Recipe for Fun

Recipe for Fun

Want to learn how to cook like your favorite chef from our UNESCO designated City of Gastronomy, but only have about two hours? Don’t despair. Two local women with an appetite for local food and culinary instruction have got your back.

Gain Over

Even when he’s not playing World of Warcraft for an audience of several thousand dedicated internet fans, Tucsonan Josh Lujan still treats his body like he’s a character in a roleplaying game.

Good for the Soul

Mama Carey’s Kitchen happens to be housed in the Metro Wildcat Convenience store just off the UA campus. It is soul food. Not barbecue, but authentic down-home, old-school American soul food.

Gameday Brew

Yes, Tucson’s bowl game has its own commemorative beer. It comes from the oldest brewery in Arizona, Tucson’s own Barrio Brewing Company, and the selection makes perfect sense now that I know what’s behind a bowl-worthy brew.

Pub Problems

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild participated in a nationwide day of action to ask Congress to extend the tax cuts the craft beverage industry has enjoyed since January 2018. At the end of this year, a recalibrated Federal Excise Tax rate as part of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act will expire, increasing certain taxes on local businesses by 100 percent.

Muchas Pupusas

If you’re looking for Central American food, your next stop should be Selena’s Salvadorian Restaurant.

Mediterranean Accent

Several of Commoner & Co's new dishes are decidedly Mediterranean in spirit, and their resemblance to the flavors I fell for while sailing across the region is uncanny.

Boots and Bites

Don’t judge a club by its cover. Whiskey Roads is a pathway to unexpectedly good comfort fare and well executed cocktails. But you still won’t catch me line dancing anytime soon.

Hot Spot

Given its slick design, televised menus, courteous staff and counter service, you could be forgiven for thinking that the eastside’s Salsa Verde is some kind of chain.

Introducing El Crisol

During his countless trips Oaxaca, Mexico, Exo Roast and Exo Bar founder Doug Smith realized the variety of mezcal—and therefore what there is to learn about mezcal—is almost limitless. This depth is the reason behind two new changes at Exo Bar: a name change to El Crisol and a new series of private mezcal tastings.

New Brew

The sophomore slump seems to be nowhere in sight for Tap & Bottle’s second annual Invitational Beer Festival. Not only will the event host multiple local brewers, but breweries from multiple other states will attend as well.

Keep Guam and Carry On

Welcome back, Hungry Kepuha. We’ve missed you and your delicious food.

The Sweet Spot

Heemee Bakery is a lovely shop on the corner of Stone and Congress more akin to something you’d find in a quaint small town or tucked away in an Asian neighborhood.

Bread & Better

Five years ago, Prep & Pastry opened in a tightly recessed nook on the corner of Campbell Avenue and Hedrick Street. Its meteoric rise to Tucson fame, fanned by praise from satisfied diners and food bloggers, was a boon to owners Nathan Ares, Brian Pracko, Billy Kovacs and William Meinke, but a headache for those looking to get a seat at their popular weekend brunches. Prep & Pastry shared a parking lot with an antique furniture store and seed depot, both of which had their own draw. To put it mildly, even on slow days, parking was rather limited.

Bravo, Zulu

Oftentimes when an established eatery up and relocates to a far-off location, the results can be disastrous. Moving from the busy arena of Broadway and Camino Seco to a near-hidden spot in a strip mall on Wrightstown Road just off North Pantano Road could have spelled doom for the beloved BZs Pizza. Turns out, the whole move was a solid upgrade for them.

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