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Food and Cooking

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    September 16, 2014

    The Bakery PHX Shines with Mini Pies and Potato Knishes

    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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    September 16, 2014

    10 Top Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week, Fall 2014

    With so many restaurants participating in this fall's edition of Arizona Restaurant Week -- which runs from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 28 -- it can be hard to tell where your dining dollars will be best spent. Thankfully, we're here to dish out some suggestions. Some of the restaurant ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Silvana Salcido Esparza on Barrio Queen: "I'm Proud of What I Did"

    Silvana Salcido Esparza Chef, Owner Barrio Cafe www.barriocafe.com If you haven't been paying close attention, then the last few weeks may have been a bit confusing in regards to what exactly James Beard Award nominated chef Silvana Salicido Esparza is and isn't up to these days. So first, let's ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

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

    The Gladly Today through Thursday, September 16 Now through Thursday The Gladly is celebrating its one year anniversary by thanking customers with a few sweet -- and savory -- deals. All week the restaurant will be giving dine-in dinner guests one $1 Original Chopped Salad per table, as well as a ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Pig Face Dumplings from Clever Koi: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Shabu Fondue: Chef Johnny Chu's Hot Pots Return in Style

    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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    September 12, 2014

    5 New Places for Brunch in Metro Phoenix

    Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse Bootleggers is looking to attract the brunch-time crowd with food and drink deals including $1 moonshine shots and Fried Chicken and Waffle Bites. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, the restaurant will be offering sangria pitchers, moonshine mimosas, and Epic B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    5 Places to Eat on Long Island, N.Y.

    This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what and where. With the summer travel season winding down, we bring you one last Food Tour.

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    September 12, 2014

    Escargot en Croute from Christopher's and Crush Lounge: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Mejico vs. Fuego Bistro: Seafood Chile Relleno Battle

    Any well-made chile relleno is just as good modest as it is dressed up. Stuff it fat with cheese? Perfect. Fill it with bright vegetables and a choice selection of meat? We're good with that, too. But those who don't consider Taco Bell Mexican food know the breading is just as important as the chili ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Bakeware Maintenance Basics

    Bakeware can be a very expensive investment, and maintaining it should be a priority. However, sometimes it's hard to stand and dry every groove of your bundt pan, especially when that delicious cake is gleaming on your cake stand across the kitchen. (If you missed our post on how to turn out the pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Bootleggers Modern American Kitchen Taps Stephen Jones as New Executive Chef

    For a while now, Bootleggers Modern American Steakhouse has been a ship without a captain -- or at least, an official one. Several months ago, executive chef James Fox and the restaurant quietly parted ways. Now owner Rick Phillips is ready to announce the restaurant's new culinary lead. And good n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Ramen Burger from Bitter and Twisted Cocktail Parlour: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    Stetson Chop from Cowboy Ciao: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Marigold Maison Indian Cuisine Opens Today in Former Bombay Spice Space

    About a year ago Bombay Spice, the Indian restaurant owned by JNK Concepts, made some big changes. The restaurant, originally located off Tatum and Shea, moved up the road to a new spot outside Paradise Valley Mall. It also went from serving a full menu with table service to being a Chiptole-style f ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    10 Best Waffles in Metro Phoenix

    Breakfast, the best and most important meal of the day, has an all-star confection in its ranks so good that even savory food lovers have to admit a craving every once and a while. No, we're not talking about pancakes. We're talking about the groovy, segmented, fluffy, and delicious waffle. Some pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

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

    Spotted Donkey Cantina Tuesday, September 9 Tomorrow Spotted Donkey Cantina at el Pedregal in North Scottsdale will host a tequila dinner event featuring Tequila Chamucos. The five course dinner will start with appetizers including la canasta chips and salsas; cheese chicken quesadillas; and salmon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Matt Zdeb of SumoMaya: "I Don't Want Anyone to Walk Out of Here Unhappy"

    Matt Zdeb Executive Chef SumoMaya Mexican Asian Kitchen www.sumomaya.com When local restaurant owner German Osio announced his plans to open an ambitious Mexican-Asian restaurant last summer, he immediately made SumoMaya one of 2014's most-anticipated dining spots. Then Osio stoked the fire even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in August

    Many restaurants are getting ready to reopen for the fall season, which means we can get ready to see a whole slew of new fall menus. And while I'm excited to see what's coming down the bend, I'll be sad to see some of my favorite summer dishes fall off menus until next year. This month's best eats ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Ten Handcrafted American Fare Brings Southern-Style Comforts to The Esplanade

    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

    September 5, 2014

    The Reservations-Only Trend Hits Phoenix, and We're Not Happy About It

    A few weeks ago, I figured I'd sneak into Bitter & Twisted, one of Phoenix's newest upscale bars, to eat and drink for a Happy Hour Report Card before the dinner rush hit. At about 4:30 p.m. on a Thursday, I walked in to find a mostly empty restaurant and a rather dismissive-looking waitstaff. "Do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Shabu Fondue Opens Saturday in Phoenix: Hot Pots Return from Chef Johnny Chu

    It's been a few months since Johnny Chu's T. Spot (formerly Tien Wong) closed its doors and left a giant, gaping hot pot hole in our Valley dining scene. But don't worry, Asian fondue lovers. That's about to change. The chef's new hot pot restaurant, named Shabu Fondue, will open at 7822 N. 12 Str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Pig Ear Pad Thai from The Local: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

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

    Morning Glory Opening Friday, September 5 Next week The Farm at South Mountain will reopen for its 21st season and the first of the farm's dining outlets to open will be the popular breakfast and brunch spot, Morning Glory Cafe. Starting tomorrow, Friday, September 5, Morning Glory will be open Tue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Stingray Sushi in Scottsdale Has Closed; New Location to Open in Chandler This Fall

    After a decade of success in Old Town Scottsdale, the original location of Stingray Sushi has closed its doors. The restaurant's lease is up, but owners say they're already looking for a new location in the area. The goal is to reopen a Scottsdale sushi outlet in 2015. In the meantime, there's ple ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    Noca in Phoenix Closes Suddenly for "House Cleaning"

    Don't panic just yet. According to a sign posted on the door, Noca is closed for "house cleaning." But the cryptic note doesn't give any details about when the restaurant will reopen -- if at all.

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    September 3, 2014

    James Beard Foundation's Taste America Comes to Phoenix Next Week -- Here's the Menu

    Next week seven of the Valley's best chefs will come together for a dinner event that's sure to have any food lover brimming with joy. Chefs Silvana Salcida Esparza, Paul McCabe, Charleen Badman, Josh Hebert, Cullen Campbell, Gio Osso, and Kevin Binkley will be joined by chef Sherry Yard of Helms Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    The Delmonico from Steak 44: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    7 Places to Get Artisan Bread in Arizona

    There's nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked bread. If you ask us, it's one of the most beautiful smells in the world. And the good news is you don't have to look all that far to find it. There are several bakeries and restaurants in town that offer freshly baked bread regularly. We could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Clever Koi's Fourth Day Off Dinner Melds Asian with Italian with Crudo in the Kitchen

    Every last Sunday of the month, Clever Koi invites another restaurant's team into the kitchen to join forces to create one five course meal. Crudo was the fourth restaurant to do a Day Off Dinner at Clever Koi, joining Welcome Diner, Crepe Bar, and Brat Haus. With a packed house, the kitchen sent ou ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Arby's Secret New Meat Mountain Puts All the Meats on One Bun

    The Guilty Pleasure: The Meat Mountain Where to Get It: Arby's, locations nationwide (participation may vary) The Price: $10 What It Really Costs: It's a doozy, but not quite as bad as you think. I'm stunned by the existence of a new off-menu item at Arby's, the Meat Mountain. As the story from the ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Foie Gras Bread Pudding from Barrelhouse: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Chino Bandido in Chandler: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Chino Bandido 1825 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler http://www.chinobandido.com/ The Hours: Happy hour at the Chandler location is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. See also: 10 Freebies and Other Restaurant Deals in Metro Phoenix

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    Cuppings at Press Coffee Roasters: a Fantastic Introduction to Coffee Fundamentals

    I remember, distinctly, the first coffee I ever tasted. At that point, I'd probably drunk a thousand cups of coffee and made about a million more than that for other people. But the first one I ever really tasted was from Ethiopia. It was reminiscent of warm blueberry syrup, delectably sweet, clean, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Free Beer: Ingo's Tasty Food Hosts Pop-Up Beer Garden on Labor Day

    Looking for something fun (and cheap) to do on your extra day off this weekend? Ingo's Tasty Food in Arcadia is hosting a special, one-day only pop-up beer garden event on Monday, September 1. The event will feature complimentary beer tasting, drink specials, gelato, and, of course, their tasty bur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Arizona Mills' New Food Hall: Burritos By Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza and Sad Noodle Soup

    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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    August 29, 2014

    Blueberry Ginger Macaron from French Grocery: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    After Less Than Six Months, Fusion Burritos in Gilbert Has Closed

    It seems the Valley just isn't ready for internationally inspired burritos via a drive-thru because after less than six months Fusion Burrito in Gilbert has closed its doors for good. The restaurant served a menu of burritos stuffed with off-the-wall toppings including meatballs, mashed potatoes, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Times Square in North Phoenix: Eating the World

    We spin the globe and search for otherworldly spots to expand our eating horizons around the Valley. The Place: Times Square Neighborhood Italian Restaurant 2602 West Deer Valley Road www.timessquareaz.com

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    August 28, 2014

    Cuff: New Restaurant to Open in Historic Downtown Glendale Next Month

    The West Valley hasn't exactly been a destination for ambitious chefs looking to make their mark in the local culinary scene. But with a new restaurant coming to downtown Glendale, that may start to change. Later this fall, Cuff, a New American Restaurant, will open its doors at 5819 West Glendale ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Oaxaca Black Mole Taco from La Santisima: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Nearly Half of Restaurant Workers Live Below Twice the Poverty Line, Study Shows

    If you're eating out, tipping four dollars versus three dollars on that $16 tab might not mean a lot to you, but to your server that little extra means a whole lot more. Back in our serving days it did, especially since those tips were often meant to be supplemental income for other members of the s ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Aaron Pool of Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soups on The Perfect Enchiladas and Why Sporks Suck

    Aaron Pool Owner, founder Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup 3313 N. 7th Street, Phoenix www.gadzooksaz.com When you hear the word "Gadzooks," you probably don't think of food. Toys, maybe. Or a children's clothing store. But a place for a good meal isn't likely to be the closest association. "People ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Customer Defends Claim He Was Kicked Out of Pane Bianco for Speaking Spanish; Chef Chris Bianco Responds

    Last week, we told you about Phoenix resident Jeffrey Peterson, who took to social media with a claim that he had been asked to leave Pane Bianco for speaking Spanish. The restaurant, which has been open since 2004, is one of several in town owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco. On ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Wendy's Pickle from Green: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    Kids Eat Free at Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill Through Aug. 30

    Getting your kids to eat healthy can be hard and it can be expensive sometimes too. Luckily, you can feed your kids under 10 for free this week at Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill. With "You Build It" menu options, even the pickiest eaters in your family will have something to enjoy while you enjoy the ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    How to Order Coffee Without Sounding Like A Tool

    I worked in the specialty coffee world for almost a decade before retiring to the blogosphere. If there's one thing I learned during that time, it's that there is a massive language barrier between cafes and coffee drinkers. As with any other industry, coffee comes with its own vocabulary of terms - ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Oven Vine Brings Housemade Bread and Oven-Baked Pasta to Midtown Phoenix

    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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    August 22, 2014

    Bánh Mì from Lee's Sandwiches: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Chris Bianco Responds to Claim that Customer Was Kicked Out of Pane Bianco for Speaking Spanish

    Yesterday a Phoenix resident took to social media with a serious accusation against one of the Valley's most famous restaurants. Last night Pane Bianco responded on its Facebook page and today chef Chris Bianco spoke about the matter with Chow Bella. Jeffrey Peterson, a technology entrepreneur and ... More >>

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