When my husband and I were first dating we went to Detroit quite frequently for ball games, dinner, or just to hang out. It became more difficult after we got our dog, and these days we get to Detroit much less frequently than either of us would like. Despite that, we are both lovers of the City. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the challenges it faces, but I always feel delighted to work for an organization that will be part of its revitalization.
My husband and I have maintained a membership to the Detroit Institute of Arts for several years, and we love going to the DIA. Just a few weeks ago we met friends at Green Dot Stables, a fab new eatery on West Lafayette. This place is DELICIOUS. It menu is eclectic, and it gives you the opportunity to mix and match lots of different culinary treats. The mystery meat of the day was kangaroo. Seriously. I ordered three sliders (the Cuban, the Lamb and the Catfish), chili cheese fries and mac 'n cheese (how I roll) AND a Moscow Mule, one of the best cocktails known to man. A trip to Detroit is worth it simply to eat here.
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As we were leaving we both marveled at how great it was to spend a day in Detroit, and how in this new year we resolve to do it more frequently. Detroit is like a mistress - sexy, mysterious, a little naughty, and something you just keep coming back to. I love watching the city gradually change through all of the grassroots and community efforts. We're 90 miles away, and we don't really get to be part of it in the way we'd like. But we're always pushing for Detroit, and placemaking is spreading across the city like a wildfire. It's a brilliant thing to see, and it's one of the many reasons why we love the D.