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    October 15, 2014

    14 Tacos to Look for at The Arizona Taco Festival This Weekend at Salt River Fields

    This weekend dozens of local restaurants will be heading to Salt River Fields in Scottsdale for the annual Arizona Taco Festival. The two-day event is a blow-out festival of all things taco and tequila and will feature live music, multiple bars, and a hot chile pepper eating contest. There will be ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    Pie Social 2014: Here's the Celebrity Chef Line-Up

    Are you as excited as we are for Pie Social 2014? You will be once you get a load of this year's celebrity chef line-up. This year, 16 chefs will craft pie masterpieces to compete for the title of best in show. The fifth annual event, hosted by Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row, features both returning c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

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

    Romeo's Euro Cafe Tuesday, August 19 Every third Tuesday of the month chef Romeo Taus of Romeo's Euro Cafe in Gilbert hosts a special dinner event with three courses and three wines for $30. This month's event features Asian Calamari Salad with cilantro tangy citrus sesame oil dressing and spicy ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

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

    The Herb Box Tuesday, July 15 This summer The Herb Box at DC Ranch and Southbridge has brought back its Supper Club Series that will take diners on a culinary adventure around the world. For the next two months, the restaurant will offer prix fixe dinners on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, each of w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

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

    Dishcrawl: Old Town Scottsdale Tuesday, March 18 This Tuesday, Dishcrawl will lead a walking tour of three of Old Town Scottsdale's dining and drinking destinations. And as much as we'd love to tell you where the tour will be going, the surprise is part of the fun. Starting at 7 p.m. attendees will ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014
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    February 14, 2014

    10 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Metro Phoenix

    There's something inherently enjoyable about brunch. Maybe it's because most of us can only fit it in once a week. Maybe it's because the hybrid meal allows the freedom to eat pretty much whatever you want. Most likely, it's because it's an acceptable excuse to drink well before 5 'o'clock. But for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Top 5 Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix: New Year's Edition

    San Tan Brewing Company Today It's illegal in nine countries. And it's made with bits of real panther, so you know it's good. Just kidding, but San Tan Brewing's Sex Panther porter does take its name from the pungent, aphrodisiacal cologne featured in the original Anchorman movie. The beer is a lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    LaDawn Driscoll of Liberty Market: Pie Social Celebrity Bakers 2013

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the fourth annual Pie Social from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 16, at the "What Should Go Here" Pop Up Park at Second and Roosevelt streets. We've got an all-star lineup of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now till Pie Social, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Win VIP Tickets to the Arizona Taco Festival Through This Social Media Contest

    Planning on heading to this year's Arizona Taco Festival on October 19 and 20? With more than 100,000 tacos expected to be served and plenty of boozing to be done, we don't blame you. But how about a chance to do so VIP-style, with access to a private bar, restaurants, and exclusive food demos? An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    The Townie: London's Answer to the Cronut™

    Cronuts™ have been dominating food news all summer, and New Yorkers are still lining up in the wee hours of the morning to get a taste when the bakery opens at 8 a.m., a trend that -- with the promise of a fig-mascarpone variety in September -- isn't likely to stop anytime soon. Three months after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Still Looking For Cronuts™? Here's A Map.

    Still haven't had a Cronut -- or even an imitation? Apparently, there are still people out there who either can't seem to find them, or are just so incredibly obsessed that they need to know the whereabouts of Cronuts™ around the world at all times. Or at least those are the only two reasons we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Poll Indicates Americans Are Not Crazy For Cronuts™ After All

    Cronut-mania is sweeping the country! They're everywhere and everyone loves them! Or at least that's what the media (psh) want you to think. However a new poll by YouGov, an online research and consulting organization, that just isn't true. In fact, their research indicates that the majority of A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Breakfast Sandwich Battle: Matt's Big Breakfast vs. Liberty Market

    The breakfast sandwich. Made popular by the fast food industry, perfected and customized in small breakfast joints around the corner from home, this is a morning choice we want on our plate. A meal designed to be eaten on the go, it is that epic melding of eggs, breakfast meat, and bread. For the da ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 18, 2013
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    July 8, 2013

    Cronut™ Battle: Herb Box vs. Karl's Quality Bakery

    After Chow Bella fried up some of the ever popular Cronuts™ a few weeks back, we have had our ears to the ground, waiting to see who would attempt this trendy treat locally. The Cronut™ craze has slowly trickled outside of New York City, from Dominique Ansel Bakery, into neighborhood bakeries ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Five Things To Eat and Drink This Week In Metro Phoenix

    Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here's what we've got on the books this week. "Take & Make" Fourth of July Lobster Boil If you're looking for something to cook up in celebration of America's birthday Petite Maison, the French restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale, has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    13 Metro Phoenix Restaurants and Bars with Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

    Okay, so maybe you don't know exactly why it's a tradition to eat, drink, and party on Cinco de Mayo (FYI, it's to commemorate the 150-year-old Battle of Puebla, a victory of the Mexican militia over the French army). But those pesky details shouldn't stop you from having a truly awesome modern Amer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    NutWhats' Lisa Rast: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth-annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. Although Lisa Rast is simply nutty about nuts, she's excited to com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Herb Box's LaDawn Driscoll: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. LaDawn Driscoll might be a newcomer to the Caramelpalooza competiti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Phoenix Cartoonist Doug Pike Finds Wine World Funny and Profitable

    He's not a grape geek per se, but local cartoonist Doug Pike knows a hell of a lot more about wine than the average recreational drinker. You might say he makes wine his business, given that he earns a nice chunk of change creating wine-centric cartoons for the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Forb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    The Herb Box and Gertrude's at DBG Beta Test WineQuest Mobile, a New iPhone App For Selecting Wine

    Unless you're a wine wonk like Mark Tarbell, Peter Kasperski, Amy Binkley or Dave Johnson, you probably find reading a multi-page wine list and making a smart selection intimidating. Too many wines to choose from and way too much terminology and lore to master. So you take a shot in the dark, shell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Chow Bella's New Year's Survival Guide: Where to Eat, What to Drink, and How to Avoid the Hangover

    New Year's Eve is upon us. To help guide you through the madness of the biggest party night of the year, Chow Bella has put together some handy guides of where to eat, what to drink, and how to avoid the dreaded hangover. Click through the stories to see the full lists, and enjoy. See Also: - Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    7 Restaurants Serving Brunch and Bloody Marys on New Year's Day

    If you're one of the few who won't wind up with a massive hangover courtesy of New Year's Eve -- or if you're the type to be in bed before midnight regardless of the occasion -- celebrate the New Year with a delectable restaurant brunch. You can keep the party going from 2012 to 2013, or sleep in an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Five Ways to Enjoy Wine Outdoors in Arizona

    Welcome to Vine Geeks, with your hostess on all things wine, Kate Crowley. Crowley is not a sommelier, but learned to pour a glass of wine properly at ten years of age -- because it is an important life skill to master early. See also: - 10 Favorite Metro Phoenix Wine Bars - Wine Tasting 101. L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    The Edible Exchange Lets Small Businesses Barter for Their Dinner

    There's a new business-to-business food program here in town using the good old fashioned bartering system to feed small business owners and provide valuable services to food producers. It's called The Edible Exchange and it's an offshoot of the The Barter Group, a longtime local company that fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Arizona Beer Week 2012 -- The Lineup of Events Has Been Posted!

    ​Beer & burgers, beer brunches, beer dinners, beer & bikes, beer tasting, beer sales...In just 28 short days, Arizona beer lovers are going to be three sheets or more to the wind -- and we plan on being right there with them. 

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Five Favorite Patios for Dining and Drinking in Metro Phoenix

    ​Let's face it, if anyone should be celebrating the death of summer, it's Phoenix. And what better way to do so than by dining on the killer patio digs of one of our awesome local restaurants. Here are five of our favorite patio spots around town that we've been waiting oh-so-impatiently to chill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes Ends Today With the Last Entry Being Yours

    ​Wow. We're full. Today ends our second year of 100 Favorite Dishes, the one hundred day countdown to our Best of Phoenix issue where, based on the gems we know of and your suggestions, we ate our way through goodies like the gollo burro from Casa Reynoso, foie gras creme brulee from Petite M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    The Herb Box's Friday Night Beer Dinner and Zucchini Fettuccine in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?New Belgium at The Herb BoxWe have yet to meet a beer dinner that we didn't like, but this one stands out among the rest. Tomorrow night, take a night off Restaurant Week and join The Herb Box for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Casablanca Lounge Sets Out to Conquer the Art of the Cocktail October 1 in Old Town Scottsdale

    ​There are plenty of Scottsdale bars that are set up to be meat markets -- the kind of place where bros can buy $10 vodka Redbulls and where Scottsdale's ladies can enjoy consuming those $10 cocktails. At the expense of the bro, of course. Owner Amar Patel, the man behind Magnum's Cigars and Ray's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    The Small Box from Rock-N-Roll Fingers

    Erica O'Neil​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 38: The Sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Kung Pao Soy Chicken from Fresh Mint

    ​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 44: Kung Pao Soy C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Red Velvet Pancakes from The Herb Box

    ​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 45: Red Velvet Pan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Kirti Dwivedi's Perfect Food Day

    Kirti Dwivedi​You might have seen Kirti Dwevedi at one of her favorite restaurants, tweeting about eating (she's a self-professed social media addict - @DiyaMarketing) and otherwise thinking about food. She tweets about live organ donation (#TinyFabKidney) as her mother needed and miraculously fo ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 17, 2011
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    March 16, 2011

    Caramelpalooza 2011: A Sticky Situation

    Jonathan McNamara​Last Friday, locals craving a sugar rush lined up in the parking lot of Smeeks at Central and Camelback roads for Chow Bella's second Caramelpalooza event. The judging is over, and a favorite was selected by both the audience and a judging panel -- Essence Bakery's deliciou ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Caramelpalooza 2011: The Results Are In

    Jonathan McNamaraYes, that's a peanut butter and jelly caramel. ​The competition got sticky Friday night at the second annual Caramelpalooza, co-sponsored by Chow Bella and Smeeks. We're not sure of the exact head count -- beyond the fact that the line wrapped around the block -- but we do know th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2011

    Brianne Day: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    ​Our candy-coated conversation continues today with Brianne Day from The Herb Box. Day has been overseeing baked goods at The Herb Box for more than four years. I ended up in the kitchen because I've always had a passion for baking. When I was young I would spend every Sunday attempting to ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Spring Training Eats: Old Town Scottsdale

    Via​As Cactus League games are just kicking in, people who obsess about baseball as much as this restaurant critic obsesses about food are finding themselves with rumbling bellies, wondering what places to hit up in the vicinity of their favorite spring training bal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Caramelpalooza 2011 Candymakers Announced!

      ​ We can already tell that this competition is going to be sticky. Chow Bella and Smeeks are proud to announce the line-up of candymakers for Caramelpalooza 2011 -- a free, open-to-the-public caramel tasting to be held Friday, March 11, at 7 pm in the parking lot at Smeeks candy store ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Becky Windels' Smoked Trout Beignets

    Courtesy of The Herb Box​Yesterday we talked to Chef Becky Windels of The Herb Box in Scottsdale. Today, she shows us how to prepare one of the restaurants signature appetizers, Smoked Trout Beignets. A beignet is a fried pastry ball, often served as a dessert with powdered sugar or jam. ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Becky Windels of The Herb Box - Part Two

    ​Yesterday, we heard from Chef Becky Windels at The Herb Box. Today, the conversation continues... Windels is as much a savvy businesswoman as she is a chef. "We run our business like a business," she says. "We have lot of amazing people, and we keep them on task." Thanks to that ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Becky Windels of The Herb Box

    ​Chef Becky Windels' career is a culinary Cinderella story. Once upon a time when she was waiting tables, Windels was offered the opportunity to help start a catering business. When a chef friend backed out of the project, Windels began reading coo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Now Open: The Herb Box

    ​The Herb Box opened its new SouthBridge location over the weekend, just in time for the live ESPN college football broadcasts taking place right outside its door this week. The upstairs restaurant takes over the former Estate House space (which has been completely renovated), while the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Next Week: Bud Light Fiesta

    ​For college football fans, it's a chance to tailgate, celebrate, and socialize. And for anybody else, it's a chance to chow down on two-buck nibbles from local restaurants, take in some live music, and enjoy the glory of January in Arizona. While the rest of the country is digging itself out from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    The Herb Box Fries Up Sweet Potato-Cranberry Latkes

    Two nights down, six to go -- ready for another in our series of Chanukah ideas? Today, Chef Becky Windels from The Herb Box in Scottsdale has grated and sizzled up her own take on the fried potato pancake -- sweet potato-cranberry latkes with chive crema. Pick them up at the DC Ranch lo ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Estate House to Be Replaced By The Herb Box

    ​It's the end of an era at SouthBridge, where one of the Scottsdale retail and dining development's flagship eateries, Estate House, is set to become a second location of a popular North Scottsdale casual dining spot, with an in-house gourmet market and catering business. Following the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Tax Day Food Freebies and Specials

    Paying taxes is your duty. Scarfing down free burgers is your right.​That much antipated -- and much dreaded -- day has come again. No, not this year's American Idol finale. We're talking about April 15, aka Tax Day: the day that dictates whether you'll be enjoying a fancy dinner ... More >>

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