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    July 25, 2014

    How to Make a Samoan Fogcutter Cocktail

    It amuses me to no end to watch local news outlets treat summer in Phoenix like a newsworthy event. The Sonoran Desert gets hot in July? The hell you say! Give me something else to think about besides an oppressive climate. Give me a tropical cocktail by a pool surrounded by tiki torches. Better, g ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014
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    April 25, 2014

    How to Make a La Florida Cocktail

    As summer descends once more upon the Valley, my mind shifts to tropical drinks. Well, it's never really shifted away from tropical drinks. I guess the better thing to say is that my tropical drink instinct is getting into high gear. It's not quite time for me to break out the blender for slushy pa ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    How to Make a Jungle Bird Cocktail

    Sometimes behind the bar, you have your own personal trends. Take, for example, this week's cocktail. A year or two ago, I got on a streak of making this drink for almost everyone I knew. I sang its praises far and wide. But somehow, it never made it into Chow Bella. Then last week some friends and ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    The Breadfruit vs. The Duce: Mojito Mambo

    Mojito - white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. Refreshing on a hot summer's day. Necessity when you are a prominent author sipping them in a Cuban bar called La Bodeguita del Medio. Cheers, Hemingway! Made famous by Ernest Hemingway, the birthplace of the mojito is suspected to b ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    How to Make a Bushwacker Cocktail

    It's nice to have a finely crafted drink. These days, a well-made frozen piña colada or margarita is especially delicious. But sometimes, I want to let down my hair. I want something that I can throw together with a minimum of fuss that's still delicious and full of booze. That's where this week's ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    The Secrets to Making an Awesome Piña Colada

    One can hardly discuss frozen drinks without bringing up one of the best-known items in the category, the piña colada. A trip to the Caribbean wouldn't be complete without one. It's so popular in its birthplace, Puerto Rico, that it was named the country's official drink in 1978. See Also: How to ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Breadfruit in Downtown Phoenix to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary on May 16

    We kind of can't believe it's already been half a decade since the Jamacian restaurant The Breadfruit opened in downtown Phoenix. See also: - Cheuvront Restaurant in Phoenix to Close at the End of May - Dwayne Allen of Rum Bar Gives a Tasty Tutorial on Rum To thank customers for the years of loy ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    10 Favorite Summer Cocktail Tips from Chow Bella's Resident Bartender, JK Grence

    For more than a year now, Shady's bartender and regular Chow Bella contributor JK Grence, has been providing invaluable advice to the alcohol-infused masses with his "Last Call" column. Considering this grand milestone, we decided to take a look back at some of his best tips as we head into the summ ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013
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    February 15, 2013

    Drink Like Hemingway with a Josie Russell Cocktail

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. With both Arizona Cocktail Week and Arizona Beer Week coming up fast (T ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    3 Hot (Literally) Cocktails in Downtown Phoenix

    When temperatures in Phoenix are lower than they are in Anchorage, Alaska - you know it's time for a drink. Fortunately, these three Phoenix based bars are serving up drinks both hot and heavy - perfect for the over 21 in need of a solution to the under 21 (well, it feels that way) weather. See Als ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Dwayne Allen of Rum Bar Gives a Tasty Tutorial on Rum

    If you've ever been inclined to dismiss rum as a legitimate spirit because of slushy vats of hot pink strawberry daiquiris, flaming tiki drinks or frat boys chugging Bacardi and Coke, hang on one little minute. Dwayne Allen, who co-owns The Breadfruit and Rum Bar with his partner Danielle Leoni, is ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Another Way to Get that Coquito Buzz this Christmas

    While some folks can't call it Christmas without their eggnog, we like to sip Coquito during those all-night gift-wrapping binges. We have another, faster, recipe for the popular Puerto Rican holiday cóctel. This one removes the egg yolks and blends three kinds of booze into a creamy coconut base w ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Creating Fall Cocktails with Belinda Chang and Julie Hillenbrand at J&G

    Ever wonder how new cocktails are created? On a recent Friday afternoon, I found out at J&G Steakhouse, where Belinda Chang, the six-month-new beverage director for Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group (a company in partnership with Starwood Hotels that uses menus created by Jean-Georges Vongerichten ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    How to Make the Perfect Mai Tai

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. After working for five years at the now-shuttered Trader Vic's in Scott ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    The Hemingway Daiquiri: Frozen Isn't Always Froufrou

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, in which Shady's bartender JK Grence serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. See Also: Classic, Straight-Up Daiquiri Ask most bartenders what they th ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    We Challenged Five Metro Phoenix Bartenders to Make a Drink Called "The Haboob": Here's What They Poured

    See also: Laurie Notaro's Recipe for Haboob Brownies If New Orleans can have The Hurricane (a cocktail typically mixed with rum and fruit juice or grenadine), we figure it's high time someone invented The Haboob. And so for the past few weeks, we've scoured the streets of Phoenix in search of barte ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    The Tale of Two Suffering Bastards

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. See Also: Trader Vic's original Mai Tai, from yours truly. This coming ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012
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    July 16, 2012

    11 Favorite Summer Cocktails from Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    Toss the gin and tonic. And don't settle for a mediocre margarita. We've got 11 fresh summer cocktails that will have you dreaming of July all year long (really). Bottoms up. Tennessee Peach at Del Frisco's Grille Who doesn't love fresh, juicy peaches in the summer? So just imagine them in a cockta ... More >>

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    June 24, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Rum Bar Launches A-RUM-a-Therapy Social Hour: $5 Rum Punch to Cure All Y'all's Ills

    Dwayne Allen and Danielle Leoni bring a taste of the Caribbean to downtown Phoenix via The Breadfruit and Rum Bar -- the one a cheery Jamaican restaurant and the other a cozy hideaway featuring more than 100 brands of premium rum. Now that summer is in full swing, the two have decided customers need ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Make It Right: The Jamaican Ten-Speed

    If you've lived around here for more than a few years, you're probably familiar with a little drink called the Jamaican Ten-Speed. Odds are good that your favorite bartender will whip up one for you in the blink of an eye. Then you go on vacation in the Caribbean. A Jamaican Ten-Speed sounds like a ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Rum Bar's Pilfered Lemon Blossom Tincture: The End Definitely Justifies the Means

    Spring is fast becoming a distant memory, but Dwayne Allen and Danielle Leoni of The Breadfruit and Rum Bar captured a lovely bit of it and stuck it in a jar. About two months back, they found a lemon tree loaded with blossoms (more on that momentarily). What they eventually created, with help fro ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Taking It Slow: Some Great Drinks Take Time

    A friend recently handed me the February 2012 issue of Esquire magazine. Sticking out the side was a Post-It with three huge question marks and an arrow pointing inside. The arrow pointed to the cover story, "Agree: Bill Clinton and 78 Other Things We Can All Agree On". Specifically, it pointed to " ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Mojito Season Is Open!

    It's that time of year when my thoughts turn away from warm, comforting Irish Coffees and Hot Buttered Rums. Balmy days like these call for a light, refreshing tipple. Few drinks can match the refreshing power of a personal favorite, the Mojito. Problem is, it's next to impossible to find a well-cra ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Sipping Rums: Beyond Bacardi

    After working at Trader Vic's for its entire five-year run at the beautiful Hotel Valley Ho, I developed quite an appreciation for rum. Most people's familiarity with rum is limited to a mere two brands: Bacardi and Captain Morgan. Sometimes people are also familiar with Sailor Jerry. It's a crying ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Three Favorite Phoenix Rum Cocktails

    The Dark & Stormy cocktail at J&G Steakhouse is the perfect late-summer cooler​Crisp, citrus-y and mixed liberally with ice, a nice tropical tipple is the perfect late-summer cooler. Here are three Valley bars serving up great rum cocktails. 1. The Dark & Stormy at the J&am ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Five Phoenix Bars that should be on the Best Bars in America List

    courtesy of​Lets face it: Living in Phoenix means having a love/hate relationship with Phoenix, especially when it's balls hot and there's absolutely nothing to do other than drink cold beer inside our favorite air conditioned drinking establishment. But that's just it. Yeah ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    The Rum Bar at Breadfruit: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Dark & Stormy and a Spinach Patty (Pat-tee) at Rum Bar.​The Spot: Rum Bar, the adjoining lounge next to the Jamaican eatery The Breadfruit, is located at 108 E Pierce, Phoenix, 602- 267-1266. The Hours: 5-7pm, weekdays. The Details: The Happy Hour of ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    This Week In Chow Bella

    Another week has come and gone leaving us to ponder the upcoming events that will shape our lives and, more importantly, our dinners out. But before we move on, let's have one last look at the blog posts from this week. Tradiciones Closes for Remodeling New in CenPho: Rum Bar at The Breadfruit Ci ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    New in CenPho: Rum Bar at The Breadfruit

    ​Dwayne Allen and Danielle Leoni, the folks behind cheerful Jamaican restaurant The Breadfruit, just opened Rum Bar in the space next door to the restaurant, serving nearly 70 kinds of premium rum, from smooth, young spirits to exquisite aged reserve varieties. There are also several kin ... More >>