Tucson Dining: Channeling Don Ho at Acacia

Aloha. Let Albert Hall at Acacia Real Food & Cocktails woo you with tropical-ness. Get out those Hawaiian shirts and flowery muumuus, check out Acacia’s first ever Luau with Hula dancing (lessons provided), a poi eating contest (BYO Rolaids), incredible tropical drinks  featuring authentic Trader Vic cocktail recipes with paper umbrellas . This should go viral:  Albert performing tricks with coconuts. Okay, you get the gist — it’s going to be fun. Feast on  traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian foods complete with whole roasted pig, chicken adobo, island fried rice and much more! Call 232-0101 for information and reservations (Tucson) $48.++
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Meet the Iron Chef Tucson Contenders – May 30

Hey Tucson, get ready to meet the Iron Chef contenders… Thursday, May 30 from 5:30 to 7:30, you can get up close and personal with two-time reigning Iron Chef Ryan Clark/Lodge on the Desert and 14 other talented chefs who want to knock him off his culinary pedestal. Watch (and sample culinary masterpieces) as these talented men and women preview their skills with the hope of becoming the one who will compete head-to-head, toe to toe, and whisk to whisk during the Iron Chef Tucson competition at Loews Ventana Canyon on Saturday July 6 during the 2013 Culinary Weekend. The
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AlcoHOLidays | Memorial Day | Kilbeggan Waterwheel

***This post has been sponsored by Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey; a sample was received in consideration for Tuesday’s review as well as today’s recipe share. Other than that, no further compensation has been received and the opinions expressed below are entirely that of the author. No further affiliation with Kilbeggan Distillery is being claimed. And now with that out of the way…*** Memorial Day. Unofficial start to summer. Reason for barbecues and pool parties across the nation. Last 3-day-weekend until Labor Day. Excuse for car lots to piggy-back yet another tent sale with the waving of the red, white, and blue. ‘Oh, yeah,
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Review: Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by Erica Kerwien

I received a copy of Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for purpose of review. All opinions expressed below are my own. Once upon a time (though I should hasten to add, this is no fairytale) a mother was faced with a sick child and very few answers. Eventually the doctors diagnosed Emily Kerwien’s son with Crohn’s Disease, but it was far from a simple answer. Searching around for anything to help her son live a better life, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet was suggested and Kerien threw herself into learning about an eating plan to eliminates many combative carbohydrates from
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Tucson: RA Sushi to Host 9th Annual Nicky’s Week May 26-June 1

RA Sushi to Host 9th Annual Nicky’s Week May 26-June 1 Proceeds from select menu items to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Tucson, Ariz. (May 8, 2013) – Arizona-based RA Sushi Bar Restaurant will host its ninth annual “Nicky’s Week” fundraiser Sunday, May 26, through Saturday, June 1, for kids battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. The hospital is completely funded by community support, ensuring that families never have to pay for treatment and care. RA Sushi will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of a variety of menu items and beverages to St. Jude to help support the hospital’s lifesaving mission. Since its
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AlcoHOLidays | Devil’s Food Cake Day | Cocoa Diablo

Does chocolate cake sound good to anyone else right about now? This coming Sunday, May 19, is National Devil’s Food Cake Day and I’m pretty much sold on the idea, truth be told. Might have to squeeze in some baking between appointments on Saturday. What makes Devil’s Food cake different from other chocolate cakes? Good question! Generally speaking (i.e., according to Wikipedia), Devil’s Food cake usually contains coffee and usually uses cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate for the primary flavoring agent. Of course it would have been super simple to construct a cake-sweet cocktail for today with chocolate vodka,
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Dining Out on a Low-FODMAP Diet

Hands-down, eating at home is the safest way to ensure compliance on any sort of restricted diet. But it’s not always the most fun, and sometimes you just plain want to go out and have someone else do the work. Is that even possible on a Low-FODMAP diet? Absolutely. Steak Toscano and Grilled Vegetables from Olive Garden Once you’ve finished the elimination and challenge phases (the diagnostic portion) of the diet, the only limitations are your personal trigger-foods, and everyone is going to be a little different in that respect, and there’s nothing that says you cannot have something that
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AlcoHOLidays | Mother’s Day | Lavender Lovely

I do apologize for missing last week’s AlcoHOLidays installment. It was a combination of an expected sponsored post falling through and me falling ill Thursday afternoon. It was, however, Cinco de Mayo last Sunday and I trust I’ve “trained” you well enough to know margaritas were in order, yes? Good! This weekend, however, we are celebrating dear old (or not so old) Mom, as this Sunday, May 12, is the US observance of Mother’s Day. While the Mother’s Day that is celebrated as a formal holiday the second Sunday in May was started by Anna Jarvis in 1909, there was
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10 things to do with Cowboy Caviar

May is National Salsa month. Salsa is the Mexican word for “sauce.”  An unlimited amount of salsas are available today in super markets and specialty stores. What’s your favorite salsa? My current favorite salsa is Cowboy Caviar. Here are 10 ways to use Cowboy Caviar: –With chips –Pour over goat cheese or cream cheese brick – serve with chips & crudites –Mix with Italian vinaigrette or Thousand Island for a kick-ass salad dressing –Add to baked beans for more meaningful taste of the Southwest –Add to mayo when making deviled eggs – the devil wore jalapeno –Spread on a bun
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Under Pressure

(Sorry if you now have that song stuck in your head.) Growing up I’d always heard dire stories about pressure cooker malfunctions–blowouts, dinner ending up on the ceiling, and even injuries in the more severe cases. These stories pretty much insured that it was one kitchen appliance that I wouldn’t be bothering with, despite some of the so-called benefits. Or so I thought. Recently I received a book to review that had me rethinking my stance on pressure cookers and other things. While that review is for a future post, it did get me researching and eventually buying a pressure
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