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Fantastic! I vote 4.5 stars. I can’t wait to become a regular, try everything, and update with a fifth star! In addition to great food, what makes Vitamin T stand out among the rest are the creative twists to simple, good food.
Just walking up, I could feel the energy from the people hanging out on the patio and the (good) music filling the area. I almost walked right past the patio entrance in front of the main entrance, but luckily someone else was coming out so I noticed it.
The place was hopping, but it wasn’t too crowded, and you really have to expect that the first few days of a new place Downtown. Personally, I think it just adds to the excitement.
I couldn’t decide what I wanted to try first, so I went with three tacos ($7) and the Vitamin T Green Salad. The guy taking my order was super nice and seemed happy to be there (always a plus in my book). Add on a nice, refreshing lemonade for $1.50 and off to the salsa bar I go!
A good variety of salsa and even a few non-salsas. I loved the grilled onions, I could eat those as a side instead of a topping. And then there was some sort of pickled carrot, jalapeno and garlic concoction that I had to try.
Standing at one of the cool tequila barrels, waiting for my number to be called, I was really jealous of the dudes on the patio drinking their beers with their delicious food. As much as I wanted to stay and also have a beer (or margarita), SOME of us had to go back to work (insert cartoon music… Whaw Whaw Whaaa).
Finally, back at my desk, ready to taste it all! Out of the three tacos, the barbacoa was by far my favorite. The chicken and veggie tacos were good, too, but that barbacoa had a flavor that still makes my mouth water.
As a salad lover, I have to say this was a great one. I didn’t get any meat on it, so it was perfect complement to my tacos. Probably more than I needed, but I had to try it. The jicama and arugula in the salad really make a regular salad into something great; and that creamy avocado lime dressing… YUM!
Turns out, my nutrition has been lacking all along; I’ve been missing my Vitamin T! Now that I know where to get my fix, I see many more trips in my future!
Vitamin T is located at 1 E. Washington St. (light rail at Central/Washington or 1st Ave./Jefferson) — 602.688.8168
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Previous week’s games
12/31/2010 SUNS 92, Pistons 75
01/02/2011 Kings 94, SUNS 89
01/05/2011 Lakers 99, SUNS 95
Upcoming week’s games
01/07/2011 SUNS vs Knicks, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
01/09/2011 SUNS vs Cavs, 6 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
01/11/2011 SUNS @ Nuggets, 7 p.m., My45
01/12/2011 SUNS vs Nets, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
Remember back when MTV had its Rock ‘N’ Jock basketball games? We’d get to see celebrities playing basketball and acting silly. It was a lot of fun. MTV did away with Rock ‘N’ Jock long ago, but we have a nice, and in some ways better, replacement here in Phoenix.
On Saturday, January 29, the Phoenix Suns will host their 10th annual Jack in the Box Celebrity Shootout presented by Robert and Carole Machiz at US Airways Center. For those of us in Phoenix, this is the perfect replacement to the old Rock ‘N’ Jock games. Sure, we don’t have a team named the Bricklayers or a 25-point basket, but we do get to attend the games live and get to see some of our favorite movie stars and musicians up close and personal, joking around and having a fun time. Oh, and it’s not full of B-list celebrities like Dean Cain. We get real stars.
This year’s rosters have yet to be released, but if they’re anything like that of past events, we’ll be in for a treat. In the previous nine years of the Celebrity Shootout we’ve seen Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx, American Idol and local product Jordin Sparks and hip-hop god (but horrible actor) Common. Oh, and Dean Cain.
Not only do you get to see celebrities in a different environment, you get the option to hang out with them the night before, January 28, at the Celebrity Affair Party in Scottsdale. How often do you get the chance to hang with some of your favorite actors? Exactly.
To top it all off, all proceeds go to benefit Phoenix Suns charities and Nite Hoops. You have no reason not to go. Buy tickets, go to the event and have a good time, all while supporting a good cause.
For more information on how to get tickets, visit the official Celebrity Shootout website.
While everyone is getting ready for the initial First Friday of the year, there’s a show to keep in mind for your night out next weekend.
Denver-based house band Pictureplane is coming to Brick to play a 21-and-older show next Saturday, January 15 at 9 p.m. Yes, a house show at a restaurant… not something you see every day.
Egedy made a name for himself in the frosty town of Denver a couple years ago in a local warehouse. After his 2009 release, Dark Rift, electronic music was slowly climbing back on the market and Pitchfork helped Egedy get on the mainstream wave.
Local DJs Jared Alan and Sean Watson will help open up the late-night party.
If you want a night full of good music, dancing and a few new friends, then Saturday night at the Brick is what you need. Please, skip the neon and pacifiers.
Brick is located at 455 N. 3rd St. in the Arizona Center (light rail at 3rd St. and Washington/Jefferson).
Publishing two novels and writing nearly 3,000 songs during his lifetime, including the well-known “This Land is Your Land,” singer-songwriter and folk musician Woody Guthrie has become an American icon.
The play traces the history of both Guthrie and America from the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression to World War II.
A “dust bowl refugee,” Guthrie headed to California in the 1930s in search of work, where he landed his own radio show singing old-time music and voicing his concerns for migrant workers, the play guide states. His presence became comforting to these displaced workers, and Guthrie allied with the them along with unions and other Americans who were seen as outsiders.
In 1940, he traveled to New York where he recorded Dust Bowl Ballads, his first album of original music for RCA Victor Records. While serving in World War II, he wrote military rally songs and songs against fascism.
At the end of the 1940s and in the early 1950s, fear of communism spread through America and Guthrie, along with other artists, was blacklisted for preaching about the working class, unionism and free speech.
“Whether fighting for the unions, hopping a train, or expressing outrage at inequality, Woody Guthrie’s life and music celebrate what it means to be an American,” the play guide says.
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 602.256.6995 or at the door. Prices start at $35.
The Herberger Theater is located at 222 E. Monroe St. (light rail station at 3rd Street and Washington/Jefferson)
Previous week’s games
12/26/2010 Clippers 108, SUNS 103
12/29/2010 76ers 123, SUNS 110
Upcoming week’s games
12/31/2010 SUNS vs Pistons, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
01/02/2010 SUNS @ Kings, 7 p.m., My45
01/05/2010 SUNS vs Lakers, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
“I think we need to be in the gym every day for three hours, learn the rotations and everything from the beginning. There are so many things we are doing bad and I can’t find an explanation.”
This is what new Suns center Marcin Gortat had for his new teammates after Wednesday night’s embarrassing loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at US Airways Center. He didn’t stop there, though.
“I’m trying to get some rebounds and stops, but unfortunately there is not too many opportunities to rebound because the 76ers are scoring 120-something points. It is just frustrating. It is frustrating as hell; I’m not going to lie. It is a reality check for me, going from a team who is winning to a team who is losing, and we are the worst defensive team in the league.”
Clearly, the Polish Hammer isn’t too happy with how things have gone in his first three games on Planet Orange, and he shouldn’t be. The loss to the Heat is understandable. Losses to lowly teams like the Clippers and 76ers aren’t.
Things need to change and they need to change quickly and it must start on the defensive end. Offense isn’t a problem. Some were concerned the Suns’ scoring would take a big hit with the loss of Jason Richardson, but others have picked up the slack. What is so concerning is how much worse the defense has become.
I realize the team needs time to build chemistry with the new guys on board, but lack of chemistry is no excuse for lack of effort. Allowing 123 points to a Philadelphia team playing without its centerpiece, Andre Igoudala, just can’t happen. (Hell, it can’t happen with Iggy).
Despite the Suns’ defense being absolute garbage (and that’s putting it nicely), the Suns are fortunately still right in the thick of things in the playoff hunt. With 50 games to go, the Suns are a mere two-and-a-half games back of eighth-seeded Portland. There’s plenty of time to turn things around.
Gortat said what needed to be said. He was brought here to help on the defensive end, and he’s quickly making it known that he’s not happy with things thus far. Hopefully, this will be the boost the Suns need. When a player, especially a new guy, rips his teammates, it can go one of two ways: the players respond positively, or they block him out and keep him on the outside.
I can’t imagine these Suns players responding negatively. The Suns get their first crack and righting the ship tonight against the Pistons. If all goes well, the Hammer won’t have to come down again.