Surely you’ve tried the wonderful sushi of Bamboo Fusion, located at the corner of Airport Boulevard and Pinehill Drive in Mobile. I’m a fan of the Bamboo family of restaurants and am pleased to have one so near my home. The Tuna Bomb is one of my favorite appetizers in the city, but with Bamboo Fusion’s latest lunch special I have become more of a fan than ever.

For $5.95 you can treat yourself to a quality plate of hibachi complete with a protein, fried rice, soup and salad. The steak is very good but I will concede that my date’s chicken was even better. You know the salad I’m talking about; it’s the one with the mayo dressing Rob Holbert loves. Make sure to ask for the house soup; it’s my favorite. For $6 I haven’t found anything to beat this, and we had leftovers. I felt so good about the money I was saving I ordered a Tuna Bomb.

Don’t miss this lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Biale clinic at Southern Napa
Last week Bob Biale of Robert Biale Vineyards (www.biale.com) was on hand at Daphne’s Southern Napa, teaching everyone about zinfandel (not the stuff your girlfriend drank her freshman year) and petite syrah. These wines are a little less famous than the cabernet, pinot noir and merlot produced in Napa Valley.

The knowledgeable Biale deals almost exclusively in these wines and their blends. He offered an incredible backstory of how they named their Black Chicken Zinfandel (my favorite) and was as welcoming a speaker as his hosts, Jim and Carey Cox. The latter Cox was busy in the kitchen with pairings and treated us to lamb chops, deli-style meatball sliders, Indian spice-braised short ribs with crispy smashed potatoes and my favorite, roasted pork tenderloin with black bean pear sauce. I need that recipe.

Southern Napa is bringing some of the region’s finest wines as well as winemakers. Visit them on Facebook and get ready for 99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn coming in early May.

Flamous brand chips the tasty go-to for gluten-free, vegan, kosher
It’s funny I did an article about hummus in this issue because today I received a shipment of Flamous brand chips. These veggie chips offer a couple of flavors that boast the slogan, “THE chip for hummus dip!” Original and spicy falafel chips are intended for just that. The Zatar chips are made from garbanzo beans, flax seeds, sesame seeds and spices, so basically they are made of hummus. The Rosemary and Thyme are made with 21 herbs, vegetables, spices and legumes and are fine on their own or with any cold dip.

These all-natural organic chips contain no gluten, wheat, dairy, lactose, soy, trans fat, cholesterol, MSG, hydrogenated oil, preservatives or artificial colors and flavors. So where does the big taste come from? It’s all natural. Even Mr. Bubble gave them the thumbs up. Look for them in stores or check out www.flamousbrands.com.