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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.

 

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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..

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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

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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
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The Matt Prentice Restaurant Group Demonstrates “Lobster Corn Dogs”

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Lobster Corn Dogs: MyFoxDETROIT.com


American vs Lafayette- Can “Food Wars”, “Food Feuds” or “Man v Food” Settle the Score?

The Travel Channel‘s Camille Ford (Food Wars), Michael Symon’s Food Feuds and Man v Food’s Adam Richman all made the trip to Detroit to settle the bitter feud that has caused dissent among Detroiters for decades.  Detroit natives agree that in the world of coney dogs, there’s none better than the Detroit Coney; however, that’s where the harmony ends.  Two Detroit Icons, American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island share a building but little else.

Stop any Metro Detroiter and simply ask, “American or Lafayette” and chances are, he/she will have an immediate and emotional response.  One thing’s for sure when it comes to this rivalry, diners are fiercely loyal to one or the other.

During the Travel Channel’s “Food Wars” trip to Metro Detroit, the competition was as fiery and dramatic as ever.  Which Detroit Coney Island came out on top in the D?  Watch this video clip from the Detroit Coney episode of Food Wars to find out.

The Travel Channel’s Food Wars

Iron Chef Michael Symon, owner of Detroit Restaurant Roast and host of “Food Feuds” attacked this topic head-on.  Did he meet with the same level of dissent among Detroiters when he asked diners to choose between Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island?  Only one way to find out.  Take a look at the video clip below.

Michael Symon’s Food FeudDetroit Coney Island Wars

The Travel Channel’s Adam Richman, host of Man v Food, also made his way to the D primarily to tackle the country’s biggest burger. But during his visit, he made stops at American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island to weigh in on this age old dispute. The following slide show chronicles his visit.

Man v Food
http://www.travelchannel.com/travelchannel/TV_Shows/Man_V_Food/Photos/Slideshow_Detroit_1

Even after the experts weigh in, the question remains.  Which is the better Detroit Coney – American or Lafayette?  I guess you’ll have to be your own judge and jury.  This is one battle that may go down in the history books as being one of the most epic food fights of all time.

For more information about American Coney Island, Lafayette Coney Island and other Metro Detroit Restaurants, visit our Metro Detroit Dining Guide and remember, MichiganFlavor.com is the place to go before you go out!

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Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe: A Photo Blog

Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe offers a wide selection of home-style foods in a cozy, inviting atmosphere.

Located at 1301 W. Lafayette in Detroit, this homestyle cafe serves up healthy portions of honest-to-goodness comfort food.  Your next trip to Detroit will not be complete without a stop at Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe!

 

Fried Catfish and French Fries

Homestyle Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Greens.

Homestyle Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Greens.

Fried Chicken Wings, Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Carrots.

Irresistible Peach Cobbler!

 

Reggies Soul Food Cafe

1301 W. Lafayette Avenue

Detroit, MI

Reggie’s Soul Food on Michigan Flavor


3 Fantastic Dessert Places in Grand Blanc, MI

Dessert menus in MIchiganThere’s always room for dessert!  Let’s be honest.  One of the best things about dining out is the dessert menu.  Who has the time to actually make dessert?  Things have changed.  Even full-time moms are constantly on the go.  While everyone has room for dessert, no one has the time to prepare it.  My husband and I are foodies.  We love to cook.  We love to dine out.  We love to eat dessert.  So it is with the utmost confidence that I present to you my choices for 3 great dessert menus in the Grand Blanc, MI area.

 

  1. Da Edoardo North – Located at 8185 Holly Road in Grand Blanc, Da Edoardo North has an extensive, delectable dessert menu that boasts tasty dessert options and several after dinner drink options.  The perfect ending to your fine dining experience is the Da Edoardo Tiramisu.  Italian Lady Fingers soaked in fine espresso and Tia Maria, layered with mascarpone custard and dusted with cocoa, tiramisu is exceptional especially when served along side a glass of Port or an after-dinner cordial.  Other tasty seasonal desserts accompany the Tiramisu on the Da Edoardo dessert menu earning the restaurant a place in my top 3 dessert restaurants.
  2. Le Grand Bistro – The menu at Grand Blanc’s Le Grand Bistro (12745 South Saginaw, Grand Blanc, MI) changes regularly in order for owner Bernice to express her passion for European foods; but you can be sure that you’ll always find Gelato.  Gelato is a healthier and creamier alternative to American ice cream, which has a higher butterfat and sugar content and is whipped more to add air and volume. In Paris, gelato can be found on every corner but a good Gelato in Michigan is tough to find.  You have to taste the Gelato to understand the richness of the smooth frozen desert. The gelato flavors change regularly, but, since you’ll always find a flavor to love, Le Grand Bistro is one of my top 3 dessert restaurants.
  3. Luca’s Chophouse- A list of great places for dessert would not be complete without Luca’s Chophouse located at 12793 South Saginaw in Grand Blanc.  Where else can you find banana’s foster prepared tableside?  More than a dessert, the banana’s foster is an experience.  As delicious as it is entertaining, the dessert at Luca’s Chophouse is one-of-a-kind, making this fine dining restaurant a staple on any list of great dessert restaurants.

Living in Grand Blanc, MI, I am blessed with many fabulous dessert eateries.  The list of places to find interesting and yummy after dinner treats in Grand Blanc, MI is extensive enough to rival any big city.  Even finicky foodies will find reason to rejoice in the small town atmosphere with big city taste.  I don’t know if Grand Blanc, MI will ever be known throughout the Country as the place to go for dessert, but for my money, there’s no better place to be after dinner.

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The Travel Channel’s 101 Tastiest Places to Chow Down

The Travel Channel’s 101 Tastiest Places to Chow Down
The USA boasts more than its fair share of chow down joints serving some of the biggest and best dishes of deliciousness around. So now, the Travel Channel presents the most definitive and appetizing countdown food fanatics have ever seen!
Welcome to the 101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown, where 5 one-hour specials will take you on a non-stop, coast-to-coast, mouthwatering tour of the 101 absolute best places to get your grub on in the country. These are the go-to chow joints certified by the people who know best — the locals! And every craving and food fantasy will be satisfied — from couch cushion sized burgers to the biggest breakfast burrito in the country, and from award winning barbecue to fresh sizzling fried chicken.

We’re starting at No. 101 on the list and making our way to the absolute No. 1 place to eat big in America!

101 Tastiest Places To Chowdown

Congratulations from MichiganFlavor.com to the Michigan Restaurants who made the list!

22.  Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island

The travel channel settles on an age-old debate in the Motor City over who has the best Detroit-style chilidog.  It’s the clash of the Coney dogs!
118 and 114 W. Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

29.  Tony’s I-75

Right off I-75 in Michigan, the Travel Channel finds the most insane BLT ever – made with a full pound of deep-fried bacon!
8781 Main Street, Birch Run, MI 48415

40. Slow’s BBQ

This Detroit joint has perfected BBQ styles from all across the country, but what brought the Travel Channel to Slows BBQ is their mouth-watering twist on tradition: brisket enchiladas!
2138 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216
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