Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Detroit Beer Company downtown. It's a slightly sweet stout with a hint of chocolate, but distinctly Detroit!
Monday, February 27, 2012
Don's of Traverse City in Novi. The original in Traverse City--Don's Drive-In-- dates back to 1958. This one is very similar with very delicious handspun shakes made with real fruit and wonderful juicy hamburgers with homecut fries. Children are served their meals in a darling 1950's style cardboard box car. The décor is totally unique with large booths or stools at the old-fashioned counter. It's location is n Grand River near Wixom Rd--just 2 minutes from I-96.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Clarkston Union Bar and Kitchen down the street from the Clarkston Woodshop, Michigan's 2011 restaurant of the year. They are affiliated--as they have the same owners--but with different chefs. It's noisy inside due to its high ceiling, but in the summertime, you can grab a quiet table outside. It is quite interesting that this building, which dates back to the 1840's and began as the First Baptist Church, was preserved and refitted for a new use. The food is excellent.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Metro Detroit Outdoor and Hiking. Next Saturday they are exploring Maybury State Park in the moonlight!
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
In honor or Abraham Lincoln's 202nd birthday this month and President's Day today, we've chosen this singular statue of him called "On the Circuit" at Northwood University by sculptor Anna H. Huntington. Midland has been home to Northwood since 1961, but they have campuses in Texas and Florida as well as a joint partnership with Hotel Institute Montreux in Switzerland. It is Michigan's well-known business school.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Jerry's studio and gallery are in Bay Harbor. Boyne hosts the National Morel Fest each Spring. The 52nd annual hunt will be held from May 17-20th.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Chocolate Café. Their overstuffed sofas and chairs invite one to spend some time to savor the flavors. Ice cream, coffee, baked goods and candies are also available for discriminating palates.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Holiday Market in Royal Oak on Main Street. They come in droves to get their cheese fixes for raclette or Petit Basque or St André. You will salivate in the pastry department which spoils us with Belgian Callebaut chocolates pictured here and sold as buy-one-get-one-free. How could we resist? Since 1954, Holiday continues to set the bar high and lead the way. We were much impressed with their meats, seafoods, fresh produce, deli offerings, wines and yes, even their yogurts. We intend to explore their much talked about cooking school, Mirepoix (located upstairs) very soon.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Polonia's or the Polish Café.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Miner's Den in Royal Oak. Voted a top jewelry store by Hour Detroit, here you can get those bead bracelets with the enameled college logos--and the beads are made locally in Michigan. It's a great and charming family run place to pick up that perfect something for your valentine.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Scarab Club which dates back to 1907. The scarab insignia embedded in the brick over the door represents the Egyptian symbol for rebirth and it was made from Detroit's pewabic tile. Inside are various exhibitions and classrooms and lots of artsy stuff that includes literature and music as well. The ceiling beams sport some pretty significant signatures like Norman Rockwell and Diego Rivera amongst others! Open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5pm, their mission is to educate and enlighten. The third Thursday of every month celebrates emerging artists. February 16th highlights Brett Sullivan's photography.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Black River Books in South Haven fits the bill. They are open year round and encourage relaxation in their comfy chairs with coffee, hot chocolate and tea. The guardians of the premises are two adorable labradoodles, Booker and Dewey. Owners Dick and Pam Haferman will be celebrating their fifth anniversary at Black River on Memorial Weekend. There are many of us who resist those electronic readers...preferring instead to see, smell and touch our books--especially when we are greeted with such warm and friendly service. Black River has a whole section just on Michigan books and they recently featured Kalamazoo author, Jane Knuth, who wrote one of our favorite books, Thrift Store Saints.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Harperlawn Pet Memorial Gardens in Clinton Township has been providing these services since 1928. They are open year round and offer caskets as well as cremation. It was interesting to walk around and see the various types of markers and headstones.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Viviano's Florist in St Clair Shores has been consistently voted in as the best flower shop in Metro Detroit. Today their whole green house is filled with clearance arrangements from the Auto Show that ended last weekend in Cobo Hall. Birthed in 1937, the florist is still run by the Viviano family and they now have two additional shops, in Chesterfield and Shelby Townships. Their Bridal Extravaganza is taking place on March 4th at the Best Western Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Grand Prix, which has been on hiatus in Detroit for four years, is coming back June 1, 2 and 3rd! The race takes place on the island called Belle Isle which contains over 900 acres. We are very exited! And you?