From Michigan

we are back || LAKE MICHIGAN

Michigan-July4-2014.001We hope that everyone had a lovely July 4th weekend. This was my first July 4th as an American Citizen – so I wanted to do something extra special to celebrate.

Michigan-July4-2014.002We headed to Michigan with Banksy for 6 days, and spent our time in a wee-little cabin right on Lake Michigan that we found on airbnb. We loved every minute we spent there and really didn’t want to come home – but work calls – got to pay the bills. Here are some snaps from our trip, if you want to see more head to instagram for more #michiganlakehouseadventures. There was plenty of great food & booze that we shared with friends and family that popped by for a meal or two. The sunsets were fantastic, the fireworks over the water were never-ending, and the weather was divine. It truly was the perfect July 4th weekend. What did you get up to?

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Michigan || fall tour – the ledges

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Cbobfoto, our lovable rescue mutt Banksy Dog & I went to visit the family last weekend in Michigan to catch the tail-end of the 2013 fall colors. WOW – it was a ‘stunner’. We explored ‘The Ledges’, 300-million-year-old sandstone and quartzite rock ledges that rise above the Grand River.

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Talk-about a picture perfect background for capturing the essence of ‘fall’. Craggy out-crops of rocks, a gentle flowing stream into a majestic river, clickety-clack rail-road bridge, gnarly knotted trees clinging to the cliffs, elaborate rock carvings, ducks & geese, perfectly fallen trees over the trail, and colorful leaf laden paths. I could wax-poetic forever. It truly was the perfect fall setting, & no wonder every 50 feet we ran into family a photo session, I assume gearing up for the Christmas Card production line.

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Thanks Michigan for putting on a show for us.
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Zaha Hadid || Lansing MI

This Thanksgiving when visiting family in Michigan. we took a little time out to stop by the new Zaha Hadid designed Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University [opened Nov 10th 2012]. What a fantastic compact international art museum! It is highly recommended for visits in the area. A brilliant design that is an ode to the future, and the interior space is just as interesting as the art it displays. We can’t wait to return again for a visit soon.

Vintage Travel || Lake Charlevoix

NAME: Bob Coscarelli
DATE: Summer 1980
LOCATION: Lake Charlevoix, Michigan, USA
FAVE MEMORY: Driving to the Lake in a ’77 Chevrolet Chevette with my Brother & Step-Cousin, rockin’ out to Foreigner 4 [Juke Box Hero] on cassette, with a splash of Christopher Cross pumping out of my 5 band Clarion Graphic Equalizer feeding into the Jensen 5.25 Coaxial speakers.

Detroit || eats & drinks

Supino Pizzeria has been declared [by two Australian’s] as the best pizza in the world, even out doing what was eaten in Naples. Found in the Eastern Market, it is a gold mine of Neapolitan Pizza goodness. The perfect crispy crust on the bottom, but dough on top AND they sell it by the slice. We feasted on one of the daily specials by the slice – ‘Prosciutto & Fennel’ – my mouth waters just thinking about it. I wish we had a bullet train to Detroit from Chicago because I would be on it right now after some more pizza.

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Astro Coffee – The minute my eyes spied the words ‘Flat White’ & ‘Builders Tea’ & ‘ Anzac Biscuits’ I knew we were in the right place. Actually for the time we were in Detroit it turned into a unoffical Australian Embassy [with 3 Australian visitors & the owners being Aussie], this hub of local activity made us quickly feel right at home in Detroit. The home-baked goods to die for – loved the egg sandwich with the best aioli ever. The coffee is fantastic and they make a mean cuppa – now how to get them in Chicago and into our village.

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Slows Bar B Q is the spot to be in town, from doors open to doors close there is a constant flow of customers and at peak meal times the wait can get long. As the name states it is bar vs. restaurant, and dishes out some great BBQ. We quickly became addicted to the spicy apple sauce. Worth stopping by more than once so you can eat your way around the menu – it is all good.

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Cafe D’Mongos Speakeasy – What a fun experience! People of all shapes and sizes from all walks of life gather in this place every Friday night to enjoy some great music and to soak in the ambience and enjoy some cocktails. A great Detroit experience that is a must.

Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy on Urbanspoon

Sugar House craft cocktails, if you are into cocktails this needs to be added onto your radar screen for must-do mixology stops. The space is cozy, the service is knowledgable & friendly, and the cocktails creative: we all fell in love with the Where there is Smoke  cocktail [White Horse Scotch, Lemon, Honey & Laphroaig Foam], and definitely don’t stop at the listed items go with a dealer’s choice – select your liquor and let the fun begin.

The Sugar House on Urbanspoon

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Detroit || signal return

Signal Return located in Detroit’s bustling Eastern Market area, it is non-profit organization with a noble cause: preservation of the beautiful 15th century art of letterpress printing. They specialize in custom-printing all sorts of printables from invitations to poster and every other printed form of materials you can image. To ensure that they preserve this art-form they provide workshops for beginners that include book binding, poster making and other seasonal themed events. Not crafty? They have all sorts of great goodies for sale that have been made on site.

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Detroit || honor & folly

Located in Corktown, and close to everything that is worthy of checking out in Detroit, Honor & Folly is the perfect spot to base yourself for the weekend.

There were four of us, and we found there was plenty of room to move around, spread out and not be on top of each other. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a dishwasher, and washer & dryer, you can make yourself right at home. Head to Eastern Market to collect market fresh finds and cook up your own meals, or conveniently down the stairs you can grab coffee and treats at Astro Coffee, speak-easy cocktails at Sugar House and a drool worthy BBQ dinner at Slows.

As you fall in love with the objects that surround you, and trust me you will find to hard to leave without a little something extra, don’t fret most of them are for sale. I fell for the dinnerware by Abigail Murray [Cranbrook alumni] and it is now at home and being used frequently already. If you can’t make it in person you can always check out Honor & Folly’s Shoppe and pick up a piece or two of this gem for yourself.

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