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Wednesday, August 19,2015

He ate, she ate

From Nola to 'Nam

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Pho-nomenal In 1968, I hitchhiked with a girl named Kelly from East Lansing to south Lansing. It was winter, it was late, and we didn’t care. We were on a quest for the most exotic food I’d ever tasted. Something she had never tasted. We found it. Tacos. It’s unfair...
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

He Ate, She Ate

Meat Southern BBQ and Carnivore Cuisine

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
The plant eaters had won, or so we thought. Even our family was riven by the war. My son convinced our granddaughter that eating meat was a crime, and unhealthy. Another granddaughter took to Facebook to declare that vegetarians live longer than flesh eaters.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

He Ate, She Ate

Asia's Finest

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Garden of brothy delights Let’s begin on an upbeat note. There is some fine cooking going on in Asia’s Finest restaurant in South Lansing. The servers flash sincere looking smiles as you enter and leave. They are gracious when folks like me butcher familiar Thai and Vietnames...
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Wednesday, February 18,2015

He Ate, She Ate

Pizzano's offers 'pub grub' and beyond

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Blue collar charm Standing in Piazzano’s parking lot, I looked across Grand River Avenue at a darkened, silent lumber yard. It struck me that Piazzano’s is like several other Lansing restaurants — Art’s Bar, DeLuca’s and Harry’s Place come to m...
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

He Ate, She Ate

Sultan's delivers authentic Middle Eastern Dining experience

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
It’s safe to say you can’t fully appreciate a culture until you can appreciate its cuisine. My appreciation of Middle Eastern cuisine is a work in progress.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

He Ate, She Ate

Harry's place adds Greek flair to traditional bar and grill fare

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Urban revival cuisine It’s not much of a stretch to say that Harry’s Place grew up alongside the American automobile. Since the early 1920s, this watering hole on Lansing’s west side has had a front row seat as the bodies of dozens of car models were churned out across...
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

He Ate, She Ate

Inside and out at Williamston's Riverhouse Inn

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Tap-dancing taste buds Dining out has its distinct pleasures, especially when it literally means dining out. Given a perfect evening, there are few al fresco dining spots in Greater Lansing to match the Riverhouse Inn in Williamston. We picked the perfect evening. The humidity had...
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

He Ate, She Ate: Waterfront Bar & Grill

Waterfront Bar leads a thriving riverfront entertainment scene

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Downtown Lansing’s Waterfront Bar & Grill is a work in progress. For those who have longed for a vibrant riverfront, including restaurants, the fact that Lansing now boasts a restaurant gracing the Grand River is indeed progress.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

He Ate, She Ate: Mike’s Village Restaurant

Dimondale diner does breakfast right, with a side of quirky

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
It’s said that a small town lacking a social hub is in danger of becoming a ghost town. Bars often serve as this social glue, sometimes schools or churches.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

He Ate, She Ate

Gastropub chain a good fit for downtown East Lansing

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
If you don'euro;'t go much for beer, my advice is to go to HopCat anyway. With close to 100 beers on tap, there'euro;'s a good chance you'euro;'ll find a beer that appeals. If you'euro;'re a complete teetotaler, well, maybe you should walk on by. On the other hand, food is no orphan in this.
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