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Strip-Search Sass, Gender Mix, Red at the Right

I have to say that I was very disappointed with Ibiza in my two visits ["A Matter of Grape Concern," by Robb Walsh, June 7]. I found the food surprisingly bland, and frankly I thought the place was overpriced. I mean, there are just too many other restaurants that are much better and cheaper that I'd rather go to.

Personally I find Farrago, just around the corner, warmer and more inviting, with better food, and certainly a better value ["The Apple Martini Tour," by Robb Walsh, October 19]. My only complaint about Farrago is that the kitchen can be too slow.

Our servers at Ibiza seemed very proud of their at-table beverage making. They waxed on about the uniqueness of the drink cart, how European it is, etc. But I was honest and said that it just reminded me of in-flight beverage service. Also, when seated on the patio, we were annoyed that cars were pulling up right next to us for the valet service. (But valet service bugs me anyway, and that's a whole different gripe.)

Bayousphere Disappearing Houston: The Gulf Publishing Co. building stood on Allen Parkway for many years, until a wrecker's ball got it. Drive by now, and all you'll see is an empty lot.
Deron Neblett
Bayousphere Disappearing Houston: The Gulf Publishing Co. building stood on Allen Parkway for many years, until a wrecker's ball got it. Drive by now, and all you'll see is an empty lot.

You were a lot kinder in your review than I would have been. Keep up the good work.

Tim Mingee
Houston

Speak Up!

Down on Perrier: I read your interview with Frédéric Perrier [Dish, by George Alexander, May 31]. I have eaten dinner and lunch at his Cafe Perrier on several occasions and with people knowledgeable about food. Our unanimous opinion was that the noise level made fine dining impossible. The quality of the food was not consistent, and the prices were too high for such food. I doubt that changing to a brasserie will solve these problems.

Marlene Matalon
Houston

Spaced Out

Star Wars defender: Kelly Klaasmeyer seems to have missed the point in her review of the Star Wars exhibit at the MFA ["Making Wookie," May 17]. Her article is not as much a critique as a pouting rant. Criticizing the atmosphere and missing the heart of the exhibit, she seems more concerned with the mannequins than with the costumes adorning them.

Forgetting that Star Wars is a film aimed at children, she makes light of the obvious nature of its historical and mythological references. Had she paid closer attention to the audio tour, she would have noted that the Imperial Guard uniforms are not the ones influenced by fascist designs.

Klaasmeyer gets upset about the marketing and commercialism of the Star Wars franchise. For me, Star Wars is all about the toys. She doesn't notice the euphoric children squirreling through the mountains of cool merchandise or the museum administrators trying to figure out what to do with the money.

Klaasmeyer's shocking conclusion is that George Lucas is not only a capitalist but also -- gasp! -- a racist! Jar Jar, it seems, is some sort of space-age Uncle Tom (and I thought he was just a bad Elmo rip-off). Has she ever even seen a Star Wars film?

Mathew Garland
Houston

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