’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 (www.bellago.com), wine is made from grapes grown in family-owned vineyards overlooking Lake Leelanau. Black Star Farms (www.blackstarfarms.com) 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...
Back in business in a new location
April 13 2010
A handwritten sign in the window is about as grand as this opening gets: “We’re Open!” “We didn’t know until 4 o’ clock on Friday we’d be open,” said Lynne...
CBs has weathered storms (and fires) on the road to success
April 13 2010
In the 1982 Robin Williams film “The World According to Garp,” the title character is house hunting with his wife when a single-engine airplane crashes into a home they’re about to check...
Portable Feast is living up to its name
April 13 2010
For seven and a half years, Portable Feast and Friends in Old Town was anything but mobile. Sure, owner Sharon Hind supplemented her walk-in customers with catering gigs, but it wasn’t like her restaurant...
There was plenty to pour — and adore — at annual MSU Museum Wine Tasting event
April 13 2010
The annual MSU Museum Wine Tasting Fundraiser at the Kellogg Center on March 26 again provided a vinous cornucopia of current release wines which were eagerly evaluated by hundreds of attendees. More than...
Mary’s Homestyle Catering owner finds inspiration all around her
March 10 2010
Before Mullins opens her kitchen on any given morning at the Mega Mall on US-27, north of Lansing, she never quite knows what her little café will offer. She rolls up her sleeves, checks out what...

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