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Feeling a little guilty about overindulging on Thanksgiving? Detox this weekend with some incredibly delicious and healthful comfort food from Chakra 4 Herb & Tea House. This dish is nothing like the fad juice cleanses that leave well-intended dieters hungry and ultra-grumpy. It's so delicious your taste buds will be shocked that it's as good for you as it tastes. The rich, hearty vegan stew is made with vegetables, chickpeas, raisins, cashews, and a blend of Moroccan spices that have a long list of health benefits. Then it's served over quinoa pilaf, adding a boost of protein, fiber, and nutrients.
Haven't been to Biltmore Fashion Park in a while? Yeah, neither had we -- till UNION, the new, Fred Segal-esque indie mini-mall inside a mall. We completed our list for Santa at the boutiques, and sated our sweet tooth at the Whoopie Baking Company. If the name sounds familiar, it's likely because this little business just won big at Cupcake Love-in earlier this month. See for yourself why the judges went nuts.
Love your pooch so much you want to take him or her everywhere? You won't want to miss this weekend's beerfest for humans and dogs alike. On Saturday, November 24, you can take Fido to The Rose and Crown Pub for a day of great brews, food, and music - all to be enjoyed with man's best friend. Barks & Brews supports the Arizona Humane Society and will take place from the pub's opening at 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Note: Beer is not for consumption by dogs (that leaves more for you).
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Kick off the holiday season with beer this Saturday at the final NovemBEER celebration. From 2 to 4 p.m. at The Tavern on Mill in Tempe beer nerds can enjoy 10 samples (3 to 4 oz. each) for only $10. All selections will be seasonal or specialty varieties, including Mudshark Peaceful Pumpkin, a medium-body spiced brew; Deschutes Jubelale, a dark, malty ale with notes of chicory, earth, spice, and fruit; Kona Pipeline Porter, a premium malted barley that united Hawaii's Kona coffee with a delicate blend of hops; and Widmer BRRR, a winter red ale with notes of citrusy hops, caramel, and chocolate malt. Tickets are available to purchase online.
Going to check out the tree lighting and opening of the new ice rink in CityScape on Saturday? Egg on your holiday spirit with a stop at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails for a spiced apple shandy. This seasonal drink -- a combination of spiced apple chartreuse, Belvedere vodka, lemon and celery bitters, and Lagunitas Pilsner -- is a perfect match for late fall in Phoenix. Unlike cold-weather favorites like a Spanish coffee or hot toddy, it's served on ice rather than in a steaming mug, which is fitting on a day with a high temperature over 80 degrees, but it still features expected autumnal flavors such as apple, celery, and warm spices.