’Grower Champagnes’ can be pricey, but they’re worth seeking out
Feb. 2 2011
Despite common parlance, remember that “Champagne,” by definition, must be produced from grapes grown and made into wine in the Champagne region of France. Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain...
Owner Ofilia Diaz takes a hands-on approach at El Burrito
Jan. 6 2011
Owner Ofilia Diaz took over the taqueria in early October, stepping in on a Tuesday after the previous owner called it quits on the preceding Sunday. Diaz came armed with cookies and cakes, adding sweets...
A tasting of various Mount Veeder wines reveals the intricacies of aging
Jan. 5 2011
Perhaps the questions most frequently asked of winemakers and proprietors at wine tastings are “How long will it age?” and “What’s the cellar life of this wine?” Of course,...
A Vietnamese feast in a Catholic church
Dec. 29 2010
Raised Catholic, I quickly realized I enjoyed two things about Sunday service: sipping wine at Communion and watching the final procession of lector, altar boys and priest march out past the congregation...
Guss Bar is reincarnated as a gastropub
Dec. 22 2010
In the idyllic villa of Preveza, Greece, a three-story mansion sits atop a bluff within easy sight of electric blue Mediterranean waters
Menu gets an upgrade at 45-year-old bar/grille
Dec. 8 2010
When The Colonial Bar & Grille opened, Bob Dylan was preparing to shock the world by going electric at the Newport Folk Festival, the Beatles were putting the final touches on their seminal “Rubber...
Making spirits light is easy — if you shop wisely for the holiday table
Dec. 1 2010
The simple answer probably is to drink whatever you enjoy, but the typical holiday meal probably isn’t the best occasion to open a big, burly, tannic Cabernet, or a flabby, low acid white
Veteran restaurateurs combine their talents at D&L Heart and Soul
Nov. 17 2010
The most salient evidence of D&L Heart and Soul Café's commitment to food done right is the sausage. First of all, it's homemade, a labor-intensive detail that demonstrates this breakfast diner...
’Meat-acular’ is the word for State Side’s specials
Nov. 10 2010
Owner Spencer Soka, 30, who grew up urrounded by sandwich-slinging shops in the Detroit suburbs, has tasted his way through Chicago, New York City and Philly, and he realized this area sorely lacked what...
One formidable French valley yields a variety of tantalizing wines
Nov. 3 2010
The under-appreciation factor, which for years made these wines screaming bargains, is disappearing, but this region of France remains a great source of highquality wines without the higher price tag of...
Familiar favorites shine in new Woody’s Oasis
Nov. 3 2010
With shiny new digs only 500 feet west of its former home in the Trowbridge Plaza, Woody’s Oasis is now showing off its kabobs, hummus and schawarma in style, even if it was difficult to say goodbye...
Golden Wok owner promises customers, ’I will make you happy’
Oct. 27 2010
Golden Wok in East Lansing kept two menus for a long time because owner Ginny Cheung wasn’t sure how receptive (or adventurous) diners would be in the Midwest. She’s been pleasantly surprised...
Regulations benefit Michigan industries and protect citizens
Oct. 13 2010
Michigan citizens, Michigan jobs and Michigan values.They define the parameters of Michigan’s system regulating the sale and distribution of alcohol. For more than 76 years, this system has worked....
Proposed regulations on wine sales might make consumers see red
Oct. 6 2010
Hold on to your rights, wine lovers, because they are (still) under attack by the associations representing beer and wine wholesalers on state and national levels
Wild Beaver Saloon unveils a mid-day menu
Oct. 6 2010
After keeping downtown Lansing lunchgoers waiting nearly five months for something to gnaw on, the Wild Beaver Saloon is finally open for lunch. Nothing on the menu is over $10, which makes it expense...
The secret is out MSU’s Visiting Chef Series is informative and utterly delicious
Sept. 29 2010
Approximately 100 foodies gathered last Wednesday and Thursday in a soft-lit conference room lined with cloth-covered dinner tables each equipped with four wine glasses (you see where this is going?),...
Caravan to Pakistan Karahi King Grill: A destination to savor
Sept. 22 2010
Lansing isn’t Singapore or Istanbul, but it’s no culinary backwater, either. Snap a giant needle onto the Capitol dome, spin it like a compass and you’ll find stuffed Greek gyros to the...
Old Chicago's Oktoberfest tour taps the real deal
Sept. 15 2010
With Christmas comes a mad license to max out your credit card. The Fourth of July sanctions loud explosions in your front yard. On Halloween, you can wield a bloody axe without raising an eyebrow. But...
A deli brings the tastes of Cuba to Lansing
Sept. 8 2010
Lansing has a handful of fantastic, inconspicuous eateries, and Jose’s Cuban Sandwich & Deli is on that list. Housed in a gas station at the corner of Kalamazoo Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Jose’s...
A deli brings the tastes of Cuba to Lansing
Sept. 8 2010
Lansing has a handful of fantastic, inconspicuous eateries, and Jose’s Cuban Sandwich & Deli is on that list.Housed in a gas station at the corner of Kalamazoo Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Jose’s...