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Sneak peek: Cubs Park

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Chicago Cubs fans have waited 105 years for a World Series title. But they’ll have to wait only until the open of the Cactus League season Feb. 27 to christen a new spring training stadium.

Cubs Park, the newest stadium in the Cactus League, is nearing completion, and the Cubs treated us to a sneak peek of the facilities.

The new ballpark hasn’t yet been “Cub-ified”—much of the signage and adornments are still forthcoming—but the facility has rounded into shape enough to give you a pretty good idea of what attending a Cubs game this spring will feel like.

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The Henry

The Henry

You can’t miss The Henry when you drive by it on Camelback Road. The office building turned restaurant and Fox Restaurant Concepts headquarters is the home to the newest Arcadia/Central Phoenix neighborhood restaurant. The Henry is an American brasserie that serves lunch and dinner during the week and breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekends. You can also stop by in the early morning to pick up some breakfast, coffee, pastries, and fresh pressed juices from the group’s Juby True brand.

My husband and I stopped into The Henry on an early Sunday evening and found the placed packed as if it were a Saturday night. We were seated inside with a view of Camelback Mountain. When perusing the menu there were several creative non-alcoholic drinks listed like the Chai Lime Ginger Beer and Orange Hibiscus Cooler. There was also an inventive cocktail menu. Looking at the full bar and the lounge seating at The Henry, I made note that it would be the perfect location for a get together and some libations.

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Short Leash Dogs Sit…Stay


The Sunny - grilled seasonal fruit, prosciutto, arugula, goat cheese, honey & cracked pepper served on naan with a chicken wiener.

The Sunny - grilled seasonal fruit, prosciutto, arugula, goat cheese, honey & cracked pepper served on naan with a chicken wiener.

Popular food truck Short Leash Dogs now has a permanent eatery where you can enjoy their naan wrapped gourmet hot dogs. Sit…Stay is located on Roosevelt Row and has an expanded menu of gourmet hot dogs, corn pups, soups, salads and more. They also share space with The Pie Hole, the permanent location of Mama Toledo’s food truck.

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Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend Restaurant

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With the nearest beach being just over 200 miles away, there are not many seafood based restaurants in Phoenix. Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend restaurant, located at The Yard brings fresh seafood to Phoenix with a retro New England flair.

Little Cleo's Restaurant Phoenix

My husband and I decided Little Cleo’s would make for a nice little date night. We made reservations ahead of time since it’s a small restaurant and it had been busy the last time we went by. When you walk in, you’re greeted by fresh oysters placed in an iced display case. The feel of Little Cleo’s is what you would expect of a fish house, albeit a little more sophisticated.

We had heard rave reviews of the Warm Jar of King Crab and Butter w/ Grilled Bread ($21) so we started our meal with that. It was delicious and the crab meat was perfectly sweet.

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Where to Get Your Pumpkin Fix in Phoenix

Pumpkin Cream Eclairs from Essence Bakery

Pumpkin Cream Eclairs from Essence Bakery

Although fall temps have officially arrived in Phoenix, locals are often alerted to the start of the season by the appearance of pumpkin flavored food and drinks. Now that we’re well into October, there are plenty of places in Phoenix to get your pumpkin fix.

(Please keep in mind many of these items are seasonal and may or may not be available when you visit. It’s best to call and check first.)

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The Stand Phoenix

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I’m pretty sure if I had to choose a last meal it would be a cheeseburger with fries and a chocolate milkshake. This, coming from someone who refuses to eat at any type of fast food establishment. I admit it, I am a picky eater. However, I have found the perfect place that meets my strict food rules of a meal being made of real food, locally sourced and that tastes delicious at The Stand.

The Stand is locally owned and takes well…a stand to provide their customers with good food, made from, “locally grown, never frozen, hormone free and fresh and natural as possible” ingredients. You’ll find that the menu at The Stand is pretty simple with burgers, tacos, fries, chips and salsa, chips and guacamole, Mexican street corn (seasonal) and a small variety of milkshakes.

I ordered The Standard with Cheese and my husband ordered The Standard. We got an order of fries and a chocolate milkshake to share. Delicious.

What I really liked about The Stand, aside from their commitment to good food, was that I did not go into a food coma later that afternoon from such an indulgent meal. I chalk it up to their use of fresh ingredients and will use that as an excuse to go back again and again to The Stand.

The Stand is located at 3538 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix.

The Stand Drive Thru


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