Saturday, December 22, 2012
Here are the hours and traffic around area malls through Monday, a quick reference for those last-minute shoppers and those planning ahead to Monday's day-after-Christmas sales.
Saturday, Dec. 22: 9am-10pm Sunday, Dec. 23: 9am-9pm Monday, Dec. 24: 9am-5pm Tuesday, Dec. 25: Closed Wednesday, Dec. 26: 9am-9pm Thursday, Dec. 27: 10am-9pm Saturday, Dec. 22: 7am-11pm Sunday, Dec. 23: 7am-11pm Monday, Dec. 24: 7am-6pm Tueday, Dec. 25: Closed Wednesday, Dec. 26: 10am-9pm Thursday, Dec. 27: 10am-9pm
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Sort through the myths and remedies for a night of partying.
Are you actually thinking ahead about how much you want to have fun tonight but don't want to get a hangover? Or maybe you partied a little too much last night and now you have a whopper of a hangover. What to do? Let's start with how to ward off a hangover in the first place. The best advice, of course, is don't drink any alcohol or stay out late. That's the first thing. But if you do intend to drink and ring in the New Year, Henry Ford also offers tips on preventing a hangover: Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital Emergency Center Dr. Edward Walton is a big fan of drinking a lot of water and eating hardy foods to keep a nasty hangover away. "You should make sure that you don’t drink on an empty stomach and if you are drinking, try to have a glass…
Of 24 finalists in the holiday lights contest, one will earn $100,000 for their public school district.
The local winners of the Deck the House holiday lights contest have been narrowed down to 24 national finalists, eligible to win a $100,000 donation for their public school district. Although there are no Michigan homes in the final pool of 24, we celebrate the local winners, including: To vote for one of the homes competing nationally to win a $100,000 donation for their lucky public school district, visit www.deckthehouse.patch.com/entries. A special thank you to everyone who entered and/or voted. You've made our dark nights more festive and "oooh-worthy" this holiday season. National voting continues through 9 p.m. ET Jan. 8.
Tips from a Matt Prentice restaurants expert on everything picking the right glassware to serving it at just the right temperature.
Ready for New Year's Eve? Eric Djordjevic, chief operating officer of Matt Prentice Restaurant Group, has a five Champagn tips and tips for party-givers and partygoers: By "clean" I don't mean free of dirt and debris, but instead free of soap residue, as many liquid detergents don't rinse off completely. Aside from imparting undesired lemon and lavender scents in your wine, they will cause Champagne to go flat faster or prevent your wine from adhering to the glass and releasing aromatic qualities. Tip: For hard to clean decanters use a nonscented denture cleaner. After a little soak and good rinse, your crystal is good as new. Each wine has various qualities and aromas; science has proven that these molecular compounds release …
Fitness experts, business coaches, entrepreneurs and others weigh in with New Year's resolutions and tips on how to make them stick.
A quick survey around town reveals some intriguing 2012 promises and resolutions that may inspire you to make a few of your own. Before we checked in with various area residents on their New Year’s resolutions suggestions, we received some insights from motivational coach Steve Frank of evolution360° in Birmingham, and fitness coach Ryanne Moroschan of Sola Life & Fitness, Beaumont Health System's medically based fitness center in Rochester Hills. As founder and “chief motivational officer” of evolution360°, Frank works as a personal and business coach. He helps clients with goal setting, work-life balance, transition, leadership and team dynamics. “For this new year, consider making only one resolution: Resolve to set clear, actionable …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Royal Oak warehouse storing big 'D' to drop in Detroit, while other cities outstate plan their own droppin' festivities.
Royal Oak enjoyed its first New Year's Eve ball drop last year, but this year it was not meant to be. There are plenty of other ways to ring in the New Year in town, of course, but if you have your heart set on a ball drop, there are alternatives. The Drop, now in its second year, will turn the Compuware Atrium and Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Detroit into a New Year's Eve party destination, with food, drink, music, dancing and psychic readings, in addition to dropping a 7-foot-tall red D, the Huffington Post Detroit reported. In fact, in the big red D is sitting in a warehouse right here in Royal Oak, the Free Press reported. AV7 Productions of Rochester created the illuminated “D,” sponsor Motor City NYE said. Elsewhere, balls will drop …
Area chefs share their secrets for great bowl game snacks, from crowd-pleasing dips to a variety of flavored meatballs.
You’d expect that a professional chef would know how to throw a no-holds-barred, great party at home, right? That’s precisely why, with a variety of bowl games already sprinting full speed into our lives and more to come (MSU plays Jan. 2 and U-M plays Jan. 3; 35 bowl games total through Jan. 9, and don’t forget Feb. 4 is Super Bowl day), we checked in with our favorite “kitchen quarterbacks.” Cutting right to the party chase, here's the lowdown on everything from crowd-pleasing dips to big-guy sandwiches. “When I have parties at my home, I like to use big, round sourdough or Tuscan loaves, like 10 inches in diameter to make great sandwiches,” said Chef Pete Loren of Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace in Troy. “These are different; …
Weather Service predicts snow showers through week, then a slight warm-up by New Year's Day
Revelers will encounter mild weather if they decide to go out to celebrate the new year this weekend. Weather.com predicts a mix of sun and snow showers this week, with more of the same for the weekend. According to the National Weather Service, Royal Oak may see some showers on Friday night. While it will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 32, it will warm up by Saturday with a high near 38. Expect a low of 31 on New Year's Eve. A high near 41 is predicted for New Year's Day with some more showers, the service reports for the Royal Oak area.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
From the Reeferman at the Royal Oak Brewery to a Roaring '20s party at BlackFinn, there are plenty of choices. Remember the reservations!
If you like to ring in the new year with a quiet dinner or festive meal, Royal Oak has plenty of restaurants to choose from. Make reservations soon and toast 2012 in Royal Oak style! Here are some great places to eat, drink and be merry on the big night: For your first meal of the New Year, you can always hit up downtown Royal Oak late-night spots Jimmy John's, which will be open until 3 a.m. New Year's Eve, or Leo's Coney Island, which will maintain its 24 hour service over the holiday weekend.
With a little silver wrapping paper, spray paint and tinsel, you can inexpensively glam up your party table.
t’s just about time to make your New Year’s resolutions. If they include being a bit more budget-conscious in 2012, why not start now with your New Year’s Eve celebration? There’s no need to spend a lot of money to pull off a memorable, treasured New Year’s Eve celebration, said Caroline von Weyher, owner/designer of Von Haus Design, a Birmingham-based interior design firm. “For example, you don't have to spend much money to create a glamorous silver and gold New Year’s Eve table,” she said. Here are Von Haus’ tips for taking your table from fine to fabulous: • Use a roll of silver wrapping paper to create a glamorous table runner over a plain white tablecloth. “The silver will bounce candle light and create a gorgeous anchor for your …