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5 Michigan Summer Cocktails to Make at Home

Great cocktails are made even better if fresh ingredients are used. The freshest ingredients are available during the summer, especially here in the Mitten State. A ton of drink recipes

Celebrating Detroit’s Food Culture

Detroit’s small businesses and entrepreneurs are thriving, perhaps especially restaurants and food-focused ventures. However, 2014 has been called the year of the restaurant and the trend continues in 2015. This

First Fridays Ypsi Michigan

Experience First Fridays Ypsilanti

Have you been to Ypsilanti lately? I’ve lived either in, or near Ypsi my entire life. Like most cities, Ypsi’s had its ups and downs. Having spent several evenings and

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit

From March 15, 2015 through July 12, 2015, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will feature an exhibit which is creating immense excitement throughout the region. The exhibit, called “Diego

Appreciating Belgian Beer

The North American Belgian Beer Festival (NABBF), which was held on Feb. 7, is a growing endeavor spearheaded by the owners of Ashley’s. Hundreds of people packed into a giant

Celebrate the New Year in Detroit

It’s nearly time to ring into a New Year—but some of us aren’t sure how we’ll celebrate.  Do you have plans?  Maybe you have had the same plans for the

Repeal Day and Krampus Night in Detroit

Today, I had the realization that Repeal Day and Krampus Night both fall on December 5. This date is—OK, the events and parties that happen on this date are—kind of

Showtime Clothing: A Detroit Institution

There are certain special people and places in Detroit which make it unique—they often combine new and old, sparkles and grit, kind and tough—and Showtime Clothing is one of them. 

Some of the best breakfasts in Detroit

What’s your favorite food? For most people, this question conjures responses that are either specific (e.g., bibimbop), or focused on a region (e.g., Middle Eastern food). For me, the answer