What's Great Right Now at Singh Farms?

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Zaida Dedolph
Fennel Bulbs, Christmas Bulbs ... it's prime season for both.

The answer is, in a word, everything. If you haven't had the pleasure of making Singh Farms' acquaintance, there's no better time than the present. Despite the chilly weather, they've still got plenty of fresh-grown winter produce and some amazing vegetarian-friendly prepared foods.

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5 Holiday Coffee Drinks in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Chow Bella, Grind

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Heather Hoch
Rollover Doughnuts is stepping up their Dairy game with Danzeisen eggnog and flavored milks.

Candy canes. Gingerbread. Nogs of all ilks. It's winter in the rest of the world, but we Phoenicians have the luxury of enjoying all the delicious flavors of the season without any of the icky, snowy consequences. Let's toast to that while we celebrate some of our fantastic Phoenix-area cafes.

Here are four seasonal treats to try, and one that's not really seasonal, but will provide you with a delicious escape from the stress of the holidays.

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5 Gifts for the Vegetarian: Chow Bella Gift Guides 2014

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Lauren Saria
Agritopia Farms offers a fantastic weekly CSA membership - perfect for the produce lover.
Stumped for what to buy those special someones on your list? Let Chow Bella do the shopping -- or at least the browsing -- with our 2014 gift guides. Today: gifts for the vegetarian.

Whether or not you agree with their dietary decisions, the vegetarian in your life probably deserves more than coal in his or her stocking. Here are some ideas for what to get the vegetable lover in your life.

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Barrio Urbano Partners with Espresso Italia to Bring Mexican Coffee & Breakfast to the Yard

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Chichacha/Flickr
Barrio Urbano's new coffee blend tastes like - you guessed it - Mole.

This week Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza answered the question we were all asking about her new Barrio Urbano breakfast concept: who will provide the coffee?

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5 Vegetarian-Friendly Vendors to Check Out at Downtown Phoenix Public Market

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Zaida Dedolph
Golo Family Organic Farms' gorgeous pink grapefruit caught our eye. We loved them even more when we heard their story.

While most of the nation is buried under snow and ice, we Phoenicians are finally able to enjoy the simple things, like wearing socks and being outdoors without fear of frying.

One thing many of us take for granted is our ability to get great local fruits and vegetables during our mild winter months. In the Great White North (as we like to think of anything north of Prescott) farmers markets are forced into hibernation during the winter -- but in Phoenix, they thrive. Here's a list of great local folks to check out next time you're at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market.

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5 Metro Phoenix Restaurants That Your Vegetarian Friends Won't Hate

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Jackie Mercandetti
Phoenix Public Market Cafe offers a variety of dishes that are both satisfying and vegetarian.

We've all been there: You are trying to figure out a place to meet your friends for food, but you get stuck trying to please both the carnivores and the herbivores in your crowd. The meat-eaters have choked down tempeh at all the usual vegan haunts, the vegetarians have spent countless nights consuming iceberg lettuce salads and French fries at your favorite steakhouse, and it's hard to convince the crowd to go to Pita Jungle again.

No need to fight, we can all get along! Here are five great Phoenix restaurants that can meet everyone's needs -- and that serve well-crafted vegetarian dishes that are way more interesting than that boring ol' Boca Burger. Each of these restaurants offers multiple veg-friendly main dishes, so everybody gets options. Bonus: Almost all of them have awesome patios, so you can kick back and enjoy each other's company (even if you don't enjoy each other's dietary decisions).

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Meet the Jackfruit

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Zaida Dedolph
Young jackfruit, in and out of the can.

I don't eat meat. I also don't eat fake meat. I also don't expect you to care about what I eat, or to change your own diet because of what I have to say. But I will note that the meat-free market largely lends itself to the development of super fake foodstuffs -- oddly textured, unnaturally formed, and artificially flavored, of course. These foods have never struck me as being particularly healthy, nor conceptually vegetarian, nor even a little bit appetizing.

But! When real, whole, minimally processed foods are adapted into recipes in place of meat (read as: not isolated currently trendy protein or hydrolyzed whatever), I'm willing to be a bit more open.

A few weeks ago I fell in love with the Nopales Like Home sandwich at Braggs Factory Diner. The sandwich, which features smokey barbacoa-style jackfruit, was my first introduction to this strange-yet-delightful fruit-cum-meat substitute. Since then, I have seen the item pop up on a few other local restaurants' menus, which makes me think we'll be seeing a lot more of it in coming months.


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Free Tamale-Making Classes at All Ranch Market Locations

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Lucianvenutian - Flickr Creative Commons
Ever think it was impossible to learn to make tamales? Think again.

Every year you probably say to yourself, "I'm going to learn to make tamales for the next holiday season." Then the just before that year is up, you conclude that it's too much of a task and you're not sure where to even begin.

Now, none of that matters, thanks to the Ranch Markets around the Valley. Starting this Friday, Nov. 7, classes will begin at the Roosevelt Street location in Central Phoenix. The best part: The classes are completely free.

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Turn Up the Heat with Go Lb. Salt's Sriracha Bacon and Locally Made Sriracha Sauce

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Sriracha Bacon
Considering that you can already buy Sriracha Pringles and Lay's and even green Midori Sriracha, we guess we shouldn't be that surprised to hear that some of our local food producers are also turning to the famous hot sauce for inspiration. After all, we've already written about how you can use the red rooster sauce to spice up the cheapest of foods.

Now you can leave the spice infusion to the pros. Starting on Saturday, October 25, you'll be able to buy Sriracha Bacon made locally by go lb. salt, and on Saturday mornings at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, you also can find Siri Sriracha Sauce, a brand of locally made condiments.

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Tres Leches Cake Turned Into a Shake...But Only Until Sunday

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Hungry Dudes (Flickr Creative Commons)
Tres leches cake is soaked with three milks, and we can't get enough of it.

Hopdoddy, the fast-casual burger restaurant and bar in Scottsdale has taken two things we love, the milk shake and tres leches cake, blended them together and presented heaven in a cup. If you would like a serving of your own, be sure to get there by Sunday before their drink special ends.

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