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Arizona Restaurant Week

Arizona Restaurant Week officially begins today! This statewide affair offers foodies a wealth of dining opportunities and the chance to get outside their own neighborhood and try something new. From sizzling Southwestern and soothing comfort foods to five-star dining and international fare – it’s all on the table during Arizona Restaurant Week. A few Tempe favorites are participating this week, including Culinary Dropout, Cafe Lalibela and the House of Tricks! But with over 100 restaurants participating there is much more to discover! Visit the official site here to see which restaurants around the state are participating.

Downtown Tempe Hot Spots

Tempe’s downtown offers a variety of entertainment options, from bars and restaurants to special events and shopping. Despite what you might think, Mill Ave is not the only thing Tempe has to offer. Here are some local favorites:   1. Four Peaks Brewery Tempe is home to the original Four Peaks Brewery location, which opened in 1996. Other locations include one in Scottsdale and one inside the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Four Peaks was voted Best Brewery in America by users on Thrillist, a culture website that explores food and drink nationwide. 2. Mill Avenue For generations, Mill Avenue has been recognized as a local entertainment mecca and a national

ASU Football is Going High-Tech

The college football season officially kicks off tonight at Arizona State University. The players aren’t the only ones practicing hard — a team of engineers and researchers have been mapping out a game plan to make major technology upgrades to sun devil stadium. The school has partnered with Intel and put 44 sensors around the stadium that track noise, temperature and vibration. They can launch a noise game that breaks the crowd into sections for cheer battles and see which section is the loudest with the sensor data. This season, wearable Sun Devil horns will be tested that’ll light up

The Lost Lake Festival is Fast Approaching

The first ever Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix is fast approaching, and more details are being released. The inaugural music festival that takes place Oct. 20-22 at Steele Indian School Park will also feature culinary, arts and gaming elements, showcasing some top Arizona talent. The Lost Playground is the larger-than-life gaming area and is a partnership with Walter Productions, an immersive entertainment company based in Phoenix known for its spectacular art cars. “Lost Lake is a first-of-its-kind event in Phoenix, and The Lost Playground, complete with over-sized and re-imagined versions of nostalgic games, was created to take fans on an adventure of a

Essential Restaurants Around ASU – Downtown Tempe

Last weekend, Tempe welcomed literally thousands of college students back into the fold. And though we’re sure the studious lot will be spending the majority of their time hitting the books at Hayden Library, it’s inevitable that they’ll also need to eat. The Memorial Union and the dining halls are perfectly viable options, but we just want to make sure Arizona State University’s students know that their neighborhood has lots of other dining options to offer. Here are 10 great options around the ASU campus. El Pollo Supremo 221 West University Drive, Tempe 480-966-3713 $5 and under When it comes to

Upcoming Restaurant Openings in the Valley

Eight months into 2017, we’ve had more than 50 restaurants either open their doors for the first time in the Valley or open second, third, and fourth locations. The openings include everything from modern Japanese cuisine to Chicago deep-dish pizza, Mexican cuisine, Hawaiian-inspired poke, and fast-casual breakfast joints. July restaurant openings June restaurant openings May restaurant openings April restaurant openings What can we expect for the rest of the year and into 2018? So far, we’ve found more than 40 restaurants with plans to open around the Valley. Restaurants coming to Tempe include: Tempe Public Market Cafe – Chef Aaron Chamberlin,

ASU Students Move-In

Thousands of students will move into the Valley for the start of the Arizona State University school year. The Downtown Phoenix campus will start the move-in process Friday. The bulk of students will continue settling in over the weekend in Tempe. One student says, “Move in day is going to be, I think it’s going to be a day of excitement especially for all the new freshman and engineering students moving in.” There is an ASU housing boom in Tempe. New housing spot RISE is located on Apache Boulevard and Rural Road. It’ll be packed with more than 380 students

August is Prickly Pear Season in Arizona

August is prickly pear harvest season in Arizona, where some species of the cactus are native to the Sonoran Desert. The pinkish plant proves picturesque and tasty, starring in salads, sweets and drinks on menus across the state. “There are over 200 species of prickly pear plants that grow all over the world,” says Cheri Romanoski, who makes dozens of prickly pear products at Cheri’s Desert Harvest in Tucson, Ariz. “The indigenous species that we pick from is the Opuntia Engelmanni variety due to the prolific abundance of fruit it bears, vibrant magenta color, high nutritional values and tart/sweet flavor.” The popular

2017 Arizona Fall Festivals

Once the temperatures drop below 95 degrees in Phoenix, the events and festivals move right in. Between August and November, there are more than 70 food and drink, music, art and family festivals happening throughout the Valley whether you live in the East Valley or West Valley. From mac & cheese to bacon and beer, Lost Lake Festival and Oktoberfest, there is a lot of eating, drinking and singing (in whatever order you choose) to be had. The festival season kicks off with the Hell City Tattoo Festival at the end of August with many more through the end of

ASU Football Training Camp Starts

The ASU Sun Devils had their first week of training camp this week at Camp Tontozona, just outside Payson, Arizona. This annual tradition began in 1960 and has become a favorite of players, coaches and fans who come to watch. The final day of practice will take place this Saturday with an intersquad scrimmage starting at 10am. The team will then return to Tempe and continue practice at the Verde Dickey Dome. The Sun Devils’ season officially kicks off Thursday, August 31st against New Mexico State. To read daily highlights from this week’s camp, visit AZ Central here for reports

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