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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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Tuesday, April 13,2010

Kelly's comeback

Back in business in a new location

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A handwritten sign in the window is about as grand as this opening gets: “We’re Open!” “We didn’t know until 4 o’ clock on Friday we’d be open,” said Lynne Burns, who co-owns Kelly’s Downtown with her husband, Lenny, and some other partners. “We missed our customers and we’re really happy to be back, especially in time for St.
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Tuesday, April 13,2010

Lucky Bucket

CB's has weathered storms (and fires) on the road to success

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the 1982 Robin Williams film “The World According to Garp,” the title character is house hunting with his wife when a single-engine airplane crashes into a home they’re about to check out. The pilot’s fine; the upper half of the home is demolished. Instead of moving on, however, Garp tells the real estate agent that they’ll take it.
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