinese restaurant
Meaning of the
came with the basket
tioned Armstrong as to what the
word sandwich ... is
of bread, which was the famous Muer
The worse Peking Ducks
"a slice of bread
pizza bread, just as good as that of old.
meant, but Armstrong always just
they have ever had!
with meat, cheese, fish or
"Gloria ordered the Macadamia nut-
NO MORE HONEY
other mixtures and covered
whitefish. I, like a fool in
On July 5, 1995, in Tampa, Fla.,
TREE of Farmington Hills at
with another slice of bread."
while answering questions following a
the 14 Mile and Orchard
So then what do you call a
since we don't
speech, a reporter brought up the 26-
Lake Road location in about
"sandwich" without any
year-old question to Armstrong. This
three or four months ... Lease
time, he responded.
hasn't been renewed by the
Ron Asmar, owner of
Local Columnist mall owner, so Honey Tree of
Mr. Gorsky had died, so Neil
Vineyards on Northwestern
"Since it was Gloria's birthday, they
felt he could answer the
Farmington Hills will move
Highway in Farmington Hills,
her a complimentary dessert of
to another site ... Same may happen to
made some of his no bread "sandwich-
off the menu. She chose
In 1938, when a kid in a small
Anita's Kitchen because the new ten-
es" on Channel 2 TV recently ...
creme brulee of
Midwest town, Armstrong was playing
ant, said to be Bahama Breeze, needs
preparing two flat wedges of lettuce
and raspberry, which
baseball with a friend in the backyard.
with the ingredients in between ... Also both spaces ... which are next to each
was magnificent and enough for me to
some rolled in Romaine.
in his neighbor's yard by the bedroom
BOOK SIGNING by Ethel Wasser,
One of them that he made is called
A LOOK BACK On Spots of
local author of Baboon Man, What's A
"Sprouts of the World," a veggie con-
Depart. ... There was some-
Armstrong's neighbors were Mr. and
Mother To Do? is Wednesday, Sept. 17,
coction of cream cheese, cucumbers,
about Jim's Garage
at the new Southfield Library on
olives, baby spinach and tomato
As he leaned down to pick up the
Evergreen Books can be gotten from
between two pieces of lettuce.
something that made it eminently like-
Another is the "Mel
Gibson" from Vineyards' Stars
No, it wasn't all the automobile
of Hollywood collection ...
paraphernalia that did the trick ...
with grilled chicken, blue
although it was hard to understand
cheese, tomato and light
how Jim Constand managed to jam so
ranch dressing rolled in
much local color into one place with-
out it being given a "cute" connota-
A studio favorite ... and big
seller at Vineyards was its
The food was good, and sometimes
"Lox, Stock and No Bagel"
even better than that ... amid an ami-
with Nova lox, cream cheese,
able, peaceful and enjoyable atmos-
Bermuda onion and tomato
between two pieces of iceberg
Waiters and waitresses at Jim's
Garage wore white mechanics' jackets
Asmar hasn't eaten bread
with auto emblems of one sort or
since February of 1998 ... and A corned beef and a turkey breadless "sandwich" from Vineyards
another affixed to them ... which
has taken off more than 50
seemed a comfortable and reasonably
pounds on the Atkins diet-
stylish solution to the what-to-wear
ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs.
2-3:30 p.m. in the History Room.
style of low carbohydrates.
Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky.
TRUE STORY DEPT. ... from Dr.
There are about 84 no-bread "sand-
The room was jammed with memo-
"Party! You want a party?! You'll get
Marshall Shapiro ... On July 20, 1969,
wiches" (for want of a better name) on
... hood ornaments, antique
a party when the kid next door walks
as commander of the Apollo 11 lunar
the Vineyards menu, including corned
wooden trucks and cars stashed high
on the moon!"
module, Neil Armstrong was the first
beef, turkey, pastrami, etc.
on one wall, old gas pumps ... People
MAIL DEPT ... From public rela-
I had a turkey with Russian dressing
up to eat lunch here ... a funny
tions sage Robert Moreillon ... "Gloria
His first words after stepping on the
and tomato between lettuce and was
to the waiting-in-line-for-gas
and I went to the Common Grill in
moon, "That's one small step for man,
amazed at the breadless wonder's sim-
of the time.
one giant leap for mankind," were tele- Chelsea for dinner. Everything we had
most enchanting objects
was excellent. Craig Common wasn't
vised to Earth and heard by millions.
REMINISCING DEPT ... By Leo
were the ceiling fans ...
in, but I left my card to say hello. I
But just before he re-entered the
Knight ... About the visit to China by
worked with him when he was execu-
spacecraft, he made the enigmatic
he and wife, Sue, 12 years ago ... Both
tive chef for Chuck Muer's tavern divi-
remark, "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky."
love Peking Duck and couldn't wait to
sion, as you remember, I'm sure.
Many people at NASA thought it
have the "authentic" dish in its country
"We had gone to Chelsea, about 12
was a casual remark concerning some
designed Singer sewing machine bases
west of Ann Arbor on 1-94, and
rival Soviet cosmonaut.
They've had Peking Duck at many
once upon a time.
to Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theatre,
However, upon checking, there was
places ... and to this day still remember
Best of all, the fans were turned by
only eight rows total in a semi-circle
no Gorsky in either the Russian or
an unforgettable experience ... at what
Vineyards creates no-bread deli 'Sandwiches."