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Cheesesteaks, sliders and wings invade Lansing

Greater Lansing foodies have a lot to be excited for as Lansing continues to build on the momentum of its recent wave of restaurant openings and announcements. Two spots from established Michigan-based franchises are ready for you to check out today.

Social Sloth gets the food and ambiance right

Since Mediteran (the original, not the amazing and recently reopened Café Mediteran) closed its doors downtown a number of years ago, a very specific void has existed. I want to find myself in a café where I don’t understand all of the words on the menu, where I can sip a dark, thick espresso paired with an achingly decadent dessert, and where the décor is charmingly off-kilter, a far cry from the quotidian fake plants and wicker baskets that you find in every whitewashed chain restaurant. 

Flash in the Pan: The sides of December

Making a side dish for a holiday get together is a rite of the season, and one for which we should be grateful. Because if you aren’t making the sides, you might be roasting some poor bird, or a soy-based approximation of some poor bird.

THE TOP OF THE TOWN: Social Sloth Bakery & Cafe

Social Sloth Bakery & Café has been cooking up delicious Turkish goods since opening amid the all-time tumultuous year that was 2020. Despite launching in troubling times, the quaint eatery has amassed many fans thanks to its cozy, friendly atmosphere and its unique offerings inspired by the Turkish heritage of Burcay and Aybars Gunguler, the husband-and-wife duo behind Social Sloth. 

The best looking plates from the Top of the Town winners

Each year, the Top of the Town contest highlights just how much delicious food Lansing restaurants have to offer. In every category there is a hard fought battle between the capital city’s finest culinary wizards. We’ve gathered some choice plates from a handful of the winning contestants. Just try to avoid drooling all over this scree.
New in Town

Top of the Town voters pick best new restuarants

In the spirit of this special issue’s celebration of the Top of the Town victors, this New in Town column will look at the top three vote-getters for this year’s Best New Restaurant award. These restaurants have all begun to make their mark in Greater Lansing.

Flash in the Pan: Japanese Pumpkin Pie

Kabocha, also known as the Japanese pumpkin, is a versatile and delicious winter squash. The flavor is starchy and sweet, with a firm body that can handle being cooked many ways, from tempura-fried to roasted to steamed to sweet purees. The seeds are plump. The hard skin is edible.  The squash experience is complete.
Making Diet Decisions During A Pandemic
(NAPSI)—Dreadful as the pandemic has been, for some people it has meant a positive health change. Three in 10 Americans made a major change to their diet during this time, according to new …

This Heart Month, Pledge to Help Your Heart with These 3 Fitness Tips

(NewsUSA) - It's Heart Month and a good time to have a little heart-to-heart with yourself about the health of your ticker. Heart disease is one of the deadliest diseases in the nation, but the good …

A Surprising Assistant

(NAPSI)—Here’s a hot tip: Most baking enthusiasts may not realize it, but turning out great baked goods can be easier with a quality kitchen appliance that’s NOT the stove. It’s the sink. …

Easy Fish Friday options for kids and adults

(BPT) - Fish Friday is an important part of Lent, and if you honor this tradition, you’re probably looking to add something different to the menu. At the same time, you’re probably not …

Better-for-You Family Breakfasts

Making sure your family members get a nutritious start to the day is an important job, and by focusing on a few wholesome ingredients, such as real milk, simple and healthful dishes can quickly become family favorites.

A Fresh Twist on Fajitas to Support Family Nutrition

Gather fresh onions and bell peppers to mix with earthy, wholesome mushrooms as the heart of this plant-forward dish.

The Busy Family’s Holiday Hacks: Stress-Busting Tips to Help You Get Through the Season

(BPT) - The holidays are right around the corner which means more to-do’s and less time to do them in. With all the planning and stressing, don't let mealtime inspiration suffer and cooking fatigue set in! This holiday season, whether you have a houseful or a handful, Lauren Barth shares tips to make meal-planning less stressful, more joyous and downright hassle-free.

A Protein Twist for Tasty Family Meals

Add excitement to the weekly menu with a recipe like these Crunchy Buffalo Baked Veal Cutlet Sandwiches, which offers the classic combination of Buffalo sauce and blue cheese in a dish that requires less than an hour in the kitchen.

Why eggs are an important first food for children

(BPT) - Trying to decide what first foods to feed your baby? Second-generation egg farmer Ross Dean knew that eggs would be one of his son's first foods once he was old enough to start eating solid foods.
(Family Features) Apartar el tiempo para nutrir su salud y bienestar comienza con la creación de hábitos más saludables.
(Family Features) Junto con la deliciosa comida, la entrega de regalos y la alegría de la temporada navideña, también se añora reunirse con amigos y familiares. Ya sea para una acogedora cena de fin de semana o un momento de alegría con amigos, puede realzar cualquier reunión con platos pequeños y aperitivos únicos.
(Family Features) Keeping your loved ones full and content can be done with apples, an ingredient that heightens the flavor and appearance of favorite recipes like Apple Stuffing Bites with Rosemary Gravy.
(Family Features) Making healthy choices, including eating fruits, like those in Apple Nachos, and vegetables have also been linked to greater happiness, according to research published in "Canadian Family Physician," and can help you through the transition back to school, the office or wherever your routine takes you.
(Family Features) To help you establish (or re-establish) healthy habits during mealtime and beyond, consider these tips and recipes for Tuna Pasta Casserole, Turkey and Bean Tostadas and Ginger Pumpkin Soup.
(BPT) - The holidays are rapidly approaching, and with it the excitement — and stress — of shopping and planning for family get-togethers. Wouldn’t it be great if you could save …
(BPT) - As children, the holidays are a time of magic and anticipation, wrapped in the belief that something special is coming and anything …
(BPT) - Dark or milk chocolate? Caramel or cream? Seasonal or classic flavors? When it comes to the best chocolate confections, everyone has their favorites. As the winter chill sets in, it is …
(BPT) - No one knows for sure when or where coconuts originated, but there is no doubt about their global popularity today. Although they look like an oversize nut, coconuts are a remarkable fruit …
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for gifting, and nobody’s on Santa’s naughty list. Still, you’ve got a host of hard-to-shop-for family, friends and colleagues who expect the unexpected, and …
(NAPSI)—This holiday season, many Americans are entertaining the idea of having a festive gala.  Here are 6 party planning hints that can help your next get-together be fun for both you and …
(NAPSI)—Now that the U.S.-Canada land border has re-opened, and as the weather turns cooler, a wonderful way for Canadians to relax and enjoy time with family and friends is on a road trip to …
by Dr. Jean Buzby (NAPSI)—Each year, the average American family of four loses $1,500 to uneaten food—that’s about 1,160 pounds of food. At holiday or any time, it’s a good idea to think …
by Dr. Jean Buzby (NAPSI)—Here’s a cool idea: A clean, well-organized refrigerator can help your family prevent food waste. Three Ways To Fight Food Waste1. Know and, if necessary, …
(NAPSI)—Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States—about 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, …

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