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2010 Stories by Laura Hahnefeld

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  • The Female Experience

    published August 19, 2010

    In a culture where delivering boatloads of babies, undergoing multiple plastic surgeries, and being rich and vapid pass for “real”... More >>

  • Taco Bell's New Cantina Tacos (Based Upon Mexican Street Tacos) Should Be Put Back on the Street and Run Over Repeatedly

    published Aug 16, 2010

    ​You'd think after their recent salmonella poisoning incident, Taco Bell would be more careful about what they tell us to put in our mouths. Not so. The company that claims it has always considere... More >>

  • New McDonald's Angus Snack Wraps: Look, Ma, No Bun!

    published Aug 13, 2010

    ​This Fry Girl ain't got the smarts for no research and development department. So who am I to say that the year and a half(!) that McDonald's took to develop its new Angus Snack Wraps seems li... More >>

  • Pretty Doggies Bite Back With Island Love

    published Aug 12, 2010

    ​Aw, what pretty little dogs you have...CHOMP! These island beauties come from John Stamatakis, owner of the new Maui Dog on Indian School Road. His first restaurant after years of doing a zillion... More >>

  • Rural Road

    published August 12, 2010

    Think rural life is all about idyllic countrysides, rustic charm, and bib overalls? Try lawnmower racing, a Siberian folk artist, OxyContin... More >>

  • Rock Starry Night

    published August 12, 2010

    In the 1950s, Elvis Presley cautioned listeners not to step on his blue suede shoes. He didn’t say anything about hiking... More >>

  • Ten Things You Didn't Know About The Chuckbox

    published Aug 05, 2010

    ​The Chuckbox? Yeah, good stuff -- duh, right? Whether you're a seasoned burger-bitin' veteran of the 38-year-old Tempe joint (which once was a Chinese/Italian drive-thru) or a first-time Chuckbox ... More >>

  • Podcast Away

    published August 5, 2010

    How does television host, radio personality, and funnyman Adam Carolla feel about the live tapings of his podcast, The Adam Carolla... More >>

  • Big Out

    published August 5, 2010

    Got 100-plus pounds to lose, a competitive edge, and don’t mind letting it all hang out on national television? Get in line. With... More >>

  • Keep Your Mitts Off My Child's First Ax, in This Week's Guess That Gadget

    published Aug 03, 2010

    See if you can guess today's gadget and check back next week for the answer, and to see if you've won a most-awesome prize.​ Here are a few shots at this week's trickster, add yours to the comment ... More >>

  • "Hawaiian" Grilled Chicken Salad From Carl's Jr. More Like a Messy American Mash-Up

    published Aug 02, 2010

    ​With a seemingly endless supply of pineapples at their disposal, Carl's Jr. is adding another new menu item to its list of those sporting the Dole seal of approval. The Hawaiian grilled chicken sa... More >>

  • Reel Good Time

    published July 29, 2010

    “I want to control Phoenix, because if I can control Phoenix, I can control the world,” says Dr. Zombie, a.k.a. Tommy Cannon. “I... More >>

  • Mini Mania

    published July 29, 2010

    Who’s not happy that SuzAnne Christ, owner, president, and CFO of the Hobby Depot in Tempe and her husband are miniature model maniacs?... More >>

  • When It Comes to Whipped Cream, Those Rubber Jaws of Truth Don't Lie, in This Week's "Guess That Gadget"

    published Jul 27, 2010

    ​See if you can guess today's gadget and check back next week for the answer, and to see if you've won a most-awesome prize. Here are a few shots at this week's trickster, add yours to the comment ... More >>

  • Smashburger Brings Popular Regional Sides (and Loads of Oil) to All Locations

    published Jul 26, 2010

    ​Last week, Denver-based Smashburger announced it would now offer its Sweet Potato Smashfries and Fried Pickles at all of their 71 locations due to popular demand. Both sounded tasty 'til I saw my... More >>

  • BoSa Donuts: Now Entering Doughnut Dreamland

    published Jul 22, 2010

    ​ Is it me or does there seem to be a resurgence of Dunkin' and Krispy Kreme doughnut huts popping up on every corner? Sure, they make it easy to grab a quick glazed and coffee, but where's the lo... More >>

  • Oddcast

    published July 22, 2010

    Screenwriter, director, and comedian Kevin Smith launched his first “Smodcast” in 2007 with friend and producer Scott Mosier.... More >>

  • Guitar Hero

    published July 22, 2010

    So you missed June’s daylong Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago’s Toyota Park, which sold out in minutes and featured legendary... More >>

  • WTF? KFC Offers Free Doublicious Sandwiches to "Two-Timing" Employees of Competition, Will Offer "Sandwich Amnesty"

    published Jul 19, 2010

    ​On Tuesday, July 20, KFC will offer free Doublicious sandwiches to the first 10 uniform-clad associates of a competitive fast food restaurant who visit participating KFC's -- up to 50,000 free sand... More >>

  • George's Famous Gyros: Gettin' Greeky Wit It

    published Jul 15, 2010

    ​On the day I visited George's Famous Gyros in Scottsdale, George and company were celebrating their four-year anniversary with free gyros for the taking. This Fry Girl bit, then asked owner George ... More >>

  • Bank Holiday

    published July 15, 2010

    With the competition for August playoff positions as vicious as a bad case of fishnet burn, games nine and ten of the Arizona Derby Dames 2010... More >>

  • Disco Inferno

    published July 15, 2010

    Before Vinnie Babarino donned a white polyester suit and came down with a serious case of Saturday Night Fever, bad girls and jive... More >>

  • Bacon Club Chalupa from Taco Bell Returns -- Wait, Why Pay More?

    published Jul 12, 2010

    ​Each year, Taco Bell brings back its Bacon Club Chalupa. Then, after altering our lives forever, quietly discontinues it. Some might say it's TB's way of creating excitement (a la the McRib)... More >>

  • A Toast to Melts?

    published Jul 08, 2010

    >Suffering from burger boredom? The fast-food joints are. Since last year, they've been banishing their buns in lieu of toast, delivering melted fare to the masses, waving the "Hey, look at me! I'm di... More >>

  • Happy Goth

    published July 8, 2010

    Being a goth artist seems pretty clear cut, but for Jenny Fontana, adding a seven-year-old daughter to the mix changes things... More >>

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