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Lansing, Michigan, United States
I am a Lansing townie, lawyer, and restaurant reviewer for the City Pulse. I love traveling, reading, yoga, and baking, but my favorite hobby is stuffing my face.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sugarberry Frozen Yogurt

Ok, so the weather has been tolerable for several weeks, as previously mentioned. I'm still going to use it as an excuse for the frequency with which I have been eating frozen treats.

I figure that since yogurt has some amount of protein in it, I can occasionally substitute it as a meal. By "occasionally," I mean "no less than twice a week." I don't know what took me so long to find Sugarberry, but I'm so much happier with it as a part of my life.

This place is essentially a frozen yogurt bar. You pick up a container, which vary in size, and choose what flavor of yogurt you want. I think there are about eight varieties, stuff like birthday cake, pomegranate, coconut, chocolate, whatever. Don't pay any attention to these distractions. Fill your container 2/3 full of original tart.

Proceed to the toppings bar, which has enough choices for someone to really go bonkers. There are about 74 different kinds of M&Ms (who knew?), some weird-looking Asian candy, all kind of gummy things, balls of cookie dough, chopped fruit, crumbled candy bars, hot fudge, whipped cream, etcetera. Everything. Everything they could find at Meijer.

I top my original tart with blueberries and crumbled Heath bar. A note to the newbies- the candy bar crumbles are labeled on the ridge of the topping bars that is closest to you. Don't make the mistake that I did and put Reeses on your yogurt. My dinner was ruined.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Iorio Italian Ice in the Lansing City Market

I've been lazy. I regret the error.

Temperatures here in mid-Michigan have been manageable for the last few weeks, but we had a stretch a while ago that was hot. As in, sit in the dark in your living room, shades drawn, window air conditioning unit dangerously over-used, hot. I don't do well in that type of weather. I don't like it, I don't support it, I don't endorse it.

A few weeks ago on one of these days I had a flash of remembrance- there's an Italian ice shop in the City Market! They have gelato! I'm not usually a huge ice cream eater (I prefer to ingest my calories through cake and Nutella), but I thought that gelato would hit the spot. I made my way to the market and found the gelato counter.

It was on. Since that fateful day, I have made multiple trips to the market. I ignore the fresh produce stacked up- the sweet corn, the peaches, the tomatoes- everything I usually gobble up happily, and I head to the gelato. I've had chocolate mint, Turkish coffee, and peach. I've had dark chocolate chipotle (delicious), coconut, lavender honey. I can't stop. I get a small gelato and, invariably, eat the entire thing before I leave the parking lot. It is just so good.

Today I had a combination of tiramisu and chocolate mousse, and I think it was the best yet. I also filled up my punch card, which means that I will be back to Iorio's before this week is over.

*The City Market has weird hours. Make sure that you check this out before you head over there.

*Head over there immediately.