Camaro Hoon Incident

My wife went for a ride along in a Camaro drag car on the evening before the official Woodward Dream Cruise.  The hoon in question is her boss and the ride was really just a pair of parking lot burnouts.  The law showed up a couple minutes after the car was parked and angrily threatened to close the parking lot, which was a bit unpleasant, but I guess that is par for the course.  The police HATE burnouts of any kind and are quick to come down on anyone with an overzealous right foot during the cruise.  I can’t say I blame them, shenanigans could easily get out of hand with so many people and cars packed onto Woodward.  Anyway, the car in question appeared to be well prepared and sounded pretty nice. This is what the fuss was about:

 

Beautiful Detroit

Detroit gets a lot of bad press over a variety of issues, but it is still a beautiful city and a Fun and vibrant place.  This photo was taken during the evening, facing west from the top of the large earthen mound at one end of William G. Milliken State Park.  This is approximately the mid point between the Riverwalk and the Rivertown Warehouse District  You wouldn’t know this is a troubled city by watching the throngs of happy people enjoying these parks, or the groups visiting the bars of Rivertown.  Speaking of bars, I highly recommend a visit to Atwater Brewery if you are in this area.  I’ve honestly never been a fan of their bottled beer when I’ve purchased it from stores, but it seems better at the source.  The venue is fairly unusual as the bar is literally at one end if their warehouse, complete with huge vats, a forklift and pallets of cased beer.  If you haven’t been to Detroit in a while, you should visit.  The city core is not huge so it’s a great place to explore on foot or bicycle.  Plus, we all need to visit the amazing Detroit Institute of Arts now, in case something unforgivable occurs during the bankruptcy reorganization.

Detroit skyline

Why did I wait so long?

Having a motorcycle has been a very positive experience so far.  My weekend excursions to brunch have been enhanced by the use of the bike and I have found that  a leisurely ride through the suburbs on a Sunday morning is quite pleasant.  You can literally smell the flowers along the way, without slowing down.

The below picture was taken in Ferndale after eating at the Flytrap.  Bonneville fans may note that the stock silencers are gone, having been replaced by British Customs Sleepers.

Parallel parking is easy.

Parallel parking is easy.

Vinsetta Garage

My buddy and I went to a motorcycle show on Saturday and needed a bite and a brew afterword.  It is always a challenge to decide where to go, so we decided to try something new and stop at the Vinsetta Garage on Woodward.  This place is a pretty cool concept.  It was literally a garage not that long ago and maintains some of that oldschool industrial look inside.  This place is apparently very popular with a diverse crowd because we saw lots of different types of folks come and go during the loooooong wait.  They were telling people the wait for a table was two hours and they weren’t joking.  I think part of the problem was that they were allowing everyone to “wait at the bar”.  Since we remained in the waiting area, I was perplexed by the fact that a relatively small building seemed to swallow an endless string of people to wait at a bar I could not even see from where we were waiting.  When we finally were shown to our table, the answer became obvious.  A thick crowd of people had formed along one end of the building where there was indeed a bar that could occasionally be glimpsed as people jostled for position.  The throng was at least three bodies deep and was blocking several key paths of the servers as they tried to transport food from the kitchen behind the bar to diners siting at tables that were being encroached upon by people “waiting at the bar”.  I felt a great deal of sympathy for our waitress as she struggled to fight through this crowd.  Even after she brought my friend the wrong beer, nearly forgot mine, and mixed up our sandwiches, I couldn’t blame her with all she had to contend with.  She was resigned to the fact that the place was over crowded, but we jokingly suggested her job could become easier if someone called the fire marshal.  (the place was clearly over the posted 172 person capacity)

Despite all of that, I will likely visit again.  The beer list is more than adequate and the menu is interesting.  I ordered a Lamburger and it was served on a thick pretzel style roll and was topped with Feta, pickled beet and tzatziki sauce.  It proved to be quite tasty.  They also have a pizza oven and were producing prodigious amount of 12 inch pizzas that smelled wonderful.  My wife ordered a Margherita that did not disappoint.

I’ll just try to avoid peak times on Friday or Saturday night when I return.  A cool venue and good food can be had without the two hour wait.

Frittata

Frittata serves the best breakfast in metro Detroit.  It isn’t cheap though.  A special, like the eggs benedict on langoustine cakes pictured below, can be as pricey as $17.  The standard menu is very good, but the specials are always different and delicious.  The menu features several different frittatas, but I rarely order one.  The “Mushrooms on Toast”  and the scrambled eggs are great choices.  They do eggs right here, and my usual favorite are the eggs benedict.  One of the specials is usually some variation of this breakfast classic and it is often special indeed.  I’ve had them on crab cakes, salmon, potato latke, and even a duck wellington.  I am never disappointed.

The restaurant itself is tiny.  If you  arrive at peak times, be prepared to wait a little bit.  During the summer months, there is a delightful garden patio that nearly doubles the available seating.  I’ve found that arriving at around 9:30 is a good bet as it is not yet full and the chef has usually finished the list of specials (arrive too early and there may not be any specials yet).

Eggs Benedict on Langoustine cakes in the foreground, Salmon hash in the background.

 

Cars N Food

This blog is rather quickly turning into my own rather aimless ramble about cars and food.  I’m fine with that.  I have other interests, but these are the things I choose to write about on the Internet.

I think my earlier exuberance over a fortune cookie was a bit misguided.  I was reading a lot about Ferrari cars at the time and I still think it could be an interesting experience to own one.  However, I’m a bit discouraged by the level of care required to keep one on the road.  The models I might actually be able to afford from the 70’s and 80’s are not particularly durable nor are they “gas it and go” appliances.  I need to face the fact that I’m not a particularly motivated to spend a lot of time turning wrenches.  So, Ferrari might not be the best fit and I should probably dip my toe into the car hobby rather than jump into the deep end.  For the time being, Porsche and Alfa Romeo are looking a bit better to me again.  Granted, some of these models require some real upkeep, but the costs are lower.  A major screw up on my part would also be easier to recover from with a generally cheaper car.  A Porsche 944 could serve as a new set of car enthusiast training wheels.

I’m always keeping my eye out for a car that speaks to me.  I need a new way to get to all these restaurants.