Tucson restaurant: Cinco de Mayo Agave Fest

Image via Wikipedia Tucson restaurant news (from the press release) The first ever “Agavefest” will be held at the Hotel Congress Plaza on Wednesday, May 5 from 5 – 9 p.m.  Featuring a wide variety of tasting and pairing opportunities, the event will showcase beverages made exclusively from the agave plant, including tequila (in all its designations), sotol (made from the Desert Spoon agave) and mezcal made from the maguey plant (another form of agave). The event will include a special competition featuring the winners of the Herradurra Tequila “Matador” competition held on April 11 at Hotel Congress, along with
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Tucson restaurant news: May’s Counter, Ritz-Patz & Hall, ARF benefit

Tucson restaurant news: May’s Counter, Ritz wine dinner, culinary awards, ARF wine tasting benefit Coming soon – May’s Counter Chicken and waffles joint coming to midtown Tucson. Aaron May, one of Phoenix’s hottest chefs, is the man behind the menu at May’s Counter, which is slated to open in early May. In fact, look for plenty of down-home, Southern-style cooking, along with gourmet burgers and salads. Breakfast will be served all day along with a full bar. May’s Counter is going into the old Pizza Hut at 2945 E. Speedway, which is undergoing a major renovation. It’s only about a
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50 Shots of America–Louisiana

Yes, I know, I’m skipping over 4 states in the whole date-of-statehood-order but I have a really good reason: First, today is my birthday and if you can’t bend (your own) rules on your birthday, what’s the point? Second, it’s also Louisiana‘s anniversary of statehood. So happy birthday to both of us! And, in case you missed the memo, I spent the first 6 years of my life in and around Ponchatoula, LA, before I was rudely dragged to Florida to live out what seems to be the rest of my days. Seriously, all I remember about that trip was
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Tucson Restaurants: Mothers Day Specials, Reserve Early

Image via Wikipedia 2010 Mother’s Day Specials at Tucson Restaurants Reserve early and make Mom’s day special. My mom died seven years ago on the Saturday before Mothers Day. Celebrate your mom. Acacia at St. Philip’s Plaza 4340 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 232-0101 http://www.acaciatucson.com Acacia will serve a Mother’s Day Champagne brunch buffet featuring a variety of salads, seafood, and other delicious offerings. Priced at $48 for adults and $24 for children ages 5-12, children under 4 are complimentary (not including tax and gratuity). Brunch will be served from 10am-2pm. The regular dinner menu will be offered
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For the Love of Fondant… or Not!

I am not a big fan of fondant. Just thought I should get that out in the open right off the bat. It’s a pain to work with, leaves much to be desired on the taste front and it’s just not my preferred medium when it comes to cakes. On the other hand, fondant: Acts as a short-term preserver of moisture and freshness, allowing a busy decorator to start early even if she  doesn’t have space for an 18″ layer in her refrigerator. Provides a smooth surface ready to accept a variety of further decorations. Is a favorite of brides
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Tucson restaurant: amazing customer service – Zivaz

Here’s a tale about amazing Tucson restaurant customer service. Unfortunately, when something bad happens to us, we tell dozens of people but when something positive happens, we only tell three or five. I’m changing the odds here. This past weekend I had a birthday party…for my greyhound. Yeah, what can I say? She’s my fur kid. I don’t have to pay for her college education.  She turned 12 on October 20 but I was too busy to have a party. I decided to have a party at 12 1/2. My first greyhound Painter died at 12 1/2 so this was
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Little Lessons from Big Cakes

The first wedding cake I ever made was a bit of an architectural nightmare. Not because the bride wanted a conglomeration of little cakes but because I was living in student housing and we had a mini-stove with a half-sized oven that wouldn’t hold anything more than 12″ wide. The bride and groom chose a private city hall ceremony and there was a surprise reception being thrown by her office-mates, one of which was a friend of Mom’s. So Cindy said, ‘Just do what you think would be good, I’m sure it’ll be fine.’ Not words the decorator hears often
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New Loveland Ohio BBQ on the Bike Path

Don’t you just love it when you discover a new place to eat!  I do.  It satisfies my image of being an adventurer.  That’s what happened Saturday when Jim and I were exploring Loveland Ohio after we had just finished up at the Cincinnati Flower Show.  There were several lively restaurants on the main street, but as we turned the corner to walk on the bike path, we smelled that familiar BBQ aroma and it quickly took us to Liberty City Barbeque on the side street next to the Little Miami bike path.  They have all the typical items you
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All Natural Chicken Sausage by Al Fresco – Good Enough to Eat

This job definitely has its perks!  From time to time, companies ask us if we’d like to try their new products to review here on our healthy food blog.  Al Fresco offered to send me two flavors of their all natural link sausages.  Who doesn’t like sausage!  So naturally, I said yes. I grew up on sausage, but in the 60’s we did not have the choices that we have today – on many levels.  I was particularly interested in trying this new product because it has asolutely no artificial ingredients, no MSG or preservatives, is gluten free, and has 70% less
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