Author Archive: Hannah Joyce McCain

Recent transplant to Tucson. Originally from Portland—no, the other Portland (in Maine, silly!). I like late-night conversations, thought-provoking literature, not falling off my bike on 4th Ave, and cooking dinner for friends.

FYI: There is no sponsored content on the Zócalo Hannah blog. That's not my style.

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The Wild Garlic Grill hits the mark with delicious French-inspired cuisine

The Wild Garlic Grill hits the mark with delicious French-inspired cuisine

March 9, 2013 |

It’s a trait I inherited from my mother, whose aesthetic taste is unrivaled: the moment I enter a restaurant I start to pass judgment — way before I’ve seen the menu or my waiter — based on the decor. Mom-and-pop joints and dives have it pretty easy with me: if I expect cracked linoleum and […]

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Review: May’s Counter

Review: May’s Counter

February 23, 2013 |

Chicken And Waffle Experience Underwhelms The subdued ambiance of May’s Counter feels incongruous to cheery Southern cuisine. There are bright red diner stools marching along the bar, but black and dark wood dominate the decor. Six flat-screened TVs tuned to sports stations are dotted around the dining area: heavy tables spread across a tiled floor […]

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Thunder Canyon Brewery Downtown NOW OPEN

Thunder Canyon Brewery Downtown NOW OPEN

January 9, 2013 |

Steve Tracy is a straightforward, practical kind of guy. The day I meet him he’s wearing no-nonsense work clothes and is fully involved in the hubbub of work at Thunder Canyon Brewery’s new Downtown location (220 E. Broadway at Fifth Avenue.) He apologizes for keeping me waiting, but I’m impressed, not perturbed—Steve started Thunder Canyon Brewery […]

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in pictures: the rooster cogburn ostrich ranch

in pictures: the rooster cogburn ostrich ranch

December 21, 2012 |

Some things are really weird. For example: Tucson drivers’ propensity to forget how four-way stops work when a bicyclist shows up at the intersection; Skrillex; and the fact that the NRA claims that keeping guns out of schools makes schools more, not less, dangerous places for kids. Obviously this list could go on forever, but […]

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Sundays at The Cup

Sundays at The Cup

December 14, 2012 |

The Cup Café is the place to be in Tucson on Sunday mornings, and there is, accordingly, a substantial wait time for a table. In Hotel Congress’s own words, however, “The build-your-own Bloody Mary bar helps pass the time quickly.” Indeed, this creatively-designed bar, situated in the lobby of Hotel Congress and open exclusively on […]

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street style: street fair

street style: street fair

December 11, 2012 |

The lovely locals at the “Got All Your Marbles?” jewelry booth caught my eye at the street fair! Multicolored hair and zebra-printed glasses? Ys pls. (Also, what’s with the Batman paraphernalia in the background? Siiiiick.)

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in pictures: the street fair, duh

in pictures: the street fair, duh

December 10, 2012 |

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i’ll see you at: the babies’ show

i’ll see you at: the babies’ show

December 7, 2012 |

I’ll see you at Topaz. Duh. Do I go see shows anywhere else*? Kind of… Not really… Because (a) I don’t get out much (unless it’s to sit on Holly’s patio and drink a beer) and (b) there’s really something cool about being to support the endeavors of lovely people with whom you share real-life […]

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not-so-good eats: sinbad’s

not-so-good eats: sinbad’s

November 30, 2012 |

Y’know, maybe I’m starting to see what those one-percenters are always whining about: sometimes it’s tough to be spoiled. Now, I’m not saying I totally get it: I haven’t felt the pain of paying taxes on my $12 billion’s worth of assets, nor do I claim to know the moral agonizing that goes into the […]

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French 75 at Agustin Brasserie

French 75 at Agustin Brasserie

November 23, 2012 |

Can you imagine a swim instructor who’s afraid of water or a Zen Buddhism teacher who lives by a hectic nine-to-five schedule? What about a bartender who doesn’t drink? Well, let me introduce you to Brian Halbach, one of four bartenders at Agustín Brasserie—and he’s a teetotaler. “Well, I’ve gotten drunk a few times in […]

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