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So how do you eat a Twix bar? Do you use your teeth to scrape all of the chocolate-caramel topping off, then go back and eat the naked crunchy cookie? Do you nibble first some chocolate-caramel, then some cookie, then back to chocolate-caramel, and so on? Or do you wholesale devour it, cookie, caramel and chocolate all at once?
The East Valley is home to several farmers markets every week, but what you might not know is that there is more than just local produce offerings available. A handful of these local, small companies work out of a shared kitchen in Chandler owned by AZ Food Crafters and sell their products at farmers markets around the East Valley. Check their websites (listed below) for details on current offerings and market locations.
It’s my favorite time of year, when the weather starts to cool, football is on every Monday night, and Sundays are spent making memories with friends and family at tailgating parties. This football season, take a load off your party planning. Instead of barbecuing in the parking lot, pick up some tasty eats on the way. These East Valley picks have game-winning catering options and are affordable for crowds of any size.
DES MOINES, Iowa — There's a hole in the wall in Des Moines that's just that: a food joint called Hole in the Wall.
MWC Bistro has scheduled its first Wine Festival in Gilbert to take place on Dec. 13.
Phoenix Veterans Day Parade
Every season has a reason, and for me, fall means pies. Whether your preference is a traditional American apple pie, holiday pumpkin or a modern take on a savory meat hand pie, these East Valley pie crafters are baking up sweet and savory slices of heaven.
As we get deeper into fall, the evenings are getting cooler, but the action on the field is just starting to heat up. To help make sure you are good and warmed up for the game with a good meal and some libations, here are some spots nearby to check out before and/or after yet another glorious evening on the football field.
Jews from across the Southwest will gather in the Valley on Oct. 11-12 for “Sacred Waters,” a program sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), to explore the role of water in Jewish tradition and ritual, as well as the relationship Jews have to water in the Southwest and, geopolitically, in the Middle East.
96 W. Boston St.
(480) 779-8080 or PaletasBetty.com
Paletas Betty specializes in handmade paletas, a traditional Mexican popsicle made of fresh fruit and cream. The business also offers a specialty drink called Agua Vita made of white tea blended with fresh fruit.
3111 W. Chandler Blvd.
(480) 792-1300 or TheCheesecakeFactory.com
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Cold Stone Creamery
3163 W. Chandler Blvd.
(480) 722-7767 or ColdStoneCreamery.com
3155 W. Ray Road
(480) 268-7249 or Culvers.com
Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta
590 N. Alma School Road, Suite 35
(480) 812-8433 or Floridinos.net
Floridino’s Pizza and Pasta opened in Chandler 18 years ago and is known for creative Italian eats, like pizza muffins and oven-baked sandwiches, in addition to pizzas, pastas and desserts. Floridino’s also has a banquet room that can host parties of up to 60 people and a catering arm that services larger groups.
Oregano’s Pizza Bistro
1960 W. Germann Road
(480) 265-4580 or Oreganos.com
La Stalla Cucina Rustica
68 W. Buffalo St.
(480) 855-9990 or LaStallaCR.com
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When East Valley residents are looking for a brief getaway to decompress and escape the sweltering summer heat, they usually turn their eyes northward to the cooler climes of Prescott, Flagstaff or the Mogollon Rim. However, they’re doing themselves a disservice if they chose to ignore our neighbor to the south.
High school football season, that annual rite of fall, is upon us. The game is only part of the experience for football fans. It’s also about getting together with people in your community, before, during and after the contest.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Let's face it: In today's hurry-up culture, there always will be a need for fast food. Even when you're enjoying a leisurely vacation in a place like Traverse City, a Lake Michigan resort community with a nationwide reputation for restaurants serving high-quality, farm-to-table fare.
Arizona boasts such varied topography that if you live in the Phoenix area and are looking for a weekend escape, the choices are infinite, whether you want to camp, hike, ski or go rafting. However, if you want something a little more cosmopolitan — if you’re a foodie, for example — once you leave Maricopa County, it would be a desert out there. Thankfully, there’s John Sharpe.
mid a constant motion of experimentation by its chefs, Gilbert’s House of Brews stumbled onto the strange idea to combine beer with ice cream. And, somehow, the combination actually works, and has even become quite popular among customers.
The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
2240 E. Williams Field Road
(480) 821-1500 or KegSteakhouse.com
Perusing The Keg Steakhouse & Bar’s menu offers an indication as to why it took first in best steakhouse: The restaurant is loaded with sirloin, prime rib, New York sirloins and cuts like filet mignon and prime rib. Get one to pair with salad, seafood, soup, dessert and even fine-dining selections like escargot and baked brie.
5086 S. Power Road, (480) 988-1414 and 3961 S. Gilbert Road, (480) 726-7427
2687 S. Market St.
(480) 782-7504 or Outback.com
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1385 E. Warner Road, Suite 103
(480) 507-3859 or UdderDelightsAZ.com
Udder Delights has earned honors in four “Best of” reader polls by the East Valley Tribune and bears the label of “official tastery” for Mesa-based dairy Superstition Farm. Udder Delights is known for producing ice cream in small batches and with a minimal number of ingredients. But there’s still a wide swath of flavors to select from, like avocado, birthday cake and sweet potato. Udder Delights also has ice cream cakes, cupcakes, brownies and other sweet treats.
Frost, A Gelato Shop
2150 E. Williams Field Road, Suite 120
(480) 899-2160 or FrostGelato.com
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburger
2065 E. Baseline Road, (480) 633-7988 and 129 E. Williams Field Road, (480) 899-3500
Arizona Restaurant Week, the twice-yearly span when a gamut of restaurants offer prix-fixe dinner menus for $30-$40, is back.
When it comes to ice cream, I generally feel it's hard to improve on a simple scoop right out of the carton. But this time my mind has turned to baked Alaska. I know... How retro!
Mother’s Day is coming up Sunday, May 11. We’ve put together a list of things to do for Mother’s Day in Phoenix that will make any mom feel like a queen. Reservations are recommend for most of the brunches and dinners.
Pamper mom at this 3-course brunch at the posh Chandler eatery which will be serving up bay shrimp and prosciutto salad, sweet crepes, fried chicken with poached eggs, and sweet potato & corn hash. Dessert options include dark chocolate tart with coconut ice cream, or sorbet flights. Mom can top it all off with unlimited mimosas and bellinis.