10 Unusual Ways to Eat Eggs

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Sweet & Saucy blog
Baked eggs just got a whole lot better.

Eggs have been a rising trend in restaurants for the last few years, and we can't expect them to be pulled off menus, well, ever. And for good reason! Not only are they incredibly versatile, but this essential ingredient is every bit as super as kale or salmon.

If you're still eating your eggs scrambled or hard-boiled, in omelets or frittatas, you're missing out on all the possibilities for a delicious meal. Just in time for your Easter table, here are 10 totally trendy -- yet kinda strange -- ways to prepare eggs.

Baked Eggs in Ham

Although the recipe first appeared in the February 2002 issue of Gourmet Magazine, the concept of lining a muffin pan with sliced ham still feels a bit bizarre. But there's nothing off-putting about the combo of soft baked eggs, crispy ham, and herb mushroom stuffing. It's easy to make, yet they'll look stunning served with brunch.


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5 Best Restaurants in Peoria, Surprise, and El Mirage Right Now

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Photo by Dayvid LeMmon
"Clafoutis" Cake at Amuse Bouche
Head west of the Loop 101, hit the US 60, and you're in the north West Valley. And while it's not the hottest or hippest part of greater Phoenix, the cities in this neck of the woods -- which include Peoria, Surprise, and El Mirage -- have more than a few restaurant gems to offer hungry diners. You know, the kind of places we wish were just a little closer to Phoenix proper.

From upscale French cuisine to favorite neighborhood Mexican spots, here are the five best restaurants in the north West Valley right now.

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10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in March

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Lauren Saria
China Magic Noodle House's spicy pig ears are offal and delicious.
March means the middle of festival season in the Valley. In fact, the month kicked off with the Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic and closed out with the Check, Please! Arizona Festival last Sunday. The events have been keeping me busy but it's now time to look back on the very best things I ate last month. This time around list includes a few dishes from brand new spots, as well as some longtime favorites you might have forgotten about. And a cocktail.

I hope you get to try some if it for yourself soon.

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5 Best Restaurants in Gilbert Right Now

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Lauren Saria
Joe's Real BBQ is always worth the drive to Gilbert.
In addition to being one of the least sinful cities in the country, Gilbert happens to be one of the hottest dining mini-hubs in the Valley. Later this year, the city's downtown area will welcome a slew of new eateries to the scene, including Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles, Snooze, and Sam Fox's Zinburger.

But the recent explosion of new restaurants doesn't mean there aren't already some great dining destinations in this Southeast Valley suburb. Here are five of the very best.

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10 Best Indian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Khyber Halal's filling goat biryani
You don't have to go out of the country or even out of town to find great, authentic Indian food. In fact, there are plenty of places around the Valley that specialize in a range of Indian cooking styles, whether you're looking for great Southern-style vegetarian dosa or Northern chaat. With a variety of options -- including buffets, upscale sit-down spots and even grab-and-go eateries -- the Indian joints around town can cater to any occasion with spicy, aromatic, and mouthwatering curries, mixed grills, and more.

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10 Best Places for Sangria in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
Gallo Blanco
Considering the sweet taste, fruit chunks, and social acceptance to drink wine through a straw, Sangria is essentially alcohol for our inner child.

With so many ways for bartenders to make this sugary beverage their own -- with selections of wine, fruit, sweeteners, liquor, and more -- we hardly could be pressed to pick just one favorite in metro Phoenix.

So we're naming 10.

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5 Things Your Hostess Really Doesn't Want You to Do

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Courtesy Flickr user: SierraTierra
While the hostess' duties may not be as plentiful nor as stressful as the responsibilities laid upon the wait staff, the kitchen, or even management, that doesn't mean that from time to time she doesn't have to fight the urge to punch you in your stupid, dinner-eating face.

The hostess isn't just the petite bouncer of your favorite crowded eatery, she's the babysitter to you, the children in your party, and, most of all, the people with whom she can hardly tell the difference.

So to help lessen her pain and potentially your wait for a table, here are five things your hostess would really rather you stop doing. Like now.

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5 Best Restaurants in South Scottsdale Right Now

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Evie Carpenter
The grilled octopus at Virtu Honest Craft.
This time of year, downtown and central Scottsdale become the Valley's biggest tourist destinations, thanks in no small part to the high concentration of top-notch restaurants you'll find in these trendy neighborhoods.

With so many choices it's hard to pick the very best of the crop but right now our favorite places include spots owned by James Beard Award-nominated chefs, an old school-style eatery with impeccable flavor, and one of the area's best designed destinations. Okay, we'll admit it might not be the most affordable lineup of eateries -- but we promise they're all worth a little splurge.

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29 Favorite Places to Eat in Downtown Phoenix: Quick PHX

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Sarah Hurwitz
Quick PHX is your pocket guide to things to do in the city.
Quick PHX, our annual pocket guide to art, shopping, eating, and partying in Phoenix, is on stands now -- just in time for Viva PHX on Friday, March 7, and Art Detour 26 on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9. Illustrated by Sarah Hurwitz, the hand-held guide will keep you busy this weekend and beyond. If you don't see a copy of the cute little guide on the streets, message Chow Bella on Facebook and we'll send you one.

Here are our 29 favorite spots to eat in Downtown Phoenix.

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10 Really Weird Hot Dogs

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Frank Restaurant
This one-of-a-kind hot dog can be had only in Austin.

No longer just a thing of questionable meat byproducts and discarded parts, hot dogs have gone gourmet, and the results are as delicious as the meat choices are surprising.

As home of the Sonoran dog, Arizona is an inventive place for hot dog toppings. Needless to say, you won't find salsa or avocado on this list. Instead, these dogs feature foie gras, peanut butter, turducken, poached egg, potato pierogi, and more. Here are 10 truly delicious yet totally bizarre hot dogs you'll want to track down.

The Dog: Jackalope
Where to Get It: Frank Restaurant (Austin)

You'll think the mythical creature really exists after one bite of this in-house blend of smoked antelope, rabbit, and pork sausage. It's served with cherry compote, Sriracha aioli, and cheddar cheese. Enjoy it along with sides like Reuben fries, loaded baked potato salad, Frito pie, and sweet Southern slaw.


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