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  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Alegría: The Happiest of Snacks

    The beauty and taste of food may be half in how you describe it and what you name it. In that case, the simple Mexican snack called alegría (happiness or joy), may be one of the most beautiful foods available. Learn how to make your own happiness.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Ikea Restaurants in Europe Stop Serving Questionable Balls, Amidst Horse Meat Scandal

    Europe's horse meat scandal adds another questionable chapter as Ikea has pulled their popular Swedish meatballs from many of their European stores. And yes, to answer the immediate question, Ikea does sell food: both frozen items and through their fairly popular cafeterias including at their locat ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 7, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    The Stunning Man: Blackberries, Egg Whites, Elderflower, and Wild Turkey. Whoa.

    Las Vegas is my favorite vacation destination. It's an easy jaunt, and I know I'll have a great time, no matter my budget. When I head up there, I spend an awful lot of time at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The atmosphere there is different from the blasé mass appeal of MGM Resorts and Caesars Ent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    This is Either the Most Awesome Lamb Ever Served, or the Most Pretentious

    Alinea is one of those restaurants with a webpage that doesn't make it immediately clear if they serve food or design furniture for Ikea. The type of restaurant that counts a derivatives trader as part of their creative team and partnered with a science equipment manufacturer to create a "Anti-Gridd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    The Only Glasses You Need for Your Bar

    A lot gets said about what liquors you need to start a good home bar. Our own Zachary Fowle got a good answer from an excellent local bartender. But there's something else that's often neglected: You need to have something to hold your drinks. Sure, you can use that motley selection of coffee mugs a ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 3, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating and Win a Prize

    Do any of you know how hard it is to find a seat in a coffee shop in Tempe during finals week? It's almost impossible. Earlier this week, I was in dire need of a quiet place to work (away from my dogs) and after hitting up six coffee shops in Tempe, I gave up and headed out to Gilbert. Which worked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Great Drinks Take (More) Time: The Ramos Gin Fizz

    Last week, I covered a great drink that takes a little while to make properly, the Daiquiri. In so doing, I mentioned the other great drink that takes a long time to make well, the Ramos Gin Fizz... and then swept it under the rug. Sure enough, a commenter noticed what I did, and asked why I gave it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Pita Jungle: Happy Hour Report Card

    ​The Spot: Pita Jungle, 4921 E. Ray Road, Phoenix. (480) 785-PITA (7482). More than seven other Valley locations, including Tempe, Scottsdale, and downtown Phoenix. The Hours: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reverse happy hour is from 9 p.m. to close daily. The Details: On t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Conversation Heart-Infused Tequila

    ​Last year -- in some sort of wacky, sugar-fueled, lost-our-mind moment -- we made candy conversation hearts from scratch. And they actually worked. (You can see the post and recipe here.) So now the question: What sort of Valentine confection would we tackle this year? Macarons are way too ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Watermelon Juice in a Fancy Glass

    ​Lately, in this In Season series, we're taking a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week I'm using watermelon.

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Hanna Gabrielsson of Beaver Choice

    Maya Dukmasova Hanna Gabrielsson shows off a tray of salmon marinating into gravlax at Beaver Choice ​This week we talk to Hanna Gabrielsson, the woman behind the delightful little Scandinavian bistro with an even more delightful name, Beaver Choice. The restaurant has been open in Tempe on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Eating the World: Ikea Cafeteria

    The best ethnic food is often the most difficult to find. So each week we'll spin the globe and search for a new other-worldly spot to expand our eating horizons around the Valley.This week we go to Sweden at Ikea cafeteria.Carrie WheelerA portion of the menu at the cafeteria inside Ikea.​"Is Ikea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Graphic Novel Style Cookbook

    Ryan Dunlavey​ How fun is this new book planned by Dirt Candy NYC? Dirt Candy NYC is a brilliantly named vegetable based restaurant in NYC and is one of the only Michelin-recommended vegetarian restaurants in America. Even the most tired home cooks will drag their weary rears to be inspired ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Michelle Martinez, What Are You Baking?

    courtesy of Michele Martinez​Even if your oven sits cold all year, chances are you're considering firing it up, right about now. As a holiday twist on our "What Are You Eating?" feature on Chow Bella and "What Are You Wearing?" on Jackalope Ranch, this holiday season we brought you "What Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Book Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Easy Artisan Bread

    Wilks CommunicationsComplete Idiot's Guide to Easy Artisan Bread​  In the 1980's, artisan bread baking in America began to move out of the province of professional bakeries and back into the hands of home bakers. Bread experts wrote tomes about baking ingredients and the bread making process ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Beaver Choice: Lunch $10 and Under

    Move over Ikea - there's a new Swedish meatball slinger in town. Beaver Choice, opened this month by a Swedish family from Stockholm by way of Canada, serves up Scandinavian classics in Tempe. Salads, pitas, wraps, sandwiches and quiche with a Swedish twist comprise the grab-and-go menu (that, regar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Coming Soon to Tempe: Beaver Choice

    ​Yes, it's called Beaver Choice. Blogging is taking on a surreal quality at the moment, as I write about a uniquely named new restaurant set to open soon in Tempe (1743 E. Broadway). Even more noteworthy is that it serves Scandinavian cuisine. Besides the cafeteria at IKEA, is there an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Latitude Eight vs. Flo's Kitchen: Baby, Please Satay With Me!

    Satay is my go-to dish at any Thai or Pan-Asian restaurant. Made with chunks of chicken or beef broiled in spices and served with the crack of condiments -- peanut sauce -- it's a dish everyone from picky five-year-old Susie to granny will adore. Yes, I am a peanut sauce addict, but I've been g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    An Owl City Song You Can Actually Get Behind

    OK, OK, so the video below isn't exactly sung by Adam Young of Owl City, but the track uses the melody from his smash "Fireflies" in a way funnier, more creative way that doesn't express feeling used by bugs.It's done by YouTube maven Mystery Guitar Man, who is a genius at crafting cool stop motion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Urban Farming 101: Raised Beds and Hanging Baskets

    A look into my trial and mostly error farm in the middle of the city. There are several benefits of investing the time and money into building raised beds for your seed babies. Weed control, quality soil, better accessibility, etc. What it really came down to for me were two things --- they look cl ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Pulled Pork Sandwich at Hillside Spot

    ​I may never eat IKEA's Swedish meatballs again. After a post-New Year's Day pilgrimage to ogle fabrics and cute dishware that I really don't need at Tempe's uber-retailer, I remembered that new Hillside Spot is just down the street, on the other side of I-10 (4740 E. Warner Rd.). Consideri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Top 5: Worst Gifts for Foodies

    Avoid this.​We love to cook. We love good food. So why do people claiming to understand our passion give us Chili's gift cards, elf aprons and used chocolate body paint? It's not their fault, really. They just need a little help. That's why, this holiday season, we've done the dirty work for you a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Over the Weekend: BBQ & Beer Festival

    What better way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon than wandering the parking lot across from Tempe's IKEA, sampling barbecued meats and drinking beer? This past weekend, 33 teams from across the nation turned out for Que & Brew, an official Triple Crown Event BBQ State Championship. And ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Campus Coffee: Fair Trade Is Now Available Between Classes

    In an effort to show its dedication to sustainability, the city of Phoenix revamped the historic A.E. England Building and opened it to shops. Fair Trade Café snatched up one of the retail spaces, in a prime location across from ASU's Cronkite School and University Center, and opened its doors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    This Weekend: Grand Opening of New Total Wine in Tempe

    It makes sense that the brand-new Total Wine store in Tempe is right next to IKEA. They're both the kind of places where you could lose yourself wandering the aisles, browsing an overwhelming variety of products, and imagining all the possibilities. In the case of Total Wine, you can end up visuali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Neo-Nazi Oi Fest II Scheduled for October 24 in Tonopah, Arizona

    from Some sieg heil-ing action from last year's Oi Fest, posted to WKOA's site What could it be that draws neo-Nazis to western Maricopa County town of Tonopah? Desert vistas pregnant with ennui? The occasional corpse dumped next to the Interstate? Exhaust from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Art Burn: Food sizzles, art fizzles at Caffe Boa

    When it comes to restaurant decor, good art is definitely the key to success. Sure, exotic hardwood tables and funky exposed brick walls go a long way, but if a cool place is decked in dime-a-dozen IKEA prints or fuzzy amateurish photos it can ruin the ambiance. And let's be honest, u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Art Burn: Pita Jungle's good for a trip

    Every college student has one favorite restaurant where they go study in peace or hang out with friends -- an ultra hip, ultra cheap joint with cool art on the walls and a staff that doesn't mind you sitting and reading a book for hours. For ASU students of the pa ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Monday Night Martha: Limoncello

    What would the holiday season be without a festive homemade liqueur? This limoncello recipe comes from Martha herself, and it's a very easy one -- particularly when you make a few adjustments. In terms of the odder supplies, all you really need i ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 7, 2008

    Home is Where the Art is

    Repatriate your uterus at Lisa Sette

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2008
  • Calendar

    April 24, 2008

    Murder, My Swede

    Blood, gore, and meatballs at IKEA

  • Music

    February 14, 2008
  • Dining

    November 15, 2007
  • Dining

    March 9, 2006

    Pogue Mahone

    Erin go bar

  • News

    November 17, 2005

    Check, Please

    Food with furniture

  • News

    November 17, 2005

    Rite to Assemble

    One year on, IKEA fans are standing firm. Their furniture, on the other hand . . .

  • Calendar

    October 20, 2005
  • Culture

    September 8, 2005

    The Shipping News

    Jose Avila's furniture designs are out of the box

  • Calendar

    June 16, 2005
  • Culture

    November 18, 2004

    Waiting for Stuff, Man

    I've got an IKEA!

  • Dining

    October 14, 2004

    Brazil Nuts

    Superlative churrascaria in the enchanted kingdom of Ahwatukee

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 30, 2004


    Arizona Chain Reaction

  • Film

    October 21, 1999

    The Beat Generation

    Fight Club pummels promising premise in ground

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