Noshing Around

New: Spice Girl

Jennifer English, James Beard Award winner and host of Sunday Brunch on KVOI AM 690, has opened Flavorbank Spice Market at 6372 E. Broadway Blvd. in the El Mercado Shopping Center. The store is a wonderland of exotic spices from around the world. All spices are in their whole state, with fresh grinding done on the premises. Holiday specials include gift baskets. From now until Christmas, along with a $10 purchase, when you bring in your own pepper grinder, it will be filled for free. The Flavorbank Spice Market is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. through the holidays. Visit or call 747-5431 for more information .

Winter Solstice Eve Celebrates Diversity

On Thursday, Dec. 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the Cascade Lounge at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort will be the setting for a starry night of menorah lighting, Jewish-European folk music, Christmas carols, Mexican music and a candlelight posada performance. The event is free and a thank you to the community.


· Raging Sage raised $2,300 for Doctors Without Borders and the Samaritans during their four-hour fundraiser on Thanksgiving Day.

· Trattoria Giuseppe on Tanque Verde Road and the eastside's Mona Lisa on Broadway Boulevard are both closed. According to their Web site, Mona Lisa plans on reopening on Tanque Verde Road in February.

Slow Food Film Festival

The second annual Slow Food Tucson Film Festival happens Jan. 12-14, 2007, with classic food films paired with delicious dining. Activities start on Friday, Jan. 12, at Elle with a special multi-course dinner to reflect the film Chocolat. The movie will be screened after dinner at Crossroads 6 Grand Cinemas at Swan and Grant roads. Saturday brings a southwestern brunch at J Bar; then it's off to Pima Community College West Campus Center for new films, plus the documentary Buffet: All You Can Eat Las Vegas. At 5 p.m., Acacia at St. Philip's re-creates the famous French meal from Babette's Feast, which will be screened at Crossroads at 8 p.m. The festival continues on Sunday at Sakura with a celebration of traditional Japanese food before the screening of cult film Tampopo. For prices, deals and details, check out

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