Restaurants Tag Archives

About Town: Fair Fare

I am a sucker for fairs and festivals, whether it’s the Luling Watermelon Thump or the Navajo County Fair.  Think about the innovations that were developed for fairs: the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris wheel, and fried Twinkies.  Where would we be without them?  Speaking of, our very own Arizona Exposition and State Fair is in full swing at the Arizona State Fairgrounds where it will …

About Town: New Pastry Chef at ZuZu, Food & Wine Pairings at Hearth ’61, and RA Sushi turns 21

September “Show Stopper” Shake at Zuzu in the Hotel Valley Ho Since December, I have photographed 9 out of 10 monthly “Show Stopper” shakes at ZuZu in the wonderfully retro Hotel Valley Ho.  Not a bad record, but my hips are showing the telltale signs.  Therefore, this month, before heading out to photograph the September shake, I hiked Piestewa Peak in the cool hours of …

New About Town: Ghost Ranch, The Churchill, Ramen Hood

With the kids back in school, I find myself back to exploring the food scene, and there is no shortage of new openings in the Valley from which to choose.  Most recently, I have checked out three new spots in the Valley, from Tempe to downtown Phoenix and North Scottsdale. First of all, there is Aaron Chamberlin’s new concept, Ghost Ranch, a healthy take on …

About Town: Zookz, Jake’s Unlimited, Mountain Shadows, Teriyaki Madness

New To Downtown Zookz – Best Toasted Sandwiches ‘Round Voted Phoenix Magazine’s Best Sandwiches for many years running, Zookz, has opened a 2nd location downtown at 1 North First Street.  I popped in to visit with founder & owner, Carole Meyer, while learning a bit of the history behind these delicious round pressed sandwiches.  Carole was raised in Libya by her grandmother, who delighted in …

About Town: Unicorn Milkshakes, Breakfast Tacos and Veggie Bowls at Bobby-Q

July Show Stopper at the Hotel Valley Ho The monthly creation by Pastry Chef Audrey Enriquez at Cafe ZuZu in the Hotel Valley Ho, whimsically called the “Show Stopper” milkshake, habitually tops the list of my favorite eats in Phoenix.  This month, she features the Unicorn Shake, a mixed berry milkshake decorated with a funfetti cupcake, marshmallows, cotton candy, a rainbow lollipop, whipped cream, a white-chocolate-dipped …

Father’s Day at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Louisiana native, Paul Fleming, has left a lasting mark on the restaurant scene in my adopted home of Arizona.  From opening Ruth’s Chris on Camelback Road in 1985, to developing P.F. Chang’s in 1993, to the rolling out of Pei Wei Asian Eatery and most recently Paul Martin’s American Grill, Paul Fleming has been a leading innovator in the restaurant industry.  After selling his Ruth’s …

About Town: St. Francis, PNPK, O.H.S.O.

ST. FRANCIS Local favorite, St. Francis, on Camelback Rd. east of 1st Street has been sold to new owners.  Aaron Chamberlin, owner of Phoenix Public Market Cafe, Tempe Public Market Cafe and Taco Chelo, has sold St. Francis, his first Phoenix restaurant, and plans to focus on new projects, including a New Mexican-inspired restaurant called Ghost Ranch (the name of Georgia O’Keeffe’s famous adobe abode …

Wrigley Mansion

When I moved to Arizona in 1993, the restaurant scene was a bit smaller than what you experience today.  However, you would recognize a few names – trailblazers, if you will – of the AZ dining scene: Vincent Guerithault, Mark Tarbell, Chris Bianco, Nobuo Fukuda and Christopher Gross, to name a few.  Speaking of Christopher Gross, I was thrilled to hear that the James Beard …

Where to Sleep, Drink and Eat in Sonoma County, CA

We just returned from a wine-soaked weekend in Sonoma County, CA, and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite recommendations!  xoM Where to Sleep? Hotel Healdsburg, h2hotel, Harmon Guest House Fifteen minutes from the Santa Rosa Airport, at the confluence of the Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys, Healdsburg is a quaint town that is an ideal spot from which to …

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 …