Nobuo Fukuda on American-Style Sushi and the Most Exciting Japanese Food in the U.S.

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This is part two of my interview with Nobuo Fukuda, chef-owner of Nobuo at Teeter House. If you missed part one, where Nobuo explained what he misses about Japan and the difference between an American and a Japanese chef, read it here.

Favorite places to dine in Phoenix: Pho43, because, in my opinion, they have the best pho in town. And Lee's sandwiches, because it's a quick, fresh option with delicious pastries and a Vietnamese twist.


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7 Things to Eat and Drink in Flagstaff

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Tagliatelle with seasonal vegetables, basil, pecorino romano, and grated wood-smoked egg
This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what and where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town.

Raise your hand if you've already been to Flagstaff at least twice this summer. And why wouldn't you? It's our close-to-home getaway for tall pines, cool breezes, a breath of fresh air and the possibility of wearing something more substantial than shorts and a tank top. Ah, but where to eat? That's easy. Flagstaff has more and better restaurant choices than ever before. Here are seven things you won't want to miss while you're there.

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Nobuo Fukuda on What He Misses About Japan and the Difference Between a Japanese and an American Chef

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Nobuo at Nobuo
Nobuo Fukuda
Nobuo at Teeter House
622 East Adams Street, Phoenix
602-254-0600
www.nobuofukuda.com

See also:
-- Tastemaker #59: Nobuo Fukuda
-- 13 Favorite Cold Dishes in Metro Phoenix

This is part one of my interview with Nobuo Fukuda, chef-owner of Nobuo at Teeter House in Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix. Come back Tuesday when Fukuda discusses American sushi and Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

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Gio Osso of Virtu on the Ungers, Beau Mac and the Unnecessary Hype Around Farm-to-Table

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Gio Osso
This is part two of my interview with Gio Osso, chef-owner of Virtù Honest Craft in Scottsdale. If you missed part one, where Osso dished about his favorite local restaurants and whether or not he should be considered an Italian chef, read it here.

See also:
-- Juice Core Opens Fresh Juice Shop in Old Town Scottsdale

Five words to describe you: Funny, passionate, loyal, determined, loving.

Five words to describe Virtu: Quaint, cozy, comfortable, unpretentious, awesome.


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13 Favorite Cold Dishes in Metro Phoenix

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An elegant spin on Salade Nicoise at Atlas Bistro
Here in Phoenix, most of us take the saying "if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen" pretty literally come summer, knowing that the cooker can become the cook-ee in a matter of minutes. We can simmer in our own sweat at the stove or broil ourselves to rosy rareness at the outdoor grill . . .

See also:
-- 18 Favorite Indie Restaurants in Metro Phoenix with Summer Schedules

Or we can wipe our feverish brows, come to our collective senses and just go out to eat, where the AC blows cold, other people do the hustling and we can leave the dirty dishes right there on the table. Here are 13 dishes to give us cold comfort this time of year.


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Gio Osso of Virtù on His Favorite Local Restaurants and What Kind of Chef He Might Be

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Gio Osso at Virtù
Gio Osso
Virtù Honest Craft
3701 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale
480-946-3447
www.virtuscottsdale.com

See also:
-- Gio Osso Will Open Virtù Honest Craft in Scottsdale June 7, With Grand Opening June 13

This is part one of my interview with Gio Osso, chef-owner of the brand new Virtù Honest Craft in Scottsdale. Come back tomorrow when Osso dishes about Fred and Jennifer Unger, Beau Mac, and the notion of farm-to-table.

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Juice Core Opens Fresh Juice Shop in Old Town Scottsdale

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It's been a long time coming. The Juice Core Corps -- mother/daughter teams Kelly Watkins and Taylor Renteria, Patty Flanigan and Katie Flanigan, the fresh-faced foursome who make yummy, unpasteurized green drinks from 100 percent raw and organic juices -- have been planning to open a retail space for over a year now.

See also:
-- Juice Core Cashes in with Cold-Crafted Juices
-- Praying Monk Starts "Summer School" for Beer, Offering Four Classes Taught by Beverage Expert and New GM Dave Johnson

And if all goes well with inspections, it will happen tomorrow. Their small, cute Juice Core shop will open in the former Lee's Cream Liqueurs space at 7137 E. Stetson Drive in Scottsdale. If you want to nourish your bod or just slim it down for bathing suit weather, here's what you need to know.

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Praying Monk Starts "Summer School" for Beer, Offering Four Classes Taught by Beverage Expert and New GM Dave Johnson

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Belgian brews
When Davanti Enoteca closed its doors a few weeks ago, long-time wine sommelier and beverage guru Dave Johnson was put out of work -- but he's found a soft place to land. And he's not wasting any time at his new gig as GM and Director of All Things Beverage at Aaron May's Praying Monk.

See also:
-- With Praying Monk, Aaron May Continues to Go His Own Way
-- Tastemaker #12: Dave Johnson

Johnson -- whose multiple personalities include academician and raconteur -- has instituted a "summer school" program on beer to get us through life in hell summer. Here's what beer lovers and those who aspire to be educated beer drinkers need to know:

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Scratch Pastries and Scratch French Cafe Closed; Owners Duc and Noelle Liao To Declare Bankruptcy

Categories: Buchanan, News

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Weekend cake
Life got a little sweeter when Duc and Noelle Liao opened Scratch Pastries in a Scottsdale strip mall in 2008, bringing French café food and elegant, inspired pastries to an otherwise dreary corner in central Scottsdale.

See also:
-- Scratch Pastries To Open Phoenix Location in February; Think Baguettes, Burgers and a Bar
-- The Anatomy of a Macaron with Duc Liao of Scratch Pastries

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Steve Freidkin of TEXAZ Grill On Great Texas Restaurants, the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off and His Last Meal On Earth

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Freidkin with his beloved Tito's
This is part two of my interview with Steve Freidkin, owner and operator of TEXAZ Grill. If you missed part one, where Freidkin dished about chicken fried steak, his favorite local deli and two local chefs he admires, read it here.

See also:
-- TEXAZ Grill's Chicken Fried Steak is a Classic Guilty Pleasure

What's your guilty pleasure?: Jack in the Box tacos (please don't tell anyone).

What is it about the restaurant business that has kept you at it for so long?: I was raised in it (10 yrs old in a family-owned deli), and I seem to have a knack for it. It's a new challenge every day to make people happy, on many different levels.


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