City Pulse - Food <![CDATA[Back to school special]]> ]]> <![CDATA[So many choices]]> ]]> <![CDATA[He ate, she ate]]> <![CDATA[Sweet spot]]> When owner Pete Counseller opened Glazed and Confused Wednesday, he knew his doughnut focused bakery would fill a niche in the downtown Lansing food scene. “Downtown needed a bakery — especially one that served breakfast and lunch,” he told City Pulse’s Allan I. Ross before the shop’s opening.]]> <![CDATA[West side providers]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Summertime, and the drinkin’ is easy]]> <![CDATA[New in town]]> ]]> <![CDATA[He ate: Small plates pack a big punch]]> <![CDATA[She ate: Out of this world pizzas]]> <![CDATA[Top 5 Dining Guide]]> Restaurants are ranked in order, based on votes from our 2015 Top of the Town contest.]]> <![CDATA[And the rosé’s red glare]]> ]]> <![CDATA[He ate: Service and charm fuel the Sinclair Grill]]> There’s a little Italian restaurant we visit whenever we’re in Las Vegas. The food ranges from OK to not bad. But we keep coming back to Battista’s Hole in the Wall for the décor — and for Gordy. The walls are jam-packed with signed celebrity photos of “old” Vegas, a la the Rat Pack. Then there’s the legend — Gordy the accordion player — who serenades diners each night. He has done this for decades. To the regulars, Gordy IS Battista’s. (Spartan fans be warned: If he asks you where you’re from and you say Michigan, he will break into the U of M fight song.)]]> <![CDATA[She ate: A worthy breakfast pit stop]]> ]]> <![CDATA[We need your input!]]> <![CDATA[The newest old thing]]> A bumper crop of farmers markets is spreading across Michigan, ranging in size from Detroit’s bustling, 4.5-acre Eastern Market to the dozen-and-a-half booths of the tiny Bath market just north of Lansing — about 330 markets statewide in 2015, up from 150 nine years ago. Farmers markets are the newest old thing. Their taproot is a longing for old-world comforts like community, fresh food and a sane, sunlit stroll that’s scaled to a human size and pace.]]> <![CDATA[2015 Farmers Market Summer Guide]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Fresh news]]> Each summer brings changes to the local farmers markets. New vendors arrive, older vendors retire, some vendors seek greener pastures — metaphorically speaking — at different markets. In addition to the annual shuffling of vendors, here are some other recent changes at area farmers markets.]]> <![CDATA[Thicker than water]]> WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 — Eight days after being shut down by the health department for having no running water, Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant is scheduled to reopen on Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Spreading like vines]]> Like a metaphorical grapevine snaking through the trellis of our culture, a new level of wine knowledge is creeping into our everyday lives. Where wine tasting used to be reserved for the snobbiest segments of society, the popularity of the Food Network and easy access to food and wine blogs has turned everyone into an expert. Suddenly, your Uncle Ted, after perhaps a glass too many at Easter dinner, is spouting off about the “apricot notes” in his riesling and swirling his glass vigorously to “see if it has legs.” This new appreciation for wine has taken root in Lansing, and entrepreneur Curt Kosal has taken note.]]> <![CDATA[Go north, young wino]]> Northern Michigan in the summer is prime Instagram material. The Grand Traverse Bay area is an embarrassment of riches, with views for days. The restaurant scene is adventurous and diverse, and the wineries show personality in a region that fiercely champions its own producers.]]>