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Maria

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  1. Tammy, if you're still looking to metro Detroit suburbs wine contacts, you might want to add Santos at Holiday Market in Canton.
  2. I'm on the done buying cookbook place too. So, it's probably time to really use the cookbooks I bought or write the type of cookbook I like to read and use.
  3. If you want to go to a coffee shop where the owner is impassioned about coffee, A Brand New Day in Canton, Michigan is the place. (734) 983-0334 42480 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton, MI The owner, Chris, often will predict what specific style/type of coffee someone will want when they walk in the door. Usually he's correct, too.
  4. I had eaten at the Whitney under the old regime several times. The last time I was there (a couple of years ago), the food was truly awful. Everyone in my party was pretty disappointed. Based on the comments and reviews, we are going to try the Whitney again tomorrow evening.
  5. Ah, this is what my cousins and I were talking about doing this year.
  6. I've been gone (from Seattle) an awfully long time. I don't recall a single one of those restaurants.
  7. Maria

    Rehearsal Dinners

    My mother-in-law did not want to choose the restaurant for the rehearsal dinner. So, she told us to choose the restaurant. My husband's family and friends pretty much eat something that would be served at a diner. Hopefully he's not reading this. ;-) My family is partly ethnic and much more used to eating and trying a variety of different foods. So, my husband and I decided that it would be cool to have the rehearsal dinner at Sangria, a Spanish tapas restaurant where we had our first date and met for the first time (We met via online dating). My mother-in-law had a royal fit (mini shades of what was too come, but that is another story). My husband told her to just trust us. We very carefully chose menu items that were similar to the types of foods most of these people would like. Everyone enjoyed the experience and the meal. My thoughts: Rehearsal dinners are traditionally for those who will be in the wedding ceremony (hence rehearsal) and any out of town guests. It should be someplace convenient to the church and where most everyone will be staying because you really do not want out of town guests to be wandering around lost in the dark in a strange city. It should be something that is easy to put together or at a restaurant. It's not an excuse for a drunken bash (Plus no one wants to look bad for the wedding and pictures). A really good place to learn more about various rehearsal dinners is http://theknot.com (It is, after all, a website devoted to weddings that many brides use for information, planning and advice) or grab Emily Post's wedding ettiquette book and check what she says.
  8. I read "Kochujang" and thought what the heck are they talking about? ... until I phonetically pronounced it. I was once conscripted by my mother into delivering a very large jar (it took two arms and hands to hold it) of it to my uncle's place. She had made it for him. I can't remember how it happened; however, that very large jar fell and crashed on my uncle's driveway with the entire ingredients. I was so embarassed.
  9. Maria

    Cookbook Roulette

    I want to play too!
  10. Maria

    Charlie Trotter Topic

    P.s. I had to giggle at this "Michigan Raspberries" because all the raspberries I have seen in Michigan come from California. ;-)
  11. Maria

    Charlie Trotter Topic

    My husband and I have reservations next Thursday for dinner at Charlie Trotters. I've been wanting to eat there for some time. My husband is going to attend a Chocolatier class in Chicago and I am going to catch up with him later on to take care of some business there.
  12. It's been 26 years since I dined at Canlis. I was about 19 years old and had a much older boyfriend who was an officer in a foreign military. He was in Seattle taking classes for a year in Seattle. He decided to pay for a going away party and invited a dozen or so friends to Canlis. The majority of the party was very young and not very sophisticated. I remember this one guy and I ordered escargot, didn't tell anyone what it was until after they each had a bite, and everyone freaked out. ;-) To Canlis' credit, they did not kick us out.
  13. My husband and I went to Bon Homme in Plymouth last Saturday. We both had the Beef Wellington. It was a bit dry. The rest of the meal was alright, just nothing very spectacular. I had the Seafood Bisque which tasted really odd ... kind of like there was some strange chemical in it. The waitress was not that skilled. She interupted as while we were talking a couple of times (which is one of my all time pet peeves). The restrooms were just a tad better than a store bathroom.
  14. Has anyone eaten at Gala recently? My friends and I went there and really liked it (although the waitress seemed a bit inexperienced). I was wondering if it still has good food. We wanted to go there again and tried to get reservations on a week's notice and they were booked up.
  15. I must be impossible to please; however, I wasn't that impressed by Emily's or by Everest Express. I actually will eat just about anything. I'm not that fussy. I even once ate grilled chicken from an out of the way outdoor cafe in Tijuana (thereby tempting fate). Truthfully, once you got over the cats roaming around waiting for food to drop and the bucket of greasy water they offered to wash your hands in, it was a fine meal. I think, though, I find very few places in the Metro Detroit area to be extraordinarily exceptional.
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