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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Cover the Waterfront

New City Market bar offers good food and drinks — and some prime peoplewatching opportunities

by Joe Torok
In late mid-winter, there are more geese squawking in the ice-cold Grand River outside the new City Market than there are shoppers hunting for produce inside.
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

Twin Perks

Sure, the pie is terrific ' but don’t overlook Grand Traverse Pie’s other menu options

by Joe Torok
By late morning, Jones’ crew "gets their game faces on," she says, in preparation for the onslaught of professionals who don’t have the time ' or patience, for that matter, with plenty of other dining options nearby ' for food that is not perfect the first time.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Celebrating 60 saucy years

Falsetta’s Casa Nova brought pizza to Lansing and the restaurant remains a local hot spot

by Joe Torok
College kids led the way. A rapidly expanding Michigan State University, fuelled by World War II veterans benefitting from the G.I. Bill, brought students from the East Coast, where pizza was already well established. It was those students who sang the gospel according to mozzarella, and devotees soon filled the restaurant.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

Finding fabulous fizz

’Grower Champagnes’ can be pricey, but they’re worth seeking out

by Michael Brenton
Despite common parlance, remember that “Champagne,” by definition, must be produced from grapes grown and made into wine in the Champagne region of France. Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain or tasty sparkling wines from L. Mawby and other Michigan producers are not Champagne.
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Thursday, January 6,2011

Adding that personal touch

Owner Ofilia Diaz takes a hands-on approach at El Burrito

by Joe Torok
Owner Ofilia Diaz took over the taqueria in early October, stepping in on a Tuesday after the previous owner called it quits on the preceding Sunday. Diaz came armed with cookies and cakes, adding sweets to an authentic menu specializing in tacos and burritos.
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Finding that prime time for wine

A tasting of various Mount Veeder wines reveals the intricacies of aging

by Michael Brenton
Perhaps the questions most frequently asked of winemakers and proprietors at wine tastings are “How long will it age?” and “What’s the cellar life of this wine?” Of course, these questions are impossible to answer accurately because of the myriad...
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Mass appeal

A Vietnamese feast in a Catholic church

by Joe Torok
Raised Catholic, I quickly realized I enjoyed two things about Sunday service: sipping wine at Communion and watching the final procession of lector, altar boys and priest march out past the congregation into the vestibule, ending the Mass. The end of Mass meant one thing: coffee and donuts.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

'Why be normal?'

Gus's Bar is reincarnated as a 'gastropub'

In the idyllic villa of Preveza, Greece, a three-story mansion sits atop a bluff within easy sight of electric blue Mediterranean waters.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

Still Colonial after all these years

Menu gets an upgrade at 45-year-old bar/grille

When The Colonial Bar & Grille opened, Bob Dylan was preparing to shock the world by going electric at the Newport Folk Festival, the Beatles were putting the final touches on their seminal “Rubber Soul” album, Muhammad Ali was practicing how best...
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Stay ’toast’-y this season

Making spirits light is easy — if you shop wisely for the holiday table

by Michael Brenton
The simple answer probably is to drink whatever you enjoy, but the typical holiday meal probably isn’t the best occasion to open a big, burly, tannic Cabernet, or a flabby, low acid white.
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