Dining Archives

The Dish: Peas and Prosciutto


One of the tastiest things to come out of the garden in spring are English peas. Now, sadly in Arizona peas are hard to come by fresh from the farm. Thankfully frozen peas are picked at the peak of ripeness and available year round even here in ever warm Arizona. Prosciutto adds a wonderful saltiness… Read More →

Don’t Eat Dead Food – “Peak Up” Your Meals Through Raphaology

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Not all food is considered equal. Let me explain. I consider many foods today “dead food,” because they have been genetically modified or grown in depleted soil and no longer contain the nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy. Some foods can actually deplete your body of nutrients. They can cause the body to pull… Read More →

The Dish: Meringue


With Passover and Easter right around the corner entertaining is inevitable. This recipe for meringues is sure to please the Easter bunny and its Passover friendly. Fill shells with lemon curd and/or whipped cream and top with berries for a light spring dessert. Save leftover meringues and make a delicious British dessert called Eton Mess.… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Grassroots Kitchen & Tap

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Scottsdale’s new restaurant, Grassroots Kitchen & Tap prides itself on its high quality food and drinks. Owner Christopher Collins explains that he only provides the best quality items to compliment his food while also promoting a social hour (rather than a happy hour) to get locals to be social in a comfortable environment. Collins says… Read More →

The Scoop on the Scottsdale Culinary Festival

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Cleanse those palates and brush up on your foodie adjectives! It’s time for the 36th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival! As the primary fundraiser for the Scottsdale League for the Arts, the event hosts more than 35,000 guests, 20 events, 100 restaurants and dozens of top chefs. The mission is to support artists, art programs and… Read More →

Breakfast cocktails now available at expanded Perk Eatery

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Perk Eatery’s new addition is now open! The popular North Phoenix breakfast and lunch space leased the space directly adjacent to their cozy restaurant in North Scottsdale located at 6501 East Greenway Pkwy last fall and renovations are now complete. “We are open and excited,” said Perk Eatery Owner Pauline Martinez. “The additional space allows… Read More →

NYPD launches summer menu

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NYPD Pizza, a locally owned and family operated pizza kitchen with ten locations throughout metro-Phoenix, released its spring/summer seasonal menu today. The menu features Roasted Caprese Pizza topped with fresh rosemary, Strawberry Fields Forever Salad mixed with almonds and Gorgonzola, and a sweet twist on cannoli for dessert, the Strawberry Pizzoli: Roasted Caprese Pizza The… Read More →

Five Must-See Chefs at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival

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As the primary fundraiser for the Scottsdale League for the Arts, the 36th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival hosts more than 35,000 guests, 20 events, 100 restaurants and dozens of top chefs. There will be a lot of star power at this year’s Scottsdale Culinary Festival next weekend (April 8 to 13). Here’s the scoop on… Read More →

The Dish: Strawberry Rhubarb Tarragon Tart Tatin

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I have a small obsession with rhubarb. Whether it’s in a pie, tart or crumble I love it but that wasn’t always the case. For years I was leery of rhubarb for its similarities to celery, which I hate. I feared it would be stringy and flavorless; the bane of salads and soups alike. How… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Sip on Luxury at Jade Bar

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Jade Bar at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is nothing short of luxurious. The resort is set into Camelback Mountain, perfect for toasting to romantic Arizona sunsets, and is covered with colorful, native plants accompanied by a pool, tennis courts, spa rooms and more. Since its expansion, Elements restaurant and Jade Bar overlook different… Read More →

The Dish: Raspberry Vinaigrette

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Jazz up your spring salads with this homemade raspberry vinaigrette recipe. It’s light and fresh, and super simple! Store bought dressings are full of hidden calories; making your own is much healthier and very easy. If raspberries aren’t your thing try this recipe with strawberries or blackberries. Back in January I gave you my personal… Read More →

The Dish: Asparagus Pizza

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This time of year more than any other I like to utilize what’s in season. Spring fruits and vegetables are so delicious and only around for a short time in Arizona. It’s true, you can purchase them year round but they’ll never taste as good as when they’re perfectly in season. Case in point: asparagus.… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: The Unique Taste of Crudo


Micah Olsen’s award-winning cocktails are nothing short of unique for his new spring menu at Crudo. Olsen works relentlessly on each of his drinks, buying the best and freshest ingredients. Inspired by his win at the 2014 Arizona Cocktail Week’s Last Slinger Standing bartending competition, Olsen created six new cocktails that can be tried every… Read More →

TapHouse Opens in Scottsdale’s Hilton Village

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On the coattails of its Gilbert location’s opening in January, TapHouse Kitchen at Hilton Village in Scottsdale just had its grand opening. TapHouse Kitchen, a Tasty Brand Holdings Restaurant, opens this week at the Hilton Village in Scottsdale. This neighborhood kitchen features a seasonal menu of “Modern American Cuisine” prepared in a “Scratch” kitchen. The… Read More →

Fleming Creates Classic American Concept

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Paul Martin’s® American Grill is set to open its first Arizona restaurant on March 17 at the Borgata of Scottsdale. This concept, co-founded by Paul Fleming, features a seasonal menu of classic American dishes prepared in a “scratch” kitchen. Paul Martin’s most popular dishes include free range “Brick” Chicken with mashed potatoes and fresh herb… Read More →

Daisy Dukes & Cowboy Boots Unite at AZ BBQ Festival


The 5th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival will feature more than 25 top barbecue purveyors, but that’s only a fraction of what’s expected to draw more than 15,000 event-goers to Salt River Fields Sat., April 5. The biggest attraction is an expansion of last year’s wildly popular Redneck Games Arena. “Absolutely no part of this event… Read More →

Pizza Studio Opens First Phoenix Location


Los Angeles-based fast-casual restaurant, Pizza Studio, will expand into Phoenix after signing a multi-unit development agreement for 20 new locations in the Phoenix area over the next five years. The first location will open in CityScape on March 10, 2014 at 11 W. Washington Street, Suite 120. “CityScape will be our flagship restaurant in downtown… Read More →

The Dish: Porter Cake

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If you’re like me, you’re over the bar scene associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Skip the green beer this year and make yourself a proper Irish breakfast. Pour a nice cup of Irish Breakfast tea or better yet an Irish coffee and enjoy a slice of Porter Cake. If you’re interested in a true Irish… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: The Paddy Bomb

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Once a year, the words “going green” don’t refer to sustainable life choices. We’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day. When the beer taps run shades of emerald and glittery hues of Ireland are pasted up in every bar in town. Today’s “Thirsty Thursday” can be whipped up in a pinch for this special drinking holiday.… Read More →

42 Saint to Open on High Street End of March


Portland-based real estate private equity firm ScanlanKemperBard Companies (SKB) and Wayzata Investment Partners (Wayzata), announced that 42 Saint, a local men’s and women’s boutique, will be relocating to its development on High Street this month from its current location at Kierland Commons. 42 Saint will be opening in a 2,000 SF space on the north… Read More →

The Dish: Spring Pea Puree

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One of my favorite things to make each spring is pea puree. It’s so fresh and light; perfect for a spring day. In truth, you can make it any time of year, but I like to make it in the spring and summer when you need a great no-cook recipe. Don’t let the preconceptions about… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Three of the Best Bars for Margaritas

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By Sara Parker Nothing tastes better with Southwest fare than an ice cold margarita. Three Valley restaurants spilled on what goes into their mouthwatering margs. Try ‘em at home or check them out next time you stop by! Z’Tejas is known for its strong margaritas and delectable variety of food. The menu offers anything from… Read More →

The Dish: Mardi Gras Cocktail

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Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s alright if you didn’t take high school French, “let the good times roll” is a way of life in New Orleans especially around Mardi Gras. What better way to celebrate the wildest day of the year than with a cocktail featuring one of the South’s greatest exports: bourbon! Blood… Read More →

La Bocca Opens North Phoenix Location

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La Bocca Urban Pizzeria & Wine Bar added another location last month to north Phoenix, where the restaurant offers a smaller, more intimate experience than its Mill Avenue location in Tempe. Julian Wright of Fork & Dagger, a bar and restaurant development company, opened the north Phoenix location to tap into a market that is… Read More →