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Tour The World With These ‘Quick Trips’ in Metro Detroit

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France

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The non-profit school and cultural center Alliance Française de Detroit, French Institute of Michigan, offers French courses for all ages and skill levels, as well as corporate courses for professional groups. The Farmington Institute also hosts cultural events such as social gatherings, cooking classes, and lectures by artists, authors, and other notable French figures.

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T.Head to Chez Pierre et Genevieve in Bloomfield Hills for some authentic French baked goods. This cozy bakery sells freshly baked bread, including rye, sourdough, baguette, olive bread, and walnut bread, as well as wieners such as croissants and brioche.

Those who long for something sweeter can pick up one of the creations of the French master baker Matt Knio at one of his locations in the Cannelle Patisserie in Detroit or Birmingham. But be warned – there you’ll be faced with a vast array of artfully made baked goods, from fruity tarts and creamy eclairs to delicate madeleines and buttery croissants.

Caribbean

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The Caribbean Cultural and Carnival Organization holds the Detroit Caribbean Cultural Festival every year to give the city an island flair. The festival lasts for three days in the summer and visitors can take Zumba and salsa classes, attend live shows with local and international artists, and try different types of Caribbean food. The organization also hosts the Miss Carnival Pageant, Metro Detroit’s only Caribbean pageant.

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The family-owned Fatou African Caribbean market in Ypsilanti sells a wide variety of foods, mostly from West Africa, including goat meat, cow’s feet, strips of beef, red snapper, mackerel, tamarind / coconut juice and plantain chips. It also contains health and beauty items like African black soap and cocoa butter.

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Norma G’s takes Caribbean food to the next level. This full-service food truck restaurant serves authentic dishes like curry, jerk chicken, oxtail, and fried plantains in Detroit.

Japan

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The Japan Gallery of the Detroit Institute of Arts has a large collection of traditional works as well as contemporary pieces. The gallery includes robes from the classical Japanese dance drama Noh Theater, 17th-century samurai clothing, and classic Japanese tea goods.

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A world market in Novi is considered the largest Japanese grocery store in Michigan. It offers a wide variety of fresh sushi, mochi, Japanese cosmetics, Japanese cookware, and other imported goods.

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Bash Original Izakaya iA pub-style Japanese restaurant in Detroit with a variety of sushi options for both take and eat. Enjoy the signature sushi roll with shrimp tempura, crab salad and cucumber topped with white tuna, jalapeno, spicy mayonnaise and other sauces. The Chef’s Choice Combo offers 10 different types of sushi (at the chef’s discretion) as well as a tuna roll or a California roll of your choice. The dark and relaxed ambience makes this an excellent place to enjoy other menu items, such as the takoyaki, a deep-fried squid ball with bonito flakes, or the ton katsu, a deep-fried pork chop served with rice.

Brazil

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The Brazilian Day Street Festival is an annual event in Detroit that celebrates everything Brazilian. This family-friendly festival features samba dancing, music, traditional food, and vendors selling Brazilian products. Similar to the famous Brazilian Carnival, this colorful and lively experience brings the world-famous street party right into the heart of Detroit.

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Visit to stock up on Brazilian food and cooking ingredients International Food Inc. in Sterling Heights. This family-run grocery store stocks Brazilian beef, cheese, and snacks, among other things.

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Chef Andre Leite’s bakery is a hidden gem for delicious Brazilian pastries. This Shelby Charter Township bakery offers a mix of savory and sweet pastries. Here you will find baked goods filled with ground beef, strawberry or Nutella cream. Padaria also has Brazilian drinks and coffee on deck.

Germany

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There is no better way to experience local German culture than a quick day trip to Frankenmuth, about an hour north of Detroit. This famous travel destination is called “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” and offers authentic German restaurants like the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and The Harvest Coffeehouse. You can also enjoy activities like the Bavarian Festival and Oktoberfest, both highly anticipated annual events, and learn about the city’s German heritage at the Frankenmuth Historical Museum.

The German-American Cultural Center (GACC) has been a staple in the preservation of German heritage and cultural achievements in Metro Detroit for seven decades and is now located in Sterling Heights.

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Nestled in Shelby Charter Township is Nitsches Meat & Deli Shoppe, revered for its selection of authentic German dishes. This family-owned fresh meat market has existed for more than 40 years and specializes in artisanal butchers. Here you will also find dumpling mixes, salad dressings, baked goods and chocolate bars with peppermint and marzipan filling.

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Metzger’s German restaurant in Ann Arbor serves German craft beer in a European atmosphere. You can also try traditional German dishes like rouladen (rolled beef stuffed with onions, spices, and other hearty ingredients). The Dakota Inn Rathskeller in Detroit is a German bar that has been around for almost 90 years. Enjoy German craft beer, Bavarian pretzels, and potato pancakeso pancakes with applesauce).

Peru

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The Latin American market in Pontiac sells traditional Latin American products, including Peruvian products such as Crema de Ají (Peruvian pepper sauce), Inca Kola, and Huacatay (Peruvian black mint).

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Ferndale’s Culantro serves popular Peruvian dishes like aji de gallina, a classic made of shredded chicken in a creamy yellow sauce of walnuts and amarillo peppers and served over rice. Other favorites include plantain and yuca fries, ceviche, and flan. Wash it all down with the Chicha Morada, a Peruvian sangria-like cocktail made from pineapple, apple, cinnamon, and cloves. Or, for a truly authentic indulgence, try a can of the Peruvian staple Inca Kola.

India

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At the weekend, the Bharatiya Hindu Temple in Troy opens to visitors who want to experience Hindu rites and worship services. After observing the opulent art and architecture of the grand temple for yourself, browse the hotel’s gift gallery for spiritual figures and home decor.

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Troys Sanskriti Fashions is a popular boutique for men, women and children. In addition to its inventory of bright and ornate robes, the store offers tailoring, remodeling, and henna services.

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Neehee’s Indian street food restaurant was founded by a local family with roots in Gujrat, India. Now a popular Midwestern chain with locations in Troy and Canton, Neehee’s offers a staggering 150 authentic dishes like paneer chili and pani puri – a classic Indian street food with a potato and chickpea filling and a crispy, fried crust. The menu also includes a variety of vegan and gluten-free options.

Bangladesh

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Bangladesh Avenue is the affectionate name given to the thriving Bangladeshi community in Hamtramck on the section of Conant Avenue between Davison and Harold Streets. There are dozens of Bangladeshi businesses and restaurants in the area, including a clothing store called Maloncho Fashion, Reshmi Sweets and Cafe, and an Asian grocery store called Niaz Bangla Bazar.

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Every Saturday from June 1st to November 2nd, visit the Banglatown Farmers Market in Detroit for deals on fresh, organic products from Bangladesh as well as a variety of dried condiments.

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Aladdin Sweets and Cafe was the first Bangladeshi restaurant to establish itself in the thriving Hamtramck ethnic community. The menu includes dal puri, a dish made from onion fritters dipped in batter and deep-fried.

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