Simple Pleasures

While some would caution us (with good intentions) not to place too much emphasis on the way food makes us feel, it’s undeniable that food does affect our mood. Whether it’s the smell of fresh-baked cookies, fresh from the oven, the feel of bread dough as we knead it into rolls or loafs or braids, or the snap of fresh green beans before they hit the colander for rinsing, the use of our other 4 senses when cooking and eating are indispensable when it comes to the total food experience. There are the phrases “eat to live” and “live to eat.” The
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Paging Professor X to the Cocktail Bar…

Alphabetical series always have a few trouble spots and X is a biggie. I suppose I could have gone for something musical with a xylophone-inspired cocktail, but I opted to go with the other tried-and-true x-answer: x-ray. There’s seldom, if ever, a good reason to go in for an x-ray–it’s almost always for a broken this or a not-working that–but we’re not talking fractures, today. Nope, we’re taking a slightly different sort of look inside, this time into your mind. Two X-people immediately spring to mind (not ex-people, as in no longer around, necessarily, but x-people as in their names are
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Tucson eats, Tucson drinks

  Tucson Eats & Drinks  – taco festival, brunch, dining,  cocktails, etc. Yes! Tis the season for guests visiting and dining out is always on the menu. My syn twister visiting from L.A. and I had fabulous dinners at Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails and Maynards Market & Kitchen. We both went nuts for the calamari at Downtown. She wanted to lick the plate! Of course I had to introduce her to the Sonoran hot dog at El Guero Canelo on South 12th Avenue and of course we ordered too much food. We brought some caramelos home which I deconstructed and
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Tucson: Classic Cocktail Making Class

Tucson: CLASSIC COCKTAIL TECHNIQUES Cocktails. These days bartenders are called mixologists. We can think of them as chefs of the bar. A new generation of mixologists have created a new genre of cocktails using house-made infusions & syrups, shrubs, herbs, and a glossary worth learning. In my humble opinion — for a really good cocktail, you can taste the layering of ingredients almost like wine from start to the finish…different taste senses in my mouth. And they’re all good…unforgettable. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 • 2PM – 4:30 PM • $25 Join Property Mixologist Aaron DeFeo, along with guests from the United
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Tidbits

Nothing major happened in my corner of the food world this week, but there are a few smaller bites to be had. After all, sometimes all you want to do is graze. Ordering From the Wall On Friday night, Todd and I took the recommendation of a friend and tried out a new-to-us Asian restaurant. Tan’s Asian Cafe is a tiny little spot next to a popular garden center and the menu we were presented read just like any other take-out place, with maybe more than it’s fair share of misspellings. But it had Bubble Tea, and the only other place in
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5 Tips for Eating Gluten Free

The following article was submitted by Julia Wisniewski who has been living with Fibromyalgia all of her life and works on keeping a less gluten-y diet. She blogs regularly for Bready, the gluten free breadmaker. To a person afflicted with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it probably seems as if every delicious food contains the dreaded protein known as gluten. Despite the long and intimidating list of foods that must be avoided, maintaining a gluten-free diet is necessary for those with celiac disease because ultimately, gluten interferes with bodily processes, predominantly the absorption of nutrients. There are some exploratory treatments
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Dreaming of Summer

Or, well, at least the foods of summer. Especially watermelon. It was all I could think of when I saw that this week’s Alphatini was to be w-inspired and, despite the unseasonableness of the craving it just would not be stopped! Now, true, our summers aren’t exactly the most pleasant and, despite my cold-natured body I do prefer being able to start a fire or put on a sweater rather than sweltering (or running up the utility bill with constant a/c runnage). So I’ll happily settle for this light and fruity cocktail version of summer in a glass. Watermelon Crawl
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Portion Perceptions

Since part of getting back into the swing of things this year meant watching what (and how much and when) I eat, I’ve been paying more attention to labels so that the info I’m entering into MyFitnessPal.com is as accurate as possible. And while I always knew, and understood, the idea that we eat with our eyes as well as our mouths, it really hit home over these first two weeks with my occasional afternoon snack of chips and queso. One week we had the large, restaurant-style chips in the house and a portion of those is approximately 7 chips. The
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Slow, Southern Style

I’m sure you’ve heard the edict that proclaims white shoes after Labor Day a fashion sin so large you’ll shame 4 generations back if you break it? Frankly, I think white shoes at any time of the year only forgivable if you’re a bride or a toddler in a pageant dress, but that’s just me and the fact that I’m traumatized by the 80s and all those blindingly white stiletto heels (with or without socks). *shudder* What does this have to do with cocktails? I’m getting there! Another, lesser-known “rule” is that velvet is fabrica-non-grata after Valentine’s Day. While I’ve
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Culinary adventure in the English countryside

Preview You are invited on January 18 at 5:30 pm to a detailed presentation by Jan Acorn of Gateway Destinations and Chef-Owner Albert Hall of Acacia, 3001 E. Skyline Dr. #133. Hor D’oeuvres and beverages will be served répondez s’il vous plait -232-0101 (Tucson) Join Chef Albert Hall for an epicurean adventure in the idyllic peaceful countryside of England. Learn his culinary secrets in an elegant farmhouse kitchen while enjoying all that this spectacular area known as the Cotswold’s has to offer -from the history of Shakespeare, Blenheim Castle, beautiful public gardens, country pubs, charming thatched-roof villages and much more.
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