Leave it to me, an ardent fan of the Rat Pack, to not keep up with modern music, and is “Rap” considered music. We were going to try a recently opened restaurant the other night, but they were closed. Since we were out, my Bride suggested Rocky’s of Northville, a time honored place, off of the beaten path. The restaurant has that rustic charm from the outside of somewhere in Northern Michigan, and certainly not in a suburb of Detroit. When we were dating, we used to go there quite often, as it was near one of the satellite offices of the company that she worked for, when we met. It still has its charm and yes, the stuffed and mounted Kodiak bear is still front and center when one enters the establishment. In fact there were a couple of young girls posing in front of the bear, and their Mother informed me, that she has to take a picture of the three of them every time they have dinner there.
Our hostess led us to our table for dinner, actually a huge booth for the two of us, so we sat in the middle of the booth, like a couple of teenagers. We started off our dinner with a couple of bowls of hot and spicy Black Bean soup with some house made bread. My Bride had the Fruit de Mer, a big bowl of Sea Scallops, Atlantic salmon, Gulf Shrimp and Mussels on Fettuccini with a white wine, garlic and tomato sauce. I had the Roast Long Island Duckling with braised red cabbage, baked Spatzle and a Cranberry-Orange relish. Afterwards, even though we really didn’t have room, we shared a Trio of Desserts, which was Bread Pudding, a miniature hot fudge cream puff and a cup of Coconut Crème Brulee. I felt like we were waddling out after dinner.
Most of you will probably be saying to yourself, “oh, he had duck, so that means he ordered Pinot Noir.” The truth be told that it was an unseasonably warm day, and when I looked at the wine carte, even before I looked at the menu, I saw a wine that caught my eye that sounded interesting. They had a sparkling rose wine and that just sounded refreshing from the heat of the day. I had not heard of the wine, or maybe I just did not pay that much attention, but we enjoyed a bottle of Luc Belaire Rare Rose Sparkling NV. When the bottle arrived, I looked at it, and there was no indication of where it was from, other then being a product of France, and then we got a chance to watch our waiter, who must have been new, trying to uncork a bottle of sparkling wine. It turns out that the wine is from the South of France, and is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. The wine was delightful on that summer evening. In case you were wondering why I would open my article discussing music of the Rat Pack, it turns out that Luc Belaire Rare Rose Sparkling wine is very trendy, as it is being endorsed by a rapper named Rick Ross. I guess it is a good business decision on their part, as I only remember Frank Sinatra shilling for Jack Daniels and Budweiser back in the day.