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Wednesday, July 17,2013

From baked heart to tofu pierogies

Inaugural Capital Area Restaurant Week event highlights cultural role of Lansing eateries

by Allan I. Ross
Before farm-to-table dining was fashionable, before it even had a name, it was simply called 'eating.' Fresh food, for most of human history, was hard to come by, and over the ages, advances in agriculture and transportation eased the process somewhat. But it wasn’t until the development of processed food and electric refrigeration following WWII that restaurants, particularly fast food joints, really started to boom.
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Wednesday, July 17,2013

Backwoods royalty

Quirky comedy captures adolescence at its most surreal

by Allan I. Ross
In the magically surreal world of 'The Kings of Summer,' 15-year-old Joe Toy and a couple of his buddies build a functional two-story house out of found materials, 'Gilligan’s Island'-style, in the middle of a suburban Ohio patch of woods. Then they run away from home to live in it for a summer.
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Wednesday, July 17,2013

Volunteer for the World Dwarf Games

Olympics-style event coming to East Lansing next month

by Allan I. Ross
Wednesday, July 17 — The World Dwarf Games will be held at Michigan State University from Aug. 3-10, and organizers are seeking volunteers to help out with the games.
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Wednesday, July 17,2013

NEW IN TOWN

Bikram Yoga / Halo Burger

by Allan I. Ross
The downward dog days of summer are upon us. Last month, yoga instructor Ann Chrapkiewicz opened the Bikram Yoga Capital Area studio in East Lansing's Brookfield Plaza. This is the first business for Chrapkiewicz.
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Wednesday, July 10,2013

Starting from scratch

New Okemos Italian restaurant boldly keeps decor simple

by Allan I. Ross
he scratch Italian restaurant Tannin is scheduled to open this month in Okemos. Partners Chris Roelofs (general manager) and James Sumpter (executive chef) have honed their chops at several restaurants around town, but this will be the first time either has taken a crack at ownership.
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Monday, July 8,2013

New in Town

by Allan I. Ross
After a series of construction delays, Famous Dave's became the south side's newest restaurant on Monday morning. There were people in pig costumes, a fire truck and about 30 grown-ups doing the hokey-pokey on the sidewalk, as Delhi Township Supervisor C.J. Davis performed a ceremonial rib (no, not ribbon) cutting.
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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Star pluckers

‘The Bling Ring’ enlightens as it enrages

by Allan I. Ross
Last month, Slate.com reported that the NSA surveillance scandal inspired a 5,000 percent jump in online sales of the George Orwell novel “1984,” which depicts a ubiquitously monitoring dystopian state.
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Thursday, June 20,2013

‘We’re not going anywhere’

Emil’s owner insists longtime Eastside restaurant will stay open

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, June 20 — Despite a new batch of rumors that Emil’s Italian Restaurant on Lansing’s Eastside is closing, owner Paul Grescowle firmly denies them all. “We’re not going anywhere,” he said, chuckling. “I have no idea where these rumors are coming from, but that couldn’t be further from the truth."
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Eye sore of the week

by Allan I. Ross
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Car dealerships, like gas stations, arrived on the architecture scene for the first time in the last century. Dealerships like this one with flat roofs and extensive parking are hard to re-imagine as anything but.
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Monday, June 17,2013

Cottage industry

English Inn breaks ground on new addition

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, June 14 — The owners of the English Inn broke ground on four cottages Thursday that will nearly double the Eaton Rapids establishment's capacity. The four Croquet Cottages, as they’ll be called (they overlook the estate’s tournament-sized croquet court) are expected to be complete by October.
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