Popcorn Is My Crack

Confession: I’ve never done crack but let’s just say I am addicted to Trader Joe’s Bollywood popcorn which by the way is being phased out because not enough people buy it. Right now, I saw the bright blue package at the Trader Joe’s Swan/Grant store for 99 cents. The manager confirmed Bollywood popcorn is going into oblivion. I am a popcorn fanatic. Not the crap sold in movies with the nasty “buttered” topping but mostly the gourmet stuff you can buy in an overpriced bag. Often popcorn along with a craft beer or a glass of wine is my dinner.
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Chef Ryan Clark Represents Tucson: Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

What a fabulous representation Tucson will have at the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show Chef Ryan Clark will travel with members of VisitTucson to Chicago this month to represent The Arizona Office of Tourism at the 2017 Chicago Travel and Adventure Show, on January 21-22. Billed as one of the top travel shows in the country, approximately 23,000 guests are expected to attend the two-day event.  Chef Clark, who is the Chef de Cuisine at PY Steakhouse at Casino del Sol Resort and one of Arizona’s top chefs, was selected to exemplify Tucson’s designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
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Sazerac Creole Kitchen & Cocktails opens Jan 16, Tucson

St. Philips Plaza adds a new restaurant — Sazerac Creole Kitchen & Cocktails. It’s in the former Amalour Lounge space which has been several different restaurants in the past years. I hope they kept the dazzling crystal chandeliers? (from the press release) Tucson-based, family-owned JAM Culinary Concepts announces the opening of the restaurant group’s newest concept — Sazerac Creole Kitchen & Cocktails, Tucson’s only authentic Creole restaurant. Sazerac will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight beginning January 16. It is located at 4340 N. Campbell in St. Philips Plaza.  Sazerac Creole Kitchen & Cocktails joins other JAM Tucson-area restaurants
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A Perfect Pear

Every year around Christmas my neighbor Chris gives me a pear from Harry and David. These pears have never failed to be the perfect pear – the epitome of peardom. Sometime in my adult life, I fell in love with pears. I don’t recall eating them as a child. About 35 years ago, I was at the Bread Garden in Berkeley and ordered a pear tart. My life changed. Unlike a flamboyant apple or blueberry tart, the pear tart was understated in its delicious elegance. My friends and I talked about while there were caramel or candied apples, there was
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Tucson: Who will be crowned Nacho King or Queen?

The Desert Diamond Casino Tailgate Festival raises the bar on tailgating. Not only does the end of the year wrap up with the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl but the pre-game experience is filled with family-friendly fun, and a chip to chip challenge as to who will crowned the next Nacho King or Nacho Queen? Wrapping up a national tour that made more than 100 stops this year alone, the Grammy-nominated Gin Blossoms will return to their native Arizona on December 30 to perform at the Desert Diamond Casino Tailgate Festival, the epic entertainment experience that will rally fans for
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Tucson New Years Eve Dining Plus

It’s that time of year when you’re either going to celebrate on New Year’s Eve or you’re going to hibernate. If you choose the former, here are some Tucson options as well as other holiday essentials: KINGFISHER BAR & GRILL  2564 E Grant Road ~ 520-323-7739 Christmas Eve: Kingfisher will be open – last seating at 8pm, serving from the dinner menu. Reservations suggested. New Year’s Eve: On New Year’s Eve – open for dinner from 5-11pm serving a special menu comprised of Kingfisher favorites and specials for the night. The Cochise County All-Stars featuring Amy Langely will perform from
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Heirloom Farmers Markets, Mercado, Main Gate Square

Check out what’s happening this weekend around town: Heirloom Farmers Markets is proud to announce its 2nd annual Holidays at the Markets event. This holiday weekend will have something for everyone, including vendor holiday deals and plenty of holiday gift ideas from 9 AM to 1 PM. Celebrating the joyous flavors of Baja Arizona, the Heirloom Holiday Markets will showcase more than 90 farmers market vendors, a featured chef demo, and live holiday music at all markets, featuring French Quarter on Sunday. As part of the festivities, Heirloom will be selling raffle tickets to win an amazing basket of market
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Tucson: Dine at PY Steakhouse, Casino Del Sol

While I have been to Casino Del Sol for events, I never ate at the PY Steakhouse until last week. My friend Anne and I opted to put our appetites in the very capable hands of executive chef Ryan Clark. Let the four-course tasting menu begin: We began with the calamari appetizer which here as a plentiful portion of fried calamari, pickled Padrón peppers, gochujang aioli and sweet chile vinaigrette. So, what’s a Padron pepper? If you know what a Japanese shishito pepper is – the Padron is similar. Shishito peppers can now be found in Sprouts and Trader Joe’s.
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Tucson: Free Tamale Festival at Ava Amphitheater

Celebrate the rich tastes, smells and variations of tamales from the Southwest and Mexico at the 12th Annual Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival. Held every year on the first Saturday of December, this festival has become a Tucson tradition, marking the beginning of the holiday season. It all happens on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at AVA Amphitheater for this free, open to the public event. Enjoy live Tejano and mariachi bands, DJs, Azteca and Folklorico dancers; various artisan goods including jewelry, bead work, and art; farmers market vendors with t-shirts, soaps made of goats’ milk,
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Food Safety: Heinz Pork Gravy Recall

I know you all make your own gravy but for those who don’t — Allergy Alert Issued on Mislabeled Product for Undeclared Milk and Soy in Heinz Homestyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy Chicago – Approximately 500 cases of Heinz HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy are voluntarily being recalled because some of the jars may be mislabeled as Heinz Pork Gravy and therefore not labeled as containing milk and soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or soy run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. There have been no
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