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1st competitor falls short in Jewish Slider Challenge

You still can be the first person to conquer Chompies‘ Ultimate Jewish Sliders Challenge. The eating contest – in which you have to finish a dozen of the East Valley deli’s brisket sliders in less than 30 minutes – kicked … Continue reading

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5 to try: Recently opened E.V. restaurants

Despite the struggling economy, there have been recent signs of life in the East Valley’s restaurant scene. A handful of new restaurants have opened their doors in the past month. In case you missed the stories on these newcomers, here … Continue reading

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Mesa's Caffe Boa to host 1st wine dinner Jan. 26

Newly opened Caffe Boa Bistro, an east Mesa spinoff of the longtime Tempe restaurant, will host its first winemaker dinner Jan. 26. Featured guests will be Ivan Batic (pictured) and his son, Miha, of Batic Wines, located in Slovenia in … Continue reading

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Burger wars: 4 regional favorites duke it out in E.V.

In-N-Out devotees swear by their Double-Doubles. Legions of Culver’s fans gotta have their ButterBurgers. On the East Coast, hungry diners stand in line for Five Guys burgers; in the Rocky Mountain West, it’s Smashburgers. Across the country, so-called “fast-casual” burger … Continue reading

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Pumpkin: It's not just for pies this fall

Someone once tried to tell me pumpkins were almost worthless vegetables. “Other than carving them for Halloween and making pies out of them at Thanksgiving, what are they good for?” he argued. Most cooks, however, know pumpkin has a multitude … Continue reading

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KAET program to showcase Arizona chefs Saturday

Six Arizona chefs will prepare signature dishes with show host Barbara Fenzl on “Eight Cooks with Passport 2009,” which airs at noon Saturday on KAET (Channel 8). The dishes and chefs: • Rib eye and crème caramel by Travis Watson … Continue reading

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