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    June 18, 2014

    Healthy Chocolate Mousse: Low-Sugar Desserts That Won't Make You Want to Cheat

    Chocolate mousse is one of my favorite, easiest go-to dinner-party desserts. It can be made ahead and is easy to dress up. Little do most people know, it is one of the simplest desserts to make, but this dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free version is so fast, and has only two ingredients (well, thre ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    JamRock Cafe & Grill Brings Caribbean Cuisine to Central Phoenix

    Congrats, Central Phoenix. You've got a new local restaurant that's bringing a little irie feeling to the neighborhood. Welcome, JamRock Cafe & Grill. The restaurant opened about two weeks ago located at 1714 W Van Buren Street and serves a small menu of Carribean and Jamaican cuisine -- think ent ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    Saveur's Menu Generating Slot Machine Solves Your Thanksgiving Woes

    Whatever happened to pot luck Thanksgivings? Or the days when you could whip up a few classic family recipes supplemented by store-bought pie and canned cranberries? The answer is, those days are long gone and now hostesses are expected to turn out a beautifully brined turkey (because deep frying ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze: Good to be Bad

    Beer: Oude Geuze Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen Style: Gueuze ABV: 6 percent Acidic. Funky. Skunky. Barnyard. Vinegar. Cat pee. Horse blanket. Usually, these are not words you want associated with your food. But beer, as we know, is a magical nectar in which even the most unexpected, obnoxious flav ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Researchers Have Identified the Perfect Pinterest Photo. Want To See It?

    For the last year the folks at Curalate, a photo/social media-centric marketing and analytic suite, have struggled with one of the great questions of the hipster generation: What is the perfect Pinterest photo? You might be inclined to argue that garnering hundreds of likes and repins has to do wi ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Chompie's "Eat Like a Kid Day" Lets Everyone Order Off the Kid Menu

    On Wednesday, June 5, all four Arizona Chompie's locations will participate in "Everyone Can Eat Like a Kid Day," when diners of all ages will be able to order from the menu usually reserved for thos 10 and under. See also: - Matzo Ball Mayhem: Scott's Generations vs. Chompie's

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    May 31, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: Beaver Choice Swedish Restaurant Reopens in New Mesa Digs Today Festival of Lights Wine & Beer Tasting Festival Though we've made it through the heart of the festival season, ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    5 Desserts That Pastry Chef Rachel Miller Is Totally Over

    I love sweets. Obviously. As a pastry chef, I fully understand giving the people what they want. But I also believe in challenging the diner to try something new, expanding their taste buds and minds. See also: - Sugar Rush: Confessions of a Wild West Pastry Chef, and the Launch of a New Column ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Grab Your Favorite Dining Buddy: Arizona Spring Restaurant Week Is Almost Here

    Twice a year, the Arizona Restaurant Association tries to entice us into dining out for 10 days straight by getting more than a hundred local restaurants to offer prix-fixe menus for $30 or $40. And every year, twice a year, it pretty much works. See also: - April Restaurant Openings and Closings ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Virgin Airlines Takes Flirting To a Whole New Level (Literally) With Seat-To-Seat Drink Service

    Singletons, rejoice! Sir Richard Branson -- as in the English business mogul and owner of the Virgin Group -- wants to help you get lucky. And not just lucky in a win-the-lottery sense. No, he means Mile High Club kind of lucky. In fact he's so dead set on helping you out that he prepared an instruc ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Lip Chaser Delivers Mouth-to-Mouth Action at the Bar

    Pucker up, Phoenix -- a frisky new follow-up to the body shot is here, and it's making its way to a liquor store near you. Lip Chaser, a patent-pending "kiss chaser," is a product from a Tempe-based business aimed at targeting the promiscuous party scene with a line of candy lip-gloss chasers. We ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Use Salt to Clean and Restore Your Cast Iron Skillet

    I've been a very bad cast iron skillet owner. Without getting into too many details, I'm putting it out there that this classic piece of kitchen equipment has been left in the oven while cookies were baking, washed in soapy water, and just left to rot and rust for who knows how long. I wanted to tel ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Superbowl Eats: 16 Most Awesome/Disgusting Food Stadiums

    No matter if you're a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, the Baltimore Ravens, or a neutral observer, if you're attending a Super Bowl party this year, the food is what (hopefully) will make everyone cheer. See also: 10 Best/Worst Pizza Tattoos and Top 10 Knitted Foods And for some parties, it's go b ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Sneak Peek: First Press Arizona Wine Auction

    For $250 a person, you're probably wondering what is in store at the First Press Wine Auction on February 16 at the Montelucia Resort. If the 5-course dinner and paired wines sound predictable you should know that you'll also get to preview distinctive wines and live auction lots and silent auction ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    DIY Cucumber and Avocado Spring Rolls

    First of all, if there is a significant difference between spring and summer rolls, I'm sorry. Some sources say that they're the same and others note that spring rolls are fried and summer rolls are not. There is no consistency and I'm not one to make the call. I'm more accustomed to "spring roll ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    9 Simple Steps to Eating Healthier in 2013

    It's that special time of year, when your blood sugar has reached near-critical levels, your cholesterol numbers are well above your IQ, and you vow to really start eating healthy. No seriously, guys -- this time you mean it. And while the dramatic conclusion to trek off into the abandoned wildern ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Will Get You Lit Like A Hanukkah Candle

    Beer: He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Brewery: Shmaltz Brewing Co. Style: American Strong Ale ABV: 16 percent Hanukkah might be over, but sometimes eight crazy nights just aren't enough. For those looking to squeeze in a few extra or get a buzz that'll last as long as the original Hannukkah candles, t ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Join the Slow Food Movement and Celebrate Terra Madre Day on Dec. 10

    If you haven't made it to the Biltmore Fashion Park's latest addition UNION -- a mix of 18 small, distinctive boutiques run by local vendors -- mark your calendars to visit on Monday, December 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. for Terra Madre Day. This international event is a celebration of slow food and eating ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    This Year, Ditch the Thanksgiving Pie and Make Doughnuts Instead!

    Hey, I just met you -- and this is crazy -- but this year I'm proposing you ditch the pie(!) and make doughnuts for Thanksgiving instead. So maybe it's a little too crazy -- sacrilege even -- but if you've ever had a handmade doughnut, you understand. While Pinterest is chock-full of all kinds of do ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Ncounter: Mediocrity Strikes (Again) on Tempe's Mill Avenue

    Mediocrity. It's one thing Tempe's Mill Avenue doesn't need any more of. And when it comes to restaurants, let's face it: Mill's selection of street eats seem more apropos to safe and sensible pant suit suburbia than walking distance from thousands of students attending one of the nation's largest u ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Miss McGee's Mud Pie at Bobby-Q

    See also: 11 Favorite Barbecue Joints in Greater Phoenix See also: Top Ten Spots for Mac n' Cheese in the Valley Barbecue isn't exactly the first style of cuisine to turn to when you want an incredible dessert. After all, isn't the point to eat so much juicy, succulent meat falling off the bone tha ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Bernie Kantak Explains What's Good about Food Network and How Josh Hebert Inadvertently Changed His Life

    See also: Lifting the Wine-List Veil at Citizen Public House This is part two of my interview with Bernie Kantak, chef and co-owner of Citizen Public House. If you missed part one, read it here. The great thing about being a chef is: I get to throw a party every night! The tough thing about bein ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    From High Tea to Fish and Chips, Seven Places to Get a Taste of Britain in Metro Phoenix

    See also: Five Must-See Summer Olympics Parties See also: The Best and Worst Olympic Theme Songs in History In case you don't remember from last time the Olympics rolled around, watching athletes burn hundreds of calories can really get you thinking...about dinner. And since we're about to be bomba ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Gastronomica: A Glimpse at the Summer Issue

    See also: Lucky Peach Looks Good Enough to Eat: See What's Inside Issue 4 In the world of food journals, if Lucky Peach is the rebellious, creative younger brother, then Gastronomica, The Journal of Food and Culture is the seasoned, scholarly older sibling.

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    July 6, 2012

    Three Things to Eat, Drink, and Bake this Weekend

    The actual Fourth of July holiday may have been on Wednesday, but as far as we're concerned, the celebration should continue through the entire weekend. So we're extending our patriotic plans this weekend with a real Arizona burger, a couple of historic American cocktails, and a batch of sinfully ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Free Ice Cream From Sweet Republic Tomorrow

    Scottsdale's Sweet Republic is celebrating four years of delicious ice cream by giving away free scoops tomorrow evening, June 13th, from 4 to 7 pm. They'll also be offering door prizes and giveaways including homemade marshmallows, bacon brittle, gift certificates and Sweet Republic branded swag.

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    June 6, 2012

    Roasted Strawberry and Coconut Milk Paletas

    I'm obsessed with making my own paletas (popsicles). They're cold, sweet, won't heat up the kitchen, and don't require fancy kitchen gadgets aside from a popsicle mold. They're the perfect summer dessert. This recipe is especially simple. And if you make it soon, you'll still be able to buy strawb ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Home Edition of Six-Volume "Modernist Cuisine" Tome in the Works

    Nathan Myhrvold used to be the chief technology officer for Microsoft, then he retired and co-authored the $625, six-volume cookbook, "Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking." The book embraced the burgeoning field of molecular gastronomy and used some extreme techniques, including sawing ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Buy One, Get One Half-Off at Cool Gelato Italiano in Scottsdale

    Laura dropped a list of her favorite metro Phoenix gelato joints earlier this week and fortuitously, the fine folks over at Cool Gelato Italiano passed along a coupon good for a buy one, get one half-off deal. But first, a PSA from the friendly Vegan Police:

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    May 15, 2012

    Round Two with Lori Hashimoto of Hana Japanese Eatery

    Lori Hashimoto Hana Japanese Eatery 5524 N. Seventh Avenue 602-973-1238 www.hanajapaneseeatery.com This is part two of my interview with Lori Hashimoto, co-owner and sushi chef at Hana Japanese Eatery. In case you missed it, part one ran yesterday. Favorite Metro Phoenix restaurants other than yo ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Take Mom Out to Eat -- Free! Enter Our Mother's Day Essay Contest

    So, how's your mom's cooking? C'mon, be honest. This year, in honor of Mother's Day, Chow Bella really wants to know about your mother's skill with a skillet, whether she's a regular Julia Child or dinner always seem to go up in flames. So we're holding a good, old fashioned essay contest -- cal ... 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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    April 12, 2012

    The Famous Pinterest Rainbow Cake: Did We Succeed?

    Surely you've seen the rainbow cake. It's pretty darn popular. As my fellow Chow Bella-ite Amy Silvemran puts it, the rainbow cake is nothing less than "the holy grail of Pinterest." Pin Up Girl would be a farce if we didn't conquer this thing. So this week we spent three hours (which is a ver ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Sumac-Dusted French Fries with Roasted Garlic Dip

    Spice blends can be magical. With just the right amount of this and that, a well-crafted blend is greater than the sum of its parts. However, with up to 20 spices working in tandem, the individual pieces inevitably get lost and are impossible to distinguish. A blend definitely has its time and place ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Epicuriad in Photos

    On Friday, 11 of Arizona's top chefs flexed their food-pairing muscles at the second annual Epicuriad, the Beer for Brains Foundation's dinner event that pits beer against wine in a food fight to the finish. Chow Bella was provided a media pass to document the deliciousness, and with almost 30 beer ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    The Valley Needs Culture Kitchen

    Over the weekend, NPR reported on a company in San Francisco that is providing a service sorely needed in homes around the country. Culture Kitchen seeks to put bored grandmothers and housewives, well versed in the cooking arts of their home countries, to work teaching the current generation how to ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    The Daily Meal Dishes On the 60 (Plus) Coolest People in Food and Drink

    With Phoenix New Times Big Brain Awards just around the corner (finalists will be revealed soon with winners announced in April), it seems fitting The Daily Meal, the website of all things food and drink, has recently released their first annual list of who's the coolest in the industry for 2012. F ... 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 9, 2012

    Pin it! Pin it! Chow Bella Now Has Our Very Own "Pin It" Button

    ​That's right folks -- along with the standard issue Facebook like & share buttons, the tweet button, the Stumble Upon button, and the Google button, we now have a Pinterest button! Did you love our post about those pretty purple cupcakes? Then Pin it. Don't want to forget about any of Chef ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Calling All Cheese Heads -- It's (Almost) Time to Crack the Parmigiano Reggiano

    This Saturday (March 10th) at 1 p.m. Whole Foods across the globe (including our Tempe, Scottsdale, and Chandler locations) will be simultaneously cracking into wheels of their 24-month old Parmigiano Reggiano AKA Really Damn Good Cheese. As you can see in the video above, it's going to be cheese-t ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Where to Eat and Drink Near Goodyear Ballpark

    ​ Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds: Goodyear Ballpark All week long we're sharing suggestions of where to find breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks near each spring training stadium. Have a favorite spot baseball fans should hit? Leave it in the comments. Ohio is one of those Midwestern ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Where to Eat and Drink near HoHoKam Stadium

    Chicago Cubs: HoHoKam Stadium All week long we're sharing suggestions of where to find breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks near each spring training stadium. Have a favorite spot baseball fans should hit? Leave it in the comments. For the masses of fans who flock to the winter home of the Cubs ea ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Whipping Up that Bourbon Chocolate Milkshake from Pinterest

    ​This week I am introducing you to my new favorite  Pinterest indulgence:  The Bourbon Chocolate Milkshake!   The first thing you'll notice about this week's Pinterest-come-to-life selection is that it kind of sounds like a dance.  The second thing you'll notice is that this B ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Campechana Tostada: Mixed Sea Critters from Mariscos Sinaloa

    Erica O'NeilThe campechana tostada from Mariscos Sinaloa, packed with octopus and conch.​Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in the ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Ten Favorite Margaritas in Metro Phoenix

    pinterest.com​We don't really go for all the hoopla over the made-up holidays that have crept onto the calendar in recent times, thanks to clever marketers. You know, like Orange M&M Day and Brown Rice Tortilla Week. (We made those up, don't worry.) But there's one fabricated celebration w ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Churn's Monica Castillo: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    Starting today, we've got some introductions to make. Meet our Caramalpalooza candymakers, starting with Monica Castillo of Churn. Castillo, who's worked everywhere from the Parlor to the Valley Ho, is a pastry chef with a degree from Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts in Providence, Rhode ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Eleven Favorite Ice Cream Shops in Greater Phoenix

    Ever since Italy and France began making iced and flavored confections made from milk or cream in the 17th century, ice cream has become one of the most successfully cool, dairy-based treats on the planet. Not sorbet, ices, or gelato (we promise those lists will come later), here are 11 of our favor ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

    ​Valentine's Day -- and Arizona's 100th birthday -- aren't until next Tuesday, but that won't stop the lovey-dovey gallivanting from starting early.Whether you're single, taken, or desperate for a date, here are five things that'll keep you (and maybe help you get) busy this weekend. Tiffe Ferma ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Six Sweets for Super Bowl Sunday

    ​If you're planning a party for the big game this Sunday, we figure you've already got the basic four food groups -- chicken wings, chips, dip, and beer -- covered. But what about the sweets? It's not a party unless there's cake, right? And if you're not throwing the party but you have plans to t ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Seven Reasons Why Book Art Makes Me Uncomfortable

    ​Yeah, yeah, recycling is hot. And it's even better when you can use (and reuse) paper goods that often serve a one-time purpose. But throw a binding and a cover on that stack of paper, and you've got yourself a book -- maybe it's something you had to read in high school or something your friend g ... More >>

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