Whether you like to admit it or not, you're probably thinking about making some changes in the New Year. We know we are, starting with cracking open the oven more and the freezer less. Oh, and actually using that gym membership we fork out for every month . . . But if you're looking for a few more ... More >>
Last week the Food and Drug Administration announced Fahman Enterprises Inc. of Dallas, Texas was voluntarily recalling Pran Turmeric Powder after the product was found to have "high levels" of lead. The spice, which was distributed in Dallas, was imported from Bangladesh. The recall has now promp ... More >>
We have to hand to the burger. Though it is, in theory, a sandwich, this meat monument has managed to become a culinary category all its own with patty spin-offs such as veggie, lamb, turkey, and bison, plus the seemingly endless combination of toppings ranging from the classic (lettuce, tomato, oni ... More >>
While most of us spent the Labor Day weekend relaxing, Bashas', the Arizona-owned grocery store chain with more than 130 locations in Arizona, California, and New Mexico, was doing some serious explaining. The company, which also operates AJ's Fine Foods and Food City, has admitted to mislabeling ... More >>
This week's story, "The Ag Gag War," goes behind the scenes of the guerilla fight between animal rights groups and Big Agriculture. For years organizations like the Humane Society and Mercy for Animals have being going undercover at America's largest farms, using hidden cameras to show exactly how ... More >>
See also: Laurie Notaro's Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Wine-Free, Fun-Free, Vegan Thanksgiving Most of us are on the move these days -- and with nutritionists telling us to eat smaller portions spread throughout the day, grabbing an energy bar on the run can seem like a good idea. That is, until you ea ... More >>
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>
Stanfield farmer Carlos Carranza Jr. was sentenced to 21 months in prison today for blowing a government loan on strippers, a BMW and other items.Carranza Jr.'s wife, Laura Murrill, 31, will serve a three-year probation sentence for helping to spend the dough.Carranza Jr. used to work with family me ... More >>
In November, The Phoenix Cheesesteak Company, a food truck started in 2009 by owner Ron Blom and his family, made the leap from four wheels to four walls at 2605 North Seventh Street in Central Phoenix (northeast corner of Seventh Street and Virginia) in the former home of Calabria Italian Kitchen. ... More >>
In addition to food trucks making the scene in a big way in 2011 (see the article here), the year in food for the Valley was chock-full of other newsworthy goodies as well -- even chef Payton Curry managed to slip in a last-minute announcement. Here are a few of Laura's favorites:10. Chefs o ... More >>
Seriously Whole Foods, what gives? Backyard chicken farming has been totally cool and hip for well over a year and we have been having to do the unthinkable and venture into feed and tack stores to purchase food for our ladies. Feed and tack stores?! Oh my, the horror! Okay, all joking aside ... More >>
We knew that last year's Big Brain award winner, Natalie Morris, was back in town but she recently shared with us a little secret that we almost couldn't believe. After eating her way around the world -- trying foods like Tibetan yak cheese and Icelandic preserved shark -- she came back from Italy o ... More >>
Taco Bell: Have you seen our new ad campaign with real Taco Bell employees saying our seasoned-beef recipe contains 88 percent ground beef inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture? It's great, right? Really great. Fast Food Nation: Is it funny? It doesn't sound funny. Taco Bell: It's not ... More >>
Taco Bell: Hey, remember that lawsuit filed against us a few weeks ago saying that we use a "meat mixture" containing less than 35 percent meat? Fast Food Nation: Um, sort of. Taco Bell: Well, check this out, it's our new Quad Steak Burrito and Quesadilla, made with real USDA Select beef! ... More >>
Doesn't a hearty brunch just seem like something a Southwestern restaurant should just own? Apparently chef Robert McGrath -- being the Valley's foremost authority on Southwestern flavors, thanks to that James Beard Award -- agrees, and has just added brunch service to the offerings at Rene ... More >>
Last week, a California woman brought a false-advertising lawsuit against Taco Bell claiming that their products contain very little meat. And for those of us who have eaten their Cantina Tacos, this should resonate like the sun exploding. The class-action suit, which does not ask for money ... More >>
The folks at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are in a huff because officials at Arizona State University refused to allow a student organization associated with the group to run a grotesque 20-second ad on televisions in the school's Memorial Union -- where many students eat.We can't ... More >>
Happy National Burger Chicken Month? Thanks to high beef prices, my new favorite holiday is looking as sad as the Hamburglar after a bust. Seems burger chains everywhere are giving the heave-ho to hamburger hurrah in lieu of fare that's fowl. Carl's Jr., just came out with a Teriyaki Chicken Sandwic ... More >>
www.demotivateus.comPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has a new ally in its fight to end certain types of experiments performed on animals in classes at Arizona State University: the students themselves.Well, not all the students, just the ones with the same general furcoat-h ... More >>
Chick-fil-a More than 800,000 pounds of ground beef recalled by meat distributor. Holy cow!At least one Valley resident's been treated for salmonella poisoning linked to beef recalled yesterday by Beef Packer, Inc.Beef Packer Inc. recalled more than 800,000 pounds of tainted bovi ... More >>
Homes all over Arizona are falling apart. Blame the bad soil -- and the lousy construction
Painted Rock Reservoir's beauty is deceiving. It's one of the most toxic sinkholes in America
A new entrant in a competitive meat market
Maxie's World Grill moves into bigger digs
Drinkwater's City Hall piles on the portions -- and the pounds
Four Seasons fancy meets Arizona casual on new and much-improved menu
Letters from the week of May 9, 2002
Fast service, cheap prices, casual ambiance and terrific eats
Struttin' with some barbecue at Bennett's.
'They're fighting for their careers, for their reputations, for their money.'
State's buzz on killer bees? Learn to live with 'em.
Vegging out at the Valley's hippest hoe shebang!
How hardy Texas cattle became prestige pets for the rich and nostalgic
HIS FEDERAL EMPLOYER SUBJECTED HIM TO A DIZZYING ARRAY OF INDIGNITIES. NOW HE'S FINDING JUSTICE.