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    December 25, 2013

    A Gherkin Christmas for This Girl

    Once again this year, Chow Bella writers are gnawing on the holidays -- in the form of stories of Christmas and food. Hope you have some Alka-Seltzer handy. Enjoy. I am a Midwestern transplant in a southern elementary school. I am 7. It's nearing Christmas, and I have a school assignment. I have t ... More >>

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    December 24, 2013

    Smuggled Sugar Packets and the Art of Compromise

    Once again this year, Chow Bella writers are gnawing on the holidays -- in the form of stories of Christmas and food. Hope you have some Alka-Seltzer handy. Enjoy. By Ada Malcioln Martin A product of divorced parents, a crazy Jewish Panamanian dad, and a bi-polar Anglican mom of West Indian desce ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Fill Your Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Plate

    Last year, I didn't eat any of my Christmas cookies because I used the Martha Stewart recipe for sugar cookies that I always use, with loads of butter, sugar and gluten-laden flour. I didn't want to alter the recipe because, like many of Martha's creations, it is perfect, and one of the many reasons ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    Taking the Gilt off the Gingerbread

    Once again this year, Chow Bella writers are gnawing on the holidays -- in the form of stories of Christmas and food. Hope you have some Alka-Seltzer handy. Enjoy. I feel obligated to create an elaborate December for my daughter. When I was eight years old, my mother bought Martha Stewart's firs ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Santa's Dead: Tonight at Crescent Ballroom

    Once again this year, Chow Bella writers are gnawing on the holidays -- in the form of stories of Christmas and food. Join us tonight, Tuesday, December 17, at 7 p.m. at Crescent Ballroom for a free reading. An appetizer: Katie Johnson's take on the holidays: Hope you have some Alka-Seltzer handy. E ... 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 12, 2013
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    December 20, 2012

    Emby Alexander Wishes You A Blue Christmas (And Doesn't Want To Fight Tonight)

    There are only five shopping days left of Christmas...are you sick of hearing dogs "sing" "Jingle Bells" yet? At least the Sprint commercial with animals singing "Deck the Halls" is pretty cute. Fortunately, Emby Alexander breaks out of the obnoxious Christmas cover routine by putting its own spin ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Club Candids: Getting Into The Holiday Spirit at Coach House

    Finding holiday cheer can be difficult in Phoenix at times, save for a decked out saguaro cactus or two. The change in season would be a bit more noticeable if it actually snowed. We can't complain though, wearing shorts and flip flops through most of December is nice. Coach House is one of the fe ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Joe Arpaio Orders a Christmas Tree for Tent City; "Holiday" Music Will Play 12 Hours a Day

    Question: What is the only place on earth that has provided an Elvis impersonator, ice cream and cake, women throwing panties, coloring contests, a large Christmas tree, and an old man who likes to dress men in pink underwear?Answer: The jails of self-proclaimed tough-guy Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In fact ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Robrt Pela's Dreaming of a Moist Christmas

    Ah, the holidays. Christmas is all about love, sharing, sweetness and light -- and keeping the antacids handy. In keeping with the spirit of the season, Chow Bella presents "Eating Christmas," in which some of our favorite writers nosh on the real lessons we learn this time of year. Today, Robrt Pel ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Celebrate the Season with Cookie Decorating, Gingerbread Houses, and Eggnog at The Saguaro Hotel

    Whether you're a local looking to enjoy the holidays here in town, a snowbird celebrating while you're temporarily here, or an out-of-towner visiting family and friends in Phoenix, The Saguaro hotel has a way for you to get in the holiday spirit the week leading up to Christmas. There's something fo ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Top 5 Shows to Catch This Weekend: Bob Seger, Packrat, Blues Christmas Eve, Z-Trip, Valley Fever (And Jimmy Eat Word)

    ​You excited to see hometown heroes Jimmy Eat World on the night before the night before Christmas?Well you better have grabbed tickets quick, because the Wooden Blue Records Reunion Show, featuring a classic Phoenix lineup of Haskel, Aquanaut Drinks Coffee, Halema'uma'a, and Jimmy Eat World, is o ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Christmas Songs That Don't Suck: Part IV

    ​Folks, it's just a few days more until that jolly old elf slides down your chimneys, so we at Up On the Sun have been loading you up with a ton o' tunes to get you through the season. For instance: Are you in a grinchy mood? Check out our recent run-through of eight classic un-Christmas songs. B ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Saguaro Hotel's Cookie Party and Santa Hat Brownies in Today's Eater's Digest

    daisyt13.wordpress.com​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Cookie Party! If you like cookies then you are definitely going to want to be at the brand new-ish Saguaro Hotel tomorrow night. The Scottsdale hotel will be throwing their first ev ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011
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    December 21, 2011

    10 Chinese Restaurants in Metro Phoenix Open on Christmas Day

    Ando Muneno Peking duck (sans head) for Christmas dinner? Check out our list of places to get your fix.​ Peking duck, the holiday classic from "A Christmas Story."​Nothing beats kvetching about holiday commercialism over a plate of orange chicken and fried rice. To honor this grand ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Deborah Sussman's Chocolate Christmas (and Hanukkah)

    Claire Lawton​Christmas comes a little early to Chow Bella this year -- in the form of some darn good holiday storytelling. Today, in honor of the first night of Hanukkah (which begins tonight at sundown) we bring you Deborah Sussman's chocolate-dipped memories. I know everybody says ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Christmas Songs That Don't Suck: Part III

    ​Fa la la la la, and all that jazz. Getting tired of holiday music? We're not. Well, that's not entirely true. We're well tired of the lousy, saccharine, abominable Christmas music that clogs the airwaves. Is it worse when a radio station switches over to all-Xmas-all-the-time, or when a radio sta ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Kim Porter's Ham Taco Christmas

    Claire Lawton​Christmas comes a little early to Chow Bella this year -- in the form of some darn good holiday storytelling. We had so much fun with our Misfit Thanksgiving last month we decided to do it again for Christmas and Hanukkah, and we're glad we did. Today, local playwright, actor ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011
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    November 30, 2011

    Five Songs To Christmas Light Your House To

    By this time you should be out of your turkey coma, foraging through your garage for that shabby box labeled: Christmas Lights. All that talk about department stores jumping the gun after Halloween is behind us, because it's time to show your Christmas cheer and light the night skies with those fam ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Holiday Lights: The Coach House in Scottsdale

    ​It's the holiday season, which means light displays are everywhere: On your neighbor's house, at the local bar, and on buildings of downtown Phoenix. During the buildup to Christmas, Jackalope Ranch will be running the numbers on some of the best and brightest light displays around the Valley.Chr ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Uncorked & Unplugged plus Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake Bars in Today's Eater's Digest

    www.sweettreatsmore.com​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Uncorked & Unplugged 2011Get ready for the meet market of culinary events, the 8th Annual Uncorked & Unplugged event is taking place this Sunday, October 23rd. The Desert Ridge M ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Game On: Pittsburgh and Wisconsin Treats for Super Bowl Sunday

    tastingpoland.com ​Why don't we just make Super Bowl Sunday an official holiday? After all, it's a time to gather with your family and friends, party like a rock star (albeit in front of the boob tube, unless you're a lucky ticket holder), and eat just as decadently as you do at Christm ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Brewed For Battle: Winter Warmers

    Jonathan McNamaraAnderson Valley Winter Solstice (left) Anchor Brewing's Special Ale (center), and Ska Euphoria Ale.​At what point does one elevate from merely drinking beer to being a full-on beer snob? Answer: when you feel compelled to tell other people what to drink. And the inevitable res ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Kinchmas, Eastside Records, and Spice Over the Holiday Weekend

    ​Eastside Records Christmas Eve Eve Memorial Legendary local store Eastside Records is scheduled to close at the end of the month after more than 23 years, but not before going out in style with a massive memorial party that took place on Thursday, December 23. The refreshments consisted of ch ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Humbug is Here

    A Christmas Carol no more, m’lady

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    December 23, 2010
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    December 21, 2010

    10 Indie Rock Christmas Songs for Your Holiday Season

    Sufjan Stevens​ The Holiday season can be a stressful time. While it's meant to be the one time in the whole year that everyone is a little bit nicer and a little bit happier, certain things can make you just the opposite. If you're anything like me, you've procrastinated all year long and now ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Joe Arpaio Plays Simon Cowell in Maricopa County Jail Idol

    Merry Christmas from Maricopa County's corrupt top constable, Joe Arpaio.​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will play the role of former American Idol judge Simon Cowell this afternoon as the token prick on a panel of judges rating the talent of up-and-coming singers.The contestants in this case ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010
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    December 8, 2010

    Incoming: Little Dragon, No Age, Wild Nothing, Tennis, The Moody Blues, Amy Grant

    Is this the greatest Christmas album of all time?​Things are about to get real religious up in here, thanks to a just announced Amy Grant show this coming February.Other artists may have released their own successful Christmas albums in the past, but Grant's 1992 yuletide juggernaut Home For Chris ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Pedro the Lion - I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

    ​Song: Pedro the Lion, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"Context: I'm loving the indie rock Christmas songs this time of year. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Pedro the Lion

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    November 30, 2010

    Guido Saccone of Cibo Urban Wine Cafe & Pizzeria

    Phoenix has crazy love to thank for Chef Guido Saccone's pizza and pasta at Cibo Urban Wine Cafe & Pizzeria. Saccone, who was born just outside of Naples, fell in love with the American girl working in Tuscany for the summer, who just happened to be from Mesa. A love story straight out of a fairy ta ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    The Top 10 Christmas Beers

    Image courtesy of bruisin-ales.com​Christmas is everyone's favorite holiday, but true beer fans know that the most wonderful time of the year is made even more wonderful with a pint in your hand. Winter warmers and other dark, comforting brews take over around the holidays to help carolers and Chr ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Marcellino Verzino of Marcellino's Ristorante, Part One

    Photo courtesy of Marcellino Verzino.​Chef Marcellino Verzino is anything but average. While he's one of the best known Italian chefs in the state, his reputation extends across the world. Hailing from Italy, the cuisine featured at his restaurant, Marcellino Ristorante pays respect to the s ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009
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    December 23, 2009

    10 Things Under $10 Christmas Weekend: Bettie Blood Burlesque, Coats & Villa, Groove Candy, and More

    The Bettie Blood Burlesque Troupe is scheduled to perform at Rogue Bar in Scottsdale tonight.A​fter six endless weeks of endless hype, treacly commercials, and non-stop carols, we're only 48 hours or so from the arrival of Christmas morning. But you don't have to wait until then to get your presen ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Court Dismisses Fifth Lawsuit Against Sheriff's Office Over Playing Christmas Music in Jails

    www.bsnorell.blogspot.com​The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced today that the fifth of six lawsuits filed against the MCSO over its policy of playing Christmas music in the county jails has been dismissed.The lawsuit was filed in January by inmate William Lamb, who felt that being ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Rush Coil's 8-Bit Christmas Helps Child's Play While Rocking X-Mas Tunes NES Style

    ​One stint of working retail during December was all it took to ruin Christmas music for me. Listen to "Little Drummer Boy" enough times and the only thing you'll want for Christmas is noise-canceling headphones. Yet even as I write this I'm happily rocking out to "Deck the Halls" thanks to Ru ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Best New Christmas Song of 2009? Hear The Killers, Bob Dylan, Julian Casablancas and Sugarland

    ​Christmas songs are one place where "new" definitely doesn't equal "good" in the minds of the masses, even in the newness-focused realm of popular music.Personally I'm pretty attached to The Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick" and Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas is You," the two greatest pop ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009
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    December 18, 2008

    The Gospel According to Paisley

    Christian p-artist offers “notorious” carols and other holiday fun

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    December 11, 2008

    Take a Hike

    You could do worse

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    December 8, 2008

    The Final Bad Xmas Pageant

    Sure, sure, everybody's been to the holiday pageants with the recreation of the nativity scene and the singing of the Christmas carols and the warm, fuzzy feelings that Christmas brings with it. But for those ready to hang themselves with a string of Christmas lights at the thought of being forced ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008

    Loose Canon

    Catechism Christmas supplement offers up holiday nunsense

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    November 29, 2007

    Janet "Manet" Napolitano: The PC Grinch Who's Afraid of Christmas.

    Manet, the PC Grinch who's afraid of Christmas... How in the hell did Janet Napolitano become Governor of this state? Her major accomplishments while in office have been: 1) staying in the closet despite her widely-assumed lesbianism; and, 2) pulling inane PC crap, like changing the name of Squaw P ... More >>

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    November 29, 2007
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