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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
  • Scottsdale's new Canal restaurant is all about the glitz and glamour -- oh, and the 30 Dollar Sandwich

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    Scottsdale's new Canal restaurant is all about the glitz and glamour -- oh, and the 30 Dollar Sandwich

    Here's my dining advice for the week: Don't knock a "30 Dollar Sandwich" 'til you've tried it. It certainly helps to have a sense of humor when you dine at Canal, a trendy, three-month-old restaurant tucked away on the second floor of the SouthBri...

    by Michele Laudig on January 24, 2008
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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
  • GrainBelt GrillHouse: Hearty eats from the Heartland, right in downtown Gilbert

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    GrainBelt GrillHouse: Hearty eats from the Heartland, right in downtown Gilbert

    Come January 30, Michael Savoie will have plenty to celebrate. That date will mark the first anniversary of GrainBelt GrillHouse, his comfortable, upscale-casual eatery in downtown Gilbert. And to anyone familiar with the building that houses the ...

    by Michele Laudig on January 17, 2008
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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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    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
  • Breaking up with Cien Agaves isn't so hard to do

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    Breaking up with Cien Agaves isn't so hard to do

    It's not a big stretch to compare restaurants to relationships. Finding a great new place is like having a crush. You notice an intriguing stranger, flirt with the idea of stopping by, get seduced by the food, and end up craving more. You might keep ...

    by Michele Laudig on January 10, 2008
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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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    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
  • Good to Be Bad

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    Good to Be Bad

    If 2008 goes according to plan, then I just might find a big ol' sack of coal under the Christmas tree at the end of the year. Lately, I've gotten so many holiday well-wishes that I've started to take them literally. Have a happy New Year? Don't m...

    by Michele Laudig on January 3, 2008
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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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    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
  • Shine On

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    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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