Unique Brunch Experience at Toasted Oak

There are few things I love in this world more than a brunch. What could be better than a leisurely meal with friends that usually includes a mimosa or two? If you are a brunch love like me I HIGHLY recommend trying the “out-of-the-box” menu items at Toasted Oak.

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Toasted Oak is located at 27790 Novi Rd., Novi, MI 48377. It’s connected to the Hotel Baronette and the easiest way to find the parking lot is to pull in to the Twelve Oaks Mall entrance off of Novi road and make a left. You will see the hotel sign before you will see Toasted Oak. Make a left turn into the parking lot and the restaurant is located all the way to the right of the building.

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There is so much to love about the decor of Toasted Oak. It has a rustic/contemporary/country feel with antique decor creatively placed throughout the restaurant.  It’s the type of restaurant that is cozy enough to spend a lazy brunch with friends but at the same time a perfect spot for a long romantic dinner.

Cost.

I feel like every time I visit Toasted Oak I see an advertisement for a brunch special of some sort. Currently they are offering a “Kids Eat Free” special with the purchase of an adult entrée. They even have a kids room featuring kid-friendly movies and a pancake bar! When I visited we had a certificate from Travel Zoo - which was an amazing deal! This special is currently running until February so be sure to take advantage of it. For $29 we received:

  • One appetizer – we chose the oatmeal stuffed apples which were uniquely sweet and delicious.
  • Two entrees – we ordered chicken & waffles and the steak & eggs with sausage gravy. The portions were HUGE and each dish was seasoned perfectly. We LOVED them both.
  • Two drinks – we tried a mimosas and a bloody mary. Both were delish!

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Vibe. 

I love the vibe at Toasted Oak – this restaurant is all about celebrating Michigan food and wine! They are proud to serve delicious farm to fork meals and any restaurant that strives to support the Mitten will be supported my the chicks!

Ready Set Crossfit

Ready Set Crossfit owners, Brad Meyer and Jamie Straight, opened their gym for more than just a business venture; they really hope to change a few lives by motivating people to reach their goals.

I have the pleasure of knowing each of them personally and can say that their hearts are in the right place… all you have to do is walk through the doors of Ready Set and I can guarantee they will kick your butt into shape!

Ready Set Crossfit

Ready Set Crossfit

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Get pampered at Douglas J Salon

For years I had the misconception that Douglas J Salons were simply institutes to train cosmetologists. But recently I was invited to the Douglas J Salon in Rochester and learned that yes, some of the locations are institutions to attain a cosmetology degree, but they also have traditional salons with experienced, professional stylists who have been in the business for years!

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The reception desk at the entrance of the salon.

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Picasso Cafe: Novi’s Go-To Lunch Spot

Picasso Café’s motto is that “every sandwich is a work of art” and in my opinion everything they serve is a work of art! From the well thought out sandwiches and wraps to the savory soups, Picasso Café should become your new go-to lunch spot!

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39915 Grand River Avenue Novi, MI 48375

Open Monday –Friday 730am-4pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

Picasso Café in Novi

Picasso Café in Novi

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Michigan Scents: Eco-friendly candles & warmers

There is so much to love about Michigan Scents but first and foremost, I love it because the founder and owner of the company is my sister-in-law, Kelly Gheesling. It has been impressive watching her take an idea and turn it into reality. In just three short years Kelly has founded Michigan Scents, created a yummy smelling soy candle line, INVENTED the first ever ceramic electric warmer made in the USA and opened a store front located in Dearborn, MI. Whew – that’s a lot of entrepreneurial-awesomeness packed into three short years.

But besides being a proud sister-in-law, I genuinely love their products! Whenever my petal warmer is on or I’m burning a candle, people will comment on the beautiful scent drifting throughout my home.

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Some of the products Michigan Scents offers.

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Coach Insignia: A Place with Taste & a View.

Chelsea and I recently had the opportunity to sit down with some of the team behind the well-known Coach Insignia. In this few hours of tasting, drinking, touring and chatting we learned that Coach is so much more than its fine dining with a great view reputation. The thought and love that is put into every menu item, each guest’s experience, the food prep and event coordination blew us away.

700 feet up

700 feet up

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Bibimbab: Hidden Korean BBQ in Novi

Because Bibimbab is tucked away in an empty mall, without any exterior signage I assumed that this Korean BBQ restaurant was easy to walk right into and get a table – boooyyyy was I wrong. This place had a line out the door and after my meal I knew EXACTLY why.

What many diners have already discovered is that Bibimbab offers a massive menu with authentic Korean and Japanese dishes including unique noodles, rice bowls, sushi and Korean BBQ – which you grill right at the table! It is a unique dining experience, to say the least!

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#be social at Social House

Social House has a way of tricking you into feeling like you are somewhere other than a strip mall off Haggerty Road. The trendy vibe places you in a hip, relaxed setting where you can enjoy one of their 28 American craft beers on tap, creative apps that come in “mini” & “social” sizes, desserts (deep fried oreos!) or an adult milkshake!

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6139 Haggerty Road West Bloomfield, MI 48322

#besocial

#besocial

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Bistro 82 – Your New Happy Hour Haven

When I sat down to write this post I truly didn’t know where to begin. No – not because I had writers block (which is usually the case) but because Bistro 82 has TOO MANY impressive aspects of their restaurant to cover in one article – which for Bistro 82 is a great problem to have.

I could go on and on about their formal dining area with the amazing wine cellar and gorgeous modern decor. Or we could talk about the swanky night club upstairs with the attached roof-top patio and DJ booth that sits on a 10,000 gallon tank filled with tropical fish. But that will have to be saved for another post (which I solemnly swear to write) because today we will focus on my favorite time of day….happy hour.

The view of downtown Royal Oak from Bistro 83.

The view of downtown Royal Oak from Bistro 83.

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Brunch at The Root

Although The Root does not need any kudos to get people there, as they won Detroit Free Press restaurant of the year in 2012, Best Chef for Best of Hour in 2013 (to name a few  honorable mentions) and have easily become one of the most talked about restaurants in the Metro-Detroit area, I had to rave about their new brunch on Sundays (in case you haven’t tried it yet). They began the brunch concept just about a month ago and since then the place is packed from 10am-3pm with people craving the creative dishes put out by THE Chef James Rigato and his kitchen staff.Rootfront

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340 Town Center Boulevard E106 White Lake Township, MI 48386

Bloody Mitten with a side of Beer!

Bloody Mitten with a side of Beer!

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