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A NEW ERA
Dr. Larry D. Johnson, Jr. inspires students and the community as the new president of Phoenix College Phoenix College just appointed its new president, Dr. Larry D. Johnson, Jr. The incoming president brings a multifaceted approach to higher education that incorporates an inclusive leadership style with the refreshing viewpoint of a millennial. He also recently moved to Phoenix and is discovering the cultural
and recreational opportunities in the Valley. The Florida native is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he majored in English literature. Johnson also earned a masterâ€™s degree from Florida State University in medieval to baroque studies and holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Clark Atlanta University.
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Pulse UP CLOSE they can overcome adversity to achieve great things. He also credits his mother for instilling values of being a servant and empathetic leader. It was in high school that Johnson really became focused. “I always tested well in reading and English and I was a critical child,” he explains. “I thought I’d be an attorney. I always wanted to engage in critical inquiry and I questioned everything. Then, I began to love English.” He realized his teachers from middle school through college were not male and not black. He wanted to be the change. “I wanted to be an English teacher, so I could give back and show other young men and women of color that this is something that they could aspire to.” He abandoned the idea of a legal career and embraced a career that was perhaps unexpected.
Immediately prior to moving to Phoenix, Johnson was campus provost and campus chief academic officer at St. Louis Community College in Missouri. In 2015, he learned about the Valley when he was a candidate for president of academic affairs at Mesa Community College. “I was one of the final three candidates and I’ve known about this district,” Johnson recalls. Prior to his position at St. Louis Community College, Johnson was an associate dean of academic affairs at Broward College – South Campus in Pembroke Pines, Florida and prior to that, he taught at Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Tallahassee Community College. Johnson now becomes one of the youngest presidents to lead a community college in the United States and the first African-American to lead Phoenix College since it was founded in 1920. Johnson’s journey was not easy. At age 11, he lost his mother. “That transformed my outlook on life,” he explains of losing his mother, who had divorced his father and was raising three young children. “Where data would suggest that I would go into different avenues like drug abuse, I looked at the experience and I used the experience of my mother’s gift to be empowered to make her proud.” He made sure his siblings finished school and went to college. His sister is now a doctor of internal medicine and his brother holds an MBA and is a consultant for a German company. Johnson shares his story of loss and poverty to inspire students to show that
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Johnson recently moved to the Biltmore area and is in the process of discovering the community. “It is close to the college and I can get there quickly,” says Johnson. “I also moved here at the tail end of Arizona Restaurant Week. I’ve had the opportunity to visit a lot of restaurants. My favorite top three restaurants are The Henry, Seasons 52 and Steak 44 for five-star dining. But, I’ve also fallen in love with Flower Child and Snooze.” Outside of work, Johnson has eclectic hobbies and interests, including theater, travel and cultural experiences. “I love museums,” says Johnson who has taught Western civilization. “I am fascinated by art, music, literature and philosophy. I always like to look at how different time periods are personified through those lenses.” He is enthusiastic about leading Phoenix College and has a distinct interest in social justice, and his goal is to be the catalyst for remarkable social justice. “I am really big on diversity, inclusion and equity,” he explains. “At the time, when I looked at the website, Phoenix College presented just a menial ‘all social justice’ programming. It was very important for me to connect the dots in my career because I don’t believe in just applying for a position for the title. I wanted a position where I had a great interest and great passion, and I could help move the needle.” Being the first African-American president of the college is a major milestone, but Johnson feels a responsibility toward all his students. “Although I am the African-American president, I am not the president just to African-American students,” says Johnson. “I am the president to and for all students and for the community.” As president, he will be seeking opportunities that do not currently exist for students and looking for gaps that need to be closed for minority students. “I made sure to look at my strategic plan for life and every benchmark along the way,” finishes Johnson. “At the heart of this, I want to advocate for the students who have gone through some of the similar traumas as me.”
MOMS HELPING MOMS
Elizabeth Wood and Caitlin Green Cheney are reshaping how women think about early motherhood
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Being a new mom may look like sunshine and roses, but maternal recovery and health is something that has taken a back seat in our society. Matrescence is an innovative company that focuses on the fourth trimester – the three months following the birth of a child. Behind Matrescence is a time-honored notion that when a new mama is healthy and happy, so is the new baby, and community support is key. Elizabeth Wood and Caitlin Green Cheney are co-founders and educators of Matrescence. When they began attending a mother/baby fitness class, they noticed new moms were stressed out and run-down. “Collectively, we saw moms at fitness class and they looked tired, worn-out, depleted and exhausted,” Wood says. “You accept that for yourself, and you think that’s what happens when you have kids, or at least culturally that’s what we’ve been told.” The passionate duo saw the pattern and lack of support and set out to change that. Matrescence 4th Trimester Planning + Support takes place as a fourpart workshop, meeting every other week where an adaptable and realistic plan for post-birth is laid out. “We tell our moms that they are setting the stage for their daughters and granddaughters and this is will be the new normal in their family and community,” Green Cheney says. “It may not be easy, but it is necessary for the well-being of women to come.” Four focus areas for the program include prolonged period of rest, nourishing foods, warmth and body work. “Pregnant moms are who we work with directly,” Wood explains. “We leave them with homework, so they can have conversations with their husbands or moms, or whoever will be supporting them.” A key component of Matrescence is to have a support system to help in the recovery process. During off-workshop weeks, Matrescence co-founders mentor moms-to-be in their homes or as a play date as they get ready for their babies. “The outpouring of gratitude has been amazing,” Wood says. “Every day I get a mom calling and saying, ‘I am so glad I met you and Caitlin.’ They are saying their lives are forever changed.” For more information, visit www.4thtrimesterplan.com.
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SILVER IS GOLD
Nancy Silver’s passion for pets shines through in Two Pups
BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE
Arcadia native Nancy Silver is an engaged business owner as the co-founder of The Paper Place, located in Old Town Scottsdale, which she opened with her mother more than four decades ago. She’s seen a lot of changes since then and has found an additional calling in her devoted passion to animals, one that is due in part to her beloved dogs, Miss Lacie and Mr. P. When Miss Lacie became ill and had to go to the vet, Silver was devastated as she saw fellow pet owners leaving without getting their sick pets treated because they lacked the funds. That sadness evolved into action. In 2017, in honor of her own two fur babies, she founded Two Pups Wellness Fund which provides health care funding for sick rescue and shelter dogs through the Arizona Community Foundation. “I talked about it for a really long time and I knew I had to do something,” Silver explains. “It was a learning experience in the beginning.” It is the overarching goal to get those dogs well, so they can be adopted. Silver initially started by working directly with individual veterinarian offices but found that it was not working. She approached the Arizona Community Foundation and found the perfect ally. Arizona Community Foundation now assists in expert management and Two Pups fund disbursement to nonprofits that need money to treat sick dogs. “They are amazing people and we call them ‘our parents,’” Silver says with a sweet-natured laugh. “It was the most perfect situation for us and they love animals.” In the most recent development, Two Pups has launched the Grown Pups for Grown Ups endeavor. “Grown pups in shelters are always overlooked,” Silver explains. “There is a place for grown pups because you don’t have to train them. All they want is to be loved.” Wellness and DNA tests are run on older dogs and if there is sickness, the dog’s care under a doctor will be paid for 90 days. Again, the goal is to get dogs adopted and into loving homes. “People haven’t really heard much about us yet,” Silver finishes. “Hopefully that’s about to change.” To learn more, visit www.twopups.org. Uptown August '18
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A REAL SUPERHERO Scott Ellsworth combines style and casual comfort in his wardrobe BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN
If ever there was a superhero of casual style, it is broker Scott Ellsworth, vice president of SRS Real Estate. As part of the nation’s largest commercial real estate firm dedicated to retail, he is as confident with his fashion as he is in his successful career and philanthropy efforts with Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club. “I’ve never considered myself ahead of the curve on fashion, but I wear what’s in style, very well,” Ellsworth says. He prefers shades of blues and grays while steering clear of bright colors. In cooler months, he embraces suits and ties, and he is a fan of blazers. No matter the time of year, Ellsworth can always count on his “go to” piece in his closet. “You can’t beat a good, untucked button-down,” he says. When he’s not working, you’ll often find him in light gray jeans or black jeans and low high-top shoes by Lacoste are a comfortable favorite, too. “I rock my glasses, generally,” Ellsworth says. “When I got this style of glasses three years ago, as far as perceived identity, there is a Clark Kent and Superman look… I kind of run with it now!”
As the newly elected chairman of the upcoming 20th Annual Broker for Kids (April 5, 2019), what is your goal? We’ll be trying to get some newer teams in to participate that will be fundraising, plus trying to get our existing teams and club members to maximize their fundraising abilities. What can people look forward to at the event? I want to deliver a fun, well-attended event and raise as much money as possible for our 20-plus Arizona-based children’s charity partners that serve children in need. Where are your favorite places to shop? You can’t go wrong with Nordstrom and that’s my top destination. Banana Republic and J.Crew have some good staple items. I’ve even found good fun pairs of socks at a place on Coronado Island [California], so sometimes there are mom and pop places where I’ll occasionally find great accessories.
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MIX AND MATCH MASTER
Defining sophisticated funk, Sherry Engle craves maximalism in a minimalist sort of way
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With a personal style that is as playful as her portfolio, Sherry Engle is a risk-taking dream maker when it comes to creating a funky, feminine style for herself and her clients. As an interior designer, she adores mixing and matching vintage patterns with modern pieces to create the relaxed-chic looks she’s known for. Drawing inspiration from her travels, Engle is constantly looking for contrasting designs reminiscent of her Mexican and European vacations to incorporate into her personal and professional style. When it comes to staying trendy, she favors Anthropologie for their feminine silhouettes and chunky accessories but finding a small boutique that speaks to her relaxed style is her favorite way to shop. Being in the business of interior design, Engle avoids suits and office attire and turns up the fun factor on her wardrobe by incorporating pops of her preferred colors, red and yellow. “Because of my profession, I don’t have to worry about fitting in with any particular standard of dress,” she says. “Every day is a new day!”
What will we see you in on weekends versus workdays? I love wearing sundresses on the weekends. I can drop what I am doing, grab lunch, run errands or work around the house and still feel cute and comfortable. What would someone say if they looked at your closet? Unpack your suitcase! When I travel weekly or biweekly, it’s very exhausting. So, many times I don’t empty my suitcase for several days or until my next trip. What is your most prized possession in your closet and why? My orange, silk Stella McCartney dress that I bought eight years ago for my wedding. You’re a big fan of jumpsuits. What do you love about them? It’s like wearing sophisticated overalls or a chic onesie – they take all the guess work out of pairing tops and bottoms and lengthen and flatter my figure.
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THRIVE GALA AND AWARDS DINNER
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THE COTERIE EXHIBITION
Resident artists displayed their work at monOrchid followed by the launch party for Phoeninxâ€™s emerging designers and top models BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY
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Kristen Keogh talks her love for nature, broadcast journalism and connecting women in the community
Kristen Keogh is a doer. You’ll find her saying yes to just about every opportunity that comes her way, as well as documenting her outdoor adventures for her Here With Her community and connecting with the vast majority of the Valley through her multiple broadcasting positions. From an outsider’s perspective she balances all of this, and more, effortlessly. What’s her secret, you ask? Keep reading...
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MISS SURPRISE About 45 minutes northwest of Phoenix is Keogh's hometown of Surprise, Arizona. The city, now characterized by a growing population and constant development, was still farmland during Keogh's upbringing. With nothing in close proximity to her childhood home – the nearest grocery store was 30 minutes away – Keogh and her four older siblings used their land and imaginations to have fun. “My most vivid memories include my mom packing up a wagon with bats, baseballs and bases then taking us to a clear spot on our property where we could play baseball,” she recalls. “That was the coolest part of having so many siblings – our crew was big enough to form our own little team!” Without really being aware of it then, Keogh formed an appreciation for nature early in life. The same goes for sports, courtesy of her parents. There was never not a local sports game playing on the TV or radio in her household. The entire Keogh gang attended Arizona Coyotes games and had season tickets to the Arizona Diamondbacks when the “old-school colors” were the only colors. Her mom taught her how to be a fan (rule No. 1: always cheer, never boo) and her dad taught her
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the game. Nature and sports were so ingrained in Keogh that careers in both subjects were almost inevitable.
AND...WE’RE LIVE! Admittedly, broadcast journalism was never a profession that crossed this broadcast journalist’s mind. Acting and modeling were fun pursuits for a while, but becoming a politician was the ultimate goal. She was well on her way too, working as Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s press secretary in 2015. Her change of heart occurred when she worked as a receptionist at her family’s business during college and a client who had been a photojournalist for years told her she had what it took. “The conversations we [the client, John Rovell, and I] had truly changed the course of my life,” she reflects. After graduating from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Keogh moved to Dayton, Ohio, where she assumed a sports anchor and morning reporter position with Sinclair Broadcast Group. Her first on-air report was about Terrell Owens joining the Cincinnati Bengals. “Being on camera felt natural, but my storytelling was not great,” she recalls.
“Once I started connecting to my stories, understanding their impact and delivering them with true concern in my heart, I knew I was doing a good job.” She moved back to Phoenix from Ohio to do some work with Fox 10 before fulfilling a bucket list goal – living in San Diego. She worked for ABC 10 News in Southern California for two years. In 2017, she happily traded in May Gray and June Gloom for Phoenix’s year-round sunshine. “I’m thrilled to be back home in Phoenix,” she says. “This is where my family is, this is where my best opportunities are and this where I feel most like myself.” Keogh is a familiar face to many Phoenicians given all her on-air positions. She is a contributing weather anchor and sports host on 12 News, host of Around AZ on The Social Television Network, an in-game host for the Arizona Coyotes – yes, her parents are stoked about this – and, most recently, the co-host of Driven, a show powered by ClassicCars.com. Howling with fans during Coyotes games, interacting with 12 News viewers on social media, introducing Around AZ viewers to local business owners, and talking shop with gearheads are just a few of the things that Keogh does daily. Not one
day looks like the last, which is something she loves. Above all else, engaging with the various groups that comprise the Arizona community is what makes it worth it. “The best part of having so many opportunities is that each one comes with access to more people in our community,” she explains. “What I do will always be for and about people.”
HEALTH & HERE WITH HER “Once I got older and transitioned to an urban life, I realized my inherent need to be with nature. To this day I prefer being barefoot and I feel most at home when I can feel the earth against my skin,” she admits. For people like Keogh, there is something spiritually revealing about being outside. The absence of distractions, like cell phones and computers, allow outdoor dwellers to connect with themselves fully. In psychology, wilderness therapy is often used to promote self-improvement and healing. Nature has been very healing for Keogh, and she wanted others to experience that healing too. Thus, she founded Here with Her. Here With Her (HWH) is an online community of women that challenge societal expectations through outdoor activities. They motivate each other to hike that mountain or visit that national park as a means to silence judgmental voices with a kinder, more confident voice. For Keogh, that meant hushing comments that discredited her capabilities based on her appearance alone. “I realized when I went into nature that I was completely free from public opinion, as well free from my own harsh criticism of my body,” she explains. “HWH helps women gain that freedom, realize how powerful their bodies truly are and is proof that they aren’t the only ones with struggles.” The health benefits of being outside are plentiful, of course. But health became a serious issue in 2013 when Keogh was diagnosed with an incurable bladder disorder, Interstitial Cystitis (IC). The first two years of living with IC were so unbearable that she fell into a deep depression. Still aching to be outside, but not quite having the energy to get up from the couch, Keogh put a pair of hiking boots by her front door to motivate her. After too many “maybe
tomorrows” and “I’ll go when my body feels up to it,” she decided to just do it. That specific hike on that day was the one that saved her. “My attitude completely changed. I left most of my doctors, ditched the pain pills and started down a path of alternative medicine. I started hiking consistently,” she recalls. “While hiking didn’t heal me physically, it did heal me mentally and I truly believe that mental shift is what helped me get as healthy as I am now.” Keogh will always have IC. However, she has found ways to make living with it not hold her back from experiencing life.
A BALANCING ACT There is such a thing as work-life balance. When she isn’t in front of bright lights and rolling cameras, Keogh finds refuge wandering the planet’s different landscapes
– from hiking a glacier in Iceland to backpacking Havasupai Falls. But don’t let this seemingly effortless balance fool you, because she admits that she couldn’t do everything she does if she didn’t ask for help. Between her family, friends, viewers and the HWH community, Keogh has plenty of people to recruit for help, which she frequently does. “I focus and ask for help a lot. I say all the time that this dream would not be possible without the help of my loved ones. For instance, my sister Jackie helps get my prescriptions when I’m too busy so I can always manage my IC. My boyfriend Neil saves me from myself constantly. Whether I forgot a medication or something insignificant like eyelash glue, he is ready to deliver it to me at work,” she laughs. For more information about Keogh or Here With Her, visit www.herewithher.com. Uptown August '18
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L O W D O W N / D O / C A L E N D A R / E V E N T / O U T / C U LT U R E
BY BRITTANY MARONEY
The worldâ€™s best dance crews, freestylers and hip-hop duos will hit the stage in front of a packed house to prove they can bust a real move. Popular dance groups S-Rank and TLCxWC both are expected to compete and astound the crowd as they defend their world titles against Street Dance Champions from over 50 countries. The family-friendly event begins with the USA Hip Hop Dance Championship (August 3-5), followed by World Championship Prelims and Semi-Finals (August 7-9). On August 11 at 6:30 p.m., the remaining contenders will gather at Grand Canyon University Arena as the World Hip Hop Dance Champion group is announced. Times and prices vary. www.hiphopinternational.com.
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BACK TO SCHOOL
Huss Brewing Co.’s signature Scottsdale Blonde was recently named one on the world's finest beers at the 2018 US Open Beer Championship. Hosted every June in Ohio, the US Open Brewing Championship is an international competition covering more than 100 categories, and is the only professional event to allow both home brewers and professional brewers to compete for the title of world’s best. One of only two Arizona breweries to win a medal in 2018 (along with Grand Canyon Brewing Company), Huss' Scottsdale Blonde was named a Silver Medal-winner for the Golden or Blonde Ale category. The beer is available year-round at Huss Brewing Co. Taproom at Uptown Plaza and more. www.hussbrewing.com.
Zookz Sandwiches recently opened its second location in Phoenix. The locally owned and operated restaurant is now serving up its unique round pressed toasted sandwiches in Downtown Phoenix. The downtown location offers sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dessert and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with plans to add weekend hours in the future. The new spot features a dog-friendly patio and large floor-to-ceiling window in the front. www.zookzsandwiches.com.
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On August 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Teach For America’s Associate Board in Phoenix is hosting its 7th Annual Associate Board fundraiser, Back to School Social (formerly called Food For Thought). With a purpose to involve the Valley’s young professionals in efforts to strengthen Arizona’s education system, Teach For America will gather people from varying sectors and provide a clear and concise overview of how Teach For America—Phoenix is partnering with communities and schools to expand opportunity for all students. The event will take place at the Newton and is free to attend. Register online, www.phoenix.teachforamerica.org.
BUBBLES AT BECKETT’S
Cool off this summer and sip bubbles during the first annual Sparkling Week. From August 14 to August 19, Beckett’s Table will be offering notable champagnes and sparkling wines hand selected by sommeliers, Scott and Katie Stephens. The special menu will offer bubbles by the glass, bottle and a special sparkling flight featuring three 2-ounce tastings for $15 per person. Offerings include Pommery Brut Royal, Deutz Brut Rosé, Nino Franco Prosecco and more. Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut will be available by the glass for $18 all week long and there will also be sparkling wine food parings on the menu. www. beckettstable.com.
Urban Farm is helping you get environmentally friendly one program at a time. On August 17, check out the “There’s Gotta Be an Easier Way to Compost!” lecture at Creative Living’s Farmers Market. The event will give you the tools you need to transform your food waste into fertilizer, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a Q&A until 8 p.m. www.urbanfarm.org.
LIVE LIFE ELECTRIFIED
Edison Midtown’s grand opening is just around the corner. Edison is located in the heart of Midtown Phoenix and redefines what it means to live urban. Residents will enjoy a plethora of amenities including a 50-foot lap pool, outdoor entertainment, pet washing station, electric vehicle charging stations and more. Each unit offers a bright and open floor plan and comes complete with Whirlpool stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and European-style cabinetry throughout. There are four unique floor plans available. For more information, visit www.liveatedison.com. Uptown August '18
Exciting explorations just a short car ride away
Getting out of town doesn’t have to require packing an overnight bag. Taking a daytrip is a great option to see some beautiful views, learn some Arizona history and wow your visitors.
BY MANDY HOLMES
Sip Near Sedona Since 2002, Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery located just outside of Sedona has been producing a variety of fine wines, helping to establish Northern Arizona’s Verde Valley as a well-respected wine region. The 10-acre, high desert estate vineyard sits at a 3,400-foot elevation and was introduced to wine grapes by Spanish Missionaries in the 1600 and 1700s. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly option, the Page Springs Hatchery just down the road features a thriving fish, wildlife, and bird habitat and is free to visitors of all ages. www.oakcreekvineyards.com. See Exotic Animals in Camp Verde Out of Africa is home to exotic animals including tigers, bears, zebras, and giraffes. Established to create the ultimate animal adventure inspired by a colorful world of astonishing wildlife, the wildlife park provides interactive learning experiences that are worth the 90-minute drive north. Fifteen minutes away you will find the Montezuma Castle National Monument, a spectacular five-story structure built by the Sinagua Indians around the 14th century. Be sure to stop for a world famous pie at Rock Springs Café on the way home, you won’t be disappointed! www.outofafricapark.com. Visit Historic Tucson Elevated north of Tucson, Hacienda Del Sol is a relaxing retreat with breathtaking views and a storied history. Grab lunch at one of the luxury ranch’s restaurants or book a stay that includes a guestroom from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch and wine for two, a spa credit and access to resort amenities. On the way back stop by the Rooster Gogburn Ostrich Ranch, a three-generation, family-owned and -operated ostrich haven (with many other animals) in the town of Picacho. www.haciendadelsol.com Explore Pine’s Nature Believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world, Tonto National Bridge State Park is located approximately two hours north of the valley in the quaint town of Pine. Standing over 183 feet high, the 400-foot-long tunnel is home to the flowing Pine Creek, with three hiking trails, a picnic area, and a group use area. On your way out of town, grab a meal at That Brewery, a casual eatery for beer enthusiasts, foodies, nature fanatics, and families and enjoy beer flights served in muffin tins and elk chili topped with their signature beer cheese sauce. www.azstateparks.com. Head to Haunted Jerome Brave the Haunted Hamburger and experience sweeping views of the Verde Valley and the San Francisco Peaks in the distance. Learn about the spirits that supposedly inhabit the historical building between bites of a Ghostly Burger or Chocolate Devil boozy shake. After you’ve hung out for a while to determine if the restaurant is truly haunted, head to the Jerome Art Walk on the first Saturday of each month. Galleries and studios open their doors for evenings of summertime enchantment filled with one of a kind art around every corner. www.thehauntedhamburger.com.
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SUMMER SKIN Treatments to reverse damage from the season
The warm weeks that fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day are full of creating family memories and vacations, but while the sweat, sand, and sunshine is what the season is made of, it does have a major impact on your skin. Here are some ideas for reversing summer damage and repairing your skin, just in time for cooler temperatures.
BY MANDY HOLMES
Slushie Facial Slushie’s aren’t just for sipping. Arizona Facial Plastics gives the frozen treat a whole new meaning with their cooling Slushie Facial. Using freezing techniques to rejuvenate and restore the skin, a small snowball-sized sphere of dry ice is dipped into acetone and works to remove impurities and excess oils reducing inflammation. The result is a cleansing “slush” on the skin’s surface, hence the treatment’s name. $149 at www.arizonafacialplastics.com. Summer Boost Facial Between the dry climate and scorching hot temperatures, the Summer Boost Facial at the award-winning Spa Biltmore within the Arizona Biltmore resort aims to give your skin the end of summer detox it craves. The intense cleansing system, derived from natural oils, moisturizes and prepares the skin to absorb highly active customized serums. Various masks assist in the delivery of nutrients to the cellular structure, balancing and hydrating the skin to combat sun damage. $99 at www.arizonabiltmore.com. IPL Photofacial Say goodbye to the effects of sunburns, blotchy skin and hyperpigmentation with the IPL Photofacial at Advanced Aesthetic Associates. Pulses of light are applied to the skin in a process called photorejuvenation during the 20- to 60-minute procedure, resulting in a smoother radiant complexion. With barely any downtime, the IPL Photofacial is a gentle rejuvenation option that can help improve skin texture and combat the harmful Arizona sunrays. $185 at www.aaaplasticsurgery.com. Absolute Pearl Treatment The Roose Parlour & Spa is a hidden sanctuary in the heart of Phoenix's downtown historical district that provides one of the best sun damage reversal treatments in town. The popular Absolute Pearl Treatment combines Alphahydroxyacids, vitamin C and Actiwhite, creating a uniform, illuminated skin tone appearance and since sunny days are meant to be enjoyed, this anti-aging treatment is perfect for correcting uneven skin tones. $100 at www.theroose.com. Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments Since avoiding sun exposure is difficult, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatments at Arcadia Wellness Center are a great option to reverse sun damage. The platelets in your blood can be used to treat your skin and reduce the signs of aging by using your own blood to remove a high concentration of platelets that can be injected or microneedled into the skin. Platelets offer healing properties that can increase collagen for more youthful-appearing skin. Starting at $775 at www.arcadiawellnesscenter.com.
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CITYSCAPE’S URBAN H2OASIS
Aug. 11, CityScape Beat the heat as Central Avenue and Patriot’s Park are transformed into one big water park. The Valley will continue to stay warm but you’ll be ready for the cool down with a splash pad, slides and plenty of shade. Learn about water safety with the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA or strap some booties on your pup for a fun stroll through the waterworks. Come prepared with towels, sunscreen and the expectation of a family-friendly, fun-filled good time. 10 a.m- 3 p.m. $5 donation. www.cityscapephoenix.com. BY BRITTANY MARONEY
by YouTube stars, Dan and Phil are the ultimate internet dwelling, insecure nerds but are not above trolling the perfect audience. It’s an epic experience of interactive roasts, rants and surprises that are slightly cringe-worthy, but oh so hilarious. It’s an event like no other but only if you are 18 and older. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. www.comericatheatre.com. Convergence Ballet Company Presents Iluminar! Aug. 11, Madison Center for the Arts Local nonprofit ballet troop Convergence Ballet truly shines in this summer’s performance of Iluminar! Each summer, they put on a one-of-a-kind performance that gives back to the community by raising funds for charities that need it the most. With an artful blend of classical ballet, swing and contemporary pieces, the show will also feature three new world premiere works. The performance also will include a diverse array of classical and contemporary productions showcasing incredible artists. $30. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. www.convergenceballet.org. The Harlem Globetrotters Aug. 11, Talking Stick Resort Arena This tradition that has spanned 91 years, yet the Harlem Globetrotters continue to amaze in their 2018 “Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour”. The iconic team hits the court at Talking Stick Resort Arena to showcase their high-flying, fun and memory-making game play. This year’s Globetrotters team features the world’s largest collection of elite dunkers, including six players who have competed in the annual College Slam Dunk Championship, held during Final Four weekend, a Guinness World Record holder for slam dunks, and the 2016 winner of the popular TV show The Dunk King. Starting at $18. 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature Through Aug. 30, Arizona Science Center Mathematics and mirrors collide in this fun and fantastical maze of dead ends, twists and turns. Delight in the discovery of secret rooms, bonus puzzles, imagery and artifacts that tie together the mystery of math in the natural world. Guests of all ages will love the opportunity to explore the patterns all around us, including the nested spirals of sunflower seeds and the
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symmetry of blood vessels in our very own eyes. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $8.95 for non-members (adults and children) and $6.95 for members (adults and children). www.azscience.org. Experience the Caribbean Aug. 4-5, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Be transported into the blue seas with this experiential treat from the minds of the MIM. Experience the Caribbean firsthand, including the costumes, characters and musical
traditions of this magical land. It’s a fun celebration of islands in the like of Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and more. Visitors will enjoy culture talks, crafts and other fun, hands-on activities. Included with price of museum admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.mim.org. Dan and Phil: Interactive Introverts Aug. 7, Comerica Theatre Who says being nerdy isn’t funny? The biggest tour ever undertaken
Coheed and Cambria & Taking Back Sunday Aug. 12, Comerica Theatre Former rock trio Shabutie sheds a member and takes the stage as fusion rock duo, Coheed and Cambria. This is the second installment of the epic saga about the doomed marriage of two characters, Coheed and Cambria. The emo-core and highly conceptual beats play out the narrative of their children who may or may not be infected with a serum whose power can destroy the universe. The Armory Wars, a detailed
and The Calling (Jesus called me on my cell phone). Get ready to have your sides tickled as bandmates Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham take your hand in this hilarious riff on boy bands. 5:30 p.m. Starting at $98. www. azbroadway.org.
graphic novel series written by Sanchez himself, further explains the band’s science fiction narratives. 6:30 p.m. $49.50. www. comericatheatre.com. Weezer and Pixies Aug. 12, Ak-Chin Pavilion This seven-week, North American tour features musical headliners Weezer and the Pixies. Although the two touring bands have shared a stage before, this is the first ever full tour together, making it highly anticipated. Occuring at the heels of the Weezer’s acclaimed eleventh album Pacific Daydream, concert goers will see both bands play a mix of new songs and classics from their equally revered catalogue of hit tunes from two of the world’s greatest bands. 7:30 p.m. Starting at $25. www.livenation.com. David Cross Aug. 16, Orpheum Theatre Emmy Award-winning actor and Grammy Award nominee David Cross lands will regale you with hilarious stories of his time in Hollywood. Best known for his character Tobias Funk from Arrested Development, Cross is also a notable writer, performer and producer. With a unique brand of hilarity, you can expect a night of good old-fashioned laughs. 8 p.m. Prices vary. www.phoenixconventioncenter.com. Panic! at the Disco Pray for the Wicked Tour Aug. 17, Gila River Arena Panic! At the Disco scored its first ever No. 1 Billboard Chart song just as the band got ready to hit the stage of Gila River Arena. Influenced by the rock groups of the early ’60s, this American rock band from Las Vegas is well known for its unique blend of synth rock and pop punk. You’ll delight in hearing their newest chart-topper Say Amen as well as a blend of classic hits from the last two albums. 7 p.m. Starting at $26. www.gilariverarena.com. Opera and Gelato Film Festival: La bohème July 22, Arizona Opera Center A continuation of this crowd-pleasing event, the Arizona Opera proudly presents La bohème at this month’s installment of the Opera and Gelato Film Festival. Set in the romance and intrigue of Paris, enjoy the story of friends that are guided through the experiences of love, life and death. FROST Gelato will be onsite keeping your sugar tooth happy and other refreshments will be available
SIP & SHOP SUNDAYS
Aug. 5, DeSoto Central Market This event makes a triumphant return starting the first Sunday in August. This classic open market truly puts a new meaning to Sunday funday. Stop on by for some sips, tastes and shopping. The event will feature $3 mimosas, $11.95 bottles of champagne and dozens of unique stalls filled with fantastic crafts. This is the must-be spot in Phoenix to wind down your weekend. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. www.desotocentralmarket.com.
for purchase. 2 p.m. Free with advance registration required. www.azopera.org. J. Cole, KOD Tour Aug. 21, Talking Resort Arena The North Carolina rapper tours for his latest album, KOD as he makes a stop in Phoenix. The five-time chart-topping hip-hop recording artist takes the stage to perform some of his fan’s favorites, from his critically acclaimed and much anticipated album. Renowned for his musical talent, this tour will be a can’t-miss outing for fans of the highly praised and increasingly popular hip hop artist. 7:30 p.m. Starting at $57. www.talkingstickarena.com. Jack White Aug. 22, Comerica Theatre Launching his American and European tour, Jack White kicks
off his almost already sold out tour in none other than the Valley of the Sun. After the release of his third studio album, Boarding House Reach, White is ready to hit the stage with his fast strumming fingers and unique take on garage rock revival sounds. Named one of the greatest guitarists of all time, this event will be one to thrill rock lovers and blues rock followers, alike. 7:30 p.m. $20. www.comericatheatre.com. Altar Boyz Aug. 24-26, Arizona Broadway Theatre It’s a show sure to save your soul… or at least your funny bone. A sharp-witted parody of a Christian boy band from Ohio, this comedy show is packed with singing, dancing and hilarious songs like Something About You
Artisan Fest at Odysea in the Desert Aug. 26, Odysea in the Desert Odysea in the Desert presents the ultimate outdoor artisan festival, an event that is fun for all ages. The day features family yoga, live music, a craft marketplace and more. The event occures every fourth Sunday of each month, and you can expect a different theme each event. Noon-4 p.m. Free. www.odyseainthedesert.com. Shakira El Dorado World Tour Aug. 26, Talking Stick Resort Arena The latina pop sensation comes to Phoenix to get you moving and grooving with a stunning array of latin pop hits. The El Dorado World Tour is the sixth world tour by Colombian singer Shakira, in support of her eleventh studio album, El Dorado. Tickets are rumored to sell out quickly so get them while you still can. 8 p.m. Prices vary. www.talkingstickresortarena.com. Jack Johnson All the Light Above It Too Tour Aug 28, Ak-Chin Pavilion Hawaiian heartthrob and soulful crooner Jack Johnson is joined on stage by special guest the Bahamas. Both performers are known for their laid-back, tropical sounds, as they bring a taste of the island life to Phoenix. Not only will you enjoy this amazing duo of shows, but you will feel good about it too. All proceeds from the concert will go to Jack Johnson’s charity, the Johnson Ohana Foundation. 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.livenation.com. Lost 80’s Live Aug. 30, Comerica Theatre Feeling a little lost? Maybe, you’re in the wrong decade. Travel back in time to the ’80s with this star-studded performance by musical legends including A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Missing Persons, Animotion, Men Without Hats and When In Rome. Radio station 94.5 KOOL-FM will bring together some of the most recognizable acts from that great decade. This event will be one for the record and history books. 7:30 p.m. Starting at $38. www.comericatheatre.com.
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A L L U R E / D W E L L / S H O P / FA S H I O N
BY CHELSEA YOUNG
Blending nature, style and art, Tiffany Paper Flowers is one of the newest collections from iconic jeweler Tiffany & Co. It’s comprised of delicate pieces inspired by the idea of abstract flower petals and is rooted in reinterpreting nature with a balance of refined femininity and industrial modernity. The line’s platinum diamond and tanzanite flower ring personifies this, featuring round brilliant diamonds and cushion-cut tanzanite, a particularly special gem for this jewelry house. Discovered in 1967 in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, tanzanite was introduced to the world by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany the following year. Ranging from deep blue to eye-catching violet, this rare gemstone is found only in its namesake country, Tanzania. $6,000 at Tiffany & Co., www.tiffany.com. Uptown August '18
BY NEYDA MELINA
The classic polka dot print gets a chic update
V-neck wrap dress, $29.99 at H&M, www.hm.com. Rose print wallet, Saint Laurent, $745 at Farfetch, www. farfetch.com. Black floppy hat, Sun ‘N’ Sand, $28 at Dillard’s, www.dillards. com. Leather mules with bow, Prada, $790 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. High-rise belted shorts, Topshop, $68 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com.
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BY NEYDA MELINA
HERE COMES THE SUN Warm weather styles that make a splash
Embroidered coverup, Topshop, $68 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Flamenco onepiece swimsuit, $138 at Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer.com. Studded cateye sunglasses, Moschino, $250 at Dillardâ€™s, www.dillards. com. Pineapple slides, $98 at Kate Spade New York, www. katespade.com. Rattan handbag, Folk Fortune, $128 at Madewell, www. madewell.com. Dotted straw hat with tassels, $42 at ModCloth, www. modcloth.com.
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BY CHELSEA YOUNG
LEFT TO RIGHT: DRESS: Fiesta stretch, $188. DRESS: Skipper sleeveless, $148. TOP: Waverly boatneck, $68. SHORTS: Printed Callahan, $64. All from Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer.com.
Playful styles abound in Lilly Pulitzerâ€™s summer collection
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DRESS: Lace Pearl shift, $278. From Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer.com.
DRESS: Kelby shift, $198. From Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer.com.
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DRESS: Marianna chiffon, $258. From Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer.com.
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DRESS: Gabby embellished seasalt blue shift, $258. From Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer.com.
ROMPER: Girls Aleene, $48. ROMPER: Dot lace detail Gianni, $128. Both from Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer.com.
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DRESS: Lexi strappy slip, $168. HANDBAG: Baja straw beach tote, $198. Both from Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer.com.
DRESS: Kerri V-neck maxi, $148. From Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer.com.
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BY NEYDA MELINA
HELLO, HAMPTONS Beachy decor reminiscent of summer on the seaside
Lava table lamp, $875 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, www. mgbwhome.com. Acrylic umbrella tray, Gray Malin, $355 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Sun-kissed abstract landscape rug, $99$899 at West Elm, www.westelm.com. Quatrefoil rope mirror, $253 at Bed Bath & Beyond, www. bedbathandbeyond. com. Embroidered throw pillow, $49.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond. Portside low chaise lounge chair, $949 at West Elm.
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Take a transformative trip with local outdoor adventure company Just Roughin’ It
BY MANDY HOLMES
There’s nothing like exploration travel in the great outdoors. And for the outdoor enthusiasts, there’s almost no better thrill than an adventure in the wild. Whether you’re seeking a high-adrenaline dream vacation or are ready to check a Havasupai Falls hike off your bucket list, the pros at Just Roughin’ It can guide you on a variety of unique adventures. Going beyond your average tour company, Just Roughin’ It is founded in the belief of self-empowerment and absolute accomplishment – with little more than sweat and willpower. With wilderness medical training including water rescue, the guides ensure expeditions run smoothly while traversing some of the country’s toughest (and scenic) terrain. From thrilling backpacking across the Grand Canyon to breathtaking nature hikes through Yosemite, those looking for their next memorable travel experience can customize trips to fulfill their exploratory spirit. For daytrips
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closer to home, the company offers kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding on Canyon Lake or rock climbing through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve with half- and full-day options. Beyond that, they take the term “we’ve got your back” very seriously. Guides supply upward of $1,000 worth of outdoor and safety gear required for each trek to ensure each guest is well-equipped for any situation. Though, if you’d like some gear to call your own, Just Roughin’ It’s brick-andmortar store in Scottsdale sells the latest in outdoor essentials for novice and experienced explorers. While on an excursion, adventurers can rest assured that they’re in good hands. Thanks to a high-tech tracking device called Delorme InReach, trekkers can be located on even the most remote trails at any time by the company’s office staff. No matter which adventure you choose, it will be rooted in getting back to nature. You won’t find luxury “glamping” accommodations – in fact, there is no lodging other than you and your guides setting up camp (on overnight trips). Nor will you find help from a pack horse or mule; Just Roughin’ It believes the best way to enjoy a place is from your own hard work to get there, and the reward is certainly worth the effort. For sustenance, though, you won’t be left to forage for your food. Meals are prepared pre-trip in a commercial kitchen or are shelf-stable to ensure they’re safe to eat in the wilderness. Special diets, such as vegetarian and gluten-free, can also be accommodated. Exploration travel certainly fosters personal, and interpersonal, growth. After all, these guided trips don’t just introduce people to new places; they offer full immersion into one’s natural surroundings across a variety of journeys geared toward those who are wild heart. Pricing varies per journey. Discover more at www.justroughinit.com.
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BY CHELSEA YOUNG
There’s a new road warrior in town, one that’s poised to be the perfect way to get around the neighborhood, from school drop-off to golf outings to grocery store runs. This summer, Southwestern Moke launched as the latest in the lineup from TK West, the only authorized dealer in Arizona for this European brand. What began as a British army vehicle in the 1950s eventually rose to fame as an island style icon seen among the elite in the French Riviera and Caribbean. Today, the 20th-century collectible car has been reinvented as an ecofriendly auto legal on Arizona roads with speed limits of 35 mph, boasting zero emissions and a battery that is fully chargeable in eight hours. It can hold up to four passengers and is offered in a selection of nine colors. Optional equipment includes a stereo, Bluetooth and a Bimini top, with customizations available for the wheels, seats and top color. Pricing starts at $16,975. www.southwesternmoke.com. Uptown August '18
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PHOTO BY GABBY RICHMAN
SPOTLIGHT: SET IN A STORYBOOK The stories you were told as a child that begin with “once upon a time” look like they could have been set at this custom Phoenix home. The design is straight out of a storybook fairy tale, with a brick walkway that leads you to a large wooden door. The French country-style dwelling, which was built in 2013, comes equipped with perfectly groomed grounds, and has all that you would imagine: vaulted ceilings, solid core doors and crown molding throughout. The almost-5,000-square-foot, twostory home boasts five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Additionally, there is an upstairs game room, home office with coffered ceilings and built-ins, and two laundry rooms. The master suite is located on the main floor with hardwood and marble floors, a fireplace and a luxurious en suite bathroom featuring marble countertops, a free-standing soaker tub, and a large closet. The gourmet kitchen has a butler pantry and features Sub-Zero/Wolf appliances, a steam oven, built-in Thermador coffee maker, wine fridge, walk-in pantry, and marble countertops. Grab a seat at the breakfast bar, formal dining room or eat-in kitchen area. Outside you’ll find plenty of space to entertain including covered patios, a gazebo and private courtyards. Additionally, the backyard offers a misting system for the hotter months, a children’s play area and a built-in barbecue. The rectangular pool and spa serve as a focal point for the outdoor area, with lush green grass surrounding. 6755 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85012. Listed for $2,650,000 with with Bobby Lieb of HomeSmart; 602.376.1341; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2018 HYUNDAI KONA
This all-new crossover utility vehicle takes adventure and style to new heights BY JIM PRUETER
VITAL STATS: Base price: $19,000
On looks alone, the all-new Hyundai Kona easily wins the beauty contest. It’s as attractive as any auto in the entire realm of crossover utility vehicles, including the epochal and highly acclaimed Porsche Macan. In the case of Kona, its beauty is more than skin deep. Like other smaller Hyundai SUVs, Kona is named after a vacation spot, the Kona district on Hawaii’s Big Island. According to the Korean automaker, the name is intended to conjure images of the area – such as marine leisure sports and the aroma of Kona coffee. Inside, the subcompact interior – with 94 cubic feet of passenger volume and an additional 19 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seat – Kona feels larger than its segment competitors. I liked the clean, simple design of the interior, one that exudes style and quality, despite ample hard plastic surfaces. Kona occupies the entry-level rung of Hyundai’s crossover vehicle offerings (it’s smaller than the Tucson and Santa Fe) and is offered in four trim levels with a choice of standard frontwheel drive or optional all-wheel drive ($1,300).
All trim levels include a standard rearview camera; hill-start assist control; a tilt-telescopic steering wheel; Bluetooth capabilities; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; keyless entry; and power windows, door locks and mirrors. Kona buyers also have a choice of two engines: The standard 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder that delivers 147 horsepower and is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, or a sportier 1.6-liter, 175-horsepower turbo four-cylinder. While driving, Kona delivers the best on-road dynamics among all vehicles I’ve tested in its class, thanks to zippy acceleration from my test car’s 1.6-liter engine when entering the highway or passing other vehicles. My time behind the wheel included the Big Island’s smooth roads with twists, rough roads with uneven pavement, and steep mountain roads that climbed to 7,000 feet. Simply put, the driving experience is more than impressive. Overall, the Hyundai Kona is a terrific new crossover with virtually nothing to fault and just about everything to like. And when it comes to overall value, it’s nearly impossible to beat.
Price as tested: $29,775 Engine: 1.6-L turbo four-cylinder Horsepower: 175 Seating: 5 Fuel economy: 26/29 mpg city/ highway Fab features: Upscale exterior and interior styling Athletic driving and handling dynamics Vibrant exterior color options
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Provision Coffee Bar recently opened in Arcadia and is bringing a fresh perspective on coffee, cocktails, and food to the neighborhood. Aside from its sips, the eatery is known for its menu of delicious bites, including its fun takes on toasts. The sweet and savory avocado version and the rich yet still light goat cheese variation are both top-sellers but the smoked trout toast ($10) is what caught our attention. A unique take on the classic lox toast, Heft bread (made locally) is layered with cream cheese and smoked trout instead of the traditional salmon. The toast is topped with Maldon salt and, for a Middle Eastern flair, green zaâ€™atar, which compliments the velvety cream cheese just right. 4501 N. 32nd St., Phoenix; 602.626.3866; www.provisioncoffee.com.
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BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
BEAUTIFUL BOTTLES Turn your bar cart into an art gallery
Have you ever found yourself mesmerized by the unique shapes, sizes and colors of liquor bottles behind the bar? Though what’s on the inside counts the most, a well-designed vessel can leave a lasting impression long after the bottle is empty, and can even be the reason you buy it in the first place. Here are some finds that taste as good as they look.
Ocean Vodka Ocean Vodka is the only vodka in the world distilled from organic sugar cane and blended with deep ocean mineral water. The spirit is crafted in Maui and made with water that originated from a glacier that melted near Greenland more than 2,000 years ago. Once the water is brought to the surface on the Kona coast, it is organically purified and desalinated through a proprietary, natural filtration process. The bottle, which is crystal blue and looks almost like one you would find on an island with a message in it, is a clear homage to the spirit’s namesake: the ocean itself. It retails starting at $39.99 and is currently behind the bar at Base Pizzeria.
Deleón Tequila Known for its abundant character and balance, Deleón Tequila is comprised of agave hand-selected at harvest for high-quality and peak ripeness. Slow roasting of the agave in traditional brick and clay ovens, combined with slow fermentation, enrich the depth and complexity of the agave’s natural sweetness, creating a remarkably nuanced character. It is displayed in a stunning bespoke-style bottle made from fragrance-grade glass and is boldly tattooed with the distinguishing mark of the Deleón brand. Fine-line detailing accentuates the crowning – an ornate metal closure – which was meticulously hand-carved by a jeweler from a one-pound sphere of sterling silver. It retails starting at $32 and is currently behind the bar at Steak 44 and Dominick’s Steakhouse.
Glenmorangie Pride 1981 This is Glenmorangie’s most sublime single malt whisky to date. Characterized by the longest extra-maturation period of any Glenmorangie variation, Pride 1981 is a rare, limited-edition liquor with only 1,000 bottles available. Laurence Brabant, a French designer, teamed up with fine crystal glassware company Baccarat to create a round vessel with glass on the front and back and a circle of wood sandwiched in between. It retails for $3,600 and is currently behind the bar at the Scotch Library at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.
Hennessy Paradis Impérial Inspired by a blend of rare cognacs ordered by Tsar Alexander I of Russia’s mother as a birthday gift for him in 1818, Hennessy’s master blender Yann Fillioux created Paradis Impérial, which is a
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refined and elegant cognac with floral, orange and jasmine notes as well as a subtle smoke and spice. The bottle was designed by Stephanie Balini, an award-winning Baccarat designer. The silhouette of the stunning crystalline glass decanter is the iconic Hennessy shape, with a luxurious crystal cabochon that tops the 18-karat gold and silver collar. It retails for $2,700 and is currently behind the bar at AZ88, W Scottsdale and Mastro’s Steakhouse.
I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Reviving a classic, I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is sweeter up front with grain and corn immediately apparent, then moves onto notes of oak, raisin, caramel, spice and vanilla. Aged 15 years, the finish leaves a long and lasting mouthfeel perfect for enjoying as bourbon on the rocks or whiskey neat to truly appreciate the full flavor profile. The bottle is cut glass and a modern take on a classic decanter style. It retails starting at $75 and is currently behind the bar at Pig & Pickle, The Gladly, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House, Fox Cigar Bar and Torch Cigar Bar.
Volcán De Mi Tierra Volcán De Mi Tierra (which translates to “volcano of my land”) pays homage to and is named after a real volcano that sits in the lowlands of Jalisco, Mexico, called Volcán de Tequila. A resemblance of the volcano can be found at the base of the bottle. An expression of that local terrain, this 100 percent blue agave tequila blends herbal, citrus and spice notes indicative of the lowlands with fruit notes of cherry, pear and peach from the highlands. It retails starting at $40 and is currently behind the bar at Casablanca Rooftop Lounge and Sandbar.
Don Julio 1942 Produced in small batches and aged for a minimum of 2 1/2 years, Don Julio 1942 is handcrafted in tribute to the year that Don Julio González began his tequila-making journey. The rich caramel and chocolate nose gives way to a warm oak and vanilla taste with hints of roasted agave. The bottle is reminiscent of an agave leaf and hard to miss. It retails starting at $100 and is currently behind the bar at Blanco Tacos + Tequila, El Hefe and Diego Pops.
Don Julio Real While 1942’s size is striking, it would be remiss not to also note Real, one of the few extra añejo tequilas available on the market today. With a taste that can only be described as exquisite, its rich aromas and incredibly smooth, sophisticated flavor make this tequila truly a one of a kind. The bottle features silver agave fronds on each side and a beautiful silver piña stopper that can’t be found anywhere else. It retails starting at $300 and is currently behind the bar at Sol Mexican Cocina, Barrio Queen and Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila. Uptown August '18
LONG WALKS ON THE PEACH Savor summer with a sweet yet smoky sipper
When it was time to put together a summer cocktail menu for Pomelo at the Orchard, Lead Bartender TJ Natole immediately thought of the first cocktail he made for the restaurant, Long Walks on the Peach ($9). His unique recipe is inspired by one of his favorite drinks, a whiskey sour. “I’ve done a lot of different summer versions [of a whiskey sour], but was craving something with peach and honey and didn’t want the drink to just be another fruity whiskey sour,” he explains. So, Natole switched things up by adding Johnnie Walker Black Label and Aperol to the libation. “The scotch added the depth and complexity to it, while the Aperol helps temper the sweetness and highlight the smokiness of the scotch without dominating the rest of the ingredients,” Natole says. The result is a beautiful layering of summertime flavors. But, why scotch? “Scotch is a spirit that gets neglected in cocktail programs sometimes, and I wanted a little bit of challenge to play with the traditionally smoky characteristics of the Johnnie Walker Black. From there, it was just feeling what summer flavors I was in the mood for that day,” he says. The flavoring begins with peachy notes, thanks to R&W Orchard Peach liqueur, and gives off honey and citrus undertones from the lemon juice and honey syrup. It finishes with a lingering smoke and acidity thanks to the scotch and Aperol. And though the flavors are complex, the presentation is simple. It’s served in a highball glass on the rocks with a lemon twist. Natole suggests pairing the cocktail with their wings. Pro tip: he gets a half-andhalf order of the Louisiana hot sauce and barbeque sauce wings. Pomelo at the Orchard, 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2600; www.pomelophx.com.
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BY GABBY RICHMAN / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS
CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Israel Medina of Izzy’s Pantry
Israel Medina is the executive chef of DeSoto Central Market, as well as chef and owner of Izzy’s Pantry, which recently opened at the market.
BY GABBY RICHMAN / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN
When did you know you wanted to be a chef? It was 2003, when I moved to Scottsdale and started working at North Italia (Fox Restaurant Concepts) in Kierland Commons. To you, food is… Life! We have to eat to live. I love cooking for my family and seeing their faces when they love what they just ate. When you’re not cooking, where would we find you? Spending time with my beautiful wife and our four children. We have three girls and one boy: Anabella, Taelynn, Cataleya, and Kaisyn. Where did you get your start in the food industry? I got a summer job when I was 15 years old at a small beach grill back home in Lake Tahoe. Do you have a favorite thing to cook? Tacos! In our home, everyone loves tacos. What is your approach in the kitchen? I cook on the line with everyone. We are all equal! Always cook with love. Tell us about Izzy’s Pantry: Izzy’s Pantry is international street style food. I enjoy all kinds of food from different countries so why not have a little something for everyone, from Italian to Mexican to Japanese? We are a scratch kitchen so everything is always fresh. What made you decide to open your own spot at DeSoto? When I took over the BOH [back-of-house] operations at DeSoto, the owner told me that I could do my own concept and name it what I wanted. I’ve always wanted to have my own restaurant. This is only the beginning! Your wife Ashlynn also works at DeSoto as the operations manager. What is it like working with your spouse and how does she inspire your cuisine? I love working with my wife. We help each other out and have each other’s back! She’s my biggest supporter and the smartest person I have ever met. If she doesn’t like something [I cook], she’ll be honest and let me know. Izzy’s Pantry, located at DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.680.7747; www.desotocentralmarket.com.
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Taste FOOD FILES
MENUS WORTH THE MILES Foodie finds that require a freeway
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
Page Springs Cellars & Bistro A family-owned winery and vineyard tucked into the volcanic landscape overlooking pristine Oak Creek Canyon, Page Springs Cellars produces Rhone-style wines. Where the vineyard sets itself apart, however, is with the on-site bistro led by executive chef Bryan Nowicki. A firstlevel sommelier with decades of experience, Nowicki’s menu, which changes seasonally, is rooted in taking advantage of local ingredients to complement the wines. Don’t miss a few of the chef’s specialties: mason jar rillettes, anything he’s pickled, and handmade spreadable smoked salmon, duck or roasted vegetables, respectively. www.pagespringscellars.com.
Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room & Osteria Like Page Springs, Merkin Osteria is a tasting room with award-winning wine from Merkin Vineyards out of Willcox, Arizona. Also like Page Springs, they’ve completely redefined the Northern Arizona culinary scene with the introduction of this full-service Italian restaurant and tasting room led by executive chef Chris Smith, lauded for leading the kitchens at Robert’s Creekside Cafe & Grill, Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, The Asylum Restaurant, and Los Abrigados Resort & Spa before joining Merkin in 2016. You have not lived until you’ve indulged in his creamy gnocchi, Merkin mac and cheese, and cavatelli pesto pasta. www.merkinvineyardsosteria.com. Crema Craft Kitchen & Bar Crema will knock your socks off at breakfast and brunch. Its head chef, Michelle Jurisin, studied in Italy under a James Beard Awardwinning chef before coming to Cottonwood to launch Nic’s Italian Steak & Crab House and then Pizzeria Bocce before turning her sights to Crema, pulling together recipes from mentors and marrying them to family dishes and her own culinary vision. A must-try dish is the chilaquiles, which embodies the spicy, earthy flavors of the Southwest and pairs well with the ultimate mimosa featuring a Grand Mariner float and rock candy for stirring (and a sweet crunch). www.cremacottonwood.com.
Sedona Arizona’s culinary scene is not strictly limited to the Valley. In fact, award-winning and unique restaurants abound in Northern and Southern Arizona. Here are some dining destinations more than worth the drive (and calories), no matter if you go for the day or opt to stay overnight.
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Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano More than 20 years ago, chef and owner Lisa Dahl sought healing after the loss of her son by moving to Sedona. All these years later, Dahl is a James Beard House-featured chef and widely credited for Sedona’s emergence as a national foodie destination. Today, she boasts several fine restaurants in the area, but Dahl & DiLuca was her first. The restaurant’s ample
many of which take influence from the South. Smith’s Southern-fried Arizona hot chicken, shrimp and grits, and pecan-smoked spare ribs are prime examples of the Southwest-meetsSouthern concept. The drink menu is similarly a love of all things local, bursting with Arizonamade spirits, wines, beers and native produce. www.rootpublichouse.com. Josephine’s Modern American Bistro Refined without being pretentious, chef Tony Cosentino uses the seasons – yes, they have them up in Flagstaff – to direct his menu at Josephine’s, taking advantage of the best produce and seafood from across the country month by month and often suggesting wine pairings from the Wine Spectator-awarded wine menu to accompany each dish. Of particular note is his achiote-smoked pork osso bucco, which is slow-braised and served with luscious Tillamook green chili polenta. And try the Southwestern crab cakes at any time – as a Benedict at brunch, in a sandwich or salad at lunch, and even as an entree at dinner, served with a sesame-crusted quinoa masa cake, jicama slaw, spicy remoulade and avocado tomatillo sauce. www.josephinesrestaurant.com.
Tucson menu spans a variety of pastas (don’t miss the lasagna), grilled surf and turf, and classic Italian specialties including chicken piccata and veal marsala. www.dahlanddiluca.com. Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill Perched atop a scenic bluff with panoramic views of Sedona’s majestic red rocks, Mariposa is also a Dahl venue taken in a totally different direction. By using a wood-fired grill and wood-burning oven, Dahl creates handmade delicacies inspired by her travels to Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. The lunch, tapas and dinner options are beyond impressive, but for something truly exceptional, splurge on the “Prix-Fixe Tomahawk for 2” with a wine pairing option, which features four courses showcasing a little bit of everything that makes Dahl’s cooking so special (including a whopping 34-ounce USDA prime rib-eye steak!). www.mariposasedona.com.
Café Poca Cosa Chef and owner Suzana Davila is a proud native of a native of Sonora, Mexico – and incorporates her rich Hispanic culture in every aspect of her restaurant. The authentic menu, which has been lauded by the likes of The New York Times and USA Today, is printed in Spanish on a portable chalkboard that servers take from table to table. And while it changes twice daily, rest assured every item can be paired with the extensive tequila and margarita options. For a variety of flavor, opt for the chef’s plate, which features a selection of items chosen by Davila – and you won’t be disappointed by the surprise. www.cafepocacosatucson.com.
Cress on Oak Creek L’Auberge de Sedona resort is tucked into verdant Oak Creek, making it an altogether otherworldly red rock country experience. Its signature eatery, Cress on Oak Creek, takes full advantage of this sought-after locale as its patio dining sits right along the babbling brook and lush forest landscape, while its interior is modern, sleek and romantic. Open only for dinner, each night executive chef Michael O’Dowd – famous in the Valley for putting Kai at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass on the culinary map – dreams up a tasting menu available as a three-, four- or six-course dining experience inspired by three natural elements: earth, water and sky. www.lauberge.com.
Root Public House Often referred to as a forest-to-table restaurant, chef and owner David Smith’s Root Public House features true Northern Arizona ingredients throughout its evolving seasonal menus,
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PUBBLICO ITALIAN EATERY
This family-run restaurant may be Phoenix’s bestkept secret, but we’re ready to share. From wood-fired pizza to handmade pasta to classic Italian dishes like chicken parmesan to seafood-loaded cioppino, you’d be hard-pressed to find a family favorite that doesn’t measure up to your memories. Start off with their calamari, with the perfect amount of breading that is light and crispy, which is the perfect match for the rich, classic marinara dipping sauce. From there, no matter what you order, you really can’t lose. 5813 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.601.5651; www.pubblicoitalianeatery.com; $$
BY TARYN JEFFRIES
BUCK & RIDER A seafood and oyster bar in our little desert oasis? Buck & Rider has created a space likened to that of a beach house and is serving up the freshest seafood, hand-rolled sushi and raw bar items they can get their hands on. Their deviled crab dip sets the stage for the meal you’re about to have – a clever combination of flavors and textures. 4225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.346.0110; www. buckandrider.com; $$$ COLD BEERS & CHEESEBURGERS There’s no need to wonder what’s being served up here, it’s all in right there in the name. The casual spot offers up an array of satisfying burgers made to order, along with a variety of sandwiches, hot dogs, mac and cheese, and let’s not forget the tot-chos – all of your favorite nacho toppings piled high on tater tots! With over 150 beer choices (draught, bottled and canned) you’ll have no trouble finding something to help wash it all down. Multiple locations; www.coldbeers.com; $$ REHAB BURGER THERAPY The idea here is that everyone deserves a break from the day-to-day, and Rehab Burger Therapy is always going to be there for you. With a restaurant built on friendship you can guarantee that the vibe is going to be friendly, laid-back and inviting. With close to 20 different burger varieties, the culinary team could have stopped there, but lucky for you they didn’t. There is an array of enticing appetizers, specialty salads as well as tacos, pasta and more. Whatever it is that you need to get you through the week, it’s probably here. 1534 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix; 602.368.8832; www. rehabburgertherapy.com; $$ WINDSOR This quirky hot spot named for the historical neighborhood it’s bellied up to, is busy fixing up classic Americana fare with an upscale twist. The decor is where the quirk comes in with one wall decorated with old cassette tapes. With dishes like Deviled Egg Dip & Chips and their Crab Cake BLT, it’s clear that there is a little quirk in the menu as well. 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.1111; www.windsoraz.com; $$
AUTHENTIC THAI KITCHEN Fresh, simple and dependable are what you’ll find within the bright walls of Authentic Thai Kitchen. For diners that are just dipping their toe in the Thai pool, the pad thai makes the perfect
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gateway dish. You can play with the heat level to see just how much you can take though you should always start slowly. For more seasoned Thai lovers, the tom kha gai soup is just like you’ll find in Thailand. 4500 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.277.5065; $$ GLAI BAAN THAI STREET FOOD Glai Baan offers a serene dining room feel but, as the English translation of the restaurant’s name hints, everything else has a “far from home” feeling. When conjuring up notions of Thai street food your initial thought might be pad thai, and while it is on the menu, there is so much more to explore. Glai Baan’s larb salad is a solid introductory dish made up of minced pork, shallots and mint with a dynamic lime dressing. Sonin-law eggs are another unique choice; first boiled and then fried and presented with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. There is a wealth of distinct and unique flavors waiting to be explored. 2333 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix; 602.595.5881; $$ MOTO SUSHI If you’re looking for a new experience, Moto Sushi offers a variety of dishes that are a fusion of cultures that will surprise and delight diners. You can start off with the Asian nachos, which is a clever concoction of crispy wontons, soybeans, salsa and guacamole. If you have a healthy appetite, come in on Saturday for Moto’s all you can eat sushi special. Like it a little hot? Go for the Exit Wound Bowl, complete with Moto hell fire sauce. 6845 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.263.5444; www.mrmotorising.com; $$ SIU WOK At first glance, Siu Wok is not what you expect from a fast-causal Chinese restaurant. The bright interior is inviting and there is seating for days! Portions are ample enough to satiate you for lunch, leaving some left over for dinner as well. The menu is filled with the usual suspects but fans rave about their General Tso’s chicken and salt and pepper shrimp. Their delivery area is surprisingly wide if you’re looking to eat in. 2801 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.230.2960; $
CHESTNUT FINE FOODS & PROVISIONS Looking for a causal spot in Arcadia to grab a relaxed yet refined breakfast? Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions easily offers that and so much more. You’ll find first-rate, fresh pastries and a variety of coffee options if you’re in a rush. If you plan on settling in and staying awhile, order one of the decadent
menu items. The tart Lemon Ricotta Waffles offer up a light and fresh taste while the morning Bibimbap Bowl offer up unique and savory flavors. 4350 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.708.7679; www.chestnut.com; $$ ESSENCE BAKERY CAFÉ When you’re looking for the perfect pastries for a morning meeting or a rich and filling breakfast to start out your day, you should put this cafe at the top of your list. Essence’s almond croissant is deliciously decadent with the perfect level of sweetness surrounded by light, buttery and flaky layers. As an added bonus, the kitschy decor is inviting and welcoming. 3830 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.296.4958; www. essencebakery.com; $$ RISE CRAFT COFFEE + EATERY If you’re of the mind that food and coffee are an art form, this is the perfect morning spot for you (but keep them in mind for lunch if you’re a late riser). Consider yourself a breakfast burrito connoisseur? The signature Rise Burro – made with carnitas and smoked bacon – is the stuff dreams are made of. You can go vegetarian with the Roosevelt Burro if that’s more your speed. They also have sweet and savory crepes to start your day with. And the coffee? I have three words for you: slow pour Chemex. 918 N. 5th St., Phoenix; 602.237.6497; www.risecraftcoffeephx.com; $$ URBAN BEANS CAFÉ & BAR This vegan coffee shop is here for you when you need that kick in the morning as well as for a quick bite in the afternoon. Urban Beans is even there for you if you find yourself in need of java in the middle of the night. That’s right, 24 hours a day (365 days a year!) you can pop in and get a bite to eat and a cold or hot brew. Seating is comfy and conducive to taking a break from a busy day or cracking open your laptop and getting a little work done, no matter the time. 3508 N. 7th St., Phoenix; www.urbanbeans.com; $
AVANTI Since 1974, Avanti has been offering a sophisticated and festive environment for their diners. The old-school glamour paired with gourmet menu offerings will transport you to a different era. You can’t go wrong with any of their daily specials, but a treasured entree is the Osso Buco Milanese. Finish it all off with their homemade tiramisu and you’ll be in heaven. 2728 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0900; www. avanti-az.com; $$$
BABBO ITALIAN EATERY You’ve likely seen Babbo’s kitschy billboards around town, using clever takes on words and phrases to grab your attention. Here you’ll find contemporary Italian dishes made with high-quality ingredients and tried-andtrue family recipes. A house favorite is the Babbo’s Bowl of Bolognese, mainly loved for its traditional flavors and flawless execution. 6855 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.279.1500; www. babboitalian.com; $$ WINK 24 Wink 24 embodies everything that you would expect from an Italian eatery; great food and hospitable service. Fernanda Borletti, the owner of Wink 24, is a constant fixture in the dining room ensuring that everyone has enough to eat and is enjoying every bite. The wood-fired pizzas are bubbly, cheesing and teeming with ingredients. Make sure to get a side of the Chile Morita, a spicy and smoky infused oil used for dipping or drizzling, that will intensify the flavors of any pizza on the menu. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.954.5278; www.wink24.net; $$
CAFÉ RIO MEXICAN GRILL While Café Rio is a fast-casual dining destination, the flavors and friendliness of the staff are of the caliber that you might expect at high-end restaurant. You won’t find any freezers or microwaves in the kitchen, guaranteeing that all the food here is made fresh daily. You’ll discover the expected Mexican fare here, but some of the tastiest dishes are the salads. They are served in a light, never greasy tortilla bowl and filled with your choice of protein, topped with a creamy tomatillo or cilantro lime vinaigrette. Sounds like a fiesta to us! 2131 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.425.5380; www. caferio.com; $ EL NOPALITO If you’re the kind of person that prefers authentic hole-in-the-wall Mexican eateries rather than the touristy Americanized restaurants, you’re going to love El Nopalito. The menu here is what you can expect from the off the beaten path spots in the heart of Mexico. The traditional ambiance and flavors will bring all your favorite vacation memories flooding back. Their nine different tacos are only $.99 a piece, making it easy to try all of them without breaking the bank. 2831 N. 24th St., Phoenix; 602.522.2043; www.elnopalitophoenix.com; $
LA BARQUITA No frills here, just straight-forward authentic and great tasting Mexican food. La Barquita is a friendly and quick service spot with a helpful and knowledgeable staff. The menu is rife with traditional options and will make you want to keep coming back to make your way through it. The chicken mole is unique in that the chicken is served on the bone as opposed to the traditionally shredded meat, which only adds to the richness. 2334 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix; 602.275.5994; $$ MUCHA LUCHA TACO SHOP Looking for a taco spot without all the lard and artificial and canned items? Santos Lucha Libre serves up a variety of menu items that are fresh, flavorful and something you can really feel good about eating. From monstrous burritos to dynamic tacos, you’ll find an array of options. There are eight meat choices as well as veggie options, and if you are not quite sure which choice is your speed, you are allowed to sample all the items. To top it all off, the homemade salsas are all kinds of spicy – and delicious! 9822 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.833.1295; www.phoenixmexicanrestaurant.com; $$
ARTIZEN Upon walking into the lobby of The Camby Hotel you’ll find a beautifully appointed space with a touch of whimsey. From fixtures to art and accoutrements, this place is dazzling and designed to impress. The inventive cuisine at Artizen, The Camby’s on-property restaurant, matches the vibe and personality of the resort. With a variety of dishes, ranging from shared plates to full personal portions, you’ll find the perfect dish for any craving. Artizen also offers an inspired tasting menu if you’re not in the mood to make any decisions. 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.522.6655; www.artizenaz.com; $$ FARM & CRAFT A restaurant has arrived that has menu suggestions for specific ailments. Farm & Craft features dishes that help to increase your probiotic levels, assist in anti-inflammatory efforts and even items that contribute to reducing overall stress. They’ve even worked wellness into their cocktails. You are able to enjoy their healthy-without-being-bland dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your body will be grateful you stopped by The Colony for a meal. 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix;
602.875.5620; www.ilovefarmandcraft.com; $$ GRASSROOTS KITCHEN & TAP As implied by the name, this restaurant (located at The Shops at Town & Country) is focused on the community; serving it and sourcing from it. You’ll find a from-scratch menu of Southern-influenced American cuisine including favorites like brisket sammies, po’boys and delicious plates like shrimp and grits and braised short ribs. You’ll be pleased with the diversity of the food and cocktail menu – think gimlets, iced tea takes and martinis. 2119 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.368.8766, www. grassrootsaz.com, $$ INGO’S TASTY FOOD Some restaurants get tripped up with huge menus and diners get overwhelmed with so many options. Ingo’s Tasty Food is more concerned with the quality of its offerings over the quantity. So, pick a table outside, head up to the window to place your order and expect to receive a high-quality, grass-fed burger on a La Grande Orange handmade bun. The Ingo burger comes in a hearty portion and is topped with cooling kraut. Make sure to grab a beer and an order of the fresh shattered potato chips to make the perfect meal. 4502 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.795.2884; www.ingostastyfood. com; $$
DONOVAN’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE Donovan’s is renowned for being a classic steakhouse; serving the highest quality meats, seafood and original sides. If you’re planning a celebration or event, make sure to check out one of the steak house’s seven private dining rooms, with options that can seat anywhere from 12 to 100 guests. Prepare to be catered to from the second you arrive. 3101 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.955.3666; www. donovanssteakhouse.com; $$$$ STEAK 44 Steak 44 is certainly an upscale steakhouse, but the service that you receive will be warm, friendly and welcoming, not stuffy and overly opulent. This sophisticated spot offers steak cuts that are all responsibly farmed in the U.S., wet aged 28 days and hand-cut in-house. In the event that steak is not your thing, you still have many delicious options like veal chops, rack of lamb or steak-laden meatloaf. The toughest decision of the night will be what side to get. 5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.271.4400; www.steak44.com; $$$
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SALVATION ARMY 125TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION DINNER
Community members gathered at Arizona Biltmore for an evening to celebrate the historical anniversary milestone of Salvation Army. Over dinner and drinks, attendees looked back on moments that shaped the organization as well as heard about exciting future plans.
Emily Johnston and Stacey Schwab
BY ELIZABETH MARIE
Gaby Cardenes and Tyler Butler
Patsy Stewart and Barbra Van Arsdale
Linc and Stephani Altdoerffer
Sean Oâ€™brien and Doris Mcvey
Sandy and Mike Hecomovich
Dianna Jones and Rebecca Dewitt
Bre and Luke Sanders
Julie Shaw and Mackenzie Peers
Christa Severn and Deborah Wilson M.D.
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THE ART OF SOUND EXPERIENCE
This one-of-a-kind symposium showcased the ultimate in high-end living and home design at Frank Lloyd Wrightâ€™s The Norman Lykes House.
BY JAMES SASSER
Ornella and Angelo Giudice
Fiona Forbes and Joseph Lucido
Perrine and Thurston Adams
Melissa Hejduk and Tim Fogarty
Stacey Richman and Carla Pelosi
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DAILY 3-6PM 44 Th s T & c a m elback
Th e h e n ry r e s Tau r a n T. c o m
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WE ARE UNITED LUNCHEON
The Valley of the Sun United Way’s We Are United luncheon took place at Arizona Biltmore benefiting the organization’s programs including Breakfast in the Classroom and WeekEnd Hunger Backpacks. Singer and actress Vanessa Williams spoke at the event. In addition to the luncheon, VIP ticketholders enjoyed a special reception to meet Williams herself.
BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY
Jason Berg and Christine Nowaczyk
Stephanie Oleksa and Brooke Waldron
Anna Popova and Cindy Kurtze
Selene Quintana and Heather Tener
Ashley Cavello and Tiffany Hardiman
Joni Bryant and Vanessa Rodriguez
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Latasha Causey and Kerryann Tomlinson
Ruby Farias and Amy Winski
Debbie Davis and Sherrie Bellamy
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ANGELS IN ARCADIA
One of Phoenix’s popular breweries opens its second location with a twist
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
Since 2012, Angels Trumpet Ale House has been a staple of Downtown Phoenix. But, owners Sharry and Mat Englehorn always had bigger plans. As Arcadia-area residents, the couple always knew they eventually wanted to open a location in their own backyard. “We’ve now officially realized our dream,” says Mat, who with Sharry opened Angels Trumpet Arcadia inside the Arcadia Crossing Shopping Center on Thomas and 44th streets this month. “And while still a beer-lovers heaven on earth, the location will also share its brew-infused space with our newest passion project, a craft cocktail lounge named Tall Glass.”
Angels Trumpet Angels Trumpet Arcadia, formerly the 10,000-square-foot Sears Auto Center, has been completely restored and revitalized with a midcentury modern motif, but still has a bit of a garage – albeit stylish – feel. At sunset, guests will be able to catch views of Camelback Mountain thanks to the ample glass doors that adorn the building and inside-outside patio. Altogether, the venue can seat 240 guests and boasts a
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fully private 46-person dining room with television and audio capabilities. On the food side, the menu features the same acclaimed menu as the original, both for lunch and dinner (and yes, happy hour, too!) including such favorites as Angels wings ($11.50), served naked with dipping sauced; and The Tractor ($11), a housemade pizza consisting of eggs, bacon, Brussels sprouts and more. But, what about the beer? “Of course, we also offer our signature and ever-changing selection of local and national craft beers on tap, with the day’s offerings written on an oversized slate chalkboard,” Mat explains. The craft beer selection constantly rotates between 31 handless, including current favorites: Ballast Point Fathom IPA ($6), Ace Space Bloody Orange ($7), Maui Bikini Blonde Lager ($6), and Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale ($7).
Tall Glass Tall Glass is a separate craft cocktail lounge with its own entrance and extensive menu of craft cocktails, including spirits from craft beer distilleries such as Rouge Spirits and Cutwater Spirits. “Here, guests will be able to belly up to the 40-seat island-style bar, relax in a cozy booth, or unwind on an outdoor patio featuring a mature paloverde shade tree, all hidden behind a stylish, perforated steel fence,” Mat says. The couple also plans to eventually open a small microbrewery onsite, which Mat describes as, “an intimate brewer’s playground, where we’ll make the sort of beers that we like to drink.” Angels Trumpet Arcadia is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight, while Tall Glass is open daily from the late afternoon (times will vary) to midnight. Opening this month, Angels Trumpet Arcadia, 2339 N. 44th Street, Phoenix; www.angelstrumpetalehouse.com.
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