Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Birthday's and Holiday's

Last week was quite an eventful week for me.
Tuesday was my birthday (Nov 20) and Thursday (Nov 22) was Thanksgiving.
Since my birthday always falls on the week of thanksgiving it's always a special time of year for me.

This year I had a small get together with friends the Friday before my birthday at Revival Bar. The bar was packed but had a good vibe going and the drinks were cheap. After doing shots and having too many beers at Revival Bar we ended up grabbing dinner at Sidebar.

It felt really good to bring different people from my life together to celebrate my birthday. I got to hang out with friends I've known for 10 years, friends I met on the Internet, and co-workers. I'm thankful for having such talented and amazing friends.

In addition to Friday's birthday celebration, my two dear friends Ngozi and Kelly (seen below) took me out for a night of dancing on Saturday. We probably spent 3 hours laughing and danced the rest of the night away! I always have a blast when I go out with those two. As a trio we know how to get a party started!

I don't usually talk about gifts or what I receive for my birthday but I have to give a shout out to YouTube vlogger and nail artist Michee!

She created Tameeka Time themed nails. I was floored when I saw the design! I could not believe she did this. I was so thankful and impressed with her work. 

To find out who Michee is go to her YouTube page or check out the interview I put together of her on my YouTube page.

On Thanksgiving, I planned a very small meal for two that included a roasted chicken and a few different sides. For dessert I had a delicious apple cranberry pie made by Michelle of Lets Start Fresh.com.

Here's a pic of my meal. It was delicious and pretty easy to cook.  The menu included:
- Roasted whole chicken w/ rosemary compound butter
- Whiskey glazed carrots
- Sauteed spinach and mushrooms
- Potato salad
- Sliced Avocados
- Cranberry sauce
- White rice

Readers out there, how did you spend your Thanksgiving? Did you cook a lot? What was on your menu? Leave a comment below.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tameeka Time Travels : My last days in Michigan

My last days in Ann Arbor were much more low-key but still exciting.

Sunday morning Samantha organized a brunch at Sava's State Street Cafe.

I was able to meet more of her friends and have a really great brunch, one of the best. The staff was so polite, the mimosas were reasonably priced, and everything on the menu was delish.

While I was able to tour more of Ann Arbor, I started recognizing people and streets. I started getting used to area.

One of my last stops was to the Cupcake Station. The staff wasn't the friendliest but the prices were reasonable and the cupcakes were moist and yummy.

If you have any food allergies, I recommend asking the staff about ingredients. Out of the four cupcakes I tried the carrot cake cupcake (it's official name is "What's up doc?") had coconut in it and I'm allergic to coconut. Luckily Sam had a bendryl on her and I didn't have that back of a reaction just some throat irritation (she's such a great friend).

My favorite of the four cupcakes was the "Party Time" cupcake (vanilla bean with butter-cream frosting).

On my final night, Sam offered to make me some home cooked tortilla soup.
I've never had tortilla soup so I decided to record Sam making this delicious soup from scratch! It was amazingly delicious. We paired it with a glass of Merlot.

Here's a small video of Samantha in the kitchen making tortilla soup!

My days in Ann Arbor were really relaxing and exciting. I got to see a new state. Learn about the football culture in Ann Arbor. I went to a lot of great restaurants. Saw some amazing art and was able to reconnect with a friend that I've known since the6th grade. I would love to visit Ann Arbor again. If you find yourself in Ann Arbor and you don't know where to eat leave a comment below, I'll suggest a few places.

To view all of my Michigan photos, check them out on my facebook page.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tameeka Time Travels : Day 3 : Michigan

Detroit Bound
It's Saturday. Sam and I are up early getting dressed and preparing for our day trip to Detroit.

I've never been to or ever seen Detroit, so I was pretty excited.

We picked up Sam's friend Kanika and hit the road. Detroit is about a 47 minute drive from Ann Arbor. Not bad at all.

When we arrived downtown Detroit, our first mission was to find food. It was brunch time so we stopped at Eastern Market Diner and had some comfort food. My favorite part of what I ordered were the grits. I haven't had grits in such a long time and these were just the way I like it, creamy (not lumpy) with a dash of salt.
Eastern Market Diner

A few blocks away we started our journey through the Detroit Eastern Market. The Detroit Eastern Market is "a local food district with more than 250 independent vendors and merchants processing, wholesaling, and retailing food."

If I lived in Detroit I would probably be at this market every other weekend buying fruits and veggies.

For the past few months I've started juicing and the prices of vegetables have become a big deal in my life and to see all of these fresh farm grown products for so cheap it made me determined to find a farmers market back home. (I did some research and there is a farmers market in flushing that's far from my home, but I have to go).

I did end up purchasing some plums, just a handful because I wouldn't be in Michigan for too long. I was talking to Sam about the Farmers Market in Manhattan and how this market is so much bigger with a lot of different vendors. In the middle of me talking an older lady came up to us and interrupted us to tell me that she's from NY and the market I'm talking about does not compare to this. It HAD to be a New Yorker to voice her opinion. ^_^

After the Market we headed to the Motown Historical Museum.

I'm not sure why but I thought the museum would have been in a large building. The museum is in the form of a home. And it makes sense. Berry Gordy, the founder of Tamla and MoTown Records created his empire from his own home. It was really inspirational to see how the entire Gordy family (his mother, father, and siblings) helped out the community and became entrepreneurs. I'm glad I was able to learn about one of the first successful black owned labels. And, our tour guide was amazing. He had so much energy and made the entire tour worth it.

If you find yourself in Detroit and plan on visiting the MoTown Museum remember that you are unable to take photos in the museum due to rules set by the new owners of Universal Music Group.

While I was in Michigan, a few people mentioned that I must go to Slow's BBQ in Detroit and try the macaroni and cheese. So, Samantha, Kanika and I drove to Slow's.

Since it was a Saturday afternoon this restaurant was packed! Our expected wait time was 1-hour but we managed to grab some seats 20-25 minutes into our wait.

Everything we ordered was delicious. We definitely had a good time and filled our lil bellies with BBQ. The mac-n-cheese was seasoned and was definitely worth the wait and the hand made BBQ sauces were one of a kind. Good Stuff.

After eating, we drove through some rough neighborhoods in Detroit. We would see rows of burnt down homes then just a few blocks away from the burnt down homes we would see beautiful mansions. Detroit is a mixed bag.

Once we returned to Ann Arbor, we went back to Sam's home and took a nap. All of that BBQ weighed us down! Later that evening we went to Wholefoods in Ann Arbor (which I loved) to grab some wine and cheese, and stayed up for hours talking, catching up on life and reminiscing.

Saturday was a good day.

More Michigan posts to come.

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