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Petal Power

After leaving La Petite Grocery (4238 Magazine St., 891-3377) in February, chef Anton Schulte turned up briefly in the kitchen at the Marigny restaurant Bank Cafe before it closed. It turns out he was just biding his time until he and wife Diane could find the right spot for their own restaurant. Earlier this month, they took over the shuttered Ristorante Civello, an upscale Italian restaurant where the waitstaff periodically burst into song over patronsÕ tables. Now called Daisy Bistro (5381 Magazine St., 899-6987), the interior of the onetime Uptown cottage has been pleasantly brightened up. DaisyÕs menu features the modern bistro cuisine that SchulteÕs fans will recognize from his years at Le Petite Grocery and, before that, at Peristyle (1041 Dumaine St., 593-9535), where he cooked alongside former chef/owner Anne Kearney. Some representative dishes include grilled sweetbreads; sautŽed shrimp with gnocchi, spinach and fennel; grilled duck breast with shallot, grape and thyme relish; ravioli stuffed with wild mushrooms, pancetta and mascarpone; and a dessert list that includes a cheese plate. An early visit found the intimate, welcoming bistro already running smoothly and turning out excellent food. Daisy Bistro serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Beer Nuts

While Abita Brewing Co. Õs (www.abita.com) amber lager is by far its most popular beer, brewers at the Northshore company continuously produce small runs of seasonal varieties. The latest is called Abita Pecan Harvest Ale, which the brewery says is made with Louisiana-grown pecans. The beer has a mildly nutty flavor and makes for smooth drinking. AbitaÕs previous seasonal brew was the Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager, and the company says consumers cleared through its entire inventory of 27,500 cases in three months. The new pecan ale will similarly be a limited production run. Founded in 1986, Abita is now the nationÕs 32nd largest brewery.

The Can Man Cometh

With the city of New Orleans out of the recycling movement for the time being, local groups and private citizens are picking up the slack to give residents options for their trash besides shunting it off to a landfill. The Crescent City Farmers Market (www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org) is playing up its role as a community meeting place and ecologically responsible organization by hosting an aluminum can drive at this SaturdayÕs market (700 Magazine St.) from 8 a.m. to noon. Representatives from other ecologically-centered groups, including the Green Project, New Orleans Food and Farm Network, New Orleans Biofuel Initiative and Hike for KaTREEna, will be on hand to offer advice about recycling options. The local Phoenix Recycling company will provide information about private, fee-based recycling services it now offers. Along with empty cans, shoppers can drop off cans of household paint and e-waste such as computers, printers and fax machines. Ñ McNulty

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