This is part two of our interview with the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Executive Chef Mel Mecinas. As the resort's head chef, he oversees a number of dining outlets, including the hotel's Southwestern steakhouse Talavera. On Monday, Mecinas talked about his culinary mentor chef Joa ... More >>
At the end of the week, we bring you a roundup of visitors to the desert's own Fourth Avenue Jail. To be considered for our Maricopa County mugshots of the week, get arrested, strike a pose, and we'll take care of the rest.This week, our alleged offenders show the ups and downs of jail life. Enjoy.
We're willing to bet you've never seen milk look as sexy as London-based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz makes it look. That's because Wieczorkiewicz has created a limited edition Milk Calendar 2014 that features photos of nude models wearing nothing but milk.
When it comes to family, Karl and Christine Boerner, the Swiss-trained, father-daughter pastry chef team behind Karl's Quality Bakery and the next-door Baker's Daughter, are doling out a little of the sweet -- as well as the spicy -- in Sunnyslope. On the sweet side, Kronuts: the Boerner's version ... More >>
Lots of artists stand out for designing some kick-ass metal covers -- like the recently deceased Storm Thorgerson, for example, who lent his art to everyone from Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath over the course of 30 years. But when it comes to weaving together the heavy metal standard of horror, the d ... More >>
If you're one of those people who bakes a pie to cheer up a friend, makes your specialty carrot/red velvet/whatever cake for everyone's birthday, and routinely pulls together all manner of adorable goodies for your children's school programs and bake sales . . . well, bully for you (and the rest of ... More >>
Chow Bella has a valentine for you. For the rest of February, we're handing out Candy Hearts -- stories of food and love from some of our favorite writers. Enjoy. In the 1940s, my father and his parents spent two long years imprisoned in concentration camps in Holland and Germany, where food was f ... More >>
With all of the baking that has to be done during the Christmas season -- from cookie exchanges and decorating to making gifts and serving guests -- it can be nice (and necessary) to take a break. Ensure that everything on your holiday table for breakfast, dinner, and dessert is special by getting a ... More >>
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 >>
Swiss design students have developed what has to be the least efficient method of popping popcorn possible. It's basically the exact opposite of the Popinator, which we reported on earlier. See Also: --New Gourmet Popcorn Shop in Scottsdale Features Ex-Exec Chef of Queen Creek Olive Mill's Del Pie ... More >>
Depending on who you ask, the newest Ciao Grazie, now open at DC Ranch's Canyon Village, is either the third location of the casual pizzeria and wine bar, or the second. According to the Republic, Maurizio and Sandra Cristiani used to own all three of the restaurants: the first Grazie in Scottsdale ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.
See also: Howe Gelb Discusses Rainer Ptacek Howe Gelb doesn't like to fight fate. The Tucson-based singer/songwriter says that destiny played a big role in the birth of Tucson, the new record from Gelb's Giant Giant Sand collective. The extra "giant" was added to signify the group's swelling ranks ... More >>
Z-TripIf you ever took the time to plot out a flowchart depicting Phoenix's vastly interconnected DJ/dance scene, its incredibly likely that the name Zach Sciacca, better known as Z-Trip, would be at its heart.Practically every turntablist, mixmaster, or knob-twister in the Valley has some sort o ... More >>
In the 16th and 17th centuries, the skills of the pastry chef were added to those of the bread maker so that in modern Britain (as opposed to France), domestic and commercial bakers used the talents of both. Though the lines have been blurred, the benefit of combining these two trades mean ex ... More >>
We're counting down the days to Pie Social 2011 -- 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at 408 E. Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix. Don't forget, you can get in on the action yourself. Here are details for community bakers. And don't forget about our celebrity bakers -- every day we'll introduc ... More >>
With temperatures dropping (okay, we've got another 20 degrees to go, but you get the idea) we're in the mood for comfort food -- like grilled cheese. What are your Phoenix favorites? Here are a few of ours. 5. Triple Grilled Cheese from SwitchIf you've ever dreamed of pairing a grilled ch ... More >>
Shantidas Contu-OwenShantidas Contu-Owen The local fashion designer was the winner of Project Ethos' VitaminWater Zero Fashionista Challenge. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Generally 96.9-FM. I'm not really loyal to any one statio ... More >>
Getty ImagesThose devilish Danes have done it again. Curse their delicious Nordic cuisine! (Not really. Pass the Greenland musk ox, please.) Restaurant magazine and S. Pellegrino's annual "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list is out and it seems Denmark, the land of Lego AND Hans Christian A ... More >>
guygonecaveman.comWe 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 >>
International artist showcases pretty junk at DBG
Scottsdale's Afro:Baile Records will release their third Brazilian-tinted comp CD on September 19. The latest 12-song disc, I love Bossa Nova, has many styles of Bossa Nova, using 11 female vocalists, incorporating some jazz, soul, and acoustic elements for "a timeless groove." This vibrant comp ... More >>
Calabrese is scheduled to haunt Atomic Comics during Fright Night on Sunday. Discount-priced distractions are in abundance this weekend, ranging from Faux Punks and real punks to fashionistas and freaks. Looking for some inexpensive adventure? Here's our weekly list of what's going on. Wes ... More >>
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Landjager is a traditional, dried German sausage made in Southern Germany and Switzerland. Though the name literally means "country hunters," there's nothing gamey about the taste of landjager. It's a popular snack food in Germany and Switzerland (like beef jerky for the U.S.), and also a popular me ... More >>
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