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January 20, 2015

Mad Hatter Bistro Bar & Tea Room

Hello! I hope you are all having a wonderful day so far. I loved reading all of your comments on this morning’s juice cleanse post! Just in case you missed it, there is a great giveaway at the end, so be sure to stop by and enter if that’s something that interests you!

I don’t have much time, but I wanted to at least drop in and share a fabulous new restaurant Scott and I finally got around to going to yesterday.

Mad Hatter Bistro Bar & Tea Room (Birmingham)

Those who have been following the blog since we moved up to Michigan already know that Birmingham is one of our favorite areas to frequent. There are always things to do, restaurants to check out, and seasonal festivals that bring us over to the main shopping strip.

For months, we had been eying the opening of a new bistro, bar, and tea room called Mad Hatter located in the heart of Downtown Birmingham.

mad hatter bistro bar tea room birmingham

We passed it while walking along the streets a couple of times and thought it looked like a perfect spot for us.

A lot of you may not know this, but Scott used to work for Disney before I met him in Orlando! He has always loved the story of Alice in Wonderland and The Mad Hatter character is one of his all-time favorites.

He loves it so much that he literally wanted our wedding theme to look very similar to what we found inside this restaurant!

mad hatter birmingham decorations

I have seen the Alice in Wonderland theme covered on wedding shows on television and thought it would be a neat idea too. For a July wedding in Orlando, Florida, it didn’t quite fit. We did, however, use the topsy-turvy “Alice in Wonderland” style of wedding cake to inspire our own custom design!

We brought our friend Megan with us (who is in town working the Auto Show), and the three of us couldn’t get over how cute all of the decorations and storybook details were.

mad hatter bistro with megan

You can’t really tell from this photo, but the bar grabbed several design aspects from the story like the telephone booth and prescriptions window.

mad hatter bistro bar

We managed to claim the last table available during the busy lunch hour. The menu brought us right into the story with poems and Alice inspired eats and drinks. I loved drinking water out of the fancy goblets!

mad hatter bistro menu

This is one of those places we will have to visit several times to try everything we want to. Everything looked so good. We asked both the hostess and our waiter what their personal favorites on the menu were and one admitted to eating the risotto bites on every single shift.

mad hatter risotto bites

Clearly, we needed them as an appetizer. YOU GUYS. Cheesy risotto bites dipped in marinara sauce. Enough said.

I could have easily ordered ten entrees off of the menu, but I settled on the classic lunch option of half a salad and half a sandwich.

mad hatter bistro lunch

Chicken Panini Sandwich & Classic Hollywood Cobb Salad

Scott ordered the waiter’s number one choice: Old Woodward Street Tacos. I helped myself to a bite and it was delicious!

mad hatter street tacos

While we were finishing up our lunches, we overheard someone saying something about a hidden tea room downstairs. After we put a dessert order in, I walked over to the “rabbit hole” and made my way down to sneak a peak.

mad hatter rabbit hole in restaurant

How cute is this?

mad hatter bistro birmingham rabbit hole

Downstairs is where you will find what they call the Tea Room. It’s set up like the tea party from the film and features a specialty teas and baked goods menu to order from!

We are looking forward to making a trip back and request to sit in that room. This trip, however, ended on a wonderful note with an order of their carrot cake with homemade cream cheese icing and whipped cream.

mad hatter carrot cake

I am not usually big on icing, but this one takes the cake. Literally. So good!

Scott and I love to get out and check out more of our neighborhood areas these days. There are so many new-to-us restaurants and adventures to explore within thirty short minutes of our house. As always, I’ll be sure to share the highlights when we come across must-visit spots like this one!

Question of the Afternoon

• Have you ever been to a character themed restaurant (outside of Disney property)? I’d love to hear about it!

All right. It’s time for me to boogie. I’ll see you see you back in the morning!

January 19, 2015

Detroit Auto Show & Gold Cash Gold

Good morning and Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

I hope those of you who are celebrating the day off of work have a great extended weekend. The highlight of ours definitely took place yesterday with our first experience of the Detroit Auto Show followed by a brand-new restaurant in Corktown.

When Scott and I moved up to the Detroit area, we knew we would be surrounded by more cars on display (both new and old) than ever before. This is Motor City, and the Metro Detroit area is the location of the headquarters of three major automotive companies: Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors.

Yesterday was our first time visiting the products of all three plus many more at the Detroit Auto Show!

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

Since the early 1900s (with the exception of the World War II years) Detroit has hosted an auto show famously known as the Detroit Auto Show. What started as a strictly regional show has now become an international event displaying the best of the best from each manufacturer.

auto show lincoln display

If you are in the market for a new car, this is a one-stop-shop to preview a little bit of everything. From a look at their most popular sellers to a display of brand new releases (including total concept cars), you could easily spend hours wandering the aisles exploring the goods.

Wandering for hours is exactly what happened. The only time we really stopped was when we found a familiar face from Orlando early on working the Porsche display!

detroit auto show with megan

(Hi Megan!)

NAIAS is really four shows in one: a media preview, an industry preview, a charity preview, and a public show. The public show is what we were able to get tickets to ($13 a piece for adults), and it kicked off a nine day run on Saturday.

I had a feeling we were going to be in a large crowd. That it was!

detroit auto show 2015

It took impeccable timing and determination in order to capture the cars without awkward photo bombs. We definitely had to be patient and wait our turn to see anything up close. The closest I got to actually getting into a vehicle was hopping on this BMW motorcycle, which I still had to be aggressive and pop in between others on.

heather and alex on bmw bike

This year’s Detroit auto show kicked off with an impressive debut of two supercars: the Acura NSX

acura nsx

… and the Ford GT.

ford gt auto show

They were both incredible and drew quite the interest!

I am not one who claims to know much about cars, and even so, I felt completely in my element. I have a feeling that a lot of people were there to simply look at and take in the beauty of these vehicles. They were truly stunning.

Some other personal favorites and highlights include:

Bentley Convertible

bentley at auto show

(That purple paint was gorgeous!)

Alpha Romeo

alfa romeo cars at auto show

Fiat 500X (Vans Design Concept)

fiat 500x

(I’ll take one and a beach condo in California, please.)

Corvette Z06

corvette Z06

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

jeep wrangler display

(It’s mounted on a wall… no big deal.)

The fancy interiors in cars like Mercedes and Audis

interior audi details

(WHY I didn’t snap a photo of the Maybach is beyond me…)


maserati auto show

And this (crazy, spacey) concept car from Mercedes

mercedes concept car

(Basically, what the Jetsons family would purchase with Bill Gates’ income.)

It was so much fun to walk from one giant display to the next. Everything was pretty, impressive, and pretty impressive!

The show will run until January 25th. If you happen to go, make sure to hit the ten cars you should stop to see at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Gold Cash Gold Restaurant

We wrapped up our trip to Detroit with a late lunch that turned into an early dinner at Gold Cash Gold.

Gold Cash Gold Detroit

Are you guys ready for this one?

Gold Cash Gold has only been in business a month and already had a wait out the door on a Sunday night. Properly named, it might not look like a trendy restaurant from the outside because it used to be a pawn shop! The restaurant creators completely rolled with the idea, left the original sign, and made a bold statement with their unique details.

gold cash gold detroit bar

The floor is reclaimed from an old abandoned elementary school, the stained glass windows are handmade from one the owner’s family members, and the ceiling tiles are all refinished originals from when they bought the space in the building.

They are closed on Mondays and between the hours of 3:30-5 p.m. to transition from lunch to dinner. The bar is still open, however, and they happily welcome you to come and hang in order to put your name in and sit for dinner when they are ready for you.

We arrived right around 4 p.m., so we had a good hour to chat and enjoy their specialty cocktails.

Gold Cash Gold cocktail

The girls ordered a round (or two) of Pearls which was a fabulous and refreshing choice.

We had a group of eight with raging appetites, so we split a few appetizers to start. We all ordered different entrees and shared a little bit off of everyones’ plates. I love when everyone is down for family style eating so we can try as much as possible!

gold cash gold menu

Burrata & Pepper Jam with Grilled Bread, Creamy Potato Soup (with brussels sprouts) & Grilled Teres Major (steak) with Cheesy Potatoes, Poached Egg Dressing and Watercress

And that isn’t even half of it. Oh my goodness. Everything was delicious! While we were at the bar, we met one of their employees who was visiting as a guest on her day off. That’s how you know a restaurant is good, right?

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