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Calling Westlund’s Apple Market a Lansing mainstay is quite an understatement. On April 11, the market reached its 100th anniversary — a remarkable milestone no matter what industry you’re in. more
Gardening is a conversation with the earth. The gardener does something, and the earth responds via the outcome. If you plant a tomato seedling upside down, for example, the earth will happily swallow it, thereby ending the discussion. more
With vaccines available to every Michigander over 16, restaurants in the Lansing area are hoping to prepare for a return to business as usual. The warmer weather won’t hurt, either. If you’re looking to venture out into the world again after a year of isolation, consider trying one of these restaurants that have recently cropped up. more
As spring comes to Lansing, its residents have much to look forward to. Vaccines are rolling out. That big boat is finally unstuck. And last but not least, there are new restaurants opening up around … more
A maple tree in April is a force to be reckoned with. The sap flows with a vengeance, squeezed by specialized cells that expand during the heat of day to create more pressure in a maple tree than in the inside of a car tire. more
The egg came first. Let’s just get that out of the way. For millions of years before humans domesticated the feathered lizards known today as “chickens,” countless generations of amphibia and reptiles, including dinosaurs, were laying eggs. The egg is an amazing system for nurturing young beings that’s just plain awe-inspiring when you think about it. It’s also a delicious and beautiful form of animal protein that no animal had to die for. more
Lansing has new digs for those looking to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a bar without the social pressures of drinking. more
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
It’s a farmers market cliche that celeriac is good in soup. I hear it when folks inquire as to how to use this fragrant root. But I’ve never quite known what to do with that guidance. Add … 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
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