Last week I returned from a trip back home to Tucson where I spent a couple weeks soaking up as much sunshine, burritos and tequila as my body could handle. Which, truth be told, wasn’t much as unfortunately I was struck down with the flu a couple days after arriving, and spent 4 days bed-bound, and several more just floating around in a haze while I recovered. It was so bad that I lost 6 pounds. BUT! Not to worry – I more than made up for it once I felt ok again and I can confirm that every last pound has been reclaimed. Which leads me to the first part of my blog…
Some of the restaurants I visited on this trip have been reviewed in previous Tucson posts, so rather than going into detail about them, I’m simply going to list them with a link and a few photos. But feel free to ask me any questions in the comment section!
Blue Willow – my go-to brunch spot. They have an awesome vegan menu and the indoor/outdoor seating area is so charming.
La Cocina – one of my favorite places in Tucson. It’s located downtown in the Old Artisan’s village and is Tucson’s best kept secret. The courtyard is the perfect spot to sit and have a drink or dinner when the sun is shining.
El Charro – Tucson’s oldest Mexican restaurant, with a great vegan menu now.
Sachiko Sushi – with a couple of locations in Tucson, these guys are my favourite spot for veggie sushi and noodles.
Zemams – absolutely deeelicious Ethiopian food where it’s BYOB.
Ra Sushi – pretty decent sushi, but a great atmosphere and lovely views of the mountains.
Union Public House – large sports bar with outdoor seating in a pretty courtyard and a few vegan options on the menu.
WholeFoods – we went here a LOT. The vegan grocery selection is amazing, and their fresh food area is chock full of awesome vegan options.
Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails – we had dinner here on NYE and the vegan option was SO disappointing.
Magpies – local Tucson pizza chain that does Daiya cheese.
Lovin’ Spoonfuls – 100% vegan restaurant with loads of junk food as well as healthy options.
Yard House – big sports bar at the Park Place Mall, but it has an amazing selection of vegan options and delicious Gardein dishes.
Nimbus Brewery – local brewery where you can eat and drink where they actually brew the beer (a warehouse in the middle of nowhere)
Christmas Eve Dinner – ok, not a restaurant, but our Christmas dinner was 100% vegan (thanks mom!)
Tucson is amazing for outdoor enthusiasts. We managed to hit nearly all of my favorite hikes, and they were just as beautiful as I remember. Plus, the washes were all flowing as we had a LOT of rain over Christmas.
There is so much to do in Tucson and Arizona in general, and I only got to do about half of the things I wanted to on this trip.
The changing Tucson skyline – I could never tire of the desert sky
Air and Space Museum – the museum is incredibly large and informative, with several hangers full of planes and memorabilia. My favourite part though is the outdoor airplane graveyard.
Bike riding – Tucson is a hot spot for cyclists as we enjoy good weather year-round. Hop on a bike and ride a portion of “The Loop” – 100+ miles of paved pathways around the city.
The Botanical Gardens – located mid-town on the site of the historic Porter property, Reader’s Digest named Tucson Botanical Gardens as the best Secret Garden in America, and it’s easy to see why.
Sports – there is always something happening sports-wise in Tucson. While we were there we got to enjoy a basketball game at my old University.
It was another really lovely trip back home and I was sad to see it end, but I’m ready for big things this year. Here’s to a happy, healthy and productive 2017!