Thursday, December 3, 2015

2015 - Black Friday Summary

Duration: 2 days (US Thanksgiving weekend, left on Thursday afternoon and returned on Saturday evening)
Cost: $156.83 for accommodations (we had one night free), $20 USD + $42 CAD for gas, food was roughly $17 USD per person per meal.
Distance Driven: 1,138 km (approximate).

Highlights (in no particular order):

Bronner's CHRISTmas Store, while I was a little disappointed by the store itself, I think it is definitely worth visiting if you are in the area. While I knew walking in that it would be a massive store dedicated to Christmas, by the end I felt like 'this is it?', without actually knowing why it disappointed me. Don't let my unknown disappointment deter you from visiting however because I think it is a must see even if you aren't into Christmas since the store has ornaments that I would have never imagined like s'mores, melted snowmen and more.

Me by Santa and some reindeer.
Clocks and nut crackers.
More ornaments!
Christmas Tree.
Frankenmuth Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, while we stumbled upon this, I thought that this was a nice way to end our trip. You can approach this in one of two ways. One method is to just arrive about one hour after the candlewalk or you can participate in the candlewalk which eventually gets you to the Christmas tree. The ceremony started at roughly 7:00pm on Thanksgiving Day where a bunch of people gather around the tree and sing Christmas carols and end with God Bless America before lighting up the tree. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

Frankenmuth Christmas Tree.
Lowlights (in no particular order):

Nothing in particular was a disappointment for this trip.

Must try food places:

SugarHigh Bakery, we stumbled upon this cupcake shop while we were wandering Frankenmuth and with the crowd that I saw inside the shop, I thought that we should stop by and I'm glad that we did. They were the winner of season 7 of Cupcake Wars and I can see why. They had a wide variety of cupcakes and they mark the ones that they used to win Cupcake Wars so that you can try those if you like, otherwise there are some classic ones like Red Velvet, and more. You can get 1 cupcake for $3.50 USD or 4 for $12 USD. Worth a stop in my opinion if you are in the area and don't be scared off by the price since they are jumbo cupcakes and I would say that they are as large if not larger than most muffins.

Clockwise from top left to bottom left, Toxic Lemon Lime, Red Velvet, Turtle Power, Samoa
Tiffany's, if you want pasta, you should stop by here and give it a try. The restaurant gets very busy and the quality of the food is probably the reason why. The price is good and I thought that the food was very good and I'm glad that we came here and will make sure to visit again in the future if we are in the area.

French onion soup on the left, salad on the right included with our pasta entrees.
Ravioli on the left and portobello chicken marsala on the right.
Banh Mi Shop, this was one that we had concerns with given where it is (Strathroy, Ontario), but I am glad that we stopped by and if you are in the area, you can't go wrong. We ordered the 3 lil pigs banh mi and the grilled pork vermicelli and we thought they were both really good. Give them a try if you are in the area.

3 lil pigs banh mi.
Grilled pork vermicelli.
What would I change?

Allison said that we should probably switch up the route and go to Great Lakes Crossing first on the Thursday and Birch Run on the Friday in the future and I agree. Given that Frankenmuth is near Birch Run, it didn't make sense for us to drive that route twice instead of going to Birch Run and then Frankenmuth afterwards.

Until our next trip!