Tucson, Some Like It Hot

Yeah. A number of publications recently discovered Tucson charms so just maybe it’s a summer destination for many. Some  like it hot. The Phoenix New Times compared Tucson to Venice Beach: “Tucson, long considered the Venice Beach of Arizona with its laid-back vibe, seems to see a notable new eating establishment pop up weekly.” Having lived in Venice Beach for five years, I would beg to differ but that was a long time ago when Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out on Muscle Beach and not yet famous except in his own mind. The Terminator aside, the PHX New Times embraces our
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Tucson Real Fathers Day Eat Quiche

What dad doesn’t like a good meal and/or a classic crime thriller? Lots of my favorite restaurants are open for Father’s Day. While not as crazy busy as Mother’s Day, I’m sure you can still get a reservation at Downtown Kitchen and Cocktails, Pastiche, Kingfisher for their Midwest road trip menu and The Parish. Harvest Restaurant in Oro Valley offers these yummy brunch items as well as their regular menu: –Braised BBQ brisket, with house baked beans & roasted fresh garlic Parmesan corn on the cob – $17.90 –Slow roasted prime rib with twice baked potato & seasonal fresh vegetables
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International Sushi Day – June 18

On Thursday, June 18, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is celebrating International Sushi Day, an informal holiday created to encourage sushi lovers around the world to eat more sushi. For the holiday, RA Sushi at La Encantada is offering a specially priced menu of popular food and drink items. In 2010, RA Sushi declared June 18 as International Sushi Day in the Chase’s Calendar of Events. The date continues to be included in this comprehensive and authoritative reference book available on special events, worldwide holidays, civic observations, and more. On International Sushi Day, enjoy a variety of food and drink deals,
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Tucson Event: Casks & Cooks at Loews Ventana Canyon

Looking for something tasty to do this Saturday? Open fire cookout featuring Dragoon, Ten Fifty-Five and Pueblo Vida Brewing Co. WHAT: Dragoon, Ten Fifty-Five and Pueblo Vida brewing companies are joining together with the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort culinary team for Casks and Cooks. Tucson’s top chefs and brew-masters unite as craft beer selections from each of the three breweries are paired with the perfect variety of grilled to order specialties. The breweries are also collaborating for the first time on a signature Leuven Wit, Blanche de Ventana, featuring coriander blossoms and kumquats picked from Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. The
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PDX vs. TUS – Postcards from the Edge

Circle of Food lives in Tucson but lusts for other cooler locales. On a recent vacation, here’s how Portland compared to Tucson. View from Airplane PDX – green TUS – brown Airport to City Center PDX – Red Line TriMet light rail TUS – rent a car or take a taxi Transit PDX – Thriving throughout with light rail, buses and street cars TUS – limited street car route; bus service routes often threatened to be cut River PDX – The Willamette River runs through the city dividing NE from NW and SE from SW TUS – River Road divides
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Tucson Fundraiser: Amazing Amanda at Pastiche

A long time employee (Amazing Amanda) at Pastiche Modern Eatery restaurant here in Tucson needs support from the greater Tucson community. Her husband (Patrick) and main household income earner suddenly came down with a brain disease that left him incapacitated and the outlook is bleak for recovery. She had to stop working to take care of him as well as their two young children. Pat & Julie Connors have done so many wonderful altruistic deeds for our community. Don’t you think it’s time the community gives back to help one of Pastiche’s employees? 100% of the money raised will go
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Summer Deals – Tucson Restaurants

Passports, road trips + more Passports/Around the Globe Once again Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails hosts its summer passport series launching an Istanbul menu then taking off for Moscow, Kingston/Jamaica and Chengdu/China. You don’t even have to check your luggage or go through security to experience a variety of exotic tastes along with the regular menu for folks who want to stay close to home. Get your “passports” stamped for free food. To please vegetarians, try the — THE WHIRLING DERVISH II butternut squash sauce, babaganoush, green peas, fried cauliflower florets, beet chips, harissa oil, goat cheese $19   Road Trips
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Bertolli Olive Oil 150th Anniversary Recipe Contest

from the press release DALLAS, TX (May 27, 2015) – Bertolli® Olive Oil announced the launch of the Bertolli Olive Oil Taste of Tradition Recipe Contest in celebration of the brand’s 150th anniversary. The contest is the second in a series of exciting Bertolli activities this year in celebration of 150 years of delicious meals and memorable food moments made better by Bertolli. For this 150th anniversary celebration activation, Chef Fabio Viviani and Bertolli Olive Oil are asking food lovers across America to submit their favorite family or original recipe, using Bertolli Olive Oil and/or Bertolli Vinegar, to BertolliOliveOil.Tumblr.com for
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Altruistic Tucson Restaurant Fundraisers

Once again Tucson’s restaurants show us their altruism. Ain’t to Proud to Beg Team Up for Tucson (TUFT) and Sullivan’s Steakhouse team up to raise funds to buy Animal Resuscitation Kits for Pima County first responders. Thousands of pets die every year because of smoke inhalation. Enjoy red and white wines paired with appetizers (vegetarian options available). There will be a silent auction emceed by John Overall/KVOA. Items include private flights in a bi-plane, resort stays, and more. Tickets cost $35 at TeamUpforTucson.com or by calling 520-303-2167. Help support this wonderful cause! Last year TUFT raised money to buy bullet
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Tucson Bright Idea: Hub Ice Cream Factory

Tucson diners all know Hub and its fabulous ice cream flavors (love the salted caramel) and if you go to the Hub when it’s crowded you have to snake in through the diners, the servers and the decibels to get a scoop of ice cream. Not any more! Starting May 22, go directly to Hub Ice Cream Factory at 245 E. Congress (almost across the street/next to Sparkroot) to get your chill on. The hours are Sunday-Wednesday, from noon to 10 PM and Thursday-Saturday, from noon to 2 AM What a bright idea. Every downtown needs a dazzling ice cream
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