Tucson Mother’s Day Dining & Trivia

Sunday May 10th is Mother’s Day and it’s still a Hallmark holiday. Did you know that total amount annually spent on Mother’s Day cards is $671 million? And while we’re at it, $1.9 billion is spent on flowers. Consumers (that’s you) will spend an average of $168.94 on their moms on Mother’s Day. Flowers, clothes, jewelry, spa services, books, electronics, dinner…add up to $20.7 billion in spending in one day! Mother’s Day Trivia #1 Hoyt Axton wrote Three Dog Night’s hit song, “Joy to the World.” His mother, Mae Axton wrote an Elvis Presley hit. What is the name of
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April 26 – National Pretzel Day

The annual United States pretzel industry is worth more than $550 million, and the average American consumes about 1.5 pounds of pretzels per year. Eighty percent of these pretzels are made in Pennsylvania, where hard pretzels originated. Hard pretzels were invented in the late 1600s, when a snoozing apprentice in a Pennsylvania bakery accidentally over-baked his pretzels, creating crunchy, seemingly inedible, knots. His job was spared when the master baker, took a bite out of one–and loved it. These days hard pretzels are coated with sugary yogurt, sometimes tinted garish colors, chocolate and butterscotch. Pretzel nuggets and pretzel sticks can
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Easter Dining in Tucson

Sunday, April 5 is Easter. Don’t wait until the last minute to determine where you will dine. For people not celebrating Easter or celebrating more casually, how does all day happy hour sound? FOOTHILLS RA Sushi: All Day Happy Hour For those wanting a non-traditional Easter dinner option or not celebrating Easter, RA Sushi offers all day happy hour. You can eat more than 25 appetizer and sushi selections ranging from $3.49 to $8.99, and enjoy a wide variety of beer, wine and signature cocktails ranging from $3.75 to $8. All day happy hour is not limited to the bar
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Agustin Kitchen wins 2nd place -International Culinary Competition

(Congratulations. Circle of Food looks forward to some exotic Thai tastes at Agustin Kitchen.) from the press release Tucson, Ariz—-On March 25th, Chef Ryan Clark and Chef de Cuisine Brandon Dillon of Agustin Kitchen, traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to represent the US and participate in the 2015 Thai Culinary World Challenge. Ten teams of chefs from around the world competed in a lively culinary challenge on March 28 and 29. On day one the team prepared three dishes , soup, appetizer and entrée from their country of origin. On day two they all prepared a similar meal, hot soup, herbal
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Grilled Cheese Meets Creativity + Giving Back, Tucson

Circle of Food goes bananas when local restaurants put a creative spin on giving back. Sauce Restaurants is celebrating National Grilled Cheese month in April. From now through April 18, you have an opportunity to suggest your own OUTSTANDING AND FANTASTIC grilled cheese sandwich by entering a recipe online or in the store. The winning recipe will be featured on the Sauce menu in May and Sauce will then donate $1 from each grilled cheese sandwich sold to the winner’s charity of choice. Circle of Food loves this idea! Winner will be judged by Sauce’s Executive Chef based on taste,
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Liquid Assets at Scott & Co., Tucson Cocktails

Scott & Co., makers & purveyors of fine handmade goods. With a tagline like that Scott & Co. could be a fine linens store, a pharmacy, a gift shop, etc. But in this case, Scott & Co. is a modern rendition of a speakeasy. Don’t worry you don’t need a secret handshake or password to get in, just a sense of adventure and a laid-back attitude. Circle of Food was fortunate to be invited to a cocktail tasting for the launch of  new liquid asset creations this spring and summer. The following cocktails debut March 20. First let’s introduce the
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HUB Ice Cream Factory to open downtown Tucson

from the press release Tucson, AZ (March 19, 2015) –Just in time for Tucson’s summer heat, HUB is proud to announce the opening of HUB Ice Cream Factory this May at 245 E Congress. HUB Ice Cream Factory will serve the same rich ice cream Tucsonans have come to love from HUB. The Factory will have an extended menu of flavors and added ice cream novelties such as milk shakes, floats, ice cream cakes and ice cream sandwiches made with fresh-baked cookies. “We are proud to be a member of the downtown community and we’re excited to expand just across
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Food Safety: Trader Joe’s Walnut Recall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 17, 2015 — Monrovia, CA — Trader Joe’s Company is recalling Raw Walnuts because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
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National Pi Day, Tucson Pie Party 2015

Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant ? (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in the month/day date format), since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of ? in decimal form. Got that? But really who can say pi without thinking of pie? Pi Day has been observed in many ways, including eating pie, throwing pies and discussing the significance of the number ?. Some schools hold competitions as to which student can recall Pi to the highest number of decimal places. So be sure to eat some pie
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What’s shakin’? Schmacon Kickstarter

Okay, Circle of Food will bite. Who can resist a subject line about Schmacon™? From the press release Schmacon, the New, All-Beef Alternative to Bacon Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Funding Before Coming to Retail Locations (Chicago) – Schmacon™, smoked and glazed beef slices, will launch its Kickstarter campaign March 9, 2015 to secure funding before launching in retail locations later this year. An innovative alternative to traditional pork bacon, Schmacon is lower in sodium, calories and fat, inspired by its inventor Howard Bender’s deli roots. The Schmacon Kickstarter video explains how the funds raised will be utilized, including an informative,
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