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ALVIN: We headed to Hamtramck for the evening to check it out. We started the evening at Detroit Threads, which is totally sweet. You want skinny ties, 70s leisure jackets, cardigans galore, or fine hats for a summer wedding? You can find it at this vintage store. The owner was super friendly and the prices were quite reasonable. I’m excited about the glasses frames I got there this evening and I’m definitely planning on returning soon.

Detroit Threads in Hamtramck

ALLISON: Hamtramck is a “city within a city” (see the mayor’s very adorable, recent dance) a la the Vatican and is only a couple square miles surrounded on all sides by Detroit. (Oddly enough it’s not the only city that Detroit has phagocytocized — there is also Highland Park.)

Hamtramck is known for its Polish, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian heritage, so for dinner, obviously, we had Mexican food. We scored some delicious vegetarian burritos at Maria’s Comida, which you will love! The owner tells us they are launching a new menu next month that will include Asian-Mexican fusion. Sign us up! We are so there!

Mexicasian is hen hao, Senor!

Maria's Comida: currently delicious Mexican; future Mexican-Asian fusion!

ALVIN: We stopped on the way home to wet our whistles at The Belmont, a fine bar offering amongst others great local beer from the Atwater Brewery. I give the Dirty Blond two thumbs up, while Allison enjoyed her Double Down Imperial Amber as much as Paul McCartney’s immortal Bond anthem, “Live and Let Die.” The best money we spent on the jukebox all night! But if we had a dollar left, and if it was open, AAAAAANNNDDDD if we weren’t vegetarian, we would have totally bought some kielbasa from Kowalski’s Sausage Co.

"You know, Vinnie knows sausage."

It's my Polish doppelganger's sausage shop in Hamtramck.

ALLISON: We finished our Hamtramck field trip with a gorgeous night bike ride back downtown. We caught the nearly full moon peaking out from behind the Ren Cen overlooking the people mover. It was a really great moment, and we took a picture so that we could share it with you.

Doo doo doo doo doo...doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo...

Ren Cen in moonlight

…or digs in space.

ALLISON: Since today is moving day (eek) we want to update you on our last – successful – trip to Detroit: the trip where we found a place to live and fell in love with a little bit more of the city. This trip was focused on downtown living options. Not to cut to the chase too quickly, but we found a sweet pad! A downtown high rise with a view of the river and just a few quick strides from the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is my absolute favorite new development in Detroit. How great is it to have the gorgeous river’s banks be totally accessible to all Detroiters? I am hooked.


“From Downward Dog, raise your arms into Ren-Cen pose. Center yourself.”


Milliken State Park is a nice patch of green along the river. A warehouse looks on in admiration.

ALVIN: After touring around a few apartments downtown (at one point in our walk we found these crazy mushrooms growing under one of the roadside bushes), we headed to a sunny lunch outside at the new Campus Martius Fountain Bistro. Allison tells me there is ice-skating in the winter here, but lunch beside the running water in the summer is all right by me.

ALLISON: On Saturday morning I ran one of my favorite 10K races: the Oak Apple Run. My team won!

ALVIN: Also in Royal Oak is a great community theater company called Stagecrafters, where we caught their end of the season rendition of Mel Brooks’ The Producers (NB: this is not to be confused with Mel Gibson’s autobiographical new production “Beating a Dead Career Some More.”).

ALLISON: As we left we stopped by local shops Hansons and Moosejaw. We are now set for lots more runs along the Riverwalk and our upcoming trip to the Appalachian Trail. Thanks, Hansons and Moosejaw!

All in all, it was a great trip, leaving us excited about our Detroit days to come. We’ll be official residents on Monday — hope to see you around!