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    October 24, 2014

    How Social Media is Ruining the Music Festival Experience

    I had been waiting more than 20 years to see Pearl Jam live, and the time had finally come: I was going to see Seattle's finest at the final weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. It was worth the wait. Eddie Vedder drank a bottle of wine onstage and sang his heart out. Mike McCreedy pl ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014
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    August 1, 2014

    Facebook Down for a Few Minutes: Did the World Survive?

    Facebook went down this morning in an apparent worldwide outage, throwing social media users into a panic and boosting the use of rival site Twitter. With no Facebook on which to share thoughts for -- what, about 23 minutes? -- Twitter was abuzz with various quips and laments about the temporary fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Two New Tempe Coffee Delivery Services Promise Cold Brew on Your Doorstep

    Although coffee delivery has picked up in other cities, it wasn't until just recently that the Valley received its first two options right around the same time. Both offer subscription-based coffee services -- specifically, growlers or 500 ml thermoses of cold brew -- in the Tempe area, limited to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in June

    If you follow our Chow Bella Instagram account (@chowbellaphx) and have been keeping up with our Food Tours series, then you already know that June included quite of bit of travel for the Chow Bella team -- including me. I don't always get to share details about the food I've eaten on my trips, so I ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014
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    June 23, 2014

    10 Favorite Cult Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    You've downed the Kool-Aid and you don't even care because some restaurants in town deserve the obsessive following you give them. That might mean constantly checking a joint's Facebook page to find out the week's market specials or it might mean stalking your favorite local chef's Instagram. Ain't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    The Instagram Food Artist You Have to Check Out

    Where food, art, rap, and nerd culture meet, you'll find @tishacherry's Instagram feed. Her playful use of edible materials like French fries, honey, soy sauce, and Oreos to create pieces ranging from intricate portraits to simple pop culture designs will have you scrolling through her feed for hour ... More >>

  • News

    April 17, 2014
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    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

    March 21, 2014

    Wanna Win VIP Tickets to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival's Great Arizona Picnic?

    Don't lie, you know you do it. You snap photos of every dish that arrives at the dinner table (most times repeatedly until you get the perfect shot) before you eat it -- and make your friends wait until you've gotten a good pic of their dish too. It's okay. We do, too. The good new is that all tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    9 Hard-to-Find Herbs and Veggies and Where to Buy Them in Metro Phoenix

    If you're visiting local nurseries in hopes of picking up new starter plants for your garden, you're typically confronted with an array of tomatoes, peppers, and basil. But this spring, follow our lead and try planting something new and different. We love rosemary, lavender, and zucchini as much as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    The 5 Geekiest Online Wine Sites

    Many of our life experiences have been enhanced by the internet. Just think about the days prior to Facebook when all we got were a few birthday cards and now we awake on our birthday to several dozen birthday wishes. Our wine experience is no different, the wealth of content related to wine on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Portland's Restaurant Now Closed; Owners to Open Oven Vine in Midtown Phoenix

    Portland's Restaurant, the eatery and wine bar in downtown Phoenix that had become a mainstay after more than a decade, closed its doors for good at end of business on Thursday, February 20. But there's good news for fans of the restaurant and its food and drinks. The owners are already working on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Reef Jerky Is What Happens When You Combine Marijuana and Beef Jerky

    Weed-infused sweets like brownies and lollipops have been around long enough in home kitchens and dispensaries, but the newest pot treat out of Santa Cruz will surely win over for savory snackers. According to, Reef Jerky, produced by Badfish Extracts, will hit shelves in California an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Feast Your Eyes on Chow Bella's Moments of 2013 on Instagram

    What? You don't follow us on Instagram already? Well you should fix that by finding our Chow Bella Instagram account: @chowbellaphx. We posted hundred of photos from our food adventures last year, generating thousands of likes and hundreds of comments. Thanks to all our followers for your interact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Check Out These Holiday Eats from Chow Bella Readers (Thanks for Sharing Your Photos)

    We're finally emerging from our Christmas food coma, and judging by the great photos you all shared on Instagram, we're probably not the only ones. We loved checking out your snapshots of Christmas cookies, pies, and other sweets. Based on what we've seen, there were plenty of good eats from the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Organic Burr Gherkins from McClendon's Select: This Week's Fresh Pick

    Though best known for their spiny rind, burr gherkins, a West African cucumber-like veggie, have been a gardener's secret for a number of reasons. Probably the most obvious reason: Burr gherkins grow like crazy. Even in less-than-hospitable environments (like, say, a desert), growers are impressed a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Donald Glover Isn't Depressed, You Just Haven't Been Listening

    Donald Glover has been making the anti-rounds of press for Because The Internet, his latest Childish Gambino LP due out next month, bouncing from city to city and playing it in the open for anyone who reads his Twitter announcements. He's declined most interview requests, save for a scant Noisey fea ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Enter Our Halloween Pet Costume Contest By Tonight at Midnight!

    Halloween is just here and if you haven't figured out what costume you'll be sporting there's just a bit of time to get it together, slacker. But more important, at least to us, is how you'll be dressing up your adorable four-legged friend. Love food? So do we. And we want to see your pet disguis ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Halloween Contest: Dress Your Pet as Food and Win a Meal with Our Guilty Pleasures Columnist

    Did you adore our recent list that featured pets in food costumes? The moment you've been waiting for has arrived. We want to see your pets in their food-inspired costumes. Dachshunds dressed as hot dogs, Chihuahuas in enchilada costumes, let your imagination run wild. Dress your pet as food, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    FnB Restaurant in Scottsdale: Wine Tasting, Chef-Farmer Lunch, and Sunday Brunch Series Kick Off This Fall

    There's always something good cooking at FnB Restaurant in Scottsdale, and that includes the three dining and drinking series the restaurant is kicking off this fall. Owner and front-of-the-house host extraordinaire Pavle Millic has rounded up a group of "grape geeks" for a Late Night Winos Tastin ... More >>

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    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

    September 9, 2013

    Watch This Awesome Omakase Stop-Motion Video

    Ever seen sashimi fillet and prepare itself? Neither had we -- until now. In this totally awesome stop-motion video from a Boston sashimi bar, you'll see how to break down a full Japanese yellowtail and prepare a (pretty funny-looking) geoduck. Warning: If you don't like raw fish, just walk away n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    10 Crazy Ice Creams Made by Small-Batch U.S. Artisans

    Only five years ago, now-commonplace ice cream flavors like sweet corn or craft beer would have caught anyone off guard. But with the introduction of bacon to the dessert course a few years ago, the line separating sweet and savory was forever demolished. These 10 ice creameries craft artisanal vers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Does Instagramming Your Food Make It Taste Better?

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. We know. It's super-annoying and disruptive. But, hey, we're not the ones saying posting pics of your food makes it taste better. Science is. Or at least, that's how some people are interpreting a recent study.

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    August 5, 2013

    Watch This Awesome Latte Stop-Motion Instragram Video

    Since Instagram introduced video we've been subjected to a lot of pretty horrible 15-second clips. Especially when said clips involve food. You see, food doesn't move so there's really no reason to share a video of your dinner plate. And no one wants to watch you drinking your drink. If we did want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    3 New Movies About Cocktails, Wine, and Coffee You Can Watch Right Now

    Thirsty for a refreshment-focused movie you can watch on your own damn time? Three new films about cocktails, wine, and coffee (two documentaries and one comedy), have recently hit the On Demand circuit. So now you can follow the dreams of bartenders, learn about what it's like to take the master ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    MC Magic: Why I Signed Arizona's MOB FAM

    This week I'd like to talk about one of the hardest working, up-and-coming hip hop squads from the streets of Arizona: MOB FAM. This three-member group is made up of real-life brothers Arturo, Javier, and Steve Campos, better know as TS, Young Javi, and SC! These boys have been pounding the streets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    MC Magic: Chris Brown's "Fine China" is a "Feel Good" Record

    Are you a people person? The reason I ask this question my personal answer was the deciding factor in becoming a writer/blogger for Phoenix New Times. For me there's something exciting about watching fans, family members, or strangers just smile n' enjoy life. You know that warm feeling you get aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    The Coffee Chop Kicks Off Coffee Class Series at Crepe Bar in Tempe

    Phoenix coffee connoisseur Perry Czopp knows a hell of a lot about coffee. He's made a commitment to helping others learn about the art of all things java through his business, The Coffee Chop. The Chop offers coffee tours and tastings, and he hosts regular competitions that pit local baristas again ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend

    Who's excited for the Instagram pictures Questlove is going to post of Phoenix this weekend? I sure am. The Roots will be in town on Saturday, March 23, to play as part of McDowell Mountain Music Festival, plus, Questo will be dropping a DJ set at Bar Smith afterward. That's sure to yield some good ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013
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    March 21, 2013
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    March 19, 2013

    Questlove of The Roots Is So Much Better at Instagram Than You

    Of all the stupid things we do with our phones, Instagram might be the worst. Not only has the app falsely convinced us all we're professional photographers, but it's done something even worse: It's encouraged our worst vainglorious tendencies. No one is Amaro-toning his or her real life. There are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Urban Cookies Bakeshop's Brady Breese: 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. Avid fans of the Food Network show Cupcake Wars might recognize thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    50 Important SXSW Questions

    Editor: We have so many questions here in Austin. Here are 50 of them. 1. Will I like the pedicab costumed as The Hulk if he gets angry? 2. Are we all really just in New York? 3. Is this t-shirt rad? 4. Do you want to get some 'za, which is now absolutely the slang for pizza? 5. How far can you spr ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013
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    February 20, 2013

    Is it Rude to Take Photos of Your Food in a Restaurant?

    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 to social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, it' ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013
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    February 7, 2013
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    January 14, 2013

    10 Instagram Tips for the Food Lover

    Hard core food nerds know that Instagram isn't actually about photography or being social. It's all about the food. We're snapping away every time we sit down to eat and can't stop salivating over each other's meals. But as with all social media, it's time to pause and put down some ground rules. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Ten Instagram-ers for the Phoenix Food Lover to Follow

    When we're not blogging you can usually find our face buried in our iPhone screen posting photos and checking out the daily scene on Instagram. Try to get our attention while we 'gramming. We dare you. The filters, the snapshots.... It's an intoxicating combination that's got more than a few Phoenix ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 18, 2012
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    October 5, 2012

    Win FnB's October Instagram Contest, Fly to Rabbit Island for Brunch Prepared by Charleen Badman

    If you have ever dreamed of taking a private seaplane to an island just to have lunch, we have news for you. Pavle Milic and Charleen Badman of FnB in Scottsdale are holding a contest this month for their Instagram followers that could make this fantasy a reality. See also: - Pavle Milic & Charl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    (Worst) Parent of the Year: Toddler Potty Training In Restaurant

    See Also: Baby Strollers at Devoured?! Young Children?!?! The Horror! See Also: What's the Most Bizarre Thing You've Seen at a Restaurant? Breast feeding in public has its vociferous avatars and detractors but at the end of the day it is not unreasonable to say that the issue is debatable. Modesty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Check Your Phone at the Door and Get a Discount

    See Also: The Sandwich Nazi (NSFW, Not Even a Little) See Also: Hipster Foodie Mauled By Bear to '80s New Wave Soundtrack in Very Satisfying Video Here is a novel but frankly fantastic idea: pay diners to turn in their phones during a meal. At least that's the idea that the owner of West Hollywoo ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Coming Soon: Smell-o-vision Postcards From the "Food Printer"

    See Also: Hipster Foodie Mauled By Bear to '80s New Wave Soundtrack in Very Satisfying Video Heads up, fellow bloggers and trolls: The future is here and it smells. Students at the Fashion & Art Design Institute of Donghua University, China, entered designs in a competition for a chance to turn t ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012
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    January 9, 2012

    X103.9 To Become MY 103.9 Classic Rock

    Kassi Jayde @ Instagram​Looks like big changes are headed to the Valley's long-running X103.9 (those of us who have been around awhile still slip up and call it "The Edge" regularly). According to Kassi Jayde, the co-host of Dave Pratt Live, which has been served as the station's morning sho ... More >>

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