Top 10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Ranker poll reveals Top 10 from 9,700 votes. According to Ranker.com, who hosts opinion-based, crowd-sourced rankings of everything — mashed potatoes are the #1 Thanksgiving Day favorite. The poll included 34 side dishes to choose from and the winners are: 1. Mashed potatoes 2. Stuffing 3. Gravy 4. Bread 5. Green bean casserole 6. Corn on the cob 7. Macaroni and cheese 8. Baked sweet potatoes 9. Sweet potato pie 10. Crescent rolls What that tells Circle of Food is people love their carbs. I could forgo the turkey and just be happy with a pan of stuffing, mashed potatoes,
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Mexico Seasonal Dining at Penca Restaurante, Tucson

Penca Restaurante kicks off the Mexican holiday season featuring food and drinks traditionally eaten while leading up to Christmas in Mexico. NOCHES DE PENCA Penca’s summer promotion, Noches de Penca, was so well received, that it will now be a regular feature each Wednesday night through the fall and winter. “We have a lot of fun creating a special new menu each week – and our guests really enjoy the opportunity to try new flavors and ingredients. We will continue to be creative and explore the culinary diversity of Mexico on our menus,” says Patricia Schwabe, Penca owner and native
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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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