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Holiday Season

  • Calendar

    December 26, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    10 Reasons Phoenix Is the Best Place to Celebrate Christmas

    If you're in Phoenix right now (and you celebrate Christmas), we've got some reasons why your're lucky.Check out our 10 reasons why Phoenix is the best place to celebrate Christmas:

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Smuggled Sugar Packets and the Art of Compromise

    Once again this year, Chow Bella writers are gnawing on the holidays -- in the form of stories of Christmas and food. Hope you have some Alka-Seltzer handy. Enjoy. By Ada Malcioln Martin A product of divorced parents, a crazy Jewish Panamanian dad, and a bi-polar Anglican mom of West Indian desce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2013

    A Merry Un-American Christmas

    Once again this year, Chow Bella writers are gnawing on the holidays -- in the form of stories of Christmas and food. Hope you have some Alka-Seltzer handy. Enjoy. At around the age of 7, I began to notice that the way we celebrated Christmas was odd. Un-American. For starters, my two younger br ... More >>

  • Music

    December 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    11 Metro Phoenix Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

    If you're already up to your ears with holiday stress from gift shopping, you can forget about planning an elaborate feast for your friends and family. Make reservations at one of the Valley's finest restaurants to enjoy a Christmas dinner with lots of love and laughter -- and less of hearing your r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    The Terrible Things Your Christmas Music Is Saying About You

    Look, I should probably start with myself. The only Christmas music I listen to every year comes on Bing Crosby's White Christmas, featuring the Andrews Sisters and Carol Richards. From that an FBI profiler would be able to judge that I'm a white male, late 20s-early 30s, with a large collection of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Santa's Dead: Tonight at Crescent Ballroom

    Once again this year, Chow Bella writers are gnawing on the holidays -- in the form of stories of Christmas and food. Join us tonight, Tuesday, December 17, at 7 p.m. at Crescent Ballroom for a free reading. An appetizer: Katie Johnson's take on the holidays: Hope you have some Alka-Seltzer handy. E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Eating Christmas: Tales of Toffee, Snow, and Christmas-Loving Jews

    In this week's paper we bring a little preview of what's to come Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Crescent Ballroom: the second annual Eating Christmas. Our writers gnawed hard on the holidays, and they'll be serving up the fruits of their labors at the event. You can also read each piece (and catch a couple of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 12, 2013
  • Dining

    December 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2012

    A Chow Bella Holiday Round-up: Gift Guides, Eating Christmas, and More

    Christmas is almost here, but luckily we still have a couple more days to get those last minute gifts and to finalize our holiday plans. If you're looking for some guidance, Chow Bella's got you covered. See Also: - Chow Bella's 12 Most Popular Phoenix Food and Restaurant Stories of 2012 Nine Ba ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Emby Alexander Wishes You A Blue Christmas (And Doesn't Want To Fight Tonight)

    There are only five shopping days left of Christmas...are you sick of hearing dogs "sing" "Jingle Bells" yet? At least the Sprint commercial with animals singing "Deck the Halls" is pretty cute. Fortunately, Emby Alexander breaks out of the obnoxious Christmas cover routine by putting its own spin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Seven Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Greater Phoenix

    Christmas is a holiday for good cheer and spending joyous time with loved ones, and sometimes being in the kitchen can get in the way of that. Forget about stressing out and make reservations to celebrate Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at one of the top restaurants in town. You'll be wined and dined ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Nine Baked Goods in Metro Phoenix to Pre-Order for Your Christmas Table

    With all of the baking that has to be done during the Christmas season -- from cookie exchanges and decorating to making gifts and serving guests -- it can be nice (and necessary) to take a break. Ensure that everything on your holiday table for breakfast, dinner, and dessert is special by getting a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Six Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah in Metro Phoenix

    Hanukkah (or Chanukah) -- the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights -- begins at sundown on Saturday, December 8, this year and ends on Sunday, December 16. If you're planning a special feast to kick off or end the holiday, there are several places in town cooking up Jewish specialties to help you do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Zach Fowle's Orange Christmas

    Claire Lawton​Christmas comes a little early to Chow Bella this year -- in the form of some darn good holiday storytelling. Today, Zach Fowle shares a sweet, citrus-tinged tale. Over the years, as my tastes changed, so did the contents of my Christmas stocking. The candy canes, packs of St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Christmas Songs That Don't Suck: Part IV

    ​Folks, it's just a few days more until that jolly old elf slides down your chimneys, so we at Up On the Sun have been loading you up with a ton o' tunes to get you through the season. For instance: Are you in a grinchy mood? Check out our recent run-through of eight classic un-Christmas songs. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Three Creepy Christmas Carolers

    ​You've got to admit, Up on the Sun has been doing a pretty kick ass job of making the holiday music season, dare we say it, bearable. From posts that include the Christmas Songs That Don't Suck series, to "Un-Christmas" and Metal songs for Christmas lists, we've pretty much got you covered. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Is Santa a Pervert? Four Songs That Say "Yes"

    ​Sometimes I'm astounded by the music parents let their children listen to. I know personally. At 9 years old, I knew all of the lyrics to Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," much to my father's pride and horror. But I tend to think Christmas music is the worst of it all. The holiday has so many s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    8 Foods to Fry Up for Hanukkah

    From left: Jackie Mercandetti,loloschickenandwaffles.com, epicurious.com, foodnetwork.com​The first night of Hanukkah is history, meaning that by now you've probably fried up your fair share of latkes -- or, if you're like me, narrowly avoided a fist fight at Trader Joe's yesterday afternoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Deborah Sussman's Chocolate Christmas (and Hanukkah)

    Claire Lawton​Christmas comes a little early to Chow Bella this year -- in the form of some darn good holiday storytelling. Today, in honor of the first night of Hanukkah (which begins tonight at sundown) we bring you Deborah Sussman's chocolate-dipped memories. I know everybody says ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011
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    December 1, 2011
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    December 1, 2011
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    December 1, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Holiday Lights: The Coach House in Scottsdale

    ​It's the holiday season, which means light displays are everywhere: On your neighbor's house, at the local bar, and on buildings of downtown Phoenix. During the buildup to Christmas, Jackalope Ranch will be running the numbers on some of the best and brightest light displays around the Valley.Chr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    It's Now Officially Okay to Listen to Christmas Music

    ​Thought malls and retail have already been doing it for a couple weeks, we're going to go ahead and make an official statement: It's not totally okay to listen to Christmas music. And while plenty of Xmas jams are mind numbing, annoying earworms, there's always some good to be had. Enjoy ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2010

    Humbug is Here

    A Christmas Carol no more, m’lady

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    10 Indie Rock Christmas Songs for Your Holiday Season

    Sufjan Stevens​ The Holiday season can be a stressful time. While it's meant to be the one time in the whole year that everyone is a little bit nicer and a little bit happier, certain things can make you just the opposite. If you're anything like me, you've procrastinated all year long and now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Joe Arpaio Plays Simon Cowell in Maricopa County Jail Idol

    Merry Christmas from Maricopa County's corrupt top constable, Joe Arpaio.​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will play the role of former American Idol judge Simon Cowell this afternoon as the token prick on a panel of judges rating the talent of up-and-coming singers.The contestants in this case ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    5 Reasons Why "Wonderful Christmastime" Is The Best Christmas Song Ever

    "Wonderful Christmastime" - the best Christmas song ever​The joy and delight of the holiday season is something you either absolutely love, tolerate to a certain degree or loathe with all your being.Those who take the latter stance probably blame the season's music for their hatred, and ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 9, 2010

    Christmas Crime Is Beauty

    Nobody sends a Yule log and expects to live

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Incoming: Little Dragon, No Age, Wild Nothing, Tennis, The Moody Blues, Amy Grant

    Is this the greatest Christmas album of all time?​Things are about to get real religious up in here, thanks to a just announced Amy Grant show this coming February.Other artists may have released their own successful Christmas albums in the past, but Grant's 1992 yuletide juggernaut Home For Chris ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 2, 2010
  • Calendar

    December 2, 2010

    Chiller Queen

    Who put those tiny daggers in your heart?

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    The Top 10 Christmas Beers

    Image courtesy of bruisin-ales.com​Christmas is everyone's favorite holiday, but true beer fans know that the most wonderful time of the year is made even more wonderful with a pint in your hand. Winter warmers and other dark, comforting brews take over around the holidays to help carolers and Chr ... More >>

  • Music

    December 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Quiessence Serves Italian 'Seven Fishes' Dinner on Christmas Eve

    I have a dirty little secret: I never really liked Christmas ham! Which is why this "Seven Fishes" Christmas Eve seafood splurge at Quiessence sounds so delicious. (Here's the menu.) It was inspired by a coastal Italian holiday tradition, where people would celebrate Christmas with a whole di ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 18, 2008

    Scratching for Santa

    Deejays go up on the rooftop to wait for the sleigh

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008

    Trolley Jolly Christmas

    Take a holiday from the usual holiday fare with New Carpa farce

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008

    Take a Hike

    You could do worse

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    The Final Bad Xmas Pageant

    Sure, sure, everybody's been to the holiday pageants with the recreation of the nativity scene and the singing of the Christmas carols and the warm, fuzzy feelings that Christmas brings with it. But for those ready to hang themselves with a string of Christmas lights at the thought of being forced ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008

    O Holy Crap

    The kiddy stars are brightly shining in L. Ron Hubbard farce

  • Calendar

    December 20, 2007

    Posse Galore

    Pussy girls give new meaning to the term “stocking stuffers”

  • Calendar

    December 20, 2007

    Knit Picking

    Overcome your angoraphobia at McDuffy’s

  • Calendar

    December 13, 2007

    The Worst Noël?

    MADE bling will restore your Christmas spirit

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2007

    Janet "Manet" Napolitano: The PC Grinch Who's Afraid of Christmas.

    Manet, the PC Grinch who's afraid of Christmas... How in the hell did Janet Napolitano become Governor of this state? Her major accomplishments while in office have been: 1) staying in the closet despite her widely-assumed lesbianism; and, 2) pulling inane PC crap, like changing the name of Squaw P ... More >>

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