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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Festivals for the rest of us

Get in the spirit with festivals dedicated to Michigan wine and craft beer

by Michael Brenton
Summer is nigh, and that means celebrations of fermented juice will soon be in full swing across all regions of Michigan. In fact, some have already started. The Michigan Beer & Brat Festival over Memorial Day weekend showcased the growing vitality of the Great Lake State’s beverage producers. New Michigan wineries, cideries, meaderies and breweries continue to sprout up, boasting some awesome and creative beverages at the festivals.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

She ate: Naan stop

by Gabrielle Johnson
The first time I went to Persis, my dining companion and I stopped in to try the $9.99 weekday lunch buffet. It was a bit later than the standard noon hour and the restaurant was virtually empty. We were seated and immediately grabbed plates and made our way down the line as I loaded my plate with tastes of almost everything.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

He ate: Spice world

by Mark Nixon
It was as if I had stumbled into the culinary equivalent of a “Seinfeld” episode. You know, the famous break-up episode, where the breaker-upper tells George, “It’s not you, it’s me.”
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Miura magic

World-class sommelier’s Pinot Noirs are pure enchantment

by Michael Brenton
What happens when Emmanuel Kemiji, a world-class sommelier, establishes a winery and gains access to fruit from California´s most highly regarded Pinot Noir vineyards? Miura Vineyards happens.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Court marshal

Pizza entrepreneur wants to mobilize food carts in north Lansing

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Mobile food carts are the ronin of the dining world: Rootless, solitary creatures, easily transportable to “hot” locations, good at getting a job done and then disappearing when the mission’s complete. Each has a dedicated discipline (tacos, hot dogs, skewered kebabs) and uses that specialty to fill a particular need in society. Occasion ally they must set aside their differences and band together to keep the peace — a hungry crowd is a dangerous crowd.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

He Ate, She Ate: Mike’s Village Restaurant

Dimondale diner does breakfast right, with a side of quirky

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
It’s said that a small town lacking a social hub is in danger of becoming a ghost town. Bars often serve as this social glue, sometimes schools or churches.
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Wednesday, April 2,2014

Choose your own thirst quencher

Amended Michigan liquor code allows customers to bring wine to restaurants

by Michael Brenton
You walk into a restaurant, intending to order a nice bottle of wine with dinner. You check out the wine list, but can’t convince yourself to spend $35 for a wine you recently purchased for $12 at the retail store. Or you see a better bottle of wine that you splurged on for $40, but here it’s $80 or $90. So what do many wine consumers do? Order a beer. The restaurant misses out on profit from the wine, and you don’t get what you really want.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Food court of appeals

Reality show contest will give new local eatery free space in Lansing Mall

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It’s been a few years since Hugh Jackman and his boxing robot thrust mid-Michigan into the national spotlight — yes, that was Mason City Hall playing a bit part in “Real Steel.” Now it’s Lansing chance to get in the ring. This week the Food Network will tape an episode of its reality show contest “Food Court Wars” in two capital city locations: Lansing City Market and the Lansing Mall. The show will pit two local teams of aspiring restaurateurs, whose identities are being kept secret, against each other for a year of free rent for their fledgling business in the Lansing Mall’s food court.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

She Ate: Nice buns

by Gabrielle Johnson
When I went to Sexton High School, we had an hour for lunch and everyone was allowed to leave campus. We would frequent the food court in the Lansing Mall, all of the fast food places on West Saginaw and the few nearby convenience stores. While we wouldn’t have been able to afford daily lunches at Fork in the Road, I for one would have saved up and splurged on Fridays.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

He Ate: Tell me about the rabbit

by Mark Nixon
The farm-to-table movement is so prevalent that it risks becoming a cliché. Who knows? Our local McDonald’s may one day brag about free-range Chicken McNuggets raised on a McFarm in McEaton County.
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