RA Sushi, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Pink Pony & Sierra Bonita Grill offer Mother’s Day dining options.

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In case you forgot it’s also Mother’s Day is 9 days away, they’re is still time to make plans at these Phoenix area restaurants.

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant All Day Happy Hour on Mother’s Day:
With RA Sushi’s all day happy hour on Mother’s Day, treat mom to an amazing lunch or dinner without breaking the bank. She can take her pick from more than 25 appetizer and sushi selections ranging from $3.49 to $8.99, and mom can pair her meal with a wide variety of beer, wine and signature cocktails ranging from $3.75 to $8. Happy hour dishes include the Tootsy Maki, Rainbow Roll, “RA”ckin’ Shrimp, and Chicken Yakitori, plus many more options.

Raise a glass to mom with one of RA Sushi’s signature cocktails, such as an Emperor’s Margarita, Strawberry Saketini, or a frozen Fuzzy Momo Bellini. All day happy hour is located throughout the entire restaurant from open to close. For more information, visit www.RAsushi.com

RA Sushi has five Valley locations in Ahwatukee, Mesa, Tempe, North Scottsdale and Old Town Scottsdale:

Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Road; Phoenix, 85044; 480-940-1111
Dana Park in Mesa: 1652 S. Val Vista Drive; Mesa, 85204; 480-632-9500
Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy; Scottsdale, 85254; 480-951-5888
Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Road; Scottsdale, 85251; 480-990-9256
Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave.; Tempe, 85281; 480-303-9800

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Sierra Bonita Grill Mother’s Day Brunch:
On Mother’s Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sierra Bonita Grill will be serving its signature Southwestern brunch dishes, plus specials that have been created for the occasion. Popular selections include the Southwestern Benedict: panko crusted eggs atop green chile beer biscuits, topped with Cure 81 Ham, and roasted poblano hollandaise, served with roasted root vegetables ($14).
The Atole Pinon Hotcakes are griddled blue corn masa and toasted pinenuts cakes, topped with strawberry butter, served with bacon ($10). The Cowboy Hash features roasted root vegetables tossed with Schrieners linguisa sausage and chorizo, topped with fried eggs, salsa verde and salsa fresca ($12). Specials created just for the occasion include a Crab Cakes Benedict, with crispy crab cakes atop green chile biscuits, then topped with a lemon-chipotle hollandaise sauce, served with a side of grilled asparagus and roasted Peruvian purple potatoes ($15). Mom can also indulge with the Pan Seared Wild Grouper, served with saffron rice-quinoa croquets, vine ripened tomatoes, grilled asparagus, and a roasted tomato aioli.

Complete the brunch with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa special for only $15. Sierra Bonita Grill is located at 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. For reservations, call 602-264-0700 or visit www.sierrabonitagrill.com

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Paul Martin’s American Grill Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch:

Mother’s Day weekend, May 9 and 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Paul Martin’s American Grill be offering a prix fixe brunch menu featuring three courses and a beverage for only $16 per person. For those who want to skip the crowds, guests who dine on Saturday, May 9 will receive one complimentary prix fixe brunch with the purchase of a prix fixe brunch. On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, mom will receive a $25 gift card good on a return visit (one per table, while supplies last).

The three course meal includes fresh baked millet drop biscuits with creamy honey butter, a fresh fruit bowl, a choice of one entrée, plus an alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverage. Select from a variety of entree choices, including French Toast with vanilla bean infused cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple-bourbon syrup, or a traditional Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, canadian bacon, and housemade hollandaise sauce. A gluten-free option, the Applewood Smoked Bacon Omelet features three eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, Tillamook cheddar and sour cream. For a heart healthy omelet, go for the Organic Spinach, Mushroom, and Tomato Egg White Omelet with Grafton Farms white cheddar and salsa verde.

The brunch comes with a choice of Oak Roasted Fair Trade Organic Coffee or Fresh Squeezed Orange or Grapefruit Juice. Or, choose a brunch-time cocktail, such as a Bellini with essence of peach, honey syrup and sparkling wine; a Bloody Maria with Peligroso Blanco Tequila, homemade Mary mix, grape tomatoes, olives and a Tajin rim; or House Champagne Lemonade with house infused Meyer lemon vodka, lemon juice and basil, topped with Piper Sonoma bubbles. Add an additional cocktail for only $4.

Paul Martin’s American Grill is located at 6186 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85253. For more information, call 480-991-9342 or visit www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com

The Pink Pony is offering a Mother’s day Buffet starting at 9a.m. until they close. $45 per person, buffet w/ Champagne $55. Kids 5-10 years old $25 & kids under 5 eat free. Pink Pony
3831 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale Arizona 85251
(480) 945-6697 www.pinkponyscottsdale.com/

The 6th annual Arizona BBQ Festival & Redneck games stumbles in to Salt River Fields

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Grab your favorite toothpick & pair of overalls because the 6th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival & Redneck Games is stumbling in to Salt River Fields on Saturday May 2nd from 12 noon- 10 p.m. Brought to you by the kissing cousins at Affordable Food Festivals this event is bound to excite all and offend many with their antics in the redneck arena such as toilet seat horseshoes, cow milking, a Daisy Dukes beauty pageant & bobbing for pigs feet.

If the Redneck Games aren’t your thing, there will be over 25 of the top pit masters including Honey Bear’s, Pork on a Fork and Bootleggers smokin n grillin pulled pork, brisket, ribs and more with $2 samples and full meals for purchase. If that’s not enough loosen your belt, if you’re wearing one, and settle in for some Honky Tonk music starting at 12:30 with the band Honey Girl followed by Laura Walsh, Ashley Wineland, The Troubador Experience, Tommy Ash Band and Neon Circus taking the stage 8:30 p.m. & 9:30.

Fear not drinkers as plenty of ice cold Tito’s Vodka, beer and more will be available to keep you cool.

Tickets to this all ages festival are available for $12 includes free parking & kids 12 & under are free. VIP tickets are available in advance for $60 in advance and $75 at the door. VIP ticket holders get 5 drink ticket, 8 food tokens and access to private bathrooms & seating next to the main stage and most of all not feeling like a redneck. Tickets can be purchased at www.azbbqfestival.com

Salt River Fields is at 7555 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale 85258

RA Sushi celebrates Tax Day with All Day Happy Hour on April 15th.

As the tax man cometh Wednesday April 15th, RA Sushi is hoping to make the day a little more wallet friendly. Whether you need pay taxes or are getting a refund everybody can take advantage of All Day Happy Hour at the 5 Phoenix area RA Sushi’s. Ra Sishi 2You can choose from more than 25 sushi & appetizer selections at $3.49- $8.99 plus a large selection of signature cocktails, beer, wine and sake ranging from $3.75 -$8.00.

On most days RA celebrates Happy Hour from 3p.m. – 7p.m. but on the 15th it will be from open to close and will feature favorites such as Viva Las Vegas Roll, Rainbow Roll and Pineapple Cheese Wontons and all can be washed down with signature cocktails such as the Emperor’s Margarita and Dragon Bite. More information can be found at www.RAsushi.com

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The 5 Phoenix area RA Sushi’s are located at
Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Road; Phoenix, 85044; 480-940-1111
Dana Park in Mesa: 1652 S. Val Vista Drive; Mesa, 85204; 480-632-9500
Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy; Scottsdale, 85254; 480-951-5888
Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Road; Scottsdale, 85251; 480-990-9256
Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave.; Tempe, 85281; 480-303-9800

Brat Haus to host Sausage Fest

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Scottsdale’s Brat Haus will be hosting Sausage Fest in their outdoor beer garden on Sunday April 26th from 12 noon- 8pm. The sausage themed celebration will include the Arizona longest Brat and largest pretzel along with exotic Brats and sausage themed shenanigans such as a Stein holding contest, pretzel toss, eating contests and more. Yelp will be hosting selfie zone where festival goers can post pictures for a chance to win $100 Brat Haus gift card and Yelp schwag.

Brat Haus will create & grill an 80 + foot Brat and will sell portions to patrons for $1 per 6 inches with a 6 inch minimum with 50% of the proceeds going to the ALS Association of Arizona.

Ice cold beers from SanTan Brewing, Mike Hess Brewing, Krombacher and New Belgium will be on tap and available for purchase to wash down your brats, pretzel and more.

Tickets for this all ages festival can be purchased in advance for $8 at Brat Haus or $10 on the day of the event. Tickets can also be purchased on their website www.brathausaz.com

Brat Haus is at 3622 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale 85251

Arizona Breakfast Weekend debuts April 30th.

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Perk Eatery’s Chimichurri Hash & Eggs


For 4 days at the end of April you can enjoy the most important meal of the day, breakfast, by celebrating with the 1st Arizona Breakfast Weekend brought to you by the Arizona Restaurant Association. From Thursday April 30 thru Sunday May 3rd diners can enjoy special dishes at breakfast and brunch spots around the valley.

With 3 options to choose from… The Breakfast Bundle includes a bundle of breakfast favorites for $6, The Brunch Lite includes a mini brunch style menu that includes a Bloody Mary or Mimosa at most participating restaurants for $12 and Brunch will be a traditional brunch offering all the bells and whistles for $25.

Participating restaurants will include those that already serve breakfast and brunch along with those that don’t always serve them. One of the restaurants participating will be Perk Eatery in N. Phoenix and will be serving a new dish, Chimichurri Hash & Eggs which includes sweet potato, Yukon Gold potato along with spring peas, garlic and onion hash topped with 2 eggs, crumbled Feta cheese, Chipolte crema and Chimichurri sauce. Perk owner & chef Pauline Martinez wanted to create a dish that her customers had never had before and to attract new customers.

For a list of all participating restaurants, menus and updates check out www.ArizonaBreakfastWeekend.com

5 places to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2015 in the Phoenix area.

As Valentine’s Day 2015 approaches in just over a week many restaurants a planning for happy couples to come out for dinner and show their love for each other. Whether you like sushi, southwestern or contemporary American food the 5 options below are offering special dishes, prix-fixe menus or Valentine’s Day themed parties.

Sierra Bonita Grill
On Valentine’s Day, enjoy a romantic brunch or dinner at Sierra Bonita Grill. For brunch, enjoy southwestern-inspired cuisine, including the Monte Cristo ($13) with Cure 81 ham, oven roasted turkey, scrambled eggs, bacon and manchego cheese between two egg battered pieces of sourdough bread, served with oven roasted root vegetables. The Cowboy Hash ($12) is roasted root vegetables tossed with Schrieners linguisa sausage and chorizo, topped with fried eggs, salsa verde and salsa fresca. For dinner, the evening’s specials include Smoked Prime Rib ($33), served with green chile mashed potatoes, horseradish sour cream and beef au jus. The fresh catch of the evening will be Pan Seared Crab Crusted Shrimp and Scallops ($35), served with tomato fettucini pasta tossed with spinach and cherry tomatoes, and topped with a white wine chile cream sauce. Pair dinner with a special cocktail created for the evening. The Hibiscus Margarita ($10) features hibiscus infused blanco tequila, Cointreau, St. Germain, fresh lime juice, agave and is garnished with an edible flower. Sierra Bonita Grill is located at 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. For reservations, call 602-264-0700 or visit www.sierrabonitagrill.com.

The Herb Box
The Herb Box features savory twists on tried-and-true cuisine and fresh, seasonal ingredients that unify regional flavors. For Valentine’s dinner, The Herb Box will be serving a five-course, plus cocktail “Honey and Date” prix fixe menu featuring local ingredients. The dinner is $89 per couple. The meal begins with a Spicy Shrimp, Corn, Leek, and Sweet Potato Chowder, with Corto olive oil and honey-fennel roasted pepitas. The next course is a shard Petite Brioche Fromage with Seahive sea salt and honey cheddar, capicola, gouda bechemel, honeycup dijon, with a salade rouge of radicchio, red oak, red onion, avocado, golden raisins, and Sphinx Farm dates. The intermezzo is a Champagne-Grapefruit Sorbet with date syrup. For an entree, choose from a Date-Balsamic Roasted Free Range Chicken with Maya Farm baby turnips, petit carrots, and watermelon radish, or Grilled Spring Garlic Lamb Lollipops with warm butter beans, feta, fresh mint and sumac-honey vinaigrette. Finish the meal with a Sweet Honey Date Cake, served with a blackberry swirl goat cheese ice cream, bourbon sugared pecan pieces, honey “dust”, and blackberries, topped with a drizzle of honey-bourbon syrup. Included with the dinner is a My Darling Lemon-Thyme cocktail featuring Singh Farms Honeycomb. There are two locations of The Herb Box: Southbridge in Old Town – 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85251. DC Ranch on Market Street – 20707 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85255. For more information, email www.theherbbox.com.

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
A sushi dinner is meant to be savored and shared, making RA Sushi the perfect Valentine’s date night. Splurge with the Lobster Salmon Roll ($13.45) featuring lobster, mango, avocado, and cucumber, rolled and topped with lobster, salmon and a lobster cream sauce. Spice up the night with the Zonie Roll ($9.95), featuring spicy salmon, cucumber, lettuce, cilantro, and jalapeño, rolled and topped with avocado and Sriracha. Fall in love with the Red Heart Roll ($10.95), featuring crab mix, fresh avocado and cucumber, rolled and topped with crispy spicy tuna, spicy mayo and Sriracha. Pair dinner with a tropical cocktail meant for sharing. The Passion Punch Bowl ($18) is a fruity and refreshing drink featuring Amaretto Di Saronno, pineapple vodka, aged rum, passion fruit, pineapple and citrus juices, and coconut water, served in a giant fish bowl. For dessert, share a sweet with your sweet, such as the Sweet Mochi Trio ($7.69), a traditional Japanese dessert of mango, strawberry and vanilla ice cream wrapped in sweet rice cake with sliced kiwi and strawberries. For more information, visit www.RAsushi.com

RA Sushi has five Valley locations in Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Old Town Scottsdale and North Scottsdale.

Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Road; Phoenix, 85044
Dana Park in Mesa: 1652 S. Val Vista Drive; Mesa, 85204
Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave.; Tempe, 85281
Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, 85254
Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 85251

RA Sushi in North Scottsdale and Ahwatukee Hosting Valentine’s Themed Painting Parties:
From Rodin to Klimt, artists have used love as their muse, and now RA Sushi invites couples to celebrate love by bringing out their inner artist at a painting party on February 15. Pinot’s Palette and Uptown Art will set-up at RA Sushi for a fun afternoon of painting, sushi, sake, and romance! On February 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kierland location in North Scottsdale, Pinot’s Palette will teach aspiring artists how to paint the chosen artwork, Mandarin Sunset. The Kierland Commons RA Sushi is at 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. For the Kierland class, the cost $39 and includes a 16×20 canvas, painting supplies and step-by-step instructions. Register at http://www.pinotspalette.com/paradisevalley or call 480-696-7220. On February 15 from noon to 2 p.m., Uptown Art will inspire with the themed painting, Love is in the Air, during an al fresco class on the patio at RA Sushi in Ahwatukee. The Ahwatukee location is at 4921 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., 85044. The Ahwatukee class cost is $25 and includes a 16×20 canvas, painting supplies and step-by-step instructions. Register at www.uptownart.com/chandler or call 480-813-8059. Besides making beautiful art, guests can enjoy RA Sushi’s new Sunday offering made for two: Sushi for 2 for $25. Choose four food items from a select menu, plus edamame for just $25. A wide variety of rolls from the Tootsy Maki to Crunchy Shrimp Tempura to Spicy Tuna are available, as are appetizers like Pineapple Cheese Wontons and Chicken Yakitori.

The Shout House
A fun option for couples looking for a entertaining night out on Valentine’s Day, head to the Chocolate Wasted Party at The Shout House! For dinner, order a variety of dishes meant for sharing, such as the BBQ Pork Short Ribs, featuring a half a rack of ribs with a housemade rub in a slow cooked BBQ sauce, served with coleslaw, or the Chokes and Hummus Plate, served with artichoke hearts, garlic citrus hummus, kettle chips and a balsamic drizzle. Set the mood with a signature cocktail, such as the Sex on the Piano, a mix of Stoli peach vodka, Razzmatazz, melon liquor, cranberry and pineapple juice, or the Pear-A-Dise City with Absolut pear vodka, malibu rum, frangelico, pineapple juice, and ginger ale, topped with a champagne float. For dessert, indulge in all things chocolate, such as $5 Chocolate Martinis, $4 Chocolate Cake Shots, and $3 Chocolate Covered Strawberries.The Valley’s only dueling piano bar, at The Shout House musicians play classic rock ‘n’ roll hits to today’s popular music. An adult-oriented, 21-and-over, non-stop, audience request driven show, the performers involve the audience in sing-alongs, roasts and on-stage interaction. The party will be from from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations can be made beginning at 7 p.m. and pianos will start at 7:30 p.m. The Shout House is located in the Westgate Entertainment District at 6770 Sunrise Blvd, Ste. 207, Glendale, Ariz. For more information, visit www.theshouthouse/az.

Paul Martin’s American Grill
Indulge in a romantic dinner during Valentine’s weekend at Paul Martin’s American Grill. From February 12-16, Paul Martin’s will be serving a variety of appetizer, entree and dessert specials. Begin the meal with a shared appetizer of a half a pound of Chilled Alaskan King Crab Legs ($25), served with house cocktail sauce and lemon. For a main course, choose from a variety of options, including the Herb Rubbed All Natural Filet Mignon ($45) with mashed potatoes, Bloomsdale spinach, and garlic confit, or Seared Ahi Tuna ($28), accompanied by bok choy salad with watermelon radishes, snow peas and sesame-ginger vinaigrette. For the seafood lover, try the full pound of Alaskan King Crab Legs ($48), served with crispy red potatoes, drawn butter and lemon. Grab two spoons and finish the meal with a Campfire Sundae ($9), featuring vanilla ice cream, warm fudge, smoked almonds, and toasted housemade marshmallow fluff. Paul Martin’s American Grill is located at 6186 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85253. For more information, visit www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com.

Rise Up Bakery opens in Gilbert

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When husband and wife Jay and Danielle Lunt decided to re-locate to Arizona from Las Vegas to be closer to family it meant selling their successful 10 year old bakery. After 11 years in Arizona the couple decided they “kneaded” to get back to their baking roots and opened Rise Up Bakery www.riseupbread.com in December.

The cozy, neighborhood bakery is located at Gilbert Tuscany Village and features the couples specialty, bread along with cookies, muffins, scones and more. Their bread is made from scratch and use all natural ingredients and is prepared with out no added oils, eggs and preservatives.
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“We missed being in the bakery everyday and seeing the faces of our customers enjoying what we baked,” said Jay. “We pride ourselves on offering the best classic treats, and hope that we can offer something new to the amazing Gilbert community. Our goal is to create something both beautiful and delicious using simple ingredients.”

Rise Up is opened Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and is located at 861 N. Higley Rd.(at Guadalupe) in Gilbert. 480-264-3026.