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Happy Hour: Koibito Poke

Desert DigestFood & DrinkUncategorizedJanuary 21, 2022Happy Hour: Koibito Poke

THE SCENE In life, we often write off whole categories of experiences when they don’t jibe with our personalities. Afraid of heights? You’re probably passing on roller-coasters at every theme park you visit. Nut allergy? No pecan pie, trail mix or turtle candies for you. Hate exercising in front of strangers? Gyms aren’t your jam, and likely never will be. There’s something refreshing and clarifying about knowing yourself well enough to know what suits you...
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The holidays are over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop eating delicious desserts. Going into the new year with a sweet tooth? Check out these three places for treats around the Valley. Dough-Not Miss Out on Express Donuts This local donut shop serves the classics: glazed, Boston cream and apple fritters but also switches things up with Asian-inspired drinks like a Thai iced tea smoothie. As you enter the donut shop you will...

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THE SCENE Is there a more played-out cocktail-bar trope than the “speakeasy”? I use quotation marks because so few of these purported speakeasies possess any of the qualities of their historical namesake. Even pre-COVID claustrophobia, the whole cramped, underground bar scene wasn’t my vibe. Give me an open-air space with a fresh breeze and elbow room any day – or night. Finally, a trend seems to be aligning with my selectively social soul: Rooftop bars...

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Hansel + Gretel | Photo by Tim Fuchs   All the news that’s fit to nosh.   The Schnitz: While there are a handful of great German restaurants in the Valley – Edelweiss Biergarten and Haus Murphy’s, to name a couple – there aren’t nearly enough for those of us who delight in sausage, schnitzel and spaetzle. To the rescue: Hansel + Gretel, a new German food delivery service based out of a cloud kitchen in...

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Do you ever stand in front of the wine section at the grocery store overwhelmed by the number of selections? The labels are so enticing, but how good is the wine? Sometimes you buy a bottle and you’re disappointed, and other times you hit the jackpot. For those who would like to take the guess work out of selecting a winner, PostinoWine Café has recently launched the Postino Wine Cult, a subscription-based wine club. When...

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Opening Angie’s Lobster A second Valley location of Angie’s Lobster has opened in Tempe. The menu has two items: Lobster Finger Meal; and Lobster Roll Meal, both $9.99. 835 W. Baseline Rd., Tempe, angieslobster.com Another Broken Egg Café Southern-inspired breakfast, brunch and lunch at this Florida-based breakfast spot. Bring on the biscuits and gravy. 2484 S. Santan Village Pkwy., Gilbert, 480-306-8142, anotherbrokenegg.com At My Place Café This popular Filipino restaurant has officially moved from Mesa...

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There’s been a seismic shakeup at Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, but the changes should be positive for all concerned, including us diners. Food Network super-star Beau MacMillan has resigned his longtime position there as executive chef, and Landon Post, the resort’s banquet chef for the past eight years, has taken MacMillan’s place. MacMillan has morphed to culinary advisor for the restaurant/resort, where he hopes to continue to build the Sanctuary brand,...

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Sottise exterior | Photo courtesy TJ Culp   Just in time for a little holiday frivolity, TJ Culp, chef-owner of Restaurant Progress, and his partner Esther Noh have launched Sottise, a winsome wine bar and restaurant in the Roosevelt Row arts district. Its French name, which means “folly” or “foolishness,” reflects the couple’s lighthearted approach to this venture: “Yeah, we’re a French-inspired wine bar, but let’s not take ourselves too seriously here when there’s wine...

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Inspired by her own health journey and world travels, health coach Nico Doniele teamed up with EVO founder Nick Neuman to open Santé, a high-end, 5,000 square-foot restaurant in North Scottsdale with an emphasis on healthy, organic food. Her motto, “Let us live to eat and live longer to eat,” is reflected in the globally inspired menu, which has vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, keto and low FODMAP options. “We wanted to create a restaurant where...

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Photo courtesy ADERO Scottsdale    All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Globe-al Dining: We may not get snow in the Valley (except for the odd desert flurry that makes us all lose our minds), but you can see what it’s like to be inside a snow globe with ADERO Scottsdale’s new holiday offering. From December 16-January 23, the resort’s on-site restaurant The Village at SkyTop will host four-course dinners in ethereal globe structures set outside against a stunning desert backdrop. Menu highlights include roasted...

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Seafood in the desert?! Don’t knock it ‘til you try it, and we recommend giving it a go at Angie’s Lobster, a new drive-through concept from the folks who founded local healthy fast-food chain Salad and Go. Tony and Roushan Christofellis sold the salad biz this summer to focus on their new endeavor, a fast and efficient seafood restaurant boasting lobster meals with fries and a drink for under $10. The first location opened in...

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In 2008, Sadhana Raj founded a small vegan eatery in Chandler with little more than a rice cooker and a $20 plug-in griddle. In 2014, she moved to a larger space on Guadalupe Road in Tempe, substantially scaling her “botanically inspired” fare and fresh-squeezed juice. She quickly garnered a group of devoted fans, who came for her healthy food and stayed for the strong sense of community. Last week, the Valley bid a reluctant farewell...

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Kim Thao interior | Photo by Nikki Buchanan   Kim Thao is not one person but two: Kim Tran and Thao Nguyen, who met in a doctor’s office, became friends and decided to launch a Vietnamese bakery, market and take-out operation together. Kim is the cook; Thao runs the front of the house, and from the looks of things, they’ve already been embraced by the community since their mid-October opening. It’s easy to see why....

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‘Tis the season for holiday imbibing! Eat, drink and be merry at these four festive pop-up concepts at local bars and restaurants. Feliz Navidad Cantina at Salt and Lime Modern Mexican Grill This over-the-top pop-up concept was first introduced last year. It’s even bigger and better in 2021, complete with floor-to-ceiling Christmas decorations, festive food and drinks, servers decked out in holiday garb and weekly visits from Santa and the Grinch. The pop-up will run...

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Roasted Chilean Seabass | Photo by Madison Rutherford   The iconic Arizona Biltmore resort recently reopened, revealing a $70 million renovation that included Renata’s Hearth, an upscale, Latin-influenced eatery that debuted on May 18. Combining Old World mystique with a distinctly modern identity, Renata’s Hearth (née Wright’s) presents a full sensory experience – from enticing aromas and bold flavors to ornate décor and pleasant sounds. During my visit, a live flutist and guitarist serve as...

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