Visiting Detroit – the best places to eat and drink

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I’ve been to Detroit a LOT of times now, we have lots of friends there and try to go every couple of years to visit. Normally when I tell people I’m going to Detroit they look at me like I’ve gone mad, and to be fair even the people who live there look at me in a puzzling way and ask why I’ve chosen to visit. But it’s an exciting, interesting and artsy place to visit if you’re in the mid-west (we went to Chicago first this time, around 5 hours drive which is…like nothing in the US) and I’d 100% recommend it.

We went to a beautiful wedding in the centre of Detroit, and stayed in the Trumbull and Porter hotel; basically a hipster Holiday Inn with muted greys, leather furnishings and lots of whisky. There are some amazing places to hang out near the hotel, and with it’s own version of Boris Bikes – the MoGo bikes launched in 2017 – it’s really easy to get around. Here are some of the best restaurants, cafes and bars that you should try while you’re there.

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Where to… eat 

Detroit Institute of Bagels: Maybe better bagels than NYC. They were HUGE and they sell decent coffee too. Good for breakfast and lunch.

Ottava Via: tasty American-Italian food with an outdoor area

Wright and Company: lovely cocktail bar with a view. Nice for brunch too.

Selden Standard: Tasty brunch if that’s what you’re after.

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Where to… drink 

Jolly Pumpkin: Excellent selection of beers, would definitely recommend. Really tasty salads and pizza and – apparently – Obama approved!

Batch Brewing Company: Hipster brewery making some delightful pale ales. Also does great food and has outdoor seating for a relaxed evening.

Two James Spirits: Late night cocktails a-plenty!

The Sugar House: craft cocktails in a speakeasy setting

Bronx Bar: Americans love a dive bar, and this is one.

Astro Coffee: Delicious coffee and breakfast. Very hipster.

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Shout if you have any questions, I can make more suggestions!

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Prettiest air purifying plants

Plants are pretty magical things. They don’t just brighten a room; they are also proven to purify the air, improve your well-being and even protect you from disease.

In fact, the more I find out about plants the more obsessed I get with buying every kind of plant I can possibly find, and then cramming them into my tiny flat.

Top five plants for good health and happiness:

Yonks ago, NASA conducted a study into whether household plants could be beneficial for our health. It turned out that plants are great air filters that can remove toxins emitted from household items, such as cleaning products, electrical equipment, carpets, upholstery and paint.

Peace Lily

The Peace Lily topped the list of plants for removing formaldehyde – often found in cleaning products, soaps and detergents. They are stunning plants that don’t need an awful lot of care, just a water every now and again. Keep them out of direct sunlight though, as this will cause them to wilt.

Snake Plant 

Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is amazing for filtering out the nasties found in cleaning products like bleach. They also thrive in humid areas with less light, which means that it’s great for the bathroom.

English Ivy

English Ivy is very leafy so it’s great at getting rid of indoor pollutants that come from floorboard resins and carpet dyes. It’s another excellent plant for the bathroom because it thrives with very little sunlight and moist air.

Fern

The fern is believed to absorb the radiation emitted from electrical equipment like computers, TVs and printers. It helps remove other pollutants found in paint and nail polishes, as well as that pesky formaldehyde. Watered regularly and kept out of direct sunlight will keep a fern looking green and lush.

Palms

Palms specifically target and remove harmful elements in the air like carbon monoxide – perfect for a home where people smoke. Palms like heat and lots of sunlight!

More on plants (I’m obsessed now)

The mere presence of plants can improve productivity, mood and your attentiveness – which is why you might notice lots of plants in many offices. Having plants around lifts my mood and makes me feel relaxed.

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve reaction times
  • Increase attentiveness
  • Lower levels of anxiety
  • Raise levels of well-being
What’s more, the colour green – being at the centre of the spectrum – is the colour of balance, tranquility and rest. Are you convinced yet?!