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The Ker-Bear Roll! A fun discovery during Girls’ Night Out.

I was hoping to add a post or two from outside of the greater Detroit area, but I really haven’t been traveling for work lately.  It’s kind of a bummer, and I miss traveling to see coworkers across the nation, but that’s the deal with respect to my current role.  Hopefully, I’ll still be able to get to South Carolina (CLEMSON!) and to Singapore (for fun) this fall!  At least then I can mix things up a bit!

In the meantime, if you’re interested in contributing to, please feel free to shoot me a note, tweet, Facebook post, etc.  I’m happy to oblige!

Now, onto the latest great meal I had out…

(No, all of my meals are not great – I’ve had people ask me that.  Two rather lackluster experiences were documented here and here)

A couple of weeks ago, the girls who were featured in my first post came into town for a visit.  Megan and Sharon (who was also featured in this post) have been really good friends of mine for many years.


We’ve had tons of dinners together – at each others’ homes, and out on the town.  In the picture above, counterclockwise: Sharon, Ker, Megan, and Dana (local friend).

That Saturday night, Sharon agreed to “take one for the team” to support Megan’s craving (pun intended) for sushi.  So, I made reservations at Crave Lounge in Dearborn.  Sharon has never been a fan of sushi, and in particular, the nori (seaweed) used in making maki (rolls).  She figured some of the small plates Crave offers would be just fine for dinner – trooper that she is!

We started off with one of my favorite appetizers, the Watermelon Napoleon (three time award winner + healthy choice award, consisting of seedless watermelon, French feta, toasted walnuts, Michigan tart cherries, organic Mediterranean olives, Mediterranean micro herbs, organic olive oil, and Balsamic vinaigrette).  I’ve made my own versions of this dish at home when I want a tasty, yet light meal.

We also munched on edamame (doesn’t everyone do that at a sushi joint?) while chatting, laughing, and giving our server, Phillip, a complex! When he came back to take our dinner order, we decided to try one roll with soy paper rather than nori, to see if Sharon would like it.  Our other friend, Dana, has an aversion to soy, so we had to balance things out.  Note: Phillip did not charge us for the first substitution, but soy paper is typically a $1 up charge per roll at Crave.

At Phillip’s recommendation, we ordered a couple of “off the menu” rolls.  To the left is the “Crave Roll” (made w/ traditional nori) and on the right is the “Care Bear Roll” (affectionately, renamed the “Ker Bear Roll” and made with mamenori (soy paper).  As you can see, I’m never quick enough to catch a photo before we dig right in!

The Crave Roll is basically a fried California Roll, with light seaweed on top, seared Ahi tuna , jalapeno, Wasabi aioli, and a sweet drizzle.  We all enjoyed the roll, including Sharon – who couldn’t taste the nori.  Great flavors, folks!

*Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that Sharon received “rookie chop sticks” from the owner – he made them for her on-the-spot! A total MacGyver move…the chop stick wrapper, a rubber band, and VOILA! She can use chop sticks!*

But, the big hit of the night was the “Ker Bear Roll” which was comprised of spicy tuna , shrimp tempura, asparagus, crunchy flakes and mango Albacore tuna aioli. Folks, it was tremendously flavorful! So much so that we ordered a second serving!  (see below)


While that was closing in on the end of our dinner, Sharon and I should have taken the hint that Megan and Dana had bigger plans in mind!  (Those two are mentioned in the post I referred to earlier)

Yup, folks.  Those are lemon drop shots in their hands (and their wine in the foreground!).  Just the start of the evening for these two crazy ladies! And, I love them for knowing that Sharon and I wouldn’t “hang”, so we were better off at home later that night, and into the next morning!

Finally, I have to post a picture of the fabulous man who was our server that night. Phillip was not only an incredible sport (y’all should have heard some of the conversation he overheard that night!), but he made great recommendations, AND, he was pretty nice eye-candy!  He’s preparing for a teaching career, and I can already see that he will be the most popular teacher in school!  🙂


I’m a fairly regular customer at Crave Lounge (though I don’t frequent it as much as I’d like to!), and I’ve never left disappointed.  This night, however, was particularly enjoyable because we tried some new rolls, we had a delightful server, we chatted with the management (great people!), and we were amongst dear friends.

If you’re in the area, and craving (pun intended, again!) sushi, I do recommend Crave Lounge.  The atmosphere is cool, the staff is great, and the food is delicious!  I’m also told that the menu has been changed up a bit over the past week.  New Carpaccio items, new appetizers, small plates and rolls.  And…anyone who’s known me for any period of time knows that my intel is rock-solid!  😉



Where do good girls go? Good Girls Go to Paris!

I had a couple of friends in town this weekend, and I knew we’d have a fun time.  As usually happens, our time together centered around chatting over meals.  We grabbed lunch at Buddy’s Pizza, and then dinner at Crave Lounge, which I’ll write about soon.  After that terrific dinner, we headed out to The Well.  If you haven’t read the guest post my friend wrote about that bar, please do!

There were four of us at the beginning of the night – up until about 11PM. The bar was just beginning to get pretty busy, and one of my friends was feeling the effects of the night, while the other two were just beginning to map out the rest of the evening (and, as we would later determine, most of the morning as well).  I took my friend Sharon home at about 11PM, and we both decided to call it a night.  I texted my other friends to let them know that I’d be happy to go back and pick them up if they needed a ride home because clearly there was some partying going on!  I stayed up until ~1AM, and then slept with my phone under my pillow, awaiting that call.

It was about 5AM when I received a call to open the gate and allow my friends into my complex.  At that point, I was quite pleased with my decision to stay in.

Sharon and I are both early risers, so we knew we’d have time to kill before our other friends woke up and would be ready to move (other than to grab the bottle of Advil!).  I suggested that we try a place I’d read about several times:  Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes. I ‘m not a big breakfast person, but I really wanted to check this place out.  It’s only 15 minutes from me, in Midtown Detroit – right near the Detroit Institute of Arts.

So, Sharon and I braved the rain and headed to this charming little restaurant.

The menu is pretty expansive – a large blackboard provided two columns of options: Savory or Sweet.

Sharon ordered the “Vera” which is a Savory crepe filled with Bacon, Boursin cheese, spinach (note: GGGtP was out of bacon today, so ham was the approved substitution). I was stymied…so many options, and nearly every one sounded delicious!  When I asked the woman behind the counter, Andrea, to choose her favorite and surprise me, she quickly agreed, asking only if I liked mushrooms.  I told her that I have no restrictions (for their menu).  Andrea advised us that we’d both be eating great hangover food.  We weren’t necessarily in need of hangover food, but our friends surely could have benefited!  You know…the friends who were still sleeping!  🙂

We sat down in a quaint room off to the side and had a nice conversation while we waited for our breakfast.

When our plates were delivered, they looked divine!

I chuckled, because I really don’t like ham at all, and I was served “Andrea’s Special” – which is a modification of the “Ksenia”.  The crepe was filled with ham, swiss cheese, mushrooms, and was topped with herb de provence and hot sauce.  And, I loved it!!  The ham was sliced very thinly and was not overpowering or overly salty, so it worked for me.  Now, mom and dad, don’t be getting any ideas! I’m still not ready to have ham for Easter dinner (or any other holiday!), but this was no Honey-baked ham.  It was a perfect complement to the other ingredients.

Sharon’s “Vera” crepe was also excellent (we exchanged bites).  The creamy cheese, spinach and ham were a delightful combination.  The crepe was decadent, but not in an overwhelming way.

It was a great experience – the food was relatively inexpensive (and I thank Sharon for treating me to this delicious breakfast!), was served quickly, was a perfect portion size, and was delicious to boot! I’m really glad we ventured out on a soggy Sunday morning to give Good Girls Go to Paris a try!

Andrea, if you’re reading this, thanks for choosing a really delicious breakfast for me!  I don’t know that I ever could have a made a decision on my own!



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