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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Store to Stomach: Food Delivery Services Hit Tucson

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 4:25 PM

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Tucson residents can bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "couch potato" by having potatoes delivered right to their door: in original spud form or in frenched form.

Grocery delivery service Instacart launched in Tucson on Aug. 8 and UberEATS, the food delivery branch of the popular ride service, launched in the city on Aug. 9.

Instacart allows customers to explore online "aisles" and fill virtual carts, then set a time (anywhere from an hour to a week in advance) to have the food delivered to their front door. For the initial Tucson launch, Instacart has partnered with with Bashas’, Whole Foods Market, Petco, Natural Grocers, CVS, Fry’s and Costco—without a membership. Partners share inventories with Instacart, which means that what customers see online matches what's available in-store.

Orders must be a minimum of $35 (which isn't hard to do at a grocery store), and there's a flat delivery fee of $5.99. As a promotion to new Tucson customers, Instacart is offering $20 off customers' first order, and free delivery. This means that not only can you can get $50 worth of groceries for $30, but they'll be delivered right to your front door!

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UberEATS delivers food from 80 restaurant partners, including eegees, Baggin's Gourmet Sandwiches and Chickenuevo, to customers' doors. UberEATS General manager and UA alum Clay Carroll said that there are about 1000 total Uber drivers in Tucson, some of whom do rides, some of whom do food delivery, and some who do both, for a large service area.

"All the way from Oro Valley all the way down to South Tucson," he said.

Uber customers must download the UberEATS app separately, but log in using their regular Uber account. First-time customers can use the promo code provided by a friend to get $5 off their first order.

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AHHHHHHHHHH!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 1:58 PM

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. And on Aug. 25, HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery will heed our cries when it reopens for lunch and dinner after its summer renovations. Brunch, the most important meal of the day and clinically shown to be the most acceptable time to get day drunk, will be back in business on Aug. 26.


Two hundred ice cream addicts who enter on HUB’s Facebook page will win a chance to experience the new interior and private dining room a day or two early, for pre-opening celebrations on Aug. 23 and 24.


If you’re not one of the lucky 200, you can still be a part of the grand reopening festivities on Aug. 25-27, when the HUB will be giving away free ice cream to guests with the purchase of an entree.


HUB is located in downtown Tucson. More information can be found at HUBdowntown.com

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Monday, August 7, 2017

India Oven Fundraisers Continue

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 4:30 PM

More than one month after their home was burglarized, Harmesh and Raksha Bhatti continue to receive community support for their losses. The burglars claimed all of their computers, televisions and jewelry—they also inflicted permanent damage to furniture and other possessions in their home.  Following the incident, individuals and organizations banded together to help restore stability to the Bhatti's life.

Ori Parnaby, organizer of a YouCaring crowd funding campaign to benefit the Bhatti's, turned over a check for $1,540 to the restaurateurs Tuesday, Aug. 1. Fundraising efforts continue to stream in from across Tucson, though much of the damage to the home remains. Organizers of fundraising efforts ask community members to continue lending their support to the Bhattis on their road to recovery.

In the coming weeks, consider dining at the India Oven (2727 N. Campbell Ave.) or donating to Parnaby’s campaign and showing the Bhattis your support.
Related: Tucson Restaurateurs Victimized in Home Burglary, Community Unites to Support India Oven


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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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Quick Bites: Northern Spain Wine Dinner

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 11:00 PM

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If your heart is longing to take a trip to Spain but your wallet isn’t quite ready to make the leap, you can eat and drink your way through the northern Spanish country from the comfort of Maynards Market. A specially prepared, four course menu is accompanied by an array of sommelier-selected wines. By the end of the night, you might forget that you’re not relaxing vineyard-side at your Spanish villa. 7 p.m. Friday, July 28. Maynards Market & Kitchen 400 N. Toole Ave. Suite A. $55.

For more information, visit their website.


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Quick Bites: Sandwich Smackdown

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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Rincon Market hosts this the Summer Slugfest: Sandwiches, a competition between some of Tucson’s top family-owned sandwich restaurants. Patrons, armed with five different sandwich samples and one craft beer, cast their votes to crown one sandwich supreme. The winning competitor receives a cash donation to a charity of its choosing. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 30. Rincon Market, 2513 E. Sixth St. $15.

For more information, visit their Facebook event page.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Quick Bites: Exo's 5th Birthday Party

Posted By on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM

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The coffee shop and roaster is rolling five years of being open, the halfway point of summer and Linda Ronstadt’s 70th birthday into one big celebration. The all-day event will offer coffee cocktails, Exo’s signature “Old Pueblo Opry” event and twilight movies during which you can sober up and simmer down from your coffee cocktail. 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Exo Roast Co. 403 N. Sixth Ave. Free.

For more information, visit their Facebook event page.


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Quick Bites: Main Gate Square Culinary Challenge

Posted By on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 5:15 PM


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Free food! And we’re not talking stale donuts or bags of chips. Samples of signature dishes from Main Gate Square eateries include everything from gourmet mac and cheese to loose leaf tea to high-end sushi. As at the Rincon Market slugfest, attendees cast votes for the winner of the People’s Choice Award, but at this challenge, a panel of guest judges select winners for the Best of Main Gate 2017. Bar proceeds will go toward the Caridad Community Kitchen’s food training program. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square, 800 E. University Blvd. Free.

For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

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