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Oktoberfest’s Seasonal Suds

There’s only one beer that rightfully gets the nod when Polka music is playing and pork schnitzel is frying. 

It’s Oktoberfest time once again, mein Freunde, and few moments mark the season better than enjoying an Oktoberfest-style brew that’s been poured down the inside of a glass as the foamy head simultaneously rises to the top.

In this week’s Inside Tucson Business, I caught up with two local brewers who shared their credentialed perspectives on these tradition-inspired beers.

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Try Tannat!

I’ve enjoyed wines at every stop along my global travels, including Merlot in Malta, Primitivo in Sicily, Assyrtiko on the Greek island of Santorini, and Grenache in France’s iconic Chateauneuf du Pape wine region.
But I’ve never had a wine made from the fashionable Tannat grape until now.
In this week’s Inside Tucson Business, I shared some wisdom from a local winemaker who’s won awards for her Tannat, and her story is translating to sales!
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Digitally Delicious

Local cooking classes have gone virtual this fall with chefs take center stage – er, screen.

As I report in this week’s Inside Tucson Business, the classes hosted by Flying Aprons Tucson are connecting chefs with their guests in fun new ways, bringing them together in interactive sessions where guests can cook right alongside their favorite chefs from the comforts of their own kitchens.

Check out my story here and let me know your thoughts!

 

Consolation from a ‘Cue Comrade

Pass me the Kleenex. I’m sadly skipping Sparks on my culinary travels this year.
Though I had to miss my annual trip to Sparks, Nevada this year for the  Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off, one of my BBQ brethren was quick to console me. I tell that story in this week’s Inside Tucson Business.
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Zin in a Tin?

Don’t mind me. I’m just sitting here by my pool.

Drinking wine.

From a can.

The latest Arizona winery to join the canning craze is Aridus Wine Company, and as I report in this week’s Inside Tucson Business, their winemaker suggests that the craze is about more than just convenience.

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The Soul of Senae

It’s doubtful that Garee Gai, Tua Pik Khing, and other staples of Thai cuisine are on the kitchen menu at St. Mary’s Hospital, but 100 hospital employees recently enjoyed an authentic taste of Thailand without stepping foot off hospital grounds.

In this week’s Inside Tucson Business, you’ll read that the best way to introduce people to Thai culture is through its food, and how the food at Senae Thai Bistro has therapeutic properties that go far beyond merely satisfying hunger.

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Vegan Burger Breakthrough

I never thought I’d have anything good to say about plant-based burgers. But here I am with lots to say about my recent vegan burger breakthrough.

In this week’s Inside Tucson Business, I reveal a secret that I’ve been keeping for weeks. And it will come as a shock to my comrades in the carnivore community.

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Beer: The “Great Uniter”

Leave it to Chris Squires and his brew crew to find a delicious way to bridge the gap between Tucson and Phoenix.

Their solution is beer, or what Squires calls the “great uniter.”

In this week’s Inside Tucson Business, I tell the story of a limited-edition brew that united Tucsonans and Phoenicians in a way that dispels any illusions that the gulf between the two cities is more than simply geographic.

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Lost Tacos…Found!

A delicious game of hide and seek has turned up Tucson’s lost tacos!

In this week’s Inside Tucson Business, I reveal the whereabouts of some tacos and other “shares and schwag” that were otherwise hard to find….until now. See what happens at the Lost Taco Shop after the Sonoran Brunch Company wraps up its breakfast and lunch service.

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The “Russell Box” Story Revealed

If there’s a greater honor than having a meat box named after you, I know not of it.

In this week’s Inside Tucson Business, I trace the “Russell Box” history back to Newport Beach in the 1980s. It’s a story of wood floors, sawdust, whiskey, and carcass-cutting, following the journey of celebrity butcher Ben Forbes.

Check out my story here and let me know your thoughts!