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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Does mock beef actually mock beef? Or, does fake beef really do justice to the image in which it was created?
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Carol Blonder soy chorizo and smart dogsSince 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Pedal party at the Rusty Spoke
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The pleasures of no flesh