March Giveaway #1: River’s Edge Brewing Co. Gift Certificate

We are so excited to share our love for River’s Edge Brewing Co. with you. After spending many hours in their tap room, we recently had the opportunity to sit down with one of the owners, Ryan, and quickly realized why this spot is so great! The owners pride themselves on being a “place where friends and the community can gather to share a fresh Pint and get to know each other a little better” which has been the driving force behind creating a spot that focuses on creating good beer and a community vibe. Here is your chance to check them out… free beer & grub!riversedge

The Giveaway.

The giveaway includes a $25 gift certificate from River’s Edge Brewing Co. in Milford to spend on whatever your heart desires. They have great beer and delicious food. Lucky you!

Enter to Win.

The winner of the giveaway will be selected in a random drawing through Rafflecopter (see below). Here’s how it works:

  • Login using your email or Facebook.
  • Simply click on the different entry options and follow the directions.
  • The more entries you complete on the Rafflecopter form, the higher your chances are of winning.
  • We will contact the winner personally and announce the lucky person on our social media sites!

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Doing it Big at Front Page Deli

Next time you’re in the mood for a sandwich, skip the obvious corporate choice and find a Front Page Deli. They are located all over Metro Detroit and are delicious, fresh and affordable.


  • Southfield: 28639 Northwestern Highway
  • Warren: 28893 Bunert Road
  • Oak Park: 24810 Greenfield
  • Troy: 140 West Maple Road
  • Detroit: 14744 West Chicago Street & 12729 West 7 Mile Road
    Southfield location

    Southfield location


Detroit Tough: A gym dedicated to its clients & the city

It seems to me that lately a new gym is popping up on every corner. So to be perfectly honest, when Courtney and I planned on visiting Detroit Tough I expected a typical gym…just like all the others. But as soon as we entered Detroit Tough, met the passionate owner and saw the graffiti-filled walls – we started to realize this place was special.

Courtney and I with Detroit Tough owner and coach, Roger Dyjak.

Courtney and I with Detroit Tough owner and coach, Roger Dyjak.


For Our Readers!

We, at Chick in the Mitt, value our reader’s feedback. We know that our success is due to your love and support and want you to know that we are listening. So… we have made some positive changes to the blog and have some exciting additions to share!

Explore by Location:

To make it easier to pick a place to check out that we have featured on the blog, we have categorized all of our past write ups by location. On the menu bar, you can click on “experience by location” and pick a city. Every write up we have done for a spot in that city will be listed, making it easier for you to find a place to eat, drink, shop or volunteer that we have already approved!


Request the Chicks:

If you would like to be featured on Chick in the Mitt, we would LOVE to come and check out your Michigan business. All you have to do is fill out the form under the tab, “request the chicks” and we will set up a visit. Remember, we NEVER write a negative review – however, if the experience is not one we would recommend to our readers, we simply won’t write about it.

Request the Chicks form

Request the Chicks form


March marks our year anniversary of the launch of Chick in the Mitt! What began as a good idea has become so much more than we could have ever expected. To thank our readers, we are going to celebrate with a month full of GIVEAWAYS!

We also have a new design debuting (by the brilliant Kimberly of Small Moments) for the items in our shop and are going to be spotlighting Michigan products, making it easier for you to shop Michigan!

As always, we will continue to share our experiences with you three times a week. Make sure to subscribe to our email list, YouTube channel and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest so you don’t miss a thing!

Stafford’s Pier Restaurant: Excellence in Northern Michigan

It goes without saying that Stafford’s Hospitality has been doing everything right for the past 50 years with their various locations across Northern Michigan. From perfect lodging, including The Perry Hotel in Petoskey, The Bay View Inn in Bay View and The Crooked River Lodge & Suites in Alanson to exquisite dining with The Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs, The Weathervane Restaurant in Charlevoix and The Drawbridge Bistro in Downtown Charlevoix, all of Stafford’s Hospitality properties were created with their customers in mind.

This time I had the opportunity to enjoy The Pointer Room and The Wheelhouse Lounge inside The Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs and to say I was impressed is an understatement.

Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs


Tasting the New Menu at Coach Insignia

As Chick in the Mitt readers, you may already know we are HUGE fans of Coach Insignia. We have told you about their awesome ambiance, the jaw dropping view and the delicious food. We also named them Best Happy Hour of 2014. But today we are going to talk about something different – because they just released their totally new menu items!

So the new menu still has the fan favorites (if they got rid of the lobster corn dogs, I don’t know what I would do with my life) but they have added classic dishes with surprising twists. Here is what we tried….


We started off with the tuna tartare ($12), which was mouth-watering. It included a sizable serving of tuna, topped with avocado, coconut mousse, black garlic oil and sesame crystal.

The Tuna Tartare.

The Tuna Tartare.


Bistro 82 Owner Leaves Guests with their Wallets as Full as their Stomachs

If you chose Bistro 82 as your restaurant of choice Wednesday night, you were pleasantly surprised to find yourself leaving with your wallet just as full as your stomach. To celebrate their 1st Anniversary, owner, Aaron Belen, picked up everyone’s dinner & drink tab and donated the grand total of $5,182.19 to the Boys & Girls Club of Royal Oak.

“This is our way of thanking the community for supporting us so incredibly over the last year,” said Belen, owner of Bistro 82. “To give back on a local level is important to everyone at AFB Hospitality Group, and this donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Royal Oak will help to continue the organization’s mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

No wonder Detroit Free Press recently named them as Detroit’s Best New Restaurant No.2. We won’t be surprised when they continue to find themselves at the top, after all, we did declare them best Happy Hour in our “A Few of our Favorite Things: 2014” series.

Delicious food. Gorgeous ambiance. Giving spirit.

Check out our past write up here.

Inn Season Cafe: Vegan and Vegetarian Gourmet Cuisine

To say I had doubts when my husband suggested that we go to a vegan/vegetarian restaurant on a Friday night would be an understatement. But per my Chick in the Mitt commitment to try new places for our readers – I agreed and got ready to have a salad for dinner.

When we pulled up to Inn Season Cafe there was a line OUT THE DOOR. We headed in to put our name on the list and we were told it would be an hour wait. My interest was peaked…who waits an hour for a salad? Now, I HAD to check it out. Finally, our name was called, we were seated and what we experienced next was OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD.

Inn Season Cafe.

Inn Season Cafe.


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