The Best at Gest.

Gest Omelettes is named perfectly; after it’s noteworthy omelettes. Picture the fluffiest eggs stuffed with unique options, topped with homemade sauces and served next to lettuce and your choice of toast. In addition to their outstanding omelettes, Gest serves up an array of AM food choices from breakfast nachos to carrot cake pancakes. Although I find it difficult to look past the “Gest Omelettes” portion of the menu, they also have many lunch options including sandwiches and salads as well as some delicious sweets to finish off any meal with.

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Gest is in a strip mall at the corner of Haggerty Road and Fourteen Mile Road. 39560 West Fourteen Mile Road Commerce Township, MI 48390. Open Monday through Sunday 6:30am-4pm.

Fourteen & Haggerty

Fourteen & Haggerty

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Longtime Luncher at Jennifer’s Cafe

I have been going to Jennifer’s Cafe for as long as I can remember. My mom would always take me to meet an aunt or my grandma for a “girls lunch.” The memories I have there are almost as good as the food – which is absolutely fantastic!

The menu is the perfect assortments of options for lunch; soups, salads, wraps and a variety of fresh entrees. I have tried lots of dishes but I do have my staples….maurice salad, #14 chicken sandwich and the cookies – they are the size of your face and delicious.

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Those cookies.

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Charming Pleasant Ridge Diner

There’s a small building on a corner off of Woodward that contains a seven foot wide kitchen and produces farm fresh flavor that is sure to keep you coming back. Mae’s, previously known as Anna’s Coffee Shoppe, is Pleasant’s Ridge’s oldest restaurant. In 2010, local residents, Sean & Jessica McCarthy purchased the it and transformed the old coffee shop into a hip restaurant and successfully managed to maintain the charm.

"We Support Local"

“We Support Local”

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Stumbling Upon a Classic Neighborhood Bar

My husband Dan and I had some time to kill before meeting our friends for dinner in Lake Orion. We were casually walking around their quaint downtown area when we stumbled upon 51 North Brewery.

As we walked through their patio into the spacious bar, Dan and I both thought the same thing…”this is the perfect neighborhood spot.”  Once we sat down and looked around, we realized our intuition was spot on! 51 North has mug club memberships, open mic night, live bands and a fabulous menu of Michigan craft beers – all designed to keep people coming back. They even have their own t-shirts!

The t-shirts hanging from the ceiling!

The t-shirts hanging from the ceiling!

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Luxury from Head to Toe.

Every once in a while it is nice to treat yourself to a spa experience fit for a queen. Sure, we all appreciate our $35 mani/pedi deal at the local nail salon, but nothing beats the real experience at a European-style spa that has a mission of “exceeding your expectations.” I can promise that Visions Spa Salon will provide nothing short of perfection when servicing you and your beauty needs.

Entering relaxation mode.

Entering relaxation mode.

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The Chicks have Swag!

We are so excited to announce that we have designed Chick in the Mitt themed apparel!! We are offering tanks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, baby onesies and more!

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Our Chick in the Mitt swag!

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You can check out all of our options at: chickinthemitt.spreadshirt.com

Cost. 

We designed lots of apparel options for men, women, kids and even babies! Our prices rang from $16-$40 and we made sure the quality of the items are top notch!

Vibe. 

We wanted the vibe of our apparel to communicate what Chick in the Mitt is all about. By purchasing our products you’re supporting Michigan-based businesses by allowing us to continue our journey to see, hear, touch, taste and feel Michigan – the state we adore.

A Brewery with a Passion for Beer & Community.

A stone’s throw from Downtown Milford’s Central Park and on the banks of the Huron River, you will find River’s Edge Brewing Co. This is a brewery that was founded by three local families that grew up together and over their combined love for one another and good beer, they decided to go into business and build a hometown brewery. Their passion for beer and friendship is apparent when you walk in… so come to River’s Edge ready to taste their craft beer and be surrounded by happy people.

Post up at the bar.

Post up at the bar.

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125 S. Main Street #400 Milford, MI 48381

Must Love Beer.

Must Love Beer.

Cost.

The menu is small, including snacks, sandwiches and most importantly booze. You can get a 16 oz. draft beer for $5. Their snacks range from $1 for popcorn or pretzel rods to $7.50 for a medley of asparagus, bacon, walnuts and apples. I personally recommend trying the Bavarian pretzel with mustard for $3 and adding the Pimento cheese dip for $2… totally awesome. Their sandwiches are almost all $8 and they have something for everyone. They keep it Michigan-made and serve them with a McClure’s pickle and a bag of Better Made Potato Chips.

Snacks & Sammys.

Snacks & Sammys.

Vibe.

River’s Edge Brewing Co. is a true brewery. You can seat yourself inside at one of their cozy tables or outside on the patio, fulfill your competitive side with some darts or shuffle board, sit back and appreciate the art of brewing or simply just mingle with good people for hours. The owners pride themselves in being a “place where friends and the community can gather to share a fresh Pint and get to know each other a little better”… no better vibe than that!

Sit back, relax and drink beer.

Sit back, relax and drink beer.

Live. Love. Michigan.

The name that says it all! Live. Love. Michigan. is an awesome website that sells Michigan themed shirts, necklaces and bracelets. And not the stuff you find at the gas station on the way up north – Live. Love. Michigan. has unique and trendy items that I would love to fill my closet with.

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My favorite shirt on the site.

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Support the Mitt: Get Dirty or Donate & Win Prizes!

Many of us have the desire of being able to put a check mark next to the “volunteer” “donate” or “give back” box on our never-ending to do list, however time does not always permit the completion of this good intention. Chick in the Mitt is all about highlighting the wonderful things our great state has to offer and giving back is an area that is dear to both my and Chelsea’s hearts. This summer our volunteer project focus has been on Mayor Duggan’s Adopt-a-Park Initiative in Detroit. We have spent many hours sweating at the corner of Carrie & Brimson in a small Detroit neighborhood turning a vacant and neglected property into a usable and beautiful space for the community.

Pretty impressive, huh?

Pretty impressive, huh?

How does any of this relate to you, you wonder? Well, we have some opportunities that can help you put a check mark in that empty box!

1) GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY.

On Sunday, August 17th from 10am-? we are teaming up with Lots of Love Detroit, a non-profit that focuses on fighting the blight in Detroit neighborhoods. They, along with their truck of tools, are working with us to continue the maintenance and restoration of the park. We plan to pour some more love into the park and attempt the clean up of the yard of an abandoned house across the street from our park. We can always use extra support and muscles. If you are interested in helping out with the clean up on Sunday, August 17th from 10am-?, please email us at chickinthemitt@gmail.com for more information. lotsoflove

2) DONATE & HAVE THE CHANCE TO WIN COOL PRIZES.

Maybe you do not have time to get your hands dirty and help out… here’s another chance to give back to the City of Detroit, support Chick in the Mitt and still put a check mark on the to do list.

It’s super easy too… make a monetary donation (which will be used to continue our efforts at the park) via PayPal or mail a check (PO Box 267 Union Lake, MI 48387) and you will automatically be entered to win a prize from one of our sponsors giving you the chance to check out Michigan businesses we love. See below for more information on our Adopt-a-Park Detroit Fundraiser & Raffle:CITM Park RaffleClick here to DONATE via PayPal

Special THANK YOU to our sponsors… Ready Set Crossfit, Diamond Jim Brady’s Bistro, Rail & Anchor, Beard Balm and Hostel Detroit… be sure to check them out!

 

MY DELIGHTFUL AFTERNOON AT GAYLORD’S FARMERS MARKET

Over the weekend I traveled to Gaylord, MI and as I was driving through their ADORABLE downtown area, a sign for a farmers market caught my eye.

I quickly turned around, found a parking spot and headed in to check out what the Gaylord Farmers Market had to offer.

As I entered the pavilion, I was very impressed with the amount of vendors present. There was everything from fruit, vegetables and flowers – to herbs, meats, honey, breads, and more!

One of the flower stands - that even offered to make an arrangement for you.

One of the flower stands – that even offered to make an arrangement for you.

The honey stand - they even brought their bees!

Now that’s what I call FRESH honey!!

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