The Friday Five, 8/2/19: 5 things I've been up to this week

This week has seemed really long, so I'm glad it's Friday. I'm going to see the new Fast & the Furious movie later, and I expect it to be as entertaining as the others in the series.

Ice cream sandwich from Doug's Delight, Hazel Park
Ice cream sandwich from Doug's Delight, Hazel Park

What I've been up to this week:
  1. Eating out. Maybe a bit too much. Last Friday, my boyfriend and I tried out Mabel Gray, in Hazel Park, which I had been wanting to try for forever ... they happened to have a 5pm reservation on OpenTable, which rarely happens (most available are like 9pm, 10pm, 10:30pm, etc), so I snagged it. It lives up to its reputation; all of the food was very tasty, and service was great. Afterwards, we headed to Doug's Delight for some ice cream, which was another place on my Hazel Park bucket list. On Saturday, I visited my parents, and we did Pizza Hut carryout. On Sunday, I had a gift card for BD's Mongolian Grill, so my boyfriend and I headed to the Sterling Heights location. On Tuesday, I did a strolling dinner thing in Rochester (more about that below), and on Thursday, I met up with a friend at Alibi, in Troy; it was my first time there, and the pizza was excellent.
  2. Strolling dinner in Rochester (aka more eating out). The official title of this was "Dine + Dash," and I've done similar food tours before, but usually in Royal Oak, with a different company. This one was interesting because I don't spend much time in downtown Rochester, so it gave me the chance to experience a lot of restaurants in a short amount of time. My favorites, ironically, were Bigalora and Grand Traverse Pie, both of which I've been to before, but I had never been to the Rochester locations.
  3. Seeing movies, of course. I saw The Art of Self-Defense last Saturday and I'm glad I did, because now AMC John R has pulled it (I'm guessing to insert more Fast & the Furious showtimes? Who knows). I would give that one 4/5 stars, and it was darker than I thought it would be. I also saw Midsommar on Sunday, at the AMC Forum, and it wasn't scary ... definitely gory, in parts, and thought-provoking, but not scary. I'd give that one 3.5/5 stars. 
  4. Trying to book hotels. My boyfriend and I are thinking of doing an overnight in Ann Arbor on September 13th, so I just booked a (refundable) hotel ... I kind of want to try out Priceline's "Name Your Price" feature but that's nonrefundable, so just in case, I booked the University Inn, over near Washtenaw, for now. Also, next Friday a friend and I are going to Cedar Point for the day, but now we are thinking of spending the night, so she doesn't have to drive us home so late ... I looked at a bunch of hotels yesterday for that but wow, the Sandusky area is expensive. The cheapest I found was like $100/n for a motel. 
  5. Cooking. I had a Home Chef box last week and I have Blue Apron this week. Also, at work on Wednesday we had a dessert potluck ... I didn't cook for it but a lot of people did (I brought in store-bought cookies), and we had a smorgasboard of delicious desserts to eat. 
Mushroom/Pepperoni/Green Pepper pizza at Alibi, Troy
Mushroom/Pepperoni/Green Pepper pizza at Alibi, Troy

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