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Casual lunch suggestions for Old Town Scottsdale area

Old Town specific:
FnB has a limited (but always wonderful) lunch menu.
Virtu is doing lunch now but I've not been. Dinner is amazing.
Instead of burger and beer, how about sausage and beer? The Brat Haus is the place for that.

Apr 01, 2014
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What to mix with Grapefruit soda?

How about a twist on a Pimm's cup?

St. Germain also plays well with grapefruit soda.

Mar 20, 2014
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Phoenix area Restaurant/Bar closures

In addition to the links that exit2lef proved, MxSW also posts regular opening/closing updates.

http://mouthbysouthwest.com/openings-...

Mar 13, 2014
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Kitchen Goods Stores in Tucson

If you want to take a little drive north to PHX, this place rocks for knives.

http://www.phoenixknifehouse.com/

Mar 12, 2014
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US distilled spirits contain more alcohol than appears on labels

From the TTB BAM (http://www.ttb.gov/spirits/bam.shtml) > Mandatory Label Information > Alcohol Content > Tolerances
* 0.25% alcohol by volume for spirits containing solids in excess of 600 mg per 100 ml
* 0.25% alcohol by volume for spirits bottled in 50 ml and 100 ml containers
* 0.15% alcohol by volume for all other spirits

For our cocktail bitters, we get allowable tolerances back from TTB of +/- 2.5 - 3% on a nominally 40% abv product.

Mar 12, 2014
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Any Sunday morning menudo anywhere in/near Phoenix?

Open Sat and Sun at 8am, excellent menudo both days(and chilaquiles!)

http://www.comedorguadalajara.com/

Feb 11, 2014
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What are the most unusual bitters flavors you have tried, and what recipe(s) did you use them in?

Good call on Boston Shaker, Dan.

For those on the other coast, the Napa Valley Distillery Vintage Bar Shop in Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa has a bitters tasting bar with some 200 labels available to try.

Dec 10, 2013
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How much water to add to sipping Rum / Scotch

^ agreed!

Dec 06, 2013
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Searching for a non-alcoholic bitters recipe

In AZ, the threshold for potable alcohol is: "beverages containing more than one‑half of one per cent of alcohol by volume.". So unless Fee's registers as non-potable (which I don't think they do) their product has to be under 0.5% abv, at least in AZ (and it's on the shelves all over the place here). Most alcohol-based bitters are 25-40% abv. I agree with you that so little alcohol, in either instance, will do much harm.

Dec 05, 2013
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Martini Rosso + Fernet Branca = substitue for Carpano Antico?

Dan, This was at a restaurant called The Gladly. Between them and their sister restaurant, Citizen Public House, (not the one in Boston), they by far go through more Fernet than anyplace else in AZ. They even got a sanctioned Fernet coin delivered for the event.
Overall it was incredibly well done. Many more hits than misses, lots of experimenting, and lots of laughs.

Nov 22, 2013
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Martini Rosso + Fernet Branca = substitue for Carpano Antico?

We went to this dinner the other night featuring Fernet in each course. Might give you some ideas.

FIRST COURSE

Chamomile seared tuna, aloe-ginger chowchow, Fernet shoyu
Chris Hardin – Fernet Branca, rhubarb bitters, blood orange liqueur, bitter lemon soda, ginger

SECOND COURSE
Beef tataki, curry pumpkin, micro red shiso
Matt McCullough – Fernet Branca, lemon juice, simple syrup, berry preserves & basil

THIRD COURSE
Sauerbraten pork temple ramen
Kris Korf – Fernet Branca, Irish whiskey, grilled peach, blackberry shrub, lemon juice, bitter lemon soda

FOURTH COURSE
Pickled buckboard bacon, green apple wasabi slaw
Brian Goodwin – Fernet Branca, brandy, apple cider, muddled citrus punch

FIFTH COURSE
Cola pot roast, sweet potato puree
Luke Lambert – Fernet Branca cold drip, “Press Coffee Roasters” coffee, cola syrup

SIXTH COURSE
Noble Bread figgy pudding, Fernet caramel
Richie Moe – Fernet Branca, AZ Bitters Lab Figgy Pudding bitters eggnog with Saffron whipped cream

Nov 19, 2013
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Martini Rosso + Fernet Branca = substitue for Carpano Antico?

For me, the flavor of CA that dominates in a cocktail is vanilla so you might try a drop of vanilla extract (and more ango as StriperGuy noted) as a modifier to simple sweet vermouth.

I love Fernet so we go through many cocktails with larger (1-1.5oz) quantities. But for small quantity modifiers to vermouth I tend to reach for Averna or Ramazzotti.

Nov 15, 2013
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Pisco

Knowing Tops, the bottle could be many years old. ;-) I had one in my hands a few days ago there.

Nov 11, 2013
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scottsdale

Citizen Public House - Original Chop Salad
FnB always has a super salad

Nov 11, 2013
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Pisco

D, Tops in Tempe carries Campo de Encanto. Can't recall which label(s) though.

Nov 05, 2013
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Need Phoenix advice

FnB does an incredible job of highlighting local, seasonal ingredients.

Nov 05, 2013
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Fatback in Phoenix

You might try the Pork Shop in QC.
They are a mecca for all things porky.

http://theporkshopaz.com/

Oct 28, 2013
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Cocktail Books

Agreed Fred. Your book is set up to be able to very quickly scan for key ingredient(s). Well done.

Oct 28, 2013
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Cocktail Books

Met Warren onlne a few years back when he inquired about our bitters. He's been a wonderful advocate and supporter (and all around nice guy) since. How about you?

Oct 23, 2013
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Cocktail Books

PDT for sure.

Just last night made the Satan's Whisker out of Vintage Cocktails. Love the history and the recipes are pretty spot on.

Yarm's book is also very good. It's not all slick and glossy but there are some (many!) killer recipes.

Warren Bobrow's new book, Apothecary Cocktails, just showed up in my mail box. Knowing Warren, I'm sure it's got some great stories and recipes. I haven't had time to absorb much of it yet.

For the gin-lover, All the Gin Joints is pretty awesome.

Have to get you over the house and you can flip through to see what you might like.

Oct 22, 2013
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French single malt - who knew?

+1 for the Couvreur. I still have a lone bottle (1/2 left) of a single-single from my Boston days.

Oct 18, 2013
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Any great food in Chandler?

Barrelhouse American Kitchen and Cocktails (NW corner Alma School and Warner). Excellent bistro dishes, good plates for sharing, craft beer on tap, and fantastic cocktails.

Oct 18, 2013
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Phoenix, AZ - Searching for Chow Fun

We had a pretty nice veg chow fun at Asian Cafe Express (Dobson and Main in Mesa) this weekend. The dry beef chow fun is one of my faves.

Jul 22, 2013
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Cheese shop in Phoenix

+1 on Wedge and Bottle.
You can also get a nice selection of cheese at Atlas Wine

Dec 18, 2012
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Wedge and Bottle

You know I love Wedge and Bottle!
Great people, super product, and a wonderful place to have a sandwich, meats, and cheese after pulling a bottle (or two) of bubbly out of their fridge to have with.

If you want a nice party platter for the holidays give them a shot. I got a 15-20 person platter with meat, cheese, nuts, artisan crackers, and olives that was a huge hit.

Dec 18, 2012
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China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan

And the cocktails are incredibly good

Dec 05, 2012
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Old Fashioned: Muddled Fruit or Garnish?

I muddle a smallish strip of orange zest with the cube and bitters (orange plus aromatic of some type). No soda. House-made brandied cherry garnish on occasion.

Oct 25, 2012
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Appleton 50 year Rum

Dapuma, Rum Bar (PHX) has a bottle of this.

Oct 25, 2012
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Dolce Vita Italian Grocer - Tasty/authentic Italian in Mesa!!!

I've been to the Mesa location a handful of times for gelato and had my first lunch there the other day. I had a plate of house made cavatelli w/bolognese that was simple and delicious. My dining partner had the house made spinach/ricotta ravioli with sage/butter sauce. Also quite good.

I came home with an assortment of salumi. Like you said, pretty well priced at $14-16/pound. We'll be going back quite a bit. Tasty, homey food.

Oct 11, 2012
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Restaurant Week 2012

Big fan of Atlas Bistro.
We've been there five times in the past couple of years (most recently less than 3 months ago) and each time the food has been quite memorable.
Being a BYO is such a huge plus too.

Oct 03, 2012
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