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    March 28, 2014

    How to Make A Chocolate Cake Shot

    I have a somewhat long-distance relationship with shots. I mean, they're fun, and they're easy to throw together, but when your first position behind the stick is making very complex tropical drinks, it's easy to have a simple part of a bartender's repertoire fall by the wayside. Then my birthday r ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    5 Christmas Desserts in Metro Phoenix to Pre-Order (Or Pick Up) Now

    What would December be without a generous helping of peppermint and chocolate? There's no bad time of year for desserts, but the winter season is when bakers pull out all the stops, creating sweets so decadent it's the stuff traditions are made of -- quite literally in the case of gingerbread houses ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    Belgian Chocolate Shop and Cafe Comes to Old Town Scottsdale

    Luxury chocolates have arrived in Old Town Scottsdale by way of Belgium -- and just in time for holiday gift-giving. Chocolade van Brugge, 4225 North Marshall Way, comes courtesy of local owners Frederiek and Christine Verbeke. The couple's new shop, which opened in November, features an assortmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Crème de Menthe and Crème de Cacao: How Sweet It Is

    Goodness, I've been getting lots of questions lately. I love it. Send me more! Leave them in the comments if you so desire. This week's burning question reads: "What's the difference between white and green crème de menthe, and white and dark crème de cacao? And why is it 'crème' when there's no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    4 Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiences at Metro Phoenix Bakeries

    The chocolate chip cookie is no fad. This beloved American treat is a go-to sweet treat, and cookies in the pastry case always sell. Chocolate chip cookies come in so many different shapes, sizes, thickness, sweetness levels, shades of browning, and textures. They are their own chemistry experimen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    5 Things to Eat and Drink in Houston

    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. Though Houston is better known as a business center than a t ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    10 Favorite Chocolate Milkshakes in Metro Phoenix

    Here's a great thing about Phoenix: It's never too cold for a chocolate milkshake. We don't need to tell you that they can instantly make a summer day more bearable, and the rest of the time, well, they're just good. The Valley is full of frosty treats, so we've compiled a list of ten must-taste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    "Edible Anus" Chocolates Exist Thanks To Some Cheeky UK Chocolatiers

    Because breast milk lollipops weren't scary enough, now you can also purchase high-quality confections made to look just like someone's anus. The world as we know it has officially crossed the line from slightly disturbed to just plain disgusting and we can never go back again. See also: Japan Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Paleo Recipes for Brownies and Banana Bread

    If you haven't yet heard of the Paleo lifestyle, you're in for a treat. The Paleo philosophy is really simple: eat only whole, unprocessed foods and cut out all grains, legumes, and refined sugars. I know that cutting out grains and legumes may sound like the opposite of what many nutritionists advo ... More >>

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    April 16, 2013

    10 Cool Things at the 2013 Phoenix Gluten-Free Expo

    Okay. The expo was crowded, the lines were long, and people always seem to lose their sense of dignity when there are free samples of anything. But there was a lot to be happy about at the 2013 Phoenix Gluten-Free Expo held over the weekend at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale. See also: - Ted' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Flourless Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies

    I've been writing about food related Pinterest finds for one year and have yet to report on cookies. It's about time. And these are wonderful, particularly in this picky day and age. These cookies don't contain flour, or nuts and barely any diary - making them the absolute perfect treat for when y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Fourteen Valley Restaurants to Take Your Sweetie Pie to on Valentine's Day

    On which day of the year does one-third of all Americans visit a restaurant? If you guessed Mother's Day, often referred to as the busiest day in the restaurant biz, you're wrong. Valentine's Day is the holiday that draws out the diners, so if you're planning a fancy date night with your special som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    SanTan Sex Panther: 60 Percent of the Time, It's Good Every Time

    Beer: Sex Panther Brewery: SanTan Brewing Co. Style: Porter ABV: 6.9 percent I don't know how no other brewery snatched up the name "Sex Panther" before SanTan did, but I'm ecstatic they all missed out, because now I get to pepper this review with Anchorman quotes. Thank you, other breweries' name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Make Your Own Chocolate Chip Heath Bars: 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; tomorrow our critic Laura Hahnefeld will pick her favorite. Today: Claire Lawton's Chocolate Chip Heath Bars S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It

    See also: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip -- Made with Garbanzo Beans (And It's Good, Not Just Good for You) I never thought twice about cookie dough until Pinterest showed up in my life. My problem with most cookie dough is that I'm sensitive to flour - I can't eat it. Luckily Pinterest offers ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Laurie Notaro's Recipe for Haboob Brownies

    See also: Laurie Notaro's Five Reasons Why Haboobs Are Awesome Several weeks ago, I was forced by the hand of hormones to make a pan of brownies. It happens. One moment you're browsing an Anthropologie catalog thinking, "They'd do so much more business if they sold sizes boobs actually fit into," a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Chocolate Crème Brûlée with Brandied Cherries at Timo Wine Bar

    Since opening last October, Timo Wine Bar has become known as a hip yet understated place to relax and enjoy an outstanding wine list along with fabulous wood-fired foods - and preferably a hot date. Along with Spanish-style tapas and farm fresh salads, the restaurant serves a wide variety of items ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Gâteau Marjolaine at Christopher's

    Phoenix isn't exactly a culinary hub, and the Valley's restaurants don't always get the kind of attention as those in New York, L.A., and Seattle. But we have our fair share of star chefs, and if there was a leader of the pack, it might just have to be Chef Christopher Gross. He and his restaurants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Amy S.'s The Holidays Really Take Their Toll (House) Cookies

    Cookie dough porn. ​Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. Today: our final entry, Amy Silverman's "The Holidays Really Take Their Toll (House) Cookies."   Let's face it: You've made it this far in the holiday season and all you really want right now is ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Nicole's Mini Pans

    Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. From now through Christmas, we present Chow Bella's 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Today: Nicole Smith's Mini Pans. Tedd Roundy Nicole's serving 'em up.​Some people say, "I'm turning into my mother" like it's a bad thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2011

    Dominique's Mini Dark Chocolate Pear Tarts

    If you look forward to the holidays because they provide an excuse to spend all day baking something extra special for your holiday cookie tray, you can't go wrong with these rich Mini Dark Chocolate Pear Tarts.

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    December 14, 2011

    IHOP v. Denny's: Clash of the Christmas Pancakes

    Lauren SariaIHOP's white chocolate mint pancakes​Thanks to Hallmark it's become socially acceptable to throw some green and red on just about anything and market it a special holiday treat...and don't you just love it?! Don't know about you, but we can't get enough peppermint and sugar flavored go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Chocolate and Wine: A Sexy Pairing

    ​Something great happens when sexy forces combine. Brangelina took on an army of children, the Sports Illustrated models became a calendar institution, and don't make us explain what happened when Kama met Sutra. Like it or not, sexiness is a powerful thing. When it comes to food, there's nothing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Mexican Chocolate Cake from Blanco

    ​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: Mexican Chocolate Cake served up by Blanco Tacos & Tequila ​¿C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Chocolate Festival at Chakra 4 Cafe

    Carol Blonder Calio Confections​ We popped into Chakra 4 Café and Tea House Saturday to start off our Valentine weekend with a Chocolate Festival. Chocolate vendors Lisa Reinhardt, Wei of Chocolate, and Michelle Calio, Calio Confections were there to entice customers with their lines of or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Valentine's Day Showdown: Bistro Dinner with Our Resident Chef

    Jonathan McNamaraCarol Blonder with most of her Valentine's menu.​Our Virgin Cook, Wynter Holden, refers to the Valentine dinner menu as a competition! In spite of the size your knife (is that from the tool shed?) Wynter, game on! And no apologies, Cyndi Coon, Thrifty Cook, we planned our menu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Wei of Chocolate: Flourless Chocolate Cake

    courtesy Wei of Chocolatechocolate cake ingredient prep​ Lisa Reinhardt is the CEO and chocolatier behind Wei of Chocolate, a unique Phoenix chocolate business combining the health benefits of dark chocolate with homeopathic floral essence infusions. In our Sweet Talk with Lisa she revealed her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Ibarra: Mexican Hot Chocolate

    Erica O'Neil Ibarra chocolate flanked by marshmallows and cinnamon sticks. ​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. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Julia Baker: Julia Baker Confections

    Carol BlonderJulia Baker ​ We recently visited Julia Baker at her headquarters in the Scottsdale Airpark. The "no talking" kitchen was in full swing preparing holiday confections for corporate customers and Julia Baker's Chocolate Boutique at The Montelucia. Julia graciuosly gave us a tour, and o ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Make Your Own Raw Chocolate -- It's Easy! (Not.)

    Kelly Green​ ​In the name of good health and a good read, each week we'll be bringing you a health product, complete with review. We're calling this feature Crunchy Granola -- even though we doubt much of this stuff tastes that good. Raw chocolate has been eluding me for some time now. Ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Pilgrim Cookie

    Illustration by Cyndi Coon​With Thanksgiving upon us -- and knowing that some people are already pie'd out -- we figured that making some cookies for your guests to snack on post dinner would be a good idea. Sticking with the pilgrims, these cutie cookies serve the sweet tooth and the theme ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    AZ Restaurant Week, Charity Wine Tasing and Milk Chocolate Day in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Charity Wine TastingTeam "Sole" Mates will be hosting a charity wine tasting and buffet dinner at Ruffino's Italian Restaurant in Ahwatukee tonight starting at 5 p.m. Enj ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Thin Mint Showdown: Fudge Truffle Cheesecake w/ Thin Mint Whipped Cream

    Jonathan McNamara ​ One can never have enough Thin Mints. At least that's what we thought until Managing Editor Amy Silverman brought in a dozen unsold boxes to a recent Chow Bella meeting. If one must make lemonade when life hands one lemons, we theorized one must make dessert when life han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Monday Night Martha: Who Doesn't Like a Cookie?

    ​We've got to hand it to Martha; the lady knows how to make a cookie. With hundreds of cookie recipes in her repertoire the hardest part can be deciding which one to try first. Luckily we had the help of a cute little girl with definite ideas about what she likes and doesn't like. After a sel ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Chocolate Alert! Eleanor Joseph Truffles Land in your Grocery

    Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals and stave off aging, and a glass of wine a day can reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. So that fistful of dark chocolate medallions and glass of Cabernet you'll be downing tonight are totally healthy!

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    August 7, 2009

    Avalon Chef Travis Watson to Teach Chocolate Class

    Chocolate and wine. We can't think of two better things to spend an evening tasting. Well, we're in luck. Chef Travis Watson, of Avalon in Scottsdale, is offering one night of just that: Chocolate and wine tasting, complete with petit fours, truffles and pairings, not to mention a how-to and histor ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Battle of the Cupcakes

    Urban Cookies vs. Cupcakes   It's been several years since the cupcake craze ignited. According to most food fad timelines, cupcakes should have jumped the shark by now, but they obviously haven't because there's still no shortage of frou-frou cupcake boutiques around the Valley. That's fine wi ... More >>

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    April 24, 2009

    Brew Review: Rogue's Mocha Porter

    There is no shortage of rogues at Phoenix New Times. No, I don't mean scoundrels (mostly), I mean fans of Rogue Brewing; that Portland-produced product that has regularly scored high marks in the Brew Review. My group of journalistic comrades and I have tried the Juniper Ale and Dead Guy Ale in the ... More >>

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    July 21, 2005

    Bar None

    Candy man Colin Redding chocs it up to experience

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    September 26, 2002

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    February 8, 2001

    Slot Luck

    Diners luck out with Casino Arizona's new upscale Cholla restaurant

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    October 12, 2000

    Here Comes the Fudge

    From U.S. District Court to the Arizona State Fair, attorney Steve Silver's baked goods are under every judge's nose

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