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The Tipsy Nickel in Mason offers a formidable plate of brisket nachos.

Climb a mountain of nachos at the Tipsy Nickel

In late 2022, Miya Warvel, co-owner of the Wooden Nickel II in Dansville, purchased the former Darb’s Tavern & Eatery in Mason and rechristened it the Tipsy Nickel Bar & Grille,

The secret to good tofu — or as I call it, restaurant tofu

A stir-fry of pea shoots, carrots, salad turnips and marinated restaurant tofu.
My son’s first taste of tofu was at a restaurant. He didn’t know what tofu was, or that it was coming. Having never caught wind of tofu’s bad reputation among non-Asians,

Stateside’s breakfast menu boasts a bangin’ Benny

It’s strange to discover that, in the area you’ve lived all your life, the breakfast you’ve been searching for has been waiting for you just across town.

I’m just here for the palak paneer

I’ve been celebrating the arrival of spring with ample helpings of palak paneer, an Indian dish of spinach and homemade cheese.
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The Comfort Zone provides an all-around upscale experience

The Comfort Zone’s hand-cut New York strip steak is perfectly cooked to the orderer’s preference and topped with a generous amount of herby compound butter, which complements every bite, according to Gabrielle Lawrence.
600 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight Friday Noon-midnight Saturday Noon-8 p.m. Sunday (517) 882-7500 theczlounge.com

Dine like a townie at Corey’s Lounge

Corey’s Lounge 1511 S. Cedar St., Lansing 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight Friday Noon-midnight Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday (517) 482-3132 coreyslounge.com

Eating healthy is quick and easy at Fuel’d

Fuel’d 1500 W. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily 517-220-4983 fueldfoods.com

At Veg Head, nutritious doesn’t mean flavorless

Last week, I read a bizarrely mean-spirited and pointless editorial in the Detroit Free Press, bemoaning the fact that Lansing is the capital of Michigan and generally expressing how terrible our city is. Obviously, I disagree vehemently.
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Pizza perfection in Old Town

The myriad textures and flavors of The Cosmos’ Sweet BBQ Pork pizza will lift you up into the atmosphere.

There is an abundance of pizza options in the Lansing area, but there are just a handful of restaurants making wood-fired pizza, which is one of the best styles, in my opinion.

An egg in a nest for any time of day

Photo by Rosmarie Voegtli 
When making an egg in a nest, as long as there’s an egg, the nature of the nest is negotiable. A nest made of ramen noodles not only does the job but looks the part.

Most of us have had the standard breakfast version of egg in a nest, where a piece of bread represents the nest.

The ultimate protein drink

If we needed more evidence that American society is in decline, consider how little respect we give lentils.

Pad Thai, mangoes, sticky rice and everything nice

Eato Chef’s pad Thai primes the palate for a dessert of mangoes and sticky rice.

When my uncle traveled abroad to serve in the Peace Corps during the ‘90s, he met a Thai woman who generously taught her language to the Americans.

It’s a potato. It’s a thing. It’s Potato Thing!

Potato Thing only improves with the addition of cheese, an egg or other proteins.

This potato thing sizzled into my life when my 6-year-old decided to cook a potato.

El Azteco’s topopo salad still reigns supreme

El Azteco East’s massive topopo salad, served on a bed of what is essentially nachos, is a must-try for those who are unfamiliar.

If you’re a longtime resident of the area, especially if you grew up here like me, you probably already know all about topopo salad and are tired of hearing about it. However, for those of you who are new to the area or for whom those words ring nary a bell, hear me out.

Don’t Wait for Migas

Leftover tortilla chips need not go to waste.

Migas are a delicacy as old as tortillas. The word is Spanish for “crumbs” — specifically the crumbs of tortillas of a certain age.  North of the border, the tortilla fragments are usually served with salsa, beans and sour cream.

Binging on beef at Bobcat Bonnie’s

My boyfriend and I frequently travel around the state for concerts, and every time I tell my mom we’re going to Ferndale, Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo, she excitedly suggests we should stop at Bobcat Bonnie’s for its array of options that suit both of our diets.

Whole lemon cookery

Ari LeVaux says his blended-lemon chicken will “inspire expletives of joy as the glorious cubes of chicken explode nonviolently in your mouth.”

Using a lemon only for its juice is a big waste. The whole fruit is edible, including the nutritious pith and the pulp, rich in fiber. Lemon zest is worth its weight in gold, and when I think about how much zest gets tossed,

The trials and tribulations of chicken husbandry

Scrambled eggs and baguette a la Secondo in “Big Night.”

I’ve raised a lot of chickens. Probably hundreds. For eggs, not meat. I give them the best lives I can, including a generous retirement plan when they reach a certain age, with free room and board, yet they rarely arrive at those emerald pastures. Precious few have lived long enough to die in their sleep. I blame myself.

Much more than beer and pizza — but those are really good, too

EagleMonk Pub and Brewery’s kitchen staff knows how to cook a gluten-free pizza, with a crisp and sturdy crust, a delicious house-made sauce, a liberal application of pepperoni and just enough cheese to hold it all together.

Your brewery has a mug club, but how about a crochet club? Sure, you’ve got the game on, but before kickoff, when is the local artist’s reception? How about a Thursday night bingo game that’s so crowded it’s standing room only?

The Armando’s eggplant experience

Making an eggplant Parmesan sub requires more preparation than you’d think, but the delicious end result makes it all worth it.

In the neighborhood where I grew up, my go-to spot for culinary excellence was Armando’s Pizza. If I was in a hurry, I’d buy a slice and be on my way. But if I had the time, I’d have an eggplant sub.

FOOD: FEATURES FROM ELSEWHERE

6 Spring Break Feel-Good Essentials

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Bring Joy Back to Family Meals

(Family Features) While meals savored with loved ones are intended to produce smiles and shared moments, the process of grocery shopping, planning and cooking has become a chore for many families.

Support the Planet with Sustainable, Plant-Forward Favorites

(Family Features) If lending a hand to planet Earth and the environment is a goal in your household, a sustainability mindset often begins as a consumer.
Sweet Solutions to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
(Family Features) From fajitas and tacos to everything in between, fueling your Cinco de Mayo fiesta starts with delicious food that brings everyone to the table.
New clinical egg study reveals egg-cellent results
(BPT) - Americans are increasingly aware of the impact of cholesterol on heart health and overall well-being, but it’s not always easy to know which foods will truly have a positive effect. To …
Simple, Convenient Salads to Celebrate Spring
(Family Features) Letting in a little fresh air with an open window or a screen door is a sure sign of spring, allowing the natural sights and smells of the outdoors to accompany you at the dinner table.
Subway’s New Wraps Elevate Eating on the Go
Subway’s New Wraps Elevate Eating on the Go
(NewsUSA) - Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes summer fun: school is out, shortened Fridays at the office, outdoor adventures, events, travel, and more. Balancing a busy schedule …
Celebrate Spring with Brunch Favorites
(Family Features) Few things go together quite like fresh spring air, warm sunshine and a menu made up of delicious brunch bites. From sweet to savory and back again, you can turn your mid-morning meal into a full-blown feast.

Put a Traditional Spin on Cinco de Mayo: Celebrate Mexican culture with pork stew and cinnamon sweets

(Family Features) Whether Cinco de Mayo means an opportunity to celebrate your family's heritage or it's simply an excuse to gather with the ones you love, every holiday truly is about the same thing: special moments together.

Expert ideas to take the grrr out of gardening

(BPT) - Gardening season is upon us, beckoning with the anticipation of flourishing plants, the vibrant hues of blooming flowers, and bountiful harvests. It’s an exhilarating journey for plant …

A Slam Dunk March Madness Starts with Winning Food

(Family Features) Whether you're hosting your rowdiest friends and family or enjoying the action solo, no March Madness watch party is complete without an all-star lineup of food.

(BPT) - There's something so invigorating and refreshing about springtime. The new season can bring out your best, motivating you to implement changes to your daily routine that will put a smile on …
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Here’s advice you can get your teeth into: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables for good oral health.
Vitamins and Minerals: Fortifying Against Poor Oral Health
(NAPSI)— Practicing basic oral hygiene, such as brushing, flossing, and going to regular checkups with a dental professional are some of the most important ways to maintain oral health. However, if …
7 surprising facts about one of America's favorite vegetables for National Broccoli Day
(BPT) - Did you know broccoli is actually a cluster of unopened flowers? The popular green vegetable consists of tightly packed clusters of flower buds, all attached to a central stalk. Harvested …
Filling out your brackets? Here are 4 wine and food pairings you'll love
(BPT) - With the biggest college basketball tournament of the year officially here, it’s time to put your bracket to the test and lock in your watch party plans. To take the tournament to the …
Wow Your Easter Guests With A Very Easy Spring Surprise Cake!
Wow Your Easter Guests With A Very Easy Spring Surprise Cake!
(NewsUSA) - Hosting an Easter brunch or other spring gathering? What better way to top off an event than with a showstopping dessert! The baking experts at Wesson created a new bundt cake with a …
Most common settings for foodborne outbreaks in the US
FoodReady used data from the CDC to explore the most common settings that facilitated foodborne illnesses in the U.S. from 2009 to 2021.

Apples All Day: 5 ways to savor fruit-infused flavor from morning to night

(Family Features) You may not be able to plan every meal for every day, but a versatile ingredient can help tackle mealtimes (and snack time, too) by starring in recipes ranging from breakfast to dessert.

Indulge Taste Buds with Better-for-You Snacks

(Family Features) The foundation of healthy eating may include nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, but just as important are the snacks in-between meals.

Spring Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Tips

(BPT) - Spring is here, which means a fresh start! Winter has officially had its send-off and we look forward to the return of flowers in bloom, longer days and sunnier moods.So how do we set …

4 tips to ensure improved in-home water quality

(BPT) - A new Global World Water Day Report from Culligan International found that 67% of North Americans are somewhat to significantly concerned about the impact of increasing pollution on drinking …

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