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Food News: New spot for Mexican food, new markets opening

Catching up on food news from the past week and other tasty happenings from around the region. Look for this  every Thursday morning. Submit events and other suggestions to efreehling@freelancestar.com.

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Farmers markets open this weekend in King George, Culpeper and eastern Orange County. Find more information here.

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The Richmond-based restaurateurs who own and operate F.W. Sullivan’s on William Street will open Jorge’s Cantina at 106 George St., a space formerly occupied by Fatty J’s. Read more about the planned Mexican restaurant and bar here.

Marlin & Ray’s Seafood opens May 2 in the former Ruby Tuesday’s location in Doc Stone Commons. Details here.

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Spotsylvania resident Patty Whitley, an avid baker, won a national competition recently for a recipe she created to use up the remains of a box of pancake mix. Get all the details, and a link to the recipe, here.

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Read the transcript of a diet and nutrition chat Fredericksburg.com hosted last week with Dr. Christopher Lillis and dietitian Jennifer Motl. Find it here.

We should all probably drink less soda. Motl offers a lot of good reasons in this column. If you’ve resolved to cut back on sugary, carbonated, caffeinated beverages–even the diet versions–this column will help keep you on the wagon.

Get an up-close look at a variety of farm operations–from beef cattle to wine grapes to berries to alpacas–at the Northern Neck Tourism Commission’s 2012 “Down on the Farm” tour. Get details here.

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