You’re Kidding, Right?

31 10 2008

After seeing this article, I was kind of hoping it was an April Fools joke…..but that’s not for six more months….


“China King” in Hamburg is closed tonight after health officials say they found a deer being butchered in the kitchen.

A spokesman for the Erie County Health Department tells 2 On Your Side they received a call Friday from a person claiming a deer was being butchered in the South Park Avenue restaurant.

When health officials arrived at the restaurant they did indeed find employees butchering a dead deer.

Erie County Health Commissioner Anthony Billittier has scheduled a meeting Tuesday between the department and restaurant owners to determine what the next step will be.

Officials say they don’t know whether the deer was road-kill or if it had been hunted. They also say that none of the meat had been served to customers.

We don’t eat Chinese anyway…I wonder why.  

If that didn’t turn your stomach a little, here’s a little tidbit from the police blotter a little closer to home.

Halloween decorating became less festive when an 18-year-old student found a metal nail wedged into her cake Oct. 24 in the Wilson Hall cafeteria, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said.

The student found the nail when she bit into her dessert, but she was not harmed, McGlothian-Taylor said.

The woman reported the incident and cafeteria staff investigated. They said nails were out because they were being used to hang holiday decorations.

The incident is still under investigation.



Press Release – Finley’s and City Rescue Mission Team Up To Fight Hunger

31 10 2008

From a press release…..

Finley’s American Grill and the
City Rescue Mission of Lansing, are teaming up to fight hunger!!!

Lansing, Michigan – Finley’s American Grill will again partner with the City Rescue Mission of Lansing in the “Great Holiday Food Drive” by hosting their annual holiday non-perishable food drive. Non-perishable items will be collected at the Lansing area restaurants from Thursday, November 1 – December 31, 2008. In exchange, patrons who bring in non-perishable food items will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to be used at Finley’s from January 1 – March 31, 2009. This is Finley’s American Grill’s way of saying “THANK YOU” to the community for helping the less fortunate during the holidays.

Jim Hulteen, District Manager for Finley’s American Grill shares, “Finley’s involvement in this pantry drive is a passion for the work that the City Rescue Mission of Lansing does for the community. We are honored to be a partner with this fine organization and want to help them in any way we can to continue to meet the needs of those who are less fortunate.”

Food collected in years past through this partnership has literally fed thousands of families Mark Criss states, “The Food collected last year helped to feed over 70,000 meals at the Mission and helped in the distribution of hundreds of emergency food orders.”

The Finley’s American Grill’s that are participating in this years food drive are located at 6300 South Cedar Street, and 5615 West Saginaw Highway both in the Lansing area.

Press Release – MSU Food Drive

30 10 2008

From a press release…..


What: 2nd Annual Team MSU Tackles Hunger Food Drive for the Greater Lansing Food Bank

When: Saturday November 8, 2008 at the MSU vs Purdue game

Where: 6 collection locations on MSU Campus: Munn Field, Lot 89, Lot 92, and 3 locations around the stadium.

Becky Dantonio, event chair and wife of MSU Coach Mark Dantonio, said “last year we had a big win with over 600 pounds of donated to needy families and our goal is to double that this year. We’re going to ‘bring it’ on the field against Purdue and we’re looking to the MSU community to ‘bring it’ to donation sites.”

The Lansing Jaycees are volunteering at several of the collection sites on Saturday November 8th to do the heavy lifting and thank donors. Food Movers, a program of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, will have vehicles and staff on site to receive donations.

A campus wide food drive will begin on Monday November 3 and go thru Friday November 7th. “In these tough times it is important for us all to band together and make a difference,” said Vennie Gore, assistant vice president for Housing & Food Services.

Michael Symon’s “Roast” now open

30 10 2008

Very limited info on the Westin Book Cadillac website, but they do have a menu in which everything looks delicious..  Through the end of the year, they’re only open for dinner.  Reservations are suggested 313-961-2500…

The Detroit Free Press has an article on-line with pictures.  Can’t wait to try it…hint, hint….

Tripper’s Sports Bar & Grill

30 10 2008
  • 350 Frandor Ave.
  • Lansing, MI 48912
  • (517) 336-0717
  • No Known Website
  • Menu
Trippers Sports Bar and Grill in the Frandor Shopping Center

Tripper's Sports Bar and Grill in the Frandor Shopping Center

I’m a little surprised I had never heard of Tripper’s before this past weekend.  On Saturday, we were at Frandor to check out the Linens ‘n Things going out of business sale and I noticed a sports bar on the other side of Frandor.  This afternoon, J and I realized we haven’t eaten out since Saturday, so we decided to go for lunch.  I had a hard time getting out of bed and by the time J pushed me out, it was afternoon.  I was a little worried we’d be pushing it to get her back in time to get ready for work, but it turned out not to be an issue.

Tripper’s is located in the Frandor Shopping Center right next to Olga’s kitchen.  For a Thursday afternoon, Frandor was packed.  I was surprised at just how many people there were.  The traffic was bad and it was hard to find a parking spot.  I finally found one somewhat near where we were going.  We walked back to Tripper’s.  When we entered the building, we were met with a long hallway back to the bar.  The host met us about halfway and asked if we wanted smoking or non-smoking.  We, of course, didn’t want to sit in a smokey bar.  The host took us the rest of the way down this long hallway, past the pool room and poker room to the non-smoking dining room.  Once you get to the back of the bar, there are two rooms.  One is the actual bar area which is set up and lit like a normal bar.  To the right of the hallway is the non-smoking dining room which is more like a typical restaurant with regular tables and more lighting. 

A waitress came over for drinks.  We ordered our Cokes and I actually got a regular Coke this time.  That hasn’t happened in a while even though I keep ordering it.  When it came time for lunch orders, I spotted my sandwich right away.  Even though Tripper’s has a really big menu that would satisfy any palette, I barely looked it because I found a Black and Bleu burger on the menu.  My burger came with bleu cheese piled on top.  There was no missing it and I got a good chunk of cheese in every bite.  The sandwich also came with lettuce and tomato which I pulled off.  The bleu cheese is the only flavor I want on this particular burger.  A mound of steak fries were served on the side.  Not usually a fan because steak fries get really potato-y tasting.  However, Tripper’s seasoned these fries really well with what I believe was just salt and pepper, but it added a really great taste to the fries. Read the rest of this entry »


29 10 2008
A box of authentic Chicago-style eats from Lou Malnatis

A box of authentic Chicago-style eats from Lou Malnati's

I got a package from UPS today that could quite possibly the most absolutely perfect gift ever!  I know I bitch a lot on this blog about not being able to find some of the foods I love the most in Mid-Michigan.  I also realize I made the choice to move to Michigan, so I really should just keep my mouth shut and enjoy the regional cuisines that Lansing has to offer.

My girlfriend’s mom (who lives in the south suburbs of Chicago) noticed I have to get an Italian beef everytime I go to Chicago, so she decided to make sure I could have that taste of Chicago right here in Lansing. 

If you’re at all familiar with the Chicago pizza scene, you’ve probably heard of Lou Malnati’s.  Lou’s is one of the big Chicago pizza places.  It’s not my favorite of the Chicago pizza joints, but I do enjoy their take on the Chicago-style pizza. 

Not only is Lou Malnati’s a pizza joint, but they are a retail hub for some of Chicago’s biggest names in food.  Their website, Tastes of Chicago, offers “nationwide shipping of all your Windy City favorites.”  Just opening the catalog makes my mouth water.  They offer their pizzas, Portillos Italian beef, Vienna Beef hot dogs, Carson’s Ribs, Eli’s Cheesecakes, Garrett Popcorn, Manny’s Corned Beef, Hackney’s Hamburgers and Wildfire Steaks.  That list is a who’s who of Chicago greats. Read the rest of this entry »

Press Release – Taste of Okemos

29 10 2008

From a press release….

Taste of Okemos
Spotlights Area Cuisine

Okemos, Michigan – Okemos area restaurants will once again showcase their talents and allow the community to “taste test” a variety of menu selections at the Ninth Annual Taste of Okemos event on Saturday, November 15th, at Okemos High School.

Held in the Commons area of the high school, nearly 30 area vendors will provide mouth-watering samples to all attendees, allowing the community to sample a variety of specialties from new and established businesses in the area. For a minimal entry fee, you can select anything from traditional American offerings to Mexican, Middle Eastern and Chinese cuisine.

“Taste of Okemos continues to be a success because of the tremendous support we receive from the community and the dedicated involvement of our students and parents,” said Frank DeWald, director of the choral music program at Okemos High School.

The volunteer parent organization, co-chaired this year by Mick and Deb Baughman, along with Rick and Kim Horwood, work closely with the choir students to make this event possible. While the parents are responsible for securing the vendors and promoting the event, the students take responsibility for all duties the day of the event, including set-up, serving and clean-up.

All proceeds from the fundraiser support the high school choral music program by providing vocal music scholarship opportunities and funding performance events throughout the nation. This year’s event scheduled for Saturday, November 15th, runs from 2 to 4pm and tickets may be purchased at the door. The cost for admission remains at $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and children aged 6-10 and $5 for children under age five.

This year’s vendors, to date, include:
Big John Steak & Onion – Blondie’s Barn – Boston Market
Cosi – Dusty’s Cellar – Gracie’s Place
Grand Traverse Pie Co. – Guido’s Pizza – Gumbo & Jazz
Johnny Rockets – Kroger’s Deli – Lucky House
Meijer – Melting Moments – Panchero’s
Panda Express – Pizza House – Sahara’s
Scalawag’s Fish & Chips – Stillwater Grill  -Sultan’s Place


Sonic in Lansing?

27 10 2008

It must be coming.  Check out this advertisment.

Are you looking for excitement and inspiration in your profession? Then apply to work at SONIC, where careers are a blast, like the SONIC experience itself. SONIC provides a stimulating work environment that nourishes the individual, and values the delivery of unique products, services and experiences. So come apply to join our team and steer your career towards bigger and better destinations!

We are Now Hiring Assistant Managers for our NEW LOCATIONS opening in Flint and Lansing, MI!!!

Wednesday, November 12th
At Comfort Inn – Okemos Conference Center
2187 University Park Drive
Okemos, MI 48864
Call the hotel at 517-347-6690 for directions ONLY

Please submit resume in advance to schedule an interview:
Or fax: 815-301-9885

Doesn’t say where it will be located or when it will be open, but it does say there is a Sonic coming to the Lansing area.

Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits – Lansing

26 10 2008
  • 3010 S. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Lansing, MI 48910
  • (517) 887-9861
  • Website
  • Menu
Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits on MLK in Lansing.

Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits on MLK in Lansing.

Who doesn’t “love that chicken from Popeye’s?”  I freakin love Popeye’s Chicken.  I know that’s really unlike me since Popeye’s is a chain, but I’ve never found chicken anywhere that I like better.  I’ll try to search out the local chicken joints, but I always end up back at Popeye’s.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  There was one place in Joliet, IL that I did like better, but out of hundreds of examples, that’s the one exception.   We’ve been looking for this store for quite a while.  The day we moved to Lansing, we drove around forever trying to find it.  We tried calling 411 and they said there was no listing in Lansing.  We put it into the GPS and nothing came up.  We were trying to feed not only ourselves, but our families who made the long trip to Michigan to help us move into our new place.  A few months ago, I drove down MLK just looking around and we finally found Popeye’s Chicken.

J doesn’t agree with me.  She grew up in Chicago where Brown’s Chicken reigns supreme.  When I lived in Joliet, IL there was a Popeye’s and a Browns right next to each other.  I tried both but always went back to Popeye’s.  Popeye’s aren’t really that prevelant in the Chicagoland area so the first time J had Popeye’s was right after we started dating in Peoria.  I had to work late and she had a box of chicken and a six pack of Budweiser’s waiting for me when I got to her house. Read the rest of this entry »

Amici’s New York Deli

25 10 2008
  • 521 N. Clippert St.
  • Lansing, MI 48912
  • (517) 332-1000
  • No Known Website
  • Menu
Amicis New York Deli on Clippert St. near the Frandor Shopping Center.

Amici's New York Deli on Clippert St. near the Frandor Shopping Center.

I’ve been wanting to get to Amici’s New York Deli for quite some time, but I kept reading bad reviews about the place.  Almost everything I have heard is that the food was pretty good, but it was really overpriced.  I gave it a few months and we went looking for it one day.  Not being familiar with Frandor or that area, we had a hard time finding it and ended up at the Frandor Deli (review HERE) instead.  Today, we ran over to Linens ‘n Things (review HERE) closeout sale.  This time, I put Amici’s address in my GPS and we were able to find.

Amici’s New York Deli sits on Clippert Street across from the Frandor Shopping Center.  The building looks like it used to be a different fast food restaurant, but I couldn’t quite place which one.  We stopped in on a Saturday afternoon just before 3:00 and the place was deserted.  Had it not been for the neon “OPEN” sign in the window, I would have though the joint was closed.

I don’t have much experience with New York Deli’s, but Amici’s didn’t really look like anything I went to in New York.  It’s much nicer.  J said it reminded her of a bank more than a deli.  There’s a nice tile floor and the all the wood is much nicer than you’d expect.  We made our way to the counter to order.  There’s a big board hanging above the cash register with the list of sandwiches.  It was reminiscent of Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor (review HERE).  The thing I thought was odd was that it was not set up like a deli.  There are no deli cases and you can’t see the meat.  The counter is a big wood structure that blocks the view of the kitchen. Read the rest of this entry »