Mother’s day has come and gone. Now it’s time to celebrate your old man. (Side note: Does anyone other than your old man still call their father "old man?") This year, instead of swinging by CVS for a discounted keyboard necktie, how about treating Dear Old Dad to something fab made right here in the Valley? We've rounded up the best gifts, activities, deals and, of course, dining options for dear old dad.
When the mercury rises, many Valley restaurants bust out lighter menus to entice customers to brave the heat and dine out. At Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, they’ve introduced a strawberry spinach salad that goes well with pizza, says Grimaldi’s Corporate Chef Cory Lattuca. The vinaigrette is made with real strawberries rather than an extract or syrup, which “gives the dressing a nice color and some structure,” he says. “It’s a great summer salad.”
Here at PHOENIX, it’s no secret we love experimental cocktails. Chile pepper-infused vodka shaken with purple mangosteen liquor and topped with palo verde essence bubbles? Yes, please. (I made that up, though I expect to see something similar on Valley mixologists’ craft cocktail lists any day now.) But while we aren’t scared to participate in “Fear Factor – Cocktail Edition,” it’s always nice to return to the classics every so often.
The Negroni is one such old faithful.
According to chef Aaron May of Over Easy, too many items on Arizona’s breakfast menus are inundated with Southwestern flavors. “Everything is jalapeños and ranchero,” he says. “You make it spicy. You make it cheesy and then you put it under the broiler and melt the cheese and everybody loves it... It’s a cheap thrill.”
Each month, we of the PHOENIX magazine creative team ask ourselves a different question about our favorite dining and drinking experiences in the Valley. Our picks are usually hidden in the back of the magazine among our Dining Guide restaurant listings. Not any more. Our picks are going digital! Feel free to follow us on social media (at least, those of us who tweet) and be sure to tag us (@PhoenixMagazine on Twitter and @PHXMagazine on Instagram) on pics of your favorite picks.
In honor of our first Escape to the Coast cover story in the May issue we're asking ourselves, Which Valley dish screams "California"?
When Executive Chef Chuck Wiley designed the breakfast menu for Hearth ’61 at the sparkly-new Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley, he looked for some healthy options. "Breakfast is usually so unhealthy and I wanted to put a different spin on it," he says. An unabashed grain lover, Wiley decided on a multigrain pancake. “I like food with texture.”
This Sunday we celebrate the most important woman in our lives — Mom, of course. Finding a present worthy of her sacrifices and generosity is tough, especially if you’ve waited this long to start shopping. (Although, take a look at our Mother’s Day Gift Guide for local goodies that’ll please Mama in a pinch.) That’s why the gods invented brunch, which gives the moms what they really want – time with their kids. Plus, mimosas.
If your mom's Mother's Day wishlist falls somewhere in between handmade macaroni necklace and expensive handbag, consider baking her something sweet and pretty – handmade but still photoworthy = nailed it.
Country Velador, owner of Super Chunk Sweets & Treats in Old Town Scottsdale, has an easy yet elegant recipe for meringue teardrops that, when paired with a sentimental card, will bring a tear to Mom's eye, no prob.
Last summer, as Phoenicians tried the old fry-an-egg-on-the-burning-asphalt trick, a fellow Valley-ite became a traitor and took his icy talents back east. Just kidding, but former ASU Sun Devil Kyle Billig did jump on a coastal trend and moved back home to Pennsylvania to open Sweet Charlie’s, a Thai rolled ice cream shop in downtown Philadelphia.
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