Thursday, April 30, 2015

This is simply a test to see if this even works anymore

It's been a while!

Monday, May 17, 2010

The last part of the Day's Hotel, Hazel Park.

I did not take this vid, but it is pretty cool.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Days Hotel in Hazel Park, Michigan. Demolished!!!!!

For a few years, I used to drive past this hotel on the way to work. It sat on 9 Mile and I-75.

If I remember correctly, it used to be a Holiday Inn. I always thought it looked kinda crumby.

Anyway, it should be entirely gone by the end of this weekend. They started pulling it down last week, and plan to be carting it away by tomorrow.


I wonder what the pub was like....





Check out the water jet above








The sign seems to be covering up another - Holiday Inn? Of course, my memory is never that good.






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And just what's needed - a CVS. Because there is never too many corners that can be taken up by a CVS.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hong Chang Xing - HotPot in Shanghai - LOOK AT THE MENU ITEMS NAMES!

Shanghai, China. Hotpot.

This means having a large metal dish of water on a table in which you cook your food prior to eating it.

Such a place is Hong Chang Xing. Now, before we got into the food - another post - the menu provided us Westerners much entertainment. The translations were a wee bit off. In fairness, if I were to translate from English to Chinese - I would be clueless. In any event....

Sea Hibernation of Insects Head

Smoking Ducks Tongue (had this - interesting!)

The Hand Grasps the Mutton (??)

OK, some places in the states talk about "MSG Free". Not in this place. Quite proud of its:
Wind Monosodium Glutamate Duck

Hot Fries the Diced Chicken

Black Pepper Cowboy Bone

Soak the Pepper Chicken Feet.
Not too bad, in comparison to.....

Bad Chicken Feet!!!!

The Brine Goes All Out By Defeat the Basin

Three Silks very much in USA are fragile

Not sure what this was, but
It Resembles Honey!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Wild Turkeys at Saugatuck Dunes State Park

We took a drive to the State Park. Too many mosquitos though to walk around, but we did see these big birds.....

wild turkeys1

wild turkeys2

wild turkeys3

All this at:
Saugatuck dunes park sign

Monday, July 06, 2009

Saugatuck Brewing Company (inc. The Lucky Stone) - Douglas, MI

We were done with wandering around Saugatuck - and things were shutting up there. Seems most places are done by 6pm. The restaurants (apart from The Butler, where we had lunch) all seemed to not fit our needs - either too nice or too hot-dog. And we didn't want pizza.

A last ditch blackberry search pointed us to The Saugatuck Brewing Company (actually on Blue Star Highway in Douglas) - it had a couple of good reviews, so we thought we'd have a look. And it was in Douglas, near where we were staying.

I stopped in and found it served food, brewed its own beer, and was family friendly.


So we gave it a go!

There was also 2 relatively unique (and welcoming) traits here - smoke free, and TV free (as far as I could see).

It seems there is an Irish theme going on - the pub (or part of the pub) within was called The Lucky Stone, and there was what appeared to be real old (pre EU) road signs from Ireland.





I talked to our server, Katie (who was great!), about why the Irishness - the owner has spent some time in Ireland and wanted to somewhat mould the poub around it.

By the look of the beer list (not all of which were on sale yet - the place seems to be on its way up still), they also knew a bit about other countries, or at least the beer coming out of them - there was mentins of Alts, Kolshchs, Impertial Stouts, Porters to name a few.

I had a Weiss bier to start with. It was good - not too heavy, not too bitter and not at all watery. Good! Next I moved to the Alt. Also good, but just a touch too heavy for me after a day walking around stores. The food was normal burgers, sandwiches, pretzels with mustard, pub dinners, and that kind of thing. Nothing wildly extravagant, but thats just fine when what's offered comes out as good as you would wish for. And it did. No complaints from our table at all. Prices - reasonable!

There was also a games area - no, not space invaders, but darts and board games. Nice touch.


Why is it the Saugatuck Brewing Company if it is in Douglas? Well, it used to be in Saugatuck but needed a bigger premises, so the spot in Douglas fitted.

All in all, should we be in the area again, we will be back the Saugatuck Brewing Company to both eat and drink!