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Thursday, October 5, 2006

The Mind of Matt: Wrapping up Detroit, some newer movies and food

Posted on Thu, Oct 5, 2006 at 4:40 PM

Matt Smith checks in still a little groggy from a big trip to Detroit, but obviously not hungry anymore after a visit to some area restaurants that he recommends:

We caought the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers on Sunday. This game had a 1 p.m. kickoff and Ford Field was packed -- a huge home crowd for a team that just can’t win.   The quarterback, No. 8 Jon Kitna, and the wide receiver, Roy Williams, are good players.  Really, that is all the team has with basically an all-new staff, management and coaching.  Special teams and defense don’t seem to exist here in Detroit, even against the hapless Packers.

The stadium is just sharp. It contains a great team store, new facilities and wonderful selections for food and drinks. This place is far superior to the Kansas City Chiefs or Dallas Cowboys home fields. Those two NFL franchises need new stadiums. The Detroit Lions lose today, but even the fans in the nosebleed sections up at the top appeared to be having fun. The Detroit Tigers – in the MLB playoff race for the first time since 1987 - reside right across the street.

After the game we head down to Brick Town, which now consists mostly of pizza parlors.  Lucky for us Greek Town is just a couple blocks up. The area is dominated by The Greek Town Casino. If you have seen any casino outside of Las Vegas, you have seen them all.  None of them seem to be very different from the others. However, Cyprus Taverna @ 579 Monroe Street is different. I am pleased to report wonderful service and real Greek specialties.

Windsor Canada was our destination for the evening. The casino, an array of gentlemen’s clubs, bars, and taverns dominate this little city.  It is easy to go club hopping up and down the streets. Windsor is good for little else.  They do have a few restaurants, but they aren’t as nice as those found in Detroit.

Now it is time to catch up on films. “Jet Li’s Fearless” is your standard subtitled Chinese martial arts flick. Action abounds, as expected. There are the required slow motion and stop action camera shots. The period piece presents historical clothing and boasts film sets and CGI technical photography that seems to take you back to old China.  The main character – Li’s role – is a true historical figure. He performed feats of legend, so they say. You could skip this one and be ok.

“School For Scoundrels” is a combination of “Rushmore” and “Anger Management.” You have seen this one before. Nothing ground breaking here. Billy Bob Thorton does play the old guy with bad intentions well. He’s good, but not as good as Bill Murray in the same type of role.  This is just fall fill in material.  However, I did like the somewhat twisted ending. The closing of the film was a nice surprise.

“The Guardian” probably got the green light after all of the Katrina film footage with the Coast Guard saving lives in New Orleans. Kevin Costner is fine in his role. I’m expected to buy Ashton Kutcher as an action hero? I just can’t do it. It’s not there. They grabbed some parts of “Top Gun”, mixed in a little “An Officer and a Gentleman,” sprinkled a little
“Annapolis” in to the pot, and BANG – Coast Guard movie. It is good
enough to kill two hours, but don’t expect to be blown out to sea by this one.

“All The Kings Men” was very intriguing to me. I liked it. I know the critics have beaten this film up a little bit. Maybe the original material is just held in such high regard that a remake doesn’t have a chance. I don’t have the answer. I thought the actors did a good job and I got lost in the film. I really escaped in to it for a while. I say see it, with out a preconceived notion of what it should be.  If you can do that, I believe you will like the film.

Now, for a little food close to home, we have Facci’s in Hot Springs. We stopped by in the evening on Sunday 10/01 after a short trip to Tulsa. We had been in Detroit, then Tulsa. It was nice to get back to Hot Springs. The food was fast, hot and cheap. The service was quick. Facci’s is on Central Avenue almost directly across the street from Oaklawn Park.  They have converted a house into a restaurant. This is OK by me! I like the location, and the food. Stop by for something quick and tasty.

Gaucho’s Grill in Little Rock was the destination on Monday 10/02. They have taken over the former Tony Roma's location in west Little Rock. Super! I didn’t like Tony Roma's. I am so glad Gaucho’s is in that location. Eating on Monday night is the way to go, you don’t have to deal with a crowd. This is THE place for any carnivores in your group of friends. All the meat you can eat!  All variety of meat is brought to your table. There was no waiting on
this evening. More food than we can handle is always at our table.

To wrap up this blog, we have Carino’s in North Little Rock. We had lunch there on Tuesday. I love the nachos with all the olives and mushrooms. They have a new steak offering that was just added to the menu. I recommend it. 

I will have some information from Indianapolis this weekend.

“Raine”  -- Matt Smith




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