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Wednesday, June 17,2015

She ate: A worthy breakfast pit stop

by Gabrielle Johnson
Last month, the boyfriend and I went up north. We rode our bicycles, we ate ice cream and salt water taffy and at a lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula he proposed to me with his great-grandmother’s ring. Henceforth, he will now be known as “the fiancÚ.” Since he&rsq...
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Bridges to Lebanon

Maureen Abood showcases her heritage in ‘Rose Water and Orange Blossoms’

by Gabrielle Johnson
As a longtime Lansing-ite and a person who is always thinking about her next meal, it was with intense intrigue that I first approached Maureen Abood’s culinary blog, "Rose Water and Orange Blossoms," a few years ago. Abood is a member of a prominent Lansing family, one whose generations stretch back into the city’s lore. “My Abood grandparents came to Lansing in the 1920s,” Abood said. “There were already people here from their village in Lebanon.”
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

She ate: Winter flavors wow

by Gabrielle Johnson
The State Room wasn’t one of those restaurants that I thought was cool when I was growing up in Lansing. When my friends and I spent our high school allowances on fancy dinners before prom, we headed to Beggar’s Banquet, Mountain Jack’s or the Golden Rose. The State Room...
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

She ate: Top five

by Gabrielle Johnson
In 2014, my favorite local restaurants remained my favorites, including Tavern 109 in Williamston, the State Room in East Lansing, and Maru in Okemos. Of course, I added more to my list, but I also found some off-the-beaten-path new places for favorite sustenance.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

She ate: Pushing the (egg) envelope

by Gabrielle Johnson
Let’s get the discussion about Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant’s location out of the way — it’s not great. As a lifelong Lansingite, there aren’t many areas of the city that make me feel uncomfortable. This is one of them. On our last visit, customers of the marijuana dispensary next door were having their custom orders prepared. The clientele was interesting.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

She ate: Full of color, bursting with flavor

by Gabrielle Johnson
There are few things I like better than a slightly crisped, lightly greasy corn tortilla wrapped around a fragrant, flavorful protein (al pastor, or marinated pork, is my favorite), a pinch of queso fresco (soft, white, crumbly Mexican cheese) and packing a little heat — preferably from a chunky, fresh salsa.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

She ate: Naan stop

by Gabrielle Johnson
The first time I went to Persis, my dining companion and I stopped in to try the $9.99 weekday lunch buffet. It was a bit later than the standard noon hour and the restaurant was virtually empty. We were seated and immediately grabbed plates and made our way down the line as I loaded my plate with tastes of almost everything.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

She Ate: Nice buns

by Gabrielle Johnson
When I went to Sexton High School, we had an hour for lunch and everyone was allowed to leave campus. We would frequent the food court in the Lansing Mall, all of the fast food places on West Saginaw and the few nearby convenience stores. While we wouldn’t have been able to afford daily lunches at Fork in the Road, I for one would have saved up and splurged on Fridays.
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

She ate: A view to a kale

by Gabrielle Johnson
When I went to Capital Prime recently, I was impressed with the makeover the restaurant has undergone since converting into a steakhouse from its previous in carnation, Bar 30. The walls are a deep, smoky blue and modern chandeliers and artwork hang from the walls. There is a definite feeling of swank.
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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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