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Amy Silverman

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    June 26, 2014

    5 Things to Eat and Drink (and Kara Walker's Marvelous Sugar Baby) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what and where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town. On a recent trip to New York City, we walked from the Lower ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    "Eat Your Words" Food Writing Workshop at Changing Hands Bookstore June 24

    Whether you consider yourself a knowledgeable food-ist or just an amateur eater with a passion for words, there's always room for improvement when it comes to writing about what we eat. There are words to avoid ("yummy," for example) and ethical guidelines to follow, as well as a whole slew of other ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    10 Things to Eat and Drink in Manhattan

    This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what -- where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town. We will freely admit that we get so weak-kneed at the sight of the ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Make Your Own Candy Corn: Chow Bella's Halloween Showdown

    Trick... or treat? For the latest Chow Bella showdown, our writers whipped up a dessert reminiscent of, or incorporating, their favorite Halloween candy. Check back all week for recipes; on Friday our critic Laura Hahnefeld will pick her favorite. First up: Amy Silverman's DIY Candy Corn There a ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Can Slick Pita Jungle Out-Hummus Authentic Baiz Market?

    Amy Silverman​Hummus is the glue -- sometimes almost literally -- that holds a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean meal together. Do it wrong, and indeed, it's a little like cement. And not in a good way.But do it well and some of us will fill up on the chickpea dip long before the gyro or the kebabs hit ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    LGO Reportedly Pulls Out of CityScape

    Amy Silverman The kiss goodbye.​The Arizona Republic is reporting this morning that LGO Public House has pulled out of the CityScape project in downtown Phoenix.  Are you surprised? According to Howie Seftel, LGO is claiming "ventilation" problems in the space they were to occupy.&n ... More >>

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    February 6, 2011

    Make Your Own Candy Conversation Hearts

    Amy Silverman​There's a lot of chatter out there about conversation hearts -- cute plays on the iconic candy hearts stamped with messages, waiting in tiny boxes to win your heart and break your teeth. We've seen cookies, cuddlies, holiday lights, tee shirts, soap, even felted soap, all designed to ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010
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    May 4, 2010

    Ask the Critic: How Do You Choose Places to Review?

    The process of choosing which restaurants to review is a perennial subject of inquiry. How do you decided where to go? Does someone assign it to you? Actually, I pick the places, although I'm always open to suggestions (especially since I spend so much time picking people's brains about where they' ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    Efes Turkish Cuisine and Golden Buddha Serve Up Free Entertainment on the Side

    Amy Silverman​These days, satellite radio passes as live entertainment in many eating establishments. So it was refreshing to stumble recently on two musical dining experiences. By now it's practically become cliche that the worst Chinese food in town can be found at the restaurants at the C ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Homemade Candy Corn Easier Than It Sounds -- If You Follow the Recipe

    Amy SilvermanHomemade Candy Corn.​You didn't expect to read the terms "cognitive dissonance" and "homemade candy corn" in the same sentence, but there they are.And so apt -- as soon as we got the idea to make our own candy corn (not knowing if it was even possible or had ever been attempted) we be ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    April 21, 2009

    Bye Bye, Pho Bang . . .

    . . . and don't let the door hit you on your way out. There was some recent buzz that the longstanding Vietnamese restaurant on Camelback Road was closing, and I just got word that they finally shut their doors (the phone number is disconnected). But I can't say I'll miss Pho Bang one bit. Sure, I'd ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Monday Night Martha: Almond Joy

    For years, the hunt has been on for just the right sweet/salty/spicy nut mix recipe, to no avail. Either the recipe calls for something hard to find (an unusual spice), something not very appetizing (some of us just don't like rosemary or other plants in our nuts) or a step too tough to master (e.g ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Beer, Cheese, and Chocolate

    On Christmas Eve, after drinking half a bottle of Amy Silverman's fantastic limoncello and spending several hours cooking up a storm in my tiny kitchen (the windows were fogged up when I was finally done!), I settled in front of the TV to watch The Darjeeling Limited and relax for a couple ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Monday Night Martha: Iced Sugar Cookies

    Long before we were on a first name basis with Martha, there was this recipe for sugar cookies, passed down from a friend. It's Xeroxed from an ancient cookbook, maybe "Joy of Cooking," very old school. You don't want to see the recipe; the paper's tattered and covered with the remains of ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008

    Gross Out: Smelly Cooler at Sluggo's Sports Grill

    By Amy Silverman A bottle of Excedrin was improperly stored at Sluggo's Sports Grill in Mesa -- one of many things the restaurant inspectors noted after a recent visit. I'm guessing Sluggo had some headache when he read the inspection report. The raw eggs were stored above the watermelon. Dishwas ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    Gross Out: Bad Bathroom Etiquette at Quilted Bear

    By Amy Silverman The Quilted Bear on Scottsdale Road has had its share of run-ins with Maricopa County restaurant inspectors lately. Several recent reports reflect a "No Award" rating, and the most recent was pretty bad. The worst of the litany of complaints: OBSERVED CHEF ENTER EMPLOYEE RESTROOM ... More >>

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    October 28, 2008

    Gross Out: Better Than Sex Cake Cafe in Chandler Not So Good, Restaurant Inspection Says

    By Amy Silverman I know sex is supposed to be dirty. Call me a prude, but the concept just doesn't translate when it comes to food, even at a place called the Better Than Sex Cake Cafe. I admit I found the name of the Chandler restaurant intriguing, when I heard it a while back, but now I'm glad ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008
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    October 14, 2008

    Gross Out: Moldy Bowl at Masa Sushi in Gilbert

    By Amy Silverman I'll be honest: Raw fish does not pass these lips. But I know enough to know that if you're going to eat it, you want it to come from a very, very clean place. The Maricopa County restaurant inspectors apparently understand that, too, because they seem to be particularly tough on su ... More >>

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    October 9, 2008

    Gross Out: 5 & Diner on 16th Street a Little too Grungy even for a Greasy Spoon

    By Amy Silverman I have always believed that diners should have a separate rating system, when it comes to cleanliness. C'mon, haven't you ever heard the term "greasy spoon"? But apparently the Maricopa County health inspectors don't share my nostalgia for a time when waitresses smacked gum and no ... More >>

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    October 7, 2008

    Gross Out: Roaches, Slime and Bad Hand Washing at Texas Roadhouse on Stapley

    By Amy Silverman At this point, I've gotten accustomed to seeing news of cockroaches and soda guns with "bacterial slime" -- both of which afflicted the Texas Roadhouse on Stapley Drive, during a recent inspection. But there was something about the litany of complaints involving hands that got me: ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    John McCain's "Favorite" Vietnamese Restaurant Pho Bang has Roaches: Gross Out!

    By Amy Silverman And now we bring you a Special Election Edition of Gross Out! For years, the west Phoenix restaurant Pho Bang has touted itself as John McCain's favorite Vietnamese joint. So we decided to research health inspections at Pho Bang and see if we can recommend it. Um, NO. A June 200 ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Gross Out: The Rubber Gloves Are On, But Is That Enough?

    By Amy Silverman A reader just called me out on my Sprinkles "Gross Out" from last week, asking how would I feel if I knew the employee who touched my cupcake with bare hands had just picked her nose. Touche. In fact, dear reader, you should know that my own husband lectured me over the same thin ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Gross Out: Sprinkles Cupcakes Gets Iced by County Inspectors

    By Amy Silverman I admit it, I'm shallow. About as deep as a cupcake, as long as it's a super-cute, tasty one. Which is a good part of why I'm willing to pooh-pooh the county's most recent inspection report of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the boutique confectionary that finally opened earlier this year on ... More >>

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    May 28, 2008

    Sex and the City and the Cosmo Jelly Beans

    By Amy Silverman A few years ago, I hosted a dinner party to celebrate the last episode of Seinfeld. That was easy. We had Kenny Rogers chicken, hi-cal frozen yogurt and black & white cookies. But when a friend put me in charge of movie snacks for her Sex and the City party this coming weekend, I ... More >>

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    May 23, 2008
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    December 11, 2003

    Letters

    Letters from the week of December 11, 2003

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    March 6, 2003

    Taking Off the Kid Gloves

    Letters from the week of March 6, 2003

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    November 7, 2002

    The Straight Dope

    Letters from the week of November 7, 2002

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    July 25, 2002

    Barring Good Sense, Arguing Good Taste

    Letters from the week of July 25, 2002

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    May 2, 2002

    Winning Style

    New Times writers win big at annual Press Club fete

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    December 27, 2001

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    From the week of December 27, 2001

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    December 13, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of December 1319, 2001

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    July 26, 2001

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    July 19, 2001

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    July 12, 2001

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    October 19, 2000

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    May 4, 2000

    Press Club Honors Silverman

    Reporter wins NT's sixth consecutive Journalist of the Year award

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    September 16, 1999
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    January 14, 1999
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