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BAHIA AT FOUR SEASONS NOW SERVING FULL LUNCH MENU
Bahia, the hip poolside bar and lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Miami, on the 7th floor of Brickell Ave., is now offering a full lunch menu. Businesspeople, gym bunnies, young professionals and “ladies who lunch” can enjoy the balmy Miami winter al fresco while munching on starters such as Chilled Gazpacho with crabmeat and avocado sorbet ($9), Beef Steak Tomato and Mozzarella Salad ($10) or Seafood Ceviche with golden tequila ($12). The menu lists, lunch salads such as lobster BLT ($19), grilled or fried calamari ($15) or the Brickell tower with greens, chicken, shrimp and chorizo strips ($15); sandwiches-- vegetable panini organic greens, mozzarella and basil pesto ($14), Caesar salad wrap with chicken or shrimp and potato chips ($15) and char-grilled sirloin burger ($16) -- and light entrees ($17) such as grilled mojo-marinated mahi-mahi, lime and rosemary chicken paillard and jumbo lump crab cake with jumbo asparagus.. All desserts are $7. . Lunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm and the Bar is open from 5:00 pm-11:00 pm (Wednesday-Saturday). Bahia, Four Seasons Hotel, 7th floor, 35 Brickell Avenue, downtown Miami. Tel: (305) 358-3535

MADRID FUSION, SUMMIT OF GASTRONOMY, JANUARY 17-19 2006, HONORS US CHEFS
At Spain's fourth annual International Summit of Gastronomy/Madrid Fusión January 17-19, 2006, Norman Van Aken, chef-owner of Norman's in Coral Gables, Orlando and L.A., is one of four U.S. chefs – the others are Mark Miller ( Coyote Cafe, Santa Fe, N.M.), Paul Prudhomme ( K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, New Orleans), and Alice Waters ( Chez Panisse, Berkeley, CA) -- who will be honored as ``Founders of the New American Cuisine.'' The three-day symposium will include international culinary tastings, demonstrations and conferences and will be attended by food journalists and Spanish culinary stars Ferrán Adriŕ and Juan Mari Arzak, as well as chefs Thomas Keller, Charlie Trotter, Wylie Dufresne, and José Andrés. For information on Madrid Fusión and its schedule of events, visit www.madridfusion.net

INTERNATIONAL BAN ON ALL CAVIAR FROM THE CASPIAN SEA
The UN’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species has banned the international trade of wild sturgeon caviar worldwide. The ban is good news for sturgeon that are on the brink of extinction, especially the Caspian Sea beluga sturgeon, which has lost 90% of its population in just 20 years due to overfishing for beluga caviar. Caviar Emptor, a coalition of the University of Miami’s Pew Institute for Ocean Science, SeaWeb and the Natural Resources Defense Council, which as instrumental in that decision stated that Caspian nations must develop a recovery plan for sturgeon if the species is to be saved. For more information contact Dr. Ellen Pikitch, Pew

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