National Rum Day at The Conserva

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National Rum Day at The Conserva

I celebrated national rum day the right way at The Conserva in Ferndale sipping AfroHead rum.

It was my first time at the restaurant and will definitely not be my last. It was the most fabulous experience from start to finish.

The cocktails were mixed by Joe Schubert aka “Guy in the Tie,” Detroit’s very own most interesting man. (J’adore Exclusive coming soon). Joe put together a concoction similar to a hurricane spruced up with a few secret ingredients and AfroHEAD rum. I’m not much of a rum drinker but Afrohead is an exception, it’s delightful. If you haven’t tried it, you must.

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Joe crowned The Conserva “The fight club of cool places” and he couldn’t be more spot on. The walls are decorated in murals painted by Steve Baldridge. There’s a stellar patio space, the restaurant is a block or so behind Como’s just far enough away from the chaos of Woodward’s traffic. I was extremely impressed with their private dining room, plans are already in the making to host a dinner party with the squad.

The food was phenomenal. I ordered the oysters and chicken wings. Both were crave worthy. The oysters were topped with corn and roasted red peppers. The chicken was seasoned to perfection and topped with a peanut sprinkling.

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The Conserva gets two thumbs up and a gold star. The food was delicious, it’s one of a select few places that serves afrohead, the ambience is chic and trendy, and the staff is charismatic and a joy to be around.

I’m usually not one to go out in Ferndale but it was a blast and I will definitely make a point to go there more frequently. After hanging out at The Conserva for way too long (literally 3 hours) I went to Woodward Avenue Brewers and Imperial for drinks. Both were a great time, I was shocked how many people were out on a Wednesday.

I want to publicly apologize for misjudging Ferndale.

-Boho Barbie

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The TEN

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The TEN

“Nails done, Hair done, Everything did.”

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday The TEN Nail Bar will be popping-up at the always fabulous Village Parlor. Appointments and walk ins will be taken Friday and Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday from 12 pm - 5 pm. 

Conquer the weekend with a mani-pedi and a killer blow out. 

To make an appointment email bookings@villageparlordetroit.com, call (313) 447-5622 or simply drop in.

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Visiting the Fed in Clarkston

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Visiting the Fed in Clarkston

If you’re looking for good food in the city of Detroit, you’ve come to the right place. Our very own Tara Mariam said, “New spot alert! Went to a brand-new restaurant, in Clarkston, and in an old bank tonight! The room in the old safe was amazing for a small party! It's called The Fed. Diverse menu includes sushi, flatbread, salads, tacos, and main entrees (fish, chicken, etc.).”

The restaurant’s Yelp page offers similar rave reviews. One business professional said it was his go-to spot to take clients and that he can eat there as many as five times a week. Another reviewer says it is “trendy, fun, gorgeous, a must-see perfection.” The ambiance is as important as the food because it draws people in from all over the nation.

Creating a place where people feel ‘fed’ isn’t easy. The competition is fierce in the area of delicious restaurants. The Fed, however, has a leg up on other establishments because of the diversity of its menu. Hungry restaurant-goers have their pick of mouth-watering meals with whichever protein they feel fits their mood.

If a play on the word ‘Fed’ which is an abbreviated form of ‘Federal’ which is used to refer to the nature of the bank the restaurant is housed in is not enough to pique your interest in the Clarkston business, then the menu will. Bring your appetite and your wallet because this is a place that will cause you to make withdrawals from your bank account regularly.

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Now Open: Wayfinding Skatepark

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Now Open: Wayfinding Skatepark

A very cool thing happened in Detroit yesterday.

Wayfinding Skatepark made its downtown debut, it was pandemonium in all the best ways.

Tony Hawk was there. Cute skaters were everywhere. Library Street Collective, Bedrock and Cranbrook had people on site. Kids from Detroit Public School’s Summer in the City and another group of skater kids were in the mix. Plus media, a few QL employees and a skateboarding dog.

The project is a collaboration between Tony Hawk, Ryan McGinness, Modern Skate and Surf, The Library Street Collective, Bedrock and Cranbrook Museum of Art.

I can’t say enough positive things about it!

Ryan McGinness’ urban artwork makes the space look like an alternative art installation. it’s worth checking out even if you’re not going to skate.

Tony Hawk’s involvement brings monumental recognition to Detroit in the skating community. Not to mention he’s universally beloved and seems like a great guy.

The park isn’t massive but it’s an exciting addition to downtown and will be used as an event space occasionally.

I can’t wait to see how Wayfinding is used as a performance venue. Library Street Collective knows how to throw a good party. One of my all time favorite events was the Shepard Fairey exhibition opening back in 2015.

Check out Wayfinding on the corner of Monroe and Farmer Street before it’s relocated to a new location in January when construction on Bedrock’s Monroe Block is expected to begin.

 

-Boho Barbie

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Tacos and Tequila on the Riverfront

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Tacos and Tequila on the Riverfront

On Saturday I went to a Taco Festival at West Riverfront Park. The sold out event brought out taco lovers of all ages and a few tiny pups in costume.

Photos from Taco Festival's Instagram

At 1 PM I walked into the festival with my friend Alex, 10 taco tokens and a wristband for 10 tequila samples… things were bound to get messy.

We went straight to a familiar favorite, El Taco Veloz. Usually parked at 6170 Toledo Street, Taco Veloz serves authentic tacos without the American frills. My beef taco was delicious and laid a solid foundation for the tequila samples.

Photo from Yelp 

Photo from Yelp 

Let me tell you, tequila is my drink of choice. When my dear friend Alex asked if I wanted to spend Saturday sampling tequila and tacos I almost cried.

Entering the tequila tent, I felt like a giddy kid walking in to disney world. We tried our first two samples and then went for more food.

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There was a lot to choose from. The festival was lined with over 25 taco vendors. I was surprised to see Small Plates and Huron Room in the mix. My favorite late night food stop, Hot Taco, was there. A few dessert booths added variety and our Eastern Market neighbors at Beyond Juice had a very cute juice stand.

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The festival was flawlessly planned.

Lucha Libre matches were scheduled throughout the day, bands played, there was a tiny taco dog beauty pageant, a taco eating contest, a hot pepper eating contest, and a taco attire contest.

Lucha Libre was one of the most bizarre things I’ve seen in real life. Wrestlers dressed in costume theatrically fought each other. There were three matches throughout the day, the tequila samples made the whole thing more ridiculous than it already was. By the third match the crowd was going crazy for The Power Ranger and Katana.

Photo from Taco Festival's Instagram

Photo from Taco Festival's Instagram

Taco Fest was a 10/10.

The event was nonstop fun, food, and tequila!

xoxo Boho Barbie

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Nothing Elegant: Cruel Summer Edition

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Nothing Elegant: Cruel Summer Edition

TONIGHT!

Bring it to the Old Miami dance floor for a much needed Nothing Elegant summer session.

Two of our favorite DJs in the city, Lady Fantastic and Emily Thornstryker, will be playing back to back from 10 PM to last call.

After you get groovy with the ladies of Nothing Elegant, get cozy next to Old Miami’s famous bonfire.

Old Miami brings a diverse crowd and has something for everyone. It’s an approachable space for people of all ages. The bar has a cohesively random decor and live music most nights. The patio is so big it’s more like the bar’s backyard.

My favorite part of Old Miami is switching between working it on the dance floor and talking with friends by the fire. If you haven’t been, you need to go immediately- seriously, go while it’s still warm so you can fully enjoy the patio.

Click here for the event facebook page. 

See you tonight,

Boho Barbie

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Our/Detroit Block Party

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Our/Detroit Block Party

Our/Detroit is celebrating three years in the motor city.

Photo from Best Bloody Brunch

Photo from Best Bloody Brunch

Sunday, August 13th, Our/Detroit is hosting a Block Party in Southwest at the park, next to their Bagley Street Tasting Room.

Citizen Yoga will start the day with a free community class at 11 AM. Food trucks, Comfort Cafe and Esto's Garage, will be parked and at your service by 1 PM. DJ Rue will keep the crowd dancing all day long.

Naturally, Our/Detroit will be making the cocktails.

This sounds like the perfect mix of community and cocktails to me. What a cute thing to do on a Sunday afternoon! Bagley Street Park is a hidden gem- make sure you pick up guac from Honey Bee Market on the way home.

Click here for the FB Event Page

See You There,

Boho Barbie

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Detroit, I love you.

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Detroit, I love you.

Dear Detroit,

While I was in Europe the past two months, you were deeply missed. No other city can quite compare to your industrial-chic flare.


First and foremost, the fashion:

People in Detroit dress wildly different from one another. individual style is prioritized in Detroit more than any other city I visited. From "Sad Art Girl" to "Haute Hippie" everyone in Detroit embraces and emphasizes their individuality through fashion and dresses to impress. People in Berlin dress a lot like new yorkers- dark colors, tight pants, leather jackets- very grunge start up in my opinion. the women IN italy wear sundresses and the men wear tailored suits (no complaints there). In Paris, women wear tight pants and a fashionable blouse, the men wear a mix of street style and suits.

In detroit, people dress in costume.

Picking out the perfect party outfit is an essential part of every weekend, in detroit. The best events require a new look, typically thrifted day of. 

(thanks Austin, Izzy, Eleanor, Bana, Christ, kay and birdie for the pics) 

Noteworthy nightlife:

Speaking of events, one of the most beautiful things about Detroit is the city's synchronized social schedule. you can count on your entire circle and extended circle to be at every important event.

The local celebrity vibes are real!

Detroiters love a good function. Few things get me more excited than a stacked lineup of events; party hopping from gallery opening, to concert, to after hours.

Photo from The New York Times
Photo from Metro Times

Photo from Metro Times

Not to be forgotten, the Food:

And let's talk about how blessed we are with delicious food. It's VERY rare to have the insane amount of quality variety Detroit's food scene offers. In Italy, the pizza and pasta are delicious but it’s nearly impossible to find a non-carb based dish. From Supino Pizza in Eastern Market, Peterborough in Midtown, YEmen Cafe in Hamtramck and everything in between - Detroit is filled with delicious restaurants serving every type of food you can possibly crave.

*photos from @marurestaurant @bestfooddetroit @thepeterboro*

Most Importantly, the Detroit mentality:

People in Detroit are unlike anywhere else in the world. Detroiters are the perfect mix of tough and tasteful, like, bringing a charcuterie board to Hipster Beach to luxuriously pass the time tanning (on a dirt patch). For every unpolished action there’s an equally fabulous and redeeming reaction. The city embraces the obscure and unusual with open arms and doesn’t profile its' people.


Photo from Pinterest

Photo from Pinterest

~some people may think the city has a bad rep~ 

I think they're not cut out for Detroit

 

All my love,

Boho Barbie

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Best Summer Activities to Beat the Heat

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Best Summer Activities to Beat the Heat

If the summer heat has got you spending more time indoors, you’re in luck. You don’t have to stay home to remain cool. The following list of activities provide you with the opportunity to get out, enjoy yourself, and take advantage of the air conditioning provided by area businesses. You won’t have to spend time directly in the sun unless you choose to.

Here are some of the best summer activities in and around Detroit that allow you to beat the heat:

· Belle Isle Aquarium. The oldest aquarium in the United States is home to over 1,000 fish as well as over a hundred different species of sea life. It’s open on the weekends from 10 am to 4 pm and offers the perfect environment for kids to learn from.

· Belle Isle Beach. Swim and take beautiful pictures of the city from the half-mile long beach. The Detroit River provides the perfect setting for many outdoor activities that involve water. From swimming, paddle-boarding, kayaking, fishing, and boating, you have options. Soak up the sun and cool off in the water.

· The Detroit Institute of Arts. This family-friendly museum offers plenty of eye candy for adults including a permanent collection of African art, Impressionist paintings, and Mexican Artist Diego Rivera’s murals depicting industry in Motor City. Kids love the audio tours, demonstrations, and eye-spy activities offered by the museum.

· Visit the Detroit Public Library. Check out books that you can read in the comfort of your air-conditioned home. You’ll also love taking part in the different programs offered in the historic building. It’s every bit an art museum as it is a home for books. This is something your kids will love so make them a part of your next outing.

There are plenty of things to do this summer in the comfort of air conditioning. You can also go places where there are bodies of water so you can swim. Detroit is full of exciting ways to spend your days off. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day out of exploring with your kids.

Or, if you’d rather do something on your own, pick one of the many adults-only places to visit like the casino or a pub. You can sit for a while, enjoy the cool air, and then go back home when you’re ready. That’s one of the greatest things about Detroit. You never run out of things to do!

Beat the heat in style. Choose from the list of cool activities mentioned above. Some are family-friendly while others are strictly for adults. Take advantage of the opportunity to cool down during the hottest days of the year. You’ll be glad that you took the time to visit J’Adore Detroit and read this list!

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Bastone Brewery and Jolly Pumpkin Team Up

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Bastone Brewery and Jolly Pumpkin Team Up

Talk about the best Monday ever!

Ashleigh, Allie and I started our day at Bastone and Jolly Pumpkin in Royal Oak.

The grand opening is scheduled for tomorrow, August 8th. Lucky for us, Jolly Pumpkin invited media in a day early for a walk through of the new space (and lots of samples!)

Immediately, the new layout caught my attention.

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The bar was moved from its previous spot against the wall to the middle of the restaurant giving the space an open layout. The copper bar top complements the white subway tiles and perfectly distressed wood trim. Funky vintage posters line the walls and beer bottle installations are used to divide the space. It looks very new and trendy.

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A small, separate section of the restaurant AKA Monk Beer Abbey serves a Bastone specific food menu featuring Belgian cuisine. The wall is adorned with medals Bastone has won to remind customers it is one of the most highly awarded breweries in Michigan.

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Follow the stairs down to another bar. The wood paneling feels like you’re inside of a keg and the room has a lounge-y vibe. The corner couch looks very VIP, it would be a great spot to post for the night with the whole squad.

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(Please excuse the low light pictures)

Behind the basement bar, Bastone has an in-house brewery. Their signature flavors are prepped and prepared to serve fresh to customers.

After the tour, it was time to eat!

We tried the Short Rib, Spinach and Roasted Mushroom Sandwich, Perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich, Baked Feta Dip, Truffle Fries, and the South Pacific Pizza. We sipped on cocktails mixed with strawberry jalapeno infused tequila and another made with strawberry vodka, lemonade, and mint.

Yes, we did sink into a food coma on our back to the office.

The food was amazing, the Short Ribs were probably my favorite. They were served with potatoes, broccoli, sautéed onions and gravy- I will definitely be back for more when the cold weather comes.

Overall, Bastone Jolly Pumpkin is a cohesive addition to Royal Oak’s restaurant and bar scene. The food is delicious and the space is cool. I’m excited to hangout in the basement bar and call dibs on the corner couches!

Fun Fact: In celebration of the partnership, a new collaborative beer called "Co-Operation Ale" was created by Jolly Pumpkin's brewmaster Ron Jefferies and Bastone Brewmaster Rockne Van Meter.

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Slow Roll - Details for August 7th

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Slow Roll - Details for August 7th

Join us this week Monday, August 7th at Renaissance High School - 6565 Outer Drive W. Registration begins at 5:30 PM and the ride will depart at 6:30 PM. Parking will be available on the McNichols side of the school, we will be gathering near the main entrance, off of Outer Drive W. 

We are so excited to be partnering with the Detroit Public Schools Community District this year! Before the ride you will have the opportunity to check out some of the amazing programs and exciting changes happening in the district! Be sure to visit the information tables located near the main entrance!  

Save yourself time and register for the ride in advance online HERE. Food trucks will be onsite as well, so come hungry! We will have merchandise available for purchase onsite, as well as Motorless City Bicycle Co. for your last minute tune up needs.

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Did Someone Say Roadtrip??

Adventure: The Maven Experience

It is scientifically proven (or we’d assume so) that road trips are good for the soul. And being from Detroit [where we experience less than appealing temperatures majority of the year], we absolutely live for the summer months in the mitten.  

Our motto isn’t “Great Lakes, Great Times” for nothin!

With the Michigan Summer just heating up, Thrillist knew j’adore Detroit would be up to the task of adventuring to one of their “Nine Coolest Day Trips to Take from Detroit” and doing so in any GM car of my choice in the Maven fleet.  

I picked the most “out of my comfort zone” adventure to the Alligator Sanctuary in Battle Creek. That was one I had no idea existed, which as a purveyor of the splendors of Michigan, of course drew me to it.  Plus - they advertise that you get to hold a little alligator!

I knew just who to snag; long-time best friend since pre-school - Tara Karebian. When we are together - anything is an adventure, so you better believe that with a brand new, connected car with wifi, Apple Car Play, On-Star advisors, and no-hassle on the road coverage (fuel, insurance, etc), we were ready to set out on the open road.  

Picking up the Maven for the first time was a breeze and you are always connected from your mobile device [yes - crazy I know!]. The Maven app actually is the key to the vehicle and is activated at the time of your reservation. The car options were expansive and the app is super easy to navigate from the time of booking to returning the vehicle. If you haven’t yet tried out Maven - it is a connected, seamless, car sharing experience with a full fleet of various sizes of GM vehicles to fit any need or lifestyle.  There are pick up locations throughout Detroit and Ann Arbor - making it very easy to rent a car - hassle-free - for an hour or for days. Car sharing makes it easy to pick up and go in the summertime and get out of the city or spend the day in the city - the beauty is - you choose.  

Right off the bat, we CHOSE to waste no time and check out a new spot Fred’s Ann Arbor. It did NOT disappoint. We had an amazing breakfast burrito that was to die for [pro tip: try the homemade hot sauce], Acai Bowl [just as delicious as the ones I get in Bali if that says anything], avocado toast, and turmeric hummus for good measure to get our engines running [pun intended].  

The design aesthetic is very clean, bright, and playful. Fred’s has the perfect amount of mixed patterns, colors, and textures that visually alone, I want to keep coming back - but the food though. I could live there. The Maven was just outside waiting for us to embark on our coolest of day trips by Thrillist.  

ADVENTURE: CRITCHLOW ALLIGATOR SANCTUARY

Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary is run by a lively family and their staff of upbeat reptile lovers. David Critchlow, who happened to be our tour guide for the day, purchased the land to build the sanctuary for crocodilians and other reptiles and amphibians. It is a safe haven to allow for the proper care of these beautiful animals to live their lives in a place they can call home.

All animals are brought to the sanctuary from less than desirable situations and are rehabilitated. None of these animals are able to return to the wild based on their life circumstances, so by allowing them to find refuge with the Critchlow’s in Athens, MI- they are able to be studied and Mr. C is able to provide a hands on experience unlike no other within 1000 miles (give or take).

Tara and I decided we wanted the full experience [go big or go home when in Athens]. The full experience consists of the Godzilla feeding experience, bearded dragon animal encounter, small snake animal encounter, and small alligator animal encounter.

 HIGHLIGHT: Godzilla Feeding Encounter - Godzilla is a 30 year old, 10 foot long, 350 lb alligator and lives with his two girlfriends- Medusa and Chuckles. We got up close and personal with Godzilla and his gals and fed him. We learned all about these quick and majestic creatures.  Godzilla will be upgrading his house next year so he will have plenty more room for his ladies.

The photos and video of this portion of the adventure are pretty classic.   The grounds are split up by size of Alligator: Elementary School (3-5 year old gators), Middle School (adolescent gators who are starting to learn and master their social behaviors), and High School (where the gators learn their names, colors, objects, and how to respond to situation - some of them even talk).

Elementary School:

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It was very interesting to learn how the gators learned these behaviors. Some of the special needs alligators rely on these techniques to get them healthy enough to be introduced into the gator schools. Hearing all of the stories about the special gators and where they came from is very heartwarming to know they are in a wonderful habitat now instead of being abused in homes around the country.  

Q & A: Do you know the difference between an alligator, crocodile, and a caiman? (See our video footage of Mr. C explaining the difference). 

We highly suggest any children or adults to visit the sanctuary to learn in a fun and interactive way.  My personal fave of the day was getting a boomerang with an alligator. Who can say they’ve done that?  

ADVENTURE: STOPS IN KALAMAZOO, THE BLACK OWL

This is our favorite find. Breakfast was just what the doctor ordered with Huevos Rancheros and an all American style breakfast for Tara with delicious veggie sausage.  

The vibes were on point and the beverages were even better. The coffee menu and specialty sodas were amazing [lavender lemonade soda - YES]. The iced coffee was the best I've had in a while - balanced and with some hazelnut flavor. In fact, they exclusively serve Kalamazoo Coffee Company beans roasted in the building.

We love to support local and it's nice to get outside of Detroit and enjoy the comforts of Kalamazoo for a change.

SWEET WATERS DONUT MILL - Because - DONUTS.  We love donuts and this place is open 24 hours! We tried a key lime donut filled with the most delicious key lime custard and can’t stop thinking about it.  Some of the donuts were as big as our heads.  We will be back for you donut mill - you haven’t seen the last of j’adore Detroit.

ART HOP - We stumbled across this at random. Art Hop is a free event held on the first Friday of every month. It is an evening of art-focused events and exhibits throughout the downtown. You can walk into any store and strike up a conversation as everyone is just hanging out in the stores shopping and engaging in fun, interactive activities (and sales!) 

ESTATE SALES + CORN FIELD MAZES - when we are out in the country, sometimes we just want to get out in nature and wander, so we pulled over often to make sure we got the fill of our garage + estate sales and expansive views of the horizon while jamming to the Maven sound system!  

-XOXO J'adore Detroit

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Repost! Charivari Takes Belle Isle

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Repost! Charivari Takes Belle Isle

What are you doing this weekend?

Charivari is back and bigger than ever! This year in a new location, the three day event will bring electronic dance music to West Riverfront Park. The festival promises music, dancing, yoga, art, food and fun.

Read last year's recap for an inside look at the festival, after, get your tickets for this weekend here.

Trust us, Charivari is a #JadoreApproved good time. 


Detroit House-heads celebrated the city’s techno roots at Charivari last weekend.

The festival was located on the scenic eastern peninsula of Belle Isle, near the lighthouse. It was a picture perfect affair that had the eclectic diversity of the Jazz Fest; Detroiters of all ages and backgrounds gathered to enjoy the beautiful day and smooth beats. I had the pleasure of watching a dance battle between a family of five that could have been on America’s Got Talent.

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Vendors lined the shore overlooking Canada and sold Detroit made goods.

Three stages rotated local DJs playing electrifying house it was impossible not to catch a groove. My personal favorite set was Golf Clap, a Detroit based house and techno group. Bryan Jones and Hugh Cleal turned up the funk and closed Saturday night with a bang!

Charivari represents everything to love about Detroit; diversity, community, and techno. Belle Isle was the perfect setting the river’s breeze cooled the crowd and a breathtaking sunset was the cherry on top of a wonderful summer day. Charivari was an occasion to appreciate the city’s vibrant culture and exceptional state park.

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DIYpsi Summer Festival

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DIYpsi Summer Festival

As a means to create a vibrant local economy, makers have banded together and out of that collaboration were born events like DIYpsi. The goal of DIYpsi is to bring together the best indie artists our city and region have to offer for a one of a kind shopping experience that will take care of everyone on your list. This event will feature more than 90 local artists as well as a lineup of Michigan-made craft beers and local indie music. On top of finding unique hand crafted gifts, doing your shopping at DIYpsi means you’re contributing to a larger cause- keeping thousands of dollars invested in our local economy and supporting the arts.

Image via DIYpsi website. 

Image via DIYpsi website. 

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Belle Isle Art Fair

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Belle Isle Art Fair

The Belle Isle Art Fair makes it's return this weekend- 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday- with over 100 artists in attendance and on display near the Scott Fountain—bringing the beauty back home. Go down to the island and enjoy the mix of urban art, tranquility, and beauty with the family as well as acoustic music, food trucks, performers, and DIY art projects.

www.belleisleartfair.com

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Sandhill Crane Vineyards is #JadoreApproved

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Sandhill Crane Vineyards is #JadoreApproved

Family owned and operated, Sandhill Crane Vineyards puts love into everything it does. The handcrafted, small batch wines it produces are exquisite in taste and complexity. From acidic whites to rich reds and sweet-tart dessert wines, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Every Day is Reason to Celebrate at the Winery

You don’t need a special occasion to visit The Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Rooms. Anytime you want to be entertained and enjoy a bottle of Sandhill Crane Vineyards best offerings, you can. The music and atmosphere is calm and relaxing.

Cares Slip Away at Sandhill Crane Vineyards

Imagine a winery where you can sit and overlook the vineyards after a hard day at work or play. Sip your cares away in an environment buzzing with excitement and life. Sandhill Crane Winery is a favorite among locals for good reason. It’s the perfect place to unwind, reflect, and entertain.

Thirsty Thursday Offers Live Music, Wine, and Good Food

Every Thursday evening there is an event featuring live music, wine, and good food. Checking out the winery’s calendar lets you know exactly who is playing and when. Thirsty Thursday brings a crowd so prepare by arriving early.

You won’t want to miss out on all the excitement! People who have come to the winery have given it rave reviews. You’ll want to experience it for yourself firsthand.

Share Your Winery Experience with Friends

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. When you spend time at Sandhill Crane Winery, you immediately feel your cares slip away. Enjoy a glass or two of your favorite wine while you hold a conversation with your friends.

It’s a place too good to keep to yourself. That’s why you’re encouraged to share your experience. Other people want to feel as good as you do at your favorite vineyard hideaway.

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MoPop Rocks the Riverfront.

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MoPop Rocks the Riverfront.

One of my favorite festivals, MoPop, returned to the Riverfront this past weekend for two days of sunshine, craft beer, and good music.

MoPop is the kind of festival a dad can feel good about dropping his teenage daughter off at.

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The event attracts people of all ages; the universally likable lineup, emphasis on food and drinks, and engaging activities offer something for everyone.

When Candice and the team surprised me with "welcome home" weekend tickets I was over the moon. 

Established in 2013, MoPop started as a one day festival at Freedom Hill before moving to the Riverfront in 2015. I've gone the past four years and feel like a proud parent watching the festival evolve and grow into a totally Detroit-centric event.


“Villages” are scattered around the festival grounds and make it easy to spend the entire day bouncing between stages and entertainment tents.

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Food Truck Rally Alley was lined with the city’s favorite portable pop-ups. The Detroit Pop Shop was new to me, I had to try the Strawberry Lemonade Pop (two thumbs up).  

The Shipyard brought a more mature culinary crowd to the riverfront. Accompanying a Sugar House Pop-Up, the tent served longtime Detroit staples; Imperial, Slows, Griffin Claw Brewing Company and Blake’s Hard Ciders.

The Craft Bazzar was filled with local vendors selling quirky, one of a kind goods. Click here for a full list of vendors. J’adore favorite, Alchemy Henna, was stationed in the tent applying her beautifully intricate designs to eagerly awaiting concertgoers.

Last but not least MoArcade offered an air conditioned space for people to play old fashioned arcade games.


MoPop-perk: Festival sponsors like to go all out with their activation booths.

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Most notably- Mike’s Hard Lemonade set up backyard games like Connect Four, Ping pong and Jenga around a sample bar.

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Jumbo Jenga was a blast! Especially after a few samples…

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And the music!

On Saturday, Run the Jewels got the crowd hype and politically charged just in time for Phantogram to kill it on stage. Talk about a great show- she hit all of the fan favorites and had an electrifying stage presence.

Tbh I was disappointed with Foster the People. I was looking forward to hearing their classics, you know, the ones that played on every Pandora playlist back in 2012. Unfortunately they mostly played songs from their new album Sacred Hearts Club.

Day 2 brought better acts in my opinion.

Solange lives up to the hype and put on a phenomenal show. Her self-choreographed routine and abstract performance made for a memorable set and left me feeling woke. 

After, Alt-J wowed the audience and closed the weekend with a visually stunning light show. “Matilda” brought the crowd to tears - or maybe that was just me. Naturally they saved the best for last and sentimentally finished their set with “Breeze Blocks”.


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MoPop was a picturesque summer weekend in Detroit. As always, the festival brought good vibes, delicious dining, and great music to the Riverfront.

-Boho Barbie

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Red Bull House of Art Resident Artists Exhibition Preview

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Red Bull House of Art Resident Artists Exhibition Preview

 

See what current Resident Artists have been working on during their 3-months at Red Bull House of Art! Join us on Friday, July 28th, for the opening of our Resident Artists Exhibition featuring new work from Jose Mertz, Felicia Forte, and Steve Kim. 

This event is free & open to the public of all ages. 
Doors will be open from 7pm – 10pm.

Jose Mertz is an artist/image maker based in Miami, Fl. His creative area of interest range from traditional drawing and painting to graphic & product design. He focuses on pushing an experimental original style with inspirations coming from Ancient Civilizations, Science Fiction, Eastern Philosophy, Dreams, Myth & the Supernatural.

Felicia Forte is a representational oil painter based in Detroit, Michigan. Her body of work is a visual journal, some accounts are pivotal others are simple. She works to present these vulnerable moments with an economy of action and integrity of personal expression.

Steve Kim is an artist and illustrator. Born in Seoul, Korea, he immigrated to the States at the age of two and currently resides in Oxford, Mississippi. He has shown in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Korea, Italy, London, Amsterdam, and Krakow and clients include The Outline, FRAMƎ, Matter/Medium, Adobe, Hohe Luft, The New Republic, Arc/New Scientist, and The Verge.

Red Bull House of Art is a live-in residency experience in Detroit, dedicated to providing visual artists the freedom and space to create. Our aim is to support courageous exploration in visual arts.

 

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Where to Celebrate National Tequila Day

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Where to Celebrate National Tequila Day

July 24th is National Tequila Day. Prepare to get your drink on! Do you even need an excuse to celebrate summer and one of the most exciting cities in the nation? The answer is “No!”

Get Boozy!

Get out and get boozy. Grab a few friends or work colleagues and make an evening of it. Drink specials pour freely from bottles over the city. It’s up to you to determine where you want to go and who’s the designated driver.

Celebrate, Celebrate, and Have a Good Time

Here are some of the best places in Detroit to celebrate National Tequila Day:

· The Sugar House. A craft cocktail bar that is hip in every way, this location is one that you don’t want to miss on National Tequila Day. Serving The Year of the Horse which contains tequila as a signature drink, The Sugar House is going to be busy on the 24th. Don’t miss an opportunity to see what this location is all about. You’ll see what the hype is and then be able to tell others how good you felt going there to celebrate a Monday with family, friends or workmates.

· El Barzón. Get the best of both worlds with their combination of Mexican and Italian food. Nothing beats delicious food and tequila any day of the year. Don’t miss out on their signature cocktails- including a variety of margaritas. With all of the options on the menu, El Barzón makes for an unforgettable place to celebrate National Tequila Day.

· La Terazza. Enjoy delicious seafood, tender cuts of beef, and other delicious Mexican food as you down shots of tequila or drink a few tequila-infused drinks. You’ll feel the energy of this place straight away. It’s authentic food with excellent drinks and a welcoming atmosphere. Take the stress off of your day by truly enjoying what there is for you to eat and drink at La Terazza. You’re going to love every bite and sip that you take while you’re there.

· Armando’s Mexican Cuisine. Drink your tequila traditionally or have it in the form of a Jello shot form. You’re going to love what’s on the menu at Armando’s. Fill your belly while you fill your night with fun. Make sure you grab someone to go with because it’s too good to eat and drink by yourself. Large portion sizes along with margaritas and mojitos are what makes this place top notch for celebrating all this tequila-related.

· Alley Taco. Stop by the new Cass Corridor location to feast on some delicious tacos, quesadillas, nachos and more. If you feel like having a night in, cater a taco bar from Alley Taco and have a Mexican fiesta with fancy margaritas at home!

Image via Alley Taco Instragram 

Image via Alley Taco Instragram 

Bottoms up! Enjoy the best tequila in town. You’ve got plenty of options to choose from. Now it’s time to squeeze that lime and have yourself a really good time!

J’Adore Detroit Makes Having Fun Natural

Stay on top of the latest events by visiting J’Adore Detroit regularly. You’re going to love what we present to you. You’ll have all of the options you can think of in terms of dining, entertainment, and fun in The Motor City.

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New Spot Alert: New Order Coffee

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New Spot Alert: New Order Coffee

Friends! New Order Coffee just opened on Woodward and Katey and I got a sneak peek before the grand opening. Long story short, you have got to check it out.

Before walking in, we immediately noticed the large outdoor seating area. It’s in the shade, has a solid view of Woodward and Watson, and is the perfect spot for a cold brew in the summer.

Inside, the feel is light, airy and oh so welcoming. Lots of whites and taupes, with splashes of turquoise (my fave).

The next, very important, step of ours was to the sweets and treats area. We, of course, had to try all the samples. They were all fabulous, but I just have to point out the birthday cake. Not too sweet, not too overwhelmingly large, it’s the perfect size and taste for when you want to pretend it’s your actual birthday. Or just get a couple pieces for a buddy when a whole cake or 6 cupcakes is too many. The cake is a MUST try.

 

Another must try is the M&M Iced Mocha. Like wow. The director of Operations told us they literally melt down M&Ms and add it to their mocha concoction. It was incredible.

The foodie in me also wants you to know they sell Rx Bars (!!!) at the counter and an assortment of snacks to graze on while you type away or sip on your M&M Iced Mocha.

New Order Coffee is 100% #JadoreApproved

New Order is a new small-batch coffee roaster & café located in the Brush Park Neighborhood of Midtown Detroit. Founded with a gleeful defiance of the status quo, New Order has a singular aim: to delight and energize your everyday life.

 

Visit New Order Coffee at 3100 Woodward Ave.

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