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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.

Exploring the Heidelberg Project – Detroit

Heidelbeg Project

Yes, these are stuffed animals hanging on a house. You aren’t seeing things.

I had heard about The Heidelberg Project and decided to go explore it myself. It is named after the street it is on, Heidelberg St. in Detroit. It sits in one of the worst parts of the city. I won’t go into the details of how it came to be and why. You can read all about it on the Heidelberg website & here. I will however invite you to explore it with me, via these shots.

Heidelbeg Project

Some people happened to be shooting a video of sorts that day. It was nice to have company since the streets were pretty void of humans and Detroit has its cast of characters always roaming the streets. It is not necessarily dangerous, but trust your instincts and don’t put yourself in a bad situation. You’ve been warned.

Heidelbeg Project

There was so much to see everywhere. So many details. The street art collection is always changing, with things being added and detracted, but the main structures remain.

Heidelbeg Project

Cars seemed to be represented all over the properties, and they were boards propped up with painted cars on them.

Heidelbeg Project

This was  my favorite house. So much to see. I have photo vignettes with close ups in the 3 photos below.

Heidelbeg Project

Heidelbeg Project

Heidelbeg Project

The street itself was even part of the art. Polka dots painted in the streets and on the sidewalks.

Heidelbeg Project

Heidelbeg Project

A boat full of stuffed animals aptly named Noah. Alot of religious themes are thread through out the different houses and art. It’s interesting to pick up on them.

Heidelbeg Project Heidelbeg Project

The “Penny Car” below, has pennies glued all over. Funny enough, the car also has a Santa inside, and sticking out the back with a toilet seat.

Heidelbeg Project

Heidelbeg Project Heidelbeg Project

Need to make a call? No problem. Pick a phone up. It’s not connected to anything. Reminds me of Alanis Morissette: “Nobody callin’ on the phone, except for the Pope maybe in Rome”.

Heidelbeg Project

Signs with ironic and warning messages are everywhere. Read the one with the lady in the background.

Heidelbeg Project

Numbers anyone?

Heidelbeg Project

Want to go see it for yourself? Get some Directions to the street (not to be confused with the museum address). It really is a must see in Detroit. Lots of amazing art that really gets you thinking. Some tips on visiting are: don’t go alone, go in a group and use common sense. Always follow your gut and don’t do anything stupid, and of course go in the day. While you can see alot of it from the car, you will miss the little details unless you walk up to the houses. I can’t wait to go again soon. It is really a gem, grab your cameras and go!

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.

Have some graffiti to recommend, shoot me a tip!

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

The Whitney Architechture The Whitney Architechture The Whitney Architechture

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

Sintex – Graffiti – Detroit

Sintex Graffiti

Sintex has made a name for himself on the streets of Detroit. Literally. You can find his tags across from Slows and past the bridge next to the train depot.

I’m sure many of you have seen his work and not even known it. If you have been to Oslo he has a flower mural in there.

Sintex Graffiti

What is great about his work, is he does these amazing portraits in addition to traditional graffiti. He is a graphic designer by trade and it shows through his art.

Sintex Graffiti

This last picture is one of my favorites. I love the Detroit skyline in the back drop and the colors are spot on.

Have a tip on a piece I should cover? Let me know in the comments with locations and descriptions.

Seva – Vegetarian Cuisine – Detroit

Seva - Detroit

Seva has made a name for itself in Ann Arbor, serving fresh and delicious vegetarian cuisine. Now, they have opened a second location in Detroit. Don’t turn your nose up at the word “vegetarian”. Dining there, you won’t even feel like a protein is missing from the plate. On the contrary, each dish is packed with flavor and deliciousness. I couldn’t decide what to order off the Seva menu because everything sounded so good!

Seva - Detroit

Seva, is very conveniently located on Forest, between Woodward and John R. It’s smack dab in the middle of the Wayne State district, the DMC, MOCAD and everything else. Great and convenient location.

Seva - Detroit

My sister-in-law had already had dinner so she had the house salad with ranch ($4).

I couldn’t decide what to order, so I asked the waiter what their signature dish was. He said the Enchiladas Calabaza! So, I went for it.

Seva - Detroit

Enchiladas Calabaza are made with – Butternut squash, cream cheese and green onions with chiles, cumin and a hint of cinnamon, baked in organic corn tortillas, topped with spicy tomato sauce & cheese, served with house-made corn chips & salsa ($13.00).

My oh my was that a good choice! It was amazing with the creamy squash, tangy sweet tomato sauce, and cheesy goodness. I’m drooling as I write this. So good. I would love to have some right now. It does come with chips and salsa. I could’ve done without those. The chips were not crunchy enough and just detracted from the dish. More enchiladas por favor!

Seva - Detroit

Mike had the Cilantro Peanut Stirfry made with – Stir-fried broccoli, red & yellow peppers, mushrooms, mung sprouts, carrots and green onions with a spicy cilantro-peanut-ginger-lime sauce, over organic brown rice, topped with roasted peanut ($12). He said it was delicious. I had a taste. It was pretty good.

Seva - Detroit

Sam can’t see a Portabella Burger on any menu and not order it. His all time favorite is at Bastone, and its usually hard to stack up to anywhere since at Bastone they put a big dollop of  garlic & herb Boursin cheese.

Portabella Burger made with – Organic, chargrilled portabella mushroom on an organic bun, with lettuce,  tomato, cheese and sauce ($11). All sandwiches are served with Yam fries.

He liked the burger, but Bastone’s is still his favorite. The yam fries were refreshing to have instead of regular fries. They were absolutely perfect.

Seva - Detroit

They are also known for their freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. My SIL had the Tropics blended drink – Frozen strawberries, bananas and mango nectar ($5). She loved it.

I would definitely recommend dining there, or stopping in for lunch. The food was fresh and delicious, the service was good and the new location is awesome. Also, expect this to be a popular spot. Word was barely out about their new Detroit location and it was pretty full. Seva gets a hell yeah! from me. How was your experience?

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