Eating around Tucson with Circle of Food – Kimchi Time

Ate dinner tonight at Kimchi Time Restaurant in midtown. My favorite menu item to order is the Korean seafood pancake or haemul pajeon. The pancake arrives at the table in a hot cast iron skillet. Your server will cut it into fourths not unlike a pizza or a frittata. We asked our server what the ingredients were and he said a flour batter with various seafood, scallions and seasoning. I do admit this dish tastes slightly different every time but not different bad; somewhat different and delicious. In Korea, it’s eaten as a snack…I could certainly see eating it for
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With Relish: Author Dawn Lerman

Author and contributor to the New York Times WELL blog, Dawn Lerman, was kind enough to answer Circle of Food’s “With Relish” questionnaire. What’s your favorite dish to cook on a personal level and why? Recipe is optional. My favorite recipe is my grandmothers chicken soup. When I was growing up we never had real food in our house. My 450-pound ad man father only consumed diet products with a marketing promise attached. My mom, a liberated woman of the 60’s and a wanna-be actress had no interest in cooking or domestic chores. I was always hungry both physically and
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Ice Cream Throwdown Fundraiser for Ben’s Bells, Salt & Straw

This sounds like my kind of fundraiser: Eight local ice cream and gelato makers want to win bragging rights while you the people get to sample and judge the offerings. A portion of the proceeds benefit Ben’s Bells, a homegrown charity promoting kindness to all. Sweet. The contenders are: BrushFire BBQ Co The Cup Cafe HUB Ice Cream Factory Isabella’s Ice Cream Maynards Market & Kitchen Sullivan’s Eatery & Creamery Tazzina di Gelato The Screamery Tickets cost $10 (for 10 tastings) and you are urged to buy your tickets in advance to avoid long lines of people trying to buy
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Farmer+Chef–Local First Arizona Event–Sept 12

Don’t miss this special event and resource for Arizona farmers and vendors to get to know chefs, stores and buyers at a wholesale vendor fair. Also students, advocates, entrepreneurs and interested parties like me can learn about sourcing food products on a local level. This daylong event happens Monday, Sept 12 at the Tucson Convention Center from 11 am to 4 pm and there’s a networking reception to follow until 6 pm featuring local food, beer, wine, and spirits.                                                              During the reception, awards will be presented for AZ Made Awards recognizing excellence in food, drink and crafted products made in
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Sept 9 – Tucson Chef Ryan Clark on the Today Show

Chef Ryan Clark, one of Tucson’s top chefs, has been invited to appear on NBC’s Today Show this Friday September 9th in a Tailgate Battle of the Chefs. Representing the AZ Cardinals with a Southwest Tailgate feast, Chef Clark’s menu will include signature guacamole (from his cookbook Modern Southwest Cooking), his rendition of southwest signature Sonoran hotdogs, as well as pork tacos braised in AZ craft beer. His challenger will be a chef representing the New England Patriots and traditional northeast coast tailgate dishes. The segment will air during the regular broadcast of the Today Show on KVOA, Channel 4 in Tucson,
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Tucson Gone to Seed at Native Seeds Search, Pop-Up Beer

Raise your hand if you have ever cleaned seeds? It might not be on your bucket list but you would be helping Native Seeds Search if you came out to help (volunteer) on Thursday September 8 from noon to 4 pm. Drop in; you need not stay for the entire time. Seeds have been sown and now they need to be cleaned. It’s like your room; seeds don’t clean themselves. Lots of seeds to process: Mayo Kama Winter Squash, San Carlos Apache Devil’s Claw, Tarahumara Mustard, Magdelena Acelgas, and more. Come to the Native Seeds Search Conservation Center and learn
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Tucson, Got Too Much Fruit?

Let’s just suppose you have some lush edible vegetation in your yard and are 1) not physically able or 2) too busy to pick it. Or if you pick it, you’re at a loss of what to do with it. Don’t leave to the birds! Enter the Iskashitaa Refugee Network. Give them a call (520-440-0100) or fill out the fruit donor application and  volunteers will come to pick your fruits and provide fruits to refugee families in need in our community and/or make jams and chutneys to sell in order to fund-raise for the organization that helps refugees. Brilliant. Right
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Tucson Hunger Walk Fundraiser – September 17, 2016

Tucson is an altruistic city which is good because the need is great to feed people in need. Not only are three Arizona-owned restaurants participating in a month-long No Kid Hungry campaign but the Community Food Bank is hosting its signature Hunger Walk with the goal of raising $205,000. So far, $148,000 has been raised! The money raised for the Hunger Walk stays here at the Tucson Community Food Bank and will go directly to all the hunger assistance programs. Did you know $1 = 4 meals? There will be two different locations for Hunger Walks – at  Kino Sports
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Tucson Food Events–Sept 17-Bacon, Brew, Casks Oktoberfest

What is it about Saturday September 17th that the stars are aligned in such a way to bring about a trio of sumptuous beef, bacon and beer events around town? My apologies to vegetarians. Arizona Bacon Fest You must be 21+ to attend this bacon bacchanalia at Randolph Park driving range from 5 to 9 pm. General admission costs $40 which includes unlimited food tastings from 35+ local chefs and 35+ beer tastings. Go ahead and pig out!  Live music by Love Boat & Sol Invictus.  Friends don’t let friends drive drunk but eating too much bacon is another story
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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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