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Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill opening in Scottsdale

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill is excited to announce its second Arizona location at Scottsdale Fashion Square, following the success of their first valley location that opened in the Valley, at Tempe Marketplace, in 2011. The gastropub will open its doors to the public in February of 2015 and will feature 8,500 square feet of interior seating, handcrafted food, 24 craft beers on tap, signature cocktails and over 1,500 square feet of prime patio space for enjoying the great weather.

“We are extremely excited to open our newest location in Scottsdale,” said Thirsty Lion CEO John Plew. “Thirsty Lion is the perfect fit for this area of town and we look forward to providing Scottsdale with great service, a diverse menu, local quality ingredients, and a great selection of local craft beer”.

This is the second property Thirsty Lion as opened within a Macerich property.  In November 2011 Thirsty Lion opened up in Tigard, OR at Washington Square Mall, the success of which spawned the current growth of the brand. The continued growth of downtown Scottsdale, as well as the addition of Dicks Sporting Goods and Harkins Theater in the center, were all factors in Thirsty Lion’s decision to call Fashion Square its new home.  This will be the 6th Thirsty Lion location, following a hugely successful opening in Denver, CO at the new Union Station project.

Thirsty Lion’s culinary commitment is to provide an eclectic variety of cuisines, with an emphasis on local ingredients and bold flavors. A seasonal fresh sheet will focus on the changing season’s offerings, featuring unique ingredients including fresh seafood, quality meats and local vegetables and fruits. The bar will feature 24 craft beers on tap, many of which will be local, offering a beer on hand for every plate and every palate. The gastropub also features unique craft cocktails that utilize combinations of fresh fruit purees, juices and premium liquors, as well as 25 different wines by the glass.

“We work hard to combine quality ingredients and scratch recipes to create menu items that satisfy the ‘foodie’ in all of us,” said Thirsty Lion Executive Chef Keith Castro. “The flavor profiles are complex, yet blend well in their simplistic approach to create ‘craveable’ food; an intense desire for more.”

Thirsty Lion will incorporate 2 bars into the space including an indoor/outdoor bar that services the patio as well as an interior space that can be used for private events. The open exhibition kitchen and centerpiece bar create a sense of community. Multiple flat screens also make it the perfect spot for sports fans to enjoy delicious food, drinks and friendly service, while cheering on their favorite teams.

Thirsty Thursdays: Thirsty Lion

Thirsty Lion in Tempe is a local favorite for happy hour, dining, parties, and watching sports. The menu expands from traditional bar food to include delectable appetizers, entrees, and cocktails. I tried two cocktails, each paired with a specific entrée, to create a delicious meal. The Blood Orange Cosmo was packed with a sweet, orange flavor with a twist of tartness the makes the blood orange distinct. This drink complemented the smoked salmon with mango quinoa, a perfect choice for salmon lovers. The Bordeaux Drop was my favorite with a mix of cherries, citrus, and a sugar rim. This amazing drink was paired with a slightly spicy and tart kale salad and a fabulous Kobe burger. These are only a few of the fantastic items to mix and match at Thirsty Lion’s at Tempe Marketplace.

tl.bloodorangecosmoBlood Orange Cosmo
Ingredients:
• 2 oz Absolut Mandarin vodka
• 1 oz Blood Orange puree
• ½ oz Triple Sec
• 2 lime wedges
• 1 orange wedge
• ½ oz cranberry juice
• ½ orange ring
Directions:
• Chill martini glass prior to production
• Coat edge of glass with sugar rim
• Add vodka, blood orange puree, Triple Sec and cranberry juice to a mixer glass
• Cover with beaker and shake 10-12 times vigorously
• Strain into a sugar rimmed cocktail glass
• Garnish with orange wheel on edge of glass

tl.bordeauxcherrydropBordeaux Drop
Ingredients:
• 1 oz Smirnoff Vanilla vodka
• 1 oz Smirnoff Citrus vodka
• 2 dashes Fee Bros Cherry Bitters
• 1 oz Passion Puree
• 1 oz simple syrup
• 3 Bordeaux cherries
• 3 lemon wedges
Directions:
• Muddle cherries, lemons and ice
• Combine liquid ingredients into shaker and shake 12 times
• Strain into a martini glass rimmed with sugar
• Garnish with a cherry

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Celebrate National Peach Month With Cocktails

What’s sweeter than a juicy peach? How about some deliciously peachy drinks from some local Valley restaurants to celebrate National Peach Month this August!

Salut Kitchen Bar knows how to celebrate national peach month. Their Peach Fuzz Fizz is a sweet and refreshing drink that features High West Peach Vodka, Orange Juice, Tart Cherry Liqueur and Sprite. It costs $12 on their drink menu and only $6 during happy hour, which is daily from 3 – 6:30 p.m.

Kelly’s at Southbridge features the perfect cocktail for your peachy palate. The Peach & Rye is made with Bulliet Rye Bourbon, Dekuyper Peach Schnapps, Lemonade and Ginger Ale. It costs $12 on their drink menu and $8 during happy hour, which is 3 – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday and all day Sunday.

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill is keeping things cool and peachy with their Gin Peach Cooler. Make sure to come celebrate with this cocktail that features Tanqueray Gin, Peach Schnapps, Agave Syrup, Sweet & Sour and Sprite. It costs $8.50.

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Celebrate National Peach Month With Cocktails

What’s sweeter than a juicy peach? How about some deliciously peachy drinks from some local Valley restaurants to celebrate National Peach Month this August!

Salut Kitchen Bar knows how to celebrate national peach month. Their Peach Fuzz Fizz is a sweet and refreshing drink that features High West Peach Vodka, Orange Juice, Tart Cherry Liqueur and Sprite. It costs $12 on their drink menu and only $6 during happy hour, which is daily from 3 – 6:30 p.m.

Kelly’s at Southbridge features the perfect cocktail for your peachy palate. The Peach & Rye is made with Bulliet Rye Bourbon, Dekuyper Peach Schnapps, Lemonade and Ginger Ale. It costs $12 on their drink menu and $8 during happy hour, which is 3 – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday and all day Sunday.

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill is keeping things cool and peachy with their Gin Peach Cooler. Make sure to come celebrate with this cocktail that features Tanqueray Gin, Peach Schnapps, Agave Syrup, Sweet & Sour and Sprite. It costs $8.50.

BloodOrangeMargarita

Today is National Tequila Day! Celebrate at Some Favorite Local Restaurants

What’s not to love about National Tequila Day? Check out this roundup of places to enjoy your favorite margarita!

Chambord Rita

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

You can’t have a margarita list without the Chambord Margarita from Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill. Z’Tejas is a leader in cocktail trends around the Valley. Their popular Chambord Margarita includes Chambord black raspberry liqueur swirled into their award-winning 6th Street Margarita. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill continues to remain a popular destination for those looking for a unique experience, not only with their food, but also for innovative cocktails. ztejas.com

 

Prickly Pear

 

Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse

This steakhouse knows the perfect drink to quench your thirst this summer. The Prickly Pear Margarita is a refreshing blend of tequila, agave nectar and fruity juices. When you taste it, you will feel immediately replenished from those scorching summer days. It’s a perfect drink on National Tequila Day. Located in Old Town Scottsdale, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse is a charming 5,000 square foot modern restaurant that offers exceptional prime dry-aged steaks and chops, fresh seafood, mouth-watering side dishes, decadent desserts and an impressive wine list. benandjackssteakhouse.com/az/az-Home.html

 

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill

They may be an Irish Gastropub but they know how to do margaritas. The Blood Orange Margarita (featured above) made with El Jimador Tequila, pureed blood orange, agave nectar, muddled fruit and sweet and sour is Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill’s most popular. thirstylionpubandgrill.com

BloodOrangeMargarita

Today is National Tequila Day! Celebrate at Some Favorite Local Restaurants

What’s not to love about National Tequila Day? Check out this roundup of places to enjoy your favorite margarita!

Chambord Rita

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

You can’t have a margarita list without the Chambord Margarita from Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill. Z’Tejas is a leader in cocktail trends around the Valley. Their popular Chambord Margarita includes Chambord black raspberry liqueur swirled into their award-winning 6th Street Margarita. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill continues to remain a popular destination for those looking for a unique experience, not only with their food, but also for innovative cocktails. For more information, visit ztejas.com.

 

Prickly Pear

 

Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse

This steakhouse knows the perfect drink to quench your thirst this summer. The Prickly Pear Margarita is a refreshing blend of tequila, agave nectar and fruity juices. When you taste it, you will feel immediately replenished from those scorching summer days. It’s a perfect drink on National Tequila Day. Located in Old Town Scottsdale, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse is a charming 5,000 square foot modern restaurant that offers exceptional prime dry-aged steaks and chops, fresh seafood, mouth-watering side dishes, decadent desserts and an impressive wine list. For more information, visit benandjackssteakhouse.com/az/az-Home.html

 

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill

They may be an Irish Gastropub but they know how to do margaritas. The Blood Orange Margarita (featured above) made with El Jimador Tequila, pureed blood orange, agave nectar, muddled fruit and sweet and sour is Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill’s most popular. For more information, visit thirstylionpub.com.

Grapefruit Basil Martini

Keep Natural Herbs in Your Diet… With Cocktails!

You may think of it as simply a tasty addition to your meals, but there are also extraordinary health benefits associated with the basil herb. The nutrients in basil can better your heart, skin and immune system. Keep basil a part of your healthy diet this summer! Here are four local favorite cocktails that feature the disease-fighting and health-promoting herb. 

Strawberry Basil Gin Martini

·         Grapefruit Basil Martini: Grapefruit and Basil combine to make a healthy, tart and flavorful drink at Salut Kitchen Bar. The martini is made with Absolut Ruby Red, Grapefruit Juice, St. Germaine and Basil Leaves. (featured above)

·         Strawberry Basil Gin Martini: Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill incorporates the zesty herb into their sweet seasonal margarita made with Boodles Gin, Strawberry Puree, Aged Balsamic and fresh Basil Leaves.

·         Basil Buddha Hand Lemon Drop: Get your basil fix at Ben and Jack’s Steakhouse with their refreshing cocktail made with Buddha Hand Vodka, Limoncello, Squeezed Lemon Wedges, Simple Syrup and Basil.

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Local Eateries Master Mint Cocktails

There’s a reason people fight for the last bite of mint chocolate ice cream or the last stick of peppermint chewing gum: mint is a crowd-pleaser. There’s nothing like a burst of fresh mint to energize your palate, cool off your taste buds, and add a little zing to the party. Here are four local favorite refreshingly minty cocktails.

·  Get your mint fix with the Cucumber Mint Cooler at Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill features Smirnoff Citrus Vodka, muddled cucumber and fresh mint, simple syrup and ginger ale and costs $8. They also have a tasty Wild Berry Mojito which is a blend of Bacardi Silver rum, triple sec, wild berry puree, mint, lime, simple syrup, soda, & Sprite and costs $7.50.

·   The Strawberry Shamrock at Kelly’s At SouthBridge features Cruzan Strawberry Ginger, Effen Cucumber, sweet and sour, fresh mint and club soda. It’s super refreshing and perfect for summer! It costs $10 regularly and only $6 during happy hour which is every day from 3-7pm, all day on Sundays.

·  The Pineapple Blossom Margarita at Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill features el Jimador Reposado Tequila, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Herradura Agave Nectar, lime juice, fresh pineapple and mint. This sweet, delicious drink costs $8.50 regularly and $7.50 during happy hour.

·  Try the Strawberry-Lemon Mojito at Uptown Alley for your daily dose of mint! This Mojito features Bacardi Superior Rum muddled with lemon, sugar, mint leaves and strawberries mixed with soda water and costs $6.99.

Mint leaves, most commonly used for breath-freshening and food and drink flavoring, actually have a number of health benefits unbeknownst to most. Mint is a plant that has been utilized in a variety of cultures such as India, the Middle East and Europe for numerous health reasons.

As delicious as mint tastes in our favorite foods and drinks, it’s even better for soothing the stomach. Eating mint cools the digestive track, making it more fluent, while also relieving abdominal pain. Even simply smelling a fresh mint aroma is a powerful medicine in treating nausea, seasickness, and motion sickness (great for summer vacations and travel).

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Celebrate the Way of the Irish: Valley St. Patrick's Day Events

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and whether you spent it alone or with a special someone, it is time to move on to the next big day of the year. A day that, no matter your relationship status, we can all celebrate pressure-free.

It’s time to transition from red roses and chocolates to green beer and corned beef hash, teddy bears with bag-pipes. Restaurants throughout the Valley are gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day with specialty menus, live entertainment and specialty cocktails. Festivities are set for the greenest time of the year and Leprechauns are gearing up to make their annual debut.

Get your best green ensemble ready and check out one, or all of these Valley St. Patrick’s Day events!

The Tilted Kilt

The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is gearing up for its annual Irish Hooley menu. The authentic Irish menu is offered now through St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) at all six Valley locations. Dishes featured on the menu include; Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef Hash, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Scotch Eggs, and a variety of Irish-themed cocktails and desserts. Each location will host an Irish-themed party on St. Patty’s Day!

tiltedkilt.com

Thirsty Lion

Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill, gastro-pub at Tempe Marketplace, is embracing its Irish roots and offering a specialty menu and green beer for St. Patrick’s Day. March 15 through March 17 will feature live music from CooBee Coo, Irish bagpipers, and a performance from the Easton Ashe.

thirstylionpub.com/tempe

Kelly’s at Southbridge

Kelly’s At Southbridge is your one-stop-pub for St. Patrick’s Day fun. Located on Sixth Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale, the 8,000 square-foot, swanky pub will feature live music and food and drink specials Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Kelly’s can pull the perfect pint of Guinness and fool you into thinking you’re in the Emerald Isle.

kellysatsouthbridge.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire

Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the parade will begin at 10 a.m., and proceeds south along Third Street, from Sheridan to Moreland streets. The Faire begins immediately following the parade at Margaret T. Hance Park at North Central Avenue and West Culver Street, and will feature Irish music, Irish step dancing, bagpipers, food and beverages, Irish crafts and novelties and a children’s play area. Adult faire tickets are $10, free for children and for the parade

phxirish.org

Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party, the St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Scottsdale’s St. Patrick’s Day Ultimate Block Party gates open Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. and the event runs until 2 a.m. The block party on North Craftsman Court in Scottsdale is a 21 and over event, and admission includes a street party, entrance to bars Dos Gringos, Rockbar Inc. and Blitz Sports Bar, plus tons of live entertainment. Tickets are $15.

scottsdalesultimateblockparty.com

St. Patrick’s Day Run & Beer Garden

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the sixth annual four-mile run/walk and beer garden! The new course for this year will run through Tempe’s Kiwanis Park. Quench your post- or pre-race thirst at the beer garden, and don’t forget to wear your best green running gear! Saturday, March 16, the bar opens at 4 p.m. and race begins at 5 p.m. at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Registration is $30 through 10 a.m. March 16.

4peaksracing.com

stpattysday

CELEBRATE THE WAY OF THE IRISH: VALLEY ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVENTS

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and whether you spent it alone or with a special someone, it is time to move on to the next big day of the year. A day that, no matter your relationship status, we can all celebrate pressure-free.

It’s time to transition from red roses and chocolates to green beer and corned beef hash, teddy bears with bag-pipes. Restaurants throughout the Valley are gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day with specialty menus, live entertainment and specialty cocktails. Festivities are set for the greenest time of the year and Leprechauns are gearing up to make their annual debut.

Get your best green ensemble ready and check out one, or all of these Valley St. Patrick’s Day events!

TK st pattysThe Tilted Kilt

The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is gearing up for its annual Irish Hooley menu. The authentic Irish menu is offered now through St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) at all six Valley locations. Dishes featured on the menu include; Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef Hash, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Scotch Eggs, and a variety of Irish-themed cocktails and desserts. Each location will host an Irish-themed party on St. Patty’s Day!

tiltedkilt.com

Kelly’s at Southbridge

Kelly’s At Southbridge is your one-stop-pub for St. Patrick’s Day fun. Located on Sixth Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale, the 8,000 square-foot, swanky pub will feature live music and food and drink specials Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Kelly’s can pull the perfect pint of Guinness and fool you into thinking you’re in the Emerald Isle.

kellysatsouthbridge.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire

Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the parade will begin at 10 a.m., and proceeds south along Third Street, from Sheridan to Moreland streets. The Faire begins immediately following the parade at Margaret T. Hance Park at North Central Avenue and West Culver Street, and will feature Irish music, Irish step dancing, bagpipers, food and beverages, Irish crafts and novelties and a children’s play area. Adult faire tickets are $10, free for children and for the parade

phxirish.org

Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party, the St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Scottsdale’s St. Patrick’s Day Ultimate Block Party gates open Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. and the event runs until 2 a.m. The block party on North Craftsman Court in Scottsdale is a 21 and over event, and admission includes a street party, entrance to bars Dos Gringos, Rockbar Inc. and Blitz Sports Bar, plus tons of live entertainment. Tickets are $15.

scottsdalesultimateblockparty.com

tl st pattys 2Thirsty Lion

Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill, gastro-pub at Tempe Marketplace, is embracing its Irish roots and offering a specialty menu and green beer for St. Patrick’s Day. March 15 through March 17 will feature live music from CooBee Coo, Irish bagpipers, and a performance from the Easton Ashe.

thirstylionpub.com/tempe

St. Patrick’s Day Run & Beer Garden

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the sixth annual four-mile run/walk and beer garden! The new course for this year will run through Tempe’s Kiwanis Park. Quench your post- or pre-race thirst at the beer garden, and don’t forget to wear your best green running gear! Saturday, March 16, the bar opens at 4 p.m. and race begins at 5 p.m. at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Registration is $30 through 10 a.m. March 16.

4peaksracing.com

42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Photo: fiestabowl.org

42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Guide

Are you ready for it? The 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl takes place Thursday, January 3, 2013, and we’ve provided our picks of the best places to Eat, Play and Stay around the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale — as well as the best places to be in the Valley for both Oregon and Kansas fans.

The 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl details:

WHO: No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State
This is the only BCS bowl pitting two of the nation’s top 10 offenses.
WHEN: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. MST
WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

From Tostitos Fiesta Bowl’s website:

  • Combining to average 91.5 points (50.8 Oregon, 40.7 Kansas State) and 960.5 yards (550.1 Ducks, 410.4 Wildcats) per game, this could be the year the two-team Tostitos Fiesta Bowl single-game records for points (86 in 1996) and total yardage (1129 in 1972) is threatened.
  • The Ducks ranked in the top four slots of the BCS every week, climbing as high as No. 2 in early November, the same week the Big 12 Conference champion Wildcats reached No. 1. In the final BCS rankings, the Ducks and Wildcats finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
  • Click here for more information about the teams.

Places to eat, play & stay around the stadium:

EAT

Yard House
Saddle Ranch
Sandbar

PLAY

The Shout! House
Westgate City Center
Tanger Outlets Westgate

STAY

Sheraton Crescent Hotel
Residence Inn by Marriott
Renaissance Glendale

Ducks & K-State Fan Zones & Pep Rallies:

Oregon Ducks, Photo: sportslogos.netOREGON DUCKS FAN ZONE:

Head to Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill in Tempe at Tempe Marketplace, the “Official Ducks Fan Zone” for this year’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The Oregon Ducks Fan Zone Party will take place January 2 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can participate in two live radio show broadcasts and enter for a chance to win two Fiesta Bowl tickets. The “Duck Insider Bowl Preview Show” will air live in Eugene, Oregon on the local sports station, “The Score” and will air live at goducks.com. Ducks gear will be given away throughout the day.

“With our roots in Oregon, this was a natural fit for us,” says John Plew, CEO of Thirsty Lion. “We are proud to be called the official home of the Ducks during this Fiesta Bowl event.”

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #1041, Tempe
(480) 968-2920
thirstylionpub.com

PEP RALLY:

The UO Pep Rally will take place Wed., Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. at Salt River Fields’ main stadium field; doors open at 1 p.m.

Free entry includes access to the Fan Fest as well as live music, access to the Duck Store Merchandise shop, visits with Oregon VIPs, photos with the Duck, family friendly activities, the UO Marching Band, cheerleaders and more.

Salt River Fields

Main Stadium Field
7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Doors, 1 p.m.; begins 3 p.m.


K-State logo. Photo: sportslogos.netKANSAS STATE FAN ZONE:

Head to Tilted Kilt at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix, the “Official Bud Light Kansas State Headquarters.”

Tilted Kilt partnered with Kansas State radio station, Power Cat Radio, and the restaurant will serve $4 Bud and Bud Light specials with giveaways and other promotions.

Tilted Kilt
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
(602) 293-3888
tiltedkilt.com

PEP RALLY:

The pep rally for the K-State football team will take place Wed., Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. at Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix; gates open at 1 p.m.

The rally is free and open to the public. The football team, coaches, band, cheerleaders, university dignitaries and Willie the Wildcat will participate. The K-State Bowl Bash, a post-pep rally event, will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the pep rally, also at Chase Field.

Chase Field
401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Gates, 1 p.m.; begins 2 p.m.
Enter through Gates C, D, and E on the west side

Tempe Marketplace

Food, Entertainment & Shopping: Tempe Marketplace

I headed up to Tempe Marketplace to check out the shops and restaurants that keep college students returning throughout the school year. Being a student from Arizona State University, many of the people within the city of Tempe and college students gather here to pass the time. Whether you want to go to the movies, try new restaurants, or even shop for new outfits or dorm supplies, Tempe Marketplace has what you’re looking for.

Starving by the time my boyfriend and I arrived, we were tasked with the choice of which restaurant to choose. Some of the restaurants available are California Pizza Kitchen, Lucille’s Smokehouse Barbeque, Kabuki, Red Robin, Chipotle and the Thirsty Lion.

We decided on Chipotle, a Mexican grill offering burritos, bowls, tacos, and even kids meals. The variety allows you to make to the right choice, such as vegetarian style, chicken, steak, and barbacoa beef. As we emerged from Chipotle, full, we were quickly tempted by the smell of popcorn in the air (thanks to the nearby Harkins Theatre) as well as the ice cream and frozen yogurt eaten by passersby (from Cold Stone Creamery and Mojo Yogurt, respectively).

Escaping temptation, we made a quick stop into Claire’s, greeted with Justin Bieber hats, flip-flops, purses and other colorful treasures for teens and young girls alike. If you know what you’re looking for, there are numerous earrings and jewelry that are perfect for even a college student’s wardrobe.

In search of pop culture attire more our age group, we ventured into Hot Topic. From Mario to Disney, you can’t help but pick out a variety of things you simply can’t live without.

With so many stores within a few steps of one another, we quickly visited 20 shops, including Tilly’s, Journey’s, Pac Sun, Lids, Oakley, Target, Ross and World Market.

Tempe Marketplace is also the perfect place to stay updated with upcoming shows at ASU Gammage. The previous season was posted, but other upcoming events that Tempe Marketplace sponsored are listed along the paths between the various stores.

Near Barnes & Noble, there is a kid-splash fountain for little ones to play in. Many happy moms were taking advantage of this amenity and watched their little ones play as they sat in the shade. The area, called The District”, has free Wi-Fi, and Tempe Marketplace is pet friendly.

I look forward to another visit to Tempe Marketplace to explore the stores as well as try more food from the variety of restaurants.

For more information about Tempe Marketplace, visit tempemarketplace.com.

Tempe Marketplace
2030 East Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 966-9338
tempemarketplace.com