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DTW: Better Made Rainbow Chips

> They were just OK to me.

Certainly better than the squid flavored chips I bought in Japan.

Had to wash those down with a can of Sweat. I kid you not; it's a Gatorade-like beverage.

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Moo Cluck Moo - DTW (Dearborn Heights)

I am "in" for the 3-friends $9 promo.

Jul 21, 2014
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DTW: Better Made Rainbow Chips

Found a medium sized bag on the shelf at Ernie's, but could not remember if the consensus was good or bad. I took the risk - Yum ...

Jul 20, 2014
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Connie & Barbara's Soul Food [DTW]

While waiting in line @ Ernie's, the family ahead of me highly recommended Connie & Barbara's Soul Food; Six Mile, just west of the Lodge.

The reviews on Y are very positive. Any 'hounds familiar with this restaurant?

Jul 20, 2014
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Memorable Quotes about booze

You know, how if you eat, before going to the grocery store, you don't buy as much food?

That doesn't work for the liquor store ...

Jul 18, 2014
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Memorable Quotes about booze

Tequila makes my clothes fall off.

Jul 18, 2014
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Fifty Years - DTW

Welcome back, stranger. Added your find.

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Jul 16, 2014
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Fifty Years - DTW

Thank you. When I started this list, I contacted the Grosse Pointe store and they gave the the earlier date.

Fixed ... for now. Trying to decide whether to leave them on the list.

What say all y'all?

Jul 15, 2014
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Fifty Years - DTW

I have added Bates

Jul 15, 2014
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Fifty Years - DTW

Added: Chicken Shack

I have converted the list to a PDF; suitable for phones & tablets. Download from:

http://www.realitydistortionfield.com...

Jul 15, 2014
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Lena; Ann Arbor

The Rolling Sculpture Auto Show closed AA's downtown district on Friday. It was the typical streets-closed, AA downtown event. Friends had made a 6PM resv @ Lena. We arrived at 5:55PM and the hostess said, "That's an unusual name! I remember taking the resv!" Then ... she could not find the resv. Huh? Then began a weird conversation re: whether or not we would be seated at 6PM.

Their sidewalk tables had a 45-60 minute wait. The dining room was mostly empty - odd given the mass of humanity outside the door and the show-center location. We opt'd for the dining room.

Our waiter appeared instantly, explaining that HH ends at 6PM. If we ordered RIGHT NOW, we could get HH specials & pricing. We ordered RIGHT NOW: fish tacos, cuban sliders were both excellent. The margaritas were merely good.

The grilled chicken w/plantains over rice was very good. The salmon was very good. The blue crab burrito ... not so much. Flavors were ... off and dull. I do not recall the fourth entree.

Overall; the service was excellent. The space was not cramped. Hot food was hot. Cold food was cold. Most of the surfaces are hard, so it was a tad noisy, but we managed to hold a mostly audible dinner conversation. WiFi was good. CCW friendly.

Jul 13, 2014
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Tried CAYA Smokehouse Grill in Wolverine Lake, MI (DTW area) last night...

> really, really major in the minors ...

Yes, they sweat the details on the appetizers and salads. Next time, we will split an entree and order an extra side or two.

Now, about that lifted, blacked-out Hummer that parked at my elbow. Whether it is mgt or staff, it's gotta go ...

Jul 13, 2014
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Tried CAYA Smokehouse Grill in Wolverine Lake, MI (DTW area) last night...

A few more comments after a night to sleep on it:

I like their cornbread recipe. I prefer just a hint of sweetness, not SWEET, and a bit of coarseness in the cornmeal grind. CAYA nailed it. The glob of butter? Not so much.

I am not a fan of salt (or sugar). A teenie amount can make a dish. But for my tastes, too many kitchens are turning out veritable salt licks. Kudos to CAYA for going light with the salt.

The level of business last night, did not seem sufficient to keep the doors open. That would be a shame. CAYA is turning out better smoked products than Ginopolis, and it is nice to have something closer than Lazy Bones and less frustrating than Slows.

Jul 13, 2014
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Tried CAYA Smokehouse Grill in Wolverine Lake, MI (DTW area) last night...

Based on your review; we decided to try CAYA tonite.

At 6PM, there were only 8-10 customer cars in the parking lot. Not a good sign.

Plenty of open seating on the screened-in deck. Adequate room between the tables so there was none of the bump & grind common to so many establishments.

The dining room is one big room with lots of hard surfaces. While it was empty tonite, I imagine that it gets rather noisy.

Andrea was our server. She was knowledgeable and attentive, without being pushy. She kept the water glasses and wine glasses full. She knew the menu,
preparations, options & sauces.

The wine pour struck me as a tad stingy. The list is short with nothing particularly "special." I grade it as
neighborhood dining competent.

Crab cake appetizer arrived, promptly and hot. In a word, wonderful.

I loved my corn, guacamole & greens salad.

Brisket and ribs were our entrees. Bark on both was good. Smoke ring was noticeable. Both arrived unsauced, thank you very much. Portions were over-sized. PLENTY of leftovers for at least one more meal. The sauces were a bit of a let down. Not bad. Not incompetent. But none of the sauces delighted us.

The sides were onion rings and tater tots. Both were excellent ... and VERY lightly salted. Thank you. Again, the portions were oversized.

I like their cornbread. Sadly; it arrived hot from the kitchen with a mountain of wanted butter plopped right on top. It was easily removed. Only a hint of sweetness to the cornbread ... and it included a bit of whole kernel corn.

WiFi is excellent. CCW is permitted. The only downside was what I assume must be the mgr, based on his interactions with the staff. He rolled into the parking lot in a lifted, blacked-out Hummer and proceeded to park it table-side. I really didn't want his Hummer at my elbow. There were PLENTY of spaces in the front row.

Jul 12, 2014
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Not to be missed Cleveland recommendations for Dallas, tx business traveler

For breakfast and lunch, I like Lucky's in Tremont.

Jul 12, 2014
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Long long Detroit report

Wow. You covered a lot of ground. Thank you for sharing!

Jul 11, 2014
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Jaws; Farmington Hills/Detroit

So my lunch @ Ernie's Mkt plan ... failed. Jaws was Plan-B.

I once asked if they considered offering sliders. Yes; they had considered. And; no, it was never gonna happen. The owner was quite emphatic in this regard.

Today; I discovered that they have added sliders to the menu. $5.50 for a pair of sliders. They make the bun in-house - good chew, I like it. Jaw's slider patty is 'bout the same size as Freakin Unbelievable's hamburger patty.

It comes with the all the usual slider options. Cheese and bacon are the extras.

As these two operations are separated by only a small parking lot, I may buy both and deconstruct them.

Jaws wins on basic burgers, menu variety, malts and cost. FUB wins on topping varieties, beer & wine.

Jul 09, 2014
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Ernie's Market; Oak Park (Detroit)

It was kind'a sort'a on the way back to the office. A small brick bldg, in a neighborhood.

I arrived at 1:16PM. Lots of cars parked nearby; a good sign. I held the door for the woman behind ... and discovered that the line ran the full length of the small bldg. Nineteen people ahead of me to order. Another line of four waiting to pay.

I timed them making next sandwich, it took ~3 minutes. My schedule could not accommodate the crowd.

Whatever they are doing; they certainly have a LOT of loyal, late-lunch customers!

Anyone had one of their sandwiches? Is it worth a long wait? Or; perhaps it is wise(r) to go on the early side of lunch?

Jul 09, 2014
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Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

Yikes! You are correct. Dunno why I wrote Peruvian. Too late to edit/correct.

My excuse: Just another geography-challenged pilot. Where's the trolley dolly with my morning coffee?

Jul 09, 2014
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Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

> No, it doesn't. It adds no more than 5 minutes

Google Maps & MapQuest disagree. When I checked this morning; Google was reporting 19 mins. MQ was reporting 20 mins.

> Furthermore, you've ignored the excellent food options in Toledo/Maumee (or Ann Arbor),

Wow, "Furthermore, you've ignored." Good grief. I apologize for not being more informed about the dining options in a city 75 miles from my home. My freq trips thru Toledo, just don't happen to be near a meal time.

I have used Mancy's for a couple of retirement parties. They did a very good job ... and the name "Bluewater Grill" always makes pilots giggle. I also enjoyed my one visit to Registry.

Jul 09, 2014
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Lookout Faygo - Detroit

MT has an article re: a new softdrink company in Eastern Mkt. The article mentions Ginger Beer. Hurray. Fingers are crossed.

http://metrotimes.com/food/features/l...

Jul 09, 2014
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Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

+1 on Biercamp

I'll also add:

- Fly Trap (Detroit:Ferndale) into the mix. Great flavors. Sadly; almost always a line. Lunch yesterday; I arrived @ 1:30PM and there were 3 groups/tables ahead of me.

- Pilar's Tamales (Peruvian) @ Ann Arbor. But I'm guessing that NYC has Peruvian covered ... and if so; disregard.

Jul 09, 2014
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Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

> Ford Road ... criminally bad ... scenery.

Yup. But the entire drive from western Cleveland to Clare, MI also fits that description! <g>

IMO; Canton is a stellar example of too-weak zoning laws.

Jul 09, 2014
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Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

> ...the expressways through Ann Arbor is no big deal,

... and I've had plenty of lengthy delays on US23. It depends on:

- The idiots ahead of you.
- Time of day
- Construction.
- Whether you have a GPS with *traffic* receiver.

> driving through Detroit is no picnic at any time of day. Doing so, or driving through Cleveland, represents a substantial increase

Oh? I just checked. It is morning rush-hour. The options I have presented add 20-30 minutes. I do not consider 30 minutes out of 13 hours to qualify as a "substantial increase". YMMV.

> I love Crave (Akron)

But a detrour to Crave adds 20 minutes above the fastest route ... <g>

Anyone that drives in NYC (and I assumes NJ) should have no increased skill/angst troubles coping with traffic in Cleveland or Detroit.

> Why turn a 12-hour drive into a 12.5 drive? ... equally excellent places that are right along the way that don't increase the travel time

I don't understand. Google Maps is reporting Crave to be a 20 minute detour right now ... and that 20 minutes is acceptable. Yet a 30 minute detour is objectionable???

OP,

I am a routine long-distance driver. In 2014, I have driven:

- Boston:Detroit once.
- NYC:Detroit once.
- DC:Detroit twice.
- Cleveland:Detroit twice.
- Peoria:Detroit once.
- Boston:NYC once.
- DC:Philadelphia once.
- Chicago:Detroit twice.
- Toronto:Detroit twice.
- Dayton:Detroit seven times.

The two most important aids to your trip:

- GPS with a traffic receiver. I *really* like WAZE. Free for iPhone and Android. Requires a data plan. I ditched my Garmin for WAZE. Drivers can submit moment-by-moment reports of delays, wx, speed traps, cheap gas, etc. Figure it out BEFORE getting in the car.

WAZE is a bit slow in re-routing around trouble spots. I prefer to exit immediately and spend a moment considering my options, before driving into a known blockage.

- EZ-Pass. Saves money. Avoid the waits at toll plazas. But if you live and in Gotham, you already have EZ-Pass. Hint: iPass works on the east coast, and does not have a monthly fee.

Tip #1:

Ohio has the death penalty for speeding. Not really. But they do enforce it VERY strictly. I've been stopped for 56 in a 55 and 71 in a 70 ... all while driving dull, boring rental cars. NY plates are gonna really stand-out in OH and MI. Unless you are eligible for "professional courtesy," it will probably result in a fine. Thankfully, I am eligible.

Jul 09, 2014
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Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

> Cleveland and Detroit are significantly out of the way

I guess it depends upon how you define "significant."

Google Maps shows the fastest path is 843 miles.

Adding Tremont/Cleveland adds 15 miles to the fast route.
Or; adding Dearborn adds 16 miles to the fast route.
Or; adding Detroit adds 16 miles to the fast route.

I consider those detours to be negligible; rather than significant.

Jul 08, 2014
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Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

How could I forget:

The Laundry in Fenton, MI

Jul 08, 2014
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Harrison MI (north of Clare): PASTIES!

+1

Jul 08, 2014
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Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

Cleveland: Lucky's Cafe (Tremont) is not far off your route.

There are several possible routes thru or around Detroit. Limiting myself to restaurants that are reasonably easy-on/off the freeways.

Detroit: NeeHee's Indian Street Food (Canton). Unlike any other Indian restaurant/food that I have experienced. Splurge for dessert - their chocolate and ginger ice creams.

Detroit is very proud of its coney's. Hippo's (Troy) has the best coney's. But Lafayette or American (downtown) are the quintessential Detroit coney "experience." I prefer Hippos by a wide margin.

Detroit-style Pizza: Both Loui's and Buddy's locations are not far off your possible routes.

Motz Hamburgers (& sliders) is downtown, near the produce terminal. Lunch only. Been there since 1928.

Green Dot Stables is nearby & has more hipster-ish food.

Dearborn: If you are just looking for a sweet snack, consider Shatila Bakery; an Arab bakery. Compared to most bakeries, it is huge. Eat in, or take with. Love their
fruit ice creams. Amazing dessert porn.

Dearborn: Lots of Mediterranean choices. I like Cedarland and Al Ameer.

Detroit; The olde Greek restaurants have been pushed out of Greektown. I suggest Parthenon in West Bloomfield or New Hellas in Farmington Hills. Not too far off plausible routes north.

Flint: Ruggero's; I recommend their deluxe lasagna.

Flint: If you seeking a fast food burger, consider Halo Burger (local chain).

Cadillac: Hermann's Deli (breakfast & lunch) or Blue Heron Cafe (breakfast & lunch)

Jul 08, 2014
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Thai Temple in Warren

I was told that their July 20th food court will include an
open house, to honor their recently(?) deceased abbot.

Also; if you want to learn to speak Thai, classes start
this coming Saturday; 9:30-11:30.

Jul 07, 2014
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Gift for Friend? Foods Unique to Michigan?

This MetroTimes list may be helpful:

http://metrotimes.com/food/restaurant...

Reminder:

Many countries limit food and agricultural products that can
be imported. I suggest you investigate the rules that the
Kiwis have regarding such imports. Hate to see your well
intentioned care package tossed because it contains a single
prohibited item.

Example:

In the USA, the Dept of Agriculture creates the list of
prohibited food and ag products. CBP and DoA both enforce
the rules. The products on the list change, frequently.

Jul 04, 2014
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