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...
How to localize your Thanksgiving feast
Nov. 20 2013
There’s a wide selection of farms and vendors in the Lansing area offering Thanksgiving turkeys that ORGANIC are fresh (not frozen), all natural (no use of antibiotics or hormones), certified organic...
Nov. 17 2013
Food is memory, among other things. It’s why for our Thanksgiving dinner someone always bakes kolache, a delicate, crescent-shaped pastry filled with a sweetened nut mixture; something my mother...
Nov. 13 2013
Few things are more “East Lansing” than Coral Gables. Or, as people of a certain age affectionately refer to it, The Coral Gables. The landmark restaurant had slipped from my radar; I’d...
Sampling the imported wines from Bouchard Finlayson
Nov. 6 2013
A 2012 Bouchard Finlayson Sauvignon Blanc was a good example of this principle. This wine could be the offspring of a marriage between a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and a French white Bordeaux
Longstanding greenhouse expands reach with organic produce
Oct. 31 2013
From the road, Lansing’s Smith Floral and Greenhouses, 1124 E. Mt. Hope Ave., appears quaint and unassuming. Even a quick stop ORGANIC in can be deceiving if you stick to the front of the store....
Oct. 9 2013
Restaurants naturally strive to set themselves apart, but so often fall victim to their own hyperbole. So when another Italian restaurant hits the scene with a motto that calls its food “intoxicating”...