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The Lunch Studio: A Downtown Flint Lunchtime Fav!

Located in Downtown Flint, The Lunch Studio is serving up some of the best and healthiest sandwiches in the Flint area.

They use quality, fresh ingredients for all items, including soups and salads. They try to serve healthy  but delicious menu items for every taste.  Their efforts with low-sodium, low-fat and preservative-free offerings have led to Healthy Lifestyle Awards from the Genesee County Health Department.

The Lunch Studio is also known for accommodating special diets, including choices appropriate for individuals on the Weight Watchers program. They offer a veggie burger that resembles a fast-food favorite, and is only 200 calories. Some of the favorites include the veggie pita, chili and the turkey and avocado sandwich.

The Lunch Studio also serves breakfast sandwiches and bagels for breakfast. And for dessert, there are a variety of cookies and brownies, including peanut butter, chocolate chip oatmeal and cherry oatmeal.

The goal for the Lunch Studio is to keep their customers happy and healthy. Serving sandwiches they way they do, they accomplish their goal everyday.  So if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to some of the lunch offerings available in the downtown flint area, visit the Lunch Studio during your next lunch break.  You’ll be happy you did.  Visit their Michigan Flavor profile for weekly lunch specials and to view their full menu.

 

Lunch Studio on Urbanspoon

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The French Laundry: A Fenton, MI Culinary Treasure

The atmosphere of the French Laundry is reminiscent of a Paris cafe. The tables are close together, but customers are still able to be sat comfortably. There is a bar with stools if you are coming in specifically for the large selection of Local Craft Beers and  fantastic wine selection. When weather permits outside seating is available.
The menu ranges from lunch time sandwiches (like the Georgia Reuben and Croque Monsieur) and salads to more traditional French dinner entrees (like Coq au Vin) and other entrees like the Scallops over spinach and mushroom risottos.
Breakfast is served from 7 A.M. to Noon and includes bagels as well as delicious egg dishes.
The dessert menu from scones, croissants, Creme Brulee. Be sure to save room for dessert, there are enough choices to satisfy any sweet tooth two..
French Laundry is an excellent choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The perfect place for bringing a date, dinner with friends or having the family together for a special meal. As one of the best restaurants in the Flint and Genesee County area, it’s definitely worth a try if you haven’t been to The French Laundry..

French Laundry on Urbanspoon


Authentic Mediterranean Food in a Friendly Atmosphere

CK Mediterranean's famous hummusCK Mediterranean Grille features authentic Mediterranean food served in friendly atmosphere by a customer service-focused staff and also operates an exceptional catering service.

Everyday, more and more people are trying to limit their intake of both carbohydrates and fats. The menu offers a variety of homemade Middle Eastern dishes utilizing only the freshest ingredients, consistent with their high standards for quality without added carbohydrates and fat.

They offer a menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern prepared dishes that include but are not limited to: A variety of salads, soups, appetizers, falafel, kabobs, vegetarian items, grilled meats, poultry and combination plates. Some of the signature dishes include vegetarian favorites like the Falafel , Hummus made daily, Fattoush Salad and their amazing Crushed Lentil soup.

CK Medterranean Grille also offer up some of the best wraps in Detroit (available in white or wheat pita), such as a Beef or Chicken Kafta or the Chicken Fattoush wrap.  For those looking for a Vegetarian wrap choice, included are the Grape Leaf, Mujadara with fried onions, and Falafel.  For a little bit more you can add hummus and CK Grille’s garlic sauce to your gourmet wrap; and for an extra $2.99, you can make it a combo with soup, salad or rice, and a drink.

Whether it’s lunch, dinner or catering your office event, CK Mediterranean Grill looks forward to providing you with the best meal and the most fantastic service.

To learn more about CK Mediterranean Grill in Detroit, visit their profile page at MichiganFlavor.com or “like” them on Facebook.

CK Mediterranean Dining Room

CK Mediterranean Store FrontCK Mediterranean Grille

Vegetarian Plate

CK Mediterranean Grille on Urbanspoon


Summer Tipping Do’s and Don’ts

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Summer Tipping Guide

A recent article in Real Simple Magazine summarized some helpful hints for tipping service providers especially during the summer months.  To avoid awkward moments with your food delivery person or hotel housekeeper, follow these helpful hints from Real Simple’s Summer Tipping Guide.

  1. Airport Skycap – keep in mind, large or bulky items such as golf bags and strollers may warrant a little extra gratuity, but a good rule of thumb to follow is $1.00 – $3.00 per bag.
  2. Bellhop – etiquette coach, Patricia Rossi suggests tipping the bellman an extra dollar for suitcases that are on the heavy side, but the typical car-to-room tip should be $1.00-$2.00 per bag.
  3. Camp Counselor – Make sure to read the camp handbook to find out if gratuities are allowed.  If tips are against the rules, a simple thank you note will do; however, at camps were tips are permitted, your child’s counselor should be given up to $10.00 per week.
  4. Dog Groomer – While 15 – 20 percent gratuity is the norm, if your dog is a handful, you should consider tipping an extra 5%.
  5. Dog Walker – According to dogwalker.com, if your pooch is exercised for a week or more, your dog walker should be tipped up to 20 percent of the bill.
  6. Food delivery – 10 – 15 percent is an acceptable amount unless your ordering for a small army in which case, another 5% is warranted.
  7. Gardener or Pool Cleaner – This gratuity should be awarded at the end of the summer and should total $20-$50 or the cost of one visit.
  8. Hotel Housekeeper – It is important to remember that since the cleaning crew changes daily, you should tip daily, even if you’re staying for a week or more.  Acceptable amount? $2.00 – $5.00 per night depending on how nice the hotel is and be sure to add an extra couple dollars if you have a large family.
  9. Housesitter – No gratuity is necessary, but if you’re feeling generous, bring the house sitter a gift from your travels.
  10. Seasonal Sports Instructor – No tip necessary.  You are paying for the sessions with this professional, so no gratuity is expected.
  11. Shuttle-Bus Driver – The Emily Post Institute advises travelers to tip a shuttle-bus driver only if he waits for you, helps with your luggage or gets you to your destination quickly.  Proper amount?  Up to $2.00.
  12. Valet-Parking Attendant – Tip $1.00-$3.00 in small cities or  $3.00-$5.00 in large cities.  Remember, since large vehicles like SUV’s are more difficult to park, be sure to give the attendant a little extra for the trouble.
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Article Source: Real Simple Magazine, July 2011, Yelena Moroz
Image Source: bridalbuds.com

The Matt Prentice Restaurant Group Demonstrates “Lobster Corn Dogs”

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Lobster Corn Dogs: MyFoxDETROIT.com


Inspired by the Food Network: What is the Best Thing You’ve Ever Eaten?

What is the best thing you’ve ever eaten? and where did you eat it? Was it something you made at home out of a cookbook, something you concocted on your own or something you ordered in a restaurant? MiFlavor.com wants to know, “What’s the Best Thing You Ever Ate?” Michigan Flavor wanted to weigh in on the subject as well.  Here’s how we feel about some culinary creations that have made us take note.

Best Cheesecake

Paul’s Coney Island in Flint makes the most phenomenal cheesecake I’ve ever eaten. This glorious, light and fluffy, rich and creamy, crust-less, culinary miracle is a secret family recipe shared by only three restaurants in the country, two in Michigan, one in New Jersey. I can’t do it justice by writing about it. This cheesecake is an experience that should not be missed. Need a whole cheesecake for a holiday? Be prepared to order at least one month in advance because this glorious masterpiece is in high demand. You simply MUST go to Paul’s for a piece of cheesecake…I recommend it with strawberry topping, but this cheesecake does just fine on its own. It’s a new fav in my house.

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Best Burger

I know there’s going to be a ton of debate in the area of “best burger”, heated debate at that; but for my money, there’s only one burger! Flint’s Starlite Diner‘s Cheeseburger Deluxe has my vote for the best burger hands down. The patty is juicy and delicious, the bun is lightly toasted, the american cheese is melty and gooey and the vegetables, lettuce and tomatoes, are always fresh and flavorful. Add a little mayo and what you have is the best burger I’ve ever eaten. As if the incredible burger doesn’t fill you up, I suggest pairing it with an order of hand-battered onion rings…or anything else on the menu for that matter. Starlite Diner is a top-notch restaurant with a family feel and excellent wait staff. Eat in or drive through – same fantastic food either way.

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Best Coney

Best coney is a no-brainer for me. The hands down winner goes to American Coney Island in Detroit. I love their coney dogs as much for the dog itself as for the fun, entertaining atmosphere and warm, kind and funny employees. A very friendly waiter comes to your table during an incredibly busy lunch rush, takes the time to make conversation with you and then proceeds to yell out your order to Dan, the man making the coneys. Minutes later the coney arrives at your table. From the delicious “snap” of biting into the dog, to the warm, steamed bun, to the fantastic,  creamy chili, onions and mustard, this coney is the stuff of legend.

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This “Detroit Style” coney is the best I’ve ever eaten by far. American Coney has the friendliest staff, most fun atmosphere and the yummiest product. American Coney Island in Downtown Detroit is in a league of its own, in my humble opinion. What’s your take on this subject? Do you prefer the “Flint Style” or “Detroit Style” coneys better and which Michigan restaurant makes the best one? We’d love for you to weigh in on the subject, but for my money, American Coney is THE best coney in the state.

Best Pizza

Ok folks. This one is going to fuel many, many debates. Best Pizza. I’ve had pizzas from all across this great state, some fantastic, some…not so much. But one pizza stands alone as by far the best pizza I’ve ever eaten. New to the Southfield, MI area, Pizzeria Biga makes the most amazing, authentic Italian style pizza. Its thin crust and amazingly fresh toppings make your dining experience one of a kind.

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Choose from their “white pizza” menu listing interesting sauceless pizzas or their “red pizza” menu which highlights their vast selection of sauced pizzas. Choose one of theirs or create your own. Just be careful not to over top your authentic, thin crust pizza. Too many toppings weigh down this culinary delight. Their secret recipe dough is topped with only the freshest ingredients and cooked in one of their two wood burning ovens yielding a one-of-a-kind Italian masterpiece.

My fav Biga pizzas? From the “White” menu, Bacco Sausage, roasted onion and roasted red peppers. Phenomenal! From the “Red” menu, and my overall favorite Biga Pizza, is the Margherita Pizza with Buffalo Mozzarella and Basil. You simply have to taste it to believe it. My advice is to get in your car, drive to 29110 Franklin Road in Southfield and enjoy a little piece of Italy in our own backyard.

Well that’s how Michigan Flavor weighs in, but what do you think?  Attention guest bloggers!  Submit your “best of” blog posts to round out our tribute to the Food Network and our very own list of “the best thing I ever ate”.  Looking for new places to dine and drink in Michigan?  Visit www.miflavor.com for a comprehensive, interactive online Michigan dining directory.  Let Michigan Flavor be your one stop Michigan restaurant resource.  Find everything culinary in one site – http://www.miflavor.com – the place to go before you go out.  Already out?  No worries, Michigan Flavor is mobile.  Look for us in The Google Marketplace.


Fantastic Pub Fare From Across the Pond

Livonia’s Claddagh Irish Pub – Across the Pond and Into Your Backyard!

Claddagh Irish Pub

When you have a craving for authentic Irish Pub fare, it doesn’t get much better than Claddagh’s fresh, simple, tasteful menu options. Whether you’re ordering off the lunch or dinner menus or making a selection from their “late night bites” options, you’re sure to leave with your craving satisfied.

Claddagh Shephard's Pie

Claddagh’s entrees range from traditional Irish favorites such as Corned Beef and Cabbage with agarlic parsley sauce and Fish and Chips with Cole Slaw to the less traditional Guiness BBQ Ribs or Shrimp Risotto. There’s truly something for everyone. The late night bites menu features Irish Sausage Sliders, Corned Beef and Cabbage Rolls and Curry Fries. Each and every selection is truly an experience for the taste buds!

Claddagh Corned Beef and Cabbage

While Claddagh’s tempting and unique menu is sure to bring you in, its lively, fun atmosphere andfantastic drink specials will surely bring you back time and time again. Claddagh Irish Pub takes great pride in providing its guest with a memorable experience based on superior service and a fantastic product.

claddagh Guiness Draught

You simply can’t go wrong when you choose Claddagh. Check them out at Michiganflavor.com. Take alook at the menus, browse their photo gallery, get a map and directions, read about the daily lunch, dinner and drink specials and even print coupons. Why wait? Check them out today.

Claddagh Dining Room


The Starlite Diner and Coney Island – A Treasured Flint Icon Since 1966

Welcome to The Starlite Diner and Coney Island – A Flint Treasure Since 1966
My husband and I had breakfast last Saturday at The Starlite Diner.  The place was absolutely packed!  We sat down, ordered our breakfast and were eating inside 15 minutes.  Did I mention the service was not only incredibly fast but also very friendly and courteous?  Did I mention that besides arriving at our table quickly, our breakfast was delicious?  I really can’t say enough about how great my first experience was dining at The Starlite. During the week, they have amazing breakfast specials that fit nicely into even the tightest budgets.  The weekend breakfast fare was just as reasonably priced and clearly made from scratch with the freshest of ingredients.  As Michigan breakfast spots go, this one made my top 10!

Moving on to lunch…  When I went into the Starlite Diner and Coney Island for the initial photo shoot, I was introduced to something called “The Working Man’s Lunch“.  How do you feel about an authentic, Flint-style coney dog, a famous Starlite cheeseburger, fries and a softdrink all for $5.50?  I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anything like it in my life. After the shoot that day, I was encouraged to sample this “Working Man’s Lunch” and I have rave reviews.  The authentic Flint-style coney made with a Koegel’s hotdog and Starlite’s own coney sauce was served on a steamed bun with mustard and onions was fantastic.  The Starlite cheeseburger, made with burger ground earlier that morning, was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.  This lunch special at that incredible price is nothing short of spectacular!

I’ve not experienced dinner at this 24-hour establishment but have every reason to believe that the dinner selections are just as delicious and reasonably priced.  The Starlite Diner has a fun and interesting atmosphere with retro decor and warm, attentive wait staff.  Sit in a big comfortable booth, at the snack bar or in your car at the drive-thru window and get the same great value and fantastic food!

Steeped in tradition, this family-owned coney island style restaurant has been a Flint treasure since 1966.  You’re always treated like family when you walk through the doors of this iconic restaurant located near the intersection of N. Center Road and Davison Road in Burton.  Famous for its breakfasts, burgers and coneys, the Starlite Diner is also the perfect choice to cater your next event.  Give them a try for your next important occasion.

If you’d like to learn more about Flint’s Starlite Diner and Coney Island, visit their restaurant page at http://www.miflavor.com/ View photos, get a map and directions, download their menu, view breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, check for coupons and learn more about the establishment.  Search for upcoming special events and so much more at Michigan Flavor.

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Marketing Your Michigan Restaurant on the Web: Part 2 – The Fanpage

So, you have a beautiful new website that is nice to look at, easy to navigate and full of great content.  Now you need potential customers to find your restaurant in search engines.  Seems like a gigantic task.  The good news is that if you think of it in terms of a series of smaller tasks, it can be a bit less overwhelming.  What’s even better, you can get your website ranked in search engines without spending a dime.  You can tackle this project for only the cost of your valuable time.  So, for part 2 of 7, I thought we’d discuss one of the easiest and most popular ways to get your Michigan restaurant ranked in search engine results – the Facebook Fanpage.

Setting up a fanpage on Facebook is very simple and can actually be fun.  It causes you to think about your business in terms of what potential customers are looking for, especially the demographic who are using facebook the most.  Since Facebook is the most used application on the web, I feel this is the single most important place to start marketing your restaurant and your restaurant’s website on the internet.

Step one is to set up a facebook account.  Simply go to http://www.facebook.com/, fill out the quick application and click on the “sign up” button.  Once you’ve set up your account and filled out your personal information, click on the icon that says “set up a page for your business”.  This will take you to the fanpage section of facebook.  The single most important part of the process is to fill out a comprehensive profile of your Michigan restaurant.  Be as specific as possible, highlighting everything your restaurant has to offer.

Next, upload photos of your restaurant into a photo gallery.  Facebook users LOVE to look at photos!  Use your own digital images or hire a professional to take some beautiful pictures of your establishment, making sure you hire a professional who uses digital equipment.  Upload your photos and write keyword-heavy descriptions of each photograph.  Think in terms of how your customers will be searching when you write these descriptions.

A Facebook fanpage isn’t much of a fanpage without…FANS!  You have to get followers engaged with your fanpage and there is only one way to do it.  Invite them.  Invite them through email.  Invite your facebook friends.  Invite your Twitter followers.  Put your Fanpage address anywhere you’d put your web address.  It’s almost just as important.  If your Facebook Fanpage address is on your menu, internet-based mobile phone users will use their phones to become fans while their waiting for their meals to be served.  Put a link to your fanpage on your website.
After that, you’re good to go and ready to start posting content to your fanpage.  Add links to your website wherever possible.  Talk about specials you’re having, events that will be happening in your restaurant and even coupon availability.  Provide links to your favorite websites.  When you have an event, talk about it the next day and post photos of the event.  Post photos of your specials along with detailed descriptions.  Start customer loyalty programs.  Take a poll.  Get your customers involved in discussions.  Have give-aways.  The possibilities are practically endless.  The more you can do to get customers to interact with you on Facebook, the better search engine results your website will get.  So do everything you can.  The only way you can get this wrong is to not do it!  Visit Michigan Flavor’s Fanpage at http://www.facebook.com/michiganflavor.

So that concludes part 2.  Stay tuned for part 3 when we’ll tackle Twitter.  Between now and then, make sure you check out the Michigan Flavor Restaurant Directory at http://www.miflavor.com/.  Have questions regarding anything in any of our blog posts or need help implementing any of our suggestions?  Contact me via email at jodi@miflavor.com.  Interested in advertising your Michigan Restaurant on Michigan Flavor?  Call Dennis at 248-302-2738 or contact him via email at dennis@miflavor.com.  He or one of our other account managers will be happy to visit your restaurant and give you a full demonstration of Michigan Flavor.