Tacos Chiwas Pop Up Dinner at Bitter & Twisted on July 31st

Bitt & twist 0a3541bf-7839-409a-aa70-4df87822a338Take a new and very popular taco restaurant and combine it with the Asian specialties and signature cocktails of one of Phoenix’s most respected cocktail parlours and what do you get……a Pop Up dinner with Bitter & Twisted hosting Tacos Chiwas on Sunday July 31st at 5:30pm. The menu is inspired and will be prepared by Taco Chiwas husband & wife owners Armando Hernadez & Nadia Holguin and Bitter & Twisted’s executive chef Bob Tam who will bring his Asian inspirations to the 8+ (lucky number in Chinese culture) course menu. Cocktails will be available a la carte with specialty cocktails created just for the evenings dinner.

The Mexican & Asian menu is as follows….

Snack
shrimp cracker, green chili guac, salsa webona
Sopa de Chacales
dried corn, tomato, asadero, onion
Tempura Flounder Taco
lemon, avocado, salsa verde, pico, cotija
Pipian Rojo
carne seca, pumpkin seed sauce, steamed jasmine rice
Xinjiang Lamb Gordita
potatoes, cilantro, garlic chives, cheese curds, crema
Betelnut Rajales Eggrolls
pork belly, caramelized onion + hatch chilies, asadero, smoked pepper, mojo verde

Dumplings Course

Tinga DE POLLO Bao
smoky pulled chicken, avocado, crema, lettuce, queso fresco, pickles, chinese steamed bun
TACO-CHIWAS Baked Fried Rice Casserole
carne asada, hatch chili, asadero cheese, fried rice, green chili mac + cheese sauce, crisp tortilla

Dessert
H. K. milk tea flan
coco passion mango paleta con tajin

The cost for this is all inclusive (except cocktails) for $58.88 and can be purchased https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chiwas-chino-dinner-tickets-26356853057?aff=efbnreg
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is at 1 W. Jefferson St. (Jefferson & Central) Phoenix 85003 602-340-1924 www.bitterandtwistedaz.com

Grand Canyon Brewing Co. to open Brewhouse & Tap Room on Route 66

Grand Canyon Brew logoBeer drinkers around the world rejoice as Williams, Arizona based Grand Canyon Brewing Company is expanding with a new Brewhouse and Tap Room a couple of miles down Route 66 from their current location. The Tap Room will open July 28th with the Brewhouse set to begin production in January 2017. Grand Canyon new breweryThe new larger production facility will allow Grand Canyon Brewing to increase production to 20,000 barrels in 2018 and 40,000 barrels by 2020 and to continue distribution outside the southwest. Currently their beer is only available in Arizona, Nevada and South Korea. Owner John Peasley has his sights set for international distribution in China, Canada, Japan, Australia and beyond according to Peasley “With the addition of the new brewery we will be able to double our brewing capacity over the next two years, helping us to meet demand locally while tapping into more global markets,” Grand Canyon new brewery insideThe brewery will also be able to increase production of its small batch and specialty beers, “Shotgun Series” a set of 4 seasonal double IPAS, a cask program and other bottlings.

Check their website www.GrandCanyonBrewery.com for updates and announcements.

National Tequila Day is this Sunday 7/24 and Macayo’s, Z’Tejas & Taco Guild are celebrating.

Arizona Sunset
Tequila sure has come a long way since our college days of doing shots to get the night started and now it has it’s own day to celebrate as this Sunday July 24th is National Tequila Day and to celebrate several Phoenix area restaurants are celebrating……here are a few of my picks.

All Phoenix area Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen’s will be celebrating all day with guests being able to create their own unique Margarita for $8.00. Macayo’s skilled bartenders will make your margarita after you’ve chosen your favorite…Tequila(1800 Reposado, Don Julio Blanco, Partida Blanco or Sauza Blue Reposado), flavor(Desert Pear, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, Strawberry) and float(Cointreau, Ginger Beer, Grand Marnier). www.Macayo.com
Ztejas
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill 5 Phoenix area locations will be offering their signature Margaritas from 3-5pm for $5. Margaritas available….6th St. Margarita, Chambord Margarita, Hard Day Margarita, Skinny Girl Margarita, Skinny Cucumber Mule and the Tejas Mule. Z’Tejas also celebrates Tequila Tuesdays with 1/2 off all Tequila drinks except Happy hour prices. www.ztejas.com
Taco Guild
Central Phoenix’s Taco Guild will have Happy Hour from 2pm – closing and will include $5 1893 Margaritas. Other Tequila cocktails will be available all day including Founder’s Guayaba cocktail made with Herradura Double Barrel Reposado tequila and their These Boots Are Made For Oaxacan made with Peligroso Anejo tequila. Taco Guild is at 546 East Osborn Road in Phoenix. 602.264.4143 www.tacoguild.com.

New Petite Burgers are big on taste at Ingo’s Tasty Food

Petite cheeseburger

Petite cheeseburger

The popular Ingo’s Tasty Food is now serving their favorite burgers in a petite size which is great news for those with smaller appetites & those of us that have a hard time choosing, now you can order 2 to fulfill your burger cravings. All petite burgers are $4.75 or less which is also the least expensive grass fed beef burger in the valley.
Petite Veggie burger

Petite Veggie burger

In addition to the Farmer’s Daughter Burger, Ingo’s Cheeseburger & the Paris, Texas Burger you can also get the Housemade Black Bean Vegetarian burger in a petite size as well. Ingo’s uses farm fresh heritage grass-fed beef for all it’s burgers and sources them from independent family farms who are committed to raising cattle compassionately and in their natural environment without hormones and antibiotics. The beef is flavorful and lower in fat, calories and cholesterol and high in omega 3s and vitamin E. The toppings and other ingredients for the burgers are seasonal and come from artisinal producers for honest and quality food, as part of Ingo’s philosophy to an honest approach to food.

Ingo’s Tasty Food is located at 4502 N. 40th St. Phoenix 85018 (602)795-2884 www.ingostastyfood.com

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards releases 2 new wines

Winemaker Curt Dunham of Arizona’s Lawrence Dunham Vineyards is proud to release 2 new wines as of late, 2013 Syrah and the premier vintage of the wineries 1st dessert wine, 2012 The Epilogue.
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The 2013 Syrah is made from all estate grown grapes that are grown at 5,000 feet above sea level down in Cochise County. It’s a blend of 88% Syrah, 6% Petite Sirah & 6% Grenache. After fermentation the wine is aged for 30 months in American oak with the Syrah aged in mostly new oak and the Petite Sirah and Grenache aged in neutral oak. This wine will continue to evolve but currently shows great intensity. According to Kurt “This full-bodied wine is filled with aromas of coffee and berries that lead into multiple layers of dark fruit on the palette. It has a decadent, soft mouth feel that is luscious and sensual. Enjoy with grilled meat.”
With only 170 cases produced this wine won’t be around for long. $32 from the winery.
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The 2nd release is the 1st dessert wine produced from LDV, The Epilogue made from 100% Petite Sirah. This sweet but not syrupy wine is a lesson in patience as Kurt waited 40 months to let 50% of the wine age in new American oak and the the other 50% age in neutral oak. As you can imagine he and his team are very excited to finally release it. Kurt’s take on his 1st dessert wine is that “The Epilogue exudes tobacco, toast, and berries in the nose that leads to a powerful rush of dark fruit on the palette. This fruit explosion is followed by a long, sweet, and savory caramel and spice note finish. Enjoy with chocolate, blueberries and cream, bleu cheese, or your favorite cigar.” Bottled in 375 ml bottles they’ve only produced 100 cases of this wine and sells for $24.
www.ldvwinery.com
Photos courtesy of Lawrence Dunham Vienyards

The hot dog days of July at Miracle Mile Deli in Phoenix

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Hot dogs, apple pie and lemonade are classic American food staples and for the week of July 18th-24th Miracle Mile Deli is celebrating one of those staples…the hot dog as July is National Hot Dog Month as Americans eat about 20 billion hot dogs a year.

During lunch and dinner that week you can purchase a Hebrew National hot dog, French fries and a small soft drink for only $5 when you ask for the “hot dog special”.

Miracle Mile Deli has been in the Valley for 67 years and the locally-owned restaurant is located at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix www.miraclemiledeli.com

Burger Review: The Farm Fresh burger at Burger Theory

Photo credit: Burger Theory

Photo credit: Burger Theory

As mentioned in a recent post I have decided to include my burger reviews on this blog after the site where I was reviewing burgers decided to cease operations, after 293 burger reviews this is my 1st review on this blog. By reviewing burgers on this blog I will have the freedom to express my thoughts without the restrictions of a corporate entity and will be a work in progress while I explore the right format I want to take it in. If you’ve read my burger reviews on the other site you will see a resemblance but I hope to mix it up and expand on it a bit without losing the burger review aspect of it. I often dine out with friends but will review only the burger I ate but our dining experience and opinions may be included.

The recently opened Burger Theory connected to the Holiday Inn & Suites on McDowell Rd. at 44th St seemed like an out of the way place for a sit down burger restaurant despite the heavily trafficked intersection. As my dining companions arrived we weren’t sure if this was an independently owned restaurant renting space from the hotel or part of the hotel, many indications led us to believe it’s part of the hotel’s corporate structure. Regardless of who owns and runs it we were there for burgers and with 6 1/3 lb. burgers of Angus chuck, brisket and short rib blended beef and another 4,300+ ways to Build Your Own Burger we dove into the menu to see which burger each of us would go for.

Although all of the burgers sounded delicious I opted for the Farm Fresh burger with a single patty for $10 (a double patty is $14) and comes topped with a Portobello mushrooms, grilled onions, diced roasted red peppers, iceberg lettuce (on the bottom half), goat cheese and roasted garlic mayo in between a toasted potato bun that looked and tasted like you ordinary hamburger bun. All came served in a plastic basket lined with Burger Theory wax paper.
Burger theory
Although satisfying I felt there was a heavy hand when it came to the Goat Cheese and that’s not easy to admit as I love Goat cheese but the strong flavor took away from the flavors of the vegetables and made the roasted garlic mayo un-necessary. The burger which is cooked to order was cooked pretty much the way I like it and had drops of juices dripping after the first few bites. Sides are not included in the price and a side of fries will set you back another $3.50.

I was somewhat happy with the Farm Fresh burger but felt a bit let down with a 1/3 lb burger for $10 with sides being extra. There are better burgers around town for your burger dollar. I decided to include a picture from the Burger Theory website and a photo of my actual burger. Had I been served the burger from there website this could’ve been a better burger.

Burger Theory is at 4401 E. McDowell Rd. Phoenix, Arizona 85008 602-358-0924 and is open for lunch and dinner from Mon-Thu. 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat. 11am-12am and Sunday 11am-11pm www.burgertheoryphx.com