Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this case, your day. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

Laurie Notaro Tells What Happened The Year They Served Brie and Blueberries to Her Mother on Christmas

At the mention of the word "brie," I was immediately terrified for my sister.

For the first time in our lives, Christmas Eve was not going to be at my mother's house, and my sister had stepped up to the plate.

"I've done it for forty years," my mom had announced suddenly. "Figure it out on your own."

It came as a significant shock to most of my family; how would our holiday stay intact if we changed venues? What about tradition? No one's ever decided to light a Christmas tree in front of the Empire State Building, it would be heresy! We had never had Christmas Eve anywhere else, and it was very much akin to my mother canceling the holiday altogether.

Read Notaro's full story on when her mom quit Christmas.

--Laurie Notaro

Name-Calling Restaurant Owner Back in Spotlight: Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale Targeted for Upcoming Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsay

"Ugly," "loser," and "moron" may not be the first words that come to mind as a way for a restaurant owner to speak to an unhappy customer, but Amy Bouzaglo chose to use them anyway.

In 2010, the owner of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale reacted to a negative, one-star review on Yelp posted by web developer and foodnik Joel LaTondress with an angry tirade that, in addition to the name calling, accused LaTondress of working for the competition.

Things got worse when Chow Bella reported on the fiasco and Bouzaglo responded by posting additional angry comments and arguing with readers.

Check out the full story and when you can grab a front row seat to Kitchen Nightmares with "Crazy Amy."

--Laura Hahnefeld

Dude, Where's My McRib? (Hint: It's Coming Soon!)

Some foods transcend being a guilty pleasure, and turn into cult classics. The king of them is McDonald's McRib. Since the sandwich wouldn't sell well as a year-round item, McDonald's concentrates the demand to a few short weeks each year. Foodies with a modicum of self-control can remind themselves that one of the ingredients in the bun is also used in yoga mats. Still, there's a surprising number of people out there who love the sandwich but won't admit it.

Find out when the McRib is coming back to Phoenix.

--JK Grence

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