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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’s Deli– 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.
Let’s make it happen!! for ourselves and others.
Xo Professional Linz
Knock Knock where have I been? I feel like I have found myself continuously saying ” I’m trying, I am trying” but in actuality I’ve been doing and going but not taking the time to be fully present and aware. Trying sounds so tiring and without an accomplished feeling result. I am writing this of this revelation today, after a 10 minute mediation. For Cyber Monday I purchased a yearly membership to MelissaWoodHealth.com , after following her on Instagram for quite sometime I decided to plunge and pay for her health based services. One day in the next 365 I am sure we will cross paths in person, whether it be on purpose or not. Seamlessly meeting up with quasi celebrities happens to me all the time and doesn’t quite phase me. Moving forward I will blog these memorable interactions as this blog serves as a digital memory book of my life learnings and experiences.
My background with Meditation. At the University of Michigan, I enrolled in a class with Martha called Jazz 450. I took it with my sister, best friend, and a few other people we knew. Weekly we would attend class, walk outside in silence, and journal. We read a book called ” the miracle of mindfulness” by thicht nhat hahn – I highly recommend it! I felt a renewed sense of energy each week and genuinely did solo mediations when not in class. Fast forward to end of semester, graduating, and life moving on from the class. I continued a living a mindful life.
I was all about living in the moment, being in the present, only being present minded. While I thought this hyper awareness was super positive, the harsh realities of adult-ing aka planning things in advance and thinking ahead did not adhere to this in the moment vibe.
Living in Ann Arbor for 3 years after college, allowed me to pop back into Martha’s meditation classes from time to time. Overall it kept my stimulated mind focused on being mentally aware and mindful. I was (still am) the friend you call whose ready to go-go-go and participate in whatever fun activity you want to do.
There was a shift in this mentality when I moved to a more adult job in an adult world in Birmingham, MI. I now have a job that requires tons of planning ahead. Not to mention my social life and coordinating weekends with friends. As we grow older it seems everyones schedules more complex, and while not impossible it has become increasingly challenging to do spur of the moment activities. We are no longer kept in a bubble cluster that we were used to for the previous 18-22 years of our lives.
Back to meditation – Since moving to Birmingham 3 years ago, I dabbled with the headspace app and just found the robotic act of using an app on my phone as a digital distraction to the goal of meditation. Ultimately leaving me to ditch meditation all together. I am excited to get back into this journey and feel more at peace with myself.
Namastay, have a good day!
Mid-October 2019 – the Hygienic Dress League husband & wife duo took over the closed Conners Creek Power Plant in Detroit. It’s adjacent to the Edison Boat Club at 100 Lycaste Street sitting on 75 acres. It was the former DTE power plant.
The exhibit was called “Value Proposition”, which references the diamond-water paradox of value, which asserts the contradiction that although water is more useful regarding survival than diamonds, diamonds are considered more valuable on the market. Hygienic Dress League put up three installations – the first and largest was the suspended from a crane Diamond called “Diamond II”. Of course this one was my favorite as I’m all about the DiamondLyfe !
We visited pre – dinner at Lumen in Beacon Park. Obviously it was an outdoor exhibit on a freezing fall weather night.
Wow just got back into the burbs from a magical weekend in Mackinaw Island. Two friends of mine Madeline & Jake chose to celebrate their love and marriage in Mackinaw Island. I haven’t been to Mackinaw for quite a few years, maybe the last time I was there was 07 or 08 !
Growing up, my summer Camp Walden would have a “special day” activity where each age group would venture off to Mackinaw for the day. I think i’ve been there about 12 times now. I started going to Camp Walden of Cheyboygan when I was 9 years old! Cheboygan is one of the closest cities to Mackinaw. The bus ride over to the ferry dock never felt so long.
This time around was different my honey love and I drove from the suburbs up to Mackinaw City. We purchased Ferry Tickets for Shelpers in advance and paid for parking on site ($15 for 3 nights! not bad). The ferry ride is about 20 minutes and you have awesome views of the Mackinaw Bridge, the Grand Hotel & the fort.
It is so funny how this island takes you on a trip back in time as there are basically no cars on the island ! everyone bikes, walks, or rides horse drawn carriages. The only cars on the island are emergency vehicles. There are 4 fire trucks, 2 police cars and 1 emergency car(kinda like an ambulance).
This trip was different as I was in town for 2 friends wedding vs running to the local pay phones to call and talk to my parents for the first time in a few weeks. It is funny to think kids at camp now probably don’t even know what pay phones are! we used to dial our parents on a collect call to get ahold of them.
The fudge shops are just as i remembered them – Murdocks, Ryba’s and Joanne’s ! There is always of course Sanders too. I don’t really love it as much I used to but the smells are just as pungent and delicious.
It really felt like a Pure Michigan weekend – we got to explore in nature on the first morning with a 2 hour bike ride around the island which was organized by the Grand Hotel and the 2nd morning we kayaked to Arch Rock for 2 hours. I loved being able to just be in the present moment and embrace the beauty around me. I have to admit i did bring my cell on the kayak as its really cool new and water proof !! my life jacket happened to have a zip pocket so why not – right?!
We rode in horse drawn carriages all around the island. It’s a little immature but I couldn’t help but laughing when the horses start pooping while walking and driving us around !! The 1st night we went off to the Pinky Pony Bar. Honestly it felt like a right of passage for me – this was always the cool place the counselors went to drink . It was like i learned about alcohol from camp and this was the place to have some – and now here i am 28 years old doing it ! The live music was fabulous and lively. We went over to Island Pizza for a late night snack after.
The 2nd night we took the carriages “into the woods” which is on the property of the Grand Hotel. Btw we stayed at the Grand Hotel – like OMG !! this place is so cool and really takes you back in time. Each room is individually designed and funky! Our room was bright and pineapple themed. I was out of my mind as I love Pineapple vibes ! The Grand Hotel is home to the world’s largest porch about 660 FT long!
Pics to come in the next post with more to the story !!