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5 Best Things to Eat and Drink this Week in Metro Phoenix

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Handmade Holiday Tamales at Los Sombreros
Wednesday, November 18

Los Sombreros is gearing up to make your holiday meals more delicious with homemade tamales. Beginning November 18 and until December 20, tamales will be available for pre-order from the restaurant . Orders must be made 72 hours in advance of pick-up, and must be pre-paid. Tamales must be picked up by December 23 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Los Sombreros charges $34.95 for one-dozen tamales of one flavor, $36.95 for one-dozen of two flavors, and $39.95 for one-dozen of individual flavors. Available flavors include green corn, beef picadillo with mole sauce, red chile beef, pineapple and raisin, chocolate, and others. For additional information, call Los Sombreros at 480-994-1799 or visit the restaurant online.

Jim Beam Whiskey Dinner at The Organic Garden
Wednesday, November 18

The Boulders' Organic Garden will host a Jim Beam whiskey dinner this Wednesday in Carefree. Beginning at 7:15 p.m. after a reception, the dinner will include courses such as seared chicken breast served with spicy butternut squash puree, charred scallion, and maple bourbon vinegar, paired with Maker's Mark 46. The cost of the dinner is $99 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting The Boulders' concierge desk at 480-488-7317, extension 1117. For additional information including the full menu, view the event online.

Fall Brats at Brat Haus

Brat Haus in Scottsdale has rolled out two new brats this month to help keep guests satisfied during fall weather months. The Mayflower Brat is made with pumpkin-spiced pork and turkey, fall spices, brown sugar, vanilla, allspice, and butternut pumpkin squash, topped with Noble Bread chicken liver stuffing, mushroom gravy, and cranberry relish. Alternatively, the Greek Brat is a lamb brat topped with pepperoncini, olives, tomatoes, feta, romaine lettuce, and tzatziki sauce. Brat Haus is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For additional information, visit Brat Haus online or call 480-947-4006.

Bar Flies: A Monthly Reading Series at Valley Bar
Thursday, November 19

Cozy up with a cocktail at Valley Bar this Thursday evening for a night of storytelling during the next installment of New Times' monthly live reading series, Bar Flies. This month's theme is Family Ties, and speakers will include Katie Johnson, Maxfield Baker, Evie Carpenter, Nikki DeLeon, and Molly McCloy. Kevin Vaughn-Brubaker will provide the accompanying playlist. Bar Flies will begin at 6 p.m., with tickets available for $5. For additional information, visit the event on Facebook.

Pumpkin Soup at St. Francis

Pumpkin soup is back at uptown eatery St. Francis. Creamy, rich, and served with pomegranate seeds, crunchy croutons, and crème fraîche, the soup is the great way to start a meal but also filling enough to be its own light entree. Pumpkin soup costs $4 for a cup, and $8 for a bowl, and will be around for a limited time on St. Francis' fall menu. For additional information about St. Francis, visit the restaurant's website or call 602-200-8111. 

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