2016 Tucson Gem Show Dining

2016 Tucson Gem Show Dining – Welcome Gem Show vendors and shoppers. As you shop for minerals, baubles and beads, be sure to check out the local Tucson dining scene. Did you know Tucson was just named a World City of Gastronomy by UNESCO? Yes! It’s a big deal so go take a bite of some local chow.   Many shows and exhibits are in and around the downtown, I-10 corridor. Downtown Tucson has many fine and fabulous restaurants and bars. Here are a few – Hub, Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails, Maynards Kitchen, Proper, Reilly’s (a former funeral home turned pizza and
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Year of the Monkey – Happy Chinese New Year Tucson

Join Lotus Garden as they celebrate Year of Monkey with a multi-course robust feast including pork broth with bean thread and wood ear, onion pancakes with crispy green beans, whole sea bass, roast crackling pork belly, lo mein noodles, walnut shrimp, curry fried rice, steak que, roast duck, Chinese broccoli, dessert and some bubbly. Reservations mandatory and will be held with a credit card. Cost: $47/pp + tax & tip. Make your reservation at 520-298-3351. Lotus Garden Chinese New Year celebrates Year of the Monkey on Saturday Feb. 6 – 6 PM (Chinese New Year begins Feb. 8) Year of
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Tucson Food Buzz: Red’s Smokehouse, Pounding Rice

Red’s Smokehouse & Tap Room Red’s is a welcome addition to the University food scene. Tonight my friend and food writer Edie Jarolim and I sampled the Carolina pulled pork basket with corn bread and vinegar slaw, corn on the cob with Siracha, lime and cojita cheese, the wedge Cobb salad, and grilled veggies. And we cleaned our plates. Vegetarians can find sanctuary here too. Check out the smoked vegetable stack and an array of sides. Craft beer can be purchased in 5 oz, 10 oz, 16 oz servings as well as signature cocktails. Red’s is the brainchild of Ramiro
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National Oatmeal Month

January is National Oatmeal Month. Who doesn’t like a steaming bowl of oatmeal to warm us at breakfast? Oatmeal is one of those foods that are always on the best/healthiest foods lists. Oatmeal is purportedly beneficial for lowering cholesterol, boosting the immune system, stabilizing blood sugar, preventing diabetes, is gluten-free-friendly and because it contains high amounts of magnesium, oatmeal helps the body to properly use glucose and secrete insulin. Oatmeal tastes great naked, topped with brown sugar, sliced bananas, berries, maple syrup, raisins, dried cranberries, almonds or walnuts, chocolate or butterscotch chips, Nutella, almond butter, peanut butter, cinnamon, candied ginger,
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Tucson 2015: Circle of Food Favorites

Tucson 2015: Circle of Food Favorites Potato latke dinner at Mary Jo’s house. Great food, great friends and lots of laughter. My yearly foray into latke eating. My brother and sister-in-law visited. Surprisingly, we ate in more than dined out. They raved about Elvira’s in Tubac, brunch at 47 Scott, dinner at Tavolino,Tucson Tamales which got transported back to Florida in the luggage and wine tasting at Kief-Joshua in Elgin. LA or Bust. Thai food, Asian food, Thai food. Roy Choi food. Portuguese bakery. Feet in the sand. Portland or Bust. Thai food. Thai food. Best donuts – Blue Star  Wine
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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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