Noshing Around

Everything Is Turning Japanese

Three new Japanese restaurants are coming to the Old Pueblo: Yama, Ra Sushi and Bonsai. Domo arigato (thank you).

Risky Business

The local chain announces its fourth location at 250 S. Craycroft Road, on the southern cusp of Williams Centre. Opens Oct. 13 with hours from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

King of Crustaceans

On Oct. 25, Monterey Homes' Canoa Ranch of Green Valley hosts the 16th annual Lobsters Landing--a fund-raiser benefiting Child and Family Resources, a local nonprofit organization. Maine lobsters will be cooked on site by professional chefs, and you can get tips on how to cook your own. Packages include chardonnay, salad fixings, clarified butter and other complimenting foods. Orders must be made and prepaid by Oct. 17. Half of your purchase is tax deductible. Call (520) 881-8940 or order online at www.childfamilyresources. org/lobster/index.html.

South African Wine Tasting

Gorgeous wine country lies at the southern tip of South Africa. On Oct. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., Plush features flights of varietals from the rising star of the international wine industry. Savvy oenophile Silvia is your hostess. 340 E. Sixth St. at Fourth Avenue. 798-1298.

Attack of 'Fresh Mex' Fare

According to Center for Science in the Public Interest, a public watchdog group, "fresh Mex" fare may be fresh but not so healthy. Baja Fresh's nachos have 2,000 calories and 39 grams of fat -- worse than four Quarter Pounders. Chipotle Mexican Grill's shredded beef burrito has 1,300 calories and 75 percent of a day's worth of saturated fat. Speaking of McDonald's-owned Chipotle, the third local location of the franchise is now open at 3055 N. Campbell Avenue, in the former Beyond Bread location.