Tucson Gem Show Dining, Just Eat It & Bead It

Welcome! The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show begins January 31 and that means thousands of vendors and visitors…are looking for places to eat, dine and imbibe. Please try our fabulous local restaurants. Experience Tucson dining. You can eat at Macaroni Grill anywhere. Here’s a list of some of Circle of Food’s locally-owned favorites located nearby Gem Show venues: (check for dates/times) Best Bead Show Kino Veterans Memorial Community Center – 2805 E. Ajo Way Food courts and food trucks set up here for a quickie bites. This area is a wasteland as far as restaurants but if you head east
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Super Bowl: Stuff-Your-Face Food Facts

Wow! The Super Bowl is ranked as the number two food consumption event of the year; second only to Thanksgiving. So what’s on the menu? –90 million pounds of wings –4.3 million pounds of pretzels –11.2 million pounds of potato chips –8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips with 71.4 million pounds of guacamole –3.8 million pounds of popcorn –2.5 million pounds of nuts All that salty stuff will make you thirsty for 325 million GALLONS of beer, perhaps Budweiser because we love their commercials so much. Beer sales will increase by $17.9 million during Super Bowl week. Super Bowl Sunday
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Blu, Tucson Cheese Monger Celebrates Anniversary

Congratulations to Tana Fryer on her one year anniversary of Blu, A Wine & Cheese Shop, in the Mercado St. Agustin (modern street car begins and ends here with free parking too). Some all-day delicious fun tastings are planned for January 31. Here’s the scoop: Blu A Wine & Cheese Stop Celebrates One Year Anniversary A Maker Fair Will Be Held at the Mercado San Agustin on January 31, 2015 Tucson, AZ – Blu A Wine & Cheese Shop is celebrating their one year anniversary on January 31, 2015 by honoring local and artisanal food & wine makers. A Maker
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Tucson Dining: 20% off at Poppy Kitchen, Foothills

Brian Metzger and Metzger Family Restaurants (MFR) are making some bold moves in 2015, all to demonstrate their commitment to the local community. While supporting local vendors and purveyors is critical, Brian Metzger and Metzger Family Restaurants (MFR) is taking the next big step to give back to his community (Tucson) by introducing the “Local 20” (not a 20-something dating service) at Poppy Kitchen at the Westin La Paloma. Poppy Kitchen will offer 20 percent off of ANY bill to Tucson-area guests with a local ID. It’s that simple. That’s 20 percent off of a single drink or a full
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Tabanero – January 22, National Hot Sauce Day

If you’re spicy like me, when you walk into a BBQ joint or a breakfast joint, you casually peruse the counter where the lineup of hot sauces reside. What is it about the pain and the pleasure of hot sauce that is so enticing? All hail to capsicum. Hot sauce has been around since 1870 and now hot sauce is the most popular condiment on the table. Move over ketchup and salsa! With such a crowded field of hot sauce makers, what inspires a company to throw their hot stuff into the ring 0f fire? Tabanero was named after the
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Tucson Food: Natural Grocers Open January 20

While Natural Grocers debuts in Tucson (7220 E Broadway/just east of Kolb), this location is the fourth store in Arizona (Sedona, Prescott, Flagstaff) and has 91 stores in 15 states, employing more than 2,000 people. A second Tucson location will be at Broadway Village (Broadway/Country Club). Today Circle of Food as well as other food writers and health practitioners were privy to a presentation, tasting and browse around the store. I was impressed with what I saw and heard. Browsing the store, I saw brand names I had not seen previously. I shall return to explore further. This year Natural
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