Tony's I-75 Restaurant REVIEW - Birch Run, MI

Tony’s I-75 Restaurant REVIEW – Birch Run, Michigan- It Is A “Cheat Day” Waiting To Happen

Tony's I-75 is located in Birch Run, MI. This place is not for the faint of heart. It is not the place to go for a light meal. And it might just be a heart-attack waiting to happen. This establishment will literally put an entire POUND OF BACON on your sandwich. Do you want an omelet? They will put a DOZEN OF EGGS in there. Not kidding. This is a family restaurant that serves up meals of EPIC proportions. They are famous for their serving sizes and they are also famous for the bacon that they serve up here. It is a bacon-lover's paradise and dream come true here. Did you know that they use up 11,000 lbs of bacon weekly? It is true, keep reading my Tony's I-75 restaurant review to learn more!


Tasty Ice-Cream REVIEW by Give It A Whirl Girl

Tasty Ice Cream REVIEW – Dig Into 4 Fun & Unique Limited Edition Ice Cream Pints From Tasty!

New product alert! And this new product is also a limited edition item! Today I am sharing my Tasty ice cream review with you. I just recently discovered that my local Kroger store carries these new ice cream pints from Tasty and they are available in four fun and very delightful flavors. Tasty ice cream pints feature some super-duper creamy ice cream with the addition of unique mix-ins. The flavor combinations of these Tasty ice cream limited edition flavors are not only creative but make for one memorable ice cream experience! Tasty ice cream succeeded in slapping a big fat smile onto my face with these sweet treats!


Seeburger's Cheeseburgers REVIEW by Give It A Whirl Girl - Roseville, MI Burgers and Sliders

Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers REVIEW – The Hidden Gem On Gratiot With The Best Burgers In Town

Here is a little bit of background on me and Seeburger's Cheeseburgers. They opened up their first burger joint nearly a decade ago in Mount Clemens. My little family lived only a hop, skip, and a jump away when they had that location. I actually used to push my daughter over there in her stroller and cut up a Seeburger Cheeseburger for her to eat (she is 9 now and still a huge fan!). My family has been dining at Seeburger's Cheeseburgers since day one and we keep on coming back because you will not find a better cheeseburger slider around in a huge radius! This is our go-to destination for the ultimate "cheat day" meal. There is just something about Seeburger's! They truly do work at slapping a smile upon your face and making your belly feel happiness and joy. So today I am sharing my Seeburger's Cheeseburgers review on the blog and I hope it inspires you to give it a whirl!


MunchPak Review & Discount

MunchPak Coupon – International Snack Box Review – Snacks From All Around The Globe

I recently received a MunchPak in the mail. Talk about a great mail day! There was a little smiling, happy face on the box and it turned out to be quite a terrific mail day. Whenever there are snacks or food involved with my mail it brings me a ton of happiness and joy. MunchPak is a subscription box service that delivers snacks from around the globe to your door each and every month or you can choose to get a box every other week. They have several different options that you can choose from. Keep on reading to find out how you can save a $3.00 off with my special Munchpak coupon code on your first box. There are many ways to customize your box and you can even shop in their online store to choose your snacks. read more


ROCKET FIZZ REVIEW (Soda Pop, candy, nostalgia, gifts)

Rocket Fizz REVIEW – Unique Soda Pop & Extraordinary Candy Shop – Shelby Township, MI

I actually just found out about this incredible place, Rocket Fizz, a few days ago through my sister. My sister took her kiddos here and shared some photos from her experience. I knew that right after seeing those photos of hers that I needed to come in and scope out this fun and unique place. Rocket Fizz is a soda pop & candy shop, as well a nostalgia store located in Shelby Township, MI. These are actually a chain of stores that are located throughout the United States. Spectacular surprises await you around every corner and I am sharing my first-time experience with you in this Rocket Fizz review. From floor-to-ceiling there are sweet confections and oddities everywhere your eyes look. It is like sensory overload in here and I mean that in the greatest way for the candy consumer. read more


DADDY'S DOUGHNUTS - A Utica, MI Made-To-Order Donut Shop REVIEW by GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL

Daddy’s Doughnuts REVIEW – Utica, MI Made-To-Order Designer Donut Shop Serving Up Happiness One Doughnut At A Time!

I hail from the city of St. Clair Shores, MI but we recently made the drive all the way over to Utica just for a half-dozen box of donuts from Daddy's Doughnuts. We were so blown away and impressed by these morsels of heaven, I just had to share my Daddy's Doughnuts review with you over here on the Give It A Whirl Girl blog today. If you are wondering what is just so special about these donuts I will fill you in. The Daddy's Doughnuts donut shop allows you to create your own donut creation.

This is a made-to-order, you dream it, they build it donut shop!
Daddy's Doughnuts might just be the perfect place to make a pitstop if you have a sweet tooth to satisfy or if you are looking for a "cheat day" treat! Not only do these donuts taste great but the experience alone of creating your own is just a ton of fun!

EXTREME PIZZA REVIEW by Give It A Whirl Girl

Extreme Pizza REVIEW – 26 Gourmet Signature Pizzas Available At This Grosse Pointe Pizza Parlor & A Way To Save On Your Next Visit

Looking to feed your hungry family some pizza that is something other than ordinary? This Extreme Pizza review will tell you how can achieve that with some fun and exciting pizza flavors that this pizza chain has. The whole entire "does pineapple belong on pizza" movement can move over and step aside because at Extreme Pizza they are bold enough to put mandarin oranges on pizza! Yes, I said mandarin oranges, and those can be found on one of their signature gourmet pizzas The Paia Pie. Ok so I know you might be thinking that oranges on pizza does not sound very appealing but guess what... if you allow yourself to eat freely and with a very open mind you will see that yes, mandarin oranges do belong on pizza! Keep reading this Extreme Pizza review to find out what else this place has to offer for your next lunch or dinner!


Modern Cone Ice-Cream Shop REVIEW

Modern Cone REVIEW – Our First Visit To This Modern-Day Ice-Cream Shop In St. Clair Shores

Modern Cone is a fairly new ice-cream shop to hit the city of St. Clair Shores, MI. This ice-cream shop is formerly known as Ashby's Ice-Cream shop. I am so excited about the change that has come to this location. This past weekend we were actually looking for a new frozen-yogurt or ice-cream shop to visit and we stumbled upon Modern Cone on Yelp. The photos that I saw on my Yelp app totally and completely sucked me in. So for Tried It Out Tuesday this week I am sharing my Modern Cone review with you. If you are in the Detroit area (or St. Clair Shores would be even better) you need to check out Modern Cone. Their extensive menu is super duper exciting for the ice-cream enthusiast. You will find yourself coming back for more and more after your first visit! I am always looking for new and interesting foods to try out and Modern Cone was the most perfect content to share with my readers.


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Showcasing a little bit of my cooking skills

I have been cooking for a few years now but I really did not fall in love with it until last year when I began my weight loss journey. For awhile there pretty much anything passed as a meal... processed foods, loads of carbs, etc. I started falling into the trap of blaming my medication for weight gain. Until I changed my eating habits I realized I was dead wrong. I was the one to blame for my weight gain. I had been a skinny girl my whole life and when I plumped up I felt like I was in a foreign body of some sort. I realized I needed to make changes and amp up my recipes to pave the way for a healthier lifestyle.


Erma's Frozen Custard REVIEW - St. Clair Shores, MI Ice-Cream Shop - A Trio Of Frozen Custard Parfaits

Erma’s Frozen Custard REVIEW – St. Clair Shores Michigan – A Trio Of Frozen Custard Parfaits

Erma's Frozen Custard in St. Clair Shores is the place to be if you want some top quality frozen custard and some exciting, fun ways to top it. This place has so many wonderful flavor concoctions it is somewhat overwhelming to decide on just one! Give me two. NO! Give me three! The flavor options here are just mindblowing. This was my first time visiting with my little family of 3 and we each chose our own parfaits. I just had to go with Peanut Butter & Jelly. I really have a thing for PB&J and that is my jam right now. My husband went with the S'mores Parfait. I believe I heard him moaning over just how good it was. And last but not least my daughter, Chloe, went with a Candy Parfait.


Friday Faves Halloween Party Essentials

Halloween Party Essentials – Friday Faves

Welcome to this week’s Friday Faves where I break down my favorite Halloween party essentials on Amazon. The concept of my blog is to eat healthy so you can have dessert. So this week we have some Cheat Day treats. It is Halloween time, after all, so might as well enjoy all of the tasty treats going around. I have some items here that can also incorporate adult beverages in them. Get creative! The possibilities with some of these Halloween items are endless.

Nordic Ware Haunted Skull Cakelet Pan

Here is something that I absolutely love and want so freaking bad! You can really get creative in the kitchen with this and whip up some tasty treats for your Halloween party. This pan is used mainly for baking sweet treats but I once saw something online where someone used this to create little-stuffed pizzas.

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Enjoy Life Halloween Chocolate Candy Minis Variety Pack, Soy-free, Nut free, Gluten free, Dairy free, Non-GMO, 6.3 Ounce, 4 Count

Imagine my excitement when I found out that Enjoy Life Foods has Halloween candy that is free from common food allergens. I saw this on Twitter and I am so happy to see a brand that keeps allergies in mind. These are also made with all natural ingredients. I could totally see myself pigging out on these candies.  I am so very much in love with their chocolate and I would love to have these in my life! Pass these out at your Halloween party!
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Tovolo Zombies Pop Molds, Flexible Silicone

I am really digging these Zombie Pop Molds because these can actually be a healthy treat. Just add some fresh fruit juice and you will have yourself a healthy zombie treat! These would be great ot serve up at a Halloween party. I think this would be a memorable treat for your guests. This also might be another thing you can play around with and get creative with some adult beverages. Wink! Wink!

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Fred SWEET SPIRITS Day of the Dead Cookie Cutter/Stampers, Set of 4

I know, I know Halloween and Day of the Dead are two separate things but close enough to make this Friday Faves list. I love these sugar skull cookie cutters and this would be a fun project for making cookies with my daughter, Chloe. Serve up some of these at your Halloween party and you will have some happy guests.

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COTTON CANDY CAKE by GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL - Gluten-Free - How I Created It

The Most Scrumptious Gluten-Free Cotton Candy Cake & How I Created It

This morning I would love to share with you about my experience with the Wilton Easy Layers cake set and how I made my gluten-free cotton candy cake. I blogged about this cake pan set on a recent Friday Faves post and I ended up ordering myself one and I am so happy that I did. I ended up creating the best cake I have ever made in my life yesterday! I am truly proud of it and I was happy to serve it to my mother, who came over for a t-bone steak dinner. The cake that I made was the most perfect dessert to serve to her and she fell in love with it. And of course, my daughter, Chloe, was absolutely in love with this cake. She assisted me in making it and it is always a joy to work alongside her in the Give It A Whirl Girl Kitchen.


BUBBLEGUM CAKE w/ Pamela's Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake Mix by Give It A Whirl Girl

Bubblegum Cake! This Is My Gluten-Free Let’s Get The Party Started Cake With Pamela’s Vanilla Cake Mix (REVIEW)

You know what? Even though my cake looks like it was made by an inept and unskilled baker I am really truly proud of it. I wish I could send a virtual slice of this cake through your screen because the taste would blow your mind. I am calling this cake, Let's Get The Party Started". There is no party happening here... not a party in sight. But you know what I want to celebrate today? Life! I have been feeling incredible the past two months since I started this food blog. I feel so revived and renewed. I feel like a whole new better ME. That is enough reason for me to bake a cake and celebrate! I'm also going to give myself an A for effort because I really did work my booty off on this creation!


ICE CREAM LOVERS GIFT GUIDE by Give It A Whirl Girl - Top 15 ICE CREAM GIFTS - Today I am sharing my Ice Cream Lovers Gift Guide with my lovely readers on this day of Friday Faves. Are you an ice cream addict? I sure am and especially this time of year with summer approaching. I honestly could eat ice cream or frozen yogurt every single day, I love it that much! This Ice Cream Lovers Gift Guide is chock full of all the ice cream goodies that your heart (and tummy) desires!

15 Unique Gifts For Ice Cream Lovers – Ultimate Ice Cream Gift Guide – I SCREAM YOU SCREAM… We All Scream For Ice Cream!!

Today I am sharing my Ice Cream Lovers Gift Guide with my lovely readers on this day of Friday Faves. Are you an ice cream addict? I sure am and especially this time of year with summer approaching. I honestly could eat ice cream or frozen yogurt every single day, I love it that much! This Ice Cream Lovers Gift Guide is chock full of all the ice cream goodies that your heart (and tummy) desires! I have included ice cream dishes, spoons, ice cream makers, candy sprinkles and more!

Keep reading my ice cream gift guide and tell me what products you will be giving a whirl!


Dylan's Candy Bar - Gift Guide For The Sweet Tooth

Dylan’s Candy Bar – Gift Guide For The Sweet Tooth

Dylan’s Candy Bar is full of drool-worthy candy to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth! Their gourmet candies make great gifts and they never disappoint. These are perfect candies for those days when you just need to have an anything-goes cheat day. This Dylan’s Candy Bar gift guide is full of sweets and treats for the sweet tooth afficionado.

This brand began and 2001 and ever since, Dylan’s Candy Bar has been making and creating gourmet candy that can please any palate. They offer a little bit of everything and something for everyone ranging from gummies to chocolates and everything in between. Everything here at Dylan’s Candy Bar would make a great gift for the loved ones in your life.

Check out the popular gifts in the gift guide section of their online store.

There is also a lifestyle section you can visit for non-edible gifts that are perfect for gift giving. I am a big fan of the apparel offered at Dylan’s Candy Bar!

Current offers and deals at Dylan’s Candy Bar!

It is Cyber Monday over at Dylan’s Candy Bar and right now they are offering FREE shipping on any order $25+ or more.

They currently have some items on sale for Cyber Monday. You can see all of those crazy deals right over here!

Also with coupon code FF25 you can enjoy 25% off your order at Dylan’s Candy Bar!

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The Dylan’s Candy Bar Gift Guide

Dylan’s Candy Bar Signature Chocolate Wheel

This is a Dylan’s Candy Bar signature product right here. If you know a chocolate lover in your life, present this unforgettable gift to them and they will thank you forever and ever! There are a whopping 56 pieces of gourmet Belgian chocolates here!

Flavors included in this awesome wheel of chocolate are Dark Raspberry, S’mores, Milk Toffee Crunch, Hazelnut, Dark Espresso, Almond, Caramel, and Milk.

Dylan’s Candy Bar Signature Lollipop Wheel

There is also a fun Lollipop Wheel available if chocolate is not your thing. Each Lollipop Wheel features the following flavors: Strawberry-Banana, Cherry, Blueberry, Gumball, Orange, Apple, Watermelon, Banana Split and Cotton Candy! This is a great deal and would be perfect for gift giving this Christmas season!

Dylan’s Candy Bar Signature Sour Tackle Box

The Dylan’s Candy Bar Signature Tackle Box would make a lovely gift for the sweet tooth that has a passion and appreciation for sour candies!

Contains Sour Rainbow Belt Bites, Sour Patch Watermelon Slices, Sour Gummy Bears, Sour Blue Cola Bottles, Sour Worms and Sour Looms.

Check out the other tackle boxes available:

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Magical Unicorn Hot Chocolate

Craving hot chocolate but don’t want the norm? I don’t know about you but I am bored with typical and this Magical Unicorn Hot Chocolate is anything but typical. It is PINK hot chocolate! I bet this hot chocolate would delight the little girl in your life!

Dylan’s Candy Bar Striped Chocolate-Covered Oreo Cookies

Where are my Oreo lovers at? My husband, Joe, is a big-time Oreo fan. When I get him a bag of Oreos he immediately does a line of them. It is as if he doesn’t have any self-control around Oreos! If you know someone like that then these chocolate-covered Oreo cookies would be perfect for gift giving. There are 9 in the stack and these are sure to dazzle and delight the taste buds of any Oreo fan!

Dylan’s Candy Bar Chocolate Rainbow Non-Pareils Jumbo Marshmallow Pops

Heads up candy sprinkles and marshmallow lovers! Dylan’s Candy Bar has your dream pop right here. This is totally right up my alley here. I love both of these things and combined?? MINDBLOWING! Can you say YUM!

Be sure to also check out these Dylan’s Candy Bar Jumbo Marshmallow Pops!

Dylan’s Candy Bar Gummy Sweet Treat Tower

This gummy tower is a foot tall and full to the brim with your favorite gummy candies!

This gift set includes Sour Patch Watermelon Slices, Rainbow Gummy Bears, Swedish Fish, and Red Australian Licorice.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar Time Capsule – 1980’s

Talk about nostalgia! Dylan’s Candy Bar nailed it with this time capsule. These candies are all reminiscent of this era that is long gone. This decade may be done and over with but you can still enjoy the favorites from this time period.


Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza – Gluten-Free – RECIPE

Halloween has come and go and now you probably have a gigantic bowl of Halloween candy. Am I right? Are you wondering what you can do with it? I had the most excellent idea to create a leftover Halloween candy pizza with some white chocolate “cheese” drizzled on top. I used Pamela’s Products gluten-free brownie mix to create this sensational, sinful dessert. Creating your very own leftover Halloween candy brownie pizza is simple to do and it will satisfy all of the chocolate candy lovers in your family.


Fun & Unique Cereal Shopping Guide

Fun & Unique Breakfast Cereal – Amazon Shopping Guide

Welcome to my Fun & Unique Breakfast Cereal shopping guide over here at Give It A Whirl Girl. Amazon is chock full of some very wild and crazy breakfast cereals that you just aren’t going to find on the shelf at your local Kroger grocery store. I did the work for you and am posting the best of the best! Some of these breakfast cereals are absolutely hilarious and would make an unforgettable Christmas gift.

I also included some other neato cereal-related items to this gift guide. We have some Funko pops, clothing, a card game, some Christmas ornaments, and more!

Poop Like A Champion – Highest Fiber Breakfast Cereal – 100% of daily fiber in 1.6 servings

Looking for a breakfast cereal and colon cleanser all-in-one? Poop Like A Champion delivers! One half-cup serving of this cereal has a whopping 16 grams of fiber! This is unheard of and totally intriguing to me! And a bonus? It is also gluten-free! One thing to note here though is that this cereal is not made to taste great. It is made with a purpose and that is to clean the gunk out of your guts and insides. Let’s face it… sometimes it needs to be done.

This breakfast cereal would also make for one tremendous gag gift!

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Limited Edition, Kellogg’s UNICORN cereal – Two 10oz Boxes

Here is a super adorable cereal for all of the unicorn lovers out there! I know you are out there too because nowadays unicorns are all the rage. It is a trend and I never want it to die out! This cereal was created by Kelloggs and it is a limited edition. I have a feeling that you have a little girl in your life that would be over the moon thrilled to have a bowl of unicorn cereal for breakfast.

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WWE Booty O’s Breakfast Cereal 11.5oz

Here is a fun breakfast cereal for Y’all! This is a sweet oat cereal with marshmallows that are in the shape of unicorn horns, trombones, & booties! Booties??? OMG! This is one box that you are going to want to keep and save. It also has a “booticorn” mask on the back.

Clark Griswold Funko’s Cereal – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Multigrain Breakfast Cereal with Pocket Pop Figure – FYE Exclusive

This Clark Griswold Christmas Vacation breakfast cereal from Funko is perfect for the holiday season. Christmas Vacation is hands down my all time favorite Christmas movie. I can watch it once a week leading up to Christmas and not get sick or tired of it. The film is a classic and it is sure to make anyone laugh and smile. This is a limited edition FYE exclusive cereal but I was able to locate in on Amazon.


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Here is a limited edition Lucky Charms breakfast cereal that is chocolate flavor. Lucky Charms were a fave when I was growing up. I have a feeling that this chocolate flavored box of them is sure to delight any Lucky Charms fan!



Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch 12 oz. Box – Limited Edition (1 Box)

Here we have a limited edition Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal that is sugar cookie flavored. I don’t think you can go wrong with this. That flavor sounds perfect for the holiday season.


Beetlejuice Funko FunkO’s Cereal With Pocket Pop

And another fun one from FUNKO! This one is Beetlejuice… another classic!


Joybol Smoothie Bowls, Superberries and Acai, Easy Breakfast, Non-GMO, 4 Count

Here is a unique cereal that I have never seen before and there is also a 25% off clickable coupon available. Woohoo! This is a healthy cereal that I had to throw in here. This one is jam-packed with 11 grams of protein per serving.

A creamy, crunchy blend of Non-GMO Project Verified fruit, nutritious seeds and whole grains; No artificial flavors; Colors from natural sources
Delicious granola clusters made with whole grain oats, dried cranberries and blackberries, chia seeds and acai, Enjoy on its own or with your favorite smoothie add-ins

Be sure to check out the variety pack available. This also has a 25% off clickable coupon so you can save some money.

Monster Cereals 2018 3 Pack Count Chocula, Frankenberry, Boo Berry – Back for Halloween!

It is a crying shame that these cereals by General Mills are often only usually available during the holiday season! When I was a lit


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My Birthday Dinner At Terry’s Terrace REVIEW & Gift-Card GIVEAWAY 4 Winners! (Harrison Township, MI Restaurant)

My 38th birthday on February 23rd may have come and gone but the wonderful memories will remain of my awesome birthday dinner with family at Terry’s Terrace in Harrison Township, Michigan. I have dined at Terry’s Terrace a couple of times in the past and I was so impressed with my experience I had to go back. If you are looking for a seafood dish of excellence then Terry’s Terrace is the restaurant that you will want to dive into! This Terry’s Terrace review will go into detail about my seafood birthday dinner at this establishment. Unfortunately, I can’t have alcohol at this point in time of my life so I am unable to discuss that but it does appear to be that this place has an incredible bar. If you want to hear about their food, though, you are in the right place. Also, keep reading to find out how you can win a $25 gift-card to Terry’s Terrace in the gift-card giveaway! Four winners will be drawn at random. read more


Sugarbush Tavern Eastpointe, MI RESTAURANT REVIEW

Good Eats At Sugarbush Tavern REVIEW – Eastpointe, MI – And The Best Cherry Chicken Salad Of My Life!

Who doesn’t love a great deal? I discovered Sugarbush Tavern through a local advertisement paper and through a recommendation from my mother. My husband and I often browse those publications to discover new restaurants that are local and have a coupon offer. Sugarbush had a buy-one-get-one-half-off coupon offer so we decided to step in for a family dinner and hope for the best. We love discovering new-to-us restaurants that are local to us. Giving new things a whirl is what I live for. I love the thrill of it all. Today I will be sharing my Sugarbush Tavern restaurant with you all. I can’t wait to tell you about the greatest cherry chicken salad of my life!

We reside in St Clair Shores so heading over to Eastpointe is not too far of a drive for us. Sugarbush Tavern is definitely conveniently located for someone like myself.

Keep reading to find out about our incredible meals here and to find out more about their menu items. They are known to have the best ribs in town, also known to serve up a big fat juicy burger, wings, and other entrees. They also have a weekly specials menu for food and drinks.

About Sugarbush Tavern

We visited the Eastpointe location but this restaurant also has a Chesterfield, MI location and that is where this place originated. They have been serving up their amazing dishes since 1994.

One great thing about Sugarbush Tavern is that they take pride in using items that are local to the state of Michigan.

We pride ourselves in buying local fresh food with a host of made in Michigan products such as Sanders Hot Fudge Sundaes, Traverse City Cherry BBQ Sauce, local Amish raised turkeys, and an amazing selection of local craft beers to name a few. (source)

If you love ribs you might just want to stop in and give theirs a whirl. They have award-winning ribs that were voted best in Macomb County. That is quite an honor, considering how many restaurants there are in the county of Macomb.

Let’s explore the menu and highlight some of the best

I apologize for not having a photo of the burgers here. The complete menu can be viewed online HERE. Sugarbush Tavern is known to offer up some great burgers. They have a 1/2 pound burger on their menu for $7.99. And for all of those low-carbers out there they even offer a low carb burger:

Lo-carb Burger
Cooked lo-carb style with no bun, and topped with bacon and
cheddar and served with cottage cheese and tomato slices – 8.99

Another burger that sounds intriguing is the Jack Daniels burger:

Jack Daniel’s Signature Burger
Topped with Jack Daniel’s sauce, monterey jack cheese,
sauteed mushrooms and onions – 9.59

I don’t often see stuffed shells on menus but that was one of my all-time favorite meals when I was a little girl! I try my best to avoid gluten but one day I might just have a cheat day and order up those shells for myself. They certainly sound tempting to me.

The Michigan Cherry BBQ ribs also look like an enticing offering. Since they are known for serving great ribs here I will be returning to get a half slab and a beer to wash it down. I can promise you that. I really do not like eating ribs in public because they are messy and I eat them like an animal. But YOLO and I need to try them.

The Wet Burrito on this portion of the menu sure is screaming out my name. I love any and all burritos that are smothered with toppings and sauce. The Wet Burrito here comes with all the fixings and you can not beat that!

And check out that Napoleon Steak! Just give me a great big piece of meat smothered in cheese. Yummo! That is one of the low carb options here. I can definitely get down with that.

And now onto the salad portion of the menu. This is where I ended up ordering from. I just had to get that great big bowl of Traverse City Chicken Salad. They all sound appetizing to me. The full-size is the perfect size for dinner or sharing as a side with your family or friends. The half-size portions of these salads would be perfect for lunchtime. There is also a decent assortment of salad dressings to choose from.

There are a couple of standouts here on the sandwich portion of the menu. I love having a big fat French Dip sandwich with a bowl of au jus. I am also a big fan of ham and cheese sandwiches so I spy with my little eyes a Hammy Slammy! Oh man, did I just hear my stomach growl? I bet my husband would enjoy their Chicken Parmesan Sandwich. That sandwich even comes with spaghetti. Carbs galore right there.

Traverse City Chicken Salad

My mother visits the Chesterfield, MI location and raves about how delicious their cherry chicken salad is. I swear she has probably told me at least 50 times… no lie! I ended up going with the full order size because I sure was hangry.

My salad came out and the presentation was quite nice. It arrived in a large bowl and it was just ready for me to tear into and devour. There was a cup of cherry vinaigrette on the side and boy was that ever a great salad dressing. It was so could I could just drink it!

The bleu cheese went perfectly with this salad. For me, bleu cheese was an acquired taste. It is something that I avoided most of my life until just recently. It is kind of a hit or miss item for me, sometimes it is just too pungent. Sugarbush Tavern’s bleu cheese was to my liking.

There were plenty of dried cherries in this dish to satisfy my palate. The only thing that could have made this salad better was maybe to include some fresh cherries in it as well. That would add some great texture to this salad.

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My husband’s meal – Chicken Parmesan

I can’t speak much for my husband but I will say that he did enjoy his Chicken Parmesan from Sugarbush Tavern. Chicken Parmesan is one of his favorite meals. They gave him a very plentiful amount, so much that he was stuffed and could not completely finish it off.

Chicken Parmesan Dinner
Breaded chicken breast with marinara and
melted monterey cheese. Served with
spaghetti and garlic toast – 13.99


Gourmet Candy At Nordstrom - A Gift Guide for sweets and treats

Gourmet Candy Gift Guide – Shopping For Candy At Nordstrom

The gourmet Candy Shop at Nordstrom has a great variety of gourmet items and I’m going to break it down into my top 10 favorites today in this nifty gourmet candy gift guide. You’ll feel like a kid in a candy shop while browsing Nordstrom’s big variety of gourmet items! Many of these candies carry a hefty price tag but no candy is too rich form my blood. I have curated this list of my favorites that I found, and these would be a perfect splurge item for yourself or a gift someone who is sweet and deserving in your life. Christmas is coming up so you might possibly see something here that would make a memorable gift. These items would also be perfect for a birthday gift.

Having some candy every now and then isn’t going to kill you. Over here at Give It A Whirl Girl I promote a healthy lifestyle and diet primarily but that doesn’t mean our lives have to be void of fun. I have my Cheat Day moments every now and then and I never beat myself up over it. You know the YOLO saying? Well, it’s true. You only do get one life to live so if you want the candy have the candy!

If you are following a gluten-free diet please make sure you read the ingredients in these candies.

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Gourmet Candy Gift Guide

8-Piece Gold Collection Deluxe Gourmet Candy Box Set – DYLAN’S CANDY BAR

Dylan’s Candy Bar is a brand that comes to mind when I think of gourmet candy. Nordstrom carries many items from Dylan’s Candy Bar line of products. I really fell in love with this set!

Wow the chocolate lover in your life with this 8-piece Dylan’s Candy Bar to-die-for collection.

Includes:

  • Strawberry- and champagne-infused dark chocolate
  • Dark chocolate molten cake
  • Deeply dark chocolate
  • Madagascar vanilla bean-filled milk chocolate
  • Toasted coconut milk chocolate
  • Sea salt caramel-filled dark chocolate
  • Caramel fig-filled dark chocolate
  • Berry medley dark chocolate bars

Corona Light 3-Piece Gourmet Candy Gift Set – SUGARFINA

Love beer? I recently fell in love with beer earlier this year. Hated it my whole entire life and always thought it tasted like pee. I enjoy a good craft beer every now and then and I really enjoy going to breweries and ordering a flight of interesting beers. This 3-piece Sugarfina Corona set at Nordstrom includes Corona Light gummies, Corona Sour Lime Slice gummies, and bottle opener. If you have a beer-lover in your life this gift would be superior to give! This is on my wishlist and I will treat myself to this someday.

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Sushi 9-Piece Gourmet Chocolate Set – MAGGIE LOUISE CONFECTIONSshow?id=m21Yqj7RA1A&bids=357944 - Gourmet Candy Gift Guide - Shopping For Candy At Nordstrom

Here is the perfect gift for the sushi lover in your life! This is one of my favorite items from this gourmet candy gift guide. This set by Maggie Louise Confections contains the following: Includes one white chocolate lemon; two white chocolate ginger mini cubes; one white chocolate wasabi piece with chocolate caramel and sea salt; three milk chocolate sushi pieces with peanut butter candy; three dark chocolate sushi with mocha crunch and one white chocolate tile.

Gift Set LOLLI AND POPS – TOPP’D

What really caught my eye in this gift set from Topp’d is that Smokin’ Smores bar! I have a weakness for anything that is s’mores. The combination of chocolate with the marshmallows is like a party in my mouth when I take a bite into it. This gourmet candy gift set includes some favorites from Topp’d and contains the following items: Includes Smokin’ S’mores Topp’d Bar, 12-Flavor Fruit Bears, Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels and Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Gimme S’more Signature Dessert Bars

Spooky Sweets Gourmet Candy Bento Box – SUGARFINA

This Sugarfina bento box contains a trio of gruesome, sugary treats: Zombie Brains, Sugar Skulls, and Pumpkin Patch. I tried out some Sugarfina candy earlier this year and though it is pricey, the quality of their candy exceeds excellence. This is gourmet candy at its finest.

27-Piece BonBon Gift Set – NEUHAUS

Where are my bonbon lovers at? *raises hand* This gourmet chocolate gift box is filled with 27 bonbons in five different flavors to excite your palate. Neuhaus produces chocolates with exceptional, mind-blowing flavor. This gift set would genuinely excite the chocolate-lover in your life (or yourself… I say go for it!)

  • BonBon Cookies – Milk: A sumptuous old-style Praline enhanced by slivers of Piemont hazelnuts, almonds from the Mediterranean and butter cookies from Brittany, all coated in a layer of milk chocolate
  • BonBon Crunchy Nuts – Dark: A crispy Praline based on roasted hazelnuts from the Black Sea region and crepes dentelles, coated with a layer of rich dark chocolate
  • BonBon Salted Caramel – Dark: A subtle blend of flavors thanks to a dark chocolate exterior and a velvety Isigny caramel enhanced by a touch of sea salt
  • BonBon Gianduja Nougat – Milk: Sumptuous hazelnut Gianduja strewn with tiny pieces of nougat, and coated with a smooth milk chocolate.
  • BonBon Moelleux – Dark: Velvety dark chocolate Ganache, with cocoa nibs from Ghana, all coated in a rich dark chocolate.

Large Carnival Fun Assorted Gourmet Candy Set – DYLAN’S CANDY BAR

This Carnival Fun candy set from Dylan’s Candy Bar is screaming nostalgia to your inner-child!

This set includes the following fun items:

  • Strong Man Barbels
  • Carousel Candy
  • Tutti Frutti Popcorn
  • 18-Piece Square Pack
  • Taffy Wheel

My favorite item here has to be that Tutti Frutti Popcorn. Rainbow colored popcorn was always one of my favorite sweet treats when I was a little girl. I fondly remember getting a rainbow popcorn ball at one of the mall kiosks when I was growing up. The Strong Man Barbels remind me of childhood too. I always loved getting those sugary candy sticks after dinner from Cracker Barrel.

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 Happy Birthday 3-Piece Gourmet Candy Bento Box – SUGARFINA

Know someone sweet who has an upcoming birthday? Why not treat them to the Happy Birthday Bento Box from Sugarfina? This gift set includes