Diet and Nutrition

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    5 Metro Phoenix Restaurants That Your Vegetarian Friends Won't Hate

    We've all been there: You are trying to figure out a place to meet your friends for food, but you get stuck trying to please both the carnivores and the herbivores in your crowd. The meat-eaters have choked down tempeh at all the usual vegan haunts, the vegetarians have spent countless nights consum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Why Tequila Probably Doesn't Have Obesity, Diabetes Fighting Properties

    Despite several news organizations reporting that a new study might show that tequila could actually help prevent diabetes and obesity, the leap from the agavins, the sugary compound in the agave plant, to tequila, which is distilled from agave, is actually too formidable to draw that conclusion. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Beetles, Dog Vagina Pheromones, and Other Food Additives That Will Make You Cringe

    Hold onto your stomach because you're likely to get more than a little upset about the sources of some common food additives. We'll start with red food coloring, much of which derives its hue from the female Dactylopius coccus, an insect that's been used as a source of red dye since the time of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    5 Ways to Go from Crash Diet to Healthy, Long-Term Habit

    What good is losing 20 pounds in two weeks just to gain it all back once you return to a steady diet of cheesy French fries and pints of ice cream? But that's what you can expect from crash diets, which instruct weight-loss hopefuls to shock both body and mind with over-the-top restrictions and an o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Ladies, Too Much Pasta Could Be Making You Depressed, New Study Indicates

    A new study by Harvard researchers has found that women who regularly eat refined grains like pasta are at greater risk of developing depression. The study, published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, tracked 43,000 women over 12 years and found that those who ate foods such as pasta, ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    The Skinny On Sugar & Sweeteners

    My grandmother, Gloria, should have lived to be 120. She didn't drink soda, refused processed food, exercised, watched her salt & sugar consumption, and controlled her portions. While my siblings and I would stuff our faces at family picnics with hunks of rich sugary cake, she would eat a small sliv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Arizona Restaurant Week Kicks Off September 21. Do You Have Your Reservations?

    It's September, and you know what that means. If you don't have reservations yet for Arizona Restaurant Week, you might want to get on the horn.

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    5 Best Veggie Burgers in Metro Phoenix

    Ah, the veggie burger. It's arguably the most popular item on a vegetarian-friendly menu -- and the scariest. And so we've eaten veggie burgers far and wide, across the Valley, seeking out the five best in metro Phoenix. Meat lovers, take note. You might learn something.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    7 Favorite Spots for Vegan Baked Goods in Metro Phoenix

    We're sweet on baked goods -- particularly when they're vegan. That means no bacon (duh!), but also no eggs or dairy products. Not as rare as they used to be, quality fresh-made vegan treats are still tough to come by in the Valley. So we've compiled a list of our favorite spots to score 'em. You're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Have You Seen PETA's Newest Animal Sex Ad to Recruit Vegans? (NSFW)

    This isn't the first time PETA has gotten sexy to try to persuade people to give up meat or fur or whatever else they want to deprive people of. But its newest ad, created for a PETA Europe campaign, isn't even trying to be subtle with its graphic imagery of animals, ahem, getting it on. See also: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    This Is What 2,000 Calories Actually Looks Like

    You might know that the FDA recommends people consume on average around 2,000 calories a day. But what does 2,000 calories actually look like? This video lays it all bare, often depressingly so. See Also: --24 Legitimately Fascinating Facts About Beer --Study Concludes Sex Only Burns 21 Calories P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Watch a Man Destroy the Entire "The Hobbit" Denny's Menu in 20 Minutes

    When we reviewed "The Hobbit" menu at Denny's, it should be noted that it took two reporters, including one who writes a column called "Guilty Pleasures," and we still didn't eat everything on the menu. Yet here is a man who single-handedly polished off everything on the special menu in one sitting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    9 Simple Steps to Eating Healthier in 2013

    It's that special time of year, when your blood sugar has reached near-critical levels, your cholesterol numbers are well above your IQ, and you vow to really start eating healthy. No seriously, guys -- this time you mean it. And while the dramatic conclusion to trek off into the abandoned wildern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    5 Cleanses to Detox the Holidays Away

    With the another holiday season full of gorging on rich, fatty food and binge drinking with friends and relatives, it might just be a good idea to consider washing away all that trouble we caused our bodies and start anew. Cleanse diets are pretty hip for weight loss, but really they're beneficial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Last Minute Christmas Gift: Dirt Candy's Comic Book Cookbook Is Hilarious, Has Pandas

    The Book: Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant The Sell: A cookbook presented as a comic book with vegetarian recipes good enough to intrigue even the most diehard omnivore. "Dirt Candy: A Cookbook" is a cookbook about vegetables told thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Anatomy of a Vegan Cupcake with the Sizemore Sisters of Treehouse Bakery

    See also: Treehouse Bakery: Great for Vegans and Pretty Good for Everyone Else See also: Vegan-Friendly Treehouse Bakery (Finally) Gets Its Storefront When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matter, an exact science. In this series, we're going ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Veggie Burger Battle: Hillstone vs. FEZ

    Veggie burgers have come a long way since yesteryear's pre-processed, cardboard-flavor hockey pucks. Nowadays, they are made-in-house masterpieces full of whole grains, spices, and tasty stuff like black beans and mushrooms. And you can find them in one form or another on many restaurants' menus. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Treehouse Bakery: Great for Vegans and Pretty Good for Everyone 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

    December 28, 2011

    Flour Power: A Pastry Chef's Guide

    Amy Morris​Welcome to our new(ish) column, "Ask the Pastry Chef," by Amy Morris, a pastry sous chef at J&G Steakhouse. Have a question for Amy? Leave it in the comments section. Today's question: Can you tell me about these different kinds of flour I see on the grocery shelf? The kind ... More >>

  • News

    June 2, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Vegetarian Street Food Cooking Class Tonight at Andy Food

    courtesy of Sandy Liberman Green Chili Lentils Ole Taco​ "I will no longer eat anything that has a face!" proclaims your teenager. For Sunday night dinner-your sibling is bringing an "oh-by the way they are vegetarian" date. Your book club has finally gotten around to reading Michael Pollan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    The Five Most Obnoxious Food Movements​We truly live in a golden age of food awareness. Where once Americans ate whatever grew or grazed around them, we now find a nation of extra-regional culinary tribes; whole dietary religions based on what food we should or shouldn't put in our bodies, how we prepare it, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Free Screening of Lunch Line Presented by ASU & Slow Food Phoenix

    Catch a free screening of the documentary Lunch Line at the downtown ASU campus February 28. It's a regular smorgasbord. Seems like everyone is trying to improve school lunches these days. Of course there's Michelle Obama. And our Michele Laudig blogged about a recent event in Scottsd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Baby Food Diet Recipes

    ​ We hear a hot diet trend for 2011 is the Baby Food Diet. The idea is simple: Substitute two meals a day with baby food purees and you'll have a slim, baby-sized waistline. Hollywood types most likely have their people mix up homemade concoctions of the mush to ensure organic mixes. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Rikki Cupcake of Seitanic Vegan Heathen and Pomegranate Cafe

    If you think vegans can't bake, Rikki Cupcake is going to make you think again. The vegan of two-and-half years is the mastermind behind the devious-sounding and diet-defying blog Seitanic Vegan Heathen and the vegan cupcakes at Ahwatukee's Pomegranate Café. Go, try, become a believer.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Caffiend: Unbound Energy

    ​There aren't many negative things we can say about Unbound Energy. It's cheap (around two bucks a can), tastes good, and provides a nice energy boost. For years, we've been waiting for an energy drink that we liked as much as Monster -- and we may have finally found it in Unbound Energy.

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Xtreme Eating Awards Announced, or Hey, Jabba, Jabba, Jabba!

    ​Way to go, Cheesecake Factory. Congratulations, California Pizza Chicken. Jabba the Hutt would be pleased. Along with P.F. Chang's, Chevy's, Bob Evan's, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Outback Steakhouse, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has named scale-tipping fare from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Caffiend: Ol' Glory

    E. Groves​There are so many energy drinks on the market these days, and so few that truly stand out -- even visually. A walk down the energy drink aisle at the store becomes a monotonous montage of black and silver aluminum, decorated with various logos in bright orange and florescent green. But t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Eat More Bananas, Lose Weight?

    ​That's the message Dole wants to convey. The company recently launched a "banana diet" plan that includes lots of consumption of the yellow fruit in hopes of trimming down waistlines of consumers. According to, bananas are high in resistant starch, which boosts fat b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Caffiend: Killer Buzz

    In the beginning, there was Red Bull, and it was said that Red Bull "gives you wings." At its stateside genesis in 1997, the little silver can that could stood alone on the frontier of a new market, soon-to-be-borne of the "energy drink" craze. Now energy drinks have gone forth and multiplied, to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Caffiend: Guru

    E. Groves​There are seemingly a gazillion energy drinks on the market, loaded with sugars and artificial flavors and colors. And while we're fans of the sweet stuff, sometimes we like to try and get a boost without all the artificial additives. Hence, the appeal of a product like Guru, a "100% Nat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008
  • Dining

    June 26, 2008
  • Dining

    January 4, 2007

    Slim Chance

    Resolving to eat better? Here's a week's worth

  • Dining

    June 29, 2006

    Tofu U

    A very strange enchanted soy

  • Culture

    November 25, 2004

    Thanks for the Mashed Cauliflower

    Elizabeth Harris still wants you to toss your cookies

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 30, 2004
  • News

    September 16, 2004

    The Real Deihl

    How a Paradise Valley snake-oil salesman sprayed his way to success

  • Film

    May 27, 2004


    A man eats fast food for a month -- guess what happens

  • Calendar

    January 22, 2004


    Pumping up and slimming down

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 18, 2003
  • Dining

    June 26, 2003

    Number Crunching

    Calculating tasty calorie, after tasty calorie

  • Dining

    February 20, 2003
  • News

    July 25, 2002

    Barring Good Sense, Arguing Good Taste

    Letters from the week of July 25, 2002

  • Dining

    November 8, 2001

    Garden Notoriety

    Middle Eastern cuisine gets a peaceful treatment at Persian Garden

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    April 27, 1995
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