Posts Tagged ‘Detroit’
July 19, 2014
Last night, Scott and I joined some friends for dinner at MEX in Bloomfield Hills. We had been wanting to try this spot for a while, and I’m so glad we finally got around to doing it!
From the eats to the atmosphere, I absolutely loved everything about this place. The decorations were especially unique and very swanky!
We heard to always expect a long wait to sit for dinner, so Scott called ahead of time and made reservations for four. We arrived fifteen minutes early and had no problems getting seated right then and there.
As we made our way to our table, we all kept pointing out the details of the decorations and became eager to see the entire place.
To me, it all felt extremely eclectic with details straight from the movie Alice in Wonderland. I especially loved the mix and match bench cushions, wall painting on tin cans, mirrors on the ceiling, framed and lit windows on the wall exposing the kitchen, and these fancy silver chairs made for a queen.
I mean, I would come back just to be able to sit in that chair on my birthday, wouldn’t you?
It didn’t take long for the girls to notice the Skinny Menu, which of course included skinny margaritas. My friend Alex and I both ordered one and an appetizer of (regular) chips, guacamole and salsas for the table to split.
I wasn’t terribly hungry, so I originally ordered the skinny version of the Shrimp Civeche, which left off the tortilla strips and added cucumbers.
Unfortunaltey for me, they were out of that menu item for the night, so I improvised and ordered the Chicken Taquito Lettuce Wraps instead.
They were great, but I ended up filling up on the appetizers and only ate two of them. I wanted to save some room for dessert, so I asked for a doggie bag and had plenty to do while everyone else finished their meals.
I’m not sure if she was being nice or secretly evil, but our server mentioned and ever so graciously brought over bottles from the hot sauce bar to sample.
The boys went at it and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t the least bit entertained by the red faces, noisy exhales and swollen lips.
Seriously. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such a long lasting effect! They were struggling! I guess it was only to be expected with names like these…
And yes, that is most definitely a shot of plain milk to help cool the heat.
After a good amount of hoot and hollering, the boys finally got most of their meals down (after drizzling more than plenty of hot sauce) and we took a look at the desserts. Fried ice cream with four spoons for the win!
It was everything I could have ever asked for in a fried ice cream with honey, caramel, pineapple, coconut, and corn flakes on top. So dreamy!
I was still considerably full from dinner and snacks I engorged in before we even left (whoops), so I only had a few spoonfuls and they were all like little bites of heaven.
As we wrapped things up and got our bills, the hot sauces were staring and lets just say my curiosity got the best of me.
I stuck the smallest part of corner of a fork in one of them and put the tiniest drop of sauce on the tip of my tongue. Within seconds, my mouth was on fire and I couldn’t believe the boys ate their meals with full drizzles of multiple sauces on them. Crazies!
(Those are our “I’m breathing fire” faces, in case you couldn’t figure it out.)
On our way out the door, Alex and I wandered upstairs and talked about how cool this place would be to host a private party at.
There is an inside/outside feel with every table location and we both couldn’t get enough of modern and arty decorations. Scott and I want to somehow duplicate this ropes and lightbulb wire light fixture!
The top picture was our view of it from our table and the bottom left picture was the view from upstairs. Cool right?
And how about that giant wooden spoon and entryway of a door? I asked Scott to stand next to it to show just how ginormous it was. If you look closely enough, you can see the actual door at the bottom left corner.
I felt like I needed to dedicate an entire post to this spot since there were so many fun pictures to share. We all raved about the menu and experience the entire time we were there.
Thanks for a great start to the weekend, MEX!
Question of the Day
• What is a cool new-to-you restaurant you’ve visited recently in your area?
July 10, 2014
This summer has definitely been one for transition. After dancing in the NBA since 2007, this is the first time I know I am having to get used to being out of the spotlight and onto the sidelines for games and events.
But you know what? I’m pretty okay with it.
My last paid appearance as a dancer was getting to perform on stage and in concert with Big & Rich!
That’s an amazing way to close out my dancing years if you ask me!
Auditions for this year’s dance team already took place at the end of June, so when the day came and I didn’t attend, I knew my decision to retire was here to stay. Although the feeling is bittersweet, I can honestly say I am ready to move on and am really looking forward to what the next few years look like for me, and us, outside of the NBA.
While I’m not part of the performance crew anymore, I have been spending a lot of my time helping out with the entertainment teams this summer. Specifically a crazy horse mascot named HOOPER.
I tend to mention HOOPER and working events with the Pistons every now and then and I have a feeling some of you read those blurbs with a cocked head. (She’s doing what?) I guess it’s time to help you out and explain exactly what that job entails.
During the NBA season, you can find our entertainment teams on and off the court in community and sponsored events throughout the state, country and even world!
Remember our trip to Paris? I was fortunate enough to be hired as Scott’s assistant as he helped coordinate and oversee the mascot entertainment for the Paris All-Star Game!
While the basketball games stop in April (or June, if you’re lucky enough to go all the way to the NBA Finals) the off-season proves to stay active with events and performances throughout the summer. This one in particular hasn’t slowed down a bit!
Currently, my main job outside of blogging is being HOOPER’s assistant. Whenever he has a scheduled appearance or performance, there I am. That will probably change once the season starts, or if I get a job in the fitness industry (<- I miss teaching group fitness so much!), but for now, that’s what pays my part of the bills.
I came into this unique position through Scott. He is a Director of Pistons Entertainment, the manager and coach/performer with the Flight Crew (oh hey, SkyKing!) and works very closely with all of the entertainment teams.
Even this furry one!
As HOOPER’s assistant, I get to work a lot of the same events Scott is already on which is great for carpooling.
Basically, my job is to follow him everywhere, hand him props from his ridiculous bag of tricks, keep the rowdy kids that try to bully him away, and be his voice. (Mascots don’t speak!)
I’ve only run into a few instances where having a small girl as his assistant hasn’t worked out very well. Lucky for me, those times people tried to gang up on him, I had reinforcement around to yell and enforce the “no touching” rule. People are crazy, I tell you!
Anyways, hanging with HOOP is never boring, and always keeps me entertained and on my toes.
Yesterday, I was hired to help with Metro Detroit Youth Day at Belle Isle. The Pistons and Sprite came together to donate a full sized basketball court to the park and last year I worked the same event as a dancer, when the court officially opened.
On the schedule was a couple of dunk shows, appearances from players and former Pistons legends, and a performance from the Pistons Hip Hop dance team, D-Town.
My specific job is to stay with HOOPER, who happened to be dunking with the boys in one of their shows. Check it out!
Even HOOP’s got some ups!
I’m trying not to be biased when I say that the Pistons have one of the best sports entertainment dunk teams in the league. They truly blow my mind with the things they come up with and accomplish, and were even featured on America’s Got Talent in 2012!
Just in case you’re wondering, the guy speaking in the clip is the former coach of the crew and is also a close friend of Scott’s. Essentially, we moved up here for Scott to fill his shoes!
They’re incredible to watch and it’s always fun to see the new tricks and shows they put together.
After their first dunk show, I spent the next thirty minutes or so roaming the crowd and helping people take pictures with HOOPER. Next, it was time for autographs and meet and greets.
While the Flight Crew put on another dunk show, HOOPER and I made our rounds through the field and pulled all sorts of shenanigans.
Or, at least he did.
When we got back to the court, we found D-town free-styling, which is never out of the ordinary.
It always amazes me how they can just come up with whatever to showcase on the fly. D-town and even random spectators like this guy!
While the Dancers (<- hey look, I’m still up there!) or other entertainment teams like Cheer Team, Drumline, and the Mob Squad (junior dancers) weren’t at this event, I think the three teams held down the Pistons Entertainment name very well!
Not all events are like this, but most of them are. Occasionally we are brought in for school shows, camps, and community events, but most of our work is sponsored Pistons events like this one.
Whatever the case, I usually come home with some interesting memories and usually a smile!
On average, I work between two to three events a week during the summer, but that is always changing. Some weeks go by without any, but a couple of weeks ago I worked six! It all depends on what is going on, and what they need help with.
So I guess when I mention “I was working an event” you now have somewhat of an idea of what I’m talking about.
Have a great rest of your Thursday!
I’ll see you back in the morning with Friday Favorites!