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    October 30, 2014

    3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Dia de los Muertos Celebration Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2 This weekend Barrio Queen Tequileria in Old Town Scottsdale will be offering a variety of dining and drinking specials in honor of Dia de Los Muertos. The restaurant and bar will have deals such as $10 Hibiscus Margaritas a ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Modern Grove in North Phoenix: Goat Cheese Pizza, Local Products and an Astroturfed Patio

    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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    May 19, 2014

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

    Jade Bar Today There's a lot of good stuff going on at the newly renovated Jade Bar of Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain. The lounge offers stunning views of the surrounding area for one, as well as a pretty impressive cocktail program courtesy of master mixologist Ryan Margarian. Their specialty c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    The Unsung Art of Blending Wine

    It is de rigueur these days to talk about terroir driven wines, wines that evoke a sense of place based on the geographical sites that give certain characteristics based on microclimate and soil type. It's also trendy to talk about "non-interventionist" winemaking, letting the wine make itself with ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Scottsdale Culinary Festival's Best of the Fest 2014: Beautiful Tablescapes, Memorable Food

    The weeklong Scottsdale Culinary Fest came to an extravagant end last night at the annual Best of the Fest dinner held at the Scottsdale Hyatt Regency. The event brought out eight of the Valley's top chefs who each prepared a coursed dinner for two tables of guests. It's a sort of unofficial competi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    An Ode to White Zinfandel

    Thank you, pink zin. If you are still reading you are probably looking for some seriously sarcastic snark. Sorry, that's not what's coming. Those of us who make a living in and around the wine world, and those of you who enjoy the gigantic selection of really great wines available today, owe a tre ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    "Los Milics" Blended Last Week and Scheduled for Bottling in July

    In this occasional series, FnB's Pavle Milic spills about his current mission to learn how wine is made, literally, from the Southern Arizona ground up. See also: - Maynard Keenan, Sam Pillsbury, Todd Bostock and other Wine Experts Give Pavle Milic Advice on Designing Wine Labels -- and Pavle Fina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Carefree Station, North, and Other Phoenix Area Restaurants Update Wine Lists for the New Year

    It's always time for wine, but a new year means it's time for something new. Restaurants around the Valley often update their wine lists to reflect menu changes, a new culinary influence or simply a change to what is available seasonally. Changes might go unnoticed, so we wanted to suggest that you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    The Herb Box and Gertrude's at DBG Beta Test WineQuest Mobile, a New iPhone App For Selecting Wine

    Unless you're a wine wonk like Mark Tarbell, Peter Kasperski, Amy Binkley or Dave Johnson, you probably find reading a multi-page wine list and making a smart selection intimidating. Too many wines to choose from and way too much terminology and lore to master. So you take a shot in the dark, shell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    New Online Wine Retailer Cuts Out the Middleman for Savings on Top-Notch Wine

    The folks at, a British online wine retailer that recently launched in the United States, say they have some bad news for wine lovers. "When you spend $50 on a bottle of delicious Napa Cab, you are spending about $7 on wine," the website says. "And $43 on sales, marketing and other s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Inaugural Phoenix Brewers Invitational Festival Coming December 7 and 8

    The craft beer movement has been steadily growing in Phoenix over the past few years, and now all the hard work we've done downing pints and sampling flights has paid off with one really big event. The first Phoenix Brewers Invitational Festival will take place from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, Decemb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Sommelier Dave Johnson Suggests Wines to Drink with Your Halloween Candy

    So, you're hosting a Halloween party. Worried your wine selection might conflict with, say, the appearance of supermarket cupcakes? Or a bag of fun-sized Snickers? We've got you covered. After a conversation with sommelier David Johnson of Davanti Enoteca we feel better about recommending the follow ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Wine By the Pint? Talking to Four Seasons' Sommelier Shaun Adams

    In November, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is opening up a new restaurant called Proof - an American Canteen. See also: - Five Ways Not to Buy Wine - Lifting the Wine-List Veil at Citizen Public House The resort's sommelier, Shaun Adams, took some time to explain what will be available at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Pavle Milic's Quest to Make Wine: A Quixotic Exploit?

    Earlier this spring, we launched Vine Geeks -- in which AZ Wine Merchants' Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic share advice, news and a little levity from the world of wine. Today, we bring you Romancing the Grape. In this occasional series, Milic will spill about his current mission to learn how wine is ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Five Ways Not to Buy Wine

    Vine Geek Brian Reeder co-owns AZ Wine Merchants in Scottsdale. Wine is subjective. Every wine is different. It all depends on your taste. Price doesn't equal quality. It's all the same anyway. Just drink what you like. Blah. Blah. Blah. We've all heard the nomenclatures. The bullshit lines that e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Meet the Vine Geek (Part Two)

    On Tuesday, you met Brian Reeder, co-owner of AZ Wine Merchants and one of our new wine columnists. Today, his story continues. When we left off, Pavle Milic (in the photo above, from left, it's Reeder and Milic) had opened a little restaurant in Scottsdale and Brian had decided resort life at the M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Dinner with Your Dog and Pork & Pints at Chandler's BLD

    ​The day has finally come. You can now take your dog out to dinner. I'm not just talking about having Fido tag along to whatever patio you have found that won't kick the two of you off -- this is actual dinner with your dog. Back in November, Chandler's BLD started a weekly event called "Dine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Binkley's Winemaker Dinner and Chili Tofu in Today's Eater's Digest​ This upcoming Wednesday, January 11th, Binkley's in Cave Creek will be hosting their very first Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 with the talented winemaker Julie Johnson of Tres Sabores Winery. Chef Kevin Binkley has put together a pretty amazing seven-course menu for the eveni ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Gina Buskirk's Perfect Food Day

    Photo courtesy Gina Buskirk​Gina Buskirk started Gina's Homemade in 2010 with her husband, Christopher Buskirk. You might have seen her delectable foods at the Old Town Farmer's Market or Whole Foods. If you don't know, Gina's Homemade is where you can get creamy, oozy artisinal cheeses, loa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Wright's Winemaker Dinner and Slow Cooker Soup in Today's Eater's Digest

    ​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Winemaker's Dinner Series Kickoff Wright's at the Biltmore will be kicking off its 22nd season of Winemaker's Dinners this Thursday, October 6th. The first dinner in the series will feature wines from the 40 ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Is Ncounter a Hot New Breakfast and Lunch Spot for Mill Avenue?

    ​Ncounter, the new breakfast and lunch spot on Mill Avenue courtesy of Thom Coker and his wife, Kathy, owners of T.C. Eggington's in Mesa, was bustling with activity when I recently popped by. The Nside of Ncounter.​It's a hip but friendly place with a decidedly clean decór, a palette ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Build a Better Veggie "Burger"

    holycowvegan​ There are two reasons veggie burgers get a bad rap. The first is the name. After all, a good burger is typically defined as meaty, juicy and smoky. A good veggie burder doesn't need to be any of that. Then there is the frozen variety of garden-veggie burgers; the cooked contents ne ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Beckett's Table Rosé Wine List Out to Break Stereotypes

    Nicole Whittington​Rosé gives a perception of sweetness, but its cotton candy color can be deceiving. Beckett's Table just added an additional section to their wine list featuring all rosé wines, most of which are Provençal in style. This dryer style, characteristic of the Southern Franc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Chef Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House Joins Chef Jon Spahr of Amaro Pizzeria for Five-Course Wine Dinner

    Jackie MercandettiAmaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge​Chef Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House, the new restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale serving up standard American favorites with a delicious kick in the ass, will be heading North to Cave Creek to join Jon Spahr, chef and owner of Amaro Pizzeri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    The Five Most Obnoxious Food Movements​We truly live in a golden age of food awareness. Where once Americans ate whatever grew or grazed around them, we now find a nation of extra-regional culinary tribes; whole dietary religions based on what food we should or shouldn't put in our bodies, how we prepare it, an ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Singapore Noodles with Fried Tofu

    Carol BlonderSingapore Noodles with Fried Tofu​ Singapore Noodles are a favorite Asian street food gone international. We typically enjoy this recipe from a friend with just vegetables and noodles. But with tofu on our mind, we decided to add some to the dish for a little protein and a little pr ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Yudofu-Tofu Hot Pot

    Carol Blonder Yudofu ​ This week we felt like something nourishing and comforting, some kind of soup. Wanting to eat light, we strayed from our usual go to meatless recipes with a combination of beans and rice. Our thoughts turned to Asian style hot pots, found in Chinese, Thai and Japanese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Where Am I Eating?

    Goat cheese, endive lettuce, and (dare we say it?) raisins sandwiched between two thick slices of fresh baked bread. We couldn't resist long enough to even take a photo, hence the two big bites outta the second half. Add on mixed spring greens and an iced green tea and you have our lunch. We probabl ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Beating the Meat: Veggie Sandwiches at Taps and Oregano's

    Though I may have some carnivorous tendencies (mmm...carne asada), occasionally I get an urge to get closer to Mother Nature via some fresh vegetables. When a salad just won't do and a veggie burger seems too processed, there's always the classic vegetarian sandwich -- or as I like to call ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Corned Beef Cupcakes, Meet Napa Valley Wine Makers and The Worlds Largest Woman (almost) in Today's Eater's Digest

    An early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives. ​ If you're a wine aficionado or maybe just a wanna-be Sommelier of sorts then you won't want to miss "Men Behind the Vines - Napa's Next of Kin" at Sanctuary on Camelback March 24th. The night kicks of with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Oakville Grocery to Join CityScape Development

    ​After Basha's Supermarkets' bankruptcy proceedings led to AJ's Fine Foods falling out the the CityScape lineup last year, locals have been wondering which retailer -- if any -- would step up to fill the void for a much-needed downtown grocery store at the 1.8 million square foot mixed-use pr ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    More Than 2,200 Man-Hours Yield 10 Arrests; Arpaio Calls Posse's Mall Patrol Success​The gaggle of deputized geriatrics that Sheriff Joe Arpaio unleashes on Valley malls during the holiday season sure took an, um, bite out of crime this year -- if you ask the sheriff, anyway.In a news release today, Joe calls this year's Posse Mall Patrol a success, despite more ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Oakville Grocery Co. Coming Soon to Scottsdale Quarter

    ​Oakville Grocery Co., a California-based market cafe founded in 1881 that's considered by many to be the West Coast version of Dean & Deluca, is getting ready to open its doors in early December at the new Scottsdale Quarter shopping complex -- already home to hot retailers like H&M ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    This Weekend: Grand Opening of New Total Wine in Tempe

    It makes sense that the brand-new Total Wine store in Tempe is right next to IKEA. They're both the kind of places where you could lose yourself wandering the aisles, browsing an overwhelming variety of products, and imagining all the possibilities. In the case of Total Wine, you can end up visuali ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Local Wine Wins at Whole Foods

    Lauren GilgerVoters tasting the local wines on Saturday at the Arizona Wine Consumer Choice Awards at Whole Foods Market in Chandler.Move over, Napa. Arizona's young wine industry is currently undergoing a growth-spurt akin to a 12 year-old basketball player. For proof, see Michele Laudig's cover st ... More >>

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    September 24, 2007

    Mary Elaine's new chef debuts his new winter menu

    Stepping up to top toque at Mary Elaine's after doing time as executive sous chef for The Phoenician (the resort has nine different restaurants, including Windows on the Green and The Terrace), chef de cuisine Frank Belosic plans to launch his new winter menu in early October. The final details ar ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 12, 2006

    Gomo Often

    It's the bomb, in a good way

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    June 1, 2006

    Guinea Piggery

    The little bistro that should

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    January 19, 2006

    Smiles to Go

    Felicity Huffman is desperately engaging in an off-kilter road movie

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    June 10, 2004

    Meatmarket of Dreams

    Our super agents of the PHX advise actor and actress babes among the fly crowd at Myst

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    January 10, 2002

    Pacific Rim Shot

    Sapporo is more than just another sushi bar

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    September 20, 2001

    Best Wine Shop

    Sportsman's Fine Wines and Spirits

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    December 14, 2000

    Havoc Your Way

    Topnotch food, terrible service at Cafe Isabelle

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    August 31, 2000

    Rice Capades

    A family-friendly, casual Chinese eatery

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