It’s no secret. I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and I don’t love it. That’s not a popular opinion to have in a little town where most people really, really like where they live. Some people are here just for school, some people have returned with nostalgia, some people are townies that have never left. I wasn’t born in this state. I didn’t spend 4+ years of drunken undergrad years here, making lifelong memories. I moved here in 2009 (for love, if you must know), decided to get on the grad school wagon, and puttered around for a few years. I made some lovely, close friends that I feel grateful for every day (coming soon: a post on how difficult it is making adult friends in a new city). Yet, the whole time, I never really invested in Ann Arbor because I never planned to stay. It’s a transient college town full of people coming and going. A stepping stone town. Nearly 4 years later, I’m still here, and unsure about where life will take me. Maybe home, maybe to some backwoods crapville in Alabama, maybe nowhere. Maybe I will stay in Ann Arbor.
If that’s the case, I want to do a whole lot better. Better for myself, for my now-husband, for my friends, and for our family. The Ann Arbor Sampler is something I’ve thought about creating for a while. A sampling of this southeast Michigan gem, from scratch. My hope for this project is that it will open my mind to all of the great things A2 has to offer, like I’m seeing it all for the first time. I also hope that maybe other Ann Arbor newbies will benefit from it, seeing what’s cool, what’s delicious, what’s interesting, what sucks, or what’s annoying (I’ll try to avoid this topic as much as I can!) For those that have always lived here, maybe it will be an opportunity to revisit places you haven’t been to in years, or experience the town through fresh eyes. I’ll also ask for your patience, because I have a lot of mind changing to do, and a lot of love for the place where I come from. That being said, I’m ready to start from scratch.
Body Wisdom – Massage Therapy
The Original Cottage Inn – Pizza, Pasta, Italian, Sandwiches, Bar
Sadako – Sushi, Japanese Food
The Fillmore Detroit/Flogging Molly/Cafe D’Mongo’s Speakeasy – Concert Venue, Musicians, Artists, Irish Punk Music, Bar
Making Friends in a New City – Meet ups, Rec and Ed, Art, Sports, Friendship
Lab – Coffee House, Tea, Pastries
The Wafel Shop – Gourmet Belgian Waffles, Coffee, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner
The Earle – French and Italian Fine Dining, Dinner, Happy Hour
ZUMBA at Arbor Fit Club – Fitness Classes, Health Club, Exercise, Gym
Vellum – Modern American Cuisine, Fine Dining, Dinner, Cocktails
The Real Seafood Company – Seafood, Dinner, Cocktails, Raw Bar
The 8 Ball and The Fleetwood Diner – Darts, Pool, Cheap Drinks, Music, Late Night Food, Casual Dining
Tomukun Noodle Bar – Japanese Food, Noodles, Udon, Pho, Rice Bowls. Casual Dining
A FAREWELL TO ARBS – My Ann Arbor Story