Does Absinthe Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

The headline in VinePair’s blog — Will Absinthe Make Me Hallucinate? — caught my eye. According to the article, it’s a myth. Since absinthe was banned in the United States for a period of time, this medicinal-like spirit is surrounded in myth and mystery. Anything that is banned automatically becomes more desirable. I drank absinthe at a party years ago soon after the ban was lifted. The party was at an acquaintance’s home who insisted we not go in the house so we had to hover around her DIY brick oven in the back yard while it cooked pizza. We drank
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Tucson Casual Dining on Christmas Day

TUCSON CASUAL DINING ON CHRISTMAS DAY Not everyone celebrates Christmas. Not everyone will be sitting down with the families on Dec. 25. The popular question seems to be: Where can I eat? Here’s a sample of what’s available: RA Sushi at La Encantada opens at 4 PM & there’s more than sushi on the menu. Kimchi Time a fabulous Korean restaurant at 2900 E. Broadway is open from 11:30 AM to 10 PM on December 25 AND on Christmas Eve until 10 PM. Gandhi Cuisine of India at 150 W. Ft. Lowell is open serving their lunch buffet from 11
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Food Recall: Dove® Chocolate Snowflake Alert

Why does Dove® Chocolate Snowflake Assortment have wheat or eggs in the ingredients? If this product was on the shelf starting in September, why are they just finding out about it now? In my humble chocolate eating history, really good chocolate doesn’t have wheat or egg in it. from the press release Mars Chocolate North America Issues Allergy Alert Voluntary Recall on Undeclared Peanuts, Wheat and Egg Ingredient for DOVE® Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes, 24.0 oz. Bag, Sold Only at One Major Retailer with Stores Across the U.S. Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its DOVE® Chocolate Assortment
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Book Review: Lost Restaurants of Tucson

This book is the ideal gift for Tucson old timers who remember the good old days and restaurants they ate at while growing up, celebrating important occasions or just reminiscing about favorite hangouts. Although I (Karyn Zoldan) have only lived in Tucson for 15 years, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about local history as it pertained to color and culture, restaurants and beyond. There’s more to the book than food. Author Rita Connelly interviewed and researched former restaurant owners and their family members, staff and customers to cull the myriad of details (some are juicy details) as to the architecture, interior
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Tucson: Lost Restaurants, Pour Over, Latkes

Lost Restaurants of Tucson Rita Connelly, friend and fellow foodie, will be signing her book, Lost Restaurants of Tucson, and promoting at these local venues and air waves. December 10 – The Morning Blend (KGUN-9 TV) 11 AM to noon December 12 – Mostly Books (Speedway/Wilmot) Book signing 2 – 3 PM December 19 – On the Menu Live (radio) with Matt Russell 4 PM -Power Talk 1210 – KEVT, you can stream it live December 22 – Bill Buckmaster Show (radio) noon – KVOI – AM 1030 Books are available for sale at Mostly Books, Barnes & Noble, Antigone Books
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47 Scott, Downtown Tucson Restaurant Gem

47 Scott, Downtown Tucson Restaurant Gem It takes courage and creativity to be a pioneer and that is exactly what the owners of 47 Scott did when they opened downtown more than 5 years ago. This is well before the downtown Tucson food scene was the dining mecca it is today. 47 Scott isn’t on the main drag of Congress but on Scott Street (hence the address) adroitly at the entrance and exit of the green Pennington parking structure. That was then and this is now, still a gem of a place, 47 Scott thrives. Next door is the famed Scott
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Tucson Humble Pie Opens Black Friday, La Encantada

Is that insanity or what? I guess if you shop, you must eat. The cozy neighborhood pizza stop is located on the second level of La Encantada Shopping Center (Skyline/Campbell) and for those of you who have been around for awhile, where Blue Point restaurant formerly was; that space had been vacant for a few years. Humble Pie is Arizona-owned and operated by Tom Kaufman, Patrick King, Rich Sullivan, David Dabruzzi, Tim Valencia and Tony Eden. A few weeks ago they also opened The Living Room, also at La Encantada. Try the fig-proscuitto pizza…you won’t be sorry as it’s a
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Top 10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Ranker poll reveals Top 10 from 9,700 votes. According to Ranker.com, who hosts opinion-based, crowd-sourced rankings of everything — mashed potatoes are the #1 Thanksgiving Day favorite. The poll included 34 side dishes to choose from and the winners are: 1. Mashed potatoes 2. Stuffing 3. Gravy 4. Bread 5. Green bean casserole 6. Corn on the cob 7. Macaroni and cheese 8. Baked sweet potatoes 9. Sweet potato pie 10. Crescent rolls What that tells Circle of Food is people love their carbs. I could forgo the turkey and just be happy with a pan of stuffing, mashed potatoes,
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Mexico Seasonal Dining at Penca Restaurante, Tucson

Penca Restaurante kicks off the Mexican holiday season featuring food and drinks traditionally eaten while leading up to Christmas in Mexico. NOCHES DE PENCA Penca’s summer promotion, Noches de Penca, was so well received, that it will now be a regular feature each Wednesday night through the fall and winter. “We have a lot of fun creating a special new menu each week – and our guests really enjoy the opportunity to try new flavors and ingredients. We will continue to be creative and explore the culinary diversity of Mexico on our menus,” says Patricia Schwabe, Penca owner and native
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Loving the Living Room, Tucson

Tucson’s newest restaurant is now open at La Encantada Shopping Center* in what was formerly Armitage Wine Lounge. The Living Room Wine Cafe and Lounge is a hip, happening addition to that tony corner where Skyline meets Campbell at 2905 E. Skyline Dr. Living Room’s customers will be welcomed in beautiful and comfortable surroundings filled with rendez-vous style nooks, comfy chairs, dazzling golden chandeliers and an inviting patio. The bar offers a selection of 35 wines and sangrias by the glass, a handpicked list of wines available by the bottle and a full cocktail and beer-on-tap and by-the-bottle bar. Happy
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