Fun – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:31:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Calling All You Drag Queen Bingo Fans, Five15 Has Moved To A New Location Next To Pronto! Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:30:16 +0000 If you have ever been to the popular cafe and gift shop Five15 in Royal Oak you know it was a pretty tight space.

But they have just moved down the street next to Pronto! This move means that not only is the space bigger, but they will now be offering cocktails.

Yes, you read that right.. you will now be able to order a drink during Drag Queen Bingo.

I don’t know about you, but I always find it easier to take a read from a queen after a couple cocktails.

Not only is the spot larger, but they also be able to offer other shows, beyond Drag Queen Bingo. Some of the shows that Five15 will be hosting are the 12 Drags of Christmas, Snow White and the Seven Drags, and Sunday brunch.

Five15 has made a pretty big name for themselves in metro Detroit for hosting Drag Queen Bingo over the past few years.

The weekly series has grown in popularity so much that Five15 now offers it six times a week from Thursday through Sunday.

Five15 and Pronto! will be partnering up to bring customers “unique culinary items and speciality cocktails,” according to a press release.

The first show in the new space will be tonight at 7:00 p.m. There will be an official Grand Opening sometime this spring.

Five15 is located at 600 S. Washington Boulevard Royal Oak, Michigan 48067 

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31.3 Photos That Captured The Spirit Of Detroit On #313Day Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:53:34 +0000 Happy 313 Day everyone!

Today the social media universe has been filled with love letters to the City of Detroit by using the hashtag #313Day.

I picked out our favorite 31.3 posts that celebrate the city of Detroit from Twitter and Instagram.

1. Detroit has always been known for our spirit, with or without the statue. 

2. Are you proud to be a Detroiter? I’m pretty sure we all are. 

3. Detroit, it really is Pure Michigan. Am I right? 

4. Those Fisher brothers commissioned some beautiful buildings didn’t they? 

5. We’ve got news for you Detroit… we really love you. 

6. Our love grows for you every day, you know… like flowers and fruit. 

7. Our transit system might be is more inspirational than transportation-al… but it’s still ours. <3 

8. Ooh… old plane! 

9. Calling our Canadian friends

10. Even when my memories are a little foggy I still love you Detroit

11. Sometimes you need to pray for your city

12.  A photo with a view, even though it’s obviously not that time of year

13. Pizza. No explanation needed. 

14. Better Made. See above. 

15. 7 action views

16. Boomerang 

17. My, what a tall building you are! 

18. I art my city 

19. Old school… really old school. 

20. From Grand Circus 

21. Let me tile you how much I love you

22. Dan, Dan… The History Man

23. I’m not lion to you 

24. No, he’s not holding a basketball, but what if he did? 

25. I’m not pucking around with your heart. 

26. Nice

27. Noted

28. Obligatory dog photo. But really, awww! 

29. You really move me, Detroit 

30. Perfect Detroit Trifecta 

31. Moving to Detroit? Alpaca you up. 

31.3 I wish we could throw Detroit a parade every day!


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Detroit’s Growing Dining Scene With Restaurant Of The Year Parc Chef Jordan Hoffman And Hour Editor Steve Wilke Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:51:39 +0000

Hour Detroit magazine named Parc its 2018 restaurant of the year in its March edition — yes, Daily Detroit readers, there’s still a place for print media — and so this week’s episode takes you down to Campus Martius for a conversation about the restaurant, the award, food and the city’s fast-changing dining scene.

We chat with Parc’s executive chef, Jordan Hoffman, and Hour Detroit Editor Steve Wilke in a wide-ranging conversation that touches on everything from the restaurant’s gorgeous urban setting to the lamb rigatoni topped with feta cheese, an homage to the influence of Greektown.

Hoffman is a native of Adrian who has cooked in kitchens in Paris, Miami and Las Vegas before returning to Detroit to open Parc. He describes his cooking as Midwestern, blended with his French and Italian training.

“It’s meat-centric,” he says. “It’s braises, it’s great vegetables in summers, it’s challenging yourself with root vegetables in the winter…

“I grew up with long braises on Sundays, roasting the chicken, grilling, the wood fire grill is a big part of what we do here and the fact that we’re doing it over really fantastic local hardwood, it’s fun and it’s intriguing. I get to use great product that is from Michigan, that all I have to do is just really give it an opportunity to shine, throw It on a wood fire grill, hit it with the right aromatics and then do some small accompaniments to really challenge that dish and we’re ready to go.”

Wilke discusses Hour’s approach to covering food in Detroit, the shifting dining-scene dynamics between the city and suburbs, and some of his favorite Parc dishes.

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Our thanks as always to our friends at Podcast Detroit for the support.

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LISTEN: Nigel Barker, Impossible Wahlburgers, MoGo Love, Detroit Pistons Value And More Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:09:19 +0000

Here’s what we’re covering today on your Daily Detroit News Byte.

Feature Interview: Nigel Barker, Photographer, Personality, Michigan Lover (Twitter)

Thanks to Milo Detroit for their support in making the Daily Detroit News Byte possible.

Also, thanks to Podcast Detroit:

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Time To Dust Off Those Dancing Shoes Because Ferndale’s Boogie Fever Is Coming Back Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:46:16 +0000 It looks like the owners of Ferndale’s Twisted Tavern want to turn back time and go back to the 70’s and 80’s dance club concept.

People have missed the club so much that Boogie Fever Cafe and Disco will be reopening on the evening of Saturday, January 20.

“After Boogie Fever closed its doors and we opened Twisted Tavern, people still talked about Boogie Fever,” said Mark McConnell, owner of Boogie Fever. “ The nightclub was open for 15 years and was a big part of people’s lives.”

Most of the things that people loved about Boogie Fever will remain the same; like the light up dance floor and mannequin sitting on the half moon above the bar.

There will be some new additions, like a cafe in the front part of the club that will offer seasonal dishes. Guests will be able to grab a bite to eat before dancing the night away.

The club will also have live music on Friday nights starting in February. Friday Night Live will feature some of metro Detroit’s best cover party bands like Fifty Amp, Fuse, Atomic Radio, Phoenix Theory and Rockstar.

Doors open on Friday and Saturday nights at 9:00 p.m. and there is a $5 cover. You can reserve a table by calling 248-541-1600.

Boogie Fever Cafe and Disco is located at 22901 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, MI 48220

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: It Turns Out A Detroiter Has The Best Beard Of Them All Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:58:04 +0000 In a national contest of beards, metro Detroit’s Jason Heien beat out the competition by a whisker to receive a national honor and become Wahl’s Man of the Year.

If you remember, Wahl’s mobile barbershop made the rounds through the Motor City, and Heien was our area champion in the facial hair face-off.

The contest is decided in part by public vote (40%) and also by a panel of judges (60%) who evaluate across a variety of beard factors, including intangibles like enthusiasm for the beard.

“Just as Detroit is in the middle of a big come back, facial hair too has grown in popularity. I think the city’s influx of creative and hardworking people is the perfect environment for facial hair, and I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Heien.

He’s going to be featured in a national commercial and received a  $1,500 prize.

Below are some more photos if you’d like revel in Heien’s resplendent face mane.

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Michigan On Christmas Day Looked Beautiful (And Cold) From Space Wed, 27 Dec 2017 22:38:42 +0000 New imagery released today by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is not only breathtaking, but helps explain a large amount of lake effect snow.

The photo shows “cloud streets” that streamed over the Michigan and the entire Great Lakes on Christmas Day. These cloud formations helped deliver record-setting snowfall in Erie, Pa., where more than 60 inches of snow fell over a two-day period.

It’s quite a technological marvel to get a photo like this, as it’s not actually captured as a full-color image. They’re actually a blend of infrared images, created by combining the color channels of the Suomi NPP satellite’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument.

According to NOAA, these channels, sensitive to the red, green and blue (or RGB) wavelengths of light, are then combined into one composite image. Several other channels are often also included to cancel out atmospheric interference that can cause a blurry picture.

This way you can tell snow and ice or ash and smoke from cloud, or even the boundaries between warm and cold air masses.

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Ugly Sweater Lovers Unite: World Record Attempt For Largest Gathering Of Holiday Sweaters Dec. 9 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:06:00 +0000 Do you love ugly Christmas or holiday sweaters? Have you ever wanted to be part of a World Record attempt? Here’s your chance.

Here’s the plan. On Saturday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Beacon Park in downtown Detroit the hope is to get together more than 3,473 people to break a nearly two year old world record of the largest “gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters,” as measured by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The record-holding city is currently Lawrence, Kansas. They set the record at Kansas Athletics vs. Montana men’s basketball game on December 19, 2015.

Surely, we can beat Lawrence, Kansas.

It’s being organized by, a Walled Lake, Michigan-based online retailer of the ugliest of Christmas and holiday sweaters.

“My brother Mark and I are so excited to potentially bring a Guinness World Records title attempt to the city of Detroit,” said co-owner Fred Hajjar. “We hope the community will embrace the holiday spirit and join us on December 9 at Beacon Park to shatter the previous record.”

Right after, the silent disco at Beacon Park will fire up, there will be food trucks, outdoor firepits and two interactive light installations that are making their U.S. debut from Montreal, Canada.

If you’re interested in being a part of ugly sweater history, here’s the Facebook event. 

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These 24 Holiday Events In Metro Detroit Will Put You In The Spirit Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:06:34 +0000  ‘Tis the season! If you’re looking for holiday events around Detroit, this is your ticket.

While putting together this list, we already saw that events were starting to sell out this early in the season, so make sure to get on it!

We’ll see you out there.

1. 14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony

 Get into the holiday spirit in Campus Martius on Friday, November 17. Come watch the 60+ foot Norwegian Spruce from Cadillac be lit. There will be carriage rides, live performances from Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas and Thronetta Davis with special guest KEM. U.S. Olympic Medalist Jeremy Abbott will also be skating. The tree lighting will happen at 8:00 p.m.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.

Where: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Avenue Detroit

2. Light Up Beacon Park

The Detroit Tree Lighting has expanded to Beacon Park this year. There will be a live video feed of the tree lighting, fire pits, Santa, Thronetta Davis performances, and interactive light installations by Quartier des spectacles, Montréal. There will also be free shuttles between Beacon Park and Campus Martius all evening.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Beacon Park 1903 Grand River Avenue, Detroit

3. Wayne County Lightfest at Hines Park

Get in the car and take a drive through Hines Park and enjoy the 47 plus holiday light displays. This is considered the midwest’s largest and longest light show.

You can find more information here.

Admission: $5 per vehicle

When: November 16 through December 31, 2017

Where: Entrance to the Wayne County Lightfest is 7651 Merriman Road Westland, Michigan

4. Bedrock Downtown Detroit Markets

Get your shopping done while you’re downtown at this years Downtown Detroit Markets. This year there will be 30 small businesses taking part in the markets this year.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17, 2017 – Sunday, January 7, 2018 Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Where: 1001 Woodward, Cadillac Square and Capital Park

5. Northwest Detroit Farmer’s Market Thanksgiving Market

A selection of local vendors like Baer Poultry Farm, Good Medicine Farm, Five Star Cakes, Sweet Potato Delights, Mo’ Jams and Jellies, GreenHouse Soups & Chili’s, Scott-Tish Bee and Honey, Simply Irresistible Popcorn and Mama Subee’s Kitchen will be offering their goods for an afternoon. There will be seasonal veggies and holiday décor as well.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Sunday, November 19 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: 19556 Grand River, Detroit

6. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

What is there to say about Wild Lights at The Detroit Zoo? The zoo has been turned into a winter wonderland filled with over 5 million LED lights.

Admission: Price range from $10 to $16 depending on the entrance time and day chosen. You can purchase tickets here. Word of advice, get your tickets now. They sell out quickly.

When: November 18-19, 24-26; December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, 26-31 5:30 to 9 p.m. select weeknights and Sundays • 5:30 pm. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Where: The Detroit Zoo 8450 W.10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

7. Holiday Markets In Eastern Market

Michigan-made holiday shopping galore will happen at Eastern Market on six different days this year. Also, Santa will be by December 9 & 10!

You can find more information here.

Price: Admission is free.

When: Here are the dates: Tuesday, November 21; Sunday, November 26; Sunday, December 3; Sunday, December 10; Sunday, December 17; and Tuesday, December 19.

Where: Eastern Market, 2934 Russell Detroit, Michigan

8. America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Strategic Staffing Solutions Float

What: The parade on Thanksgiving Day down Woodward is an annual tradition in downtown Detroit. It returns with floats and bands and fun for all ages. There are free spots to grab up the route and you can get tickets for the grandstands.

Price: Free to $70 if you want to be fancy with your tickets.

When: Thursday, November 23

Where: Downtown Detroit

9. BYOB Light Tour

If you’re looking to get on a luxury bus, drink all the things and see a bunch of lights, there’s a tour from Allstar Services that starts at the Rochester Tap Room, goes to the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo, to a few other light displays, and then to Campus Martius and back. Remember to BYOB.

Admission: $48.75-$65. Tickets here.

When: Multiple days from November 24 to December 30.

Where: Rochester Tap Room. 6870 N Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48306

10. Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk

Take a stroll through Meadow Brook while it is decorated for the holidays. The tour will end with a candy cane lane to Santa and Sweets.

Admission: $20 for adults, $7.50 for children 17 and under, children under 2 are free. There are additional discounts for Oakland University faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and military with ID. You can purchase tickets here.

When: November 24 through December 23

Where: Meadow Brook Hall 350 Estate Drive Rochester, Michigan 48309

11. Made In The Mitten Holiday Market

Looking for some cool Michigan made products to give as gifts? Check out this holiday market at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. More information found here.

Admission: $2 for adults, children under 10 are free

When: Saturday, November 25 from 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Where: Royal Oak Farmers Market 316 E 11 Mile Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

12. Santa’s Magic Forest

Taylor’s Heritage Park will be turned into Santa’s Magic Forest this holiday season. Come out and see Santa and check out the displays. Some of them are actually from the original Hudson Department Store downtown. The proceeds raised will go towards the Fish & Loaves Community Pantry.

Find out more information here.

Admission: $3, children under 3 are free. Pictures with Santa $8. Cash only

When: Saturday, November 25 through Saturday, December 23. Hours vary based on the day.

Where: Heritage Park 12111 Pardee Taylor, Michigan 48180

13. Good Karma Christmas Holiday Market and Party

This holiday market not only has an opportunity to pick up gifts but also allows you to give back to others as it is on “Giving Tuesday.” There will be local organizations and causes at the event. Bring an unwrapped gift to donate to the foster care program at the Judson Center.

You can find out more information about the organizations here.

Admission: Free

When: Tuesday, November 28 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: The Loving Touch 22634 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, Michigan 48220

14. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Viewing 

Got a train lover in your home? Come check out the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it passes through Romulus. There will be concessions for sale. Bundle up, bring those lawn chairs, and some non-perishable foods to donate to area food banks.

Find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Thursday, November 30 from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Romulus, North of the Romulus Historical Park, on Goddard Road.

15. Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Holiday nights. Via The Henry Ford

Go back in time this season at Greenfield Village. The Main Street will be filled with holiday goods, food and warm beverages. The evening will finish off with a fireworks display.

 Admission: $26 for adults, $23.50 for seniors and $19.50 for children 3-11. You can also have dinner with Santa or Holiday dinner at the Eagle Tavern. You can purchase tickets here.

When: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-7 and 29-30 from 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Greenfield Village 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan 48124

16. Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Looking for some fun and quirky gifts this holiday season? If so, head over to the Masonic Temple for this three-day craft fair. You’ll never know what you’ll find with over 100 different vendors.

You can find out more information here.

Admission: $10 on Friday for opening night and $1 on Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under are free.

When: Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3. Hours- Friday: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where: The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street Detroit, Michigan

17. Kris Kringle Market in Rochester

Downtown Rochester will be hosting the Kris Kringle Market. This open-air market will have shopping, specialty foods, fresh greens and wreaths, and handmade gifts.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: December 1-2, Hours: Friday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: W. Fourth Street between Walnut & Main in Downtown Rochester

18. Cranbrook House Holiday Splendor

Take a tour of the Cranbrook House as it is decorated with classic and contemporary trees, trains, and other holiday settings. Santa will also be at Cranbrook, so make your reservations now for the Santa Sighting.

Cranbrook will be a collection site for Mittens for Detroit, so bring a pair of gloves or mittens to donate.

Admission: $20 for general public, $15 for Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary Members, $10 for children ages 5-10, children under the age of 4 are free. Purchase your tickets here.

 When: Friday December 1 through Sunday, December 3. Hours Friday: 10:00 a.m.-4, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Cranbrook House 380 Lone Pine Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

19. Noel Night

This is the 45th year that Noel Night has taken place in Midtown and the Cultural Center. There are more than 100 institutions taking part in Noel Night. There will be carriage rides, holiday shopping, crafts, and live performances.

You can find all of the information for Noel Night here.

Admission: Free

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Multiple locations through Midtown and Cultural Center

20. Merry & Bright Nights at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Check out the Grosse Pointe estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford decked out for the holidays. There is a strolling holiday tour of the house. Get toasty by the fire with cocoa and s’mores outside for purchase. Kids can visit with Santa and participate in a scavenger hunt.

Admission: $20 for adults, $12 for children 2-12, children under 2 are free. You can purchase tickets here.

When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, December 7-23

Where: The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House 1100 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan 48236

21. Belle Isle Holiday Stroll

Enjoy the holidays on Detroit’s island jewel, Belle Isle. It’s free family friendly fun with an evening stroll through the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Belle Isle Nature Center, and the Detroit Boat Club. Cider, donuts, and good times!

Admission: Free

When: Friday, December 8 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle State Park

22. Menorah In The D

Celebrate the Festival of Lights this year by coming down to Cadillac Square when the 26-foot Menorah will be lit. There will be food, drinks, and family activities throughout the night.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Tuesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Cadillac Square 600 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan

23. 43rd Annual Boston-Edison Holiday Home Tour

Take a stroll through historic Boston-Edison during the 43rd annual holiday home tour. This year five homes will be open to visitors of the tour.

Admission: $15 per person. You can purchase tickets online.

When: Sunday, December 15 from 9:40 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Check in for the tour at the Sacred Heart Seminary on the corner of Linwood Avenue and Chicago Boulevard.

24. Santa Pub Crawl Wyandotte

Get into the holiday spirit by going on this holiday inspired pub-crawl. Dress up like Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, elves, or Grinch. Have a really ugly Christmas sweater? You can wear that too. There will be holiday cocktails at each bar, cookies, and a stocking.

Admission: Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

When: Saturday, December 15. Hours 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Pub Crawl starts at Whiskey’s on the Water 2903 Biddle Avenue Wyandotte, Michigan 48192

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What Are Michigan’s Three Favorite Halloween Candies? Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:40:55 +0000 When it comes to Halloween candy, what is Michigan’s favorite?

A new “study” using data from the bulk online sweets retailer highlights all fifty states, and what the most popular candies are in each state sold in the time leading up to Halloween.

Well, Michigan, apparently we’re Candy Corn aficionados, buying 146,782 pounds of the stuff.

Next, Skittles. 135,982 pounds.

And then, third most popular, Starburst at 87,740 pounds.

Now this is single source information, but it is interesting food (well, kinda food) for thought as many other states place wrapped candies and chocolate-based selections near the top. New Hampshire, for instance, buys Snickers. Colorado? They’re down the Milky Way.

On the other hand, we’re not alone. Alabama, Idaho, New Mexico, Rhode Island and South Carolina all put Candy Corn in the number one spot.

So, we leave the question to you. Is Candy Corn really a Michigan thing? Is it your favorite?

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