This is part two of our interview with Sasha Raj, owner of 24 Carrots in Tempe. The Arizona State University graduate started 24 Carrots as a juice bar more than five years ago and since has grown the business into a full restaurant and bakery. On Monday, she dished on why she always tries to accomm ... More >>
Our October 31 article on self-defense laws in Arizona had two mistakes, as far as we know. Culling information about the Trayvon Martin case from media reports, we misidentified the beverage Martin had on him when he was shot by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012, as "an Arizona Iced Tea." In ... More >>
Beers: Triple Goddess Ginger, Triple Goddess Raspberry, Bourbon Peach, and Kombucha Pale Ale Brewery: Unity Vibration Styles: American Wild Ale (?) Ever been wandering around your local Whole Foods and stumbled upon a selection of teas that appear to have been loogied in? That stuff is called komb ... More >>
For those who fantasize about real-deal ramen and Asian teas, T.Spot, the new space inside Tien Wong, the casual hot pot restaurant in Chandler, might be the place of your dreams. Courtesy of chef Johnny Chu and wife, partner, and general manager Linda Q (the couple also owns SoChu House in Centra ... More >>
Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - Mother's Day in Metro Phoenix: 12 Recommendations Based on Time, Budget, and Location - Aaron Chamberlain's Phoenix Public Market Now Open Inaugural Scottsdale Beer Festival ... More >>
Until a few months ago you couldn't get Seven Cups tea, the finest nearly anywhere, in Metro Phoenix unless you ordered it online or knew a friend visiting from Tucson, willing to stop by the tea house on their way to Phoenix. Things changed when Cartel got a Scottsdale location and wanted to step ... More >>
It's that time again, time for the students at ASU to be on spring break, heading off to Puerto Peñasco or Lake Havasu or goodness knows where. And with spring break comes a time-honored tradition for college students everywhere: Binge drinking. One of the most popular mixed drinks for copious cons ... More >>
Asian tapas-style restaurant Sens is a favorite downtown spot for fusion fare and house-infused sake and shochu. Thanks to their purposefully small portions, you can enjoy a few bites of bacon-wrapped okra, call it dinner, and move right on to Green Tea Cheesecake for dessert.
The Chocolate Raspberry Truffle-Tini is just the sort of divine cocktail you could waste the day at work dreaming about. The Spot: Urban Tea Loft, 11 W. Boston St. #2, Chandler. (480) 786-9600. urbantealoft.com The Hours: 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fri ... More >>
Since its opening in 1929, the Arizona Biltmore Resort, located in Phoenix near 24th Street and Camelback Road, has been carrying on the 200-year-old English pastime of afternoon tea. Now, in its 82nd year, the Arizona landmark is planning to delight tea freaks and the infusion-curious alike ... More >>
David Sydiongco Last week, we posted a list of some of the East Valley's best boba tea offerings and heard from those of you outside the lower righthand corner of town. You want boba, too! No worries, we're back with more. To recap, boba tea, or "bubble tea," are sweet, cooling ... More >>
David SydiongcoThe forecast is finally calling for some serious weather this weekend, Phoenix-style. We say bring it -- just give us a boba tea to wash that heat down. Wondered what this increasingly popular, bizarre beverage is all about? You've come to the right blog post. Boba teas, a ... More >>
Courtesy of Christopher Gross Yesterday we wrapped up our conversation with Chef Christopher Gross of Christopher's and Crush Lounge about his time spent in Japan during the Tohoku earthquake. Today he will show us how to make a scallop dish inspired by the Orient. Just as you might expect of Jap ... More >>
The phrase "herbal carbonated drink" makes us think of fizzy dirt tea, so when we saw it on the label for Rejuvenizer, we were reluctant to try it. The fact that the green tea/cranberry flavored Rejuvenizer is a dark purple color didn't help (we have a history of falling down with purple drinks) ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Amanda MilewskiGT Dave and his mom, LaraineKombucha: The vinegary, foul-smelling tea, elixir, or whatever, that all your hipster friends are drinking. Or were drinking. This summer, the product from one of the drink's largest manufacturers, California-based GT's Kombucha, was p ... More >>
This is the kind of math we foodies understand: One part tea plus one part chocolate equals a heavenly escape from the craziness of life, which is exactly what TeaTime and Wei of Chocolate intended for last night's tea and chocolate tasting.
You have your neighborhood gelato shop and ice cream parlor, but boba drinks -- cold, sweet beverages filled with ice and chewy balls of tapioca -- are much harder to come by. I was living in New York City when the boba trend first hit. Also known as "bubble tea," the drink was popularized ... More >>
It's too hot to bake. No one wants to turn on the oven in this heat. Plus, we feel more thirsty than hungry. What we really want is to feel refreshed. Which is why we sprang into action when we saw a selection of ice tea recipes this week on www.marthastewart.com. We quickly decided to try tw ... More >>
Arizona Iced Tea: NOT MADE IN ARIZONA With Arizona's new immigration law, SB 1070, causing certain groups to call for a boycott of all things Arizona, AriZona Beverages -- the company that makes AriZona Iced Tea -- is probably kicking itself right now for choosing Arizona as the ... More >>
When's the last time you were intentional about your food -- noticing every bite, exploring the flavors of an appetizer with your tongue or resting in-between sips of a good cocktail? Blaming our lack of time, most of us end up scarfing down even the most gourmet meal in mere min ... More >>
Everyone around us seems to be sniffling, sneezing or coughing these days. Right before the holidays, we were standing on a long, seeming never-ending line at the post office behind a woman who kept hacking up a lung in our direction. "I'm not contagious," she kept assuring. Uh-huh. Two ... More >>
I drink more tea than I want to admit -- I must horde at least a dozen different kinds at any given time. Lately genmaicha is my fixation. I bought this particular Ito-En brand "Oishii O-Cha" at Lee Lee, where you'll find genmaicha from several different makers.
Our favorite place to get fed and caffeinated between classes is probably eJoy Internet Café off Mill Avenue and 7th Street. Now that eJoy is finally out of its creepy gamer phase and under new management, it is better than ever. The back room, full of unused computers, has been completely transfor ... More >>
Yerba Mate, a species of holly native to South America, makes for some tasty tea. Unlike black teas, which are prepared by steeping dry tea leaves in boiling water, Yerba Mate is made by steeping leaves in hot water (not boiling). This is because boiling Yerba Mate leaves can make the tea tast ... More >>
Tea is a multi-purpose drink -- people use it for comfort, healing, and yes, energy. Although tea doesn't contain as much caffeine as coffee, it does provide more pep than many other drinks. Here we take a look at a tea from local shop Chakra 4 that's supposed to comforting and energizing, Cherry Se ... More >>
AriZona Green Tea is one of the most popular pre-made teas, so when we heard the company made a new Green Tea Energy Drink, we figured we'd give it a try, despite our reservations about how strange a "lightly carbonated" green tea might taste.Looks like: The can is black, embossed with cherry blosso ... More >>
Tastes like: A full, tangy citrus tea with a rich Bergamot flavor (Bergamot is a Mediterranean citrus fruit, and Earl Grey derives its taste from the fruit's oil).
What a random morning yesterday. I attempted to go to Tempe, and didn't realize I should've gotten off the 202 at Priest -- Rural was closed, and McClintock basically was, too. There was some major bicycling event going on, and all cars were forced down Rio Salado and back across the bridge, towar ... More >>
Road trip tale stings with deep whimsy
The "topical pop" creations of a bass-playing adventurer
My cup runneth over: Tea as an obsession I'm a collector of tea. I have way too many kinds in my cupboard -- probably half a dozen fruit-flavored black teas, jasmine tea, some interesting decaf chocolate tea I found at Trader Joe's, Celestial Seasonings' Sleepytime, Rooibos, and Nutcracker Swe ... More >>
The best à la cart(e)
Citron is taking August "off." I won't be back in September.
Akbar's Finest Teas
Serendipity Tea Room
Trendy teas catching on in the Valley
2201 North Seventh Street
Somewhere in Time Tea Room
7003 North 58th Avenue, Glendale