Tell me the truth: Do I look thinner?

That’s because I am! For the next couple of weeks, the Current’s on the annual holiday diet (contrary, as always), and your altweekly muckrakers and critics take various forms of vacation (A-B included). So while you won’t find Café SA in print, you can search our ever-growing database of hundreds of area restaurants (many attached to reviews, and capable of accepting reader comments — thanks to those of you who posted this week to our recent Guajillo’s review) at And when your full-size food (and arts, music, film, news) sections return in the New Year, you’ll also find a fresh crop of recent bar reviews alongside our restaurant listings.

In the meantime, enjoy our intermittently wintry weather by making menudo for your New Year recovery, courtesy of SA (and meat-market) native Julie E. Farias, chef at Brooklyn’s Beer Table. You’ll find her recipe in this week’s New York magazine ( Bolner’s can set you up with enough honeycomb tripe for your family and friends: $26.90 for a 10-lb. box,
(210) 533-5112 — as can the Culebra and La Michoacana meat markets (multiple locations each). Happy Holidays!