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    CNN has a message to all prospective landlords: Head to Wayne County! Occupancy and rental rates are increasing, the report says, creating an opportunity for serious returns on investments. In fact, after comparing the median sales price of homes to average monthly rents in nearly 1,600 counties, RealtyTrac found that Detroit’s Wayne County offers landlords the best return on their investment in the nation. Investors who buy homes in the metro area can expect a 30% gross annual return from rents. That’s triple the national average of 10%. RealtyTrac, an online real estate information company, says the county offers investors low prices for larger homes — with a median price of $45,000. “We’ve got some steals here,” said Rachel Saltmarshall, a real estate agent and immediate past president of the Detroit Association of Realtors, told CNN. “There’s a six-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot home in a historic district selling for $65,000.” For more, read the entire report here.

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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

    This Saturday, audiophiles across the world will venture out to their favorite independent record stores in search of limited releases that quickly become collectors items. The third Saturday of April marks the fairly new international holiday Record Store Day. There are certainly dos and don’ts to know for RSD — like where to shop, and how to shop. That’s right, there is an etiquette to shopping on Record Store Day and violating that code makes you look like a real asshole. In my experience of celebrating Record Store Day, I’ve seen stores use a few different tactics as far as stocking the special releases. Some establishments will set up a table, somewhere in the store, where a few shoppers at a time can flip through records in a calm and contained manner. Other places will have a similar setup, with all the releases at a table, but shoppers ask the store employees for the releases they want. It’s like a record nerd stock exchange. This process gets loud, slightly confusing and incredibly annoying — this is where elbows start getting thrown. Then, there are places that put the releases on the shelves, usually categorized by size — twelve inches with the twelve inches, seven inches with the seven inches and […]

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

    The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was supposed to be making a triumphant return this year, has been canceled. A statement on the website says that the festival will be back in 2015. Back in November, Ford Field hosted an announcement party for DEMF, where it was revealed that a new DEMF festival would take place at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend. “I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Juan Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.” Not the immediate future, apparently. The DEMF people claim that the M-1 rail construction is partially to blame for the cancellation/12-month-postponement. Read the full statement here. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

    Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh Malerman cover story, first for “Cover Design (Class A)” for our Halloween issue (alongside illustrator John Dunivant), and a second in that same category for our annual Lust issue. In the news categories, our esteemed former news editor and current contributing writer Curt Guyette won third in “General News Reporting” and third in “Best Consumer/Watchdog” – both Class A – for the Fairground Zero and Petcoke Series respectively. Music & Culture Editor Brett Callwood placed third for his Josh Malerman cover story in the “Best Personality Profile (Class A)” category, and former editor Bryan Gottlieb picked up a couple of Class C awards for “Editorial Writing” and “Headline Writing” (third and second, respectively). We were also pleased to learn that our investigative reporter Ryan Felton won first place and an honorable mention for work published while at the Oakland Press. The MT ship is steady now, […]

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  • Detroit’s grand bargain still needs Lansing’s approval

    In this week’s Metro Times we took a look at the state legislature’s role in Detroit’s ongoing bankruptcy — in particular, how it must approve a $350 million pledge for the so-called “grand bargain” to remain intact. And, with last night’s announcement of a significant deal between the city and Detroit’s pension boards and retiree groups, the ball is Lansing’s court now. The new deal, first reported by the Freep, would cut general employees monthly pension checks by 4.5 percent and eliminate their cost-of-living increases. Police and fire retirees would see no cuts to monthly checks, while their cost-of-living increases would be reduced from 2.25 percent to 1 percent. Under the original offer, police and fire retirees cuts were as high as 14 percent, with general retirees as high as 34 percent, that is, if the groups rejected the “grand bargain,” an $816 million proposal funded by foundations, the state, and the DIA to shore up pensions. The sweeter deal for pensions, though, it must be noted, entirely relies on the state legislature approving $350 million for Detroit’s bankruptcy.  And while this broke after Metro Times went to press, that was the focal point of this week’s News Hits column — so, it’s worth repeating: The […]

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  • City Slang: Local releases for Record Store Day on Saturday

    This Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, and there is plenty going on in metro Detroit and Michigan. Of special interest to us is Chiodos’ 7” single “R2ME2/Let Me Get You A Towel,” Mayer Hawthorne & Shintaro Skamoto’s 7” “Wine Glass Woman/In a Phantom,” Chuck Inglish & Action Bronson’s 7” “Game Time,” Chuck Inglish & Chance the Rapper’s 7” “Glam,” Chuck Inglish & Chromeo’s 7” “Legs,” Chuck Inglish, Mac Miller & Ab-Soul’s 7” “Easily,” James Williamson’s 7” “Open Up and Bleed/Gimme Some Skin,” Black Milk’s 12” “Glitches in the Break,” Mayer Hawthorne’s 10” “Jaded Inc.,” Wayne Kramer & the Lexington Arts Ensemble’s 12” “Lexington,” and best of all, Ray Parker Jr.’s 10” “Ghostbusters.” We wrote about James Williamson’s release this week. Go shop. Follow @City_Slang

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Bet on hearts — Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and the good people at the MGM Grand Detroit have you covered. This year two of their restaurants are offering special menus. The newly opened Wolfgang Puck Steak will be treating patrons to a two-course meal for $65, with the main course being your choice of grilled Atlantic salmon or rib-eye steak. For dessert, warm chocolate truffle cake will be served. Reserve your spot at 313-465-1644. If you want to celebrate the big day at their all-you-can-eat Palette Dining Studio, it’s $32, and you can expect to fill up on prime rib and shrimp. For $17 more you can spring for their heart-shaped boxes of chocolate-dipped strawberries. To learn more, see mgmgranddetroit.com.

 

Pan-global coney dogs? — Stow away your unsightly chili-stained T-shirts, weenie lovers — coney dogs are going chic. Nonprofit Detroit Harmonie introduces the Top Chef Detroit Challenge at the third annual International Experience March 23. The competition issues this challenge to our talented local chefs: Redesign the classic coney with ingredients and flavors from around the world in celebration of cultural diversity. The prize? Bragging rights, of course, as well as $10,000 to help further a chef’s career or strengthen Detroit’s food culture. Applications can be submitted at detroitharmonie.com/ie2013/apply until Feb. 8.

 

The test of time — If we enjoy anything more than seeing a new restaurant, it’s seeing an established restaurant stay open. That means they have maintained the quality of their kitchen so well that regular customers keep coming back for more of the same. And that’s the case with Ellie’s Grill, where hardworking owners Jonce and Elica Ilievski, originally from Macedonia, do all the cooking. This week, the small but cheerful neighborhood establishment marks 10 years serving burgers, sandwiches, and Hungarian, Polish and Macedonian specialties. Help the Ilievskis celebrate Ellie’s 10th anniversary by dropping in between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the big day, Jan. 29, at 2033 Coolidge Hwy., Berkley; 248-691-4441.

 

Wine on Woodward — Looking for a way to wind down downtown this week? Stop in at MotorCity Wine, the best wine shop downtown, for a wine tasting in their shop above the Grand Trunk Pub. MotorCity’s stock emphasizes wines that have flavor and character, not expensive price tags, so you could find yourself restocking your cellar after the holidays — without breaking the bank. The pouring starts at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, 608 Woodward Ave, Second Floor, Detroit; 313-483-7283.

 

Big top pop-up — For those seeking a dining experience that’s out of the ordinary, pop-up restaurant Chartreuse will offer a unique dining evening at Detroit Flyhouse Circus School. Dinner will feature four courses of fresh vegan food (including espresso tuile and chocolate tarts) and performances by “beatboxer extraordinaire” Stevie Soul and singer Omar Aragones. Helmed by certified vegan chef Corinne Rice, Chartreuse uses food that is seasonal, organic, local and gluten-free, made to please even the staunchest of food purists. The meal will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 2; tickets are $50 each and available until Jan. 27 at chartreusedetroit.com.

 

Know of any upcoming food events we could help spread the word about? Let us know! Call 313-202-8043 or email mjackman@metrotimes.com

 

Comfort Food Fix:

Feel Good Favorites Made Healthy

by Ellie Krieger

John Wiley and Sons, $29.99

 

Comfort and joy — The mere mention of comfort food conjures images of rich, creamy, saucy foods like mac and cheese, lasagna, braised brisket, crispy fried chicken and pecan pie. Ellie Krieger, host of Cooking Channel’s Healthy Eating, has created recipes that fight obesity while delivering the flavor that is mostly the result of butter and cream and deep-fat frying. How does she do it? By substituting with low-fat milk, whole grains and reduced quantities of butter, and by recommending smaller portions. The nutritional analyses that accompany the recipes show the savings in calories, fat and cholesterol. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

 

Cookies enabled  Cookies are good all year, but there’s a better chance that we’ll be baking them in the winter, to ward off the cold in a warm kitchen. Always on the lookout for convenience, we found these CHEFS Soft Grip Portion and Cookie Scoops that produce uniform dough balls for cookies or batter for muffins and cupcakes. Squeeze the soft, ergonomic handle to activate the blade that scoops out the contents without getting it stuck to your hands (although sucking it off your fingers ain’t all bad). Use them for meatballs, ice cream, melon balls or for composed plate portions of rice or mac and cheese. They’re about $20 at chefscatalog.com.

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