My mother sent along this impressively astute article today on how my hometown, Tucson AZ is a leading food world trendsetter and underrated culinary powerhouse, fusing cultural and regional traditions, the integrity of the land, and forward thinking. I have always held these opinions, but considered it an inherent bias.. My mother showed similar feelings, as the article does mention her place of work, the modest but glorious desert reserve Tohono Chul Park, but there is a reputability in the writing here. Reading this tourist view of Tucson not only boosted my pride of my homeland, but also stoked an envious craving for the meal the writer enjoyed at the posh Ventana Room, which I have (always wanted to, but) never been to. A lightly smoked Arizona Jojoba beef tenderloin with Tohono O’odham white tepary bean coulis and Saguaro syrup gastrique, paired with a 2004 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape? A course "break" of prickly pear sorbet in a saguaro cactus seed cone to snack on while enjoying a 2005 Hopler Gruner Veltliner?? Yes, please!
My next trip home, I will have to decide where to splurge now - My standby favorite restaurant (of all time??) Cafe Poca Cosa (please go here if ever in Tucson), my mother's new favorite hot spot Harvest, or goodness the Ventana Room. I'll keep you posted on what I decide... photos via Loew's Ventana Canyon Resort Tucson