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Arts, Beats & Eats will have plenty of other activities, too

Yesterday, we talked about the “beats” part of Arts, Beats & Eats, the music, food and art festival taking to the streets of downtown Royal Oak Sept. 2-5, Labor Day weekend. But if you’re not into art, music or food, don’t write off the festival completely. There will still be plenty of things for people […]

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Arts, Beats & Eats music lineup announced

Arts, Beats & Eats is going to be a rockin’ good time — emphasis on the rockin’. The main music lineup for the event was announced Tuesday. From country to funk, from old school to what’s currently on the radio, to everything in between, there will be something for every musical taste at the festival, […]

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The Dream Cruise countdown is on

It’s a little less than a week away, but already, businesses, and parking lots, up and down Woodward Avenue are getting ready for their annual cruise down the thoroughfare. If you’re new to the area, the Woodward Dream Cruise happens every August. It officially takes place on the third Saturday of the month, but if […]

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Another one of my favorite places: Honest John’s

Last week, I wrote about how much I had missed the Boll Family Y, and how it was that place “where everybody knows your name,” at least for me. I think I have found another one of those places: Honest John’s, a bar in midtown Detroit. I started going to Honest John’s before I moved […]

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Arts, Beats & Eats is only a month away

It’s time to mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend. You don’t want to miss a weekend full of — as the name says — Arts, Beats & Eats, which takes over downtown Royal Oak this year from Friday, Sept. 2, until Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day. Visitors from last year will notice that it’s […]

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Ahan Thai: Shovel-it-in-your-mouth good

I looked down at my plate. All that was left was about four pieces of broccoli, one piece of shrimp, and some rice in the curry sauce. “Oh my God,” I told my dining partner. “I totally forgot. I was going to share.” “It’s OK,” my friend assured me. “The food here is shovel-worthy.” As […]

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Birmingham to celebrate bikes

Lovers of riding on two wheels — take note. There’s a festival coming up that will be right up your alley. The Birmingham Bike Festival is set to take the streets Aug. 28, the last Sunday of this month. Why? According to the event’s website, there are plenty of reasons, not least among them spreading […]

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Area gets another food truck

There are multiple food trucks in the city of Detroit — hot dog carts downtown, tamale trucks in Mexicantown — but with of El Guapo Grill hitting the streets, Detroit had its first legal food truck. There have been a few in the news for Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor, too. Now, one is functional in […]

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Pig and Whiskey an event of self-explanatory deliciousness

This may surprise you, but I was a semi-vegetarian for nearly 12 years. It was the thought and smell of bacon that brought me back to the meaty dark side, and ribs were the first thing I ate upon my official return. You could say that I’ve been eating pig ever since to make up […]

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Ferndale Pub Crawl coming up Friday

I got a Facebook invite a few weeks ago to a Ferndale Pub Crawl. I figured it was some concoction dreamed up by my friend, to hit a bar or two, call it a night, and head home. I was wrong, wrong, wrong! Apparently, the Ferndale Pub Crawl is a much bigger event than I’d […]

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