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A Word to the Wise Foodie

FOOD is the topic of this year's Downtown Lecture Series sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Starting on Wednesday, Oct. 15 and running through Wednesday, Nov. 12, the free lectures will center on the cultural, social, historical and future aspects of the food choices we make. The lectures will be held Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Theater. Lecturers come from various departments including geography, anthropology, archeology, and the Center for Integrative Medicine and The Southwest Center at the UA. Tickets will be available at 4 p.m. the day of the lecture at the Fox. Since these events have frequently sold out in the past, satellite sites are in the works. More info at

Now That's Italian

Full disclosure here; I've been a taking this class for several months now and I wanted to share because I'm having such a great time, eating some really great food and actually learning something. Tucson Italian is a six-week course in Italian held at Tavolino Ristorante. Taught by Dr. Theresa Levy—whose resume includes teaching at the UA and PCC as well as translating for the Vatican—the classes are held on Wednesdays (beginning) and Thursdays (intermediate.) The cost of the class includes ordering an entrée off the lunch menu and either the misto salad or the zuppa del giorno. Va bene! Contact: for details. Flippin' Out in Tucson The folks from the television program "Flip My Food" were in Tucson a few weeks back. Chef Jeff Henderson challenges other chefs and home cooks to create healthy versions of their signature dishes. FMF filmed at Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery and Bistro, Piazza Gavi, Tanque Verde Guest Ranch and Posh Boutique. "Flip My Food" can be viewed on KGUN 9 weekdays at 9:30 a.m. We're still researching when the show will be aired. Stay tuned.

Bazil's Lounge Remodel

Someone noted that "it would get the Don Draper seal of approval" and we'd have to agree. The lounge at Bazil's, a long-time Italian joint on the corner of Swan and Sunrise, recently expanded their cocktail lounge. Thankfully, the only noticeable change is the number of booths and tables. The dark lounge is straight out of the '60s with faux tiffany shades, rheostats in the booths and cocktails that your parents recognize. The pizza (only available in the lounge) may not be gourmet, but it's still pretty drool-worthy.

Last But Not Least

We just discovered that Anthony's Cigar Emporium on Campbell has a great gig on game days (we're assuming just about any game that's televised, but since it's football season ...) Anyway, not only can you enjoy the game and some of the finest cigars around in their smoking lounge, but when the munchies hit you can order delivery from either Zinburger or Sullivan's, two restaurants that are just steps away. What a concept! (The Broadway store has Monkey Burger next door with a similar set-up.)

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