Paradise Valley Tag Archives

Summer Cocktails from The Sicilian Butcher; Lobster Carbonara from EVO

The Sicilian Butcher has released a new summer cocktail menu designed by Sheldon Wiley, The Maggiore Group’s mixologist and Guinness World Record holder for Fastest Bartender.  In case you were curious, Sheldon holds the record for the most cocktails made in one minute with 18, and most cocktails in one hour with a jaw dropping 1,905.  The YouTube video from his record breaking feat is pretty fun to …

Wei Better Orange Chicken, Death by Milkshake, and BLT Pizza From Fired Pie

Pei Wei Better On Its Own At the end of 2017, Pei Wei Asian Diner split from its parent company, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, and moved its corporate office from Scottsdale to Irving, Texas.  Experimenting with a new logo and brand, Pei Wei has been mixing things up, like tapping into the trend of healthy dining with additions to the menu like quinoa, salads and …

Springtime in Scottsdale: Skylanes, Cavalia’s Odysseo and the Scottsdale Quarter

This is the time of year where we are reminded of why we live in Arizona. The weather is nothing short of glorious, and everyone takes advantage by dining al fresco and spending as much time as possible outside. This past week was no exception: Hubby and I celebrated our 22-year wedding anniversary with a six-mile hike, I attended a bowling event at Scottsdale’s new …

texAZtastes and travels – March 12, 2018

There were too many highlights this past week to focus on just one post, so I had the idea to write a weekly wrap up.  After 5 years of writing this blog, I am game for changing things up, so give me your feedback as to whether you like it (or not).  I will try to be brief and not get too bogged down in …

Devour Phoenix Culinary Classic 2018

In revisiting the post I wrote regarding the Devour Phoenix Culinary Classic of 2017, I noted my intention to attend both days of the tasting event in 2018.  However, by the time I purchased my tickets in December (tickets went on sale in September), the tickets for Saturday were already sold out.  I realize this was such a rookie move for a culinary classic geek …

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

It’s my favorite time of the year in Arizona, when cool temperatures reign and everyone is outdoors enjoying the sunshine while the rest of the country freezes.  It’s also that time of the year for the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge, now in its fifth year.  From Feb. 1 – 28, pastry chefs across the Valley and Flagstaff compete to create a winning dessert using …

My Favorite Dishes of 2017

I know I’m supposed to do these “best of the year” wrap-ups before the year actually ends.  With the craziness of the holiday season, I’m just glad I made it through to 2018 in one piece, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself.  Looking back, we traveled quite a bit – Savoie (France), Alaska, New York, Santa Barbara, Dallas, San Antonio, the Grand Canyon, …

The Sicilian Butcher

Are you craving Italian food but in the mood for something innovative? Time to check out The Sicilian Butcher Craft Meatballs and Charcuterie Bar at 15530 N. Tatum which opened early December. The Sicilian Butcher is a meatball and charcuterie inspired concept that has a build-your-own-meal experience. What does that mean? You can design your meal essentially. From the menu, you can build your own …

Bloodies, Bubbles and Brunch at Hash Kitchen

“I looked at it (vodka), sniffed it. It was pretty pungent and smelled like rotten potatoes. ‘Hell, what have we got to lose? Get me some Worcestershire sauce, some tomato juice, and lemon; That ought to kill the smell.’ “ George Jessel, “The World I Lived In” Whether you believe the Bloody Mary cocktail was named for Mary Tudor who burned hundreds of religious dissenters …

Hopdoddy’s Oktoberfest Menu

German settlers started moving to Central Texas in 1831 driven from their homeland by political and economic pressure, and lured to the New World by land grants and the dream of a better life.  Within a few short years, they found a pocket of Texas to call home and started populating the area with towns whose names such as New Braunfels, Boerne, Fredericksburg, Bergheim, and …