dessert

Detroit: the Peterboro

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Once upon a time, around the 1970’s, Detroit’s Chinatown (Midtown, Cass Ave and Peterboro area) existed and flourished. Years later, businesses closed and people moved out as a result of crime and the neighborhood slowly died. Fast forward to March 2016, the Peterboro is at the forefront of Detroit’s Chinatown revival in the Cass Corridor and they are reminding us why the community was once so successful.

Chef de Cusine, Brion Wong creates contemporary American Chinese recipes incorporating childhood memories, ten years of experience and inspiration from some top talents including Alex Guarnaschelli and Susar Lee. He and his crew is serving up some delicious dishes like the rich and hearty Hot & Sour soup (and I don’t even like Hot & Sour soup). With a menu including the classics with it’s own style like Almond Boneless Chicken (with Griffin Claw IPA batter) and some newbies with a spicy spin such as Cumin Lamb Ribs, the Peterboro is taking your neighborhood Chinese joint to the next level. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (menu)

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Thai Old Fashioned: Milk washed tea rum, demerara (large-grained raw sugar), angostura (bitters). Interesting layers of flavors with a subtle spice and sweetness. Refreshing!

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Cheeseburger Spring Rolls: Tangy sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles. Think deconstructed cheeseburger wrapped in a crispy, crunchy, shell. Very different take on an American classic. Kudos for creativity and thinking outside the box. When I bit into the spring roll, molten hot cheesy beef poured out. I like the idea of the toppings on the outside, but I think I would rather like the onion, tomato, and pickle diced up inside the spring roll. The tangy sauce was spot on to your typical burger condiment, but some heat would really take this over the top. Still tasty!

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Mongolian Hanger Steak: Hoisin & chili glazed with charred scallions, onion, and red peppers. The steak was tender and melted in my mouth. Flavors of sweet, salty, and spicy awakened my taste buds. The crunchy noodles and charred veggies added a nice texture. I recommend this dish!

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Chocolate Sugar Egg Puff: Osmanthus sugar, creme anglaise. I’ll be honest, its not often that I save room for dessert, but I’m glad I didn’t miss out on this. A crispy, fried outer pastry (think a light, airy donut) filled with a delicious rich cream reminded me why dessert should be ordered first. Sweet, but not over the top sugary. Such a steal for only under $6.

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The Peterboro uses quality, upscale, ingredients and transforms them into modern classics at an affordable price. I really liked the laidback vibe. The dining room was a nice balance of casual and elegant with industrial high ceilings and exposed bricks and pops of red with mood lighting. The food was delicious and I can’t wait to eat my way through the rest of the menu. Now, when I’m craving Chinese, I’m heading to the Peterboro.

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Food Tasting @ Olive Garden

Josh and I were lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive food tasting @ Olive Garden in Ann Arbor, MI last week. Olive Garden’s culinary geniuses were looking for feedback on their latest and most significant menu evolution in OG history. Olive Garden’s new menu is designed to appeal to the evolving palettes and preferences of casual dining guests, while providing more customizable options. See how they ranked!

Atmosphere: 4 out of bites

Price: 3.5 out 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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We started off with a drink…

Italian Margarita: Sauza Gold Tequila, triple sec and imported Italian amaretto. Light, refreshing, and dangerous because you cannot taste the alcohol. The sweetness from the amaretto balances the sourness from the margarita. Highly recommended!

Italian Margherita

Out of a 10 course food tasting, Josh and I decided to share our favorites.

Crispy Risotto Bites: A bite-sized blend of Italian cheeses and rice, lightly fried and served with marinara sauce. Perfectly crispy and not greasy. The marinara was flavorful and the perfect sidekick. Great for sharing!

Risotto Bites

Artichoke Fritta: Artichoke hearts lightly battered and fried, topped with Italian cheeses, Served with citrus aioli dipping sauce. Even though the artichoke hearts were fried, this appetizer was very light. The artichoke has a slightly lemony and sour element that brightened up the texture. The citrus aioli sauce was what made this dish: delectable!

Articoke Fritta

Salmon Bruschetta: Grilled filet topped with fresh tomatoes and basil pesto. Served on a seafood risotto with sauteed shrimp. Although we’re not huge seafood fans (Josh even less than I), this salmon was amazing. Cooked and seasoned perfectly and extremely fresh! The creamy and silky risotto was the perfect pairing.

Salmon bruschetta with shrimp risotto

Citrus Chicken Sorrento: (Lighter Italian Fare, under 575 calories). Tender, grilled chicken breasts in a citrus honey glaze, inspired by the city of Sorrento, famous for it’s lemon groves. Served with lightly seasoned broccoli, artichokes and roasted vegetables. The sweet citrus and lemon flavor was light, yet satisfying. The chicken was tender, juicy, and succulent.

Citrus Chicken Sorrento

Braised Beef and Tortelloni: Tender slices of slow-braised beef, portobello mushrooms, and asiago-filled tortelloni tossed in a basil-marsala sauce. OMG! Hands down, the best thing we’ve ever eaten! The beef was so tender and absorbed so much of that slightly sweet basil-marsala sauce. The tortelloni was perfectly cooked, and filled with buttery asiago cheese that just melted in your mouth. Although this dish was slightly heavy, it was comforting, exquisite and so worth it!

Braised Beef Tortelloni

Apple Tuscan Bread Pudding: (Seasonal dessert)-Warm, rustic Italian bread pudding baked with York Imperial applies, then topped with caramel and a rich vanilla cream. Now, I would normally gravitate towards a chocolate dessert or cheesecake for an after dinner delight, but this bread pudding is good! A nice crusty top with a moist, soft center. This is the perfect dessert to warm you up right before you venture out into the Michigan cold. The vanilla cream is the perfect finishing touch and really compliments the bread pudding well.

Tuscan Apple Bread Pudding

Some of the other menu features include Spicy Three Meat Sauce part of Cucina Mia (customize your pasta), Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad Topper, Mediterranean Flatbread, Spicy Calabrian Wings, and Pappardella Pescatore seafood entree.

The OG staff and organizers of the food tasting were really great and took the time to explain each dish and interact with the food tasters. Service was good as always and the staff was very accommodating. A big thank you goes out to the the staff at Olive Garden and Costa Communications Group! We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, if you want good Italian that never disappoints, go to Olive Garden. This new menu is the best we’ve had at OG so stop wasting your time with mediocre. Get to Olive Garden now and experience decadence.

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Congrats Alex and Rebecca!

Today on the Bite Tonight: Alex and Rebecca’s wedding!

Last night, Josh and I were so lucky to be a part of Alex and Rebecca’s special day. The event was held @ Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI and was lovely. After the beautiful ceremony, we headed over for a cocktail hour complete with delicious horderves and a carousel ride. We gathered at the Eagle Tavern  next for a fun reception.

Dinner:  Steak with sauteed mushrooms, breaded chicken breast, stuffed tomato, mashed potatoes, green beans, and carrots. By far, the best wedding food I’ve ever had. The chicken was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The mashed potatoes were creamy and the veggies were fresh and crunchy. The steak was a little too undercooked for me (red center), but what I did eat was tender and flavorful.

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Dessert: Ice Cream Station! Vanilla ice cream topped with hot caramel, crushed Oreos, and M & M’s. Sweet and nostalgic! Josh was a happy boy.

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Eagle Tavern was dimly lit, giving off a casual, yet elegant ambiance. Despite the rain, the night was filled with dancing, laughs, cries, and good company. It was a very good time and our only regret was having to leave. Congratulations, Alex and Rebecca! I hope your day was everything you imagined.

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24 Grille & Astoria Pastry Shop

Today on the Bite Tonight: My birthday continues @ 24 Grille & Astoria Pastry Shop

Amanda treated me to a birthday dinner @ 24 Grille and since I’ve never been there, I was excited to try them out. Located at the Westin Book Cadillac Downtown Detroit is 24 Grille. 24 Grille offers what I like to call an upscale everyday menu, happy hour specials, Sunday brunch, and a champagne bar. With everything from burgers to sea bass and pork tacos and a Maurice salad, 24 Grille has a taste for every pallet. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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Risotto Croquettes: Parmesan risotto, flash fried, beurre blanc (French for “white butter”). The outside resembled a tater tot and was delicious and the inside consisted of lightly seasoned rice. Just OK, nothing special.

parmesan risotto. flash fried. burre blanc.
parmesan risotto. flash fried. burre blanc.

risotto app

Truffle Mac & Cheese: The overpowering truffle flavor was absent, which I was happy about. Cheesy, lightly browned, and comforting.

mac and cheese 24 grille

Cajun Honey Glazed Roasted Chicken: Half roasted chicken with a spicy seasoned skin, served with potato puree and honey glazed carrots. The Cajun seasoned skin was crispy, spicy, and delicious. I was a little disappointed because we were one of a few tables in the restaurant and our orders took a long time. Then when the entree finally came out, most of the chicken was dry. The carrots were sweet and I couldn’t get enough of the potato puree.

cajun chicken

If you’re looking for a nicer atmosphere with a broad menu, 24 Grille is a good spot. However, I don’t think it’s worth the price. The food was decent, but I’ve had better for less. Service was really good aside from our meals taking well over 25 minutes. And the worst part was that I cleaned my plate and left not fully satisfied.

Here’s my sweet, Zoe. Now everyone can see why she’s called “the Monster.” I will give her brownie points for behaving at dinner. 🙂

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After dinner, we took the people mover to Astoria Pastry Shop in Greektown for dessert. I love Astoria because they have everything!

Zoe went with a White Chocolate Covered Pretzel with Sprinkles.

white chocolate pretzel

I went with a rich, decadent, Chocolate Brownie.

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It was great to spend the time with Amanda and Zoe. Thanks for dinner, dessert, and the amazing birthday card!

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Girls Night

Last night I went to Tee’s for girl time and we ended up hanging out for her parents game night. Renee made a blackberry and raspberry pie that was delicious! The perfect combination of sweet, tart, and crumbly.

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Later we went to Applebee’s for half off appetizers and a Perfect Strawberry Margarita. The sugar rim looked so beautiful and inviting making this drink the perfect thing after a long work week. (I say “long” because I only worked three days, but it felt like forever)!

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Thanks girls for a great Friday night!

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Palette Dining Studio @ MGM Casino

Otherwise known as the buffet @ MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Palette is a great place if you like variety. Palette offers a “create your own” salad & stir fry station, American, Mexican, and Italian cuisine, and an island of delicious desserts. Josh and I’s favorite is the stir fry and sushi.

The ingredient options are minimal and range from fresh spinach and squash to rice noodles and fried garlic. You also have your choice of chicken, shrimp, or beef. Even though there aren’t too many options, the stir fry station is still creative and allows you to customize your meal.

A little messy, but it was delicious!

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California, Veggie, and Spicy Tuna Rolls: The sushi options also are basic, but tastes pretty good. The sushi rolls are made fresh daily.

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Although Tap is our top choice, Palette is nice when you can’t decide what you are in the mood for. You don’t have to stress over a menu, you can sample everything! And MGM Restaurants take casino comps as well as the usual form of payment.

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