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Giulio & Sons – Hyatt Regency Dearborn

My last visit to Giulio’s was 3 days ago. To say it was my first time would be an understatement (the pictures are from a visit back in december). I’ve been there many times and thanks to Restaurant.com I NEVER pay full price. Especially since they also email you coupon codes to use on your coupon codes, so alot of times we pay less than $10 for a $25 coupon!

The restaurant is tucked away on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn. The decor theme starts from the outside and depicts an Italian village in the country. The hand painted murals are on the walls through out the restaurant.

Giulio & Sons Restaurant

Giulio's entrance

Giulio & Sons Restaurant

Mural at Giulio's entrance

Giulio & Sons Restaurant

Inside Giulio's

I have heard they have a great brunch on Sunday, but I haven’t been to anything but their dinners. At dinner, their Market Stand/glorified salad bar buffet comes free with the entree. To be honest, that is the main reason why I continue to go there. It has everything from your choice of greens, to shrimp, smoked salmon, cold cuts, grilled veggies, soup, pasta salad, couscous, hummus, cheese, fresh garlic bread and other daily delights. It has a great variety for veggie lovers to meat lovers and is always fresh and different.

Giulio & Sons Restaurant

The Market Stand

Giulio & Sons Restaurant

Shrimp, Artichoke salad, Mushrooms, Pasta salad

Giulio & Sons Restaurant

Cold cuts, Smoked salmon and more

My hubby always puts together a nice big green plate of greens,cheese and ranch. My plate ends up having alot of smoked salmon, and a little bit of everything else.
Giulio & Sons Restaurant

My hubbies choice at the Bar- good ol' green salad

Giulio & Sons Restaurant

My choice: shrimp, couscous, salmon, veggies

For main course, I ordered the chicken marsala ($24). Thick piece of breast, on bed of angel hair pasta, smothered in mushrooms. My chicken was cooked well, and moist and the marsala sauce was very good, I just wish I had more of it. I’m not huge on the peeled baby carrots and beans, it just seems like such a throwback.

By the time I got to the main course I was pretty full from the Market Stand (which I love). What can I say, I love variety.

Giulio & Sons Restaurant

Chicken Marsala

After dinner, our very attentive waiter asked if we would enjoy dessert on the house! Now, I’m not sure if this is a common thing, because we have paid for dessert there before ($10 without dinner, $5 with dinner). My theory is that they are providing it as a courtesy to keep customers because of the bad economy.

I did notice that their dessert bar has much more “less” than it used to. They used to have a softserve with help yourself topping station, that was gone, but you could get icecream from the kitchen. I recall there being much more, however, there was still alot to choose from.

They had everything from mini eclairs, to cheesecake, carrot cake, bread pudding etc…The chocolate mousse cups were divine! I was too full to enjoy much, but what girl ever passes up free chocolate?

Giulio & Sons Restaurant

Desert Bar

Giulio & Sons Restaurant

Yummy minis

Giulio & Sons Restaurant

Cheesecake

Giulio & Sons Restaurant

Chocolate mousse cups

Overall, dinner was good, nothing earth shattering, but straightforward and good. What I like about Giulio’s is that the quality is consistent, even though there  a few corners are being cut on dessert. The service is amazing. The waiter was very nice.

When I have been there, the restaurant is never full, never even what I consider busy. It’s no surprise since it is smack dab in the middle of the auto meca, and we all know how buisness is going in that arena. So, if you are looking for a hip busy joint this is not the place for you. It’s more for a quiet dinner, maybe even anniversary or something to celebrate.

Now, on to the secret to making this place more affordable! We were able to purchase a coupon on Restaurant.com. It really brings down the price, and combined with the all you can eat salad bar, and the complimentary desert they seem to be providing, its really affordable and well worth it.

Overall,  the decor is nice but a tad dated, the food simple and to the point, the service is great, and like I said the salad and dessert bars make it worth it. Frankly speaking, if it wasn’t for the Market Stand I don’t think I would pay that much for chicken marsala, and the discounts help alot. I don’t consider it gourmet food, it’s just simple food done well and there is nothing wrong with that at all.

Click here for a list of their menu’s, prices and hours.


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Alice in Wonderland + giveaway

I have really been looking forward to the movie, and in honor of that I decided to throw a little tea party of my own. I made fondant faces for some cupcakes.So, here we go!

For the Red Queen, start with molding a face.

Alice in Wonderland

Make a heart shape, and attach the face.

Alice in Wonderland

I added little swirls for texture and curles.

Alice in Wonderland

Mad Hatter was next!

Alice in Wonderland

I know it look like bozo the clown lol! be patient…

Alice in Wonderland

I colored some fondant green and brown to get this hue. I made a hat shape and wrapped the color fondant around it.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Next, I rolled out a thin brown piece and draped it to finish off the hat.

Alice in Wonderland

With scissors I snipped the hair on the hatter for his wacky style.

Alice in Wonderland

then added brows and tah dah!

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Next, came Alice. Some simple blod hair, and I added strands for interest.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

The cat and its famous grin.

Alice in Wonderland

Also snipped the edges with scissors to seem like fur.

Alice in Wonderland

Rabbit was pretty straightforward. Looks a bit like playboy rabbit. The details will make it pop.

Alice in Wonderland

The White Queen, oh, sooo….white.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

I used Gourmet Writer Food Decorator Pens for all the details on the face. They are amazing and i use them for lots of things.  This is what I ended up with:

Alice in Wonderland

Made some wee pertinent nicknaks also decorated with Food Decorator Pens

Alice in Wonderland

Then I was on to bake a cake. But not just any cake. I wanted to Bake the Wilton Giant Cupcake! For the cake, I used this recipe from Wilton.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Filled the pan and off into the oven it went, at 350 F for 70 min. Yes, 70 min.lol

Alice in Wonderland

Once done, this is what they looked like

Alice in Wonderland

I attached the two parts with buttercream

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Made some mini confetti cupcakes to go along with it in some Bake it Pretty pink wrappers.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Added the final details:

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

“You’re invited to a tea party…” attached to a key

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

This was my hubby’s fav 🙂 lol. sorry, couldn’t help it

Alice in Wonderland

Actually this was his fav, and mine too. The Mad Hatter was mad as hell and divine!

Alice in Wonderland

I used some candle holders I had to hold the cupcakes. I loved em, do you?

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Also, I got the idea from Bake it Pretty to add sugar flowers to the tea. loved it.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

This was delish, and fun. I can’t wait to see the movie.

I love Bake it Pretty, and above I used the confetti hearts, pink wrappers and Wilton’s Fondant that I had purchased from them a while ago. So, continuing my giveaways….enter to win a

$25 Bake it Pretty giftcard!

Each one of the following you do, you get more chances to win! So here is what you can do to enter:

  1. Answer the following in the comments: If you saw the movie, did you like this new version, or did Burton go off the deep end?
  2. Tweet this contest “@Mirauncut is giving away @Bakeitpretty giftcard, enter at www.mirauncut.com”
  3. Become a facebook fan
  4. Follow me on twitter so u can keep up to date on my giveaways
  5. Follow me with google friend connect

Please include in your comment which of the above you did. Contest ends Friday, March 12, 5 p.m.ET.

 This contest has ended. the winner is SARA G! yay! congrats. It was number 51 via random.org

Creme brulee – molecular gastronomy style

hiya peeps-

I’m sure alot of you have heard the term molecular gastronomy,some chefs hate that term. Well, i don’t care what you call it, but I love the many possibilities it has opened. I have ordered some chemicals and havebeen toying around with tapioca maltodexrin, what that does is it turns fat based stuff to powder.So, it looks completely different, but when you put it in your mouth it melts and tastes like the stuff you put in, so it invokes the memory of that taste without the visual cues. If what you try to pair it with is not fat based it turns to goo. Yucky goo.

What the maltodextrin does is it absorbs the fat molecules and holds them till it contacts water, i.e. your saliva in your mouth.

I decided to make some creme brulee powder. It took some trial and error. I worked out the kinks.

Basically, make the creme brulee mixture according to your favorite recipe, then, instead of popping them into ramekins and in the oven, place the liquid mix into a saucepan and on very very lowwwww (i said LOW!)  heat constantly stir the mixture till alot of the water evaporates and it thickens and becomes pudding like. This could take 15-20  min. Make sure to keep stirring.

Once it’s of pudding like consistancy, put the mixture into a food processor and keep adding tapioca maltodextrin till you have the consistency powder you like.

You will end up adding alot of tapioca compared to how much creme brulee there is. This is normal.

Once it was a powder, I decided to keep what is classic of creme brulee, which is the sugar crust. I made it real thin. All I did was melt sugar on tin foil (i used the creme brulee torch) and slowly peel it off. You will get breakage so trial and error will help.

creme brulee

creme brulee

This is what my end product was. What do you think? As usual, any ideas are welcome 🙂

Retro purple circles mini cake

i don’t know if any of u know about cake girls, but they made a retro inspired cake for a wedding in green, and i loved it so much i decided to make a mini version with my favorite color PURPLE!
I was just playing around with some different backgrounds.

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I made the circles with candy melts, ziplocks and i just piped them on parchment paper

retro purple cake green

THEN i thought there are not enough circles (which also happen to look like boobs) on this thing, so i decided to pimp it out more!

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IN case u didnt get enough of the dizzifying effect, this is a picture to surely give u an instant headache! enjoy:)

retro purple cake closeup

hope you are having a great day! and thanks for sharing all ur fave sites with me b4.loved em all!
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tulip cake and GIVEAWAY!!

this is one of my fav color combos and who doesnt love tulips?

tulip cake top

tulip cake top2

tulip cake side

in Honor of my giveaway, i made a quick mini man office cake (try saying that 10 times) with some fondant colored pen writers

office man googly eyes

office man (2)

My little mini office man would like to give away some “Americolor Gourmet writer food decorator pens” in 10 different colors! Ever since i saw them being used by bakerella i had to have them, so i want to share the love.i used them above to draw out my office man.

to enter, just comment below with what your favorite food/dessert website/blog is. For a second entry u can comment on my twitter>>>>go there via the twitter link on the left so u can find out first about my giveaways to come! Contest ends on friday dec/11 at 5 pm ET . will announce the winner on saturday. Goodluck!

entries limited to US residents only

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UPDATED TO ADD: the giveaway is over! drum rolll.llllll…………..winner is Jenniffer from cupadeecakes.blogspot.com ….enjoy ur new decorator pens!

for the rest of my lovely readers i promise alot more giveaways!==========================================

++MIRA++

Thanksgiving Pilgrims & Indians

Happy thanksgiving all! I wanted to take it to the roots of how it all started with my dessert this year, so I started brainstorming and came up with some sketches…

thanksgiving drawing

I made some applesauce spice cupcakes and some marshmellow vanilla topping. It was yummy!

Thanksgiving spice apple cupcakes

it’s not thanksgiving without some turkey and corn…:)

thanksgiving cupcake turkey corn

some native american cupcakes were chilling out

thanksgiving cupcake native american

thanksgiving indian cupcake

then the pilgrims came…

thanksgiving cupcake pilgrims

And they all got together for a nice feast!

thanksgiving cupcake pilgrim indian

Hope your turkey was juicy and family was near. What is your favorite part about thanksgiving??

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