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    June 16, 2014

    3D Printer Makes Designs Out Of Nutella

    3D printing is pretty cool no matter what material you're using and the possibilities are endless. Joining the ranks of sugar, fruit, pancakes, chocolate, and cocktail ice, a company based out of Ontario, Canada is now boasting 3D designs made from Nutella. So basically everything is great.

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    March 28, 2014

    How to Make A Chocolate Cake Shot

    I have a somewhat long-distance relationship with shots. I mean, they're fun, and they're easy to throw together, but when your first position behind the stick is making very complex tropical drinks, it's easy to have a simple part of a bartender's repertoire fall by the wayside. Then my birthday r ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    Alegría: The Happiest of Snacks

    The beauty and taste of food may be half in how you describe it and what you name it. In that case, the simple Mexican snack called alegría (happiness or joy), may be one of the most beautiful foods available. Learn how to make your own happiness.

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    December 11, 2013

    New Food Truck Brings Beligum Leige Waffles to the Valley

    When it comes to Belgium's culinary gift bag of treats, Liege waffles may be one of its hardest to find. Impossibly indulgent, the buttery-sweet oblong waffles are crisp on the outside, soft and chewy within, and feature a luscious, glistening coat of caramelized sugar that can be topped with thing ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Hopdoddy in North Scottsdale a Solid Bite for Burgers

    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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    September 30, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in September

    Another month, another look back at the best things I ate during September. From dishes like my new favorite carne asada taco, to magnificent Mediterranean eats, to a killer lasagna my dining companion likened to the work of the devil, here are ten of the best things I ate this month selected from ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    7 Best Gelato Shops in Metro Phoenix

    Gelato shops seem to come and go pretty quickly, but the ones that stick around prove their worth with smooth, creamy, cold treats that are so decadent and unique they can transport you to Italy with one bite. The array of flavors, each with its own decorative flair, make gelato as aesthetically ple ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    More Than $20,000 Worth (That's Five and a Half Tons) of Nutella Stolen in Germany

    People love Nutella -- like, really love it. We get that. But to what extent? Apparently, thieves in Germany are willing to go to extremes to get their sticky fingers (pun totally intended) on the chocolate-hazelnut spread. See also: - Making Homemade Nutella, with a Little Help from Pinterest - ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    Crepe Bar's Jeff Kraus: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. Crepe Bar isn't the kind of restaurant people would be likely stumb ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    Make a 3D Gummy Bear Version of Yourself

    A Japanese hackerspace/coffee shop, Fab Cafe, is offering patrons the chance to cast their likeness in fruit gummy bear just in time for White Day, a Japanese reverse Valentine's Day. Because nothing could possibly be more romantic than presenting the women in your life with an edible cast of yourse ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Crêpe Bar Hosts Oscar-Themed ASU Film Center Benefit

    Tasty crêpes and even more delicious celebrity gossip from Hollywood's golden age finally come together in a night to benefit ASU's Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture at the "Dishing On Oscar: Award Tales with Taste" event. The best part is that it's all happening at one of our favorite new ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Fry Bread Food Truck Will Open Permanent Shop in West Valley

    Since it hit the road in late September of last year, White Eyes Fresh Fry Bread, the food truck from Alice Roach, who founded the company six years ago, has been serving up her signature recipe for fresh (and frozen) fry bread topped with anything from beef and beans to honey and Nutella. See also ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013
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    December 24, 2012

    The 10 Best Things I Ate in 2012

    As 2012 comes to a close, it's time to look back on some of the most all-around stellar meals I had the pleasure of consuming in the Valley. See also: - 9 Best New Restaurants of 2012 in Greater Phoenix - 10 (Okay, 11) Best First Tastes of 2012 in Greater Phoenix From the fancy to the more famili ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Nine Baked Goods in Metro Phoenix to Pre-Order for Your Christmas Table

    With all of the baking that has to be done during the Christmas season -- from cookie exchanges and decorating to making gifts and serving guests -- it can be nice (and necessary) to take a break. Ensure that everything on your holiday table for breakfast, dinner, and dessert is special by getting a ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012
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    November 5, 2012

    Pie Social 2012: The Winners

    Good morning! Has your sugar hangover worn off yet??? Thanks to the hundreds of folks who came out Saturday afternoon for the third annual Chow Bella/Roosevelt Row Pie Social. From the bright sunshine to Tobie Milford's music to spontaneous swing dancing on the grass, it was a lovely day. Oh yes, ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Nutella Donuts (!!!) and More Halloween Treats at Rainbow Donuts Cafe

    Halloween is all treat and no trick at Rainbow Donuts Cafe. The 7th Street location has a special deal just in time for the holiday: $25 for a dozen frightfully delicious Halloween donuts. This deal is available now through Sunday, November 4, and pre-orders are recommended. See also: - 10 Favorite ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Jeff Kraus Makes the "First Time Crepe" -- Nutella, Elderflower, Spiced Walnuts and 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 >>

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    October 2, 2012

    The Nutella Truck Is Coming To Phoenix!

    The magical combination of hazelnut and chocolate called Nutella is coming to Phoenix from November 24 - 27 in the form of the Nutella Truck, stopping here as part of the nation-spanning "Nutella Breakfast Tour." See Also: Making Homemade Nutella, with a Little Help from Pinterest Undoubtedly in ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Ward Off Halloween Candy with These No-Bake, Vegan Almond Butter Bars

    It's that time of year. Everywhere I turn there's candy. Snickers, Butterfinger, Kit Kat! I love them all. But I've learned that I can't quite eat as much Halloween candy as I used to without suffering some kind of negative repercussion. Usually in the form of a muffin top. See also: - Mak ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Nikki's Top Four Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week

    See also: Kevin Binkley on Loving In-N-Out Burger See also: Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Urciuoli Restaurant Week begins September 15 and runs through September 23. And while it smacks of Black Friday, Christmas in July and all the other bargain bonanzas that attract the great unwashed, ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    The "Edible Glitter" Recipe on Pinterest Doesn't Shine

    See also: DIY Cheez-Its See also: Making Homemade Nutella, With a Little Help From Pinterest Pinterest can really be like a fairy tale sometimes. Only the most beautiful things abound, it's all staged, and it makes you long for a different life. But everyone knows fairy tales are full of witches ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    10 Favorite Drive-Thrus in Metro Phoenix

    See also: 15 Spots for Late-Night Eats in Greater Phoenix See also: 10 Favorite Cold (and Frozen!) Phoenix Foods Haven't you always wanted to have a list of awesome drive thrus that are locally owned and operated? Ya, we did, too. So we came up with our own list. Some require you to order ahead o ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Guilty Pleasure in a Jar: Biscoff Spread

    The Guilty Pleasure: Biscoff Spread Where to Get It: Trader Joe's, Fresh & Easy, or WinCo Foods Price: $3.50-$4.50 What It Really Costs: 90 calories a tablespoon; same as peanut butter without any redeeming nutritional value. (serving size 1 tablespoon? Yeah, right!) There it was, innocently sittin ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012
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    April 23, 2012

    New Starbucks Secret Menu Will Spice Up Your Coffee Life

    We've all experienced coffee fatigue. That moment at the front of the Starbucks line when you're prompted to make your selection and you blank. I had a soy frappuccino yesterday didn't I? And the day before that? Same thing, and the day before that? You panic, gripped by the existential horror th ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Gâteau Marjolaine at Christopher's

    Phoenix isn't exactly a culinary hub, and the Valley's restaurants don't always get the kind of attention as those in New York, L.A., and Seattle. But we have our fair share of star chefs, and if there was a leader of the pack, it might just have to be Chef Christopher Gross. He and his restaurants ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Avocado Kale Salad

    I'm the type of person who needs to eat every three hours, at least, or I start to feel like I'm going to pass out. This isn't a problem when I'm at home, but it's a different story when I have to work. The challenge with having to work is learning to plan meals ahead. I stink at planning ahea ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Three Things to Eat, Drink and Bake this Weekend

    ​Hey there super busy weekend. It's nice to see you! It's another packed Phoenix weekend. Not only will every Irish (and not so Irish) bar in the city be partying hard this Saturday but the Superstition Farms Food Truck Festival and the sneak peek at the brand new Postino Gilbert are also happenin ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Making Homemade Nutella, with a Little Help from Pinterest

    ​ Homemade Nutella is making the Pinterest rounds lately. That is, it's super popular right now. I like Nutella, but I never buy it. But I've been eyeing the various recipes for so long that it was time I tried it. Plus, I've had a bag of hazelnuts sitting in the fridge for several weeks now. ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Ostrich Festival Good Family Fun, But Less Ostrich, Please.

    It should be noted that ostriches scare the hell out of me. My first up-close encounter with the large flightless birds from Africa happened, oddly enough, at a petting farm in Park Rapids, Minnesota. As soon as I approached the enclosure, where about 20 or so of them were clustered, the group spi ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Cool Gelato Italiano Is Scottsdale's Newest Sweet Secret

    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, 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 items, and satisfyi ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    10 More Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas

    ​For all of you procrastinators out there, we've dug up 10 more Valley restaurants that would love you to dine with them on Valentine's Day. (Here's our original list.)This is it though. There isn't going to be anymore help after this. So make a decision and make reservations. You don't want to sp ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    What Food Trends Do You See for the Valley in 2012?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail Miss a question? Go here.From predicted national trends in cuisine like Sc ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012
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    December 29, 2011

    Seven Food Predictions for the Valley in 2012

    It's no secret that the Valley food scene is slow to hop aboard the gastronomical trend train, but that doesn't mean it can't surprise us every once in a while. And when it comes to food predictions for Arizona eaters in 2012, I'm certainly no fortuneteller, but given high food prices continuously m ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    32 Shea: An Oasis of Cozy With a Cocktail Or Two

    Jackie Mercandetti Simple yet satisfying, The OMG sandwich at 32 Shea invites guests to sit back and enjoy. ​Have you been to 32 Shea? It is a place you could easily spend a few hours. Unpretentious and as welcoming as its small menu of simple staples, the feeling upon entering, even to first- ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Phoenix Bites Reviews NoRTH Arcadia; Free Printable Holiday Tags Via Love From The Oven

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Photos: Cheese plate with tomato jam and charred bread, gnocchi over short ribs with bread crumbs and affogato with Nutella cake.​Taryn Jeffries of posted loads of mouthwatering food pics from her (and Edi ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    A Little Box of Breakfast: Eating Well at 32 Shea

    ​In an effort to make mom proud, Chow Bella's taking a good, hard look at the most important meal of the day in the form of Scrambled, a weekly review of local breakfast spots.At first glance, 32 Shea looks more like a gigantic birthday present than a restaurant. The square box, perche ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Moist Brisket from Texas BBQ House

    ​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 14: Moist Brisket ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Al Amir Combo from Cafe Istanbul & Market

    ​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 30: Al Amir Combo ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Banana Cream Pie from Zinburger

    ​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 32: Banana Cream P ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Nutella and Strawberry Crepe from Cibo

    Erica O'Neil​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 36: Nu ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Entire Jar of Nutella Eaten By One Man Makes Us Question How Much We Really Love Nutella

    How much do we love Nutella, the crazy-good hazelnut spread where the mere act of smearing it across a piece of bread is akin to a religious experience? Not as much as this man. Furious Pete, a professional competitive eater from Ontario, Canada, is about to get 200 grams of fat heavier after conq ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Build a Meatless Sandwich

    Carol Blonder​ What comes to mind first when you think of making a sandwich? A basic combination of meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo or mustard slapped between two pieces of bread. The April issue of Saveur magazine is filled with sandwich specials from around the world and got us thi ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Arrowheart, What Are You Eating?

    Sara Robinson​Sara Robinson What'd you eat for dinner last night? I had a 6-inch turkey sub from Subway, Sara-style! Favorite food: During the week, I eat healthy, but on weekends I eat my favorite food, which is the breadsticks from Olive Garden and Orange Chicken from Panda Express. Least favo ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010
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    January 21, 2009

    Mmm: Mini-Pies at Lisa G

    Move over, cupcakes. I've found a new tiny dessert to obsess over. Lisa G Cafe & Wine Bar just started serving miniature pies every Friday and Saturday night, available individually or as a "pie flight." The flavors change frequently, but I recently got a taste of the most recent ... More >>

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    October 30, 2007

    Crepes and frozen yogurt -- what's not to love?

    Still no signs of Pinkberry in these parts, but there is a Scottsdale frozen yogurt spot that opened last week where they serve something quite similar to it, according to owner Charles Cha. The place is called Ice Tango, and the house specialty is the kind of tangy-sweet frozen yogurt that's super ... More >>

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