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.
This isn't the first time PETA has gotten sexy to try to persuade people to give up meat or fur or whatever else they want to deprive people of. But its newest ad, created for a PETA Europe campaign, isn't even trying to be subtle with its graphic imagery of animals, ahem, getting it on. See also: ... More >>
Chow Bella has a valentine for you. For the rest of February, we're handing out Candy Hearts -- stories of food and love from some of our favorite writers. Enjoy. "It smells good, right?" I ladled a small portion of the chicken fettuccine alfredo out of the pan and handed it to the boy I was datin ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
In support of the national observance of Meatout 2012 (http://www.meatout.org), Green New American Vegetarian is hosting its 3rd Annual Carnivore Caravan on Saturday, March 17.
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.
Hey kids! PETA, the radical animal rights organization responsible for the comic book targeted at young people entitled, "Your Mommy Kills Animals," is currently heading up its 2011 Cutest Vegetarian Kid Contest -- 'cause meat-eating kids are as hideous as their parents!!! PETA's contest hop ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
guygonecaveman.comWe truly live in a golden age of food awareness. Where once Americans ate whatever grew or grazed around them, we now find a nation of extra-regional culinary tribes; whole dietary religions based on what food we should or shouldn't put in our bodies, how we prepare it, an ... More >>
Meetup is like the adult version of afterschool activities: You find a group you like, sign up to join and then spend your afterhours getting together and doing something related to whatever activity/interest you have in common. It's an easy way to meet new friends, especially when you move to ... More >>
www.junkiepictures.comA biologist at the University of Arizona made an interesting discovery that might make some people think twice before heading for the hills when they find a spider in the house.
PETA caused some hullabaloo (shocker) a couple months back with a billboard posted in Jacksonville, Fla. that said "Save the Whales, Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian." The billboard had a picture of a heavy-set lady on the beach in a not-so-itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie pink polka-dot bikini. Really ... More >>
This is a slightly bizarre but delicious summer soup made of pureed watermelon and tomato. The soup is served cold and requires no cooking, so it'd make vegetarians, vegans and even the raw food crowd happy.The recipe comes from Epicurious by way of Self Magazine. Self says the soup serves up genero ... More >>
I've lived with vegetarians. I even was one for a while. And I live with a vegan now. Cooking without meat doesn't faze me. But it elicits quite a negative response from many of my fellow students. I don't get it. So I'm getting on my soapbox. Chefs should be able to deal with all sorts of dietar ... More >>
The Breadfruit's "Vegan Special" will be Jamaican your mouth water.The Valley isn't exactly known for its Jamaican culture.Truth be told, there's a grand total of two restaurants around these parts that serve up cuisine straight from the tiny Caribbean isle that birthed Bob Marley and the Rastafar ... More >>
Better make sure you're hungry before ordering Eden's Grill's Vegetarian Dish. This isn't exactly a shocking revelation, but you can't always believe what you read on the Internet sometimes. Like, say, if you were doing some online reconnoitering of Eden's Grill (13843 North Tatum Boulevard, 602-99 ... More >>
It's not really Christmas in Arizona without having a tamale or two.Wrapped in warm cornmeal dough and packed with such delicious fillings as cheese and chile peppers, tamales have long been the staple of many a Christmastime dinner table. Even for those who aren't of Hispanic origin, chances are th ... More >>
Spend Christmas Day feasting on the golden chicken and other vegetarian Asian delights at Fresh Mint in Scottsdale. Christmas Day dining options can be quite slim, considering the fact most restaurateurs and food workers would rather toast the yuletide with their nearest and dearest than sling ... More >>
Taryn Schaal, mistress of the Vegan Oven. The holidays are huge time for baked goods, whether you're munching on Christmas cookies made by co-workers or having your mom's spectacular rum cake. And thanks to the efforts of Taryn Schaal, local vegans and vegetarians can nosh on cupcakes that are ... 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 >>
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 >>
A valley vegan couple's fear of obesity was no picnic for their kids
Letters from the week of March 24-30, 2005
Desert Greens Cafe
Vegan cafe serves up a raw deal
Tanya Ferguson likes food nice and raw