Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
The Fillmore is a big part of it, sitting across from Comerica Park and close to The Fox. The Detroit Music Awards (21st annual) were held here last night where the Howling Diablos came out big winners. Highlighting a huge array Michigan artists, winners were selected in 72 categories. Operated by Live Nation, the Fillmore (called the State Theatre prior to 2007) has been an anchor in Detroit since 1925 and little by little it is being restored to its original grandeur.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Twisted Shamrock in Ferndale you can understand why it has been voted the best little Irish shop in Michigan. The store is deep and the stock is incredible. Jim Monahan has put his Irish soul and spirit into this leprechaun haven. Open Tuesday through Sunday, it is filled with lovely gems from the Emerald Isle.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Daniel Cascardo. His colorful, whimsical works can be enjoyed through this Saturday, April 28th at gallery 194 in Lapeer where he has transformed the walls. If you've gotten a tote recently from Macy's by purchasing True Religion "Hippie Chic" or Ed Harding fragrances, well, that's Daniel's "Love Garden" on the bag, the proceeds for which went to help out Turning Point, the Mt Clemens non-profit which helps abused women.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Chomp in downtown Rochester, claiming they make the best burgers in the Detroit area. Ok. We bit. We went. We concur. They offer fast, healthy food and the burgers have no fillers and are three quarters of a pound of ground sirloin cooked to perfection. Only problem is, how do you get your mouth around something so huge? For vegetarian lovers, Chomp also offers a delicious black bean burger. Don't be put off by the construction tearing up Main Street. There is parking behind this cute little family-owned restaurant that is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Old World Olive Press. Not only will you be hooked on their delicious olive oils, but you'll have to get some of their unique balsamic vinegars (like red apple or cinnamon pear) to go with them. Cory and Shasta have pledged to bring in the finest, freshest olive oils from around the world. They also have stores in Rockford and Plymouth.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Some friends that work in Saginaw recommended Fralia's for lunch. What a great recommendation! At least eight fantastic salads on the menu and more sandwiches than we could count. If you don't see anything you want on the menu, you can create your own sandwich. The Goodfella (#20) was created with salami, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, spinach, tomato, artichokes, pesto, mayo on focaccia. Is your mouth watering yet? We can't wait to go back.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The building states it's the Plymouth United Savings Bank, but it's been recycled into a vintage shop aptly named Finders Keepers. Located in Plymouth's historic district on Liberty Street where many of the structures date back to the 1800's, it is filled with memorabilia from bygone eras. Happy one year anniversary, Finders Keepers!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Baldwin Library, named after Martha, now has 120,000 volumes as well as many electronic gadgets and other educational toys. It is interesting that everything in the library's collection has been tagged with RFID chips (radio frequency identification) which means that using the self-checkout machines--no more waiting in line. The original building known as the Grand Hall above, was completed in 1927. The more modern entrance off Merrill St was added on in 1983. Don't you love Marshall Fredericks statue in its own little garden off to the side?
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
St James Episcopal Church in Birmingham has been doling out tunes since 1965. This worship facility on West Maple in the downtown area thrives amongst all the shops and restaurants and has been a presence here for some 120 years. The St James choir is putting on a Bach concert on Sunday, April 29th at 4pm. Birmingham offers free parking on Sundays, which makes it easy to attend either their 8 am or 10am service and the concert, too.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Saginaw Art Museum has some really interesting pieces. This one here was created by Conceptual Artist, Peter Clouse and is made up of painted chicken bones! The gardens are beautiful with privot hedge paths. The museum admission is free on Fridays, thanks to Macy's. Currently, there is an exhibition of Michigan artists.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
The Children's Zoo in Saginaw has been very busy with the warm weather and the kids on break from school. But us big kids enjoyed the zoo too! The Bald Eagles posed for us. We couldn't get the pure white wolf to wake up from his afternoon nap. He looked so comfortable and docile. It is wonderful to see so many parents/grandparents walking their children through the zoo, helping them discover the birds, animals and reptiles. The zoo also has some rides, concessions and a gift shop, of course.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
These rabbits have taken over the lawn in front of the Saginaw County Building. Our favorite was the chocolate, foil wrapped bunny with part of his ear missing. We loved how each rabbit had its own personality and character, just like the adults and kids walking around the rabbits!
Friday, April 6, 2012
Even on a cloudy day there was so much to do and see the the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center. On the 100-Acre preserve within the City of Troy, we hiked the walking trails as squirrels, deer, birds all posed for photos, adding to the excitement of the adventure. The Maple trees were being tapped for syrup. Large windows in the interpretive center library allowed us to research while observing the outdoors. It was hard to believe we were only 2 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of suburban life.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
blog where he talks about his adventures of fly-fishing, hiking and kayaking.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids is truly Grand. We stayed a couple of nights in the old section in very comfortable rooms. There are great shops, walking tours in and around the hotel along the river and downtown Grand Rapids. The view from Cygnus 27 (the bar on the 27th floor) at sunset is unbelievable. We found we really had to explore to find all the shops, eateries and such the Amway had to offer.
Monday, April 2, 2012
O'Brien's Crabhouse is a cute tavern with great seafood. We enjoyed the crabcake special with hollandaise sauce and the seafood saute over spinach instead of the traditional rice pilaf. Entres are served with fresh, warm bread right out of the oven and a soup or salad. They blend the Manhattan style clam chowder with the white clam chowder for a real delicious treat!