Rise Up Bakery Is Now Open in Gilbert Serving Specialty Bread, Cookies, Brownies, and More

Courtesy of Rise Up Bakery
The East Valley got a new place for freshly-baked bread last month when Rise Up Bakery opened its doors at 861 N. Higley Road in Gilbert.

The bakery comes courtesy of husband and wife team Jay and Danielle Lunt, who owned a bakery in Las Vegas before picking up and moving to Phoenix to be closer to family. Now, after years spent out of the kitchen, the couple says they want to return to the baking biz.

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Cool Gelato in Scottsdale Has Killer Brioche Ice Cream Sandwiches

JK Grence

The Guilty Pleasure: Gelato Panini
Where to Get It: Cool Gelato Italiano, downtown Scottsdale
Price: $4.50
What it Really Costs: Still on the low-carb bandwagon? You'll definitely have to sit this out.

My craving for a really good ice cream sandwich knows few bounds lately. Just last week I was over on the west side enjoying an ice cream macaron sandwich. Then, a friend told me about another creative ice cream sandwich, this one deep in the heart of Scottsdale.

Cool Gelato Italiano is already one of my favorite dessert stops in town. Their gelato is mind-blowing. The flavors are vibrant, and the texture is like frozen silk. Even better, the very Italian couple that runs the place is utterly charming.

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Street Eats Food Truck Festival 2015: Here's the Lineup of Trucks So Far

Categories: Events

Evie Carpenter
The loaded chips from Tom's BBQ Pig Rig were enormous and eye catching at last year's event.
We can hardly believe it but the Street Eats Food Truck Festival is already just around the corner. The fourth annual event, sponsored by New Times, will take over Salt River Fields in Scottsdale for two days of food and drink on Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8.

As always there's a lengthy lineup of trucks to look forward to, as well as live musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations, eating contests, and more.

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Should I Have Another? (A Super Bowl Drinking Flowchart)

Categories: Flowchart

If you're gearing up for the Super Bowl scene, you're not alone. Every football fan in Phoenix is looking for a good excuse to eat, party, shop and cheer on teams they love, hate or know nothing about.

Lucky for you, we've put together a Super Bowl Guide, full of places to watch the game, grab a snack and take your out-of-state friends to see while they're here.

Up first: An illustrated guide to football boozing. You're welcome.

Illustration by Claire Lawton
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5 Places to Order Food for Your Super Bowl Party in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Seasonal

FnB Scottsdale/Facebook

Super Bowl parties don't get more gourmet than when catered by chef Charleen Badman of FnB in Scottsdale. The restaurant will be offering its Super Bowl CSA, which includes grain salad, potato salad, Caesar pasta salad with winter vegetables, six layer dip, house made tortilla chips, and 24 fried chicken wings with radishes, i'toi onion, quark, and your choice of sauce (Srichacha, sherry vin, BBQ). For dessert the deal also includes Tracy Dempsey's popcorn and date pecan brownies. The CSA serves four to six people and costs $75. Call 480-284-4777 to place your order by Saturday, January 31 at noon. Pick up will be at Bodega, adjacent to the restaurant, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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Mark Tarbell's The Tavern in Phoenix Offers a Taste of the Past, In a Good Way

Categories: Cafe Review

Jackie Mercandetti
Slow-cooked Scotch beef from Tarbell's The Tavern
Those of us of a certain age remember fondly Sportsman's Fine Wines, a longtime landmark on the southeast corner of Camelback Road and 32nd Street and one of very few decent wine shops in town. And some of us who love a good Caesar salad and a nice escargot have been whining ever since Barmouche, much-decorated restaurateur, chef, and wine expert Mark Tarbell's popular European bistro, closed more than a decade ago.

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5 Best Restaurants in Glendale Right Now

Categories: Top Lists

Wynter Holden
We'll admit that Glendale is always a great place to do some vintage shopping and a worthwhile place to dine before catching a concert or game, and right now it's also ground zero for football fans from all over the country.

As such, we thought it'd be an appropriate time to show some love to our favorite spots in Glendale -- and they're a diverse bunch. Whether you're looking for a charming family-owned spot in the heart of the city's downtown or on the hunt for a one-of-kind dining adventure, there's plenty to eat in this Valley suburb.

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Where to Find Bee Pollen in Metro Phoenix, and What It Does (And Bees Are Magic)

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Bee Pollen Hub / Flickr
These gold nuggets are the product of Honeybee Magic.

Don't be surprised if you see it popping up on local menus: Bee Pollen is this season's trending superfood. Here's what you need to know about it.

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Gallo Blanco at The Clarendon Hotel to Close at the End of the Week

Categories: News

Natalie Miranda
Prickly pear margarita from Gallo Blanco
As much as we wished that the rumors surrounding the closure of Gallo Blanco at The Clarendon Hotel were part of a cruel joke, owners Doug and Denise Robson announced on Facebook on Saturday that the restaurant will, in fact, close at the end of the month.

The post on the Gallo Blanco Facebook confirmed that the owners will part ways with the hotel and its operator at the end of the week, but according to Clarendon owner Ben Bethel, the restaurant will be open on February 1 and will serve "a very similar, yet refined menu."

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3 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Events

Courtesy of Bitter & Twisted
Bitter & Twisted Pop-Up Cocktail Garden
Starts Wednesday, January 28

With downtown Phoenix hosting Super Bowl Central, it's going to be hard to find a place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a drink. The good news is that Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is hosting an outdoor pop-up cocktail garden where you'll be able to eat, drink, and hang out right across from all the action. From noon to 2 a.m. this Wednesday through Sunday, the pop-up cocktail garden will feature live DJ music, daily cocktail specials, and discounted beers, as well as oversized benches and community party tables. The only downside is that convenience doesn't come cheap. It will cost $20 for all-day access to the garden, which does include re-entry. The pop-up cocktail garden will be open to those 21 and over only.

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