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Arizona Sonoran News

Arizona Sonoran News

Student Newswire of The University of Arizona School of Journalism

Arizona Sonoran News

Lunch on wheels hits the Tucson streets

Lunch on wheels hits the Tucson streets

Kevin Abblitt May 1, 2013

Do you find yourself wanting to escape the typical lunchtime routines? Are you looking for an alternative source of revenue and employment? Instead of having to pick up your food order, why not have it be conveniently delivered to you curbside?

In an effort to keep pace with the changing technological-savvy culture today, the culinary industry has developed food on-the-go. Let's face it, whatever is convenient for us typically seems like the appropriate answer.

If you don’t know what I am talking about by now, then you are missing out.

This is the language of food trucks.

Drawing up scratch recipes ranging from unique renditions of your favorite homemade grilled cheese sandwich to the exotic creations of hot dogs and french toast, food trucks are the food of the future.

The modern food truck has found its calling card behind the emergence of the social media industry. If food trucks continue to deliver high-quality meals, whose to say this penciled trend won’t transition to permanent ink?

This bustling lunch on wheels industry is sweeping the nation by a firestorm.

If you’ve ever caught yourself flipping channels, I would be confident in placing my bet that you’ve come across the Food Network once or twice.

In fact, I would bet you have stopped on Tyler Florence’s hit series show: The Great Food Truck Race. The multi-week show follows around eight teams that are given challenges to outsell one another in a coast-to-coast road trip.

With the pioneers of the industry leading the charge, you can now mix in Tucson amongst Seattle, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.


Tucsons arrogance delivers in its iconic cuisine

Tucson’s arrogance delivers in its iconic cuisine

Kevin Abblitt May 1, 2013

An outsider to Tucson’s hipster culture and spicy southwest cuisine would tell you that this isn’t much of a town to eat in, unless you wanted Mexican food, which, of course, you often did. Mexican...

Map of Arizonas lakes and waterways

Arizona: where the turf meets the surf

Kevin Abblitt March 27, 2013

It is safe to bet that cacti, triple digit temperatures and rattlesnakes all figure their way into your train of thought when thinking about the state of Arizona--its only natural.

Unless discussing the backyard pool or the urgency to escape another seasonal drought, it isn’t often that water matriculates its way into the barren desert land.

Albeit truthful, it is a stereotype that distracts from the state's water-related recreational opportunities. Do I dare even go as far as to tap into the Arizona Surf Club? Is that such a thing?

Map of Arizona's lakes and waterways

Although incomparable to Minnesota’s reputable 10,000 lakes, Arizona is home to 31 lakes, which offer various activities. From fishing to boating to kayaking to waterskiing, Arizona has room for them all. 

If you’re looking to kick your feet up, seclude yourself from technology and simply relax, then pack up your fishing gear for Patagonia, Ariz. Patagonia Lake, which rests just 12 miles north of Nogales, is Tucson’s closest lake. The quaint 2.5-mile-long and 250-acre lake is best known for its Largemouth Bass and Flathead Catfish.

Or, if you're looking to go tubing, jump on the I-10 up to the Salt River. If Lake Havasu is spring break, then the Salt River is spring break’s hangover. The inner-tube trip is as lazy as any Sunday should be as you soaking in the sun’s rays, all the while floating down through Tonto National Forest.

Drawing away from the college-polluted spring break city and “Personal Watercraft Capital of the World,” of Lake Havasu, try Northern Arizona to fulfill your wild side.

Thirsty Americans Hop Aboard the Rising Craft Beer Movement

Thirsty Americans Hop Aboard the Rising Craft Beer Movement

Kevin Abblitt February 11, 2013

It is no lie, Americans love their beer and lots of it.

According to The Beer Institute's most recent findings, Arizona’s annual beer consumption rests at 36.4 gallons per person, which falls close behind the leading state of Nevada at 44 gallons.

However, quantity isn’t the area of interest today. The trending focus is on smaller breweries, or microbreweries, that generally host a more profound range of distinct native flavors. According to the brewers association, “Craft beer is beer that is brewed by small, independent and traditional brewers with the finest quality ingredients and is conducted on a limited basis or seasonal basis.”

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