Monday, 5 May 2014

LIFE: A Weekend of Spiderman, Slows and Sweets

Sum up this weekend in three words you'll find Spiderman, Slows and sweets at the top of the list. Actually you could probably throw in salad cream too because I had to get my British fix in a buy some more. While Joe's birthday might not be until this Wednesday, we decided to celebrate it early. The long weekend began on Thursday night with a quick trip to Treat Dreams in Ferndale - a glorious ice cream shop which offers ice cream made on the premises with flavours you probably wouldn't find anywhere else, like pineapple curry or brown sugar ham. There's more traditional flavours too so I opted for death by chocolate (a vegan ice cream) and a double chocolate chip which was tasty to say the least. It costs $4.60 for two scoops so a little more than you'd normally pay but worth it all the same.
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Joe's birthday is always, always matched with a new Marvel movie (like every year there's always a new release just before or on this birthday - which is good because he's a huge comic book fan) - this year was no different with the second of the Spiderman movies finally hitting the big screen. Taking the day off work, we caught the first showing of the day at our local cinema (9.45am early). I have to admit to being more of a Captain America, Agents of Shield Marvel fan and in the words of the comic book fan of a husband, it was "good, but not great". So there you go.

weekend2Awesome kitty design (should call it street art others would call it graffiti) along the back of buildings where the Mercury Burger Bar is in Corktown (sandwiched between Michigan Avenue and the car park). The Big Three - my tasty meal at Slows BBQ.

The day was rounded off with a trip to Corktown to eat in Slows - a rather well known BBQ restaurant in these parts. It's taken me over two years to get down there but my word the food was delicious - rich, tender meats and great sauces. The place is more then worthy of post all on it's own so stay tuned for that. Being so close to Mexicantown we headed the short drive west to grab some more red creame soda and a tasty sweet treat from the Mexicantown Bakery - another place I'd highly recommend if you're in Detroit - it's my favorite bakery to say the least.
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Tasty treat from the Mexicantown Bakery - that confectionery sugar gets everywhere, first of the new vinyl boxes filled and this weeks vinyl pickings.

After hitting and having success at some estate sales in the morning, especially when it came to rehoming some vinyl, we took a trip to Ikea. Having run out of boxes for moving the vinyl collection we found Ikea do a box that is just the kind of size for vinyl, so we grabbed ten of the Tjena boxes (if vinyl storeage is your kind of thing they seem to hold about 70 mixed single and double records, each box is $4.99, they seem sturdy enough too) which are now stacked like the tower of boxes in the living room. As for Sunday well that's always just about food shopping, chilling out watching Netflix and catching up on blogs.

This weekend of relaxing and just being us was especially important after deciding to back out of the house we had put an offer on. After appraising for lower than the offer we'd place, the seller would only lower the asking price and not do some of the important work, work that we wouldn't have the money for until probably too much damage was done to the foundation. It's the right decision in the long term and the right decision for us, just hard all the same, so the search restarts.

How was your weekend?
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17 comments:

  1. Oh my, that ice cream looks SO good! xx

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    1. It was, the vegan ice cream is a little on the runny side, hence the bowl and the cone stuck out it the top haha.

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  2. I had my first experience of eating at a bbq place - really, really delicious! I have yet to find an ice-cream place here that I love, but there is a place across the road from where I live that has a good reputation, so I may check it our soon!

    Have a good start to your week!

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    1. We normally head to Baskin Robbins mainly because of their huge selection of flavors but Treat Dreams really offer flavors you totally wouldn't get elsewhere!

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  3. My brother wants to see the movie SO bad but that's a good heads up to not be disappointed that is not utterly incredible! Looks like a great weekend though!

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    1. Aside from having to emotionally detach myself from the house I'd pictured myself in it was a fun weekend. I heard a review about the film along the lines of "the amazing was missing from the Amazing Spiderman" that kind of sums it up.

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  4. Sounds like the right housey decision, really frustrating to have to start the search again though, sending you lots of good vibes. We've just put an offer in on one that we love so fingers crossed for that! And thanks for the balanced review of Spiderman, all we have to go on is a 15 year old girl who said something like ohmygoditwasliterallylikethebestthingi'veeverseeninthewholeworldever. Don't think so.
    M x Life Outside London

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    1. Haha yeah I wouldn't say it was the best thing ever ... was alreet though although the ending was a little dragged out! Good luck with your house hunting! It does suck a little with the house, especially when you start imagining yourself living there just to have to start all over again. We've found at least 15 or so houses to try and get viewings for this weekend (actually some are a lot nicer than the last one) and at least we know what happens this time with the whole thing!

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  5. Happy birthday to your husband! I am quite the fan of comics too, but I don't really go for superheroes... However, I have a friend who a big Marvel fan so we are going to see the new Spider-Man movie this weekend!

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    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoy the movie!

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  6. Aw glad you had a chilled out weekend after bummer house news. The right house will come along eventually!

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    1. We'll get there eventually (she says with fingers crossed) - we learnt a lot that we can take forward into the next round of house hunting that's for sure!

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  7. I think I want to get into record-collecting now. I feel dumb for getting rid of some of the records I've had for such a long time. And I LOVE IKEA: I could spend 3 meals there. Ha ha ha! -Jess L

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  8. Ooooo sounds a lovely weekend! Did you enjoy spiderman 3? Went to see it recently and loved it woooow imax and 3d, best 3d film ive ever seen!xxxx

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    1. You mean Spiderman 2? It was alright, wouldn't say it was amazing like it's name, not sure why they changed parts of the plot the comic story line because it didn't seem to add much and it dragged in places.

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  9. Sounds like a really lovely weekend :) That ice cream place looks and sounds amazing! x

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    1. It was certainly worth checking out that's for sure - they have some really crazy flavors!

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