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					4 | LMT ¿QUE PASA?                                                                                                                                                                                  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2008


LIFE goes on: Weekend packed with music, entertainment
           By KIRSTEN CROW
         LAREDO MORNING TIMES
                                                                                                                                              boys and cowgirls will have an
                                                                                                                                              opportunity to get a taste of what
                                                                                                                                              exhibiting is all about with the Li’l
                                                                                                                                                                                         grounds, a number of contests
                                                                                                                                                                                         between the participating chapters
                                                                                                                                                                                         will be held between 9 and 10:30
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2008                             Dining Out                                                                                                                                                      PAGE 13

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DINING BRIEFS
    Get ready for a star-studded and
jeans-clad weekend, as the Laredo
International Fair and Exposition
continues today and Saturday with
                                                                                                                                              Partners Exhibition.
                                                                                                                                                  “Any little child can come out
                                                                                                                                              and do a mock show for the judges,”
                                                                                                                                              Martin said, explaining that partici-
                                                                                                                                                                                         a.m., including tug-of-war, sack
                                                                                                                                                                                         races, a washer-pitcher contest and
                                                                                                                                                                                         the three-legged race.
                                                                                                                                                                                             At 11:30 a.m., go hog wild with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chicken on the go:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mazatlán offers the best of the ocean
homegrown entertainment that                                                                                                                  pants will be given an animal to use       the greased-pig contest, and at 2         Church’s opens new store                      LAREDO MORNING TIMES                 Unique on the menu is the
ranges from music to rodeos to a big                                                                                                          for the show. “We try to get the kids      p.m., check out the country cuties in                                                                                     smoked marlin, offered in the
livestock auction.                                                                                                                            involved in what we do. It shows the       the Little Miss Cowgirl and Little           Feeling chicken?                        There’s a new seafood place          stuffed shrimp, tacos and
    A Gateway City institution, LIFE                                                                                                          little kids how it’s done, and they        Mr. Cowboy contests.                         To eat, of course.                  in town, and it’s delicious!             machacado.
kicked off the annual event Sunday                                                                                                            get to exhibit and have a good time.”          The main event — the auction —           Well, you’re in luck.                   Ostioneria y Cocteleria                 There are also tacos “La
with about 140 participants riding                                                                                                                At 7:30 p.m., the ranch rodeo          begins in the exhibition barn at 3       Church’s Chicken has opened a           Mazatlán is in south Laredo, at          Paz” style, featuring fried
horseback from the old detention                                                                                                              begins, featuring teams competing          p.m., where the students will show-      new location in Laredo at 2201          the Narvaez Shopping Center,             shrimp or fish — or even oys-
center at Loop 20 and Del Mar                                                                                                                 in steer-tying, calf-branding, wild-       case their prizewinning creatures        Saunders St. at the Bartlett            4910 S. Zapata Highway. It’s a           ters! — in soft corn tortillas.
Boulevard to LIFE Downs, a preface                                                                                                            cow milking and wild-horse sad-            and see the monetary rewards for         Avenue intersection, ready to           bright, cheery place with a blue-           The fish fillets, so fresh you
to the ensuing festivities to come.                                                                                                           dling, among other challenges. Just        their many months of hard work.          serve those chicken classics.           and-white nautical theme, just           would swear there’s someone
    The LIFE Downs, off U.S. 59, are                                                                                                          don’t forget the mutton bustin’,               The ranch rodeo returns from             It’s one of more than 1,500         right for a seafood joint.               casting a line out back, are
a virtual — and literal — menagerie                                                                                                           which finds participants between           7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the rodeo arena,    locations worldwide that serves             But it’s the food that brings        offered a half-dozen ways,
of activity and down-home fun,                                                                                                                the ages of 4 and 8 and less than 55       and Gary Hobbs, a longstanding           the fresh chicken staple, accom-        the ocean to your table.                 including in a savory garlic
which will include a ranch rodeo,                                                                                                             pounds testing their power to hang         staple of Tejano, hits the stage at 9    panied by great siders like corn-           Everything is extremely              sauce, a hot chipotle sauce or
petting zoo, Wild West gun show                                                                                                               onto their ride.                           to shut the show down in style.          on-the-cob, mashed potatoes             fresh — from the bright green            oyster sauce.
and exhibitions of animals from                                                                                                                   “We give (them) little vests and           Entry fee to LIFE is $5 for adults   and gravy, french fries, fried          sliced limes (no brown spots in             Soups, salads, Oysters Ro-
rabbits, turkeys and steer to swine,                                                     Photos by Ulysses S. Romero | Laredo Morning Times   helmets and put them on lambs, like        and free for children 5 years old or     okra,       Jalapeño       Cheese       sight) and finely chopped pico           ckefeller … desserts and the best
lambs and goats.                       From left, Christian Torres, Marcos Ornelas and Kelina Dominguez pull with all of their                bull riding with sheep,” Martin said.      younger.                                 Bombers, cole slaw and fresh,           de gallo at the table to the crispy      limonada you’ve had in a long
    More than 650 participants ages    might during last year’s tug-of-war competition at LIFE Downs.                                             Entrance to the mutton bustin’             It is sponsored by Budweiser,        airy Honey-Butter Biscuits.             fried shrimp and juicy seafood           time — fresh-squeezed, of course
8 to 18 from 4-H clubs and Future                                                                                                             contest is $100; applications are          Family Chevrolet, IBC Bank, United           But that’s all aside from the       cocktails. You can have great            — and so much more!
Farmers of America organizations       and mock saloon,” will perform at              by far the biggest days of the annu-                    available online.                          Rentals, Border Lease Services Inc.,     main dish: crispy on the outside,       shrimp ceviche, or you can ask              Order ahead at 729-0101. Or
were scheduled to come out             different points throughout today              al event, featuring live shows,                             But the party really gets started      the Webb County District Attorney,       juicy on the inside chicken. You        for your own concoction of               better yet, make the time to go to
Wednesday for sifting and weigh-       and Saturday, Martin said, along               including the ranch rodeo and per-                      when the sun goes down. Jay Perez,         Vaquillas Cattle Co., Palenque Grill,    can stick to tradition and get the      shrimp, octopus, lump crab               Mazatlán and enjoy your meal                                                                          Photo by Cuate Santos | Laredo Morning Times
ins to determine if their animals      with a petting zoo, featuring exotic           formances by headlining Tejano                          Tejano star, hits the stage at 9 p.m.      Powell Watson Motors, Toyota of          regular, or you can shake things        meat, squid and/or oyster.               there. It’s well worth the trip.     Mazatlán, the city’s newest seafood restaurant, is at 4910 S. Zapata Highway.
will make it to the exhibition, said   animals such a miniature goats,                artists, who will be sure to get the                    and keeps playing until the close of       Laredo and UETA.                         up and go spicy. You can also
Dee Dee Martin, fifth vice president   camels     and     llamas,    Jerry            audience dancing.                                       the fair, at 1 a.m. (see story, page 6).       For a full schedule of events,       bypass the pesky bones by opt-
of the LIFE board of directors.
    Additionally, some of the shows,
                                       Hendricks’ chainsaw woodcarving
                                       and the Old Frontier Western cook-
                                                                                         Today the judges will see the
                                                                                      rabbits, poultry and baked goods.
                                                                                                                                                  Although some would say it’s a
                                                                                                                                              hard act to follow, Saturday starts
                                                                                                                                                                                         visit www.laredofair.com. For more
                                                                                                                                                                                         information, call 722-9948.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ing for the chicken tenders.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To top it off, you’ve come to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 RESTAURANT LISTING
such as a mobile dairy classroom       ing.                                           Baked goods will also be on sale in                     the day off bright with the Cheer              (Kirsten Crow may be reached         the right place: the home of the                    ASIAN                     T.K.O. Bar & Grill               Glass Kitchen                         1520 E. Saunders St.                   2801 E. Saunders St.
and the Wild West gun show, com-           Although the fair began on                 the exhibition barn beginning at 1                      and Dance Competition at the Casa          at (956) 728-2543 or by e-mail at        fried apple pie.                                                                4100 San Bernardo Ave.          2119 Guadalupe St.                   2330 Bob Bullock Loop                  801 Park St.
plete with “mock gunfight show         Wednesday, today and Saturday are              p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the smallest cow-                    Blanca Ballroom. Back at the fair-         kirsten@lmtonline.com)                                                                                                                                   302 Corpus Christi St.               611 Rancho Viejo Dr.                   1602 Guadalupe St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          China Bo                                                                                                                                            2307 S. Zapata Hwy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2301 E. Saunders St.                           BISTRO                 4220 McPherson Road                  10500 McPherson Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1200 Farragut St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Leap into breakfast at               China Palace                                                           Fuddrucker’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  711 W. Hillside Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2602 S. Zapata Hwy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Whataburger                           The Red Barn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6951 Springfield Ave.               Alegria Bistro and Wine Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mickey D’s                     Emperor Garden                         107 Calle Del Norte, Suite 30   Jack in the Box                       4902 San Bernardo Ave.                 416 Shiloh Dr. Suite A2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Santa Fe Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            520 Shiloh Dr.                                                        5106 McPherson Road                  2118 Guadalupe St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In honor of the leap year and                                                                                                                    2701 E. Saunders St.                 Tori Mexican Grill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Genji’s Sushi Express                                                   2612 Cortez St.                                                             4507 San Bernardo Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in recognition that many people                                                                                                                      1012 FM 1472
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  skip that most important meal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and Coffee Bar                               BREAKFAST                3501 San Dario Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       7110 McPherson Road                  Wing Stop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7511 McPherson Road                                                   4502 Zapata Hwy.                                                            7309 San Dario Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of the day – breakfast – you can                                                                                                                     809 Riverhill Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hunan Chinese Restaurant                                                7301 San Dario Ave.                  202 W. Del Mar Blvd.                 Wings, Pizza N Things
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  get a free McDonald’s McSkillet                                               Denny’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4502 San Bernardo Ave.                                                Loop 20 and Saunders St.             4416 Hwy. 359                          1713 E. Del Mar Blvd.,Suite 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sausage burrito today with the                                                  3600 Santa Ursula Ave.         Lonches “El Popo”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            900 Houston St.                                                                                            9102 McPherson Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  purchase of a medium or large           Lin’s Grill & Buffet                  IHOP                              9802 McPherson Road                  7010 Lancer Road                                     DELIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  beverage.                                 6633 San Dario Ave.                   7503 San Dario Ave.            McDonald’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The promotion is only dur-            2310 Saunders St.                   Kettle                            4717 San Bernardo Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ing breakfast serving hours and         Lotus                                   5302 San Bernardo Ave.          1120 Santa Ursula Ave.                          CHICKEN                   Muggs Chicago Hot Dogs & Deli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  only for as long as supplies last,        9803 Sterling Loop                                                    2301 Guadalupe St.                                                          9802 McPherson Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  so act fast!                                                                                                    4717 San Bernardo Ave.              Chick-Fil-A                           Quiznos Subs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BURGERS                                                      Mall Del Norte Food Court              1408 E. Del Mar Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That burrito won’t eat itself,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and starting off your day right
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BARBACOA                                                       2101 Saunders St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       5818 McPherson Road                    7305 San Dario Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  IH-35 at Del Mar Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  will make you feel more focused                                               Burger King                                                           Church’s Fried Chicken                The Steak Scape
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Raul’s BBQ                                                              7701 McPherson Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  for work and school. Yum!                                                      1402 E. Saunders St.                                                  1702 Guadalupe St.                     Mall Del Norte Food Court
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1220 Lafayette St.                                                     9814 Mines Road                      3420 San Bernardo Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 7045 San Dario Ave.              2502 Zapata Hwy.                                                          Subway Sandwiches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2002 Corpus Christi St.               1301 Farragut St.                                                     2201 E. Saunders St.                   5724 San Bernardo Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ’80s redux at BK                  1620 Zapata Hwy.                      9810 Mines Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mall Del Norte Food Court
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5610 San Bernardo Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       6701 McPherson Road                    1212 International Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 801 Lafayette St.                                                     1108 Zaragoza St.                      5112 McPherson Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Remember the ’80s? Burger                                                                                    2320 Loop 20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  King sure does, if their current                 BAR-B-QUE                     7515 McPherson Road             Rialto Hotel Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       10500 McPherson Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2710 Saunders St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1402 E. Saunders St.                                                 House of Wings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kids meal promotion is any clue.                                                                                1219 Matamoros                       6951 Springfield Ave.                  5201 University Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The featured toys are mini-          Briskets & Beer Smokehouse             1419 Guadalupe St.              Sonic Drive-In                                                               3519 Bob Bullock Loop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2002 Chihuahua                                                                                            Kentucky Fried Chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cabbage Patch Kids and Monster                                                 7045 San Dario Ave.              5505 McPherson Road                  802 Washington St.                     1101 Uniroyal Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jam trucks, and one of the two          The Market Bar-B-Que                                                                                                                                9811 Bob Bullock Loop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3914 McPherson Road                                                   1302 International Blvd.             2319 Guadalupe St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  comes with each kids meal.                                                    Carl’s Jr.                        2001 S. Zapata Hwy.                  7605 McPherson Road                    1102 Farragut St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pete Mims BBQ at Cosmos                10519 McPherson Road                                                                                       Teocali Tortas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Go online and you can even fill                                                                             Wendy’s                              Popeye’s Fried Chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  out a birth certificate for your new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            201 West Del Mar, Suite 8           Dairy Queen                                                            1609 Del Mar Blvd.                     4800 McPherson Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pit Stop BBQ                                                            4719 San Bernardo Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  doll or a driver’s license to operate                                          4205 San Bernardo Ave.           1212 E. Del Mar Blvd.                9312 Mines Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3301 San Bernardo Ave.               1701 Guadalupe St.                                                    4905 San Bernardo Ave.                   See RESTAURANTS | PAGE 18
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  your new truck.                                                                                                 1319 San Bernardo Ave.

				
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