Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fabulous Ferndale!!!

Date night in fabulous Ferndale! One mile north of the city limit at 9 mile & Woodward Ave. is the hopping little city center of Ferndale. I’ve been following The Hungry Dudeand based on some eye-popping pics he posted I have been trying to get to One- Eyed Betty’s for months.

Finally, one of my hubby’s favorite bands Half Light Music was playing at The Magic Bag so I convinced him to have a beer and some appetizers first.

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It was a Friday night around 8ish so we had to wait awhile for a table, but that was just perfect for me to get to taste MORE of their enormous beer menu (yahoo!). We sat down to friendly, helpful servers who guided our selection of two different beers and two apps (our eyes were DEFINITELY bigger than our stomachs!) it was all amazing! I’m not sure if it was the fact we were out alone for the first time in a month, the high alcohol content of the beer or the fabulous food, but I was experiencing Nirvana when the Pork Belly Poutine and the cutting board sampler came to the table.

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This photo does the food absolutely no justice…it was salty, crunchy, gooey, cheesy AND savory…

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I hadn’t even noticed the horrible glare off the menu when I took this picture because my eyes were tearing up in delight!

What’s your favorite date night spot or one you’ve been eyeing??

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Grey seal Georgie joins other rescued seals at Arctic Ring of Life

Great information on Detroit and Belle Isle Zoo:

The Woodward Spine

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Things are looking a little less grey for a seal that has arrived from the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center at the University of New England to her new, permanent home at the Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life.

The female grey seal pup – estimated to be less than a year old – was found stranded on the coast of Georgetown, Maine, by Marine Mammals of Maine. She was deemed non-releasable to the wild by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) due to severely compromised eyesight.

The seal has been named Georgie after the Maine coastal city where she was found. Weighing only 87 pounds at the time of her arrival in June, Georgie is thriving under the Zoo’s care and now weighs about 140 pounds. She joins grey seal Kiinaq, harp seal Pequot and harbor seals Sidney and Freita, all of which were rescued.

“Since…

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Detroit Metro Parks (and other places to skip stones)

Sometimes you just need to get outside and get immersed in nature. Deep forest, marshlands, estuaries, lakes, water fowl and everything that goes along with it. Without traveling more than 30 minutes from Greektown, you can find peace and tranquility in the form of Metro Parks.

Detroit Metro Parks are as diverse as the city itself. Many have Nature Centers with turtle tanks and local wildlife hides for show and tell. We’ve attended many pre-registered events for a meager $3.00 that gave B inspiration for weeks of imaginative play.

There are paved running trails that are stroller friendly and more rugged trails lined with mulch. Whether you like a colorful playscape or a deep, dark forest, there is something for everyone!

One of our favorites is Lake Erie Metro Park because of the children’s play area and tiny beach nearby to throw rocks into the lake (B’s favorite pastime). This past Saturday morning was absolutely gorgeous weather and the park was the perfect place to stretch our legs. We packed a picnic lunch and spent a few hours climbing, swinging, digging, sliding and skipping.

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Another favorite of ours for toddler-sized nature walks is Oakwoods Metro Park where the 700ft. nature trail surrounding the Nature Center is perfect for B’s interests, legs and attention span.

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A balcony overlooking the river/estuary was perfect for skipping stones with B.

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The path was perfect for exploring. We searched for different sizes, shapes and colors of leaves for our seasonal nature table. We found leaves, insects, spiders and birds to observe quietly. We collected acorns, chestnuts and bark that had fallen around the trail. It was punctuated enough for B and diverse enough to hold the adults interest for the morning.

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Do you have a favorite spot in nature that you love to spend family time?