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Looking for good eats near Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho in September

Hey jmckee,

You need to check out Malee's Thai and/or Rehab Burger both located in Old Town Scottsdale. They're fairly close to the Valley how and both delicious restaurants to eat at!

Aug 01, 2014
HJJaenicke in Phoenix

Where to eat in Curitiba, Brazil?

Traveling throughout the city of Curitiba for 10 days and am interested in eating some delicious Brazilian cuisine. Anyone have advice on where to go? Thanks!

Authentic American holiday recipe ideas and/or dishes!?

Hello everyone and thank you for the wonderful responses! I’m going to be heading to London for Christmas and New Years from mid-December to mid-January. I’d say my favorite dishes from the holidays are the classic green bean casserole and peach cobbler….both are great separate, but I’m thinking they’d be a little odd paired together.

While I’m a good cook, I’m definitely more comfortable in the kitchen when it comes to desserts. Pecan Pie sounds amazing and I’m putting that on the top of my dessert list. Pies are super convenient to eat and serve, not to mention I can make mini pies.

Now I have to choose if I want to make desserts or dinner to thank my friend. If I do dinner I’ll do a small one with a main dish and 1 or 2 sides. Being just a dinner for two I think we’d have way too many left overs if I made a full blown holiday dinner.

Does a mini Thanksgiving style dinner with a southwest twist sound good? How about stuffed turkey breast with cheese and/or a chipotle or some sort of chili rub with spinach or green beans on the side? I’m just having a hard time deciding on what I should make and I want to have a set menu to cook when I travel there. Thanks again to everyone for all the help! I’m way too indecisive when it comes to cooking so please keep the comments coming!


Nov 27, 2011
HJJaenicke in Home Cooking

Authentic American holiday recipe ideas and/or dishes!?

Okay, here is my dilemma I’m heading to London for this upcoming holiday season to visit one of my closet friends, who I haven’t seen in what feels like forever! Not to mention he’s being so generous by letting me stay with him. I’m thinking cooking is a great way to say thank you. He used to live in the states and adores our American cuisine. I’m running low on ideas and am having trouble brainstorming for any unique American holiday dishes or recipes to make. My friend is the opposite of picky, so all recipe ideas are welcome. Hope the chow world can help because I’m desperate!


Nov 16, 2011
HJJaenicke in Home Cooking

Energy enhancing foods to avoid afternoon lunch crash & fatigue?

WOW! Thanks to all for such great, unique and interesting advice. I'm lucky I'm not the only one who has suffered or sufferes from the sluggish afternoon burntout feeling. I wish I could create a bunker under my cubicle or just take some carpet square nap time and restore options aren't so glamorous.

Taking joonjoon's reccomendation I all together skipped lunch, besides the obnoxious hunger calls and constant thoughts about food this really helped. I wasn't tired and was able to keep constant attention without wanting to fall into a mini comma. While effective, I found myself FAMISHED & binge eating the second I got home from work. Thinking this might not be the best quick fix, I'm trying a new approach. Skipping carbs and eating more protein during my lunch break is what I'm doing now....along with green tea. So I guess I have to say goodbye to the (free) & delish oriental and latin cuisine from the conference room haha. Oh well let's see how this work week goes!

Jul 05, 2011
HJJaenicke in General Topics

Energy enhancing foods to avoid afternoon lunch crash & fatigue?

After starting my new office job, (first one not in a restaurant!) I've been battling the afternoon crash. You know when you feel so sleepy, sucked out of energy and low? Which is so weird because I'm used to working long hours in restaurants, standing up and moving around, being able to push myself without feeling fatigued. Yet working from 7:30am-5pm, in a cubicle mainly sitting down, I feel like I'm going to die around 1:30ish till I get off. Anyone have any suggestions to what might make me have more energy to make it through the work day? Could my diet affect my tired feeling, because loading up on caffeine works for only so long....Any suggestions help, Thanks.

Jul 01, 2011
HJJaenicke in General Topics

Adventurous foodie in search of the best happy hour....HELP!?

I’m heading out with some old friends, around late lunch-early dinner time on a weekday. While we want a place with a great atmosphere, I’m not looking for a (pretentious restaurant) just one that has a reasonable happy hour and is a great place to hang out and relax. Any suggestions on places to go in the Tempe, Scottsdale area? My friends and I are all the opposite of picky and are willing to try almost anything....except maybe children or chicken feet. “I’m not that adventurous!”

Apr 23, 2011
HJJaenicke in Phoenix

Help! What are the best restaurants in Scottsdale/Tempe area for a sophisticated birthday dinner?

Thanks so much for all the great responses. I've narrowed it down to my top four which are... House of Tricks, True Food Kitchen, Circa 1900 Bistro and Noca.

They all seem very birthday appropriate and formal, which I wanted. Having mixed feelings about the House of Tricks reviews but I might give it a shot. As far as True food I'm just curious to try the place because it always seems packed, and I want to check it out for myself. Circa 1900's restaurant looked cute and cozy, which I liked. And I've eaten at Noca before and had an incredible meal, so that's on the back burner as well.

Four days left to pick, hopefully it'll be a great choice! Gosh I love being indecisive..haha, so any last minute recommendations?

House of Tricks
114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

Circa 1900
628 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

True Food Kitchen
2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ

Jan 16, 2011
HJJaenicke in Phoenix

Help! What are the best restaurants in Scottsdale/Tempe area for a sophisticated birthday dinner?

So the days are dwindling down until my birthday and I still haven’t picked a place to eat yet! I’m a college student looking for a great restaurant, that’s sophisticated but not to extravagant. I seriously need to broaden my restaurant horizon past pizzeria wine bars and latin themed restaurants. Any advice on the best restaurants to host a birthday dinner will be much appreciated.

Jan 09, 2011
HJJaenicke in Phoenix

If you had to buy all new pots/pans....

Being the poor college student that I am. I used to use cheap pots and pans. Which were okay....then I used my Aunt Heather's All-clad pots and pans and I never looked back! Yes they took a big punch in my wallet but it was well worth it for the amount of cooking I do. Top brands I recommend are All-clad for stainless steel, Rachael Ray for non stick and Caphalon is okay but they scratch easily...otherwise Target has a great selection of cookware!

Jun 29, 2010
HJJaenicke in Cookware

No Complaints!

Today I passed by the breakfast bar Over Easy’s north Scottsdale location, curious to try only their coffee. The place wasn’t busy and the staff was somewhat inattentive but extremely friendly. They have a MISCELADORO brand coffee that is dark, rich and very bold. I tried to find something I didn’t like about their coffee but I have no complaints. I am pleased to say that I am definitely a fan of this brand of coffee they had to offer! I’m always interested in trying new coffee bars and cafes in or around the Scottsdale area, anyone have any recommendations?

Over Easy
4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

May 26, 2010
HJJaenicke in Phoenix

Our trip to Scottsdale, AZ

I recently moved to Scottsdale and have been wanting to try a couple of the restaurants you mentioned; Zinc Bistro and AZ88 in particular. Thanks for the post it was very informative!

May 20, 2010
HJJaenicke in Phoenix