Author Archives: Joanie Simon

Pane e Vino – a food education

I recently enlisted a new team member here at Restaurant Live.  Her name is Sophie and she’s interning to learn all about the magical world of digital media and marketing.  Wordpress, Mail Chimp, Libsyn, Highrise, Buffer.  So many new platforms, lots of new skills.  But, I’m having the most fun teaching...

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Earnest in Chandler – Kids and Comfort Food

Earnest in Chandler is the current iteration of what used to be Cork.  I adored Cork.  Ryan and I visited for a decadent wine dinner two years ago.  Artfully crafted dishes, ingredient forward cuisine, delicate flavors and warm atmosphere all made it an extremely memorable meal.  Thus, when I saw...

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Table Manners: Mussels

Introducing a new regular feature here at Restaurant Live; Table Manners.  I posted about Fine Dining Etiquette a few weeks ago after a visit to the Wrigley Mansion and the response was overwhelming.  Lots of positive feedback and enthusiasm.  It got me thinking about how many times in a week...

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San Diego Eats

My husband and I did a quick 2 day trip with our kiddos to check out the San Diego Zoo last week.  Details about the trials and tribulations of travelling with kids are on my personal blog. Being that we were with two squirmy little guys, we needed kid-friendly restaurants....

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Episode 111 – Rhythm & Wine

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Grab yourself a glass of wine and get ready to talk music, food and AZ restaurant history with Terry Craig, owner and chef at Jalapeno Inferno Bistro and Rhythm & Wine.  He and his wife Laura have created three very special dining destinations...

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Arizona Restaurant Week – Marcellino Ristorante

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Arizona Restaurant Week starts tomorrow and runs through Monday May 25th, which means you have 10 days to enjoy special three course meals (some paired with beverages) for $33 or $44 at many of Arizona’s best restaurants.  Book your reservations now by hitting their...

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New T Cook’s Executive Chef

It was sad news the day it was announced that Chef Paul McCabe was leaving T Cook’s and The Royal Palms Resort.  His food was incredible and he was an asset to the local dining scene.  His food was seasonal, inspired and flawlessly executed.  It seems they have found a...

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Food Education at Home

I have two little boys (ages 3yrs, Blaise and 15 months, Calvin) and so far, to date, there’s not much they won’t eat.  Now, I don’t claim to be a parenting expert.  Actually, quite the opposite.  My 3 year old still isn’t potty trained. I’m sticking with the “late bloomer”...

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Fine Dining Etiquette

Fine dining has gone by the wayside and the overwhelming majority of restaurants, especially in Arizona, capitalize on diners’ desire to be casual.  My typical response when my husband asks, “Is this dressy enough for tonight’s dinner?” is “It’s Phoenix, I’m sure someone will show up in flip flops.”  On...

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Why EVO is so hot right now

The title of this post is anticipatory.  Christina Barrueta (Write on Rubee) shared Dom Armato’s (Phx Food Nerds) post about Chef Peter de Ruvo taking over the kitchen at EVO and how he is turning out food that will make the food freaks flock. EVO you might recall, is the...

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