May 14 2014
It was as if I had stumbled into the culinary equivalent of a “Seinfeld” episode. You know, the famous break-up episode, where the breaker-upper tells George, “It’s not you, it’s...
May 14 2014
The first time I went to Persis, my dining companion and I stopped in to try the $9.99 weekday lunch buffet. It was a bit later than the standard noon hour and the restaurant was virtually empty. We were...
World-class sommelier’s Pinot Noirs are pure enchantment
May 7 2014
What happens when Emmanuel Kemiji, a world-class sommelier, establishes a winery and gains access to fruit from California´s most highly regarded Pinot Noir vineyards? Miura Vineyards happens
Pizza entrepreneur wants to mobilize food carts in north Lansing
April 30 2014
Mobile food carts are the ronin of the dining world: Rootless, solitary creatures, easily transportable to “hot” locations, good at getting a job done and then disappearing when the mission’s...
Dimondale diner does breakfast right, with a side of quirky
April 9 2014
It’s said that a small town lacking a social hub is in danger of becoming a ghost town. Bars often serve as this social glue, sometimes schools or churches
Amended Michigan liquor code allows customers to bring wine to restaurants
April 2 2014
You walk into a restaurant, intending to order a nice bottle of wine with dinner. You check out the wine list, but can’t convince yourself to spend $35 for a wine you recently purchased for $12 at...
Reality show contest will give new local eatery free space in Lansing Mall
March 19 2014
It’s been a few years since Hugh Jackman and his boxing robot thrust mid-Michigan into the national spotlight — yes, that was Mason City Hall playing a bit part in “Real Steel.”...
March 12 2014
The farm-to-table movement is so prevalent that it risks becoming a cliché. Who knows? Our local McDonald’s may one day brag about free-range Chicken McNuggets raised on a McFarm in McEaton...
March 12 2014
When I went to Sexton High School, we had an hour for lunch and everyone was allowed to leave campus. We would frequent the food court in the Lansing Mall, all of the fast food places on West Saginaw and...
New Lansing ‘micro-roastery’ keeps the focus on coffee beans
March 5 2014
Thursday, Mar. 5 — For some people, enjoying a fresh cup of joe is more than pressing the brew button on a coffeemaker — it’s a daily sacrament. For those who take their coffee seriously,...
Gastropub chain a good fit for downtown East Lansing
Feb. 12 2014
If you doneuro;t go much for beer, my advice is to go to HopCat anyway. With close to 100 beers on tap, thereeuro;s a good chance youeuro;ll find a beer that appeals. If youeuro;re a complete teetotaler,...
Sampling the new releases from renowned French wine region
Feb. 5 2014
The Rhône Valley of Southeast France, named for the river with headwaters in the Swiss Alps, winds its way into France and then bisects the valley for 250 miles on its path to the Mediterranean Sea....
Mason craft brewery finds success in experimentation — just don’t come hungry
Jan. 29 2014
Giving your business an off-kilter name could turn out to a mark of ironic genius — Hooters and Fuddruckers laughed all the way to the bank with tongue-in-cheek monikers — but to call your...
MSU Student Organic Farm project lets pigs be pigs
Jan. 22 2014
It’s a little-known fact that pigs, like birds, build nests for their young. “This is what they want to do when they give birth,” said Laurie Thorp, a professor in Michigan State University’s...
Pleasant surprises await at low-key Haupei
Jan. 15 2014
Everybody loves RaySome folks will take one look at Huapei Restaurant and keep going. Its inconspicuous location next to a shuttered Shell gas station is one reason. Its exterior appearance, which...
Annual farmer fizz evaluation back with new picks for 2014
Jan. 9 2014
Sparkling wine is made in virtually every wine-producing region, but Champagne is made only in the Champagne region of Burgundy, France. Champagne can be made from a single grape variety or a combination...
A look back at healthy eating choices in the Lansing area
Dec. 26 2013
It’s been an exciting year for local food and agriculture, adding to the impressive progress that’s been made over the last decade
Dec. 18 2013
Woody Allen famously said he hated reality, “but it’s still the best place to get a good steak.”
Dec. 18 2013
When I went to Capital Prime recently, I was impressed with the makeover the restaurant has undergone since converting into a steakhouse from its previous in carnation, Bar 30. The walls are a deep, smoky...
Annual arrival of French specialty wine a treat for both newcomers and connoisseurs
Dec. 4 2013
The anticipated annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived. Beaujolais Nouveau is always the first press from the annual French harvest, and by French law, it cannot be released until the third Thursday...

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