Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tips from a Matt Prentice restaurants expert on everything picking the right glassware to serving it at just the right temperature.
Ready for New Year's Eve? Eric Djordjevic, chief operating officer of Matt Prentice Restaurant Group, has a five Champagn tips and tips for party-givers and partygoers: By "clean" I don't mean free of dirt and debris, but instead free of soap residue, as many liquid detergents don't rinse off completely. Aside from imparting undesired lemon and lavender scents in your wine, they will cause Champagne to go flat faster or prevent your wine from adhering to the glass and releasing aromatic qualities. Tip: For hard to clean decanters use a nonscented denture cleaner. After a little soak and good rinse, your crystal is good as new. Each wine has various qualities and aromas; science has proven that these molecular compounds release …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Just about every bar and banquet center has some festivities planned Dec. 31. Here are the spots around Macomb you'll find a New Year's Eve bash.
With 2012 just days away, where will you be watching the ball drop? If you're looking to head out to a nearby hot spot, here's the skinny on New Year's Eve bashes around town. What: Set a strike for the new year at the Moonlight Double Party (ages 21+) which includes a catered full course dinner, champagne toast at midnight as well as three games of bowling. Cost: $130 per couple More info: 586-286-8700 What: New Year's Eve Surf and Turf at Tina's Tavern includes a super salad, filet and lobster tail. Guests also have the option to party next door at Tina's Country House on Dec. 31 where they can dance the night away while feasting on Hors d'oeuvres and having full bar service. Cost: $20.12 for Taven at Tina's dinner or $55 for Tina's …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
If you are going to watch from home, you can order a Little Caesars Hot 'N' Ready pizza and get free crazy bread.
If you are eager for some live college football action, there are tickets available for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl game between Western Michigan and Purdue this afternoon at Ford Field, prices $30 to $60. You can take your chances down at Ford Field, or order online through Ticketmaster (and pay a little extra for the convenience). Game time is 4:30 p.m.; if you don't make it downtown, you can catch the game on ESPN. Does the name of the bowl give you a taste for pizza? Little Caesars is offering a deal for free crazy bread with any Hot 'N' Ready pizza at area Little Caesars locations; you'll get an online coupon if you put in your email.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
We've searched our archives and found a series of good deeds and random acts of kindness that prove the Christmas spirit of selfless giving is alive and well in Macomb Township – and not just in December.
In a world where the evening news carries reports of death, destruction and violence in every corner of the globe, on Christmas Day, of all days, we need a little reminder that the world isn't as bad we fear. During the past year, the acts of thousands of Macomb Township residents have made an impact on the life of friends, family, and strangers. While some of these random acts of kindness and good deeds have been covered by Patch and other news organizations, most will only ever be known to the people directly affected. This Christmas Day, we hope to refresh your memory of the acts we've learned about in the hope they'll renew your belief in the goodness of others, while inspiring you to reach out on your own. To paraphrase a familiar …
Was a new phone or tablet high on your wish list this year?
We know electronic devices were high on many people's wish lists this year, so we want to know: What gadget did you get for Christmas? Was it an iPhone (which version?), an Android smartphone, the latest iPad, an Android tablet, a laptop computer, digital camera or something else? Maybe you went electronics free this holiday. Tell us about it. If you were lucky enough to score a mobile device as a gift, learn how you can put it to work learning about your community. Patch has apps for iPhones and Android phones, and also makes it easy for you to upload photos, news and comments from anywhere. Here is a look at a few ways you can connect with Patch through your mobile device.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Want to get into the holiday spirit? Catch one of these holiday movies, and you will definitely get there!
If you missed one of your favorite holiday movies, there's a good chance it's still on the schedule. There are five holiday classics playing this week — catch them if you can. This classic 1946 film never gets old. Jimmy Stewart stars as George Bailey, whose life is touched by a guardian angel. This film was nominated for five Oscars. — 8 p.m. Saturday on NBC. Don't miss this hilarious and touching movie of an Indiana boy that will have you saying, "You'll shoot your eye out," all day long. — Starts at 8 p.m. Saturday and runs for 24 hours nonstop on TBS. Clark Griswold has big plans for Christmas, which naturally turns into a total disaster. This movie is destined to make you laugh and be thankful that you aren't related to cousin Eddie…
Monday, December 19, 2011
Certain December music makes us pause, sing along and feel nostalgic.
Holiday voices sing, are you listening? Songs of the season are inescapable this week – whether they bring comfort and joy or lyrics and beats that annoy. Amid the jingling and roasting, most people cherish at least a few Christmas songs – perhaps because they've been sung many times, many ways since we were young. Though it may be tough to single out a favorite, here's a chance to click on one that invariably makes you pause, turn up the volume and feel nostalgic. So come and vote, faithful celebrants, and let's see which is triumphant. Write-in votes for unlisted tunes can go in the comments.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Thanks to the efforts of Macomb Charitable Foundation volunteers and community members, more than 450 children who are homeless or living in poverty in Macomb County will enjoy a Christmas this year.
Pay the heating bill or buy a Christmas gift? Every year, hundreds of families in Macomb County find Christmas a luxury they cannot afford, which is why for the past 33 years the Macomb Charitable Foundation has rallied community support to ensure this is not always the case. “There are 800 plus homeless children in Macomb County, so the need is very great,” said Julie Standlick, MCF volunteer. “It’s not just about giving gifts and toys, it’s about giving hope to children who have lost hope. (With Christmas for Kids) we can give them just one more good day.” The Christmas for Kids program, which was created 33 years ago, relies on individuals, schools, churches and businesses in the community to sponsor local children who are homeless or …
Saturday, December 10, 2011
It's the time of the year for decorations, gifts and 24-hour marathons of "A Christmas Story." What will you be watching?
The holiday season is a time to pull out old favorite holiday films, and it seems everyone has an opinion when it comes to what makes a "great" holiday film. Whether you haul out Home Alone, Elf, or Die Hard, or settle in for another watching of Miracle on 34th Street, there is always that one favorite film above all the rest. There's the widely anticipated 24 straight hours of A Christmas Story on TBS, starting at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. And It's a Wonderful Life, a mainstay of Christmas Eve for many families. Looking for new ideas? You can check out the website Christmas Movie List. Whatever your holiday viewing pleasure, share it here with other Patch readers.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Fans bring gifts for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots holiday campaign.
ANN ARBOR — Young and old alike flocked to Walgreens on Jackson Avenue in Ann Arbor for a chance to be filmed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday. DeGeneres, who is partnering with Walgreens drugstores across the country through Dec. 17 to raise awareness for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign, posted on her Twitter account announcing the visit Thursday afternoon. DeGeneres made an appearance via satellite at the event shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday to greet fans and give away prizes. Laurel Hunter of Ann Arbor said she heard about the opportunity through a friend, who watches The Ellen DeGeneres Show every day. "I don't have time to watch much television anymore, but I wanted to come out and support Ellen's effort," she …