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, 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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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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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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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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Don’t Worry Be Happy Hour, Tucson

Happy Hour is my favorite meal of the day…especially in the summer. By 5ish pm I’ve been awake almost a dozen hours and I am hungry and tired. Happy hour is my dinner. I recently tried the happy hour at North Italia Restaurant* in La Encantada and then was so happy we meandered over to Blanco Tacos + Tequila for more happiness. Sort of like a double scoop of ice cream but only better with a buzz. One of my top favorite restaurants is North Italia so why not start here and begin with white sangria, certainly most refreshing on
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Tucson: July 4th Dining, Prep & Pastry Opens July 5th

Happy July 4th Not everyone is fortunate enough to be at the beach or invited to a barbecue. No worries, there are some dining specials around Tucson. Some restaurants like Downtown Kitchen, Kingfisher and Renee’s Organic Oven are closed so best to call first. All of Fox Restaurant Concepts here in Tucson – Blanco, North, Wildflower, and Zinburger – will be offering a 25% off discount to its “eBites” members on Monday, July 4. The discount is good for both food and adult beverages. But there’s a catch – you have to a signed up to their eBites email so
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