What's Fresh at the Uptown Farmers Market in Phoenix

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Zaida Dedolph
The Uptown Market has the perfect balance of Farmers Market vendors.

Uptown Farmers Market, the newest addition to the Phoenix's Farmers Market scene, just might be our new favorite spot for local produce. The Uptown market strikes a perfect balance of fruits, veggies, and local food products, with way less of the fluffy stuff (read as: arts and crafts, random inedible things).

Here are just a few of the highlights.

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El Exquisito Hot Dogs in Phoenix: Tire Shop by Day, Hot Dog Stand by Night

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Natalie Miranda
One loaded hot dog from El Exquisito.

It's always a good time for a hot dog. Especially if it's wrapped in bacon, topped with freshly grilled onions and more. Some call them Sonoran dogs, some call them street hot dogs. Either way, we love it when we happen upon a hot dog stand and it turns out to be an immediate favorite.

On the northwest corner of 27th Avenue and Camelback, behind the PLS Check Cashers, there's a yellow tent in a tire shop parking lot that says "El Exquisito Hot Dogs." By day it's simply a tent where cars get parked, but at night it's much different.

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Alexis Schulze of Nekter Juice on How to Sneak More Nutrients Into Your Food

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Zaida Dedolph
Alexis Schulze of Nekter Juice has a few tricks up her sleeve for how to sneak more veggies into your diet.

Alexis Schulze knows a thing or two about how to trick people into eating their veggies. The Arizona native owns Nekter Juice, a California and metro Phoenix based chain that specializes in making healthy food taste like a treat. She's also a mother of two boys and was a teacher before starting her business - so she knows how fickle young palates can be.

"I think the reason why juicing is so prevalent is you're putting {healthy nutrients} in a vessel that tastes good," she says. But Schulze knows that no one wants to live off juice alone. We caught up with her to get some tips on how to make all the foods your family loves, but healthier.


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4 Veggie Dishes to Try at Salty Sow in Phoenix

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Zaida Dedolph
The Crispy Brussels Sprout Leaves at Salty Sow will not disappoint.

If you're in the market for a restaurant that will appeal to carnivores and herbivores alike, look no further than Salty Sow in Phoenix. The self-described "American Gastropub" specializes in simple but well-executed comfort food, and their vegetable dishes are no exception.

Whether you ascribe to a plant-based diet or you're just looking to add a little nutritional value to your meat-and-potatoes, Salty Sow will leave your mouth happy and your belly full.

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Where to Find Bee Pollen in Metro Phoenix, and What It Does (And Bees Are Magic)

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These gold nuggets are the product of Honeybee Magic.

Don't be surprised if you see it popping up on local menus: Bee Pollen is this season's trending superfood. Here's what you need to know about it.

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Danzeisen Dairy Brings Single-Source Milk to Metro Phoenix

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Zaida Dedolph
An alfalfa-nosed Holstein cow at Danzeisen Dairy.
I write a lot about coffee, but I feel like I've done Chow Bella readers a disservice. My tendency has been to focus on the terroir of coffee, on who produced it, on how it got to the cup in front of me. But how often have I asked (or answered) those same questions about milk? Its flavor attributes are every bit as dynamic as those of coffee, and its quality is equally - or maybe even more dependent- upon production methods, regional variations, and processing.

Also! Cattle is one of the "Five C's" of Arizona; Coffee, sadly, is not. So really, it's about time I gave a little love to coffee's favorite friend, milk. Which is easy to do, considering that metro Phoenix alone has a fantastic array of local dairy options to examine.

I started out on my quest by visiting Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen to see what makes their milk so special. Warning to the tenderhearted: This post is accompanied by many photographs of very adorable cows. Baby ones, even.

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85 Metro Phoenix Places to Eat and Drink: Super Bowl Guide

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Hey there, Phoenix! We're rolling out the grassy green carpet in honor of the biggest event to hit town since - well, since the last Super Bowl rolled through. The 49th annual celebration of all things professional football promises to be the grandest yet, and Phoenix New Times has it all mapped out. From parties and Super Bowl-centric events to must-do restaurants, bars, shopping and attractions, we've got you covered.

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Cartel Hosts Two Brothers "Tap Takeover" Today, January 21

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Heather Hoch
For one day only, Cartel Coffee's Scottsdale store will surrender five of their taps to Chicago's Two Brothers Brewing Company.

Phoenix is about to get a lil' taste of Chicago: next week, Two Brothers Brewing Company will open a taphouse at Scottsdale Road and Drinkwater.

To welcome their beer brethren into town, Cartel Coffee Lab's Scottsdale location will be hosting a "tap takeover" today, January 21st at 6 pm.


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Help Wanted! Chow Bella's Looking for Cocktail, Wine, and Dessert Columnists

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Lauren Saria
Chow Bella has immediate openings on our freelance staff for writers -- including those looking to focus on cocktails, wine, or dessert.

We are looking to pass the baton on columns including Dessert First, Hooch, and Vine Geeks.

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5 Metro Phoenix Juice Bars That'll Make You Want to Drink Your Meals

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Heather Hoch
Drinking your vegetables is the new eating your vegetables.
So, you're thinking about juicing.

Maybe you're still clinging to that New Year's Resolution; maybe you're just looking to rid your body of last night's tequila. Whatever your motivation might be, Phoenix is #blessed with tons of local cold-pressed juice options. If you're not yet ready to splurge on a juicer of your own, or if you're just looking for inspiration, check out these local liquid-diet hot spots.

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