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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

by ALLAN I. ROSS
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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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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