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PEDAL PUSH — The burrito with a French name, "Le Burrito," is available for a limited time at Chipotle Grill. The Francophone fixing is in honor of the American cycling team, Slipstream, scheduled to compete in the Tour de France July 5-27. Available during that time, this biker's burrito, is filled with chicken, black beans, cilantro lime rice, mild tomato salsa and fresh guacamole. See

VITA LOCAL — La Dolce Vita, with its verdant enclosed patio hidden behind a gate on Woodward near McNichols, has long had fine food. Recently, owner Enrico Rosselli hired Matt Baldridge, formerly of the Rattlesnake Club, as the new executive chef. Baldridge intends to offer bistro-style Italian fare at reasonable prices. The successful regular events will continue, such as their Tuesday patio parties and their "Pajama Brunch" (with bottomless mimosas) every second Sunday. At 17546 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313- 865-0331.


America's most popular cooking show has spawned Top Chef: The Cookbook (Chronicle Books $29.95) with an introduction by Tom Colicchio, the acclaimed chef, cookbook author and sometimes critical, sometimes compassionate judge of the program. The book opens the door to the inner workings of the show, revealing the contestants' shticks along with 100 recipes from the first three seasons, often cutting-edge and original, they created. Fans of the show will enjoy the photos of participants, as well as the gossip about what goes on behind the scenes.


For centuries, South Americans have been steeping the dried leaves of the yerba maté tree for a drink that promotes health, energy and mental clarity. Traditionally imbibed with a group of close friends out of a hollow gourd through a bombilla (metal straw), the grassy and herbal maté infusion is a natural source of vitamins and antioxidants with a taste similar to green tea. Guayakí offers organic maté in numerous packages, from delicious bottled versions to loose-leaf for maté purists. You can even order your own gourd at


The name Weber is practically synonymous with the word grill. But one of the problems with Weber's ubiquitous kettle grills is the difficulty of adding charcoal to an existing fire. The solution is simple; a hinged grill — pictured here — that enables the pitmaster to add charcoal or wood by merely lifting the flip-up edge of the grate with the attached handle and pouring in the coal. It's about time for you to replace the crusted original that came with the grill anyway. This durable, bright nickel-plated grate is available at Home Depot for less than $20.

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