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The Beauty of Benevolence How Drs. Ali and Tamir Mosharrafa of Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery are improving lives, in both their practice and the communities they serve.
erhaps it’s their steadfast commitment to ongoing education, providing patients with the most up-to-date procedures and techniques – or the unsurpassed results, a perfect marriage of art and science. Maybe it’s the proven expertise and extensive education of Drs. Ali and Tamir Mosharrafa, or the way they take the time to develop relationships with their patients, understanding unique needs and meeting specific goals, making themselves available day or night. Whatever the reason, Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery continues to receive accolades from satisfied patients and fellow medical professionals alike. Boardcertified and equipped with their own fully accredited, state-of-the-art surgery center, Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir deliver exceptional outcomes in every area of cosmetic and breast reconstructive surgery, aesthetic services, and skincare. Breast, body, or face, Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery’s compassionate, supportive practice allows patients the luxury of being treated like family, and the reassurance of knowing they’re in extremely capable hands. But when a doctor’s care goes beyond individual patients and extends throughout a community, even more amazing things happen. For nearly two decades (and counting!), Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir have performed acts of service through their involvement with local charities. Still, they wanted to do more to provide consistent, reliable support to the causes they hold dear. In 2015, Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery officially launched its nonprofit organization, Beauty for Good – which now receives a portion of the proceeds from each treatment the doctors perform. In turn, Beauty for Good partners with other charitable organizations to help raise much-needed funds and awareness through special events and campaigns. In April of this year, the organization hosted its first annual Beauty for Good
Gala, benefiting all of its charitable partnerships: the Phoenix Dream Center, Singleton Moms, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, and more. (Save the date for next year’s Beauty for Good Gala, which will take place on April 14th, 2018.) In addition to the gala, Beauty for Good designates a full month to each of its partner charities, during which they focus intensely on its outreach. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir are passionate about each cause they support, and eager to give back to the community they love. For the Drs. Mosharrafa, it’s all about making a substantial impact – on the lives of their patients, to be sure, but also the lives of those who benefit from their benevolent acts. “Cosmetic
surgery is a beautiful thing when it improves the life of one person,” says Dr. Tamir. “What an even greater experience it is when it improves the lives of many.” For more information about Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery or to schedule your complimentary consultation, call 602-513-8133 or visit www.mosharrafa.com. Follow Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery on Facebook to keep connected on current promotions and savings, events and seminars, and fun stuff from blogs to photos to how-tos from its aesthetic specialists. To learn more about Beauty for Good, and to keep up to date on its various partnership events, visit www.beautyforgood.org.
features 28 Mauricio Umansky
Get to know real estate agent, media personality and philanthropist who brought The Agency to the Valley
32 Men of Style Meet seven fashionable fellas who dress to impress no matter where the day leads
ON THE COVER: Mauricio Umansky, photo Joshua Bobrove.
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Experts in MonaLisa Touch News Update: The MonaLisa Touch has now been FDA approved in the U.S. for over 2 years and at Arizona Women’s Care more than 800 procedures have brought amazing results to women across the Southwest region. This amazing NON HORMONAL treatment for vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, frequent bladder or vaginal infections and other symptoms that result from a lack of estrogen has revolutionized our success in treating these disheartening issues. In a recent Stanford University study, reductions in dryness and painful intercourse were especially marked, dropping an average of 75% and 66% respectively. As Lindsay (age 56) states, “I was skeptical, but I needed to try something. After the 3 treatments, intercourse was so much better I could not believe it. I actually asked my husband if we could do it again, and he was shocked! It has made such a difference in our relationship.” The MonaLisa Touch uses fractional CO2 laser therapy
to regenerate collagen and rid the vaginal mucosa of the dry atrophic cells. Three simple treatments in the office 6 weeks apart have shown incredible improvements in vaginal atrophy. These treatments take about 5 minutes and are virtually painfree, no anesthesia is needed. As women caring for women, our expertise and customer service are unsurpassed in the valley. Our staff of all-female physicians were the 1st board certified OB/GYNS in the state of Arizona to perform the MonaLisa Touch procedure. We welcome you to any of our open house seminars to learn more about the MonaLisa Touch! You will have the opportunity to meet with the doctors and talk with the patients who have had this life changing procedure. One last testimonial from Rhonda (age 61) sums up why we do what we do, “Thank you Arizona Women’s Care for offering me the MonaLisa Touch! It is an amazing treatment. I am 100% back to feeling like I did 20 years ago!”
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Paul Green goes from the field to the reformer
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t’s here, it’s here! The issue that centers around all things man! We’ve turned Uptown upside down (that’s a mouthful!), focusing pretty much every section in the magazine on dudes. To start off, we featured California-based real estate celebrity, Mauricio Umansky on the cover. The Agency founder and CEO recently brought his firm to the Valley, partnering with some of the top local agents to change the market here as we know it. We spoke with Mauricio (page 28) about his journey to the top, what makes his model so different and the thing that drives him to continue on (Spoiler alert: he does it all for his wife – actress and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Kyle Richards – and daughters). Outside of the star-studded cover, we went a little gaga over guys this month! Think drinks (as in elevated manly classics and breweries to visit), can’t-beat burgers (page 72), beard maintenance must-haves (page 58), and two manly getaways if you have a need for speed or a love of fly fishing on pages 60 and 62, respectively. You’ll notice we’re also spotlighting fashion for fellas. On top of showcasing accessories and decor, we also got to know seven stylish studs. On page 32, they shared their inspiration, what makes their style unique and some of their favorite places to shop. Food, fashion and fun … what more could a guy want? Best, Gabby Richman Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org Find our magazine on Facebook!
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First and foremost, I am very sorry to hear the news. Moving forward with a divorce, or dissolution as it is called in Arizona, is never easy. There are ways, however, with the right planning to make the process a bit smoother and easier for you:
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FROM THE FIELD TO THE MEGAFORMER Paul Green, former NFL tight end, shares his journey to better joints BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE PHOTOS BY JAMES PATRICK
Paul Green donned some pretty impressive jerseys throughout his eight-year career in the NFL. Green, who played tight end, has sported everything from blue and orange for the Denver Broncos; blue, silver and bright green for the Seattle Seahawks; and black, gold, and white for the New Orleans Saints while out on the field. continuedâ€¦ JUNE 2017 |
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up close “I started out in Denver which was great since we went to Super Bowl 24 that year. We got killed, but the experience was awesome. I then went to Seattle for four years and finished up in New Orleans,” Green explains. The former football player hails from Coalinga, California, a small farm town. He reminisces about spending every summer working on his family’s farm. “My father grows pistachios and my two siblings and I would always help [him out on the farm]. Back then it was all tomatoes, cotton and grapes, which made for a lot of work but some great tomato fights,” Green recalls. He went on to study at University of Southern California and earned a degree in communications. Additionally, he was a tight end for the football team there. “I’m a USC Trojan for life! [My communication] studies taught me to stop talking about USC in Sun Devil territory, though,” he laughs. Since leaving the NFL, Green has tried his hand at a variety of other pursuits – one being acting. His best friend who is also an actor, Patrick Muldoon, encouraged him to pursue the craft after football. Green followed his friend’s advice and in 2003 landed a role in the HBO comedydrama television series, Entourage. “It was a small role but to this day I still get recognized by college kids as ‘calf guy,’” he says. His calf guy role led to other appearances in shows such as Alias, CSI Miami, and many others. When he isn’t making cameo appearances, Green can be found at his other passion, The Body Lab (www.thebodylabus.com), which has locations in both Phoenix and Scottsdale. The studio is equipped with Lagree Fitness machines and classes that put a whole new spin on Pilates. Lagree Fitness emerged when former bodybuilder Sebastien Lagree was tired of making time for both strength training and cardio routines inside and outside of the gym. His solution, Lagree Fitness, tackles both areas in half the time and in one place. The revolutionary workout challenges the body’s endurance and
strength simultaneously, which hooked Green after his first session. Green’s joints have taken quite a beating over the years, from playing basketball every day until his 44th birthday to harsh blows taken on the football field. The popular fitness method became his joints’ saving grace. “Lagree Fitness has been an eyeopening experience! I didn’t think there was something that could match the intensity of my training and be much easier on the joints, but here it is,” he says. “The first time I went into a Lagree studio I was in great shape but I only did 30 percent of the workout – it was that hard! I am a stickler for form and if you do it correctly, [no other workout] will net better results.” The Body Lab offers Lagree Fitness classes, which activate slow twitch body
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fibers via controlled movements. It is a full-body workout that every trainer spices up based on his or her unique personality. The constant variation keeps Green coming back for more. “All of the trainers are amazing and I love the different personalities and specialties that come through in their classes,” he says. Green admits that most former football players miss the camaraderie of the team. Although no one could replace his former brothers on the Broncos, Seahawks and Saints, he has found a new community at his fitness studio. “It really feels like a family, and when you have 11 or 12 people in class struggling together and of the like mind to better themselves. it’s really a natural high that can’t be duplicated,” Green explains. The fitness fanatic is no newbie to the Valley. He first moved here in 1992 to train with Mack Newton during his offseason after suffering from a serious football injury. He officially made Arizona home around six years ago. “I moved here in 2011 for a wonderful woman who ended up giving me the greatest gift of my life, my almost 4-yearold boy Jack!” Fatherhood has proven to be this former NFL’s favorite pursuit. “It’s such an adventure every day watching him [Jack] grow into this little human being. My favorite time is just playing with him and letting his imagination run wild, which it does! At the end of the day I can only hope to show him as much love as I can and instill in him the values that I believe will make him a better man someday,” he smiles. It goes without saying that Green has always chosen to live an active lifestyle. Whether it was chasing his siblings around on the farm, playing basketball and football throughout his life, taking Lagree classes at The Body Lab, or playing hide-and-seek with his son – health has always been at the forefront. “Health is everything!” he says. “Please take time to educate yourself on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle as it not only affects your well-being, but all those around you as well.”
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Calvin Goetz helps Valley residents seamlessly transition into retirement BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN
alvin Goetz is your go-to guy for financial advice. As a partner and co-founder of Strategy Financial Group, Goetz has dedicated more than a decade of his career to helping clients attain their retirement goals. The Tucson native, who attended Northern Arizona University, fell in love with the financial services industry at age 25, only growing his business ever since. Goetz recently published his first book, Climbing the Retirement Mountain, where he provides readers with a sound plan to help them save and sustain themselves in what could be a 30-year retirement, inspired by his parents’ journey. “I watched the struggles that my own mom and dad went through when they transitioned from working to retirement. Nobody was there helping them draft out a written retirement income plan, and I don’t want any of my clients to be without a plan,” he says. Goetz also works closely within the local LGBTQ community, specifically helping homeless youth. “These youth are our future and will be the future leaders of tomorrow,” he explains.
What’s next? I am currently working on my second book called My Best Retirement (2018). It will focus a little bit less on financial tools and more on reinventing yourself in retirement to live your best life. What are some of your favorite local restaurants? I love walking to La Grande Orange, Postino Wine Bar, and Ingo’s, which are all down the street from me. Any financial advice you’d like to share? Time is your best investment strategy. The earlier you can start putting money away systematically, the more you are going to have in retirement. Also, focus on taxes. Put your money in places where distributions will be tax-free in the future. UPTOWN |
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hen your two favorite pastimes are cassette tapes and old-time TV game shows, you have no choice but to chase a career that blends both. That is exactly what Al Jones did with Lyrics Guru, a song lyrics trivia game in which players receive a series of song titles and must match the correct word found within the lyrics of the song. Though launching a business is hard work, Jones took the challenge head on. “I enjoy being a business owner, seeing the rewards of persistence and being a positive example to those interested in starting a game development business.” With the mobile game racking up 17,000 active users and the hand-held card version now available on Amazon and in Walmart, the already established game will shift its focus on more core competency word games – specifically those which incorporate music and song lyrics. “We have plans to launch a variation of the game where songs are sorted by decades, as well as a Braille version and a family edition game, marketed to the LDS community. We would also love to produce a television or radio game show version of the Lyrics Guru product. The future is bright and we’re excited.”
What is the game industry competition like? Competition is fierce in the industry with developers fighting to be the next big thing. Al Jones Corporation, at this time, plans to focus on its core competency of word games – more specifically those which incorporate music and song lyrics.. Do you have a favorite song lyric? “I’m stone in love with you,” [which is also the song name] by The Stylistics. What was your favorite game growing up as a kid and why? Chess. My father taught me the basic structure of the game. During play, I learned the importance strategy and mental focus. UPTOWN |
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hen asked to describe her style in 10 words or less, Mitch Phillips, owner of Rare Scarf Vintage, needs only one. “Eclectic,” she says vehemently of her signature look. “I have a bit of bohemian in me, some glam vibes, a modern twist … I like to mix patterns, wear bold colors and large accessories, and [believe] that a great shoe can make any outfit!” The adjective unforgettable may be equally fitting. The Minnesota native, who also runs an interior design business and styles editorial photoshoots, rocks dramatic bangs, blocky specs and oftentimes, a safari of different animal prints. Phillips exudes a unique sort of self-assurance, the kind that encourages stares from passersby flabbergasted by the courage of her effortless glam. “[All it takes is] a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll, some sequins, vintage rock T-shirts, gold lamé (fabric) and definitely having a good time in life,” Phillips divulges. As for her number one tip for tracking down vintage treasures? The rare, everchanging inventory of her personal store is a good place to start.
If you could return to any decade, which would you choose and why? The ’70s! The clothes, the shoes, the hair … Studio 54! Which is the most cherished room in your home? My living room, surrounded by my dogs, my favorite art, stacks of books, my comfortable sofa and Netflix for binge watching! What is the most glamorous accessory you own? My collection of fur coats. Favorite indulgence: Champagne, potato chips and dark chocolate. What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done? Some friends, my boyfriend and I backpacked in the snow in the middle of the night to an old shed in the woods in Canada. We slept in sleeping bags, stoked the fire all night, woke up to dogs sledding through the woods, then packed up for a cold stay on a bed of ice in the Hotel De Glace in Quebec. [It was a] great experience, but I prefer a warm bed.
WILD CHILD Mitch Phillips’ style is all over the map – and we wouldn’t have it any other way. BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN
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ax Rock, executive chef at the Arcadia locale of Flower Child, knows how to run a tight shift. “I approach every day with the same goal: to motivate and develop my team to the best of their individual abilities,” says the Fox Restaurant Concepts veteran. The rapport Rock has established with his talented squad, in combination with his causal yet polished wardrobe, has been instrumental in nurturing the warmhearted atmosphere of the fastcasual, healthy spot in which he works. “In an open concept kitchen, it’s imperative to be approachable and welcoming to all guests,” he says, alluding to Flower Child’s exposed expo. “Dressing both comfortably and professionally allows me to maintain [that] persona.” For Rock, this means plenty of plaid button-downs, an impeccably groomed beard and coincidentally, inspiration from the Woodstock generation. “I’ve always been drawn to the relaxed vibe of the ’60s and ’70s,” says The Grateful Dead fan, who admits to having a secret stash of tie-dye in the depths of his closet. “It’s all about staying true to what I find most comfortable and modernizing the look.”
RIPPLE IN STILL WATER Max Rock makes a splash with his ’60s-inspired style BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN
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How do you strike a balance between comfort and style in the kitchen? My go-tos for work are short sleeve buttondowns and breathable, lightweight fabrics. Where are your favorite places to shop, local and otherwise? Old Navy, Ross, Birkenstocks and Lost Car Chef Apparel. What is your guilty pleasure? Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling. I make a mean … green coconut curry. You’re in the hospitality industry. How do you cultivate that ideal in your everyday life? I make it a priority to stay present in the moment, whether I’m at home or at work, and to treat everyone as my family.
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The Agency CEO and founder talks his innovative model, venturing to the Valley and his journey to the top BY EMILY GLYNN
While some may be surprised to see the celebrity real estate mogul and his team about town, Umansky’s presence in the Southwest has been a calculated move, spurred by the reality of luxurious properties and local aptitude. “Arizona has been part of our expansion plans for some time, and finding the right talent and ownership team was crucial to making our move,” Umansky says. “Our Arizona partners will change the face of luxury real estate in the Valley as we work globally to position Arizona as an international destination for luxury homebuyers.” The Agency has already established partnerships with four of the Valley’s top luxury agents (Raul Siqueiros, Racquel Barbey, Jack Luciano and Roxanne Johnson). The Arizona
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everal short months ago, as the negligible Arizona winter frost made way for spring, The Agency was officially introduced to the Phoenix market with a sumptuous and swanky affair. The launch party, held at a private studio in Scottsdale, was attended by some of the Valley’s most influential individuals, eager to welcome the Los Angeles-based luxury real estate brokerage and lifestyle company to Arizona. Amongst throngs of beautiful people and walls of proprietary crimson-red roses, was Mauricio Umansky, looking as sharp as ever in a fitted charcoal-gray suit. The company’s charismatic CEO and founder was deep in his element, exuding the same ingenuity that has played a subtle role in elevating The Agency to superstardom.
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partners have been working tirelessly with Valley developers on several luxury projects, including TrueCraft Residential, ENVY Residences, Edison Midtown and Inspire Downtown Scottsdale by Scottsdale-based developer Deco Communities and Two Biltmore Estates by Phoenix-based Geneva Holdings. The Arizona office, which specializes in luxury homes, new development, resort real estate, residential leasing and luxury vacation rentals, is already creating quite the buzz for its unprecedented methodology. “The Arizona market has rapidly become a global destination for luxury homebuyers,” Umansky affirms. “These forward-thinking projects are continuing to lead the way for innovative real estate.” Since its founding in 2011, this type of innovation has been The Agency’s guiding light. With innovation, however, often comes risk, and both Umansky and his co-founder, design and architectural specialist Billy Rose, have always acknowledged the precariousness of their original vision. “As entrepreneurs, we were really putting everything on the line – including stable, lucrative careers – with no guarantee of success,” Umansky recalls. “We funded the company as partners, so we could own [it] outright and get things up and running, UPTOWN |
setting up shop in a tiny strip mall office with six agents and a handful of folding chairs.” From there, they crossed their fingers, waiting for other agents to join and vying for market share while competing against much larger, more established competitors. “Despite the potential of failure, we were driven by the notion that we had to take a chance if we wanted to leave our mark on an industry we care so much about, and we haven’t looked back,” Umansky says. Their fearless perseverance persisted and The Agency went on to redefine the world of real estate, shunning the traditional brokerage model in favor of collaboration and teamwork amongst agents. In an industry known for its habitually aggressive ways, The Agency’s approach transformed the experience of buying and selling, promoting a collaborative culture where agents feel empowered to share their contacts, expertise and spheres of influence in order to guarantee superior client representation and an indispensable competitive edge. “This culture has allowed The Agency to extend far beyond what a conventional brokerage firm offers, creating curated experiences for our clients,” says Umansky, alluding to the business’
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personalized approach. “[Growth] is important, but more importantly, we have to grow organically and strategically to maintain our authentic boutique feel.” The same attentive and distinctive way of life has also led to the development of The Agency’s in-house creative division, The Agency Creative (TAC). The division, the first-ever of any brokerage, is comprised of graphic designers, analysts and tech gurus dedicated to providing strategic marketing solutions for buyers, sellers, developers and investors worldwide, bringing brands to life through captivating web design, branding and advertising. “We are not afraid of making mistakes, trying new things [or] taking risks,” Umansky explains. “We don’t simply envision The Agency as a brokerage, but as a luxury lifestyle company committed to … telling stories … and connecting global communities.” The Agency’s international reputation, sustained by a strong foundation of collaborative culture, world-class teams operating on the U.S. West Coast, and in both Mexico and Turks and Caicos, comes as no surprise. Where integrity and ethics are involved, everything falls into place – global clout included. Although Umansky certainly encountered his fair share of challenges while navigating his way to the top, the real estate mogul demonstrated the traits (tenacity, ambition, intuition – the list goes on) required to achieve the staggering success he enjoys today from a young age. Following a brief stint as a pizza delivery boy, Umansky founded a fashion line with his father at the young age of 25, growing the company to make $30 million in sales per year. Umansky now ranks as the No. 1 topproducing real estate agent in California and No. 5 in the U.S. and has been recognized among the top 10 real estate producers in the country on REAL Trends’ annual list for seven consecutive years, an accomplishment he credits to consistent and conscientious attention to his clients’ needs. In 2010, his career took a slight turn for the unconventional when his wife, Kyle Richards, was cast on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, a TV show on Bravo. Though he was already well established at the time, the unscripted hit show provided a unique opportunity for Umansky to showcase his business to upwards of one million viewers. “While star power is an added bonus, I’ve learned that the exposure wouldn’t be so influential if it wasn’t backed by a meaningful and impactful brand. The Agency’s involvement in reality television has made us a household name, expanded our reach and generated publicity, something our competitors aren’t able to provide,” he explains. “But if it all went away tomorrow, The Agency has established itself as a leading player in the luxury real estate market, with or without the cameras.” Umansky also uses his influential platform to give back to the
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“DESPITE THE POTENTIAL OF FAILURE, WE WERE DRIVEN BY THE NOTION THAT WE HAD TO TAKE A CHANCE IF WE WANTED TO LEAVE OUR MARK ON AN INDUSTRY WE CARE SO MUCH ABOUT, AND WE HAVEN’T LOOKED BACK.”
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community. Aside from serving as a board member for Giveback Homes, a network of real estate professionals dedicated to creating social change, he also supports the National Breast Cancer Association, HOLA Foundations and The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where he battled blood disease as a child. The motive behind everything he does, however, from the hectic schedules and open houses to the enduring jetlag and countless media appearances, comes down to one simple thing. “My family is the reason I do this,” he says of his daughters and beloved wife of 21 years. “They give me purpose to work harder [and] put meaning into everything I do.” For more information, visit www.theagencyre.com.
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A well-crafted ensemble is an art form that takes a keen eye. Here, seven men share their takes on looking fashionable and how they dress to impress, no matter where the day leads.
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Head basketball coach at Ottawa University Putting together an outfit can be paralleled to a basketball game – all of the players (or shall we say pieces of clothing) need to work together as a team in order to score high in style. Just ask Arizona native Milee Karre, head coach for the men’s basketball team at Ottawa University, who lives out his passion courtside. While his casual wardrobe consists of Adidas and athletic wear, Karre takes influence from icon and fellow athlete David Beckham for his fancier ensembles. The coach’s motto, “look good, play good” is best illustrated when he dresses up for game day (with favorite pieces from Suitsupply and J.Crew) to feel both comfortable and powerful. While his slam dunk style has to include the perfect tie and shoes, the most important aspects of his look are clean lines and a tailored suit. “Fit is everything. You can have the nicest suit on the market, and if it doesn’t fit correctly, it’s a waste.” The finishing touch? An accessory Karre holds near and dear to his heart: His grandfather’s Presidential Rolex for an added touch of class and ’50s swag. His love of fitness continues after the buzzer with just about anything involving athletics, including working out and watching sports.
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Anchor and reporter at ABC15 Like anyone in the public eye, it’s important for Nick Ciletti to look the part – at least when he’s on air with ABC15 as an anchor and reporter. As a TV personality, Ciletti always has a freshly pressed (and well-tailored) suit on hand, as the news world is full of surprises like anchoring at the last minute or doing a major interview. Other times, he opts for Banana Republic slacks and a button-down, or if a story takes him somewhere like Camelback Mountain, his go-to is jeans and a black V-neck a la Anderson Cooper. Not only is Ciletti living out his childhood dream on air, he’s also a pediatric cancer survivor and now gives back to kids by volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. During his free time, Ciletti usually sports laidback, unique bargain finds from the clearance racks at Zara, Macy’s, J.Crew and even Marshall’s, giving him wardrobe variety while staying within budget. “Those stores have some really unique things and pieces you won’t find elsewhere. You may have to hunt a little bit, but that’s all part of the fun, right?” His most prized possession, though, can’t be found in his closet (but sometimes probably sneaks in there!) – his adopted French bulldog, Larry.
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Attorney at Albee Law Firm Born and raised in Scottsdale, Michael Albee describes his style as nerdy with a dash of charm – or, he says, maybe more than a dash. The business owner, attorney and self-proclaimed superhero by night (he has a 10-year-old daughter), loves to experiment with color and often takes influence from NBA players, noting they usually have the ability to afford the nicest clothes and they are tall, like Albee. During the week, you’ll find him in colored fitted suits at work and creative, vibrant tank tops or gym clothes by night. For a night out, he relies on solid colors, the occasional blazer and dark jeans from the likes of Banana Republic, Nordstrom and Burberry. Albee swears there’s nothing he wouldn’t wear, and that he’s influenced by nothing and everything all at the same time, with a personal mantra to have fun with his clothes. While a favorite accessory for this budding author is his MacBook Pro, other must-haves include his bow tie, comb and gold obsidian beaded bracelet (meant to eliminate ego and conflict), which he doesn’t leave home without. His fashion tip? Correctly fitted clothing (i.e. clothing that looks good). “When you look good, you feel good, and that message pours into your world a positive vibe that keeps you lucky.”
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Shimeon Jedidiah Mattox
Fashion entrepreneur, model and fashion stylist From one look at Shimeon Mattox, it’s clear that the fashion fanatic marches to the beat of his own drum. With his sunglasses on and Starbucks in hand (his two favorite accessories), Mattox is on a mission to let others know it’s OK to be different, hoping to change the world with his life story and ostentatious fashion brand (Royal Black Sheep). While he takes influence from classic black-and-white movies, music videos and fashion blogs, along with stars who were ahead of their time (such as Prince), Mattox’s style is 100 percent his own, citing attitude and confidence as his muses. “I play with gender bending as I feel this is the future, as fashion is a recycle and things from different eras come back in style.” For his day-to-day look, the creative visionary often selects outfits that are shiny, silky and metallic. For a night out, Mattox follows his motto, “Why be the same every day?” He lets his soul do the selecting, often channeling one of his favorite characters like 007. Whether he’s answering emails, out with friends or reading his most prized possession – the Bible his late grandmother gave him – Mattox can be spotted in a mix of Tom Ford and Celine with pieces from Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange.
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Entrepreneur and CPA As an entrepreneur, Mario Aniles is used to making his own rules in business, and that ideal transfers to his wardrobe. As a natural-born leader (Aniles started his first business while attending Arizona State University), the native Phoenician has a self-proclaimed “classic man” style. Aniles often finds himself rushing around from the office to board meetings, admitting his mind goes on autopilot when getting dressed, often selecting navy suits for the workday and a black blazer with a pocket square for a little flair when the sun goes down. Color is definitely key – Aniles takes inspiration from the bright suits wore by Robert DeNiro in Casino and counts on Salvatore Ferragamo for his favorite pieces. “I love contemporary art and sometimes try to incorporate colors that pop, accessories that stand out, and combinations that may not always seem to go together but that hopefully look OK in the spirit of challenging traditional norms.” One traditional norm you won’t see him breaking is the sandals with socks rule, a combination he says he will never sport. When he’s not dreaming up his next big idea, you can find Aniles hiking, enjoying a meal with friends, or relaxing at a local lounge with an OldFashioned in hand.
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Timothy C. Baodo Wardrobe stylist
Growing up, Timothy C. Baodo moved around the world with his military father until landing in Phoenix, where he’s found his niche as a wardrobe stylist – a job that’s not only his passion but also a craft he considers an art form. While Baodo designs new projects for fashion shows, he also creates looks for his clients (and even their kids) through personal shopping, naming his peers and department stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus as inspiration for building wardrobes. Though Baodo’s most “prized person” is his eight-year-old son, he still loves a great watch, noting that it conveys one’s taste and social status with the ability to serve as a conversational icebreaker. Baodo is also all about fashion that works, noting that his style is very utilitarian – comfortable work shoes, seasonal fabrics, utilizing his pockets, and always having a briefcase or backpack that will hold his laptop while completing his ensemble. A tailored look is also key. “There is nothing more inspiring than a well-tailored suit. It’s like looking at art. From the fine craft of the suit and the colors used to the materials and the detail of the seam to the shoes and finely woven handkerchief, it tells a story.”
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Director of leadership development at Banner Health Kevin Patterson wears many hats: father of two, husband, businessman, and community activist (he’s involved in Equality Arizona and running for Phoenix City Council). Similarly, his style reflects his life – versatile and eclectic. He gravitates toward classic colors (gray, black and blue) but also loves to throw in pops of color, pairing timeless pieces with bright ties and patterned shirts. One of his many pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses often ties his look together. When it comes to fashion, he encourages others to be bold and courageous, adding that a great look can be as inexpensive or expensive as you’d like. And he means it; though Patterson loves Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and ties from Salvatore Ferragamo and Burberry, he believes the right look is often about attitude and how he wears it, and not as much about the brands. To that end, he rocks T-shirts from Urban Outfitters, H&M and Target, which he frequents with his kids. His fashion influences? The happenings of his everyday life. “One moment I’m in dad mode, the next I’m leading work meetings, and then off to a political event. I need to be able to add a blazer or tie, then switch to the rolled sleeves look, all in one day.”
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Smoking a fine cigar has a certain je ne sais quoi about it. The, some say, manly act is more of an art form that anything. While the origin of the cigar still has some surrounding mystery, itâ€™s been said that smoking the tightly rolled fermented tobacco leaf bundles dates back to the Mayans. Anthonyâ€™s Cigar Emporium, with locations open since 1995, serves as a mecca, offering a wide variety of cigars and all of the accessories you need to become an aficionado. 5563 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.265.1165; www.anythonyscigars.com. JUNE 2017 |
The Brunch Buzz
Elly’s Brunch & Café
With Chicago-based favorites such as Lou Malnati’s and Gino’s East making their way to town, it’s only natural that the breakfast crowd follows suit. Enter all-day breakfast joint Elly’s Brunch & Café. Known in the Windy City for its fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies, famous fluffy pancakes and made-to-order comfort foods, the new Uptown Plaza tenant opened its first Arizona locale last month. With nearly 100 dishes on the menu (including both breakfast and lunch options), you can order anything they have on there, anytime. Open 6 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. www.ellysrestaurants.com.
In the few short months since opening, Mora Italian has been the talk of the town. The eatery, opened by Food Network personality and restaurateur chef Scott Conant, serves up elevated Italian cuisine such as pastas, wood-fired pizzas and hearty mains – and now the restaurant is extending its offerings with brunch. The brunch service, taking place each Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., features a live DJ and dishes ranging from savory to sweet. In addition, the bar is serving up some brunch-worthy cocktails to help that French toast go down smoothly. Now that’s amore! www.moraitalian.com.
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Are your taste buds ready for an adventure? Take a self-guided tropical trip with Hula’s Modern Tiki’s new rum flights. On the menu (or shall we say agenda) is 24 of the world’s finest rums. The offerings include familiar names such as Bacardi and Cruzan, as well as boutique distilleries like Flor De Cana, the 127-year-old Nicaraguan producer famed for distilling each rum five times, then aging it in charred, white oak barrels previously used to mature bourbon whiskey. Each flight comes with tastes of three different rums and prices for each flight range from $12$38. www.hulasmoderntiki.com.
Last month, the ever-popular First Friday event, giving residents and visitors alike an opportunity to explore all of the spirit, culture and art that downtown Phoenix has to offer, expanded its horizons. With the expansion to Phoenix Center for the Arts Campus and Moreland Street comes new, exciting things to see and activities to do. Phoenix Center for the Arts, in conjunction with Roosevelt Row and Artlink, debuted its new Beer & Wine Garden. The 21+ space, which also had nearby food trucks to pair with guests’ beverages, gave adults a place to sip in-between their strolls. Phoenix Center for the Arts also offers Date Nite Child Drop-Off every First Friday, with supervised art activities (and pizza) so parents can slip away for a night off. Additional new highlights with the expansion include more vendors, new food trucks, and musical stages. www.artlinkphoenix.com. UPTOWN |
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CORRECTING YOUR RECEDING GUM LINE WILL RESTORE YOUR BEAUTIFUL SMILE!
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Here’s what you need to know: • If the recession is less than 2mm, typically your dentist should closely monitor the tooth. BUT if the tooth is sensitive, un-esthetic, or the root structure is starting to wear away we can quickly and painlessly reposition the receded gum tissue to re-cover the exposed root surface with Pinhole Surgical Technique®. • If the recession is 2mm or more, the supporting bone for the tooth is already resorbing away, and corrective measures should be taken as soon as possible. Continued bone loss can lead to eventual tooth loss. Keeping “small problems small” is a philosophy of ours to maintain optimal overall health of your mouth and body. • Once bone loss occurs, it is impossible to re-grow, and as the gingival tissue recedes, both the supporting hard (bone) and soft (gingival) tissues are being lost that are vital to your Periodontal Health. Pinhole Surgical Technique® is a simple, quick, and effective treatment option for solving gingival recession problems. Dr Svans has been treating gingival recession using Pinhole Surgical Technique® since 2014 and has appeared on Channels 3 and 15 as an expert guest for Pinhole Surgical Technique®. He has treated over 1,000 teeth with this procedure, and is highly experienced in both the procedure, its outcome, and helping you maintain optimal gingival health by controlling the factors that lead to Gingival Recession in the first place.
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The Music of Paul McCartney
8th Annual Bite Nite
June 2-3, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Led by actor, singer and recording artist Tony Kishman, experience the greatest hits of “Yesterday” performed by a four-piece band alongside The Phoenix Symphony. The Music of Paul McCartney features hit songs from the Beatles archive and McCartney’s solo works. Enjoy classics, including Hey Jude, Penny Lane, Live and Let Die, Let It Be, and many more. Individual tickets, $25-$109. www. phoenixsymphony.org.
June 3, 6 p.m. Combine signature dishes from top chefs across the Valley with fundraising and you have ALS Bite Nite. Held at The Westin Kierland Resport & Spa, Bite Nite attendees will experience delicious dishes while sipping craft cocktails and enjoying live entertainment. This year’s event will feature exclusive mystery boxes, a silent auction, a live auction and much more. Bite Nite raises funds and awareness for ALS Association Arizona Chapter. Individual tickets, $150. www.bitenite.org.
An Evening with Patricia Sannit: Contemporary Forum Awards Presentation & Art Exhibit
14th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards
June 7, 6:30 p.m. Join local artist and the 2016 Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award Recipient, Patricia Sannit, for an evening dedicated to the arts. Sannit will announce the 2017 Contemporary Forum Artists Grants recipients and Arlene Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award recipient. Following the ceremony, guests are invited view the art exhibition featuring the remarkable contemporary works created by the 2016 titleholders at Phoenix Art Museum. Free. www.phxart.org.
June 9, 10:30 a.m. March of Dimes cordially invites you to the 14th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards, an elegant event that recognizes extraordinary nurses throughout the Valley. Held at The Phoenician Resort, guests will celebrate champions in the profession of nursing while also raising awareness to support March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of babies. Last year’s event raised $125,000 to support March of Dimesfunded research and education programs. Cheers to all the nurses that make a difference in the lives of so many — we salute you not only today, but every day. Individual tickets, $175. www.nurseoftheyear.marchofdimes.org.
BAG IT: The Best is Yet to Come!
Lasers and Liquor Nights Summer Scaries
June 11, 4 p.m. Start your summer with a night on the town at Hotel Valley Ho. Lady Luck might be on your side for this evening of sips and nibbles, casino tables with BAG IT Bucks, rat pack genre music, and a silent auction. Try your hand at the Wheel of Wonder, where you can pay to spin and win an exciting prize. The event benefits BAG IT and assists over 3,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families in Maricopa County each year. Individual tickets, $77.77. www.bagit4u.org.
GREAT EVENTS TO ATTEND THIS MONTH! BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE
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June 30, 8 & 9:30 p.m. Arizona Science Center invites you to sit back, relax, and — mostly importantly — rock out! Laser and Liquor Nights Summer Scaries lights up the center’s Dome, where cult classic songs by Pink Floyd, Metallic, Nirvana, and the likes are synchronized to a multicolored laser light show. Come 45 minutes before the show for a spread of snacks, cocktails, and other refreshments. Individual tickets, $10 per show. www.azscience.org.
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Garden Flashlight Tours Thursdays & Saturdays, Desert Botanical Garden
MEET ME DOWNTOWN RUN Mondays, The Park Meeting at the park for weekly social run might seem a bit old fashioned, but why not go back to our roots? This all-ages event gives community members the opportunity to meet and greet in Downtown Phoenix. The social walk/ run focuses on engaging individuals and businesses, while showcasing Phoenix as a prime location for healthy activities. Enjoy street food and a beer garden to refresh after engaging to make this run extra fun. 5:15 p.m. Free. www. meetmedowntownphx.com. FIFTH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S ART EXHIBIT June 2-July 30, Herberger Gallery@Arizona Center Featuring artists ages 2-5, this exhbit, Celebrate, highlights the importance of early learning. In collaboration with First Things First, a local nonprofit organization that is committed to supporting the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s young children from birth to age 5, the exhibit will kick off with a free, family-friendly opening reception on First Friday, June 2, and visitors can view it through July 30 during regular business hours. Entries are submitted by children from preschools and child care centers participating in Quality First, a signature program of First Things First, that partners with providers to improve the quality
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As the temperatures get hotter each day, it gets more and more difficult to spend time in the beautiful outdoors that the Valley has to offer. Post-sunset, once temperatures subside a bit, provides a new opportunity to step out of the air conditioning. Experience the desert night in a self-paced stroll through the Botanical Garden. This activity, perfect for all ages, allows you to hear, see and feel the night come alive. Bring your own flashlight or purchase one at the Garden Shop. 7 p.m. Included with membership or single day entry ($12.95-$24.95). www.dbg.org
of early learning across Arizona. Free. Times vary. www.herbergertheater.org. MUSIC IN THE GARDEN SPRING CONCERT SERIES June 2-23, Desert Botanical Garden Music gets a stunning backdrop in this series, set at the Ullman Terrace Stage at Desert Botanical Garden. Weekly live performances run the gamete of soft rock, Latin fusion and dueling pianos. Shows sell out quickly, so get your tickets ahead of time. Must be 21 or older. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25, members; $30, GA. www.dbg.org. This month’s performers: June 2, William Eaton & Friends World and desert-inspired contemporary June 9, Sahnas Brothers Band Spanish and Mediterranean guitar fusion June 16, Robby Roberson Band Soft rock, Americana June 23, Wes Ringel, Scott Dunlap and AZ Dueling Rock, Top 40 from the ’50s to today FREE TO LAUGH: LAUGH TO FREE June 3, Orpheum Theatre Funny man Carlos Oscar returns with hilarious thoughts on pop culture, relationships and life. The stand-up comedian (who has been UPTOWN |
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featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, HBO and has had performances on Comedy Central) is partnering with Broadway illusionist, Adam Trent, for an unforgettable show. All ticket proceeds from this event will benefit local first responder organizations, including the Phoenix Police Vice Enforcement Unit and the Scottsdale Police Special Victims Unit. Giving back never felt so funny. 7 p.m. $20$50. www.orpheumtheatrephx.com. 11TH ANNUAL BLOOMSDAY BEER FEST June 6, Irish Cultural Center Take a trip to Ireland without having to the leave the Valley. Derived from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, Bloomsday celebrates all things Irish. Experience the taste, culture and music of Ireland, with readings of Ulysses throughout the evening. Beer tastings, wine and spirits, as well as food will be available for purchase. 6:30 p.m. Free. www.azirish.org. DESOTO TEAM TRIVIA June 6-27, Desoto Central Market Ready to assemble your A-team? Phoenix’s best and brightest gather every Tuesday to answer some of the trickiest trivia. Hosted by Michael and Willie, triviagoers’ knowledge across several different categories will be put to the test. Expect drink specials, hilarious
do puns and questions that will stump even the savviest pop culture titan. Are you ready for the challenge? 8-9:30 p.m. Free. www.desotocentralmarket.com. BOSTON: HYPER SPACE TOUR June 8, Comerica Theatre America’s favorite rock band comes to the Valley for one night, drawing from both its classic hits and the band’s most recent studio efforts. Boston’s 2013 album, Live, Love & Hope, catapulted the artists back into the Top 40 and attendees will get to sing along with the newest chart toppers. Also joining Boston on stage is Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, featuring instrumental and production work from Foo Fighters frontman David Grohl. Don’t miss this must-see musical performance by true rock legends. 7:30 p.m. $39.50. www.comericatheatre.com. THE WIZARD OF OZ THE MUSICAL June 9-25, Herberger Theater Center We’re off to see the Wizard! Be transported by the story of Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they land in the mysterious world of OZ and try to get back home to Kansas. Dorothy must travel to Emerald City where a great wizard lives, and meets some funny friends along the way while simultaneously trying to escape a wicked witch. Put on by Valley Youth Theatre, this lively musical features music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, along with a talented team of vocalists that truly bring the story alive. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. show times. $16.50- $34.50 www. herbergertheatre.com. AC2: AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH ANDERSON COOPER & ANDY COHEN June 9, Comerica Theatre Lifelong friends Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen blend politics and pop culture in this riveting tour subtitled, Deep Talk and Shallow Tales. Watch one-on-one interviews, behindthe-scenes videos, and engage in the highly anticipated audience Q&A session. While the the two AC-initialed TV hosts may be from different fields, they find common ground in current events, pop culture, politics, and much more. 8 p.m. $58-$330. www.livenation.com. JULIANNE AND DEREK HOUGH: MOVE– BEYOND–LIVE ON TOUR June 10, Comerica Theatre Dancing siblings Julianne and Derek Hough take to the stage for a self-choreographed show inspired by earth, wind, fire and water. These longtime Dancing with the Stars favorites (who have multiple Emmy Awards and mirror ball trophies between them) will be sure to impress with a dizzying array of moves, accompanied by a light and sound show. The pair is joined by the Move Company Dancers for group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop, and everything in between for a show that is sure to move you. 7:30 p.m. $38.50-$65 www.comericatheatre.com. MIGHTY MUD MANIA June 10, Chaparral Park Slip, fall and slide into this muddy event. The day will offering obstacle courses for people of
Prowl & Play| Kids Street Fest June 10, Phoenix Zoo
This kid’s street festival will leave you howling at the moon. A fun evening for parents and kids alike, the night will feature local musicians, artists, dancers, street performers, a roaming magician and more. Don’t miss the animal art show, sidewalk chalk, black light graffiti room, DJ dance party and animal discoveries. Kids can also cool off with the waterslides, Slip ‘N Slides, water areas, splash zone and water targets and squirt gun art area. Get ready to roar and explore during this epic evening of fun! 5:30-8:30 p.m. $6-$8. www.phoenixzoo.org.
all ages and athletic ability. Not into the whole obstacle course thing? The event will also have inflatable water slides and activities, Mudville “town,” open play mud fits, food vendors and a sponsor area. For the first time ever, fast passes will be available for both the original and extreme courses. 7:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Kids under 17 are free and extreme adult course is $10. www.scottsdaleaz.gov/mighty-mud-mania. ARIZONA BRIDAL SHOW June 11, Phoenix Convention Center Whether you’re getting ready to say “I do” or helping your bestie plan her nuptials, don’t miss Arizona’s biggest bridal show. With 450 of the top wedding vendors all in one place, you’ll have everything you need to help you plan out your big day. Find the perfect venue, choose a photographer and interview top Valley DJs, or plan that destination wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Don’t miss the wedding dress raffle and over $100,000 in prize giveaways. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $12 for two entries. www.arizonabridalshow.com. GLOBAL HUNGER RELIEF RUN June 14, Steele Indian School Park Join Phoenicians from across the Valley as they run to combat global hunger. This is a JUNE 2017 |
first-class racing experience for 5K runners, complete with professional timing equipment and bibs, as well as a family-oriented, onemile Fun Run. Runners will meet in front of the Phoenix Convention Center at 6 a.m. to take a short ride by motor coach to the park, where the race will begin. Upon completion, snacks will be provided and the racers will receive a ride back to the convention center. All registration fees will go directly Global Hunger Relief Fund’s projects around the world to feed the hungry. 6:20 a.m. $25. www.globalhungerrelief.com. SCIENCE WITH A TWIST: THIS ANIMATION IS NOT FOR KIDS June 16, Arizona Science Center Take a night to relive your childhood in the most adult way. Grab a specialty cocktail inspired by the Warner Bros.’ Roadrunner or a Capri Sunburn – a twisted take on the beloved kid’s drink. Then, relax in comfy lounge chairs and enjoy Get Animated: Animation Academy. Get ready to lose yourself in the world of animation, bringing back memories while making new ones. You’ll quickly figure out why they call it Science with A TWIST. 8:30 p.m. $11.95 per person www. azscience.org/sciencewithatwist.
A TASTE OF THE TOWN
Sip, sample sweets & shop BY GABBY RICHMAN
If You Go...
WHAT: Sips & Sweets WHEN: June 17, 3 p.m. WHERE: Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N. 3rd St., Phoenix TICKETS: General admission, $25; VIP, $40 INFORMATION: www.sipsandsweetsphx.com
ttention all sweet scholars and cocktail connoisseurs! Phoenix New Times is at it again with the return of Sips & Sweets. The food and drink event will begin with a VIP hour at 2 p.m., with the general admission doors opening at 3 p.m. With over 20 of the city’s top dessert makers offering samples, the afternoon event, which ends at 6 p.m., will definitely be the cure to your sweet tooth. Some of the participating pastry chefs and candy makers inclide sweets from Lindsey Magee of Ollie Vaughn’s; Cassie and Marlene Tolman of Pomegranate Café; Jim & Maureen Elitzak of Zak's Chocolates; Brad and Kat Moore of Rollover Doughnuts; and Dana Curley of The Great Australian Bakery, just to name a few.
Additionally, the event wouldn’t be Sips & Sweets without the sips. Ten of Phoenix’s most respected mixologists will be in attendance to tantalize your taste buds with their alcoholic creations. Some include Anthony Escalante of Dust Cutter; Brian Belvins of Artizen Crafted American Kitchen & Bar; Matt Minsky of Hula’s Modern Tiki; and Rachel Dugan of Desoto Central Market, with many more to be announced closer to the event. What’s not in the event title could quite possibly one of the most exciting parts of the day – the handcrafted vendor village. Here, an artisanal market of craftspeople will sell their latest work so guests can shop for handmade goods. General admission includes unlimited UPTOWN |
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sweets samples, up to 10 tastes of cocktails, beer and wine, and access to the vendor village. VIP tickets include all of the same perks as general admission, but they get early access (by one hour) and receive a special gift bag. A portion of this year's event proceeds will benefit Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). C-CAP is a national nonprofit that transforms the lives of disadvantaged youth through the culinary arts and prepares them for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Since being founded in 1990 by Richard Grausman, renowned cookbook author and culinary educator, C-CAP has awarded over $50 million in scholarships, provided job training and internships, college and lifetime career support, teacher training and product and equipment donations to classrooms.
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out Dragoon Brewing Company – Tucson Though founder Bruce Greene brewed his first batch of beer in his kitchen in the mid1990s, it wasn’t until he brought on his son, Eric – who graduated from the Beer Judge Certification Program and studied at the American Brewer’s Guild – that Dragoon became a reality. In 2012, the Greenes, along with fellow homebrewer Tristan White, founded Dragoon, a self-distributing, draftonly brewery featuring just two beers. Within five years, Dragoon has grown to 30 different beer varieties, and its IPA is a recent recipient of Food & Wine magazine’s “best IPAs in America.” 1859 W. Grant Road, Tucson; 520.329.3606; www.dragoonbrewing.com.
BREW TO DO
Four places in Arizona where its hip for hops
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
eer in Arizona is now a $1 billion industry, with more than 100 breweries statewide, and many popping up in just the past five years. Beyond the local favorites, there are some amazingly innovative beer makers in Arizona to consider visiting. And if you can’t get to them in person, each brewery has several options available at Total Wine & More and BevMo! as well as select restaurants across the Valley including Gino’s East, Southern Rail, Salty Sow, Taco Guild, Market Street Kitchen, Tommy Bahama and Carlos O’Brien’s, among others.
Mother Road Brewing Co. – Flagstaff The “Mother Road” was the moniker given to U.S. Highway 66 by Grapes of Wrath author John Steinbeck, as he shared the fictional story of a family who traveled the road in hopes of finding new beginnings. Mother Road Brewing Co. now resides along a portion of this storied road in Flagstaff, standing in homage to the lost highway as well as a symbol of owners Michael and Alissa Marquess’ journey to find their new beginning in the world of craft beer. Their recent success propelled them to open an 8,000-square-foot tasting room in mid-2016, and they expect to produce more than 20,000 barrels this year. 7 S. Mikes Pike St., Flagstaff; 928.774.9139; www.motherroadbeer.com. Oak Creek Brewery – Sedona The Kraus family, who learned how to brew beer in Germany, came to Sedona in 1993 with one dream: to open the area’s first-ever brewery. Opened in 1995, Oak Creek is not only the first brewery in the area, but also Sedona’s only microbrewery. The brewery has garnered national acclaim since 2001, when its amber ale was awarded the Silver Medal by the North American Brewers’ Association, and its nut brown is among Arizonans’ favorite local brews. With the Red Rock mountains as a backdrop, the brewhouse is a top tourist destination for visitors from across the globe as well. 2050 Yavapai Drive, Sedona; 928.204.1300; www.oakcreekbrew.com. Prescott Brewing Company – Prescott As the oldest continuously running brewery in Arizona, Prescott Brewing Company was founded in 1994 and has made a name for itself across the globe, garnering 32 national and international medals and awards for excellence in brewing, including at the North American Brewers Association National Competition, the Great American Beer Festival and the International World Beer Cup. In 2011, the brewery built a new off-site production plant to keep up with consumer demand, and then expanded again in 2015 to offer a slew of new canned beer options across the region. 130 W. Gurley St., Prescott; 928.771.2795; www.prescottbrewingcompany.com.
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out Bondurant Racing School Bondurant’s menu of High Performance Driving courses enables the everyday driver to hone and sharpen their road skills. Its signature High Performance Driving course, for which gift certificates are available, combines advanced street-driving skills with car-control techniques refined through years on the racetrack. Behind the wheel of a 485-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT 392, guests will cover autocross, slalom, and accident avoidance, along with plenty of track time on the 1.6-mile Bondurant Road Course. www.bondurant.com.
MENTERTAINMENT Fun for the boys
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
ooking to score big with your dad this Father’s Day? Or maybe you’d like to plan a date with your guy in mind. Try one of these guy-tested and dad-approved attractions for a different kind of fun – with a side of thrill.
iFLY With iFLY, people can experience the sensation of skydiving in a safe, comfortable and fun environment – without having to jump out of an airplane. The indoor skydiving facility is a marvel of engineering that replicates the sensation of freefall, creating conditions that allow people to fly on a smooth cushion of air. With the help of iFLY-certified flight instructors, you can learn to fly, control your body in the air and experience true human flight. To prepare for the flight experience, you’ll complete a training class guided by one of iFLY’s flight and safety instructors. All flight packages include training, flight gear and flight time with a certified instructor. www.iflyworld.com. Octane Raceway At Octane Raceway, you can man electric karts that reach speeds of up to 45 mph on an indoor-outdoor track. When you’re not racing, there’s a full-service bar and grill, an arcade, mini bowling, and an outdoor patio with lawn games. A bonus: Brand-new this year is a virtual reality gaming arena called Velocity VR, which is the first free-roam, multi-player virtual reality arena to open in the Western U.S. The permanent attraction has no physical walls or obstacles within the play area, meaning players have complete maneuverability to walk, explore and fight their way through virtual terrains. www.octaneraceway.com. Topgolf At Topgolf, the driving range meets darts meets the best indoor-outdoor bar in town. And while the technology is top secret, Topgolf itself is very easy to understand, and there’s no pencil and paper needed to keep score in this game! From each climatecontrolled bay, you hit a golf ball containing a personalized microchip into one of 11 targets ranging from 20 to 240 yards away. The targets have readers that detect the microchip in your golf ball, then the reader computes your score based on the accuracy and distance of the shot, sending the score to your bay screen. Each bay also has its own server, offering up an impressive beer, wine and cocktail list as well as elevated gastropub fare. www.topgolf.com.
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WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A CHEF? When I was 19 years old. I was tired of the small city living in New Mexico but I didn't want to go attend a university. I saw an infomercial around 3 a.m. featuring Scottsdale Culinary Institute. I'm really happy it put me on the road to working in this industry and has allowed me to meet such great people.
In the kitchen with Andrew Peña, chef at Casa Añejo Tacos and Tequila BY GABBY RICHMAN
TO YOU, FOOD IS… A way to connect with people. It’s a universal way to enjoy each other's company and something to put in front of your loved ones to make them happy. It’s also an expression of myself, the places I’ve been and things I’ve been through in my life.
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THE ONE INGREDIENT YOU PROBABLY USE MOST IS… Bacon fat. IF YOU WEREN’T A CHEF, YOU’D PROBABLY BE… Working with animals in some way, in a setting where they're healthy and happy. Maybe a tiger whisperer! WHEN YOU’RE NOT COOKING, WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU? At home. I like to garden, and I have some pretty great dogs and they mean the world to me. Spending time with my girlfriend as well – She's the best. WHAT FOOD IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? Totino’s Party Pizzas. They got me through culinary school at a dollar a piece. FAVORITE FOOD MEMORY: Walking with my older sister Amy to our favorite restaurant in my hometown of Alamogordo, New Mexico. It's called Si Senor. We went every single day one summer while my pops was fighting forest fires in Alaska. Their hatch green chile enchiladas (as hot as they can make them) are my favorite Mexican food. WHAT IS ONE COOKING TIP YOU CAN SHARE? Stick to the basics for seasoning. Try not to go overboard. Use salt and balance with your acidity. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE CASA AÑEJO MENU: The menu is full of classic [Mexican] dishes. We put a slight spin on a few things, but I wanted to be as traditional as possible on some. Casa Añejo, 5602 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.588.2908; www.casaanejo.com.
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WINDSOR’S #63 Bring on the bourbon BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS
or some, it’s all about that bass. But when it comes to Windsor’s #63 cocktail ($10.50), it’s all about that bourbon. “From day one, our drink program has centered on paying homage to classic cocktails of the Prohibition era and shining a light on the spirits as the stars of each cocktail above all else,” explains Brent Karlicek, beverage director of Upward Projects, the parent company of Windsor. “The #63 is our version of the Brown Derby, made famous in the 1930s.” The Brown Derby is itself a play on a De Rigueur, which made its debut in the 1920s and featured whiskey, grapefruit and honey. “Los Angeles hotspot Vendome Club started playing with the recipe, eventually swapping out the whiskey for bourbon.” Like Vendome, Windsor uses bourbon, opting for Buffalo Trace’s McAfee’s Benchmark for its sturdy palate and oaky, even finish. “It stands up to the ripeness of the freshly squeezed pink grapefruit and sweet silkiness of the local honey,” Karlicek says. Both elements are added to the bourbon in a mixing glass with ice and shaken. The cocktail is strained into a coupe glass and finished with a squeeze of the grapefruit peel on top. The result is sweet, spicy and smooth going down. 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.1111; www.windsoraz.com.
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dwell Golden arc floor lamp, $129 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987.
Sunburst-inspired natural wall mirror, Bassett Mirror Company, $394 at Overstock, www. overstock.com.
Diagonal color field pillow cover, $39 at west elm, 480.948.1950.
Accessorize your digs with these manly must-haves BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID
Metal table orbs, Studio 350, $32.99 (set of three) at Overstock.
Tan leather chair, Bernhardt, $1,499 at Horchow, www. horchow.com.
Graphite lunar print area rug, Kaleen, $1,589 at Bed Bath & Beyond (online only), www.bedbathandbeyond.com.
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Vintage Electric’s Outlaw Tracker is a lean, mean road machine in collaboration with Emory Motorsports. This limited-edition bike ensures that you’ll ride in style, with telltale signs of Emory influence: The body is painted in one of Rod Emory’s most distinguished colors (Carrera Silver) and the bucket headlight takes after the roadster’s namesake. But, of course, it’s not just about curb appeal. This powerhouse pedaler is outfitted with Schwalbe Fat Frank tires, Shimano Alfine hydraulic disc brakes, and the suspension fork’s design offers a smooth ride with maximum performance (36 mph in race mode). $6,995 at www.vintageelectricbikes.com. JUNE 2017 |
Because every guy needs a place to put his gear BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID
(Clockwise from top) Mahogany leather messenger, $199 at L.L.Bean, www.llbean.com. Gray backpack with leather trim, Tumi, $495 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Dark brown leather duffel, Shinola, $1,295 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Harness briefcase, Coach, $495 at Zappos, www.zappos.com. Sport duffel, Adidas, $65 at Dickâ€™s Sporting Goods, 480.240.4409. UPTOWN |
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Functional fashion for the modern man
BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID
(Clockwise from top) Enamel check squares, Burberry, $190 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Reproduced vintage mechanical watch gears, Cufflinks, Inc., $160 at Neiman Marcus. Black druzy stones, Tateossian, $495 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. American flags, Cufflinks, Inc., $55 at Zappos, www.zappos.com. Sterling silver baseball gloves, Cufflinks, Inc., $220 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Gold-plated with ropes, Miansai, $105 at Zappos. JUNE 2017 |
allure The Bearded Bastard Woodsman Beard Balm Flyaway whiskers are not welcome here! A well-manicured beard symbolizes sophistication and style, and with this balm at your disposal, you’ll be ahead of the game. It consists all of the nourishing oils found in beard oil (think argan, safflower, coconut and more!), in addition to additives such as natural beeswax, cocoa butter and lanolin to provide longer-lasting control. Not only will this product cause major beard envy, but it will also repel dandruff in the process. $24 at V’s Barbershop, 480.991.2300.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Beard maintenance for the manly mane BY LACI LEIGH STILWELL
et’s face it, growing a beard has become the “it” men’s trend in recent years. Those who are truly dedicated to the facial craft know that the key to a well-kept and stylish beard is daily grooming and conditioning. Whether you already have fully grown facial hair or you’re setting out on a journey to advance past the stubbly five o’clock shadow, these manly essentials will brighten your beard care experience. Learn some new grooming secrets, or upgrade your drawer of beard maintenance products with these crucially chic (yet still very macho) creations.
Tom Ford Beard Comb Behind every great beard is a thorough comb. Handcrafted in Switzerland, this mane tamer leaves no hairs behind, working diligently to ensure a polished beard while lessening damage and irritation to facial hair. Partnered with oil, it should be used to evenly distribute products on the entire beard, softening and detangling each strand, allowing for a gentler grooming experience. This easy-glide comb is manufactured for durability and sized for portability, making it simple to travel in style. $35 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Kiehl’s Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil Beard oil is truly the trick of the trade for achieving that heroic facial hair. Orchestrated with an earthy blend of sandalwood, cedarwood and eucalyptus essential oils, this grooming oil provides a crisp, aromatic experience. The chief ingredient is pracaxi oil, which soothes the skin and softens your hair, bringing life back to your beard. For extra oomph, pair with a balm to seal in the oil, making the hair more comfortable and touchable. Keep your scruff looking sharp and rid yourself of that dreaded itch! $27 at Kiehl’s, 480.994.1039. Molton Brown Moisture-rich Aloe & Karité Ultrabar You should wash your beard like you wash your body – and lucky for you, the Ultrabar does both! This versatile soap bar cleans the face and beard while providing a generous lather for the ultimate close shave. With a woodsy scent, the soap is packed with karité butter and aloe vera to aid in soothing and conditioning the skin. Tackle your skin care and facial hair woes, washing away the grit, grime and grease on your mug. $22 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Acqua Di Parma Shaving Cream Jar This old-school Italian, ultra-luxe shaving cream has made its way to America’s musthave lists as a classic cream that combines the heritage of artisan craftsmanship with the mastered skill set of Italian barbers. When mixed with hot water and a shaving brush, this cushiony complex transitions into a deluxe and slick foam that lathers ever so perfectly onto your skin. With hyaluronic acid and eudermic oils as the main components, dryness and irritation will be a thing of the past. $80 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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and picture-perfect finishes are balanced by a familiar, homey feel that makes you want to move in tomorrow. The style that is displayed on the outside of the home carries inside, mixing the past and present of architecture and design. Each room tells its own story, equipped with various architectural elements that makes it distinctive in its own right. Some standouts include thick moldings, wood accents, uniquely shaped windows, ceiling beams, lighting fixtures, mixed media fireplaces and pops of Chicago brick.
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Especially noteworthy is the master retreat. The oversized, custom-designed closet, breathtaking bathroom (including a stand-alone soaker tub), and porchstyle sitting room are all enhanced with unmatched views of Camelback Mountain. Additional highlights of the approximately 7,667-square-foot space include a loft area, butlerâ€™s pantry, chic laundry room and four car garage. The backyard includes an extensive patio, greenery, built-in barbeque and pool and spa. 5934 E. Calle Del Norte, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Listed for $3,695,950 with Shawna Warner and The Team at Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty, 602.743.7006 or email@example.com.
lthough built in 2016, this newer estate exudes a seemingly timeless vibe full of history and culture. Upon arriving at the Chicago brick-adorned home, youâ€™ll be greeted with a grand entrance. First impressions include two stories, lush greenery, and combination of Old World charm meets modern influences. Taking inspiration from homes found in other places of the world, the newly built twostory abode almost feels like it has been there for years; evolving over time with unique touches from past generations. The interior design and architecture of the six-bedroom, 6 1/2-bathroom home is a bright, cheery space that boasts natural light everywhere you turn. The pristine look of the clean lines, light-colored paint JUNE 2017 |
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Daytona International Speedway PHOTO COURTESY OF VISIT INDIANAPOLIS
NEED FOR SPEED
Get your kicks at four raceways with exclusive up-close experiences BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM
t’s time to recharge those batteries and get away. There’s something about the racing world that holds a unique fascination. While NASCAR might have its origins in the Prohibition era with moonshiners outrunning the law, today it is more about technology. Now that some of the best speedways in the country give you a chance to take your own turn behind the wheel, there’s no excuse not to get your own high-speed fix.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Florida, is a great place to fill your need for speed. Daytona traces its racing history back to the early 1900s when some of the racing legends began revving their engines and hitting the sand down the picturesque white beaches. Today, you can enjoy racing at Daytona International Speedway, home of the world-famous Daytona 500. Even UPTOWN |
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when there’s not a NASCAR race in town, there’s plenty to keep you busy, starting with a VIP tour. On this, you’ll experience the dizzying 31-degree banks of the track, snap a photo in Gatorade Victory Lane, and finish it off with a visit to the refurbished Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. For an exclusive, behind-the-wheel
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whip around the track. Also available are narrated 60- and 90-minute tours of the speedway, complete with photos at Victory Podium and a visit to Gasoline Alley. www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com. As an added bonus, be sure to visit the Dallara IndyCar Factory, where you can go behind the scenes to see how IndyCars are made, sit behind the wheel of an IndyCar in a racing simulator, or take to the streets in one of the street-legal twoseaters. www.indycarfactory.com.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
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Charlotte Motor Speedway
encounter, book the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Options include a drive-along or go for the Experience of a Lifetime, offering three eight-lap driving segments with a chance to take the wheel and get on the track, complete with feedback from a pit road instructor and on-track driving instruction. There are Richard Petty Driving Experiences at several racetracks around the country, including those listed below. www.drivepetty.com.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Perhaps the most famous of the racing greats, the Indianapolis 500 takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or The Brickyard, every May in front of
300,000 roaring spectators, making it the world’s largest single-day sporting event. In fact, the speedway – dubbed The Racing Capital of the World – is so large that you could fit Vatican City, the Colosseum, the Wimbledon campus, Rose Bowl Stadium, Yankee Stadium and the Kentucky Derby racetrack inside it! How memorable would it be to find yourself in Indy where, for more than a century, crowds have heard the famous words, “Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines?” Even if you aren’t in Indy for a race, take the Indy Racing Experience driving program and learn what it’s like to drive a Verizon IndyCar Series vehicle as a passenger, feeling the G-force as you JUNE 2017 |
Charlotte Motor Speedway is located 45 minutes north of the city in Concord, North Carolina, or Speed City USA. Built in 1960, the speedway hosts NASCAR races every May and October. Throughout the summer months, the 140,000-seat facility presents the Summer Shootout series featuring Legend Car, Bandolero, and Thunder Roadster racing. The oval isn’t the only thing at Charlotte, though. The zMAX Dragway is the world’s only four-lane, all-concrete drag strip while The Dirt Track – made of clay – is used for off-roading events, including the Monster Truck series. There are a variety of tours at Charlotte Motor Speedway. During race week, opt for the Laps and Taps Tour, which features laps around the speedway and behind-thescenes tours of local breweries. The speedway and surrounding Cabarrus County is home to some of the top NASCAR race shops, including the famous Hendrick Motorsports (www.hendrickmotorsports.com), which includes drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson. Visits to the shops are a must-do while in Cabarrus County. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Kansas Speedway The Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, is a 1.5-mile track with 17- to 20-degree turns. There is also a new six-turn road course that twists through the infield, which hosts Grand-Am road racing teams. See the races in luxury by reserving a VIP suite with panoramic views of the entire track. Each suite includes guided prerace garage and pit tours, preferred parking, and closed-circuit television coverage of the race. www.kansasspeedway.com.
THE GIFT OF A GETAWAY Set your sights on a luxury fly fishing experience in New Mexico BY CHELSEA YOUNG
here’s nothing quite like the gift of adventure, especially for the man – and outdoor enthusiast – in your life. This summer, the Brazos River Lodge (in Brazos, New Mexico) is launching a new, all-inclusive fly fishing getaway package for groups of up to six guests. As one of New Mexico’s most exclusive luxury fishing and hunting ranches, Brazos River Lodge is located within the Carson National Forest and Cruces Basin Wilderness, just eight miles south of the Colorado border. This private Southwestern hideaway delivers the ultimate outdoorsman’s experience while retaining a luxury feel at the upscale mountain lodge. Days are spent among the nearly 5,000 acres of uninhabited wilderness (of which guests have private access), filled with wildflower-rich meadows; a four-mile stretch of the legendary Brazos River; a resident elk herd; two lakes; and forests of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, blue
spruce, oak, conifer and aspens. Elevation ranges from 8,000 to 10,000 feet, offering a welcome reprieve from the Arizona heat. Fly fishing guides supply all of the equipment and gear to lead private catchand-release fishing adventures through the river’s headwaters. As one of the few fishing streams on private land and controlled by private ownership, the Brazos
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River is known for producing trouts including brook, rainbow, cutbow, German brown and cutthroat. From first-timers to experienced anglers, excursions are tailored to each guest’s skill level. After a day of exploration, guests retreat back to the upscale, six-bedroom mountain lodge tucked within the ranch’s sprawling wilderness. A stay at the lodge includes a private, on-site chef who prepares gourmet meals each day using local and indigenous ingredients. Guests visiting Brazos River Lodge can fly commercially into the Albuquerque International Sunport, just over a threehour drive, or via private aviation into Taos Regional Airport, a two-hour drive. The fly fishing getaway package is available June 15 to Aug. 15 and is $6,000 per day for a group of six guests (weekends only); special set-up is available for corporate and team-building retreats. For reservations and more information, visit www.brazosriverlodge.com.
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hough Western influences abound in the Valley, it’s been a long time since pistols have been drawn on a dusty trail outside the saloon. The focus is geared more toward Southwest sophistication, with the area’s high-class luxury resorts and five-star dining. But make no mistake, the Old West is alive and thriving. While you’ll find no shortage of Bentleys, Porsches and Ferraris around town, at the Arabian Horse Show – hosted at WestWorld of Scottsdale earlier this year – the lots were overflowing with heavy-duty trucks. Sumo-sized pickups pulled enormous trailers, looming over mere sedans and sports cars and competing for bragging rights for the biggest, strongest and most capable.
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While Chevrolet, Ram and GMC all offer three-quarter and one-ton pickup trucks, the Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch is the 900-pound gorilla of the bunch. It’s been completely redesigned for 2017 with an all-new aluminum body structure and is available in 44 configurations – including two- or four-wheel drive, single or dual rear wheels, and a wide choice of cabs, bed sizes, trim levels and engine choices. Ford certainly has the market covered, owning the title of bestselling truck for 38 straight years. I drove the top-of-the-line Super Duty King Ranch, powered by a 6.7-liter diesel with 440 horsepower and an unholy 925 pound-feet of torque. The towing capacity of 15,000 pounds is easily enough to tow the largest horse trailer. Inside, the King Ranch is luxurious enough to make Bentley owners jealous. Trimmed in rich, embossed Mesa leather, the saddlery is beyond comfortable. But most impressive are driver-aid enhancements that differentiate the Super Duty from its competitors. Those include 360-degree cameras that give a top-down view and reverse guidance for trailer connecting. A blind-spot information system with a trailer tow provides up to 33 feet of visibility to monitor areas that otherwise may not be visible to the driver. Overall, there is little to dislike about the Super Duty. Perhaps the biggest plus is the absolute fun of driving such a large, capable, luxurious, wickedly gorgeous truck — and the fact that I got to pretend I was a wealthy cowboy for a week, driving a luxury truck in the “West’s Most Western Town.”
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This annual event held at Desert Botanical Garden was chaired by Rebecca Ailes-Fine. Guests enjoyed sunset cocktails, a gourmet dinner, music and dancing under the stars. An auction included distinctive plants, pots, garden art and unique experiences.
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Novella at Arcadia, a new luxury townhome community in Arcadia focusing on contemporary design in a timeless setting, celebrated its opening with a block party celebration. The evening included live music, food trucks, local eats by LGO, Postino and Ingoâ€™s, along with fresh juice, a cocktail bar and entertainment.
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drink Culinary Dropout 3 Bitter Manhattan, $12 A slight twist, but one that makes all the difference in the flavor, this Manhattan is made with traditional ingredients, save for the bar’s housemade Dropout Bitter Trio, a sweet and strong bitters made by the staff. 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.1700; www.culinarydropout.com.
Kelly’s at Southbridge Pike Creek Old Fashioned, $15 Made with Pike Creek Whisky, orange, cherries and Cane Sugar Black Walnut Bitters rather than traditional Angostura Bitters, this cocktail results in a richly nutty yet earthy flavor. 7117 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.393.3205; www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.
enues across the Valley are taking many of men’s most beloved classic cocktails – think Manhattans, the OldFashioned, martinis – and giving them an updated twist for today. Here are some of our favorites to treat yourself (or your man) to this month:
Bar 1936 at Camelback Inn Lady in Red, $12 This specialty martini is made with Palos Alto Blanco Tequila, Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur, lime juice and grenadine. Just like its namesake – a lady in red – it’s extremely hot and spicy, in the best way possible. 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.905.7979; www.camelbackinn.com.
Beckett’s Table Flinn’s Dilemma, $10 Named after a mighty man named Flinn who did things on his own terms, this cocktail is a twist on the classic whisky sour that uses both Jameson and Bushmills together with housemade
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honey lemonade, muddled fresh mint and a sugared rim. 3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.954.1700; www.beckettstable.com.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails La Piraña, $13 This reinterpreted gimlet was inspired by Blue Hound’s instrumentally gifted staff, and it is named a Jack White song. For the cocktail, they use the potent combination of a smokey mescal, a spice-infused gin, Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Poblano Liqueur and lime. It’s finished with a sprig of basil for garnish and added flavor. 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 602.258.0231; www.bluehoundkitchen. com. UPTOWN |
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44 Manhattan, $18 Knob Creek Single Barrel bourbon is combined with Luxardo Liqueur, Liquor 43, Sweet Vermouth, and angostura bitters for a unique take on a classic 5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.271.4400; www.steak44.com.
The Henry Czech The Gate, $12 A truly unique take on the standard whiskey sour, this version uses Redemption Rye Whiskey, and then adds a dizzyingly delicious pear liqueur to the recipe as well as lemon for a fun finish. 4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.429.8020; www.thehenryrestaurant. com.
Torch Cigar Bar Smoked Manhattan, $10 Easily one of the coolest looking takes on a Manhattan visually and aromatically, expect a bourbon-soaked oak flavor and lots of smokiness. And we mean that literally, as they smoke the glass to bring out the nose and flavors, not to mention give guests a show visually. 5450 E. High St., Phoenix; 800.641.8672; www.torchcigarbar.com.
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Holy Smokes! Or in the case of the Hole-in-the-Wall’s St. Louis Pork Ribs ($25.95), holy smoked. After applying a dry rub of brown sugar, cumin, chilies, salt and pepper, Executive Chef Rebecca Tillman slow cooks the ribs four to seven hours in a cast iron smoker that dates back to the 1940s and uses local mesquite wood – some cut right on property – to elicit a distinctly Southwestern flavor without too much spice. Guests can add any of the restaurant’s three homemade barbeque sauces – including a moonshineinfused offering – and three sides, with choices ranging from macaroni and cheese and smoked potato salad to green chile creamed corn, to complete their plate. Located at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.870.1977; www.squawpeakhilton.com. JUNE 2017 |
BINGE-WORTHY BURGERS Take a break from manning the grill with these 13 varieties BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
here is nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a big, juicy burger. From Angus beef to Kobe to bison (not to mention those topped with everything from pastrami to pimento), the varieties of between-bun eats are endless. Indulge in these 13 favorites, no spatula necessary.
with a layer of pepper jack cheese and a smear of jalapeno mayo all between a crisp ramen “bun” made from sesame soy and sriracha soba noodles. Info: 1 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 602.340.1924; www.bitterandtwisted.com.
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Dish: Pastrami Burger, $15 About: This half-pound burger is topped with sliced pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and coleslaw. Info: 5625 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.354.8093; www.coldbeers.com.
Dish: The Aioli Burger, $8 About: An American Kobe beef patty is loaded with aged sharp cheddar, Smoked Applewood Bacon-onion jam, vineripened tomato and roasted garlic aioli. Info: 10652 N. 32nd St., Phoenix; 602.971.5555; www.aioliburger.com.
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour Dish: Ramen “Momo” Burger, $13 About: Prepare for a unique fusion of Asian and American favorites: ramen and burgers. A juicy beef patty is loaded
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FEZ Dish: Tangier Burger, $13.95 About: For a Mediterranean twist, this half-pound Angus burger is topped with hummus spread, herb pesto, oven-dried tomatoes, red onions and manchego cheese on a ciabatta bun. Info: 105 W. Portland St., Phoenix; 602.287.8700; www.fezoncentral.com. UPTOWN |
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Frank & Albert’s Dish: Creekstone Farms Cheeseburger, $20 About: Smoky and delectably juicy, the savory Black Angus beef patty is topped with Wisconsin cheddar cheese, pecanwood-smoked bacon, housemade pickles, bib lettuce and heirloom tomato with the restaurant’s special sauce slathered on toasted buns bookending the mouthwatering meal. Info: Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; 602.954.2518; www.arizonabiltmore.com.
arugula, chipotle, and Biltmore Blondebraised mushrooms. Info: 5813 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.8713; www.centralkitchenaz.com.
Shake Shack Dish: ShackBurger, $5.29 single, $8.09 double About: Choose one or two 100 percent all-natural Angus beef patties that are blanketed in melted cheddar cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, and, of course, a healthy slathering of creamy ShackSauce on a Martin’s Potato Roll. Info: 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.903.3240; www.shakeshack.com.
Southern Rail Dish: The Original Muffaletta Burger, $14 About: This classic American burger takes a Southern twist complete with two cured meats, including shaved mortadella and salami, provolone cheese, and is then topped with tomato, olive salad and creole aioli. Served on a sesame brioche bun. Info: 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.200.0085; www. southernrailaz.com.
Stock & Stable Joe’s Midnight Run Dish: Notorious B.I.G Burger, $14 About: An architectural feat constructed with a thick beef patty cooked to order with cheese and piled high with shredded, braised pork and crisp housemade slaw. Then, bring on the crunch with fried chicharrones stacked high and capped with a toasted bun. Info: 6101 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.459.4467; www.joesmidnightrun. com.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar Dish: Ahi Tuna Burger, $12.50 About: This contemporary take on a burger features a sushi-grade tuna patty topped with sprouts, nori chips, teriyaki, honey wasabi and pickled ginger.
Info: 2033 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.242.2337; www.hopdoddy.com.
Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails Dish: Pimento Cheese Burger, $16 About: Nothing says a true Southern classic better than pimento cheese. As if that doesn’t already sell you, the dish also features the restaurant’s homemade comeback sauce, lettuce and tomato. Info: 5813 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.296.4147; www.okraaz.com.
Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen Dish: BBQ Bison Burger, $15 About: Seven ounces of organic Rocky Mountain bison is crowned with King George Amber BBQ sauce, goat cheese, JUNE 2017 |
Dish: Grilled Cheeseburger About: Sometimes you just need a classic grilled cheeseburger. Stock & Stable’s take features homemade secret sauce, plus provolone cheese, pickles, onions, and lettuce all mounted atop a sesame seed bun. Info: 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001; www.stockandstable.com.
Zinburger Dish: Bruce Lee, $11.50 About: Like its namesake, the flavors of this burger pack a punch! The Angus beef patty is layered with Asian barbeque sauce, rice wine vinaigrette, Sriracha mayo, avocado, jalapeno and Napa cabbage slaw. Info: 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.424.9500; www.zinburgeraz.com.
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The triple threat makes its way to Arcadia BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTOS BY AWE COLLECTIVE
ailing from Denver, Colorado, the one-time Mexican street food truck-turned chef-driven, sit-down neighborhood restaurant, Tacos Tequila Whiskey, opened its doors in Arcadia last month, tapping into the already-booming foodie crowd. “We really wanted to create a place where families could come in on the weekend for brunch and at the same time, that young, foodie couple could stop in for a few drinks before they hang out for the evening, grazing their way through our tacos and cocktails, or hopping around to neighboring bars” explains Tacos Tequila Whiskey owner Kevin Morrison. And as you can tell from the name, it’s clear what the concept of the eatery is, with a menu solely concentrating on tacos with unique twists.
“It’s all about the tacos,” Morrison explains. “We’ve really gone deep into the cuisine of different states in Mexico and given it an update, our own spin.” One unique item you’ll find on the menu is beef tongue and cheek. This adventurous choice also joins a variety of staples, so there is something for every eater. Another menu highlight? “I’m so excited about the lengua we’re doing,” Morrison says. “It’s triple cooked, so we boil it, braise it and then crisp it up. Then we take guajillo chiles, mix in some honey, and make a really nice crema to top it all off.” With an already-lengthy list of accolades, unique ambiance and abundant happy hour offerings, the restaurant’s collection of small-batch tequila and UPTOWN |
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whiskey also leave little to be desired. Bar Manager Gerard Collier took the same approach behind the bar as the chefs did in the kitchen, classic Mexican cocktails with a twist. “Phoenix is the perfect playground for cocktails,” Morrison explains. “You’ve got all these great distillers, just like Colorado, and the produce — melons, citrus, all of it! We’re really trying to use as many local products as possible.” Just like the cocktail and food menu at Tacos Tequila Whiskey, there’s nothing basic about the design of the restaurant. “None of our restaurants are cookie cutter,” Morrison says. “They all feel like Tacos Tequila Whiskey, but they’re all different. And for Arcadia, we have this awesome artist coming in and doing this giant custom mural in the middle of the place. It’ll totally be the focus of the restaurant.” The eatery is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Located at 3950 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.603.9411; www.tacostequilawhiskey.com.