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Why we love Morning Squeeze in Tempe

Morning Squeeze in Tempe
April 18, 2018

Breakfast is a major part of why I get up in the morning. It’s absolutely my favorite meal of the day. That’s why I couldn’t wait to try Morning Squeeze, the newest addition to Downtown Tempe’s breakfast scene, located at Mill Avenue and Seventh Street, just west of Zipp’s Sports Grill. What made breakfast even better is that my husband and I brought our dog, Zoey. Morning Squeeze prides themselves on their dog-friendly patio and they aren’t kidding. Zoey felt right at home on their spacious, sunny patio. If she could talk, she’d probably tell us that she’d like to move in and make it her new home.   Besides dining with my favorite canine friend, here are five things that I love about Tempe’s newest breakfast spot. The ambience – Combine bright, cheerful colors with retro modern furnishings and green plants hanging from macramé holders and you’ll have a feel for the interior of Morning Squeeze. It’s warm and inviting and just a bit quirky. The patio has lots of seating with bright orange chairs and a couple of tables for large groups. The menu options –I had a tough time deciding what to order from the Morning Squeeze menu since I could choose from omelets, lots of pancake and waffle options, French Toast, breakfast sandwiches and creative benedicts. They also have a few unexpected items – Breakfast Tacos, Cool Beans Rancheros, Protein Pancakes and the Belfer Fit Bowl with brown rice, quinoa, cilantro, scallions and egg whites. I […]

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Tempe events: THE COLOR PURPLE at ASU Gammage

The Color Purple at ASU Gammage
April 17, 2018

Tempe events include THE COLOR PURPLE at ASU Gammage, April 17-22, 2018. THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. Called “one of the greatest revivals ever” by New York Magazine, this stunning musical follows Celie, a young African-American woman and her journey to love and triumph in the American South. Over a span of 40 years she survives abuse and bigotry, finding love and companionship anywhere she can.   Celie perseveres through all of her trials, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. To purchase tickets to THE COLOR PURPLE, visit, or call 480- 965-3434. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. April 17-22: THE COLOR PURPLE ASU Gammage April 19: Sir Sly Tempe Marketplace April 19-21: Rachel Feinstein Tempe Improv April 20: The Killer Vibes Tempe Marketplace April 20-22: Lyric Opera Theatre Presents: Legally Blonde The Musical ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre April 20-22: ASU School of Theatre, Dance and Film presents SpringDanceFest  ASU Galvin Playhouse April 21: 2008 Pat’s Run Sun Devil Stadium  April 21: Lakeshore Music presents Jeff Hamilton Trio  Tempe Center for the Arts April 21: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble The Marquee April 22: Ensemble de Saxophones du Conservatoire […]

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Tempe events: Disrupt FEST at Tempe Center for the Arts

Amy Lynn at Disrupt FEST
April 10, 2018

Tempe events include Disrupt FEST at the Tempe Center for the Arts, April 13-14, 2018. This two evening festival highlights provocative live theatre and music presented by unique artists who challenge preconceived concepts of the traditional performing arts. Disrupt FEST events schedule:  April 13 5:30 p.m.             EDGE 80/20 Lounge – Steff Koeppen –  FREE 7 p.m.                    The Bitter Game  8:30 p.m.            EDGE 80/20 Lounge- Good Boy Daisy – FREE  9 p.m.                  Captain Squeegee  April 14 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free Workshop with Keith A. Wallace, Co-creator, The Bitter Game 4 p.m.                  The Bitter Game 5:30 p.m.            EDGE 80/20 Lounge – Emily Grieve – FREE 6:15 p.m.            EDGE 80/20 Lounge – Ben Anderson – FREE 8 p.m.                 Amy Lynn & The Honey Men – A celebration of Janis Joplin Captain Squeegee, a seven-piece psychedelic indie-rock band formed in Mesa Arizona, blends progressive rock, jazz and theatrical music to create a sound that is experimental and complex. Amy Lynn & The Honey Men is a seven-piece machine that celebrates the music of the legendary Janis Joplin.  The band combines Amy Lynn’s unique flair of quirky, down-to-earth humor with the musicianship of The Honey Men’s team of bari sax, tenor sax, trumpet, keys, bass and drums. The Bitter Game: Created, written and performed by Keith A. […]

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Tempe events: Che Malambo at Tempe Center for the Arts

April 3, 2018

Tempe events include, Che Malambo, the powerhouse all-male dance company performing at  the Tempe Center for the Arts on April 7, 2018 at 8 p.m. Malambo began in 17th century Argentina as a dueling display of agility, strength, dexterity and zapateo – the fast paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. Malambo is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song that is at the heart of the gaucho (South American cowboy) tradition and is now thrilling audiences around the world with this new production created by renowned choreographer Gilles Brinas. The Paris-based Brinas learned about Malambo while researching traditional dances. He traveled to the Pampas region of Argentina to engage with the gaucho and further his exploration of their traditions. Inspired by the dance and the talent of its exponents, Brinas created Che Malambo in order to share this powerful, passionate form with international audiences. Razor sharp precision footwork, rhythmic stomping and pounding drums are at the heart of the South American gaucho tradition in this thrilling spectacle of music and dance. With their whirling boleadoras (stones attached to lassoes), the fiery Malambo performers will burst onto the Tempe Center for the Arts. For more information and to purchase tickets visit, or call 480- 350-2822. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. .April 5: Jeff Ross Tempe Improv  April 5: Roars & Pours Phoenix […]

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Group Tours and Team Bonding in Tempe, AZ

March 29, 2018

Planning a meeting in Tempe and want to know what your group can do for a fun team bonding experience? From food and brewery tours to outdoor adventures, we can help you arrange a memorable group outing that will leave your attendees wowed. Contact our sales staff at 480-894-8158 and we can help you start planning today. Take an Arizona Food Tours in Tempe. Enjoy a three-hour walking tour of Downtown Tempe where guests can sample some dishes at a few of our favorite restaurants. The tour is appropriately called “Taste of Downtown Tempe Happy Hour Tour”. Your super knowledgeable tour guide, not only leads you around but he also gives you a history of the restaurants you’re visiting, as well as an overview of the city including places see and things to do. The tour includes a visit to four restaurants and three alcoholic beverage pairings. They cater to any food or dietary restrictions. Join Across Arizona Tours for exciting guided one-day van tour of: Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Tour; Sedona, Jerome and Montezuma Castle Tour; Sedona Red Rocks and Wine Country Tour; Phoenix, Scottsdale and Heard Museum Tour; Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour. Guests enjoy deluxe vehicles with large tinted windows and speaker systems. Their guides are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun. They also conduct custom tours for any size group throughout Arizona. Arizona Outdoor Fun has the largest fleet of ATVs and UTVs in the state and YOU are the driver in this adventure, […]

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Spotlight on Ralph Remington & Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
March 28, 2018

Meet Ralph Remington, Producing & Artistic Director for the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) and Deputy Director for Arts and Culture for the City of Tempe.  Ralph’s a man whose passion for the arts was born when he played the Cowardly Lion in his third grade’s production of The Wizard of Oz. That passion never diminished and has taken him on a journey throughout the country working in and for the arts. Ralph’s the consummate multitasker whose 30 plus years of experience has included writing, producing, directing and acting in professional theatre. He founded the Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis where he also served on the city council.  In Washington D.C., he was the music and theatre director for the National Endowment for the Arts. Ralph’s background makes him well-prepared for the multiple tasks he handles for the TCA and the City of Tempe.  Ralph recognizes the TCA as a venue that offers diverse audiences a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. He loves working with his staff to produce exciting programs that will attract diverse audiences. He also loves engaging with the audiences and observing how they respond to the TCA’s programs and performances. We’re happy that Ralph’s journey in the arts, which began in the third grade, led him to Tempe where he brings his own creative wizardry to Tempe Center for the Arts. Tempe Center for the Arts is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281. Hours are: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday and  Sunday […]

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Tempe events: Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra at TCA

Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra at TCA
March 27, 2018

Tempe events feature New York City-based Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra (WSO), performing its innovative and modern sound at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on March 30 at 7:30 p.m. The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is an 11-piece salsa group that plays dynamic, dura arrangements of indie rock tunes. Their set list includes songs by Arcade Fire, TV On The Radio, Spoon, M83, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Black Keys and many more. The WSO has taken the typical salsa form and infused it with a completely modern identity. Its explosive arrangements have established the band as a groundbreaking force in the New York underground, and has led to international acclaim for its completely new approach to the genre. With the attitude of a rock band, the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is redefining traditional salsa for a new generation and audiences around the globe. Led by percussionist/arranger Gianni Mano (from the Latin-funk legends Radio Mundial), and fronted by Argentinian vocalist Solange Prat, the WSO has found an audience among new and classic salsa lovers, quickly becoming one of the most popular bands in New York City. If you love to salsa dance or want to learn, a free dance lesson will be offered before the show from 6-6:30 p.m. in the main TCA lobby. To purchase Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra tickets, visit, or call the TCA box office, (480) 350-2822. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) […]

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Tempe events: Innings Festival at Tempe Beach Park

March 20, 2018

Tempe events include the Innings Festival at Tempe Beach Park, March 23-25, 2018. In its premier season, the Innings Festival promises to be a home run with a mix of big name bands and musicians like Gin Blossoms, Chris Stapleton, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Queens of the Stone Age and Cold War Kids. This spring training celebration also features other inning-winning events such as Chef Demos with top Arizona chefs, baseball activities, photo booths and other events taking place throughout Tempe Beach Park. Food vendors offering a wide variety of good eats from savory to sweet guarantee that you won’t go hungry. And those who prefer a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free fare will find plenty of options as well. Innings Festival is produced by C3 Presents, the team behind Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music Festival, as well as The Music City Food + Wine Festival and The Austin Food + Wine Festival. For more information and to purchase tickets to the Innings Festival, visit Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. Cactus League Spring Training is in full swing this week. Angels home games are listed below. For a complete Cactus League schedule, spring activities and details about transportation to and from games at Sloan Park, please visit the Tempe Tourism Office spring training page. March 20-25: THE KING AND I ASU Gammage March 21: Spring Training Cinema: […]

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Where should I eat before an ASU Gammage show?

Postino Annex
March 15, 2018

Yay! You got tickets to the Broadway show you’ve been dying to see! The next step? Picking a fun, delicious, and conveniently located Tempe restaurant near ASU Gammage – preferably so that you only have to park once for the evening. Being that ASU Gammage is located in Downtown Tempe, there are lots and lots of great choices for a meal before your show. Here are a few of my favorite restaurants near ASU Gammage, but please let me know if there’s one I need to add! Rula Bula Irish Pub and Restaurant Rula Bula’s warm, rustic interior is as authentic as any you’ll find in Ireland. The same can be said of the food. It’s a great place to gather with friends over a hearty meal of their lovely fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage,  lamb stew, bangers ‘n mash, or shepherd’s pie and toast your good fortune with a pint of Guiness, Harp Lager, Kilkenny Cream Ale. 401 S. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 929-9500 Pedal Haus Brewery Built to be a haven for lovers of bikes, good times and great beer, Pedal Haus Brewery has everything you need for a memorable night out. This 14,000 sq. ft. bike-friendly restaurant features hand-crafted European-style beers, a Belgian-American gastropub food menu, a huge patio space and three indoor and outdoor bar options with 24 taps each. With one of the biggest patios in all of Downtown Tempe, Pedal Haus Brewery brings together European-style crafted beers, a massive fire […]

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Tempe’s Top 6 Hot Dogs are quite frank-ly very good

Top 6 Tempe Hot Dogs
March 13, 2018

There are few things in life that are better than sitting back with a good hot dog. We loved them as kids and you bet we love them as adults too. Hot dogs are a symbol of Americana, right? We have them at summer BBQ’s, the Fourth of July and at the ballpark. When it’s not a game day at Tempe Diablo Stadium or Sloan Park, here are the top six places to get a hot dog in Tempe. Ted’s Hot Dogs 1755 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282 If you’re going to have a list of places to get good hot dog in Tempe, Ted’s Hot Dogs better be at the top. Ted’s Hot Dogs have been around for over 90 years – with its Tempe location having been around for over 30 years. All the hot dogs are cooked over charcoal and they feature a variety of the classics, like regular, foot long, all beef, veggie and corndogs. Add some excitement to your life and order from their list of Awesome Dogs, which include bacon and cheese hot dogs, bacon and mac, or our favorite, chili and cheese. Portillo’s Hot Dogs 65 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 If you’re from Chicago, then you probably grew up going to Portillo’s. This Chicago staple offers a variety of dogs to choose from but when in Rome, eat like they do. Their Chicago style hot dog includes mustard, relish, celery salt, onions, tomatoes, pickles and peppers. It’s the perfect taste […]

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