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changs summer photos Jackie Alpers

I’m very excited to share P.F. Chang’s new Summer menu with you… because I took all of the photos! 

http://www.pfchangs.com/fresh_menu/

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I’ve been on a hot dog eating binge ever since I went to the Pima County Fair (see below), and had one of the best hot dogs of my life from a tiny stand in one of the buildings there. Since then, I’ve been buying every hot dog I see, trying to re-create the experience, which is impossible. So, I decided to conduct a taste test. I’ve bought every hot dog I can find that I haven’t tried before. So far Trader Joe’s all beef uncured franks have won, but I heard there was a sausage place on the other side of town that I have to try.  All of this culminated in me having to eat a Sonoran style hot dog today at El Guero Canelo which are rumored to be the best in town. Sonoran style hot dogs have become all the rage here in Tucson for the past couple of years and have gotten international attention due in part to this article in The New York Times.

Here are a few photos from my adventure today.

Note: My husband is a vegetarian so he had a whole bean and cheese burro which was excellent.

Our Hero! The Sonoran Hot Dog at El Guero Canelo

Grilled onions, cucumbers & salsa from the condiment bar

 

Someone Else's Order at the Counter

 

Burro filled with white cheese and whole beans

 

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Yes, I Did Eat Menudo

November 16, 2010

I was a little worried, because the menudo I’d had in the past was awful. Greasy and of questionable origin. Plus, it’s tripe. But, when I’m on assignment, I always like to taste the food I’m photographing. So, I was determined to give the menudo at Teresa’s Mosaic cafe a try. It was delicious! Not greasy at all, and they serve the menudo spices on the side so you can make it as hot as you like. And speaking of hot, they garnished the margarita with a jalapeno in addition to the usual salt and lime. It was the perfect combination of salty, sweet and spicy.

White menudo with all of the fixings.

Giant margarita

Jars of drinks sit on the counter.

Teresa making handmade tortillas at the comal.

Ah, Sandwiches

November 10, 2010

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

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The myth that you can’t find excellent seafood in the desert has been debunked in the winter issue of the Tucson Guide.

Photos by me!

Portraits of Achievers

October 8, 2008

I have three portraits featured in the October issue of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine

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2008 Lucie Awards

September 23, 2008

I have been awarded two honorable mentions in the 2008 International Photography Awards Competition: In the Fine Art professional category for my food series, “Things I Ate” and for my “Self Portrait with Harvest Feast”. My images were chosen from over 22,000 entries.

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