The Fox Recommends: Relaxing on Labor Day

August 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Tomorrow we welcome September into our lives. Labor Day is upon us, and it is always a bitter sweet day. It represents the end of summer (there’s technically still three weeks left), the start of school (we send you bouquets of sharpened pencils), crisp evenings (layering is always kind of fun) and the blatantly impetuousness of time itself (there’s just no stopping it).

Labor Day was founded as a national holiday in 1894 by President Grover Cleveland. It is a day to mark and celebrate the American labor movement, and the social and economic achievements of workers. Whether you work in an office, as a student, or a stay at home parent; whether you love your job – or are counting the days before you move on; celebrate your hard work with a day off.

With that in mind, The Fox wishes you a blissfully relaxed Labor Day.

 

 

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The Fox Eats: Seva

August 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

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As many of you may now know, there is a sort of food revolution occurring in Detroit. Various pockets of the city are slowing breathing new life thanks in large part to the ever growing group of foodies that are demanding fresh, local fare. One of the greatest restaurants to pop up in the Midtown area is actually sister to a beloved Ann Arbor haven for omnivore, vegetarian and vegan foodies alike. We speak of course – of Seva.

The Fox decided he could use a good dose of Detroit as he set out one fine evening for Seva. An excellent eatery where lunch and happy hour specials are many, the desserts are gooey and delicious and the libations range from the profoundly well mixed to the easily dispensed (and downed) tapped. That’s not even mentioning the food. The Fox enjoyed several pints of Atwater’s Summer Time Ale, General Tso’s Cauliflower to start, and finished with a huge potion of the Nachos. Trust The Fox – Chinese and Mexican relations have never been stronger. All of this food and good cheer was enjoyed in a beautifully restored Midtown building (which has an amazing outdoor patio to boot) and all at half price thanks to Seva’s fantastic happy hour specials. Monday-Friday from 4-6pm all draft beer, most wines and all appetizers are half price. That’s $1.25 for a pint of Atwater people! What are you waiting for? Go on…go.

Make sure to check out Seva in Detroit. Cheers.
66 E Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

 

 

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The Fox Recommends: North by Northwest

August 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

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If ever in need of a film that offers drama, suspense, classic style and acting icons – The Fox recommends you look no further then Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller North by Northwest. Premiered in 1959, North by Northwest is considered to be the ultimate Hitchcock film. It follows the tale of Roger Thornhill (played by Cary Grant), an advertising executive mistaken for a government agent and pursued across the country by foreign spies (including James Mason, Martin Landau and the ethereal Eva Saint Marie). Written by Ernest Lehman to be “the Hitchcock feature to end all Hitchcock features”, the film features a nail-biting plane chase, and the hands-down best action scene ever to feature a national monument.

The costuming of North by Northwest is just as revered as the storytelling, direction and score. Cary Grant’s gray suit is revered as the best suit in film history, copied over the years in a handful of films, and ever sought as the definitive suit for every man’s collection. Eva Saint Marie’s wardrobe was hand picked by Eva herself. The story goes that Hitchcock was unhappy with MGM’s costume selection, and opted to take Saint Marie into Bergdorf Goodman in New York to select her own wardrobe off the rack. She was heard to jokingly refer to Hitchcock as her “one and only sugar daddy” following the shopping spree.

The Fox highly recommends you see North by Northwest – it will change how you watch movies and how you shop. If you’re looking to replicate Cary Grant’s iconic gray suit – then go straight to the source. Kilgour on Savile Row in London created the bespoke gray suit and much of Grant’s wardrobe for the film.

If you’re looking to spend a bit less than the several thousands bespoke will cost, check out this modern version for a lot less dough by Brooks Brothers. These Cole Haan LunarGrand Captoe Oxfords will set the suit off nicely while keeping your feet happy with Nike sole technology. Don’t forget to top off the look with some swagger and a whole lot of handsome. Enjoy.

 

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The Fox Eats: Woodward Avenue Brewers

August 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

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When your Friday evening begins with great coffee, cookies and brownies – and ends with great beer, pizza and company – you know you’ve done something right. The Fox found his way to the Woodward Avenue Brewers (hereafter referred to as the WAB) this past Friday with a cohort and friend. Established in Ferndale in 1997, the WAB has been a local favorite for great atmosphere, delicious sandwiches and brews. Back in April WAB chefs Brent Foster and Courtney Witter revamped the menu to focus on excellent pizza, apps and desserts.

To start The Fox enjoyed the I Dip, You Dip, We Dip with vegan beer cheese, vegan chorizo and crusty bread. There are soups, salads and sandwiches but the real star of the menu is the pizza. With gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options, anyone can find a pie that they are sure to love. The Fox chowed a Choo Choo Choose Me with red sauce, roasted red peppers, smoked portobello mushrooms and black olives. The crust is thin and crispy, the toppings options endless and the beer just as good as always. The Fox enjoyed a few Steam Beers (a California Common beer with a slight fruitiness and hints of caramel and toffee) and the company and existential conversation of an awesome friend and Fox supporter.

Definitely check out the WAB when hungry in Ferndale.
Cheers to friends, pizza and life!

 

 

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The Fox Recommends: Cricket

August 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

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As The Fox has come to explore the many sports of the world, few can compete with the craziness that is cricket. As sports go, it can be very confusing, a bit frustrating, but all together wonderfully competitive. Speaking in the most basic terms, The Fox will now attempt to define cricket.

First played in England in the 16th century, cricket is a bat and ball game played between two 11-player teams on a field. In the center of the field is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes a turn at bat – trying to score runs, while the other team fields – trying to prevent as many runs as they can. Each turn is known as an innings, and depending on the form of cricket being played, a match can last a few hours, or several days. We had you thinking it was like baseball there for a second didn’t we…well think again. Although Baseball has foundations in cricket, and some similar terminology, it is vastly different in as many aspects.

Remember the 22-yard long pitch? Well at the end of each there is a wooden target, called the wicket. The batting team sends two batsmen out to either side of the pitch to “own” and protect the wicket at their end of the pitch by striking the ball that is bowled at them by the fielding team’s bowler. If the batter is successful in protecting his wicket, and strikes the ball, he may attempt to run to the other end of the pitch to score a run – his teammate on the other end of the pitch also runs – effectively switching ends and becoming the batter. Depending on where the ball is hit, up to six runs may be scored on a hit. The fielding team’s goal is to eliminate batters from the innings by being caught, bowled, given leg before wicket, run out or stumped. There are five less common ways of being outed, but seriously, this is complicated enough. Once a player is out, they can no longer play for the remainder of the innings. Once ten players are out, the innings is over. The bowlers are limited to 6 bowls at a time, each set of 6 bowls becomes an over, and overs count up into the 100s depending on the game. Many bowlers can bowl a ball at speeds up to 90 mph.

There are over twenty common forms of cricket, the following three being the most popular; Twenty20, One Day and Test Cricket. Twenty20 limits each innings to 20 overs (or 120 bowls), and each team has one innings for the match – which typically lasts around three hours. One Day is commonly held to 50 overs per innings (although anywhere from 20-60 overs is possible), with each team allowed one innings – these One Day matches typically last up to six hours. Test Cricket is the longest form of cricket, with the two teams playing a four-innings match that commonly lasts up to five days.

Now we know cricket may not be for everyone, but The Fox recommends that everyone check out a match at least once in their life. The teams break for lunch and tea for crying out loud – what’s better then a sport that recognizes the importance of a good cuppa in the afternoon? Besides that, there are heaps of bizarre words like googly, bosie, box (the nicest way to say jock strap The Fox has ever heard), coffin, cabbage patch, devil’s number, daisy-cutter and nipbacker. Cricket has even inspired one of film’s greatest sports.

The Fox hopes you enjoy your week ahead;
and maybe even a few good innings.

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The Fox Eats: Cvlt Pizza

August 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Fox recently experienced the sheer joy that only really excellent pizza can bring. Whilst visiting Grand Rapids, The Fox stumbled upon Cvlt Pizza. This pizzeria is a self-described farm-to-crust establishment, dedicated to locally grown, farm fresh and in season ingredients. The pizza is absolutely fantastic to taste, and knowing that all of the ingredients came from locally sourced farms and businesses makes it all the more delicious. Cvlt Pizza specializes in East Coast style pizza, and without getting into the whole East vs West debate, let’s just say that it’s hard to think there is a better pizza out there then the thin crusted, foldably huge pieces found here.

Being that the ingredients are all fresh, the menu is seasonal and thus changes constantly. There are some standbys, but for the most part the daily specials make up a predominant portion of Cvlt’s menu. The Fox had to sample the daily special za the day he visited, with a pesto base, vegan mozzarella, kale, fresh mushrooms and maple glazed tempeh. So amazing…

While visiting Grand Rapids, Michigan – make sure to check out Cvlt Pizza and enjoy a folded piece of pure bliss.

 

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The Fox Recommends: The Redford Theatre

August 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Redford Theatre opened on January 27, 1928, was billed as “America’s Most Unique Suburban Playhouse”, and has been continuously entertaining movie goers ever since. When plans were drawn up for the theatre, silent movies were still in their heyday, so a Barton Theatre organ was installed and can still be heard before shows and during intermissions – this is one of only two original organs remaining in theatres in the Detroit area. This 3 Manual/10 Rank Golden-Voiced Barton Theatre Pipe Organ was built by the Bartola Musical Instrument Company of Oshkosh, Wisconsin and remains virtually unchanged after 86 years of use. Owned and operated by the Motor City Theatre Organ Society since 1977, the theatre has been under near-constant renovation, and offers an awesome lineup of classic movies year-round.

Recently The Fox journeyed to The Redford for a showing of Some Like It Hot, the Billy Wilder classic featuring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. Voted AFI’s top American comedy of all time, Some Like It Hot follows the riotous journey of two Chicago musicians escaping the long arms of a 1929 mob boss by cross-dressing to join an all-female jazz band on its way to Florida.

It was a joy to see this film brought to life on the big screen in such a fantastic and beautiful theatre. Make sure to continue your journeys below 8 Mile, to enjoy all that Detroit has to offer and to discover hidden gems like The Redford Theatre.

Cheers.

 

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