31 March 2018

Weekend Warrior ~

Sometimes the only time to fit in exercise is during the weekend. But this skinny guy bicycles 24/7 on the top of a house in the Dunbar/Springs neighborhood. Hey! Eat a sandwich! And what happened to the spokes on his bike, hmmm?
Photo courtesy of David Aber.

30 March 2018

Tucson Food Friday ~ Coffee! More Coffee!

When I think of Dutch products I think of chocolate but apparently Dutch Brothers Coffee is well known in the northwest and now it is coming to Tucson. A building similar to this drive through in Chandler will be built at the corner of Wilmot and Broadway (near the now-defunct Mimi's Cafe). Here's the full story! Coffee drinkers will cheer this new addition to the coffee purveyors in town. 

29 March 2018

Throwback Thursday ~ Some things never change

29 MARCH 2010

Stage coach travel ~ a hearty adventure

This is a stage coach on display in Tucson's fantasy western community, Trail Dust Town. Imagine traveling across the country in such a rig ~ or even just across town! Hot, dusty, uncomfortable, slow... The folks who settled the West were definitely made of tough stuff. And they traveled light!
Happily, Trail Dust Town is still fun and still displays amazing memorabilia about how the West was developed. 

27 March 2018

$1,000 Reward - Have you seen this pup?

This little cutie, Cooper, has been STOLEN. The owners are devastated and are offering a $1,000 reward. Maybe you have noticed that one of your neighbors has a new pup or you work at a vet office or a grooming facility....  If you can help reunite Cooper with his family, you will be REWARDED. Thanks for keeping an eye out. PLEASE - anyone in Tucson reading this, could you forward this info to your vet, your groomer, and post it on your Facebook page? The more we can spread the word about Cooper the better the chance of reuniting him with his family. Thanks! 

26 March 2018

Sunset from The Coronet ~

Last week I shared a recipe from Tucson's The Coronet restaurant. Here I am sharing the pink sunset view from the patio. The Coronet is at the corner of 9th Street and 4th Avenue so you see and hear the trolley and the train go by during the evening. Wonderful food and wonderful service! One of my favorite places to dine! 

25 March 2018

Big Mama's in Tucson ~

Here is the set for "Low Down Dirty Blues" - Big Mama's club in South Chicago. This is the current production of Arizona Theatre Company at the great Temple of Music and Art downtown. The show was wonderful! I can guarantee you will enjoy this musical event! The show runs through March 31 in Tucson and then travels to Phoenix for performances from April 5 -21. Stellar cast with a lot of energy singing and playing some of the best blues classics. 

24 March 2018

Eye to Eye ~

As I was changing out the hummingbird food in my backyard I noticed that a new female dove has started to nest in one of my mesquite trees. As you can see, she has picked a rather weird spot for her nursery - just a few inches away from a busy hummingbird feeder and virtually on top of the solar battery pack for the tree's twinkle lights! Doves are NOT known for their building and construction prowess....

23 March 2018

Food Friday from a Tucson Treasure ~

I love featuring recipes from local Tucson restaurants. Tucson has so many great food choices - why would you ever go to a chain restaurant?? Here is the recipe for RIGATONI ARRIBIATA from one of my favorite downtown restaurants - The Coronet. It is a small place with a great European flair. Bon appetit!
Recipe thanks to Susan Dodson. 

22 March 2018

Bus has vanished?

22 MARCH 2010

Ah ~ the mighty Bristol bus brews again!

Anglophiles and coffee lovers can rejoice! The mighty Bristol Coffee Bus is brewing again! I was delighted to see it parked on the north side of Golf Links Road near Wilmot in the parking lot of the Desert Taekwondo studio (6221 E Golf Links Rd).

What everyone loves is the seating "up top" ~ a nice place to relax with a cup o' Joe. For more info about this bus, check my posting from December 30, 2009.

NOW: This bus/coffee shop seems to have vanished from the Tucson landscape. If you can supply any news of its whereabouts, please post a comment! Thanks! 

21 March 2018

Rare Wildlife Sighting!

I am not a dinosaur expert so I looked up some dino images and I THINK this truck's ancient hood ornament is an Ankylosaur. Here's what I looked at to identify it. If you know more, please share!

20 March 2018

Hunting Camels is Prohibited ~

It's time again for Tuesday Tucson Trivia! There is a law on the books that states "Hunting Camels is Prohibited."  Does that pique your interest to learn more about this weird law? Click here for a story from the Smithsonian! 

19 March 2018


Yes, it is indeed Monday! Where did the weekend go? Welcome to another week of unpredictible weather in Tucson - some cold days, some rain, and some sun. As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Let's move the thermometer up from the 40's, please! 

17 March 2018

Did you say WEEKEND?

Yay! It's the weekend! Time to go for a ride and enjoy the fresh air. And as the popular bumper sticker says, "More Wag, Less Bark!"  Enjoy! 

16 March 2018

It's Caffeine Awareness Month! Get your buzz on!

Did you know that March is National Caffeine Awareness Month? Yep, it's true! Need a little picker upper? Here's some advice from the coffee shop experts! 

15 March 2018

The Wall Comes to AZ - Today through Sunday

Our site sponsor, SUsan Dodson, shared this information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall coming to Tucson. You can visit this replica of The Wall starting today through Sunday at the Riverfront Park in Oro Valley. 

14 March 2018

Beauty on the go!

Wow - it's hard to think of a caption that adds anything to this sign! I guess you can really just dash in for a touch up! My, my.

13 March 2018

Literary Lizard!

I just love that we have Little Free Libraries all over Tucson! Here is a particularly fun one that site follower David Aber forwarded to me. 

"NW corner of W. 2nd St. & N. 10th Ave. in the Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood. The gila monster, created by Hirotsune Tashima & Jason Butler, is reading a poem entitled, "The End of the Chapter" by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Poem note: This location has appeared in teh Daily Star's website (tucson.com) on 3/25/13 and 7/03/16 (not my photos). Here's the link: Tucson Oddity"

12 March 2018

Happiest Way to Start Your Week!

They say that laughter is the best medicine and the absolute expert of this form of therapy is the amazing talented cast that you will enjoy at The Gaslight Theatre. The current show is "The Lone Stranger" and it runs through March 25. Be sure and stay for the "after show" - the Olio - which is a wonderful show unto itself! This is a Tucson Treasure! 

11 March 2018

Day2: Abandoned mine?

It's time again for another "Where is this?" contest! First person who can identify where this abandoned Mining Cart is displayed wins a fabulous TDP t-shirt!

Here is a clue: This mining cart is on a main north/south thoroughfare and is on permanent display in front of a restaurant. Any guesses??

09 March 2018

Friday Food - all about Tucson on NPR!

It's no surprise that we have many great Mexican restaurants in Tucson - some of them have been been open for nearly 100 years. Here is a feature piece on National Public Radio that salutes our many Sonoran-influenced culinary treats and products. It also mentions a few "must try" restaurants that are not mentioned in some of the traditional restaurant guides. Click here to read all about it. Yum! 

08 March 2018

Tucson's Cathedral is expanding ~

08 MARCH 2010

Tucson's Cathedral ~

Surely one of the most beautiful buildings in downtown Tucson is St Augustine Cathedral on Stone Avenue. Over the front door carved in stone are various desert plants and inside the santuary the saguaro cactus blossom is featured on the main altar, pulpit, lectern and baptismal font. On the north end of the property is a colorful canopy/gazebo/stage which is formed of brilliantly colored metal flowers. I'll post that tomorrow so stay tuned!
NOW: Construction! The north side of the property is being developed as a low-income property for seniors. The colorful floral bandshell will be moved but I can't find a confirmation of its new location. 

07 March 2018

One of Tucson's Tuffets ~

A talented photographer and a site follower, David Aber, sent me this photo of one of a set of "tuffets" seen around town. I had never seen them and, in fact, have not (yet!) visited the park they adorn. Do you know where this series of concrete and tile work beauties can be found?
Photo courtesy of David Aber. 

06 March 2018

Oldest European Structure in Arizona ~

Time again for some Tucson Trivia -- it is Tuesday, after all!  (:
The Mission St Xavier del Bac (aka "White Dove of the Desert") is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona. In 1790 when the Mission was founded, the land was still part of Spain. This structure is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States. 

05 March 2018

Welcome, Spring!

Welcome to a new week and to the first Monday in March! Spring is not far away now. This charming flower-decoratead gate caught my eye as I was on a walk in my neighborhood. So pretty and so welcoming. Happy Monday! 

03 March 2018

See the Budweiser Clydesdale Horses!

This Tucson race track is where Quarter Horse racing began! The winter schedule runs from Feb 10 to March 18 so you have three more weekends to check it out until next year. For the full weekend program - including the famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses - click here

02 March 2018

Mmmm... Tucson's Food Friday ~

Tucson has so many great restaurants! Here is a yummy recipe for Chicken Piccata created by the chef at Vero Amore. Yum!
Recipe courtesy of Susan Dodson.

01 March 2018

Throwback Tucson Thursday ~ Snow!

01 MARCH 2011

Cross or don't cross?

The weekend's snowfall was so amazing and unusual for us that I want to share a few more wintery images. Here's a hawklight crossing that I captured on my morning walk.
This winter we have had several cold spells with nighttime temps in the 30's but so far this year we have not had any snow. I remember one year shortly after I moved to Tucson that it snowed on Easter Sunday! We're not out of the woods yet!