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Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • Dining

    May 31, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    AndyTalk: Sushi for Dessert

    Whether it's a feint by a quarterback, an improvised musical riff, or a magic trick, everyone appreciates a good fake-out -- especially when the end result is a success. The first time I served sushi for dessert I had a goal. Actually, I had two goals: First, make a great dessert and, second, make m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Chef Pete DeRuvo to Head Kitchen at New Davanti Enoteca

    Pete DeRuvo -- the peripatetic chef who made a name for himself at Sassi, then moved to Prado and later left Cuoco Pazzo in a huff -- has landed a new executive chef position he's pretty psyched about. He has signed on with the Chicago-based Francesca's Restaurants Group, which will open its fourt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Jacques Pépin and Barbara Fenzl Cook Southwestern Cuisine on PBS

    If you love cooking shows that focus on teaching -- not drama -- you're in for a real treat at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 4. That's when Eight, Arizona PBS premieres Jacques Pépin Cooks for Eight, a two-hour cooking special starring world-famous French chef Jacques Pépin and Arizona's own culinary c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Point-Counterpoint: Is Pho King or Is It Pho-King Awful?

    We had so much fun chucking Chow Bella contributors Ando Muneno and Lauren Saria into the ring over Alton Brown, food trucks and movie theaters with food, we put them back at it again. This week's topic: Pho, Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Pho joints have been growing in popularity throughout the Va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Round Two with Lori Hashimoto of Hana Japanese Eatery

    Lori Hashimoto Hana Japanese Eatery 5524 N. Seventh Avenue 602-973-1238 www.hanajapaneseeatery.com This is part two of my interview with Lori Hashimoto, co-owner and sushi chef at Hana Japanese Eatery. In case you missed it, part one ran yesterday. Favorite Metro Phoenix restaurants other than yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Hana's Lori Hashimoto Dishes on Brazilian Lobster, Magic Knives and Keeping It All in the Family

    Lori Hashimoto Hana Japanese Eatery 5542 N. Seventh Avenue 602-973-1238 www.hanajapaneseeatery.com This is part one of my interview with Lori Hashimoto, co-owner and sushi chef of Hana Japanese Eatery. Part two of the interview will run in this space tomorrow. To understand Lori Hashimoto, you m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Three Phoenix Restaurants and a Recipe to Satisfy Your Post Avengers Shawarma Cravings

    We know many of you fine folk went to see The Avengers last weekend. We know this because The Avengers has smashed its way through a bunch of records in its opening week. If you haven't seen it, let us give you two bits of advice: 1. Stay through all the credits. If you've watched a Marvel movie bef ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 10, 2012
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    May 3, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Sushi Station at Desert Ridge Has Decent Sushi at a Great Price

    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

    April 25, 2012

    Battle of the Banh Mi: Da Vang vs. Pho House

    Ahhhh, the banh mi. Such a tasty and cheap little Vietnamese sandwich. Soft French bread filled with carrots, jalapeños, cilantro, and a delightful meat. It's one of our favorites, but we tend to overlook the little guys when we are at our favorite Vietnamese spots because, well, because there are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Tamale Dinner at Corona Ranch Tonight Benefits Friendly House

    If you have a hankering for some Mexican food and don't already have plans tonight, might we suggest tamales and a show in South Phoenix. The 77th Annual Friendly House Tamale Dinner is tonight from 5 to 9 at Corona Ranch Rodeo Grounds.

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Juan's Authentic Mexican Food Serves Up Giant (Authentic) Portions for Under $10

    Finding decent Mexican food on the cheap in Central Phoenix isn't difficult, but finding amazing service from a staff that makes you feel like family is a little bit more of a challenge. Good thing we found Juan's Authentic Mexican Food. Located on Thomas Road just west of 16th Street, Juan's sits ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    We Welcome Our (Sushi) Robot Overlords

    First cupcake ATMs, now a small army of sushi making machines? If the retro "News of the World" style music doesn't get you then just wait until the 0:40 mark, whoever edited this video wasn't afraid to lay down some funky beats. The sushi making machines featured in this video are the products of ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 12, 2012
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    April 11, 2012

    Huevos Rancheros Warfare: Rokerij vs. Gallo Blanco

    Huevos Rancheros, the traditional Mexican breakfast dish, is a menu staple at almost every drive-thru taco shop and Mexican eatery in the Valley. It's the perfect cure for a hangover and includes all five important elements of a hearty breakfast -- eggs, tortillas, beans, rice, and cheese. Instead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Nobuo Will Offer Omakase-Style Bento Brunch!

    Chef Nobuo Fukuda, the James Beard winning proprietor of Nobuo at Teeter House, is poised to serve what will probably be the classiest bento boxes the Valley has ever seen. An email sent last week promises a $50 Sunday brunch, starting April 15, featuring "Omakase-style bento boxes" and a compliment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    That Place Next to Chino Bandido is Good Fellas Grill, and It's Good To-Go

    Good Fellas Grill in North Phoenix has the real estate luck of being located next door to our favorite Mexican/Chinese fusion dive, Chino Bandido, which we like for the fun dish combinations -- like jerk chicken and refried beans -- at a decent price. For wandering souls looking for somewhere new in ... More >>

  • News

    April 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Beefy Red Chile Tamales from The Tamale Store

    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: Red Chile Tamales from the Tamale Store ¿Como se dice?: The holiday sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Punjabi Spices at The Dhaba

    Trying to follow spices in an Indian kitchen can get complicated real fast, and it gets even more difficult when breaking apart the vast regional differences. We're breaking it down at The Dhaba with Punjabi flavors from North India.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Top 10 Worst Mexican Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    In the Valley there's amazing Mexican food from the mom 'n' pop hole-in-the-wall to blow-your-mind haute cuisine, Mexican-style. You would think that with such a wealth of delicious and accessible Mexican food on every corner, there would be no need for a "Worst Of..." list. You would be wrong. Wh ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Five Things to Eat, Drink, and Bake This St. Patrick's Day

    St. Patrick's Day is this Saturday -- yes, it's on a Saturday this year! Hooray! Time to drink copious amounts of green beer and get completely shitfaced with a bunch of "Irish" strangers at some sort of big St. Patty's Day party, right? Right. Okay, drinking tons of green beer isn't the only th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Pho House Is Your New Favorite, Er, Pho House

    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, 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 items, and satisfyi ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 8, 2012
  • Dining

    March 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Watch This: The Story of Sushi

    The Story of Sushi from Bamboo Sushi on Vimeo. Clear four minutes of your day and hit play on this amazing little video. The Story of Sushi tells a sad tale of the sushi industry and the future of our oceans if we continue on the same commercial fishing path. Created for Portland's Bamboo Sushi, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Cheese Enchiladas from Carolina's Mexican Food

    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: Cheese Enchiladas from Carolina's Mexican Food ¿Como se dice?: Cheese e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Spice Up Your Life at Baiz Market

    If you're looking for a way to spice up your life, you can't go wrong at Baiz Market, a Middle Eastern grocery with its own restaurant, Al Hana.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Top Five Japanese Restaurants in Phoenix

    Jamie PeacheyCherryblossom Noodle Cafe.​When many people think about Japanese food they immediately snap their fingers and say, "Oh! You mean like sushi?" They are not wrong of course, but Japanese culinary traditions stretch far beyond raw fish on rice. Luckily for us the Valley is home to so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Campechana Tostada: Mixed Sea Critters from Mariscos Sinaloa

    Erica O'NeilThe campechana tostada from Mariscos Sinaloa, packed with octopus and conch.​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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Windy City Favorite Mia Francesca Now Open at DC Ranch

    On the heels of the news that Portillo's is bringing its Chicago hot dogs, Italian Beef, and drool-worthy cake shakes to the Valley (woo-hoo!), another Windy City favorite has announced its foray into Arizona, as well. Known as the pioneer of the neighborhood trattoria and a Chicago institution for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Five Favorite Thai Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    ​The Valley is home to more than a few Thai restaurants. Grabbing a mediocre plate of pad thai is easy enough, but finding quality Thai is another matter entirely. Below are some of our favorites. They run the gamut from an upscale Scottsdale joint to a Mom and Pop eatery closing in on its third d ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 26, 2012
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    January 17, 2012

    Vintage 95 Wine Lounge: Happy Hour Report Card

    ​The Spot: Vintage 95 Wine Lounge, 95 W. Boston St., Chandler, (480) 855-9463. www.vintage95.com The Hours: 4 to 6 p.m. every day, 4 p.m. to close Wednesdays The Details: Just down the block from Urban Tea Loft and The Bistro at Kokopelli Winery, Vintage 95 offers different daily specials s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Fiesta Grill, in Tradiciones' Former Space, Is a Disappointing First Taste

    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, 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 items, and satisfyi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Chef Peter Deruvo of Cuoco Pazzo

    Cuoco Pazzo ​Cuoco Pazzo may translate to "crazy chef," but the only crazy thing we noticed about Chef Peter Deruvo is his crazy humility and true passion for providing his guests with great food.   We sat down with Chef Deruvo in this week's Chef Talk to hear how he's handling his two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Masala Dosa from Woodlands Vegetarian South Indian Kitchen

    ​ ​Tired of the same old tired orange chicken and California rolls? Want to venture beyond the standard suburban-stale take-out? Here comes Chop PHX, with the Valley's rarer Asian offerings. This Week: Masala Dosa from Woodlands Vegetarian South Indian Kitchen The Basics:Imagine an unsweetened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    $10 Lunch at Delhi Palace Cuisine of India

    ​​Buffets can be hit or miss, and we've had far too many bland entrees overcooked under a heat lamp to claim the title of buffet buff. But one of our favorite lunch time destinations just happens to be a buffet that's finger lickin' good and easy on the wallet. Delhi Palace Cuisine of India off ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    $10 Lunch at Habanero's

    ​Resolving to tighten the belt in 2012? Food-wise, this post won't help you much. But money-wise, yes. Here's a delicious, low-priced lunch option in North Scottsdale for Mexican food lovers. Here's a hint: Check out Habanero's Mexican Grill's daily specials white board. On the day we visited, th ... More >>

  • Dining

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Top Ten Places to Snag Your Holiday Tamales

    Flickr- Big Rick Crappy Photos A Southwest holiday must: steamed tamales wrapped in corn husks. ​'Tis the season for tamales! If you've spent any time in the Southwest you know we do cocoa and cookies around the holidays just like everywhere else, but that the holiday season just isn't the ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Panang Chicken with a Bang at Thai House

    Amy Morris​If you find yourself near the 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd in Scottsdale, Thai House is a good bet for a filling Asian meal under $10. Lunch specials are only $6.95. There are several main courses to choose from when creating your own lunch. Some of the options are familiar, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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