Shish Garden

Tee, her mom, Pat, and I decided to stop in to Shish Garden for dinner Saturday. Located on Allen Rd. in Woodhaven, MI., this place offers some of the best Mediterranean food around.

Lentil Soup: Hearty and thick. With each bite you get freshness and brightness from the lemon. Really good.

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Chicken Sajji Sandwich: I describe this sandwich as the Chicken Shawarma’s zesty, white meat, cousin. The Sajji sauce was garlicy , slightly spicy, and had tons of mouth watering flavor. The spices really came through. This is my new favorite sandwich. You have to try it, it’s awesome. The Sajji sauce was so good I switched from dipping my pita bread in the hummus to this sauce.

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Chicken Kabob: The chicken was charred, yet still moist and juicy.

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Grape Leaves: Light, lemony, and fresh. You can really taste the quality and care put into each perfectly rolled grape leaf.

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Our visit was a success. The manager even came over to our table when he heard I was going to do a write up. He was very nice and friendly. Tee knew one of the servers and he brought over an order of hummus on the house which was an unexpected surprise. He was also very knowledgeable, giving us tons of suggestions and even bringing us out different sauces to try. The food was so flavorful and delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted so many different spices at once, but they all blended well together. The service was perfect and the whole staff at Shish Garden really made us feel at home. I’m not sure if my food writing had anything to do with it, but unlike other places, they really stepped it up.  I will definitely be back.

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Rice Bowl Asian Kitchen

If you work in Downtown Detroit like I do, you will happy to know that you can get Asian food delivered for lunch. Rice Bowl offers Thai favorites, Chinese dishes, and whole grain brown rice to eat it with. I attempted to satisfy my craving for General Tso’s Chicken, but was unsuccessful.

General Tso’s Chicken: The sauce was spot on, tangy and spicy, but the fried rice was very plain. Again, where was the egg? The green onions? Then, I bit into what I thought was a piece of breaded chicken breast, but it was a deep fried nugget of batter. Normally, I would welcome a treat like this, but the batter was dry and tasted awful. I’m not sure if this was an accident or intentional, but either way it was unfortunate. I like to share because the serving size is enough for two, but there’s a minimum for all deliveries, so you’re better off getting your own entree. For $9.50 plus a delivery charge, it was not worth it. I do recommend trying Rice Bowl though, maybe just avoid delivery. I  have had Schezwan Chicken here in the past and it was pretty good, so maybe something that isn’t battered is a better way to go.

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I am still on the search for authentic, delicious General Tso’s Chicken. Stay tuned for more write ups as I continue on this hunt.

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Girls Night

Last night I went to Tee’s for girl time and we ended up hanging out for her parents game night. Renee made a blackberry and raspberry pie that was delicious! The perfect combination of sweet, tart, and crumbly.

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Later we went to Applebee’s for half off appetizers and a Perfect Strawberry Margarita. The sugar rim looked so beautiful and inviting making this drink the perfect thing after a long work week. (I say “long” because I only worked three days, but it felt like forever)!

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Thanks girls for a great Friday night!

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“Happy Holiday” Goodies

Man, this holiday season has been crazy busy! I’ve been baking, making, and shopping my little heart out.

Dark Chocolate Holiday Pretzels with almonds & sprinkles.

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1. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler on low (chocolate burns easily).

2. Using a spatula, dip pretzel rods in chocolate and “paint” the rest of the rod. Paint the pretzel twists.

3. Decorate and place pretzels on a plate lined with wax/parchment paper so they don’t stick to the plate and break once set and you try and peel them off. Guess who did this? Yup, me.

4. Place in fridge until chocolate sets, peel off carefully, and voila!

Great as gifts or for your own personal use!

Tip: You could use the waffle shaped pretzels, this will prevent chocolate from dripping through the holes and getting all over your hands.

Zucchini Bread

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Perfectly moist and crumbly. The raisins add a nice natural sweetness without being too sweet.

Sorry guys, this is a family recipe and I cannot give it up. Comment if you want it, and I’ll consider releasing a “consumer” version. Happy Holidays!

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Grilled Cheese

Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese?

Classic Grilled Ham & Cheese featuring Vlasic Sandwich Stackers Dill Pickles

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Grilled Ham & American Cheese with Dice Red Pepper and Onion. It looks burnt, but I swear it wasn’t. Sure it was a little on the done side, but it wasn’t time to get out the butter knife and scrape off the burnt layer. The onion and red pepper was a nice touch. 

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Legends Sports Bar

Last week, Josh and I went to Caesar’s Windsor for a few days. Legends Sport Bar is located in Caesar’s Casino. We also ate @ Big Mama’s Pizza on Wyandotte St. Check out our experience.

Legends Sports Bar

Loaded Garlic Bread: Two Slices of French Baguette with Garlic Butter, Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Shredded Cheddar, Mozzarella & Parmesan Asiago Cheeses. I thought the garlic bread was amazing, but Josh didn’t care for it. The caramelized onions are what did it for me.

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Chipotle Turkey Wrap: Smoked Turkey, Crisp Bacon, Chopped Romaine, Lettuce, Diced Tomatoes, Green Onions & Chipotle Mayonnaise Wrapped in a Flour Tortilla. We didn’t care for this at all. One half of the wrap was served with a soggy tortilla. We expected the wrap to be cold, but it was served warm which wasn’t that good. I didn’t get any spice or flavor from the Chipotle Mayo either.

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Despite the Garlic Bread and french fries, our two experiences here, have been lousy, At least this time service was great, but the food just doesn’t cut it. Pay the money for the Market Buffet, the food is better and you won’t leave hungry.
Big Mama’s Pizza: Large Pepperoni & Onions for $ 7.99. The pizza was really good and the price was even better. I really liked how the pepperoni was sliced. The pizza took about 7 min to cook and the guys that worked there were very nice. The only thing that was a bummer was that they charged us for garlic crust and it was absent.
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Chesley’s Bar

Tiffany and I decided to grab some local lunch for the snow day today. Chesley’s Bar is located on Fort St. & Kings Hwy in Lincoln Park, MI. We needed something to warm us up. Check out what was on the menu.

Pumpkin Vanilla Coffee: The bartender “whipped” this up using Pumpkin liqueur & Whipped Vanilla Vodka. It was pretty tasty and was the perfect thing on a snowy day.

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Zucchini Fries: Some of the fries were soggy. The seeded middle of the zucchini was used which contained moisture and caused the zucchini to be mushy. The fries that had firm pieces of squash were good. The zucchini was fresh and paired well with the crispy batter. I am a huge fan of deep frying any vegetable.

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Cajun Burger served with cajun seasoned fries: Topped with jalapeno’s and pepper jack cheese. Slightly spicy, with good heat. The Lousiana mayo was also a hit. The only thing we didn’t care for was that we ordered the burger “Medium Well” and it came out with a little more pink than we like. The fries were awesome and perfectly seasoned.

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Chesley’s is a local favorite serving up more than just good conversation and drinks. They have a full menu consisting of bar foods, salads, soups, sandwiches. and daily specials. Check em out the next time you want a cold one and a burger.

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Easy Spinach & Feta Chicken

I didn’t know what to make for dinner so I grabbed some ingredients that were in my fridge and threw them in the oven. Check out the outcome. It was delicious.

Chicken breast topped with sauteed spinach, onions, green pepper, garlic, and feta cheese. I also whipped up some Alfredo sauce and poured it over my concoction.

How to:

1. Saute veggies in a little olive oil until soft.

2. Add feta and cover to melt. Set aside.

3. Season chicken breast with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic and place in a baking dish. I also like to use McCormick Grill Mates Roasted Garlic & Herb seasoning

4. Top with veggie mixture and cover with Alfredo sauce.

5. Bake @ 375 degrees for 40-45 min or until chicken breast is still juicy, but juices run clear.

Your baking dish should look like this.

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I made snow peas and served over brown wild rice. The best thing about this dish was that it’s healthy and I didn’t over cook the chicken and dry it out. Woo-hoo!

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French Toast with Fresh Berry Jam

This recipe is delicious and easy. Try it to “Wow” your next guests and they will think you have been slaving in the kitchen for hours.

What you’ll need:

– Two pieces of hearty wheat (or whatever bread) you like.

– One egg

– Splash of milk

– Dash of cinnamon

– Cup of fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are my favorite)

– Tablespoon of sugar

-Splash of orange juice

Make:

Berry Jam:

1. Add orange juice, berries, and sugar and simmer on low-medium heat.

2. Slightly mash berries to allow the natural sugars to escape

French Toast:

1. While berries are simmering, beat egg, milk, and add cinnamon

2. Dip & saturate bread in egg mixture and brown

3. Butter french toast when hot and top with berry jam.

Tip: Add a small splash of vanilla extract to egg mixture for an extra zing. Use cinnamon raisin or any other favorite bread for an added surprise.

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The berry jam is fresh and just sweet enough so that you don’t need to cover your french toast in syrup. The combination of cinnamon, fresh fruit, and french toast is the perfect way to start your day.

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B.C.’s Pizza

B.C.’s Pizza has been a local favorite in my family ever since I can remember. I can recall my parents ordering dinner growing up and even taking me trick or treating as a little girl on Halloween to get a free slice. B.C.’s in Lincoln Park is making some delicious pies, subs, salads, and more.

Steak & Cheese Sub: Exactly how a steak & cheese sub should taste. The bread is slightly crusty on the outside, but chewy on the inside. The steak is juicy and tender and the fresh toppings perfectly compliment the salty steak.

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Superstix: Superstix have been a favorite of mine for years. They are B.C.’s version of cheese sticks, and I like to refer to them as pizza deconstructed. I get them with pepperoni and cheese and they come with pizza sauce for dipping. I almost like them better than a slice of pizza, because they are the perfect couple bites of crispy crust, browned cheese, and spicy pepperoni and I can control how much sauce I get.

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Pizza: One of my favorite pizza’s is topped with mild pepper rings, pineapple, & Italian sausage. The dough at B.C.’s is cooked perfectly every time and is light, yet has a chewiness to it. With every bite you get the spiciness from the sausage, sweetness from the pineapple, and bite from the mild pepper ring. It’s great.

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B.C.’s offers up some delicious food at an affordable price. They also have a rewards program that can be used towards free food. B.C.’s is one of the best pizza spots around and the fact that they are local and have been in business for over 25 years is even better. If you haven’t been, you are missing out. They also have one of the easiest phone #’s ever: 313-388-3888 so you will never forget. Smart B.C.’s!

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