Tag: Downtown Phoenix

Celebrate Fired Pie’s Grand Opening with a Free Pizza

August 20, 2014 | 12:12 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

fired pieThere’s no such thing as a free lunch, according to economists. This is about as close are you’re going to get. Fired Pie will be celebrating its Grand Opening in downtown Phoenix this Saturday, Aug 23. If you decide to pay them a visit from 11:30 am to 6:0 pm, you can get yourself a free pizza or salad while dining. Free pizza? That’s the best news we’ve heard all week. When you dine in there on Saturday, you have your choice of a pie or salad. We’re thinking of indulging in the pie. Remember, this deal is only good at the Collier Center location in downtown Phoenix. We’re growing hungry just thinking about it.

Fired Pie | 201 East Washington Street #111 | Phoenix

New Cocktail Menu at Blue Hound in Downtown

August 14, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

Spaghetti Western and The RevivalWe would really love to see an influx of people hanging out in downtown Phoenix. That’s why we always try to promote new things happening around the Phoenix capital. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails has just announced their new cocktail menu and it looks pretty fancy. In fact, Stephanie Teslar, Blue Hound’s head bartender, is an expert in her craft, winning “Master Mixologist” at this year’s Foodist Awards. Stephanie has put together some unique drinks for all of us to enjoy. For example:

Copper Pot Cobbler ($11) – lustau fino, lemon, copper city bourbon, kronan Swedish puncsh, plum PX sherry jam. This is light and refreshing and the sherry keeps it dry. Stephanie tops this cocktail with her homemade plum sherry jam to make it rich and sweet.

Baker’s Dozen ($11) – lustau olorroso sherry, cana brava rum, orgeat, giffard banana, sarsaparilla float. It’s light and bubbly. It’s inspired by the old-school soda jerk and getting a cream fizz. The rum and sherry go really well together in an unexpected, confectionary way.

Spaghetti Western ($10) – lustau manzanilla, Prosecco, cappelletti aperativo, herbes de provence syrup. This one is bright and refreshing. It has floral and herbal notes (pictured.)

The Revival ($12) – lustau amontillado, yamizaki 12 year, apple juice, bolivar bitters. This is Stephanie’s take on Pecan Pie. It has warm notes of baking spices.

There is more to choose from. So, if you consider yourself a cocktail enthusiast, Blue Hound is worth checking out.

Bitter & Twisted: Your Perfect Downtown Spot Before the Show

August 12, 2014 | 12:06 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

B&T_opens38Slowly but surely, downtown Phoenix is coming into its own. More and more amazing bars and restaurants keep popping up. One of the newest is Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour. Located in the heart of downtown on Jefferson and Central, Bitter & Twisted is the perfect spot to meet up before a big concert, ball game, or performance. The bar has just announced a new happy hour and late night menu. Available every Tuesday through Saturday, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, you can enjoy a Collins, Margarita, Mojito or the always-changing Featured Cocktail for only $6. You can also take advantage of $1 off domestic beer and well drinks, and $5 glasses of bubbles. A unique food menu is also there to satisfy your taste buds. How unique? Have you ever had cuttlefish? Didn’t think so. Food is served until 1:30 am. Want to see the whole menu? Just go to Bitter & Twisted and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

Need a Place to Live? Try a Luxury Apartment at CityScape

April 17, 2014 | 11:01 AM | Real Estate | By Maxfield Barker

Cityscape Penthouse 2The Valley isn’t really known for its urban living. In fact, our downtown Phoenix could use a little more liveliness. The only way that’s going to happen is if more people move and hang out down there. If you’re looking for a new place to reside, you should consider a luxury apartment at the CityScape Residences. In a word, it truly is extravagance at its finest. The Residences are a collection of over 200 apartments that sit on top of the Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix in the heart of downtown. As a resident, you will have 24-hour access to the four-star hotel services. This includes in-room dining by Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, housekeeping, concierge, valet parking, business center and laundry services. More over, a private 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center and a community area and an exclusive swimming pool 175 feet above Jefferson Street will be yours. The size of the apartments range from 560 to 2,373 square feet, with many two-story, and three-story penthouse options available. It really looks like an extravagant place to live. The leasing office is open every day from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Schedule your tour now by calling  866-628-0589.

Phoenix Public Market Cafe to Host First Friday Parties

April 2, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

phoenixpublicmarketJust when you thought First Fridays couldn’t surprise you anymore, Phoenix Public Market Cafe comes out and does everyone a solid. Starting this Friday, April 4, the cafe will host live music, a Cartel beer garden, pop-up art galleries and more and it’s all free. Playing all night long, you’ll hear jams from Sarah Bruce (6 – 8pm), Dylan Pratt (8 – 9pm), and The Senators (9 – 10pm). Seeing how it’s First Friday, art is a must. The pop-up art installation is by Valley artist, Jesse Perry. Enjoy coffee and beer from the local Cartel Coffee Lab. Yes, in case you didn’t know, Cartel brews their own beer now. Complete with games and other fun activities, Phoenix Public Market will be hosting one heck of a party this weekend.

Mardi Gras Kicks Off in Phoenix this Weekend

February 27, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Mardi Gras 4If you have ever been to a Mardi Gras party, then you know how crazy they can be. Beads, music, pretty girls, and copious amounts of alcohol make it a truly unique celebration. Starting this Saturday, March 1, Mardi Gras kicks off in downtown Phoenix. CityScape is where it’s all going down with their “Party Gras” event. The day will be filled with dining and drink specials, a remarkable parade, family-friendly activities and plenty of beads. There will specials at nearby joints like Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and LUSTRE Rooftop Garden and Lucky Strike Lanes and Gypsy Bar. Live music, parties for people 21+, and more will take over CityScape. The party will be from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The parade starts at 4:00 pm and is open to everyone. If you want to keep it going, local bars will be doing their thing all night.

Now Open: PHX Public Market Café’s Full-Service Dinner

November 20, 2013 | 12:08 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

the perfect dinner finalThe Phoenix Public Market was always a great place to spend your afternoon. After some revamping, they’ve finally stepped up their game. They now have a full-service supper menu. What’s more is that they also have an all-night happy hour. We thought you would like that. The popular downtown Phoenix café’s dinner menu is available every day, starting at 5:00 pm. With items like prime rib, porchetta, leg of lamb, or even whole cauliflower, the food has a home-cooked-by-grandma aesthetic that you’re sure to love. The all-night (from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm) happy hour is also good. Nothing pairing up a homemade meal with the freshest ingredients with a delicious craft beer.

Sweat Your Asana Off

May 29, 2013 | 12:35 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Hot AsanaIf you’ve never done yoga then you really need to get with the times (even though the yoga practice is thousands of years old, whatever.) The very popular rooftop yoga series at Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape is back starting Monday, June 3. Take in the views of downtown Phoenix while finding inner peace every Monday from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Last year, there were 200 participants and we’re betting there will be more this year. After the class, you can enjoy happy hour at Lustre Rooftop Garden. Here’s a look at the schedule with the instructors:

6/3, 8/26 and 7/15: Lara Polichek
6/10 and 7/22 and 9/2: Danielle Campagna
6/17 and 7/29: Megan Livengood
6/24 and 8/5: Lonni Abromovitz
7/1 and 8/12: Rachelle Taylor
7/8 and 8/19: Rosa Rendon

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana is Heading Downtown

May 15, 2013 | 12:47 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

FOTO PIZZAIt’s been three years since Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana opened its doors in Scottsdale. But as we all know, change is the only contant. Thus, the pizzeria will be heading downtown. Which is cool, because downtown Phoenix needs to keep growing. Anyway, their new home will be on the historic 1st street. Executive Chef Matteo Schiavone will obviously maintain the quality food items, some of which are imported straight from Italy. Located near the ASU Downtown campus and the Phoenix Public Market, the new location is guaranteed to bring in more business. The downtown location will open its doors on May 28 with a grand opening party on May 31.

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana | 705 North 1st Street | Phoenix

Best New Year’s Eve Parties in the Valley

December 31, 2012 | 1:56 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

It is the last day of the year. You’ve probably already figured out what you’re doing tonight, but if you still need some ideas, check out this New Year’s Eve party round up. So grab your dress, grab your suit, a couple bottles of champagne and let’s get ready to have some fun tonight.

Scottsdale’s NYE Block Party – Block parties are always fun because they let you walk around and mingle with thousands of people. In one of the Valley’s most happening spots, this will be a great party.

A Gatsby New Year’s Eve – Taking place at the W Scottsdale hotel, you can party like it’s 1920 tonight. Make sure to wear your flapper dress and tux.

Mill Avenue Block Party – Tempe’s yearly event will surely draw thousands of guests. With pretty much every bar participating, there will be live music, dancing, and fun.

“RA”ckin New Year’s Eve Party – Every location of RA Sushi will be celebrating tonight with a party. Enjoy food and drink specials while you bring in 2013.

For more New Year’s Eve party ideas, click here.

New Year’s Eve in Downtown Phoenix

December 17, 2012 | 1:26 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

Sure, it’s not exactly going to be like Time’s Square on New Year’s, but CityScape Phoenix will have a lot to offer while you’re saying goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013. Also take note, New Year’s is one of Arizona’s largest nights for DUI arrests, so why even risk it? If you stay at Hotel Palomar, you can just ride the elevator home instead of getting behind the wheel.

Let’s take a look at some of the hottest NYE parties going down that night:

Copper Blues

You can party the night away and enjoy live music at Copper Blues when The Instant Classics take the stage at 8:30 pm and play until 2:00 am. Guests can choose from three different packages ranging from general admission to all inclusive ($25 – $75 per person). Doors open at 6:00 pm and reservations are recommended.

Gypsy Bar

For its first New Year’s Eve celebration, Gypsy Bar is going all out and hosting a “Reset” party. The night kicks off at 8pm with specialty entertainment acts, Go Go dancers, video DJ LA and food and drink specials and packages. At midnight, guests will be treated to a complimentary champagne toast and party favors while they watch the ball drop in Times Square on 12-foot, high-definition screens as confetti and balloons drop from the ceiling.

Arrogant Butcher

Start the night off with dinner at one of Downtown Phoenix’s favorite restaurants, Arrogant Butcher. They will be offering a special dinner menu from 11am from 10pm highlighting some of its specialty menu items.

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape & Stand Up Live

Ring in the New Year with Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape with beautiful downtown accommodations, a night of fun and special VIP treatment.

Jimmy Eat World Lights the Tree

November 19, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

After you’ve had a day to rest from stuffing your face this Thanksgiving, head to CityScape in downtown Phoenix for more holiday festivities. This Saturday, CityScape Phoenix will officially kick off the season with the lighting of the Christmas Tree.

Local favorite band, Jimmy Eat World will help light the tree at 6:30 p.m. Followed by a performance by the Phoenix Symphony Brass Quintet and Christmas carols from the ASU Gospel Choir. You can head there early for the opening of the ice rink at 2:00 p.m.

The festivities also include a figure skating show, face painters, free cookies and hot chocolate and much more. If you’re 21 and older, grab yourself a beer or wine from Chloe’s Corner and enjoy their beverages outdoors.

‘Tis the season, folks.

Almost Time to Light Up That Tree

October 25, 2012 | 12:00 PM | City Guides | By Maxfield Barker

The holidays will be here before we know it. That’s both a good thing and a bad thing. The bad thing: We have no gift ideas yet for our loved ones. The good thing: You can enjoy all the wonders of the holidays starting November 23. CityScape Phoenix will kick off the season with a tree lighting event and the opening of the CityScape Phoenix Ice Rink.

The ice rink at CityScape is the largest outdoor rink in all of Arizona. In homage to the ice rink at Rockefeller Center in New York, the rink will become a distinguished holiday staple in downtown Phoenix, as it will be dramatically placed in the center of Central Avenue.

From November 23 to January 6, you can enjoy ice skating Monday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Proceeds from skate rentals will be donated to six Valley charitable and non-profit organizations.

Throughout the season, Chloe’s Corner will be offering a free hot chocolate with every skate rental. If you’re 21 and older you can purchase beer and wine from Chloe’s and enjoy their beverages outdoors. ‘Tis the season, folks.

 

Working Downtown? Check Out These Great Deals

July 30, 2012 | 11:18 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, Cityscape has something for everyone. Whether it’s a fancy schmancy restaurant or just a casual place to grab a drink, it’s starting to attract much of the nightlife in the downtown area. But what about lunch time?

With plenty of offices in the surrounding area, Cityscape is the perfect spot to gather your co-workers for a lunch that doesn’t come in a sack. Check out our round-up of the restaurants that offer lunch specials so you can make the most of your mid-day escape.

Fuego CityScape

Happy hour at this newly opened modern Mexican restaurant goes beyond the typical fare. Monday through Saturday from 3pm to close, enjoy 18 different menu items for $6 or less. Menu choices range from Cubano sliders and a BBQ pork quesadilla to empanadas and mini veggie tostadas. For drinks, chose from wines by the glass, premium drafts, housemade sangria, the Fuego Margarita or the mojito of the day.

Copper Blues

Every weekday from 11am-3pm, Copper Blues is taking a section of their menu and making it available for $9.95 and adding in a soft drink. Monday is burgers, Tuesday is salads and sandwiches, Wednesday is pizza, Thursday is the entire menu and Friday is pizza with a beer for $9.95.

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The Mix Tape: Lemonade

March 10, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Sound | By Staff

The spring sun is shining bright and what a great way to enjoy the sunshine than with a tall glass of this week’s lemony fresh The Mix Tape by DJ William F-ing Reed. Serve it up all weekend long. Here’s the recipe: Listen. Enjoy. Repeat.

Beach House – Myth
Neon Indian – Hex Girlfriend
Lemonade – Neptune
Bowerbirds – Tuck the Darkness In
Madeon – Icarus

Long Tall Sally Pops Up for Leggy Ladies

March 8, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Her | By Staff

If you’re a tall, leggy-lady you’re: a) making us jealous b) in luck because Long Tall Sally is bringing their spring/summer collection of casual wear for the 5’8″ or taller woman to Phoenix for a weekend pop-up shop! Shop the collection of maxi dresses, suits, denim, outerwear and more. All items are specifically designed for women or those who require a little extra length in the torso area, sleeves, inseams or anywhere else. It’s not just adding extra inches to a hem either. Instead, each and every garment is crafted from start to finish with a tall woman in mind so that the rise, pockets, waist, sleeves and inseam all fit perfectly, proportionally on a taller figure.

Shop the collection March 10 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and March 11 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix.

Hyatt Regency | 122 N. 2nd Street | Phoenix, AZ 85004

 

What’s Up for the Weekend

January 20, 2012 | 9:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Happy Friday! T.G.I.F. Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here’s our list of what’s up around town:

Listen Up: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents red, blue, GREEN: a blues by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, mixing hip-hop, poetry and activism, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. Free pre-show chat with the artists Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Theaster Gates. Your show ticket gets you free access to neighboring SMoCA after the show at 9:00 p.m. More details and ticket info here.

Drink Up: Join the MBar at the Montelucia Resort & Spa for their daily happy hour, Monday – Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with $10 off wines by the bottle $5 off wines by the half bottle, mix drink specials and light bites. Stay late from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. for live music by Remedy tonight.

Up on Art: Join District American Kitchen & Wine Bar downtown Phoenix tonight from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. for an special local artist reception happy hour. Artist Robert Holman Charon will showcase artwork that evokes an all-embracing balance of converse yet connected imagery, while Kristine Kollaschshows her artwork that boasts rich layers of color and texture. Specials on snacks and drinks while you listen to sweet sounds of local DJ Jared Alan and admire newly installed artwork from two local artists.

Kristine Kollasch

Charge it Up: This week, El Chorro is unveiling its three new Blink electric vehicle chargers, which offer green drivers an easy and convenient place to charge their car while they enjoy a great meal.

Laugh It Up: Dennis Miller live at Celebrity Theatre Saturday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to the funny man’s single show start at $40.00. For more info and ticketing click here.

Cook It Up: Savoring the Season: An Edible Education Series at the Scottsdale Farmer’s Market continues tomorrow with Stocks, Stews & Soups with Chef Payton Curry and McClendon’s Select. Class is from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and the cost is free, but limited to the first 25 participants. Check full schedule here.

Freshen Up: Celebrate beauty at the Neiman Marcus Scottsdale Beauty 2012 event  Friday and Saturday January 20 and 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Personal skincare, makeup and fragrance consultations available, makeup experts available for makeovers and introduction of spring cosmetic lines, Free Flow Yoga classes compliments of Sumits Yoga Biltmore Studio at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and more. Call for makeup and yoga reservations 480-990-2100.

Look Up: The Carefree-Cave Creek Balloon Festival takes off Saturday, January 21 at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center starting at 4:00 p.m. Vendors, kids zone and balloon glow from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fireworks at 8:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

 Ballon image via Sun City Times

 

Destination: Downtown

December 2, 2011 | 9:30 AM | City Guides | By Staff

The newest destination to Arizona’s list of staycation escapes isn’t another golf resort or a multi-acre Southwestern playground. The latest destination is downtown.

Vacationers and staycationers searching for an urban-style escape like us recently, can find themselves at the newly opened Westin Phoenix Downtown hotel. With dramatic floor to ceiling window views from each signature Westin Heavenly Bed, waking up urban in one of the 242 rooms is a breath of fresh white-tea scented air.

Where’s the Beef? At CityScape…For Free!

November 29, 2011 | 7:55 AM | Deals | By Staff

Wendy’s Hot ‘N Juicy Tour of America is stopping in Phoenix at CityScape Wednesday, November 30th to hand out over 1,500 free Hot ‘N Juicy Cheeseburgers with Frosty from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. Burger tasters will also have a chance to win prizes and participate in interactive games. Wow – Wendy’s been getting around with this freebies since September when we told you about the opening of their modern eatery in Phoenix. Keep the freebies coming!

CityScape | 1 East Washington Street | Phoenix, AZ 85004

Image via Wendy’s

First Friday Rises Again

September 2, 2011 | 11:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Chad Hays

Though the record-breaking August heat is rolling into September, it’s time to head to Downtown Phoenix once again for the sights, sounds and tastes of First Friday.

You can start your night by parking at the Phoenix Art Museum and use the free Artlink Phoenix shuttles to get around to a number of art galleries throughout the evening. Admission to the museum is free on First Fridays and be sure to check out the stepping, stomping and hand-clap dancers that are performing there tonight.

We’re especially excited to check out the Shape Shifter: Paintings & Patterns by Jason Smith art exhibit debuting tonight at the After Hour Gallery from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. As seen here, Smith combines mid-century modern inspirations with a dose of psychedelia to create delightfully colorful pieces.

Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue will be happening as always on First Friday and DLT-favorite Phoenix Public Market will be open until 11 p.m. with live music and their always-wonderful selection of fresh local food, beers and wine. Practical Art has live music from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. with snacks and refreshments being served.

Be sure to keep up on the action on Twitter by following and share what’s happening with hashtag #phxff.


Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man Invades Phoenix

May 16, 2011 | 8:19 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Frank Johnson

The nerds are coming, the nerds are coming! As we count down to Phoenix Comicom on May 26 – 29 (aka the Valley’s largest comic book and pop-culture convention), we wanted to spotlight one of the fest’s wackiest attendees. Named the Arizona Ghostbusters, they are, well, it’s pretty self-explanatory, right. These kid-party favorites will be rolling into Downtown Phoenix with their vintage ECTO-AZ station wagon and inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in tow.

Even cooler, they will be joined by actual ‘Ghostbusters’ cast members such as Ernie “That’s a big Twinkie” Hudson and William Atherton (pictured), who played the seezy guy you love to hate in classic movies such as ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Die Hard.’

Remix Your Friday With Sticky Fingers

April 29, 2011 | 1:56 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Alanna Watson

Happy one-year anniversary, Sticky Fingers. Don’t have any idea what we’re talking about? Why it’s only the Valley’s most muther-f’ing rock party. Hosted by DJ William F’ing Reed at Bar Smith in Downtown Phoenix, this hip-swiveling shindig celebrates a full-year of hot jams and cold drinks this Friday, April 28. As in tonight!

Can’t party on such short notice? We have a solution for you. The Remix Artist Collective (RAC) is coming to Sticky Fingers in downtown Phoenix on Friday, May 6. If you aren’t familiar with the RAC, we won’t look down on you through our thick-rimmed hipster glasses, but these are the guys responsible for mixing songs from bands like Block Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Edward Sharpe, Temper Trap, Surfer Blood and huge names like The Who and Pink Floyd. There are some other details that involve distinguishing club mixes from these remixes, but too much explanation just clouds the real objective: great music. Shake up your schedule and check it out.

Prolific Playwright Does Double Duty at Herberger

April 25, 2011 | 5:29 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Alanna Watson

Two companies, two plays, one theater and one playwright. The folks at The Herberger Theater are apparently big fans of the prolific yet mysterious, Rich Orloff (pictured), because they are producing two of his plays on one stage, back to back throughout May and June. Orloff, who has written more than two dozen one acts and 60 short plays, has been produced more than 600 times by theater companies around the world and is known for his humor and critical acclaim.

You can catch Funny As A Crutch (May 3-12) and It’s…Nothing Serious (May 17-Jun 20)at  the Herberger’s Lunch Time Theater series. Bring your lunch or order a boxed one provided by the theater for the 12:10 shows. Tickets are only $6 and you can get them here.

Struggling Media Giants Introduce Snazzy New HQ

April 13, 2011 | 11:26 AM | Media | By Staff

Earlier this year, Phoenix’s 12 News began broadcasting live from its brand new home in the heart of Downtown. Even cooler, the station now features a ‘state of the art’ street-front studio, so you and your friends can embarrass yourselves appear on live TV, a la the Today Show‘s studio in Times Square. Personally, we can’t wait to watch the 24/7 excitement that is Downtown Phoenix, including the occasional businessperson hustling by, and maybe a lost tourist or a hungover ASU student. We kid, (we hope.)

But real story here is the TV station’s new location, wedged into the 10-story tower originally built as the HQ of the Arizona Republic newspaper. In other words, these former local media titans have shrunk so much that they both fit inside the same building.

But hey, it’s a party right? Click here to get details on today’s all-day street festival, culminating with a fireworks show and concert by the Valley’s-own Gin Blossoms. [Update: A scheduled appearance by the Today Show’s Al Roker has been canceled, and the event will now double as a blood-drive/fundraiser in the wake of the terrible tragedy in Tucson.]

Meanwhile, to learn more about this corporate spin job, click read more.

Image via AZ Central

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Dear Phoenix, Pizza is the New Gateway Drug

April 12, 2011 | 2:22 PM | Andrew From AZ | By Andrew From AZ

Heres the latest from Andrew From AZ. (This might shock you, but that’s not his real name.) Plucked from the obscurity that is our comments board, Andrew is snarky, single and a bit of a (reluctant) scenester. In other words, he’s the perfect person to document the trials and tribulations of life in the world’s hippest suburb.

Pizza isn’t one of those sexy ethnic foods (Korean BBQ! Tapas! Peruvian!) that people who live in real cities fail to fully appreciate, but there is certainly more to it than the ubiquitous Pizza Hut would suggest. Pizza has to be among the most popular foods in the US (what picky teenager won’t eat pizza?), and yet, too few Americans are willing to experiment and explore the flavors, textures, and variety it can offer.

I was a clueless kid when I first ate at Pizzeria Bianco. I’d just graduated from ASU, and at that point the most adventurous thing I’d ever eaten was a quesadilla from Chino Bandido.

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