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Motor City Madness -- The Auto Show's In Town

A January 2003 trip to Detroit by Carmen

Lamborghini Concept Car Photo, Detroit, Michigan More Photos
Quote: I was sent to cover the Detroit Auto Show for work, so off I went into the wild, snowy Mid-West. The Show was a blast, and if you ever get a chance to go, take it.

Motor City Madness -- The Auto Show's In Town

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Lamborghini Concept Car Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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By far the highlight of my trip to Motown was attending the Detroit Auto Show at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. I was covering it as a member of the press, so I got to go from press conference to press conference and see the unveilings of some of the hottest 2004 cars, and some pretty far-out concept cars of the future. Since my trip centered around the Auto Show, let me share with you some of the awesome cars I saw! I sat in a VERY expensive Lamborghini concept car, I sat in the fastest SUV in the world--the Porsche Cayenne (ah, a girl can dream.) I saw the Cadillac Sixteen concept--the first car with a 16-cylinder engine that pulls an impressive 1,000 horsepower and has a crystal logo o...Read More

Atheneum Suites Hotel

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Hotel | "The Atheneum"

Atheneum Suites Hotel Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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The name of the hotel is pronounced "Ath-en-nay-um," and they will correct you any time you pronounce it "Ath-en-nee-um." Our rooms were amazing. We had non-smoking rooms on the sixth floor--and not just smoking-covered-up-with-air-freshener non-smoking, but never-been-smoked-in non-smoking. Each room is a suite, with a living room/desk area and a bathroom on the "first floor," and then a bedroom a few steps below. My room was equipped with two queen beds, two TVs (one for each level), and a minibar (very pricy, as all minibars are--$2.50 for a soda, $2.50 for a candy bar, etc.) The beds were comfy enough, however, the pillows started out really fluffy, but turned flat once you laid down on the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 9, 2003

Atheneum Suites Hotel
1000 BRUSH AVENUE
Detroit, Michigan 48226
313-962-2323

Grapevine Cafe

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Grapevine Cafe Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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The entrance to the Grapevine Cafe is through the Greektown Casino, so I was a little hesitant, thinking it would be too smoky for me to be able to taste my food. But, once inside, the air was fine, and so was the food. Everything but the pasta was fried in some way, so we went all out and ordered the fried chicken dinner. Thirteen dollars and ninety-five cents bought you a whole side of chicken, a starch (I had the yummy mashed potatoes) and some veggies, with soup or salad. The soup was a rich tomato basil ravioli soup. Pour on those oyster crackers, and it's quite the treat. The whole dinner was very good, but I made sure to save just a bit for dessert. The apple pie a la mode came ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 9, 2003

Grapevine Cafe
555 East Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Monroe Street Cafe

Restaurant

Monroe Street Cafe Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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Monroe St. Cafe was something we just stumbled on as we walked through Greektown looking for a spot to eat. When we walked in, it reminded me of the bar on Cheers, but much smaller. I'd say there were about 12 tables in total, and the centerpiece of the place was the wooden bar. The waitresses seemed to know most everyone in the place, and I thought someone would come in any moment and the whole place would yell "NORM!" There were folks smoking (Detroit was one of the smoky-ist places I've ever been. Ugh. But, it was well ventilated, so I didn't feel like I would choke. We chose a seat in the corner--that gave me a great view of the neon wall art, which was the word "Detroit" and art of the Detr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2003

Monroe Street Cafe
561 Monroe Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226
(313) 961-3636

Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe

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Restaurant | "Fishbones Rhythm Kitchen Cafe"

Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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Thanks to the recommendations I found on IgoUgo, I knew I had to dine at Fishbones. And lucky for me, the restaurant was attached to my hotel! Our first night in Detroit, we met with some other journalists covering the Auto Show, and had a quick "how-to" session on covering the show, all over some great food. We couldn't decide on an appetizer, so we went all-out and got the appetizer platter. We had Alligator Voodoo (deep-fried alligator), Catfish Beignet (catfish fritters), calimari, and two kinds of hot wings--one set sweet and another spicy. My pick of the litter was the catfish, but I tried each option--except the calimari. The platter was a $30 smorgasbord. Believe i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2003

Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe
400 Monroe St
Detroit, Michigan 48226
+1 313 965 4600

North American International Auto Show

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North American International Auto Show Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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I was covering the auto show as a member of the press, so it was especially exciting since I was running from display to display to see the actual unveiling of some of the coolest cars you can imagine. What happens is this: each car manufacturer has a display on the floor. Get yourself a floor map, or you could easily get lost! For the press, they have a big, bang-up revelation of their next-year's models with a lot of pomp and circumstance, and they also reveal some of their design concepts for cars of the future--some of which will get built, while others may not. This goes on for three days for the press, then there are three days for the industry folks to come in and check out the show whil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2003

North American International Auto Show
One Washington Blvd
Detroit, Michigan 48226
+1 248 643 0250

Greektown Casino

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Greektown Casino Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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I've been to Vegas, so I guess I'm comparing the Greektown Casino to what I know of the casinos there. This one can't hold a candle to the casinos in Vegas. When we first visited on a Saturday night around 9pm, it was so smoky that you could hardly see the neon and flashing lights of the slot machines, and it was really crowded. You couldn't find a blackjack table with a minimum bet under $25, and it didn't seem to have the variety of slot machines that I saw in Las Vegas. There were some nickel slots, but they were few and far between. The casino occupies two floors, and the second floor is the same as the first. Nothing much different about it. So after a quick walk around and gasping for air...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 9, 2003

Greektown Casino
555 East Lafayette
Detroit, Michigan 48226
888-771-4386