Monday, February 28, 2011

The Food Truck Diaries, Volume Nine: Taco Fish

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 8:45 AM

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The gorda taco at the Taco Fish food trailer is as portly as its name implies. It comes soundly stacked with mounds of fish, yellow peppers and a fat deep-fried shrimp balanced up top. There are a half-dozen hot sauces to heat it up, coleslaw to cool it down, and a squeeze bottle of avocado cream sauce to just spoil yourself with.

Taco Fish stakes out a barren concrete plot on West Grant Road, just west of Sixth Avenue. It’s a tiny little outfit that is actually quite hard to miss, thanks to two “Fish Tacos” banners flapping away out front.

When eating at a small food operation like Taco Fish, it is nice to do several things. First, stuff a few singles in the Styrofoam tip cup. You know they deserve it. Second, marvel at how food with such flavor and substance can be prepared in a space so absurdly small.

Also, don’t be shy on the pico de gallo and the rest of the condiment bar. The fish is battered and fried properly on the fish tacos, but what sets off the flavors is the balance of the onions, limes and other accoutrements of the condiment line. And don’t forget about that avocado sauce. Seriously.

If you like fish tacos, you should go to Taco Fish. And if you don’t like fish tacos? Well, if anything can cure you, Taco Fish can.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Your Mars Lesson of the Week

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 4:45 PM

The UA Lunar and Planetary Lab's Alfred McEwen talks about a HiRISE photo from Mars:

Some of the largest landslides known in the Solar System have happened on Mars. These are interesting phenomena, but they also sometimes produce excellent exposures of the bedrock geology, in cross-sectional views. The purpose of this image was to view bedrock exposures at a deep level in Valles Marineris.

We have only a vague idea how old these rocks are. Crater counts date landscapes, and clearly this is a young landscape with very few impact craters due to the continual mass wasting (landslides) of the steep slopes. The rocks are much older—probably older than the plateaus surrounding Valles Marineris (2 to 3 billion years based on the large craters), unless these are intrusive rocks emplaced later from migrating magma. We need radiometric age dating, either on Mars or from returned samples, to measure the age of igneous (volcanic or plutonic) rock layers within the strata.

The age of sedimentary layers such as river or lake deposits can be bracketed by the ages of overlying and underlying igneous layers. Not knowing the absolute ages of bedrock units on Mars is a huge limitation to our understanding of the geologic history.

Lots more here.

Donald Rumsfeld Refuses to Answer If He's A Lizard From Space

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 4:30 PM

It might not have been the greatest idea for the Opie and Anthony show to put Donald Rumsfeld and Louis C.K. on the air at the same time, but at very least, we've learned that anonymous people buy Donald Rumsfeld dinner sometimes, that he won't address the idea of trading France for the freedom of the world, he's never shot at someone, but he's been shot at, and that he is unwilling to deny that he's a baby eating lizard.

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Arizona Legislature Pro-Life Pander of the Week

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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Earlier this week, the Arizona House of Representatives moved forward with a bill that work force women to sign affidavits that they were terminating their pregnancies based on the fetus' race or sex:

Tessa Muggeridge of Cronkite News Service has details:

Following an hour of heated debate, the state House gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would ban abortions sought because of the fetus’ race or sex.

The measure, authored by Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, would require doctors performing abortions to sign affidavits stating that the reason for the abortion isn’t the fetus’ race or sex. It would allow the father, if married to the woman who gets an abortion, to sue the doctor if he believes the doctor knowingly performed it based on the race or sex. If the mother isn’t 18, the maternal grandparents would be able to sue.

Montenegro called race- and sex-selection abortions a violation of human rights, saying these abortions are often grisly, late-term surgeries. Democrats questioned whether such abortions are happening in the state, while Republicans said the measure would help end discrimination against unborn children.

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Breast-Milk Ice Cream Debuts at London Restaurant

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM

So I realize America isn’t ready for breast-milk ice cream, but this quote about the London restaurant that serves it is pure gold:

"Some people will hear about it and go yuck - but actually it's pure organic, free-range and totally natural."

This bit from the mother who provides the milk isn't bad, either:

Mrs Hiley, who gets £15 for every 10 ounces of milk she donates to the company, said it was a great "recession beater."

"What's the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash?" she added

The fact that the ice cream is called “Baby Gaga” is also a stroke of comedic genius.

You can read the rest of the story here.

Guns on Campus Bill Advances

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 3:10 PM

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The Senate bill to allow anyone with a concealed-weapon permit to carry a gun on campus advanced through the Senate Rules Committee this week.

University presidents and the Arizona Board of Regents oppose SB 1467. TW intern Jazmine Woodberry tells The Range:


UA President Robert Shelton doesn’t want to see guns on campus.

“I get my information from UAPD (the University Of Arizona Police Department), TPD (Tucson Police Department) and talking with colleges around the country,” said Shelton. “All of them, to a person, man, woman or child, say this bill, this opportunity to carry firearms on campus would create some serious hazards.”

Shelton said the classroom doesn’t qualify as a proper venue for firearms.

Arizona State University President Michael Crow was blunt when he spoke before the Arizona Board of Regents at their February meeting: "There is no other function for those devices other than to kill the person who is at the other end of their use.”

Robert Rosinski, a civil-engineering sophomore and president of Students for the Second Amendment, says the administration is overreacting to the idea of guns on campus.

"They aren't evil dragons," he says. "They are hunks of metal that shoot bullets."

“We're not going to have people running around shooting people," Rosinski adds. "People are more comfortable having the opportunity to decide their own fate.”

Details on the legislation here.

The Idiot Boksen - Oscar Edition!

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:40 PM

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I'm not one for awards shows. They're long and self-important and they almost always fail to live up to hype. So, basically, they're like sports, which I do love. But with sports, you get people running around.

This year's Academy Awards seem bland on paper. The hosts are ubiquitous renaissance man James Franco and the perky breasts of Anne Hathaway. Everyone knows the Oscars are still the awards show, but how can those two possibly out-do Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes? Will Franco read one of his short stories? Please no. Will Anne Hathaway flash the camera? Not in a post-Janet Jackson world. As I see it, there are exactly two reasons to watch:

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The Goings On at 47 Scott and Scott and Co.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Owners Travis Reese and Nicole Flowers are revamping the patio behind 47 Scott and adding a patio to Scott and Co., the cocktail bar next door that specializes in interesting twists on pre-Prohibition cocktails.

Reese says the goal is to make the patio behind 47 Scott an extension of the indoor dining area by adding lighting and more shade. They’ve also leveled the space and will add more seating by the time the renovation is complete sometime this spring.

The outdoor area being added to Scott and Co. will have the same “hidden, speakeasy-ish” feel seen inside, said Reese. It will be a smoking patio, so they’re also working to increase the air flow through the area.

The only change that will take place as far as food and drink is that Scott and Co. will no longer serve coffee during off-cocktail hours. Those services wrap up tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 26.

There’s more information about the restaurant and the cocktail bar here and here.

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