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FREE Dinner & Movie at AMC Esplanade 14

All right food lovers…don’t say I never gave you anything for free. This offer extends out to anybody reading this that is living in the Phoenix area. The amazingly cool people at AMC Theaters are offering all of my local readers a totally free movie and dinner to celebrate the re-opening of AMC Esplanade 14 as a Dine-In theater.  They are offering my readers a free ticket along with a free entree and free fountain drink. There are a lot of links to follow, but each link coincides with a different date. This offer is only good until this Saturday, September 3rd. To get the free movie ticket you need to register with gofobo first.  After you click on the movie time of your choice it will take you to gofobo, then you can create an account with a link at the top.

Explore the links below to find the perfect time this week for you to see a movie in a cool, comfortable AMC theater and dine free.  Act now before space is gone and thank me later 😉   Also, don’t be a cheapskate, tip your servers accordingly!!

7th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

This years much anticipated annual food and wine fest for Southern California is almost here!! The almost week long event kicks off on Wednesday November 17th with the San Diego Wine Rave, hosting 25 of the edgiest wine and spirits on the market today.  Events for the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival will continue with the most coveted Grand Tasting happening on Saturday November 20th.  The festival ends on Sunday November 21st with the Celebrity Chef Luncheon & American Institute of Wine and Food “Big Bottle Auction”.

Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include:  170 Wine & Spirit Purveyors , 70 of San Diego’s Top Chefs Celebrity Chefs, Cooking & Wine Tasting Classes, Big Bottle Auction, Continuous Food and Wine Tastings, Over 800 Wines and the $50,000 Chef of The Fest Competition. 

Click here to see a schedule of events

Click here to purchase tickets (Last year’s events were TOTALLY sold out)

To get up to the minute information on the festival, fan them on Facebook  AND follow them on twitter!!

Last year I was suppose to attend this event, but had to back out last minute due to my daughter’s illness.  I am excitingly looking forward to attend the 2010 San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival this year with no snafus.  I will be keeping you up to date on Celebrity Chefs attending, new up and coming restaurants getting ready to strut their stuff at the festival, and anything else related to the November event.  Many people attend this festival from out of state, so if this is you, click here for hotel and travel information.

Arizona Restaurant Week 2010

Arizona Restaurant Week 2010 is undoubtedly one of my favorite time of the year next to Christmastime.  This September 18th to September 26th 2010 you will have the opportunity to eat at some of the finest restaurants in the Valley as well as Tucson for a prix-fixe discounted price for a full three course meal. For the Phoenix area there are $29. pp and $39. pp 3 course meal options, if you see a cute little wine glass next to your pick, your meal will also include a glass of wine!  Tucson eateries have a $19. pp, $29. pp, and $39. pp 3 course options.  Go here for a list of participating Phoenix restaurants and click herefor the list of the Tucson participating restaurants.  This year there are also gluten free options symbolized by a (GF) next to the restaurant.  Reservations for Restaurant Week are highly recommended.  You can always obtain these by calling the restaurant or simply going to Open Table and make your res with a click of the mouse!

It only helps you to fan Arizona Restaurant Week on facebook  and follow them on twitter, as you can get the latest details on participating restaurants as well chances to win gift certificates to attend the restaurant of your choice!!  Foodies Like Us will be the “official” blog of Arizona Restaurant Week, and watch for a guest post by the Food Tramp with them later this month. 

Also, stay tuned to the Food Tramp Diaries as I will be posting my personal reviews of the places I choose to check out for restaurant week.  My hardest decision is always, “where to go” as all of the menus already look excellent.  Being a stay at home mom, living on one income with a growing family, this is always an excellent chance to experience champagne tastes on a beer budget so to speak. 🙂

Dole California Cookoff

This June I was invited by Dole Foods to be a part of a cookoff  in Los Angeles. An all expenses paid trip to L.A. in one of the coolest hotels around, a rental car, and spending money…how could I say no??  Five recipe finalists battled it out to get their recipes on the back of Dole products and win $1000.o0! Five food bloggers were invited to cook alongside and help the recipe finalists.  I was beyond excited to be invited by Dole to participate in this event.

this is legit!

After the official greeting from Dole employees as well as celebrity chef, Ben Ford, we were paired off and got to cooking.  Of course I was ecstatic when I got paired with Laura who had the bacon wrapped scallops…gotta love cookin up some bacon!  The five dishes to battle for the big win were: pineapple glazed bacon wrapped scallops with pineapple macadamia nut quinoa, ginger mandarin orange rice with cashew tofu, orange and avocado crowed black Thai grilled chicken thighs, turkey and pineapple infused stuffed peppers, and mandarin chicken burger. 

This was my favorite, thought she would win for sure!

The winning dish!

these were yummy!!

the cilantro mayo was awesome on this burger

After careful contemplation by Iron Chef competitor and famed chef,  Ben Ford, a winner was chosen; Janice Elder and her chicken thighs took the prize!!  Next on the agenda was cosuming the copious amounts of food we had prepared.  However, eating the meal came about two hours after the food was completed so everything was cold 🙁

Dole in the house!

Besides the five competing dishes, each team also made a side dish if you will, to add to our dinner.  Laura and I made an “angel lush” cake and boy was it delicious! I’ll be posting the recipe later on in this post.  Since I’ve been home from this trip I have already made it twice for my family because they love it so much. 

This was the first annual cook-off for Dole.  I found it super fun, entertaining, interesting, educational and I couldn’t have been happier to be a part of it.  If there is any constructive criticism I could give it would be one simple suggestion; have the event next year in a larger space so the dining area can be already set up.  That way food can be eaten when it is still hot or even somewhat warm.  I was super excited to try all of the dishes, which were all hot entrees, but having them cold, two hours later was a little disappointing to the taste buds.  However, even despite the cold food, this event was a major hit and I know we all had a great day together with Dole and Ben Ford!

Angel Lush Cake

1 angel food cake (I recommend the sour cream angel food cake found at Kroger/Fry’s/Ralph stores)

1- 3.4 oz package of instant vanilla pudding

1- can Dole crushed pineapple

1 cup cool whip

Mix dry pudding mix and can of pineapple (undrained) together.  Do not add milk to the pudding, simply use the dry powder.  Carefully fold in the cool whip.  Cut your angel food cake into three layers and add pineapple mixture between each layer.  Refrigerate.

Metro Brasserie offering irresistable discount!

Who doesn’t love a great plate of poutine after a late night bender? Or how about some delicious roasted chicken or a perfectly cooked metro burger? Let’s not forget the warm, crispy, and sugary beignets for dessert!  Well, until September 17th at Metro Brasserie you can taste all of your favorites and get a fantastic discount on top of it.  Simply, click here and give Metro your email and they’ll send the coupon right to your inbox, it’s that easy! I already did one for myself and it worked perfectly…I think I may know where my GNO is going to be tomorrow 😉