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Fleming’s offers a Surf & Turf deal for you in September

Filet Mignon & Crab Meat stuffed prawns
Filet Mignon & Crab Meat stuffed prawns

As the calendar flips to September this weekend, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is prepared with a 2 course prix fixe menu of Filet Mignon and Crab Meat stuffed shrimp. Those customers that make a reservation online to dine at any of the 4 Phoenix area locations will pay only $32.95 for this great deal.

1st course includes your choice of French Onion soup or New Wedge salad followed by a broiled Filet Mignon prepared to your request along with sweet freshwater prawns stuffed with lump crab meat and topped with a spiced crumbed crust. A side dish of mashed potatoes is also included. This online offer runs from September 3rd – September 30th.

There are four Fleming’s in Phoenix in Chandler, Scottsdale, North Scottsdale and Peoria:

o Scottsdale: 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd. / 480-596-8265
o DC Ranch-North Scottsdale: 20753 N. Pima Rd. / 480-538-8000
o Chandler: 905 N. 54th St. / 480-940-1900
o Peoria: 9712 W. Northern Ave. / 623-772-9463

To find a location near you and make reservations, please visit Fleming’s website www.flemingssteakhouse.com

Hey Jerky, Golden Island Pork Jerky now available in Costco

Golden Island jerky

Calling all Jerky fans, Golden Island’s www.goldenislandjerky.com Grilled Barbecue & Korean BBQ pork jerky is now available in your local Costco. Golden island is the leading brand and manufacturer of gourmet jerky for over 60 years. Based in Rancho Cucamonga CA. they’re known for their own marinating and cooking method that includes grilling the meat. The pork jerky is made with no preservatives, no nitrates and no fillers, the meat comes from premium pork hams.

Jerky is great for snacks and active lifestyles as it is packed with 8 grams of protein and up to 60% less sodium per serving than other jerkies. The Grilled Barbecue jerky has the flavor of Spare Ribs found in Chinese restaurants while the Koren BBQ flavor has a sweet and smoky flavor and both taste as if they came right of the grill. Both flavors can be very addictive. The Korean BBQ recipe is gluten free.

These jerkies are well worth picking up a bag or two on your weekend trip to Costco.

Summer is heating up and Blue Bell Ice Cream wants to keep you cool.

Starting this month Blue Bell Ice Cream is introducing Italian Cream Cake Ice Cream and bringing back seasonal favorites such as Key Lime Pie and Coconut Fudge to keep you cool. Italian Cream Cake is creamy vanilla ice cream with Italian cream cake, shredded coconuts, roasted pecans and a smooth cream cheese ice cream swirl.

According to general sales manager Wayne Hugo “We’ve created a flavor that not only has all the ingredients of an Italian cream cake in each bite, but there are actual cake pieces in the ice cream too. We have had lots of success with flavors inspired by cakes so we figured we might just be onto something.”

Blue Bell also offers Birthday Cake Ice Cream and Red Velvet cake which became an instant success when it was introduced last year. Hurry because Italian Cream Cake Ice Cream will be in grocers freezers until supplies last. National Ice Cream Month is coming up in July so don’t be afraid to stock up in order to stay cool. Check Blue Bell’s website www.bluebell.com. for current flavors, recipes and money-saving coupons.

Blue Bell Starts 2013 with Mint Cookies ‘n Cream Newest creation a refreshing mash up of two popular flavors

Blue Bell-Mint Cookies n Cream-150

Blue Bell Ice Cream rings in the New Year with the release of a refreshing new flavor, Mint Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream – a smooth mint ice cream combined with mint crème-filled chocolate cookies and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

“Mint Cookies ‘n Cream is a combination of two of our top-selling flavors,” said Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president. “If your two favorite flavors are Cookies ‘n Cream and Mint Chocolate Chip, then this is surely a big thing to happen to ice cream. We’ve combined a smooth mint ice cream with the same crunchy chocolate cookies that are in our Cookies ‘n Cream, except these are filled with a mint crème.”

Blue Bell promises several more new and exciting ice cream flavors as well as frozen snack items will be released this year. “Each year we spend months creating and sampling possible new flavors,” Kruse said. “Last year we introduced Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream and it became an instant hit. This year we’ve got a great flavor line-up of your tried and true favorites and a few new creations you’ll love too.”

The Texas-based ice cream manufacturer encourages Blue Bell fans to join its online Country Club at www.bluebell.com. Members of the fan club receive e-mails announcing new flavors before they are available in stores.

Mint Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream in available in grocer’s freezer through March. Find more information about Blue Bell and current flavors at bluebell.com

L’ Chaim! It’s time to celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur at Chompies Deli

For a week in the middle of September the Jewish religion celebrates the New Year w/ Rosh Hashanah and the repenting holiday Yom Kippur. Whether you celebrate the holiday or just love traditional Jewish food, Chompies Deli www.chompies.com will be serving and celebrating.

Three of Chompie’s Phoenix area restaurants will be serving a traditional Rosh Hashanah Dinner on Sunday, September 16th between 5 and 8 pm. Reservations are now being accepted at the Phoenix/PV Mall, Scottsdale, and Chandler locations. (The regular dining menu with holiday favorites will be available at Chompie’s Tempe location.)

The delicious holiday menu includes starters plus your choice of appetizer, entrée, sides, soup and dessert—with favorites such as apples and honey, house made chopped liver, gefilte fish, potato latkes, roasted chicken with honey apricot reduction, tender braised brisket of beef, Chompie’s famous chicken soup with matzo ball and much more. This holiday dine-in meal is just $26.95 per adult, $12.95 per child (10 & under). Special 4- and 8- person complete holiday dinners are also available for take-out, as are all of Chompie’s holiday a la carte selections and bakery favorites. Place your Rosh Hashanah Take-Out Menu order of $100 or more by Monday, September 10th and get a free fresh-baked honey or sponge cake.

The Jewish High Holidays season begins at sundown on Rosh Hashanah (9/16) and ends with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement (9/26). On Chompie’s Break the Fast Yom Kippur Take-Out Menu, you’ll find a wide variety of holiday favorites for your celebration at home—from smoked fish, homemade deli salads, and holiday pastries to bagels and blintzes. All Chompie’s locations will be open on Yom Kippur, September 26th. Place your Break the Fast Yom Kippur to-go order of $100 or more by Wednesday, September 19th and get a free Honey or Sponge Cake. For Chompie’s Rosh Hashanah and Break the Fast Yom Kippur menus, visit www.chompies.com.

P.F. CHANG’S PROVIDES TAX DAY RELIEF BY REWARDING ALL CUSTOMERS WITH 15 PERCENT SAVINGS ON APRIL 17

      In celebration of the end of tax season and the extension of Tax Day to April 17, P.F. Chang’s will reward guests nationwide with a 15 percent discount on April 17. The special one-day deal encourages P.F. Chang’s diners across the country to celebrate the end of tax season with extra savings.
     “We recognize the pressure of filing taxes and want to help our guests relax on a stressful day,” said Lane Cardwell, President of the P.F. Chang’s concept. “Our Tax Relief discount is meant to show our appreciation for their business.”
     The Tax Relief promotion includes all guests of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and applies to every dine in and take-out order. On April 17 only, all food orders will be discounted 15 percent. The discount is not valid with alcoholic beverages or Happy Hour food and beverage items.
*The Tax Relief discount will be applied automatically to all applicable checks. Offer not valid on Large Party take-out or delivery and not valid with any other offers, discounts or gift card purchases.

Graze Desert Grille at Zona Hotel and Suites in Scottsdale

Tucked up in the desert amongst golf courses and the growth of north Scottsdale is the 431 room Zona Hotel and Suites. To coincide with a renovation that started in the summer of 2011, they also have re-branded the restaurant that is on property calling it, Graze Desert Grille. Emphasizing the cuisine of the Southwest, Executive Chef Kevin Myers uses the ingredients sourced from local farmers and suppliers and using all natural ingredients. Food and Beverage director Brian Blanke will compliment the food by featuring Arizona wines, spirits and beers along with other selections. I recently had the opportunity to taste several items from the new menu to debut April 5th, 2012.

The evening started with select cocktails of our choice including Flagstaff’s High Spirits Distillery gin for Martinis.
If your a fan of corned beef hash you won’t be disappointed by the Corned Beef & Green Chile Hash that comes topped with an Sunny Side Up egg. tasty and with a hint of spice this is a good way to start your day.

I enjoyed the Duck & Brie Quesadilla that includes duck confit, caramelized apples and Brie cheese and drizzled with Balsamic vinegar. A nice combination of sweet, creamy and savory make this a unique take on the classic appetizer.

Locally grown vegetables are the stars of 2 of the salads I tasted, The Rocket Salad uses Arugula that is tossed with dried apricot,  aged Manchego cheese, pistachios and oregano dressing. The Beet Salad is complimented with Purple Haze goat cheese, baby lettuce and a hazelnut vinaigrette. Both salads are flavorful and make for a great light lunch or as a start to your dinner.

Pressed Pulled Pork Sandwich uses in house seasoned and smoked pork that comes served on a locally baked Ciabatta rolled and is topped with Arugula, sweet and sour onions and a Guajillo pepper aioli. This was one of my favorites of the evening and comes served with thick cut, crispy French fries.

Two of the entrees were tasted on this evening and I recommend both of them. If you’re in the mood for fish the pan seared Grouper should serve you well. The white, flaky fish is served over a bed of spaghetti squash, it is drizzled with smoked tomato butter and comes with braised greens that offer a nice contrast to the other ingredients. If red meat is part of your plan the Whiskey Braised Shortribs is not to be missed. Placed atop a pile of white cheddar and chive mashed potatoes, it comes with spinach from local farmers markets, an oven roasted tomato and its own juices pour over it. Tender and flavorful the meat is very good.

All courses were paired with the wines from Arizona Stronghold Vineyards with the exception of the pork sandwich which was paired with Lake Havasu City’s Mudshark Brewery’s Scorpion Amber Ale. The wines all tasted very good and were paired well with the food. National Sales Manager Paula Woosley joined us to talk about the wines and the success Arizona Stronghold and the Arizona wine industry is enjoying.

Graze Desert Grille
7677 East Princess Boulevard
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
480.585.1000

http://grazedesertgrille.com/