Monthly Archives: June 2011

Buddy’s Pizza celebrates 65 tasty years

Buddy’s Pizza. A Detroit tradition. But what makes it so good? Attention to quality ingredients? Sure.  One of a kind taste? That helps. Maybe it’s the commitment to customer service and outstanding food that has sustained this place for 65 years. And as customers’ tastes have changed, Buddy’s has too. Multi-Grain crust? Check. Gluten-free crust?…

NBA Replacements: Hell, Yeah!

Headlines are telling us that another major league sport will be locked-out/striking/trying-to-do-less-for-more-millions soon. First the NFL players and owners decide they are poor, now it’s the NBA’s turn. Both are crying poverty behind their Armani suits and Ferraris. It’s hard to feel empathy or any type of caring emotion. A friend recently posted on Facebook…

4 Solutions for Extra Sleep Spaces for Apartment Guests

Smaller spaces can mean limited sleeping arrangements. But when you graduate from college and your best friends sprawl across the country, or you find yourself as the designated driver for a group of friends, you have to find ways to accommodate them when they visit your new digs. Sleeper Sofa: Most apartments have a living…

Will you be at River Days this weekend?

I used to live 27 stories above downtown Detroit. While there was plenty I didn’t like about living there — being pretty much stuck at home during game days due to traffic, for one — I loved our balcony and how it overlooked downtown, the Detroit River, and Windsor. Of course, this meant our apartment…

Yes, there are coffee oases in metro Detroit

I about fell out of my chair laughing when I saw this story about slow roasters and other craft coffee brewers in the metro area. Laughing because, as providence or luck or the stars or whatever would have it, I was just joking the other day about the mass-produced generic coffee bought in bulk by…

I scream for Mootown Creamery in Eastern Market

I got to try a new ice cream place last night. Nyah, nyah, nyah. Actually, I kid, because I’d like everyone to visit this place. It’s called Mootown Creamery & More, and it’s on Russell Street in the city’s Eastern Market neighborhood. Not only does it sell Michigan-made Hudsonville ice cream, but also the classic…

Bastone pairs new burgers and brew

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So here I am at Bastone in Royal Oak, checking out the new burger and brew menu. What’s new about burgers and brew you ask? Good question. Here’s the answer. These are really cool burgers, not the everyday ordinary. And the beer–it’s brewed by award-winning Brewmaster Rockne Van Meter. But first, the burgers. If you…

Athletes Tweet the Darndest Things…and always have

Athletes haven’t changed. Our technology has. Before cell phones and Twitter and Al Gore’s Internet, athletes were quoted to us by men with a pencil and reporter’s notebook and hopefully a brain that can remember more than Monday’s grocery list. As a writer/reporter/columnist/husband/father/Girl Scout co-leader/school volunteer its hard to remember much of anything without writing…

Raising the money is easy

A side bar conversation broke out last week after a Facebook post from local entrepreneur, Henry Balanon, founder of Bikbot, an iPhone and iPad App development company. The post targeted an article  titled Troubled Startup Color Loses Cofounder Peter Pham. The gist of the conversation with Matt Dibble, another local entrepreneur and founder of Final Five Productions, a video marketing company,…

5 Cool Ideas for Healthy Travel

Here is another Saturday “Cool Stuff” Idea from our cool Urbane Life friend, also a noted speaker and author Michael Angelo Caruso. Michael will be providing interesting Cool Stuff Ideas here every Saturday going forward. We hope you find them helpful. If you see Michael around town, tell him you saw him here first, we will give you secret gift, really we will.…

Colin Hubbell ride set for tomorrow

There’s a bike ride that takes place this time of year, and it’s done in honor and memory of someone who was a great advocate for the city. Tomorrow is the third annual Colin Hubbell Midtown Bike Ride, which gives riders the choice of two routes around the city that the ride’s namesake was known…

Enjoy good food — and, of course, a Bloody Mary — at Vivio’s

Two words: Bloody Mary. Don’t get me wrong; there’s more than just Bloody Marys on tap at Vivio’s in Eastern Market. They offer an impressive selection of burgers, and both “hand” and knife-and-fork sandwiches (Italian sausage for the win). But, they have the clear distinction of Detroit’s best Bloody Mary, if you take stock in…