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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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    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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    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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    Phoenix, get ready to tune in to radioMILANO

    LGO Hospitality -- the creative team behind Postino, Chelsea's Kitchen, and La Grande Orange -- has just announced the upcoming June 3 opening of radioMILANO, a new neighborhood Italian spot located right across the street from Postino. The neon sign...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 1, 2007 @ 1:37 pm
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    The pastry goddess behind Confetti Cakes

    Aren't those some of the cleverest cupcakes you've ever seen? That's what I thought, too, when I took a look at The Confetti Cakes Cookbook, by Elisa Strauss, owner of New York City's Confetti Cupcakes. I'll probably never get around to attempting ...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on June 1, 2007 @ 10:51 am
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    More fun in Central Phoenix

    Groovy, baby: The downtown art crowd comes out for a beer at The Lost Leaf. Up until recently, The Lost Leaf was an eclectic, newish art gallery downtown, located just off of Roosevelt Row. (It's two doors south of MADE Art Boutique, which is on t...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on May 30, 2007 @ 4:25 pm
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    Fire Starters

    You've gotta hand it to restaurateurs Robert Stempkowski and Stephen Wolff they came up with a really clever concept when they decided to open a down-home barbecue joint in Tempe. In a city with plenty of pizza, Asian food, and Middle Eastern cu...

    by Michele Laudig on October 25, 2007
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    End of an era: Michael's at the Citadel closes

    So it was true after all. A month ago, I'd gotten word that chef Michael DeMaria would be closing Michael's at the Citadel to make way for a new restaurant venture. When I contacted him about it, though, he told me that lease negotiations were still...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on May 29, 2007 @ 11:13 am
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    Mmm . . . TastyKakes

    After sending a few emails back and forth about hoagies, I found out from a fellow East Coast native that Tastykakes, some of my favorite junk food from back home, are actually available at Corleone's cheesesteak places around here. Has anybody els...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on May 25, 2007 @ 10:51 am
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    Chef Roberto Santibanez from Rosa Mexicano

    This week's big event is a reception and dinner with chef Roberto Santibanez, a Mexico City native and culinary director for New York City's Rosa Mexicano restaurant. Santibanez has a new book out, Rosa's New Mexican Table, and it's a beauty, filled ...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on May 22, 2007 @ 1:55 pm
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    Fish Tale

    We've all heard the old saying about the importance of first impressions, but in the restaurant biz, it's no mere clich. With so many dining options these days, people expect their initial experience at a new spot to be better than so-so it'd bett...

    by Michele Laudig on October 18, 2007
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    Move over Pink Taco...

    It's pretty obvious from my recent review of Pink Taco that a little sexual innuendo goes a long way in the restaurant biz, even when the food's an afterthought. Now there's a new game in Scottsdale, promising an even ballsier menu (accidental pun, ...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on May 21, 2007 @ 5:33 pm
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    Silver Palate Cookbook author comes to Phoenix

    Twenty-five years ago, when Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso published the The Silver Palate Cookbook, they had no idea it would make them famous. But people took to it for both its accessibility as well as its variety of sophisticated dishes made eas...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on May 15, 2007 @ 1:53 pm
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    Island Discovery

    When I told some friends that I wanted to check out Island Roots Guam Cuisine, a cheerful "island-style barbecue" spot in south Tempe, I fully expected them to be clueless about the food. And they were. But luckily for me, they were curious enough to...

    by Michele Laudig on October 11, 2007
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    You know your sushi's fresh when....

    ...you see the chef hoist a three-foot-long section of fish onto the counter, still intact! I'm talking skin, fins, tail 'n all. My friend and I met up for lunch at Hana Sushi, that brand-new place at the NW corner of 7th Ave and Missouri (by Sylvi...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on May 11, 2007 @ 5:55 pm
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    Fate's Johnny Chu expands his downtown empire

    Johnny Chu's so excited about his upcoming projects that he's gotten me all excited, too. The chef/owner of Fate, the hip Asian eatery on 4th Street between Garfield and Roosevelt, has had a busy last three months, traveling all over the place for ...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on May 10, 2007 @ 3:51 pm
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    No love for Bangkok?

    My copies of the Lonely Planet Barcelona and Buenos Aires editions went like hotcakes, but I still have two of the Bangkok guides left. Please write to me if you want one! I keep looking at them and now I can't get "One Night in Bangkok" out of my ...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on May 8, 2007 @ 6:10 pm
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    Congrats to Sea Saw's Chef Nobuo Fukuda!

    Cheers to the winner: Chef Nobuo Fukuda savors the sweet taste of victory. Yeah, Arizona messed with Texas -- where all of this year's other James Beard "Best Chef -- Southwest" nominees are from -- and came out ahead. At last night's 2007 Jam...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on May 8, 2007 @ 11:34 am
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    Free shizzle

    There's no rule that says I can't make a New Year's resolution in May, right? Well, from now on, I'm going to start giving away more free stuff to Chow Bella readers. I'll make it as easy and painless as possible -- I'll post what I've got, and you...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on May 7, 2007 @ 4:55 pm
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