just a city boy, born and raised in south detroit {atwater brewery, taqueria lupita’s}

AJ and I spent a long Fourth of July weekend in his hometown in Michigan. After a weekend of fireworks, barbecue, boating, beer drinking, and wedding dancing, we headed into Detroit Sunday afternoon with his family before hitting the road for the long drive back to Charlotte (Ohio is officially the worst state to drive through ever).


Our first stop was Atwater Brewery. The brewery is in an old factory warehouse in Detroit’s historic Rivertown District, perched right near the Detroit River.  The tasting space and brewery blend together, and we sipped on some delicious beer among the fermentation tanks, stacks of kegs and flats of cans and bottles. The space is industrial and raw; it’s a space for beer drinkers to taste where the beer is actually made. It’s basic and no frills, which proves that Atwater is really all about the beer (as a side note: Atwater did just open a new tasting room and restaurant, Atwater in the Park, in an old church complete with the pews and stained glass windows in Gross Pointe Park which is supposed to be gorgeous. I can’t wait to go back and worship good beer).

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craft tasting room and growler shop

Dan Davis is serving up a few of his favorite things– craft beer, cheese and meat, in his newly opened Craft Growler Shop and Tasting Room in South End.  Occupying a former vintage toy store, Craft Growler Shop has transformed what I imagine used to be shelves of creepy dolls, into an open, warm, inviting…

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snapshots sept


  Fall has been a whirlwind–I’ve been out of town a lot visiting friends and family, celebrating nuptials and birthdays, going on a lot of fun adventures, and my first article in a written publication (yes, published in hard copy and not on my own blog).  You can read all about spicing up your kitchen…

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hornets buzzworthy concessions at time warner cable arena

The Hornets are back in Charlotte and the city is abuzz with excitement. Hugo, the Honey Bees, a honeycomb court , and teal and purple are not the only changes fans can look forward to with the return of the Hornets. The Hornets and Levy Restaurants have done an overhaul on the concessions offered at Time Warner…

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“Do they have a nacho car?” –Mom Clearly, this was the first question she asked me. My mom is a Texan, the original Chuy’s was born in Austin in 1982. Chuy’s and Tex Mex are synonymous–so you better believe I was quite excited to hear they were opening a Chuy’s in Charlotte (also, yes, the Charlotte…

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zada jane’s corner cafe

Zada Jane’s is a breakfast joint. They serve lunch and dinner too, but serve breakfast all day. I went there once for dinner right after I moved to Charlotte, and I ordered breakfast. If you’re looking for good breakfast, at any hour of the day, you need to go to Zada Jane’s. Zada Jane’s really…

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out of town: fratellos

Fratellos is a neat place—perched near the dam along the Fox River in Appleton, it’s a restaurant and brewery in an old textile mill with big picture windows, beautiful rustic brick walls, and modern art, white tablecloths and glistening wine glasses to soften the buildings industrial feel. It was our go to “fancy” place in…

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competition dining series–fire in the city

I became (slightly but actually really) obsessed with Food Network in college. It was like something went off and I no longer found cooking shows boring but actually interesting, intruiging, and drool inducing. I got in the habit of DVR’ing some of my favorite chefs’ cooking shows and turning them on in the background when…

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snapshots august


A lot has been going on here recently–a week at the beach, celebrating a good friend’s upcoming nuptials and some fun foodie events! 1. I was invited to check out Chuy’s special menu in honor of the 26th Annual Green Chile Festival. I had so much fun at the tasting, and the food was unique,…

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Upstream was at the very top of our list to try for this summer’s Queen’s Feast. AJ grew up near the water and I’ve spent a lot of time near the ocean (and I absolutely love it!) so a restaurant that is centered around the day’s freshest catch is right up our alley. I made…

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