And, another fine week it has been. We celebrated our “work” Christmas Party last Sunday, Super Bowl, and had lots of fun. Sharon and I try to plan an afternoon that allows everyone to interact in a much different way that when we have our noses to the grind stone at the Bistro. We are a good team as we take care of business and a great work family on our little forays. The day started with a bus ride to our first stop, the Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck. Fowling, for those of you who are not familiar, is a hybrid game that combines elements of football, bowling and horseshoes. The object of each team (5 people at most) is to knock all of its opponent’s pins down by throwing a football at them. This is no ordinary football. It is smurf-like and bounces in crazy ways when it lands. Even after 2 hours of playing most of us were having serious problems throwing it too far, not far enough and were directionally challenged. It was quite entertaining! Then it was all aboard the bus and we headed down the road to Yemen Street, a pop-up restaurant, just across from the famous Polish Village. A pop-up is a term that describes an eating place that hosts a different, mostly local, chef for each event. You buy tickets in advance and are seated first come, first serve. In our case we had the place to ourselves as we were able to time it to arrive just as they closed after brunch. I would guess that it can accommodate 50 people and the seating is community style. After lunch it was back to Novi and everyone headed off to watch, or not, the Super Bowl. The day was still young so I packed up Niki and Pico and we went for a nice long walk on the Milford part of the Kensington Trail. A good time was had by all!!!
As you know Sunday is Valentines Day. St. Valentine lived in Rome during the rule of Emperor Claudius. Claudius wanted to have the largest army in the world and thought that by making marriage unlawful that he’d get many more young men to join. Fr. Valentine thought this was absurd and continued to secretly marry couples. He was ultimately caught and sentenced to death. While in jail many young people threw flowers into his cell. He was befriended by the prison guard’s daughter who spent many hours visiting with him. On the day of his death, February 14, 269AD, he wrote her a note thanking her and signed it Love Valentine. Valentine is the patron Saint of Love and thus the commeration of his day. Over a billion Valentine ’s Day cards are sent every year with teachers receiving the most. We’re celebrating all weekend and accepting reservations on Sunday.
Sharon and crew have some great Chalkboard Features per se. Valentine’s Day calls for lobster and crab so we’ve combined the two by stuffing a Jumbo Main Lobster Tail with Crab and presenting it over Buttermilk Mashers smothered with a White Wine and Butter Sauce. Ahi Tuna is Sesame Crusted, seared and served with Japanese Udon Noodles with Asian Style Veggies and Miso Broth. There is a 1# Bone-In Ribeye accompanied with Roasted Forest Mushrooms and DJB Zip Sauce; Pan Roasted Florida Grouper served with Artichoke-Pine Nut Rice and Tomato Coulis; 3 Cheese Filled Ravioli tossed with Spinach, Red Onion, Roasted Tomato and Palomino Sauce. Finally Chocolate Mousse for All Our Valentines!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO!!!
Niki and Pico send High-Fives…Z a Soft Snort and I wish you all a MILLION DOLLAR DAY, TODAY AND ALWAYS..
HAPPY VALENTINES TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS..
Certified Executive Chef and Owner of Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro