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Erica O'Neil

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    October 18, 2012

    Shock Your Palate with Petite Maison's Offal Halloween Menu

    Halloween can be enjoyed by dressing up in crazy costumes, decorating your house with skulls and cobwebs, or passing out candy to the kiddos. But if you ask us, the best way to celebrate any occasion is with food. Frighten your palette in the best way possible -- eating delicacies that might freak y ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Alegría: Honey-Spun Popped Amaranth Candy

    Erica O'NeilA staple of any good swap meet, the colorful stands of Mexican dulces.​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 valle ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Chimichanga as Arizona's State Food? Five Foods to Put Up Against the Chimi

      ​As if living here weren't embarrassing enough, it seems Macayo's has started an advertising campaign a petition drive to make the chimichanga Arizona's official state food. Really?! It's still unclear that the deep-fried burrito can even claim its origins in Arizona (at le ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Poll: Vote On Your Choice for Arizona's Official State Food

    In response to Macayo's petition drive to make the chimichanga Arizona's official state food, we've started our own list of suggestions. Here's the list of other, and arguably more authentic, Arizona foods that we've come up with. We'd also love your input. Vote in our completely unscientific poll ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Chow Bella's One-Stop Holiday Guide: Eat, Drink, Cook, Shop

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/monkeyrope​It's the home stretch, folks! Tonight marks the mid-point of Hanukkah and, of course, tomorrow night the stockings get stuffed and so do you -- if you aren't already. We've had fun, this holiday season, gathering suggestions of where to dine, what to drink, ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Erica's Salty Sweet Choco-Pretzel Brown Butter Bombs

    Erica O'Neil Wait juuuust long enough so that you don't scorch the roof of your mouth eating one of these fresh from the oven. ​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: 11. ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Caramelos from Mickey's Hot Dogs

    Erica O'Neil Caramelos! Two crispy, buttery tortillas packed with carne asada and melty queso 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 Mexi ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Caldo de Albondigas, Meatball Soup from Comedor Guadalajara

    Erica O'Neil A hearty bowl of albondigas soup to take away the autumn chill.​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. ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Oaxaca Black Mole Chicken from La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop

    Erica O'Neil The mole chicken taco platter from La Condesa. Chocolate and chicken? You better believe it.​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 ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Foie Gras Creme Brulee from Petite Maison

    Erica O'Neil​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com. 58: Fo ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Cornmeal Crusted Calamari from Kitchen 56

    Erica O'Neil​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com. 81: C ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Filet and Crab Cake from Cheuvront

    Erica O'Neil​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com. 83: F ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Cretons: Pork Scrap Breakfast Spread

    Erica O'NeilToast, mustard and a tub of cretons makes for a hearty breakfast.​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles that do ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Caldo de Res from Pitic

    Erica O'Neil​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com. 91: Cal ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Paletas from Realeaza Michoacana

    Flickr- douglemoinePaleta explosion! Colorful options aplenty. More than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. ​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 Mex ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Cash Money Sandwich from The Main Ingredient Ale House

    Erica O'Neil​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back -- with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com 97:&n ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Cabeza y Lengua Mixta: Head and Tongue Tacos

    Erica O'Neil A trio of tacos, packed with beefy head meat, and accented by grilled onions and jalapenos. ​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompas ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Spicy Pig Ears from China Magic Noodle House

    Erica O'Neil A pile of wafer-thin spicy pig ears, with bits of skin, meat, and cartilage from the China Magic Noodle House.​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounc ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Chicken Livers: Country Pate Platter from Beckett's Table

    Erica O'Neil The colorful and rustic country pate platter from Beckett's Table. ​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibl ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Devoured Culinary Fest Lives Up to Its Name

    Erica O'Neil Honeymoon Sweets' decadent display was eye-catching.​Change is good. The Phoenix Art Museum has been hosting a springtime culinary festival for years, but it was just last year that it debuted under the Devoured moniker, thanks to new leadership from the Local First/Devour P ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Homemade Corn Tortillas: Los Reyes de la Torta

    Erica O'Neil A thick homemade corn tortilla, wrapped around some serious tinga from Los Reyes de la Torta.​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 ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Raspados: Shaved Ice from Oasis Raspados

    Erica O'NeilOne mango raspado, chock full of fruity bits!​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: Raspados, ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Ikura Nigiri: Fish Eggs from Kanpai Sushi

    Erica O'Neil A jewel-tone duo of fish eggs, ikura nigiri from Kanpai Sushi.​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles th ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Calf Fries: Deep Fried Testicles from Stockyard's

    Erica O'Neil A tasty platter of taboo eats. Calf fries with cocktail sauce from Stockyard's. ​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all thos ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Foxhorn Chardonnay

    Erica O'Neil Foxhorn Chardonnay's cute little fox mascot, beckoning you down the forest path to drunkenness. ​Anyone who has searched the couch cushions for a handful of change knows that boozing on an extreme budget can be a risky proposition. To help you decide how to spend that meager p ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    La Bocca: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil Mediterranean platter from La Bocca. ​The Spot: La Bocca, 699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-967-5244 http://www.laboccapizzeria.com/ The Hours: La Bocca relaxes their pricing from open until 6:30 pm, every day of the week. The Details: Half-priced glasses of wine, draft beer and m ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Vendange Chardonnay

    Erica O'Neil Setting the mood with a floral arrangement and box-o-wine. It just screams class.​Anyone who has searched the couch cushions for a handful of change knows that boozing on an extreme budget can be a risky proposition. To help you decide how to spend that meager pile of pennies, ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    DiVerti Bar & Grill: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'NeilThe spread from DiVerti's happy hour.​The Spot: DiVerti Bar & Grill, 4 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-284-5972 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tempe-AZ/Diverti-Bar-and-Grill/147317605296799 The Hours: Every day of the week from 3 to 7 pm and reverse happy hour from 10 pm to midnight ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Rosie McCaffrey's: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'NeilThe spread at Rosie McCaffrey's happy hour.​The Spot: Rosie McCaffrey's, 906 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-241-1916 http://www.rosiemccaffreys.com The Hours: An almost unheard of three full hours of happy hour deals: 4 to 7 pm, Monday through Friday. The Details: A buck off all draf ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Wink White Zinfandel

    Erica O'Neil Wink white zinfandel, complete with a cutesy little label. ​Anyone who has searched the couch cushions for a handful of change knows that boozing on an extreme budget can be a risky proposition. To help you decide how to spend that meager pile of pennies, we've scraped the Bott ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Modern Steak: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil The spread at Modern Steak's Happy Hour.​The Spot: Modern Steak, 7014 E. Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, 480-423-7000 http://www.foxrc.com/modern_steak.html The Hours: Happy hour begins at 3 and goes until 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Make sure to snag a seat in the bar since this i ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Carlsbad Tavern: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil The spread at Carlsbad Tavern's happy hour.​The Spot: Carlsbad Tavern, 3313 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, 480-970-8164 http://www.azeats.com/carlsbadtavern/ The Hours: Enjoy drink specials and cheap appetizers every day of the week from 3 to 6 pm. Reverse happy hour also kicks in ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Thai Elephant: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil Mekong cola and a cold Asahi at Thai Elephant's happy hour.​The Spot: Thai Elephant, 815 W University Dr, Tempe, (480) 966-3489 http://thaielephant.qwestoffice.net/ The Hours: Thai Elephant offers Happy Hour every day of the week between 5 and 7 pm. Alas, they no longer o ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Rula Bula: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil Rula Bula's happy hour spread. ​The Spot: Rula Bula, 401 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-929-9500 http://www.rulabula.com The Hours: Rula Bula's generous happy hour is offered Monday through Saturday from 2 to 7 pm, and on Sundays from 2 pm to close. Reverse happy hour is also offere ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Feeney's: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil Burger Mania Mondays at Feeney's Restaurant and Bar.​The Spot: Feeney's, 6314 N. 12th St., Phoenix, 602-274-9700 http://www.feeneysaz.com/ The Hours: Happy hour proper is between 3 and 7 pm during the weekdays, and after the restaurant closes the bar keeps on serving with a re ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Beef Head: Cabeza from Andale Mexican Food

    Erica O'Neil Cabeza de vaca, burrito style. Served up by Andale Mexican Food. ​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    FEZ: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil FEZ's happy hour spread, with two-for-ones and lots of apps.​The Spot: FEZ, 3815 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 287-8700 http://www.fezoncentral.com The Hours: Double the hours, double the cheap drinks with a 4 to 6:30 happy hour for the after work crowd or from 10 to close t ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Beef Tendon: Pho from Khai Hoan

    Erica O'Neil A gelatinous mass of beef tendon from the pho served up by Khai Hoan.​Despite what the supermarket aisles may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo ed ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Pita Jungle: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil Pita Jungle's delectable Mediterranean happy hour.​The Spot: Pita Jungle (one of ten locations across the Valley), 4340 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-955-7482 http://www.pitajungle.com/ The Hours: Monday through Friday, from 3 to 5:30 pm. Reverse happy hour is every day o ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Stingray Sushi: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil Warm sake and cold Sapporo at Stingray Sushi's happy hour.​The Spot: Stingray Sushi, 2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, (602) 955-2008, http://www.stingraysushi.com The Hours: Between the hours of 3 and 7 pm, Monday through Friday. The Details: $5 sake bombers, $4 wine by the gla ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Arizona Stronghold: Local Wines

    Erica O'Neil Arizona Stronghold's red and white wines, ready and waiting. ​Northern Arizona isn't exactly synonymous with wine country, but Eric Glomski and Maynard Keenan (yes, that lead singer of TOOL) would like to change this assumption. Both are co-owners of Arizona Stronghold Winery, ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Mucho Gusto: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil Mucho Gusto's happy hour offerings: flautas, nachos and a house margarita.​The Spot: Mucho Gusto Taqueria & Mexican Bistro, 603 W. University Dr., Tempe, (480) 921-1850 http://muchogusto1.com The Hours: Between 3 and 6 pm, Monday through Friday. The Details: $3 booze and $ ... More >>

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    July 20, 2010

    Trader Vic's: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil A taste of the islands with Trader Vic's retro rollback happy hour.​The Spot: Trader Vic's, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, (480) 421-7799 http://www.hotelvalleyho.com/scottsdalerestaurants/tradervics.html The Hours: Every day of the week from 4 to 6 pm and again from 9 to 11 pm ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    PF Chang's China Bistro: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil Chicken lettuce wraps and a Kirin at PF Chang's $3 pm - $6 pm happy hour.​The Spot: PF Chang's China Bistro (one of eight locations across the valley) 740 South Mill Avenue #140, Tempe (480) 731-4600 http://www.pfchangs.com The Hours: Every day of the week, including weekends, ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Liver (and Onions): TEXAZ Grill

    Erica O'NeilCan you spot the liver smothered by bacon and onions at TEXAZ Grill?​ Despite what the supermarket aisles may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped Styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles th ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Zipp's Sports Grill: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil Chicken-on-a-stick and a cold frosty beer at Zipp's Sport Grill in Phoenix.​The Spot: Zipp's Sports Grill (one of seven locations across the valley) 3647 E Indian School Rd, 602-957-2112 http://www.zipps-sportscafe.com/ The Hours: Monday through Friday, from 3 to 7 pm The Deta ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Tongue: Tacos de Lengua

    Erica O'Neil Tongue on tongue action! Two lengua, one cabeza taco from Taqueria Mi Casita. ​Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped Styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Happy Hour Report Card: Cafe Zuzu

    The Spot: Cafe Zuzu6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale 480-421-7997http://www.hotelvalleyho.com/scottsdalerestaurants/cafezuzu.html Erica O'Neil Cool Redux! The spread at Cafe Zuzu's swanky happy hour.​The Hours: Monday through Friday between 4 and 7 pm. The Details: 3 dollar bonanza! Enough to s ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Boone's Farm Blue Hawaiian: We Toast to a New Booze Review Series

    Erica O'Neil The usual suspects, none of which can be trusted.​As any good college student that has searched the couch cushions for a handful of change knows, boozing on an extreme budget can be a risky proposition. To help you decide how to spend that meager pile of pennies, we've scraped ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    The Salt Cellar: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: The Salt Cellar550 N. Hayden Rd.Scottsdalehttp://www.saltcellarrestaurant.com Erica O'Neil New England clam chowder and a frosty beer at Salt Cellar.​ The Hours: The world is your oyster with daily happy hour and reverse happy hour deals at Salt Cellar: 4 to 7 pm and 10 pm to 1 a ... More >>

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