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Wednesday, June 9,2010

No fishy tales here

According to City Fish owner, honesty is the freshest policy

by Joe Torok
Yes, Joseph is surrounded by the Great Lakes, although that didn’t help a number of Scalawags restaurants Joseph, 56, operated in the area. He opened three of them in the past five years, and the last remaining Scalawags (in south Lansing) closed just a couple months ago.
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Wednesday, June 2,2010

Cool fun in the summertime

Raise a glass to wine festivals all over the state

by Michael Brenton
On the same day, at the Leland Wine and Food Festival, you could enjoy visiting the Leland Harbor and historic Fishtown, while sampling some of the finest new release wines from both Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula wineries and tasting specialties from the area’s finest restaurants and food purveyors.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Watch your back, Willy Wonka

Japanese confectioner creates art you can eat

by Joe Torok
The master rolls a ball of orange dough in the palms of his hands, nimbly working it like a potter, before incorporating a bit of yellow-colored dough. He wraps a cheesecloth around the amalgamation, squeezing and spinning it, and when the dough reappears, it has been shaped into a perfect sphere.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

Aloha, PiiLani

Hawaiian native brings island cuisine to Okemos

by Joe Torok
From sushi to Spam, the buffet will offer an array of Pacific flavors, such as a curry stew with cod poached in coconut milk, brined salmon, homemade Hawaiian desserts, and the signature Big Kahuna Pulled Pork sandwich, stuffed with tomatoes, peppers, cheese and BBQ sauce.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

Ice, ice, bambino

Iorio’s celebrates the sweetness of Italy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For Mary Lemmer, securing employment won’t be a problem. She started her own Italian ice business in 2004 when she was a sophomore at Lansing Catholic High School, and she’s planning on staying right here in the Mitten and watching her little start-up grow.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Such sweetness

Coffee and Friends offers local goods (and goodies)

by Joe Torok
Nearly 3 months old, Coffee and Friends has ably filled the communal and caffeinated void. Reich, who also owns an automotive repair garage in Bath Township, says his newest venture is about connecting with the locals, both as a businessman and citizen.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

From Leelanau with love

Bel Lago Vineyard and Black Star Farms unveil an assortment of delicious releases

by Michael Brenton
At the Bel Lago Vineyard (www.bellago.com), wine is made from grapes grown in family-owned vineyards overlooking Lake Leelanau. Black Star Farms (www.blackstarfarms.com) is an “agricultural destination” that features two winery production facilities with adjacent tasting rooms, a distillery, an inn and an equestrian facility.
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Thursday, April 29,2010

Good morning, Lebanon

Bacon, eggs and kibbee? It's on the breakfast menu at Brunch House

by Joe Torok
Walking out of a bacon-and-egg-type diner, you don’t often find yourself thinking, “That was one fantastic Lebanese salad.” You might just be savoring that exact thought after eating at The Brunch House on Pennsylvania Avenue one block south of I-496.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

Yes, we can

MSU Extension Service shows how to preserve veggies safely

by Joe Torok
Okay, so maybe you don’t share a Tea Party-ish apocalyptic vision of the near-future, and perhaps you want to explore some ancestral roots. Maybe you’d just like to transform those strawberries in your garden into lip-smacking jam or that ridiculously prolific tomato crop into jars of spicy salsa.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Down-home meets uptown

Old Town neighborhood welcomes Pastry Palette

by Joe Torok
Bill, 46, is quiet-mannered and polite, an electrical engineer for General Motors by day, supportive husband and partner to the business in his spare time. He has the temperament of a tenured philosophy professor: always willing to listen, while giving only the slightest indication the wheels are constantly whizzing in his head.
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