Aug. 24 2016
When I was growing up, my family went on a lot of road trips. We’d go to Harrison to see Grandma and swim in Arnold Lake. Or to Kalamazoo to see my other grandparents — and stop at Sweetwater’s...
Lansing Brewing Co. complements beers with creative menu
Aug. 17 2016
Here, just a stone’s skip from the Grand River, the brewery pumps out brews that are, as the signage states, “best served cold and often.”
Aug. 17 2016
To be clear, the three buck lunch is not on the menu. It’s the name I gave to my favorite lunch combination from the Michigan Avenue pizza joint. The three buck lunch comprises three $1 items: a...
Aug. 10 2016
We designed the Drink, the beverage-based companion to the Dish, to highlight cocktails and mixed drinks. But then I wandered into an Old Town coffee shop and met this sweet thing
City Pulse announces winners of best brunch competition
Aug. 10 2016
With the closing of Clara’s Lansing Station on June 26, mid-Michigan lost one of its most popular brunch locations. That raised a question in our minds: Who has the best brunch in Greater Lansing?...
Make your picnic pop with summer wine pairings
Aug. 3 2016
Nary a gourd can encapsulate the joie de vivre of summer like a watermelon. That juicy, lip-smackingly decadent treat offers palate-cleansing refreshment for a festive summer meal. As far as I’m...
Aug. 3 2016
For a stretch of several years, I didn’t set foot in Midtown Brewing Co. “I can make burgers at home,” I reasoned. “I’m a teetotaler,” I protested. “I don’t...
July 27 2016
I am a craft beer fan and, if you’ll permit me this brag, I have been on the bandwagon longer than most
City Pulse launches Best Brunch Contest
July 20 2016
Brunch is a juicy portmanteau word for a glorified late breakfast — usually a big one, leaving you stuffed full of pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, eggs and an infinitely variable smorgasbord of...
July 20 2016
Cajun cuisine has slowly made its way into Lansing and there’s no better place to start ranking it than with the original home wrecker, Jumbeaux
July 20 2016
Meet the Jaws Roll from Maru Sushi & Grill. See that massive cut curving above the plate like a Flintstones bronto rib? That’s a kama (collar bone cut) from a yellowtail hamachi, a large fish used...
Cold brewing offers summer options for coffee drinkers
July 13 2016
For centuries, Americans have made coffee in more or less the same way: running boiling water through ground coffee beans. But a growing number of coffee makers and boutique coffee houses are offering...
July 13 2016
The Vault Delicatessen named its T.N.T sandwich after a former employee of the Mason eatery. I prefer to imagine that it’s named after late, great jazz musicians Thelonious Monk, Nat Adderley and...
Finding wines that will last until your child’s 21st birthday
July 6 2016
A question frequently asked in wine shops goes something like this: “My son/ daughter was born in 1995. Do you have any wines from that year for his/her 21st birthday?” Unfortunately, that...
July 6 2016
I finally found an excellent chicken gyro a few years ago at the State Side Deli in Okemos. The most clutch move here is very basic but so important —toasting the pita bread. You don’t realize...
June 29 2016
Several people had told me that the food at Black Cat Bistro was really good, but once I heard about the café’s selection of specialty bloody marys, I knew I had to investigate. The bar’s...
Looking for local style in the barbecue scene
June 29 2016
Across the U.S., especially in the South, the idea of barbecue takes on different forms from region to region, as each area has its own idea of what kind of meat should be smoked, how to smoke it and how...
June 22 2016
I sat in East Lansing’s Sapporo Ramen & Noodle Bar the other day, watching others deftly lead their chopsticks while I fiddled and fumbled and failed to get my chopsticks onto the dance floor. That’s...
June 22 2016
The first time someone told me I need to go to that new place, HopCat, and try the Crack Fries, I gave a noncommittal, "Eh, yeah, maybe." The second and third time, I considered going. By the seventeenth...
June 15 2016
Both the sandwich and the north Lansing diner are named after the late Mijo Kovac, a Croatian immigrant who came to Lansing in the 1970s in hopes of landing a job at GM. Instead, he ended up owning and...

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