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5 Ways to Make Game Day a Full Day Affair

Posted 08.26.17 by Miranda

Downtown Tempe LOVES to get in the Sun Devil spirit, especially during college football season. One way we tend to show our Sun Devil pride is simply through good eats and quenching drinks. Visitors to Sun Devil Stadium flood Downtown Tempe both before and after the games, popping in and out of restaurants and bars and engaging in some good ole tailgating. Make your Sun Devil football a full day affair and be sure to check out these 5 locations that are unique to Downtown Tempe and your game day experience! 

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Stay Cool With These Sweet Treats

Posted 07.19.17 by Miranda

With summer in full swing, it’s always good to have some ways to cool down in your back pocket. Nothing says you deserve to indulge in a sweet treat more than bearing the triple digit heat day in and dayout for several months. Thankfully, Downtown Tempe’s ¾ square mile business district is packed with a delicious selection of cold desserts for those trying to stay cool this summer, and we’re not here to judge. Enjoy… 

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New Biz Alert: The Baked Bear

Posted 11.09.16 by Lori

Have you guys tried the new ice cream sandwich shop in Downtown Tempe yet? We swung through Baked Bear to get the low down on their 4-step dessert building process! 

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How to Eat Lunch in Downtown Tempe for $5 or Less EVERY DAY

Places Mentioned: Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, Med Fresh Grill, Ncounter, NYPD Pizza, Postino Wine Cafe, Rula Bula Irish Pub & Restaurant, Spinelli's Pizzeria

Posted 08.18.16 by Aminda

I learned very quickly how easy it is to drop $15 on lunch every day when I started working in downtown Tempe. However, this doesn't have to be the case! Just because we're surrounded with good freaking mouth-watering food doesn't mean we need to break the bank to enjoy it. 

Here is a simple meal plan to help you eat for $5 or less EVERY SINGLE DAY in Downtown Tempe.

Photo: Dickey's BBQ

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5 Tips on Hitting Your H2O Goals Every Day

Location: Kung Fu Tea

Posted 07.28.16 by Aminda

It’s no secret that it is extremely important to stay hydrated, especially this time of year. Even though I do love a tall glass of water, some days it’s difficult to get the appropriate amount of water I really need.  

Here are a few pointers to help you tippin’ back that h20.

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3 Reasons Why Taco Tuesday is Freakin' Terrific

Posted 07.19.16 by Jesus

What is a Tuesday without tacos? A very sad Tuesday, that’s what it is. 

Taco Tuesday comes once a week to satisfy our taco addictions on the cheap. This new tradition seems to have started in 1989 and was trademarked that same year by "Taco John's" (a Taco chain across the U.S.). We can thank them for the catchy (and copyrighted - oops) name. 

For those of you might have been living in non-taco world (why anyone would do that is beyond me), and are clueless what this day is, let me explain.

It’s a day where we all come together for the love of tacos and rejoice in cheap-meaty-taco-goodness. And, just in case cheap tacos were not enough – we also get to enjoy cheap margaritas/imported beer.

Basically, Taco Tuesday is awesome becasue of 3 reasons. Let's break it down.

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Stay Hydrated With These 7 Summer Cocktails

Posted 06.17.16 by Miranda

It’s officially that time of year here in the Valley – our pools turn into lukewarm baths, we keep oven mitts in our vehicles and cook things with nothing more than sunshine and triple digit heat. To be frank, it’s just really freakin' hot! If there’s one thing we could all agree on, it’s that we need to stay hydrated. From some of the classics to a few crafted seasonals, here’s a list of 7 refreshing cocktails you can enjoy all summer long right here in #DowntownTempe.

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New Biz Alert: Mojo Yogurt

Posted 05.09.16 by Erika

Those of you in the know may be confused about the title. It’s true, Mojo Yogurt isn’t exactly new to Mill Avenue. But after a brief sabbatical, Mojo 2.0 is back and just as good as ever. For old Mojo faithfuls and newcomers alike, now is a good time to get familiar with the froyo spot’s new digs. 

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New Biz Alert: Cornish Pasty

Location: Cornish Pasty

Posted 05.02.16 by Aminda

Last month, a new member joined the Downtown Tempe family; Cornish Pasty Co! I know what you’re thinking. You really wish you could eat at Pasty's new location, but you just can’t until it's tested by someone you know and trust. Don't worry ya'll... I volunteer as tribute.

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6 Places to Partake in National Chip & Dip Day in Downtown Tempe

Posted 03.21.16 by Aminda

Alright everyone, it’s National Chip & Dip day TODAY! Although I have had my fair share of chips n’ dips, I’ve never properly honored this day devoted to the delicious duo. Lucky for us, there are plenty of places to celebrate Downtown.

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A Tourist in My Own Downtown

Places Mentioned: Hayden Flour Mill, House of Tricks Restaurant, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe Center for the Arts

Posted 05.22.15 by Lori

Once a month, I have the pleasure of taking Downtown Tempe’s Safe-T-Patrol and Ground Support teams on a Familiarization tour. These FAM Tours are a blast! I get to spend some quality time with the people who work so hard to keep our downtown clean & safe, and I also get to be a tourist of the city in which I live and work. Not a bag gig, huh? I know you’ve seen the guys in bright yellow shirts – they're your Safe-T-Patrol. Hopefully you’ve noticed the folks in red shirts as well – that’s your Ground Support team. Together the two teams act as ambassadors for Downtown Tempe.

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Get Ready for Summer with Ra

Location: RA Sushi-Bar-Restaurant

Posted 05.18.15 by Erika

My office is smack dab in the middle of the 80+ restaurants and bars that call Downtown Tempe home. Which means that I'm in a prime position to try all of them. This week, my Downtown culinary adventures took me to Ra Sushi. The DTA crew and I were invited to come try pieces from their new seasonal Summer menu. So we headed down to Ra one afternoon, and now I want to share what I experienced with you. 

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Steady Mobbin'

Posted 05.11.15 by Miranda

With temperatures rising and soon to be in the triple digits for 3 consecutive months, residents from around the valley are putting together their summer game plans while visitors are planning their summer vacations everywhere else except for the desert. Those of us who have survived the blazing summers know the drill – we stay inside, we get out of town, or we staycation. But how do our small downtown businesses survive? Some may have the luxury of closing for a month during the summer, while some may adjust to summer hours, but for many…the struggle is REAL. The reality is, many restaurants, bars and retail shops are empty – bustling streets turn into ghost towns, business is slooooooww, and a lot of employees lose hours.

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Bridging the Gap

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts

Posted 04.24.15 by Miranda

About 8 months I got called into my boss’s office to watch a video. The content was intriguing – young chefs, unique spaces, communal dining, and 5 course meals…I wanted to know more immediately! She was explaining a trendy pop-up dining concept that I now know as Dinner Lab. I remember Kate’s excitement as she asked, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we had that here?!”

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My Big Fat Wine Tasting

Posted 04.14.15 by Erika

Before I begin, I must admit that I do not consider myself a wine connoisseur. I don’t even consider myself someone with a more-than-mild interest in wine for that matter. Don’t get me wrong – I’ll have a glass now and then, but my selection process usually comes down to me pointing to random words on a wine list, following suit with whatever my acquaintances are ordering or simply saying “…get me something red?” So when my coworkers and I were invited to the re-launch of Wine Tastings at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant I wasn’t so sure that I was the ideal demographic for such an event. But I like The Greek and we were personally invited by the person throwing this whole shindig – My Big Fat Greeks’ marketing guru, Madison. So I was in!

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Confession: Our Pancakes are Better than Yours!

Places Mentioned: Ncounter, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Posted 02.18.15 by Miranda

In the spirit of Shrove Tuesday, I felt inclined to share my affinity for pancakes -- of course not just any ol’ pancakes, but specifically my mother’s pancakes. I know, I know…everyone thinks that their mother makes the best pancakes, but I’m writing this to let everyone know that it is MY MOTHER who actually makes the BEST pancakes. Anyone who has ever had them would agree. I don’t ever order pancakes at my favorite breakfast and brunch joints because I know they won’t compare to the perfectly circular fluffy cakes that I’m accustomed to. That is until I started working in Downtown Tempe….