Archive for August, 2008

Buildings of Detroit Documents the Demolition of Tiger Stadium

If you’re like me, then you’ve been shocked each time you’ve driven down Trumbull lately at how quickly the demolition of Tiger Stadium has taken place. Every time I drive past, slack-jawed and disbelieving, I keep telling myself I should get down there to take some pictures of what’s left before it’s all gone. And while I still need to do this, at least I’ve been able to fall back on the website Buildings of Detroit to do the noble work of capturing critical moments in the demolition.

Check out Buildings of Detroit’s Youtube page to see video of the demolition and find images here, and then browse the site itself to check out their great information on the many architectural jewels of Detroit. The site offers great photos and histories of our shared architectural wonders and ruins.

Bad Boy Bill at Bleu


Last Friday I was appalled to have had to wait in line to get into a club downtown.  I spent my entire university undergraduate career waiting in lines in subzero temperatures with very little on.  These days, I love seeing demand in Detroit with the bright eyed youth waiting the same way I did, but I love also just being able to get into where I want without delay.  Lucky for me the wait to get into Club Bleu was well worth the wait, the $20 cover, and the $4 bottles of water.  DJ Bad Boy Bill was headlining and spinning house to a packed club.  The music was incredible and the devotion of the crowd bordered on worship.  Moral of the story: I need to get over myself, wait in a line or two, and swallow my pride when I am floored by my reward. 

Feather Bowling and Britney Spears

Just a couple of blocks down the street from the Blue Pointe Restaurant, on Cadieux, is the appropriately named Cadieux Café.  Last night, one half of the bar was being regaled by a very enthusiastic young man singing Britney Spears’ “Toxic” up on the karaoke stage.  Wednesday nights are karaoke nights.  The other half of the bar is where the feather bowling takes place.  Imagine giant wheels of Gouda being rolled down a dirt half-pipe to get as close to a pigeon feather as possible.  Quite a hilarity with inexperienced bowlers and added alcohol. 

Blue Pointe Restaurant – Eating My Way Through Detroit

As of late it seems that I have been eating my way through Detroit.  Well, to be honest and invite shame, I have been eating my way through the city since I got here.  Last night I was introduced to Blue Pointe on the east side – at Cadieux and Warren.  I have driven by that corner a thousand times and never noticed the blue maritime style gem.  The interior is perfectly preserved, old fashioned, with a bar, in dark wood, and bathed in dim lighting.  The $16 and change one pound crab leg special was the draw, and was well worth the trip; but, the fall off the bone ribs will be what gets me back. 

Sushi in Midtown – Wasabi

Midtowners now have the luxury of having sushi in the neighbourhood.  The base floor of the Park Shelton now boasts the presence of Wasabi restaurant.  The marble flooring of the Park Shelton is not an obvious paring for the minimalistic Japanese décor; however, the effect is decadent.  The service yesterday was unfortunately terribly slow as first day kinks were being worked out.  Despite the delay, the staff was quite courteous and apologetic and the food was well worth the wait.  The sushi was delicious – the Philadelphia and spicy California rolls.  The appetizers which came out after the sushi were also quite good.  I had the edamame as well as the shrimp shumai dim-sum type offering.  The deep fried cheesecake was a delicious sin and the green tea ice cream serving was quite generous with a cherry on top.  The sushi was well priced and the desserts very fairly priced which is a rare luxury. 

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