Willy Wonka

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in July

    I know summer is supposed to be the slow season for restaurants in this town but I can tell you I didn't notice anything slow during last month's dining excursions. A few of the items that make it on July's list of the best things I ate and drank are special creations that do a great job of showcasi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Phoenix Beats The Taylor Swift Scavenger Hunt--Do You Know The Answer?

    I'm not sure this is a conventional reason to feel civic pride, but I'm going to put it out there: Phoenix completed Taylor Swift's Willy Wonka scavenger hunt in two hours flat, with two of eight sets of tickets going out in less than 30 minutes. That's faster, in my limited research, than most of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Taylor Swift Will Incite a Willy Wonka Scavenger Hunt in Phoenix This Weekend

    When people and brands re-create the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket promotion, they don't always seem aware that Willy Wonka is kind of a sociopath. Regardless: Taylor Swift is re-creating the Golden Ticket promotion, and it's coming to Phoenix. If you can connect a series of clues on Diet Coke's Twitter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Vial of Sound - Crescent Ballroom - 4/13/2013

    Vial of Sound @ Crescent Ballroom, 4/13/2013 Obviously, I was not at Coachella. But I don't get what the big deal about it is, so I didn't care. Besides, something great happens when a bunch of local talent comes together. Sure, music scenes have their pitfalls, their petty grudges, the recycled re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Watch This New York City Barista Draw Tiny, Intricate Foam Portraits in Lattes

    There's plenty of art-related reasons to make a trip to the Big Apple. It's got the Guggenheim, the Met, and MoMA. And the City That Never Sleeps now is home to the king of latte-art portraiture, Mike Breach. See also: - The Coffee Chop Kicks Off Coffee Class Series at Crepe Bar in Tempe - Coffee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    MJ Coe Dishes on His Love of Wonderbread and Baking to the Willy Wonka Soundtrack

    This is part two of our interview with MJ Coe, the bread and butter behind MJ Bread and creative genius behind the wood-fired creations at Federal Pizza. To find out the weirdest thing that MJ ate (or rather, couldn't eat) and where his hatred of Cupcake Wars stems from, check out part one of the in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    David Duarte Makes Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    OMG! It's the Katy Perry Movie Drinking Game!

    I missed Sound Wave, so my Saturday was not spent doing ecstasy in a drained swimming pool. Sad face. I also missed Justin Bieber's concert, which totally blows becausehe threw up, guys! He threw up on stage in front of hundreds of people and now millions of people will watch the video on YouTube an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Anatomy of a Brownie with Eileen Spitalny of Fairytale Brownies

    See also: Fairytale Brownies in Bite-Sized Morsels -- a Dream Come True See also: Tammie Coe, Fairytale Brownies and Goody Twos Toffee for Valentine's Day When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matter, an exact science. In this series, we're g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2012

    Stuffed! Saturday at Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic 2012

    This is what spring in Arizona is all about, people. Fresh air, sun, smiling happy guests and some rockin' Arizona food at the Devoured Phx Culinary Classic. Here's how it went down on Saturday with our favorite booths and people.

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Dengue Fever: "It Doesn't Matter...They Don't Know What the Hell We're Saying Anyway"

    Imagine wild organ swirls, rolling surf licks and jazzy party horns coupled with angular and decidedly eastern melodies, plus a sultry singer who shifts between English and her native Cambodian dialect. That's just a fraction of what shapes Dengue Fever's original sound. The band discovered its ca ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Refresh Glass Updates Ronco's Bottle and Jar Cutter in Style

    Courtesy of Refresh Glass​There's no longer a need to haunt Ebay for Ron Popeil's Ronco Bottle and Jar Cutter kit from the 70's--Ray Delmuro's got it figured out. Three years ago, the owner and creator of Refresh Glass perfected a way to produce sturdy, dishwasher-safe drinking glasses ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Gingerbread Village at Desert Ridge and Sparkling Cranberries in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Gingerbread VillageThe largest gingerbread village in the Valley is all set up and ready to be gawked at! "Candy Wonderland" at the JW Marriott Resort is sure to inspire you to attempt to cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    A Thanksgiving Dinner Fowl: Cornish Pasty Company vs. All Wrapped Up

    Remember that scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where disgusting gum-chewing champion Violet Beauregarde gets her choppers on a piece of gum that tastes like a roast beef dinner, complete with tomato soup and blueberry pie? According to the Institute of Food Research,&nbs ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 8, 2009

    Analog Roll

    Local mystery mixer Djentrification stays out of cyberspace

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2009

    Shopping for Kitchen Supplies: Costco Business Center

    Sloane BurwellThe mandoline - a serious savings on a powerful tool.​ Ask any chef or great cook and they'll tell you - it's all in the tools. Home cooks could spend the rest of their lives amassing their collection, and truth be told - they often do. But what if you're just starting out, on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Smeeks Candy Shop Opens Downtown

    Lauren GilgerA taste of the goodies at Smeeks in downtown Phoenix.It's nice to see a price tag on anything that reads 5 cents. It calls to mind a time way back (a time few among us can remember, but perhaps have read of in books) when gas cost 20 cents a gallon and kids said, "Shucks!" But that's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Sweets & Beats Coming to Grand Avenue it rains, it pours . . . candy. Last week I got the lowdown on Smeeks, a new candy shop coming to Central and Camelback. And now there's already word of another place in the works for Grand Avenue -- right between vintage tiki bar Bikini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Christopher Gross Brings Flavor Tripping Trend to AZ

    Listening to chef Christopher Gross explain the mind- and palate-expanding sensation of eating "miracle fruit," I can't help but think of Willy Wonka waxing poetic about Everlasting Gobstoppers. "You can eat a lemon wedge, and it tastes just like a piece of candy!" he tells me. It's called fla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    Nathan Sproul's anti-Pearce MVD flier; and LD18's Ron Middlebrook and Cecil Ash take money from neo-Nazi J.T. Ready.

    I love this side of Sproul's anti-Pearce MVD flier wherein Pearce gets bitch-slapped by Mary Peters. A tip of the chapeau to the Republican bloggers over at PolitcoMafioso, which bills itself as the "#1 John McCain blog in Arizona." They're the first I've seen to post this Nathan Sproul mailer atta ... More >>

  • Film

    July 10, 2008
  • Film

    August 30, 2007

    Zombie Vision

    The rocker turned Halloween director on demonic gargoyles, the drive-in, and growing up without YouTube

  • Music

    August 23, 2007

    Analog Roll

    Local mystery mixer Djentrification stays out of cyberspace

  • Music

    June 7, 2007

    The Back of Love

    Lindsey Buckingham has big, big love for his work

  • Home Entertainment

    February 8, 2007

    Mustache Ride

    In the latest WarioWare, you can pick your friend's nose

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2006

    Freak Show Maestro

    The cursed arm of Claude de Lorraine... All photos by Megumi Akiyama. Pickled punks: They go great with pastrami and a lil' mustard. Embalmed clown Achile Chatouilleu, under glass, for your protection. The skull of the world's smallest Freemason... Behold! ... More >>

  • Film

    March 2, 2006

    Get Down With Dave

    Chappelle returns with a raucous Party

  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Of Montreal


  • Home Entertainment

    November 10, 2005
  • Dining

    September 8, 2005

    The View From Vu

    Great American nouvelle

  • Film

    August 25, 2005

    Working Blue. And Brown

    There is a pony in there somewhere

  • Film

    July 21, 2005

    Bad News

    One more awful remake strikes out

  • Culture

    July 21, 2005

    Bar None

    Candy man Colin Redding chocs it up to experience

  • Film

    July 14, 2005

    Chocolate Kisses

    Wonka just got weirder

  • Culture

    June 2, 2005

    Excess Hollywood

    In the season of sequels and Happy Meal toys, '05 may be a pleasant surprise

  • Dining

    May 26, 2005


    Pizza guy gets lucky

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2005
  • Dining

    June 28, 2001

    Scoop du Jour

    Oh to be a professional ice cream taster

  • Film

    February 22, 2001

    Ape Escape

    Monkeybone, like a dream, is best when half-remembered

  • Film

    January 18, 2001

    Hacked Off

    The flimsy techno thriller Antitrust does nothing to boost Ryan Phillippe to stardom

  • Film

    December 21, 2000

    Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

    Lasse Hallström greets the season with a huge dose of Chocolat

  • Music

    September 7, 2000

    Master of Puppets

    Curt Kirkwood is the heart, soul and everything else of the Meat Puppets, no matter who's in the band

  • News

    September 16, 1999

    Black Rock or Combust

    Afterthoughts on the 1999 Burning Man Festival, from a four-year veteran

  • Film

    August 29, 1996

    Candied Camera

    Willy Wonka's dark chocolate still tasty at 25

  • Calendar

    November 16, 1995
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    November 9, 1995
  • Calendar

    November 2, 1995