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. . . toast. To a New Year, a new millennium or a new leaf, sharing a toast improves wine. Any night of the year, whether your wine's in a tumbler or a flute, at home or in a restaurant, lifting and clinking glasses has a salutary effect.

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"Phantom' fare

Dinner-and-a-show today is not as elusive as the shade of the Paris Opera House. Some ideas for convenient dining before shows at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center:

+ The center's own Maestro's serves a 5-course dinner buffet and 90 lunches and brunches before matinees. Call (813) 229-7827. A casual "cafe" sets up in the lobby 90 minutes before curtain.

+ Park and eat at the adjacent Backstage Restaurant at Holiday Inn City Centre (111 W Fortune St., Tampa; (813) 223-1351).

+ The Radisson Riverwalk hotel's sleek Ashley Street Grille offers diners a shuttle ride to TBPAC. (200 N Ashley Drive, (813) 223-2222).

+ Mise en Place (442 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 254-5373), a few blocks across the river, offers pre- and post-theater menus.

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