Harsens Island Schoolhouse Grille

Of course, our Harsens Island adventure ended with a trip to the Schoolhouse Grille. This restaurant actually used to be a schoolhouse from 1934 to 2005, and in 2009 it was renovated into a restaurant, offering a unique and fun experience with amazing food. The meal started with rolls that paired nicely with their delicious garlic butter. He got a bowl of carrot soup; neither of us had ever tried carrot soup before and we were actually impressed by the taste. For our main course we split Baja Chicken Tacos (on special for the day), and an order of sweet potato fries. The tacos were filled with blackened chicken, lime cabbage, fresh papaya, pineapple, avocado and spicy mayo – so good! We concluded the meal with Tropical Pie – it had a key lime base, and since a certain someone (him not me haha) is a huuuuuge key lime fan we couldn’t pass up the pie.

Harsens Island - Winter Edition

There’s no better way to spend a Saturday then hopping on the car ferry and heading across the lake to Harsens Island. This trip presented two firsts for me. One I have never been on a car ferry and two I have never been to Harsens Island. Harsens Island is a wet marshy location at the mouth of the St. Clair River on Lake St. Clair, which offers some gorgeous views in a quaint setting. We started our adventure by driving around the island and checking out the houses, and beautiful views of the lake. Since it is winter there is less for you to do, however we’re giving you a list of five things to do on Harsens Island this winter:

1. Visit the Schoolhouse Grille for a delicious meal.
2. Walk on the ice and see a gorgeous view of the lighthouses (use caution and make sure ice is thick enough).
3. Grab a shanty and go ice fishing.
4. Watch the sunset (winter sunsets in Michigan are amazing especially on the water).
5. Fat bike around the island.

Five Things

 {walking my kid with his kid to try and get them used to each other}

TGIF! What a week it’s been! Last Friday started with the boy actually having a legit house fire call (that doesn’t happen often in the small city he is a volunteer firefighter in) – thankfully everyone including the firefighters were all safe. The weekend presented a lot of fun and the week presented a different tone when I had to take Jackers to an emergency vet appointment – he has a soft tissue back injury (thank goodness it was nothing major), and we are on two weeks of this wild one not being able to do any activities. On a happy note….February is almost here which means Valentine’s Day (my faaaavvvv)!! Here’s some pictures from the past week:

{Harsens Island Adventure}

{Someone is loving his new Planet Dog toy}

{I tried skiing for the first time}
 {Poor pup is in so much pain with a soft tissue back injury}

Sock It To Me

I am darn tough on my feet, and that’s why when it comes to hiking, biking, running, skiing and any other outside activity I want a good pair of socks. I recently discovered Darn Tough Socks, and let me tell you immediately (before trying them on) I fell in love with them. You guys they’re made in the USA – specifically Vermont. I am a HUGE advocate of buying products made in the USA, and was beyond excited to find a brand of socks that not only keeps my feet comfortable while adventuring, but also is made right here in the United States.
Each sock is knitted with a small needle on fine gauge knitting machines. This approach produces a durable, high density stitching without the bulk – therefore you get a better fit. Having a better fitting sock, means it will last longer. Oh, and it gets better – these socks come with a warranty! Yes, you read that correctly. If you wear a hole in them they will replace them FREE of charge, for LIFE. I have worn the socks while hiking, skiing and just hanging out around the house – hands down these socks are amazing and I can’t believe it took me so long to discover such an amazing brand.

Coming to Detroit: Les Misérables

Hey Detroit, Les Misérables is coming to the Fisher Theatre and I am beyond excited. I previously saw this show when I was in 9th grade as part of a French class field trip, and remember how amazing it was - so I am thrilled to see it as an adult.

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, will play Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, February 27 – March 11 direct from a celebrated two-and-a-half year Broadway engagement.  Tickets start at $45 and are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787 and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Fisher Theatre box office.
With glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking production of LES MISÉRABLES, which broke box office records during its pre-Broadway tour, has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). 

Cameron Mackintosh said, “I‘m delighted that after a four year absence this glorious production is once again touring the major cities across North America and is more spectacular than ever.”
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Along with the Oscar-winning movie version, it has now been seen by more than 130 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe. LES MISÉRABLES is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year. 
Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil and Schönbergs LES MISÉRABLES has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. The original LES MISÉRABLES orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.  The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. Music Supervision is by Stephen Brooker and James Moore, with casting by Kaitlin Shaw for Tara Rubin Casting.

“Thrilling, spectacular and unforgettable.”
-The New York Times
“**** (4 out of 4 stars). One of the greatest musicals ever created! A gorgeous touring ‘Les Misérables’ is back on the barricades, renewed and refreshed.”
-Chicago Tribune
“This ‘Les Miz’ is a winner. Standout cast shines in revamped production.”
-The Providence Journal
“You simply won’t want it to end.”
-Boston Globe
“A stirring, thumping, heart-throbbing return of a pop opera whose themes of revolution and righteousness seem particularly well suited to our current turbulent times.”
-Hartford Courant

“Visually stunning! A monumental musical packed with power voices.”
-Chicago Sun-Times
LES MISÉRABLES originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on April 3, 2004 where it continues to play to packed houses and is the only version of the original production left in the world. The original Broadway production of LES MISÉRABLES opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987 and transferred to the Imperial Theatre on October 17, 1990 running for 6,680 performances.  The original US National Tour began in November 1987 and visited over 150 cities before closing in St. Louis, MO in 2006.  Broadway audiences welcomed LES MIZ back to New York on November 9, 2006 where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on January 6, 2008.
The new production was conceived in 2009 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, with record-breaking productions in the U.K., Australia, Korea, Japan, Spain, France, Manila, Singapore and Dubai. The new production is currently playing to sold out houses around Japan and in São Paulo with upcoming productions in Mexico and around the U.K. The North American Tour traveled across the U.S. for two years then played a five month engagement in Toronto before returning to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway in March 2014 for over 1,000 performances.
To date, LES MISÉRABLES remains the 5th longest-running Broadway production of all time.
Performance times for LES MISÉRABLES appearing February 27- March 11, 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 performances at 7:30 p.m.
•           Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
•           Special Open Captioned performance on Sunday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets for LES MISÉRABLES start at $45 (includes facility and parking fees) and are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787, and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available for purchase 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 (15 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.
The Broadway In Detroit Series at The Fisher Theatre is sponsored by the Chrysler Pacifica. As part of this sponsorship, the Chrysler Pacifica will be on display this season at The Fisher Theatre.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

Anyone love roasted vegetables? This past weekend I was craving brussels sprouts – weird I know! Nonetheless, craving them. I had a bag in the freezer that I let thaw out, once thawed I halved the sprouts, placed them in a bowl, drizzled with Trader Joes garlic oil olive, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. I had a can of potatoes in the cabinet that I wanted to use so I cut that up as well and tossed into the bowl with the brussels sprouts. I covered a pan with foil, dispersed the veggies on it evenly and placed in a 400-degree oven for 35 minutes turning once. These veggies are great on their own, however my favorite way to enjoy them is with eggs.  

Discover Michigan Skiing

If you’ve paid attention to my blog or any of my social channels you know that one thing I really wanted to try this winter was skiing. Honestly, I don’t know how I went to school in da yoop (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) and never skied – not even once. Anyway, I found out that January is Discover Michigan Skiing, and you can take an hour beginner lesson (ski or snowboard) which includes rental of equipment and a ski lift pass for just $35 – sign me up…right?
This past Sunday I took my lesson at Pine Knob, and I’ll be honest when I got there I was incredibly nervous. I love winter activities; however going down steep slopes (even sledding) is not something that I enjoy. After a lot of back and forth I went in and got all my ski equipment and headed out for the lesson. The two instructors were great, they watched what we were doing carefully and gave tips that really helped get the most out of the lesson.
I stayed at the very beginner “hill”, as I was working on gaining my confidence and courage to make it to the next level up. I can’t wait to go skiing again, however I will probably continue to stick with the smaller areas until I feel like I am ready to move up to something bigger. In all honesty getting off the chairlift freaks me out, so my current plan is to avoid that. However, my goal by the end of the season is to be on the chairlift at least once, and go down a real slope. Have you ever tried skiing or snowboarding? Any tips or words of encouragement are appreciated below haha.

Restaurant Review: O.W.L.

I have a weakness for hole in the wall dive places, especially irresistible ones like O.W.L., which is located on Woodward in Royal Oak. O.W.L. offers quick serve Mexican-America food, and a small but delicious menu. The boy and I enjoy trying out new places together – and I think he equally enjoys taking me places he’s been to that are amazing (I guess I’ll find out if he reads this and tells me no he doesn’t haha). We decided to share two dishes: Mahi Mahi tacos, which were on special that day and Cilantro Potatoes, Texas Toast and Habanero Bacon. The food was absolutely delicious; I especially liked the tacos (this was my first time trying Mahi Mahi). What’s the name of your favorite dive restaurant in your city?

Five Things

 {Jackers is loving on the snow, and I am loving my new mittens}

Happy Friday, loves! This has been an absolutely exhausting week, but it was filled with a lot of fun and amazing experiences, which included dinner with the boy and some of his work family (really liked that he invited me out with them), media days at the North American International Auto Show, seeing the Bodyguard (absolutely amazing show that I highly recommend checking out). This weekend I will be checking out the fire and ice festival in Rochester and hitting up the slopes for my FIRST ski lesson – what are your weekend plans?

{Betsy and I got Legoized at the NAIAS}

{Heather & I split calamari at the Ghost Bar inside the Whitney}

{We saw The Bodyguard - absolutely amazing}
{Graham cracker crusted french toast from Hudson Cafe}

NAIAS 2018

The North American International Auto Show has touched down in Detroit, and I recently had the opportunity to check it out for media days thanks to A Girls Guide to Cars.  If you’re attending I highly recommend visiting Ford, because they have some super fun activities for you.  Don’t forget taking a trip to Jeep, that new Wrangler is gorgeous – I would love to hit the trails with it and dirty it up. Here’s a peek into what I saw…..