• Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Chilean Rapper Ana Tijoux Thinks We're Witnessing Digital Exhaustion

    In the last five years, French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux has risen into the cream of the crop of serious Latin American artists using music to raise social consciousness. Building an audience to unfold social and political discourse demands a certain level of recognition. Some people point to Tijoux ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    How to Make the Perfect Pisco Sour

    If you take a trip to Chile or Peru, you'll find that the Pisco Sour is a massively popular drink. It's so popular in both countries that each has designated it as their official drink. Moreover, both Chile and Peru claim that they are the birthplace of the Pisco Sour. What is pisco, you ask? It's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    5 Things to Eat and Drink in Santa Fe, New Mexico

    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. Santa Fe, New Mexico, has an epic "dine local" scene going. The mos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Crudo and Noca Team Up for a One-Night-Only, Five-Course Cocktail Dinner in Praise of the Tomato

    Some say tomato. Others, tomahto. But when it comes to to enjoying the flavor of this perfect summertime fruit, you'll want to say "reservations, please" when venerable East Phoenix restaurants Crudo and Noca join forces to praise it proper. See also: - English Rose Tea Room to Host Royal Baby Show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Nikki's Five Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week (May 18-27)

    Arizona Restaurant Week -- the Spring 2013 Edition -- begins Saturday, May 18 and ends Monday, May 27 (which is Memorial Day, when most of us will be grilling burgers and drinking beer at home . . . but never mind). By the end of this week, ARW officially will be upon us: a 10-day eating extravaganz ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 9, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Piggly's at the Fair Opens in Mesa, Deep Fried Oreos -- and Just About Everything Else

    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 13, 2012

    10 Metro Phoenix Desserts to Pre-Order for Thanksgiving

    Turkey, stuffing, countless side dishes, dinner rolls -- you have enough on your plate to make for Thanksgiving. By ordering dessert from an expert baker, you free up some time to relax on the holiday, are ensured that the final course won't leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth, and save yourself fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - Join Amy Binkley, Tracey Dempsey, and More Top Female Chefs at Getting Our Just Desserts - Food, Beer & Wine Samples at the 8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival Chiles & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Former Oregano's Execs Open Rehab Burger Therapy in Old Town

    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

    April 26, 2012

    Chef Brian Hulihee's Green Chile Mac and Cheese

    This week in Chef Talk we brought you our interview with Chef Brian Hulihee of Roaring Fork in central Scottsdale. On Monday, he talked about how he got into the business and what it's like to be entering his 10th year at the restaurant. Yesterday, he recalled family memories involving traditional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Beefy Red Chile Tamales from The Tamale Store

    Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in the Valley. This week: Red Chile Tamales from the Tamale Store ¿Como se dice?: The holiday sea ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 16, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Burlesque at FilmBar, Vernacular Typography, and Christopher Walken Reads Where the Wild Things Are

    Welcome to the Morning Buzz, a catch-up on interesting happenings around the city and country and a quick guide to what (and who) to keep your eyes on. We'll be here, first thing every weekday, to get you going. Here's what's buzzing this morning:​1. Scandalesque Presents: FilmBar Vignet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Z'Tejas: Happy Hour Report Card

    ​The Spot: Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill, 7221 W. Ray Road, Chandler. (480) 893-7550. Other locations include Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix. ztejas.comThe Hours: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hours vary slightly by location, and the Scottsdale Z'Tejas inclu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    In Season: Green Chile Cheeseburgers with Tomato

    Jennifer WoodsWhy, yes, there are sweet potato chips on that plate. Dinner took me forever because of them, but it was tasty.​Lately, in this In Season series, we're taking a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

    Zach Fowle ​Beer: 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. Style: Chile beerABV: 9.4 percent Literally and figuratively, chile beer is hot right now. From San Diego to Delaware, brewers are snatching up hot peppers and throwing them into the boil to see what new flavor combinations ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Three Treats from Urban Cookies (Besides the Usual Cookies and Cupcakes)

    ​We stopped by Urban Cookies a few weeks ago for a treat and were excited to learn that they offer more things than just stellar cookies and creative cupcakes. Three treats, after the jump.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Hatch Chile Festival and Game Day Dip in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Turn Up the Heat Gas up the car and grab a snack, then embark on your journey to the depths of Mesa for the Eighth Annual Hatch Chile Festival. Way out on Power Road ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Biltmore Offering After-Dark Dinner Deals Through July 31

    Biltmore Fashion ParkBlack Chile's enchiladas are part of the Biltmore's "After Dark" deal.​We're thrilled that Arizona now has two Restaurant Weeks -- one during the spring season and another in fall. But it kind of sucks that you have to wait around for months just to partake in the event's dini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Vegan Eats at Pomegranate Cafe, The Expatriate Mainer's Brunch Review For Harlow's/Joe's Diner/5th Ave. Cafe/St. Francis, OOO (Orange Olive Oil) Cupcakes

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Scramble Special at Pomegranate Cafe​Valley vegan blog Four Legs Good shared their love of the recent brunch at Pomegranate Cafe in Ahwatukee. They tried the scramble special consisting of "vegan chorizo; tofu; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Black Chile Mexican Grill Flaunts It All

    James Waldron​How many Mexican food restaurants can you fit into one city? Not enough, in our opinion. Which is why we're welcoming Black Chile Mexican Grill, another multi-unit concept to recently join the Biltmore Fashion Park restaurant repertoire of chains. The original Black Chile bra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Black Chile Mexican Grill Unveiled Today

    ​Biltmore Fashion Park's newest eatery, Black Chile Mexican Grill, kicks off its opening today. Developed by Michael McDermott and Jason Merritt of Kona Grill, the eatery concentrates on recognizable Mexican-inspired fare and boasts some 125 tequilas on hand. Grilled corn with aioli and coji ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Coming Soon: Black Chile Mexican Grill at Biltmore Fashion Park

    ​Biltmore Fashion Park always seems like its own little self-contained universe. The upscale plaza offers shopping, community movie nights, and a dozen or so diverse restaurants, from national brands like Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen to Dr. Andrew Weil's True Food Kitchen concep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Renegade Canteen Launches Weekend Brunch

    ​Doesn't a hearty brunch just seem like something a Southwestern restaurant should just own? Apparently chef Robert McGrath -- being the Valley's foremost authority on Southwestern flavors, thanks to that James Beard Award -- agrees, and has just added brunch service to the offerings at Rene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Lollapalooza Chile Announces Solid Lineup

    ​The lineup for the first annual Lollapalooza in Chile has been announced, according to Consequence of Sound.The Killers, Jane's Addiction, and Kanye West are among some of the top names on the artist roster. Other big names include The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, The National, Cold War Kids, Devand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Brit Grit and Pub Grub: Dinner and a Movie

    Candied bacon.​ Staying in? We've got you covered -- both on the culinary and entertainment fronts. Now presenting Dinner and a Movie -- a guide to do a do it yourself evening of food and film. Winter in the desert can get cold and gray. More people are wearing black sweaters, jean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Whataburger Green Chile Double Versus Dead Birds Falling From the Sky

    ​In a response to thousands of dead birds falling from the sky with implications that the end of the world is upon us, Whataburger has announced a limited-time offering of its Green Chile Double, which features two beef patties, two kinds of cheese, and roasted green chiles. Smart move, What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Lollapalooza to Go International in Chile

    ​Lollapalooza has expanded to Chile, according to Billboard.Perry Farrell's music festival will be going down at O'Higgins Park in Santiago, Chile for the first time on April 2 and 3, 2011. This will be the first time that Lollapalooza has ever gone international. Presumably Chile got the honor in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Wigwam Resort to Host Sunday Farmer's Market

    ​This weekend kicks off a new farmers' market that will take place on the front lawn of the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa every Sunday. The market will emphasize on producer-only farm products and will have 15 vendors set up, offering goods ranging from preserves (Cotton Country Jams) and honey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Chile for Charity, Havana's Vegetarian Wine Dinner and Sophisticated Jello Shots in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Chili for CharityThis evening, head down to Z'Tejas on Mill Ave. in Tempe for their 6th Annual Chile Fest benefiting Special Olympics Arizona. This years Chile Fest menu wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    How Do I Use My Wok? Making Schezwan Stir Fry

    Yesterday we explained how to prepare and maintain a carbon steel wok. Today, forget the take out menu, and try these recipes for basic Chinese marinade and a simple Schezwan stir-fry.Basic Chinese Marinade1/8 cup light Soy1/8 cup dark Soy1 teaspoon sugar1 tablespoon dry sherrypinch of sea salt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Bryan Hulihee's Fondue Pot and Chile Pecan Bread

    Roaring Fork​In this week's Chef Talk, we heard from Chef Bryan Hulihee of Roaring Fork. Today he shares his recipe for a Roaring Fork classic: Fondue Pot and Chile Pecan Bread (lamb chops optional). Here's how it's done...

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    American Gods Show Their Love for Hamsters, and Other Local Music News

    American Gods​Local metal band American Gods has a thing for hamsters. That's right--hamsters. The group has a song called "Hamster Stomp" on their current album, Ec-10, but don't think the group is serious about crushing those cute little furry animals--a bad-arse pic of one of the rodents graces ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Droolworthy Green Chile Pork at Verde

    ​I swear I wasn't trying to make official business out of First Friday, but I was at Paulina Miller Gallery -- right next door to brand-new Mexican joint Verde -- and I was so hungry I was starting to get a little "hangry." So I popped by Verde for a quick, cheap dinner. At that p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Z Tejas Unveils Winter Menu

    Jonathan McNamaraCitrus Flank Steak. There is spinach in there...somewhere.​We walked in to Z Tejas expecting a Winter menu full of heavy, comfort foods. Stuffing your face with carb and fat-laden dishes is why we celebrate the holidays, right? What we found instead were dishes that provide th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Soup's On!: Sopa de Chile Marron at Barrio Cafe

    Heather HochIt may not look like much, but wait til you get a taste.​We've been around the soup block many times before. We thought we found all there was to find, but leave it to Barrio Café to prove us wrong with a soup that's truly unique.Barrio Café has shown us time and time again what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    This Week In Chow Bella

    Another week has come and gone leaving us to ponder the upcoming events that will shape our lives and, more importantly, our dinners out. But before we move on, let's have one last look at the blog posts from this week: Dine4AZ Campaign Starts Today 7 Reasons to Attend Phoenix Twestival on Friday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Z'Tejas Hosts Chile Fest for Charity

    All four Valley locations of Z'Tejas are serving up a special menu of chile-centric dishes this month to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation's fight against cancer. The fifth annual Chile Fest menu features four entrees and a dessert for lunch; Z'Tejas will donate one dollar to the non-pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Chef Vincent Guerithault Hosts 10th Annual Champagne Affair

    You thought the time for bubbly came and went with New Year's Eve? Not at Vincent's on Camelback. Chef Vincent Guerithault is kicking off his 2009 wine dinner series with the tenth annual "Extraordinary Champagne Affair" on Friday, January 23. For $55 a head, guests will nibble on Guerithault's fa ... More >>

  • Music

    June 17, 2004

    Authority Zero

    (Lava Records)

  • Calendar

    June 5, 2003
  • Dining

    February 15, 2001

    High Turnovers

    You don't have to cross the ocean to find a decent Cornish pasty

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 21, 2000

    Best Carne Adovada

    Blue Adobe Grille
    144 North Country Club Drive, Mesa

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 21, 2000

    Best Place to Have Your Portrait Painted While Eating Dinner

    Beeloe's Cafe & Underground Bar
    501 South Mill, Tempe

  • Dining

    March 9, 2000
  • Dining

    November 13, 1997
  • Culture

    March 13, 1997

    Ballet It Be

    Take a nostalgic yet jarring dance through the Sixties with Michael Uthoff's "Ask Not . . ."

  • News

    January 9, 1997

    Closed Door Policy

    A Chilean national's struggle against deportation raises fundamental questions about the constitutional rights of immigrants

  • Music

    April 20, 1994
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