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When operating at peak performance, the human nervous system can function as nature’s own medicine cabinet. But nerve damage and injuries, along with metabolic waste in the form of free radicals, can compromise the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Because it is incredibly difficult to obtain all of the necessary nutrients for optimal nerve health from food alone, Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice, board certified surgeon and founder of Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in
elcome to our annual Man Issue! From stylish dads to men’s fashions to men’s spa treatments, we celebrate all things men this month. For our cover story, we spoke with Justin Trevor Winters, who is quickly becoming a leader in the screenwriting field (his feature-length film, KILLING WINSTON JONES, is currently in post-production, and stars Richard Dreyfuss, Tyler Labine, Danny Glover, Joely Fisher, and more). He’s funny, smart, and making his mark on the world. Read all about him on pg. 34. We also have lots of other men, and men-related stories, throughout this issue. Meet some stylish dads who are not only rockin’ the fashion world, but also leading by example by acting as role models for their children (read their advice on pg. 39). Throughout the issue we’ve also got men’s fashions, summertime events, and so much more (a $10,000 toilet, anyone?)! P.S.–Happy Father’s Day!
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In today’s political climate, only one thing is certain—there is much disagreement. But one thing that Democratic Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Republican District 3 Councilman Bill Gates continued… JUNE 2015 |
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up close discovered is that beer is one of the few issues both parties agree on. On the Summer Solstice, June 21, the mayor and the councilman, along with Phoenix’s locally owned North Mountain Brewing, will launch NonPartisan Lager. Phoenix native Rob Berkner and his wife, Candy, opened the local brewpub at 5th Street and Dunlap in 2012. Located in the historic Sunnyslope neighborhood, North Mountain saw this as a great chance to bring together local politicians and bring attention to the revitalization efforts in Sunnyslope. Originally asked to participate in a ribbon-cutting event, the mayor and the councilman saw this as a perfect opportunity to bring more recognition to an area of Phoenix that seems to elicit a lot of passion—Sunnyslope is one of Phoenix’s oldest and closest communities, and today is one of the most diverse socio-economic communities in Phoenix. Many of its residents have been in the area for a long time, and many more people throughout Phoenix have their roots in Sunnyslope. The one constant in the community that is dominated by the famous “S” Mountain is the sense of pride. Sunnyslope is in the process of area revitalization and renovation, and many see the addition of North Mountain Brewing as a clear indication of Sunnyslope’s improvement. Gates, who learned to appreciate good beer during his years as a Harvard Law School student, says the creation of the signature suds “has been a great way for us to connect with members of the Sunnyslope community.” The Non-Partisan Lager is a Munich Helles-style beer, chosen because it is a fairly approachable style, with a crisp clean taste for summer. The strawcolored lager offers a taste somewhat like a pilsner, although smoother and maltier. However, the beer is also a more difficult style to brew. Because it has such a clean flavor, any flaws in the brew are obvious. Owner and head brewer Berkner thought it was the perfect style for the signature across-the-aisle brew. “After
the challenges of opening a brewery and getting the councilman and mayor together, it seemed appropriate to brew a challenging beer.” It’s also perfect for Berkner, who spent time in beer school in Munich. North Mountain chose to tap the special blend during the Summer Solstice on Sunday, June 21, because that is the longest day of the year and the official kick-off of the summer season here in Phoenix.
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The brew will only be initially available at North Mountain Brewery, but will be available in a limited run at some local restaurants. Gates hopes that the public will enjoy the new lager. “We can’t wait for everyone to stop by and try something all parties can enjoy—political preferences aside.” For more details about North Mountain Brewing and Non-Partisan Lager, visit www.northmountainbrewing.com.
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THE COURTROOM VS. THE CANVAS Leon Silver creates a balanced life BY MIKE SAUCIER PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ
ome lawyers paint defendants as bad people—it’s part of the job. But few lawyers actually paint in the sense of using a brush and canvas to create art. Leon Silver, a Phoenix lawyer by day and artist by night, is the rare guy who can exit work mode for a little and retreat into his own world by pursuing a passion—painting. Painting has been with him every step of the way through his career—a consistent pattern of legal mediation at work followed by artistic meditation at home. Prior to attending law school, he worked as an art teacher and working artist. As co-managing partner of the Phoenix office of Gordon & Rees LLP, Silver has 25-plus years of experience in handling business and real estate trials, arbitrations and mediations. He also co-founded the Liberty Project, a think tank made up of law students and young lawyers, medical students, and others who have committed to the protection and advancement of reproductive rights. Through it all, he has always made time to paint. He has awards to show for his work in both legal and artistic realms, but it’s his art that can be seen in offices, homes and public spaces across the country.
Does your painting allow for an escape from your legal work or does it serve to help it? For me, painting is not just an escape from law, it’s an escape from everything. When I paint, I typically become completely absorbed in the painting and the process. Recently I did a painting in my garage studio. My daughter told me after I was done that she had been in the garage watching me paint for a while. I had no idea she was ever there. What typically serves as inspiration for your paintings? Whether I’m painting or writing songs, my ideas usually come from one of three places: those I love, observing art or nature, or simply finding inspiration from within. UPTOWN |
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Paper Clouds Apparel is a T-shirt company with a heart BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ
obert Thornton transformed one drawing on a refrigerator into a T-shirt company that has raised nearly $100,000 for special needs charities. It began when Thornton visited his mother, a bus driver for children with special needs, and saw a picture hanging in her home that had been created by one of her passengers. The picture sparked a fire in him, and he immediately imagined the design on a T-shirt. He launched Paper Clouds Apparel (PCA) soon after, selling T-shirts, hats and totes featuring artwork designed by individuals with special needs. For each of its campaigns (87 and counting!) PCA (www.papercloudsapparel.com) donates 50 percent of its net proceeds from each sale to the charity that it is featuring at the time. The company also hires adults with special needs to help fold and package the apparel. PCA’s ultimate goal is to be able to help any special needs cause it wants, and change the way the world sees and treats people with special needs.
What are a few of your favorite designs thus far? Logan's Skull design is one that I wear often. Another favorite is this Dinosaur Ballerina that was created by a 12-year-old girl named Julia who has autism. I mean, who doesn't love a dinosaur in a tutu? You’re a selfproclaimed T-shirt junkie. How vast is your T-shirt collection? I was just telling a friend that my closet is about 75 percent PCA shirts. The other 25 percent of my closet has shirts from bands that I love. Where did the name Paper Clouds Apparel come from? As a kid, the first piece of art I remember creating was with cotton balls—gluing them to construction paper and making clouds in the sky. UPTOWN |
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What is your favorite thing to do when enjoying a night out with friends? A nice long dinner at a great restaurant with an extensive wine list. Who are your style inspirations? POLYVORE APP. If you don't have it, get it! Also, Rachel Zoe's weekly email and my personal shopper at Nordstrom. If someone wanted to give yoga a try for the first time, what would you tell them? I would say, "Let's get started! It does a mind and body good!"
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ugatchi shirts, jeans and Birkenstocks? This may not sound like your typical technology investor and venture capitalist style combination, but then again, Andrew Bart may not be your typical tech head. Bart is an influential entrepreneur, a top-level businessman who likes to keep his personal and professional style conservative yet fun. “I try to keep my wardrobe comfortable and casual, but also be able to transition when needed,” says Bart. “I go to about 40 conferences a year, and depending on what type of conference, I dress to fit within the spectrum of the community.” Bart shows his style love most consistently for designers like Bugatchi, saying the colorful and comfortable shirts go with any pair of jeans and slacks. During an evening with friends, you will likely find Bart wearing his Levi’s 501 button-fly jeans, a T-shirt and signature Birkenstocks, but when going out to an event, such as the Symphony, Bart finds it necessary to shine in his best. “If everyone is dressed one way, this is a time where I feel it is best to be dressed one notch above where everyone else should be. This is the peak of where I present myself.” Is there an actor whose style you think you emulate, from any era? I am an easygoing guy who goes with the flow and doesn't really follow a lead or emulate anyone. However, if I had to emulate a celebrity, it would certainly be one who rocks the Levi’s 501 button-fly jeans and a classic white T-shirt. Where are your favorite places to enjoy a night out with friends here in the Valley? Food and wine are two of my passions in life. A few of my favorites are the Tuck Shop, Fuego Bistro, Chelsea's Kitchen, Beckett's Table, Tonto Bar & Grill, Federal Pizza, and Welcome Diner. You are a technology investor—what is your favorite tech trend that is hot right now? I love anything Software as a Service (SaaS), Marketplace technologies (Uberization), and Marketing Technologies (MarTech). These technologies create remarkable efficiency and they empower individuals, brands, and agencies.
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3. Stacy Sullivan, Hugo Boss tuxedo. 4. Eddie Nunez, Calvin Klein tuxedo.
11. Gabe Bertaccini, Tom Ford tuxedo.
5. Marc Reid, custom tuxedo.
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7. Timothy Peace, Hugo Boss tuxedo.
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1. Scott Berger, Ibiza jacket, Canali shirt, Zenga pants.
7. Len Gaby, Brooks Brothers suit. 8. Lee Evans, Hugo Boss suit.
2. Steve Schnall, Brooks Brothers suit.
9. Rob Leslie, Calvin Klein suit.
3. Jonathon Kercheval, Banana Republic suit.
10. Craig Robb, Peter Millar suit.
4. Grant Dipman, Calvin Klein suit.
11. Don Smith, Hart Schaeffner Marx suit.
5. Gary Jackson, Suitsupply suit.
12. Jathan Segur, Hugo Boss suit.
6. Oscar De las salas, Suitsupply suit.
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Hollywood writer—and rejection expert extraordinaire BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM PHOTOS BY CARL SCHULTZ
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ustin Trevor Winters is a really funny man. The Hollywood storyteller— known in the industry for his dramedy, and by his wife as an “expert bullshitter”—had dreams of starring on the silver screen. “But I quickly learned I was maybe the world’s worst actor,” explains Winters over a late night Sazerac. That realization led him to screenwriting. Today, the writer continues his love-hate relationship with words from both Los Angeles and Phoenix.
A PRODUCT OF THE ’80S Winters was born in December 1980 just outside of Chicago. Even though the family of four, plus their trusty golden retriever, only remained in Illinois until Winters was 3, he grew up with a family that “loved Da Bears, Da Bulls, Da Cubs and Da Blackhawks.” Winters says his life was idyllic after the family moved to Moraga in Northern California in 1984. “It was a small town,” he explains. “As a kid, I of course wanted to get the hell out of Dodge, but looking back I now realize how good I had it.” Following high school, Winters headed for University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) to study film. Although he says the Film & Media program at UCSB is extremely competitive and he is honored to be an alum, he was sold on UCSB “when I found out I could watch movies for four years—in my board shorts—with sand in between my toes.” The four years at UCSB helped Winters fall in love with the film industry. “I was enraptured by the entirety of the industry,” he explains. But during that quest for how to spend the rest of his life in the film industry, he discovered writing. “I’m not sure if I found writing or writing found me,” says Winters, laughing. “We’re in it now, a love-hate relationship to end all love-hate relationships. I love standing upon the wonderfully high peaks of my megalomania, but spend most of my time in the deepest of deep valleys of self-loathing. I love writing, but it’s a very, very, very, very difficult profession where
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you deal with rejection on a daily basis… more rejection in a day than most people will experience in a lifetime.”
IN THE BEGINNING As with most people who want to succeed in the film industry, Winters graduated and moved to Los Angeles. His primary goal at that time was to become a screenwriter. “Upon finishing my first featurelength screenplay, I felt I achieved that goal… well, creatively speaking, at least. I soon realized, however, that writing a screenplay was only half the battle and if I wanted to be a working writer, I needed to learn the business side of the industry, as well.” Just about the time he came to that realization, he was hired as an assistant at Innovative Artists Agency, and later also worked for Creative Artists Agency. There, he worked alongside agents, managers, lawyers, investors, producers and studio execs. He also collaborated with actors, directors, screenwriters and authors. The list reads like an Oscar After-Party— Kathryn Bigelow, Stuart Beattie, Peter Bogdanovich, John Cameron Mitchell, Tim Robbins, Brad Pitt, Jon Heder, Joel David Moore. Winters spent his time learning what he calls “the industry as a whole.” At both agencies, “I read scripts, wrote coverage, and recommended potential clients. I gained a vast understanding of the interworkings of the screenwriting trade and the industry as a whole. I also made oatmeal with exactly three banana slices, a dash of raw organic agave, and just the right amount of flaxseed. I ducked out of the way of flying staplers. I worked 16-hours days and weekends. I picked up laundry and babysat latchkey kids. I worked in and survived the physically and emotionally draining trenches with countless other assistants, and made invaluable connections and relationships that I still utilize today.” Winters says this was the most crucial part of getting into the industry. For
someone who wants to be involved in the film industry in any way, they must work within the industry, whether at an agency, production company or studio, because you have to get your foot in the door.
CRAFTING A SCREENWRITING CAREER With more knowledge of the industry under his belt, Winters set out to concentrate full-time on his writing love affair. He says the one thing that his time at the agencies showed him is that, “as a writer, you should never sacrifice the integrity of the story you want to tell, but you sure as hell better be conscious of the fact that at the end of the day, this is a business. And in my case, I believe it was this knowledge that helped me get my very first script optioned and produced.” In fact, Winters now has a variety of products in a variety of stages. Currently, he has three feature dark comedies, four one-hour dramas, two half-hour singlecamera comedies, a comedy panel quiz show, a feature adaptation of a short story, a biopic, a web series, and an animated short in the works. KILLING WINSTON JONES is a feature-length film currently in the final stages of post-production. The film, directed by Joel David Moore, has been Winters’ passion since he came up with the idea in 2005 while reading the Hollywood trades. He read about the death of an actress from the 1950s, but had no idea who she was despite having been a film student his entire adult life. Winters wondered, “How do you leave a legacy that will withstand time?” The movie stars Richard Dreyfuss as Winston Jones (the retired Boys’ PE teacher) who desperately wants to leave a legacy at his once-beloved junior high school. The perfect opportunity comes when the school sets out to build a new gymnasium. The only problem is that the current principle (Tyler Labine) was one of Jones’ former chubby students and hates his former PE teacher. He decides
“I’m optimistic that I’ll be a successful working writer throughout my career.” the gym will be named in memorium. So, the competition is once again on between Jones and his old rival Washington Carver, the Girls’ PE teacher, played by Danny Glover. The two men compete this time, however, to see who can kill himself first, and it turns both men’s families upside down. The movie also stars Danny Masterson, Jon Heder, Aly Michalka, Lesley Ann Brandt, Joely Fisher and Lin Shayne. Winters thought at times the film would never become reality. He says he almost gave up hope when they lost financing for the third time. Little did he know that just 48 hours after that last loss, however, they would get financing. The film is now almost ready for the public. They have had several advanced screenings, and the production company is in talks with distribution companies. The movie should be in theaters later this year.
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LIFE IN ARIZONA Winters is married to Dr. Brittany Nicole Winters, a clinical psychologist who works in the psychology department at Federal Correctional Institute Phoenix. When she took the job in Phoenix six months ago, Winters began his commute between sunny Southern California and, in his words, even sunnier Phoenix. Winters and his wife plan to put roots in Arizona and call the Valley of the Sun home. Right now, Winters and his wife share their home with a Cavalier King Charles named Hamilton Van Pelt (think Linus and Lucy Van Pelt), love taking long walks, cooking, and whipping up cocktails with the fresh Arizona citrus that grows in their neighbors’ yards. This fall, Winters—who teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers Program—will begin teaching Story Analysis and Writing for TV at Arizona State University. “Teaching is one of the most rewarding endeavors I’ve ever experienced,” says Winters. He also works as a writing consultant for such websites as www.creativescreenwriting.com, www.screencraft. org and www.filmcourage.com, plus consults with personal clients. “I’m a script consultant, a hired gun,” he explains.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Winters encourages those who want careers in film to pursue their dreams. “Never give up. Figure out where your passion lies and develop your craft. You wouldn’t just decide you want to be an Olympic swimmer and win a gold the next day.” But Winters doesn’t discount that it’s a difficult field. “Know what you are getting into. It may be hard to believe, but there are very few things glamorous about this profession. Think about this stat: 60,000 new scripts are registered with the WGA every year. Six hundred of those get made. That’s one percent. If
SOME OF JUSTIN TREVOR WINTERS’ OTHER PROJECTS:
you are going to succeed, you have to be the best of the best, and even better than the best of those best. But get out there, do the work, pursue your passion, follow your dreams. Someone’s gotta do it.” Despite the fact that writing is a “terribly challenging profession,” Winters explains that optimism is what keeps writers going. “I’m optimistic that I’ll be a successful working writer throughout my career.” While his big goal is to work with actors who share his passion for storytelling, Winters does have some lofty screenwriting dreams—because someone’s gotta do it. “I would love to work with Bill Murray. Would love to have Wes Anderson (Royal Tenenbaums) direct one of my films. Would love to co-write a concept with
Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and create a show with Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad).” But his ideal gig? “My dream job would be to cramp Papa Hemingway’s style, buy a typewriter, move to a finca in Cuba, and write on the beach all day while sipping daiquiris. Isn’t that what every writer wants?” Until then, he would be happy to create, write and showrun an original onehour drama or half-hour single-camera comedy. “I’d like to have that show be a wild success and run for a dozen seasons. That would mean working 24/7 for the next decade or so, but it would also be a retirement plan, and once it was over, then I could go buy the typewriter, finca and daiquiris.” JUNE 2015 |
THE ORDER OF THE BURNING SHIPS, a one-hour drama, thriller, historical fiction he is developing for Rickard Pictures: Upon swearing his oath to a secret society known as “The Order of the Burning Ships,” Southern ivy league junior, Danny Warren, becomes entangled in the assassination attempt on President John F. Kennedy. But when President Kennedy miraculously survives, Danny must cover up his involvement and ensure secrecy… or die trying. THE WHITE KNIGHT OF SOUL, a feature biopic under development for Sobini Films: The true story chronicles the rise and fall of Wayne Cochran… the one they called the “White James Brown”… the one who inspired Elvis to wear jumpsuits…t he one who shellacked, sprayed and greased his blond bouffant pompadour eight inches high… and the one who helped shape an entire generation of music, yet was overlooked by history. This is the forgotten story of the man, the myth, the legend…T he White Knight of Soul! RANDOM AWESOMENESS, a half-hour multi-cam, unscripted comedy panel quiz show under development for Tremendous Entertainment: A comedy panel quiz show dedicated to higher learning and laughter. It mixes fascinating facts about history, science and pop culture, giving points for being right… but more importantly, for being funny. What type of cracker was invented to keep you from masturbating? What is the average annual income for a stripper in Las Vegas? What nationality are Polar Bears? Tune in for the answers. THE TRADER, a one-hour drama/ thriller currently being shopped to networks: Desperate to survive for his daughter, a renowned transplant surgeon with only six months to live due to renal failure enters the international black market organ trade.
Stylish These seven men have proven themselves to be not only great dads, but men of style. Here, we check in with them about their style savvy and Dad advice BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN PHOTOS BY CARL SCHULTZ
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Michael Hall CHILDREN: Arn, 4, and Aune, 2½
OCCUPATION: Vice president, Orenda International, LLC WHAT YOU DO DURING THE DAY: I get up around 5:30 a.m. to get my head around my work day. Make the kids breakfast, pack their lunch, drop them off at preschool, and head to work. I swim during my lunch hour, and am usually able to be home at 4:30 p.m. BEST THING ABOUT BEING A DAD: Watching my kids learn things. Seeing their attitude toward things develop. Seeing all of my wife’s endearing traits come through in them. THE ONE THING NO ONE TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT BEING A DAD: That the reason for everything I do would change. Whether it is my marriage, work or my health, I always have the interests of these two kiddos in mind now. HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN? At the beach. I grew up in Coronado, so it is a very relaxing place to be for me. It’s also hard for a kid to get hurt there… I mean they will probably find a way… but the odds are better. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION STYLE? California casual with a little Miami Vice. YOUR GO-TO TYPES OF OUTFITS ARE: Comfortable first. Then a little bit of loud. YOUR GUILTY FASHION INDULGENCE? Printed shirts. Polka dots. Tiny shark prints. Sailboats. I get a kick out of them. WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP? Online—things are busy so I do most of my shopping online. FAVORITE BRANDS? Anything they sell online? THE ONE THING YOU HOPE YOUR CHILDREN LEARN FROM YOU IS: You get to choose what your life looks like.
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Richard Doria CHILD: Triana, 16
OCCUPATION: Architect, Doria Architecture, Inc. WHAT YOU DO DURING THE DAY: Architect, developer, builder, actor. BEST THING ABOUT BEING A DAD: Looking in on my daughter sleeping—there’s a peacefulness to it that hasn’t changed in 16 years. THE ONE THING NO ONE TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT BEING A DAD: It’s the most important work you’ll ever do. HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR TIME WITH YOUR CHILD? Being her chauffeur…. before Uber. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION STYLE? Simple, casual and cool! YOUR GO-TO TYPES OF OUTFITS ARE: Blue jeans, white V-neck tee, and David Yurman bracelets. YOUR GUILTY FASHION INDULGENCE? Custom-made jeans. WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP? The Clotherie/Bonafide. FAVORITE BRANDS? Agave, Alberto, Canali, Zena, R & R Surplus. THE ONE THING YOU HOPE YOUR CHILD LEARNS FROM YOU IS: Committing 100 percent to whatever you do and to always be respectful.
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Colin G. Tetreault CHILD: Connor, 14 months
OCCUPATION: Faculty associate and manager, ASU’s School of Sustainability. Also moonlights as a management and sustainability consultant to Fortune 500 companies to increase shareholder value, mitigate risk, and drive the brand with his firm, S-2 Consulting. WHAT YOU DO DURING THE DAY: I’m a purpose-driven and passionate sustainability change agent who acts strategically and tactically to drive long-term value in fast-moving corporate, government, and non-profit organizations. BEST THING ABOUT BEING A DAD: Doing diapers. Actually, it’s that perfect moment when I get to Connor and Jenny (my amazing partner and wife) after a long day. Seeing their smiling faces and hearing “Dad!” melts my heart. HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR TIME WITH YOUR CHILD? We love to swim, bike and run together. Connor loves a good game of “pick up:” He takes everything out; I get to pick it up! HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION STYLE? “Executive Hippie” = slim-fit suits, pointy shoes, a wood watch, and a locally made tie. They make Italian-style loafers in hemp, right? YOUR GO-TO TYPES OF OUTFITS ARE: 1. Suit up! 2. Something spandex for triathlon season. YOUR GUILTY FASHION INDULGENCE? Bow ties. Still haven’t given up on the ascot making a comeback, though. WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP? Local stores whenever I can! You can hit a sartorial homerun while supporting the community; it’s a win-win. FAVORITE BRANDS? It can run the gamut; I’ll try anything once. THE ONE THING YOU HOPE YOUR CHILD LEARNS FROM YOU IS: Integrity. It can’t be taken away, but you can easily lose it.
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Jose M. Leon CHILDREN: Viviana, 4, and Weston, 1
OCCUPATION: Founder/attorney, Leon Law, PLLC WHAT YOU DO DURING THE DAY: Most times I’m at the office working on getting the best results for my clients. BEST THING ABOUT BEING A DAD: Hearing my kids say, “I love you daddy!” THE ONE THING NO ONE TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT BEING A DAD: Kids are modeling everything you do. They pick up things you would never have guessed about your mannerisms and personality. HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN? We love to travel and enrich our kids’ lives. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION STYLE? Classic contemporary. YOUR GO-TO TYPES OF OUTFITS ARE: Slacks and a button-up, khakis, dress shirt with a sports coat, and suits are on my weekly rotation. YOUR GUILTY FASHION INDULGENCE? I like to have socks and shoes that will complete the outfit. WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP? Scottsdale Fashion Square, Kierland Commons, and Scottsdale Quarter. FAVORITE BRANDS? Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, and Suitsupply. THE ONE THING YOU HOPE YOUR CHILDREN LEARN FROM YOU IS: Invest time in giving back to others. My involvement with Scottsdale Active 20/30 Club has allowed me to make a significant impact in the lives of underserved kids through our fundraising efforts with our fall event called NiteFlite and our spring events, Brokers for Kids/Agents Benefiting Children.
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Kenn Francis CHILDREN: Alex, 26, Dane, 25, and Dylan, 19
OCCUPATION: President, Pacific Realty Advisors WHAT DO YOU DO DURING THE DAY? I feel very fortunate to now be in a position that allows me to do the things I WANT to do, instead of things I HAVE to do. I usually start my day at 5:30 or 6 a.m., jump in the hot tub, swim, grab a coffee, and workout. I get done what needs to get done work-wise, and then plot my next adventure with my wife and people I care about. THE ONE THING NO ONE TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT BEING A DAD: I learned that kids are on lease to us. We may think they’re our kids, but they’re really not. They are their own individuals. After a brief 18 years or so, the lease is up and you no longer control them. You can’t force them to have a relationship with you, once they’re out on their own. If they don’t want to hang with you anymore, there’s nothing you can do. They now control the relationship. I learned I better not screw it up because I want to spend time with them for years to come. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION STYLE? Fashion style? My kids laughed when I told them I’d be in this issue. If I have any fashion style at all, it only goes to support my LIFESTYLE. Years ago, I moved to buying clothes that reflect whatever activities I’m doing. FAVORITE BRANDS? You may not find them on the fashion runway, but Arc’teryx jackets and pants are hard to beat. Mountain Hardware, Patagonia and Marmot are also great brands. For regular everyday clothing that’s durable and super comfortable, Prana is a great choice. They used to make only rock climbing clothing but now they do all kinds. THE ONE THING YOU HOPE YOUR CHILDREN LEARN FROM YOU IS: I hope they learn to find balance, by learning what to hang on to and what to let go of. I hope they learned life is about doing and not having. Their time is best spent with people they really care about, creating amazing memories. I hope they’ve learned to just say “yes” to new opportunities and experiences.
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Robb M. Corwin CHILDREN: Three boys, ages 16, 20, and 23
OCCUPATION: CEO, Pride Group, LLC WHAT YOU DO DURING THE DAY: Lead and inspire people. BEST THING ABOUT BEING A DAD: Watching them grow into humble, gracious, loving, giving and productive young men. THE ONE THING NO ONE TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT BEING A DAD: The force multiplier of how much you put in to how much more you get out of being a dad. No one can describe the proud feeling your children generate within your soul. HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN? Being present with them no matter what we do— sports, being outdoors, traveling, or simply laughing as a family at the dinner table. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION STYLE? A relaxed professional. YOUR GO-TO TYPES OF OUTFITS ARE: Tommy Bahama shirts, Lucky jeans and leather loafers, or athletic silk tees, comfortable shorts and bare feet. WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP? Small locally owned stores. FAVORITE BRANDS? Armani, Hugo Boss and Tommy Bahama. THE ONE THING YOU HOPE YOUR CHILDREN LEARN FROM YOU IS: To be humble. To pay it forward. To be present in the moment with whomever you are with or wherever you are.
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George Mayer CHILDREN: Remy, 12-weeks-old
OCCUPATION: Realtor, Realty One Group WHAT YOU DO DURING THE DAY: My fulltime job is real estate re-sale, which involves me spending much of my day on a computer, out showing homes, or staking my sign. BEST THING ABOUT BEING A DAD: Looking into his beautiful, innocent eyes while having our “conversations,” and seeing his smiles and knowing that he’s happy. THE ONE THING NO ONE TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT BEING A DAD: It is the feeling that came over me when I watched Remy being born. It is the biggest wave of emotion I’ve ever felt in my life. HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR TIME WITH YOUR CHILD? In-between naps, poops, feedings and spit-ups, I enjoy talking with him, tummy time and flying airplane. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION STYLE? I have a less is more type of mentality. I’m not into crazy patterns, flashing labels or lots of accessories. Instead, I like to keep it simple and effortless, especially with the weather here in Arizona, for more of a rugged look. YOUR GO-TO TYPES OF OUTFITS ARE: Jeans or cargo shorts and a fitted T-shirt made of high-quality, comfortable material. YOUR GUILTY FASHION INDULGENCE? When the occasion calls for it, I like to wear a nice quality old-fashioned wristwatch. WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP? Lululemon, Last Chance, Nordstrom Rack. FAVORITE BRANDS? Lululemon. I’m not into big labels, I’m more into the cut/fit and look on me. THE ONE THING YOU HOPE YOUR CHILD LEARNS FROM YOU IS: Learning to be confident and comfortable with who he is inside and not being afraid to project that.
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Camaraderie, a great atmosphere, and an even better cigar… for many, a cigar lounge is a perfect retreat. Here, three men catch up at Churchill’s Fine Cigars Phoenix, located at Camelback Village Center, 5041 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.840.9080; www.churchillsaz.com. Photo taken on May 18 at 3:56 p.m. PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ
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Flavors of Phoenix 2015
Scottsdale Beer Palooza
June 4, 6 p.m. Unleash your inner foodie and enjoy an evening of distinct dining while helping fund the education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation. This cocktail attire evening at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa includes a reception, silent auction, program, dinner and live auction. For the dinner, a top chef will prepare your multicourse meal tableside. Tables of 12 begin at $4,800. www.liverfoundation.org/chapters/ arizona/events.
June 20, 1-6 p.m. More than 30 breweries, such as Four Peaks, SanTan and O.H.S.O., will be on hand at WestWorld of Scottsdale pouring samples of their brews at this event. Get ready to sip and savor, while you enjoy such activities as cornhole, arm wrestling, giant Jenga, and more. There will also be food available, and a Beer Store. General admission: $30 ($35 at the gate); VIP: $50 (entry at noon); designated driver: $10. www.scottsdalebeerpalooza.com.
12th Annual Hair Wars Supreme Salon Tour
Bite Nite June 20, 6 p.m. A tradition since 2008, this event, which will be held at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, offers an evening of culinary delights from some of the hottest local chefs and eateries. There will also be a silent and live auction, and live entertainment. The event benefits The ALS Association Arizona Chapter. Tickets start at $150. www.bitenite.org/phoenix.
June 7, 7 p.m. Get ready for a night filled with the best in fashion, makeup and hair design. At this event, which will be held at Talking Stick Resort, the Valley’s best salons go head-tohead for the best hair designs. Referred to as the “Super Bowl of hair,” the salons will send their models to walk the runway, where they’ll be judged by a panel of experts. Celebrity host Ben Mollin, a finalist on the Bravo TV show Shear Genius, will be on hand to announce the winner. $25-$95. www.talkingstickresort.com.
Move Live on Tour June 12, 8 p.m. Julianne Hough and Derek Hough, both multi-talented performers and dancers, as well as Dancing with the Stars champions, star in this live show at Comerica Theatre. Here’s your chance to catch these two in person as they perform solo, duet, and group performances in various dance styles. $38.50-$58. www.comericatheatre.com.
Central Phoenix Women
Move Live on Tour
GREAT EVENTS TO ATTEND THIS MONTH! BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN
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June 25, 11:30 a.m. The Hon. Greg Stanton, mayor, City of Phoenix, and Nicole Stanton, managing partner, Qaurles & Brady, will be the speakers at this luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore, where women can connect with like-minded women to share information, ideas, contacts and opportunities. Reservations required. www.centralphoenixwomen.org.
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do FIRST STEP–SOUTH CENTRAL SWING June 2, The Duce Swing on over to The Duce... literally. This will be an evening of drinking, dancing, and Old School tunes in the warehouse district. The “no partner required” clause means you don’t need a date to swing the night away, and with plenty of specials all night long, you’ll surely find a dance partner before the music stops. $7. 7:30 p.m. www.theducephx.com. WEDNESDAY WIND UP June 3, Civic Space Park Mix up your lunch break and have fun in the park with food trucks, music, games, and rotating pop-up activities. Wednesday Wind Up is your chance to break the monotony of the week and enjoy something exciting and new on your lunch break. You never know what you will “wind up” doing! 11 a.m.-1 p.m. www.dtphx.org. PAINT NITE June 3 and 24, Kincaid’s Classic American Dining Paint Nite is a concept of blending two timeless pastimes—artistic painting and drinking cocktails—for a fun time. At this two-hour Paint Nite painting party, you’ll follow the step-by-step instructions of one master local artist from blank canvas to masterpiece. $45. 7 p.m. www.paintnite.com.
JUNE CALENDAR WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE
Grupo Liberdade June 5, Desert Botanical Garden
What better way to kick off summer than with music in the Garden? Opening this month’s sensational season is Grupo Liberdade. The group will bring its energetic Brazilian beats and contagiously captivating stage presence to Ullman Terrace. Get ready to groove because Grupo Liberdade will have you on your feet in no time! $25. 7:30-9:30 p.m. www.dbg.org. ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS Through June 14, Phoenix Theatre Hailed as one of the most hilarious shows in British theatre history and nominated for seven 2012 Tony Awards, Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors promises to be a surefire summer hit at Phoenix Theatre. Filled with laugh-out-loud physical comedy, a delightful score, slapstick and smart one-liners, this unique play follows Francis Henshall, who takes the dubious position as guardian of Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hoodlum. When Francis takes a second job minding Stanley Stubbers, another fishy criminal hiding from the police, he employs elaborate shenanigans to keep his two guvnors apart. $30-$75. 2 and 7:30 p.m. www.phoenixtheatre.com. ANDY WARHOL PORTRAITS Through June 21, Phoenix Art Museum Famed pop artist Andy Warhol’s colorful portraits are on display at Phoenix Art Museum this month. The exhibit includes
nearly 200 portraits, paintings and drawings produced by Warhol between the 1940s to the 1980s. His unique visual language tells his narrative as an artist fascinated with the phenomena of fame and celebrity. This exhibit, both classic and whimsical, will capture the hearts of all viewers. Visit website for prices and times. www.phxart.org. CRUDO’S BLANK SPACE DINNER SERIES June 1, Crudo How much do you trust your favorite local chef? If you answered, “completely,” then you’ll have no problem trusting Cullen Campbell, chef and owner of Crudo, put together a blank space menu. Campbell’s blank space menu is comprised of surprise ingredients with no rules or parameters to follow. Guest chefs are invited to join Chef Campbell every month to push culinary limits. This month’s guest is Celebrity Chef Kevin Binkley of Binkley’s. $75. 6 p.m. www.crudoaz.com. UPTOWN |
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KIDS IN THE HALL June 4, Celebrity Theatre Kids In The Hall is a Canadian sketch comedy group consisting of comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloh, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. The five comedians reunite—only this time they turn their popular sketch sitcom into a fullblown comedy tour. The Valley audience can anticipate the five male actors to portray almost every character themselves, playing both male and female roles. Much of the dark humor focuses on wild characters, including the Chicken Lady, Idiot Boy and the Axe Murderer. Bring some tissues because this will be one tear-jerker of a show. $40-$70. 8 p.m. www.celebritytheatre.com. COLM WILKINSON June 4 and 5, Symphony Hall Best known for originating the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Irish Tenor Colm Wilkinson makes his Arizona debut performing live with the Phoenix Symphony. Wilkinson brings his acclaimed voice to Phoenix Symphony Hall, singing Broadway favorites from The Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha, Les Misérables, and more. This magical, two-night performance will leave you speechless. $29-$89. 7:30 p.m. www.phoenixsymphony.org. VEGAN TACOS June 6, Desert Botanical Garden Vegan Tacos... is that even possible? Indeed it is, and Chef Jason Wyrick will show you healthy, delicious ways to add a complexity of flavors to this popular Southwestern dish. So, ditch the grease and fat and learn a new twist on a traditional favorite—vegan tacos. $62. 1-3 p.m. www.dbg.org.
do REPLAY June 6, Symphony Hall Calling all gamers–this event is for you. rePLAY, a Video Game Symphony of Heroes, brings together the powerful visuals and stunning musical scores of popular video games, including Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls, Halo, and many more. This unique concert experience immerses viewers in the detailed worlds of these gaming masterpieces, with the music scores performed by the Phoenix Symphony and the Phoenix Symphony Chorus. $30-$99. 2 and 7:30 p.m. www.phoenixsymphony.org. FROM NEW YORK TO NEW MEXICO June 6-Sept. 7, Phoenix Art Museum Enjoy masterworks of American Modernism from the early 1910s to the post-war era. Artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove and Marsden Hartley explore a wide range of modernist approaches with emphasis given to American cubism, nature-based abstractions of the Stieglitz Circle, and regional modernism from the American Southwest. Visit the website for times and prices. www.phxart.org. PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND June 7, Musical Instrument Museum Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from the Preservation Hall venue located in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The band has been the premier showcase for the best in New Orleans-style jazz. New Orleans-style jazz takes the desert by storm–do not miss it! $37-$47. 7 and 9 p.m. www.mim.org. MALLECHO–LUNCH TIME THEATER June 9-18, Herberger Theater Center Have you ever thought of killing your brother and marrying his wife? You might, if it meant gaining an abundance of prestige. By success I mean becoming a billionaire, being named the governor, and a leading candidate for the White House. But what if a certain ghostly figure knew your secret? In Mallecho, James E. Garcia’s adaptation of Hamlet, you’ll learn the answers to those questions, and, perhaps, whether “tis nobler in the mind to suffer” or sleep… or just dream. $6. 12:10 p.m. daily. www.herbergertheater.org. AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN ART OF THE 1920S AND 1930S June 10-ongoing, Phoenix Art Museum From the highs of the Roaring ’20s to the depths of the Depression and the beginnings of World War II, the art of the period expressed the interests and concerns of the people living in its era. This focused exhibition features highlights from the museum’s collection. Visit website for times and cost. www.phxart.org. BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN June 10, Musical Instrument Museum This husband-and-wife duo has earned the unofficial title of “the first family of the banjo.” The lovebirds joined musical forces and debuted their home-recorded album in 2014. The album features only banjos and strong vocals, and earned them a #1 spot on the Billboard Bluegrass charts. $47-$52. 7 and 9 p.m. www.mim.org.
The Cal Tjader Tribute Band June 26, Desert Botanical Garden
Pay tribute to the vibrant music of Cuba, the Caribbean and Latin America that became the lifelong passion of Cal Tjader. Enjoy original compositions of Tjader, as well as other Latin Jazz favorites, performed by some of the most seasoned musicians in the Valley. $25. 7:30-9:30 p.m. www.dbg.org.
CARMELA Y MÀS June 12, Desert Botanical Garden Are you in search of good, authentic Latin Jazz music? Well look no further, because Carmela y Màs will bring its rhythmic blend of cha cha, merengue, salsa, and mambo to the Garden. The dynamic group blends Afro Cuban beats and jazz to create an unmatchable Latin Jazz Salsa sound. This is going to be one big fiesta. $25. 7:30-9:30 p.m. www.dbg.org. AN ALMOST HOLY PICTURE June 12-27, Herberger Theater Center Samuel Gentle, a former minister now groundskeeper at the Church of the Holy Comforter, has heard God’s call three times in his life, but none have given him understanding or peace. A tragic bus accident and the birth of his daughter, marred by a rare medical condition, have led Samuel on a spiritual journey wrestling to comprehend God’s mystery and his own rage and bewilderment at loss. As his daughter grows into a child of transcendent beauty and strength, perhaps Samuel can regain his faith and discover what is most holy. “A father’s love is a fairly spectacular thing.” $22. 8 p.m. daily. www.herbergertheater.org. THE CAMPBELL BROTHERS June 14, Musical Instrument Museum The Campbell Brothers present a unique, African American blend of vocals and JUNE 2015 |
steel-guitar gospel music known as “sacred steel.” Experience scared steel as the brothers grace the Valley with their upbeat and funky performance. $24-$32. 7 p.m. www.mim.org. COLD SHOTT AND THE HURRICANE HORNS June 19, Desert Botanical Garden Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns returns to the Garden by popular demand! The seven-piece group boasts a rocking rhythm section, powerful vocals, and a three-piece horn section. Nominated “Best Local Band” by azcentral, Cold Shott and The Hurricane Horns performs everything from classic to contemporary, R&B, soul, blues, rock, funk, and jazz. These Hurricaners are anything but boring. $25. 7:30-9:30 p.m. www.dbg.org. SALT-N-PEPA June 19, Celebrity Theatre The dynamic ’90s duo is back and ready to “Push It!” Salt-N-Pepa originally formed in 1985 and was one of the first female rap groups. Throughout their career, these princesses of hip hop have won five awards, including: Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Electronic Dance Music Video, MTV Music Award for Best Choreography, MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video, and BET’s “I Am Hip-Hop” Icon Award. Do not miss your chance to step back into the ’90s and “push it real good.” $25$50. 8:30 p.m. www.celebritytheatre.com.
Spa Tips for Men
hile some men remain doubtful about a day at the spa, many are discovering the benefits of a day of pampering. Not only does spa time help you relax, but it is an essential part of helping keep your skin healthy and your body in tune. For each of these spas, with your treatment you are entitled to a full day at the spa to use such facilities as the fitness center, resort pools, a sauna, steam rooms and whirlpools. Complete details of the spa facilities are listed on each website. These are a sampling of treatments in Phoenix designed for men—but remember, you can book any of the treatments on the spa menu and your technician will customize it to fit your needs.
Spa Biltmore at the Arizona Biltmore
Spa Biltmore uses a variety of organic and vegan ingredients in its spa products. Two favorite treatments for men are the Magnesium Muscle Ease (45 min.) with body exfoliation, focused massage, and the application of magnesium for relaxation, and the Gentleman’s Facial (60 or 90 min.), which utilizes botanicals and vitamins to treat men’s common skin concerns. 855.689.2878; www.arizonabiltmore.com.
Alvadora Spa at the Royal Palms Resort
Alvadora Spa is a quiet, intimate retreat at the foot of Camelback Mountain. The Mediterranean-style spa has quiet indooroutdoor courtyards and fireplaces. The
1. Arrive early. Allow at least 20-30 minutes before your appointment time. 2. Turn off your cell phone. Calls—and texts—are taboo at the spa. 3. Shower before your massage. If there is a steam room or whirlpool at the facility, they can be essential in helping you relax. 4. It’s good to be clean-shaven before your facial, but you should not shave within about four hours of your facial. 5. Talk to your therapist when you arrive in the treatment room and explain any pain issues, sensitivities or other concerns. 6. Underwear is optional. Your technician is an expert at draping your body for modesty. Most people find they are much more comfortable without underwear. 7. Don’t forget to tip 15-20 percent, but do be aware that some spas automatically add this amount to your bill.
Men are finding discovering the pleasure of a day at the spa BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM
signature Citrus Ritual (80 min.) is popular with both men and women. It starts in the Acqua Dolce suite with a full-body exfoliation on heated stone tables, a fullbody massage, and time to relax in the garden tub on your private patio. Men also enjoy the Gentleman’s Facial (25, 50 or 80 min.), which is based on a traditional barber experience, and the Gentleman’s Pedicure (45 min.), which includes a eucalyptus foot soak and exfoliation. 602.840.3610; www.royalpalmshotel.com.
The Centre for Well-Being at The Phoenician
Some of the more popular treatments for men at The Centre for Well-Being include
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the Natural Man Organic Facial (50 or 80 min.), which uses organic products customized to your skin type; the WellBeing Hot Stone Ritual (50 or 80 min.), which uses heated stones to soothe your muscles; and the Phoenician Back Treatment (50 min.), which includes a deep cleansing, exfoliation, extractions ,and a mask along with a scalp or hand massage. 480.941.8200; www.thephoenician.com.
Manly products for men BY LISA KASANICKY
Man cannot live on soap and water alone. No, sir. To survive the daily onslaught of sun, sweat and stress, man needs product. Manly products. Products that battle the blazing sun, honor your inner jock, and stand strong against muss. Products that keep you vibrant, valiant and virile. Products like these.
Morning Mug Perk up your shaving routine with a morning jolt. Caffeine, a natural vasoconstrictor and antioxidant, is the key ingredient in Pacific Shaving Company’s new Caffeinated Shaving Cream and Aftershave. Along with botanicals like aloe and spearmint, the formulations help reduce the appearance of redness and razor rash while stimulating circulation, and keeping skin bright and perky. $8.99 each at www.pacificshaving.com.
Buff Scruff Cleansing, invigorating and oh-so effective, use Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub weekly to revitalize and smooth skin. Apricot seed powder polishes away dead surface skin cells and other impurities to banish roughness and soften facial hair for a closer shave. A blend of caffeine and menthol boosts and brightens your complexion. $26 at www.kiehls.com.
Dapper Do Rock your modern pompadour with a daub of Mister Pompadour’s Moroccan Texture Paste. Never stiff, never rigid, the coconut and Moroccan Argan oil-infused paste amps your style with a natural, semi-matte finish and a subtly exotic scent. Ideal for shorter, tousled styles, the styling aide adds definition, shine and an air of debonair. $17.50 at www.misterpompadour.com.
Sun Smart Don’t be sun dumb, seriously. The leathery hide and deep lines (and potentially fatal skin diseases) just aren’t worth it. Reach for the bum. Mineral-based Sun Bum Pro SPF 30 Face Stick goes on clear, won’t bleed into your eyes, and won’t come off during even the most rigorous outdoor adventures. $14.99 at www.trustthebum.com.
Smooth Moves Don’t let the name throw you. Uberlube is a weightless, non-greasy finishing product that does it all. Use it to tame frizz and add a subtle sheen to hair, as well as to stave off chafing during exercise. The silicon base keeps skin silky and moisturized, and helps deter the drying effects of pool chlorine. $18 at www.uberlube.com. Our resident spa and beauty maven Lisa Kasanicky is founder of AZSpaGirls.com and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Girlfriend Getaways.
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WHAT LED YOU TO BE A CHEF?
Growing up and cooking Sunday dinners with the family. This was always a time of happiness and great food. I wanted to continue to make people happy, and I found I could do that through food. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COOKING PHILOSOPHY AND STYLE?
My philosophy is cooking with fresh ingredients, exploring innovative techniques, and creating dishes with a regional and modern twist. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE MENU AT BISTRO 24?
The menu at Bistro 24 is French with a Southwest flair. Bistro 24 incorporates Southwest ingredients into classic French dishes. DO YOU HAVE ANY MENU FAVORITES?
Two of my favorite dishes are the Steak Au Poivre, a 12 oz. ribeye served with truffle fries and butter poached asparagus. The second is Spaghetti Squash “pasta” with English peas, crispy kale, and shaved Parmesan. ANY COOKING TIP YOU CAN SHARE?
Use fresh ingredients and always have fun cooking. If you aren’t having fun, you aren’t doing it right. IF YOU WEREN’T A CHEF, YOU’D PROBABLY BE…
A park ranger. I love to spend time outdoors and go for hikes, exploring new territories. Bistro 24 is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.468.0700; www.ritzcarlton.com/en/properties/phoenix/default.htm. The restaurant is open through late July.
CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Sous Chef Luke Anzano BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ
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A WHISKEY LOVER’S DELIGHT
La Chocolat Sazerac is a complex, yet simple cocktail BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ
eady for a whiskey drink with a twist? Meet Bitter & Twisted’s La Chocolat Sazerac ($11). Made with a generous pour of rye whiskey with a touch of crème de cacao and the addition of Peychaud and Aztec bitters, the mixture is stirred to a crisp chill and then slipped into an Absinthe-rinsed frozen rocks glass, creating a whiskey lover’s delight. “We wanted a drink for the whiskey lovers out there that had the strength they were looking for, but had an interesting twist on it that worked,” explains Ross Simon, the owner of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour. “This drink has a Mexican mole-inspired chocolate flavor that's dry, not sweet on the finish. It's wonderfully complex for being such a simple cocktail.” Housed inside Phoenix’s historic Luhrs Building (which was the site of the former prohibition headquarters of Arizona!), Bitter & Twisted is a hip, yet unpretentious drinking den and eatery. If this drink doesn’t strike your fancy, flip through the locale’s prolific “book o’ cocktails” to find what does. And in addition to cocktails, there’s a large selection of spirits, craft beers and wines. Hungry? There’s everything from the Green Chili “Mac” to the Ramen “Momo” Burger and Seoul Fried Chicken. 1 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 602.340.1924; www.bitterandtwistedaz. com.
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eet the umbrella that practically does it all. This Alfresco365 Outdoor Comfort System not only offers shade from the sun with its cantilevered umbrella, but it has a built-in mist system, the Mist260, and a heater, the Bromic Tungsten 300 Smart-Heat. So, no matter if it’s sunny, hot or cool outside, you’ll be covered! $10,000. The umbrella or the Mist 260 fan can be purchsaed at the PV Design Center, 602.955.1881 or www.pvdesigncenter.com. Information is also at www. mistamerica.com.
GET COVERED Create the perfect outdoor environment BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN PHOTO COURTESY OF MISTAMERIA
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This is the toilet that will flush away the competition. If you have $10,000, you can purchase this TOTO Neorest 750H, which offers all the features you never realized you needed. With a design look that was inspired by modern architecture, this brand new Neorest with Actilight is a complete cleaning system that combines both flushing and cleaning technologies to prevent, purify and control both visible and invisible waste. Stainless steel spray nozzles and a dryer create a personal cleansing system. There is also a motion-detected auto-flush, automatic open/close, night light, seat heater, and a deodorizer that will get rid of any “unpleasant” smells. Oh, and the Actilight technology kills 99.9 percent of bacteria in the bowl, which eliminates the need to manually clean the toilet. Available at Central Arizona Supply, 4750 N. 16th St. Phoenix; www.centralazsupply.com. JUNE 2015 |
Tip off your style with wingtips BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID
(From top) Zerogrand Wingtip shoes in Bayside Suede, Cole Haan, $268 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Edison Wingtip shoes in Marine, 1901, $110 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Brown wingtip shoes, Suitsupply, $329 at Suitsupply, 602.338.9200. Lunagrand Long Wingtip shoes in Gunmetal Brush Off, Cole Haan, $228 at Saks Fifth Avenue. UPTOWN |
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BUILT FOR SPEED The best in racing watches
BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID
(Clockwise from top) CT Touring watch, brushed steel and blue, with perforated blue band, Scuderia, $1,095 at Isaac Jewelers, 480.941.9090. Racing watch with blue face and black band, Movado, $1,200 at London Gold, 480.367.1717. Racing watch with red band, B.R.M., $3,905 at Isaac Jewelers. Titanium automatic watch, small seconds, date, three-day power reserve, Panerai, $11,800 at Oliver Smith Jeweler, 480.607.4444. JUNE 2015 |
rom the views to the building materials to the thoughtful design, there is not a detail that was overlooked with this home. Located in Camelback Heights, it not only offers four bedrooms and six bathrooms set in 7,500 square feet, but 180-degree views that stretch from Chase Field to Camelback Mountain. The open great room frames the views perfectlyâ€”and
SPECTACULAR VIEWS, AMAZING RENOVATION BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN
offers truly amazing vistas of sunsets and sparkling city lights. The house was recently renovated, and almost everything is new. Sleek, elegant, modern and welcoming, it has all the details you need. The outdoor space is just as spectacular as the inside of the home, with a tennis court, six fire features, a negative edge infinity pool, two ponds, a river that wraps around a private gazebo, and a nine-hole chipping and putting golf course. 5632 N. Camelback Canyon Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Listed at $5,450,000 with Jeff Fields at Russ Lyon Sothebyâ€™s International Realty; 480.269.3123. UPTOWN |
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vital stats: Price: $129,400-$166,100
AUDI R8 SPYDER
Price as tested: $186,050 Seating: 2 Engine: V10
An open-air symphony of awesome
Horsepower: 525 hp
BY JIM PRUETER
Fuel Economy: 13/22–city/highway Fab Features: The choice car for superheroes Killer good looks Absolute joy to drive
he R8 is a beautiful, sculptural, harmonious, enlightened badass feast to the eyes. This is a serious piece of machinery, a masterpiece of computer-enhanced handling and sophisticated all-wheel-drive the engineers in Neckarsulm, Germany call Quattro. If your testosterone levels are running low, any amount of time behind the wheel of Audi’s luscious Lamborghinisourced midengine 525 horsepower V10 engine displacement that rips 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of over 200 mph should restore you to normal levels without intervention of medical supplementals. Yet, with all that power, there’s nothing overly dramatic here, no whiteknuckle moments. The R8 is settled,
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sorted, safe and predictable as the tachometer needle revs towards the 8,500-rpm redline, and then BAM!–the S tronic 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission explodes into second gear via paddle shifters in a nano second as you’re rewarded with a shove in the back as the road in the rearview mirror quickly becomes a thing of the past. As I gently back the R8 down through the lower gears, the crackling static of exhaust overrun the V10 barks like the very dogs of hell. Dynamically, the best thing about the R8 is the interplay of the steering and the rear-biased explosive thrust. Kicking it out of a corner you can stand on the loud pedal to kick the tail out and the steering is so quick you have to be asleep to not to catch it. If, however, you’re in some way not paying attention, the stability system will eventually intervene to save your arsch. The R8 looks spectacular—wickedly low and wide with huge side air scoops in back feeding the V10 and rear brakes. There’s massive fender flares overflowing the 19-inch 10 spoke “Y” design alloy wheels surrounded by extremely sticky Continentals (235/35 ZR19’s in front, 235/30 ZR19’s in the rear). Buy tires in bulk. And, it’s also a Spyder, exotic car talk for convertible. The canvas buttress top is a fantastic piece of work that scissors, swinging lever arms, and gyrates kinematic transformer like in and out of place in about 20 seconds, while driving at speeds of up to 30 mph. It stores neatly beneath the phantasmagorical rear deck lid with finned aluminum strakes I swear is lifted right off Iron Man’s protective breastplate. Since the Audi R8 V10 Spyder Quattro was the choice for both Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) and Christian Grey, the sexy drop top has the power to open men’s wallets at will. And so sexy, alluring and fast is this car that it should almost be illegal… Quick, somebody call a cop. Oh wait, one’s already behind you. Automotive writer Jim Prueter is a spokesperson for AAA, and his auto reviews and travel stories appear nationally in print and online. You can catch him on several local TV stations, and can reach him at email@example.com.
Debbie Schwartz and Lyndsey Waugh
Anne Hughes and Lisa Grant
Gina Flores and LaTricia Woods
17th Annual SARCC Community Breakfast
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) hosted its 17th Annual Community Breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore. There was a program and breakfast, and the event raised funds for the organizationâ€™s outreach, education and research programs. Kaitlyn Turner and Alysha Reed
Mandy Martusciello and Kelsey Disanzo
Lisa MacCollum and Lynn Welch
Katelin Hobson and Monique Arger Matt and Peg Cottle
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Cindy Smith and Stacy Bertinelli Sarah Grone and Sarah Sanchez
Samantha and Leor Lapid
Stephanie Furrier and Hillary Hobson Chelsea Porter and Carissa Rose
The Hampton Social
There was live music, raffle items, signature drinks and food at this event at The Montauk. All proceeds from the event benefited The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Leah and Josh Mondlick
Daniele Crowell and Amzi Marsh Greg Derr and Kristin Seifert
Nicole and Danny Johnson
Jason Mitchell and Tanner Herrick
Jill, Stephanie and Jerry Koplan
Michael Massab and Jordan Koplan
Ryan Sabouneh and Misty Myre
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Cindy Cowdrey and Ashley Hawkins
Barb Giancola and Heather Johnson
Katie and Chris Travelle
Ryan House Community Breakfast
This breakfast event offered guests the opportunity to learn about Ryan House, and listen to stories about the inspiring work being done there for children with life-threatening medical conditions. The event was a fundraiser for the organization.
Sherilyn Mclain and Karla Richards
Pam Maren and Monica Greenman Andy Dominguez and Erin Mortensen
Leslie Propstra and Arlene Ben-Horin
Liz Pierson and Amy Anton Gina Blair and Julie Valentine
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Louis Cohen and Jen Kirshner
Model : Dejamonet.com Photo: Kye Carlin
Greg Knauss and Rebecca Armendariz Lynne Hull and Margaux Steinbach
Miss Arizona 2014 Amber Barto and Cherry Jeffers
54th Annual Picnic Under the Stars PHOTOS BY YUCEL YALIM
This evening event was held on the lawns of the Phoenix Country Club. The glamorous, outdoor, Hollywoodthemed picnic included dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and dancing. The event benefited the American Cancer Society.
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Beth Houser and Stefanie Beetem
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Emily Calihan and Lara Polachek
Alex Boyle and Katherine Zamora
Amy Mahoney and Pam Hailey
16th Annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show & Luncheon
The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona presented this event at The Phoenician. This year’s theme was When You Wish Upon a Star, and the event benefited the PANDA Children’s Anti-Tumor Immunity Program.
Bianca Woods and Laura Golding
April Rhodes and Brantley Gaitan Molly Kaufman and Abby Kremer
Jennifer Wolff, Lauren Blumber and Tom Hobbs
Julie Duncan and Natalie Palmer Christy Coury, Brigitte Dayton and Tyler Butler
Dr. Grisham and Micheline Etkin
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Leslie Sprinz, Leslee Alexander and Cynthia Sassi
Mike Pache and James Quinones
Julie Stewart and Heather Jones
Uptown Magazine’s Most Eligible Singles Event
Held at Optima Sonoran Village, guests had the opportunity to mix and mingle with the singles featured in the March 2015 Most Eligible Singles feature story. Sponsored by TRUmatch, there were food and drinks from Del Frisco’s Grill, Tito’s Vodka, and XXIV Karat, and DJ Josh Quintero provided the tunes.
Robin Leigh and Carrie Glinberg
Katie Brashear and Cody Knight Charles Alexander and Lisa Ann
Christina Greenberg and Leah Stott
Dorra Tang and Katiann Craciunescu Skyler Scott and Erica Knight
Amanda Miller, Heather Van Peursem and Kelsey Oliver
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n 1804 France, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin was left a widow—or veuve in French—at the tender age of 27. Although this was the 19th Century, a time when women were relegated to living in the shadow of their husbands, and off of the fortunes of them, Monsieur Clicquot’s death left Madame Clicquot in control of a company with holdings in banking, wool trading and the Bouzy Vineyards. The daughter of a politician and wildly brilliant in her own right, rather than sell the business and live off of the resulting fortune, the often audacious (for that time) Madame Clicquot secured funding and invested in the research and development of champagne. By 1810, Madame Clicquot created the first-ever recorded vintage of champagne in the region. She is also named as the first-ever creator of Rosè Champagne. In addition, she pioneered riddling, a technique that removes the cloudiness present in champagne, effectively moving champagne itself— not to mention her now-named Veuve Clicquot brand—to the mainstream. Today, Veuve Clicquot still lives by the motto that Madame Clicquot instilled in her winemakers 200 years ago from her own predecessors: “Only one quality, the finest.” In homage to this “Grand Dame of Champagne,” the Veuve Clicquot house developed two unique champagne blends in her honor, both as complex and fresh as Madame Clicquot herself. Among the most beloved and sought-after champagnes in the world, both varietals are strong and full-bodied enough to stand up to a man’s palate, but subtle, seductive and smart enough for a woman’s, as well.
La Grande Dame Brut Awarded 94 points by Wine Spectator magazine and the Silver Medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards, this is Veuve’s prestige cuveè. The incomparable finesse of this champagne is the result of blending eight of the of brand’s traditional Grand Crus: Aÿ, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy,
Verzenay, Avize, Oger, and Le Mesnil sur Oger. Once combined, each barrel is aged for an extended period of time in ancient chalk cellars. It is a blend of 61% Pinot Noir and 39% of Chardonnay, all directly from Champagne, France. Smooth and silky, offering a hint of ripe banana on the nose and bubbly grapefruit on the palate, the full-bodied effervescence is meant as a direct tribute to the Grande Dame herself. La Grande Dame Brut ranges from $179.99-$210 per bottle. It can be found at the Wine Store, AJ’s, BevMo and Total Wine.
REAL MEN LOVE A GRANDE DAME BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
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La Grande Dame Rosè Noted as the rarest of Veuve Clicquot’s varietals, La Grande Dame Rosè was created by adding 15% Pinot Noir from Madame Clicquot’s Clos Colin vineyard in Bouzy, France to the La Grande Dame 2004 blend. The result—a luminous, coppery pink champagne whose first nose reveals a solid mineral structure with hints of white peach, red currant, and even blueberry. On the palate, the champagne is crisp yet silky, with notes of brioche and cinnamon. La Grande Dame Rosè ranges from $310-$389.99 per bottle. It can be found at the Wine Store, AJ’s, BevMo and Total Wine upon request, as availability is limited.
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Legendary restaurateur Bob Sikora scoured the country tasting every possible variation and style of barbeque in his quest to bring the best in great steaks and real BBQ to Phoenix. The result was Bobby-Q, a restaurant offering a variety of burgers, sandwiches, barbeque platters, wood fired steaks, chicken and fish. Pictured here is the Pulled Pork Sandwich, with 18-hour smoked pulled pork on a bun with BBQ sauce ($11). 602.995.5982; www.bobbyq.net. JUNE 2015 |
FUEL UP BEFORE YOU TAKE OFF Heading out on a business trip? Get ready to grab a bite—airport food goes gourmet BY TARYN JEFFRIES
Olive & Ivy
e’ve all been there before… headed to the airport in a rush to make sure you get there in time for that one- to two-hour window before your flight leaves. You may have left home in a rush, almost certain that you forgot something. Was it your cell phone charger? Toothpaste? You may have left in such a rush that you didn’t have time to get a meal in before you headed out. Before you cringe at the idea of having to stop at some overpriced fast food joint or eat the dreaded sticky sweet cinnamon bun (so bad, but so good!), take a deep breath—Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport has recently gotten an intense culinary makeover. Some of your favorite restaurants in town have carved out a delicious spot in the terminal dining arena. So, if you find your stomach rumbling while you ponder if you remembered enough socks, and if you have just a little time before your flight, we’ve got the low-down on the latest and greatest terminal restaurants and their can’t-miss dishes. UPTOWN |
Best Breakfasts—Terminal 4
Barrio Café Best breakfast choice: Chef Silvana has created an empire one delightful dish at a time. Her interpretations of classic Mexican dishes created with French technique are causing a revolution of sorts that is garnering a great deal of attention. One such dish that may confuse the brain (but tantalize your taste buds) at first look is the Crepa de Chorizo. Your crepe is fill with a Longaniza chorizo, sautéed spinach, onion, shallots and garlic. As if that weren’t enough, it’s also topped off with a slightly spicy hollandaise sauce and avocado.
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food files portion is as hearty as it gets, and the combination of the chicken and waffles, whether you top them with gravy or syrup, is something you have to experience at least once—though you’re sure to want it again and again.
Chelsea’s Kitchen Best breakfast choice: Eggs Benedict are always a hit, but when you add in a rich buttery crab cake, it takes breakfast to a whole new level. The jumbo lump crab to filler ratio is perfect, and the addition of spinach makes you feel a little better about that buttery velvet hollandaise sauce. Pair it with a mimosa, and it’s the perfect way to start your day. This hometown favorite restaurant is so good and feels so much like a stand-alone restaurant that you just might forget you’re at an airport–so don’t forget to catch your flight!
Blanco Tacos & Tequila Best breakfast choice: You’re in Arizona, and what’s better for a quick breakfast in Arizona than the versatile Breakfast Burrito? It’s perfect, really. It looks good on a dish and is also easily transformed into tasty traveling food. Here, you’ll find five enticing varieties: Machaca & Eggs, Steak & Eggs, Eggs & Mexican Cheese, Bacon & Eggs and Chorizo & Eggs, though I am sure if you are especially nice there may be some room for mixing and matching. All of the burritos come with breakfast potatoes and house salsa. La Grande Orange Best breakfast choice: While yes, they’re known more for their pizza pies, this airport location also serves up satisfying breakfast options. Be warned that the Zuni Burrito might be messy, but it’s worth it. It’s a whole wheat tortilla with tofu “chorizo,“ mushrooms, corn, spinach, potatoes, egg whites and charred tomato salsa. There are also egg dishes, pancakes, and oatmeal. Of course, the restaurant’s cheery bright green chairs offer a visually pleasing way to start your day, as well!
Matt’s Big Breakfast
Olive & Ivy Best breakfast choice: Olive & Ivy creates an atmosphere of ease and convenience in a marketplace setting, as well as a comfortable place to grab a table while you enjoy your meal and peruse the paper before your flight. If you’re looking for something light but filling, try the Yogurt Partait, which is a medley of fresh berries including plump blackberries, blueberries and strawberries with almond granola served over yogurt.
Matt’s Big Breakfast Best breakfast choice: Matt’s Big Breakfast entrée is calling your name. Three cage fresh eggs, thick cut bacon sourced out of Queen Creek, sausage patties, sweet and salty home fries, and a griddle cake are just what you need to get you going. Your eggs will be cooked to order, and your bacon will be thick and perfectly peppery. The griddle cakes arrive massive in size and dotted with sweet cream and a side of real maple syrup. The best part? There are no true price spikes just because you are at the airport—the prices are on par with the restaurant’s Downtown Phoenix location.
Zinc Brasserie Best breakfast choice: Decadent French cuisine at the airport? Yes, it’s true. For breakfast here, try the Zinc Omelet, made with French ham, gruyère, crème fraîche and straw potatoes. Or if you need more carbs to get you through your flight, go for the Zinc Croissant, which is made with a fried egg and gruyère. Why not take a minute and pretend that flight you’re about to take is to Paris instead of Des Moines?
Cowboy Ciao Best breakfast choice: Corned beef hash is a breakfast staple, and Cowboy Ciao has spiced up this traditional dish with its Hardy Hatch Hash & Eggs. The dish comes with red country-style potatoes with Hatch chiles and pastrami spiced shredded short ribs all topped with two over easy eggs. The introduction of the Hatch chiles will really open your eyes and give you a whole new perspective on your day.
Best Breakfasts—Terminal 2
Barrio Avion Best breakfast choice: The breakfast options offered at Chef Silvana’s most recent venture provide that perfect extra kick in the pants you need for an early flight. The most popular option is definitely the Build Your Own Burrito. Opt for items in it such as scrambled eggs, cheese, chorizo, spinach, guacamole, and more. There are also chilaquiles or an eye-opening quesadilla. You’ll find fresh ingredients and perfectly seasoned meats of varying heat levels. With generous portions and great flavors, this is a perfect start to your day of travel.
Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles Best breakfast choice: While Lo-Lo’s has some stellar breakfast options, it’s Lo-Lo’s and you know what you want. Go for the KK’s Special, which has three pieces of Southern-style chicken, two waffles, grits, and two eggs with cheese and onions. The JUNE 2015 |
guide BY TARYN JEFFRIES
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HALF MOON SPORTS GRILL If you are a transplant from Illinois, as many in the Valley are, this is the place for you! The owners are from the Chicago area and have worked hard to create a place that pays homage to their hometown, as well as to tip their hats to their new home. All of their hot dogs are true Vienna Beef, and they have Eli’s Cheesecakes flown in weekly. You’ll find thin crust Chicago-style pizzas and spicy Italian sausage, as well as “wet” Italian Beef sandwiches. Giardiniera is optional but suggested! 2121 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix; 602.977.2700; www.halfmoonsportsgrill.com; $$ LUX While Lux is a mecca for java-loving hipsters, much like in the world, there is room for us all. Good for Lux and not so good for you is that this spot is almost always busy and the parking can sometimes be a challenge. This is all balanced out by the fact that their house roasted coffee is impeccable, their dinner menu is ever-evolving, their desserts are decadent, and they cater to those with special dietary needs. 4402 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.327.1396; www.luxcoffee.com; $$ MAIZIE’S CAFÉ & BISTRO This urban dining destination is host to a highenergy atmosphere, as well as a menu that is accessible to all diners. Enjoy your appetizers and cocktails while relaxing on an inviting sofa or enjoy Mom’s Pesto Manifesto pizza with friends while people-watching on the patio. Make sure to make a visit on a Monday when they host Burger Madness; a Bistro Burger and fries for only five dollars! 4750 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.274.2828; www.maiziescafe.com; $$ THE WHINING PIG This father- and son-owned neighborhood spot packs great food, service, and a wide variety of beer and wine options into its tiny locale. Father and son
are almost always on-site, and will ensure that you have a drink in hand and something to eat in front of you at all times. If you find yourself intimidated by the beverage options, anyone on staff will be happy to make suggestions based on your likes. 1612 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix; 602.633.2134; $ WRIGHT’S AT THE BILTMORE Wright’s is the signature restaurant of the Arizona Biltmore, and it is consistently setting a high standard by using the highest quality ingredients and innovative practices. The herbs used in your dishes are harvested from the Chef’s garden, located just outside the kitchen. The Chef’s Tasting Menu is the best way to get a complete representation of the culinary mastery and taste of the Southwest. 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; 602.954.2507; www.wrightsbiltmore.com; $$$$
AUTUMN COURT CHINESE Driving along Indian School Road you would be half-blind not to notice the eye-catching exterior of Autumn Court. A long-standing neighborhood favorite, you’ll find your favorite menu items and every now and again notice something you have yet to try. There isn’t much flash here, only the straightforward Chinese favorites that you have come to expect. 3752 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.234.0512; www.autumncourt.com; $$ CHINA CHILI Whether you are looking to enjoy Cantonese-, Szechwan- or Hong Kong-style dishes, you will be met with many options at China Chili. You’ll find many familiar dishes, as well as some potential new favorites. Their Seafood Blossom Soup and Chicken Corn Chowder Soup are local favorites. Service is always friendly and food comes out of the kitchen with ninja-like speed. 302 E. Flower St., Phoenix; 602.266.4463; www.chinachilirestaurant.com; $$ MOTO SUSHI If you’re looking for a new experience, Moto Sushi offers a variety of dishes that are a fusion of cultures that will surprise and delight diners. You can start off with their Asian Nachos, which is a clever concoction of crispy wontons, soybeans, salsa and guacamole. If you have a healthy appetite, you can come in on Saturdays for the all-you-can-eat sushi special. Like it a little hot? Go for their Exit Wound Bowl, complete with Moto Hell Fire Sauce. 6845 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.263.5444; www.mrmotorising.com; $$ REATHREY SEKONG This hidden gem is a little difficult to find—it’s located in a nondescript building, and the entrance is in the back. Once you find it, you’ll be glad you did. The flavors and warmth of Cambodia are waiting here for you in the décor, dishes and people. Ask your server, who on some nights just may be the owner, for a tour through the menu to ensure the most authentic experience. 1312 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 480.238.0238; www. reathreysekong.com; $
ACACIA CAFÉ Quaint, cozy and homey. Those are just a few of the words that have been used to described Acacia Café. You won’t find a complicated menu with too many options here; instead, the menu offerings are succinct and separated by sandwiches, burritos and scrambles. Can’t stick around to eat in the café? They have a more robust take-out
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menu for both breakfast and lunch. 3701 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.904.7675; www.acaciacafe.net; $ CHESTNUT FINE FOODS & PROVISIONS Looking for a causal spot in Arcadia to grab a relaxed and refined breakfast? Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions easily offers that and so much more. You’ll find first-rate pastries and a variety of coffee options if you’re in a rush. If you plan on settling in and staying awhile, you’ll find a variety of fresh and decadent menu items. The tart Lemon Ricotta Waffles have a light and fresh taste, while the Morning Bibimap Bowl offers unique and savory flavors. 4350 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.08.7679; www.chestnut.com; $$ CITY SQUARE CAFÉ With daily specials, friendly staff and great food at discounted prices without sacrificing quality, City Square Café is a great breakfast stop. Whether you are seeking out a bagel while on the run or looking to linger over a breakfast burrito and a warm cup of coffee, the staff here will take care of you and make sure you leave with a smile and a happy belly. 3800 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.274.1098; www.citysquarecafe.net; $ DUCK & DECANTER Duck & Decanter was a staple for me growing up, and it has remained so for many Valley residents. With a tumultuous history, it has stood the test of time and continues to offer tried and true favorites, as well as some new flavors. The breakfast burritos are filled to the seams with ingredients, and are all packed with love and flavor. The restaurant also offers catering, a cheese department and deli, as well as specialty wine and beers for purchase. 1651 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.274.5429; www.duckanddecanter.com; $$ ESSENCE BAKERY CAFÉ When looking for the perfect pastries for a morning meeting or a rich and filling breakfast to start out your day, put this stop at the top of your list. Their Almond Croissant is perfectly decadent with the perfect level of sweetness surrounded by light, buttery and flaky layers. The kitschy décor is inviting and welcoming. 3830 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.296.4958; www.essencebakery.com; $$ VINCENT MARKET BISTRO Located just off the main dining room of Vincent’s on Camelback resides Vincent Market Bistro, the perfect place for a more casual dining experience, as well as the perfect place to pick up some of Chef Vincent Guerithault’s very own creations. The bistro is quaint and cozy, but still holds all the character, service and satisfying dishes of its big brother. 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.224.3727; www. vincentsoncamelback.com/bistro/; $$
AIELLO’S SALIMERIA Dine-in, delivery, take-out and catering–Aiello’s does it all. One of their best features is their Dinner for Four special, featuring a different entrée every day. Call in your order and then pick it up on the way home and dinner is taken care of and guaranteed to be delicious. Have a special request for in-house dining? Just say the word and Aiello’s is more than happy to oblige. 777 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix; 602.547.3354; www.aiellositaliandeli.com; $$ ALEXI’S GRILL Looking for tried and true fantastic Italian food along the light rail route? Alexi’s is a standard in the Valley, and it has come to be a place where
guide you know you can get a great meal at the right price and with great service. Stop by on your way to the Phoenix Symphony and dine on their Desert Cannelloni, making sure to opt for the light tomato jalapeño sauce. 3550 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.0982; www.alexisgrillphx.com; $$ BABBO ITALIAN EATERY You’ve likely seen their kitschy billboards around town, using clever takes on words and phrases to grab your attention. You’ll find contemporary Italian dishes made with high-quality ingredients and tried-and-true family recipes. A house favorite is the Babbo’s Bowl of Bolognese, mainly for its traditional flavors and flawless execution. 6855 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.279.1500; www.babboitalian.com; $$ CHRISTO’S RISTORANTE Open since 1986, Christo’s is one of the longeststanding independent Italian restaurants in the area, and with a track record like that they must be doing something right. The backdrop of the restaurant is romantic elegance—it’s the perfect spot for a date night. Whether you’re looking for the simple flavors of a dish like their Pasta Maison, or something more complex and layered like their Veal Christo, you’ll find something for every taste and occasion here. 6327 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.264.1784; www.christos1.com; $$ CRUDO Chef Cullen Campbell is turning your ideas of Italian cuisine upside down. You’ll find four main menu elements at Crudo: raw, cooked, cheese and grilled. The ingredients are simple but exquisite, and you can order a la carte or in coursing options. The menu here changes from time to time, but be sure to ask about their featured dish. 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.358.8666; www.crudoaz.com; $$$ PIZZERIA BIANCO Pizzeria Bianco has developed an incredible reputation, and they absolutely live up to the hype. While the pizza options are not terribly extensive, the options available are of the absolute best quality and ingredients. The simple flavors allow the high quality ingredients to shine through. 4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix; 602.368.3273; www.pizzeriabianco.com; $$$ TUTTI SANTI BY NINA Romantic, authentic and outstanding—those are all accurate descriptions of Tutti Santi. The handmade pastas are light as air and decadent the moment they combine with any one of their fresh made sauces. The perfectly constructed Orange Roughy Genovese with Penne Aglio e Olio is a perfect representation of the love and pride that goes into their dishes. Ignore the carb counting and indulge. 7575 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.216.0336; www. tuttisantiristorante.com; $$$
AJO AL’S MEXICAN CAFÉ Far enough away from the nearby shopping centers, Ajo Al’s has stood the test of time in this neighborhood as a go-to for familiar flavors and service. Serving up New Mexico-style fare, you’ll find lots of family-friendly options. The Tacos del Mar and Spinach Enchiladas are local favorites. This location also features a fantastic breakfast menu with plate combinations, as well as a la carte choices. 5101 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.222.9902; www.ajoals.com; $$ PAZ CANTINA What happens when a self-proclaimed “taco kid” and a successful Filipino food truck owner get
together to create a restaurant concept? Creative and exciting menu options like a 15 Hour Braised Pork Belly Taco or Torta, among other enticing menu items. While the influence is definitely a nod to Mexican flavors and culture, you can be assured that there will be a kiss of Filipino flavors peppered in, in just the right places. 1011 N. 3rd St., Phoenix; 602.368.2487; www.pazcantina.com; $ SANTOS LUCHA LIBRE Looking for a taco spot without all the lard and artificial and canned items? Santos Lucha Libre offers a variety of menu items that are fresh, flavorful, and something you can really feel good about eating. From monstrous burritos to dynamic tacos, you’ll find a variety of options. There are eight meat choices, as well as veggie options, and if you are not quite sure which option is your speed, you are allowed to sample all the offerings. To top it all off, the homemade salsas are all kinds of spicy! 9822 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.943.1156; $ TEE PEE MEXICAN FOOD A Valley treasure since 1958, Tee Pee has been serving up Sonoran-style fare to the delight of its diners. This is a no-frills eatery–the food is straightforward and stands on its own without any flash. Expect hearty portions and great service. If it’s good enough for a former president and senator, isn’t it good enough for you? 4144 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0178; www.teepeemexicanfood.com; $$
GARAGE WINE AND TAP A transformed auto shop serving up re-envisioned comfort foods is filling up the tanks of Uptown residents and visitors alike. Your knowledgeable service staff will be able to pair any type of drink to your menu choices, and with the great beer list you just might need a little assistance. 1534 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix; 602.265.4125; www.garagewinetap.com; $$ GRASSROOTS KITCHEN & TAP The latest addition to the revamped Town & Country plaza, Grassroots is settling in and making its mark. As implied by the name, this restaurant is focused on the community—serving it and sourcing from it. You’ll find Southern favorites like Brisket Sammies, as well as Po’ Boys. You’ll be pleased with the diversity of the food and cocktail menus. 2119 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.368.8766; www.grassrootsaz.com; $$ INGO’S TASTY FOOD Some restaurants get tripped up with huge menus and diners can get overwhelmed with so many options. Ingo’s Tasty Food is concerned more with the quality of their offerings over the quantity. So pick a table outside and head up to the window and place your order and expect to receive a highquality grass-fed burger on an LGO handmade bun. The Ingo Burger comes in a hearty portion and is topped with cooling kraut. Make sure to grab a beer and an order of their Fresh Shattered Potato Chips to make a perfect meal. 4502 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.795.2884; www.ingostastyfood.com; $$ O.H.S.O. EATERY & NANOBREWERY While O.H.S.O. is busy creating their own craft brews, they are also cooking up a diverse and expansive menu. Whether you pair it with their brews or any of the other craft brews they have on tap, you’re sure to enjoy your time at the brewery. The Brewer’s Plate is a great place to start. It
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offers artisan cheese, meats, popcorn, and nuts and fruit, among other items, allowing you to nosh on a little of everything. 4900 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.955.0358; www.ohsobrewery.com; $$ THE ATTIC Looking to enjoy an original (and huge) burger along with an exquisite craft beer? Head over to The Attic, and the staff there will match your burger of choice with a perfectly paired ale. You’ll be able to catch some pretty epic views of Camelback Mountain, or hang out at the bar, depending on your mood. 4247 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.955.1967; $$ THE GLADLY Anyone that can make Brussels sprouts like the folks at The Gladly do are good in my book. And they don’t stop there–they feature the Valleyfamous Chopped Salad, as well as their epic Curry Mussel Ramen. One of the major plusses of The Gladly is that they have dinner service late, like 1 a.m. late. Head on out after a night on the town and you will be “glad” you did. 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.759.8132; www.thegladly. com; $$$ THIRTEEN NORTH GRILLE This cleverly named spot features a welcoming vibe. Enjoy the friendly service, whether you opt to saddle up to the bar or enjoy a full meal with family or friends. The appetizer menu leans more towards seafood creations than traditional “bar food,” and they even have four different versions of mac & cheese. With a friendly, welcoming environment, great American fare, and friendly service, thirteen could easily become your new favorite number. 1301 E. Northern Ave., Phoenix; 602.795.1397; www.thirteenorthgrille.com; $$
ANGRY CRAB SHACK & BBQ Every now and then you want to visit a place with paper tablecloths, bibs, and just let loose over dinner. At Angry Crab Shack & BBQ you won’t find any airs or pretense. You’re going to get messy, you’re going to eat really great seafood, and you’re going to have a great time doing it. If you’re not into working for your meal, you can pay a little extra for already shelled items. To make things deliciously interesting, opt for the trifecta of sauces! 2808 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.956.3088; www.angrycrabshack.com; $$
TEXAZ GRILL Ready for some top-notch steak served in a fun and comfortable atmosphere, complete with Texas-friendly service? Texaz Grill offers everything from steaks to Chicken Fried Steak to Beer Battered Shrimp. The restaurant is a nod to Texas, with memorabilia decorating the walls and open spaces. 6003 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.248.7827; www.texazgrill.com; $$ STEAK 44 Steak 44 is certainly an upscale steakhouse, but the service that you receive will be warm, friendly and welcoming, not stuffy and overly opulent. This sophisticated spot offers steak cuts that are all responsibly farmed in the U.S., wet aged 28 days, and hand cut in house. In the event that steak is not your thing, you still have many delicious options like veal chops, rack of lamb, or steakladen meatloaf. The toughest decision of the night will be what side to get. 5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.271.4400; www.steak44.com; $$$$
new in town
t’s the oldest new business in town. Coup Des Tartes, the beloved French restaurant forced from its N. 16th Street home in August 2014, has emerged from that upheaval with its cozy charm intact. It’s been almost a year since Phoenix native Ron Pacioni, the owner of Coup Des Tartes, received the harrowing news that the land on which sat his thriving, award-winning restaurant was on a fast path to becoming a car dealership parking lot. All its fun and flirty charm, bistro ambience reminiscent of Roaring ’20s Paris, laughter, warm memories, and the home-away-from-home feel was to be flattened by new landowners. It was doomsday. Fast-forward to May 2015: Pacioni just finished hosting a successful grand re-opening at a new location for Coup Des Tartes—1725 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix; 602.212.1082; www.nicetartes.com—two miles south of the original. In between time, shock and sadness congealed into a fierce determination for Pacioni and his supporters to soldier on. Pacioni’s father, Ray, recommended an in-house crowdfunding campaign that raised almost $500,000 to help fund the new Coup—a gutsy effort that makes the “coup” in Coup Des Tartes ring true.
NEW DIGS A COUP FOR COUP DES TARTES Once closed, the restaurant now has a new location BY MIKE SAUCIER
Now, Pacioni and the 12 employees he brought over from the original Coup will get to reincarnate the ambience which Coup customers loved on 16th Street. The new Coup is a historic 1920s Tudor Revival bungalow duplex—an adaptive reuse project of a 1922 single family home conjoined in the 1970s and turned into a doctor’s office. The symbolism cannot be missed: a place that was once used to heal people is reincarnated as a place for a brief healing of the soul (wine, fine French dining, and a charming setting can do that). The new Coup boasts intimate dining rooms, a brick dining patio, and a garden space that will play host to wine tastings, UPTOWN |
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fine spirits-tasting parties, happy hours with music, and starlit concerts. It was critical to connect back to the original Coup, Pacioni says. The new Coup has the old Coup service and sensibilities, of course, but Pacioni also decided to bring some of the old Coup to incorporate into the E. Osborn locale, including a few rescued fixtures and salvaged flooring (which he installed as a bar top). “For the people who joined us before, it’s like they never left,” Pacioni says. For the executive chef, Jose Hernandez, the new environs are a drastic change. Pacioni said the kitchen where Hernandez creates his French-inspired, fresh, farm-to-table cuisine has gone from 250 square feet at the old Coup to 800 at the new Coup. Pacioni says he believes in intimate dining and acknowledging the choice diners have made. “I believe in honoring your time,” he says. “I think that the most precious gift we have in our lives is time. Each one of us has only so much time on this planet… so when you go to a restaurant and a client gives you two hours of their time, we need to respect that. And we take that very seriously here, to make that an awesome experience for our clients on all levels.”
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