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Though salsa and guacamole get more attention, chamoy, a lesser-known Mexican condiment, might be more important. This fruit-based sauce is sweet, sour, salty, bitter and very spicy all at once, a … more
  Early summer can be a bit of a bummer for those of us with allergies. Despite a profusion of local activities and excellent weather to match, I spent most of my weekend home alone, … more
Toscana 3170 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday 4-10 p.m. Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4-10 p.m. Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4-9 p.m. Sunday (517) 246-4980 more
102 Pho & Banh Mi — Okemos (Oct. 2022)   American Bistro — Lansing (Feb. 2022)   Amanecer Mexicano — Lansing (March 2021)   Arcadia Smokehouse … more
At a family gathering last summer, my wife’s mom asked me to cook some meat from a deer my father-in-law had shot. It was his first, and nobody seemed to know exactly what to do with it. The … more
The restaurant doesn’t serve alcoholic beverages, and Cokes are delivered in cans with straws. The seat cushions are thin, and the restrooms resemble those at a gas station. But none of this … more
Calling all culinary connoisseurs! Starting Friday through May 17, Lansing 5:01 is partnering with Lansing Foodies, City Pulse and WLNS to present Restaurant Week, a self-guided dining tour of 36 … more
Is the Lansing area becoming a food destination? It’s well on its way. Several local mainstays are attracting statewide visitors with unique culinary creations, from olive burgers and fried … more
I’m often guilty of eating an incredible meal somewhere but failing to return for extended lengths of time due to matters of convenience or budget, even while remembering the meal often and with great longing. more
Pork and beans are an age-old combination, expressed in countless ways around the world. Southwestern pinto beans refried in lard. Asian tofu with pork sauce. The all-American can of pork and beans. Wherever there’s pork and beans, there’s pork with beans. more
There may be no better way to start Mother’s Day than with breakfast in bed. Enjoying a homemade meal right after waking up can set the right tone for a day that celebrates all mothers have done and continue to do for their children. more
I’ve been buying Chinese chives at the farmers market from a vendor named Nancy. She has many unique vegetables, like pink celery for stir-fries, delicious edamame soybeans and Dutch-style tomatoes, more
If you’re looking for fried food in the Lansing area, nothing beats the array of selections at Eastside Fish Fry & Grill. From chicken tenders, jalapeno poppers and onion rings to more unique offerings like alligator, frog legs and liver, this restaurant fries up just about anything you could think of. more
About 60 years ago, on Little Corn Island, a tiny dot in the Caribbean Sea approximately 50 miles off the coast of Nicaragua, a cook named Maritza was born to a Colombian mother and Cuban father. more
Bread Bites Mediterranean 5100 Marsh Road, Okemos 11:30-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday noon-7 p.m. Sunday (517) 708-7112 more
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, more
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, more
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. more
I’ve been celebrating the arrival of spring with ample helpings of palak paneer, an Indian dish of spinach and homemade cheese. more
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. more
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