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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.

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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

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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.

Bangkok 96 Bangkok 96

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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Frida Mexican Cuisine – Dearborn

Frida Mexican Cuisine

Frida is a welcome addition to the Downtown Dearborn dining scene. It fills a much needed void in the area. This contemporary style bistro takes traditional Mexican dishes and elevates them to the next level. The restaurant is named after Frida Kahlo, and her paintings adorn the walls.

The decor is fantastic. Minimal decor, warm tones, wicker chairs and the perfect little plants in the window.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

Almost immediately you are greeted with chips and salsa, with a mild and extra hot version.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

One thing I love about the place is you can add a soup for $0.99 with any plate. Its the perfect start to meal, and the little cup of creamy roasted poblano soup was like liquid gold. I have never had anything like it. Creamy, hot, smoky and a tad spicy, what more can you ask for.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

Sam had the chicken fajita with cheese. It came with the regular accouterments of beans, rice, guac, sour cream and tomatoes. It was in a spicy tomato sauce and was reminiscent slightly of a stew. The flavors melded beautifully and begged to be wrapped in a tortilla destined for my tummy.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

Frida’s has a “combo” section on their menu which I love. If you can’t decide what to order, because quite frankly everything is amazing, then you might find getting a combination is for you.

I had the Frida combo that comes with a Chicken chimichanga, beef burrito, cheese quesadilla and a chicken taco.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

I have also tried the Diego combo on a separate occasion and the enchiladas were delicious.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

The beef burritos were filled with succulent chunks of beef that had been simmered to perfection.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

For dessert we decided to try the rice pudding. This was not like your grandmas rice pudding. It was a sexy version with sweet cinnamon agave nectar and al dente rice granules.

Frida Mexican Cuisine

The service is always great and the attention for detail is astounding. Nothing is left to chance, and everything is under the watchful eye of the new owner that is usually there. We have had many great dinners there and I plan to work my way through their menu.

If you are ever in Downtown West Dearborn be sure to stop in, they also have great breakfast and lunch specials. Have you tried it yet?

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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.

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