For a while now Noca's fast-casual lunch program, Nocawich, has been a go-to place for an affordable gourmet lunch. The selection of top-notch sandwiches features high-quality ingredients -- like everything at owner Eliot Wexler's restaurant -- and will set you back just about $10. We're talking abo ... More >>
These are pumpkins. Seem a little out of place, don't they? Know why that is? Because it's f-ing August. The term "seasonal creep" has long been used to describe the way Christmas ornaments seem to start tinkling onto store shelves before the Fourth of July fireworks even get cold, but it can ju ... More >>
San Diegans are probably sick of the sight of us "Zonies," as they refer to us. During summer months, it's pretty much guaranteed that many Phoenicians will head to the city to escape and when we do it seems every time there's a bevy of new food and drink spots popping up that warrant a visit. While ... More >>
I know summer is supposed to be the slow season for restaurants in this town but I can tell you I didn't notice anything slow during last month's dining excursions. A few of the items that make it on July's list of the best things I ate and drank are special creations that do a great job of showcasi ... More >>
Although other places in the nation pridefully boast their barbecue prowess, one Phoenix restaurant is showing America what the Valley has to offer fans of smoked meat. Bobby Q was ranked among the top thirty BBQ joints in the nation by Open Table's Diners' Choice awards after about a decade of serv ... More >>
Three children from Central America who came to the United States unaccompanied appeared before members of Congress on Tuesday to explain their journeys to the United States.Democratic Congressman Raúl Grijalva hosted the hearing with other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Grijalva ... More >>
There's probably not a whole lot more we need to say here after mentioning that you can get free ice cream tomorrow at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale. Even if you're so over cupcakes, ice cream is good and free is even better. Just make sure to line-up early because the free scoops are in limited ... More >>
This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what and where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town. There's no shortage of things to do, see, or eat in a city a ... More >>
On a sunny Saturday morning in April, more than two dozen men, women, and children march up Central Avenue, on the final stretch of the Pride parade. The pro-gay march has taken place in Phoenix every year since 1981, but it's the first time this particular group has joined the thousands of people c ... More >>
I put on The Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket To Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more ... More >>
Of more than 500,000 young immigrants who have been given relief from deportation by the Obama Administration, less than 4 percent of them live in Arizona.A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services report on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program shows only about 19,000 of the 50 ... More >>
Blag Dahlia (birth name: Paul Cafaro) of the Dwarves is looking for women to come to their July 17 show at Yucca Tap Room with the Queers, Masked Intruder, and the Atom Age buck-naked and ready for fun. He knows it gets hot in Phoenix, so "Why not be comfortable?" according to Blag. If the Dwarves s ... More >>
Wiretapping rates in Arizona are among the highest in the nation.The Pew Research Center ranked the states where the most wiretap authorizations were made last year, finding that Arizona's had the fifth-highest rate in the country.
Heavy metal and hip-hop hybrid outfit Animus Divine (AD) is one of many low-profile and yet highly talented bands operating in the scorching deserts of Arizona. Based out of Tucson, the streetcore musicians have their eye on the prize to master the entertainment industry, but AD lead singer Chuck Cl ... More >>
BJ Hernandez Havana Patio Cafe Chef, owner www.havanacafe-az.com In 1991, when Betty-Jane (BJ) and Gilbert Hernandez opened Havana Cafe in a space just off Camelback Road, you couldn't even get chorizo or black beans in this town. You could smoke inside restaurant dining rooms (in fact, Havana Cafe ... More >>
On its own, the word mixology just feels pretentious. I get it. The image it evokes is of some bearded, bow-tied hipster bartender turning his nose up while shaking your $15 drink that's basically an Old Fashioned with some berries and a weird savory component. In fact, I don't think I've met one mi ... More >>
In a perfect world, good service would mean a good tip, but that doesn't always happen. That might just be why more and more restaurants are doing away with the tipped-worker model, which largely depends on diner kindness rather than employer satisfaction to pay employees. From New York to L.A., res ... More >>
This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what and where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town. On a recent trip to New York City, we walked from the Lower ... More >>
It was not as though Lulu lacked manners. However! It was Cinco de Mayo, and sometimes a girl just . . . loses all self-control. When the front door swung open, Lulu took one look at the chaos inside the home and threw herself into the party. She went straight to the couch and knocked a beer out ... More >>
If you ask any of the local musicians that have performed at The Sail Inn what they'll miss about the Tempe venue -- and we did -- you can expect its outdoor stage to be one of the most common answers. And probably some memories about all the many great shows they either saw or participated in while ... More >>
You've downed the Kool-Aid and you don't even care because some restaurants in town deserve the obsessive following you give them. That might mean constantly checking a joint's Facebook page to find out the week's market specials or it might mean stalking your favorite local chef's Instagram. Ain't ... More >>
Last year when heavy metal musician and horror icon Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare debuted in LA, I was pretty close to heading out there over Halloween to check out what The New York Times called "the best example yet of the upsizing of haunted houses in the last decade." Imagine: the theat ... More >>
The Menzingers are breaking out. Long known as an essential member of the "orgcore" punk scene based around the website Punknews.org and the annual Gainesville, Florida music festival The Fest, with a Billboard-charting new album Rented World, it is clear the band has transcended the scene. This M ... More >>
Phoenix truly is a good place to be a driver. Well, compared to everywhere else.Yet another look at driving-related statistics has placed Phoenix among the top American cities to drive.
The Center for Disease Control is recalling certain types of chia seed powder after it has been linked outbreaks of three different strains of Salmonella in twelve different states. With one reported chia seed related illness in Arizona, check your pantries for the following brands of chia seeds.
Arizona Schools Superintendent John Huppenthal has no problemo shilling for private schools in annoying robocalls to unsuspecting citizens, but if you call him at home to ask about recent reports of his commenting on various websites (including ours) under names such as Falcon 9, Thucydides, and Soc ... More >>
If you're anything like us, you've likely already binged through season two of Orange Is the New Black and are patiently waiting for season three to come. Well fans of the show in New York City get a special added treat on top of the show's release last weekend: a Crazy Eyes-themed pie food truck th ... More >>
Arizonans might be some of the stressed-out people in the United States.That is, if working long hours or being unemployed, commuting a long way, not having health insurance, spending too much on housing, and living in a densely populated area are things that cause stress.
It seems likely that, back in 1968 when James Taylor signed to Apple records for his first album as an aspiring singer-songwriter, he would have happily -- willfully -- consented to an interview with any publication that would have him. Ah, what good old days those must have been, because 2014 finds ... More >>
If you're a fan of public parks, Mesa probably isn't the city for you.The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit organization, ranked Mesa's parks system 56th out of the 60 largest cities in the country.
Flicks to look into on the edge of tomorrow -- and the next months.
Perfect Pussy has just left Boise, Idaho, and is a few hours into the seven-hour trek to its next show in Boise, Idaho, when New Times reaches the band's singer, Meredith Graves. She sounds tired. Not standard-issue, stayed-out-until-3 a.m. tired. You get the feeling that maybe the whole experience ... More >>
Twenty years ago, Arizona became the second state in the nation to allow charter schools to operate in the public education system. In honor of the anniversary, New Times is taking a hard look at charters in Arizona. The first story in the ongoing series examined how charter schools — both nat ... More >>
Don't worry, you don't have to be a Valley native to be considered a true Phoenix foodie. It's not how long you've lived here that gives you real culinary cred, but things like knowing where to find edible seafood and when it's peach picking season. Or knowing that a restaurant with Schreiner's saus ... More >>
It's been years since food trucks exploded onto the mainstream dining scene. Three years ago they were all the rage, spawning television shows, cook books, and festivals all over the country. In 2011 the Phoenix Street Food Coalition counted less than ten members; today there are more than 60 trucks ... More >>