All You Can Eat

Uptown Deli & Grill, 612 McCullough Ave., got a rough welcome to the neighborhood (just north of North St. Mary's by Chella's Café and Bright Shawl) last week. The small eatery opened at the end of July and was promptly robbed. The felons absconded with all of the meat and cheeses, the dismayed counterperson said as a glass company worked nearby to replace the broken front window. This didn't seem to deter the noontime crowd. The nine tables, furnished with upholstered armchairs on casters, were almost full, and the kitchen was working feverishly to turn out gyros, corned-beef-and sauerkraut sandwiches, and giant muffalettas. Uptown, which promises "gourmet soup" when it's not a crime scene, is open 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 223-DELI (3354) for info.

Ready for change? The Kashi Day of Change Tour 2006, a nationwide campaign sponsored by the natural-food company, includes natural foods cooking classes, hands-on yoga demonstrations, whole-grain info, and Kashi product tastings. Catch the tour's last San Antonio stop noon-6 p.m. August 11-13 at the HEB at 18140 San Pedro. Visit for more details.

Nihilists, on the other hand, can embrace their mortality with a Blizzard Treat August 10 at participating Dairy Queens and DQ Grill & Chills, while benefitting the Children's Miracle Network, an alliance of children's hospitals. A portion of all Blizzard proceeds that day will go to the nonprofit organization. Vist for locations and info.

But if what you're really longing for is a way to play Betty Crocker to your brood without giving up your power suit, New Braunfels's Kitchen Koaches are the patron saints you've been seeking. Kimberly McConnell (sans sister Koach Kaarina Owens) will be at Borders at the Forum at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 12, signing copies of Put A Lid On It! (Second Edition), which contains time-sensitive, family-friendly recipes, kitchen tips, and (bonus!) planning cards for eights weeks of meals, shopping lists included. 8340 Agora Parkway, 658-0808. Visit for more book and recipe info.

San Marcos-based telecom company Grande Communications collected more than 9 tons of food for the San Antonio Food Bank during its Hunger is Year Round campaign, which ended August 2. Grande holds the annual food drive in the Texas communities in which it does business, including Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and Corpus Christi.

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