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    Leccabaffi transforms into Voce

    Leccabaffi chef-owner Michael Lepore has teamed up with vocalist Khani Cole (who's been a featured performer at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort for more than a decade) and her husband Mike Florio to turn the restaurant into a swanky jazz venu...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on January 10, 2008 @ 2:57 pm
  • Culverís ButterBurger and Jersey Mikeís Subs make their Valley debut

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    Culvers ButterBurger and Jersey Mikes Subs make their Valley debut

    Feed me now. I'm hungry. I'm grumpy. I'm in a hurry. I have plenty of easy excuses to fill up on fast food. But most of the time, novelty isn't one of them. Just think of the comforting familiarity of hot, salty McDonald's French fries -- they'...

    by Michele Laudig on May 29, 2008
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    More Tony Bourdain to love

    Here's a link to a great interview with my favorite globe-trotting, smart-assed, chef/author/TV star. I never get sick of this guy. In the middle of reading this, I laughed so loudly that I'm sure my coworkers think I'm a freak. Enjoy...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on January 9, 2008 @ 4:11 pm
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    New spot for oenophiles: Fine's Cellar

    Ooh, my teeth are turning purple just thinking about Old Town Scottsdale's newest eatery, a wine-centric boutiquey bistro called Fine's Cellar that debuted last Wednesday. It looks promising -- not only because of the menu, but also because of its p...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on January 8, 2008 @ 3:32 pm
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    End of an era: Mary Elaine's closing

    As of yesterday afternoon, representatives from the Phoenician said they had no information that Mary Elaine's, finally, would close after months of rumors that the resort's legendary upscale dining establishment would become a new concept from celeb...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on January 8, 2008 @ 11:06 am
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    No, Welcome Diner isn't closing

    Word was getting around that Welcome Diner, one of downtown's grooviest little eateries -- and I really do mean little -- was closed. And as it turns out, owner Peter Hearn was planning on closing at the current Roosevelt Street location (a cute met...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on January 4, 2008 @ 11:57 am
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    New year, new breakkie joint: Overeasy

    Break an egg, er, leg, Aaron. Sol y Sombra's chef Aaron May has branched out into the breakfast biz, and the new place just opened last Friday. It's called Overeasy, and it's all about the most important meal of the day. I don't know about you, but...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on January 3, 2008 @ 12:40 pm
  • Kabab Palace in Tempe isnít just the only Afghan restaurant in town; itís delicious

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    Kabab Palace in Tempe isnt just the only Afghan restaurant in town; its delicious

    We've heard all about the heart, but does absence make the palate grow fonder, too? If it's top-notch Afghan cuisine -- something the Valley's been deprived of since the early '90s -- then the answer is an enthusiastic "yes." To my knowledge, t...

    by Michele Laudig on May 22, 2008
  • Chef Michael Mina starts the local conspicuous consumption trend with Bourbon Steak

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    Chef Michael Mina starts the local conspicuous consumption trend with Bourbon Steak

    Considering everything that's made a cultural splash so far in the 21st century -- from extreme sports to religious extremism -- it's fair to say that these are pretty extreme times we're living in, and cuisine is no exception. "Celebrity chef" ha...

    by Michele Laudig on May 15, 2008
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    Lil' Christmas present

    The people at Lonely Planet have figured out that I love travel, or that I love books, or that I like giving away free stuff on my blog from time to time. Whatever the reason, I have copies of the new Lonely Planet Encounter series -- groovy mini-gui...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on December 21, 2007 @ 1:29 pm
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    Four Peaks Winter Wobbler going fast

    Four Peaks' latest seasonal beer, the Winter Wobbler, has only been on draft since last week, and already the supply's down to about 200 gallons. "We say it's 'On and gone,'" says owner Andy Ingram. The Winter Wobbler changes every year. Last year...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on December 20, 2007 @ 2:07 pm
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    Chez Nous, part deux

    Just in time for a holiday toast, there's a new, er, old bar that just debuted down on Grand Avenue. It's Chez Nous Cocktail Lounge, avec une nouvelle maison. The funky, old-school local favorite lost its longtime digs (sniff, sniff) to new develo...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on December 19, 2007 @ 11:39 am
  • Geisha A Go Go has Scottsdale hipsters turning Japanese

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    Geisha A Go Go has Scottsdale hipsters turning Japanese

    On the streets of Tokyo, you can hear pachinko parlors before you even see them. Their sound is distinctive, a shimmering white noise created by thousands of little metal balls cascading through the pachinko machines. You'd almost mistake it for r...

    by Michele Laudig on May 8, 2008
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    Gotta love the soup

    My latest solution to turning a shitty day into a semi-good one: Soup. Okay, it wasn't really a completely shitty day -- for the most part, it was pretty productive. But this afternoon I talked to my Dad and got some very depressing news. Super-sa...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on December 18, 2007 @ 10:48 pm
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    Cookbook for indie rockers

    They got me by the title of this one: I Like Food, Food Tastes Good: In the Kitchen With Your Favorite Bands. (Remember that old Descendents song that they named this after? I haven't heard it since the cassette player days. Ahh, nostalgia.) Anywa...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on December 17, 2007 @ 5:39 pm
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    Italian Christmas Celebration at Andreoli tomorrow

    Okay, no you really have no excuse. Never been to Andreoli Italian Grocer? Tomorrow's your day. Already eaten there but haven't gone back lately? C'mon, get yourself over there. One of my food spies just snagged the menu for tomorrow's Italian Chri...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on December 14, 2007 @ 1:51 pm
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    Give props to your favorite Local Heroes

    Pamela Hamilton from Edible Phoenix magazine just dropped me a line to invite Chow Bella readers to nominate their favorite culinary and agricultural personalities for this year's Local Heroes awards. Here are the five categories: Farmer/Rancher/Fo...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on December 13, 2007 @ 8:19 am
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    Lola Coffeebar debuts next week

    As if Daniel Wayne doesn't work hard enough cooking up a storm in the kitchen of his restaurant, Lola Tapas, now he says he's going to be working the espresso machine there every morning, too. Tentatively starting Monday, December 17, Lola Tapas wi...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on December 12, 2007 @ 9:07 am
  • Fineís Cellar pairs well with the Scottsdale dining scene

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    Fines Cellar pairs well with the Scottsdale dining scene

    The wine industry's on an upswing thanks to so many Americans drinking more vino. And if you think you've heard that factoid before, well, you have -- for 14 years running. According to a 2007 report from the Wine Market Council, adult per capita ...

    by Michele Laudig on May 1, 2008
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    Matt's Big Breakfast in the spotlight

    This morning, I chatted with Erenia Pool about the latest news at Matt's Big Breakfast: the Food Network's profiling them, too! (See my post from last week about Joe's Farm Grill.) I couldn't wish the attention on sweeter people. Guy Fieri and the ...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on December 11, 2007 @ 1:56 pm
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