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    August 12, 2014

    Tempe Golf Course Becoming a Garden, and Other Metro Phoenix "Now Growing" News

    Even though it's summertime, there's agricultural news right in our backyard. Here are 5 local good-news stories you might have missed, so we've rounded them up. Read up on the new ideas growing here in the Valley, and maybe gain some inspiration. See also: Show Off Your Chicken Coop on the 2014 T ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014
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    June 26, 2014
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    April 17, 2014
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    April 7, 2014

    Laurie Notaro's Clean Your Plate (Then Take a Picture of It) Club

    When my meal arrives, whether I'm patronizing Waffle House or a restaurant with real tablecloths, that signals to me that it is time to eat. That's the green light that lets this little cow know it's time to feed. But in some people, that gene is apparently mutated and signals to them that it's ti ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 20, 2014
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    February 6, 2014
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    January 29, 2014

    Girl Scout Cookies Are Here in Phoenix: No Pre-Sales, But There Is a Cookie Locator App

    If you're like us, then you eagerly look forward to the time of year when young girls hawk boxes of Girl Scout cookies. The scouts get to learn about money management and business ethics, and we get to eat loads of Samoas. What's not to love? And this year, the Girl Scouts of America are making th ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Pho A.V. in North Phoenix: a Vietnamese Restaurant with Heart

    On the surface, Pho A.V., the tiny, six-month-old Vietnamese restaurant in North Phoenix, looks like many of the no-frills spots throughout the Valley: fluorescent lights, a modest assembly of tables and booths, a buzzing cooler. But through its doors hung with white lace curtains, in the back of ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Chef Johnny Chu Opening Two New Restaurants in Phoenix

    The new year is already shaping up to be a busy one for Johnny Chu. The Hong Kong-born chef, along with wife, partner, and general manager Linda Q, are planning to open not one, but two Asian-themed restaurants in midtown Phoenix by the end of February. The couple currently operates SoChu House in ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    10 Kinds of Restaurants Chefs Wish Existed in the Valley

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail Although several new restaurants are scheduled to meet up with thousands o ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    The Perch Pub & Brewery to Open February 14 in Chandler

    This Valentine's Day, Valley hop-heads will have one more reason to love the Valley's brew scene: The Perch. The new gastropub comes courtesy of craft beer aficionado James Swann, who has dealt in adult libations at spots like Chandler's SanTan Brewing Company (which he helped open), The Hungry Mon ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions in Camelback Corridor Opening Today (Here's the Menu)

    Described as "incorporating the refined culinary influences of Los Angeles, New York and London," Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions, an artisan-minded eatery and marketplace, opens its doors at 7 a.m. today. A kind of reincarnation of Chestnut Lane, chef-owner Polly Levine's short-lived, from-scrat ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    13 Best Ethnic Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something a little different to eat? Well, Chow Bella is here to help. We spent the past year scouring the Valley to find the best ethnic restaurants. Here's a list worth saving for when you're looking for some great ethnic cuisine, no matter where you are in metro Phoenix.

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    December 10, 2013

    20 Best New Restaurants of 2013

    The good news is that, in 2013, as most of the country was transfixed by the shenanigans of the now-infamous Amy's Baking Company, we eye-rollers in the Valley were being treated to a crop of new restaurants more focused on well-prepared food than overcooked reality. From big-name chefs and restaur ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    5 Desserts to Take to Your Holiday Party

    Holiday tunes are blaring on the radio as I walk the aisles of every store. Parking lots become asphalt spaces of rage. Christmas tree lots have popped up everywhere. Lights twinkle strung in gaudy heaps on every outdoor yard item. The holidays have arrived, and with them the numerous holiday par ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    50 Awesome Gifts for the Food and Drink Lover

    What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your lists -- no matter who they are. Here (divided by category for your convenience) are our 50 favorite gifts this holida ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    8 Best Neighborhood Pizzerias in Metro Phoenix

    There's nothing better than a pizza after days of stuffing yourself with Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers. You're in luck, because Chow Bella spent the past year scouring the Valley to find the best pizzerias. Here's a list worth saving for when you need a great pizza, no matter where you are in ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    The weekend before Thanksgiving can't help but disappoint you. It's trying as hard as it can, and it's perfectly happy to remind you that you've got a short week coming up, but really the only positive you can take from it is that you won't get trampled chasing down a really big Vizio TV at Wal-Mart ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    New Coffee and Beer House (with Food from Payton Curry) Coming to Old Town Scottsdale

    Coffee and craft beer fans looking for a new hangout in Old Town Scottsdale will get their wish next month. Located at 3617 North Goldwater Road, in the new Creative Center of Scottsdale (along the western side of Scottsdale Road just north of Osborn Road), Sip Coffee & Beer House, courtesy of Trav ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    8 Best Neighborhood Breakfast Spots in Metro Phoenix

    We spent the past year putting together a list of the best breakfast spots in the Valley for the 2013 Best of Phoenix® edition. Print this off, bookmark it, pocket it, or make your own list for the next time you feel like rolling out of bed and having someone else make breakfast for you. Bonus: Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Now There's A Modernist Cuisine At Home App

    The most visually stunning cookbook ever created has now been made into a handy app available for download on your iPhone, iPad or computer. The eBook comes courtesy of former Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold and Inkling. You can download either the whole book or specific chapters ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Short Leash Sit...Stay: A Shrine to Sausages in Downtown Phoenix

    Short Leash Sit . . . Stay is Brad and Kat Moore's urban shrine to sausages, a collection of frankfurters steamed, baked, and fried; decorated with things like roasted red peppers, mango chutney, and Cracker Jack; and wrapped most of the time in a warm naan "bun." The husband-and-wife team, who lau ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    25 Thanksgiving Dinner Tips from Valley Chefs

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail Thanksgiving, pretty much everyone's favorite holiday, is just around the ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    5 Best Restaurants in Sunnyslope Right Now

    The best restaurants in Sunnyslope, at the moment, are as eclectic as the neighborhood itself. Bordered by 19th Avenue to the west, Cactus Road to the north, 16th Street to the east, and Northern Avenue to the south, they're a casual and modest bunch, capturing flavors from Mexico, Poland, Italy, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Hopdoddy in North Scottsdale a Solid Bite for Burgers

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in October

    Another month checked off in the culinary datebook of 2013, another month when I look back on the best things I ate. From dishes like my new favorite macaron of the moment to sophisticated nachos and a tough-to-find street snack, here are 10 of the best things I ate this month, selected from review ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    13 Halloween Treats That Valley Chefs Are Giving Out This Year

    They may make gourmet food for a living, but that doesn't mean chefs don't have a sweet spot for Halloween candy. So what treats are Valley chefs planning to pass out for this Hallow's Eve assemblage of ghosts and goblins? Whether they're the same ones they enjoyed as kids or hard-to-find favorite ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Sunnyslope's Scramble Opening Second Breakfast Spot in Scottsdale

    Scramble, the four-year-old fast casual breakfast spot in Sunnyslope, is expanding to Scottsdale. And although the cheery theme, size, and breakfast and lunch menu of familiar American dishes will remain pretty much the same as the original, the Scottsdale Scramble will offer something the Sunnyslo ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Health-Minded Hawaiian Eats Come to Scottsdale

    Since Coconut's Fish Cafe opened in Maui in April 2009, it's been featured on's list of "Top 10 Places to Eat Like a Local" as well as the restaurant review website Zagat for having "the perfect fish taco." This April, the healthy "island style" fast-casual eatery made its first stop on the ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    5 Best Restaurants in Tempe Right Now

    What do the five best restaurants in Tempe look like at the moment? They're a diverse lot, decidedly plain in appearance, c'mon-in casual, and just plain cozy, offering a variety of dishes that take inspiration from places across the globe. You might find ingredients such as ground turmeric, Moroc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2013

    After Texts from Bennett, Mac Lethal Keeps Rapping Forward

    Mac Lethal is very, very excitable. The Kansas City, MO rapper, label owner, and former Rhymesayers artist has good reason to be, however -- he's still in the wondrous honeymoon stage of fatherhood with his six-month-old son, he's recently authored his first book, and he's one of the Midwest's most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Did Jeff Flake's Apple Fall Far From the Tree?

    In case you missed it, Republican Senator Jeff Flake's 15-year-old son has made a whole lot of racist and homophobic comments on the Internet.In addition to using words like "faggot," "Jew," and "beaner" on social media, Tanner Flake's handle in an iPhone game was "N1ggerKiller."See also:-Jeff Flake ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    Chow Bella's 5 Favorite Food and Drink Apps

    If you're like us, you have a smart phone...a smart phone that is being highly under-utilized, subjected to menial tasks when it could really be tackling complex algorithms or at the very least launching virtual birds out of a slingshot. Which is why we at Chow Bella have decided to start using ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Hoodlums Music and Movies in Tempe To Close in August (Temporarily?)

    See also: Hoodlums Music Turns 13: Reflections From Owner Steve Wiley See also: Hoodlums to Host "Hoodstock" Festival to Benefit Tempe's Broadmor Elementary Sad news out of Tempe today: Hoodlums Music and Movies is going into "hibernation" on Wednesday, August 15. It's a curious term, hibernation ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 19, 2012
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    January 18, 2012

    A Night Out w/ Braden McCall

    ​Braden McCall is a full-time architecture student, dedicated local music mastermind, and part-time party enthusiast. Known mostly for his prior involvements in a few different local bands, the 29-year-old currently spends the majority of his time buried in school books, tutoring other archit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Steff Koeppen Strips Down for an Acoustic Set At Coffee Plantation in Scottsdale Tonight

    Drip, drip, drop. There's nothing quite as soothing as a nice little December shower to cool the senses. Unless of course if you throw in a nice hot cup of coffee and some acoustic musings by Tucson pop rockers, Steff Koeppen and the Articles. Koeppen along with a violinist from her band will be ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Now Open: El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria

    ​There's a new boss in town, located on Saddlebag Trail in Scottsdale near Axis/Radius and Suede. El Hefe, a play on the Spanish word for boss, opened its massive garage doors to the public on March 23, though the official grand opening wasn't until yesterday. The "super macho taqueria," run ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    New Gorillaz Album Recorded on an iPad... Yes, Really

    ​In between dates on an extensive international tour, Damon Albarn has been recording a new Gorillaz album on his iPad, according to NME.Albarn said he hopes he has "made a completely different kind of record." In an effort to be the first to release an iPad-made album, he hopes to release his wor ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    50 Cent at Celebrity Theatre

    Luke Holwerda50 Cent live at Celebrity Theatre.I have to admit, I wasn't really expecting much from 50 Cent's show last night. Maybe it's unfair to Fiddy, but the last few mainstream rap shows I've attended have led me to believe that commercial rap stars have at least one annoying trait in common w ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    April 29 In Blogs: Paul Rodriguez, The PHiX, Modern Steak, and Grindr

    ​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Paul Rodriguez Cancels Arizona Comedy Show in Protest Over SB 1070, and Denver Public Sc ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    Pizzeria Bianco: Is it Worth the Wait?

    A little wine, a little cheese, and good company makes the wait for a seat at Pizzeria Bianco more than bearable. ​It's purely coincidental that I ended up at Pizzeria Bianco the day after news leaked out about Every Day With Rachael Ray's new March issue, which declares Chris Bianco's pizz ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Valley Drivers Turning to Twitter to Warn of DUI Checkpoints

    ​Phoenix police say that more and more drivers are turning to their Twitter and Facebook pages to warn other motorists of police checkpoints and stretches of road with a large police presence in order to help them avoid getting a dreaded DUI.As far as having their cover blown, police say they don' ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    10 Things Under $10 This Weekend: X-Rated Santas, Modified's Farewell, and Free Shows

    The Minibosses are scheduled to perfom on Saturday at Modified Arts.​ 'Tis the season for saving some scrilla, whether that means camping out in the cold to nab some doorbusters, or bring stingy when it comes to spending your entertainment dollar. Discount distractions and cheap thrills abound fro ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Need to Sneak Across the Border "Safely?" Professor Creates Cell Phone App. to Help Guide Immigrants Across Border

    ​A brand-new cell phone app., developed by a professor at U.C. San Diego, is supposed to help guide illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border similar to how a GPS system works in a car. UCSD visual arts Professor Ricardo Dominguez created the app., which he is calling th ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Ignite Phoenix 4: Sun Tzu, Death, Capoeira and More in Five Minutes and Twenty Slides

    Jonathan McNamaraJeff Moriarty (left) of the Ignite Phoenix Crew and other igniters hanging out at La Bocca Pizzeria on Mill Ave. during the Ignite Phoenix 4 after-party. "Now, where you go when you die is an age-old question. Here's the answer: 7th Avenue and Jefferson." Stacy Holmstedt didn't ski ... More >>

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    April 19, 2009

    Franz Ferdinand (Eventually) Resurrects The Dead at Marquee

    Martin CizmarSorry folks, this iPhone setlist shot is the best photo we got, as our photographer's credentials were lost.I know it's probably unfair to compare a crowd at the Marquee to a crowd at Coachella -- where the music-obsessed kids even greeted the white reggae band who came o ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    March 18 In Blogs: St. Patrick's Day, iPhone, Free Wine and More

    We understand that in the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. Worry not! We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Valley Fever: Mesa Woman and Three Kids Wait for Illegal Immigrant Dad's Release From ... More >>

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    July 23, 2008

    Eddie Izzard: The Top 10 Things He Said Last Night That Make Even Less Sense Taken Out of Context

    By Jonathan McNamara Six rows away from me, wearing a ring master's coat and miming his way across the stage, Eddie Izzard looked up "Phoenix" on Wikipedia using his Iphone. "It's got a picture of you looking hot," he said. A similar heat related joke told to any Phoenix resident would come of ... More >>

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