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Wednesday, June 10,2015

Thicker than water

South Lansing Burmese restaurant reopens after weeklong shutdown

by Allan I. Ross
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 — Eight days after being shut down by the health department for having no running water, Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant is scheduled to reopen on Friday.
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Spreading like vines

Vine & Brew taps into Lansing’s growing wine appetite

by Ty Forquer
Like a metaphorical grapevine snaking through the trellis of our culture, a new level of wine knowledge is creeping into our everyday lives. Where wine tasting used to be reserved for the snobbiest segments of society, the popularity of the Food Network and easy access to food and wine blogs has turned everyone into an expert. Suddenly, your Uncle Ted, after perhaps a glass too many at Easter dinner, is spouting off about the “apricot notes” in his riesling and swirling his glass vigorously to “see if it has legs.” This new appreciation for wine has taken root in Lansing, and entrepreneur Curt Kosal has taken note.
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Tuesday, June 2,2015

White wine with mink

The infinite variety of wine pairings

by Lawrence Cosentino
Snobs will tell you that wine pairings are a delicate matter. They are not. Wine, in general, goes with everything. Every wine goes with every other thing. All you have to do is plug away, like an old school telephone operator, and listen in.
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Tuesday, June 2,2015

Go north, young wino

Highlights and values from Northern Michigan’s wine region

by Justin King
Northern Michigan in the summer is prime Instagram material. The Grand Traverse Bay area is an embarrassment of riches, with views for days. The restaurant scene is adventurous and diverse, and the wineries show personality in a region that fiercely champions its own producers.
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Tuesday, June 2,2015

Working for pinots

Exploring career options in the wine industry

by Justin King
The coasts don’t understand Michigan. Many don’t know — or don’t care — that it’s not all rust belt and ruin porn here. Hyperbole aside, the two peninsulas have had to pivot through a recession with some help from a healthy (and tasty) beverage industry. Michigan’s beer exploits are well documented, as many consider Michigan to be a top five craft beer state. But, along with Virginia, Texas and Idaho, our pure state has an argument to squeeze into the top five of quality wine production, alongside wine bastions California, Oregon, Washington and New York.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

He Ate, She Ate

Meat Southern BBQ and Carnivore Cuisine

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
The plant eaters had won, or so we thought. Even our family was riven by the war. My son convinced our granddaughter that eating meat was a crime, and unhealthy. Another granddaughter took to Facebook to declare that vegetarians live longer than flesh eaters.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Bridges to Lebanon

Maureen Abood showcases her heritage in ‘Rose Water and Orange Blossoms’

by Gabrielle Johnson
As a longtime Lansing-ite and a person who is always thinking about her next meal, it was with intense intrigue that I first approached Maureen Abood’s culinary blog, "Rose Water and Orange Blossoms," a few years ago. Abood is a member of a prominent Lansing family, one whose generations stretch back into the city’s lore. “My Abood grandparents came to Lansing in the 1920s,” Abood said. “There were already people here from their village in Lebanon.”
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Abroad appeal

Wine highlights from popular study abroad destinations

by Justin King
If an MSU student’s academic career were a musical movement, every April would be the tension and May would be the release. Some students stick around to work in town to pay the bills, while others go home for free laundry season. But many Spartans choose to study abroad, driven by a thirst for international experiences. The liquid temptations of Tel Aviv, Madrid and Amsterdam will surely be ignored by the studious green and white, right?
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

He Ate, She Ate

Asia's Finest

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Garden of brothy delights Let’s begin on an upbeat note. There is some fine cooking going on in Asia’s Finest restaurant in South Lansing. The servers flash sincere looking smiles as you enter and leave. They are gracious when folks like me butcher familiar Thai and Vietnames...
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Wednesday, February 18,2015

He Ate, She Ate

Pizzano's offers 'pub grub' and beyond

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Blue collar charm Standing in Piazzano’s parking lot, I looked across Grand River Avenue at a darkened, silent lumber yard. It struck me that Piazzano’s is like several other Lansing restaurants — Art’s Bar, DeLuca’s and Harry’s Place come to m...
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