It was a perfect day to spend in Detroit.
Every time I leave Detroit and come back, I wonder why I left in the first place. Especially seeing the new growth, business and development— particularly outside the downtown/Midtown area— I have been very happy to see the city grow and really start to make steps to heal itself. And it help solve the problem I’ve had, about feeling a little out of sorts, since I’ve been back in Michigan from overseas.
When traveling, there’s two steps to re-adjusting: one is jet leg, which fades quickly enough. The other isn’t quite culture shock— it’s simply getting used to being back home again.
It’s not as simple as unpacking a suitcase. That’s easy: unfold your clothes, take your shampoo out of the travel bag. To sort through the new thoughts in your head takes a bit longer.
Spending time with good friends, and in familiar locations, helps, too. Particularly on a warm summer day in a city.
First stop was Eastern Market: to pick up some basic veggies, to people watch, and to snag some brownies from Ethel’s Edibles (they do have a stand in the market!) Then, I discovered that Germack’s, in addition to great coffee and buts, makes a few kinds of gluten-free flour— and always happy to shop local, I picked up some hazelnut flour.
Afterward, I needed a late breakfast, so I made my way over to Corktown, to Brooklyn Street Local. I have been meaning to check this place out, and so glad I did. Big breakfast portions, and a treat that is usually off limits: poutine (great vegan cheese, and their mushroom gravy is gluten-free!) It’s light and airy inside, wonderful spot to stop and grab late breakfast or brunch after shopping at Eastern Market.
Afterward, it was time for some exploring, mainly checking out the new shops around Midtown, like Nora and City Bird. It was also a little bittersweet— Marwil’s Bookstore, where I worked during college, is gone, to be replaced by Sweet Lorraine’s Mac and Cheese.
Afterwards, I met up with a friend at the Detroit Historical Museum (which, if you’re into politics and Detroit history, is a great jumping-off point for political discussion!)
Dinner was fun: we went to the all-vegan food truck Shimmy Shack, which I’ve been meaning to try. The food was delightful: flavorful, satisfying chickpea burger, crispy fries (and sweet potatoes ones available!) And yes, everything was gluten-free.
The day ended with a late-night coffee at Great Lakes Coffee in midtown— a modern, airy place, with super friendly bartenders and an interesting drink menu. And while I felt more at home, seeing Detroit and it’s development always makes me ponder. I won’t stay away so long next time.