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Acacia restaurant opens it’s doors in the Catalina Foothills

Their last day open at their St. Philips location was Thursday, January 13th. They opened the new Acacia just yesterday on Friday, January 14th. They are now located at Gallery Row, 3001 E. Skyline Drive. Find them on the Northeast corner of Skyline and Campbell.

New digs, new menu, same quality food and drink. We had the mahi-mahi tacos with a roasted jalapeno pepper, and calamari tonight. Both were excellent. They have the best view in Tucson, overlooking the city lights from nearly 3000 feet above sea level in the Catalina Foothills.

Downtown Tucson Mexican cuisine at Cafe Poca Cosa

You will find delicious Mexican cuisine at Cafe Poca Cosa on Pennington Street in downtown Tucson. Upscale, yet casual atmosphere. Friendly, attentive, and informed staff. We recommend the Chef’s sample plate if you visit for lunch.

Downtown Tucson

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For other favorite Tucson restaurants, visit

Video Tour of Sonoita, Elgin and Patagonia in Southern Arizona

Visit the Santa Cruz Valley in Southern Arizona.

Music courtesy of Rumblefish Music Licensing Store.
Song: Western
Artist: King of Hawaii
Album: Henry Call Home

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Fountain Hills Arizona – March 13th

Fountain Hills

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The Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce, along with other organizations will sponsor the 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Fountain Hills, Arizona from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010.

Enjoy a festive day filled with fine food, music, and fun activities that the whole family can engage in.

For more information on Fountain Hills, visit

Palm Springs Restaurant Week June 4th – 13th

Palm Springs Sunrise

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The 2010 Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week we be held June 4th through the 13th. Promoters are hoping to have at least 100 restaurants participating. Nearly 25,000 diners enjoyed the cuisine from Palm Springs area restaurants last year.

Palm Springs, California is a four hour drive from Phoenix, and only hour and a half from many Southern California beach cities. for more information on places to see, stay and restaurants in Palm Springs.

Land on Tucson this winter


Tucson Moonrise

The weather in Tucson is getting real nice, so come down and Discover Southern Arizona.

There are truly so many places to “discover” in Arizona, and Tucson is a great place to stay as your base.  Directly south of Tucson is the Santa Cruz Valley. To the southeast is Cochise County. Each is rich in history, art, culture, beauty, and great wine.

If you want to go north, then Casa Grande is minutes away, and great golf is not much further in Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.

Venture just an a little more than an hour north of Scottsdale, and explore Prescott, Sedona, and Flagstaff.

Arizona is so beautiful and diverse. So, think about coming out West this winter to

Happy Halloween Eve from Historic Willcox, Arizona

Halloween Sheriff in Willcox, AZ
Halloween Sheriff in Willcox, AZ

We went down to the old western town of Willcox, Arizona today. We drove slowly through town because the Halloween Sheriff was watching. Willcox, Arizona is an historic old western town in Cochise County, Arizona.

While we were there, we stopped and ate at Big Tex Bar-B-Que’s Dining Car Restaurant. It is bigger than it looks. The service and food at this family restaurant were great, and we will be back. We have to admit that we did not have barbeque though. Why? Because I was across the street looking for treasures in a thrift shop, and someone from Louisiana ordered for me. What was ordered? The Special – catfish, fries, and cole slaw (Louisiana dish, of course). It was delicious though, but next time I will do my own ordering. You have to have BBQ at a BBQ place, in my opinion…at least the first visit.

One of the Willcox locals recommended that we stop by Buffalo Sisters Trading Post down the street. It was a cozy shop with antiques, art, furniture and other treasures. But the best part was meeting the wonderful Buffalo Sisters shop owner, Jetty White (also known as Red Elk). She had a shop full of interesting things, and friendly locals that we enjoyed talking to.

We heard some exciting things about Willcox’s Wine Country, and plan on returning during Rex Allen Days and Wings Over Willcox. We left, heading back to Tucson, riding into the Willcox sunset tonight.

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Want to buy a Southern Arizona Winery?

Southern Arizona Wine

Southern Arizona Wine

Inc. reports, “Business for Sale: An Arizona WineryAn 83-year-old winemaker is ready to hand off his 10-acre Arizona vineyard. The plot is priced at $465,000.” The winery is located in Vail just outside Tucson, Arizona. Leo Cox began the vineyard in his late 60’s, alone and by hand. He is a Master Gardener, who has produced some of the finest Merlot grapes and wine at Charron Vineyards. for yourself.

33rd Annual Monterey California Wine Festival

For favorite Monterey and Carmel restaurants to eat while you are at the Monterey Wine Festival, visit If you have not already made plans for a vacation rental, visit MoneteryRental.US, for place to stay. If you plan on coming early, or staying for a while to visit more of California’s Wine County, then stop by

Monterey Restaurants

Monterey Restaurants


October 1st – Monterey Bay Aquarium 7:30 -10:30 pm Overview

Prepare to thoroughly enjoy a night at the Monterey Bay Aquarium unlike any other! When the doors of the Grand Tasting open at The Monterey Bay Aquarium guests will receive a commemorative wine glass and be welcomed to a world class venue unlike any other for discovering new wines and sipping cellar favorites too! Enjoy the ability to choose from over 400 wines and sample the fantastic fare of local restaurants and national gourmet food manufacturers – all the while you visit the incredible marine displays of The Monterey Bay Aquarium. It really is a magical experience at The Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dip some juicy fruit into the chocolate fountain or enjoy the Shrimp Bar with a great pinot gris! You’ll savor and delight in the flavors of California and beyond. Master sommeliers will be available to answer questions. Whether you are in the industry, a wine enthusiast or on your way to becoming one this event is not to be missed! You’ll find that next great wine buy and discover new eating establishments that will temp your taste buds and end up on your dining calendar.

 October 2nd 5 – 9 pm New Releases and More!

Prepare to continue your celebration of fantastic wines and gourmet food offerings at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. A night of new releases and past best of the barrels will highlight wineries accomplishments for the guests palate! These new releases are always a cause for celebration and what better place to sip, savor and swirl than the beautiful Regency Ballroom? Stroll out onto the terrace and relax on the deck while taking in the hilarious clips shown at the Sip and Clip Movie Lounge then step back inside and visit some wineries offerings “fresh from the barrel juices.” These new additions to the festival floor along with beautiful music and some entertaining sessions of “Grapes going Green” by noted local experts are sure to compliment the entire experience. This combination of world-class wine, educational seminars presented by industry leaders, a silent wine auction, and of course exquisite gourmet offerings, make this a not to be missed happening. Chef Patrice will also be demoing and showcasing some wonderful recipes that will end up on your dinner plate at home once you’ve seen how easily they are to prepare. You’ll have the opportunity to taste hundreds of different wines, meet, talk and learn from some of the world’s most knowledgeable wine experts in an enjoyable environment. Industry booths of gourmet food, wine and culinary accoutrements will introduce their brand or product to attendees.

Live music will act as a backdrop and a place to relax and have a coffee or simply chat with fellow wine enthusiasts on the tasting room floor. Wine enthusiasts and food lovers will savor and remember the flavors they experienced at the Monterey Wine Festival long after the doors to the Regency Ballroom are closed.

All samples of food and wine are included in the ticket price. For more information visit

Rolling Stone Magazine Features Arizona Winemaker

Maynard James Keenan is not only a Jerome-Arizona Winemaker, but also the lead singer of Tool. A documentary, coming in 2010 and described in Rolling Stone Magazine, “Blood Into Wine: The Arizona Stronghold“, should be an interesting look into a segment of the “Booming Arizona Wine Industry“. 

Visit Arizona Stronghold Vineyard for detailed information on their wine.

Also, be sure to check out our SLIDESHOW of the Sonoita-Elgin Wine Country in Southern Arizona.

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