I'm a longtime food truck fan, from way before food trucks were cool. During college in Hawaii, I regularly ate out of trucks parked on the Manoa campus. I ordered what Hawaiians call "plate lunches": an entrée served with two scoops of rice and one scoop of macaroni salad. It sounds starch-crazy t ... More >>
OK. If you read my previous post on Jewel's Bakery and Café, you already know I'm in love with this place. Jewel's has so many beautiful gluten-free pastries that you could just drown yourself in sugar. But I also was excited to taste their savory side. So my work compatriots and I headed over fo ... More >>
Last year, I didn't eat any of my Christmas cookies because I used the Martha Stewart recipe for sugar cookies that I always use, with loads of butter, sugar and gluten-laden flour. I didn't want to alter the recipe because, like many of Martha's creations, it is perfect, and one of the many reasons ... More >>
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Gluten-Free Eater. The holidays are a time of feasting: turkey and stuff ... More >>
Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For people with celiac disease, ingesting just a little bit of gluten (a p ... More >>
When one of the young dancers from the next-door studio wandered into Café 8 in Mesa, and announced that she couldn't eat gluten, Tracey Chaker gave her one of the gluten-free cupcakes out of the display case. "The next day, she came back, tugged on my chef's jacket, and said, 'I never thought I ... More >>
You'd think a place billed as "healthy," a place that serves quinoa as a side dish, would be a gluten-friendly place. At the Original ChopShop Co. in Tempe, you'd be right -- and you'd be wrong.
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
So, first let me say that I can't remember ever eating at P.F. Chang's China Bistro. Until this week. Which is a bit weird since the chain's very first restaurant opened a few miles from my house, and now it has hundreds of restaurants around the world and is a go-to dine-out place for a lot of peo ... More >>
The number of people sickened in the "bloody diarrhea outbreak" in Maricopa County has reached 74 in the weeks after the outbreak, according to a county health department official.County health department workers believe the outbreak stems from E. coli at a Federico's Mexican Food location.
One of my earliest food memories, when I was probably three or four, was oatmeal at the hospital daycare where my mother would drop my sister and me on the way to her early morning nursing shift. I remember her scratchy-crisp starched white uniform, a disoriented bleary-eyed feeling, and the warm, ... More >>
The "bloody diarrhea outbreak" that county officials linked to E. coli at a Federico's Mexican Food location has sickened 52 people, according to the county health department.According to the Maricopa County Public Health, 18 of those 52 people have been hospitalized.
Here's something that sounds horrifying: Maricopa County health officials say there's a "bloody diarrhea outbreak" in the west Valley.Dr. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, says the 11 people who have reported this illness so far all know each other.
Okay. The expo was crowded, the lines were long, and people always seem to lose their sense of dignity when there are free samples of anything. But there was a lot to be happy about at the 2013 Phoenix Gluten-Free Expo held over the weekend at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale. See also: - Ted' ... More >>
Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - Astor House in Phoenix to Host "Mega-Authentic N'awlins Crawfish Boil" on Sunday, April 14 - Rough Draft's Barrel-Aged Freudian Slip: Your Subconscious Will Love It (Free!) Fe ... More >>
When I was in junior high, my family moved to Hawaii, and I was enrolled in a school where I was often the only white student in my classes. At lunch, I would play cards -- Hearts mostly -- with a group of Japanese girls who took pity on the new kid. Trouble was, like all the other kids, they spoke ... More >>
What, you say? You're gluten-free? Well, come sit by Judy Nichols, author of Chow Bella's newest weekly column, "Gluten for Punishment." If you have suggestions or questions, leave them for her in our comments section. Enjoy. Don't hate me because I'm gluten-free. It's not by choice; it's by diagno ... More >>
Chow Bella has a valentine for you. For the rest of February, we're handing out Candy Hearts -- stories of food and love from some of our favorite writers. Enjoy. When I met my husband, Tom, in grad school in Tucson, he was cooking on a two-burner hotplate in his dorm room and I was living in an a ... More >>
Good news, gluten-free foodies, Anne Byrn, a.k.a. "The Cake Mix Doctor," is coming to Changing Hands Bookstore this Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. See Also: Gluten-Free Beer: Omission Pale Ale is So Good, You Can't Tell Nine Favorite Metro Phoenix Spots Where You Can Eat Gluten Free Byrn, who ... More >>
With the holidays coming to a close it's time to step up to the scale and assess the damage. If the numbers on the scale are much larger than you remember it's possible that a diet may be in order. But don't panic! Rushing into a fad diet is at best not along term solution and at worst might actuall ... More >>
Beer: Pale Ale Brewery: Omission Style: Gluten-free beer ABV: 5.8 percent The world has no shortage of really terrifying diseases you can catch. Necrotizing Fasciitis -- often referred to as "flesh-eating disease" -- is a bacterial infection that causes body tissue to dissolve like a wet napkin. P ... More >>
See also: Caramel Apple Jello Shots Made in Real Apples. Yes, Please! And (a Very Non-Traditional) Happy New Year. See also: Challah Recipe Rosh Hashanah , the Jewish New Year, begins this Sunday, and with that comes the search for good challah. Despite its popularity among the Jewish and not-so-Je ... More >>
Over the last few weeks, a few websites have been posting an email response -- purportedly from Republican state Representative Terri Proud -- responding to concerns over Arizona's "fetal pain" bill.Proud's response to these people is that Arizona's abortion laws don't go far enough."Personally I ... More >>
In addition to food trucks making the scene in a big way in 2011 (see the article here), the year in food for the Valley was chock-full of other newsworthy goodies as well -- even chef Payton Curry managed to slip in a last-minute announcement. Here are a few of Laura's favorites:10. Chefs o ... More >>
We're back today to talk with Chef David Hall of the personal chef service, Thyme for a Chef. Yesterday he talked about how he became a personal chef and today, he'll share his secret to meeting some of the culinary world's brightest stars and give us real facts about the recent gluten-free trend ... More >>
Picazzo's meatballs with fresh marinara are good at any hour, but the price is great at happy hour. The Spot : Picazzo's Organic Kitchen, 440 W. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284. 480-831-5823 www.picazzos.com Picazzo's has four other valley locations: The Esplanade; North Scottsdale; Paradise Vall ... More >>
Carol BlonderLynnRae Ries Eleven years ago, LynnRae Ries was diagnosed with celiac disease. At the time she was a business owner peddling pretty nail art and traveling extensively with her life and business partner, Verne. Her business demanded a lifestyle that kept her on the road eating most o ... More >>
Downing a donut is a great way to get that sugar rush that'll get you through your morning at work. (At least until you crash and absolutely, undeniably need another donut an hour later. Oh. Darn.) Our taste teste in action, with a control donut for comparison.Ever ... More >>
www.ebaumsworld.comA recent study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology's January print edition made a rather shitty discovery for soda-lovers everywhere: nearly half of all soda fountains are spraying high levels of fecal bacteria into people's cups.Anyone familiar wi ... More >>
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By Michele Laudig Three sister restaurants in Chandler -- 56 East Bar & Kitchen, 98 South Wine Bar & Kitchen, and KiZake Sushi & Martinis -- closed abruptly on Tuesday. Any one of those places shutting its doors would've been a loss to the East Valley dining scene, but losing the trio seems like ... More >>
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