Catch the Bus Art

Austin/Houston restaurateur Carmelo Mauro began collecting the work of Houston artist Herb Mears nearly 20 years ago and displays it in his restaurants. So when Mauro chose the artwork for a wrap-around mural advertising Carmelo's on a Capital Metro bus, he chose to memorialize his longtime friend by using one of Mears' paintings. The colorful "promotion in motion" can be seen downtown every day.

Eat Healthy on the Road

Travelers concerned with healthy eating on the road will want to locate a copy of the new edition of The Tofu Tollbooth (Ceres Press, $14.95 paper) by folk singer Dar Williams and cookbook author Elizabeth Zipern. The guide, which Williams compiled so she could "survive on the road" as a traveling musician, contains more than 1,000 listings of healthy-eating places (cafes, juice bars, salad bars, etc.) around the U.S. mainland. It's available in natural food stores and bookstores around the country.

Where East Meets Southwest

Austin's first and only herbal tea and tonic bar, The Source (1515 W. 35th, 451-4262), opened in early July, and it has recently added pastries and a line of fresh, Japanese-influenced salads from the new Rather Sweet Bakery (814 W. 12th, 474-4822) to its daily bill of fare. Patrons at The Source can relax and enjoy a light meal in the peaceful tea house, consult with staff herbalist Marty Calliham about customized healing herbal preparations, or browse the line of elegant home accessories and Japanese antiques for sale in the store.


Sun Harvest (4006 S. Lamar, 444-6313) has scheduled several tasty events on Saturdays in August. The weekly wine tastings with Carol Hintz continue from 11am-12:30pm, with a different wine choice each week. Chef Miguel Cavanna will demonstrate three different entrees on his Culinary World Tour on August 21, 11am-12:30pm, and vegetarian expert Kristal Forestwarren will demonstrate some vegetarian delights on Saturday, August 28, 11am-12:30pm. All events are free to Sun Harvest customers...

Both Saba Blue Water Cafe (208-D W. Fourth, 478-7222) and Sardine Rouge (311 W. Sixth, 473-8642) will participate in a fundraiser benefiting arts company Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks (458-8158). The festivities begin at Saba with a sampling of Caribbean/Yucatan-influenced appetizers from chef Larry Perdido and continues around the corner at Sardine Rouge with sophisticated desserts from pastry chef Lisa Fox. Call the Sharir + Bustamante office to make reservations...

The new corporate director of operations for the San Gabriel Restaurant Group is Adrian Creasey, former corporate chef for Brinker International and Central Market. Creasey will oversee restaurant operations and assist San Gabriel owner Reed Clemons in the development of new restaurant concepts...

Houston authors Thomas and Regina Ciesla will be signing copies of Touring Texas Wineries (Gulf Press, $16.95 paper) at harvest activities this Saturday, August 14, 10:30am-3pm, in the winery tasting room at Messina Hof Wine Cellars (4545 Old Reliance Rd. in Bryan, 409/778-9463).

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