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Arts Beats and Eats 2010 – Royal Oak

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Arts Beats and Eats (check the site for the music lineup) moved to Royal Oak this year, while it was previously held in Pontiac. I love Royal Oak, and I was really excited. So, Sunday, we got there around 3. Couldn’t find parking (even paid) anywhere close, so we parked in a lot next to i96. Parking on the side streets required permits for residents ( good idea). Guess how much parking was? $15. Yes, fifteen dollars. Which on top of, we had to walk for like a mile. Granted I know every time its the first of something there are kinks that need to be ironed out, but $15 is crazy for parking.

SO, we get there. Guess what? A line. A line for what? An entrance fee. How much? $3. Fine, whatever. But once you are inside, you realize 1/2 the booths were advertisers (in case you were looking for insulation for your attic between band sets). So why the entrance fee then?

Anyways, we get in there, where is the ART? Um, no maps or signs so it took over 1/2 hour to figure out where everything was. At that point I was like, whatever, here to have fun, here to chill, move on. Ok. But guess what, you could not move! You couldn’t look. You couldn’t stop. You were jam packed in a sea of humans.

Apparently they didn’t expect that many people. Well, then don’t have it on Washington street. Which is one street off Main St. This time I couldn’t take great pics. Remember the Plymouth Art fair?

Here goes…

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

This pic was of the thinnest crowds.lol.
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

One of the koolest things there…
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

The view from behind the tents into the vending stands.
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Did you know Hour magazine is based out of Royal Oak?

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Ok, my favorite parts of any festival / fair. The art. I didn’t even come close to taking pics of everything, but some of my favs were these custom cutting boards. Crazy right?
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

The one thing about the art is, I wish they would bring more up and coming artists in. Some paintings were thousands of dollars. Michigan’s young artists need the exposure, and then we could actually buy something! I’m not going to spend 350$ on a signed print.
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Then the Food. Sorry, but it was terrible. Terrible lines, terrible selections and not vegetarian / kosher / halal friendly. This basically meant we were stuck at this truck, especially since we had already bought 16 tickets (non-refundable) for $10 (which is the minimum).

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Stuck with this menu (and yes, it says chicken on a stick):

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

So, we ended up with oily heavy elephant ear ($5)

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

And oily soggy cheese fries. I love fries. If they were crunchy and good I really would’ve been happy especially since we skipped breakfast looking forward to ABE. The cheese was watery too. Weird. Oh, and guess what, this much for $5.
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

It’s not my style to hate. But really, I was seething that day. I felt ripped off, tired, and disappointed. It wasn’t even about the money. It was the principle. Don’t charge me for all this, make me eat soggy fries, tell me the band doesn’t start till 5:30, waste 4 hours of my life, have no maps and THEN bombard me with advertisers. Get it straight. We are not dumb.

Dale & Thomas Popcorn – Purple Spoon Ice Cream

Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

Last Royal Oak visit, we decided to get some Popcorn at Dale & Thomas. Purple spoon has opened in the same space and I guess its a knock off of pinkberry. I’ve never had the latter so I can’t compare the two.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

I really loved the signs, design and feel for the place. There was a huge image of a corn field that was lit and it set a light and happy tone for the location.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

Many popcorn flavors like you see below, from BBQ to cheddar-chipotle. We tend to be sweet salty luvin kinda ppl so we went for…Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

…The chocolate Chunk Caramel. We ate it for 2 days, and it was divine. The cookies n creme would be interesting to try next time.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

Very cute decor, very bad acting on my part.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

I loved how they presented the popcorn, in the farmers wood buckets.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

In the back the popcorn was popping away, the smell wafting beautifully thru the room.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

They had a turning urn thing that you add the flavor to and it keeps rotating to cover all the popcorn.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

They made the chocolate caramel by drizzling it all over a pan of popcorn, and letting set.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

It was crunchy, fresh, sweet, salty and perfect. I loved that there were big chunks of chocolate here and there. It was a really good treat.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

As for the Purple Spoon part of it, the decor is a bit more modern and minimalistic. It’s theme doesn’t mesh 100% with the farmers theme of the popcorn part, but it’s not too bad. Also, if you buy the popcorn first, they will give you a coupon (1$ off) of the icecream.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

Positives is the low calorie. Negatives are that flavors are limited, but they cycle them. I had the original tart. It was good. Not great, but good.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

You can add toppings for 75 cents each. I’m not a toppings fan in general, but if I were going to try something it would be the fruit or candy. I would skip the cereal.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon

The frozen yogurt was good, but I don’t see myself ever craving it. I’m a bit of an ice cream snob i guess.

As for the popcorn, I loved it, and my glass ball says there is more salty sweet popcorniness in my future.

always uncut.
Dale and Thomas Popcorn on Urbanspoon
Purple Spoon Contemporary Frozen Yogurt on Urbanspoon

Astoria – Royal Oak

Whenever we’re in Royal Oak, Michigan, we love to walk up and down the streets and just take everything in. Its a nice walk, especially in the summer. We always pass by Astoria, a sweet/dessert shop. The stuff in there always looks amazing, (we’ve had it on many occasions) and everyone raves about it, so we gave it a try AGAIN.

 Astoria Royal Oak 

Astoria Royal Oak

 Astoria Royal Oak

 Astoria Royal Oak

 Astoria Royal Oak

 Astoria Royal Oak

That strawberry shortcake looked good, but, i’m a chocolate mousse kinda gal 🙂

 Astoria Royal Oak

 Astoria Royal Oak

 Astoria Royal Oak

 Astoria Royal Oak

Like I said, I’m a chocolate mousse kinda gal. I was really excited to have this, but I was dissappointed 🙁

 Astoria Royal Oak

 Astoria Royal Oak

I LOVE chocolate mousse, especially when done right. Unfortunately, It was too rich, not airy and light, and half the cup I had was filled with whipped cream that was gloopy and as stiff as Anthony Bourdains’ drinks. So, I scooped it all out. Even then the mousse on the bottom was dissapointing. Not as chocolate-y as I had hoped for, but the real kicker was the texture. It was not at all pleasant.

Now, don’t think I’m hating on the place. I was just unhappy because when you walk in, you really want to get one of everything! The stuff looks amazing. But each time the flavor lets me down, and each time I try something else and hope it won’t because I really want to love the place. I do. But even something as simple as peanuts covered in chocolate I make better at home. We had to throw them out. And, in a place where you are paying 3-7 $ a dessert, you don’t want to throw anything out. Sorry Astoria, but you remind me of Mariah Carey. Beautiful on the outside, all fucked up on the inside.
Astoria Pastry Shop on Urbanspoon

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