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Wednesday, November 3,2010

Home is where the hummus is

Familiar favorites shine in new Woody’s Oasis

by Joe Torok
With shiny new digs only 500 feet west of its former home in the Trowbridge Plaza, Woody’s Oasis is now showing off its kabobs, hummus and schawarma in style, even if it was difficult to say goodbye to an almost 25-year-old store that spawned what...
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Wednesday, November 3,2010

Romancing the Rhone

One formidable French valley yields a variety of tantalizing wines

by Michael Brenton
The under-appreciation factor, which for years made these wines screaming bargains, is disappearing, but this region of France remains a great source of highquality wines without the higher price tag of many Bordeaux or Burgundy region wines of comparable quality.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Wok this way

Golden Wok owner promises customers, ’I will make you happy’

by Joe Torok
Golden Wok in East Lansing kept two menus for a long time because owner Ginny Cheung wasn’t sure how receptive (or adventurous) diners would be in the Midwest. She’s been pleasantly surprised ' so much so she’s combined the two menus into one. Cheung spent nearly a year thinking about, tinkering with and finalizing the new menu.
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Wednesday, October 13,2010

Winning Formula

Regulations benefit Michigan industries and protect citizens

by Michael G. Lasher
Michigan citizens, Michigan jobs and Michigan values.They define the parameters of Michigan’s system regulating the sale and distribution of alcohol. For more than 76 years, this system has worked. It continues to be refined so businesses, regulators, law enforcement and others can keep up with the changing times.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Lunch gone Wild

Wild Beaver Saloon unveils a mid-day menu

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After keeping downtown Lansing lunchgoers waiting nearly five months for something to gnaw on, the Wild Beaver Saloon is finally open for lunch. Nothing on the menu is over $10, which makes it expense -account-friendly for all the businessmen’s lunch meetings soon to be relocated here.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Drunk with power?

Proposed regulations on wine sales might make consumers see red

by Michael Brenton
Hold on to your rights, wine lovers, because they are (still) under attack by the associations representing beer and wine wholesalers on state and national levels.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

The secret is out

The secret is out MSU’s Visiting Chef Series is informative and utterly delicious

by Joe Torok
Approximately 100 foodies gathered last Wednesday and Thursday in a soft-lit conference room lined with cloth-covered dinner tables each equipped with four wine glasses (you see where this is going?), four forks, a couple of knives and a spoon for each participant.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Caravan to Pakistan

Caravan to Pakistan Karahi King Grill: A destination to savor

by Joe Torok
Lansing isn’t Singapore or Istanbul, but it’s no culinary backwater, either. Snap a giant needle onto the Capitol dome, spin it like a compass and you’ll find stuffed Greek gyros to the west, spicy jerk chicken from Jamaica downtown, Vietnamese Pho...
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Eight beers, and don't say 'nein'

Old Chicago's Oktoberfest tour taps the real deal

by Joe Torok
With Christmas comes a mad license to max out your credit card. The Fourth of July sanctions loud explosions in your front yard. On Halloween, you can wield a bloody axe without raising an eyebrow. But when is it acceptable to let your red-nosed, beer-swilling inner Bavarian homunculus loose?
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Wednesday, September 8,2010

Jose's: Muy bueno

A deli brings the tastes of Cuba to Lansing

by Joe Torok
Lansing has a handful of fantastic, inconspicuous eateries, and Jose’s Cuban Sandwich & Deli is on that list. Housed in a gas station at the corner of Kalamazoo Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Jose’s has been serving up sandwiches since February.  Owner Jose Antonio V...
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