Alibi V.16 No.21 • May 24-30, 2007 

Ask Chef Boy Ari

Q: Dear Chef Boy Ari,

My German grandmother always had washing machine-sized rhubarb plants, with massive red and green stalks and leaves the size of cookie sheets. Despite adding fish emulsion, horse shit and compost, my rhubarb still remains minuscule.

I've even split up the massive root system, and all have sprouted. But all are small. What gives? How can I make Gramma proud?

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Buddha looks on approvingly as Rising Star’s owner tends to business.
Xavier Mascareñas

Restaurant Review

Rising Star Chinese Eatery

Solid, reliable ... and predictable

Sometimes a girl needs something solid, reliable, even predictable, be it Chinese food or a nice guy. Before the age of 25, a gal like me needed a man who drove a fast car, had a criminal record, and always needed a shave and an aspirin. Guys who called me the wrong name, slept until 5 p.m. and wore leather pants on a Sunday were my specialty. They kept me waiting. They kept me wondering. And they provided me with enough wild, spicy adventure that I seldom noticed in time that my heart (and occasionally my checkbook and hubcaps) was gone.

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Quel génie!

Wine and French Night

Casual French study, wine, cheese, culture, song and conversation with Maryse Lapierre.
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Keep the Holiday Indulgence Going

Barrel Aged Beer and Cheese

Four barrel aged beers from Marble paired with four gourmet kinds of cheese, hand-picked by Whole Foods.
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