Wines selections for busy parents
Sept. 2 2015
The traffic on East Lansing’s main drag has picked up a notch or two in the last few weeks, which means we’re nearing the end of summer and the beginning of MSU’s fall semester....
Herbal Solutions offers wide variety, high quality
Aug. 26 2015
The front of downtown Ypsilanti’s Herbal Solutions features a large glass window with a basic neon “open” sign and the business’ name and address. It blends in well with...
From Nola to 'Nam
Aug. 19 2015
Pho-nomenal In 1968, I hitchhiked with a girl named Kelly from East Lansing to south Lansing. It was winter, it was late, and we didn’t care. We were on a quest for the most exotic food I’d...
Glazed and Confused creates a buzz opening week
Aug. 18 2015
When owner Pete Counseller opened Glazed and Confused Wednesday, he knew his doughnut focused bakery would fill a niche in the downtown Lansing food scene. “Downtown needed a bakery — especially...
The Provision Center serves Grand Rapids’ medical marijuana
Aug. 12 2015
I often hear patients say that they drive over an hour to Lansing to find a medical marijuana provisioning center (dispensary), particularly patients who live on the west side of the state....
Picking the best wines for your summer escapades
Aug. 5 2015
There are some valuable lessons to be learned about summertime booze consumption. First, glass is not your friend. You probably want to spend most of construction season outside, appreciating whatever...
July 15 2015
“Sixty years ago, I bellied up to the bar at Ed’s and had my first legal drink. As I recall, it was a $0.15 draft that came with a chunk of pickled bologna, a hard-boiled egg and some saltines....
July 15 2015
Since Paul Revere’s Tavern unceremoniously slammed its doors last summer, breaking hearts from Okemos to Grand Ledge, the pizza game in this town has been weak. So it was with a certain amount of...
July 9 2015
Restaurants are ranked in order, based on votes from our 2015 Top of the Town contest
Budget-friendly wines for weekend grilling
July 1 2015
It was a rough ride on the way to finding the ideal style of wine to pair with a hot dog, but a proper experiment needs to accumulate a large enough sample size. First you start with the correct gear:...
June 17 2015
There’s a little Italian restaurant we visit whenever we’re in Las Vegas. The food ranges from OK to not bad. But we keep coming back to Battista’s Hole in the Wall for the décor...
June 17 2015
Last month, the boyfriend and I went up north. We rode our bicycles, we ate ice cream and salt water taffy and at a lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula he proposed to me with his great-grandmother’s...
Michigan farmers markets grow on new ideas and old-world dirt
June 10 2015
A bumper crop of farmers markets is spreading across Michigan, ranging in size from Detroit’s bustling, 4.5-acre Eastern Market to the dozen-and-a-half booths of the tiny Bath market just north of...
June 10 2015
2015 Farmers Market Summer Guide Market Selection Key: (P) Produce, (O) Organic, (D) Dairy, (M) Meat, (FH) Fish, (PF) Prepared Food, (C) Crafts, (DG) Dry Goods, (BG) Baked Goods, (IG)...
June 10 2015
Each summer brings changes to the local farmers markets. New vendors arrive, older vendors retire, some vendors seek greener pastures — metaphorically speaking — at different markets. In addition...
South Lansing Burmese restaurant reopens after weeklong shutdown
June 10 2015
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 — Eight days after being shut down by the health department for having no running water, Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant is scheduled to reopen on Friday
Vine & Brew taps into Lansing’s growing wine appetite
June 3 2015
Like a metaphorical grapevine snaking through the trellis of our culture, a new level of wine knowledge is creeping into our everyday lives. Where wine tasting used to be reserved for the snobbiest segments...
Highlights and values from Northern Michigan’s wine region
June 2 2015
Northern Michigan in the summer is prime Instagram material. The Grand Traverse Bay area is an embarrassment of riches, with views for days. The restaurant scene is adventurous and diverse, and the wineries...
The infinite variety of wine pairings
June 2 2015
Snobs will tell you that wine pairings are a delicate matter. They are not. Wine, in general, goes with everything. Every wine goes with every other thing. All you have to do is plug away, like an old...
Exploring career options in the wine industry
June 2 2015
The coasts don’t understand Michigan. Many don’t know — or don’t care — that it’s not all rust belt and ruin porn here. Hyperbole aside, the two peninsulas have had...