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Cat vs Mouse – Fel3000Ft Graffiti – Detroit

Detroit Graffiti

Detroit Graffiti

Detroit Graffiti

It’s a cat eat mouse world…or is it? Graffiti art done by Fel3000Ft and found in Detroit on Michigan Ave and 14th St. It is located on the back of the building across from Slows. You can enter the alley off of 14th st, south of Michigan Ave. Some other graffs are next to it to. Stop by when your in the area.

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Tapioca Maltodextrin – What it Is & How to Use It

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Olive Oil Powder

Molecular Gastronomy is a term that has gotten alot of attention over the years. A more fitting term is modern cuisine, but whatever you call it you have definitely heard of emulsification, spherification, foam and powders! For those of you that think it is about using “unnatural additives” you have another thing coming to you. All of the additives used in modern cuisine are plant derived, and furthermore you are already consuming them in your everyday food products, you just don’t realize it. I’ll explain more below.

For now, lets talk about powders. One of the easiest things to make is powders using Tapioca Maltodextrin, but before delving deep lets talk about what is Tapioca Maltodextrin, where it comes from and how it works!

Maltodextrin is quite simply a food starch. Most starches like flour take in and can thicken water and sauces. Maltodextrin does the opposite. It absorbs and thickens fats. It actually hates water and will turn into goo on contact. On a more molecular level, Maltodextrin is a dextrose (plant sugar) polysaccharide. Polysaccharides are long carbohydrates made of monosaccharides (repeating units). They are able to encapsulate the oil and hold it within the powder until it comes in contact with water and then it releases the fat/oil. The polysaccharides form a 3D network that entrap the oil droplets and don’t let them move, hence stabilizing the emulsification.

Molecular Banana Nutella

Maltodextrin can be derived from different plant starch sources, the most common being from corn in the US, wheat in Europe and the other from tapioca. Tapioca is processed from dried cassava roots (native plant of South America) and is used for cooking in different cuisines. That tapioca maltodextrin is the one you need for creating powders. The corn maltodextrin is more commonly found in soda, beer, and even salad dressing. It is used in beer to improve the smooth mouth feel and it is used in salad dressing to prevent separation of the oil and water.

The Tapioca Maltodextrin has no taste to a slightly sweet taste. It is sold as a white powder, or in flakes or spheres. Usually you need to parts Maltodextrin to one part oil to create a good powder. Also never store it uncovered, always in a sealed container. Some ideas for some powders you can easily create are: nutella, peanut butter, olive oil, caramel, truffle oil and whatever else you can think of. Made some lately? Share your link below so I can check it out.

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Inside The Whitney – Detroit

The Whitney

The Whitney in Detroit is a magnificent mansion. The Whitney restaurant food is nothing earth shattering as you can read in my Whitney Review.  But, the mansion is self is amazing and fun to tour. You can read about the history of the place. I’m so glad it is run as a restaurant so that it has been kept around and so well maintained. Each room is a new surprise, and here are some photos of it inside out…

The Whitney Architechture

The Whitney Architechture

The Whitney Architechture

So much detail in the ceilings and floors…

The Whitney Architechture

The Whitney Architechture

The dining rooms each have a different style.

The Whitney Architechture

Tiffany glass windows…

The Whitney Architechture

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Go see the place yourself, you would wish you lived there!

Bangkok 96 – Thai – Dearborn

Bangkok 96

Bangkok 96 in Dearborn is a non-nondescript restaurant off of Telegraph. At first glance its not a place that stands out but then you notice something, the parking lot is always full. And I mean always. Since my usual Thai spot had recently closed I needed a new place to feed my Pad Thai and Sweet & Sour addictions.

We started off with some fried tofu and some spring rolls. We never order any appetizers, the plates here are huge, but we wanted to give them a try. I could live without them.

Bangkok 96

My husband is absolutely obsessed with their Pad Pak. It is umami rich with a soy based sauce and delicious assorted veggies. He loves to order it with shrimp.

Bangkok 96

I decided to customize their yellow curry dish. I added pineapple, shrimp and baby corn to the potatoes and eggplant. My favorite since then is just potatoes, shrimp and pineapple in the delicious spicy yellow curry.

Bangkok 96

The Pad Thai is great here. Perfectly cooked noodles, nutty and surprisingly light.

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All the dishes other than the noodles come with white rice.

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Definitely recommend eating here for some great Thai dishes. Don’t be surprised if the place is packed, the exterior might fool you. Also, the take out line is incessant. Have you been?

P.S. You can read about their new Frozen Food Line

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Best Cupcake Bakery & Blog Logo Designs

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I handpicked these great Cupcake Bakery Logos from 99designs.com. All of these are only $99 each and that includes some customization of colors and putting in your Name and Tagline. How awesome is that? You can also start you own logo “project” and get designers to submit their ideas. Very cool.

Cupcake Logos

Retro Cupcakes

Cupcake Logos

Cupcake Shop

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Cup Cake Logo

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Cupcake Stripes

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Cute Cupcake

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Your Cupcakes

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Cupcakes & Desserts

Cupcake Logos

Cupcake Logo

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Cupcake Company

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Cupcake

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Cakes & Cupcakes

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Cake Logo

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Delicious

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Cupcake Bakery

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