Could be the weather, but rumor has it that crowds are already filling the recently opened gelato joint in Casas Adobes Shopping Center at 7131 N. Oracle Road. Frost is locally owned by friends Jeff Kaiserman and Stephen Ochoa, who expertly create 39 made-on-the-premises flavors, including the hard to find, like hazelnut. Open daily from 11 a.m.; 797-0188.
Under the expert direction of Patrick Fahey, former executive chef of the Desert Museum, El Vaquero features full-service upscale cowboy-Sonoran cuisine every Saturday evening at Old Tucson. Make a reservation 24 hours in advance to receive a complimentary romantic carriage ride from the parking lot to the restaurant; 883-0100.
Bombay Café re-opened last month under new ownership. Judging by the number of tables filled on a sleepy Saturday afternoon, maybe these owners will stick around for awhile; located on the southeast corner of Grant Road and Tucson Boulevard; 881-2786.
Half Price Bottles of Wine
For the month of July, all nine Metro Restaurants are offering half-price bottles of wine with the purchase of an entrée. Check out McMahon's Steak House, the Old Pueblo Grille locations, Firecracker, City Grill, Metropolitan Grill, Metro Grill Park Place, Grill on the Green and the Grill at Torres Blancas.
Food and Film
Two of Noshing's favorite things will merge at the first Slow Food Film Festival in January 2006. Sponsorships, venues and people power are still needed. Contact Barry Infuso for more info at 290-1355.
Tea for Men
The Republic of Tea will donate 75 cents to the Prostate Cancer Foundation for every purchase of Man Kind tea now available for sale at Time Market, 444 E. University Blvd., 622-0761. Premium China green tea is blended with flavorful wild blueberry bits and packaged in a 2.8-ounce tin containing 50 tea bags with a suggested retail price of $10.