Movie Review: Coco

Coco is the newest offering from Disney/Pixar, and not only is it gorgeous, but it incorporates many Mexican traditions, too. I took Spanish classes in high school and college, so I was semi-familiar with the Day of the Dead, when Coco takes place, but the movie will definitely teach you something new about it.

Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) loves playing his guitar, but he has to do so in secret, as his family hates music; his great-great-grandfather was a guitarist who left his wife and baby girl to pursue a career as a musician. On the Day of the Dead, Miguel and his family have placed photos of their deceased relatives on the ofrenda (offering table), as well as a few of their favorite treats. Miguel finds out that there will be a talent contest in Mariachi Square, as it's been nicknamed, and he wants to play his guitar in it; when his Abuela (Renee Victor) finds out, though, she smashes his guitar. Desperate, he searches for another guitar to use in the contest, and ends…

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Restaurant review and GIVEAWAY: Patty Burger (Orion Twp., MI) serves up more than just burgers

*Disclosure: I was provided with a free meal at Patty Burger in exchange for this review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

When I received a blogger invite for Patty Burger, I immediately looked it up on Yelp, because I had never heard of it before. It's located in Orion Township, about 5 minutes away from Great Lakes Crossing, which may have explained it (I live about 20 minutes south, in Clawson). I was intrigued and immediately said yes to the invite.

The interior is rather modern, and gives off an upscale vibe compared to most burger places. We went on a Monday night and it was pretty empty, but the restaurant does do some great happy hour deals during the week.

We started off by photographing a few of their meals and menu items, including their milkshakes (which can be made alcoholic! I tried the chocolate milkshake, with vodka, and it was delicious), wraps, and salads.

For my burger, I ordered the Bacon Me Crazy ($9.50), which includes sauteed mushrooms and …

Movie Review: The Star

Full disclosure, I'm usually not a fan of "religious" movies, but with The Star's huge voice cast of A-listers, I was interested in seeing it. I'm glad I did as it ended up being a very cute film.

The Star tells the story of Mary (voiced by Gina Rodriguez) and Joseph (Zachary Levi), and how her son Jesus comes to be born (aka the first Christmas). At the beginning of the film, a voice and accompanying light comes to Mary, saying that she has been chosen to bear the Savior, and shortly after, she becomes pregnant. She marries Joseph without him knowing, but after she tells him, he's of course on board with it, though a little nervous. At the same time, a donkey (Steven Yeun) escapes from his cruel master, and ends up in the care of Mary and Joseph, where she renames him Bo.

Soon after, Mary and Joseph have to travel to Bethlehem for the census, even though Mary is 8-9 months pregnant at this point, and complications soon arise.

All of the voice cast was great…

The Friday Five, 11/17/17: 5 things I've been up to this week

I've seen five movies this week so far and I'm hoping to see Justice League tomorrow night with my MoviePass. Fingers crossed that there are still seats left, as MoviePass doesn't let you book until the day of.

What I've been up to this week:
Seeing movies, like I said above. Last Saturday I saw The Star (check back today for my review!) with a friend; on Sunday I saw Murder on the Orient Express; on Tuesday I saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; on Wednesday, I saw Wonder, which surprised me by being a great adaptation of the book, which I recently read; and on Thursday, I saw Coco, which was fantastic (check back next Wed. for my review). Lots of movies, but I actually enjoyed all of them—I wouldn't give any of these less than a 3.5/5 rating except I'd give Murder about a 2-2.5, as it's very slow and I actually fell asleep during it.Patty Burger blogger event. Patty Burger is located in the Lake Orion/Auburn Hills area, about 5 minutes away from G…

Movie Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is definitely not your typical film. I'd classify it as a "black comedy," but it has more serious overtones than comedic for most of its runtime.

Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is tired of the Ebbing Police Department not doing anything to solve her daughter Angela's murder. She rents three billboards right outside of town, specifically calling out Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson). Though the townspeople sympathize with Mildred over her daughter's death, most are against her doing this, and adding the billboards sets off a chain of events which will involve suicide, broken friendships, and later, arson.
All of the acting in this movie was fantastic. My favorite two characters were McDormand, as Mildred, and Sam Rockwell, as Officer Dixon, a racist police officer who thinks he can get away with pretty much anything. Abby Cornish, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage also had good supporting roles, as Chief Willoughby's w…

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 15 admit-2 screening passes for Roman J. Israel, Esq., 11/20 at the Maple Theater

Roman J. Israel, Esq., the newest Denzel Washington movie, will be in theaters on Wednesday, November 22nd, but 15 of my lucky readers will have the chance to see it at an early screening!

The screening is Monday, November 20th, at 7pm at the Maple Theater. Seating is first-come, first-serve, so remember to arrive early to get a seat, if you are one of my winners - I recommend 6pm at the latest.

About the movie:
Roman J. Israel, Esq. is set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when his mentor, a civil rights icon, dies. When he is recruited to join a firm led by one of the legendary man’s former students – the ambitious lawyer George Pierce (Colin Farrell) – and begins a friendship with a young champion of equal rights (Carmen Ejogo), a turbulent series of events ensue that will put the activism that has defined Roman’s career to the test.


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DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 4 tickets for The Bodyguard, 1/16/18 at Fisher Theatre {ends 11/26}

Back in October, I wrote a post about The Bodyguard, which will be coming to the Fisher Theatre (Detroit) this January.

Now, one of my lucky readers has the chance to win a 4-pack of tickets! Read below for the details. And as always, you can always purchase tickets to the show at the Fisher box office or on Ticketmaster.

About the show:
Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, and adapted by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris, THE BODYGUARD had its world premiere on December 5, 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre. THE BODYGUARD was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Best Set Design and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards. The UK production of the musical recently completed a triumphant return run in London’s West End after a sell-out 16-month UK and Ireland tour.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each …

GIVEAWAY: COMET TV Teen Wolf & Freaky Feast prize pack {ends 11/19}

One of my lucky readers will win a Teen Wolf and Freaky Feast prize pack - read below to enter the giveaway!

November is here and what better time to think about friends, family and feasts? This month COMET TV is dishing out all kinds of supernatural goodness!

The Friday Night Movies feature Cowboys VS Dinosaurs and Vampires! Who knew Cowboys could kick the undead’s butt as well as prehistoric reptiles? Then we have the Jeff Bridges classic Starman and head into Deep Space!

There are also classics like Teen Wolf, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and each week on COMET TV there’s a different theme! Vampires! Ghosts! Werewolves! Oh My!

On Thanksgiving Day, COMET TV has The Freaky Feast Movie Marathon featuring Superbeast, The Incredible Melting Man, Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, The Video Dead, The Beast Within and Creature. Tune in for perfect pass-the-cranberry-sauce scenery.

Thursday, November 23 starting at 10A/9C

Thanksgiving Day (November 23, sta…

The Friday Five, 11/10/17: 5 things I've been up to this week

This week I've attended two theater shows and have seen three movies: Thank You for Your Serviceand A Bad Moms Christmas, both through MoviePass, and Last Flag Flying, at a screening. I'll be attending a screening of The Star on Saturday, too. I've had some time to just sit and relax too, though, which is always nice.

What I've been up to this week:
Eating out and cooking. On Friday, before Kinky Boots at the Fox, a friend and I tried out Rusted Crow, which is about a 5-minute walk from the theater. They ended up having a great happy hour—the $7 chicken nachos, in particular, were super tasty—and we also split a burger and fries. On Saturday night, my parents and I went out to Maggiano's, one of our favorite places, to celebrate their 35th anniversary. Also on Saturday, I also cooked slow cooker Thai peanut chicken, and on Sunday, my boyfriend and I cooked chicken cacciatore in my new Le Creuset pot that I won, which came out great. And on Monday, I attended an influ…

Upcoming: Broadway in Detroit announces five Broadway blockbusters, February-May 2018 at the Fisher Theatre

Check out the Fisher Theatre's schedule for February through May 2018—there are some great shows that will be coming to Detroit!

Broadway In Detroit announced today that tickets will go on sale Sunday, November 26 for five, Broadway blockbusters that will all be appearing at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre. These productions and their engagement dates are: Finding Neverland, February 6 – 18, 2018; Les Miserables, February 27 – March 11, 2018; Cinderella, March 14 – 18, 2018; School of Rock, April 10 – 22, 2018; and On Your Feet, May 1 – 13, 2018. Please note that all show dates may be subject to change.

Tickets for School of Rock, On Your Feet and Finding Neverland start at $39. Tickets for Cinderella start at $35 and tickets for Les Miserables start at $45.

Tickets for all shows will go on sale Sunday, November 26 at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, and online at or Tickets can also be purchased at The Fisher Theatr…

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: 25 admit-two screening passes for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri {11/14 @ Main Art}

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouriwill be in theaters on November 17th, but 25 of my lucky readers have the chance to see it first, at an advance screening!

Screening will take place Tuesday, November 14th, at 7pm at the Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak. Seats are first-come, first-served, so make sure you get there early - I'd recommend no later than 6pm.

Bonus: Main Art has FREE parking - just look for the spaces around the outside of the theater building that have numbers on them.

About the film:
After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon—an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence—gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated.


Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Sunday, November 12th, at 11:5…

Restaurant review: Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, Troy, MI

*Disclosure: I received a meal at Fogo de Chao in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
I was super excited to try out Fogo de Chão(pronounced "Fogo dee shown")this week in Troy. It's only about a 5-minute drive from my house, and I had been curious about it ever since I saw its sign go up a few months ago, replacing the Champps that used to be there.

Fogo de Chão is a Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, where meats are delivered to you tableside. You can also opt for just the Market Table & Feiojada Bar if you're more of an herbivore.

I've been to Texas de Brazil before, in Detroit, which is essentially the same concept, so I was interested in comparing it to Fogo.

When you first arrive, you enter through the lobby, which is dazzling—the whole restaurant is very upscale, and would be great for a special occasion or date night.

The first thing you'll want to do is check out the Market Table and Feiojada Bar (pictured…