Author Archives: Joanie Simon

Lunch on the Farm

The Farm at South Mountain is a quiet escape, a mere 5 minutes away from the I-10 Freeway.  It’s convenient, quaint, and a delicious spot to roll out your picnic blanket and take in the sights and tastes of an urban farm.  I had the privilege of participating in an outdoor...

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Episode 98: Los Sombreros

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Spend the next 30 minutes on an adventure through Mexico, the real Mexico, with Chef and Owner of Los Sombreros, Azucena Tovar.  Discover the new flavors coming from her hometown and how she’s incorporating them into her menu. http://traffic.libsyn.com/restaurantlive/Restaurant_Live_Ep_198_February_5th.mp3   In case you...

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Juicing Pine Needles

Juice is on-trend right now, specifically cold-pressed. When you press the juice it maintains the cellular structure of whatever you’re juicing and ensures full health benefits. I’ve tried all sorts of concoctions from Juby True, Paradise Juice and Sprouts, but I came across some “out-there” ingredients compliments of Chef Massimo...

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RLAZ Dine Line #4

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Occasionally we open up the phone lines to record chats with you, the local food fanatics, to find out where you’re eating and where we all need to go.  Of course, you can call in questions, too, like in this episode where we...

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T Cook’s at The Royal Palms Seeks New Exec Chef

Per the implications of the headline, Chef Paul McCabe of The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is leaving the Valley. He’s headed back to California to take on Town & Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, the largest property in Destination Hotel’s portfolio. During his time at the...

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Restaurant Industry PSA on the October 2015 EMV Deadline

Most likely you’ve been hearing all about the October 2015 deadline in regard to being able to accept EMV and Chip/PIN as a merchant, but chances are you’re not 100% clear on what it means to you and your business.  I jumped on the phone with an industry expert Jason...

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Episode 96: Chef Collin Ribble

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Every chef has a story and that’s why Restaurant Live will always be relevant.  Being a chef is not easy, but they love it.  Chef Collin Ribble is no exception.  Hear his story of coming to Arizona, working with his Mom at Harrah’s...

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Street Eats Food Festival

I need to register a correction with the universe.  Over the past few weeks I have had multiple people mention “that one food truck festival”.  Remember how long the lines were?  We left hungry, what was the point?  Yes, several years ago there were issues at a food truck festival that happened...

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Taste of the NFL

I can’t wait for this weekend.  Sure, I’m stoked for the chicken wing and queso bonanza on Sunday, but I’m even more excited for Super Bowl Eve. More than 40 award-winning chefs from around the country will join Super Bowl-bound celebrity Chefs John Howie of Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar in Seattle and Steve...

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Where to watch the Super Bowl

If you don’t have tickets to the big game on Sunday, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate around town.  Here are a few recommendations on where to go based on who you are: “I want to watch the game and whoop it up with a Super Bowl sized buffet.” PROOF CANTEEN Catch the...

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