Restaurant Review: MATCH Eatery & Public House

  i was gifted the opportunity to try MATCH in exchange for an honest review.
Wouldn’t it be nice to leave the country to grab dessert? I thought so too, and my boyfriend agreed that’s why Saturday we left the United States to grab dessert in Point Edward, Ontario, Canada. One of the neat things about living in the Metro Detroit area is it takes the same amount of time for us to get to Detroit as it does to get to Canada. Even though Canada is close this was the first time I have ever crossed the Blue Water Bridge, and the first time I have ever visited Point Edward (Sarnia) – let alone just left the country for dessert!
We headed to MATCH Eatery &Public House which is attached to the Casino in Sarnia. The restaurant overlooks the St. Clair River, and gives you the opportunity to dine inside or outside. The outdoor patio is gorgeous, and features a bar area, fire pits and comfortable seating so you can grab a drink, enjoy dinner, dessert and more while you watch ships and freighters go by.





Now lets talk about our desserts.
Our waitress told us the Sticky Toffee was her absolute favorite, it sounded amazing so we went with it. We were definitely not let down. The combinations of flavors were perfect, and after seeing us with the dessert multiple tables around us ordered it as well.



We also tried the Blueberry Key-Lime Jar, which was on their seasonal menu (my boyfriend loves key lime and I do not, otherwise we would of shared dessert). Of course, even though I don’t like key lime I was curious to see how theirs tasted. First let me remind you I do not care for key lime AT ALL, and I absolutely LOVED this dessert. If you end up going to MATCH while it is still on the menu, I highly recommend giving it a try, trust me, you will not be disappointed at all.

Make sure you stay late enough to catch a gorgeous sunset, like we did. If you’re craving some good food and gorgeous views I highly recommend checking out MATCH Eatery & Public House – in fact you’ll probably see us there since it’s now one of our new favorite restaurants.


Fall Tradition: Apple Picking

 
Autumn is my favorite time of the year. From pumpkin patches, hayrides, pumpkin flavored everything, fall foliage drives, cider mills, I could go on and on. One activity that is always on my fall to-do list is apple picking with my mum, so on Saturday we headed to a local orchard and each picked a half-bushel of apples. What is your favorite fall activity?






Fall To-Do List - 2018


There’s a crispness in the air, the leaves are beginning to change colors and temperatures are starting to dip down near freezing at night – fall has officially arrived. Fall tends to fly by quicker than summer, so in an effort to do all the things I would like to I always make a fall to-list. While my list in mainly made up of traditional favorites (apple picking with my mum), there are always new additions to my list. Here is what I have on my fall to-list this year… what’s on yours?

Fall To-Do List
Go apple picking at a local orchard
Take a fall foliage drive
Visit a cider mill (Yates is my favorite)
Carve pumpkins
Get lost in a corn maze
Bundle up by a beach bonfire
Bake an apple pie
Make homemade apple sauce
Go for a fall boat ride
Have a scary-movie date
Volunteer at a soup kitchen
Discover a new dark nail polish
Enjoy hot chocolate under the stars
Spend a weekend at a cabin in the woods
Take a hike
Donate to a local food bank
Snuggle by a fire
Get spooked at a haunted house
Experiment with bold lip colors

Coming to Detroit: RENT 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR



Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year. Hop online this Sunday to get your tickets to see RENT and you'll find out! You have no idea how excited I am for RENT to return to the Fisher Theatre early next year!
 
The producers of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour announced today that tickets for the Detroit engagement, January 8 – 20 at the Fisher Theatre, will go on sale Sunday, September 23.  Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, September 24, tickets may also be purchased at the Fisher Theatre box office.
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.  
 
The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. RENT is winner of the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is one of only five musicals to win both awards.
 
Based on the original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign will restage this 20th anniversary tour.  Marlies Yearby (Tony Nomination, RENT) will serve as choreographer.
 
The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Cinderella, MAMMA MIA!, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Vocalosity, and Crazy For You.
 
Performance times for the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour appearing January 8-20, 2019 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:
 
•          Tuesday, January 8 performance at 8:00 p.m.
•          Wednesday – Saturday evening performance at 8:00 p.m.
•          Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
•          Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
•          Thursday, January 17 matinee at 1:00 p.m.
•          Special open captioned performance on Sunday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Tickets for The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and go on sale Sunday, September 23. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, September 24 tickets can also be purchased at the Fisher Theatre box office. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the Fisher Theatre box office. For group sales (10 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com. Tickets for the open captioned performance may be purchased in person at The Fisher Theatre box office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
 
Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.

 

Five Things


soaking up what's left of summer
Starting the week off on the right foot can completely change the course of the rest of the week, and I was reminded of that this past Sunday when I went out on the boat with A. Even though the water was really rough and I ended up with minor whiplash, I had such a good time that it put me a good mood for the rest of the week. But then again, being out on the water, relaxing in the sun, spending time with my boyfriend, taking the boat to dinner does have a tendency to make things better. This weekend, I’m looking forward to picking apples with my mum and dinner by the water with my boyfriend. Have a great weekend!
 probably one of the cooler life experiences I have had
thank you A for inviting me, I can't even put into words how much fun I had!
 delicious dinner on the water - I am seriously going to miss this!

 playing with my fav little guy.  loving my Lugz.
workout in my new adorable workout gear.

The Joliet Rocket



All aboard! My boyfriend loves trains, and this past weekend he had the opportunity to be one of the EMT’s aboard the 765 Steam Engine Locomotive - The Joliet Rocket, and was nice enough to invite me on the adventure. The Joliet Rocket would offer a four-hour roundtrip excursion that would depart from Joliet, Illinois and arrive at LaSalle Street Station in Chicago. Passengers were encouraged to wear their best 1940’s or 50’s attire, and there was even reenactors aboard the train. This was my first time ever on a steam engine, which was a ton of fun to experience. Aboard the train I got to know a lot of the engine car hosts as well as the passengers, which was really neat since people came from all over to ride this locomotive. Trains are something that A absolutely loves, so it was really nice to experience this ride with him. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the adventure….












Restaurant Review: MyGrain Brewing

 
My boyfriend and I have been on plenty of mini adventures, however this weekend was our first real getaway. On Friday we left Michigan and headed to Joliet, Illinois to ride a steam engine train on Saturday – but more about that Thursday. We arrived into town around dinnertime, and decided to Yelp a few places. We ended up deciding on dinner outside at MyGrain Brewing so we could watch the trains go past while we ate. The menu was full of a lot of great food, so we decided to split The Golden Spike and Trio of Tacos. The Golden Spike featured tenderloin medallions, strawberry fig caramelized onion, arugula, Adair cheese, piquillo aioli on a pretzel roll with fries – and let me tell you this was hands down the best sandwich I have had in a really long time! The Trio of Tacos featured one of each Carnitas (pork carnitas marinated in achiote, garnished with a pineapple-jicama relish), Tilapia (seasons with tajin and garnished with cabbage relish) and Chicken (marinated with chipotle salsa and shaved onion, garnished with avocado salsa and queso fresco. The Tilapia taco was the only one I didn’t care for, it was extremely fishy and I am just not a big fan of overly fishy food. Other than that everything was absolutely delicious and I highly recommend hitting up MyGrain if you’re ever in Joliet.


Restaurant Review: North 42 Restaurant & Bar


Firecracker Shrimp: Lightly breaded shrimp, blackened seasoning, and spicy house made sriracha sweet chili sauce served over a power kale blend.
 
When you step outside you’ll notice that the green trees are beginning to turn shades of burnt reds and oranges, but there is no cool crisp in the air. As a matter of fact it was in the high 80’s Sunday, so my boyfriend decided we should take the boat out to Lake St. Clair. While the temperature was up, the ride out on the water was rough, really rough. The good news out of it is that my boyfriend is really skilled on the water and did the best he could to make it the smoothest possible ride. Before we headed off the water we decided to take the boat to dinner at North 42 Restaurant and Bar which is part of MacRay Harbor. We’ve been here multiple times together now, and the food never disappoints. One thing I really enjoy about my boyfriend is the fact that he will share food with me; this allows us to try more things out which I really love. During this visit we split the Firecracker Shrimp on the appetizer portion of the menu, and the Pale Ale Fish & Chips since they were so good last time. With summer turning to fall I am really going to miss date nights on the water.
Pale Ale Fish & Chips: Icelandic cod bathed in Bell’s Two Hearted, battered and deep friend, French fries, house coleslaw, remoulade

"HAMILTUNES" Public Sing-Along

Mark your calendarsbecause on Friday, September 21 it'll be time to sing your little hearts out to songs from HAMILTON.

In coordination with Mosaic Youth Theatre and Mid Town Detroit, Inc, Broadway In Detroit will celebrate the start of its exciting 2018-19 season with a special event – “HAMILTUNES.”  This public sing-along will be held on Friday, September 21 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. in New Center Park, located at 2998 West Grand Boulevard, in Detroit, directly across from the Fisher Theatre.
 
This free one-night-only event will celebrate HAMILTON coming to the Fisher Theatre, March 12 – April 21, 2019.  It will be a karaoke format for everyone to sing-along to songs from HAMILTON.
 
Mosaic Youth Theatre performers will open the event and lead the sing-along with members of the public who can sign up now to perform on stage at http://hamiltunesdetroit.eventbrite.com.
 
“We are very excited to partner with Broadway In Detroit for this amazing HAMILTUNES opportunity,” states Stefanie Worth, Executive Director of Mosaic Youth Theatre. “The event also gives us an opportunity to publicly announce our special fundraiser night at HAMILTON on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the Fisher Theatre.”
 
Gates to New Center Park will open at 6 p.m. and seating is first come – first served.  The public is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and plan accordingly for weather.
 
HAMILTON, will play its premiere Detroit engagement and anchor the 2018-19 Broadway In Detroit Subscription Season.  HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.  With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
 
For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInDetroit.com.  Follow Broadway In Detroit on Facebook, as well as on Instagram and Twitter @BroadwayDetroit.
 
 
About Mosaic Youth Theatre
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit harnesses the passion, energy and creativity of area youth to create outstanding theater productions, critical thinking skills, and good global citizens through arts education, college prep, and workforce readiness programming. Mosaic's young artists have performed at the White House and the Kennedy Center and have toured their critically-acclaimed productions in Europe, Asia, Africa and 25 states throughout the U.S. The organization maintains a 95%-plus high school graduation rate with students attending colleges across Michigan and around the country, institutions such as The Julliard, and going on to become Kresge Fellows, Broadway stars, and Emmy and Tony Award winners. To learn more about Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, visit us online at www.mosaicdetroit.org.

Maurice Salad



Hudson’s department store made the Maurice Salad a hit around the Metro Detroit area. Eventually Hudson’s changed to Marshall Fields and then to Macy’s, however in some Macy’s department stores around the area you can still find the café or the salad dressing. Meeme (my grandma that passed away on Christmas last year) absolutely LOVED Maurice Salads. Ever since I was little I would go to Oakland Mall or Somerset with her and we’d each get a Maurice Salad. The last few years her and I have done Christmas shopping together at the mall and have stopped to take a break to enjoy the salad together. Last Friday my boyfriend and I decided to do dinner together, and he had mentioned Maurice Salad. While I headed to his house, he headed to Kroger to pickup everything we needed to make the salad and the signature Maurice dressing. The result tasted just like the salad Meeme and I were never able to get this past Christmas. All my Maurice salad memories are surrounded by shopping and Meeme, while this one my boyfriend and I created when we worked together in the kitchen. Have you ever had a Maurice Salad before?

Maurice Salad
Makes 6 – 8 Servings

Dressing
Ingredients:
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1.5 teaspoons lemon juice
1.5 teaspoons onion juice
1.5 teaspoons sugar
1.5 taspoons Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 hard-cooked egg, diced
Salt to taste

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and blend well.

Salad
Ingredients:
14 ounces ham, cut into strips
14 ounces turkey breast meat, cut into strips
14 ounces swiss cheese, cut into strips
½ cup slivered sweet gherkin pickles
1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
12-16 pimiento-stuffed green olives (we skipped this because we don’t do olives)






Cass Lake



Last Wednesday temperatures were rising, and the weekend ahead showed fall like temperatures. We decided to take advantage of the nice weather and head out on the boat. On the way we got poured on, then boating was cut short since a storm was rolling in. When we were headed back to the launch the sky turned absolutely gorgeous, the clouds were seriously unreal – even Local 4 News here in Detroit agreed and reposted my picture.


Coming to Detroit: THE BOOK OF MORMON

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Detroit is killing it this year when it comes to Broadway performances. I have been dying to see THE BOOK OF MORMON, and it's heading back to Detroit by popular demand. THE BOOK OF MORMON returns to Detroit's Fisher Theatre, December 4-9, 2018. This show is sure to sellout, so be sure you get your tickets early. Single tickets will begin at $39 and go on sale Sun, September 16.
 Purchase tickets online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, September 17, tickets may be purchased at the Fisher Theatre box office.
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “ South Park .” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.  
 
The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.
 
For more information, visit www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com
 
Follow THE BOOK OF MORMON on Twitter and on Facebook.
 
Performance times for THE BOOK OF MORMON appearing December 4-9, 2018 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:
 
•           Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.
•           Sunday evening performance at 7:30 p.m.
•           Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
•           Special open captioned performance on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m.
 
Tickets for THE BOOK OF MORMON start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and go on sale Sunday, September 16. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, September 17 tickets can also  be purchased at the Fisher Theatre box office. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the Fisher Theatre box office. For group sales (10 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com. Tickets for the open captioned performance may be purchased in person at The Fisher Theatre box office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
 
Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.

Jack's Favorite: Apple Cinnamon Cookies

Fall temperatures have touched down in Michigan, and I am of course craving a trip to the apple orchard so I can make all my fall favorites - and of course some of Jack's as well. I am a huge stickler about the treats that I give Jack, and actually 80 percent of them are homemade. I originally posted this recipe in November of 2013, but have since changed it up a little bit and thought I would share with you. These homemade treats are great for pups large and small. Here is the original recipe.



Apple Cinnamon Canine Cookies
Ingredients
2 1/2 cups flour*
2 medium sized peeled apples pureed*
1 egg
1/3 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup cold water * (as needed)

*flour
Original: I used 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1.5 cups crushed oat flour.
Alternative # 1: 1 cup oat flour + 1.5 cups coconut flour
Alternative #2: 2.5 cups coconut flour


* apples: I removed the skin from the apples, cut into pieces and pureed them in my blender. You can also cook them on the stove until they become mush.

* Water: My apples produced enough juice I only used a tablespoon of water the first time I did this recipe with honey crisp apples. The second time the apples hardly produced any juice and I used a half a cup of water so just use how much you need for a dough consistency.



Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
3. Add flour to a large mixing bowl.
4. Mix in pureed apple, egg, oil and cinnamon.
5. Add water as needed.
6. Flour your work space and roll dough to desired thickness.
7. Cut treats with cookie cutters. (I used a large apple)
8. Place dog cookies on baking sheet.
9. My cookies were larger and Jack likes softer treats so I baked mine for about 20-25 minutes, depending on thickness. Just cook your until your desired crispness.
10. Once cooled add to Ziplock bags or an airtight container.

Note: I only leave out a few cookies and freeze the rest. They'll last for up to six months when frozen and under a week when left out.

** The above recipe is for treats only, and should not replace your dog's regular meal plans. Any questions about your pets diet should be directed to your vet.