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Thursday, January 9,2014

Champagne finance reform

Annual farmer fizz evaluation back with new picks for 2014

by Michael Brenton
Sparkling wine is made in virtually every wine-producing region, but Champagne is made only in the Champagne region of Burgundy, France. Champagne can be made from a single grape variety or a combination of up to three: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
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Thursday, December 26,2013

State of organic

A look back at healthy eating choices in the Lansing area

by Laura Johnson
It’s been an exciting year for local food and agriculture, adding to the impressive progress that’s been made over the last decade.
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

She ate: A view to a kale

by Gabrielle Johnson
When I went to Capital Prime recently, I was impressed with the makeover the restaurant has undergone since converting into a steakhouse from its previous in carnation, Bar 30. The walls are a deep, smoky blue and modern chandeliers and artwork hang from the walls. There is a definite feeling of swank.
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

He ate: Reality bites

by Mark Nixon
Woody Allen famously said he hated reality, “but it’s still the best place to get a good steak.”
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Club Nouveau

Annual arrival of French specialty wine a treat for both newcomers and connoisseurs

by Michael Brenton
The anticipated annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived. Beaujolais Nouveau is always the first press from the annual French harvest, and by French law, it cannot be released until the third Thursday of November.
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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Turkey time

How to localize your Thanksgiving feast

by Laura Johnson
There’s a wide selection of farms and vendors in the Lansing area offering Thanksgiving turkeys that ORGANIC are fresh (not frozen), all natural (no use of antibiotics or hormones), certified organic and/or free range.
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Sunday, November 17,2013

He ate: Coral Gables

by Mark Nixon
Food is memory, among other things. It’s why for our Thanksgiving dinner someone always bakes kolache, a delicate, crescent-shaped pastry filled with a sweetened nut mixture; something my mother made, and her mother before her.
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Wednesday, November 13,2013

She ate: Slice of retro charm

by Gabrielle Johnson
Few things are more “East Lansing” than Coral Gables. Or, as people of a certain age affectionately refer to it, The Coral Gables. The landmark restaurant had slipped from my radar; I’d not been there since I was an undergrad and a girlfriend of mine waitressed the bre...
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Wednesday, November 6,2013

Out of South Africa

Sampling the imported wines from Bouchard Finlayson

by Michael Brenton
A 2012 Bouchard Finlayson Sauvignon Blanc was a good example of this principle. This wine could be the offspring of a marriage between a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and a French white Bordeaux.
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Thursday, October 31,2013

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Longstanding greenhouse expands reach with organic produce

by Laura Johnson
From the road, Lansing’s Smith Floral and Greenhouses, 1124 E. Mt. Hope Ave., appears quaint and unassuming. Even a quick stop ORGANIC in can be deceiving if you stick to the front of the store. It’s not until you take a stroll through the back — and they’re happy to give curiosity-seekers a tour — that you realize how vast the space actually is and how creatively it’s being used.
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