I’m uploading these vids unedited from yesterdays event, since I’m being asked for them. P.S Keep in mind these are in no particular order and I was unable to get everything and everyone. Again, these are unedited and might be a lil raw around the edges…spread the positive vibes, time to act! peace, love and always uncut – Mira.
Spent the day in Ann Arbor a couple weeks ago with my friend Jill. She recommended having brunch at Angelo’s, a frequent student hang out.
When I looked at the menu, and saw they had freshly squeezed orange juice I almost died. That’s so rare. When I asked for it the waiter asked if I would like freshly squeezed or from concentrate (they offer both). I looked at him like he was on crack. Who wants from concentrate when they have fresh? I was really tempted to order another, and I should’ve.
Loved the location, the buzz, the cazh atmosphere. The food was exactly what I wanted and expected, and it kept me going for the rest of the day. I know when school’s in (Uni. of Michigan), the place is always jam packed. If you want a nice brunch or breakfast, I definitely recommend stopping by Angelo’s in Ann Arbor.
After our dinner at Los Galanes, we walked across the street to La Gloria Bakery. It’s the perfect way to end any dinner in Mexican Town.
It’s a quaint little shop with freshly made Mexican and Italian pastries that are displayed in wood and glass cabinetry. It has a HUGE selection (as you will see from the gazillion photos I took), and the prices are unbelievable. If you walk in with $2, you can usually walk out with at least 3 desserts!
Do you remember my disdain with this place? You will find none of that here!
My hubby loves the coconutty strawberry cake thingies below. And guess what? It’s on fifty cents a piece, and its huge! Yeh, I said 50 cents. You can’t even buy a stick of gum for 0.50 dollars, let alone a yummy coconuty thingie. Actually you could buy a stick of gum. But only one stick.
I had a churro, fitting for Mexican Town in Detroit I know. It was the end of the day, so it wasn’t as fresh, (I know I have to complain about something), so I wasn’t 100% sold on it like other things I tried.
My hubbys strawberry coconutty thingie was outta this world. Try it.
Bastone, a restaurant and brewery, open since 2004, brings a European casual elegance to the dining scene in Royal Oak. The Art deco facade juxtaposes beautifully to the worn, wood heavy European style interior.
As with most Royal Oak restaurants, the place boasts some nice outside seating that it also shares with its sister Vinotecca, which is a wine bar.
The shots of the interior are darker than I normally provide, but its because the lighting inside is dim and intimate.
The ceiling is high and decked out in warm wood.
There was communal worn in benches, booths and regular tables.
They make all their beer in house and all their items are 100% made from scratch. Which for me, is a mark of a great restaurant.
We started off with the soft warm pretzels ($8.95). My hubby a picky eater is still talking about them. They were great, soft, warm, salty, and the five cheese dipping sauce was smooth and surprisingly not heavy or gooey like I’ve come to expect of cheese sauces.
I have a thing for mac and cheese. Especially truffled mac and cheese ($13.95). This however was not mind blowing. It seemed to be missing something. So far I still love this mac and cheese.
My hubby ordered the grilled portobello ($8.50). This is now known in our house as the best veggie sandwich ever! I mean, who tops a sandwich with French Boursin (which happens to be my favorite) cheese?
I’m drooling just looking at this picture. Cheese is my friend. You could taste the portabello, the field greens, marinated tomatoes. It was all beautiful. The onion roll it was on was not oniony at all (in a good way), and if it had just been a bit crispier, it would’ve have been perfect. I’m just being picky.
Now apparently the Pomme Frites (french for fries) are award winning. I asked the waiter, who by chance was a lovely British chap, and he said they were twice fried. Meaning cooked first at a low temp to cook the inside, then flash fried to get the crispy outside. They were served with a special mayo. Artichoke I think? It was divine. Especially since its house made.
A great thing I loved on the menu is that they have a “Two bite” dessert concept for $1.50. I think this is genius and more restaurants should have this. Everyone likes a sweet end to a meal, but a full dessert always seems so heavy and unnecessary. They have everything from profiteroles to key lime tarts. My hubby wanted to try the chocolate dipped strawberries. These were disappointing. You could tell they were made the day before. The strawberry was soggy and mushy. My hubby still ate his. If he hadn’t I would’ve asked for something else.
The service was great, the waiter very charming and the atmosphere warm. We don’t drink, but for those at do, be sure to check out their in house made beer. This is a definite recommend, especially after those pretzels and sandwich.
Arts Beats and Eats (check the site for the music lineup) moved to Royal Oak this year, while it was previously held in Pontiac. I love Royal Oak, and I was really excited. So, Sunday, we got there around 3. Couldn’t find parking (even paid) anywhere close, so we parked in a lot next to i96. Parking on the side streets required permits for residents ( good idea). Guess how much parking was? $15. Yes, fifteen dollars. Which on top of, we had to walk for like a mile. Granted I know every time its the first of something there are kinks that need to be ironed out, but $15 is crazy for parking.
SO, we get there. Guess what? A line. A line for what? An entrance fee. How much? $3. Fine, whatever. But once you are inside, you realize 1/2 the booths were advertisers (in case you were looking for insulation for your attic between band sets). So why the entrance fee then?
Anyways, we get in there, where is the ART? Um, no maps or signs so it took over 1/2 hour to figure out where everything was. At that point I was like, whatever, here to have fun, here to chill, move on. Ok. But guess what, you could not move! You couldn’t look. You couldn’t stop. You were jam packed in a sea of humans.
Apparently they didn’t expect that many people. Well, then don’t have it on Washington street. Which is one street off Main St. This time I couldn’t take great pics. Remember the Plymouth Art fair?
Did you know Hour magazine is based out of Royal Oak?
The one thing about the art is, I wish they would bring more up and coming artists in. Some paintings were thousands of dollars. Michigan’s young artists need the exposure, and then we could actually buy something! I’m not going to spend 350$ on a signed print.
Then the Food. Sorry, but it was terrible. Terrible lines, terrible selections and not vegetarian / kosher / halal friendly. This basically meant we were stuck at this truck, especially since we had already bought 16 tickets (non-refundable) for $10 (which is the minimum).
Stuck with this menu (and yes, it says chicken on a stick):
So, we ended up with oily heavy elephant ear ($5)
And oily soggy cheese fries. I love fries. If they were crunchy and good I really would’ve been happy especially since we skipped breakfast looking forward to ABE. The cheese was watery too. Weird. Oh, and guess what, this much for $5.
It’s not my style to hate. But really, I was seething that day. I felt ripped off, tired, and disappointed. It wasn’t even about the money. It was the principle. Don’t charge me for all this, make me eat soggy fries, tell me the band doesn’t start till 5:30, waste 4 hours of my life, have no maps and THEN bombard me with advertisers. Get it straight. We are not dumb.
Detroit boasts a huge Mexican Town with many restaurants and taco trucks. This was my second visit to Los Galanes. They are known for their seafood and authentic Mexican cuisine. There is so much on the menu that I want to eventually try, from the Menudo (tripe soup) and goat tacos to their whole fried red snapper.
They have something rare for the city, outside seating! It’s very informal and quaint and a great asset on gorgeous summer days.
Note: I have paint on my finger from a spur of the moment decision to paint a wall green in our sun room. Don’t ask.
My hubby trying to give the straightest face. Very hard task apparently.
Like I said, they are known for their sea food. Last time I had the big ceviche appetizer, this time, I wanted to save room and got the ceviche tostada ($2.50) instead. I asked for a marlin tostada, also something I had loved the first time, and they said it was off the menu (bummer, it was gooood). I had also had the fish taco before and it hadn’t really made an impression, so I didn’t get it again.
The ceviche was bright and light, and was a generous size. Would definitely recommend.
Sam, the hubby, has an aversion to beans, guacamole and cilantro. He also likes what he likes and while he might taste whatever crazy thing I’m having at the moment, he will order the same simple dish. This time it was the Botana Galanes (small 7.25), minus the chorizo and beans. lol.
I wanted to try something I’ve been dying to try ever since getting a crush on renowned mexican food genius Rick Bayless. Mole. Granted I already knew that whatever mole I was going to have would have nothing to do with him, but until I finally made it to Chicago, this would have to do.
So, I ordered the cheese Enchiladas De Mole ($7.95).
It came with the regular staples of rice and refried beans.
Now, I have never had mole before, so I can’t really compare it to anything. But, this mole really didn’t have a depth of flavor that everyone always talks about. It was a tad chocolaty, but not really spicy. It kinda fell flat. There also seemed to not be enough sauce. The enchiladas just seemed dry. I basically did not get the “mmmm…” factor like the ceviche did for me.
The one thing that did bother me in the beginning was that the waiter rushed me to order and he seemed in a hurry (they were busy). But other than that, he was fine.