Despite location change, Thailand maintains its authentic flavors
Aug. 18 2010
While spicy food is a characteristic of many Thai dishes, Hicks says customers can control heat in most dishes. Authentic recipes are a source of pride for Thailand. Consistency can be expected, too, as...
A Hawaiian native cooks up delicacies at Pii Lani’s Buffet
Aug. 11 2010
Born and raised in Hawaii, Piilani moved to the Lansing area over 30 years ago and began an ongoing catering business. Her new venture features a daily lunch buffet and, if all goes according to plan,...
Michigan wines impress at Leland festival
Aug. 4 2010
I was curious to see if there would be many wines from the challenging 2009 vintage, and how they would show, but most of the wines continued to be 2007 and 2008 juice
Tex-Mex restaurant has had a bumpy ride; now its back in business
July 29 2010
Ramon’s, a family-run restaurant owned by Margarita and Ramon Fuentes that once had two locations in Lansing, opened in 1976 before shuttering in 2002
But owner Kevin Nichols insists quality produce is worth the extra effort
July 21 2010
On any given day, Bella Harvest offers 20 to 25 varieties of produce. In the winter, very little is organic, and that disappoints customers. As the growing season matures, though, organic options proliferate...
’Drinking your lunch’ is hardly a disgrace at Eden’s Juice
July 14 2010
Patrons recently celebrated the grand opening of Eden’s Juice in downtown Lansing. The juice bar, in business since March, welcomed friends both old and new, celebrities and average Joes to select...
Savor the many flavors of this summertime wine
July 7 2010
In 1975, Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel experienced a "stuck fermentation," a problem that occurs when the yeast dies out before consuming all of the sugar. This problem juice was set aside. Some...
East Lansing eatery adds full bar seating
June 30 2010
“Our major excitement with the whole thing is the addition of the bar,” Bates said. “Because everyone who has been in and seen it especially regulars who come in all the time has been...
With prayer and family help, Virginia Valdez has turned a dream into reality
June 23 2010
Before her current venture, Valdez owned Niña’s Taco House, within a stone’s throw of her present site. Recently divorced and pregnant with her fifth child, Valdez was inspired to open...
Bad economy? Bah, humbug: A pair of local eateries have recently expanded
June 16 2010
You’ve undoubtedly heard the dire claim that 50 percent of businesses fail in the first year and 95 percent fail within five years (actual statistics are about twothirds make it to the two-year mark...
According to City Fish owner, honesty is the freshest policy
June 9 2010
Yes, Joseph is surrounded by the Great Lakes, although that didn’t help a number of Scalawags restaurants Joseph, 56, operated in the area. He opened three of them in the past five years, and the...
Raise a glass to wine festivals all over the state
June 2 2010
On the same day, at the Leland Wine and Food Festival, you could enjoy visiting the Leland Harbor and historic Fishtown, while sampling some of the finest new release wines from both Leelanau and Old Mission...
Japanese confectioner creates art you can eat
May 19 2010
The master rolls a ball of orange dough in the palms of his hands, nimbly working it like a potter, before incorporating a bit of yellow-colored dough. He wraps a cheesecloth around the amalgamation, squeezing...
Hawaiian native brings island cuisine to Okemos
May 12 2010
From sushi to Spam, the buffet will offer an array of Pacific flavors, such as a curry stew with cod poached in coconut milk, brined salmon, homemade Hawaiian desserts, and the signature Big Kahuna Pulled...
Iorio’s celebrates the sweetness of Italy
May 12 2010
For Mary Lemmer, securing employment won’t be a problem. She started her own Italian ice business in 2004 when she was a sophomore at Lansing Catholic High School, and she’s planning on staying...
Coffee and Friends offers local goods (and goodies)
May 5 2010
Nearly 3 months old, Coffee and Friends has ably filled the communal and caffeinated void. Reich, who also owns an automotive repair garage in Bath Township, says his newest venture is about connecting...
Bel Lago Vineyard and Black Star Farms unveil an assortment of delicious releases
May 5 2010
At the Bel Lago Vineyard (, wine is made from grapes grown in family-owned vineyards overlooking Lake Leelanau. Black Star Farms ( is an “agricultural destination”...
Bacon, eggs and kibbee? Its on the breakfast menu at Brunch House
April 29 2010
Walking out of a bacon-and-egg-type diner, you don’t often find yourself thinking, “That was one fantastic Lebanese salad.” You might just be savoring that exact thought after eating...
MSU Extension Service shows how to preserve veggies safely
April 21 2010
Okay, so maybe you don’t share a Tea Party-ish apocalyptic vision of the near-future, and perhaps you want to explore some ancestral roots. Maybe you’d just like to transform those strawberries...
Old Town neighborhood welcomes Pastry Palette
April 14 2010
Bill, 46, is quiet-mannered and polite, an electrical engineer for General Motors by day, supportive husband and partner to the business in his spare time. He has the temperament of a tenured philosophy...

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