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    Second Helpings

    Generation X Files: Are you between the ages of 25 and 36? Do you think no one cares about you? Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Some very important people care very much about you. They're the people who run the world's biggest liquor companies...

    by Howard Seftel on January 7, 1999
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    Matney Idol

    Eddie Matney's Epicurean Trio, 2398 East Camelback, Phoenix, 957-3214. Hours: Fine-Dining Room--Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m; Bistro--Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10:30 ...

    by Howard Seftel on January 7, 1999
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    You've Got Meal

    It's the season for fantasy. The warm glow is still with us: Family members are still talking to one another, we've got a righteous feeling about all the self-improvement resolutions we've sworn to undertake at some indeterminate future time, and...

    by Howard Seftel on December 31, 1998
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    Lunchroom Confidential - The Gallery Cafe / Express Cafe

    Would you like to have your cavities filled by a student dentist? Would you get on an airplane flown by a student pilot? Would you trust your haircut to a student barber? I get the dry heaves when a skilled dentist approaches me with dental flos...

    by Howard Seftel on December 24, 1998
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    Second Helpings - Message to Santa

    Message to Santa: Peace on Earth? Goodwill toward men? A winning PowerBall ticket? The Big Guy at the North Pole never seems to act on my personal Christmas wishes. He doesn't seem to care for my professional wishes, either. If I don't get some ...

    by Howard Seftel on December 24, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Book Notes: I always get a laugh when people tell me I've got a glamorous job. Maybe 5 percent of my time is spent at the trough. And maybe 5 percent of that is really good eating. Believe me, the other 95 percent of my work--sitting in front of...

    by Howard Seftel on December 17, 1998
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    Mondo Carne

    Bistecca, 7014 East Camelback (Scottsdale Fashion Square), Scottsdale, 481-7800. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. Kids scan the skies for ...

    by Howard Seftel on December 17, 1998
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    Buffet the Appetite Slayer

    Mr. Tokyo, 5965 West Ray Road, Chandler, 940-8999. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Back in the 1970s, my wife and I were Peace Corps ...

    by Howard Seftel on December 10, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Market Watch: Not very long ago, Valley residents looking for any ethnic food except soy sauce had to make an excursion to Los Angeles. Things sure have changed. These days, every supermarket carries aisles of once-exotic products. Why? Let's gi...

    by Howard Seftel on December 10, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Up in Smoke: If you run a wine and liquor retail operation, you look forward to the holiday season with the same sense of anticipation as a kid with a notarized "good behavior" certificate from Santa. That's when the profits roll in. On November...

    by Howard Seftel on December 3, 1998
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    Tabbouleh Market

    Years ago, living in Los Angeles, I had Middle Eastern neighbors, refugees from the civil war in Lebanon. The wife seemed to have superhuman energy--working full-time, keeping close watch on three kids and cooking up a storm. Once in a while, Na...

    by Howard Seftel on December 3, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Grateful Thanks: This is the time of year to reflect and give thanks for our many blessings. Obviously, we're all appreciative of Arizona's postcard scenery--and weather that lets us enjoy it. But, as someone whose job requires 225 meals out a year, ...

    by Howard Seftel on November 26, 1998
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    Shopping Carte

    Cafe Nordstrom, 7055 East Camelback (Nordstrom at Scottsdale Fashion Square), Scottsdale, 946-4111. Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Today's report: The First Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims wer...

    by Howard Seftel on November 26, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Rising to the Occasion: Chefs are always looking to be on the cutting edge. One saucy French chef, however, has apparently gone just a bit too far. According to Nation's Restaurant News, Jean-Louis Galland came up with a novel way to get his bee...

    by Howard Seftel on November 19, 1998
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    Elite Night Snack

    Wrigley Mansion Club, 2501 East Telawa Trail, Phoenix, 955-4079. Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Wednesday through Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. You've got to hand it to America's old-time robber barons. Sure, the Vanderbilt...

    by Howard Seftel on November 19, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Grin and Beer It: I used to think that just about every possible microbrew niche has been filled. Remember 10 years ago, when the typical supermarket beer case carried Bud, Miller and an occasional foreign six-pack? These days, even the corner grocer...

    by Howard Seftel on November 12, 1998
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    Smoked Sermon

    The Barbecue Company's Grill & Cafe, 4636 South 36th Street, Phoenix, 243-3771. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No one has any trouble praising greatness. But mediocrity rarely gets its due. Perhaps history's most ins...

    by Howard Seftel on November 12, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Safe Mex: There's no shortage of Mexican restaurants in the Valley. But there aren't too many outstanding ones. This week's Mexican-food trip (see Cafe review, page 81) got me thinking about just which ones they are. The following places may be somew...

    by Howard Seftel on November 5, 1998
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    Untouched by an Anglo

    El Conquistador, 15420 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, 493-3913. Hours: Lunch, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Tuesday through Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Lunch and Dinner, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Would you eve...

    by Howard Seftel on November 5, 1998
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    Capisce de Resistance

    Leccabaffi Ristorante, 9719 North Hayden, Scottsdale, 609-0429. Hours: Lunch, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Tuesday through Sunday, 5 to 11 p.m. My fellow citizens: Today, I announce my candidacy for governor. If my write-in ca...

    by Howard Seftel on October 29, 1998
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