The first words that go through my head when I think of my colleague Laura Hahnefeld are "class act." Second: "Wow, that woman will eat anything." The two most important qualifications for a restaurant critic, right? And so it is with heavy hearts that we at Phoenix New Times accepted Laura's res ... More >>
This week, we're chatting with Meagan Micozzi. You might be more familiar with her blogging pseudonym, Scarletta Bakes. The Scottsdale-based food blogger has been sharing her culinary adventures online for several years and just released her first cookbook, The New Southwest, which she describes as ... More >>
A week after being battered on the blogs for its lifeguard-diversity program, the city of Phoenix has responded by throwing one of its employees under the waterbus. Kelly Martinez, a recreation coordinator for Phoenix, "mischaracterized" the city program in a local National Public Radio report, say ... More >>
Local food blogger Dominic Armato is a gastro-geek on a mission. He wants to build a grassroots coalition of people who are passionate about food, and to that end, he has launched a discussion board called PHXfoodnerds.com. His aim is to bring Phoenix food-lovers together for food-related events, i ... More >>
Ad Hoc, a DIY/experimental music blog collective created by editors of Pitchfork's defunct sister site Altered Zones, recently succeeded in raising over $37,000 for the project through a Kickstarter drive and will be going live in the coming weeks. Editors Ric Leichtung and Emilie Friedlander, afte ... More >>
It's obvious music blogs have a unique place in the great big music discussion. Entire careers have been bolstered by one lone blogger posting a hot new MP3 that quickly catches fire and burns up RSS feeds. However, some of the biggest taste-makers on the Internet have combined forces and their new ... More >>
A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. We're so excited when we stumble upon a really great local food blog. We need more of them, people. And if you have one you've been keeping secret, please let us know. This one we found is smart, funny, healthy, delicious and interesting - and the ... More >>
Mary Giovagnoli, the director of the Immigration Policy Center, posted a new blog about the "dramatic reversal in the definition" of the term "anchor baby."In their initial definition, executives for American Heritage Dictionary didn't include any notation that the phrase was offensive or dispara ... More >>
A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. In the same week, two popular Phoenix food blogs are headed in two different directions. Jess Harter of Mouth by Southwest announces that he's going pro in his East Valley dedicated food blog by bringing on advertisers for the first time. ... More >>
A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. mouthbysouthwest.comJess Harter of Mouth by Southwest had one of the 60 seats for Il Vinaio's semi-annual Beer & Donuts tasting last Saturday afternoon. Gourmet beer and doughnut pairing -- say no more. Check out his blog to find out w ... More >>
To promote Emeril Lagasse's new cookbook, Sizzling Skillets and other One Other One-Pot Wonders, the folks at William Morrow Cookbooks have decided to have a blogger "party" with the online food community - and in this town, they've chosen Peoria resident and creator of the Food Hunter's Guid ... More >>
A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Chris Tingom from ArizonaCoffee.com picked some of his favorite examples of latte art from the 2011 SWLAC this past weekend. He wanted you to know what good latte art looks like. Check out the rest of the pours over on his post. arizonacoffee ... More >>
www.runningwithtweezers.com Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Chef Demonstration This Thursday, August 18th, don't miss out on Bluewater Grill's monthly chef demo. The central Phoenix seafood restaurant will be featuring wines from Aust ... More >>
A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Native Seeds/SEARCH has a sleek newly designed website/blog. Check it out if you haven't been there in a while. While you're at it, apply for a community seed grant if you think you deserve seeds for a community project. There are some rules ... More >>
A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. eateraz.comEaterAZ wrote a love letter to Lee Hillson of T. Cook's for his weekly $2 Taco Tuesday promotion. They "can't recommend it enough." With tacos like Kiltlifter tempura bacon tacos with butter lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, and a horsera ... More >>
A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Beverly BurchBeverly Burch of The Willows posed a very exciting question on her blog this week. She asked, "Wouldn't it be fun if my daughter Christine (former chef of Palatte) hosted dinner parties you could attend with friends for a flat ... More >>
A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Les Petite Gourmettes Garlic KnotsThe Killer Garlic Balls on Linda Hopkins' Les Petite Gourmettes caught our attention this week. We know that garlic is in season right now and this sounds like the perfect way to savor it.
Duty calls, and I have been employed on a project by my masters, which is now monopolizing most of my free time. And no, it has nothing to do with Arpaio, thankfully.As a consequence, there will be extremely light blogging, FB-wise, for the remainder of the week. I will resume regular posts by Wedne ... More >>
A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. So, Valley guy Dominic Armato of Skillet Doux didn't win the Saveur.com best food blog award - we mentioned his nomination a few weeks ago. He recently blogged about enjoying the recognition but will be getting back to reality. Who won? ... More >>
A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. mcclendonselectblog.com Early morning at McClendon'sSaturday, May 14th will be the last market until the fall for McClendon's Select at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers' Market. You can still find them at the Town & Country Farmers' Ma ... More >>
A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Dominic ArmatoSaveur has given the Valley some love by nominating Dominic Armato's blog, Skillet Doux, for a 2011 Best Food Blog Award in the restaurant/dining coverage catagory. If you're a fan, you can vote for Skillet Doux until May 12. Ch ... More >>
The Twelves are scheduled to perform on Sunday at 910 Live.Like many other DJs and EDM artists have done in recent years, the Brazilian beat-blasting duo of João Miguel and Luciano Oliveira (a.k.a. The Twelves) made it to the big time via the blogosphere.After their raucous remixes of MIA, Asobi Se ... More >>
Blog for Pei Wei in Asia!I haven't had the day's first cup of coffee yet, but I'm practically jittery with excitement about this link that a my New Times colleague (and fellow hardcore blogging machine) James King sent me. Turns out, Pei Wei Asian Diner is on the lookout for a blogger t ... More >>
Feathered Bastard will go dark for about a week as I work on a larger project that requires my undivided attention.Unless something pops up that I absolutely must blog, there will likely be no new blogs on FB until Monday, October 11. Sources are still free to contact me with info, of course. S ... More >>
A gay rights group is up in arms about tweets from 50 Cent they seem to believe had something to do with the recent spat of tragic, high-profile suicides of young, gay men. "If you a man and your over 25 and you don't eat pussy just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place," he t ... More >>
When I called it a "shit show," I had no idea just what kind of vague de merde was heading our way. My jaw dropped yesterday when I noticed a local restaurant owner's name-calling tirade in response to a negative Yelp review, and when I wrote an impromptu blog post, readers responded in dr ... More >>
It's not much of a stretch to say that more local food personalities are going to start taking advantage of technology and our Food Network-obsessed culture to promote themselves on YouTube. I promise you, if I weren't an anonymous critic, I'd probably have my own vlog (that's a video blog). A new ... More >>
This Google-owned logo is used for a newsgathering purpose with the tacit understanding that Google allows such use. Please alert me by e-mail if you wish to see it removed.Google's vast stretch of the blogosphere is going silent. The search giant, who owns the popular Blogger service and blogspo ... More >>
It's not easy being a food spy these days. No wonder food critics are feeling introspective. Between publishing's industrywide troubles, the ever-increasing speed (and seemingly decreased value) of online information, the mushrooming presence of food blogs, and the une ... More >>
It's been a slooow news week around the music-oriented blogosphere. In fact, several blogs, like our friends at Electric Mustache, have just taken the rest of the year off. We're soldiering on and reading over some of the many funny and fascinating pieces on wheel chair-bound indie-folk scion Vic ... More >>
An Arizona blogger is having a "Joe the Plumber" moment.He's not quite Joe the Plumber -- but a local blogger named Peter Fleckenstein is still in the midst of something akin to his 15 minutes of fame. And as Joe the Plumber would learn, that's both a good thing and a bad thing.For one thing, he' ... More >>
What am I doing up blogging at this hour? I'm sharing this hysterical link with you. This is the kind of stuff my dear friends email to me in the middle of the night, when it's really hard to laugh silently. Check out How to Use Bacon to Make Your Life Incredible and Amazing...
It looks like some of Fall Out Boy - bassist and band sound piece Pete Wentz - have arrived in the Valley early. Wentz has been twittering about being in Phoenix on his page (Pete Wentz), noting that baby Bronx is with him, which means wife Ashlee Simpson - whose uncle is owner of the Arizona-cha ... More >>
Check out the latest post on one of my favorite local food blogs, Eric Eats Out, where you can get the lowdown on La Naranja Grande's fabulous "heaux-heaux." Boy, this guy can write, and he is funny as hell!
The music portion of SxSW starts today, but the interactive portion finished yesterday. One of the big stories out of interactive this past weekend was how ill-prepared AT&T was for the influx of iPhone-wielding hipsters and geeks descending on Austin. Tens of thousands of attendees are using ... More >>
The one non-anonymous writer at the popular political blog Sonoran Alliance laments in a recent post that anonymity "provokes a temptation" in authors to insult people and lie. Those are two good reasons why New Times has busted the blog repeatedly on our site for allowing such libe ... More >>
Popular sports Web site Yardbarker.com hosts a slew of superstar bloggers from the world of sports -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, tennis pro Rafael Nadal, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, Dallas Mavericks owner Marc Cuban, golf legend Tiger Woods, and NASCAR driver Jeff Gor ... More >>
Maybe she wrote the softball questions herself. It is also no stretch to imagine that either her boss or someone doing the bidding of her boss wrote them.
Literary mag aint like your ordinary blog
Despite being served with a gag order and an Injunction of Harassment, San Francisco-based blogger David Nahmod continues to post blogs about a couple in Surprise, Arizona that he claims “brainwashed” his ex-boyfriend, Beecher Goodwin, into leaving him. He’ll participate in a Maricopa County J ... More >>
Lohan's blog has made headlines lately because -- well, because it's really written by Lindsay Lohan, but also because she 1) posted a tirade about her father, and 2) wrote a political blog that commented on Sarah Palin's announcement that her unmarr ... More >>
Did you happen to read the New York Times yesterday? Local food blogger Seth Chadwick was a quoted source in the cover story for the Sunday Styles section -- and his name showed up in bright, bold letters in the accompanying artwork. Sweet! The piece was about how bloggers can get extra exposure ... More >>
Pat Curley slices through the loony conspiracy theories at his influential "Screw Loose Change" Web site
Time will tell whether this fancy new blog software makes my life better (oh god I hope it's spam-free!!), but so far, the only thing that's changed is my URL: http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bella/ The old one still works, though.
Chow Bella's been going strong for over a month now, and so far I think people are eating it up. Are you? If so -- or if not -- I'd love to hear your feedback. Hit me up with comments, emails, and tasty tidbits for the blogosphere.
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The downtown arts scene is thriving. And Peter Petrisko is stifling a yawn.