Posts in the category: Features

Food Adventure // Chapman House

For our anniversary, we tried the newly opened restaurant, The Chapman House, with our good friends, Bruce and Nancy Chapman. You have to bring a couple of Chapmans to the Chapman House, right? This new restaurant is very close to where I work and I’ve had my eye on the renovation. The Chapman House was under renovation for 3 years, while the new owners stayed true to the home’s original finishes. It belonged to the president of Rochester Savings Bank, William Clark Chapman, and remained in the family until 1973, when it was sold and used commercially. It’s fitting that we… Continue reading

Travel // Columbus, Ohio 2016

There is so much to do, I mean EAT, in Columbus! I’ll post links to every place we went at the bottom of the post for easy reference. We were in Columbus for a wedding and we decided to make a long weekend out of it. We stayed at an Airbnb in the trendy short north neighborhood of Columbus. There were some great Airbnb options in Columbus, but this one was Marc’s favorite. It was a great choice.   Baby’s first Airbnb. Our Airbnb in Nashville had some great Wi-Fi network names, but “Router? I just met ‘er!” is a new… Continue reading

Seasonal Snapshots // Winter 2015-2016

Winter Snapshots - Chocolate Brioche from The Give Thanks Bakery // @nicoledula

We had a mild winter in Michigan and while it’s still cold now, it’s been sunny! Spring is starting off right. It’s time to take one more look at those winter pictures before I’m ready to eat asparagus and rhubarb to my fill. Photo above features Slow-Cooker Pork Ragu with Gnocchi. Yum. Christmas Stollen for 2015 and beyond. Mom always gets me cronuts when I visit now. Avocado toast just never gets old. New favorite Trader Joe’s candy to eat until my stomach hurts. Smashed crispy potatoes with eggs + lemon vinaigrette – best breakfast! The North American International Auto Show +… Continue reading

Seasonal Snapshots // Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Seasonal Snapshots // @nicoledula

It’s officially winter and time to glorify the beauty of fall and brace ourselves for cozy nights indoors. This fall’s brunch game was STRONG. I count 6 brunch pics! Photo above is from our fall vacation to Traverse City at Bonobo Winery. I love toast. I said this to Marc recently and he said that’s never something that’s come out of his mouth. His loss, man. Especially when I have incredible American Spoon jam to go on top. My favorite dish at The White Horse Inn! Housemade bread and butter pickles served with fried cheese bread. Sounds weird (or does is?) but… Continue reading

Food Adventure // Mabel Gray in Hazel Park, Michigan

Mabel Gray Restaurant in Hazel Park, Michigan // @nicoledula

We went to the new restaurant, Mabel Gray, with friends on Halloween night and I was charmed from the moment I walked in. First of all, 90’s Janet Jackson was playing and I wanted to start dancing plus high five the person in charge of the music. Instead, a big smile crossed my face and I took in the whole place. Warm and friendly smiles from behind the bar greeted us and some of the staff was dressed for Halloween. I noticed a few distinctive and trendy Hedley & Bennet aprons, too. Everything looked polished and organized. The restaurant is small, 42… Continue reading

Food Adventure // Lunch with Wolfgang Puck

Lunch with Wolfgang Puck at The MGM Grand Detroit // @nicoledula

Last week I had lunch with Chef Wolfgang Puck! It’s all a blur now and I still can’t believe it happened. I received a short email on Thursday morning asking if I would like to have lunch with him and later I found out that I’d be one of 6 people. Whoa. The first thing I did was freak out a little. The second thing I did was text Megan to ask if she was going and SHE WAS. We made carpool plans and I tried to figure out what to wear to such an event. I ended up in… Continue reading

Seasonal Snapshots // Summer 2015

I’m late in getting these summer pics up, but it was a good one! It was fun to look back at my whole 30 recipes from June and all of the ice cream cones I ate. Enjoy! (Photo above is from our Nashville trip!) Whole 30 was a challenge, but meals like this slow cooker stuffed cabbage rolls recipe helped! Our favorite Whole 30 breakfast was this curry lamb dish with eggs. The prettiest ombre lettuce from our CSA. My surprise anniversary gift! I’ll be putting this to good use now that the weather is cooler. One of our CSA shares from… Continue reading

Food Adventure // Crane’s Apple Orchard in Fennville, Michigan

Today we’re having one of those gray days you don’t mind because the fall colors are more vibrant against the pale sky. It seems like a good day to share another gray (but fun!) day I had earlier in the week with my sisters-in-law. My little nephew was baptized last Sunday, so the family gathered in Holland, Michigan to celebrate. I stayed 2 extra days after the weekend along with my sister-in-law Meg and niece Molly for a “sisters weekend” complete with theme song we made up. We went to the farmers market, shopped downtown, went to Target for necessities including… Continue reading

CSA 2015: Week 15

CSA 2015: Week 15 // @nicoledula

All the squashes! I’m going to be busy roasting this week. It’s the last week of the season and it’s sad to see it go, but it was great. I plan on sipping apple cider bourbon drinks on the porch and enjoy this Indian summer while these guys all roast away in the oven. Kale and beets are going into morning smoothies, because I love a good beet smoothie. Thanks for following along this season! This week we received: butternut squash, acorn squash, delicata squash, spaghetti squash, pie pumpkin, beets, lettuce, italian parsley, Valencia onion, apples and kale.

Food Adventure // Bon Bon Bon Chocolate Making Class

Bon Bon Bon Chocolate Making Class in Hamtramck, Michigan // @nicoledula

Last week, my friend MyThy texted me that Bon Bon Bon had chocolate making classes available at their Hamtramck location. I looked at the schedule and of course, chose the first available class. We also asked Amy if she could possibly pry herself away from her adorable little babe for a few hours and she came, too! Alex and Margie set up six stations with the ingredients to make different bons and everyone partnered up. We had everything to make #2 High Tea – earl grey tea dark chocolate ganache + hemp seed nougat + smoke sugar + cornflower petals, #23… Continue reading