Noshing Around

Used as a verb, nosh means to nibble or munch; as a noun, it's a snack. My mother used to say, "Have some nosh." When I dutifully ate every morsel, she would add, "So, how come you're not on your diet?" Here, I invite you to indulge without guilt, freely embracing the best of trends and newsy bites for what's happening in Tucson's restaurant, food and wine scene.

Batter Up to the Plate

Ever wonder who feeds all those baseball players here for spring training? The Rincon Market. Dave Bizak and his resourceful crew cook up an endless variety of hot and cold lunches seven days a week for the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. What's on their menu? Sandwiches, roast chicken, Southwest chicken breasts, omelets, salads, breads and cookies. Rumor has it those Diamondbacks are bat-wielding cookie monsters.

Green Bagels and Ham

What would St. Patrick's Day be without green bagels? According to Larry Orenstein, who started in the New York bagel biz 30 years ago and has owned the local Bagelry for 17 years, green bagels have always been a tradition. He's not sure what people do with them--perhaps lawn ornaments? Get your green bagels while they last on March 17 at 2575 N. Campbell Ave. 881-6674

Wine Tasting--Italian Style

Taste four wines from various Italian regions with palate cleaners and pleasers included. Casual and informal, drop in at Plush on March 22 between 6-8 p.m. Taste at your own pace. Cost $4. Knowledgeable wine aficionados will be available to discuss body and bouquet. Wines are also offered by the glass at special prices. Located on the southwest corner of Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street. 798-1298

Conversation Café

March 9-15 toasts conversation week, where coffee, a little nosh and conversation is always on the menu. Check out Tucson locations at

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