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. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

Helen Yung's 5 Best Chinese Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

Eating has always been a family affair. I grew up in Hong Kong sitting down at the dining table at home every weekday night at 7pm with my sister and parents and on Sundays with my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Every meal consisted of at least a long-boiled soup, rice, stir-fried dish and maybe something steamed, braised or fried.

As I grow older, I increasingly crave Chinese food, in particular Cantonese -- the kind of food I grew up with in Hong Kong. Cantonese food is all about highlighting the freshness of ingredients with quick high-heat wok cooking and minimal sauces. And the best way to eat it is to order up a storm and share the spread with a big group of friends. So with that bias in mind, here's my list of favorite Chinese restaurants in Phoenix.

--Helen Yung

10 Best Juice Bars in Metro Phoenix

Summer hibernation time is almost over and a light cleanse is a great way to wash away the months of lazing around in air conditioning watching Netflix. Lucky for us Phoenicians, there's been a boost in cold-pressed, raw and organic juice makers popping up around town to help us mainline nutrients into our couch potato bods. Some have an upscale ambiance, some are nestled in yoga studios or in food trucks and some will even deliver to your door.

No matter where you're at in the metro area and what you're looking for out of a juice bar, you're sure to find it in one of these ten spots that we love if and when you're ready to step outside again.

-Heather Hoch

Five Phoenix Restaurants Make OpenTable's List of Best U.S. Restaurants For Foodies

Recently OpenTable, the restaurant reservation service, released a list of the 100 U.S. Restaurants most "Fit for Foodies." The list, which was created based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable users for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, includes five picks from metro Phoenix.

- Lauren Saria

Kevin Lentz of French Grocery on Making Good Food Acessible And "Paella-laya"

This week we sat down with Kevin Lentz, owner of French Grocery in Phoenix. The market, which opened this summer, offers a friendly neighborhood spot to get everything from gelato to French press coffee -- roasted locally in Tempe. Lentz, a Southern boy who spent most of his adult life in New Orleans, told us about how he got the idea to open a French-Creole grocery and gave the scoop on where you have to eat when you make it to the Big Easy. Check out parts one and two of our interview with Lentz here.

-Lauren Saria

Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix from Red Lobster: As Good as the Real Thing?

If you've been reading my Guilty Pleasures articles for a while, you'll know that I don't find much pleasure in dinner at Red Lobster. The kitchen plays it too safe for my taste, churning out dishes that mainstream Americans adore, but just make me yawn. There is, however, one exception.

It's those Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

- JK Grence

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