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Wandering Waffles

Burrito WaffleAllow 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.

SamOK, 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

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FT3 Fly Fishing Film Tour

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 at Dublin 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.

Maybe, after the week of Capital City Film Festival, you will be ready for some more quality time in front of the screen.

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ADDYs 2013

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.

The wonderful Kat Cooper was the master of ceremonies at this year’s ADDYs.

The programs waiting for the guests

The programs waiting for the guests

This man is always wearing nice hats.

This man is always wearing nice hats.

Drinks

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Mad Man

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Help Portrait Lansing 2012

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Those two keystroke combinations have made photographer ever more possessive about how their images are shared online. Plagiarism and theft of intellectual property is not news but this digital realm has made it much more prevalent. This obsession with copyright has created a new culture of gaudy watermarks and has kept photographers from sharing their images online.

In light of the prevalence intelectual property theft, it is rare to you see photographers giving their work away. Then again, we live in Lansing and there is such a great collection of kind hearts in this city. For the third year in a row, Lansing was host to an incredible event. Lansing photographers and numerous hard working volunteers got together once again for Help Portrait. If you didn’t hear about Help Portrait last year, it is a worldwide event where photographers and volunteers get together to take portraits of people, edit those picture, print them, and give them away for free.

Here is a break down of the numbers from this year:

  • 68 family groups and individuals registered
  • 246 individuals photographed
  • 3 Printers
  • 8 Editors
  • 8 Photographers
  • 49 volunteers
  • 350 cups of popcorn
  • 100s of snacks and cookies
  • 100s of photo frames

Help Portrait

Help Portrait

Pam

Alternative Transportation in Asia

From a recent study abroad trip to Asia, I would like to give my take on their transportation and how it compares to our beloved city of Lansing. I focused most of my attention on bikability, walkability, public transportation, and a few other modes I didn’t expect to be options! We traveled to 3 countries, including Seoul (the capital of South Korea), Malaysia and Singapore.

Seoul

25 million people live in the city and surrounding area, and 10 million within the city limits. This as you can imagine creates incredible challenges when it comes to pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. Combining all users of their roadway and creating ‘complete streets’ (a concept that is catching on in the States) is a work in progress.

A small fact which helps explain and inform their built environment would be the country’s geography. Not to bash the enormous beauty found in the country side, but it sucks for building houses or livability! The mountains are bedrock, and a plethora of tree covered  rolling hills make it extremely difficult to build roads, deliver material and even farm. Any flat area of land in these mountains is covered with rice fields or growing  vegetables/fruit. Hence the city of Seoul (the largest and possibly only flat area in all of Korea) is almost 2 times as dense as New York City.

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