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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.

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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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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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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.


Dearborn Michigan’s Bailey’s Sports Grille – Sport. Spirits. Fun.

Looking for a great time in the Dearborn, Michigan area?  Look no further than Bailey’s Sports Grille located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Mason Street.  Besides having a fantastic menu, attentive wait staff and great atmosphere, there’s no shortage of exciting things to do inside.  Catch all the best sports action on their many HDTV’s.  Get into a little competition of your own playing pool or table tennis or even checkers.

Are you a fan of great beers?  Bailey’s has a huge variety of ice cold beers on tap as well as any cocktail you can dream up.  From great appetizers to interesting and flavorful entrees, their menu is sure to please.

Bailey’s Sports Grille also has a private party room for your special occasions.  They have several buffet selections to choose from or will customize a special menu for the needs of your unique occasion.  Look no further than Bailey’s for your private dining needs.

Every night is interesting at Baileys with different drink and dinner specials.  The best party in town is missing one thing…you.  The next time you’re looking for a fun night out, give Bailey’s Sports Grille in Dearborn, Michigan a try.  They will not disappoint.

To book your party, call and ask to speak to the event coordinator or general manager, but book soon to ensure availability!

To learn more about Bailey’s Sports Grille visit Michigan Flavor and search Dearborn Bars. Download and print their menu, see a map and directions, view a photo gallery, see their daily specials and events and even search for coupons.

Fine Dining Experience in Grand Blanc – Michigan’s Luca’s Chophouse

Luca’s Chophouse in Grand Blanc, Michigan brings a fine dining experience to a small town atmosphere.  The beautifully decorated, modern, clean style of Luca’s has a welcoming feeling while the fantastic waitstaff will do whatever it takes to make your experience a positive one.  Table side Steak Diane and Banana’s Foster adds to the ambiance, making your date night special and memorable.

Their diverse and delectable menu will be sure to make you a return customer.  Their goal is to make your dining experience with them a pleasurable one by offering an extensive selection of steak and seafood creations to gratify the most discerning palate. Luca’s Chophouse is the perfect setting for an intimate dinner for two or a night out with friends or family. With an impressive menu of steak and seafood specialties accompanied by their modern atmosphere and service, they create an ambiance of incredible warmth and casual elegance.

Their contemporary and chic bar area with nearby live entertainment section is the perfect place to get together with old friends or meet new ones.  With a wide array of top shelf liquor choices, beers on tap and and extensive wine list, finding the perfect drink to shake off a stressful day is limited only by your imagination.  The bar experience will be as memorable as your fantastic dining encounter.  You simply can’t go wrong by choosing to visit Grand Blanc’s Luca’s Chophouse.

To learn more about Luca’s, view their photo gallery, download and print their menus, see their events schedule and daily specials, visit their restaurant page at the Michigan Flavor Dining Directoryhttp://www.miflavor.com/ is the place to go before you go out.  Finding the perfect dining in Michigan experience is easier than ever with this Michigan restaurant directory in PC and mobile versions.  Luca’s Chophouse Restaurant page can be found at http://www.miflavor.com/restaurant.php?rst=476 .
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Dearborn’s Original Martini Bar

Located in the heart of Downtown Dearborn, Double Olive was the first original martini bar to open in July of 1997.  Since then it has become one of mid-Michigan’s hotspots, serving over 12 different flavored martinis.  The beautiful interior and relaxing atmosphere make this bar one of the best places to relax and have a cocktail with friends.  Full of ambiance and the perfect mood, Double Olive is an enticing place for an intimate date or the perfect place to meet new people.

With an attractive and attentive wait staff, pool tables, dance floor, music and more,Double Olive has something for everyone.  Visitors can sit back and relax, get up and dance, shoot some pool or cozy up to the bar and try one of their many signature martinis.  There’s no shortage of fun to be had.  Everything that Double Olive has to offer makes it an interesting and exciting addition to the Michigan Flavor family.  Visit them on MiFlavorat http://www.miflavor.com/restaurant.php?rst=498 to browse through their photo gallery, get a map and directions, view their hours of operation, see upcoming specials and events and even check for available coupons and offers.
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