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Digest: Arizona Food Media Round-Up

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December 10, 2006

From the Arizona Republic:

Vu at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale...Food Critic Howard Seftel says the Chef Brian Lewis's fare is 5 star, but has some issues with the service and color scheme.

Coming Attractions for 2007...In Howard's blog, he previews restaurant openings for 2007 ( add one more to that list, Chef Kevin Binkley just signed a lease on a spot right up the street from his eponymous place in Cave Creek).

Wrapp-N-Frappe Gourmet Wraps and Smoothies...In Carey Sweet's Dining Column, she takes the "wraps" off Wrap-N-Frappe, a new North Scottsdale spot.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Sonora Brewhouse...Food Critic Michele Laudig reviews the better than the typical bar fare at Sonora Brewhouse.

From the Tucson Citizen:

Dining Southern Arizona Style...Dina Doolen suggests some novel spots around Southern Arizona to grab a bite.

Barrio Food & Drink...Food Critic C.J. Karamargin offers another reason to go downtown for a bite, Barrio Food & Drink.

Holiday Dining Options...A List of some of the Tucons holiday dining options.

Ventana Canyon names new chef..."Mark Ehrler is replacing Phillipe Trosch as executive chef of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort".

Meet the Chef: Ute U. Gascho, Magpies Gourmet Pizza...C.J. Karamargin performs a Q & A with Ute U. Gascho, Magpies Gourmet Pizza.

From Tucson Weekly:

BK...Rita Connely started off reviewing a steak house as it morphed into a place serving,"burros, tacos, tortas and those famous hot dogs".

Noshing Around...Karyn Zolden gives some updates on the culinary goings on in Tucson.

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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December 16, 2006

From the Arizona Republic:

Star Spangled Tavern...Food Critic Howard Seftel ponders the old saying,"Too many cooks spoil the broth ( I thought it was stew)" with the new joint venture between Peter Kasperski (Cowboy Ciao, SEA SAW, Kazimierz World Wine Bar) and Jimmy Carlin (Blue Wasabi) named Star Spangled Tavern.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Mr. Chao's Asia Bistro...Food Critic Michele Laudig reviews Mr. Chao's Asia Bistro and finds some of the food reminiscent of the original cuisine of China Chili. As it turns out, she is correct because the owners of Mr. Chao were the original owners of China Chili.

From the Tucson Citizen:

Terra Cotta...Food Critic C.J. Karamargin leaves a dinner at Terra Cotta with more questions than answers. ( I think Terra Cotta has not been the same since it left St. Phillip's Plaza and moved to the current location)

Restaurant Notebook...Dina Doolen checks in with some of the culinary goings on in the "Old Pueblo".

From Tucson Weekly:

FioRito's...John Peck likes the energy that new Executive Chef E.J. Marx brings to FioRito's.

Noshing Around...Karyn Zoldan checks in with some of the culinary goings on in the "Old Pueblo".

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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December 22, 2006

From the Arizona Republic:

Carey Sweet's Dining Column...Carey gives the details on Chef Kryssa Kaufman's new Old Scottsdale joint, Union Bar & Grill.

Seftel's Dream Week of Dining...Food Critic Howard Seftel outlines what his "Dream Week of Dining" would be in the Valley. (I would add in some gelato at Arlecchino Gelateria...a sandwich at Pane Bianco...scone at Kohnie's...hot dog at Ted's...some bistro grub at Zinc Bistro...some of Chef Brian Lewis's new creations at Vu)

Feeding Frenzy - Food Critic Howard Seftel's Blog...Howard may not have liked the fare at Star Spangled Tavern owned by Peter Kasperski and Jimmy Carlin, but he loves their spot next door, Baroque Luxe Lounge.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Mary Elaine's at the Phoenician...Food Critic Michele Laudig was "not swept off her feet..chemistry just wasn't there" at the fine dining offering at the Phoenician, Mary Elaine's.

From the Tucson Citizen:

Time for tamales in Tucson...C.J. Karamargin writes a brief history of the tamale at Christmas time and where to get them in Tucson.

Las Cazuelitas...C.J. Karamargin says that "When it comes to Las Cazuelitas I can't help but think of a line from an old mariachi song: Quiero volver, volver, volver. (I want to return, return, return.)"

Meet the chef: Giuseppe Ali, Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano...C.J. Karamargin performs the Q&A with Chef Giuseppe Ali of Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano.

From Tucson Weekly:

Ferranti's Fine Foods...Renee Downing treasures the offerings of Ferranti's Fine Foods.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zoldan...Karyn Zoldan checks in with some of the culinary goings on in the "Old Pueblo"(she is also looking for some good latkes in Tucson).

Good Eating,

Molto E


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January 5, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Carey Sweet's Dining Column...Carey details the Valley's top restaurants and AJ's love affair with Simply Bread and some restaurants that you can take your pup along for dinner.

Tastes of Arizona...Food Critic Howard Seftel names 4 restaurants that give a "real taste of Arizona".

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...Howard names 4 restaurants to keep a look out for in 2007.

New dining hot spots to debut in early 2007...Howard outlines the roster of new restaurants due to roll out in 2007.

From the Phoenix New Times:

El Charro Lodge...Food Critic Michele Laudig enjoyed the "old school eats" at El Charro Lodge.

Resolving to eat better? Here's a week's worth...Michele feels the effects of ringing in the New Year and decides that a week of healthy eating is the cure.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Food Critic Michele Laudig actively blogs about the Valley's dining scene.

Some Phoenix related dining news...Peter Kasperski owner of Cowboy Ciao, Sea Saw and Kazimierz Wine Bar is no longer involved with Star Spangled Tavern and Baroque located in DC Marketplace.

From the Tucson Citizen:

New year; new tastes...The Tucson Citizen's Taste Plus contributors layout "seven resolutions to help you explore the world of food and drink this year".

Restaurant Notebook...The Restaurant Notebook updates some of the culinary goings on in the "Old Pueblo".

MEET THE CHEF - Michael Rohwer, Bread & Butter and Ajo cafes...C.J. Karamargin performs a Q&A with Michael Rohwer of Bread & Butter and Ajo cafes.

From Tucson Weekly:

Charlie's...Food Writer John Peck is happy with Charlie's, the current restaurant, in a location with some history.

Spice Bistro...Food Writer Rita Connelly reports that "everything is spot on" at Spice Bistro.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zoldan checks in with some of the culinary goings on in the "Old Pueblo".

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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January 14, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Carey Sweet's Dining Column...Carey details the break-up of the partnership (Star Spangled Tavern and Baroque) between Peter Kasperski and Jimmy Carlin at Market Street at DC Ranch. The current plan is to scale down everything at the former Star Spangled Tavern including the name, the new name is Tavern. She also highlights the Monday Night's Chef Table dinners at Cafe ZuZu featuring the vegetables of Duncan Family Farms on January 22nd.

Kai...Food Critic Howard Seftel lavishes praise on Kai at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass. Howard gives Kai his highest rating, which does not happen very often.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...In response to some light hearted comments in his stellar review of Kai, John Giff, Human Resources Coordinator of the Gila Crossing Community School wrote Howard and did not take his comments lightly.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...This entry in the blog details the break-up of Peter Kasperski and Jimmy Carlin and Food Critic Nikki Buchanan returning to Phoenix Magazine.

From the Phoenix Newtimes:

Coup Des Tartes...Food Critic Michele Laudig calls Coup Des Tartes, "a little gem".

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by her reading her blog.

From the Tucson Citizen:

Tucson Slow Food Film Festival...Dina L. Doolen describes a great event, the Tucson Slow Food Film Festival.

Year in Preview: Chefs offer a glimpse...A few Tucson chefs predict the food trends for 2007.

Meet The Chef: Trevor Tibbetts, Paco's Tropical Cafe...C.J. Karamargin performs the Q&A with Trevor Tibbetts of Paco's Tropical Cafe.

From the Tucson Weekly:

Taquito Mio...Renee Downing reviews Taquito Mio in the Crossroads Festival.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zoldan...Karyn Zoldan checks in with some of the culinary goings on in the "Old Pueblo".

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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January 27, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Pars Persian Cuisine...Food Critic Howard Seftel reviews Pars Persian Cuisine.

Restaurant 28...Howard Seftel likes the Western Carolina style BBQ at Restaurant 28.

Carey Sweet's Dining Column...Carey Sweet highlights the catering exploits of Chefs Michael Di Maria and James Porter.

From the Phoenix Newtimes:

Sweet O Wine & Chocolate Lounge...Food Critic Michele Laudig reviews the Glendale area spot, Sweet O Wine & Chocolate Lounge.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Food Critic Michele Laudig by following her blog.

From the Tucson Citizen:

GOVINDA'S NATURAL FOODS BUFFET ...Tom Stauffer reviews the vegetarian and vegan restaurant, Govinda's Natural Foods Buffet.

Restaurant Notebook...The Taste Plus writers check in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

From Tucson Weekly:

Ascolese's Italian Ristorante...Jimmy Boegle checks out the new offering from the owner of Jersey Joe's in the Samaniego House, Ascolese's Italian Restaurant.

Bowz Organic Sushi and Japanese Grill ...Rita Connelly reviews a new sushi spot, Bowz Organic Sushi and Japanese Grill.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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February 2, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Carey Sweet's Dining Column...Carey breaks the news on the changing of the concept of 33 Restaurant and Lounge to Muze Lounge by the owner of Foster's Seafood.

S'Bistro...Food Critic Howard Seftel describes the evolution of his dining experiences at the Mesa restaurant, S'Bistro.

From the Phoenix Newtimes:

Sushi Kee Asian Cuisine...Food Critic Michele Laudig tries the Tempe sushi spot, Sushi Kee Asian Cuisine.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her Blog...Chow Bella.

From the Tucson Citizen:

Vivace...Tom Stauffer finds that Vivace lives up to its reputation as "Tucson's best Italian restaurant and maybe Tucson's best restaurant, period."

Restaurant Notebook...The Restaurant Notebook updates the the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Meet the Pastry Chef: Erica Franco...Tom Stauffer performs the Q&A with Pastry Chef Erica Franco of La Estrella Bakery.

From the Tucson Weekly:

El Cubanito Restaurant / Miss Saigon ...Renee Downing reviews El Cubanito Restaurant and Miss Saigon.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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February 11, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Carey Sweet's Dining Column...In Carey's column this week, the push for a Scottsdale Restaurant Week and the opening of Paninoteca Centro.

Latitude 30...Food Critic Howard Seftel reviews Latitude 30, at the Pointe South Mountain Resort.

Howard Seftel's Blog " Feeding Frenzy"...Howard gives some details on Red's Steakhouse at the Wigwam.

From the Phoenix New Times:

The Vig...Food Critic Michele Laudig thinks that The Vig should be more concerned with their food and less with the vibe.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog...Chow Bella.

From the Tucson Citizen:

El Güero Canelo opens 2nd eatery...Tom Stauffer details El Güero Canelo opening a 2nd eatery.

Chew, chew, choose chocolate...Tom Stauffer and Michele Weinberg list some of the chocolate offerings around town.

Restaurant Notebook...The Restaurant Notebook updates the the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

ASCOLESE'S ITALIAN RISTORANTE ...Tom Stauffer says the food is ahead of the service at Ascolese's Italian Ristorante.

MEET THE CHEF- Daniel Contreras El Güero Canelo ...Michele Weinberg performs a Q&A with Chef Daniel Contreras of El Güero Canelo.

Meet The Chef: Mark Watson, The Dish Bistro and Wine Bar ...Tom Stauffer performs a Q&A with Chef Mark Watson of The Dish Bistro and Wine Bar.

From Tucson Weekly:

Pizzeria Bianco...John Peck road trips to Phoenix favortie...Pizzeria Bianco.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Dining Guide...The Bi-Annual Dining guide provided by the Tucson Weekly Foodies.

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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February 21, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Olive and Ivy...Food Critic Howard Seftel had the following observations about the new Fox Concepts restaurant, Olive and Ivy..."maybe it's a good thing that it's too loud for dinner conversation here, because the main dishes give you very little to talk about"..."So I have to wonder: Why would anyone else come for dinner here?"...Changes are underway as the Chef Brendan Sodikoff has hit the road and Sous-Chef Patrick Fegan (formerly of Fiamma) has taken the spot as the top toque.

Skye...Howard says the Westside's food scene is looking up with the addition of Skye.

Howard Seftel's Blog Feeding Frenzy...In this installment of the blog, Howard updates us on the local nominees of the James Beard Awards' preliminary nominee ballot.

Jalapeño Inferno Bistro Mexicano ...Carey Sweet gives a shout out to the tasty fare at Jalapeño Inferno Bistro Mexicano.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Fuego Bistro...Food Critic Michele Laudig feels Fuego Bistro is the best restaurant that has ever occupied a notoriously bad spot.

Wright's...Food Critic Michele Laudig delivers what may be her most positive review of the revamped Wright's at the Arizona Biltmore.

From the Tucson Citizen:

CATTLETOWN STEAKHOUSE & SALOON ...Tom Stauffer relives 1977 in a good way at Cattletown Steakhouse & Saloon.

Restaurant Notebook...The Restaurant Notebook updates the the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Felipe Valenzuela Jr. of Zivaz Mexican Bistro...Tom Stauffer performs a Q & A with Felipe Valenzuela Jr. of Zivaz Mexican Bistro.

From Tucson Weekly:

Carrabba's Italian Grill ...Rita Connelly does not feel or taste the love for Carrabba's Italian Grill.

Auld Dubliner...Renee Downing reviews the Irish pub, Auld Dubliner.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden... Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


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Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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February 23, 2007

...Carey Sweet's Dining Column...Carey details the changes taking place at Drift.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...Howard pulls no punches as he expresses his disappointment in the culinary offerings at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

The Spring edition of Edible Phoenix has just come out with the following articles:

Amaranth: A Delicious Weed

Farming Our Everywhere

Wine In A Brown Bag - Valley BYOB Restaurants

Savvy Chefs Shop Close To Home

Voting Independent - Your local grocer can save the world

Cooking Fresh - This seasons crops

Getting Your Feet Wet At Four Peaks Brewing Company

Truffle Hunting In The Valley

Season Your Way To Better Health

Valley Bites


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March 2, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...Howard reports that Chef Christopher Gross has secured what may be the best location in Phoenix for his next restaurant.

Eggroll Lumpia Factory / Island Roots...Food Critic Howard Seftel reviews two new east valley ethnic restaurants, Eggroll Lumpia Factory ( Valley's first Filipino restaurant ) and Island Roots ( Guamanian ).

Carey Sweet's Dining Column...Carey details the changes that new owner Chef Robert Mcgrath is making at Pischke's Paradise.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Tesoro Ristorante Italiano...Food Critic Michele Laudig feels the love at the family run Tesoro Ristorante Italiano.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog, "Chow Bella".

From the Tucson Citizen:

Sopa Season...Tom Stauffer writes the first installment of the best Mexican soups to be had in Tucson. The first installment chronicles the best casuela in Tucson.

Restaurant Notebook...The Restaurant Notebook updates the the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

China Phoenix Restaurant...Food Critic Tom Stauffer reviews China Phoenix Restaurant and finds the dishes tasty but lacking a bit of pep.

Meet The Chef - Patrick Davis...Tom Stauffer performs a Q & A with Pastry Chef Patrick Davis of Fox Restaurants Concepts

From the Tucson Weekly:

Cafe Jasper...Rita Connelly feels that Cafe Jasper "holds it own in an area of with some of Tucson's finer dining choices."

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


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Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

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March 14, 2007,

From the Arizona Republic:

Jaspers Peak Bistro Bar & Grille...Food Critic Howard Seftel does not feel the love for the "timid, Louisiana-inflected" Jaspers Bistro Bar & Grille.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...Keep up with Howard by reading his blog, "Feeding Frenzy".

From the Phoenix New Times:

Asia de Cuba...Food Critic Michele Laudig felt she had a "fun night out" but endured a wait of one hour and fifteen minutes and $15 rum drinks???

Vu at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale...Michele loved her experience at Vu located at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. ( I firmly believe that Chef Brian Lewis is a top three chef in Phoenix)

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog, "Chow Bella".

From the Tucson Citizen:

The Auld Dubliner ...Food Critic Tom Stauffer takes a walk on the Irish side at The Auld Dubliner.

Pub Mania...Dina Doolen and Tom Stauffer detail the British and Irish Pub invasion.

Meet The Chef: Matt McGee Montana Ave....Tom Stauffer performs a Q & A with Chef Matt McGee of Montana Ave.

Restaurant Notebook...The Restaurant Notebook updates the the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

From the Tucson Weekly:

Roma Imports...Jimmy Boegle loves the Italian fare at Roma Imports.

Habanero's...Renee Downing reviews Habanero's, a new Mexican restaurant in the Foothills area.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo. ( new installment )

Good Eating,

Molto E


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Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

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March 29, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Hammerheads Ocean Grill...Food Critic Howard Seftel enjoys the Glendale area seafood restaurant, Hammerheads Ocean Grill.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...In the last couple of installments of Seftel's blog, he confirms that Chef Bradford Thompson is leaving Mary Elaine's and lists his top ten eats at the West of Western Culinary Festival.

Chefs fire up plans for new restaurants ...Howard previews some restaurants planned by some local toques.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Mi Cocina, Mi Pais...Food Critic Michele Laudig reviews the mostly Ecuadorian fare at Mi Cocina, Mi Pais. ( A friend from Ecuador just told me to try this restaurant, he said it was very good, but not as good as his Mother's cooking.)

Heart Attack Grill, Simply Burgers, Blu Burger Grille...Michele scratches her burger itch by sampling the fare at Heart Attack Grille, Simply Burgers and Blu Burger Grille.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog "Chow Bella", her last couple entries detail Chef Bradford Thompson's pending departure from Mary Elaine's and some highlights of the West of Western Fest.

Carey Sweet's Dining Column...Carey Sweet samples gets her Irish on at Celtic Curtain.

From the Tucson Citizen:

Stuff yourself in Nogales...Tom Stauffer and Dina L. Doolen made a run for the border and detail the good eats in Nogales.Restaurants to try in Nogales

La Roca Restaurant Bar in Nogales, Mexico...Food Critic Tom Stauffer reviews the Sonoran fare at La Roca Restaurant Bar.

Matzo debate: Do you like 'sinkers' or 'floaters'?...With the Jewish Holiday of Passover approaching, Michele Weinberg provides the details on the age old debate on Matzo Balls and gives a little Passover information.

Meet the Chef: Daniel Scordato of Vivace...Tom Stauffer performs a Q&A with Daniel Scordato of Vivace.

A look back at the last of Taste Plus...The highlights from the first year of the Taste Plus section of the Tucson Citizen.

From Tucson Weekly:

Sushi King...Rita Connelly reviews Sushi King and while reading the menu out in front of the restaurant is told that the sushi is the best...could that be true??

Vila's Thai Cuisine...Jimmy Boegle reviews Vila's Thai Cuisine and found the food tasty but overpriced.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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April 6, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Valley's fickle taste discouraging to chefs...Jaimee Rose succeeded in ingniting the Phoenix food pride by penning a controversial article that asks "Does anyone hear Phoenix and think yum?". Keying on the upcoming departure of Chef Bradford Thompson from Mary Elaine's, Jaimee quotes Sam Fox, Gregory Casale, Barbara Fenzl and a few others on their take on the palate of the Phoenix dining public. The article has started a number of discussions from Chowhound, Chow Bella, and in the mind of the Phoenix Foodie.

Segal's Kosher Foods...Food Critic Howard Seftel reviews the good, the bad and the ugly at the newly tweaked Segal's Kosher Foods.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...Howard details the changes at Eleve, Oscar Taylor and Cyclo's sassy Justina Duong's search for another space.

Carey Sweet's Dining Column...Carey is first to report that Chef Anton Brunbauer formerly of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale and the Westin Kierland has moved over to Barcelona to revamp the concept into a Steak and Tapas spot.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Dragonfly Vietnamese Kitchen...Food Critic Michele Laudig finds the fare at the Mesa area Dragonfly Vietnamese Kitchen to her liking.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog..."Chow Bella.

From the Tucson Citizen:

Your entree to tapas ...Food Critic Tom Stauffer breezes thru tapas and charcuterie in Tucson.

Meet the Chef: Massimo Tenino,Tavolino Ristorante Italiano ...Tom Stauffer perfoms a Q&A with Massimo Tenino of Tavolino Ristorante Italiano.

Acacia Tom Stauffer gives a very postitive review of Acacia.

From the Tucson Weekly:

Brundog's Zy-de-que...Renee Downing likes the new cajun offerings at Brundog's Zy-de-que.

Noshing around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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April 17, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Trente Cinq...Food Critic Howard Seftel performed a second review on Trente-Cinq and came away with a much better result.

Methode Bistro...Howard also revisited Methode Bistro and loved some of the tweaks that were made.

Howard Seftel's Blog Feeding Frenzy...Keep up with Howard by reading his blog, "Feeding Frenzy".

Bel Sito...Carey Sweet reviews a new Old Scottsdale area Italian restaurant, Bel Sito, and feels this is the start of something big!

Carey Sweet's Dining Column...Carey details Chef Bryan Elliot's use of Liquid Nitrogen at the Painted Horse Cafe.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Twisted Restaurant...Food Critic Michele Laudig enjoys the new restaurant, Twisted, by Chef Carlos Manriquez of Atlas Bistro and Tempe's stylish Mucho Gusto Taqueria.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog, " Chow Bella".

From the Tucson Citizen:

Restaurant Notebook...This week's news and notes are available in the Restaurant Notebook.

Vitello's Ristorante Italiano ...Food Critic Tom Stauffer went to Vitello's Ristorante Italiano determined to expose the hype, but left impressed and willing to eat his crow.

Meet the Chef- Rene Pulido of Firecracker...Tom Stauffer performs a Q&A with Chef Rene Pulido of Firecracker.

From Tucson Weekly:

Micha's del Norte...Rita Connelly runs into some inconsistency while evaluating Micha's del Norte.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


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April 29, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Carey Sweet's Dining Column...Carey reports on Chef Kevin Binkley's use of some modern technique at his eponymous restaurant.

Fuego Bistro...Food Critic Howard Seftel details the morphing of Cafe del Sol into Fuego Bistro.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy...Keep up with Howard by reading his blog...Feeding Frenzy.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Med Fresh Grill...Food Critic Michele Laudig enjoys the new Turkish restaurant on Mill Ave. in Tempe...Med Fresh Grill.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Michele thinks she has been blog slacking this week but she has a big feature coming out next week.

From the Tucson Citizen:

Cooking up help for Primavera... "Apprentice Chef and Gourmet Dining Events," is a funraiser for Primavera, the event's description,"community members pay $250 each to work with a Tucson Originals chef. With the chef, they create, prepare and serve an elaborate wine-paired dinner to a group of dining guests. Each "apprentice chef" must guarantee at least five guests. "

ANTONIO'S AUTENTICO RESTAURANTE ...Food Critic Tom Stauffer wonders,"Is that weird or is it just me?", in regards to the Mexican / Italian concept of Antonio's Autentico Restaurante. I have to say I agreed with him until I read this is a venture of former Crossroads owner Antonio Gonzalez because I have enjoyed many a meal at the Crossroads while he owned it.

Meet the Chef: Virginia Garcia, Lili's Cocina...Tom Stauffer performs a Q&A with Virginia Garcia of Lili's Cocina.

In-N-Out rolls in another kitchen to speed orders...What happens when In-N-Out comes to Tucson...read on WOW!

From the Tucson Weekly:

La Placita Café...Renee Downing reveals that La Placita Cafe is one of the most pleasant places to eat Mexican food in town.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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May 7, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Asia de Cuba...Food Critic Howard Seftel delves into the fusion offerings at the Mondrian Hotel's hot spot, Asia de Cuba.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...Keep up with Howard by reading his blog, his recent posts include news of an upcoming restaurant at the Camelback Inn and his "under the radar" ethnic restaurants.

From the Phoenix New Times:

The Gelato Manifesto...Arlecchino Gelateria...Michele Laudig pens the "Gelato Manifesto" that reveals why Arlecchino Gelateria is best in the Valley!

Essence Bakery Cafe & Cafe Bistro...Michele reviews two spots that she finds suffers a little bout of confusion...Essence Bakery Cafe and cafeBistro bar and grill.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog...Chow Bella.

From the Tucson Citizen:

Tequila: Sip it...Food Critic Tom Stauffer details some of the top spots to sip tequilla in town.

La Parilla Suiza...Tom details the Mexico City style cuisine of La Parilla Suiza.

National Geographic puts Café Terra Cotta, The Grill on the MapGuide...Dina L. Doolen gives some insight into National Geographic's MapGuide and the Arizona notables.

Meet the Chef: Dave Boehm, Bistro Zin...Tom Stauffer performs a Q&A with Dave Boehm of Bistro Zin.

From the Tucson Weekly:

Touch of Class...Rita Connelly review the BBQ at Touch of Class but finds it useful to call before you go.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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May 16, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Twisted...Food Critic Howard Seftel anticpated good things from Carlos Manriquez, owner of Atlas Bistro, Mucho Gusto, but found the food matched the name of the restaurant...Twisted.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...Keep up with what Howard is eating by reading his blog..."Feeding Frenzy".

Au Petit Four...Carey Sweet gives high marks to the French offerings at Au Petit Four.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Pink Taco...Food Critic Michele Laudig finds the "new and improved" fare at Pink Taco to be rather pale.

Yasu Sushi Bistro...Michele found some unexpected menu offerings in the sumibiyaki section ("charcoal-grilled dishes that get their distinctively savory fragrance from an expensive kind of oak charcoal called binchotan") and some excellent sushi offerings make Yasu Sushi Bistro a must try!

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog..."Chow Bella".

From the Tucson Citizen:

Lani's Luau...Food Critic Tom Stauffer reveals that the Hawaiian fare at Lani's Luau is a "carnivore's paradise".

Meet the Chef: Angel Fabian of Raz: Modern Riviera Cuisine...Tom performs a Q&A with Angel Fabian of Raz:Modern Riviera Cuisine.

From the Tucson Weekly:

Pinoy Fast Food...Jimmy Boegle gives his guide on how to best enjoy the Filipino fare at Pinoy Fast Food.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


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Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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May 27, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...Keep up with Food Critic Howard Seftel by reading his blog, "Feeding Frenzy". Some of his recent entries include his eating highlights from a trip to NYC.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Skye...Food Critic Michele Laudig makes it out to Peoria to try the new steakhouse...Skye.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog...Chow Bella.

From the Tucson Citizen:

Bet your buns Fox's burgers will be special...Tom Stauffer details the closing of Bistro Zin and the new concept that Fox Restaurant Concepts will plug in there.

Zona 78...Food Critic Tom Stauffer reviews Zona 78 with mixed feelings.

Meet the Chef: Lorraine Glicksman of Pastiche Modern Eatery...Michele Weinberg performs a Q&A with Lorraine Glicksman of Pastiche Modern Eatery.

From the Tucson Weekly:

Sushi Yukari...Rita Connelly finds that the sushi at Sushi Yukari is the way to go.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

From Edible Phoenix:

Summer 2007

Saguaro Fruit : Desert's Special Treat

Bugs: We've All Got 'Em

Hunger In Arizona

Chef Wendy Little...The Organic Chef

Cooking Fresh

Food Fight 2007: A Citizen's Guide

Stalking Oregano In The Wilds Of Mexico

Beyond My Favorite Dishes

Cooking With Frances...The Incredible, Edible Desert

Nutrition Fact, Fad, Fable and Fallacy- A Rant

Valley Bites

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Oldest Nouvelle Cuisine...Stan Sesser breaksdown the emergence of Native American cuisine in some ritzy spots in Arizona.

Good Eating,

Molto E


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Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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May 31, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Chodang Tofu & BBQ...Food Critic Howard Seftel feels that even though Chodang Tofu & BBQ is part of a chain, the food does not taste that way.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...Keep up with Howard by reading his blog, "Feeding Frenzy".

From the Phoenix New Times:

Vincent's Market Bistro...Food Critic Michele Laudig thinks the fare offered at Vincent's Market Bistro is a steal!

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog,"Chow Bella".

From the Tucson Citizen:

The Gold Room at Westward Look Resort...Food Critic Tom Stauffer enjoys the new menu at the Gold Room.

From the Tucson Weekly:

Rockin Pizza...Jimmy Boegle thinks his pizza at home has more pizzaz than the fare at Rockin Pizza.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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June 15, 2007

Manna Cafe...Food Critic Howard Seftel review the Korean restaurant, Manna Cafe.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...Keep up with Howard by reading his blog, "Feeding Frenzy".

From the Phoenix New Times:

Rio Sabor Brazil...Food Critic Michele Laudig goes Brazilian by trying the eat meat til you drop spot, Rio Sabor Brazil.

Tortas El Guero...Michele's hunger pains lead her to a new discovery, Tortas El Guero.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog, "Chow Bella".

From the Tucson Citizen:

Restaurant Notebook...Dina L. Doolen updates the culinary goings on in the Ole Pueblo.

Athen's on Fourth Avenue...Food Critic Tom Stauffer digs the Greek fare at Athen's on Fourth Avenue.

Meet the Chef: Galo Hurtado of Galo's...Tom Stauffer performs a Q&A with Galo Hurtado of Galo's.

Tucson Nabs Two Spots on Esquire Magazine's Best Bar's in America...Dina L. Doolen reports on the two Tucson bars that made Esquire Magazine's list of "Best Bars in America".

From the Tucson Weekly:

Bad links to their stories this week...

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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June 25, 2007,

From the Arizona Republic:

Fresh Wasabi...Food Critic Howard Seftel reviews Glendale's Fresh Wasabi.

Centro Paninoteca ...Carey Sweet checks in with a look at Centro Paninoteca.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Kai...Food Critic Michele Laudig joins the growing fans of Kai Restaurant at the Sheraton Wildhorse Pass Resort.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog...Chow Bella.

From the Tucson Citizen:

MIGUEL'S AT LA POSADA...Food Critic Tom Stauffer is in rapture with the inventive cuisine at Miguel's at La Posada.

Meet the Chef: Jack Ahern of Ric's Cafe...Tom Stauffer performs a Q&A with Jack Ahern of Ric's Cafe.

From the Tucson Weekly:

Round Up...John Peck gives a update on what he has had going on in his culinary world.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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July 5, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Koi...Food Critic Howard Seftel feels the atmosphere is more welcoming than the sushi at the new Glendale area restaurant Koi.

Oscar Taylor...Howard says the "comeback story of the year" is the new incarnation of Oscar Taylor under Chef Gio Osso.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...Howard's recent blog entries include; the new chef at Mary Elaine's, Pixar's new film "Ratatouille" and restaurant closings.

From the Phoenix New Times:

Andreoli's Italian Grocer...Food Critic Michele Laudig finds the authentic Italian offerings refreshing at Andreoli's Italian Grocer.

Michele Laudig's Blog "Chow Bella"...Keep up with Michele by reading her blog..."Chow Bella".

From the Tucson Citizen:

Meet the Chef: Frank Santos of Frankie's Philadelphia Cheesesteaks...Food Critic Tom Stauffer performs a Q&A with Frank Santos of Frankie's Philadelphia Cheesesteaks.

Vin Tabla...Food Critic Tom Stauffer gives "two thumbs up" to the New American small plates of Vin Tabla.

From the Tucson Weekly:

Bajio Mexican Grill...Food Critic Rita Connelly wonders why Tucson needs another Mexican food chain with the arrival of Bajio Mexican Grill.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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July 19, 2007

From the Arizona Republic:

Taggia...Food Critic Howard Seftel finds the cuisine of Chef Claudio Urciuoli can transport you from Scottsdale to Italy with just one bite.

Red's Steakhouse...Howard reviews the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa's new entrant into the steakhouse club in Phoenix...Red's Steakhouse.

Howard Seftel's Blog "Feeding Frenzy"...Keep up with the Phoenix dining scene by reading Howard Seftel's Blog..."Feeding Frenzy".

From the Phoenix New Times:

Radio Milano...Food Critic Michele Laudig reviews the LGO Hospitiality Group's new spot with mixed results...Radio Milano.

Madelyn's...Michele leaves no stone unturned while looking for a new restaurant to check out and finds one in Anthem...Madelyn's.

From the Tucson Citizen:

Gelato in Tucson...Nina M. Padula breaks down all the gelato offerings in Tucson. ( Come up to Phoenix and try the best of them all...Arlecchino Gelateria!!)

Rio Cafe...Food Critic Tom Stauffer feels that Rio Cafe needs some tweaking to round out the experience.

Restaurant Notebook...Dina L. Doolen keeps everyone up to date with this installment of the Restaurant Notebook.

Meet the Chef with Marc McNutt of Lookout Bar & Grille at the Westward Look Resort...Tom Stauffer performs a Q&A with Chef Marc McNutt of Lookout Bar & Grille at the Westward Look Resort.

From the Tucson Weekly:

Bai Thong....Renee Downing reviews the Thai restaurant...Bai Thong.

Oishi...Jimmy Boegle finds "all you can eat sushi" works at Oishi Sushi and Teriyaki.

Noshing Around with Karyn Zolden...Karyn Zolden checks in with the culinary goings on in the Old Pueblo.

Good Eating,

Molto E


Eliot Wexler aka "Molto E"

MoltoE@restaurantnoca.com

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