Desert Digest

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According to Jared Ammon, concocting creative, balanced cocktails is both an art and a science. The craft bar manager at The Ostrich, a speakeasy-style bar in the basement of the historical San Marcos Hotel in downtown Chandler, knows that a good cocktail is about much more than throwing together ingredients and pouring them in a glass. “You kind of have to be creative to do this,” he says. “But it’s also very technical.” Ammon and...

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Pretzel with mustard and beer cheese | Photo by Leah LeMoine   THE SCENE There’s a palpable “neighborhood hangout” vibe at Huss Brewing Co.’s Uptown Taproom + Kitchen. It’s not just the picnic tables on the patio packed with friends catching up after work, or the couples stealing away for early date nights at the low-top tables inside. There are kids squirming in their seats and running back and forth to the adjacent lawn, frolicking...

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If you’re looking for an easy pasta dish to wow your dinner guests, executive chef Dylan Shortridge of Society by EVO in Tempe shares his garlic shrimp recipe. Shortridge, previously with Bourbon & Bones and Pinnacle Peak Country Club, really likes this dish because it incorporates three of his favorite ingredients: garlic, onions and citrus. The recipe is pretty straightforward, but Shortridge cautions against overcooking the shrimp and garlic. “I add the garlic right after...

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Silk Road cocktail | Photo by Sara Crocker  Can a cocktail evoke a sense of place and memory? It’s the ambitious question that underpins the experience at Khla, a new Roosevelt Row-adjacent alley bar fronted by the team that brought Phonecians the playful cocktail-slinging camper Baby Boy. “At the end of the day, we were chasing childhood ingredients, stuff that we grew up eating that wasn’t as popular then as it is today,” co-owner Tyka...

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The Genuine | Photo by Grace Stufkosky If you have been itching to try some new restaurants, Spring 2022 Arizona Restaurant Week starts Friday, May 20 and runs through Sunday, May 29. During the 10-day culinary event you can dine at more than 125 restaurants that will offer three, four or five-course prix-fixe menus for $33, $44 or $55 per person. A handful of new restaurants are participating this year, including La Locanda Italian Bistro,...

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I first tasted the wines from Cove Mesa Vineyard at the Oro Festival in Tucson in late winter and was instantly enamored of their Malvasia Bianca, replete with aromas of passion fruit and lychee and delivering puckering acidity. Additionally, I had their Picpoul Blanc, which was light and refreshing and brilliantly balanced. Meanwhile, their reds were imposing and robust. My personal enthusiasm for the Cornville-based winery got a big vote of confidence this past March,...

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Photo courtesy Tía Carmen All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Felicidades: Tía Carmen is now open! The hotly anticipated restaurant from Top Chef alum Angelo Sosa made its debut early this month at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The contemporary Southwestern eatery boasts globally inflected Southwestern/Mexican dishes including tuna crudo with chilled corn-coconut broth; Southwestern-style Wagyu tri-tip kebabs; lamb ragù with mesquite noodles; and the restaurant’s signature dish, chicken guisado, a...

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