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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
In honor of Valentine's Day, we're taking a look at some of Ferndale's cutest couples.
Ferndale has its fair share of lovebirds, so we decided to check in with a few of them before Valentine's Day and ask them to share relationship and date night secrets. Today, we hear from Chris and Tiffany Best, residents of Ferndale and owners of the Rust Belt Market. How long have you been together? About 5 years What’s the secret to a successful and happy relationship? Being friends first so if all else falls apart you can rebuild on the strong foundation of friendship. What famous couple would you compare yourselves to? The couple in the "American Gothic" painting. Why did you settle in Ferndale, and how long have you lived here? Because it is a really hip town that is still family friendly. Plus, we have a business here. What’s your …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Sip and savor your way around Oakland County's eateries with Patch.
If you're hungry for the latest restaurant news from around Oakland County, we've got you covered! Read on to find out what's new, what's closed and more. Cloverleaf Fine Wine in Royal Oak / Satay House in Madison Heights: Royal Oak’s Cloverleaf Fine Wine will host a limited-seating wine dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Satay House in Madison Heights. The 5-course Malaysian meal with wine pairings will cost $60 per person. A portion of each ticket will benefit the South Oakland YMCA. Satay House is located at 31101 Dequindre Road. Call 248-399-7166 to make a reservation. Townsend Hotel Bakery in Birmingham: The bake shop will be closed through Feb. 9 while the space is renovated and its menu upgraded. …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Looking for something sweet for your Valentine? Check out these Ferndale-made goodies or try making your own.
Will you be out shopping for last-minute Valentine's Day gifts today? If you have something sweet in mind for your Valentine, you're not the only one. Ann St. Peter, owner of Pinwheel Bakery in downtown Ferndale, said business has been up big time in advance of the holiday. “Valentine's Day is huge,” she said. Pinwheel Bakery has been offering a variety of love-themed treats including "i love u" cupcakes, Michigan mitten-shaped cookies with pink icing and red hearts over the Detroit area, and more. St. Peter said the bakery's treats can make for an original gift idea over mass-produced chocolates bought elsewhere. “Everything we make is made from scratch and everything is locally made,” she said. “We cut and decorate all the cookies …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Here are the "super seven" tips for keeping your heart healthy through Valentine's Day and beyond.
Valentine's Day evokes images of candy-shaped hearts, heart-shaped cards that children trade with classmates, heart-shaped cutout cookies (I've got four on my kitchen counter right now from Panera, thanks to a thoughtful neighbor in the Valentine's Day spirit), necklaces with diamond-filled hearts ... But we might also want to think about our own hearts this time of year, suggest doctors, wellness experts, nutritionists and others. Here's a "super-seven" do's and don'ts list that could be the best gift you give your heart this Valentine's Day. 1. Do attend special health classes/seminars throughout the year: If you read about an upcoming event and say to yourself, "Hmmm, I should attend that," then go! For example, the Birmingham …
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Ignite valentine passion with blazing flames and sensory candles.
Almost every night around 6, from mid-October until mid-March, my mother would start a fire in the fireplace in our den. As children, we’d grumble when she asked my siblings and me to bring in some logs. The grumbling, of course, didn’t last once the fire was lit. Living in the chilly Midwest, we cherished the flickering warmth that the daily ritual provided. That time of day was special. According to the Virginia-based Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association and the Washington, DC-based National Association of Home Builders, fireplaces rank second among the top features desired by buyers of new homes. And there’s no better time than Valentine’s Day evening to ignite the night, whether fireside or with the flicker and glow of candles. …
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Speak from your heart and give kids lots of hugs this week and always, say the experts.
As Valentine’s Day is almost here, this is a perfect time to think about the power of a good hug. “There is lots of research emphasizing the significance of touch, both with humans, and monkeys,” notes Dr. Talia Ziv, a West Bloomfield-based relationship and parent coach. If you have teenagers, hugging doesn’t always come easy, but Ziv doesn’t want parents to give up. “Adolescents push away because it's part of their process of detaching from their parents,” she said. “But they need a loving touch — even when the hugs are pushed away. Consider a comforting touch on the hand, the arm, even loving eye contact,” she said. Family therapist Marcie Wagner of Birmingham refers to research by Professor Joan LeFebvre, of Family Development at the …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Smooth and velvety pudding, splashes of cherry flavors, a bit of amaretto ... romantic ingredients stir up love in the kitchen.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Cupid would like to see you whip up something sweet for your loved ones. Sure, you can grab a brownie mix at the grocery store (he’ll give you a few points for that), but wouldn’t it be nice to try something a little more daring? Here, some sweet ideas for stirring up a little lust in the kitchen: • GET ROLLING Gayle Harte of the renowned Gayle’s Chocolates in Royal Oak is eager to show you how to make your own chocolate truffles. Visit http://www.craftsy.com/class/Dipped-Dusted-and-Rolled-Handmade-Chocolates/54 to learn about the secret of Harte’s hand-made goodies. She has spent more than than 30 years working with chocolate and invites you to join her online in an extra-special “Dipped, …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Try these favorite dishes to make you fall in love all over again.
When my husband and I were dating some 20 years ago, I decided to try to impress him with a home-cooked meal for Valentine’s Day. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right? I knew my man’s stomach was no exception. So off to the market I went for fresh shrimp, wine, flowers and more. I’d seen my mom make a deviled shrimp dish for my dad through the years, and the two always seemed to be happier when tucking forks into this delicious seafood-starring meal. The same was true with my then-boyfriend and me the night I made it for him, and I’ve been creating deviled shrimp for us for Valentine’s Day ever since. Culinary prowess and affairs of the heart go hand-in-hand for several Metro Detroit and nationally known chefs. Here are…
Monday, February 6, 2012
From art studios to homemade candle shops, Ferndale has a lot to offer if you're looking for a unique gift for your Valentine. Write a review for your favorite local shop.
We're on a quest to rate the best of the best in Ferndale. So far, we've asked you about gyms, coffee shops, nail salons, and barber shops (and learned about some hidden gems that we never would have thought to visit). Today the topic is Valentine's Day gifts. We know you're probably planning something more unique than flowers or chocolate. Visit Ferndale Places to learn about local places to find unique Valentine's Day gifts and write reviews for your favorite shops. Do you have a preferred artist at the Rust Belt, or a place you can count on to offer something totally unique? Tell us, Ferndale, what's the place to find a unique Valentine's Day gift in Ferndale? Let us know what you think by clicking through to the profile pages of these …