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Re: “Impress Hot Pot

If you have never had Chinese hot pot, you have to come here. My wife and I lived in China for 3 years (1 year in Shijiazhuang and 2 years in Nanjing) and this is EXACTLY like the hot pots in China. The other Chinese restaurants are all "Meiguo-Chungua-fan" or Americanized Chinese food - Chinese style cooked to American expectations. Impress is not - it is genuine as it is served in China. Suggestions - the hot water that the food is cooked in gets more spicy as it cooks, so get the split cooking - hot and plain. Your lips will thank you. Also - most of the Fu-Yuan (waiters) are from China, so ask them to help you mix the various sauces. Since hot pot is a cook it yourself buffet, you choose what you will cook. Experiment. I like the lotus roots, the various mushrooms and the sea food best.

Posted by Steve Katz on 05/19/2017 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

The food was great the service was great the prices are reasonable the environment was fun and nice but
the music for the bike rally held 5/18 was well my daughter pointed and said look at that green truck and see the band doing drugs that was not good and if this place continues to use drugged up bands to preform here I will not go back ever
Veri dissapointed with seeing them doing drugs which tells me brother johns either did not know or did and ignored it either way when that band mary something plays there or anywhere i will not go.

Posted by HarleyHog69 on 05/19/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Philabaum Glass Gallery and Studio

Every time I go there, I want to take everything home with me. You have to experience Philabaum Gallery to understand how special and wonderful it is.

Posted by Barry K on 05/18/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Everything Homebrew

The email is incorrect. It should be support@everythinghomebrew.com

Posted by Josh Ratliff on 05/17/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Cosmic Bingo

Best casino ever

Posted by Virginia Carino on 05/13/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Frida: Portraits by Nickolas Muray

The Frida Kahlo exhibit has been extended through the end of August. See both the butterflies AND The Frida exhibit til the end of May.

Posted by swymer on 05/12/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Tucson Audubon Society Mason Center

Easy to reach in NW Tucson. Helpful and friendly staff. Very accessible 1/4 mile nature trail and 1/2 mile birding trail. Good place to go for a birding neophyte. (Wrong phone number shown.)

Posted by J Robb Wilson on 05/11/2017 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Royal Sun Restaurant & Lounge

These guys really know how to use their music to make you feel good about everything.

Posted by Royal Sun on 05/07/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery

Perfect setting for my solo Art of Paying Attention exhibit through May 10, 2017. Come to this oasis in the desert to see Intricate drawings and read true stories from my NPR nature series you hear on Arizona Spotlight.

Posted by Beth Surdut on 05/05/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “SAAG Gallery

Find a beautiful piece of Art or unique gifts for every wallet and taste from alocal Artist

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Christel Brumann on 05/04/2017 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Crawfish festival

What a great time!!!..first time experience..lotsa advice nice people...highly recommended

Posted by E Mendez on 04/30/2017 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

"It would be good for the legislators' souls"

Sorry David, you are giving Arizona legislators credit for something they have clearly demonstrated they do not have.

Posted by sgsmith on 05/26/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Pothole Heaven....delivered by Governor Deadbeat Ducey and his gang of Republicans, who have diverted millions of gas tax revenues away from road repair.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by BrianS on 05/26/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Hispanic Chamber applauds Ducey education, business efforts

Public Ed is so broken because Republicans have broken it.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by BrianS on 05/26/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Danehy

But you need to remember that politics is a money business and these whiners have no money. Corporations do. And sometimes it benefits everybody. Sometimes it doesn't.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jenny on 05/26/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

+1

Posted by anonemouse on 05/26/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Danehy

blaze. I don't see how anybody could dislike your post. Very well said.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by CW13 on 05/26/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Results-Based Funding Violates the Spirit (If Not the Letter) of Arizona's 1980 Funding Equalization Law

You forgot to mention, David Safier, that individual schools within districts -- not just districts as a whole -- have ways to supplement and skew the supposedly "equitable" distribution of funds to public schools.

Within TUSD, for example, you could use your internet research skills to compare the amount of tax credits accrued by University High School or Sam Hughes or Fruchthendler, for example, with the amounts accrued by the schools in TUSD that lost their magnet status under the Sanchez administration. You might want to make some inquiries, too, about how much these tax-credit-enriched TUSD schools raised privately on top of the inequitably distributed publicly funded tax credits they accrued. Here's one very odd example: the previous TUSD Superintendent, Sanchez, gave UHS a $10K private donation and, as though that wasn't enough inequitable favor for him to bestow on an individual school within the district he administered, made sure they were the first school in the district to receive new band uniforms paid for by some district-internal funding source he had available. This to the school that in recent years has had more public school tax credits designated to it than any other school in the district. UHS also has its own private Foundation, though last time I checked they didn't amount to much. Are they waiting until UHS gets its separate site, perhaps, before they'll call on their network to donate larger amounts?

Lots of talk about equity from certain folks when it serves them to talk about it. But start looking at the various funding quirks and exceptions-to-the-rules associated with the supposedly "equitable" public schools that just happen to be utilized by the players in the local Democratic party, and the story gets "curiouser and curiouser," as Alice would say.

But David Safier's concerns with funding "equity" and other sorts of equity always seem to stop somewhat short of turning over rocks in his own political garden and looking at what's wriggling underneath. If it didn't, he might have devoted some reporting to the Fruchthendler-Sabino plan twice put forward by the TUSD Board majority and Superintendent he supported 2013-2016 and twice denied by the authorities in the desegregation case. This district keeps creating and reinforcing inequitable conditions within itself, but when families want to use vouchers, tax credits, or ESAs to exit some of the not-on-the-A-list-of-influence schools in the district like Utterback, for example, this is called, "Welfare for the rich."

"Welfare for the rich," indeed. If the shoe fits, the constituents in certain public schools should start to wear it.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Could we be equitable in our concerns with equity? on 05/26/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

First of all, my issue is not with Mark. He is a talented writer and obviously fully capable. My issue is with the editorial decision to focus on personalities behind the food instead of the food itself in lieu of any actual reviews. I think these pieces that talk about the background and personal stories of the people behind a restaurant have a place but they should be complimentary to a solid review process. Nobody is going to restaurants because of the Chefs life story, they are there for the food, and if the chef happens to have a great story, that is even better. These stories should not go away, but they should take a back seat to a more traditional restaurant review process.

These are very soft pieces of writing and come off as advertisements. It is a legitimate question to ask if the Weekly is being paid and how these restaurants are chosen. It matters. I think the Chow section could use some investigatory backbone, for example, if a restaurateur makes a claim that they are sourcing their food locally they should be asked more details about that, this sort of 'green washing' is rampant in the restaurant industry and deserves attention. Mark should know that. It is not about bashing or attacking the restaurant but it is about holding them accountable to their customers.

Obviously The Weekly does not subscribe to the the broadly accepted paradigm n in the food world of the reviewer remaining anonymous. Most food reviewers at major outlets know that anonymity is the best way to insure the integrity of their reviews; it prevents restaurants from treating them differently than other patrons, preparing things with better ingredients, or any of the other myriad of changes a restaurant would make knowing that a review was being written. The Weekly has chosen an approach that gives all the power to the restaurant and takes away the power and independence of the reviewer.

What does all of this mean to me the reader? Whether these are paid advertisements or not, I cannot trust the small portion that actually addresses the food and even if the food is great it is marred by an inappropriate relationship between the reviewer and the restaurant.

That is my opinion, obviously a lot of people agree with me and a lot don't. I would encourage those who disagree to consider the relationship between a reviewer and a restaurant, and how that relationship can impact the veracity and quality of a review. Are you really going to get the same experience that Mark gets? Maybe we should all start notifying restaurants that we will be publishing a review when we make our reservations. Don't forget to schedule an interview too...

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 05/26/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Danehy

*standing up and applauding Rick Spanier's post*

When I consider "what forces propel two presidents who could not be more different in style and demeanor from pursuing the same destructive objectives" -- all I come up with is "follow the money."

Who is being enriched? Who is being impoverished? Mainstream Democrats are bought and paid for by big corporations and untraceable campaign donations (dark money). Mainstream Republicans are bought and paid for by big corporations and untraceable campaign donations (dark money).

The whole system is corrupt, and us regular folks are suffering in so many ways.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by blaze_mason on 05/26/2017 at 10:11 AM

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