Tucson happenings: cupcakes & art, 2nd Saturday, cocktails-Feb. 12

Sat-Feb. 12 Cupcakes, Cookies and Champagne Art Show 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Designlines Interiors Design Studio 2080 North Craycroft Rd. (located between Pima and Grant) 13 artists gather in the design studio of Patricia Mooney. The event is free and everyone is invited to drink champagne, nibble cupcakes and enjoy/buy artful things. Bernsen Arts will have her fabulously original necklaces for sale. Sat-Feb. 12 Second Saturday – downtown Tucson Second Saturday resumes with a burst of entertainment for all ages, pop up stores, two new restaurant openings – HUB Creamery and Monkey Burger #2, arts, personalities, media, and more,
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Valentine’s Day Happenings from the Tucson Originals

Image via Wikipedia Valentine’s Day Happenings from the Tucson Originals There seems to be lots of choices this year from $15 cocktail flights to $65 prixe fix dinners and everything in between including the “Marry Me at Congress” commitment ceremonies for seven lucky couples. Also since Valentine’s Day is on a Monday, some of these specials include the weekend. Chad’s Steakhouse & Saloon 3001 N. Swan Tucson, AZ 85712 (520) 881-1802 In addition to the regular menu, Chad’s will offer a 10 oz. NY Strip Steak with three jumbo fried shrimp for $19.95 (not including tax or gratuity).  Hours are
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Tucson Margarita Championship Winners’ Recipes 2010

Image via Wikipedia “El Reyes Del Reyes” Margarita – People’s Choice Winner Created by Pete Hoge of Kingfisher Bar & Grill with Harrison Hammeroff of Bluefin Ingredients: 2 oz. Tequila Semental Plata 1 oz. Patron Citron 2 oz. Fresh Made Sour Mix Juice of 1 medium Persian Lime Smoked Sea Salt to rim the glass Lime Ice Swizzle Directions: Rim glasses with smoked salt. In a mixing glass, combine ice, tequila, and sour. Shake and strain over ice and top with squeezed lime juice. Garnish with lime ice swizzle. Marguerite Nouveau – World’s Greatest Margarita (Judges’ winner) Created by Harold
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Cocktails: American Vodka

One of the perks (most of the time) of being a food writer is that people love to send you samples of a product they are promoting. Recently, I received a bottle of Blue Angel Vodka. Blue Angel is an ultra-premium American vodka. It is the brainchild of Maurice Kanbar, Master Distiller. Now I’m no expert on the subject, but my resident vodka fan gave it a resounding “A!” There’s also boasting their signature martini called the BAM (Blue Angel Martini.) Blue Angel is new to Arizona and can be found at retail liquor stores…where I don’t know just yet….but
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Lunch with Ginger, Inspired by Canton French Liqueur

Lunch with Ginger It all started when my friend Ditte Lokon gave me a bottle of Canton ginger-infused French cognac from Domaine for my birthday. I didn’t drink it at the time but decided to invite a few friends over for an Asian-inspired lunch to launch the liqueur. After much thought (one of the fun aspects of planning a lunch for guests is pondering the recipes) I decided to serve ginger mojitos. I particularly liked the recipe because it didn’t use simple syrup. The mojito recipe basically was Canton, rum, muddled mint, lemons, and ice cubes. We added sparkling water
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Eating Los Angeles: Drinking at Musso & Frank, Hollywood

Eating Los Angeles or perhaps drinking Los Angeles at Musso & Frank’s in the heart of Hollywood While in L.A. my syn twister (twin sister separated at birth) Deni had the bright idea to go to Hollywood Blvd and try on wigs. OK. I’m game. I’m on vacation after all. It was Friday afternoon and we couldn’t find parking. Or rather we found parking but the meters were $2.00/hour and we had no change. Deni had the brilliant idea of going to park in Musso & Frank’s parking lot. The parking attendant said we needed a validation and to be
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April 15 – free coffee or sip a tax relief cocktail

Image via Wikipedia April 15: The tax man cometh and he taketh away. This year for the first time ever the state of Arizona owes me money. I’ll take it! Otherwise, like clockwork, I need to pay the Feds. In Tucson, Café Terra Cotta which went out of business last year, used to have a $10.40 deal and I haven’t found any other local restaurant doing that. On the national level, McCormick & Schmick has a limited $10.40 deal so check them out. I have a fondness for M&S, as my friend’s mom used to take us there every Thanksgiving
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Sips & Shots: 50 Shots of America–Pennsylvania

You’d think (or at least I would) that Pennsylvania would have been the first to ratify the Constitution, seeing as how much time our forefathers spent doing big things in Philadelphia and all during those early colony days. Instead, they signed on a full 5 days after Delaware, on December 12, 1787,* becoming the second official state of the Union. The site of the first commercially drilled oil well in 1859, oil is not what most think of as being the prime business in the woods (Pennsylvania means Penn’s Wood after the founder, William Penn, and the Latin silva for
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Sips & Shots: 50 Shots of America–Delaware

Welcome to the 2010 series theme for Sips & Shots: 50 Shots of America! Each week I’ll look at a different state, dig up some (hopefully) interesting facts about it that then leads me to concoct a little libation in it’s honor (for these recipes I’ll be sticking to 2oz or less, so a double shot)! These are not intended to be official by any means, just a fun exercise in cocktail creation. (And, hey, if by the end of this year I can actually identify each state on the map–Bonus!*) Rather than do another alphabetical listing, this time I’m
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Sips & Shots: Wassail!

Here we come a-wassailing Among the leaves so green; Here we come a-wand’ring So fair to be seen. Love and joy come to you, And to you your wassail too; And God bless you and send you a happy New Year. Growing up, I often heard the traditional carol about wassailing sung with caroling in place of the unfamiliar word, leading me to think that wassail was just another word for going around, singing carols to the neighborhood. Makes sense, right? When in actuality, wassail (originally was hál in the Old English) translates to “be in good health/fortunate” and is
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