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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Domino's New Chicken Crust Pizza Accepts Its Inevitable Failure

    Do you know what we think every time we go to upscale pizza joint like Pomo and Pizzeria Bianco? "Man, we wish this pizza crust was actually made of breaded chicken." Not. But Domino's went ahead with the idea of replacing its dough, which is definitely passable anyway, with some sort of chicken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    TapHouse Kitchen in Scottsdale is Now Open: Craft Beer, Modern American Cuisine

    The group behind American TapHouse in Gilbert has brought craft beer to Scottsdale with a second concept, TapHouse Kitchen. The restaurant opened a few weeks ago in the Hilton Village Center at 6137 N. Scottsdale Road, in a space formerly occupied by Blue Wasabi. TapHouse Kitchen offers a menu mod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    How to Make a Jungle Bird Cocktail

    Sometimes behind the bar, you have your own personal trends. Take, for example, this week's cocktail. A year or two ago, I got on a streak of making this drink for almost everyone I knew. I sang its praises far and wide. But somehow, it never made it into Chow Bella. Then last week some friends and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

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

    Wingstock 2014 Saturday, April 19 The "hottest festival in the Valley" is going down Saturday at the Mesa Amphitheatre. At Wingstock Arizona 2014, Valley restaurants (including House of Brews in Gilbert and The Vine Tavern & Eatery in Tempe) will compete for the title of "Wingstock King of Wings. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    The Arizona Bread Company in Scottsdale Is Baking Karsh's Rye Bread

    No, your eyes don't deceive you. According to Jeff Benkel, one of the owners of The Arizona Bread Company in Scottsdale, the bakery is making and selling Karsh's rye bread. "It's the real deal," Benkle says. "I'm really happy with it." The Arizona Bread Company, on the northeast corner of 70th a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Northern Italian White Wines: Stuff I'm Geekin' On

    Mid-April is upon us in the Valley, which means temperatures are beginning to hint at summer. The macho among us will make a point of bragging about not turning their A/C on until it hits such and such temperature, as if were a contest to see how much heat they can endure. I, however have already tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Catch The Maine Lobster Lady Today -- Or Wait Until Next Year

    We love all our local food trucks, but when it comes to fresh seafood options of the mobile variety there's really nothing better than The Maine Lobster Lady. The only problem? She skips town when things get hot (smart woman) and therefore cuts off our supply of super fresh lobster rolls all summer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Bitters 101 with Bill and Lill Buitenhuys of AZ Bitters Lab

    If you haven't been building your bitters collection, it's time to start. Bill and Lill Buitenhuys, the couple behind AZ Bitters Lab, explain that chefs have spice racks and bartenders equip themselves with an arsenal of bitters, which act as the seasoning element to finish and round out any cocktai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    10 Unusual Ways to Eat Eggs

    Eggs have been a rising trend in restaurants for the last few years, and we can't expect them to be pulled off menus, well, ever. And for good reason! Not only are they incredibly versatile, but this essential ingredient is every bit as super as kale or salmon. If you're still eating your eggs scra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Caffe Boa in Tempe Is Doing Easter Brunch in Old School Croatian-Style

    If you're still looking for a unique way to celebrate Easter brunch this year, you might be interested in what they've got planned over at Caffe Boa in Tempe. Owners Jay and Christine Wisniewski are bringing some Croatian traditions to their restaurant by offering rotisserie-style all natural, who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Republic Ramen v. Hana Japanese Eatery: Chow Bella's Ultimate Battle of the Ramen

    March Madness might be over, but Chow Bella's Ultimate Battle of the Ramen is just heating up. We pitted two first round winners against each other to see who will proceed to the finals. In this crosstown match, Hana Japanese Eatery takes on Republic Ramen.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Confessions of a Cold Brew Coffee Addict

    I wake up every morning around 7 a.m., albeit begrudgingly. Sometimes I hit the snooze until 7:30, but eventually I pry myself out of bed and get ready. Everything's hazy and grey until I pop into Cartel downtown on my way to work to get my morning cold brew. Everyone comments on how Cartel's barist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    5 Substitutes for Basic Baking Ingredients

    It's midnight on a Tuesday. You have promised to bake up your amazing chocolate cupcakes for the office tomorrow. After ripping apart your refrigerator for the fifth time, you realize that dozen eggs you thought you had is only two eggs. Now what? This happens to me more often than I'd like to admi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    The Local on Roosevelt Row Officially Opens Tomorrow, April 13 (Here's The Menu)

    Though The Local has been "soft open" for a few weeks now, and the restaurant has announced it will be officially open to the public as of tomorrow, Saturday, April 12. That means chef Chris McKinley and bar master Adam Hargett have finally settled on a menu of upscale, innovative food and drinks th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in Peoria, Surprise and El Mirage Right Now

    Head west of the Loop 101, hit the US 60, and you're in the north West Valley. And while it's not the hottest or hippest part of greater Phoenix, the cities in this neck of the woods -- which include Peoria, Surprise, and El Mirage -- have more than a few restaurant gems to offer hungry diners. You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Moroccan Bastilla at Alzohour Market: Eat This Now

    When it comes to hidden gems, Alzohour Market is about as good as it gets. Located just west of the I-17 off Northern, this Middle Eastern and Moroccan grocery/clothing store greets customers with a a few rows of shelves stocked rather haphazardly with chocolates, canned goods, and spices. And if th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    A Farewell to Karsh's Bakery, The Valley's Best Jewish Bakery

    For more than four decades Karsh's Bakery was famous in this town, one of best and longest-lasting Jewish bakeries in a city where finding good rye bread and rugalach can pose a real challenge. So when news broke the bakery would be closing its doors, customers jumped at the chance to grab one last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Corazon Mexican Cocina in Central Phoenix: Homemade Horchata and Chilaquiles Off the Beaten Path

    Several members of the Chow Bella team noticed a now brightly painted Mexican restaurant, Corazon Mexican Cocina, and sent me to investigate. Before the facelift, the spot was known as Altamar Mexican Grill and still operates under the same owners. We approached with the question: Truly authentic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Burgers 21, Courtesy of The Melting Pot, Will Open in Scottsdale

    Add another fast-casual burger chain to those already competing for your dinner dollars in Scottsdale because Burger 21, a franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., has plans to open two restaurants in the Valley this year. As we told you last August the first Burger 21 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    How to Make a South African Milk Tart

    My husband arrived home with some crumpled printed pages from a website. Bold orange highlighter illuminated some of the words. He handed them to me. Just a few pastry ideas for me from his South African friend at work, Elwin. After seeing my article on Lamingtons, Elwin wanted to pass along some i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Silk True Asian Opens April 10 in Chandler

    Chandler-ites will be welcoming a new Asian restaurant to the dining scene as of Thursday, April 10 when Silk True Asian opens its doors for business. The restaurant will be located at 4995 S. Alma School Road in Chandler, inside the Promenade at Fulton Ranch. Silk True Asian comes courtesy of own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Karl's Quality Bakery in Sunnyslope Has Re-Opened in New Spot

    The last time we checked in with Karl and Christine Boerner, the father-daughter duo behind Sunnyslope's Karl's Quality Bakery, the owners had secured a new location and were launching an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to get things up and running. That was back in January and though the Boerne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    15 Easter Options at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    In Arizona, celebrating Easter becomes about more than the holiday itself. It's also one of the last big hurrahs before the temperature creeps up to 100 degrees and stays there throughout the summer. That's why we recommend booking a table for Easter brunch, especially if you can snag a seat outdoor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Jade Bar in Paradise Valley: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Jade Bar 5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley 480-948-2100 www.sanctaryoncamelback.com

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    As Lime Prices Rise, Metro Phoenix Restaurants Figure Out A Way To Lower Cost

    Think of your favorite dinner at a local Mexican joint-- the guacamole uses lime juice, the margarita uses lime juice, and your favorite street taco is typically topped with a slice of lime too. Many drinks and dishes in town use the green citrus, but recently, cartels in Mexico have started trying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

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

    Casablanca Lounge Tuesday, April 8 This Tuesday the 2014 Scottsdale Culinary Festival will kick off with the Opening Night Affair at Casablanca Lounge in Old Town Scottsdale. The event will be "a stylish salute to classic Hollywood" with a red carpet, vintage cocktails from Campari, small bite, mag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    5 Things Your Server Really Doesn't Want You To Do

    Everyone who plans on ever dining out should be forced to serve, at least for a month or two. Then maybe folks would have a little more compassion for the fine ladies and gentlemen who take care of them from the greasy spoon diners to the upscale steakhouses. While we don't expect y'all to rush out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Modern Grove Neighborhood Eatery & Market to Open April 8 in North Phoenix

    A new neighborhood spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and drinks is coming to north Phoenix at 15530 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 160, on the northwest corner of Tatum Boulevard and Greenway Road. Modern Grove Neighborhood Eatery & Market, an eatery and market, will celebrate its grand opening tomor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Steak 44 in Arcadia to Open on Saturday

    Steak aficionados won't have to wait much longer to dig into a 22-ounce bone-in ribeye at Steak 44, the newest restaurant to come from the Mastro's family. The restaurant, located at 5101 N. 44th St. (the former home of Cork 'N Cleaver), will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Blue Crab Handroll at Yasu Sushi Bistro: Eat This Now

    It seems this tiny restaurant has fallen off the radar for many food lovers. But not for the local Paradise Valley/North Phoenix crowd. They still fill every table in the entire cozy dining room, even on random Tuesday nights, filling up on sushi and other Japanese specialties.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Henry's Private Kitchen in Mesa Is for the Adventurous Diner -- Who Can Read Chinese

    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 4, 2014

    Licor 43 Is My New Fascination Behind the Bar

    I find trends in liquor to be both fascinating and puzzling. Lately, I'm left wondering how the hell marketing executives come up with ridiculous flavors of vodka. Nothing quite says "I'm using a fake ID" than trying to order a drink made with vodka that tastes like Froot Loops cereal. But through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Snooze in Central Phoenix Struggles to Live Up To The Hype

    Whether it's a humble meal of eggs and toast or an elaborate dish of eggs Benedict and handmade pastry, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and it's the meal Snooze, and A.M. Eatery in Central Phoenix specializes in serving -- every day until 2:30 p.m. The restaurant chain, founde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

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

    Arizona Barbecue Festival Saturday, April 5 This Saturday the "Biggest Honky Tonk in Town," the fifth annual Arizona Barbecue Festival will take over Scottsdale's Salt River Fields. The event will bring together more than 25 top barbecue purveyors, local restaurants, and numerous bars for an event ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    T. Spot (Formerly Tien Wong) in Chandler Has Closed; Johnny Chu to Open New Hot Pot Restaurant in Sunnyslope

    If you've got a craving for chef Johnny Chu's spicy, bubbling bowls of broth, we've got some bad news. You're going to have to wait because the chef's hot pot and ramen restaurant, T. Spot in Chandler, has closed its doors for good. Chu re-branded the restaurant as T. Spot in fall 2013. It was cal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Passover Dinner at FnB April 14 Features Chopped Liver, Lamb, and Meringue

    Take it easy this Passover and let the "veggie whisperer," Charleen Badman, and her crew over at FnB make your dinner this year unforgettable. Family-style appetizers that have classics and new favorites, kosher style entrees, and some fantastic desserts are all on the menu for the dinner on April 1 ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Lola Coffee at Sam Fox's The Yard: Phoenix's First Siphon Bar, Kopi Luwak, and Tapas

    In January we told you that Lola Coffee, the Roosevelt Row coffeeshop from one of the city's best-known roasters Daniel Wayne, was headed for The Yard. And whether you love or hate Sam Fox's giant dining and hangout space on Seventh Street, you're going to want to come check out the new Lola Coffee. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    March Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

    Another month, another handful of painful goodbyes to Phoenix dining institutions have left us near heartbroken. However, with some exciting new restaurants hitting the scene this month as well, it almost makes up for having to let go of some favorites -- almost.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Arizona Restaurant Association Announces the 2014 Finalists for the Foodist Awards

    With all these awards flying around this week, it's getting hard to keep it all straight. So here's a refresher: The Arizona Restaurant Association created the Foodist Awards last year to celebrate "the most amazing tastes, faces and places in Arizona food and beverage." Last year, the list of fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    The Local Brings Upscale Fare and Casual Dining to Phoenix

    The Local has been a buzz topic around the downtown dining scene for the past few months and the wait to try it out is finally over-- kind of. While the hours aren't officially set and the restaurant was closed yesterday, publicist Ty Largo says the restaurant plans to be open for a "soft dinner" to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Joe Absalor of Clever Koi in Phoenix: "I'm Having to Hold Back A Little Bit."

    Joe Absalor Chef, owner Clever Koi www.thecleverkoi.com You might already have heard the story behind the other half of Clever Koi's culinary team. Chef Jared Porter, formerly executive chef of The Parlor, has been in the business since age 15. He won a full ride to culinary school at the Art In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Rania's Kabob Grill: Afghan Cuisine Has Come to Gilbert (With Delivery!)

    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 1, 2014

    Taco Guild in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Taco Guild 546 East Osborn Road, Phoenix 602-264-4143 www.tacoguild.com

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Noca vs. Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions: Lobster Roll Rumble

    Normal people eat on vacation; around here, we go on vacation to eat. And while we love our desert home, we're not above booking a ticket to the coast just to get our hands on some decent seafood. The good news: With a handful of Valley menus offering fresh lobster rolls, we can now get shellfish wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Sazón Bachata: The Caribbean Comes to Grand Avenue in 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Havana Cafe in Phoenix to Close After More Than 25 Years

    We told you earlier this month that LGO Hospitality -- the group behind Le Grande Orange, Ingo's Tasty Food, and Chelsea's Kitchen among others -- has plans to open a new restaurant at 4225 East Camelback Road. That location is currently the home of a small complex called Camelback Court, in which t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Tacos Atoyac in Phoenix Has Closed Indefinitely

    According to a post on the restaurant's Facebook page on Friday night, Tacos Atoyac in Central Phoenix has closed its doors indefinitely. The restaurant, owned by Oaxacan Pablo Lopez and Chilean-born Dan Maldonado, opened in 2010 and has become known as one of the Valley's best places for excellent ... More >>

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