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Thursday, July 29,2010

Ramon's revival

Tex-Mex restaurant has had a bumpy ride; now it's back in business

by Joe Torok
Ramon’s, a family-run restaurant owned by Margarita and Ramon Fuentes that once had two locations in Lansing, opened in 1976 before shuttering in 2002.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Bella Harvest can be a dirty business

But owner Kevin Nichols insists quality produce is worth the extra effort

by Joe Torok
On any given day, Bella Harvest offers 20 to 25 varieties of produce. In the winter, very little is organic, and that disappoints customers. As the growing season matures, though, organic options proliferate until they peak in late July and early August, when nearly 100 percent of his produce is organic.
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Wednesday, July 14,2010

Pour health

’Drinking your lunch’ is hardly a disgrace at Eden’s Juice

by Joe Torok
Patrons recently celebrated the grand opening of Eden’s Juice in downtown Lansing. The juice bar, in business since March, welcomed friends ' both old and new, celebrities and average Joes ' to select from an expanded menu of healthy juices and more..
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

’Little’ in name only

With prayer and family help, Virginia Valdez has turned a dream into reality

by Joe Torok
Before her current venture, Valdez owned Niņa’s Taco House, within a stone’s throw of her present site. Recently divorced and pregnant with her fifth child, Valdez was inspired to open her own Mexican restaurant ' after she had been in a wheelchair for three years, battling multiple sclerosis.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

No fishy tales here

According to City Fish owner, honesty is the freshest policy

by Joe Torok
Yes, Joseph is surrounded by the Great Lakes, although that didn’t help a number of Scalawags restaurants Joseph, 56, operated in the area. He opened three of them in the past five years, and the last remaining Scalawags (in south Lansing) closed just a couple months ago.
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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 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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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

To market, to market

Lansing’s new City Market gears up for its Saturday grand-opening celebration

by Joe Torok
Not all vendors made an immediate move in the early days of the new building. Since the “soft opening,” some vendors have delayed opening due to contracting issues, but market manager John Hooper says, despite delays and a bit of vendor angst, capacity has reached 100 percent, with even more vendors looking for a space.
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