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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Island girl

A Hawaiian native cooks up delicacies at Pii Lani’s Buffet

by Joe Torok
Born and raised in Hawaii, Piilani moved to the Lansing area over 30 years ago and began an ongoing catering business. Her new venture features a daily lunch buffet and, if all goes according to plan, may soon feature a nightly dinner buffet ($8.99)..
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

The grape escape

Michigan wines impress at Leland festival

by Michael Brenton
I was curious to see if there would be many wines from the challenging 2009 vintage, and how they would show, but most of the wines continued to be 2007 and 2008 juice.
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Thursday, July 29,2010

Ramon's revival

Tex-Mex restaurant has had a bumpy ride; now it's back in business

by Joe Torok
Ramon’s, a family-run restaurant owned by Margarita and Ramon Fuentes that once had two locations in Lansing, opened in 1976 before shuttering in 2002.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Bella Harvest can be a dirty business

But owner Kevin Nichols insists quality produce is worth the extra effort

by Joe Torok
On any given day, Bella Harvest offers 20 to 25 varieties of produce. In the winter, very little is organic, and that disappoints customers. As the growing season matures, though, organic options proliferate until they peak in late July and early August, when nearly 100 percent of his produce is organic.
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Wednesday, July 14,2010

Pour health

’Drinking your lunch’ is hardly a disgrace at Eden’s Juice

by Joe Torok
Patrons recently celebrated the grand opening of Eden’s Juice in downtown Lansing. The juice bar, in business since March, welcomed friends ' both old and new, celebrities and average Joes ' to select from an expanded menu of healthy juices and more..
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Wednesday, July 7,2010

Zinfandel-icious selections

Savor the many flavors of this summertime wine

by Michael Brenton
In 1975, Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel experienced a "stuck fermentation," a problem that occurs when the yeast dies out before consuming all of the sugar. This problem juice was set aside. Some weeks later, the winemaker tasted it and preferred this accidental result, which was a sweet pink wine.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Pizza House expands

East Lansing eatery adds full bar seating

by Jane Alexander
“Our major excitement with the whole thing is the addition of the bar,” Bates said. “Because everyone who has been in and seen it ' especially regulars who come in all the time ' has been asking us to build one for a while now, so they’re pretty excited.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

’Little’ in name only

With prayer and family help, Virginia Valdez has turned a dream into reality

by Joe Torok
Before her current venture, Valdez owned Niņa’s Taco House, within a stone’s throw of her present site. Recently divorced and pregnant with her fifth child, Valdez was inspired to open her own Mexican restaurant ' after she had been in a wheelchair for three years, battling multiple sclerosis.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Way to grow

Bad economy? Bah, humbug: A pair of local eateries have recently expanded

You’ve undoubtedly heard the dire claim that 50 percent of businesses fail in the first year and 95 percent fail within five years (actual statistics are about twothirds make it to the two-year mark and almost half survive to their four-year anniversary).
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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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