Tucson: Sparklies Tasting – Dec. 31 – 4 to 8 pm

Tucson: Sparklies Tasting – Dec. 31 – 4 to 8 pm Are you looking for something low key to do in lieu of a raucous party? Are you someone who likes to be asleep before midnight? Are you someone who doesn’t want to drive after midnight? If you answered yes, yes, yes, then sparklie tasting at CataVinos Wine Shoppe may just be what you’re looking for. The cost to sample 6 sparklies is only $10 or $8 with a take home purchase of $10 or more or free if you buy a case. The wine proprietress will be serving some
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Tucson: My favorite foodie things 2012

(no particular order) Best new restaurant – UMI-Star – Thank your lucky stars that UMI opened up; they have the best happy hours too with excellent sushi and Japanese street food. Judge at the Tucson Taco Festival  – OMG – more tacos to taste and some were very cleverly executed presentations, washed down with tequila & beer Going away party for one of my favorite people – Jen Duffy. Sat on the well-misted patio of Union Pub House and drank & laughed. Nobody cared that it was 110-degrees in the shade. RA Sushi media dinner – always one of my
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AlcoHOLidays | New Year’s Eve | Holiday Sparkler

As the end of the year comes rushing at us, completing our annual cycle, I feel the need to simplify. I think the holiday overwhelm always makes me feel this way, so why complicate things any more than they need to be? You can’t go wrong with simple Champagne or sparkling wines served chilled in a tall flute to best show off their bubbles. Adding a hulled strawberry or other muddled berries to the bottom of the glass is a nice touch or you can add a splash of your favorite liqueur. The important thing is to open the sparkling
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Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake, Aaron Sanchez

Everyone knows they are going on a diet or will make noise about going on a diet come January 2. Before you do, considering going out with a big chocolate bang — a Mexican chocolate pudding cake for your New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day bash. This unusual and deeply chocolate-y cake makes its own topping, a thick and bubbling chocolate sauce that you can spoon over each slice as you serve. Be careful not to over bake it, or the sauce will absorb into the cake. Use the best cocoa you can find and, ideally, use real Mexican
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Tucson restaurants: New Years Eve, New Years Day

Tucson restaurants offers many choices for dressed up and dressed down New Year’s Eve and some New Year’s Day festivities. Happy New Year! Casino del Sol Restaurants 5655 West Valencia Road Tucson, AZ 85757 (855) 765-7829 NEW YEAR’S DAY: Come celebrate New Year’s Day all-day at Festa Buffet. Featuring dishes like Lobster Tail, Petite Steak, Herb -Roasted Apple Stuffed Pork Loin and much more. Serving from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., $30 per person. PY Steakhouse:   NEW YEAR’S EVE: Open from 4pm-11pm, choose between a wonderful four-course meal or PY ‘s Dégustation menu. The four-course meal will offer items
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Tucson: Paradise Bakery & Café Launches Reward Program

from the press release Tucson, Ariz —  The “Taste of Paradise” rewards program has recently been launched at all Tucson locations of Paradise Bakery and Cafe.    Paradise “regulars” will now be rewarded for their loyalty in several delicious ways: •    Purchase 12  Entrees (over $5 each) and get a free Entree •    Purchase 5 muffins and get one free •    Purchase 12 coffee drinks and get one free Catering customers will also reap the benefits of being a return customer. Customers will receive a $10 credit for any order $100 or more. Purchases and rewards are all stored and tracked
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Merry Christmas – Drink Wine, Be Greytful

I saw this photo on Facebook and asked Mutt Lynch Winery permission to use it on my blog. (thank you) As you know I have greyhounds (but love all dogs) and I love wine so I could not resist. As for Mutt Lynch Winery, they have the kind of outlook that we should all have — think like  a dog — “bark less, wag more.” Their motto is “Apply Dog Logic to Life: Eat Well, Be Loved, Get Petted, Sleep Alot, Dream of a Leash-Free World.”  – Sark Mutt Lynch Winery is located in Healdsburg, Calif. (their wine tasting room is
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Nibble on This: When I MET Food

They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover–which is why, perhaps, the presence of money on one side of the scale and a burger on the other, in front of the author, didn’t really register when I first picked up When I Met Food: Living the American Restaurant Dream by Kathy Sidell. And without knowing much about Ms. Sidell beforehand, a title like How I MET Food made me think this would be your average food memoir. And I just eat up (if you’ll pardon the phrase), a good food memoir. So imagine my consternation as the early chapters flew
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AlcoHOLidays | Winter Solstice | Yuletide Cheer

Providing the world hasn’t ended–or isn’t in the process thereof–I thought I’d stray from the culturally expected norm of Christmas and delve a little into the natural change of seasons that happens this time of year at the Winter Solstice. The shortest day of the year, this time marks the official beginning of winter even as the days begin to lengthen towards spring once again. These lengthening days support the idea among ancient cultures (and their modern-day adherents) that the sun god is reborn at the solstice and continues to grow until mid-year when they days start to shorten, again. Of course, it’s
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Tucson: RA Sushi Happy Hour – Christmas Day, Christmas Eve

Good news for happy hour lovers and people who don’t celebrate or spend time at lavish Christmas dinners. What other Tucson restaurants are open for casual Christmas Eve or Christmas Day fare? Please leave a comment. This holiday season, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant at La Encantada will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and the restaurant will be offering happy hour from open to close on both days. On December 24, RA Sushi will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (the dining room will close at 5 p.m., but the bar area will continue food service).
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