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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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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Flower Child North Scottsdale – Now Open

If you love gettin’ your green on and are looking for healthy dining options in the area of the 101 and Shea, Sam Fox has opened up his second outpost of Flower Child. The original at 44th and Camelback has been a huge hit since day one.  It’s not unusual...

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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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Pizza Scavenger Hunt with Crust

On your mark, get set, race! Crust Restaurants is thrilled to announce the Great Rustica Race set to take place on National Scavenger Hunt Day, Sunday, May 24, 2015. With a $1,000 cash grand prize up for grabs, teams of two will embark on the Great Rustica Race, traveling around...

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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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Ramen Swap – Part Deux

Ramen Swap Part Duex is up to bat.  First time around, Chefs Jared Lupin and Rebecca Noorda jumped into the kitchen at Posh with Chef Josh Hebert.  Now Chef Hebert is headed to Tempe for another noodle-filled feast.  They’ll be serving up signature ramen, appetizers and bentos, but will also...

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