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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Food Safety: Salmonella Outbreak – AZ, NM, CA

According to Food Safety News, Maricopa County (AZ) is reporting nine illnesses from a rare strain of Salmonella paratypi which officials say is associated with raw minced or ground tuna used in sushi. Three of the nine people have been hospitalized. New Mexico reported six cases while California had 25 cases in five different counties. This happened in April. To read the story in its entirety click here.
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Tucson, For: St. Jude Hospital, Kickstarter, Sale, Desert

For St. Jude Children’s Hospital Tucson’s restaurant altruism never ceases to amaze. For the 11th year in a row, RA Sushi hosts Nicky’s Week from May 25 to 31 at La Encantada where 100 percent of sales from a variety of food and beverage items will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Nicky’s Week was founded in memory of Arizona resident, Nicky Mailliard. A nephew of one of RA Sushi’s founders, Nicky lost a battle with brain cancer at the young age of 13. He received treatment from St. Jude, and his dream was to one day find a cure
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Tucson Dining: Another One Bites the Dust

  This past weekend three independently-owned, local restaurants closed in Tucson. Contigo announced previously that it was closing and fortunately myself and friends were able to spend some time there last week commiserating in our frothy Pisco Sours while munching on arepas. On one of the busiest weekends of the year (UA graduation), Jackson Tavern’s abrupt closing was Saturday May 16. Jackson Tavern was part of the Metzger Family Restaurants which closed Gio Taco, one of my favorites, earlier in the year.  Poppy Kitchen on the grounds of the Westin La Paloma Resort remains open offering a 20% discount to
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Au Revoir Bluefin Tucson

Every time an independent restaurant closes, I get a little melancholy. So far this year Gio Taco, The Dish and Mexico in Season have closed as well others. Contigo closes tomorrow May 17 and Bluefin on May 24. While Bluefin closes, its sister restaurant Kingfisher Bar & Grill will rock on despite whatever havoc will be wrecked on Grant Road. I ate at Bluefin only a handful of times because it’s not in my geographic radar but each time was memorable. Tonight my friends and I decided to go and Bluefin was hopping with energy and professionalism. What makes a
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Summer Menu at RA Sushi Tucson

In the summer Circle of Food yearns for lighter fare using seasonal ingredients. RA Sushi’s summer menu is available for a limited time (May thru August) featuring nine different sushi, salad and cocktail offerings focusing on cool, light flavors ideal for our sweltering days. Two new appetizers showcase Red Seabream, a white fish that is often used in celebrations and ceremonies in Japan. Our server mistakenly said the Seabream was like octopus but not as chewy. Fortunately, we didn’t find the Seabream anything like octopus but rather mild and delicate. The thinly sliced Red Seabream Carpaccio (like sashimi) was topped
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Review: Safe Catch Tuna Mercury Tested

Do you love tuna? How about a crunchy tuna salad sandwich or elegant Nicoise salad? The good news is tuna is affordable and packed with high quality protein but the bad news — tuna is also rife with mercury. Contradictory reports from the EPA, FDA and Consumer Reports range from warning about widely variable mercury levels in fish to warning pregnant and breast-feeding women that not eating seafood may be even riskier due to nutrients and beneficial omega 3s in fish that are vital to developing babies. Seafood has many health benefits but consumers need to know if the fish
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Tucson Cooking Classes – Indigenous Ingredients

What are indigenous ingredients? Think of ingredients native to the Sonoran Desert — saguaro and barrel cactus fruit, mesquite pods and prickly pear fruit. The chefs at Loews Ventana Canyon will offer a three-part culinary series of harvesting and preparing native ingredients during the summer. The once-per-month cooking classes are available June through August. June 20 – 2 PM Saguaro and barrel cactus fruit Special guest from TOCA (Tohono O’odham Community Action) will give a tutorial on the saguaro and its fruit, and then a Ventana chef will demonstrate how to create make-at-home dishes using saguaro syrup and saguaro seeds.
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Tucson Food: Hunger, Baked, Winner, Closing

Stamp Out Hunger – May 9 While most people are thinking about where to dine on Mother’s Day (May 10), place a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox (nationwide) and your postal person/letter carrier will pick it up and distribute to local food bank near you. Kudos to postal workers! Accolades Congratulations to the Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress for being among the winners at the Arizona Foodist Awards Hotel Congress’ Cup Cafe was recognized for their popular breakfast dish — cast iron baked eggs. Grilled Cheese Winner I guess the executive chef of Sauce didn’t like Circle of
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Events: Willcox Wine Festival, Tucson Coffee & Bacon

Tucson food events: Ethical coffee, Willcox wines, everything bacon Saturday May 9, Ethical Coffee Sourcing 10 AM To coincide with World Fair Trade 2015 Food Conspiracy Co-op is hosting Exo Roast Co. for a conversation on direct fair and ethical coffee sourcing. Join Doug Smith, green coffee sourcer and roaster at Exo Roast Co., as he shares slides and stories from a recent coffee sourcing trip to Mexico. Find out about plans for Exo Roast Co., and after the talk enjoy a tasting. Cost: FREE but RSVP required. The class is held at the Hoff Building behind the Co-op at
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