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FOR THE MAJORITY of us, COVID-19 has ground our normal activities to a halt – and along with our social lives, our time in the car has also diminished considerably. Even those of us who are still driving to and from work are finding that we’re spending a lot less of our day on the road. While we’re at home, doing our best to stay safe, thoughts of automotive upkeep are understandably on the back burner, especially since we aren’t driving as much. But we tend to forget that our vehicles still require care, and right now there are many little things that are making them more vulnerable to costly repairs … and even crime. There’s no better time for all of us to get reacquainted with the basics of car ownership, and Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Care Center, has provided some crucial tips to help keep our cars in optimal health while we look after our own. KEEP THE VEHICLE AWAKE, NOT ASLEEP: Vehicles are designed to be driven and running. Parking at the airport for vacation is totally acceptable, but parking it for weeks (or months!) because of quarantine is not ideal. Tires, belts and hoses can dry rot and start cracking; oil and fluids can become acidic and break down, which is detrimental to the engine. Start your vehicle at least twice a week for 8-15 minutes of idle time to make sure the battery remains charged. Try to drive it around the neighborhood for least two

miles once a week to keep all the gears and components lubricated properly. AVOID VIP PARKING: Parking in a shaded area is good, but not when the shade comes from a tree -- dry leaves, pollen, and bird droppings are going to destroy your vehicle’s paint. Make sure to park in a shaded area if you can or at least get a car cover. Make sure to hand wash your vehicle at least once a week and dust it with a car mop/duster twice a week in between washes to help maintain the clear coat. TOP IT OFF: When vehicles sit for a long time, seals and gaskets tend to dry rot and start leaking, and fluids evaporate in warm temperatures. This would be a great time to read that long-forgotten owner’s manual to see the location and type of fluids your vehicle takes. Keep the level full to protect all your engine’s vital components. AIR IT OUT: The glues used for interior plastic and rubber, such as the dashboard and door panels, will secrete tiny fumes of chemicals that can fill your vehicle — and potentially stain the interior of all your windows. Make sure to crack all your windows a finger-width to keep the air flowing. WIPE IT DOWN, PROPERLY: Yes, it’s your vehicle and no one but you and your family uses it. Even so, consider how many things you touch, even during a quick trip to the grocery store. Your steering wheel, shifter, and inner and outer door handles are the

hot spots. Keep it simple and wipe down your vehicle at least twice a week, or when you have been on lots of errands or traveling with rest stops or carpooling. Cleaning solution doesn’t need to be fancy; just make sure it contains isopropyl alcohol, as it’s the safest for nearly every interior surface. This is a good lesson for all of us to make sure we stay clean as part of the new normal. SAFEGUARD YOUR INFORMATION: Automotive crime is up, likely due to more people sheltering in place. Cars that are sitting still and unattended for long periods of time are prime targets for larceny, and most dangerously, identity theft. You most likely keep repair and tire replacement receipts in your glove box that have your full name, address, phone number and email. Take them all out, organize them into a folder, and bring them inside until you’re ready to drive again. Take out that garage door opener as well. Lastly, that easy access sticker that allows you to go in and out of gated communities can be photographed and printed, so you may also want to consider removing it until you’re coming and going regularly again. Our lifestyles have all been adjusted due to COVID-19, and in making those changes, we can’t forget to include our vehicles. That way, when life returns to its usual level of back-and-forth, we can rest assured that our cars will be as healthy as we are.

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Pulse 15 UP CLOSE Chelsea Kunde’s business of building healthy families

18 BEAT Teacher-turned-comedian Paul Diedrich

19 BEAT Alexis Armijo shares her Phoenix palate

20 HIS STYLE Meet Billy Harfosh

21 HER STYLE Meet Kristen Forgione ON THE COVER: Lory Parson, photo by James Patrick, www.jamespatrick.com.

Features 22 MOMPRENEURS Six women balancing motherhood and business ownership 40 FASHION Suit up

Now 29 HOT TICKET Carrie Curran Art Studios’ live virtual art classes

30 LOWDOWN News to know

32 OUT Farm fresh

33 CULTURE Sculptor Kevin Caron

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Contents Taste 52 DRINK Refreshing gins

53 DISH North Italia’s pesto pasta

54 CHEERS High Noon Draw at Barrel & Bushel

55 CUISINE

Style

In the kitchen with Cat Bunnag of Glai Baan

56 FOOD FILES

35 MUST-HAVE

Morning sweets

A trendy timepiece

58 DINING GUIDE

36 ALLURE

Restaurants to know

Candy colors

37 DWELL Get organized

38 SHOP Far-out fashion

39 SHOP Think big

Luxe 47 INDULGE Vanity meets desk

48 WHEELS 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo

49 HAUTE PROPERTY Contemporary cool

50 PLACES Statewide hospitality hot spots

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The Rest 10 TELL Editor’s note


have for some nerve damage that may require a root canal and a larger restoration, like a cap or crown. If ignored, you run the chance of losing the tooth or surrounding jawbone due to infection. Q. How can routine dental exams help detect the early stages of a cavity? Dr. Mike: Cavities are often found during your routine dental exam to prevent you from having extensive problems. X-rays are our early detection resource by allowing us to see between, around, and inside the tooth to look at all the layers of the tooth. X-rays will show us the changes in tooth density or hidden holes, and it helps us determine when a cavity is starting many times before you feel any symptoms.

Cavities Aren’t Just for Kids!

Dr. Michael Smith, DMD, owner of The Biting Edge Family Dentistry As long as you have teeth, you are susceptible to get some type of cavity or tooth breakdown from the acids in the foods and drinks ingested daily. Tooth decay—or cavity—is a breakdown of the outer and inner hard structure of the tooth due to acids made by bacteria in our mouth. These cavities, holes, defects, and soft areas continue to erode until it gets into the nerve causing an infection and/or the tooth breaks. The good news is that cavities can be lessened and even prevented by doing a few simple things. Dr. Michael Smith, DMD, the owner of The Biting Edge Family Dentistry, is here to help.

cavities.” These breakdowns are in hard to reach areas that harbor more plaque, dissolving the hard tooth structures and leading to cavities or holes between your teeth. Since these areas trap more bacteria, they can progress faster unnoticed and become more sensitive from the sugars you eat like in sweets.

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Q. It is just a small cavity; it doesn’t hurt. Why get it fixed? Dr. Mike: The earlier a cavity can be fixed, the least amount of tooth structure you lose. Not to mention: the smaller the fix, the less expensive it is. The bigger the cavity gets, the higher chance you

Q. How do I know I have a cavity? Dr. Mike: Often, the early stages of a cavity will go unnoticed it gets deep into the inner part of the tooth and causes sensitivity to cold, sweets, or chewing. You may notice some slight sensitivity or hard-to-remove food or debris in between your teeth.

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It sure feels good to be back. As you may have noticed, along with many businesses that had temporary closures, we did not print our May issue. This was the first time in the media group’s history that we did not put out an issue. While the decision wasn’t mine, I know it was a tough choice for the company but one that had to be made. Thankfully, we are back in action and I couldn’t be happier. I can imagine that every single person has been affected by COVID-19 in some way, whether it’s no longer being employed, staying away from family and friends, knowing someone who suffered from the virus, cancelling a large event like a wedding, or even just missing your favorite restaurant. This month, however, I feel like there’s a tiny rainbow after the storm – though the clouds might not be completely gone, certain parts of society are starting to rebuild and reopen, and it’s beyond great to see. June is typically our Man Issue, however all of our content for the May issue that did not get printed was pretty much ready to go, save for a few pages that we adjusted to be relevant for the month of June. Though it’s no longer technically the month to celebrate moms, I believe we should celebrate them every month (especially right now!) and we still wanted to pay homage to the hard working individuals we planned to highlight in the feature. You’ll find Lory Parson – featured on our cover – of To Have + To Host along with five other females who answer to both Boss and Mom sharing their secrets to succeeding in both their roles on page 22. Now more than ever, like many other moms and dads out there, they are juggling their jobs around-the-clock (mostly at home) and deserve to be recognized. While we are highlighting restaurants as usual (check out some delicious breakfast sweets on page 56 and a craveworthy pesto pasta on page 53), please note to call or visit their websites before going to the restaurants or attempting to order takeout, as there may be modifications due to COVID-19. For those of you that may not be running out of your home or out of state for vacation quite yet, we are showcasing virtual painting classes (page 29) along with some other fun online activities (page 30), refreshing gins to make your own cocktails at home for happy hour (page 54), and globally acclaimed statewide stays (page 50) if you’re looking to vacay close to home. While this may not be the summer you originally planned, I hope your new normal is even the tiniest better by reading our June issue. Stay healthy, Gabby Leighton Editor-in-Chief gabby@richmanmediagroup.com Find our magazine on Facebook!

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KERRY ZANG, DPM Diplomat, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery Q: What is neuropathy? A: The presence of burning,

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tingling or numbness often leads

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to a diagnosis of neuropathy,

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fact that it may not be neurop-

that neuropathy is neurological

athy. A second opinion may be

condition that only gets worse.

helpful to determine the cause

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of the tingling, pain or numbness

at neuropathy as more of a

in your feet.

vascular disease (related to poor circulation) rather than a nerve condition, but I had no way to prove it.

Q: What has changed in diagnosing neuropathy?

Q: What has been the problem with traditional treatments? A: Just treating the symptoms is my biggest concern with traditional treatments. If we

A: I’m now doing a more exten-

don’t find out what’s causing the

sive exam to evaluate circulation

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pressing the symptoms allowing

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the condition to progress. If we

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examination and those that are

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A Proven Natural Approach AMERICAN BOARD CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN AND NEUROSCIENTIST CHRISTIAN SHAW, MD PHD EXPLAINS THE INS AND OUTS OF CBD AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN QUALITY PRODUCT.

HOW DID REBEL MD COME ABOUT? Dr. Christian Shaw: REBEL MD was founded as a reactionary movement against conventional allopathic medicine, specifically its overuse of pharmaceutical drugs to treat diseases that could more safely and effectively be managed by natural medicines. Cannabidiol based therapeutics are only the beginning of much to come. WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION TO PRACTICE CANNABINOID MEDICINE? Dr. Shaw: In 2013, a patient named Charlotte Figi who suffered from a rare childhood seizure disorder called Dravat syndrome was successfully treated using a specific cannabis strain containing high concentrations of CBD and low concentrations of THC. She served as the catalyst for a renewed appreciation for cannabis research and its medicinal use by forward thinking Physicians. Since that time, I have been actively following the medical literature and more recently performing CBD clinical based research. EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE TALKING ABOUT CBD THESE DAYS AND WITH ANY NEW AND EXCITING HEALTH TREND, THERE IS A CHALLENGE TO SEPARATE FACT FROM FICTION. IS THERE ANY INFORMATION YOU CAN OFFER AS A MEDICAL DOCTOR? Dr. Shaw: With the widespread and increasing interest in CBD as a therapeutic option among health conscious individuals, it is essential to understand the concept of bioavailability and appreciate the lack of uniformity in both quality and concentration of CBD products available in the retail market. Bioavailability refers to the amount of biologically active CBD that is present in your system and is dependent on how it is taken. Generally speaking, the order of highest to lowest bioavailability for any supplement or medication is intravenous followed by inhalation and transdermal delivery, then sublingual administration and lastly oral ingestion. CBD has a very low oral bioavailability ranging from 5-10%. This means that if you ingested a 10 mg CBD gummie or capsule, there would only be 0.5-1 mg of active CBD remaining after absorption, which is minimal and likely to have only a placebo effect at best. Sublingual bioavailability of CDB is approximately 20-30% which is considerably higher than oral and why CBD commonly is manufactured and sold as a tincture. As for quality and concentration of CBD in products, it is safe to assume the less expensive the product, the lower the quality and concentration of CBD it contains. Inexpensive CBD is sourced outside the United States or Canada, often unregulated and untraceable to its original origin. FDA analytical investigations have determined that certain products had 0% CBD in them. To ensure the quality and concentration of a product, the company should make avail-

able the results from third-party independent laboratory testing for the purity (lack of metals, toxins, or microbes) and concentration (is there actually 30mg of CBD per milliliter in the tincture as advertised). WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT REBEL MD AS A COMPANY AND ITS PRODUCTS AS COMPARED TO OTHER CBD COMPANIES AND THEIR PRODUCTS? Dr. Shaw: REBEL MD is a physician led cannabinoid therapeutics company. Its mission is to provide the finest quality and highest potency products available. All our products are medical grade, manufactured from non-GMO organically grown hemp using a nano-emulsification process to optimize bioavailability, contain 0% THC, and are validated by independent third-party laboratory purity and potency analysis. Each new product we make available for retail purchase has been tested on patients to demonstrate safety and effectiveness with the goal of publishing the study results as case reports in medical journals. It is highly unlikely you will find another company outside of the pharmaceutical industry that does this. YOU MENTION YOUR CBD PRODUCTS CONTAIN 0% THC. DOES THIS MEAN THAT IF SOMEONE USED YOUR CBD TINCTURE, THEY WOULD NOT TEST POSITIVE FOR THC ON A DRUG TEST? Dr. Shaw: As a Corporate Medical Director, I am very sensitive to the concerns of employees who want to use CBD products but cannot risk testing positive for THC. This is one of the reasons I specifically chose to formulate our products using only CBD isolate which contains zero THC content rather than commonly used full-spectrum hemp oil that contains trace amounts of THC and can result in a positive THC drug test result. For more information or to order visit RebelMD.com


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U P C L O S E / B E AT / H I S S T Y L E / H E R S T Y L E / N O T I C E D

BY HEATHER LYNN HORVAT / PHOTOS BY KATE BOHANNAN

BUILDING BLOCKS Chelsea Kunde helps families lay the foundation for success

What started out as personal research, soon became a new career path for Chelsea Kunde when she created Building Blocks Family in 2015. “When I was pregnant, I started looking into ways to ensure my baby slept well and, frankly, was a kid other people would

want to be around too. I realized that I was already doing a lot of this in my current career” she says. Kunde’s background is in community mental health. Her career started at behavioral intervention at the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), where her favorite part Uptown June ‘20

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Pulse UP CLOSE of the job was working with the entire family system and parent training. After earning her master’s in marriage and family therapy, she found that she most loved running a weekly parenting/discipline group. “I started helping family and friends create healthy sleep skills and structure in their homes. I soon realized this was my passion, building on the foundation, from the start, to create loving family solutions. From there, Building Blocks Family was born,” Kunde says. Building Blocks Family was created to help in each stage of parenting from the beginning by providing loving family solutions for families with children ages 6 years old and under, offering services for sleep, discipline and potty training. Building Blocks is not your traditional therapeutic practice. Rather, Kunde’s services are unique in that they come from a behaviorist approach but also from a therapist perspective. Believing there are several ways to reach one solution, Kunde creates custom plans with the families based on the needs, wants and environment of each specific family. What works for one family might not work for another. “Sleep skills/training, discipline and potty training services are behaviorally based, yet humans are not robots. Things in life are not always ‘black and white.’ We are humans. We have to take into account the gray. And this is where I come in,” Kunde explains. Whether you take one of her classes in person or online, or do a private consultation with her, Kunde always begins her services by getting to know the families and ensuring she is available if questions arise. For that reason, she provides a free 15-minute consultation. “I want to make sure that I am suggesting the appropriate service for a particular family,” she says. “Every service is approached keeping the family’s needs in mind. Each service is custom and therefore different. The needs of a family change as the children age as well as different factors play a role (school schedules, multiple children, etc.).” Kunde is passionate and invested in the families she works with. By looking at the whole system, not just one challenge, she helps parents set the stage for success for the entire family. Her goal is to make sure families walk away feeling heard, supported, empowered, and successful.

A Passion for Life A survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma, Kunde started and is still active on the board of a local nonprofit called Wigged Out as a way of giving back to the community. Wigged Out provides financial assistance to people with medically related hair loss in order for them to get wigs, hair pieces and hair accessories. Kunde admits that she is a perfectionist and that balancing work life and home life is a constant struggle. “I want to give everything 100% all of the time. I have learned the hard lesson of that just isn’t possible. I think two areas help me with this balance – my village and self-care,” she says.

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Outside of work, Kunde loves a good workout like Pilates, dinner with friends over a nice glass of wine, and dates with her husband – who is her biggest cheerleader – which all help her to relax and reset. Work is also one of her hobbies. “I love learning, reading, and educating myself further on all things sleep, discipline, and potty training related. It is what I am most passionate about and I can’t get enough.”

The Philosophy of Success Clients typically stay with Kunde throughout the milestones of sleep, then discipline, then potty training and work together to build strong foundations. Kunde believes that with practice and consistency, change will occur, setting the stage for success in all areas of life. And by offering support and techniques to help parents and their children be successful, Building Blocks empowers families to create predictable environments that are also adaptable to any lifestyle. Encouraging parents – even new parents – to keep things simple, she says, “You have to follow your intuition. You have to be confident in your choices because they will not always match others around you. You really are the expert in your own children. And always know, tomorrow is another day. You can always start fresh, regroup and try again.” Kunde is invested in families feeling successful. Her biggest advice to new parents is to look for resources. “Becoming a parent can feel scary and vulnerable, having resources you trust can be helpful. Find experts you like, vibe with, can relate to, and trust,” she says. To learn more, visit www.buildingblocksfamily.com.


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Local P.E. teacher Paul Diedrich adds comedy to his curriculum

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

Paul Diedrich has often taken the road less traveled. “Except in my case, that’s not an allegory. It’s literal,” Diedrich says. “My dad – a former marine – lived with physical disabilities from the service as well as undiagnosed mental illness.” As a result, during his early years Diedrich lived out of a car and, when lucky, a tent. It wasn’t until second grade that Diedrich attended school full time. “I’ve certainly made up my time in the classroom since, though. Well, eventually,” says Diedrich, who worked since 11 and as a result did not complete college until 28. “I was actually inspired by my then-girlfriend, Carrick Bray, with whom I worked at a Chili’s in Uptown in the late 90s.” Bray had plans to go into science. Her drive instilled a passion for learning in Diedrich, not to mention life. The two married in 1999 and had two children – Cooper, now 16, and Colbie, now 18. “Life was humming along until I was sidelined from work by injury in 2005. While out of work, I volunteered as I could at my kids’ school – and loved it,” Diedrich says. He went back to school in his mid-30s to earn a degree in teaching and by 40, Diedrich was a husband, father, homeowner and P.E. teacher. “At 39, I decided to take a comedy workshop, in part as a bucket list item to cross off and in part because I felt like I had 40 years of truly unique material,” says Diedrich, who found his voice and began performing at local clubs in 2010. Soon after, he founded Comedy Roadshows, a small side business that puts on comedy shows for charity. He also stayed active in his kids’ lives, notably coaching their sports teams. “That’s how I met comedian Frank Caliendo. We coached flag football together,” Diedrich says. Caliendo helped him develop some jokes and longer sets, paving the way to bigger bookings across the Southwest and helping inspire him – with others – to release a full-length comedy album, available now on iTunes, Amazon and his website. “I titled it Teachable Moments,” Diedrich says. “In it, I deal with adult themes without straying into obscenity, and nothing – not even my inherited mental illness and gypsy-like childhood – are off limits.” To buy the album, visit www.comedyroadshows.com.

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BEAT

THE PHOENIX PALATE

Alexis Armijo serves up community support and tasty food through her mobile culinary company

BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

El Paso, Texas native Alexis Armijo is passionate about problem solving — she’s a financial planner by trade — and food. After relocating to Phoenix in 2018 for work, Armijo created Wannabe Chefs, a cooking club, to meet friends in her new city. “I was also inspired to create Wannabe Chefs because I wasn’t finding Mexican food that matched the quality of the food I grew up with living by the [Mexico] border. I wanted to teach people what real Mexican food was,” she says. Wannabe Chefs started as Armijo’s passion project but quickly garnered attention from many, with a whopping 600 members by its second month in operation. This cued to Armijo that if her little club found success surely a business would too. In December 2019, she started a new venture: The Phoenix Palate (www.thephoenixpalate.com). The mobile company connects people through public and private cooking classes ($30 to $150 per person) and food tours ($75 to $85 per person). The public cooking classes are hosted at various Valley locations several times a week and led by one of the company’s 12 chefs, which includes Armijo. “[Chefs] range in age from their early 20s to 60s. Some went to culinary school and others grew up cooking in their home country with their family,” Armijo says. The food tours span two to 3 1/2 hours and take place in Downtown Phoenix, with stops at historical sites and restaurants to sample food along the way. Armijo also has plans to expand the tours to additional Valley neighborhoods. “We plan to make a Cheap Eats Tour that goes to hole-in-the-wall places for those who are seeking a budget-friendly experience,” she says. Armijo is also working on building a digital presence for the brand, with a YouTube channel featuring short cooking demos and classes, and a blog showcasing recipes and tour and class recaps both in the works.

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Pulse HIS STYLE

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT Radio show host Billy Harfosh makes a bold first impression on and off air

BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY CHRIS MORTENSON

Despite his audience not being able to see him while on air, Show Up Arizona radio host Billy Harfosh regularly sports one-of-a-kind designer and bargain pieces including scarves, bold rings and retro jackets. Harfosh puts forth effort in honor of his guests – ranging from Alice Cooper to Tony Danza to Larry Fitzerald – who he interviews in person from the iHeartRadio studio. “I change my style based on what meetings or interviews I have that day,” he says. “I like to dress just above the level of what I imagine my guest will be wearing.” Inspired by Johnny Depp, the radio host incorporates plaid, feathers and the French tuck when dressing up. He prefers to take risks with his looks and lives by the sentiment of only getting one chance to make a first impression. “I think that men especially shouldn't be afraid to push the envelope when it comes to fashion,” Harfosh says. “My advice: Try going out in something you would never think of wearing in public – you will notice more eye contact, both positive and negative reactions and if you're single, you won’t be for long.”

What is your No. 1 style tip? If you are looking at yourself in the mirror and thinking "Is this too much?" it isn't, just go for it and have fun with your style. What is your most prized possession in your closet? My plaid, dark brown sports coat I bought in Bisbee. It reminds me of my heroes: Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson and Anthony Bourdain. What are some of your favorite brands? Lately I like Banana Republic, especially their Traveler Jeans which are a cross between jeans and dress pants. But honestly, I like finding funky clothes in thrift stores while traveling. If I find the right fit and a print that is out of style, I will buy it. 

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HER STYLE

LIFE STYLED

From luxury homes to retail shops to her personal closet, Kristen Forgione’s aesthetic is all her own

BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY TAYLOR COLE

As the principal designer and creative director of THELIFESTYLEDCO, a full-service interior design firm, Kristen Forgione’s recognizable style can be seen in some of the most highly coveted residences throughout the Valley. Her minimalist, organic, desert aesthetic lends to the both spaces she designs and the clothing she gravitates toward for herself and her retail shops. Forgione’s two brick-and-mortar shops are located in Gilbert and Arcadia under THELIFESTYLEDCO brand, selling home decor, kitchen goods, clothing, shoes and accessories – all of which are a reflection of her personal style. “The creative direction for our stores comes directly from me with each and every collection which is why I find it so easy to wear,” she says. With a signature look of a pair of highwaisted denim jeans, a black body suit, an oversized blazer, round sunglasses and nude stacked heels, the creative mother of two goes for a clean, feminine look. “I like to keep things simple and base my wardrobe on a capsule theory to get maximum wearability,” says Forgione, who also notes that layering lots of dainty, delicate jewelry is the key to finishing off any of her ensembles.

Who influences your style? I tend to look to both of our coasts and the beautiful women of Europe and their sporty yet delicate style. I adore Annie Bing and Jacey Duprie! What is your must-have fashion item? A vintage pair of high-waisted Levis... they truly are the red lipstick of apparel. You can dress them up, dress them down and they make every body look great! How does your career influence your style? It's the main driver in my style. So much of fashion and interiors go hand in hand, what we see on the runway translates several seasons later on the interior side so I am always paying close attention to what the pulse is in high level fashion and trends.

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BY KAYLOR JONES

Being a mother and a business owner are both full-time jobs, and now more than ever given the current climate of our world, moms across the Valley are working around-the-clock to raise their children and run their companies. Meet six local moms who exemplify dedication and drive, each having paved a path in her respective industry while juggling the demands of parenting. Discover what motivates them to succeed and how each hopes to inspire greatness in both the community and their own homes.

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LORY PARSON

CREATOR, TO HAVE + TO HOST For Lory Parson, the creator of To Have + To Host (www.tohavetohost.com), entertaining is everything. “It all started with sharing my love and passion for entertaining,” she says. “I’ve loved hosting family and friends ever since high school. Now that I have a family of my own, my husband, kids and I find special ways to incorporate entertaining as part of our family traditions.” One such tradition, Grandma Dinner Night, kick-started Parson’s transition from an expert entertainer to an entrepreneur. In 2017, after constantly being asked about the recipes and table settings she used for their weekly three-generation dinner parties, she created an Instagram account to share photos with her friends. That same Instagram now has more than 16,000 followers. Parson has evolved from a humble blog owner to a content creator for major brands including Sur La Table, Lenox, West Elm and Riedel. “I partner with brands aligned with my focus of bringing back the art of entertaining at home,” says Parson, noting that she advises on a variety of entertainment topics including dinnerware, florals, home decor, party inspiration and tabletop styling. But she didn’t get there on her own. “The most valuable lesson I have learned since starting To Have + To Host is to surround yourself with people who believe in you and support you,” Parson says. “That support system makes all the difference.” Her mom, husband and three kids – Cooper, 18; Caroline, 17; and John Ross, 15 – have been her biggest cheerleaders since day one. “My kids have all been supportive and inspirational in their own ways,” she says. “One is constantly giving me ideas for different shoots and party themes, one loves when I throw parties for her and her friends, and the other named his fantasy football team after my company!” Parson, armed with the encouragement of her family and the goal of making everyone feel at home, is grateful for the chance to do what she loves every day. “There’s nothing more intimate and personal than being invited into someone’s home, and no better joy than having guests leave with a full stomach, heart and soul.”

PHOTO BY JAMES PATRICK Uptown June ‘20

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SHAYNA WEIR & MICHELLE TURNER OWNERS, AQUATIC-N-WRITING REHAB

Owners of Aquatic-N-Writing Rehab (www.anwrehab.com) Shayna Weir and Michelle Turner serve the needs of children every day. In 2011, the two therapists – Weir is an occupational therapist and Turner is a physical therapist – started their business, which provides in-home occupational, physical and speech therapy for children 3 and up in Arizona, to bridge a gap they noticed in the industry. “Many of the families of the children we provided therapy to in a school setting expressed a lack of providers available to them for home services,” Weir says. “To me, the best part of owning this business is being able to do something good for others by providing essential therapy services to as many children as possible.” As practitioners of child-centered physical and occupational therapy, with an emphasis in handwriting therapy, which improves fine motor control, and aquatic therapy, Weir and Turner also draw motivation from their own children. “My 11-yearold daughter, Jai, is the reason I wake up in the morning, go to my full-time job, and run a business,” Turner says. “My vision is for her to see her mom working hard and do the same.” Weir says the potential she sees in her daughter, Kaylyn, 5, encourages her to put what she recommends for other families into practice on a daily basis. “I strive to be a good role model while building a future for us,” she says. “I hope I inspire her to find something she’s passionate about and have the confidence to follow her journey.” The pair also stresses the importance of patience and persistence in both owning a business and raising kids. “I’d tell any other moms wanting to start a business to never give up,” Turner says. With no previous business experience, it took several years for Weir and Turner to get their company off the ground. Weir advises, “Take it one step at a time and don’t feel as though you need to jump in all at once – start small and build upon what you already have. I hope to pass these same lessons of diligence, hard work, planning and passion on to my little girl.”

PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

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JODI LOW

FOUNDER & CEO, U & IMPROVED Jodi Low has devoted her life to helping people recognize their greatness and achieve big goals. As the founder and CEO of leadership and development company U & Improved (www.uandimproved.com), Low offers on-site experiential corporate training and two-day immersion-style classes specifically designed to help people realize their true potential while overcoming limiting beliefs and barriers to communication. She works with individuals, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, and has made her mark on clients like Wells Fargo, CVS and Valley of the Sun United Way. Low started her business after experiencing a sudden divorce almost 12 years ago. “I did some deep soul-searching during that painful time to figure out what I was meant to learn from the experience, what my gifts are, and what I’m most passionate about,” she says. “The answer came to me rather quickly – I love people. Seeing people truly inspired to do their best work, personally and professionally, inspires me every day.” As a single mom, Low works tirelessly to serve as a great example to her daughters, Alexandra, 15, and Iliana,12. “From the very first moments of my divorce, I knew my new title wasn’t going to just be Mom or CEO – it had to become ‘role model.’ I knew I needed to carefully choose how I show up for them every day so they would have a solid rock to lean on and gain strength from,” Low says. Part of this has been involving her girls in U & Improved events since they were young. “They have literally grown up seeing, hearing and feeling the conviction that comes from people choosing to live big, bold, passion-filled lives.” Low believes that an abundant mindset is the key to success, and that focusing on how to serve others is the best way to meet one’s own needs – truths she champions as both a business owner and a mother. “I want my kids to truly know that they can be, do and have anything they want in this world as long as they work hard, believe in themselves, and are kind and compassionate toward themselves and others.”

PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE Uptown June ‘20

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ALEXIS BROWN

OWNER, SWEET LIFE BY LEX As the owner of Sweet Life by Lex (www. sweetlifebylex.com), Alexis Brown creates artful, no-bake desserts like cake pops, Oreos, and pretzel sticks – all dipped in chocolate and available in a variety flavors, colors and themes. She also creates candy buffets and custom desserts for events. And all of her treats support an even sweeter cause – autism awareness. “As the mother of two autistic boys, I’m honored to use my craft as a way to donate a portion of proceeds to partnering foundations in the Valley,” she says. “When you shop with Sweet Life by Lex, you get to make your life – and the life of a child with autism – that much sweeter.” Brody and Grahm, Brown’s 10-yearold identical twins, have been her driving force as she made the career switch from a dental hygienist to owning her own business in 2017. “I created something out of nothing. And because of these two amazing boys, I have become a better person,” she says. “I continue to be fascinated by them, to learn from them, and to be challenged as their mom to support them as they become amazing little men.” For Brown, part of being a mom is setting a strong example, which she accomplishes in part through her position as a board member for the Gentry Foundation for Autism. “The boys see me working hard every year to raise money for the foundation, scholarships and our annual gala,” she says. “They want to be a part of giving back now, and it has motivated them to want to learn more about autism – and learn that it’s OK for them to be exactly who they are.” At the heart of it all, Brown hopes to teach her boys three core values. “Gratitude – express it daily to yourself and the people in your life. Be kind, and always look at that as a sign of strength. Respect others and yourself, and know that respect is a two-way street that should lay the foundation for any relationship you ever have.”

PHOTO BY JAMES PATRICK

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RACHEL HUDGENS

OWNER, TWENTY6 DESIGNS As the owner and creative mind behind apparel company Twenty6 Designs (www. twenty6designs.com), Rachel Hudgens works to light up the lives of others, including her own family. Her career as a freelance artist for weddings, restaurants and events – she even created signs for Trader Joe’s – blossomed into a full-fledged clothing company almost overnight. When the Super Bowl came to Arizona in 2015, Hudgens looked for a T-shirt to show her Phoenix pride but couldn’t find anything that suited her style. “So I had my own handwritten design screen-printed onto a blank T-shirt from Target,” says Hudgens, who was invited to sell her designs at Phoenix Public Market during Super Bowl weekend after posting a photo of them online. “Having no business name, I made my own business cards using cardboard dividers from wine boxes,” she says. “Fast forward to today, and my homegrown brand is now sold locally at La Grande Orange, Modernique, Mae & Marie, and across the nation!” As a mother of four, Hudgens has been inspired to plant seeds of love for her kids: Mac, 23; Jax, 20; Joel, 16; and Juliet, 14. With styles featuring fun, inspirational words and phrases, Hudgens designed her line – which is comprised of adult and youth T-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, hats, stickers and totes – with her children in mind and the goal of bringing happiness to others. In Hudgens’ own life, equilibrium is one of the keys to happiness, and she notes that maintaining it can be an exercise in grace. “Giving a healthy dose of grace to ourselves is just as essential as giving it to those we are surrounded by. I find it easier to balance my emotions and responsibilities when grace is on the daily menu – and some days require multiple servings!” Hudgens hopes that her journey can reflect on her children’s growth. “The best part of owning a business is the freedom to take risks – it’s given me wings,” she says. “Kids need to be given the freedom to try new things and learn it’s OK to fail. We all find out who we are and what we’re made of through this process.”

PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE Uptown June ‘20

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Now L O W D O W N / O U T / C U LT U R E

BY GABBY LEIGHTON / PHOTO COURTESY OF CARRIE CURRAN ART STUDIOS

Unleash your inner Van Gogh with Carrie Curran Art Studios’ live virtual art classes. Taking place Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. through the end of August, the interactive Zoom sessions present step-by-step guidance of a featured watercolor painting of the day. This month, expect lots of summery options like beachscapes, vibrant florals, and colorful cacti. Brilliant Blooms, shown here, will be the featured painting on Saturday, June 13. Attendees may use their own supplies or add on a take-home supply kit ($35), which can be picked up curbside at the Scottsdale studio. Each class is $35 per painter, with discounts available for two or more painters. Register, purchase a kit, and find a list of supplies online. www.carriecurranart.com.

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Now LOWDOWN

STREAM & SIP

Sister bars UnderTow and Century Grand, part of Barter & Shake Creative Hospitality, recently launched virtual happy hours for those looking to toast from the comfort of home. Featuring takeovers from other bars around the country, spirit highlights, cocktail demonstrations and special guests, each event also showcases feature cocktails. Through an email, virtual attendees will receive background on the featured cocktails, as well as the exact recipes and preparation instructions prior to the happy hour. The email also details a shopping list, with the option to buy specific ingredients from Century Grand’s Grey Hen retail shop for curbside pickup. Check website for dates and times of June events. www.undertowphx.com and www.centurygrandphx.com.

ART AT HAND

Shemer Art Center recently launched its own app, providing a new way for students, visitors and donors to interact with the center’s offerings. Available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, the app features access to everything Shemer, including its new art activity book and recently added virtual tours of visual art exhibitions. Shemer is also offering a variety of virtual classes in the month of June, including watercolor basics and techniques, drawing basics, and colored pencil techniques. See website for dates and times offered. www.shemerartcenter.org.

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DINNER DEMOS

Learn some new skills in the kitchen from LDV Winery’s Facebook Live cooking and wine pairing segments, hosted by LDV owners (and amateur chefs) Peggy Fiandaca and Curt Dunham. Titled From the LDV Winery Vineyard Kitchen, each show is streamed live from the vineyard, which is in Pearce, Arizona, though the winery has a tasting room in Scottsdale. Viewers can find recipes on the LDV Winery Facebook page prior to each free event and tune in to the interactive dinner preparation, complete with wine tips, pairing suggestions and more. June classes will take place June 4 and June 11 at 4 p.m. www.ldvwinery.com.


ALL THAT JAZZ

The Nash is known for presenting jazz performances, jam sessions and educational programs, and the Get Jazz Smart online classes ($25 per household) are the venue’s newest offering. Offered via Zoom, the new series is led by Jeff Libman, clinical assistant professor of jazz studies at Arizona State University. The upcoming summer classes will explore modal jazz (June 10 and 17, noon to 1:30 p.m.) and fusion (June 24 and July 1, noon to 1:30 p.m.). The Nash will also offer summer workshops online for the first time ($150 per session), which will feature a mix of instructors and various topics. www.thenash.org.

TEQUILA TIME

Arizona-based Tequila Corrido is partnering up with CRUjiente Tacos for a delicious drink delivery via a vintage VW bus. Named “Selena,” the bus services the greater Arcadia area every Friday and (Taco) Tuesday for at-home happy hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with orders due before 4 p.m. The colorful bus will roll up playing the song Tequila on the loud speakers, serving up 2-ounce tequila shots ($15), 16-ounce premixed CRU margaritas ($35, serving two to four) and bottles of tequila ($55), paired with chips and salsa from the local taco eatery. Call 602.687.7777 to order.

CURBSIDE COMEDY

Local comedians Leanne Schmidt and Marlene Strang are teaming up – or rather, their alteregos, The Ladies, are – fusing movement, improv comedy, and immersive theater for their Ladies in the Headlights series. The drive-up, pop-up performances take place in various undisclosed parking lots in the Valley, with ticket buyers receiving the location 24 hours prior to the show. Drivers are invited to pull up to the location, turn their radio to 88.1 and enjoy the interactive show. This month’s shows will take place June 6 and 13. $19.99 per car. www.wearetheladies.net. Uptown June ‘20

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Now OUT

FARM FRESH

Produce boxes bringing the harvest to your home

With companies across the Valley in need of support now more than ever, this summer is the perfect time to shop small for your groceries. Both farms and restaurants are offering specials on fresh produce boxes for pickup or delivery so that you can keep your kitchen well-stocked without having to navigate a crowded store – and support a number of local business in the process.

BY KAYLOR JONES

McClendon’s Select Offered twice each week and available in three sizes, McClendon’s Select Grab and Go Produce Boxes feature a veritable bounty of fresh finds. In addition to fruits and vegetables, some options include specialties like herbed goat cheese and Noble Bread. On Saturdays, reserved boxes are available at the Uptown and Old Town Scottsdale farmers markets. Pickup time at all locations is from 7 to 10 a.m. Reserve boxes and pickup locations online. $50-$90. www.mcclendonsselect.com. Singh Meadows Farmers Market Based in Tempe, this locally sourced farmers market offers curbside pickup for its colorful produce baskets. To order and request a pickup day, comment on the Singh Meadows’ weekly Facebook post for each basket. Previous boxes have included collard greens, grapefruit and purple potatoes. Items like baked goods, local honey and pepper jelly can also be added. And with curbside shopping, customers stay in their vehicles while employees gather their groceries. Basket pickup and curbside shopping is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. $55. www.farmersmarkettempe.com. The Churchill This Phoenix hot spot is now offering a CSA Farm Box subscription, partnering with Valley farms to provide customers with hand-selected produce and local farms with critical funds. Plus, customers can also donate a farm box to St. Mary’s Food Bank or opt for the Chef’s Box subscription to get recipes and ingredients curated by the chef of the week, with proceeds supporting out-of-work restaurant staff. Information about the boxes is posted online every Tuesday, with orders due on Sunday. Pickup is available from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Churchill the following Friday. $20-$40. www.thechurchillphx.com. Steadfast Farm This two-acre market farm in Mesa uses organic practices and offers weekly Veggie Boxes. Each box is harvested to order and brimming with farmer-selected produce that varies based on what looks best in the field that week. Boxes are occasionally supplemented with items from other local farms to support more Arizona businesses. Optional add-ons include a dozen eggs and a bouquet of flowers. Orders are due two days in advance on the farm’s website, with several pickup times and locations to choose from in Arcadia, Central Phoenix, and Downtown Phoenix. $25+. www.steadfast-farm.com. Modern Market Eatery Reap the benefits of this Scottsdale eatery’s supply chain with grocery boxes of fresh produce, meat and prepared food. Options include the re-Fresh Box, with up to 10 meals’ worth of fruits and veggies; the Petite re-Fresh Box, a smaller version fit for four to five meals; the Grill Box, which includes eight to 10 portions of grass-fed steak, mac and cheese fixings, bread and asparagus; and the Basic Box, complete with raw chicken, eggs, milk, bread, coffee, veggies, and toilet paper. Order online or via Modern Market’s app for curbside pickup or same-day delivery. $25-$80. www.modernmarket.com.

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CULTURE

STANDING TALL

Local sculptor Kevin Caron creates complex towering sculptures

BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE

Connecticut-born, Arizona-raised Kevin Caron used to drive a 30,000-pound, 18-wheel semitruck for a Phoenix pallet yard. Now, he’s a full-time sculptor revered for his grand metal and 3D-printed creations, many of which incorporate sound. “I consider myself an accidental artist. I had no thought of doing [art] full time when my wife and I wanted a privacy screen for our home,” he says. Caron (www.kevincaron.com) fashioned a privacy screen from bits of a discarded conveyor belt he found at the pallet yard. “I brought some of the material home, put a wave into it and hung it from a wheeled frame. People loved it.” His second creation, a water sculpture titled Stretch, was the launching pad for his now fruitful, 14-year-long (and running) career as a sculptor. Describing his style as “simply complex,” Caron’s sculptures combine strong lines with doses of whimsy. The sculptor, who resides on the northwest slope of Camelback Mountain, draws inspiration from his surroundings. He also takes note from the roads he once traveled down as a truck driver, shapes he sees, passing thoughts – inspiration strikes him from everywhere. He creates sculptures from metal, mainly steel and aluminum, and 3D-printed resin. Caron does metalworking out of his studio on 40th Street, while his 3D-printed sculptures come to life from his home studio, where he commissioned an 8-foot-tall Cerberus 3D Gigante 3D printer be built. “One of the misconceptions about 3D printing is that it’s easy,” Caron says. “There are just so many things that can go wrong, and boy, do they!” Caron is known for creating sizable sculptures. His award-winning Hands On and The Seed are his tallest metal sculptures, both reaching 14 feet. Epic Swoon is his grandest 3D-printed sculpture, which stands at 5 1/2 feet. From water sculptures to windchimes to Inari, a contemporary art gong that was featured in Phoenix Home & Garden, Caron also enjoys playing with sound. His work dots public and private gardens and spaces throughout the country. A couple in the Valley include The Seed at Tumbleweed Recreation Center in Chandler and Top Knot at Civic Center Plaza next to Surprise City Hall. Caron is currently working on two different sculptures simultaneously. The first is a cactus with glass pads. The second, a kinetic rock sculpture, is the 10th commission he’s done for the owner of a private horticultural and sculpture garden in New York. “It’s absolutely amazing to see something that began as a question in my mind finally materialize in physical form I can touch. To see a sculpture move or hear it sing makes it even more amazing,” he says.

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Style

S H O P / FA S H I O N / A L LU R E / DW E L L

BY KAYLOR JONES

The Vintage Web Bangle Watch from Gucci is the epitome of a stylish timepiece to help keep your life on schedule and on trend. The classy mother-of-pearl dial is set against sleek rectangular plexiglass, while the striped resin bangle adds a bit of shine with sparkling amber gems. A sapphire crystal face protects the three-hand Swiss quartz movement. Add that to a convenient hook-and-bar closure and this bold accessory serves as a fashionable addition to any look, whether you’re at hanging at home or dashing out to grab a quick dinner. $1,050 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com.

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Style ALLURE

BY NEYDA MELINA

CANDY COLORS Sweeten up your summer with subtle shades

Light-reflecting pearl highlighter, Too Faced, $36 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Lipglass in oyster girl lip gloss, MAC Cosmetics, $17.50 at Nordstrom. Liquid-gel eyeliner in gold getter, Marc Jacobs, $13.50 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Mint green eye shadow stick, $29 at Laura Mercier, www. lauramercier.com. Finishing and setting powder in mousseline pastel, Givenchy, $58 at Neiman Marcus. Rainbow highlighter, Ciate London, $32 at Sephora, www. sephora.com.

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BY NEYDA MELINA

Style

DWELL

GET ORGANIZED Clever solutions to declutter your home

Chalkboard, corkboard and letter bin system, $79 at Pottery Barn, www.potterybarn.com. Metal wire basket, $9.99 at H&M, www. hm.com. Single watch winder with storage, Wolf, $565 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Floral tin recipe box, Rifle Paper Co., $34 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com. Striped acrylic bar cart, Peroni x Jonathan Adler, $1,450 at Jonathan Adler, www. jonathanalder.com. Mini eyewear case, Oyobox, $185 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com.

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Style SHOP

BY NEYDA MELINA

FAR-OUT FASHION Get a little groovy with retro-inspired prints

Floral silk dress, La DoubleJ, $555 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Button-front shirt with dandelions, $78 at Madewell, www.madewell.com. Floral maxi skirt, Dodo Bar Or, $172.20 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Tote bag, Emilio Pucci, $825 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Tie-dye platform sandals, Jimmy Choo, $618.75 at Nordstrom. Floral silk shorts, Aerin x Blazé Milano, $670 at Aerin, www. aerin.com.

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BY NEYDA MELINA

Style

SHOP

THINK BIG

Flip the script with oversized handbags

Floral canvas tote, Gucci, $1,980 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Tan mixed leather tote, $345 at Johnny Was, www.johnnywas. com. Light blue leather pouch, Bottega Veneta, $2,700 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Red transparent logo tote, Valentino Garavani, $1,295 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Straw tote with tassels, $34.99 at H&M, www.hm.com. Pink raised logo clutch, Fendi, $890 at Nordstrom.

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Soak up the summer in chic swimwear

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TOP: Lexi bralette in psycho red, $120. BOTTOM: Lisa tango in psycho red, $120. Both from Beach Bunny Swimwear, www.beachbunnyswimwear.com.


TOP: Nadia triangle in black, $145. BOTTOM: Lexi tango in black, $140. Both from Beach Bunny Swimwear, www.beachbunnyswimwear.com.

TOP: Indy triangle in tiger, $95. BOTTOM: Indy tango in tiger, $105. Both from Beach Bunny Swimwear, www.beachbunnyswimwear.com.

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TOP: Sheer addiction triangle in black, $115. BOTTOM: Sheer addiction high-waist in black, $130. Both from Beach Bunny Swimwear, www.beachbunnyswimwear.com. Uptown June ‘20

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TOP: Sierra triangle in Tortuga, $145. BOTTOM: Sierra skimpy in Tortuga, $265. Both from Beach Bunny Swimwear, www.beachbunnyswimwear.com.

TOP: Bailey crop in white, $115. BOTTOM: Chrissy micro tango in white, $95. Both from Beach Bunny Swimwear, www.beachbunnyswimwear.com.

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TOP: Karter bralette in leopard, $145. BOTTOM: Aria skimpy in leopard, $95. Both from Beach Bunny Swimwear, www.beachbunnyswimwear.com. Uptown June ‘20

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Rightsizing Done Right

STRESS-FREE MOVING WITH GET YOUR MOVE ON Not only does Get Your Move On offer easy and affordable storage and moving solutions but the team delivers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Whether a loved one has passed away, or you are packing up a secondary home here, or it is simply time to downsize—or rightsize—and cannot take all of your possessions with you, Get Your Move On provides that extra level of patience and attention to detail ensuring a smooth process. Over 1 million people downsize every year, and it is no small task. “We call this rightsizing. We have perfected our project management to give our clients a stress-free experience,” says owner, Derek Greene. With the huge wave of baby boomers downsizing, Get Your Move On has developed special accommodations to help with everything from packing, storage, donations, and sales of valuables and estate. In fact, Get Your Move On is the preferred moving vendor of many of the area’s Continued Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). “We understand how emotional this can be for our clients. We’re with them every step of the way to manage the move and find the right resources,” Derek says. Get Your Move On provides an expert level of project management resources from the estate sale to fine art to automobiles. Derek and his team even work with Realtors to pack belongings and stage a home. “We figure out how to manage these resources so that our clients don’t have to worry. We have vetted all of our resources and built long term relationships with many estate sellers, art dealers, and more.” Derek and his team are committed to providing their clients with a Pampered Moving Process, including those with a tight deadline. “We walk our clients through the process for a quick move so that they can focus on what’s important. Along with

that, we help those who are downsizing to understand that it’s more cost-effective to donate items versus pack and store them,” Derek explains. Get Your Move On is a local Phoenix family-owned moving and storage company that has been around for 15 years. They are highly experienced in fine art, wine, and automobiles. And their 60,000 square foot climate-control warehouse allows clients to safely store possessions and valuables. “Downsizing and rightsizing is a battle, and people should know there’s help out there. We take this difficult and emotional process and turn it into an efficient and economically beneficial move for you,” says Derek. For more information or to receive a free estimate please call 480.695.6621 or visit www.getyourmoveonllc.com


Luxe

W H E E L S / H AU T E P R O P E R T Y / P L A C E S

BY GABBY LEIGHTON

Need a place that’s solely yours to beautify – or work? The Mid-Century Vanity Desk Set from West Elm is as functional as it is fashionable, with a timeless and durable design. Coined Greenguard-certified – meaning the product is low-emitting and meets rigorous chemical emissions standards – the eco-friendly set was made in a Fair Trade Certified Facility from sustainably sourced wood. Available in both a pebble white (shown here) and an acorn brown finish, the vanity comes with five storage drawers and a large mirror. When the weekend primping is over and it’s time to get work done on Monday, simply remove the top hutch and use the bottom piece as a desk. $998 at West Elm, www.westelm.com.

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Luxe WHEELS

2020 PORSCHE TAYCAN TURBO The all-electric sports sedan is a gorgeous display of power, poise and prestige BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo

Porsche’s first all-electric car, the 2020 Taycan (pronounced tie-kahn, meaning “lively young horse”) is a profoundly impressive sports sedan. It delivers every bit of the refinement, driving engagement and high-performance sports car experience that affluent driving enthusiasts have come to expect from Porsche. The Taycan, which competes with the Tesla Model S, is just a bit smaller than its larger Panamera sibling and has a four-door coupe-like styling that turns heads. The Taycan weighs in at over 5,100 pounds, but with 670 horsepower including launch control, the turbo goes from zero to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds. The turbo moniker is especially gratuitous on an all-electric car, since there’s no combustion engine to turbocharge. The Taycan is the first electric vehicle to use a two-speed transmission and an 800-volt electrical system to power the all-wheel drive, delivering quicker acceleration and shorter recharging times. It charges from 5% to 80% in 22 minutes, but 800-volt chargers are rare. Buyers should opt for the optional 150-kW charger that triples the maximum charging power at 400-volt DC fast-charging stations. Driving range is around 200 miles.

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Handling is simply magic with razor-sharp cornering, making for a world-class thrill ride. On the open road, its agility; superb body control; and quiet, composed ride are flawless. The interior, visible through the optional fixed glass roof, proves surprisingly spacious. A fourseat configuration is standard, but an optional third center-rear seat is available. Unlike the liftback styling of the Model S, the Taycan has a traditional trunk in the rear and a small compartment up front. The cockpit favors digital controls over traditional buttons and dials, giving the interior a clean, streamlined feel that’s echoed by the intuitive, driver-focused displays. The three-screen instrument panel has touch screens for infotainment, climate functions and other operational controls. Standard equipment includes SiriusXM radio and Apple CarPlay compatibility, but not Android Auto. Porsche engineers said it was worth sacrificing a bit of driving range to make the Taycan drive as much like a 911 as possible, and it seems that Porsche nailed it. It is quick, gorgeous, fun, quiet and comfortable – a combination worth getting excited about.

Base price: $150,900 Price as tested: $168,680 Engine: Dual electric motor with 500 kW overboost power Horsepower: 670 Fuel economy: 68/71 mpg city/ highway Seating: Up to 5 Fab features: Two-speed automatic transmission Speedy 800-volt recharging capability Wickedly quick with razor-sharp handling


Luxe

SPOTLIGHT: CONTEMPORARY COOL BY GABBY LEIGHTON

HAUTE PROPERTY

Privately tucked away in a lush pocket of central Phoenix is a unique home that screams individuality from first glance. The eye is drawn to an oversized red door, and its complimented by midcentury design elements, including block walls and a standing seam metal roof. The 3,995-square-foot home, built in 1994 but since updated, was designed by Paul Winslow and his contemporary work shines in every room of the abode. Highlights include hardwood floors, textured interior block walls, open-hearth fireplaces and wood-planked ceilings. The two-story, airy space boasts three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms, as well as a room that is currently being used for fitness equipment and crafts. Light shines through every room, thanks to an immense amount of windows, sliding glass doors, architectural clerestory windows, and sky lights. The traditional, closed floor plan gives each room an intimate feel. The family room boasts a fireplace and above it you’ll find a loft with custom library shelves. The family room also opens to the dining room, which can be closed off by sliding glass doors for privacy and contains a serving hatch to the kitchen. The eat-in kitchen, which has plenty of cabinet space as well as an island and a peninsula, opens to an area that can be used for informal dining or living. There’s also a loft above the family room featuring custom library shelves. Outside offers lush grass and mature shrubs and trees (including citrus varieties) as well as Piestewa Peak views. Perfect for a family, there are grassy play areas and a built-in modern playground as well as a tiled pool. In addition to the patio right off the house containing a built-in barbecue, there’s a space for outdoor dining in addition to a dramatic patio pavilion with a gas fireplace that makes for incredible entertaining. 816 E. Circle Road, Phoenix, AZ 85020. Listed for $1,250,000 with Chad Christian and Grant Almquist of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty. Almquist: 602.615.2799 or grant.almquist@russlyon. com. Uptown June ‘20

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Luxe PLACES

CERTIFIABLY LUXE

Around the state, Arizona hospitality hot spots earn global acclaim

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

The Forbes Travel Guide – the only independent rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas in the world – has released its 2020 star ratings. To discover the most outstanding properties worldwide, Forbes Travel Guide’s undercover inspectors test up to 900 exacting standards at each property. This year, 24 properties across Arizona earned a place on the coveted list, giving you plenty of places to add to your bucket list of statewide stays.

The Phoenician The Phoenician made Forbes’ list, earning four stars. Its 250-acre grounds of lush lawns and desert botanicals wowed the judges, as did the four 4,000-square-foot presidential suites and diverse dining options. The Phoenician Spa is one of just 24 spas worldwide to earn the Five-Star honor for the very first time this year. A threestory build, the 37,000-square-foot spa features a rooftop pool, a Drybar, 24 treatment rooms, a couple’s suite, a fitness center, a movement studio, a nail salon, and a retail boutique.

The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician earned a Five-Star rating. A boutique hotel within the award-winning resort, this exclusive enclave received a complete remodel in mid-2016. The 60-room Canyon Suites features a private pool overlooking Camelback Mountain as well as plush accommodations, a private lounge and activities, including trapeze lessons and private helicopter tours.

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass Aji Spa and Kai Restaurant at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass also earned the Five-Star Award. This marks the first time Aji Spa has been given the honor, joining Kai, which has maintained the Five-Star accolade for 12 years and is still the only restaurant in Arizona with the distinction. With this achievement, the Sheraton Grand is now the only resort in Arizona to boast a Five-Star spa and a Five-Star restaurant. The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass resort itself also made the Forbes Recommended list.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Just outside of Tucson in Marana, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and its spa both earned five stars. Dove Mountain joins the Sheraton Grand as one of only two Arizona resorts to achieve double Five-Star wins in 2020. The spa, golf course and resort have also been ranked by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the eight most luxurious hotel/spa properties in the world. The spa features 14 treatment rooms; a fitness center; and indoor and outdoor treatments, movement classes and holistic experiences inspired by indigenous elements and healing rituals. Its Core Kitchen & Wine Bar also made the list, earning a Four-Star rating.

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Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess The 44,000-square-foot Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is among the Forbes Four-Star honorees. Forbes inspectors’ highlights included the impressive number of spa service offerings, such as the Well & Being Signature Journey Massage, Havasupai Falls Rejuvenation, Singing Bowl Sound Therapy and the new Desert Botanical Facial.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North took home three Four-Star honors – one for the resort, one for the spa, and another for Talavera. In the spa, inspectors took particular interest in the extensive list of treatments, as well as its Southwestern-inspired offerings and blending bar. Talavera is no stranger to honors, as executive chef Samantha Sanz was nominated for a James Beard Award last year.

L'Auberge de Sedona L’Apothecary Spa and Cress on Oak Creek at L'Auberge de Sedona – as well as the boutique hotel itself – earned four stars each. The hotel offers professional photography programs, geology discussions, sunrise yoga, and stargazing, not to mention private cottages set along Oak Creek. The intimate spa features just four treatment rooms, but also offers massages in private creekside tents as well as healing botanicals and fragrant herbs to custom-blend body care products. French-influenced Cress has alfresco dining along the creek as well as cozy indoor seating. Its fixed-price menu is a showcase of precision, technique and flavor.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa Both Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa and Sanctuary Spa also earned four stars. The spa and resort wowed inspectors with its Asian-inspired decor, notably its bamboo-bordered coed spa courtyard, its nightly sunset Champagne ceremonies, the culinary program led by chef Beau MacMillan, and its focus on active lifestyles. In addition to offering custom guided and non-guided hikes on Camelback Mountain, the resort features three tennis courts, four pickleball courts, three swimming pools, and a state-of-the-art gym with a lap pool where you can book Olympic gold medalist and Arizona resident Misty Hyman for swim lessons.

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort A Four-Star winner, Tucson’s Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort is a hidden gem. The property was a boarding school before it was converted into a ranch in the 1940s, when Hollywood legends like John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn were noted guests. Today, the 34-acre property offers horseback riding and hiking programs as well as indulgent spa treatments and an award-winning restaurant.

Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Finally, Arizona Biltmore, El Conquistador Tucson, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, PY Steakhouse at Casino del Sol in Tucson, and Royal Palms Resort and Spa earned a spot on the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended list, essentially the third – and still very exclusive – tier of luxury rankings. Uptown June ‘20

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Taste DRINK

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

A BURST OF BOTANICALS Raise your glass to gin, a refreshing on-trend spirit perfect for summer

Gin is having a moment. The herbaceous, floral and citrus notes in the versatile spirit make it the perfect ingredient for summertime cocktails or enjoyable on its own. Here is a selection to buy (all are available online), with bottles as captivating as the potions within.

Madam Pattirini Gin Named after a member of the Brigham Young family who performed in drag as an opera singer in the late 1800s, the most intriguing ingredients in this small-batch gin include Nigerian ginger, Sicilian lemons and bergamot, which is a fragrant, slightly bitter citrus fruit. $23.99. www.madampattirini.com. Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla Distilled Gin This gin was created by infusing ripe oranges from Seville, Spain, with Tanquerary’s classic London Dry Gin. The zesty citrus is prominent as is coriander, licorice and angelica root, often used to flavor chartreuse and vermouth. $25. www.tanqueray.com. Bloom London Dry Gin Developed with the concept of “summer in a bottle” by one of the world’s first female master distillers, Joanne More, this stunner balances notes of honeysuckle and chamomile with a touch of pomelo. $26.99. www.bloomgin.com. Gin Lane 1751 Victoria Pink Gin A full-bodied gin that’s blended naturally with aromatic bitters, this pays homage to gins first made in the Victorian era. The juniper is powerful here, as is the cassia bark, star anise and spice notes. $29.99. www.ginlane1751.com. Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin A seasonal offering from the iconic Hendrick’s distillery, this gin bursts with floral and pine aromas. It is delicate and complex on the palate with notes of juniper, orange blossom, lemon zest, rose, lavender, and just a hint of spice and a clean yet lingering finish. $31.99. www. hendricksgin.com. Bluecoat Elderflower Gin This fragrant gin is made by

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steeping the spirit with organic elderflower for two weeks. The result is a bright burst of juniper, citrus, tropical fruit and melon as well as an earthy complexity that has a slight tannic finish. $31.99. www.bluecoatgin.com. Gray Whale Gin The botanicals in this gin are handforged or organically farmed along the California migratory path of gray whales. It delights with the essence of Big Sur juniper, Baja limes, Sonoma fir trees, Santa Cruz mint, Mendocino sea kelp, and Central Valley almonds. Plus, every bottle helps support Oceana. $32.99. www.graywhalegin.com. Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Several well-known botanicals – juniper, coriander, cardamom, star anise, lemon and grapefruit – are showcased in this spirit. However, it also has unique infusions of floral meadowsweet, grassy orris root, and smoky gunpowder tea, which is a Chinese tea in pellet form. $39.99. www.drumshanbogunpowderirishgin.com. The Bitter Truth Pink Gin A delicious blend of traditionally crafted gin and aromatic bitters, expect complex fruity and floral aromas in this spirit. Beyond the lighter influences on the palate, enjoy a kick of spice with notes of licorice, caraway and fennel. $40.99. www.the-bitter-truth.com. Empress 1908 Gin Inspired by the iconic high tea and its specialty black tea blend at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, this small-batch gin is crafted in copper-pot stills. It combines eight botanicals – including grapefruit, rose petals, ginger root, and cinnamon bark – plus butterfly pea blossom, which gives the gin a captivating indigo hue. $42.99. www.empressgin.com.


Taste

DRINK / CHEERS / CUISINE / FOOD FILES / DINING GUIDE

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTH ITALIA

North Italia’s pasta dishes – made in-house daily – offer an escape to the Mediterranean. Among North’s signature offerings is the creamy, savory chicken pesto ($17.50). It starts with gigli pasta, a pretty semolina variety translating to “lilies” in Italian. Once cooked, it is coated in homemade pesto, made using basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and olive oil, and tossed with pieces of grilled chicken breast. Upon plating, the pasta is topped with toasted pine nuts, garlic, fresh basil, salty crispy capers, and a sprinkle of shaved Grana Padano cheese and finished with a squeeze of lemon juice. North Italia, 4925 N 40th St., Phoenix; 602.324.5600; www.northitalia.com.

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Taste CHEERS

POUR OF PARADISE

Barrel & Bushel’s High Noon Draw is a trip to the tropics for the taste buds

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY AWE COLLECTIVE

Dreaming of lounging in a cabana while watching waves dance across a white sand beach in a tropical paradise? While Downtown Phoenix’s new Barrel & Bushel restaurant and bar can’t physically transport one to the ocean, it’s High Noon Draw ($14) most certainly gives those who sip it an island vibe. “I’m a Hawaiian native, and one of our drinks of choice is the mai tai,” says Cory Smith, Barrel & Bushel assistant manager and cocktail designer. “High Noon Draw is my updated take on the tart rum cocktail.” It starts with Mount Gay Black Barrel, which Smith chose because of its bold-yetsmooth flavor profile. “I wanted a rum that would stand up to and balance my more fruit-forward and sweeter ingredients,” he says. The sweetness comes in the form of Joseph Carton Banana Liqueur and orgeat syrup, both added next, followed by lime juice and passion fruit puree, which provide tart and tropical notes. “As I was testing out the cocktail, there was still just a touch too much sweetness for my palate, so I decided to add one final element: Fernet-Branca,” Smith says. “The herbaceousnees of the liqueur combined with the other ingredients better than I could have even imagined.” Together, the ingredients get a good shake with ice and are strained into a Collins glass. It’s garnished with a mint bouquet and edible flowers to add freshness and a floral element to the cocktail. “While it tastes like my native home, the color reminded me of sun at high noon in Arizona, my new home, hence the name,” Smith says. Barrel & Bushel, 122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix; www.barrelandbushelphoenix.com; 602.523.3222.

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Taste

CUISINE

CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the Kitchen with Pornsupak “Cat” Bunnag of Glai Baan

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

Pornsupak “Cat” Bunnag is the executive chef and co-owner of Glai Baan, which specializes in big, bold flavors from Thailand’s northeastern Isan region as well as street food inspired by Bangkok.

What does Glai Baan mean? It roughly means “far from home,” which I technically am as a Thai native. However, Glai Baan is an actual old house we converted to a restaurant, so while far from my technical home, I feel very at home here in the Valley, figuratively because of the food and literally because of the restaurant itself. Tell us about growing up in Thailand. I grew up in Bangkok, which is a bustling metropolis more akin to New York than Phoenix. My family owned restaurants and worked in hospitality my entire life, and though I was in the kitchen all the time informally, I never thought I would go the culinary route. I was more into fashion, in fact. How did you make your way to Arizona? I moved to Florida first, back in 2000 at 25. I had friends there and was eager to explore all of the United States. To do so, I worked as a server, which is how I met Dan Robinson. He was a regular, and we fell in love. He is an alumnus of Arizona State, and always had an eye to move back. We invested in a home here in 2011. How did you come to start Glai Baan? While not formally trained as a chef, I cook constantly for Dan and friends, especially my native cuisine. Dan and I soon got it in our minds to create a space where Phoenicians could try true, authentic Thai food, with a nod to my native Bangkok, so we invested in Glai Baan together in 2017. Tell us about the menu. Our menu is very small and simple by design, as is our restaurant. Every dish has a story. Every recipe is inspired by home. Our Kanom Jeeb, steamed pork dumplings with scallions and ginger soy are always our top sellers. What types of other cuisine do you personally enjoy? My favorites are Japanese and Italian. Glai Baan, 2333 E Osborn Road, Phoenix; 602.595.5881; www.glaibaanaz.com.

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Taste FOOD FILES

MORNING INDULGENCES Breakfast and brunch treats to satisfy your sweet tooth

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Smores Cakes

Daily Dose Midtown Grill One of the best parts of a camping trip is making s’mores over the fire. Thanks to Daily Dose, you can now enjoy this campfire classic for breakfast or brunch. The pancakes are served in a stack of three and have a real graham cacker crust. They are topped with a housemade marshmallow icing and milk chocolate chips to round out the twist on the traditional treat, along with maple syrup upon request. $10.50. www.dailydosegrill.com.

Golden Waffle Dogs

Over Easy A perfect combination of sweet and savory, this dish – available daily from open to close – is so popular that it has been featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network. It starts with sausage links that have been dipped into a homemade vanilla batter. Once coated several times, they are fried to a golden brown on a stick, making the end result appear much like a corn dog, yet with the sweetness of a pancake. They come three to an order and are topped with powdered sugar and strawberries, with a side of maple syrup for dipping. $10. www. eatatovereasy.com.

Chip S’Hot Cakes

The Adobe Restaurant at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club The Chip S’Hot Cakes are nearly as legendary as the Arizona Biltmore itself. Jumbo in size and flavor, the made-from-scratch batter is available with blueberries or plain. Once the batter is mixed, it hits the griddle, resulting in light, fluffy cakes. They (each order comes with two cakes) are served with maple syrup and whipped butter. $12. www.theadoberestaurant.com.

Bread Pudding French Toast Who says dessert needs to wait until after dinner? From stuffed French toast to ingredient-topped pancakes to crispy yet chewy waffles and other creative options, these restaurants’ rich and decadent morning treats are some of the sweetest ways to start off the day. In light of COVID-19 changes, please visit each restaurant’s website or call to confirm dine-in and to-go options and hours before heading out to dine.

Southern Rail At the end each day, the leftover brioche — which is baked daily— at Southern Rail is used as the key ingredient in the Southern-style bread pudding on the dessert menu. On the weekends, the brioche bread pudding is cut into thin slices, dipped into a cinnamon-infused egg mixture and seared on the griddle to create this breakfast dish. The carmelized slices are then stacked and topped with blueberries, candied pecans and a bourbon caramel sauce. $13. www.southernrailaz.com.

Banana Fosters Pancakes

Hash Kitchen Available daily from open until close, this clever twist on a traditional Southern dessert is a favorite of Hash Kitchen regulars. A golden

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starts with crispy popcorn chicken, which can get a kick and be made “Nashville hot” for a dollar more. The bite-size delights are paired with fresh-made mini donuts – with flavors changing daily – and are then topped with the owner’s mom’s signature buttermilk syrup. $14.25. www.jewelsgfcafemenu.com.

Hayden Flour Mills Heritage Pancakes

Phoenix City Grille A favorite among Phoenix City Grilled diners, these traditional pancakes are served up during Sunday brunch with a big helping of local love for Valley purveyors. Beginning with pancake batter made with signature Hayden Flour Mills Heritage flour, which is located in Tempe, these are light and fluffy with just the perfect amount of crunch around the edges. They are topped with fresh berry butter and spiced Arizona pecans and then drizzled with pure Vermont maple syrup, served with cured bacon strips to balance the sweetness. $12. www.phoenixcitygrille.com.

tower of fluffy pancakes are topped with bananas that have been are caramelized using butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. The stack is also complete with cinnamon-infused whipped cream, candied pecans and powdered sugar. A gluten-free option is also available for an additional charge. $11. www.hashkitchen.com.

Stuffed French Toast

St. Francis The secret to this dish’s success: homemade Hawaiian sweet bread made fresh daily in-house using pineapple juice as the sweetening agent. Once baked, three giant slices of bread are cut and dipped into a French toast custard made using eggs, cream, vanilla sugar and nutmeg before getting tossed on the grill and cooked on both sides. While still warm, the French toast is layered with combination of mascarpone cheese, vanilla and sugar, almost making it look like a triple-decker sandwich. The tower is then cut and fanned out, served with a drizzle of pure maple syrup and hefty garnishment of fresh berries. $11. www.stfrancisaz.com.

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery These fluffy buttermilk pancakes are made with real pineapple bits, pure brown sugar and Saigon cinnamon. They are topped with a vanilla cream sauce made using heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, powdered sugar and corn starch, as well as a house butter whisked with cinnamon, brown sugar and salt. And while available daily from open to close, through a partnership with William Sonoma, fans can make their own versions at home thanks to Snooze Eatery Pancake Mix, available online. $9. www.snoozeeatery.com.

Lemon Ricotta Waffles

Chestnut at the Vintage This dish starts with crispy, chewy and perfectly browned waffles made from batter mixed with lemon zest a touch of ricotta cheese. The waffle triangles are topped with a zesty yet sweet housemade blueberry compote and two ice cream scoop-sized balls of creamy, rich ricotta cheese infused with tangy lemon. They are finished with a drizzle of honey and one last sprinkling of compote. $10. www.chestnutaz.com.

Popcorn Chicken & Donuts

Jewel’s Café At Jewel’s Café, it’s not just brunch all day, every day; it’s gluten-free brunch all day. One of the eatery’s most beloved dishes is this inspired take on chicken and waffles, which

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Taste DINING GUIDE

THE GLADLY

Anyone that can make Brussels sprouts like the folks at The Gladly do are good in my book. And they don’t stop there; they feature the Valley’s famous Original Chopped Salad as well as their Press Coffee short ribs entree. You’ll also be amazed at the raw bar offerings, sourced from Chula Seafood, and impressive whiskey selection featuring over 250 options from around the world. Head there for date night, a birthday celebration or if you’re just looking for some great food and drinks – you’ll be “glad” you did. 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.759.8132; www.thegladly.com; $$

NISHIKAWA RAMEN Named for the town in Japan where the owner’s journey began, Nishikawa Ramen is working to perfect the art of ramen. There’s also bowls, appetizers and special dishes; all full of flavor and history. 3141 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.368.8774; www. nishikawa-ramen.com; $$

BRUNCH

ESSENCE BAKERY CAFÉ Whether you’re looking for tasty pastries or a filling breakfast to start your day, this cafe (and its almond croissant) should be at the top of your list. 3830 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.296.4958; www.essencebakery. com; $$ MATT’S BIG BREAKFAST At this Food Network-profiled eatery, expect straightforward, hearty breakfast staples made with the best local ingredients and a sincere care for quality. 3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.840.3720; www.mattsbigbreakfast.com; $$

BY TARYN JEFFRIES

OVER EASY Quirky and approachable, this breakfast spot serves up delicious dishes for every palate. Whether you are in the mood for something on the healthier side or you’re looking to indulge, you will surely find your new favorite breakfast dish here. Multiple locations; www.eatatovereasy.com; $$

CONTEMPORARY

AMERICAN

BUCK & RIDER A seafood and oyster bar in our little desert oasis? Buck & Rider has created a space likened to that of a beach house and is serving up the freshest seafood, hand-rolled sushi and raw bar items they can get their hands on. 4225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.346.0110; www.buckandrider.com; $$$ DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW DPOV, as the restaurant is fondly called, is home to one of the most comprehensive views of the Valley, and is delightful at sunset. Executive chef Anthony DeMuro is creating some of the most interesting and informative dinners here, with an incredibly informed staff. 11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 623.866.6350; www. differentpointeofview.com; $$$

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SHAKE SHACK This East Coast favorite landed comfortably in the middle of the desert and brought iconic burgers, cheese fries and decadent concretes with it. Shake Shack’s burgers display clean, fresh flavors no matter the toppings you opt in for. 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.903.3240; www. shakeshack.com; $$

ASIAN

MOTO SUSHI Moto Sushi offers dishes that are a fusion of cultures that will surprise and delight. You can start off with the Asian nachos, which is a clever concoction of crispy wontons, soybeans, salsa and guacamole. Like it a little hot? Go for the exit wound bowl, complete with Moto hell fire sauce. 6845 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.263.5444; www.mrmotorising.com; $$

BECKETT’S TABLE Chef Justin Beckett creates sophisticated dishes that provide elevated palate comfort. Don’t miss the everchanging deviled eggs. 3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.954.1700; www.beckettstable.com; $$ TUCK SHOP This petite spot has become a neighborhood favorite. The menu is approachable and refreshing, with items bacon-wrapped dates and truffle mac n cheese. Tuck Shop offers small and large plates that you can share or savor solitarily. 2245 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.354.2980; www. tuckshopphx.com; $$

ITALIAN

CHRISTO’S RISTORANTE Open since 1986, Christo’s is one of the longest standing independent Italian restaurants in the area. Some dishes highlight simple flavors like the angel hair pomodore, while others are more complex and layered like the veal Christo. 6327 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.264.1784; www.christosristorante.com; $$

PANE BIANCO The success of Chris Bianco’s restaurants is widely known throughout the Southwest. This restaurant features high-quality, wood-fired split focaccia sandwiches crafted with only the best local ingredients. 4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.234.2100; www.pizzeriabianco. com; $$

MEXICAN

BLANCO TACOS & TEQUILA Here you’ll find fresh options including tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, enchiladas and fajitas as well as margaritas (even to go!). 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.429.8000; www.blancotacostequila.com; $$ TACO CHELO If you have an equal appreciation for art and great Mexican fare, you’ll be delighted to find both at Taco Chelo. Expect flame-cooked tacos encased in hand-pressed tortillas with custom design installations from Mexico and hand-designed tiles. 501 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix; 602.368.5316; www.tacochelo. com; $$

MIDDLE EASTERN

PA’LA Chef Claudio Urciuoli’s menu reflects the seasons and therefore changes frequently, but regardless of when you visit you’ll be greeted with light, fresh dishes that truly highlight the benefits of the ingredients and the soul and intention of the chef. 2107 N. 24th St., Phoenix; 602.795.9500; www.palakitchen.com; $$ ZOE’S KITCHEN Zoe’s Kitchen is offering up quick and healthy lunch and dinner options with a Mediterranean flair. Enjoy classic sandwiches and salads as well as fresh, zesty hummus to start. Zoe’s also serves heartier entrees such as kabobs, bowls and larger dinners meant for the whole family to share. 1641 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.263.9637; www. zoeskitchen.com; $$

SEAFOOD

HULA’S MODERN TIKI Hula’s has created a delicious fusion of Polynesian and American flavors. Order your favorite fresh fish from the menu and then have it prepared in one of five different styles. There’s also bowls, tacos, traditional entrees and sandwiches. Feeling thirsty? Don’t miss out on Hula’s mai tai. 5114 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.265.8454; www. hulasmoderntiki.com; $$


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