How to Bake in Your Vacation Rental

Categories: Sugar Rush

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Rachel Miller
Cooking and baking at a beach house for vacation.

So you're going to rent a beach house with your significant other's family? Brave soul. I just made this trip, and made it home in one piece, albeit sandy. Since I'm a pastry chef, of course, I was asked to make goodies for everyone.

A generic list of available kitchen equipment was on the website for the beach house rental, but I was unsure of what else could possibly be included. Did they have a mixer? A microplane? A chef knife? No one knew. I couldn't exactly bring mine on the airplane, so what do you do now?

Here are some tips and some kitchen hacks for those of you considering doing some cooking and baking in your vacation rental.

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Want to Start a Food-Focused Small Business? University of Arizona Has a Class for That

Categories: Events

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Have you always wanted to start your own bakery?
Do you dream of starting up your own small business that centers around food? Whether than means a bakery or a food blog, University of Arizona has a new educational series that might just help you achieve that dream.

Now through late October UA's Continuing and Professional Education program is offering five Edible Enterprises courses, each which will feature a different local food entrepreneur.

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Delice Bistro: Late-Night Pastry Shop, Restaurant Now Open on Mill Avenue in Tempe

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Lauren Saria
An apple danish and savory croissant from Delice Bistro.
Heads up, Tempe night owls and bar-goers. There's a new dining option located off Mill Avenue that's going to be serving pastries, crepes, and more until 2:30 a.m. on weekends.

The restaurant and bakery called Delice Bistro opened Thursday at 690 South Mill Avenue, at Centerpoint on Mill.

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8 Oktoberfest Celebrations in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Top Lists

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Andrew Pielage
One of the many beer gardens you'll see at Oktoberfests all over the Valley this fall.

As September wraps up, that can only mean one thing, it's Oktoberfest time. Grab your lederhosen and your mug-shaped hat and prepare to stuff your face with beer, bratwurst and pretzels. Here's our list of the Oktoberfest activities going around in Metro Phoenix.

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Pumpkin Spice Oreo Taste Test (Caramel Apple Oreos, Too)

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JK Grence

The Guilty Pleasure: Two new flavors of Oreos.
Where to Get It: Caramel Apple flavor at Target. Pumpkin Spice flavor everywhere. Much like pumpkin spice flavor in general these days.
Price: About $3 a box.
What it Really Costs: The usual danger of a box of processed cookies suddenly disappearing in one sitting.

It's practically a tradition that this time of year, anything that can possibly be flavored with pumpkin and/or pumpkin pie spice will be flavored with them. The list gets longer with every passing autumn. The trend has become ridiculous to the point that a hoax of pumpkin-spice condoms seemed at least slightly plausible.

See Also: Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter Has Arrived. It's Officially Fall!

Given the proclivities of the people at Nabisco to churn out seemingly endless flavors of Oreos over the last few years, it's almost a wonder that it took them this long to come up with Pumpkin Spice Oreos. But, the unholy union of Pumpkin Spice Everything and Oreo Anything Flavors has finally happened.

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Phoenix City Grille Gives Away Free Food If You Bike to Brunch

Categories: Wake Up Call

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Kamyar Adl/Flickr
Pedal as fast as you can over to Phoenix City Grille this fall for brunch.
All right brunchophiles, it's time to dust off the old two wheeler and get back on your saddle because temperatures are finally cooling off and that means pretty much every weekend should be filled with both biking and brunching. Over at Phoenix City Grille, you can choose to combine the two and they will reward you with free food all fall long.

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Market Street Kitchen at DC Ranch Names New Chef

Categories: News

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Courtesy of Market Street Kitchen
When Market Street Kitchen opened in 2012, the owners tapped two of the Valley's best known and well-loved chefs to helm the kitchen: James Beard Award-winner Robert McGrath as executive chef and Matt Taylor as chef du cuisine. It seemed like the prefect recipe for success until, less than a year later, McGrath stepped down to a consulting role, at which time Taylor took a leading role. Then, earlier this year, he too left the restaurant to join the team at Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Now, more than six months later, the restaurant is ready to announce the name of its new chef. Market Street Kitchen will now be in the hands of chef Emilio Badalamenti.

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5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Weekend Eats

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Jeremiah Toller
Head to RoRo this weekend to celebrate all things chile.
Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival
Saturday, September 27

Head to the A.R.T.S. Market in downtown Phoenix this Saturday night to be a part of the third annual Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival. The event will feature chile-infused dishes from 20 teams of local chefs and restauranteurs, all of whom will be competing for the title of Best Chile Pepper Dish. And when your mouth needs a break from the heat just hit the beer garden or snag a margarita from 3 Amigos Tequila. Admission to the festival is free and food and drink tickets/tokens will be available for purchase individually and in bundles. Food tickets (good for food samples from participating restaurants) will cost $2 each or 12 for $20. Drink tokens will cost $5 each or 5 for $20. The festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. For more information check the Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival website.


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Taylor's Place in Arcadia Serves Persian and Lebanese Specialties at Night

Categories: First Taste

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Lauren Saria
Lamb barg kebab
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

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Lauren Saria
Taylor's Place features a fresh, new look.
Restaurant: Taylor's Place
Location: 5053 North 44th Street
Open: About a week
Eats: American, Mediterranean
Price: Under $20 (lunch), $20+ (dinner)

Residents of the Arcadia neighborhood may still remember Taylor's Cafe, the 11-year-old breakfast and lunch spot located on the northeast corner of 44th Street and Camelback that was sold and became Daily Bistro in 2012. Well, it's back. Or at least, the former owners are.

The team behind the old Taylor's Cafe has purchased Daily Bistro and transformed the space into a bright space around the corner from that other restaurant specializing in healthy eats. This time around, however, Taylor's Place is serving dinner in addition to breakfast, lunch, and brunch with a menu that focuses on Persian and Lebanese cuisines.

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Best of Phoenix 2014: Sweet, Hot Revenge

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Carrie Hobson
Once upon a time, there was a city. It was not the largest city, or the smallest. It was not the richest or the poorest. But this city had a reputation, nonetheless. It was known throughout the land as dry and inhospitable -- heated to unimaginable temperatures for several months of the year, ruled by a witch of a governor and a cruel sheriff, a cultural wasteland. The people of this city knew the truth. Yes, upper management could be rough, and at first the landscape wasn't easy on the eyes, but past the strip malls and the cookie cutter subdivisions, a wonderful metropolis burgeoned: bartenders poured the craftiest of cocktails, world-class chefs cooked, there were sports teams to cheer for, boutiques to shop at, and clubs where you could dance the night away.

Once a year, the kind-hearted souls at the city's alternative newsweekly gathered the finest of what the place had to offer, presenting it in the hallowed pages of a book called the "Best of Phoenix." This year's edition features "Tales of the City" -- true stories told and legends explained.

Our chapter on food begins with an essay by Tempe-based writer Kim Porter.

See also: Read all of the Best of Phoenix 2014 essays

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