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Entries for March 2013

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Start Close to Home for Pure Michigan Experience

The best way to experience Pure Michigan is to start close to home. The Old Town Commercial Association and the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau both have events coming up that make it fun, easy and affordable to enjoy this area’s greatest attractions. If you have company coming to visit any time this year, why not get ready to show them a great time by previewing with Taste and Tour of Old Town on April 13th and Be A Tourist in Your Own Town on June 1st.  You will come away with some fabulous ideas for continuing to enjoy your own town close-to-home throughout the year, have some great ideas for things to do when guests visit, and help two great organizations fulfill their mission.

Taste and Tour of Old Town

Participants check in for the event at the OTCA office where they will receive a map, purchase tickets, and wristbands to be on the tour. Tickets are priced $13 in advance, $15 the day of, and $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets will also be sold for loft tours only for $5. The Taste & Tour of Old Town is a fundraiser for the OTCA, which helps to continue its mission of revitalizing Lansing’s Old Town district. Tickets can be purchased at the OTCA office, 1232 Turner St. Lansing, MI 48906 or in advance on their website (link above).

 Be A Tourist In Your Own Town

Here is How it works: For only $1 you can purchase a "Be A Tourist Passport" which grants you FREE admission to more than 60 area attractions, local businesses and special activities on June 1, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can reach most of the participating attractions by jumping on one of four designated CATA bus routes! There are maps to help you make your way around to many of the attractions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., during the Be A Tourist in Your Own Town event. Blue, Red, Yellow, and Green Route buses run approximately every 20 minutes. Children 42" tall or less ride for free.

Join us and be proud to be part of the Pure Michigan experience.

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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Cravings Overflowing with Soda Pop

You go to fridge hankering for something to quench your thirst or maybe even delight your taste buds but all you find is the dregs of a weeks old low pulp orange juice, or that fancy new fortified water that you bought in a flurry of fitness good intentions that tastes like…well, nothing.

Brace yourself for an explosion of good taste. There are new soft drinks coming this spring to Cravings Gourmet Popcorn – nearly 60 new soda pop flavors. With these new additions our inventory of soda pop varieties will exceed 200! We know you love our great popcorn flavors but don’t forget our soda store stock of classic soda pop flavors to go with.

Cravings is proud to be headlining one of our most popular brands, Leninade. It is sassy lemonade that sports a bright red color and a sense of humor. Every bottle has a slogan that mocks Soviet life and propaganda such as Get Hammered & Sickled, A Taste Worth Standing in Line For, and Drink Comrade! Drink! – imagine a bright red bottle of Leninade on your desktop when your work environment gets a little oppressive for your taste.

New to our list of classic soda pop brands is Hippo Size, a brand from San Antonio, Texas founded in 1926 with a distinctive big bottle with a hippo embossed on the uniquely shaped “big bottle.” Hippo Size bottles from that era are definitely a collector’s item but the legacy of good taste continues. We will be stocking six flavors from Hippo Size. They are Big Black Cherry, Jumbo Root Beer, Colossal Cream, Prodigious Peach, Hippo Huckleberry and Burley Birch Beer.

The classic soda pop is only available in our Old Town store, so plan a visit soon to buy soda - stock-up on your favorites and try something new!

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: Soda Pop
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College Basket Ball March Madness – And So It Begins

Now that we know that Michigan State and University of Michigan are seeded 3rd and 4th in the Midwest Region we’ve all got something to brag about.  No matter what your favorite team is, participating in NCAA March Madness is fun.  Following the ups and downs of the nation’s best college teams to the exciting conclusion is a great way to spend the next few weeks with your friends.

You can sign up at http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/ncaa-tournament/brackets/games  to get into the game of tournament brackets or just search for a downloadable March Madness bracket online. Print them up for your family or friends and let the friendly wagering and trash talking begin! You don’t have to be a die-hard sports fan to participate.  Some people even fill in the brackets based on their favorite color or mascot.

Note, if you are unsure about getting in on the fun, check out this article for a better understanding of the process of predicting winners, from a college math professor.

There are sure to be a lot of great TV viewing experiences during March Madness, especially when the Final Four games begin.  Be sure to stock-up on your favorite flavors of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn for all the exciting TV viewing!  Stop in and see us, buy some popcorn, and compare your March Madness brackets notes with the friendly Cravings team. 

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 Salvatore Vuono at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Posted in: Entertaining Tips
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Lucky Star, Poetry and Popcorn

Lucky Star

 I hear the music across the way

 my toe begins to tap

the beauty of my city

 just a star upon a map.

Last September the Old Town Poetry Bench project was completed with the selection of winning poems and installation of new benches.  At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we thank our lucky stars that we have a bench in front of our store.  We are equally grateful to winning poet Denise Corey Henderson for her poem: Lucky Star. It is great to see visitors to our store and Old Town have a place to sit a spell and enjoy the comings and goings. 

This Poetry Bench project is just another example of the Old Town Commercial Association’s commitment to improving the look of our business district and enhancing the experience for our visitors.  Coming to events sponsored by the OTCA means you are helping to support this community asset. Thank you for continuing to support our store by shopping regularly and bringing your friends and family to Old Town for a special treat.

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: Weird Stuff
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Send Some Popcorn Love for Free

If you have a distant client that needs a little love or a great big thank you – think Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.  If your brother- in-law just got a new job in East Podunk, Iowa and you want to send a congratulations gift – think Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.  If your parents live in Florida and their 51st Anniversary is coming up – that’s right….think Cravings Gourmet Popcorn. 

The perfect way to tell someone you care about that you are thinking of them is to send a unique and welcome gift. Cravings Popcorn is flavored with recipes that have been carefully crafted from real ingredients with no preservatives.  Plus, a sealed tin of your choice of up to three popcorn flavors will travel well and stay fresh for weeks, probably longer than the contents of the tin will last.

Even if you live in Lansing, visit our website to make your gift purchase ….because when you buy online from the Cravings online store the shipping is FREE to anywhere in the continental U.S. and everything in the website store will be shipped for FREE. 

Who do you know that deserves a little popcorn love? Send that popcorn love on us!

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: Promotions
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Cravings Celebrates Girls

March 10 – 16 is National Girl Scout week.  Nationally the Girl Scouts of USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults, and there are over 59 million women in the US today that are Girl Scout alumnae – that’s a lot of girl power!   The organization started on March 12, 1912 with its first meeting for 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia. The Girl Scouts was created to help all girls develop physically, mentally and spiritually.  Those principles still hold true plus the organization has continued to inspire young girls by being willing to tackle important social issues and to foster a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we celebrate girls and the Girl Scouts.  We remind all local troop leaders that our Community Popcorn Project is open to your troop.  To learn more about how Cravings can help go to http://www.facebook.com/CravingsCommunityPopcornProject

Plus, this year Cravings owner, Chad Jordan, is participating in the local annual Girl Scout Cookie Bake-off event as a celebrity chef.  The event is Thursday April 18th and we would love it if you would come out and support us and the Girl Scouts. Our challenge to participate is to create a dessert using Girl Scout Cookies and of course…popcorn.  To learn more about attending the fundraising event go to the Girl Scout Heart of Michigan website.

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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Cravings Going Green

St. Patrick’s Day celebration ideas from Craving’s very Irish blogger, Katie Donovan.

Hmmm, imagine the crisp bite of crème de menthe combined with the sweet luscious taste of chocolate drizzled on top of our finest popcorn.  That’s what is in store for you beginning March 1st at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.  You don’t need to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for this special treat.  But, if you come in wearing green you can get $1.00 OFF our crème de menthe chocolate drizzle popcorn.

What is your St. Patrick’s Day tradition?  Do you wear green ---hoping to get kissed or pinched?  Eating your share of corned beef and cabbage or drinking more than your share of green beer?  Or – if you must party, how about creating a mashed potato bar party? 

That’s right a mashed potato party! I thought of this party several years ago and it was a real hit with my guests. It is easy to do …make one or two big batches of mashed potatoes.  I like serving one with super smooth mashed potatoes whipped with sour cream and another lumpier version made with redskin potatoes and garlic with some skins included.  Use your imagination to prepare lots of different toppings for your bar to dress up the potatoes.  Serve the potatoes in over-sized martini glasses (you can rent the glasses) for a little pizzazz. Enjoy the company of your guests while you feast on this ultimate comfort food.  Finish your party with some sweet treats from Cravings, like the crème de menthe chocolate drizzle popcorn!

Whichever way you decide to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to make it a safe one.  Looking forward to seeing you at Cravings!

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: Promotions
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Oh the Places You’ll Go

 “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So . . . get on your way!” This is the final line of the final book that Ted Geisel (pen name -Dr. Seuss) wrote.

March 2nd is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. He was not a real doctor, but he still made significant contributions to our lives.  Always a doodler, in college he was noticed by a fellow student. She suggested that he give up his idea of becoming a professor and become an artist. That student, Helen, would one day become his wife.  His artistic career started in advertising for Standard Oil Company. He later gained some notoriety for putting his artistic skills to work during the war effort by making films and animated shorts to train soldiers for World War II. 

In the 60’s Geisel was inspired by a book based on a report called Why Johnny Can’t Read. The report’s basic premise was that elementary reading books were boring to children.  His first children’s book The Cat in the Hat was commissioned by two publishing companies to serve as a beginning reader. Ted Seuss Geisel spent 53 years writing and illustrating instructive children’s books that delighted and educated children and their parents.  Many of his best works carried important messages of social importance.

He died in 1991. Shortly before his death, when Ted was asked if there was anything left unsaid, he pondered the question and finally responded: “The best slogan I can think of to leave with the U.S.A. would be: ‘We can . . . and we’ve got to . . . do better than this.”

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, we are inspired by the life and works of Dr. Seuss and encourage you to pick up a Dr. Seuss book for a little inspiration to apply to your life this Saturday, March 2nd.

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