Detroit Coney Dog Challenge

Lafayette and American Coney Islands

If you’re a Detroiter, you should probably stop reading now. You’ve likely already done the “Detroit Coney Dog Challenge,” and have strong opinions of your own as to which dog rules. I don’t want you getting all Snarky McSnarkerson on me for this long-overdue life adventure.

If you’re NOT a Detroiter, remember when I told you that the first food experience you should have when you visit is a chicken shawarma? I stand by that commandment, but I think the second thing you should do is the Lafayette vs. American Coney Island Challenge. Mind you, I’ve lived in Michigan all of my life, and have lived six blocks from Detroit for the last five years, but I hadn’t even done this until a few weeks ago.

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Piada Italian Street Food Giveaway

Piada Italian Street Food Giveaway

Howdy, Metro Detroit, Ohio and (some) Indiana readers – if you read my review of the Piada Italian Street Food chain, you’ll know that I totally loved it. It’s kind of like an Italian-style Chipotle. You get to pick pasta, a salad, or a wrap sandwich, and they fill it up with all sorts of Italian goodies for you. My favorite? The Calamari piada sandwich. Yes, calamari at a fast-casual chain. I know it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it was SO yummy! I can’t wait to go back and get it again.

Why am I telling you about this another time? Because Piada sent me two $25 gift cards to give away to my readers, so two of you fine folks can check it out, too! Before you enter, check out the store locator to make sure there’s a Piada in your neck of the woods. There are several locations in Ohio, a few in metro Detroit (Troy and a soon-to-open Shelby Township location), and one in Carmel, Indiana.

 

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Restaurant Review: The Ramos House Cafe

Restaurant Review: The Ramos House Cafe in San Juan Capistrano, CA

My husband, in-laws and I were in California last month for the wedding of a family friend. While most of our trip was spent celebrating the happy couple, we had one day to visit the San Diego Zoo (panda-monium!) and enjoy the most amazing brunch on the trip to the zoo. Our meal atThe Ramos House Cafe is one that I’ll always remember.

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Restaurant Review: Grange Kitchen & Bar

Restaurant Review: Grange Kitchen & Bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Photo by Jan Fox

Happy Friday! What are you doing this weekend? I’ll be starting Thanksgiving preparations– at the very least, I’ll be making homemade turkey stock. Who knows – maybe I’ll even get the cranberry sauce done too. But today, I want to tell you about one of favorite restaurants: Grange Kitchen & Bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Pacific Northwest Vacay: Seattle, Part 2

Pike Place Market Seattle

It’s a total cliché, but when talking about Pike Place Market and the surrounding area, I’m not even sure where to begin. It’s a food lovers paradise, to be sure.

Honestly, the market itself was quite different than I was expecting. For some reason, I was picturing an open, airy, spacious setup, and I quickly discovered it was more like a long, narrow, claustrophobic, human traffic jam of a hallway.  Not the best arrangement for somebody with a mild case of crowd-claustrophobia, but I still enjoyed myself.

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Pacific Northwest Vacay: Seattle, Part 1

Space Needle at Chiluly Seattle

After saying goodbye to lovely Vancouver, we took a four-hour Amtrak train ride down the coast to Seattle. We survived the ride in what I deemed “The Bro Car,” thanks to the overwhelming majority of the car’s occupants being young guys on their way to the Seattle Seahawks game, drinking Budweiser at 7 a.m. Gross.

After a quick cab ride (our only cab rides the entire trip were to/from the airports and train stations – we walked everywhere else) we unsuccessfully tried to check in to our hotel, then did a series of random things to kill time that day, including a stop for lunch at Serious Pie.

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