Khla cocktail bar mixes Asian flavors, Thai snacks in downtown Phoenix

From the soft sweetness of pandan to the earthy pungence of turmeric, Southeast Asian flavors shine at Khla, a new downtown Phoenix cocktail bar in Roosevelt Row.

“Knowing myself, I’m always going to put my culture on the map whenever I have the opportunity to do so,” said Tyka Chheng, co-owner of the bar, which shares space with newly opened Thai restaurant Lom Wong.

Khla, which means tiger in Khmer, is the latest project from Chheng, Colton Brock and John Sagasta, the team behind Baby Boy, a cocktail caravan parked nearby at the Pemberton. Chheng and Brock honed their bartending

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Dinner in Downtown Vineland is a delicious adventure

Last Friday night my wife and I decided to go out for dinner in Vineland. We parked our car at the angled parking spot down the street from the Old Landis Theater.

We started walking down the street and noticed how the city is constantly changing. Colorful store fronts with big colorful letters, cars parked angled on both sides of the street are the sign of a rebirth.  Chinese, Vegan, Indian and Hispanic restaurants to adorn the night.

As we continued down the street, we notice more than a normal flood of people in and out of the store fronts.

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Where to find food downtown (without having to go outside)

Des Moines’ skywalk spans more than four miles across the city center.If you’re visiting, working or staying downtown, it’s good to know that just about whatever kind of food you’re looking for is within a pleasant stroll.

Here’s a guide to what’s available.

Related: Where to eat in downtown Des Moines

Where to grab a bite in the skywalk

You can find all of these locations by using this map .

Templeton Distillery at The Fort

Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd St., Des Moines; (515) 564-8000

Appetizers, sandwiches, burgers. Full bar and Templeton Rye cocktails.

Hours: Open 90 minutes

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Inside downtown Walnut Creek’s hot new Dumpling Hours

At first we didn’t understand the odd-ish name of Walnut Creek’s new Chinese dumpling house, Dumpling Hours. But after a lunch stopover, it is now clear. The made-to-order dumplings are so pillowy soft and tasty — the dough is delicate enough to see through — you’ll want to consume them day and night.

The casual, sit-down spot from the owners of San Francisco’s Dumpling Home held its soft opening yesterday, Aug. 12, at 1389 N. Main Street, Suite B, in the former Burger Loft. And if its second day of business is any indication, it is going to be a

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