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    November 13, 2014

    The Cultured Pearl (Formerly Pearl Sushi Lounge) Is Now Open in Scottsdale

    Even if you never went there yourself chances are good that you've at least heard of Pearl Sushi Lounge. The now defunct restaurant was generally well-known among Scottsdale-ites as "that place with happy hour all day, every day"...which is probably the only reason people might miss the scene-over-c ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    Pie Social 2014: Who Won Our Pie-Ku Contest?

    Once again this year, Phoenix, you take the cake, er, pie for poetry! We had many excellent entries in our Pie-Ku contest, and two lucky winners -- as well as a runner up. The winners will join our line-up of esteemed judges at Pie Social this Saturday, Nov. 15. The event opens to the public at 2 ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Virtu Honest Craft in Scottsdale: Serving Simplicity Refined With Mediterranean Flavor

    Chef Gio Osso is getting a lot of acclaim from his new restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale and it's pretty easy to see why once you get a taste. From his artful presentation to his subtle hand at seasoning, his dishes showcase each component with confidence and finesse. Seared ahi tuna, smokey charred ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    What's the Rain Plan for Devoured 2014? (Hint: Don't Forget Your Umbrella)

    The annual Devoured Food and Wine Classic is one of our favorite culinary events of the year. Between the limited number of tickets and consistently impressive line up of restaurants and chefs, it's always an event to remember. But this year's event seems poised to deliver more than food and drink ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    $10 Lunch at Gordas Baja Taco in Phoenix

    Gordas Baja Taco meets the most important criteria of Baja-style Mexican food: Seafood is heavily present on their menu, and it's fresh without being overcooked.

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    January 24, 2014

    Croque Famous Sandwiches in Scottsdale: a Hoagie Shop with Korean Connections

    There are plenty of spots in north Scottsdale where you can get a hoagie or a BLT. But there's probably only one place in the entire Valley where you can also get a bowl of bibimbap. That is Croque Famous Sandwiches, a counter-service sandwich shop with Korean connections. Owner Lilian Park came to ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    10 Crazy Recipes for Your Holiday Cookie Exchange

    Tired of chocolate chip? These cookie recipes use unexpected ingredients like avocado, garlic, and beef jerky.

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    September 16, 2013

    Four Peaks Peach Ale: Now In Cans!

    Beer: Peach Ale Brewery: Four Peaks Brewing Co. Style: Fruit Beer ABV: 4.5 percent Screw you guys; I like fruit beer. A combative start to the column, sure, but a necessary one, for although craft beer has made immeasurable strides in becoming an accepted -- if not integral -- part of our drinki ... More >>

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    September 1, 2013

    Salut Kitchen Bar in Tempe Introduces Weekend Brunch

    This weekend, Salut Kitchen Bar joined the Tempe brunch scene in a big way, with Oreo pancakes, breakfast nachos, Cinnamon Toast Crunch fried chicken and waffles and other signature dishes.

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    July 12, 2013

    Royal Baby Pink and Blue Surprise at Sprinkles Cupcakes

    With the anticipation of the arrival of William and Kate's very Royal Baby -- and the subsequent announcement of the kid's gender -- Sprinkles Cupcakes is taking part in the guessing fun.

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    May 28, 2013

    Want to Own a Pair of Butcher Briefs? Vote Now to Make Them a Reality

    San Francisco chef Chris Cosetino -- you might recognize the name from The Next Iron Chef -- is well known for his offal obsession. But he might be making a name for himself for his obsession with creating some pretty awful (get it?) clothing designs. Case in point: the boxers pictured above, whic ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    Baby Eels Reappearing on British Menus for the First Time in 30 Years

    This season, fishermen in the U.K. have been able to pull extremely high numbers of elver eels out of Britian's River Severn. The baby eels, sometimes called glass eels, used to be a cheap regional treat but high demand boosted prices in the '70s and '80s, making the little worm-like fish too pricey ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Bao Bing, the Cool and Fruity Asian Treat, Gets Its Own Shop in Central Phoenix May 4

    Bao bing (pronounced bow-BING) has been a ubiquitous part of Asian cuisine for hundreds of years (seriously, it's been traced back to China as early as the seventh century A.D.) But here in the United States, the dessert made with finely shaved ice, fresh fruit, and flavored sugar syrup and condense ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    The Secret to the Perfect Margarita (Hint: It Does Not Include Agave Nectar)

    I just took a look at the calendar, and realized that Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. Never mind that it's barely a blip on the radar in Mexico; around here, it's become Cinco de Drinko, where it's socially acceptable to get wasted on crummy margaritas and horrible Mexican beer. If you're ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill to Open New Phoenix Location on April 22

    It's been about a year and a half since Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill announced it would build its newest Valley location on the southwest corner of 16th Street and Bethany Home Road. See also: - Chef Justin Beckett Opening Restaurant in Old Beef Eaters Building - "Arizona's Hottest New Patio" Opens ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Bacon-Flavored Mouthwash: Scope's Week-Long April Fool's Joke Crushes Bacon Lovers' Dreams

    Scope Mouthwash pulled off quite the April Fool's joke with its weeklong campaign to introduce consumers to a new product: bacon-flavored mouthwash. We'll admit, they really had us going, thanks to a dedicated product website and a well-produced video released a full four days before April 1. See ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Five Tips for Making DIY Fortune Cookies

    Ever since I saw these on Pinterest several months ago, I knew they would be perfect for Valentine's Day. I'm not much of a celebrator, I don't expect (nor would I want) diamonds, or anything of the sort, but I do like the idea of giving friends, family, and all those special people in our lives (n ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Gardenfly: A New Produce-Exchange Web Site from Seed Spot

    If you're like us, you have about 300 too many grapefruits right about now and your friends are pretty sick of you pawning them off on them. Maybe you've got the opposite problem: no grapefruits easily accessible to you, without some late night grand theft citrus. Luckily, there's now a local websit ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Make Your Own Hand-Pulled Cotton Candy

    When I set out to make this recipe, I had grand ideas about giving it away as Valentine's Day gifts. Now that I've gone through the process, I've changed my tune a little bit: make this recipe for Valentine's Day, but invite your loved ones to help you make it - because making it, in my opinion, w ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    DIY Lemon & Pink Grapefruit Marmalade

    Despite a year of experience blindly making things I've found on Pinterest, nothing could have prepared me for this marmalade. Now that I know a thing or two, I can see that I the recipe I chose was too large and complicated for a first attempt, but it was a good initiation. See Also: -DIY Cucumbe ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Holy Pumpkin Spice, Look at These Gingerbread Houses

    The Victoria, BC upscale hotel Inn at Laurel Point is running a national gingerbread house competition to support what else, Habitat For Humanity an organization devoted to constructing homes for the less fortunate. See Also: -Where to See Sweet Gingerbread House Displays in Phoenix -Kahlúa Ginge ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Perfect Popcorn By the Kernel

    Swiss design students have developed what has to be the least efficient method of popping popcorn possible. It's basically the exact opposite of the Popinator, which we reported on earlier. See Also: --New Gourmet Popcorn Shop in Scottsdale Features Ex-Exec Chef of Queen Creek Olive Mill's Del Pie ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Still Have Leftover Halloween Candy? We're Going to Tell You What to Do With It.

    Are you sick of Halloween candy yet? Before you make any drastic decisions to throw out the rest of your stash, take a look at these ideas. I went through a lot to make sure I didn't have any extra candy left at the end of the night (lucky, lucky trick-or-treaters!), but now I wish I had some so I ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Brain Cupcakes, Mummy Dip -- and Three Other Ways to Dress Up Your Halloween Party Table

    The key to a successful Halloween party, aside from the tasty beverages and costumes (of course), is in the details. While there will be plenty of opportunity for experiencing fright the next several days, feeling unprepared for your Halloween festivities should not be one of them. See also: Fiv ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    We Hardly Knew You: Time Machine Chefs

    ABC's Time Machine Chefs is best described as a combination of Chopped and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Four heroic chefs travel back in time to compete using the ingredients, tools, and techniques of the time period. The winners are crowned Greatest Chef in History. The losers? Left to fend ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    "Space Hot Dog" Sent On Journey Into the Unknown, Then Eaten

    Not to be outdone by NASA and its sexy mohawked engineers, the owners of Zog's Dogs have struck back with a bold video showing the first... hot dog in space (sorta). Actually it has two distinctions. The first unprotected hot dog to visit the upper atmosphere and the first hot dog to be recovered ... More >>

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    July 2, 2012

    Please Be Seated By Your Robot Overlords

    A restaurant run almost completely by robots has opened in Harbin, China. Robots greet diners at the Haohai Robot Themed Restaurant, take their orders, prepare their meals, and serve the meals to them. They even provide entertainment -- and possibly violate trademark -- by singing and "dancing" for ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    British Dinner Delivery Service Will Help You Fool Guests With Dirty Pots and Pans

    There's a scene in Mr. and Mrs. Smith when super-spy/assassin Angelina Jolie reveals that she never cooked a day of her life and that her shadowy employer provided hot prepared meals as part of her suburban wife cover story. That actually sounded like a pretty good perk and it appears that British-b ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    The Mexican Gyro: A Mighty, Mouthwatering Mash-Up of Flavor

    Greek and (especially) Mexican food are standards on the Valley's culinary scene, but it's a rare occasion when they're spotted in the same dish. Enter the Mexican Gyro, a mash-up sandwich of the most mighty and mouthwatering kind.

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    June 12, 2012

    Six Beers for Father's Day

    Beer is the perfect Father's Day gift -- namely because we've never known a dad to turn it down -- but some thought must be put into exactly what you get him. Here are six beer suggestions for whatever type of dad your dad might be.

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    June 6, 2012

    Summertime Wines: Sangrias, Sparklings, and Sunshine.

    All right, it's summertime (at least to this Oregon native it is). When I open my car door and could fire pottery in the heat blast I'm met with, I know we've arrived. I suppose oppressive heat and blistering sunshine are not the ideal conditions for drinking a big, earthy, tannic red wine (for so ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    DIY Cheez-Its

    My husband loves Cheez-Its. I can't stand it. They're overly processed and you can't buy them at Trader Joe's. So when I recently came across this on Pinterest, I immediately knew what my next blog post would be about. Making these at home eliminated about 15 unnecessary ingredients, including ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip -- Made with Garbanzo Beans (And It's Good, Not Just Good for You)

    Chow Bella shared this recipe on Pinterest a long time ago, before Pin Up Girl, on a board called "Dare you to try this." At first glance, I couldn't understand the dare. What's so daring about cookie dough dip? But then I looked at the recipe... What makes this rebellious is that this is a heal ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Make Your Own Macarons, Inspired by Pinterest

    Mmmmm, macarons. I love them. Mostly, I'm in love with the way they look. It's one of those desserts you actually feel bad biting into because you don't want to destroy its beauty. That makes them perfect for Pinterest. They're pricey, but after making them, I understand why. They're finicky littl ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Forty More Food(ie) Terms to Ban From Your Culinary Vocabulary

    Chow recently compiled a list of the 40 words they wish would go into the woods and make wounded animal noises. We've taken a look ourselves and have to agree with their consensus, particularly in light of Laurie Notaro's stable of doomed food words. Indeed, we see now that we will seriously need to ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Hipster Foodie Mauled By Bear to 80's New Wave Soundtrack in Very Satisfying Video

    It would appear that the internet sensed Laurie Notaro's unconstrained loathing for foodies and unleashed its own critique of food fetishists. Behold the Lonely Island-esque work of The Key of Awesome! and American Hipster and rejoice. Lampooned: Aggressive food photography, obnoxiously long descr ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Text to Win Phoenix Film Festival Passes and Chipotle Burritos

    The Phoenix Film Festival begins at the end of this month, bringing with it one of our favorite combos: film and food. This year the pairing gets even sweeter with a chance to win a pair of VIP passes along with dinner for ten at Chipotle. To further support the film festival, Chipotle has partnere ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Chef Christopher Wolf's Gazpacho

    For the past two days we've been talking with Chef Christopher Wolf of Arizona Culinary Institute. He's leading the ACI Food and Fitness Initiative in an effort to marry healthful living with the school's culinary educational program. Wolf competes in marathons and triathlons, setting an inspiring ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Chef Christopher Wolf of Arizona Culinary Institute

    Meet Chef Christopher Wolf, hybrid of outdoor-adventurer and health-conscious culinarian. Wolf teaches at Arizona Culinary Institute and has worked in top-tier kitchens in Virginia and Las Vegas. When he's not in either the kitchen or the classroom, you'll probably find him outside. As an avid mar ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Sprinkles Cupcakes Beverly Hills Now Has An ATM -- A Cupcake ATM

    ​No Joke. Sprinkles is now in the 24-hour automated cupcake business. No longer will one have to stand in a long line waiting for middle-aged women to have the cashier describe every single flavor twice only to decide on a cupcake of the vanilla chocolate variety because she "just loves chocolate. ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Paper, Not Plastic: Do You Have Your Copy of Quick PHX Yet?

    Yeah, yeah, we're all about the smartphone these days, but sometimes don't you dream about putting down that iPhone and flipping through something real, something paper? Something you can rustle, turn the pages down on, tear pictures from and stick them on a real bulletin board? (Sorry, Pinterest.) ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Where to Eat and Drink Near Camelback Ranch

    ​ Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox: Camelback Ranch 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. Widely considered one of the crown ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    DanceMission, Arizona Carnaval, and Beer Week Over the Weekend

    ​DanceMission @ Madison Event Center Being able to witness an artist as skilled as 12th Planet (currently one of only a handful of truly great dubsteppers in the world) perform an epic set both in his prime and at the apex of his popularity is something any EDM fan should do.​Carnaval AZ at ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Strong Beer Fest 2012: Totally Worth the Wait

    ​By the looks of the lines, the fact that Tops Liquor went through 5000 bottles of water, and the throbbing pain in my forehead, I'd say the 2012 Strong Beer Fest was a success. Check out our slideshow here, and read on for details of the best -- and not-so-best -- beers of the day.  ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Owners of Lee Lee International Supermarket Talk History, Journey, Future in New Video

    Who doesn't love walking the aisles of a Lee Lee International Supermarket? With locations in Peoria, Chandler, and Tucson, it's the "Small World After All" of grocery stores, with scads of everything Asian -- from jackfruit, Korean daikon, and six different kinds of choy -- to Caribbean, African, ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Super Giant Prawn Found; It Doesn't Look As Tasty as It Sounds

    You're welcome. I knew you couldn't live without seeing this super giant prawn for yourself. Last week, scientists on a deep sea research mission off the coast of New Zealand came across something huge -- a super giant amphipod, aka a MASSIVE prawn. The scientists found seven of these unrealistic ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    In Season: Creamy Carrot Soup

    Lately, in this In Season series, we're taking a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week I'm using carrots and onions.

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    February 1, 2012

    Jason Olsen's Jager Beer

    Jason Olsen at Chaser's Bar & Night Club in Scottsdale admits he'll give the wasted one's with slurred words, well, a fruity Kamakazi or something. But for friends, lovers, and those of us in need of something sassy, unique and infused with boozey creativity, Olsen brings us the "Jager Beer"-- an ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Trunk Space Hosts Nerd Swap and Shop in February

    ​Downtown Phoenix art hangout the Trunk Space has been a haven for nerdy pursuits since it opened in 2004. Over the years, the venue has hosted poetry nights, dudes playing chiptune music on their Gameboys, and geeks thumbing through bins of used records and back issues of comic books.So it seems ... More >>

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