Arizona Taco Festival 2014 at Salt River Fields Offered Lots of Hits and a Few Misses

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Jeremiah Toller
The 2014 Arizona Taco Festival was like heaven for taco lovers.

The 2014 Arizona Taco Festival took place this past weekend at Scottsdsale's Salt River Fields. There was enough sun, tacos, and booze to go around for the two full days of festivities, with tacos coming from every type of establishment from food trucks (including Traveling Monk) to casual bars (such as Dos Gringos) to higher-end trendy Mexican staples (like Distrito).

In the name of research, we tried (at least) one taco from every vendor who had tacos available on Saturday afternoon, and some definitely stood out from the pack. Here are some of the things we took note of between tortilla-wrapped bites.

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Get Your Munchie Girl Scout Cookie Fix at TruMed Dispensary Today and Tomorrow

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These Girl Scouts are pretty smart.
Girl Scout Danielle Lei has been making headlines for her savvy business decision to sell Girl Scout cookies outside of a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco. According to Time, Lei sold 117 boxes of Dulce de Leches and Tagalong cookies in just two hours last weekend. That's 37 more than she sold in two hours outside a Safeway the next day.

But Lei's not the only smart cookie out there. You'll be able to find Phoenix girl scouts at a local medical marijuana dispensary selling cookies both today and tomorrow.

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6 Ways to Pair Girl Scout Cookies with Metro Phoenix Craft Beer

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Zach Fowle
There's a reason the majority of New Year's resolutions to finally start eating right last only about a month: Girl Scout cookies. Once those cute little be-sashed monsters start peddling their boxes of high-calorie deliciousness, it's game over. But we here at Chow Bella buy into the "in for a penny, in for a pound" mantra -- especially when the poundage is added to our waistlines by tasty, tasty treats -- so we decided to try out this year's batch of Girl Scout cookies with a few of our favorite local beers.

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10 Best Food Costumes for Pets

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You can claim to be above such immature offenses as taking cat-bearding selfies or ordering your pampered pooch a decaf Puppiccino at Starbucks (yes, they exist). But no spine is strong enough, no funny bone numb enough, to resist the pathetic cuteness overload that is pets dressed as food.

Go ahead, try your damnedest to give that dog dressed as a lobster you most dead pan expression. Tell that cat you could care less that he's covered in sprinkles. It's not going to happen. You know it. We know it. And sadly, the pet knows it too.

So this Halloween, rather than deny our weakness for culinary pet costumes, we're embracing it, by giving you the 10 best instances of pets dressed as food.

And stay tuned: Chow Bella is sponsoring a contest we'll announce soon. Just how cute is your pet's Halloween food costume?!

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7 Must-See Food TV Shows This Fall

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Season 2 of Anthony Bourdain premieres September 15 in Jerusalem - Israel, West Bank and Gaza
Grab a gourmet snack and a comfy seat on the couch because the fall tv season is just around the corner. And while we can watch re-runs of Good Eats and No Reservations until the cows come home, we're pretty excited for some new fodder on which we can feast our eyes. In addition to new seasons of some of our favorite food-related television shows, there are a few new series out this season that have piqued our interest already. Craft beer fans, there's something for you and if you thought you were sick of Gordon Ramsay, wait till you see what he's got up his sleeve next.

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Limited-Edition Gelato Flavors by Arizona Chefs Revealed Monday Night at Gelato Spot

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All photos and collages by Lauren Saria
Arizona chefs created nine new flavors for local business Gelato Spot
We're counting our blessings that gelato has less fat than ice cream because there's a good chance we're going to be eating a lot of it this summer. On Monday night at Gelato Spot in Scottsdale, a dozen local chefs unveiled artisanal gelato flavors, each of which represents the signature style of his or her cuisine. They'll be available, three every month, at each of the five Gelato Spot locations and will compete in a contest to capture the title of "Best Chef Flavor."

Fans of frozen dessert can look forward to an exciting lineup of flavors over the next few months -- some will cool you down while others are meant to spice things up.

See also:
12 AZ Chefs Create Limited Edition Flavors for The Gelato Spot

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Frozen Bananas, Cornballs, and Mayoneggs: What To Eat While Watching Season Four of Arrested Development

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It's the story of a wealthy family that lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. It's Arrested Development. And it's back.

The Netflix premiere of the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development is almost upon us. When all 15 episodes are made available to a rabid viewing public Sunday, May 26, you should be watching. You should also be eating. Below, a menu full of Arrested-themed food to pack your sweet pink mouth so full you'll be the envy of every Jerry and Jane on the block.

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- 'Honey Boo Boo's' Sketti: We Made It, Here's What It Tastes Like. (Hint: It Will Ruin Ketchup For You)


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10 Best Food Art Masterpieces from Artist "Red" Hong Yi's Month-Long Series

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Last month, artist-architect Hong Yi, who also goes by the name Red, embarked on a project in which she would create an image a day using food on a white plate backdrop and post the results on Instagram. She even made a video about the project.

It was a beautiful month for culinary art.

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Top 10 Knitted Foods
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Ranging from the simple to the elaborate to the just plain fun, Yi's masterpieces of food art utilize an array of ingredients (think an owl made of onions, an Arctic scene created from an ice cream stick, and a pufferfish made of tropical fruit) that will leave you hungry for more.

Here are 10 of our favorites.

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Lip Chaser Delivers Mouth-to-Mouth Action at the Bar

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Photo credit: Lip Chaser, Source: Instagram
Pucker up, Phoenix -- a frisky new follow-up to the body shot is here, and it's making its way to a liquor store near you. Lip Chaser, a patent-pending "kiss chaser," is a product from a Tempe-based business aimed at targeting the promiscuous party scene with a line of candy lip-gloss chasers.

We can't help thinking this is the hottest new way to catch cold sores, but for those party-goers who find that going out often turns into making out, this is certainly a product worth checking out.

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Kickstarter Campaign Asks for Money to Start "Freegan" Cafe -- Serving Food from Dumpsters
Watch This New York City Barista Draw Tiny, Intricate Foam Portraits in Lattes

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Everything You Need for Your Downton Abbey Viewing Party -- Pinkies Up, Fans

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There's something uniquely English about enjoying a dainty scone and a piping hot cup of tea. So while we may not be able to actually get to the Yorkshire country house of the Earl and Countess of Grantham -- mainly because it's a fictional place -- we can channel our inner Crawley family-ness with relative ease thanks to Queen City Cookies' Downton Abbey gift set, which can be conveniently delivered to your front door.

See also:
- So This Exists: The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook
- GIRLS: A Quick Recap, The Five Rules of Watching, and How to Catch The Next Episode if You Don't Have HBO

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