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Takeover of 3 Tucson grocery stores by Haggen just days away

The Pacific Northwest grocery chain Haggen is growing by leaps and bounds, having acquired 146 stores in five states as a result of Albertsons' recent swallowing up of Safeway. Three of those stores are in Tucson — two East Side Safeways and the West Side Albertsons.... Read more»

Mexicans don't understand why you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo

South of the border, Cinco de Mayo is no big deal.... Read more»1

As Arizona wine industry matures, experts foresee potential gains

Arizona's wine industry has grown exponentially since 2001. More than 90 locations have farm winery licenses, most of them clustered in three areas in the state. But as wine industry growth slows across the nation, will Arizona's growth continue to mature? ... Read more»

Community gardens take root in Arizona

The number of community gardens in Tucson has doubled since 2010.... Read more»

App addresses challenges women face trying to quit smoking

When it comes to quitting smoking, women may need some extra motivation: "Women are more likely to gain weight than men when they quit smoking, and women have more difficulty losing weight when they gain it." That’s why UA researchers helped develop an app to remind women smokers that their health is more important than being thin.... Read more»

Chicago hot dogs find 2nd home in Az along with Cubs, White Sox

When Chicagoans use Cubs and White Sox spring training as an excuse to escape the city’s bone-chilling winters, Phoenix restaurants are ready to greet them with home-style hot dogs. ... Read more»

Asian cuisine expanding in Arizona restaurant market

Arizona has seen particular growth in Asian fusion restaurants, like Sumo Maya in Scottsdale, which serves Mexican-Asian fusion cuisine, Arizona Restaurant Association spokeswoman Chianne Hewer said.... Read more»

St. Patrick's parade to march through Downtown on Sunday

Tucson's 28th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival is this Sunday. The event will feature live Irish music, dancers and entertainment, as well as games for the kids.... Read more»

Census: Fewer Arizona households received food stamps in 2013

Two experts say the drop to an estimated 13.5 percent of Arizona households likely points to the state's improving economy. However, another said it could also be a sign that many people had used up their eligibility. To be eligible, a household's gross monthly income must be at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty line. ... Read more»

What’s hot in Az hospitality this year? Experts share 2015 trends

With guests returning to hotels and resorts, industry leaders are adding new features – curbside check-in, organic products, family packages - to create vibrant guest experiences across the state. Experts share hospitality trends. ... Read more»1

Warning sounded on heavy metals in chocolates

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, news that may break a chocolate-lover’s heart: A consumer group is taking legal action against an array of major chocolate manufacturers and retailers, saying they’ve failed to warn consumers about the potentially harmful levels of lead and cadmium in their products.... Read more»

Cafe Roka: One man’s dream of success

In a 1900s building on Main Street in Bisbee, Rod Kass unleashes his passion for food.... Read more»

Report predicts Az will lead nation in restaurant sales, job growth over next decade

The National Restaurant Association has projected Arizona as the No. 1 state in restaurant-sales growth in 2015 and for employment growth through 2025. What makes Arizona stand out in this industry?... Read more»

Portugal is shaking up the wine world

In a region known for port, winemakers along the Douro Valley are taking top prizes for reds and whites.... Read more»

Tasty and culturally rich: Tamale time

During the holidays, the demand for homemade tamales surpasses any other month of the year. These individually wrapped presents involve care, love, family, tradition and Mexican heritage.... Read more»

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