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Tucson restaurant news: banana bacon donuts, books/brunch, Amici

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Tucson restaurant news

Banana Bacon Donuts
No, that is not a new Dunkin’ Donuts flavor. If you get the almost weekly email missives from Doug Levy at Feast, you’ll note that for the month of July banana bacon donuts are on the menu. I know I’m just going to have to have one because I love bananas and I love bacon, the latter which I so rarely eat. Also during the slow summer months, customers can request what goes on the menu — perhaps food from their childhood or recipes long lost. Every week along with the changing monthly menu, new items come and go from the menu based on your requests. What a fun idea.

Speaking of Bananas (not Tucson related)
When I was in Los Angeles last week, I visited my syn twister and we walked around her neighborhood, Reynier Village. It’s a hidden pocket of older homes with manicured yards south of Beverly Hills, east of Beverywood, and north of Culver City. One of her neighbors is growing bananas! Who would think that the L.A. climate is banana-friendly but apparently it is. Check it out.

Books & Brunch

Literary Partners Group presents Books & Brunch, Saturday, July 10 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at O’Shaughnessy’s Steak House & Piano Bar, 2200 N Camino Principal. Andrew Greeley’s On The Bookshelf radio program will broadcast from this event from 11:00 am to noon on KJLL 1330AM (The Jolt). Authors expected to attend include:
•    Melanie Lenart, PhD–Life in the Hothouse: How a Living Planet Survives Climate Change
•    Anderson Atlas (aka Bradley Peterson)–The Lost Spells
•    Richard Buyer, MD–Why the JFK Assassination Still Matters
•    Leslie Kohler–Sins of the Border
•    Alicja Mann–Looking at the World Twice
•    Ray Adkins–The Saga of Zeke Cooper
•    Ellen Kirton–Cinderella is Still Dancing: 8 Choices that Can Improve Your Life
•    Barbara Jean Young–Helping People with Disabilities Help Themselves: Promoting the I CAN Attitude
The public is invited to meet the authors, learn about their books (and buy them too). Brunch will be available for a fee.
Also, Leslie Kohler from Phoenix, author of Sins of the Border, will be signing books at El Charro’s (311 N. Court Ave) from 5-7 pm later that day. Visit the virtualscribe for more info.

Closed: Amici Ristorante Italiano
Amici formerly at 2970 N. Campbell Ave is closed. I ate here one night and while the food was mostly good, the service was odd. We asked the wait person about a certain wine (a chianti) and she said, “It’s red.”  We didn’t necessarily blame this particular wait person because she was trying but it was obvious she wasn’t trained. That onus lies on the owner to properly train the staff or to direct them how to get answers they don’t know. Amici also had location problems as it was behind Sauce and behind Chicago Pizza.

Please send your food & restaurant news to karynzoldan@yahoo.com

  1. Two additional authors have been added to the Books & Brunch event: Lee Baldwin (Dying to Rule) and Kate Mathis (Living Lies) — that’s 10 authors in all! This is a wonderfully informal venue to get to know the authors and learn about their works.

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