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The Friday Five, 11/25/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I had a fun time in Houston this past week, but unfortunately, both my boyfriend and I caught some sort of crud from it, so Thanksgiving will be a bit modified—not COVID (I tested both Wed. night and Thurs. AM for it, and was negative both times) but probably a cold. 6-oz. filet with garlic butter at Taste of Texas What I've been up to this week: Houston trip . And I'll break this down in the next sections, too. We went from Saturday to Tuesday and it was a fun time, despite the weather, which was 48 and rainy most days; thankfully, for our Renfest day on Sunday, it was sunny out. I have been to Texas before (San Antonio twice; outside of Austin, for a work trip; and one night in Dallas, also for a work trip) but never Houston, and there's a lot of things to do, see, and eat there.  Eating out . The top meals of the trip for me were definitely Taste of Texas, on the last night—normally there is Texas memorabilia all over the walls, but instead it was all decked out with Chr

The Friday Five, 11/18/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This month is going by super fast—I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving. I'm headed to Houston for a short trip this weekend to keep my Delta Silver Medallion status—I only needed one more flight to do it—and then Indiana next week also for Thanksgiving at my boyfriend's house. We will be doing Thanksgiving on the day of, with my parents, as well. "Pig Candy" at Bad Brad's, Lake Orion What I've been up to this week: Eating out . Last weekend I ate out a lot because a few of my boyfriend's friends were visiting from Indiana, but I also had to be careful about it—my GI doctor suggested I do a hydrogen (glucose) test on Monday, and I had a laundry list of foods I couldn't eat last weekend (two days prior to the test) because of it. Thankfully, meat was on the list; we went to Bad Brad's BBQ in Lake Orion, one of my favorites, on Friday night (when I could still eat non-gluten-free things ...) and to Korean BBQ on Saturday night in Novi. The

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: The Book of Mormon, Fisher Theatre, March 14-19, 2023 {ends 11/24}

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with 313 Presents. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. I've seen THE BOOK OF MORMON one other time, in 2016, according to my Google Calendar, and I'm curious to see it again - I remember it being funny.  Tickets will go on sale on Friday, December 9th, and can be purchased here . One of my lucky readers will win a pair of tickets to opening night, on March 14! See below for details. About the show: The National Tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, will play a strictly limited 1-week engagement on March 14–19, 2023 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, BroadwayinDetroit.com, by phone (800) 982-2787, and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.   THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. The Broadway production is direc

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: Jagged Little Pill, Fisher Theatre, Feb. 14-26, 2023 {ends 11/22}

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. I'm a fan of Alanis Morissette, and JAGGED LITTLE PILL, inspired by her songs, will be coming to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit from February 14 to 26, 2023. Tickets go on sale THIS Friday, November 18th, and can be found here . One of my lucky readers will win a pair of tickets to opening night, as well!  About the show: Broadway In Detroit has announced that individual tickets for the Detroit premiere of JAGGED LITTLE PILL will go on sale Friday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. Inspired by the seminal rock album of the same name by seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette (she/her), tickets to the Tony and Grammy award-winning production will be available online at Ticketmaster.com, BroadwayinDetroit.com, charge by phone (800) 982-2787, and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office. Heidi Blickenstaff (she/her) will reprise her role from the Broadway pro

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: 25th anniversary tour of CHICAGO, March 28-April 2, 2023, Fisher Theatre {ends 11/22}

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with 313 Presents. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. I have seen CHICAGO before, a few years ago, and I'm excited that it's coming back to the Fisher Theatre this upcoming March and April. Tickets go on sale on November 25th and will be available for purchase here . One of my lucky readers will win a 4-pack of tickets to opening night on Tuesday, March 28th! About the show: CHICAGO is back in town and after 25 years, and is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. CHICAGO is celebrating with the 25th Anniversary Tour that arrives in Detroit’s Fisher Theatre March 28 – April 2, 2023. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 25 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com , BroadwayinDetroit.com , charge by phone (800) 982-2787

The Friday Five, 11/11/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I just got back from Santa Barbara around 11pm yesterday, and I didn't get home until 12am because there was a shortage of Ubers/Lyfts, so I'm definitely dragging today. Plus, this weekend I have to go on a diet of sorts for a medical test on Monday—basically no carbs or sugar—so I'm not looking forward to that. Sunset in Santa Barbara What I've been up to this week: Work trip to Santa Barbara, CA . This is probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever traveled to, despite the rain on Monday, when I arrived, and most of the day Tuesday (and I've been told it never rains there, so they needed it). Wednesday was beautiful though and Thursday was too, even though I had to leave. I was there for IFEC, which is a conference that mostly PR people and editors attend, and it was valuable to have that one-on-one time with brands.  Eating delicious things. I only had one sit-down meal in SB, and it was at Barbareno with some friends, on Wednesday night, and was very

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: Straight No Chaser 25th Anniversary Celebration {ends 11/13}

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*Disclosure: I received something of value in exchange for posting. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. I love a capella but have never seen Straight No Chaser in concert before; however, I'm excited to announce that their 25th Anniversary Celebration tour will be at the Masonic Temple Theater in Detroit on December 17. One of my lucky readers will win a pair of tickets to see the concert, too! About the show: Chart-topping a cappella group Straight No Chaser will celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2022 with a 62-date fall tour and their third PBS special airing nationwide starting in June. Formed during the 1996-1997 school year at Indiana University, a cappella group Straight No Chaser –which began, according to group memberSteve Morganas a “way to meet girls” – eventually emerged at the forefront of the modern day a cappella movement, and has since sold more than three million albums worldwide, garnered more than a billion streams, and sold more than 1.5 million c

The Friday Five, 11/4/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This has been a very busy week, capped off by a visit to JoJo's ShakeBAR in Detroit yesterday, which was very tasty (check my Instagram later today for a reel). This weekend I have my Crohn's infusion and then Monday I leave on a work trip to Santa Barbara, which I'm excited about—it's my first time attending this particular conference and also I've never been to SB before. Two shakes at JoJo's ShakeBAR, Detroit What I've been up to this week: Visiting friends in Portage . On Friday, I worked a half-day, and my boyfriend and I drove to Portage (about 2.5-hour drive) to visit one of my college friends and her husband. We got Nonla Burger for dinner that night, because it's one of my favorites, and we usually play board games all weekend, like Settler of Catan, Machi Koro, Monopoly Deal (technically a card game), and others. On Saturday, we went to Schultz Farms, in Mattawan, and they had really good peach pie, apple cider, and cider donuts. On Sunday, we

GIVEAWAY: Digital copy of Beast, starring Idris Elba {ends 11/2}

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Beast is now out on Blu-ray and digital, and two of my lucky readers will win a digital copy! I didn't get to check this one out in theaters, so I'm excited to watch it. About the movie: Idris Elba (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw) gives a “forcefully magnetic” (Sara Michelle Fetters, Moviefreak.com) performance in the action-thriller BEAST available to own on Digital on October 7th, 2022, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 11th, 2022, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  Experience the epic adventure of this true fight for family in this “classic man-vs-nature” (Jake Coyle, AP) story that will keep fans on the edge of their seat.  Bring the film home with behind-the-scenes featurettes diving into the creation of The Beast, a deeper look into the South African filming locations, and much more to get fully immersed into the world of BEAST. From the director of Everest (Baltasar Korm├íku), pulse-pounding BEAST follows recently widowed father Dr. Nate Samuels

The Friday Five, 10/28/22: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I can't believe it's already the end of October—this month FLEW by, possibly because I had a work trip and then two weddings to attend, but still. We are headed to Portage this weekend to visit friends, but will be back Sunday night in time for Halloween on Monday. As a childless adult, Halloween is unfortunately not that exciting anymore, but we are going to have a work Zoom "lunch party" of sorts in costume so that will be fun. Free pizza from Green Lantern, Madison Heights What I've been up to this week: Dining in and doing takeout . Last Friday, I had lunch with a friend at Condado Tacos in Royal Oak, which is always good. On Saturday, my mom and I had Noodles for lunch again, because of their 50% off deal, and my boyfriend, a friend, and I went to Frita Batidos in Detroit for dinner before a show, which is always tasty; I usually get a frita (burger) and their garlic fries. On Sunday, we had takeout lunch and dinner with friends, while my boyfriend and one of

GIVEAWAY: Jingle Ball, Dec. 6 at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit - featuring Macklemore, Backstreet Boys, and more! {ends 11/4}

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with 313 Presents. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. The Jingle Ball, a collaboration of musical artists, will be taking place on Tuesday, December 6th, at 7:30pm, at Little Caesars Arena, in Detroit. Backstreet Boys, Macklemore, Khalid, and more will be playing, and I am pretty bummed to have to miss it (I unfortunately have another event that day). However, TWO of my lucky readers will win a 4-pack of tickets to the show! See below for details. Tickets start at $41 and can be purchased here . About the show: Channel 95.5, Detroit’s #1 Hit Music Station, today unveiled the star-studded lineup for its annual holiday concert, iHeartRadio Channel 95.5’s Jingle Ball 2022 Presented by Capital One, taking place on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena. Mojo in the Morning officially announced the all-star performers for iHeartRadio Channel 95.5’s Jingle Ball 2022 Presented by Capital One which will include:

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: Jim Gaffigan's "The Fun Tour," Nov. 20, Fox Theatre, Detroit {ends 11/3}

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with 313 Presents. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. I'm a huge fan of Jim Gaffigan—I've seen him about 3-4 times, including this past March in Chicago, and once in Windsor—and am beyond bummed that I will be out of town when he's here in Detroit on November 19 and 20. However, two  of my lucky readers will win a 4-pack of tickets to his November 20th show, 7pm at the Fox Theatre! Tickets start at $39.75, and can be purchased here . About the show: Jim Gaffigan brings his 2022 “The Fun Tour” to the Fox Theatre on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20. Both shows will begin at 7 p.m. Comerica Bank is the exclusive presenting partner of the Fox Theatre. Jim Gaffigan is a six-time Grammy® nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, three-time Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is known around the world for his