Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate.
Restaurant Crawl: Arcadia Crewz Derby Day The Kentucky Derby, along with being the best-known national horse race, also involves a tradition of eating and drinking all day long. It just makes sense: The race only lasts two minutes, but the spectator aspect of the sport goes on for hours. This Saturday, May 4, join in on the fun at an event dubbed Arcadia Crewz. For $30, riders can graze at three restaurants: s.e.e.d. Café, O.H.S.O. Eatery & Nanobrewery, and Kitchen 56. Bikes are the steed of choice for this restaurant crawl, and there will be a parking lot party in the Madison Improvement Club for cyclists before the ride begins. Then each stop will offer two or three appetizers along with discounted drinks. Riders can meet for the pre-ride party beginning at 9 a.m.; the crawl begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.
Bao Bing: A Cool and Fruity Asian Treat Snoh Ice Shavery opens in Central Phoenix on Saturday, and it's expected to gain a big following fast. With temperatures dangerously close to 100 degrees, there's no better time to get addicted to an exotic frozen dessert. Snoh specializes in bao bing, a treat made of finely shaved ice, fresh fruit, flavored syrup, and condensed milk. There are six flavors to choose from, including strawberry, Thai tea, and taro, which can be customized with crazy toppings such as mocha balls, lychee, and -- to please Western palates -- crushed Oreos. The final step is to pick a glaze, whether familiar like caramel or foreign like black sesame.
Cake Decorating Class at 21 Cakes This Sunday, amateur bakers have the opportunity to learn from the pros at 21 Cakes in Scottsdale. Owner Linda Schneider and pastry chef Cisco Zazueta will be teaching a three-hour cake baking and decorating class at 1 p.m. And on Monday, May 6, macaron addicts can learn how to craft the delicate sandwich cookies at an evening class, beginning at 6:30 p.m. These classes include hands-on experience with creating a six-inch cake or Parisian-style macarons. Students will leave with an understanding of the science as well as the art of baking - and with take-away goodies to enjoy the fruits of their labor at home. Classes are $85 and include a glass of wine. To register, call 480-699-6220.
Mexican Chocolate and Margarita Cupcakes at Urban Cookies Bakeshop You shouldn't need a special occasion to make a trip to Urban Cookies Bakeshop, but when a holiday comes around, you should always make a point to go. The award-winning bakery pulls out all the stops for celebrations, creating exclusive flavors available only for a week or two. For Cinco de Mayo, there's an adults-only Margarita lime cake brushed with tequila and topped with lime buttercream, fresh lime zest, and pink sea salt. Or chocoholics can add some spice to their daily fix with the Mexican chocolate cupcake, baked with serrano chile powder and topped with cinnamon chocolate buttercream. Also lookout for Mother's Day cupcakes: grapefruit, mimosa, triple berry, and MoHo (available May 6-12).
Downtown Chandler Cinco de Mayo Festival The 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival will be held in the courtyard of the Chandler Downtown Public Library beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, and all ages get in free. There will be food vendors as well as a salsa challenge, and attendees can chow down while watching the Chihuahua races and coronation of the doggy king and queen. Sandbar Mexican Grill will have street taco carts and drink specials for those who want to continue the party nearby when the festival ends at 5 p.m.