Tucson: 1055 Brewing Celebrates 3rd Anniversary – Feb. 6

If you’re not going to Savor, a mega food & beverage event at Tucson Botanical Garden and even if you are — chill out here celebrating three sudsy years at 1055 Brewing. Ten Fifty-Five Brewing has established a reputation for being innovative and nimble in creating their small-batch, hand-crafted brews. To celebrate the milestone, they will be holding a 3rd Anniversary Celebration from 2 to 10 PM at 3810 E. 44th Street (near Palo Verde) with plenty of free parking. In addition to some of their show-stopping suds that have become anchors on their line-up, such as the Leap Pale
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Super Bowl Food Safety Tips

Food Safety Tips for Super Bowl Sunday The nation is a buzz about Super Bowl Sunday on February 7. Parties are planned and beer is a brewing. It’s the second food-consuming day next to Thanksgiving. The first Super Bowl was played in 1967. Both tickets and commercials have gotten outrageously more expensive, with ticket costs increasing from $12 to more than $10,000 and the price of commercials rising from $42,000 to $5 million. Instead of university bands, the half time show now features top shelf entertainers performing in elaborate costumes with wardrobe malfunctions on impressive stages. Here are the four
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Book Review: My Fat Dad

Book Review: My Fat Dad This book is for anyone who struggles with weight or has a loved one who wrestles with poundage. Author Dawn Lerman grew up in a household where her mother ate a can of tuna fish over the sink and considered that her meal of the day, and where her dad gained weight just by looking at it. Her father went to a fat farm, tried every diet and dietary supplement available insisting the family be on the same eating plan so he wouldn’t be tempted. Child abuse? Perhaps. Lerman who writes for the New York
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Tucson: Perfect Pairings, Pre-Event-SAVOR Food & Wine

PERFECT PAIRINGS February 2nd from 5 to 7 PM TICKETS $25 EACH Buy now – no day of tickets available Location: Monark Premium Appliance, 3850 W. Orange Grove Road, Tucson, AZ 85742 Join master chefs for an intimate evening of spectacularly prepared food expertly paired with some of the regions best wines and beers. Ticket includes samplings from Tucson’s elite culinary stars, beer and wine pairings, raffle ticket, and an event goodie bag. Perfect Pairings kicks off the SAVOR Food & Wine Festival with a PRE-EVENT KICK OFF party at the Monark Premium Appliance Showroom in Tucson at the NW
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2016 Tucson Gem Show Dining

2016 Tucson Gem Show Dining – Welcome Gem Show vendors and shoppers. As you shop for minerals, baubles and beads, be sure to check out the local Tucson dining scene. Did you know Tucson was just named a World City of Gastronomy by UNESCO? Yes! It’s a big deal so go take a bite of some local chow.   Many shows and exhibits are in and around the downtown, I-10 corridor. Downtown Tucson has many fine and fabulous restaurants and bars. Here are a few – Hub, Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails, Maynards Kitchen, Proper, Reilly’s (a former funeral home turned pizza and
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Year of the Monkey – Happy Chinese New Year Tucson

Join Lotus Garden as they celebrate Year of Monkey with a multi-course robust feast including pork broth with bean thread and wood ear, onion pancakes with crispy green beans, whole sea bass, roast crackling pork belly, lo mein noodles, walnut shrimp, curry fried rice, steak que, roast duck, Chinese broccoli, dessert and some bubbly. Reservations mandatory and will be held with a credit card. Cost: $47/pp + tax & tip. Make your reservation at 520-298-3351. Lotus Garden Chinese New Year celebrates Year of the Monkey on Saturday Feb. 6 – 6 PM (Chinese New Year begins Feb. 8) Year of
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Tucson Food Buzz: Red’s Smokehouse, Pounding Rice

Red’s Smokehouse & Tap Room Red’s is a welcome addition to the University food scene. Tonight my friend and food writer Edie Jarolim and I sampled the Carolina pulled pork basket with corn bread and vinegar slaw, corn on the cob with Siracha, lime and cojita cheese, the wedge Cobb salad, and grilled veggies. And we cleaned our plates. Vegetarians can find sanctuary here too. Check out the smoked vegetable stack and an array of sides. Craft beer can be purchased in 5 oz, 10 oz, 16 oz servings as well as signature cocktails. Red’s is the brainchild of Ramiro
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National Oatmeal Month

January is National Oatmeal Month. Who doesn’t like a steaming bowl of oatmeal to warm us at breakfast? Oatmeal is one of those foods that are always on the best/healthiest foods lists. Oatmeal is purportedly beneficial for lowering cholesterol, boosting the immune system, stabilizing blood sugar, preventing diabetes, is gluten-free-friendly and because it contains high amounts of magnesium, oatmeal helps the body to properly use glucose and secrete insulin. Oatmeal tastes great naked, topped with brown sugar, sliced bananas, berries, maple syrup, raisins, dried cranberries, almonds or walnuts, chocolate or butterscotch chips, Nutella, almond butter, peanut butter, cinnamon, candied ginger,
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Tucson 2015: Circle of Food Favorites

Tucson 2015: Circle of Food Favorites Potato latke dinner at Mary Jo’s house. Great food, great friends and lots of laughter. My yearly foray into latke eating. My brother and sister-in-law visited. Surprisingly, we ate in more than dined out. They raved about Elvira’s in Tubac, brunch at 47 Scott, dinner at Tavolino,Tucson Tamales which got transported back to Florida in the luggage and wine tasting at Kief-Joshua in Elgin. LA or Bust. Thai food, Asian food, Thai food. Roy Choi food. Portuguese bakery. Feet in the sand. Portland or Bust. Thai food. Thai food. Best donuts – Blue Star  Wine
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Does Absinthe Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

The headline in VinePair’s blog — Will Absinthe Make Me Hallucinate? — caught my eye. According to the article, it’s a myth. Since absinthe was banned in the United States for a period of time, this medicinal-like spirit is surrounded in myth and mystery. Anything that is banned automatically becomes more desirable. I drank absinthe at a party years ago soon after the ban was lifted. The party was at an acquaintance’s home who insisted we not go in the house so we had to hover around her DIY brick oven in the back yard while it cooked pizza. We drank
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