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Community Spirit, Beer and Yoga

February 1, 2016 1 Comment

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yoga class

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art studio

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yoga class

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yoga class

yoga class

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yoga class

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yoga DJ

yoga DJ

yoga DJ

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yoga class

I was lucky to find a perfect celebration for my birthday this year. I just discovered my local beer garden, Tucson Hop Shop.  I am not a big beer drinker but am enthusiastic about supporting local business and local craft products, including beer.  This classy yet casual spot is perfect for our neighborhood, located in the Metal Arts Village, a space for metal artists’ studios.  The Hop Shop has developed a following and has instigated new events that bring the community together for fun.  My big birthday gift this year (besides Medicare) is a visit from two Swiss ladies on vacation.  I have been enjoying showing them around town because they are really open to culture and ready to party. The SyncHOPation event not only happened on my birthday but was walking distance from home.

SyncHOPation

SyncHOPation

Spiritual Gangster is a team that teaches yoga classes around the city in pop up locations.  I have never seen yoga with a DJ before, and now I am a complete fan of the idea.  I have taught and taken plenty of yoga classes, with and without music.  To have a creative DJ work the class is another level of wonderment.  The other aspect of the pop up that can be very popular is beer. The participants in the class at the Hop Shop were presented with a pint of beer when they turned in their class tickets.  The $5 fee for both yoga and beer is a screaming deal.

My visitors and I had a fine time meeting people, drinking beer and dancing.  The art studios were open, the parking lot was blocked off for the event, and the crowd was in a very good mood.  Pizza and popcorn food trucks were serving delicious snacks.  We enjoyed both with our beverages.  My friend Steffi took the yoga class while Pia and I watched from a table on the patio.  We toured the studios, did some dancing to the DJ, then walked home. There could not have been a better way to celebrate.  If you like beer I highly recommend a visit to the Tucson Hop Shop.  It is the perfect place for a party.

Food Truck Infatuation, The Juice Well

July 17, 2014 5 Comments

One of the ways I enjoy travel is by trying all kinds of gastronomy. In Austin the food truck craze is very advanced. There are more trucks than I could have imagined, most with permanent locations. I found a barbecue place close to home yesterday and was tempted by the cheese jalapeño grits they serve as a side. When I stopped to try the grits, the Juice Well was open next door. Now I have a problem.  I have fallen so deeply in love with the food at the Juice Well that it will be hard to move on and try anything else.  This vegetarian juice and smoothie bar goes to great lengths to prepare natural, homemade sandwiches and entrées that compliment the liquid delights.  I was thrilled with my Merlin’s Magic juice blend that was spiked with garlic and lemon juice.  The sandwich I ordered, the Kraftwork, may honestly be the best sandwich I have ever tasted.  I am hooked.  They make their own sauerkraut with red cabbage which is to die for. Pickled green onions and other veggies are all made in house.  The result on the sandwich is fantastic, beating the hell out of the dill pickle relish we normally find between bread.  I do want to try other trucks but I need to go back to the Juice Well to taste more of the dazzling creative specialties they are making right around the corner.  To complicate matters I found a Colombian restaurant near here that had a super long waiting list for lunch. The Colombians serve arepas, and even if they are not exactly Venezuelan style, I love me some arepas.  I have to find a time when Casa Colombia is not overflowing with customers.  I was really thinking TexMex, but there is more exciting food to eat around here that we don’t have in Tucson.  I have my work cut out for me as gourmet taster.

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