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Primo pasta primavera

It translates to “Spring Pasta” from the Italian, so forgive me for assuming Pasta Primavera is a classic springtime Italian dish. But while Primavera sounds classy, it turns out Pasta …
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This empty property, which has seen a variety of retail uses over the years, has been cited for weeds and trash five times since 2015, most recently on May 19. There was also a 2017 citation for the …
Last year was a bloody, violent and deadly summer for Lansing residents. By the end of the year the city had 36 homicides on the books, the highest toll in years. Earlier this year, the city seemed …
(BPT) - Party a little too hearty last night? Chances are, you may have woken up with some of the classic symptoms of a hangover: headache, sensitivity to light and noise, fatigue, thirst, …
If you feel like I just wrote about a new pot shop coming to Lansing this summer, that’s because I did. Pure Roots is still expected to open on Larch Street soon — though company …
When Mayor Andy Schor sought to nominate a local businessman to the city’s Economic Development Corp., he made an interesting discovery: He couldn’t.  “I had to call the …
The dish

Birria tacos are everywhere in Lansing. These are some of the best

an’t seem to get enough birria tacos. Last week, I counted at least a dozen local restaurants and food trucks that served some variation of the traditional Mexican dish — which is essentially a taco-quesadilla crossbreed that you dunk into a rich beef consommé. 
Flash in the pan

Hakurei: The caviar of turnips

 The main purpose of a turnip is to feed hungry people, and the hakurei, pronounced like “samurai,” turnip is no exception.   We aren’t talking about the kind of hunger …
The dish

Grass-fed SunChef burger offers zesty experience

Sometimes you just want a burger and fries. But for those looking to make that craving a healthier, more natural dining experience …
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In Praise of the Fungal Phoenix

Morels have no psychoactive properties, but they are definitely magical. The caps have a brainy look that might make you feel like you’re hallucinating, but these whacky, whimsical mushrooms …
The dish

Runny Egg Pizza is out of this world

For this week’s featured dish, I consulted with our readers to take a trip to one of their top-rated places in Lansing: Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern & Bar. In addition to taking top prize …
Flash in the pan

The pleasures of parsley

Curly parsley is widely scorned by the culinary elite. Aspiring chefs absorb this disdain from a young age, and quickly understand that getting ahead in this game requires committing instead to the …
The Dish

It’s a (crunchy) wrap at Moriarty’s Pub

There’s a special place in my heart for dive bars like Moriarty’s on East Michigan Avenue. The food is cheap, the lights are dim, the service is friendly and the live music is stellar. …
Flash in the Pan

Sage zucchini stuffing

In front of an Agway store in Montpelier, Vermont, a sign announces “World’s Largest Zucchini Here.” The grower, store employee Ron Sholtz, told WCAX News Sept. 28 that his state …

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