Lunch with Us

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D. 

THE EDIBLEWOW EDITORS often visit local food spots during lunch. Every week you can expect us to try a new local eatery. Here’s where we have been lately.

Located in the village of Oxford is a popular sandwich shop called ‘Wiches. All the sandwiches are made on their freshly baked bread and come in three perfect sizes—lil’ ‘wich, ‘wich and double ‘wich. Sandwiches can be made into a combo with any one of their house-made sides of pasta salad, coleslaw, soup or macaroni and cheese. They even make their own cookies. The New Yorker lil’ ‘wich with a side pasta salad left me just enough room for dessert. My plan for our next visit is to try their house smoked barbeque prepared at Woodchips in Lapeer.

Another great place to visit is the village of Rochester Hills. This is where the newly opened B Spot burger joint by Michael Symon is located. B Spot is the third location of this casual burger joint Symon has opened in Michigan. They offer their own burger creations such as, The Lola with a fried egg and bacon and The Fun Guy (which I devoured) with onion, mushrooms and blue cheese.… Read More

Neighborhood Treats

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D. 

MOTOR CITY BLIGHT BUSTERS has been dedicated to the restoration of Detroit for the past 26 years. Their work in Detroit’s Old Redford neighborhood has inspired others to create a community center, multiple art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants. Originally part of Redford Township, Old Redford was annexed in 1926 during the height of Detroit’s population growth and now encompasses 8 to 10 square miles of Northwest Detroit.

One of the new additions to Old Redford is Motor City Java and Tea House. An inviting coffee shop that is comfortable and beautifully decorated, Motor City Java is a lovely place to enjoy a beverage and house-made bakery item. We ate a generous slice of a glazed pound cake that has been prepared for generations from a family recipe. Also available are house made soups, salads and sandwiches. The all-female owners have great plans for the future. They are stepping up their commitment to local food with plans to roast their own coffee beans and to purchase all their salad greens from Artesian Farms, a vertical hydroponics grower in the Brightmoor neighborhood.… Read More

Now on Tap: Michigan Beer

 

logoBy Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D. 

MICHIGAN’S CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY has had tremendous growth over the last two decades and now proudly stands as the state with the fifth-largest number of microbreweries in the nation. Most recently, legislation was passed that allowed these microbreweries to double the amount of barrels of beer produced. More beer production means more beer distribution which has led to another wonderful creation called “tap rooms.” Two of the most recent tap rooms—Brown Iron Brewhouse and Rochester Tap Room—are both places where many Michigan beers can be tasted.

downloadBrown Iron Brewhouse is in Washington Township and offers over 60 taps from around the country. Two-thirds of those taps are solely Michigan craft beers. You can expect the traditional Founders and Bell’s brands as well as smaller productions beers from Right Brain in Traverse City and Saugatuck in Douglas. This is the time to be adventurous with beers like Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stoudt by Hideout Brewing or a white IPA called Street Walking Cheetah by Tapistry in Bridgeman. The menu is new American smokehouse cuisine that is clearly focused on barbecue and meat.… Read More

Eating and Drinking in Downtown Detroit

By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D. 

Since 2013, 77 new restaurants and 41 new retail locations have opened in the collection of neighborhoods that make up Downtown Detroit, according to the 7.2 Square Mile Report.

The report estimates that these 7.2 square miles of the city are creating an economic recovery surge. Realizing this only represents a small slice of the 139-square miles that makes up the geography of Detroit, it’s still an exciting and positive direction. As an editor of a food magazine, this provides me with significant opportunity to participate and share in the Detroit food experience.

It’s fair to say that we could spend weeks at a time eating our way through Detroit. Though, with only the few hours we had, we stopped at three different establishments for a mid-morning snack, a beverage education and a satisfying lunch.

Previously, we spent some time at the Fisher building having coffee and baked items at Stella International Café. This time we went to the Guardian Building to admire the fabulous architecture and visit the second location of Stella Good Coffee.… Read More