Game Day

For the Superbowl Josh and I decided to play it safe and order pizza. I am a huge fan of Hungry Howie’s mainly because of the delicious flavored crust. And what goes better with game day then pizza? Check it out.

New Asiago Cheese Bread: Subtle Asiago cheese flavor, buttery, and cheesy. Pretty good and a good change from the classic 3 Cheeser Bread.

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It even tasted great dipped in nacho cheese (store bought, not from Hungry Howie’s) and even reminded me of high school lunch.

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Ham & Pepperoni with Garlic Butter Cheese Crust: Delicious, cheesy, garlicy, buttery. I love that the cheese doesn’t slide off the whole piece of pizza when you take a bite.

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I also made shredded chicken in a crock pot for tacos and nachos. The pictures didn’t turn out that good so I’m not posting any.

Here’s the recipe:

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken 

1. Combine 2 chicken breasts, 1 packet of taco seasoning, 1/2 diced onion, 1/4 cup of chicken broth, 1/2 jar of your favorite salsa, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper in a crock pot.

2. Set it on high heat for 4-6 hours or until it pulls apart and tastes great.

3. Add more seasoning if desired.

Tip: Great for tacos, nachos, or even as a topping on homemade pizza.

As disappointing of a game, at least the food was good.

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Motor City Brewing Works

Located on Canfield in Midtown, Motor City Brewing Works features locally brewed beers and unique brick oven pizzas. What I liked best about this brewery is the circular bar right when you first walk in. Read on to see how my recent visit went.

Atmosphere: 4

Price: 4

Service: 4

Quality/Taste: 3

Wow Factor: 3

Hard Cider: Lightly fruity with a kick. A refreshing change from beer. Sometimes, you just want hard cider.

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Roasted Pear & Fig PizzaOlive oil, gorgonzola, oven roasted pears and figs, red onions, topped with spices. Surprisingly, this pizza was slightly sweet with a bite of gorgonzola. The crust was soft, chewy and made this pizza even more like a dessert. Very different.

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This tap room is smaller than most, but that’s what makes it so cozy and welcoming. The only thing that sucks is the parking. The staff does a great job at communicating this and there are signs all over that the parking lot belongs to Traffic Jam & Snug and you run the risk of getting towed. So find a spot in the few designated spots or in the street and grab a cold one.

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Green Lantern Pizzeria & Lounge

It was date night this past Saturday and Josh and I were on our way to Vinsetta Garage. We we’re disappointed with a long wait time and decided to go to Green Lantern instead. Green Lantern Pizzeria, located in Madison Heights on John R & 12 Mile, is making some delicious pies.

Service: 3.5 out of 5 stars (the place was packed)

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 stars (due to greasy pizza)

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 stars

Price: 4 out of 5 stars

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 stars

Candy Coated Bacon: Strips of bacon brushed with a concoction of BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper. When I saw this on the menu I had to order it. Caramelized sweet and spicy bacon. Uh-maze-ing!

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Pepperoni & Ham Pizza: The toppings were generous and the dough was that perfect balance of crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. It really hit the spot. The only thing that we didn’t like was the amount of grease on the bottom of each slice. Of course, we still ate most of the pizza because it was still delicious, but there needed to be something between the pizza and the pan to absorb the grease.

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Green Lantern is the perfect spot if you are craving pizza and a beer while enjoying your favorite sports game. They have flat screen TVs throughout the bar so you’ll never miss a play. Sign up for the email list for a chance at winning pizza for a year.

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You Wanna Pizza Me

Josh and I stopped in to this new carryout/delivery pizza joint in Eastpointe on Friday. Located on 9 Mile Rd, owner and operator, Will, opened You Wanna Pizza Me about three months ago because he wanted to make pizza’s that he would want to eat (say the name in an Italian mobster voice for the full effect). Check out the delicious and creative speciality pizzas we indulged in.

We started off with boneless wings with mild sauce: Huge pieces of gorgeous white meat chicken breast. Now, I love Buffalo Wild Wings because I’m in love with Asian Zing sauce, but most of the time you get more thick, crunchy breading then you do chicken. These wings were lightly breaded so you get that wing feel, but the chicken is still the star of the show. The mild sauce is made in house and has all that Frank’s Red Hot flavor you love from wing sauce, but wasn’t anything special. It wasn’t thick, didn’t really stick to the chicken and collected in the bottom of the container. I would’ve liked to try the Asian Sesame, but it was busy and Will forgot and made all Mild.

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This is where things got a little crazy. It was hard for me to choose between the options, so we decided to get 3 different speciality pizza’s in one so we could try a little bit of each.

Readers, meet the BBQ Chicken-Chicken Cordon Bleu-Four Cheese- Parmesan, butter, and garlic crust pizza. At first we thought all the different toppings would melt into each other, but they didn’t. It was awesome!

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BBQ Chicken: BBQ sauce, chicken, red onion, bacon, and premium mozzarella. Underneath all the cheese and toppings was a layer of spicy pizza sauce which was a nice compliment to the sweet BBQ drizzle. I appreciated the balance because although I love Jet’s BBQ Chicken pizza, the BBQ sauce is a little overwhelming for my taste.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu: Breaded chicken, ham, Swiss cheese, and ranch sauce. The chicken was battered and deep fried, which was a surprise because I expected chicken Parmesan style breaded chicken, but it was still decent. The nutty, sweetness from the Swiss went well with the ham. The only thing I would change would be to cut the chicken into smaller pieces. Although, the huge honks of chicken make it worth your money, it makes it hard to get that perfect bite.

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Four Cheese: Premium mozzarella, Muenster, cheddar, and parmesan cheeses. This was my favorite! The Muenster cheese caught my eye and I had to try it. You could really taste each individual flavor, without it being too cheesy. What I liked about the pizza was that despite the four different cheeses on each slice, it was not greasy at all!  Kudos.

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The downfall is that You Wanna Pizza Me doesn’t have their own parking and we had to use the lot across the street. We also ordered fried pickles, which Will forgot as well, but after waiting over 35 min, we didn’t want to wait longer so it was no big deal. That’s the disadvantage of a one man show, but this place has a lot of potential. My tip would be to call in your order so you don’t have to wait like we did. Overall, our experience was good. The menu includes, pizza, pasta, subs, sides, wings, and salads. You Wanna Pizza Me definitely has the competitive advantage over franchises because they offer pizza with pickles as a topping. A little weird, but it’s heaven for a pickle lover like me. Stop in and try the Bacon Cheeseburger pizza today.

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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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Crescent Roll Pizza

If you’re wondering what to make for dinner, a snack, or for a party try this easy and delicious recipe for Pizza made with crescent rolls. Instead of getting out all the pots and pans to make a full blown 3 course meal, dig out that cookie sheet and get to work!

What you’ll need:

1 can crescent rolls

Shredded Mozzarella or Italian Mix cheese

Olive oil

Whatever Toppings you want. I used:

-Mild pepper rings

-Feta cheese

-Fresh baby spinach

-Red pepper

-Tomato

-White onion

Prep

1. Roll out crescent roll dough, being careful not to separate.

2. Spread dough out a bit, connecting any pieces that seem to pull away.

3. I add a tablespoon or so of Italian Garlic Bread Seasoning (from Tastefully Simple) to 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil and brush all over the dough. You can use garlic powder and any other Italian seasoning you have.

4. I left out the pizza sauce this time, but if you want to include it, spread a thin layer on top of olive oil. Make sure you “doctor up” the pizza or tomato sauce with garlic, pepper, salt, oregano, etc.

5. Add cheese all the way to the edge of the crust and start adding your toppings.

Bake

Follow directions on the can of the crescent rolls for bake time and temperature. I left mine in a couple min longer because I like the cheese bubbly and browned. Slice in small squares and enjoy!

Tip: Get creative and choose different toppings for each half of the pizza.

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The crust is flaky, buttery, and garlicky! The mozzarella cheese was melty and the toppings were fresh. The feta cheese added a nice salty bite. And the best part…it was quick, easy and ready in about 15 min.

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Happy Birthday Monica!

Yesterday I went over to Amanda’s to celebrate her sister, Monica’s Birthday. It was a pizza and cupcake party and I felt like a kid again. The pizza was courtesy of Little Caesars and the cupcakes were homemade and decorated by the girls!

Happy Birthday Monica, my sister from another mister. I love you!

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Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza

If you frequent my blog, you will know that I first heard about Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza during lunchtime in Campus Martius. The pie was so tasty that they get their own write up. Started in 2007, this food truck hails from Howell, MI and is family operated, cranking out delicious wood fired pizza in less than 5 min.

BBQ Chicken: Chicken breast, bacon, cheese, red onions, BBQ and pizza sauce. My favorite thing about this pizza was that they used their amazing pizza sauce along with the BBQ sauce. I like Jet’s BBQ Chicken pizza, but with all the BBQ sauce they slather on its heavy and rich. Rollin Stone’s pizza was sweet, but didn’t punch you in the face with BBQ sauce, making it the best I’ve ever had. The ingredients were so fresh (they shop local) and the crust was light, airy, and chewy.

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Check out the facebook page for location updates. I’m not engaged, but I’m already seriously considering these guys to cater my wedding. Pizza is great and good for any of your upcoming events! If you’re looking for awesome Artisan pizza done right try Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza. They can’t go wrong.

Sunday Football

On the menu:

Tap Pizza: Spicy tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, salami, roasted peppers, and grated Parmesan cheese. They were out of prosciutto so we got pepperoni instead. The pizza was good, but the bottom wasn’t as crispy as we liked. (The pizza came out pretty quick). The crust was my favorite: chewy and delicious!

Tap (located inside MGM Hotel and Casino) celebrates it’s 1 year birthday! Stop in for some weekly beer and food specials this September.

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Cheesy Cajun Dip:

Since I’m such a nice girlfriend and I love my boyfriend, I made his favorite: Dip! Perfect for any game day. I start by sauteing onions, scallions, red and green bell peppers. Once, soft add a half of block of Velveeta cheese and garlic powder, Cajun and red pepper seasoning to taste. I added about a 1/2 cup of Bush’s Baked Beans Honey with Cured Bacon for some protein and sweetness.

Tip: If you like it hot like I do, add more red pepper. You can also add or subtract any veggies you like.

It was cheesy and slightly spicy. You could really taste the Cajun which gave it a different flavor from your typical queso cheese dip. The beans were subtle and added a nice little sweet surprise (Josh’s idea, turned out to be a good one).

Heat until melted and creamy and serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

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Campus Martius for Lunch!

One thing I love about working in the heart of Downtown Detroit is being so close to Campus Martius Park. Check them out for live music, the Beach Bar & Grille, sunbathing in the sand, and great food. Janet and I decided to try out some of the “food shack’s” posted up and serving up awesome lunch deals 10 am to 2 pm.

Margherita pizza from Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza (These guys are literally rolling a pizza over an oven and making some mean pies).

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It only took about 5 min and this cheesy, ooey, gooey, yet crispy crusted masterpiece was handed to me. You can really taste the freshness. Good job guys!

I tried to snag a close up…disregard the dude sitting in front of the food truck where the pizza oven is located.

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People’s Pierogi Collective

Served with a kielbasa link and a scoop of sour kraut (pucker up!) for only $6

Potato & Cheese: Classic and fulfilling

Cheese: Traditional and satisfying

Spinach: Cheesy, rich filling.

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Being the Polish girl that I am, of course I had to check em out. Peoples Pierogi’s are dishing out really delicious, authentic favorites.

I was sad to see that the food shacks were taken down to prepare for the Jazz Festival this Labor Day weekend.  You can still catch the food trucks during lunchtime so you can experience them for yourself.  There’s also tons of food choices for the Jazz Festival so take a trip and check em out. Support Food Trucks!