(VIDEO) Detroit-Made Lava Cakes Featured On Air France Flights

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Originally broadcast with video by CBS Detroit

Starting March 1, Air France will offer a trio of freshly baked mini-lava cakes on-board the Detroit-Paris flights with seasonal fruit and a crème anglaise sauce.

The addition of Air France as a customer is the latest step in the growth of [Chloé] Sabatier’s business, Chez Chloé.

The Parisian native came to the United States for an internship while studying marketing and communications. While in New York studying she met her boyfriend – a native Detroiter – whom she ended up following back to the Detroit.

You can find her cakes at several Metro Detroit venues, including these in “The D”: Eastern Market … Le Petit ZincMotorCity WineAlways Brewing DetroitParker Street MarketDoor to Door Organics – Michigan … and Treat Dreams in Ferndale.

Bon appétit!

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Detroit sculptor Corrado Parducci gets his due

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Originally published by The Detroit News

The names of Detroit’s fabled architects — Kahn, Rowland, Yamasaki and the two Saarinens, to cite but a few — are well-known and the source of no little bragging on the part of Detroiters.

But what of the artists responsible for the architectural flourishes that often got you to look at the building in the first place?

One such unknown is sculptor Corrado Parducci, whose embellishments gave punch and texture to structures as far flung as Detroit’s Guardian Building and Rochester’s Meadow Brook Hall.

“Parducci is long overdue to be remembered,” says Detroit artist Gary Eleinko, for years head of the exhibitions committee at the Detroit Artists Market. “His Art Deco stuff graces so many of the major high-rises of the 1920s and ’30s. And his bear fountain at the Detroit Zoo is one of the most popular fountains in the area.

Show Me Detroit Tours visits several locations in Downtown and Midtown Detroit where you can see Parducci’s incredible works.

Read the full article.

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Recalling the demise of the downtown Detroit Hudson’s building

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From the Metro Times

This afternoon, the Detroit Free Press republished a 1982 story from its archives on the then-imminent closure of downtown’s J.L. Hudson’s building. It’s impossible to gloss over some of the eye-popping figures provided in the piece: Over 500,000 items were sold at any given moment across 25 floors and four basement levels; the size of the building rivaled Macy’s Thirty-fourth Street store in New York City. It was an enormous, cherished space in the downtown skyline.

But the decision to eventually close the building was nearly three decades in the making … After sitting dormant for 16 years, a decision was made to implode the department store, a rather unfortunate move considering efforts in recent years to revive a glut of previously under-used historic structures in downtown Detroit.

Read the complete article, which includes links to the Detroit Free Press archived 1982 story on the demise of Hudson’s, and  a video of of the October 24, 1998 implosion of the landmark.

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Show Me Detroit Tours Tops the list of “Detroit’s Best Guided Tours”

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A shout-out to CBS Detroit for its new list of “Detroit’s Best Guided Tours (Even For Locals)”.

“When it comes to high-profile cities, Detroit is near the top of the charts when concerning land mass. In fact, just within the 143 square miles that officially make up Motown’s city limits, you could fit the complete cities of Boston, San Francisco and Manhattan all neatly within its borders. It’s safe to say that it would take a lot of time and effort to get all that ground covered to see the best sites that the The Motor City has to offer.  Here are some of Detroit’s best guided tours that could benefit anyone, from the wayward visitor to a longtime resident.”

Show Me Detroit Tours is on top of the list!  Here’s what they say about us:

“Wildly popular travel website TripAdvisor rated this downtown Detroit touring business as the No. 1 attraction in all of Detroit. One wonderful aspect of these fine tours is that they never stop, running throughout the year, all year along. Join these well-advised guides as they chauffeur you around in a private van service to get you all of the secrets and hidden knowledge concerning one of the most fascinating cities in the Midwest. Prices are $59 per adult, with discounts for students and seniors (includes pick-up and drop-off downtown).”

To read all of our guests’s reviews, click the TripAdvisor icon below.

Whether your a local or planning to visit, get in touch with Show Me Detroit Tours for an up-close look at the “pretty and the gritty” of the Greater Downtown community. For details call 313.444.2120.

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