So anyone that knows me knows that I am a Documentary nerd. A dream Saturday for me is not getting out of bed, snuggling up in warm robe, ordering pizza, making a pitcher of strawberry daiquiris with whipped cream…..OK, OK, I’m getting carried away but one can dream right?
But seriously, being the introvert that I am, a day filled with nothing but documentaries is a happy day for me. After discovering a documentary about Pruitt-Igoe, I found myself fascinated with this idea of areas being abandoned and eventually demolished or gentrified. It wasn’t long before I found myself in a YouTube rabbit hole that led me to a series of documentaries about Detroit. After hours of binge watching stories about the fallen auto industry, trangender prostitutes and smart young entrepreneurs moving in to gentrify the place I was intrigued and Detroit was promptly added to my bucket list.
Its one thing to see the ruins on television while listening to people discuss the culture and feel of the city, but its nothing like actually being there. It’s a photographer’s dream. Its no secret that we love to see abandoned spaces. I personally rode up and down the streets and paid specific attention to the porches. Many of them still had furniture on them. I pictured people sitting in the rocking chairs and I could envision children playing in the yards. I wondered if the last residents that lived in the homes were dead or somewhere out there still alive.
I was also able to drop by Motown’s Hitsville, USA. I can honestly say that the city had a very “Motown” feel about it. From the music that they played on the radio to the old lounges and bars that were still in tact. The culture felt rich, warm and inviting.
I’m on a vegan kick right now and in all honesty I’ve been kind of “veganish” for the past 8 years but truly strict about it in recent months so I wanted to explore some of Detroit’s vegan restaurants. My first stop was Detroit Vegan Soul. I find it hard to believe that this place had four and a half stars on Yelp. I had the sampler platter and was looking forward to trying the Snickerdoodle cake, but they only serve it on Fridays. I’ll just leave it at that….
Next I discovered Seva or as I like to call them the Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant Holy Grail. I can’t say enough about this place. I’ll start with “yummy”. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. If you decide to drop by I strongly recommend the chocolate and peanut butter cake (ask them to warm it up a little) and be sure to pair it with the maple bourbon ice cream. I guarantee you that you will be glad that you did.
Detroit was good to me. I look forward to seeing it again someday, many, many years from now, when it has received a complete overhaul. I’m sure the contrast will be interesting to witness.
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