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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Black Rose is in bloom

One new tavern and two new Coney Islands open

by Joe Torok
A part of the Urban Feast restaurant management group that has footprints in the Lansing area (with Troppo, Tavern on the Square and Edmundīs Pastime) and on the west side of the state, the Black Rose is a reboot of a bar that formerly slung drafts in downtown Grand Rapids. That location closed in 2009.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Food finder

by City Pulse
Ave., East Lansing. 11:30 a.m.'euro;“10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 853-3700. www.aifusion.com.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Xiao finds the sweet spot

East Lansing eatery is all about fusion and funkiness

by Joe Torok
We started with the chicken lettuce wraps ($7.49) which are a study in contrast. Full leaves of romaine fan out from a chicken and vegetable mixture punctuated with pineapple chunks and served in a deep fried shell. Perhaps it’s a quibble, but our lettuce was still soaking wet when served, and although I was confident it was rinsed well, I didn’t need a bath along with it.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

CADL talks focus on food

by Joe Torok
The Purple Carrot food truck will present programs at two CADL locations next month, according to owner Nina Santucci. Santucci will conduct a cooking demon stration with co-owner Anthony Maiale using locally sourced ingredients; they will hold a conversation with attendees about the many ways purchasing local is important.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Food Finder

Eastern tastes

by City Pulse
THAI PRINCESS — Artistic presentations of Thai cuisine are served in a stylishly decorated environment in Okemos for upscale dining without the premium prices. 1754 Central Park Drive, Okemos. 11: 30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-9 p.m. Saturday; noon- 8 p.m. Sunday. (517) 381-1558. TO, OM, R, WiFi, $$.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Getting to know Pinot

A ‘blind tasting’ of various Pinot Noirs revealed some surprising discoveries

by Michael Brenton
Pinot Noir is renowned as a grape variety that can be challenging to grow and even more challenging to turn into great wine. It is the signature grape of the Burgundy region of France and thrives in cooler grape growing regions where it achieves a wonderful balance of tannin, sugar and acid.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

Food Finder

Eastern tastes

by City Pulse
ANQI SUSHI EXPRESS — This tiny shop on Allegan Street has brought downtown diners what they’ve been craving: sushi. beef don, Udon soup and all sorts of sushi.
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Wednesday, February 22,2012

Food Finder

by City Pulse
SUGAR SHACK — A cupcake connoisseur's paradise, Sugar Shack has nothing but sweets to make your mouth sing: enormous and slightly less than enormous cupcakes, brownies, cookies, pies and more.
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Wednesday, February 22,2012

Savory Southern cooking comes to south Lansing

Delicious Chick'n & Fix'ns is worth clucking about

by Joe Torok
Open only a few months, Chick'n & Fix'ns is still working out the kinks, as the smiling and well-managed yet slightly stiff servers will attest. What it may lack in polish is made up for in earnest friendliness, and if you've never been to Chick'n & Fix'ns (they will ask you), they're more than happy to give you the lowdown.
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Wednesday, February 15,2012

Food Finder

Cafes & Diners

by City Pulse
MENNA'S JOINT - East Lansing-based franchise serving its trademark "dubs" - wrap sandwiches packed with, among other options, potatoes, chicken cheese and more - at two area locations.
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