Jonathan McNamara

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    September 19, 2011

    Peelander Z and The Aggrolites at Sail Inn, 9-18-2011

    Jonathan McNamaraPeelander Yellow performs at Sail Inn. ​On the drive over to Sail Inn tonight, my roommate asked if he was going to understand Peelander Z. It was a fair question. Though the band formed in New York, it's made up of four Japanese transplants. "Yes," I said, they mostly sing i ... More >>

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    August 13, 2011

    Cut Copy at Marquee Theatre 8/12/11

    Jonathan McNamaraDan Whitford​ Cut Copy Marquee Theatre Friday, August 12 It's about time Cut Copy played in Phoenix. Sure, it would have been great to see them on the In Ghost Colours tour, but last night was a good time for the band to make their first appearance. Fans had plenty of time to ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    The Counter at Paldo Market

    Carol Blonder Paldo Market counter Earlier this summer, we debuted a new Chow Bella feature, "Dare to Dine" -- in which a totally terrified member of our staff agrees to eat at a restaurant chosen by one of his or her colleagues. For the first assignment, we sent Web Editor Jonathan McNamara ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Alice Cooperstown's Bases Loaded Hot Dog Contest

    Jonathan McNamaraThe good news: to win you only have to eat one. ​​The average person's stomach can hold about a liter of food, or close to two pounds' worth. But who wants to be average? All over town, restaurants are offering up contests of confection, defying brave eaters to ingest more food ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Big Earl's BBQ's Leg of Beast Feast: 30 Pounds of Food, 6 People, 17 Minutes

    Jonathan McNamara James King prepares for disaster.​​The average person's stomach can hold about a liter of food, or close to two pounds' worth. But who wants to be average? All over town, restaurants are offering up contests of confection, defying brave eaters to ingest more food than th ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Trefoil Cookie Showdown: Pear Frangipane Tart

    Jonathan McNamara​Got some Girl Scout cookies sitting around? So did we. Hence, the Trefoil Cookie Showdown. Being one of the newest Chow Bella members, I was a bit nervous about entering this challenge. I had seen last year's Thin Mint competition and wondered if I could make something wort ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Brewed For Battle: Blind IPA Taste Test

    Jonathan McNamaraA blind IPA taste test? Let's hop to it!​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 result of this peculiar ailment is the beer argument. In the ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Valentine's Day Showdown: Bistro Dinner with Our Resident Chef

    Jonathan McNamaraCarol Blonder with most of her Valentine's menu.​Our Virgin Cook, Wynter Holden, refers to the Valentine dinner menu as a competition! In spite of the size your knife (is that from the tool shed?) Wynter, game on! And no apologies, Cyndi Coon, Thrifty Cook, we planned our menu ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Brewed For Battle: Scottish Ales

    Jonathan McNamaraOur Scottish ales.​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 result of this peculiar ailment is the beer argument. In the spirit of all great be ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Kinchmas: Kinch and Ladylike in Photos

    Jonathan McNamaraKinch tunes up in full-on Santa gear before their set during Kinchmas at Rhythm Room.​It sure as hell didn't feel like Christmas to me until Thursday night. Yes, I dealt with the crowds ransacking Target for stocking-stuffers. I even heard myself spout of the obligatory commen ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Alcohol-Infused Whipped Cream: Just Say No

    Jonathan McNamaraWe tried Whipped Lightning. God help us!​Some things are not meant to be. It's hard to find anything that the staff at Phoenix New Times agrees on, but we are in lock step on one thing: Whipped Lightning is terrible. Beyond terrible. It's like eating flavored lighter fluid. A ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Brewed For Battle: Pumpkin Ale

    Jonathan McNamaraOur selection of pumpkin ales. What's the mysterious unmarked bottle?​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 result of this peculiar ailment i ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Pumpkin Showdown: Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting

    We are obsessed with pumpkin so much over here at Chow Bella that we thought it was time to take all the smack talk to task with a pumpkin showdown. All the blog contributors gathered 'round the table with their best pumpkin recipes to see whose dish gets the Great Pumpkin award. Today's contender? ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Desert Botanical Gardens' Beer Garden: Why We're Not Going

    Jonathan McNamara We'll be hanging out at Taste of Tops instead. ​You fancy yourself a bit of a beer aficionado. You enjoy knowing about different styles and you have your favorite. You're a regular at Four Peaks and Papago and you're becoming a regular at Taste of Tops. You can get down wi ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Vans Warped Tour's 10 Biggest Douchebags

      Jonathan McNamara ​To some, the Vans Warped Tour is heaven -- dozens of pop, rock and punk bands on multiple stages and tons of young, scantily clad people reveling in the sweaty, fun mess of dancing and moshing. And to others, Warped Tour is hell. Besides the 100-plus degree heat, ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Salsa Showdown: Pretty Simple Pico

    Jonathan McNamara​Real cooks can't stay out of the kitchen. That's why four of Chow Bella's regular contributors have concocted four different types of salsa just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Check in next week to see who won the showdown. Now, someone pass the chips.  Today's salsa: Pr ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Thin Mint Showdown: Fudge Truffle Cheesecake w/ Thin Mint Whipped Cream

    Jonathan McNamara ​ One can never have enough Thin Mints. At least that's what we thought until Managing Editor Amy Silverman brought in a dozen unsold boxes to a recent Chow Bella meeting. If one must make lemonade when life hands one lemons, we theorized one must make dessert when life han ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Arizona Barbecue Festival 2010: We'll be There. Any Chefs Wanna Play for Pinks?

    Jonathan McNamara Here's our smoker. Yes, we're serious. ​"Don't let your mouth write a check that your tail can't cash" -- Bo Diddley, coining an age-old axiom. "Props to [Karnivorous BBQ Team] for having brisket when everyone else was out, even if that intensely-dry brisket tasted a lot l ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    SxSW: Japan Nite and the Future of Japanese Music in America

    Jonathan McNamaraJinnyOops! performing at Japan Nite 2010. See more shots in our Japan Nite slide show. ​The chances are fairly good that you have never heard of Japan Nite. Never mind the fact that this SxSW showcase has been going on for 15 years; the odds are you won't recognize any of the band ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Smashburger on Camelback Opens Today

    Jonathan McNamara​Those Smashburger folks are pretty ambitious. Their Arizona presence only dates back to August 2009, with the Tempe shop, and they've since added an Avondale location. Today, number three -- in the Colonnade at 1949 E. Camelback Rd. -- is open to the public. In case you ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Smashburger Coming to Camelback Corridor

    Jonathan McNamara​Calling all carnivores in the Camelback Corridor: Hot meat is on the way. Burger chain Smashburger, which recently made Arizona inroads with a Tempe location that debuted this fall, plans to open another restaurant at 1949 E. Camelback Rd., #164, in February 2010, accordi ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009

    Stuffing Showdown: And the Winner Is . . .

    ​One week ago, we gave you the first installment of daily posts in our special Stuffing Showdown, and now I'm here as the so-called celebrity judge to tell you which one of our contributors came up with the tastiest rendition of Thanksgiving stuffing. But I'm not going to tell you the winne ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Concert Review: Everclear at The Big Pour

    Jonathan McNamaraEverclear at The Big Pour.​It's a well-established fact that the mark of a truly brilliant pop song is its ability to stand the test of time, captivating new generations or, at the very least, remaining meaningful to it's intended audience over a lifetime. As an admitted Gen X/Y c ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Shonen Knife at Plush in Tucson

    Jonathan McNamaraNaoko Yamano of Shonen Knife​Here at Up on the Sun, we're constantly shaking our fists in frustration watching band after band head to Tucson and pass us by. Last night, we rebelled. If Tucson's going to take our bands, we're going to take Tucson! At least that was the sentime ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    Microsoft Strikes Back: Touring the Microsoft Store

    Jonathan McNamaraThe Microsoft Store at Scottsdale Fashion Square​Just last week Scottsdale Fashion Square became a new home for chain department mega store Barneys New York and now this: the first ever Microsoft store. Jumping on the coat tails of another high-end computer store we won't mention ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    The Sun Sessions: Green Day's "Longview" As Played By Nowhere Man and Whiskey Girl

    Jonathan McNamaraNowhere Man and Whiskey Girl​Nowhere Man and Whiskey Girl aren't a Phoenix band, per say. The duo lives down in Bisbee, a former mine town in southern Arizona. Shooting our latest installment of The Sun Sessions they regaled us with tales of life in the quaint town, where the temp ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    The Sun Sessions: The Sugar Thieves Play Eric Clapton

    Jonathan McNamara Out of the dozen or so talented locals we've featured thus far in our ongoing Sun Sessions series, Mikel Lander and Meredith Moore (a.k.a. The Sugar Thieves) have a singular distinction unmatched by the rest.A major-label contract? Distribution through Hop Topic? No ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Ignite Phoenix 4: Sun Tzu, Death, Capoeira and More in Five Minutes and Twenty Slides

    Jonathan McNamaraJeff Moriarty (left) of the Ignite Phoenix Crew and other igniters hanging out at La Bocca Pizzeria on Mill Ave. during the Ignite Phoenix 4 after-party. "Now, where you go when you die is an age-old question. Here's the answer: 7th Avenue and Jefferson." Stacy Holmstedt didn't ski ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    AZ Ghostbusters Raise Money for Salvation Army and Promote New Ghostbusters Video Game

    Jonathan McNamaraMatt Haynes (center) with the AZ Ghostbusters Though there were no spiritual apparitions at Gamestop at 5707 Northern Ave. in Glendale during the midnight launch of the new Ghostbusters The Video Game, there were plenty of EKG meters and "proton packs" just in case. These delicate ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Arizona Qualifier

    Jonathan McNamaraA group of competitive eaters downing dogs at the Nathan's Hot Dog Contest Arizona Qualifier at Arizona Mill Mall. See more shots in our slide show. Matthew Ramirez stepped out on to a raised platform in the Arizona Mills Mall food court and struck the sort of body building pose tha ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Spooning: Steak Au Poivre

    Jonathan McNamara See this recipe in photos.For this week's Spooning, Colin Redding illustrates the joys of celebrating Valentine's Day with a tasty dish called Steak Au Poivre in addition to some other whacky holiday antics. Take a look at the recipe after the jump:

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    November 27, 2008

    Thanksgiving Invades the Internet

    Log on to YouTube right now, and you'll be bombarded with several Thanksgiving videos. We've got people cooking, people crafting and even people crafting cookies. Wait a minute...I thought Thanksgiving was about football and drinking brews.  Our favorite comes from Spatulatta which features two ju ... More >>

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    November 9, 2008

    Kathy Griffin Through the Eyes of a Straight

    By Jonathan McNamara It started with a montage of clips from every bit of her career. She hated on Jerry Seinfeld. She assured Marcellus Wallus that she would testify in court for him. She antagonized Brooke Shields before finally taking her place among these personalities as the star of her own sh ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008
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    September 18, 2008

    Brew Review: Wild Blue Blueberry Lager

    By Jonathan McNamara It's a fond childhood memory based on a last minute solution from my dad. I was attending summer camp and had to pack a bagged lunch each day. To keep my food refrigerated in the traveling medium of a paper bag, pops would freeze boxed Minute Maid fruit juice for me. Eventually ... More >>

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    August 1, 2008

    This Weekend: Breaking Dawn, Discount Assassin and Pret-a-Porter

    By Jonathan McNamara Friday August 1: Breaking Dawn midnight release party at Changing Hands Bookstore Twilight Series fans are too busy scanning the internet for details about the upcoming book in the series. Harry Potter anyone? If you don't know about Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Series, get your ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008

    Brew Review: Nut Brown Ale

    By Jonathan McNamara As the headline suggests, you've just stumbled into a new Chow Bella segment focused on the gods' proof that they want us to be happy: beer. Keep checking back each week for reviews of the sudsy stuff. This week's brew: Oak Creek Brewing Co.'s Nut Brown Ale. Sedona-based Oa ... More >>

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    June 9, 2008

    Over the Weekend: First Friday, Dick Cheese, and Beer

    By Jonathan McNamara First Friday First Friday got a little freaky this weekend. Then again, what would you expect when conspiracy theorists and cyborgs with Thor helmets start mixing it up? Summer of Sound The Premiere, Cut Throat Logic, Zion-I and a few more members of the local hip hop e ... More >>

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    June 3, 2008

    Month in Photos: May 2008

    By Jonathan McNamara Before you shield your eyes from the summer sun's onslaught, take a look back at the photos and stories of May 2008. Catch up on the stories you missed by checking out our slide show: Month in Photos: May 2008.

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    April 29, 2008

    Month in Photos: April 2008

    By Jonathan McNamara No, it's not Christmas. We do this every month. Check out a month's worth of hard-hitting news, riveting restaurant reviews, rockin' show previews and a slide show or two direct from the streets of Phoenix. This month in photos features our special report "Green Fatigue," ... More >>

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    April 14, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Fast Cars and Fabulous Times

    By Jonathan McNamara The Phoenix International Raceway was buzzing with activity this weekend as not one, not two, but three races delighted race fans and extreme noise enthusiasts. The Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday drew a colossal crowd that was quick to slam over-priced beers while trying to t ... More >>

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    April 9, 2008

    Plymptoons at ASU

    It's appropriate that Bill Plympton's latest is about a murder. He gets away with it all the time.

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    April 7, 2008

    Over the Weekend

    On Friday a band of Guadalupe residents including mayor Rebecca Jimenez protested Sheriff Arpaio's latest round of anti-immigration sweeps.

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    April 2, 2008
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