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Did somebody say bacon? Check out Skillet Street Food!

Posted on: December 31st, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

Bacon. Everyone loves it. Bacon products surround from bacon-flavored candy to bacon-shaped Band-Aids. The current bacon craze is likely to never end because, truthfully, can you ever really have enough bacon? To add more smoky/salty goodness to your bacon repertoire, Skillet Street Food has a product that will make pig-lovers salivate: the Bacon Jam.... Read More

New cookbook: 150 Best Donut Recipes by George Geary

Posted on: December 29th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

If you’ve known me for very long, then you know I’m never happier in the morning than when I wake up to a fresh donut waiting for me on a plate. No matter if it’s a raised or a cake donut, I love all kinds, shapes and sizes… but something special must be said... Read More

Recipe: New Year’s Champagne Donuts

Posted on: December 29th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

New Year’s Champagne Donuts From the new cookbook, 150 Best Donut Recipes by George Geary Makes 12 Donuts You’ll Need: Stand mixer with paddle attachment 3-inch (7.5 cm) round donut cutter Baking sheet, lined with parchment paper Digital candy/deep-fry thermometer Ingredients: ½ cup plus 1 TBSP whole milk, warmed to 110F 1 package (1/4... Read More

Nice French deal: Grand Prieur of Vacqueyas

Posted on: December 28th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

A continuing appeal to many wine drinkers are wines from an appellation in Southern France’s Rhone Valley known as Vacqueyras.  Here, winemakers are required by “standards” to use blends that are dominated by the Grenache grape, leading to a velvety, easy-to-drink wine. Of course, Southern France provides a seemingly endless variety of wines to... Read More

New Year’s Eve 2012: Where to drink and dine

Posted on: December 28th, 2012 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

What could be better than ringing in the New Year with your friends and loved ones as well as some amazing dinner and drinks? Not much, in my opinion. Check out the list and hurry up and make your reservations as time is ticking in 2012! *No matter where or how you spend your... Read More

Wine tasting at Spring Valley: Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Posted on: December 21st, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley are several other smaller valleys that provide a seemingly endless variety of vineyard views.  One of these lesser traveled ones is Spring Valley. Joseph Phelps fell in love with it in the 1970’s and a thriving winery was born. Located on a perch overlooking Spring Valley, Joseph... Read More

‘Sip’ into the holiday spirit with El Chorro’s winter cocktail menu

Posted on: December 19th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

El Chorro recently announced their seasonal, winter cocktail menu perfect for a before-dinner cocktail hour or holiday sips with friends. The special cocktails will be available through February 28, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your favorite wintery flavors time and time again. The new menu features the seasonal favorite — the Southwestern... Read More

An Oregon Albarino: Zip with that seafood

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

For you wine lovers who really like their seafood, there is sure to be a brightly acidic wine on your favorites list.  If you’re one of “them”, here is one more brilliant white wine you should try. It is produced by Abacela Vineyards in Oregon where cool nights and moderate days can make for... Read More

Four Seasons Scottsdale’s New Restaurant: ‘Proof’ you don’t have to travel to the MidWest for comfort food

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by Amy Martin 2 Comments

I’ve always said that one of the Valley’s most romantic spots sits up away from the city at Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North, be it a relaxing staycation or dinner with someone special. Talavera is one of our favorite fine-dining dinner restaurants and offers one of the best sunset views you’ll find. They recently... Read More

Holiday PaintScaping Event at the Westin Kierland: Who says it doesn’t snow in Scottsdale?

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

If our warm temps and sunny skies are putting a damper on your holiday spirit, the Westin Kierland Resort has a little holiday festivity for you — and, if you can believe it… there’s snow! What I miss most about living in the MidWest is the seasons (especially winter’s snow fall), and as Christmas... Read More

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