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PHX Food Truck Festival - October 22nd

Here is the most up to date list of participants:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/note.php?n...

Local beer and wine will also be served, and there will be live music. Just a heads-up - the prices for tickets go up on Monday.

Oct 05, 2011
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Justin's Ragin' Cajun restaurant in Phoenix

My beloved is from Baton Rouge. Like you, we primarily get our fix at home. If we find ourselves in the west valley (which is rare), we're always sure to stop at Flavors of Louisiana. They are from Baton Rouge as well, and really know how to work a roux.

Sep 07, 2011
grrlscout in Phoenix

PHX Food Truck Festival - October 22nd

The Phoenix Street Food Coalition & Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation are getting together to put on Phoenix's first Food Truck Festival.

Details:
http://phxstreetfood.org/?p=242

Sep 07, 2011
grrlscout in Phoenix

Phoenix Food Gifts

I know, right? And most of the varieties used for landscaping around here are non-natives as well. I guess our native varieties are too shrubby and slow-growing for most people's taste. Too bad too, because their pods are way tastier, in my opinion.

If you do collect the pods, hang onto them until the Fall. Desert Harvesters does a milling at Maya's Farm -- in October, I think? More info here:

http://www.desertharvesters.org/how-w...

BTW, carob pods are also in season.

Aug 11, 2011
grrlscout in Phoenix

Phoenix Food Gifts

I was going to recommend Native Seeds. But their site was down that day.

Just know that their mesquite flour is actually from South America. At least it was last time I checked, a couple weeks ago.

Phoenix Public Market also sells mesquite flour. I am not sure if it is native or not. A quick call would probably answer that question.

If you were closer, I would just sell or trade you for some of my own, that I had milled last year.

Aug 11, 2011
grrlscout in Phoenix

Phoenix Food Gifts

You can get cholla buds from TOCA (Tohono O’odham Community Action):

http://www.tocaonline.org/www.tocaonl...

They also have info on their preparation on the site.

Aug 08, 2011
grrlscout in Phoenix

*August 2011 Cookbook of the Month Companion Book, PALETAS by Fany Gerson

Recipes for Corn, Avocado, Spiced & Spike Grapefruit, White Sangria, and Roasted Apricot-Vanilla are now all on the Serious Eats site:

http://www.seriouseats.com/user/profi...

I don't have the book with me at the moment, so I can't check and see which ones are in there.

Aug 05, 2011
grrlscout in Home Cooking

Classic cocktails and fine spirits used

I've had good luck at The Duce. They have everything from a Tom Collins to a sloe gin fizz. They squeeze their own juices, and there's no sour mix in sight.

Some minuses for serving them all on the rocks and in mason jars, and some overgarnishing, however. Their heart is in the right place.

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The Duce
525 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Jul 14, 2011
grrlscout in Phoenix

Steve's Greenhouse Grill

Went there once with co-workers for lunch. I think I had a burger. It was OK, if you stick with the basics.

Sep 15, 2010
grrlscout in Phoenix

Glass-bottled milk?

The urban grocery at the Phoenix Public Market also carries the bottled Straus products.

Aug 23, 2010
grrlscout in Phoenix

mozzarella curd

I found rennet at Fry's -- near the gelatin, I believe. Junket is the brand:

http://www.junketdesserts.com/rennett...

I got citric acid at Sprouts, in the bulk foods jars.

May 20, 2010
grrlscout in Phoenix

If I could have just one Mexican place in Phoenix, what should it be?

Isn't Los Dos Molinos New Mexican? Or at least, aspires to be?

May 17, 2010
grrlscout in Phoenix

mozzarella curd

You can buy it? I've made it. Rennet and citric acid are all that's required.

May 14, 2010
grrlscout in Phoenix

orange flower water

Give Lee Lee a try, since it's close to you, and they have a pretty big Middle Eastern food selection.

May 14, 2010
grrlscout in Phoenix

Culinary & Cocktail Herbs - Where to Find/What to Make?

Thanks for the tip! If I find myself over that way, I'll certainly pick some up.

May 13, 2010
grrlscout in Phoenix

Culinary & Cocktail Herbs - Where to Find/What to Make?

As far as herbs go, I grow basil, tarragon, thyme, and lemon balm. The basil I grew from seed (Seed Savers Exchange), the rest, from transplants. I don't remember where I got the tarragon, but the thyme came from a now defunct nursery, and the lemon balm were cuttings from a friend's plant.

I used the lemon balm in my last batch of limoncello, and it turned out just lovely. The basil I like in a basil & rye:
http://www.chow.com/recipes/13435-bas...

I would like to get some borage and lemon verbena to add to the garden.

May 12, 2010
grrlscout in Phoenix

Looking for pappadams in Phoenix

Lee Lee Oriental Market also sells them. I have seen them in the bread aisle.

May 12, 2010
grrlscout in Phoenix

oh and let us not forget the cocktails

We're going in about a year, and I've already started my "to visit" list. In addition to the already mentioned Napoleon House, I also have at the top of my list:

Cure
http://www.curenola.com/index.php

Followed by:

Bar UnCommon (manned by bartending legend, Chris McMillan
)http://www.baruncommon.com/
http://www.imbibemagazine.com/Chris-M...

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Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

May 12, 2010
grrlscout in New Orleans

New in Town... Great West Valley Food?

Don't know how far West you're willing to go, but Flavors of Louisiana has the best cajun food in the Valley, IMHO.

Agreed that Carolina's is mighty tasty too -- best tortillas ever. And also Restaurant 28 does have some pretty good Southern food.

Shish Kebab House in Glendale is decent. Not great, but decent.

And welcome, from another former Washingtonian and West Valley resident!

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Shish Kebab House
5023 W Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302

Flavors of Lousiana
13025 W Rancho Santa Fe Blvd, Avondale, AZ 85392

Apr 05, 2010
grrlscout in Phoenix

Hive Mind

RE: what Peg said. I suppose its possible that the neighbor's hive got taken over by africanized bees. Again, not an expert here.

Mar 18, 2010
grrlscout in Features

Hive Mind

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that it's specifically European honey bees that are not native to North America. There are several varieties of solitary bees (such as mason and leaf-cutter bees) which are.

Nonetheless, great article and bravo to the beekeepers!

Jan 28, 2010
grrlscout in Features

Quinoa Help

It's in my regular breakfast rotation. I just cook up a batch of 4 1/2 cup servings. In the morning, I add milk, cinnamon, Splenda, maple syrup, dried cranberries, and walnut bits. Then microwave it for about a minute. It's really tasty and filling.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/grrlscou...

BTW, I love You Are What You Eat!

Nov 03, 2008
grrlscout in Home Cooking

moist lemony cake recipe?!!?

X2 on the lemon jello cake! Rather than top it with Cool Whip, I like a nice simple sugar glaze. This version sounds nice:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lemon-Ca...

Oct 31, 2008
grrlscout in Home Cooking

How to make thicker chili?

I sometimes add a cooked and mashed sweet potato to my chili, for the slight sweetness, and to sneak a little extra fiber and beta carotene to the family. I'd imagine it would also work with a regular potato, as long as it's starchy.

Oct 29, 2008
grrlscout in Home Cooking

Santa Fe Breakfast or Bakery

Sorry the details are sketchy... but when I was there a few weeks ago, I spied a french patisserie in "Burro Alley." It looked very promising, but we had just eaten. I believe it was called Cafe Paris.

During my previous visit, we went to Cafe Pasqual for brunch. The trout benedict was tasty with a big huge T!

Oct 01, 2008
grrlscout in Southwest

Place for drinks and and (light) food north Phx/Glendale area?

I've always wanted to try Oggi's. If you end up going there, please report back!

Another alternative is R.T. O'Sullivan's. It really a huge sportsbar / restaurant combo. The food is pretty decent, they have happy hour specials, and there's definitely beer. Plenty of seating, but it can be loud, with all the TVs they have.

Here's their site:
http://www.rtosullivans.com/

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R T O'Sullivans
5830 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ

Sep 18, 2008
grrlscout in Phoenix

Searching for decent Chinese on West side

Lately, I've been a fan of China Grill. It's kind of Americanized, but their food is done well.

I haven't tried it myself, but I hear if you want authentic Hong Kong style cuisine, Hope Kee (the restaurant in the new Lee Lee) is the place to go.

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Hope Kee
7575 W Cactus Road, Peoria, AZ 85381

China Grill-Thunderbird Rd
7518 W Thunderbird Rd Ste 3, Peoria, AZ 85381

Sep 17, 2008
grrlscout in Phoenix

Flagstaff Brew pubs

Bummer. The "stink burger" at Flagstaff Brew is BOMB.

Sep 17, 2008
grrlscout in Southwest

Best Phoenix Thai

Thai Hut is my favorite so far in the Valley. I absolutely ADORE their Pad Kee Mao and have to eat it every couple of weeks.

Sep 09, 2008
grrlscout in Phoenix

Need Input On Best Burger In PHX Area

Sitting on the patio with a Light Rail Cream Ale (Vanilla Porter in the Fall) and an American Kobe burger, preceded by those tasty nacho chips, and I am fat-rat happy.

May 09, 2008
grrlscout in Phoenix