City Pulse - Food <![CDATA[He Ate, She Ate: Mike’s Village Restaurant]]> 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. ]]> <![CDATA[Choose your own thirst quencher]]> You walk into a restaurant, intending to order a nice bottle of wine with dinner. You check out the wine list, but can’t convince yourself to spend $35 for a wine you recently purchased for $12 at the retail store. Or you see a better bottle of wine that you splurged on for $40, but here it’s $80 or $90. So what do many wine consumers do? Order a beer. The restaurant misses out on profit from the wine, and you don’t get what you really want.]]> <![CDATA[Food court of appeals]]> It’s been a few years since Hugh Jackman and his boxing robot thrust mid-Michigan into the national spotlight — yes, that was Mason City Hall playing a bit part in “Real Steel.” Now it’s Lansing chance to get in the ring. This week the Food Network will tape an episode of its reality show contest “Food Court Wars” in two capital city locations: Lansing City Market and the Lansing Mall. The show will pit two local teams of aspiring restaurateurs, whose identities are being kept secret, against each other for a year of free rent for their fledgling business in the Lansing Mall’s food court.]]> <![CDATA[He Ate: Tell me about the rabbit]]> <![CDATA[She Ate: Nice buns]]> <![CDATA[Java men]]> Thursday, Mar. 5 — For some people, enjoying a fresh cup of joe is more than pressing the brew button on a coffeemaker — it’s a daily sacrament. For those who take their coffee seriously, the Lansing-based “micro-roastery” business Craft & Mason Roasting Co., which produces locally roasted coffee beans, was launched late last year.]]> <![CDATA[He Ate, She Ate]]> If you don%uFFFDeuro;%uFFFDt go much for beer, my advice is to go to HopCat anyway. With close to 100 beers on tap, there%uFFFDeuro;%uFFFDs a good chance you%uFFFDeuro;%uFFFDll find a beer that appeals. If you%uFFFDeuro;%uFFFDre a complete teetotaler, well, maybe you should walk on by. On the other hand, food is no orphan in this.]]> <![CDATA[Swap, meet, sample]]> <![CDATA[Acclaim of Rhônes]]> The Rhône Valley of Southeast France, named for the river with headwaters in the Swiss Alps, winds its way into France and then bisects the valley for 250 miles on its path to the Mediterranean Sea. It is home to hearty vines, hearty wines and hearty people, and for years it was relatively undiscovered. That is no longer the case, but it remains home to some of the greatest wines wines of the world.]]> <![CDATA[Brewing BAD]]> Giving your business an off-kilter name could turn out to a mark of ironic genius — Hooters and Fuddruckers laughed all the way to the bank with tongue-in-cheek monikers — but to call your business “bad” seems like a recipe for trouble.]]> <![CDATA[Meet your meat]]> It’s a little-known fact that pigs, like birds, build nests for their young. “This is what they want to do when they give birth,” said Laurie Thorp, a professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Community Sustainability and director of the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment program.]]> <![CDATA[He ate, she ate]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Champagne finance reform]]> Sparkling wine is made in virtually every wine-producing region, but Champagne is made only in the Champagne region of Burgundy, France. Champagne can be made from a single grape variety or a combination of up to three: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.]]> <![CDATA[State of organic]]> It’s been an exciting year for local food and agriculture, adding to the impressive progress that’s been made over the last decade. ]]> <![CDATA[He ate: Reality bites]]> <![CDATA[She ate: A view to a kale]]> <![CDATA[Club Nouveau]]> The anticipated annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived. Beaujolais Nouveau is always the first press from the annual French harvest, and by French law, it cannot be released until the third Thursday of November.]]> <![CDATA[Turkey time]]> <![CDATA[He ate: Coral Gables]]> Food is memory, among other things. It’s why for our Thanksgiving dinner someone always bakes kolache, a delicate, crescent-shaped pastry filled with a sweetened nut mixture; something my mother made, and her mother before her. ]]> <![CDATA[She ate: Slice of retro charm]]>