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    August 18, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Romeo's Euro Cafe Tuesday, August 19 Every third Tuesday of the month chef Romeo Taus of Romeo's Euro Cafe in Gilbert hosts a special dinner event with three courses and three wines for $30. This month's event features Asian Calamari Salad with cilantro tangy citrus sesame oil dressing and spicy ca ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014
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    February 27, 2014
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    February 14, 2014

    10 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Metro Phoenix

    There's something inherently enjoyable about brunch. Maybe it's because most of us can only fit it in once a week. Maybe it's because the hybrid meal allows the freedom to eat pretty much whatever you want. Most likely, it's because it's an acceptable excuse to drink well before 5 'o'clock. But for ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    11 Metro Phoenix Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

    If you're already up to your ears with holiday stress from gift shopping, you can forget about planning an elaborate feast for your friends and family. Make reservations at one of the Valley's finest restaurants to enjoy a Christmas dinner with lots of love and laughter -- and less of hearing your r ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    The Winners of the Chow Bella Pumpkin Showdown Are....

    From time to time here at Chow Bella, we challenge one another to a showdown. This fall's theme, naturally, was pumpkin. Damn you, pumpkin-infused Kahlua and pumpkin-flavored Pringles -- you're ruining it for the rest of the pumpkin goodness out there, like the dishes our colleagues prepared for us ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    How to Make Keoke Coffee

    You know you're a native Arizonan when it's 60 degrees outside and your thoughts turn to wintry things. There I was, enjoying a late-night dinner on a restaurant patio after work when I got in the mood for a warm nightcap. Dinner was hearty, so coffee sounded good. What should I have? The bartender ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Tiki-Drinks, Bacon Makin' and More: 5 Things To Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Just because your weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. This week offers plenty of events to keep you fueled till Friday comes around. Monday Night Chef's Table Tonight -- this Monday, August 12 -- you can kick start the week with a four-course wine-paired dinner at ZuZu at the Hotel V ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    How to Make a Bushwacker Cocktail

    It's nice to have a finely crafted drink. These days, a well-made frozen piña colada or margarita is especially delicious. But sometimes, I want to let down my hair. I want something that I can throw together with a minimum of fuss that's still delicious and full of booze. That's where this week's ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    When It Comes to Wine, Bigger Isn't Always Better

    "Gimme your biggest wine!" One of the requests I dread the most. I know for sure he just drove up in his Toyota Tundra Crew Max Double Cab 4x4 Platinum 5.7L V8 FFV ** 6-Speed Automatic. After all, why not drive the biggest, most expensive, most powerful vehicle that will never see a day's honest w ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Slade Grove: 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. Last year at Caramelpalooza, Slade Grove took second place for Best ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Great Shakes at Bertie's in Arcadia: Get. In. The Car. Now.

    The Guilty Pleasure: The entire store. But mostly the milkshakes. Where To Get It: Bertie's Vintage, 4041 East Thomas Road (at 40th Street) The Price: $5.25 What It Really Costs: Just went up a size from all the decadence? You're in luck: They have swell clothes for sale, too. I have two well-docum ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    6 Don't-Miss Events During AZ Cocktail Week: Feb 16-22

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Phoenix is becoming a bona-fide food-town, "becoming" (present progressive) being the operative word. Exhibit A, for your consideration: the second annual Arizona Cocktail Week, a seven-day series of boozy events -- some educational, others not so much -- b ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    The 5 Best Shots for Your New Year's Eve Party

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. When we Chow Bella folks were discussing our New Year's Eve plans, I wa ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Five Flairtending Fails: Juggling, Balancing, and Fire-Breathing

    The holidays mean hosting parties, and parties mean booze (at least the fun ones), and booze means playing bartender, at least for the night. Knowing you're so far beyond premixed store bought drinks, we're guessing you'll be trying to impress the guests with your flashy bartending skills. Hey, mayb ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Holy Pumpkin Spice, Look at These Gingerbread Houses

    The Victoria, BC upscale hotel Inn at Laurel Point is running a national gingerbread house competition to support what else, Habitat For Humanity an organization devoted to constructing homes for the less fortunate. See Also: -Where to See Sweet Gingerbread House Displays in Phoenix -Kahlúa Ginge ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Kahlúa Gingerbread: How to Make It Tolerable

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. A simultaneous perk and hazard of the bar industry is learning about ne ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Roasted Bull Testicle Stout. Really.

    A Colorado brewery's hilariously deadpan April Fools joke regarding a "Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout" has become a reality. According to Wynkoop Brewery, their bull testicle beer "annoucenment" video was so popular that people actually showed up April 1st looking for a taste of the beer. See Also: - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Pumpkin Cheesecake at Bertha's Café

    Bertha's Café is kind of a best-kept secret hidden in a strip mall off of Indian School Road on the outskirts of the Arcadia neighborhood. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays (and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays), it's an excellent breakfast and lunch spot for office workers in the area. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Pop-up London Butcher Shop Offers "World's Finest Human Butchery"

    London's famous Smithfields meat market had a gory new addition when the "world's finest human butchery" opened in one of their stalls last week. The pop-up butcher shop called Wesker and Son was a promotion for the release of a sequel to a popular zombie video game franchise. See Also: -Body Part ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Anatomy of a Cheesecake with Beth Goldwater of Bertha's Cafe

    See also: Asparagus and Havarti Panini from Bertha's Cafe When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matter, an exact science. In this series, we're going behind the bakery case and into the kitchens of some of Phoenix's finest purveyors of sweets ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Five Drinks You're Safe to Order in Any Bar (Vodka and Soda Aside)

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. I love elaborate cocktails. I'm also more than a bit of a stickler when ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Dan Medlen and Minerva Orduño Collaborate on Pizza at Sleepy Dog Saloon and Brewery This Friday and . . . He's Selling Pretzel Rolls at Bodega

    See also: Sleepy Dog Saloon and Brewery Pairing Up with Food Trucks See also: FnB Line Cook Minerva Orduño Launches Muñeca Mexicana Product Line Dan Medlen knows dough. He's been baking for Tammie Coe for the past eight years and, more recently, hauling his mobile oven to Sleepy Dog Saloon and Br ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    Tiramisu at Aiello's Salumeria

    See also: Aiello's Salumeria and Isa's Pizza Corner the Moon Valley Market See also: Original Aiello's May Relocate Closer to Downtown Central Avenue, although replete with restaurants of all varieties, lost an irreplaceable one early last month when Aiello's East Coast Italian Dining closed its do ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    New Brunch at Coronado Cafe: Good-Looking Menu, But Some Technical Snags Trip Up the Meal

    Restaurant: Coronado Café Location: 2201 North Seventh Street New Brunch Open: About two weeks Eats: Brunch favorites with a twist Price Point: Around $11 to $20 a person Around the beginning of April, Coronado Café, the charming little bungalow turned eatery near the theater and arts district i ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Free Ice Cream at TEXAZ Grill This Thursday

    Who can say no to free ice cream?​We're always on the lookout for good deals here at Chow Bella. It's not just about the economy. Everyone's on a budget -- in good times and in bad -- and better deals means more opportunities to sample some of the local cuisine and libations to be had around town. ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Stoner Edition: Munchies and Movies

    Golden Graham Marshmallow Treat, Hemp Brownie, and Gooball Munchies from Cheba Hut.​Staying in? We've got you covered -- both on the culinary and entertainment fronts. Now presenting Dinner and a Movie -- a guide to a do it yourself evening of food and film.In less than a week, Arizona's ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011
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    February 10, 2011

    Wei of Chocolate: Flourless Chocolate Cake

    courtesy Wei of Chocolatechocolate cake ingredient prep​ Lisa Reinhardt is the CEO and chocolatier behind Wei of Chocolate, a unique Phoenix chocolate business combining the health benefits of dark chocolate with homeopathic floral essence infusions. In our Sweet Talk with Lisa she revealed her ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    BLOW JOB Special at Dave & Buster's

    Nicki Escudero$5.59 for a BLOW JOB​ Before you start thinking the Dave & Buster's at Tempe Marketplace is selling cheap sexual favors, relax: a BLOW JOB is simply a tasty shot made with 3/4 ounce Bailey's and 3/4 ounce Kahlua. It's topped with whipped cream and taken with the mouth only--hand ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Taberna Mexicana in Scottsdale

    Erica O'Neil The Mar y Tierra at Taberna, filet mignon and grilled shrimp over roasted potatoes and topped with a sea urchin crema. ​Scottsdale Seville welcomed a new tenant last month, with the opening of Taberna Mexicana. Partners Mark Weissberg, Tim Arnold and Chris Harter launched this ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008
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    December 23, 2004

    Picking St. Nix

    A little supping for Christmas

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    July 10, 2003

    Mexican Idol

    The crooners at a west-side bar put gringo karaoke lovers to shame

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    May 15, 2003

    Wing Ding

    Bite Me bids salud to the Cinco revelers

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    April 17, 2003
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    January 16, 2003

    Chile Reception

    Carey Sweet tries her best to find something wrong with Barrio Café.

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    April 4, 2002

    The Jagger Edge

    Furio is no ordinary club pretending to be a restaurant

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    October 30, 1997
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    May 30, 1990