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 V.16 No.2 | January 11 - 17, 2007 

Ask Chef Boy Ari

A Spice Too Far?

Q: Dear CBA,

I’m slowly getting into the “buying local” thing, but I’m wondering where I’m going to get ginger for stir-fry, cookies, ginger ale, medicine, etc.

Seems it usually comes from Hawaii or Thailand. Is there a way to grow it here?

—Missing My Snap

A: Dear Snapless,

Don’t forget, the buy local thing is not about self-inflicted hardship. Sure, you could plant some ginger root in a pot and probably get it to grow. But you would need a very large pot to grow enough ginger to satisfy your apparently large appetite for the spicy tuber. Is it worth it?

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Zen and the art of Brussels sprouts
Alex Brown and Evan George

Hot Knives

Mean Mr. Mustard Sprouts

The cultivated baby cabbage we call Brussels sprouts are one of the most hated vegetables in the Western world. They can turn nasty off-green colors, their texture is a little rubbery and, yes, they tend to cause gas. But this winter we’ve grown attached to the little bugger and offer a recipe to the tribunal.

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Courtesy of Jinja Bar & Bistro

Restaurant Review

Jinja Bar & Bistro

Prefab Pacific whim

If you’ve ever asked a true Beatles fan what he or she thinks about The Monkees, you may get a series of disparaging comments inundated by eye-rolling and perhaps a polite expletive or two. This is because even folks who aren’t big on music still know enough to determine that The Monkees were a prefabricated, Hollywood-hyped version of the Fab Four. Not to say that the Monkees didn’t have redeeming qualities--hell, I’ve hummed “Last Train to Clarksville” in the tub a few times. But when comparing “Daydream Believer” to “I Am the Walrus,” one will undoubtedly come up short.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Sep 3)

Jazz 'n' Juice

Wine and Jazz Festival

Meet local wine makers, sample their creations and purchase wines by the glass, bottle or case all while the brightest jazz bands and musicians take the stage.
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Free Your Hands and Your Mind Will Follow

2nd Annual Food-On-A-Stick Festival

The best foods trucks and bakers in Albuquerque serve up unique dishes all on-a-stick.
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