Where The Drinks Come To You!: The Bar Cart

Today’s feature is a little different from norm; but it’s just as great as the rest! Usually, I’m sharing eateries for you to visit, along with palate pleasing vittles; today, however, I present The Bar Cart. That’s right, a mobile bar for your alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinking pleasures. Brandi, The Carts proprietor and tender, provides awesome service and tasty thirst quenching beverages that will keep you coming back for more. I, along with family and friends had the jubilation of experiencing mobile bar at my nephews showering of the baby, The Bar Cart did not disappoint, but far exceed our expectations. Especially with the Rock-a-Bye Baby Punch. I cannot tell you what the ingredients were, but I can tell you I went back for seconds and thirds. When I went back for my forth serving, the punch was gone, but Brandi made up for it with another taste bud pleaser that was just as fulfilling–I don’t know what was in this drink either. I just know it was GOOD! The Carts non-alcoholic drinks were a hit, too mom-to-be, along with a host of others, including myself. We enjoyed Brandi’s concoctions, minus the spirits. Speaking of spirits, Brandi’s was high (no pun intended). She was very personable and accommodating, which is number one for me when I’m patronizing any business. I will most definitely be inviting The Bar Cart to my future events. If you have a wedding, open house, birthday party or any soirée coming up, consider: The Bar Cart. Hurry! The Bar Cart is booking up fast! I promise, you, your guest and palettes will be delighted!

For Booking: 734-743-1564 or @thebarcart_


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Where To Eat AT Detroit & Abroad: Giovanni’s Ristorante

Giovanni’s! Giovanni’s! Giovanni’s!

No. I did not just finish watching  the 1988 film: Beetlejuice, but I am hoping that similar to the movie, if I say Giovanni’s three times, I will miraculously be whisked away to one of Southwest Detroit’s, best kept jewels.

Giovanni’s Ristorante, has been serving the people of Detroit and visitors since the late sixties. Fran and Randy, the mother and son dynamic duo, go over and beyond to keep the tradition of great food and good times alive.

I was fortunate enough to experience the Italian restaurant with great company and we all shared the same sentiment: Giovanni’s fare is  delectably delightful to the palate–from the appetizers, to the entrees, all the way to the desserts. Of course, we taste tested each other’s dishes.

When you visit Giovanni’s, be sure to have the Shrimp Giovanni. The appetizer is served a with risotto, that is ultra creamy and flavorful–you’ll definitely want a second helping, trust me. In true fashion of myself, I veered off of the beaten path. I ordered a  16 ounce ribeye that wasn’t on the menu. Let me tell you, I have no regrets. The steak was tender and cooked to perfection; the mashed potatoes and asparagus that accompanied the prime cut of meat, melted in my mouth like butter. My eyes were bigger than my stomach, so I had a second helping for lunch the following day and it taste just as wonderful as the first day.

The waitstaff at Giovanni’s was superb. My observation was that their employers must treat them well as they were very happy and pleasantly accommodating to my party of four.

As you can imagine, I wasn’t able to taste everything on the menu, but I plan to visit again soon. I must try the Alfredo. I hear nothing compares to the signature dish.

Going on an intimate date or planning a party, you won’t go wrong with Giovanni’s. They Take reservations and walk-ins alike. Valet parking is also available. Please note: Giovanni’s is closed, Sunday and Monday.

For more info, visit: https://www.giovannisristorante.com/Home.html

(313) 841-0122


330 S. Oakwood Blvd. Detroit, MI 48217

Where To Eat AT Detroit & Abroad, Wednesdays: Oak Tree Lounge 

When the food is good, they will come. In this case, I went to the quaint Oak Tree Lounge, in Jackson, Michigan, for the second time, in one week. Specifically for their addictive: Famous Salad, topped with grilled Cajun steak–cooked medium. The salad is always fresh and includes crispy romaine lettuce, cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, multi-colored peppers, and a boiled egg; I pair my salad with the house tomato basil dressing. You can have the dressing of your choosing. You also have the option of including, chicken and shrimp to the salad. It comes with Texas Toast, but I never eat the toast. The salad is adequately filling for me, and OMG! This salad is Attorney Carl Collins–GOOD!

Enough about the salad, I’m come to you today, to tell you about this amazingly wonderful couture alcoholic beverage, dreamed up by waitress–Amy! While I was chomping on my salad, I heard her giving the cook a directive to make a mini burger on Texas Toast. I thought to myself, big deal, you’re making a slider. What I didn’t know was that Amy was introducing her signature: Mighty Bloody Mary cocktail, to the patrons of the restaurant.

For $15 you will get you fizzled and full, simultaneously! Donning Oak Tree’s mini burger deluxe, along with a slice of bacon, a celery stick, pickle, an onion ring, a steak bite , lemon and lime wedges and don’t forget–the green olive, explains how Amy came up with the name for the Mighty Bloody Mary. Although I did not have to pleasure of relishing in the beautifully crafted treat (I was on my lunch break), I fully intend to go back for an after work affair with the Mighty Bloody Mary. Feel free to join us!

For Oak Tree’s Full Menu Visit: places.singleplatform.com

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617 Oak St

Jackson, MI 49201

Lush Yummies Pie Company

Today, I present to you, the sinfully delicious: Lemon Butta Pie by Lush Yummies Pie Company. I wanted a slice of pie to snack on during rehearsals for Vagina Monologues, but they were sold out. I ended up with a whole $20 pie, for later (I don’t spare any expense when it comes to my taste-buds.). Dangerous! Would you know, I almost didn’t get to indulge in the pie at all. I forgot it at the rehearsal venue and one of my caste mates took it home for me. I had to drive through the snow two days latter to be reunited with my Lemon Butta Pie!                       

Lemon Butta Pie
Lemon Butta Pie


 I must admit, at first glance I was a bit puzzled by the appearance. The crust did not look like the traditional pie crust, but more like a cracker crumble–some of which, tops the pie, along with a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar. Needless to say, my eyes didn’t know what they were talking about; my tongue is a far better judge as the taste is definitely one to write home about. No! make that one to share with the world! The buttered crust strikes an undeniable balance with the sweet pie filling. The texture is firm, but not jelly. The lemon taste, is perfection; not overpowering, but recognizable. I couldn’t resist having more than one piece in my first sitting. The pie would make the pickiest pastry chef proud and traditional bakers scream praises. In fact, Jenn, the owner of Lush, first learned how to make the pie by shopping for the ingredients with her grandfather and then watching him make the pies, as a girl. She put her own twist on the pie as a student at Le Cordon Bleu where she perfected her crust. For me, purchasing the the pie was a great segue into a new week. I compel you to get you some–of your own! I’m not sharing. Nope! It’s too good. 

To purchase your Lemon Butta Pie, Sweet Potato Pie and Custom Cakes, visit:


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Detroit Blues Cafe

A big jewel, in the big city! I visited Detroit Blues Cafe in celebration of my sister-friend’s born day.  The night club deserves praise for simultaneously providing a spacious venue for people to listen to great blues, all while dinning on delectable food. This is NOT your average bar food. For an appetizer we enjoyed fried pickle spears, seasoned just right and the perfect prelude to their succulent salmon filet, cut into bite-sized cubes, breaded and fried. We all know that good food alone is not what makes the experience great. The ambiance was inviting. The music was toe-tapping, hand-clapping, head-bopping good! There were two bands; both equally entertaining. The friendly staff and secure premises added to the awesome night. My only complaint, NO ingredients for a Mojito! But my alternate choice of rum and papaya juice was more than sufficient. I will go back. In fact, I plan to take my mother next week. Whether you will be visiting Detroit or you just don’t get out much, Detroit Blues is where you want to be; join us for listening and dancing fun.

For menu and hours, please visit Detroit Blues Cafe at: http://detroitbluescafe.wix.com/detroit-blues-cafe