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Hyperlink CafAc reopens, so does Amici, special figs and more.

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Give a Fig
New to Richmond, these little gustatory treats are dark chocolate candies filled with fig puree, from Caffarel, 49 cents each, at For the Love of Chocolate in Carytown.

Appetite for Change
Xcape Ultra Premium Lounge:  Set to premiere this week, the new identity for the former Hyperlink CafAc at 814 W. Grace St. In addition to dance parties and special events such as a meet-and-greet with Mayor Dwight Jones on Jan. 23, the club will have a wine bar, hookah bar and fresh soup bar, with happy hours Wednesdays through Saturdays.  

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden tea house:  Valentine's Day dinners Feb. 13 and 14, 5-9 p.m., $45 per person. Reservations include admission to the garden, where the conservatory features tulips, daffodils and orchids in bloom. Valentine's brunch served Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. See menu details online at Reservations at 262-9887, ext.329.

Amici Ristorante:  Renovations are complete at this Carytown landmark, including a redesign of its enclosed patio. Lunch and dinner daily except Sunday. 3343 W. Cary St. 353-4700.

Vegetarian Society of Richmond:  Vegan buffet and fundraiser for the Richmond Vegetarian Festival, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. at India K'Raja, 9051 W. Broad St., $22 includes dinner, beverage, tax and gratuity, with a portion of proceeds going to the festival. Reserve at or 344-4356.

Friends of the Ashland Library:  Panel discussion titled “Eating Locally Grown Foods — Joys and Challenges.” Jan. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A local organic farmer, the Ashland Farmers' Market manager, and representatives from Ellwood Thompson's and Edible Garden will participate on the panel.

Meat with Moolah
Attention home chefs: The National Beef Cook-Off is accepting recipe entries for the 2009 event to be held in September in Sonoma, in California wine country. The contest features cash and prizes of more than $70,000 for the best original beef dishes. Enter at

Dear Short Order:
About three weeks ago I went into Karsen's and purchased a $50 gift certificate for a stocking stuffer for my wife. Obviously I was shocked to see the announcement that the restaurant had closed.

When I purchased the gift certificate, the lady said, “I am sorry, but we are out of envelopes; these have been selling so fast.”

Clearly the folks that own Karsen's knew they were closing the doors when we were all giving them our money. They may not have wanted to let everyone know they were closing, and maybe they had hopes of surviving, but they could have simply done an honorable thing, and
say they were out of gift certificates, and not taken our money.



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