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Jefferson House – Detroit Restaurant Week Review

April 16, 2014

The Jefferson House is in the Crowne Plaza Pontchartrain Hotel, formerly the Hotel Pontchartrain. Built in 1965, it takes its name from a much grander and older building, after a contest was held for the naming rights. The Jefferson House is on the first floor, just off the street entrance and before the hotel’s check in desk. Below you can see some of the lobby. In the first picture, off to the left past the railings is the front desk. In the second you can see the doors to the street, and to the left of that is the restaurant…

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Restaurant review – One-Eyed Betty’s

October 31, 2013

Ferndale announced it was having a Restaurant Week, and since I only had time for one place during Detroit’s food showcase, I was determined to visit one of these places just a few towns north. Of all, the menu at One-Eyed Betty’s in particular caught my eye. In the future I’d like to see some of the other places with larger offering and or multiple choices for items but other than that it was a good start to a new tradition for the city. When we got there it was hopping – it’s very much a destination for those who…

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Restaurant Review – Roast

August 15, 2013

Continuing my foray into the eateries for those with deep pockets – Chris and I had a lovely dinner at Michael Symon’s Roast to commemorate my getting the internship with Quicken Loans. It is located in the Westin Book Cadillac, which had gotten an extensive restoration and was celebrating a grand reopening at the same time Roast opened. Walking into the lobby’s opulence should give you a taste of what your bill will look like before you leave.

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Restaurant review – The Whitney

July 31, 2013

During Detroit Restaurant Week I visited La Dolce Vita with my mom. I also ended up going out to the Whitney for a surprise fancy dinner with my husband. The Whitney has a long history starting as a private residence for a lumber baron in 1890. In 1986 after several ownership changes and different uses of the building over the years, it became a restaurant. In 2007 it received an extensive restoration to what it is today. I’m not a fan of valet and the lot is fairly small so we chose to park in the large garage next door.…

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Restaurant review – Vinsetta Garage

July 2, 2013

Built in a former service garage of the same name, this is the latest restaurant venture of Curt Catallo and Ann Stevenson who operate the Clarkston Union and the Union Woodshop. Both are deservedly popular places that got even more so when featured on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, thanks to the glowing review of Detroit’s own Kid Rock. So I had high expectations of what I would find here. The Vinsetta opened to service Model Ts and other vehicles in 1919, before the road that became Woodward Avenue was even paved. The last owner to operate the full service garage…

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XGames Bid for Detroit Party

May 29, 2013

The theme for the night: Bring XGames to Detroit! As a finalist in the ESPN XGames search for a new city to host them for the next three years, Detroit stepped up and threw a massive bash to show ESPN just how this city can rock. With only three days notice we had a half pipe with BMX and skateboard demonstrations, food trucks serving up awesome menus, Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys spinning on a stage complete with light show and fog machine, and local graffiti artists showing their talent on large plywood boards.

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Restaurant Review – La Dolce Vita

April 24, 2013

I decided to have a mother daughter dinner out and have an excuse to try one of the places participating for Detroit Restaurant Week. My mom cares for my grandmother full time and does not get the opportunity for a nice evening out very often, so I was really looking forward to this (as was she!). Image courtesy LDV

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Autorama 2013

March 22, 2013

Since I decided to attend the Auto Show this year, I figured I should give Autorama a shot as well. It’s been running for over 60 years and features a wide range of custom cars – from Hot Rods to tricked out motorcycles to replica movie vehicles like the Batmobile. We parked in our usual spot downtown and stopped by Greektown to grab some cheap burgers and fries from Five Guys. They were pretty packed (lot of folks heading to the show) and while we waited I grabbed a handful of peanuts.

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Review – Pop-Up Pantry

January 6, 2013

UPDATE – Sadly, the company found that they did not have a profitable enough first year to warrant continuing and they have since closed. A shame as I was really enamored with the idea, execution, and taste. I got a gift certificate to try out Pop-Up Pantry – a new subscription-based gourmet meal company that delivers to your door. After looking over the site, I was definitely interested. They have a good variety of cuisines and for what you are getting, a 3-course meal for 2 including shipping, the pricing is acceptable. It is not however, cheap. You have to…

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