Food Auction in Holt

31 03 2009

I had heard about food auctions in other cities, but I had never heard any being publicized here in the Lansing area….that is until tonight.  I noticed this story from WLAJ.com on my RSS feed. 

It might seem a little unconventional, buying your groceries at an auction instead of a supermarket, but some people we spoke with say the savings is unbelieveable [sic].

For thrifty grocery shoppers, clipping coupons and buying generic brands isn’t good enough anymore, and here in Holt, food auctions are seeing an increase in popularity.

“I think over the last 6 months we’ve definitely seen an increase. In February we had about 115 bidders, we only have 96 chairs back there,” said Chris Crepeau, of the Michigan Auction Sales.

So, how does it work?

The food is cheaper because it is purchased in bulk and may be nearing its sell by date.

“Some of the things might be close to going out of date, but 99% of everything we sell is in date,” Crepeau said.

But in date or not, Fox doesn’t let that stand in the way of a bargain.

“It’s all good stuff, I’ve never had anything that was bad,” Fox said.

Interesting concept.  If you want more information, check out http://www.michiganauctionsales.com/





Press Release – Old Town Going Green

31 03 2009

I got this press release from the Old Town Commercial Association. 

 

­­­­­­­­­­­ old town is going green!

Old Town gets ready for Spring!


OLD TOWN,Lansing, MI. –

As the days get warmer we are excited to announce three ways we’re reaching out to the Greater Lansing Area and becoming more eco-friendly.

The Old Town Commercial Association will host its annual Neighborhood Spring Meet n’ Greet. Residents of Old Town are encouraged to come join us at Grand Café Sir Pizza on April 15th 6-8 p.m. This informal neighborhood gathering provides a chance to meet other Old Town residents and business owners. There will be information on how to become an Old Town member and ways to get involved in the community! Also, it’s a chance to talk about what residents would like to change or see happen in the neighborhood.

Old Town will also break ground soon on its first Community Garden. Located on Cedar Street between Maple & Ash Streets (and across from Su Casa and Friedland Industries), the community garden will serve to offer local residents access to traditional produce and nutritionally rich food, as well as beauty to the community. Soil testing is currently being done for the lot, and initial planting is scheduled for late April/early May. Anyone interested in helping the community garden thrive can contact the OTCA office.

And the Old Town Farmer’s Market is thrilled to announce that it will begin accepting both Project Fresh coupons as well as the Michigan EBT Bridge Card when it opens on June 7th. Running from June to October, 10am – 3pm, the Old Town Farmer’s Market will be home to over 10 local farmers, monthly music concerts, as well as unique demonstrations such as patio planting techniques and rose maintenance, all free to the public. Come down to Old Town for the First Sunday Gallery Walk, and leave with locally grown, fresh produce!

For more information call 517-485-4283 or visit www.iloveoldtown.org.

 





Group Wants Warning on Whitecaps Burger

31 03 2009

This is just getting funnier.  This burger is getting all sorts of national attention.  That’s the thing I love about Minor League Baseball.  They do wacky things to get noticed and it’s usually the thing you least expect that gets the most attention. 

After national media picked up on the Fifth Third Burger, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine asked the Whitecaps to put a warning label on the burger calling it a “dietary disaster.” 

Who is going to order this burger and think it’s healthy for you?  Seriously.  Do you actually have to label the burger to let people know that it’s an artery clogging disaster? 

Here’s a copy of the letter that was sent to the Whitecaps earlier today.  This is almost funnier than the burger itself.

March 31, 2009

Matt Timon
Director of Food and Sales
West Michigan Whitecaps
P.O. Box 428
Comstock Park, MI 49321-0428

Dear Mr. Timon:

I’m writing to ask you to put a “dietary disaster” warning label on your new 4,800-calorie “monster burger.” Before your customers try to consume this massive mound of meat and cheese, they deserve to know about a new National Cancer Institute study showing that meat-heavy diets increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, and premature death. Men in particular should be warned that chowing down on meaty foods increases the danger of prostate cancer.

Here’s the label we suggest putting on your dietary disaster: “WARNING – Eating meat is associated with increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and death.”

As a dietitian, I can tell you that our nation’s eating habits are already horrifically unhealthy. The average American now eats more than 200 pounds of meat and 30 pounds of cheese a year–and these high-fat, high-cholesterol products take a terrible toll. Two-thirds of the population is either overweight or obese. More than 80 million Americans have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease. Cancer strikes one in two men and one in the three women over the course of their lives.

The danger of meat-heavy diets is clear. In 2007, the American Institute for Cancer Research reported that convincing evidence from dozens of studies supported the association between red and processed meat intake and colorectal cancer risk. On March 23, 2009, researchers with the National Cancer Institute published a study of more than half a million people showing that red and processed meat intake is associated with increased cardiovascular, cancer, and total mortality.

As you may know, most cattle on feedlots in the United States are given synthetic hormones to make them grow larger. I venture to guess that your monster burger harbors more synthetic hormones than most professional baseball players.

Given the overwhelming consensus on the danger of meat, I urge you to reconsider selling this burger. Imagine the lives you could save. If you cannot see yourself removing this high-fat item from your stadium, please post a warning label and refuse to sell such an unhealthy product to people under 18.

Baseball plays a huge role in American life, and the sport must take responsibility for the habits it teaches to young people. Just as no baseball franchise would promote cigarettes, your team should think hard about what this high-fat burger will do to your fans’ health.

Sincerely,

Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.

Staff Dietitian
________________________

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

5100 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20016





Christie’s Bistro

31 03 2009
  • 925 S. Creyts Road
  • Lansing, MI 48917
  • (517) 323-4190
  • Website
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Christies Bistro at the Sheraton Lansing on Creyts Road

Christie's Bistro at the Sheraton Lansing on Creyts Road

Today is another one of those days.  It’s J’s one year anniversary at work and, more importantly, it’s her birthday.  She had a few gift cards for a couple stores in the mall that expired today so I suggested we get up and go shopping.  After that, I planned on taking her out for a nice lunch.  

The stores we needed to go to are in both malls, so I could make a choice based on where I wanted to eat lunch.  I ended up choosing the Lansing Mall because there was a nicer restaurant near there that we haven’t been to and a birthday lunch was a perfect excuse to check it out.

Christie’s Bistro is inside the Sheraton Hotel on Creyts Road near I-496.  You enter the hotel at the main entrance.  Once inside, there really aren’t any signs or any indication on where to go.  I actually noticed the hostess station in an area that looked more like a lobby than a restaurant.  She was on the phone taking a reservation when we got there.  Once that was finished, we were shown to a table in the back of the dining room.

The dining room is interesting.  It’s not what you expect when you hear the word “bistro.”  It was nice, but it looked more like a hotel lobby or a conference space than a fancy restaurant.   There was a big fountain in the middle of the space that looked a little out of place.  There are also some private party rooms along one wall.  Read the rest of this entry »





Press Release – Free Lunch at Tim Hortons

31 03 2009

From a Tim Hortons’ press release…

April 1, 2009 – Dublin, OH – Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch?  Today at participating locations across the United States, you can visit your local Tim Hortons between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and try a BBQ or Ranch Tim Hortons Chicken Wrap Snacker – for free!

 

The menu at Tim Hortons has continuously evolved to meet the changing needs and tastes of customers.  The Tim Hortons Wrap Snackers are the latest innovation to the chain’s expanding  lunch menu.  With five different varieties of Tim Hortons Wrap Snackers – Chicken Ranch, BBQ Chicken, Tuna Salad, Chicken Salad and Egg Salad –  this snack-sized wrap appeals to variety of tastes and cravings at lunch-time or any-time. Available for only $1.59 each and less than 200 calories, Tim Hortons Wrap Snackers are easy on the wallet and the waistline.