5 Ways for a Foodcentric Phoenician to Stay Busy in the Summer

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Maybe catch a food-centric flick?
It's awfully hot to garden. In fact, it's awfully hot to go out to go out to eat. So we thought we'd share a list of "must dos" for food-grower to enjoy indoors, before it's time for fall planting. From books and films to TV shows and classes, there's a lot to do that will help you get excited about the next growing (and eating) season...and keep you cool indoors.

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Go to the Movies

You can settle in and watch movies on Netflix, or you can go to the theater. Chef opened in May, but is still in many Valley theaters. It's the story a Los Angeles chef who embarks on a journey to rediscover his career in food, which involves the restoration of a food truck that serves Cubanos. Funny yet emotion, the film stars and is produced, written by Jon Favreau. With a bevy of other recognizable cast members, even your friends will enjoy this film. One word of advice--don't go hungry!

Coming out in early August is The Hundred Foot Journey, the tale of an Indian restaurant in that opens across Michelin-starred French restaurant in the South of France. Starring Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal, the film is based on the international best-seller by Richard C. Morais and counts Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey as producers.

Watch TV

Don't have cable? That's okay, check out Food Fighters on NBC beginning July 22. Adam Richman (yes, that guy) hosts a show that concept pits "home-grown" cooks against professional chefs as each creates a version of the amateurs' signature or family dish. Plus, the first "season" is only 8 episodes, perfect summer watching!

Go Shopping
Shopping is one of the best things to do indoors. Lucky for you, by mid-August the Southwest Gardener will have re-located to The Newton, which is conveniently also the home of Changing Hands Bookstore's Phoenix location. Stock up for the fall or find inspiration for a new garden project.

Location Info


The Newton

300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

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Changing Hands Bookstore

300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ

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Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

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