5 on Friday: Crutch Free Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG1. Guns + Butter

I recently wrote about my experience with Guns + Butter during Detroit Restaurant Week – you can read more about it here. Well guess what? I got an email around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night offering more seatings for Guns + Butter. They are hosting dinners on October 25, 26, 30 and November 1 and 2. Chef Craig Lieckfelt is opening up his personal test kitchen for these special seatings. If you are interested in getting on the waiting list, you can email reservations@gbdetroit.com.

I am treating my husband to one of these special dinners as a thank you for taking care of me with my broken foot for the past month.

GB122. CastCoverZ

I got good news at my doctor’s appointment on Wednesday. My foot is healing nicely and I don’t have to use crutches anymore!! I do have to continue wearing my walking boot for another two weeks, but I can put weight on it and start walking around normally. Thank goodness! The timing is funny because I was just about to decorate my crutches with colored tape. I did discover CastCoverZ and last week my special crutch pads arrived. These were great because the pads were starting to wear down on my crutches and hurt my hands. I wish I would have discovered this site before, because you can order colored crutches and all sorts of accessories.

I got the black trellis pads (I didn’t get the bag just the pads) and I love them. They are so easy to put on and take off which is great if you want to wash them. I decided to go with something a little more professional since I had to take them to work and to teach.


3. Kate Spade Toast Flats

I saw these the other day and thought they would be perfect for holiday parties if I can’t get back in heels yet.

canvas4. Clinique Eye for Colour

Lord & Taylor is hosting a special Clinique event: Eye for Colour to learn about their new eyeshadows. You can make an appointment at your nearest Lord & Taylor store through November 3rd.

Just for attending you get a 10-day supply of Clinique’s Happy Perfume Spray mini and your choice of Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream mini or All About Eyes mini. Also, don’t forget that the Clinique bonus at Macy’s is still running through October 27th.

1023lord_20131021_lordtaylor_gwv_031023lord_20131021_lordtaylor_gwv_041023lord_20131021_lordtaylor_gwv_055. Cashmere Pig Sweater

Forget the fox! I am all about pigs over here! I love, love, love piggies and I decided I had to have this sweater when I stumbled across it earlier this week on Bluefly. What’s not to love? It’s cashmere and adorable!


Do you have anything that you are loving this week and want to share?

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Guns & Butter Review

I wanted to get this review up sooner, but after breaking my foot everything got pushed back a little.

Guns & Butter is an exclusive pop-up restaurant that changes location. Nathan Skid at Crain’s Detroit Business writes more about it here. Guns & Butter has been all over the world including India and New York. This time it was hosted at the Shinola retail showroom in Detroit. One of my biggest questions was where did the name Guns & Butter come from. Come to find out it is an economic theory that models the relationship between a country’s military spending versus food. The country has to decide the ratio of guns verses food that it needs or what combination works best.


 Since my husband was out of town, I decided to take my friend Andrea with me and have a girl’s night.


I had been to the Shinola store before, but I wasn’t sure how they were going to set it up for dinner. Until we arrived, I had no idea how intimate the dinner would be. They had different seatings, but we were the first one on the second night. There were only 20 of us for this dinner.


As soon as we walked in a had to sneak a peak at the menu. We didn’t know what would be served and I was anxious to find out. I am a picky eater so I was nervous about what the menu would be like and if I would like everything that they were serving. It turned out to be pretty great, there was only one thing that had ingredients I didn’t like.


They cooked everything right in the showroom and they had an open bar with different wines for us to choose from. This was all for a set price of $30 because it was during Detroit Restaurant Week.


The first course was a fudgy egg yolk with a maple bacon gastrique. I had never had a fudgy egg before but it was delicious! The presentation was amazing:


The second course was Monty’s beef crudo and romao cheese with a sourdough and herb salad. I wasn’t sure if I would like this since the meat was a little raw, but the combination of all the ingredients made it melt in your mouth. You can’t see the beef, it is hidden under the tomato:


The third course was where I ran into problems – Poached fluke, steamed shitake mushrooms and cauliflower with pumpkin seeds. I don’t eat seafood and I hate mushrooms, but I decided when I came to this event that I was going to try everything even if I didn’t like it. I was so proud of myself for eating six large bites of fluke. My friend said it was delicious so I will let you take her word for it:


The fourth course was roasted loin of lamb and silky spiced eggplant with pistachios confit. I don’t think I have ever had lamb or eggplant before and I really like this dish.


For dessert, we had white chocolate custard and Nutella caramel with late summer and early fall fruit. This dessert was so good, I only wish there were more of it!

GB10We had a great experience at Guns & Butter! I can’t wait until the next one pops up so I can take my husband with me. After talking to the guests and organizers, the best way to find out where the next pop-up will be is to follow them on Facebook. I haven’t seen any new ones yet, but I am keeping an eye out. The chef did say that they were planning to open a permanent location early next year, so that will be awesome!

I have to say that I’ve never felt like so much of a foodie in my entire life. I felt like we were on a show on the Food Network or something. Have any of you been to Guns & Butter before or a pop-up restaurant?

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