A Chow Bella Holiday Round-up: Gift Guides, Eating Christmas, and More

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Christmas is almost here, but luckily we still have a couple more days to get those last minute gifts and to finalize our holiday plans. If you're looking for some guidance, Chow Bella's got you covered.

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- Chow Bella's 12 Most Popular Phoenix Food and Restaurant Stories of 2012

Nine Baked Goods in Metro Phoenix to Pre-Order for Your Christmas Table

With all of the baking that has to be done during the Christmas season -- from cookie exchanges and decorating to making gifts and serving guests -- it can be nice (and necessary) to take a break. Ensure that everything on your holiday table for breakfast, dinner, and dessert is special by getting a little help from these nine local bakeries.

--Dominique Chatterjee

Five Favorite Spots in Metro Phoenix for Artisan Ice Cream, the Christmas Edition

As autumn gives way to winter, it might not seem like the ideal time to eat ice cream. Then again, there's never a bad time for ice cream, and the weather has been so warm lately that December seems like the end of the world's longest summer. Pretend it's a snowy white Christmas by getting your chill on with a pint of the frozen confection and slowly savoring it in front of a cozy fire. Don't you dare skimp and go to the grocery store - there are five ice cream spots in town scooping locally made seasonal flavors available for a limited time only. And if you're planning to bake up a storm for your celebration, think about selecting one of these specialties to upgrade your homemade creation to the always-incredible à la mode.

--Dominique Chatterjee

Chow Bella's Holiday Gift Guides 2012

What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. From the mom in your life to the foodie and even the beer lover, we made a list for just about everyone on your list.

See all of our gift guides in one handy place.

--New Times Staff

Eating Christmas

Ah, the holidays. Christmas is all about love, sharing, sweetness, and light -- and keeping the antacids handy. In keeping with the spirit of the season, Chow Bella presents "Eating Christmas," in which some of our favorite writers nosh on the real lessons we learn this time of year.

See the full series here.

--New Times Staff

Valley Restaurants Serving Christmastime Brunch and Dinner

The gifts are purchased and wrapped, the tree is lit and decorated, and Christmas cards and packages are in the mail. But what about the holiday feast? If you still don't know what to eat for your celebration, here are the restaurants in metro Phoenix that are serving Christmastime specialties on December 23rd, 24th, and 25th. See the full list of restaurants serving up Christmas meals.

--Dominique Chatterjee

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