Uptown Magazine August 2019

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Refreshing poolside pours Superfood-filled delights Backyard bash essentials


The world-renowned architect talks design philosophy, community connection and some of his most popular projects


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Pulse 15 UP CLOSE Susan Schmitz captures the natural world

18 BEAT ON THE COVER: Wendell Burnette. Photo by Claudia Johnstone, www.dasfotohaus.com.

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Features 26 WENDELL BURNETTE The renowned architect talks inspiration from natural surroundings and his favorite projects 42 FASHION Cool for the summer


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Author Talia Renzo’s words of wisdom

20 HIS STYLE Meet Jesse James Ferrell

22 HER STYLE Meet Lizy Hoeffer

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Susan Schmitz saves homeless pets while capturing the natural world from behind her lens

What do technology management, mortgage loan origination, and nature and animal photography have in common? Not much, but that’s exactly the path that photographer and digital artist, Susan Schmitz took to get to where she is today. While Schmitz now has a successful photography business

working with animals and travel groups, she spent more than two decades at a large mortgage company in the Detroit metropolitan area. There, she worked in front-end loan origination and backend operations, including IT management and quality control. One day, Schmitz decided it was time for a new path.

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Pulse UP CLOSE Creative Calling Schmitz’s secure career treated her well but it eventually became too stifling. She grew restless, which affected the rest of her life, and she realized a change had to be made “The technical nature of my job was not feeding the growing desires I had to do more with my time and to make a difference in the world,” she says. With a constant sense of wanderlust, the self-described creative soul packed up and moved to Sedona to “find herself.” “The beauty and serenity of the area definitely helped me to connect with my creative side,” she says. It wasn’t long before the breathtaking landscape surrounding her new home quickly inspired Schmitz to start painting. There was just one problem with that: she had neither the talent nor the patience needed to paint the kind of masterpieces that she imagined. However, she was drawn to the photos she was taking to use as reference points for painting. From there she went all in on learning how to use her camera beyond pointing and shooting.

“In my spare time, I taught myself the art of photography. I scoured the web for tutorials and read every instruction manual I could get my hands on,” Schmitz recalls. As she continued to learn more about photography, Schmitz knew she wanted to make a living from it. “I started photographing families. I’m pretty introverted and was very uncomfortable with working with people, but I loved photographing their pets. I’ve always had a deep love and respect for animals,” she explains. The photographer built her portfolio by volunteering to take photos of homeless pets for local rescue organizations. Her photos were used in animal adoption ads and for fundraising. The more photos she took, the more demand there was for them, and she created a rescue program that provides complimentary images of adoptable animals. During her time of working with rescue animals, Schmitz discovered stock photography. Earning ongoing royalties simply by uploading her photos to an agency sounded like a perfect fit to make a living while continuing to save lives. It took more than eight years of hard work, dedication and the encouragement of her husband to turn her love of photography into a full-time career, and she did it while making a difference. “I have photographed thousands of rescue animals in the past 10-plus years; almost all of which have been adopted into their fur-ever homes,” Schmitz says.

Shifting Focus The animal lover recently shifted her focus to travel and wildlife photography. She has visited Africa three times where she captures the people, animals and landscapes with her camera. Schmitz’s latest venture is a tag-team effort with her friend, wildlife painter April Howland. Together they co-founded Adventure Artists International. The mission of the organization is to provide creative spirits with unique art and philanthropic-centered travel experiences that inspire global impact through creativity, connection and conservation. The group has a trip to Kenya in September 2020 to witness the great wildebeest and zebra migration, spend time with a Maasai tribe, and learn about community outreach projects through the Africa Foundation. The duo will provide ongoing support after the trip for anyone who wants to use their artwork to support the communities and wildlife they met. Up next will be exploring options for additional trips to Yellowstone National Park and Costa Rica. In the meantime, Schmitz mentors photographers in person and through online classes, and she will be exhibiting her artwork at the Art on the Wild Side exhibit at the Phoenix Zoo and Arizona Center for Nature Conservation. Her collection, titled In The Dust consists of images of endangered wildlife emerging from clouds of dust meant to symbolize and spotlight the efforts that are being made by conservation organizations to prevent these species from dying off and being left in the dust. It will be displayed from Sept. 15 to Jan. 15. For more information, visit www.susanschmitz.com.


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David Sodemann and Brett Ellenson are the gurus behind the ultimate all-in-one vehicles available from Boho Camper Vans. The business partners convert commercial vehicles into camper vans for both the weekend explorer and the full-time van lifer. The duo creates beautiful, fully functional living spaces available to buy or rent with components such as beds, running water, kitchenettes, outdoor showers, and cooking stations that run off solar energy and grid use. “Giving someone an affordable option to live without a mortgage and with immense flexibility is what motivates me every day. I feel we’re on the cusp of an important movement, both socially and environmentally,” Ellenson says. Sodemann and Ellenson were born on the same day in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and became friends once they found their way to Arizona despite their diverse backgrounds. Ellenson grew up working in machinery and fabrication and has always been a hands-on guy. He moved to Phoenix to work in machinery sales, giving him the experience to run Boho’s shop. Sodemann has a degree in design from Arizona State University, and has since worked on the marketing side of many startups in Phoenix. He has built brands in a variety of industries and his penchant for design and hospitality has helped in the branding of Boho. Both Sodemann and Ellenson are avid hikers and campers, so the idea of starting a business in this industry came naturally. In the age of rideshare platforms, Boho exists to focus on the destination rather than the journey. “I’m inspired by the life-changing experiences Boho creates by disconnecting people from their daily routine and giving them a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Sodemann says. The team even each other out, with Ellenson as the creative visionary. “[Ellenson is] Extremely detail-oriented and meticulous when it comes to building vans. He’s a true creative when it comes to new layouts and features. Give the man a drill and amazing things happen,” Sodemann says. Sodemann, on the other hand, has the entrepreneurial spirit. “[Sodemann] loves working with people and enjoys engaging with renters and prospective clients looking to purchase. He has no shortage of business goals, some crazier than others, but they keep pushing the company forward. We feed off each other, it’s a blast,” Ellenson explains.


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Local author Talia Renzo helps readers find healing through her writings



Talia Renzo lost her father when she was a teenager and was tasked with writing his memorial service. It was during that extremely tragic time in her life when she discovered her vocation for the written word. “I will never forget the nervous knot I had in my belly before I went up on stage to honor my father,” she reminisces. “I took a step into the warmth of the spotlight and looked into a sea of hundreds of faces that wanted to hear what I had to say. I spoke true from my heart and felt [empowered]. I realized in that moment that I had a voice that needed to be heard.” Now 22 and a published author, Renzo’s voice projects loud and clear in her chapter called Recovering the Grieving Heart, included in Life Coach — a collaborative, Amazon-exclusive book that helps readers navigate life’s most difficult issues. Her intimate, eight-page chapter depicts her grief and healing process surrounding her father’s death. Renzo wrote her chapter for the community of grief victims and her 15-year-old self. In addition to losing a parent when she was a teen, Renzo was relentlessly bullied in high school. “I wanted to write to this girl that lacked ambition, confidence and self-esteem. I wanted to tell her to stand taller in life because [her] story of grief at the time was not going to define who [she] was, but it was going to define [her] legacy in giving to others.” Tackling topics of vulnerability that most people shy away from, Renzo is just scratching the surface of her career as an author. The Arizona native has two forthcoming books. The first is Kindness Crusader — another collaborative book that features stories of kindness from authors around the world being released at the end of this year. The second is her first solo book, slated to drop in 2020, that will give a more expansive overview on her grieving and healing journey. Renzo is currently working on her college degree in creative writing. Apart from writing, other creative outlets of hers include cooking, doing makeup and listening to anything by Lady Gaga. “I absolutely adore Lady Gaga and attribute a lot of my overcomings to the messages in her music. Her song Marry the Night is about marrying all of your obstacles and becoming one with your destiny.” Renzo continues, “This song always resonates with me and my life.”

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DRESSING WITH PURPOSE Jesse James Ferrell embraces mindfulness in his style and career BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

Jesse James Ferrell knows how to keep his personal brand comfortable without sacrificing style. The founder of Focus Four Me, a personalized meditation, goal setting and journal app, prefers well-fitting jeans and motivational statement T- shirts. “With spirituality and mindfulness being such a huge part of my journey, I’ve definitely found myself gravitating toward more spiritually focused apparel,” he says. Ferrell’s style is both eclectic and energetic. Inspired by Johnny Depp, his wardrobe showcases his confidence and whimsical nature thanks to brands such as Spiritual Gangster and John Varvatos. The mental health advocate keeps an organized closet by implementing color coordination and evenly spaced hangers with plenty of room for his fashionable hat and boot collections. Known for his variety of headwear, the hat lover is rarely spotted without his signature fedora. “I have fond memories of buying my first brown Livity fedora while traveling to a yoga festival in Joshua Tree called Bhakti Fest,” he recalls.

What are your favorite colors and styles to wear? Since I have green eyes I lean to green as being my favorite color to wear. Then baby blue, teal, burgundy and some black. I prefer solid colors with some accents from stitching or buttons. I'm always drawn to nice accent stitching and creative buttons. What is your No. 1 style tip? Wear quality socks and comfortable shoes that make a statement. I feel these things can make a huge impact on how you feel energetically throughout the day. Say no to baggy butt, high-waisted, pleated, and “Hammer time” pants! Where do you like to shop? When I need something fast I go to Nordstrom. I tend to be influenced by Italian style and shop in Italy or Greece when possible. I’ve found almost my entire collection of boots in other cities, like Seattle and San Francisco.


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UPDATE YOUR LOOK, IMPROVE YOUR IMAGE! New York Trained Custom Clothier Opens Arcadia Location Q. Contrary, a local custom clothier, recently opened its first retail location in Arcadia. New York trained designer, Mary Zarob, owner of Q. Contrary, assists men and women with styling and creating a wardrobe of business and casual clothes that fit better, allowing customers to achieve their best look in today’s fashions. Q. Contrary offers custom made and ready made suits, jackets, slacks, and shirts. In addition to tailored clothing and alterations, Q. Contrary offers a line of Travis Mathew golf attire and men’s accessories. With the opening of Q. Contrary’s Arcadia location at 3188 East Indian School Road, the latest spring fabrics have also arrived. Visit the store or call 602-301-6987 to update your wardrobe for the new season.

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SUNNY DISPOSITION Lizy Hoeffer brightens any room with her classic sense of style


Balancing family and a successful career in the mortgage industry is what Lizy Hoeffer does best. Luckily, her classic and sophisticated style lends itself to her daily routine. The chic loan officer takes cues from Reese Witherspoon, Olivia Polermo and Victoria Beckham thanks to their passion for timeless fashion while juggling family and business with grace. “I always stick to the classics rather than follow the latest fad. Classics are simple and will always be trendy,” Hoeffer says. The mom of three has a sunny personality that matches her favorite color to wear: yellow. She’s not afraid of prints and can’t turn down a great polka dot motif from J.Crew, Kate Spade or Tory Burch. “I am [also] very much a Nordstrom girl because they carry all of my favorite brands in one place. I also love Anthropologie.” In the evening, Hoeffer counts on a bold red lip to take her look from day to night. One thing you won’t find Hoeffer in? Athleisure wear outside of the gym. She believes that simplicity is the key to great style and takes pride in her professional appearance.

What is your must-have item when it comes to style? My must-have item is my nude pumps. They are practical and make my legs look longer. They also go with everything and you will always see me in heels at work! What is your most prized possession in your closet? My black Prada bag. It is the one item I told myself I would buy once I reached a certain level of achievement. The motto I live by is “Passion changes everything.” I truly believe that as long as you are willing to work hard, be the best in your position, and come from a place of gratitude, you will be successful. How does living in Arizona influence your wardrobe? Over the summer in Arizona, I wear more lightweight clothing and less layers. I am indoors most days during the week, so the heat doesn’t affect my wardrobe drastically.


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Guests gathered at Arizona Biltmore to raise funds and awareness for ALS at this 10th annual event


Adrienne Hardy and K’Lee Forbes

Kelly Weisenberger and Rachael Deminsky

Amber Montanez and Subyn Wadsworth

Abigail Messer and Danielle Turnbull

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Renae Hoffman and Tara Burke


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Held at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, this dinner supported the American Liver Foundation


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The internationally recognized architect finds inspiration in the natural surroundings for his innovative designs



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Wendell Burnette’s journey with architecture began at age 13 when he would visit his local library to read books about the topic. Since then, his love for the craft has taken him to some of the most picturesque destinations around the world. “I'm always searching for the next project and the opportunity to craft the next experience, the next moment, the next memory that is in some way resonant across time,” he explains.

A Resume of Note The Tennessee native attributes his global success to hard work and passion – not a college degree. Self-taught and known for his eye-catching structures, Burnette has called Phoenix home for 39 years. During his time as an apprentice at Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture at Taliesin West, Burnette solidified his love for the desert while living in a 8-by-8 sheepherders canvas tent, drawing inspiration from the landscape that surrounded him. The architect, who has projects throughout the world that resonate with their natural surroundings, works in a studio located on Central Avenue that he designed to reflect the community he lives and works in. Burnette’s uptown workspace is an impressive adaptive reuse of a 1950’s uptown furniture store, with walls that are lined with blueprints, awards, glossy photos of completed projects, and more than 200 publications that feature the artist’s work. The building also houses For The People and Kream Coffee. After being a student himself once upon a time – Burnette completed an 11-year association with the studio of Will Bruder culminating in a six-year design collaboration on the Phoenix Central Library – he then shifted from student to teacher as a Professor of Practice at The Design School at Arizona State University. He continues to lecture internationally and hosts community events at his studio for the public to collaborate and learn about the future of Valley architecture, often joined by guest speakers. In 2009, he received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, which recognizes an American architect whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction. This award was accompanied by an exhibition at the Academy in

the same year. Most recently, his first fulllength monograph titled Dialogues in Space was released.

Engaging Creations The prominent architect strives to create spaces that engage people and his eye for detail infuses every corner of his designs. His projects include adaptive reuse spaces, historic remodels, residential remodels, public work, and luxury resorts. “[My design philosophy is] grounded in listening and distilling the essence of a project to create highly specific architecture that is at once functional and poetic,” Burnette says. Some of his notable Arizona-based projects include St. Francis restaurant, SOI 4 Bangkok Eatery, the Palo Verde Library and Maryvale Community Center. “The urban design approach of the Maryvale Community Center first brokered key parking variances to preserve the large ball field and other recreational amenities, insuring Maryvale Park would remain the ‘green heart’ of this 54-year-old community,” he explains. In the middle of the southern Utah desert lies Burnette’s “dream project” – Amangiri, which he designed in collaboration with fellow established architects, Marwan Al-Sayed and Rick Joy. The luxury resort is a celebrity destination for guests including Brad Pitt and Kanye West thanks to its remote location, remarkable landscape and dramatic design set in the midst of awe-inspiring cliffs and dramatic rock formations. The idea evolved from many late night conversations between Burnette and his colleagues at the site and resulted in a property

where the guest rooms provide a solitary experience centered around a piazza, in this case a giant rock formation smack dab in the middle of the swimming pool. Burnette incorporated local sand, aggregates, and fly ash to create the bold yet responsive resort that both honors and celebrates the magic and mystery of the area. “The big idea is that Amangiri is conceived as a ruin that is akin to the landscape,” he says. “It’s always been about doing work that is resonant about people, program, and place.” Currently, Burnette is designing the new Christopher’s at the Wrigley Mansion for chef Christopher Gross. The faceted glass garden pavilion will feature 30 seats, each with a stunning view of the Valley. “Elegant dark finishes will allow the food, who you are with, the Wrigley Mansion and its panoramic view to be the stars,” he explains. Soon Burnette will travel to Sardinia to develop a large parcel of land complete with a river and estuary into a sustainable farm, restaurant, and upscale accommodations while restoring a 300-year-old villa on site, which will serve as the DNA for the project. For Burnette, one of the biggest rewards is knowing his designs will contribute to people’s lives in a positive way. “From a personal residence to a luxury resort, we always look at local traditions and culture,” he says. “We slow down and look at what exists in the area and do work that makes sense so you feel the connection to the space.” For more information about Burnette, visit www.wendellburnettearchitects.com.

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Magic, mystery and ooh lala collide at this nostalgic old-world illusion show. The vaudeville-inspired theater show, titled Carnival of Illusion, is entwined with old-school magic twinkles with a hint of 1900s Parisian humor in a cozy setting, where magic will happen inches from the front row. Arizona Biltmore will play host on August 23, August 24 and September 7. Additional Mesa and Tucson showtimes are available. The clean show welcomes ages 8 and older. Prices vary. www.carinalofillusion.com.

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Contemporary restaurant Muse & Market announced a pop-up dinner series titled Inhabit beginning Aug. 2 and lasting through Sept. 28. Owner and general manager, Laura Pich is joining forces with chef Nick Rusticus, former executive chef of Second Story Liquor Bar, for this evening event, which presents an eclectic prix fixe three-course meal made with hand-selected ingredients. The dinners will take place every Friday and Saturday night, with two seatings available per night at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $45 per person. www.museandmarket.com.


Through Aug. 22, visit Shemer Art Center for the historical museum’s annual exhibition titled Inside Perspective. Guests will literally get an inside perspective as the ehibit features the works created by Shemer Art Center instructors, students and staff. The collection showcases over 80 works of art created by 25 students, 12 instructors and three staff members. www.shemerartcenter.org.


Joyride Taco house recently launched all new Shares and Sweets for the summer to start and finish your meal on high notes. Additions to the Shares menu include Corn Fries with tomatillo ranch for dipping, House Chicharrones, as well as lighter summer options such as Watermelon & Pepino Salad, Sea Bass Ceviche and Crispy Shrimp Al Pastor. There are also new options for veggie-lovers including Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Roasted Shrooms. For the dessert portion, chef Eric Ramirez created “Tricked Out Churros,” including Nutella Banana Churros, fruity pebble-rolled Flinstone Churros and the shareable Churro Sundae. www. joyridetacohouse.com.


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Last month, The Macintosh restaurant introduced a monthly dinner series named Third Thursdays, featuring food and drink pairings crafted in collaboration with local butchers, breweries and more. The next event, taking place Aug. 15, will be a partnership with Arcadia Meat Market for a hearty dinner featuring all-natural meats paired with cocktails and fine wines. The menu includes Two Wash Farms Chicken Liver Pate with Negroni, Lamb Meatballs and Grits paired with Truth or Consequences Syrah and Hand Churned Ice Cream, made with grass-fed cream and milk, and paired with Collins Irish Coffee. $45 without alcohol pairings, $65 with pairings. www.themacintoshaz.com.


Biltmore Fashion Park eatery Meat the Ball is hosting an all-day happy hour seven days a week for the summer. Every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Meat the Ball will offer happy hour pricing of drinks such as red or white wine, draft beer, well drinks and $2 off all signature cocktails. Happy hour bites include a Cheesy Garlic Focaccia, Charcuterie and Mozzarella Balls. During happy hour, guests can also snack on the meatball of the day, which will include a single meatball and option of a side. Meatballs of the day range from spicy sausage (Wednesday) to cauliflower (Friday) to short rib (Monday). www.meattheball.com.


Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix recently debuted the next evolution of its “Art in Motion” theme with Artlab, powered by Artlink. Located on the second floor of the hotel’s Living Room, the pop-up art studio will be transformed into a different exhibit every six weeks as a new artist in residence uses the space to bring their paintings and pottery to life. Hidden behind a set of large saloon-style doors, the space features a movable stage that rolls out into a working studio. Keely Finucane is the first to take up residency (through the first week in August), painting a wine and cocktail inspired series right before guests’ eyes. See website for information on the next artist, www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com. Uptown August ‘19




Aug. 9, CityScape Beat the heat as Central Avenue and Patriot’s Park are transformed into one big water park. The Valley continues to heat up 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

decade in the making. He made a splash in the D.C. comedy clubs going from a heckler in the audience to HBO's Def Comedy Jam in a period of six months. You’ve seen him as Ashy Larry on Comedy Central’s award-winning and critically celebrated Chappelle’s Show, where he joined Dave Chappelle both as a writer and performer. Don’t miss a minute of this classic comedic performance. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $22. www.standuplive.com. Phoenix Europa Games Aug. 9-10, Phoenix Convention Center Calling all athletes! Over 40,000 people attend this spectacular event that attracts fitness and sports enthusiasts from around the country. It’s all about athletes, health conscious consumers and people just wanting to learn more about living a healthier lifestyle. Come spend the entire day at the expo and bring the family. With over 600,000 square feet of expo activities, there is something for everyone to do. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. $25 per day and kids are free. www.europaexpo.com. Slipknot Knotfest Roadshow Aug. 4, Ak-Chin Pavilion Slipknot has announced its live return, unveiling details of the massive Knotfest Roadshow headline tour set to traverse across North America this summer, stopping in Arizona this month. Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth will join as special guests on all dates. Additionally, each pair of tickets purchased online for the Knotfest Roadshow comes with a digital copy of Slipknot’s upcoming new album, We Are Not Your Kind. 7 p.m. Prices vary. www.ak-chinpavilion. com.


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The Wiggles: Party Time Tour Aug. 5, Orpheum Theater Following the smash success of their tv series on Universal Kids and Hulu, it’s time to see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony off the screen and on the stage! The Party Time Tour! will feature Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and a brand new Wiggly friend, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn. Attendees can sing and dance along to all your favorite classic Wiggles songs, as well as plenty of new favorites. 6 p.m. Prices vary. www.thewiggles.com.

Blink-182 and Lil Wayne Aug. 5, Ak-Chin Pavilion Blink-182 is out on tour with Lil Wayne. It’s an incredible revisit of the band’s popular 1999 record Enema of the State as they trek across North American. Enema of the State is considered blink-182’s breakout album and features the hit singles All the Small Things, What’s My Age Again?, and Adam’s Song. 7 p.m. Prices vary. www.ak-chinpavilion.com. Donnell Rawlings Aug. 8-10, StandUp Live Donnell is an overnight success a

USA & World Hip Hop Dance Championship Aug. 10, Gila River Arena The world’s best dance crews, freestylers and hip-hop duos are hitting the stage in front of a packed house to prove they can really bust a real move. Both S-Rank and TLCxWC are expected to attend and attempt to defend their world titles against other street dance champions from over 50 countries.The family-friendly event begins with the USA Hip Hop Dance Championship (Aug. 3-5), followed by World Championship Prelims and SemiFinals (Aug. 7-9), with the finals

held on Aug. 11 at GCU Arena. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Tickets start at $26.50. www.hiphopinternational. com. Musical Icon: Elvis Aug. 10-11, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) It’s a weekend that’s sure to leave you “All Shook Up”. Start off Elvis Week with a closer look at the legacy of the King. The event invites guests to listen to special talks about Elvis Presley’s incredible music and enjoy an iconic Elvis movie before visiting the Elvis Presley exhibit in MIM’s Artist Gallery. Exhibit entrance included with price of admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.mim.org. Harlem Globetrotters Aug. 11, Madison Center for the Arts The Globetrotters, who are committed to bringing their fans the best experience and most electrifying athletes on the planet ith their exhibition basketball team, will give their fans a chance to get closer than ever to the action and team’s stars with their Fan Powered World Tour. At each Globetrotters game, there will be over 20 opportunities before, during and after each event for fans to directly interact with the team’s stars – that’s a 30% increase over any previous Globetrotters game. $20. 7 p.m. www.talkingstickresortarena.com. Sparkling Week Aug. 13-18, Beckett’s Table This second annual event invites diners and drinkers to sip on bubbly for an entire week. 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 $16 per person. Throughout the week, patrons will be able to choose from a variety of sparkling offerings from California, France, and Italy. Beckett’s Table will also be offering Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut by the glass for $18 all week long. Additionally, guests can enjoy sparkling wine food pairings throughout the week, prepared by Chef Justin Beckett. www.beckettstble.com. Sklar Brothers Aug. 15, Stand Up Live The Sklar Brothers perform at Stand Up Live. Farrell Randal "Randy" Sklar and Jason Nathan Sklar, are identical twin comedians and actors best known for hosting the show Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic. Now they’re hitting the

heritage, dance and music. Their aim is to bring together the best in national and international talent to teach, inspire, entertain, and, of course, dance with the Phoenix Latin Dance Community and beyond. 4 p.m. Prices vary. www. phoenixsbf.com.


Aug. 23-25, Arizona Biltmore Hell City Tattoo Festival is a celebration of body art and the education of tattooing as well as other forms of body modification. This is a world-class convention, smooth running and packed with hundreds of brilliant artists from all over the world. Nowhere else can you find such a collection of skilled tattoo artists under one roof. It hosts the world’s best tattoo artists, vendors, live painters, and industry professionals. Experience artistic tattooing and fine art on a whole new level while enjoying a wide range of entertainment all weekend. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $22. www.hellcity.com.

road to share their unique take on life, poop and looking identical. It’s an event like none other, but only if you are 18 and older. 8 p.m. $22. www.comericatheatre.com. Chris Young: raised on Country Tour Aug. 16, Ak-Chin Pavilion Named "one of his era's finest traditionalists" by the Associated Press, Chris Young has quickly become an international ambassador for country music, performing to max capacity crowds around the world. Young has doubled down

on the Nielsen and radio airplay charts as Drowning and Raised On Country have set new milestones for the multiplatinum-selling entertainer. 7 p.m. Prices vary. www.ak-chinpavilion.com. The Phoenix Salsa/Bachata Festival Aug. 23, The Cambry The Phoenix Salsa Bachata Festival is a three-day event created by Mambo Exquisite Dance Co. and The Gwepa Boys Entertainment that cultivates, celebrates, and promotes Afro-Latin

Heart Love Alive Tour Aug. 28, Ak-Chin Pavilion Heart returns to the road in 2019 for the first time in three years with their massive Love Alive cross-country summer tour. Joined by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Sheryl Crow and Brandi Carlile, this menagerie of talent takes to the road for the ultimate summer tour. Along with the stellar lineup, also appearing are Elle King and Lucie Silvas. 7 p.m. Prices vary. www. ak-chinpavilon.com. Sister Act Aug. 30-1, Herberger Theater The mob is after Deloris. The solution? Hide as a nun in a traditional convent! Here within these walls, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Deloris breathes new life into the church and community (Take Me to Heaven), but blows her cover. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to rejoice! Times and prices vary. www.herbergertheater.org. Korn and Alice in Chains Summer Tour Aug. 31, Ak-Chin Pavilion Coming out of California, Korn is one of the most influential bands of the past 30 years. Since forming in 1993, the band effectively created the genre of nu-metal and is one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world to this day. When that band broke up, the remaining members, or at least the ones still talking to each other, drafted in vocalist Jonathan Davis and guitarist Brian “Head” Welch and heavy metal history was made. Korn is touring with American rock band, Alice in Chains 6:30 p.m. Prices vary. www.ak-chinpavilion.com. Sunrise Marathon Phoenix Aug. 31, Herberger Park Run, don’t walk! This event will sell out quickly. Come enjoy an amazing early morning race before sunrise and before it gets hot. Run a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon through a beautifully designed course. This race is a smaller, more private event that strips away the excess from large events and focuses on the run itself and what you get from breathing deep and stretching those legs. 7 a.m. Prices vary. www.sunrisemarathon.org.

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The reimagined Arizona Good Food Expo brings together local purveyors and wholesale buyers


IF YOU GO… What: Arizona Good Food Expo When: Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; reception, 3:30-5 p.m. Where: Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix Tickets: $25 Information: www. goodfoodfinderaz.com

Arizona Good Food Expo, formerly known as Arizona Farmer + Chef Connection, caters to culinary professionals and wholesale buyers – as well as those with an interest in or connection to the local food industry – looking to source more local ingredients and products. The expo welcomes more than 75 Arizona purveyors into a marketplace setting at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, where attendees will learn more about local sourcing and foster relationships with Valley-based suppliers. Local First Arizona, a nonprofit that celebrates independent, locally owned businesses, has hosted the event for 10 years. And throughout the years, chefs weren’t the only ones in attendance. Grocery purchasers, culinary students and food distributors were on the roster, too. In


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an effort to incorporate all of the attendees, and to usher in the event’s 10th year, Local First Arizona rebranded the event. “Changing the name to Arizona Good Food Expo better reflects the mission behind the event – to showcase Arizona’s best local food and build lasting relationships between food producers and wholesale buyers – but is more inclusive of the state’s broad range of food buyers who aren’t necessarily chefs,” says Emily Bell, Good Food programs manager at Local First Arizona Foundation. So, what exactly can you expect from the 10th annual Arizona Good Food Expo? Besides meeting face to face with farmers, food artisans and specialty beverage producers, attendees will enjoy seasonal samples, interactive displays and wholesale

discounts. After the expo, Charleen Badman, a recent James Beard Award winner and co-owner of Scottsdale’s FnB restaurant, will impart her food wisdom as the featured speaker during a reception at the resort’s Different Pointe of View restaurant. There, attendees will nosh on menu items crafted by executive chef Anthony DeMuro that utilize ingredients from this year’s vendors. Beyond eating delicious foods, the industry-focused event is built upon lasting connections that help local businesses thrive. “Sourcing Arizona's homegrown foods is essential to building a healthier Arizona, and the relationships made at the expo will leverage our agricultural bounty for the benefit of all,” says Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona and Local First Arizona Foundation.



Essentials for hosting a party to remember

Summer is all about enjoying time with family and friends. From backyard barbecues to dinner parties under the stars, creating a comfortable atmosphere, eating delicious food, and staying cool are essential to throwing the perfect party all day long and into the night.



Frozen Treats Local artisan popsicle company, AZ Pops has been making popsicles with the freshest ingredients for nearly 10 years. The all-natural treats come in a variety of flavors to give your party some pizzazz including Prickly Pear Lime, Pineapple Blood Orange Ginger, and Balsamic Fig Chevre. Custom pops can be ordered for a crowd and the company rents popsicle carts out to add an element of decor. www.azpops.com. Grub for Guests Not in the mood to stand by the barbecue during the entire bash? The center of every party is the food, and the perfect way to enjoy fresh summer herbs and tomatoes is with an authentic Italian buffet perfect for feeding a crowd. With all the options in town, Giordano’s has an extensive catering menu full of options to please any palate including pizzas, sandwiches, and classic pastas. As the host or hostess with the mostess, you can sit back and enjoy the party rest assured your guests won’t leave hungry! www.giordanos.com. Lawn Games The team at AZ Board Source has over 25 years of carpentry experience. They combine their master craftsmanship with custom handpainted designs for a wicked set of giant lawn games available to rent that will keep your friends and family entertained for hours. Oversized games like Jenga, Connect Four, checkers, Operation, and giant beer pong are guaranteed to spruce up any backyard boogie. www.azboardsource.com. Sit in Style When the gang’s all together, be sure your space is ready to accommodate a crowd. With an extensive history in the creation of handcrafted wrought iron, Unique Patio Creations provides stylish seating for any outdoor get-together. The local company features cushions that are fully customizable and your guests will thank you for such comfortable seating options. www.uniquepatiocreations.com. Set the Mood Lighting is an easy and cost-effective way to create ambiance in any outdoor space. Locally owned Stay Off the Roof Lighting provides options for your next summer soiree without having to lift a finger. The experts provide all custom lights and decorations, plus they install and remove everything around your schedule. Whether you’re looking for strung bistro lights for a casual backyard bash or glitzy decor for a Great Gatsby-themed affair, the award-winning team can help set the scene. www.stayofftheroof.com. Let the Drinks Flow What's a party without a signature cocktail? When shaking guests’ drinks to order isn't practical, Couple of Bartenders mobile bartending steps in to elevate the party and let the good times flow. Custom bars such as mimosa bars or bloody mary bars with one-of-a-kind edible garnishes are a few of the ways the liquid catering company can put a unique spin on your party sips. www.coupleofbartenders.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


Reinvent what it means to be back-to-school chic with the Pack Shot Leather Backpack from Marc Jacobs. Available in, red and black, the tone-on-tone styling and double-J logo make this mini backpack a sleek summer staple. At a petite 9 inches tall, the bag is perfectly portable and features dual top zippers, two fully lined compartments, an interior zip pocket, and a flat base for stability. The adjustable backpack straps are complete with metal chain detailing and the iconic Marc Jacobs moniker, a subtle display of this quintessential American fashion label. $425 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com.

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FEED YOUR SKIN Refreshing fruit-based beauty products

Pearl grape body wash, Patyka, $35 at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, www. citrinenaturalskin.com. Limited-edition mini watermelon setting spray, Mac, $16 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Vitamin nectar antioxidant face serum, Fresh, $28 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Juicy shaker tinted lip oil, Lancome, $22 at Nordstrom. SPF 30 sunscreen spray in Pina Colada, Coola, $36 at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus. com. Brightening and polishing fruit mask, Circcell Skincare, $70 at Neiman Marcus.


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MOROCCAN MOOD Create an imaginative space with exotic finds

Outdoor tray table, $624 at Pottery Barn, www.potterybarn.com. Medallion-inspired framed art, Deny Designs, $99 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Wool Oriental rug, Solo Rugs, $1,227 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Woven basket, Roar + Rabbit, $49 at West Elm, www. westelm.com. Stone garden stool, $195 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Two-tone suede throw pillow, $378 at Mitchel Gold + Bob Williams, www. mgbwhome.com.

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Style SHOP


LET IT GLOW Shine bright in neon shades

Cropped skinny jeans, J Brand, $228 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Logo-printed mini backpack, MCM, $775 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Draped midi skirt, $59.99 at H&M, www. hm.com. Mirrored aviators, BP, $15 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com. Jelly sandals, Jeffrey Campbell, $37.95 at Nordstrom. Silicone strap watch, Michael Kors, $225 at Macy’s, www. macys.com.


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TRENDING TEXTILE Crochet makes a comeback

Rainbow maxi dress, Victor Glemaud, $795 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Rainbow tieshoulder tank top, $59.50 at Madewell, www.madewell.com. Straw beret, NYC Underground, $22 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Circle drop earrings, Panacea, $32 at Nordstrom. Raffia camera bag, Saint Laurent, $1,590 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Red platform espadrilles, Gucci, $850 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com.

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DRESS: Tessa light pink viscose with cut-out back, $180. From Planet Blue, www. shopplanetblue.com.



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DRESS: Ocean gingham mini with sweetheart neckline, $158. From Planet Blue, www. shopplanetblue.com.

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TOP: Caily cream pinstripe, $110. PANTS: Babette cream pinstripe, $139. Both from Planet Blue, www. shopplanetblue.com.


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TOP: Cecily red, white and blue plaid crop, $120. SHORTS: Beach Bunny red, white and blue plaid, $90. Both from Planet Blue, www. shopplanetblue.com.

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DRESS: Sienna blue and white floral corset, $176. From Planet Blue, www. shopplanetblue.com.


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DRESS: Reversed leopard with sweetheart neckline, $187. From Planet Blue, www. shopplanetblue.com.

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Celebrating 8 Years in Scottsdale Rodney Gentry, Top Hair Color Expert

Rodney Gentry is not only a color connoisseur, but also an expert with fine hair. His charm and zeal, in part, are why his clients adore him and refuse to settle for anyone else. Simply put, many of them do not trust anyone but Rodney with their hair. Keeping an open mind is how Rodney maintains his long list of loyal clients. “I keep communication open between a client and myself. I listen to people and what they have to say; their concerns or struggles with their hair. I think listening has turned into a lost art, but it’s something I do naturally,” he says. Based at Sachi Studios in Scottsdale, Rodney says he is happier than ever, having experienced many successes in Scottsdale over the past eight years. After a biking accident, Rodney moved to the Valley from Chicago, where he had owned and operated a studio. “I wanted a better, dryer climate. The humidity and cold of Chicago no longer held appeal for me.” Here, he opened a very successful studio, but running it took time away

from his true passion: coloring and styling. “I found myself reevaluating life and what was most important to me. I got back to my roots and back to what I love to do.” Rodney’s true joy and expertise is color. He specializes in creating a natural look that highlights the features of a client’s face and their complexion. By considering the history and condition of the hair, he provides each and every client with a unique experience catered to the individual. Rodney focuses on the needs of their hair, nurturing it back to full health, and providing a style that can be easily cared for at home. Rodney stays on the cutting edge of new and current trends. He is extremely knowledgeable with styling products, and almost exclusively uses Goldwell styling and color products. Enzymebased rather than peroxide-based, Goldwell color products nurture the hair at the same time as giving it a remarkably vibrant color. Along with color, Rodney performs wonders for fine hair to add volume and texture. His clients are amazed at

Hair color specialist Rodney Gentry can be reached at Sachi Studios, 10201 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258. For an appointment, please call 480.639.2000, or visit www.rodneygentry.com for more information.

how different their hair looks after a color treatment. When talking with a client, he can recommend highlights or lowlights to achieve the desired texture and volume. Simple drying techniques can also make a big difference for those with fine hair. Part of why clients rave about Rodney is that he shows them how to achieve the same styled looks outside of the salon. “It’s important to live authentically and to do what you love. I’m happy where I’m at because I’m able to meet really great people and provide personalized care for each,” Rodney says.


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


Need a work pick-me-up? Inspire your desk time with the Fleur de Glee Writing Desk, a collaboration between Cynthia Rowley and Hooker Furniture. The handcrafted desk has an ebony finish with an artful floral print overlay. Made of hardwood solids and birch veneers, the desk features a curved drawer front and a fluted leg base with a metal accent. A tempered glass top provides a pristine work surface, with the center drawer folding down for keyboard use and the two side drawers offering storage and a felt-lined pencil tray. Fun and imaginative, the desk could also work as a beautifully feminine vanity. $2,593 at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com.

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2020 KIA TELLURIDE The highest-ranked midsize SUV on the market BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: 2020 Kia Telluride Base price: $31,690

Kia just introduced the all-new Telluride, a three-row midsize SUV with seating for up to eight people. It is the largest Kia ever offered, much larger than the hugely popular Sorento. The newcomer is 8 inches longer and 4 inches wider, with a wheelbase that stretches nearly 5 inches farther. The Telluride joins the market at a time when the public is begging for more SUV choices, especially those with room for eight. The Telluride is a few inches bigger than the Honda Pilot and the new Toyota Highlander, creeping up on the size of a Chevy Tahoe. The bold, boxy design has no sloping, hatchback-like roofline to rob interior space. The back is as squared off as the front, with attractive, L-shaped rear tail lamps that only serve to emphasize its width. On the interior, it’s clear that practicality hasn’t replaced comfort. The instrument panel is wide and simplistic, with classy, open-pore wood that resembles reclaimed driftwood. It’s adorned with brushed silver metallic trim and switchgear


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that looks expensive and well-made. Optional features include a 10.25-inch widescreen display and quilted Napa leather seats. There’s also a 630-watt, 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, wireless charging, and six USB ports. Advanced safety features abound, including forward collision avoidance assistance with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assistance, blind spot collision avoidance assistance, and a rear and blind spot view monitor. Driver and passenger visibility is superb. Power comes from a responsive 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Four trim levels are offered in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive, including the toptier SX, tested here. The most amazing thing about the new Telluride is its absolutely impressive driving, handling and ride character. The Telluride is a superb midsize SUV. With a large cargo hold, a long warranty, and excellent predicted reliability ratings, this SUV bests anything in its class.

Price as tested: $46,860 Engine: 3.8-L V-6 Horsepower: 291 Fuel economy: 20/26 mpg city/ highway Seating: 7-8 Fab features: Luxury feel at a fraction of the cost Advanced tech and safety features Impressive drive, ride and handling




Nestled in the shadow of Camelback Mountain sits the custom-crafted luxury home that is this Calle Del Medio property. Co-designed by Encanta Homes, Kent Architecture and the renowned K&Q interiors, this stunning estate showcases nothing but the finest of finishes with wide plank white oak floors, reclaimed beam details, custom millwork throughout and handcrafted tile work. Built with an open layout and a bright, cheery accents, the property was custom-designed for those who love to entertain and impress. Spanning over 6,200 square feet, this airy showstopper features five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The kitchen alone is any experienced cook’s dream, with top-of-theline premier appliances and custom-built cabinetry, including contrasting island details. A walk-in wine croom and functional butler's pantry both add to the entertainment areas. The interior is decorated in soothing earth tones and features vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, adding to its open and luxe feel. Masterfully sculpted light fixtures are artfully placed around the space and outside views of Camelback Mountain can be glimpsed through the property’s numerous floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors. The exterior boasts a generous covered patio with creative beam details, a built-in entertainment area with a Sub Zero barbecue, a side burner and a sink. A few of the backyard standouts include the custom fireplace and sparkling pool and spa, with an automatic safety cover. Water features, landscaping and an expansive grass lawn span the 24,000 square feet surrounding the home. Luxury is no substitute for efficiency and the builders ensured this property was the epitome of an energy efficient home. With a superior post tension slab, spray foam insulation, interior sound wall insulation, high-efficiency AC and high-efficiency recirculating tankless hot water heaters, you’ll stay comfortable and minimize expenses throughout the hot summer and into the cool winter. 4800 E. Calle Del Medio, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Listed for $3,695,000 with Shawna Warner of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, 602.743.7006 or shawna.warner@russlyon.com. Uptown August ‘19



AUSTRIA BOUND Discover architecture, art and historic charm in Vienna


Austria brings to mind visions of Mozart, Alpine villages, imperial palaces, and the opera. The Central European country has all of that and so much more to offer visitors. Its capital city of Vienna – Wien in German – sits almost exactly at the center of Europe. Perched along the Danube River and filled with exquisite architecture, history and expansive green parks, it is the ideal place to begin exploring Austria.

See the City


Vienna is a magical city, with architecture from the imperial time of the Habsburgs and traditional coffeehouses on every corner, both offset by the vibrancy of a modern city. The juxtaposition of old and new is everywhere. When you arrive, stop by the Tourist Information Office at the Main Station or the airport to pick up the Vienna City Card (www.viennacitycard.at), which gives you free travel on public transportation for up to 72 hours as well as discounts at various museums. One of the best ways to see Vienna is to book a tour with a certified tour guide (www.wien.info). There’s more to do than you can experience in a single visit, so this is a great opportunity to see the highlights before exploring on your own. Several tours are offered by the city, and it is also popular to take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the old city center – a UNESCO World Heritage Centre – with the guides offering fun commentary during the ride.

Exploring Classical Vienna Vienna’s Ringstrasse is a boulevard running more than 3 miles through the city’s center. A walk or drive around the Ringstrasse gives you a chance to see the Vienna State Opera, the Austrian Parliament Building, the Imperial Palace, the City Hall and more. One of the best ways to get a glimpse of everything along the Ringstrasse is to hop on the Vienna Ring Tram. The yellow tram follows the famed boulevard and takes about 25 minutes. Narration is available in English, and the ride is free with a Vienna City Card. With the tallest tower reaching nearly 450 feet, one of the most visible landmarks in Vienna is St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Built in the 12th century, visitors can tour inside the magnificent Gothic cathedral and even climb the 343 steps to the top of the tower. Another destination of near-overwhelming size is The Hofburg, the former imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty and now the residence and offices for Austria’s president. You can tour the Imperial Apartments, wander the gardens, and visit the Austrian National Library – Europe’s largest Baroque library – in one wing. Continue your explorations by taking a stroll to Michaelerplatz (St. Michael’s Square) in The Hofburg to see the famous white


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Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School. There are often evening performances, but during most mornings you can watch the horses exercise. You don’t want to miss the MuseumsQuartier, or MQ, near the Imperial Palace. This complex includes the Leopold Museum, Kunsthalle Wien and the MUMOK – a museum of modern and contemporary art. These museums creatively show the old and new sides of Vienna. For some fuel while you’re in MQ, stop by Glacis Beisl and order a traditional schnitzel with beer. While the Habsburgs called Hofburg home, they spent their summers at Schonbrunn Palace, now easily accessible by tram (www.schoenbrunn.at). This magnificent Baroque estate has more than 1,400 rooms, many of which you can tour. Make sure to allow time to explore the beautiful, groomed gardens outside the palace.


Luxury Shopping Vienna offers bountiful shopping, especially in the area around Kohlmarkt, which is home to both Viennese luxury brands and international shops. Jewelry shops are especially popular, and you will see all that glitters as you amble along the pedestrian zone. Step into the marble and wood entrance of high-end jewelry store Schullin on Kohlmarkt to take a peek at some luxurious accessories. The Goldenes Quartier (www.goldenesquartier.com) is Old Vienna’s newest luxury shopping area. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Armani and Prada are just a few of the shops you can find here.

Famed Coffee Vienna’s coffeehouses have been an institution since the 19th century. Once the meeting place for artists, writers and intellects, they remain the hot spots in town to relax and sip coffee. While the most famous include Cafe Central and Cafe Sperl, it can often be impossible to get a seat. You might want to try one of the smaller coffeehouses so you can soak up the atmosphere. For a coffee with cream similar to what you have in the U.S., order a grosser brauner. For something typically Viennese, try the melange with foamed milk or an einspanner with whipped cream and sugar icing.


Where to Stay For a luxury hotel option, try Hotel Altstadt, an easy walk to both MQ and Ringstrasse (www.altstadt.at). This boutique hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels, is in the middle of the vibrant arts district and no two rooms are the same. The entire hotel is filled with artwork, but the real treasure is the hotel breakfast – it has a reputation for being the best breakfast in Vienna. There is always something special coming from the kitchen, where the menu rotates daily and features sustainable, regional dishes.


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POOLSIDE POURS Cocktails served on deck all summer long

Wondering what you should sip while sitting poolside during your summer staycation? Here are some of the best thirst-quenching cocktails available at local resort pools through Labor Day.

Cherry Lemonade Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort This frozen treat brings a refreshing splash of sweet and sour to the palate, one swirl at a time. It features Pinnacle Cherry Vodka blended with fresh lemonade, a splash of lime and a swirl of cherry syrup made in house. Served with a cherry and lime wedge, it is best paired with a pink flamingo floaty. $7.50. www.tapatiocliffshilton.com.

finish. Shaken and chilled perfectly, this libation is tailor-made for summer by the pool in Arizona. $12. www.matchphx.com.

Original Sunrise Cabana Club at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort The Original Sunrise, or tequila sunrise to most, is arguably the Arizona Biltmore’s most iconic cocktail, and rightfully so as the refreshing tequila-based drink was King Kong first created at the resort in the LUSTRE Rooftop Bar at late 1930s by a local bartender. It Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix is made today just as it was back Fusing the decadent flavors of then, blending tequila, fresh lime a classic pina colada with the juice and crème de cassis liqueur rich, flamed-caramel aspects with a splash of soda water. $14. of a bananas Foster, the King www.arizonabiltmore.com. Kong frozen cocktail has become a signature at the Downtown Desert Daiquiri Phoenix rooftop bar. With Sailor Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Jerry Spiced Rum, fresh-cut Resort bananas and Coco Lopez, the King This fruity cocktail starts with lime Kong is the Valley's quintessential juice and Myers’s Platinum Rum, treat to beat the summer heat. known for its rich caramel flavor. $15. www.lustrerooftopbar.com. Guests then have the option of combining the spirit and lime Cactus Cooler with fresh strawberry or mango Royal Palms puree, or even pina colada mix. Indigenous to Arizona, the prickly Served frozen or on the rocks, the pear is one of the coolest ways summertime sipper is perfect for to add a little desert to any drink. a hot day in the desert or even a The Cactus Cooler makes perfect poolside dessert. $11.50. www. use of the natural sweetener by squawpeakhilton.com. using its nectar as the base of this cocktail. It’s combined with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka and lemon Parisian Rosé Crushed and served over ice, giving it the Cocktail perfect balance of sweetness and Hermosa Inn refreshment in every sip. $15. Designed to beat the heat while www.royalpalmshotel.com. packing tons of flavor in every sip, this cheeky cocktail features an Mango Loco intoxicating blend of rosé wine, Match Restaurant & Lounge Luxardo maraschino cherry liqueur, This summer sipper is the perfect pomegranate syrup and fresh combination of spicy and sweet. lemon juice. The kicker: it is mixed Mango, lime and agave give it the with crushed ice and served in juicy notes and jalapeno-infused an actual pouch a la a Capri Sun. tequila adds an extra punch at the $12. www.hermosainn.com.


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Last month, The Roastery by Press Coffee opened, the local company’s new flagship North Central Phoenix location, marking its eighth site in the Valley. The 5,600-square-foot brand-new construction features eco-friendly elements, a comfortable lounge area, communal tables, and the opportunity for guests to watch Press roast their beans. In addition to Press’ traditional coffee and espresso drinks, The Roastery also serves beer, wine and select alcohol plus an expanded food menu, including the new Turkey, Apple & Brie Sandwich ($10). Smoked turkey breast, sliced granny smith apples, brie cheese and a sweet fig spread is piled between two slices of ciabatta bread and lightly crisped in a panini press, warming the fig spread and melting the brie to perfection. The Roastery by Press Coffee, 10443 N. 32nd St., Phoenix; www.presscoffee.com. Uptown August ‘19



BERRIES AND CREAM Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour’s Tickled Pink tickles all the senses

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour recently released its highly anticipated sixth annual Book o’ Cocktails. The 18-page menu and commemorative book features 60 different cocktails from the brain trust at the world-renowned bar. “Recent years’ concepts have tended toward fairy tale-inspired cocktails – some inspired by heroes, some by darker characters,” says founder Ross Simon. This year, the menu is all about going big…as in the Big Top. “Our new offering is inspired by the circus as well as carnival folk. It is divided into four main sections: divergent, cocktails that push boundaries; play it safe, tried-andtrue classics; to the point, spirit forward options; and refreshing, so a bit of fruit, a bit of zest and complete approachability,” Simon explains. One cocktail clearly made with summer in mind is Tickled Pink ($12). “It starts by adding Zubrowka Bison Grass Polish Vodka, which is sourced from Bialowieza forest in Poland and boasts an herbaceous aroma with hints of vanilla, to a pilsner glass with crushed artisan ice,” says Simon. Next, a three-berry puree made from strawberries, raspberries and blackberries and French fruit-infused liqueurs are stirred into the glass. “The liqueurs supercharge the fruit flavors without adding too much sweetness,” says Simon, who completes the cocktail with cream to add a rich lushness to the texture as a top layer of fresh ice. It’s garnished with a strawberry and mint as well as a skewer of blackberries and raspberries that have been sprayed with edible silver paint for an added wow factor. Light yet creamy, Tickled Pink almost tastes more like adult ice cream than an adult beverage. Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, 1 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 602.340.1924; www. bitterandtwistedaz.com.


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Taylor Domet of Doughbird

Arizona native Taylor Domet is the executive chef of Doughbird, which features a bold combination of wood-fired pizzas and rotisserie meats, all served with comfort food-inspired sides and a heaping helping of flavorful sauces.


Did you always intend on becoming a chef? I actually started golfing and spent most of my childhood dreaming of going pro. Come high school, I excelled at math and science, so I started looking into architecture as my career path. What changed? Senior year I took a class that asked us to research our passions, and education or training required to follow those passions. I always cooked with my stepmother, and a family friend was a retired chef, so I started asking them questions. That led me to researching – and then visiting – the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 2001. I walked in and never wanted to leave. Tell us about your journey to Doughbird. My first big break was at then-hotspot Thaifoon in Scottsdale in 2002. I’ve also served as a chef at Roy’s, Different Pointe of View and Heirloom (now closed). I joined Fox Restaurant Concepts in 2010. Over the past near-decade, I’ve worked as the executive chef at Arrogant Butcher, Modern Steak and North Italia in Kierland. I also worked as the director of culinary services for True Food Kitchen. What is your favorite thing to cook, at Doughbird or otherwise? I love dough! And I am not just saying that given the restaurant’s name. From stretching pizza dough to pressing agnolotti dough to shaping ravioli and cutting dough, I have a legitimate love affair with dough. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? For sure, it would be sandwiches, especially veggie-stuffed ones with eggplant and cucumbers and loads of greens. I also love Italian grinder sandwiches and turkey melts. Any foods you don’t like? Be them raw or cooked, I hate turnips. Yuck! What would readers be surprised to know about you? I love singing, so much so I serenaded my wife with a live performance at our wedding. Doughbird, 4385 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix; 602.345.9161; www.eatdoughbird.com.

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SMOOTH OPERATORS Superfood-filled summer delights



Luci’s at the Orchard, Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, and its newest location – Luci’s at The Grove in Central Scottsdale – have extensive smoothie and juice menus as well as acai and protein-packed bowl options. There’s even a build-your-own juice menu available with nutrient-rich ingredients including apples, cantaloupe, carrots, kale, spinach, parsley, mint, ginger and much more. Don’t miss the Acai Superfood Bowl with chilled acai, organic fruits and hemp granola. www.lucisurbanconcepts.com.

Berry Divine Acai Bowls

Divine doesn’t even begin to describe this healthy eatery, which was founded in Sedona before expanding to the Valley. The menu is based on 12 ingredients, each with vitamins, nutrients and healing properties: acai, guarana, blueberries, strawberries, dark chocolate, bee pollen, chia seeds, goji berries, flaxseed, spinach, hemp seed and kale. Signature bowls are offered two ways: A blended bowl option where the acai is blended with frozen fruits and a nondairy milk or juice, or a soft serve option, which is an organic frozen blend of acai, apple juice, beet juice, lemon juice and cane sugar. Both are topped with fruit, granola, honey and other healthy ingredients. There are also eight smoothies, all made using frozen acai instead of ice. www.berrydivineacai.com.

Brunch Cafe


Need a little extra fuel to help fend off the often-exhausting effects of the hot summer sun? Check out these venues’ menus featuring vitamin-rich, superfood-packed smoothies, juices and bowls to help you fill up and chill out.


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This newly opened eatery focused on breakfast, brunch and lunch features smoothies, coldpressed juices, and a fruit-filled berry bowl. Each of its smoothies is made with organic fresh fruit and low-fat vanilla yogurt. The cold-pressed juice menu has four creatively named offerings including: Sonny & Cheer with pineapple, lemon, orange and turmeric; Root Root Baby with ginger, carrot, celery and apple; We’ve Got the Beet with beets, apple, lemon and carrot; and Kale Yeah with kale, cucumber, celery and ginger. www.brunchcafe.com.

Ironwood American Kitchen at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Open to resort guests and locals alike, Ironwood celebrates American cuisine while bringing Arizona agriculture to the forefront as often as possible. The restaurant partners with farmers and artisans across Arizona to ensure it is offering each season’s finest local and organic produce, dairy and beverages. This is especially evident on the breakfast menu, offered daily until 10:30 a.m. and featuring a heavenly take on an acai bowl with fresh local blueberries, sundried fruit, pistachios, freezedried strawberries, and lime posset, which

banana, pineapple, lemon, ginger, and honey. www.truefoodkitchen.com.

Juby True

As a spinoff of True Food Kitchen, Juby True’s name is actually short for “Juice by True Food.” As such, its unique recipes balance flavor and nutrients made from the season’s ripest ingredients. In fact, each 16-ounce bottle of juice contains 5 to 7 pounds of raw, 100 percent organic produce that is cold-pressed and never pasteurized. In addition to juices, there is a menu of vitamin-rich smoothies. Juby True also offers optional add-ons including chia seeds, organic yogurt, flaxseeds, coconut oil, almond butter, hemp protein, and pea protein. www.jubytrue.com.

Kaleidoscope Juice

is a silky, light cream. There is also a daily cold-pressed juice option that changes weekly based on local fruit selections and a smoothie menu with berry, kale and peanut butter banana options. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.

A local success story, Kaleidoscope Juice began as a venture fueled by a $6,000 grant from the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative at Arizona State University and was founded by a then-student at the school, Alexandra Maw. Her initial goal was to develop a brand offering clean, handcrafted items that tasted as good as they made one feel. The result: A product line that now features 90 different items, all of which are natural and organic. Among the most popular offerings are the acai and pitaya bowls, each blended with bananas, blueberries, raspberries, almond butter, coconut oil, cinnamon and coconut water; smoothies with ingredients including collagen, cacao, avocado and goji berries; and cold-pressed juices with spinach, kale, cucumber, broccoli, celery, beets, pears and more. www.kaleidoscope.love.

Nekter Juice Bar

Nekter operates under ingredient transparency by eliminating hidden fillers, unnecessary sugars, processed ingredients, and artificial flavors from its menu of made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls. Its antioxidant-packed acai bowls are naturally sweetened with fruit and topped with superfood add-ons like goji berries, cacao nibs and hemp hearts, while the smoothies feature energizing, immunity-boosting ingredients blended with coconut water or housemade cashew milk. Six juices address a variety of health needs, including increased energy (try The Buzz) or detoxification (try the Green Apple Detox). New to juicing? Ease into it with a fusion blend, a cross between a juice and a smoothie that provides an entire day’s serving of fruits and veggies. www.nekterjuicebar.com.

True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen’s philosophy, spearheaded by founder Dr. Andrew Weil, is rooted in the notion that food should make you feel better, not worse. Since its opening more than 10 years ago, True Food has done just that, focusing its menu on an anti-inflammatory diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. This notion is clear in its brunch selections, notably several smoothies and juices, including a kale and coconut option bursting with the flavors of

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Chula Seafood offers a wide variety of sustainably sourced seafood as well as incredible dine-in and carry-out menus. While the Scottsdale location offers a limited raw menu, the Uptown location features a variety of raw and cooked dishes like the eatery’s famous pole bowl, coconut noodle bowl, fish and chips and even clam chowder fries. You can also enjoy a sashimi or smoked fish platter, po’ boy or a variety of fish plates with flavorful sauces. Order a craft beer or glass of wine to pair with your meal and be sure to grab something fresh on the way out for your own kitchen at home. 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.354.3599; www.chulaseafood.com; $$



ANGEL’S TRUMPET ALE HOUSE The expansive warehouse-style dining room is inviting with ample natural light and the comfortable patio offer the perfect backdrop for an outing with friends. In addition to incredible ambiance, Angel’s is home to a phenomenal menu which encompasses their specialty beers and elevated pub fare. With so many great brews to choose from, flights are the way to go. Depending on how hungry you are you could make a meal of appetizers like wings, spam sliders, a sausage platter, quesadilla and more. If you have a heartier appetite, there are plenty of salads, flatbreads and sandwiches to choose from. No matter what you choose, be sure to leave room for the housemade pop tart. 2339 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.698.1234; www.angelstrumpetalehouse.com; $$ ARCADIA TAVERN Local sports fans flock to Arcadia Tavern for happy hour and game days and for good reason. This is a great neighborhood spot to grab a beer and some delicious bar fare all while hanging with great friends in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Arcadia Tavern is also very family friendly, so if you want to head out with your tiniest sports fans, all are welcome here. 4801 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.840.3950; www. arcadiatavern.com; $$ DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW DPOV is home to one of the most comprehensive views of the Valley, and is delightful at sunset. Executive chef Anthony DeMuro is creating some of the most interesting and informative dinners here, with an incredibly informed staff. Live a little and opt for the Chef’s Tasting Menu to ensure that you can fully experience all that this restaurant and its people have to offer. 11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 623.866.6350; www. tapatiocliffshilton.com/differentpointe-of-view-restaurant; $$$$


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 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; $$


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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. Son-inlaw 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; $$ THREE BOWLS AND A BURRO Three Bowls and a Burro has created an Asian fusion menu broken down to the simplest of terms. There are five flavor profiles to choose from, all designated by color: chili lime (green), bright and refreshing (orange), sweet and spicy soy ginger (yellow), smokey chipotle (red) and Barbecue/Ranch (blue.) Once you decide on your flavor, opt between chicken and tofu and then whether you want your creation as a rice bowl, soup, salad or a burrito. The restaurant has no indoor seating but is available for pick up or delivery. 18440 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.314.7771; www.3bowls.com; $$


FRASHER’S SMOKEHOUSE You might not think of Phoenix as a top barbeque destination in the States, but Frasher’s is doing all they can to change that. Frasher’s meats are smokes with Arizona pecan wood and served up in hearty servings along with savory sides like green chili mac-n-cheese and smoked corn. The gooey butter cake that most end their meals here with is a family recipe, evident by the extra dash of love in every bite. Want to take the flavors home with you? The eatery also maks its own sauce, available for purchase on your way out. 3222 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.314.5599; www. frasherssmokehouse.com; $$ HOG WILD PIT BAR-B-Q Close your eyes and envision what the ideal barbeque joint looks like. Likely everything that you imagined is what you’ll find at Hog Wild; red gingham tablecloths, brick detail and paper towels on the tables. Your dream experience goes beyond aesthetics with Kansas City-style beef brisket, pulled pork, hot links, turkey breast, pulled chicken and ham. Great

prices, ample portions and friendly service will make all your barbecue dreams come true! 4046 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.354.8194; www. hogwildpitbbq.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 miss with any of the daily specials, but a treasured entree is the Ossobuco Milanese. Finish it all off with homemade tiramisu and you’re in heaven. 2728 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, 602.956.0900, www.avanti-az.com, $$$ BASE PIZZERIA Base Pizzeria, an Australian family-owned eatery, focuses on community, from the way each new diner is welcomed like a family member to the locally sourced, organic ingredients. The 12 pizza offerings range from simple like the roni to unexpected like the Brussel Crowe. They also have an ample selection of starters from mixed olives to a beet bruschetta. Base’s beer and wine list feature some of Arizona’s favorites along with top selections from around the world. They even offer hands-on pizza making classes for adults and children. 3115 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix; 602.535.8914; www. basepizzeria.com; $$ THE PARLOR 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 the pizzeria also has delightful pasta and salad options. The seafood-loaded linguini is a great traditional alternative providing a spicy, hearty and unexpected taste. 1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.248.2480; www.theparlor.us; $$


GREEKFEST Though I have never been to Greece, I imagine that the whole country is like this restaurant. The space is decorated with many of the items the owners brought to the U.S. with them. You’ll find traditional Greek favorites and one of the longest lists of Greek wines in the Valley. 1940 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.265.2990; www. thegreekfest.com; $$$ GREKA PITA Can’t decide between a gyro or gyoza? No need to pick sides at

Greka Pita as they cater to Greek and Asian favorites. This family-run fast-casual spot has it all – ramen, udon, teriyaki bowls as well as gyros, falafel, shwarma and dolmas. Portions are hearty, the staff is friendly, service is quick and the price is light on the wallet. 1747 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.441.4018; $ KHYBER HALAL More than likely you’ve driven past this restaurant many, many times. Located in a nondescript strip mall, you would have no idea the treasures and flavors that lurk within. Open for nearly two years, Khyber Halal has been serving up authentic Indian and Afghani food. The menu boasts options that will please all in your party. The decor here is nothing spectacular, but that leaves the food to speak for the restaurant as a whole. 4030 N. 24th St., Phoenix; 602.954.5290; www.khyberhalalfood.com; $ WAAMO RESTAURANT WaaMo is not your traditional Mediterranean restaurant; the menu is also influenced by Northern Africa and Somalia which creates a truly diverse culinary experience. The expansive menu may be intimidating for those unfamiliar with the cuisine but you can’t go wrong with the sambusas; perfectly fried pastries filled with aromatic beef and spices. A great introductory entree is the WaaMo plate made up of tender chicken, citrus, cream, traditional seasonings as well as a mix of rice and pasta. This is truly a culinary adventure with no passport required. 5050 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix; 602.244.1206; $$


CRUJIENTE TACOS Here in the Valley, you can easily find a taco joint on just about every street corner. When it comes to Crujiente Tacos, there is nothing typical here. The space is sleek and modern with surprise elements like street art within the light fixtures. You’ll find a creative array of taco choices like ahi poke, tempura avocado and Korean fried chicken along with a lamb option with birria sauce. Make sure to order an Arcadia margarita; the jalapeno and cilantro flavors will pair perfectly with your tacos. 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.687.7777; www.crutacos.com; $$ PAQUIME STREET FOOD OF MEXICO Paquime offers a variety of tacos, tostadas and burros along with hot dogs, breakfast items and desserts. The bright, clean space is inviting and

cheerful. Portions are large and brimming with fresh flavors that will definitely remind you of authentic dishes you’ll find all around Mexico. Whether you are in a hurry and need to just pick up and go or if you’ve got a little time to relax and linger, you’ll be greeted quickly, fed well and will be treated like family. 17 E. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix; 602.277.5090; $ TACO CHELO If you have an equal appreciation for art and great Mexican fare, you’ll be delighted to find both at Taco Chelo. Artistic talent surrounds you, from the walls to the menu. You’ll enjoy flamecooked tacos encased in hand-pressed tortillas with custom design installations from Mexico and hand-designed tiles and crick accents. All your senses will be engaged from the moment you walk through the doors. 501 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix; 602.368.5316; www.tacochelo.com; $$ UBERRITO Uberrito offers up equal portions of fresh, quality ingredients and fast service to satisfy your cravings in a flash. With eight protein options to mingle with 27 optional ingredients in your burrito, bowl, salad or nachos the possibilities for the perfect lunch are endless. Hungry for tacos? There’s five different versions along with a tortilla soup that diners rave about. 4325 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.667.85018; www.uberrito.com; $

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LUX CENTRAL While Lux is a mecca for java loving hipsters, much like in the world, there is room for us all. Good for Lux and not so good for you is that this spot is almost always busy and the parking can sometimes be a challenge. This is all balanced out by the fact that the house roasted coffee is impeccable, the dinner menu is ever evolving and the desserts are decadent and cater to those with special dietary needs. 4402 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.327.1396; www.luxcoffee.com; $$ TWENTY HIGHLAND TAVERN It’s never a good idea to grocery shop on an empty stomach and Twenty Highland Tavern, inside of Whole Foods, offers the antidote for a cart full of everything but what you came for. Saddle up to the bar for one of 36 quality craft beers on tap and grab a quick bite of tacos, cauliflower nachos, a Beyond burger or a slice of pizza. The in-store eatery offers daily specials (including happy hour) as well as several televisions so you don’t miss a minute of the game.

Your grocery shopping may take a bit longer from here on out. 4701 N. 20th St., Phoenix; 602.761.4750; $$


NELSON’S MEAT + FISH Upon walking through the doors of Nelson’s Meat + Fish, you’ll be swiftly greeted by one of the shop proprietors who will be ready to give you the scoop on anything and everything within the store. The seafood is shipped the same day its caught and you’ll be able to taste the freshness in any item on their menu of prepared items. The poke offered here will depend on the freshest fish in the store and served up on local Noble bread. Treat yourself to some crab dip or “chowdah” that will be hot and waiting for you. 2415 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.596.4069; www.meat.fish; $$ OCEAN POKE With new poke spots popping up all over town it can be difficult to determine who has the best quality and widest array of ingredients. Ocean Poke uses only the freshest fish and organic produce whenever possible; the eatery even makes its own vegan mayo in-house. You can build your own bowl or choose from the chef created signature bowls. If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth but still want to keep things healthy, don’t’ miss the acai bowl bar. 3619 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.283.5153; www.oceanpokeco.com; $$


FEENEY’S Feeney’s has long maintained the tradition of serving great food at excellent prices. You’ll find the standard steakhouse fare on the menu as well as some Greek and Italian options along with a bountiful salad bar. The beef Wellington is served with a rich sherry sauce and a great dinner option. The lunch menu is presented with the same level of quality and you will always find the staff to be welcoming and attentive. 6314 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.274.9700; www.feeneysaz.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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This second annual event, hosted at Arizona Science Center, supported the Two Pups Wellness Fund, which provides financial assistance for dogs and cats who are critically ill, injured, neglected or abandoned. The evening included drinks, dancing and food with live music by Status the Band.

Kara Stone and Linda Stone


Janet Callaghan and Manny Molina

Luisa and Stevie Cullinan

Juliet Straker and Christi Warner Beyer

Kim Fisher and Holly Knott

Michael Rodriguez and Mayra Juarez

Travis and Donna Kimmel

Jan Parker and Jackie Sight

Tory Flynn and Kaylee Suhr

Daphne Beraznik and Laura Beraznik


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Bip Haley

Michelle Arndt and Nancy Grubb

Bev Miley and Toby Guiterman

Carol Rose and Juliet Straker

Emilynn Randall and Brittany Yeaton

Lauren Kazimierek and Max Kazimierek




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Boardroom Salon for Men celebrated the opening of its second salon in the Phoenix area, located in Uptown Plaza. The 1,800-square foot space offers a high-end grooming experience for men in a sophisticated men’s club setting. Guests enjoyed complimentary hors d’eovres, cocktails and more.

Kristie Leader and Tara Chambers


Emily Ferguson and Nicole Scharli

Jaxson Gosnell Danielle Minneci

Layton Goodspeed and Sarah Jaegen

Doug Carlton and Samantha Stowe

Briana Garcia and Charlie Mascorro

Talia Webster and Larry Sandigo

Jason Madden and Lori Miller

Brady and Shane Johnson

Nicole Hiles and Beau Citron


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Themed “A Party with a Purpose,” this Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix event took place at Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects. In addition in to music by a DJ, beverages and bites, guests enjoyed local entertainment and auctions with more than 100 items up for grabs.


Matthew George and Sarah Lambert

Kira and Harper Barrett

Izzy Salazar and Jennifer Villalobos

Kelly Nelson and Steve Pavone

Priscilla Lopez and David Casanova

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Uptown August ‘19



HASH, HASH BABY! Hash Kitchen opens in Arcadia


Bloody mary bar? Check. Mimosa flights? Check. Cereal shooters? Check. At Hash Kitchen, creativity is on the menu along with all of your breakfast and brunch favorites. The 3,900-square-foot eatery that boasts the largest build-your-own bloody mary bar in Arizona and offers cocktail flights inspired by and featuring actual cereals opened earlier this summer on the corner of 44th Street and Indian School to much fanfare. While the fourth location in Arizona, the opening marked the first in the uptown area. The brainchild of chef Joey Maggiore and the family-owned Maggiore Group – the founders of Tomaso’s, Tommy V’s, Tomaso’s When in Rome, The Sicilian Butcher and the Sicilian Baker – Hash Kitchen is housed in its own stand-alone brick building and screams “party” from the moment one walks in. “Our design is modern and airy with lots of light,” Maggiore says. “Our whitewashed walls have quirky brunch-themed sayings throughout to encourage photos and selfies. We also have a similarly photo-friendly wall made entirely of greenery, which is a signature in all of our Hash locations.”


Uptown August ‘19

Blue wraparound booths dot the seating area, which has space for more than 100, and there is a large DJ booth in one corner of the restaurant, giving it a bit of a club vibe. “We bring in rotating guest DJs every weekend. They play everything from house music to mashups to country. There is something for everyone,” Maggiore says. The menu, crafted by Maggiore, himself features a variety of hash entree options, decadent French toast, frittatas, eggs Benedict with beer cheese-infused hollandaise, waffles, several types of pancakes and even cannoli doughnuts. There is also a kid’s menu and gluten-free options available. Like the food menu, the bar program is similarly a combination of tradition, modern interpretations and out-of-the-box options. “Our brunch cocktail program is spearheaded by cocktail master Sheldon Wiley, who recently earned a Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Negroni,” Maggiore says. “He’s dreamt up everything from slushies with spiced rum presented in disco balls and topped with hand-spun cotton candy to mimosas with strawberry boba to coffee cocktails to make even the most discerning java aficionado smile.” As noted prior, the bloody mary bar is truly outrageous. “Guests are able to choose their own house-infused vodka flavors, salt rims, and made-from-scratch bloody mary mixes such as classic and habanero. Then, we have more than 60 toppings that run the gamut from beer jerky, bacon and pickles to fried ravioli,” Maggiore explains. And then there are the cereal cocktails. Available on their own or in a flight of shooters, these adult takes on nostalgic children’s cereals are available in four flavors. Hash Kitchen is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4315 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.612.5580; www.hashkitchen.com.

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