Chow Down: This Week in Food Blogs

April 11, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

It’s that time again. It’s Wednesday and ahead lies a week to be “wined and dined”, a week  to look forward to culinary adventures and a week to get a little buzz off your morning coffee. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but hunger generally tends to kill the hungry so please, save us some drama and check out this week’s redux of our favorite Valley food blogs:

It might just be us, but it seems that there is some food related festival happening every week here. No complaining, really, it’s just hard to pick the ones you actually want to attend. And after you do decide, you must hope and pray that the lines aren’t long, the food doesn’t suck and that the “free” booze isn’t turning fellow patrons into gremlins. Worries aside, this Thursday marks the return of Fork & Corks: The Remix as it heads to Scottsdale Quarter under the new name, AZ Wine and Dine. For $75 a pop, you can walk around the beautiful new-ish shopping center from 5-8 pm and taste foods from dozens of Valley restaurants like the newest addition to SQ, SOL Mexican Cocina, and more established joints like Lon’s and T. Cook’s. EaterAZ has the full dish and, between you us and the Valley, they predict it will be “worth every penny” and well, that’s good enough for us.

Then boom. Less than a week after AZ Wine and Dine comes the 34th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival. That’s right, it’s back and Pen & Fork has some details on this year’s new and exciting events. There will be classic cocktails served at Mabel’s on main, a Burger Battle that will allow you to choose the winner at Scottsdale Stadium (you have to check out the list of which restaurants are competing) and lots of old favorites to keep returning patrons happy. The festival kicks off April 17th and runs until the 22nd meaning there are lot of opportunities to see what this city has to offer. Oh, and be sure to look out for Chef Eggbert (pictured) hiding around town for some free tickets. More details on their Facebook page

And finally, we talked awhile back about the addition of alcohol to Tempe’s Cartel Coffee Lab menu, but now it seems that the downtown location is getting in on the action, after they move to a new location, of course. Chow Bella has got the scoop on Cartel’s new digs and the many additions to the menu that a bigger space can offer. The new location on First Street and Washington housed First Watch until recently, so it’s fitting that the coffee lab will be looking to serve some more substantial breakfast items to add to the existing menu of sandwiches and salads. They are also looking to serve wine and beer like the other Valley locations.  Read the full article on Chow Bella here.

Until next week, stay “festy”, my friends.

images via Chow Bella and Pen & Fork




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