Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Trilogy. Everything was artfully displayed in their 5000 square feet of space on Elm Street. Three Oaks is a sleepy little town, but Triology which is a cooperative gallery featuring spectacular vintage pieces that are artfully displayed.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Professional Network Theatre in Ann Arbor. This top notch live acting group is celebrating its 30th year on this intimate little stage just around the corner from the Arbor Brewery. High school students get an opportunity for summer internships here learning about all aspects of theatre. The current play is 90 minutes of hilarity and is showing through February 19th. Well done, PNT!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Detroit Film Theatre is attached to and part of the Detroit Institute of Arts on Woodward. The 1200 seat venue was built in 1927, designed by Paul Philippe Cret with C Howard Crane. The result is total elegance. This weekend we were able to see The Mill and the Cross which is quite a fascinating movie within a painting by Pieter Bruegel. One of the DIA's most magnificent works is the Wedding Dance by this Dutch artist. The painting of the movie is Bruegel's The Way to Calvary and blends the crucifixion of Christ with the Spanish inquisition and life in the 16th century. The DFT offers an awesome line-up of foreign and unusual little seen movies. Seriously....we've been coming here forever!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Vince and Joe's is always filled with a devoted crowd. They have been proudly dishing out food since 1979 with a location in Clinton Township on Garfield north of 18 Mile while another is on Shelby at Van Dyke at 23 Mile Rd. The have outstanding displays of cheeses, meets , wines, deli offerings and pastries and quite a large collection of goods grown in Michigan. Mangia!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Union Woodshop is just a stone's throw from I-75 at exit 91 and it was filled with happy patrons Monday night. Chosen as the Detroit Freep's best restaurant in Michigan for 2011, it specializes in southern barbecue and comfort food like pizza and mac and cheese. Reinvented two years ago from what used to be the Carkston Café, their laid back atmosphere and superb food offerings have really struck the sweet spot. Even Kid Rock is a fan.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
DPM) celebrates 25 years in 2012. It runs in a 3 mile elevated loop from the Renaissance Center, passing through Bricktown, Greektown, the Cadillac Center, Broadway, Grand Circus Park, Times Square, Michigan Ave, Fort/Cass, Cobo Center, Joe Louis Arena, the Financial District and the Millender Center. The fare is 75 cents. Many people use this to park in Greektown and then take this transportation to the Joe Louis Arena for Red Wing hockey games or to Cobo for events like the International Auto Show of which today is the last day.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
San Chez Tapas Bistro in Grand Rapids located in an old brick warehouse with lovely high ceilings. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience here during Art Prize. The service is attentive and the food is superb. They offer red, white or mixed sangría and even have an option of making it with Cava--a truly unique experience. It's well worth a visit and we will definitely return.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Bavarian Inn (and its sister Zehnder's across the street) are famous throughout the state. It began as the Union House Hotel in 1888 and was transformed into the theme of Bavaria in the 1950's. The 50 foot Glockenspiel is fun to watch as its figures represent the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The restaurant and its adjacent lodge sit on the beautiful Cass River and nearby is the well known and picturesque covered bridge.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Event Spaces. We were indubitably impressed.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Lulu's Bistro is a jaw dropper with beautiful surroundings and savory, inventive dishes. Chef Michael Peterson has trained both at the Culinary Institute of America and in Paris. Some of his creative offerings include warmed brie salad, blue cheese pear salad, smoked duck leg cassoulet or white fish with an herbed rémoulade on foccacia bread. Not far from the Shanty Creek ski resort, doesn't this sound like the perfect spot for an après ski adventure?
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
In metro Detroit, Sander's hot fudge cream puff sundaes reign supreme and are big all year round when you consider their logo, "Always time for ice cream". They are located also on Mackinac Island, seasonally, but if you want one today, go to one of their stores in Clinton Township, Birmingham, Eastpointe, Grosse Pointe, Livonia, Novi or Rochester.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Keweenaw Heritage Center which serves as an educational and cultural center supported by donations from Finns, Scots, Swedes, Slovenians, French Canadians, Italians and many others who live in the area or whose heritage goes back to Calumet.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
Laurium Manor Inn, which is a lovely B&B, was originally the home of Thomas Hoatson. It has a whopping 13,000 square feet! We peeked at several of the 10 guest rooms which have the old fashioned claw foot tubs. Guests are served breakfast using the original 100 year old table that belonged to Hoatson. When you look at the thistle tiles on the fireplace, you know that Hoatson had to be of Scottish heritage. This awesome B&B has been written up in many different publications.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills is a favorite for hikers, bikers, sledding, and letting out energies on the playgrounds. Built in 1924, it was a state park until 18 years ago, when the city took over. Our beloved dogs on leashes are permitted. At 200+ acres, it is pretty huge and awesome for a city park. They also have Michigan's only velodrome which we featured here.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Milliken State Park and Harbor parallels the Detroit River giving dynamic views of the water, the GM Renaissance Center, various works of sculpture and this new lighthouse. It is a 63 foot replica of Tawas Point lighthouse built in 1876. This scaled down version marks the entrance to the harbor with spaces for 52 boats come Spring time.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Although the campaign is officially over now, the World’s Tallest Red Kettle still stands in Detroit at Campus Martius on New Years Day. It really is visible at night when the 25,000 LED lights are lit. Bill Emerson, CEO of Quicken Loans and the builder of this huge 56 ft tall kettle, is the honorary corporate chair of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. Kudos to the Red Wing hockey players who helped ring the bells. Did you see the Big D that was dropped at midnight at Campus Martius last night? Happy New Year to all our friends and family.