The Arizona Diamondbacks continue their struggles, as they had yet another challenging week, getting swept in both series against the Giants and the Phillies. The biggest story of the week for the Diamondbacks was the trade that sent ace pitcher and longtime D-back Dan Haren to the the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. While Haren, a native of Southern California, showed excitement for the move, fans agreed that this move is a tough loss for the Diamondbacks.
After spending the last two years in Arizona, the Pepperdine product was hit by a batted ball in his first Angels outing. Reports indicate that he will be OK to begin pitching again this weekend for the Halos. In return, the D-backs received some much-needed left-handed pitching help, acquiring Joe Saunders from the Angels. Additionally, the Angels dealt Rafael Rodriguez and Patrick Corbin to Arizona. Rodriguez is a right-handed reliever, while Corbin is another left-handed starter that should add some extra help to the pitching staff.
This weekend, the D-backs will head to Citi Field in New York, where they will face the Mets, who they swept during the teams’ previous series. On Monday, the Diamondbacks will return to Arizona to face the Washington Nationals in a four-game series. The Nationals are in last place in the National League East, but have still proven to be trouble for opposing teams.
|Last Week’s Games|
|Fri, 7/23||Giants||L, 4-7|
|Sat, 7/24||Giants||L, 4-10|
|Sun, 7/25||Giants||L, 2-3|
|Tue, 7/27||at Phillies||L, 5-9|
|Wed, 7/28||at Phillies||L, 1-7|
|Thu, 7/29||at Phillies||L, 2-3|
|This week’s games|
|Fri, 7/30||at Mets||4:10 p.m.||Fox Sports AZ|
|Sat, 7/31||at Mets||4:10 p.m.||Fox Sports AZ|
|Sun, 8/1||at Mets||10:10 a.m.||Fox Sports AZ|
|Mon, 8/2||Nationals||6:40 p.m.||Fox Sports AZ|
|Tue, 8/3||Nationals||6:40 p.m.||Fox Sports AZ|
|Wed, 8/4||Nationals||6:40 p.m.||Fox Sports AZ|
|Thu, 8/5||Nationals||6:40 p.m.||Fox Sports AZ|
I’m always game for broadening my horizons. When I heard that renowned chef Nobuo Fukuda was opening a place in Heritage Square, I knew that I had my chance to try some food that would be epicly good and out of my comfort zone.
I took a sweaty walk through Heritage Square on a journey to end my growing hunger. The Teeter House used to just sit as a beacon of Phoenix’s historical past. Now, it serves as a welcomed light for those of us who hunger for sweet Japanese cuisine.
Upon even walking onto the deck, I noticed that this place had been gussied up for the privilege of becoming an iconic restaurant. Inside, Nobuo subtly harkened to its cuisine with its décor. Freshly revitalized walls and a sweet, dark, moody bar set this place off and seemed to remove me from any notion of the hellacious desert heat just beyond the door.
Once seated, I began my usual ritual of scouring the menu looking for each and everything that I wanted to try. The unfortunate problem this menu presented was that I literally wanted to order everything. I settled on the Tonkatsu sandwich, and I had fun attempting to say it. (My Japanese is less than stellar for some reason.)
Once this glorious gem was presented ever so sweetly to me, I was instantly in love. The Tonkastu sandwich consists of pork cutlets on toasted shoku pan (which has an amazing and surprising flavor), heirloom tomatoes and sprinklings of wasabi. Whew son, this stuff is an all-out assault on your senses. Its aroma invades your sinuses from the get-go and each bite increasingly dances on your tongue with a mix of sweet and spice that is unmatched. The pork holds a magnificent consistency and tastes ever so delicious. The dabbling of wasabi caught me off-guard at first, but set the sandwich ablaze with flavor. You will not forget the bevy of tastes that you experience in this one dish.
Fortunately, this is just the beginning for Nobuo, and they are only open for lunch right now. I am anxious to try the dishes that Nobuo rolls out for the upcoming dinner menu. Until then, I will be more than content packing Tonkatsu sandwiches into my Dukes of Hazzard lunchbox.
Nobuo at Teeter House is located in Heritage Square at 622 E. Adams St (light rail station at 3rd Street and Washington/Jefferson) — 602.254.0600
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Here is my (probably not unique) take on Pizzeria Bianco:
Don’t come here on a budget, order away and leave satisfied.
Don’t expect to walk right in, unless you plan ahead (get there at 4 p.m.), and come on an off night.
Life isn’t fair, so pay attention to who is arriving before and after you as you arrive (if early), as we have been placed on the honor system, otherwise you may not make the first wave.
So, on to the grub. They have (über-cold) Four Peaks Sunbru on draft. This beer HAS to be super cold for me to like it, and it was that, and it pairs great with pasta/pizza. We started off with the antipasto, and yeah, we ate it all. The veggies cooked in wood gave it a nice flavor. Not necessarily the best antipasto ever, but different, and an excellent appetizer. We ordered a Sonny Boy (tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, salami, gaeta olives) and a Wiseguy (wood roasted onion, house smoked mozzarella, fennel sausage). The Wiseguy is a white pizza, which I am usually not too fond of, but the fennel sausage and ultra thin crust it was excellent. The real winner in this meal was the Sonny Boy. Literally covered in thin, crisping salami and mozzarella cheese that actually had flavor, this was hands down the best pizza I have ever had the pleasure of eating.
I will come here again, early, hopefully often.
Pizzeria Bianco is located at 623 E. Adams St. (in Heritage Square) in the Downtown District (light rail station at 3rd Street and Washington/Jefferson) — 602.258.8300
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What kind of entertainment in Downtown Phoenix is inexpensive, great for the whole family, gets you out of the heat and is something you may not have considered before, even though it has been around for more than 10 years? Give up?
A Phoenix Mercury basketball game.
The Mercury’s new Chief Operating Officer, Amber Cox, is hoping to reach out to the Downtown community and encourage residents to embrace the Phoenix Mercury as a part of their neighborhood and as a premier entertainment option.
“I think the Mercury has always been about great family entertainment at a really affordable price,” Cox says, adding that tickets for lower-level seats are only $10 each. “We have a great core fan base that’s been with us 13 or 14 years, but I think there are a lot people that live Downtown that haven’t selected the Mercury as something to do on a Friday or Saturday night.”
Cox, a Missouri native and former high school and college basketball player, moved to Arizona in late 2004 to join the Mercury staff after working as the assistant athletic director at Columbia College in Missouri for five years.
When she joined the Mercury, she started working as the director of marketing and promotions, a position she held for six years until she was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer. As the COO, she is in charge of business operations, budgets, community relations and marketing, among other things.
Cox has played an essential role in driving ticket and sponsorship revenue by developing and implementing advertising, promotions and media plans. She also led marketing efforts for the Phoenix Roadrunners, the Valley’s former minor league hockey team, for three seasons from 2006 to 2009. She currently serves on the Phoenix Women’s Sports Association board of directors.
Although she has been in Arizona for several years, Cox has only lived in the Downtown area for about three years. She first lived in north Scottsdale and says she only ventured downtown for work, but now loves living here.
“When I made the move down here, I just started discovering all of the great restaurants, different coffeehouses; and I think once you move down here you want to see it flourish, you want to see it grow,” she says. “I think all of the progress that’s being made is really exciting for the city of Phoenix, and certainly for everybody that lives down here and works down here.”
Now Cox hopes that the Mercury become a bigger part of the growing Downtown community, which she says already does a great job supporting the Phoenix Suns and the Diamondbacks.
“We’d love to see more people give give (the Mercury) a try,” she says.
The Mercury play at US Airways Center (light rail stations at 3rd Street and Washington/Jefferson) all summer long. For ticket information, visit the Mercury website.
Despite the relative humidity making it rather sticky outside, a large crowd gathered at the CityScape courtyard this morning to hear Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon’s remarks on the first Downtown pharmacy to open in 30 years, CVS/pharmacy. After brief speeches by the mayor, city councilmen, Red Development, CVS officials and U of A, the ribbon was cut, the registers opened and Downtown had a new shopping destination.
CVS/pharmacy is open seven days a week, Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is located at 50 W. Jefferson Ave. on the corner of 1st Avenue and Jefferson Street — light rail stations at Central/Washington and 1st Ave/Jefferson.