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

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 cafĂ© 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.

Restaurant Review: Olga's


Growing up the only time I ever ate at Olga’s was if I was at the mall. Since then most Olga’s Kitchen’s have moved out of the malls, but you can still find an Olga’s in random shopping plazas. If you’ve never been they have the BEST pita bread and it’s vegan too. This weekend we were trying to decide what we could go grab for a quick meal. Neither of us have had Olga’s in awhile so we decided to go. Of course we had to start with Original Snackers – these are a must, if you’ve never had them before I highly recommend giving them a try. We both ordered the same pita sandwiches except mine was grilled chicken while his was fried. All in all the meal was good. Olga’s is a great place to go if you want something fast, easy and delicious.


Coming to Detroit: Aladdin

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Will you be ready for Aladdin to show you the world, on a magic carpet ride? Tickets go on sale Sunday, September 9th and you won't want to miss out on this journey. This hit Broadway musical will be landing in Detroit for a limited five week engagement (December 12, 2018 - January 13, 2019) at the Detroit Opera House.



Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin start at $25 and will be available for purchase online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, September 10, tickets will also be available for purchase at the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera House box offices.
 
Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 13 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming over seven million people worldwide. Its global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Australia, in addition to the two U.S. productions.



 
About Aladdin
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) 
Aladdin, adapted from the Academy Award®-winning animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical.  Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance.  This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.

The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year. 

The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song.  The Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle recording of the tune soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Aladdin is designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira.  The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly
 
 
Performance times for Aladdin appearing December 12, 2018 – January 13, 2019 at the Detroit Opera House, located at 1526 Broadway, in Detroit are:
 
·         Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
·         Sunday evening performances at 6:30 p.m.
·         Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
·         Sunday matinees at 1:00 p.m.
·         Thursday matinees on Dec.13, Dec. 27 and Jan.10 at 1:00 p.m.
·         Special open captioned performance on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
·         There will not be a performance on Tuesday, December 25, in observation of Christmas.
 
Tickets for Aladdin start at $25 (includes facility fee) and go on sale Sunday, September 9.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, September 10, tickets will also be available for purchase at the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera House box offices.
 
For group sales (12 or more) please email groups@broadwayindetroit.com or call 313-871-1132. 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.
 
For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInDetroit.com.
 

Lake St. Clair



Happy Labor Day, loves! Having an extra day off this week is just what the doctor ordered. My boyfriend and I decided to spend the day out on Lake St. Clair, dodging raindrops. Even though the weather was less than stellar, the pictures we took were amazing. Here’s what being on the water while it storms around you looks like.