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Because I can never pass up an opportunity to photograph a good meal : food photos from Tuesday’s reporting trip to San Luis with Cronkite NewsWatch reporter Laura Yanez (the story about SENTRI is here, and check out other Arizona news at the main Cronkite News page)

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Extra photos from Tuesday’s reporting trip to San Luis with Cronkite NewsWatch reporter Laura Yanez (the story about SENTRI is here, and check out other Arizona news at the main Cronkite News page).

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I take a lot of photos when I travel, but I’ve read that the sense of smell is possibly the most powerful sense when it comes to triggering memory and personally I find taste to be right up there too. I know I said this was a travel blog and keep writing posts about food, but for me the kinds of food you find can tell a lot of information about where you are – and I’m always up for good food.

Also, sometimes it’s not possible to take a full blown trip but you can get a taste of the experience by finding the right restaurant – then, grabbing lunch or dinner can be an excellent mini-break, especially if your table is close enough to the kitchen to catch all the sounds and scents of cooking. I wish I’d snapped a photo of the gorgeous vegetarian appetizer plate, too – but the fact that it was empty before I thought to should give you an idea of how good it was.

When it comes to the Phoenicia, located just next to ASU’s Tempe campus, there’s an extra bonus to stopping by and eating delicious Mediterranean food. The Phoenicia isn’t just a restaurant, it’s also a grocery store where you can buy the ingredients and try to creating an experience in your own kitchen – or at least get an idea of the spices, rices, and other ingredients that you can find in other places.

I don’t think I’ve managed to go there yet without buying something for the road…

…whether it’s short trip or a long trip back to home.

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I went down to the coffee shop near my house tonight, and noticed while walking over that the wind was picking up and the air smelled different. Since the coffee shop was crowded, I found an empty chair outside and enjoyed the rapidly dropping temperature. Wind whipped into the complex’s courtyard bringing electricity with it and sure enough, lightning started soon after.

At this time last year I learned how quickly a torrential downpour can burst out of nowhere, so I grabbed my bag, magazine and drink and headed home, noticing how many of my neighbors had their windows open on the way. Sure enough, by the time I’d made it up two flights of stairs and started opening my own windows, fat drops had started spattering the screens.

Unfortunately, my cat, Antonya, was far less impressed by these exciting developments than I had hoped. As the sound of the pavement getting soaked and voices of people caught in the downpour drifted up, she turned her back on the window and is now sleeping on her favorite chair with a distinctly offended attitude.

But we haven’t been able to open the windows in months, so I’m stubbornly thrilled that there’s air moving through the rooms and not just because of the constant ceiling fans. Things have settled down now, and people are returning to their porches and sidewalks, but there’s still splashes each time a car goes by, and a fresh breeze…

While the break in the heat will probably only be temporary till October, nothing clears the air like a good storm.

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Nogales, Arizona (June 2010)

So what have I been up to this summer? A little bit of finishing old projects (the Dubai site), a little bit of new projects (rearranging the apartment), and a lot of running around Arizona. Sometimes I’m solo, sometimes it’s a group event, either way, there’s a lot to do for my team’s News21 story which is now in the editing phase and will post later this summer. Whether it’s practicing Spanish on the go or taking photos while (literally) on the road, we’ve been trying to make use of every second this summer.

In these photos, four of us practice Spanish in the car after a day of interviews, Lauren and I attempt to capture the sunset between Nogales and Tucson, and Felipe watch the moon rise on the same stretch of road later in the month.

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It’s cool tonight – down to 102! – and Phoenicians on bikes, myself included, take to the streets to celebrate :)

Love that it’s cooler, that I think 102 is cooler now, and that there were more pedestrians and bikers in the street on the way home tonight than cars… I’ve said it before but there are beautiful sunsets here – they reflect in the glass on the office buildings – and I’m still not tired of palm trees.

We dropped our bikes off at the apartment and hit the road in the dusk and on the way to the car Steven caught up w me, kissed my neck, and said my sweat tastes good…

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We had sources to interview on both sides of the border in Nogales, and ended up seeing both sides of the security fence there.

We crossed…

… and walked west along the wall and found out that in many places it has become a canvas

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Still hungry? Don’t worry, there’s more…

Zinburger

All kinds of folks find Zinburger appealing, and it’s recently opened its doors in Phoenix, too. The burgers award-winning burgers have already been spoken for, but I’ve got 5 words for you : “zucchini fries” and “banana cream pie.”

Sausage Deli

And to anyone who says, “How different can a sandwich be?” I’ve got three more words : “the Italian Grinder.”

That’s all for this round, but I’ll report future finds as I discover them…

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So I’ve just entered the editing phase of this project, which means I’m traveling A LOT less – I’m completely stationary, in fact, until edits are approved and the project starts going up. It’s an opportunity, therefore, to catch up with post ideas that haven’t yet made it to press. For example, with all the time I spent in Tucson, I’ve got a few more restaurant suggestions – just step this way, there’s a table waiting for you at…

Rigo’s

There’s a reason I have no pictures of the food for Rigo’s – I didn’t think of anything except how good everything tasted until my plate was nearly empty. No problem, though, I’ll just have to go back and eat there again!

Trident Grill

Another option is Trident Grill, known for its crabcakes but also featuring great fish and chips, which are still kind of a novelty to this Kansas-grown girl.

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