Get your fix at the North American International Auto Show

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If you are a car guy (or girl) this time of the year is very special in Metro Detroit, The 2017 North American International Auto Show is more of a trip to the local dealership nowadays but the excitement that floods Cobo Hall every January is contagious.  What I find really great for the visitors this year is not what you see at the exhibits but the treats waiting downtown.  New restaurants, buildings, roads, and the M-1 rail infrastructure will really show people just how far this city has come.  Here are a couple shots of the new Lincoln Continental just so you don’t feel like I forgot the cars.  Enjoy.

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For information or tickets see the website at http://naias.com/ (naias)

 

Feed the soul.

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Looking for a last minute gift or a little treat for yourself?  I love to get into the kitchen and create meals out of whatever I can find but how about learning some classic cooking techniques from actual trained chefs in professional kitchen setting?  There are classes offered all over the Metro area which offers such an experience for foodies of all skill levels.  Not only do you get to get to bring home some tasty food that you created, but also memories of sharing the experience and learning a skill that you can show off at your next party.

Here’s a list of some well reviewed schools or private instructors.

Birmingham

http://www.simplygoodkitchen.com/

Commerce

http://cookingwithdawn.com/

Detroit

http://www.nannyskitchen.com/

Royal Oak

https://www.mirepoixcookingschool.com/

Southfield

http://www.myculinarystudio.com/

 

You’ve gotta have art!

The Detroit Institute of Art is a gem and ranks as one of the top museums in the United States.

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Not a Picasso nor a Rivera, the special exhibit Detroit After Dark shows off some amazing work on film  from early in Detroit’s history to modern day.  I highly recommend taking a stroll through the museum and view these images for yourself.

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A little more about the DIA

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

The museum was founded in 1885 but moved to the current location on Jefferson Avenue in 1927 in a building designed by Paul Cret aptly named The Beaux-Arts building, after many years of use, a major renovation and expansion began in 1999 was completed in 2007.

With over 650,000 square feet that and more than 100 galleries, the Detroit Film Theatre, plus a massive collection in the basement, the DIA’s collection is ranked as one of the best museums in the United States.

Salvador Salort-Pons is the museum’s director and left the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 2008 to work at the DIA and became the Director, President and CEO in 2015.

Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade

jonlongthanksgivingdetroit2016Thanksgiving is only a couple days away and with it brings one of my favorite things to do (other than eat turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing…well you get it) that’s watching the parade.  This year marks the 90th anniversary for the parade and no doubt this year will be one of the best ever.  As many of you are aware, Woodward Ave is undergoing some major reconstruction for the new mass transit system.  Although some parts of the route will not be accessable, authorities have assured us it will not affect the festivities.  I suggest getting there early if you plan on attending either the Turkey Trot (sponsered by The Parade Company) or the Parade itself.  Hopefully I’ll see you there.