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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Quick Bites: Rhyme Thyme

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 4:04 PM

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Hacienda Del Sol Heritage Foods Festival. A gourmet buffet and local brew, with wine and spirit tastings too. A farmers markets will be on-scene, as well as Chef Yim and his culinary team. Enjoy a panel discussion about local gastronomy and a chance to support local Tucson economy. Tour the organic gardens at a time opportune while the Rafael Moreno Quartet plays some tunes. You won’t want to miss all this booze and these eats, so what follows are all of the most crucial deets. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. $55, RSVP required.

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Villa Peru. In early August, a new restaurant came on the scene, serving up authentic Peruvian cuisine. Try the anticuchos skewers or the lomo saltado, inside a wonton skin and topped with avocado. The Salazar family owns and runs the operation, and this Tucson restaurant is their second location. The first was in Tempe, where they did quite well, named best Latin American Restaurant in 2012. Originally, the family hails from Peru, so you know it’s authentic (and so yummy too!) Did we mention that they’ve got a full-service bar, with a Pisco Sour cocktail? Bless the Salazars. 1745 E. River Road #165.

Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue Expansion. With two new locations at Tucson Premium Outlets and over at The Hub, Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue is expanding your options for grub. No longer must you brave the roads and play a somber ballad while you drive all the way to the eastside to get a beef teriyaki salad. We only wish that this change could have happened soona’, but now’s a perfect time to dig into a Big Kahuna. 6401 W. Marana Center Blvd. and 1011 N. Tyndall Ave.

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Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge. Living here in Tucson, it would be more or less obscene to say you don’t enjoy the trifecta of classic Southwest cuisine. Put salsa on your tacos! Try the Salsa Borracha with tequila! Try the habanero cotton candy or the mini chilaquiles! Though this poem opened with describing a trifecta, it has even more offerings than you may have expected. Bundt cakes, churro tots, Tikki Masala and beer. What more reason could you need to make sure your schedule’s clear? 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E Skyline Drive. $55 in advance or $65 day of.

“Fighting Fire With Food: An Expert’s Inside Look at Nutrition and Inflammation… What Does the Science Say?” Arthritis and clogged arteries, and damaged tissues too. Do these symptoms of inflammations sound familiar to you? You may not feel this information relates to your palate’s predilections, but guess what! What you eat may have the power to alleviate your afflictions. Dr. Donato Romagnolo and Dr. Ann Skulas-Ray will separate fact from myth about nutritional science today. What is a Mediterranean diet? Is fish oil really so great? The answers to all of these questions and more (well, probably) relate. 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6. Banner University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Free.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

HUBba HUBba: Downtown's HUB Has Reopened

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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The HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery reopened Friday after a summer of renovations! The pre-opening festivities over the two preceding nights acted as an appetizer for the months to come, whetting the appetites of those in attendance with satisfying entrees, specialty cocktails and, of course an array of ice cream flavors ranging from Nutter Butter to Pistachio Orange.

The updated menu features a spread of appetizers, including calamari, hub wings and several varieties of mac and cheese. Vegetarians will enjoy the selections of salad, as well as a hearty veggie burger option, while carnivores are likely to enjoy the hub shank, the chicken enchiladas or the fish of the day.

Visit hubdowntown.com to learn more and to see the full menu.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Weekly List: 22 Things To Do In Tucson This Week

Posted By and on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

¡Cultura!

ART BY TIMOTHY SCHIRACK, UPCOMING FEATURED ARTIST AT TOHONO CHUL.
  • Art by Timothy Schirack, upcoming featured artist at Tohono Chul.
Día de los Muertos Opening Reception. Tohono Chul’s next exhibit honors and remembers the dead in a celebration that is full of color and joy. Pieces by local artists will be displayed until the exhibit ends on Nov. 8, and artists whose work is on display will be present at the opening night reception. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. 7366 Paseo del Norte. Free.

Closing Reception and Sewing Circle. Bordando por la Paz y la Memoria is a group made of citizens from Mexico and other cities abroad who embroider the names of victims of Mexico’s War Against Drug Trafficking onto white handkerchiefs. These stitched stories are a beautiful and sobering visualization of the suffering real people face in the reality of war. Handkerchiefs will be displayed in the café area, and, while supplies last, materials for visitors to embroider their own tributes and testimonies will be provided. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone Ave. Free.

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Space Night 2017. Sleepovers at friends’ houses are fun, but are they educational? Are there opportunities to use state-of-the-art telescopes? Are there real meteorites available to be touched? We didn’t think so. The Children’s Museum Tucson will be showing sleepover guests how to get a party started with pizza, pajamas, binoculars, thermal cameras, and even meteorite-touching ops. Families are welcome to pitch tents in designated areas in the museum and in the main courtyard, for that highly sought after “pitch-a-tent-in-the-living-room-or-backyard-but-still-be-surrounded-by-fascinating-artifacts-and-unique-educational-opportunites” feel that many a sleepover party host has strived for and not attained. 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 to Sunday, Aug. 27. Children's Museum Tucson 200 South Sixth Ave. $50, $45 for museum members.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Quick Bites: Wine Sounds Just Fine

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 1:41 PM

Beat the Heat Sangria & Salsa Festival. If you’re wondering what more a Southern Arizona resident could really ask for besides salsa and sangria, get this: the event is held in an ice hockey rink, with full blast AC. Not to mention there will be paella, empanadas, artisan vendors and live Spanish guitar. Parents who have been spending weekends buying back-to-school supplies deserve a treat, summer lovers watching their favorite season fade away deserve a treat, and, well, even if you don’t deserve a treat, you’re probably going to want to treat yourself anyway. 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church Ave. $45.


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Rose Wine Pairings Dinner. Wildflower American Cuisine hosts this four-courser with food prepared by Executive Chef Kevin Handt and wine pairings selected by Regan Jasper. Wildflower is known for its desserts, but you’re not going to want to miss the courses leading up to it: a compressed melon salad, roasted Alaskan Halibut, and Tortellini pasta with white beans, pancetta and mushrooms. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 5:30 Monday, Aug. 28. Wildflower American Cuisine, 7037 N. Oracle Road. $50.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Surf's Up with the Kingfisher Summer Road Trip's New Menu

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 11:49 AM

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Quick! Put “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys on repeat, because the Kingfisher Summer Road Trip is taking diners to California and Hawaii, with Chef Fred Harris behind the wheel. This marks the fifth leg of the road trip, with a menu that will keep you hanging loose through Aug. 16. 

Wally World is closed for maintenance right now, so the trip will be mostly focused on the signature cuisines of the Golden and Aloha states. Check out the California/Hawaii Sampler, a spread of Hawaiian-style poke, Crab Louis (aka: “The King of Salads”), sea asparagus salad, rambutan (a spiny red tropical fruit), pineapple, papaya, candied macadamia nuts and Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese ($24).

The entrée offerings include lamb sirloin with an orange-tarragon glaze ($17.50), a San Francisco-style seafood stew ($27), baked stuffed sole with potatoes and veggies ($22), and a poke-style marlin with soy sauce and seaweed ($26). Dessert will be nectarine blackberry crisp ($8.25) or a macadamia coconut tart ($7.50). Wash it all down with some California beer or wine, or a fun cocktail, like the Tropic Thunder, with pineapple vinegar, red bean paste and rum ($10.50).

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Michelada Madness

Posted By on Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 12:45 PM

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The Tucson Michelada Challenge celebrates its fourth incarnation this Saturday, August 5. Head down to the Tucson Convention Center—260 S. Church Ave.—from 6 to 10 p.m., and experience bloody good times. The michelada, otherwise known as a Mexican Bloody Mary, is a cocktail that combines vodka and beer. $25 buys admission into the event, and $65 buys admission, a souvenir pint glass, front row seating, $10 food voucher and a server. Participate in sampling and judging locally crafted micheladas, and enjoy live Mariachi, folkloric dancing and Luchador wrestling.

For more information, visit tucsonmichelada.com.





Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Head Back East with the Kingfisher's Summer Road Trip Menu

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 3:33 PM

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Kingfisher is piling Tucson residents into the family station wagon for its 24th annual Kingfisher Road Trip, which features signature food and drinks from different U.S. regions. Today kicks off the fourth leg of the road trip, which takes guests “Back East” on a culinary journey that runs through Aug. 3.

If your Southwest sensibilities are hesitant about jumping right into a plate of lobster, ease your taste buds east with an appetizer, like the tempura fried soft shell crab, with sticky rice, Napa cabbage slaw and Kung Pao sauce ($13).

Once you are ready for the Maine course, you can dive into several options, including grilled sea scallops over tomato-olive-caper orzo with artichoke-spinach pesto and roasted green beans ($27).

To satisfy your sweet tooth, dig into the apple-cranberry crumb cake or the “Wicked Good” ice cream sandwich for dessert ($8 and $7.50).

The whole experience can be complemented by the drinks offered at the Back East event, like the Fancy Basil Rickey, with Bombay Sapphire, orange juice, orange, basil, lime, simple syrup and soda, all on the rocks, so that you can feel like you’re at Plymouth Rock yourself ($10.50).

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Quick Bites: Tequila Takeover

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 5:44 PM

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Take advantage of great deals this Monday, July 24—AKA National Tequila Day! Head on down to Reforma Modern Mexican (4310 N. Campbell Ave.) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m and get $6 margaritas, or choose from their $6 drinks summer drink menu. Enjoy Southern Arizona’s largest tequila and mescal collection. Also available on National Tequila Day is Blanco Taco + Tequila’s (2905 E. Skyline Dr.) flights available in seven varieties and at varying prices. Get three samples of one-ounce shots and choose from Milagro, Patron, Azuñia, Casamigos, Fortaleza and Casa Noble. For a premium flight, enjoy Milagro “Single Barrel” Anejo and Don Julio “1942.” National Tequila Day comes but once a year. Don't miss out on these deals!
Location Details Reforma Cocina Y Cantina
4310 North Campbell Ave
Catalina
Tucson, Arizona
520.869.4134
11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Bar
For more information, visit Reforma Modern Mexican’s Facebook page, or call Blanco Tacos + Tequila at (520) 232-1007.

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