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El Bizcocho has a new chef, Ryan Grant, a veteran of top New York restaurants. A few quotes from him sound like his food would be fun. For instance, he makes an "amuse" called the Grand Slam, a tribute to Denny's -- corn blini wrapped around foie gras topped with caviar, etc. The resort seems to have been taken over by a large hotel management company with many resorts, so you have to dig your way thru their website to the specific ElBiz website -- but even then I couldn't uncover a sample menu. However, the amazing news is, 3-course prix-fixe dinners for $45!

At Bice, from October 1 to December 31, there'll be an Italian white truffle menu (seems to be a la carte) with dishes such as baked potato topped with cheese fondue and truffle shavings, and meat ravioli in truffle sauce. Alas, these dishes go for the fear-inducing phrase, "market price." That usually means, really really high.

September 5, Fiesta de Reyes in Old Town State Park hosts a "Fiery Food Festival," which turns out to be a free tasting of various hot sauces, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., with live music and BBQ sauce and salsa-cooking contests.

The Reader is working on its October "food issue," and as I was contemplating which favorite restaurants to list, I thought of the terrific Georgian restaurant, Pomegranate, with its rather antic Slavic service. So (since I'm never gonna be able to use this idea in a review): I hear that in Russia, instead of Google, they use a melancholy search engine called GOGOL (named for the writer of "The Overcoat" etc.). It rarely can find the object of a search, but when it fails, it apologizes with a sad shrug:: "This is Russia, nothing here works properly."

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