As if winning the admiration of customers across Detroit wasn?t enough, Chrystyna Adams, head chef and owner of Christine?s Cuisine, went ahead and earned a spot in Rachael Ray?s heart with her homemade pierogies, which the Food Network star deemed the best in Michigan. And pierogies aren't the only thing the Chrystyna can make. As Dining in the D discovered, the talented chef transforms beets and sour cream into decadent Ukrainian borsch, and keeps potato pancakes light, crispy, with her not-so-secret secret: adding oil to the batter, rather than the pan.
Yet, like David Hasselhoff's popularity, Chrystyna doesn?t stop in Eastern Europe. Her hand-written menus showcase items from across the globe. She brings flavors from Italy and Greece with eggplant parmesan and chicken athena dabbled with feta; she sends a shout out to America and its love for grilling and cows with blackened burgers paired with potato chips; and, she even turns breakfast up a notch with smoked salmon omelets, peanut butter and jelly waffles, and bacon and cheddar pancakes.
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Since leaving the world of banking in 2010 to open Treat Dreams, founder Scott Moloney?a self-proclaimed ?mad scientist of ice cream? according to an article in Hour Detroit?has dazzled area taste buds with his roster of more than 280 flavors. Eschewing traditional tastes for unconventional flavors and exotic combinations such as rose petal, brown-sugar ham, and pistachio wasabi, Scott handcrafts each batch of cone-dwelling treats onsite to ensure freshness and maintain artistic control over his masterpieces.
Scott strives to support the community at large by forging his icy wares from locally sourced ingredients and the carboys of Jack Frost's personal ice cellar. Eager to sate the appetites of all who pass through his doors, Scott caters to dietary restrictions by whipping up batches of lactose-free sorbets and vegan ice creams made with rice or coconut milk.
The Tex-Mex cuisine at Cantina Diablo owes its authentic taste to the restaurant's team of chefs. After serving for years in kitchens in Mexico and Texas, they've assembled a menu that combines their own unique recipes with those passed down through generations. Fresh flour tortillas are the cornerstone of a menu that features classic fajitas alongside massive burritos and skillet enchiladas. Tacos are piled with eclectic meats such as braised pork shoulder al pastor, beef cheek, garlic- and cilantro-marinated mahi, and battered buffalo shrimp. Chicken mole with corn and pepper salsa and a Mexican-spiced beef short rib wellington also put a twist on Tex-Mex cuisine. The bar, meanwhile, puts its own spin on Mexican flavors: martinis and mojitos are made with fresh herbs and muddled by hand, while a signature drink features tequila and sangrita in a cucumber cup. Thanks to Cantina Diablo's catering, much of the food is also available for on-location dining.
Customers kick back in sea-green adirondack chairs at Easy Like Sundae, where everything is just a little more laid back. Classic wainscoting and tabletops add character in the brightly painted space, with walls in colors that seem to match the frozen yogurt flavors. Lined up along a sunshine yellow wall are the self-serve stations, where customers pull levers to dispense one of 10 rotating flavors into bowls or impatient mouths. The toppings station boasts more than 60 varieties of nuts, candies, and other morsels to decorate yogurt creations. The parlor also stocks vegan and non-dairy options, as well as coffee drinks and smoothies.
Thanks to Love Bites, snacking doesn't have to be a guilty pleasure. The company's creamy, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate almond butter bars only look and taste indulgent?in reality, they're packed full of nutritional benefits. Each two-ounce square is made with only six ingredients?including yogurt, cinnamon, and real dark chocolate?and each weighs in at only 140 calories with 15 grams of protein. Best of all, the treats contain no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, which means customers will want to store them in their refrigerators or directly inside their mouths.
No two people are exactly the same, so it would be difficult for them to benefit from the exact same juice cleanse. The ayurvedic term for each body's unique constitution is dosha; at Organico Juice Bar & Cafe, staff members create juice cleanses and detoxes according to not only the customer's fitness goals and handwriting analysis, but also his or her dosha. The juices that go into these cleanses and appear on the menu are raw and organic, with no added sugars or preservatives. Other menu items include organic salads, sandwiches, and sweet treats.