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What to Do Indoors in Phoenix This Weekend

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Phoenix, Arizona | Visit Phoenix/D Squared Productions
Phoenix, Arizona | Visit Phoenix/D Squared Productions

Arizona’s state-wide stay-at-home order is still in effect. Throughout the entirety of the month, or until further notice, all residents are urged to stay at home to curb the spread of Covid-19. Essential businesses like grocery stores and drug stores remain open. And in an effort to retain some normalcy, restaurants across The Valley are rallying to continue offering delivery and takeout options -- support them.

Normally, our weekend guides give you all the best things to do around your city. Now, in these anything but normal times, we’ve adjusted our typical format to offer creative ways to stay busy at home while our lives are on pause. Plus, a few ways you can directly support the small businesses and restaurants in your own community. 

Say cheers with the co-owners of Century Grand during a virtual happy hour

Saturday, April 18
Belly-up to your kitchen table or sink into your couch and join the owners Century Grand and Undertow for an informative, and boozy, virtual happy hour. Rich Furnari and Jason Asher will be talking shop and answering questions about the conceptualization and fictional narratives of their two bars. And, there’s a good chance the two will be sharing some classic cocktail recipes, too. Although the doors are closed, Grey Hen, a craft whiskey and bottle shop located inside Century Grand, is taking online orders and offering curbside pickup. 

Join a local CSA and support Arizona’s farms

Your local farms need your support. And there’s a way that you can show some love to the growers and seed-sowers in your area: join a CSA. By enrolling in a CSA you’ll get the best seasonal organic produce grown with sustainable farming practices delivered or made available for pick-up on a recurring schedule. Crooked Sky Farms, Farmyard, Steadfast Farm, Blue Sky Organic Farms, Rhiba Farms, Soil & Seed Garden, Sun Produce Cooperative are just some of the Arizona-based farms offering CSA programs throughout the Phoenix Metro. 

Scratch that travel itch with a virtual trip

Wanderlust tugging at you these days? Take a virtual trip. There are virtual tours that can take you to almost any place in the world, all from the comfort of your living room sofa. See Japan via this 360-degree virtual reality movie. Peep a livestream of the Northern Lights. You can even virtually tour 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites thanks to Google Earth. 

Support your neighborhood bottle shop and sign up for a wine membership

Known for their curated selection of natural wines and unique spirits, Downtown Phoenix’s Sauvage Bottle Shop is giving wine drinkers the chance to get their hands on some rare and exclusive bottles. Wine Well, a recurring monthly membership offered by Sauvage, has perks for members including discounts on orders and of course, access to those rare and exclusive wines. Not ready to commit? Sauvage is currently offering free local contactless pick-up for online wine orders.

Level-up your pasta game this weekend

What pairs great with wine? Pasta, that’s what. Truly, is there a more perfect food? Lucky for you, it’s relatively easy to turn simple noodles into something delicious. Use these easy-to-follow tips to make some pasta magic of your own this weekend. 

Kick your Netflix habit and stream something new

Are you still watching? Of course you are. There’s no denying that Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu all offer loads of good content to watch. But there’s more to streaming than these three giants. Find out where you can stream everything from free episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation to horror movies and arthouse flicks right here

Order delivery from Ghost Ranch, right now

Seriously, what are you waiting for? Ghost Ranch’s Chef Rene Andrade and company are pulling out all the stops to bring you drool-inducing eats like taco combos and green chile burgers with no shortage of Southwestern flavor.

Concoct your own delicious cold brew at home

So, you’ve mastered the pour-over. Dalgona coffee? You’ve done it. And to you, French press is child’s play. What’s next? Take a cue from an experienced barista and brew-up your own cold brew coffee. Just make enough to get through those morning Zoom meetings come Monday. 

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Lauren Reichert is a Phoenix-based multimedia storyteller and content creator. Her work has been featured in local travel guides and national publications. Follow her on Instagram @hungryinphoenix