Judy Nichols

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    April 22, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in Arcadia Right Now

    There are plenty of reasons for food lovers to like the Arcadia neighborhood -- the central location, the ranch-style homes, the plentiful citrus trees, and of course, the plethora of dining and drinking options. There's no shortage of places to grab a bite or a cocktail in this Phoenix neighborho ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Arizona Matsuri Festival Saturday, February 22 The annual Arizona Matsuri Festival will take over Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. The event includes three stages with live entertainment, arts and crafts, bonsai displays, and Japane ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Jamburritos, Short Leash: Gluten-Free on Wheels

    I'm a longtime food truck fan, from way before food trucks were cool. During college in Hawaii, I regularly ate out of trucks parked on the Manoa campus. I ordered what Hawaiians call "plate lunches": an entrée served with two scoops of rice and one scoop of macaroni salad. It sounds starch-crazy t ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    24 Carrots Makes the Move to Tempe, Serves Healthy Fare (Including Gluten-Free)

    When you're gluten-free, your friends and family are always looking out for new places to go out for a meal together. It's a great gift to get a phone call or e-mail suggesting a new place to eat, sit, and share the day's events. Recently, as I switched jobs, many friends invited me to congratulat ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    Jewel's Bakery and Café: The Savory Side of Gluten Free Dining

    OK. If you read my previous post on Jewel's Bakery and Café, you already know I'm in love with this place. Jewel's has so many beautiful gluten-free pastries that you could just drown yourself in sugar. But I also was excited to taste their savory side. So my work compatriots and I headed over fo ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Fill Your Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Plate

    Last year, I didn't eat any of my Christmas cookies because I used the Martha Stewart recipe for sugar cookies that I always use, with loads of butter, sugar and gluten-laden flour. I didn't want to alter the recipe because, like many of Martha's creations, it is perfect, and one of the many reasons ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    New Gluten-Free Treats at Green and La Grande Orange

    'Tis the season to check in with old friends, and even thought you're always looking for the newest delectable morsel, sometimes you just want to go where you know everybody's name. So while I was out and about doing my holiday elf duties, I rolled by a couple of old standbys, where I found not on ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    21 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Week Four and Beyond

    I wrapped up my Fresh Start: 21 (28) Day Cleanse from just in time to tumble into a long weekend of eating and making merry at a reunion of old friends at a beach house in Oregon. I imagine my detoxified insides recoiling in horror at the gluten-free beer and M&Ms I downed ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013
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    November 22, 2013

    21 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Week Three

    Good news: Week two (my week three) of the 21-(now 28)day cleanse was confidence-building and filling. After repeating the first week of the Fresh Start, 21-day cleanse from, moving to the second-week menu and getting some more variety was rewarding. In week two, the plan ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    5 Gifts for the Gluten-Free Eater

    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 list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Gluten-Free Eater. The holidays are a time of feasting: turkey and stuff ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    21-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Week One

    I'm not a big spinach or kale eater. I mean, I'll eat it, but not if instead I could have a burger or pasta or a baked potato or chicken tacos or ice cream or, well, almost anything else. So on a recent vacation, when my nephew Ian offered me a green smoothie he made, I hesitated but tried it anyway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Café 8 in Mesa Listens to Gluten-Free Customers

    When one of the young dancers from the next-door studio wandered into Café 8 in Mesa, and announced that she couldn't eat gluten, Tracey Chaker gave her one of the gluten-free cupcakes out of the display case. "The next day, she came back, tugged on my chef's jacket, and said, 'I never thought I ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    10 Reasons To Love Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Gluten-free blues got you down? Get in the kitchen and get baking. Here are 10 reasons to love GF chocolate chip cookies -- and really, all chocolate chip cookies in general. 1. The only "real" chocolate chip cookies, the ones made from Nestlé Toll House chips using the recipe on the back of the ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Gluten-Free Noodles at P.F. Chang's

    So, first let me say that I can't remember ever eating at P.F. Chang's China Bistro. Until this week. Which is a bit weird since the chain's very first restaurant opened a few miles from my house, and now it has hundreds of restaurants around the world and is a go-to dine-out place for a lot of peo ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013

    Battle of the Shave Ice: Snoh Ice Shavery vs. Realeza Michoacana

    I'm in search of a frozen time-travel moment back to Lanikai Beach, where my flip-flops were just steps away from Island Snow, where Barack and I get our shave-ice fixes.

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    August 15, 2013

    Phoenix Public Market Café Offers Oatmeal Risotto for Your Gluten-Free Comfort

    One of my earliest food memories, when I was probably three or four, was oatmeal at the hospital daycare where my mother would drop my sister and me on the way to her early morning nursing shift. I remember her scratchy-crisp starched white uniform, a disoriented bleary-eyed feeling, and the warm, ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Cibo's Gluten-Free Pizza Is a Life Saver

    Gluten avoiders looking for pizza are like the undead, staggering around moaning, drooling, eyes darting from venue to venue, minds foggy with memories of pizzas past and just enough brain matter left to keep hope alive. After all, we've eaten pizza in Chicago, New York, and Italy, and we know the d ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Cooking Gluten-Free: The Fresh 20 Makes It Easy(ish)

    First, a confession: I don't really cook. Or, at least, I didn't really cook until recently. Which isn't really accurate, either. I can cook, and I have cooked. It's just that my mother is a great cook, so I didn't really feel the need to learn, and my husband is a great cook, too, so, hey, why both ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    DIY Gluten-Free Raspberry Salad

    Sometimes, when a friend invites you to dinner, you just want to say yes, without going into a long explanation of all the gluten-y things you can't eat. You want to go back to that innocent, carefree, ignorant time when you had no idea you had to be careful about what you put in your mouth. When yo ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    DIY Gluten-Free Corn Pancakes

    In a tiny corner of my mind lives a memory of total peace. A timeless golden glow where my parents are young and happy and laughing with their friends, drinks in hand as they sit outside next to the water, and my sister and I and an army of other kids play endless games of tag and hide and seek with ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Five Guys Offers Gluten-Free Happiness for the Not-So-Health Conscious

    It's an interesting phenomenon when you tell people you are a gluten-free eater. Most of them think it's a choice, and that you're a "healthy" eater, focused on nutrition. They picture greens, nuts and berries. Well ... not necessarily. See also: - Chompie's Gluten-Free Bagels and Memories of F ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Chompie's Gluten-Free Bagels and Memories of Fifth Avenue

    The search for a bagel that lives up to New York's finest is universal for everyone outside The Big Apple. For those of us who eat gluten-free, it's a lost cause. We've already gone through Kubler-Ross' five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and, finally, acceptance. But we hav ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    AZ88 Teaches Our Gluten-Free Girl a Lesson

    OK. Last week, I learned a lesson in jumping to gluten-free conclusions about a place. When I went to AZ88 The Bar on the Scottsdale Mall with a group of some of my favorite women, and when the waitress fessed up to having no gluten-free beer, I was ready to be sullen and unforgiving. I mean, real ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 26, 2013

    A (Mostly) Gluten-Free Meal at Arcadia Farms

    When I was in junior high, my family moved to Hawaii, and I was enrolled in a school where I was often the only white student in my classes. At lunch, I would play cards -- Hearts mostly -- with a group of Japanese girls who took pity on the new kid. Trouble was, like all the other kids, they spoke ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Desperately Seeking Crispy Gluten-Free Waffles

    Waffles. Belgian waffles. Crisp. Hot. With melted butter and warm maple syrup. Sunday brunch is just one of the regular food happenings at my mother's house, and it's all about the waffles. But going gluten-free meant waffle changes for me. See also: - Don't Call Judy Nichols Names; She Knows W ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    Don't Call Judy Nichols Names; She Knows Where to Find the Tastiest Gluten-Free Cupcakes and Whoopie Pies in Phoenix

    What, you say? You're gluten-free? Well, come sit by Judy Nichols, author of Chow Bella's newest weekly column, "Gluten for Punishment." If you have suggestions or questions, leave them for her in our comments section. Enjoy. Don't hate me because I'm gluten-free. It's not by choice; it's by diagno ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Laurie Notaro and Others Tell Stories of Food and Love at Crescent Ballroom Feb. 12

    What does spaghetti have to do with love? Only Laurie Notaro knows, and she's not telling -- not til Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. when Chow Bella presents Candy Hearts, our second public reading at Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix. See also: - Laurie Notaro's Eight Food(ie) Terms Past Their Ex ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012
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    December 16, 2012

    Judy Nichols Gets to the Bottom of the Casserole Dish

    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, Judy Nich ... More >>

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