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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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Wednesday, September 18,2013

She Ate

Do it yourself

by Gabrielle Johnson
I don’t want to cook my own food when I go out to eat (I’m thinking of a certain fondue chain). So when I heard about Bulgogi’s “grill your own meat” gimmick, I was skeptical.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

He Ate

A fine addition

by Mark Nixon
Let me apologize in advance to millions of Koreans on both sides of the Demilitarized Zone. Your national dish, kimchi ... How do I put this delicately? Bleh.
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Monday, September 9,2013

‘Lips of State’

New Belgium Brewing Co., Taps 25 and The State Room partnering for beer and food pairing on Wednesday

by City Pulse Staff
Monday, Sept. 9 — Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing Co. invites Lansing to come worship at the temple of beer Wednesday as it unveils its new "Lips of Faith" series of brews paired with food samplings from Michigan State University’s food truck.
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Wednesday, September 4,2013

Best of the best

Sampling the top drawer at the Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition

by Michael Brenton
Michigan vineyards continue to expand, Michigan wineries continue to multiply and Michigan wines continue to reach new qualitative heights. With every new vintage, it gets harder to be the best of the best.
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

No-secrets meat

by Laura Johnson
Don’t put Ben Tirrell or his family farm in a box. “Everybody’s big on labeling things,” he said, seated at a shaded picnic table at his farm in Charlotte. He’s talking about food labels like “organic” and “grass fed.” “We’re just trying to sell who we are and make a name for ourselves. This is how we do things, and it’s not necessarily such and such certified. That all seems a little bit gimmicky to me.”
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