Albert Hall, former executive chef of Hacienda Del Sol, has moved to Miguel's at the new La Posada Lodge and Casitas (formerly Clifford Manor). Miguel's serves Latin American cuisine. Try the huge house salad with blood orange/red chile vinaigrette, salmon with green mole, pork with black beans and corn custard cake. Check out the women's restroom: The floor rocks. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And to answer that question: Owner Michael Hanson named the restaurant after himself with a Spanish twist. 5900 N. Oracle Road. 887-3777.
Joan O'Dwyer, owner of Wilde Playhouse, loves Irish literature and building community downtown. She features improv groups and short plays along with a weekday espresso bar serving very drinkable lattes with sandwiches, salads and soups. Later in the day, the cheese-and-wine plate grows in popularity. Unlike at other theater venues, audience members can eat and drink during the performance. Check out www.wildeplayhouse.com
for a schedule. 135 E. Congress St. (formerly Dinnerware Gallery). 770-1000.
Love Affair With Chocolate
Chocolate ... ah, the mere mention makes eyes water and passions rage. On Feb. 4, Culinary Concepts hosts a chocolate workshop at 6 p.m., where you'll whip up chocolate sorbet, hot chocolate and Grand Marnier cupcakes, chocolate truffle tarts and more. Cost is $50. RSVP at 321-0968 or at www.culinaryconcepts.net
. Located in Plaza Palomino at 2930 N. Swan Road.
From Soup to Condoms
The suit filed against McCormick & Schmick's in Orange County, Calif. was settled on the day the trial was to begin. What a media circus that would have been! A woman bit into a rolled-up condom that was in her chowder and claims to have suffered emotional and physical distress. Apparently, she initially sent back the soup because it was warm. Makes us wonder about kitchen staff wrath. Settlement terms are confidential.