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Old Posted Feb 15, 2021, 1:37 AM
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Tucson, AZ

My partner and I took this past Thursday and Friday (2/11-2/12/2021) off from work and did a road trip of southern Arizona, and we spent 2 nights in Tucson, a city we've never been to before. We enjoyed ourselves. I've been wanting to go there since 2019, when I found out that Tucson is the first US city to be named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, and only one of 2 cities in the US with that distinction (the other being San Antonio, TX); I thought to myself 'OK I HAVE to go to Tucson now' because I LOVE food. I think Tucson is an underrated city. Actually, to take it a step further, I think Tucson is an unappreciated city. It has a charm and character to it that I feel Phoenix lacks (no offense to people from Phoenix).

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A bridge near our hotel.

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This streetcar stop was right on the corner from our hotel.

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Downtown Tucson


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Historic 4th Avenue District


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While in Tucson, we ate at three restaurants that are certified by the City of Tucson as official Tucson UNESCO Restaurants of Gastronomy.

Our first.


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These ladies were GEMS.

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For a cocktail, I had the Pineapple Express.

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Here it is. It was pretty good. I actually had two of them...

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Tucson has a big authentic Sonoran cuisine scene, so I thought I'd go that route. This is cesina with a flour tortilla for an appetizer. Flour tortillas are huge in Sonoran culture.

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And of course you can put different salsas on your cesina.

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I got two different kinds of tacos; to be honest with you I don't remember what I got. At this point I was already working on my 3rd cocktail.

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This is my 4th cocktail. On the menu it's called Raspado de Mezcal. It was really really good.

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Me in the restroom. I was feeling really good.

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Riding the streetcar to...

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...West University Neigborhood


The West University area is, well, immediately west of the University of Arizona.


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Western Gate of the University of Arizona.

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After walking around, we thought we'd get some tea.

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These guys' outfits made me chuckle. What's with the stretch pants and wallabees combo?

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Back to the hotel...

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Uh, is *he* getting on the streetcar too?

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Breakfast burrito from our 2nd certified Restaurant of Gastronomy. It was pretty yummy.




Barrio Viejo

This is my favorite area of Tucson.

El Tiradito, or the Wishing Shrine.

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Barrio Viejo was much bigger than it is now, but basically half of the neighborhood was demolished to create the Tucson Convention Center; in fact, like other American cities, much of old Tucson was destroyed for so-called urban renewal projects in the 1960s and 1970s; freeway construction also destroyed old neighborhoods. It's a shame, too; Barrio Viejo's built environment is unique to American cities; it basically looks like it could be in Sonora, Mexico. But of course these adobe structures weren't valued back then; it's kind of like an ethnic cleansing of sorts, architecturally... plus, this neighborhood was full of low-income Mexican-Americans. Visiting it now, it's a mix of deteriorating abandoned adobe structures, and refurbished ones, and ones that are in the process of being refurbished/restored. As result, there's a bit of gentrification going on. Some years ago, actress Diane Keaton bought a 19th Century adobe and fixed it up, using some non-historic features, and last year she was selling it for a couple million dollars or something like that.


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The adobe house that Diane Keaton bought and refurbished. I don't know if she owns it anymore.

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What it looked like in 2008, per Google Street View.


What it looked like in 2015, per Google Street View. Here you can actually see the adobe bricks.


Looks like they kept this part of the adobe bricks exposed.

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Can you tell I like Barrio Viejo or what?


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Mission San Xavier del Bac


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Again, you see some funny outfits in this part of the US.

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Saguaro National Park

Saguaros. And ancient petroglyphs, which my partner and I are really into.


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We noticed that we see a lot more American cars in Arizona than we do in LA.

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Our third certified Restaurant of Gastronomy. Lunch time.

I love when Mexican restaurants serve real chips they fried themselves versus the bagged stuff.

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Cocktail.

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I had a chile relleno.

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My partner had the Mexican migas.

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2nd cocktail.

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I totally recommend a visit to Tucson.
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