Trip to Detroit

So Saturday we went to Detroit to see the Pistons play against the Trailblazers.  Shereen grew up in Portland so she’s a fan of them, an of course I grew up here and root for the home team. Ive also been able to attend several Pistons games in the past so this should be fun.  On the way down we’re going to stop at a few Middle Eastern stores so that she can look around. We’re also stopping to have food at Wahlburgers.  After the game, I’m gonna try to convince Shereen to stop at Buddy’s Pizza so I can try them out before they open in Grand Rapids.

Our first two stops were at Garden City, and then Dearborn.  Firstly we stopped at this bakery in Garden City called “Pebbles Persian Bakery“.  It was a rather simple looking building but upon entering, we were greeted with smells that can only be described as amazing.  Pebbles Bakery specializes in Iranian breads and pastrys.  We got several things from there.

The round bread was a sweet bread made with honey I think.  It was a very soft bread and very delicious.  The long bread is meant to be dipped in like goat cheese and other things.  I dipped it into roasted garlic hummus.  Quite amazing.

The second stop was at this little shop in Dearborn.  It was called “Yaseen Dollar Deluxe“.  There were all sorts of spices and ingredients that I’d never heard of.  Lots of different kinds of beans, ice creams, Hookah’s and cooking tools.  Shereen bought a bunch of different stuff.  Among the things I’m personally excited for are the Persian fruit roll ups.  She got some a few weeks ago shipped to her from her family and I tried them and they were amazing.

After that we headed to Greektown in Detroit to have some Wahlburgers.  Shereen has been wanting try them out since they opened.  And lets be honest, I’m not one to turn down a good burger.  So we drove into downtown Detroit and proceeded to try to find a parking lot.  The closer we got to Detroit the grosser the weather was getting.  It was raining pretty good and very cold by the time we found a parking lot near enough to Wahlburgers.  The walk was about 2-3 blocks to the restaurant and we went inside for the 45 minute wait that the hostess told us.  We ended up only having to wait about 10 minutes though and got seated.  I ordered the Double Decker: “The Double Decker* Move into a Double Decker with TWO 3oz. burgers! lettuce, tomato, onion, government cheese, Paul’s housemade signature wahl sauce & pickles “.  Shereen ordered the O.F.D.: “O.F.D.* Originally from “Dorchestah” ½ lb. burger, Swiss cheese, bacon, sautéed mushrooms & housemade tomato jam”.  She also ordered Sweet potato tots, and I ordered some Crispy Yukon french fries.  It took a bit to get our food, as the place was extremely busy.  I heard the hostess tell some people at one point that the wait was an hour and a half.  Our food finally came and boy were we excited.  The only thing that was disappointing about my burger is that i devoured it so fast.  I didn’t order a very big one.  Even though it was a Double Decker, the patty sizes were small.  But it was amazing.  Shereen loved her burger too.  The fries were delicious, but the sweet potato tots weren’t crispy at all.  I’m not sure if that was by design or just how they ended up that batch, but we didn’t really like them.  All in all the food was great, and it would have been nice to check out some of their drinks too, but we were kind of short on time.

During dinner Shereen and I debated on whether or not to leave the car where it was parked and take an Uber to Little Cesar’s Arena, or to drive the Jeep closer and try to find a parking spot.  I wanted to just take an Uber because I had a feeling that it was going to be a better bet than trying to find a parking spot closer for not a huge amount of money.  She thought that we should just try to find a closer parking spot so that when the game was over we could just get out and go.  So we drove the Jeep to the Arena and proceeded to spend the next 25 minutes driving in circles trying to find a parking spot that wasn’t $30 to park.  I finally gave up and parked at the Fox parking building for the low low price of… yup, you guessed it, Thirty bucks.  So we trudged down Woodward avenue to the Arena in the cold rain and got inside shortly after the game started.  It was our first time to the Arena, and it was pretty nice.  Everything still had that “brand new shiny” look to it.  The nerd in me wanted to checkout whatever place that’s there that had the huge Google sign, but we got there after the game started and wanted to get right to our seats.

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It was a celebration day for the 89 and 90 “Bad Boys” team so most of the team players were there, including Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, and Bill Laimbeer.  I didn’t notice Dennis Rodman among the people down on the court in the pictures.  The game itself was very rough in the first half for the Pistons.  There were a lot of misses and a lot of airballs.  Finally towards the end of the first half they started coming back.  The second half, the Pistons led the TrailBlazers for most of the game.  The whole point of going was so that Shereen could see her TrailBlazers as she grew up in Portland.  So she had a really good first half of the game, but not so much the second half.  The seats were a bit far away, but the view was good.  We also got free Pistons shirts!  We started to head out when there was about 30 seconds left in the game because Piston’s were already ahead by 10 points or so.  Boy were we surprised with what we walked outside into.

Ya, it was snowing pretty hardcore.  I didn’t think much of it, except for the fact that I’m tired of the snow, and I wasn’t wearing a coat.  But the snow accumulated pretty quickly while we were in the theater making the first half of our ride home pretty hair raising.  At one point we had to pull off the highway around an accident that involved at least 7 cars.  But as suddenly as the snow hit, we were out of it and roads were dry for the second hour of our trip home.  But before we left Detroit, we had one last stop to make.  There’s a new pizza place coming to Grand Rapids, called Buddy’s Pizza.  They are based out of Detroit and are said to be the best thick crust pizza — even better than Jets pan crust.  I’ve been looking forward to trying this place because I love Jet’s crust.  So we stopped and ordered a 4 corner pizza.  After mistakingly giving our pizza to somebody else they had to remake ours.  When we finally got it, they were on the brink of closing so I didn’t get any pictures but it looked amazing.  I ordered Pepperoni and Italian Sausage on my half, and Shereen ordered Mushrooms and Onions.  The pizza lived up to the Hype, and I’ll be first in line when the new store opens up here in town.

All in all, it was a very nice trip. I had a good time, and I’m pretty sure Shereen did. To see all the photo’s check out the Photo Gallery.

TTFN!

Author: peter

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