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Creature Comforts Creature Comforts
, December 13, 2007
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... More >>
The Big Bang The Big Bang
, December 06, 2007
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... More >>
SanTan Scene SanTan Scene
, November 29, 2007
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,... More >>
Korean Score Korean Score
, November 22, 2007
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... More >>
Downtown But Not Out Downtown But Not Out
, November 15, 2007
In the three years since City Bakery opened its doors to the hungry hipsters of downtown Phoenix, the whole area has undergone a whirlwind of... More >>
Heat Wave Heat Wave
, November 08, 2007
Don't worry, I'm not going to bitch about the summer anymore. But I can't promise I won't talk about heat. That's because my tongue's still... More >>
Chillin' With Homey Chillin' With Homey
, November 01, 2007
The days are getting shorter, nighttime temperatures have "cooled down" into the 60s, and I've been hungry for cozy comfort food like mashed... More >>
Fire Starters Fire Starters
, October 25, 2007
You've gotta hand it to restaurateurs Robert Stempkowski and Stephen Wolff — they came up with a really clever concept when they decided to open... More >>
Fish Tale Fish Tale
, October 18, 2007
We've all heard the old saying about the importance of first impressions, but in the restaurant biz, it's no mere cliché. With so many dining... More >>
Island Discovery Island Discovery
, October 11, 2007
When I told some friends that I wanted to check out Island Roots Guam Cuisine, a cheerful "island-style barbecue" spot in south Tempe, I fully... More >>
To Go .  .  . Or Not To Go To Go . . . Or Not To Go
, October 04, 2007
I have always found it strange that the Valley lacks the kind of grab-and-go spots that are so popular in other big cities. Places that take the... More >>
Gravy Kind of Love Gravy Kind of Love
, September 27, 2007
How often do you go out for German food? Probably not that frequently, considering there are only a handful of places in the entire Valley... More >>
State  of the Union State of the Union
, September 20, 2007
I hate it when I can't quite put my finger on something. Having plenty of opinions — and putting them all in writing — usually comes pretty... More >>
Overdone Overdone
, September 13, 2007
This whole burger trend has really gotten out of hand. Whatever happened to a nice, juicy hamburger, big enough to hold with both hands, and... More >>
House of Style House of Style
, September 06, 2007
I had a headline idea for this column before I even sat down to write it: "Crowded House." But that would give you the wrong impression about... More >>
Some Like It Hot Some Like It Hot
, August 30, 2007
Many years ago, I dated a chef with a thing for chile peppers. He couldn't get enough of the hot stuff, couldn't shut up about habaneros and... More >>
Virgin Territory Virgin Territory
, August 23, 2007
It's good to push your boundaries once in a while, and recently, I tested the limits of how far I'd travel for this column. The answer? About 40... More >>
Cult Classic Cult Classic
, August 16, 2007
I'm usually good at keeping secrets, but when it comes to a great restaurant find, I just can't keep my mouth shut. Apologies to my friends... More >>
Vine  Dining Vine Dining
, August 09, 2007
As my colleague Booze Pig can attest, there's no shortage of little hole-in-the-wall joints to grab a cold Bud in this simmering city of ours. ... More >>
Let Them Eat Cake Let Them Eat Cake
, August 02, 2007
If this were 16th-century Europe, David Pham would be considered a renaissance man. Not only does Pham, hands-on owner of Bamboo Bakery on West... More >>
The Zen of Falafel The Zen of Falafel
, July 26, 2007
Last August, when I heard that Sabuddy, the popular Israeli restaurant in Tempe, had opened a second location in Scottsdale, I took it as a sign... More >>
Northern Exposure Northern Exposure
, July 19, 2007
When I heard chef Brian Ford was opening his own place, I got excited. The last place on his resumé was Quiessence, the wonderful fine dining... More >>
Mixed Signals Mixed Signals
, July 12, 2007
Just when you thought the intersection of 40th Street and Campbell couldn't get any more mobbed, along comes radioMILANO, the latest hotspot from... More >>
From Yasha with Love From Yasha with Love
, July 05, 2007
If you've been pining for piroshki (Russia's answer to the Hot Pocket) like your dear departed babushka used to make — or maybe jonesing for some... More >>
Now That's Italian! Now That's Italian!
, June 28, 2007
Just because Phoenix doesn't have a Little Italy doesn't mean there aren't plenty of Italians here. You just have to know where to look. A few... More >>
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