10 Best Places for Soup in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
If you think soup is just an appetizer, think again.
Soup-making is an underappreciated art. A good broth on its own can be deeply complex and flavorful, building a solid base for all of the ingredients that go into it. Handmade noodles; fresh, seasonal vegetables; and a fair amount of regional spices can be seen in soups across the world, though soup can be pretty much anything as long as you can slurp it.

Here are ten of our favorite places in metro Phoenix to grab a bowl:

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10 Cocktail Books You Should Read Right Now

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Learn the ways of craft cocktails, new and old, with these ten books.
Diving into the wild world of craft cocktails and mixology head first is one way to start learning more about them. You can also take one of a few different mixology classes here in town. However, for you bookworms out there, there's a ton of great reads for beginners and experienced cocktail enthusiasts. Whether you're a history buff or an aspiring bartender, there's something on this list for you to get good and booze nerdy over.

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10 Pumpkin Spice Items: Real or Fake?

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Illustration by Claire Lawton
With the popularity of Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, companies in every field are trying to cash in on the seasonal flavor. Of course, not every pumpkin spice product you see on the internet is actually being produced, some are just photoshop hoaxes.

See if you can guess which are actual products and which are just hoaxes among our top 10 favorite products. There's a key at the end to check your guesses against.

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10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in September

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Lauren Saria
Last month we released Best of Phoenix 2014, recognizing some of the best restaurants and bars in the Valley. Many of the most memorable things I ate and drank in September come from places included in the Food & Drink section of the issue though some dishes are from new spots around town.

I hope you get to try some of it for yourself soon.

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10 Metro Phoenix Restaurants for a First Date

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Natalie Miranda
The outdoor seating area of Fuego Bistro could set a superb tone on a first date.

Going on a first date can be stressful. You want everything to be perfect, but what is? There's a whole list of things you'll have to worry about and prepare, so we figured we'd help you out with finding a spot to eat. Last month we named House Brasserie the Best Place to Take a First Date in our 2014 Best of Phoenix. Here are 10 more romantic spots you'll want to hit.

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8 Oktoberfest Celebrations in Metro Phoenix

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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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10 Best Tacos in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
If you have room after the veggie taco, we recommend branching out to the chicken at Otro Cafe.
There are a lot of things you can get sick of: instant coffee, canned soup, relatives....

But tacos? Tacos are not one of them. Whether they come to us by way of wheels or waiter, in flour or corn tortillas, with savory meats or sauteed veggies, it seems our taste buds never tire of a well-made taco. With so many options around the Valley, it's hard to know where to start. Which is why we narrowed it down to the 10 best tacos in metro Phoenix.

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10 Top Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week, Fall 2014

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Heather Hoch
Rancho Pinot's hearty sauce sticks to your gnocchi and your ribs.
With so many restaurants participating in this fall's edition of Arizona Restaurant Week -- which runs from Friday, September 19, to Sunday, September 28 -- it can be hard to tell where your dining dollars will be best spent. Thankfully, we're here to dish out some suggestions. Some of the restaurants on our list are top Arizona dining destinations where your dollar will go farther during the event than at any other time of year, while others are newcomers to the local dining scene.

At any of the 10, you'll want to make your reservations soon -- many will be booked up entirely by the time the week hits.

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5 New Places for Brunch in Metro Phoenix

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Courtesy of Bootleggers
Chicken and Waffle Bites
Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse

Bootleggers is looking to attract the brunch-time crowd with food and drink deals including $1 moonshine shots and Fried Chicken and Waffle Bites. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, the restaurant will be offering sangria pitchers, moonshine mimosas, and Epic Boot Bloody Marys. Food specials include BBQ Breakast Burritos, Dirty Cottage Fries, and an all-you-can-eat Pig Roast.

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7 Best Sports Bars for Food and Drink in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
It might take the whole game to finish this massive burger at Bootleggers.
Just because you're headed out to watch football on the regular now doesn't mean you need to sacrifice eating a decent meal and having some tasty drinks. Whether you're a beer fan or a barbecue junkie, there are spots in town that will cater to your cravings in the Valley, all while you watch your favorite team compete this season.

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