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Video of Chocolate Making at Caracol; Lunch at Nara

VIDEO INTERLUDE— The Gastronaut shares a video of how the chocolate is made at Galleria-area restaurant Caracol. Any chocolate used in the desserts, like the mallet-necessitating El Coco, is made in-house by executive pastry chef Ruben Hortega. Take a look at how it's done here. [Gastronaut]

UPPER KIRBY— Just a reminder that Nara's half-priced lunch is continuing through the month of April. Chef/owner Donald Chang has crafted a menu of new dishes and flatbreads to be served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. As for the social hour service that was recently launched, it's every weekday from 5 to 7 p.m. and features $7 bites including open-faced soup dumplings, Korean-style chicken wings, miso shrimp tempura and bao. Drink specials include half-off specialty cocktails and martinis, $5 select glasses of wine and discounted beer. [Eaterwire]

HIGHLAND VILLAGEOuisie's Table is launching Pancake Tuesdays for breakfast. Every Tuesday at 7 a.m., choose from about six different kinds of pancakes to be served alongside two eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, juice and coffee for $17. Some of the flavor highlights include chocolate chip, blueberry with cream, banana with Nutella, mixed berry with whipped cream and Southern-style buttermilk. Call 713-528-2264 for reservations. [Eaterwire]

Caracol [Photos: Max Burkhalter]