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Katie Johnson

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    September 16, 2014

    10 Top Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week, Fall 2014

    With so many restaurants participating in this fall's edition of Arizona Restaurant Week -- which runs from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 28 -- it can be hard to tell where your dining dollars will be best spent. Thankfully, we're here to dish out some suggestions. Some of the restaurant ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    10 Best Waffles in Metro Phoenix

    Breakfast, the best and most important meal of the day, has an all-star confection in its ranks so good that even savory food lovers have to admit a craving every once and a while. No, we're not talking about pancakes. We're talking about the groovy, segmented, fluffy, and delicious waffle. Some pre ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    5 Things I Will Never Eat or Drink Again

    For every year that my palate matures, two more bad experiences come to my plate. While most of us would not claim to be picky eaters, admittedly, we've all suffered some form of culinary trauma. Like any sour encounter of my life, my best is not to forgive but to forget. But until I reach the ripe ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    10 Best Shops for ASU Students in Downtown Phoenix

    Class schedule? Check. Roommate? Check. Tearful goodbye to summer vacation? Check and check. Cue the back-to-school shopping spree. Whether you're in the market for a new ride around town, a stylish new wardrobe to make you stand out on campus, or the right supplies to keep you the safe favorite ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    The Arizona Burrito: We Found It in California

    Look, we'll be the first to admit that filling a burrito with french fries could hardly be described as avant-garde or gourmet. In truth, it holds about as much culinary merit as the cronut, the quesarito, or the ramen burger. Still, we couldn't help but get slightly giddy at the summer discovery of ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    10 Best Cold Sandwiches in Metro Phoenix

    "Can I share with you my worldview? All of humankind has one thing in common: the sandwich. I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich." -- Liz Lemon, 30 Rock "Sandwich Day" Truer words were never spoken. From brown paper lunches as kids to business b ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014
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    April 14, 2014

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

    Eddie's House Monday, April 14 Passover begins at sunset today and that means it's time for Seder. But don't worry if you didn't make plans for the festive feast because Eddie's House in Scottsdale has got you covered. The restaurant will be serving a Passover feast that includes four courses. Dine ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    20 Lessons Learned at Devoured Food Wine Classic 2014

    Imagine a magical land where the best Valley restaurants are crammed into one courtyard serving flavor-packed samples to grab your attention and win you over. That magical land happened Sunday at Devoured, where Phoenix's top spots, including Crudo, Virtu, and FnB, set up shop at the Phoenix Art Mus ... More >>

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    October 27, 2013

    Top 5 Chow Bella Halloween Tips from Years Past

    Still looking for the perfect drink to serve at your Halloween party? Looking for the best Pumpkin beer? Wonder how to properly pair your candy with wine? Chow Bella has you covered. Check out the Halloween food and drink tips from years past.

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    October 21, 2013

    10 Best Burgers in Metro Phoenix

    We have to hand to the burger. Though it is, in theory, a sandwich, this meat monument has managed to become a culinary category all its own with patty spin-offs such as veggie, lamb, turkey, and bison, plus the seemingly endless combination of toppings ranging from the classic (lettuce, tomato, oni ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Top 5 Things To Eat This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Festival season continues this weekend with the fourth annual Arizona Taco Festival but if you're looking for something a little more celebrity-driven, may we suggest catching some of the region's best chefs as they tour the Valley on Saturday? And if you're planning on heading to Tempe at all, we'v ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    10 Best Tacos in Metro Phoenix

    Day or night, truck or table, tacos are becoming the go-to grub of many Phoenix locals. With an array of fillings, salsas, and tortillas, these mini meat and veggie pockets are essentially the choose-your-own-adventure of finger foods. While it's easy enough to get our fix of larger, more monotonou ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    10 Best French Toasts in Metro Phoenix

    It must be hard for toast. Always being passed up for his more decadent French counterpart. While toast must settle for being someone's à la carte, French toast enjoys the full satisfaction of taking centerstage at the most important meal of the day. And though no two French toasts are the same - ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    10 Best Doughnuts in Metro Phoenix

    Whether it's a bad breakup, a morning board meeting, or a late night of drinking, there are moments when doughnuts simply call to us. Try as we might, when this deep-fried fusion of sugar and dough speaks our name, nothing else will do -- not muffins, not croissants, and sure as hell not bagels. So ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013
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    June 10, 2013

    Katie Johnson's Deep-Fried Drive-Thru Fantasy

    If you can't stand the heat -- get in the kitchen. On Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m. at the Lounge at Crescent Ballroom, Chow Bella writers are warming up for summer with "Fried," an evening of true stories. Admission is free; food and drink will be available for sale. Today: Katie Johnson's Deep-Fr ... More >>

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    May 27, 2013

    Fried: Chow Bella Writers Turn Up the Heat at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix June 13 at a Free Reading

    If you can't stand the heat -- get in the kitchen. On Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. in the lounge at Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix, Chow Bella presents our third public reading: deep-fried tales of summer, food and heat from some of our favorite local writers. See also: - Tania Katan's Chri ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Arcadia Edible Garden Tour Left Us Green With Envy -- and With a Few Suggestions for Improvements for Next Year

    Casual gardeners, organic enthusiasts, and quite a few Mother's Day weekend duos made their way to the Arcadia Edible Garden Tour over the weekend. From 9 to 1 on Saturday visitors explored the outdoor works of 9 green neighborhood homes including Sweet Life Garden and the Farmyard.  Overall, the ... More >>

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    May 11, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed. Aaron Chamberlin's ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Nine Favorite Mac and Cheese Dishes in Metro Phoenix

    Ah, mac and cheese. Whether it comes from a blue box or your mother's oven, few childhood comforts can compare. These days, your cheesy noodle perfection can be customized with additions ranging from the gourmet (pancetta, panko bread crumbs, and lobster) to the not-so-gourmet (hot dogs, ketchup, an ... More >>

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    April 13, 2013

    Eat, Drink (and Drink and Drink) and Be Pretty at Last Night's Scottsdale Culinary Festival

    Eat, Drink and Be Pretty, a quintessential part of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, and one we couldn't imagine flying in any other part of town, returned to the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts last night. Known more for aesthetics than substance, the event still had a good amount to offer in ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Last Night's Scottsdale Culinary Event: The Chocolate and Wine "Experience"

    It was a fairly sizable turnout at Talking Stick Resort last night for the Chocolate and Wine Experience, the decadent Day 2 of the week-long Scottsdale Culinary Festival. True to title, the event offered all forms of chocolate indulgence and bottled vino, but left plenty of room for interpretation ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Lip Chaser Delivers Mouth-to-Mouth Action at the Bar

    Pucker up, Phoenix -- a frisky new follow-up to the body shot is here, and it's making its way to a liquor store near you. Lip Chaser, a patent-pending "kiss chaser," is a product from a Tempe-based business aimed at targeting the promiscuous party scene with a line of candy lip-gloss chasers. We ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Green Chile Mac and Cheese Smackdown: The Main Ingredient vs. Roaring Fork

    In Arizona, we want things done a certain way. We like our hot dogs Sonoran, our margaritas prickly peared, and our mac and cheese chock-full of green chiles. A classic dish of Americana delivered with a Southwestern spin is the comfort dish of many locals. So whose kitchen should you head to when y ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Muñeca Mexicana's Minerva Orduño Rincón: 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. Minerva Orduño Rincón is a chef who knows how to keep it real. Th ... More >>

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    March 23, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

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    March 22, 2013

    Urban Table's Traci Zitzer and Russell Johnson: 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. Traci Zitzer and Russell "RJ" Johnson are one dynamic duo. After fo ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    10 Best Burritos in Metro Phoenix

    The burrito is America's Mexican food, and here in Phoenix, we're lucky to have some of the nation's best -- fresh, flavorful, and more often than not, fearsome in size. Check out our list of 10 burritos that remind you why you choose to live in Arizona. See Also: - The World's First Airborne Mexi ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013
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    January 31, 2013

    5 Sweet Spots for Valentine Treats in Metro Phoenix

    The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and for the anxious holiday planner that can really only mean one thing: Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Rather than half-assing it with some predictable drug store purchase of candy and a card, we suggest you show a little love to local business this yea ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    MJ Coe Dishes on His Love of Wonderbread and Baking to the Willy Wonka Soundtrack

    This is part two of our interview with MJ Coe, the bread and butter behind MJ Bread and creative genius behind the wood-fired creations at Federal Pizza. To find out the weirdest thing that MJ ate (or rather, couldn't eat) and where his hatred of Cupcake Wars stems from, check out part one of the in ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    M.J. Coe Dishes on the Weirdest Thing He Couldn't Eat and the Death of Cupcake Wars

    M.J. Coe Tammie Coe Cakes and MJ Bread 610 E. Roosevelt St., No. 145 Phoenix, 85004 Federal Pizza 5210 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012 See Also: Aaron Chamberlin Dishes on (Not) Being a Celebrity Chef and the Hype Around St. Francis When It Opened Steven "Chops" Smith Dishes on the Weirdest Th ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Joan O'Connor Makes Mediterranean Pasta Salad

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by on ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    5 Favorite Onion Rings in Metro Phoenix

    Oh the onion ring, a staple side dish among burger joints and steak houses alike, but often overshadowed by its potato cousin. While you can get your fix of french fries nearly anywhere in this metropolis, the task of finding onion rings is a little more challenging, which is why we've put together ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Monti Carlo Makes Banana Bread Muffins

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by on ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Mamma Toledo Makes Egg Sammies with Horseradish Cheese

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star lineup of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by one. ... More >>

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    October 21, 2012

    Arizona Taco Festival: a Recap of Saturday, a Preview for Sunday

    Take note taco-lovers - the Third Annual Arizona Taco Festival is happening this weekend at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and for those of you that missed the opening day on Saturday, here's a recap of what you missed and what to expect if you make it out on Sunday. See Also: -Third Annual Ar ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Winnona Herr Makes Butterscotch Bananas Foster Pudding

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by on ... More >>

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    October 13, 2012

    Eating the Arizona State Fair: Red Velvet Funnel Cake, Gigantic Ribs, Pineapple Lemonade -- and the Hunt for the Cap'n Crunch Hamburger

    It's time again for the high holy days of Guilty Pleasures: the Arizona State Fair. Everywhere you look, there's some random foodstuff getting dipped in batter and deep-fried. This year, it seems like the food vendors held back a little bit. Gone were the chocolate-dipped scorpions and mealworm sand ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Scottsdale's Dine Out with the Chefs

    On Sunday the 7th Annual Dine Out with the Chefs went all out as more than 25 of the most talked about restaurants in Metro Phoenix set up shop at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. See our complete slideshow from the event. See Also: RoRo Chile Pepper Festival Launches Without a Hat ... More >>

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    September 30, 2012

    RoRo Chile Pepper Festival Launches Without a Hatch -Er, Hitch.

    There was ample attendance at Roosevelt Row's first-ever Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday as chile-loving hipsters, couples, kids, and a surprising amount of dogs enjoyed an evening of food trucks, salsa tastings, restaurant vendors, and live music. See Also: -RoRo's first annual Chile Pepper Fest ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Sneak Peek: Sweet Salvage Delivers Treats for Both Your Kitchen and Tastebuds at This Month's Vintage Sale

    See also: Big Brain 2012 Finalist Sweet Salvage This week marks the very first birthday of Sweet Salvage and to celebrate, owners Kim Rawlins and Katie Hobbs are going all out with a sale they call Let Them Eat Cake. This four-day event, which starts tomorrow (Thursday) and ends Sunday, is a hybrid ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    BACCHUS MISCHiEF Debuts at After Hours Gallery

    On Saturday evening, After Hours Gallery turned into the makeshift home of BACCHUS MISCHiEF, Chef Gabriele Bertaccini's underground wine event. Guests trickled into the jazz-filled entertaining area complete with skyline views, natural lighting, and the il Tocco staff preparing sweet and savory bite ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    11 Favorite Summer Cocktails from Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    Toss the gin and tonic. And don't settle for a mediocre margarita. We've got 11 fresh summer cocktails that will have you dreaming of July all year long (really). Bottoms up. Tennessee Peach at Del Frisco's Grille Who doesn't love fresh, juicy peaches in the summer? So just imagine them in a cockta ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    Ten Favorite Cold (and Frozen!) Phoenix Foods

    Yeah, yeah, it's hot outside but we're not complaining. We're putting on our rose colored glasses and looking at the brighter side of summer -- we can eat as much ice cream as we want. Okay, maybe we can't (or shouldn't) eat ice cream everyday, but we can try and cool off this summer with cold and ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Distrito Kicks Off Fourth of July with Barbacoa Tasting Dinner and Prix Fixe Menu

    Slow-cooked meats went fast at Chef Jose Garces' Distrito Barbacoa Tasting Dinner Thursday night. The dinner, which was led by Chef Michael Fiorello, Culinary Director for the Garces' Restaurant Group, served as both a barbacoa how-to as well as a preview for the restaurant's upcoming prix fixe di ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Mixing It Up with AZ Bitters Lab

    Bill and Lillian Buitenhuys aren't bitter people. They're bitters people, ardent food lovers whose interests have broadened from food-and-wine pairings to food-and-cocktail pairings to the distinctive components, such as bitters, that go into both classic and craft cocktails. Although the Buitenhu ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    Tuck Shop's Astor House Now Open

    How cute is this? Astor House, the new little restaurant right next door to Tuck Shop, the cozy house-turned-eatery in the residential heart of the Coronado District, is now open. Courtesy of owner and architect DJ Fernandez (whose next venture is Vovomeena, a soon-to-open breakfast spot on the s ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    The Seven Oddest Restaurant Bathrooms in Greater Phoenix

    Our little band of Chow Bella writers is a diverse group, but we do have a few things in common. We all put our pants on one leg at a time, and we all gotta go. And we've all been to a lot of bathrooms in a lot of restaurants. Some, to put it mildy, offer a better experience than others. We don't wa ... More >>

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