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A Sexy New Venue on the Sunset Strip

They say if you want to test the skill of a chef, ask him or her to make an omelet. I’d add if you want to judge the care a kitchen takes in preparing its dishes, order the calamari. At Rare by Drai’s, a swank, sexy new steakhouse and lounge on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, the calamari is one of the must humble dishes on the menu. But, at a recent press dinner, I couldn’t stop eating it.

The New Cobo Center Unveiled

(Photo credit: Cobo Center)

Guess what? Detroit has a bright, beautiful convention facility, and it’s called Cobo Center. The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority, the remarkably congenial and low-drama board that oversees the center and its $279 million reinvention, hosted an unveiling Saturday night of Cobo’s new Atrium and Grand Riverview Ballroom. Sweeping views of the river; modern, appealing décor; professional staff: Cobo’s now got it all.

Bay Pointe Inn

(Photo: Bay Pointe Inn)

Michigan boasts many high-caliber, large luxury resorts. We can be proud of properties like the Grand Hotel, Shanty Creek Resorts, Mission Pointe, Crystal Mountain and so many others.

But our state also has its share of hidden gems - smaller properties with serene settings and strong attention to customer service.

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