A few new dynamite bites are brightening local menus, like...

... this "meaty" and dynamic, roasted and grilled Butternut Squash vegetarian small plate from G. Michael's;

And this killer duck-like treatment of pork shoulder (best eaten with "sticky rice") plus this...

...crazy great coconut milk, tomato and ground chicken dish - both new stars at Nida's Thai on High.

And for dessert, the insanely delicious but limited-time offering of Jeni's Pumpkin Tiramisu Parfait - the rare treat that actually deserves the label of "parfait."

OK, on the "What Not to Eat" side of the ledger is rugs...

Poor Flora (who has never even remotely done anything like this before) learned the hard way how easy it is to OD on rugs - which can then result in scary surgery and the wearing of the cone of shame (don't worry, she's all OK now).