April 12 2017
But back to the wings. To paraphrase their namesake, these wings ain’t nothing to eff with. These wings are smoked then flash fried, giving them a great smoky flavor while creating a nice, crispy...
March 29 2017
I imagine my first-bite reaction to Cugino’s arancini was similar to a dragon's thoughts while biting into a knight in full armor: “Crusty on the exterior but quite warm and rather chewy on...
March 22 2017
When I visit a restaurant, I’m always looking for interesting you-can-only-get-it-here items. On my most recent trip to Olympic Broil, I strayed from my usual order — olive burger and onion...
March 15 2017
Ginger spice and mild pine notes are set against citrus sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Nothing is overpowering. Whe ther you’re slurping up some udon soup for lunch or settling in for a nice...
March 8 2017
In my kitchen, the motto is a little different: “Feta makes it better.” From pasta to pizza to soup, so many things benefit from a healthy sprin- kling of the Greek cheese. I’ve recently...
March 1 2017
As the temperatures hovered in the mid-50s Thursday, I couldn’t resist the urge to get out of the office and wander down to the El Oasis food truck, purveyors of some of Lansing’s finest Mexican...
Feb. 15 2017
But my favorite option so far is the Sammy. This breakfast sandwich features fried chicken, avocado, bacon, sprouts, arugula and a poached egg, all topped with ranch and sriracha aioli and served on ciabatta...
Jan. 25 2017
Meat’s house bloody mary, the Meaty Mary, uses the restaurant’s own VIN#666 barbecue sauce as a base, giving it a great mix of sweetness and salt. It also has a good peppery kick, and it’s...
Jan. 18 2017
When a Facebook friend posted a picture of bún bò Hue and called it “pho plus,” I knew I had to try it. It was awesome, and I’ll talk about it in a bit, but first let’s...
Jan. 11 2017
While somewhat spicy, this dish is not especially fiery. The mixture is spread out on a plate and thick enough to be managed with a fork yet soupy enough to warrant a spoon, but I found using pita bread...
Jan. 4 2017
After a month of turkey, pumpkin pie, Christmas cookies, beef tenderloin, gingerbread and my other holiday favorites, my husband and I needed something different to sink our teeth into. And we knew just...
Dec. 14 2016
“Oh yeah, Crafty Palate, we should go there sometime” is something I’ve said to my wife at least a dozen times as we were drove through downtown, usually on our way to a different bar...
Business displaced by fire until mid-January
Dec. 7 2016
A fire Tuesday morning at Jose’s Cuban Sandwich and Deli on Grand River Avenue has forced the sandwich shop out of its home. The deli hoped to reopen quickly, but the damage is worse than the owners...
Nov. 30 2016
“Oh great, another downtown sandwich shop,” I thought when Sarnie Shoppe announced it was opening in the renovated Knapp’s Centre
Nov. 16 2016
While browsing some old issues of City Pulse, I stumbled onto a delicious life hack. In the search for Lansing’s best olive burger, my predecessor, Allan I. Ross, found himself at Harry’s Place....
Nov. 9 2016
By TY FORQUER Wine is clearly the star at Bridge Street Social, which offers a staggering 150 wines by the glass, but don’t sleep on the cocktail menu. Under the direction of Nick “Dr. Drinks”...
Nov. 2 2016
Sometimes I get the urge to try something really different — but I have my limits. I’m never going to be tempted by mushroom yogurt, a spinach granola bar or sweet potato breakfast cereal....
Oct. 26 2016
At least once a week, lunchtime sneaks up on me. I ravenously wander from office to kitchen, hoping a soup or sandwich will magically materialize in front of me. It never happens. So I hop into the car...
Oct. 19 2016
I recently discovered Cuban coffee, which is served up locally at La Cocina Cubana food truck. While different than European coffee, the spirit is the same. This is dark, rich coffee. It’s meant...
Oct. 12 2016
I love spinach, and my favorite way to enjoy it is in spinach pie. Over the years, I have collected lots of recipes for Greek spinach pie, aka spanakopita, but I’m just too lazy to go to all that...

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