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Arizona Taco Festival, ¡Olé!’

El Hefe, Scottsdale, Arizona, Taco Festival, Zebra, Whitney Bond, Amy BlackThe highlight of my weekend in Phoenix was most definitely the Third Annual Arizona Taco Festival. I love nothing more than the combination of tacos, margaritas, outdoor daytime festivals… and the occasional fake mustache!

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The event brought together the delicious taco makings of more than 40 local restaurants, bars and food trucks in and around Phoenix. Along with tacos came music, tequila tastings and sombreros a plenty!

Amy Black, Arizona Taco Festival, Sombreros, girl in sombrero, mexican clothingThis sombrero was won by a very nice man in a pepper eating contest, we found him after the contest and stole his hat… just kidding!  We just borrowed it for a pic!  The lovely lady modeling the hat is my friend and fellow blogger Amy Black of Amy’s Vintage Closet. If you were wondering where I got my authentic Mexican attire for this event, that would be straight from her closet!

Now on to the food!

We started the day with Duck Mole Tacos topped with Guacamole and Jalapeños from El Hefe.

duck mole tacos, shredded duck tacos, margaritas, el hefe, arizona taco festival, scottsdaleYou know that old saying, “save the best for last”, well I think we reversed it because this was my favorite taco of the day!

Although the next taco came in at a close second, it was the lobster taco from Chelsea’s Kitchen.

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I’m not going to lie.  We didn’t have one taco throughout the day that I didn’t love!

Next, was the shredded beef taco from El Santo topped with fresh tomato salsa, arugula and cheese.

fresh tomato salsa, arugula, shredded beef, beef taco, El Santo, Scottsdale, Arizona Taco FestivalThe flavor of the beef was incredible!

Lastly was the chicken taco at La Hacienda.

chicken taco, la hacienda, arizona taco festival, avocado cream, salsa, tacosLa Hacienda was all-the-buzz at the festival, with everyone insisting we try their chicken tacos.  The tacos were topped with salsa verde, crema and cheese. They definitely lived up to their buzz, La Hacienda brought home “Reserve Grand Champion” in the taco competition for the third year in a row!

Before departing the delicious festival we did what we do best and found a photo booth!

Amy Black, Whitney Bond, Photo Booth, Arizona Taco Festival, Sombreros, Girls in Sombreros, Girls in Photobooth

Thanks to Awesoos for the pics!

This event is now on the calendar as an annual must attend!  See you in 2013 Phoenix!

 

A Serious Slice with a Serious Sauce

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This weekend I headed out of my little Italian neighborhood in San Diego to visit friends in Phoenix, Arizona. While I was there I got to enjoy one of my favorite pizza spots with the best sauce ever!

Jimmy and Joe’s is a phenomenal find in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. They serve up serious slices with a serious sauce, Joe’s sauce, to be exact.

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One slice of pizza weighs in at over one pound, with the potential to weigh over 2 pounds depending on the toppings (now that’s serious!) The restaurant has over 11 specialty pizzas but I like to make my own by combining almost a third of their over 25 toppings!

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Bell peppers, red onions, jalapeños, and we can’t forget about the meat, Italian sausage, meatballs and bacon, finished off with bits of their homemade herb ricotta makes for one unforgettable slice of pizza!

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They finish each slice off by placing a fortune cookie on the side.  You may ask why a fortune cookie at a pizza place? I say why not?  They’re tasty, fun and a conversation starter!

Oh and don’t forget about pizzas perfect companion, buffalo wings!

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Tossed in the killer Joe’s sauce they’re hard to beat!

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Visit Jimmy and Joe’s at 3950 West Ray Rd. Chandler, AZ 85226 or 1960 W. Baseline Mesa, AZ 85202. For more information about the killer pizza with the killer sauce visit Jimmy and Joe’s online.