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Fourth annual SF Indie Film Festival takes place this October from the 17th through the 21st at various locations in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The line-up for this year’s festival has something for everyone.  Here’s just a taste of what’s offered:

Little Ones

We are especially looking forward to Call Me Kuchu:

Call Me Kuchu

For tickets and detailed schedule along with film and event descriptions, see the Santa Fe IFF website.  See you there!

I’ve been wanting to try Kasbah for quite a while. I finally planned to meet a friend there last month on a Sunday evening.  Should have done my research because we arrived to closed doors. Not open on Sunday.

However, we dropped in to celebrate a birthday last week and fell instantly in love with this charming restaurant.  Dare I say it, Kasbah may well be on our weekly rotation.

The interior is small but inviting, decorated in dark burgundy and white with posters and items from Tunisia, Morocco, and Greece.

Creating atmosphere

We started our meal with mint tea, which is served piping hot or on the rocks. I encourage you to try this refreshing beverage not only due to the marvelous taste but also because it is meant as a show of hospitality from your host/-ess.

Moroccan mint tea, on ice


The menu has various appetizers on offer but on that day, we were craving spanakopita.  Even though I felt it was light on the dill, we thoroughly enjoyed the spinach and feta pastry.

Appetizing spanakopita


Our party took advantage of the lunch specials, served from 11am to 2pm Mon thru Sat.  We most certainly wish to return for dinner although we are a bit put off by the fact that this restaurant does not serve alcohol. And if you could not tell, we at Film & Food like our wine with dinner!

Tunisian Plate with brika (potato, egg, and parsley in fried pastry) and house salad


Close-up of brika filling: potato mousse, egg, parsley


Greek combo: dolmas, lamb and beef gyro slices, cucumber sauce, pita, and house salad


Kasbah Mediterranean Cuisine

4801 Central, NE

(505) 881-4451


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I’ve not experienced anything quite like Yana’s.  The authentic 50s restaurant beckons with its brightly-decorated windows and signage. Elvis and Marilyn make multiple appearances.

After ordering a root beer float, I learned that breakfast is served all day long. What better to go with a root beer float than french toast, sausage, and grits?

Elvis lurking in the background. Does he want my root beer float?

Generous portions! French toast, sausage, and grits

Eggs your way, home-style hashbrowns, bacon, toast, fresh-squeezed orange juice

Sure, you aren’t going to see egg-white frittatas nor gourmet hashbrowns. You will, however, get generous portions, smiling service, and all the Elvis you can handle.  Be sure to try the famous fruit fritters! We took an order with us back to our beach house to share with family. They were a big hit, instantly gobbled up.

Next door, you’ll find a tiny memorabilia shop but please heed the warning sign:

Squeeze in!

Yana’s Ye Old Drug Store

9 Front Street

Swansboro, NC 28584

(910) 326-5501


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