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Eliminate shopping bore by frequenting your city’s core


This holiday season is the first one in my life where I recall making most of our family purchases at downtown stores instead of at a shopping mall, big box retailer, lifestyle center, or other strip suburban commercial complex. One … Continue reading

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Suburban food truck rodeo round-ups


While visiting San Antonio this past spring, several food trucks were lined up around portions of the main government square in the city’s central business district waiting for hungry diners to come bounding out of their office chutes at noon. … Continue reading

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A luminous urban Pearl (street)


There really is no other street like in the United States. The Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder, Colorado is an iconic place; and urban planner’s dream come true of walkable, urban shopping and entertainment packed into four glorious blocks … Continue reading

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Are brewpubs becoming too standardized?


In a word, yes. I have visited several dozen brewpubs in seven states and am beginning to tire of the same old, same old format of restored historic building, wood floors, big screen TVs, brick walls, lots of noise, standard … Continue reading

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Waste not, want not


The old adage used for the post title needs to be applied more forcefully to the food service industry, particularly quick-serve (fast food) restaurants, coffee shops, and similar dining establishments. I cannot count the number of times I have been … Continue reading

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A trek to Eagle Monk Brewpub


Last Friday afternoon, my middle son and I decided to partake the food and  craft beers at a newish brewpub in Greater Lansing called Eagle Monk. It is located on the west side of town along Mt. Hope Highway and just … Continue reading

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Something’s brewing out there


Below, are the five states with the most new brewery openings in 2012 as determined by the Brewers Association. I would have guessed we added more than this in Michigan last year, but still nice for us to be in the … Continue reading

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El Cubano es magnifico!


About six months ago my girlfriend introduced me to a sandwich I had never tasted before – the Cuban (or (El Cubano). It was excellent and has easily become my favorite over the previous champion Tuna Manhattan and Tuna Bagels … Continue reading

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Zingerman’s puts the “deli” in delicious


Even if you have never been to Ann Arbor, Michigan, there is a fairly good chance you have already heard of Zingerman’s. It happens to be one of the coolest, hippest, and yummiest delicatessens anywhere on planet Earth. Located in the historic Kerrytown … Continue reading

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GR’s “Wealthy” home of tasty treats


Located just southeast of downtown Grand Rapids is a delightful third place full of sweet and tasty treats that first opened in 2002. The Wealthy Street Bakery was one of the first places Alison took me in Grand Rapids after … Continue reading

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