Dining

Mt Baker Vapor & Dessert

As you probably know by now, cooking, baking and drinking coffee are just a few of the things I enjoy on a regular basis. What you might not know about me is even though I have never been a cigarette or cannabis smoker, I have occasionally enjoyed smoking hookah. It all started in college at a local coffee and hookah shop on campus that my friend and I would frequent quite often. What I had enjoyed most was the different combination of flavors and mastering the art of “blowing O’s” with the smoke. Of course as any good parent would, my mom would always remind me of how much worse smoking hookah was than even smoking a cigarette. Ultimately, I wasn’t enjoying the hookah for the hazardous chemicals and nicotine in the “shisha” or flavored tobacco. I was in it for the flavor and smoke blowing tricks.

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2nd Annual Rock The Guac

It’s back! The founders of the Arizona Taco Festival are partnering with The Camby, a luxury lifestyle urban hotel, to throw an exciting event on National Guacamole Day, September 16th, 2017, called Rock The Guac. This is the second time that this event is taking place. Last years event was amazing, so I can only imagine how much bigger this years will be at The Camby. The event will pit (pun intended!) more than 12 of the Valley’s top chefs against each other in a friendly culinary battle while providing a festive way for guacamole fans to “rock out with their guac out.” This fiesta also marks the final countdown until the Arizona Taco Festival at Salt River Fields on October 14-15, 2017.

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Winc Wine

I’ve always been a fan of monthly subscription services. You sign up for a product or category that you love and every month, a box arrives to your doorstep with a new product to try! Genius! Probably the most well-known monthly subscription boxes would have to be for makeup or clothing, but I’ve found one that tops them all: Winc, a personalized wine club and winery offering an online membership experience for monthly wine delivery!

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Grubstak

Calling myself a foodie would be an understatement and there’s nothing more exciting than trying a new local restaurant! I decided to take my excitement and put it into writing by blogging about NEW and LOCAL restaurants around Phoenix that you definitely need to try! First up: Grubstak in Gilbert, AZ. (more…)

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

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Ahh! Christmas is less than a week away, and if you’re anything like me, you’re nowhere near done buying for all of the special people in your life! So while you’re frantically searching store to store and on numerous sites on the internet, I’ve decided to put a gift list together of my own ranging from small, yet perfect for anyone to outrageously awesome. You know…balance. Have a look:

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7th Annual Arizona Taco Festival

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It’s everybody’s favorite weekend: The Arizona Taco Festival weekend! Yay Tacos! For two days only, you can go to one location and taste a variety of tacos from restaurants all over the Phoenix area!

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Mango Acai Bowl

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If you’re anything like me, eating a big bowl of fruit doesn’t sound too exciting. But once you blend up fruit into a smoothie, I’m all about it!

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Lasagna Bombs

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I love cooking but its hard to find a way to cook just for yourself without having to eat all of the left overs! Creating individual or bite-sized meals makes this easy! (more…)

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Cheesy-Jalapeno Popper Chicken

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Who doesn’t love Jalapeno Poppers? Usually, poppers are comprised of just a deep fried and breaded jalapeno that is filled with either cream cheese or cheddar cheese that is small enough to be demolished in 1 to 2 bites (varies by how big of a mouth you have and how hungry you are at the time). But with this recipe, I decided to switch it up a bit…

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