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    March 20, 2014
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    February 19, 2014

    Arizona Hemp-Farming Bill Voted Down by Senate Committee

    Arizona's Senate Judiciary Committee voted against a bill that would allow industrial hemp farming in the state.Hemp farming is illegal in most states, despite the fact that smoking the plant, which is related to marijuana plants, won't get you stoned.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Vitamix: The Curious Allure of the $400 Blender

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. The Vitamix is a $400 blender. Read those words again: The Vitamix is a $400 blender. It sounds insane to me and, thus far, I've bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Schaefer's Whining About Wine

    Introducing "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. Last week, I professed my love of White Castle hamburgers, a food that sits on the lowest rung of the culinary ladder. So, in the int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    In Defense of the White Castle Hamburger

    Introducing "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. (And this week, New Jersey.) Enough with "sliders" already. Brisket sliders. Ahi sliders. Jewish sliders. (Looking at you, Chompies.) ... More >>

  • Film

    July 18, 2013
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    July 16, 2013

    An Homage to the Costco Hot Dog

    Introducing "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. Is there any better value in food than a hot dog at Costco? No, I say, there is not. Because for precisely $1.63 I just consumed a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Chefs, What Would It Take to Sell Yourselves to a Major Corporation?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail James Beard likened himself to a "gastronomic whore" after signing an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    New Online Wine Retailer Cuts Out the Middleman for Savings on Top-Notch Wine

    The folks at, a British online wine retailer that recently launched in the United States, say they have some bad news for wine lovers. "When you spend $50 on a bottle of delicious Napa Cab, you are spending about $7 on wine," the website says. "And $43 on sales, marketing and other s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Starving College Student

    What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Starving College Student. There's no single word that universally descr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    VegCo Market, 100% Plant-Based Store Opening Early 2013

    For a while now, we've been hearing about a 100% plant-based supermarket planning to open in early 2013 in a space just south of Central and McDowell. It's called VegCo and they already have a big social media following with over 1500 likes on their Facebook page. See also: - Now Open: Freeze- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Wine Somm Dave Johnson Takes Managerial Position at Davanti Enoteca and Ponders the Demise of the Sommelier

    See also: Chef Pete DeRuvo to Head Kitchen at New Davanti Enoteca Add another familiar name to the talented line-up who'll be working at Davanti Enoteca, slated to open in early August. Wine sommelier Dave Johnson -- best known for his stints at Atlas Bistro and the defunct Sol y Sombra -- will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Watch: Murderous Burger Chases Man, World's Largest McDonalds Built In a Minute

    See Also: Hipster Foodie Mauled By Bear to '80s New Wave Soundtrack in Very Satisfying Video See Also: Video Mashup: Brad Pitt Eating. And Eating With all the talk about how bad fast food is for your health, it's not surprising that a team of French art students might create a vision of a world in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2012

    Scottsdale Epicurean Expo: Generally Underwhelming, Better Luck Next Year?

    Of the 30 or so stalls at the Epicurean Expo there were only two that were genuinely exciting, a handful that were cool, and many that made us ask,"What has that got to do with food?" The blurb for the Epicurean Expo -- held yesterday and today inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Popcorn and Chocolate: Some Wisdom Before You Start Scarfing It Down in the Name of Health

    Why is the Swedish chef stuffing a Costco flat of popcorn into the microwave? Probably because he heard the findings announced by a researcher from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. In short: Air-popped popcorn is not only delicious but also contains high concentrations of a type of anti-o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Safeway Pulls the Plug on "Pink Slime" Textured Beef

    Ah, there's nothing like ammonia-treated meat. Lovingly called, "pink slime," it's been the recent subject of celebu-chef Jamie Oliver, fast food, school lunches, and of course, our nightmares. Apparently consumer pressure on this meat monstrosity -- specifically beef with the controversial filler ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Employee-Owned WinCo Set to Shake Up the Valley's Supermarket Scene

    On the heels of the news that Sprouts Farmers Market will merge with competitor Sunflower Farmers Market, a new grocery store is preparing to further shake up the Valley's competitive supermarket scene. WinCo, the employee-owned, no-frills discount supermarket based in Boise, Idaho, has announced i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Part Two of Our Interview With David Walker, Co-Founder of Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

    During Arizona Beer Week, we had the opportunity to sit down with David Walker, co-founder of Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Part one of the interview premiered yesterday; read on for part two, when we talk about the state of the beer world, Firestone's blending process, and what new beers the brewery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    AndyTalk: New Year's Eve and the Simplicity of an Over-the-Top Cheese Platter

    For abundance, eye appeal, and ease of preparation I suggest a bounty of simple foods that I call a cheese platter on steroids.

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    December 19, 2011

    Susan Tully's Wassail Christmas

    Christmas comes a little early to Chow Bella this year -- in the form of some darn good holiday storytelling. Today, Susan Tully shares a booze-filled tale of love and cheer. Claire Lawton​The first time I met my next-door neighbor, I was a guest at his annual Wassail party. His Wassail wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Tortilla Pudding and Churros at Ticoz

    This week we headed to Ticoz Resto-Bar to see what yummy Latin fusion desserts they have to offer. Their Tortilla Pudding - a gooey, cinnamony cake - definitely did not disappoint our taste buds.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Hanna Gabrielsson's Summer Salmon Skewer

    Hanna GabrielssonLemon, olive oil and pink pepper marinated salmon skewer with mango salsa and Greek salad.​This week we met Hanna Gabrielsson, the woman behind the cute and friendly Scandinavian bistro, Beaver Choice. She shared her life story, opera preferences, and today, a recipe for one of h ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 30, 2011
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    June 30, 2011

    Dulce de Leche Churros from La Tolteca

    Erica O'NeilAddictive dulce de leche churros from La Tolteca's panaderia. ​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 wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    In Season: Eggplant

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce. This week's harvest: Eggplant Jennifer Woods​Eggplant is voluptuous, it feels good in your hands and tastes incredibly comforting - esp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    In Season: Winter Squash

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce. This week's harvest: Winter Squash. Jennifer WoodsClockwise from top left: buttercup, sweet dumpling, butternut, and spaghetti squash​ W ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 20, 2011
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    November 30, 2010

    Yichao Wang, What Are You Eating?

    Yichao Wang​Yichao Wang The artistic director of CloPet Theatr can be seen performing with Jester'Z improv this December and January What'd you eat for dinner last night? I ate at Hong Kong Gormet Buffet in Ahwatukee. Delicious though a bit pricey--but lots of yummy seafood, and great sushi as w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Cheese from Costco Likely Tied to E.Coli Cases, Officials Say

      ​This just in from the Arizona Department of Health Services: You might want to think twice before cutting the cheese. From a DHS news release sent out this afternoon: More than two dozen cases of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in five states are likely tied to cheese sold or tasted at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Sara Oliver, What Are You Eating?

    Sara Oliver​Sara Oliver The jeweler and artist has an art opening on Friday, November 5 at Sweets and Beats. Hanging on the walls will be about 120 drawings and mixed media pieces all under $20, plus there will be Tammie Coe cupcakes and a free show by Doctor Dinosaur from Tucson. Her jewelry lin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Defeated Congressman Harry Mitchell: More Time for Grandchildren, Trips to Costco

    Congressman Harry Mitchell​A crowd of Congressman Harry Mitchell's supporters gathered at Tempe Mission Palms, waiting for the defeated congressman to arrive. Mitchell, a Democrat who represented Congressional District 5 for two terms, lost his seat to Republican David Schweikert.It was not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Blueberry Crisp to the Rescue from the Thrifty Cook

    ​ Every week, artist, writer and cook Cyndi Coon will bring you an idea for making the most of what you've already got in the pantry or the fridge. Ladies and gentlemen, we introduce the Thrifty Cook. How many times have you ventured into Costco for a single item and walked out with a cart fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    DeepChocolate VitaTops Hit Costco

    ​I'll be the first person to admit, I've never heard of VitaTops. But a friend just sent me an excited message telling me, "Trust me, this is fucking breaking news! Usually you have to mail order these."Well alright, then. Turns out, these things are edible muffin tops. (I say edible, I suppo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    What Can I Do With My Crock Pot?

    In honor of the question, "What on earth do I do with that Costco-impulse-buy Crock Pot sitting on the kitchen counter," I present: Crock Pot Cooking: Low and Slow is the way to go! (Part I) Vintage Avocado Green​Ah, the formerly avocado and mustard colored cooking wonders of the Seventies have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    January 11 In Blogs: No Pants Ride, Spoon, Culver's, and John McCain

    ​In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Federal Witnesses Against Joe Arpaio Still Fear MCSO; U.S. Attorney's Office Suggested Th ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009
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    November 25, 2009

    "Senator" Janet Napolitano? "President" Sarah Palin? No Thanks, Say Cronkite Poll Respondents

    If we're lucky, she'll never come back... Sand Landers want former guv and now-DHS czar Janet Napolitano to keep polishing her chair in D.C. And not as a U.S. Senator. That's what a new Cronkite-Eight poll reveals. In a hypothetical 2010 head-to-head between Nappy and Senator John Mc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2009

    Shopping for Kitchen Supplies: Costco Business Center

    Sloane BurwellThe mandoline - a serious savings on a powerful tool.​ Ask any chef or great cook and they'll tell you - it's all in the tools. Home cooks could spend the rest of their lives amassing their collection, and truth be told - they often do. But what if you're just starting out, on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Battle of the Free Samples

    Costco vs. Sam's Club The economy is rough these days and we could all use a free meal. If you head to your nearest bulk goods store on the weekend, you'll find a glut of free samples that would fill anyone. But which bulk store has the better samples going on, Costco or Sam's Club? We mooched off a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 23, 2009

    There's a Winner in Town

    Hint: It ain’t the D-Backs

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Spooning: The Tao of Towels

    You can find a kitchen towel just about everywhere nowadays. The cheap and obvious place to purchase is your local supermarket or Target store. Keep in mind, the local places are going to have cheap weave towels that usually have a tacky floral print or lame color scheme. You can also find expens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Arty Girl: BogusArtFair.Info can help you

    I'll be the first to admit that I've made some downright stupid decisions with money in my time. When I was 15, I saved up to buy a stereo. Now, this was circa 1996 so I shelled out for a fancy 3-disc changer that I bought from Costco, of all places.It had the slowest tray on the planet that tr ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 22, 2009
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    December 29, 2008

    Monday Night Martha: Almond Joy

    For years, the hunt has been on for just the right sweet/salty/spicy nut mix recipe, to no avail. Either the recipe calls for something hard to find (an unusual spice), something not very appetizing (some of us just don't like rosemary or other plants in our nuts) or a step too tough to master (e.g ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2007

    Boxing Match

    Record companies get greedy with repackaging excess

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    December 16, 2004

    OK, Go Go

    Paper Heart makes a Modest Proposal

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    December 9, 2004

    Big Time Mallin'

    Living, loving and loathing in the mini-cities of the Valley's malls

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    May 27, 2004
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    March 4, 2004


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