Eating around Tucson with Circle of Food–Roma Imports

Today two friends (M.J. and Loren) and I went to Roma Imports for late lunch. As we zigged and zagged south of Broadway and west of Kino Parkway on a numbered street, both wondered where the heck we were going. Roma Imports is like a mirage in the middle of an industrial area. Roma is part Italian grocer, takeout, catering and restaurant. We all ordered panini. Theirs were laden with roasted vegetables and mine was a special of the day – the Bri-nini – a seductive combo of gooey melted brie with fig jam, thinly sliced cucumbers and fresh lettuce.
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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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Book Review: My Fat Dad

Book Review: My Fat Dad This book is for anyone who struggles with weight or has a loved one who wrestles with poundage. Author Dawn Lerman grew up in a household where her mother ate a can of tuna fish over the sink and considered that her meal of the day, and where her dad gained weight just by looking at it. Her father went to a fat farm, tried every diet and dietary supplement available insisting the family be on the same eating plan so he wouldn’t be tempted. Child abuse? Perhaps. Lerman who writes for the New York
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47 Scott, Downtown Tucson Restaurant Gem

47 Scott, Downtown Tucson Restaurant Gem It takes courage and creativity to be a pioneer and that is exactly what the owners of 47 Scott did when they opened downtown more than 5 years ago. This is well before the downtown Tucson food scene was the dining mecca it is today. 47 Scott isn’t on the main drag of Congress but on Scott Street (hence the address) adroitly at the entrance and exit of the green Pennington parking structure. That was then and this is now, still a gem of a place, 47 Scott thrives. Next door is the famed Scott
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Summer Menu at RA Sushi Tucson

In the summer Circle of Food yearns for lighter fare using seasonal ingredients. RA Sushi’s summer menu is available for a limited time (May thru August) featuring nine different sushi, salad and cocktail offerings focusing on cool, light flavors ideal for our sweltering days. Two new appetizers showcase Red Seabream, a white fish that is often used in celebrations and ceremonies in Japan. Our server mistakenly said the Seabream was like octopus but not as chewy. Fortunately, we didn’t find the Seabream anything like octopus but rather mild and delicate. The thinly sliced Red Seabream Carpaccio (like sashimi) was topped
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Review: Safe Catch Tuna Mercury Tested

Do you love tuna? How about a crunchy tuna salad sandwich or elegant Nicoise salad? The good news is tuna is affordable and packed with high quality protein but the bad news — tuna is also rife with mercury. Contradictory reports from the EPA, FDA and Consumer Reports range from warning about widely variable mercury levels in fish to warning pregnant and breast-feeding women that not eating seafood may be even riskier due to nutrients and beneficial omega 3s in fish that are vital to developing babies. Seafood has many health benefits but consumers need to know if the fish
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Tucson: Chowda Meets the Desert at Jackson Tavern

UPDATE: Closed/post remains for historical purposes. Jackson Tavern, a new Metzger Family Restaurant will set sail on December 1 at the former Red Sky address (2900 N. Swan Road/Plaza Palomino). Get your chops ready for some New England style fare such as Little Neck Clam Cakes, C Dogs (breaded and flash-fried lobster tails with lemon-Sriracha aioli and Clam Chowda with bacon lardon and seasoned soda crackers. (Comment: Mouth watering right about now) There’s more: Lobster Roll, Crab Cake BLT, Narragansett Stew and pork ribs, burgers, chicken wings and then some. Eight cocktails will dominate the tavern’s beverage menu with the
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Book Review: L.A. Son By Roy Choi

My Life, My City, My Food I loved this memoir by Roy Choi creator of Kogi BBQ Taco Food Truck, famous for the Korean taco which launched the entire food truck revolution. Having lived in L.A. for 30 years (my informative years), I liked knowing the cities and locales he wrote about where he was a bad boy, a very bad boy (saw-off shotguns, 9mm Berettas, numchucks, chains, bats, big hunting knives), a gangsta and how he turned his life around with culinary school and his rise to the top. And in between all the nitty gritty and a slew
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Delicious Movie: The Hundred Foot Journey

Talk about connections. Just say you’re Oprah Winfrey and you read a book that you love (The Hundred Foot Journey) by author Richard C. Morais. Then call up your friend Steve Spielberg and ask him to make this book into a movie. The story is about an immigrant Indian family (with a very talented and handsome self-taught chef) who flee their native land to end up in Rotterdam, France across the street from a one-star Michelin-rated restaurant owned by Helen Mirren. While the town has never experienced the bold spices of Indian cooking, they soon crave it and Madam Mirren
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Don’t Skimp on Those Spices

Planning a menu on a restricted diet–be it the Low-FODMAP protocol or otherwise–means a lot of the same. With broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, various beans and peas all on the trigger list that leaves a lot of repetition of spinach, green beans, and carrots (not to mention the ubiquitous green salad) as side dishes. Of course there are more options available seasonally, but these are our core components. Even the proteins can get a bit repetitive without a helping hand from the spice rack. Whether you’re following a recipe or experimenting on your own, a careful perusal of the spice blends
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