I went to Windsor over New Year's. Yeah, I know Windsor, right? It was with the intention of attending the Winter Classic and we all know how that turned out.
I enjoy Windsor as a whole, as I have been there five times in last four years for 2-4 jaunts. I like being able to go to Detroit for pro sports, while staying on the safer, cleaner Canadian side. This time I watched a Lions and Pistons game. Ford Field is awesome! The Palace of Auburn Hills, though, well, it's not worth the drive from Windsor (or Detroit for that matter).
I did get to watch some hockey while in Windsor on this trip. The Windsor Spitfires played the Plymouth Whalers in a spirited game at the spectacular WFCU Arena. Curiously, the WFCU Arena is not on TA for an attraction to rate. That should change!
The food on my trip was awesome. I tried the Coney dog challenge in Detroit at Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island. Also had some of the best BBQ I ever ate at Slow's BBQ. Awesome!! Go out of your way to eat here. it's that good!
While in Windsor, I had excellent food as well. I ate at Mazaar on New Year's Eve. Awesome does not begin to describe the food here! I also ate at Palenque, a small Mexican restaurant on the north side. Excellent and reasonably priced Mexican, which in itself is difficult to find.
I did notice that Windsor seemed to be hurting a little more this time versus the last time I was there. I went through Little Italy and the roads were not plowed. Roads, let alone the sidewalks. That is not good business. I was surprised to see that on this side of the border. The legal implications alone would make one think that it would not be good for the City of Windsor to allow for such poor upkeep of the roadways.
I am slowly getting my reviews up on this mini-trip, which also included short stops in Port Huron, Sarnia, Innerkip and London. Please enjoy, if interested. Now that the NHL has settled the Lockout, I now have next year to look forward to the Winter Classic and yet another trip down the 401 for some good food and good times.