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Let’s talk Coneys – The book launch of “Coney Detroit”

Say what? A book all about Coney Island Hot Dogs? You can’t get more Detroit than that.

In “Coney Detroit“, learn all about the traditions, rivalry and history of the restaurants serving this iconic dog from authors Katherine Yung and Joe Grimm.

So, what constitutes a Coney Dog? Natural casing hot dog, all meat chili, white onions and yellow mustard. Simple & delicious!

The book launch is Wednesday April 4th at 5:30 pm, complete with coney dogs from metro-Detroit’s favorite coney islands. This event is open to the public, so RSVP here.

Eastern Market Michigan Food Truck Meetup – Detroit

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This is your typical view at Eastern Market in Detroit. Rows of veggies & produce. Nice ladies smiling at you from behind jars of blueberry jam, and cute old men holding bouquets of swiss chard with scarlet stems. Not this past Tuesday. No, this Tuesday was a huge leap forward in the Michigan culinary scene. It was the first mobile Food Truck Meetup, where Michigan Food Trucks gathered from different cities, and crowds lined up to taste what they offered. And let me tell you, there was a crowd, and boy oh boy was everyone hungry! By the end of the evening ( a four hour period), all the trucks were sold out of almost everything, if not every grain of rice, and sliver of potato.

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It was really hard to miss the  El Guapo Grill Truck. Which I believe means “handsome one” or something along those lines. This truck is designed to stand out with its charcoal grey exterior and cute, taco holding, sombrero wearing, mustache sporting man. I was excited to try their food. Having followed them on twitter I was excited for their fish tacos. Sadly they were all out by the time I got to the front of a very, and I mean very long line.

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Owner Douglas Runyon was on hand, and was quite charming and funny once you got to the orders window. You could tell he was loving the energy. He was calm amid the seeming chaos. He totally emitted that George Lopez “I got this!” feel.

Unfortunately, they were out of a few things I wanted to try from their menu, but I was starving and went for the veggie tacos with the Guappo sauce, which btw, is AH-mazing! I would buy that stuff any day. Creamy, smokey, and spicy sauce. Yum! I would definitely use this on a romantic night with the hubby. It is that sexy.

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I also got some rice and beans. They were ok. I expected there to be some twist or special flavor to the beans, but no, they were your typical beans. I should have added some Guapo sauce to them! lol.

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Next to them, was San Street from Ann Arbor, where you can usually find them at Marks Carts. Asian street food in the streets of Detroit.

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Steamed buns house spicy tofu, pork belly, and home pickled veggies.

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I didn’t have a chance to sample their food, but everyone seemed to be enjoying it.

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So, take a wood trailer, add some “Ballin’ Ass Tacos” (I kid you not) to the menu, and you have Trailer Park’d. They do “slow fast food”.

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The Rabbit-wich looked good, but they sold out of it very early.

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Next up, was Concrete Cuisine. I had heard of their “Frickles” – deep fried pickles, but somehow their potatoe sides won me over. Maybe its my carb addiction. Don’t judge. I self medicate 😉

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I went for The Majic off the menu. It is stuffed portabellos. It was fantastic. The breading was surprisingly light, thin and crispy. Oozy warm cheese, and tart sweet balsamic to cut through the richness. My one qualm was that I thought it was going to be a sandwich, since it was under that section, but it was not. I was expecting something more substantial.

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These “Sweeties” – sweet potato fries in cinnamon sugar, were different and amazing. Part dessert, part fries, part heaven, I could eat these any day.

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The wedges were everything a wedge aspires to be, if a wedge had dreams that is.

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Then there was the People’s Pierogi Collective.

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They quickly browned those bite sized nuggets of goodness of potatoes & cheese, and cherry.

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Off to the side, was the cutest red cart I had ever seen! What is it you ask? Well, a normal staple at Eastern Market, Urban Grounds serving up great specialty coffee for you caffeine addicts out there, or should I just say me?

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Good Girls Go to Paris was cooking up a storm of Crepes. Its a messy business this Crepe thing. Merde! I dropped a Crepe. I’m so corny.

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For dessert I had the the most earthquake inducing, tongue tantalizing Ice Cream. Thank you Treat Dreams. Your salted caramel ice cream made my day. No, it made my week and my knees weak. That flavor was made just for me. Can you change the name to Mira dipped in Caramel? Yeah, you didn’t need that visual. Sorry. Oh, don’t walk, RUN over there and try this. Your welcome.

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It was a really great night, with lots of people, great beats and en electric energy that can only be found in Detroit.

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By the end of the evening, it was packed, shoulder to shoulder and I bumped into many of my twitter friends. It was very fun, and I was so glad I decided to ignore the rain and make it down. Hopefully there will be many more of these to come.

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One thing was clear that night: Detroiter’s sure are hungry, and we will be coming back for more!

Were you there? What was your favorite truck or thing you ate?

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Detroit Restaurant Week 2011

Detroit Restaurant Week starts today! There are 21 great Detroit restaurants on the list from Roast and Iridescence to Cusine & La Dolce Vita ( a new comer to DRW). You can view the full list here.

For $28 you get a 3 course meal at any of those restaurants, and I would recommend getting reservations early.

Which restaurant are you excited about? Let me know where you go and what you think of it!

x Mira x

James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour – Rugby Grille

James Beard HouseCelebrity Chef Tour” comes to The Rugby Grille at Birmingham’s Townsend Hotel on Sept 22. The dinners raise money for the James Beard Foundation. The Celebrity Chef Tour brings James Beard Award winners and other celebrity chefs to venues around the country for spectacular dining events.

So who will be cooking for you? Chef Aaron Butts of Joseph Decuis and Chef David Gilbert of Forest Grill will join TheTownsend’s Executive Chef Jim Bologna for a culinary adventure throughout the evening. You can read more about the chefs and the event here.

What to expect? You will be enjoying passed hors d’ouevres, a multi-course dinner and expert wine parings. Some items on the menu include  mini Wagyu burgers with heirloom tomato jam and blue cheese mousse and foie gras enrobed in licorice. Yum yum!

The Celebrity Chef Tour starts at 6 pm on Thursday, September 22. All-inclusive tickets for are $160 and are on sale now.

What’s Cooking Detroit + Ticket Giveaway

image credit: Food Network, What’s Cooking Detroit

What’s Cooking Detroit is next weekend, Sept 24 & 25 at the Palace. It is a showcase of food and wine with some of your favorite Food Network Chef’s as well as other personal chefs, specialty food vendors and more.

There will be many food cooking demonstrations and tastings. The “main” demonstrations will be by Claire Robinson from 5 Ingredient Fix, Aida Mollenkamp from Ask Aida, and Anne Thornton from Dessert First with Anne Thornton. You can also check out the list of other chefs and personalities.

You can buy tickets here. They are $20 for one day admission, and $33 for two day admission. The event is on Saturday 24th from 1 p.m. – 7  p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Courtesy of the good folks over at the Palace, I have two sets of tickets to giveaway. If you win and your hubby/wife/lover has been bad, just leave them at home and take a friend instead 😉

Ticket Giveaway will end Wednesday night at midnight EST. To enter, just comment below on what your favorite Food Network show is. Super duper easy, right? You know me, I love to give additional entries, but you still have to comment below for entries. (Giveaway is now over) For this one, you can do:

1)Tweet this: @mirauncut is giving away tickets for What’s Cooking Detroit at @ThePalace featuring @FoodNetwork chefs http://bit.ly/miraticketgiveaway

2) “Like” me on Facebook to keep up to date with my future recipes, reviews & giveaway

Add an additional comment separately saying which of the above two you did. For eg. if you tweet, add a comment saying “I tweeted it…” Please make sure to include a valid e-mail so I can contact you. Winners will be chosen and notified on Thursday. Tickets will be at will call at the event.

9/22 – Congrats to the winners Wendi Churchman & David Moss!

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