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It is officially time to talk about Christmas, because Christmas is almost here. Let’s talk about the picture above. OBVIOUSLY the person taking it missed the point. There is a giant Nutcracker and you cannot see him. But at least all the ladies are in the picture! That’s what I get for asking a random passing man to take a picture of us. Obviously I should have given him more instructions.

So that’s a lot of my family up there. I love it when cities start decorating for Christmas. Even downtown Brooklyn is getting into the groove and I am pumped.

When I was in Michigan, we went to Rochester Hills, a really cute town for some shopping and sight-seeing. And also to check out this gingerbread house at The Royal Park Hotel:

The Royal Park Hotel is very nice, btw.

Next up… Christmas in New York!

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Wow, I am behind.

The Detroit Lions. Lost last night and lost unfortunately when I was home for the Thanksgiving Day Game. I’ve gone to the Thanksgiving Day Game pretty much every year in my life, except for one when I was spending Thanksgiving in Hong Kong, visiting my friend S up there on the left. And E there on the right, he’s a big Lions fan too. We’ve got pride. (Get it – Lions *pride*?)

This past Lions game was one of the better ones, mostly because we got to tailgate before the game started, which we never do. I feel like I know a lot of people and a lot of people who know people but for some reason I RARELY know people who actually have a legitimate tailgate. Not this year! S had the hookup for us and part of it included deep fried turkey. Yes! I have heard of this phenomenon for years (as well as the injuries sustained to people doing it) but I had not actually tried. I don’t know what I was expecting exactly but I can tell you it surpassed all expectations.

See below:

There it is! I wasn’t expecting the fryer to be so small, that’s for sure. But the group went through three fried turkeys, understandably. Also, the turkey looks a little burnt – but the meat I had was not at ALL.

In fact:

Possibly the best turkey I have ever had. All I know next Thanksgiving will be a MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT if I do not have this again. I’m tempted to buy a deep fryer for my apartment cause I have my mom and older sis coming to NYC for Christmas but I feel like that would be nothing but trouble. So, not happening. But fried turkey, I will be having again. It was soooo juicy and so good.

And here’s some more of our Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day Crew. We always have a crowd of about 15 family members (including E who is honorary on Thanksgiving Day for maybe three years now?) Good times, good times. Now Lions, if you could only start playing just a little better for me.

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I believe my family has been doing this for four years already, one year is documented on City Mitten already and this year’s is being documented now. The night before Thanksgiving all the floats for the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade are lined up on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit ready to go. They block off the streets to cars but smart people like ourselves are free to park around the corner late at night and go for a stroll and say hi to all the floats from last year as well as the new floats added as well.

Above is my sister Emily and I. It got really cold for some reason this year and we were not wearing gloves so I think we are lucky to still be in possession of all of our fingers. All for the sake of the floats. And the photos, of course.

This is a new thing. The caterpillar is there every year but usually he is reading a hardcover book. This year – not so. A laptop! Times are changing! He still hasn’t gotten Lasik eye surgery yet though…

And here’s another new float! This one promoting recycling. As you can see, Emily is a big help. Nice work, Emily – let’s keep our environment clean!

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I got back to New York yesterday and have plenty of things to post about from my trip to Michigan. Stay tuned!

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I have been spending a lot of time in Michigan lately. I went back FOUR WEEKENDS in the past couple of a months. Normally I go back in the summer *maybe* once. But it’s been nice. So nice.

And these are disco fries from Main Street Diner and Dogs in Harrisville, Mi. They don’t have a website so I’m not linking to it. It’s a tiny little place right by the lake (Lake Huron) and I was there two weekends ago when they were having a parade. A parade! There was a fire truck and there was Ronald McDonald (seriously) and a girl in a crown sitting in the back of a car. Maybe some boy scouts. Clowns throwing candy. I watched this all from inside the restaurant, eating my disco fries. That were so good. My sister Emily and I weren’t getting them until the people next to us did and then we were like, “Yeah… we’re gonna need those.” And they were amazing. Loved the gravy. My uncle Marc was like, “You need to come up to Toronto, they put gravy on everything.” Well maybe I will!

And there is my Emily Boo.

Since the place is called “Diner and Dogs” OBVIOUSLY we were ordering some hot dogs. They had all kinds of fancy ones. I got a BLT dog that was wrapped in bacon with lettuce and tomato and Emily got a deep fried hot dog with baked beans.

And here’s the outside for you so you can get a complete visual:

Another little fun fact about this place is that the following weekend (aka this past weekend) I was driving by this street and I got pulled over by a cop. Yes. BUT he let me go – did you know if you have an out of state license they have to take it from you and staple it to the ticket because out of state people don’t pay their tickets? Yeah. So I was luuuucky because I would not have been able to get back to New York and I also wouldn’t have been able to go out after my friends’ wedding that I came into town for. So thank you, Mr. Officer. Also – my sister Emily got pulled over in the same car the very next day and she was not so lucky.

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Time for a regional coffee post! Welcome to Biggby Coffe – from my home state and more importantly, my home school! Biggby was once called Beaner’s and is still based out of East Lansing, Michigan (Go State!). Now there are 125 locations nationwide — many of them in Michigan and one located in my hometown, Birmingham. Awesome!

The menus inside the store are a little too “loud” for me (lots of different bright colors, whacky fonts) but once you figure out what you want – it’s pretty good! I got an iced mocha mocha, as I do.

This is my sister Emily enjoying a mocha mellow (chocolate and marshmallow).

It’s fun because you can sit at tables outside in downtown Birmingham and chitchat about random things like, oh, I don’t know, plan out matching tattoos with your two sisters.

And here is me:

Thank you, Biggby!

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Hello, little guy! This is Cheburashka, a very popular Russian cartoon that I just found out is actually CLAYMATION after a little research on YouTube. Today is a big day for my little sister as she is heading to Russia to study and learn the language for a year! I will miss her, obviously, but I’m very excited for her as well – and also very excited to visit. She’ll be in St. Petersberg and it’s going to be GREAT.

So when I was in Michigan the weekend before last, we had a little going away party for her. And no party with my family is complete without a cake from Patisserie Parmentier. No, sir. We actually had three cakes at this party – one from Parmentier with Cheburashka and two others from Market Fresh in Southfield, Mi. Here is one of those cakes that we thought was going to be chocolate on the inside, but unfortunately was not:

But back to Cheburashka! Look how much Alexandra likes her cake:

And if you’re wondering what it looked like on the inside, here it is:

Oh, yeah. Good luck in Russia, Sambe! See you soon.

 

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I am probably the only person who takes a camera to the Woodward Dream Cruise and only takes pictures of food. Yes, my family and I spent Cruise weekend driving and walking up and down Woodward Ave looking at classic cars and all that. I love the Woodward Cruise and it was my first time back for it in a few years.

The most important part of the Cruise to my sister Emily, anyway, – is the slushies:

Yummy! There are a thousand flavors. Fruity ones and weird ones like birthday cake. I went with dreamsicle but I think my sisters went for the cherry varieties.

And this picture of my little sister I just LOVE. That’s what you get when you make faces at the camera!

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I made THE best decision last Friday. I was thinking about how I had zero plans for the weekend and wasn’t working for once and I was itchin’ to get out of town. Not to mention, it had been four hundred and twelve degrees for the entire week and the air conditioning system in my apartment is not much of a system at all. I knew if I stayed in New York there was a chance I would kill myself. So I looked up some flights and $200 on my AmEx later I was headed to Michigan on a 6 a.m. Saturday morning flight. YES!

The above photo is my very happy feet saying hello to Lake Huron.

And below is me and my momma bear:

I got to see my mom! My very best friend Michelle picked me up at the Detroit airport and we drove three hours to Oscoda, Michigan, listening to some girly jams from back in the day. Summer road trips are the best.

Also, I got to meet my boyfriend:

Paul Bunyan! I dig him kind of a lot. Unfortunately I was wearing my pajamas at the time we met, but I think he looked past it.

We also went on a boat. Twice.

This is Champagne Hill, a total party spot. The first day we went out on the boat some people had put up some huge handmade signs that said, “Sixth Annual No Kids Weekend.” Hilarious. The second day that crazy group was gone and we got a good spot to park and listen to some country music while we just chilled on the lake. I was LOVING IT. It was so beautiful and so relaxing and I had absolutely nothing to think about except the beautiful water and the beautiful trees.

Also, you can not tell in this photo at all but Champagne Hill is totally steep and it’s just made of sand and so it is *really* hard to get to the top. You have to take a thousand breaks because with each step in the sand, your foot slides half a step back into it. When I got to the top I really wish I had my camera with me but there was no way in God’s Green Earth I was heading back up there for a second time in a row. Now that I was in Michigan for the weekend, I did not want to kill myself anymore.

And here is me having a blast in the back of the boat:

Wheeee! By the way I have not mentioned yet that on the second day I got burnt to a crispy. Also, I hope my future involves owning a boat or having very good friends who own a boat.

And a bonus picture of myself on top of a giant seagull. My sister Emily and I stopped at this play ground with all these old painted animals when we were driving back to Detroit and she took this picture of me and I think it’s awesome.

So yeah. This past weekend was priceless. And Pure Michigan.

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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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I like hamburgers. My favorite hamburger in Michigan is at Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak. Btw, they don’t even have a website. I have loved Red Coat Tavern for years. They have THE best burgers and THE best clam chowder. EVER! Sigh… I always tell Kelly about it, and one day we will both be in Michigan at the same time and one day we will both be at Red Coat Tavern.

Remember when you had a job in high school and every paycheck was just play money? We used to take our play money over to Red Coat. Me, my homeboy Eugene, and Michelle. Oh… those were the days. Phone bills? Rent? Never! Just hamburgers and Coney Islands. So when I’m home in the D, I like to bring back those memories with those people. And it’s kind of great. So take a look at the most glorious burger and plot Red Coat Tavern on your map if you’re going to be in Michigan.

By the way, it’s really dark in Red Coat Tavern and the lights are red and the booths are red which is why this photo looks the way it does because when we first got there I didn’t want to annoy people with my flash. But when we got the burgers I thought one flash picture and people could get over it. So why is the clam chowder so great? Well first, it’s probably the thickest clam chowder you’ll ever have and that scores huge points with me. Also, the chunks of potatoes and clams are plentiful. There’s really not much else to say. The best thing to do is get a cup of chowder and split the burger with a friend. Or get your own, I won’t judge. And when you split the burger, they split it for you and you each get your own pickle spear. Yay!

Btw, when we were there, I got a parking spot right in front of Red Coat which has never happened in all my life. It gets packed and there’s always a wait and I felt like I had won some major lottery with that parking spot. And I laughed to myself because parking spots is such a funny thing to care about, especially since I never think about that in NYC.

And there you have it folks, one of my top 5 favorite restaurants in Michigan and THE best burger in town: Red Coat!

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