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42 Cuisine Talking with Todd Allison, executive chef at T. Cook’s.

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up close Support Services at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) Western Regional Medical Center Goodyear, Weber has been practicing medicine since 1979. He spent 30 years as a gastroenterologist in private practice in Milwaukee, Wis., and has also served as the Medical Director for several hospitals. With an expertise in colonoscopy, gastroscopy, ERCP, inflammatory bowel diseases, peptic ulcer and gastroesophageal reflux disease, and liver diseases, Weber has participated in numerous research studies, been named Best Doctor, and been awarded America’s Top Physicians Award. But cancer doesn’t know credentials. In 2005, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America doctor lost his own daughter, Annie, to sarcoma, a cancer that effects various locations in the body, when she was just 24-years-old. “There is nothing more precious than your own child and nothing more devastating than witnessing their suffering and eventual death. As a physician, the feeling

of helplessness is profound and can only be, to a small degree, countered by dedication of your mind, talents and emotion to doing everything you can to help others who find themselves in a similar situation,” he says. While there could be no reconciliation of the loss for the Weber family, the lessons and experience gained through Annie’s life, illness and death have only enhanced Weber’s ability to help his patients and their families. In 2009, he went to work for Cancer Treatment Centers of America with a goal to provide patients with a sense of peace, lessen their fear, and diminish their suffering. “Having a family member with cancer enabled me to experience diagnosis, treatment and death from the other side of the coin. I have to admit that cancer has become a personal enemy, and sarcoma, in particular, because of its vicious nature and aggressive course. The fact that cancer took my sweet daughter from me and my family has made it a

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particularly distasteful foe,” he says. He believes the empathy gained through losing his daughter has served as a tremendous incentive to intervene and help improve the quality of life for his patients at CTCA. He says sarcoma is often overlooked because it occurs in children and young adults.  “There is an unfortunate tendency, in the medical community, to assume good health in apparently healthy children and young adults, and to delay the work-up inappropriately,” Weber says. “Oftentimes, these tumors present with chronic pain, attributed to ‘growing pains’ or sports injuries. It has become my mantra that any child or young adult experiencing pain or any other persistent symptom for more than a couple of weeks needs to be checked out thoroughly.” He says parents and friends need to advocate aggressively in order to overcome any reticence that might exist on the medical side. Losing his daughter also invigorated this cancer doctor to become intensely involved in sarcoma cancer fundraising and awareness. To honor his Annie, the Biltmore Heights father formed Annie’s Connection SC, a member-directed support group serving those who have lost young adults. “After Annie passed, my wife and I wanted to do everything we could to spare others from the pain and suffering that our daughter and we, ourselves, experienced. Annie's Connection was initially formed as a grief counseling service for people who had lost young adults.” He also co-founded Annie’s Night, which benefits the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, MAAC Fund, an organization dedicated to finding effective treatments and cures for pediatric cancers and other blood-related disorders. Fighting cancer has never been more at the heart of Weber’s work, and his Annie will forever serve as his inspiration.


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Alicia Sutton of Free Arts helps to impact children WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ

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rt disciplines offer individuals of all ages, especially children, positive mediums to unlock their imaginations and build self-esteem. Executive Director of Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, Alicia Sutton, calls this art with intention. “Through simple art projects, volunteers work with children to help them build resiliency, improve coping skills, develop trust with caring adults, and learn to express emotions in a positive way,” she explains. And Sutton should know–her background inculdes training in both the arts and nonprofit organizations. Free Arts (103 W. Highland Ave., Ste. 200, Phoenix; 602.258.8100; www. freeartsaz.org) is a nonprofit organization that brings the healing powers of the creative arts to abused and homeless children by partnering with foster care group homes and emergency shelters in Maricopa County. Just last year, Sutton and her team of staff and volunteers served more than 8,000 children. The organization offers children a smorgasbord of platforms like drumming, hip-hop dance, painting, welding, culinary arts, and beyond, saving children from daily neglect and abuse through the healing power of the arts. “We do it all,” Sutton says.

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What do you love most about your job? I love working with the hundreds of volunteers who make Free Arts programs possible–from the board members to the single-day volunteers who help at a Free Arts Day. What are some future goals you have for Free Arts? We would like to develop programing that allows children to stay engaged with us even after they leave their shelters or group homes. We would also like to have a gallery space that would showcase the children’s art and give the community a glimpse into the lives of these children. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I love to travel and immerse myself in different cultures. The more distinctive it is, the more I enjoy it! UPTOWN |

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Kindra Hall’s success story BY JENNIFER PARKS PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ

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indra Hall likes a good story. So much so that this savvy storyteller even created a business around just that, teaching some of the Valley’s most successful how to craft a story. The Arcadia wife and of mom two toddlers began her storytelling career in her elementary school’s English class. She later competed on the high school speech team telling stories, and at the National Storytelling Conference. Fast-forward 15 years, and Hall is now an author, speaker, storytelling advisor, and a master of the personal story (www.kindrahall.com). Performing on the largest storytelling stage in the world at the National Storytelling Festival, Hall is a 2014 Storytelling World Award Recipient, and recently released her first book, Otherwise Untold: A Collection of Stories Most People Would Keep to Themselves. The Arcadia mom says owning her own speaking and consulting business is a dream come true, with clients ranging from high-profile speakers, executives and professional athletes to business owners. “Like any critical skill in business, strategic storytelling takes time, effort and practice,” she says. “It also doesn’t hurt to have a pro-storyteller on your team (a.k.a. ... me).”

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What are the best stories to tell? True ones! True stories with a little humor and a small (or big) lesson learned will get the best results. All-time favorite storyteller? Donald Davis. He’s in his 70s and still travels 300 days a year telling stories across the country. I’m proud to call him my mentor and friend. A story you should avoid telling at a dinner party? Never tell a story you haven’t told before at an important dinner party. “Practice” your stories in casual settings among friends or family to determine if they’re really as funny as you think they are. ... It’s always good to use familiar material when the social stakes are high. AUGUST 2015 |

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IN TUNE O WITH STYLE Shannon Wallace dresses to impress BY GRETCHEN PAHIA PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ SHOT ON-SITE AT ASU KERR CULTURAL CENTER

n stage or off, Shannon Wallace exudes grace and beauty. The signer and on-camera voiceover talent star is always dressed for success. “My professional style and off-stage style are one in the same—I overdress for everything because I love to dress,” says Wallace. “I would say I am sophistication mixed with style. I simply think it is important for women to be feminine and to strut their stuff in a dignified and sexy manner.” For Wallace, it isn’t about labels, but what makes you feel good and what looks good on you. “I hunt for bargains–I always look for something that is special and unique.” One thing that Wallace is really proud to show off and flaunt is her collection of vintage shoe clips. Even though she may have more than 250 pairs of shoes, Wallace says these shoe clips allow her to have hundreds of more different looks. “The must-have piece I have in my closet is my nude patent leather stilettos, which I can adhere a different pair of shoe clips each day. They are so much fun and I get so many compliments on all the different looks I can create with just the touch of these accessories.”

What are some causes and charities that are near and dear to your heart? Recently, I have found fantastic opportunities to visit college campus music department classrooms to talk with students about the importance of understanding all facets of the music industry as they create their musical careers. I have also been exploring opportunities to reach, with music, the elderly, to help stimulate and enliven their spirits. Who in Hollywood or in music would your style mimic? Every woman has the power within herself to look like, be like, and act like her authentic, beautiful self. Through my own personal style, I am continually inspired by the elegant sophistication and inexplicable allure of not only Audrey Hepburn and Gwen Stefani (her off-stage look), but also every woman I encounter. UPTOWN |

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WALKING ART R. Scott Harnisch’s artsy style BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ

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Where do you get your fashion inspiration? My inspiration tends to be a bit esoteric. I like looking at a statement from different eras and paying attention to the feeling and the particular narrative that was being created. My hope is that whatever look I am inspired by, it will create interest and will make a person want to know more about who I am. What do you love most about being a music educator? I like creating the opportunities for success for students who aren’t always successful in a regular classroom setting. I am able to evaluate the entire child both academically and artistically because I educate the mind as well as the heart.

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FLAVORS OF PHOENIX

at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN

1. Lisa Jack, Tahari outfit.

7. Sue Viall, Carmen Marc Valvo dress, Michael Kors handbag.

2. Bradford Brohard, Rebecca Taylor dress.

8. Dr. Randa Jarrar, Rebecca Taylor dress, Christian Louboutin handbag.

3. Holly Henderson, Chiara Boni La Petit Robe outfit, Yves Saint Laurent handbag.

9. Ashley Drew, dress from a boutique in Utah.

4. Dawn Baiden, For Love or Lemons dress, Halston handbag, Lucky Star Jewels jewelry.

10. Liz Lovett, Girlicious dress. 11. Jenny Weaver, Maggy London dress.

5. Kristen Hutsko, BCBG dress.

12. Kimberly Caruso, Diane von Furstenberg dress, Coach handbag.

6. Korrie Foley, Tahari dress.

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THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR GRAND FINALS at Talking Stick Resort BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN

1. Wendee Saunders, Valentino dress.

8. Genevra Richardson, Alexis dress, Prada handbag.

2. Taylor Grewe, ZARA dress.

9. Shayna Diamond, White House I Black Market dress.

3. Zarine Kotin, Guess dress, Tory Burch handbag.

10. Gina Kauffman, Maggy London dress.

4. Hillary Luinstra, Free People dress, vintage handbag.

11. Nicole Wheeler, Guess dress.

5. Anna Tovar, Ralph Lauren dress.

12. Katelyn Saunders, ZARA dress.

6. Kathy Griesenbeck, Kaftan Queen dress, vintage handbag.

13. Stephanie Koplan, Saks Fifth Avenue dress, Nordstrom handbag.

7. Erica Anderson, Parker dress.

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LIVING THE GOOD LIFE IN ARIZONA BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM PHOTOS BY CARL SCHULTZ

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f you’ve been in Phoenix for any length of time, you might feel as if you know Sean McLaughlin (pronounced Seen). The one-time weekend weather anchor for KPNX Channel 12 is now the weeknight male news anchor for KPHO Channel 5. His face—and his voice—are familiar. Most Phoenix residents have listened to him as he discusses monsoon storms and haboobs as you prepare your evening meal. Today, he’s one of Arizona’s most popular news personalities, and people feel a kinship due to all of those evenings when he’s been a fixture in the family room. McLaughlin took a few precious minutes between morning carpools and leaving for work to share his love for Arizona, talk about what it was like to cover Hurricane Katrina, explain the thrill of sitting at the news desk alongside some of the country’s top newscasters, and share a bit about his life as a dad to four kids.

STARTING OUT IN A ONE-STOPLIGHT TOWN McLaughlin is one of four boys who were raised in a small farming community in Iowa. His dad owned the Chevrolet franchise in the Midwestern town of 2,500 people, which boasted just a single stoplight. McLaughlin had a graduating class of only 55 kids, but early on he learned the power of public speaking. “I discovered very early, when I was in third grade, that I could grab people’s attention,” he says, laughing. “I volunteered as a lector in the church [reading Bible passages to the parish] and I realized wow, all of these adults are focused on me.” It was logical for McLaughlin to combine that love of speaking in front of people with his love for journalism and a fascination with television. “I was obsessed with Johnny Carson,” he says. “The television was this magical box that transported me into another place.” McLaughlin says he remembers sneaking down to the living room at night after everyone was in bed, turning the volume way down, and watching Carson. For a small-town boy from Iowa, the allure of the television was addicting.

I DISCOVERED VERY EARLY, WHEN I WAS IN THIRD GRADE, THAT I COULD GRAB PEOPLE’S ATTENTION.

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reporter two days each week. The move to Phoenix was a good one for McLaughlin in many ways. He met his future wife, Emily, during the Phoenix Open in 1995. McLaughlin stayed at Channel 12 for 12 years. “You get very comfortable in Phoenix,” he explains. “You forget to focus on your career.” But he knew he wanted more and a bigger market, and that opportunity came along in 2004. “I had been doing the weather for 12 years at that point. I had an offer in 2003 to move to Chicago, but I couldn’t break my contract [in Phoenix].” When an offer came along in 2004 to join MSNBC in New York, McLaughlin jumped at it. “The timing wasn’t great,” admits McLaughlin. “I was married two years and we had a 6-month-old daughter.” But he knew the move was essential to his career.

During high school, he worked on the school newspaper and yearbook, and got a job at a nearby FM radio station during his senior year. He attended Iowa State and graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism. But, he also came out of college with real-life experience. The university owned the ABC affiliate in Des Moines, so he was able to work at the station throughout college. It gave him a chance to wear many different hats as he learned the trade—a fact that has served him well over the years throughout his career.

FROM REPORTER TO WEATHER ANCHOR

McLaughlin landed his first job out of college at a television station in Palm Springs, Calif. “It was an exciting time in Palm Springs,” McLaughlin explains in his familiar voice. “Sonny Bono was mayor. We would go to City Hall every day and cover him. Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope were still alive and they’d have golf tournaments. We would go up to Bob Hope’s house at Easter, where he would do his NBC specials. It was an amazing first job.” McLaughlin was hired originally as a reporter. “I’m there and I’m doing everything. I’m shooting, writing and editing my own stories as a reporter. Everybody has three different jobs because it’s a tiny market.” When the weather guy got promoted, McLaughlin convinced the higherups to let him try out for the weather—he had done weather once for the cable station at college. He got the job as the weather anchor at 6 and 11 p.m.—but still had to be a reporter during the day. “It was just an amazing first job. It was a path to move up faster to a bigger market if I knew how to do multiple things. I thought, why not add weather reporter to my repertoire?”

MOVING TO PHOENIX, THEN NEW YORK

With the additional experience as a weather reporter, and completing meteorology school, McLaughlin was ready for that move to a larger market. He had that chance in 1992, when he moved to Phoenix and joined KPNX Channel 12 as the weekend weather anchor and a

HURRICANE SEASON 2005

IT WAS JUST AN AMAZING FIRST JOB. IT WAS A PATH TO MOVE UP FASTER TO A BIGGER MARKET IF I KNEW HOW TO DO MULTIPLE THINGS. I THOUGHT, WHY NOT ADD WEATHER REPORTER TO MY REPERTOIRE?

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McLaughlin’s timing was either incredibly good or incredibly poor, depending on how you look at it. He started as the weekday weather anchor for MSNBC and the Sunday weather anchor for NBC News’ Weekend Today with Lester Holt in July 2004. A year later, in August 2005, the biggest hurricane season on record hit the U.S., and McLaughlin was ready to report on Hurricane Katrina. That still is one of the most difficult times in his career, but also holds some of his best career experiences. “When you’re at a 24-hour news network, there is no time off,” explains McLaughlin. That was especially true during Hurricane Katrina. “I worked 60 days in a row during Katrina and Rita. I will never forget one night that really showed me the power of TV as a visual medium. It was the middle of the night before Katrina came ashore. We had been live for hours reporting these enormous numbers. We’d been giving out the stats, that the waves could reach 25 feet high, but I needed some way to break through to the public, to let them know the potential dangers. I looked around the set and saw a scissor lift. I had the cameraman stand on the ground as they lifted me 25 feet in the air to show the expected storm surge. That visual drove it into


people’s brains. For me, that was my pivotal broadcast moment.” But for McLaughlin’s wife, there were challenges. “She had a toddler and was eight months pregnant with our second child,” explains McLaughlin with a voice filled with respect for his wife. “We were in a brownstone and she was climbing three flights of stairs and I wasn’t there to help.” His wife decided to return to Arizona for the birth of their second child. McLaughlin was able to fly to Arizona in time for his son’s appearance in the world, but just 12 hours after the birth, he was back on a plane to cover Rita. It was 2006 when McLaughlin knew it was time to return home to Arizona. “Sitting next to Katie [Couric] and Matt [Lauer] was amazing [during the times he substituted on Today], but I took a hard look at my future. I knew Al [Roker] wasn’t going anywhere. And by then, we were pregnant with number three.” But he wasn’t going to return to Arizona for just any job. “I was looking for a challenge,” explains McLaughlin. “I didn’t want to come back to my same job.” It was the promise of a chance to once again return to news anchoring that drew him to KPHO Channel 5. The anchor says his job today is a constant challenge and one he welcomes, despite all the changes in broadcast journalism.

HOME AGAIN IN ARIZONA

McLaughlin is passionate about his work as a news anchor. “I find this career fascinating, challenging, impactful and needed,” he explains. “I believe that local news is still the place to get the best information.” McLaughlin agrees that social media has dramatically changed the news, and has a strong social media presence himself. However, he also argues that it remains essential to get actual news from journalists. “You can get a lot out of social media, but you can’t get news that’s been through the journalistic process. There are checks and balances on stories and editorial decisions that help us report stories that matter in our community.” McLaughlin has no plans to leave Arizona. He and his wife of 14 years

now have four children—two boys and two girls, ages 11, 9, 8 and 5—and love spending time hiking the mountain preserves, going to local music festivals, swimming together, and just hanging out as a family. And his love for Arizona plays an important part in his happiness. “I want people to never take for granted where we live,” he says with a passion for his adopted home. “I’ve lived in the Midwest, California, New York. The AUGUST 2015 |

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quality of life we have here is unmatched. We get that there are problems, but the physical place is unrivaled. I hope people realize how fortunate we are to live here.” McLaughlin, who lives in Phoenix, welcomes a future of balancing his crazy work schedule with being a dad. He plans to keep sharing his passion for Phoenix with his nightly listeners. “I truly believe that our best history as a state is ahead of us,” he says.


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16th Annual Peach Mania Festival

28th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering

Willcox, Apple Annie’s; Aug. 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16 Things here are peachy! Enjoy you-pick treeripened peaches and apples. There’s also an all-you-can-eat Peaches & Pancakes breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. each Sat. Plus, peach ice cream, and peach pie. Prices vary. 520.384.2084 or www.appleannies.com.

Prescott, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center; Aug. 6-8 More than 50 cowboy poets and old-time singers will gather at this event to celebrate the oral traditions of the working cowboy with a blend of poetry, music, yodeling, ranch history, and more. $20-$55. 877.928.4253 or http://azcowboypoets.org.

8th Annual Bullhead City River Regatta

5th Annual Pirates of the High Desert

Bullhead City, Colorado River; Aug. 7 & 8 At this regatta there will be kayak races, tube floaters and theme floats. The event kicks off with the Friday evening “Ye Gotta Regatta” pre-party, with live music, carnival games and food. Saturday grab an inner tube and enjoy a lazy 8-mile float or build a creative, nonmotorized float and parade down the river. Prizes awarded for floats. $30 for the regatta. 928.542.8885 or www.bullheadregatta.com.

Bisbee, Old Bisbee Brewing Company; Aug. 8 The Old Bisbee Brewing Company presents this event, where you’ll enjoy costumes, a citywide treasure hunt, a burlesque show, music, an art walk, exotic rum tastings, food, and lots of fun. Pricing not available at press time. 520.432.BREW or www.bisbeeafter5.com.

Mountain Artists Guild’s 65th Annual Summer Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts

Meteor Mania, Perseids

Prescott, Courthouse Plaza; Aug. 8 & 9 This juried art show features more than 120 artisans from throughout the West. Browse their work in a variety of mediums. There will also be live music. Free. 928.445.2510 or www.mountainartistsguild.org.

131st Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo Payson, Payson Event Center; Aug. 20-23 Celebrate the history and tradition of prorodeo. Considered the country’s Best Small Rodeo by the PRCA, it features bull riding, calf roping and barrel racing, among other competitions. $7.50-$22. 928.474.4515 or www.paysonrimcountry.com.

Tucson, Kitt Peak; Aug. 12 Catch an amazing view of summer’s meteoric tour de force at Kitt Peak. Expect up to 120 meteors per hour. Pre-registration required. $25-45. 520.318.8726 or www.ao.edu/ outreach/kpvc.

8th Annual Bullhead City River Regatta

GREAT EVENTS TO ATTEND THIS MONTH! Take a break from the heat and take a day trip to one of these events BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN

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2015 Southern Arizona Salsa & Tequila Challenge Tucson, La Encantada Shopping Center; Aug. 22 The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance presents this annual salsa competition with red, green, hot, mild and fruity salsas, live mariachi music, salsa dancing, and more. $40 per person includes a Salsa & Chips Sampling from the competitors, as well as Tequila Based Mixed Drinks and Menu Pairings from up to 50 area emerging and established chefs. 520.797.3959 or www.saaca.org/salsatequila.php.


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ALL BOTTLED UP

Refresh Glass creates new items out of old wine bottles BY GRETCHEN PAHIA

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bout seven years ago, Ray DelMuro quit his job, traveled across 21 countries, and returned home with a desire to combine his passions for engineering and art. Working out of his garage, he began crafting beautiful products—including vases, candle holders, glassware and more—out of recycled wine bottles. “We would melt the rims and stress relieve the glass, making for a beautiful leftover product,” says DelMuro. What began as a simple little creative outlet has now turned into hundreds of thousands of bottles. “I started at farmer’s markets, selling the glass,” he says. “That turned into Whole Foods and others such as Postino and such. Now, we collect about 250,000 bottles a year and have vases, candle holders and more, which we sell to major retailers, large restaurants, and hotels.” He calls the company Refresh Glass (www.refreshglass.com) and in all, he’s rescued more than 600,000 bottles from landfills, and now has a goal of saving 10 million. He also designed a machine that cuts bottles more efficiently than other equipment, and his products are now

carried in major chains such as Wolfgang Puck and the Four Seasons. One may wonder, where exactly do all these bottles come from? That’s easy! “We collect the bottles from restaurants and hotels such as Pizzeria Bianco, Postino, Sheraton... about 17 different places right now. We continue to grow each year. Last year we grew about 40 percent with collections and output, and we expect to grow even more this year,” says DelMuro. Refresh Glass and DelMuro are also excited to be part of a current nationwide project called the Small Business AUGUST 2015 |

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Revolution. This project highlights just 100 of the nation’s most compelling small businesses throughout 2015. “For businesses that are smaller, it is really awesome to get national attention for the uniqueness of what you do. The Small Business Revolution is all part of a larger business plan, which got funding to create photo essays, and based on photography, entrepreneurs and business journeys are part of the features,” he explains. The story on Refresh Glass can be found at www. smallbusinessrevolution.org. DelMuro is pleased with the way business is going today and says he is looking forward to moving ahead and growing more each day. However, that doesn’t mean he didn’t have a few regrets along the way. “If I could go back and change one thing, I would probably focus on selling just glassware, as opposed to trying to sell and market a bunch of different products. There is always this push and pull between the technician and artist in me versus the salesman in me. While I understand I need to help my business and team grow, I always love to create and spend time with the glass.”


do practice. Historically, many artists have sought to expose parallel truths existing outside of the mainstream. The artists in this exhibition explore neglected yet pressing histories, such as the violence against women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; the marginalization of indigenous communities in Guatemala; and the fate of civilians “disappeared” by military and paramilitary groups in Colombia. Discover Hidden Histories from around the globe. Call for times and pricing. www.phxart.org. FROM NEW YORK TO NEW MEXICO: MASTERWORKS OF AMERICAN MODERNISM FROM THE VILCEK FOUNDATION COLLECTION Aug. 1-Sept. 7, Phoenix Art Museum Enjoy masterworks of American Modernism from the early 1900s to the post-war era. Artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove and Marsden Hartley explore a wide range of modernist approaches with emphasis given to American cubism, nature-based abstractions of the Stieglitz Circle, and regionally-inspired modernism from the American Southwest. Call for times and pricing. www.phxart.org.

ANJELAH JOHNSON Aug. 1-2, Stand Up Live In the beginning of her career, Anjelah Johnson was a professional cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders. As an Oakland Raiderette, she was named Rookie of the Year, and even performed at Super Bowl XXXVII. She decided to pursue her dream of acting and became an internet sensation with her viral video Nail Salon, which led to many stand-up and performance opportunities. That same year, she joined the cast of MADtv as a series regular, which spawned another internet sensation, Bon Qui Qui. This original character, a disgruntled fast food employee with no filter, has been enjoyed, viewed and replicated by over 55 million people worldwide. Don’t miss this cheerleader-turnedcomedian. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. $35. www.standuplive.com. C IS FOR CLOWN Aug. 1-6, Herberger Theater Center Pandanda Players have done it again! The group that brought you M is for Marriage and Q is for Queen now brings you their newest Alphabet Shakespeare play–C is for Clown. Come learn the difference between a clown and a fool, and enjoy highlights from some of Shakespeare’s funniest characters. Enjoy good old-fashioned laughs, witty banter, and maybe a pratfall or two. 12:10 p.m. $6. www.herbergertheater.org. HIDDEN HISTORIES IN LATIN AMERICAN ART Aug 1-23, Phoenix Art Museum The focus of this exhibition is an investigation of the means by which some Latin American and Latino artists spotlight stories or histories marginalized by the media in their artistic

AUGUST CALENDAR WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE

Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag Aug. 4-9, Phoenix Art Museum

It is a new month, which means new exhibits hit the Phoenix Art Museum floor. Jacqueline Groag’s Pattern Play exhibition displays the renewed public appetite for color and pattern that flourished in British fashion after the prolonged trauma of World War II. Czech-born Groag was one of the most versatile female designers of the post-war period. From the colorful and playful to the abstract and representational, Groag’s work contributed to Britain’s spirit of renewal and defined the popular “contemporary” style. Call for times and pricing. www.phxart.org.

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TEHE Aug. 2, Province Every Sunday afternoon relax to jazz music while you enjoy a scrumptious lunch. This Sunday, TeHe lights up the atmosphere with its downtown urban beats on the Province patio. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. www.phoenix.provincerestaurant.com. JOHNNY MATHIS Aug. 2, Celebrity Theatre American singer Johnny Mathis will serenade a Celebrity Theatre audience this month. Mathis has sold well over 350 million records worldwide, and has earned gold or platinum titles on several dozen of his albums. This makes him the third biggest-selling artist of the 20th century. Mathis discography has something for everyone, from jazz, traditional pop, Brazilian music, Spanish music, soul, rhythm and blues, soft rock and Broadway tunes to even some disco. 7 p.m. $63-$133. www.celebritytheatre.com. MEET ME DOWNTOWN PHOENIX Aug. 3, The Corner Restaurant People of all ages and abilities can take part in a run or walk of about three miles through the city’s core, starting and finishing at The Corner Restaurant at CityScape. It isn’t timed. It isn’t competitive. The goal is a relaxed, social atmosphere in the heart of our city. Participants have the opportunity to win some fun things like tickets to a Phoenix Suns game and gift certificates from Sole Sports Running Zone and Downtown restaurants. 5:15 p.m. www.meetmedowntownphx.com. 12TH ANNUAL ART UNRAVELED Aug. 4-11, Embassy Suites Phoenix Join others from around the globe in mixed media art workshops. The 12th Annual Art Unraveled is exactly that–art unraveled. Attendees can jump from station to station to learn painting, drawing, jewelry construction, book-making, collage-building,


do journaling, and much more. Workshops are priced individually so you can unravel your artistic side as much or as little as you wish. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.artunraveled.com. GRACE POTTER Aug. 8, Celebrity Theatre Grace Potter of American rock band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will bring her strong vocals to the stage this month. Potter is a multi-instrumentalist who is known for her impressive vocal qualities—evocative of bluesrock singers like Janis Joplin or Koko Taylor— as well as her vibrant stage presence. In addition to playing with the Nocturnals, Potter has also released solo material and collaborated with other artists. 8 p.m. $29-$37. www.celebritytheatre.com. IDINA MENZEL Aug. 8, Comerica Theatre Idina Menzel stole our hearts as Queen Elsa in the enchanting movie Frozen. Her powerful vocals became prominent in the world of theatre—she’s performed in Broadway musicals like Rent and Wicked. Don’t miss out as Menzel captivates a Valley audience... I know I’ll be belting out “Let it Go” along with her. 8 p.m. $48-$125. www.comericatheatre.com. LIFE AND LIMB—LUNCH TIME THEATER Aug. 11-20, Herberger Theatre Center Life and Limb is a story to see and hear from the producers of UNCONDITIONAL and Footnotes of the Untellable Tale. The Tree of Life is a long-held symbol of the deep and interconnected roots of the human experience. Three combination dancer/storytellers intertwine narrative with myth and dance with theatre to delight audiences in this production. Enjoy a captivating story about innocence, trial, risk, love, strength and transcendence: Life. 12:10 p.m. $6. www.herbergertheater.org. LINDSEY STIRLING: THE MUSIC BOX TOUR Aug. 13, Comerica Theatre Who is Lindsey Stirling, you ask? Well, she is a classically trained violinist from Gilbert! She entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with over 675 million views on YouTube, Billboard chart-topping hits, and soldout tours worldwide. Do not miss out on one of the Valley’s very own as she harmoniously combines electronic and classical sounds to create a genre uniquely her own. 7:30 p.m. $38.50-$48.50. www.comericatheatre.com. CATCH A RISING STAR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Aug. 13-14, The Nash Curated by The Nash, this series provides a platform for some of the Valley’s emerging artists to gain prominence in the jazz community. This month, Alto saxophonist Alex Young will wow audiences with his mastery of the instrument. Young is a recent graduate from Arizona State University with a bachelor of music in Jazz Studies. Support local artists and catch yourself a rising star. 7:30-10 p.m. $15. www.thenash.org.

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VYTal Affair Aug. 22, Herberger Theater Center

If you think it, want it, dream it, then it’s real. That’s the VYTAL Affair’s motto, and they are sticking to it. This Valley Youth Theatre event features drinks, food, an auction, and a special live benefit performance. The event also honors this year’s VYTALITY Award recipients, Gwen and Doug Parker, and Gammage and Burnham PLC. Come dressed in your most creative party attire. 5:30 p.m. $125 or $250. www.vyt.com.

HEARTS-4-CLUBS ANNUAL CASINO NIGHT Aug. 14, Whiskey Row Hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix’s Connect volunteer group, Hearts-4Clubs Annual Casino Night benefits after-school programs throughout the Valley. Attendees can expect a fun-filled night with delicious hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails while trying a hand at blackjack, craps and roulette. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes. Kiss those dice and roll a double whammy all in support of improving the Valley’s after-school programs. 6 p.m. $50. www.bgcmp.org.

2ND ANNUAL GET ART ARIZONA EVENT Aug. 22, Phoenix Theatre In celebration of all things live theatre arts, The Audrey Johnson Theatre Foundation presents its 2nd Annual Get Art Arizona event. Here is the gist: attendees will get a glimpse of what each theatre around the Valley will provide to its patrons for the upcoming season by watching 30-minute performances throughout the day. There will be silent and live auction items, including tickets to performances from the represented theatres. There will also be information on vocal classes and coaches, as well as dance studios and acting classes. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.audreyjohnsonfoundation.com.

DIERKS BENTLEY Aug. 15, Ak-Chin Pavilion American country music singer and songwriter Dierks Bentley brings his Southern beats to the Valley this month. Signed to Capitol Records, Bentley’s studio albums have accounted for 18 singles on the country singles chart, of which 13 have reached No. 1. Grab your cowboy hat and swing on over to Ak-Chin Pavilion for one spectacular performance. 7 p.m. $30-$254. www.ak-chinpavilion.com.

WICKED Aug. 26-31, ASU Gammage Broadway’s biggest blockbuster is back by popular demand. Need I even describe it? Well, for those of you living under a rock: long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One girl is born with emerald green skin. She is smart, fiery and misunderstood; the other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The story is how these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Showtimes vary. $30-$150. www.asugammage.com.

THE GIRLS NIGHT OUT, BOYS CAN COME TOO TOUR Aug. 19, Comerica Theatre Get your greatest girlfriends together and celebrate girl power with pop sensations Colbie Caillat, Christina Perri and Rachel Platten. Embrace your girlhood and sing along to songs like “Try,” “Bubbly,” “A Thousand Years” and “Jar of Hearts.” Oh... you boys can come, too. 7 p.m. $39-$49. www.comericatheatre.com. AUGUST 2015 |

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JILL SCOTT Aug. 28, Comerica Theatre Grammy Award-winner singer/songwriter Jill Scott brings her summer tour to the Valley of the Sun. Scott will perform her acclaimed hits like “Fool’s Gold” and “You Don’t Know.” This is her first single tour since 2011. 8 p.m. $39.50-$79.50. www.comericatheatre.com.


do days. With an extensive food and beverage menu to boot, Top Golf is sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters. 9500 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale; 480.240.2402; www.topgolf.com.

ESCAPE THE ROOM

INDOOR FUN

Cool fun for when it’s hot outside BY GRETCHEN PAHIA

Escape the Room is an interactive entertainment idea in Old Town Scottsdale. This real-life adventure game is great for small groups, so gather some co-workers, family members or friends. The objective? Find hidden objects, figure out clues, and solve puzzles in order to Escape the Room! But you need to be smart and quick since you only have 60 minutes to do all this and get yourselves out of the room. 7017 E. Main St., Scottsdale; www.escapetheroomaz.com.

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he temperatures sure are hot across the Valley, and that means it’s time to find some fun and unique things to occupy your time indoors. There are plenty of family options, but sometimes you just want some adult fun. Try these options.

TOP GOLF SCOTTSDALE AT RIVERWALK

Conveniently located just off the Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale, Top Golf is one of the newest places here in the Valley for adults to have fun with golf. Whether you are just starting out, simply playing for fun, or a golf pro, Top Golf is tons of fun. There’s climate control in every bay, so you will never have to worry about sweating it out during these hot Valley

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do SCORPIUS DANCE THEATRE If you’re looking for a new way to get your fitness on, why not check out adult aerial classes? Scorpius Dance Theatre offers regularly scheduled drop-in classes, private lessons, and group sessions—perfect for a ladies’ night or a group of friends looking to try something new. Located inside the Metropolitan Arts Institute at 7th Avenue and McDowell, Scorpius Dance Theatre students will learn basic climbs, knots, proper safety, spotting and posture, as well as different poses and transition sequences. Classes are held a few days each week. 1700 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix; www.scorpiusdance.com/ classes.

OCTANE RACEWAY If the need for speed is more your style, head on over to Octane Raceway. This locale will give you a great adrenaline rush, and the racetrack is designed to

give each driver the best racing experience around. Racing at Octane is easy—just arrive, sign a waiver, purchase your races, and schedule you and your guests for the first available race. Octane Racing is really a great way to get behind the wheel of a fun go-kart and get some speed under your feet without the fear of too many young children around. Located just off the Loop 101 and Indian Bend in Scottsdale, Octane Raceway has a lot to offer adults looking for a good time. 9199 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale; 602.302.RACE; www.octaneraceway.com.

THE BRUSH BAR Feeling a little artistic? Why not check out The Brush Bar? You can hang out with your girlfriends, a boyfriend, spouse, parents, whoever, and get your paint on! At The Brush Bar, located in Scottsdale, you simply register for a class, arrive at the designated time, and start painting. An

instructor will guide the way brush stroke by brush stroke, and you will leave with a new beautiful piece of wall art. Oh, did we mention the wine? That’s right, your first glass of wine is included in the class fee, and you can order more as you paint. A fun evening of culture, learning and wine. 4165 N. Craftsman Ct., Scottsdale; 480.947.8700; www.thebrushbar.com.

CIRCLE 6 STUDIOS If you’ve ever thought about trying your hand at a little different kind of art, try giving glass blowing a try. At Circle 6 Studios, located in Phoenix, you can learn a number of fantastic ways of creating glass art. The studio offers a number of set classes, but you can also do teambuilding workshops, group events, and parties. Create vases, bowls, artwork and more, all with the beauty of fire and glass. 1424 E. Virginia Ave., Phoenix; 602.454.9342; www.circle6studios.com.

THERE’S CLIMATE CONTROL IN EVERY BAY, SO YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SWEATING IT OUT DURING THESE HOT VALLEY DAYS.

Top Golf Scottsdale at Riverwalk

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GOT THE BLUES? In this case, that’s a good thing! Conjuring images of clear skies and alluring ocean waters, blue is the hue to have

BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top left) Vase, West Elm, $29 at West Elm, 480.948.1950. Cabana geometric pillow in cobalt, Pier 1 Imports, $20 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Stacking armchair in blue, Pier 1 Imports, $89.95 at Pier 1 Imports. Ikat diamond rug, Pier 1 Imports, $329.95-$599.95 at Pier 1 Imports. Seeded glass lamp in cobalt, Pier 1 Imports, $59 at Pier 1 Imports. Beach stripe throw, $38 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Toulouse valet box, $195 at Nordstrom. Distressed wood frame, $16 at Nordstrom. $16. UPTOWN |

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Add a modern touch to your home with these Plass Table Lamps, designed by Luca Nichetto for Foscarini. Featuring colored transparency while echoing the imperfections of handmade glass, these dramatic lamps make a big statement, blending the effect of the artisanal tradition of glass-making with contemporary processes and materials. They are not only true works of art, but offer a pleasant light diffusion. $711 at Lumature, 15620 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.998.5505; www.lumature.com. AUGUST 2015 |

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SCENTS OF THE SEASON For her…

BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Neroli Portofino private blend eau de parfum, Tom Ford, $215-$295 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Stella, Stella McCartney, $87 at Sephora, 480.945.0100. Shelter Island, Bond No. 9, $205 from Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. UPTOWN |

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BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Invictus cologne, Paco Rabanne, $82 for 3.4 oz., at Sephora, 480.945.0100. Straight to Heaven Splash of Lemon–Sophie Matisse Art Edition (unisex scent), Kilian, $195 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologne, Jo Malone, $60-$120 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. AUGUST 2015 |

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allure Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser Offering a truly elevating cleansing experience, this rose hip and cherry oil-infused gelée melts into an oil that dissolves makeup and impurities. Add a splash of warm water, and the oil emulsifies into a hydrating milk that leaves skin clean and bright. $34 at www.olehenriksen.com.

SkinCeuticals C + AHA Serum Pardon the saying, but this serum is the shiz. This two-in-one treatment is formulated with a 15 percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid to neutralize free radicals and 10 percent hydroxy acids to exfoliate and smooth the skin. $134 at www.skinceuticals.com.

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hy all the fuss about vitamin C? It’s magic, that’s why. Not to exaggerate, but according to the Cleveland Clinic, vitamin C—more specifically L-ascorbic acid—is the only cosmetic antioxidant proven to stimulate the synthesis of collagen, which minimizes fine lines, wrinkles and scars. And, when fused with other high-end skin soothers, vitamin C-steeped skincare products boost and brighten a dry, lackluster complexion. Repair summer-dazed skin with these C-worthy finds.

AromaSense Luxury Shower Head Let it rain… vitamin C, that is. Used by top spas across the country, this aromatherapy showerhead contains a vitamin C cartridge that releases natural aromatic oils upon contact with water. Not only does this fixture promote hair and skin health, but the micro fabric filter removes contaminants and rust while unleashing a rainfall with 1.5 times the water pressure of standard showerheads. Available in both wallmounted ($79.99) and handheld ($74.99) versions at www.aromasenseusa.com.

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Yeah, it’s a dry heat—a dry, dehydrating heat that vaporizes the last drops of moisture from your skin. These perfectly portioned beauty capsules call on Arctic cloudberry and lingonberry seed oils to topically restore hydration and boost brightness over a 28-day period. $23.99 at www.dermstore.com.

Kat Burki Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream Glorious is thy name, and brightening is thy game of this luxurious facial cream. Exotic anti-aging ingredients like wild Reishi mushrooms are fused with an ocean mineral complex and 15 percent vitamin C to support natural collagen production while brightening and firming the skin. $90 at www.katburki.com.

Tarte Maracuja C-brighter Eye Treatment Powered by a moisturizing surge of maracuja oil—an essential fatty acid-rich oil extracted from the Amazonian passion flower—this multitasker staves off free radicals and firms skin via a nutrient-rich combo of rice bran, mango, coconut and oat sugars. $38 at www.tartecosmetics.com. Our resident spa and beauty maven Lisa Kasanicky is founder of AZSpaGirls.com and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Girlfriend Getaways.


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vital stats: 2016 Fiat 500X

2016 FIAT 500X

Price: $20,000-$29,000 Price as tested: $27,300 (Lounge) Seating: 5

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Engine: 2.4-Liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Horsepower: 180 Fuel Economy: 22/31—city/highway Fab Features: Chic Italian styling Upscale interior Easy to drive and maneuver

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fter a two-decade absence, Fiat reentered the U.S. auto market in 2012 with the retro-modern version of the Italian classic Cinquecento, the Fiat 500 coupe. One couldn’t help but be drawn to its cheerful, anthropomorphic styling, rainbow palate of colors, and winsome cuteness. A year later, the Fiat family grew with the introduction of the 500L (the “L” stands for “Lounge” or “Large”), a much larger vehicle with four doors, a rear hatch, and small-on-the-outside, big-onthe-inside packaging. Now, for 2016, comes the newest of the 500 family: the X. With all-wheel-drive, it’s Fiat’s crossover, a retro-chic utility vehicle that aims to steal sales from competitors like MINI Countryman and Nissan Juke. Consistent with both the 500 coupe and 500L, the X’s exterior design language AUGUST 2015 |

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is pure Italian: bright-eyed, and delightful with just the right amount of muscular, design-forward styling. Of course there’s the trapezoidal grille with whiskers surrounding the “FIAT” emblem and the ability to customize it with one of 12 exterior colors. The 500X comes with four full doors and is adorable inside, too, with a pair of bucket seats up front and a rear seat that need make no apologies for comfort and appearance. There’s also a commendable amount of cargo space. The interior is outfitted with traditional Cinquecento cues, such as the body-colored dash (except on Trekking models), circular gauge cluster and seven interior color options. The 500X is offered in a choice of five trim levels. The base Pop trim comes with Fiat’s 1.4-liter turbocharged 160-horsepower four-cylinder engine and either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission. All other trims— Easy, Trekking, Lounge and Trekking Plus— come with a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter fourcylinder and the nine-speed automatic. I spent a day driving the 500X with the 2.4-liter engine in both front and all-wheel-drive form up the Pacific Coast Highway through the beaches and canyons of Malibu and neighboring environs. The routes gave me the chance to experience what most buyers across the country will face, sans snowy road conditions. In city driving, the 500X was exceptionally easy to maneuver through traffic with excellent visibility. Through the canyons, the 500X’s power and handling felt crisp and especially trustworthy on sharp curves and corners. It never felt winded climbing hilly mountain roads. With the 500X’s Euro-design cachet, charisma and adorable design, fun and quick maneuverability, four doors and roomy interior, the 500X is a masterfully packaged formula for a fun car to own and drive. Automotive writer Jim Prueter is a spokesperson for AAA, and his auto reviews and travel stories appear nationally in print and online. You can catch him on several local TV stations, and can reach him at jmprueter@yahoo.com.


Orange leather bucket bag, Loeffler Randall, $350.

ONE OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT FALL FASHIONS? THE NEW HANDBAGS! CHECK OUT THE LATEST STYLES HERE ALL HANDBAGS AVAILABLE AT NORDSTROM AT SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE, 7055 E. CAMELBACK ROAD, SCOTTSDALE; 480.946.4111; WWW.NORDSTROM.COM.

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Rebel suede crossbody bag, Jimmy Choo, $950.

Camille glitter clutch, Jimmy Choo, $950.

Blue Croc Tail leather backpack, Fendi, $2,650.

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Falabella crackle metallic crossbody bag, Stella McCartney, $975.

Snake print Mini MAC convertible crossbody bag, Rebecca Minkoff, $175.

Marcie small leather crossbody bag in Storm Blue, ChloĂŠ, $795.

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Ligero leather backpack in Tumbleweed Beige Multi, Marc by Marc Jacobs, $398.

Black Box flap rucksack, Sophie Hulme, $995.

Brody leather drawstring backpack in Bark, Tory Burch, $495.

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Metropoli leather bucket bag in Zest Multi, Marc by Marc Jacobs, $278.

Emmanuelle suede fringe bucket bag, Yves Saint Laurent, $1,890.

Petit 3Jours leather shopper in Blue, Fendi, $2,850.

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Tan Medium Sofia leather satchel, Salvatore Ferragamo, $2,250.

Mini By the Way convertible leather crossbody bag in Black, Fendi, $1,450.

Magenta Mini MAB Tote crossbody bag, Rebecca Minkoff, $195.

Micro Peekaboo printed leather bag, Fendi, $1,950.

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Army Green Rockstud hobo, Valentino, $2,545.

Brody leather hobo bag in Bark, Tory Burch, $495.

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Perry leather tote in Malibu Blue, Tory Burch, $395.

Black Medium Dewsbury tote, Burberry, $,1495.

Sasha metallic leather tote in Smoke, Jimmy Choo, $1,395.

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Carolyn Quinn and Joelle Hadley

Barbara McKnight and Jaclyn Gettinger

Chelsee Gille and Shay Masterson

Transition to Thrive Luncheon

Held at the National Bank of Arizona Corporate Office, this event featured guest speaker Dr. Constance St. Germaine, the executive dean of two colleges at the University of Phoenix.

Liz Toth, Meg Sneed and Jantell Cansler

Audra McQuarie and Julie Fink Martina Carricosa and Laurie Rosales

Jennifer Wagner, Susan Berman and Amanda Schmidt Dr. Constance St. Germain and Cheryl Naumann

Evelin Alvarado and Wendy Arana Cathy Donnell and Raquel Gutierrez

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YOUR DREAM COME TRU! Chef Gregory Casale

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Tribute to Chef Gregory Casale

Seven of the top Valley chefs joined together to recognize Chef Gregory Casale, one of the innovative culinary minds here in Phoenix, at this seven-course allstar tribute. Held at Crudo, each chef handcrafted their version of Casale’s most famous dishes.

Enriching the Lives of Families in Arcadia, Biltmore and the Central Corridor One Home at a Time. Be Tru… Buy Tru!!!

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ore than 180 years ago, Charles Tanqueray began distilling gin in the booming Bloomsbury district of London, eventually growing in popularity so much that he opened his own hugely successful retail outlet in 1838. Upon Tanqueray’s death in 1868, his son—Charles Waugh Tanqueray—inherited the business. “Waugh was just 20-years-old when he took over the business. A visionary who saw the global potential for Tanqueray, Waugh started promoting the brand internationally,” says current Tanqueray Master Distiller Tom Nichol. “He also engineered the merger between Charles Tanqueray & Co. and Alexander Gordon & Co. in 1898, forming the largest gin house in the world.” During his time at the helm of the brand, Waugh also produced a Tanqueray family recipe book, which contained a process to create a juniper-forward gin affectionately called Bloomsbury. Now, 130 years after the recipe book was written and a century since the distillery moved its main production facility to Scotland, Nichol and Tanqueray are paying homage to Waugh by re-imagining his Bloomsbury gin and bringing it to the market for a limited time. Tanqueray Bloomsbury gin features prominent notes of Tuscan juniper and other botanicals, such as coriander, angelica and cassia bark. According to Nichol, it follows recent upscale limitededition launches from their team, including Tanqueray “Old Tom” gin in 2014, and the citrus-heavy Tanqueray “Malacca” in 2013. “I wanted to make something that was completely different from our other limited editions, and with this gin I do feel we have achieved that. It is very inspirational to work with an original Tanqueray family recipe, and for it to taste this good," says Nichol. Launched in July, only 100,000 bottles will be available nationwide. The bottle pack features a signature and a marque with the initials of Waugh on each label. In further homage, the main label reflects a portion of the original handwritten recipe.

TANQUERAY IN A WHOLE NEW WAY

“Given the success of these limited releases thus far, Tanqueray sees it possible to continue to look back to the brand archives and historical journals to create another original recipe for 2016, and perhaps beyond,” says Nichol. Currently, Bloomsbury gin is available at Total Wine & Spirits, AJs Fine Foods, and specialty liquor stores Valleywide.

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Tanqueray Bloomsbury Recipes

BLOOMSBURY BEE’S KNEES 2 oz. Tanqueray Bloomsbury ¾ oz. Honey syrup ¾ oz. Lemon Shake and serve up in a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist. TANQUERAY LAST WORD ¾ oz. Tanqueray Bloomsbury ¾ oz. Green Chartreuse ¾ oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur ¾ oz. Fresh lime juice Shake and serve up in a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry. BLOOMSBURY BIJOU 1 oz. Tanqueray Bloomsbury  1 oz. Sweet Vermouth 1 oz. Green Chartreuse  1 dash Orange Bitters Stir and serve up in a Nick and Nora or a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist. TANQUERAY BLOOMSBURY BUCK 2 oz. Tanqueray Bloomsbury ½ oz. Fresh lemon juice 4 oz. Ginger ale 2 dashes Angostura Bitters Combine gin, lemon, and ginger ale in a highball glass with ice and stir, dash bitters on top. Garnish with a lemon wheel. TANQUERAY FIFTY FIFTY MARTINI  2 oz. Tanqueray Bloomsbury 2 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth 2 Dashes Orange Bitters Stir and serve up in a Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. UPTOWN |

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BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN | PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ

Under the direction of its new executive chef, Rebecca Tillman, Rico’s American Grill is enjoying a reenergized garden-inspired menu that celebrates fresh, locally-sourced regional cuisine. In fact, the restaurant even has its own garden in order to source some of the herbs and produce used in its dishes. Pictured here is the Farm Burger, which features Arizona black angus beef, heirloom tomato slices, avocado, arugula, basil goat cheese, Jones Dairy Farm bacon, and a fried egg on a golden brioche bun ($13.50). Rico’s American Grill is located at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.997.2626; www.squawpeakhilton.com. Open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. AUGUST 2015 |

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food files Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

POOLSIDE DINING

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

Tasty treats are on the poolside menu at local resorts and hotels BY TARYN JEFFRIES

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ne of the best parts of the crazy heat in the summer is that local resorts are in their off-season. It makes a lot of sense because who wants to go on a summer vacation to the surface of the sun? Since we’re already here, we get to reap the benefits of low hotel check-ins by gathering our friends and family for a staycation, and pretty much living in the hotel pool. With so many locals participating in staycations, the resorts are trying to outdo one another. One way this is being accomplished is through designing really unique and upscale poolside menus. With these great resort offerings, there really is no reason not to get out of the house and indulge in a staycation, living it up poolside.

Arizona Biltmore

The Arizona Biltmore has long been known as one of the best resorts in the Valley, and one with the richest of histories. You may not know that the resort also boasts an impressive six separate pool areas, the biggest of which is the Paradise Pool. This pool is comprised of three combined pools and an impressive UPTOWN |

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92-foot water slide. Just next to the water slide and adjacent to the swim-up bar is the Cabana Club, which provides a perfect spot for al fresco dining. You’ll find great views of the pool, as well as a variety of snacks, sandwiches, bowls, and other light options. Their Shrimp Cocktail is an elegant poolside appetizer; the presentation is such that while you lounge poolside you can almost imagine what it was like to be a guest over 50 years ago. Add in a New England Lobster Roll to complete your poolside experience–the sweet Maine lobster salad combined with the sweet crunch of celery and the bite of red onion create such a perfect contrast in flavors and textures that you’ll almost swear you can smell the salty ocean air. 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; 602.955.6600; www.arizonabiltmore.com. | AUGUST 2015


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Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

An expansive resort with excellent amenities and dining is a thing to behold all on its own, but when you add in an entire waterpark to the property you can easily tip the scales of awesome. Falls Water Village features fully stocked private cabanas, a Kids Korral that ensures that all your tiny friends are sure to have a great time, acres of pools, waterfalls, a 138-foot enclosed waterslide, and the Cascades Café. The Cascades Café features light dishes and snacks to add to the fun of a day at a waterpark. It is situated with views of the waterfalls, and has a large patio and bar area. The Santa Fe Rolls here are stuffed with seasoned chicken, roasted corn, black beans and cilantro, and served with a side of cooling avocado cream sauce to ease the slight kick to the roll. Looking for something a little more substantial? Check out the Southwest Chopped Salad, a hearty serving of mixed greens, corn, black beans, red bell pepper, and pepitas, all topped with cojita cheese and a spicy chipotle ranch dressing. The spiciness of these dishes will give you a little kick in the pants, but that cool refreshing water is waiting to cool you off. 11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.866.7500; www.tapatiocliffshilton.com.

The Clarendon Hotel and Spa

The space and design of The Clarendon brings to mind the boutique hotels of Miami—they’re both colorful and lively. The pool features a silver-coated waterfall and a variety of poolside lounging options, from cabanas to chaise lounges and pool beds. The pool also has an underwater speaker, so the party doesn’t have to stop just because you are working to get laps in. Café Tranquilo offers poolside service, and their menu is wide-ranging, with massive portions and great prices. A major bonus of their menu is that breakfast is served all day. All day. The restaurant focuses AUGUST 2015 |

on Mexican fare, and they are heavy on flavor as well as the perfect amount of heat. Chilaquiles are enough to make any local resident’s heart happy, and they are featured in both breakfast and entrée versions. The dish is comprised of chicken or seasoned vegetables, two sunny side-up eggs, Oaxaca cheese, and red chili sauce. You’ll find a slight crunch in the untouched areas of the tortillas that will match nicely with the saucesoaked pieces. The creaminess of the eggs and the salty bite of the cheese make a great collection of flavors and textures for poolside dining! 401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix; 602.252.7363; www.goclarendon.com.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Situated on the third floor rooftop deck of the Hotel Palomar is the LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. LUSTRE is home to the only rooftop lounge in the Downtown area, a fully functional open-air rooftop garden and a pool that provides amazing views, no matter your vantage point. You’ll never be wanting for attention from the service staff, and the drinks are mixed by some of the best in the Valley. Whether you are looking for a little nosh or something to really nourish you during your day in the sun, the LUSTRE menu is full of light, healthy and locally sourced items. The locale offers a variety of salads, flatbreads, paninis, sliders and wraps. You’ll want to start with the Classic Hummus, which is definitely not classic in the run-off-the-mill sense; the combination of sharp and salty feta, toasted pine nuts and smoked paprika, paired with their in-house baked pita chips, creates the perfect poolside snack. If you’re looking for something with a little more bite, go for the Black Bean Quinoa Sliders. These sliders combine familiar flavors with smooth goat cheese, fried fresno chilies, and a velvety avocado aioli that all work together to provide a bite that bites back—in the best possible way. 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 480.478.1765; www. hotelpalomar-phoenix.com.

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guide BY TARYN JEFFRIES

DINING GUIDE KEY $ $10 or less $$ Up to $30 $$$ Up to $60 $$$$ Over $60

Approximate price a meal for one person, with drink, tax + tip.

NOTE: Restaurants are randomly selected from a rotating master list. While the information about each restaurant is routinely checked, changes can occur. Please confirm all information, and we solicit your help in correcting any errors found in this guide. If you wish to have your restaurant considered for inclusion in this directory or have any corrections for this list, please email michelle@richmanmediagroup.com.

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CHERRY TREE SMOKEHOUSE BBQ I cannot tell a lie, the barbecue coming out of Cherry Tree Smokehouse is no frills, straight-to-the point eats. You won’t find a lot of bells and whistles here, just honest-to-goodness down-home good barbecue. You’ll find respectable portion sizes and prices, and all of the offerings that you would expect–pulled pork, BBQ beef and chicken, hot links, and beef and cheddar sausage combos. You can opt for a regular or spicy Carolina-style sauce. 1923 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix; 602.840.3950; www.cherrytreesmokehouse.com; $$ LA GRANDE ORANGE GROCERY & PIZZERIA With a long-standing reputation as an urban foodie mecca, one might think that at some point the glimmer would start to fade. This has certainly not been the case for La Grande Orange. The service and caliber of food have yet to waiver. Treat yourself to the Pizzeria Chop Salad for a refreshing lunch or the Rocket Man pizza if you’re looking for a little spice. 4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.840.7777; www.lagrandeorangepizzeria.com; $$ THE MAIN INGREDIENT ALE HOUSE AND CAFÉ This former house-turned-hot spot offers a relaxed and comforting atmosphere, and is a great spot for a quick bite with friends or a happy hour. The sandwiches here are the definite standout, with traditional and eclectic combinations on the menu. Their take on the classic grilled cheese includes Havarti, muenster and cheddar topped with sliced tomato on sourdough bread. If you’re looking for something outof-the-ordinary, order the Cash Money, made with a house-made cashew butter, red pepper-cabernet jelly and banana all on sourdough. 2337 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.843.6246; www.tmialehouse.com; $$ TWO HIPPIES GNARLY BURGER JOINT Take a trip back in time to when it was all about love and freedom. The freedom here is in the options... so many options. Whether you want

a burger (and why wouldn’t you—it’s a burger joint) or a dog, brat or sandwich, the toppings are (almost) endless. From the expected lettuce, tomato and relish to pepperoncinis, roasted garlic or fresh basil, you become the artist of your dish. The sauces are plentiful as well, but do yourself a favor and make sure you add in the Sunshine or Utah sauce for a little extra oomph! 4041 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.957.1580; www. twohippiesgnarlyburgerjoint.com; $ WALLY’S AMERICAN PUB & GRILLE Amazingly, Wally’s is one of those places that pretty much covers everything. Want to catch a drink and some light pub fare at the bar? Looking for a place to take the family for some great comfort food? A date night perhaps? Anything and everything goes here. If you’re at a loss for what to order, never ever pass up the S’mac options. 5029 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.954.2040; www.wallyspub.com; $$ WILD GAME SPORTS GRILL Touted as an upscale sports grill, Wild Game hits the mark on all levels, from the USB outlets right at your table to a kids-only zone, as well as some really incredible menu offerings. You can go with a classic burger, but why would you when you have the options of the Bison, Beef, Bacon and Fontina burger or their Last Meal Burger with Wild Game Chilli, cheese, and a full pound burger. If you are the gaming type, try your hand at the Skee Ball game and get a .50 cent drink if you walk away with at least 500 points. 2445 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.955.1142; www.wildgamesportsgrill.com; $$ ZINBURGER Seems as though everyone these days is doing gourmet burgers, and why not? Who doesn’t love a great burger? Zinburger is attempting to do those best, and with their high quality beef, creative combinations, modest prices and perfectly paired wine selections, they should be high on your list. With 15 burger options, 21 toppings selections, and the option to upgrade to Kobe beef, you’ll easily be able to create your perfect burger. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.424.9500; www.foxrc.com/restaurants/ zinburger-wine-burger-bar/; $$

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CHINA CHILI Whether you are looking to enjoy Cantonese-, Szechwan- or Hong Kong-style dishes, you will be met with many options at China Chili. You’ll find many familiar dishes, as well as some potential new favorites. Their Seafood Blossom Soup and Chicken Corn Chowder Soup are local favorites. The service is always friendly and food comes out of the kitchen with ninja-like speed. 302 E. Flower St., Phoenix; 602.266.4463; www.chinachilirestaurant.com; $$ MOTO SUSHI If you’re looking for a new experience, Moto Sushi offers a variety of dishes that are a fusion of cultures that will surprise and delight diners. You can start off with their Asian Nachos, a clever concoction of crispy wontons, soybeans, salsa and guacamole. If you have a healthy appetite you can come in on Saturdays for their All You Can Eat Sushi Special. Like it a little hot? Go for the Exit Wound Bowl, complete with Moto Hell Fire Sauce. 6845 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.263.5444; www.mrmotorising.com; $$ REATHREY SEKONG This hidden gem is a little difficult to find—it’s located in a nondescript building and with the entrance in the back. Once you find it, you’ll be glad you did. The flavors and warmth of Cambodia

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are waiting here for you via the décor, dishes and people. Ask your server, who on some nights just may be the owner, for a tour through the menu to ensure the most authentic experience. 1312 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 480.238.0238; www.reathreysekong.com; $ SUSHI BROKERS This trendy little joint in Arcadia has a great happy hour complete with high energy and a friendly staff. Their clever sushi rolls and kitschy cocktail menu offer an ample variety of choices for all tastes. Drop in, sit at the sushi bar to ensure that you make some new friends, and have a great dinner and fun experience. 4419 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 480.515.5000; www.sushibrokers.com; $$ THAI BASIL Offering fresh and bold flavors, Thai Basil succeeds in providing great authentic Thai food in the Valley. You’ll find attentive service and a relaxed atmosphere. All the entrées can be tailored to your taste in terms of spice levels. Their Sweet Nut Curry is rich and flavorful, and an unexpected mix of sweet and heat. 3110 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.274.5020; www.thaibasil-phoenix.com; $

BREAKFAST

ACACIA CAFÉ Quaint, cozy and homey. Those are just a few of the words that have been used to describe Acacia Café. You won’t find a complicated menu with too many options; the menu offerings are succinct and separated by sandwiches, burritos and scrambles. Can’t stick around to eat in the café? They have a more robust take-out menu for both breakfast and lunch. 3701 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.904.7675; www.acaciacafe.net; $ CITY SQUARE CAFÉ With daily specials, friendly staff and great food at discounted prices without sacrificing quality, City Square Café is a great breakfast stop. Whether you are seeking out a bagel while on the run or looking to linger over a breakfast burrito and a warm cup of coffee, the staff here will take care of you and make sure you leave with a smile and a happy belly. 3800 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.274.1098; www.citysquarecafe.net; $ ESSENCE BAKERY CAFÉ When looking for the perfect pastries for a morning meeting or a rich and filling breakfast to start out your day, put this stop at the top of your list. Their Almond Croissant is perfectly decadent with the perfect level of sweetness surrounded by light, buttery and flaky layers. The kitschy décor is inviting and welcoming. 3830 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.296.4958; www.essencebakery.com; $$

ITALIAN

ALEXI’S GRILL Looking for tried and true fantastic Italian food on the light rail route? Alexi’s is a standard in the Valley, and they have come to be a place where you know you can get a great meal at the right price and with great service. Stop by on your way to the Phoenix Symphony and dine on their Cannelloni, making sure to opt for the light tomato jalapeño sauce. 3550 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.0982; www.alexisgrillphx.com; $$ BABBO ITALIAN EATERY You’ve likely seen their kitschy billboards around town, using clever takes on words and phrases to grab your attention. You’ll find contemporary Italian dishes made with high-quality ingredients and tried-and-true family recipes. A house favorite


guide is the Babbo’s Bowl of Bolognese, mainly for its traditional flavors and flawless execution. 6855 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.279.1500; www.babboitalian.com; $$ FIRED PIE Fired Pie is akin to those choose-your-own-adventure books you read as a kid. The owners of this fun and causal joint want you to reinvent the way you think about take-out (you can eat-in, too) pizza. The possible combinations that can be crafted from their ingredient list are infinite. If you have a hard time making a decision, they have a pre-set menu of tried and true favorites. They also have a variety of salads and desserts. 3110 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.266.1490; www.firedpie.com; $ L’AMORE Expect to be greeted with a warm smile and welcoming interior at L’Amore. Fine dining with a family atmosphere is more than just a catchy tagline here. The family-run restaurant treats every diner as if they were guests in their home, from the hospitality and setting to the love in every dish. Their Chicken Saltimbocca is a lovely introduction to their menu; the flavors are stellar and the quality shines through in each bite. 3159 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix; 602.381.3159; www.lamoreitalianrestaurant.com; $$$ PIZZERIA BIANCO Pizzeria Bianco has developed an incredible reputation and it absolutely lives up to the hype. While the pizza options are not terribly extensive, the options available are of the absolute best quality and ingredients. The simple flavors allow the ingredients to shine through. 4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix; 602.368.3273; www.pizzeriabianco.com; $$$ SOLO TRATTORIA Hidden amid an upscale business complex, once you find it you will be coming back again and again. The setting is intimate and the menu inspired by seasonal offerings. Your best bet here is to opt for the Chef‘s Tasting and allow Chef Craig Degel to create your experience—you just decide how many courses you can handle. 2501 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.368.3680; www.soloaz.com; $$ THE PARLOR PIZZERIA Urban eating at its best, The Parlor provides all the things that you should expect; great atmosphere, stellar food and friendly service. The menu is heavy on pizza as the name would suggest, and contains combinations sure to please any palate. But, they also have delightful pasta and salad options. The Yukon Gold pizza is a great alternative to a traditional pie, and provides an earthy, comforting and unexpected taste. 1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.248.2480; www.theparlor.us; $$ TOMASO’S For the past 37 years, Tomaso’s has been delighting the Valley with authentic Italian food and hospitality. They have likely seen some through graduations, weddings, babies and many, many other celebratory occasions. From start to finish, beginning with the “words escape me” pesto butter and bread basket to the attentive staff, impressive Italian wine offerings and their tantalizing entrées referred to as “Food for the Gods,” Tomaso’s is an incredible experience just waiting to happen. 3225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0836; www.tomasos.com; $$$

MEXICAN

EL PACIFICO RESTAURANTE Y PESCADERIA Looking for a quick nosh or a big family dinner that can recreate that great dinner you had while

visiting the beaches of Mexico? El Pacifico can serve all your needs with its authentic seafood tacos. The set-up here is much like a small beach restaurant, so don’t expect many frills, but once you taste the food none of that will matter! 3311 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.277.5639; www.elpacificoseafood.com; $$ LOS REYES DE LA TORTA Thanks to Adam Richman of Man vs. Food, the whole world has been talking about the Torta del Ray here, and with good reason. This sandwich is just one example of the quality items coming out of the kitchen at Los Reyes De La Torta. Huge portions with a side of fast and friendly service has made this a place you need to put in regular rotation. 9230 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.870.2967; www.losreyesdelatortaaz.com; $ PAZ CANTINA What happens when a self-proclaimed “taco kid” and a successful Filipino food truck owner get together to create a restaurant concept? Creative and exciting menu options like a 15-Hour Braised Pork Belly Taco or Torta, among other enticing menu items. While the influence is definitely a nod to Mexican flavors and culture, you can be assured that there will be a kiss of Filipino flavors peppered in, in just the right places. 1011 N. 3rd St., Phoenix; 602.368.2487; www.pazcantina.com; $ RICHARDSON’S CUISINE OF NEW MEXICO Melding all the best culinary creations from the Southwest, Richardson’s tweaks the recipes and brings them to new and spicy heights. The creative Pasta Heidi features a green chili linguini with chicken and a tangy chipotle cream sauce. Pair this with a Prickly Pear margarita to douse the flames and you’re in a spice lover’s paradise. 6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.265.5886; www.richardsonsnm.com; $$ ROKERIJ Small plates, appetizers, entrées—no matter what you opt for, whether it’s with an American or Mexican flair, your options are exceptional. Be sure to let your server know if you want a particular dish spicy or mild, as their policy is you buy it, you eat it! A great way to introduce yourself to the menu would be to order from the small plates menu; Mushroom Toast, Roasted Tri-bell Pepper Bruschetta, and their Shrimp Piri Piri paired with a Prickly Pear Margarita (or two) has the makings of a great dining experience. 6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.287.8900; www.richardsonsnm.com/rokerij; $$

MODERN AMERICAN

FLOWER CHILD Flower Child caters to those looking to eat masterfully crafted dishes prepared with your health in mind. The offer high quality dishes to all diners, whether you are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan. Give their Asian Avocado Salad a try and enjoy the flavor contrast of the slightly sweet sesame dressing and the touch of bitter from the greens. Meat lovers, don’t despair—there are plenty of health-focused items for you, too. 5013 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.429.6222; www.iamaflowerchild.com; $$ GRASSROOTS KITCHEN & TAP The latest addition to the revamped Town & Country plaza, Grassroots is settling in and making its mark. As implied by the name, this restaurant is focused on the community; serving it and sourcing from it. You’ll find Southern favorites like Brisket Sammies, as well as Po’ Boys. You’ll be pleased with the diversity of the food and drink menus. 2119 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.368.8766; www.grassrootsaz.com; $$

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TEN HANDCRAFTED AMERICAN FARE & SPIRITS TEN strives to create an environment and menu that celebrates the comforting flavors of Americana favorites, with a few surprises peppered in here and there. The Fried Green Tomatoes will transport you to a rose garden in the South, while a serving of the Pot Roast will have you stretching your neck behind you to see if you can spot your grandmother in the kitchen. 2501 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.374.2611; www.tenfareandspirits.com; $$ THE VIG UPTOWN Whether you come with friends to dine on the patio and enjoy a few drinks and a bocce game, or pop into the dining room for an eclectic dinner with a great vibe, The Vig Uptown fits just about any occasion. The menu is fun and approachable, with great prices. The Frenchy is a neighborhood favorite and their Cheesy Tater Tots are puffy little cheesy pillows of happiness. 6015 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.633.1187; www.thevig.us; $$

SEAFOOD

ANGRY CRAB SHACK & BBQ Every now and then you want to visit a place with paper tablecloths, bibs, and just let loose over dinner. At Angry Crab Shack & BBQ you won’t find any airs or pretense. You’re going to get messy, you’re going to eat really great seafood, and you’re going to have a great time doing it. If you’re not into working for your meal, you can pay a little extra for already shelled items. To make things deliciously interesting, opt for the trifecta of sauces. 2808 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.956.3088; www.angrycrabshack.com; $$ LITTLE CLEO’S SEAFOOD LEGEND Situated in The Yard, Little Cleo’s is a standout seafood restaurant in the middle of the desert. This quant joint boasts a little ’40s flair in its décor and service approach. The fresh seafood is of the highest quality available, from the Oyster Shooters to the monster crab legs. Make sure to have a little cash on hand for the valet as parking can be a little tricky. 5632 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.680.4044; www.littlecleos.com; $$$

STEAKHOUSE

HOLE-IN-THE-WALL Soak in the Old Western ambiance and the savory smoky smell in the air at this charming traditional steakhouse. You’ll be presented with grill and barbeque options ranging from smoky mesquitebroiled steaks to baby back ribs slathered in their Arizona Nights BBQ sauce. This spot is perfect for a family gathering, as they have something to please any palate. 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.870.1977; www.squawpeakhilton.com/phoenix-az-restaurant; $$ TEXAZ GRILL This year marks Texaz Grill’s 30th anniversary in the Valley, and with a track record like that, you know they must be doing something right. The environment is a great place for the entire family— with a welcoming staff and the more than generous portions you’ll want to keep coming back to try out the entire menu. Their Chicken Fried Steak is a legend all in itself; fork tender, triple dipped, and topped with the richest gravy you’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting! 6003 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.248.7827; www.texazgrill.com; $$


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DEVELOPMENT PROJECT HOPES TO BRING NEW LIFE TO DOWNTOWN

Condominium complex provides new housing options along Roosevelt Row

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BY GRETCHEN PAHIA

igger doesn’t always mean better—just ask the people behind the new upcoming housing development project slated for Downtown Phoenix. Sencorp broke ground in July for en Hance Park, a new condo development project that will be a hip new living spot near Margaret T. Hance Park. “There are nearly 50 units. We will continue to grow and make it bigger, but this project will remain small,” says Alvaro Sande, COO of developer Sencorp. “We want to provide people with great access to the light rail, restaurants, retail and the Downtown area, all with great living space.” En Hance Park condos will vary in size. The smallest unit will be 480 square feet, and units will go up to about 1,100 square feet. Prices start at $150,000. “A big trend now is that people want to live near and around downtown,” says Sande. “There is a lot more activity now with universities, businesses, retail, and more. People don’t want to just visit the area–they want to live in the area.” The entire complex is expected to be about 59,000 square feet, and the project

will be built at 1130 N. 2nd St., just across the street from the park and adjacent to Roosevelt Row. The units are designed with a living and work lifestyle in mind, giving residents easy access to all the amenities in the area, including museums, local venues, businesses, dining, entertainment, and freeways. Security is also a priority for the developers. “This will be a gated community,” Sande says. He also is excited about the local feel of en Hance Park. “Everyone we are working with is local on this development project. All of the vendors are local, and we are doing that because who would know better about living and working Downtown than the people who already live and work there? This is a great economic boost for the area.” Construction began in late July and is slated to be completed in summer of 2016. If you would like more information on the condo complex, visit www.ensperience.com or check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/enhancepark. UPTOWN |

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