I fell in love with cheese at my first job out of culinary school. In many restaurants, the pastry department is responsible for cheese plates, and Bouchon was no different. The first time I placed Humboldt Fog in my mouth, my world expanded. A whole new world of flavors and textures lay before me, ... More >>
They were known as Lord and Lady, the yacht-sailing Scottish royal couple. Nobody suspected they were actually on welfare
See also: Top 10 Metro Phoenix Metal Vocalists. Now more than ever, there is lot of metal -- from comedy to thrash to black to grindcore -- getting slung in and around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and touring acts alike. That's why we have compiled a monthly list of the 10 ... More >>
I'm sure you're burnt out on reading best of 2013 lists by now, but taking an extra two weeks to wrap up the best shows of the year list was productive. For one, it's tough to compare a small, intimate show like Jimmy Eat World's mini-Arizona tour against massive productions employed by the likes of ... More >>
In case you've missed any of the New Times cover stories this year, we've got 10 that you definitely should read.Sorry to the munchies and music departments, but this is the news blog, so our picks are news-related, naturally.
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your lists -- no matter who they are. Here (divided by category for your convenience) are our 50 favorite gifts this holida ... More >>
This week, we're chatting with Meagan Micozzi. You might be more familiar with her blogging pseudonym, Scarletta Bakes. The Scottsdale-based food blogger has been sharing her culinary adventures online for several years and just released her first cookbook, The New Southwest, which she describes as ... More >>
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the home gardener.
Forget your strategy of waiting till the last minute to pick up your fresh turkey from the grocery store, because Butterball, the top producer of Thanksgiving turkeys in the country, has announced a nationwide shortage of its large, fresh birds this year. According to New England grocery chain Big Y ... More >>
Beer: Lolita Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co. Style: American Wild Ale ABV: 9 percent "We live not only in a world of thoughts, but also in a world of things. Words without experience are meaningless." ― Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita Eloquent, no? It's not often I get to quote literature in this spa ... More >>
When it comes to Hollywood, metalheads are usually portrayed in a... not so flattering light. We're the drunks and stoners, braindead from too much head-banging, clad in grimy vintage band t-shirts and greasy hair. Well, that may be so. But who is Hollywood to judge? I'd take our stereotype over t ... More >>
Don't feel like doing the grilling this July 4th? Get a healthy buzz of all-American pride by supporting a local business. One of these 11 metro Phoenix establishments will be happy to help you put together the perfect feast of food and beer. A couple of restaurants offer a spectacular view of firew ... More >>
I feel like a typical singer-songwriter set involves opening with two or three high energy numbers before mellowing out a little bit, so as to not over-exert oneself or the audience. This isn't exactly Jason Anderson's pace. Watching him is like witnessing an indie Bruce Springsteen whose speed is a ... More >>
Sunday is Mother's Day, and (especially if you don't do it throughout the year) you'd better find a way to honor the woman that gave you life. Brunch is the traditional meal of the holiday, and there are plenty of those in the Phoenix area if your mom loves waffles, omelettes, and bacon. But there a ... More >>
Rob Zombie is now a force to be reckoned with in the world of heavy metal and cinema, and his footing is only growing stronger. Starting with White Zombie and solo albums like Hellbilly Deluxe and Educated Horses and continuing with his decade as a film director and screenwriter, Rob Zombie has thri ... More >>
If you've ever been inclined to dismiss rum as a legitimate spirit because of slushy vats of hot pink strawberry daiquiris, flaming tiki drinks or frat boys chugging Bacardi and Coke, hang on one little minute. Dwayne Allen, who co-owns The Breadfruit and Rum Bar with his partner Danielle Leoni, is ... More >>
We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoen ... More >>
Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by on ... More >>
Beer: Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Brewery: Boston Brewing Co. Style: Belgian-style stout ABV: 9 percent See also: Four Peaks Up 'N' Runnin' See also: Odell DeConstruction I like to think I'm pretty advanced, from an evolutionary standpoint. I went to college; I can string sentences together fair ... More >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
Like nearly everyone in Phoenix, songwriter Stephen Steinbrink (you may recognize his project name French Quarter as well) has a love/hate relationship with the city. It's easy to love the pockets of true community, the DIY art-spaces, punk rock house shows, and the affordable, delicious Mexican foo ... More >>
The connection between hot dogs and dogs, the lovable tongue-wagging pets, is thought to have come from newspaper cartoons by T.A. Dorgan around the 1900's, which portrayed talking frankfurters, also known as "dachshund sausages," because of their shape. No matter the origin of the name, hot ... More >>
beerinbc.com We talked a little bit last week about eggnog, but if you've spent more than 20 minutes at Chow Bella you know that I'm a beer guy. A good beer offers a bigger body and complementary flavors that will bring your nog to the next level. Plus, beernog has an alias that's super fun ... More >>
We're back this week for Chef Talk with architect-turned-restaurateur DJ Fernandez of Tuck Shop in Central Phoenix. After attending architecture school in New Orleans and working for a firm in Phoenix, Fernandez was drawn into the restaurant business by a combination of passion for food an ... More >>
On Sunday, a disturbance in the dining force was felt at Noca, the contemporary American restaurant in Central Phoenix, when it was reported that its executive chef, Chris Curtiss, was leaving. I had a chance to talk with Curtiss, the culinary whiz who was nominated this year for the Southwe ... More >>
The snap of the casing, the juicy mystery meat, the seasonings -- thankfully, the mighty hot dog makes its home not just in ball parks and backyard barbecues, but at plenty of wiener stands across the Valley. With so many places to choose from and always a new hot dog to try, we at Chow Bell ... More >>
And don't let the talent and success of the Yanks fool you, some of the best Celtic punk outfits of the past and present still have their roots on the other side of the Atlantic. Here is a list of the top five groups that actually have members from the Emerald Isle (or at least close by).
Flickr- daves cupboardOne cooked lobster will yield a ton of tomalley goodness.Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles that ... More >>
Erica O'NeilToast, mustard and a tub of cretons makes for a hearty breakfast.Despite what the supermarket aisle may lead you to believe, there's more to an animal than neatly wrapped styrofoam trays of meat. From tongue to tail, offal (pronounced awful) encompasses all those taboo edibles that do ... More >>
Well, that was fast! The day after Mike Meyer's feature on them ran in our print edition, local death metal band Landmine Marathon have announced they've signed with Prosthetic Records, home to critically lauded (by death-metal standards) acts such as Lamb of God, Gojira, and All That Remains. They' ... More >>
I have a dirty little secret: I never really liked Christmas ham! Which is why this "Seven Fishes" Christmas Eve seafood splurge at Quiessence sounds so delicious. (Here's the menu.) It was inspired by a coastal Italian holiday tradition, where people would celebrate Christmas with a whole di ... More >>