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    Scottsdale, say hello to the 30 dollar sandwich

    The Foodbar was just the first of seven restaurants in the works for the upscale, canal-front SouthBridge development in Scottsdale. Next up, with a planned debut in October, will be Canal, a scenestery spot where there decor will include 30 feet of ...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on August 7, 2007 @ 9:10 am
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    The dish on dish: a food experience

    When it comes to restaurant openings, I'm like a hungry kid who wants another helping of mac 'n' cheese. Another new place? Yes, please! The latest place I'm looking forward to checking out is called dish: a food experience, a new market and bi...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on August 6, 2007 @ 5:00 pm
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    Bang Bang, they shot her down

    Wow, this is a first: having a server blame you for your shitty food. I met my friend at Pho Bang for lunch -- we usually frequent Da Vang -- and her order of catfish came out smelling very, very wrong. She told me to taste it to see if I agreed, an...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on August 2, 2007 @ 5:27 pm
  • Shine On


    Shine On

    Call me sadistic. I take a lot of pleasure in bragging about the weather in Arizona, especially this time of year. When my friends and family back East are busy salting the driveway or digging themselves out from under a foot of snow, it feels goo...

    by Michele Laudig on December 27, 2007
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    Another helping of Japan

    Does it remind you of the Phoenix skyline? (Ha.) The view from the observation level of Roppongi Hills was almost as high as an airplane, with skyscrapers as far as the eye could see in every direction. Love how my friends chose that moment to joke a...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on July 31, 2007 @ 11:31 am
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    Feed me, Tokyo

    Engrish is everywhere! Yes, it's a very gourmetic world, and we're just living in it. A friend took me to her favorite soba shop, where the noodles are homemade and served Edo-Mae-style (i.e., a strong, salty soy dipping broth, not th...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on July 31, 2007 @ 11:08 am
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    Eating in Kyoto

    Imobou was a nice pitstop on a rainy day. Across the street, the park was full of noisy crows that we watched through the window. These birds were as big as dogs -- I should've taken a picture of them. Later, this was my snack at a mi...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on July 31, 2007 @ 10:41 am
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    Picture postcards from Japan

    Can you imagine having this right in the middle of town? This castle is the pride and joy of Himeji, a.k.a. Phoenix's sister city in Japan. I'd been there eight years ago, but it was fun all over again. Who needs an elliptical machine when you can cl...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on July 31, 2007 @ 10:24 am
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    Back in the U. S. of A.

    Aw, thanks for worrying about me, guys! Everything's cool, I'm alive and well, but just a little jet-lagged. As some of you know, and some have correctly guessed, I was on my annual jaunt to Japan, this time for a bit longer than in years past. My ...

    @ Chow Bella by Michele Laudig on July 30, 2007 @ 5:29 pm
  • Suited to a Tea


    Suited to a Tea

    Can you believe I wrote my college admissions essay about how coffee was going to take over the world? Me neither. But somehow it worked. Not only did I get into the university of my choice, my prediction came true -- sort of, at least. In 1992, I...

    by Michele Laudig on December 20, 2007
  • Creature Comforts


    Creature Comforts

    I was surprised to hear our brown-eyed, soft-spoken waiter raise his voice, sounding highly annoyed. "Hey, we could open the window and let it go out," he said sternly to the man across the room, who was busy thrashing at an unwelcome bee that had...

    by Michele Laudig on December 13, 2007
  • The Big Bang


    The Big Bang

    My morning ritual started the same as always. I went to the break room to get a cup of tea, came back to my desk, fired up the computer, and picked up the phone to check my voicemail. One by one, I listened to rambling messages from publicists who...

    by Michele Laudig on December 6, 2007
  • SanTan Scene


    SanTan Scene

    Scottsdale can't have all the fun. Sometimes it feels as though that city has a monopoly on dining hotspots, from the action around the canal, to the stuff around Shea, to the northern outposts at DC Ranch. But while Scottsdale Road might be a main...

    by Michele Laudig on November 29, 2007
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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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    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
  • Korean Score


    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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    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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