Detroit Basketball

Detroit Basketball

A few weeks ago, my parents and I went to our very first Pistons game.  We’ve been to lots of Lions and Red Wings games, and one Tigers game, but never ever a Pistons game.  It was time.

We love the Palace, having been there for many concerts.  While there is lots of fanfare around the Pistons moving to Little Caesars along with the Red Wings, I am really sorry to see the Palace go vacant.  It is a well maintained very nice destination for concerts and games that happens to be out of the congestion of Downtown Detroit.

The Palace of Auburn Hills

The Palace certainly knows how to make a basketball game fun too.  We actually began our evening in the Palace Grille, a fine dining type restaurant down on the lower level of the arena with really outstanding food.  We were glad to get a good meal before the game.

We might not be the biggest basketball fans, but I absolutely loved the game, and so did Mom.  I think Dad got a little bored, but oh well.

Detroit Basketball

Our seats were very close and let us see all the action and how small the court looked in person versus TV.  This Pistons might not be the best this season, but their opponents for the evening, the New York Knicks, are even worse and they pulled out the win.

After awhile, I’ll admit basketball is just the players kind of running up and down the court, but there is plenty of entertainment to keep things interesting.  The dancing usher, t-shirt sling shots, a race up and down the stairs, cheerleaders, a drum band, and a flag team are just some of the fun things they do during time outs and what not.

Detroit Basketball

Halftime was a Zumba performance which was super cool.  I am so amazed at how all those people coordinated their routine.  I always want to give Zumba a try, but I seriously lack coordination.

Detroit Basketball

One of the other super fun things they did were pizza parachute drops from the sky.  It was so funny to see the tiny pizza boxes with their tiny parachutes coming down from the rafters.

I am sorry I waited so long to check out a Pistons game in person, and equally as sorry to see the Palace go.  Sports in person are always a blast and the Palace is such a welcoming venue.  Hopefully we’ll have many more good times in Little Caesars Arena.

Pistons Mascot Hooper

Detroit Basketball

Taste of Troy

Taste of Troy

A couple weekends ago, we needed something to do.  Something fun and exciting and not just going to look at furniture and to the grocery store.  It was a sunny, but bitter cold day and we just wanted to do something fun.

I had mentioned Taste of Troy earlier in the week and the local meteorologist mentioned it the morning of, so on a whim we headed out to the San Marino Club in Troy for Taste of Troy, benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Troy.

Taste of Troy

It was the twenty fifth anniversary of the event, so it’s kind of hard to believe we had never been before.  I shared my fashion last week, and now I want to talk more about the event itself.

Lots of restaurants in Troy had little booths with a dish or two from their menu.  From Greek to Italian, appetizers to desserts there was a little something for everyone.  As Mom and I were on the Whole30, options were limited for us, but the Tim Horton’s coffee definitely hit the spot.

Taste of Troy

Dad enjoyed checking out all the food, the Smashburger was among his favorites.  But the puffy taco from El Charro, the pizza from Shield’s, and gyro from Estia Greek Street Food were all hits too.

After checking out the food and silent auction, we just walked around for awhile, and it was good to be out and about.  We couldn’t leave without saying hi to our favorite local meteorologist, Andrew Humphrey.  He was even nicer in person than he seems on TV and asked me for a couple cards.  Who knows, maybe I’ll end up on Local 4.  That would be pretty awesome!

Taste of Troy

We also loved checking out the San Marino Club.  None of us had ever been there, and it is such a beautiful building.

I definitely think we will check out Taste of Troy again!

Taste of Troy

Taste of Troy

Heart to Heart Event #FashionFriday

Heart to Heart Event #FashionFriday

You know I love a good event, an excuse to get dressed up and have a fun day out.  So when I heard about the Heart to Heart Glam Lunch and Fashion Show benefitting Beaumont Health, I was in.

As it is October and I haven’t moved to California yet (why oh why?????), it was a chilly rainy day as Mom and I headed to the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, the swankiest hotel in the area where lots of stars stay when in town.  Luckily, they also have valet!

Heart to Heart Event #FashionFriday

Heart to Heart Event #FashionFriday

Mom and I bought fashion show only tickets so we arrived around noon and wondered around the ballroom and lobby while we waited for the show to begin.  Before long, it did begin and Monica Gayle from Fox 2 was the host for the afternoon.  We watch Monica and Fox 2 every day, so it was nice to see her there and even meet her.

After a few speeches about the heart center at Beaumont Hospital (did you know heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women?), the fashion show began.

Mom and Me

LK Bennett, Tapper’s, Bricker Tunis Furs, Max Mara, Halston Heritage, and Saks Fifth Avenue each showcased some of their latest fashions.  The show was great and the way it was set up was even better, with different aisles so every seat was great and we all got a nice view of each and every model.

The clothes and shoes were gorgeous, though we did notice price tags hanging off lots of pieces!  After about a half an hour of awesome fashion and music, the show ended, but the day was young, and Mom and I didn’t feel like going home.

Heart to Heart Event

We wandered around the hotel for a bit and then headed to the Rugby Grille for dessert and drinks.  Though the rain was still falling, we sat by a window, and the still blooming flowers we beautiful.  It was a lovely day and another to add to a string of just wonderful experiences this year.

Heart to Heart Event #FashionFriday

Heart to Heart Event #FashionFriday

Books on the Lake

Books on the Lake

I have been trying to get my writing career off the ground for about seven years now, and with each passing year the rejection and failure becomes more and more difficult to deal with.  This year, I have decided to do everything in my power to change my pat and the way I am feeling.

I have asked advice from many people and my dad’s boss suggested that I go to an event called Books on the Lake.  It is put on by the Grosse Pointe Library and held at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.  When I read about it, I was sorry I hadn’t attended the annual event sooner.

Books on the Lake

Though Mom and I were late thanks to a moving work crew that left the highway at a crawl for almost an hour, we didn’t miss much of the action.  We were presented a yummy meal and seated at a table with some super friendly, chatty people.  One of them was an author and was interested to hear my story as I was interested to heat how she made her way in the industry.

Devin Scillian

Before long, the speakers took the stage.  First was local news anchor and children’s author Devin Scillian.  I have been a fan of Devin for years, watching him on TV every weekday for about 15 years.  He gave a great and very interesting speech that detailed his love of both TV and books, reading his own book at the White House, and of course, trying to get published the first time.

He sent his book out, like I have done many times, and was excited to receive a letter back in the mail.  When he opened it, it said, “Dear Author.”  Anyone who has ever written to an agency or publisher knows what the next words were.  Something along the lines of “We’re sorry but we can’t represent your book, but we wish you luck in the future.”  He thought it was ironic that they referred to him as author.

Eventually Devin got the yes he was looking for and the rest is history.

Mardi Jo Link

Mardi Jo Link spoke next.  A native Michigander, she first began writing about her life living in Northern Michigan.  When she realized that wasn’t going to sell, she began writing books based on true crimes that had occurred in the area and found a publisher and an audience for them.

It was awhile later when she received a call from a big agent after submitting her work to just a few trying to reach more people with her work.  She had accidentally attached some of her writing about her life that she continued to write for her and her family only.  The agent was interested in that and felt people would too with the interest in the lives of real people growing.  It was so cool that a good portion of her career was really a happy accident.

Lisa Scottoline

The final speak er was Lisa Scottoline.  She has a bold, bright personality that invites you to listen and makes you want to be friends with her.  She has written 26 novels!  And also writes a newspaper column with her daughter.  In fact, it is her close relationship with her family that made it so easy for me to relate to her.  You all know I’m super close with my mom.  Who knows – maybe we’ll writer a newspaper column together one day!!!

I also love that she writes across genres.  I have never been inspired by only one genre, but by ideas, no matter where they fit in the genre landscape.  She proves that you can do all kinds of writing and be successful at all of it.

Books on the Lake

We had the chance to meet all the authors after the event and pick up some signed books.  It was great to meet them all, but we connected with Lisa the most.  In fact when I told her about my writing she said she’d help me find an agent.  I sent her an email and hope to hear from her soon.  I really hope that she can help me.  Having her say she would find an agent for me was incredible.  I have been waiting to hear those words for years.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

We already can’t wait to go back next year.  The event was incredible and the setting is just gorgeous.  Plus, maybe, just maybe, going to Books on the Lake will be the one thing that changes everything for me.

US Women’s Soccer Game

US Women's Soccer Game

Okay, so I’m not exactly the world’s biggest soccer fan. At all. I don’t really know a thing about the game other than gooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllll! Yet, when it was announce that the World Cup winning US Women’s Soccer Team would be playing a game at Ford Field, I immediately wanted to go.

When else would I have the chance to see this amazing team play in person? My parents and I purchased front row seats. They also had a few available on the field, but we chose not to get those as cool as it sounded. I know I would have gotten hit in the head with a ball!

Hope Solo

You know I love hanging out at Ford Field. It’s just a great stadium, and I had my trusty parking pass, so that was all a breeze. Roughly 35,000 people were in attendance at the game, which is a little more than half of Ford Field, but apparently for a soccer game that’s a really big crowd.

There were a couple hiccups in the beginning like having our seats covered with paint dust from the football numbers being removed from the field and a bunch of kids in our seats who didn’t belong there, but I didn’t let that put even the slightest damper on the night.

Practice

Team Introductions

We got to watch the team practice and warm up, which was cool. I’ll be honest, I don’t know many of the players. Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, and Abby Wambach are basically the only players I know, but that didn’t really matter.

Once the team warmed up, we waited a few minutes until both the US team and their opponent Haiti took the field with young girl soccer players by their side. That was a really cool touch. Imagine being a little girl playing soccer and getting to walk on that big field with your hero. The players were introduced, the national anthems were performed, and the match began.

Mom and Me

We were afraid we would be rather bored. On the way Mom kept talking about how she wasn’t sure about going. But truthfully, the game was riveting. During the first half, the US was trying to score at the other end of the stadium, so we didn’t see much close up action. Haiti almost never got the ball. Still, we loved cheering them on and seeing a few goals.

Before halftime, we went up to the main concourse to check out the souvenirs and food. We went back down during halftime to wait for the second half to start. We got to see so much action and even a goal right in front of us!

The field from afar

I still don’t know all the rules, and I’m not sure I’d want to go to a soccer game every week or anything, but I would definitely go again. It was such a wonderful experience to see such an exciting game in which the US won. Go Team USA!

US Women's Soccer Game

Macy’s Culinary Council Event with Takashi Yagihashi

You all know that I love to eat out, even if my adventures lately haven’t been super successful. One restaurant that never disappointed me was Tribute in Farmington Hills. From a seriously beautiful environment to stellar service to course after course of outstanding food, every visit left me wanting more.

So why haven’t I posted about Tribute? It unfortunately closed a few years ago. The space still sits vacant, waiting for someone to reinvent it. I wish I had some pics to show you, but that was before the days of having a camera in my hand all the time 🙂

Takashi Yagihashi is the chef who made Tribute the amazing restaurant it was. In fact, it was not too long after he left that it closed. While at Tribute, he was named one of Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs and named Best Chef in the Midwest by the James Beard Foundation. He moved on to bigger and better things after Tribute, becoming executive chef at Okada in Las Vegas. Since then, he has opened Takashi and Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi in Chicago, both of which have received rave reviews.

Takashi Yagihashi

He also appeared on Top Chef Masters (one of my favorite shows), and won the fan favorite award. I cheered for him every step of the way.

Luckily, he has now opened the Slurping Turtle in Ann Arbor. Like all of his other restaurants, I have heard nothing but good things about it, and I definitely need to get to Ann Arbor to check it out!

Even better, Takashi will be in town for a very special Macy’s Culinary Council event at Macy’s Somerset in Troy, Michigan on October 23rd at 6 pm. I have heard so much about Macy’s Culinary Council events, and I am super excited to attend this event. If you’re in the area, you should be too.

The night of the event, if you spend $35 in the home department at Macy’s, you’ll receive a $10 Macy’s gift card, as well as a copy of Takashi’s new book Takashi’s Noodles. It shouldn’t be hard to spend $35 in the home department. It’s my favorite spot in the whole store. In fact, I just bought my new Vitamix there.

Macy's

Takashi will hold a demonstration and you will even have the chance to sample some of his dishes. Best of all, he will be signing his cookbook after the demonstration. This is such a great opportunity! If you want to go, and I know you do, RSVP at 1800-329-8667. Remember that space is limited. For more information on the event, visit bit.ly/Takashi14. Hope to see you there!

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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