Nicole Whittington

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    8 Best Neighborhood Breakfast Spots in Metro Phoenix

    We spent the past year putting together a list of the best breakfast spots in the Valley for the 2013 Best of Phoenix® edition. Print this off, bookmark it, pocket it, or make your own list for the next time you feel like rolling out of bed and having someone else make breakfast for you. Bonus: Th ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Micro Greens: Grow Your Own in Days, Any Time of Year

    What's so great about micro greens? Well, they are good for you. But our favorite thing is that they're super easy to grow, offering instant gardner's gratification for green and black thumbs alike. See also: - All Your Phoenix Fall Gardening Questions Answered by Tomato Pro Suzanne Vilardi What's ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    Steamed Bun Brawl: Phoenix Palace vs C-Fu Gourmet

    Nicole Whittington​Steamed buns. A tasty addition to any table tasting of dim sum. We say table tasting because these bite-sized portions of Chinese-styled dumplings are best ordered family style--which allows for much more variety. With choices ranging from steamed buns and dumplings to ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Lunch for $10 at Nobuo at Teeter House

    Courtesy of Justin Eats​A common misconception seems to be that delcious -- as in, James Beard-award winning delicious -- food will never  be reasonably priced. Not true, and we've got proof! For this week's $10 lunch, we enjoyed the charming digs of the Teeter House at Heritage S ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Monte Cristo Tussle: Morning Glory Cafe vs. Tryst Cafe

    Tedd Roundy​We searched the city high and low for one of our all time favorite breakfast dishes, the monte cristo. Yes, sandwiches really do cover the gambit of breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner; and here is proof. Enter our battle of the dishes. Morning Glory Cafe in South Phoenix vers ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Latin-Inspired Lunch Under $10 at Fuego Bistro

    ​Lunch under $10 at Fuego Bistro? Is that even possible? Why yes, yes it is. With only seven tables and five bar stools inside, the place gets packed fast. Although almost every table was full on our recent visit, the atmosphere felt calm. Maybe it was the warmth of the servers, the dim lighting, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Pulled Pork Tug-of-War: Honey Bear's Bar-B-Q vs Stacey's Smokehouse

    ​Summer is on its way out yet the sunshine is still plentiful. Sounds like perfect timing for a barbecue to us. Would you agree? Just think. Pulled pork. Slowly cooked and slowly smoked over a low heat for hours until the meat is tender enough to softly pull apart. Are you in or are you in?! Ente ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Peruvian Jalea Fight: Inka Fest vs Contigo Peru

    Tedd Roundy​Who doesn't love seafood in the summer? Especially if you have a summer love to share it with. We're pretty sure that same thought crossed the minds of Peruvians when they started serving up Jalea (a seafood platter commonly meant to serve two). There are several Peruvian plac ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Spring Roll Showdown: Blue Moon Vietnamese Kitchen vs Da Vang

    ​We ate a spring roll. A summer roll. A fresh roll and a salad roll. Kinda sounds like a verse to a Vietnamese version of Tubthumping by Chumbawamba. Luckily for us all, those are just the many guises of fresh herbs, lettuce, and shrimp (or pork or beef) wrapped in rice paper. Any name you giv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Croque Madame Clash: La Grande Orange vs Essence Bakery

    James Waldron​ Whether you're more familiar with the Croque Monsieur or its counterpart, Croque Madame (which is basically a Croque Monsieur with a fried egg on top), you're most likely no stranger to the buttery, gruyere cheese and ham goodness of this treat. As of late, we've been on the hunt ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Five Gluten-Free Foods That Have Always Been Gluten-Free

    Photos by Kholood Eid and Nicole Whittington Composition by James Waldron​Gluten free: yet another trend in the food world. Sure, labeling can be helpful, but do we really need to mark packages of meat as gluten free? I don't know. Maybe we do. Deciphering between all the gluten-free, local ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 30, 2011
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    June 29, 2011

    Bottling Wine with Sam Pillsbury and Co.

    Nicole Whittington and James Waldron​When I went up to the Verde Valley to bottle wine with winemakers Eric Glomski, Tim White and Sam Pillsubry, I kept hearing that "wine making isn't as romantic as everyone thinks." Maybe the guys were afraid that I would find the monotonous assembly of bottl ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Our 10 Favorite Hot Dogs in Phoenix

    ​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 >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Tuna Tartare: The Greene House vs Chelsea's Kitchen

    Nicole Whittington​Tartare sounds like something you say while holding out your pinky and sipping tea at noon, but it refers to finely chopped raw meat or fish. Mmmm, yeah, raw. Tuna tartare is a lighter take on the European version of beef tartare, and perfect for light summer eats. Which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Fattoush Fight: Windsor vs Phoenicia Cafe What to do with these leftover pita?​What the fattoush is a fattoush salad?! In the simplest of terms, traditionally it's a salad made to utilize pita bread that is going stale. It doesn't sound so appetizing in those words, but that's why the pita bread for the fattou ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Mad City Chickens Flock to Phoenix

    Bust out your best pick-up line. It's time to pick up a chick and head to the movies. Okay, cheesy lines (and trailer) aside, Desert Urban Gardens is presenting the film Mad City Chickens this Monday, May 16th at Filmbar. Show time is 8 pm with limited seating, but an early arrival is not a bad ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Cob Oven Pizzas from GROWop: Corn Not Included

    GROWop​Burrowed in the corner of the GROWop Collective's burgeoning community garden on the corner of 6th street and Garfield is a hand-built cob oven, perfectly sized for mini pizzas. This Third Friday, the GROWop will be making pizzas topped with veggies straight from their garden for art-goers ... More >>