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Looking Local: Ray’s Ice Cream

15 Feb

If you’ve never heard of Ray’s Ice Cream, and you’re from the Metro-Detroit area, then you’ve probably been living under a rock your entire life. Ray’s has been around FOREVER, and I thought that it was about dang time I shared it’s awesomeness with all of you.

Rating: A solid 5 out of 5 stars.

Ray’s is just…classic. Awesome ice cream, great flavors, and great prices. Whether you’re going to get some of that classic soda-fountain vibe, or if you just want to eat some damn good ice cream, go to Ray’s.

To spice it up a bit in this edition of Looking Local, Curtis and I decided to tie it into the Winter Olympics, and test our endurance in a rare “See how long you can last eating your ice cream outside in frigid temperatures” challenge.

I’m not going to give anything away but… I think I won.

My advice: Whether it’s 10 degrees outside or 100 degrees–Ray’s Ice Cream is always a good choice.

I’ve moved to a new place, and I’m looking local. If you have any suggestions for places I should try in the Detroit area, leave a comment, or give me a shout! You stay classy. For more, go to http://everydaybytay.com.

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Looking Local: LC’s Asian Kitchen

12 Jan

Ever been the only customers in a Chinese Restaurant? Well, that’s what it was like at LC’s Kitchen–and it was both fun, tasty, and hilarious.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

From wonton soup, beef and broccoli, and tasty fortune cookies, this place has all your indulging Asian cuisine staples. For some great service, and a quiet, laid-back atmosphere, LC’s Asian Kitchen is the place to go.

I’ve moved to a new place, and I’m looking local. If you have any suggestions for places I should try in the Detroit area, leave a comment, or give me a shout! You stay classy. For more, go to http://everydaybytay.com.

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Looking Local Artists: Shakespeare in Detroit

6 Dec

I love art, and theatre, and performing in front of others. I always have, and I always will. So when about a month or so ago, due to some internet magic, I be-friended Sam White on twitter, and learned about Shakespeare in Detroit, I knew I just had to get involved in some way.

Sam is the Artistic Director and founder of Shakespeare in Detroit, a “group of roving theatre artists who perform where people live, work, and play.”
The other day, I got the chance to sit down with Sam and have one of the happiest and most inspirational chats of my life about her awesome initiative to bring a full Shakespeare season to the heart of Detroit. But she can’t do it alone, and that’s why she needs your help. You need to donate to her Kickstarter campaign.

I grew up loving theatre, performance, being on stage, and bringing art to life. Sam
(and did I mention how totally awesome she is? Because she’s totally awesome.) shares this love, and wants to share it with the entire Detroit community. Come on, what’s not great about that?!

Check out this video, which gives a short synopsis of what she’s trying to, and how she’s doing it. And don’t forget to DONATE DONATE DONATE. Every little bit helps.

Also, for an awesome soundbite from Sam about why she loves Detroit, click here.

I’ve moved to a new place and I’m looking local. If you know of any artists, entrepreneurial initiatives, or just plain awesome things that are happening in the Metro-Detroit area, let me know. Chances are, I’m going to want to check them out.
For more, go to everydaybytay.com

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Looking Local: What Crepe?

4 Dec

Tucked back on Washington, behind the train tracks in downtown Royal Oak, What Crepe sits there with a giant question mark on the door.
It looks like a little boutique, and if you blink, you might miss it. So I made sure to keep my eyes WIDE open, (ha ha) and try out this niche cafe.

Rating: 5.5/5 stars.

Okay, so I thought that last week’s Looking Local rating was going to be the highest that I’ve ever given. But there was just so much “YES!” that happened while at What Crepe, that I had to one-up myself.

The restaurant itself is cute and quaint and eclectic and fun! The walls are painted a rich red color, there’s a smattering of different seating options (comfy chairs, big old tables, or the more-private high-tops in the back), and the walls are lined with wine bottles and French decor. So the place looks like it’s something straight out of a story book.

And then there’s the food. Oh my God, the food. It can be a little on the wallet-tightening side, depending on what you get, but the cost is definitely worth it. I paid about $16 for the crepe that I got, The Green Goat. Marinated chicken, lettuce, green apples, goat cheese and bacon all wrapped up in the fluffiest of crepes and covered with a delicious sauce. It was, hands down, the best thing I have EVER tasted in my life–and I don’t say that lightly. Plus, I had plenty of leftovers to take home, and I can tell you that it tasted just as good the second day.

And, on top of all that, the service at What Crepe was top notch. You guys have got to go check this place out.

My advice? Make sure you ask the staff what their favorite items on the menu are. The crepe that I got (The Green Goat) was definitely NOT something I would have chosen on my own. However, our waitress sang it’s praises, and boy oh boy, was it just plain heavenly.

I’ve moved to a new place, and I’m looking local. If you have any suggestions for places I should try in the Detroit area, leave a comment, or give me a shout! You stay classy. For more, go to http://everydaybytay.com.

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Tay Sings Dead Sea by The Lumineers

4 Dec

Every once in awhile you just come across a song that simply makes you happy to play. There’s also a line about cats in this awesome song by the Lumineers, so of course, I just had to share it with you all.

I hope you enjoy! And if there is another song that you’d like me to learn, please leave me a comment or shoot me a tweet!
To see all of my ukulele covers, go here!

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Looking Local: Hermann’s Bakery

24 Nov

I’ve walked past Hermann’s Bakery tons of times while bouncing around downtown Royal Oak. I’d heard great things about it, as per usual, however, because it’s only open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays, I could never get to it before it closed. But this week, we booked it downtown in the pouring rain and made it just in time. And trust me, we were not disappointed.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

I’m serious.

If you want to go somewhere where you’re instantly going to feel at home, go to Hermann’s Bakery. If you want to go somewhere where they make everything from scratch, go to Hermann’s Bakery. If you want to go somewhere where you’re going to be greeted by two lovely ladies who are more than willing to give you free samples, chat with you about the rich history of the bakery, and give you a heads up on when’s the best time to get what baked good, just go to Hermann’s Bakery.

It was just awesome. The prices are so reasonable, everything I tried there melted in my mouth, and I felt like I was transported back to my grandma’s kitchen–it was so dang homey!

It’s not often that you find a place like Hermann’s Bakery–a staple of classic metro-Detroit. Richard Hermann, the owner, bakes everything from scratch. It was his father’s bakery before it was his, and you can just feel the rich tradition and history seeping out of the walls of that place. I just loved it.

My advice: You have to go there. And try everything, and give those women hugs and smiles and love and all your money.

I’ve moved to a new place, and I’m looking local. If you have any suggestions for places I should try in the Detroit area, leave a comment, or give me a shout! You stay classy. For more, go to http://everydaybytay.com.

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Looking Local: Emagine Theatres

14 Nov

This week, my buddy Curtis dragged me to go see the movie Ender’s Game with him. Although I’m an avid sci-fi/nerdy movie watcher, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it (I did I totally did!). Nevertheless, the deciding factor for me, was that we were going to see it at Emagine in downtown Royal Oak. I had never been there before and, of course, had heard wonderful things (and you know what that means!) So, in exchange for going to see a movie that he wanted to see, I made him help me out with a Looking Local.

Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars.

If you want to go to a movie theater that is SO MUCH MORE than just a movie theater, go to Emagine. If you want to watch movie stars while feeling like a movie star, go to Emagine. I mean, seriously. Comfy seats, cocktails, great food, decor, etc. What more could you ask for?

Oh, a bowling alley. I guess you could ask for that.

My advice? Make sure you’ve got cash and time to spend, and make a night of it! Get dinner, grab a drink, hit the bowling alley, and top it off with a great movie!

I’ve moved to a new place, and I’m looking local. If you have any suggestions for places I should try in the Detroit area, leave a comment, or give me a shout! You stay classy.

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