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Meet Monique Irish, eBA Intern

As a Tucson native, Monique Irish appreciates everything about Baja Arizona.

September 6, 2017

I am proud to be a born-and-raised Tucsonan. In my 23 years of existence, I have traveled to the other side of the world and back, but the “Dirty T” is still my favorite place to be. And eat. And drink. And play. Currently enduring my senior year at the University of Arizona’s School of Journalism, I do a lot of those. Especially eating.

I love to capture food as much as I love consuming it. Did I mention ya girl loves to eat? I like to think of myself as a local food aficionado and I am particularly interested in exploring all of the meat-free alternatives that Southern Arizona has to offer.

I always clear my plate. Mothers and grandmas love me for it. Partially because I will always be a fat kid at heart, partially because I am completely against any unnecessary waste. Living sustainably is really important to me. Environmental science is one of my minors, along with anthropology and political science. I want to use my career in journalism to travel the world while reporting on the many intersections between them. The planet, its people, and politics, that is.

For now,  it is all about la comida y mi patria! As a pretty extensive traveler, I have always been interested in the relationship between people, food, and the world around us. You can learn so much about a place by what is on your plate. In my studies abroad, from China to Costa Rica, getting out and trying the local cuisine has always been pertinent to the experience. 

Sure, I like to get out and experience a change of pace, but it is the taste of Tucson I miss the most when I leave. I’m just saying, no other region can seem to get refried beans right. I know we are spoiled when it comes to our Mexican food fusions, and there are still many rocks unturned when it comes to all to trying the mom n’ pop restaurants sprinkled throughout the city. Forget the food chains, it’s all about the local hole-in-the-walls establishments; they are truly the gems of this gastronomic paradise. Please join me in my tasteful endeavors around Tucson!


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