This week's stories

Eggplant vertigo

Imam bayildi is an eggplant dish named for its ability to separate a man from his consciousness. The Turkish phrase means, “The imam fainted,” and the implication is that the decadent and aromatic experience of eating this glorious dish knocked the imam out cold.

A taste of the South right here in Lansing

This week, I thought I would step out of my comfort zone and try a type of cuisine I haven’t had much experience with, so I made my way to Okemos to visit Social Sloth Cafe & Catering for its Turkish offerings.

Great Depression food to take away your blues

I somehow made it through childhood with minimal exposure to what I now realize was a cherished part of many growth spurts: grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Old Nation renews with burgers and brews

Williamston’s Old Nation Brewing Co. offers a relaxed atmosphere, creative sides and plenty of locally crafted beers to choose from. Its masculine design aesthetics — think open-concept with exposed HVAC, a la Lansing Brewing Co. — are balanced out by the genuine friendliness of the staff and little touches of care such as a phone-charging station at the bar.
She Ate / He Ate

She ate/He ate: Ellison Brewery and Event Space earns rave reviews

Ellison Brewery and Event Space 1314 S. Washington Ave., Lansing 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

Jolly Pumpkin elevates traditional dishes to new heights

With seven locations throughout the state, Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery has come to be celebrated for its artisanal, granite-baked pizzas, but it also offers equally enticing appetizers, salads, bowls, sandwiches and desserts.

Drinks and bar food with a view

Graduate Rock Bar 133 Evergreen Ave., East Lansing 4-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday 4 p.m.-midnight Friday Noon-midnight Saturday Noon-11 p.m. …

Pablo’s Eastside: Same great food in new digs

Pablo’s Eastside 2010 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday 517-580-8315 …
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Take it caprese

Caprese salad is a simple dish. Yet the mere combination of tomato, basil and mozzarella cheese, dusted with salt and slathered in olive oil, accomplishes so much. Dressed in the colors of the Italian flag, Caprese exemplifies the fresh, ingredient-centric ethos of Italian cuisine. Like a margherita pizza without the crust and heat, Caprese is the perfect way to enjoy the downslope of summer.

Late-night, deep-fried delicousness

It would take me multiple pages to express my love for The Avenue Cafe, a dive bar and music venue on East Michigan Avenue. I can get a 16-ounce beer for $4, test my knowledge of various topics in weekly trivia, enjoy live performances by some of my favorite local bands — often for free — and put all my loose quarters to use at the plethora of pinball machines.

Not tonight, vampires

“The first time I tried your dad’s salad,” my friend Terrie recalled, “my eyes popped open, my mouth was burning, and I was like, ‘What the ... ’”

A filling date night at Ohana Sushi and Bar

During a recent midweek date night, I took my wife to Ohana Sushi and Bar, a family-owned and operated restaurant off West Saginaw Highway in Lansing.

Preaching about peaches

A tree-ripened peach needs nothing but a place for the juice to drip after you begin to devour it. It’s like no other fruit, with a complex bouquet of flavors that changes from peach to peach, fine-tuned by subtle weather patterns that are different each summer.

Crème de la crème

“Always drink your best beer,” says my buddy Chad Harder. “That way, you will always be drinking your best beer.” This mantra is as close to religion as he may ever get. Its wisdom is available to all, including non-beer drinkers like myself. But as a wine drinker, I have faced similar calculations when deciding which bottle to drink, and Harder’s algorithm takes all the stress and guesswork out of that ordeal. Don’t overthink it. Drink your best stuff. Always. That’s it.

Melting-pot ramen

When summer’s bounty comes at you faster than you can handle, the veggies will start to pile up. That’s why we need recipes capable of incorporating the myriad produce of the garden, farmers market, generous neighbors and other sources of seasonal food.

Sweet and spicy tacos al pastor

Delicious, cheap and fast — at Pancho’s Taqueria, you don’t have to pick just two. The brick-and-mortar location on Elmwood Road was my DoorDash standby during the pandemic, and, now that the world has reopened, we’ve continued to see each other in person.

Nutrition as we age

Good nutrition throughout a person’s lifespan helps prevent chronic disease, and it’s never too late to make improvements to support healthy aging.

Thanksgiving in July

I’ve often heard Coral Gables being written off as dated and reserved for the over-60 set by my peers. It’s a great restaurant option for seniors, winning a Top of the Town award in that category every year since the category was created, but I’m of the opinion that it’s seriously underrated as an option for diners of all ages.

Dinner party like a farm star

Many of my favorite recipes come from the kitchens of farmer friends. There’s a pleasing elegance to farm cookery. It’s a cuisine forged by the circumstances of a land-based …

Area 52 touches down in Owosso

Greetings, earthlings! Area 52, a new sci-fi-themed diner, landed in Owosso last month, and it’s serving up out-of-this-world dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The restaurant …

Lettuce, lemons, and other groceries that dropped in price in August

Stacker used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to find the grocery items that saw the largest price decreases in August nationwide.

Strawberries, potatoes, and other groceries that rose in price in August

Stacker used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to find the grocery items that saw the largest price increases in August nationwide.

Fans gear up for National Pepperoni Pizza Day

(BPT) - National Pepperoni Pizza Day is September 20. The maker of HORMEL® Pepperoni is stepping up to celebrate with the opening of a one-of-a-kind online pop-up shop full of custom pepperoni …

Put a Plant-Based Spin on the Taco Night Menu

(Family Features) Mealtime traditions are common among many families, from taco Tuesdays to weekend favorites. You can add a special touch to one of the most popular traditions - taco night - with a plant-based twist by serving up authentic vegan taco recipes like Smoky Chipotle Pecan Burrito Bowls and Vegan Pecan Al Pastor Tacos.

3 Steps Toward a Healthier Heart

(Family Features) Heart health is a crucial component of overall well-being. From exercising and getting proper sleep to healthy eating - including heart-friendly recipes like Grape, Broccoli and Avocado Salad with Toasty Oat Topping - consider these simple steps.

5 ideas to help families on the go with better-for-you snacks

(BPT) - Between school, after-school activities, sports, playdates and family outings, life can get so busy that you just grab any snack to fill up the backpacks, lunchboxes and bags that are a part …

Fall in love with your home: 4 ways to renovate your home this autumn

(BPT) - Fall is the perfect time to take on some home renovations, before the holidays hit and winter sets in. With just a few changes, you can make your home into a more functional space and create …

Sweeten Your Summer With Kiwis from Chile

(NewsUSA) - Kiwifruit is one of nature’s examples of why you should never judge a book by its cover.Under its uniquely fuzzy exterior, this little fruit is big in nutrition. Kiwifruit is packed …

5 tips to inspire your workday snack habits

(BPT) - If snacking helps fuel you through the workday, you'e not alone. According to a 2023 survey conducted for the Hillshire® Snacking brand, more than two-thirds of on-the-go workers (67%)* …

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