Happy Birthday To Us!!

Happy Birthday To Us!!

We can’t believe it, but it’s been 1 year since we started our blogging adventure! If you’ve had the chance to read our very first blog post, which was an introduction of who we are, then you already know a bit about us. To recap, we have been best friends for 11 years now. We met when our oldest children were in Kindergarten together. They are now Juniors in high school and still at the same school! The time has really flown by and we are grateful for every minute of our friendship and everything we have been able to experience together.

Over the years we have gotten together for lunch or coffee when the kids were at school. So, a year ago we decided to document all the places we visit by sharing with the world via Instagram, and voila – Sip So Good was born. At the end of last year, we expanded by creating our own blogging website, and look forward to adding to it regularly, in addition to what we post on social media. It’s a great way for us to expand more and be a bit more personable. It really has been a wonderful year going out and meeting so many inspiring people here in our community. From business owners, to fellow bloggers, to fun events, and more. We have made some amazing friends this past year and look forward to meeting many more.

One of our passions is to support local businesses in our community. We’ve had the pleasure of visiting so many new places and have thoroughly enjoyed trying so many new drinks and foods, some we didn’t even know existed! We can’t even begin to tell you how much we have appreciated all the support we have received as well.

As part of our 1-year anniversary of Sip So Good, we wanted to do something special for all of our awesome followers. We want everyone to experience all the incredible places we have been to or tried. So, we have partnered with many businesses right here in our community, to bring you all amazing discounts through our anniversary weekend. We want to give a HUGE genuine thank you and shout out to all of the businesses participating in our anniversary celebration.

  1. Lisa’s Rum Cake
  2. Crème & Chocolats
  3. SodaRush
  4. Sweetz Cold Brew Coffee Co.
  5. GrindTime Coffee
  6. Everybody Loves Fondue (ELF)
  7. Eat. Cake. Love.
  8. Pura Vida Grinds
  9. Masterpiece Donuts & Coffee+
  10. Bold Roost
  11. Boca Taqueria
  12. Organic Bean Coffee
  13. Bello Caramels
  14. Decadent Macarons
  15. CinnaMomma Cinnamon Rolls
  16. Rita’s On Mill
  17. Iced For Life
  18. Glacier Snow Sweets & Treats
  19. Top Fuel Espresso
  20. Rosie Luv Apparel
  21. Dashboard Cookies
  22. The Great Gadsby Bakery
  23. Marco’s Pizza Gilbert
  24. 32 Shea
  25. Ripe Ice Pops
  26. Morning Kick
  27. One More Bite Bakery
  28. Nutrition Blvd.
  29. Lovebird Bakery
  30. Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes
  31. Made In Argentina
  32. Knife And Garment Social Club
  33. Soda Bun Thai Food
  34. 3’s Co. Coffee Bar
  35. Pogo Pass

You can find the specific details of each deal each business is offering by visiting our Instagram page, Sip So Good. We are celebrating our anniversary weekend from Thursday, February 8 – Sunday, February 11.

Vienna Beef 125th Anniversary Celebration

Vienna Beef 125th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, February 3, we attended the 125th anniversary celebration of Vienna Beef’s Hot Dog Pop Up Party. The event was held at Helio Basin Brewing Co. in Phoenix, and was hosted by AZ Foodie. We had an amazing time visiting this brewery for the first time and being surrounded by great company. We hung out with old friends, and met some new friends as well. The atmosphere was very cozy and inviting for friends to sit together, chat, eat, drink, and enjoy each other’s company.

We tried a variety of dishes prepared by Executive Chef Tamara, which were all inspired by Vienna Beef. From the quesadilla with jalapeños, chicharrones, duckfat beans, polish sausage with cheddar, cashew rice, veggie burgoo, mini bagel dogs, hatch chile cream cheese, and much more. We also tried a blackberry wheat beer which was crisp and refreshing.

Aside from all the great food, there was also some entertaining live music. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to the guitar and saxophone, and the amazing singing. There was also liquor sampling from Pure Peru and the sample we tried was so delicious.

We had a blast playing the games that were set up outside on the patio. We challenged each other in corn hole, life size Connect Four and Jenga. We’ll say that neither of us lost any of the games. 😉 We had a great time and laughed so much.

We had the pleasure of meeting Katie Dennis who is the Director of Retail Marketing for Vienna Beef. She gave us some history about the evolution of Vienna beef and how it came to be in the Southwest! 🙂 We also got a fun goodie bag filled with all the ingredients necessary to make a genuine Chicago dog!

What is a Chicago-style hot dog? It’s an all-beef hot dog topped with yellow mustard, bright green sweet relish, chopped white onions, juicy tomato slices, a crisp dill pickle spear, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt…all nestled into a steamed poppy seed bun.

Fun Facts about Vienna Beef: Born in 1893, they have become Chicago’s and the Midwest’s first choice hot dog. They are an independent, family owned company. They are more than just a hot dog company, they also sell soups, cheese sauce, pickles, and deli meats. Many of Chi town residents are now refugees of the Valley. Did you know the Valley is the second highest metropolitan area Chicagoans reside?

E&K Favorites: Blackberry Wheat Beer and the hatch chile cream cheese

Website: http://www.heliobasinbrewing.com/   http://www.viennabeef.com/

Address: 3935 E. Thomas Road Phoenix, AZ 85018

Brunching in Arizona

 

Brunch (n:)  a socially acceptable reason for day drinking

Just when you get in the groove of the whole “New Years resolutions” thing someone mentions brunch and you throw that resolutions right out the window!

Sonata’s Restaurant in Scottsdale has got their Brunch game on fleek.

    {{ Brunch isn’t brunch unless you can “cheers to the freaking weekend” }}

🥂Signature drinks; The Breakfast Spritzer, aka, Mimosas 2.0 – grapefruit juice, rosemary infused tequila topped with champagne. Or their Grand Marnier and Kahlua coffee topped with macerated berries and Chantilly cream. As well as the classic Bloody Mary.

         {{ And it is totally acceptable to have sweets because we say so }}

🌰 Sweet brunch options; cinnamon roll with Applewood bacon, duck fat glaze and shaved chocolate and Stuffed French Toast with Stone Fruit and candied brandy butter. (FUN FACT: Stone Fruit is a fruit with flesh or pulp enclosing a stone, such as a peach, plum, or cherry.)

       {{ To make it a proper Brunch it must include an egg of sorts }}

🍳Savory options; Lil Piggy Omelette with pork belly, potatoes, guacamole, salsa verde, crème fraiche, arugula sad. The Sonata’s Egg Benedict with prosciutto, spinach, brioche, truffle hollandaise, breakfast potatoes, arugula salad.

                              {{ Desserts cause why not }}

🍫Desserts; Warm Chocolate Cake with spicy chocolate sauce, candied walnuts and caramel ice cream. Spurgos – Mini Beignets – Lithuanian mini doughnuts, vanilla pastry cream, hazelnut chocolate and strawberry marmalade.

We truly enjoyed our visit there, the patio was absolutely stunning and of course the Arizona winter weather did not disappoint! Where did you Brunch this weekend?

E&K Favorites: Lil Piggy Omelette

Website: http://www.sonatasrestaurant.com

Address: 10050 N Scottsdale Rd #127, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Fight For Your Right To Party…90’s Style!

🎧 From West Philadelphia born and raised. Fight for your right to party. What was your jam during the 90’s era? Sorry in advance for getting those songs stuck in your head.

On January 24th, 2018 we attended 90’s Night with the fabulous host, She Forks Phoenix and other great bloggers and influencers at Joe’s Midnight Run in Phoenix.

No detail was left out. The centerpieces ranged from VHS tapes, to CD’s, to swag bags, 90’s music, and Back to the Future playing on the T.V.

The night was filled with such nostalgia especially when Travis from Food, Art & Culture whipped out his disk man with the 90’s CD inside. He rocked his 90’s costume so well that he won the Best Dressed 90’s contest.

From chokers to overalls, high ponytails with scrunchies to flannels, MTV to Clueless…

A couple fun facts about Mer: She has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and played collegiate rugby. She also grew up on the East Coast and has lived in Boston, NY, and California, before moving to Phoenix. She met her husband in Vegas.

A couple fun facts about Joe’s Midnight Run: They have no gas or ovens, they cook everything on a wood-fired grill, this location used to be drive thru liquor store for over 60 years.

E&K Favorites: The Notorious B.I.G. Burger

Website: http://www.joesmidnightrun.com

Address: 6101 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014

SodaRush

On January 18th, 2018 we attended Media Night with other bloggers and influencers at the brand new SodaRush in Gilbert. From sodas to cookies to ice-cream, we were able to sample everything on the menu and interact with other colleagues.

Jim and Amber (owners) are some of the nicest people you will meet. Right when you walk in you’re treated with sweet smells from their bakery and super friendly team members. The shop is colorful and inviting, and their branding is so eye catching. The décor in their shop is adorable and a great place to hand out with friends.

If you’re looking for a large variety of fancy fountain drinks and some of the most delicious, made from scratch daily, giant cookies you’ll ever eat (they’re award winning!!) this is the place to be!

P.S. They also feature Dole Whip occasionally (it’s always available on their soda truck!), so be sure to follow them on social media to see when it’s available. They also have cotton candy, pretzels, and feature seasonal fudge and cookies of the month.

E&K Favorites: The Miguel drink and the Sugar Smash cookie.

Website: www.sodarush.com

Address: 1522 S Gilbert Rd Suite 107 Gilbert, AZ 85296

 

Happy New Year!

We hope the New Year is off to a great start for everyone! We are excited to see what this year brings for Sip So Good! Be sure to pop on over to Instagram (@_sipsogood_) if you haven’t had a chance yet to see what we’ve been up to lately! 😀 We have stayed happily busy this past month visiting some new businesses, attending events, meeting some new friends, and trying out some new SIPS and yummy food. Some of our most recent adventures are highlighted in our stories. Be sure to check them out!

Hello Everyone! An Introduction! :)

This is our first blog post and we would love to tell you a little about ourselves. We are Erika and Kaylyn and we’ve been friends for 11 years now! We met when our oldest kids were in Kindergarten together, and now they are Juniors in high school. It’s so crazy how quickly the time has gone, but we’ve become the bestest of friends over the years. We started out by getting together for coffee and lunch while our kids were at school, and at the beginning of last year we thought “if we’re going to get together so often to try out all these amazing places, we should document it and share it all on Instagram,” So, that’s what we decided to do and we have been active on Instagram for nearly a year now, sharing all our favorite SIP (and food!) locations we’ve come across. We thought focusing more on drinks was a unique concept and since we meet up for drinks more than food, Sip So Good was born. 🙂

If you love drinks and food as much as we do make sure to check out our page on Instagram @_sipsogood_. We are also on Facebook, and we are so excited to have started our very own blog where we can expand even more. We absolutely love what we are doing and we love getting out into the community and supporting local businesses. We have met so many amazing people in such a short time, including some pretty incredible business owners who we’ve gotten to know very well. We’ve even met fellow food bloggers too! Not only are we having a blast doing this fun social media blogging stuff, but we’ve made some great friends in the process! 🙂