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Natalie Miranda

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Corazon Mexican Cocina in Central Phoenix: Homemade Horchata and Chilaquiles Off the Beaten Path

    Several members of the Chow Bella team noticed a now brightly painted Mexican restaurant, Corazon Mexican Cocina, and sent me to investigate. Before the facelift, the spot was known as Altamar Mexican Grill and still operates under the same owners. We approached with the question: Truly authentic ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Cakes and Ribbon Bakery Serves Up Sweet Tres Leches Cake and Cupcakes

    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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    March 28, 2014

    Sazón Bachata: The Caribbean Comes to Grand Avenue in Phoenix

    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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    March 9, 2014

    Arizona Aloha Festival 2014: Shaved Ice and Spam Musubi

    This weekend Tempe Beach Park is filled with food, music, dancing and jewelry celebrating the cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Arizona Aloha Festival. Marking its 20th anniversary, there was no shortage of good food, refreshing sweets and long lines at the event Saturday. It continues today, ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    5 Things to Order at Tortas Paquime That Aren't Tortas

    The place to get your torta fix undoubtedly is Tortas Paquime -- near 24th Street and McDowell. The restaurant's inexpensive Mexican sandwiches fill every need when hunger strikes. But did you know that there are other gems on the menu besides tortas? Just when you thought this place couldn't get a ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Vovomeena vs. Snooze: Eggs Benedict Battle

    The world is divided into two groups of people: Those who don't particularly care for Eggs Benedict, and those who are overwhelmingly obsessed with the dish. This edition of Battle of the Dishes is for the latter. Count us among the obsessed, which is why we were thrilled with our latest assignment ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    La Santisima vs. Cartel Coffee Lab: Horchata Battle

    Horchata is nothing new. It helps us take down those spicy dishes and top off a wet burrito. Made of milk, rice, cinnamon and sometimes almonds, horchata is a staple ion Mexican beverage menus, but can sometimes be too watery, too cinnamon-y, or too milky. But when it's executed perfectly, it is a ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    China Village vs. China Chili: Wor Wonton Soup

    With just a few weeks to go of acceptable soup weather, we've had a hankering for wor wonton. Both China Village and China Chili serve commendable wor wonton soup, so we decided to put them to the test and see whose bowl is best.

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    February 20, 2014

    La Barquita vs. Rosita's Place: Menudo on McDowell

    Menudo is a Mexican soup, an enticing bowl of hominy and tripe (beef stomach) made with either red or white broth. It's a well-known hangover cure. But don't save it just to bring you back to normal; it can be enjoyed when the temperature's lower or you just want a bowl of something to fill you up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    $5 Lunch at George and Dragon Pub in Central Phoenix

    At Chow Bella we go crazy for $10 lunches, so you can only imagine the excitement we felt when the sign outside George and Dragon English Restaurant and Pub advertised a $5 lunch. Once the happy feelings wore off, a bit of skepticism crept in, because how good can a $5 lunch really be? We had to che ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    10 Valentine Gifts from Metro Phoenix Bakeries and Candy Shops

    Still stuck on what to get your special someone for Valentine's Day? Skip the same old box of chocolates and check out our list of locally made confections.

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    February 3, 2014

    Haute Chocolate at the Heard Museum

    Chocolate was the unifying factor at the Heard Museum's second annual Haute Chocolate festival, held Friday, Jan. 31. From cocktails to cupcakes -- with some Peruvian cacao thrown in -- it was a sweet evening with a few twists and even an edible fashion show.

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    January 31, 2014

    $10 Lunch at Gordas Baja Taco in Phoenix

    Gordas Baja Taco meets the most important criteria of Baja-style Mexican food: Seafood is heavily present on their menu, and it's fresh without being overcooked.

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