Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Retired in Ann Arbor: On the road!

Sometimes Ann Arbor is hard to leave-- especially when the weather is beautiful, and there are so many fun things to do here in the summer.  But....  one of the great parts of being retired is the ability to wander the world, taking in new experiences.  Sometimes when I'm quiet for a bit here on the blog, I have been "on the road"-- and now I have decided to share some of these great destinations with you.

Wonder where we go when we're not at home in Ann Arbor?   
To see some photos from a few trips that we have taken, check out
And if I'm missing great events here in Ann Arbor, drop me a note-- and you can be a guest blogger!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Retired in Ann Arbor: Farmer's market on Wednesday morning

 Wednesdays are perfect days to go to the Ann Arbor Farmer's market in the summer.  There are fewer vendors, but there are also fewer shoppers, so it is less hectic.  And one of the luxuries of being retired, is that we get to go twice a week, allowing us to live like Parisians-- buying only the freshest food, to be eaten that day.

What a life.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Retired in Ann Arbor: Sabor Latino

The other day we were running an errand downtown, and since it was lunch time, we headed down to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants:  Sabor Latino.

I like the basic items best, so went for my usual (cheese enchilada $2.50 and side of guacamole $4.50).  It was delicious and filling, and if you can forgo the margueritas, it's one of the cheapest lunches around.  (Although sometimes when you're retired, it's kind of fun to have a drink at lunch and know that you don't have to go back to work and sit in meetings, feigning interest.)   What could be better?

What do you think?  Lunch marguerita or not?  Vote in comments!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Retired in Ann Arbor: Grillin' 2012!

Dedicated grillers and food servers

Zingerman's brownies and gelato.
Kids enjoying the music
Each year, we try to attend the Grillin' event,  a benefit for Food Gatherers-- an amazing local organization that is the lead agency in this area for hunger relief.  Although this is one of the more expensive things to do in the summer in Ann Arbor, ($50/ticket)-- $40 of each ticket is tax deductible, so we are happy to pay it each year.

This year, nearly 48,000 people will receive food thanks to the food donors, financial supporters and 6,000 volunteers involved with this cause.

The Appleseed Collective

The Washtenaw County fairground is the location for this great event, that includes food, beer and wine, kid's arts and crafts and games, live music, and a silent auction.

Sunday was a warm, sunny day-- a perfect time to head to the fairground, drink some Arbor Brewing beer, enjoy some music from local bands, and support this worthy cause.   And of course, since Zingerman's is such a large presence in this event, the volunteers are always very efficient and friendly.

What a great day for a picnic!
"The Gel-ottery" auction item from Zingerman's
"Mix it up!"  KitchenAid mixer and gift collection