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by Brian Clarey

Trend alert: Fine restaurants in New York City are beginning to craft policies about electronic cigarettes, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, which means in about five years we may start dealing with the issue here. In a nutshell, most of them don’t mind, according to Bloomberg.

In other news, McDonald’s is bringing back that steak thing for breakfast. Knock yourself out.

Thursday is Free Queso Day at Moe’s, which is pretty much self-explanatory, but you should know that there’s no purchase necessary for the gratis cup of what they term “liquid gold,” and if you tweet about it, they ask you use the hashtag #moesfamousqueso.

On Friday, Burlington’s first co-operative brewery — and just the third in the US — launches at the Burlington Co- Hops event. Checkitout at burlingtonbeerworks.coop. And the Greensboro Whole Foods Market holds a Whole Deal Value Tour at 6 p.m., free and open to the public. Make a reservation at 336.398.2880.

All weekend long, area Fresh Market groceries hold the Taste of the Fresh Market sampling event from 1-6 p.m. And Keurig makes with the free coffee machines at the Central Carolina Fair at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Old Salem holds a free gardening workshop on permaculture at the Single Brothers Workshop at 10 a.m. on Saturday. And Sunday sees a tasting event at the Iron Hen in Greensboro. Bella Bean Organics has farm and artisanal products, vendors and farmers on hand at 4 p.m., as well as more information about the company. It’s a freebie.

And because it’s a slow week and I have space to fill, here is a list of things that have more sugar than a Krispy Kreme doughnut via Consumerist: Yoplait original yogurt (27 grams), a single Luna bar (11 grams), a 20-ounce Vitamin Water (33 grams), a California Pizza Kitchen Thai chicken salad (45 grams) and a six-inch sweet-onion teriyaki sandwich from Subway (17 grams). As sugary and delicious as Krispy Kreme doughnuts are — particularly when they’re hot — each one contains about 10 grams of sugar.

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