Crossing our fingers, but we haven't heard a single Christmas song yet. We hope the holiday hasn't yet entered your ears either, and to keep it that way, here are six suggestions for great music to hear this weekend that won't make you want to strangle yourself with tinsel. For more options, check ... More >>
The Guilty Pleasure: Surge soda. Where to Get It: For now, exclusively on Amazon.com. Price: $14 for a 12-pack. What it Really Costs: New bigger cans mean even more empty calories per serving! If you are of a certain age, you may well remember Surge soda. It was Coca-Cola's attempt in the 1990s to ... More >>
The Guilty Pleasure: A new app for Coca-Cola Freestyle soda machines Where to Get It: A handful of Freestyle machines, at least for now. Price: A couple of bucks, give or take. Depends on the restaurant. What it Really Costs: A potential sharp uptake in high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweete ... More >>
Grateful Spoon Gelato Today Usually we associate happy hour with frozen margaritas not frozen treats. But at Grateful Spoon Gelato inside La Grande Orange Grocery they do happy hour with your sweet tooth in mind. From 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday you can get half off any scoop of gelato. The s ... More >>
Thank you, pink zin. If you are still reading you are probably looking for some seriously sarcastic snark. Sorry, that's not what's coming. Those of us who make a living in and around the wine world, and those of you who enjoy the gigantic selection of really great wines available today, owe a tre ... More >>
After 10 years, Old Town's Salty Señorita is ready for a makeover. And she's getting one in spades. On Sunday, November 17, the good-time cantina will host a final celebration before closing its doors to move up the street. Salty's new location will be at 3748 North Scottsdale Road (in the former ... More >>
A curious reader recently asked me: Why do all you bartenders love Fernet Branca so much? You know, that's a really good question. I partake in Fernet Branca on a semi-regular basis. I enjoy it enough that I've written about cocktails with it. But calling Fernet Branca an acquired taste is polite ... More >>
A large chunk of the United States seems to be hooked on Mexican sodas nowadays, but there is a whole range of Mexican drinks beyond Coca-Cola that are made with real cane sugar. Get out the bottle opener and take a drink.
We're actually not sure which is the most depressing revelation of the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine: That sex for the typical American only burns 21 calories or that it only burns 21 calories because Americans only have sex for an average of six minutes an "encounter." Just ... More >>
Their optimism about P. Joseph Project -- a permanent pop-up in the Squash Blossom in downtown Phoenix -- certainly was short-lived. Three and a half weeks after Jason Raducha and chef Patrick Boll signed an agreement with Squash Blossom owner Brian Lester to share the space, the pop-up partners had ... More >>
Preempting Coca-Cola's polar bear themed holiday advertising campaign, the healthy eating advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest has launched a campaign aimed squarely at the lovable ambassadors of sugary delight. Their campaign called "The Real Bears," plays on the cute imagery of ... More >>
The Guilty Pleasure: Ginger Broccoli Steak Where to Get It: Pei Wei Asian Diner, locations Valleywide Price: $8.75 What It Really Costs: Admitting you ate at a national chain and liked it. Oh yeah, that plate you polished off? It's supposed to serve two. I love lots of authentic Chinese joints arou ... More >>
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Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. I love elaborate cocktails. I'm also more than a bit of a stickler when ... More >>
Last November, I reported that P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc., the Scottsdale-based company responsible for serving mediocre "Pan-Asian" fare at over 200 P.F. Chang's China Bistro restaurants and over 170 Pei Wei Asian Diner locations, was planning to open a new concept in Phoenix this April. And T ... More >>
Chicken fingers were once only a mainstay of sports bars and kids' menus. Now, restaurants dedicated solely to them are popping up around town. A David and Goliath battle is brewing in the Valley. Will a chain that's new to town fry the competition, or will the local mom-and-pop prevail? I ... More >>
What's more American than apple pie? Hostess Cupcakes and Coca-Cola for breakfast, that's what.
On the menu now at Centurion is a Blackberry Turnover with Chocolate Chili Soup. This classic turnover falls right in line with the overall atmosphere that Centurion offers: cozy and relaxing. The soup, more like a drinking chocolate, had nicely balanced flavors.
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions. Share a few photos, some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and ... More >>
Firehouse Subs, the fast food franchise with over 435 locations, is planning to open its fifth one in Arizona in the Arcadia Plaza on Indian School Road and 28th Street. Hook and Ladder SubFounded in Jacksonville, Florida, by former firefighting brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen, Fire ... More >>
Only one thing could improve this view -- ice cold beers Yes, you read that right. Beer for the road -- a.k.a. Road Sodas. Seriously, it's road trip season and what makes road trips more fun? Beer, duh. Okay before you freak out, we're not talking about drinking beer while operating a vehic ... More >>
It's throwback time.Coke is it! At least, for many of us it is. Sweet and tingly on the tongue -- no wonder the popular soft drink has been around for so long. True fans can celebrate Coca-Cola's 125th year anniversary in retro-style by nabbing a limited edition reproduction of The Hutchi ... More >>
Flickr- Luis Peraza Ears of corn, ready to become elote with a dip in some mayo, a splash of lime, and a sprinkle of cheese 'n' chile..Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highl ... More >>
It turns out that Dave Matthews Band won't be taking the year off after all, according to Billboard.Tuesday afternoon the band made consecutive announcements about "mini-festivals" that they will be playing this summer via their Twitter (@davematthewsbnd). They tweeted, "DMB will host 4 3-day mus ... More >>
From marijuana-infused vodka to good old-fashioned pot brownies, people are coming up with all kinds of smokeless THC delivery methods now that medical marijuana's picking up momentum. Almost makes you wonder if rolling papers will become extinct . . . The latest to bubble up is Canna ... More >>
Thanks to a settled lawsuit brought by Arizona and other states, cans or bottles of Enviga, a green tea made by Coca-Cola and Nestle, must now include a disclaimer to let people know the product won't cause weight loss. Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard joined fellow top cops in 26 ot ... More >>
It's easy to forget now, when there are over a dozen flavors of Coca-Cola available, but a bottled cherry cola -- as opposed to the sort of cherry colas mixed up traditionally at drugstores and diners -- was once a revolution. Like you'd probably expect, Coke came up with it, Pepsi borrowed the idea ... More >>
It was a typical Tuesday morning. I was browsing through the used videocassette section of my local public library, musing over a fifty cent copy of “Hanging Up” when I heard a familiar phlegm-filled cough. My insides full of forebodings, I slowly turned around and faced my old high school nem ... More >>
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