Taco Tuesday with Clementina Detroit

Oh, hello there. As today is Tuesday, I figured I would take a moment to share my experience at Clementina Detroit, a seasonal restaurant (food tuck) stationed in Detroit’s Capitol Park. So without further ado, Happy Taco Tuesday!!

Clementina has easily become one of the most Instagramed food stops in Detroit since its grand opening. The colors, and atmosphere alone are enough reason to at least stop by. I dined there last weekend with my friend and fellow foodie – you can follow her food adventures on Instagram @tastestation, and we had…. an interesting experience.

Clementina is known for its libations, especially the frosé which we of course HAD to order. It was the perfect amount of frozen, to boozy, to flavorful combo. However, I was a little caught off guard by the cost. We had to purchase a separate cup for water and drink that from a fountain. I know it’s a food truck, but since when is water not free?

The food was decent. For the price, however, I would have liked MUCH better service. I was unfortunately greeted with an attitude as I walked up to place my food order (there are separate trucks for food and beverages). There were some eye rolls and huffs when I asked questions about the menu; and as the Recruiting Manager for a restaurant chain, I pick up on personality quickly. I don’t condone anything other than a smile. But I went on an ordered my two tacos. *Be mindful of the automatic gratuity and service charge when ordering though.* My two tacos totaled $14 and some change. Unfortunately my order was wrong, but the staff was thankfully willing to make my correct taco quickly.

I had the pork taco and the shrimp taco. The pork option was a little more flavorful while the shrimp taco didn’t sit too well with me. I did try some of the chicken nachos and those would be worth returning for!

Moral of the story, I recommend going if you’d like something fun to do in Detroit. Clementina a is stationed in Capital Park where there are little shops nearby. And if you’re still hungry, Prime and Proper is directly across the street. We made a day of it by starting at Clemintina, working our way over to Detroit Water Ice to satisfy our sweet tooth and had the pleasure of meeting the owner Mitch Albom. Then we ended our mini tour of downtown at Campus Martius and stuck our feet in the sand at the sand bar.

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Kitty Cat Pie Bites

If there’s one thing that can bring people together, it’s food! Who doesn’t love food, right? Because of our love of food and cooking/baking, my coworkers and I decided that on Mondays we’ll all bring a dish to share with the team. Each week we pick a different theme or food group and this week, the lucky winner was PIE!

Scrolling through Pinterest for ideas, my creative juices got flowing and I decided to make pie bites. But how would I kick it up a notch? Well, with none other than a cat shaped cookie cutter.

For those who don’t know, I’m the Recruiting Manager for BarFly-HopCat (our logo is a black cat) and I also adopted a black cat named Paisley. So how perfect are these?!

To make your own:

**I wasn’t feeling ambitious enough to make homemade pie crust but go for it if you have the time!**

Unroll thawed pie crust and use cookie cutter to make cat shapes. Of course, any cookie cutter shape will work. I picked mine up at Michaels for 99 cents.

Fill with a fruit jam and seal the edges with a fork. These cat pie bites are filled with Raspberry Jam. Glaze with a dab of egg wash, then pop into the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 15mins or until lightly brown.

Let cool and outline in cookie icing. I chose black cookie icing, also from Michales. Let the icing harden and enjoy!!

The jam coupled with the icing makes for a perfect treat reminiscent of Toaster Strudels.

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Santa Snacks

I grew up not believing in Santa. It was kind of an unspoken fact in my household that he isn’t real. I even ruined Christmas for a girl name Jennifer Kudson in 4th grade by breaking the news to her that there’s no such thing as Santa Clause. Jennifer, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry!

Whether you believe in the big jolly guy or not, you have to admit Christmas is the perfect time to experiment with cookies. Cookies are allegedly Santa’s favorite, so I decided to whip up a treat for the make believe fella (but really for myself because I totally have a sweet tooth). You may have seen in a previous post, I made Unicorn Breakfast aka Funfetti dip; so without making a trip to the store, I used what I had at home and finished up the box of Funfetti mix to make Funfetti Cookies!

These cookies are like a fluffy party in your mouth. So yummy and so easy to bake.

What you’ll need:

  • Funfetti Cake Mix
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs


I didn’t want a full batch of cookies so I cut the recipe in half, but here are the instructions to bake 2 dozen cookies:

Mix 1 box of Funfetti cake mix with 2 large eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 1tsp of vanilla extract. Form cookie-like circles on cookie sheet and cook until light golden. I baked my cookies at 375 for about 18 mins. The vegetable oil gives the cookies a cake-like consistency so they are perfectly moist and fluffy.

Let cool and enjoy!

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Unicorn Breakfast Recipe

It’s November, they said. It’s officially time to get ready for the holidays, they said.

Seriously! WHERE did this year go? I feel like it was just midnight 2016 now we’re just a few months from 2018. Sheesh! But thank God for another year, right? With that being said, I wanted to share an idea for all the parties, potlucks, and work functions that you’ll most likely have coming up.


I like to call it Unicorn Breakfast! But really, it’s Funfetti Dip. Why unicorn breakfast you ask? Well, because 1. If you know me, you know I believe unicorns are AWESOME! 2. This dip is light and fluffy filled with sprinkles. Just seems like something a unicorn would eat. It’s totally edible and healthy for humans, because this is the low fat version.

What you’ll need:
Funfetti cake batter
Low fat/non fat cool whip or whipped topping
Plain yogurt
Low fat/non fat Vanilla Wafers
Sprinkles!!!!

Depending on how many you’ll be serving this Unicorn Breakfast/Funfetti Dip to will determine how much of each ingredient you’ll use. I typically don’t measure with this recipe so get nuts, go crazy!


Add all the above ingredients in a bowl, mix together and enjoy by dipping your wafers. And there you have it, a light and fluffy dip that’s magical and delicious!

Pro Tip: get creative for a Christmas party by adding red and green sprinkles. So festive.

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A Browndog Brunch

Brunching is like a lifestyle. The food, the drinks, the atmosphere, the people. If you don’t brunch hard, what are you even doing? That being said, I’d like to share an option for a new brunch destination for my Michiganders/Detroiters called Browndog.

Browndog currently has two locations: Browndog Farmington and Northville. Both offer fabulous brunch options, however the Farmington location only offers brunch on select dates. Meanwhile, the Northville location serves up some great dishes and drinks every Sunday!

Make it a Sunday Funday at Browndog to enjoy creative dishes, a Bloody Mary bar, and bottomless mimosas. So this is all standard for a good brunch, but what sets Browndog apart is that it’s a dessert bar too. Try desserts infused with beer and alcohol, and awesomely unique craft cocktails like you’ve never tasted before.

This post may sound a little sales-y, but all opinions are my own! I honestly love this place and recommend it to anyone who enjoys good food, good drinks, and a fun atmosphere. Plus, support local business – duh!

On your way out, grab a pint of ice cream made only for 21+ patrons so you can enjoy the great taste of Browndog at home.

About Browndog:

Opened in 2015, Browndog is a micro-creamery specializing in small batch ice cream.

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Easy Peasy Shrimp Dish

I have been on a shrimp kick for the past few weeks and wanted to share a quick and tasty recipe I recently tried!

Sometimes life happens, and you forget you need to eat. Does that ever happen to anyone else, or is that just me? Anyway, this recipe I am sharing was easy to make and was perfect with the few ingredients I had left before grocery day – making it quick to whip up on days you may forget to eat.

Honey Garlic Shrimp Dish

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp
  • Honey
  • Garlic (I don’t actually like garlic cloves, so I used garlic powder)
  • Broccoli
  • Parsley
  • Rice

Directions:

**If you’ve read any of my other food posts, you know I’m not one who really measures. Put as much of an ingredient as you want to make it to your liking!** 

To start, add honey, garlic, parsley, and butter to bowl. Stir until mixed to your liking. Add shrimp to bowl, toss to coat in mixture.

Grill coated shrimp to your liking while cooking rice to perfection. I only cook with wheat rice, but white rice will work as well.

Once shrimp and rice are cooked, mix together with broccoli, and top with the remainder of the honey, garlic, parsley, butter mixture.

Plate and enjoy!

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Fab Recipie: Nutella Cookies

What’s better than Nutella? Let’s be honest, not that much! Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you’ve got to admit it’s quite tasty.

After a pretty chill Sunday, and watching a few hours of the Cooking Channel, I ended up in a baking mood and wanted to bake something I’d never made before. I randomly had a taste for Nutella so I scrolled through Pinterest to find a good recipe and whipped up some Nutella cookies. If you’ve read any of my other food posts, you know I’m a firm believer in making a recipe your own, so I merged a few Nutella cookie recipes together to create my own.

Pro tip: just eyeball it, girl! Throw in however much you think is right; but below are some suggested guidelines.

Nutella – 1 cup
Brown Sugar – 2 table spoons
Vanilla – 1 teaspoon
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Egg – 1
Flour – 1 cup
Bake at 350 degrees

Mix together
Bake
Cool
Enjoy!

Pro tip 2: Don’t want to shell out almost $4 for Nutella? Walgreens carries a just-as-tasty hazelnut spread for less.

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