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Grown at Home If you're unhappy with the local selection or prices of fresh produce, one answer may be to grow your own. The New Orleans Food & Farm Network ( will show you how at Dig This! , a daylong event focused on basic food gardening techniques. Dig This! takes place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ovah da Rivah Creole Folk Life Village , located near the Algiers Point ferry landing (200 Patterson St.). Attendees will have free access to local vendors and organizations that will be on hand, and they may also pay to register for classes and a workshop. Class topics include soil health and testing, selecting proper regional vegetable varieties, organic pest control, landscaping and even raising chickens. The workshop portion of the day includes hands-on training at an Algiers community garden. To register or get more information, visit to or call 897-0884. Kolaches Café For a quick snack, breakfast on the run or an offbeat meal in a picturesque setting, a new café in the French Quarter has you covered with its take on kolaches. Dough Joe's (621 St. Peter St., 556-4445; serves these palm-sized Eastern European rolls stuffed with a variety of meaty fillings, from Polish sausage to egg and bacon to a Philly cheesesteak version, plus a few dessert varieties. Dough Joe's took over the former Haagen-Dazs ice cream parlor space on Cabildo Alley in the shadow of St. Louis Cathedral. It still functions as an ice cream parlor, now serving Blue Bell brand flavors. Kolache prices start at $2. Dough Joe's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Cross Cultural Thanh Thanh (131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678) might be the only restaurant in the area to serve both the Vietnamese beef noodle soup pho and that American chain-restaurant standby, spinach and artichoke dip. That diversity is most likely a product of its location. Though the restaurant is in Gretna, home to some of the region's best and most traditional Vietnamese restaurants, it is also smack in the middle of the courthouse scene downtown by the river, and its menu caters to a broad range of comfort levels with the flavors of the Far East. So you could order the chicken Parmesan on spaghetti or chopped egg rolls over rice noodles with fish sauce.

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