Noshing Around

Charro Grill

This recently opened, fast-casual concept comes from a partnership between Metro Restaurants and El Charro Café, serving traditional favorites plus beer and frosty margaritas, updated with fresh fish, char-roasted vegetables and low-carb items. Eat in or take out; delivery will be available soon, 1765 E. River Road at Campbell Avenue. 615-1922.

Dessert Wines

The Tucson chapter of the American Wine Society pairs with Culinary Concepts to host a dessert wine and food tasting at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 13. Cost is approximately $25 per person. Call 529-1946 to RSVP. Located in the Plaza Palomino at Swan and Fort Lowell roads.

Mind Your Peas and Carrots

Wanted: Restaurants and local businesses to set up magazine racks for free PETA Veggie Starter Kits--professionally designed informational booklets filled with resources and recipes, introducing vegetarian and vegan diets. E-mail for installation details.

Trader Joe's

The fourth Tucson location debuts at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Limberlost Drive at the end of summer 2004.

Super-size Me

In our society where bigger is better in regard to cars and food, McDonald's announced the end of super-sized products. With obesity a growing problem, especially for children and teenagers, McDonald's will be adding more lean meats, fruits and vegetables to their menu. Say goodbye to the 7-ounce carton of fries--but you can still embrace the large 6-ounce portion.

Green Beer and Squeak

Pastiche will celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17, with corned beef and cabbage along with bubble and squeak and Irish soda bread. And for those who absolutely must--green beer. Bubble and squeak is made from equal parts mashed potatoes and chopped cooked cabbage, mixed together and fried to golden brown. The name comes from the sounds made as the ingredients cook. Reservations recommended. 325-3333. 3025 N. Campbell Ave.


Gordo's Mexicateria, 7701 E. Broadway Blvd. Bland has been permanently banned.
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