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Liège Largess Liège Largess
Belgian endeavor
, April 06, 2006
Hoist the Belgian tricolor and strike up that kingdom's national anthem, "La Brabançonne." Chart a course for the ancient port city of Antwerp,... More >>
Name Blame Name Blame
Scores some hits, but not destination dining yet
, March 30, 2006
I'd have a rough time coining a more idiotic name for a restaurant than "Cocono's," the d.b.a. of the new West Valley venture brought to us by... More >>
Crescent Fresh Crescent Fresh
The cafe that foot traffic forgot
, March 23, 2006
I've had New Orleans on the cerebrum lately, and not just because the Katrina disaster remains an open sore on the American body politic. I... More >>
Blarney Boned Blarney Boned
Turning of the green
, March 16, 2006
Holy headcheese, not another freakin' Irish place! Now, don't ruffle your kilts, lads. After all, it is St. Paddy's Day, and this is the only... More >>
Pogue Mahone Pogue Mahone
Erin go bar
, March 09, 2006
Irish Disneylands? You bet they exist. Actually, I'm as sure that Shane MacGowan likes his Jameson that you've been to one. Hard to avoid 'em in... More >>
Uni  Vision Uni Vision
Roll with it
, March 02, 2006
Outstanding sushi in the wiles of the northwest Valley? Yeah, right. Now you'll be telling me that President Bush has been secretly planning to... More >>
Killing Me Softly Killing Me Softly
A person's got to eat
, February 23, 2006
Would it trouble you terribly if I told you that I'm guilty of murder? The murder of a strapping, dark-haired chap, whom I'd only just met in... More >>
Thai Tee Off Thai Tee Off
Currying favor
, February 16, 2006
By the Great Seal of Solomon, they were the most treacherous 18 holes I've ever encountered in all my years as a golf enthusiast. I don't know... More >>
Jamrock Jaunt Jamrock Jaunt
Cool jerk
, February 09, 2006
How's this for synchronicity, Carl Jung fans: I'm driving down Broadway in SoPo (a.k.a. South Phoenix), my windows open and my system blasting... More >>
Greek  Love Greek Love
Saganaki mon amour
, February 02, 2006
Did you know that the German fashion house Hugo Boss outfitted the Nazi SS during WWII? That many of the clocks in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp... More >>
Pox  Populi Pox Populi
Odds are against the few good bites
, January 26, 2006
The classic rock jams filtering through the stereo system at the Yard House in Desert Ridge are hand-picked at the corp's Irvine HQ by none other... More >>
Tandoori Tummy Tandoori Tummy
Feast of clay
, January 19, 2006
I was home alone, meditating in the buff after a particularly sweaty yoga workout, when he appeared to me in a blaze of glory: the four-armed,... More >>
Valley Vixen Valley Vixen
Ho still needs a few new tricks
, January 12, 2006
Like Scottsdale really needs another Ho, one more glamour gal about town who lives to slink sexily through Valley nightlife, turning heads,... More >>
Beggar's Banquet Beggar's Banquet
Sticking a fork in 2005
, January 05, 2006
Selective amnesia and creative revisionism run rampant this time of year, like social diseases in a pre-penicillin bordello. I can't frown too... More >>
The Razor's Edge The Razor's Edge
New Caribbean spot is all over the map
, December 29, 2005
Anyone remember Uptown 713, that ghastly excuse for a grub-ateria that once occupied a little shoebox-size space behind Apollo's Lounge, near... More >>
Christmas Carumba Christmas Carumba
Owners can't spell, but man, can they cook
, December 22, 2005
It's as if jolly ol' Saint Nick himself laid a massive Yule log right in front of my Xmas fir with a missive ordering me to burn, baby, burn.... More >>
Pig  Pickin' Pig Pickin'
Right on 'cue
, December 15, 2005
George Miller keeps the good stuff in a jug behind the counter of his small, nine-month-old Carolina-style 'cue joint, Restaurant 28, in a... More >>
Lady of Spain Lady of Spain
Tapas-notch
, December 08, 2005
When it comes to dining, or any other aspect of existence worth writing about, I consider myself simpatico with Ray Milland's quip in Billy... More >>
Oh, Fenix Fair
Standards done well
, December 01, 2005
What am I to do with a restaurant so studiously unambitious as the still-neonatal Fenix Eatery and Bar, ensconced in the small, dowdy "Arcadia... More >>
Crane & Q Crane & Q
Bob and Bobby McGee's
, November 24, 2005
The ghost of Bob Crane led me to Bobby-Q, though the star of the '60s sitcom Hogan's Heroes didn't stick around to help me eat my ribs. I should... More >>
Iron Chef Iron Chef
Maybe the Valley's best
, November 17, 2005
Cave Creek might as well be the dark side of the moon as far as this city mouse is concerned. I know, I know. It's scenic and all that crap, but... More >>
Spice War Spice War
Not just mad about it
, November 10, 2005
According to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Anubis, the jackal-headed judge of the underworld, weighs the hearts of men against the feather of... More >>
Hat Trick Hat Trick
About as Moroccan as Mo Rocca
, November 03, 2005
For some, the word "fez" might conjure up romantic images of the ancient Moroccan city of Fez with its walled medina and medieval mosques, the... More >>
Short Loin Legends Short Loin Legends
Too much at steak
, October 27, 2005
Regarding the fleeting nature of human achievement, I'm reminded of the words of that controversial icon of early cinema, director D.W. Griffith,... More >>
Mercado Madness Mercado Madness
Meanwhile, back at the Ranch
, October 20, 2005
I've had it up to here with work, so I've decided to phone in my column from the thriving Mexican city in which I'm vacationing. I'm seated on a... More >>
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