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Avocado toast is a provocative dish. That piece of warm bread loaded with a smooth green paste is also loaded with so much meaning and angst, and has become a battleground for many of today’s culture wars. more
Staunch protective measures first kept restaurants closed altogether, later prohibiting customers from dining indoors for several stretches in 2020 — some lasting months at a time. And many restaurants, even ones that had been in service for decades, have closed for good. more
I have nothing but tough-love for those who claim they can’t cook a pot of rice. Quit acting so helpless. Cook the rice. If you screw it up, consider what went wrong and adjust. Like you do when making a sandwich. Which is much easier to screw up than a pot of rice. more
Before the coronavirus shutdown, Danielle Gyger was well known to frequenters of Mac’s Bar, thanks to her bartending gig. Now, she’s working with High Water Farms, one of downtown Lansing’s urban farms. But when she returns home, she gets to hangout with her favorite thing, a Betty Crocker cupcake she’s kept for more than eight years. more
Oriental Market made a name for itself providing hard-to-find international food for East Lansing residents. The store recently rebranded as Fresh International Market in an effort to expand its selection and welcome a whole new customer base. more
Champions Sports Bar & Grill, a local favorite joint operating out of Holt for the past 20 years, is permanently closing its doors. Champions joins a long list of restaurants that have shuttered since 2020.  more
Fat Tuesday is near — that means it’s time to prepare for one of Lansing’s favorite winter traditions: consuming boatloads of paczkis. more
In the middle of the night, partway through a cross-country drive, I unfolded myself from the driver’s seat at another random gas station. Someone special was waiting at the east end of Interstate 90, but the rig and I both needed fuel.  more
After years of dormancy following the closure of its storefront in 2017, the East Lansing Food Co-op is working to finalize plans to return this summer as part of the Allen Neighborhood Center. The project, tentatively titled the Eastside Lansing Food Co-Op, will see the co-op return later this year as a functioning grocery store.  more
The Eastside Lansing Food Co-op, ELFCO, is re-opening in the Allen Neighborhood Center. more
James Defrees started 517 Coffee Co. in his basement about seven years ago. He only had six hundred bucks to get from those humble beginnings, and he established himself as a wholesaler — selling his beans at multiple locations across Lansing. more
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Flash in the Pan is food writer Ari LeVaux’s weekly recipe column. It runs in about 100 newspapers nationwide, nourishing food sections large and small with complete protein for the … more
A breakfast chain opening a new restaurant in Okemos next month reportedly donated thousands of dollars to President Donald Trump. more
Jim MacQueen watched Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest press conference from his empty sports bar on Monday afternoon, hoping it didn’t include any added restrictions on restaurants. more
From living in her car to running her own successful smoothie business out of the Allen Neighborhood Center, Ramona’s story is inspirational for anybody looking to finally step out on their own. more
“Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?” asked then-Senator Barack Obama, during an Iowa campaign rally in 2007. There was no Whole Foods in Iowa at the time, and his gaffe, and the inevitable backlash, all became known as  “Arugula-gate.”  more
Facebook Marketplace is a hotspot for homemade carryout. But unless the food is made in a licensed food kitchen, it’s illegal — and can be potentially dangerous to your health, health officials warned. more
Flash in the Pan is food writer Ari LeVaux’s weekly recipe column. It runs in about 100 newspapers nationwide, nourishing food sections large and small with complete protein for the belly … more
The Avenue Café, one of Lansing’s favorite east side neighborhood haunts that functions as a bar, concert venue and ramen restaurant, is shutting its doors until March. more
Two local joints that have popped up since fall you may have missed are Social Cloth Cafe & Bakery and Sunshine Diner. more
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