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Michele Laudig

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    February 24, 2012

    Top Five Japanese Restaurants in Phoenix

    Jamie PeacheyCherryblossom Noodle Cafe.​When many people think about Japanese food they immediately snap their fingers and say, "Oh! You mean like sushi?" They are not wrong of course, but Japanese culinary traditions stretch far beyond raw fish on rice. Luckily for us the Valley is home to so ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Closed: Sunshine Moon Peking Pub

    ​Well, that was quick. Condolences are flying on Twitter and Facebook, after Sunshine Moon Peking Pub -- the newish Chinese spot that got good buzz from our former critic Michele Laudig and others -- abruptly announced today on its Facebook page that it's no more: Due to unforeseen circu ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011
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    February 2, 2011

    February Restaurant Round-Up

    Michele Laudig​ Goodbye January, Hello February! The Valley was busy this past month with the opening of 15 brand new eating and drinking spots. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to a few places as well. C'est la vie. RESTAURANTS OPENING IN JANUARY Fuego Tacos, 2501 E. Camelback Rd.Citizen ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    2011 Top Food Trends: Home Cookin'

    flickr.com/creative commons/Daniel Semper​ Last week local chefs shared restaurant predictions with Michele Laudig, and Wynter Holden mused about her high hopes for Steampunk cooking to trend in 2011. Taking a look closer to hearth and home, here are trends we think will influence the way we garde ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010
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    September 30, 2010

    Brunch Party Rocks Caffe Boa, Starting Saturday

    Michele Laudig This is what I ate at Caffe Boa's brunch a few months back, and what I'd order again at this weekend's brunch party.​I can't help but notice when a press release pimps something that will "usher in a new era of day drinking". As if I wasn't already a fan of weekend br ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Cafe: El Coquito

    ​We don't know about you, but the rising temperatures are starting to bother us here at New Times. Alas, a cool dip in the ocean is simply out of the question; as Michele Laudig mentions in this week's "Cafe" column. Luckily we can, at the very least, sample island cuisine to fight the impendi ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Cafe: Loving Hut

    ​How can vegan food be tasty? We pondered this question as we picked up this week's "Cafe" column to find an answer. At the very least, Michele Laudig found some tasty options minus any and all animal flesh. Food Critic Michele Laudig on Loving Hut: First time around, I went with an open-min ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Stuffing Showdown: Italian Family Recipe

    ​From now 'til Thanksgiving, we'll be sharing various stuffing recipes -- all tested and taste-tested first-hand by Chow Bella contributors. On Thanksgiving Day, our "celebrity judge," New Times food critic Michele Laudig, will weigh in with her favorite of the lot. Today's is the last installment ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Stuffing Showdown: Quick & Easy Sweet Apple-Date Stuffing

    From now 'til Thanksgiving, we'll be sharing various stuffing recipes -- all tested and taste-tested first-hand by Chow Bella contributors. On Thanksgiving Day, our "celebrity judge," New Times food critic Michele Laudig, will weigh in with her favorite of the lot. So far, we've seen recipes for Veg ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Follow Michele Laudig on Twitter

    We eat. We tweet. New Times food critic Michele Laudig is working all the angles for you, Phoenix -- including Twitter, where you can follow her cravings. She's easy to find: @michelelaudig.  We've been on Twitter for a while now, and in between the tweets about Iran and Mark Sanford's ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Cafe: Phoenix Spas

    We love the spa treatment, but as Food Critic Michele Laudig  points out in this week's Cafe column, apples and cucumber water do not satisfy us to the same degree as an hour-long massage. Luckily there are a few Phoenix spas that cater to our tummies.  Michele Laudig on feasting at spas: Some o ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    Cafe: Heirloom

    How far will you drive for food? Certainly there are some tasty treats that no distance could separate a hungry enough mouth from. Unfortunately, Chef Michael DeMaria's latest venture, Heirloom, is not one of them. According to Food Critic Michele Laudig, driving all the way out to Heirloom's North ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    District Offers Discount to Light Rail Riders

    Everybody's doing it, man. Riding the light rail, that is. Whether for a daily commute or just a joy ride, people seem to be packing the cars, and it's not even the free ride period anymore. The folks at District, the restaurant at the downtown Sheraton, hope even more people get into it for environ ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Monday Night Martha: Fleur de Sel Toffee

    What is it about candy thermometers that are so intimidating? Is it that they look a little dangerous? It took a really easy but delicious-looking fleur de sel toffee recipe to help me overcome my fear of using one. The ingredients for the toffee are pretty much butter and sugar, plus a lot of pat ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    NOCA Fried Chicken

    Last month a dear friend was distraught when she missed out on NOCA's fried chicken night. So this blog post is for her, in the hopes that her holidays are a little happier after getting her chix fix. Here's the latest Sunday Supper schedule: Noca Sundays Dec - Jan.doc -- Michele Laudig

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    December 19, 2008

    Cove Trattoria Reopens in Bigger Location Tomorrow

    It's not far, but it's still a move. The Cove Trattoria has left its old digs at the Scottsdale Seville, and after a short hiatus over the past few days, opens its doors tomorrow, December 20, at a bigger space in the same plaza (Indian Bend and Scottsdale Road). Also new to the establishment is che ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    Green Features Vegan "ThanksLiving" Menu

    By Michele Laudig I've hosted vegetarian guests for Thanksgiving before, and let me tell you -- it is a challenge to come up with something tasty that isn't just a meatless side dish like green beans or mashed potatoes. Sadly, there's no room for tofurky in my oven when I'm already roasting a real b ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Pure Sushi Opens in Downtown Scottsdale

    By Michele Laudig The Scottsdale Civic Plaza Mall already has a nice variety of restaurants -- The Orange Table, Jewel of the Crown, AZ88, Asia de Cuba -- but now there's yet another reason to hit up the area when you're hungry. Last week, Pure Sushi opened its doors there, too (7343 E. Scottsdale M ... More >>

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    November 3, 2008
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    November 1, 2008

    Mark Your Calendar: Simple Supper Schedule at NOCA

    By Michele Laudig I was going to wait until the next time NOCA had Fried Chicken Night to show you my photos from last Sunday, when they rolled out their secret-recipe fried chicken.

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    October 31, 2008

    Picnic-worthy: PLT at Cibo

    By Michele Laudig I don't need a sunny day as an excuse to do lunch at Cibo, the cozy pizza restaurant tucked in an historic house in a mostly residential neighborhood just a blocks from the heart of downtown. But let me tell you -- when the weather's this gorgeous, Cibo's lush, shady front patio i ... More >>

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    October 31, 2008

    Saturday: Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Tradiciones

    By Michele Laudig It always feels like there's a party going on at Tradiciones, but tomorrow (Nov.1) I'm sure it'll be more festive than ever with the first annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration starting at 6 p.m. In honor of Day of the Dead, there will be a display of work by local artists inspi ... More >>

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    October 13, 2008

    Slurp!: Ramen at Cherry Blossom

    By Michele Laudig It's still pretty toasty outside, but all it takes is the mere suggestion of fall for me to start craving certain foods that have been on the backburner during the sizzling summer. Like soup. Specifically, tonkotsu ramen at Cherry Blossom. Yes, I'm a bit of a broken record, becau ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    Hell's Kitchen TV Casting Comes to Scottsdale

    By Michele Laudig Are you a chef? Are you a glutton for punishment? And are you willing to let brilliant British chef Gordon Ramsay rip you a new one on national television? If so, hit up the Hell's Kitchen casting session from 5 to 10 p.m. next Tuesday, October 7, at Barcelona (15440 N. Greenwa ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008
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    September 25, 2008
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    September 24, 2008

    R.I.P., Jeffrey Beeson

    By Michele Laudig The 43-year-old chef who fed many happy customers at Different Pointe of View and Convivo and other Valley restaurants passed away last week in Dallas, Texas, according to an obituary today. How incredibly sad...

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    September 12, 2008

    Wicked Bakery scores gig with Bliss Spa

    By Michele Laudig I've been to enough spas around town to know that brownies are definitely *not* on the typical refreshment buffet. Usually, the offerings are along the lines of shiny ripe apples, herbal tea, and water with lemon and cucumber. Show up hungry, and your growling stomach will drown o ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008

    Noca's cotton candy, a Friday night highlight

    By Michele Laudig It just might be impossible to stifle a smile when an ethereal pink ball of cotton candy appears at the dinner table. Nope, you won't find it on the dessert menu at Noca, but don't be surprised if you find yourself nibbling on pieces of the fluffy cloud, letting it disappear on y ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008

    Sweet Pea Bakery lands in Bon Appetit

    By Michele Laudig This is a pretty sweet nod to one of downtown's tastiest haunts: Sweet Pea Bakery gets a mention in the September issue of Bon Appetit magazine. The noteworthy item? Brownie-chunk cookies, recipe included. Yum! I'm sure I'll still end up buying them from Sweet Pea instead of ac ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008

    Coming soon -- but not soon enough -- to Mesa: de la Cruz Bistro

    By Michele Laudig On the eve of its scheduled opening, downtown Mesa's new de la Cruz Bistro isn't quite ready to open yet. According to chef Keawe Aikau, who goes by "Chef K," there's still some paperwork to take care of before the new eatery can open its doors at 10 W. Main Street, near the Mes ... More >>

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    August 11, 2008

    Fans of Mediterranean House, get it while you can

    By Michele Laudig It had been awhile since I'd been into Mediterranean House -- the cozy eatery next door to Richardson's, on Bethany Home at 16th Street -- so I stopped by for some falafel the other day. Turns out, the place is closing, according to the two waitresses who were chatting me up on a ... More >>

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    August 5, 2008

    No Reservations does a drive-by

    By Michele Laudig Huh. So Tony Bourdain finally comes to Phoenix, and the only thing that merits attention to this city -- or hell, this state -- is a two-foot chili dog from Cooperstown? I still don't know if the brief AZ segment pissed me off, made me sad, or simply bored me to tears. No offen ... More >>

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    August 4, 2008

    Hideous cakes from hell . . .

    By Michele Laudig I'm starting to think it's a bad idea to drink Diet Coke while reading emails, because I never know when I might get something so funny that I risk said soda spurting from my nostrils. !!! The latest unassuming correspondence to take me off guard? A simple email from a friend, c ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008
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    June 25, 2008

    Sneak Peek: Tomorrow's Meal Ticket newsletter and Cafe review

    By Michele Laudig The latest installment of Meal Ticket -- New Times' weekly dining newsletter, out tomorrow -- highlights Cuban flavors around town, where to go for a lavish five-course meal, and which local restaurants are offering special deals on dinner and wine. If you haven't signed up for M ... More >>

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    June 17, 2008

    Epicurean Wine launches in-house cafe

    By Michele Laudig It's no secret that us New Times folks are fans of Epicurean Wine, in North Scottsdale. From a wicked wine list and weekly tastings to impressive retail offerings and classes on how to pair wine and food, there's plenty to love. Now, there's yet another reason to dig this place: ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 5, 2008
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    May 29, 2008

    Meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting

    By Michele Laudig This, my friends, is so damn clever -- the best spin on the cupcake trend so far!

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    October 12, 2006
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    May 20, 2004

    Letters

    Letters from the week of May 20, 2004

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    October 30, 2003

    Creep Show

    Ghoulies get groovy at Alwun House

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    July 3, 2003

    American Beauty

    Personal visions at eye lounge

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    April 24, 2003

    Creatures of the Night

    Zoo hosts party animals

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    March 13, 2003

    Shamrock This Town

    St. Paddy's Day revelry gets the green light

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    March 6, 2003

    Party Arty

    Art Detour rocks downtown

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    March 6, 2003

    Vintage Style

    Leave the box cutters at home

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    February 27, 2003

    Power of 10

    Kieslowski's The Decalogue makes its AZ première

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