Posts by Esther Allweiss Ingber

Roast Lamb Shank, including red wine demi-glace sauce, oregano, feta, scallions and onion-mashed potatoes

Ellen’s Bakery & Café

Ellen’s Bakery & Café is no longer just a place for locals to pop in for morning coffee and homemade muffins and bagels, or perhaps have their breakfast or lunch. After 19 years in business, the hardworking proprietors/chefs George and Ellen Kalergis decided to expand their popular Sylvan Lake eatery and begin offering dinner and…

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Yom Kippur – Online Confessions

AtoneNet.com allows you to apologize anonymously — but does it really allow you to atone? Technology affects nearly every aspect of life today, so why not the Day of Atonement? With Yom Kippur nearly here, some Jews comfortable with using the internet have taken to confessing or apologizing for their sins or shortcomings on an…

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Edamame Sushi Nu-Asian Kitchen

Edamame Sushi Nu-Asian Kitchen

It’s time I mentioned one of my favorite places for lunch or dinner: Edamame Sushi Nu-Asian Kitchen in Madison Heights. As might be expected, the sushi is fresh and delightful, prepared by chefs at a sushi bar. But sushi is only the start on Edamame’s menu. Business partners Eddie Bautista and Noel Cabrera, both of…

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Bob and Nancy Heinrich of Royal Oak; Andy and Helaine Zack, and Nancy and Brent Triest, of Huntington Woods.

Pop-Up Gourmet

JSL’s Marvin’s Bistro hosts delicious evening. Gourmet dining for a cause. That was the thinking behind Friends of Jewish Senior Life’s decision to host pop-up dinners. The first on Aug. 2 was held at Marvin’s Bistro, an eatery inside the Edward I. & Freda Fleischman Residence in West Bloomfield. “What helped to make this dinner…

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The real deal sits in his driveway.

Fin Fan’s Fave

’57 Bel Air enthusiast boasts of impressive collection. You don’t get much happier than hobbyist Ryan Gertner, living his dream in Rochester Hills. The artistic and well-organized engineer has indulged his passion for red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Airs by amassing an impressive collection of original and sometimes personally enhanced models, photographs and other items. Everything…

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Dining in the D – The Apparatus Room

During a Detroit summer in the 1970s, I remember walking past firefighters at leisure outside the Detroit Fire Department Headquarters on Larned Street, across from Cobo Hall. The scene, of course, was transformed in an instant when the alarm went off. Then, loaded trucks with sirens wailing burst through the wide red doors. Decades later,…

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Alfoccino

Alfoccino

Dining Around The D Sunny Palaj was 16 when he started working as a busboy at Alfoccino, an Italian restaurant then located in Rochester Hills. “I’ve done all the restaurant jobs, up through the line,” said Palaj, now 41. Today, he’s at the top of the ladder as owner of Alfoccino Ristorante Auburn Hills. Formerly…

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Oak Park pool

Modesty Makes A S-P-L-A-S-H!

Oak Park pool offers gender-separated hours. The likely closing of the Jewish Community Center’s Jimmy Prentis Morris (JPM) branch in Oak Park, announced in January 2015, was a low point for many residents. Orthodox Jewish patrons in and near Oak Park were particularly distressed about losing the JPM indoor pool. Because of modesty practices, most…

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Time, Memory, Marriage

Author Dani Shapiro discusses her latest memoir, a searing look at life, love — and marriage. The life of memoirist and novelist Dani Shapiro is pretty much an open book. Exploring her responses to events both profound and mundane, Shapiro has written the best-selling memoirs Still Writing, Devotion and Slow Motion, and only last month…

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breakfast from Anna's House

Anna’s House

How could Anna’s House be voted “No. 1 Best Breakfast in Michigan” if it’s only been open since April 2 in Farmington Hills? While diners on the west side of the state apparently were big fans of Anna’s House in an MLive.com dining poll, I had no prior knowledge of this special group of family-owned…

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