Food & Drink

4 Best Things We Ate This Week

Desert DigestFood & DrinkOctober 15, 20214 Best Things We Ate This Week

Photo by Nikki Buchanan   Eggplant with Calabrian Chile Marmalade and Burrata at Restaurant Progress Chef-owner TJ Culp recently put a new fall menu in place, and it’s the most playful one I’ve seen from him yet. Imagine raw oysters topped with caviar and steak tartare (what??) or French onion soup dumplings, fashioned like gyoza and served with beefy jus. One of my favorites of the evening was two big slabs of eggplant, breaded and...
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Tandy Peterson is not your average woman, your average chef, your average anything. She’s a former line cook at the original Binkley’s in Cave Creek (where she learned to hang tough with the big boys) and the former chef de cuisine at Mowry & Cotton at The Phoenician Resort. She also staged in 2016 at Asador Etxebarri, a Basque restaurant in Spain that has made The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list on multiple occasions. This...

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The Sicilian Baker Halloween cannoli | Photo courtesy The Maggiore Group   All the news that’s fit to nosh.  Autumnal Abundance: It’s fall, y’all! And with this past weekend’s cooler temps, that’s starting to feel real and not just like a cruel calendar joke. Embrace the transition with seasonal specials from The Sicilian Baker including pumpkin pie cannoli with pumpkin-infused sweet ricotta filling (order as a special: large shell dipped in chocolate and decorated with edible pumpkins; available October 15-November...

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It’s official: Fall is finally here. The days are getting shorter and cooler temperatures are replacing our sweltering 100-degree days. Autumn in the Valley also signals the return of many farmers markets that have been closed during the summer months. Vendors differ from market to market, but most will offer local and seasonal produce, fresh baked goods, natural meats and seafood and a good assortment of locally crafted food products. Farmers markets are a great...

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The Rockin’ Taco Street Fest is coming back to Chandler! After not hosting the event last year due to COVID-19, this year’s festival marks the 10th annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest, and festival organizers are going all out! Whether you like tacos or live music, this year’s festival has it all. There are so many things to do, including: Tacos: Who doesn’t love a good taco? The Rockin’ Taco Street Fest boasts more than 20...

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Photo by Nikki Buchanan   The Frosé at The Oakmont It already feels like a year ago — not three days ago — that I was sitting on the patio at The Oakmont, a restaurant owned by Wyndham Resort but parked on the grounds of Continental Country Club in Flagstaff. What fantastic views! Mountain and brilliant green fairway in every direction, the perfect setting for the launch of a short trip with a longtime friend....

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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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