Holiday Season

  • Calendar

    January 9, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Finally, A Christmas Sweater That Says "Kill Your Mother Rape Your Dog" On It

    Any true heavy metal fan can attest to the fact that the worlds of fashion and heavy metal should never go hand-in-hand--but this day and age, selling out and heading mainstream is only becoming more prevalent. So years back, when a handful of heavy metal bands began releasing Christmas sweaters, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    50 Awesome Gifts for the Food and Drink Lover

    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 lists -- no matter who they are. Here (divided by category for your convenience) are our 50 favorite gifts this holida ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    20 Ways to Start the Christmas Season in Metro Phoenix, from Gingerbread to Egg Nog

    Need to get a jump-start on the holiday season? Here's the best of Chow Bella Christmases past to get through the gift exchanges, potlucks, and other energy-sucking celebrations. ENTERTAINING Top 10 Christmas Beers The Amazon Wine Shop Now Ships to Arizona 10 Favorite Places to Get Tamales in Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Holiday Wine: A Stress-Free Guide

    Every year around this time every food or wine related magazine is chock full of advice for pairing wine with your holiday meals. Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, keep it light, do this don't do that. This wine goes with this kind of stuffing, that wine is terrible with turkey etc. I could spend a thousand w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    7 Places to Host Your Holiday Party in Metro Phoenix

    Real party hosts know that the holiday season is just around the corner. Take note, rookie reception planners, hosting holiday affair requires planning, patience, and first and foremost, a reservation. Here to get your gathering off to the right start is Chow Bella's list of seven places to host y ... More >>

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 26, 2013
  • Culture

    January 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Merry Christmas From Up on the Sun

    Merry Christmas, dear readers. We're taking the day off to enjoy our holiday, and we hope you're having a great one. We'll resume our blogging activities tomorrow, with leftover cookies in tow. See Also: -Emby Alexander Wishes You A Blue Christmas (And Doesn't Want To Fight Tonight) -Clay Aiken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Six More Valley Restaurants Serving Christmastime Brunch and Dinner

    The gifts are purchased and wrapped, the tree is lit and decorated, and Christmas cards and packages are in the mail. But what about the holiday feast? If you still don't know what to eat for your celebration, here are six more restaurants in metro Phoenix that are serving Christmastime specialties ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Joe Arpaio Orders a Christmas Tree for Tent City; "Holiday" Music Will Play 12 Hours a Day

    Question: What is the only place on earth that has provided an Elvis impersonator, ice cream and cake, women throwing panties, coloring contests, a large Christmas tree, and an old man who likes to dress men in pink underwear?Answer: The jails of self-proclaimed tough-guy Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In fact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Clay Aiken on Christmas, American Idol, and Donald Trump

    At one point during our early morning interview, singer and performer Clay Aiken yawned. It was a deep, expressive yawn. He did not ask to be excused, but he didn't need to: Aiken is among the most affable, pleasant, and charming interviews I've ever enjoyed. Plus, the guy has every reason to be w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Zero Zero Wishes You A Merry Christmas

    Christmas can be stressful for some--just look at all of the fights that break out on Black Friday. The holiday shouldn't be ugly, it should be a time to celebrate with your closest friends and family. Zero Zero doesn't have this problem, in fact, members of the electro-fuzz group look forward to t ... More >>

  • News

    December 13, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    For Sativa Peterson, Nothing Says Christmas Like Glitter on Your Toast

    Ah, the holidays. Christmas is all about love, sharing, sweetness and light -- and keeping the antacids handy. In keeping with the spirit of the season, Chow Bella presents "Eating Christmas," in which some of our favorite writers nosh on the real lessons we learn this time of year. Today, Sativa Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Five Christmas Pinterest Trends to Avoid at All Costs

    Let's be honest right off the bat. Only a small fraction of the shit you "pin" actually makes an appearance in your real life. Those runway dresses, that Martha Stewart craft room with the organized detail only a serial killer could recreate -- and let's not forget the food porn. All of our recipes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    T. Cook's Chef Todd Sicolo Wants to Cook Christmas Eve Dinner at Your House This Year (You Just Have to Tell Him What You Want)

    T. Cook's chef Todd Sicolo (formerly of the Arizona Biltmore Resort) wants to come to your house and cook a Christmas Eve dinner for you and five of your friends -- and he might even help do the dishes. See also: Chef Todd Sicolo Leaves Arizona Biltmore for Royal Palms That's right. A pro chef ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Latke Lowdown: Guest Critic Eric Schaefer Pits Abe's Against Goldman's

    Editor's Note: In this special edition of "Battle of the Dishes," we asked our favorite mensch, Eric Schaefer, to do some latke research for us. Latkes are the culinary poster child for Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights that is of relatively minor religious significance but gives us Jewish k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Chefs Christoper Gross and James Porter Unite for a Staff Meal Hanukkah Hoedown

    Not that Valley chefs Christopher Gross (Christopher's & Crush Lounge) and James Porter (Petite Maison) need another reason to stay up late and have some fun, but Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, seems like a good reason to mix the late-night revelry with a bit of holiday spirit. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - Hana Japanese Eatery Makes Travel Leisure's Best Sushi Restaurants in U.S. - Five Things to Eat and Drink Before the End of the World Christkindlmarkt: A Celebration of Germ ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 7, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Burned Cross Found on Gilbert Man's Lawn; African-American Victim Threatened in Note

    Image: drdawgsblawg.blogspot.comHas the KKK moved into Gilbert? A 43-year-old African-American resident reported finding a charred wooden cross on his front lawn on Christmas Eve.​ An African-American man in Gilbert found on Saturday morning that someone had given him the Christmas Eve gift of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Saguaro Hotel's Cookie Party and Santa Hat Brownies in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Cookie Party! If you like cookies then you are definitely going to want to be at the brand new-ish Saguaro Hotel tomorrow night. The Scottsdale hotel will be throwing their first ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Amy M.'s Snickerdoodles and Spritz Cookies

    Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. From now through Christmas, we present Chow Bella's 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Today we bring you two recipes: Amy Morris' Snickerdoodles and Spritz cookies. Snickerdoodles! Fun to say, and delicious. These are my husband's fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Nicole's Mini Pans

    Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. From now through Christmas, we present Chow Bella's 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Today: Nicole Smith's Mini Pans. Tedd Roundy Nicole's serving 'em up.​Some people say, "I'm turning into my mother" like it's a bad thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Claire's Chocolate Chip, Fool Proof, and Better Than They Look (Really) Cookies

    ​Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. From now through Christmas, we present Chow Bella's 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Today, we bring you Claire's Chocolate Chip, Better Than They Look (Really) Cookies. I am not a baker -- a tough fact I thought I could hide un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Bah, Humbug: Eight Un-Christmas Songs

    No one loves Christmas more than Juggalos.​ Maybe I'm still bummed that Santa won't pay my bills or leave fancy camera equipment under my tree, but Christmas is lame. The holiday makes people mean and greedy -- it must have something to do with all that obnoxious music and eggnog, which is on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Kim Porter's Ham Taco Christmas

    Claire Lawton​Christmas comes a little early to Chow Bella this year -- in the form of some darn good holiday storytelling. We had so much fun with our Misfit Thanksgiving last month we decided to do it again for Christmas and Hanukkah, and we're glad we did. Today, local playwright, actor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Richie Moe's Five Tips for Making the Perfect Eggnog ​National Eggnog Day (or, as some people like to call it, Christmas Eve) is right around the corner, and we're smack in the middle of December, AKA National Eggnog Month. How did a drink made with eggs get to be the most ubiquitous holiday cocktail around? If you as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Christmas Songs That Don't Suck: Part II

    ​So the season hops along, and what's happening in the Valley? Snow in Scottsdale? Madness indeed. Perhaps it's an overload of crappy Christmas tunes driving the folks at Weather Control crazy. Let's fix that with some quality tunes, shall we?Last week Up On the Sun brought you Part I of our weekl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Five Songs To Christmas Light Your House To

    By this time you should be out of your turkey coma, foraging through your garage for that shabby box labeled: Christmas Lights. All that talk about department stores jumping the gun after Halloween is behind us, because it's time to show your Christmas cheer and light the night skies with those fam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Brewed For Battle: Winter Warmers

    Jonathan McNamaraAnderson Valley Winter Solstice (left) Anchor Brewing's Special Ale (center), and Ska Euphoria Ale.​At what point does one elevate from merely drinking beer to being a full-on beer snob? Answer: when you feel compelled to tell other people what to drink. And the inevitable res ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    No-Burn Days Go Unenforced in Maricopa County for Christmas; Zero Warnings and Citations Issued

      Image: Wikimedia Commons​Nobody can label the folks over at Maricopa County's Air Quality Department a bunch of Scrooges. After a warning last week that no-burn days on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day would be enforced, exactly zero warnings and citations were issued, a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2010

    What Are You Doing Here?

    Christmas means spending time with your family, not wasting moments surfing the Internet. Good lord! Don't you know that's what work is for? Still, we're not the types to send you away empty-handed. Consider the above video our gift to you for showing up when we took the day off. Merry Christma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    DJ Louder Talks Christmas, Deadmau5, IDM, Pancho Villa, Raves, Liquid Stranger, and More

    DJ Louder​Like the small number of unfortunate souls are required to do every year, DJ Louder will be toiling away at his job on Christmas while the rest of us are engaging in mass amounts of holiday cheer. But don't you dare pity him, as the 32-year-old will be spending the most wonderful time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Chow Bella Apron Winner Announced

    We asked our Facebook friends to tell us what's for dinner -- Christmas dinner, to be exact -- and we got some droolworthy responses, for sure. But there can be only winner, and our random drawing reveals that the winner of a Chow Bella apron (this time) is.... Get the winner, winner, Christmas ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 16, 2010

    Family Ties

    Find out why folks put up with the holiday poppycock

  • Calendar

    December 9, 2010


    Take in some “holiday” flicks

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    This Weekend: Food City Tamale Festival

    ​We're barely over a week into December, but the onslaught of over-the-top holiday eating has already begun. This Saturday and Sunday, get a taste of Mexico's culinary Christmas tradition at the Food City Tamale Festival, an annual event that features handmade tamales from dozens of local c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Where To Get Your Peppermint Fix

    ​Mint is a delicious flavor year-round, but there is just something about the holiday season that make us crave all things peppermint. It is a sweet, nostalgic flavor and the desire for it is amplified because candy canes are all around.  Find a round-up of where to find peppermint goodies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    First Friday, Mr. Meeble, Old School Jams, Common Wall Media's Christmas Party, and Other Events This Weekend

    Mr. Meeble is scheduled to perform on Friday at Cityscape.First Fridays in December are something of a big deal. Although the mercury will likely dip into the 40-degree range, we're expecting a horde of culture vultures will be traipsing about Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue in order to make the scen ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008

    Suburban Renewal

    Taggers and scratchers invade C-Town

  • Calendar

    December 20, 2007

    Silent Night?

    Not in IMAX 3D

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2007
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    November 29, 2007

    Oddball Home for the Holidays

    Rockin' around the Christmas trees -- all 40 of 'em

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2007

    The Ghosts of Kitschmas Past

    Seventh Avenue boutique brings out the vintage goodies

  • Calendar

    November 22, 2007

    All That Glitters Is Not Guilt

    Sister puts away the ruler for Magi's Gold

  • Dining

    December 22, 2005

    Christmas Carumba

    Owners can't spell, but man, can they cook

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