Category: Buzz

Circle of Food – Last Supper – Last Blog Post

According to a blog article in the New York Times  written in 2009, “Getting started is easy, since all it takes to maintain a blog is a little time and inspiration. So why do blogs have a higher failure rate than restaurants?” Fast forward to 2018 and small business trends say 95% of blogs are […]

Arizona Chimichangas, Que Pasa?

Arizona is known for many things – the Grand Canyon, the Sonora Desert, prickly pear margaritas, John McCain and more but what it might not be known for yet — is the chimichanga. So, what is a chimichanga? Author Rita Connelly writes a well-researched account what a chimichanga is and who invented it. The invention […]

Candy is Dandy but Give Me a Shandy

I suffered a stiff neck recently (and all too often). Some of my favorite cures are to visit my chiropractor/acupuncturist (but not at 9 pm) and/or a stiff drink. I happened to have a bottle of Lienenkugel’s Grapefruit Shandy in the frig and after a few generous sips, the neck muscles relaxed. I got to […]

Fox Restaurant Concepts 20th Anniversary, Gives Back Tucson

Congratulations to Fox Restaurant Concepts on their 20th anniversary. (Sam Fox is originally from Tucson.) And to celebrate and give back to the Tucson community, each restaurant concept will donate $4,000 back. Diners can visit any location (Blanco Tacos & Tequila, Culinary Dropout, North Italia, Zinburger and Wildflower), sign up for FRC newsletter and cast […]

Best Wurst Made in Tucson with Craft Beer, TEN55

Just when you think downtown Tucson has more than enough restaurants, along comes TEN55 to fill another dining niche – a brewing and sausage house. Circle of Food loves their menu as there is something for everyone. For meat eaters there are 16 kinds of scratch-made sausage: the usual bratwurst and hot Italian but for […]

Three cucumbers walk into a bar

Always a good line for a joke but I wondered about the three cucumbers I see in the grocery store and decided to use all three to make a salad for a potluck. I disdain the common cucumber as it’s blah and without any definitive flavor. These cukes also go to waste in my house […]

Eat Like a Locavore at Maynards Market & Kitchen Tucson

In our fair City of Gastronomy, much as been done to showcase local food and drink but none as extensively as at Maynards Market & Kitchen. While many restaurants use some local products, Executive Chef Brian Smith and Todd Hanley, Maynards general manager and proprietor, said they wanted to stand out and decided to take […]

Happy 25th Anniversary to Kingfisher Tucson

Wow! Congratulations to Kingfisher Bar & Grill for the delightful honor of 25 years and still going strong. Circle of Food can attest that on a recent Tuesday night the restaurant was as bustling as ever. In the early 1990’s four food guys got together and decided that Tucson needed a fish restaurant.  On September […]

Restaurant Altruism: RA Sushi Raised Almost $2 Million for St. Jude Hospital

Since 2004, RA Sushi has supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a week-long fundraising campaign called Nicky’s Week.  The fundraising event honored the life of Nicholas Mailliard, who lost his battle with pediatric cancer in 2005 at the age of 13. Nicky was the nephew of Rich Howland, one of RA Sushi’s founders. The […]

Shoebox Size Tasting Room Big on Arizona Spirits

Series 19 opened last week in a cozy inviting 680 square feet of prime real estate downtown Tucson serving only craft cocktails made with spirits from Arizona-based distilleries from Elgin to Flagstaff. Three Wells Distilling Company is the mastermind behind this clever endeavor and the first and only tasting room in the state to do […]