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Four Awesome Places in Grand Rapids to Celebrate National Pretzel Day

Happy National Pretzel Day! In honor of one of America's favorite snacks, we've found four spots in Grand Rapids where you can score free pretzels!

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Watch This Petite Woman Scarf Down 50 Krispy Kreme Donuts [Video]

Nela Zissler is not a big girl, but she has the appetite of someone three times her size. A neophyte to the world of competitive eating, Zissler ate a pile of 50 Krispy Kreme donuts in less than seven minutes, which made me feeling queesy, even though I didn't eat as much sugar as she did. 

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Traditional Means Still Used For Making Maple Syrup
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Five Out-Of-The-Ordinary Michigan Food Festivals

Here are five Michigan festivals involving food. Some of them are a little... strange.

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Eastern Michigan University Lands In The Top Ten In The Nation For Drunk Tweets

Eastern Michigan University and the Mid American Conference are not well known for their sports prowess. But there is one thing EMU and the MAC does better than any other college league in the country, they tweet about drinking. A lot.

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Bottoms Up! These Seven Grand Rapids Bars Sold The Most Liquor In 2015

2015 was a record year for liquor consumption for the State of Michigan, according to a report released this week by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

While Grand Rapids' consumption didn't match the 16 percent statewide increase, we did have a slight uptick led by these seven bars that made the top 100 list.

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Top 10 Ice Cream Shops Near Grand Rapids

The weather is warming up here in West Michigan, which means your sweet tooth might start craving ice cream. Here are the best places in town to grab a cone, or two!

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Competitve Eater Stomachs 200 Peeps in One Sitting [Video]

Please, for the love of God, don't try this at home. Matt Stonie sat down and shoved 200 marshmallow peeps down his pie hole this weekend to set a new world record for peep eating.

But what does all that glop do to his insides? I don't want to know.

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‘Lonely, Sad Grampa’ Photo Makes The Internet Cry, But Gramps Is Fine

The reach of the internet, as well as its good and bad sides, was on full display this week after a tweet about a stood up grandfather exploded on Twitter.

The tweet by Kelsey Harmon was simple: “dinner with Pawpaw tonight… he made 12 burgers for all 6 grandkids and I am the only one who showed” with a picture of her “PawPaw” looking down at his burger. The reaction was crazy and she is now set to private.

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Tempelhof, From Airport To Public Park
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Five Places In Grand Rapids That Cook Meat With Fire

When you're suffering from a bad cold and it's snowing outside, you tend to watch WAY too much Netflix. Last week, I stumbled across a series called Cooked, which is the history of cooking. It was fascinating.

The first episode was called 'Fire', which showed how the invention of fire led to the modern barbeque. It made me desire fire grilled meat. Fortunately, Grand Rapids has five places that do that very, very well. 

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Keebler Foods Moving Jobs To Headquarters In Michigan
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Are Millennials Undermining Michigan’s Cereal industry With Their Laziness?

I don't know about you, but breakfast cereal was the mainstay of my diet when I was growing up, and continued into I had kids of my own. In fact, I still eat a lot of cereal. It's just a Michigan thing to do, what with Kellogg's just down the road.

But the prestigious New York Times is reporting young adults don't eat cereal that much any more, and what's really sad is the reason why.

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Five Out-Of-The-Way, Inexpensive Grand Rapids Restaurants

Okay, I admit it. I am a cheap bastard. I don't like paying a lot for food when I go out. This skill has allowed me to find some pretty darn good dining spots for those on a budget.

Here are five of my favorites.

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Grand Rapids Sandwich Tops List of ‘Sandwiches You Need To Try Before You Die’

Huffington Post loves to challenge your click bait temptations with lists like this, but it's pretty cool that a local sandwich may be one of the best in America.

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