Nicole Smith

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    April 1, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Week

    It's become a tradition around here. Every week, on Monday -- the worst of all days -- we bring you our Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix this week. You know, to help make it all bearable. Dig in, kiddos.

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    March 7, 2013
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    October 5, 2012

    Anti-Arpaio Ad Stretches Facts: "432 Sex Crimes Ignored" Not Accurate, (Though Truth Isn't Much Better)

    After skewering Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's fabrications in a recent political ad, we'd be remiss not to mention how a new anti-Arpaio ad bends the truth. The powerful ad by Valley musician Devin Fleenor and Citizens for Professional Law Enforcement, which aired on TV for the first time ye ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend. Friday, June 1: Frequency Fridays @ DWNTWN Fridays used to be one of the pimpest nights of the week at Cent ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012
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    January 18, 2012

    A Night Out w/ Braden McCall

    ​Braden McCall is a full-time architecture student, dedicated local music mastermind, and part-time party enthusiast. Known mostly for his prior involvements in a few different local bands, the 29-year-old currently spends the majority of his time buried in school books, tutoring other archit ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Amy S.'s The Holidays Really Take Their Toll (House) Cookies

    Cookie dough porn. ​Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. Today: our final entry, Amy Silverman's "The Holidays Really Take Their Toll (House) Cookies."   Let's face it: You've made it this far in the holiday season and all you really want right now is ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Ghost of Eastside Records, Courtney Marie Andrews, Guns N' Roses, and More in This Week's Issue

    Benjamin Leatherman​I finally made it into The Ghost of Eastside Records last night, and it was awesome. A little hard to find, sure (someone yank that "Records" sign from Smoke Shop Records, er, Headquarters and hang it up at the new spot), but worth the search. What it lacks in size (and nat ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Amy M.'s Snickerdoodles and Spritz Cookies

    Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. From now through Christmas, we present Chow Bella's 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Today we bring you two recipes: Amy Morris' Snickerdoodles and Spritz cookies. Snickerdoodles! Fun to say, and delicious. These are my husband's fa ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Nicole's Mini Pans

    Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. From now through Christmas, we present Chow Bella's 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Today: Nicole Smith's Mini Pans. Tedd Roundy Nicole's serving 'em up.​Some people say, "I'm turning into my mother" like it's a bad thin ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Mr. Meeble, Morrissey, Loudon Wainwright III, and More in This Week's Issue

    ​ Touring Europe sounds like a blast right? Well, sure, but it's a lot of work. Phoenix-based glitch rockers Mr. Meeble did it, booking the entire tour without the help of a tour manager or press people. In this week's issue, Nicole Smith brings us the tale straight from the mouth of frontman Devi ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Real Estate at The Sail Inn, 11/14/11

    Nicole Smith​I'm not stoked on the current sound of "indie." Real Estate play things more on the traditional jangle pop/C86 side of things, but the band fits into the nebulous state of indie rock circa 2011 -- chillwave over there, lo-fi in the corner, new wave revivalism out back. The pretentious ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Carly's Bistro: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: Carly's Bistro, 128 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 602-262-2759.www.carlysbistro.comThe Hours: 4pm - 7pm, and the reverse, 10pm - 12am, daily.The Details: Carly's daily happy hour includes 1/2 off all of their delicious bistro-style appetizers, $1 off beer and wine, $3.50 ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Bonfire Grill & Bar: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole SmithCharred jalepeno poppers with gooey marscapone and tender belly bacon ($6).​The Spot: Bonfire Grill & Bar, 7210 E 2nd St., Scottsdale, 480-945-6600 The Hours: 11am - 10pm, Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday). That's right, all day, every day ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Windsor: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: Windsor, 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-279-1111.www.windsoraz.comThe Hours: 11 am- 5 pm, daily.The Details: Though this happy hour is limited to booze, $5 goes a very long way at Windsor. Enjoy pitchers of beer, wine on tap, AND their kick ass signature cocktails ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Rice Paper: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: Rice Paper, 2221 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, Hours: 11 am- 6:30 pm, 7 days a week.The Details: The Cen-Pho newbie may have higher price points on traditional Vietnamese fare than what you're used to, but with happy hour discounts ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Delux: Happy Hour Report Card

    ​The Spot: Delux, 3146 E Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-522-2288.www.deluxburger.comThe Hours: 4- 6pm and a reverse happy hour from 10pm- 2am, 7 days a week.The Details: Choose from four appetizers priced from $3.50 to $4 including, Roast Beef Sliders ($3 each), Bruschetta, Toasted Sliced Demi-Baquet ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Lemon-Thyme & Blackberry Snow Cones: Fair Food Showdown

    ​With the Arizona State Fair headed our way at week's end, we at Chow Bella decided on our latest  challenge: Create a "fair food" that kicks it up a notch. No one dared to cook with bugs, but we did have some creative entries. Check back later this week, when critic Laura Hahnefeld will choo ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Big Earl's BBQ: Happy Hour Report Card

    ​The Spot: Big Earl's BBQ, 7213 E. First Ave., Scottsdale, 480-947-6800. www.bigearlsbbq.comThe Hours: 2 - 6pm, Monday through Friday.The Details: Happy hour at this BBQ joint is simple: Choose from 5 finger-lickin' appetizers priced at $5 each, plus $3 Bud Light drafts, red sangria and Rancho Al ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Citizen Public House: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: Citizen Public House, 7111 E. 5th Avenue Ste. E. Scottsdale, 480-398-4208.www.citizenpublichouse.comThe Hours: 3 - 6pm, daily. The Details: "CPH Social" (yes, even the name of their happy hour is unique) offers a daily $2 discount on specialty cocktails, wine by the gl ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Geisha A Go Go: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: Geisha A Go Go, 7150 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale, 480-699-0055.www.geishaagogo.comThe Hours: 3 to 7pm. daily. Open to close (3 pm - 2am) every Sunday.The Details: Enjoy half off select apps and drinks every day -- but what we really enjoy is Sunday's deal at this happ ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    The Roosevelt Tavern: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: Roosevelt Tavern, 816 N. Third St., Phoenix, 602-254-2561. Hours: 5 to 7pm, weekdays (closed Monday). All night long, Sundays. The Details: Happy hour just got even happier at this historic Downtown Phoenix destination. Choose ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 8, 2011
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    September 6, 2011

    Four Peaks Brewing Company

    Nicole Smith Four Peak's cheesy Artichoke Dip with an iced cold pint of Hefeweizen​The Spot: Four Peaks Brewing Company, 1340 E. 8th St., Tempe,480-303-9967www.fourpeaks.comThe Hours: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., daily. The Details: You could sum up the happy hour at this reputa ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Soi 4 Bankok Eatery: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery, 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd, Paradise Valley, 480-778-1999 www.soifour.comThe Hours: 5 - 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.The Details: @font-face { font-family: "MS 明朝"; }@font-face { font-family: "MS 明朝"; }@font-face { font-famil ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Gallo Blanco: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: Gallo Blanco, 401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, (602) 274-4774www.galloblancocafe.comThe Hours: 3- 6 p.m., everyday. The Details: The Clarendon Hotel's eccentric in-house eatery offers an awesome daily happy hour menu that includes a total of 6 appetizers ranging as low as $3 ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Sapporo Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith Sapporo's Cocunut Water Martini and Passion-Mango Martini induce a high that's worth their high price.​The Spot: Sapporo, 14344 N. Scottsdale Rd., North Scottsdale, 480-607-1114www.sapporoscottsdale.comThe Hours: 11 a.m. - close, Monday through Friday, and 3 p.m. - close, Satur ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Public House Garage: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: The Garage Public House,  4855 East Warner Road, Ahwatukee, (480) 940-6455www.publichousegarage.comThe Hours: 3- 7 p.m., 7 days a week. A reverse HH is also offered from 10 p.m.- 12 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. The Details: @font-face { ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    St. Francis: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith Cool as a Cucumber Cooler​The Spot: St. Francis, 111 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, (602) 200-8111www.stfrancisaz.comThe Hours: 3- 6 p.m., daily.The Details: When it comes to Phoenix dining destinations, St. Francis has always been a top contender, specializing in urban/ rustic sty ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Hum Botanical Spirit: The New "Vodka Soda"​Cue squeaky German accent): "As you know, in fashion cocktail culture, one day you're in. And the next day, you're out."So, if cocktail trends are like fashion trends, consider artificially flavored vodka beyond over, St. Germain so last season and botanical infused booze ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Kitchen 56: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: Kitchen 56, 3433 N. 56th St, Phoenix, (480) 994-5656www.kitchen56.comThe Hours: 3-6 p.m., daily. The Details: What's not to love about $5  appetizers and  specialty cocktails? Choose from 15 progresive and delicious cocktail inventions, including "Adult Lemonades," ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Top of the Rock: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​ The Spot: Top of the Rock at The Buttes Tempe Resort, 2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe, 602- 431-2370 Top of the Rock is on top of a rock. These people take things literally. And so it's only fitting that they name their new summer happy hour Five-2-S ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Five Phoenix Bars that should be on the Best Bars in America List

    courtesy of​Lets face it: Living in Phoenix means having a love/hate relationship with Phoenix, especially when it's balls hot and there's absolutely nothing to do other than drink cold beer inside our favorite air conditioned drinking establishment. But that's just it. Yeah ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Roaring Fork: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​ The Spot: Roaring Fork, 4800 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, 480-947-0795 Hours: June 1st kicked off RF's summer happy hour that runs in the saloon all night, every night, baby. Open to close, 4 to 7 p.m., 7 days a week. Details: The Fork's Famous Frozen Margaritas (t ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Corbin's Bar & Grill: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: Corbin's Bar & Grill, 8729 North Central Avenue, 602-466-3201 The Hours: Happy hour prices are available 3 to 7 p.m, daily. The Details: Choose (wisely) from house wine priced at $5 a glass, ordinary house martinis (think appletini or cosmo) ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Five Spots for a Late Night Nosh in Metro Phoenix

    Nicole Smith JoBot's late night sweetness.​For real "big cities," finding a place that serves quality food late night is a walk in the park. Literally. For Phoenix, eh, not so much.   But there are a few local eateries that also understand our late night needs. Here's a roundup ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Five Tequila Cocktails for Grown Ups

      Nicole Smith House Paloma, Spotted Donkey Cantina​Of course we know that real grown-ups drink their tequila straight. From the bottle. Warm.    But hey, what fun is that? Reading over the drink menu for Thursday's "Cinco de Cycle" -- featuring tequilas flavored with every ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008