The 8th Annual Crafeteria will take place on December 6, 6-10 pm at 10 West Camelback. 40+ artists, Short Leash Hot Dogs, live music.
Thankful for the beauty that surrounds us in our city.
If comfort food is what you crave when the weather starts to cool down (and if, like many Phoenicians, you consider anything under 80 degrees to be “cool weather”), then make your way to Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails in Downtown Phoenix for a Fall feast!
Items from the “Smoke Box” on the lunch menu are a highlight. It’s exciting just thinking about the idea of a magic box tucked away in the corner of the kitchen cranking out meaty treats like pulled pork, baby back ribs, brisket, burnt ends, and, my personal favorite, the spicy lamb hot link. It’s amazing, don’t miss it. As a side dish or appetizer, the hush puppies complement the smoked meats nicely. If you’re in a white meat mood, the Kentucky fried chicken sandwich is a great choice. Don’t be fooled by the name - this tender, juicy sandwich has nothing in common with the lesser fast food version.
If you have only one cocktail with your meal, the Lost Melody should be your beverage of choice - vodka, grapefruit, coconut, pampelmousse rose, and egg white. Eggs just make everything better, IMHO. If you’re more of a tequila person, go with the Mockingbird. Blue Hound also has a great selection of whiskey-based cocktails to choose from. You can never go wrong with a meal of smoked meats paired with whiskey, it’s the American way.
And be sure to save room for dessert - the pavlova is a unique treat. The apple fritters are also a great way to finish the experience if you want to stick with the fried theme (go big or go home).
Need to work off some calories after this amazing meal? Head down to the CitySkate ice rink on Central Avenue and put in a few laps, November 30 through January 13.
Avoid the crowds. Sleep in. Sip mimosas and local beers while shopping local vendors and listening to live music. All this and more is happening at CityScape’s second annual “Alternative Black Friday.” Friday, November 29, 2013, 10 am to 3 pm.
The Local First Arizona “Certified Local Fall Fest” takes place tomorrow, Saturday, November 9, 10 am to 4 pm at Portland Parkway in Downtown Phoenix. There is no cost to attend, but it is recommended you bring cash to purchase food and drink tickets ($1 per ticket). Parking is somewhat limited in the area, so ride METRO light rail if you can - the festival is across the street from the Roosevelt/Central stop. Visit http://localfirstaz.com/fall-festival/ for more information.
The Phoenix Tequila Fest is coming soon, November 23-24 at the US Airways Center in Downtown Phoenix. All day tequila tastings, margarita competition, live entertainment, Mexican food…really, what about this event doesn’t sound awesome? Event info and tickets at phoenixtequilafest.com.
Loving the new Hance Dog Park in Downtown Phoenix!
The Arizona Biltmore recently re-opened its speakeasy, The Mystery Room, a revival of the resort’s original hidden bar where guests were able to enjoy underground cocktails during Prohibition years. The modern version of this establishment is now open on Sunday nights from 8 to 11 pm. Those in the know dress up in their best 1920s inspired attire, check the @ArizonaBiltmore Twitter account for a password, and wind their way through the 2nd floor hallways of the hotel in search of a door that looks least likely to be the entrance to what is a small but beautifully preserved room with specialty cocktail service, period music (don’t be shy about cutting a rug), and candle lit tables in dark corners. The Mystery Room is a great place for a civilized cocktail on a Sunday night…if you’re sophisticated enough to find it.