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Marvelous meals served poorly

Marvelous meals served poorly

Agustín Brasserie - from le menu to its sleek yet spare black-and-white decor - aims for a classic French bistro experience.

February 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Custom Stewart boots crafted by ol' style maker

Custom Stewart boots crafted by ol' style maker

This time of year, it can take about 90 days for someone to receive a pair of custom Stewart boots.

February 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Smashburger: We say it's a winner

Smashburger: We say it's a winner

Tucson's all about burgers. When it comes to food trends, one reigns supreme in our neck of the woods - the fast, casual burger joint.

January 17, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Stay home, play games in 'Pajamuary'

Stay home, play games in 'Pajamuary'

Perhaps you didn't realize, but this isn't just the start of a new year.

January 17, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Whole Foods opens on River Rd.

Whole Foods Market at River and Craycroft roads is open for business.

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The crème of convenience cuisine

The crème of convenience cuisine

My kids have eaten - and appreciated - meals at nice restaurants, and they all love going out to eat.

January 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Vibe, food, history set Italian spot apart

Vibe, food, history set Italian spot apart

A funeral parlor turned Italian eatery.

November 15, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Extreme comfort food at Fix

Extreme comfort food at Fix

Mac and cheese is the great all-American comfort food.

October 25, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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No whining at Hops and Vines

No whining at Hops and Vines

SONOITA - A friendly bit of advice if you trek down here to Arizona Hops and Vines: Watch out for Bob. He bites.

September 27, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Circus acts, fashion show combine to help Tu Nidito

Circus acts, fashion show combine to help Tu Nidito

Acrobats, fashion, local celebrities, gourmet food and a good cause: They all come together in the eighth annual Fashion Show - Cirque du Couture.

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No chains here: Locally owned eateries serve international fare

No chains here: Locally owned eateries serve international fare

With its funky, throwback of a neon sign and eateries that read like a United Nations roll call, Midstar Plaza isn't your typical 21st-century, chain-filled strip mall. You've probably driven past the multicolored, sprawling shopping center on Broadway just west of Swan Road hundreds of times.

September 13, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Fashion steps out in style

Fashion steps out in style

Tucson marks Fashion Night Oout with two events: It's the second year for La Encantada's shopping party and the first for Fashion's Night Out in Downtown on the rooftop of Playground Bar & Lounge.

September 06, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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4th Avenue struts its stuff during Rendezvous

4th Avenue struts its stuff during Rendezvous

Sure the street's still torn up and it's still wicked hot, but hey, North Fourth Avenue is ready to party.

August 30, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Get to UA before area's shops, restaurants are mobbed with students

Get to UA before area's shops, restaurants are mobbed with students

Summer, as any Main Gate Square merchant'll tell ya, is slow, slow, slow. This year it's a triple whammy, what with the regular seasonal doldrums, the recession and the modern streetcar work that has University Boulevard chewed up, says Mort Edberg of Landmark Clothing, who's weathered 52 su…

August 02, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue gets Aloha spirit just right

Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue gets Aloha spirit just right

Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue embodies the eclectic cuisine of the islands. Hawaiian food is this joyful mishmash from the many immigrants who've settled there. You'll find plenty of Japanese influence along with traditional kalua pork and poi and very retro, utilitarian American chow like Spam …

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Review: Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue

Review: Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue

Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue embodies the eclectic cuisine of the islands. Hawaiian food is this joyful mishmash from the many immigrants who've settled there. You'll find plenty of Japanese influence along with traditional kalua pork and poi and very retro, utilitarian American chow like Spam …

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Follow your nose to new coffee shop Exo Roast Co.

Follow your nose to new coffee shop Exo Roast Co.

While there's no shortage of coffee shops around town, Exo Roast Co. (the name comes from the exothermic reaction that occurs while roasting beans) aims to be different by serving as a gathering place for people to listen to live music, watch films or just learn about coffee.

July 26, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Nothing plain about the pastries at Young Donut Shop

Nothing plain about the pastries at Young Donut Shop

You can blanket a doughnut in chocolate glaze or bury it beneath sprinkles or even twist it into fanciness. But, none of that matters. The true test of a doughnut is how it tastes plain.

July 19, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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9 chefs to answer questions, give recipes at Komen event

9 chefs to answer questions, give recipes at Komen event

Cook for the Cure is foodie paradise.

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Le Rendez-vous - part deux - adds casual, lower-priced bistro

Le Rendez-vous - part deux - adds casual, lower-priced bistro

It's a difficult thing, letting go. But, after 31 years, Jean Claude Berger knew it was time to leave his restaurant. The biggest sign was also the most poignant: On more than one occasion, people came in to get food for a dying relative whose last request was a meal from Le Rendez-vous.

July 12, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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'Thrift-store row': Cruising Speedway for buys

'Thrift-store row': Cruising Speedway for buys

Speedway is known for many things: Cruising. As a bustling east-west thoroughfare. Perhaps not as well known: A mile run of the road is "thrift-store row," says Cynthia Stella, who manages the Humane Society of Southern Arizona Thrift Store right smack in the middle of 'em.

June 21, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Cabernet, canvas and creativity

Cabernet, canvas and creativity

Sometimes, it takes a little juice to get the creativity flowing. That's why painting classes at Creative Juice Art Bar include a glass of wine along with the canvas and art lesson.

June 21, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Fit to a T (shirt) fashion

Fit to a T (shirt) fashion

T-shirts and Tucson go together like, well, the desert and heat. The wardrobe staple suits our sweaty-pits weather and ultra-casual vibe. Just look around: T-shirts are everywhere, at the office, out clubbing, even at a nice dinner. "It's hot," says Lissa Marinaro, who owns Zoë Boutique, 735…

June 07, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Wacky? Weird? It's all sweet for this chef

Wacky? Weird? It's all sweet for this chef

You can describe former Tucsonan turned Colorado pastry chef Samantha "Samm" Sherman in just two words: sweet genius.

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Beach vibe, food, spirits at Fini's

Beach vibe, food, spirits at Fini's

About this time of year, we Tucsonans start getting antsy. It's hot, and only going to get hotter and that insatiable craving starts. Beach. We need the beach.

May 17, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Healthful, organic food is the name of the game at Renee's

Healthful, organic food is the name of the game at Renee's

Eating organic or just eating healthier can be done - at home or out - if you know what to look for. In fact, it's easier than ever thanks to eateries such as Renee's Organic Oven, which doubles as a pickup point for locally grown produce.

May 10, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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It's a taco-a-taco face-off at festival

It's a taco-a-taco face-off at festival

On Saturday, more than 20 teams will compete for bragging rights to the best tacos in town while festival-goers can sample the Mexican favorite along with margaritas and tequilas, and take in chef demos, live music, food contests and Lucha Libre wrestling.

April 26, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Art-inspired fashion

Art-inspired fashion

In a laidback town like Tucson, there aren't many opportunities to ditch the jeans and pull out all the fashion stops. But, the First Fridays Fifth Annual Fashion Show is definitely one of 'em.

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Sex. Religion. Politics. Bacon.

Sex. Religion. Politics. Bacon.

Yeah, the pork product fits right in as one of those polarizing topics. You love it. Or, you hate it. There's no in-between. And don't go getting all holier than sow, vegetarians, because there are enough different kinds of facon on the market to prove that you, too, have a soft spot for tha…

April 19, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Kids create fresh meal, snack ideas

Kids create fresh meal, snack ideas

In the past year, Haile Thomas has met First Lady Michelle Obama, delivered the keynote speech for a national group dedicated to ending childhood obesity, launched a website to inspire young girls to live a healthy lifestyle, helped revamp the kids menu at Acacia and spearheaded an April 21 …

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It's spring, so clean up and shop, too

Whether you're interested in spring-cleaning tips, fashion, art or just want to shop, there's something to fit the bill this weekend.

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Zombies deserve some love

Zombies deserve some love

You don't often hear "Harvard psychiatrist" and "zombie expert" in the same sentence. Yet, that's exactly what Dr. Steven C. Schlozman is. It makes sense. Just let him explain.

March 29, 2012 12:01 am Photos

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Alfonso's pours foodie ambrosia

Alfonso's pours foodie ambrosia

Any good cook knows a great meal depends on the quality of the ingredients that go into it. And nothing elevates a dish quite like high-quality olive oil, which you'll find plenty of at Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamics in St. Philip's Plaza.

March 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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When it comes to breakfast, Tucson has it all

When it comes to breakfast, Tucson has it all

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now, how many times did you hear that growing up? How many times do you say it to your own kids? Well, it's true. And eating breakfast out is quite the treat. 

February 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Discovering the art of the purse

Discovering the art of the purse

On a long-ago trip to Hong Kong, Vicki Schwager bought a red leather bag shaped like a fish.

February 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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New pizzeria proves popular in Hereford

Hereford resident Vicki Gilbert had a dream - to bring authentic Italian dining smack in the middle of nowhere.

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Philabaum hosts glass of the titans

Philabaum hosts glass of the titans

Behind every great success story is the same two-letter word. No.

February 02, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Stir up simple, seasonal soups

Stir up simple, seasonal soups

Time to get your soup on. With a mere five days left of National Soup Month, there's no better time than now to start a pot simmering. Soup's pretty much the perfect winter meal.

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Think outside of the cookie box

Think outside of the cookie box

Thin Mints, Trefoils, Samoas.

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East-siders to find Paradise, too

Construction has started on a new Paradise Bakery & Cafe, which is going into the long-closed Austin's Old Fashioned Ice Cream near Park Place mall.

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Pretty, sweet and mobile in pink

Pretty, sweet and mobile in pink

Tracy Santa Cruz's FJ Cruiser stops traffic. Formerly yellow, the 2007 model is now painted fuchsia and decorated with polka dots, cupcakes and a saucy, red-lipped, redheaded pinup girl.

January 05, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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New group to explore wine, food

New group to explore wine, food

Good food and good wine are best when shared.

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Put on the Ritz all by yourself on New Year's

Put on the Ritz all by yourself on New Year's

Prepping for a big New Year's Eve night out is the regular person's equivalent of getting ready for the Oscars. Except, of course, we average chicks don't have stylists to do all the hard work for us. • Well, consider this your own personal-style cribsheet. • Here are some suggestions for pr…

December 29, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Skate Country: 40 years and rollin' strong

Skate Country: 40 years and rollin' strong

Take a look back at 1972. Roberta Flack topped the Billboard charts. Platform shoes had women - and men - teetering. Capes were cool. And lacing on a pair of sensibly heeled tan skates with Day-Glo orange wheels and zipping around the rink at Skate Country was the epitome of hipness.

December 08, 2011 12:01 am Photos

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Makin' whoopie: a pie to die for

Makin' whoopie: a pie to die for

Wes Patterson gently flips over a soft, chocolate disk of cake. She grabs a pastry bag, fat with silky chocolate-peanut butter filling and swirls a mound on top of the cake. She reaches for another chocolate disk, plops it on top and gives the whole thing a gentle smush. Ta da - a whoopie pie.

December 01, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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One-stops for two of our favorite things

One-stops for two of our favorite things

Save it, you holiday-shopping haters. We don't want to hear you whine about how you've got no time and the stores are too crowded. No more excuses. The jig is up. Because, hey, you still gotta eat, right? Well, here's the ultimate in multi-tasking - grab a bite and shop. That's right, bah yumbug.

November 24, 2011 12:02 am Photos

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Secret menus of Tucson restaurant exposed

Secret menus of Tucson restaurant exposed

In-N-Out burger's secret menu isn't so secret. The restaurant chain acknowledges as much on its website. But did you know some of Tucson's favorite spots have actual, for-reals secret menus? Unless you're a regular, you probably didn't.

November 17, 2011 12:02 am Photos

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At Bushi, sushi is its own virtue

At Bushi, sushi is its own virtue

Bushi restaurant's name sounds a little Seussian - after all, it does serve sushi. But rhyming wasn't what the owners had in mind. In this case, "Bushi" refers to the Japanese Bushido philosophy and way of life, which has seven main virtues.

November 10, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Create Cafe serves up whimsy

Create Cafe serves up whimsy

Create Cafe and Catering doesn't look so much like a restaurant as a hoarder grandma's house. And that's just the point - it aims to be more than just a place to grab a good bite.

November 03, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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