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When I took this picture, I couldn’t tell if it was appealing or not. Maybe it’s the way the sauce was dumped on the crab cake made me think of icing on a cinnamon roll, but I was a little skeptical at first. But you know, then I took a bite and all was good. Crab cakes. They’re good. Especially on vacation.

While in North Carolina (which is now being evacuated, yey) we went out to dinner at Sharky’s. And apparently we were destined to dine alone:

Welcome to someone’s garage. Seriously, I promise we were at a restaurant with actual tables and chairs but since we had nine people in our party, the only room for us was, like I said, in someone’s garage. I mean it looks like it, doesn’t it? At least there was a glow up shark thingy.

Here’s some more food stuffs from Sharky’s:

A little surf and turf, for ya? Who doesn’t like shrimp and steak?

After dinner, we took a walk through the actual dining room and outside to the back patio on the water where I took this gem:

Look at those tans! I’d say I’m keeping it up but there’s this thing called a hurricane that people are freaking out about all over town here in New York. I really don’t think much will happen besides heavy rain and maybe some flooding but I know for sure I won’t be getting any sun.

Oh, and the best part about the crab cakes is that they were pretty big – big enough for each of us to take one home. So at 10:30 p.m. later that evening, Michelle calls over from the kitchen, “Anyone want a crab cake?” On vacation, indeed.

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I’ll say it again and again: NYC Restaurant Week can be sooo hit or miss. But when a restaurant does it well, it’s worth returning to. Hence, Gotham Bar and Grill. I am always impressed by their menu and I am always impressed by their chocolate cake (which I am not posting another picture of, but you can see it here).

The best part about this particular time at Gotham was that Michelle and I almost missed our reservation completely. I called to let them know we were going to be late and they let me know when the kitchen was closing and we still almost missed that. There may have been some running down the sidewalk. Maybe. But in the end, we arrived and they were actually running behind – which was awesome for us – and keeping the kitchen open. Hallelujah.

Ok I don’t remember exactly what this was, but every time I have some sort of pasta at Gotham, I am pleased. So I was happy I went with this choice. Michelle loved her salmon as well. Their restaurant week menu is different now on their website but if they’re still running it, you should take advantage. Don’t forget to wear your pearls.

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Two more posts from this round in Michigan, folks. Here is Michelli with a Bloody Mary at Tony’s in Ferndale. Tony’s is a teeny little sportsbar and boy did we pack it out for the last weekend of Spartan and Wolverine football. I’m only mentioning Wolverine football because we were actually at a fundraiser that had to do with the Michigan/Ohio State game but all you need to know is that Michigan lost and the better game on TV was with the Spartans anyway! Go green! I have so much Michigan State pride and I’m so glad I got to spend so much time with Michelle when I was at home last!

ALSO: while we were there, Michelle and I both ran into some Blasts from the Past. It is a small, small world. Even smaller when you’re in a Blast from the Past’s hometown! My Blast from the Past was an old friend from a summer at State when I lived in a house with five guys. Five guys! And I didn’t even know them when I moved in! It was a kind of experiment actually, and it was really fun. Miss those boys actually, that was a good time.

ALSO: It was at Tony’s where I ordered a BLT and when I got it, this man came over to me and asked me what kind of sandwich I was eating because it looked “good as hell.” Michigan!

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Not only does my best friend have some major bowling skills to go with her bowling shoes, she also owns it at karaoke:

And yes, that is one of her backup singers/dancers.

Take a look at this bar that was inside of the bowling alley. They have karaoke every Friday and Saturday nights and I felt like I was in some movie staring Kate Bosworth (not sure why her exactly, perhaps cause she worked at a Piggly Wiggly for one of her roles?) in a small town with all the regulars, waiting for something big to happen. You should have seen all the characters that were in there. It was hilarious because, as in any time with karaoke, some people were just downright bad. For me, that’s the fun part, listening to other people make fools of themselves cause that’s exactly what I do when I get up there too.

Those are the facts, my friends. Tomorrow will be the last post from my visit to Detroit, and it’s going to be delicious. Stay tuned. :)

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! I have a lot of stuff to post from Detroit, so let’s get it started, shall we? I had a great time back in my hometown with my friends and family, and as you can see from the above photo, we had some really yummy treats!

On Friday night we had a dessert party at my mom’s house. I had brought goodies from New York: cupcakes from Butter Lane and a cheesecake from Junior’s. The best part was I didn’t even tell anyone what I was bringing so when I got off the plane with my Junior’s bag, my mom was like, “Ye-ah!” It’s her fave.

My best friend Michelle made this awesome cookie cake (above) from this recipe I had seen online and passed along to her saying, “Please, please, please!” I was thrilled that she actually made it and it was my favorite thing I tried. She made the whipped cream from scratch and it was delicious! My cousin M brought in a giant mocha cake, truffles, and Candy Cane Joe Joe’s (oreos) from Trader Joe’s.

Here’s some of the spread and here is Michelli trying to sneak some frosting from the mocha cake:

Cupcakes:

Look at the concentration here:

And here’s little B and her big cake:

After everyone had enough sugar to last us the entire week, we gathered around the kitchen table for story time with R:

Good times, good times. And geesh, after looking at all these pictures, who wants to go take a run in Prospect Park? Or, you know, just take a nap. :)

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