I wanted to do something a little different today and instead of sharing reviews and recipes I want to share some details about ME, in case anyone was wondering who I am! My name is Kimmy Ripley and I am from the city of St. Clair Shores in Michigan. I am very very VERY passionate about food and drink. I try my best to always eat with an open mind and I live for the thrill of trying out new things. This Give It A Whirl Girl food blog was started last June and it such a big joy to share my food and drink experiences with you all!

Today I will be sharing 10 questions and answers on the blog so you can get to know me better! There are going to be a ton of photos in this post so get ready! I know some people who “read” blogs don’t read and just check out the photos, so if you are one of those people you are in luck today!

Me! Kimmy Ripley AKA Give It A Whirl Girl
Me! Kimmy Ripley AKA Give It A Whirl Girl
My hubby and I at Kona Grill for one of my birthdays
My hubby and I at Kona Grill for one of my birthdays
Give It A Whirl Girl with some Enlightened ice cream pop
Give It A Whirl Girl with some Enlightened ice cream pop
Me and my daughter, Chloe Pearl, at the Heidelberg Project
Me and my daughter, Chloe Pearl, at the Heidelberg Project

10 Questions & Answers With GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL (Kimmy Ripley)


You can also learn more about me in my introductory post!


All About Give It A Whirl Girl – Get To Know Me

1) Favorite food:

This is a tough question. I am not a very picky eater and I consider myself to be a foodie! There are so many foods out there that I absolutely love but if I had to choose one thing, just one thing, it would be…

Sushi! – I love love love sushi but I am also a big fan of things like crab legs or lobster tail because they are such a pricey and super rare treat for me.

My go-to place for sushi is Inyo in Ferndale, MI. We discovered this fantastic Asian fusion restaurant through Groupon. Inyo Ferndale is almost always on Groupon, so if you are local be sure to grab a Groupon for this spectacular Asian restaurant. You can thank me later… wink! wink! Their food is top-notch and we are regulars there.

Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
Sushi at Inyo Ferndale – This sushi roll has 4 different colorful eggs on it
Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
And just for fun! Here is a photo of my daughter, Chloe Pear, with her chicken teriyaki dinner at Inyo Ferndale
And just for fun! Here is a photo of my daughter, Chloe Pearl, with her chicken teriyaki dinner at Inyo Ferndale
Ok guys! I am obsessed with Inyo. Here is a photo of my Walnut Lobster. This was the most recent meal that I ordered
Ok guys! I am obsessed with Inyo. Here is a photo of my Walnut Lobster. This was the most recent meal that I ordered

 

Honorable mention:

Gotta love a big bowl of noodly pho at Minh Chau restaurant (they just changed the name to New Asian Star). Pho is comfort food for me. The broth here at New Asian Star is on-point! The pho that I enjoy ordering has sliced beef, brisket, meatballs, and soft tendon in it. Yeah I said tendon… and it is a weird meat to eat but I do enjoy it here. They also have a pho available with tripe if you are feeling really adventurous.

You can also stop in here for a bubble drink!

Big bowl of yummy pho at Minh Chau (now known as New Asian Star)
Big bowl of yummy pho at Minh Chau (now known as New Asian Star)
Pure comfort food right over here. I love pho at Minh Chau (New Asian Star)!
Pure comfort food right over here. I love pho at Minh Chau (New Asian Star)!

2) Least favorite food:

Oh this is an easy one. I used to eat some funky stuff when I was a little girl… things I could not fathom stomaching now!

Herrings in cream sauce (ew) I used to eat these fishy fishes straight out of the jar.

Giblets and hearts in my stuffing (ew! ew!) My mom always put those nasty things in my Thanksgiving stuffing. NEVER AGAIN

Liverwurst (ew! ew! ew!) All by itself or on some plain white bread. No thank you!

3) Favorite fruit

Want to know about my favorite fruit? This is an easy one to answer for me… dragon fruit, and that is followed by passion fruit, another favorite of mine. I am a HUGE fan of exotic fruits and I love to create exotic smoothie bowls with these fruits. If you are local, you can usually pick up a wide variety of exotic fruits at Nino Salvaggio.

Dragon fruit can have either a white center or pink center. You never know until you slice it!
Dragon fruit can have either a white center or pink center. You never know until you slice it!

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Exotic fruits that I purchased at Nino Salvaggio
Exotic fruits that I purchased at Nino Salvaggio
The exotic fruit smoothie bowl
The exotic fruit smoothie bowl

4) Favorite meals that I have cooked:

Truth be told, and many of you all know, cooking and baking is my #1 passion in life! I love to serve up a delicious dish for my little family of 3

Italian drunken noodle is hands down the family favorite over here in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen. You can find the recipe for this delicious dish on my blog. Italian Drunken Noodle features Pappardelle pasta, Italian sausage, and mix of peppers with chardonnay wine.

A big plate of Italian Drunken Noodle and a glass of chardonnay
A big plate of Italian Drunken Noodle and a glass of chardonnay
Italian Drunken Noodle - Give It A Whirl Girl's favorite meal to cook
Italian Drunken Noodle – Give It A Whirl Girl’s favorite meal to cook

Honorable mention:

Gigantic mozzarella stuffed meatballs are a big favorite and I have the recipe for these on my blog. This is the kind of meal that I invite my family over for. This recipe serves up a generous portion of meatballs.

CLICK HERE for my Huge Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs RECIPE!

Huge mozzarella stuffed meatballs simmering in the slow-cooker
Huge mozzarella stuffed meatballs simmering in the slow-cooker
A big plate of mozzarella stuffed meatballs served over spaghetti noodles
A big plate of mozzarella stuffed meatballs served over spaghetti noodles



Pineapples stuffed with a teriyaki chicken is another family fave but it is somewhat complicated and tedious to create. You can find the recipe and learn more about this gluten-free dish on my blog.

Pineapples stuffed with teriyaki chicken are a fabulous summer meal
Pineapples stuffed with teriyaki chicken are a fabulous summer meal

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5) Favorite desserts I have created

I love to bake cakes even though I am not the most talented baker and cake decorator. I created a bubblegum cake and a cotton candy cake. These cakes and cupcakes were a ton of fun to create and even more fun to eat!

Here are some photos of my favorite baking projects:

Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake - Let's Get The Party Started
Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake – Let’s Get The Party Started
COTTON CANDY CAKE by GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL - Gluten-Free - How I Created It
COTTON CANDY CAKE
Paleo Dark Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes
Paleo Dark Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

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6) Favorite drink (non-alcoholic):

I don’t know how I can pick one here. I am a self-confessed coffee addict and I am also addicted to my energy drinks (have to have at least one a day!). My favorite energy drinks are by Bang Energy. With flavors like Unicorn and Cotton Candy, how can you resist?


7) Favorite alcoholic drink:

I recently started getting into craft beer and hard ciders. I was always attracted to the labels and packaging. It is so fun and colorful! I grew up my entire life, hating on beer, and saying it tasted like pee. Then one day I went to Hop Cat and I went there with the intention of giving beer a whirl and I ordered a flight with three different craft beers. Guess what? I enjoyed each and every one of them! I was impressed with myself that I gave craft beer a chance. I love craft beer and the entire drink experience with them. I love all of the unique flavors out there… Lucky Charms cereal, etc. etc.!

So sorry for the poor quality photo! I apologize but here is a photo of me with my first craft beer! I gave it a whirl at Hop Cat in Royal Oak, MI
So sorry for the poor quality photo! I apologize but here is a photo of me with my first craft beer! I gave it a whirl at Hop Cat in Royal Oak, MI
First flight of craft beer for me at Hop Cat and I loved each one of them!
First flight of craft beer for me at Hop Cat and I loved each one of them!
A 6-Pack of PB & Jaley craft beer
A 6-Pack of PB & Jaley craft beer
Passion Fruit hard cider
Rekorderling Passion Fruit hard cider  – This was the greatest hard cider I have tried!
An assortment of craft beers... all delicious!
An assortment of craft beers… all delicious!
Cranium Crush - Raspberry Waffle Cone Ale
Cranium Crush – Raspberry Waffle Cone Ale
An assortment of craft beers that I tried out
An assortment of craft beers that I tried out. And we save all of the bottles and cans and display them in our basement.

 

 

8) Favorite candy

Jelly Belly Raspberries & Blackberries are my favorite candy! What is yours?
Jelly Belly Raspberries & Blackberries are my favorite candy! What is yours?

There is no better candy than Jelly Belly’s Raspberries & Blackberries! These berry flavored candies are extremely highly addictive to me and I will kill a bag in just a couple of minutes!


9) Favorite post on the blog

I am nearing 200 published posts on the blog and if I had to choose one favorite post I simply can’t. I am going to declare a tie here. The two posts that were my favorite to do were both local reviews. I would love to visit more places nearby and review them. The local reviews I have done are my top performing posts. Here we go…

Modern Cone Review

and

Kawaii Bubble Tea Review

Modern Cone is an ice cream shop in St. Clair Shores that specializes in creative ice cream concoctions. This is the place to go if you want a unique ice cream concoction that is fun to eat, and very Instagrammable!

Make sure you are following my Facebook page because I will be sharing a Modern Cone gift card giveaway very soon!

Our three desserts at Modern Cone
Our three desserts at Modern Cone
Cereal Killer ice-cream Stacker available at Modern Cone
Cereal Killer ice-cream Stacker available at Modern Cone

Kawaii Bubble Tea is located in Clinton Township, MI and they have some of the best bubble teas (boba) that I have ever tried. They also have a wide variety of macarons available. If you have never ever tried boba you definitely need to check out this place. It is a very fun drink experience.

Kawaii Bubble Tea boba and macarons!
Kawaii Bubble Tea boba and macarons!
Enjoying our boba drinks and macarons at Kawaii Bubble Tea in Clinton Township, MI
Enjoying our boba drinks and macarons at Kawaii Bubble Tea in Clinton Township, MI
What a fun experience for all of us!
Macarons and boba at Kawaii Bubble Tea
Macarons and boba at Kawaii Bubble Tea

Honorable mention:

Tou & Mai is located in Detroit’s midtown area and they offer some very unique desserts. I tried their halo halo (Hello Hello is what they call it). You can read the review on my blog where I spill all the beans about this awesome dessert destination!

Tou & Mai Review

Sweet beans in my ice cream~!

Hello Hello (Halo Halo) at Tou & Mai in Detroit, MI
Hello Hello (Halo Halo) at Tou & Mai in Detroit, MI
Hello Hello (Halo Halo) at Tou & Mai in Detroit, MI
Hello Hello (Halo Halo) at Tou & Mai in Detroit, MI
Hello Hello (Halo Halo) at Tou & Mai in Detroit, MI
My daughter, Chloe Pearl eating Hello Hello (Halo Halo) at Tou & Mai in Detroit, MI

10) Favorite place to grab a sweet treat

This is an easy question to answer. Menchie’s and Orange Leaf are definitely my favorite place to grab a dessert. I am obsessed with frozen yogurt, also known as froyo. You can read my Menchie’s review on the blog.

Want to give Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt a whirl? Grab a Groupon and save on your visit!

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt (Froyo) Build-Your-Own Creation
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (Froyo) Build-Your-Own Creation
Edible art!
Menchies Heritage Village in Warren, MI
Menchies Heritage Village in Warren, MI
Menchies Heritage Village in Warren, MI toppings bar
Menchies Heritage Village in Warren, MI toppings bar

 

Final thoughts

I truly hope you enjoyed this post over here at Give It A Whirl Girl. I would love to hear from my readers so leave me a comment here and tell me about your favorite food!

Question Time!

What is your favorite food? Least favorite food? Please share with me. I love to hear from my audience!

Also…

If you have any questions that you would like to ask me, leave a question in the comment box and I will be happy to answer it.

 

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Give It A Whirl prepping a from-scratch pizza
Give It A Whirl prepping a from-scratch pizza

 

At Tony's I-75 in Birch Run, MI with our gigantic banana split
At Tony’s I-75 in Birch Run, MI with our gigantic banana split

Learn more about this COLOSSAL banana split in my Tony’s I-75 restaurant review

 

Chloe Pearl and I cooking a from-scratch pizza in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen
Chloe Pearl and I cooking a from-scratch pizza in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen

 

 


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15 Food & Drink Novelty Gifts – Gift Guide – The Ultimate Shopping Guide For The Foodie

If you know me then you would know that I do have a sense of humor. I believe that laughter and smiles are truly the best medicine. So today I have put together this funloving novelty gifts gift guide for my readers. The 15 items that I have included in this novelty gifts gift guide are sure to put a smile on your face or the recipient’s face! We have everything here from nutsack tea infusers to canned unicorn meat included here! I absolutely LOVE putting novelty gift guides together over here at Give It A Whirl Girl. Stuff like this is totally my style and right up my alley.

 

NOVELTY GIFTS GIFT GUIDE

Realistic Pizza Throw Blanket

Here we have a realistic throw blanket that resembles a cheese and pepperoni pizza! This pizza throw blanket measures in at 60″ in diameter and is made from a soft, polyester fleece material. This pizza blanket is perfect for the pizza lover in your life and is great for snuggling up into.

Realistic Pizza Throw Blanket
Realistic Pizza Throw Blanket


Teabagger Nutsack Tea Infuser

I gotta just come out and say here how brilliant and genius and brilliant this Teabagger Tea Infuser is. Hiliarious! Have you ever seen a tea infuser that is funnier than this one? Nope… not me!

For those of you who are hurting in the testicles department, there is a special Blue Balls Edition Teabagger Tea Infuser.

And they didn’t want to leave out the Chocolate Lovers so here is their Chocolate Lovers Teabagger Tea Infuser.

Teabagger Nutsack Tea Infuser
Teabagger Nutsack Tea Infuser


Mr. Sneezy Egg Separator

This snot-nosed egg separator is a must-have item in your kitchen if you have any sense of humor. I can’t think of a better more enjoyable way of separating your eggs!

Mr. Sneezy Egg Separator
Mr. Sneezy Egg Separator



Funny Drink Coasters

These funny drink coasters from Ultimate Hostess contain the perfect amount of an offensive attitude. Try not to be offended here, they are just having fun!

Funny Drink Coasters from Ultimate Hostess
Funny Drink Coasters from Ultimate Hostess



Canned Unicorn Meat by ThinkGeek

Ummm hmmm… not sure what the heck unicorn meat tastes like but if you are curious and intrigued by this canned unicorn meat from ThinkGeek I say GO FOR IT!

They say it is an excellent source or sparkles and that there is magic in every bite.

Canned Unicorn Meat
Canned Unicorn Meat




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Nostalgia Grilled Cheese Sandwich Toaster

This is a pretty darn impressive item from Nostalgia. This is a grilled cheese sandwich toaster that is capable of creating two grilled cheese sandwiches for you in minutes!

Nostalgia Grilled Cheese Sandwich Maker
Nostalgia Grilled Cheese Sandwich Maker

Giant Gummy Cheeseburger

Ahhh yes! Gummy candies… a major HUGE weakness of mine! This is a 7 oz. giant gummy cheeseburger. This gummy candy has the flavors of cherry, orange, and sour apples.

Giant Gummy Cheeseburger
Giant Gummy Cheeseburger

 

 

Dinosaur Taco Holder Set

Serve up your next batch of Mexican food on Taco Tuesday with this 4-pack set of dinosaur taco holders!

4-Pack Dinosaur Taco Holder Set
4-Pack Dinosaur Taco Holder Set

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Blue Q Oven Mitt

This brand, Blue Q, totally blows my mind with their clever and witty designs for your kitchen. Blue Q has some gut-busting funny oven mitts and dish towels available.

Blue Q Oven Mitt (I'm Beautiful and I EAT A LOT)
Blue Q Oven Mitt (I’m Beautiful and I EAT A LOT)


 

Brain Ice Cube Mold

This brain ice cube mold is sure to make your next drink stand out from the crowd. This 3-dimensional brain mold creates 4 brainy ice-cubes.

Brain Ice Cube Mold
Brain Ice Cube Mold



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Deez Nuts Banana Bread Scented Candle

Anyone remember when Deez Nuts wanted to run for president. I do! This is a banana bread, toasted coconut, and hazelnut-scented candle in a glass jar.

Deez Nuts Banana Bread Scented Candle
Deez Nuts Banana Bread Scented Candle


Food Themed Socks

Show off your love for food on your feet with this super duper fun food sock set! This set contains 12 sets of food-related socks.

Food Socks - 12 Socks Set
Food Socks – 12 Socks Set

Fred & Friends Rainbow Party Cup

I am head over heels in love with this Fred & Friends reusable rainbow party cup AND this is an item that I do actually have the pleasure of owning! This is my go-to cup for when I need to wet my whistle!

Fred & Friends Rainbow Party Cup
Fred & Friends Rainbow Party Cup


Jelly Belly Beanboozled Jelly Bean Game

I believe that everyone should play Jelly Belly’s Beanboozled game at least once in their lifetime. This simple game is sure to bring belly laughs to the table with gross flavors like barf, boogers, and rotten eggs. There are also some yummy flavors of Jelly Belly jelly beans in here. You never know what you are going to end up with when you spin the Beanboozled wheel! This is such a fantastic game to play with family and friends. You might just want to even video record the reactions that you end up with on your face when you take a bite out of one of the disgusting jelly beans.

Jelly Belly Beanboozled Jelly Bean Game
Jelly Belly Beanboozled Jelly Bean Game


I’ve Got Anxiety Coffee Mug from LookHUMAN

Yup… this coffee mug basically sums up my life! I love this coffee mug from LookHUMAN. This is a brand that has a ton of clever items available. LookHUMAN knows how to make someone’s day with their clever and witty products.

I've Got Anxiety Coffee Mug from LookHUMAN
I’ve Got Anxiety Coffee Mug from LookHUMAN




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The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Foodies 2019 – An Amazon Shopping Guide

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and today I would love to share with you my favorite finds on Amazon for the foodie in your life. I am a day late posting this top 10 list of my Valentine’s Day sweets and treats but better late than never right?

These Valentine’s Day confections are all conveniently located at Amazon and ship free with Amazon Prime. Not yet a Prime member? No worries! You can sign up for a free 30-day trial HERE.

 

And now onto this year’s 2019 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Foodies!

 

Chocolate Gift Set – Chuao Chocolatier Taste the Joy 8 Piece Gift Set – minibars

Let’s kick things off here with this Valentine’s gift-guide and share with you one of my favorite brands of chocolate confections- Chauo! Chauo comes up with some pretty creative flavors of chocolate bars and this gift-set of mini chocolate bars is perfect for gift-giving!

Flavors included in this Chuao Chocolatier Taste the Joy Gift Set includes: Firecracker, Honeycomb, Sprinkle Dreams, Salted Chocolate Crunch, Baconluxious, Spicy Maya, Cinnamon Cereal Smooch, and Potato Chip.

Chocolate Gift Set - Chuao Chocolatier Taste the Joy 8 Piece Gift Set
Chocolate Gift Set – Chuao Chocolatier Taste the Joy 8 Piece Gift Set


Love Berries Chocolate Covered Strawberries – 12 Berries by Golden State Fruit

Oh man, oh man! These chocolate covered strawberries right over here by Golden State Fruit are my true weakness right here! These are similar to Shari’s Berries, which I have had before. Chocolate covered strawberries are the perfect way to a woman’s heart! This Valentine’s Day gift set includes strawberries dipped in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and pink-tinted white chocolate.

 

Love Berries Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Love Berries Chocolate Covered Strawberries


Project 7 Non-Alcoholic Gourmet Cocktail Flavored Gummies (Moscow Mule, Champagne Dreams, Apple Cinnamon Manhattan, and Old Fashioned)

If you know me well then you would know that I am always all about giving new and exciting flavors a whirl! This gourmet gummy-beat variety pack from Project 7 delivers with some unique flavors of cocktails. These gummies are non-alcoholic but are flavored like a Moscow Mule, champagne, a Manhattan, and an Old Fashioned drink.

Project 7 Non-Alcoholic Gourmet Cocktail Flavored Gummies
Project 7 Non-Alcoholic Gourmet Cocktail Flavored Gummies


Godiva Chocolatier Godiva Chocolatier Valentines Day 20pc Rectangular Gift Box

This gourmet chocolate gift-set from Godiva Chocolate includes a little bit of everything. This Valentine’s Day gift box includes milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate.

Godiva Chocolatier Godiva Chocolatier Valentines Day 20pc Rectangular Gift Box
Godiva Chocolatier Godiva Chocolatier Valentines Day 20pc Rectangular Gift Box


Oh! Nuts Chocolate Covered Cookie Gift Baskets, 20 Variety Gourmet Assortment Set Holiday Food Sandwich Cookies

Do you have an Oreo lover in your life? I sure do! My hubby could kill an entire bag of Oreos in one sitting, I am sure of that! My husband, Joe, has a serious Oreo addiction and I know in my heart that this Oh! Nuts gift-set of chocolate covered Oreos would give him pure bliss! This gift box contains an assortment of 20 different chocolate coated Oreo sandwich cookies.

Oh! Nuts Chocolate Covered Cookie Gift Baskets, 20 Variety Gourmet Assortment Set Holiday Food Sandwich Cookies
Oh! Nuts Chocolate Covered Cookie Gift Baskets, 20 Variety Gourmet Sandwich Cookies


Five Star Gift Baskets, Holiday Fruit and Nuts Gift Basket

Ah yes… fruit and nuts is always a winning combo for me and this is a tad bit more on the healthy side of things. This fruit and nuts gift set from Five Star Gift Baskets contains a variety of dried fruits and nuts. Wondering what is inside? Each Valentine’s Day gift set includes the following items Roasted Salted Pistachios Almonds, Papaya, Pineapple, Californian sun-dried Angelina Plumbs, Kiwi, Hot Cajun Mix & Sugar-Glazed Peanuts!

Five Star Gift Baskets, Holiday Fruit and Nuts Gift Basket
Five Star Gift Baskets, Holiday Fruit and Nuts Gift Basket


Cherry Republic Chocolate Cherries – Authentic & Fresh Imperial Chocolate Covered Cherries Straight from Michigan

I hail from Michigan and Michigan is well known for their cherry products. Also, no Valentine’s Day gift guide is complete without some sort of chocolate cherry! These chocolate covered cherries from Cherry Republic include cherries from Michigan. You can order a 1lb bag of a 1/2lb bag. Cherry Republic also has cherries available that are covered in dark chocolate , white chocolate, and milk chocolate.

Cherry Republic Chocolate Cherries - Authentic & Fresh Imperial Chocolate Covered Cherries Straight from Michigan
Cherry Republic Chocolate Cherries – Authentic & Fresh Imperial Chocolate Covered Cherries Straight from Michigan


Popcornopolis Gourmet Zebra Popcorn

I am a huge fan of candy-coated popcorn and this Zebra Popcorn from Popcornopolis does not disappoint! This Zebra Popcorn is white and dark chocolate coated a caramel flavored popcorn. Just imagine for a moment the explosion of flavor that you will get from this!

Popcornopolis Gourmet Zebra Popcorn
Popcornopolis Gourmet Zebra Popcorn



Barnetts Biscotti Cookies Gift Basket

This Barnetts Biscotti Cookies gift set is perfect for the coffee lover in your life. Nothing beats a delicious biscotti cookie dipped in a warm cup of coffee in the morning. There are 20 chocolate covered biscotti cookies in this gift set and they come in six different decadent flavors.

Barnetts Biscotti Cookies Gift Basket
Barnetts Biscotti Cookies Gift Basket


Jelly Belly Valentine Mix Jelly Beans

Wondering what flavors Jelly Belly threw into their Valentine’s Day mix? Here we have bubble gum, coconut, cotton candy, strawberry cheesecake, and very cherry. This is the most perfect mix of Jelly Belly flavors for your sweetheart!

Jelly Belly Valentine Mix Jelly Beans
Jelly Belly Valentine Mix Jelly Beans




Question Time! Who are you shopping for this year for Valentine’s Day? What item(s) from this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide will you be ordering for your loved one? Leave me a comment and let me know what appealed to you!

 



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Trip To Eastern Market & DeVries & Company 1887 – Detroit

If you are local to the Detroit area, chances are you have been to Eastern Market at least once in your life. If you are a foodie like me then chances are you have visited several times. Eastern Market is a bustling area of visitors looking for the best deals on fresh produce, other food items, and flowers. Through Groupon, we have also discovered a miraculous place nestled down there in all of the action, DeVries & Company 1887. We regularly purchase Groupons to get some good bargains there and we went equipped with one yesterday to stock up on some unique foods.

Each and every time you visit Eastern Market it is a different experience because there are different vendors.

Eastern Market & DeVries & Company by Give It A Whirl Girl

Our trip to Eastern Market in Detroit and DeVries & Company 1887

My family of three really values these trips down to the city to explore all of the foods that Eastern Market has to offer. Yesterday it was just my husband and me on a little day-date while my daughter hung out with her friends. Our first stop was DeVries & Company 1887 and we got a wonderful haul there. Then we stopped into the sheds at Eastern Market with our canvas shopping bags and filled those bags up with a plethora of foods. When I come home from these trips I unload my bags and marvel in all of the glory of having these available in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen. My day is always made on these trips and I treasure them in my memory and mind.

There are beautiful murals all over the Eastern Market area
There are beautiful murals all over the Eastern Market area
Eastern Market in Detroit, MI - The home of many food vendors selling produce, meat, cheese, plants, and flowers.
Eastern Market in Detroit, MI – The home of many food vendors selling produce, meat, cheese, plants, and flowers.

First stop – A visit to DeVries & Company 1887

Cheese and Meats at DeVries & Company 1887- What they are best known for

DeVries & Company is a large historic building with three levels of fun finds. Yesterday we only explored the lower level where a majority of the foods are kept. The other two levels are gift shops where you can obtain some neat things.

 

This place is well-known for their cheeses. We have bought some in the past from DeVries & Company 1887 and had a cheeseboard full of them at a Wine & Onesies party and the cheeses were a big hit. There are numerous to choose from here and if you like cheese there is a cheese for everyone that can be located here. Check out their Facebook page to see their cheese offerings which are regularly posted. They also have a variety of interesting meats to pair with your cheeses. You will have the best cheeseboard in town if you stop in here to stock up!

DeVries & Company 1887 - Detroit, MI
DeVries & Company 1887 – Detroit, MI

Not just meats and cheese

DeVries & Company 1887 is more than just a meat and cheese shop. This place is like a little grocery store with gourmet foods and uncommon, specialty food products. Pro tip: grab a Groupon and save some money here. You can get a $50 voucher to shop with for around $20-$25 and get more bang for your buck here.

Balsamic vinegars & oils

If you recently stumbled upon my 100th post on the blog I discussed two different, unique balsamic vinegars used to create a chocolate-raspberry nice-cream. This is the place where you can pick up some bottles of those (there are several to choose from and they are all imported from Italy). There is also a wide variety of various oils by the same brand (Fanchone Gourmet) that you can sample here. You won’t leave empty-handed after trying these out. They all have interesting flavor profiles and they will help take your cooking to the next level. The Meyer Lemon oil was fascinating and I really should have bought that one because that would likely result in the greatest chicken piccata known to man!

A few items that I took home with me

I am a curious eater and I live for the adventure of trying new foods. You all know that. That’s why my blog is titled, “Give It A Whirl Girl”. In the photos below I am letting you see a sneak peek of a few things I took home with me. I am super duper pumped and excited to experience these foods.

Raspberry salsa

I have a major mad addiction to anything raspberry flavored and I couldn’t pass up this Traverse Bay Farms Raspberry Salsa. This was my first time seeing a raspberry salsa so I had to swoop this up! My husband also talked me into bringing home some mango salasa bag of chips from Aunt Nee’s.

Hibiscus sugar

Then I spotted this Mr. Gigglepants Hibiscus Sugar. I was instantly intrigued by this sugar made by Beautiful Briny Sea. It is described as:

A fun, tutti fruitti treat for your cupcakes, French toast, fresh fruit fancy drinks, just about anything that needs a giggle.

I really don’t have a plan for this sugar just yet. It was my big splurge item at DeVrie’s. It was $11 for a 14 oz can. I will figure something out soon though. Maybe I can whip up a batch of cupcakes next week and incorporate Mr. Gigglepants into it.

Root-beer BBQ sauce

Let it be known, I think Guy Fieri is annoying as hell. (insert lols here). I spotted his Root Beer Barbeque Sauce and could not pass it up. I bought it with the intention of making some pulled pork sandwiches with it. Whenever I made pulled pork sandwiches I always cook my pork in root-beer. Sounds weird right? But it is so good!

Our Visit To Eastern Market

Eastern Market in Detroit, MI
Eastern Market in Detroit, MI

When you go to Eastern Market there is a ton of stuff to take in and see all around you. There are tables set up with fresh fruits and vegetables, there are people selling their homemade salsas, honey, fresh pierogi, succulents, and flowers, etc.

There are two different ways to visit Eastern Market. You can arrive early when everything is all set up and available. Or you can arrive mid-afternoon when the vendors are about to close up for the day. They want to sell what they brought with them so you will be walking by and the vendors will be shouting out deals to you. It happened to me yesterday. We came late in the afternoon and I scored some great deals. I got a carton of strawberries for a dollar. I also got some blackberries for a dollar. Those prices sure do beat the local grocery store prices.

I do realize I made a bit of a boo-boo with my photos here. I must have been just vegetable obsessed because I just realized I did not shoot any photographs of fruit and Eastern Market has a huge load of fruit to choose from at really reasonable prices. So I am very sorry about that. Next time I visit I will be sure to snap some photos of fruits.

Ornamental Indian corn at Eastern Market
Ornamental Indian corn at Eastern Market
Bundles of rainbow carrots at Eastern Market
Bundles of rainbow carrots at Eastern Market – I can not leave this place without taking home some purple and white carrots
Beautiful vegetables at Eastern Market
Beautiful vegetables at Eastern Market
Jumbo stalks of Brussels sprouts at Eastern Market
Jumbo stalks of Brussels sprouts at Eastern Market
Purple kale at Eastern Market
Purple kale at Eastern Market – what a gorgeous color and it appears to be so fresh!
Quail eggs and duck eggs for sale at Eastern Market
Quail eggs and duck eggs for sale at Eastern Market – now that is something you do not see every day!
Spice Miser at Eastern Market
Spice Miser at Eastern Market – This vendor is a must-see! Spice Miser offers a huge variety of seasonings and spices. Be sure to take home a bag. I always make sure I bring something home from the Spice Miser.
Mushrooms galore at Eastern Market!
Mushrooms galore at Eastern Market! Many exotic mushrooms to choose from that are grown in Chesterfield, MI. Give and Grow Mushrooms LLC
Give and Grow Mushrooms LLC offers a wide variety of exotic, gourmet mushrooms at Eastern Market
Give and Grow Mushrooms LLC offers a wide variety of exotic, gourmet mushrooms at Eastern Market
This was a first for me! Black garlic but $5 a bulb. I was tempted. Eastern Market - Detroit, MI
This was a first for me! Black garlic but $5 a bulb. I was tempted. Eastern Market – Detroit, MI
Flowers and eggplants at Eastern Market in Detroit, MI
Flowers and eggplants at Eastern Market in Detroit, MI
Fresh and local honey at Eastern Market in Detroit, MI
Fresh and local honey at Eastern Market in Detroit, MI
Pepper obsessed! Eastern Market, Detroit, MI
Pepper obsessed! Eastern Market, Detroit, MI
So much to choose from and great prices on vegetables at Eastern Market
So much to choose from and great prices on vegetables at Eastern Market

Gorgeous little succulents at Eastern Market in Detroit

Be sure to see the murals

There are gigantic murals painted on the buildings all over the Eastern Market area. Be sure to take a stroll around and snap some pics of the art.

Ladies and gentlemen!

Here is my haul from both DeVries & Company 1887 and Eastern Market

As you can see here I have a pretty decent haul from both DeVries and Eastern Market. I love getting home and unloading all of my newly acquired foods. I am already looking forward to my next trip back.

Haul from Eastern Market and DeVries & Company 1887
Haul from Eastern Market and DeVries & Company 1887

Have you ever visited DeVries & Company 1887 in the Eastern Market district? Will you be purchasing a Groupon to shop there?

Have you ever went to Eastern Market in Detroit, MI? What is your best memory? Please share by leaving a comment.

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