|This is Detroit
We only could get away for one night in December, but we wanted to make the most of our time in the city. First, we wanted to give a little bit back to the city, so we arrived early on a Saturday morning to volunteer with the Cass Community Social Services, through a volunteer event organized by the University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit.
Cass Community Social Services provides food, housing, and health services as well as job programs to Detroiters. Our job involved building door mats out of recycled tires. The mat program employs formerly homeless Detroit residents, and also uses the services of volunteers. Along with the mats, they sell other products including Detroit Treads sandals made from discarded tires and coasters. After a morning making mats for the program, we visited the organization's store and walked out with two door mats, and two pairs of sandals.
|A street view from Mudgie's
Mudgie's has a huge menu, so I chose one of the waiter's recommendations, the Gracie. The Gracie has corned beef, blue cheese, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw, on an onion roll. The waiter did not fail me with this recommendation. I was a little skeptical about the barbecue sauce and blue cheese drowning out the other flavors, but the kitchen did not smother it in the sauce or cheese. The muted flavor of the barbecue sauce and blue cheese added just enough kick to the sandwich without overpowering the corned beef and slaw.
Since Batch Brewing was our original destination and Allison had not been there before, we stopped in to have a beer after finishing our meal at Mudgie's. As a beer lover, I can say that Batch Brewing is a must-visit for any Michigan beer lover. I have only visited a couple of times but am impressed with their beer, food, and knowledgeable and friendly staff. The bartenders and brewers are always willing to strike up a conversation and are clearly enthusiastic about their product. On this visit, we learned from two different staff members that their black IPA was the product of a fortunate accident during the brewing process and that they soon would be distributing the black IPA in kegs.
|Beers at Batch Brewing Company
|Two James Spirits in Corktown
|Three-spirit flight at Two James
|The Ambassador Bridge at sunset
|Campus Martius ice rink
|Woodward Avenue lights
|Wright & Company bar
|Two Cocktails at Wright & Company
|Horse-drawn carriages under illuminated trees
Our 24 hours in Detroit is a minuscule sampling of a city full of life. We didn't see any of the museums, theaters, music venues, building tours, and shopping that the city offers. Every day, something new is added to the patchwork growth of this city. I cannot wait to continue my discovery of Detroit.