Monthly Archives: November 2008

'CBS News Sunday Morning' features Heart Attack Grill

If you missed the Heart Attack Grill feature on last weekend’s “CBS News Sunday Morning,” the segment finally has been posted on the CBS website. Each year, the TV news magazine devotes an entire show to food. Topics on this … Continue reading

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Restaurant closings: Bonefish, Dragonfly, Zza's, Sabuddy

Whenever I get back from a week of vacation, it takes a day or so to catch up on what news I missed. Given the current state of the economy, that means figuring out which East Valley restaurants closed while … Continue reading

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Soda giveaway: Is Dr Pepper guilty of malpractice?

Anyone able to get their free Dr Pepper today? The soft-drink maker supposed was giving free 20-ounce sodas in celebration of today’s release of “Chinese Democracy,” the long-awaited album from Guns N’ Roses. The album, which the group has been … Continue reading

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Photos from The Big Pour beer festival in Mesa

The Big Pour, a new beer festival sponsored by Valley-based Draft magazine, debuted Saturday at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa. Organizers expected as many as 10,000 people to attend the afternoon and evening sessions. By my estimate, though, the mid-afternoon crowd … Continue reading

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The reign of Spain: Country's cuisine is red-hot in E.V.

Nearly five centuries ago, Spanish explorers began making forays into what eventually would become Arizona. Now, their cooks finally are catching up. In the East Valley, as in metro areas across the United States and around the world, Spanish restaurants … Continue reading

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Small tapas play big role in Spanish cuisine

In Spain, food is a big deal. And also a small deal. Tapas, or small appetizers, are almost synonymous with Spanish cuisine. “It’s important to understand the concept of tapas, small plates that are meant to be shared in a … Continue reading

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Fox's Blanco to open Monday at Scottsdale's Borgata

Scottsdale restaurateur Sam Fox will open his first Valley location of Blanco Tacos & Tequila, a casual-chic Mexican restaurant, Monday in Scottsdale. Blanco takes over the building formerly occupied by Taneko Japanese Tavern at the Borgata shopping center. The menu … Continue reading

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