Saturday, December 31, 2011
Sort through the myths and remedies for a night of partying.
Are you actually thinking ahead about how much you want to have fun tonight but don't want to get a hangover? Or maybe you partied a little too much last night and now you have a whopper of a hangover. What to do? Let's start with how to ward off a hangover in the first place. The best advice, of course, is don't drink any alcohol or stay out late. That's the first thing. But if you do intend to drink and ring in the New Year, Henry Ford also offers tips on preventing a hangover: Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital Emergency Center Dr. Edward Walton is a big fan of drinking a lot of water and eating hardy foods to keep a nasty hangover away. "You should make sure that you don’t drink on an empty stomach and if you are drinking, try to have a glass…
Of 24 finalists in the holiday lights contest, one will earn $100,000 for their public school district.
The local winners of the Deck the House holiday lights contest have been narrowed down to 24 national finalists, eligible to win a $100,000 donation for their public school district. Although there are no Michigan homes in the final pool of 24, we celebrate the local winners, including: To vote for one of the homes competing nationally to win a $100,000 donation for their lucky public school district, visit www.deckthehouse.patch.com/entries. A special thank you to everyone who entered and/or voted. You've made our dark nights more festive and "oooh-worthy" this holiday season. National voting continues through 9 p.m. ET Jan. 8.
With a new year to fill, Around Town Laura makes her plans.
While I might not do so great on my personal resolutions, (either that or my scale is stuck) I have to say last year's Patch resolutions went pretty well. From a beautiful Mom Cave to those amazing almond croissants, I checked off most of my 2011 list and then some. While I never managed to find the dads of Rochester out-and-about in their leather pants (Biker Night at O'Connor's excluded), I did experience the grown-up version of Emagine theater and it was fabulous. With all these experiences under my belt — including a spray tan — what's left for 2012? Here are my resolutions: As always, I'm open to suggestions. Is there something in town you'd like me to explore in 2012? Let me know in comments or by email.
Tips from a Matt Prentice restaurants expert on everything picking the right glassware to serving it at just the right temperature.
Ready for New Year's Eve? Eric Djordjevic, chief operating officer of Matt Prentice Restaurant Group, has a five Champagn tips and tips for party-givers and partygoers: By "clean" I don't mean free of dirt and debris, but instead free of soap residue, as many liquid detergents don't rinse off completely. Aside from imparting undesired lemon and lavender scents in your wine, they will cause Champagne to go flat faster or prevent your wine from adhering to the glass and releasing aromatic qualities. Tip: For hard to clean decanters use a nonscented denture cleaner. After a little soak and good rinse, your crystal is good as new. Each wine has various qualities and aromas; science has proven that these molecular compounds release …
Fitness experts, business coaches, entrepreneurs and others weigh in with New Year's resolutions and tips on how to make them stick.
A quick survey around town reveals some intriguing 2012 promises and resolutions that may inspire you to make a few of your own. Before we checked in with various area residents on their New Year’s resolutions suggestions, we received some insights from motivational coach Steve Frank of evolution360° in Birmingham, and fitness coach Ryanne Moroschan of Sola Life & Fitness, Beaumont Health System's medically based fitness center in Rochester Hills. As founder and “chief motivational officer” of evolution360°, Frank works as a personal and business coach. He helps clients with goal setting, work-life balance, transition, leadership and team dynamics. “For this new year, consider making only one resolution: Resolve to set clear, actionable …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Hours and building closures for the holiday weekend include grocery stores, restaurants and government offices.
This list of special holiday hours and building closures has you covered whether you're dining, celebrating or grocery shopping on New Year's weekend. Does a seven-course dinner at the Royal Park Hotel pique your interest? Patch writer Sarah Bittner has five nice meal choices on New Year’s Eve for you. Reservations are recommended. After dinner you might want to go out and celebrate in downtown Rochester, here are some options:
Area chefs share their secrets for great bowl game snacks, from crowd-pleasing dips to a variety of flavored meatballs.
You’d expect that a professional chef would know how to throw a no-holds-barred, great party at home, right? That’s precisely why, with a variety of bowl games already sprinting full speed into our lives and more to come (MSU plays Jan. 2 and U-M plays Jan. 3; 35 bowl games total through Jan. 9, and don’t forget Feb. 4 is Super Bowl day), we checked in with our favorite “kitchen quarterbacks.” Cutting right to the party chase, here's the lowdown on everything from crowd-pleasing dips to big-guy sandwiches. “When I have parties at my home, I like to use big, round sourdough or Tuscan loaves, like 10 inches in diameter to make great sandwiches,” said Chef Pete Loren of Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace in Troy. “These are different; …
Rochester area sparkles in national holiday decoration contest for our schools.
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Friday, December 30, 2011
Thank you so much Brittany Cummings for submitting the entry of your amazingly decorated home in the Patch Deck the House contest. You're the Rochester-Rochester Hills local winner! Congratulations! Tonight we'll find out if you are among the 24 national finalists—fingers crossed. Each Top 24 finalist is guaranteed $500 to help pay those holiday-sized electric bills and a shot at winning a $100,000 donation for their public school district. A special thank you to everyone who entered. You made our dark drives home more festive and "oooh-worthy" this holiday season. National voting begins today at 9 a.m. ET. Vote once a day, every day, for your favorite — and feel free to share the link on all your social networks! Voting ends at …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
With a little silver wrapping paper, spray paint and tinsel, you can inexpensively glam up your party table.
It’s just about time to make your New Year’s resolutions. If they include being a bit more budget-conscious in 2012, why not start now with your New Year’s Eve celebration? There’s no need to spend a lot of money to pull off a memorable, treasured New Year’s Eve celebration, said Caroline von Weyher, owner/designer of Von Haus Design, a Birmingham-based interior design firm. “For example, you don't have to spend much money to create a glamorous silver and gold New Year’s Eve table,” she said. Here are Von Haus’ tips for taking your table from fine to fabulous: • Use a roll of silver wrapping paper to create a glamorous table runner over a plain white tablecloth. “The silver will bounce candle light and create a gorgeous anchor for your …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
From the Rockin' Reggae New Year's Eve Bash at Rochester Mills to the Blowout party at the Hilles, there are plenty of ways to party til it's 2012.
If you're not the stay-at-home-to-ring-in-the-new-year type, check out these five places to spend New Year's Eve around Rochester: Rochester Mills Beer Company Rochester Mills Beer Company will be hosting a Rockin' Reggae New Year's Eve Bash with the Belle Islanders with Dave Edwards playing at 10 p.m. Dinner specials will be running all night. No cover charge. The Hills Bar & Grille The Hills is going big on New Year's Eve with a 2012 Blowout. Check out DJ DIL, DJ Maze, DJ Kuku and DJ Simba, who will have you tearing up the dance floor while you ring in the new year. Tickets are $20 in advance at www.hillsnye.com or $30 at the door; doors open at 10 p.m. Attire is semi-formal to formal. O'Connor's Public House O'Connor's Public House will…