Tucson: 7th Annual World Margarita Championship Winners

I was among the 850 people who judged. While I loved the layered San Carlos margarita, I chose Kingfisher Restaurant’s margarita that tasted of ginger & mint. Normally, I wouldn’t put those flavors together but it sort of reminded me of the very best icy ginger ale with a sprig of mint on the rocks. Of course, Kingfisher’s margarita was more complex with its memory lingering throughout the evening. My friend couldn’t stop raving about pomegranate margarita from Lodge on the Desert. That was my second favorite. from the press release Tucson, AZ –The 7th Annual World Margarita Championship™ which
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L.A.: Food Network Star – Open Casting Call

  Food Network Star, Food Network’s hugely successful culinary reality series is currently casting for season 9 and is holding an open casting call in Los Angeles on November 12! They are looking for a captivating personality who believes he or she is at the top of the culinary game and wants to inspire a Food Network audience through their passion for food and cooking! You can  find the details of our event below: Los Angeles Open Casting Call Date: November 12, 2012 Time: 10am-2pm Location: Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505 Please visit us the
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AlcoHOLidays | Halloween | Iced Pumpkin Spice

Okay, now, I don’t really have to explain Halloween, do I? Unlike some of the more obscure holidays I know we’ll examine in this series, Halloween (Hallowe’en, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhain–pronounced sow-in, by the way) is one of the biggies celebrated in many countries and cultures. While we celebrate mostly with candy and costumes these days, some still see it as a mystical night where the veil between this world and the next grows tissue thin. Fall has long-been my favorite season, so it’s no big surprise that Halloween is my favorite holiday. There’s just something about the nip in
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Accidental Bananas

Who knew you could grow bananas in the Florida Panhandle? Both houses Todd and I have shared, so far, have had banana trees somewhere on the premises, but they’ve never bloomed and I thought I’d read or heard something them being purely ornamental in all but the most tropical of locations. Imagine my surprise, then, when the new neighbors joked that we’d need to trade bananas for lemons (their home has a massive lemon tree at the side–did you know lemon trees have thorns?) and there they were, little green bananas hanging down in several places in our little rain forest just
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Pumpkin food products overload

Pumpkin overload. I love pumpkin as much as the next person but I think the latest issue of Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer pumpkins off the chart with too many pumpkin products. I don’t know if everyone has the same issue, perhaps it depends on state or region. Here’s what is in the October issue: Pumpkin bread mix – still $2.99 – I will probably end up buying a box or two. It’s so homey although I never bake but maybe I will feel like baking when the weather cools down (still in 90s in Tucson!) Pilgrim Joe’s pumpkin ice cream
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Planning is Essential for Savings at the Grocery Store

In difficult economic times, shoppers must make every penny count. One of the areas in which shoppers might reduce expenses is the grocery department. In order to accomplish any reduction, you must carefully plan each meal so that every item purchased is totally used. Nutrition is Important In planning meals, you should consider nutritional needs. Unless you need a special diet, you should select foods that meet the needs of people who are in good health. Various suggested diets may be found on the Internet. Shopping Lists Although you plan your meals in the short term, you should plan your
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AlcoHOLidays | Sweetest Day | Candy Coated Cocktail

Not something we commonly celebrate down here in the South, Sweetest Day (3rd Saturday of October) is one of those holidays you tend to hear about at the last minute and assume that it’s some trumped-up corporate money-grab by the candy and card companies. Turns out, there’s a little more to it than that (thank goodness). Back in the 1920s a group of confectioners (candy makers) in Cleveland, Ohio, got together and decided to give candy to “newsboys, orphans, old folks and the poor” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer, via Wikipedia). On the one hand it does seem a little odd to be
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World Margarita Championship – October 26 – Tucson

Tucson: World Margarita Championship – October 26 If you appreciate tequila you won’t want to miss this exciting Tucson Culinary Festival event put on by the fabulous Tucson Originals. The World Margarita Championship™ ~ Friday, October 26 ~ 6-9pm ~ Tucson Museum of Art The event will feature exciting competitions between  Tucson’s most outstanding mixologists, each trying to best the other with their unique creations of Tucson’s favorite beverage  – the Margarita. In addition to tasting margaritas from each of the challengers, and delectable dishes specially created  for the event by Tucson Originals chefs,  guests will vote for their favorite
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Take a Bite Of: BJs Grill

Earlier this month Todd and I found ourselves in small-town Mississippi, Louisville to be exact, for a one-day comics show and we were looking for someplace nice and local for supper Friday night. We thought we’d found a likely candidate, searching online, in the Red Onion Restaurant and headed that way only to find out it was only open on Saturdays and Sundays–oops! Figuring food couldn’t be that hard to find on a Friday night, we headed back towards our hotel via Church Street and happened upon BJ’s Grill which had two things going for it from the get-go: it was open, and there
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Tucson Cocktails: Tony Abou-Ganim Southwest Spirit Summit Nov 16-18

Tucson is one helluva drinking town. There’s never a shortage of wine, wine tasting, and wine dinners. The same can be said for beer festivals and brewing contests. Tucson has its own World Margarita Championship (Oct. 26). The New York Times named tiny 47 Scott & Co as one of the 10 best places to have cocktails in the U.S. And now Casino del Sol Resort will be hosting a national cocktail event in November. Tickets on sale now. from the press release Tucson, Ariz—To those who have attended  the Tucson Culinary Festival for the past 5 years, the  legendary
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