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    September 24, 2014

    Bar Hill Gin and Vodka Made with Raw Honey Now Available in Phoenix

    Hailing from northern Vermont, Caledonia was known for a long time for their local, raw honey. The beekeeping family, now led by Todd Hardie, ventured into the spirit distilling world about five years ago and now the unique vodka and gin from Caledonia Spirits is hitting Arizona. Using the honey fro ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Beer Jelly Lets You Have Your Favorite Ale for Breakfast

    If you're the kind of beer lover who wishes they could pair a brew with every meal, or even just have your favorite ale be the meal itself, you're in luck. One Vermont resident has taken four different beer flavors and infused them into spreadable jellies.

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    June 20, 2014

    Eating Locally in Phoenix: We're Not Perfect, But We've Come a Long Way

    Hey, have you been paying attention out there? Because if so, then you might have noticed that in the period of less than a week we're written about how the Valley is a great place for local food lovers and also a horrible place for eating locally. Wait, what? Yeah, I know. That seems a little c ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    Arizona Named One of the Worst States to Eat Locally

    The number of local organic farmers seems to be on the uptick every time we hit a farmers market, but, according to a Vermont-based local food advocacy group, our state is one of the absolute worst when it comes to eating locally. In fact, the only states worse than Arizona on the index are Nevada a ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    How to Make Your Own Yogurt

    A few years back I took cheese making classes in Vermont. Back on the west coast afterwards, I visited with one of my friends from cheese class to make some cheese and that is when she introduced me to making your own yogurt, allowing me to take her new yogurt maker for a spin. I loved the idea of ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    The 11 Best Canned Beers in the Country

    The first beer can -- a heavy-gauge steel number that had to be stabbed open with a sharp piece of metal -- first hit the market almost 80 years ago. I envy the beer bloggers of those days. With just two beers available (Krueger's Cream Ale and Krueger's Finest Beer), ranking the best canned beers i ... More >>

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    April 6, 2014

    PHX AM After Party feat. Death, Allah-Las, and More - The Pressroom - 4/5/14

    PHX AM After Party feat. DEATH The Pressroom 4/5/14 The PHX AM After Party, sponsored by local board shop Cowtown Skateboards, is always an interesting happening. Over the years, the company has put together some of the more eclectic shows to hit the Valley in celebration of one of the better skate ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Grassroots Arctic Saison: Hill Farmstead, Here

    Beer: Arctic Saison Brewery: Grassroots Brewing Co. Style: Saison ABV: 6 percent Until the much-sought-after Three Floyds Brewing Co. collaborated with Mikkeller, we could never get their beer in Arizona. Russian River was also never available in our state -- until the famed brewery collaborated S ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Grace Potter: "Do I Want To Do The Katy Perry Thing?"

    by Chris Parker Wild and free like much of what you'll find in Vermont, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have had the opportunity to grow on for four albums on Disney subsidiary Hollywood Records. They've never stood still, passing from rootsy jam to southern rock to the atmospheric dance-tinged mod ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Jason Anderson: "Someone Described Me As 'The Andrew WK of Folk Music'"

    I feel like a typical singer-songwriter set involves opening with two or three high energy numbers before mellowing out a little bit, so as to not over-exert oneself or the audience. This isn't exactly Jason Anderson's pace. Watching him is like witnessing an indie Bruce Springsteen whose speed is a ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013
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    March 25, 2013

    10 Places in Metro Phoenix to Get Great Pancakes

    Despite our mother's best advice about breakfast, most of us give the all-important first meal of the day short shrift during the work week. We gulp down sugary cereal, grab a granola bar (which probably shouldn't be considered food, much less breakfast), or just settle for a few thousand cups of co ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    7 Restaurants Serving Brunch and Bloody Marys on New Year's Day

    If you're one of the few who won't wind up with a massive hangover courtesy of New Year's Eve -- or if you're the type to be in bed before midnight regardless of the occasion -- celebrate the New Year with a delectable restaurant brunch. You can keep the party going from 2012 to 2013, or sleep in an ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    October 26, 2012

    Bruegger's Bagels Opens First of Six Planned Locations

    Bruegger's Bagels may be just another national chain adding new locations throughout the Valley this year, but chances are it's the only one holding a Guinness World Record. See also: Best Bagels 2012 -- New York Bagels 'N Bialys In 2004, the Vermont-based company with over 300 locations in 26 sta ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012
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    August 16, 2012
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    July 17, 2012

    District American Kitchen and Wine Bar: Happy Hour Report Card

    See also: Humble Pie: Happy Hour Report Card See also: Sierra Bonita Grill: Happy Hour Report Card The Spot: District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, Sheraton Hotel, 320 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. 602-817-5400, The Hours: Breakfast 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012
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    April 16, 2012

    Top Ten Spots for Mac 'n' Cheese in the Valley

    Mm, mm, mac 'n' cheese. President Thomas Jefferson had it for dinner at the White House in 1802, Crayola made it a crayon color in 1993, and Kraft sells more than one million boxes of it every day. Dressed up with additional ingredients or stripped down and simple, mac 'n' cheese, essentially cook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Paint it Guggenheim

    One new idea for every day in 2011. We're talking big, small, local, international, in action, and on the drawing board. Here's today's -- what's yours?​For more than 50 years, the walls of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum have hosted artwork by Paul Cézanne, Vasily Kandinsky, Franz M ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu Sued by National Prison Legal News, With Help From ACLU

    Image: www.prisonlegalnews.orgPrison Legal News editor Paul Wright, (with movie star Danny Trejo).​ A national news magazine for prisoners is suing Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu in federal court for the right to distribute its publications to jail inmates.Paul Wright, editor of the Vermont-b ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Rock Art Vermonster ​The beer: The VermonsterThe brewery: Rock Art BreweryStyle: American BarleywineABV: 10 percent Normally, I like to introduce you to new beers in this space. There's been no shortage of choices in that regard -- tons of great breweries have been entering Arizona late ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011
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    March 10, 2011
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    March 7, 2011

    New in Scottsdale: Bonfire Grill & Bar

    ​Chef Matt Carter built his reputation with French cuisine at Scottsdale's Zinc Bistro, and he's expanded his repertoire to contemporary Mexican food at The Mission. For awhile, he even had his own Asian fusion spot, the now-defunct Nine 05, in Downtown Phoenix. Obviously the guy has a ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    What's Your Grind Coffee

    ​This past First Friday, we tried an Arizona coffee blend, from a mobile vendor on 9th Street and McKinley. We were pleasantly surprised to not only see some action east of Roosevelt Street, but at the robust flavor of said local coffee, called What's Your Grind.This family-owned Arizona company s ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Pumpkin Showdown: Pumpkin Curry

    We are obsessed with pumpkin so much over here at Chow Bella that we thought it was time to take all the smack talk to task with a pumpkin showdown. All the blog contributors gathered 'round the table with their best pumpkin recipes to see whose dish gets the Great Pumpkin award. Today's contend ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    .listen: "Defiance"

    ​Artist: The trickily named .listen.Album: A CD-R containing one song from .listen's future album Atomic Sunrise, "Defiance," was all that was submitted.Basics: .listen is a young man named Eric who moved from Vermont to Scottsdale and has been a MySpace member since April 5. .listen is bille ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    "John Doe," Who Killed Himself in Yuma in 1997, Believed to be Man Who Murdered Wife and Daughter in Vermont in 1978

    Vermont State PoliceMichael Reapp​Police in Vermont announced this morning that a man they believe is responsible for murdering his wife and daughter in Waterbury, Vermont in 1978, killed himself in Arizona in 1997 -- nearly 20 years after the murders.Sergeant Tara Thomas, spokesperson for the Ver ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    SanTan Brewing Celebrates 'Burgers & Beer' This Week

    SanTan Brewing Company is celebrating American Craft Beer Week, which kicks off today, with a daily "Burger & Beer" pairing. Each day this week, the downtown Chandler microbrewery will create a different specialty burger to complement one of its unique ales: Today: Smoked bacon cheeseburger, a ... More >>

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    March 4, 2010
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    November 6, 2009

    Is More Alcohol in Beer Really a Good Idea?

      USA Today recently reported that some states are pushing for higher alcohol-by-volume percentages in beer. While the average has about 4.65 percent alcohol in it, in states like Vermont and Montana, you can drink a breskie with upward of 16 percent alcohol in the drink.

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    October 31, 2009

    Phish Live 8: Photos From Day 1

    ​Phish Halloween Indio, California = Pumpkin carving contest. ​Phish takes the stage playing "Party Time" in Indio, California for their Live 8 Festival. The reunited Vermont jam band is combining two of their biggest traditions, a massive festival and a Halloween concert that features the ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Mesa Air Group Being Sued by Mom Thrown Off Plane for Breast-Feeding​A Vermont woman, who was thrown off an airplane for refusing to put a blanket over herself while she breast-fed her 1-year-old daughter, is suing Mesa Air Group. The incident happened about three years ago and sparked national protests, or "nurse-ins" at 19 ai ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    The Marijuana Militia's Been Activated to Bring Medicinal Dope to Arizona

      www.artfiles.comIn the 1997 Quentin Tarantino film Jackie Brown, Robert DeNiro's character walks into an apartment and finds Bridget Fonda's flakey blonde character watching television with bong in  hand. He says to her: "You know that shit will kill your ambit ... More >>

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    December 28, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    By Noah W. Bailey Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008
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    August 14, 2008

    Sweet 15

    Novelist turns her pen toward the real-life quinceañera

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    March 6, 2008

    Folk Hero

    Say “a-yuh” to Vermonter’s sweet-natured art

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    October 27, 2005

    Venus Envy

    Lady writers, not on the TV

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    May 1, 2003

    Positive Spin

    Turning an important play about political correctness into good theater

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    March 20, 2003

    That's All, Folk

    Fest explores musical traditions

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    December 19, 2002


    Round Room (Elektra)

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    August 15, 2002

    Tamale Tale

    Tamale peddlers take it to the streets

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    December 21, 2000

    Klieg Lights in Vermont

    State and Main's ducks are crowded head to tail in their barrel

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    March 2, 2000
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