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 V.15 No.14 | April 6 - 12, 2006 

The Dish

All the News That's Fit to Eat

Vietnam comes to UNM—Well, sort of. Hungry college students won't have to hoof it all the way up East Central every time they get the munchies for boba tea or an order of shrimp spring rolls. A new Vietnamese lunch counter called Green Jasmine has moved into the space at 120 Harvard SE (the one that used to be occupied by Pepperjack Monterey's, and before that, the even more short-lived Salsa Fresca). Green Jasmine offers Vietnamese sandwiches and noodle dishes, as well as a few boba “smoothies” from a large dining room and a pleasant outdoor patio that overlooks the Harvard mall. Great location! The food, on the other hand ... well, it's got some catching up to do. At least, when we went it needed to. For starters, the bulk of the fresh vegetable garnish I got for my pho consisted of shredded iceburg lettuce, supplemented by a sprig of basil and a small clump of mung beans; and there wasn't a single lime to be found on the entire property. The “boba tea” we ordered turned out to be a disturbing layer of mealy, florescent green balls that sat decomposing at the bottom of our ice-packed iced tea glasses. I don't know if they were old or just cheap or what, but it wasn't worth the extra $.75. So, its pricier portions are skimpier and the ingredients just aren't as good as something you'd find after an eight-minute drive up Central to Little Saigon. But that's just it: You don't even need a car to get to this place from campus. Long story short, if you're willing to exchange some quality for convenience, there is definitely no shame in eating there. I think I'll pass for now, though.

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Restaurant Review

Los Equipales

All aboard for drunken fiesta fish

Ahoy, mateys! There’s Corona in them thar fishes! My recent trip to Los Equipales made those fake butter-laden Long John Silver’s lobster bites that I wolfed in the car last week simply pale in comparison. The idea of authentic Mexican seafood has always intrigued me, but until recently, I’ve had no real experience with the good stuff. Gumbo, chowder, the occasional shrimp paella have all passed through my lips, but none of them come close to the hot, rich, totally succulent bowl of soup I enjoyed at 4500 Silver SE.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Tequila, Taco and Cerveza Fest

A showcase  of diverse Mexican alcohol, unique local taco recipes, live bands, water pong, Chihuahua racing and much more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 8)

Yas Queen

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Menu includes savories, scones and sweets.
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Tomorrow's Events

20th Annual Downtown Growers' Market at Robinson Park

Sunday

Corrales Growers' Market at Corrales Growers' Market

Tuesday

Fundraiser Night at Flying Star Café

Benefiting Companion Animal Rescue and Medical Assistance which is a non-profit organization that helps with the adoption and placement of rescue animals.

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