The Phoenix Premium Outlets opened their doors to shoppers yesterday with special promotions, live music and more that will continue through the weekend (April 4 - 7, 2013). There are over 90 stores to choose from, most are already open with a few slated to open over the next few months.
Friday, April 15
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Otis and the Beat: Classic Rock Cover Band
Noon - 2 p.m. Barrel Boy from KNIX (102.5 FM)
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Dina Preston Band: Live Acoustic Entertainment
Saturday, April 6
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mike and T: Music of the 60's - 80's
Noon - 2 p.m. AJ from Mix (96.9 FM)
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Red House Family Jazz: Live Blues Entertainment
Sunday, April 7
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Scott Hallock: Classic Acoustic Rock Cover Band
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Canyon Walls: Live Acoustic Entertainment
The new Premium Outlets are located on tribal land, adjacent to the Sheraton at Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino. I visited the outlets during their grand opening yesterday to bring you a sneak peek of this new Phoenix shopping destination.
The outlets are designed to represent a racetrack, where you can make a loop to shop. There's also a food court with a few choices available now with more opening over the next few months. I noticed that there was plenty of shade with large fans and misters blowing to keep shoppers cool. Of course, you'll spend most of your time inside the air conditioned comfort of your favorite stores.
The Phoenix Premium Outlets are located at 4976 Premium Outlets Way in Chandler.
After a long week my husband and I decided that we needed a date night. We headed over to Trattoria del Piero at the Biltmore Fashion Park to enjoy some refreshing drinks and appetizers on the patio. Later that evening on the main lawn of the Biltmore Fashion Park one of my husband’s favorite movies, Caddyshack, was being shown as part of the Movies in the Park series. A perfect date night.
Trattoria del Piero is the second location of the Queen Creek Olive Mill’s Tuscan themed restaurants and is a part of the new UNION shops at the Biltmore Fashion Park. The menu consists of appetizers, bruschetta, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts made from local and organic ingredients. You can sit inside or outside on the patio. Or, if you prefer, you can belly up to the bar. Since it was such a lovely spring evening, my husband and I opted to sit on the patio. (Tip: If you want to sit on the patio to eat, let someone inside know first so they’ll come out to take your order. The patio is shared with other businesses in UNION so they may not know you are waiting for service.)
A little known fact is that Trattoria del Piero serves the famous meatballs made by Lisa G. All of those that mourned Lisa G.’s closing can now enjoy her famous meatballs anytime at Trattoria del Piero. Upon the confirmation of this rumor, my husband promptly ordered a bowl. I decided on the bruschetta board and a hot pink Prickly Pear lemonade.
Now, I’m going to be honest with you, while perusing the menu I noticed the cupcake sampler right away. I wanted to order it as an appetizer but held off until the end of our meal. The wait was well worth it. The cupcakes are made with olive oil from the Queen Creek Olive Mill and are delicious. My personal favorite was the Mexican chocolate cupcake. I had to stop myself from going inside and buying a full sized Mexican chocolate cupcake to go.
Trattoria del Piero is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (I’m ready to go back soon for their famous Vanilla Bean Olive Oil waffles). Take note that the dinner portions are more like appetizer portions. Trattoria del Piero also serves wine and beer.
If you want to make a date night out of it like my husband and I did, check out the Movies in the Park spring schedule.
Trattoria del Piero is located at the Biltmore Fashion Park at 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix.
From the folks behind Gallo Blanco comes Otro Café, which recently opened in my ‘hood so I had to check it out. The menu at Otro Café is not the same as Gallo Blanco, but carries the same theme - Mexico City style cuisine made from fresh, local Arizona ingredients.
The space at Otro Café is very open with lots of natural light, and on the day I visited fresh air flowed through the restaurant through the patio doors. We started with the chips and salsa. The green tomatillo lime salsa was quickly the table favorite.
We ordered two appetizers; the El Español and the Coctel de Camaron. The El Espanol comes with Serrano ham, avocado, Cerignola olives, shaved chives, savory citrus dressing served with sliced crusty beer Bolillo bread. The Coctel de Camaron is a fresh and spicy dish made with poached shrimp, cilantro, Serrano pepper, lime juice, ketchup, diced tomato, kosher salt, white onions and tortilla chips. I did not try the El Español due to a food allergy, but my mother said she really enjoyed it. I personally could not get enough of the Coctel de Camaron. Yum!
The idea at Otro Café is to share and share we did. For dinner we ordered the Asado Chicken Salad, Paella de Campo, El Pollo Asado and three sides of local vegetables.
We all agreed that each dish was delicious. I especially enjoyed the touch of mint in the Asado Chicken Salad, and the spicy aji aioli and housemade tortillas that were served with the El Pollo Asado. As a veggie fan, I also loved the fresh local vegetables that we ordered on the side.
Otro Café is located at 6035 N. 7th Street in Phoenix
Our media relations intern Andrea recently visited the Desert Botanical Garden and it's new restaurant Gertrude's . She offered to provide her insider’s perspective of this popular attraction. Enjoy!
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Desert Botanical Garden, a popular attraction to both locals and visitors. It’s considered a “Phoenix Point of Pride,” and has over 50,000 desert plants to see and learn about.
The Desert Botanical Garden first opened in 1939 after a group of Phoenix locals saw the need to conserve the desert environment. Today, the Garden continues to grow and currently has 145 acres of desert plants not just found in the Sonoran Desert, but from other deserts around the world.
There are five thematic trails at the Garden that you can go on. My personal favorite is the Plants and People of the of the Sonoran Desert Trail which shows visitors the relationships between people and plants in our region and how the plants are useful when it comes to needing food, medicine and fiber. As you walk through this trail, you get an understanding of how past Indians used the desert to their advantage.
Walking along the other beautiful trails, you’ll find the scenic views are incredible. There are many hills surrounding the whole area that covered with hundreds of different types of cacti, as well as Papago Park in the distance. And, if you’re lucky, a roadrunner or quail might cross your path.
Earlier this year, the Garden opened a new restaurant called Gertrude’s, which was named after Gertrude Webster who founded the Desert Botanical Garden. The restaurant focuses on utilizing fresh ingredients from farmers and artisan food producers from around the state of Arizona and the Southwest. They kitchen even uses some of the fresh herbs and vegetables from their own garden located on the property.
Since the restaurant just opened at the end of January, I was very excited to go. Our group was seated outside on the patio, which was gorgeous. There were beautiful desert plants surrounding it and thankfully, a lot of shade to keep the Arizona sun at bay.
Everyone at my table ordered from the lunch menu and everyone seemed to be happy with their choices. Some unique items included:
- Chicken Sandwich (Achiote + Citrus Marinated Chicken Breast, Apple Wood Bacon, Avocado, Arizona Cheese Co. Pepper Jack, Jicama, Napa Cabbage, Brioche Bun)
- Beets Salad (Garden Beets, Seasonal Lettuces, Crow’s Dairy Cherve, Maple-Sherry Vinaigrette, Hazelnuts)
- Sonoran Dog (Bacon Wrapped Shriener’s Beef Hot Dog, Avocado, Tepary Beans, Queso Fresco, Tomatillo Relish, Poppy Bun)
The food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere is great. If you want to get away from the city and enjoy a few hours getting drinks and food, Gertrude’s would be a great place to go.
Overall, my experience to the Desert Botanical Garden and Gertrude’s was fantastic - I highly recommend going. And if you want to be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies, be sure to go between now and May 12 for the Spring Butterfly Exhibit.
After months of anticipation, The Yard has finally opened in Central Phoenix. The Yard by Fox Restaurant Concepts is a 53,000–square-foot multi-use space with dining, games and will eventually house much more.
Right now you can visit The Yard to enjoy a meal or cocktails at Culinary Dropout. While you wait, or after your meal, you can challenge your friends and family to game of ping pong, foosball or cornhole. A second restaurant, Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend is set to open in mid-March.
The Yard is located at 5632 North Seventh Street in Phoenix.
Enjoying brunch with friends on an outdoor patio is favorite pastime of Phoenicians. Now, there’s a new place to enjoy our warm sunny weather on a Sunday afternoon at Del Frisco’s Grille, which recently started serving a delicious brunch menu.
Located in the Biltmore area, Del Frisco’s Grille has an amazing rooftop patio with views of Piestewa Peak, but the view isn't the only impressive thing about brunch here – the food is fantastic. The menu puts a twist on classic brunch items taking regular Eggs Benedict and turning them into a delicious grille version or a crab cake version. They also take the traditional Belgian Waffle and up-the-ante by making a Red Velvet Belgian Waffle, yum. Even the classic Bloody Mary gets a grille twist at Del Frisco’s. It was served with a plate of condiments from pickles to hot sauce and even a slice of bacon.
I tried the Grille Benedict that comes with two beautifully poached eggs, ham (I had them leave off the ham for me), mouthwatering scallion and white cheddar biscuits and chipotle hollandaise. My dining partner had the Chicken-Fried Steak and Eggs that came with jumbo biscuits and chorizo gravy. The meal was large enough that she took some of the chicken-fried steak home to have later.
The food, the view and the patio at Del Frisco’s Grill are the perfect ingredients to a fabulous Sunday Brunch. See you again soon, Del Frisco’s.
Del Frisco’s Grill is located at 2425 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix. Check out the full brunch menu.