New: Spice GirlJennifer English, James Beard Award winner and host of Sunday Brunch on KVOI AM 690, has opened Flavorbank Spice Market at 6372 E. Broadway Blvd. in the El Mercado Shopping Center. The store is a wonderland of exotic spices from around the world. All spices are in their whole state, with fresh grinding done on the premises. Holiday specials include gift baskets. From now until Christmas, along with a $10 purchase, when you bring in your own pepper grinder, it will be filled for free. The Flavorbank Spice Market is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. through the holidays. Visit flavorbank.com or call 747-5431 for more information .
Winter Solstice Eve Celebrates DiversityOn Thursday, Dec. 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the Cascade Lounge at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort will be the setting for a starry night of menorah lighting, Jewish-European folk music, Christmas carols, Mexican music and a candlelight posada performance. The event is free and a thank you to the community.
Bites· Raging Sage raised $2,300 for Doctors Without Borders and the Samaritans during their four-hour fundraiser on Thanksgiving Day.
· Trattoria Giuseppe on Tanque Verde Road and the eastside's Mona Lisa on Broadway Boulevard are both closed. According to their Web site, Mona Lisa plans on reopening on Tanque Verde Road in February.