Chow Down: This Week in Food Blogs

August 17, 2011 | 10:41 AM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

Just like a power lunch in New York, this week’s Chow Down run down will be quick and calorie-free…depending on whether or not you have the willpower to read this stuff without eating. We certainly don’t. Here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

Ahh, The Sugar Bowl. The Arizona institution has been fattening up young children and their parents with bathtubs of ice cream for many moons, but a recent post by Eric Eats Out makes us think it’s time to reassess our loyalty. Eric’s beef wasn’t necessarily about the food, but more about the current state of an old favorite.

It’s not about the ice cream, which is perfectly fine although nothing to rave about.  It’s average – at best – but certainly far from offensive…If the food was great, I could look past the filth, but it’s not.

Aside from the tradition surrounding the peptobismal pink building in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, there isn’t much else going on to keep families like Eric’s from every going back. Dilapidated booths, dust bunnies, taped glass and a bathroom that would make an Appalachian hillbilly feel at home are all among the recent pitfalls of the once favorite destination. Hope they clean it up fast because if a frozen yogurt place takes over, I may scream.

We love lists. We love food. We love lists that countdown favorite food spots which is why Chow Bella’s Seven Downtown Phoenix Spots for Hungry ASU Students made the cut this week. Well, that and some of our all time favorite restaurants were on this lists, ones we would gladly drive completely out of our way for on any given day. The list is as follows: Hanny’s (contemporary urban), The Breadfruit (authentic Jamaican), Nobuo at Teeter House (upscale Japanese), Pizzeria Bianco (needs no explanation), Moira Sushi (great happy hour), Phoenix Public Market (the hipsters more reasonably priced answer to Dean and Deluca) and, of course, Matt’s Big Breakfast (the greatest breakfast you will ever eat. ever). Read the post for the reasoning or just trust that it is more than worth your time.

It has come to our recent attention that Pen & Fork is a blog seriously filled with beautiful photography. So beautiful, in fact, that our mouths are comparable to the Niagra falls just by looking at the images and it’s largely why we feel so compelled to cover it week after week. Take this photo of a Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie, for example. How does one take something that anyone would eat out of a plastic cup in a back alley and turn it into the food equivalent of a Vogue editorial? That is for her to know and us to marvel at. This week’s Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe is in memory of a recent friend’s husband who passed away. A lovely sentiment we will gladly indulge in. Here is the recipe straight from the site.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Smoothie

For Jennifer, in memory of Mikey, with love
Peanut Butter Layer:
1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
Chocolate Layer:
1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon finely chopped peanuts
1 teaspoon finely chopped semisweet chocolate

1. Place 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt, peanut butter and honey in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour in a glass.
2. Place 1/2 cup low fat yogurt and cocoa in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour chocolate layer over the peanut butter layer.
3. Sprinkle top of smoothie with peanuts and chocolate.

Until next week, cherish your food, my friends.

images via Pen & Fork, Chow Bella (Phoenix Public Market Chow and Chick’s Thumb breakfast) and Eric Eats Out


1 Comment

  1. Marti
    August 17, 2011 12:14 PM

    re: Sugar Bowl, So maybe it is old and showing it but that’s what makes it special. Lord knows there are countless restaurants that open and close their doors like revolving doors in this town. Maybe it’s still open because people have come to see it as a staple, who cares if the ice cream is “average”. Drive by mid day on a Sunday and you’ll find every age group enjoying, drive by the sugar bowl around 10 in the evening on a Saturday night and you’ll find a younger generation. They must be doing somehting right. It does show it’s age but this shows it has substance and endurance. For those that can find better ice cream elsewhere that’s great, it’s a good thing we have choices. In the last 10 yrs I’ve lived in the area it’s nice to know I can still rely on the Sugar Bowl to be there, just as I’ll rely on all the other fads or want-to-be restaurants to come and go.


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