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    October 17, 2014

    5 Places in Metro Phoenix to Pick Your Own Pumpkins and Other Fall Produce

    Now that the weather is cooling down, it seems like a good time to pick some nice pumpkins, squash, kale, and other vegetables just in time for fall. Here are five of our favorites from around the state. Today The Simple Farm is hosting a pumpkin patch. If you don't make it to that, here are a few ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014
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    October 7, 2014

    Gertrude's at The Desert Botanical Garden

    I was determined, while dining at Gertrude's, not to be distracted by the chatter of tourists seated at tables on either side of mine at this Desert Botanical Garden hotspot. Fortunately, the food on Gertrude's recently redesigned menu was mostly so dreary, it was impossible to think of much else. ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014
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    April 25, 2014

    9 Places to Pick Your Own Produce in Arizona

    The spring growing season is well underway, but as much as we love our artichokes and onions, what we're really excited about is peach season. Very soon we'll be able to pick fresh peaches and soon after that apricots, melons, and more at farms all over the city and state. Here are nine places where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Perry Rea of Queen Creek Olive Mill on What Makes Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil Good

    This is part two of our interview with Perry Rea, owner of Queen Creek Olive Mill. Today, the certified olive oil sommelier explains the differences between good and bad extra virgin olive oil and gives us advice on how pick good oil. If you missed part one, in which we learned how the mill makes Ar ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014
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    January 16, 2014
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    December 23, 2013

    Florence Explores Purchase of Johnson Utilities, Questions Abound

    Florence is exploring the purchase of Johnson Utilities, one of the largest private water and sewer companies in Arizona, which services the San Tan Valley and parts of the town. Some of the players involved are talking about the potential sale as a done deal. But there remain numerous unanswered q ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013
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    September 24, 2013

    It's Fall: Pass the Cassoulet

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. Cooler weather is upon us! October is the month during which I check the five different weather apps on my phone, hoping that one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    5 Things To Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here's what we've got on our plate this week. Beyond Frybread - Discovering Diné Nuevo Cuisine This Thursday, July 18, Tertio winebar chef Renetto-Mario Etsitty will create a one-of-a-kind Navajo-influenced menu for "Beyond Frybre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    India Plaza in Tempe: What We Bought, What We Skipped, and What We're Still Lusting Over

    The Spot: India Plaza See Also: - Bold, South Indian Cuisine at Karaikudi Palace in Scottsdale - Peaches at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek: It's Not Too Late! - 15 Summer Festivals in Metro Phoenix and Across Arizona

  • Dining

    June 13, 2013
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    June 10, 2013

    The 10 Best Things To Eat and Drink at Chase Field

    With the crack of a bat and the crunch of a roasted peanut, baseball season has returned and in Phoenix that means thousands of fans packing into Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Besides being a great stadium to catch a game, Chase has plenty to offer Valley's bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 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: - Food Truck Caravan Rolls into Downtown Scottsdale Starting This Saturday Night - Drive-Thru Tacos and Tapas Come to Peoria (By Way of Las Vegas) Schnepf Farms Peach Festival ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Is Having a "Redneck Day" at School a Poor Choice?

    Students at Queen Creek High School, with the apparent blessing of the school's administrators, had a "Redneck Day" at school this week for the purposes of "school spirit."As you can probably imagine, things went a little sour when one student showed up draped in a Confederate flag.See also:-"Rednec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    10 Best Country Bars in Metro Phoenix

    Practically every Western film one can think of has at least one saloon scene, a place where the sound of honky tonk piano creates the mood, where the town folk mix with the cowboys and ranchers, the gamblers and outlaws rub shoulders with the Marshall and his deputies, and the mustachioed bartende ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    January Openings and Closings

    This month we bid adieu to longtime Valley restaurant Oaxaca Restaurant and Cantina but we also welcomed a few new ones, including a couple coffee shops and a spot in Queen Creek that serves traditional Dominican food. See Also: --Metro Phoenix's 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings --November O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Dominican Food Comes to Queen Creek -- Wait, What?

    For many, hearing the news that there is traditional comida Dominicana in the Valley is a lot like seeing a shirtless Bradley Cooper in a spin class: There is squealing and some people may accidentally hurt themselves from the excitement. See also: Speakeasy Saloon & Grill Opens in Chandler and Tem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    AndyTalk: Spaghetti Squash ... It's Comfort Food, It's Healthy, and It's Procrastinator-Friendly

    It's 5 P.M., I just got back from and out-of-town wedding, I'm hungry, and the only thing I know for sure is that I'm staying home. I have a spaghetti squash on my counter, and some cherry tomatoes that I put in the refrigerator before I left for the wedding. I know that tomatoes ought not be refr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Five Favorite CSAs in Metro Phoenix

    If your resolution to eat healthier this year came early, or if you're interested in supporting local farms, now is the time to join a CSA. Community Supported Agriculture gives you a convenient, direct way to get food from farms, typically in the form of weekly "shares." It allows you to enjoy sea ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Classic Cooking Academy Opens New Restaurant, Aptly Called Test Kitchen, in North Scottsdale

    For music fans, seeing a band before they become famous is pretty flippin' cool. So why not hitch your wagon to a rising star of the culinary world as well? You may be able to find one at North Scottsdale's Classic Cooking Academy. The non-profit culinary school, opened in 2006, recently announced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    New Steakhouse Coming to Chandler

    Meat lovers looking for the next new bone-in steak or juicy burger in the southeast Valley should point their respective canines in the direction of Chandler -- more specifically, Chop Chandler. The new steakhouse and grill is planned to open at 2625 West Queen Creek Road (Dobson and Queen Creek) i ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Pinal County: Voters Will Narrow Candidates in Hotly Contested Sheriff, Board of Supervisor Races

    The seven-way race for Pinal County Sheriff will likely be whitled down to three candidates tonight after election workers tally early ballots and those cast today at the polls in the Primary Election. Glenn Millsaps of Collidge, and Kevin Taylor of Maricopa are competing for the Democratic slot o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Receives Liquor License Approval

    See Also: Craft Beer of the Week: Bell's Oarsman Ale Good news, East Valley Craft beer lovers. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. just received approval for their Series 3 Domestic Microbrewery Liquor License! That means that the Kickstarter assisted brewery that will eventually be housed at 721 N. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    37: Damon Brasch

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Six Spots to Get Fresh Local Produce All Summer Long

    You might be under the assumption that when the summer heat arrives, the farmers markets shut down. You'd only be partially right. Some crazy folks keep the veggies coming all summer long. Lucky us. Here are six spots in the Valley. Know of others? Please leave word in the comments section.

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Chef Aaron May Popping Up for Dinner at Sam Fox's Bar North

    Somewhere between chef and restaurateur Aaron May opening Praying Monk in Scottsdale (and being locked out of his taco shop, Vitamin T, at CityScape after a landlord-tenant dispute) and restaurateur Sam Fox announcing the addition of a seafood concept to his second Arizona Culinary Dropout location ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Odd Future Fans Tag Queen Creek Homes and Property With Graffiti Inspired By the Band

    Numerous residents of Queen Creek and around the San Tan Valley have spent the past few days cleaning up a rash of grafitti and vandalism that was inflicted upon their homes and property by a pack of unknown hooligans. Here's the kicker: The vandalism was likely inspired by weirdo rap act Odd Futu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Ten Favorite Metro Phoenix Jukeboxes

    See also: Top 10 Songs for Jukebox Warfare In the hands of a capable coin-popper, an Internet jukebox can be a great thing. A little far out Tropicália? That sounds nice. Some classic funk from Parliament? Yes, please. The deep cuts cost more, but can really set the mood. So we're not putting dow ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012
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    March 20, 2012

    Queen Creek Olive Mill's New Bacon Olive Oil is Vegan. Wanna Know How it Tastes?

    We heard about the Bacon Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Queen Creek Olive Mill last month and decided we need to get our hands on a bottle and give it a little look-see and taste. Even though Queen Creek is within the Phoenix Metro Area, we still had to pay $15 for shipping to Phoenix, in addition to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Feds: Alleged Doctor Feel-Good Used Fraudulent AHCCCS Cash to Buy Arabian Horse

    WikipediaThe feds say Dr. Angelo Chirban and his ex-wife used money they scammed from the state health care program to buy an Arabian horse like the one pictured above.​A federal grand jury returned an indictment this morning alleging that a Queen Creek pain management doctor billed the state heal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Cary Dolego, Queen Creek Man Homeless in Ukraine, Gets Rejected by "Yulia"

    Image: ABC NewsCary Dolego of Queen Creek was interviewed by ABC News back in March for a story on international matchmaking. After the camera crew went home, he stayed in the Ukraine, being found this week in a train station among homeless people. ​ Cary Dolego, the love-seeking Queen Creek m ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011
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    October 20, 2011

    Trophy's Steakhouse Hosts Ballast Point Beer Dinner

    ​What happens when some of San Diego's premier craft beers are paired with the (RAWR!) wildness of the Midwest? Only twenty people get to find out. At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28, Trophy's, the "hunter's steakhouse" in Queen Creek owned by big-game hunter Kevin Dettler, will be pairing me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Incoming: AWOLNATION, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Tesla

      This week happens to be a rather slow week as far as incoming artists announcements go. To be fair -- we've been bombarded with numerous exciting announcements lately, so a week of returning favorites should do us good. AWOLNATION, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Tesla, and other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Talavera's Locally Grown Dinner and Chicken Tortilla Soup in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Locally Grown Dinner  Tomorrow, September 16, join Four Seasons Resort restaurant Talavera and executive chef Mel Mecinas for a special eveni ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Good News: Horse Herpes Contained

    ​According to the Arizona Department of Agriculture, the horse herpes that have plagued Arizona equine for over a month has been contained.In mid-May, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced that an Arizona horse tested positive for the Equine Herpes Virus.

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    May 20, 2011

    Phoenix Farmers Who Tweet

    This week in our Follow Friday feature, we're highlighting a few of the Phoenix farmers who tweet all about the blood sweat tears of food production in the desert.​Superstition Farm (@superfarm) The Mesa-based dairy farm tweets ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Horse Herpes Forces Closure of Queen Creek Park

    A horse in Arizona does.​An outbreak of horse herpes has forced the closure of a Queen Creek Park.Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre will be closed through at least June 2 to prevent the spread of the horse herpes, which is currently spreading throughout the Southwest.

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    May 13, 2011

    Schnepf Farms Peach Festival and Peach Salsa in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Peaches! Celebrate peach season at the Peach Festival this weekend at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek. Get there bright and early for the peach pancake breakfast then get your pickin' hands r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    The Five Most Obnoxious Food Movements​We truly live in a golden age of food awareness. Where once Americans ate whatever grew or grazed around them, we now find a nation of extra-regional culinary tribes; whole dietary religions based on what food we should or shouldn't put in our bodies, how we prepare it, an ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 3, 2009
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    March 16, 2009

    Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, and Other Stars Lend Autographs for Queen Creek Conjoined Twins Fundraiser

    Jane Fonda, Alice Cooper, Susan Sarandon and other stars have signed parasols that will be sold next month as a fundraiser for Queen Creek conjoined twins who share a heart. The OneHeart Umbrella Campaign is being chaired by old-school celeb Debbie Reynolds, one of the stars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Food-centric Events This Weekend

    You know the post-holiday lull is finally over when there are almost -- almost -- too many things going on. Not a bad thing, especially when you like a few eating options. Today through Sunday, celebrate the Year of the Ox at Phoenix Chinese Week's Culture and Cuisine Festival. The food pavilion se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    East Valley Tribune Coverage Shrinking Even in Core Areas of Mesa and Chandler, Sources Say

    By Ray Stern Trib Publisher Julie Moreno Follow the money. That’s sound advice for any investigative journalist. And it’s a key aspect of the drastic new business plan for the East Valley Tribune . As previously reported in this blog and by the Trib itself, the corporate owners of the lon ... More >>

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    September 15, 2008

    Earth Dance 2008

    By Yvonne Zusel You would never guess it to witness the ease at which glow sticks flew through the air on Saturday night into Sunday morning, but Earthdance 2008 almost didn’t happen. Originally meant to be held at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, the event venue was changed Friday night to Boo’ ... More >>

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    September 10, 2008

    Martin Cizmar takes over as Music Editor at Phoenix New Times

    After covering the local and national music scene for the past two years, I will be moving on to a Staff Writer position here at Phoenix New Times. I have immensely enjoyed immersing myself in music and have met so many amazing people during the course of my tenure as Music Editor. But I am ... More >>

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