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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Joy to the World – It’s Just a Red Starbucks Cup

Fleetingly I saw the headlines about the Red Starbucks Cup™. People, GET OVER IT. It’s just a damn Red Cup with a Starbucks logo.  Nothing sells coffee better or any consumer product, for that matter, than controversy and mountains of publicity (good and bad) to propel it along. By January 7, you’ll all be saying, “What cup?” Oddly enough some religious extremists are complaining about the cup and it’s lack of holiday graphics. Really? While I mostly drink local to Tucson roasted coffee when I’m out and about, I like the idea of the Red Starbucks Cup. It’s festive and I don’t
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Heirloom Farmers Markets Host Fourth Viva La Local Food Festival

Check out this fun event guaranteed to entice all your senses. Heirloom Farmers Markets is proud to announce its signature Viva La Local Food Festival. This event is a Tucson favorite and proceeds benefit Heirloom Farmers Markets’ initiatives, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. This event partners with the Living Streets Alliance’s Cyclovia Tucson. Together Tucson Tandem is a weekend of fun celebrating local food and five miles of car-free city streets. Viva La Local happens on Halloween day, October 31, from 9 AM -5 PM. Cyclovia Tucson is November 1, from 10 AM -3 PM, along the Midtown route featuring 4th Ave
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Tucson: Blu A Wine & Cheese Stop Closed

What’s going on at the Mercado San Agustin? First, award-winning chef Ryan Clark leaves Agustin Kitchen and now Blu A Wine & Cheese Shop closed as of Oct. 18. from the press release October 19, 2015, Tucson AZ – Blu A Wine & Cheese Stop launched in October 2012 with a catering and wholesale program that elevated the artisanal cheese scene in Tucson to a whole new level. In January 2014, Blu opened a retail shop and wine bar at the Mercado San Agustin. Blu’s owner, Tana Fryer, announced today that Blu is leaving the Mercado after reaching an impasse
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Chef Ryan Clark Leaves Agustin Kitchen

Circle of Food is sorry to see Chef Ryan Clark leave but we’re certain that his prospects will be many and wish him the best. He has uplifted the Tucson food scene and brought much culinary notice to Tucson and to Agustin Kitchen. from the press release Tucson, Ariz—When Chef Ryan Clark opened Agustin Kitchen (formerly Agustin Brasserie) in December 2013, he had been brought on board by Fresh Start Group (FSG) owners Adam Weinstein and Jerry Dixon to create a bright new concept that would captivate and engage Southern Arizona. The award winning chef did just that and more.
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Dear Pumpkin Face Trader Joes

Today I received your mailer and am O.D.ing on pumpkin products. How many pumpkins had to die? Let’s see there were 48 pumpkin products and you have a gazillion stores in 40 states and counting. What were you thinking? When I grew up (decades ago) there were few pumpkin products. We, of course, had real pumpkins before Halloween. Mostly my dad did the jack-o-lantern thing because sharp knives and children with small hands did not pair well. Then there was the occasional pumpkin pie and perhaps a sophisticated aunt would serve pumpkin bread. End of story. But fast forward decades
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Dog Food: Where’s the Beef? Why HFCS?

I was taking care of a dog and his people brought over the dog food to feed him: Purina Moist & Meaty burger with cheddar cheese flavor. Mouth watering? The dog food is red and orange-ish short “sticks” of food in individual packets. Then I looked at the ingredients: Oh, Crap. –Beef byproduct –Soy flour –Soy grits –High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) –Water –Wheat flour –Corn syrup –Beef – In this “meaty” dog food, beef is the eighth ingredient. Plus–Phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols, salt, sorbic acid (a preservative), cheese powder (source of cheddar cheese
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Tucson October Food Events, Circle of Food

October in Tucson and Southern Arizona is busy multiplied. Dig in… Special Cupcake for Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery and Bistro have created a special cupcake — pink vanilla cake, strawberry filling, strawberry buttercream with fondant topping available all month long. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Making Strides against Breast Cancer in Tucson. Gourmet Girls is located at 5845 N Oracle Road Oct. 9 – The Living Room Opens A new restaurant with Scottsdale ties opens in the former Armitage Wine Lounge at La
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Sauce: Build Your Own Pizza – Win Money

This is a clever idea especially since if your pizza wins, the charity of your choice will get $1 for each  pizza sold and you receive $200 in Sauce gift cards. So it’s a win-win if you win. Here are the details for this really Sauce-y promo: –Entries will be accepted October 1 through 18 –The winner will be chosen by October 30 –All locations will have entry cards that guests can fill out –Guests can enter in the store OR via Facebook The winner’s pizza will be featured in the store through the month of November. $1 from each
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Loews Ventana Canyon: Casks and Cooks – 10.17

Local breweries + local chefs light up the night on Oct. 17 from the press release (Update: the correct price is $55/pp) WHAT: Dragoon, Ten Fifty-Five and Pueblo Vida brewing companies are joining together for the second time with the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort culinary team for Casks and Cooks. Tucson’s top chefs and brewmasters unite from each of the three breweries are paired with the perfect variety of grilled to order specialties. Don’t miss an outdoor evening under the stars featuring local craft beer, live bluegrass music and incredible BBQ. WHEN: Oct. 17 from 6-9 PM HOW: $50 $55
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