Book Review: L.A. Son By Roy Choi

My Life, My City, My Food I loved this memoir by Roy Choi creator of Kogi BBQ Taco Food Truck, famous for the Korean taco which launched the entire food truck revolution. Having lived in L.A. for 30 years (my informative years), I liked knowing the cities and locales he wrote about where he was a bad boy, a very bad boy (saw-off shotguns, 9mm Berettas, numchucks, chains, bats, big hunting knives), a gangsta and how he turned his life around with culinary school and his rise to the top. And in between all the nitty gritty and a slew
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Tucson Oysterfest, Restaurant Philanthropy

The generosity of Kingfisher and Bluefin‘s chef/owners Jim “Murph” Murphy and Jeff Azersky continue to amaze me. I love their altruism. from the press release Tucson, Ariz– Philanthropy never tasted so good! Each fall, Chef/owners Jim “Murph” Murphy and Jeff Azersky kick off the season with a donation to the Community Food Bank from the Bluefin Lobsterfest Summer Special. This year, they sent a total of $1601 from the 1601 guests over the summer who requested their lobster be de-shelled for $1. Oysterfest is just around the corner at Kingfisher. The fifth annual celebration of all things oyster will take
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October is National Pizza Month, Tucson

Here’s what’s on the menu? Indian pizza, BYOP, Pieology Back by Popular Demand Vero Amore and The Twisted Tandoor are teaming up again to offer one of the world’s newest taste sensations — the Indian Pizza! Circle of Food and friends went last month and we’re going back. These flavor combinations are positively addicting. The Twisted Tandoor Food Truck chefs will be featuring their scrumptious Indian delicacies atop Vero Amore’s fresh hand-made artisan pizza dough on Tuesday, October 14, from 4 to 9 p.m. Special paired libations will be available as well. Vero Amore’s regular menu will be available including
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Tucson Tamale Co. Opens on Oracle Road

Do what you love and success will follow. Hell, yes!  That adage has worked for Todd and Sherry Martin, owners of Tucson Tamale Company. Everything they do appears to this marketing maven and avid tamale lover, the right moves in the right direction. Start small with an amazing product (delicious high quality lard-free tamales suitable for carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans and gluten free too), build an audience of devotees, thoughtfully expand, ship your product far and wide, garner repeated local and national media attention, and do it all with sparkling customer service and a smile. You can read their story
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Tucson: Heirloom Farmers Market Permanent Fixture at Rillito Park

This is a real coup for the Heirloom Farmers Market. Way to go! from the press release TUCSON, AZ – October 8, 2014 – The Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a three-year contract with Heirloom Farmers Markets on Tuesday to conduct year-round markets at Rillito Park. This pivotal vote allows Heirloom to move forward with revitalization plans for the local food economy. Heirloom has partnered with Pima County to open Tucson’s first permanent farmers market pavilion at Rillito Park this November. Designed to be an anchor destination in the community, the pavilion will showcase the bounty of food
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October 4 – National Taco Day, Tucson

Circle of Food can think of many ways to celebrate. If you’re in Tucson, here’s one idea: Blanco Tacos + Tequilas is celebrating but not just for a day, let’s live it up taco-wise from October 4 through October 10. Chef Eddie Coronado is featuring a Chipotle Chicken Taco. Blanco’s chipotle marinated chicken is lovingly braised with pineapple and chipotle peppers and topped with onion, cilantro and lime. You get three tacos, rice and your choice of black or charro beans for $11! Blanco is located at La Encantada Shopping Center on the NW corner of Skyline / Campbell…taco up!
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