Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes has expanded their Woodward location in the Park Shelton building just north of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Visit when you are not in a hurry. Only two crêpes are prepared at a time, but they are definitely worth the wait. Recently we enjoyed the Savory Crepe “Sarah” with chèvre cheese, red pepper, mushrooms, spinach and balsamic vinaigrette and for dessert the “Libby”, a sweet crêpe made with peaches, cream cheese and brown sugar named after a very wonderful friend of ours!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Want to learn how to do magic? Need a cartoon entertainer? Free magic classes are taught every Saturday, at noon for beginners and 3:00 PM for advanced classes at the ABC Magic Shop. Visit and see hundreds of magic items, from card tricks, money magic, juggling and more. It is fun to talk to the magicians as they always have something up their sleeves.
Friday, January 28, 2011
The tag line for the Michigan Brewing Company is “
Great Lakes, Great Times and Great Beers.” Need we say more? The location in Webberville has a brewery pub open seven days a week, a retail store and they offer classes. As far as beers brewed, Michigan Brewing Co. features BADASS (which has rumored to increase in popularity due to a Kid Rock influence) and the Celis beer (which reflects the authenticity and natural flavors that were first used by Pierre Celis in Belgium six decades ago) and of course the MBC Beer.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
There is a hilarious improv theatre in Ferndale called Go Comedy where we laughed our heads off recently. The audience fills out cards prior to the show, and bits and pieces are used through out the performance along with voluntary performers from the crowd. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Housed in a beautiful Art Deco building a stone's throw from Comerica Park in Detroit is the Music Hall and Jazz Café. It was originally known as the Wilson Theatre in 1928 because Mathilda Dodge Wilson donated the funds to have it built. Ain't Misbehavin' is on deck for January 30th and Argentine Tango is coming in February 5th with several other events are on their calendar as well. Their café offers complimentary hors d'oeuvres during their happy hour 5-7pm on weekdays.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Red Pepper Deli in Northville on Main Street! We super enjoyed our experience there this past weekend. Opened by passionate food lover Carolyn Simon in 2008, the darling little eatery is dedicated to the promotion of healthy living and creating community.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Safie Pickles in Chesterfield. They have been canning veggies for over 75 years and can be found in specialty markets in Macomb County like Vince and Joe's, Pete and Frank's, Nino Salvaggio's and Randazzo's. On display you can also see pickled asparagus, beets, beans and peppercini peppers. They are dedicated to "growing local" and using only the freshest ingredients. You won't find them using preservatives at Safie's. Their 14,000 square foot packing facility is off Gratiot just north of 21 Mile Rd. Chowing down the bread and butter chips and the dill spears right now, we give them two pickles up!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
John K King Used and Rare Books in Detroit. Established in 1965, John has over 1,000,000 books in stock. No tour of our city is complete without a stop here. The historical building which houses his collection used to be the Advanced Glove Factory. Behind it stand the former Otis Elevator building which also was taken over by the bookstore and houses his offices and the rare book room in which Richard Gere was filmed for the movie The Double coming out later this year.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Anita's Kitchen in Fabulous Ferndale on Woodward just south of 9 Mile. The place is so popular that they even enclose their outdoor patio and still fill every table! Friday night, our waiter Brenton was very attentive and personal. This is Lebanese food at its best--think healthy Mediterranean with olive oil, garlic and flavored with lemons.
Stuffed grape leaves anyone?
Stuffed grape leaves anyone?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
With a feel of Cashmere yet warmer than sheeps' wool, everyone is getting on the bandwagon for alpaca natural woven winter wear in Michigan. We found the Trickle Creek Alpaca Ranch goods at the Royal Oak Farmers' Market, but you can also buy their lovely products on line. Check out their hats, socks, scarves, sweaters and gloves. The alpaca ranch is located in Tustin, in between Reed City and Cadillac where owners Terry and Nancy McCreery welcome visitors.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Great Lakes Sports City Arena with its five ice rinks in Fraser is home to our Michigan Sled Dogs where they played in the Tournament January 8-9. The teams consists of male and female athletes with various disabilities such as spinal cord, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, amputees, etc. Players' ages range from 8 to their mid-forties. Competing against the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins here, they are exciting to watch! Of the 4 games they played, the Sled Dogs won 3 and tied 1.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
The First United Methodist Church in Battle Creek was packed one day back in 1960 when Martin Luther King Jr spoke from their pulpit. The image of John Wesley above, the 18th century minister and founder of Methodism and an early proponent for slaves' rights, radiates over the sanctuary. This beautiful worship structure dates back to 1908 and has national historic designation. When we visited here, we were impressed how they have harmoniously blended in the old with the new.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Longway Planetarium in Flint is the largest in the state. Built in 1958 for $600,000, it went through a huge remodel recently in which they also purchased the new digistar 2 projector (which alone cost more than what the whole building did in '58). Adults and kids alike delight watching the night time sky and laser shows. This is where you come to see three dimensional sky images and find out what ever happened to Pluto.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Did you know the Garden Bowl is the oldest active bowling center in the US? It is located in Detroit on Woodward near the Medical Center in the Majestic Theatre complex. The home of "Rock n' Bowl", it's fun to try and bowl in a glow-in-the-dark ambiance or while experiencing disco flashing lights. They have an hourly charge per lane at the Garden Bowl. Monday night specials are $4 per hour! You can't beat that. Bowling, burgers and brewskis, a perfect winter time activity.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sassy Sunflower in contrast to the deep snows that surround it. You can't help but smile when passing by and inside is just as cheerful as the exterior. A profusion of original artwork by local artist Amy Perrier line the walls. She takes old window frames, fixes them up and paints some glorious "reverse" scenes from the back. The outcome is stunning. Turns out, store owner Becky Folker is Amy's sister. Cute.
Monday, January 10, 2011
The best source for yarn and knitting supplies in Ann Arbor is Knit A Round in the Traver Village Shopping Center. It will be celebrating its 11th anniversary in May. Suzie is wearing a handknit pair of socks as she is typing this purchased by her sister Jan from Knit A Round and knitted for her as a Christmas present. Life doesn't get any better than this. There are lots of books and knowledgeable personnel to help you out in your knitting projects.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Flint Institute of Arts, founded in 1928, is a museum full of little gems tucked away in the city's 30-acre cultural center. It is currently showing an exhibition of Picasso prints. Last year, there was a fabulous display of 160 pieces of glasswork by Lino Tagliapietra, the Venetian maestro of glassblowing. Lino, 76 years old, came from Italy for the party which kicked off the event and gave a lecture on glassblowing. How special is that? Located one hour north of Detroit, the FIA is a special place to visit with lots of art to discover.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Le Petit Prince in Birmingham has been providing mouth-watering French pastries more than 25 years. Since the 70's, it has been run by the Didierjeans from southern France. For the January 6th celebration they have been busy making various sizes of King's Cake or Galettes des Rois in honor of the Wise Men who visited Jesus in Bethlehem. Each cake has a surprise in it, some little token. Whoever gets the piece with that charm in it is king for the day, hence the crown.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Dragonmead is a very unassuming pub in Warren that makes totally outstanding beers. We went there last night (Monday) and it was difficult to find a parking spot at 8:30pm. The three male beer aficionados in our group ordered sampler trays and raved endlessly about the taste, the depth and the the variety! They have over 40 different beers on tap and all the awards on the walls to go with them. Weekends feature live entertainment. Three cheers for the complimentary baskets of pretzels and yummy mustard. They offer typical pub food but, what the hey, they let you bring in your own pizza, sandwiches or whatever! We ordered the sausage tray and it was a peppery delight.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
If you have an early morning flight at Detroit Metro Airport, many people option to spend the evening at the Westin Hotel. It is an amazingly beautiful and refreshing part of the McNamara Terminal with over 400 rooms, spa options, indoor pool, wifi, workout area and a very nice Asian-themed restaurant called Dema's. The hotel features comfy Heavenly beds and plenty of banquet space to hold events in a unique venue.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
The Whaley House in Flint is an 1885 victorian home that has been renovated, decorated for Christmas and is open for its last holiday tours today on January 1st from 1-4pm. Students from Mott Community College have created several gingerbread houses. Mr Whaley was the president of Citizens Bank. He gave the first loan of $2000 to Durant and Dort who went on to form General Motors. The unique venue is fully furnished and can be rented out for various functions, like pinochle clubs, weddings, cocktail parties, special dinners, etc. It is located just down the street from the cultural center which holds the Flint Institute of Arts, the Longway Planetarium, the Whiting Auditorium and the Sloane Museum.