Desert Dweller

There is something very magical about growing up in the desert. The harsh, barren and oh-so-prickly landscapes don't seem inviting to many at first glance. We, the desert grown, are hardened by the heat- after all, you have to be strong to survive in such an unforgiving place. But don't be deceived by what appears to be a mirage: the beauty of the desert is transcendent and unique.


 I now reside in Northern California, far from the canyons, saguaros, and mountains of the desert I grew up in. They have been replaced by mighty redwoods, lush forests, frigid bays, and foggy beaches. No one home is greater than the other --they are just different -- and besides, in nature we are all equal. But when I get a whiff of that sweet creosote after the monsoon rain, look up at the towering saguaros that stand tall guarding the mountain sides, or marvel at those illustrious sunsets  on a warm summer evening-  I have no doubt that I will always be a desert dweller at heart. 

Tucson, Arizona

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Cafe Poca Cosa : eclectic Mexican menu / elegant upscale ambience

Blue Willow:  a Tucson tradition / charming patio seating / hearty breakfast and plenty of vegetarian options

Rincon Market: local family owned since 1926 / grocery / delicatessen / U of A campus favorite

Cup Cafe - Hotel Congress:  best brunch and bloody Mary bar in town / don't miss the huevos rancheros

Mi Nidito: the real deal Mexican food / located in colorful South Tucson


Exo Roast Company rustic interior / carefully selected hand roasted coffee 

Sparkroot modern sleek loft & work space / now serving delicious Ritual Coffee

Downtown Kitchen and Cocktails: a Janos creation / hand-crafted artisan cocktails

47 Scott:  small and intimate / hip / great selection of cocktails and bar bites


Hotel Congress:  established in 1919 / iconic landmark / always a party / never disappoints

Che's  Lounge:   your classic dive bar / $1 PBRs / video games

Tough Luck Club - Reilly Craft Pizzaconverted from Reilly funeral home to a imaginative restaurant / beer garden / and basement speak easy bar


Desert Vintage: beautifully curated vintage / locally owned / loved nationwide / one-of-a-kind

How Sweet It Was: take a trip back in time / vintage heaven since 1974

Buffalo Exchange: founded in Tucson / reclaimed, re-loved fashion

The Lost Barrio:  southwestern warehouse district / artisan flea market


Sabino Canyon: natural desert oasis / spend the day hiking and marveling at the beauty of the Coronado National Forest 

Yoga Oasis: not your average yoga studio / talented and connected teachers / word of the day / yoga hour drop-in classes $5

Saguaro National Park: a truly majestic experience / come and meet your cacti friends under the setting desert sun 

El Barrio Viejo: 19th century historic adobe casitas / vibrant and colorful / one of Tucson's most distinctive neighborhoods


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