There are steampunks in Lansing and I am just now finding out about them!
Many of Lansing’s steampunks were going to events all the way in Detroit and decided to start their own group here in Lansing. They named it Capital Steam and they have enjoyed a fast growing following since the day they made their group official.
Last week, I invited a few of the people from Capitol Steam out to my studio for a shoot. I had to capture the attention to detail in all of their clothing and I am absolutely obsessed with subcultures, especially in Lansing.
Enjoy these photos and check out their Facebook group.
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!