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Real estate rebel, residential designer, believer, blogger currently residing in the Detroit metro area.

As the Mayor here, I have achieved an uncanny reputation for being right more than 92% of the time while raising 5 daughters, 1 son, a BA dog and a husband who adds to the daily drama.

I am also fondly known as Your Honor, crazy bitch, psycho mom, wily temptress & that damn Yankee.



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The evening started out just right as I wove my way through medium traffic to the airport and out walked  my accomplice for the first night of SXSW. Perfect timing. She smoothly slipped into the car and all I could think was: Gentleman, start your engines.

Twenty minutes later we walked into Second Bar & Kitchen, it was love at first sight.  

Baby let me love you down

There's so many ways to love ya


 Baby I can break ya down  
There's so many ways to love ya

Got me like oh my god, i'm so in love.



I found you finally, you make me want to say.  
Oh,oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh my gosh.

 Girl you know i'm lovin your, your style.  
Check, check, check, checkin you out. 

Just to be clear, I'm borrowing Usher's lyrics here to describe my infatuation with this place, a star in it's own right on Congress. The lyrics are also intended to give my offspring a clever reminder that mommy wants to attend an Usher concert this spring.

The sign that hung above the bartender, who could do a friendly chat while mixing a precision beverage, said it all. I like a place that can show a sense of humor and keep it's oh so perfect interior from appearing too pretentious.

We ordered up a unique cocktail duo they call Gin & Jam. It is actually straight up Gin with your choice of sweet and savory jams (Strawberry & Basil or Pineapple & Cumin). It was a strong way to start the night just right.

We needed a quick bite to go with our powerful drinks and I had read rave reviews about the Black Truffle Pomme Frites. These little beauties, along with the Baked Ricotta & Goat Cheese did such a fine job of soaking up the alcohol we were ingesting, I credit them with keeping us out of any real trouble.


Never ever ever has a lady hit me on the first sight.  
This was somethin' special,  
This was just like dynamite. 


Well thought out design elements like the mixed seating and a variety of intriguing light fixtures provides a visually pleasing interior. The style factor continued in what appeared to be well seasoned wait staff who kept things moving at a relaxed pace. Even the graphic logo on the "Second Bar & Kitchen" is snappy.

She got it all.  
Sexy from her head to toe.  
And I want it all and all and all. 

Describes the dessert menu perfectly

Now you know I'm particularly nosy about everyone's dessert menu. It's my obligation as the mother of a pastry chef to keep an eye out for intriguing sweets. Taste combinations that the ordinary person would not think of were abundant.

What, you've never had foie gras butter cream atop of your oatmeal cookie? It just went on from there: blue cheese brulee with apple butter, chocolate sticky pudding with bacon ice cream, brownies with smoked ganache and orange pop rocks for goodness sakes. Did I mention the brown butter ice cream?

The only negative of the evening was the tiny sized portion of ice cream on top of the miniature pecan  tartlet. Even that could not dampen my blossoming enthusiasm for my new favorite spot on Congress Avenue.

If you're out at SXSW this week and run across my beloved Blissdom roomate make sure you give her a big Austin welcome. She'll probably look something like this:

Honey got a booty like, pow, pow, pow.  
Honey got some moves like wow oh wow.  
Girl you know i'm lovin your, your style.  
Check, check, check, checkin you out. 

OK, so this time I am professing my crush on my date for the night, the incomparable Margo Millure. You can check her out to at as the founder of The Travel Belles, where she'll tell you how to escape the cul-de-sac.

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    All the same, the evening was a success! But my advice, should not be abused junk food, it is very very harmful to the stomach! And from him quickly people get fat, and that's a fact!
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    This places a very interesting story, and a decent menu! The main thing in these fast foods - this is something to eat and fed you sated, well, not expensive!

Reader Comments (2)

OH MY GOD that place looks great!!! I want in on some of that bacon ice cream!

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMercedes

Do they have a cure for truffle fry addiction yet? I had an amazing black truffle delight here in Aruba this week. Seared grouper served on top of a black truffle risotto with champagne sauce. Hellllllo to yumbo jumbo.

Working on the usher tix.....XOXO


your daughter who doesn't want to leave this sick caribbean dream land.

March 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterprincess numero uno

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