This Easter saw us go down to Carmen's for an overnight visit.
She got the kids a relatively restrained selection of goodies, including a set of cookie markers to decorate your own egg cookies. We would have als pictured Xavi's, but the were eaten as quickly as they were decorated. The picture of Carmen with the kids is from Joe's French Italian. (Would not have guessed they'd have a website.) Long one of Carmen and Oliver's favorites, we had a very traditional Joe's meal. Carmen revealed on the way there that it was one of Manuel Badalamenti's places and she actually had been there before marrying Oliver and moving to Monroe. We were the first customers of the day, actually a little too early.
Thanks to staying over night we had lots of time to visit. Carmen cooked a succulent lamb dinner Saturday night, and she had gotten the kids lots of art projects to work on, including the cool Crayola explosion sets, a comic strip artists blank book for X and an American Girl paper doll set for Y. The time not spent on art was spent on Fluffy Bunny interviewing criminal-mastermind-in-training, Aflac the Duck. (Video available if the editor gets it done.)
Even the refrigerator lived up to it's somewhat mythic status. Carmen kept John out of it all weekend.
Also got a chance to visit with Michael at Kate's Kitchen in Level Pebble (aka Flat Rock). Karen enjoyed the way the locals shouted at her that you don't leave your name there, you stay the heck in line. Even people coming in to get one of the famous pies got yelled at to go in the side door. Catch up on Michael's new work gig at the Motor City Casino. (He's the Banquets Chef.)
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