[Air-L] IR16 Food

Andrew Herman aherman at wlu.ca
Sun Oct 18 05:50:49 PDT 2015

Taco Tuesday! Hell yeah!
From: Air-L <air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org> on behalf of Kishonna Gray <kishonnagray at gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2015 8:46 AM
To: Alex Halavais
Cc: Air list
Subject: Re: [Air-L] IR16 Food

Alex, so you're saying that its literally Taco Tuesday?

Everything is awesome! (Get ur lego game up if u dont get any of these
On Oct 18, 2015 5:37 AM, "Alex Halavais" <alex at halavais.net> wrote:

> While you are in Phoenix, you might want to eat. People do that here.
> Also, since we are a fairly large group, you might want to think about
> reservations for a Thursday or Friday night.
> Oh, and if you are already here today, you might want to head up to
> Scottsdale to the Arizona Taco Festival (and Tequila Expo), to get a
> head-to-head comparison of the city's best tacos:
> http://aztacofestival.com/ .
> Be forewarned: Although Waze recently ranked Phoenix the best city in
> the world to drive in, it isn't an easy place to walk around, and
> public transit is sparse. That said, food is easily found near the
> hotel.
> Conference Hotel
> If you are staying at the Embassy Suites, breakfast is included with
> your room, as is a beer and wine reception each evening starting at
> 5:30. The hotel recommends you get started fairly early (breakfast
> opens at 6am) as things grow increasingly crowded up until the end of
> breakfast at 9am. The overflow hotel also offers breakfast. There is
> an Omaha Steakhouse in the hotel.
> Conference Attendees
> If you are registered for a workshop on Wednesday, lunch will be
> provided. Likewise, lunch is included as part of your conference
> registration on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, you are left to your
> own devices. The hotel restaurant is available during this time,
> though it is sure to fill up. They will be stocking some sandwiches
> behind the bar if you want to buy one and head out to the pool or find
> a table in the atrium.
> If you signed up for the event on Thursday evening at the Desert
> Botanical Gardens, you will find a light meal there,including tacos
> and enchiladas, as well as a cash bar. I am not usually a fan of
> prickly pear margaritas, but the Garden's are quite good. They'll also
> have a few local beers available (Four Peaks' Kilt Lifter being a
> perennial favorite, and apparently apropos this year). Be sure to hop
> on the busses leaving the Embassy Suites starting at 5pm. Wear your
> badge--it gets you into the event. If you decide to head over earlier
> in the day, the DBG is a pleasant place to walk around (just tell them
> at the gate that you are with the AoIR IR16 group for free entrance)
> and is adjacent to the Phoenix Zoo. (Unfortunately, this event is now
> full,so if you didn't indicate an interest in going when you
> registered, I'm afraid it is not possible to add it.)
> Short Walks
> The hotel is adjacent to the Biltmore Fashion Park, an outdoor mall
> with a number of restaurants. Most of these are chain restaurants that
> you may be familiar with (the Capital Grille, Cheesecake Factory,
> California Pizza Kitchen, Paradise Bakery, Seasons 52), and a number
> of local restaurant chains and groups (Stingray Sushi, True Food
> Kitchen, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar), and independent restaurants
> that are well reviewed (Christopher's Crush, Queen Creek Olive Mill,
> Black Chile Mexican Grill). There's also Blanco Taco + Tequila, which
> is a friendly spot for a meal and a margarita (sensing a theme?).
> Between the hotel and Camelback Raod, there is Hillstone, a small
> chain that may be familiar to you (http://hillstonerestaurant.com/),
> which serves sushi, steak, coctails, and wines without huge restaurant
> markups.
> If you take the underpass under Camelback road, you will find Solo
> Trattoria, Bistro 22, and the well-liked Ten.
> Long Walks / Drives
> A bit over a half mile (1km) to the east of the hotel, at the
> intersection of Camelback and 32nd street, there are several
> restaurants, including Delux (http://www.deluxburger.com/), which
> serves hamburgers made from Niman Ranch beef, as well as sushi, until
> 2am. Also, though a bit pricy, Tarbell's is quite good. Further east
> of this intersection is Steak 44, one of the Valley's favorite steak
> houses. Another mile south of this intersection, down by 32nd and
> Indian School, is Frasher's Smokehouse, which has pretty decent pulled
> pork (assuming you aren't coming from somewhere that is a specialty!).
> About a mile to the west of the hotel are two of the best ranked
> pizzerias in the Valley, Bianco's (which Bon Appetit ranked the best
> pizza in the US), and Parlour. There are a whole host of other
> restaurants along this stretch, ranging from the surprisingly good
> (Grassroots, Sage Kitchen) as well as chains (Ruth's Chris Steakhouse,
> Wendy's). Another mile out, across the 52, you'll run into Los Dos
> Molinos, Hula's Modern Tiki, Two Hippies Beach House, Postino wine
> bar, and Hana (Japanese)--the latter two a bit off the main drag.
> Longer Drives
> Long being relative. Much of the Valley is within a 25 minute drive of
> the hotel, though getting up to Carefree or down to visit Kai
> (http://www.wildhorsepassresort.com/kai), might take a bit longer.
> Downtown Scottsdale is a fifteen minute drive to the east, and
> downtown Phoenix about the same to the southwest. Both have a number
> of outstanding spots to eat.
> If you want to forgo the conference lunch on Friday, you can head
> downtown to the Phoenix Open Market for Food Truck Friday, a
> congregation of an assortment of food trucks all in one place. There's
> no way to get down there and back during our short hour-long lunch
> break, but sometimes sacrifices must be made.
> And, of course, if you are dying for a deep-fried... well, anything...
> the State Fair is on. It's been in continuous operation since 25 years
> before Arizona was a state: https://azstatefair.com/
> Travel safely!
> Alex
> --
> // Alexander Halavais, Sociologist, Semiologist, and Saboteur
> Extraordinaire
> // Associate Professor of Social Technologies, Arizona State University
> // http://alex.halavais.net/bio     @halavais
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