What do Oprah, Dr. Oz and a box of Wheaties have in common? They're hard to stomach in large quantities? Nope, not what we're looking for. They know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Which is why Elites set an alarm clock and woke up early for Yelp's Bed Head Breakfast at one of Tucson’s oldest resorts and restaurant.
The Grill at Hacienda del Sol chefs Colin King, Chad Johnson and Marcos Castro jump started our morning with a Hacienda Yogurt Parfait station (macerated berries, fat-free greek yogurt and granola) and a Steel-Cut Oatmeal station (seasonal berries, golden raisins, brown sugar and milk), in addition to a jammin’ juice bar with options for everyone and coffee for the caffeine cravers in need of a java jolt.
Once yelpers worked their way through those early eats, we took seats for a sample-sized breakfast bonanza including; buttermilk apple pancakes, spiced French toast with berry coulis, house brined corned beef hash with an arugula-scallion emulsion and their hacienda buffalo benedict (house-made buffalo chorizo, soft poached eggs & charred tomato-jalapeno hollandaise).
Those in need of motion were motivated after consuming copious amounts of food to stick around and take a nature walk and property tour with Sara and John. Walkers learned about the history of Hacienda and saw the garden where many of our menu's herbs, fruits and edible flowers were grown, in addition to learning some juicy deets about past guests including Clark Gable and Martha Stewart!
For our earliest Elite Event to date, folks dressed in their cutest and cuddliest sleep-ware and some even jacked up their hair with teased, crimped, cinched and pimped ‘dos too. Prizes were awarded to Cristina L and Andrea G for best breakfast threads and the team at Hacienda raffled off amazing prizes to winners of our am activity stations. (Two yelpers went head-to-head in a toast shooting contest, earning entry to the raffle by getting their bread to travel the farthest distance. In a citrus juicing sesh, two yelpers had to squeeze 4 oz of OJ then pound the pulpy potion before the other. When it came to flipping omelets mid-air, most succeeded, but some cracked, cooked, and flipped faster than others. And you think you know cereal? Try six of them blindfolded and see how many you can name! Our Elite mommies represented!)
Tremendous thanks to Sara and Randy who coordinated such an amazing morning, John who was the talk of the tour, and Matt, Colin, Chad Marcos and their entire Hacienda team who made our morning so memorable. Big shout out to JD who captured our morning for your visual pleasure!
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Editor’s Note: I’m so grateful for this wonderful community of active, influential Elites. I’m sad to leave Tucson this spring for a different opportunity at Yelp, but I couldn’t be happier with the way our last Elite Event turned out. Thanks Tucson Elites, we couldn’t do it without you!
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