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Unboxing of Mitten Crate with Founders

We have told you before how much we LOVE Mitten Crate – but we wanted to take the time to show you the types of deliciously curated products and specialty goods included in a crate, which ships right to your doorstep.

Watch our video below to see the founders of Mitten Crate join us for an “unboxing” of one their yummy Michigan-made crates.

The products mentioned in this video are:

Popdaddy: Popcorn

Beau Bien Fine Foods: Michigan Apple Mustard

Better Made: Licorice

Milford Spice Company: Pig Powder Pack

Ruben’s Chuck Wagon BBQ Sauce

2 Chicks and a Mix: Magic Mix

30 WAYS, 30 PEOPLE, 30 DAYS.

Chick in the Mitt has just joined the 30 Ways, 30 People, 30 Days Challenge – put on by DEAP in Love organization, which is dedicated to offering support and hope to teens and adults struggling with depression, self-injury, and suicide.

From May 18th through June 18th, DEAP in Love will share a new person or organization and their way to spread love for the day. The hope for the 30 Ways, 30 People, 30 Days Challenge is to spread love in all corners of the world and raise awareness and funds the DEAP in Love mission.

Our contribution to this challenge is spreading love in Detroit by taking care of a neighborhood park for the summer through Mayor Duggan’s Adopt-a-Park initiative, which will keep 150 parks maintained and usable for residents to enjoy as the weather gets warm.

The Chick in the Mitt team making progress on our park!

The Chick in the Mitt team making progress on our park!

We are taking care of our park from May 1st through October 31st. If you are interested in helping us maintain the park, here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Stay updated: on the blog by subscribing and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.
  • Spread the word: share our posts or tell people you know who may want to get involved.
  • Donate: Make a monetary donation to be put towards the park (flowers, benches, playground), by clicking here.
  • Volunteer: Sign up to help us out here.

Ellen’s Bakery & Cafe

Ellen’s Bakery & Café has been known for their delicious sweets, but it is important to note that they also offer some incredible breakfast and lunch options in their café. Chef Ellen & her husband have developed a full menu for patrons including (but not limited to) fresh breads, cakes, cookies, breakfast, sandwiches, salads and soups. Ellen’s is a great place to grab a meal then browse the showcase for which sweet to leave with. (more…)

Northern Michigan Gem.

For Metro-Detroiters, I-75 North leads to some pretty incredible places that we like to call “Up North”. Most families have their summer vacation spots that they traditionally visit and some are lucky enough to own a second home typically called a cottage or lake house. No matter the location or our reason for visiting “Up North” we all feel the same sense of Pure Michigan relaxation as soon as we arrive.

Sunset over Burt Lake.

Sunset over Burt Lake.

One of my favorite places “Up North” is Indian River, Exit 310. What began in 1976 as seven college buddies canoeing down a river has turned into a crazy group of friends that over the years have become family. We meet under the same tree, on the same beach, the same weekend in July. This weekend is spent mainly relaxing the day away at the beach or sitting around the campfire at the cabins, but we do manage to venture out for some good golf, eats and of course, lots of drinks.

A perfect place for Tradition & Memories.

A perfect place for Tradition & Memories.


Atwater in the Park.

I didn’t expect anything less than satisfaction when visiting the highly anticipated Atwater in the Park. Atwater teaming up with Epicurean Group is brilliant. You have a restaurant group who has proven excellence through many of their restaurants (Coach Insignia in the Detroit Renaissance Center, Plaza Deli in Southfield and Northern Lakes Seafood in Troy to name a few) and a brewing company that has perfected the art of beer making. To merge the two together, renovate a church, go with a community Bier Garten theme and serve German fare is a masterpiece in the making.atwaterfront

Bottomline: We loved our experience at Atwater in the Park and cannot wait to spend hours there sipping delicious beer, enjoying tasty food and being surrounded by good company. (more…)

The Laundry

On the corner of W. Shiawassee and Adelaide in Downtown Fenton, you will find a place that has is all. The Laundry is sweet and savory, offers creative breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, has a full bar with a great selection of draft beers and specialty cocktails and best of all, executes a garden to table approach. Freshness, a love for food and a strong dedication to quality is apparent at The Laundry.

Corner of Shiawassee & Adelaide.

Corner of Shiawassee & Adelaide.


Pizza and salad and breadsticks, OH MY!

Many local celebrities agree, as their website mentions, the family of restaurants spread around Metro-Detroit serving up the finest Greek salads, breadsticks, pizza and BBQ ribs are simply the best around.  From Howell, Highland, White Lake and Milford to Lapeer, Plymouth, Fenton and Brighton you can find these 60 year old family staples at almost all of their restaurants or carry outs.  This particular time, I found myself at Tomato Brothers for lunch after burning off some serious calories shopping at Tanger Outlets. Proven fact: there is no better way to reenergize yourself (or put yourself into a food coma) than Tomato Brother’s pizza, Greek salad and bread sticks.


Tomato Brothers: 3030 W. Grand River Avenue Howell, MI

Some of their other restaurants:

Epicurean Group’s Delightful Plaza Deli

If you haven’t heard of The Epicurean Group then surely you have heard of or frequented one of their outstanding restaurants; Coach Insignia, Epic Café, Northern Lakes Seafood, Novi Chophouse, the new and highly anticipated Atwater in the Park or Plaza Deli. I recently found myself craving a deli sandwich and in my experience, you cannot just go to any restaurant to fulfill that type of craving, you must make your way to a deli. I am a sucker for delis, a creature of habit and definitely have my favorites, but my recent experience at Plaza Deli has added this place to the list.


Plaza Deli off Northwestern Highway


50 years of Authentic Italian

You know you are about to experience some incredible eats for your palate when one of the first things you see at a restaurant is a woman inside a small “pasta factory” hand making the noodles you are about to eat. That is part of what makes the Rugiero family’s restaurants noteworthy, but so does their bread, pizza & the finished product the noodles create. We frequent the Farmington Hills location and I am a creature of habit when I go there. I always, no matter what, order the Mostaccioli Casseruola (no meat to make it vegetarian). I honestly burn my tongue off each time because I can’t wait to dive into that bubbly, cheesy dish. Each time, I leave with a carryout box stuffed with leftovers and a few pieces of that incredible bread for the next day.

Pasta Factory

Pasta Factory


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