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10 Cherry Desserts Worth Traveling For

June and July are peak cherry-picking season, and though snacking on a bowl of cherries is a (healthy!) treat by itself, it's hard to resist a dessert featuring the sweet fruit. Here are 10 cherry desserts worth traveling for year-round.

1. GRAND TRAVERSE CHERRY CRUMB PIE // GRAND TRAVERSE PIE COMPANY // TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN

Michigan grows several varietals of cherries, and Michiganders love cherries so much the Lower Peninsula hosts the National Cherry Festival, in Traverse City, every summer. Mike and Denise Busley take advantage of the vast cherry supply in their state by making cherry pies at their bakery, Grand Traverse Pie Company. Their Grand Traverse Cherry Crumb, the signature pie of the festival (one chef Mario Batali has referred to as “a religious experience”) is made with tart Montmorency cherries. The bakery, which has more than a dozen locations across the state, also makes a natural cherry pie, adding no additional sugar; cherry berry (a blend of cherries and raspberries); and a cherry pie coated with ganache.

2. TOM’S CHEERY CHERRY CHERRY BERRY PIE // SWEETIE-LICIOUS // DEWITT, MICHIGAN

Another Michigan standout is Sweetie-licious. Linda Hundt’s pies have won first place at Crisco’s national pie competition, Food Network’s Amazing Pie Challenge, Michigan Live’s best pie in the state, and many other awards. Hundt named her signature pie, Tom’s Cheery Cherry Cherry Berry, after her brother-in-law because he loved the cherry pies she made for him. The pie contains Montmorency cherries, dried Michigan cherries, and blueberries, and can be found at three locations across Dewitt and Grand Rapids.

3. CERISES JUBILÉ // ANTOINE’S RESTAURANT // NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Setting cherries on fire—why not? As the story goes, renowned French chef Georges Auguste Escoffier created the flammable dish for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. The dish, widely known as Cherries Jubilee, takes cherries coated with sugar and brandy, and sets them ablaze tableside. In NOLA, Antoine Alciatore’s French-Creole institution takes Escoffier’s method but pours the brandied cherry mixture over ice cream. You can also find other flambeés in addition to Cherries Jubilee at Cyrano’s Café in St. Louis.

4. CHERRY KRIEK // STRANGE CRAFT BEER COMPANY // DENVER

Beer isn’t quite dessert, but Strange’s cherry beer has been described as “cherry pie in a glass,” so it belongs on this list. Though this beer contains Montmorency cherries, it’s not a sour beer, but a Belgian Dark Wheat Ale. Low in bitterness and with a foamy red head, this beer pairs well with chocolate, and it’s so good, it won the 2014 World Beer Cup in the fruit beer category. Get the beer on tap at Strange's Denver taproom.

5. CHERRY CRISP // MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE // SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

Mastro's Steakhouse has locations in Scottsdale (the original), Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, and all across California. Some diners say their signature warm butter cake is the restaurant’s best dessert, but their cherry crisp, which is on the menu at all 14 locations, gets high marks, too. Cherries are covered in a brown sugar-pecan crust and served with ice cream and a sprig of mint.

6. CHERRY BENJAMIN // BRYANT’S COCKTAIL LOUNGE // MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge—which has been opened for almost 80 years—is the oldest cocktail bar in Milwaukee. In 2012, Esquire named it one of the best bars in America. Its old school ethos translates into their drink menu. The Cherry Benjamin mixes ginger liqueur, cherry syrup, and cognac with vanilla ice cream (and whipped cream and a cherry on top), generating a boozy and dessert drink.

7. CHERRY SMASH SUNDAE // CHERRY SMASH ICE CREAM PARLOUR // CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA

The throwback ice cream parlor concocts the Cherry Smash, a rich sundae that the New Times Broward Palm Beach describes as “not to be missed.” Purple Haze ice cream (chocolate, cherry, raspberry) gets scooped into a gold goblet. “Hidden inside are chocolate-covered maraschino cherry candies that need to be unwrapped for consumption,” and then the ice cream is topped with walnuts, black cherry sauce, and hot fudge. In fact, all of their sundaes are elaborate and sweet-tooth worthy.

8. WILD CHERRY PHOSPHATE // THE ICE CREAM BAR // SAN FRANCISCO

Phosphates are an old-time soda fountain drink made with a syrup, acid phosphate, and soda water. San Francisco’s 1930s-themed The Ice Cream Bar makes a wild cherry one with housemade cherry syrup and wild cherry bark tincture. The result is a dark-as-blood red drink with a fizzy head. Besides the wild cherry phosphate, they also serve the L-O-L-A float: Cole St. Cola syrup (which is made with 15 botanicals), cherry syrup, black Morello cherry, and crème fraîche ice creams also containing acid phosphate and soda.

9. CHERRY ICE CREAMS // BONNIE BRAE ICE CREAM // DENVER

Rated one of the best ice cream shops in the Mile High City, Bonnie Brae apparently loves their cherry ice creams. They rotate numerous kinds of cherry-infused flavors: cherry vanilla, cherry rum raisin, cherry mash, cherry cheesecake, cherry sherbet, and pineapple cherry cake.

10. CHERRY PIE // CROUSE CAFE // INDIANOLA, IOWA

Iowa is known for its cherry pie, and that is the specialty at Indianola's Crouse Cafe. This succulent cherry pie is housed in a tender flaky crust that Crouse's claims their diners call the best crust in the world. If that doesn't sell you, The Des Moines Register once listed Crouse Cafe's cherry pie one its "100 Things to Eat in Iowa Before Die."

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Depending on the size of your household, your grocery bill can sometimes outpace utility costs or other expenses, making it one of the biggest monthly expenditures in your budget. If you've spent that money on organic, fresh produce, watching it go bad faster than it should can be a frustrating experience.

If your lettuce is getting icy or your meat is smelling a little fishy, the problem might be your refrigerator's temperature setting. While many newer fridge models have digital thermometers that make checking for the correct temperature easy—it should be right around 37°F, with your freezer at 0°F—others have a manual dial that offers ambiguous settings numbered from one to five or one to 10.

Fortunately, there's an easy way to make the knob match your ideal climate. Refrigerator thermometers are available at home goods stores or online and provide a digital readout of the refrigerator's interior that's usually accurate within 1°F. Leave the thermometer on the middle shelf to get the correct reading.

Once you have the appliance set, be sure to check it periodically to make sure it's maintaining that temperature. Packing too much food on your shelves, for example, tends to make the interior warmer. If the coils need to be cleaned, it might be retaining more heat. Kept at a steady 37°F, your food should remain fresh, safe, and perfectly cold.

 

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Voodoo Doughnut, the beloved Portland purveyor of creative pastries, is finally coming to the East Coast. The company is opening a shop at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, according to Travel + Leisure.

The original Voodoo Doughnut opened in Portland, Oregon in 2003. An early adopter of the maple-bacon dessert trend, it became famous for its Maple Bacon Bar and has since added doughnuts that incorporate other quirky flavors like bubble gum dust, Tang, and Fruit Loops. (At one point, the company sold doughnuts glazed with NyQuil, as well as one called a Vanilla Pepto Crushed Tums doughnut, but both of those have been discontinued by order of the health department.) Several of its unique flavors have also been turned into beers by the Oregon-based Rogue Ale.

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The popular Portland location usually features a line out the door and down the block, and the company now has outposts in Eugene, Denver, Austin, and Los Angeles. It has such a cult following that the stores will not just provide doughnuts for your wedding—they will host the ceremony. Now, East Coast doughnut lovers will be able to get in on the action, too.

The Universal Orlando CityWalk store has opened already, but it’s still in preview mode, meaning the hours can vary, and there's no guarantee it will be open every day. When it officially opens later this spring, it will be serving up more than 50 types of doughnuts seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight, and until 1 a.m. on weekends.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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