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Old meat

Talk about gross…yesterday, the Free Press reported that Roman’s Market in Detroit was raided Thursday evening for allegedly putting new sell-by stickers on meat products that were old. How old? The article says some of the meat was from as far back as 2004.

2004??!! How disgusting!

Papa’s Pizza

Me, I’ve always wanted to go out in the neighborhoods of Detroit and eat at all the local (“mom and pop”) eateries. Tuesday night I figured it was time to try one.

At 7801 Michigan Ave (at Casper) a small red and white corner storefront always had its door wide open, advertising pizza with various signs, such as a large pizza for $5.

Coming back from the city we pulled into the parking lot and headed in. We then learned of the name, Papa’s Pizza. We were greeting by a nice man, who I presume was the owner. We placed an order for a large ham pizza with a 2-liter of Pepsi. We payed for our meal, grabbed their coupons/ad and waited out on Michigan Ave. From the window we could see the pizza being freshly prepared, from the dough, to the toppings, and finally to the oven with the man constantly tending to it.

15 minutes later our pizza was done, cut with a large knife, and boxed up. We quickly headed home and tasted the fresh pizza. While not the best pizza I’ve ever had, It gained the stamp of approval of my friends and I. We’d glady get it again.

Serious Deli

While wandering around today getting some errands done for work I found myself on Southfield Rd. and 10 mile at around lunchtime. No sooner had the thought entered my head I knew exactly where I was going to lunch.

Thai Food for Midtown

just got back from Bangkok Cuisine Express II over on Woodward between Willis and Canfield… it was a great meal!!! we got some veggie rolls, Pad Thai and some bubble tea… the veggie rolls were like oversized spring rolls and had a great sweet sauce with crushed peanuts… my wife felt they were the best part of the meal… the Pad Thai was excellent as well… Pad Thai is an essential at any Thai restuarant and i figure that if the Pad Thai is good at a Thai restuarant, the rest of the food will be good too… well, the Pad Thai was very very good… good sized noodles, had good color and was only $7.95 (the “king” portion which feeds about 2-3) which is a pretty good deal… unfortunately, the bubble tea was mediocre at best, but that’s not really any Thai restaurant’s forte… here’s an added bonus though: the customer service was excellent!!! the person at the counter was courteous and quick and we even got to talk to the owner/manager who was very personable…

lots of people rave about Rexy’s Bangkok Cuisine up in Royal Oak… if you love that place, you’ll love this place… same owners, same recipes (though the menu is not as extensive) just in Midtown Detroit!!!

Fourth Fridays tonight

Tonight marks another round of 4th Fridays with Ford, a semi-new signature event at Campus Martius Park that kicked off in June.

Grammy-award winning Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey are the headliners for tonight’s free concert, which runs from 7:30 – 10:30.

Food Network is Coming to Detroit

Being both a foodie and a jazz lover, I couldn’t help but become ecstatic over the fact that Food Network will be at this year’s Detroit Jazz Fest. On September 2nd and 3rd Detroit will be hosting a Food Network Challenge Pastry contest. It will be filmed live. Also, FN will have a bar setup with bartender flair experts doing demonstrations. The bar will also host an amateur flair challenge where you are paired up with one of the experts.

I can’t wait!

Food Network is also having a sweepstakes for a chance to win air, lodging, and transportation to Detroit for the weekend. (how often do you see a grand prize trip to Detroit?) So if you want to spend the weekend 2 minutes away or know an out-of-town friend, sign up.

Detroit Jazz Fest
Food Network Challenge

Andiamo Riverfront

Last night, I went out to dinner with some friends and had a lovely dinner at Andiamo Riverfront.


I am a big fan of Andiamo in general – great food and excellent service – but especially like the location here in Detroit, which is located on the ground floor of the Renaissance Center.

We had a table right near the window, meaning we got a great view of The Romantics, who were playing at this week’s Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert.

Detroiters love their Slurpees

In honor of its 79th birthday today – not coincidentally 07/11 on the calendar – participating 7-Eleven stores across the nation will be serving up free Slurpees in Happy Birthday cups to customers.

That should be music to the ears of Metro Detroiters, who, according to 7-Eleven, consume the most Slurpees in the entire United States.

Grab ’em before they’re gone; the free frozen drinks only last until the special cups run out.

For 7-Eleven locations in Metro Detroit, click here.

Early dinner at Twingo’s

My husband and I love finding new haunts in the city, so we have a standing date every other week at a Detroit restaurant where one or both of us has ever had a meal.

Last week, our spot of choice was Twingo’s Euro Cafe on Cass in Midtown; it was my first time there and his third, but he’d only been there for drinks on previous occasions.


I really enjoyed the funky, eclectic restaurant – the service was great, the turkey sandwich I had was excellent, and my husband, who had a plain old burger, said it was the most “real hamburger” he’s had in a long time (I don’t eat red meat so I’m not totally sure what he meant by that, but I’m guessing some of you might).

Besides sandwiches, Twingo’s also has a variety of appetizers, salads, soups and entrees, most of which are European-inspired. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; prices are moderate.

I really liked the ambiance at Twingo’s – the interior design is well-done and comfortable. It’s the kind of place you have a meal before a show or just to meet up with a group of friends for a round of drinks.

Bottom-line consensus: we both agree we would definitely eat here again.

Where are her skates?

For dinner last night, GD and I went high class. We are both leaving for France this week (GD this afternoon, myself on Friday), so neither of us has food at our places. Instead we ended up at the A&W Drive-in on 12 Mile in Berkley. There even were some retro cars already enjoying the mild evening weather.

As we enjoyed our hotdogs, onion rings and rootbeer float, GD suddenly asked “Wait. Where are her skates?” It is true the “waitresses” at the Drive-in are not on skates, but trust me the experience is not diminished in the least. An older couple (maybe in their 70’s) parked next to us to also enjoy some rootbeer floats with dinner. We desperately wanted to ask if they used to come here on dates when they were younger, but resisted the temptation. As we drove away, it was quickly agreed we would be returning. And then we named off some friends who are coming along.

I do recommend it if you are looking for a dinner date that is a bit quirky especially on a nice summer night… Next time, we might just stop at the drive-in restaurant on our way to the drive-in theatre. Who cares if they are across town from each other?

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