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This week's stories

The bold and the beautiful: A sommelier’s favorite wines of 2019

Every year, I’m likely to taste a few mind-blowing wines that make me contemplate my existence. Most are wines I can rarely afford.
A blend of beets, cucumber and parsley served at Aladdin's.
I like a good head on top of my tall glass drinks — especially when the foam is a pink color. Luckily, Aladdin’s’ juices have both. 
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The lunch spread from Sindhu, featuring several chicken and vegetarian dishes, including Chana saag.
I’ve eaten myself into oblivion many a time at Sindhu, but have had to limit myself to the FDA-approved entrée portions. Until one foggy Monday afternoon, I transcended my stale consciousness of lunchtime fast-food after landing on Sindhu Indian Cuisine in the Hannah Plaza off Hagadorn Road.
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The holidays come with precious family time. The question for many LGBTQ people is, what makes a family — the genetic hand you’re dealt or the group where you feel you belong?
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New in Town: Veg-N Food Truck broadens vegan cuisine in Lansing

Amid seeing only a few convenient options for vegan cuisine in Lansing, Christabelle Dozeman, co-founder of the Veg-N food truck, decided she would undertake the challenge of bringing vegan food to the masses herself.

Ask a bartender: From best drinks to bar fights

Gray formerly worked at Bridge Street Social in Dewitt where we served as a bar manager for almost four years. He described his new place of work as a “beast of a restaurant.”

Jersey Giant sets up shop on Lansing’s east side 

 Jersey Giant has new digs: Lansing’s eastside.

Bar prep with a purpose

Lansing bars will welcome new faces to the frontlines thanks to a zero-barrier, eight-week training program designed to equip industry workers with the skills and tools needed to be self-sufficient.

A designer walks into a bar

It’s a good chance any bar-goer in Lansing walked into bar developer Clair Lindemann’s work over the years. The owner of Lansing’s Restaurant and Bar Development has had his hands on the pulse of Lansing’s bar business since 1959 as his first job out of high school.

The best wine for Thanksgiving? Just drink what you like

Searching for the proper Thanksgiving wine seems pointless. We all know you’ll be forcing 3-4 pounds of food into your body, rendering your motor skills minimal and sense of alertness completely ineffective. Embrace the mess.

Pho-midable mystery of the missing meat

I prefer my pho spicy and dicey (the smaller the kitchen the better) but with my friend making less frequent visits home, I must venture to the streets for top-tier pho.

Okemos bar stops selling Founders amid racial discrimination lawsuit 

What does a sports bar with a diverse set of employees do when a supplier is tied up in a racial discrimination lawsuit? It’s simple, said Henry Kwok, general manager of Henry’s Place in Okemos. Act swiftly.

New in Town: Hannah Plaza gains new ramen hang

Oodles of noodles are flowing out of Zhen Ramen and Grill’s kitchen as hungry students and East Lansing residents sample their newest Asian fusion restaurant
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He Ate/She Ate: Klavon's in Mason

Our country’s love affair with pizza knows no bounds. Pizzas are everywhere, and for the most part they are — how do I put this delicately? Crap.

New in Town: New brewery in REO Town will soothe your psyche

Modeled after psychologist Sigmund Freud’s office, Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale is adorned with vintage woodwork, chandeliers, books and rorschach tests. According to owner Jeremy Sprague, the motto of the place is “Soothe your psyche.”

Herbaceous, juicy wines for the autumn transition

October is a month of transition. Sure, there might still be some precious sunlight many days a week, but the pitfalls of cold and dreary weather start to increase the closer we get to Halloween.

New in Town: Coffee roasters set up shop in East Lansing

As one of the first tenants to open in a $125 million mixed-use redevelopment on Albert Street, Foster Coffee Co. sports a 2,000-square-foot interior with two levels of chairs, tables and benches dedicated to coffee.

Customers pack Roma Bakery for its final day in business

Roma Bakery and Deli is jammed with customers today as the longtime Lansing institution closes its doors after 50 years in business.
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He Ate/She Ate: Tannin

How does Tannin's east-side revival location fare?

Michigan Avenue TARDIS transports food from those who have to those who don’t

A TARDIS has appeared on Michigan Avenue, but Doctor Who hasn’t transported to Lansing in 2019.

Five things that make a winery accessible

I try to cook an array of world cuisines at home, and often enough, I have dependable wines and wineries in my head. But that all depends on if I know I can find an adventurous bottle on that particular day.

New in Town: Former manager of El Oasis goes brick and mortar

The greasy spoon diner vibes on the east side’s Michigan Avenue corridor came to an end in 2018 with the demolition of Theio’s, closure of Fish & Chips and brief run of Lee Lee’s Coney Island. Filling the vacuum is Amanecer Mexicano, a refined breakfast digs with east-side roots dating back 13 years.  

Where Can I Find: Cheap Eats

We’ve all been there. We’ve got a bank account barely afloat, but really can’t stand making any more Ramen noodles or home cooked meals. We need to eat damn it. Here are Lansing’s local cheap eat havens for when hunger strikes.

Where Can I Find: Coffee Shops

Lansing’s coffee scene is bursting at the seams with latte artists, baristas and roasters alike. Big-name roaster Paramount Coffee is headquartered here and hundreds of pounds of beans are freshly roasted each day in the Capital city.

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