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New Developments,Restaurant Reviews 27 Aug 1 COMMENTS

Chef Rachel’s Review of Blue Lemon Express Gourmet in Gilbert

This small chain of restaurants originated in Utah, where they have five other locations (all in the Ogden area). They recently opened a new location in Gilbert, Arizona, a part of the valley that had slimmer pickings for people who want a casual environment, fast service, and something far healthier…

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Restaurant Reviews 14 Aug 0 COMMENTS

Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar Offers Gluten-Free Options

For those with celiac disease, a gluten intolerance, or autoimmune disorder, dining at a sushi bar can spell digestive disaster. Most soy sauces contain gluten and this soy sauce is often used for more than just dipping at the table. Surimi, the fake crab used in many sushi rolls, contains…

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Restaurant Reviews,Uncategorized 5 Aug 0 COMMENTS

Try Bombay Spice Grill & Wine in Phoenix

I’ve enjoyed Indian food in the past but I hadn’t eaten it in a long time. I don’t eat grain on a daily basis, I avoid wheat and gluten, I eat beans very infrequently, and I rarely eat deep fried foods, items that are usually served in quantity in Indian…

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Books,Health Tips,Herbs & Spices 24 Jul 3 COMMENTS

Adding Spice to Your Life

How many different herbs and spices do you use on a daily, weekly, and regular basis? Do you feel confident pairing these seasonings with food? If not, you could benefit from the tips and techniques outlined my my cookbooks, my cooking DVD, and the live cooking classes I lead in…

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Green Living,Restaurant Reviews 21 May 0 COMMENTS

Looking to Indulge? Try Indulge Burger

I’m always on the lookout for restaurants in the Phoenix metro area that have gluten-free menus. I write a food column for Arizona Weekly Magazine. While I don’t have to limit my selections to places with gluten-free menus, I definitely prefer those that do. I follow a wheat-free and gluten-free…

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Appetizers & Dips,Beverage,Breakfast,New Developments,Restaurant Reviews 28 Apr 0 COMMENTS

Organic Goodness at the Phoenix Food Court

Over the past five years, the food truck trend has taken off in foot-friendly cities from Los Angles to San Francisco and from Portland to New York City. The movement has attracted mainstream and gourmet eaters, chefs, and entrepreneurs alike, including advocates of fresh, locally grown, and organic produce. By…

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Breakfast,Cooked Vegetables,Health Tips,Herbs & Spices,Vegetables 29 Mar 0 COMMENTS

The Best Roasted Brussels Sprouts Ever

I thought I didn’t like Brussels sprouts until I turned 21 and one of my early cooking instructors in Penzance, England, Michelle Cowmeadow, showed me how to cut and cook them to reduce their bitterness (cutting them makes all the difference). They’ve been one of my (many) favorite leafy green…

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Green Living,Restaurant Reviews 8 Mar 0 COMMENTS

Hop on Over to HopDoddy Burger Bar

I’ve eaten at Hopdoddy several times over the last couple of years and I LOVE it. Everyone I’ve gone with has also been really enthused about the place, the company’s ethics, and the food. I finally know where the funky name for this fabulous burger place came from! Btw: this…

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Book Reviews,Books,Dessert,Frozen Desserts,Fruit,Fruit Dessert 20 Feb 0 COMMENTS

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Dream!!

What’s everyone’s favorite treat for cooling off in the summer heat?  Ice cream, right?!  Although, this sugary sweet goodness is one of America’s favorite desserts (and the best alternative to a broken air conditioner!), it is usually one of the most unhealthy treats. But, good news is here…it doesn’t have…

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