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Wednesday, December 17,2014

He Ate, She Ate

Sultan's delivers authentic Middle Eastern Dining experience

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
It’s safe to say you can’t fully appreciate a culture until you can appreciate its cuisine. My appreciation of Middle Eastern cuisine is a work in progress.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

On the bubbly

Sparkling wine recommendations for the holidays and beyond

by Justin King
In the video for his 2006 song, “Show Me What You Got,” Jay-Z is presented with a bottle of Cristal at a poker table only to dismiss it in favor of a gold bottle of Ace of Spades, aka Armand de Brignac, which sells for roughly $300 per bottle. Cut to 2014: Jay-Z bought the winery last month for an undisclosed amount.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

He Ate, She Ate

Harry's place adds Greek flair to traditional bar and grill fare

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Urban revival cuisine It’s not much of a stretch to say that Harry’s Place grew up alongside the American automobile. Since the early 1920s, this watering hole on Lansing’s west side has had a front row seat as the bodies of dozens of car models were churned out across...
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Returning to their roots

Sharing, swapping in exchange for commerce grows subculture

by Belinda Thurston
It felt like the meeting of a secret club as participants followed the shelter signs into the basement of downtown Lansing’s Capital Area District Library. In a large storage room, the walls were lined with tables bearing a buffet of culinary items for the September gathering of the Mid-Mitten Homemade Food Swap. It’s not a potluck or a farmers market, but something in the middle. Some came as far as 80 miles to trade items like maple vanilla coffee syrup, apple pies, egg rolls and fruit-infused vodka. There were about 20 swappers, some bringing as many at four different menu items. Some brought 10 or 15 items.
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Tuesday, October 28,2014

Swap, meet, sample

New group unites mid-Michigan foodies

by Katy Barth
If you’ve been eager to share your treasured peanut butter brownies with a wider audience, you’ll have the opportunity to do so at the Mid-Mitten Homemade Food Swap, an event debuting Saturday.
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Tuesday, October 28,2014

Body, mind and wallet

How to eat healthy without breaking the bank

by Danielle Welke
One of the biggest problems about trying to eat healthy — after figuring out what exactly “eating healthy” means — is the added cost. After all, it’s cheaper to eat fast food and pre-packaged dinners than it is to make a meal from scratch with all-natural ingredients, right?
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

He Ate, She Ate

Inside and out at Williamston's Riverhouse Inn

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Tap-dancing taste buds Dining out has its distinct pleasures, especially when it literally means dining out. Given a perfect evening, there are few al fresco dining spots in Greater Lansing to match the Riverhouse Inn in Williamston. We picked the perfect evening. The humidity had...
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

She ate: Pushing the (egg) envelope

by Gabrielle Johnson
Let’s get the discussion about Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant’s location out of the way — it’s not great. As a lifelong Lansingite, there aren’t many areas of the city that make me feel uncomfortable. This is one of them. On our last visit, customers of the marijuana dispensary next door were having their custom orders prepared. The clientele was interesting.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

He ate: A quirky love story

by Mark Nixon
There is a love story unfolding in South Lansing. I’ve only glimpsed the plot, but I don’t know the characters’ names and haven’t the foggiest how it will all turn out. If it doesn’t have a happy ending, though, I will curse the cruel fates.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Vintage models

A look at the winners of the 2014 Michigan Wine Competition

by Michael Brenton
The 37th Annual Michigan Wine Competition was held last month at East Lansing’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. It was the most recent iteration of an event whose genesis was the Michigan State Fair Wine Competition in 1977. Back then, wines from the state’s fledgling wine industry were judged at the Detroit fairground’s coliseum adjacent to pigs and cattle. One wonders whether wines in those competitions were notable for barnyard aromas.
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