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Oktoberfest 2018: Fall Beer Festivals in Metro-Detroit

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Oktoberfest 2018: Fall Beer Festivals in Metro-Detroit

The weather is changing and so is the beer. Starting mid-to-late September brewers begin to feature Oktoberfest style beer. The beer is native to the traditional Bavarian festival held in Munich. Over the 17-day festival more than 6 million people visit and over 7 million liters of beer is served. Talk about a party.

 Local brewery’s like  Jolly Pumpkin  in Midtown are great places to visit for the seasonal brew. Photo credits: Daniela Lisi.

Local brewery’s like Jolly Pumpkin in Midtown are great places to visit for the seasonal brew. Photo credits: Daniela Lisi.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to travel all the way to Munich to enjoy the seasonal beer and celebration. There are plenty of festivals throughout October across Metro-Detroit for you to experience the brew in a festive way.

You won’t have to skimp on quality either. Michigan is 4th top state in the U.S. when it come to craft beer. So, stop by any of these festivals to enjoy the copper-red style ale, full of maltiness and a dash of spice.

Local Oktoberfest Celebrations

Oct 5th-7th- OktoBEER Festival Ferndale will transform the corner of East 9 mile and Woodward Avenue into a Bavarian-style party. For the third year in-a-row the festival will feature: Oktoberfest style beer, German cuisine, BBQ, live music & entertainment, Oktoberfest games and family fun.

Festival times are: Friday, Oct 5th 4pm-12am. Saturday, Oct 6th Noon-Midnight. & Sunday Noon-9pm. Entry to the festival is $3, of which will benefit local charities. Veterans & Active duty member with military ID get in free, as well as children under 12 years of age.

Oct 6th- Oktoberfest at Detroit Fleat. The food truck and boozery collective will be hosting an Oktoberfest celebration. There will be numerous popular breweries featured, as well as the Bavarian Inn Cluck Truck. The event is free to attend, but drink tickets are $3 a piece or $20 for eight tickets. You can also buy a VIP ticket for $40 that includes 10 Drink Tickets, Food Sample ticket to Mac Shack, Delectabowl & Pita Post, Brewery Swag and a Detroit Fleat Sample Glass. Buy VIP tickets HERE!

Oct 6th- Oktoberfest in The Park- Atwater in the Park hosts a FREE Oktoberfest celebration. There will be live-music, Bavarian hair braiding, men’s & women’s beer stein challenges and a lederhosen competition. There will also be corn hole, fowling and giant Jenga to be played all day long. The event starts at noon and ends at midnight.

Oct 13th- Axle Brewing Co.’s Livernois Tap Oktoberfest: Axle Brewing Co. in Ferndale will hot a German style Oktoberfest from noon to 11pm. The even will feature beer, music and a German-influenced menu. Early-bird tickets are $35 and regular entry is $40. Admission include unlimited food, a beer, snacks and an Axle Brewing beer stein. Tickets can be purchased HERE!

Oct 26-27th- MI Brewers Guild 10th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival: Fans of Craft beer meet at Eastern Market for one of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings in the state. The event will feature live entertainment and a selection of food from Detroit-are brewpubs and restaurants available for purchase. Tickets are $40 each day and include 15 tasting tokens which can be exchanged for 3 oz. samples of over 800 locally crafted beers. Purchase tickets HERE!

 Candice checking out the local taps at  Jolly Pumpkin.  Photo credits: Daniela Lisi

Candice checking out the local taps at Jolly Pumpkin. Photo credits: Daniela Lisi



Whether you make it to the festivals or not, here is a list of some of my favorite places to enjoy a beer over during the fall months!

The Dakota Inn Rathskeller- For more than 80 years, the Dakota Inn has been serving up German-style cuisine and a long list of German beers. Head to the cavernous beer hall to enjoy live music from the 80 year old piano, sing-a-longs and Oktoberfest themed events.

Green Dot Stables- Snuggled in Corktown, Green Dot Stables is the coziest place to enjoy an inexpensive meal with friends. The restaurant specializes in sliders of all assortments and under a $3 price point. If you’re really brave, check out the mystery meat.

M-Brew- This house turned pizzeria, brewery and arcade space is one of my favorite places to hang in the early fall. Head here to sip a beer on the front porch, all while getting toasty by the fire.



Cheers,

xoxo, lately with lo





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36 hours in Windsor with Hungry In Detroit

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36 hours in Windsor with Hungry In Detroit

Hi Guys, Shanley from Hungry in Detroit here!

I realized a couple of months back I had never visited our Canadian neighbors directly to the south (yes, south) of us. So I recruited my friend to join and headed just a couple miles across the river to Windsor, Ontario. We had such a great time that I wanted to share my agenda with you guys! So here it goes!  

We crossed the border around 8:30 am after about 45 mins of travel. What is a girl to do that early on a Saturday morning you ask? BRUNCH, obvs. So we headed to Taloola Cafe. Really great coffee and tea. Cheesy french toast. YES, PLEASE. The sweetness of the maple syrup paired with the slightly salty cheese was to die for! Super cute place inside as well - it’s eclectic and comfortable - a place I would want to chill all day.

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Next stop, the Art Gallery of Windsor, where we got to see “The Sandwich Project” that features original Andy Warhols and other bad ass, food-centric pieces. I’m a big fan of art in all forms, but I’ve always loved Warhol after studying contemporary art for an entire semester in Europe.

After the museum we were ready for a beverage so we headed to the JP Wiser’s Experience to tour their absolutely massive distillery. It was cool to be able to get behind the scenes on how it all goes down in the distilling world. I love whiskey so I was in my happy place. They have a tasting room that looks out to the Detroit River which is also really special.

It wouldn’t be a proper trip to Canada without some poutine so we hit up The Dirty Poutine Experience put on by Windsor Eats. We started out at Malic's with their “Deli” poutine which is topped with homemade smoked beef brisket. SO GOOD. Second stop was at Mazaar where they had a Mediterranean poutine, a nice spin on the classic which I appreciated. I wasn’t aware there were so many genres of poutine! I’m sitting there thinking,”Ok Canada, you have my attention, let’s have a poutine party!” Next up was Bread MEATS Bread which had my favorite poutine on the tour, a gnocchi poutine. They’re opening a new location in Detroit Shipping Co. very soon, something I’m super excited about! Last stop of The Dirty Poutine tour was Phog Lounge, where they have several takes on this classic Canadian dish. If you’re into spicy foods, definitely get the “Hot Lips” with pepperoni, hot peppers and hot sauce! Best “tour” ever, next to the Grateful Dead of course.

Fully stuffed, we finally went to check into our room for the night, at the Holiday Inn Express Windsor Waterfront. A perfect place to stay in downtown Windsor with a great view of my fave city, DETROIT. After a quick 30 min power nap, we headed to the Windsor Sculpture Park for a beautiful walk among some very cool, creative sculptures that line the waterfront. The thing that’s cool about Windsor’s side of the river is that it’s almost all taken up with parks and walking paths. We actually walked the path a couple miles down the river to dinner at F+B Walkerville.

F+B Walkerville was truly a wonderful experience; we sat at the bar. The bartender was super knowledgeable about the food and beverage program. Brussels sprouts were on point along with the oysters. 10/10 and would highly recommend. We walked our way back down the river to see Detroit’s lights at night. I’m telling you, nothing beats that view!

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We woke up feeling great and headed out to The Twisted Apron to do what we do best. BRUNCH. AGAIN. After the previous day’s feasts, we had to start out with a kombucha and some coffee and then got into the heavier stuff, a Bloody Caesar. A Bloody Caesar is like a Bloody Mary only mixed with Clamato, a clam spiked tomato juice instead of the regular tomato juice. It was the perfect start to a Sunday in Windsor.

Post meal we went to Urban Art Market & Shop Eco. At Urban Art Market they have dozens of local purveyors in the space. There is pottery, knitted clothing, jewelry, the whole works. I ended up buying an air plant holder that I absolutely love. Shop Eco has a bunch of all-natural beauty brands and was a super cute space. Another thing that’s great about shopping in Canada is that the exchange rate totally rocks and everything ends up being really affordable.

We had such a blast all weekend that we decided to top it off with some wine. Did you know that just about 40 minutes from the Ambassador Bridge is a booming wine region known as EPIC Wine Country which stands for Essex Pelee Island Coast? This area sits on the same latitude as the Mediterranean and is nestled along Lake Erie. The weekend we visited, the EPIC Vintage Tasting was taking place at Vivace Estate Winery. They had food, they had cheese, they had live music and an absolutely gorgeous setting. Beautiful property with excellent wines from all over the region and great company. WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?!

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Windsor Essex, all in all, is a pretty cool place. Hit me up on Instagram if you need any further recommendations from my trip!

Peace & poutine,

Shanley

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Napa + Sonoma - Travel Guide

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Well — I just got back from wine country and it did not disappoint.  There is nothing that does more for the soul than a trip with your BFFs - so I packed up two 30-year friendships and hopped a flight to San Francisco.  

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When we made it to Napa from SFO, we immediately enjoyed lunch at the local staple - Gott’s Roadside.  This staple is famous for the burgers and who are we to argue?  It was the perfect first meal as we were hungry from the early flight and drive.  Everything was just as pictured - burgers, hot dog, fries, and hand-spun local shakes.  There is always a line, but it is worth the wait.  Come hungry. We then meandered around Oxbow Market where there are super cute restaurants where you can pick out your meat and/or fish that you want and how you want it prepared on the spot, an oyster bar, tons of fresh produce and snacks, desserts, local ice cream, and the cutest little cocktail tasting bar - Napa Valley Distillery.  I found an amazing creme de violette that they make in house that was pure insanity (aka - loved it).  This is a fantastic spot to pick up some local gifts to bring home to the family or keep for yourself.  

Pro tip: Make sure when you drive from Napa down through the small cities to keep a look out

Later on, we went to our next stop on our food crawl after checking into our hotel and had an amazing dinner at Farmstead.  This restaurant + winery is known for it’s farm-to-table eats and yummy cocktails. We tried some of their wines and really enjoyed them as well as the cocktails. The ribs, gnocchi, fresh farm salad, and pork chop were top notch.  Two enthusiastic thumbs up for all.  On premise, you can walk through their gardens, shop the general store, enjoy their cafe, and just take in the gorgeous surroundings.  We weren’t quite done unwinding from our travels, so we ventured across the street and found The Charter Oak.  OBSESSED - literally. This place nailed the vibe we were looking for between the indoor and outdoor seating areas and fire pit.  This was a totally different vibe than the charm of farmstead, but is a great next stop following a fantastic dinner.  The Charter Oak drink menu was limitless and highly curated, which I love.  

Pro tip: order the Mezcal + Tarragon from The Charter Oak (Tarragon infused mezcal, yellow chartreuse, pimento dram, tequila, charred pineapple) 

So before I get into our day trips, i’d like to return to our driver: Susan.  After extensive research, we landed on My Napa Valley Driver due to the outstanding Trip Advisor reviews and landing on the lower cost end for how highly the company was rated.  It was most economical for us to rent a car at SFO for the week and hire this company hourly to drive us around so we could indulge of course.  We had our days pretty much planned out before arriving but that was changed up quite a bit when we met Susan.  As soon as she arrived on the scene, her personality was explosive (in a good way of course). We went through our plan for our two Napa days and she quickly sized us up and switched up our itinerary a bit to ensure we were maximizing our day AND getting the best of the best in.  This was super helpful as there were hundreds of wineries to choose from between Napa and Sonoma - which made it difficult to narrow down our long list.     

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NAPA DAY ONE:  

Trinchero Winery - This was the perfect first stop for us.  What we didn’t realize from walking in and being one of two tastings in the room (four total tastings allowed at one time), is that this winery is part of a massive portfolio of long-standing wineries in the area with the largest distribution.  You would never know due to the attention and detail put into the tastings here.  I had been to Sonoma once years ago and have been to numerous wine countries and tastings; however, I wanted to experience it with fresh senses. This was one of the best places for education we went on our trip.  Our guide took the extra time to explain how to taste and what to look for when tasting that really set the tone for our four days.  AND — the wines were awesome.  Really nice big bold reds and complex whites. 

Elizabeth Spencer Winery - This was one of Susan’s recommendations.  We had seen it on the drive up and thought the branding was adorable and wrote it down, but when Susan recommended it- we knew we had to go.  It is a small shop - which we loved.  The story of the wine is just beautiful - it is a husband and wife who met over wine and landed on the coast to create magic.  The back courtyard is whimsy and we could have stayed there all day.  We really loved the wines we tasted and wanted to go back again during out stay, but didn’t have time.  This is one to check out - make sure to ask for the education and the story! For three single ladies, it gave us hope. 

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Del Dotto Vineyards - Note there are multiple Del Dotto Winery and Cave locations.  We went to the St. Helena location and would highly recommend it.  The one in Napa is comprised of the oldest caves, but the one we went to are newer with a high end look making you feel as though you are in Vegas at the Venetian or Bellagio. Not necessarily our aesthetic, but was a really cool experience.  Our guide, Alex, was super fun and provided some amazing education as well where we really got to dive into reds.  The barrels are stored in the caves to maintain a temperature controlled climate until they are bottled.  The amount of variations of wine they make is truly remarkable for such a small shop.  It is very unique how they keep the barrels and people order from those exact barrels to the bottle.  This is very smart and probably saves a lot of waste as they can estimate demand more effectively.  As we walked through the cave, Alex asked our small group questions about what we like and what we don’t to chose the path we were going to take.  Each tour is different as there are so many wines to choose from.  With each barrel he chose, he explained what type of barrel the wine was aged in and how the flavor profiles were created.  I had never tasted different types of barrels next to each other (ie. French oak vs American oak using the same grapes).  There was such a huge difference and really interesting to taste and understand these tiny differences that change the wine so greatly.  The pours were huge and we “revisited” a lot of them.  

Pro Tip: Use the word revisit if you want more of anything before, after, or during the tasting. 

Pro Tip x 2: Stop and take photos in front of the Welcome to Napa Valley Sign if you see one.  Such fun and cute photos to take home with you.

St Helena Shopping - Such a cute downtown for shopping.  Definitely stop here and walk the few blocks to scope it out. For lunch, look for Goose and Gander.

NAPA/SONOMA DAY TWO:

Hot Air Balloon Ride over Napa Valley: Rise and shine!  We woke up before dawn and headed to Domaine Chandon for a hot air balloon ride and sparkling wine brunch on the beautiful grounds.  This was a total bucket list item for us and although pricey, was worth it completely.  We floated 3,000 feet above Napa Valley and gazed down at the fields upon fields of grapes, rolling hills, ocean, and beyond. We had our own little compartment in the balloon that each fits 4 adults (there were 16 of us on board) and our pilot.  It was a magical experience and surprisingly not scary at all (except at the beginning when we started going up).  Napa Valley Balloons is a very safe and well set up operation - you are in good hands. 

Solage, An Auberge Resort - Sol Bar - We drove up to this stunning location and had lunch and cocktails at Sol Bar.  The Chicken, Sole Tacos, and Buratta were amazing.  The cocktails were also epic.  This property is super high end so if you are looking for a relaxing and beautiful spot to spend your trip - this may be the ticket.  This area I guess has hot springs and a ton of spas - which I would have LOVED to scope. 

Castello di Amorosa - So we ended up stopping here in the afternoon. This is highly touristy so we didn’t taste or tour here.  We would recommend going first thing in the morning and walking the castle grounds because it’s so so cool, but hitting the road before the tourists come.  Worth seeing and driving up to get some pics. Plus - there were piglets. 

Oenetri - Great italian spot in downtown Napa - Pizzas and pasta = YUM.

Cadet Wine Bar - Also in downtown Napa - cute little wine bar with outdoor seating.  Older crowd. 

Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar - Rooftop at the Archer Hotel. Super cute store right next door that we loved. 

Mercantile Social - Classy lounge on the rooftop of the Andaz Hotel. Great vibe and fire pits. 

Downtown Joe’s and Napkins - Seem to be the only two places open late after 9/930.  Downtown Joes has live music and Napkins — well — you’ll just have to see it for yourself.  You’ll be transported back to college, so make sure you have had some cocktails before entering.

SONOMA DAY THREE: 

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MacRostie Winery – This spot was recommended by our most fab driver and was a fast favorite.  In fact, I joined wine club I enjoyed it so much.  The views are spectacular and the clean, fresh design makes for an amazing overall experience.  It is perched up overlooking the rolling hills of Sonoma.  All of the wines were fantastic, and the tasting experience was really delightful. 

Gundlach Bundshu – AKA GunBun – We really enjoyed the property and taking photos. There are a lot of live music shows here, so would be nice to check one of those out while tasting wines. We only sampled one or two of the wines, so we can’t really speak to them.  Compared to a lot of the other places we had been on our voyage, we enjoyed GunBun, but LOVED some of the others much more.  Don’t discount this as a great stop though!

Scribe Winery – This was our absolute fave out of all of the wineries we visited.  Totally our style in the setting and the “look” and “feel” of the tasting house. It was very California “cool”.  The people were chic and knowledgeable.  We LOVED the wines and the food pairings with the food were amazing. I am still dreaming of the food.  Luckily, I joined the wine club here as well, so I can continue to enjoy the wines. 

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Saint Clair Brown Winery & Brewery – Technically in Napa, but was on our way back from Sonoma.  Such a cute little gem we stopped at on the way back to Napa after our tastings.  We didn’t make it into the winery, but we did make it to this cute little stop.  We ordered some wines and cheese and enjoyed our evening chatting about the days that had passed. Great, cute little spot and super chic. 

Downtown Sonoma – We stumbled all over downtown Sonoma and it definitely deserves a half a day to explore.  Pro tip – wine and cheese plate at Sunflower Café 

I can’t wait to get back to Napa and Sonoma. Let us know if there are any amazing places we missed for next time!

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Xoxo
Candice Simons
J’adore Detroit  
 

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SEEN Magazine -- Corktown Guide: Where to Eat, Drink and Shop

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SEEN Magazine -- Corktown Guide: Where to Eat, Drink and Shop

SEEN Magazine really gets me. We share the same love for Detroit, so we decided to collaborate on a Corktown guide to help you navigate all the neighborhoods best spots. 

Thanks for the feature,

x's and o's Candice

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Corktown Guide: Where to Eat, Drink and Shop

Candice Simons, founder of Detroit lifestyle blog J’adore Detroit, gives the low-down on where to eat, drink and shop in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.

Eat

The Farmer’s Hand

 1701 Trumbull Ave., Detroit

The Famer’s Hand is Corktown’s neighborhood gourmet grocery and take-out counter located on Trumbull Avenue and Bagley. The store works to strengthen the relationship between shoppers and sources the food, beverages and products. The store has a farm-to-home commitment by sourcing 100 percent of its products from humane and organic small-t0-mid-sized food partners. 

Folk

1701 Trumbull Ave., Detroit

The sister restaurant of The Famer’s Hand, Folk was founded on the desired to create a space where people could dine around wholesome food and share experiences, and they nailed it. Folk’s menu offers a nourishing assortment of feel-good meals that are humane and organic. The restaurant also gives a nod to local favorites, Sister Pie and Reilly Craft Creamery ice cream, which I highly recommend ordering.

Mudgie’s Deli

1300 Porter St., Detroit

Mudgie’s Deli is a favorite in the city of Detroit, winning best deli in the city seven years in a row. The deli is open for lunch and dinner, serving salads, sandwiches and soups all made from mostly local products and in-house roasted meats. Mudgie’s also sells fine cocktails, more than 100 beers and boutique wines. Make sure not to miss out on their great patio during these warm summer months.

Takoi

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2520 Michigan Ave., Detroit

For an out-of-this-world experience, head over to Takoi. This Thai-inspired restaurant won a handful of awards as Katoi before becoming a victim of arson in 2017. Nonetheless, the restaurant reopened as Takoi, bringing the party back to the D. Check out the greenroom and patio for a great spot to gather with friends and listen to live DJs.

Bobcat Bonnie’s

1800 Michigan Ave., Detroit

If you’re looking for a DIY-type mimosa bar, Bobcat Bonnies is your place — offering a plethora of juice options to top off your bubbles. This place pays homage to the city, with a foundation built from bricks that come from a well-known Wayne county insane asylum, Eloise, and a game room sign from its old neighbor, Tiger’s Stadium.

Mercury Bar

2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit

In 2012, Mercury Bar brought life back to the corner of Michigan Avenue and 14th Street. This burger joint located near Detroit’s historic train station is easily a favorite for Detroiters. Whether you’re in the mood for a burger, tater tots, milkshake or a brew — Mercury Bar has a great atmosphere and a patio that is open year-round.

Ima

2015 Michigan Ave., Detroit

Ima is your neighborhood noodle spot. This chef-driven restaurant located on Michigan Avenue features an ever-evolving menu of signature noodle soups, rice bowls, curries and small plates. This is another great place to hang out year-round on their covered patio.

Green Dot Stables

2200 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit

Green Dot Stables is a classic for Detroiters. Whether you go for a chill night out with friends or for a visit after a Tiger’s game, this is like a rite of passage for visitors to the city. Not only is it a great place to hang out, but it is super affordable. The menu features a wide range of sliders for only a few dollars. If you’re brave, try whatever they are serving up for mystery meat that day.

Gold Cash Gold

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2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit

For another taste of Corktown’s history, dine at Gold Cash Gold. The restaurant is in the former home of Sam’s Loans, a pawn shop that opened on the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Fifth Street in the 1940s. If you’re lucky enough to get there in the summer months, it offers a great patio. However, no matter what time of year you visit, be sure to get their famous fried chicken.

Brooklyn Street Local

1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit

Brooklyn Street Local is a great spot to go for breakfast or lunch if you are in the Corktown neighborhood. The restaurant was built on the idea of serving only locally sourced food in an environment that is warm and friendly. They have a great menu and daily selections that come from Detroit urban farms.

Slows Bar BQ

2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit

Slows Bar BQ opened on the corner of Michigan Avenue and 14th Street in 2005 and has since become a destination in the city. The smokehouse has a fresh spin on barbecue and an interior to match. Not only is Slows a great place to dine and gather, but it’s also an anchor for the revitalization of the city of Detroit.

Ottava Via

1400 Michigan Ave., Detroit

When it comes to Italian food, Ottava Via gets it right. This place has the charm of Italy with classic dishes served at an affordable price point. Ottava Via also has a great patio with a fireplace and bocce ball.

Drink

Astro Coffee

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2124 Michigan Ave., Detroit

Astro is the cutest little coffee shop that rotates a cast of roasters from all around the country, including one of my favorites, Anthology Coffee. The shop offers a variety of drinks from lattes and pour overs, to Detroit-based Joseph Wesley Tea. All which pair great with their small selection of baked goods and sandwiches made from locally sourced and organic products. If those aren’t enough reasons to stop in, you won’t want to miss the hand-painted mural from Detroit’s beloved artist Ouizi.

Sugar House

2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit

Sugar House is the spot if you’re looking for a great craft cocktail. This speakeasy-type bar features the best versions of all the foundational drinks, as well a rotating seasonal selection that shows off the talents of the bartenders.

Motor City Wine

1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit

Motor City Wine has the best party patio in Corktown. The patio has a backyard vibe and comes equipped with a fire pit. You can also hang out inside and get down to some of the best DJs in town. The bar doubles as a wine shop and is one of the best places in town to buy vino to-go.

Two James Spirits

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2445 Michigan Ave., Detroit

Corktown is Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, so it would only be right that it would be home to the city’s first distillery since prohibition. Two James Spirits has a tasting room that offers flights and craft cocktails where patrons can mingle around the distillery’s round bar. The distillery also offers tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Batch Brewing Company

1400 Porter St., Detroit

Batch Brewing Company is the best place in town to stop for locally brewed beer. The brewery has a patio decorated with vines of hops that will be used to brew the beer they serve. Not only is the beer fantastic, but the food is brag-worthy. Get the nachos, you’ll thank me later.

Shop

George Gregory

1422 Michigan Ave., Detroit

If the man in your life isn’t shopping at George Gregory, then he should be. George Gregory is the perfect mix of great style and masculinity. The store owner, Caitlin Riney, has created a shopping atmosphere that makes everyone feel at ease. The store’s cool aesthetic is just as good as the clothing. Whether it be for a chill Sunday, formal event or a night out, this is definitely where to get male clothing that looks effortlessly cool.

Mama Coo’s

 1701 Trumbull Ave., Detroit

Mama Coo’s is a hip neighborhood vintage and resale boutique that carries one-of-a-kind handmade pieces. The store’s collection of clothing isn’t the only thing with history. Mama Coo’s owner, Lana Rodriguez, was born and raised in Southwest Detroit. Her grandparents lived in the storefront’s building when they first moved to the city from Mexico and Texas. Rodriguez continues to have one foot in business and the other in giving back to her community through involvement with local nonprofits.

Eldorado General Store

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 1700 Michigan Ave., Detroit

This well curated general store is a one-of-a-kind vintage shop. Eldorado General Store is stacked with vintage clothing for men and women, worldly household items, locally made goods and other trinkets that reflect free spirits and magic. The outside of the store will make you wander in, but the great finds will make you stay awhile. 

Hello Records

1459 Bagley St., Detroit

There is something incredibly charming about browsing through a record store. Hello Records on Trumbull Avenue is the go-to friendly neighborhood record shop. The atmosphere is welcoming, and the eclectic selection of vinyl and shellac records are ever changing. Expect to come across music from all areas and speeds, but especially funky jams with a focus on party and dance music from the 1940s through the 2000s. The store even buys records with no appointment needed.

John K. King Used Book Store

901 W Lafayette Blvd., Detroit

In the age of iPads and Kindles, there is something nostalgic about a real book.  Since 1965, John K. King shared a love for books with the people of Detroit. He opened his first store in the Michigan Theatre, where scenes from Eminem’s movie “8 Mile” were filmed. Decades later, John K. King Used Books now has two storefronts, over a million books and two dogs who keep customers and workers company every day.

Metropolis Cycles

2117 Michigan Ave., Detroit

With a special thanks to Slow Roll founder Jason Hall, biking has become an increasingly popular and eco-friendly way to navigate the city. Whether you are in the market for a modern race bike or want to tune up your old school cruiser, Metropolis Cycles is the one-stop-shop for your needs. The friendly and experienced staff will help you with everything from building a bike or a tune up, to finding the right accessory. This place will have you rolling on two wheels in no time.

Ponyride

1401 Vermont St., Detroit

There is no lack of artists and creatives in Detroit. Ponyride is a nonprofit founded in a 30,000-square-foot building in Detroit’s Corktown. This warehouse-turned-activation space functions as an incubator and collaboration space for entrepreneurs in the community. Ponyride allows artists to grow, fail and mature, making the city a better place for all. Some of our favorite resident artists are The Lip BarNot Sorry Apparel and Motor City Soap.

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Savor Food & Wine Festival

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Savor Food & Wine Festival

Will there be wine? Yes.

Will there be penguins? Yes.

Will there be monkeys? Yassss!

Idk who decided drinking wine at the zoo was a thing, but I'm totally in. Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11th my peeps at Hour Detroit magazine are setting up shop at the Detroit Zoo for a weekend extravaganza of food and drinks.

Come hang with me at The Savor Food & Wine Festival next weekend to sip and dine on goodies from some of the best brands around. 

You know I love my Detroit peeps. I'm super looking forward to hanging with my neighbors over at Eastern Market Brewing Co. and Detroit Hustles Harder.

Get your tickets here!

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All the best,

Candice

 

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Chow Down at The Annual Taco Showdown

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Chow Down at The Annual Taco Showdown

Cover photo via Taco Showdown

Calling all of my queso-loving, guac-eating, Tex-Mex fanatics!

Eastern Market's annual Taco Showdown is going down this Sunday, July 29th in Shed 5 from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.! GA tickets to this tasty event are $20 and VIP are $30.

Along with being surrounded by over 1,000 other taco enthusiasts, you'll be able to sample both tacos AND salsa (!!!) from 15 different taquerias, including Alley Taco, MEX, Torti Taco and El Camino.

 Candice's very own  Alley Taco  will be one of the taquerias serving up tacos. Photo via  Eater Detroit

Candice's very own Alley Taco will be one of the taquerias serving up tacos. Photo via Eater Detroit

Your taco ticket guarantees you one complimentary taco from favorite taqueria, along with a marg or other drink of choice from the bar. Still hungry or thirsty? You can keep buying your own once you've used up your freebies!

There will be plenty of entertainment to keep you busy and get you hungry for MORE tacos as well, including Mexican wrestling, music by DJ Tony Toca and a photo booth! An excuse to say cheese with your cheesy tacos? Yes please.

Let's taco 'bout it later,

Autumn.

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My Detroit Coffee Tour

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My Detroit Coffee Tour

One sure fact about me is that I spend probably 30% of my week at coffee shops. Up that percentage to around 45% during the fall and winter semesters. Whether I’m doing homework or just catching up with friends, I find solace in the places that serve up (sometimes pricey) cups of joe. Since I spend most of my year at school up in Lansing, I never have much of an opportunity to explore the coffeehouses of my original stomping grounds. I figured this should probably change, so I decided to go on a Detroit Coffee Tour Extravaganza, popping by and sipping it up at the most talked about, most popular shops in Detroit. Follow my crazy week of caffeine below, along with some nifty photos I took to illustrate my coffee-spending party with you!

Atomic Coffee— Royal Oak, MI

What I ordered: A soy chai latte

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I’m not gonna lie- I’ve been to Atomic more than a handful of times. Enough to have a punch card, even. I couldn’t NOT feature it on this list, though (even though it isn't in Detroit). This coffeehouse, located centrally in downtown Royal Oak, is the most distinguishable of all with a giant coffee cup hanging from the outside. They even have a delish breakfast menu too, with options like avocado egg sandwiches and Belgian waffles. Most importantly, my chai latte was one of the creamiest and spiciest ones I’ve ever had. Can we talk about how it looks like there’s a galaxy floating inside of it?

Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co.— Detroit, MI

What I ordered: An iced soy latte

This is the beginning portion on the list of the list of new places for me. I’ve heard about Great Lakes before, but never had the chance to stop in. However, I was not shocked by how much I loved this place, mainly from the industrial interior. Sorry, but I'm a sucker for exposed brick like no other! The city gal in me thrives upon it! Additionally, the shop had original pieces of art lining its walls, making it a humanistic and welcoming space. Coffee-wise, I stuck with my go-to of an iced soy latte and was far from disappointed. It was strong but creamy, and I drank it on a particularly hot day which probably made it taste even better.

The Bottom Line Coffee House— Detroit, MI

What I ordered: A classic drip coffee

The Bottom Line was easily the one of the coolest spaces I've ever been to. I was slightly confused at first when walking up to the shop, not seeing a clear entrance, but once I kept walking I found that the shop is partially underground. It's a small space, lacking in ample seating, but its quirky charm and aesthetic make it a spot where you'd want to become a regular. They even have a separate room with a turntable surrounded by seemingly endless vinyls, and the moment I saw that— I swooooned. That was the selling point. Because I had just come from Great Lakes, I ordered a plain drip coffee without milk, and I was honestly surprised— in a good way! I never really enjoy plain black coffee, but theirs was strong enough to taste the boldness, yet smooth and fruity. I ended up putting half in the fridge and heating it up the next morn, and it still tasted amazing. BTW, I support any place that provides decent leftovers.

Astro— Detroit, MI

What I ordered: An iced almond-cashew milk latte

The day I went to Astro was boiling hot. Miserable even. I brought my bf along with me (he's a barista, so I trust his opinion on all matters coffee related), which was also an excuse to try more than one drink (sharing is caring). I ordered an iced almond-cashew milk latte, as their only non-dairy options for milk are that and oat milk, and my bf ordered a plain macchiato. My latte was more acidic than I'd normally like, but the creaminess and natural sugars in the milk made it fairly sweet. The bf LOVED his macchiato, for the very reason of how acidic it was (#justbaristathingz). My favorite part of this place? The floral mural on the back wall painted by our girl Ouizi, who's painted inside our very own Brooklyn loft! The vibrant florals and bright colors add some light to an otherwise neutral-colored coffee shop, making it a space that all creatives must stop by.

Anthology—Detroit, MI

What I ordered: A latte

Located in Ponyride in Corktown, Anthology was the most minimalist space out of all of the shops I visited. It even has its own roasting plant right across from where you order, so the space itself is pretty tight. Because of this, owner Josh Longsdorf (the friendliest guy) has a Kickstarter campaign running to open up shop at a larger location. While at the current space, with pretty floral detailing on the wall and minimal seating, I ordered a plain latte (surprise). It was one of the best plain lattes I had ever drank, but I think I was convinced by how adorable the latte art was (look at the symmetry of that <3, I mean, c'mon). It was a dark roast as well, which is my favorite as it always packs more flavor in. 

Germack Coffee Roasting Co.—Detroit, MI

What I ordered: An iced soy vanilla latte 

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My last stop on my list was Germack, which is our very neighbor at the Brooklyn loft! The space itself is is cozy and warm, with walls filled with different kinds of coffee beans and tea. Stopping by before work, I ordered an iced soy vanilla latte. Word from the wise— it was veeery sweet, so if you don't need sugar through an IV like myself, do not order this! However, if you opt for the sweet choices, this was delicious. The vanilla didn't taste artificial, and they didn't put a ton of ice in the drink which I love (I'm not paying for frozen water). Right in Eastern Market, it's also a great pitstop before kickin' butt on a busy day. 

While my wallet didn't have a blast this week, I sure did! Being able to try out all of the coffeehouses that I'd only previously heard of but hadn't become acquainted with made me feel like a real Detroiter. I'm also one for supporting local businesses, and my self tour was a great way to do this. This Saturday, I'll be checking out New Order and taking a coffee class there with my dad! I'll have a blog post up alllll about that next week, but in the meantime, comment below some of your favorite shops that I haven't visited yet. Even tell me your fav drinks to get there! My wallet will be kicking me (again) for asking this, but I'll just pretend I didn't feel it.

Stay thirsty,

Autumn.

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Our Favorite Ice Cream Shops for National Ice Cream Day

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Our Favorite Ice Cream Shops for National Ice Cream Day

There’s no room for debate— ice cream is easily my favorite food group (and yes, it is a food group). Especially during this time of the year! I hate when it gets all over you, but there’s no better time to be sticky and sugary than in the summertime. Of course, it’s fitting that National Ice Cream Day is this Sunday, July 15th. To celebrate possibly the greatest holiday of the year, I’ve rounded up my go-to, ultra-stellar list of the best ice cream shops in Detroit and Metro Detroit so that you can celebrate this day to its fullest potential. Five different cones in one day? I’m not judging you.

The Custard Hut—Dearborn Heights, MI

 Photo via  The Custard Hut

Photo via The Custard Hut

This Metro Detroit summer hotspot is notorious for their waffle sandwiches— creamy custard stuffed in between two hot waffles with additions like cereal and nuts coating the sides. If the sandwich life isn’t for you, they have two rotating flavor-of-the-week custards, along with regular chocolate and vanilla. Their flurries are also the best that I’ve had (if you have a crazy sweet tooth like me, try the cotton candy one), so Custard Hut is great when you want some options.

Guernsey Farms Dairy— Northville, MI

Another Metro Detroit staple, Guernsey is a diner, dairy store and ice cream parlor wrapped all into one. Serving up hard-packed ice cream in an overwhelming number of flavors, this timeless favorite also gives you an insane bang for your buck. Even better— they sell most of their flavors in stores like Target and Kroger as well.

Detroit Water Ice Factory— Detroit, MI

 Photo via  @tiffzimms

Photo via @tiffzimms

If you like a bit of an icier treat, Detroit Water Ice is your go-to. Specializing in “water ice,” they serve up shaved ice that's perfect for any scorching day. Their famous Motown Twist even has soft serve above and below the ice, turning it into a creamy treat. Better yet? 100% of their profits go to help S.A.Y. (Super All Year) Detroit, a Detroit Rescue mission that provides resources to newborns, teens, senior citizens, veterans, and the homeless. There’s nothing better than eating charitably.

Sweet Dreamz Creamery— Detroit, MI

What’s better than ice cream on a stick? Probably nothing. Sweet Dreamz Creamery knows just that, and specializes in homemade ice cream and gelato served up on a popsicle stick. Besides being adorable (which naturally means Instagrammable), they also have gelato, sorbetto, vegan and alcohol-infused pops. A boozy ice cream? Count everyone in.

Reilly Craft Creamery— Detroit, MI

 Photo via  @katnicole313

Photo via @katnicole313

Free any weekend coming up soon? You should spend it at Reilly Craft Creamery, which is only open on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Not only does their ice cream taste amazing, but it looks amazing too— their slogan, “cold truth,” is featured on a sticker with an image of hands holding ice cream on all of their cones. If you can’t make it on Saturday, you can find their ice cream at retailers like Whole Foods and Better Health.

Ice Cream Plant— Several different shops and retailers in the Metro Detroit area

 Photo via Ice Cream Plant

Photo via Ice Cream Plant

Fear not, ice cream lovers who also happen to be vegan! Ice Cream Plant specializes in making vegan ice cream only. Don’t let this make you think it skimps on flavor, though! Using wholesome ingredients like organic coconut milk and organic fair trade Dutch-process cocoa powder, you’ll feel good eating up a cone of this stuff. While they don’t have their own shop, you can find them by the pint at retailers like Holiday Market in Royal Oak and Mootown Ice Cream in Detroit, and by the scoop at restaurants like Chive Kitchen in Farmington and Seva in Detroit and Ann Arbor!

What are your favorite ice cream shops in Detroit? Any that weren't featured above? Comment below so that I have another excuse to try more ice cream!

Scream it up for ice cream,

Autumn.

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BBQ, Booze & Jams: The Pig & Whiskey Festival

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BBQ, Booze & Jams: The Pig & Whiskey Festival

It’s almost time for one of my fav summer festivals.

The Pig & Whiskey is a finger licking, beer & whiskey drinking, good music playing – one hell of a good time.

July 13,14 & 15 the festival will throw down a block party type celebration at 9 Mile and East Troy Street.

 photo credits: instagram of @pigandwhiskey with a shout out to @detroitbbq

photo credits: instagram of @pigandwhiskey with a shout out to @detroitbbq

Michigan’s top BBQ joints will line up to have a cook-off featuring their menu items. Expect pulled pork sammies, ribs & mac ‘n’ cheese galore.

You can wash all these treats down with some of Michigan’s best brews & a plethora of whiskey options.

 photo credits: pig &amp; whiskey via Instagram - props to @greyghost for the lovely cocktail.

photo credits: pig & whiskey via Instagram - props to @greyghost for the lovely cocktail.

Don’t forget to stop by cocktail corner which rotates craft cocktails perfected by some of Detroit and Metro-Detroits best restaurants. Expect to see favorites such as: Grey Ghost, Kiesling, Imperial and Wright & Co.

And OMG Yass bring your pups out! This year Tito’s Vodka has not one, but TWO dog friendly lounge areas with dog goodies, cocktails & games. (a round of a-paws to them ;)

 photo credits: Instagram via @pigandwhiskey

photo credits: Instagram via @pigandwhiskey

The festival is also stacked with a line-up of BOMB ASS music over the weekend. Check out the Schedule below:

FRIDAY

Pokey LaFarge

Bear Vs Shark

Ohio Wild

The Messenger Birds

SATURDAY

Laith Al-Saadi

Stone Clover

Robert Bradley

Holly Bernt Band

Ben Keeler Band

Kevin Thibodeau & Cast Iron Horns

The Doozers

Billy Brandt & The Sugarees

SUNDAY

Electric Stix

Ancient Language

The Beggars

Duende

Mark Mallman

Strange Heart

Kimball

The Festival ends at Midnight on Friday & Saturday and 11 pm on Sunday. If you want to keep the party flowing, head on over to The Loving Touch for the after party.

The Loving Touch After Party Line-Up (bands listed from latest to earliest)

FRIDAY

Tart

The High Strung

Kommander

SATURDAY

Saajtak

Bent Knee

Summer Like the Season

SUNDAY

Scarlet Lies

The Dropout

Vazum

There is also a special ticket package available online for the connoisseurs of the premium stuff. The ticket package affords you a special tent that features 40 premium whiskeys, scotches and bourbons. As well as a cooling station and access to indoor bathrooms.

I, however, am not that fancy. I’ll be rolling with the regular peeps on a budget. From experience, here’s what to expect and how to prepare:

Bring cash – you’ll be buying tickets to exchange for beer, whiskey and BBQ food. This is an easy way to make quick transactions.

Also, the lovely people pouring your beer are volunteers from non-profits. All the tips go directly to their organization. TIP YOUR BARTENDERS :)

Parking is going to suck – plan on parking at least a few blocks away (parking at meters is free on Sunday’s)

It is going to be crowded & hot – for this reason, I like to go a little later once the crowd has died down and the sun isn’t blazing hot. Going on Sunday is also a good idea because a lot of people have already come and gone -- it’s sort of an industry night.

Bring wet naps – There is no doubt you are going to get down on some BBQ food that’s going to leave your fingers sticky AF. Score mega cool points with your friends when you come to the rescue with wet naps (MAJOR MOM MOVE.)

Bring tissue & hand sanitizer – As any good festival would have – your bathroom options are pretty limited to port-o-potties. Super gross. Help yourself out and bring some TP and hand sanitizer to come out as unscathed as possible.

The ride and driver situation can (and should) raise a concern when drinking adult beverages. Lyft is offering is offering 20% off your ride to-and-from Pig & Whiskey with up to $5 off for all new and existing customers.

 

Cheers, 

xoxo Lately with Lo

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Detroit's Best BBQ in Honor of the Fourth of July

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Detroit's Best BBQ in Honor of the Fourth of July

If you’ve read any of my blog posts before, you know that I love writing about food. A lot. With the 4th of July being tomorrow, I obviously started thinking about allll of the good BBQ that I’d be eating in spirit of the birth of this nation. Chicken! Fruit Salad! Surprisingly good baked beans!

But what if you’re lazy af like myself, or just don’t have a grill? Unfortunate things like this happen! But! Don’t fret just yet, because I’ve decided to compile my top BBQ joints in the Detroit area to pop by around the holiday.

How else will you cure those savory and smoky cravings?

Slows Bar BQ— Detroit, MI

 Photo via Trip Advisor

Photo via Trip Advisor

This one is clearly a no-brainer. Arguably the hottest and busiest BBQ eatery in the area, Slows is a Detroit classic. With a rustic interior, comforting sides like mac-n-cheese and cornbread, and clever sandwich names like “The Genius,” Slows is a Corktown classic that’ll reliably satisfy all of your BBQ needs.

Vicki’s Foods, Inc.— Detroit, MI

What if on top of BBQ, you also have a hankering for…shrimp? You’re not out of luck, because Vicki’s Foods is known for their French fried shrimp. This timeless shop, which has been serving up classic BBQ for 57 years, is also known for its quick service. Those on a time crunch— this one’s for you!

Nunn’s Bar-B-Cue II— Detroit, MI

This no-fuss joint is perfect if you’re looking for all of the classics. Staying open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Nunn’s is perfect for late-night cravings. They also serve up family-sized helpings, which is great if you’re bringing others with you.

Rogue Estate BBQ— Ferndale, MI

 Photo via  Eater Detroit

Photo via Eater Detroit

As if you didn’t already know, all of us at J’adore are OBSESSED with the food truck trend. That’s why Rogue Estate, or RE BBQ is a must-visit on this list. Though they only serve on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, RE BBQ is another great option for the on-the-go eater. You don’t have to stop everything you’re doing just to get some good ribs (or you shouldn’t have to).

Lockhart’s BBQ— Royal Oak, MI

 Photo via  Eater Detroit

Photo via Eater Detroit

If long menus don’t intimidate you, Lockhart’s is the place to be. Serving up southern BBQ staples like fried green beans and pulled pork sandwiches, along with twists of favorites like mac-n-cheese shepherd’s pie, you’ll be able to find something to chow down on. They even have a breakfast menu too— who says you can’t have grilled food first thing in the morning?

While these are just some of my favorites, the list of quality BBQ places in Detroit is nothing less than exhaustive. Wanna share some of your frequents with me? Comment below! I want to eat as much food as I possibly can this holiday!

Stay hungry (and patriotic),

Autumn.

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Getting Ready For My Stay At Graduate Hotel Ann Arbor

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Getting Ready For My Stay At Graduate Hotel Ann Arbor

How cute & cozy is The Graduate Hotel?

 photo credits Christian Horan Photography

photo credits Christian Horan Photography

Although I’m a Michigan State gal at heart, I can’t help but be in L-O-V-E with the adorable collegiate style of The Graduate Hotel that pays homage to the hotels hometown university, U of M.

I've been invited to stay tomorrow night and I couldn’t be more excited. I mean, have you seen it?

Graduate Hotel Ann Arbor has a super cozy club feel with walls dressed up flannel and beds draped in preppy plaids. As if the beautiful ascetic wasn’t enough to make me swoon, the location does.

(above photo credits: Christian Horan Photography)

The hotel is located at the gateway to State Street, directly across from campus and just a quick stroll to Kerrytown and Main Street. This is the perfect place to stay if you want to get out and enjoy all the shopping and dining in Ann Arbor with the comfiest place to retire for the night.

Although Ann Arbor has plenty of dining options, you really don’t have to look any further than the hotels own options.

Graduate Coffee offers a great coffee selection and a menu of local favorites. This is the perfect place to get your caffeine fix before spending the day shopping.

Whether you are going to stay in for the night or go out, don’t forget to stop by the hotel’s Allen Rumsey Cocktail Lounge. The recently debuted lounge reflects the same cozy club vibe of the hotel, with great selection of cocktails. They even serve 40 oz. of rosé… this place really gets me.

 While you’re in A2 make sure to stop by some of other favorite spots:

Fred’s – is my jam for the best acai bowls and smoothies around. This is a must stop spot for a feel-good breakfast or lunch.

Frita Batidos – This Cuban culture inspired joint is my favorite. Chorizo burger with shoestring French fries on top. Say no mas.

Last Word Bar – If you’re looking for a great cocktail, go to the last word bar. They have an amazing staff who creates totally original drinks. I love to try anything Mezcal.

Isalita -No trip to Ann Arbor is complete without going to Isalita. Tacos, ceviche && corn elote = yum city.

Cafe Zola – For food that looks as good as it tastes, go to Café Zola. Who doesn’t love a good branzino?

Mani Osteria – From the wood fired pizzas to the pasta, this place will not disappoint. It a great place to have a date night, go with friends or solo to indulge in a bowl of pasta & glass of wine (or more.)

with love, 

Candice

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2018 VegBash (And My Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants)

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2018 VegBash (And My Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants)

To all my vegan, vegetarian or just plant-lovin’ friends out there: tonight from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. is the 2018 VegBash Summer Solstice Celebration at the Royal Oak Farmers Market!

The event, which is both indoor and outdoor, is meant to celebrate all the delicious local vegan and vegetarian cuisine in Metro Detroit. There will also be alcoholic beverages, live music, Michigan-made food, health, and wellness products, and a bounce house for the kiddos while you chow down.

 Photo via  VegBash

Photo via VegBash

In order to be in this fruit and veg heaven, you must purchase tickets ahead of the event. Additionally, there will be two time slots for arrival, which will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., but you can stay for the entirety of the bash regardless.

The 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. time slot will be a $12 fee for adults and the 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. time slot will be a $10 fee for adults. Both time slots are free for children 12 and under.

Admission additionally includes a $5 food voucher that goes toward any of the vendors and a reusable tote bag from Whole Foods.

We love free cash and being environmentally friendly!

If you’re unable to make the event like myself (SAD), you’re not completely out of luck. Below, I’ve compiled my fav Metro Detroit vegan and vegetarian healthy eateries that also taste amazing too. Trust me, they all have my heart in some way.

Inn Season Café– Royal Oak, MI

 Photo via  Inn Season Café

This teeny-tiny green building is a powerhouse. Serving up both vegan and vegetarian options, Inn Season is the must-go when you’re looking for a cozy place to get some dinner. It was also the first veg restaurant in Metro Detroit that I ate at (thanks, Dad), so it holds a special place in my heart.

Must Order: Szechuan Stir Fry, Root Beer Kombucha and Opera Cake (is it really a trip to Inn Season if you don’t get dessert?)

Detroit Vegan Soul—Detroit, MI

 Photo via  Eater Detroit

Photo via Eater Detroit

DVS isn’t playing around when they say that they’ve got soul. With starters like Hush Puppies and sides featuring the likes of Mashed Potatoes and Collard Greens, your belly will feel like your mom made you a home-cooked meal (except this one is vegan).

Must Order: Soul Platter and Bacon Ranch Tofu Wrap

GreenSpace Café— Ferndale, MI

 Photo via  Metro Times

Photo via Metro Times

Right in the heart of downtown Ferndale, GreenSpace is an open and warm café with food that fits its vibe. With extensive bar space and ample seating, this is the place you want to go to when you want to have a (healthier) happy hour with your best pals. I mean, they do have THE best shareable dishes.

Must Order: Calzone and Wild Mushroom Toast

The Lunch Room— Ann Arbor, MI

 Photo via  TripAdvisor

Photo via TripAdvisor

Easily the most casual on the list, The Lunch Room is an industrial-chic space located in central Kerrytown. While vegan and veggie foods can sometimes be a bit pricy, this favorite of mine has grub as cheap as $4. If I’m being honest though, the best thing they serve up is dessert. They even have their own bakery!

Must Order: Pad Thai, Queso Burrito Bowl and if they have it, the Cookie Dough Brownie. Literally the best brownie I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of brownies in my 20 years.

Do you have another vegetarian and/or vegan hotspot that you love? Comment below and let me know!

Stay eatin' your greens,

Autumn.

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Clementina Launch in Capitol Park

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Clementina Launch in Capitol Park

Detroit's no stranger to the seemingly everlasting food truck trend. It's quick, easy, and on-the-go, so can you blame us?

That's why Jeremey Sassoon, owner of Townhouse and Prime + Proper, and Bedrock Real Estate, are opening Clementina in Capitol Park. This food truck will be Latin-based, and is a bright prink and turquoise, making it easy to spot. 

 The effortless cursive of Clementina's signage adds to its easy vibe. Photo via  Clementina

The effortless cursive of Clementina's signage adds to its easy vibe. Photo via Clementina

Keep in mind that the restaurant is seasonal, so you'll want to hit it up ASAP. Its diverse menu with vegan options, along with its affordable price range of $4-$13, means that there's preeetty much no excuse for you not to check it out. There are even frozen and kegged cocktails, along with wine and beer. I'm not sure if this place could get any better.

 Tacos + string lights = a foodie in the summer's favorite spot. Photo via  Clementina

Tacos + string lights = a foodie in the summer's favorite spot. Photo via Clementina

Clementina is slated to open prior to the Fourth of July, so anticipate its launch very soon. In the meantime, keep chowin' down on some of my other favorite Latin spots in Detroit, like Vincente's (with salsa dancing at night) and Taqueria El Rey.

Keep guacin' it out,

Autumn.

 

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Why Your Next Hangout Needs to be at Kielsing

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Why Your Next Hangout Needs to be at Kielsing

OK. Summer is here, unofficially, but let's be real. These hot, humid days leave us needing an ice cold drink by 4 pm. AT THE LATEST! So we wanted to share with you our COOL, new, fave hangout, Kiesling Detroit.

 Inside of Kiesling via Eater Detroit

Inside of Kiesling via Eater Detroit

Restored after decades of sitting empty this old Milwaukee Junction watering hole is back in action. Featuring Rob Wilson (We love you ROB!) formerly of Selden Standard, as the bar manager, leading a knowledgeable team loaded with great hospitality. Originally a cafe, general store and a bar it eventually switched hands in the 70’s and became “Edith’s Hideaway,” a police and firefighter hangout until it was shutdown in the 90’s.

 Coffee cocktail via @hungryindetroit

Coffee cocktail via @hungryindetroit

During the buildout, they found secrets of the buildings past and restored a multi-piece mural of nature scenes painted on the wall. Lots of dark-finished wood is seen throughout and whether it looks like it or not, the walls AND CEILINGS are wallpaper! The bar was designed by Ashley Davidson and features original wood and wallpaper from Printsburgh. The space has a southwest meets Detroit feel, that kinda makes you feel like you’re in your grandpa’s very chic man cave. The bar features 14 seats while leather couches and benches line the other side of the bar walls. Kiesling has a patio that can fit a couple dozen people out in the fresh air. They have an awesome private room for small parties or if you just feel like ballin’ out.

 Beer and a shot combo via @kieslingdetroit

Beer and a shot combo via @kieslingdetroit

With a team featuring former members of Selden, Chartreuse and La Rondinella you know they are putting out delicious drinks! Not only are they delicious but they are very reasonable priced around $10-12 bucks. We recommend the “Honey bear” garnished with bee pollen! They also have a rotating FROZEN COCKTAIL to keep you cool all damn summer. Our go-to move to keep the party going is to have a couple drinks and switch to the “Beer and a shot” combo for only $5.

If you are looking for a dark and homey vibe, GO HERE. If you are looking for great drinks and hospitality, GO HERE. If you are looking for somewhere you can bring your own food in, GO HERE. FOR A GOOD TIME DRINK AT KIESLING.

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Summer Patio Hotspots

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Summer Patio Hotspots

The weather’s officially heating up in the D, and so is our need to hit up the best outdoor patios in the area. When you have an insane love of both eating and being outside, you’ll do anything to make sure those two world’s collide.

Recently, Candice had the opportunity to talk to NPR’s Detroit Culture Shift team and gave them the run-down on all of her favorite patios in Detroit. Here are some of the highlights on her talk of what places you have to frequent this summer.

Patios to Dine On

Ottava Via: Ottava Via is located in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood near old Tiger Stadium. It’s one of our favorite places for Italian food in the city, and the patio has bocce ball in the warmer months. Classic outdoor games are a summer must too.

La Dolce Vita: La Dolce Vita’s patio is like a secret garden in the city. Every second Sunday of the month, their brunch turns into a Pajama Party with a live DJ and mimosa bar. PJs and drinks? Can’t complain.

 The warm glow of the patio at La Dolce Vita gives off the best warm weather vibes. Photo via  La Dolce Vita

The warm glow of the patio at La Dolce Vita gives off the best warm weather vibes. Photo via La Dolce Vita

Nancy Whiskey: This old-school Irish bar in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood hosts a food pop-up featuring different chefs around Detroit every Sunday night. They also have a corn hole tournament on Thursdays. Once again, outdoor games = essential.

The Peterboro: The Peterboro hosts a Pig & Punch party on select Wednesdays. This summer shindig features rum punch cocktails, a DJ and pork dishes.

 Photos of the Peterboro found via  After 5 Detroit

Photos of the Peterboro found via After 5 Detroit

Patios for Live Music

Old Miami: This is one of our favorite places to party during the summer months, perfect for a day of hanging out with friends or to listen to live music at night. They have an outdoor bar and occasional food vendors, too.

 Brunch at Northern Lights. Photo credits instagram  @northern.lights.lounge

Brunch at Northern Lights. Photo credits instagram @northern.lights.lounge

Northern Lights: If you are looking for a brunch party, Northern Lights Lounge in New Center is your go-to. They have brunch with a live DJ until 3 p.m. on the weekends. Think of how late you can wake up.

El Club: This music venue is one of our fav places for concerts. The recently-expanded patio is a perfect place to hang with friends, and the best place to go to a show or check out a nightly DJ.

 The patio at Motor City Wine. Photo Credits instagram  @motorcitywine

The patio at Motor City Wine. Photo Credits instagram @motorcitywine

Motor City Wine: Located in Corktown, this is one of our regular spots to hang on summer nights. The patio has a classic backyard vibe with a weekly line up of Detroit’s favorite DJs.

The Whitney Detroit: The Whitney hosts a weekly garden party on Thursdays with live music. If you’re feeling extra swanky and classy, dining here will ensure that.

With it only being June, there's no excuse not to check out all of these great gems Detroit has to offer this summer. Just make sure you're seated outside.

Talk later,

Autumn.

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GIVEAWAY: Barley, BBQ & Beats Festival Tickets

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GIVEAWAY: Barley, BBQ & Beats Festival Tickets

We are so excited to drink ALL THE whiskey, eat ALL THE BBQ and chill up in Novi this Saturday for Barley, BBQ & Beats. The event is a fundraiser that will support the Hospice of Michigan's Open Access Fund which provides end-of-life care to patients regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay. This shindig will be this Saturday, June 9 from 5 to 9 pm at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi.

 Brisket sandwich via Woodpile BBQ

Brisket sandwich via Woodpile BBQ

With each admission guests can enjoy three plates of BBQ from these different food vendors: 

·        Aljoom’s BBQ

·        American House

·        Black Bull BBQ

·        C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill

·        Detroit BBQ Company

·        Forte Belanger

·        Lockhart’s BBQ

·        The Moveable Feast

·        Park’s Old Style BBQ

·        Red Rock Barbecue

·        Westside Barbecue

·        Woodpile BBQ Shack

 Two James Rye Whiskey via Two James

Two James Rye Whiskey via Two James

BBQ wouldn't be complete without something strong to wash it down! So the following Michigan whiskey vendors will be serving up three handcrafted, whiskey based cocktails for your enjoyment from the following distillers: 

·        American Fifth Spirits

·        Ann Arbor Distilling Company

·        Bier Distillery

·        Detroit City Distillery

·        Grand Traverse Distillery

·        Journeyman Distillery

·        Our/Detroit

·        Red Cedar Spirits

·        Two James Spirits

But there's more than just good BBQ and whiskey to go around! There's also live music! We know, this is shaping up to be a great event! The night will include performances by Corey Dakota & The Rippers, Drop 3rd Strike and Space Cat. 

Want to know the best part? We're giving away 2 free tickets TODAY so head over to our Instagram and check out our stories to win yours!

If you're interested in purchasing a ticket you can do that HERE

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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The Best Cookies, Coffee, and Carbs at Detroit Cookie Co.

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The Best Cookies, Coffee, and Carbs at Detroit Cookie Co.

Cookies, coffee, and carbs. What more could you need in this life, tbh?

Detroit Cookie Co. knows that these are the three items essential to happiness. The bakery that's been taking cookie-holics by storm is located right off of Woodward Ave. in Ferndale inside an older, utterly charming blue building. It even has cookie-filled angel wings painted on the side, which is super Instagram-able. More importantly, it’s the best place to drop by when you’ve got a wicked sweet tooth.

 It's #allaboutthecookie in these angel wings. Photo credit to Detroit Cookie Co.

It's #allaboutthecookie in these angel wings. Photo credit to Detroit Cookie Co.

Serving up bold espresso, 25+ cookie flavors, ice cream, bread pudding, croissants, and even cinnamon rolls on the weekend, narrowing down what you want to try at Detroit Cookie Co. is nothing less than a hard decision. There are even vegan and gluten-free options available upon request for those with dietary restrictions, so there’s no excuse to not try this little piece of heaven.

The story behind the bakery is an endearing one. Lauren Roumayah, owner and founder, was a fashion merchandizing major at Wayne State. After snagging an office position post-graduation, she realized that the cubicle life wasn’t for her.

Her fiancé Tony asked her what her dream job would be. With no hesitation, she told him that she just wanted to bake cookies.  After this epiphany, the couple worked 9-5 gigs while simultaneously trying to turn their dream into a reality. Two weeks after officially opening shop in September 2017, Roumayah quit her day job and immersed herself completely in making people a little happier through supplying hungry tummies with cookies.

 Owner Lauren Roumayah and her fiancé Tony. Photo credit to Detroit Cookie Co.

Owner Lauren Roumayah and her fiancé Tony. Photo credit to Detroit Cookie Co.

Roumayah’s love of sugar and spice was born at a young age thanks to her mom, who would wake up before she’d go to school to bake cookies for her lunch. During the holidays, she’d join her mom in the kitchen and whip up recipes with her. “I owe all of my baking knowledge to her,” Roumayah says.

Though the only location as of now stands in Ferndale, Roumayah and the rest of her team are working on restoring a 1967 DIVCO milk truck to take business on-the-go. In the meantime, you can pop by the shop and try one (or five) of the insane cookies she bakes up daily, like Browned Butter Pecan and Cap n’ Berry-o.

 The Pancake and Syrup cookie— who needs breakfast  now ? Photo credit to Detroit Cookie Co.

The Pancake and Syrup cookie— who needs breakfast now? Photo credit to Detroit Cookie Co.

Roumayah’s story not only feeds the hopes of us dreamers, but it fills up our stomachs too. Just make sure you’re doing so with the best cookies, coffee, and carbs in town.

Talk later,

Autumn.

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3 Reasons Why The Michigan Wine & Cider Festival is a Must Visit Next Year

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3 Reasons Why The Michigan Wine & Cider Festival is a Must Visit Next Year

As the summer begins to heat up we all need to remember to stay hydrated. Perhaps the best way to do that is to enjoy some locally made wine and cider! Michigan Wine & Cider Festival brought the heat with over 40 Michigan wineries and cider mills. We attended the fest last week and we’re here to tell you IT’S AWESOME and here are three reasons why:

 Eastern Market during the festival.&nbsp;

Eastern Market during the festival. 

1. DRINKS: When you walk in you get a new engraved stemless wine glass with 15 drink tickets (!!!).  There was a good-sized crowd all night but it was still super quick and easy to get drinks with so many different stands to visit.

 Corks from Detroit Vineyards

Corks from Detroit Vineyards

2. THE WINE MAKERS: One of my favorite aspects of this fest was having the vintners from each winery serving up wine and providing first hand deets on those they grew and processed themselves! Super interesting stuff! We learned that Michigan has long been known as a Riesling producing state but lately more and more varietals are becoming popular. Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir were there out in full force and honestly they are just as good as their counterparts from California and Italy (or so we thought after 5 samples). Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the U.S. next to California, and we think it’s about time we give credit where it is due!

 Farmhaus cider&nbsp;

Farmhaus cider 

3. CIDER: Who knew cider was so good? Sure, we’ve all tried an Angry Orchard at least once in our lives. Some people love them but others cannot stand to drink something so sweet. Well this festival helped us open our eyes to how great Michigan-made cider is. First, we stopped by Uncle John’s Hard Cider to try the Apple-Blueberry and the Apple-Apricot cider. These babies showed us a glimpse of how good ciders really can be. Next stop was Farmhaus Cider Co. to see if all this cider hype was just a fluke or if we could continue drinking them all night long. And oh my god does Farmhaus know what they are doing when it comes to cider!!! They have several varieties, but our fave was the cinnamon and maple flavored cider rightfully named, “Brunch.” Runner up goes to “Crushable” which means exactly what you think it does; cucumber and apple flavors mingling harmoniously with a smooth and refreshing aftertaste. We KNOW this would be a great mixer for those who prefer their alcohol with alcohol! Mix this stuff with some gin and sit on your back porch, perfect summer evening made!

With all the delicious fruits that can be grown in Michigan and having more than 11.3 million apple trees in commercial apple production, we need to do our part in putting all those delicious fruits to good use! Now that you know what’s up there is no excuse not to see you all there next year!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Spring has Sprung and So Has Detroit's Downtown Markets

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Spring has Sprung and So Has Detroit's Downtown Markets

We loved the winter markets so much we're back breaking news about the spring markets that Bedrock & Quicken Loans so graciously put on again this season. Like the winer markets, located throughout downtown at 1441 Woodward Collective, Campus Martius and Capitol Park, 30 local vendors, mainly female and minority owned businesses will setup shop this spring and summer AND WE CAN'T WAIT. Here's a breakdown of everything you need to know!

 Cadillac Square Beer Garden

Cadillac Square Beer Garden

Cadillac Square

A seasonal beer garden equipped with strawberry frosé, Atwater Beer, rosé and other adult beverages. Food by our friends at Central Kitchen + Bar. The food menu looks summery and delicious everything you would want to eat while wetting your palette with some brews - Bavarian pretzels, German charcuterie, hamburg flatbread and more! This area also has four basketball courts and other games like giant Jenga and bags. Perfect for a family day out! 

 View of the Ren Cen from Cadillac Square&nbsp;

View of the Ren Cen from Cadillac Square 

Some of our favorite vendors in Cadillac Square are: 

  • Ink Detroit: Apparel that embodies "Detroit Pride and Love."
  • Ashley Gold: Handmade jewelry.
  • York: Streetwear designed & printed in Detroit. 
  • Flamingo Vintage: Men's and women's clothing and accessories that date back to the 1920s through 1970s.
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Capitol Park

This part of the market really excites us this year as there are eight local vendors, a rotating chef kitchen & bar and a farmer's market planned every Tuesday - I mean what else do you need for the perfect spring/summer setup?! 

 Glass pods throughout Cadillac Square &amp; Capitol Park with local vendors

Glass pods throughout Cadillac Square & Capitol Park with local vendors

Some of our favorite vendors in Capitol Park are: 

 Tables at the beer garden

Tables at the beer garden

1441 Woodward Collective

This indoor retail part of the downtown market is much needed because it's it gets hot out there! It's a highly curated retail market featuring some of our favorite local retailers including: 

  • Fly Behavior: A stylist-curated collection.
  • Ferne Boutique: Women's clothing for all ages.
  • David Vintage: "A Haute Couture Streetwear lifestyle brand" for men and women that offers streetwear, outerwear and unique accessories.
  • Goldeluxe: Brass, sterling silver, 14K gold and 14K gold fill jewelry.
  • Pingree Detroit: Leather and hemp totes brought to life by localized, sustainable, community-supported production powered by veterans and civilians.
 Giant Jenga in Cadillac Square

Giant Jenga in Cadillac Square

We hope you'll be able to make it to downtown soon to experience the markets as they open to the public tomorrow (Friday, May 25th!) See you there!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

 

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Where the party at: Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby weekend events!

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Where the party at: Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby weekend events!

The fifth of May is a big one this year! The stars have aligned to have Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby on the same day, on a Saturday no less! So whether you and your friends are thirsty for ice cold mint juleps or maybe some margaritas/micheladas we have you covered on all the May 5th happenings around Detroit and beyond!

Derby Parties

Green Dot Stables - Party starts at 3 pm and will feature live bluegrass band, The Kufflinks.

 via Eater Detroit

via Eater Detroit

 

Stache International- Stache will have food and drink specials, and prizes to win!

The Skip - Come party in The Belt! Show off your finest Derby outfits to win prizes and obviously drink specials are HAPPENING.

Atwater Brewery - Dress to impress and get $3 select pints.

Thomas McGee’s Sporting House - Party starts at 3 pm with drink specials.

Firebird Tavern - They hand-picked a barrel of Woodford Reserve for their Derby party.

Tap at MGM Grand - Serving Founder’s KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) for the occasion!

Charles H Wright Museum - Derby party. General admission is $40, VIP is $85 which includes premium open bar and buffet. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us!

Roostertail - Party with a purpose! Their goal is to fundraise, empower, celebrate womanhood, and fellowship in high style, while providing financial support to local charities in Metro Detroit. $85-125.

Motor City Gas (Royal Oak) - Doors open at 2 pm with a bourbon sweet tea special.

Cellarmen’s (Hazel Park) - Say no more than a special release of a bourbon barrel-aged mead and Derby Pie stout.

JoeBar (Hazel Park) - Party starts at 2 pm with free shuttles to Hazel Park Raceway from 4-7 pm! They will have friendly in-house wagering, plenty of special food and drinks and bonus prizes for those dressed for occasion!

 via Zagat

via Zagat

Cinco de Mayo Parties

Alley Taco - Stop by for live music, patio games and grilling outside!

 via After5 Detroit

via After5 Detroit

Cinco Bash Pub Crawl (Ferndale) - Party starts at 1 pm, $15-25 for a lanyard giving access to drink specials at participating bars.

Sugar House - Original cocktails crafted with Patron tequilas and Mexican inspired lite bites from Gratiot Avenue Provisions.

 via @hungryindetroit

via @hungryindetroit

Southwest Detroit Taco Tour - Make up your own taco tour through Mexicantown! Our fave spots for tac’s and all-around delicious Mexican cuisine are Taqueria El Rey, Taqueria Lupitas, Taqueria Nuestra Familia, El Nacimiento and El Asador!

Las Palapas (Livonia) - Will have live music, an ice luge, kid-friendly celebrations. Last year they had a 17 hour party, so if you’re near Livonia this might be the place to be!

No matter what you end up doing, have fun and be safe, bb’s!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j’adore Detroit

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