Caffeine Report: New Order Coffee coming to Midtown

Detroit has managed to avoid the pitfalls that other cities that have fallen into by becoming inundated with chain coffee shops, thanks to its growing number of independently-run cafes over the past few years. And that trend continues in 2017. Come sometime this spring, New Order Coffee is expected to open its doors on the … Continue reading Caffeine Report: New Order Coffee coming to Midtown

First Taste: Introducing Hamtramck’s latest (not so) guilty pleasure, Fat Salmon Sushi

Hamtramck has welcomed the latest in its already diverse dining scene when Fat Salmon Sushi launched inside the former Rock City Eatery earlier this month. The only sushi spot in town, it's already become a favorite among fans for its rolls, Korean bibimbap, and udon noodles, so much so, that many have reported multiple visits … Continue reading First Taste: Introducing Hamtramck’s latest (not so) guilty pleasure, Fat Salmon Sushi

Kitchen Ramarj’s Liberian, Lebanese pop-up takes over Brooklyn Street Local

Amid Detroit's much-hyped dining scene, a growing group of aspiring chefs who, without the benefit of major investors, have found an alternate means to break into the city's increasingly competitive restaurant business. The Detroit Pop-Up Alliance boasts some 30+ members, many of whom come from immigrant backgrounds - from the Middle East and West Africa, … Continue reading Kitchen Ramarj’s Liberian, Lebanese pop-up takes over Brooklyn Street Local

Detroit’s restaurant family rallying around Katoi after fire

Just this week, Corktown's celebrated Katoi restaurant was basking in the glow of being named a semifinalist for a coveted James Beard award for best new restaurant of the year. This Friday morning, the celebration turned to shock and a resolve to pick up the pieces after an early morning fire gutted much of the … Continue reading Detroit’s restaurant family rallying around Katoi after fire

Why you can’t tell food stories without talking about immigrants

The question I get most from the people who've known me awhile is, why did I make the leap into food writing. After all, I had spent the first decade of my career chasing stories that touched on the intersection of immigration and politics as a hard news reporter at daily newspapers - not exactly … Continue reading Why you can’t tell food stories without talking about immigrants