Otus Supply – Fabulous in Ferndale

It started with an Italian grandmother.  Well, not the restaurant, but the chef. For Myles McVay, 37, the executive chef at Otus Supply in Ferndale, the interest in cooking began with his Italian grandma, “She was always cooking.” From there, it was a short trip to the neighborhood pizzeria. At 13, he started working there, …

Takoi, nee Katoi

  “And you may ask yourself What is that beautiful house? And you may ask yourself Where does that highway go to? And you may ask yourself Am I right? Am I wrong? And you may say yourself, “My God! What have I done?” “Same as it ever was.” “Same as it ever was.” With apologies …

Red Dunn

  Detroit’s vibrant restaurant scene just got a bit brighter, with the opening of Red Dunn Kitchen, adjacent to the Trumbull & Porter Hotel. Red Dunn could be considered a hotel restaurant, a fact that usually means you should eat elsewhere.  Especially in a neighborhood like Corktown, where hotspots like Mudgie’s Deli, Brooklyn Street Local, …

Happy 241st!

July 4, 2017 will be America’s 241st birthday. The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays for a lot of reasons.  It’s near the start of summer, so the extra day off feels good.  The kids are out of school for the summer, so you can spend the time as a family.  You …

Biscuits & Gravy & Love

It’s 5:30 a.m., and Hana Nrecaj is making biscuits. Starting with all-purpose flour, buttermilk, and other ingredients she won’t divulge, she mixes the dough. Forgoing the use of measuring cups or spoons, she mixes it “until it looks right”, then turns it out into a floured pan for a gentle kneading. Too much kneading, she …

Hellfire and Salvation

Don Button is a true believer. He wants you to believe, too. Don is an evangelist, preaching about Hell Fire. And habaneros . . . Recently, while shopping at Holiday Market in Canton, I overheard a man talking about Scoville units, capsaicin, and Hell Fire. I approached the table, and met Don Button, the owner …

Lazy Days, Vacations, and Sweet Corn

Originally published July 7, 2015 – Since I’m headed off on vacation for two weeks, I hope you’ll allow me the liberty to cheat a bit on this week’s post.  I’d like to share one of my favorite new recipes, something that will come in handy on summer weekends. It’s a pretty simple recipe, but with …

What’s Your Passion?

Originally published July 27, 2015 – You’ve heard the quote a thousand times, “Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”  To the best of my research, a quote from Harvey Mackay, author of Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt. We all have jobs.  Some …

Serendipitous Sushi

Originally published August 11, 2015 – “Occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way,” is Google’s definition of serendipitous, and it’s a good description for last evening. I stopped off at one of my favorite local restaurants, Izakaya Sanpei, on Joy Road in Canton, MI.  Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant, and while I have …