ANN ABOUT TOWN: I've Been Everywhere, Man.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 6:00 am
Ann Nichols

Since ELi started running the weekly feature “Ann About Town” in October of 2014, I’ve written about a lot of places in and around East Lansing.

To be precise, I’ve been to Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine, The Blessing of the Animals at All Saints Episcopal Church, Bulgogi Restaurant, MSU’s Recycling Center, Tannin, Curious Book Shop, Red Haven, The Northern Tail Dog Park, Eastside Fish Fry, Front 43, Emo’s, Grove Gallery, Sindhu, The State Room, Spartan Spirits, New Thai Kitchen, Swagath Indian Cuisine, The Salvation Army Thrift Store, Sweet Lorraine’s Mac n’ Cheez, and The Cosmos.

I’ve also spent a day as a hipster, attended the City of East Lansing’s Fire and Ice festivities, split an afternoon between the Northern Tier Trail and a home football game day, attended a community sing, hunted for signs of a comet on one of the coldest nights of the year, walked around photographing whatever caught my eye, hung out at a heavy metal festival at Mac’s Bar, and learned about beer can wizard staffs from my MSU student neighbors.

Although “Ann About Town” doesn’t qualify as “news” by any typical definition, I’ve been proud to draw attention to the vast number of experiences, culinary and otherwise, that are available to those of us lucky enough to live around here. In the process, I’ve eaten a lot of exotic spices, met a lot of interesting people, had the pleasure of “working” with both my cat and one of my dogs, and found out I really still can’t sing.

I’ve also developed an even deeper love for this town in which I grew up, and to which I returned to raise my own family. The reason ELli exists is that we love it here, and want to inform, entertain and engage the community.

As much as I enjoy exploring what East Lansing has to offer, I’ve decided to let “Ann About Town” take a summer break starting next week. During the summer, Tuesdays will be devoted to a series of pieces articles about the vendors at our own Farmers Market (which opens Sunday, June 7th), articles that will including recipes for using the freshest and best product you’ll find from those vendors on the following Sunday. We think it’s pretty amazing that we have the ability to walk or bike to Valley Court once a week to see friends, hear live music, and stock up on everything from honey to microgreens.

Assuming our readers continue to financially support ELi, “Ann About Town” will return in the fall, probably in September. I’m already thinking of what I’ll be bringing to you ─ places that may surprise you as much as me, journeys with people you’ll probably find as interesting as I do. (I would tell you more, but I hate to get scooped as much as the next embedded citizen reporter.)

I’m also open to ideas from readers, which you can send (year-round) to

Until fall, let’s just say “see you at the Market.”


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