My name is Gloria — lover of all things puppies, Disneyland, and French fries. I’m currently studying journalism with a double minor in social media and sociology at The University of Arizona. I love the show Friends, which I can binge watch for hours on end despite the fact that I’ve seen every episode at least four times. I have two puppies — a Rottweiler and a German Shepherd — that I adore.
When I was little, I thought I had my entire life planned out. I wanted to be an art teacher and a novelist, but I told myself I’d work at a hair salon and bake people goodies from my Easy Bake Oven on the weekends,. Obviously four careers is a little out of reach (and can you imagine making a career out of brownies from an Easy Bake Oven?), but I’ve found that in a funny way, journalism brings all of my favorite activities together. I can write about art if I want. I can write about food if I want. Heck, I can write a tutorial on how to do people’s hair if I want. As a writer, I want to inspire people to unveil their creativity in whatever way that may be. At Edible Baja Arizona, I want to inspire people through food.
I’m actually pretty picky. I know, I know, what am I doing writing for Edible Baja, right? Well, I was born and raised in Tucson, and as I’ve grown up have become far less attached to big chain restaurants and learned to value the quality of locally-sourced ingredients and food made from scratch. I can no longer enjoy a burger at Chili’s knowing that Lindy’s and Diablo Burger are right down the street.
Although I’m picky with my food choices, I’ve definitely branched out of my comfort zone through my adult years and have come to sincerely enjoy trying new foods. I recently found out that I like jalapeños, despite my presumption that I’d hate them simply because they’re green (and have a strong smell). Who knows, maybe one day I’ll actually come to like beets, scallops, and olives.
One thing I’m not picky about is dessert. I love anything and everything sweet — give me something with chocolate and it will instantly become my favorite food.
Food is especially wonderful because we live in Tucson, a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy! What’s not to love about tacos and raspados in every part of town? Sonoran hot dog stands, hole-in-the-wall taco shops … Not to mention the restaurants like Baja Café and La Cocina, which put an Old Pueblo twist on classic dishes, and all of the downtown favorites like The Cup Café and Café Poca Cosa. Honestly, where can you go wrong in our city? If you were to ask me what my favorite restaurant is, I have no clue what my answer would be.
Tucson is truly filled with an endless amount of amazing dining options, all of which are destined to be highlighted and shared. That’s why I’m here today.