D-Day for Diets People who need a little help getting into the groove of New Year's resolutions for healthier eating might want to drop in to the downtown Crescent City Farmers Market (700 Magazine St.; www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.com
). Starting this Saturday and continuing at each Saturday market this month, local nutrition expert and chef Gary Granata will be on duty at the Visiting Chef Station with demonstrations on how to turn produce purchased at the market that day into healthy dishes. Granata, who has served as director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, also prepares an array of vegetarian and vegan food served at local venues such as Fair Grinds Coffeehouse (3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9072; www.fairgrinds.com
). The Saturday farmers market is held from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Don't Go Swimming Yet While there is no actual golf played at the Country Club (634 Louisa St., 945-0742), the Bywater swimming pool club, lounge and café still has quite a lot going on. Recently, an expanded and revamped menu has put the Country Club in a whole new league for food. Chef Miles Prescott is now manning the kitchen and turning out dishes like cassoulet of duck, pork and andouille sausage, beef cheeks over polenta, and grilled flatbreads with housemade linguica, poached eggs and Romano cheese. Save room for desserts like pecan beignets or a baklava made with pineapple, whipped lemon mascarpone and lavender honey. Most entrees are priced between $12 and $15. The customary advice on allowing a meal to digest before swimming still applies. The Country Club serves lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday, along with Sunday brunch. Back to the Motherland The transformation of the hybrid Mexican/Spanish restaurant Fiesta Bistro into the far more focused and satisfying Café Granada (1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612) appears to be complete. The name has changed, the tacos and other Mexican fare are gone and the new menu now features more than two dozen choices of tapas, including many vegetarian items. Entrées include paella, steak and several lamb dishes. Happily, drink specials on margaritas remain from the old Fiesta Bistro days. The tapas portions here are especially generous and most are priced at $5. Café Granada is open for lunch and dinner daily. McNulty
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