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Press Coffee Roasters to join the downtown Phoenix coffee scene

Locally owned Press Coffee Roasters is set to open its flagship store in downtown Phoenix on June 8th making it the 5th location for the award-winning specialty coffee roaster.

Press Coffee at The Muse (1816 N. Central Ave.) will look across Central Ave. to the Phoenix Art Museum but the art is inside Press with a custom Synesso espresso machine,  white  Mahlkonig grinders and futuristic Clever Seraphim brewers. The modern design of the 2,000 square foot space was designed by Larry Lake of Lawrence Lake Interiors.

By late summer Press plans to offer beer and wine along with launching an expanded food menu. Coffee 101 tastings and events are planned in the ‘learning space”.

“I started Press back in 2008, with the idea for a place for coffee, food and wine. This store resurrects that dream at an even higher level,” said Steve Kraus, owner and founder of Press Coffee. “We’re excited to open our doors and be a part of Downtown Phoenix’ diverse coffee and food community.”

To celebrate the opening guests who stop by on June 8th, 9th or 10th will receive a free small cup of drip coffee.

Press has locations in Scottsdale, Chandler, Phoenix and Tempe and shares their passion for specialty coffee with customers and community by ensuring the highest quality of coffee, service and knowledge on a daily basis

Press Coffee at The Muse will be open Mon. – Sat. 6:30 a.m -8 p.m. and Sun. from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. http://www.presscoffee.com/

 

Where to eat when in downtown Las Vegas

Are you a foodie who doesn’t like all the pomp & circumstance of the Las Vegas strip and their celebrity chef driven restaurants and buffets and prefer the character and history of downtown Las Vegas but want to avoid the touristy chain restaurants along the Fremont St. Experience continue reading this post.

I spent 4 days last weekend in downtown Las Vegas and for several meals stepped outside the Fremont St. Experience to explore several local restaurants of interest. Not to say I didn’t eat a meal or 2 in the hotels which will get a mention here but I wanted to see where the locals eat.

Day 1

The drive to Vegas up Route 93 where restaurants are hard to come by until you get to Wikieup is where we stopped for a quick-lunch at Luchia’s where my turkey club sandwich on homemade sourdough bread really hit the spot. Luchia’s is the last chance to eat before you get to I-40 & Kingman with only a couple of options a few miles before you get to Luchia’s.

After checking in at the downtown Las Vegas staple Golden Nugget, Ziggy and I made our way to the Artisan Hotel for a wine tasting & tapas at Barcelona Restaurant. The Artisan Hotel is off the strip and may be my new favorite hotel with its dark lobby and art decor with many paintings from Van Gogh, Picasso and more lining the walls along with statues and sculptures around the lobby. The tapas were satisfying and included Empanadas, tacos, croquettes and more at happy hour prices of $5 or $6. Washed down with the wines from Rock n Roll Wines it made for a great 1st night in town. http://www.artisanhotel.com/

Several hours later the we found our self  hungry and decided on a couple of slices of pizza from Pizza Lotto (in the El Cortez & Casino) after a beer at Atomic Liquors(another must visit) several blocks down Fremont St. among the hipsters and locals. This pizza snob thought the slices were spot on like you’d find in NYC.

Day 2

We passed on the all you can buffets and Denny’s for breakfast and made our way down Carson St. to Eat on a recommendation from a friend. Waiting outside til they opened at 8 was worth it as my corned beef hash was one of the best I had and Ziggy’s chicken fried steak looked real good. This breakfast & lunch joint almost had me coming back for the Truffled Egg sandwich but will save it for my next visit. Owner/Chef Natalie Young’s place commands a line on most mornings and for good reason with her breakfast providing the fuel we needed for our chilly mid-morning hike in the Red Rocks west of town near Summerlin. http://eatdtlv.com/#

After burning off our breakfast with the aforementioned hike Ziggy had mentioned Chicago Brewing Company’s large Bloody Mary’s served with appetizers attached. We went next door to the Four Queens Hotel & Casino for lunch which started with my Ghost Mary that came with mozzarella stick wrapped with bacon and spicy chile pepper. The Bloody Mary was made with a spicy ghost pepper Bloody Mary mix and I didn’t find either to be as spicy as expected but both disappeared real quick. My Muffelatta sandwich did me good til our next meal. Ziggy went with his hometown favorite Chicago dog and was underwhelmed with the diced tomatoes as opposed to sliced ones.

Dinner consisted of appetizers during our hosted Happy Hour at Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar inside the Golden Nugget. Nachos, Ahi Tacos and Margaritas tasted the way they would at any other Mexican restaurant. No complaints here.

Day 3

Waking up Saturday morning had me indecisive about where to go for breakfast and I decided to keep it simple with a donut and coffee from Donut Bar on Carson St. After waiting with others til they opened at 8(see a trend here) more indecisiveness kicked in with all my donuts choices including The Big Poppa Tart with a Pop Tart in the middle and many more, see my Instagram video for more (@SandyWass). On this day I went with the Maple Bacon Cinnamon Roll and a large coffee from Portland’s Stumptown Roasters. The Las Vegas location is the 3rd with the other 2 in San Diego. http://www.donutbar.com/

A banquet style lunch was in the Golden Nugget and was good piece of steak but lets jump to dinner at Chow. Dining solo for dinner I went back down Fremont St to Chow, Natalie Young’s (of eat.) southern & Chinese food joint that is open for lunch & dinner(closes at 8pm). I started with a Pork Belly bun followed by 2 pieces of southern fried chicken. The overnight brined chicken was crispy  and good and the pork belly bun made me wanting more than 1.  I will definitely be back for noodles and more. http://www.chowdtlv.com/

Day 4

Our final day in Vegas had us in town long enough for breakfast before we hit the road back to Scottsdale. We headed to east Las Vegas to drop of our buddy G. Scott. East Las Vegas is mostly chain restaurants and drive thrus but we did discover Blueberry Hill Family Restaurant before we hit the highway out-of-town. This locally family owned restaurant has 4 Vegas locations and we found ourselves at the east Flamingo Rd location. Good, affordable breakfast and lunch comfort foods such as pancakes, waffles and more on the big menu. I went again with a corned beef hash skillet which almost defeated me but I didn’t let it happen. The always full coffee cup was perfect on this Sunday morning and we left full enough that a lunch stop on the road was not even necessary. http://www.blueberryhillrestaurants.com/

After paying our bill we hit highway south toward Arizona with me thinking of when I can return to Vegas for more local eats as we barely scratched the surface and left me  wondering about others we missed. Ciao for now Las Vegas!

 

 

5th and Wine celebrates Scottsdazzle 2016 with Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

Now that the 2016 holiday season is in full swing you’ll have plenty of opportunities to celebrate all month-long around town. One of those opportunities will be on Sunday Dec. 11th at 5th and Wine in downtown Scottsdale as they host a “Sugar Plum Fairy Tea”. The tea is part of the month-long celebration “Scottsdazzle” which kicked off last Friday with a tree lighting ceremony.

Finger sandwich photo courtesy of The Media Push
Finger sandwich photo courtesy of The Media Push

Celebrate the festive atmosphere by dressing as a princess or fairy (not required), guests will enjoy tea sandwiches, bruschetta, Caesar salad and truffles and cookies for dessert. Tea and hot chocolate will be served and for those 21+ Mimosas will be available.

The tea will take place from 2pm-4pm and cost is $40 ++ for an adult & child. Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling 480-699-8001.

5th and Wine is at 7501 E. 5th Ave. Scottsdale 85251. http://www.5thandwine.com/

 

Drive thru specials & live music Sip Coffee & Beer Garage

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Just as the calendar flipped to June the temperatures in Phoenix flipped into the triple digits with potential record setting heat. A good way to stay cool and awake is to drive thru Sip Coffee & Beer Garage in Phoenix to get your fill of coffee samples and save some money with Happy Hour deals.

During the month of June when you cruise thru the drive thru you get a free small coffee which will be the new release of Sip’s own roasted coffee in partnership with Cartel Coffee. All summer long from 2-6pm you can save $1 off your coffee when you purchase in the drive thru.

If you prefer Cold Brew in these hot summer days then Monday is your day at Sip because from open to close you can get a growler of Cold Brew and refills for $1 off.

On the last Monday of each month from 6pm – close you will be able to listen to the sounds of musician Adam Reed and friends while your invited to show off your artistic side with Sip’s Live Music & Art night. The night will be sponsored by a craft brewery.

Sip Coffee & Beer Garage is at 3620 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 602-900-5188 www.sipcoffeeandbeerhouse.com

Belgian chocolate now available in Scottsdale.

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Chocolate lovers rejoice as Chocolade van Brugge www.chocoladevanbrugge.com
has opened on Marshal Way in Scottsdale just in time for the holidays. Local owners Frederiek and Christine Verbeke bring their experience in the corporate world to the small business world with upwards of 60 chocolate confections that include fruit and nut filled truffles, figurines, cookies and gift boxes and baskets for all occasions.

With frequent deliveries from Frederieks hometown of Brugge, the selections are always changing making return visits are a must to see what makes Belgian chocolates so special.

assorted chocolate truffles
assorted chocolate truffles

You can also enjoy the Belgian cafe atmosphere with coffee, fresh baked goods and build your own hot chocolate. You can enjoy the free Wi-Fi both inside and outside as you eat and drink your favorites sweet delights.

Build your own hot chocolate
Build your own hot chocolate

Chocolade van Brugge is located at 4225 North Marshall Way, Suite 102, Scottsdale, Arizona. Phone: (480) 721-7363 and is open Tuesday – Sunday, from 8am to 9pm daily

Chill out with a cold coffee class with Coffee Chop.

As summer arrives, cold thoughts and beverages are what keeps us going for the next few months. Cold coffee offers good alternative for summer time drinking and Coffee Chop want to show how to make that perfect cup of cold coffee. As the 3rd and final part of “The Knowledge Series” secrets to cold brewing will be revealed on Sat. June 8th at The Crepe Bar in Tempe.Cold Brew Pitcher Phoenix coffee advocate Perry Czopp will show you how to, and share recipes for cold coffee, or “iced coffee” & “toddys” as they’re sometimes called and coffee cocktails made with and without alcohol.

“Cold brewing is a very different way to think of making coffee,” says Czopp. “There’s absolutely no heat involved. Instead you bring out the flavors from the beans by slowly seeping them overnight. The resulting flavor is sweeter and stronger – and perfect over ice.”

In addition to sipping on cold coffee guests will get to taste coffee inspired food from The Crepe Bar as well get a bottle of cold coffee to take home with them.

$5 of every ticket purchased will go to United Food bank and Mesa Hydration Donation campaign water drive.

Cold Brewing will be from 8:30 – 10 am on Saturday, June 8 at Crêpe Bar at 7520 E. Rural Rd. in Tempe. Cost is $45 per person for advanced registration and $52 per person on the day of the event. Pre-registration is available at www.theknowledgeseries.eventbrite.com or at Crêpe Bar.

The Coffee Chop Presents “The Knowledge Series at Crêpe Bar”

Morning Sessions Blend Coffee Education, Award-Winning Food, Instagram Rock Stars

Chemex
Chemex

UPDATE: $10 from each ticket sold will be donated to The One Fund helping the victims and families of Monday’s Boston Marathon bomb explosion as Perry Czopp of Coffee Chop left Boston earlier in the day after a week of meetings and a coffee expo.

For coffee lovers, making a delicious cup of joe seems to have gone from putting water in your Mr. Coffee machine to setting up a science experiment. But while the tools out there may be varied and strange-looking, they are actually very simple to use at home. On Saturday, April 20, Perry Czopp of The Coffee Chop will share some coffee knowledge on how to use three of today’s alternative brewing methods. The morning sessions at Tempe’s Crêpe Bar will include coffee sampling, bites from the award-winning restaurant, and hands-on learning from experts in the Phoenix coffee industry.

V60
V60

Says Czopp, “Tools like the Chemex, V-60 and Aeropress are commonplace in today’s specialty coffee shops. Each is designed to get the best flavors from your beans, but you don’t need to be a certified barista to use them.”

At the Alternative Brewing Methods session, guests will learn about each of these techniques, sample the same coffee brewed in each method, then get to make their own cup themselves – all while noshing on bites from the Crêpe Bar kitchen.

The Coffee Chop “Knowledge Series” is a morning edition of Czopp’s popular Latte Art Throwdowns. While the throwdowns are evening events for the Arizona coffee industry, the Knowledge sessions are designed for the layperson interested in learning more about specialty coffee. Each session covers different aspects of coffee – from how to prepare it at home to learning about different roasts and flavors.

“The mission of The Coffee Chop is to put Phoenix on the coffee map. A big part of that is for people to be able to share the greatness of coffee in their own homes,” Czopp explains.

“There’s no stereotypical ‘barista attitude’ here. It’s all fun – especially at Crêpe Bar,” says Czopp. “It’s one of the best restaurants in town and they are doing amazing things with their coffee program. I think guests who have never been here before will be blow away by what Chef Jeff Kraus and Shelby Moore have going on.”

Alternative Brewing Methods will be from 8:30 – 10 am on Saturday, April 20 at Crepe Bar at 7520 E. Rural Rd. in Tempe. Cost is $45 per person for advanced registration and $52 per person on the day of the event. Pre-registration is available at www.TheCoffeeChop.com.

Follow Perry Czopp @thecoffeechop and Crêpe Bar Chef Jeff Kraus @garsdecrepe on Instagram and Facebook for more buzz on the Knowledge Series.

The Coffee Chop Presents: The Knowledge Series
Alternative Brewing Methods
Saturday, April 20, 2013
8:30 – 10 am
$45 advanced registration
$52 day of

Upcoming Knowledge:
Three Roasts – Saturday, May 18
Learn about the roasting process and taste from three different local roasts.
Crêpe Bar / 8:30 – 10 am

Crêpe Bar
7520 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ