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    July 10, 2014

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

    Someburros Scavenger Hunt Today through Saturday, July 12 Now through Saturday, Someburros is celebrating its 28th year of business with twice-daily Piñata Hunts. The restaurant is thanking customers for their years of loyalty by stashing two piñatas around town every day. At 9 a.m., Someburros w ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    Upon a Burning Body: Looks Like Disappearance Was a Hoax

    Earlier today, metal band Upon A Burning Body posted that their singer, Danny Leal, is missing and was last seen June 30. According to the band's label, Sumerian Records, it was a hoax.

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    June 23, 2014

    Electric Daisy Carnival Vegas 2014: The Best and Worst

    By Dennis Romero What's it like partying with 134,000 of your closest friends? After a fourth year covering Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, the size and scope of America's largest electronic dance music festival (and, really, one of the country's largest music events, period) still just lea ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Thai Rama in Phoenix is Temporarily Closed After a Car Crashed Into The Restaurant (VIDEO)

    If you've driven by Thai Rama on Camelback Road in the last month, you might have noticed the restaurant looks a bit different. That's because a cab crashed into the restaurant's dining room last month, causing it to have to temporarily close until reconstruction is completed. The restaurant, which ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Brad Paisley June Concert at Ak-Chin Pavilion Canceled

    For Brad Paisley fans hoping to beat this summer with some musical relief, bad news: LiveNation anounced today that the show has been canceled due to "scheduling conflicts." Refunds will be available at the point of purchase. Find any show in Metro Phoenix via our extensive online concert calendar ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    JamRock Cafe & Grill Brings Caribbean Cuisine to Central Phoenix

    Congrats, Central Phoenix. You've got a new local restaurant that's bringing a little irie feeling to the neighborhood. Welcome, JamRock Cafe & Grill. The restaurant opened about two weeks ago located at 1714 W Van Buren Street and serves a small menu of Carribean and Jamaican cuisine -- think ent ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    10 Worst Social-Media Posts in Arizona History

    Social-media websites like Facebook and Twitter may make it easier to connect with people, but they also make it easier to make an ass out of yourself in front of everyone.Here are 10 people who did just that, in what we're calling the 10 worst social-media posts in Arizona history:

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    April 14, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Eddie's House Monday, April 14 Passover begins at sunset today and that means it's time for Seder. But don't worry if you didn't make plans for the festive feast because Eddie's House in Scottsdale has got you covered. The restaurant will be serving a Passover feast that includes four courses. Dine ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Now Open: Momenti Pizzeria in North Phoenix (Yup, More Pizza)

    Don't worry Paradise Valley, the quick-service pizza gods didn't forget about you. As of last week, Momenti Pizzeria has brought 12-inch personal pizzas to your North Phoenix/Paradise Valley neighborhood -- specifically at 4740 East Shea Boulevard, Suite 109, on the northwest corner of Tatum and S ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Facebook Faux Pas? Scottsdale Restaurant Posts Photo of Rude Tipper's Receipt

    We've written a fair share about tips here on Chow Bella -- everything from tipping etiquette to auto gratuities and of course a few crazy stories of tipping gone wrong...and tipping gone totally right. This weekend Scottsdale's Brat Haus chimed in on the tipping debate, posting a photo of one cu ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    Portland's Restaurant Now Closed; Owners to Open Oven Vine in Midtown Phoenix

    Portland's Restaurant, the eatery and wine bar in downtown Phoenix that had become a mainstay after more than a decade, closed its doors for good at end of business on Thursday, February 20. But there's good news for fans of the restaurant and its food and drinks. The owners are already working on ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Now Open: Cake Nightclub in Scottsdale

    Scottsdale's nightlife hotspot haven at the corner of Saddlebag Trail and Indian Plaza has been getting a bit hotter the past few weeks thanks to some new arrivals, including the recently opened Cake Nightclub. Located next door to the equally new Bottled Blond, the self-described "boutique nightc ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    $10 Lunch at Gordas Baja Taco in Phoenix

    Gordas Baja Taco meets the most important criteria of Baja-style Mexican food: Seafood is heavily present on their menu, and it's fresh without being overcooked.

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    January 6, 2014

    Top 5 Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Pizza People Pub Today through Sunday, January 12 This week, the Pizza People Pub will celebrating its official grand opening with seven days of events and food and drink specials. Today through Sunday, you can head to the midtown restaurant, located in the space formerly occupied by Cheuvront wine ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    Take This Kanye West Quiz. It Has Funny Illustrated Clues!

    [Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] This game is very simple: Look at the pictures and guess what Kanye West song each one represents. Boom. That's it. That's all. You're done. That's a little thing called res ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    5 Christmas Desserts in Metro Phoenix to Pre-Order (Or Pick Up) Now

    What would December be without a generous helping of peppermint and chocolate? There's no bad time of year for desserts, but the winter season is when bakers pull out all the stops, creating sweets so decadent it's the stuff traditions are made of -- quite literally in the case of gingerbread houses ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    New Food Truck Brings Beligum Leige Waffles to the Valley

    When it comes to Belgium's culinary gift bag of treats, Liege waffles may be one of its hardest to find. Impossibly indulgent, the buttery-sweet oblong waffles are crisp on the outside, soft and chewy within, and feature a luscious, glistening coat of caramelized sugar that can be topped with thing ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    10 Craziest Phoenix Crimes of the Month: November

    No matter how many police reports we read through on a monthly basis, the criminal creativity, stupidity, and craziness never ceases to amaze us.Just when you think you've seen it all, there's always something worse. From a crime spree sparked by a fear of Alice Cooper's restaurant, to a new pot-smu ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    The Summer Set Performs at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Winter Gear

    Scottsdale young people The Summer Set have built up a big, devoted fanbase for their particular brand of electronic pop-rock, but it was still a bit of a surprise to see where that had gotten them Thursday morning--on NBC at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, performing for a New York crowd that d ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    How to Accidentally Become a Drug Dealer

    [Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning scribe and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] The biggest concern in my life recently is that every show on my DVR is the regular definition version, rather than the high definition version. As you can see, things have a ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    First Arcadia Cookbook Swap Includes Valley Chefs, Cooking Demos, Canned Food Drive

    Ready to trade your Jean-Georges Vongerichten in for a Joel Robuchon? How about your edition of How to Cook Everything for a copy of Gourmet Today? From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, December 14, home cooks, bakers, and gift givers alike can exchange their favorite cookbooks with those from their ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Catching Fire's Soundtrack Is Great If You're An Aging Male Hipster

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's soundtrack is the latest in a proud, increasingly long young-adult franchise movie tradition: Pitching their soundtracks at the college-rock types who actually buy compilation albums. It's streaming now on iTunes, and that means it's time for another set of striking ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Oh God, Miley Cyrus Is Coming to Phoenix

    PHOENIX, AZ: 2 AMC. Some of the elders still remember the Beforetimes. They claim not to, especially to the guards, but I see it in their faces when they're alone together. They remember life before Miley Cyrus came to Phoenix. When they're alone--after work and before the Two Minute Sext--I watch ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    10 Things The Door Guy Hates About You

    The Door Guy. He's seen and heard it all. Pukes puking. Bros fighting. Liars lying about the guest list to get by him. Drunks falling. Your "Turn up!" is his "Calm down!" Frankly, he hates you. Here are ten reasons why you can't blame him.

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    November 5, 2013

    5 Best Restaurants in South Phoenix Right Now

    For those who think South Phoenix is food-starved when it comes to great restaurants, think again. At the moment, the five best restaurants in the area feature farm-fresh produce, luscious meats, and organic grains -- many locally sourced -- in boldly flavored, scratch made dishes that are deceptiv ... 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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    November 4, 2013

    Stray Cat Bar & Grill in Tempe Closes

    Another Tempe music venue has gone down for the count as the Stray Cat Bar & Grill -- a venue for numerous local rock, punk, and hip-hop shows over the past decade -- quietly closed over the weekend. The announcement of the bar's came as a surprise to some of its patrons. An update to the bar's Fac ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    10 Must-See Bands at Apache Lake Music Festival

    Over the last few years Apache Lake Music Festival has made the just-barely-perceptible leap from curiosity to institution, and it's easy to see why; like most institutions, the core of it is a really simple idea done well: What if you could see a bunch of local bands in a novel, secularly fun setti ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    Amy and Derrick Ross, Bisbee's Nowhere Man And A Whiskey Girl, Have Died

    In what's already been a bummer of a week for local music after the recent passing of local folk guitarist Andrew Duncan Brown, we have more saddening news to report. Amy and Derrick Ross, the Bisbee couple behind popular folk/Americana duo Nowhere Man And A Whiskey Girl, have died. Amy Ross, 39, p ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    Legendary Pink Dots at Crescent Ballroom and Kepi Ghoulie at Trunk Space

    It wasn't just Depeche Mode that brought their road show to the Phoenix area last night - - though you'd never have known it by the seemingly endless amounts of pictures and videos that were flooding Facebook all night. Downtown's Crescent Ballroom featured another prolific band formed in early '8 ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Watch Depeche Mode Evolve Through 30 Year of Press Photos

    By Catherine Downes With Depeche Mode on tour, we thought it'd be fun to dig through our heaping, and incredibly disorganized, collection of "vintage" press photos. Last time we rummaged through these stacks we found some sweet Jesus and Mary Chain pics (score!) So for our entertainment, and hopef ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Watch Surprise's Destinee Quinn Wow Christina Aguilera on The Voice (VIDEO)

    I'm not here to tell you why or how you should watch your reality singing contests, so I'll just offer this as a value-neutral option: If you've given up on the Cardinals already and are looking for another way to root for Arizona on NBC, this week's set of auditions on The Voice have you covered. S ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013
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    September 19, 2013

    New Gourmet Hot Dog Food Truck (Frank.) Hits the Streets in October

    Heads up, hot dog hounds: a new food truck loaded with gourmet franks and scratch-made sides will be hitting the Valley's streets in October. Courtesy of Adam Allison, executive chef at North Scottsdale's Skeptical Chymist, the hot dog truck, aptly called Frank. (for obvious ties to the tubular me ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    My version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a lot different from the final cut. It's not that I have anything against Jane Austen or George Romero; I just prefer the British invasion to the actual, brain-eating invasion. (View our complete concert calendar here.)

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    September 16, 2013

    Tuesday Night TV Dinner, Bourbon Heritage Month and More This Week In Metro Phoenix

    Another weekend has passed us by but this week in Phoenix there are more than a few dining and drinking opportunities for mid-week fun. Here are a some of the events we have on the books. Monday Night Chef's Table with Four Peaks Brewery Monday, September 16 To kick off the week ZuZu in Old Town ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    9 Favorite Bars and Restaurants for Watching Football in Metro Phoenix

    They always say the best seat in the house for watching sports is on your couch, but unless you (or a very generous friend) have invested a couple hundred bucks in NFL Sunday Ticket, you're going to need to find a comfortable place to watch the majority of the next few months' games. There's nothing ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    11 Oktoberfest Celebrations in Metro Phoenix

    Break out the lederhosen and fill your glass boots with beer, or rather "bier," because it's time for Oktoberfest fever to take over the Valley. Whether you're looking for a one-day fest to celebrate German food, drink and culture or a days-long party with live music and more beers can you can count ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Top 10 Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week, September 2013

    In just a handful of days, Arizona Restaurant Week, the twice-a-year event put on by the Arizona Restaurant Association, will be in full swing. And this year, the nine-day fall celebration, which runs from Saturday, September 21, to Sunday, September 29, is expected to include over 150 restaurants o ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Red Hut Coffee in Phoenix Making a Stir Even Before Grand Opening

    Red Hut Coffee, located on the northwest corner of 7th Street and Roosevelt, is brand-new to the neighborhood -- and already facing scrutiny, backlash, and a boycott, after a Facebook post by owner David Marsh.

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    August 23, 2013

    Noise Complaint: "Puke Til You Party"

    If the curtain hasn't already been lifted for you, let me raise it with gusto: Most people who play in any punk band are, and always have been, pretty big nerds. But for every group of 1,000 Jello Biafras, there is at least 1 Henry Rollins in the bunch. A group who takes intoxication, poor hygiene a ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Super-Healthy Fast Food Chain, Freshii, Opens at ASU Tempe Campus

    Arizona State University students in Tempe starved for good-for-you eats like salads, wraps, and the occasional mint and pineapple smoothie need to look no further than their own campus. Freshii, the Chicago-based, healthy fast food chain with 75 locations in six countries, opened its first Arizona ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013

    Five Great Places to See an All-Ages Show around Phoenix

    Yes, we know. Your fake ID is spectacular. Nobody cards you because your mustache is simultaneously full and rich and completely earnest-looking. Your friends buy cases of Natty Light from extremely vigilant chain stores for sport. But if you're just getting back in town for the fall semester, and ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    The VeraGroove, Last Exit Live Take To YouTube for an Acoustic Performance

    If you're old enough to be reading this post, there's a fair chance your parents carried a comically large camcorder around to capture your every toddle in the years before you were old enough to either love or hate the camera a little too much. You've seen the video enough times to know that the so ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013
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    July 24, 2013

    Mega Ran Lost His Nintendo 3DS, And The Internet Is On The Case

    I never quite understood it until yesterday, but my favorite Andy Warhol quote has always been, "In the future, everyone will be famous enough to have the internet come to their rescue for 15 minutes, or until some more really goofy Anthony Weiner sexts leak." Phoenix's own Random--alias Mega Ran--i ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    Chandler's Hungry Monk Goes Mobile With Traveling Monk Food Truck

    While Valley food trucks like Short Leash Hot Dogs, Mama Toledo's, and Jamburritos are preparing to add four walls to their four wheels, a popular Chandler restaurant is putting things in reverse. The Hungry Monk, the three-year-old neighborhood bar and eatery from ex-Buffalo Wings & Rings franchi ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Big Beats, Big Parties, and Big Pimping: Local DJs Share 16 Years of Axis-Radius Memories

    The nightlife-loving cats at Scottsdale's Axis-Radius are planning one helluva party this weekend that likely will go down as one of the most memorable in the club's 16-year history. Sadly, that's because the iconic and influential establishment is about to become history. If you haven't heard the ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Scattered Melodies Explain "Terms and Conditions" (VIDEO)

    Pick up a copy of this week's Phoenix New Times, and check out the feature on Scattered Melodies, a rhythm duo who featured nine different singers and several guitarists on their upcoming album, A Collective Agreement. We shot a video of the guys explaining the track, featured below. Check it out ... More >>

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    June 8, 2013

    Ask MC Magic about Love, Life, Hip Hop, or Anything Else

    MC Magic has been writing a column for us for a few months now, but anyone who follows Arizona's reigning slow-jam king on Twitter or Facebook knows that he's into keeping in touch with his fans. With that in mind--and because Ann Landers and Dear Abby just don't know you as well as he does--we'd ... More >>

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