10 Things East Lansing Needs

10 Things East Lansing Needs

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College towns are typically filled many cool and trendy places to eat, hang out, and shop. There are great places to go to on the weekends when your sororities chef doesn't come, or even on the nights when he does and you're maybe not the biggest fan of the meal. There are many options that fulfill your sweet tooth or places to go when you just need a pick-me-up. Unfortunately, things and places like these are something East Lansing at Michigan State University lacks. As college students and residents of the area, there are things we need that we don't have here. Downtown East Lansing needs to thrive. Here are the top 10 things that East Lansing would benefit from adding.

1. An acai bowl/smoothie restaurant

Acai bowls and smoothies are not only super trendy and great for the Insta, but also super yummy and filling. A place like this would do very well in our college town. It's the perfect thing to get in the morning for breakfast or for an afternoon snack.

2. Healthy Eats

A restaurant that exclusively sells healthy and fresh meal choices such as salads would be a great addition to EL. Don't get me wrong, I love Noodles & Co. just as much as the next person, but I am always craving something that will make me feel good about myself. I'm tired of filling up on junk food on the weekend. It's time we bring some freshness to our town.

3. A bakery/cafe

A cute bakery would thrive in our area. It is the perfect place to lounge around at or stop for coffee on your way to class. While Starbucks is amazing, it would be nice to have a more localized cafe to go to.

4. Better brunch

Brunch is arguably the hottest trend of meals right now. This is one of the major things I think East Lansing lacks. While there are a few places for us to brunch, they all pretty much serve the same and most basic thing. Other schools have these extraordinary brunch spots that serve unique treats. A trendy brunch spot is definitely something EL could benefit from.

5. More sit down restaurants.

Let's face it, basically, our only options are HopCat or Fieldhouse. And while those restaurants are good they can get old pretty quick. We need nicer places to celebrate friends birthdays at or go on the occasional date with that frat boy who claims he's not a f**k boy.

6. Vegan/Vegetarian

At a school, with 50,000 undergraduate's there are bound to be a number of people who are vegetarian or vegan. People with a vegan/vegetarian diet deserve their own restaurant. The food is great for everyone and healthy too.

7. Cava

I recently ate at Cava and instantly became obsessed with it. It is a Mediterranean chipotle and it would add some diversity to our downtown. I really think a restaurant like this would do amazing in our area. It is fresh and healthy and there are tons of options to choose from.

8. Nail salons

Getting a manicure is the one thing that I know is ridiculous to spend money on, but will consistently do. At home, I frequently get a gel manicure. Being a college student is very time consuming and sometimes you don't always have time to sit and wait for your nails to dry or to constantly redo them. Getting a gel manicure takes tops 30 minutes and lasts long so you don't have to worry about redoing your nails all the time. I have yet to find a nail salon that I really like in EL or ones that are close enough to campus. We should really consider adding more to the area.

9. A barre studio/gym

We need a barre studio in East Lansing. Barre and cycling have become the hottest trends in fitness. It is a great and fun way to stay in shape which is something that I think all college students are concerned about. It would be amazing if a studio like this opened on Grand River. Not only would this be beneficial for college students, but other residents would also benefit from it.

10. More shopping

We need more places to go shopping in our downtown. There are a few stores and they sell really cute clothes, but with Greek Life being so big and there only being a few stores, you're bound to have the same formal dress as someone. More shopping would make our downtown more lively and give college students more things to do on the weekends.

These are just a few ideas of ways to make our downtown better. We are certainly lacking some major aspects of what makes a downtown a great and fun place to be. I think if we slowly started adding a few of these things our college town would come back to life.

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Who Said Donuts Can't Be Healthy?

A delicious, healthy, and sweet apple cake donut recipe with a maple glaze!
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Everyone loves donuts. Whether it be chocolate sprinkled or original glazed. Donuts have sparked a phenomenon during the 21st century. There are more local donut & coffee shops popping up in major cities now more than ever before.

From gourmet homemade donuts to the classic Krispy Kreme. This delectable sweet is delicious and definitely worth enjoying.

One local donut shop I have discovered is called, Fōnut. This sweet little donut shop is based in Los Angeles. Fōnut is not like any other donut shop, instead, these bakers have put a modern twist on this traditional sweet treat.

Fōnut’s are slightly healthier than traditional donuts because they are baked instead of fried. Many of their donuts are also gluten-free and vegan. Flavors like Vanilla Latte or Blueberry Earl Grey can be found at this little donut shop.

After reading about Fōnut it inspired me to find a healthier alternative recipe to these delectable sweets. I believe I have found the perfect alternative donut recipe that is delicious and pretty healthy.

Enjoy these Apple Cake Donuts for breakfast or dessert any day of the week!

Recipe:

Apple Cake Donuts.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Almond Milk

1/4 cup Maple Syrup

1/4 Coconut Sugar

1/4 Coconut Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

1 Egg

1 1/8 cup Brown Rice Flour

1 cup shredded Apple

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

Creamy Maple Glaze Icing:

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ cup coconut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbs unsweetened almond milk

Instructions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 350F.

2) Then in a small bowl mix together the apple cider vinegar and almond milk and then set aside for 10 minutes, this will make your "vegan buttermilk"

3) Then in a large mixing bowl add in your wet ingredients; egg, maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla, coconut oil, and your vegan buttermilk and then blend with a hand mixer until everything is smooth.

4) Next, sift in your dry ingredients, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, flour, and salt. Then fold in your shredded apple.

5) In a well-greased donut pan (I use coconut oil) spoon in about 2 heaping tbsp. of batter into each donut mold and smooth out surface with a spatula or finger.

6) Bake in the oven for 12 min or until a toothpick comes out dry.

7) Once ready take out of the oven let sit for 5 min and then transfer to a wire rack to cool for another 10 min before icing.

Icing:

1) Now onto the icing, in a medium bowl using your hand mixer, blend together the maple syrup, coconut butter, and vanilla until smooth

2) Then, while mixing slowly add in 1-2 tbsp of almond milk

3) Next, spread or drizzle the icing onto the donuts

4) Enjoy!

Here is the link to the original recipe!

https://www.healthnutnutrition.ca/2015/12/10/gluten-free-apple-cake-donuts-with-maple-glaze/

Here is a video of the apple cake donut recipes too!


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DIY Japanese Candy Review

Candy ramen? Yum!
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A while ago I saw a BuzzFeed video about candy you make yourself that looks like ramen, and I was shook. I knew I wanted to get it for my ramen-loving girlfriend and I. I went to Amazon and it turns out there are more candy kits than just the ramen! Kracie Popin Cookin has everything from ramen to donuts to hamburgers! They're extremely cheap off of Amazon, but they take a hot minute to ship. I think it's worth it, though. I ordered the ramen and shushi ones, and here's the adventure:

First stop, ramen town!

We had to look up English instructions online, but they're really easy to understand. We made the dumplings first, and it was a mess. It's really sticky and hard to work with, but it looked really cute after we got it right on our billionth try. After that, the steps are pretty simple! You get to make the soup, which is cola flavored, and squeeze the noodles through a little bag. They even have things to make an egg for decoration! One simple word of advice though: this is candy not meant for eating. You can try it, but it's not too good.

Operation ramen noodle was a success!


Next we made sushi!


This one was super fun, and I even liked it better than the ramen! There were 3 different types of sushi to make! Being the competitive couple we are, my girlfriend and I spent the whole time trying to make ours better than the other. This one was pretty simple. The only kinda frustrating part was shaping the "rice." The rest was a breeze! In the end, we had five pieces of slightly strange (but cute in their own way) candy sushi!


These also did not taste too great. The texture is nothing but the sound of a squish if that makes sense. But whatever. They're cute, and that's all that matters.


Overall, we had a blast making these, and I'm definitely gonna get more! I definitely recommend getting these for a cute little day full of candy and fun!

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