Sushi Eating Competition at RA Sushi – April 7

RA Sushi invites you to enter the Sushi Showdown sushi-eating contest on Sunday, April 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. The contest will take place at all RA Sushi locations. There are only 24 spots available per restaurant so call your nearest RA to claim your spot in the competition. Participants must register by April 4.  The Sushi Showdown in Tucson will be held at RA Sushi at La Encantada: 2905 E. Skyline Drive, Tucson, Ariz., 85718. Here’s how the Sushi Showdown will go down: • Two heats of 12 • Top 3 competitors from each heat will advance to the Championship Round
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Recipe: Roasted Asparagus

This is one of the most simple and impressive recipes that you can make. Roasted asparagus is an apt choice for an Easter side dish as it pairs well with ham, quiche, frittata, sweet potato hash . Start with fresh washed asparagus. I prefer the bigger stalks vs. the smaller stalks due to shrinkage. For smaller stalks, you would cook less minutes. Preheat the oven to 400-degrees. Spray oil on the pan, top with aluminum foil. Lay the asparagus in the pan; it’s okay to pile it on. Spray more oil (I used coconut oil) on the asparagus. I also
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AlcoHOLidays | Easter | Trio of the Southern Cross

The “shadowy” origins of many Christian holidays are major bones of contention among the devout and while I’m used to the usual arguments surfacing around Christmas I admit I’m a bit surprised at the furor rampant (at least among my Facebook friends) over Easter‘s influences. Nutshell: the bunny, chicks, and eggs that don’t really seem like obvious symbols of the Christian resurrection celebration? That’s because they’re actually fertility symbols and yet another example of the Church appropriating a holiday from the people they were trying to sway into their fold. Over time the old pagan symbols may have been assigned new meanings (the
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Tucson Fundraiser: Dessert Auction Extraordinaire

I had never seen anything like this before or since. Imagine a blueberry pie being auctioned off for $1,000…yes, all in the name of helping the horses. All in the name of Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary. This Saturday – March 30 – C’mon down to The Very Special Horse Event hosted by Equine Voices. Where: Brandi Fenton Park – 3482 E. River Road, Tucson When: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm Why: To raise funds for rescued horses; admission is $5/pp includes a raffle ticket Even non horse people like me like this event where I can watch interesting horse
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Review | Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris

It’s hard to read any food or nutrition book, magazine, or website without some reference to the latest and greatest “superfood.” Not all mentions of them are good, there is plenty of skepticism about the veracity of these powerhouse foods–the acai, the goji, the chia, the maca. Are they really all they’re cracked up to be? Who knows. Whether you cite ancient cultures that revere these new-to-us foods or the science behind them, I’m of the opinion that it never hurts to make dining choices that could improve our health and, maybe, prevent the need for as many pharmaceuticals as
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AlcoHOLidays | Maple Syrup Saturday | Maple Break

Consider this my apology to maple syrup. Why would I need to apologize to maple syrup? Well, the truth of the matter is that I’ve never really been all that fond of it. So when I was going over my list of holidays this coming week–and there were plenty to choose from*–it would have been perfectly in character for  me to skip over Maple Syrup Saturday (March 23,2013) and move onto something more to my personal taste. And yet choose it I did, because I’ve come to respect maple syrup, even if it’s still not my favorite flavor. You see, back in
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Perfect Pasta Without the Wheat

In honor of National Noodle Month, I though it’d be a good time to talk about the wheat-free pasta situation. Is it a situation at all? That’s for you to decide. Pasta and sauce has always been the go-to meal for the time and cash strapped individuals and families out there. Spaghetti is cheap (about a dollar a pound for the basics) and a sauce can be anything from seasoned crushed tomatoes to olive oil with a little Parmesan cheese. It’s a satisfying meal, no question. And who hasn’t loved gooey mac & cheese at some point in their lives, right?
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AlcoHOLidays | St Patrick’s Day | Sweet Irish Coffee

On St Patrick’s Day, everybody has a touch of the Irish in them! Granted, the day has devolved (in many areas, including my own college-anchored town) into an excuse to drink watered-down, green-tinted beer for a ridiculously long time. It’ll be interesting to see if that is at all curbed by March 17 falling on a Sunday this year, but I have my doubts. As most folks know, St Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to the pagan Irish. Though we think of green as the natural color for St Patrick’s Day, originally the color most associated with him was
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Vote Ryan Clark – Food & Wine Best New Chef 2013

Let’s put Tucson on the national culinary map. Ryan Clark is the executive chef for Lodge on the Desert. He has won numerous local awards and titles, now let’s make Ryan and Tucson go nationwide. Please vote! from the press release New York, NY (March 11, 2013) – Today FOOD & WINE invites the dining public to select The People’s Best New Chef®, a program now in its third year. The award, an extension of the FOOD & WINE Best New Chefs program, honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer. Restaurants’ devotees
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Technicolor Food: Think Before You Eat

For St Patrick’s Day, it’s not just people who will celebrate by wearing ‘o the green, food will be taking on a decidedly different hue. Green beer is only the beginning. It seems like green got an early start with many people celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday last weekend, there were lots of versions of green eggs (with or without the ham) popping up. I’ve seen green velvet cake on Pinterest, but at least it’s a change from the rainbow cakes featuring layer upon layer of technicolor batter. And that before we even get to the cakes, cupcakes, and cookies dripping
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