Alibi V.18 No.10 • March 5-11, 2009 

Ask Chef Boy Ari

Apocalypse Chow

Q: I'm preparing for the economic apocalypse, but I suspect the 15 cans of pickled beets, bag of dried morels and half-dozen jars of unidentifiable tomato-based something-or-other in my pantry aren’t going to last very long after the Super Wal-Mart shelves are looted. What do I need to do to start preparing a garden now, so when spring comes I'll be ready to farm my way into another year of existence? Any seed suggestions or other preparations for a year-one raised-bed garden? —Apocalypse Chow

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Mmmmmeat on a stick.
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Restaurant Review

Zohra

In Downtown, it’s business as unusual

Looking over Zohra’s menu was frustrating. My issue wasn't limited to classifying, or perhaps clarifying, a rundown of far-reaching Middle-Eastern cuisines. Attempting to separate Indian dishes from Pakistani dishes from Afghani dishes from Iranian dishes is challenging enough; try adding Navajo tacos, hamburgers and spaghetti to the mix. Zohra does, apparently covering its bases by offering anything a Downtown diner could possibly want. It’s a lot to consider. The menu comes off as muddled, but the broad claim of “authentic cuisine” covers a little bit of everything. Don't concentrate too hard. Just point somewhere and start chewing.

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Hot Tea for the Cold New Year

Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea

A three-course afternoon tea to celebrate the Year of the Boar.
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You So Saucy

The Five Mother Sauces Class

Learn to make all five mother sauces as well as how to extend them into other sauces. Walk out of this class with up to 30 recipes.
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