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If you’ve long considered trading in your baseball cap for a chef’s hat, now might be the time: The National Restaurant Association predicts a record $511 billion sales in 2006. Furthermore, the Culinary Institute of America, based in Hyde Park, New York, is coming to San Antonio to fish for fresh talent. Conversation CIA, a two day meet ’n’ greet, starts Wednesday, February 22, at the Barnes & Noble Café, 18030 Hwy 281 North. On that day, potential chefs meet with representatives from the school (by appointment only) to discuss interests, career needs, and financial aid. The CIA will host a less formal reception at 7 p.m Thursday, February 23, at La Mansión Del Rio Hotel, 112 College, where prospective applicants can learn about its programs and meet faculty. Information: 1-800-285-4627.

Speaking of culinary curiosity: Move over Red Bull and Rockstar, there’s a new sheriff in town. Celsius is “the Earth’s First Calorie Burning Soda.”

According to the Ohio Research Institute, Celsius’ “thermogenic” combination of green tea with EGCG, ginger, caffeine, B vitamins, and vitamin C, raises drinkers’ metabolism by 12 percent over three hours. Ron Mendel, the scientist who conducted the study, says, “with no change in exercise habits, by drinking Celsius instead of a regular soft drink once a day for an entire year, an individual could theoretically lose up to 17 pounds.”

Celsius is available in Texas EZ Marts and will be distributed more widely in April. It comes in three flavors: lemon lime, ginger ale, and cola. Valentine’s Day is over, but there’s still a little love lingering in the air. In honor of National Condom Week, Planned Parenthood will sponsor a “Pub Crawl” Thursday, February 16, between 10:30 p.m. and midnight in the Babcock/Eckert Road area. To promote safe, responsible sex, ladies in pink T-shirts will be distributing 1,000 prophylactics to the flood of bar and club patrons.

Although the ladies will also be handing out pink leis, they won’t be making introductions. What better to break the ice than with an awkward pick-up line? In honor of February 15, the “Official Start to Dating Season,” Budweiser Beer polled more than 2,000 adults over 21 for “The Worst Pick-Up Line of All Time.” According to the poll, “Is that a mirror in your pocket, ’cause I can see myself in your pants!” will not coax lady luck off the barstool.

Francesca Camillo

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