Looking for Armenian Ajarski in Tucson

While in L.A. last month my friend took me to an Armenian bakery for breakfast in North Hollywood. That’s the beauty of L.A., the vast melting pot of global flavors waiting to be devoured exists on almost every corner. The restaurant Lilit Bakery Café (12001 Victory Blvd North Hollywood, CA 91606) was bigger than it looked from the outside. Most noticeably was the long case of Armenian and French pastries and lavishly decorated cakes for which I drooled. However, with these kinds of sweets they frequently look better than taste, so I only looked. The reason we came was for
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Tucson Circle of Food 30 Day Challenge

Thirty days has September, April, June and blah blah. This little ditty according to Wikipedia is a traditional English rhyme commonly used in English-speaking countries to remember what months have how many days. What does this have to do with food? For the month of September, Circle of Food is going to challenge me, myself and I, Karyn Zoldan to write one blog post every day unless a guest blogger jumps in. Hold me accountable, okay? September’s cup runs over with food related classes, fundraisers, festivals and more. If you have a food or liquid refreshment-related happening, trend, announcement (no
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With Relish: Tyler Fenton, Reilly Craft Pizza, Tucson

Tucson: Tyler Fenton, Reilly Craft Pizza, Owner and Restaurateur You would never know that Reilly was a former funeral home and Circle of Food promises no dying to eat here jokes. In 2012, Reilly opened its doors and since has become a trifecta of sorts with an inspired restaurant for the hungry, a separate beer garden for the thirsty and the Tough Luck Club cocktail bar in the basement. What’s your favorite dish to cook on a personal level and why? My favorite dish to cook is Cacio e Pepe. It is my favorite pasta; it is so simple but
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When Life Gives You Lemons

How did the lemon get a bad rap? Did you know there are lemon laws in all 50 states in order to protect consumers from defective vehicles? But why lemons? Why shouldn’t these laws be named after grapes like a sour grapes law? Laws aside, the little sunny lemon should be celebrated for the gift of nature that it is. When life gives you lemons – make lemonade. Who doesn’t like lemonade especially on a hot summer day? A few months ago, the Limoneira company in Santa Paula, Calif. sent Circle of Food a beautiful box of their sustainable and
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Tucson Bakery: 2nd Kneaders Café Opens in the Foothills

Attention French toast lovers – the first 100 people at the new Kneaders can score complimentary chunky cinnamon French toast on August 19 and 20 located on the SE corner of River/Craycroft at 3570 N. Craycroft. Currently, this location marks the 51st store in six states. Kneaders first Tucson location is at 135 S. Wilmot Road (@Broadway) and a third location will be coming soon to Oracle Road in Oro Valley. Kneaders takes pride in being a family-friendly restaurant filled with made-from-scratch breads, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and of course, breakfast. Every day there are 42 different pastries and breads are
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Get Prickly at Sonoran Desert Cooking Camp – Aug 6

Looking for something fun to do this Saturday August 6 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort? Join the region’s best chefs in harvesting and preparing a variety of native ingredients like prickly pear fruit, saguaro cactus, barrel cactus and mesquite pods in this one-day fully interactive cooking class. Learn BBQ techniques using prickly pear fruit with Executive Chef Ken Harvey. Learn how to make specialty desserts using barrel cactus with Pastry Chef Krista Owens and how to whip-up creative mesquite appetizers with Executive Sous Chef Ashley Reese, and more. The cost for this one-day cooking camp which runs from noon to
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Food Safety: Big Lots Ground Turmeric Recall

Another day, another recall…this time the spice touted to help with inflammation. GET THE LEAD OUT — Gel Spice, Inc. is recalling one lot of Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric Powder because the product contains elevated lead levels. The recalled “Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric” is packaged in 3.75 oz. PET jars.  It has a code of B/B 03/08/19 and B/B 05/18/19 on the neck of the container. The package also has a UPC code of 81026-01230. The product was distributed at Big Lots Stores throughout the United States.               Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health
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Food Safety: General Mills Flour Recall Expanded

Confession: I love raw chocolate chip cookie dough; the baked cookies not so much. But this General Mills Gold Medal Flour recall is giving me pause to ever eating raw cookie dough again. Facts Flour is a raw ingredient that is intended to be cooked or baked.  Flour is made from wheat that is grown outdoors where bacteria are often present and the normal flour milling process does not remove these bacteria. In order for severe E. coli illness to occur from flour, all three of the following things have to happen: The flour a consumer is using has to
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Pokemon Invades Casino Del Sol, Tucson

I may be the only person who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Pokemon. Yet there seems to be a rash of interest in PokemonGo and I imagine it’s a mindless diversion to what heinous acts are going on in the world today. As long as nobody gets shot Pokemon-ing, I think it’s a good thing. It appears that businesses are getting into the Pokemon action too. At Casino Del Sol Resort, there are Pokemon-themed dishes and cocktails. Tequila Factory PokeBalls: Fried ice cream, adorned with sugar crystals, and chocolate, in a fried flour tortilla cup rimmed with sugar and
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Melting Pot Restaurants Thank Civil Service Employees

To thank Civil Service workers for all that they do, The Melting Pot will offer 50 percent off food from July 17-23. All Civil Service workers have to do is show a valid I.D. at the beginning of their meal. One dollar for every meal will be donated to the Civil Service Workers’ local police department. The Melting Pot is a gourmet fondue restaurant with four Arizona locations in Tucson (Foothills Mall), South Phoenix, Scottsdale and Glendale. Reservations are advised.
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