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Where's the Beefcake? Where's the Beefcake?
Adonis is M.I.A.
, May 22, 2003
At the risk of sounding as tacky as the guy who admits he eats at Hooters for the view, I must be blunt: I go to Pasta Brioni for the gorgeous... More >>
Tao Jones Tao Jones
Free your senses from desire with authenticity
, May 15, 2003
Berry Hom could do fine without another trip to Sky Harbor Airport, thanks very much. What with the heightened security there, and the... More >>
Atomic Fusion Atomic Fusion
A marriage of tasty and gourmet
, May 08, 2003
Fusion co-owner Jennifer Long is apologizing that the restaurant has run out of field greens. Would romaine be okay in my melon salad, she... More >>
sNooze, You Lose sNooze, You Lose
, May 01, 2003
My constantly curious pal has an honest question. "What's with all the different types of pasta in the world? I get that they come in different... More >>
Blown Away Blown Away
Looking for local restaurants to ease the pain
, April 24, 2003
I'm in mourning. My favorite Mexican restaurant in the world has closed. It blew up, actually. Earlier this month, Costa Brava was flattened by a... More >>
Torte Reform Torte Reform
, April 17, 2003
There's no question why my mom and I have decided to eat at the new Franco's Italian Caffe tonight. We can pretend it's convenience -- the... More >>
Pie vs. Pie Pie vs. Pie
Digging out of the Valley's pizza rut
, April 10, 2003
I'm feeling like that guy in Mystic Pizza, the cozy Julia Roberts movie from 1988. Remember him? He played "The Everyday Gourmet," a TV... More >>
War Rations War Rations
Portions aplenty are Basis for contentment
, April 03, 2003
The war has stimulated some interesting conversation in my group. As my friends and I reflect on what's been unfolding on our television sets,... More >>
Big Fat Greek Tragedy Big Fat Greek Tragedy
Film knockoff is awash in Mediterranean mediocrity
, March 27, 2003
No, I haven't seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The premise rankles my sensibilities way too much (really, a chick is dried up and desperate because... More >>
A Restaurant Named Desire A Restaurant Named Desire
Deseo delights discerning diners
, March 20, 2003
The hook was a good one: the opportunity to hang out with a dozen of the nation's favorite celebrity chefs and purchase autographed copies of... More >>
Small Time Cooks Small Time Cooks
The smaller the cafe, the more charming the food
, March 13, 2003
The best place to eat in all of Arizona is a tiny spot hidden away in Paradise Valley. It's got limited seating: just one formal table, with... More >>
Angel Food Angel Food
It's one, two, three bites en route to the old ball game
, March 06, 2003
Last week, the Cactus League got off to a soggy start, and so did my efforts to find decent eats near one of the meccas of springtime desert... More >>
West Side Sorry West Side Sorry
Northwest Valley eateries come up short
, February 27, 2003
For the first time in my life, I'm wishing that I adored baseball. Specifically, baseball as played by two teams: the San Diego Padres and the... More >>
Beers and Butt-head Beers and Butt-head
A beer in the hand is worth two in the bird
, February 20, 2003
The morons who built my backyard fire pit had everything figured out to the last detail, except for one thing. They forgot that fire – a critical... More >>
Holiday on Spice Holiday on Spice
Resort restaurant setup is less than Sage
, February 13, 2003
Imagine chef Vincent Guerithault as cafeteria server, ladle in hand. Or Christopher Gross behind the counter at a 400-seat hotel coffee shop,... More >>
Cyclo Maniac Cyclo Maniac
Finally, fair Vietnamese fare
, February 06, 2003
Too many people I've met wrinkle their noses at the prospect of joining me for a Vietnamese meal. I can't get them to seek out delicacies like... More >>
Yuck Fin Yuck Fin
Satisfying seafood in Scottsdale? Not at these prices.
, January 30, 2003
I remember with remarkable clarity the first time I realized that fish wasn't just something you ate breaded, deep-fried and dipped in tartar... More >>
Yippee Kai Yea Yippee Kai Yea
Inspired new resort restaurant goes native
, January 23, 2003
Sometimes I think I'll go nuts if I'm faced with another plate of ho-hum restaurant chicken-and-vegetables, steak-and-potatoes, or... More >>
Chile Reception Chile Reception
Carey Sweet tries her best to find something wrong with Barrio Café.
, January 16, 2003
Silvana Salcido Esparza must know what it's like to be loved. Since opening her Barrio Café last summer, she's been positively drowning in... More >>
Aimless and Andes Aimless and Andes
The world slows down at Mesa's Peruvian Palace
, January 09, 2003
If I'd blinked, I wouldn't have noticed it. But there, tucked in a nameless Fry's shopping center in a particularly anonymous-looking part of... More >>
And the Wiener Is . . . And the Wiener Is . . .
Dogging the town's frankfurter joints
, January 02, 2003
It's a few minutes past the noon hour, and my hot dog lies limp and ruined, a wizened gray tube of half-eaten meat on a soggy heap of... More >>
Crash Course Crash Course
Chef Jessie's Casita serves sizzling Sonoran fare
, December 26, 2002
Most days, it seems, there's not much in life I'm sure of. But there's no doubt in my mind now that this is the best tortilla soup I've ever had.... More >>
Worth the Weight Worth the Weight
Drinkwater's City Hall piles on the portions -- and the pounds
, December 19, 2002
I've got an idea for a fail-proof, get-rich-quick scheme. First, eat out. Do it a lot, and be sure to finish everything on your plate. Next, go... More >>
Tapas Dancing Tapas Dancing
Bistro Madrid is a place for profound contentment
, December 12, 2002
After days of eating sleep-inducing Thanksgiving turkey, I'm ready for a jolt to my taste buds. And Bradley and I are absolutely starving. After... More >>
Cheese Whiz Cheese Whiz
Craving comfort cuisine? Gotta have Soul in the Hole.
, December 05, 2002
Mom is making macaroni and cheese. The noodles are boiled and drained. The saucepot sits on the stove, heat rising to slow burps of milk, cream... More >>
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