Thursday, January 2, 2014

Help Restore Grayling's Rialto Theater | Kickstarter Video Starring George Blaha

Help restore Grayling's Rialto Theater and you'll save a piece of Michigan history while contributing to the economic viability of the city's downtown. Watch the Rialto's Kickstarter video starring Detroit Pistons announcer George Blaha to learn more.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Michigan DNR Begins Belle Isle Revitalization

Belle Isle's 90-day transition to becoming Michigan's 102nd state park began just over a month ago, and revitalization efforts are well under way. At the culmination of the transition period on Feb. 10, 2014, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will assume management of the island park while the city of Detroit maintains ownership.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is "All in for Belle Isle."

DNR Parks and Recreation Division employees replace the roof on a picnic shelter on Belle Isle. Work like this is already under way during Belle Isle's 90-day transition to becoming Michigan's 102nd state park.

Members of DNR youth employment program restore a restroom on Belle Isle. Youth efforts are a big part of the island park’s revitalization plans.

DNR Forest Resources Division employees chip the remaining branches of felled trees on Belle Isle.

After cutting down many hazardous trees at Belle Isle, DNR Forest Resources personnel stack up the remains.

Photos by Michigan DNR

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Friday, December 6, 2013

One (s)Hell of a Happy Hour at Plymouth’s Sardine Room

Here’s how you do it: Arrive at happy hour. Take the first barstool. You’ll have a front row seat for the oyster shucking and easy access to the bartenders. Order a dozen $1 oysters to start, and take advantage of the $4 cocktail special and $2 PBR drafts, as you please.

Appetize Again and Again

The fried shishito peppers with house made chile sauce are one of my favorite ways to get started. And they’re $3 during happy hour. Pair the smokey peppers with the Cinder cocktail, a jalapeno-infused mezcal drink with a smoked salt rim. Now you’re cooking.

Make Big Meals with Small Plates

The porchetta sliders are fantastic, and can stand in as a main course. Fill up on the Momofuku-style brussel sprouts with bacon and sriracha — just a knockout dish, and easy to make at home with some salt and lime. I also recommend the buffalo cucumbers and fish tacos, as well as the smoked oxtail pierogi.

Stay Hydrated

The Cinder, previously mentioned, is good for spicy dishes. The old fashioned with Wild Turkey Rye and brandied cherries is perfect for tying one on. There’s also a small but solid selection of Michigan draft and bottled beer.

 The Best Seat in Town… Any Town

During recent travels to New York, Chicago and Baltimore I found myself thinking, “I wish this city had a restaurant as good as Sardine Room.” Metro Detroit has quite a gem on its hands. For 40 bucks, give or take, during happy hour (4-6pm)… shucks, you can’t beat it.