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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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Food, Reviews

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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Convention, Photography, Reviews

Detroit FanFare

November 6, 2012

Detroit FanFare was a really fun show. It was located at the Hyatt Dearborn (which has since changed ownership) and ran 3 days. They had a slew of comic people and artists, and some very special guests. My husband commented that when he first saw Star Wars: A New Hope as a kid, he never imagined that he’d be meeting Darth Vader someday. While still a small event, only in its third year, it definitely had a lot to see and do. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, even if there was some confusion the first day with badge pickup.…

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Product Review – Misto Oil Sprayer

September 15, 2012
Product Review – Misto Oil Sprayer

Today I want to review an item that I almost don’t think about, I’ve had it so long and it’s a minor gadget, but an important one when I need it. It’s probably looked at as a gimmick, yet another “can’t be worth the hype” “as-seen-on-TV” dust collector. After 5 years, I’m confident that this is a good item to buy if it interests you. Yes, 5 years. I was as shocked as you when I realized how long I’ve had it. It’s the Misto Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer

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Photography, Reviews

Michigan Renaissance Festival – Feast of Fantasy

September 12, 2012

The Michigan Renaissance Festival is an 8 weekend long event located just outside Holly, MI. Each weekend has an individual “theme” that is reflected in special events and shows, as well as the encouraged costumes for attendees. The Feast of Fantasy is a 6 course meal, held on just a few specific days, and each day with its own menu. To quote the site: A fantastic two and a half hour event held in our magical castle! This event features a six-course gourmet meal, beer, wine and live entertainment! You’ll also take home a limited edition 2012 Feast of Fantasy…

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Photography, Reviews

Review: JOBY GorillaPod

March 20, 2012

From the first moment I saw it, I was absolutely smitten with the idea of the GorallaPod but I wondered if it could really deliver. I wondered if I would find as much use for it as I should for such a largish piece of accessory to lug around. In a word – yes! I’ve had mine for over a year now and while it doesn’t suit every situation, it suits nearly everywhere my current tripod doesn’t or cannot. I opted for the SLR-Zoom with Ballhead.

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Food, Reviews

Review – Ajeeka

October 7, 2011

Recently I happened to hit my favorite grocery store (Hiller’s – a family owned Michigan chain) while a food demo was going on and decided to stop. It was for Ajeeka – a new condiment item consisting of red peppers and garlic. He had nearly packed up for the day, and so only had one jar and some water crackers out for sampling instead of the full variety of uses that he normally displays, but that was fine. It had a great boost of flavor! The peppers are very finely processed, almost pureed and the garlic is finely diced but…

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