You drive by prickly pear cactus everyday in the Valley. But chances are you didn't know every part of the plant is edible, and chefs around the Valley are making use of the Arizona native in their restaurants. We're not just talking about prickly pear margaritas, either. (Though there's a very go ... More >>
You probably know the de la Cruz last name. The family has operated a handful of restaurants around town, including El Sol Mexican Cafe & Bakery and El Zocalo Mexican Grill in Chandler and Mangos Mexican Cafe and the now-closed De la Cruz Bistro in Mesa. And now Obed de la Cruz has brought the fami ... More >>
Imagine everybody in a blues bar laughing so hard they can hardly contain themselves. That's the case with Bob Corritore and Dave Riley's new CD, Hush Your Fuss. Internationally acclaimed blues musicians Corritore and Riley held CD release parties for Fuss, their third album, this past weekend at M ... More >>
Okay, so maybe you don't know exactly why it's a tradition to eat, drink, and party on Cinco de Mayo (FYI, it's to commemorate the 150-year-old Battle of Puebla, a victory of the Mexican militia over the French army). But those pesky details shouldn't stop you from having a truly awesome modern Amer ... More >>
If you haven't seen Ben Andersen out at any Valley clubs lately, it isn't because the house and nu-disco DJ/producer known as Swookie Monster is hiding out at home or anything. In fact, he isn't even in the Valley at all. Although his two-man collaborative project TABS with Tempe's Eric "Speedy Graf ... More >>
See also: Feed Your Dreams Winners Announced at a Damn Good Dinner from Justin Beckett and Crew See also: Chef Justin Beckett Launches Big Money "Feed Your Dreams" Contest Justin Beckett Beckett's Table 3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 602-954-1700 www.beckettstable.com This is part one of my ... More >>
Footage of Monroe's funeral on YouTube: Abbott says he's the left-front pallbearer as the coffin's being taken from the Westwood chapel Regular readers of this blog know that the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe is not normally something I would write about or comment on, but it's no ... More >>
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, 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 items, and satis ... More >>
Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email email@example.com. 62: The Chicago Br ... More >>
Carol Blonder sendai miso On the lookout for ways to recreate a classic dish or kick up the flavor of an old time favorite, veggie style? Try bean paste or miso, a mainstay ingredient in Japanese kitchens. Miso is a thick paste made from a base of barley, rice, or most commonly soybean. T ... More >>
Erica O'NeilAssembling the capirotada, or Mexican bread pudding.Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in the Valley. This week: Capirota ... More >>
It's no secret that I'm a sucker for neat old buildings -- especially ones that house restaurants -- so imagine my delight when I discovered that somebody leased that far-out building in the middle of the Haus/Movies On Central/soon-to-be Lola Coffee strip (4700 N. Central). You know, the one with ... More >>
Ever heard of a West Point graduate seeking a conscientious objector discharge? Meet Major Ann Marie Tate
Tastes of 2004 that stuck to the ribs
Mexican cuisine done right at Coyoacán
By John Strausbaugh(Verso Books; 306 pages; $25.00)
Time and Love: The Essential Masters (Columbia/Legacy) and Live From Mountain Stage (Blue Plate)
John Denver memorial stretch of road
State Route 88, Milepost 197.5 to 199.5
How much time was "Wasted on the Way"? Absolutely none, if you like a good rock 'n' roll soap opera.
Natives finally glean a few reparations for a legacy of genocide
Jeff Ofstedahl became the Valley's most visible gay activist, turned Echo Magazine into a political force, and carefully planned his departure for four months of sailing and finishing a novel. Then his doctor called.
That's how much taxpayers shelled out for a historic house that will anchor a "serenity park." That's a lot of money, considering the sellers had offered to move the house--at their cost--to another park.
FOR 28 YEARS,THE MOODY BLUES HAVE GIVEN THEIR FANS SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE. WITH STRINGS ATTACHED.
CHUCK BOWDEN EXTOLS ARIZONA'S UNIQUE PLANTS AND ANIMALS. HIS LATEST SUBJECTS ARE WEASELS IN THREE-PIECE SUITS.