Friday, October 12, 2012

Mac Shack! October 12, 2012

Today I was lucky enough to get out of my orgo lab early, and since it was Cody's birthday, we decided to take a break from our normal lunch at Gold and Greens (which has been so, so good) to check out the new food truck on campus, the Mac Shack. I'd been wanting to try it since the summer but hadn't had time. Luckily, today was the perfect day for some gourmet mac and cheese.

I got the Papa Smurf, which had caramelized onions, mushrooms, and fresh parmesan cheese. The sweetness of the onions was a perfect contrast to the sharp parmesan, and the mac and cheese by itself was perfectly creamy and light -- as mac and cheese goes, anyway. The pasta shape was also kind of cool -- it definitely wasn't the Velveeta shells or Kraft macaroni that I've gotten far too accustomed to. Instead, it was a bit larger "ear shaped" pasta -- ideal for holding the perfect amount of cheese. Clearly whoever planned this has an engineering background.

Papa Smurf!
Cody got "The Bacon Made Me Do It!", which had bacon, green onions, and tomatoes. His descriptions of it was: creamy, delicious, breathtaking (sigh). In fact, he stated, "No words can describe the goodness in this cheese of mac."  So it was a step or two above dorm food, basically.
The Bacon Made Me Do It!
Finally, the piece de resistance: the garlic parmesan french fries. Feel free to enlarge this picture to fully appreciate the beauty of these. The other day, we had some really great truffle herb french fries at Green Dot Stables (post coming later... I'm pretty far behind right now), and these are like the bigger, less dainty, and slightly more delicious big brother of the Green Dot stables fries. They were ideally greasy, not in a bad way, but enough to make sure you knew they were clogging your arteries, and it was worth every delicious bite. I'm a big fan of garlic, and these fries had the most amazing mixture of garlic and parmesan cheese -- whatever the ratio was, it was perfect. They were crispy on the outside while still being creamy and soft inside, and were by far the best fries I've had on campus.
Garlic parmesan french fries!
Basically, if you haven't been out to the Mac Shack yet, it's something you need to do ASAP. Everything they have is perfect college student comfort food, but with a great gourmet twist. I can't wait until the next time I catch a break between classes to get some more!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Detroit Restaurant Week: Coach Insignia

Detroit Restaurant Week is by far one of my favorite weeks of the year -- after I found out about it accidentally with A.V. last year, I've been preparing myself for the next restaurant week to come. This year, there were 17 participating restaurants in Detroit, and the amazing thing about DRW is that you can go to some of the most amazing restaurants in Detroit and sample the best of what they have to offer for only $30 -- and really, how could anyone pass that up?

This week, the first restaurant I went to was Coach Insignia. Located at the top of the Ren Cen on the 72nd floor, this restaurant has the most amazing views of the city, and even before I had the chance to eat here, I'd been up several times to catch the amazing views. I had the pleasure of going this year with some of my favorite people in the world from the dorms :)

To start off, we (naturally) had bread. Being the bread connoisseur I like to consider myself, I would give this about a 7/10, not the most amazing bread, but hey, it's bread, and how can that ever go wrong?

 I then had the shrimp tasting, which had a great brandy-cream sauce for the cocktail shrimp -- it was kind of sweet tasting, and it went wonderfully with the bread (not that I dip bread into every sauce I encounter... but I mostly do).

 For my entree, I had the filet mignon (medium rare), and although I'm usually not a big steak eater, this was phenomenal. It was seasoned perfectly and so juicy and perfect. If I were to dream about a steak, this would be it. The asparagus was cooked perfectly, and the mashed potatoes were flawlessly creamy and smooth. 

 Desert was bread pudding for me -- I've always loved bread pudding, and this certainly did not disappoint. It was kind of cinnamony and creamy -- a great fall comfort dessert.

 A few others got white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, and I was lucky enough to get a bite -- I don't usually like cheesecake too much, but the flavors in this were great -- not overly cheesecakey and with a perfect accent of raspberry flavor. Plus, the presentation of this dish was gorgeous.

All in all, this was a successful first DRW outing. It was definitely sad to have to make the return to dorm food the next day -- as much as I've been loving the taquito-instant mashed potatoes-mac and cheese diet, this dinner was far above and beyond what I was expecting. This was a fantastic meal and hopefully I'll be back soon (and if anyone wants to take me, I'm all for that too!)
Post-dinner in the Ren Cen!