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,...
Farm bill gives mid-Michigan’s agricultural community a boost
June 18 2014
Along a twisty dirt road in Westphalia, about a half hour northwest of Lansing, is K & K Dairy Farm. It’s right out of a Pure Michigan commercial: The rolling grass is a perfect shade of green up...
Waterfront Bar leads a thriving riverfront entertainment scene
June 11 2014
Downtown Lansing’s Waterfront Bar & Grill is a work in progress. For those who have longed for a vibrant riverfront, including restaurants, the fact that Lansing now boasts a restaurant gracing the...
Get in the spirit with festivals dedicated to Michigan wine and craft beer
June 4 2014
Summer is nigh, and that means celebrations of fermented juice will soon be in full swing across all regions of Michigan. In fact, some have already started. The Michigan Beer & Brat Festival over Memorial...
May 14 2014
It was as if I had stumbled into the culinary equivalent of a “Seinfeld” episode. You know, the famous break-up episode, where the breaker-upper tells George, “It’s not you, it’s...
May 14 2014
The first time I went to Persis, my dining companion and I stopped in to try the $9.99 weekday lunch buffet. It was a bit later than the standard noon hour and the restaurant was virtually empty. We were...
World-class sommelier’s Pinot Noirs are pure enchantment
May 7 2014
What happens when Emmanuel Kemiji, a world-class sommelier, establishes a winery and gains access to fruit from California´s most highly regarded Pinot Noir vineyards? Miura Vineyards happens
Pizza entrepreneur wants to mobilize food carts in north Lansing
April 30 2014
Mobile food carts are the ronin of the dining world: Rootless, solitary creatures, easily transportable to “hot” locations, good at getting a job done and then disappearing when the mission’s...
Dimondale diner does breakfast right, with a side of quirky
April 9 2014
It’s said that a small town lacking a social hub is in danger of becoming a ghost town. Bars often serve as this social glue, sometimes schools or churches
Amended Michigan liquor code allows customers to bring wine to restaurants
April 2 2014
You walk into a restaurant, intending to order a nice bottle of wine with dinner. You check out the wine list, but can’t convince yourself to spend $35 for a wine you recently purchased for $12 at...
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....

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