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.

Fast forward ten years and I still feel the same way. The major difference between then and now is the growing popularity of vaping! A vape is essentially an electronic cigarette that heats a liquid, creating a vapor to be inhaled. Generally, the liquid is composed of a combination of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavoring and nicotine. The ratio of each of these ingredients along with the anatomy of the vape used determines the effects of vaping such as flavor strength, smoothness and size of clouds.

I teamed up with my friends at Mt Baker Vapor right here in Mesa, Arizona for this sponsored post and they provided some great vape product for me to test out and enjoy for the first time. Mt Baker Vapor is an electronic cigarette manufacturer known for creative and incredibly tasty nicotine and non-nicotine e-juice flavors that provide a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes and hookah, and contain no hazardous additives. My favorite part about Mt Baker Vapor is all of the amazing flavors they have available along with the choice to have zero nicotine in the liquid you vape! Yes, that means I get way more flavors than ever before to enjoy without the nicotine!

What I like about vaping is that it enhances the experience of eating when paired with the right foods and drinks. With the Holidays quickly approaching, baking cookies has definitely become even more of a priority for me. Enjoying Cloud Hype’s “Mint Bliss” inspired me to bake some Chocolate Mint Cookies and the taste was almost identical. It even paired well with my morning coffee for an added boost of Mint flavor during the Holidays. The next flavor I tried was Hometown Hero’s “Rice Crispy Treats” as I baked some Rice Krispies Trees. Amazing! Clearly, I prefer the dessert flavors, but Mt Baker Vapor also carries a wide selection of fruit, beverage, cereal, candy, holiday flavors and so much more along with a great selection of vapes! Impressive!

The best news? You can use my discount code “ICHOOSEFLAVOR” at checkout for 50% off your first purchase of Mt Baker e-Juice! Just in time for the holidays! Click here to start shopping: http://bit.ly/VapeAubrey

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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.




Tickets to Rock The Guac cost $40 and come with unlimited guacamole samples, a gourmet taco station provided by The Camby, and two drink tickets good for Casa Noble margaritas and Corona cervezas. The event will also include live lucha libre wrestling, flamenco dancing performances, and DJ. Participating chefs include:

Forest Hamrick- La Hacienda – 2016 Rock The Guac winner
Dushyant Singh- Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar at The Camby Hotel
Richard Hinojosa- CRUjiente Tacos
Aaron Pool- Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup
Alex Stratta- Match at The FOUND:RE Phoenix
Mel Mecinas- Private Chef
Aaron May- Goodwood Tavern, Malibu Burger Co.
Jennifer Russo- The Market by Jennifer’s
Fidencio Alatriste- Toro Latin Restaurant
Laura Gonzalez- Taqueria Centro
George Alatriste- The Mission
Beau MacMillan- Elements




A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, a non-profit organization which heals homeless and abused children through artistic expression. All Free Arts programs, delivered by volunteers and artists, serve more than 8,200 children annually through partnerships with 45 social service child welfare agencies at 100-plus sites across Maricopa County. Learn more at www.freeartsaz.org/.

EVENT DETAILS

Date & Time: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 6pm-9pm
Location: The Camby, 2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
Cost:  $40 entry – online purchase only
Tickets:  http://www.universe.com/rocktheguac & http://www.aztacofestival.com




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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!

Imagine coming home from a long work week to a box containing 4 different kinds of wine for you to enjoy! No having to stop at the store and stare blankly into the abyss of infinite wine bottles. No settling for the exact same bottle you’ve enjoyed several times before because you’re too afraid to try something new! Problem solved! Winc provides a short survey for you to complete in order to provide you with the 4 best wine selections tailored to your tastes! Whether you prefer only red wine, only white wine, or both red and white, Winc can accommodate your preferences! You can even swap your recommendations for other available bottles of wine! What a great way to expand your wine palette and try new things.




Winc even provides easy ways to earn free bottles of wine when you refer friends or you can earn credit towards wine when you rate 10 bottles of wine! Not completely satisfied with a certain bottle of wine? Winc will replace it! Looking to purchase a case of 12 bottles? You’ll save 10% every time you purchase a case of 12! How can you go wrong with such an easy subscription that any adult would enjoy? You can even send Winc as a gift by choosing from a selection of their carefully curated pairings or send a gift card for the recipient to choose what they want.




I enjoy trying new things and wine is no exception. My favorite part of the Winc subscription is the “Winc Journal” – a monthly guide to having fun with wine – plus customized recipe pairings for the bottles you received! I know I always have a hard time figuring out what food goes with certain types of wine, but Winc makes it so easy!

Interested in trying Winc? Click here to get started and use my code “RubyRed” for $20 off your first months order! Cheers!




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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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