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Café Jasper

Café Jasper opened within the past six weeks and is locally owned by Lisa Ferrendilla and Steve Vermand. It's a welcome addition to the high-end venues in the area. Everything on the Western-American menu is made from scratch, starting with the pancake mix and enchilada sauce. Breakfast specialties include Western eggs benedict made with cornbread, homemade chorizo and green chile. Open Tuesday through Sunday for breakfast (starting at 6:30 a.m.) and lunch only at 6370 N. Campbell Ave. (at Skyline Drive); 577-0326.


Cinco de Mayo

Last week, El Charro opened its fourth location (five if you count the airport's limited-menu location) at 4699 E. Speedway Blvd., in the space formerly occupied Smokin' and before that, vacant. Although on the busy corner of Swan Road and Speedway, restaurants don't have a great track record here. In my humble opinion, the building blends into the bland landscape, but perhaps the decorative lights will give it some spice. Since El Charro is the oldest continuously family-owned Mexican restaurant in the United States (according to their Web site, www.elcharrocafe.com) and has been around since 1922, we have no doubt it will succeed. On May 5-7, all El Charro locations will celebrate with $1 drink specials, prizes and great food.


If Mom Loves Bubbles

Treat your mother to a three-course Sunday brunch at Soleil, served from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. plus a litany of champagne cocktails, eight different champagnes available by the glass and tasting flights. Brunch is priced from $19.95 to $35.95 per person, depending upon the choice of entrée. Soleil is located at 3001 E. Skyline Drive; 299-3345.


What Color Is Your Pyramid?

The Department of Agriculture unveiled the long-awaited new food pyramid (www.mypyramid.gov). So far, 53 percent of adults surveyed say the guidelines are difficult to understand. The pyramid was crafted to give consumers a handy visual guide to putting those suggestions into practice. But, as extensive materials explain, a single eating strategy isn't applicable to all. Instead, consumers are advised to pick one of 12 permutations, a radical departure from the previous one-size-fits-all pyramid.

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