We’ve all had that moment. You know what we’re talking about…that moment where you suddenly come to the realization that Lansing is your “home sweet home.” We here at the Lansing Collective want to know what makes our capitol city your “home sweet home” and when you realized it- so we are embarking upon a series where Lansingites share their aha moment with us! Submit your stories to HomeSweetHome@lansingcollective.com and we may just publish it on the blog! Read on to learn about this week’s featured story.
I grew up in Kalamazoo. I went to Plainwell High School, had good friends, and did silly things. Until a few years ago, saying “I’m headed home” meant I was going to Kalamazoo. My transition to Lansingite was a slow one. Lansing didn’t become my home because of time spent here, or buying a house. I knew Lansing was home when I met Betsy Weber and Robin Miner-Swartz.
It has been more than awhile since my last post, but I am pleased to say that I have not had time to write because I have been so busy enjoying all that Lansing has to offer now that the nice weather has arrived! I would like to meet the person who says there is nothing to do in Lansing… just this weekend alone brought “Be a tourist in your own town”, a chili cookoff, Meridian Township and Old Town Farmer’s Markets, art exhibit openings, Lansing Lugnuts, the Hawk Island Triathalon and more to our great city! While I was out of town for part of the weekend, I decided to take Sunday to explore the capitol city on two wheels. I want to share what a spring weekend in Lansing looks like with you all!
I know what many of you are thinking after reading this title- “Here we go, Shannon is going to spread her opinion on a vegetarian lifestyle with her beloved city…”, however you, dear reader, would only be partially right.
While I choose to live a vegetarian lifestyle (and will share why), there are plenty of other ways to consume cruelty-free food, while supporting sustainability- particularly buying local, “Meatless Mondays” and becoming an “ethical omnivore”, not to mention vegetarianism/veganism. In this post, I plan to take a few minutes to detail these options for you, and share ways to purchase local, cruelty-free products in Lansing, so I encourage you to take some time to read on!
Growing up, I was a notoriously picky eater. My distaste for everything not coated in peanut butter made me just like El Jefe in my neighborhood (in that I was so famous for it, I was infamous). In the morning I would eat cereal, but for the rest of the day I would only eat peanut butter sandwiches or peanut butter on crackers. My fruits and veggies were limited to apples or celery with peanut butter on it. When the family would go out to a restaurant, my mom would have to make a peanut butter sandwich for me, put it in a sandwich bag, and bring it to the restaurant so that I could eat with the family. My birthday parties at pizza parlors or bowling alleys were full of kids stuffing their faces with pizza, while I munched on a peanut butter sandwich that was made sure to be not ruined by the foul taste of jelly.
While I am no longer that picky, I believe that my childhood and the finicky eater in me is the reason that I do not really enjoy going out to eat. In fact, the only meal that my wife can consistently get me to go out to eat is breakfast. The Lansing area has no shortage of excellent breakfast places. One can travel to O’Neill’s in East Lansing for a 9 egg omelet, head to Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House for the best organic breakfast in the area (although many would argue that title belongs to The Soup Spoon Café), and most everyone knows and raves about the phenomenal breakfast and atmosphere at Golden Harvest, just north of Old Town in Lansing. Yet, for my money, all of these pale in comparison to the Sip ‘n’ Snack Restaurant in Okemos. Continue reading →
I will admit that I am one of those people that dig on positive energy. But then again, who doesn’t? I know I am creative in my own right, but when I am surrounded by creative energy, being utilized for good, I cannot help but feel inspired. One of the best things about Lansing is that this city is packed with so many talented, energetic and positive individuals, willing to work together to come up with and act on ideas to make our city bigger and better; and all for the benefit of the greater good, rather than personal gain.
One such example of this positive and creative energy coming together is the REO Eats Project.