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National Beer Day Special at Arcadia Premium

Belching Beaver at Arcadia Premium

Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by Rodney Hartwig No Comments

With tomorrow being both national beer day AND national beaver day (no really) Arcadia Premium has brilliantly teamed up with California’s Belching Beaver Brewery and starting tomorrow at11am, online and in store, they are the only place in Arizona that will carry Belching Beaver’s entire lineup. So, uh, if you need me, I’ll be drinking some dam... Read More
2016 Burger Battle Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill Gringo Burger

2016 Burger Battle: Event Recap

Posted on: April 4th, 2016 by Rodney Hartwig No Comments

Under a beautiful spring evening sky at the Hotel Valley Ho, the 2016 Burger Battle went down with some amazing burgers. At every restaurant’s booth there were copious samples for the attendees to sample, and ultimately judge, as well as one or more people excitedly describing the love, care, and meats that went into... Read More
Rodney dominates at the Cupcake Love In Eating Competition

Chick-Fil-A All You Can Eat Nuggets

Posted on: March 26th, 2016 by Rodney Hartwig No Comments

I eat. This statement is true for every person in the world. I, however, eat a lot. In fact, I’ve been known to win eating competitions from time to time. No, really. It’s true.                                        ... Read More
Burger Battle at the Hotel Valley Ho

The Burger Battle is about to go down!

Posted on: March 22nd, 2016 by Rodney Hartwig No Comments

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival Burger Battle goes down THIS THURSDAY March 24th at 6:30pm at the Hotel Valley Ho. Today, the burgers that will battling for the title of best in the valley were announced, and well, my mouth will probably water until Thursday night. Let’s take a quick glance at the list. Burger... Read More
VooDoo Doughnut Box

Good Things Come In Pink Boxes

Posted on: February 25th, 2016 by Rodney Hartwig No Comments

If you are walking through a shopping mall and you see someone with a bright pink bag, you immediately know someone went to Vicki’s!  And if you are out and about and see a white bag with Golden ArchesTM on it, instantly, you start thinking Mickey D’s, right? There are just some places in this... Read More

Smashburger teams up with Four Peaks to offer burger and beer pairing menu

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by Rodney Hartwig No Comments

Burgers and beers. Beers and burgers. Recently I had an opportunity to sample the new food and drink pairings from Smashburger and local craft brew favorite Four Peaks all while chatting with Smashburger founder Tom Ryan and four Peaks brewmaster Andy Ingram about not just the food and drink, but how the beers and... Read More

World of Beer to open in Tempe: You’re gonna need a bigger beer budget

Posted on: July 31st, 2012 by Rodney Hartwig 2 Comments

Fifty-eight beers on draft. Five. Hundred. Beers. Five. Hundred. Beers. Is this heaven? Close. This is World of Beer in Tempe, set to open on 8/8. Boasting 58 rotating beers on tap (from more than 40 countries) and MORE THAN 500 beers available by the bottle, the Tampa based company is set to open it’s first West Coast... Read More

Piqued by the ‘Peaks’

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012 by Rodney Hartwig No Comments

With the recent news that restaurant chain Twin Peaks is set to open three more Valley locations, I thought I might take a guess at where the new locations could go: Gilbert – Instead of 19 and 20 year college girls, the ‘Real Housewives of Gilbert’ can take center stage as the Lumber-Jills. Cen-Pho/So-Pho... Read More

First look: Crepe Bar

Posted on: April 13th, 2012 by Rodney Hartwig No Comments

When someone has such a passion for what they do that discussing it with them gives you chills, you can’t help but expect great things. Recently I had the chance to visit with Jeff Kraus and take a first look at the space that he is currently transforming into Crêpe Bar – sandwiches +... Read More

Smashburger regional burger taste-off begins today

Posted on: March 8th, 2012 by Rodney Hartwig No Comments

Today, come on out to Smashburger at the Camelback Colonnade  at 20th St and Camelback for the first of the three week, live, on-air challenge to see which burger is the true hometown favorite. In honor of Spring Training, the regional burgers from the hometowns of the Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, and... Read More

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