Vegetarian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    5 Metro Phoenix Restaurants That Your Vegetarian Friends Won't Hate

    We've all been there: You are trying to figure out a place to meet your friends for food, but you get stuck trying to please both the carnivores and the herbivores in your crowd. The meat-eaters have choked down tempeh at all the usual vegan haunts, the vegetarians have spent countless nights consum ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014
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    October 20, 2014

    5 Best Healthy Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    Last month Phoenix New Times celebrated the cream of the crop with our 36th annual Best of Phoenix edition. Here are our top picks for healthy/specialty restaurants in metro Phoenix. Best Vegetables: FnB They don't call her "the veggie whisperer" for nothing. Chef Charleen Badman really does have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    PETA Letter Asks Arizona Department of Corrections To Go Vegetarian

    Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, sent a letter to the Arizona Department of Corrections this week asking Director Charles L. Ryan to take meat of the menu. The idea was spurred by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who recently made that move at his own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    5 Best Veggie Burgers in Metro Phoenix

    Ah, the veggie burger. It's arguably the most popular item on a vegetarian-friendly menu -- and the scariest. And so we've eaten veggie burgers far and wide, across the Valley, seeking out the five best in metro Phoenix. Meat lovers, take note. You might learn something.

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    January 24, 2013
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    December 21, 2012

    Last Minute Christmas Gift: Dirt Candy's Comic Book Cookbook Is Hilarious, Has Pandas

    The Book: Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant The Sell: A cookbook presented as a comic book with vegetarian recipes good enough to intrigue even the most diehard omnivore. "Dirt Candy: A Cookbook" is a cookbook about vegetables told thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    10 Meatless Songs in Honor of World Vegetarian Day

    October is a fun month to start planning Halloween costumes and sip on pumpkin spice lattes or pumpkin flavored beers. The month of the gourd serves another purpose- vegetarianism. Today happens to be World Vegetarian Day, which kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month, so stock up on some hummus. If ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    AndyTalk: A Tale of Two Ground Beef Substitutes

    Does mock beef actually mock beef? Or, does fake beef really do justice to the image in which it was created?

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    July 18, 2012

    Veggie Burger Battle: Hillstone vs. FEZ

    Veggie burgers have come a long way since yesteryear's pre-processed, cardboard-flavor hockey pucks. Nowadays, they are made-in-house masterpieces full of whole grains, spices, and tasty stuff like black beans and mushrooms. And you can find them in one form or another on many restaurants' menus. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Fresh Vegetarian Fare at 24 Carrot Juice

    It's not always easy to find a place that serves quick, healthy, and satisfying vegan and vegetarian options. Those in Chandler are lucky to have 24 Carrot Juice, conveniently located on Chandler Blvd. near the 202, I-10, and the 101.

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    December 12, 2011

    Vegetarians and Carnivores Can Unite at Hillstone

    Whether meeting family or friends, chances are good that once or twice this month, you'll go out to eat somewhere fancy. A majority of diners settle for steakhouses, the one place that all Americans are supposed to love. Vegetarians, however, might not be too thrilled with that idea.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Arizona Restaurant Week 2011; Our Top 10 Menu Picks Revealed

    ​ Restaurant Week 2011 is just one week away. With more than 200 restaurants participating, it's hard to sort through all of those menu. Every time you look at one and think, "Holy cow that sounds amazing," then you look at the next two and completely forgot about the first one sinc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Build a Better Veggie "Burger"

    holycowvegan​ There are two reasons veggie burgers get a bad rap. The first is the name. After all, a good burger is typically defined as meaty, juicy and smoky. A good veggie burder doesn't need to be any of that. Then there is the frozen variety of garden-veggie burgers; the cooked contents ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Vegetarian Street Food Cooking Class Tonight at Andy Food

    courtesy of Sandy Liberman Green Chili Lentils Ole Taco​ "I will no longer eat anything that has a face!" proclaims your teenager. For Sunday night dinner-your sibling is bringing an "oh-by the way they are vegetarian" date. Your book club has finally gotten around to reading Michael Pollan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Five Veggie Dishes We'd Give Up Meat For

    Where's the beef? Not on this plate. ​In honor of Meatless Monday, we present five meat-free dishes from Valley restaurants that we'd happily eat all week long. 1. Mongolian Delight, Loving Hut It looks like beef, smells like beef -- even feels like beef when you bite into it. But th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Buddhist Ham, Soy Chorizo and Fakin' Bacon: A Guide to Meat Substitutes

    Carol Blonder soy chorizo and smart dogs​Since the beginning of the year, going meatless one day a week has been, for us, a way to celebrate the bounty of the farmers' market, winter root vegetables, and a commitment to increasing the variety of grains in our diet. So far we have shied awa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Chad Burnett of Parc Central

    Keyon Fareghi The title "executive chef" means different things at different restaurants. For Parc Central's Chad Burnett, it's a soup-to-nuts kinda thing. He does it all.   Burnett has been part of everything at the Scottsdale Quarter restaurant -- from choosing a mixologist all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Graphic Novel Style Cookbook

    Ryan Dunlavey​ How fun is this new book planned by Dirt Candy NYC? Dirt Candy NYC is a brilliantly named vegetable based restaurant in NYC and is one of the only Michelin-recommended vegetarian restaurants in America. Even the most tired home cooks will drag their weary rears to be inspired ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Kick Off Meatless Mondays with Vegetarian Chili

    Meatless Mondays​ We believe in the adage everything in moderation, no extreme exclamations are on our list of New Year resolutions. Which is why we like the idea of Meatless Monday, a movement that has been quietly growing since 2003 appealing to authors, nutritionists, filmmakers, health p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Charleen Badman of FnB, Part Two

    Chef Charleen Badman has made a name fore herself cooking vegetables at FnB, a trend she attributes to her vegetarian yoga instructor/friend. More specifically, she's embraced the vegetables no one else wants to cook and made them her signature: Converting boring, bland leeks into a cult classic tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Veg Out: Faux Burgers That Don't Suck at Nourish and Houston's

    I'm about to blow your mind. Ready? There exists a veggie burger that's as good as the real thing. And I found it. It's always tough to find a restaurant that suits my vegetarian and vegan buddies as well as it does the rest of us omnivores. They're usually stuck with one bland dish or a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Two Free Meals a Week at Green? Get In On This.

    ​My good friend and colleague Steve Jansen tipped me off to a call for entries in an upcoming Ouija Board-themed art exhibit at Green New American Vegetarian Restaurant. The public will be invited to pick favorites in the exhibition, and the winner will get two free meals per week f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Bryan's Barbeque Wrangles Up Bison Ribs and Artichoke Po'Boys this Fall

    Bryan's Black Mountain Barbeque turns to the open range for autumn inspiration and brings home tasty Bison Ribs and Artichoke Po'Boys starting September 1. Chef Bryan Dooley broke out the recipes a little early to give New Times a taste of what's coming to Cave Creek this fall, and we're telling you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Beating the Meat: Veggie Sandwiches at Taps and Oregano's

    Though I may have some carnivorous tendencies (mmm...carne asada), occasionally I get an urge to get closer to Mother Nature via some fresh vegetables. When a salad just won't do and a veggie burger seems too processed, there's always the classic vegetarian sandwich -- or as I like to call ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    87: Pop Cho and Sweet Ginger at The Breadfruit

    ​Hungry yet? 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 section. Visit our sister ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 20, 2010

    Break for Cyclists

    Pedal party at the Rusty Spoke

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    November 27, 2008

    Could It Be . . . Seitan?

    Save a gobbler – eat your veggies

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    Eating Soup in the a.m.

    By Michele Laudig When I heard that The Art of Soup was expanding its hours to include breakfast service, I had to stop myself from shaking my head in bewilderment. Of course soup for breakfast makes sense. The Vietnamese already have that figured out (pho), and so do the Japanese (miso), and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    Farewell, Plaid Eatery

    By Michele Laudig I never had a fair chance to say goodbye to Plaid Eatery, as this cute, vegetarian-friendly Tempe hangout quietly closed this summer while school was out. Makes me wonder if it was the economy, or what -- and how many other little joints are shutting their doors for good. Oh yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Veggie Boy debuts tomorrow

    By Michele Laudig Megan Irwin's weekly installments of Veggie Girl were an instant hit on Chow Bella when they started earlier this summer -- readers gave lots of feedback, and Megan was enthused about covering vegetarian dining. And alas, just when it seemed she was on a roll, Veggie Girl left us ... More >>

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    April 3, 2008
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    September 21, 2007

    Udupi, ewwwwww

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Udupi Cafe, the Tempe Indian eatery that's won rave reviews in the past for its vegetarian cuisine, just got nailed again by the Maricopa County Health Inspector. What a shame. You'd think they would've tried to shape up, after their inspection back in May turned up ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 22, 2006

    Iddly Ain't Piddly

    The pleasures of no flesh

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    January 1, 1998
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    October 17, 1996