Detroit Restaurant Week and Running Buddies

27 Apr

I feel like I have been go, go, go since Sunday!

After a 14-hr trip home, we finally rolled in around 1:30am. I had a dr appt the next morning, so I was up and out the door early for the appt and work. I think adrenaline had a lot to do with it because I had a hot date. WEll, four actually 🙂

Three years ago, Detroit started a great annual event (it is now bi-annual due to the amount of participation!) called Detroit Restaurant Week where local restaurants sign up to create a special menu at the set price of $35. The meal includes your choice of starter, entrée and dessert. The restaurants usually pick two to five of their best dishes and customers can choose their dinner from there.

The best part is, the organizers tapped into some great, historic and pricey restaurants that you might not ever experience (some places have meals close to the cost of the entire dinner during RW) – so it gives people a chance to taste some delicious food and bring some buzz into downtown Detroit.

I have gone every year, and always like to try a new restaurant. This year, I went with some of my girlfriends! We decided it was time for a meet-up and RW was the perfect excuse.

We headed over to Atlas Bistro, a modern restaurant in the heart of downtown just down the street from Hockey Town, Comerica Park and the Fox Theatre.

After some vino, we started in on the eats. I went with a pesto shrimp that was good, but nothing to write home about. I actually felt there could have been more flavor. For my entrée, I went with the stripped bass on top of green beans and fingerling potatoes. This fish was light and flakey – cooked to perfection.

Dinner wrapped with a sweet ending that is WAY out of the box for me, lemon torte. I am not a lemon girl at heart, but the waiter said it was worth it…and it was. The top was carmelized and crispy like cream brulee and the blueberries were the perfect off-set of flavor.

We had such a blast!


On Tuesday, I faced day two of reality. Why is the second day back always the hardest?

After a full day of work, I text bestie if she was working out. We realized we both needed to log some miles (we are training for the same half marry in a month), we decided to tackle them together. We used to run together ALL the time…but its been a while due to some moves and changes in work. I LOVED running with her – the time flew by and we keep a fairly similar pace.

She also plays on a soccer league on Tuesday nights, so I grabbed dinner and went over to the field to cheer her on. (She’s a rock star on the field! #25)This week was busy, after coming home from a week away, I dove right into spending time with my friends and it felt really good. I loved catching up over wine, chatting on my run and cheering on my bestie.

If I learned one thing from the past six months and my trip, it is that life can be short and we never know what is around the corner. All we do know, and all we have is the power to control our decisions and actions.

Find what is important to you, what makes you happy, what fulfills you and do it. Make the time. Make the effort. We don’t have enough days to waste on the other stuff.




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