Last Saturday night, Dave and I enjoyed a lovely evening out in downtown Detroit. First we had dinner at Union Street and then we walked down the street to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to see their Sci-Fi Spectacular with special guest star, George Takei!
We started with a couple of drinks and an appetizer at Union Street. I ordered a lemon drop martini, which was a lot sweeter than the typical lemon drop because of the addition of orange liqueur. Dave ordered a Ds’ “Mar”tini, which is RumChata (which is a mix of cream, rum, and cinnamon), Stoli Chocolate Raspberry vodka, a splash of butterscotch schnapps and a touch of Godiva White Chocolate. Both drinks were very good and I really liked the Ds’ “Mar”tini.
For our appetizer, we ordered the dragon eggs, which I’ve been eying for a while. The dragon eggs are not eggs at all, but chicken breast stuffed with gorgonzola cheese, battered, deep-fried and tossed in Rasta Hot sauce, served on a Caesar salad with mandarin oranges. This was probably the hottest/spiciest thing I’ve ever eaten. Dave said he has had hotter, but not much. I found them totally addictive and was actually thinking about them during Monday’s exercise class. They weren’t exactly what you called “low-cal,” but they were definitely delicious!
For our entrees, Dave ordered the “Gee-Gee” gourmet grilled cheese, made with English Windsor red port wine & brandy cheese, Swiss and provolone cheeses grilled on jalapeno cheddar bread. It was served with a cup of soup and Dave ordered black bean. Our tastebuds were a bit blown out from the Rasta sauce on the dragon eggs, but while the sandwich was good, it wasn’t great. There was nothing wrong with it, it just didn’t wow us. Same goes for the sandwich I ordered, the Monterey Melt, which was guacamole, red onions, Swiss and Cheddar cheeses, tomatoes, baked and served open-faced on jalapeno cheddar bread with sprouts & ranch on the side. I only ate half of it (the dragon eggs were quite filling), but ate all the guacamole from the other half with the chips that came with it. The chips were excellent and made in Southwest Detroit.
We were too full for dessert, but we ordered another round of drinks instead. I ordered the Ds’ “Mar”tini that Dave had tried first and Dave ordered the coffee martini, which is dark creme de caco, Stoli vanilla, Kahlua, and a splash of coffee served in a cinnamon-rimmed martini glass, but we think he actually got the espresso martini instead (Van Gogh double espresso vodka and Kahlua). The service was a bit slow and the place was hopping so we didn’t ask.
I would probably return to Union Street for the dragon eggs and the Ds’ “Mar”tini alone, but then maybe move on to another restaurant for the main course or have the dragon eggs as my entree rather than an appetizer. It was in a perfect location for going to the DSO as the parking garage ($7) for Orchestra Hall is just a 5 minute or less walk from Union Street.
The Sci-Fi Spectacular was awesome! They opened up the show with the main theme from Star Wars, which totally got me all teary-eyed. Star Wars is not only my earliest science fiction related memory, it’s my first movie memory. The orchestra continued with a medley of sci-fi television theme songs which ended up being part of a quiz in the second half to win a lightsaber! They also played the themes from Superman, ET, The Day the Earth Stood Still, among others.
George Takei talked a bit about Orchestra Hall and Star Trek before the orchestra played the original theme including vocals by soprano, Kristen Plumley. They also played the themes for The Next Generation, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine. They finished the who with Dueling Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and the Throne Room/End Credits from Star Wars. It was awesome. The DSO has a couple of other “pop” concerts coming up if you’re interested.