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. For my last column of 2013, I'm sharing with you a secret. No, it's nothing terribly earth-shattering or lascivious, but it will add a ... More >>
Halo-Halo Kitchen, the Filipino restaurant on the city's west side, is not only a place to eat, it's also a place to party. On one side, there is the eatery, a bright white room of Filipino baked goods and groceries and a turo-turo, or a cafeteria-style "point-point" setup of meats and prepared ste ... More >>
A famous series of ads for Rosetta Stone tells a fictional narrative about some Midwestern farmboy intensively learning Italian to get with an beautiful Italian woman. The pitch seems to be that learning a new language opens up new opportunities, and since it is advertising, the sexual opportunities ... More >>
The Spot: Bonjour Vietnam 202 North Central Avenue 602-252-1223 www.hotelsancarlos.com/dining See Also: - La Condesa in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card - Pallets, a Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese Restaurant, Opens on Roosevelt Row - 10 Favorite Vietnamese Restaurants in Greater Phoenix The Hou ... More >>
While a jumbo tub of hot buttered popcorn is one of our most frequently indulged guilty pleasures, we think a good movie deserves a little better company than junk food. Try out our movie and meal pairings for yourself or feel free to suggest one of your own favorites in the comments. The Movie: Th ... More >>
Actually, the most shocking bit of info in this graphic isn't that Americans eat the yearly GDP of North Korea in pizza or that the average American consumes 11 pounds of cheese a year, but that CiCi's Pizza is the most popular brand of pizza in the country. Apparently "pizza buffet" are the magic w ... More >>
At 69, Phannee Plabprasit, owner and chef of Palee's Crown in Mesa, knows a thing or two about patience in the kitchen, but it wasn't always this way. As a child growing up in Bangkok, she often was scolded by her mother, who complained that her daughter was impatient when they cooked together becau ... More >>
Dating back to 14th century Thailand, the ancient art of watermelon carving is nothing new. But recently, we've seen a whole lot of these creations gracing the pages of our favorite social media sites. And like every other food trend, there are always going to be a few that aren't quite as good as ... More >>
Not the prettiest sounding word to American ears, you could call larb (pronounced "lawb"), the meat salad originating in the country of Laos, by its "street" name: Lao-style, or Laotian-style, salad. No matter what the moniker, this meat-minded, fresh, and spicy salad, regarded as the national dis ... More >>
This week in Chef Talk we've been talking with Chef Mensur Duzic of Phoenix Children's Hospital. A tenured veteran of fine dining spots from across the Valley to across the pond, Duzic has enjoyed his position at the hospital for nearly ten years. But does he miss his more high-class culinary roots? ... More >>
Balut, a steamed partially developed duck embryo, is a massively popular dish in the Philippines. It is a meal best eaten with friends and large quantities of beer. In America it is generally something that only forms fodder for a parade of "Most Disgusting Foods Ever" lists. In the Philippines, bal ... More >>
During his recent visit to Vietnam, El Mac (who, full disclosure, we'll always consider a local artist -- no matter where he moves) recorded his artist statement for the Viet Nam The World Tour. Included in the short film are behind-the-scenes looks at one of his more recent murals in H ... More >>
The death of the CD may be neigh, but as Serene Dominic tells us, the format's demise probably won't impact punk trios like Rumspringer much. The band acts a lot like it doesn't care much, but the poetic melodic punk rock on records like Empty Towers betrays otherwise. Of course, there are those ... More >>
The Arizona Republic recently named Soi 4 as the Best Thai Restaurant of 2011, but have they neglected dessert lovers? While not all of their desserts are a winner, we highly recommend their Fried Bananas with Coconut Ice Cream.
This is a beautiful video about a candy shop on a street in Hanoi, part of etsy's Handmade Life series. Watch it -- just because.
A Bay Area Thai restaurant just opened a new location at Scottsdale's Shops at Gainey Village, and there's already favorable early buzz from a couple of my favorite food spies. Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery has a sister restaurant in Oakland, California, along with three other Thai spots run by the ... More >>
Robin from Netherlands via Wikimedia commons In the name of good health and a good read, each week we'll be bringing you a health product, complete with review. We're calling this feature Crunchy Granola -- even though we doubt much of this stuff tastes that good. This week: Tempeh Tempeh, ... More >>
Musical culture for a cause
Song: Crystal Castles' "Vietnam" (Lightsoverla Remix)Context: It's been 40 years and one day since the Kent State shootings.
If "Hair of the dog" doesn't do it for ya, give "Juice of the snake" a try. In a rather repulsive example of how "That which does not kill you makes you stronger," snake wine (made predominantly in Vietnam, Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia) is said to contain medicinal properties t ... More >>
Hippiefied shopkeepers dole out good vibes and daisies
Globetrotting photog tracks time and myth