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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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Wednesday, October 9,2013

He ate, She ate

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Restaurants naturally strive to set themselves apart, but so often fall victim to their own hyperbole. So when another Italian restaurant hits the scene with a motto that calls its food “intoxicating” ... well, as President Reagan once said, “Trust but verify.”
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

She Ate

Adventurous indulging

by Gabrielle Johnson
Let’s get one thing straight. If you’re looking for traditional Italian food dripping in mozzarella cheese and topped with a breaded chicken breast, Tannin ain’t the place for you. You’d be better served going across the street to the Olive Garden to indulge in their most recent vaguely Italian-sounding concoction.
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Wednesday, October 2,2013

Welcome to Ontario

Niagara wine scene is worth the drive

by Alan Kerr
Ontario is a wine lover’s playground. Much like parts of Michigan, Ontario at this time of the year is a spectacle of colors. The wines, the landscape and the Niagara escarpment in particular make it a splendid place to visit.
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Wednesday, September 25,2013

Hot and cold

Better Health Café offers organic, vegan and gluten-free lunch selections

by Laura Johnson
I’m a semi-regular shopper at The Better Health Store, the natural and organic grocery store located across ORGANIC from Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing Township. Until recently, however, I hadn’t tried its café.
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