Saturday, February 11, 2012
Metropolitan Cafe tops the Food Fight poll as the most romantic restaurant in Macomb County.
Looking for a romantic restaurant? Then try Metropolitan Cafe, which Patch users called the most romantic restaurant in Macomb County. Metropolitan Cafe, which is located at 52969 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Township, received 54 percent of the vote to win the Food Fight poll. Eastside Tavern in Mount Clemens finished second. Voting took place from Wednesday morning until Friday at 5 p.m. Congratulations, Metropolitan Cafe, and thanks to all who participated in the Food Fight by voting in the poll and leaving comments on the site. We look forward to hearing from you again in the next edition of Food Fight. Have you eaten at Metropolitan Cafe? Let us know what you thought by leaving a review on Patch.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Valentine season is not just for the romantic. Make a pledge Feb. 14 to think with your heart throughout the year.
- VALENTINE'S DAY GUIDE
- Megan Swoyer
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Valentine season is not just for romantic love. There are two paper red hearts that hang on a cupboard in my kitchen as a reminder that there are several people living alone who need a hug or a kind gesture this Valentine’s Day. Strangers’ names are written on the bright, cut-out hearts, including Ray from Warren and Ann of Troy. I don’t know them, but I have their addresses (also inscribed on the hearts) and will soon put Valentine’s Day cards in the mail for these two. I’ll ask my sons to write a line or two to Ann and Ray, wishing them a good day and letting them know that people — even strangers — are thinking of them on this day. I plucked those little heart ornaments from the Church of St. Alan’s “Heart Tree” after attending Mass …
Shelby Township's new sweet kid on the block, Candy Bouquet, offers Valentine shoppers a delicious gift alternative.
A Shelby Township family is bringing, cute, comforting and most importantly, delicious candy bouquets to the area. Mother and daughter duo Denise Laethem-Bazinet and Lauren Laethem opened the first Candy Bouquet franchise in Michigan in December on Hayes Road, between Hall Road and 21 Mile Road. Now, they are gearing up for their busiest day of the year–Valentine Day. “December went really well. We met a lot of customers, but we’re looking forward to Valentine’s Day,” said Laethem-Bazinet. Candy Bouquet sells handmade candy arrangements ranging from get-well to happy birthday and baby showers bouquets. All chocolates sold at Candy Bouquet are preservative-free and individually wrapped. And the best part is, all chocolates can be sampled …
Jessica Long's prize is overnight stay at Royal Park Hotel.
It was a last-minute entry on Wednesday morning that was selected as the random winner of Patch's "Object of My Affection" Valentine Contest. The winner, Jessica Long, of Rochester Hills entered a picture of a sunset on Lake Michigan in Leland. In the caption she wrote: ".. one of my favorite vacation spots. I might get back there this summer; I'll settle for a night at the Royal Park in the meantime." Long will receive an overnight stay at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. The package will include two Valentine martinis and the choice of one of the following to be delivered to her room: Make Whoopie (the couple can enjoy making their own whoopie pies); Sweetie Pies with Milk Shooters; Champagne and dipped berries. Patch received 194 …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Try these favorite dishes to make you fall in love all over again.
When my husband and I were dating some 20 years ago, I decided to try to impress him with a home-cooked meal for Valentine’s Day. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right? I knew my man’s stomach was no exception. So off to the market I went for fresh shrimp, wine, flowers and more. I’d seen my mom make a deviled shrimp dish for my dad through the years, and the two always seemed to be happier when tucking forks into this delicious seafood-starring meal. The same was true with my then-boyfriend and me the night I made it for him, and I’ve been creating deviled shrimp for us for Valentine’s Day ever since. Culinary prowess and affairs of the heart go hand-in-hand for several Metro Detroit and nationally known chefs. Here are…
Eastside Tavern and Metropolitan Cafe are vying for top honors in the Food Fight poll.
- VALENTINE'S DAY GUIDE
- John Hetzler
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
When Patch asked for people’s opinions on the best romantic restaurant in Macomb County, you responded. We listened, and you have told us your top choices: Eastside Tavern and the Metropolitan Cafe. Now we’re asking for a little more help to finish off this Food Fight. We would like you to vote on one of those places for the best romantic restaurant. If you would like, please leave a comment on why you voted, or share your choice on Facebook and Twitter. You can also leave a review of the restaurant on Patch. You have until Friday at 5 p.m. to vote, and we’ll announce the winner of the Food Fight on Saturday morning. Thanks again, and happy eating.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Show us a picture of the object of your affection and you will have a chance to win a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day!
UPDATE: The contest is now closed and we'll be announcing the winner, Thursday, Feb. 9. Thanks for your entries! Valentine's Day is fast approaching and we've got the perfect gift for you and your sweetie: an overnight stay for two at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. So, enter our "Object of My Affection" contest for a chance to win. Here's how: Besides the overnight stay, the Royal Park package will include two Valentine martinis and the choice of one of the following to be delivered to your room: Make Whoopie (the couple can enjoy making their own whoopie pies); Sweetie Pies with Milk Shooters; Champagne and dipped berries. Even if you don't win the prize, this Valentine's Day package is available to any hotel guest throughout the …
Giving flowers Feb. 14? With value in mind, we sniff out which last the longest, and get to the heart of the best way to keep them in bloom.
A Valentine’s bouquet of fresh flowers is typically so beautiful you wish they’d last forever. Obviously, cut flowers do have an expiration date, but by choosing specific varieties and performing various maintenance procedures, your bouquets can be your “best buds” for a good while. Carnations, alstromeria and roses top the list of longest-lasting cut flowers, said Jocie Rogers corporate floral coordinator for English Gardens. “Carnations can last up to 15 days in a vase,” explained Rogers. “They come in an array of colors; white, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple, striped and so on.” They also are two sizes: standard and miniature. “Consumers should look for carnations that are in tight bud form,” Rogers said. Alstromeria, a delicate-…
Monday, February 6, 2012
Leave a comment below to let us know your pick for the most romantic restaurant in Macomb County.
Do you love romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day? If you do, then we hope you will help out with this week’s Food Fight question: Where is the most romantic restaurant in Macomb County? Each week in the Food Fight, we ask you for your opinion on the best places to eat around the area. With Valentine’s Day coming soon, we want to know about that special place you go with that special someone. You can let us know by leaving a comment below. You may submit comments until 5 p.m. Tuesday. From there, we will take the top three nominees and post in an article first thing Wednesday morning. Then it will be time to vote again to decide the Food Fight champion. Voting will continue until Friday at 5 p.m. Then, on Saturday morning, we will announce …
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Love wends its way among emails, historic hotels, bookstores and heart transplants in these romantic films.
What's the most romantic movie of all time? A good friend who’s a huge movie buff said The Bridges of Madison County is "up there,” but added: "I almost can’t watch it anymore because it’s so heartbreaking.” She decided it’s easier to name the most romantic scenes, such as one from It’s a Wonderful Life. “Mary (Donna Reed) is on the phone trying to ignore James Stewart and he finally can't stand it and just grabs, kisses, hugs her," she recounts. "Then there’s Rhett kissing Scarlett by the fence after Atlanta burns in Gone With the Wind.” Indeed, those scenes really do make the heart go pitter-patter. Jessica Jackson, manager at the Blockbuster video store in Clawson, said The Notebook, Dear John, and The Last Song are three most-popular …