Sunday, August 3, 2008

Tucson Cookout


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Did you know it’s faster to fly to Paris from Ontario than it is to fly to Tucson? After 14 hours of travel, I arrived in Tucson for a conference.

We may have some pretty wicked humid days up in the North, but rarely have I felt straight on heat from the sun like that before. Aren't conferences in the desert in July wonderful?

One of the events in the conference was a cookout on a nearby ranch. I felt quite lucky to have such an authentic experience during travels.

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steaks

The cookout was good. But the experience of being at a ranch in the middle of the desert...

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...with a 4-man band playing traditional country music,

...watching the sun set…

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…made for an amazing experience.

Aside from conferencing, I also visited La Indita. It’s my first time ordering a pitcher of sangria (to be shared by 3) and receiving the pitcher AND glasses both full. I really had no idea what to order, so I went with flautas. I don’t tend to eat a lot of food like this. It was tasty, and pretty good value for money, but kind of heavy (depending on your personal tastes). The owner was very pleasant too.

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I also wanted to mention that I decided to publish my last post about France on my other blog. It doesn’t have any food in it – but lots of great pictures. If you’re interested in reading about “My Best Day in France”, click here.

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18 comments:

noble pig said...

Oh geez flautas! My favorite mex-dish. What a fun time!

Grace said...

that plate of food is insane. i'd probably collapse in a fit of ecstasy if it were placed in front of me. :) your ranch time sounds like a really fun experience--i wish the conferences i have to attend were like that!

OhioMom said...

Sounds like a fun business trip .. loved the pics!

Katie said...

OH YUM! I'm so jealous. Seriously...Tucson is one of my favorite places EVER!!! Looks like you had a wonderful time!

kittie said...

Cool - I've attended a couple of conferences in Tuscon too - my favourite bit was travelling into the desert and going horse riding! I love Mexian food - but I know what you mean about the heaviness...

Rosie said...

Wonderful pics and sounds a great trip! Yum I just adore Mexian food...

Rosie x

Adam said...

Yeah that plate looks rediculous filling, but still very tasty. That would be exactly what I crave it was a Thursday night at 3am back in undergrad :)

Glad you liked your trip. I've never been out west, and it looks like a TOTAL different world out there. The scenery is absolutely beautiful.

Oh and tell Giz... drink a lot of water if you have problems with protein digestion. Enzymes and cultures in yogurt might help too.

RecipeGirl said...

I've never actually been to Tucson but I hear it's not quite as hot as the rest of AZ, true? The cookout looks like it was such a fun experience. Everyone should get to do stuff like that dontcha think?

kat said...

that's quite a bit of steak on that grill!

Psychgrad said...

Recipegirl - I don't know. I've only ever been to Tucson.

kat - yes, it is. But it was a large group - maybe 40-50 people.

bunny said...

that was a business trip?? next time take me with you, i'll be your assistant!!

Elle said...

What a fun time! Aside from the heat, anyway. The plate of food looks deeelicious--and sangria, too? One of my favorites!

Cakelaw said...

These photos are just gorgeous! Makes me want to take the next plane to Tucson.

Lori said...

Wow Paris, Tucson, man I want to go travelw ith you. I use to live in Phoenix. My Aunt and cousin live at the base of Mt. Lemon. So often I want to return. I love the green but the desert is addicting. I think.

By the way, the roundup is awesome.

white on rice couple said...

Wow, what a great conference! How lucky you are to have business that is like pleasure! It's a vacation more like it!

The food and photo's are great! Keep on working hard!!! Do ya need an assistant? ;)

Lori Lynn said...

Ok, that all sounds great, but right now I am interested in your outrageous photo montage and how you do that in blogger?!?
So glad you had a memorable trip.

nicisme said...

I LOVED seeing these photos, thanks so much for sharing!

Katie's blog said...

What a wonderful looking dish! I love Mexican food and eat it often. Love your blog.

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