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    June 2, 2014

    Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza's Barrio Queen to Open in Gilbert

    We've got more good news for Gilbert food lovers. In addition to the already impressive lineup of local restaurants with plans to open in the southeast Valley suburb, chef Silvana Salcido Esparza has announced plans to open a fourth restaurant in Gilbert.

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    May 21, 2014

    The Two Most Important Food Words Have Been Added to the Dictionary

    Two of the best foods in the whole world are now officially words in the eleventh iteration of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. Joining 148 other new (less important) words like turducken and freegan, the food world is making its mark this year, along with the ever-expanding requisite bunc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Soft Openings Are Out of Control

    Once upon a time in a land without Yelp and Twitter, restaurants fell into one of two categories: Open or closed. But these days the situation has become decidedly less black and white. In recent months I've dined at a number of Valley restaurants that have decided to open their doors for business - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Krispy Kreme's Day of the Dozens: Buy One Dozen Doughnuts, Get Another Dozen Free Today

    As far as date-related marketing gimmicks go, this has to be one of the sweetest. In celebration of what Krispy Kreme Doughtnuts is calling Day of the Dozens -- as in December 12 or 12/12 (get it?) -- the national chain is offering a special BOGO deal.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Oregano's Coming to Cave Creek

    On the heels of opening of its first West Valley location in Glendale last week (6738 West Bell Road), Oregano's Pizza Bistro, the local pizzeria chain headed up by CEO Mark Russell, has announced plans to open a new location in Cave Creek. "We've found a really cool, and truly old, spot for our n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Amy and Derrick Ross, Bisbee's Nowhere Man And A Whiskey Girl, Have Died

    In what's already been a bummer of a week for local music after the recent passing of local folk guitarist Andrew Duncan Brown, we have more saddening news to report. Amy and Derrick Ross, the Bisbee couple behind popular folk/Americana duo Nowhere Man And A Whiskey Girl, have died. Amy Ross, 39, p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Tucson Swim Coach Accused of Uploading Child Porn to Social Media Website (D'oh!)

    Lesson of the day: Social media is a good way to connect with friends, but a bad way to share child porn.The Tucson police department says a local swim coach was arrested after uploading images of child-pornography to a social media site.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    How Jay-Z and Samsung's Revolutionary App Is As Gross As Farmville

    Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is--well, I haven't listened to it yet. (iPhone 3GS users are actually barred from owning it until they upgrade to a newer device.) This isn't a review of the album, except to say that I think "BBC," with its bizarre, layered production and conciliatory Nas verse, is r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Jeff Flake's Son Calls Himself "N1ggerKiller"

    If you're looking for someone to play in the iPhone game "Fun Run," you can add Republican Senator Jeff Flake's 15-year-old son Tanner, who plays under the name "N1ggerKiller."The teenager's offensive gaming screen name is just one slur he used on his Twitter account, which also includes statements ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Beefy Crunch Burrito Fan Gets Inked, Because He Promised Taco Bell He Would

    Consider yourselves warned: Promise Taco Bell that you'll tattoo a burrito on your body if they bring back your favorite menu item and they will take you up on the offer. See also: 10 Best/Worst Pizza Tattoos At least that's what the company is saying went down recently with Beefy Crunch Burrito ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    CLOSED: Sam Fox's Modern Steak in Scottsdale

    Just shy of two weeks following the opening of Little Cleo's, his new fish house and oyster bar at The Yard in north Central Phoenix, restaurateur Sam Fox has shuttered Modern Steak, his contemporary steakhouse in the Scottsdale Fashion Square. See also: - CLOSED: Davanti Enoteca in North Scottsdal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Amy's Baking Company: My 103.9's Monti Carlo Interviews Amy and Samy Bouzaglo

    Despite recieving notice from Kitchen Nightmares producers that media interviews might be a pretty dangerous proposition, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo of the imfamous Amys Baking Company went on air with My 103.9 radio morning show host Monti Carlo on Monday. "I'm not proud of my behavior on the show and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Peoria Cop Demoted for Shot-Up Obama Shirt Credited With Saving Life of Shot MCSO Deputy

    The Peoria Police Department will host a meeting Wednesday between Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ruben Garcia -- who was shot in the face in January while responding to a call -- and the two Peoria cops credited with saving his life.One of those Peoria cops is Ryan Bakke, and the other is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    FlashFood Recovery Nominated for Coolest College Start-Up

    Bothered by the large amount of food waste in the industry, whether it's from a restaurant, grocery store, or catered event? The team at FlashFood Recovery has an innovative way to get extra food into hungry bellies, and you're just one Facebook "like" away from showing your support. Homegrown at Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Want to Work at St. Francis or Aaron Chamberlin's New Restaurant? Job Fair at the Phoenix Public Market This Saturday, April 13

    We've been staring at the empty windows of the former Phoenix Public Market for quite a while now and the pain is only that much more acute since we're also impatiently waiting for Aaron Chamberlin to open his next restaurant in the space. He announced his plans to take over the downtown Phoenix bui ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013
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    February 22, 2013

    Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic is Officially Sold Out -- Royal Palms Offers Hope for the Ticketless

    With about two weeks to go till the big event, the Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic is sold out -- both days. And while luck rarely favors those who procrastinate, sometimes, well, it just does. That would especially be the case if you snagged the prizes of the "Ultimate Food Weekend Sweepstakes" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Phoenix Resident Who Submitted Chicken & Waffles as New Lay's Potato Chip Flavor Now Poised to Win One Million Bucks

    So the pope quit, President Obama said something last night, and the latest travel craze involves pooping into bags on a cruise ship. Now that the small stuff's taken care of, we can get onto what the world's really talking about: The three finalists in the Lay's potato chips "Do Us A Flavor" contes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Admit It. You Love Oregano's Pizza Cookie, Too.

    The Guilty Pleasure: Where To Get It: Oregano's Pizza Bistro, 9 locations valleywide Price: $5 (cheap!) What It Really Costs: Snobby friends will see your Foursquare checkin and respond, "Oh God, you ate where?!" One of my favorite things about Phoenix foodies is their love/hate relationship with O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Mesa's Monsterland Bar & Grill Closing Its Doors

    It's time to say good-boo!-eye to Monsterland Bar & Grill, the horror-themed restaurant and nightclub on downtown Mesa's Main Street. See also: Mesa's Monsterland to Close Next Weekend on Jackalope Ranch Originally a two-story haunted house and slasher movie museum that opened in September 2011, M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    CLOSED: Narcisse Champagne & Tea Lounge

    Bubbles, bubbles everywhere -- or, at least there were up until last week. That's when Narcisse Champagne & Tea Lounge, the luxurious, 6,000-square-foot hangout featuring over 200 kinds of bubbly, shut its doors for good. Narcisse, which opened in January 2011 in the Scottsdale Quarter, came courte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Barack Obama T-Shirt Shooting: Peoria Cop's Demotion Upheld

    Erstwhile Peoria Police Sergeant Pat Shearer remains Officer Pat Shearer for posting a picture on Facebook of a bunch of kids who'd apparently just shot up a T-shirt depicting President Obama.A city spokesman says the three-member personnel board upheld the demotion, but reduced the amount of unpaid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Chick-fil-A "Kiss-In" Protest Today: Puckering Up for Gay Rights

    See also: Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Brings Out Supporters; Protesters' Kiss-In Planned for Friday; Says Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriot, "They Used to Have Something Called 'Hot Brown' and It Was So Good!" (Mm, Sinful) Just two days after backers of Chick-fil-A showed their support for company ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Wasted Velvet in Tempe Closes

    See also: Pussycat Lounge in Scottsdale Closes Anyone brimming with dreams of bringing their killer nightclub concept to the ASU crowd now has a vacant spot in which to make it a reality: Tempe lounge and dance joint Wasted Velvet, located just off Mill Avenue, announced it's closing earlier today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Free Sprinkles Cupcakes Tonight!

    ​FREE CUPCAKES!!!!! We love free cupcakes and we bet that you do, too. Starting last night, Sprinkle's Cupcakes in Scottsdale will be staying open until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 8 p.m. on Sundays. And to celebrate their new extended hours, they are giving away one of their heavily ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Joe Arpaio: I Have Friends! So Many Friends! (On the Internet)

    ​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio put out a press release today to brag about how many friends he has on the Internet -- again.We're not aware of any 15-year-old girls who run large law-enforcement agencies, but we're pretty sure this is the exact kind of thing they'd write a press release abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    We're Doomed: Robots Give Sweet and Smelly Incentives for Social Media Activity

    Welcome to the Morning Buzz, a catch-up on interesting happenings around the city and country and a quick guide to what (and who) to keep your eyes on. We'll be here, first thing every weekday, to get you going. Here's what's buzzing this morning: ​For those who have always dreamt of being lab rat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Coming Soon, New Farm-Focused Etsy-Style Marketplace: Farm Made

    ​We were psyched to hear about this new etsy-style site geared toward the farming focused community called Farm Made. They describe it as "a place to buy & sell handmade farm goods, unique crafts, or vintage items."   More about Farm Made after the jump.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Arizona Republic Says Sayonara to Anonymous Commenting

    ​The days of sounding off about the day's news under the anonymity of the Interwebs have come to an end at Arizona's paper of record.Arizona Republic editor and vice president for news Randy Lovely announced yesterday that readers would no longer be able to comment on stories on the paper's websit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Peachcake Gives Away Customized iPod for Facebook "Like"'s

    This is the iPod you could win from Peachcake​Local electro pop band Peachcake may be just one of the most social media savvy bands in the Phoenix area. The group crafted a cool Facebook "Like" drive, where you can enter to win a customized iPod simply for "Liking" their Facebook page. Existing fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Follow Friday: Breakfast On the Brain

    Royal Coffee ​It's that time again. We've compiled a small but meaningful list of great Twitter accounts for any Phoenix foodie to follow. If you're like us, you love breakfast at all times of the day. If you're looking for the latest scoop from some of the best breakfast spots in the Valley ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Follow Friday: Phoenix Food Photographers

    It's that time again. We've compiled a small but meaningful list of great Twitter accounts for any Phoenix foodie to follow. If you've ever wondered who was the creative photographer behind some of your favorite food pics, here they are. Rick Gayle ​Rick Gayle (@rickgayle) Has snapped pics ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Joe Arpaio: "I Don't Use Computers" -- as Posted on His Twitter Page

    Joe Arpaio's Twitter page​It's no secret that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio doesn't know how to use a computer. It's also fairly obvious that he uses "ghost Tweeters" to update his Twitter page. But to have his minions brag about his computer illiteracy -- under the guise of being Arpaio --&n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Eat With Me: Start Your Own Pop-Up

    After spying a new-ish show this weekend on The Cooking Channel called The Urban Grocer, we followed the young traveling foodie to her blog where Caitlin Zaino featured a pop-up concept called Eat with Me.​ Based in Australia, Eat with Me is a social networking site dedicating to h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Twitpics from Liberty Market, Wisdom from Chef Gwen

    ​It's that time again. We've compiled a small but meaningful list of great Twitter accounts for any Phoenix foodie to follow. Whether it be restaurant deals, recipes, cooking techniques, or just funny BS, these Twitter accounts populate our timeline with entertainment. Check out whose tweets caug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Follow Friday: Three Phoenix Chefs You Need to Follow on Twitter​Have you ever walked into a restaurant, eaten a completely fantastic meal (or a really lousy one, for that matter) and wondered what kind of person made it?  What kind of chef are they? Do they have a sense of humor, would they give you cooking tips, or is that person a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Mayor Phil Gordon's Business Deal With Protester-Killing Bahrain was Seriously Bad Timing

    Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and girlfriend Elissa Mullany, who was hired to set up the ill-timed economic deal with Bahrain.​ Dealing with the ruling royalty in far-flung parts of the globe could have possible benefits for Arizona, but these non-democracies can be brutal, as Phoenix Mayor P ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010
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    May 20, 2010
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    April 29, 2010

    Correction: Phoenix P.D. Investigation Finds That Grindr iPhone App Not Involved in Yesterday's Murder​Yesterday, we posted a story about a man who was murdered by a man he met on what we were told by the Phoenix Police Department was an iPhone application called Grindr. Grindr is a social networking site that links gay men with other gay men in their area using GPS on their iPhones -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Motorcycle-Massacre Suspect On Meth at Time of Collision, Cops Say

    Image: Mike Jakscht's Facebook page​ A tow-truck driver who ran into the back of group of motorcycles last month, killing four riders, was on methamphetamine at the time of the collision, Phoenix police say. Eight motorcycles were hit; four people were killed and five were injured. Police a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Hana Promises Free Sashimi to Foursquare Mayor

    ​The competition is gonna be fierce. Sushi fans from across the Valley already head to Hana Japanese Eatery for a taste of chef-owner Koji Hashimoto's latest catch, and now there's even more incentive to swing by for a fish fix. This morning, the north central Phoenix restaurant announced on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    More on Oakville Grocery at CityScape

    In the hours since RED Development's announcement that Oakville Grocery will be the new tenant filling the space originally planned as an AJ's Fine Foods at CityScape, locals have already begun bitching via social media. Along with collective groans about yuppie retail from skept ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Twitter Phishing Scam Warning; House Speaker Kirk Adams Doesn't Really Want Your Twitter Login Data

    The Twitter direct message from Kirk Adams, Arizona House Speaker,  looked suspicious at first glance: ​ It turns out that someone may have hijacked the Speaker's Twitter account temporarily and used it to spread a phishing scam that began blazing across the Internet this weekend. C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Tweet n' Eat: Five Foodies to Follow

    ​Before the Internet, restaurants had to rely on TV and newspaper ads and word of mouth (OMG, how totally prehistoric!) to pimp their daily specials. While these archaic delivery methods are still around, now diners can find daily food specials with the click of a mouse on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Who's Afraid of CNN's Rick Sanchez? Governor Janet Napolitano

    Embedded video from CNN VideoArpaio defending Nappy on Rick Sanchez's CNN broadcast. Why won't the Napster go on CNN anchor Rick Sanchez's afternoon show? Following President elect Barack Obama's pick of Arizona Governor Napolitano to be his administration's Homeland Security czar, Sanchez has ... More >>

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    November 15, 2007
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    January 18, 2007

    How to . . . 2007

    Meta self-help

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    May 11, 2006


    Hook of Genesis

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    April 27, 2006

    Heavy Issues

    Whine with a metallic aftertaste

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