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    Mark Tarbell on Iron Chef!

    Mark Tarbell gets some sweet airtime this September. Last fall, the gregarious Mark Tarbell -- chef-owner of fave Phoenix eatery Tarbell's -- traveled to New York to appear on The Food Network's Iron Chef America. He was joined by chef de cuisin...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on July 3, 2007 @ 6:38 pm
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    Baroque and The Tavern close their doors

    I just confirmed with the folks at Market Street at DC Ranch that two upscale eateries -- The Tavern and Baroque Luxe Lounge -- closed at the end of last week. The former started off as Star-Spangled Tavern, a spendy comfort food concept from Blue Wa...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on July 2, 2007 @ 4:09 pm
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    As if you needed another excuse to support a local restaurant

    In observation of National Independents Week (clever name!), Local First Arizona, the new face of Arizona Chain Reaction, is offering a sweet 20 percent discount coupon for 35 participating local businesses (including lots of great restaurants, such ...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on July 2, 2007 @ 3:46 pm
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    Korean Score

    Considering our location here in Phoenix, I'm sure I'd benefit from a few Spanish lessons. But I'm not always a practical person. Lately, I've been thinking it'd be cool to learn some Korean. Blame it on a friend of mine who visited South Korea e...

    by Michele Laudig on November 22, 2007
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    Tasty stuff I'm into this week

    1.) Mamey agua fresca at Phoenix Ranch Market -- I thought I'd tried the full lineup of drinks at Phoenix Ranch Market, but the other day, on a quick lunch break with a coworker, I saw a milky pink liquid called Mamey along with the usual offerings, ...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 29, 2007 @ 11:55 am
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    Existential moment at Camus

    So I heard from Carson Quinn yesterday. He's the owner of Camus, the scene-y bar/restaurant at the Clarendon that's been closed since late April. Quinn couldn't talk about the current legal troubles between Camus and the Clarendon that spawned from ...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 28, 2007 @ 11:18 am
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    New dining option at the Clarendon

    According to Ben Bethel, the owner and general manager at the Clarendon, a new restaurant will debut at the hotel by late summer. It'll be called C4, and the menu will feature casual Asian fusion dishes with a Southwestern touch -- sunomono with chi...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 26, 2007 @ 12:51 pm
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    Downtown But Not Out

    In the three years since City Bakery opened its doors to the hungry hipsters of downtown Phoenix, the whole area has undergone a whirlwind of change. First, the mood was pure excitement and optimism. Suddenly, people became interested in downtown...

    by Michele Laudig on November 15, 2007
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    Greens, yams, and cornbread for lunch

    Hey, it's nice to finally see some more action at Artisan Village -- Sister's Homestyle Cafe Express just opened for business last Friday, serving barbecue, fried chicken, jambalaya, and all those tasty-sounding sides that caught your attention in th...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 19, 2007 @ 11:02 pm
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    Tracy Dempsey's concoction

    Okay, so tomorrow night's Digestif tasting at Kazimierz (see my last post) doesn't have a mystery dessert anymore. Here's the lowdown, straight from pastry guru Tracy Dempsey: Olive oil torte (light hint of rosemary) with fresh cherries in a vanilla...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 19, 2007 @ 6:52 pm
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    Kazimierz hosts preview tastings for in-the-works hotspot Digestif

    Even though Digestif Urban Enoteca, restauranteur Peter Kasperski's new "Cal-Ital 'soul food'" spot at Fred Unger's indie-glam SouthBridge development, isn't supposed to open until this October, antsy foodies eager to sample chef Payton Curry's creat...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 19, 2007 @ 5:20 pm
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    Heat Wave

    Don't worry, I'm not going to bitch about the summer anymore. But I can't promise I won't talk about heat. That's because my tongue's still tingling (in a good way) from repeat visits to the south Central outpost of Los Dos Molinos, where New Mexi...

    by Michele Laudig on November 8, 2007
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    Beer plus James Joyce equals . . .

    (Bloomsday is the Irish celebration named after the protagonist of James Joyces' Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, and is held every June 16, the date of the events in the legendary novel.) Oceans Apart will perform live Irish tunes, and there will be readin...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 14, 2007 @ 11:25 am
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    Cutting it close: New knife store caters to chefs

    Do you love knives like a samurai loves katana, or are you just looking for a new chef uniform? Former chef Eytan Zias dropped me a line recently to tell me about his new shop, Phoenix Knife House, located at the corner of Goldwater and Indian Schoo...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 12, 2007 @ 5:38 pm
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    Say goodbye to Counter Culture

    I just got word that Counter Culture Cafe, the indie eatery and caffeine peddler to the downtown arts crowd, has closed. Originally located in a freestanding building on McDowell, the cafe reopened last year inside The Paper Heart, the Grand Avenue g...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 11, 2007 @ 6:10 pm
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    Japanese Black Wagyu beef at Yasu Sushi Bistro

    In a recent review of Yasu Sushi Bistro, I lamented the absence of washu beef on a day I had gotten myself all excited to eat it. Chef Yasu Hashino hadn't gotten any that week, since the quality of what was available wasn't up to his standards. Now...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 8, 2007 @ 4:25 pm
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    Chillin' With Homey

    The days are getting shorter, nighttime temperatures have "cooled down" into the 60s, and I've been hungry for cozy comfort food like mashed potatoes and pot roast. It's crazy, isn't it? I'll bet that you, too, have felt a chill in the air one...

    by Michele Laudig on November 1, 2007
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    Endless Feast update

    Hope you have high-definition television, because The Endless Feast is airing on PBS' HD channel, not the regular one.

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 7, 2007 @ 2:58 pm
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    Wine 101 Crash Course

    Have you ever wanted to take a class in something but just couldn't find the time? Maybe an all-day Thai cooking seminar, or even a semester-long culinary class at Phoenix College? Such is the story of my life these days. There are so many things I'd...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 6, 2007 @ 4:24 pm
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    The Endless Feast, coming soon to a TV near you

    A few months ago, I blogged about The Endless Feast, a new PBS series about organic farms and chefs around the country. One of the episodes highlights a lavish culinary display hosted by the local Slow Food chapter out in the desert, on Yavapai Natio...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 5, 2007 @ 10:40 am
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