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Pronto – Royal Oak

Pronto

In honor of Halloween, and the fact that I will always be a kid at heart, I wanted to share a really really awesome candy store called Pronto, that is attached to a restaurant, but can really stand on its own!Pronto

So much to choose from. Old style nostalgic candy. Colorful lollies. And yummy looking treats.Pronto

They also make the cutest little chocolate treats.Pronto

Aren’t these the cutest little doggies?

Pronto

What really caught my eye was all the creatively packaged “gifts”. Everyone loves chocolate, but I will love you more if my gift comes in a pink bucket, and filled with old style candy and Wonka bars :)Pronto

Many different assorted treats.

Pronto

Pronto

Mario overload?

Pronto

Many different gum ball machines.

Pronto

Hands down, the most unique items I saw were all the different HUGE pez dispensers. The thing was the size of my arm!Pronto

Some star wars Pez, and some Elvis Pez.Pronto

Pronto also offers a large collection of cards.Pronto

Pronto

I haven’t tried out the restaurant, but this placement is a definite yay, and is a great place to start if you are having any sort of gift giving block, especially if its a gift for me 😉

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Top 10 Best Super Mario Brothers Cakes

10. Chocmocakes so clean and well made

9. Chocmocakes you can’t not love this lil guy

8. Polkadots Cupcake factory The Dream Team

7. Death by Cupcake These are beautifully hand painted!

6. Fay’s Cakes That Kart looks awesome

5. Fay’s Cakes Love that Mario is popping out

4. The Cake Mamas The detail in the bricks is amazing

3. The Cake Mamas Awesome colors

2. Dragon Fly Doces The whole gang is here!

1. Let Them Eat Cake See the amazing details on the lucky couples flickr stream HERE.

This is a wedding cake, with GAZILLIONS of details (which I included below because it is AWESOME).

“Stained glass” detail is wow. And short Mario standing on the block is so cute.

Luigi is on a rainbow path surrounding a planet.

Yogi is gonna slip on the banana peel!

And this cart with the wings is Hilarious!

That last cake is truly the BEST Super Mario cake EVER!!!!!!

Loubia – Lebanese Green Bean Stew

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

One of my favorite traditional Lebanese stews is Loubia. Its very healthy, very simple and easy to make. When you make it once you will want it again! You can use frozen green beans, and to be honest, that saves aLOT of time getting the beans ready. I love anything fresh so I usually get the beans ready the night before while watching TV.

I like to use 1lb of beans. Will feed 4, I just love leftovers :)

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

Just pinch off the stalk side of the bean Then snap them in half.

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

I love to prepare this in the pressure cooker, because it cooks in 15 min!

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

Sautee 1 medium onion.

Add 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon 7 spice blend, 1/4 teaspoon sage, 1/4 teaspoon thyme. Salt.

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

Add 1lb cubed meat.

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

After browning the meat, add the green beans then add 1 can Diced Tomatoes (add the whole thing w the liquid). Alot of people add tomato sauce or paste, I never use the stuff. I always use these diced tomatoes. Keeps everything light and refreshing. Just close the lid on the pressure cooker. Set it to high for 2 min. Once the pressure builds up, put it on low and cook for 15 min only!

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

While the beans are cooking. I add oil to a pot, brown some vermicelli, and add rice and water.

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

The meat is melt in your mouth no matter what cut it is because of the pressure cooker. The natural juices of the beans come out and soak up in the rice beautifully.

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

At home we always dine family style.

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

Loubia - Green Bean Stew

I love to eat this with pita bread. Mop up the juices. Wrap my mouth around the juicy chunks of meat. This also makes a very healthy dinner. Your kids will love it. I did as a kid, and I still am addicted to it :)

TedxDetroit – DIA Detroit – 2010

TedxDetroit 2010

It was on Wed. Sept 29. 2010. The 2nd annual TedxDetroit. The venue this time was the DIA, and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

TedxDetroit 2010

After checking in, people (900 attendants to be exact) mulled around in a great room, with the most amazing murals. If you have been to the DIA before, you know what I mean. The building itself is an amazing piece of art.

TedxDetroit 2010

The day started off with a performance by Dixon’s Violin. He was magical. Between his melancholic tunes, the acoustics of the room, the marble walls, the ornate ceiling and a natural high on life, it was magical. I just wanted to float around, and twirl. Of course, I didn’t. That would be weird.  My inner self did. I closed my eyes, and melted into the room.

TedxDetroit 2010

The auditorium was mighty grand. I decided to sit on the balcony where I had more leg room.  I was never good at sitting still :) and I’m a bit fidgety, so it was probably best I wasn’t in front.

TedxDetroit 2010

Look at all the lights below. Between laptops, ipods, iphones and ipads the room was lit like Christmas. Twitter hashtags were #Tedx #Detroit. There was live tweeting of course.

TedxDetroit 2010

There was a great line up of speakers. I’m not going to go one by one, but you can check out the 2010 lineup here.
TedxDetroit 2010

One thing that caught my inner nerds attn, was Algal Scientific Corp. You can read more about it here.
TedxDetroit 2010

Also, you MUST check out ARTPRIZE. Basically the coolest art movement around.
TedxDetroit 2010

One of my fav talks of the day was by Jocelyn Rainey. Her story is powerful. You have to watch it. She now takes inner city kids every year to visit iconic cities and works of art. Like the Mona Lisa.
TedxDetroit 2010

Will Smidlein was AWESOME (13 year old web developer)! You guys need to remember the name. I’m sure we will see many great things of him. As someone on the twitterfeed said, he is the Justin Bieber of nerds. And I mean that in the best possible way.
TedxDetroit 2010

There were alot more awesome ppl speaking. So many great ideas flying around Detroit, and the best part, alot of them are already reality. Sometimes you go to an event and its all concepts and good intentions being thrown around. The difference at TedxD, the ideas are in motion. They are concrete. They are in action. You can watch all of them in my last post, or here. You should really watch them. Some of the speakers are WXYZ Stephen Clark (he explains the birth of the #backchannel), Jessica Care Moore, David Blair, Dan Gilbert, Ben Bator and MANY many more.

During breaks, there was as much going on outside as there was during the talks. Public Art Workz had tables set up, to paint the infamous butterflies that will go up around Detroit on the condemned and empty houses.
TedxDetroit 2010

Chazz Miller the one with the colorful beanie is doing amazing work with the youth of Detroit via Art.
TedxDetroit 2010

One of Chazz’s”butterflies”.

TedxDetroit 2010

Jessica Care Moore was just as amazing offstage as she was on. She definitely has a presence, and what caught my attention was her “Allah” tattoo in Arabic on her back.
TedxDetroit 2010

I also met some fellow twitter friends finally. Mike Han from Street Culture Mash. He is SO talented. Check his work out. And I thought I was bubbly! He brings a whole new definition to awesome :)
TedxDetroit 2010

Also got to meet Becks Davis from Detroit Moxie. She was so sweet, and petite and dainty. She helped organize the event, and I know for a fact she was up all night, since we were tweeting! lol.
TedxDetroit 2010

Walking around was the Giant himself. Stephen Clark. I say giant, because I really didn’t expect him to be that tall! I felt like a gnome. Me: ” Gosh Stephen, I didn’t think you were this tall!” Stephen: ” Well, you need to watch me on a bigger TV!” lol. He was as nice in person as he is online. It’s not a farce. :)

TedxDetroit

Appropriately enough, there was alot more art going around the DIA. Graffiti artists, gold colored pigeons ( I have no idea if they are real) and much more.
TedxDetroit 2010

I took a pic of the det news photographer taking a pic of an artist creating art (you can see the article here). If you don’t get what my geeky self is trying to get at, basically shes documenting art, and I’m documenting her documenting art, so in turn she becomes part of my art. If I lost ya…then…your sane. I’m not.  Moving on…

TedxDetroit 2010
TedxDetroit 2010

The BEST part of TedxDetroit was meeting Detroiters, metro Detroiters, Michiganders…whatever . Such an eclectic mix of thinkers, doers and dreamers. All with a passion and love for THE D! I know Detroit is not perfect. What major city is? But there are bits and parts of the shattered city that still shine and sparkle. No amount of time nor blight will tarnish them. We need to put those pieces together. We are the glue. The crazy glue. We need to hold on, hold tight, hold strong. The city will never be the same. Nor should it be. We need a new Detroit. The Detroit WE are building, with our collective ideas cemented together by the tears and yearnings of our hearts. We need to have hope, faith and love. We need OUR Detroit and we need it NOW!

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