Something that people don’t understand about the Valley is that our food culture is becoming more and more up-to-par when compared to the rest of the country. We’d say we’re right up there with L.A., New York, and Chicago. Look at RnR in Scottsdale for example. They recently demolished the competition and home the top prize at the 2013 Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Burger Battle. Because of that win, Chef AJ Benga and the RnR team will be heading to Las Vegas in November to compete in the World Burger Competition. Our local team will be battling 49 other competitors from around the world in a burger cook-off tournament to win $25,ooo in prizes. We will be cheering on Chef Benga’s creation, the Brussels Sprouts and Onion Jam Burger.
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What could be easier than flights to Las Vegas? Sin City is a great place to spend a couple of days, though we would recommend no more than three. Throughout the month of October you can stay at the MGM for a mere $85 per night. Enjoy the floor to ceiling windows as you get ready to hit the strip. If you’re paying just $85 per night, you would think the room is small, right? Think again, because the smallest option is 540 square feet.
In this edition of 120 Seconds, we had the pleasure of talking to Aaron Defeo, Phoenix’s Most Inspired Bartender. The resident bartender of Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Defeo has been chosen as as the Phoenix finalist in Bombay Sapphire’s Search for the Most Inspired Bartender. His outstanding cocktail, Eastern Promises, has garnered his success in the Valley and will bring him to Las Vegas in September.
Competing against 52 top mixologists from across the US, the winner will be featured in and on the cover of GQ magazine. We asked him about drinks, life, and how to win in Vegas. Let’s take a look. We’ll keep you posted on how Defeo does in Vegas.
DLT: What was your inspiration behind Eastern Promises?
I really think that gin–in general–benefits from England’s colonial exploits, much to the detriment of the rest of the world. In particular, some of the eastern & middle-eastern flavor influences and notes stand out… cassia, licorice, cubeb (allspice flavor), and, of course, Coriander, from Morocco. Thai basil, one of the key ingredients in Eastern Promises, is a distinctly Eastern ingredient. It meshes very well with the rest of the notes, especially the licorice botanical, which lends a subtle, basil-like anise to the gin. I also used Ramazzotti Amaro, which not only goes well with the pineapple in the drink, but also carries that anise note. Of course, the pineapple syrup is also made from Chai tea, which evokes so many Eastern flavors (many of which are also found Bombay). »READ MORE
Halloween weekend has arrived, the
slutty sexy outfits and couples costumes are ready to wear, and all that’s left is finding someplace to party. There are plenty of frightful activities around town, and even around the Southwest if you’re down for a last-minute getaway.
Be sure to check out our recent articles for local parties, Valley haunted houses and Cave Creek getting wicked. If you’re feeling adventurous this weekend, there’s still time to get away to Vegas or Southern California for their plethora of frights and fiestas. And staying in? Spook up your eve with one of these tasty spooktails from this week’s cocktail roundup.
Have a safe and fun Halloween weekend!
The Trilogy of Terror
Three of the biggest haunted houses in Vegas join forces this year at the same location. Castle Vampyre, Circus of Horrors and Gates Of Hell, the first-ever R-rated haunted house in Vegas, make for a one-stop shop of fear. Tickets are $12 for each, $27 for all three or $32 for the sadists wanting an all-night pass.
In need of a Las Vegas retreat but want avoid a “Hangover” situation? Want to expand your horizons in Sin City without the hassle of planning all the sin yourself? Let the new website Galavantier be your personal travel agent and show you the best of the city and more.
The team at Galavantier does all the planning for you (except airfare – you’re on your own to get there) by putting together a detailed itinerary for each travel experience with activities centered on a particular theme. Whether it be a Guy’s Getaway or Luxury Mixed with Adventure you’re looking for, Galvantier is a unique deal site with a limited number of upscale getaway packages to Vegas at a bargain. Just find a weekend that fits your schedule and desires, put it in your shopping cart, checkout and it’s Viva Las Vegas, baby!
Currenty, Galavantier is only offering Las Vegas weekend deals, with Arizona and California destinations coming soon.
DLT ‘s fixation with sugary, belt-busting confections continues. This time we have our eyes set on the famed German-sounding baked good: the Bundt cake. Ice cream and sheet cakes, take note. You’ve met your match. »READ MORE