Author Archives: Joanie Simon

Italian Chefs Combining Forces for the Ultimate Italian Feast

Two local chefs of Italian heritage, who fully embrace their culinary roots, are teaming up this summer in the most delicious way possible.  Chefs Michael Rusconi of Rusconi’s American Kitchen and Massimo De Francesca of Taggia at FireSky Resort and Spa are going to team up and host dinner together...

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The Bakery PHX celebrates National Baking Week

It’s National Baking Week.  If your baking skills are like mine (leaving something to be desired…stupid measuring cups), that means you’ll want to celebrate by leaving the baking to the pros. We’re lucky to have a ton of great local bakeries (Pistol Whipped Pastry, Urban Cookies, Tammie Coe, Barb’s Bakery,...

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AZ Wine & Dine Recap

I thoroughly enjoy the AZ Wine & Dine every year.  It’s a boutique food and wine event featuring the culinary talents of our local hotel and resort chefs, in addition to those restaurants located in Scottsdale quarter, where the event takes place.  Each restaurant/resort has a booth where they serve...

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Episode 105: Sol Cocina

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Get to know Chef Ernesto Lopez, head chef at Scottsdale’s Sol Cocina and whether he prefers corn or flour.  You know what we’re talking about. Growing up around restaurants where his Mom cooked, and still does today, it’s no wonder he is heading...

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Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Awards – Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The 24th Annual Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Awards were presented on Monday April 30th at Livewire in Scottsdale.  Our local culinary elite were on hand to hob-nob and usher in the 2015 award winners.  I was there with my podcast gear, getting...

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Luci’s Healthy Marketplace: What’s on the Menu

The interview with Lucia at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace totally caught me off guard.  I had no clue about the story behind this popular neighborhood spot at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road going into the interview.  But, as you hear in Episode 80, the inspiration to open Luci’s came at...

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Episode 103: Baggins Gourmet

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Nothing satisfies quite like a quality sandwich.  The soft but crusty house bread, thick slices of real turkey and roast beef, sharp cheese, peppery sprouts and crisp veggies; That’s my idea lunchtime vacation.  One place that is totally nailing it when it comes...

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Chip & Dip Day and Rubio’s GIVEAWAY

I’m a big fan of Rubio’s.  Yes, they’re a chain, but there’s a good reason they’re a chain.  It’s those darn fish tacos.  They’re addicting!  I love mine fried with cabbage on corn tortillas.  My better half (aka Mr. Audio Editor for all RLAZ episodes) instead goes for the same...

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Free Waffles on International Waffle Day

It’s time for WAFFLES!  Though I am known to roll my eyes at the various “International Fill-in-the-Blank Days” (seriously, International Coconut Torte Day?  C’mon people, this is just getting silly!), I can fully support a day in honor of waffles.  Looking to celebrate and score some FREE waffles?  Jorge’s Chicken &...

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St. Patrick’s Day Around the Valley

It’s time to pull out your green and enjoy a pint or two at your local watering hole.  Whether you’re cooking at home or out and about, tag #RLAZStPattys on Twitter or Instagram so we can share the best food and drinks across AZ! If you haven’t decided on where...

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