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  • Top 10 'American Idol' Moments

    published Dec 31, 2009

    ​Paula Abdul already left, and Simon Cowell may be on the outs, too. But no matter what happens to American Idol, the singing competition has left us with plenty of memories we'll forver c... More >>

  • Special: Alfredo Escudero at Green

    published Dec 30, 2009

    OK, so we're a little partial to this dish, since it's named after us. ​We begged Chef Damon Brasch of the all-vegan restaurant Green to craft more "shrimp" specials, since our former favo... More >>

  • Chef Chat: Eddie V's Crab Cake Maryland Style

    published Dec 30, 2009

    Yesterday, we chatted him up. Today executive chef Brian Feirstein, from Eddie V's Prime Seafood, shares this recipe for Maryland-style crab cakes. The dish is super-simple and quick to make, but its ... More >>

  • Incoming: Never Shout Never on the AP Tour

    published Dec 30, 2009

    ​Clear your calendars now for what's likely to be a pop music fan's wet dream when cutie pie Christofer Ingle, aka Never Shout Never, comes to town and brings a bevy of sugary acts along with him.Re... More >>

  • Chef Chat: Brian Feirstein, Eddie V's Prime Seafood

    published Dec 29, 2009

    For Brian Feirstein, executive chef of  Eddie V's Prime Seafood in Scottsdale, making an impact on the customers goes beyond the kitchen. The Arizona native makes it a point to get to k... More >>

  • John Greentree, What Are You Eating?

    published Dec 29, 2009

    ​John Greentree The member of Autonomous Dumpster Divers, Food Not Bombs Phoenix serves food every Sunday at Deck Park at 3 p.m. He's also a freegan, and you can read more about his dumpster... More >>

  • Joel McHale Brings Snark to Dodge Theatre

    Joel McHale Brings Snark to Dodge Theatre

    published Dec 28, 2009

    ​Some people love Joel McHale for his sarcastic commentary on E!'s weekly tabloid show, The Soup. Some think he's a great comedian and dramatic actor for his roles on NBC's Community and this... More >>

  • Simon Cowell Leaving 'American Idol'

    published Dec 23, 2009

    ​Our music editor Martin Cizmar seems to think an American version of X Factor would be sort of pointless, but not if Simon Cowell has anything to do with it. The notoriously cranky American Id... More >>

  • Save the Trunk Space! This Weekend

    published Dec 23, 2009

    ​It would majorly suck to lose another downtown Phoenix music venue, and The Trunk Space is one of the latest struggling to stay alive. It's been a rough 3 to 4 months for Trunk S... More >>

  • Chef Chat: BJ Hernandez's Pollo Cubano

    published Dec 23, 2009

    When BJ Hernandez, chef and owner of the three Havana Cafe locations in the Valley, started making this recipe, it was only because it was a special she created for her guests. Now, it's her most popu... More >>

  • Chef Chat: BJ Hernandez, Havana Cafe

    published Dec 22, 2009

    ​It's hard to believe BJ Hernandez never went to culinary school, considering the recipes she's created and adopted from her family have kept customers coming back to the Valley's three Havana ... More >>

  • DJ Mr. P-body, What Are You Eating?

    published Dec 22, 2009

    Mr. P-bodyThe 15-year Valley resident, professional DJ and bassist for local band Elvis Before Noon is spinning at the Hotel Valley Ho this New Year's Eve. He also spins and plays regularly at AZ... More >>

  • Incoming: Phoenix at Marquee Theatre

    published Dec 21, 2009

    It's pretty nice when a catchy band has the same name of your home town. Thanks, Phoenix from France, for forcing people all across the country to start saying, "I love Phoenix!" ​ ​The ele... More >>

  • Before You Go Out, Think About Making These Meals Yourself

    published Dec 21, 2009

    ​Grabbing to-go food might not be the healthiest choice, but it's often a heck of a lot easier than busting out cooking utensils, going shopping for ingredients and trying to make bean burrito... More >>

  • Lady Gay Gay Takes Over Vegas

    published Dec 21, 2009

    It was totally fitting to see Lady Gaga in Sin City this past weekend--the girl's familiar with bad behavior, as she often opts to appear pantless and slings sex like it's her job. ​And even th... More >>

  • Salty Senorita Celebrates X-Mas with an Appearance by Santa Via Helicopter

    published Dec 18, 2009

    ​We're used to Salty Senorita as being a rowdy spot full of 20-something's downing margaritas while munching on Tex-Mex-y food, but this Sunday, December 20, the colorful bar in Peoria... More >>

  • Professional Gingerbread Houses at the Biltmore

    Professional Gingerbread Houses at the Biltmore

    published Dec 18, 2009

    ​Remember when you used to make gingerbread houses with your mom, and you'd get frosting smeared all over your hands, which then covered random bits of the house, and you stuck way too many gum... More >>

  • What Laura Says Classes Up Yucca Tap Room Tonight

    published Dec 18, 2009

    While rocker Alice Cooper is bringing a little Christmas puddin' to the Dodge Theatre tonight, the boys of What Laura Says are spreading holiday cheer all over the Yucca Tap Room at their Christmas fo... More >>

  • Cooking Classes and Wine Tastings at Arizona Biltmore

    published Dec 17, 2009

    If you're looking for a gift for your favorite foodie, or just someone who needs to start learning how to not burn toast in the kitchen, the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa is offering sever... More >>

  • Glamour Kills Sponsors Unsigned Band The Bay State

    published Dec 17, 2009

    While pop rock music fans are used to seeing bands like All Time Low and Cobra Starship don the graphic tees and hoodie sweaters of Glamour Kills clothing company, the trendy fashion line (which also ... More >>

  • Urban Tea Loft Raises Funds for Boobies

    published Dec 16, 2009

    ​There's a gorgeous Christmas tree at The Urban Tea Loft in downtown Chandler, but it's not any ol' decoration. It's all to raise money for breast cancer research, and through the end... More >>

  • Chef Chat: Peter DeRuvo's Paglia Fieno Pasta with Shrimp, Clams and Lemon

    published Dec 16, 2009

    ​This Italian dish comes from Sassi's executive chef Peter DeRuvo, whom we profiled in yesterday's Chef Chat. He says there are several things to keep in mind when making his Paglia Fieno... More >>

  • Little Kid Better Than Jason Mraz?

    published Dec 16, 2009

    Some may argue this little kid is better at performing Jason Mraz's hit single "I'm Yours" than Mraz himself. We're not quite sure about that, considering you can't understand anything the kid is sayi... More >>

  • Foot Locker

    published December 17, 2009

    The last couple half-marathons we ran, all we could think about at the finish line was this: Must. Take. Shoes. Off. Hop. In.... More >>

  • Chef Chat: Peter DeRuvo, Sassi

    published Dec 15, 2009

    ​Peter DeRuvo's come a long way since he started as executive chef at north Scottsdale's Sassi a couple years ago. Since he's been in the kitchen, the beautiful Italian restaurant has received... More >>

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