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Laura Hahnefeld

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Help Wanted: Phoenix New Times Hiring Restaurant Critic

    The first words that go through my head when I think of my colleague Laura Hahnefeld are "class act." Second: "Wow, that woman will eat anything." The two most important qualifications for a restaurant critic, right? And so it is with heavy hearts that we at Phoenix New Times accepted Laura's res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Ingo's Tasty Food in Arcadia Mighty Tasty

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    20 Best New Restaurants of 2013

    The good news is that, in 2013, as most of the country was transfixed by the shenanigans of the now-infamous Amy's Baking Company, we eye-rollers in the Valley were being treated to a crop of new restaurants more focused on well-prepared food than overcooked reality. From big-name chefs and restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in October

    Another month checked off in the culinary datebook of 2013, another month when I look back on the best things I ate. From dishes like my new favorite macaron of the moment to sophisticated nachos and a tough-to-find street snack, here are 10 of the best things I ate this month, selected from review ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in September

    Another month, another look back at the best things I ate during September. From dishes like my new favorite carne asada taco, to magnificent Mediterranean eats, to a killer lasagna my dining companion likened to the work of the devil, here are ten of the best things I ate this month selected from ... More >>

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    September 14, 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. Arizona's First Ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 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. 10 Best Things I At ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The 5 Best Restaurants of the Year (So Far) in Greater Phoenix

    What do the stars of this year's Valley dining scene look like so far? Like many across the country still adapting to the effects of the recession (so long, fine dining) and reacting to a culture more informed about food than ever (11 seasons of Top Chef and counting), they're cooking street snacks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 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. 10 Crazy Ice Creams ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Tomato & Grilled Cheese Cupcakes at Urban Cookies Bakeshop: This Week Only

    Nothing says summer like the flavor of fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes, but you might not be expecting to eat the fruit-once-mistaken-for-a-vegetable for dessert. You can try an unusually sweet twist on the classic pairing of tomato soup and grilled cheese at Urban Cookies Bakeshop, available today thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 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. Jeff Kraus' 5 Best T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Everyone Knows About This Greek-Egyptian Eatery in Tempe, Right?

    Looks like Tempe's got not one, but two new spots for wallet-friendly Mediterranean food served up Subway-style. Following the arrival of Hummus Xpress in January, Tzikii Pita Grill, at 7510 South Priest Drive (Priest and Elliot Road), opened its doors in late March. Featuring eats like a family- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    5 Things To Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. Half Off Dinner Menu at Crudo On Saturday, June 29 Crudo is clearing the fridge before the staff and chef Cullen Campbell take their summer hiatus. (The restaurant will be closed from Ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Five Things To Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here's what we've got on the books this week. More events this week: - Humble Pie in Peoria Offers Summer Pizza "Camp" for Kids - Praying Monk Starts "Summer School" for Beer, Offering Four Classes Taught by Beverage Expert and New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Otro Café's Postre de Coco

    In a brief description of the only dessert on the menu at Doug Robson's newest venture, Otro Café, food critic Laura Hahnefeld said, "It's pretty much the best Mounds bar you've had in a glass." And -- despite living in Brooklyn these days -- I knew from those few words that I had to have a taste. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Chow Bella Named Best Feature Blog by Arizona Press Club

    Chow Bella writers were honored at the Arizona Press Club's annual awards banquet, held Saturday night at the Duce in downtown Phoenix. Chow Bella was named Best Metro Feature Blog. In addition, New Times' food blog also took home second place in the feature blog category and a third-place award f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 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.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in March

    March may already be in our rearview mirrors, but the 10 best dishes I ate last month are still very much on my mind. See also: 6 Phoenix Food Trucks, Rated and 10 Best Things I Ate in January From artisan pizza in North Scottsdale to a diner-style vegan breakfast in Phoenix to food truck fare on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 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.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food and Restaurant News 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. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week: Super Bowl Edition

    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. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Here's That Mexican Sushi Food Truck You've Been Asking About

    Oh, hey, hi. How's your day going so far? You know that Mexican sushi food truck you're always going on about? Yeah, I found it. See also: Old Dixie's Food Truck Finds Brick-and-Mortar Home at Welcome Diner and A New Weekly Food Truck Event: Washington Wednesdays at CO HOOTS It's called Sushinola ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 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. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 17, 2013
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    January 1, 2013

    Chow Bella's One-Stop Guide to Eating Healthy in 2013

    We feel your pain. No, really. Literally -- we feel pain. We drank so much egg nog during the month of December that we're not sure we're right in the nog anymore -- and don't get us started on all the pie, cookies, candy. Oh, and last night? We don't want to think about that. See also: -What Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Top 5 Food Predictions for Phoenix in 2013

    As another culinary year approaches, it's time to once again gaze into the crystal ball to predict the Valley's food trends for 2013. See also: Chefs, What Will the Top Food Trends for Phoenix Be in 2013? It's no secret that our food scene is slow to hop aboard the rest of the country's gastronom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    The 10 Best Things I Ate in 2012

    As 2012 comes to a close, it's time to look back on some of the most all-around stellar meals I had the pleasure of consuming in the Valley. See also: - 9 Best New Restaurants of 2012 in Greater Phoenix - 10 (Okay, 11) Best First Tastes of 2012 in Greater Phoenix From the fancy to the more famili ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    10 (Okay, 11) Best First Tastes of 2012 in Greater Phoenix

    Thanks to hundreds of new restaurants opening in the Valley this year -- including a cozy artisan pizza shop in Scottsdale, a vegan bakery downtown, and a trio of cuisines in East Phoenix -- there was plenty to chew on when it came to First Tastes, our column of initial impressions. See also: 9 Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    9 Best New Restaurants of 2012 in Greater Phoenix

    This year, the variety of new restaurants in the Valley has more breadth and depth than ever before: comfort-food-meets-gourmet in Scottsdale; artisan pizzas by a legendary baker in Central Phoenix; and knockout Italian eats in east Mesa. When I made this list, I wanted a selection of restaurants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top 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. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2012

    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. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2012

    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. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Macayo's Family Makes Good at Arcadia's Milagro Grill

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Is Organic Food Better For You Than Non-Organic Food?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com. Miss a question? Go here.The organic food industry continues to grow, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2012

    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. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Zulu Caffé: Top Notch Cuisine Lands at Scottsdale Airport

    Airports and good food usually don't mix -- kind of like orange juice and toothpaste. But Metro Phoenix airports are apparently trying to start a new trend. In Sky Harbor, local restaurants including La Grande Orange, Cowboy Caio (although we're not sure how the recent bankruptcy filing may impact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2012

    Laura Hahnefeld and Chow Bella Up for National Journalism Awards

    Last month, we were excited to report that Chow Bella won best opinion blog from the Arizona Press Club. Now results are starting to come in from some national writing contests -- and there's cause for more celebration. Food critic Laura Hahnefeld is a finalist in the Association of Food Journalist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Circle H Barbecue Fills a Neighborhood Void But Neglects Some Key Details

    The neighborhood around Camelback and Seventh Avenue has another restaurant to enjoy courtesy of Arizona native Bill Sandweg. Sandweg first moved into the area with Copper Star Coffee and recently ventured into full-on food with Circle H Barbecue. Circle H serves up a variety of meat: pork, beef b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Culture

    January 19, 2012
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    December 30, 2011

    New Year's 2011 in Metro Phoenix: One-Stop Guide to Where to Dine, What to Drink and Year-End Musings

    ​Looks like we made it. 2012 is just about here.If you're a last-minute planner, you're in luck. Here's Shannon Armour's guide to New Year's Eve dining (we're sure there are still reservations available somewhere) and Benjamin Leatherman's comprehensive list of where to party. Erica O'Neil fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Should Restaurants Be Required to Post Health Letter Grades?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com. Miss a question? Go here.A recent Zagat survey revealed 81 percent of dine ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 24, 2011
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    October 26, 2011

    Should Tipping Be Mandatory?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where each week Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question or topic New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com. ​Last week, the Internet food community nearly po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    New Times Food Critic Laura Hahnefeld Featured in Best Food Writing 2011

    ​Our former Fry Girl, and now full-time food critic, Laura Hahnefeld, has some good news. She and another award-winning Village Voice Media writer, Jonathan Kauffman of SF Weekly, have had their work selected for this year's annual anthology, 2011 Best Food Writing, published by Da Capo.

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Rainbow Chocolate Bacon Pecan Caramel Corn: Fair Food Showdown

      ​With the Arizona State Fair headed our way tomorrow, 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 ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Everybody's a Critic, But Some Are Better Than Others. And Yeah, That Smarts.

    www.etsy.com/shop/DawnS​Typically, here at Chow Bella, we prefer to sit back and let the conversation happen. We break the news, make the pronouncement, share the opinion. Then it's your job, reader, to hash it all out -- and of course let us know when we're wrong. But after the downright ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 2, 2011
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    September 29, 2010

    Tri-Winning Trivets and Why Your Oven Doesn't Work, in This Week's Guess That Gadget

    ​See if you can guess today's gadget and check back next week for the answer, and to see if you've won a most-awesome prize. No cheatin', playa haters! Here are a few shots at this week's trickster, add yours to the comment box below: - Wizard's Club - Why Your Oven Doesn't Work - Why The Aliens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Freak Fests, Filthy Thursdays, Strange Family Circus, White Mice, and More

    Stephen Strange will go to the great beyond and back this weekend.​R.I.P. Stephen Strange, 1976-2010. The ribald and renowned local performance artist is apparently going to "die" sometime tomorrow night, probably in some profound and profane fashion that will likely involve one of his wacky stun ... More >>

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