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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Tucson Eats: Reforma and Jackson Tavern Open

Wow! Two upscale restaurants open their doors two days in a row. Reforma, cocina and cantina serving authentic food from Central Mexico, opens on Sunday December 14 at St. Philips Plaza in the former Vivace space. Reforma boasts Tucson’s largest selection of tequila and mescal selections + homemade tortillas. Reforma has the same owners as Union Public House so they are competing with themselves not unlike Fox Restaurant Concepts which competes with itself at La Encantada: North Italia vs. Blanco’s. Other restaurants at St. Philips Plaza are Scordato Pizzeria and Bodega. Jackson Tavern at Plaza Palomino opens Monday December 15
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Second Helpings? Overeating Stomach Problems

What happens when you over eat? You wish you wore your fat pants. You regret asking for second or (gulp) third helpings. And generally you do not feel very well. You and the people around you will suffer from your flatulence (gas). You vow never to over eat again…until next time. Most likely if you’re of the male gender, you will adjourn to the room with the TV and watch football until you fall asleep in a food coma.  Women over eat too but might be a tad more active cleaning up the kitchen afterward. Watch this cool informative video
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Thanksgiving Flavors across the U.S.A.

“On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment — halftime.” ~author unknown I found this article in the New York Times fascinating. They provided 50 dishes with recipes from the 50 states + DC and Puerto Rico…the United States of Thanksgiving. Let’s see. I grew up in Ohio…OMG…English Peas & Onion Salad. I don’t think so. Sounds like something we might have made in high school home ec class that nobody ate. As I travel through the 50 recipes, a few things catch my eye…pecan pie bites with gravy (yes, turkey gravy)…certainly an
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Tucson: Chowda Meets the Desert at Jackson Tavern

Jackson Tavern, a new Metzger Family Restaurant will set sail on December 1 at the former Red Sky address (2900 N. Swan Road/Plaza Palomino). Get your chops ready for some New England style fare such as Little Neck Clam Cakes, C Dogs (breaded and flash-fried lobster tails with lemon-Sriracha aioli and Clam Chowda with bacon lardon and seasoned soda crackers. (Comment: Mouth watering right about now) There’s more: Lobster Roll, Crab Cake BLT, Narragansett Stew and pork ribs, burgers, chicken wings and then some. Eight cocktails will dominate the tavern’s beverage menu with the house cocktail – White Wedding. You
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8 Trendy Dishes, Per Zagat

What do you think? Here are 8 trendy menu items courtesy of Zagat. Would you order them? Who decides trendy? The items listed are: –Malaysian Food – move over Korean. Neo Malaysian Kitchen take note. –Seafood Charcuterie – lighter and livelier than duck liver pate –Pigs Ears – pass. I just read The Good Good Pig; cutting off their ears seems like porcine animal cruelty Rotisserie Chicken – eat like a caveman seems to never go out of style but gets a tad dressed up Gochujang – Korean spicy fermented chile paste – Lee Lee Market here I come Octopus
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