Sorry for the lack of posts, I am on vacation in Florida! Lucky me, I got to miss the recent snow fall, unfortunately, my husband did not! I will be back to Ypsi posts soon(and maybe some Mickey Mouse ones too!), stay tuned!

Sorry for the lack of posts, I am on vacation in Florida! Lucky me, I got to miss the recent snow fall, unfortunately, my husband did not! I will be back to Ypsi posts soon(and maybe some Mickey Mouse ones too!), stay tuned!

On Ben’s actual birthday we went for brunch at Cafe Zola, which recently opened on Washtenaw across from Whole Foods. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to bring out of town guests! The menu is a little pricey, but the portions are huge. They offer everything from healthy eats to sweet treats. My mom and I couldn’t resist the New Orleans french toast, stuffed with mascarpone cheese. I also had a cafe mocha with house made ganache with a shot of Balieys. After our coffee, I enjoyed a very fancy bloody mary and Ben had a stout, no better way to start the day! For Ben’s birthday, our waiter brought him a banana-nutella stuffed crepe with vanilla ice cream!

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As part of the birthday festivities, we took a mini road trip out to Marshall to go to Dark Horse brewery. This was our second time there, I highly recommend a trip. It is about an hour fifteen outside of Ypsi.  I had the Beer is Black, a bourbon barrel aged, only available at the brewery.The grub is delicious, offering a variety of items from pizza called the conspirator, bourbon pepper turkey for sandwiches  and beer mustard for pretzels. They offer tours on the weekends and it includes a free pint glass along with many free samples in an upstairs lounge not open to the public.

On Sunday we got together with some friends for Crafts & Craft beer at Corner Brewery to celebrate Ben’s birthday.  We had a blast.! We occupied a few tables for several hours with card games and a variety of art projects.  I made a coffee stout coffee cake for the occasion.  Corner was running a special on their Espresso Love(which is made with Ugly Mug coffee), bottles for $2 while they lasted plus mimosas made with cider for $4. This is definitely our favorite local bar.

Last night we joined some friends as well as a huge chunk of Ann Arbor’s residents for a drink at Bill’s Beer Garden for their spring opening! Due to Michigan weather, this bar is seasonal. For those of you that haven’t been yet, it is located in the parking lot of the Home & Garden Center. The bar opens when the store closes! They offer a variety of Michigan beer, included New Holland’s Dragons Milk, as well as wine, whiskey and gluten free beer options! Talk about a place that is mindful of it’s patron’s special diets! They are now carrying my favorite flavor of Unity Vibration’s kombucha beer, Peach Bourbon! Brewed right here in Ypsi. Yesterday was still a bit chilly yesterday but it was wonderful to have a drink outside! That means spring must be close, I hope!  Also pictured is Bill, the owner and a very friendly, hard working guy, her kept all those fire-pits going last night!

I also had to include a few shots from this past summer when we had our joint bachelor/bachelorette party! We brought all our out of town friends up there! I needed to see some photos of Ann Arbor without snow, so I had to share! I am looking forward to going back when the weather warms up and Mark’s Carts opens up!

I wandered around Depot Town with my camera this morning. I heard Ann Arbor, Michigan set a record for worst winter in history as of today!  Hard to believe it was 50 degrees yesterday, or wait, it’s Michigan, so yea, I can! However, just in case this was our last big snowfall, I wanted to get a few more winter shots!

I can’t believe it is March and it is still snowing!  My husband decided to stay in the comfort of our home while I went out to take some photos today.  I snapped a silhouette of him though so I could put together this shot! Hope you’re all staying warm!

I can’t believe it is March and it is still snowing!  My husband decided to stay in the comfort of our home while I went out to take some photos today.  I snapped a silhouette of him though so I could put together this shot! Hope you’re all staying warm!

For Fat Tuesday, we headed over to Zingerman’s Bakehouse to pick up some of the best pączkis in town! We went with the rosehip jam, ricotta cheese and chocolate filling. We sat over at the cafe to eat them up and wash them down with locally roasted coffee. This was our first time at the Zingerman’s strip on Plaza Dr.  We will definitely be back! The atmosphere was relaxed, the service was friendly, and of course, the espresso was perfect!

Number 8 on our Ypsilanti Bucket list; coffee at B-24s! I enjoyed the open floor plan, pictured windows and quiet atmosphere. It was a nice place to sit and read. While they don’t roast their own beans, they still brew local! Mighty Good espresso and Roos Roast coffee.

I got a case of the winter blues today, so I met up with my mom and brother at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.  This is one of my favorite places to warm up, smell the flowers and also to be reminded that spring really is on its way!  However, that pile of snow on the steps has grown a lot since that last time I visited!

If you haven’t been, it’s a well kept secret, bordering Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Unfortunately you do have to pay for parking, but it is free to walk around inside and out.