Arizona Trails is a web series on WOA TV. What is WOA TV? It is the home for World Of Arizona videos/web series with multiple episodes and/or seasons. Think of it like a local Netflix. Except it’s a place where all the shows and series are related to Arizona. This show is called The WOA Show, and it’s a part of the WOA TV family. This is actually the first episode of season 1!
Arizona Trails is another WOA TV show that features, you guessed it…all types of trails in Arizona. The first season of Arizona Trails will feature multi-use bike trails, and is created and directed by me (Cooper). I take my electric bike out and tour around the Phoenix Valley and other parts of the state. In season 2, we want to bring in other creators to document their experience on various trail types and submit their videos. Trail types can include hiking, biking, equestrian, Sunday drives, etc.
Episode 1 will premiere on YouTube Friday, November 18th at 3pm.
We want to talk about the upcoming launch of the online Marketplace we’ve been working on. This marketplace will feature products sold by Arizona businesses only. Oftentimes, many of us want to support local, but there just aren’t many options in one place to accomplish is. The WOA marketplace goal is to assemble Arizona based shops in one place that makes it convenient for people to truly support local and for those local businesses to be easily found. Our goal is to get this site up and running sometime in December of this year. We are currently working with and are accepting additional beta testers. If this sounds like something you or someone you know would be interested in, hit us up! We’ll help you get your shop up and running in no time!
November is here in the valley of the sun. That means lots of outdoor events to attend. What comes to my mind when we hit November is of course, the holidays are coming soon, warm spices, boot-wearing weather, hiking, fall festivals, and shop, shop, shopping galore. Here are a few local events and entertainment options around the valley this week.
- Veterans Day – Veterans Day is Friday, November 11th. There are a bunch of events happening all over the valley to celebrate and honor our service men and women. There will be parades, motorcycle rides, fun runs, concerts, dances, celebrations, BBQs, picnics, assemblies, open houses and ceremonies. One notable event to me is the free tribute concert performed by the Phoenix Brass Collective and local musicians at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale.
- WayneFest – WayneFest is back in Phoenix’s historic Coronado Park for it’s fourth year. There’s going to be a diverse mix of local bands and sounds, local beer and wine and local food. What a great chance to celebrate music, food and community. Tickets are 20 bucks and 5 for kids 12 and under.
- The Country Can – This Veteran’s Day Weekend Saturday, Riverview Park in Mesa presents the Country Can Festival. Country music, beer and supporting our Veterans…sounds like a good time to me. Tickets are 25 dollars in advance and $30 at the door, which includes your first canned drink. If you’re a Veteran, you get two canned drinks with the price of admission. Parking is free and the festival is also pet friendly.
- Phoenix Holiday Pet Expo – Speaking of pet friendly festivities, Phoenix Holiday Pet Expo is happening this weekend at Bell Bank Park in Mesa. Yes, it’s a Pet Winter Wonderland complete with Santa Pet Pics, a costume contest, nail trimming, vaccinations, demonstrations, shopping, product giveaways, and adoptions.
Okay, I know this section is called Arizona Foodie, but this time of year inspires me to indulge in Arizona’s beverage options…drinks are still considered food right? Right. So, we are deep into the fall season and still hanging on to everything pumpkin spice. On that note, Four Peaks Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Porter. You won’t be disappointed if you are looking for a touch heavier brew to compliment the season. Speaking of other seasonal offerings from local AZ breweries…San Tan Brewing gives us “Lumberjack”, an oatmeal maple amber. I personally have not tried this magical sounding brew yet, so, will inevitably be heading to downtown Chandler to give it a try. And of course one of our favorite AZ breweries; Pedal Haus has their RAD Pumpkin Ale on tap.
In this section we take a closer look at a specific article written for World of Arizona.com and talk more about the author and the author’s experience writing about the particular topic of the article. On the docket this week it looks like Gilbert’s Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is being featured.
We discuss local sports. This week the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Cardinals were top of list.
This segment is pretty self-explanatory…we go through a list of something cool related to Arizona. Fair enough? It seems only fitting to make our first episode list about food. Not sure why that is fitting. Well, we love food, that’s it. This list-compiling process isn’t an exact science. Just a mix of taste tests, reviews, articles, and such. So here goes…5 Great Burritos in the Valley.
- Barrio Queen – Elevated Mexican cuisine, cool atmosphere, and tasty food. Barrio Queen’s The Arizona Burrito makes this list… pork chile Verde, Oaxaca cheese, Barrio salsa, crema fresca, red onion, and cilantro. Yes, please.
- Someburros – Their burritos, excuse me burros, are just simply good…not to mention super affordable.
- Taqueria Mis Amigos – I mean, just go there and get yourself a huge, amazingly prepared, magical burrito with the filling of your choice. You will not be disappointed.
- Rita’s Burritos – Their name pretty much says it all, meaning burrito is literally in their name. You really can’t go wrong with any of their burrito’s but one of the burritos I have had dreams about is their Chile Verde.
- Moreno’s – Ahh, the Moreno’s Burrito; A large flour tortilla stuffed with your choice of meat: shredded beef, carne asada, chicken, adobada pork or mixta (pork & asada) with beans, special salsa, rice, cabbage, and onion with cilantro. Topped with red or green enchilada sauce…or in my case Navidad style, meaning red AND green please.
And that’s it. Do you agree with these choices? Maybe, maybe not. Let us know what you think, is there a better burrito we didn’t mention? Yes, because frankly I would like to go there and procure said burrito.