A great place to eat in Tucson- that came with a recommendation by Mike Jones

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

I was driving west and the sky was just beautiful.  I thought about all the wonderful dessert photos I'd seen Mike Jones post and would have loved to stop and take that photo op, but I was headed toward family.  Family that I had not seen in four years and my husband hadn't seen in three years and to meet my beautiful first great niece so we snapped a few photos through the windshield of the car moving at about 80 mph and kept going.  But we did soak in all the beauty.

A few days after that I was sitting in Starbucks in Chula Vista and went over to Mike's post and commented about how I had enjoyed the sunset just outside of Tucson.  I swear I hadn't even moved on to read the next post after hitting the submit button when my phone rang and it was Mike on the other end.  "what did mean to drive through his area and not call?"   Oooops.  So I told Mike I wouldn't do it again.  So last Wednesday as we headed home at 6 a.m. I waited and waited as I drove until it was late enough to call, but instead Mike called again.  He'd recommended a place just off the interstate and not out of way for lunch.  The name was Beyond Bread.  And it was a fantastic recommendation.  It's at the corner of Oracle and Ina if you get to Tucson you just MUST go there. I had a warm toast sandwich called Maya's market.  It was Havarti cheese, basil pesto, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, red onions on a hearty multi-grain bread.  I had it for lunch and I didn't eat any dinner that night.  In fact, I had to take part of my sandwich with me.  I even snacked on my kettle chips as I drove the rest of the afternoon.  I don't remember the name of my Donald's sandwich, but it was filled with Italian meats and the bite I took was awesome. 

Mike came and joined us for lunch too.  His corn chowder looked and smelled wonderful.  Which was super sweet of him.  We talked about family and photos and cards and friendship.  I know that his wife's engagement ring has a Ruby and that she was a tom-boy growing up.  That conversation started because he notice my engagement ring is an emerald (my husband is Irish-American and I was born on St. Patrick's day)  I loved getting to know more about Mike and his family.

And now I'm gonna share some of the "we took them while driving" photos:  Don't laugh.

God can certainly paint a beautiful sky can't he? 

Comments (15)

Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That part of Arizona is so beautiful in a very unique way.  I'm glad you had an opportunity to meet Mike, and the place where you ate, sounds wonderful!

Oct 11, 2011 06:36 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Tammy,

Nice share and aren't you fortunate to have met so many great "Rainer's" on your vacation!!

Oct 11, 2011 06:40 AM
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

Those are lovely photo's,Tammy - we felt like we had the travel experience with you - and my mouth is watering for a Maya's Market sandwich! :-)

Oct 11, 2011 08:29 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Myrl- it was indeed very beautiful.  At one point the entire skyline was colorful.  It was a sight I'll always treasure.

Dorie- very fortunate to have met some wonderful folks.

Karen- he told the owner and I think perhaps it's three locations now is considering franchise... Lord I hope they do.  I'd love one around the corner.... or even an hour away... I'd still go.

Oct 11, 2011 10:06 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Tammy, I do love AZ, used to live there. It is a very special kind of beautiful indeed. And how lucky are you to have met Mike Jones AND had a fantastic lunch all at the same time!!!!

Oct 11, 2011 12:27 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Andrea- even sailing past (in a hurry) I saw amazing beauty.  I hope to get back there, when I have no time table.

Oct 11, 2011 02:00 PM
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Yes, it is beautiful in AZ. Every time I go out to Tucson/Oro Valley I love the open sky and the sunstes are amazing. How cool is that getting to meet up with Mike? Ah, the power of ActiveRain!

Oct 11, 2011 02:08 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Carol- it was so fun.

Oct 11, 2011 02:18 PM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Tammy, I want to go on a trip and meet up with all these wonderful people we correspond with.  There's nothibng like a personal recommendation for a restaurant when you are out of town.  I don't know how tall you are but Mike looks like one tall dude...good looking too.  I really enjoy these pics of you with other folks.

Oct 11, 2011 04:51 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Mona- I'm short, he's tall.  I didn't really notice at lunch ... we were sitting.  I really noticed when I saw the photo.  And it was a fantastic place.

Oct 11, 2011 05:01 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Tammy,

You are so kind!  Thanks for the mention, and tell Donald "Hi' for me.  I meant to get a photo of the two of you, and time slipped away before that happened.  Isn't Active Rain a GREAT community?!

Mike in Tucson

Oct 11, 2011 05:05 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Mike- we (Donald and I) only had one photo snapped of the two of us on the entire trip.  Most of time one of us had the camera. :)  I really enjoyed lunch and that sandwich was fabulous.  And the Canoli.... oh yummo.  and I agree with 100% on AR being a great community.

Oct 11, 2011 05:14 PM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

I hope to head out there again in a few months to visit family.  I really never care where I eat, as I usually go to texas roadhouse.  But I will keep this in mind!

Oct 12, 2011 06:15 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Chris- you won't be sorry.

Oct 12, 2011 07:53 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Tammy, I'll have to catch up and found out who else you got to meet on your trip!  Mike always has beautiful photos of his area!  and what do you mean driving west and not coming to see me? ! LOL

Oct 13, 2011 10:56 AM