Ladera Taverna y Cocina Archives

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  Photo by Leah LeMoine   THE SCENE  Have you ever put off trying a restaurant because you thought it was far from your house? No? Just me? Well, as I’ve mentioned before, my partner is loath to leave the 5-mile bubble he’s mentally constructed around our house, even for good food. I will drive damn near anywhere for a delicious meal – and I do, in “normal times,” trying new places all around the Valley with foodie friends. During the pandemic, though, I’ve found myself...

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Veggie Campanelle Roasted peppers, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, grape tomatoes and more add texture to Nook Kitchen’s pasta, which is boosted by Calabrian chiles and Chablis ($23). nookkitchen.com Chile Relleno Ladera Taverna y Cocina’s prized poblano is stuffed with hominy rice and cheesy calabacitas and topped with queso fresco, chipotle cream sauce and cilantro ($10). laderaphx.com Vegetarian Moussaka Layers of eggplant, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, feta and béchamel make for a lush alternative to traditional beef or...

Ladera Taverna y Cocina may be temporarily closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a tipple or two from its award-winning mixologist, Colton Brock. He won Arizona Cocktail Weekend’s Last Slinger Standing competition in February, but lately he’s been slinging simple mezcal drinks at home. We caught up with Brock and asked him to share a couple of recipes for us to try.   What have you been mixing up at home? I predominantly drink mezcal and other agave spirits,...

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