Thursday, March 31, 2011

Frosty Jake's Frozen Custard

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 4:30 PM

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I took a peek inside the new Frosty Jake's Frozen Custard going in at 3102 E. Grant Road, and it looks like it's going to be a good one. I tried to snap a picture of the menu board through the still-locked doors so you could join me in drooling over the tasty frozen goodness—but the blurry picture below is the best I could do.

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The Food Truck Diaries, Volume 11: Flankenstein’s

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM

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Flankenstein’s is one of the first food trucks in town to take a stab at elevating the mobile food scene from hot-dogs-and-tacos to more like what’s going on in cities like Los Angeles and Portland. In fact, one of the owners of Flankenstein’s is a pastor who used to run a Los Angeles food truck called Seasons, which sold salads to raise money to feed the homeless.

Flankenstein’s is hard to miss, being that it is painted a shade of green that instantly burns itself into your retinas. It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, just west of the corner of Grant Road and Alvernon Way, and can be found sporadically at events like Nam Jam and swap meets from time to time.

The barbecue sandwiches at this truck are truly something else. The brisket is cooked for 13 hours, and the thick sauce sings with tones of cherry and pineapple. It comes served on a fresh roll from La Baguette bakery, and they throw in the cheese — by request only — for free.

The price is right, too. For $5, you get a sandwich and a bag of chips. They also sell BBQ sliders for $2.50 apiece, and rib sandwiches that aren't on the menu board, but are rumored to be incredible.

Pastor Guy Stevenson and his business partner Alonso Martinez don’t plan on getting rich selling sandwiches; they have far loftier goals than that. That’s why the side of the truck says “SOS Ministries," and that’s why whatever they don’t sell each day goes to feed the homeless.

“We try to walk like Christ did, and he didn’t have a money belt,” says Stevenson. Martinez stands nearby and nods, adding that while he took a pay cut to start the business, it has changed his life and made him a far happier man than his former career in corporate America ever did.

A solar generator is being installed this week, which will make the truck’s operations almost as green as the paint job. Stevenson and Martinez are also hitting the road in August to film an upcoming television series, where they’ll travel from town to town on motorcycles, with barbecue gear in tow, feeding whoever they happen to come across.

You can keep up with the food truck on their website and Twitter over here.

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Blogislature: Budget Deal Reached?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 3:37 PM

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Details are sketchy, but it appears that Gov. Jan Brewer and GOP lawmakers have a budget deal:

Brewer and lawmakers are working to close a projected $1.1 billion budget shortfall. They've been trying to bridge differences between Brewer's proposal and an $8.1 billion budget plan approved by the Senate earlier this month.

Adams says some implementation provisions to include in the budget bills still are being drafted. About half of the overall savings would come from scaling back the state's Medicaid program.

[AP via KOLD]

Staff of the "Spinnaker": You Have a Future Career in Alt-Weeklies

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 3:15 PM

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Turns out the University of North Florida isn't ready for their campus newspaper to openly discuss a link between oral sex and throat cancer. Either that or they just don't want to see the act sort of depicted on the cover of the newspaper itself. Hard to say.

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Thanks, South Carolina for Keeping It Crazy

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 2:30 PM

What I love about South Carolina: gun advocates there are arguing against a law that would allow guns in day-care centers...because it doesn't go far enough to allow out-of-state gun owners and those under 18 to have their guns in church. The injustice!

Legislation weaving its way through the House of Representatives would increase the number of places that legal gun owners can carry their guns to include restaurants, day-care centers and churches.

“It puts criminals on the defense,” said state Rep. Thad Viers, R-Horry, a co-sponsor of the bill and the owner of about 25 firearms and a concealed weapons permit. “Criminals don’t know if you’re carrying or not.”

If it passes, the bill will become just one of many pro-gun bills to win legislative approval in South Carolina — a state where being pro-gun is a priority for Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

Why?

“It’s cultural,” said state Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, who also has a concealed weapons permit.

And S.C. voters love it, adds a USC professor, noting 89 percent voted last fall to make hunting a constitutional right.

In fact, in South Carolina, the fights come when gun advocates say proposals don’t go far enough.

Take the bill Viers amended.

Some gun advocates, including GrassRoots South Carolina, oppose an amended version of his bill, saying it violates the constitutional rights of gun owners by limiting the places that out-of-staters and young adults can carry their guns.

“While the (amended) bill might make it better for people in South Carolina, it’s going to be a lot worse for others, including those visiting us,” said Ed Kelleher, president of GrassRoots South Carolina. “We depend on tourism here, and this has chilling effect on that.”

[The State]

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Wake Up or Wind Down: The Edge Bar

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 1:30 PM

The combination coffee joint/cocktail spot is popular in Seattle, where perpetual sunlessness makes one crave massive doses of caffeine and/or alcohol on as regular a basis as possible.

Having made the move from Seattle (actually, Bremerton, but close enough) to Tucson more than a decade ago, I still find myself pining for the strange buzz of strong coffee and cognac on a dreary afternoon. It’s a fine feeling when it all hits the central nervous system in one big surge, and about as close to an out of body experience as I ever want to come.

The Edge Bar at the Java Edge at Bear Canyon will soon offer Tucsonans such an experience. The new bar — expected to open next week — will offer Nimbus on tap, an ample wine list and a selection of cognac and other spirits alongside the regular menu of coffee and sandwiches. Cigars from the Tinder Box will also be available, for those who like to throw a bucket of nicotine into the mix.

As for food, small plates of cheese, crab dip and other snackables will be available when the bar opens next week.

A tasting and grand opening is scheduled for Friday, April 15. It costs $15, and RSVP is required. More on that over here.

A Democrat Wants to Run For Kyl's Seat, But Is Afraid to Say

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Let's play "Guess Who Was Unwilling to Say He Wants to Run for Senate?", from yesterday's New York Times:

While it might be wishful thinking, Ms. Giffords’s noncampaign is already having a major effect on Arizona politics; other prospective Democratic candidates say they feel compelled not to jump in unless she bows out, allowing Republicans to get a head start organizing their campaigns.

“I’m in but only if she’s not,” said one prospective Democratic candidate, who spoke of his deliberations but insisted that he not be named given the fluid nature of the race. “A Democrat running against her would be doomed.”

Hint: It's not Don Bivens or Fred DuVall, who both openly mentioned they would be willing to run. It feels like it should be so clear who this particular man is, but I've got nothing so far.

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Your Thursday Live Music Recommendation - I Was Totally Destroying It

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Chapel Hill's I Was Totally Destroying It is opening for Caliche Con Carne at the Red Room tonight, and while this probably sounds like sort of a insult, what I love about this band is how much they remind me of the "college rock" of the mid-90's, existing somewhere between Superchunk and Velocity Girl. As far as I know, they've never played here, but they're certainly a group with a lot of promise and I'm as excited for their new album Preludes coming out in April as anything on the horizon.

"Fight_Flight":

"Come On, Come On":

Somewhat mysteriously, performing U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" in costume:

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