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    Charity Dining Haul

    Sometimes it is so simple to bash chain restaurants, and admittedly, it can be fun. They're behemoths with mass-feeding troughs. They're invisible, out-of-state corporations more concerned with the bottom line than with creative cuisine. They bombard...

    by Carey Sweet on April 13, 2000
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    Casing the Joint

    Back in 1958, when most high school guys were dreaming about cruising Camelback in a cool, two-tone Chevy, Gary Schiller was probably thinking about sausages. That's because at age 13, he began working after school as a Boy Friday at Schreiner's Fine...

    by Kathleen Vanesian on April 13, 2000
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    Quiet Riot

    Quiessence Culinary Center, 6106 South 32nd Street, 602-305-8192. Hours: Dinner, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., October 1 through June 1. Sometimes, you must admit, eating out can be such work. First, there's figuring out what you're hungry for. Chin...

    by Carey Sweet on April 6, 2000
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    Pantry Raid

    Why do people love to tell me about their food-provoked illnesses? Perhaps they're concerned for my occupational safety. More likely it's similar to that perverse urge we all have to tell our newly pregnant friend about a woman who gave birth to a th...

    by Carey Sweet on April 6, 2000
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    Martini Bopper

    Never has one cocktail inspired so many people to produce so many memorably bad quotes (not to mention urban myths). I'm talking about the martini, of course. You know, quotes like those slung around by Barnaby Conrad III, author of The Martini: An...

    by Kathleen Vanesian on April 6, 2000
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    Pho Speed Ahead

    Pho Bang Restaurant, 1702 West Camelback Road, Suite 14, 602-433-9440. Hours: Lunch and dinner, daily, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Our host, Lee, has brought my dining buddy the wrong soup, and he knows it. Yet, he's grinning from ear to ear, and when we ...

    by Carey Sweet on March 30, 2000
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    Spy la Mode

    You're enjoying a quiet, romantic evening at your favorite restaurant. It's just the two of you, gazing lovingly into each other's eyes. But is it? Increasingly, it may be fine to nibble on your appetizer, but not on your date's ear -- not unless...

    by Carey Sweet on March 30, 2000
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    Carib Notes

    Pulsating salsa tunes blare from a boom box as you walk into K-Rico Cafe & Bakery. The small eatery is plopped at the end of a funky strip mall at Glendale and 12th Street, two doors down from The Empire of Toys Collectibles and Comics. Filled with s...

    by Kathleen Vanesian on March 30, 2000
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    Bland of Plenty

    The Landmark Restaurant, 809 West Main Street, Mesa, 480-962-4652. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Our waitress recently relocated from Florida and h...

    by Carey Sweet on March 23, 2000
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    Taco Belle

    We're stretched out under the stars. Scattered around us are the remains of our late-night feast, darkened by the swell of our full tummies. He raises his drink to mine, glasses clink, the music soars, and it occurs to me that this little life o' min...

    by Carey Sweet on March 23, 2000
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    Slice Capades

    The toasty sweet aroma of baking bread greets customers at the door of the WILLO Baking Company. Even after the baking is done, the kitchen air clings to that scent the way perfume from a forgiving violet clings to the heel that crushed it. The ne...

    by Andy Broder on March 23, 2000
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    Diff'rent Toques

    Medizona, 7217 East Fourth Avenue, Scottsdale, 480-947-9500. Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. You have to listen very carefully to catch the delicate melody of Pink Floyd wafting from behind the small bar at Medizona. The haunting str...

    by Carey Sweet on March 16, 2000
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    My Left Fete

    It sounded like such a wonderful evening. Rubbing elbows with 100 dedicated Valley culinarians at an "Out of House" event benefiting the James Beard Foundation. Mingling with some of the Valley's most accomplished chefs. Being feted with cutting-edge...

    by Carey Sweet on March 16, 2000
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    Sour Grapes

    The first edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine devotes four pathetic little lines out of its 1,088 pages to the wines of Arizona. This definitive reference for the neophyte tippler or the oenophile in the know covers the wines of the world from sc...

    by Andy Broder on March 16, 2000
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    Ennui and Upward

    Timothy Michael's Hideaway, 2999 North 44th Street, 602-667-3001. Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. "There once was a lady named Anne, who thought she came from Iran. But she got on...

    by Carey Sweet on March 9, 2000
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    Ego System

    If someone said he could help you save up to a quarter of your business costs each year, you'd listen, wouldn't you? Especially if it was a professional peer giving you advice. If you're a famous chef in a fancy Phoenix restaurant, the answer, appa...

    by Carey Sweet on March 9, 2000
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    Market Crash

    If you've ever been to a good farmers market, you know there's not one in Phoenix. Consider the Hollywood Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Four blocks long and two blocks wide, it is an eater's dream come true. Fresh cheese, all sorts of bakers and...

    by Andy Broder on March 9, 2000
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    Rootin' Teuton

    Meat. Fat. Salt. Flour. Potatoes. Cabbage. If this list doesn't make you drool, German dining probably isn't for you. If you like green things other than garnishes on your plate, traditional Teutonic food isn't likely to rise ber alles among world c...

    by M.V. Moorhead on March 2, 2000
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    Shelf-Help Group

    It was probably over 100 degrees in the shade. In fact, there wasn't much shade. The cook was making sourdough biscuits and boiled salt pork. If he had time, he might make some pinto beans. For dessert, he was planning to make a pie with dried apples...

    by Andy Broder on March 2, 2000
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    Thai Score

    Royal Barge, 8140 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 480-443-1953. Hours: Lunch, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 5 to 9:30 p.m. If my nose starts to run by the third bite,...

    by Andy Broder on February 24, 2000
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