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ON THE PLATE Rosebud Brunch out seven days a week on lower Capitol Hill. Try the spinach and Brie omelet ($7.50), the huevos rancheros on a flour tortilla with a side of black beans ($7), or the baked Monte Cristo sandwich, fragrant with ham, Swiss, and mustard in an egg-batter crust ($6.50). Don't worry; old favorites like stuffed French toast ($6.50) and eggs B. ($7.50) are still available on weekends. 719 E. Pike (at Harvard), 323-6636. IN THE GLASS '99 Hightower Cabernet Sauvignon A rich and powerful handcrafted wine, eminently age-worthy but, thanks to a hefty admixture of merlot grapes, delicious right now. Very limited supply; about $31 at specialty wineshops. Widmer Winternacht Top-fermented and cold-conditioned, the popular Portland seasonal beer balances the tang of hops and a chocolate maltiness. Available in stores (about $6 a six-pack) and on tap through early January. AT THE MARKET This Sunday at Pike Place from noon to 3 p.m., apples are in the spotlight, with a public taste-off and a cooking demo by Campagne's Philip Pichette. On Wednesday (Halloween) from noon to 2 p.m., kids can trick-or-treat market merchants while the grown-ups learn the ways of winter squash from chef Walter Bronowitz. Elsewhere, neighborhood farmers markets are winding down; music and pumpkin carving for the kids mark the last offering in West Seattle (corner of S.W. California and Alaska), Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The good news: In June 2002, Lake City joins the farmers market lineup every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. behind the firehouse. THIS WEEK Oct. 31 To hell with the pumpkins, already: Go Latin to the tracks laid down by DJ Darek Mazzone at Little Havana Night Nosh sugar-cane prawns and sweet potato chips, and sip sangria, but beware: Cigars will be smoked. 5 p.m. to closing at the Capitol Club, 414 E. Pine, 325-2149. No cover. COMING UP Nov. 2 No longer galloping but still in the kitchen, Graham Kerr prepares a four-course banquet you'd hardly know was vegetarian: pea-dumpling soup, beet-arugula salad with horseradish dressing, squash stuffed with collard greens and quinoa, and pumpkin-chocolate cheesecake for dessert. From 5 p.m. at Caf頁mbrosia, 2501 Fairview E. (at Roanoke), 325-7111. $39 per person excluding tax and tip, $65 with paired wines, $59 with the no-alcohol variety. Hot tip? Email

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