The folks over at Yanni’s Mediterranean Restaurant (3109 Central NE) are celebrating Greek Independence Day (March 23-25) this week. Diners will be treated to free tastings of Greek wines, cheeses, olives and appetizers from 6-9 p.m. each night. If you've never tried Greek food before, this might be the perfect time to start. Call 268-9250 for more information.
Q-Bar (Rio Grande north of Mountain), the Old Town Sheraton's upscale watering hole, has a new food and beverage director. Steve Paternoster, formerly of such diverse establishments as Scalo and the K-Bob's Steakhouse chain, is also the current vice president and treasurer of the New Mexico Restaurant Association. Q-Bar employees will surely notice a change in their management and the hotel is hoping they'll notice an upward trend in profits. I'm hoping it will bring continued postive news for the food at Q-Bar which began with promise.
There seems to have been a stomach flu going around lately. If you find yourself caught in the throes and unable to keep anything down, your doctor will likely recommend sipping small amounts of Gatorade. She might also suggest ginger ale because ginger is an excellent remedy for nausea. If you find the bubbles too much for your stomach to handle, try sucking on a piece of candied ginger. Available in the bulk section of natural foods stores or in the specialty item section of some grocery stores, candied ginger is a sweet, preserved form of the root that just might help quell the waves of nausea.
Oh, and if you're planning on growing herbs this summer it's not too early to start them inside. Pick up the smallest pots of basil, thyme, cilantro, parsley and sage now while they're cheap. Nurture them in pots on your windowsill until it's warm enough (think May) to move them outside.
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