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by Brian Clarey

Some people getphone calls asking, “What are you wearing right now?” I’ll spare youthose details and tell you what I’m eating right now – a few samplesfrom Poblano’s new lunch menu: A Mexican pizza on flatbread withseasoned, grilled chicken, enchilada sauce and tons of that meltyMexican cheese. Also on the plate is a Buffalo shrimp wrap, made withreal nice shrimp and carrying a decent degree of heat. And whatI’m thinking about is the coming storm. Food prices are rising andfamily budgets are shrinking tighter and tighter in the currenteconomic climate, which is bad news for independently owned sit-downrestaurants. Revival Grill in Greensboro has closed. So has Crush inHigh Point. And a reader tells me his newest favorite Greensbororestaurant, Sahari, which focuses on Sudanese cuisine, is on short timeas well. “Go eat fast,” he writes. “It will soon be gone.” Entr’eVous in Greensboro adapts to the marketplace by offering vacationpacks: pre-assembled meals designed for vacationing families withaccess to a kitchen to save on meals while traveling. For moreinformation, call the store at 336.790.8711. But there’s plenty to do, culinarily speaking, to take your mind off the economy. The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market brings Blueberry Day on Friday, with free blueberry ice cream and lots of samples. TheGreensboro Farmers Curb Market celebrates Tomato Day on Saturday.Sample 20 different kinds of tomatoes (love those German Johnsons) andvote on your favorite. This one is also free. And EarthFare inGreensboro explores the connections between ADHD and nutrition in alecture and demonstration on Monday at 6:30 p.m. The GroveWinery in Gibsonville has begun a 2,100-square-foot addition to thewinery, citing increased business and a good deal on concrete and steelas catalysts. “I think the increase in fuel prices has been the biggestdriver of our phenomenal 2008 sales growth”, said Max Lloyd, headwinemaker and owner of Grove. “People are vacationing closer to homeand embracing local agriculture. We’re seeing a rapidly increasinggrowth slope.” The Grove will also fight high prices with an 11-dayinflation sale through next Tuesday. The award-winning 2005 merlot,chardonnay, claret and Haw River White will be priced below cost atabout $4.40 a bottle. “Because of the construction, it’s cheaper tosell these wines than to store and move them around,” Lloyd said. Andspeaking of wine, Greensboro’s Press Wine Caf’ will hold an Iron Presstasting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to decide which new labels to include intheir ever-changing wine list. Check out the site,thepresswinecafe.com, for more details.

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