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It’s actually hilarious that the last time I was home we went to Sign of the Beefcarver. It’s basically a cafeteria and the clientelle is very, um, old. Also, they close at 8p.m. so don’t even THINK about getting too wild! We used to go with the family after church like fifteen years ago and my sister Emily suggested going when I was home as a half joke that we took completely seriously. I mean, once it was suggested, we just had to check it out.

Everything was EXACTLY the same.

Look at this. Cottage cheese. Side salad. Roast beef and mashed potatoes. I mean, how could I not? My grandpa got chicken a la king which I must say I would try next time instead. Also, do you think they gave me enough roast beef? My dad got the same thing and I was quite impressed when he cleaned his plate.

Between my sister and I, look at all this food:

The bread was warm (yum) and obviously we had to get a piece of chocolate cream pie or whatever it is in the middle.

The fun thing is that you put all your food on a tray and then you pay for it and someone *carries* it to a table for you. It took me a second to figure out what was going on. Also they have a very nice hamburger dill pickle stand that I COMPLETELY missed until we were on our way out, but don’t you worry, Emily and I snagged a few before we left.

So if you’re ever in metro Detroit, cruising down Woodward Avenue and you think to yourself, “Man, I would just *love* to eat at a cafeteria right now” – well, you know where to go.

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What is the best burger in Detroit? Hard to say, but I can give you a few suggestions. One is Hunter House and their famous sliders. Delicious. This place is a neighborhood staple and despite the fact that they’ve changed from serving Coca Cola to Pepsi over the years, it’s one of my top three. So good.

I met up with my friend Paul who I used to work with – a few blocks away from Hunter House actually – at a theatre in high school. Working there was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. It was so much fun and I still have tons of friends from there. Ok, maybe four isn’t “tons” but these people ended up being some of my best friends even seven or so years later. Palladium til we die!

Anyway, Hunter House is amazing. It’s cash only, like any true gem, and you order at the counter. There are signs all around the place for people who have eaten absurd amounts of double cheeseburgers and chili fries. But it’s that good. And I really like their pickles (see above).

When I was taking the pictures outside, a woman asked my friend Paul if Hunter House was famous. Um, hello, lady! Haha, I guess people in the D aren’t used to crazy girls walking around taking pictures of everything. Yet… :)

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Besides the Wednesday before Thanksgiving being the biggest bar night of the year, it’s also the night when the parade people put all the floats on Woodward Avenue for the next morning’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit.

So after going to the bar, my momma picked my friend Nora and I up (yep, that’s right, drink responsibly!) and my aunt and cousin were in the car and we all drove to downtown Detroit. My friend and I were yabbing the entire way there, I remember that. We tried to convince my cousin that Michigan State University is a wayyy better option than Central Michigan (um, obviously?) and I remember all our reasons were ridiculous (I’m pretty sure I brought up Puffin’s Bakery and Urban Outfitters).

Anyway, we finally got there and just like last year, all the floats were just sitting there, all lined up in a row. Last year there were some police officers trolling around as security and this time there were a few trucks nearby keeping watch, making sure nobody did anything stupid to wreck the floats before their big day.

My friend Nora got yelled at for doing this:

“GET OFF THE FLOAT!” A strange voice yelled. So then she decided to play nice:

My mom played with Curious George:

And look, a panda driving a seal!

And of course, the reindeer practicing for their run around the world on Christmas Day. Nora wanted to climb on top of them (who am I kidding, so did I) and while it did look partially feasible, it also partially looked like a near-death experience as well.

It might have been awesome if there was no one around, but we had already been yelled at once by a truck man so it was probably a good idea we didn’t try something stupid again.

Anyway, it was fun and it was freezing. I think we might have fallen asleep in the car on the way home.

One final point. Has anyone ever been to The Whitney? I remember people talking about it a lot during homecoming season in high school, but I completely forgot about it until we found ourselves in front while walking along the floats. There was a party going on and I was getting curiouser and curiouser as the people standing outside stared at us, probably wondering what we were doing. The place is cool from the outside, at least:

Yeah, Detroit.

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