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The Friday Five, 2/16/24: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This has seemed like a busy week, and tonight we are going to Holland for a wedding tasting tomorrow ... and then Sunday I'm going to Jacksonville, FL for work, so basically I will unpack and then repack my bags.  Duel in the D, at LCA What I've been up to this week: Duel in the D, at Little Caesars Arena (LCA). I had blogger tickets for this, and we went last year too—last year we had lower bowl seats, general admission, which were great, and this year we had upper bowl seats, which are still nice but definitely less leg room. We went with four of my fiance's friends, and one of their babies, and it was still a fun game even though UM lost to MSU, 3-2 (last year they won in overtime!). I got to wear one of my "vintage" UM football t-shirts also (the official game shirt, from 2007 ... lol!), and I saw some of the UM band was there ... I did some quick math, and if they were seniors, they were probably born in 2002, and if freshman, 2006, which is wild (I graduated

The Friday Five, 2/9/24: 5 things I've been up to this week

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I feel like I haven't done much this week but I think I actually have, haha ... let's look at the calendar and see. I am going to Duel in the D tomorrow, which should be fun, though: UM vs. MSU hockey, at LCA.  Margherita pizza at Crispelli's, WB What I've been up to this week: Dining out/doing takeout . Last Friday, I met a friend at Granite City, in Troy, which was nice because I hadn't seen her in a while and also hadn't been in a while—they have great happy hour deals, although sadly their BBQ chicken pizza and Maple Pepper Bacon flatbread aren't on there (my two faves); only the margherita pizza is on the HH menu. On Saturday night, I saw my parents, and we had Hungry Howie's takeout, and on Sunday, I went to an influencer event at 88 Banh Mi and Bowl (more about that below). On Tuesday, I met up with a friend at Crispelli's in West Bloomfield, for pizza. So basically, I've just been eating a lot of pizza this week, LOL.  Influencer event i

The Friday Five, 2/2/24: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This felt like another long week, but I think part of it is I went to bed way too late last night (around 1am/1:30am) so I'm tired again today.  Dinner at The Eagle, Detroit What I've been up to this week: Eating out + takeout.  My fiance was sick last weekend, so we did a lot of takeout. On Friday, I used my $3 T-Mobile code for a half-and-half Little Caesars pizza, which was actually quite good—it was half pepperoni pizza, and half of their Italian Cheese Bread. On Saturday, I had my infusion, and I brought back Panera after; they were doing buy 1 meal get 1 half-off, and I also have gift cards. On Tuesday, I attended The Eagle's "Days of Giving" promo, where the bill for the entire table was comped, minus drinks, which was tasty; The Eagle is always good, and we went with two friends. Today I have plans with a friend at Granite City in Troy, which will be fun—they do a good happy hour, I haven't been in a bit, and I haven't seen this friend in a while e

Movie Review and GIVEAWAY: Next Goal Wins {ends 2/6}

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*Disclosure: I was provided a digital code to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. I missed Next Goal Wins in the theater, and it looked great, so I was excited to check it out. It's currently available from all major digital retailers ( Prime Video ,* AppleTV, Vudu, etc.) and it will be on Blu-ray and DVD on February 27 .* The Blu-ray and DVD versions will include never-before-seen bonus content including Taika Waititi’s homage to American Samoa, Polynesian culture, and sports movies. * = Amazon affiliate links Film synopsis: Based on a true story, this heartfelt underdog comedy follows the American Samoa soccer team, infamous for their brutal 31-0 FIFA loss in 2001. With the World Cup qualifiers fast approaching, the team hires down-on-his-luck, maverick coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender), hoping he will turn the world’s worst soccer team into winners. Rating: PG-13 Bonus features: Featurette Creating The Pitch of Life - Explore filmmake

Movie Review and GIVEAWAY: The Marvels {ends 2/5}

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all photos courtesy of: Disney *Disclosure: I received a digital code to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. I missed The Marvels at the theater, so I was interested in watching it, and was able to do so this weekend. Three of my lucky readers will win a digital code to own the movie—read below for the details! About the movie: Be the first to watch at home on Digital when Marvel Studios’ The Marvels becomes available from all major digital retailers including Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu on January 16 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on February 13. Fans can add the film to their collection and access exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, a gag reel, behind-the-scenes featurettes and an audio commentary from co-writer/director Nia DaCosta and VFX Supervisor Tara DeMarco. Film synopsis: Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole, her power

The Friday Five, 1/26/24: 5 things I've been up to this week

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This week has seemed really long so I'm glad it's Friday.  Espresso martini and mocktail at Syndicate, Ferndale What I've been up to this week: Dining out.  Last Saturday, my fiance, parents, and I went to the Cheesecake Factory in Novi, as a makeup birthday lunch (on January 13, we had received all that snow the day before and the roads were bad). We also stopped by the House of Falafel, in Farmington, for a free Yelp pickup; I had never been before, and it was very good, especially the chicken shawarma. We bought some pita chips and garlic to go, too, and that was also very good. On Sunday, two friends and I met up at Miss Kim, in Ann Arbor, for Ann Arbor Restaurant Week , which ends today; that was only the second time I have been there, and everything was very good. On Wednesday night, after seeing a movie, I stopped by Shake Shack in Troy for a free burger; the T-Mobile Tuesday app was giving a free ShackBurger with purchase, so I threw in some fries too, making my tot

Movie Review and GIVEAWAY: Wish, on digital {ends 2/1}

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*Disclosure: I received a digital copy of the movie to facilitate this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. Wish is now out on digital, and it will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 12. Three of my lucky readers will win a digital code to own a copy of the movie! About the film: A heartfelt celebration of the magic of Disney, and a joyful new entry to the studio’s animated film legacy, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wish will soon be available for families to enjoy at home. Fans can enjoy a sing-along movie version, never-before-seen bonus features and deleted scenes when the film becomes available from all major digital retailers including Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu on January 23 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD March 12. A heartwarming and magical story, Wish has been described as “Wondrous” (Sabina Graves, Gizmodo), “Enchanting” (Kristen Lopez, The Wrap)

Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: Shrek the Musical, Aug. 2-4, Fisher Theatre, Detroit {ends 1/30}

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. I am a big fan of the Shrek  movies, but have never seen Shrek the Musical , so I'm excited for this—it's coming to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit from August 2–4. About the show: Fifth Estate Entertainment, Round Room Live and Broadway In Detroit are thrilled to announce that an all-new version of SHREK THE MUSICAL will depart Duloc to embark on a cross-country national tour that includes a stop at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre August 2–4. Audiences can expect a SHREK that feels both familiar and refreshingly new, inviting everyone to “fall in love all ogre again.” Tickets for SHREK THE MUSICAL go on sale Friday, January 26 and will be available online at BroadwayInDetroit.com and at the Fisher Theatre box office starting at Noon. Kimberly Akimbo Tony Award-winning duo Jeanine Tesori (music) and David Lindsay-Abaire (book) have re-visited their first collabor

The Saturday Six, 1/20/24: 6 things I've been up to this week

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This is one of the rare times I was unable to post on Friday—we were in Vegas from Sunday until Friday, aka yesterday, and we got back around 10:30pm—so instead you get a Saturday Six roundup, vs. a Friday Five. Chihuly ceiling at the Bellagio, one of my favorite Vegas hotels What I've been up to this week: Trip to Vegas . We were there Sunday through Friday, which is a long time for Vegas, but we found a lot of fun things to do. Originally we had five nights comped at Paris, which is a nice hotel I haven't stayed at in a while (I believe I stayed there in 2001 or '02 with my parents, and also 2017 for work); we ended up paying a little extra to upgrade to a mini suite, and it was pretty nice.  Eating good food . Vegas is one of my favorite food cities, and it didn't disappoint this trip either! The most epic meal was probably our last one, at the new Peter Luger in Caesars Palace; there are only three locations in the U.S., the original being in Brooklyn, and this one

The Friday Five, 1/12/24: 5 things I've been up to this week

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Today is my last day of being 36. 36 feels like mid-30's to me, and 37 feels like late 30's. For my birthday, Mother Nature has graciously decided to dump 3 to 6 inches of snow on the area, so that will be fun to drive in today and tomorrow ...  "Deep dish" round pepperoni pizza, from Green Lantern What I've been up to this week: Watching movies . Last Friday, I saw Migration at the theater, which was cute—I'd give it 4/5 stars. I also watched Good Grief , on Netflix, which was more of a "grown up" role for Dan Levy; I didn't like it as much as I was expecting, but I'd still give it 3.5/5 stars. I also saw the new Mean Girls in the theater yesterday. I had high expectations for it—the OG version, which came out in 2004 (when I was 17, probably the ideal age for it, too), is one of my all-time favorite movies—and it actually did not disappoint. I saw the musical with my mom at the Fisher in June 2022, and this version was loosely based on that

The Friday Five, 1/5/24: 5 things I've been up to this week

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It feels weird to write "24" for the year in this title! Welcome to the first week of 2024: it's been a short week but feels long, for some reason.  AYCE Korean BBQ at KPot, Novi What I've been up to this week: Dining out and getting takeout . Last Saturday, a friend and I went to KPot in Novi—my second time there—for AYCE (all-you-can-eat) KBBQ (Korean BBQ). I asked her to meet me there at 11:45am, because they open at 12pm, and I'm glad I did, because by 12:15 or 12:30, every table was full. This time was as enjoyable as my last, and it's the only AYCE KBBQ place in the area, other than its second location in Sterling Heights; $29.99 for dinner pricing (Sat/Sun is all-day dinner pricing) and $19.99 for M-Fri lunch, which is reasonable IMO. Yesterday, I had a work "field trip" (site visit) to Hamtramck, so I definitely stopped by Polish Village to get takeout after—they have fabulous Polish food. I ended up getting some pierogies, potato pancakes, k

GIVEAWAY: Duel in the D, February 10 at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit {ends 1/10}

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing media relationship with 313 Presents. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own. I had a great time at Duel in the D last year—I'm a UM alum, but I had only ever seen ONE hockey game in my life at that point, and this was the second one.  I'm looking forward to it again this year, and one of my lucky readers will win a 4-pack of tickets to experience it as well! About the game: The return of college hockey is headed to Little Caesars Arena with the annual “Duel in the D,” presented by Meijer, set for Saturday, February 10 at 8:30 p.m.  The fans of Hockeytown will be treated to one of the most intense and exciting rivalries in college hockey, as the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans men’s ice hockey teams will add another chapter in their storied rivalry and clash for the “Iron D” Trophy.  The “Duel in the D” matchup features the most-played rivalry in college hockey. The game will mark the 346th all-time meeting between the h

The Friday Five, 12/29/23: 5 things I've been up to this week

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Welcome to the last Friday Five of 2023! This week has been full of relaxation and family time, which has been very nice. Today I'm headed back to my condo for a bit and hopefully to see a movie—I'm thinking The Iron Claw— and then Saturday and Sunday will be busy. Chocolate hazelnut cake at Symposia, Atheneum Hotel, Detroit What I've been up to this week: TSO at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit. By my count, this was my NINTH (9th) time seeing them in concert, and they always put on a fabulous show. I started seeing them in 2014, at the Palace, and at some point they switched to LCA; I think in 2017 or 2018. I've seen them every year from 2014-2023 now, with the one exception being December 2020, where obviously (due to the pandemic) they did not have a show. I highly recommend seeing them if you never have; they usually are on Groupon too by mid- or late-year. Dining out/getting takeout . After the TSO concert, we went to Symposia, at the Atheneum Hotel—I had won a "