Scotland: Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court, Edinburgh

When the winds are blowing and the rain is pouring, there’s only one place to take shelter: the Palm Court at the Balmoral. Waking up on one such dreich day, my friend immediately agreed to scratch our previous plans and book a table. As we entered in from the storm outside, we were immediately greeted into a calm oasis. Time seems to…
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Scotland: SOUTHPOUR, Edinburgh

I’ve been treated to an exceptional number of bright, sunny days during my visit to Scotland. On one such of these days, I met up with an old friend from university for a hike up Arthur’s Seat. About two minutes in, we realised we were in desperate need of caffeine, so we popped into the closest place we saw. Walking…
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Scotland: Checkpoint, Edinburgh

Coming back to Edinburgh, one of my happiest surprises was discovering Checkpoint. As a student, I’d walk by the old, abandoned building every day on the way to class. Now, it’s been totally refurbished with a unique decor that serves as a cafe and lunch spot during the day and transforms into a swanky restaurant & bar at night. My friend and…
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Winter Sale Roundup

Late winter gets a pretty bad reputation for being dark and gloomy. Yes, it’s cold out, and I know all of the pretty Christmas lights are gone. But don’t despair just yet! The days are actually getting longer, little by little. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and museums are ripe for exploring. And it’s also the best time…
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Maru Sushi & Grill, Downtown

Detroit’s sushi scene has totally exploded! To celebrate, my friend and I have been making lunch dates to try each and every one. First up on our sushi tour was Maru Sushi, located a stone’s throw from Campus Martius in the Federal Reserve building. It’s actually a local chain, with a couple of other locations a couple of hours north and…
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