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6 New Pumpkin-Flavored Foods from Local Restaurants

Desert DigestFood & DrinkSeptember 22, 20216 New Pumpkin-Flavored Foods from Local Restaurants

Hard Pumpkin Spice Latte from Mavrix | Photo courtesy The James Agency   ‘Tis the season! Pumpkin season, that is. Local restaurants are utilizing everyone’s favorite gourd to concoct gourmet goodies of both the sweet and savory variety. Here’s a few we’re looking forward to. Pumpkin Hummus from Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen Though it’s not officially available until October 1, we’re already drooling over Picazzo’s seasonal twist on its traditional creamy hummus. Blended with “a...
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The Coconut Blossom | Photo courtesy Instagram.com/thebarkingbodega   I don’t have a dog, but I do follow a lot of canine-centric Instagram pages. I guess I like to live vicariously through various dog owners via the internet without all the time, money and patience it takes to actually be one. The Barking Bodega, it seems, was built for people like me. Well, scratch that. This spot, which opened in March, was built for dogs with...

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The Four Peaks Oktoberfest celebration at Tempe Town Lake has been going strong for nearly 50 years. However, due to a number of factors, the event won’t be taking place this year. There are still plenty of opportunities to don your dirndl or lederhosen and sip some local brew this season. Here are four beer-centric events happening this fall. Prost! Wickenburg Oktoberfest The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild presents historic downtown Wickenburg’s inaugural Oktoberfest event on...

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Chiles en nogada from Barrio Café | Photo by Angelina Aragon    Though there are a slew of eateries that cater to vegans emerging around the Valley, it can be tricky to find plant-based options at regular restaurants. We’ve rounded up five of the best vegan menus at non-vegan restaurants, which feature everything from tacos with faux meat to soup sans animal products. El Charro Hipster Bar and Café El Charro Hipster Bar and Café...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh.  La Chimichanga Más Grande del Mundo: Valley institution Macayo’s Mexican Food is gunning for world domination. This Saturday, September 25, at 10 a.m., Macayo’s team members at the Ahwatukee location will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the longest chimichanga on the planet. “We’re extremely proud to be the original developer of the world’s first chimichanga* – and to have it become our signature dish. In fact, since it was first created,...

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Rough Rider interior | Photo by Madison Rutherford   This Theodore Roosevelt-themed bar/restaurant fits in with its surroundings. For starters, a colorful portrait of the former president adorns one side of the Ten-O-One building where Rough Rider resides, not to mention its position in the heart of the Roosevelt Row arts district, which also houses Roosevelt-inspired beer bar The Theodore. The area is rife with homages to Roosevelt, most of which are done in tasteful...

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Photo by Nikki Buchanan   Mochi Donut with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt at The Local Donut I could probably go the rest of my life without eating a donut — or at least that was true until I belatedly discovered The Local Donut, a little South Scottsdale doughnut and pastry shop that isn’t too far from my house. I tried five doughnuts and liked them all, but two of them really stood out: the...

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It’s always momentous, at least for an oenophile like me, when a new wine shop or bar opens. Far Away Wine and Provisions in East Phoenix is the brainchild of Pat Jasmin and Chris French, part of the food-and-bev fabric of Arizona for years. Jasmin has done a little of everything, from writing wine lists to owning a restaurant to wine distribution, which is how she met French, a history and music buff who sold...

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Photo courtesy Morning Squeeze   All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Grand Openings: A slew of food-and-bev establishments have recently opened. Some are opening this week! To wit: Morning Squeeze: The local breakfast and lunch joint is opening its third location this Friday, September 17. The Downtown Phoenix outpost is located at the corner of First and Washington streets. The eatery will include an indoor-outdoor bar, wraparound patio and a takeaway-friendly grab-and-go area. Open from 7...

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The Mix Up Bar interior | Photo by Nikki Buchanan   The Mix Up Bar, tucked away to the left of T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, is one of my favorite places to hang out over a cocktail. Like the lovely old resort in which it’s nestled, the room is gracious, intimate and — if you time it right — blessedly quiet, the kind of place where you might strike up...

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