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    Second Helpings

    Eat, Sleep and Be Merry: Several high-end Valley resorts offer summer specials to lure locals during the slow season. But once the well-heeled tourists start arriving in the fall, price breaks usually disappear. If you want dinner for two and a room ...

    by Howard Seftel on October 16, 1997
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    Basta Pasta?

    Nick's Pasta & Pizza, 13910 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, 314-9445. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. Today's Jeopardy! answer: ano...

    by Howard Seftel on October 16, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Mind Your Manners: Judith Martin, better known as Miss Manners, has put out a new etiquette manual. From what I see at restaurant dinner tables, I'd say Miss Manners' Basic Training: Eating (Crown Publishers, $15) is long overdue. Anyone who needs pr...

    by Howard Seftel on October 9, 1997
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    Eating Inn

    Bistro 24, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 2401 East Camelback, Phoenix, 468-0700. Hours: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Two of the Valley's swankiest hotels have given their dining rooms a long-overdue makeover. Early this ...

    by Howard Seftel on October 9, 1997
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    Could You Become Another Artie Marinez Case?

    Mental-health experts were asked what would happen to someone like Artie Martinez today under circumstances similar to his in 1955: He was taken to the Arizona State Hospital after he disrobed in public, and remained incarcerated there for most of th...

    by Paul Rubin on October 2, 1997
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    Si, Spaniard

    Espana, 3923 East Thunderbird (next to Fry's), Phoenix, 494-1236. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Monday (dinner only), 4 to 11 p.m. It's been more than 400...

    by Howard Seftel on October 2, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    The British Are Coming: As part of this month's UK/AZ Festival, our British cousins will be sending over some of the things they do best: royalty (Princess Anne), Shakespearean theater (Othello) and fashion design (Zandra Rhodes). But food? The ...

    by Howard Seftel on October 2, 1997
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    One Toque Over the Line - Banished to PBS' back burner, rollicking Chef! is still cooking with gas

    Not long ago, a catalogue arrived at my home called Signals: A Catalog for Fans and Friends of Public Television. Among its wares is a variety of merchandising derived from trendy PBS shows. It offers Are You Being Served? videos, a Keeping Up Appear...

    by M.V. Moorhead on September 25, 1997
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    Repast Life Regression

    It is a labor in vain to attempt to recapture [the past]: all the efforts of our intellect must prove futile. The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object (in the sensation which that material...

    by Howard Seftel on September 18, 1997
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    Grazing in the Grass

    Do you enjoy a nice outdoor luncheon at the bottom of Death Valley? Do you live for the occasional alfresco nosh in the heart of the Kalahari? Do you and your significant other crave a loaf of bread, a jug of wine and each other on the equator of the...

    by M.V. Moorhead on September 11, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Food for Thought: Plenty of folks mistrust the media. I confess I'm wary, too. My latest wave of doubt is inspired by Gourmet magazine, a favorite among foodies. The forthcoming October issue will feature a readers' poll of "America's Top Tables...

    by Howard Seftel on September 4, 1997
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    Consumer Rice Index

    Jade Palace, 9160 East Shea, Scottsdale, 391-0607. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Ethnic-food fans generally fall into two broad categories. There are the squeamish folks for whom a little authenticity goes a lon...

    by Howard Seftel on September 4, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Through the Looking Glass: Windows on the Green is the Phoenician's "casual" Southwestern-themed restaurant. Why the quotation marks around "casual"? Because there's nothing casual about $10 appetizers, $28 entrees and a sommelier with a list of...

    by Howard Seftel on August 28, 1997
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    The Prosciutto Happiness

    Tutti Santi, 7575 North 16th Street, Phoenix, 216-0336. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. Americans are obsessed with progress. Everything alw...

    by Howard Seftel on August 28, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Bay Tripper: Tony Bennett may have left his heart there. But if you're escaping to San Francisco this summer, be prepared to leave your wallet behind, too. It's always good to have a fat bank account, and the city by the bay is an especially won...

    by Howard Seftel on August 21, 1997
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    Spice Grills

    Hatch Valley Chile Co., 13637 North Tatum, Phoenix, 953-2380. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. In these sophisticated time...

    by Howard Seftel on August 21, 1997
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    Joys N the Hood

    Phoenix City Grille, 5816 North 16th Street, Phoenix, 266-3001. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Dinner, Saturday and Sunday, 5 to 11 p.m. What makes a neighborhood desirable in this t...

    by Howard Seftel on August 14, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Remembrance of Things Pasta: Nobody likes cooking this time of year. But if you don't mind doing just a bit of kitchen work--boiling water--you can fool your family into thinking you've been slaving over a hot stove all day. The trick is to visi...

    by Howard Seftel on August 14, 1997
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    Spaghetti Western

    Cowboy Ciao, 7133 East Stetson, Scottsdale, 946-3111. Hours: Dinner, 5 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Looking for a new restaurant experience? These days, Scottsdale's the place. Looking for an old restaurant experience? Scottsdale's still th...

    by Howard Seftel on August 7, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Pierre Today, Gone Tomorrow: It's a pity, but the Valley's premier French-pastry craftsman is saying au revoir to Arizona. Pierre Fauvet and his wife, Joni, have operated Pierre's Pastry Cafe for the past seven years. But the work is grueling, a...

    by Howard Seftel on August 7, 1997
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