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Dung My Tram (whose name translates to "beautiful hibiscus flower") says she's positive that her new Vietnamese Garden (3043 W. Pikes Peak Ave.) offers a taste of Vietnam that's unparalleled locally. The owner and head chef says that since she opened on Oct. 15, she's attracted numerous repeat customers, including one who visits almost daily.

They come, says Tram, for dishes such as her traditional spicy beef soup (Sundays only), yam and carrot fritters, a fried zucchini and eggplant dish, and roll-your-own spring rolls all infused with fresh herbs and homemade sauces. Her menu, which notes zero MSG use, also includes a variety of grilled meats, noodles and vegetarian options. Call 520-9599 for more.

Eat this, avoid that

Where is it from? Is it farmed or wild-caught? How was it caught?

These are the three central questions you need to ask your favorite sushi chef if you want to support fisheries that are best for wildlife and the environment (and to steer clear of excess mercury in your diet). Handily, the Monterey Bay Aquarium recently updated its Sustainable Sushi Guide, now available in a free, wallet-friendly printout at mbayaq.org. Print it out, fold it up, and bust it out next time you're ready to empty the money from your wallet.

Don't call me Henri

Henri's by Jorge (2427 W. Colorado Ave.) officially shortened its name to just Jorge's last month. Manager Floyd Trujillo says the name change had been planned ever since owner Jorge Ayala bought Henri's Mexican Food back in mid-2007. But a bookkeeping issue kept Ayala from making the change until now. Only the front awning, menu covers and business cards are affected by the change.

Take note

A minivan drove into Mr. B's Famous BBQ & Soul Food at the corner of Sierra Madre and Cimarron streets early Friday evening. The tiny diner will likely be closed a short while for repairs.

MacKenzie's Chop House (128 S. Tejon St.) is offering half-price bottles of select varietals on Wednesdays, while fellow Concept restaurant Jos Muldoon's (222 N. Tejon St.) will sell 75-cent tacos on Tuesdays and $2.50 Sauza margaritas or shots on Saturdays.

Thursdays at Paravicini's Italian Bistro (2802 W. Colorado Ave. and 75 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake) are Amore Date Nights, featuring four courses for two, for $34.95.

Attend a "Holiday Help" cooking class with Brent Beavers from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Nov. 16 at Village at Skyline (2365 Patriot Heights), $35; 867-4639.

Compiled by Matthew Schniper

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