Here’s my guide to 10 can’t miss Mexican inspired dishes in Tucson, Arizona. For the Food Network.
Tucson, Arizona, is famous for its Sonoran-style Mexican food. A college town located just 60 miles north of the Mexican border, and situated between Santa Fe and Southern California in both geography and style, Tucson boasts a truly unique regional cuisine.
In fact, Tucson has been designated the first U.S. City of Gastronomy by UNESCO, celebrating its unique regional cuisine, which is influenced heavily by the city’s proximity to Mexico and its location in the Sonoran Desert, where prickly pear, mesquite and chiltepin grow wild. Native American and Hispanic cultures mix with those of generations of settlers who moved to the Southwest looking for a new life.
Visit FoodNetwork.com to see my 35 can’t-miss Tucson dishes with a distinctly Sonoran-Mexican influence.
In my latest article for Random House’s TasteBook I share recipes for my favorite Mexican street snacks, including TostiNachos and these Walking Tacos made with Tapatio Doritos. They’re perfect for the Super Bowl, a day when it is perfectly acceptable to eat all of the junk food you’ve been attempting to avoid the rest of the year.
I have two features in this month’s Edible Baja Arizona Magazine. For “The Plate” I selected and photographed four local dishes that should never be taken off of the menu. The Mexican street corn at NOX and the Charcuterie plate at Zona 78 are two of my picks. Visit the Edible Baja website to read the article and see the rest.
Haile Thomas is an 11 year old chef who has been honored by Michele Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign at the White House for her efforts to teach kids about healthy eating. I photographed three of the young chef’s healthy recipes for her column, “Halie’s Swaps”.
Halie’s Vegan Breakfast Wrap
I’m very happy to have my photo of a triple bacon honey bun cheeseburger in Bloomberg BusinessWeek. You can check out the on-line version of the article here: A Food Site That Aims to Quantify Healthy Eating
I recently did an assignment for the Tucson Guide on the various sandwich options available around town. I visited an authentic South Philadelphia style cheesesteak shop, a combo Jewish/Italian deli, and a place whose name was inspired by The Lord of the Rings (Baggin’s). The sandwiches were are absurdly huge and extremely yummy, and I got to go behind the scenes and see how they were all made. You can read the whole article here: http://tinyurl.com/262zphx
A giant Reubin with corned beef on rye
Orders on the line
An Italian Hoagie
Frankie taking my order
Topping for cheesesteaks
Hot sauces at the Bison Witches bar
Jason holding an italian sub for the Tucson Guide Cover
Opening interior spread
I’m thrilled to have been selected a runner up in Saveur Magazine’s cover contest. Five images were selected from over 900 entries.
I’ve been shooting for the Tucson Guide for a while now, but the new March issue marks my first cover. I love shooting for the Tucson Guide because it’s a way that I can help promote the restaurants in my community. It also gives me the opportunity to experience my own town like a tourist would – through fresh eyes. Contributing food editor Edie Jarolim wrote the story. I’ve worked with her before, and she always picks really amazing restaurants and dishes. I often have to force myself to wait until I get the shot before devouring whatever they’ve placed in front of me. In fact, there have in the past been certain food items included in the article with a bite missing. In this issue I believe all of the dishes remained in tact, not for a lack of deliciousness, but as a tribute to my own restraint. You can read the entire article online starting on page 56.
Members of the Sanchez family rolling the ham croquettes by hand.
A little girl dining with her parents at Casa Vincente
Garbanzo bean salad cold tapas
Guests dining on smoked salmon tapas at Casa Vincente.
Gnocchi allâ arrabiata are made on the premise
Chef behind the counter at Yoshimatsu
Healthy Sushi Lunch
Owner Amanuel Gebremariam standing behind a large sampler platter at Zeman's
The folks at AARP Bulletin sent to me Sun City, the nations biggest and oldest retirement community. They wanted to show how the nature of volunteerism had progressed in a community dependent on the act. Women in Sun City have gone from organizing bake sales to starting small businesses. They asked me to photograph retired school principal Carol Struck, a volunteer who started a book store and a coffee shop in order to give back to the community using her unique skill set.
Carol Struck in the bookstore she opened in Sun City
Portrait of Carol Struck for the AARP Bulletin
I’ve been photographing portraits of southern Arizona artists for Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine for many years now. Here are a few of of my favorites:
Portrait of Carol Alleman in a mesquite grove
Sky Davidson at home on his ranch
Rose Cabat with one of her Feelies
Phil Lichtenhan with nest made of found materials
Judy Bateman with buzzard feathers
Acadia Alder in her garden