• Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    10 Favorite Cult Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    You've downed the Kool-Aid and you don't even care because some restaurants in town deserve the obsessive following you give them. That might mean constantly checking a joint's Facebook page to find out the week's market specials or it might mean stalking your favorite local chef's Instagram. Ain't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Deep-Fried Innovator "Chicken Charlie" Has Now Created A Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe Doughnut Sandwich

    Because deep fried Kool-Aid wasn't enough, a southern California fry fanatic is now making a Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe doughnut sandwich. That's right, a glazed doughnut with Sloppy Joe meat and cheese in the middle. Gotta love America. See also: - Piggly's at the Fair Opens in Mesa, Deep Fried Oreo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Raspados Paradise Mexican Food: Finally, a Reason to Go to Arizona Mills Mall

    If you don't frequent Arizona Mills Mall, I can't blame you. With five or six different blaring types of music within earshot, pushy sales people prowling the halls, and the exposed blue-light-flooded mouth of a stranger who fell for the very public "20-minute tooth-whitening," the place is an overl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2013

    UnHappy Mother's Day: Top Ten Worst of the Worst Moms in the Valley

    No doubt many moms enjoyed breakfast in bed, flowers or some chocolaty goodness today in honor of Mother's Day. But, as New Times' blogger/reporter Matt Hendley has extensively documented, not all women deserve such special treatment. We can think of a few things these women -- some of the worst mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    The Vieux Carré is Perfect for Your Sophisticated Mardi Gras

    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. New Orleans is a town with a storied past. Most tourists' tales are of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    10 Favorite Places for Wings in Greater Phoenix

    No food scores with sports fans quite like wings. Whether hot, spicy, sweet, all wings, all drumsticks, or a little of each, we've listed ten of our favorite spots for wings in the Valley (plus a few honorable mentions) that are sure to leave you cheering. Teakwoods Tavern & Grill At this casual ba ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 3, 2013
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    September 3, 2012

    Nine Favorite Spots for Fried Chicken in Metro Phoenix

    See Also: Chicken & Waffle Warfare: Lo-Lo's vs. Louisiana Fried Chicken Falling somewhere between mac & cheese and chocolate chip cookies, fried chicken is near the very top of our favorite comfort foods list. And even though we can't eat this culinary treat very often, that doesn't stop us from d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    5 Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine (Without a Corkscrew)

    Welcome to Vine Geeks, where Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic of AZ Wine Merchants take the drinking game quite seriously. Pay attention -- you might just learn something. Many times, I've needed to crack a bottle of wine and found myself without the means to do so -- or so I thought. In reality, ther ... More >>

  • Music

    June 14, 2012
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    May 22, 2012

    Lo-Lo Dishes About Jean-Georges, Kool-Aid and Muhammad Ali

    Larry White, Jr. Lo-Lo's Fried Chicken & Waffles 10 W. Yuma Street, Phoenix 602-340-1304 and 2765 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480-945-1920 www, This is part two of my interview with Larry White, Jr. (Lo-Lo), the owner of Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles. In case you missed it, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Polyphonic Spree and Five Other Bands That Could Be Cults

    I was on the fence about seeing Polyphonic Spree, the pysch pop, one-time MTV 2 darlings, this week at Crescent Ballroom, so I sat myself down to watch some videos in preparation. The band is entirely clad in white choir robes, and the of members grows from twelve to thirty depending on the night. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Where to Eat and Drink Near Scottsdale Stadium

    San Franciso Giants: Scottsdale Stadium Seeing a game at Scottsdale Stadium? Lucky you. Not only is it a beautiful little stadium (not the newest, not the biggest, but a sentimental favorite), you are without a doubt in the best ballpark 'hood when it comes to drinking and dining options. We could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Russell Pearce-Worship, and Corrupt Proxy Voting at the County GOP

    Why are non-loony Republicans always on the outs in the county and state GOP, with the insaniac Mexican-haters firmly in control?In her blog on Sunday, moderate Republican Paula Pennypacker described one of the main tactics of GOP county chairman Rob Haney's nativist cult: The gaming of the proxy sy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Cheesecake Choco-Berries: Fair Food Showdown

    With the Arizona State Fair headed our way at week's end, we at Chow Bella decided on our latest  challenge: Create a "fair food" that kicks it up a notch. No one dared to cook with bugs, but we did have some creative entries. Check back later this week, when critic Laura Hahnefeld will choose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Cowboy Ciao Somm Throwdown and Watermelon Krispie Treats in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Wino ShowdownCowboy Ciao owner Peter Kasperski is at it again -- this time the self-proclaimed wino is going head-to-head with former cellarmaster and Thomas George Estates operations manager Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    This Week In Chow Bella

    Another week has come and gone leaving us to ponder the upcoming events that will shape our lives and, more importantly, our dinners out. But before we move on, let's have one last look at the blog posts from this week. Ncounter To Open in Tempe in July Deep-Fried Kool-Aid Kicking Deep-Fried Ass a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Deep-Fried Kool-Aid Kicking Deep-Fried Ass at the San Diego County Fair

    Jonathan Horn, SOSD​Note to the folks at the Arizona State Fair: Get "Chicken" Charlie Boghosian back to the fairgrounds in October, and this time, tell 'em to bring his deep-fried Kool-Aid. Boghosian, whose Chicken Charlie's set-up is a staple of fried goodness at fairs nationwide, is the cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Tomorrow: Cheba Hut Relieves the Medical Marijuana Munchies with 4/20 Specials

    notthe1s via Flickr​"Do you have a legal prescription for that?"Cheba Hut, the cannabis culture sub-shop chain founded near Arizona State University in 1998, isn't asking. In celebration of 4/20 -- the day pot-smokers come together and often lobby for total decriminalization of the wacky weed -- C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Olive Garden's "Culinary Institute" in Tuscany: What the Hell is Happening Over There?

    Hanover Signs​Poor Olive Garden. First the Italian food chain got tagged for accidentally serving a child sangria ("Mom, dis Kool-Aid makes my sgetti bwurry!"), now it's the target of recent internet buzz with tales of what really goes on at its infamous Tuscan cooking school. You can almost hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Truck Full of Weed Crashes into Arizona City Home

    Pinal County Sheriff's OfficeThat weed-filled truck to the left crashed into that house (center) moving that couch (right) off the wall.​Imagine sitting on your couch, relaxing, and having a truck full of weed come crashing through the wall like the Kool-Aid guy. It may sound too good to be true, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Drank "Extreme Relaxation" Beverage: Weed in a Can, or Just Another Gimmick?

    Drank, the "extreme relaxation" beverage​It's been called "weed in a can" and "a can of drag ass" by media, but does Drank really offer a mellow buzz? We must admit, we were skeptical of the powers within this purple aluminum can. When somebody told us about Drank, the "extreme relaxation" b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Postino's Craig DeMarco Considering Gilbert Location

    Soon, the East Valley might get a taste of Postino's famous bruschetta. Yes, it really is that good.​Phoenix is already drinking Postino's Kool-Aid, er, wine, but soon, the East Valley might get a taste of the popular wine bar action as well.Owner Craig DeMarco says he is 99 percent certain that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Relentless Energy Drink​The cans for Relentless Energy Drinks say "Conceived in the U.K., Born in the U.S.," and the can of orange "Fire" flavor we tried included this quote from Benjamin Franklin: "Energy and persistence alter all things."It's an interesting use of the quote, especially since we can' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Euphoric Energy

    ​The taste of Euphoric Energy's watermelon/kiwi energy drink could be described as similar to sucking on watermelon Jolly Ranchers. It could also be described as similar to blending some kiwi flavored Kool-Aid, carbonated water, watermelon chunks, and a ton of sugar, then sipping it.It's not an al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    And the Most Ridiculous New Product of the Day Is...

    Just when you thought corporate marketing goons, er, "geniuses" couldn't stoop any lower, this little gem shows up in local Fry's grocery stores: Build-a-Bear Workshop gummies! They're just like soft gummy bears, but cut in half so that you can mix and match tops and bottoms. Pair a cheer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Caffiend: Vegasfuel

    E. Groves​The latest in a line of cheap, super-sugary energy drinks, Vegasfuel provides a quick kick and a bit of dehydration. The packaging includes a tag line that says, "Put a little Vegas in you," and the effects Vegasfuel are a lot like its namesake city -- a quick sensory rush, followed by a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Veggie Shavings and a Crocodile Muzzle in This Week's, "Guess That Gadget"

    ​How well do you know your favorite cookhouse contraptions? See if you can guess today's gadget and check back next week for the answer. Here are a few shots at the answer, add yours to the comment box below: - Alien Chalice - "Topsy" the Topple Vase - Crocodile Muzzle ​ What the he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    February 10 In Blogs: Ozzy Osbourne, Tempe Music Festival, and Beau MacMillan

    ​In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Joe Arpaio Partners with Nativist Extremist Kris Kobach, Arizona ADL Blasts Both Up on t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 5, 2009

    Fatale Attraction

    Charles Busch’s troubled beauties make their Phoenix debuts

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Concert Review: Frock 'N Roll

    BY SARAH VENTRESarah Ventre​ I have to admit, in a quiet, whispered voice, that I actually don't like Halloween. Trust me, I've tried. I've had no traumatic experiences around the event, or anything that should conceivably prevent me from enjoying the holiday that everyone else so loves. Sure, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Viva El Mercado: Supermercado De Walmart

    Sloane BurwellSupermercado's super meat selection. As recently as a decade ago, grocery shopping in metropolitan Phoenix a la Mexicana was pretty limited. A carniceria here and there, and if you were lucky, your local grocer would stock a few spices and treats from south of the border. Now that sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Windshield Wiper Fluid Served to 10 Kids at Arkansas Daycare

    The dumbing down of society has reached a new depth: The Associated Press reports this morning that a daycare worker in Arkansas accidently served 10 kids bright blue windshield wiper fluid, believing it was Kool-Aid. And we thought turning on the dryer with your kid inside was bad.

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Caffiend: Jolt's Wild Grape Endurance Shot

    Jolt Cola, created in 1985, was the first soda to contain obscene amounts of sugar and caffeine, well before the first "energy drinks" started to hit store shelves. So it's not unrealistic to expect Jolt's new Endurance Shots to offer a high-octane rush superior to other energy shots, such as the "5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Bottoms Up: The Jimi Hendrix Liquid Experience Inspires InSIPid Humor

    Jimi Hendrix died 38 years ago, but his music lives on -- and his merchandising does, too. Caffeine fiends can now drink a real “rock star” energy drink -- the “Jimi Hendrix Liquid Experience.” The flavorful brew was introduced l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008

    Brew Review: Papago Brewing's No Hoplo Ingles and Ryan's Red

    By Jonathan McNamara Be not free of worries when you face the inebriated monk statues that stand guard in the various sections of Papago Brewing in Scottsdale. Behind their calm exterior lies a secret: they brew beer not with tender love and care but with a balls-to-the-wall sense of the extreme. ... More >>

  • Music

    April 24, 2008
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    April 20, 2008
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    December 6, 2007
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    March 3, 2007

    More 9/11 denier static over last Friday's press conference...

    Hey, I love Kool-Aid. I just don't wanna drink the 9/11 batch. I don't want to start asserting that there's a conspiracy on the part of the 9/11 conspiracy theorists to get me. You'll figure I drank the Kool-Aid, or went native. Or maybe that they left the pod beside my bed! But this Friday, ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 1, 2007

    Sticker Club Girl

    Slumber arty

  • Calendar

    September 22, 2005

    Indian Jones

    Here comes tribal

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 30, 2004


    Bobby C's Lounge and Grille

  • Dining

    August 12, 2004

    Catfish Connoisseurs

    "Bobby C's serves the tastiest catfish in Maricopa County"

  • Dining

    November 28, 2002

    Mika Mouse

    James and Stacey McDevitt lay a sweet egg at Mika.

  • Culture

    February 1, 2001

    Trekker Treat

    Book passage immediately for Herberger's trippy American Safari

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 21, 2000

    Best Creative Outlet for Moms

    Mothers Write
    Writers Voice
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  • News

    December 21, 1995

    Rave Review

    Despite media reports of their death, the rave subculture, house music and the joy of X live on, roughly from midnight 'til dawn. In, of all places, Phoenix, Arizona.

  • News

    August 23, 1995
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