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Thirsty Thursday: A Round of EVO

EVO Drinks

This Thirsty Thursday is being brought to you by EVO where I will introduce to you four lovely drinks that will have you coming back for more! EVO is this hidden little gem in Old Town that opened in May. I just discovered it, and let’s just say I am in love. Everything from the… Read More →

Sprinkles Cupcakes Introduces Bite-Sized Treats for New Year

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January 7, 2014 by in Dining | Lifestyle

“New Year, New You” is the mantra this month at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale. Just in time for those who are cutting back on their sweets, Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale now has mini cupcakes! Sometimes bite-sized takes the cake! Sprinkles offers these miniature creations in their regular and seasonal flavors like s’mores, strawberry or chai… Read More →

The Dish: Spicy Spaghettini with Preserved Lemon

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Preserved lemons are an amazing addition to pasta dishes, roasted or grilled meats, vegetables, even cocktails! Their tangy and salty flavor adds a Mediterranean vibe to any dish. Preserved lemons can be bought at specialty food stores or ordered online, but if you have a lemon tree in your backyard like I do, try your… Read More →

The Dish: Citrus Salad with Star Anise

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Any Arizona native can tell you that this is the best time of year for citrus and for the month of January I’ll be giving you refreshing, pucker worthy recipes to utilize these tangy fruits. To start off the new year right, try this light simple salad. Splash it with your favorite anise liqueur like… Read More →

The Dish: Xmas Morning Strata

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The last thing you want to worry about Christmas morning is what you’re going to feed your family after they’re done tearing through presents. Strata is the perfect solution. A savory bread pudding, great hot or at room temperature and can be made ahead of time and either cooked later or reheated. Assemble the strata… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Hot Chocolade van Brugge

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If you’ve ever wanted to experience chocolate like Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp on the cover of “Chocolat” — or the tubby kid in Willy Wonka’s factory — now’s your chance. Frederiek and Christine Verbeke have opened a confectionery that serves up 60 different chocolate creations inspired by Frederiek’s Belgian hometown of Bruges. Chocolade van… Read More →

The Dish: Infused Oils

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Flavor infused oils make a great gift for the holidays or any time of year. They’re perfect for a house warming party when you don’t feel like giving yet another bottle of wine. Use a plain olive oil, peanut oil or vegetable oil for making infusions. They’re flavorless, keep for a long time, and heat… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Gingerbread Martini

Gingerbread Martini - Sandbar, WEB
December 12, 2013 by in Date Night | Dining | Lifestyle | Thirsty Thursday

For many of us, the holiday season means carrying on traditions our families have established. One tradition I vividly recall from my childhood was the decorating of a gingerbread house. This particular tradition sometimes took place a couple times a season. In elementary school, we would save our milk cartons from lunch and use them… Read More →

Fox Enters Juice Market with Launch of Juby True

December 10, 2013 by in Business News | Dining

Fox Restaurant Concepts has expanded its presence in the thriving health-conscious restaurant market with the opening of Juby True, which stands for “Juice by True,” a juice bar poised to become a multi-unit concept by the end of 2014. FRC, which has 40 restaurants under 13 brands in six states, opened Juby True in October… Read More →

The Dish: Kentucky Eggnog Spike


Georgia has the best peaches and everyone loves California wine but Kentucky knows its bourbon. Celebrate the holidays with a taste of the South by making this eggnog spike. One glass will be sure to have you kissing under the mistletoe in no time! This particular concoction is best made at least a week in… Read More →

Fired Pie Brings the Heat to Scottsdale Location

December 5, 2013 by in Business News | Dining

Locally-owned and operated, Fired Pie is making their mark in the Valley with the opening of their newest location. The fast casual pizza concept exploded on the scene just six months ago and opens their fourth location next week in North Scottsdale. Located just west of the 101 freeway on Raintree and Northsight. On Wednesday,… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Whiskey Row Cow Tipper

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There were not a whole lot of opportunities to see cattle while I grew up in Phoenix. However, my grandparents lived in the White Mountains and every time we drove up for a visit, we would see farms with countless cows grazing in the pastures. I always thought it was the perfect opportunity to go… Read More →

Patience pays off for Tortas Paquime

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December 2, 2013 by in Dining | Featured

Restaurants often use the word organic to describe their fresh food, but at Tortas Paquime, organic can also refer to the restaurant’s rapid growth in the valley over the last 11 years. Tortas Paquime is a locally owned Mexican restaurant with five locations based in the busy Phoenix and west valley markets that are loaded… Read More →

The Dish: Biscotti


With Christmas right around the corner and Black Friday just past, it’s time to start seriously thinking about what to give your friends and family this year. Edible gifts are great any time of year. They’re a creative gift from the heart that shows your loved ones how much you care. In the past, we’ve offered… Read More →