Guy Fieri visits Phoenix restaurants for Food Network again
Guy Fieri visits Phoenix restaurants for Food Network again
Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Mother Bunch Brewing | The downtown Phoenix microbrewery and restaurant will appear on Cooking Channel’s “Burger, Brew & ‘Que,” hosted by celebrity chef Michael Symon, on Tuesday, Oct. 9. | Details: 825 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 602-368-3580, motherbunchbrew.com. Courtesy of Joshua Taff of Joshuamatic Creative Visual Solutions Fullscreen Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse | Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse, with two Valley locations, was featured on Guy Fieri’s popular Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” on Friday, December 15, 2017. | Details: Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse, 3375 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, 602-996-4228. And, 7217 E. First St., Scottsdale. 480-404-9984, bootleggerssmokehouse.com. Bootleggers Fullscreen Tratto | On Friday morning, Dec. 8, 2017, Bianco appeared on “The Today Show” and made Margherita pizza from scratch during a cooking segment. Tratto, Bianco’s fine-dining Italian restaurant in central Phoenix, was also featured on Cooking Channel’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. In the season-premiere episode, titled “Worth the Wait,” local celebrity chef Beau MacMillan gushed about Tratto’s handmade pasta. | Details: Town & Country, 4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix. 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 602-296-7761, trattophx.com. Michael Chow/The Republic Tacos Chiwas | Guy Fieri stopped at Tacos Chiwas in 2017, an acclaimed taco joint on McDowell Road near 20th Street. | Details: 1923 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. 602-358-8830, tacoschiwas.com. Dominic Armato/The Republic Fullscreen Republica Empanada | On Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, the Food Network star taped an episode of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” at Republica Empanada in Mesa. The restaurant, at 204 E. First Ave., had to close for the shooting. | Details: 204 E 1st Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210 Nick Oza/The Republic | Digital;Local Fullscreen Cartel Coffee Lab | On Sept. 29, National Coffee Day, Food Network personality Alton Brown tweeted an extensive list he first compiled in 2014 of more than 60 of his favorite coffee shops across North America, and Cartel Coffee Lab made the list. Brown shared: “I have to admit that I really like the fact they call themselves a ‘lab.’ The coffee is good and the space is great.” | Details: Various locations. 480-621-6381, cartelcoffeelab.com. Courtesy of Cartel Coffee Lab Fullscreen Chino Bandido | In an episode of “Guy’s Family Road Trip,” celebrity chef Guy Fieri explored northern Arizona and its cuisine. “Definitely in the top 20 most crazy places I’ve ever been to,” Fieri said. “And the food is dynamite.” | Details: 15414 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, 602-375-3639. chinobandido.com Dominic Armato/The Republic Fullscreen Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market | In an episode of “Guy’s Family Road Trip,” celebrity chef Guy Fieri explored northern Arizona and its cuisine. Its melt-in-your-mouth brisket, pulled pork and Kansas City barbecue sauce are hits among customers, including Fieri. | Details: 9393 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. 480-513-8186. thethumb.com. The Republic Fullscreen Fat Ox in Scottsdale | Rochelle “Ro” Daniel, chef de cuisine at Fat Ox in Scottsdale, rarely shies away from a challenge. Even as a young chef, she remembers seeking out the hardest kitchen to work in, where she could master the art of food. Daniel’s mindset was no different when Food Network offered her a spot in “Chopped Grill Masters” competition. | Details: 6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-307-6900, ilovefatox.com. Ben Meyer, 3rd Story Fullscreen Chompie’s | Bigger is always better on Food Network’s “Ginormous Food,” which seeks out the most outrageous foods across America. The show featured Bubbie’s Belly Buster, a 10-pound beef brisket sandwich at Chompie’s. In a 2010 episode of “Man vs. Food” on the Travel Channel, host Adam Richman accepted Chompie’s Ultimate Slider Challenge, an attempt to down 12 brisket sliders with potato pancakes and onion strings in 30 minutes. He failed, but you can take the challenge any day you feel lucky ($49.99, free if you make it). | Details: Locations in Chandler, Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Glendale. chompies.com. Chompie’s Fullscreen Porkopolis | Bigger is always better on Food Network’s “Ginormous Food,” which seeks out the most outrageous foods across America. this show featured The Triple Brady Bacon Burger, a 14-inch-tall burger with three patties and three different types of pork at Porkopolis, in Scottsdale and Chandler. | Details: 1445 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-899-7675. Also, 10392 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-284-7778, porkopolisbbqaz.com. Porkopolis Fullscreen El Palacio Mexican Restaurant | Bigger is always better on Food Network’s “Ginormous Food,” which seeks out the most outrageous foods across America. This show featured El Bandido, a 28-inch (!!) burrito at El Palacio Mexican Restaurant in Chandler. | Details: 2950 E. Germann Road, Chandler. 480-802-5770, other locations around Arizona at epfamilyrestaurants.com. The Media Push Fullscreen Slanted Rice Vietnamese Bistro | Slanted Rice Vietnamese Bistro was featured on Guy Fieri’s popular Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” on Friday, Jan. 5, 2017. Fieri called Slanted Rice “a legit Vietnamese spot that cooks up specialties like killer clay-pot chicken.” | Details: Slanted Rice Vietnamese Bistro, 6149 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-696-3116, slantedrice.com. John Samora/The Republic Fullscreen Zuzu | Guy Fieri features Zuzu on ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’ on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. The sweet-and-savory chef duo were matched against two other teams, including Flagstaff husband-and-wife team Joe and Dara Rodger. Contestants shop in a set grocery store called “Flavortown.” In the first heat, the teams must create an all-American comfort dinner and dessert with items from a mandatory list. | Details: Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale. $40. Reservations: 480-376-2600. hotelvalleyho.com. The Republic | digital Fullscreen Santa Barbara Catering | This restaurant was featured on an episode of ‘Chopped’ on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. “For a 25-year-old chef that grew up watching ‘Chopped’ throughout high school, standing in that kitchen for the first time is like entering an alternate reality,” Marissa Delgado said. | Details: 1090 W 5th St, Tempe, AZ 85281 Santa Barbara Catering Fullscreen Queen Creek Olive Mill | The kalamata sandwich ($10.99) caught the attention of chef Beau MacMillan, who talked about the salty and meaty dish on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” in 2010. Kalamata salami from the Pork Shop joins Genoa salami, capicola, herb-roasted tomato, provolone, red onion and the mill’s white balsamic herb crema on ciabattini. Details: 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek. 480-888-9290, queencreekolivemill.com. Nate Lynde Fullscreen Alice Cooper’stown | In 2010, Adam Richman took on the rocker’s Big Unit ($24.99), a 22-inch Vienna beef hot dog with all the trimmings plus fries. The “Man vs. Food” host was served by none other than Alice Cooper himself. After that visit, Cooper debuted the Bases Loaded Big Unit ($29.99), with toppings that Richman picked during the taping: “nightmare chili,” cheese sauce, sauerkraut, jalapeños, chopped onions, diced tomatoes and sweet relish with fries. Alice Cooper’stown closed in October 2017 after 18 years in downtown Phoenix. The Republic Fullscreen Andreoli Italian Grocer | In 2015, Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” swung by to sample old Italian favorites. The lineup includes the bresaola salad ($8.25) with air-cured beef atop a bed of arugula salad and finished with shaved Parmigiano; and the tizio sandwich ($8.25) with homemade sausage, peppers and onion. Details: 8880 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale. 480-614-1980, andreoli-grocer.com. David Wallace/The Republic Fullscreen Barrio Cafe | The 2013 “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” run through the Valley included a stop at chef Silvana Salcido Esparza’s original Barrio. One of the dishes that caught Guy Fieri’s attention was the signature cochinita pibil ($22), achiote and sour orange-marinated pork that’s slow-roasted overnight in a banana leaf and finished with pickled red onion and Yucatan-style pico de gallo. Also, the cafe featured its Cochinita Pibil on the Cooking Channel’s “Best in Chow: Taco Wars Phoenix” on Nov. 13, 2013. Details: 2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix. 602-636-0240, barriocafe.com. Michael Chow/The Republic Fullscreen Brick and Barley | A 2016 episode of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” showed how industry consulted Jon Taffer transformed the old Baseline Sports Bar into the spanking-new Brick and Barley. In addition to a new name, the makeover included new signage, lighting under the bar and patio furniture. The interior shifted from hole-in-the-wall dive to upscale pub, with a mustard yellow color scheme, stone accents and chandeliers. Mixology expert Daniel Ponsky returned to the bar for an episode of “Bar Rescue: Back to the Bar,” which aired on March 12, 2017. Details: 201 E. Baseline Road, Tempe. 480-730-9800. Brick and Barley Fullscreen Chino Bandido Takee-Outee | It’s where China and Mexico meet in comforting rice bowls ($6.65). “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and Guy Fieri headed here in 2008 to try dishes like the jade red fried chicken glazed with spicy and sweet sauce; machaca shredded beef with tomato and spices; and the scorching pollo diablo that gets a massive kick from red hot peppers. Details: 15414 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. 602-375-3639, chinobandido.com. Chino Bandido Fullscreen Curry Corner | In 2013, Guy Fieri declared this eatery “one of the best Pakistani establishments across the pond” in “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Favorites included the all-night marinated tandoori chicken ($8) and goat haleem ($9), a comfort food stew with lentils. Details: 1212 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe. 480-894-1276, currycornertempe.com. The Republic Fullscreen Four Peaks Brewing Company | “Drinking Made Easy” host Zane Lamprey visited this Tempe brewery in 2010 and ordered a flight ($10) of the house-made wares. Perennial favorites include the easy-drinking 8th Street ale, dessert-worthy oatmeal stout and the flagship Scottish ale, Kilt Lifter. Details: 1340 E. Eighth St., Tempe. 480-303-9967. Other locations at fourpeaks.com. Four Peaks Brewing Company Fullscreen George and Dragon English Pub & Restaurant | In 2016, Spike TV’s reality rehab show “Bar Rescue” gave the longtime neighborhood haunt a makeover under the guidance of food and beverage industry consultant Jon Taffer. According to the show, the bar was $700,000 in debt and losing $5,000 a month when Taffer and crew rescued the pub. Details: 4240 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-241-0018, georgeanddragonpub.net. Jeremiah Toller/Special for azcentral.com Fullscreen Haus Murphy’s | In 2008, Guy Fieri brought “Triple D” to downtown Glendale for stick-to-your-ribs German eats. Recommended dishes include the classic wiener schnitzel ($19.95), a tender veal loin that’s breaded and sauteed; and the sauerbraten ($19.95), sweet and sour marinated beef that’s served with red cabbage and choice of spatzle or potato dumpling. Details: 5739 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. 623-939-2480, hausmurphys.com. The Republic Fullscreen La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop | “Triple D” and Guy Fieri featured some of this taqueria’s most popular items during a 2015 visit. Fieri tried the carne asada taco and the Baja Sur dogfish shark taco, beer-battered dogfish shark fried and stuffed into a corn tortilla. Details: 1919 N. 16th St., Phoenix. 602-254-6330, lasantisimagourmet.com. John Samora/The Republic Fullscreen Liberty Market | Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin Americana” visited this restaurant and coffee shop in a 2016 episode. Liberty’s 6 Alarm Burger ($14) “was one of the best I’ve ever tasted,” celebrity chef Gabriele Corcos told us. | Details: 230 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. 480-892-1900, libertymarket.com. Peachy Photography Fullscreen Matt’s Big Breakfast | “Triple D” host Guy Fieri in 2008 shared two of Matt’s specialties: a Belgian waffle and bacon duo; and the hog & chick, made with two eggs, choice of thick-cut bacon or country sausage, served with toast and choice of potatoes. Details: 825 N. First St., Phoenix. 602-254-1074. Other locations at mattsbigbreakfast.com. The Republic Fullscreen Over Easy | Food Networks visited this breakfast spot first in 2009, when Guy Fieri and his “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” crew rolled in and raved about the brioche French toast and ham steak with red eye gravy. Two years later, on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” Beau MacMillan, executive chef at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, shared his love for the waffle dogs. Details: 4730 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 602-468-3447. Other locations at eatatovereasy.com. KingLawrence.com Fullscreen Paradise Valley Burger Company | In 2015, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” also hit this popular burger joint, where Guy Fieri munched on menu delights like the french toast fries ($3) and the Beach House Burger ($7.50), topped with roasted green chili, smoked mozzarella and pico de gallo. What did they wash it down with? The Lucky Charms marshmallow shake ($5). Details: 4001 E. Bell Road, Phoenix. 602-535-4930, paradisevalleyburgercompany.com. Bret Shapiro/Paradise Valley Burger Company Fullscreen Perk Eatery | In 2013, Guy Fieri headed to this breakfast and lunch spot for “Triple D” and indulged on the breakfast enchiladas ($14.99), filled with chipotle ricotta, black beans and slow-roasted pork, and topped with spicy New Mexico red chili and eggs. He also tried the chicken on the coup’s ($11.99) sausage and sage stuffing, sausage gravy and eggs; and the wine country French toast ($12.99) stuffed with brie and finished with roasted grapes and red wine rosemary syrup. Details: 6501 E. Greenway Parkway, Phoenix. 480-998-6026, perkeatery.com. Pauline Martinez Fullscreen Pizzeria Bianco | After visiting Chris Bianco’s Heritage Square restaurant, food writer John T. Edge gave the rosa pizza ($15) a glowing review on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” in 2009. This signature pizza combines red onion, Parmigiano-Reggiano, fresh rosemary and Arizona pistachios. Details: 623 E. Adams St., Phoenix. 602-258-8300. Also, 4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix. 602-368-3273, pizzeriabianco.com. Dominic Armato/The Republic Fullscreen Sal’s Gilbert Pizza | The garlic knots (six for $2.25), meat lasagna ($12.99) and vodka penne ($7.99, $11.99) are on the list of noteworthy dishes that Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” highlighted in 2015. Details: 1150 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. 480-633-2226, gilbertpizzaaz.com. Jennifer McClellan/The Republic Fullscreen St. Francis | Guy Fieri’s 2013 visit to St. Francis showcased three dishes on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives:” the best-selling pig dip sandwich ($16), made with wood-roasted pork loin, bacon, pork jus, onion marmalade, Dijon and Gruyere on a baguette; the iron skillet pancake ($9); and Moroccan meatballs served with spiced tomato sauce and pearl pasta ($15). Details: 111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-200-8111, stfrancisaz.com. Bridges Media Group Fullscreen Sweet Republic | Food Network’s Alton Brown in 2011 declared the toffee banofi sundae ($7.75) his “favorite ice cream concoction” on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” House-made almond toffee brittle, fresh bananas, salted caramel and whipped cream are piled onto two scoops of Madagascar vanilla ice cream, served in a waffle bowl. Details: 9160 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-248-6979. Other locations at sweetrepublic.com. John Samora/The Republic Fullscreen The Duce | In 2013, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” pulled up a seat at this converted warehouse that serves as restaurant, bar, shopping spot and boxing gym. Host Guy Fieri suggested going straight to the mac and cheese muffins and the chicken pot pie that’s served in a glass jar. Details: 525 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-866-3823, theducephx.com. Jeremiah Toller/Special for azcentral.com Fullscreen Urban Cookies | The Phoenix bakeshop won Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” in 2011. At least once a year, the store sells the winning flavors: orange olive oil and rosewater; orange-scented chocolate campfire; peach-berry shortcake; and a tomato and thyme cupcake topped with honey mascarpone frosting, Parmesan crisps and a roasted, sugared tomato ($3.49). Details: 4711 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 602-451-4335, urbancookies.com. Michael Chow/The Republic Fullscreen Wild Thaiger | “Triple D” and Guy Fieri returned to Phoenix in 2015 to feature a bevy of Wild Thaiger’s dishes. Among them: Dragon eggs, or pork, crab and shrimp dumplings in zippy sauce; beef panang; savory pork skewers in the Mu Yang; and coconut ice cream. Details: 2631 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-241-8995, wildthaiger.com. Wild Thaiger Fullscreen Los Reyes de la Torta | One of this cafe’s over-the-top tortas landed on The Travel Channel twice: in 2010 on “Man vs. Food” and in 2012 on “Best Sandwich in America.” Judge for yourself the Torta Del Rey, made with ham, melted cheese, pork sirloin, breaded beef, refried beans, hot dogs and chorizo tucked inside an omelet, tomato, onion, avocado and chipotle sauce ($10.25). Details: 9230 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 602-870-2967. Also, 4333 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 602-269-3212. And, 1528 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. 480-491-1314, losreyesdelatortaphx.com. John Samora/The Republic Fullscreen Baiz Market Place | Cooking Channel’s “Eden Eats” visited Phoenix’s Baiz market and restaurant in 2012 and featured succulent lamb kebabs: two skewers of chunks of lamb and onion that are served with rice, hummus and vegetables ($8.99). Details: 523 N. 20th St., Phoenix. 602-252-8996. Also, 1858 W. Baseline Road, Mesa. 480-718-9227, baizmarket.com. Baiz Market Place Fullscreen Aunt Chilada’s | “Drinking Made Easy,” a kind of broadcast pub crawl on AXS TV, came to Aunt Chilada’s in 2010 and featured the prickly pear margarita. You can still try this cocktail made with prickly pear puree, lemon, lime and orange juices, tequila and triple sec ($6.50). Details: 7330 N. Dreamy Draw Drive, Phoenix. 602-944-1286, auntchiladas.com. The Republic Fullscreen The Barbecue Company Grill and Catering | Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” visited this barbecue restaurant in 2012 and profiled the grilled meatloaf. The dish includes two slices of meatloaf made with beef and pork, smoked bacon, chipotle and Cheddar cheese, served with bread and two sides, such as garlic mashed potatoes and cowboy beans ($14). Details: 4636 S. 36th St., Phoenix. 602-243-3771, thebbqco.com. The Barbecue Company Grill Fullscreen Zinc Bistro | Beau MacMillan of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain appeared on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” in 2009 to plug chef Matthew Carter’s French onion soup. The bistro is known for its onion soup gratinee, a traditional soup bubbling under a roof of melted gruyere cheese ($14). Details: Kierland Commons, Greenway Parkway and Scottsdale Road, Phoenix. 480-603-0922, zincbistroaz.com. The Republic Fullscreen Amy’s Baking Company | It’s been a year since Amy’s Baking Company shut up and shut down in Scottsdale. You’ll recall the restaurant’s owners, Amy and Salomon “Samy” Bouzaglo, from such antics as falling apart on “Kitchen Nightmares” (twice), accusing show host Gordon Ramsay of sexual harassment and allegedly brandishing a knife at a customer. John Severson/The Republic Fullscreen El Chorro | We all love the sticky buns at this landmark restaurant, and so does Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” In 2010, chef Beau MacMillan generously touted them on TV. You can sample these sticky, nutty rolls with any meal and at Sunday brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with entrees like the signature eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon ($18). Details: 5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. 480-948-5170, elchorro.com. The Republic Fullscreen DeFalco’s Italian Deli | “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” was hungry for deli food when Guy Fieri stopped by this shop in 2013. The show spotlighted DeFalco’s Centurion calzone, made with mozzarella, soppressatta salami, roasted peppers, tomatoes, fresh basil and kalamata olives. Great, except at the time DeFalco’s offered those toppings only on a pizza. When the show aired, DeFalco’s had to scramble and make a calzone version, which remains popular today (10-inch, $15; 16-inch, $19.50). Details: 2334 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-990-8660, defalcosdeli.com. DeFalco’s Italian Deli Fullscreen Sapori D’Italia | In 2012, Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” visited this Italian restaurant in Fountain Hills. It’s a restaurant-makeover show, and owner Gasper Manno called it a positive experience. One menu item that was there before and after the makeover is Manno’s signature lasagna, made with fresh pasta, meat sauce and ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses ($16). Details: 11865 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills. 480-816-9535, saporiditaliaaz.com. Sapori D’Italia Fullscreen Joe’s Farm Grill | In 2008, the Gilbert spot appeared on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” as an example of “real-deal fast food.” Among the items host Guy Fieri tried were the fontina burger with pecan pesto ($9.99); barbecue chicken pizza with smoked chicken breast and blue cheese ($9.99); ahi tuna sandwich with wasabi mayo ($13.99); and onion rings in rosemary-dill panko breading ($4.99). Details: 3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert. 480-563-4745, joesfarmgrill.com. The Republic Fullscreen Los Taquitos | Guy Fieri stopped by this Mexican cafe and cooked with the five Ochoa sisters who own the cafe. The “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” episode aired in 2009. Among the featured items were the carnitas tacos ($1.75 each, $7.25 with rice and beans); and the Mexican torta ($5.80 each, $7.80 with rice and beans). Details: 4747 E. Elliot Road, Phoenix. 480-753-4370. Also, 7000 N. 16th St., Phoenix. 602-371-0111. And, 2855 W. Ray Road, Chandler. 480-264-4371, ltgrill.com. The Republic Fullscreen Beaver Choice | “Eden Eats” from the Cooking Channel visited this respected restaurant with the funny name in 2012, and that same year the Cooking Channel’s “Baron Ambrosia” also stopped by. Try some of the featured dishes: the Laxpudding ($15.95) with cured salmon, salad, marinated green beans and beet salad; chicken schnitzel cordon bleu, a breaded chicken breast stuffed with Black Forest ham and triple-cream Brie ($18.95); or the pierogi meal with pan-fried, deep-fried or steamed pierogi served with three side salads ($14.95). On Thursdays, get all-you can-eat pierogi for $11.95. Details: 745 W. Baseline Road, Mesa. 480-921-3137, beaverchoice.com. The Republic Fullscreen La Piazza Al Forno | Acclaimed pizzeria La Piazza got a visit from Guy Fieri of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” on the Food Network in 2008. Guy loved the Italian Stallion pizza, a pie smothered in San Marzano tomatoes, house-made mozzarella, sausage, pepperoni, prosciutto di Parma and sopressata ($14). Details: 5803 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. 623-847-3301, lapiazzaalforno.com. The Republic Fullscreen Thee Pitts Again | This longtime barbecue joint also caught the eye of Guy Fieri, who showcased the restaurant on “Triple D” in 2008. What’s the most popular item? The pulled-pork sandwich made with slow-roasted pork served on a kaiser roll with one side ($8.99). Details: 5558 W. Bell Road, Glendale. 602-996-7488, theepittsagain.com. The Republic Fullscreen Sweet Daddy Cupcakes | In 2011, store owners Kory Davidson and Jason Podany battled over batter in Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.” They didn’t win that round, but you can still taste their cupcakes at two East Valley locations, such as the Oreo, a chocolate cake iced with Oreo buttercream finished with a piece of Oreo cookie ($3.25, four for $12). Details: 1055 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-855-3334. Also, Arizona Mills, Interstate 10 and Baseline Road, Tempe. 480-897-2250, sweetdaddycupcakes.com. Sweet Daddy Cupcakes Fullscreen Kreative Kupcakes Bakery | In 2013, bakery owners Dale and Leah Cartwright competed on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” baking Hawaiian Island-themed treats. They fell a little short in the competition, but their Hawaiian Delight cupcake is still a winner: banana cake with white chocolate, macadamia nuts and pineapple iced in Madagascar vanilla buttercream ($3.25). Details: 701 E. Western Ave., Avondale. 623-932-1611, kreativekupcakesbakery.com. The Republic Fullscreen La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar | Stand-up comedian Cris Nannarone, the host of the Cooking Channel’s “Best in Chow,” takes to the streets and asks local people for food recommendations. He ended up at La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar for Pizza Wars Tempe. The show featured the pizzeria’s truffle harvest mushroom pizza on Oct. 30, 2013. | Details: La Bocca Tempe, 699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-219-9510, laboccapizzeria.com. Other locations in Phoenix and Chandler. Courtesy of La Bocca Fullscreen Nello’s Pizza | Nello’s Pizza was featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Best in Chow: Pizza Wars Tempe” on Oct. 30, 2013. The Tempe location is now closed, but there are locations in Phoenix and Mesa. | Details: Nello’s Pizza, 4710 E. Warner Rd., Phoenix, 408-893-8930. And 2950 S. Alma School Drive, Mesa, 480-820-5995, .nellospizza.com. Photo by Dianne Ross Fullscreen Venezia’s Pizzeria | Venezia’s Pizzeria in Tempe was featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Best in Chow: Pizza Wars Tempe” on Oct. 30, 2013. Venezia’s showcased its Park Avenue pizza. Venezia’s Pizzeria has four other locations in the area. | Details: Venezia’s Pizzeria Tempe, 27 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-858-1660, venezias.com. Other locations in Phoenix, Gilbert and Mesa. Courtesy of Venezia’s Pizzeria Milagro Grill | Prior to closing in May 2015, Milagro Grill featured its Costilla Taco on the Cooking Channel’s “Best in Chow: Taco Wars Phoenix” on Nov. 13, 2013. Michael McNamara Fullscreen Restaurant Atoyac Estilo Oaxaca | Restaurant Atoyac Estilo Oaxaca, formerly Tacos Atoyac, featured its Taco Pescado on the Cooking Channel’s “Best in Chow: Taco Wars Phoenix” on Nov. 13, 2013. | Details: Restaurant Atoyac Estilo Oaxaca, 1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, 602-246-1111, restaurantatoyac.com. The Republic Giuseppe’s on 28th | Guy Fieri visited Giuseppe’s on 28th for his Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” He said the Bolognese ragu was “crazy good.” | Details: 2824 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 602-381-1237, giuseppeson28th.com. Courtesy of Giuseppe’s on 28th Fullscreen Beckett’s Table | This restaurant was seen on an episode of “Chopped” that aired April 28, 2018. Chef and owner Justin Beckett was eliminated after the dessert round. The show also mentioned Beckett’s other restaurant Southern Rail Restaurant. | Details: 3717 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. 602-954-1700. beckettstable.com Courtesy of Beckett’s Table Fullscreen Breadfruit & Rum Bar | Danielle Leoni, executive chef and owner of the Breadfruit & Rum Bar, competed on an episode of “Chopped” that aired April 28, 2018. “We do Jamaican cuisine in a very elevated way,” Leoni said. She was eliminated after the appetizer round. The episode also mentioned her other restaurant Leoni’s Focaccia. Details: 108 E. Pierce St., Phoenix. 602-267-1266. thebreadfruit.com. Tom Tingle/The Republic Fullscreen Crujiente Tacos | Rich Hinojosa, executive chef and co-founder of Crujiente Tacos, competed on an episode of “Chopped” that aired May 1, 2018. The contemporary taco shop offers wine, cocktails and margaritas. Hinojosa was eliminated after the dessert round. | Details: 3961 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. 602-687-7777. crutacos.com. Debby Wolvos Fullscreen Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Café | Beau MacMillan, a winner of Iron Chef America, ordered golden brown Southern fried chicken from Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Café for an episode of “Best Thing I Ever Ate” that aired on May 23, 2011. “You are going to get awesome Southern fried chicken every time you walk in the door,” MacMillan said. | Details: 808 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 602-262-9256. Kellie Hwang/azcentral.com Handlebar Diner | Handlebar Diner in Mesa was featured in an episode of “Chopped.” Owner Adam Allison won the $10,000 grand prize on the episode that aired May 15, 2018. | Details: 5149 S. Inspirian Parkway, Mesa. 480-389-9911. handlebardiner.com. Dominic Armato/The Republic Fullscreen Joy Bus Diner | This non-profit restaurant supports the Joy Bus foundation, which delivers free healthy meals to cancer patients. Chef Jennifer Caraway founded the organization, and the restaurant opened in 2016. Caraway won the $10,000 grand prize on an episode of “Chopped” that aired March 27, 2018. | Details: 3375 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix. 602-595-5884. thejoybusdiner.com. Rob Schumacher/The Republic Fullscreen North Italia | This restaurant was feature on “Chopped” when sous chef Ashley Goddard competed on an episode that aired May 1, 2018. The restaurant serves traditional Italian food, such as spaghetti and meatballs and margherita pizza. Goddard was chopped after the entree round. | Details: 4925 N. 40th St., Phoenix. 602-324-5600. northitaliarestaurant.com. David Kadlubowski/The Republic Fullscreen Scapegoat Beer and Wine | Michael Compean, executive chef of Scapegoat Beer and Wine, competed on an episode of “Chopped” that aired May 1, 2018. “At Scapegoat, organization is key. It’s a one-man kitchen so in order for me to be successful, I have to think and cook faster than most chefs,” Compean said on the show. Compean was eliminated after the appetizer round. | Details: 7150 E. Fifth Ave. Suite 100, Scottsdale. 480-292-7605. scapegoatbar.com Dominic Armato/The Republic Fullscreen Southern Rail Restaurant | This restaurant was seen on an episode of “Chopped” that aired April 28, 2018. Chef and owner Justin Beckett was eliminated after the dessert round. The show also mentioned Beckett’s other restaurant Beckett’s Table. | Details: 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. 602-200-0085. southernrailaz.com. Dominic Armato/The Republic Fullscreen The Gladly | This restaurant and whiskey bar was mentioned on an episode of “Chopped” that aired on March 20, 2018. The restaurant serves dishes such as duck meatloaf and crispy fish tacos. It also has more than 250 whiskies to choose from. Donald Hawk, sous chef, was eliminated after the appetizer round. | Details: 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. 602-759-8132. thegladly.com. Awe Collective Fullscreen The Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar | This restaurant, which includes locally grown food on its menu, was featured on a “Chopped” episode that aired Feb. 27, 2018. Jennifer Russo, the owner and chef, competed on “Chopped,” and was eliminated after the dessert round. | Details: 3603 E. Indian School Rd. Suite A, Phoenix. 602-626-5050. themarketbyjennifers.com. The Republic Paletas Betty | Paletas Betty serves Mexican pops made from scratch. On “Unique Sweets,” writer Alie Ward tried the Frambuesa, a yogurt raspberry pop that mixes together sweet and tart flavors. | Details: 96 W. Boston St., Chandler. 480-779-8080, paletasbetty.com. Michael Chow/The Republic Fullscreen Toasted Mallow | Fluff It Marshmallow, now known as Toasted Mallow, showcased several of its treats on “Unique Sweets.” Hosts tried banana split marshmallows, s’mores bowls, raspberry mallow pies and peanut butter cookie fluff. “Marshmallows are getting totally reimagined,” food blogger and author Jocelyn Delk Adams said on the show. | Details: 1034 N. Gilbert Rd. Suite 3, Gilbert. 480-686-9071, thetoastedmallow.com. Cooking Channel Fullscreen Super Chunk Sweets and Treats | “Unique Sweets” featured Super Chunk for its “small bites that are big on flavor,” such as its 3-inch Nanaimo Peanut Butter Pie. That sweet treat has flavors of coconut, cocoa and, of course, peanut butter. The shop bakes brownies, cookies and miniature cakes every day. | Details: 7120 E. Sixth Ave. Suite 19, Scottsdale. 602-736-2383, superchunk.me. Courtesy of Super Chunk Sweets and Treats Fullscreen Elements | Chuck Hughes, host of “Chuck’s Eat the Street,” visited Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa for an episode that aired July 17, 2014. He made Red Dragon shrimp and kimchi mango with chef Beau MacMillan. | Details: 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. 855-421-0260. Michael Chow/The Republic Fullscreen Eddie’s House | Prior to closing in 2017, Nadia G visited Eddie’s House in Scottsdale to try a deep-fried, mashed-potato wrapped sirloin steak, which she called a “potato croquette with meat surprise.” The Cooking Channel’s “Bite This with Nadia G” episode aired Sept. 18, 2014. Michael Chow/The Republic Fullscreen Short Leash | At Short Leash, Nadia G tries the bratwurst-stuffed pretzel with sauerkraut and grain mustard for an episode of the Cooking Channel’s “Bite This with Nadia G” that aired Sept. 18, 2014. Short Leash is known for its hot dogs and doughnuts. | Details: 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-795-2193, shortleashhotdogs.com. John Samora/The Republic Fullscreen Richardson’s | Nadia G enjoyed Pasta Heidi from Richardson’s for an episode of The Cooking Channel’s “Bite This with Nadia G” that aired Sept. 18, 2014. “As an Italian, when I heard linguine put into a tortilla, I was like, ‘Wow, that is some dirty carb-on-carb action.’ It was fabulous,” Nadia G said. | Details: 6335 N. 16 St., Phoenix. 602-265-5886, richardsonsnm.com/richardsons/. John Samora/The Republic Fullscreen Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles | Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles was featured on the “Best Soul Food” episode of Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants.” The restaurant serves a Famous Soulfood Platter, shrimp mac and cheese, fried green beans and more. | Details: 1220 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-340-1304, lolochickenandwaffles.com. Courtesy of Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles Fullscreen Reathrey Sekong | Eden Grinshpan visited Reathrey Sekong when it was still known as Sekong By Night. Grinshpan made Fish Amok for an episode of the Cooking Channel’s “Eden Eats.” The restaurant also serves dishes such as spring rolls and lemongrass soup. | Details: 1312 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix. 480-238-0238. Dominic Armato/The Republic Fullscreen Balkan Bakery | At 1 a.m., host Eden Grinshpan visits Balkan Bakery to make burek for the second episode of “Eden Eats.” The family-run eatery also makes salt-dotted kifle, baklava a variety of bread and more. | Details: 1107 E. Bell Rd. Suite 16, Phoenix. 602-996-4598, facebook.com/balkanbakery/. Dominic Armato/The Republic Interested in this topic? You may also want to view these photo galleries: Replay
The under-the-radar, unsung beach towns of Florida
Christopher Muther/globe staff A lifeguard station on Hutchinson Island in Stuart. By Christopher Muther Globe Staff January 31, 2019 LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. — This was either a bar in south Florida, or a man cave in Braintree. I was surrounded by Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots paraphernalia. There was a Celtics game on TV. A woman sat beside me wearing a Gronk jersey and flip-flops and made Super Bowl predictions.
“What’cha youse think?” she asked the bartender at the Village Pump , who I suspect had been down this end zone many times before.
It looked and sounded as if I was in a Boston neighborhood bar. Only I wasn’t. I knew this because it was December and there were palm fronds dancing in the 70-degree breeze. But Lauderdale-by-the-Sea might as well be called Boston-by-the-Sea because the small town adjacent to Fort Lauderdale is a favorite for Bostonians looking to escape their frigid environs.
Advertisement Lauderdale-by-the-Sea was one of four towns I determined, through a very unscientific formula, to be unsung and underappreciated east coast Florida treasures. I decided to visit them all during the span of a week. In the case of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, it seemed as if I was the only Bostonian who wasn’t aware of its charms. I went on a food tour with a group that included a woman from Quincy and another from Weymouth. At the Beachside Village Resort they throw pool parties to celebrate the Patriots and have brought a Cape and Islands vibe to the decor. The Village Pump bar sponsors bus trips to Miami when the Patriots play the Dolphins. If you’re looking for a Florida escape, but you’re afraid of getting homesick, I think Lauderdale-by-the-Sea should rapidly ascend to the top of your vacation wish list. Before I get ahead of myself, let’s have a look at the four under-the-radar Florida beach communities that are worth a visit this winter.
Even if you’re not looking for Boston-by-the-Sea, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a charmer. It’s impossible not to be taken with the parade of neatly lined pastel Adirondack chairs and umbrellas that lead up to the town’s fishing pier. The town restricts building heights to four stories, so unlike nearby beaches in Florida, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is not flanked by imposing towers. Instead, many of the older hotels and downtown buildings were designed in the MiMo style (that’s Miami midcentury), which, in the case of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, is characterized by distinct concrete blocks that look as if they’re straight out of 1962 — likely because they are.
Fort Lauderdale tourism Adirondack chairs flank the park leading to the beach in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Sports memorabilia and architecture are all fine and good, but what about the beach? It’s lovely and runs the length of the town. It’s particularly popular with divers since there’s a reef just 100 yards off shore. Reef-related art throughout town is almost as plentiful as Red Sox caps. There are a surprising number and variety of restaurants here for a town of this size. I wouldn’t have expected good Jamaican cuisine, but I found it. I took a food tour through South Florida Food Tours , and I’m glad I did, otherwise I would have missed the Cookie Shop. It’s the definition of a mom and pop bakery tucked away on a side street. The best day to visit is Friday pie day, which I contend should be a weekly national holiday. I missed pie day, so I consoled myself instead with a prosecco pear mascarpone popsicle from Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops .
STUART, Martin County
There are stretches of Florida that appear to be little more than thick necklaces of highway bejeweled with strip malls and palm trees. I love a good nail salon and Waffle House as much as the next guy, but there are times a man craves more. That’s why Stuart (and Martin County) landed on my list of underappreciated east coast Florida towns.
You could have knocked me over with a pelican feather when I walked through downtown Stuart on a Friday night and it was buzzing like a cluster of yellowjackets over a jar of jam.
Advertisement I was expecting sleepy, instead there were pensioners dolled up on their way to dinner, lots of young families, and high school students strolling around serenading al fresco diners. The town is filled with independent shops, boutiques, and essential ice cream parlors.
I opted for dinner at the Gafford , where executive chef Taylor Wilson confirmed my suspicions about Stuart: There was a lot happening. He told me to go to the Saturday farmers’ market (check), stroll the River Walk (check), and explore the beaches (triple check).
For beach research I headed directly to Hutchinson Island , a spit of land that hugs the coast. I ended up spending most of my time at the family-friendly Jensen Beach Park. I’ve learned the only way to truly study a beach is to take a nap on it. So for journalistic purposes, I slathered myself with sunscreen and dozed.
There are museums and historic sites throughout the region, but if you’re coming to Florida during the winter, you’re probably not looking to spend time inside. I took an eco tour of the region’s estuaries and rivers through a company called Riding the Waves . I drove a power catamaran around the waterways, learning about estuaries and rivers while trying not to steer the boat into mangroves.
Until last year, my knowledge of the Space Coast of Florida was limited to “I Dream of Jeannie” reruns, for which I feel no shame. But the Space Coast is more than Kennedy Space Center, “Jeannie,” and the Ron Jon Surf Shop. During the third stop on my road trip I focused on a town called Melbourne, which, much like Stuart, has an actual downtown filled with independent stores. There are also a surprising number of restaurants for such a small town. I enjoy spreading this kind of feel-good news about Florida rather than the stories that normally come out of the state, such as “High school includes live tiger as part of its prom decorations,” or “Woman blames windy day for cocaine found in her purse.”
Christopher Muther/Globe Staff A wall of murals in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Advertisement What thoroughly wowed me about Melbourne — aside from restaurants and beaches — was the Eau Gallie Arts District , a corner of the city filled with murals by artists from across the country. I’ve been in larger cities with fewer murals (this means you, Boston). With culture, shopping, and restaurants checked off my list, I was ready to brave the Treetop Trek at the Brevard Zoo . I’m usually not a sucker for reviews on Trip Advisor, but when I saw one that read “Make sure you know Jesus if you do the zip line across the gator pond,” I immediately knew I would be zip lining across the gator pond. You don’t need to know Jesus, but you do need a good pair of lungs for screaming.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH
The fourth and final stop on the unsung Florida beach town tour landed me in New Smyrna Beach. I’m aware that I’ve been yammering on with amazement about quaint downtowns in Florida. New Smyrna Beach didn’t disappoint because it has two downtowns, along with 17 miles of beach. New Smyrna Beach is north of Orlando, and here’s where my trip started getting a bit chilly. I wore a coat on the beach at night, because after being in Florida a week, 60 degrees felt like an Arctic cold snap. There would be no sunbathing, but there would be kayaking. I booked a trip with a guide from the Marine Discovery Center . Some days you can spot dolphins or manatees in the Indian River Lagoon. We didn’t see marine life, but there was no shortage of birds. Also spotted in the sky that afternoon was a rocket launching from Cape Canaveral.
Christopher Muther/Globe Staff Beach walkers enjoy the sunset in New Smyrna Beach. New Smyrna was the bittersweet end of the trip, meaning during my final dinner I was bitter that I had to come home, and the sangria I was drinking at Cafe Verde was sweet. Was this feeling bad? Absolutely not. It only meant that my intuition was correct. If I’d had a lousy time I’d be itching to get home. Instead I was feeling homesick for the Boston sports talk in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
Christopher Muther can be reached at email@example.com . Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther and on Instagram @Chris_Muther . Loading comments…
This Is Us’ Jon Huertas Takes Us Along on His Belize Vacation
More News Jon Huertas , best known as Miguel from NBC’s This Is Us, wrote an exclusive essay for Us Weekly, detailing his trip to Belize, booked through Kind Traveler . Every winter, my wife and I normally plan a vacation to a tropical destination, so this year we chose the lesser traveled Central American country of Belize. The absolute best way to book a trip like this, is through Kind Traveler . Founded by my friends Sean and Jessica after their first trip to Belize (how’s that for full circle), Kind Traveler is a way to book an amazing hotel and also do some good in the world. You see, Kind Traveler is a “ give and get” hotel booking platform where travelers, like myself, can give a donation to a charity (I picked the Cayo Animal Welfare Society) and for the donation, get some pretty special discounts and perks in return. What could be better? I mean, come on, I get a discount for being a nice guy? So, when I found a property in Belize that believes in sustainability and positively impacting their community, I booked a couple flights and we were off! In my 20+ years of traveling this amazing planet, of course, I’d heard of Belize. Being a Padi-Certified Rescue diver, I’ve had my share of conversations about diving at the famous Blue Hole on Belize’s Barrier Reef which is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System , the second largest the world. Yes, I just nerded out on Scuba diving but I love it. However, this trip would be different because for the first leg of our pre-Christmas trip, we’d decided to stay at the beautiful Ka’ana Luxury Resort in the Cayo district of Belize, which is nowhere near a reef or even the sea for that matter. No, we were headed into the heart of the jungle close to the border of Guatemala. I didn’t really know what to expect. Jon and his wife Nicole at Ka’Ana Resort Monica Gallardo Welcome to Belize In Belize City, we patiently waited for our ride aboard TropicAir, the island’s largest and most experienced local airline. As we walked out onto the tarmac, we spotted a lone pilot warming up the engine just as our scuba bags were tossed into the belly of the small single engine Cessna 208 Caravan. Yes, I’m a bit of an airplane nerd, too. We climbed aboard and I swear, the pilot taxied the craft like it was some kind of sports car … Damn, he was good. With seven passengers on board, he throttled it hard, whipped this thing around. In about 90 seconds, we were airborne. We were soon getting a bit tossed around in the turbulent winds and to be honest, I was just hoping this dude could maintain control. However, the pilot was a vision of relaxed calm, Belize it or not. Before we knew, we leveled out and headed across a green sea of Belizean countryside. It was an awesome take off – an adrenaline junkie’s fix for sure. Or you can take a scenic drive to Cayo! Not only do these planes serve as the airborne buses hopping around this small country, they’re also like Belize’s version of UPS. We stopped at a small outpost, dropped off some Embassy packages, then picked up somebody’s wedding cake. Our pilot never cut the engine. We then took off from a runway narrower than my driveway and were on our way to our next stop Cayo. The view from up there was high enough to know we were safe but low enough to play the “Spot the Howler Monkeys in the Trees” game. I didn’t see any. It was our landing in Cayo that really impressed me; our pilot gently set us down on the most picturesque airfield surrounded by mountains, trees and fields. I looked at Nicole and said, “This is Belize?” Ka’ana While staring at one of the most magnificent trees I’ve ever seen, a young man introduced himself as our driver. One of the most important takeaways from this trip was that the people of Belize love and take tremendous pride in their country. They each know a detailed history, from the reign of the Mayans, British Colonialism and the important story of gaining its independence. They also love to educate people on all of it. The first thing we learned was that the Belizean people are made up of Maya, Kriol, Mestizo, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite and Chinese. There are also a large number of expats making Belize their home as well. I took in the interesting mix of farmland and jungle as we made our way to the hotel and as we rounded a bend, we spotted a big house on a hilltop. When our driver noticed us peering upon at the behemoth house that seemed out of place, he pointed out that folks living there belong to a long lineage of a very wealthy Lebanese family and that they are the only producers of toilet paper in the country. Then he smiled broadly and said, “It’s the house that s—t built!” I giggled a bit then said, “So it’s a s—t house.” Maybe that was a bit crude, but it is ironic, funny and true, so dammit, it’s OK to giggle. The locals in Belize have an amazing sense of humor so there were a lot of laughs to be had. Jon and his wife Nicole at Ka’Ana Resort Monica Gallardo Soon, we turned into the long driveway to Ka’ana. Somewhere along the way we found out our driver was also the property’s gardener and boy, did he take pride in that – as he should. The grounds of Ka’ana are lush and beautiful, meticulously manicured to highlight all the local species of plants that grow in the jungles surrounding Ka’ana. Each tree and plant are labeled so as you walk the winding walkways, you realize that exotic doesn’t even begin to describe the true feeling you get when immersed in such horticultural diversity. Now, I love great design and even pride myself on being an amateur designer myself so I can be very discerning. Ka’ana’s design was gorgeous, to say the least. With its use of locally sourced materials, it has a luxurious but rustic jungle setting that makes you feel as if you are part of the environment not impinging on it. Immediately, you can tell that Ka’ana has a commitment to sustainability. Every bit of hardwood on the property was sourced within a 30-mile radius, and they even refill the shampoo and conditioner in little hand-carved wooden pots instead of using plastic. I found out that all of the soaps and cleansers are organic and locally sourced as well – what a testament to making an effort to do better by the environment. The quaint, farmhouse style La Ceiba restaurant, although small was very big on taste. Our first night there was BBQ night, where you pick the meats you want grilled and 20 minutes later, they hand it to you fresh off the coals. We literally ate every single meal at Ka’ana except when we went on our curated adventures where they packed us a nice lunch to have on the excursions. And in keeping with their sustainable vibe, most of the ingredients on La Ceiba’s menu are sourced from the hotel’s onsite organic garden. Jon and his wife Nicole at Ka’Ana Resort Monica Gallardo Horseback Riding to Xunantunich Belize has horses! I love to ride and try to do it as often as I can so when I found out that I could ride horseback to the famous Belizean ruins of Xu nantunich , I said, “Let’s do this!” We were driven about 10 minutes away from the property to a small horse farm called Hannah stables. There we met Jimmy Lindo. Jimmy was to be our guide on this journey and in Jimmy, I found someone passionate – not only about horsemanship but also about the environment and the country he was raised in. Jimmy is Kriol, a mixture of African and British but because he grew up among the jungles of Belize, he is connected to Belize as much as a Mayan descendant. What he knew about the plants, animals, birds, howler monkeys, rivers and the nation’s history would blow your mind. It blew mine. We rode along the scenic Mopan River toward the village of San Jose Succotz. When we arrived, we walked onto the craziest contraption I’d ever seen: a hand-cranked river ferry. The horses knew exactly what to do and where to stand which was just the coolest thing ever, and the ferry’s operator even let me crank us all across the river! Check out my Instagram to see me cranking. As we rode up the mountain toward the ruins, Jimmy pointed out the various and plentiful plants that serve as remedies for anything and everything from the common cold to a sore foot. However, the most memorable was his demonstration of the “Cojones de Caballo” tree. You could get out your translator app but the easiest way to figure out what this particular tree is named after is to imagine two big round fruits stuck together dangling off a tree branch (and knowing that caballo means horse.) Anyway, Jimmy taught us that the sap of this fruit has been used as glue for thousands of years and as proof, had me take some of the white sap between my fingers, hold it for one minute and voila, my fingers were stuck together, and the bond was pretty friggin’ strong. It was even pointed out that this very glue is what the Mayans used to create the mortar that helped build the temples and their Empire! Horse in Belize Courtesy of Jon Huertas As we arrived at the base of the Xunantunich site and began to tie up our horses, Jimmy pointed out a family of howler monkeys just chillin’ above our heads in the trees. What an amazing site to see and man, those are some big monkeys. Their howl can be heard for three miles. (They didn’t howl for us but I’m not mad at them.) As we ambled up the steep hill toward the larger temples, we saw what looked like mounds of Earth, but in reality, were uncovered Mayan ruins. We were surrounded by them. The Mayans built vast cities covering the high grounds and only so much can be uncovered by archeologists here to study the various Mayan cultural sites. There were distinct periods in which the Mayans existed: the Archaic period, the Preclassic period, the Classic period and the Late Classic period. The majestic ruins of Xunantunich represented all of these periods in one way or another. You could see where a Preclassic structure met with Classic period structures as the Mayans would add on as the wealth of Mayan nobility grew. But the pinnacle of the visit to the ruins was standing atop El Castillo, the highest temple in Xunantunich, where you could see 360 ° in every direction. When looking across the jungle and into Guatemala, one can easily differentiate between Belizean and Guatemalan culture while peering at two villages directly across the border from one another. On the ride back, I was bordered by trees on one side and the river on the other. I quietly mused over the influx of history I’d just taken in as we headed toward the stables. But then Jimmy called out to me, knocking me out of my stupor and suggested I take my horse to a full gallop through the jungle. You don’t have to ask me twice to run a horse, but the thought of going full speed on horseback through a jungle where I could get strangled by a vine hanging low over the winding trail had me a tad apprehensive. Once I made eye contact with the beautiful steed I was riding, I knew he wanted blow off a little steam and with barely a tap from heels, we were off. Galloping through the jungle was nothing less than thrilling and exhilarating. It was also a serious workout for horse and rider alike so at the treelike, we pulled up and rested waiting for Nicole and Jimmy to catch up. I took this opportunity to snap a few photos of the gorgeous Mopan river. When we were all reunited, we made our way out of the jungle and into a clearing where we spotted a minimalist wooden deck built on the bank of the river. Laying across it were several oversized cushions, a big picnic spread awaiting us complete with locally grown food and a big cooler full of the Belizean beer, Belikin. Well, I can’t really put into words how that beer hit the spot as we munched and gazed at this picturesque river carving through the jungle with the perfect soundtrack of the water tricking over river rocks. It was romantic as hell and a perfect end to a perfect day. Jon Huertas at Ka’Ana Resort Monica Gallardo CAWS I gave to an amazing charity, CAWS, when I booked Ka’ana to receive a discount and some cool perks. So of course, I wanted to meet with some of the people and animals of CAWS, the hotel’s partner charity that I had chosen to give to. The Cayo Animal Welfare Society specializes in dogs and cats. Ka’ana’s manager, Anoushka, loves animals as much as I do and had just rescued a kitten so she was happy to set up a meet and greet with some of CAWS animals . I also had chosen CAWS because I knew it would complete a full circle that had been initiated by the founders of Kind Traveler. Sean and Jessica had vacationed in Belize in 2012 and on an excursion, came upon a group of malnourished, emaciated dogs. They couldn’t just stand idly by and chose to stop, buy some kibble and feed these poor dogs. This inspired the others on that excursion to also buy food for the dogs and feed them. It’s a testament to how easy it can be to inspire people with kindness. That is what life is all about: sometimes, we can do what seems like the smallest thing that somehow inspires a good deed. This model can only lead to a positive change in the world. Now on to the dogs! We spent the day sleeping in, hitting the spa for a couple of world class massages then finally scuttled off to our appointment with the volunteers at CAWS. They brought several of their cutest rescue dogs and told us all about the organization while we rolled around on the ground, kissing and wrestling with puppies and dogs … now that’s a vacation! Anybody whose mission is to provide a better life for domestic animals through education, healthcare and adoption is special in my book. If you visit Belize, go to KindTraveler.com to learn more about CAWS and their mission. You can even “give without getting” to support them or do what I did: donate, get a discount on your stay and take advantage of some other perks all for donating to Kind Traveler. Monica Gallardo A Mayan Cooking Class Right after rolling around with dogs from CAWS, we scuttled up to an onsite Mayan cooking class. We met two Mayan women from the nearby village of Succotz. They were waiting patiently and greeted us with the biggest, most genuine smiles I’d ever seen. It was obvious they were elated to share their Mayan traditions with us, and we jumped right in. We made our own corn tortillas and caldo, pausing every so often so they could explain the history behind the traditional Mayan cooking process , and we made Tomalitos on a traditional Fogon in a Maya Kitchen! How cool is that?! One obvious takeaway was that the biggest staple in the Mayan cuisine is corn, corn and more corn. So … you better like corn! But what they can do with corn and how many different ways they use it, and every part of it is absolutely fascinating. ATM Cave Adventure I had no idea what I was getting into, and I liked it like that. It gave me the sense of being real adventurer. All I knew was that I was being taken somewhere called ATM and that I was told I had to do it before I left Cayo. I was also told I’d have to meet my guide at 7am in the lobby. “What?!, I’m on Vaca!” But getting an early start would prove to be a necessity. We drove for about 45 minutes toward Guatemala past tiny villages, Menonite farmland and jungle. Our guide snorkeled his 4×4 through a creek and soon we landed next to a wide river where a few palapas with tables sat under the jungle canopy. This is where it got weird for me. I only saw three other people there, and they were all putting on caving helmets, floatation devices and prepping like safety was an issue. Me? I was wearing a pair of Adidas Prime Knit low tops. Remember I was going blind into this adventure! All I knew was that I needed closed-toed shoes and a pair of socks. So … what the hell were they getting ready for? Jon and his wife Nicole at Ka’Ana Resort Monica Gallardo We were going to Actun Tunichil Muknal which in Mayan means “Cave of the Stone Sepulcher.” It’s located in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve of Western Belize. I asked our guide, Juan Carlos, if I should be putting on a floatation device. He asked, “Are you a good swimmer?” I said, “Yes,” and we were off, hiking down a trail towards the river. Next, he asked me if I was ready to get cold and before I could say, “Hell no,” he was jumping into a freezing river that was shoulder deep. Yes, it was friggin’ cold! During the 45-minute hike through the jungle, we crossed that river two more times. I investigated the underside of rocks and logs, spying the different species of insects, lizards, snakes, fish and birds while Nicole listened to Juan Carlos tell her about how he spends all his vacation time traveling to other archaeological sites all over Central America and Mexico. The landscape on the way to the cave was gorgeous, the river crossings are cold but manageable and based on several tracks found in the mud, the threat of jaguars is real. Walking out of the jungle and up to the mouth of the cave is really unexplainable. I could paint a beautiful enough picture in words to describe the giant leaves of jungle fauna framing the huge mouth of a cave with the clearest turquoise water flowing out of it. And Belize it or not, the water from the cave was warm compared to the river. Here is where our guide finds out if you were lying about being a good swimmer. You have to swim into the cave through 12-15 feet of water. It was a combination of “Holy s–t” and “This is AWESOME!” Once inside, we were in awe. The ceiling was covered in crystalized stalactites dripping naturally purified water down to equally beautiful stalagmites – and they all have distinct colors depending on the minerals the water passes through. The immense size of the cave, and the way the light from your headlamp and guides flashlight sparkles like rare gems is mind blowing. As we continued into the cave, we came face to face to huge scorpion spiders the size of my hand. After a brief stare down, we continued into the cave. I have to say exploring the ATM Cave can be pretty friggin’ challenging. No website could ever prepare you for how much work it’s gonna take to get through the cave system but oh man, is it worth it! Swimming through crevices in neck-deep water only wide enough for your head to fit through, we then were startled by bat colonies dangling from the ceilings. Plus, if you’re brave enough, your guide will have you turn off your headlamps! We grabbed each other’s shoulders and started moving through the cave experiencing the most complete and total darkness I’ve ever seen or … not seen. Soon, we got to a wall and Juan Carlos instructed us we needed to climb. Now I like climbing, but this wall was 20 ft. tall, located in a dark cave, a half a mile below ground; my little Adidas Prime Knit shoes were soaked and not made for climbing. However, Juan Carlos was the boss, so I did what he told me. We made it! Getting down would be a challenge, though. Once at the top, he again asked me to do something unexpected. “Take off your shoes,” he said. Here is where the required socks came into play. After a few feet of walking into this upper room, we came across our first grouping of Classic Period Mayan artifacts … and we are standing right next to it! Hence the socks. It’s the Belizean way of protecting the artifacts: in case you accidentally kick some pottery, you’ll break a toe instead of the 1200-year-old pot. We were so blown away at just how many artifacts were in this upper chamber and that we were just able to walk amongst them. I looked to Nicole and said, “I can’t believe they allow people to do this; we’d never be able to do this in the states or anywhere else in the world for that matter.”
Near the back of this upper chamber, Juan Carlos pointed us to a lone aluminum ladder ascending to an even higher chamber. With our wet socks, we climbed the wet ladder and soon experienced our first sighting of human remains: these were sacrificed Mayans that were offered alongside the food and pottery scattered around. We were told that most Mayans welcomed being sacrificed. It meant they were allowed to skip the nine levels of hell. This was pretty remarkable but then we continued moving until we came to the end of the chamber where, here, we stood in front of the “Crystal Maiden;” the skeletal remains of a sacrificed teenage girl sparkled brilliantly due to a thousand years of calcification from minerals. We stood there gazing at this girl imagining what her final moments must’ve been like. Palencia Bayside Courtesy of Jon Huertas
The ATM cave experience was one of the highlights of my life and I can’t stress enough what an amazing adventure you will have and remember for the rest of your life. In fact, all of the adventures Ka’ana provided are truly special and may give the feeling of being connected to an ancient land, the heart of the Mayan Culture and the people that make it their pleasure to show you the magic of the western part of Belize.
After the ATM experience, we hopped into a waiting SUV for a drive across the country toward the beach. We head to Placencia where the white sand beaches and quaint little village make you want to pack up and move from an Urban existence to the simpler life!
After a night of well needed rest and a wonderful breakfast at Turtle Inn, Francis Ford Coppola’s Belizean vacation property turned resort, we were picked up by Shay, the sales manager for Ka’ana’s sister property, Itz’ana Resort and Residences , for a quick tour. This property sits right on the beach and will be spectacular when it opens (summer 2019). From the second-floor speakeasy bar to the grand lobby, you feel like you’ve been transported to a more classic version of a tropical destination a la a 1940s romance film. We can’t wait to get back and experience the property once it’s running at 100 percent. Jon Huertas on trip to Belize Courtesy of Jon Huertas
Belize surprised me in so many ways, from English being the first language to the diversity not only of the people but also the fauna. However, the most exciting part is that people are finding it, and that we not the only ones journeying to this lesser known Caribbean destination. It was apparent when I randomly bumped into Misha Collins while scuba diving – he was exploring the amazing reef together with his huge family – that people are coming more often to this jewel of a vacation destination. I also randomly bump into my pal Jason Beghe at dinner here at the Turtle Inn.
Belize really was so special to me because it seemed like everyone we met was personally invested in conservation, preservation of their cultural heritage, philanthropy, sustainability and trying to leave Belize and the world better than the way they found it. I’m so glad I found Ka’ana through Kind Traveler and that I could honor the founders of the company by going to very destination spot that inspired them to start the most socially-conscious way of booking a vacation — Kind Traveler.
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For those with a passion for the outdoors and craft beer, the Tennessee River Valley offers uniquely created trip plans for planning a getaway that combines nature and breweries.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. , Feb. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Tennessee River Valley boasts plenty of outdoor activities and beautiful scenery and the seven-state area is also booming with locally owned craft beer breweries, each with their own unique flavor custom to their particular location. For those in search of a unique destination experience and who have a love for craft beer, the Tennessee River Valley has rounded up a list of some of the top brew pubs, breweries and taprooms.
According to the Brewers Association , the trade association for small and independent U.S. craft brewers, the U.S. craft beer industry grew by 5% in 2017 and mid-year figures show 5% growth continuing in 2018. There are more than 7,000 breweries operating in the United States in total, which equates to a 20% increase over 2017. While the final numbers are still being compiled, the Brewers Association estimates there will have been around 1,000 openings in 2018.
“With a growing desire to support local businesses and to experience flavors unique to a region, breweries have become popular destinations for road trips,” said Julie Graham , spokesperson for the Tennessee River Valley Stewardship Council. “These locally-owned establishments typically source local ingredients to craft flavors which really lends to a brewery’s uniqueness.”
9 Lakes Bikes and Brews Trail
In Knoxville , there is no shortage of outdoor recreation and craft beer. The 9 Lakes Region is made up of the 16 counties surrounding Knoxville, Tenn. and is home to miles of biking trails with levels ranging from novice to highly skilled experiences. It is also home to an exciting microbrewing scene. Tourism leaders in Tennessee have combined the two activities, biking and craft beer, to come up with an incredible getaway. After spending a day on the trails, pull up a bar stool at one of the many local breweries to unwind and prepare for another adventure the next day.
The 9 Lakes Bikes and Brews Trail consists of four outdoor attractions and four breweries. Only two-miles from downtown Knoxville , the Knoxville Urban Wilderness presents a unique urban playground for hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners. Thirty-five miles of natural surface trails connect five parks and natural areas with public and private lands to create an unparalleled outdoor venue. In south Knoxville , I.C. King Park has over eight miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. In nearby Oak Ridge, Tenn. , Haw Ridge Park offers 28 miles of handmade trails for the hiker, trail-runner or experienced mountain biker. Windrock Bike Park is an uplift assisted mountain bike park located inside of Windrock Park in Oliver Springs, Tenn. Designed and built by professional bikers, the bike park features nine trails ranging from one to one and half miles long each dropping 1,000 vertical feet.
Located nearby to Urban Wilderness are Alliance Brewing and Printshop Beer Company. Alliance Brewing is a locally owned brewery offering a core lineup of craft ales that include IPA’s, Blonde Ales, Kolsch, Scotch Ale, Saisons and Stouts, as well as seasonal and one-off brews rotate on tap. Rotating food trucks and special events throughout the year offer additional entertainment. Located on the Tennessee River in South Knoxville , Printshop Beer Company hosts local events and tastings for guests in a casual atmosphere. Most weekends, a food truck will be parked and serving up locally prepared cuisine.
Located in downtown Knoxville are Hexagon Brewing Company and the Pretentious Beer Company. Hexagon is committed to using locally sourced products to produce its craft beer and offers a variety of beers including seasonal and rotating limited production pours. Located in the heart of Old City Knoxville, Pretentious Beer Company offers a carefully curated selection of house-brewed craft beer along with house-made soda and kombucha served in glassware hand-blown especially for the brewery. This may very well be the only place where one can drink beer made in house out of glasses made in house. A quick walk through the beer garden to the Pretentious Glass Company and craft beer aficionados can purchase a handcrafted glass to take home as a souvenir.
North Alabama Craft Beer Trail
Passage of the Free The Hops Gourmet Beer Bill in 2009, the Brewery Modernization Act in 2011, and the 2016 Growler Bill removed some of the restrictions on beer production and consumption in Alabama and has led to an increase in the creation of microbreweries in the state. Launching in 2016, the North Alabama Craft Beer Trail invites beer enthusiasts on a self-guided tour of eleven North Alabama microbreweries offering hundreds of unique flavors custom to the region.
The Singin’ River Brewing Company in Florence offers tours and beer tastings. The Singin’ River Brewing Company’s name is inspired by an old legend that says the Cherokee Indians of northern Alabama called the Tennessee River “the singing river” because the flowing waters sounded like a woman singing. Goat Island Brewing in Cullman opened in early 2015 and is the first brewery in Cullman since the 1880s. Located in the beautiful lake town of Guntersville , Main Channel Brewing Company is Marshall County’s first brewery. Inspired by an old agricultural term referring to the 40 acres of land situated furthest from the barn, Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden serves award-winning beer and great food using local ingredients.
Huntsville is home to several breweries. Mad Malts Brewing offers live music almost every weekend in its taproom. Salty Nut Brewery is an up and coming microbrewery that has the right combination of good beer and music. Founded by local home brewers in 2009, Straight to Ale uses bold flavors and innovative brewing techniques to make great beer. Housed in a former middle school, Yellowhammer Brewing is dedicated to creating premium ales and lagers, drawing on Belgian and German brewing traditions with a Southern interpretation. Rocket Republic Brewing Company began when a couple from Key West who loved brewing beer met up with a couple of rocket scientists in Huntsville, Ala. to come up with a great selection of craft beer which includes AstroNut Brown Ale, Coffee Cream Ale, Cosmic Cookie Brown Ale, Solar Sour, Terrestri-Ale Belgian Tripel, Apollo Amber Ale and Mach 1 India Pale Ale.
In nearby Madison, Blue Pants Brewery operates under the notion of hops, barley, water and yeast make great craft beer and that’s really all is needed. Decatur’s first brewery, Cross-Eyed Owl Brewing Company opened in early 2018. At their downtown location, guests can watch the brewers work their magic while sitting at the bar, play a round of foosball or challenge friends to a game of corn hole outside in the beer garden.
Nestled in the valley between the Cumberland and Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia is the bustling town of Dalton. While the town is home to many of the world’s floor covering manufacturers earning the title of carpet capital of the world, its craft beer scene is elevating the northern Georgia town to a beer destination.
Fairly new on the craft beer scene is the Dalton Brewing Company which opened in early 2018 with a mission to be less of a bar scene and more of a family-oriented, low key hangout spot where kids and dogs are welcome. While no food is served, patrons are welcome to bring in food from home or other downtown businesses. They offer a variety of events including trivia nights, Tunes on Tap open mic night and beer and board games. Also located in downtown Dalton is the Cherokee Brewing and Pizza Company where patrons are treated to authentic, made-from-scratch pizza and craft beer. The beer selection consists of 24 craft beers on tap including four signature beers brewed onsite. For the past 10 years, the Downtown Dalton Beer Fest has been serving up unlimited samples of craft and domestic beers and a dose of live music to thousands of visitors. This year’s event is set for Nov. 9, 2019 , and admission is $35 /person.
“The Tennessee River Valley Geotourism MapGuide is a great resource for craft beer aficionados to plan their next beer destination,” added Graham. “The trip plan section of the website offers itineraries with contact information, directions and other valuable information. Visitors to the website also have the ability to create their own trip plan if they want to incorporate other attractions into their visit.”
For more information on brew destinations in the Tennessee River Valley , visit http://www.exploreTRV.com . Please drink responsibly and have a designated driver.
East and west comes down south: A Bengali food fest
February 01, 2019 12:17 IST Updated: February 01, 2019 12:17 IST more-in A food fest that celebrates flavours from East and West Bengal
Bhuri Bhoj essentially means feast for the tummy. This Bengali food fest is at GGE Aroma, a restaurant in Medchal, and if you are not a Secunderabad dweller, the drive to this part of town will definitely be worth it. What makes Bhori Bhoj different from the mundane Bengali cuisine that we get to sample at every star hotel? The dishes and the sensible use of ‘sweetness’ in the dishes. Bengalis love ( mishti) sweets, that doesn’t mean Bengalis add the sweet flavour in all their food like it is done at most food festivals in Hyderabad. Another observation at Bhori Bhoj is that kasundi (fermented mustard paste) isn’t the only dip on the table. Thus we eat The dishes at Bhori Bhoj is a must try and the chef needs to be credited for the perfectly crunchy golden fried starters; chef Dipankar Sanjay Borra | Photo Credit: Sanjay Borra
This food fest at GGE Aroma is the first Bengali food fest here, even though the restaurant is owned by a Bengali couple. This year-old restaurant, a little beyond Suchitra Junction is a cosy 75-seater place serving multi-Indian cuisine. This food fest is also a celebration of the fact that the restaurant has a good Bengali in-house chef who is also well trained in Bangladeshi cuisine. So at Bhori Bhoj, one gets to sample both east and west Bengal cuisine.
The menu has an array of veg and non-veg starters. Crunchy outside, nice and flavoursome as one takes a bite. This is the first time someone got the crust so perfectly crunchy. Unless you have a missing tooth, or teeth, you will surely enjoy the sharp crispy crust.
What to try? The cauliflower, peas chop is a win win. So is the chanar cutlet, which was made with fresh split milk solids. This cutlet is nothing close to eating anything made with paneer. These pillowy soft chops come shallow fried with a crust and every bite comes with a mild hint of fresh mustard paste. The same can be tasted on the prawn finger. Mutton lovers will enjoy the mutton chop which is perfectly spiced with a dash of garam masala . Thus we eat The dishes at Bhori Bhoj is a must try and the chef needs to be credited for the perfectly crunchy golden fried starters; chef Dipankar Sanjay Borra
Swarnendu Ghosh the owner of GGE Aroma isn’t a hotelier, it is his love for food that made him switch from a regular job to start his own venture. “I chose Medchal because I want to grow as I learn and understandfrom my mistakes. My team is learning as well, and I want to let them learn with me,” says Swarnendu.
Those who do not understand Bengali and think the ‘o’ and ‘a’ are misplaced in the names of the dishes, can refer to the English description against the names. Thus we eat The dishes at Bhori Bhoj is a must try and the chef needs to be credited for the perfectly crunchy golden fried starters; chef Dipankar Sanjay Borra | Photo Credit: Sanjay Borra
The main course was a struggle to finish with the vast variety placed in front of us. We began with sukto — a mixed vegetable dish. This is the first time, I ate a few morsels of rice with Sukto only because the look was appealing. This dish is a celebration of all flavours without letting any one distinct flavour take charge.
The fish curries too came as a surprise. Instead of the usual shorshe bata mach , the chef made a katla macher Ganga Jomuna — a dish one ought to try if they aren’t too particular about eating it just the familiar way. The other surprise was the dhakai pora mangsho . This dish from East Bengal is made with slightly charred grill mutton. The daab chingri was a delight to the palate. Only hitch is that the Gobindo chaler bhaat wasn’t really Gobindo chaal .
The fest ends on February 14.
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Home / World News / World Photo Day began in began and last 12 months World Photo Day began in began and last 12 months — October 15, 2018
World Photo Day, which started out within the bedroom of a then 21-12 months-antique Canberran Web Posting Reviews, last 12 months attracted the attention of approximately 500 million humans throughout the globe and is now billed because of the area’s biggest party of pix.
It is both a nod and an antidote to the proliferation of pix taken every day in a generation wherein anybody with the smart telephone has to grow to be a photographer. The primary Global Photograph Day has become celebrated in 2010, with 250 snap shots submitted to the internet site, attaining 20,000 human beings. Remaining year, near 3000 photographs were submitted and the social media obtain have become located at 500 million people, based on the hashtag #WorldPhotoDay. More Interesting: The Internet Freedom of Speech to The World
Now 29, Canberra photographer Korske Ara primarily based International Image Day 8 years in the past from his own family home in Gowrie at a time even as he became feeling a touch aimless and looking for greater which means.“I was once sitting lower again at home in 2009 after Christmas and had no longer something to do and concept, ‘I’ll see if I will discover a pictures-associated thing that I can get involved with’,” he stated.”So I typed in ‘Global Photo Day’ off the top of my head and it became out nothing existed.
“So I idea, ‘I could begin a Global Picture Day’, little understanding how lots time and electricity it’d take.”
World Photo Day encourages human beings around the world to percentage an unmarried Image; “to percentage their World with the sector”. Contributors moreover write something, inspiring them to ponder the photo and their connection to it.“The idea is to absolutely bring once more the charge of photographs,” Kors stated.
Photography is honestly taken as a right nowadays and we have forgotten what it manner to capture a Picture and what it manner to reflect on it“we have just lengthy past through Anzac Day and one of the only subjects for me is to see the memories of our records almost re-lived through the only’s snapshots.
“And that I clearly keep in mind it modifications our perception about how we see how a future too.” But Kors doesn’t consider smart phones have always devalued pictures.
“I, in truth, agree with the generation has improved the manner we tell our memories. It is only a remember of making it realistic,” he stated.“Every day we took pics and percentage them. Sooner or later a 12 months – World Image Day – is promoting the risk to not first-rate seize a Photo However absolutely inform and, in fact, powerful tale thru that Picture.”
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The day has grown to this type of extent that it’s far now a complete-time career for Kors, who’s based completely out of Entry 29, a coworking location for begin u.S.A.And entrepreneurs in Canberra. It’s far though to generate income, with Korske surviving on a scholarship and help from buddies; and scaling once more his living fees and even, ironically, selling his digicam equipment to hold promoting the day.
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Celebrities getting involved with food
Celebrities getting involved with food 1 of 93 Attribution: Getty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie release new wine
1st February, 2019: Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie may have split, but that doesn’t mean that their wine business is going anywhere.
In fact, the former couple are expanding their production line with a brand new rose, titled Studio by Miravel.
The bottle is named after the couple’s vineyard that was used as a recording studio for major artists.
The rosé is a blend of estate-grown Rolle, Cinsault, Grenache, Tibouren grapes and is named after the couple’s vineyard that was used as a recording studio for major artists.
The couple’s new wine “reaffirms the couple’s attachment to Miravel” a source told People .
This exciting new rosé launch proves that former spouses can remain in business together.
Scroll through for more celebrities getting involved with food 2 of 93 Attribution: Instagram/@champagnepapi Drake leaves $100 tip for McDonald’s staff
1st February, 2019: Two Macca’s staffers left quite an impression on Drake.
On a recent trip to McDonald’s, Drake left a rather generous tip for the fast food chain’s employees.
Media outlets reported on Wednesday that the rapper left a $10,000 tip to two McDonald’s employees in Los Angeles.
But a Macca’s representative clarified that he gave $100 each to two employees.
Drake shared a photo of himself at a Los Angeles Media outlet at the same time that he was spotted by fans.
‘M’s’ he captioned the photo, which shows him smiling at the counter with a clear view of the McDonald’s logo in the background.
Kudos to Drake for this kind gesture. 3 of 93 Sarah Jessica Parker reprises role in beer commercial 29th January, 2019: Stella Artois’s new Super Bowl commercial brings two major pop cultural icons out of retirement.
Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City and the Dude from The Big Lebowksi reprise their role for the big budget commercial.
Dressed as Carrie Bradshaw, Parker is asked if she’d like her signature cosmopolitan.
“Tonight I’ll have a Stella Artois” she responds.
The ad then features Jeff Bridges walking into the bar as The Dude from The Big Lebowski, who is seated next to Bradshaw.
The ad is part of a campaign to help support #Pouritforward – an initiative backed by Matt Damon which brings clean water to third world countries.
Kudos to Stella Artois for enlisting two much loved fictional characters, and forcing us to take a welcomed walk down memory lane. 4 of 93 Attribution: Instagram/@amyschumer Amy Schumer gifted hilarious baby shower cake
29th January, 2019: Amy Schumer received a baby shower cake that is honestly too perfect for words.
Schumer is expecting her first child with husband Chris Fischer, and shared the photo of the cake made by her sister in law.
The ‘horrifying’ treat was a sight to see.
The cake displays a baby crowning and we’re confident that Schumer felt a little weird about eating it.
“My sister in law. And I can’t stress that enough IN LAW. surprised me with a horrifying cake and I can’t thank her enough” Schumer wrote.
“So I won’t thank her at all. @mofischhh something is truly wrong with you and I love you” Schumer wrote. 5 of 93 Attribution: Getty Donald Trump served bizarre feast at the White House
15th January, 2019: On Monday night, Donald Trump hosted the Clemson Tigers football team to celebrate their Championship at the White House.
For an extravagant dinner hosted by the US President, you’d expect a fancy feast that showcases some of the country’s finest cuisine. But, no.
Trump served up a feast that that featured nothing but McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Domino’s.
“We went out and we ordered American fast food paid for by me. Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza, I think they’d like it better than anything we could give” Trump said.
Trump paid for the dinner himself because much of the White House is furloughed. 6 of 93 Attribution: Getty Gwyneth Paltrow shares secret family recipe
10th January, 2019: Gwyneth Paltrow stopped by Good Morning America to share a family recipe that she swears by.
The star shared one of her clean ingredient recipes that features in her new cookbook, ‘The Clean Plate’ and we’re already planning on replicating it for dinner tonight.
Paltrow made a standard Teriyaki bowl but stressed the benefits of swapping out white rice for cauliflower rice.
“Cauliflower rice is great if you want to be light on carbs”.
“If you have your grandmother’s old fashioned grater you can grate up”.
Here at 9Honey Kitchen, we have you covered if you want to make your own cauliflower rice or try the Nude Nutritionist’s twist on cauliflower rice . 7 of 93 Attribution: Twitter/ @karenhowell Kate Hudson boasts enormous cutting board collection
21st December, 2018: This photo of Kate Hudson went viral after fans couldn’t help but notice some curious details in the background.
Twitter user, Karen Howell shared the photo of Kate with her newborn, but it was the excessive amount of cutting boards that drew people’s attention.
“Just a note to anyone shopping for Kate Hudson this holiday season. She doesn’t need any more cutting boards” the post read.
“Does she know about return policies?” one follower responded.
But Kate Hudson swiftly hit back with an Instagram post of her new wooden chopping block.
She captioned it with “Guys…got a new cutting board’.
“I knew you would come back with something” one fan responded.
“You sure you don’t need another one” another follower replied.
No judgement from here at 9Honey Kitchen. It’s clear that the actress has a thing for the kitchen essential, and all power to her. 8 of 93 Attribution: Instagram Jasmine Yarbrough’s favourite snack appears at wedding recovery party
11th December, 2018: Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough’s wedding might have wrapped up, but that doesn’t mean that the celebrations have concluded.
The couple hosted a Studio-54 themed after party for guests, and there was some surprising things that featured on the menu.
It’s been confirmed that the Studio-54 party served bowls of burger rings for canapés, in honour of Jas’ foodie obsession. In August, Karl shared a photo of Jasmine sitting with a mini bag of burger ring’s on a hammock. It’s clear that she’s relishing each bite.
The wedding menu consisted of a Mexican fiesta with a tortilla soup , a micro green salad and a grilled beef tenderloin for mains. 9 of 93 Attribution: Getty Amy Poehler has opened a new wine store
10th December, 2018: Hollywood star, Amy Poehler has opened a new wine store in New York called Zula Wines & Spirits.
Poehler opened Zula in November with her friends, Amy Mile and Mike Roberston, Eater reports. The store conducts free wine tastings every night and offer free local delivery.
The store sells a combination of cheaper wines for under $13 and higher end products. The cheap wines are targeted at the neighbourhood crowd looking for a quality wine that won’t break the bank.
Poehler met her business partners while filming Wet Hot American Summer in 2001, and opened the store straight after completing filming for her new movie Wine Country.
“I’ve been surrounded by wine” Poehler said.
Excuse us while we plan our next New York trip so that we can get a taste of Poehler’s new venture. 10 of 93 Attribution: Getty Lindsay Lohan goes into TV club business
5th December, 2018: Former movie star Lindsay Lohan has taken on a whole new career.
But over the last few years, the star has carved out a life as the owner of a new clubstaurant in Mykonos, Greece.
A new trailer has now been released for the MTV series that will show Lindsay tackling a new career as club owner.
“People always have given me much trouble for going to clubs, so why don’t I just open my own?” Lohan explains in the trailer.
“Viewers will get to see a new side of Lohan as she calls the shots with her handpicked team of young and ambitious VIP hosts who will have to do whatever it takes to secure Lohan’s name as the definition of vacation luxury” MTV announced. 11 of 93 Attribution: Supplied 9Honey’s brand new foodie podcast ‘What the F is for Dinner?’
Join Jane de Graaff as she catches up with Australia’s hottest food talent, to ask the question that sends everyone of us into a meltdown come dinner time, “what the f@*#’s for dinner”? Jane will not only help you sort out tonight’s menu, with the help of some serious foodies, she’ll find ways to make it some of the tastiest food that’s ever been on your table. Listen or subscribe on iTunes. 12 of 93 Attribution: Instagram/ @therock The Rock demolishes Hawaiian pizza in one sitting
3rd December, 2018: Dwayne “The Rock’ Johnson recently posted an Instagram photo of him carb-loading for a big scene.
And given his “cheat meal” last week that consisted of 100-plus pieces of sushi, we’re hardly surprised by his propensity for polishing off a large portion of food.
“Having fun strategically manipulating my diet/body for shooting HOBBS & SHAW (my Fast & Furious spin-off film) he posted.
Johnson’s pizza party consisted of a movie plug, the pizza place’s name and website. Kudos to him for his Instagram game.
For all those pineapple on pizza haters, The Rock swiftly justified his choice of topping.
“I’m the guy who likes to put tequila and brown sugar on my oatmeal, so pineapple on pizza is MY JAM- with ham” Johnson wrote.
Johnson naturally sparked a pineapple on pizza debate in his post, with some slamming him for choosing the fruit as a pizza topping.
“I think we all know my thoughts on pineapple pizza” commented Gordon Ramsay.
“I’ve been waiting for my trainer to tell me to eat a pizza for years” Busy Phillips chimed in.
‘I hate it and hate the sight of it’ another follower responded.
You know what you did here Dwayne. Nothing gets the internet fired up like a pineapple on pizza debate.
The Hollywood star has previously opened up about his diet – revealing that he eats more than 5000 calories a day . 13 of 93 Attribution: Facebook/Mosman Living Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban spotted dining at KFC
30th November, 2018: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have been spotted indulging in some good old fashioned KFC in Sydney yesterday.
The couple were photographed in a food court with a bag of greasy chicken during a shopping trip to Chatswood Chase mall.
“North Shore locals enjoying a spot of dinner and late-night shopping at Chatswood Chase last night spotted two very famous faces among them, eating KFC no less!” the post on Mosman Living read . 14 of 93 Attribution: Getty Bindi Irwin’s bizarre breakfast routine
28th November, 2018: Steve Irwin’s daughter has unashamedly thrown the rule book out the window when it comes to her breakfast choices.
Bindi Irwin’s breakfast staple is far from what you might expect.
The 20-year-old doesn’t resort to traditional breakfast options like cereal or toast. Instead, Bindi opts for a cup of tea along with a dish that’s typically eaten for lunch for dinner.
“I’ll have one every morning with breakfast, which will be a brown rice and vegetable bowl” she told The Sun .
She told the publication that she wakes up at 7am daily, eats her vegetables and then heads to work at the zoo.
Bindi has previously shared how she prefers to start her day with kale and tofu over cereal for breakfast.
You do you Bindi.
Blake Lively posts relatable Thanksgiving photo
23rd November, 2018: Blake Lively’s just opened up about how she spends her Thanksgiving.
The star posted a throwback to the Met Gala, where she can be seen donning a Versace gown at the extravagant event.
“Expectations vs reality” Lively captioned the photo.
Scroll through to see her second post that had fans praising her for keeping it real. 16 of 93 Attribution: Instagram/@blakelively Blake Lively slums in on Thanksgiving
23rd November, 2018: The second picture shows Lively in the backseat of her car eating out of takeaway boxes. A far cry from the Turkey feast we’d envisaged the star to partake in.
The Hollywood star looks dishevelled, and resembles us after a fast food binge.
Thanks for your candour Blake. It’s comforting to know that you’re not dining like the Queen over the holiday season. 17 of 93 Attribution: Instagram/@kyleandjackieo Yumi Stynes feeds ‘breastfeeder’s ricotta cheesecake’
22nd November, 2018: Yumi Stynes startled Kyle and Jackie O with her signature cake creation .
The 42-year-old appeared on the show to discuss her latest cookbook, ‘The Zero F—s Cookbook’, and brought along a recipe for the hosts to taste test.
But this dessert was a far cry from a regular cheesecake. Stynes refers to it as a ‘breastfeeder’s ricotta cheesecake’.
If you’re anything like us at 9Honey Kitchen, and curious whether this dessert contains actual breast milk. You’re not alone.
Stynes clarified that breast milk wasn’t an ingredient in the cake. Rather she’d eaten the cake while breastfeeding her two children.
“When I was breastfeeding – because I had two babies fairly recently – I was just craving sort of dense dairy that wasn’t too manky, and that was what I ate on repeat for two babies worth of breastfeeding’ Stynes explained.
9Honey Kitchen has you covered for a selection of cheesecake recipes. Image: Instagram/kyleandjackieo Scott Morrison unveils high profile curry
20th November, 2018: Scott Morrison has a knack for cooking curries.
Politics aside, the acting Prime Minister has proven that he has some serious cooking chops.
Morrison unveiled his famous Sri Lankan curry at Satuday’s Bland Flavour Festival, and the crowds lapped it up at the event.
Morrison previously told SBS that it’s a tradition in his family to cook Indian food. And Saturday’s Bland Flavour Festival was no exception.
It’s no secret that curries are his thing. Curry has found a special place in his home, with the PM disclosing his love for whipping it up for his wife, Jenny Morrison from time to time. 19 of 93 Attribution: Getty Dolly Parton reveals secret to happy marriage
20th November, 2018: Dolly Parton’s secret to her 52-year marriage is far from what you might expect.
“I’ve been married for 53 years come next May, and my husband and I have a great relationship,” Parton said.
“We’ve been together most of our lives.” Parton continued.
However, her secret to a happy life in the spotlight might catch fans by surprise.
The Jolene singer, who is married to Carl Thomas Dean, told People that the couple kept things pretty casua l the first time they went out.
“He pulled up to the drive-in window and got our food at McDonald’s” Parton said.
“We know a few places we can go without being bothered. He only likes to go places where he can be comfortable” Parton insisted.
Who could resist a trip to the local Macca’s on a first date?
The superstar insisted that the time the couple spends apart is equally as important as the time spent together.
“I always say “Stay gone!” and there’s a lot of truth to that. I travel a lot, but we really enjoy each other when we’re together and the little things we do”. Parton continued.
We might take that advice on board Dolly. 20 of 93 Attribution: Getty Ice-T announces he’s never eaten a bagel before
12th November, 2018: Ice-T announced that he’s never eaten a bagel, and social media instantly went into meltdown.
A fan asked the “Law & Order: SVU” star what his favourite type of bagel was and his response was:
“Lol. I’ve never eaten a Bagel in my life…”
Needless to say, fans were beyond shocked that an actor based in New York had never sampled the city’s staple. It wasn’t long before the twitter-sphere started trolling Ice T over this surprising revelation.
“Ice this might end our friendship” one Twitter user wrote.
“What do you have against bagels?” another enquired.
Philadelphia Cream Cheese tweeted to Ice-T and offered to serve him the breakfast favourite.
“Ice, we’re trying to remain calm, we’re just having a hard time letting you miss out on the deliciousness. We’d be happy to send you some bagels and cream cheese so you can see for yourself. Thoughts?” the company posted to him.
Here’s hoping that it’s not long before Ice-T finally eats a bagel. 21 of 93 Attribution: Instagram/ @gwenythpaltrow Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk’s opulent wedding menu
5th November, 2018: Gwyneth Paltrow has finally revealed all the details on her wedding to Brad Falchuk, and it’s just as extravagant as we anticipated.
The wellness mogul revealed the full wedding menu on Goop.com , and the couple whipped out all the stops for the occasion.
Paltrow’s requested that Argentine meat connoisseur, Francis Mallmann fly in to cook his signature live-fire style. Mallmann fulfilled Paltrow’s elaborate request by preparing a 12-hour roasted pineapple, rib-eye and thin Italian flatbread was served on his “fire menu”.
For the wedding dinner, Mario Carbone took the reigns and prepared a menu that featured a scampi tortellini, honey mustard duckling, assortments of autumnal vegetables and prime rib.
For dessert, the couple couldn’t decide on one cake to serve, so they went with both of their choices. Paltrow chose carrot cake, and Falchuk selected chocolate and vanilla cake – all of which were made by Nine Cakes, a Brooklyn-based bakery.
Anyone looking for wedding inspiration can head to the Goop website for all the other wedding details. — no more galleries —
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Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Year in Food: January, 2019
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The Food Network’s television cameras just love Chef Marie Yniguez, the affable owner and face of Bocadillos , a slow-roasted sandwich shop in Albuquerque. Marie has graced Food Network programming on three different shows. Most recently, she and her equally personable daughter Ryan Duran competed on the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Family Tournament , a three-round elimination tournament for $30,000. Marie and Ryan Duran surmounted a series of cooking challenges, ultimately making it to the semi-finals. In a surf and turf competition, Marie and Ryan wowed the judges with a perfectly prepared filet and fried shrimp combination, but their ghee beurre blanc wasn’t as highly esteemed. Throughout the competition, Marie and Ryan represented the 505 with style and grace, making all of us very proud.
Five star ratings are almost as rare as the Detroit Lions winning the Superbowl especially in Yelp where hard-grading raters tend to be brutally honest in their assessments. In accomplishing this rare feat, Spicy Bite , a family-owned Indian restaurant in Milan became the very first restaurant in the Land of Enchantment to make Yelp’s “ Top 100 Places to Eat in 2019 ” since Yelp began publishing the list in 2014. Spicy Bite was ranked number 84 among “eateries from across the US that rank so highly in the Yelp community’s opinion” that they earned the status of “must try this year.” Rankings were determined using an algorithm that considers the volume of reviews and their ratings. Desserts at the Roadrunner Food Bank’s Souper Bowl 2019 : It’s Not Just Superb Soup
Was it Confucius who posited “ Life is full of questions. Cupcakes are the answer .” Or was it Cathy Guisewite, creator of the popular Cathy comic strip. Whoever it was is one smart cookie…er, make that cupcake. Despite constantly being under attack by aspirants toward a more healthy lifestyle, cupcakes remain one of the most popular desserts across the fruited plain. In 2012, nearly 700,000 cupcakes were consumed under the spacious skies. What’s not to love? “ They’re fluffy, frosted, and beautiful in all shapes and sizes .” So says The Daily Meal which compiled a list of the 101 Best Cupcakes in America . Albuquerque’s Q’s Cakes and Sweets Boutique made the list, deservedly so. Here’s what Daily Meal had to say, “ Queneesha “Q” Meyers’ love for baking hatched after recreating a chocolate chip cookie recipe she found on a bag of flour when she was just 11 years old. Now, the pastry chef and U.S. Air Force veteran pours her heart and soul into every custom-made dessert made within the confines of her Albuquerque shop. There are tons of flavors on the menu, but make sure you try the red velvet ! Thank you Becky Mercuri for sharing this great news.
Ever since the 2007 comedy The Bucket List , thousands of people have actually formalized their own lists of things to do and see before they kick the bucket. Among them is MSN Lifestyle which published The Bucket List Restaurant in Your State . Now, to make it onto a bucket list, a restaurant has got to be more than good. It’s got to be life-altering. MSN’s bucket list choice for the Land of Enchantment is Santa Fe’s legendary Geronimo , arguably the very best restaurant in New Mexico. MSN described it thusly: It’s hard to do any better than the ambiance at Geronimo, housed in an adobe house that was built in the 1750s, complete with kiva fireplaces and wooden beams. But reviewers say there’s so much more to dining here than its surroundings, and the restaurant’s globally-inspired menu, awarded with four-stars from Forbes and four diamonds from AAA, bears that out .” Chicken Fried Steak Breakfast from Mac’s La Sierra
Where would you eat if you were one of the wealthiest people on Earth and could eat anywhere and anything you wanted? Four star, five diamond restaurants? Fine dining emporiums? Gourmet dishes? When he wanted to relax and unwind, Paul Allen, who along with Bill Gates founded Microsoft in Albuquerque back in 1975, used to return to the Land of Enchantment . His first stop was Duran’s Central Pharmacy in the Duke City. Duran’s elicited feelings of nostalgia, reminding him of Microsoft’s formative days. According to Forbes, “ his go-to order was the Hatch green chili enchilada, a tamale with red chili sauce, a flour tortilla on the side .” Those tortillas are legendary orbs charred pinto pony colors and slathered with butter. Come to think of it, Duran’s is a perfect place to relax and get away from it all…and you don’t have to be a billionaire to enjoy it.
New Mexico’s Autumn air is perfumed with hazy smoke plumes wafting upward from giant rotating drums. There’s no doubt the alluring aroma of green chile being roasted in those drums is the defining scent of our enchanted fall season. Food Network celebrity chef Katie Lee contends “ If summer had one defining scent, it’d definitely be the smell of barbecue .” Who can argue? If there’s one argument sure to evoke dissenting opinions, it’s the Food Network’s list of the best barbecue restaurants in the country . Not that long ago, there wasn’t a single barbecue joint in New Mexico worthy of consideration. Today there are dozens. Food Network included only one–Santa Fe’s Whole Hog . Here’s what the Food Network had to say: “ Ask in-the-know locals where to find good ’cue and they’re likely to mention Whole Hog — no surprise, since this joint has been serving New Mexicans award-winning Memphis-style eats since 2006 .” Chopped Caprese from Gigi Italian Bistro
Most pantheons on which America’s best food cities are singled out tend to include the same usual suspects: New York City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Charleston, San Francisco and a few other anointed paragons of dining excellence. Every once in a while Santa Fe makes a “best of” list or two in a sort of Miss Congeniality spot. Typically, Albuquerque is viewed by the culinary cognoscenti as one of those “up and coming” and “evolving” culinary destinations so it was a very pleasant surprise to see Time rate the Duke City as one of America’s best food cities . Even more surprising–Albuquerque was rated number six. Time noted: “ The patron saint of this Southwestern city’s food scene has long been the fire-roasted green chili, which pops up on the local fry-bread tacos and cheeseburgers (like the classics at Monte Carlo Steakhouse and Liquor Store ), or can be made into a sauce at your table at legendary spots like El Pinto .”
Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader expressed his disdain for lists: “ Top ten lists make me insane. I just know they’re going to change daily .” Still, human beings are persistent list-makers. We’re apparently genetically predisposed to do so. Lists, particularly “best of” and “top this and top that” lists are good fodder for water cooler discussions. Take Money, Inc’s list of the 10 best restaurants in Albuquerque . Who could argue with some of the choices: Frontier , Antiquity Restaurant (one of these days, Bob), Monroe’s , Cocina Azul , Seared , El Patio , The Grill , Farm & Table and Two Fools Tavern . On the other hand, the list also included Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen, a national chain. Don’t settle it at the water cooler. Visit these restaurant gems and decide for yourself. Special Vietnamese Sandwich from Pho Kobe
Scintillating four time James Beard award-winning author Cheryl Jamison kicked off Eater’s guide to the Southwest with a Cheat Sheet to Southwestern Food in which she introduces “ the chile-obsessed foodways of America’s sunbelt .” She explains that “ Southwestern cuisine has a number of key signifiers that separate it from the queso-smothered foods of the Lone Star State. S he then lists “ a few ways to mark the venerable, deceptively complex foods of America’s Southwest ” which includes Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. Chief among them, of course, is chile–from “ long green chiles, and their more mature, mellow counterpart, red chiles .” Cheryl also provides a terrific list of where to enjoy traditional (classic) and modern Southwestern food.
“ Sorry, New Mexico: Pueblo peppers and their incarnations beat all of your chiles .” These heretical words come from Gustavo Arellano, features writer at the Los Angeles Times and author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered Americas. He arrived at that apostasy while taking a “ palate-scorching Mexican hamburger- and adovada-fueled road trip up I-25 from Las Cruces ” for Eater. In a feature entitled The Great American Chile Highway , Arellano sampled endorphin rush-generating cuisine at 21 eateries in the Land of Enchantment and another 18 in Colorado, eating chile 38 different ways. Though, he explained “ Hispanos settled southern Colorado in the 1850s, and many manitos (the nickname their descendants go by) feel greater kinship with northern New Mexico than they do with Colorado ,” their “food is as removed from New Mexican food as New Mexican is from Mexican .” Gobble This, a Fabulous New Restaurant in Old Town
Eater’s guide to the Southwest would not be complete without a tribute to the Wondrous Bread of The Pueblo Nations . There are “ 19 different Pueblo nations in New Mexico, each with its own particular version of bread molded by generations-old family techniques, ingredients, and the flair of individual bakers .” Writer Andi Murphy visited different bakers across the Pueblo Nations to see for herself “ how varied the tradition of Pueblo bread-making could be — and why, after hundreds of years, the Pueblo people continue putting in the hard work to make it .” She encapsulates her findings in a very compelling read that may just prompt you to start up your car and head to the nearest Pueblo for bread as good as it can possibly be baked.
Famadillo, an online site purporting to “ cover what a parent wants to know ” visited Santa Fe and “ learned it can be quite a culinary paradise .” Its compilation of the Top Eleven Restaurants in Santa Fe included high-end and fine-dining gems such as Geronimo and Radish and Rye, but mostly it listed affordable family favorites such as The Pantry , Cowgirl BBQ , Plaza Cafe and Tune-Up . Parents and their children alike will certainly enjoy these terrific choices. The fun, artsy ambiance at The Kosmos
Every year on Saturday of the week preceding some ballyhooed professional football game, the Roadrunner Food Bank hosts its largest fund-raising event, the Souper Bowl. More than 1,000 guests visited the sprawling warehouse to enjoy scrumptious soups and delectable desserts from nearly 40 Albuquerque area restaurants. Awards for the best soups and desserts were given in two categories: Critic’s Choice and People’s Choice.
People’s Choice Winners – Soup 1st Place and Souper Bowl Champion : Slate Street Billiards
Hornbill Festival- A Colourful and Vibrant Confluence of Naga Tribes
The renowned Hornbill festival is undoubtedly the most popular tribal festival across North East India. Referred as the ‘Festival of Festivals’, it is a convergence of 17 Naga tribes who come from different parts of the state of Nagaland to showcase their culture and traditions. Though each of these tribes celebrates their separate festivals, Hornbill festival acts as a coming together of their inter tribal culture and heritage. The festival also helps in reviving the traditions and customs of the tribes of Nagaland. The colourful festival has myriad cultural performances, sporting activities and traditional arts on display. This festival also gives an opportunity for visitors to explore Naga cuisine and flavours.
Spread over ten days from 1 st to 10 th December every year, Hornbill festival has completed its 19 th year in 2018. The festival gets its name from Hornbill bird which is found across Nagaland and is also ubiquitous in the folklore of the tribes. Held at Kisama village, 12 Kms from Kohima, this cultural extravaganza has also boosted tourism in Nagaland with travellers, media and festival enthusiasts from world over heading to the state during the festival period.
There are 17 tribes that participate in Hornbill festival and they are Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Garo, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Lotha, Phom, Pochury, Kachari, Rengma, Sangtam, Sumi, Yimchungru, Kuki and Zeliang. All these tribes have their Morungs (indigenously designed houses) at the venue and it is here that they spend time to dress up and do their last minute rehearsals. This is the place one should visit early in the morning as the tribes can be seen in their complete attire and one can also capture some candid frames. They happily pose for you and are glad to break into a conversation. Inside the morungs, one can have a feel of the Naga homes which have a similar setting. All the morungs also serve Naga food and rice beer. Some of them even sell crafts and souvenirs. A walk around these morungs which are next to each other gives quite an insight into each tribe’s attires, dance performances, music and other details.
All the tribes have their various dance and musical performances through the day. Hornbill dance by Ao tribe was an interesting one where they maneuver around like the movement of hornbill bird. Pulling of a log drum which is known as Tongten Senbu was another captivating act by Chang tribe. Kubo-Lichi Kemhou Ketsu by Chakhesang tribe is a performance where they blow the traditional trumpet. Cotton spinning song known as Tefu Kethyu Lu by Rengma tribe is sung by women for their lovers while spinning cotton. Thsakuk Nyingnying by Sangtam tribe is a dance where the movements are like that of a butterfly. Leaphet by Konyak tribe is an indigenous bamboo dance. Chant of the baby sitters by Phom tribe which is known as Nau-u Asho was another interesting performance. War dance by Sumi tribe and Victory dance by Lotha tribe were some of the other dances performed during the hornbill festival. There were also numerous other folk dances, harvest songs and traditional games by all the tribes on all the ten days of the festival.
Apart from the tribes of Nagaland, there were performers from other states such as Manipur, Meghalaya, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha etc. As the sun set, most of the evenings concluded with contemporary music and carols.
While numerous performances at the arena by various tribes keep all the ten days lively, there are a host of other activities that happen simultaneously. These include badminton, angling, horse riding, kids carnival, pineapple eating competition, chilly eating competition, stilt bamboo race, shooting competition, tug of war, fire making competition, strongest & fittest man competition, Miss Nagaland competition, Naga chef competition and many more. The venue also has a craft exhibition centre and an artist’s corner which display magnificent works of various artists. A carnival also happens in the city of Kohima when the main street is lined with stalls selling various things and local Naga cuisine.
Bamboo pavilion has numerous stalls selling a plethora of items such as tribal jewelllery, Naga shawls, artifacts and souvenirs. There are also food stalls which sell cuisines other than Naga food. However, it is well recommended to explore the Morungs to relish authentic Naga delicacies.
Even though Kohima is not far, it is recommended to stay in Kisama village to avoid daily commutation from Kohima. There are many camps near the venue where one can stay. I stayed in a tent arranged by The Holiday Scout and it was a comfortable one. Sleeping bags and breakfast were also provided by them.
Make sure to procure inner line permits (ILP) for Nagaland from the Deputy Commissioner’s office at New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Dimapur or Kohima. Visit the Morungs early in the morning before 8 AM for photography as it can get quite crowded as the day progresses.
How to reach Kisama Village:
Kisama village is 12 Kms from Kohima, the closest major town. Dimapur which houses the nearest railway station and airport is 70 Kms away. There are regular shared taxis that ply between Kohima and Dimapur, and the charge is INR 300 per seat. One can also opt for the public bus service.
Food and Accommodation:
Local Naga food is served at all Morungs. Additionally, there are food stalls within the festival premise that serve North Indian and continental cuisines. The Holiday Scout can arrange tents close to the venue. Each of these tents can accommodate 2 or 3 persons.
P.S.: I was hosted by The Holiday Scout during my stay at Hornbill festival, but opinions are my own.