The Friday Five, 7/19/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

I am glad today is Friday, it has seemed like a long week but I think that's because I have been keeping busy. Tonight I am going to Detroit with my International Dinner Club friends (a club they created) to try out Isla, at Fort Street Galley, so that should be tasty, too.

What I've been up to this week:
Eating out. Last week we took a mini-vacation (Fri. through Sat.) to Portage, and we got to hit up all of my favorite restaurants: The Southerner (Saugatuck), as well as Nonla Burger and El Gallo Blanco (Kalamazoo). On Sunday night, I went out for Indian food with friends before a concert at Meadow Brook, and on Tuesday, we had pizza at Allegiant Nonstop. Last night we went to Urbanrest Brewing (Ferndale), who was hosting a pop-up of Pietrzyk Pierogies, and it was delicious although a little pricey ($9 for four of the same pierogi, or $10 for "Chef's Choice" of four, which is what we did, topped with onions). My favorite of the four was a blueberry and cream chees…

REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: Allegiant Nonstop game center (Warren, MI) is fun for the whole family

*Disclosure: I received admission to some of the attractions at Allegiant Nonstop as well as dinner in exchange for this blog post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

This Tuesday, I was able to stop by the new Allegiant Nonstop (or "Nonstop," as most people seem to call it) in Warren, MI, and it was a fun date night out. This place would also be good for birthday parties or a friends night out, and they even have party rooms and "party bays" for all of your special occasion needs.

I would compare Allegiant Nonstop to Dave & Busters or, in the Detroit area, C.J. Barrymore's, except it's more technologically-advanced: you get a card that you then tap to reload or tap to go on / play at any of the attractions.

My boyfriend and I each had a card good for four attractions. Unfortunately, I didn't know that you had to wear closed-toed shoes to do the bumper cars or the go-karts, as well as rock climbing, so those weren't a possibility,…

UPCOMING: Dine + Dash, July 30 in downtown Rochester, MI

*Disclosure: this is a sponsored post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

If you read my Friday Five posts, you know by now that I'm a major "foodie" - by that, I mean that I love eating out and also love cooking new dishes. So I'm excited to be attending Dine + Dash in Rochester, MI this month, which is hosted by Detroit Foodie Tours.

I've done similar tours before but hosted by different companies. Usually on these tours, you have a lanyard and you get to hit up multiple restaurants, usually in a downtown area, and try small bites and drinks at each. It's a great way to try a ton of restaurants in a short amount of time, too.

Dine + Dash will be hosted in downtown Rochester, MI, on Tuesday, July 30th, from 5:30pm-9:30pm.

Best of all: tickets are normally $40-50, but they are having a BOGO sale until tomorrow (Thursday, July 18th)! If you buy 2+ tickets, each ticket is only $20 before fees. Click here to check out the sale. 

About the tour:

DETROIT GIVEAWAY: Screening passes for Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood is out in theaters on July 26th, but four of my lucky readers will be able to see it early!

I have four admit-two passes for the screening, which will take place Wednesday, July 24th, at 7pm at Emagine Novi.

About the movie:
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.
Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Friday, July 19th, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be notified via email the next day with the screening code. 
Detroit area residents only, please.
Good luck!

The Friday Five, 7/12/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

This will be a quick Friday Five because we are off to Portage shortly to visit friends. We only have today and tomorrow but it's usually a good time, with lots of games and food ... we are tentatively going to The Southerner in Saugatuck for dinner tonight, which is one of my favorite Michigan restaurants.

What I've been up to this week:
Eating out and cooking. Probably eating out a bit too much ... last Saturday we went to M.C. Wiches in Ferndale, before a movie, and I forgot how good their sandwiches are, albeit a little pricey—a 7-inch sandwich is about $10.50-$11.50, and their 14-inch sandwiches are like $18. On Sunday, I went to Library Pub (West Bloomfield) with my parents and we had the pizza that you see above, which was tasty; I had a Groupon deal for that, which is still available for purchase. Last night we had dinner at the revamped COMO's, in Ferndale, which was also very good pizza. I had a Dinnerly box delivery last week and Plated this week (they gave me a 4…

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UPCOMING + GIVEAWAY: Baby Shark Live!, November 3 at the Fox Theatre, Detroit {ends 7/16}

*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media partnership with 313 Presents. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Baby Shark Live! will be coming to the Fox Theatre in November, and one of my lucky readers will win a family 4-pack of tickets!

I also have an exclusive presale opportunity which runs from today through Thursday, July 11th, at 10pm. Use code MOMMY and click here for the presale.

About the show:
Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark on Sunday, November 3 at the Fox Theatre as he joins his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs!

In this one of a kind live experience young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and his friends, go on fun adventures to learn about shapes, colors, numbers and so much more!

One of my readers will win a 4-pack of tickets to the show! There is only one performance: Sunday, November 3rd, at 2pm at the Fox Theatre.
Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Tuesday,…

The Friday Five, 7/5/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

Another busy week, and I had yesterday off work + I have today off too, which has been nice.

What I've been up to this week:
Eating out ... perhaps too much. On Friday, a friend and I got Mr. Kabob sandwiches before a concert, and on Sunday, I had book club at Hazel, Ravines & Downtown, in Birmingham, and had delicious potato pancakes with sour cream and homemade applesauce. That night my parents and I did Pizza Hut takeout, too, to celebrate my dad's birthday. On Wednesday night, some friends and I went to Browndog Barlor, in Farmington, as well. Seeing Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind in concert at Freedom Hill. A coworker friend of mine has been following the band since the late '90s, and the drummer hooked us up with tickets! We were row AA too which was awesome. Not going to lie, even though I don't know a TON of Jimmy + 3EB songs, I actually had more fun at that concert than the Hugh Jackman one last Monday, even though I enjoyed that one too.  Seeing movies…

Movie Review - Spider-Man: Far From Home

I'm a big fan of the rebooted Spider-Man series, with Tom Holland in the lead role, and I enjoyed him in Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, I'm going to make a bold statement: I enjoyed this Spider-Man movie more than Avengers: Endgame, probably because it has a lot more humor in it.

Peter Parker (Holland), aka Spider-Man, is excited to go on his class trip to Europe - his plan is to buy a Black Dahlia necklace for MJ, and present it to her on top of the Eiffel Tower, while declaring his love (okay, his "like") for her. However, things definitely don't go according to plan, as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) needs Peter Parker to battle a new threat, along with Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), a newcomer onto the Avengers scene. Not everything is as it seems, though, and Peter soon figures out that there are other threats that need to be taken care of.

I really enjoyed this movie, and I'd recommend that you see it on the biggest screen possible - the screening was at…

The Friday Five, 6/28/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

This week has seemed really long and I think it's because it's the first week in a few where I've been in the office for all 5 days ... yes, I'm spoiled (Thailand for work, then NOLA, then RI for a personal trip). Next week will only be 3 days too because of the July 4th holiday.

What I've been up to this week:
Seeing Hugh Jackman in concert. A friend and I bought these tickets back in December or January, I believe—I was super excited to see he was coming here. We splurged a bit on 100-level seats, as well. He put on a great concert, and he sang songs from The Greatest Showman, Beauty & the Beast, Les Mis, and more. Seeing movies. Last Friday I saw Men in Black, which was terrible, and I don't usually say that about movies ... I'd give it a generous 2 stars out of 5. On Sunday, we saw Toy Story 4 in 3D, and although overall it was cute, I was hoping it would be better—I'd give it 3.5/5 stars, and probably only because it's a Toy Story film, other…

UPCOMING: Come From Away, October 1-14, Fisher Theatre, Detroit

*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Come From Away will make its Detroit debut this October, at the Fisher Theatre! I've heard good things about the Broadway (NYC) version, so I'm excited to see it here in Detroit.

About the show:
Broadway In Detroit is thrilled to announce the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its Detroit debut at the Fisher Theatre for a limited engagement, October 1 - 13, 2019. COME FROM AWAY tickets will go on sale Sunday, July 14, 2019!

The touring production of COME FROM AWAY will star Kevin Carolan (Disney’s Newsies), Harter Clingman (Peter and The Starcatcher), Nick Duckart (In the Heights), Chamblee Ferguson, Becky Gulsvig (School of Rock the Musical), Julie Johnson (Memphis), Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man), James Earl Jones II (The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), Megan M…

Rhode Island vacation with the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD

*Disclosure: I received the use of a vehicle for a week in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I was in Rhode Island this past week, from Wednesday, June 12th-19th, and I was fortunate enough to be able to drive the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD while there.

The car got dropped off on a super rainy day, so I wasn't able to explore it much that day, but the next day it was bright and sunny out, and I was able to take it around town.

This is a nice-looking car, especially with the paint job ("Deep Crystal Blue," which I believe I had last year when I drove the Mazda3 Grand Touring, also in Rhode Island).  There's also plenty of trunk space, which you don't always get in an SUV (or crossover, which this technically is).

Although Rhode Island is a small state, I joked with my aunt that everything is either a 5-minute drive or a 45-minute one. For example: when I went to Dunkin' Donuts down the road, it was 5-minutes; however,…

The Friday Five, 6/21/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

I've mostly just been traveling over the past week: I got back from RI on Wednesday, and played catchup at work yesterday. This weekend I have a birthday party to attend (dinner, etc.) plus the Walled Lake fireworks tomorrow night, and I'm going to see Toy Story 4 on Sunday.

What I've been up to this week:
Traveling. I was in Rhode Island for a week, from Wednesday 6/12 through Wednesday 6/19, and I think it was a much needed reset for myself. My fevers "magically" went away the week before, for some reason (fingers crossed), which was also good. I mostly just watched a lot of Netflix—I have a new show I'm watching, called Imposters, which is really good—and hung out with my aunt and cousins.Cooking. I ordered a Hello Fresh box for us while I was there, and I cooked and my aunt cleaned up (which was great, because I hate cleaning up, lol). Pictured above are the pork bulgogi meatballs that I made, and we also had steak tacos and a honey sesame chicken.Eating ou…