Posts Tagged ‘Detroit’
November 7, 2014
Hello and Happy Friday!! I have a feeling this weekend is going to fly, but then again… what’s new, amiright?
How was your week? Mine was great and filled with activity. Scott and I spent our weeknights entertaining family and exploring new things to do and see in the Detroit area. We are really starting to become acclimated to our surroundings! It’s a nice feeling.
I’m not sure how I feel about the projected cold temperatures in the 30s, however. We’ll see how running that race in it goes.
Anyhow, it’s time for another edition of Friday Favorites! I love to hear what you have been enjoying over the week too, so feel free to play along in the comments section and link up at the bottom!
Friday Favorites #62: Week of 11/7
• patterned knit tights
Ever since we moved to somewhere seasons actually exist, I have been admittedly obsessed with leggings and tights.
I received this pair as a Christmas gift from Scott’s mother two years ago, and they have been my favorite pair yet! I’m pretty sure she got them at a store like TJMaxx or Marshall’s.
• Pure Michigan (with family)
To kick things off on Scott’s Birthday, we made a trip to Yates for hot cider and donuts for breakfast, per his request.
You can’t really go wrong with a trip to the cider mill. The food and drinks are always scrumptious, but visiting the apple tents (when they’re open) and walking the beautiful trails are my favorite part.
Any time we have family or friends in town, we make a point to visit Yates!
Family + Pure Michigan = <3
• L’Oreal Sublime self-tanner
I know I have mentioned this specific product on the blog close to a handful of times.
There are plenty of different self-tanners out there, and you can find a full list of my favorites in my Spray and Self-Tanning 101 post.
This exact version of Sublime (Instant Action) works immediately after you put it on, and I have been applying it every couple of days to keep somewhat of a “tan” going. I chose to quote “tan” because it’s necessary. Tan is one thing I am not these days. But hey, at least there are self-tanners like these to help a sister out!
• Fox Theatre
I’m quickly becoming smitten by all of the historic buildings in Detroit.
The Fox Theatre is known as Detroit’s crown jewel, and the reason is obvious. Everything from the architecture to the (literally) jeweled details in the wooden structures is rich and luxurious.
It’s a truly ornate performing arts center unlike any I’ve seen before.
I was blown away by the lobby and in awe of the main stage and auditorium design and details.
Scott and I attended our first show at the theatre last night with the Jason Mraz concert as part of his birthday gift.
It’s absolutely gorgeous, and we can’t wait for an excuse to get back!
• Jason Mraz
While we’re on the subject, Jason Mraz is really good in concert. SO good that we have purchased tickets to see him twice now!
(The last time we saw him was a surprise in Tampa, Florida!)
Not only is his voice amazing, but he is hilarious. He was quarky and quick with funny statements and jokes in and out of his songs. Just like before, he had me cracking up the entire time!
One of my favorite parts was him singing live with Raining Jane to this video of them goofing around while performing in Antarctica. I died at the animal dance break at the 3:25 mark. So flipping cute!
I’m just going to go ahead and wrap this section up with Jason Mraz radio.
Before the concert, the group of us stopped into the Shawarma Festival in Royal Oak.
What the heck is shawarma, you ask?
Shawarma is a sandwich with sliced lamb, chicken, or vegetables and often tahini or salad wrapped in pita bread.
Also known as… delicious.
This particular stand included pickles in their sandwiches and the combination was so, so good! Scott and I washed our meals down with a couple of strawberry lichi (lychee) juices which were also very tasty.
The only downfall was the amount of garlic I consumed. It tasted great, but without access to gum or mints afterwards (fail), I’m pretty sure I could have killed a vampire just by saying “hello”. Yikes!
• Usher Concert
This week was very concert heavy. Scott got tickets to see Usher Tuesday night through work, and we were excited to go see him live!
As I was getting ready at home, I threw on Usher radio and had a blast singing along to hits dating all the way back to my middle school days. Any U-S-H-E-R or Ur-sher fans out there? Ohhh yeah.
He was a great performer and didn’t stop! We were all very impressed with his moves and vocals hit after hit. He was also very grateful and seemed genuinely appreciative of all of his fans. I loved him as a judge on The Voice and admire his work even more after this concert!
Peace up, A-town down. #Yeah
• favorite HWG posts
and to end on a laugh…
• Friday funny
(Now if I could only get the husband on board! Sigh.)
Have a wonderful weekend!
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November 5, 2014
The last couple of days have been nothing short of a whirlwind!
With a visit from Scott’s mom and a special birthday, we have been quite the busy bees touring around the city and surrounding areas of Detroit.
I knew I wanted to take Scott somewhere special for his birthday dinner Monday night. We had passed this gorgeous castle-like mansion several times, so I thought celebrating his birthday would be a great excuse to finally check it out. I’m so glad we did!
The Whitney – David Whitney House & Restaurant
The Whitney is a mansion turned restaurant on Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit. True to it’s name, the giant home was completed in 1894 and designed for lumber baron David Whitney, Jr.
It was described as the most elaborate and substantial residence in this part of the country in the 1900s. I wouldn’t be surprised if that held true today!
We need to revisit in the daytime so I can truly capture the beauty of this structure inside and out. For now, I’ll do my best to cover the highlights.
For starters, the exterior features a rare variety of pink granite.
Yes, I’m referencing the same granite people upgrade to inside on their kitchen countertops.
(Exterior photo taken here)
The 21,000 square foot mansion originally had 52 rooms, 10 bathrooms, 218 windows, 20 fireplaces, an elevator, and a secret vault in the original dining room. Construction took about four years at a $400,000 price tag, equalling about 10.5 million dollars in today’s economy!
The inside is just as impressive of the rich and extravagant looking outside.
As soon as we got through the entrance, my eyes went straight towards the grand staircase that dominates the Great Hall.
My pictures aren’t even close to doing any kind of justice to how cool these details were to see in person. I fully plan on coming back in the day time with a better camera in the future!
The Great Hall is adorned with bronze and is accented with colorful Tiffany stained glass windows and panels on the second and third floors. (!!!)
This piece alone is worth around $6,000,000. No big deal.
Here’s another Tiffany piece, designed and made just for this house.
The Great Hall is considered to be the biggest attraction, besides the ghost stories.. but we’ll return to those in a minute.
The fireplace dominates the space with a mantel that holds a famous and antique bronze clock. The light fixtures surrounding the clock were installed by Thomas Edison! Yep… the Thomas Edison.
The interior walls and ceilings of the rooms in the house are all elaborately constructed and unique in their designs.
Adorned with hand-woven silks, tapestries, and hand tooled leather, each wall and ceiling piece has a completely different and impressive design!
David Whitney, Jr. died in 1900, but the family continued to live in the house until the late 1920s. Today, the Whitney mansion is now called “The Whitney” and has become “an American restaurant in an American place,” according to one of their brochures.
Bub Liebler, the current owner and former Chrysler executive, had a vision to revitalize the property and keep it as a treasured Detroit icon open to the public. He invites anyone to come visit, host parties, and offers an exquisite menu for dining.
As nice as this place was, we expected the expensive price tag to come with our meals. It was Scott’s birthday, so it was okay to splurge a little!
(I thought it was so cool that they printed his name on the menu!)
We started by ordering a bottle of Grand Traverse Riesling and took our fabulous waitress, Jill, up on a lot of her suggestions.
The kitchen brought out a small plate of cucumber relish, a complimentary drink for the birthday boy, and a plate of Eggplant Bruschetta we ordered.
Scott and I split a wedge salad and we each ordered different entrees.
(Seafood Sauté for me, Beef Wellington for the birthday boy, and Vegetable Risotto for his mom.)
We each got a small spoonful of sorbet to cleanse our pallets right before our entrees came out, which I thought was a great touch. We ordered a side of the sizzling mushrooms (they come out like fajitas!) and jalapeño creamed corned to split as well.
Everything was incredibly delicious and filled with flavor!
As we finished our dinner, I was looking forward to surprising Scott with a plate of German Chocolate brownies we secretly brought in with us. That is his favorite kind of cake, and the brownies were the closest we could find earlier that afternoon with limited time!
The pianist played the “Happy Birthday” song as our waitress brought out the plate, and we soon realized there were also three other birthdays in the dinning room! We each grabbed a brownie and shared the rest with the birthday tables and staff.
Everything was so very good!
As we were wrapping things up, the manager came over and asked how everything was. We expressed our gratitude for an outstanding meal and also our interest in hearing more about the supposed haunted tales we heard before coming in.
His eyes lit up and I could tell he was excited to tell us more. We were the last ones in the house before closing, so we grabbed our stuff and took him up on his offer to give us a complimentary house tour!
Everything was really neat to see. I have been in huge houses and mansions before, but I have never seen one this personally crafted and enhanced with this level of detail. It was unreal!
We made it up to the third floor and arrived at the Ghost Bar.
Properly named, he went on to tell us a couple of haunted stories he and his staff have witnessed themselves. I won’t go into too much detail, but let’s just say there has been documented activity roaming the floors as well as guest interaction with people who don’t actually exist.
He continued on to note that the elevator often follows him between floors. It opens and moves on it’s own, and he is so used to it that it doesn’t even phase him anymore. Freaky, huh?
It was getting late, so we made our way downstairs and kept telling him how wonderful our experience was.
If you ever find yourself anywhere close to Midtown Detroit, I highly suggest making a reservation to come check out The Whitney.
The food, the environment, and the stories were all very impressive!
Happy, Happy Birthday Scotty!