If you haven't yet heard of the Paleo lifestyle, you're in for a treat. The Paleo philosophy is really simple: eat only whole, unprocessed foods and cut out all grains, legumes, and refined sugars. I know that cutting out grains and legumes may sound like the opposite of what many nutritionists advo ... More >>
Yeah, you might want to put down that leftover Easter candy for a minute while we drop some scientific knowledge, because according to a Huffington Post article, Cadbury Creme Eggs could contain a natural flavoring derived from the dried perineal glands of beavers. And, yeah, sometimes those glands ... More >>
Converge @ Nile Theater| 10/30/12By Mike Bogumill
When trying to describe to people unfamiliar with Converge what kind of event I went to last night, I was hesitant to use a phrase like "metal show" or "hardcore show". While metal and hardcore certainly influence all the bands that performed, none ... More >>
Though the answer, "Well, duh," may be the automatic reply to the announcement that the Phoenix area officially has its first mobile cupcake food truck, surprisingly enough, one hasn't existed before now.
Launched in January, Sweet Jonez Rocking Cupcakes joined the Phoenix Street Food Coalition at ... More >>
Welcome to our new(ish) column, "Ask the Pastry Chef," by Amy Morris, a pastry sous chef at J&G Steakhouse. Have a question for Amy? Leave it in the comments section. Do you have a cake recipe with Guinness in it for St. Patrick's Day?
Nothing says St. Patrick's Day more than Guinness beer. I c ... More >>
Milwaukee Brewers: Maryvale Baseball Park
While the atmosphere at this stadium is decidedly fan-friendly and flowing with Miller beer, the food offerings are strictly no-frills. And with mostly chain and fast food restaurants within sight of the ballpark, fans should plan a short drive to pre- and ... More >>
Joe's Farm Grill is known for doing food right. But, are they worthy of being on our list of places to order dessert first? We'll just come right out and say it: their dessert is generic and gets none of the TLC that Joe's is known for.
"Who can take a rainbow, wrap it in a sigh, soak it in the sun and make a groovy lemon pie?" Up until two years ago when Georganne Bryant opened her colorful retro candy boutique, Smeeks, no one in Phoenix could. Seems Bryant started a trend. Up popped Sweets and Beats (now defunct), ... More >>
A few of the contenders for Classic Cupcake.When Tracy Dempsey asked me last week to be a last-minute judge at the inaugural Cupcake Love-In -- held yesterday at the Valley Ho in Scottsdale -- I replied without hesitation.
Of course! I couldn't wait to get my Gail Simmons on. ... More >>
Prestion SmithPreston Smith
The improviser, director, instructor and marketer for Jester'Z Improv Comedy in Scottsdale performs regularly with the troupe.
What'd you eat for dinner last night? I teach improv comedy, and a student brought me a pie to the last class. I took it home and forgot ... More >>
We're working up our appetites for our huge Best of Phoenix issue, out September 30, with daily servings of Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes from across the Valley -- in no particular order
Leave your suggestions for upcoming favorites in the comments sectio ... More >>
Rascal Flatts Hersey's Chocolate = America.It's no secret that musicians often jump in bed with a brand name to help bump up their paychecks. Hell, I've seen country music top hat-aficionados Big & Rich in concert -- a concert in which they thanked Chevrolet multiple times for being a spons ... More >>
A. ScattergoodStill miss Norman Fierros' dessert chimichanga, the tiny Hershey bar fried to perfection, served at Norman's Arizona, his last local gig in what is now the heart of the La Grande Orange empire? Then you are a true Phoenician. And you probably r ... More >>
Napoleon Dynamite: This is pretty much the worst video ever made.
Kip: Napoleon, like anyone can even know that.
Let me go, I need to narrate. Wilma!Kip's right. How can anyone know what's the worst (or the best) of anything? TLC's hoping we'll trust their judgment with its new show, Best Food ... More >>
One can never have enough Thin Mints. At least that's what we thought until Managing Editor Amy Silverman brought in a dozen unsold boxes to a recent Chow Bella meeting. If one must make lemonade when life hands one lemons, we theorized one must make dessert when life han ... More >>
Jonathan McNamaraGive me a spoon now!One can never have enough Thin Mints. At least that's what we thought until Managing Editor Amy Silverman brought in a dozen unsold boxes to a recent Chow Bella meeting. If one must make lemonade when life hands one lemons, we theorized one must make deser ... More >>
Photo by Jason Kempin, Getty ImagesBobby Flay and Stephanie MarchWow, being asked to join a major network like NBC must be quite an honor. Imagine being in the same category with respected show hosts like Jay Leno and Regis and Kelly. Looks like the Food Network's own cutting-board jumping/Mo ... More >>
With Valentine's Day around the corner, we thought we'd get you in the mood with a little friendly competition of gooey, rich and chocolatey desserts. We have two serious competitors: a deep, dark chocolate cake and a brownie-like dessert served with a side of warm chocolate sauce.
So light so ... More >>