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Thank You, Charley
Chef Fred Heurtin at Charley G's (111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 837-6408) is now preparing a Friday Seafood Festival lunch buffet. While the menu changes every week, the buffet selection includes dishes like smoked salmon cheesecake, crabcakes, saffron-tomato seafood fume, marinated crab claws, tomato and horseradish baked oysters, pecan-crusted catfish, and white chocolate bread pudding. The buffet costs $16.95 per person. You'll also hear live jazz every Friday and Saturday at Charley G's, courtesy the Bob Sunda Duo featuring Joe Krown.

Market Watch
This Saturday at 10 a.m., catch Cafe Indo's (216 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-0444) Kevin Cadow cooking at the Crescent City Farmers Market. Creole tomatoes, blackberries and pattypan squash have been making a good show at the markets lately. The Tuesday market is at 200 Broadway St. and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Saturday market is at 700 Magazine St. and runs from 8 a.m. to noon. The Thursday market is at 3700 Orleans Ave. and runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call 861-5898 or visit

Surf 'n' Sip
Taste three wines -- a Pinot Blanc, a Riesling and a Guwurztraminer -- from Alsace at GW Fins (808 Bienville St., 581-FINS) this Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for free. Chef Tenney Flynn prepares appetizers to complement each wine.

Chip Tip
Leave it up to two French guys to bake the best chocolate chip cookies I've come across since moving to New Orleans. The Rizzo brothers at La Boulangerie (4526 Magazine St., 269-3777) also sell white chocolate macadamia nut, cranberry crunch, oatmeal raisin and double-fudge walnut cookies. They cost $1.50 each (they're big), or you can buy a dozen chocolate chip for $6.50. Where do you buy your favorite chocolate chip cookies?

You won't be the only Ding How customer (see "Restaurant Review") trekking across Veterans Memorial Boulevard if you hit Frosty's Caffe (3400 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 888-9600) for dessert after a dim sum. Try some of Katrina Bui's new, homemade custards in your bubble tea. She plops spoonfuls of mango, taro, almond, milk, coconut and/or egg custards in with the tapioca pearls for added dimensions of sweetness and texture to be sucked up through the wide straws. For another bubble tea option in eastern New Orleans, look for Ba Mien Restaurant (4646 Michoud Blvd., 255-0500), where moms come in to pick up jackfruit shakes for their kids after school. Ba Mien is located directly next to 99 Supermarket -- a great, Chinese-owned supermarket with unfortunately horrid, pre-fab bubble tea flavors. -- Roahen


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