The holiday season is definitely upon us, and the Bistro has been buzzing with corporate parties, gift exchanges and good cheer! I started my season off with a gathering of my girls, The Pickled Hens. We reserved a few rooms downtown at the Westin Book Cadillac. The hotel was lovely, the weather not so much as it rained on us all day. After meeting for drinks at Sullivan’s in the hotel, we chased the Holly Trolley that is running for free around a few areas in downtown. We just couldn’t seem to catch one, so we had to duck into Eatori in Capital Park for sparkling wine & snacks. Rain followed us, so we skipped seeing the tree at Campus Martius and instead hopped on the Q-Line (my first-time riding) to the Detroit Urban Craft Fair at the Masonic Temple. This has been one of my favorite makers markets in the past… this year was so-so. I’m starting to see the same artists at all the festivals. But I still managed to leave with a few Christmas gifts, so it was not a total loss. Back to the hotel for a refresh and we were off to dinner at Ladder 4. The building is a beautiful restoration of an old fire house with lots of unique wine selections. Our night ended with a swim and a jacuzzi back at the hotel and a night filled with gift exchanges, wine, lots of games and plenty of laughter.
Monday morning, we checked out and walked to The Hudson Café. Our server Mario was excellent! He handled a loud, chatty table of 7 women like a pro. The food was fresh, attractive, and delicious. Of course, they have the famous Maurice Salad.
After breakfast, we headed over to the Schvitz to detox. Some of the Hens got well deserved massages, I was hoping for another Platza treatment. This is where you are “beaten” with hot water-soaked oak leaves, scrubbed down with a stiff brush and pressure point massaged while in the hot Banya (steam room), then afterwards you plunge into the cold pool. It may sound like torture, but it is amazing. After receiving this treatment a few weeks ago, my body felt like one of those roadside windsock figures. I was so loose and relaxed. I highly recommend a day at The Schvitz for your wellness routine.
Cheers & Happy Chanukah!
A DJB tradition carries on! For 30$ you will receive a beautiful box of 28 hand painted TASTY sugar cookies. To ensure freshness we’re asking that you pre-order your cookies. We’ll have two weekends available for pick up.
Cookie orders for pick up #1… the weekend of the 15th & 16th … need to please be called in by the 9th (that’s this weekend!).
Cookie orders for pick up #2 … the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd … need to please be called in anytime before the 16th (the Saturday before).
Just call the Bistro and any one of us can take your cookie order. We just need a name and phone number. Cookie payments are cash ONLY please!