NOTHING tastes or smells like fresh herbs. The dried article is a far cry from the living, breathing specimen in intensity, depth of flavour and aroma. But fresh basil, thyme, oregano and rosemary are not always readily available, so what to do? Quite simply, when you see them, buy them. Not just what you need for dinner, but a big bunch. Then store them for next time. Here's how: (1) most can be put dry (do not wash first) into an air-tight Baggie, (2) basil keeps well in olive oil in fridge or freezer, (3) coriander should be put, roots first, into water, the leafy top covered loosely with cling wrap, and (4) dill keeps dill-tasting fresh in an air-tight container in the freezer. Just chop off what you need and re-freeze. If you like the scent of rosemary, stick a sprig in your bottle of olive oil. DINE at Faces at Citibank Plaza this Thursday or Saturday and you'll not only enjoy terrific food, but also entertainment from popular cabaret act, Broadway Express. Back for a third successful season, along with snazzy sets, glittering costumes and super harmony, the group's forte is Broadway musicals to '40s swing. Call 526-4333 to reserve your place. IF AND when you are in San Francisco, don't miss out on a tour with an amazing woman by the name of Shirley Fong-Torres. The bright and bouncy Chinese-American Californian is an experienced chef, restaurant critic, TV personality, cookbook author, tour organiser and sharp executive. Join her group and you'll be privy to the abundant culinary and historical facts and delightful anecdotes that pour forth effortlessly from this enthusiastic guide as you walk through her territory. You'll share a traditional Chinese breakfast, visit pastry and noodle-making shops, dine on dim sum in a real tea house and even see a fortune cookie factory in action. It's a fun, memorable few hours with an equally so personality. Book when you arrive by phoning (415) 355-9657 or fax her before you go (to be sure of a spot) at (415) 355-5928. TUCKED away in an obscure suburban alley, lit by swaying paper lanterns, La Lune Vague would be a rare find anywhere in the world. In Taipei it's almost a miracle. Situated in a charming old house, decorated with an eclectic hodge-podge of fans, memorabilia and artworks, this cosy restaurant has been catering to a rich and loyal clientele for years. The couple responsible for the excellent cuisine, friendly service and exotic ambience are French, he from France, she from Vietnam. You can get a table in any one of three rooms, out on the porch or in a private dining room. What you can't do is find their phone number anywhere. So make a note of it: 837-2214. Phone ahead and ask about the prix fixe menu. It's always well selected and well priced. And please give them my regards.