Starbucks Is Testing a Guinness-Like Stout-Flavored Latte

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Sorry, Ireland. Starbucks is making a Guinness-flavored latte.
It's a very, very confusing morning for beer and coffee lovers. No, we're not talking about coffee stouts, which are, in fact, delicious and nearly in season again. We're talking about Starbucks taking that whole thing, flipping it, and reversing it with their new Dark Barrel Latte. The new latter flavor, which is only testing in select states as of now, allegedly tastes exactly like a morning Guinness but without the booze.

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Mad City Chickens Screens Today at ASU. And It's Free!

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This documentary is for the birds-- but you can also see it for free at ASU today.
In the world of urban farming, there's one wing to rule them all and that wing is attached to the chicken. Despite some irresponsibility in the urban coop movement, overall, when done right, raising chickens at home can be a great, sustainable way to bring you closer to knowing where your food is coming from. Well, if you want to learn more about tending to a flock of your own, check out the documentary Mad City Chickens for free tonight at ASU.

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

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Fall may not be in the air, but it's about to be in our glass.
As all true Phoenix food lovers know, it's not officially fall until you can roll over to Four Peaks Brewery and order a pint of Pumpkin Porter. After all, it's not like the weather gives us any hint as to autumn's arrival and since cacti don't have leaves, we can't look out for changing colors of foliage.

Instead it's Tempe's Four Peaks fall seasonal beer by which we Phoenicians mark our calendars. And as of last Sunday, fall is officially on tap.

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Maya's Farm Now Accpeting Applications for Fall Season CSA

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Heather Hoch
Watermelon Radishes from Maya's Farm
If you want in on some Community Supported Agriculture action with Maya's Farm, you'd better act fast. The small farm run by Maya Dailey is accepting applications for the upcoming CSA season, which starts later this week and runs through December.

CSA members will receive a weekly allotment of fresh, hand-picked, certified organic produce, all of which is grown on the Dailey's farm located within The Farm at South Mountain development.

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Two Arizona Restaurants Make OpenTable's List of Best Restaurants for Foodies This Year

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Lauren Saria
Crudo's pig ears have become one of chef Cullen Campbell's most well-loved dishes.
Earlier this week OpenTable released an updated list of Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America and this time only two Arizona restaurants made the cut. That's down from the five recognized by OpenTable last year.

The list, which is compiled by "analyzing more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country," includes restaurants from 29 different states.


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Virtu Honest Craft Up For Best New Bar in Food & Wine Magazine

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Heather Hoch
Inventive, culinary drinks make Virtù's menu a winner in our book.
It's been a pretty wild year or so for chef Gio Osso and his team at Virtù Honest Craft in Old Town Scottsdale. After being named one of the Best New Restaurants in 2013 by Esquire, it looks like those aren't all of the accolades in store for Virtu. Food & Wine released a line-up of reader's picks for the brand new "Best New Bar" category and Virtu made the list of places you can vote for to win the Southwestern/Western distinction.

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JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort Unveils Special Honey Menu

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A meal for the honey obsessed at JW Marriott Desert Ridge.
Honey lovers, take note: From now until the end of this month, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa is offering a full menu featuring the sweet stuff. The stonegrill restaurant in the resort will be offering up seasonal dishes and a cocktail to pair with them using on-site harvested honey.

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Blog Comments to Expect When You Post a Recipe Online

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Beware: Even the most straightforward recipes are up for debate when posted online.
Looking for a laugh this morning? Well, The Toast made a list of the types of commenters who put their opinions on recipes online. From the shameless substituters to the chronic oversharers, the list of comments is hilariously accurate. If you've ever tried to share a recipe of your own creation online, you definitely know what this blog is talking about.

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Chris Bianco to Judge Game Day Chef Challenge -- Here's How You Can Enter

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Game Day Chef Challenge
Suzanne C. of Arizona entered this chicken sandwich recipe made from Chevron-bought ingredients.
Here's a Chopped style challenge for you: go to your nearest Chevron or Texaco station, find some ingredients, and make a tasty creation worthy of a chef's palate. Well, if you're not a pro chef already, here's your chance to whip something up that Chris Bianco will taste. The Chevron Game Day Chef Challenge is a competition in Arizona, California, Washington, and Oregon where home cooks create dishes using gas station fare all for a big cash prize.

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Learn to Cook Online with Netflix-Style Subscription Service Website

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Want to learn how to make pasta? Here's your chance.
Sometimes working from a recipe is easy and other times recipes assume you know how to make a bechamel or mirepoix. Well, in case you get stuck in that in between stage, there's a new instructional video series from Salted to help guide you in the basics of cooking as taught by professional chefs. The online cooking school showcases HD videos from over 50 chefs across the country on a range of topics from making the perfect burger patty to handmaking pasta and more.

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