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Claire Lawton

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    June 2, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in The Biltmore Neighborhood Right Now

    You'd never know that fine dining has taken a downturn when you look at the restaurant scene in the Biltmore neighborhood. This upscale area surrounding the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa continues to be one of the best dining and shopping destinations in town. There's been a lot of growth in the are ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    10 Signs You're A Phoenix Foodie

    Don't worry, you don't have to be a Valley native to be considered a true Phoenix foodie. It's not how long you've lived here that gives you real culinary cred, but things like knowing where to find edible seafood and when it's peach picking season. Or knowing that a restaurant with Schreiner's saus ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Phoenix Bucket List: 100 Things to Do in Phoenix Before You Die

    A funny thing happened in 2013. Both of us -- two curmudgeonly writers who between us have lived in Arizona way closer to 100 years than either would like to admit -- came to a shared conclusion. We like Phoenix. That's funny because for years we've loved to hate this place -- even as we wrote doz ... More >>

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    January 25, 2014

    Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

    In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

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    August 24, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed. 10 Crazy Ice Creams ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Pavle Milic's 5 Best Restaurants for Kids in Metro Phoenix

    The countdown to Best of Phoenix is on. Mark your calendar: This year's issue will be on newsstands September 26. What better way to warm up than by asking some local "experts" to list their own personal bests? This week FnB co-owner Pavle Milic shares his five favorite spots to dine out with the ki ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Chow Bella Named Best Feature Blog by Arizona Press Club

    Chow Bella writers were honored at the Arizona Press Club's annual awards banquet, held Saturday night at the Duce in downtown Phoenix. Chow Bella was named Best Metro Feature Blog. In addition, New Times' food blog also took home second place in the feature blog category and a third-place award f ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013
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    March 18, 2013

    Phoenix New Times Needs a New Music Editor

    Dear readers, let's get this out of the way: In nearly every possible way, being the music editor of the Phoenix New Times/Up on the Sun has been my dream job. No joke: I've chatted with Brian Wilson (it was a terrible conversation, and my chat with Al Jardine was much better, but still); I had the ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    15 Metro Phoenix Restaurants to Visit During Spring Training 2013

    Spring Training is almost upon us, which means winter is officially over and it's time to break out the shorts. This right here is the weather we Phoenicians live for, the reason we endure five hellish months of summer and severe cases of cabin fever . . . just for the few all-too-brief months of ba ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013
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    January 17, 2013
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    December 17, 2012

    9 Best New Restaurants of 2012 in Greater Phoenix

    This year, the variety of new restaurants in the Valley has more breadth and depth than ever before: comfort-food-meets-gourmet in Scottsdale; artisan pizzas by a legendary baker in Central Phoenix; and knockout Italian eats in east Mesa. When I made this list, I wanted a selection of restaurants ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    May I Now Present the Awards for the Chow Bella Halloween Candy Showdown

    The best thing about being the judge for the 2012 Chow Bella Halloween Candy Showdown is, well, being the judge for the 2012 Chow Bella Halloween Candy Showdown. Bring on the sugar rush, Baby. With the challenge being to whip up a dessert incorporating their favorite Halloween candy, my fellow scri ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Make Your Own Candy Sushi: 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; on Friday our critic Laura Hahnefeld will pick her favorite. Today: Ando Muneno's candy sushi For this competi ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Barrio Cafe: Good -- But Glorified -- Mexican Food

    Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changi ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Realeza Michoacana Paleteria and Neveria: The Ice Palace of Confection

    Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changi ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Tortas El Guero: Life-Changing Mexican Sandwiches

    Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changi ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Mariscos Ensenada: Hold On to Your Margarita to Escape the Hyper Tension

    Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changi ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    La Condesa: Great Eats, but that Wait is Rough

    Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changi ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Dulceria Mayra's y Mas: Small Place Packs a Huge Party

    Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changi ... More >>

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    August 25, 2012

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    La Cocina Economica: Bringing Familia from the Kitchen to the Table

    Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changi ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Pro's Ranch Market: Contents of a Fiesta Under One Roof

    Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changi ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Salsitas: Blame it on the Alcohol

    Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changi ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    Asadero Norte de Sonora: Family Friendly and Fit for a King

    Hey readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changin ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012
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    March 15, 2012
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    March 5, 2012

    Caramelpalooza 2012: The Winners!

    Hundreds of you came out to lick, crunch, chew and otherwise gobble caramel confections prepared by 18 of the Valley's finest chefs Friday night, all part of the third annual Caramelpalooza, co-sponsored by Smeeks and Chow Bella. We might be a little biased, but we think it was our best 'palooza ye ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012
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    January 26, 2012

    An Artist Statement by El Mac (VIDEO)

    ​During his recent visit to Vietnam, El Mac (who, full disclosure, we'll always consider a local artist -- no matter where he moves) recorded his artist statement for the Viet Nam The World Tour. Included in the short film are behind-the-scenes looks at one of his more recent murals in H ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    10 Favorite Galleries in Metro Phoenix

    ​There are plenty of reasons to check out local artwork beyond it being one of the designated "days" our community has become so fond of. First Friday, Third Friday, Final Friday, Third Thursday, Second Saturday -- just leave the house already. Dozens of great places open their doors to cool ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    The Valley's Dining Scene Has Plenty to Love

    Have you seen the Phoenix New Times Resolution Guide 2012 yet? You might want to give a read. It's packed with thoughts on resolving to love the Valley through the city's art, architecture, nightlife, and more -- all from my fellow scribes and friends Amy Silverman, Robrt L. Pela, Benjamin Leatherma ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Breeze's Phoenix Bird Mural

    It's about time Phoenix sees some serious mural love. In the interest of giving credit to their artists and because we're losing track of the times we've said, "Whoa, when did that go up?", we bring you Mural City, a series on the murals springing up around town -- their artists, their hosts an ... More >>

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    January 2, 2012

    New Year's Eve at Crescent Ballroom, Scottsdale Clubs, and The Compound Over the Weekend

    Welcome to 2012. Now that you've recovered from your hangover, check out some of the First Night craziness and more around the Valley.Photo by Melissa FossumNew Year's Eve Pahtay at Crescent Ballroom​Selecting the right spot to welcome the New Year can be a challenge since most bars are loud, pack ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Amy M.'s Snickerdoodles and Spritz Cookies

    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 we bring you two recipes: Amy Morris' Snickerdoodles and Spritz cookies. Snickerdoodles! Fun to say, and delicious. These are my husband's fa ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Karen Bayless Feldman's First Jewish Christmas

    Claire Lawton​Christmas comes a little early to Chow Bella this year -- in the form of some darn good holiday storytelling. Today, Karen Bayless Feldman shares the story of her first Jewish Christmas, spent (where else?) in a Chinese restaurant. When the police officer apologized for my C ... 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 >>

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    May 26, 2011
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    March 17, 2011
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    October 21, 2010
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    May 20, 2010
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    May 18, 2010

    The Parlor Pizzeria: Behind the Scenes with Owner-Designer Aric Mei

    photo by Claire Lawton​ When Aric Mei stumbled upon Salon De Venus on Camelback Road, he had no intention of getting a haircut.  In hot pursuit of a location for his new restaurant, Mei met Ted and Mary Williams, who were in their 80s and looking to hand over ownership of the building ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Boa Bistro's Daily Pulled Mozzarella

    photo by Claire Lawton​Sous Chef Nick Sheley of Boa Bistro in Mesa joined us for this week's Chef Talk. When Sheley's not preparing the next plate to leave the kitchen, he's getting the restaurant ready for its next cooking class. In late March, Boa opened its kitchen doors for sessions led by exe ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Sous Chef Talk: Nick Sheley of Boa Bistro (part two)

    photos by Claire Lawton​ Yesterday we heard from Sous Chef Nick Sheley of Boa Bistro. Today the conversation continues. Sous Chef Nick Sheley's no stranger to working with local farmers -- he used to be one. Sheley grew up on a farm in Iowa, which he says was a big influence in his love for ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Chef Talk: Eric Gitenstein of Lola Tapas (part two)

    photo by Claire Lawton​ Yesterday we heard from Chef Eric Gitenstein of Lola Tapas. Gitenstein joined the Lola team and now works with owner Felicia Ruiz on menu items and seasonal concepts. Coming up? Gitenstein says they're working on bocadillos, or Spanish sandwiches and a gaspacho-inspired t ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Chef Talk: Eric Gitenstein of Lola Tapas

    photo by Claire Lawton​Eric Gitenstein was the kind of kid with food on his brain; after realizing he spent more time thinking about his restaurant jobs than his university classes, he made a culinary escape from traditional study. After culinary school, Gitenstein tested out a few local kitchens ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Chef Talk with Stacy Phipps of Stacy's Smokehouse (part two)

    Claire Lawton Stacy Phipps and his mother in the Smokehouse kitchen. ​Yesterday we sat down with Stacy Phipps of Stacy's Smokehouse. Today, the conversation continues. Want to hear more about Stacy's favorite kitchen tool and what's next? Read on.Where does your culinary inspiration come fr ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Chef Talk with Stacy Phipps of Stacy's Smokehouse

    Claire Lawton​Stacy Phipps is ready for a challenge. No, really. He wants to challenge every barbecue master in the Valley to a cook off. "I want Don and Charlie (they won our Best Of Ribs in 2009). I want the guys from Honey Bears. I'll even take Bobby Flay." Anyone up for it? Phipps opened ... More >>

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