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Making a side dish for a holiday get together is a rite of the season, and one for which we should be grateful. Because if you aren’t making the sides, you might be roasting some poor bird, or a soy-based approximation of some poor bird. more
Since Mediteran (the original, not the amazing and recently reopened Café Mediteran) closed its doors downtown a number of years ago, a very specific void has existed. I want to find myself in a café where I don’t understand all of the words on the menu, where I can sip a dark, thick espresso paired with an achingly decadent dessert, and where the décor is charmingly off-kilter, a far cry from the quotidian fake plants and wicker baskets that you find in every whitewashed chain restaurant.  more
Kabocha, also known as the Japanese pumpkin, is a versatile and delicious winter squash. The flavor is starchy and sweet, with a firm body that can handle being cooked many ways, from tempura-fried to roasted to steamed to sweet purees. The seeds are plump. The hard skin is edible.  The squash experience is complete. more
In the spirit of this special issue’s celebration of the Top of the Town victors, this New in Town column will look at the top three vote-getters for this year’s Best New Restaurant award. These restaurants have all begun to make their mark in Greater Lansing. more
Each year, the Top of the Town contest highlights just how much delicious food Lansing restaurants have to offer. In every category there is a hard fought battle between the capital city’s finest culinary wizards. We’ve gathered some choice plates from a handful of the winning contestants. Just try to avoid drooling all over this scree. more
Social Sloth Bakery & Café has been cooking up delicious Turkish goods since opening amid the all-time tumultuous year that was 2020. Despite launching in troubling times, the quaint eatery has amassed many fans thanks to its cozy, friendly atmosphere and its unique offerings inspired by the Turkish heritage of Burcay and Aybars Gunguler, the husband-and-wife duo behind Social Sloth.  more
If you’ve been craving something radically different from the usual routine of pizzas and burgers, there’s a new restaurant in downtown East Lansing with a diverse menu that might satisfy your urge.  more
I would have been OK with it if they were stealing our squash to feed their families, but it wasn’t the case. One of the thieves had a buttercup squash and the other what looked like a sunshine, both $4 sized. With no time to hide the squash as we drove up, they scurried away sheepishly while we checked the cash box, which was empty, at which point they turned tails and ran. more
“Normally, it’s gross,” announced my son Louie, setting up a discussion about a certain prospective snack ingredient. more
Two new restaurants are now open and waiting for Lansing to come check them out, Sonia’s Soul Food and PappaRoti. more
Halloween, more than almost any other holiday, is about fun. Unlike Christmas, Easter, Mother’s or Father’s days, all of which involve a certain amount of stress and sacrifice if not guilt. Thanksgiving can be fun, but it’s a lot of work. Halloween is a lot of play, nearly unmatched in its unbridled hedonism. It’s like New Year’s Eve, but with corn syrup instead of booze. more
This grumpy farmer who lives in the foothills south of town brings the most amazing produce to market. I call him Mr. Sunshine. His blustery attitude practically dares market-goers to buy his vegetables each Saturday. But his regular customers chuckle at the vibes and focus on the produce, which is usually much more inviting than his attitude and so cheap that the other farmers grumble. Everyone, customers and grumblers alike, marvels at his productivity, and wonders how it is that he can coax such a gorgeous bounty from the Earth, all by himself. more
Detroit Frankie’s Pizza and Deli, which has served wood-fired pizza fare in various locations for several years, and Good Truckin’ Diner, which started tickling palates literally as a truck and then as a diner in REO Town, are partners in yum. more
Autumn is the time for winding down and relaxing, so they say. It’s when we harvest the bounty of summer that was planted in spring and sip our pumpkin spice lattes. This approach is not wrong, but it’s only part of the story. Because when the frost is on the pumpkin, wise gardeners get planting. more
A properly put together BLT is the Bruce Lee of sandwiches. It’s lean and light and full of fight. more
What better way to say goodbye to summer than with a tomato? They haven’t disappeared yet where I live, and unless they get bonked by an early frost, the red orbs of August should persist into October. And I will be clinging to those sweet and savory fruits like summer itself. more
A popular Lansing restaurant is shutting down one of its locations. Leo’s Outpost, known across town for its pub fare and cozy hunting den atmosphere, is permanently closing its spot at 600 S.  Pennsylvania Ave. The location had been serving customers since 2002. more
When I go to the coffee shop, it’s usually not for the coffee. more
“Don’t be scared. Jump in.” more
It had to be done, so I might as well have done it, I told myself, as I dumped the thawed package of supermarket pot stickers into the vegetable stir-fry. more
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