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Evie Carpenter

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    April 18, 2014

    Top 10 Record Stores in Metro Phoenix

    There is no shortage of vinyl -- and places to get it -- in The Valley of the Sun. Jazz, blues, rock, psych, soul, oldies, Latin, children's, soundtracks, surf, drag, indie, metal, punk ... it's all here somewhere. The key is finding who has what you want. More often than not, each record store has ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    5 Best Barrel-Aged Cocktails in Metro Phoenix

    Barrel aging can transform a cocktail from its typical flavor to a smoother, richer, and more cohesive final product. As the cocktail mixture sits in the barrel, it develops much like a bourbon does as it barrel ages. While cocktails typically spend much less time in barrels than the spirits they're ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in Gilbert Right Now

    In addition to being one of the least sinful cities in the country, Gilbert happens to be one of the hottest mini dining hubs in the Valley. Later this year the city's downtown area will welcome a slew of new eateries to the scene including LoLo's Chicken and Waffles, Snooze, and Sam Fox's Zinburger ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    Jason Grossmiller of Arizona Distilling Company on SB 1397: "It's a Shame."

    Jason Grossmiller Co-Owner, Distiller Arizona Distilling Company azdistilling.com Arizona Distilling Company seems to be making a habit of blazing trails for the state's fledgling micro-distilling scene. When it released Copper City Bourbon last June, it was the first legally distilled spirit made ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Perry Rea of Queen Creek Olive Mill on What Makes Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil Good

    This is part two of our interview with Perry Rea, owner of Queen Creek Olive Mill. Today, the certified olive oil sommelier explains the differences between good and bad extra virgin olive oil and gives us advice on how pick good oil. If you missed part one, in which we learned how the mill makes Ar ... 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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    March 11, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in South Scottsdale Right Now

    This time of year downtown and central Scottsdale become the Valley's biggest tourist destinations, thanks in no small part to the high concentration of top-notch restaurants you'll find in these trendy neighborhoods. With so many choices it's hard to pick the very best of the crop but right now o ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Arizona Aloha Festival Saturday, March 8 This weekend, the 20th annual Arizona Aloha Festival will go down at Tempe Town Lake, bringing Hawaiian and Polynesian culture to the Valley. In addition to live performances and tons of vendors (you know you want one of those dashboard hula girls), you'll ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Mark Tarbell's The Tavern: The Biltmore 'Hood Gets Caviar, Lobster Rolls, and Lamb Burgers

    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 >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Adam Brown of Noca in Phoenix: "This Has Always Been Home"

    This is part two of our interview with Adam Brown, the executive chef of Noca in Phoenix. Brown's been in charge of things since the restaurant resumed dinner services last month, after a months-long hiatus that began when the previous chef stepped down. On Tuesday, we heard from Brown and the resta ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Adam Brown of Noca in Phoenix on Chris Curtiss and the "Gluten Intolerance" Trend

    Adam Brown Exective Chef Noca restaurantnoca.com This is part one of our interview with Adam Brown, the new executive chef of Noca in Phoenix. Brown, a former Noca sous-chef, was named executive chef in late January, taking the job that had been vacant since mid-2013 when former chef Claudio Urc ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    10 Best Things I Ate in February

    Times flies when you're eating great food and that was definitely the case last month, which means it's time to look back on the very best things I ate in February. The list includes everything from a sweet treat at one of Chow Bella's new favorite bakeries to indulgent dishes at one of the city's b ... More >>

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    March 1, 2014

    15 Things We Ate and Drank Saturday at Devoured Food Wine Classic 2014

    After the first day of the Devoured Food Wine Classic, we're stuffed. The overcast skies and intermittent rain didn't keep crowds of Valley food lovers from drinking and dining the day away at the Phoenix Art Museum. With nearly 50 restaurants and more than 30 wineries at the first of the two-da ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Noca Dinner Service Is Back and We Tried It

    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 >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Le Napoleon Bakery in West Phoenix: Handmade Chocolates, European Pastries

    There are plenty of places in the Valley crafting delicate French macarons -- the popularity of these sweet little sandwich-like confections has been on the rise for years. But few places other than Le Napoleon bakery in West Phoenix offer 18 different flavors every day along with all manner of Euro ... More >>

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    February 11, 2014

    10 Metro Phoenix Chefs We Want to Date

    When it comes to finding love, we at Chow Bella aren't asking for much. All we need is someone to make us sweet pastries in the morning, a three-course candlelit dinner in the evening, and the occasional brunch on Sundays. Basically, we want to date a chef. Someone who can melt the butter as well ... More >>

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    January 25, 2014

    Street Eats Food Truck Festival 2014, Advice from Day One: Get the Lobster Roll, Bring Cash, Prepare for Lines

    In its third year, New Times' annual Street Eats Food Truck Festival has become a must-attend event for the food truck fan and novice alike. I've attended (and written about it) every time. After a warm, filling Day One at this year's Street Eats, I can tell you that this year's festival is a good o ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    20 Best New Restaurants of 2013

    The good news is that, in 2013, as most of the country was transfixed by the shenanigans of the now-infamous Amy's Baking Company, we eye-rollers in the Valley were being treated to a crop of new restaurants more focused on well-prepared food than overcooked reality. From big-name chefs and restaur ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Top 5 Things to Eat This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Singh Farms Saturday, November 9 Located just off Loop 101 at Thomas Road, Singh Farms opens up its 20 acres of farmland every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The weekly farmers market offers a selection of organic produce and artisan food products. With great values on items like eggs, greens and ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Top 5 Places to Eat This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Joe's Farm Grill Wednesday, November 6 Joe's Farm Grill is thanking customers with the annual "Free Cheeseburger Day" this Wednesday, November 6. All you have to do is show up, stand in line between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and you can get a free cheeseburger, french fries and a drink. The key is that y ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Top 5 Places To Eat This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Four Peaks Brewing Company Tuesday, October 29 Arizona's craft beer lovers can celebrate the release of Brewing Arizona: A Century of Been in the Grand Canyon State this Tuesday at Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe. The 360-page book features hundred of illustrations and and historical information about ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Roosevelt Row's Taste of the Trucks Food Truck Festival: Lots of New Eats, Shorter Lines

    Dozens of the Valley's food trucks hit Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon for the Taste of the Trucks food truck festival. We headed out on Sunday to sample just what the fest had to offer -- and we're happy to say many of the complaints we shared after the la ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    8 Best Coffee Houses in Metro Phoenix

    Coffee: Elixir of the gods -- or at least the sleep deprived. Here in the Valley there are plenty of places to get a fix of fresh-brewed coffee. But if you're looking for a particularly satisfying jolt of caffeine we've narrowed down the options in this year's Best of Phoenix® edition. Here are t ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Top 5 Places to Eat This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Liberty Market Today In celebration of five years of business Gilbert's Liberty Market is offering $5 Tower Burgers and $5 22-oz Liberty Ale from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you drop by the restaurant's 5 Year Anniversary party you'll also find special desserts and you can enter a drawing for gift cards. ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    A Taste of Greece Festival In Chandler: All Greek and Good Eats

    There are a few Greek festivals in the Valley and this weekend saw the celebration of A Taste of Greece festival held at Chandler's St. Katherine Church. The three-day event might not be the biggest Greek fest, but delivers on authenticity and spirit. See our slideshow of the event. All of the fo ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in September

    Another month, another look back at the best things I ate during September. From dishes like my new favorite carne asada taco, to magnificent Mediterranean eats, to a killer lasagna my dining companion likened to the work of the devil, here are ten of the best things I ate this month selected from ... More >>

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    September 21, 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.Helen Yung's 5 Best C ... More >>

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    September 7, 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 Best Things I At ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    Chef Justin Olsen of Bink's Midtown on Working With Chef Jose Andres and His Bacon Tattoo

    We're back with the second part of our interview with chef Justin Olsen of Bink's Midtown. Today, we get the story about how he landed a job with chef Jose Andres at his center for culinary experimentation, minibar in Washington, D.C. He also shares the one thing he wants you to know about Bink's Mi ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Chef Justin Olsen of Bink's Midtown on the Meaning of Farm-to-Table and the Surprising Story of How He Ended Up at Binkley's

    Justin Olsen Chef de cuisine Bink's Midtown binksmidtown.com This is part one of our interview with chef Justin Olsen of Bink's Midtown. Today, he dishes on how he went from fixing cars to the culinary arts and how he ended up working at Binkley's four years ago. Be sure to come back tomorrow for ... More >>

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    September 1, 2013

    The Gladly in Phoenix Offers Special Guests a Sneak Preview

    Although the doors didn't officially open until Saturday, about a hundred guests enjoyed a sneak preview Friday night of one of the Valley's most highly anticipated new restaurants, The Gladly. Chef Bernie Kantak, Andrew Fritz and mixologist/bar master extraordinaire Richie Moe, the triumvirate re ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Seven Hate-Free Chicken Sandwiches in Metro Phoenix

    See Also: Chick-fil-A "Kiss-In" Protest Today: Puckering Up for Gay Rights All this talk of chicken sandwiches lately has made us hungry for one thing -- a chicken sandwich. But not just any ol' chicken sandwich, we want a delicious, hate- free chicken sandwich that believes that everyone should ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    St. Francis Posts a Kids Lunch Menu and Sets Off a Little Debate About Children in Restaurants

    Evie Carpenter​It started innocently enough. Last week, St. Francis, the stunningly cool bastion of contemporary American cuisine in Central Phoenix, posted a lunch menu for kids on their Facebook page and ended up with a discussion -- pro and con -- about children in restaur ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Chompie's Ultimate Sliders Challenge

    Evie CarpenterZach Fowle prepares to take on the slider challenge at Chompie's.​​The average person's stomach can hold about a liter of food, or close to two pounds' worth. But who wants to be average? All over town, restaurants are offering up contests of confection, defying brave eaters to ing ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Zach Fowle Attempts Tonight's Man v. Food Challenge at Chompie's

    Evie CarpenterZach Fowle and his nemesis: Chompies' Slider Challenge.​Tonight, Travel Channel celebrity Adam Richman will perform feats of gastronomic fortitude direct from Tempe in a new episode of Man v. Food. His ultimate hunger quest for this episode: the slider challenge at Chompie's. Fea ... More >>

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