Buy This Soup
Every once in a while, a project comes along that tugs at these weathered heart strings: Several women have banded together to establish a local shelter for homeless women, and they're selling soup and brownie mixes to raise money for the effort. Annie O'Connor says she has black-bean chili; multi-bean soup; and Southwestern brownie mix made with cinnamon and hot chiles. Each mix sells for $5. Put some food in your pantry and a roof over the heads of some of Tucson's less-fortunate women by calling 749-1021 to place an order.
New: Catalina Brewing Company
If you like bikes or beer, or both, check out the new Catalina Brewing Company. The outfit is run by a couple of guys who share a passion for cycling and brewing, and their plan is to represent both of those interests in every bottle. Co-owner Hank Rowe says two or three different beers will initially be produced, and that they will eventually add other flavors, such as a signature brew for the annual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo mountain-bike race. The brewery is located at a private residence, but the plan is to eventually move it to a spot that can accommodate larger-scale production and maybe even a tasting room. Check in at www.catalinabrewingco.com.
A new gelato and sorbet store called Tazzina di Gelato has opened at 5420 E. Broadway Blvd., No. 234. The owners take the frozen stuff seriously and traveled to Bologna, Italy, to attend Gelato University at Carpigiani before returning home and crisscrossing the country to further hone their skills. The result is a menu of flavors ranging from chipotle-chocolate to strawberry-champagne, not to mention some fantastic holiday flavors. Visit www.tazzinadigelato.com for more information.
Did you know there are flavors hidden in the leaves of green tea that are so foreign to the American palate that we don't even have words to describe them? Little facts like this make learning about green tea an adventure, and we're fortunate to have Seven Cups Fine Chinese Teas (2516 E. Sixth St.) to help us along. The tea shop offers classes from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. A certified tea master speaks about the culture, health benefits and history of China's green teas. The classes are $15, and you don't need a reservation; 881-4072; www.sevencups.com.