Three Bites

Three Bites

Gourmet Waffles

Upscale Valley restaurants solve the riddle of the griddle. Alo Cafe6960 E. First St., Scottsdale, 480-878-4172, alocafeaz.com  We’re calling it: Waffle mania has arrived. Two new waffle food trucks roam Valley streets; a new sandwich shop in the West Valley substitutes waffles for bread,...

Veg Out

Veg Out

Persian Purple Shoots

Every year, Persian Garden Café chef/owner Mahmoud Jaafari makes a trip back to his native Iran to pick up a supply of advieh (a combination of 19 Persian spices) and saffron, which sells there for about a third of its $3,500-per-pound American price tag. Both are active ingredients in his po...

Drink This

Drink

I Thought of This While Riding My Bicycle

(I.T.O.T.W.R.M.B) Inspired by the Tour de France, Queen’s 1978 hit single “Bicycle Race” seemed pretty innocent with its cutesy lyrics and pop culture references. But the band caught flak for the song’s scandalous video featuring fat-bottomed girls cycling – reportedly...

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

Go Fish

Fall hook, line and sinker for ocean-fresh appetizers and breezy cocktails at these Valley seafood restaurants High Tide Seafood Bar & Grill2540 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert480-821-9950, hightideseafoodbar.comGilbert may be hours from the ocean, but it’s easy to feel like you’re at sea...

Local Products

Local Products

Homeboy’s Hot Sauces

The hot sauce market is a crowded field, but quality has a way of making room for itself. So it goes with Homeboy’s hot sauces. We’ve written profusely about local lip zingers over the years, and were skeptical when we stumbled upon yet another brand at the Uptown Farmers Market. But one...

Food Reviews

Food Reviews

Ban Chan

Authentic to the last “sea squirt,” this East Valley eatery injects Valley dining with some much-needed Seoul. Ban Chan is recognizably a Korean restaurant, a place of bubbling pots of kalbi soup packed with beef short ribs, chilled stainless steel bowls of  naengmyon cold noodles ...