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Still hungry? Tempe has plenty of late night dining options downtown

Cornish Pasty Co
August 1, 2014

Eating is one of my favorite things to do.  Whether I’m home or out with friends, sometimes I get late night cravings. Most of the time, I’m not in the mood for a small snack. I want real food – a full meal. There are many reasons why Tempe is great, one of which is the abundance of restaurants that stay open late. Next time 11 p.m. rolls around and you’re starving, it’s okay. You’re in luck. Here are some of my favorite places to satisfy those late-night hunger pangs. Four Peaks Brewing Company Is there anything Four Peaks can’t do? Aside from making some of the greatest beers in […]

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Tempe events this week-create a steampunk owl at the TCA

Gallery at TCA - Tempe Center for the Arts
July 28, 2014

Who isn’t looking for a fun retreat from the heat as we head into August, one of our least favorite months?  Thank heavens for the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), which has offered wonderful programs in both the visual and performing arts in their beautiful, cool environment, all summer. Take for instance the free Walk-in Family Art Workshops that take place every Saturday from noon-2 p.m. These workshops feature artists and TCA staff who show participants how to create works of art from a variety of methods and materials. Michelle Dock, who usually works behind the scenes overseeing the  Gallery at the TCA, w ill conduct this Saturday’s Steampunk […]

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Some of the best summer drinks in Tempe

July 25, 2014

Summer is now in full swing and all I want is to have my toes in the sand and a cocktail in my hand. Although the sand part might be hard to come by in the Tempe desert, summer drinks and cocktails are far from being in short supply. I really only require my drink to have three things; it must contain something fruity, the less alcohol I taste the better, and it must be picture worthy enough to post on Instagram. Sure, it’s not an exact science, but it has landed me with some of the best summer drinks ever. Here is a quick list of my favorite summer […]

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Tempe events this week-JERSEY BOYS at ASU Gammage

July 21, 2014

If the summer doldrums are wearing you down, ASU Gammage has something that will remedy that situation for sure. It’s JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about  one of the most successful groups in pop music history. And it’s no wonder. With a great behind- the-scenes story of how four blue collar kids, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, became The Four Seasons and a score that includes some of their biggest hits, this musical rocks from the minute the curtain goes up.  The show features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes off […]

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Tempe events this week-Michael McDonald at the Tempe Improv

Tempe Improv
July 14, 2014

The enormously talented and  funny Michael McDonald is coming to the Tempe Improv this weekend. Fans of ”MAD TV” will remember his vast repertoire of crazy characters like Stewart and Marvin Tikvah and his many memorable  impressions of such celebs as Dr. Phil, Bill O’Reilly, Ozzy  Osbourn, Mel Gibson, Dr. Drew, Criss Angel, Sarah Jessica Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw)–the list goes on and on.  The memory of his hilarious “MAD TV” antics sent me to YouTube where I found a bunch of clips from the show and caused me to go into near convulsions of laughter. Michael McDonald was the longest standing cast member of “MAD TV” and it was […]

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Tempe water park fun this summer

Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park
July 9, 2014

What makes any summer day in Tempe just a little bit better? Water. As in splash pads, water parks and pools. This is my favorite way to keep my daughter entertained during the summer. It keeps her cool and complaint-free and that makes for one happy family. There are a few options in Tempe to keep you cool all summer long: Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park This popular summer spot covers one acre with pop up fountains, a slide, streams, water cannons and other fun stuff. It is open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. It’s located in Tempe Beach Park, near the Mill Avenue District (a perfect […]

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Tempe events this week- ASU Art Museum Family Fun Day

Art Museum Family Fun Day
July 7, 2014

There are some fun and free art and craft events to keep kids cool and entertained in Tempe this week, including the ASU Art Museum Family Fun Day.  Children of all ages will enjoy a variety of art projects, educational booths and performances held in conjunction with this summer’s family-focused exhibition, Funny Papers.  Activities include face painting, interactive music, dance and magic performances from Persephone, C3 Dance and Jolly Roger. Everyone will find Funny Papers both fascinating and funny.  The exhibition explores the history of comic strips and their continued prevalence throughout art.  The whole family will enjoy the mix of both vintage comic strips and contemporary art infused with […]

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7 lunch spots in Tempe not to miss

Original Chop Shop Co.
July 1, 2014

Having worked in downtown Tempe for several year now, I’ve had the good fortune of trying several lunch spots in Tempe that make my tummy happy and my day a bit brighter. Here is my list of top 7 lunch restaurants to try in Tempe. In no particular order, here they are: Pita Jungle – Fresh, delicious flavors are what you’ll experience at Pita Jungle. A fun, hipster atmosphere will greet you when you walk in, making you instantly feel right at home. The hummus is amazing, and be sure to try the roasted bell pepper hummus or the cilantro jalapeño hummus too. I usually find a yummy seasonal salad […]

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Tempe events this week- July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
June 30, 2014

Tempe really knows how to celebrate the 4th of July.  Anyone who has been to past July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festivals knows what a show-stopper the Tempe fireworks extravaganza is. The Kiwanis Club of Tempe has been putting on this pyrotechnic spectacular for 63 years and this year will make it the 64th. The City of Tempe hosts a bunch of fun activities for the entire family starting at 5 p.m. Local bands, including Don’t Tell Mom Band, Levi Waskom, Donovan and the All-Stars and Outside the Line will perform on the main stage from 5-10:45 p.m. The Family Fun Fest will feature a free inflatable village, rides and […]

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Small Talk with Sesty – Sydney’s Café and Market

Syndey's Cafe and Market
June 26, 2014

Sydney’s Café and Market is one of the newest Tempe Marketplace restaurants. This international culinary eatery specializes in empanadas but offer customers a variety of fresh, homemade food and beverages. They’re also the only privately owned restaurant at the District at Tempe Marketplace. Sydney’s Café and Market is located by the Splash pads, close to Barnes and Noble. Diners can choose from a variety of salads, sandwiches, desserts and of course, the famous empanadas. I was lucky enough to head over there for lunch one day and sample all eight of them. Each was delicious in its own way. Each empanada is inspired from someplace in the world, so you […]

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