Birthday

Maccabees at Midtown

Today on the Bite Tonight: Maccabees at Midtown

Located on Woodward Ave, in Midtown Detroit right by Wayne State, Maccabees at Midtown has an old fashioned, elegant feel which reminded me of a modern day speak easy. With ornate decor, and some of the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever sat in, Maccabees is good if you’re feeling like comfort food or something sophisticated. The menu consists of Angus beef burgers, starters, pasta, chicken and steak and some unique dishes such as pistachio crusted grouper and lobster BLT.

So for my friend Allison’s birthday, I wanted to take her to try the potato pancake sandwiches. They caught my eye the minute I spotted them on the menu and I’ve been dying to try them. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Drink that eats like a meal.

Blood Mary: Great flavor with a touch of spice.

bloodymary

Allison’s pick:

Lone Ranger: Brisket, grilled onions, provolone, Chipotle mayo. Probably one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a while. The grilled onions and tender, thinly slice brisket were full of flavor and decadence. With each bite, sweet, salty, and savory all hit your taste buds at once.The cool and spicy Chipotle mayo lightened up the beefiness of this sandwich. Now, here’s where things got real. With me being Polish, I knew I would like the potato pancake, but it was beyond anything I could imagine. It was crispy, yet soft and the perfect replacement for bread. I didn’t even have to worry about the potato pancake getting soggy! I would suggest getting one when dining in, then another to go. Eats best with a knife and fork.

lone ranger

My pick:

Midtown: Pastrami with 1000 Island dressing. I made a good call and got a side of the Chipotle mayo. The pastrami was tender, lean and thinly sliced with a hint of salt. Honestly, it was good, but didn’t compare to the Long Ranger.

pastrami

Allison’s birthday cookie!

cookie cake

Service was good and our server sent us home with cards good for 10% off our next visit. If you haven’t been to Maccabees at Midtown, you have to go and try the potato pancake sandwiches. It makes so much sense to use potato pancakes instead of bread that I don’t know why other restaurants aren’t following suit. It’s an amazing and delicious culinary creation and I can’t wait until my next visit. My mouth is already watering!

Happy Birthday, Allison! Hope you had as much fun as I did. 🙂

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CK Mediterranean Grille

Today on the Bite Tonight: CK Mediterranean Grille

Located on Monroe just blocks away from Greektown in Downtown Detroit is CK Mediterranean Grille. It was a co-worker’s birthday and for lunch, the office pitched in to score their catering lunch deal. It was awesome!

Catering came with:

Steak and Chicken Kabobs

Steak and Chicken Shawarma

Grilled Chicken Breast

Fattoush Salad

Hommus

Rice

Falafel

Garlic sauce and pita bread

Onions and pickled veggies!

ck grille

Everything was delicious! The thing I love about CK Grille is that you always get huge portion sizes. From soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, Mediterranean favorites and entrees, and a juice bar, you can’t go wrong. They offer delicious healthy options that suits any craving. I highly recommend the red pepper hommus! Stop in and try them out for lunch.

Happy Birthday Rachel!

Homemade Kit Kat Cake (idea from Pinterest): Decadent!

kit kat cake

 

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Happy Birthday!

Today on the Bite Tonight, It’s my birthday!

Last Wednesday was my birthday and to celebrate, I took a day off and Ma and I had an adventurous day.

We started the day off with a nice relaxing early afternoon movie @ MJR Theater in Southgate: Wish I was Here. What better way to celebrate then to indulge in buttery popcorn?

Next, we enjoyed lunch with Zukin’s Rib Shack, in Lincoln Park. The food is always delicious and hits the spot.

Rib Kabob Dinner: Thick signature BBQ sauce coats the delicious breaded kabobs and french fries.

zukins

Sizzler Steak & Cheese Sub: Delicious chewy sub bun filled with tender steak and fresh veggies.

steak and cheese sub

Next, we stopped into Liberati’s Italian Deli and Bakery in Allen Park, MI. Liberati’s is a local favorite offering fresh Italian dishes, pasta, deli meats and cheeses, imported beer and wine, breads, and desserts. Our eyes lit up when we spotted the olives.

Herb and Garlic Olives

herb and garlic olives

Hot Olives

spicy olives

Chocolate Eclair

eclair

My birthday outing was relaxing, yet fun. It was so nice to spend it with Ma enjoying some of our favorite foods. Thanks for making it such a great day, Mom. I love you!

 

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Happy Birthday Kacey Jo!

This past weekend we celebrated Kacey Jo’s 3rd birthday with an exciting Super Hero themed party @ Pump It Up in Taylor, MI.

Courtesy of Cynderella Cakes.

superherocake

 

I think I had more fun then the birthday girl did, bouncing around and sliding down the inflatable slides.

Happy Birthday Kacey Jo!

kaey jo

 

Southwest Chicken Salad

Recently, I went out to dinner for Jessica’s Birthday at Red Robin on Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI and ordered the Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad. It inspired me to recreate my own version. Here’s a quick recipe for a delicious chicken salad:

What you’ll need:

1 boneless skinless chicken breast

1/2 can of corn

1/2 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)

1/2 diced red bell pepper

1/2 small white onion

2 green onions

1/4 cup shredded cheese (Mexican, Cheddar, or Colby Jack work best)

1/4 cup Tortilla Strips

2 cups Baby spinach

1/3 cup water

Prep

1. Add corn and veggies in a skillet with olive oil and a tablespoon of butter and saute on medium heat until soft.

2. While the veggies are cooking, season chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic and brown until juices run clear. This is a good opportunity to get a nice color on the chicken and if you have a grill that’s even better!

3. When the chicken is done, shred and sprinkle with taco seasoning. I usually sprinkle the chicken with a couple tablespoons from a taco seasoning packet then add 1/3 cup of water to the pan (or a little less).

4. Simmer until the water makes a sauce and taste. If you want more seasoning, add it. When you’re making single servings like this, it’s better to add a little at a time, then adding too much and over doing it. Let chicken cool before plating.

Dressing

You can always buy southwest ranch dressing, but I like improvising.

1. Mix 2 tablespoons ranch dressing, 1 tablespoon taco seasoning, & 3 tablespoons sour cream.

2. Taste. If it is too spicy, add more sour cream. If it’s not spicy enough, add more taco seasoning. If you like more ranch, add more ranch dressing! I don’t like a salad that is swimming in dressing, but if you do, double the recipe.

Tip: Substitute plain Greek yogurt for sour cream for a healthier alternative.

Build

1. Start plating spinach, making a bed for the rest of the ingredients.

2. Add corn mixture, black beans, shredded cheese, and chicken (add as much corn mixture or black beans as you like). Top with crunchy tortilla strips and dressing.

Alternatives: You can add whatever ingredients you like: olives, tomatoes, cukes, etc. Instead of shredding the chicken, you can just slice it.

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It was delicious! You get crunchy, fresh, cool, creamy, spicy, and warm all in one bite.

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