Author Archives: Joanie Simon

Warm Salsa and Urban Mexican Cuisine

Did you get your fill of tacos, margaritas and chips & salsa yesterday on Cinco de Mayo?  By chance, was your salsa served warm?  I grew up in Arizona and have never been served intentionally warm salsa at a restaurant.  From the salsa bar bonanza at La Santisima on 16th...

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All Good in the Naber-hood

There’s a place in Chandler off the I-10 and Ray called Nabers.  Where’d they get the name?  The owners are the Nenabers, but obviously that doesn’t have the same ring.  So, they shortened it, but didn’t take any shortcuts in creating their vision of a neighborhood bar and grill with...

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Episode 109: The Upton

Podcast: Play in new window | Download I was so sad to see the end of an era when Petite Maison served its last dinner in November.  They were at the top of their game, a high point in revenue, but the opportunity came for James and Wendy Porter to...

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Mother’s Day Restaurant Roundup

*Photo credit: Tara Malouf, Red Thread Images I’m a Mom and I love nothing more than a decadent Mother’s Day meal with my boys (aren’t they too stinkin’ cute?).  My husband is a great cook, but in case he wants to make it easier and leave the dish-washing to the...

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Episode 108: Chef Michael O’Dowd

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Chef Michael O’Dowd marches to the beat of his own drummer, which is probably much a credit to his success.  His zest for life and passion for artistry ring through in this week’s episode, showcasing the man who took Kai to five diamond...

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Surprises at Jorge’s Chicken & Waffles

Jorge’s Chicken & Waffles is, as you guessed it, another chicken and waffles place.  Of course, the second I posted a picture online during my visit to this new Tempe restaurant with other local food bloggers, Where Should We Eat and Boozy Brown Girl, I had people weighing in on...

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Episode 107: Foosia Fresh

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The key to a happy foodie life is balance.  Wait, what am I saying?  No, it’s about delicious food and enjoying it as frequently as possible.  Thankfully, there are restaurants out there that make super tasty food, but with ingredients that balance out all of...

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Food Photography Hack

*WARNING* the following advice will probably annoy your dinner guests, cause others in the restaurant to stare, and elicit eye-rolls from the restaurant staff.  But, I go to great lengths for an attractive food picture for social media.  Instagrammers, you’ve been warned. People taking pictures of their food isn’t going...

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Scottsdale Culinary Festival 2015 – Special Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | Download I have attended the Great Arizona Picnic, the cornerstone event of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, since I was a kid.  I had just as much fun this year as I did when I was little, exchanging paper tickets for samples and watching the...

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Episode 106: Songbird Coffee & Tea House

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Coffee culture in Phoenix is on the move, and so is Songbird Coffee House in downtown Phoenix.  They’re in the process of relocating and should be opening their doors to their new location very soon.  Follow them on Facebook and they’ll keep you...

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