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Work and play, food and drink in the land of the saguaro
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311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
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El Charro sits in a converted set of historic houses & buildings a block off Tucson's old town district—the same location where it began serving food in 1922. We had lunch here, at a big old wooden table in a warmly decorated dining room. Ask to...
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S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ, USA
This is the gritty, hip end of Tucson - the coffee, books, vintage and beer, all tucked away behind painted murals and discarded cigarette butts. We had coffee at Epic and lunch at Cafe Passe, bought books at The Book Stop and browsed the...
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Gates Pass, Arizona 85745, USA
Gates Pass is just outside Tucson, over the mountain to the Desert Museum and Saguaro NP West. Short and long walks, mountainsides studded with cacti hundreds of years old, rocks and rattlesnakes make this a great spot for adventurous types. And...
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7299 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, USA
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This is my favourite Japanese restaurant EVER, having that oh-so-desirable combination of amazing food and drinks, warm atmosphere & incredible (daily) happy hour specials. What makes this happy hour unmissable? $5 blood orange margaritas and...
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225 W University Dr #101, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
Cartel Coffee is a growing establishment in Arizona, with a hip, edgy feel and a deep knowledge of the craft. While the coffee is consistently rated as among the best in Phoenix, the baked goods are anything but ordinary as well—try a bacon...
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10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042, USA
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One of my favourite things about Phoenix is the mountains that pop up out of nothing. Well, not nothing, really, but out of expanses of sand or suburbia. They grab your attention, and suggest that hey, maybe this isn't a sprawling city after all....
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1445 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202, USA
I can't guarantee your time at Fiesta Mall will include mariachi ... or the animal-shaped balloons that featured out last visit ... but there *is* a Dillards Clearance centre. Tucked away on the lower level resides a veritable adventure of...