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  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    10 Flavors of Gelato from Local Chefs to Debut at The Gelato Spot in Scottsdale on Friday, August 1

    This Friday, August 1, locally-owned dessert chain The Gelato Spot will launch its second annual Gelato Wars contest. As with last year's event, the contest will pit a lineup of local chefs against each other in a battle to earn a custom-molded gelato cone trophy, $500 cash, and a $5,000 check prese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Aaron Eckburg's 5 Best Desserts in Metro Phoenix

    The countdown to Best of Phoenix is on. Mark your calendar: This year's issue will be on newsstands September 26. What better way to warm up than by asking some local "experts" to list their own personal bests? This week Aaron Eckburg, co-owner of go lb. salt -- "Arizona's original salt bar" -- take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    10 Cool Things at the 2013 Phoenix Gluten-Free Expo

    Okay. The expo was crowded, the lines were long, and people always seem to lose their sense of dignity when there are free samples of anything. But there was a lot to be happy about at the 2013 Phoenix Gluten-Free Expo held over the weekend at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale. See also: - Ted' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Superbowl Eats: 16 Most Awesome/Disgusting Food Stadiums

    No matter if you're a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, the Baltimore Ravens, or a neutral observer, if you're attending a Super Bowl party this year, the food is what (hopefully) will make everyone cheer. See also: 10 Best/Worst Pizza Tattoos and Top 10 Knitted Foods And for some parties, it's go b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Clash of the Cupcake Chains: Sprinkles v. Gigi's Cupcakes

    Remember the 2000s, when cupcakes were just another bakery treat to enjoy on special occasions like birthdays and holidays? Yeah, so do we. But since those long gone days the little, frosted cakes have become America's sweetheart of sweet treats. They're everywhere we look it seems and have spawned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie at The White Chocolate Grill

    See also: Pie Social 2012: Call for Entries If you're in the mood for dessert, it would seem there's no better place to go than a restaurant with chocolate in the name. That logic brought us to The White Chocolate Grill, on the surface a generic upscale American restaurant with the typical big plus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Nikki's Top Four Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week

    See also: Kevin Binkley on Loving In-N-Out Burger See also: Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Urciuoli Restaurant Week begins September 15 and runs through September 23. And while it smacks of Black Friday, Christmas in July and all the other bargain bonanzas that attract the great unwashed, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Jill Bryan, What Are You Listening To?

    Jill Bryan The comedian hosts Stand-Up Live's Comedy Gold showcase and radio's "What A Mouth." Check out for upcoming shows and events! When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? KMLE Country, 107.9-FM. I'm a big fan of T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Digesting Caramelpalooza: A Judge's View

    Last Friday night, Smeeks hosted Chow Bella's 3rd Annual Caramelpalooza, and phew, that was a TON of caramel. As author of the blog's Dessert First series, I was asked to be one of five judges. Thanks to all of the ice cream/candy/cookie/popcorn/paleta makers for bringing their creativity to the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    14 Ways to Get Your Phoenix Valentine's Day Chocolate Fix

    ​ Chocolate and Valentine's Day go together like eggs and bacon, or cookie and milk, or cookies and bacon, or bacon and bacon .....mmmmm bacon. Oh wait, we were talking about chocolate. Anyhow, chocolate and Valentine's Day go hand in hand. A Valentine's Day without chocolate would just be a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    IHOP v. Denny's: Clash of the Christmas Pancakes

    Lauren SariaIHOP's white chocolate mint pancakes​Thanks to Hallmark it's become socially acceptable to throw some green and red on just about anything and market it a special holiday treat...and don't you just love it?! Don't know about you, but we can't get enough peppermint and sugar flavored go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Seven Great Brewpubs in Greater Phoenix

    ​(This post has been updated.) Brewpubs, restaurants that sell beer brewed on the premises, combine tasty eats washed down with unique fermented concoctions for an experience folks can't get anywhere else. Where to go for bites and a venue-made brew in greater Phoenix? (Distributing brews to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Chocolate and Wine: A Sexy Pairing

    ​Something great happens when sexy forces combine. Brangelina took on an army of children, the Sports Illustrated models became a calendar institution, and don't make us explain what happened when Kama met Sutra. Like it or not, sexiness is a powerful thing. When it comes to food, there's nothing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Blueberry Pinot Noir, Green Apple Riesling, White Chocolate Ale and Other Sips of the Kokopelli Wine Festival

    "Going once....going twice...sold!" Kokopelli winemaker Dennis Minchella auctions off one of the 1,000,000th bottles.​We spent more time (okay, all of our time) sipping at grapes rather than crushing them over the weekend at the 10th Annual Kokopelli Krush, a wine festival put on by Kok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    BLT Steak Wine Dinner and Cookies & Cream Fudge in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Wine Dinner, BLT Style  BLT Steak's September installation of their monthly wine dinner series is happening  tomorrow night at 6. The award-winni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    A Love Letter For Lee Hillson, Something Baked Cookies, Chopped at AndyFood, Boba at Bosa Donuts

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs.​EaterAZ wrote a love letter to Lee Hillson of T. Cook's for his weekly $2 Taco Tuesday promotion. They "can't recommend it enough." With tacos like Kiltlifter tempura bacon tacos with butter lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, and a horsera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Arizona Biltmore's Dinner and a Movie Series Starts Today

    Arizona Biltmore​Summertime in the Valley may be a scorcher, but the Arizona Biltmore, one of Phoenix's first resorts built in 1929 with the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright serving as the consulting architect, is playing it Hollywood cool. As part of their Hollywood & Wine summer-long series fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Sonoran Beer Dinner and Vegan Corn Chowder in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Sonoran Beer DinnerMark your calenders for Thursday, June 30th -- chef Jeremy Pacheco and his team will be hosting the first of two summer beer dinners at Lon's at the Hermosa in Parad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    5 Restaurant Week Picks for Foodies (and 5 More For the Rest of Us)

    The new spring version of Arizona Restaurant Week starts this Friday, May 13. With over 50 restaurants involved in the $30-40 three-course meal deal, it's hard to figure out which places to hit. The Dhaba's menu looks delicious, for example, while White Chocolate Grill's "Date Night" spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Pop-Tarts Shop and Northern Arizona Wine Dinner in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? AZ Wine Dinner Meet Up Tomorrow night join Jim Wiskerchen from at Fire it Up Grill in Chandler for a four course dinner paired with wines made right here in Arizona. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Caffiend: Hob Nobs' White Chocolate Mocha

    ​Hob Nobs, a quaint beatnik cafe housed in the old Willow House building, retains much of its predecessors' ambiance: hardwood floors, colorful local art on the walls, cramped parking in the back -- but the menu here offers more options, and we dare say the java's just as good.We stopped by on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Top 5 Cocktails For Easter the hatch ... er, rabbit hole.​Church. Hiding plastic eggs for unappreciative children. Cooking a huge dinner. Putting up with painfully unlikable family members. Whatever your Easter entails this Sunday, there's a good cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Gingersnap Egg Nog Martini at R Bar and BLT Steak

    Even if you're not a fan of egg nog, you might like this martini--it's a way to enjoy the holiday drink in a subtle way. The creaminess of the traditional holiday beverage is complemented with ginger and white chocolate flavors, and the cinnamon sugar rim and ginger snap cookie garnish mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Caffiend: Jolta Java's Mexican Joltachino

    Locally-owned Jolta Java's beverage menu reads like a wish list for sugar freaks: caramel espresso blends, fruity tropical teas, Italian sodas, smoothies, and whipped cream on pretty much anything you want. We decided to combine our quest for caffeine with a massive sugar rush by ordering Jolta Java ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Brew Review: Great Arizona Beer Festival

    Jonathan McNamaraSee more shots in our Great Arizona Beer Festival slide show. Walking in to The Great Arizona Beer Festival on Saturday, we promised ourselves that we would not stumble out like blithering idiots. Well, you know what they say about best laid plans. So once again, the Brew Review ... More >>

  • News

    February 12, 2009
  • Dining

    July 20, 2006

    Big Mouth

    Land of the falling expectation

  • Dining

    June 8, 2006

    Fisherman's Boos

    Throw this one back

  • News

    October 6, 2005
  • Dining

    September 15, 2005

    Chain Gang

    Hunger's not so bad

  • Music

    May 20, 2004
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    February 19, 2004
  • Best of Phoenix

    September 26, 2002