Category: News Briefs - Original Written by by Roz Edward
Interlopers with preconceived notions of morbid crime scenes, obscene poverty and the remnants of a city that resembles the fifth level of hell in Dante's Inferno regulalrly descend on Detroit, intent on startling viewers with the horrors of this city – real or not.
No doubt Detroit does have more than its fair share of woes, and the city's image has been more than a bit tarnished. But that is not the whole story, and any honest journalist would delve head first into discovering what works here rather than aspire to shock spectators, with salacious stories that sensationalize a great city's decline. While it may be no country for old men, it's is hardly the barren wasteland that recent national broadcasts continue to depict.
On, Sunday, Nov.10 renowned chef and host of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," visited Detroit to sample Detroit's culinary fare. The problem is that he sought out and found the most obscure eateries, under-the radar dining dives and drum barrel barbecues that few Detroiters, if any, even know about, and help them up as a representation of the food experience in Detroit. (Anybody ever been to Duly's Place for a coney, or Greedy Greg's for barbecue?)
If Bourdain's intent was to seal the city's fate as a food desert, he accomplished his mission. As one friend told me after watching the episode, "You would have thought that we were primitive and barbaric spear-chuckers spearing rats to cook over open fires."
But in his Tumblr post Bourdain had this to say about his trip to the city and waht he enocuntered. "You've got to have a sense of humor to live in a city so relentlessly f*****. You've got to be tough and occasionally even devious," but he added," Detroiters are funny, tough and supreme improvisers." Of course there was no shortage of footage featuring vacant houses and dilapidated buildings, (with audio of crickets chirping in the background to underscore Detroit's desolation).
A couple of weeks ago, 60 minutes aired a program and did a real hatchet job on the city, although they promised a fair and balance report.
But as for those other major cities which also have a seedier side of life, i.e., every major city in the country, just be forewarned about the Trojan horses of journalism to get in your gates and attack.
Detroiters are like family members, we may argue and even bicker with each other, but I dare an outsider to cast aspersions on my brothers and sisters and not expect a heartfelt response. You don't get to do that.
As for me and mine we'll probably visit one of those lesser known dining venues like Detroit Seafood market for the lobster mac, or award-winning chef Wolfgang Puck's Saltwater and Bourbon Steak, before we resort to hunting on the streets for food.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:13
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by CNN News
The dog-eat-dog turf of Detroit's classic coneys
World-renowned chef, author and Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Detroit, Michigan in the episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," which aired, Sunday, November 10, at 9 p.m. ET. with a live broadcast from Las Vegas immediately after.
Man cannot live on hot dogs alone - and in Detroit, he doesn't have to. There's always chili, onions and a few key elements that meld together to form the city's signature coney: a specially selected hot dog that is grilled, put into a steamed bun, then covered by an all-meat beanless chili, two strips of yellow mustard and chopped sweet onions.
During Anthony Bourdain's recent trip to Detroit for Parts Unknown, he sought the counsel of locals to find the whys and whereabouts of the best chili-topped tube steak, amidst hundreds of choices.
Bourdain tried his luck at Duly’s Place (a.k.a. Duly's Coney Island, located at 5458 West Vernor Highway), which has been serving up coneys around the clock - to people in varying states of sobriety - since it opened in 1921.
"You tell people you’re going to Detroit, and chances are somebody from the home team is gonna say, 'Be sure to get a Coney.' I never really understood that, I mean I’m like 30 minutes from a place called Coney Island where presumably, they know something about freakin' hot dogs, right? Maybe the early Greeks or Macedonians who first experienced that golden land by the shore then took what they saw with them to Florida, Michigan and beyond. Maybe they knew something.
They’ve been doing Coneys at Duly’s for over 90 years. That’s almost as long as the hot dog’s been around. And I can’t tell you how deep this creation runs here. Deep dish in Chicago, cheesesteak in Philadelphia, you’ll find some ambivalence. Not here.
It seems like a simple thing. Hot dog, chili, raw onion, mustard, steamed bun. But the delicate interplay between these ingredients when done right is symphonic."
He ordered up a second dog and deemed this the best of his three coney experiences - but he didn't stop there.
Bourdain also visited a pop-up barbecue joint called "Greedy Greg's."
Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:37
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Rory Brosius/White House.gov
During Veterans Day weekend we encourage you to take a moment to appreciate our veterans and the Nation they courageously serve. From enjoying a national park to spending the afternoon with a veteran, there are many way to acknowledge their service and sacrifice. Here are our top five ways to commemorate Veterans Day.
1. Find a Vets Day Community Celebration Near You
Communities across the U.S. will be celebrating Veterans Day through ceremonies, celebrations, and activities. These events are great for the entire family, and are an excellent opportunity to commemorate and learn more about the service of our veterans. Use this map to locate a Veterans Day activity near you.
2. Take Part in a Service Opportunity Near You
Completing community service in honor of our veterans and their families is a great way to show your support and appreciation. There are many ways to show your appreciation; you can send a message of thanks, pledge to complete community service in their honor, or start a volunteer project.
3. Get Outdoors and Explore!
Invite a veteran or a military family to explore a national park or our public lands. Admission is free for all visitors this weekend in honor of Veterans Day. Being outside helps improve physical and mental health, boosts emotional wellbeing, and of course, is fun! Learn more about this opportunity by clicking here.
4. Explore our Nation’s Capital
lf you’re in Washington, DC this weekend, visit the National Archives Museum to see the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights that are the foundation of the Nation that our veterans serve and protect. Visit some of the beautiful memorials or Arlington National Cemetery to pay homage to our veterans and learn more about the history of how and why they served.
5. Visit a Library
Use the library to read about the importance of military service and what our veterans have done for our country. You can also read personal accounts of American war veterans through the Veteran’s History Project.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 07:40
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by White House.gov
In this week’s address, President Obama commemorates Veterans Day Weekend by thanking the brave men and women who have worn this country’s uniform. The President says he is proud of their service and will do everything possible to ensure America always has their back and always honors their sacrifice. See Weekly Address Video Below:
Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 07:44
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Voters across Detroit will go to the polls Tuesday to elect a mayor, city council, city clerk and police commissioner. Detroit residents can find their sample ballots on michigan.gov/vote or CLICK HERE
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:08
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