Allow me to be a little nostalgic for a minute. I could smell hazelnut and chocolate in the air as I was walking down the streets of Florence, Italy. It was like one of those old Tom and Jerry cartoons, when Jerry’s nose would follow the smell of cheese. Similarly, I would follow my nose to street vendors as they would poured molten Nutella on a thick waffles. I feel like that is all I ate in Florence.
OK, back to real life; I walk into the City Market and as soon as I enter, nostalgia rolls over me because there is a new waffle place in Lansing! Yes, believe it! Meet Sam, the owner of Wandering Waffles.
Sam in an incredibly passionate foodie. When I first met her we had a long conversation about the sequence of events that brought her to Lansing. She told me that she always comes up with these crazy ideas and Wandering Waffles is an example of a crazy idea that became a reality. She makes as many of her ingredients in-house and the rest of the waffle ingredients s are locally sourced. When I showed up to take these photos, she had cheese curds draining on the counter as she was making fresh waffles on the other side of her kitchen. Continue reading →
A couple of years ago I saw a film called Eastern Rises at a small film festival put on by the Michigan State University Outdoors Club. I am not exaggerating when I say this, but was is one of the most beautiful films I have seen in a very long time.
Granted, my fishing experience only extends to fishing for eel in the rivers of Pakistan; Eastern Rises made me want to learn how to fly fish properly. Also, it sent me on a hunt for other fly fishing films. Thanks to an email from a dear friend, I am excited to share that the FT3 Fly Fishing Film Tour is rolling through our area this month.
The event is hosted by Nomad Anglers of Okemos and will be held atDublin Square Irish Pub on April 23rd. Doors open at 6pm and films starts at 7pm.
Tickets($15) are available in advance at Nomad Anglers (5100 Marsh Rd Okemos, MI 48864, 517-349-6696), online($18) and at the door( $20) on the night of the event.
Every year some of the greatest creative minds of the Greater Lansing Area come together at the Mid-Michigan ADDY awards.
According to the Mid Michigan Creative Alliance (MMCA), the “ADDY Awards are the advertising and marketing industry’s largest and most recognized competition” and “the local ADDY Awards are the first of a three-tiered national competition … Local winners then compete against other winners within their regions in one of 14 District competitions. District winners are then forwarded to the National ADDY Awards competition.” The ADDY awards are also a host to really impressive entries from college-level students for the student competition at the ADDYs.
As you will see in the photos below, the theme this year was Mad Men and this is also a testament to how well dressed Lansing folk are. Many thanks to the wonderful folks at MMCA for putting on such a fun event. I was awestruck by some of the student work. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such incredible design talent in our city.
Way to be creative Lansing!
The wonderful Kat Cooper was the master of ceremonies at this year’s ADDYs.
I want to introduce you to a Lansing blogger, but this introduction comes with a warning; her blog will make you spend a lot more time in the kitchen and even more time salivating over her blog posts. Meet Kaitlin Flannery, she is a writer, a most amazing baker and a really really good food photographer at Whisk Kid.
She has been blogging since 2009 and has devoted fans following each post. One of her cakes was even picked up by Martha Stewart and she got to cook alongside the craftiest lady in the land. She has joined the ranks of Snoop D O double G.
I follow a bunch of food blogs but Whisk Kid is unlike any of them. Kaitlin is passionate about what she does and this passion comes through in her writing. Just scroll through her blog and you will find everything from the Lemon Meringue Pie to a rant by Kaitlin that comes with a Funfetti Cake recipe.
Whisk Kid is just as much a food blog as it is Kaitlin’s diary:
“It’s a collection of the thoughts I have while I’m baking, which is what I do to relax, and it’s where I try to find meaning in breakups, reason behind monotony, good in my faults and cracks in my shell. It’s a therapeutic outlet that helps me decompress and figure out what’s really going on and where I stand in this world.”
She is constantly looking for the underlying emotions and connections in all aspects of her life and her blog brings all these ideas together: “I have no idea what’s coming next, but the blog has helped me really realize that we’re all kinda lost – and it’s totally ok. Sharing my experiences and being shared with in return has been more rewarding than I ever imagined it would be.” The scientist in me wants to do an analysis of the kind of cake/pastry/cookie Kaitlin makes and other life events. Kaitlin’s readers have sent her emails that have brought her to tears and they are proof that she has this bond with her readers. Whisk Kid is more like having a friend who cooks with you, than it is a food blog.
“I feel that, even though we don’t know each other, my readers and I have a very supportive relationship”.
Lastly, Kaitlin agreed to give us a Lansing Collective exclusive recipe of the cake she made for our shoot. enjoy!
A few years ago we faced store closing signs in the windows of many of our favorite book stores. I was really sad to see the East Lansing Barnes and Noble close it’s doors. As a student I used to spend a lot of time there. Walking down those aisles was one of my favorite ways of discovering new books.
I had given up on those book discovery experiences until last week; me and two of my closest friends went thrift shopping at World Mission on South Cedar. We were perusing antique furniture as I wandered into the store’s book section. It was hard to believe I was in a Lansing thrift store; nearly 25% of the building was dedicated to perfectly organizes shelves of books. These weren’t all tween fiction or romance novels either. There were incredibly diverse sections ranging from WWII history to architecture and photography books. There was a big children’s book section and great harder to find fiction books. I was impressed at the quality of these books and it was hard to believe these were all donations.
Cynthia, the manager at World Mission was hired in two years ago and her dedication to the book section is obvious. As we start to loose out on the book-store experience in Lansing, and as many of us declare our love for e-readers, I am humbled to see that Cynthia has kept this book section alive. When Cynthia was hired in, she inherited 20 gaylord boxes (yes, a new word for me too) of donated books. Most of the shelving units where already there but the books were in total disarray. With the help of a dedicated staff (Joe, Rick, and Anna) and hundreds of hours of work, she has created this mini book haven right here in Lansing. Cynthia points out that Joe, Rick, and Anna “have been the backbone of our bookstore” and without their dedication the store wouldn’t be where it is.
It is obvious how much heart has been put into organizing these books. If you have kids (or if you are a kid at heart), I urge you to check out the children’s section. If you are a history buff, I guarantee, you will spend several hours in the history section. If you like fiction, it is very likely that your fill find your favorite titles for a fraction of the cost. Cynthia and her team have also set up really cool end of isle book displays with interesting books they find. I urge you to get lost in these isles. I am probably starting to sound like a late night infomercial, but I can’t express in words how nice this mini book store is. Check it out.
by Eat Pomegranate Photography
Cynthia wanted me to add that the World Mission always welcomes book donations and they always need new shelves in their book department. They also have a truck and are able to pick up books. Additionally, there are donation bins around the community for clothing and books.