Food & Drink

Gallery: Detroit's New Snack Camp Treats Are Too Adorable to Eat -- Almost

September 18, 2019, 2:49 PM

A two-week old cafe in Detroit's West Village neighborhood makes small, stylish treats as cute as its name -- Snack Camp.

Baguette slices with tapenade toppings and Colavita Balsamic Vinegar of Modena are a Detroit version of Italian cicchetti served at Venice bacari (wine bars). (Photos: Facebook)

It's the imaginative creation of Vanessa Loftis-Canich and Mike Canich, globe-trotters who've traveled through Asia and Europe. Their cozy Van Dyke Avenue shop is an effort "to turn people on to things that have become our favorite things," she tells Metro Times digital editor Sonia Khaleel.

"That's really what it is — it's things that we've discovered along the way and inspiration that we've picked up, and trying to bring it to other people's attention. . . .

"We are trying to bring things to Detroit that are not here," Vanessa says. "To be blunt, I'm just tired of seeing burgers and coneys and tacos. I just really would love to see more diversity here with food."

The couple, who're each 47 and live in the Woodbridge area, show some of Snack Camp's camera-ready selections on Facebook. Eight examples are below, some with their descriptions.

Plan a visit

  • Where: 1464 Van Dyke Ave., two blocks north of East Lafayette between Agnes Street and Coe Avenue

  • Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday

  • Phone: (313) 420-8047

  • Facebook page

Menu gallery:

"Lunch for you," the owners post Wednesday. From left: Currywurst (bratwurst with sweet-andf-spicy ketchup curry sauce) and fries, salmon onigiri (Japanese snack with rice), two cicchetti at top and a vegan Sloppy Joe.

Hong Kong Toast is bread made with peanut butter and condensed milk.

"Yes, these cookies taste like watermelon," the owners say.

These sugar cookies look more appealing than the team whose logo decorates them.

If there were such a thing as chocolate overload, these brownie-wiches might qualify.

Oh wow, man -- these trippy hearts bring on a '60s flashback.

Festively frosted cupcakes fit any celebration, or can create one.

"A few of the premium teas we carry. Kusmi Russian & French Tea Co. was founded in 1867, and Whittard of Chelsea, UK, was founded in 1886."



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