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Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

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Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

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Veg Out with Earth Burger

Veg Out with Earth Burger

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Value Vino: ‘Girly wines’ aren’t so pretty in pink

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We tasted these, so you don’t have to


LBD’s 2010 Divalicious Red is the wine equivalent of sausage making: there are nine listed red grapes plus “other.” “It smells like a Glade candle,” said one taster. “There’s very soft blackberry fruit,” said another, hopefully. “Nobody would buy this unless it were $4,” was another opinion. (It’s actually around $12.)

Which brings us to the pink-labeled 2010 Bitch Aragon Grenache, one whose target audience was less clear. In the words of more than one wine industry pro, it might be equally aimed at men and termed a “panty-popper.” (Note that others make variations on this theme: Royal Bitch, Sweet Bitch, Happy Bitch, Sassy Bitch…and these are more clearly woman-oriented.) Regardless, “Is this really a joke? That’s the secret power of this wine,” and “I’m upset that I like this the best,” were typical comments.

In the end, there was pretty much universal scorn for the marketing premise as typified by Little Black Dress: “Flavorful and feminine, [these] blends are the perfect way for every woman to embrace her inner diva.” Why not, we thought, celebrate instead women in wine by concentrating on influential female winemakers—of which there are many. Seems like a superior sisterhood.

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Broadway 5050 is Back, with Drink Specials to Prove It

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Broadway 5050 coming back from a pretty long intermission


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Flavor File: Special events focus on food education, new hours for Hot Joy

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Huzzah—SoBro Pizza Co. is now offering personal pies


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Lunchtime Snob: Pho Vy

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Veg Out with Earth Burger

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What she order? Fish(less) filet


Although served on a whole-wheat tortilla, most items can be wrapped in lettuce instead (for the carb-averse). Because the wrap is filled with kale salad flecked sunflower seeds and carrots, olives, hummus and grilled chick-n—all items that added moisture to the mix—my lettuce wrap turned a bit soggy, but otherwise, the flavors all melded well with each other. Sweet kale salad gave way to briny olives and earthy hummus; the wrap felt healthy enough that I could have indulged in the fries. I stuck with the hummus and carrots side, but maybe next time.

The other clear winner here is the “fish” sandwich. Instead of being a gross frozen square that’s usually stashed away until Lent (I’m looking at you, Filet-O-Fish), the faux fish offering here starts with a soy and wheat-based Gardein fishless filet that’s then breaded and seasoned using nutritional yeast and seaweed. Homemade tartar sauce helps give the sandwich that extra oomph. It’s fishy … in a good way.

I took a look around Earth Burger after dining on my fish sandwich on a recent Sunday evening. A gaggle of cars streamed through the teensy drive-thru, and veggie-lovers young and old happily munched on their orders. Earth Burger’s first location (because I’m positive this concept will spread) is offering a solid, if safe, lineup of vegetarian fast-food eats at prices comparable to the big burger chains, and its audience will keep orbiting (the drive-thru) for more.

Earth Burger

818 NW Loop 410, Building L-7
(210) 524-1086
eatatearthburger.com
Skinny The masterminds behind Green Vegetarian have opened SA’s first vegetarian fast food joint. Ditching the corporate drive-thru entirely is a reality at Earth Burger
Best Bets Fish sandwich, grilled chicken protein wrap, kale salad with sunflower and carrots
Hours 11am-10pm Mon-Thu; 11am-8pm Fri; 11am-10pm Sun
Prices $2-$8

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