#16: The Art of Coney Dogs

Author Karen Dybis joins us on this episode with some incredible locations of Detroit, a virtual tour of the city, but most importantly what the best food is and where to find it.

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Drink of the Day

This episode’s drink is the Detroit classic Brownie Caramel Cream Root Beer, by Orca Beverage Inc. You can find this drink in Albertsons or Cracker Barrel.

Guest Spotlight

You can find Karen’s author profile and more information about her books here on Goodreads. Karen’s books include:

  • The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres & Detroit’s Infamous 1930s Murder Mystery
  • Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit’s Best Chip
  • The Ford-Wyoming Drive-In: Cars, Candy & Canoodling in the Motor City
  • Secret Detroit: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

Karen hosted a personal tour with Detroit History Tours called “Secret Detroit: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure,” based on the novel of the same name.  Here you can see Hamtramck Stadium, one of the last Negro League ballparks still in existence, Fisher Mansion, and Belle Isle.  While most landmarks and destinations from her book are easily-accessible, her must sees would include Lincoln Street Art Park, True North, and The Schvitz Detroit.

Karen’s Top 5 things to see in Detroit for first-time visitors:

  1. Detroit Institute of Arts
  2. The Guardian
  3. Third Man Records
  4. Belle Isle
  5. Fort Wayne

To find out more about Karen, you can visit her website, instagram, or twitter.

Food Favs

We take our food seriously here at GoneTrippin and with Karen’s next book about a chef, we had plenty to talk about and discuss. Detroit, in particular, is known for three kinds of food:

  1. The Coney Dog.
  2. Super Deep Dish Detroit Pizza.
  3. Potato Chips.

There may be a rivalry between American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island, but only American will ship you a Coney Dog kit. If you’re looking for a new hot dog, try Kowalskis, locally made in Detroit. Buddy’s Pizza can give you the authentic Detroit Deep Dish taste, while Duly’s Place was a favorite of the late Anthony Bourdain.

Movie Madness

This episode is a little light on the movie references, but we made up for it in food discussion. The movies that were lucky enough to be mentioned are:

  • Fletch, starring Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
  • Fletch Lives, starring Chevy Chase, Hal Holbrook, and Julianne Phillips
  • Peaky Blinders, starring Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, and Helen McCrory
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell
  • 8 Mile, starring Marshall Mathers (Eminem) and Brittany Murphy

Bucket List

It’s not possible just to stay in one city for an entire episode, so here’s a few places that should be on your bucket list in addition to the great Detroit:

Unfortunately, Kellogg’s Museum in Battlecreek, Michigan, is no longer open.  It closed permanently in 2007.

Random Tidbits

This past week we held a photo challenge over on our Instagram account to see all of your waterfall shots! Check out the entries here and the winners can be found in this post. Look out for our next photo challenge by following @gonetrippinpodcast on Instagram!

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