"Where the heck are the smoothies?" I yelled at the closest Mini representative I could find (who happened to be the brand's Canadian marketing guy, Marc Belcourt). If there's one thing I've been able to count on every year at Detroit, it's been the Mini smoothies. But no more.
The second-most asked question at Detroit is, "what's new?" The first is, "who's got food?"
I found smoothies eventually. Nissan had them, in banana and strawberry, but they gave editor Richardson more than they gave me. Acura had the best coffee, with a barista that could whip up a Starbucks-quality latte in just a couple of seconds (kudos for the chocolate-covered pretzels, as well). There was refreshing lemonade at Mitsubishi and Saab was serving snacks in the middle of the morning.
For the first time in many years, I found myself upstairs at the Michelin media lounge for lunch. The environment - a giant conference room - wasn't the best, but the wraps were tasty and the cookies seemed freshly-baked. The quiet (compared to the noisy show floor) was a boon as I tried to juggle food in one hand and a blog-posting BlackBerry in the other.