Off the beaten path in a light industrial area off Woodward Heights in Ferndale is the oasis called Drifter Coffee.
Female owned and operated these are the type of entrepreneurial spirit shops you want to go and be a patron. The venue itself is been open for less than a year, it’s a coffee house and roastery at its core but also a mystical welcoming space for all humans to come, read, play games, shop for locally made items, have a meeting/do work, or even attend events ie. Book club, yoga, and beyond.
There is an open greenhouse space with a variety of seating, tables and plants/flowers growing. Apparently this is where the yoga classes go down.
Towards the rear of the Space, you will lower an open window into the roastery where all the dank coffee is processed. I’m told they source beans from female farmed lands.
Inspo galore with messages within art frames. Some for purchase, some not.
I forgot to mention all of the yummy baked goods, gluten free, vegan, or just normal (lol).
I can’t wait to come back with my lap top to blog here, meet friends, and bring out of towner guest to. I wish I lived close enough to walk or bike here.
Totally fan girling over meeting the infamous “KAWS” in early May 2019 at the Mueseum of Contemporary Art in Detroit aka the MOCAD.
The MOCAD collaborated with Library Street Collective to bring the solo exhibit to Detroit! It has been about a year since the install of the KAWS statue called “Waiting” was placed at One Campus Martius, the heart center of Detroit’s central business district.
This AP ( artist proof ) statue is about being a liar hence the pinocchio nose.
Exhibits such as KAWS: Alone Again, puts Detroit on the map in the art scene. His art is internationally recognized and I do hope this inspires people to make Detroit a travel destination this summer !!
Detroit Dirty – the big and titty gritty event of the season.
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If you have continued to scroll you clearly are a tad curious and also subjecting yourself to what I had to see in person and physically walk away from, not just X out the web browser.
2019 marks the 20th annual Detroit Dirty Show at the Russell Industrial Center. I feel compelled to share there is on site parking at a small fee of 10 bucks. Below is a photo stream of pics taken from my android.
Can’t help but to crack up about the emoji art above. Today in modern culture the eggplant emoji has been sexualized and officially unofficial code for penis.
I did not know that “copperotica” was a thing, apparently people focus on making copper infused art erotic.
Anyone who attending the show was taken back by an erotic take on the Golden Girls. Most people are not thinking forward to sexy grandmas. However the most iconic of iconic “old ladies” were transformed and kink-i-fied here. One of my long term goals is to be a “G-I-L-F” !
The warehouse converted into a night of eroticism around art, community and the typically shadowed culture of sex were on full display. People dress up with not too much clothing on, perhaps a leash around the neck, or just nipple tassels. Of course, my crew and I did not dress like that. Maybe next year would wear a silly wig. Loads of neon large scale art this year and action experiences such as walking through a vulva – a moving tunnel bridge thing. There was live action on how-to partake in Shibari aka Japanese Bondage ( obvs did not take pictures of this).
This event is always super strange but very intriguing. There was a drop claw game machine called Mr. Grab Ass – where you could enter in a dollar bill and have a chance at retrieving a prize. All of prizes were like out of a white elephant game hosted at Lover’s Lane. The control stick was a penis, duh, and the claw had little penis toppers on them. I coincidentally had $4 single dollar bills, one of each of us to participate. Of course, J won !! LOL we couldn’t stop laughing. After we watched a girl on the silk’s hanging from the ceiling doing acrobatics. It’s hard work !! I’ve tried to do the silk’s in the Ann Arbor diag before, you need serious upper body strength.
We giggled our way out of the venue and ventured up to Hamtramck to Whiskey in a Jar, a dive bar where J’s friends were bar tending. It was the perfect – only- in-Detroit kind of night.
This article was originally written for the Detroit Jewish News Nosh Section and was published on November 1 2018.
Ima Noodle Bar – Pronounced Ema like mom in Hebrew.
Situated on Michigan Avenue in Detroit’s oldest and historic neighborhood Corktown you will find the little gem of a modern style Japanese noodle bar called ima. Causal in its demeanor and unassuming in its exterior appearance, you may accidently drive by it the first time you go. Keep an eye out for the sign adhered to the building at the corner of Michigan Avenue & Vermont Street.
It’s totally one of those chef-driven restaurants with a boat load of soul & flavor stuffed into a 900 SF space. Chef Mike Ransom puts a creative spin on serve signature udon noodle soups, rice bowls, curries and small plates. His recipes are foul-proof and provide you the consistency of your favorite new neighborhood joint. The menu is friendly to the spicy friends, vegetarian or vegan friends, and even the gluten free friends. Divided up by sections such as Snack + Share, Noodles, Rices and Add-Ons. If you are a picky plain person you could have a heyday of a meal just by choosing several add-on options.
Let’s get straight down to it – the must- haves include the Jicama shell [Ima] tacos & Lobster Udon, and Golden Curry with Tofu. Inside the ima tacos your lips will be graced with wakeme slaw, green chili hot sauce, toasted corn, shiso, and the added protein of your choosing (spicy shrimp, roasted tofu, garlic chicken, smoked pork loin, or avocado). Even the obligatory green salad is elevated and is known as “goddess greens” aka baby romaine, radish, jicama, avocado, furikake, with miso goddess dressing. The noodle dishes will have you slurping for joy! The silky savory broths are made over night for a period of 12-14 hours. You can literally sense all of good vibes and energy that were put into making the broth. The golden curry dish makes you go MHMM at first bite as the silky warm curry delights you from the outside in. The golden curry dish is bright and colorful with in-house pickled and root vegetables surrounding your protein of choice on top a mountain of steamed rice with nori and hemp seeds . Don’t be disappointed that the boombap does not have a hot stone bowl beneath it – it will be delicious!
Whether you are first or last to order, you can guarantee the flavors and quality will remain. There is street parking available on Michigan Avenue. Ima is a wallet-friendly restaurant where you don’t have to sacrifice a high price for a highbrow flavor. Open 7 days a week Monday through Thursday 11AM to 10PM, Friday and Saturday 11AM to 11PM, and Sunday Noon to 10PM.
It’s a walk in style restaurant but you are able to make reservations for parties of 6 or more by calling. Get ready to make new friends because this spot hosts communal tables supported by industrial chic chairs as well as window seating with high top bar seats. I would recommend to go with a smaller group of people. The popular restaurant is busting at the seams with customers since the day it opened in 2007. Ima Noodle Bar expanded to include an all seasons patio with picnic tables. Recently Chef Mike Ransom announced he will be opening a 2nd location in Metro – Detroit’s Madison Heights. Go get out of the house and get yourself a bowl of noodles at Ima!
Detroit is my hometown and I gotta rep – come and visit and you won’t regret ! xx Linz
This article was originally written for the Detroit Jewish News and their Nosh section.
Rose’s Fine Food is set up to be a long-time main stay on Detroit’s east side. Roses delivers an ultimate gourmet twist on typical American diner food. Located on 10551 E. Jefferson @ Hastings St – there is a giant monument sign that you cannot miss. The free-standing building is adorned with a steel smoker out front emblemized with Roses’. The Detroit chic diner occupies less than 1,000 square feet in turn leaving you with an intimate feel. This may be in part to the welcoming staff whom of which all are knowledgeable, friendly and easy to converse with. You could sit and schmooze with them as if they were like old time friends!
The tables are salvaged wood and chairs collected through the decades. Or park yourself at the diner counter on a leather swivel stool with a chair back. The mismatched vintage china flatware, mugs and cups are dainty and eclectic. Live succulent plants along with house pickled kimchi, onions, and cucumbers line the floating shelves above the kitchen line. It’s your classic open style kitchen dining experience. The overall feel of Roses’ is a nostalgic vibe with the absolute freshest ingredients.
Upon entry to the space note the fresh smells of daily home baked items are inside an antique display case - definitely indulge in one of the items. The most recent delectable dish I tried was a Rhubarb yogurt pie - feature in the photo. The items rotate along with daily drink specials such as lavender lemonade.
The menu is fairly stable but does alter a tad per the season as Rose’s focuses on fresh locally sourced ingredients. Fun fact – one of the part time chefs is a full-time farmer whose urban farm about 6 miles away in Detroit. The menu lends well to our vegan and gluten free friends as the menu denotes (v= vegan) and GF = gluten free options. Staple items are: Grandpa Richard’s Pancakes (stack of delicious cakes made with organic stone ground flour, Michigan maple syrup and cultured butter), Staff Favorite 2.0 (a bowl of heirloom rice topped with maple bacon, mushrooms, house kimchi, avocado with a fried egg on top), and you can’t go wrong with one of the lunch sandwiches. Don’t skip out on the variety of side dishes: Organic grits, toast, herby beans, grilled potatoes, and side of flapjacks. Fresh sides of meat you’ve got your applewood bacon, corridor sausage – pork or chicken. Corridor sausage is local product to Detroit. Maybe you’ve seen the Corridor Sausage deli in the Detroit Metro Airport or Ford Field.
Rose’s has a gravitational pull–one that instantly makes you feel like a regular. The 40-seat artisanal gem of a diner is best with a small group of 4 or less. It is also a great place if you are dining alone. No stress about where to park – there is a lot with an ample amount of spaces. Like visiting any place in Detroit – don’t forget to put all items in your trunk or bring inside with you.
The dynamic duo behind the origins of Rose’s Fine Food are Molly Mitchell and Lucy Peters. They are in fact cousins and named the restaurant after their common grandmother. Next up for Molly Mitchell will be a polish inspired restaurant serving up perogies and more in Detroit’s West Village at the corner of Agnes & Van Dyke. Keep an eye out because this is a spot to track!
You could pair a meal at Rose’s Fine Foods with a cruise around Detroit’s Bell Isle and a stop at the oldest aquarium in the nation.
I always feel so inspired in venues where people are creating beautiful things – whether it be an atmosphere, a safe haven, a community or a dish of food. You feel the passion pouring out of everyone who works here. I am posting this blog post from Roses Fine Foods. As per the photo, I am creating content for a new post. Stay Tuned Lovers xx Linz
It may be a first for me to delve into the life of a professional lady on this blog – however now is as good of a time as any!
Today, I participated in the Women’s Leadership Initiative event for the Urban Land Institute of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Of course now I am here writing this post from Zingerman’sDeli– the mecca of sandwiches. Urban Land Institute (ULI), a non-profit, whose mission is “to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide”. ULI is growing it’s women’s leadership initiative locally in Michigan. The speaker today was CEO & Founder Denise Hamilton of WatchHerWork ! OMG if you don’t know about her, she is unreal girl boss leader – it’s kind of funny as I recently came across WatchHerWork and then leave it to my life to have an open invitation within in weeks of discovery to hear the founder speak. Being a girl boss leader, oneself constantly feels a sense of pressure to be a mentor and provide mentorship for ALL other girls to follow. Having 12+ coffee dates a day while maintain your boss lady status making things happen is just just not efficient. This is one of the reason leading Denise to create Watch Her Work – an online platform for female mentorship and how to best handle situations in the workplace.
Her powerful presentation left me with the following take aways:
“Don’t ask an amateur for expert testimony” – sometimes we tend to ask our close network of ties for advice, when it actuality we should not just turn to those who we feel comfortable discussing but those who truly can speak on the topic your seeking advice on. Just this week I was seeking advisement from those who I trust but not those who had a valued level of expertise on the topic – I found this extremely related ! Luckily the person I trust told me to ask an expert in the field.
“Step over laundry” – Which I do, do. I stay lazered focus on the prominent and important tasks.
“Stop networking and build a network” – active your relationships, find people that add value to you! Go deep with your relationships and not as wide – welcome new friends who would be there to drive the getaway car. This year I recognized the truth strength in this statement, more so on a personal level vs professional but both can be applicable. Trues are Trues.
” Stop renovating your cocoon ” – Move through your cocoon, that is its purpose. Grow, use opportunity to build building blocks, stand on them and grow. If you are feeling stale where you are at, pivot. Don’t just add drapes and a rug to get more comfortable.
“Channel your inner JLO” – set the environment to perform and be your most optimal self. Have the courage to create this condition to be the best you can! Get that manicure if it makes you feel better and walk into the room like a million bucks.
“Being Ready “ – this is total bullshit, don’t wait to be ready for something, just go do it !! Ie. A women and a man are both applying for a job, a women feels like perhaps she only has 11/12 traits to fulfill the job description, where the guy has 3/12 traits. The guy just says he is going to go for it because why not! Girls – let’s be confident in ourselves and go after what we want !!
Basically, you are to solve your own problems and you need to take ownership of your life. When speaking about other women and introducing them don’t preach on how lovely they are but that this professional women is a warrior whose going to get the job done and you can’t go with any other person for your team! We need to speak more powerfully about one another.