Like a visual version of an earworm -- you know, those songs that get caught in your head and you can't get out -- I've been thinking a lot lately about a famous 18th-century etching by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya called The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. It features an image of an artist ... More >>
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your lists -- no matter who they are. Here (divided by category for your convenience) are our 50 favorite gifts this holida ... More >>
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Food Geek. Ah, the food geek. Not to be confused with those so-called "f ... More >>
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 >>
Eddie Hantas Chef/Owner Hummus Xpress www.hummusxpress.com Since January, Eddie Hantas has been serving healthy, fresh Mediterranean food in a fast-casual atmosphere at Hummus Xpress in Tempe. The Subway- (or if you prefer, Chipotle-) style restaurant is his second venture, opened about year after ... More >>
Phoenix native Eric Harroun is back in the Valley after taking a plea deal on weapons charges, although he'd been facing a possible sentence of life in prison after the Justice Department accused him of fighting in Syria on behalf of Al-Qaeda.After the sudden plea deal that called for hardly any pun ... More >>
Just in case talk of military action against one country wasn't enough, Republican Congressman Trent Franks is here with more loose talk of war.Franks announced that he plans to introduce a resolution authorizing the use of military force against Iran.
Last week, 30-year-old Phoenix native Eric Harroun faced a possible sentence of life in prison after the Justice Department accused him of fighting in Syria on behalf of Al-Qaeda.Amid doubt about those allegations, Harroun suddenly agreed to a plea deal yesterday, and his sentence is quite a bit sho ... More >>
OK, so I don't know much about The Zombies. Like, at all. For years, I thought their number one sizzling summer hit "Time of the Season" was actually Marvin Gaye. Give me a pass on that one, the English rock band were clearly trying to crimp his style far more than Robin Thicke. Not that that's a ba ... More >>
President Obama addressed the nation yesterday to explain why he's pushing for some sort of military strike in Syria.While Arizona's congressional delegation is split on striking Syria, the one local poll done on the issue showed that Arizonans really don't want military action there.
Republican Congressman Matt Salmon does not support the American military attacking Syria.According to the Arizona Republic's apparently left-wing columnist, E.J. Montini, that means Salmon's the kind of guy who would watch Jerry Sandusky rape little kids in the shower at Penn State.What?
Despite the actions of Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, their constituents oppose military action in Syria, according to poll results.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted yesterday to pass a resolution that would authorize a military strike against Syria, and both McCain and F ... More >>
Yesterday, a fairly large deal was made of Senator John McCain playing what appeared to be poker on his iPhone during a Senate committee hearing on military action in Syria.War, war, war, blah blah blah, I'll raise you five bucks, boots on the ground, war, missile strikes.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to pass a resolution that would authorize a military strike against Syria.Both of Arizona's Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, are on that committee, and they both voted in favor of the resolution.
A lot of people seem to be concerned that Senator John McCain was playing games on his iPhone during a Senate committee hearing on the Syria situation.McCain is not one of those people who seems very concerned.
Miley Cyrus keeps breaking records. This week, her polarizing, bizarre, what-drugs-is-she-on? performance at the MTV Video Music Awards caused a Twitter avalanche, inspiring more than 300,000 Tweets per minute and upsetting the slightly classier Beyonce as the title holder of most Tweets in a minute ... More >>
An 18-year-old man was arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies after tweeting that he planted improvised explosive devices in Jodi Arias' courtroom.Laquint Cherry, whose Twitter account indicates a severe lack of common sense, was ratted out by local TV news station ABC 15, the station ... More >>
Eric Harroun, a 30-year-old former U.S. soldier raised in Phoenix, has been charged with conspiring to use a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) while fighting in Syria with an Al-Qaeda group. The charge, which carries a potential sentence of life in prison, comes a couple of weeks after a video surface ... More >>
A former U.S. soldier raised in Phoenix is hopping around the Middle East lending his services to various warring countries and jihadist groups, according to Fox News - there's a seemingly authentic Youtube video to back it up (see below).The article says that Eric Harroun, 30, was most recently in ... More >>
Former U.S. Surgeon General Rich Carmona and Congressman Jeff Flake are fighting hard to win the senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Jon Kyl.
I've gone on record as saying that it's not hard to find good Middle Eastern food in the Valley. Choosing among all the great places has become the difficult part. Now, I'll have to add Persian Garden Café to the mix, especially when I want a little bit nicer, sit-down dining experience.Jamie Peach ... More >>
It's not every day you get to chat with a former President of the United States. And since President Jimmy Carter will be in town on Friday, signing copies of his book We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work at Changing Hands bookstore in Tempe, I welcomed the opportunity to s ... More >>
If you're steeped in the culinary world -- whether professionally or just as an enthusiast -- you're probably already familiar with Phoenix Knife House, the go-to shop for chefs in need of a good blade. But this Thursday, there's a special reason to stop by. It's the second annual Kikuichi Eve ... More >>
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Chefs and samurai have something in common: their blades. Samurai might have lost their right to carry swords in the mid-19th century, but that doesn't mean that the sword-making tradition disappeared in Japan. In the case of the Kikuichi swordsmiths, who used to produce swords for the Emperor, the ... More >>
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