Troy, MI Restaurant Reviews Part II

 

1.Tim Hortons (www.timhortons.com)
1230 W. 14 Mile Road
Clawson MI, 48017
(248) 435-0411                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rating:  A

  • I visited the drive thru multiple times in May
  • I ordered Grilled Cheese panini for E (big sandwich, cut diagonally, mozzarella and American cheese….she loved it)
  • I ordered the Extreme Italian Sandwich (made with traditional Italian style meats, pepperoni, ham capicola, and genoa salami. With a creamy sundried tomato sauce, on a parmesan and herbed-topped bun…limited time only) and I liked it a lot
  • I also ordered a small frozen hot chocolate…so yummy! 
  • This week I went back and got a frozen triple chocolate cappuccino and it was “to die for”

2.  BIRMINGHAM SANDERS CANDY & DESSERT SHOP (http://www.sanderscandy.com)                                                                      167 N. Old Woodward, Birmingham, MI 48009                                                                                                                                      248.594.3215                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rating:  A   

  • visited Sunday, May 17
  • I ordered a peanut butter ice cream and hot fudge over a brownie…a little rich and decadent but delicious
  • I also ordered a box of assorted to chocolates to try…loved the mint meltaways, chocolate covered cherries and milk chocolate honeycomb chips
  • E ordered sherbert and Scott ordered hot fudge over vanilla ice cream and both enjoyed their orders! 
  • This is a definite must stop for ice cream and/or chocolates while in the southeast corner of Michigan!  Image
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Homefried Kielbasa and Potatoes

I found the original recipe on pinterest from the blog, Mom Foodie at http://blommi.com/homefried-kielbasa-and-potatoes-recipe/.  I took her recipe and edited it to include some of the comments people had posted as well as my own twist.  This has a polish and German twist.

Amanda’s Fried potatoes and kielbasa
Serves 3-4
Ingredients
  • 14-16 oz. kielbasa
  • 4-5 potatoes
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 2-4 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic (minced)
  • ½-1 tsp. marjoram
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Heat skillet with olive oil in it on med-high heat.
  2. Cube the potatoes and fry in the oil until they start to brown.  Add 1 T vinegar if the potatoes start to stick.
  3. Dice the onion and slice the sausage and add it to the cooked potatoes.  Mince the garlic and add it in.  Add the rest of the apple cider vinegar if you haven’t already.  Stir while frying.
  4. Once the onions are translucent and the potatoes are cooked enough turn down heat to med-low, and add the remaining ingredients. Stir well.
  5. Serve with cabbage or green beans on the side or add it to the recipe for a more balance meal.

 

A Day in the Life of a Mommy with 2 sick kids

Thursday, Elizabeth started showing signs of a cold (runny nose).  Friday, William seemed to also have a cold.  By Saturday night, Scott and I also had sore throats and seemed to have the start of colds.  Elizabeth’s cold progressed with a cough and so we all decided to stay home from church on Mother’s Day.  Scott made me breakfast in bed.  Then, we got takeout from Noodles and Company (spicy food is so yummy when you have a cold).  Scott made Ramen with tofu, green onions, and mushrooms for dinner.

(Warning:  details about sickness…do not read if you are easily grossed out by bodily fluids) Monday is when things got crazy for me.  Scott got up with Elizabeth and made her breakfast.  He left at 7:30 and so I got up and fed William and I breakfast.  Elizabeth ate only one bit of her “PBJ toastwich” before Scott left so I coaxed her to eat the rest of that.  They played for awhile and then I fed William “mommy milk” before I put him down for his nap.  Elizabeth decided she needed to go potty but I told her she had just gone and she needed to wait until I was done putting William down for a nap.  She actually did have to go apparently because she peed in the hallway.  I told her it was not her fault and it was ok.  We moved on with our day after I cleaned up the mess.  At lunchtime, she starts coughing and throws up her lunch.  Mess #2 that Mommy has to clean up.  I felt bad for her because I know how hard it is to eat when you are coughing so hard.  I have to give her a bath to make sure to get everything out of her hair.  William also coughs up part of his dinner (baby gag reflex).  By the way, I do give her homemade cough syrup (honey and cinnamon) and have her drink lots of water but unfortunately there is not much more to be done for a toddler except Vick’s on the chest at bedtime.  Monday night, we do her bedtime routine and she goes to sleep.  Before we go to bed, she wakes up coughing and throws up again…blah!  We get to do another quick bath because the yucky stuff is in her hair.  We take off her new comforter and sheets.  I get her tucked back in bed with clean pajamas, clean blanket and make sure she is comfortable.  This happened again last night but I was prepared with a bucket and I stayed in her room until she was settled down.  Scott was dealing with William both night when this happened and she doesn’t want much to do with Daddy when she is sick.  I have to admit that I am glad she wants me when she is sick but I don’t ever want my kids to be sick.  We are resting up this week in hopes we will feel better by the weekend.

People in my Neighborhood

The thing that made me most interested in writing this blog is about the people that I have been meeting in my neighborhood.  There is a song on Sesame Street about people in your neighborhood and I have included a link for your enjoyment if you are not familiar with the song or want to walk down memory lane like me.

Anyways, in 2010, the racial makeup of the city of Troy, MI was 74.1% White, 4.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 19.1% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.  This seemed pretty normal to me until I saw the Asian percentage.  We connected with a real estate agent in the area and she suggested we look at Somerset Apartments because they were family friendly and affordable.  She did mention that the population is heavily Asian and so some people complain about the smell of the cooking (garlic, spices, etc).  We lived next to a family from India in Greenwood, IN when we were first married and we never minded the smell so we weren’t worried.  We also love to cook so it would be terrible if we got to try some of our neighbor’s cooking.  First day we lived here, I met the neighbor across the hall from us.  She and her family are from Albania and she speaks very little English.  We had a confusing first conversation about where I was from because I told her I was from Indiana which sounds a lot like Indian.  We finally managed to communicate that I am American.  We also had a confusing conversation about laundry which she calls “wash”. We manage to get by with sign language and smiles and less verbal conversation. I enjoy her smile and how sweet she is to my kids.  We have a an Indian family, the Albanian family, and us (the “Americans”) living on the second floor.  I met another neighbor downstairs that speaks little English but I have not asked her where she is from yet.  Everyone enjoys meeting our kids so they are good conversation starter.

I had a frustrating experience with our laundry downstairs.  We only have one washer and dryer for 8 units but most of the people are not home during the day, I don’t think.  We caught up on all of our laundry at a laundromat before Scott went back to work.  Now, I am trying to keep with it.  I took a load of laundry down one day last week around 2 pm and went to take it out of the washer 30 minutes later and another family’s clothes were still in the dryer.  I kept going down every half hour and no one came to get the clothes.  I finally left a note asking for that person to knock on our door or call us once the dryer was available.  Around 6 pm, our neighbor across the hall knocks on our door and apologizes.  It was frustrating but at least he apologized.

On another multicultural note, last Wednesday I took Elizabeth to her first story hour at the Troy Public Library.  During the story hour, they had a theme of cats and so they read stories and sang songs about cats.  It was quite noisy in the room with so many parents and children packed in one room.  The most interesting thing was that I heard a few different languages being spoken by the parents in the room.

I suppose I have grown up mostly in a community of people who grew up in America.  I had a few friends in high school who immigrated from Russia and a friend from Puerto Rico and Mexico.  I am enjoying being surrounded by people from other cultures but it is going to take some time to understand each other!

Troy, MI Restaurant Reviews Part I

Wednesday morning, we wake up for a day of unpacking.  Each day of unpacking, I try to make a plan of what I would like to accomplish and work toward that goal.  It took me nearly two days to get the kitchen unpacked and arranged so that we could cook in it.  In the mean time, we needed to eat so we ate out a lot for the first couple of days.  Scott and I love trying new food, so we didn’t mind eating out for a day or two.

Noodles & Company (http://www.noodles.com/food/)                                                       3119 Crooks Rd, Troy, MI 48084  (248) 280-4300                                                         Rating:  A

  • visited on April 22 for dinner
  • ordered small order of Mac & Cheese for E – delicious always with melted cheese on top.
  • ordered Thai Curry Soup (spicy) with chicken – delicious, not too spicy for me, Scott also liked it
  • ordered Pad Thai (spicy) with tofu – too spicy for me but Scott enjoyed it

Kalmata Greek Grill (http://www.kalamatagreek.com/menu.php)                                    3149 Crooks Rd, Troy, MI 48084  (248) 643-2600                                                        Rating:  A-

  • visited on April 23 for lunch
  • I ordered Real Greek Salad with a side of Pita bread  – loved it but would order without beets and more olives next time, pita bread was warm and homemade!
  • Scott ordered a Gyro with lamb and a side of Greek fries (fries with Greek dressing) – he thought the gyro and fries were fine, just nothing out of the ordinary
  • I ordered baklava for dessert – delicious, definitely would order it again
  • E ate some off of both of our plates…she loves the fries and most of the salad (also the dessert, of course)

Granite City Food & Brewery (http://gcfb.net/location/troy/menu)                                       699 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084  (248) 519-1040                                                Rating: B

  • visited on April 23 for dinner
  • We ordered Prosciutto Olive Flatbread pizza for an appetizer – loved the saltiness and flavor, E did not like it
  • I ordered a Flying monkey (spiked strawberry lemonade) and enjoyed it
  • I ordered the Bacon, Tomato, Avocado Grilled Cheese – not enough cheese and not memorable but tasty
  • Scott got the Bleu Peppercorn Burger  – he didn’t like that he had to send it back to the kitchen to get a medium cooked burger and he would have like something spicy like jalapenos
  • E ate off of our plates
  • I ordered a Mini Brownie with vanilla ice cream  – the brownie was overdone so I would not order this again
  • I would like to try the deep dish chocolate chip cookie with someone else to help me eat it
  •  Scott ordered the beer sampler and took a growler home of one that he tried

Potbelly Sandwich Shop (http://www.potbelly.com/)                                                         3111 Crooks Rd, Troy, MI 48084  (248) 643-0143                                                            Rating:  A

  • visited on April 24 for lunch
  • Loved the live music (laid back songs like Scott plays on the guitar)
  • E ordered Grilled Cheese (made with 5 cheeses, not on the menu) – she loved it, of course
  • I ordered Mushroom Melt and a side of tomato soup – sandwich was a little dry but worked out with the chunky tomato soup
  • Scott ordered A Wreck – he liked it
  • I ordered an Oreo shake – will definitely go there just for the hand-dipped yummy shake

 

 

Moving Week

Monday, the moving truck was scheduled to come between 2 and 4 pm.  We still had a lot of final items to pack like all of the beds and bedding.  The movers called around 3:30 pm to say they would be on their way after they took a dinner break.  I got really cranky at this point and so Scott sent me out on a frappe run.  I felt much better after my coffee drink and was glad that the rain came before the movers did.  We decided to order Chinese and eat it while the two guys loaded our stuff so I took Elizabeth to go get our regular Chinese order (shrimp mai fun, moo shu pork, and crab rangoon).  We had a picnic on the porch with the kids.  Scott directed the movers and I fed William some baby food.  Elizabeth finished eating and enjoyed running around outside while we tried to stay out of the way of the movers.           Image

By the time the movers left, it was time to make up beds for the kids on the floor.  We all had sleeping mats and blankets or sleeping bags.  We were all packed like sardines into Elizabeth’s old room but everyone was pretty happy.  Mommy and Daddy enjoyed Smirnoffs after the kids went to bed and then slept so we would be rested for the drive the next day.  Image

Tuesday morning, we got up at 6 am and started packing waterproof things into the back of the truck (kids were still asleep).  We then packed the inside of the truck with our valuable electronics like TV, computer, and keyboard.  The car was packed with mostly kids’ stuff and we packed snacks for both vehicles.  I packed coolers up with the remnant of our fridge and freezer.  It took us a little longer than we thought because we didn’t end up leaving until 8:30 AM.  We ate a little before we left and then snacked while the kids slept in the car.  We were pleasantly surprised that were able to drive 2 hours without stopping.  We stopped for a lunch of ham and cheese on bagels and got gas at a gas station.  On the road again, we were able to make until Michigan without stopping.  We stopped at the Michigan visitors center for a potty stop and for the kids to play on the playground a little.  We needed to make it to the leasing office between 3 and 6 pm to pick up our keys and then meet the moving truck.  We made it by 3 pm and so we had no problems signing the final paperwork and getting our keys.  We drive over to our new apartment and have trouble getting in the outer door.  When we arrive upstairs at our apartment, we realize that we have the wrong keys.  We call maintenance and they let us in our apartment.  They replace our dead bolt and give us new keys.  The movers arrive and start bringing our furniture and then boxes upstairs.  I make a run for food.  I find Noodles and Company a few blocks away and order for the three of us.  William eats baby food while Elizabeth chows down on Mac&Cheese.  Scott and I try out the new spicy soup with chicken and a spicy pad thai with tofu.  I liked the soup better so Scott ate the pad thai.  The movers brought all of our boxes into our living room.  They deliver the furniture to the rooms we direct them to.  We try to start taking boxes to the right rooms.  We get some of Elizabeth and William’s toys unpacked.  The movers accidentally hit a globe in the hallway outside our apartment while moving in our bookshelves.  Luckily no one was hurt.  One of our screens pops out when we open a window so we end up calling maintenance a total of three times our first day.  After the movers leave, Scott puts together the kids’ beds.  Elizabeth is really excited to have a new bed in the room she picked out.  We survived our trip to Michigan and all of our stuff is in our apartment.  Now, the real works begins!

The Job Offer

It all happened rather quickly.  Scott found out he was not going to have a job after February 14 so he continued to search for a job in his field.  He did interviews with recruiters, phone interviews and in-person interviews.  It felt like forever but just about six weeks after he became unemployed and was looking for a job full time, he had a phone interview with Cengage.  The phone interview took place on Monday (3/31), and then an interview in Farmington Hills, MI on Tuesday (4/1),  He was then offered the job on Thursday (4/3 – my birthday).  He accepted the job on Monday, April 7.