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56 In Every Issue Gary’s Greeting Saludos de Gary Our Star The A-List Spotlight Community Outreach 26 You Made Our Day 30 From the Editor 14 16 18 20 22 24

32 Feedback 68 Adventure In Burbank 94 Fun! 98 Advertiser Directory 99 The Southwest Guide 112 One Question

Play 37 Discover why millions of butterflies winter in Mexico, and sip a spicy cocktail with your toes in the sand.

Work 42 Avoid international business blunders, and get the buzz on Mexico’s startups.

Eggs and Limes 47 My island escape was supposed to be all about beaches and reading. Instead, I stumbled upon an unexpected culinary revelation.

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Embracing Civility and The Golden Rule applied in any Culture, and especially in a large Company like Southwest. The beauty of it lies in the diversity of our People. We celebrate our differences in a way that brings us closer together, much like a Family. Of course, People are complex, and you must work at it. But the rewards are incredibly fulfilling and yield amazing results. Southwest is world famous and often admired for our People-centric Culture, and it all starts with how we treat each other. I have a growing concern that, as a larger society, we are becoming more divisive and less civil toward each other.

I see it in politics and the media, and I especially see it online in social forums. I’m sure smart people could debate why this has become so prevalent—and I certainly don’t propose to have all the answers. What I do know is that a little civility goes a long way. And an abundance of civility could bring us all closer together, help us understand each other, make us stronger, and enable us to fulfill the dream of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” that our Founding Fathers imagined. In my experience, I have found that interpersonal conflict often results from a lack of understanding. The more we listen to each other, the more likely we are to engage in civil discourse and achieve an understanding. In those meaningful interactions, we find the good in one another. It’s not always easy—or even pleasant—to try to understand another perspective. It challenges us and, perhaps, makes us question our own strongly held beliefs. But it also serves to open our minds and our hearts to our fellow neighbor. It has to start with a desire to listen, to understand, and to be tolerant of different points of view, and a desire to be reasonable, patient, and respectful. I would argue the exercise is worth it, and I’m confident the result would be a better life for us all. And that is a dream worth pursuing!

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So many unique aspects attracted me to Southwest Airlines more than three decades ago, and even more have compelled me to stay these many years. Chief among them are the People and the Culture. One aspect in particular made an immediate and lasting impression on me—a rule that has served as a guiding principle above all others, championed by our beloved President Emeritus Colleen Barrett—the Golden Rule. It’s so simple, and yet so profound: “Treat others the way you wish to be treated.” It’s remarkable what happens when that mindset is emphasized and

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Adoptando la Cordialidad y la Regla de Oro especialmente en una Compañía tan grande como Southwest. La belleza de esto radica en la diversidad de nuestra Gente. Celebramos nuestras diferencias de manera que nos unan más, como una Familia. Por supuesto que la Gente es compleja, y hay que trabajar en ello. Pero las recompensas son increíblemente satisfactorias y producen resultados asombrosos. Southwest es mundialmente famosa y a menudo admirada por nuestra Cultura centrada en la Gente, y todo comienza con la forma en que nos tratamos entre nosotros. Me preocupa cada vez más que, como sociedad en general, nos estamos volviendo más divisivos y menos cordiales

entre nosotros. Lo veo en la política y los medios de comunicación, y lo veo especialmente en línea en las redes sociales. Estoy seguro de que la gente inteligente podría debatir por qué esto se ha vuelto tan frecuente, y ciertamente no insinúo tener todas las respuestas. Lo que sí sé es que un poco de cordialidad tiene un gran alcance. Y la cordialidad en abundancia podría acercarnos a todos, ayudarnos a entendernos unos a otros, hacernos más fuertes y permitirnos cumplir el sueño de “Vida, Libertad y búsqueda de la Felicidad” que nuestros Padres Fundadores imaginaron. En mi experiencia, he encontrado que los conflictos interpersonales a menudo tienen su origen en la falta de comprensión. Cuanto más nos escuchamos unos a otros, más probabilidades tenemos de participar en un discurso cordial y lograr el entendimiento. En esas interacciones significativas, encontramos lo bueno de manera mutua. No siempre es fácil, o incluso agradable, tratar de entender otra perspectiva. Nos desafía y, quizás, nos hace cuestionar nuestras creencias fuertemente enraizadas. Pero también sirve para abrir nuestras mentes y nuestros corazones a nuestro prójimo. Tiene que comenzar con el deseo de escuchar, comprender y tolerar diferentes puntos de vista, y el deseo de ser razonable, paciente y respetuoso. Yo diría que el ejercicio vale la pena, y estoy seguro de que el resultado sería una vida mejor para todos nosotros. ¡Y ese es un sueño que vale la pena perseguir!

Gary Kelly Presidente de la Junta Directiva y Director Ejecutivo Southwest Airlines

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Travel beyond the U.S. this spring break. Costa Rica, Aruba, Mexico, and Cuba— these are just a few of the international destinations where you can get away with us this spring break. Since 2014, Southwest has expanded beyond our domestic-only service and now offers flights to 15 Latin American and Caribbean destinations. You could say we’ve been busy, but we like to say it’s been a true labor of love. Connecting our Customers to the moments that matter most in their lives is our Company’s Purpose. To achieve this, we’ve continued to provide the best service, with low fares and great Hospitality, to the destinations that are important to our Customers. At Southwest, we often refer to “One Team. All Heart.” It’s the collective work across Employee groups and teams that

makes it possible for our Company to successfully plan, sell, and operate new international markets for our Customers. Back in December, Southwest reached a Company milestone with our inaugural service to three cities in Cuba: Varadero, Havana, and Santa Clara. Havana marked our 100th destination, and the hard work of our Employees allowed us to execute our operation in record time. Soon thereafter, we announced our intention of serving our 16th destination in Latin America and the Caribbean: Grand Cayman. We still continue to grow our domestic route map. We offer Customers more options to connect to international destinations through 14 gateway cities in the U.S., including Los Angeles, Oakland, and, beginning April 25, San Diego. If you’re still thinking about where you Wanna Get Away this spring break, visit Southwest.com/international for a full list of destinations. You bring the sunscreen and beach towel—we’ll bring the low fares and tropical flights. —Julian Gelvez Hinestroza, International Planning & Business Development

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Southwest Airlines connects people to the medical care they need. At Southwest Airlines, we pride ourselves in connecting our Customers to what’s important in their lives. This often means getting people to an important business meeting or a family vacation, but air travel can also open the door to Customers who need important medical treatment that may not be provided where they live. Through the Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program, we’re able to give patients and their families peace of mind about how they will get to the care they need. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Medical Transportation Grant Program through which participating nonprofit hospitals and medical programs provide travel on Southwest to patients

(and their families) in need of specialized life-saving or life-changing medical care. Miracle Flights, one of the participating programs, provided its 100,000th flight last summer to 10-year-old Levi Krystosek. Since the Medical Transportation Grant Program’s inception in 2007, we have provided more than $23.6 million in transportation for more than 59,000 patients and their caregivers. We are honored to work with a network of hospitals and organizations that support this mission. In 2017, we entered our 46th year of treating our Employees and Customers like family. Families support each other during both good and challenging times, and through our Medical Transportation Grant Program, we’re able to serve the people in our communities during times of great need. To learn more, visit Southwest.com/ medicalgrant. —Debbie Wafford, Community Programs

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You Made Our Day WANT TO SHARE YOUR STORY? Have you witnessed an over-the-top act of Southwest Airlines Employee kindness? Let us know at Southwest.com/ contact-us.

We ran through security and made it to the gate as the C group was boarding, but we still thought our gear wouldn’t make it. To our surprise, when we landed in Denver, we saw our paddle bag coming out of the plane. Sure enough, all of our gear made it! We ended up having a great three-day weekend, which was thanks to your staff’s effort. Thank you so much! —Daniel Brasuell

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A few weeks ago, a few friends and I were traveling to Colorado for a weekend of whitewater kayaking in one of the most spectacular canyons in North America—the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. One friend was late coming from Asheville and we soon hit traffic when we left Knoxville for the airport. We thought there was no way we would make our flight out of Nashville. We hit the curb 25 minutes before departure time, and I parked while my friends checked our bags.

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Dear Reader,

I don’t recall dessert being included among the Seven Deadly Sins. Gluttony is a sin. But that just means eating too much chocolate—or, worse, not sharing it with me. Chocolate further teaches that the bitterness in life is not all bad. As the years go by, I find myself eating darker and darker bars. The bitterness enhances the richness. Therein lies a lesson. In other words, Mexico is not only an amazing place to visit. The region’s invention of chocolate alone qualifies it as a true font of wisdom. Though admittedly I don’t seem that wise, it’s probably owing to a need for chocolate ice cream. And a flight heading south.

Jay Heinrichs EDITORIAL DIRECTOR @JAYHEINRICHS

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Of all the contributions Mexico has made to civilization, I would rank chocolate right up there. I raise my cocoa cup to the Aztecs and Olmecs who thought of making a drink from the bitter cacao seed. To this day, Mexico does more with chocolate than anyone else; for instance, not even the French can make a better sauce than chocolaty mole. (See page 56.) Experts used to tell us to avoid chocolate. Now they say it can contribute to our health, a fact I have known instinctively since my second birthday. But the miracle of cacao is more than just that it’s good for us. It can actually make us wiser. Chocolate teaches that there is such a thing as the perfect dessert, and that it is chocolate ice cream. Every other dessert is just kidding. (Okay, this is actually my opinion and not wisdom per se, but I feel very strongly about it.) Chocolate teaches that some of our notions of sin are pretty weird. Why do we call chocolate cake “devil’s food”? And why do restaurants insist on declaring their gooey chocolate desserts “sinful”?

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Dear Editor,

On my way to Houston, flipping through the magazine, I found myself drawn to “The Letter” [December 2016] and Michael Graff’s conversational style of writing. It would have brought me to tears on any given day. Today, however, I was in a very different place than most days. I am a 39-year-old mother of three flying to MD Anderson Cancer Center to find out if this cancer in my head is just one tumor, or if it has spread, or if, by a miracle of God, it has dissolved and will soon be a memory. Life has been so normal the last few days. I’ve worked. I’ve made lunches. I’ve cleaned my house. I’ve appreciated the normalness of life like never before. But today, I have to pull out the “cancer box,” and I’ve been dreading it. It was no accident that I found Michael’s story about saying thanks to his mentor, who has cancer. His words were exactly what I needed. Thank you for the encouragement and the camaraderie he provided. / We hope you got the best of all possible news, Kate, and that your heartfelt letter inspires others. WORDS OF GRATITUDE

I was on a flight from San Diego when I read “The Letter.” I was so touched by the beautiful words that it inspired me to write a letter to my mentor, a family friend. My dad passed away about 5 years ago and, without missing a beat, Greg

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As a Southwest flight attendant, I spend more than my fair share of time in the air. While deadheading to Denver, I picked up the December issue and found myself engrossed in “The Letter.” Flight attendants aren’t supposed to cry on planes, but this article moved me to tears. Thank you so much for this moving piece.

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FULL HEART

I had a chance to read half of Michael Graff ’s “The Letter” while on a Southwest flight. I was so tempted to devour the whole article but had to stop myself when he began to write the letter to Kendra’s son, Colin. I knew I was in for something profound and decided not to finish it until I was alone. I am glad I waited, as it would have been hard to explain to my seatmate why I was bawling. The beauty, the profoundness, the spirituality of the article touched me so deeply. Thank you for sharing this soul-stirring, beautifully written love letter.

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of Best American Sports Writing. I have been reading BASW since 1999, and this is the first article to ever move me enough to reach out to the author. The memories of my grandfather teaching me how to fish and of our days spent on the choppy waters of the Gulf and Port St. Joe were crystal clear with each turn of the page. It was the best part of my summers. I lost my grandfather a few years ago. He lived a full life, but I still miss him every day. I don’t pretend to know what it’s like to lose a family member to the dreaded disease that took Kim’s father, but know that the memories they shared— and that she shared with us—have brought at least one other person (and I suspect many others) a joy that will last a lifetime.

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What kinds of “cultural blunders” do you see most often? “Americans speak more in meetings than any other culture. It’s partly due to the participation grade we have in our schooling system. We need to recognize that silence, in many cultures, isn’t negative.” What do cultural blunders look like via email? “How much social content we put in emails differs. In a more task-oriented place like the U.S., it’s common to jump right to business, but in, say, Latin America, that comes off as being disrespectful or aggressive.”

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Eggs and Limes

How a trip devoted to reading and beaches and seeing a man turned into a culinary epiphany. / BY MARIAN BULL

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didn’t bring home any trinkets from Mexico, but I have been toying with the idea of making a Sharpied T-shirt that reads, “I went all the way to Mexico and all I got was this broken laptop and the habit of putting lime juice on my hard-boiled eggs!” Maybe it would have some hot sauce stains on it, for a little added personality. I went to Mexico to see a man, I guess, and to sit on a beach and read, and also to try to write. That last bit didn’t happen because of the broken computer thing—it just stopped working once I got there. I had also been looking forward to rewatching Drive, a movie saved on my computer that stars my boyfriend Ryan Gosling. But it was fine: I have AppleCare and a smartphone and I’m good at pep-talking myself out of anxiety spirals.

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Instead, I learned how to slackline and finished all of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend (which is truly excellent beach reading), and I finally watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower ower, albeit a dubbed version. And then there’s the lime and egg thing, which is what we’re here to talk about today. Even the most freshly hatched, locally snatched, orange-yolked egg can feel a bit dour at times, particularly if you’re medium- or hard-boiling it. (A plea: Can we stop calling them “farm eggs”? All eggs come from a farm, even those hatched by mutant hens.) Back at home, I had been lifting weights and trying to eat more protein—I decided my summer look was “protein powder goth”—and I was getting a little bored of boiled eggs. Yes, they are a nutritionally sound february 2017 southwest 47

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little snack that you can store in your fridge. And yes, they are easy to prepare and eat—and boy, are they cute—but sometimes they feel like an obligation. Like a tastier vitamin, or a husky shrub of cauliflower. (A friend of mine once called raw cauliflower a “satisfyingly punishing snack.”) Boiled eggs taste better than that, but the effect can be the same. Fine if you disagree, but regardless, a squeeze of lime makes them pluckier and

sweeter and more exciting. The acid rounds them out somehow. How did nobody tell me about this earlier? SO HERE WE WERE in a kitchen in Mexico, this man and I, pulling out boiled eggs from his refrigerator to snack on before dinner, and I got myself all the way through a competent Spanish translation of “Actually, it’s easier to peel an egg if you do it underwater!” just to be

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laughed at, ja ja. “What’s the point?” he said. “I’m in no rush.” By which he meant: Why should you care so much about pockmarks on your boiled eggs? Why should you worry so much about quickness? I assumed there was no accurate way to translate the phrase “life hack.” And why would you, other than to explain that, where I came from, people bragged about using a straw to poke the stem out of a strawberry? We sat and peeled our eggs onto torn bits of paper towels, wonky piles of scraps accumulating in front of us, gnarled eggs halved and spritzed with lime and sprinkled with salt, popped into mouths in singular, swift motions. Him explaining that this was his preferred childhood snack, that, Here in Mexico, we put lime and salt on everything. Why would eggs be any different? The yolks had those dark rings around them, sulfuric and bad; somehow this warmed my heart, the same way I’d giggle any time he ate a hot dog plain and cold and vertical, like when people eat string cheese incorrectly. Sometimes it’s nice when people care about something far less than you do, like putting food in their mouth, or peeling an egg.

The yolks had those dark rings around them, sulfuric and bad; somehow this warmed my heart. He laughed at me again after lighting a cigarette and ashing it in a particularly large fragment of upturned shell. See, he smiled, if I’d peeled it your way I wouldn’t have

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this ashtray. We’d met months before on my first trip to this island, sitting at the bar of the restaurant where he worked, which turned into a fishing trip the next day, which turned into an extended stay and shuttling my bags from an Airbnb to his apartment, where a hammock hung over the bed and the frogs kept me up at night. I came back because he asked me to, and I have a certain thing for reckless decisions and the ocean. When I told him that my computer wasn’t turning on, he’d said something about how women never take good care of their cars, but I tend to gloss over that part of the story, because it’s more fun to focus on the dumb satisfaction of sliding a cheese quesadilla from a frying pan onto the plate of a shirtless hunk while frogs loudly chirp outside the window than it is to discuss the banal specifics of sitting alone on a foreign island wondering what you’re doing with your life. The first time I left this island, I was sobbing and forlorn—the second time I was just eager to do work and do laundry and be alone and see my friends.

for soft but not totally molten yolks, and whites that are cooked through but aren’t rubbery. I pour out the water and run cold water over the pot until the eggs are cool enough to peel. Sometimes, instead of peeling them, I’ll put them in a bowl in the fridge for later. I used to just plop my eggs into salted boiling water and cook them for seven minutes, which made for almost-runny yolks that were good for, say, a bowl of rice. But then a

chef was like, “When you do that, the heat is not reaching the inside of the egg, and that’s why your egg is not cooking evenly.” So now one of the most grown-up things I do is actually watch my pot boil, and then set a timer once it does. (It’s my two cents!) Don’t forget to salt your water and wear sunscreen. Marian Bull is a writer living in Los Angeles. Read her irregular cooking thoughts at tinyletter.com/messhall.

MY NORMAL GROCERY STORE habit is to pick up an armful of lemons every time I buy food. But since I’ve gotten back, I’ve been trying to swap them out for limes, mostly just to be less boring (I can be so boring), and because of the eggs, which I’m eating with far less resentment now. I’ll boil a whole mess of them and use them however I can, maybe as a garnish for a salad or a grain bowl or whatever the kids are eating these days. I’ll dress the whole thing with a big squeeze of lime, and I recommend all of it, even the questionable life decisions and the quesadillas for dinner. For the record, here is how I have come to boil my eggs: I put them in cold, salted water, bring them to a boil, and then boil them for four or so minutes. This makes

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You’ve already met

a few of the brilliant designers (p. 38) and upstart entrepreneurs (p. 44) who are tapping into Mexico’s groundswell of creative energy. Just as compelling are the chefs, architects, and distillers paying homage to their country’s past while fueling its modern day cultural renaissance. Here’s how to take it all in (and still make time for a few siestas at the beach).

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Inn Style

Whether it’s a secluded ocean-view stay or a charming bed and breakfast in the bustling capital, Mexico’s 10 best hotels blend distinctly individual design with impeccable hospitality.

La Valise Hotel

MEXICO CITY

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CHAYA BED AND BREAKFAST MEXICO CITY Begin each morning at this trendy downtown B&B with traditional Mexican cuisine and views of Alameda Park. From $80; below and right

THE RESORT AT PEDREGAL CABO SAN LUCAS Carved into the cliffs, these luxe digs offer everything from personalized concierge service to cooking classes. On the oceanfront champagne terrace, sample 15 types of bubbly. From $600; above february 2017 southwest 53

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Mahekal Beach Resort Palapa-style beach houses put you just 10 steps from crystal-clear waters and total bliss. From $200; this page

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The Secret Beaches of Cancun

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ESPERANZA CABO SAN LUCAS The area’s only private beach resort sits on 17 acres and is minutes from five celebrated golf courses. The two-tiered infinity pool overlooks the Sea of Cortez. From $590; above

FOUR SEASONS RESORT PUNTA MITA PUERTO VALLARTA The infinity pool at this five-star stay offers the area’s most alluring views, and kids will delight in the tropical lazy river. Pets are also welcome to lap up the luxury. From $500; above

LAS ALCOBAS MEXICO CITY In the upscale Polanco shopping district, settle into a chic multi-bedroom suite and indulge in the custom five-fixture shower. From $280

VERANA PUERTO VALLARTA After you catch a private boat to reach this secluded hotel, mules carry your luggage on the 10-minute hike through lush jungle to one of the 10 individual houses. From $260

ZAMAS HOTEL TULUM No matter where your room is—in the coconut grove, on the beach, or next to the jungle—there’s no beating the views at this romantic getaway. Also top-notch: the on-site dive shop. From $150

AZULIK HOTEL & MAYA SPA TULUM Unplug at this ecofriendly escape south of Cancun. The 39 treehouse suites don’t have electricity, but comfort abounds. Schedule time at the spa, which incorporates ancient Mayan techniques. From $500; above

If you’re not paying attention, you’ll miss the turnoff to SOLIMAN BAY BAY. Right after kilometer 241 on Highway 307 between Tulum and Akumal, look for the mile-long gravel road marked with iguana crossing signs. You’ll have to dodge a handful of potholes, but your reward is a glittering cove with timid waves and sugarwhite sand. Between snorkel trips to the ocean (there are patches of coral where tropical fish come to feed), you can dine at the toes-in-the-sand Chamico’s restaurant (lunch for two, $20). Wash down guacamole and whole fried fish with spicy micheladas, beers mixed with lime juice and hot sauce, and then retreat to the siestaenticing hammocks. Adventurers will want to sign up for guided boating trips through SIAN KA’AN, a 1.3 million-acre ecological reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with UnikGo (from $149 a person). Along with spotting manatees and Mayan ruins, you’ll jet to a beach where river waters meet the Caribbean. As you walk along the pristine sands, keep an eye out for pelicans diving for fish. If you’re looking for white-glove service on the water, head south of Playa del Carmen to XPU-HA BEACH (above), anchored by the plush Hotel Esencia. A day pass to the empty shoreline (there isn’t another hotel in sight) is $100, which can be put toward food and drinks like avocado fries, ceviche, and margaritas made with Casa Dragones tequila. –Stirling Kelso february 2017 southwest 55

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The History of Mexico as Told Through Mole Sauce

Contained in the beloved stew is a nuanced portrait of the country’s past. The story goes that a gust of wind tossed a slew of spices into a bowl. Or maybe someone spilled chocolate in a pot, or a nun prepared a last-second dinner for a special guest by combining every ingredient at her disposal. So complex are the recipes for moles—these icons of Mexican gastronomy contain more than 30 ingredients and can take three days to make— they’ve acquired their own folklore. Though its exact origins are shrouded, mole’s evolution speaks to Mexico’s dynamic history: It is truly mestizo, a blend of Spanish and indigenous influences.

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The word mole comes from mulli in the Aztec language Nahuatl. Indigenous groups had long used the mano y metate (below right) to grind sauces, but the Columbian Exchange—which brought Spanish explorers and a host of new ingredients to Mexico’s shores in the 15th century—marked a major juncture for the dish.

The Spaniards carried onion and garlic along with Moorish spices like cinnamon, cumin, and cloves. These imports were mixed with native chilies and combined with proteins such as turkey and iguana. The spices and herbs were toasted separately, ground and cooked together in a broth, and then thickened with bread or tortillas. Eventually, the entire world’s cuisine was influenced by this exchange. Dishes like Thai curry and Italian marinara were only

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possible after Spanish ships sailed Mexican produce back across the Atlantic. Dozens of mole varieties developed over the centuries, reflecting Mexico’s diverse microclimates. Almost every pueblo in Central and Southern Mexico has its own version of the dish that utilizes local produce. (The yellow

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moles of mountainous Oaxaca, for example, use the neon-orange chilhuacle chili.) And recipes continue to evolve. The famed mole poblano de guajolote features chocolate, but that recipe didn’t appear in a Mexican cookbook until around the early 19th century. Today, plenty of restaurants offer excellent mole. Try Pujol and Nicos in Mexico City; Guelaguetza in Los Angeles; Red Iguana in Salt Lake City; and Barrio Chino in New York. ILLUSTRATION BY HOLLY WALES

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Don’t Sleep on Tijuana’s Reawakening This West Coast border hub is on the move. Thanks to the freshly unveiled Bus Rapid Transit system and the ongoing $740 million update of the San Ysidro border crossing—which includes a just-opened pedestrian bridge—a quick southward jaunt from San Diego is easier than ever. That’s great news for foodies, since Tijuana is undergoing an epicurean makeover fueled by the abundant Baja California produce, Valle de Guadalupe vino, and fresh-off-the-line seafood from both the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez. “Tijuana has always been a droolinducing buffet of regional Mexican cuisines,” says Derrik Chinn, a Tijuanabased American journalist who launched a tour company called Turista

Libre in 2009. His themed day trips (from $30 per person) begin and end in San Diego and take visitors off the beaten path to an eclectic mix of destinations, ranging from historic cantinas to flea markets, wineries, and luchador wrestling matches. “Now with some 90 independent brewers, half of which are in Tijuana, Baja California has become the craft beer mecca of Mexico,” Derrik says. Sip local cervezas at the open-air Plaza Fiesta mall and sample regional Mexican specialties at the Foodgarden. —Chaney Kwak

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A Tastemaker’s Tour of Mexico City

Renowned chef and Mexico City native Barbara Sibley dreams up her perfect day in one of the world’s best food scenes. MORNING 1 EL CARDENAL For a traditional breakfast, I start my day at this sit-down spot in the historic district. Pair natas (clotted cream) with freshly baked bread.

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2 MERCADO DE SAN JUAN Chefs arrive early to stock up on delicacies. Beeline to the cheese stalls for stringy quesillo and queso de bola, a round cheese that hails from Ocosingo, Chiapas.

MIDDAY 3 TACOS HOLA Lots of places in the U.S. try to replicate tacos al pastor pastor, but none can compete with this spit-fired pork.

4 MUSEO NACIONAL DE ANTROPOLOGÍA If I forgo a siesta, it’s for this awe-inspiring collection. The Aztec calendar is iconic, but I love the detailed model of early markets that depicts ancient diets. ILLUSTRATION BY HOLLY WALES

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5 MERCADO ROMA Refuel with strong coffee and chef Jose Ramon Castillo’s Que Bo! chocolates, flavored with chamoy, tamarind, and passion fruit.

EVENING 6 GALERÍA OMR Supporting local artists is huge here. Visit one of my favorite galleries for vibrant works and the occasional tequila reception.

7 FONDA FINA In Mexico, late dinners are the norm. Around 9 p.m., I order quesadillas with green pumpkin seed sauce.

8 DIETRICH End the day on an elegant note at this Roma speakeasy. Still hungry? The tapas hit the spot.

About the Chef Barbara helms La Palapa, a Mexican cantina in New York’s East Village.

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The Maestro of Mezcal

Asis Cortez, a 30-year-old, sixth-generation mezcal maker—or mezcalero—has played a major role in the resurgent popularity of the spirit, an earthier, smokier ancestor of tequila. A decade ago, Asis and his family joined with neighboring mezcaleros throughout Oaxaca to form Casa Cortés, a burgeoning collective that now produces some of Mexico’s finest mezcal brands.

Traditional methods of mezcal production are mostly unchanged. El Jolgorio’s Cuixe mezcal (at right) comes from a rare wild agave species.

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How has the collective helped the families involved? “Take Ignacio Parada. When we approached him, no one was selling mezcal in his village. It was either really cheap or neighbors expected it for free. To him, it was an impossible dream to make it a business. Then, he was scared when we first started bringing people to his distillery. He’d say, ‘My distillery isn’t beautiful. It’s old. No one wants to see this.’ Now he’s proud to show it off to visitors and knows the value of his product. His son, who had left for the States for a better life, has come back to work in the family business.”

The way you make El Jolgorio, one of your mezcal brands, is pretty unique. Can you explain? “Most mezcal is not aged, but we age El Jolgorio in glass jars, which gives it a smooth, mellow taste. This tradition started a long time ago, out of necessity. In the 50s, the government started taxing mezcal. The mezcaleros didn’t have a culture of paying taxes and didn’t understand it, so they started hiding some of their jars underground.” What’s Mezcalogia, your bar in Oaxaca City, like? “You can taste over 80 kinds of mezcal, many of which aren’t sold to the public because they’re so small. And you never know, there might be a 70-something distiller from one of the villages sitting next to you.” —Lanee Lee

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Why did you start the collective? “We were losing the tradition, and we wanted to keep this beautiful part of Oaxaca’s soul and history alive. In my village, Santiago Matalan, there were 450 distilleries 35 years ago. Ten years ago, there were only 25 left. When I was 15, my own family closed their distillery. But since we’ve started educating locals and helping them appreciate the culture, there are now more than 100.”

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An Ode to Agave’s Original Elixir

A new wave of taverns is helping bring back the country’s roots. BY SARAH BAIRD

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Oh, agave: You lusty, beautiful plant, you. Over the years, we’ve genuflected happily in front of the many-splendored, boozy gifts your hulking piña-heart has offered. We’ve sampled the bright, earthy bite of true tequila and the smoky burn of Oaxacan mezcal. Still living in relative obscurity, though, is your best kept secret. Behold, pulque: the frothy, sticky drink that’s worthy of a pilgrimage. But first, a word of warning. Pulque has a wacky texture, and there’s no denying PHOTOGRAPH BY KELSEY WILSON

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that its tang can hit the tongue with the same sharp blitz as curdled milk. (If you’re squeamish, get a curado, the version flavored with the likes of tamarind or hibiscus.) But pulque is a beverage for which one quickly acquires a taste and, in many cases, a thirst mighty enough to inspire a trip to its motherland in the dusty reaches of rural Hidalgo. Due to its live cultures—pulque is fermented rather than distilled—it must be consumed fairly quickly, so it’s literally incapable of export. Try to take it too far from its natural habitat and it will spoil before arrival. Pulque has been an integral part of Mexican culture since the Aztecs used it in ritual practice and believed it to be the favorite libation of the god Ometochtli. Long known as a drink of the working class, pulque was scorned by the government in the early 20th century in favor of a probeer agenda. Today, though, pulque—and its designated bars, pulquerías—have seen a populist resurgence, driven in part by a punk scene in Mexico City eager to reclaim its heritage and, well, stick it to the man. If you want to get in on the new-wave scene, head to Pulquería Los Insurgentes in the Roma neighborhood and sample unique flavors like pistachio and celery. But if you’re seeking a taste of the low-key pulque life, an afternoon spent sidled up to the bar at the 100-plus-year-old Las Duelistas will surely quench your thirst. february 2017 southwest 61

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Isla Mujeres is a short ferry ride from Cancun.

Finding Home on Isla Mujeres

As my aunt revamped a ramshackle island hotel, she also began repairing family bonds. BY BRIN-JONATHAN BUTLER

The falling out with my aunt happened the summer I became a teenager. Up until then, there was hardly a Thanksgiving, Easter, summer, or Christmas vacation that didn’t include my family schlepping 250 miles from Vancouver to join my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and brood of cousins in a small, dusty orchard town. In the summer, we would inner tube down a frothy river and then steal ripe cherries and apricots from the side of the highway walking home. All through childhood I begged my parents to go until, at some point, they had to plead and beg with me. It was hard to pinpoint why, though all of us were pulling on a knot of family discord that was getting tighter by the year. My grandmother had died when I was 5. She was a balm to all who knew her, and fresh wounds in my family remained open after that, so there was tension between my father and all three of his siblings. My aunt had always been a warm, generous presence during my childhood, but everything that used to charm her suddenly seemed to annoy her. My hopelessness with her ever-increasing catalogue of chores was when I first began to feel the strain, a friction that had less to do with my futility than a symptom of something deeper I didn’t understand and she refused to acknowledge. If you don’t want to do the chores right, then you have no business staying in my home, she finally told me. The break was definitive after that. In 2008, I heard through the pipeline of family gossip that my aunt had retired from her job as an elementary school teacher and bought a fixer-upper hotel in Isla Mujeres. Various members of my family had been descending on this sleepy former fishing village just off the coast

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of Cancun since the early ’80s. The island is a little over 4 miles long and a couple avenues wide, with turquoise water and white-sand beaches. They all spoke about Isla the way Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption spoke about breaking out of jail and shipwrecking into Zihuatanejo. But my aunt was the one with the gumption to really go for it. Before long, her daughter started a family in Isla Mujeres, and my aunt had a granddaughter to chase after at their hotel. A few years later, I got a surprise letter from my aunt inviting me to visit. My father told me she’d graciously invited everyone in the family to stay with her. Everyone but me took her up on the offer. I hadn’t nursed a grudge during our estrangement, but when death has stained a family—both she and I had lost a brother before we were born— there’s a queer kind of shame that comes with the acceptance of losing many years with a loved one by choice rather than fate. About the Author Brin is the author On the morning of March 1, 2013, 20 of The Domino years since my aunt and I last spoke, my Diaries, which was a finalist for the cousin knocked on the door of our uncle PEN/ESPN Award for Kenn’s hotel room, fearing he had slept Literary Sports through his alarm. My uncle had to catch a Writing. flight home from Cancun, a ferry ride away from Isla Mujeres that lasted three hurried songs from a four-piece Mexican band before they passed around the sombrero. She knocked again. The previous night, my uncle had enjoyed some wine and complained about a migraine. He was known to be a little reckless, yet he always ended up just fine. This

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mischievous power was a calling card of his. Maybe there wasn’t anything to worry about, my cousin thought. After a third series of knocks, she gently entered the room whispering my uncle’s name. He was facing away from her, positioned in the bed like a swimmer in midstroke, a pillow against his cheek. She approached him, softly put her hand on his bare shoulder, and, after feeling the chill, raced out of the room. I received a phone call from my father after my other uncle, Val— suddenly my last living uncle—had confirmed that their youngest sibling had died in his sleep. My dad told me that Kenn’s first words upon seeing him in Isla were, “You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for a time like we have now.” My aunt called in a favor, and they transported Kenn’s body to Cancun on a catamaran. A week or so later, I received a letter from Val describing how he held his brother’s hand as they crossed over. While I wish this weren’t the case, I guess you’re ready when you’re ready and not any sooner. So, I sheepishly wrote to my aunt asking if I could visit and stay with her the following spring. By then my dad had retired, and she’d offered him a small, private room next to the entrance. My father, the uncrowned worst traveler ever born—a man who navigated the gauntlet of airport security with less tact and aplomb than Godzilla on a bender—now spent nearly half of each year with his sister and niece in the hotel. When my mom visited the island—which she’d done since the mid-80s, mostly independent of any other family members—she’d share the same room as my dad even though they’d been separated since 1986. Somehow, this hotel brought all of my family back into circulation again. Despite old grievances and mountains of legitimate complaints, everyone seemed to put all CONTINUED ON PAGE 65

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that aside and cherish their time together. I don’t know if any of us were any wiser for having grown older, but there was an ominous recognition after my uncle’s death that time would sort out our differences if we failed to. I bought my ticket to see some members of my family for the first time in far too long. I rode the tourist ferry from Cancun, and most of the three songs played by the terrible yet endearing band were drowned out by the boat cutting through the waves at speed. Even 20 years back, my father told me, this ferry crossing was undertaken on a wooden boat with two benches along the sides, loaded mostly with people who lived on Isla and commuted to Cancun. Chickens were frequently fellow travelers. This new high-powered vessel shuttled 200 passengers with ease and had a concession stand on the main deck. During my aunt’s first visit in

1984, the island’s streets were sand, and there were only three people she met who weren’t locals. There were just four phones on the entire island, and it could take hours waiting in line to have a chance at even making a call. Isla Mujeres is now home to 12,000 people, and the majority of visitors are day-trippers from Cancun. When my aunt and her daughter happened on the desolate, abandoned hotel they later bought, it was occupied only by a squatter. After

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Southern California—it’s the land of sunshine, palm trees, dreams, glamour, and the silver screen. One place in the beautiful Los Angeles area is home to all of this and more. Visit Burbank and find yourself in the heart of all that sparkles. This is where your favorite shows and movies are made. With the largest concentration of studios anywhere, Burbank has earned the moniker “The Media Capital of the World.” Take a tour of Warner Bros. Studios and watch the filming of a popular TV show, like The Big Bang Theory Theory. The Walt Disney Company, Burbank Studios, Cartoon Network, and The Nickelodeon Animation Studio are all located in Burbank. You can see the spires of Hogwarts from here— they’re just a couple of miles away at Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. february 2017 southwest 69

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city comprises close-knit neighborhoods, legendary studios, unique stores, eclectic coffee shops, incredible entertainment venues, top restaurants, and cool bars. You can enjoy a five-star dinner followed by an A-list comedian’s set downtown, and pick up a Mad Men-style outfit—maybe even one that appeared on the show—at the hip shops in Magnolia Park. Enjoy the frenetic buzz of creative minds in the Media District’s coffee shops. Tour Warner Bros. Studios, then grab a burger at the original Bob’s Big Boy. Or check out the big-box stores and varied dining options at Empire Center and the unique vehicles at West Coast Customs in the Airport District. “It’s a place with great entertainment, great food, great shopping,” promises Tom Whelan, general manager of Burbank’s Hotel Amarano. “Come give Burbank a try. You will not be disappointed.”

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World-class media professionals don’t just work in Burbank; they also reside right here in town. You may find yourself surrounded by animators at a coffee shop, sitting next to studio executives at dinner, or browsing in a shop beside a famous actor.

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Explore the Neighborhoods Magnolia Park Go retro with a day in Magnolia Park. Home to numerous eclectic boutiques, the main drag is an incredible experience for the discerning shopper. From clothes and makeup to furniture from TV and movie sets, it’s all right here. And don’t miss the incredible dining, coffee, and cocktail options. Start your day with a pick-me-up at Romancing the Bean—the coffee and pastries are amazing—or The Perky Nerd, where you can check out the latest comics and local pop art with a cold-brew coffee. Then hit the incredible shops along Magnolia Boulevard. Find fabulous clothes from every era at Unique Vintage. From the decor to the selections, you’ll find yourself surrounded by updated takes on retro style. Take home a real piece of Hollywood from Previously On. Did you love a couch or console table that appeared on your favorite show? You might find it here. Pick up an original PanAm bag, a fabulous dress, or a quirky gift at Audrey K’s. Snap up pro-grade makeup brushes at the only brick-and-mortar Morphe store in the U.S. 72 southwest february 2017

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Stop by Autobooks-Aerobooks on Saturday mornings for the weekly Cars & Coffee event and admire vintage cars. Nicknamed “The World’s Fastest Bookshop,” the transportation-focused book and gift shop also hosts frequent book signings and events. Mindfulnest is the place to go for locally made art, jewelry, and more. Drop into An Open Invitation for all-occasion stationery, greeting cards, and gifts. Rocket Fizz, a retro candy store, is the perfect place to pick up sugary souvenirs. Looking for outdoor action? Chandler Bikeway is a beautiful walking and biking path that connects to several other metropolitan bike paths, including the Los Angeles River Trail. Stroll or cycle and take in the gorgeous landscaping and public art along its length. VisitMagnoliaPark.com

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Downtown Burbank Downtown Burbank is always buzzing, with new festivals, entertainment, dining, and shopping options popping up frequently. “There’s a really strong community here. Downtown Burbank is such a trendy, exciting, happening place,” says Josh Snyder, sales & marketing director of Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant, which hosts A-list comedians and the annual Burbank Comedy Festival. Check out one-of-a-kind clothing, gifts, and housewares at Zamba Boutique, a funky shop on San Fernando Blvd. Enjoy a great meal and a drink at Granville, then luxuriate with a massage or body wrap at rA Organic Spa. Sample boutique California wines at Urban Press Winery’s tasting room, and craft your own pizza at PizzaRev. Old family recipes are on the menu at Market City Caffe, a much-loved, family owned and operated Italian eatery.

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Ping pong, craft beer and wine, cider, cocktails, and great pub fare are on tap at Story Tavern. Pick up some sweet treats at Pinkberry or Ben & Jerry’s, and be sure to stop into the Animators Room at Moore’s Delicatessen. Animators from Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon and more have created an evolving art installation by drawing on the walls. Catch a flick at the AMC Burbank 16 theaters—you may see a star or a red-carpet premiere—and hit the shops at Burbank Town Center. Exciting new spaces continue to open in this ever-expanding neighborhood. Yard House, known for great food and an extensive draft beer selection, opens Spring 2017. And don’t miss recent dining additions Guisado’s and The Carving Board. DTNBUR.com

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STAGE AND SCREEN Snap a selfie on this familiar orange couch found on the real Central Perk set from Friends, marvel at Batman’s vehicles in the Picture Car Vault, and see the real costumes from Suicide Squad at DC Universe: The Exhibit.

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Media District Burbank is the Media Capital of the World, and its heartbeat is in the Media District. As the district is home to The Walt Disney Company, Legendary Entertainment, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Studios, the iHeart Radio Theater Los Angeles, and the ABC Television Network, its nickname is well-deserved. Walk into your television at Warner Bros. Studios. Ellen DeGeneres tapes her hugely popular talk show here, and you can join the studio audience. Longtime favorite The Big Bang Theory and the new smash hit Westworld are also filmed here. Don’t miss the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, where you’ll see famed sets and soundstages, as well as the four-story prop department, costumes, and even the carpentry shop. Try a Cubano at Coffee Commissary and visit Olive & Thyme, a restaurant and gourmet market. Don’t skip the original Bob’s Big Boy, where you can grab a burger and a shake, and stay for the classic car show on Friday nights, or try a modern take on burgers at Umami. 76 southwest february 2017

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Airport District The future is being developed in Burbank’s Airport District. Everything is connected here. Fly into Los Angeles at the conveniently located Hollywood Burbank Airport. Many of LA’s most popular attractions are mere miles from here—Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood Bowl, Griffith Observatory, and the Los Angeles Zoo are all nearby. The airport offers frequent flights to Silicon Valley, which has helped transform the neighborhood into a tech and transportation hub. Today, the Airport District houses companies that develop state-of-the-art technology. Insomniac Games develops edgy video games here, and Midnight Oil, Hasbro, E Solar, Deluxe, and Starz Media have all moved into reclaimed warehouses in the area around the airport. The abundant hotel and conference center options make this a great place for meetings and retreats, and the Empire Center and surrounding area feature top big-box stores and restaurants. Stop by REI for the latest camping and outdoors tech and gear, and don’t miss Hook Burger and Grain Lab while you’re in the neighborhood.

TECH HUB Stop by West Coast Customs and visit the On-site showroom to see a changing exhibition of cars, which has included musician will.i.am’s Delorian, nicknamed the delor.i.am., and a Can-Am Spyder motorcycle. Get a look through a window into the shop, where ordinary cars are transformed into tech wonders every day.

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HILLSIDE GAME If golf is your game, De Bell Golf Club offers incredible vistas along with several options for teeing off. Take advantage of the William F. Bell-designed, PGA-recognized 18-hole course. Five PGA professional golfers are on staff to help improve your game. Visit the lighted driving range to practice your swing, or try out the disc golf course for something different. When you’re done, head to Canyon Grille for a great meal and a cold drink.

Great Outdoors

Burbank is full of surprises. Did you know you’re able to enjoy the wilderness in the middle of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world? Head up to Stough Canyon Nature Center or visit Wildwood Canyon Park and join a docent for a hike. Options include fitness, birdwatching, and nature walks, and even full–moon hikes. These scenic adventures through the Verdugo Mountains are of varying lengths and levels of difficulty, and offer stunning views of the expansive San Fernando Valley, downtown Los Angeles, and the Hollywood Hills. Guided horseback trail rides are available from the LA Equestrian Center, located on Riverside Drive. Horse shows, boarding, riding lessons, and banquets are also on offer at this premier equestrian facility. See the stars in the sky and on stage at the Starlight Bowl. The Hillside venue hosts summer concerts, and Fourth of July fireworks are an exciting annual event. Enjoy a cocktail and a delicious meal at The Castaway. Carved into a hillside, the restaurant’s outdoor area, lined with palm trees and dotted with fire pits, overlooks the valley.

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Get Festive

This is a town that loves to celebrate, and with the best in technology, arts, entertainment, and more right here, Burbank is the perfect place for year-round festival fun. Cruise down San Fernando Blvd. July 29 to check out the custom and classic cars on display at the 2017 Downtown Burbank Car Classic. Magnolia Park hosts Ladies and Gents’ Night Out monthly. Thousands of locals and visitors gather to check out the stores and taste the offerings of more than 30 food trucks. In autumn, the Burbank Beer Festival & Fall Street Fair has more than 85 craft beers on tap and live entertainment. Admission is free. Tickets are available for beer tastings. Each November, the CTN Animation Expo brings together top talent, studio executives, and industry leaders for an expo like no other. Workshops, conferences, and presentations showcase the newest developments in animation. Learn more about the vibrant festival scene at visitburbank.com.

MORE FUN Kick off the holiday season at the Burbank Winter Wine Walk, held in Downtown Burbank in November. Enjoy live entertainment while you stroll through your favorite downtown businesses, where you can sample wine and beer in designated Wine Walk areas.

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What’s on your itinerary? Burbank is the perfect place to call home during your stay. Near popular LA attractions like Dodgers Stadium and downtown Los Angeles, Burbank’s proximity to landmarks and native charm is a winning combination. Book a Preferred Hotel Package with Visit Burbank’s participating hotels, and gain early access to Universal Studios Hollywood’s theme park. Be the first in line for the studio tour, rides, and attractions, including the new extension of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Despicable Me Mayhem. You’ll also enjoy the outstanding amenities and excellent location of the hotels, with fantastic options for every style and budget. visitburbank.com

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In today’s competitive job market, education is key to climbing the corporate ladder. Here, we highlight four innovative institutions that are equipping the leaders of tomorrow. By Susan B. Barnes

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At the university level, the University of California San Diego is focused on preparing students for some of the economy’s fastestgrowing fields. Currently under development and scheduled to open in 2021, the university’s Innovative Cultural and Education Hub will make downtown San Diego the place to be in the 21st century techeconomy. “Landing a university presence in downtown San Diego is a game

employs about 40,000 teachers, staff, and administrators. Qualified, diverse candidates who have a bachelor’s degree and are passionate about helping students meet their potential are in high demand, says Mathis-Coleman. The biggest needs are in special education (grades K–12), elementary education (grades K–5), and secondary math and science (grades 6–12). Clark County prides itself on the exceptional benefits it provides, including no-cost health insurance and retirement contributions of up to 28 percent of employees’ salaries. “I am a proud product of the Clark County School District and the Nevada System of Higher Education,” Mathis-Coleman says. “I have seen firsthand the incredible impact that great teachers can have in the lives of their students, and it is my goal to fi ll every vacancy, every year, with highly effective classroom teachers.”

changer and the result of years of hard work to make it reality,” says San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer. “This new project will continue the revitalization of the East Village neighborhood and, with UC San Diego’s top-notch reputation, provide countless opportunities for collaboration as we prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.” The facility will also feature a venue for arts events, as well as a hub for civic engagement.

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AN AZTEC ASSIST Across town, San Diego State University is developing partnerships to strengthen career success for students. SDSU launched Aztecs Hiring Aztecs (AHA!) to raise awareness amongst alumni who are in positions to hire recent graduates. “Upon graduation, SDSU students leave the university qualified and motivated to make a difference in the workforce through internships, part-time jobs, and full-time jobs,” says vice president for student affairs Eric Rivera. “Our goal with AHA! is to increase opportunities for students and to show what many employers already know: SDSU is an institution that produces hardworking graduates

with real-world experiences.” There are plenty of Aztecs to work with too. More than 33,000 students—including undergraduate and graduate students—are currently pursuing degrees in fields such as engineering, education, science, and business administration. Moreover, the SDSU alumni network has national and international reach.

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Permitted Pueden usarse dentro del avión Small portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones weighing less than 2 pounds may be used in AIRPLANE mode at all times on domestic flights, unless a Crew Member indicates otherwise. A small PED may be held in hand, attached to a person, or placed in clothing or a seatback pocket. Devices and accessories may not block access to the aisle. Large PEDs such as laptops weighing 2 pounds or more must be stowed under the seat or in an overhead bin for taxi, takeoff, and landing. It is recommended that laptops be placed in a case when stowed under the seat. On international flights, all PEDs must be turned off during taxi, takeoff, and landing at airports outside the U.S. and its territories. Please use headphones for all audio and video. Siempre puedes usar dispositivos electrónicos portátiles y pequeños (PEDs) tales como tabletas, lectores electrónicos y teléfonos inteligentes que pesen menos de 2 libras en modo AVIÓN en

los vuelos domésticos, excepto si un Miembro de la Tripulación indica lo contrario. Puedes tener un PED pequeño en la mano, llevarlo encima, en la ropa o en un bolsillo en el respaldo del asiento. Los dispositivos y accesorios no pueden bloquear el acceso al pasillo. Los PEDs grandes como computadoras portátiles que pesen 2 libras o más deben de ser guardados debajo del asiento o en los compartimentos superiores mientras el avión avanza por la pista, durante el despegue y el aterrizaje. Se recomienda que las computadoras portátiles se guarden en un estuche debajo del asiento. En los vuelos internacionales, todos los PEDs deben permanecer apagados mientras el avión avanza por la pista, durante el despegue y el aterrizaje en aeropuertos fuera de los EE. UU. y sus territorios. Por favor usa auriculares para cualquier sonido o video.

Smartphones (in AIRPLANE mode) Teléfonos inteligentes (en modo AVIÓN) Tablets or E-readers (in AIRPLANE mode) Tabletas o lectores electrónicos (en modo AVIÓN) Laptop Computers Computadoras portátiles Audio Players Aparatos de audio DVD/CD Players Reproductores de DVD/CD

Digital Cameras Cámaras digitales GPS Receivers GPS Hand-Held Electronic Games Juegos electrónicos portátiles Satellite Radio Radio por satélite Video Camcorders Videocámaras Bluetooth Devices Dispositivos Bluetooth

Sometimes Permitted

Pueden usarse en ocasiones dentro del avión We understand you may want to document your travel on Southwest Airlines. Want to photograph and/or record Southwest Airlines Customers or Employees? Let them know first! The use of cameras and mobile devices is permitted onboard to capture personal events but can never interfere with the safety of a flight and should always respect others’ privacy. Entendemos que es posible que desees documentar tu viaje en Southwest Airlines. ¿Quieres fotografiar y / o grabar Clientes o Empleados de Southwest Airlines? ¡Hazles saber primero! El uso de cámaras y dispositivos móviles se permite a bordo para capturar eventos personales, pero nunca debe interferir con la seguridad de un vuelo y siempre debe respetar la privacidad de los demás.

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NEXT FLIGHT

GET THE WORM

FAMILY TR AVEL

BIN WIN

PL AN AHEAD

POWER UP

SNACK PACK

Save time with EarlyBird CheckIn® ($15 one way**). We automatically check you in and assign your boarding position.

An adult traveling with a child 6 years old or younger may board before the B group begins boarding.

If you bring a carryon, stow it wheels-out so we can get wheels-up.

Last off the plane? Next time, ask about Upgraded Boarding*** at your departure gate.

Before you board, charge your devices in the gate area.

We serve complimentary snacks, but feel free to bring your own food.

* Business Select® Customers receive a free premium drink on the day of travel. ** Price is subject to change. *** Upgrades from Wanna Get Away fares® are $30 or $40 depending on your itinerary. Based on availability and prices subject to change.

Always Permitted Pueden usarse en todo momento dentro del avión

Never Permitted Nunca pueden

Electronic nerve stimulators and other implanted medical devices are also permitted. Dispositivos de estimulación electrónica de los nervios y otros aparatos médicos

Devices capable of transmitting data, unless otherwise noted, are never permitted. Nunca son permitidos los dispositivos con capacidad para transmitir datos, excepto que se especifique lo contrario.

CREW INTERFERENCE

Federal law prohibits any Passenger from assaulting, threatening, or intimidating a Crew Member or interfering with a Crew Member’s duties. La ley federal prohíbe que los pasajeros ataquen, amenacen o intimiden a los Miembros de la Tripulación o que interfieran con los deberes de un Miembro de la Tripulación.

implantados también son permitidos.

Electronic Watches Relojes electrónicos

Pacemakers Marcapasos

Noise-Canceling Headphones Auriculares que aislan el ruido

Hearing Aids Aparatos para sordos Electric Shavers Rastrillo eléctrico DISABILITY ASSISTANCE

Southwest Airlines offers assistance to Customers with disabilities upon request. Southwest Airlines siempre ofrece asistencia para sus Clientes con discapacidades que así lo soliciten. ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Cellphones and pagers may be used at the gate and after landing. Los teléfonos y localizadores pueden ser usados en la puerta y después de aterrizar.

CARRYON BAGGAGE

Customers are limited to one (1) bag per person, plus one (1) additional personal item. El límite es de una (1) maleta por persona y un (1) artículo personal. LOST AN ITEM ONBOARD A FLIGHT?

Visit the Customer Service page on Southwest. com to report a lost item. Visita la página de Servicio al Cliente en Southwest.com para reportar un objeto perdido.

usarse dentro del avión

PETS

All pets must stay inside their carriers and under the seat for the duration of the flight. Todas las mascotas deben permanecer dentro de sus jaulas y debajo del asiento durante todo el vuelo. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Customers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages not purchased onboard. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to

Two-Way Radios (WalkieTalkies) or Scanners Radios emisores/receptores (walkie-talkies) Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices Cigarrillos electrónicos y dispositivos para fumar anyone under the age of 21. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. Se prohíbe que los Clientes consuman bebidas alcohólicas si no fueron compradas a bordo. No serviremos bebidas alcohólicas a las personas menores de 21 años de edad. Nos reservamos el derecho de negar la venta de bebidas alcohólicas a cualquier persona.

Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers Televisión o radios de AM/FM Remote-Controlled Toys Juguetes de control remoto Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone PERSONAL DEVICES

Unapproved personal devices (e.g., Knee Defender, infant slings) may not be attached to any part of the aircraft. Dispositivos personales no aprobados (coo por ejemplo “defensores de rodillas” o mantas portabebés) no pueden sujetarse a ninguna parte de la aeronave.

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Get to your next vacation faster with the Rapid Rewards® Credit Card. Earn 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening your account. Visit Southwest.com/inflight to learn more.

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Every time you purchase a flight or redeem points for a flight, Companion Pass lets you choose one person to fly free* with you for an entire calendar year. Southwest.com/ CPstatus * Does not include taxes and fees from $5.60 oneway. Visit Southwest. com/rrterms for a complete list of Companion Pass rules. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply.

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Go International

Insider’s San Jose Southwest serves 14 international destinations,

including San Jose. Leave stress behind and enjoy la pura vida in Costa Rica’s welcoming capital city.

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LOS QUETZALES NATIONAL PARK About an hour south of the capital, Los Quetzales stretches across 12,000 acres in the Talamanca Mountains. Hike the scenic Ojo de Agua trail, glimpse varied flora, and keep an eye out for the park’s namesake bird—the quetzal—in the lush greenery.

Boarding, Customs, and Immigration CONNECTING TO AN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

• Go directly to the Southwest departure gate. • Checked bags will be transferred automatically. • You should not have to leave the secure part of the airport.

CONNECTING FROM AN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

• Depending on point of departure, Customers may have to clear U.S. Immigration before collecting checked baggage from the baggage carousel.

• You will then proceed through customs to clear checked and carryon baggage. • Customers traveling from some countries go through the customs process before returning to the United States. • If you have checked baggage, proceed to the Southwest recheck desk or ticket counter to check your bags for the final portion of your trip. • Customers traveling internationally into the United States with a connecting flight may carry liquids in carryon

baggage, provided they were purchased in duty-free shops and placed in secure, tamperevident bags. • Proceed to your departure gate. If you do not have a boarding pass for your connecting flight, you must obtain one at the ticket counter or at kiosks near the Southwest recheck desk before proceeding to your gate.

U.S. CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM*

Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same address) bound for the U.S. How to complete this form: • Complete before arrival in the U.S. • Write in English, in capital letters. • Be sure to include the street name and number, city, and state of your address in the U.S. • If you are transiting through the U.S., you may write TRANSIT

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NATIONAL THEATRE OF COSTA RICA

Whether you catch a show or simply take in the neoclassical architecture, you’ll be treated to unforgettable views.

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TABACÓN Along with providing spacious suites, this secluded rainforest resort, which is three hours from San Jose, offers a chance to relax in hot springs. Not a guest? You can still take a dip by purchasing a day pass.

POAS VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK You’ll have the chance to peer into two craters at this national park 30 miles north of San Jose.

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• • • •

and your final destination country. Lines 5 and 6 may be left blank if not using a passport. On Line 9, enter WN for Southwest, followed by your specific flight number. Please read both sides of the declaration. Sign at the “X.”

MEXICAN CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM

Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same

address) on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–6. • Once completed, sign and date the form. MEXICAN IMMIGRATION FORM

Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (including children) who are not citizens of Mexico, on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–14 on the top portion of the form and

sections 1–10 on the bottom portion of the form. • Once completed, sign and date the top portion of the form. • Sections on the form titled “USO OFICIAL” are for use by Mexican Immigration officials and should not be filled out by Passengers. What to do with this form: • The form will be separated as Passengers proceed through Mexican Customs. • Make sure to retain the bottom portion of the form, which serves as your visa while in

Mexico. It must be surrendered at time of checkin for your return flight. Passengers unable to present this form at time of departure will be fined by Mexican Immigration. * Go to cbp.gov to download, fill out, and print this form before your next international flight.

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Inflight Entertainment

Getting Connected

To connect to our entertainment portal using your iOS device, Android™ device, or Mac or PC laptop, follow the instructions below.

IOS

Tap the Settings icon.

Tap the WiFi icon.

Tap the On/Off button and turn WiFi On.

Tap SouthwestWiFi in the list of WiFi networks and confirm connection.

Tap the Safari icon.

Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwest wifi.com.

Select your entertainment option and enjoy.

ANDROID

Tap the Settings icon.

Tap the WiFi icon.

Tap the On/Off button and turn WiFi On.

Tap SouthwestWiFi in the list of WiFi networks and confirm connection.

Tap the Internet icon.

Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwest wifi.com.

Select your entertainment option and enjoy.

LAPTOPS

Click the WiFi icon.

Select SouthwestWiFi from the list of WiFi networks by clicking on it and confirm connection.

Open your preferred Web browser.

Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwest wifi.com.

Select your entertainment option and enjoy.

 FREE LIVE TV! Don’t miss a minute of your favorite shows. Our entertainment portal offers a variety of live channels—including ESPN and the Disney Channel—for you to choose from.* MORE INFORMATION:

• Content and services are offered on WiFi-enabled aircraft only. We cannot guarantee that connecting flights will be WiFi-enabled. • Service on flights to/from

destinations outside the contiguous U.S. may not currently be available for the entire flight. • Movies and select TV content require download of the free AirTime Player app.

• Pricing information can be found on the Inflight Entertainment Portal. • In order to provide a top-notch WiFi experience, we prohibit access to certain high-bandwidth

applications and websites, including YouTube, Netflix, HBO Go, and VoIP. We also prohibit access to certain obscene or offensive content. * Limited time. Where available.

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Beverages

THIS ONE’S ON US Business Select® Customers receive a free premium drink on the day of travel.

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Coca-Cola® Coke Zero™ Diet Coke® Sprite® Sprite Zero™ Dr Pepper® Diet Dr Pepper® Seagram’s® Ginger Ale Seagram’s® Tonic Water Seagram’s® Seltzer Water Mr & Mrs T® Bloody Mary Mix Mr & Mrs T® Margarita Mix Tomato Juice

• Minute Maid® Cranberry Apple Cocktail • Minute Maid® Orange Juice • Minute Maid® Apple Juice • Community® coffee* • Community® decaf instant coffee* • Community® tea • Hot Chocolate • Noncarbonated Purified Drinking Water

* Regular and hazelnut creamer available

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Dewar’s® Scotch Jack Daniel’s® Wild Turkey® Tanqueray® Gin Bacardi® Rum

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• Bud Light® • Miller Lite® • Dos Equis® Special Lager • Lagunitas 12th of Never Ale • Fat Tire®

• Baileys® Irish Cream • Finlandia® Vodka • Sauza® Gold Tequila WINE $5

• Hacienda Chardonnay • Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon

You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not drink alcoholic beverages because of the risk of birth defects. Images of the alcoholic beverage product do not reflect how it is actually served. Customer will not receive a beverage with a cap.

Valid Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® drink coupons, as shown here, are printed with expiration dates and the Member’s (or issuing group’s) name. Business Select® drink coupons are valid for same-day use only. Valid Rapid Rewards and Business Select drink coupons will be accepted onboard for beer, wine, and liquor. RECYCLING

We’re happy to take care of any recyclable items, including plastic bottles, coffee cups, newspapers, and food containers.

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Route Map

Your Destination Awaits

Planning your next getaway? Choose from 101 destinations— including our international cities. It’s a snap at Southwest.com. PACIFIC TIME MOUNTAIN TIME

SEATTLE/TACOMA

CENTRAL TIME

SPOKANE

PORTLAND

BOISE

MINNEAPOLIS/ ST. PAUL

GRAND RAPIDS MILWAUKEE

RENO/TAHOE

DES MOINES

SALT LAKE CITY

SACRAMENTO

CHICAGO (MIDWAY)

OAKLAND

OMAHA

SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) SAN JOSE

INDIANAPOLIS DAYTON

DENVER KANSAS CITY

ST. LOUIS

LOUISVILLE

LAS VEGAS WICHITA

YOU’RE ON BURBANK LOS ANGELES (LAX) YOUR WAY LONG BEACH You can get to a number of other cities via Southwest destinations. Travel to Santa Fe via Albuquerque, Palm Springs via Ontario, Galveston via Houston, and more. Service between some cities/airports is not offered.

ONTARIO

ALBUQUERQUE

ORANGE COUNTY

NASHVILLE TULSA

AMARILLO

SAN DIEGO

OKLAHOMA CITY PHOENIX

LITTLE ROCK

LUBBOCK

TUCSON

MEMPHIS

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NEW ORLEANS

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CANCÚ CANC ÚN PUERTO VALLARTA

NEW ORLEANS

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ALBANY

BUFFALO/ NIAGARA FALLS

LONG ISLAND/ISLIP NEW YORK (LAGUARDIA) NEW YORK (NEWARK)

CLEVELAND AKRON/ CANTON

BOSTON LOGAN PROVIDENCE HARTFORD/SPRINGFIELD

PHILADELPHIA

PITTSBURGH

BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON (BWI) WASHINGTON, D.C. (DULLES) WASHINGTON, D.C. (REAGAN NATIONAL)

COLUMBUS DAYTON

RICHMOND NORFOLK/VIRGINIA BEACH

RALEIGH/DURHAM CHARLOTTE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG

ATLANTA

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ATLANTA

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TAMPA FT. MYERS/NAPLES

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BELIZE CITY

ARUBA

LIBERIA

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CHARLESTON

THE NEW GAME IN TOWN

OAKLAND

SAN JOSÉ

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