Circle of Food: Food Postcards from L.A., Ventura

While I know I have a southwest soul, my physical body craves the ocean ions and marine layer. Tucson’s brutal summers even with the monsoons deplete me. So it was with great joy that I was able to fit in a few days in L.A. and Ventura and lucky me, while there – it rained! Having lived in L.A. for 30 years, I was so ready to leave but enjoy visiting as several good friends live there and these friends like to do what I like to do – eat, imbibe, explore, walk, explore without demanding schedules. My dear friend
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Coming Soon: Carriage House Cooking School, Special Event Venue

Wow! This is impressive and what a good idea. Tucson’s one name wonder, Janos, will open a second venue downtown. While the name, The Carriage House, may sound old-fashioned, it’s actually state of the art and high tech. from the press release Tucson, Ariz—Ever the culinary trailblazer, Chef Janos Wilder, Tucson’s only James Beard award winning chef, is about to make local history again with the opening in January 2016 of The Carriage House, a multi-use space featuring a cooking school, as well as a private event/dining room and patio. Conveniently located just to the south of Wilder’s DOWNTOWN Kitchen
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Vote: Chef Ryan Clark’s Recipe in Hometown Breakfast Battle

Tucson Chef Ryan Clark Competes in Breakfast Battle Let’s all vote for Tucson Chef Ryan Clark from Agustin Kitchen in the Thomas English Muffins Breakfast Battle. Plus his recipe is damn good! From the press release Tucson, Ariz—-135 chefs. 135 cities. It’s the largest national chef competition of its kind, and Chef Ryan Clark from Agustin Kitchen was invited by Thomas Brands to represent Tucson by creating a locally inspired recipe using Thomas English Muffins. His Southwestern Thomas ’Original English Muffin Frittata is an easy to make, delectable recipe specially designed for the home cook. Chef Clark hopes that his
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Tucson Food Buzz: Lost Restaurants, Obon, Chile Fest

Circle of Food delivers a savory menu of what’s happening around town and beyond. Lost Restaurants of Tucson Everyone who dines in Tucson restaurants past and present are holding their proverbial breaths for the publication date of December 7th of the sure-to-be-fun-to-read book, the Lost Restaurants of Tucson, written by Rita Connelly, The Well Fed Foodie and dear friend. Circle of Food will keep you updated of where to find the book and future book signings. Eating Around Obon Recently opened downtown Tucson in the former Gio Taco space is Obon, downtown’s only Japanese restaurant serving sushi, ramen, some Korean
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Tucson Chef Demos at Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of some of Tucson’s top local chefs for the Saturday cooking demo series beginning September 12. The demonstration classes are free, take place on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3 PM and feature full cooking demonstrations of signature dishes by a variety of chefs from all over Tucson. Store guests have the opportunity to meet and talk with the chefs, taste their offerings and get copies of recipes. And the lineup is: September 12 — Rocco DiGrazia, Rocco’s Little Chicago September 19 — Charmaine Thomas, AVO Catering September 26 –Sybil Parsa,
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Tucson: As the Grocery Store Turns

But first a word about me: Tucson Foodie featured me (thanks CJ Hamm) in a Nine on the Line interview last week. Check it out! Haggen closed two of its three recently opened stores on the eastside. The stores took over Safeways which are now owned by Albertsons. Circle of Food visited the furthest eastside location at Broadway/Houghton one Saturday morning about two months ago and it was empty. Most grocery stores are brimming with customers on Saturday morning. This huge immaculate store might have had a dozen shoppers. Sad. So it was no surprise when Haggen closed. What happened?
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R.I.P. Mukhi Singh, Twisted Tandoor, Tucson

The Tucson food community is collaborative and when one of their own dies, it’s shocking especially when suddenly, as is the case of Mukhi Singh, owner of the wildly popular The Twisted Tandoor food truck. Pictured in the above photo with Singh is Kim Silver, No Kill Pima County board member and friend. “Mukhi was a friend to the animals and always supported animal causes when he could,” said Kim. “He was a very compassionate, genuine man with tremendous integrity and a zest for life and making connections with people.” Kim’s words echo my own and probably dozens if not
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Tucson Buzz: Waffles, Wings & Other Things, Baking

Baking a Difference Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child. Simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness. Their goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time. Our friend Carla made this colorful and detailed tortoise birthday cake for a family in need. Carla makes the most extraordinary cakes. Once for an 80th birthday for a
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Is that a Zucchini in Your Pocket…

Saturday, August 8 is National Zucchini Day. How are you going to celebrate the zucchini? While I couldn’t quite remember the context, I did remember hearing a tale or reading a story during zucchini season about how people often open their mailboxes only to find zucchini and more zucchini for days because of abundant neighbors’ gardens. After a little web searching, I found a quote by author Barbara Kingsolver who wrote about an abundant zucchini crop in her book, Animal Vegetable Miracle as well as her recipe for chocolate chunk zucchini cookies. And she’s not the only one, plenty of
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Tucson Buzz: Peppers, Salsa Challenge, Mermaids

Pick a Peck of Peppers The Tucson Village Farm has wheelbarrows full of fresh peppers for $1/pound. All you have to do is U-Pick on Tuesday/August 4 from 5 to 7 PM. Aside from peppers there is basil, eggplant, okra, squash, onion, chili peppers, summer greens, eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, local honey, and many assorted herbs at 4210 N. Campbell Avenue. Tucson Village Farm is a youth-centered working urban farm. Our seed to table program is designed to reconnect young people to a healthy food system, teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empower them to make healthy
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