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It all began when One Side bought a birthday cake.
Not to be outdone, the Other Side bought some ice cream.
The One Side escalated with sprinkles.
The dining scene at Westgate Entertainment District now has even more to offer with the opening of four new restaurants including Fractured Prune, Hot N Juicy Crawfish, OPA Life Greek Café and Crave Modern Waffle Sandwiches.
Do you like spontaneity? Are you a craft beer lover? Do you want to get married by a brewer at Strong Beer Festival? Would you like a free wedding?
The French Laundry may be closed for renovations, but the cooks will not be idle. Chef and owner Thomas Keller announced Monday that he is opening a temporary pop-up restaurant called Ad Lib at the nearby Silverado Resort and Spa. The restaurant, which will be in the resort’s Royal Oak space, will feature classic American dishes reimagined by Keller, executive chef Devin Knell, French Laundry chef de cuisine David Breeden and French Laundry sous chef Michael Wallace, who will be running the show. The menu reads almost like Keller’s dry-witted take on some of the country club kitchens he cooked at in his youth, with dishes such as classic Caesar salad and steak tartare, both prepared table-side, smoked kielbasa, Black Angus chop steak, root vegetable pot pie, braised beef short rib “Wellington,” Alaskan king crab legs, and a seven-layer coconut cake. Most of the vegetables will be coming from the French Laundry Culinary Garden. Though a certain amount of polish is to be expected, Keller is calling the menu “traditional straightforward food.” Straightforward, of course, is relative when you're talking about Keller and about the French Laundry. "Ad Lib is a temporary restaurant concept offering a classic American menu of traditional recipes prepared with the same quality ingredients and execution our guests have come to expect," according to its website. Main courses will cost between $30 and $60. The restaurant will serve Thursday through Monday nights with a grand opening Jan. 21. It will run until the French Laundry reopens with temporary kitchens, which is supposed to happen as early as March. Indeed, much of the impetus for the project comes from Keller’s desire to hold on to French Laundry employees and suppliers while the restaurant is closed for its extensive renovations. “Our relationships are invaluable — they are the heartbeat of our restaurant group,” Keller said in a statement. “It is vital that we remain committed to doing our part during the renovation.” Yountville’s French Laundry, generally acknowledged to be one of America’s greatest restaurants, closed Christmas week for renovations that will include a complete rebuilding of the kitchen and of many of the other buildings on the property. The dining rooms, located in the main building, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, will remain as they are. The full project will take at least eight months. “We’ll be in our new digs, 100% complete sometime in September, or maybe October or November," Keller told The Times. "I can say that now but who knows? I can tell you how long it takes to roast a chicken, but I can’t tell you how long construction is going to take.”
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A snowmobiler from Arizona who survived two nights in a remote northern Utah canyon built a snow cave and used pieces of his snowmobile to protect him from the cold. But he said in an interview Tuesday that he had little to drink after his bottles of Gatorade froze solid.
So, the Mesa city board is seriously considering “forgiving” the $70 million-plus debt owed by the airport to the city taxpayers. This, because the airport, which has only recently managed to break “even” on its operating expenses, probably will never be able to become a standalone, profitable entity without it. Moreover, the council intends to put it to a “voice vote” at their January meeting. While not exactly a “clandestine” method of operation; it does however “smack” of the previous tactics used by the Brown regime when they “ran” the town. This is our hard-earned dollars entrusted to the City Council to improve our future and provide us with a positive investment return. We deserve to be consulted on your plans and see substantiation for continued investment — which is what a debt forgiveness constitutes... Anything less is absolutely disrespectful.
Finishing up a 10-week tour across the country, King Washington landed at Rogue Bar in Scottsdale on Dec. 9. The Los Angeles-based band has been hard at work garnishing fans, press, and turning out a sound that stands out against the rest.
A Chandler father admitted to forcing his teenage son to sleep in the backyard as a form of discipline, according to court records.
Experience the epicurean excellence of the Arizona Culinary Institute at a Holiday Open House on Saturday.
So what would you do with 100 Grand?
So how do you eat a Twix bar? Do you use your teeth to scrape all of the chocolate-caramel topping off, then go back and eat the naked crunchy cookie? Do you nibble first some chocolate-caramel, then some cookie, then back to chocolate-caramel, and so on? Or do you wholesale devour it, cookie, caramel and chocolate all at once?
For the seventh straight year, Maricopa County Superior Court is on track to be the largest National Adoption Day event in the United States.
DES MOINES, Iowa — There's a hole in the wall in Des Moines that's just that: a food joint called Hole in the Wall.
Obama is going to poison the well over immigration reform. Republicans are bent on putting poison pills in the Affordable Care Act. All this last election did was turn gridlock into hemlock.”
Chef Zach Gutweiler prepares panang curry fish cakes in his kitchen at the Hole in the Wall, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. A small room inside a bar a few blocks from downtown, Hole in the Wall is the kind of place you could easily miss if you walked by. But if you’re expecting lukewarm hot dogs or overcooked burgers, you’ve come to the wrong place. As Gutweiler explains it, Hole in the Wall offers high-end street food. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Panang curry fish cakes prepared by chef Zach Gutweiler sit ready to be served in the Hole in the Wall, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. A small room inside a bar a few blocks from downtown, Hole in the Wall is the kind of place you could easily miss if you walked by. But if you’re expecting lukewarm hot dogs or overcooked burgers, you’ve come to the wrong place. As Gutweiler explains it, Hole in the Wall offers high-end street food. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Halloween is just two days away. According to the National Retail Federation, nearly a quarter (24.6 percent) of consumers like to put off Halloween shopping until the last minute.
Fear not, procrastinators: there's still time to grab get-ups and goodies for less. Let CouponSherpa.com navigate you through the scary mark-ups with the latest Halloween coupons, and save on everything from crafts to costumes to restaurants.
1. Babies 'R Us
Take 50 percent off Halloween costumes through Oct. 30 (no coupon required).
Get 50 percent off one regular-priced item through Nov. 1 with this coupon.
3. Spirit Halloween
Take 20 percent off one item through Oct. 31 with online or printable coupon.
Buy select Halloween toys, treats and apparel, and get $5 off your pet's next bath or full groom through Oct. 31 with printable coupon.
5. Krispy Kreme
Wear your costume to participating locations of Krispy Kreme on Oct. 31 and get a free doughnut (no coupon required).
6. Party City
Take $10 off your purchase of $60 or more through Nov. 2 with promo code or printable coupon.
Get a free Halloween treat through Oct. 31 (no purchase necessary).
8. Baskin Robbins
Save $3 on your ice cream cake purchase through Oct. 31 with printable coupon.
9. Jo-Ann Fabric
Save 30 percent on one regular-priced purchase through Nov. 1 with this coupon code, or use the mobile or printable offer for in-store redemption.
10. Auntie Anne's
Enjoy a free Signature Pretzel with purchase of any pretzel through Oct. 31 with printable or mobile coupon.
11. Hancock Fabrics
Save 50 percent on one regular-priced fabric item through Nov. 1 with printable coupon or promo code.
12. Morton's Steakhouse
Enjoy a four-course meal for just $35 when you order from a special menu through Oct. 31 (at participating locations).
Purchase a Hallmark card and get a Super-size Halloween Lollipop for 99 cents (regularly $2.95) through Oct. 31.
The owners of Lisa’s Rum Cake unintentionally proved the adage about using food to find a way to a person’s heart, which in this case could increase their profits.
Contestant Travis Smith ices a cake during filming of Millionaire Mastermind Arizona at Lisa's Rum Cake in Gilbert on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.
Owner Kelly Power shows contestant Ryan Nager how to pour the cake batter during filming of Millionaire Mastermind Arizona at Lisa's Rum Cake in Gilbert on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.
Store sales and marketing executive Madison Power shows the contestants how to properly ice a cake during filming of "The Millionaire Mastermind of Arizona" at Lisa's Rum Cake in Gilbert on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.
PHOENIX -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday voided bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada, paving the way for gays to marry here.
In a unanimous ruling, the judges rejected arguments by officials in both states that there are legitimate -- and legal -- reasons to let heterosexual couples marry but not extend that right to same-sex couples. Judge Stephen Reinhardt, writing for the panel, said whatever the justification, it amounts to illegal discrimination.
"Classifying some families, and especially their children, as of lesser value should be repugnant to all those in this nation who profess to believe in 'family values,' '' the judge wrote. And the court said that what the states were doing comes down to a "message of disfavor'' toward same-sex couples and their children.
"This is a message that Idaho and Nevada simply may not send,'' Reinhardt wrote.
Attorney Jennifer Pizer of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said she will "imminently'' ask U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick, handling a similar challenge to Arizona law, to summarily overturn Arizona's own ban and allow gay weddings to happen here.
That may not come without a fight.
Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Tom Horne, said he and the lawyers are still studying Tuesday's ruling. She also said the 9th Circuit ruling is not final, as appeals can be filed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
But Tuesday's ruling comes just a day after the high court refused to delay the effects of similar findings by other appellate courts, an action that has paved the way for gays to now marry in more than half the states.
Pizer said there is no reason to believe that Sedwick would reach some different conclusion than the appellate judges.
"There is nothing being argued in our case, the state is not offering any arguments, that are different, that would require additional arguments,'' Pizer said, including that the state should reserve marriage for those who can procreate.
"These arguments were before the 9th Circuit,'' she continued. "They were rejected by the 9th Circuit, and rightly so.''
More to the legal point is that Tuesday's ruling, unless overturned, sets precedent for all the states in the region.
"That rule of law is binding on Arizona,'' she said.
The governor's office had no comment. But Tuesday's ruling was greeting with anger by Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, who spearheaded a successful 2008 ballot measure banning same-sex marriage.
"By fundamentally undermining the right of the people to vote to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman, the 9th Circuit court has not only usurped their authority but has taken another step to deny every child the best opportunity to have a mother and a father,'' she said in a prepared statement.
But Herrod's arguments and those by the state about the benefits of restricting marriage to heterosexuals are virtually identical to those advanced by attorneys from Idaho and Nevada. And in each and every case, the 9th Circuit rejected them.
One of the prime arguments by the states is that the bans on same sex marriage do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation but on the basis of ``procreative capacity.'' Put simply, defenders of the disparity note that straight couples can do something that gays cannot: Produce a child without a third party.
Reinhardt said that might represent "a justification for the discrimination worked by the laws.'' But he said "it cannot overcome the inescapable conclusion that Idaho and Nevada do discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.''
The appellate judges were no more kind to arguments that allowing gays to wed will somehow make the institution of marriage less attractive to heterosexuals. Reinhardt said the experience in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2004, shows no decrease in marriage rates or an increase in divorce rates in that time.
"It would seem that allowing couples that want to marry so badly that they have endured years of litigation to win the right to do so would reaffirm the state's endorsement, without reservation, of spousal and parental commitment,'' he wrote.
Nor were the judges they swayed by contentions that children raised by two parents of the opposite sex are more likely to thrive, what Reinhardt referred to as an argument that those children "receive a better upbringing.'' The court said that was not supported by any actual evidence.
Reinhardt judge acknowledged there may be some merit to arguments that because opposite-sex couples can accidentally conceive, marriage is important because it binds such couples together and to their children.
"Defendants' argument runs off the rails, however, when they suggest that marriage's stabilizing and unifying force is unnecessary for same-sex couples, because they always choose to conceive or adopt a child,'' he continued. Reinhardt said the issue is that there is a child, not how it was conceived.
"Raising children is hard; marriage supports same-sex couples in parenting their children, just as it does opposite-sex couples,'' he wrote.
And Reinhardt said the procreation-as-justification defense for why only heterosexual couples should marry falls apart for several reasons
One is that both Idaho and Nevada -- as well as Arizona -- allow people who cannot have children because they are infertile or too old to marry. And he said if states are particularly interested in increasing the number of children raised by married biological parents, there are other options, like rescinding the right to no-fault divorce -- or eliminating divorce entirely.
"Neither has done so,'' Reinhardt wrote. "Such reforms might face constitutional difficulties of their own, but they would at least further the states' asserted interest in solidifying marriage.''
And the judge said if biological parentage is so crucial, states could ban assisted reproduction using donor sperm or eggs, gestational surrogacy -- and, for that matter, adoption by both opposite-sex and same-sex couples, all of which also are legal in Arizona.
"To allow same-sex couples to adopt children and then to label their families as second-class because the adoptive parents are of the same sex is cruel as well as unconstitutional,'' Reinhardt wrote.
The court also brushed aside arguments that allowing gays to wed would threaten religious liberty of institutions and people in both states. Reinhardt said this isn't some law on public accommodations about having to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
A federal appeals court on Tuesday voided bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada, paving the way for gays to marry here.
Ken Casey cuts into the cake at the 10 year anniversary celebration of the Prickley Piecers Quilting Guild Thursday, Sept. 18.