Phoenix Eats Tag Archives

The Two Fridas

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.” Frida Kahlo It is by sheer coincidence that recently I was invited to two separate events, one cultural and the other culinary, both having to do with the Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.  First of all, run, don’t walk, to the Frida Kahlo and …

10 Things I Learned at Press Coffee Roasters

While I have attended many wine tastings, a coffee tasting was a new experience for me.  So when I was invited to a coffee tasting at Press Coffee Roasters in North Scottsdale, I jumped at the chance.  Tastings are held every Saturday at their Scottsdale Quarter location (and every other Saturday at the Chandler location) at 10 a.m.  It is $10 to register and after …

Nobuo at Teeter House

“Every time I go back, something’s different. I realized how much I loved Japan after I left.” Nobuo Fukuda, in Kakehashi: A Portrait of Chef Nobuo Fukuda by Andrew Gooi In 2007, Chef Nobuo Fukuda was voted Best Chef of the Southwest by the James Beard Foundation for his work at the (now closed) Sea Saw restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale.  Fast forward 10 years …

Devour Phoenix Culinary Classic 2017

The Devour Culinary Classic of Phoenix took place over the weekend of March 4-5 on the beautiful grounds of the Phoenix Art Museum.  This event highlights the movers and shakers of the Arizona food and beverage industry.  Attendees were ushered into the sculpture garden courtyard where they were treated to tastings from Arizona liquor, beer and wine merchants (plus a few from Cali) and several valley …

Melville Winery at Market Street Kitchen

I had the pleasure of attending a winemaker dinner Tuesday night at Market Street Kitchen featuring Chad Melville from Melville Winery in Lompoc, California.  Market Street Kitchen is in the DC Ranch area of North Scottsdale, near Jalapeño Inferno, Fleming’s and The Herb Box.  The original DC Ranch holds an important place in the hearts and minds of the Scottsdale community, where only a few …

Famous Dave’s

The Valley of the Sun never ceases to amaze me.  According to a recent National Restaurant Association report, Arizona’s restaurant industry leads the rest of the country in growth, and is expected to do so for the next 10 years.  Restaurants are a driving force of Arizona’s economy, with over 9,300 establishments whose sales figures are projected to reach over $11.5 billion in 2016.*  There …

2017 Restaurant Bucket List

A Phoenix food writer, Dana Vollmer with cocktailsandcactus.com, encouraged a group of local food writers to come up with a restaurant “bucket list” for 2017.  These would include a list of places in AZ we would like to visit, whether they have been open for some time or are set to open.  I was up for the challenge, and had so much fun writing it, …

Char Kitchen + Bar Scottsdale

Father/Son duo, Peter and Pal Micakaj, have taken over the space in Hilton Village vacated by Bink’s Kitchen +Bar.  Peter, Albanian by birth, immigrated to the US in the 60’s and has worked in the restaurant industry across the country, from New York City to Detroit and now Arizona.  His son, Pal, joins him in the kitchen, while sister, Pauline Martinez, who co-owns Perk in …

Harvest Dinner

I am constantly amazed by the fact that I cannot remember where I placed my coffee mug, yet I can remember the exact details from a meal of ratatouille I had with my parents at Chez Georges in Paris in 1992. I used to say that running after kids has zapped all my memory cells, but now that they are approaching their teens, that excuse doesn’t …

Local Focus – Juice Core, A Micro Juicery

I obsess over many things, much to the chagrin of Hubby and the kids (just ask about my ballroom dancing kick). Over the past year, I have become a juice fanatic. I feel if I indulge in things like triple-cream brie, ossobuco Milanese, jalapeño cheeseburgers, and chiles poblano, that I both want and need to balance my diet with clean, fresh choices that leave my body feeling healthy. …