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Entries for February 2013

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Ladies First For March Madness

It is only fitting that the Michigan girl’s high school basketball tournament is on the calendar first (see below), since it was a girl’s high school sport before it was adopted by the boys.  Basketball was invented at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts because young men in their 20s and 30s were bored with plain old physical education.  The indoor game was played with balls of various sizes, peach baskets, and teams of varying numbers based on who was around.  The game proved to be so popular that it soon spread to YMCA s across the country with standardized rules.  Because there were few team sports for high school girls, many schools picked up basketball.  It wasn't until between 1905 and 1910 that basketball became a boy’s sport. 

High School Girls Basketball Tournament Schedule

District Tournament -- Feb. 25, 27 & March 1

Regional Tournament -- March 5 & 7

MHSAA Quarterfinals - March 12

MHSAA Semifinals - March 14-15

MHSAA Finals -- March 16

High School Madness

The Michigan Boy’s High School Tournament begins March 4th and reaches its exciting conclusion March 23rd with the Finals at the Breslin Center on Michigan State University’s campus.  Information about all High School sports in Michigan, including the complete Boys schedule, can be found at the website for the Michigan High School Athletic Association. 

Whether it is High School Girls Basketball or Boys Basketball, at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we appreciate the efforts that these student athletes (and their families) make to participate in sports as part of their high school careers.  Following your favorite local team does create a bit of madness, but in a good way, and every once a while there is a student athlete that sparks the imagination of a community and earns a place in the hearts of so many.  Next time you find yourself at your local high school slow down as you walk by the trophy cabinet and take a closer look at the names, chances are some of those names will be familiar to you – maybe because it is the name of a community or business leader, or just maybe it is a name of a stellar player that went on to greater heights.  Maybe you will see  a name like Earvin Johnson. 

College Madness

For most, the real March Madness is associated with the NCAA, collegiate basketball.  NCAA Madness begins March 19th and ends April 8th.  If you want to understand what is happening for March Madness 2013, there is a great place online to get the schedule, read predictions, learn about ticket sales, and of course safely place bets.  This site is all about following your favorite collegiate team.  Might we suggest that instead of placing your hard-earned money on the line, how about a friendly wager where the winner gets a prize instead of cash …oh like maybe a Cravings Gift Card? 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Image courtesy of pichart99thai at FreeDigitalPhotos.net



Posted in: Events
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Good Popcorn, Good Works

Recently a customer walked into the Cravings Popcorn store in Old Town on a mission to buy some popcorn for his church youth group activity.  Cravings employee Adrienne, a Certified Tourism Ambassador by the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, is always curious about what brings customers in to the store. She knew that she could do better than just selling the customer a 1 gallon bag of popcorn.  “Are you familiar with our Cravings Community Popcorn Project,” she asked.  The customer was thrilled to find out that by just filling out a simple form on behalf of his non profit church group he would qualify to receive a Free Jumbo 5 gallon bag of Cravings Popcorn for the youth group event. 

Since Adrienne took responsibility for the Cravings Community Popcorn Project in July of 2012, over 30 nonprofit associations have participated by receiving a Jumbo bag, gift cards for auction, or specially packaged gift boxes.  The nonprofits agree to acknowledge Cravings on social media, share and tag photos, or include a Cravings logo in an event brochure or program.  “One of my favorite nonprofit events that we supported this year was the Mid-Michigan Creative Alliance; they took a Jumbo bag for their Halloween event.  They filled our popcorn into rubber gloves along with candy corn for the finger tips to make some creatively creepy table favors,” said Adrienne. 

If you are an events planner for your nonprofit and have an event coming up this year be sure to check out the Craving’s Community Popcorn Project.  You can reach Adrienne by emailing her at: donations@cravingspopcorn.com, or stop in to the Old Town Cravings store to get an application and chat with Adrienne about your event.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.


Posted in: Events
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Oscar Sunday is February 24th

No matter how you look at it the Academy Awards are a big deal.  There is high drama every year as we wait to learn the Academy Award nominees. Who doesn't like the movies? It is a competition that attracts bookmakers, it is a celebration of talent and imagination, it is a fashion show packed full of the most beautiful people in the world, it is a comedy platform for today’s most erudite host/hostess, it is a televised live variety show seen round the world, and now it is an online phenomenon with apps and websites that delve into the even the most minute details of the Awards.  It is the Oscars – the Academy Awards Nominations for Movies, Directors, Actors and Actresses, Screenplay Writers, Cinematographers, Costume Designers, and legions of people that call the movies their business.

But basically, it is about movies, movies that tell great stories – and what goes best with movies?  You guessed it! Popcorn!  In case you missed the details of this year’s nominated movies for Best Picture for the 85th Academy Award competition are, in alphabetical order:  

Amour

 Argo

 Beasts of the Southern Wild

 Django Unchained

 Les Misérables

 Life of Pi

 Lincoln

 Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

Usually, as the Academy Award season heats up, I try to see as many of the movies nominated for Best Picture as I can before Oscar Sunday.  Right now I have only seen three of the nine.  What movie are you rooting for?  It looks like I am not going to get to see many of these movies at the theater, but the bonus for me is being able to look forward to movie nights in the comfort of my own home …with my favorite popcorn, Cravings!  Problem is I can be done with my popcorn before the movie trailers are done, its that good!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.


Posted in: Pop Culture
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Getting on the Bacon Bandwagon

Its official, people are crazy for bacon.  In December of last year this website was published featuring the most outrageous uses for bacon.  If you do a Google image search for bacon you will see bacon tattoos, bacon food constructions including a Christmas creche made entirely from bacon, and bacon food innovations like pancakes with bacon cooked into the middle.  There are bacon recipes for bacon flavored ice cream, bacon fudge, bacon cupcakes, bacon-wrapped turkey, and even a Bacon Freak website with tasty ideas like Bacon of the Month Club.  What will they think of next?

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn has jumped on the Bacon Bandwagon for salty/sweet snacks that feature bacon.  You simply have to try our Maple Caramel Popcorn with Hickory Smoked Bits of Bacon mixed together.  We guarantee that you, or some bacon lover (not Kevin Bacon) you know, will go whole hog (forgive us…can’t help ourselves) for this tasty combination. 

So the next time you bring home the bacon, make a stop at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, get on the bandwagon and pick up our new Maple Caramel Bacon Popcorn, and really bring home the bacon!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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Craving for a Cure to Cabin Fever?

If you look in the mirror and see the image of Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining staring back at you with that crazed look and greasy hair, it is entirely possible that you are suffering from cabin fever.  Go ahead and take a moment to regroup: shower, shampoo, shave where necessary, put on some clean clothes, and then bundle up. That shiny thing in your garage is your car, get the keys, grab your wallet and get in the car!

Destination – Old Town! There is always something interesting to do, people to see and good things to eat.  Pop in to Aggie Mae’s for a sweet treat and some hot coffee.  If you haven’t checked out our neighbor, Meat, plan on stopping in for lunch – you've got to love a restaurant that has a name that promises no surprises. Well, maybe one surprise …surprisingly good meaty food to eat. 

The galleries in Old Town always deliver interesting arty things to see and buy.  Katalyst, Absolute, Creole, and Tallulah’s Folly and  are all doing their part to elevate our local arts and culture scene. 

If you are really adventurous you can poke around in Love Betty or Lamb’s Gate to find that mid-century mod treasure or just the right little piece of furniture to breathe new life into your home decor. 

If your therapeutic outing does not include retail purchases, you could try stretching some muscles at Hilltop Yoga (touch the top your leg, underneath that squishy stuff that’s muscle you feel). Or, just stop in to see the ladies of Grace and October Moon because visiting with them will change your day, change your attitude and change your mind.  If you are still feeling a little fuzzy try a little art therapy at Haze Ceramic Gallery, or if you don’t feel like making something maybe Haze will let you go out back and smash some castoffs.

Before you leave Old Town pop into our store Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, stick your head in first and do your best Jack Nicholson/Shining maniacal impression of “Heeere’s Johnny” and get 10 percent off your purchase. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Pop Culture
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Black History Month – Make History Now

We all remember some of the most celebrated early black inventors like George Washington Carver who invented peanut butter, adhesives, bleach, chili sauce, ink, instant coffee, linoleum, mayonnaise, paper, plastic, pavement, shaving cream, talcum powder and more.   Or Henry Blair, the second African American to receive a patent for a corn seed planter and a cotton planter, distinguished not only for his invention but for succeeding despite the fact that he could not read or write.

Often overlooked are some more contemporary innovators and inventors.  Mark Dean and co-inventor Dennis Moelle created a microcomputer system with controls for peripheral processing devices like disk drives, speakers, and scanners.   NASA engineer Lonnie G. Johnson made significant contributions in spacecraft design - but kids love him for his top selling toy invention the Super Soaker Water Gun.

And where would we be if Emmit McHenry hadn’t created a complex computer code making it possible for ordinary people like us to surf the web or have e-mails. He created what we know today simply as .com.  In 1992 his company, Network Solutions, earned a contract with the National Science Foundation Department.  Network Solution had the sole authority to develop and issue the Internet system for Web addresses.

For this year’s Black History Month celebration Nike is honoring three notable athletes for their social innovations with special edition shoes and clothing.  Soccer player Didier Drogba is recognized for his ongoing involvement in bringing solar light bulbs to impoverished areas in Africa.  Tennis player Serena Williams for her empowerment of young women, including the secondary school she helped build in Kenya.  Basketball star, Kevin Durant, is acknowledged for his support of his hometown recreation center for youth.  Proceeds from sales of the Nike Black History Month collection go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. 

This month at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we celebrate all these innovators and inventors that have made history. Who do you know that is making history this month?  Will you make history?

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.


Posted in: Events
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Love, Love, Love Chocolate … on Popcorn

You can thank the ancient Mayans and Aztecs for our love of chocolate.  Cocoa beans were a common currency 2000 years ago. It is said that cocoa beans infused with water created frothy chocolate drinks for special occasions and as sacrifices to the gods. Increasing chocolate’s popularity and its association with love and romance is attributed to the Aztec ruler Montezuma who believed that chocolate was an aphrodisiac and routinely drank it before entering his harem.  To this day scientists continue to debate the health benefits of chocolate and the effect of chocolate on emotions. But it is the Cadbury Brothers that we have to thank for creating the popular phenomenon of giving a gift of chocolate for the Valentine holiday.  In the late 1800’s the heart-shaped candy box was created by Richard Cadbury forever commercializing the holiday with the giving of sweets, especially chocolate.

Everybody loves chocolate!  Make sure that in February (before Valentines) you make a trip to our store in Old Town.  You can purchase unique chocolate and popcorn flavors for your sweetheart – or yourself. Beginning February 1st Cravings Gourmet Popcorn’s Chocolate Event features three new flavors: Cheesecake Drizzle, Melon Berry Drizzle, and Chocolate Cherry Drizzle.  For you long time chocolate and popcorn fans we continue to sell our Deluxe Drizzled Caramel (White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate) and Dark Drizzle (Dark Chocolate on Original Caramel corn).

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Image courtesy of ponsuwan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net





Posted in: Holidays
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Mardi Gras – Purple, Green and Gold

There is a special mania surrounding the Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) season of celebrations emanating from its epicenter in New Orleans and spreading across the globe. These celebrations which culminate on Fat Tuesday, the day before the traditional Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season, are bright, bawdy and maybe even a bit outrageous.  In the days leading up to Fat Tuesday there are lots of parades, costume parties and loads of decorations – most with the purple, green and gold theme.  There is much throwing of strands of beads and flashing of bare chests.

 It is said that the traditional colors of Mardi Gras – Purple, Green and Gold were selected in 1872 based on a suggestion from a visiting Russian Grand Duke because the colors evoked the heraldry of royalty.  Twenty years later the colors were affirmed with symbolic meaning that lasts to this day:  Purple – Justice, Green – Faith, Gold – Power.  

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we honor the season and the colors with our own Mardi Gras flavors which will be Plum (Purple) Lime (Green) and, Pineapple (Gold).  Be sure to come in and sample the flavors of Mardi Gras individually or in combination.  We think you’ll like the sweet and tangy combination.

Get in early to because after Fat Tuesday (February 12th) we give up the flavors for Lent!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Events