Tucson Culinary Road Trips, Passports, Cupcakes

Summertime and the living is easy…if you live by an ocean. Summertime in Tucson just sucks the life out of me but the food scene is still robust because a person has got to eat. Road Trips and Passports You don’t have to leave Tucson to take a culinary road trip for your mouth or visit another international World City of Gastronomy No passport needed to eat and drink your way through Kingfisher’s road trip. Some of the menu items are smoked salmon candy, venison carpaccio, Sun Valley potato bomb, cedar plank Artic char,  grilled porter soaked flank steak and
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Sauce Pizza & Wine Opens Near Costco, Tucson

East Grant Road between Wilmot and Tanque Verde Road is becoming a mini restaurant row. ZinBurger (Fox Restaurant Concepts) has grown roots and just to the east is the new Sauce Pizza & Wine (a former Fox Restaurant Concepts) and next to it will be Prep & Pastry. With this added address 6450 E. Grant Road, Sauce now has four locations in Tucson.  Sauce first opened in 2003 and has become a staple in the local dining scene. One of the first of its kind, Sauce became a leader in the trend of fast-casual restaurants catering to the greater movement
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ZinfullMoment at Zinburger Tucson

May is National Burger Month. Who doesn’t love a good burger? The meat of the matter matters as long as it’s beef (marbled with fat for flavor and grilled to perfection), lamb, turkey or veggie. Now for the most zealous of burger fans, Zinburger is hosting a contest where you have a chance at winning a $600 gift card to Zinburger. Feed the family. Feed your entire neighborhood, fraternity or little league. Just think of how popular you might become! Just take and post a photograph of your #ZinfullMoment (using that hashtag) and you will be entered into the contest
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Three Wells Distilling Gin, Desert Rain in a Bottle

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” (Casablanca, 1942, Humphrey Bogart). Oh, how I’ve always wanted to use that line. Circle of Food (Karyn Zoldan) was invited to a gin joint of sorts, a Tucson distillery, to taste desert-inspired gin at Three Wells Distilling Company. For the record, I don’t even like gin but this gin I could savor and sip neat or over ice with a lemon twist and all would be right with the world…at least for the time being. Gin Made from Scratch So, what’s gin? Gin
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Holy Guacamole, Agave and Cinco de Mayo Tucson

What is it about May 5th that makes us want to go out there and celebrate? Do you even know what you’re celebrating? Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, that’s September 16. Cinco de Mayo actually celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Mexican army won the battle despite being smaller and ill-equipped. In Mexico Cinco de Mayo is observed with battle reenactments and political speeches but in the U.S. where political speeches and battle reenactments between the Reds and the Blues happen daily, we don’t need no
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Arizona Gives Day – April 5 – Think Food, Tucson

Arizona Gives Day is a statewide, grassroots day of giving that happens on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (Arizona Time). Join thousands of other Arizonans and “invest in Arizona” by donating to your favorite charities. Go to azgives.org to donate.  You can search by category or enter the charity into the top of the page search box. Some food related charities are: Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (in Tucson) Green Valley-Sahuarita Food Bank Borderlands Food Bank (Santa Cruz county) Community Gardens of Tucson Iskashitaa Refugee Network Mobile Meals of Tucson Vision Arizona Gives Day
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Tucson: Janos and the Carriage House Cooking Classes

I confess I’m a Janos groupie. I love Janos – his cooking, his caring, his involvement in the greater community. Recently Janos fulfilled a dream of his by opening the Carriage House which is  part restaurant chefs and bartending classes for the consumer like you and me, an event space for special occasions and fundraisers, and part locavore – embracing those Southwest ingredients that give Southern Arizona its own unique culinary twist (cholla buds, anyone?) and part of the reason Tucson received the World City of Gastronomy Award. This past Saturday I joined 50 or more curious customers at Janos’
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Tucson restaurants closing, opening, celebrating

Tucson restaurants closing, opening, celebrating Acacia Closing After 11 successful years in business, Chef Albert Hall and his wife (and co-owner) Lila Yamashiro have announced to their staff that they will close their award winning restaurant Acacia Real Food & Cocktails. A grand finale event will be held on May 15. It’s hard to say goodbye to a Tucson original. More Sauce Sauce Pizza & Wine will add a fourth restaurant to the Tucson dining scene with a location at 6450 E. Grant Road near Wilmot. The 3,200-square-foot space will be the first location in Tucson to open under the
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2016 Tucson Gem Show Dining

2016 Tucson Gem Show Dining – Welcome Gem Show vendors and shoppers. As you shop for minerals, baubles and beads, be sure to check out the local Tucson dining scene. Did you know Tucson was just named a World City of Gastronomy by UNESCO? Yes! It’s a big deal so go take a bite of some local chow.   Many shows and exhibits are in and around the downtown, I-10 corridor. Downtown Tucson has many fine and fabulous restaurants and bars. Here are a few – Hub, Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails, Maynards Kitchen, Proper, Reilly’s (a former funeral home turned pizza and
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Tucson Food Buzz: Red’s Smokehouse, Pounding Rice

Red’s Smokehouse & Tap Room Red’s is a welcome addition to the University food scene. Tonight my friend and food writer Edie Jarolim and I sampled the Carolina pulled pork basket with corn bread and vinegar slaw, corn on the cob with Siracha, lime and cojita cheese, the wedge Cobb salad, and grilled veggies. And we cleaned our plates. Vegetarians can find sanctuary here too. Check out the smoked vegetable stack and an array of sides. Craft beer can be purchased in 5 oz, 10 oz, 16 oz servings as well as signature cocktails. Red’s is the brainchild of Ramiro
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