Author: Amanda Oien

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros: Tucson’s Rodeo

|By Amanda Oien, Photography by Kristen Brockel Since the Prohibition Days of 1925, cowboys and cowgirls have been kicking up dust at Tucson’s rodeo grounds during La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, Spanish for “the cowboy party.” Frederick Leighton Kramer, a winter visitor, gave the Old Pueblo it’s renowned rodeo and parade in an effort to… Read more »

Shopping Beyond an International Aisle

Lee Lee International Supermarket

Discover the top diverse grocery stores in Tucson By Mekayla Phan Whether you want to step out of your culinary comfort zone or are looking to find your favorite speciality ingredient, Tucson has a number of ethnic grocery stores that cater to all of our culturally diverse communities. Discover some of the top recommended markets… Read more »

Meet the Muralist: Ignacio Garcia

Muralist Ignacio Garcia smiles in front of a colorful mural

By Mekayla Phan Ignacio Garcia always heard he was going to be an artist. While cultivating his talent in drawing Spiderman during his preschool years, he started to believe that he was going to be an artist as well. “I wasn’t a show-off. It was a natural curiosity,” Garcia said. “I just loved it. Whenever… Read more »

Southwest Coloring Pages

|By Amanda Oien|Coloring Pages by Lucy Small Scrounge up your art supplies because coloring pages aren’t just for kids anymore. Did you know coloring promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety? “Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness,” says Marygrace Berberian, a certified art therapist and the Clinical Assistant Professor and… Read more »

Southern Arizona Spring Blooms Guide

| By Amanda Oien| Illustrations by Lucy Small From late February to April, Tucsonans embrace the few months of bliss—  the season when the mountains turn emerald from the winter rains and snowmelt, when once brittle branches transform into leafy stalks with sunset hues and radiant violets and magentas: Hello, Spring.  Saguaro National Park, Catalina… Read more »

Dillinger Days at Hotel Congress

A group of men reenacting a robbery at Dillinger Days at Hotel Congress in Tucson, Arizona

“I rob banks for a living. What do you do?” | By Amanda Oien| Photography courtesy of Hotel Congress Tucson might have just rung in the New Year, but we’re already headed back in time. The annual Dillinger Days is back this weekend at the historic Hotel Congress, Jan. 18-19; celebrating the capture of one… Read more »

Thistle: The Floral Shop of Your Holiday Dreams

A close up of a wreath decorated with pine cones, berries, and stems sold at Thistle, in Tucson, Arizona

|Photography by Kristen Brockel Thistle, the cutest floral shop you ever did see, is women-owned and gifts Tucson with a seasonal and unique selection of fresh flowers for delivery, pick-up, weddings, and events. We spent some time with Victoria and Carly while they hand-crafted holiday wreaths. And yes, even the pine cones are glittered by… Read more »

A Glimpse into the Miracle on Congress Street

Seven Christmas trees decorated in red, gold and silver trim in pop-up bar Miracle on Congress Street in Tucson, Arizona

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style | Photography by Kristen Brockel The holiday season looks a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean the cheer has to dim. Miracle on Congress St. introduced “Up On The Rooftop” to keep the holiday spirit alive with a visit from Santa and his reindeer. Drop… Read more »

TG Eats: Roasted Squash with Agave Pantry

| By Amanda Oien |Photography by Brielle Farmer| Video by Amanda Oien, Brielle Farmer Shazieh Gorji was born to an Iranian family in Pakistan and, after studying ceramics in Vermont and attending culinary and baking school in Tucson, Gorji decided to make the Old Pueblo her home in 2012. Six years later, Agave Pantry was… Read more »

Pumpkin Picking: Tucson-Area Patches

| By Amanda Oien Halloween is creeping up and whether you need a pumpkin for carving or want a plump one for your porch, you better get one now before you find yourself gourd-less on October 31st. With Nick and Laurie Buckelew permanently hanging up the hat on their pumpkin patch, there’s two local spots… Read more »