• Matt Russell, Special to Tucson Local Media
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I take my food seriously, so it should come as no surprise that preparations for National Elote Day have begun in earnest at the Russell residence.

  • Matt Russell, Special to Tucson Local Media
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When Chef Travis Peters wants to integrate the flavors of prune, ginger, clove, and nutmeg into a dish, his first thought is whether there’s a doctor in the house.

  • Heather Hoch, The Explorer
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Chicago’s Alinea went to a ticketed system, ditching the standard reservation process. Other James Beard award winners, like Chez Panisse in Berkeley, have done away with tipping. It seems no matter where you look, fine dining restaurateurs are tweaking the typical protocol in order to find …

  • Matt Russell, Special to The Explorer
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If Charles Dickens were alive today, he most certainly would have found his “fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels” on the southeast corner of Sunrise and Kolb.

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  • Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer
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The Tucson region recently saw the addition of several new choices when it comes to getting a burger. 

  • Matt Russell, Special to Desert Times
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When a challenge was thrown down to see who can brew the best beer on the Arizona pro-am circuit, it should come as no surprise that local firefighters were the first to answer the call.

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  • Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer
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One Tucson-based company, Ten Fifty-Five Brewing, staked its claim to a unique piece of Arizona business history: being the first to seek out investors under the state’s relatively new equity crowdfunding law.

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The third annual Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival will be held this Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Tucson Botanical Gardens located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. The event will showcase some of the region’s best cuisine and is a fantastic showcase of some of Tucson’s l…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer
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Arizona has long been known for having a fine selection of Mexican cuisine and other Latin-inspired dishes. A hotspot for any foodie, Tucson in particular has long contained some of the best restaurants in the state — and the Southwest region.

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer
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The Oro Valley Community and Recreation center recently re-opened its restaurant, The Overlook, over the course of two events. Initially shown during special, members-only sneak peek two days before the public ribbon cutting, the restaurant will be offering lunch service throughout the week,…

  • Lee Allen, Special to The Explorer
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Where else in town can you find beets, bicycles and baklava all within an arms reach?  Try Tucson Tandem, a partnership of Heirloom Farmers Markets and Living Streets Alliance, to take place the weekend of Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The beets and eats are at the Heirloom Market at Rillito Park on Satur…

  • Jonathan Frahm, Special to The Explorer
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With two Best of the Northwest awards under its belt, Oro Valley’s Dragon Village has become somewhat of a folk legend amongst the community. Located in Safeway Vistoso Plaza on 12152 N. Rancho Blvd., its location is fairly nondescript for a nationally-recognized, two-time local award-winnin…

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  • Matt Russell, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Move over plain and pedestrian salt. A new generation of rims is running circles around you, kicking-up cocktails with each and every lick.

  • Matt Russell, Special to Tucson Local Media
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What was once a kitchen condiment that seemed to struggle for relevance beyond the caprese has become a common companion for dishes from hamburgers to ice cream.

  • Chris Flora, The Explorer
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Triple digit temperatures have arrived, but there’s an increasingly popular way to enjoy an iced treat without the tablespoons of sugar that might leave you feeling cooler but guilty.

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Over the last decade, senior citizens are being given a choice when it comes to retired living. Moving from a retirement home they might own in SaddleBrooke to a full-service facility is one of those choices retirees begin to look at as they age.

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As temperatures continue to creep toward the triple-degree mark, RA Sushi has prepared it’s summer menu with some cool selections.

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Get into the spirit of a classic tale of romance with Romeo & Juliet presented by the Arizona Theatre Company. Maynards Market & Kitchen has been a sponsor of Arizona Theatre Company for several years, but this is the first year the two have collaborated for a show-inspired dinner.  …

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If not for the view alone, which overlooks miles of winding desert scenery and encapsulates the distant downtown skyline, Poppy Kitchen is worth a try for an inexpensive yet upscale happy hour experience.

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The cravings for sushi, cold beer, delicious cocktails and a friendly atmosphere were all quenched at Mr. An’s, 6091 N.Oracle Road last week.

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The craft beer craze takes center stage in Tucson next month, as the Old Pueblo preps for an onslaught of visitors, special events and beer-centric celebrations.

  • Matt Russell, Special to the Explorer
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A federal judge in California issued a ruling earlier this week that overturned the state’s ban on foie gras, the intentionally fattened livers of geese and ducks, ushering in a new generation of foie fans in the Golden State.

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Jackson Tavern, the latest concept from Metzger Family Restaurants, is scheduled to open this week at 2900 N. Swan Road in Plaza Palomino. It draws its inspiration from the coastal towns of New England, and its menu features creative twists on regional classics from Rhode Island to Maine.

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These new Hotel Congress Bar Eats and craft cocktails are impossible not to enjoy.  Whether it’s the scrumptious bites from Executive Chef Michael Byrer or thirst quenching drinks from the cocktail dream team, David Clark and Matt Talavera, guests can enjoy these generous tidbits and tastes …

Who says an outing in the heart of the luxurious and scenic Dove Mountain has to empty your wallet? The Gallery Grille, located at 14000 N. Dove Mountain Blvd. wipes that misconception right out with a daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. that features $2 drafts, $4 well drinks, $4 wine, and an at…

There was a good turnout at Thunder Canyon Brewery last week as a number of Northwest-area residents and business representatives joined staff of The Explorer Newspaper for the monthly Sippin’ Social, which takes place at various locations on the third Thursday of each month.