Dec. 31 2014
If I’m to pick an area restaurant of the year, I’ll choose one that still has a pulse (hats off for you, Fork in the Road). In fact, latest reports tell me that the Naing Family Restaurant...
Dec. 31 2014
In 2014, my favorite local restaurants remained my favorites, including Tavern 109 in Williamston, the State Room in East Lansing, and Maru in Okemos. Of course, I added more to my list, but I also found...
Sultan's delivers authentic Middle Eastern Dining experience
Dec. 17 2014
It’s safe to say you can’t fully appreciate a culture until you can appreciate its cuisine. My appreciation of Middle Eastern cuisine is a work in progress
Sparkling wine recommendations for the holidays and beyond
Dec. 3 2014
In the video for his 2006 song, “Show Me What You Got,” Jay-Z is presented with a bottle of Cristal at a poker table only to dismiss it in favor of a gold bottle of Ace of Spades, aka Armand...
Harry's place adds Greek flair to traditional bar and grill fare
Nov. 12 2014
Urban revival cuisine It’s not much of a stretch to say that Harry’s Place grew up alongside the American automobile. Since the early 1920s, this watering hole on Lansing’s west side...
Sharing, swapping in exchange for commerce grows subculture
Nov. 5 2014
It felt like the meeting of a secret club as participants followed the shelter signs into the basement of downtown Lansing’s Capital Area District Library. In a large storage room, the walls were...
New group unites mid-Michigan foodies
Oct. 28 2014
If you’ve been eager to share your treasured peanut butter brownies with a wider audience, you’ll have the opportunity to do so at the Mid-Mitten Homemade Food Swap, an event debuting Saturday
How to eat healthy without breaking the bank
Oct. 28 2014
One of the biggest problems about trying to eat healthy — after figuring out what exactly “eating healthy” means — is the added cost. After all, it’s cheaper to eat fast food...
Inside and out at Williamston's Riverhouse Inn
Oct. 8 2014
Tap-dancing taste buds Dining out has its distinct pleasures, especially when it literally means dining out. Given a perfect evening, there are few al fresco dining spots in Greater Lansing to match...
Sept. 10 2014
There is a love story unfolding in South Lansing. I’ve only glimpsed the plot, but I don’t know the characters’ names and haven’t the foggiest how it will all turn out. If it doesn’t...
Sept. 10 2014
Let’s get the discussion about Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant’s location out of the way — it’s not great. As a lifelong Lansingite, there aren’t many areas of the city that...
A look at the winners of the 2014 Michigan Wine Competition
Sept. 3 2014
The 37th Annual Michigan Wine Competition was held last month at East Lansing’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. It was the most recent iteration of an event whose genesis was the Michigan State...
Aug. 13 2014
Memo to the owners of Black Cat Bistro: Check to see who prepared the food at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. Specifically, who prepared the asparagus tartar, the peanut crusted goat cheese fritters,...
Aug. 13 2014
First, the bad: The website looks like it’s only half-developed and doesn’t list prices. You’ve got to pay for parking in downtown East Lansing. And it’s pricy — I’m...
Old Mission Peninsula wineries provide world-class vintages
Aug. 6 2014
Last month I reviewed recent winery additions on Leelanau Peninsula. A few miles away, across the West Bay, lies the equally picturesque Old Mission Peninsula, a narrow, rolling finger of land: 19 miles...
Mid-Michigan brewery gets national attention with History Channel reality show
July 30 2014
Spirits were high last Sunday at Dark Horse Brewing Co. in Marshall. Beneath a ceiling full of dangling beer mugs, families ate lunch at the high-top tables and couples sat at the bar quaffing craft beer....
How the rise in gluten-free dining options helps more than just celiac sufferers
July 16 2014
You may have noticed the term “gluten-free” sneaking into restaurant menus and choices for the items at the grocery store in the past few years. Given the small percentage of Americans (about...
July 9 2014
There are few things I like better than a slightly crisped, lightly greasy corn tortilla wrapped around a fragrant, flavorful protein (al pastor, or marinated pork, is my favorite), a pinch of queso fresco...
The Leelanau wine loop has grown into a world-class attraction
July 2 2014
Winery hopping through Leelanau Peninsula is beginning to feel a bit like traveling through Sonoma a couple of decades ago. Lots of scenic beauty, winding roads, friendly tasting room staff, wines achieving...
Bath custard shop offers frozen treats, boating and slices of local history
June 25 2014
Ice cream fans have it too easy — if you’re patient enough, a truck will drive right down your street and bring some to you. No, the real white lion of summer confections is frozen custard,...