Flickr image by Victor Radziun
Next time you’re hungry and near the Catalina Foothills in Tucson, pop by Vivace for a bite to eat. I happened to be in the area along with Mark Lipczynski (one of our contributing photographers… check out our “Hometowns” page to see his photographs) working on an upcoming story, when our subject — who will be part of our September issue — suggested we nosh at Vivace before hitting the road again.
The place has an excellent — and affordable — lunch menu. Think pizza, salads and other specialty dishes like roasted eggplant. Besides good food, the service was outstanding. Our server was funny, attentive and fast. Vivace is clearly a neighborhood favorite: the place was bustling.
Information: 4310 N. Campbell; 520-795-7221
Flickr pic by Victor Radziun
The Master Suite
If you’re planning a trip to Jerome and aren’t sure where to stay, consider catching some zzzz’s at The Surgeon’s House Bed and Breakfast. The place is wonderfully sublime…. blissful, quiet and certainly not lacking in the charm department. If you’re looking for cozy, consider booking The Maid’s Suite Front — the room may be small (you’ll certainly get that warm, fuzzy feeling), but the views of the valley below are spectacular. Privacy seekers should check out The Chauffeur’s Quarters…. besides being detached from the main house, the space also has its own secluded rooftop garden, perfect for sipping wine and taking in the awe-inspiring views… I spent the night in The Master Suite last weekend and I couldn’t have been more tickled — antiques, books, a separate sitting-area… it was heavenly.
I wish I could have stayed an additional night… for maximum relaxation.
As the B&B’s owner, well, expect to be treated like royalty…. Andrea treats her guests to a tasty home cooked breakfast…. in fact, her food is so yummy, Andrea has several cookbooks…. if you do visit her, be sure to have one of her homemade scones.
Simply put, they are TO-DIE-FOR.
Last Thursday, the Arizona Highways crew took off for Tucson… Robert, our editor, was scheduled to appear on KVOA, and I had a bit of research to do on the way down for an upcoming Scenic Drive. With some time to kill before we hit the KVOA studios, we decided to park ourselves somewhere in hopes of getting a little work done… that’s when we discovered a fabulous coffee shop called Sparkroot on Congress Street in downtown Tucson.
Sparkroot is hip, yet delightfully mellow… and by “hip” I mean the place has a “Zooey Deschanel-vibe to it — you can’t help but like it — versus being way-too-cool-in-an-annoying-and-pretentious-kind of way… make sense?
The two story loft space is open and airy, with an old-school Wurlitzer jukebox tucked in a corner. There’s plenty of seating, and, more importantly, outlets for computer plugs and WiFi. The staff working behind the counter were also lovely… very sweet, helpful and willing to climb stairs to deliver your beverage or food of choice.
Besides offering just a solid cuppa joe or iced joe (as Managing Editor Kelly Kramer can attest to), Sparkroot also serves up tea (the lemon souffle rooibos was pure yum), wine, beer and food… sorry meat eaters, this place if veggie friendly.
So next time you’re in Tucson and you need to take a coffee break, pop by Sparkroot… thumbs up in a MAJOR way!
>>Flickr pic by PoYang