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Name Change

After nine months in business, the Warehouse Café (7838 Earhart Blvd, 861-9639) has changed its name to Red Sea and ditched the American menu. The Red Sea's exclusively East African cuisine is the best reason I know to brave the potholes on Earhart Boulevard. While you're there, don't shy from the amazing butter-textured beef tartare with cumin and curry (kitfo).

Rising Suns

A new Uptown Sake Café (2830 Magazine St., 894-0033) is getting complimentary, unofficial reviews. Meanwhile, the Riverbend's favorite Ninja (formerly at 8115 Jeannette St.) moved recently to a larger space at 8433 Oak St. Ninja's menu and phone number (866-1119) remain the same.

Lunch Hour

At the request of afternoon tapas addicts, Vega Tapas Café (2051 Metairie Rd., 836-2007) is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. GW Fins (808 Bienville St., 581-3467) is following suit, although only on Fridays for now.

Looking for an Opening

The word on the street (literally, I bumped into a contractor outside) is that Chef Cecil Palmer's Jamaican cooking is arriving in the Faubourg Marigny. One block up from Mona's Café, Café Negril (606 Frenchmen St.) looks close to opening.

Metairie and the Middle East

There's more hummus to try in Metairie. Among usual suspects like spinach-feta pie and baklava, Acropolis Cuisine's (3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 888-9046) Mediterranean menu includes a ground veal wrap, moussaka, braised lamb chops and an intriguing selection of Grecian wines.

Good Read

Foodies who can't resist unusual ingredients like sumac and bulgar when browsing the market at Mona's Café should look for Madelain Farah's cookbook, Lebanese Cuisine. It proved its weight in pine nuts last week when I tried its recipe for namurra (farina squares). Even substituting orange flower water for the suggested rose water resulted in a cake strikingly similar to the one served at Mona's.

Market Watch

Join Chef Josh Wood of Nautical Restaurant at the Crescent City Farmers Market on Tuesday, August 7, at 11 a.m. for a salsa cooking demonstration, salsa contest and live salsa music. The market encourages home cooks to submit their own salsa recipes. On Saturday, Aug. 11, the LSU Agricultural Center's Bill Carney will arrive at the market in the Rot Mobile for a morning of hands-on composting education. The Tuesday market is located at 200 Broadway St. and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Saturday market is located at 700 Magazine St. and runs from 8 a.m. to noon. For more market info, call 861-5898, e-mail at or visit -- Sara Roahen

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