Self-proclaimed fritter fanatic Jack Schiro called in to say the best apple fritters he'd ever tried can be found at Wheel Donuts at 3860 E. Pima St., so we headed out for a taste test. The fritters come in two sizes—large and ridiculously large—and are indeed the most decadent breakfast item to touch these taste buds in recent memory. An employee said they add cake batter to the dough to create the supple texture, but what's truly amazing is the pleasant apple crunch accompanying each bite. We're already looking forward to our next visit, and dreading the several hundred hours it'll take to work off the calories from the first visit; 322-8091.
Organic veggies are growing at the White House, and The Wall Street Journal reports that home vegetable gardens are gaining in popularity across the country. It appears a grow-your-own movement is taking root, and desert denizens need not be excluded. Visit www.communitygardensoftucson.org for a look inside Tucson's lush world of community gardening, or have an organic experience at the Tucson Organic Gardeners Web site, tucsonorganicgardeners.org. The UA Cooperative Extension posts tons of useful information at cals.arizona.edu/pima/gardening, and www.tucsongardener.com is a charming and helpful resource for gardeners of all skill levels.
Lee Lee Oriental Supermart is a huge ethnic grocery store opening soon in the old Food-4-Less location at 1990 W. Orange Grove Road. The store adds to the Asian offerings available at La Cholla Plaza. Meng Truong, a Cambodian refugee, opened the first Lee Lee Oriental in Mesa, later expanding to Chandler and Peoria. The Tucson store is expected to open in mid-September; 638-8328; www.leeleesupermarket.com.
Tucson's fourth Sunflower Farmers Market location is under construction at 3860 W. River Road. The grand-opening ceremony at 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, will feature free reusable shopping bags stuffed with healthy groceries for the first 200 customers. Visit www.sfmarkets.com for more information.
Check out the new Sushipedia application for iPhone. Developed by Tokiolabs, the application is a storehouse of sushi history, etiquette, nutritional data, tasting suggestions and other tidbits. Version 1.2 is available for 99 cents at www.sushipedia.org. Version 2.0 is expected to be released later this year.