Saturday, December 31, 2011
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 …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Was a new phone or tablet high on your wish list this year?
We know electronic devices were high on many people's wish lists this year, so we want to know: What gadget did you get for Christmas? Was it an iPhone (which version?), an Android smartphone, the latest iPad, an Android tablet, a laptop computer, digital camera or something else? Maybe you went electronics free this holiday. Tell us about it. If you were lucky enough to score a mobile device as a gift, learn how you can put it to work learning about your community. Patch has apps for iPhones and Android phones, and also makes it easy for you to upload photos, news and comments from anywhere. Here is a look at a few ways you can connect with Patch through your mobile device.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Certain December music makes us pause, sing along and feel nostalgic.
Holiday voices sing, are you listening? Songs of the season are inescapable this week – whether they bring comfort and joy or lyrics and beats that annoy. Amid the jingling and roasting, most people cherish at least a few Christmas songs – perhaps because they've been sung many times, many ways since we were young. Though it may be tough to single out a favorite, here's a chance to click on one that invariably makes you pause, turn up the volume and feel nostalgic. So come and vote, faithful celebrants, and let's see which is triumphant. Write-in votes for unlisted tunes can go in the comments.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Fans bring gifts for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots holiday campaign.
ANN ARBOR — Young and old alike flocked to Walgreens on Jackson Avenue in Ann Arbor for a chance to be filmed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday. DeGeneres, who is partnering with Walgreens drugstores across the country through Dec. 17 to raise awareness for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign, posted on her Twitter account announcing the visit Thursday afternoon. DeGeneres made an appearance via satellite at the event shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday to greet fans and give away prizes. Laurel Hunter of Ann Arbor said she heard about the opportunity through a friend, who watches The Ellen DeGeneres Show every day. "I don't have time to watch much television anymore, but I wanted to come out and support Ellen's effort," she …
Friday, November 11, 2011
Patch has joined with local businesses association to promote the "Light the Shores" holiday lighting campaign. Readers can also vote for their favorite displays and win prizes.
Businesses throughout St. Clair Shores will be getting in the holiday spirit in the coming weeks with impressive light and window displays, and your St. Clair Shores Patch is joining in the fun and competition. For the past two years, the Harper Avenue Corridor Improvement Authority has held the "Light the Avenue" campaign. This year it is being expanded to include businesses throughout city for the "Light the Shores" campaign. These festive decorations will likely range from the subtle to the audacious as businesses show off their civic pride while competing to win one of four categories: The best part of the campaign is residents, customers and visitors to St. Clair Shores will select the winners in each category. Patch is excited to …