Tucson Pizza: Chris Bianco – The Pizza Man Cometh

The long awaited Pizzeria Bianco finally opened its door in downtown Tucson on July 24, the day before the debut of the “modern street car.” Now that is an astute marketing move. Numerous articles have been written about Bianco and local anticipation runs high. It’s not every day a James Beard Award winning chef hangs his proverbial toque here. The burning question is – Will Tucson wait in line for the pizza? I’d venture to guess YES! But it also depends on the demographic and the triple digit temperatures. Right now the hours are limited from 4 to 9 or
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National Tequila Day – July 24

What does tequila make you think of? Perhaps a frosty margarita or for more originality – on the rocks (my preference) or some shots with lime? Did you know that we in the USA drink 76 percent of all tequila exported from Mexico? I wonder what state drinks the most? Did you know that it takes 8 years for the blue agave to reach maturity before being harvested? And did you know that in order to be labeled “tequila” a bottle must have 51 percent blue agave? Tucson is fortunate to be home of the World Margarita Championship in October
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National Mojito Day – July 11

Did you know that the mojito has been routinely presented as a favorite drink of author Ernest Hemingway? Traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail with five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice) or simple syrup, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint or yerba buena, a mint variety very popular on the island. The mojito is one of the most famous rum-based highballs. Perhaps the other is daiquiri? When preparing a mojito, lime juice is added to sugar (or syrup) and mint leaves. The mixture is then gently mashed with a muddler or
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Circle of Food on Tucson Radio – July 12

Long time readers of Circle of Food know that I (Karyn Zoldan) have been on On the Menu Live (delicious food radio) in the past and what a blast that is. This time I won’t be a guest but instead will be one of the three hosts. Yes, a trifecta of female fatale foodie-ness along with Rita Connelly (The Well Fed Foodie) who is the chief mistress of ceremonies and Edie Jarolim (Freud’s Butcher) . I hope we don’t suck! (just kidding) I know it will be a great experience and Rita has amassed some terrific guests like Sam Pillsbury
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Does Ice Cream Make You Happy?

Baskin-Robbins believes that ice cream puts people in a happy mood and they asked a behavioral food expert to do a survey proving what flavors make you the happiest. Salted caramel makes Circle of Food jump for joy as well as rich coffee. And when I think back to my childhood when I ate the most ice cream — I loved butterscotch fudge and my father favored white house (vanilla ice cream with chopped maraschino cherries). When I think of ice cream memories, I think of Isaly’s skyscraper cones. Anyone else from NW Ohio-PA reading this? from the press release
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