Hash Over: Rum Causes Gas (And Fire), Chuy's Honors Fire, Free Pancakes For Kids And More

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You've mastered the mojito, drubbed the daiquiri and conquered the Cuba libre. You're ready to take your rum "mixology" to the next level. How about tossing in a dash of liquid nitrogen?

Former Top Chef contestant Jeff McInnis will be slinging liquid nitrogen-infused Don Q rum cocktails at Lambert's Steaks, Seafood & Whiskey (2731 White Settlement Road) in Fort Worth 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The demonstration is part of a Don Q rum tasting event. We're already sold. Any rum that needs to be chilled to hundreds of degrees below zero and warrants such a distracting presentation must taste fantastic, right? Cost is $20. Food will be served.

On the other hand, if you're not so macho with the mojito, you can take a whole class on the mint-spiked rum drinks 6:30 p.m. Thursday at La Duni Latin Kitchen and Coffee Studio in NorthPark Center. Learn how to shake, muddle and set fire to Bacardi versions of the cocktail while enjoying "light bites" from the kitchen. Cost is $17 in advance with reservations at 214-987-2260.

Also going on this week...

International House Of Pancakes is offering free dinners to kids ages 12 and younger everyday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Sunday, September 13. For each adult entree ordered, families receive one free meal from the "Just For Kids" menu. The press release proudly boasts statistics about how kids from families that eat meals together perform better in school. It's oddly silent on the topic of childhood obesity, though.

Chuy's Green Chile Festival begins today and runs through Sunday, September 13. During the firefighter-themed festival, the restaurant will drop off food at local fire stations and remind firemen and -women that uniformed firefighters always receive 50 percent off their bills. The restaurant will be introducing new menu items and salsas featuring green chiles and tomatillos, along with a Cuervo Tradicional Mexican Mojito. Wonder if Jenna and Barbara will try them out when they're in town visiting the 'rents.

Today through September 6, all premium wines ($150 per bottle and up) at Park Cities Prime (8411 Preston Road) will be half-off with purchase of a dinner.

This month's beer dinner at The Libertine Bar 7 p.m. Wednesday features selections from--no kidding!--Duff Beer Sellers, including Southern Star's Bombshell Blonde and Pine Belt Pale Ale and Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye and Big Bear Stout. Food in the five-course meal includes peanut-crusted shrimp, baked feta cheese, buttermilk potato chicken, grilled cinnamon peaches and more. No word on whether Moe Szyslak will be the guest chef. Cost is $50 per person. Reservations are at 214-824-7900.

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