THE LOCAL FOOD SCENE
This week's stories

The perfect handheld to wrap up the weekend

Noosh Afghan Cuisine’s chicken shawarma wrap. Not pictured: a surprise pickle!
Though I’m grateful that my summer schedule is piping hot with invites to cookouts and bonfires, I’ll admit that I’ve been hitting the sauce (barbecue, that is). After a long holiday weekend, I was anxious to return to my usual diet of Middle Eastern cuisine.

Gaining garlic independence

Scape pasta with parsley and a ground beef garnish.
Sometime in the mid-1990s, after a lifetime of servitude to the shriveled heads of garlic I would bring home from the supermarket, I finally declared myself independent.

Fabulous fried chicken, finally

I prepare food for a living, so it’s the last thing I want to do in my free time. I can’t afford to have every meal cooked for me, though, so I came up with a solution: I make a giant vat of pasta salad and eat that for every meal I don’t have at work.

Dillin’ like a Belarusian

Canning the harvest should be a joyous and rewarding experience, but if you’re in over your head, it can be overwhelming or even dangerous.

South side gets a little more southern with new soul-food eatery

Mikal Moore, 32, has worked in the restaurant industry since he was 16, including 12 years as a district manager for the Tampa, Florida-based fast food chain Rally’s. However, shortly after starting his career, the native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, began dreaming of creating his own culinary venture.

Sampling the menu at SushiYa

East Lansing is awash with Japanese restaurants, but none have been able to draw my continued patronage more than SushiYa.
SHE ATE / HE ATE
The Lebanese breadsticks and accompanying ranch dressing at Jimmy’s Pub have long been a favorite of both She Ate/He Ate critics.

Savoring old and new memories and dishes at Jimmy’s Pub

Jimmy’s Pub 16830 Chandler Road, East Lansing 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday Noon-8 p.m. Sunday (517) 324-7100 jimmyspub.net

The best of both worlds: Toscana’s food is as appealing as its atmosphere

The Toscana Stack, offered during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, is both an eyeful and a mouthful.
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 toscanalansing.com

The go-to spot for Mediterranean in Meridian

Bread Bites Mediterranean 5100 Marsh Road, Okemos 11:30-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday noon-7 p.m. Sunday (517) 708-7112

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
More food

Turn homemade cheese into a sweet and decadent treat

Fried cheese with whey caramel.

A farmer friend gave me a box of spinach a few weeks ago. It wasn’t long until the novelty wore off.

As summer solstice arrives, The garlic awakens

Scape toum with almonds and parsley.

It happens each spring. You cut into a clove of garlic to find its lily-white interior tainted by the green stripe of a developing shoot. A few weeks later, sprouts emerge from the tips of every …

She Ate

Gabrielle Lawrence

I’m a sucker for a good salad — something really special, with fresh, crunchy vegetables; little treats like candied nuts, dried cranberries or goat cheese croquettes; a nicely seasoned, …

Korean-style do-it-yourself dining spot already a hit in Lansing

At KPOT, guests can choose between Korean barbecue, where meat and vegetables are cooked on a communal grill in the middle of the table, or hot pot, where ingredients are cooked in a pot of boiling broth. Diners can try both options for an additional $5.

A communal dining experience that’s sweeping the nation has made its way to Lansing. KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot, a New York-based chain with more than 70 locations across the country, …

A really great rice plate

Chelsea Lake Roberts for City Pulse
When paired with a duo of shrimp spring rolls, Capital City BBQ’s tofu rice plate makes a perfect weeknight dinner

The tofu rice plate from Capital City BBQ never fails to provide the perfect mix of savoriness, crispiness, saltiness and freshness. When paired with a duo of shrimp spring rolls, this dish makes a perfect weeknight dinner.

The secret of the Iberians

Courtesy of Ari LeVaux
This Spanish-style omelet, made with secreto Ibérico and Manchego cheese, isn’t your mama’s bacon and eggs.

“Quién corta el jamón en tu casa?” asked the butcher, his breath smelling of wine. “Who cuts the ham in your house?”

The secret of the Iberians

This Spanish-style omelet, made with secreto Ibérico and Manchego cheese, isn’t your mama’s bacon and eggs.

“Quién corta el jamón en tu casa?” asked the butcher, his breath smelling of wine. “Who cuts the ham in your house?” “Yo,” I said, raising my …

A really great rice plate

When paired with a duo of shrimp spring rolls, Capital City BBQ’s tofu rice plate makes a perfect weeknight dinner

The tofu rice plate from Capital City BBQ never fails to provide the perfect mix of savoriness, crispiness, saltiness and freshness. When paired with a duo of shrimp spring rolls, this dish makes a …

New eatery invites customers to hobnob over pizza and drinks

At HobNob Pizza, diners can choose between two crust styles: the thin, square-cut Midwest cracker crust or the fluffier, pie-cut New York-style crust.

In fall 2022, Abigail Stellern’s father, Michael Purdum, brought his Columbus, Ohio-based restaurant chain, Old Bag of Nails, to Lansing’s Red Cedar Development. It was the first of the family’s 19 restaurants to open outside of the Buckeye State. On April 17, Stellern launched the second, HobNob Pizza, in a 2,500-square-foot space on the first floor of the University Edge apartments, also in the Red Cedar Development.

Veggie-gravy goals at Arms & Embers Grill

Arms & Embers Grill’s garden skillet packs a nutritional punch, perfect for vegetarians looking for a well-priced and energizing breakfast

A good breakfast is hard to find, and there’s nothing more disappointing than dragging yourself out of bed, putting on real clothes and going out to pay for a bad one. After my inaugural visit …

Combat hot weather with carbonated grape juice

Spicy grape juice, a mix of grape juice and carbonated water, hits the spot on a hot day like a jump in the lake.

Every October, I make Concord grape juice and seal it away in jars. I hoard these sweet vessels until the following summer, when I mix a chilled beverage called spicy grape juice. I don’t …

Moka & Co. balances crisp internationalism with traditional touches

The author’s child enjoys a dragonfruit refresher at Moka & Co.’s new location in Okemos.

Lovers of strong Arabic coffee in Okemos will be happy to know they can now pick one up close to home. After opening its East Lansing location in December, Moka & Co. brought another location to …

FOOD: FEATURES FROM ELSEWHERE

10 tips for the best potato salad of your life

(BPT) - With warmer days come picnics at the park and backyard barbecues — and that means it’s potato salad season! Here are 10 ways to make the best potato salad of your life.1. Start …
4 Ways to Blend Style and Functionality Through Invisible Kitchens
(BPT) - Recent shifts in interior design trends have made way for a kitchen style that marries elevated elegance with function: the invisible kitchen. Also known as the no-kitchen kitchen, this …
Everyday Ways to Nurture Your Skin This Summer: 4 simple habits to support healthy skin
(Family Features) Keeping your skin healthy and glowing begins with protecting it from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and eating and drinking healthy foods and beverages.
Bring Loved Ones Together at Mealtime with Protein-Packed Peanuts
(Family Features) Building meals around recipes like Broccoli and Edamame Salad or Chicken with Peanut Sauce in Lettuce Wraps, which are packed with plant-based protein, can help your family come together to refuel.
Quick, Delicious Breakfasts to Start Your Day with a Bang
(Family Features) If you're looking for a little motivation to take on a busy day or fueling up for an adventurous weekend with the family, there's no better way to start the morning than with a filling breakfast.
Give Your Grilling Game a Flavor Boost: 3 tips to make summer meals deliciously memorable
(Family Features) Make sure your grill game is on fire this summer. The right prepping, seasoning and grilling techniques can help you serve your favorite foods.

Grape Summer Gatherings: Easy recipes to enjoy at warm-weather celebrations

(Family Features) These recipes show the myriad ways grapes can bring out the best in warm-weather fare: a tasty frozen treat, a chic cocktail and a flavorful Southwestern-inspired salad that each add a special touch to any gathering.

Celebrate Salad Season Outside the Bowl

(Family Features) From putting a family meal on the table after activities to hosting a large crowd at your next get-together, a seasonal favorite like Caesar salad can serve as the perfect canvas for creating quick, easy-to-prepare meals like Creamy Truffle Caesar Pork Sandwiches and Chicken Caesar Tacos.

Ready to elevate your summer snacks and recipes? This tasty kiwi variety will surprise you

(BPT) - Just when you thought you knew all the fruits in the produce section, you're in for a delightful treat. One kiwi variety may have slipped under your radar, but it’s about to become your …

3 winning ways of sweet Northwest cherries

(BPT) - Summer brings an abundance of fresh fruits to local markets, and competition can be fierce for a place in a shopper’s cart. When it comes to choosing a nourishing snack, bringing home …

2024's best cities for grilling meat

Lawn Love ranked U.S. cities based on local interest in grilling, access to butchers and the average cost of meat.

Elevate Pizza Night with Premium Toppings

(Culinary.net) A family debate over what's for dinner often ends with one word: pizza. Next time you land on pizza night, take it to the next level with options like Genoa Salame and Pepperoni Three-Cheese White Pizza. When the weekend rolls around and it's time for a savory snack or in-home entertaining, put premium dry sausage at centerstage with this Tour of Italy Charcuterie Board.

Cool, Creamy Favorites that Elevate Entertaining

(Family Features) Those summer nights when a cool breeze replaces the warmth of the day have arrived. Gather your family, friends and loved ones, and elevate your entertaining with California Cowboy Caviar and California Avocado Coconut Ice Cream. 

It’s a No-Brainer: Reach for Olive Oil and Your Cognitive Health May Get a Boost
(BPT) - National Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month presents an opportunity not only to shine a spotlight on cognitive issues but also to check on progress toward wellness goals. Simple …
Celebrate the Fourth of July with this ultimate food and wine pairing guide
(BPT) - Whether it be a day spent by the pool, a barbecue or a highly anticipated firework show, the Fourth of July is all about celebrating the peak of summer. For those hosting their family and …
5 Expert-Approved Wellness Tips to Help Make the Most of Longer Summer Days
(BPT) - Whether you love “hot girl walks,” hiking mountain tops, or playing doubles in pickleball, summer is the perfect time to prioritize your fitness and wellness routines — …
Love cookouts? 3 recipes perfect for family get-togethers this summer
(BPT) - Summer is a wonderful time for hosting barbecues and picnics, and just enjoying time with friends and family as you share a meal together. Whether you're putting together a festive weekend …
Regular cleaning can help protect your home from dust, dander, pollen, mold and other allergen.
Clean Your Air: Six Ways To Manage Allergens
(NAPSI)—As the warmer seasons unfold, a host of allergens and irritants become more prevalent, potentially disrupting your daily life and health—especially if you have asthma and allergies. …

(BPT) - Everyone loves a pool party — the warm sun, refreshing water, plus all the fun and games happening in and around the pool that make it the coolest way to spend time with friends and …
Read more.

Connect with us