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The best of both worlds: Toscana’s food is as appealing as its atmosphere

The Toscana Stack, offered during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, is both an eyeful and a mouthful.
Toscana 3170 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday 4-10 p.m. Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4-10 p.m. Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4-9 p.m. Sunday (517) 246-4980

Restaurants the Lansing area has lost since the beginning of the pandemic

102 Pho & Banh Mi — Okemos (Oct. 2022)   American Bistro — Lansing (Feb. 2022)   Amanecer Mexicano — Lansing (March 2021)   Arcadia Smokehouse …

Demystifying mystery meat

Making tacos is one way to utilize tender hunks of mystery meat from the back of the freezer. If the meat is tough, stew or pulled meat sandwiches are the way to go.
At a family gathering last summer, my wife’s mom asked me to cook some meat from a deer my father-in-law had shot. It was his first, and nobody seemed to know exactly what to do with it. The …
East Lansing’s Sree Saffron offers a wide menu of authentic Indian delights, from savory, aromatic curries to heavenly dal soup to thick, flavorful naan.

Sree Saffron: A hidden gem in Hannah Plaza

The restaurant doesn’t serve alcoholic beverages, and Cokes are delivered in cans with straws. The seat cushions are thin, and the restrooms resemble those at a gas station. But none of this …
During Lansing Restaurant Week, running Friday (May 10) through May 17, 36 eateries will offer a special dish for $7, from pork belly bao at Grand Ledge’s Arms & Embers Grill to lentil soup at Okemos’ Social Sloth Cafe & Catering.

Explore new eateries and chow down for cheap during Restaurant Week

Calling all culinary connoisseurs! Starting Friday through May 17, Lansing 5:01 is partnering with Lansing Foodies, City Pulse and WLNS to present Restaurant Week, a self-guided dining tour of 36 …
Options for upscale dining in the Lansing area were bolstered by the arrival of Toscana (left) and the Comfort Zone last fall.

New culinary creations and destinations boost local food scene

Is the Lansing area becoming a food destination? It’s well on its way. Several local mainstays are attracting statewide visitors with unique culinary creations, from olive burgers and fried …

Enjoy fusions of flavor at Aloha Cookin’

I’m often guilty of eating an incredible meal somewhere but failing to return for extended lengths of time due to matters of convenience or budget, even while remembering the meal often and with great longing.

Pork and beans the Brazilian way

Pork and beans are an age-old combination, expressed in countless ways around the world. Southwestern pinto beans refried in lard. Asian tofu with pork sauce. The all-American can of pork and beans. Wherever there’s pork and beans, there’s pork with beans.

Make Mother’s Day extra special with homemade breakfast in bed

There may be no better way to start Mother’s Day than with breakfast in bed. Enjoying a homemade meal right after waking up can set the right tone for a day that celebrates all mothers have done and continue to do for their children.

Farm-fresh chive pancakes

I’ve been buying Chinese chives at the farmers market from a vendor named Nancy. She has many unique vegetables, like pink celery for stir-fries, delicious edamame soybeans and Dutch-style tomatoes,

Feasting on finger-lickin’ good fried fare

If you’re looking for fried food in the Lansing area, nothing beats the array of selections at Eastside Fish Fry & Grill. From chicken tenders, jalapeno poppers and onion rings to more unique offerings like alligator, frog legs and liver, this restaurant fries up just about anything you could think of.

Chicken curry, island-style

About 60 years ago, on Little Corn Island, a tiny dot in the Caribbean Sea approximately 50 miles off the coast of Nicaragua, a cook named Maritza was born to a Colombian mother and Cuban father.

The go-to spot for Mediterranean in Meridian

Bread Bites Mediterranean 5100 Marsh Road, Okemos 11:30-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday noon-7 p.m. Sunday (517) 708-7112

The Comfort Zone provides an all-around upscale experience

The Comfort Zone’s hand-cut New York strip steak is perfectly cooked to the orderer’s preference and topped with a generous amount of herby compound butter, which complements every bite, according to Gabrielle Lawrence.
600 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight Friday Noon-midnight Saturday Noon-8 p.m. Sunday (517) 882-7500

Dine like a townie at Corey’s Lounge

Corey’s Lounge 1511 S. Cedar St., Lansing 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight Friday Noon-midnight Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday (517) 482-3132

Eating healthy is quick and easy at Fuel’d

Fuel’d 1500 W. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily 517-220-4983

At Veg Head, nutritious doesn’t mean flavorless

Last week, I read a bizarrely mean-spirited and pointless editorial in the Detroit Free Press, bemoaning the fact that Lansing is the capital of Michigan and generally expressing how terrible our city is. Obviously, I disagree vehemently.
More food

Climb a mountain of nachos at the Tipsy Nickel

The Tipsy Nickel in Mason offers a formidable plate of brisket nachos.

In late 2022, Miya Warvel, co-owner of the Wooden Nickel II in Dansville, purchased the former Darb’s Tavern & Eatery in Mason and rechristened it the Tipsy Nickel Bar & Grille,

The secret to good tofu — or as I call it, restaurant tofu

A stir-fry of pea shoots, carrots, salad turnips and marinated restaurant tofu.

My son’s first taste of tofu was at a restaurant. He didn’t know what tofu was, or that it was coming. Having never caught wind of tofu’s bad reputation among non-Asians,

Stateside’s breakfast menu boasts a bangin’ Benny

Stateside Deli’s eggs Benedict comprises two halves of an English muffin topped with perfectly poached eggs and creamy, rich hollandaise sauce, but Lizy Ferguson suggests swapping the Canadian bacon for lox.

It’s strange to discover that, in the area you’ve lived all your life, the breakfast you’ve been searching for has been waiting for you just across town.

I’m just here for the palak paneer

Palak paneer, an Indian dish of spinach and homemade cheese, is so flavorful that it requires neither condiments nor garnishes.

I’ve been celebrating the arrival of spring with ample helpings of palak paneer, an Indian dish of spinach and homemade cheese.

Pizza perfection in Old Town

The myriad textures and flavors of The Cosmos’ Sweet BBQ Pork pizza will lift you up into the atmosphere.

There is an abundance of pizza options in the Lansing area, but there are just a handful of restaurants making wood-fired pizza, which is one of the best styles, in my opinion.

An egg in a nest for any time of day

Photo by Rosmarie Voegtli 
When making an egg in a nest, as long as there’s an egg, the nature of the nest is negotiable. A nest made of ramen noodles not only does the job but looks the part.

Most of us have had the standard breakfast version of egg in a nest, where a piece of bread represents the nest.

The ultimate protein drink

If we needed more evidence that American society is in decline, consider how little respect we give lentils.

Pad Thai, mangoes, sticky rice and everything nice

Eato Chef’s pad Thai primes the palate for a dessert of mangoes and sticky rice.

When my uncle traveled abroad to serve in the Peace Corps during the ‘90s, he met a Thai woman who generously taught her language to the Americans.

It’s a potato. It’s a thing. It’s Potato Thing!

Potato Thing only improves with the addition of cheese, an egg or other proteins.

This potato thing sizzled into my life when my 6-year-old decided to cook a potato.

El Azteco’s topopo salad still reigns supreme

El Azteco East’s massive topopo salad, served on a bed of what is essentially nachos, is a must-try for those who are unfamiliar.

If you’re a longtime resident of the area, especially if you grew up here like me, you probably already know all about topopo salad and are tired of hearing about it. However, for those of you who are new to the area or for whom those words ring nary a bell, hear me out.

Don’t Wait for Migas

Leftover tortilla chips need not go to waste.

Migas are a delicacy as old as tortillas. The word is Spanish for “crumbs” — specifically the crumbs of tortillas of a certain age.  North of the border, the tortilla fragments are usually served with salsa, beans and sour cream.

Binging on beef at Bobcat Bonnie’s

My boyfriend and I frequently travel around the state for concerts, and every time I tell my mom we’re going to Ferndale, Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo, she excitedly suggests we should stop at Bobcat Bonnie’s for its array of options that suit both of our diets.


6 Spring Break Feel-Good Essentials

(BPT) - Sunsweet prunes are the feel-good addition to spring break. From fueling your adventures to supporting energy levels throughout the day and helping you recover from fun, prunes are there to …
The Healthy Home
Regular cleaning can help protect your home from dust, dander, pollen, mold and other allergen.

Clean Your Air: Six Ways To Manage Allergens

(NAPSI)—As the warmer seasons unfold, a host of allergens and irritants become more prevalent, potentially disrupting your daily life and health—especially if you have asthma and allergies. …

Dish Up Protein-Packed Sweet Treats

(Family Features) In a world of packed schedules and boring food, it can feel like doing the healthy thing means giving up some of what makes you happy - like treats and flavors you love.
Family Matters: Tips for Planning a Summer Family Reunion
(BPT) - Did you know the average family spends less than an hour of quality time together per day? According to data from Pew Research Center, nine in ten people indicate that spending time with …
Fuel Family Fun with This Easy Recipe
(Family Features) Between work, after-school activities and homework, planning memorable family time is nearly impossible. Changing that mindset can start by making mealtime simpler with recipes like Pierogy Burrito Bowls.
Moms Kick Back with Mamaritas
Moms Kick Back with Mamaritas
(NewsUSA) - Being a mom can be challenging, but celebrating Mother’s Day and other spring events can be easy. What better way to celebrate moms and spring than with a brunch or an outdoor cocktail …
Take Family Favorites Al Fresco: Advice for enjoying easy meals outdoors
(Family Features) Salad season means fresh ingredients from lettuce and veggies to favorite toppings and beyond. Add a crisp bite to your next al fresco occasion with this Southwest Ranch Taco Salad.
Make Mom's Day with a Craveable Brunch
(Family Features) There's perhaps no better occasion to show off your kitchen skills than Mother's Day, a perfect opportunity to turn the tables on mom and let her relax while you handle cooking duties.

How the pretzel went from soft to hard – and other little-known facts about one of the world’s favorite snacks

The pretzel, one of the fastest-growing snack foods in the world, recently crossed a billion dollars a year in sales. It has its own emoji, comes in flavors like pumpkin spice, mocha and banana, and is now available as an aromatherapy scent. …

Comedian Craig Robinson Wants You To Microwave Your Cup Noodles

(BPT) - Many ramen fans are asking, “Wasn’t Cup Noodles always microwavable?” Recently, noodle fans nationwide were shocked to hear that they had been cooking their favorite meal …

A Creamy Pasta Delight Perfect for Dining Outdoors

( Dining al fresco brings added freshness to favorite foods, and taking your next meal to the patio can be a fun, delicious way to soak in some vitamin D.

(BPT) - Do you want to add more variety and nutrition to your meal planning? Consider incorporating Quaker Oats into your diet! While oats are typically associated with breakfast, they're a versatile …
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Try adding these 10 healthiest snacks for weight loss into your daily food plan
Hers rounded up 10 healthy snacks that can help with weight loss goal, based on science.
Fermented foods sustain both microbiomes and cultural heritage
Many people around the world make and eat fermented foods. Millions in Korea alone make kimchi. The cultural heritage of these picklers shape not only what they eat every time they crack open a jar …
Best pizza places in 25 major cities
To help you find the best slice of pizza, Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated pizza restaurants in 25 major cities using data from Yelp.
Scrumptious Ways to Simplify Springtime Meals: Make weekday dining a breeze with easy, delicious recipes
(Family Features) These Shrimp, Broccoli and Potato Skewers with Lemon and Thyme can let you put a little spring in your weeknight dinners when paired with Easy as 1-2-3 Potato Salad.
Into cafécore? It's the new trend for creating the coffee shop vibe at home
(BPT) - You may have heard of "-core" trends that center around a specific niche, like cottagecore (accessorizing your home like a lake house) or balletcore (a style that emphasizes elegance, ballet …

Master Hosting Duties with Sweet, Simple Snacks

( Perfect for entertaining or simply enjoying after a long day at the office, easy snacks with a few ingredients can help satisfy cravings without spoiling dinner plans.

Ways to Make Mom's Day Extra Special

(Family Features) Make this year's celebration a true ode to the moms in your life with some extra special touches at breakfast and beyond, including recipes like Bacon-Wrapped Egg Muffins and Cinnamon Muffins.

East Coast Shoppers Gain New, Convenient Grocery Delivery Options

(BPT) - Whether you need groceries for your weekly meal prep, last-minute ingredients for tonight’s dinner or stocking up for upcoming holidays, you can now have your groceries delivered …

3 expert tips to fight the 3 p.m. slump

(BPT) - Do you struggle to stay focused and alert in the afternoon? The 3 p.m. slump is very real and hard to avoid! Many people feel their energy and productivity tank during this time, but …

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