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A new NOLA-inspired food truck; Vietnamese Garden becomes Donuts & Noodles 

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Lil' Tin Can can

While Tiffany Tomaso-Kelly was a social worker for the Air Force, she took a 10-day business trip to New Orleans. This was in 2007, and she fell in love with the city's resiliency and, of course, its cuisine.

After more years assisting families and working with wounded soldiers, she decided to attend our local Paragon Culinary School, from which she graduated last year. And when the inspiration struck for a food truck, she decided to infuse a good bit of NOLA into the Lil' Tin Can (liltincan.com), which can be found at the Miller Farms farmers market Saturdays at Chapel Hills Mall, plus at breweries and other spots (check Facebook page). Her Italian heritage influences another half of the menu, and sometimes the two fuse, like with a recent special of homemade gnocchi au gratin with creamy Tasso Orleans sauce.

Great Harvest focaccia shows up in panini sandwiches like a Caprese, Muffuletta, and The Swank, made with Tasso (a Cajun-spiced ham), Swiss, Provolone, pears, mustard and aioli. Then there's gumbo, red beans and rice, pies from STIR and a playful daily lagniappe — "a little something extra," as she defines the Quechua word, which may be a tiny lemon drop square or other bite gifted with each purchase. You can't even buy a bigger piece if you love it; an amuse-bouche of sorts. Fitting, from the Lil' Tin Can.

Donuts in the Garden

The former Vietnamese Garden at 7607 N. Union Blvd., has been sold by proprietor Dung Tram — who says, "Thanks to all of my wonderful customers who supported me for the last seven years" — and has become Donuts & Noodles (520-9299) under new owner Lily Ho.

Ho, who's Cambodian, says that generally, Vietnamese and Cambodian foods are very similar, and she'll keep Tram's menu intact. But she'll add a couple of dishes, too, such as a Cambodian curry noodles, and also serve breakfast. Starting at 5 a.m., you can get her own homemade pastries, from donuts and ham-egg-and-cheese croissants to kolache (Eastern European-style stuffed breads).

Ho formerly operated donut and noodle shops in Oklahoma, from which she moved two months ago.

Green Man down

A note dated May 28 remains up on Green Man Taproom & Beer Garden's Facebook page, stating that the business is moving "due to long standing (over one year) unresolved issues by the land lords," and that it will reopen somewhere with "a smaller concept, which will likely take some time."

We told a different story on our IndyBlog recently, where we detailed a court order granting the landlord possession of the space, as well as a Colorado Springs Police call detail from May 27 suggesting that "old tenants" were breaking back in. Also of note: A tap setup that looked like Green Man's was for sale on Craigslist around that time. Visit the blog to scan the records.

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