This weekend, my mom and I were given an excuse to spend the day in the city (Detroit, that is). We are always looking for fun ways to spend time together without breaking the bank. This past weekend, some close family members had to go out of town unexpectedly and had purchased show tickets that they were going to be unable to use, so they called us and asked that we put them to use. Of course we happily obliged and decided to make a full day out of it.
We decided that we’d go down to the city in the afternoon, leave the car somewhere, and then walk around until we found a cute little restaurant to have dinner. We didn’t really account for the 91-degree heat, and wound up walking around less than we planned. Luckily, because it was so hot, and we didn’t really want to be outside, we were fine with eating dinner early, so we didn’t have to deal with all of the post-game baseball traffic (the Tigers played against Cleveland this weekend…we won’t talk about who won).
We ended up eating at Red Smoke, a really cute little BBQ restaurant in Greektown. We decided to get a sampling of the pulled pork, brisket, chicken and mac and cheese, and you really can’t go wrong with any of it. The food was delicious (and their barbeque sauce was to die for!), and for dessert, they recommended the Astoria Pastry Shop that was a few doors down.
Though we were pretty full from dinner, we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to try out this bakery, and right when we walked in we knew that we’d made the right choice. It took us an embarrassingly long amount of time to pick what we wanted to try because everything looked so good! We ended up with mini-éclairs and some giant macarons (filled with strawberry and Nutella) and were not disappointed. Thinking about them as I write this is making my mouth water, and I’m already planning my next trip down there just to go back to this pastry shop. Seriously. I definitely recommend it the next time you’re in Greektown.
After dinner we had some time to kill and did some quick shopping at Moosejaw and the new Nike store downtown (mostly to get out of the heat). They were having a sale at Moosejaw and I almost bought a hammock to take out to the lake, but put it down at the last minute, remembering that I still have traveling to do this summer and that traveling can get expensive. Now I’m almost wishing that I’d bought it because the weather is finally tolerable and it would be a great day to go read by the beach.
Anyway, after our short shopping excursion we headed over to Hockeytown and the City Theatre to see “Hockey: the musical” by Mitch Albom. The City Theatre is a great space to see a show, very intimate and not a bad seat in the house, (If you have a chance to go see Go Comedy!’s annual improve musical “Robocop: the musical” at the City Theatre, do, because it’s hilarious). Albom’s show has received good reviews and has extended its run. If you really, really, like hockey then you might enjoy seeing this show, though it definitely wasn’t my favorite (I might just be a theatre snob at this point though, I can’t be sure).
It’s great to see that Detroit is making a comeback. There was a time where nothing was happening downtown and the whole city felt unsafe, but that doesn’t seem to be the case now. There have been innumerous rehabilitation programs ongoing in the city and there have been some drastic improvements. Of course, as with any big city, it’s important to use caution and be aware of your surroundings. I’m proud to be from the Detroit area and I can’t wait to see where the city goes in the future.
Do you have any places in Detroit that you love to go? I’d love to hear them! Comment below!
Until next time,