Southeast Asia

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Is Raw Beef Making a Comeback in the Dining Scene?

    According to the Washington Post, raw beef is making a comeback on restaurant menus. Despite the risk of E.coli in uncooked meats, chefs say sourcing high-quality products as the key to safely serving raw beef. Dishes like carpaccio and tartare might be seen more typically on menus now than before, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    5 Best Happy Hours in Central/Downtown Phoenix: Quick PHX

    Our Quick PHX guide this year showed you a lot of dining, partying, and entertainment options this year. From coffee to day drinking and cocktails, we have some spots for slinging some of the best imbibing options in Central/Downtown Phoenix. Today we'll show you the best spots for happy hour in C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Mariscos con Arroz from Tumi Fine Peruvian Cuisine: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    Carne Adovada Enchiladas at Los Dos Molinos

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Brunch Burger from Orange Table: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year, we marked the hundred-day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.sari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    PBLT at Bootleggers: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year, we marked the hundred-day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.sari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Silk True Asian Opens April 10 in Chandler

    Chandler-ites will be welcoming a new Asian restaurant to the dining scene as of Thursday, April 10 when Silk True Asian opens its doors for business. The restaurant will be located at 4995 S. Alma School Road in Chandler, inside the Promenade at Fulton Ranch. Silk True Asian comes courtesy of own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    10 Best Thai Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    Ranging from classy Scottsdale digs to shacks in South Phoenix, you'll get a variety of experiences from Thai restaurants in the Valley. It seems there are as many places to get your favorite pad Thai or duck curry in town as there are to get your favorite carne asada burrito or street tacos. With m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Holiday Wine: A Stress-Free Guide

    Every year around this time every food or wine related magazine is chock full of advice for pairing wine with your holiday meals. Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, keep it light, do this don't do that. This wine goes with this kind of stuffing, that wine is terrible with turkey etc. I could spend a thousand w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Brian Webb of Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food on a Filipino Food Trend and Maharlika Filipino Moderno in NYC

    This is part two of our interview with the man behind the deep-fried barbecued eats of Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food. Today, chef and owner Brian Webb dishes on what's really inside his new Filipino steamed buns and talks about the potential for Filipino food as a culinary trend. If you missed part ... More >>

  • Film

    August 1, 2013
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    April 16, 2013

    How This New Music Will Make You Smarter (Thanks, Science)

    A good 90 percent of my job as a music journalist is keeping my finger on new music, continuously discovering the vast spectrum of sound that human beings can create. Another 9 percent is attending concerts, where I destroy my liver and my hearing for shits and gigs. That final 1 percent is being a ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 28, 2013
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    December 7, 2012

    Join the Slow Food Movement and Celebrate Terra Madre Day on Dec. 10

    If you haven't made it to the Biltmore Fashion Park's latest addition UNION -- a mix of 18 small, distinctive boutiques run by local vendors -- mark your calendars to visit on Monday, December 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. for Terra Madre Day. This international event is a celebration of slow food and eating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Taking a Walk on the Royal Side at Hue Gourmet

    For those who want to eat like a king, or in this case, an emperor, an imperial legacy of dishes can be found in one, rather strange place in the Valley. A counter-service stand in the Mekong Plaza food court in Mesa: Hue Gourmet. Distinctive to the rest of the country, the cuisine of the Vietname ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    6 Favorite Spots for Hawaiian Food in Greater Phoenix

    Take one tropical location and mix it with influences from across the Pacific Rim -- like Japan, the Philippines, Korea, and Thailand -- and you've got the cuisine of Hawaii, the ultimate in fusion food. And whether you prefer Spam musubi over saimin or manapua over a massive plate lunch of kalua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Point-Counterpoint: Is Pho King or Is It Pho-King Awful?

    We had so much fun chucking Chow Bella contributors Ando Muneno and Lauren Saria into the ring over Alton Brown, food trucks and movie theaters with food, we put them back at it again. This week's topic: Pho, Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Pho joints have been growing in popularity throughout the Va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Dengue Fever: "It Doesn't Matter...They Don't Know What the Hell We're Saying Anyway"

    Imagine wild organ swirls, rolling surf licks and jazzy party horns coupled with angular and decidedly eastern melodies, plus a sultry singer who shifts between English and her native Cambodian dialect. That's just a fraction of what shapes Dengue Fever's original sound. The band discovered its ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    10 Favorite Desserts in Phoenix

    Oftentimes, a meal out of the house isn't complete without dessert - not just any dessert, but one that's so good you'll never forget it, one that will make guest appearances in your dreams for the rest of your life. To help satisfy your sweet tooth, we're offering up our 10 of our favorite desserts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Hippopotamus Fritter Recipe from The Fresh Baked Freak; Pen and Fork Reviews The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfort

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. We're so excited when we stumble upon a really great local food blog. We need more of them, people. And if you have one you've been keeping secret, please let us know. This one we found is smart, funny, healthy, delicious and interesting - and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Palace World Music Party Shows "Love For Southeast Asia"

    Art by Japanese artist Aya Miyake​DJentrification's weekly Palace World Music night at Filmbar always features far out world music, but this weekend, it's got another goal as well. "I have been to South East Asia and feel very lucky for all the good people I met, for the records I was able to di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    The Return of Mr. Pholtosa and His Northeastern Thai Cuisine

    Jackie Mercandetti​If you have been to Siam in Glendale or, more recently, Thai E-San in Central Phoenix, then chances are, you have tasted Pete (or, in Thai, Tossapis) Pholtosa's offerings of classic Thai cuisine as well as specific dishes from his home in northeastern Thailand. Now, Pholtos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Body Parts Made From Bread Make Us Turn Down Lunch Invitation

    ​Beastly yeast.​Fine artist Kittiwat Unarrom, who also helps run his family's bakery in Ratchaburi, Thailand, has found an unsettling method of combining his two trades. Since 2006, Unarrom has used dough to create crazy-creepy and realistic renditions of heads, feet, hands, arms, and ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 28, 2011
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    May 13, 2011

    How to Use Tamarind

    wikimedia​ This week we answer the question: I saw tamarind concentrate and tamarind paste at the Indian market. What's the difference? How do I use them? Don't think you've tasted tamarind? Check out the list of ingredients on the label of your bottle of Worcestershire sauce and you may be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Baby Goats, Banoffee Pie and Chipotle's New Concept

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. ​Mouthbysouthwest shared the news that Chipotle is opening a new concept called ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the first of which will be in Washington, DC this summer. The restaurant "is inspired by the traditional shophouses found throug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Fresh Spring Rolls

    Carol Blonder fresh spring rolls​ Leafy lettuces and fresh herbs are more than just salad fixin's. Roll them up, toss in some protein, and you've got a wrap. At the Asian market, the sight of fresh Thai basil, mint and cilantro puts us in the mood for fresh spring rolls on Meatless Monday. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Money Problems? Arizona Ranks 40th in Per-Capita Income

    ​ Arizona apparently deserves its reputatation as a mecca for low-paying jobs, ranking 40th in an economic analysis among states for per-capita income. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports, according to the Biz Journal this morning, that the average income for state resi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Closed for Business: Anise Vietnamese Restaurant

    ​Anise, a stylish Vietnamese restaurant located at one of the Valley's biggest hubs for Asian cuisine, has closed its doors. Situated near the intersection of Dobson and Warner Roads in Chandler -- across from Lee Lee Oriental Grocery Store, catty-corner from Lee's Sandwiches, and close ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Cafe: Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery

    ​We are not ones to turn our noses up at Asian cuisine. Quite the opposite actually. So when we here that there is a new Thai restaurant opening up, we've got to check it out. Fod Critic Michele Laudig on Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery: Despite the glamorous digs, Soi 4 isn't dramatically pricier than ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Songs in the Key of Life

    Musical culture for a cause

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    How do I use my wok?

    We were recently asked by a first time home owner: I received a wok from the Asian market as a gift, what do I do with my wok?   Carol Blonder Seasoned Wok​ Woks are most commonly known as the preferred cooking vessel in creating stir-fry. Those of us who dwell in the Western hemisphe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Hell's Kitchen Season 7 Opener: Continued Abuse, Crazy Contestants, and a (Yech!) Chef Ramsay Make-Out Session

    Another Hell's Kitchen, another ride on the Chef Ramsay roller coaster. In last week's first episode, it didn't take long for Gordo to send food flying all over the kitchen, repeatedly kick defenseless stainless steel appliances, and shout out such gems as, "You're gonna blow someone's mind off!" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Huntington, West Virginia, Needs More Than Jamie Oliver, in This Week's "TV Dinner"

    Ding! Ding! Ding! America, thanks to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (the best reality show on TV right now) we now have a winner for the Glad-I-Don't-Live-in-This Hellhole award: Huntington, West Virginia! Great job, Huntington! What's your secret? Children who don't know how to cut food with a knif ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 25, 2010

    Beat Poets

    Get down with the underground at 602’sdays

  • Calendar

    February 25, 2010

    Take Your Kick

    Watch people beat each other up in Chandler

  • Dining

    December 31, 2009
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    March 26, 2009
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    January 22, 2009

    Red-Hot, White, and Brown

    Canadian-Indian comic seeks world domination

  • Dining

    January 15, 2009
  • Calendar

    January 8, 2009

    Righteous Brothers

    Tom and Dick sing softly but carry a big shtick

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2008

    Restless Spiritualist

    Globetrotting photog tracks time and myth

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    Arty Girl: Bill Berry aka BopBagBill at Night Gallery

    By Lilia Menconi A Katrina pool photo. People person or not, interaction with undesirable personalities is inevitable during the course of a life. Thankfully, we get to pick our friends. And now that I'm pushing 30, I've finally perfected my craft of surrounding myself with truly phenomenal folks ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 7, 2008
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    March 6, 2008

    Random Acts of Violins

    Music to swat insects by

  • Calendar

    October 18, 2007

    For All Nam Kind

    Viet youngbloods paint the future using age-old techniques

  • Dining

    April 7, 2005

    Lust for Laab

    Fresh flavors restore our critic's faith in food

  • News

    July 16, 1998

    Missing Earl Jr.

    A Glendale couple forges a national alliance and a personal bond in their mutual quest to find the 2,087 Vietnam-era POWs and MIAs

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    April 8, 1992
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