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2003 Stories by Carey Sweet

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  • Hunky Hodori

    published December 11, 2003

    Korean cuisine can be intimidating. The staples can be bizarre to American palates (yangjulgi gui is pan fried ox stomach, for example, and ke... More >>

  • Fear of Frying

    published December 4, 2003

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  • Wig Out

    published November 27, 2003

    Not much happens in Litchfield Park. A community of just 3.1 acres and 3,800 residents, this place's only appeal to "outsiders" has always been... More >>

  • Taco the Town

    published November 20, 2003

    I'm happy to report that the west side of Phoenix can add another gem to its list of outstanding ethnic eateries. It's called El Coqueto, a tiny... More >>

  • Sauvignon Blank

    published November 13, 2003

    W.C. Fields didn't live long enough to see the modern incarnation of the wine bar, but he had some great thoughts on grapes and grub. "I cook... More >>

  • Weird to the Wise

    published November 6, 2003

    The kitchen is out of frogs' legs. I'm disappointed. Frog is one of my favorite Vietnamese dishes. My dining companion is wrinkling his nose... More >>

  • A Love Bovine

    published October 30, 2003

    Let's get one thing straight. I've got strict expectations for high-end eateries -- spotless ambiance, spotless service, and, of course, spotless... More >>

  • A Plateful of Prada

    published October 23, 2003

    Once upon a time, in restaurants far and wide, food was food. There was Italian, Chinese, Mexican . . . but we pretty much always knew what we... More >>

  • Veni Vida Vici

    published October 16, 2003

    The soup is fashioned from little more than cilantro, garlic, potatoes, avocado and chicken stock. It's entirely simple. Still, the concoction has... More >>

  • The Soul of Phoenix

    published October 9, 2003

    Letters, I get letters. Usually, if a reader takes the time to write or call, he's pretty passionate about his food. It's impressive how worked up... More >>

  • Cafe Roulette

    published October 2, 2003

    The waitress at The Willows slipped up. Working me at the new restaurant inside Casino Arizona-McKellips, she showed her hand too quickly.... More >>

  • Dysfunction Junction

    published September 25, 2003

    Barmouche has always been unpredictable. The stylish bistro debuted with an offbeat menu in 1999, emphasizing French cafe cuisine along with a bit... More >>

  • Eat, Drink and Be Mariachi

    published September 18, 2003

    I have a sudden fascination with mariachi music. I used to think I hated the stuff, after spending too many years in Rocky Point bars being... More >>

  • Fly-By Right

    published September 11, 2003

    I'm thinking our nation's airline security force may have a new threat on the horizon. It's called food. Forget sharp objects and explosives; what... More >>

  • Hawaii to Go

    published September 4, 2003

    The guy on the other end of the phone was bitter. He'd just come from lunch at a fast-food hamburger joint, and was ranting over what he... More >>

  • Where Foods Russian

    published August 28, 2003

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  • A Perfect Storm

    published August 21, 2003

    The sky is rumbling, in that deep, dark voice. Which, in the language of the Valley, means monsoon season has arrived. The thunder is teasing that... More >>

  • Hooked on Craic

    published August 14, 2003

    Fibber Magees, see, is an Irish restaurant and pub. It celebrates the Celtic concept of "craic" (pronounced "crack"), meaning a fun, down-to-earth... More >>

  • Fate Accompli

    published August 7, 2003

    Chef Johnny Chu stops by our table for a visit. He was impressed by the quantity of food my party ordered, he says, and wants to see what in the... More >>

  • French Fried

    published July 31, 2003

    Perhaps it's not fair of me to be so disappointed with Café Citron. It could be that I'm too jealous of one of my friends, he being a very... More >>

  • Sugo Wrestling

    published July 24, 2003

    When I first looked up the Italian definition of "sugo," the translation I got was "gravy." Which is curious, because Sugo, the latest hot... More >>

  • Wallet World

    published July 17, 2003

    A friend of mine has a curious pastime. He likes to go out with a large group of friends to pricey restaurants, and, when the bill arrives, play... More >>

  • West Side Glory

    published July 10, 2003

    Two-month-old Hoffman's at 57th looks so wonderland adorable, I want to bring everyone I know to show it off as if it were my own private cafe. ... More >>

  • Persian Gulp

    published July 3, 2003

    My friends and I were driving around Los Angeles the other weekend, in search of, what else, food. It's mucky hot in Phoenix these days, I hadn't... More >>

  • Number Crunching

    published June 26, 2003

    My brain hurts. I've been trying to figure out what to have for dinner. Normally, such a decision would be no big deal: I've always been a... More >>

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