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PHX Food Truck Festival - October 22nd

$30 seems a little pricey. I'd rather just pick which trucks I want to try and buy individually.

Oct 11, 2011
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Nasty Little Treats

Sounds like a combo of latin Sofrito and Menudo.

Jun 30, 2011
ajs228 in General Topics

Chef Curtiss leaves Noca

That too bad about Curtiss leaving. I've eaten at Noca 3 or 4 times, and never been anything but totally satisfied. As for small portions, I always walk out of there totally stuffed. You want small, over-priced portions, go to Posh. I'm confident that Wexler will find someone to carry on the good work.

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Noca
3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Jun 29, 2011
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Best sandwich I ever invented

Holy crap! There goes my weekend.

May 28, 2011
ajs228 in Home Cooking

Cooking with your significant other.

I do about 90% of the cooking in the relationship. I do try to involve her in the cooking, mostly so we can chat while I work, but I'm also hoping to train her and pass along some of my own joy for cooking. When she's helping me out, I call her Sous.

Apr 13, 2011
ajs228 in Not About Food

Food trends in the coming decade?

UPDATE: I am now engaged and have convinced my bride to let me serve pie at the wedding. She still wants a small cake for ceremonial purposes and for those who prefer cake, but I predict that most people will go for one of the several flavors of pie that we'll be serving.

Apr 12, 2011
ajs228 in General Topics

Burgers!!!

I totally disagree. I loved the food at Zinburger, and think it is way better than Delux. I always thought Delux was a bit over rated.

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Delux
3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Mar 30, 2011
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Things I ate/drank in college that I will never eat again

I took something similar to your prairie fire once, but it was called a Tijuana fireball. Tequila, tobasco, and a splash of milk. God awful.

Feb 01, 2011
ajs228 in General Topics

Things I ate/drank in college that I will never eat again

I played that trick on a friend once. I believe the other liquid was lime juice. The acidic lime mixes with the dairy base in the Bailey's and voilá.

Feb 01, 2011
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Things I ate/drank in college that I will never eat again

Oh thank God. I was imagining an entire cheeseburger thrown into a blender and served in a cup.

Jan 18, 2011
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Things I ate/drank in college that I will never eat again

What is a hamburger shake?

Jan 14, 2011
ajs228 in General Topics

Food trends in the coming decade?

I will second the rise of pie! I'm trying to convince a friend to serve pie instead of cake at his upcoming wedding.

Jan 06, 2011
ajs228 in General Topics

Food trends in the coming decade?

I don't think too many American families have really dived into offal yet. Likewise, you don't see much pork belly in home kitchens. I think they are still seen as "adventurous" food by most people, if they've heard the terms at all. Just my observation.

Jan 06, 2011
ajs228 in General Topics

Vatra Grillhouse - Arcadia

I ate there on a Wednesday night a few weeks ago. It was good. Nothing mind-blowing. They did make a point to tell us about all the different wine specials they had going on that night, and all about their happy hour. I would try it again.

Dec 07, 2010
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Silly Eating Habits

I agree with the order of ingredients, but isn't that weird how we make these arbitrary decisions. I wonder if sandwiches would look upside-down to us in Australia, like their maps?

Nov 17, 2010
ajs228 in Not About Food

when far from home, what foods do you miss/crave the most?

After 10 days in Ireland I landed at LAX, and when the smell of fried tortillas from a mexican restaurant hit my nostrils immediately started drooling. It was Pavlovian.

Oct 25, 2010
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Best mexican with a bar

I'll second the Los Dos margaritas, especially the "kick-ass" part. If you're not careful they will put you right on your ads..

Oct 15, 2010
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bagels in Scottsdale.

Thanks John, those are all the same ones I found too. Not as close as I would have hoped, but it'll have to do.
FWIW, Daily Dose doesn't do bagels but does do a pretty good sit-down breakfast.

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Daily Dose
4020 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Oct 08, 2010
ajs228 in Phoenix

bagels in Scottsdale.

Looking for a decent bagel near Camelback and Granite Reef. Can anyone help?

Oct 08, 2010
ajs228 in Phoenix

Brunch in Scottsdale/East Phoenix?

I love Maizies for brunch. Great bloody marys and the chile rojo de la casa is delicious.

Oct 01, 2010
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Guys Night Out: Steak -> Cigar -> Movie (The Expendables)

Capital Grill at Scottsdale & FLW used to have a pretty decent cigar selection, and I believe you can still smoke on the patio. There's a Harkins up the street at Scottsdale & Mayo.

Aug 17, 2010
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Celeb or TV personality/mass media ruining a local gem or more?

I'd be curious about the business owner's opinion on this. The chow fun guy may have developed carpel tunnel, but I bet the added income from all his extra business helped ease the pain.
We all like having our hidden gems, but if a place is good enough, word will always get out, whether it's by TV, newspaper, or the internet. Just means you have to find a new gem.

Aug 17, 2010
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Things I ate/drank in college that I will never eat again

I met a buddy's new 25-year-old girlfriend the other night and she was drinking AMFs. I immediately thought of this thread. When I asked her what was in it, she described it as "a Long Island, but with blue stuff instead of Coke."

Jul 27, 2010
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Idiotic things you do in the kitchen

Once when I was a kid, I was helping my mom put away left-overs after dinner, and I put the tupperware with the broccoli back in the cupboard instead of the fridge. Stumbled across it about 4 weeks later. Mom said to just toss the container. Not even worth trying to wash.

Jul 27, 2010
ajs228 in Not About Food

Happy Hour and Scottsdale- Where are the best dishes being offered?

Cafe Zuzu at the Valley Ho Hotel has $3 apps and beers, cocktails and wine until 7.

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Cafe Zuzu
6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Jul 12, 2010
ajs228 in Phoenix

refused to eat, out of line?

It's one thing if someone is just not a very good cook. Then you smile, and say thank you, and choke it down. If it's a matter of food safety, I see no problem with politely declining. I'd go so far as to "educate" your friend on what they did wrong so they don't inadvertently poison someone else in the future.

Jul 08, 2010
ajs228 in Not About Food

Scrapple in Phoenix

Bingo! It only took 3 years from my original post :-)
Do you know what time the Late Night kicks in?

Jul 08, 2010
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Best happy hour food in Phoenix area?

Cafe Zuzu in the Valley Ho has an even better happy hour, IMO. It goes till 7, $3 tasty apps, and $3 really creative cocktails.

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Cafe Zuzu
6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Jun 27, 2010
ajs228 in Phoenix

Best sandwich I ever invented

I grilled some burgers and topped it with green leaf lettuce, avocado, and a cilantro-mayo that I mixed up. My gf calls it the "green burger" and it's awesome.

Jun 27, 2010
ajs228 in Home Cooking

Renegade Cafe?

....and so does the website ;-P

Jun 10, 2010
ajs228 in Phoenix