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fter a long winter, I like most of you hunger for spring time. The smell of the buds blooming, the warmth of the sun, and wondering what home project I’ll take on this spring. I spent so much of my past searching, dreaming for the perfect home. From Sunday drives scouting beautiful exteriors, to touring every open house within miles, to being the first at estate sales, not to shop, but

to feel the vibe of the home, look at the elements that make it unique and wonder if I could make it mine. Constantly remodeling, re-designing if only in my head. I am a detail kind of gal, spotting things that most would overlook. My passion is looking at what is and helping it become what could be. I have a love and appreciation for beautiful things. This issue we go beyond the walls of our office searching for homes in our region; that home we know will make you fall in love, or at least in like, and leaves you wanting at least one of their ideas in your home. We showcase a home living on the edge, with views of the valley and our sister city Juárez … views of the twinkling lights or orange sunset as it melds behind the Mesa. We celebrate the architecture of our great city—the downtown United States Post Office, a Henry Trost design over 100 years old that is still in use today. I’m excited this month to showcase part two of our four-part series of “On the Forefront,” with during and after photographs, as we were allowed to take this remodeling journey with designer Don Waters. This west side home made the cover this month with it’s simply stated, yet rich entrance. Magical things happen when the right designer and the right homeowner come together with the same dream. It is my pleasure to share my passion with you, the love of spaces. I hope you find the inspiration for the home you’re living in, the home you’re looking for, or simply the home you’re dreaming of.

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The reformation of this exemplary estate can be found in the Upper Valley. This

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If you’re privy to the invite into the master suite, you’ll be greeted by a customdesigned door displaying carvings inspired from the Spanish-European-Moreish design called Patrai. The grand hardware from Rocky Mountain styles the ornate handle with old world overtones. The door prepares you for the master chamber and the grandeur of the comfortable and accessible lush seating.

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The ceilings are purposed after an imperial Chinese chop symbol in grass cloth in the master suite. Each one conveys an architectural sense, mirroring the custom nature of the space that it copies. Each of the designs in the bedroom are one of a kind with special finishes designed for this room by Waters Design Group.


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The Moroccan-inspired vignette was an influence from Chinese dens of historical nature, where specific details of that time involved several secret pockets where private elements were kept (shhh ... those elements might not be legal in the United States). The fabrics and trims exude luxuries of the Moroccan period with details of hand-painted walls and gold inlays finished with the perfect touch of Turkish artistry. Relaxation and contemplation were the intent behind the inspiration. The lady of the house uses this space as her private sitting area to unwind, much like the Chinese.

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During In the lady’s wardrobe room commonly known as the closet, you’ll find formal custom walnut cabinetry, triple stacked for usability with builds allowing the homeowner to partition her outfits in a seasonal organized effect. Top cabinets have automated drop down closet bars that drop to floor level with a push of a button, allowing the lady of the house ease of fashion choice. In the center of the room sits the eight-foot custom round boudoir, or confidante, with this exclusive design by Waters Design Group for the comfort of the homeowner.

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During The lady’s powder room required a cohesive design to have the feel of elegance. The designer felt it necessary to style this room fit for an empress, thus the demilume sink mirrored in old world glass tiles. The interior of the custom cabinetry is wrapped in silver and gold leaf paper for a high-end finish allowing the room the feel and function of a European salon and spa.

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ometimes, when a gorgeous home becomes available on the market, you wonder why the owners would ever leave. You’re also thankful for the change they chose so that you may now occupy the magnificent space, immediately picturing all of your belongings placed in their designated spots. That is the case with this multi-story house – It rests on the edge of the mountain, overlooking not just El Paso, but Las Cruces and Santa Teresa. An entertainment house to the core, the space, pool and views will garner approval from your friends and family. With its many one-of-akind features, the home is a vacant treasure waiting for its new owners. The main three-car garage entrance starts you off at the fourth floor of the home. Privacy is an immediate quality seen; the master bedroom and bath can be accessed here from a spiraling staircase not shared with the second floor bedrooms. A second spiraling staircase leads you up and down the rest of the house. The rest of the house is anything but mediocre. The owner tells me about the kitchen, located on the third floor, which is newly remodeled with pristine white cabinets that sit well with the light grey granite countertops. The peninsula houses a large sink and added counter space for cooking and displaying cheese boards for entertaining. He adds, “Off to the side there’s a double-latched door that leads you to an outside room.” This room outside can easily be a party room for you or your guests to enjoy. With a modern yet eclectic house like this, the appliances, features and foundation meets the overall upscale feel and timelessness of it all. The owner tells me that the original builders, from South America, created a home that was brilliantly white with a concept of overlooking the ocean. Though we don’t have ocean views, the city lights at night and vibrancy of the city substitute that. Scared about living on the edge of the mountain? The owner says, “The foundation is completely concrete and steel”, insuring durability and a stable home for years to come. Also taken as a protective measure, the European windows are double paned glass with an electronic shield to protect from strong winds often encountered on the mountain and also blocks out any light you might not want. “They just click open or closed over the window. It’s really neat,” says the owner. With all shields aside, the huge windows offer an unobstructed view out into the city. The interior offers newly re-varnished wood floors and new carpet. The plumbing has been re-done as well for the original bidets added in, a nod to the South American and European culture. Something not seen in every home, a work out room and sauna are also included in this multi-story space. Why leave when you have every amenity in your own home? You can release a good sweat by either using an elliptical or sitting in your sauna for a couple of minutes. Afterwards, you can head out into the newly rebuilt pool (again, overlooking the city) and enjoy the incredible weather that El Paso lends for the majority of the year. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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Natural ivory tones beautifully offset coffee colored trim, stair railing

Hills neighborhood is a charming yet luxurious,

and a slate stone wall on the face of the house. The entryway is topped

contemporary Spanish/Mediterranean-style home.

with a barrel vaulted ceiling comprised of marbled brick in a palette of earthy pale grays, muted browns and creams. Rich dark brown curved

This adorable home was purchased about a year ago by attorney

roof tiles accentuate the pitched roof. Chic, modern stainless steel

Michael Zimprich as an investment property. He spent a year

light fixtures add a touch of polished elegance throughout the home.

renovating the house, replacing everything from the flooring to the

The kitchen has been modernized with stainless steel appliances,

plumbing. The result is a blend of one-of-a-kind architectural attributes

simple yet stylish dark wood cabinets and highlighted by a slate stone

and contemporary features which co-mingle beautifully to create a

wall. Granite counter tops lend an elegant flair. The clean lines and

sumptuous sanctuary in the city.

open floor plan of this kitchen are perfect for busy moms preparing a quick meal, or enterprising chefs whipping up a five-star meal.

“It had a lot of potential, it just hadn’t been updated at all,” he said. Zimprich said part of the kitchen renovations included adding semiThe more than 3,000-square foot dream home is nestled among the

panoramic windows that open up the room, allowing it to be flooded

foothills of the majestic Franklin Mountains. It has a striking view of

with natural light. A resplendent view of the natural desert landscape

the mountains, Mt. Cristo Rey and west El Paso.

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coffee or a sunset sanctuary. The walk-in closet is every woman’s dream, with ample space for cocktail dresses, shoes and accessories.

“We flipped the placement of the sink and put in some windows to make use of the view,” he said.

The master bathroom has a huge walk-in shower with earth-toned gray, cream and soft brown-colored tile. Multiple shower heads

The open floor plan of the living area allows for maximum feng shui.

ensure no one is left in the cold.

A beautiful vaulted ceiling with dark wood beams creates an airy feel, perfect for those lazy summer days and chilly winter nights.

A two-sink vanity with wall-to-wall bathroom mirrors give the space a fresh, classic look.

A loft overlooks the living area and is perfect for a home library. Builtin shelving and nooks line the main wall of this plush, cozy space.

This beautifully modernized home is the perfect refuge for city dwelling.

The bedrooms are average-sized and charming. The master suite has a

This home is currently for sale. For information please contact Joe Herrera, Realtor® with Camacho Realty (915) 412-2516.

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The more than 3,000-square foot dream home is nestled among the foothills of the majestic Franklin Mountains. It has a striking view of the mountains, Mt. Cristo Rey and west El Paso.

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Imagine being able to order a pizza or play your favorite Spotify playlist, or even know if you’ll hit traffic on your way to work, simply by voice command. Well, now you can with the voice activated speakers by Amazon, Google and Microsoft in the near future.

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he first generation Amazon Echo ($179.99, amazon. com) and the second generation Echo Dot ($49.99, amazon.com) both have the same functions, the only major difference is about 7.5 inches in height. Simply by saying “Hey Alexa,” you can have her do so much

for you. Alexa is able to play music from a handful of different apps, shop on Amazon for you, order you an Uber for a night out of town, set a timer while you’re cooking, create a to-do list and countless other things. It’s really like having a little personal assistant and who wouldn’t love that? If you want to take it a step further, buying Alexa enabled smart products such as lights, switches, thermostats and others, you’ll (almost) never have to get up again. Alexa will switch on a lamp, turn off a fan and increase the temperature in the house, all with a voice command. It really can’t get any better than that.

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he Google Home Controller speaker ($129.99, store.google. com) has many of the same features as the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot with a few differences. Google Home can connect to a TV and Bluetooth speakers, but only if they have Chromecast capability. It can translate words and phrases to

different languages, tell you nutrition information, let you know your flight information and also allows you to shop from a few select stores. All it takes is an “Okay Google” to get started. Google Home also has smart home compatibility, but they take it a step further with an IFTT function that allows you to set up phrases to correspond with certain actions. “Elvis has left the building,” could be used to turn off the lights in a room or “Get those kids off my yard,” to activate your sprinklers. As for the Harman Kardon voice activated speaker with Microsoft’s Cortana, very little information has been released besides the release day, sometime in 2017. But if it’s anything like the Google Home Speaker or the Amazon Echoes, it’s bound to be something incredible. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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Cerused wood —because it’s all about the details. No

one wants flat basic surfaces anymore. Adding texture and playing up details is now detrimental to your home décor—and we’re not being dramatic. Cerused wood is an elegant feature for furniture and for bathroom or kitchen cabinets. And it goes with anyone’s personal style. So, whether you have a more modern feel to your home, are in touch with mid-century decor, or are more bohemian and eccentric, you can make the smooth transition into this trend. But really—it’s the easiest furniture finish that you can accomplish. So, why not bring that old dresser back to life?

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With hundreds of national parks, camping grounds and

activity previously trumped by

botanical gardens throughout the U.S. there are so many

the rising power of the electronic

locations to choose from. But don’t let your desire to

screen, the millennial generation

connect with nature stop there, many millennials have

is fighting back full force and trading

also taken to Airbnb to further their experience, spending

their Apple iPhones for apple orchards

their nights in luxury treehouses or even renting out tents

and their stock photo desktops of flower

individually or in camps.

fields for the real thing. Whether you prefer a quiet stroll through a fragrant

From young children to adults I’m sure we’ve all

botanical garden, or an energetic hike through the Grand

been guilty of choosing the television screen over

Canyon, this trend has something for everyone. So turn

the sunscreen and sunshine, but one of the latest

off that nature documentary, lace up those shoes and

trends that has found popularity among the millennial

witness that beautiful scenery for yourself!

groups is Floratourism. This new trend is the millennial generations nod at stepping away from the electronics and stepping into nature. The whole basis of the idea is to combat nature deficit disorder (the alienation from the outdoors) and get outside!

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Stretching from St. Louis, Missouri to

San Francisco, California, the trail had been

well used by the Stagecoach service from

pillar to post, delivering parcels. The Butterfield was as long as it was treacherous, spanning 2,975 miles of road, which had been beset by Indians and precarious tatters. Among its many stations, between 60 mile intervals, was a booming town at the tip of the Rocky Mountains. First known in Texas as Franklin City, El Paso was one of the Butterfield’s most crucial stations. Accompanied by the city’s dynamic progression into rail and mining advances in the 1880’s, more expeditious postal services were necessary to meet its high demands. With hopeful egress from rugged conveyance, the turn of the century in El Paso seemed to usher a new automotive carrier service. During this time, architects Henry C. Trost and James A. Wetmore established a new angle and inception of the West Texas town, designing Corinthian style structures with innovative reinforced concrete technologies. Among them, James A. Wetmore was the United States Post Office’s acting supervising architect who designed it to have a neoclassic style embodying solid limestone construction. Its iconic Greek columns percolated downtown avenues with a promise of postal order at the peak of Pancho Villa’s Mexican Revolution. Construction of the building began in 1916, and was made ready for occupancy in 1919 when it became known as the “Main Office Station,” serving the city’s dynamic growth. Not only had the footprint been strategically placed at the 87


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corner of Mills and Stanton Street, but was also directly in front of the US Pacific Railroad tracks; the railroad offered swift and convenient service to the post office. Its majestic structure of limestone block facades, fluting offset columns, each coalesced with noble volute abacus capitols, encompassed under a metope cornice with running rings below a United States flag perched at the crown of the building. The office projected a lawful state of integrity for dexterous means of mail distribution. Designer James A. Wetmore spared no expense when he riveted in luxurious marble walls to a limestone core structure. Its elegant, dome stained glass allows sunlight to luster its mosaic floors, which compliment patterned bronze grills overlaying finely rowed postal boxes and secretary stations. Unmatched elaborate design carved a standard of integrity for El Paso’s mail distribution services. As El Paso flourished, more efficient means aided postal deliveries, and by 1930, airmail had been introduced. To establish a new generation in mail transportation, postmaster Henry Krump, and the committee in the chamber of commerce, had decided to tip it off with a special welcome. The crew had brought out the old stagecoach, each rider with their frisky horse, and trotted up to the trimotor plane. With grandeur, the riders hurled the mail to Postmaster Krump. Then, as quickly as they had appeared, they had about-faced into a cloud of dust, pioneering a future in airmail. The first cargo plane out of El Paso contained 17,000 letters and cards, weighing 216 pounds, and contributed to the economic boom the city was currently experiencing. On account of the rampant growth in the population and its demand, adequate lighting to the airfield had not yet been made available. Thus, airmail operations were confined to daylight hours and restricted evening landings in El Paso, where mail could then be dispatched by train to the “Main Office Station”. As the economy had ebbed and flowed, the United States Post Office had lasted over the course of 100 years in service and continues to stand strong in a modern generation. 92

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Treat yourself to homemade spa goodness by whipping together bath teas, body butter, or bath soaks, all of which pamper into ease.

Bath Tea Bath Teas are exactly what they sound like: a tea pouch for your bath. Draw yourself a nice hot bath and dunk a pouch in the steamy water; prepare to steep away‌ 1/2 Cup of Dried Milk 1/2 Cup of Organic Oats 1/2 Cup of Dried Lavender 1/2 Cup of Dried Chamomile 10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil 5 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil Muslin Cloth or Cheesecloth String Mix all ingredients well and scoop heaping spoonfuls onto cloth squares, tying tightly together with the string. www.thecitymagazineelp.com


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TRAVEL LIKE AN EXPLORER STAY LIKE A LOCAL Rooftop pool view over the city skyscape Eat at The Downtowner Restaurant HOTEL INDIGO 325 N. Kansas St., El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 532-5200

Body Butter Making your own body butter takes more time but is worth the investment. Choose whichever scents make you sigh and prepare to have hydrated and happy skin! 2 ounce of Shea Butter 1/2 ounce of Coconut Oil 1/2 ounce of Jojoba Oil 1/2 ounce of Argan Oil 20 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil Double Boiler Electric Mixer Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in the double boiler using the electric mixer. Mix in the argan and jojoba oil once the mixture is melted. Take the entire bowl off the heat and allow the mixture to reach room temperature. Add the peppermint essential oil, or any essential oils of your choice. Mix well and allow to sit at room temperature for two hours. Prior to placing the mixture in the fridge, mix it again for a good three minutes. Then let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, let it sit at room temperature for another two hours. Now brace yourself to break the mixture and whip it into an amazing buttery texture. Enjoy! www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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how the saying goes, right? Well, when you feast your

eyes on these outrageous extravagant places that you

can stay at (yes, you can actually stay here) then you’ll see

why the lemonade you make must be fancy – and exclusive.

Staying in a regular, franchise hotel is so 2015. Innovation, technology and creativity have fused so that we can now stay in luxurious places that aren’t your typical square high-rise. You can now stay underwater, in the woods, in a castle, or in a bubble. Really, the sky is the limit when it comes to the world of hospitality.

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ake for instance the PER AQUUM Niyama, an underwater hotel housed 20 feet below

the Atlantic Ocean by the Maldives Islands. You can

sleep or enjoy a massage while aquatic creature swim

above you. There is also a restaurant and bar where you

can have front row seats to the events happening at sea. Since 2012, this hotel has been aweing and attracting

more adventurous guests.

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and you can see it up close if you’re staying at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Located in Finland, you can sleep under the stars with an unobstructed view. Whether you’re staying in their new kelo-glass igloo, with a cabin body attached, or their famous glass igloo, it’s got the feel of camping out without having to lie on the ground and pitch a wimpy tent.


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a royal lemonade. Definitely not described as “basic” is Leeds Castle. Alive and kicking since 1119, this castle was once home to Henry VIII and his wife Queen Catherine of Aragon at one point. And now the public can stay like royals and view the land around them while looking out from a castle window. There is an equal amount of pleasant views as there is history at this castle. Mostly restored in the 19 century, the castle’s brick exterior offers a safe place to and escape into the past.

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ust a hop across the ocean, in Allauch, France, is another enchanting place to stay. Attap’Reves is the quirky hotel that Bubble Boy would feel right at home at. Though the exterior looks

like a plastic bubble, the transparent enclosure is more secure and

also allows you to enjoy the stars in the countryside.

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Turkey has lavish rooms that provide a view of the pool or the sea. Fitting to the palace setting, guests will bathe in marble tubs or enjoy a swim in their personal plunge pools and saunas. The architecture is of the old ottoman days, providing history in the now modern and luxurious palace. Staying alongside the Mediterranean Sea, anyone can relax and have a irreplaceable experience.

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and the Juvet Hotel provides nine separate ways to escape into nature. With modern, sleek architecture, your housing for the duration of your stay leaves you completely surrounded by nature. One wall of glass looks out onto aspens, birch and mountains. The juxtaposition of the sleek architecture and unruly nature seamlessly go together. As Europe’s first landscape hotel, they have succeeded in providing raw Norwegian culture and an unmatched extraordinary place to stay.

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Decluttering | By: GRACE THE PSYCHIC LADY |

here is an arch nemesis of Feng Shui—it is messy,

unorganized and chaotic. Its name is CLUTTER and it

must be destroyed! Clutter sneaks up on us, piling up over

time causing stagnant energy and eventually impacting our day-

to-day lives. Depending on where clutter is located in your home,

it can negatively impact certain areas in your life. Luckily, reducing

clutter has the opposite effect and is conducive to harmony and peace. Three basic principles to helping you get started with decluttering are as follows: love it then keep it, donate it if you haven’t used it in a year, and trash it if it is broken. Here are some tips in helping you achieve more peace and harmony in your home. First, do not get overwhelmed if there is too much clutter. As the old question goes, “How do you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time! Start with a single room—usually the master bedroom, as this is a place that should be your sanctuary and promotes rest and relaxation. Start with the closet and clear out anything unworn in the past year. Storage underneath the bed is bad Feng Shui as it blocks a good night’s sleep; The shoes under your bed can be the cause of your racing thoughts at night. Those of us who work from home can also be impacted by clutter. A cluttered desk or workspace can block our thinking and reduce our productivity. Keep these areas clear to stay on track with your current projects. 104

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This also holds true for finances, if you have bills piled up that you

Another area to consider is the garage. Most of us are guilty of having

have been putting off, this can affect your money and cause more

a messy garage. If you keep your car in the garage, having the area

debt. Organize your bills by putting them into either folders or a tray

cluttered can cause issues with travel. Everything should have its

system where they are paid by date. This keeps money flowing and

own space and section.

saves you from those pesky late fees. Finally, decluttering does not have to be a chore—make it uplifting Decluttering should also happen in conspicuous areas. Recover your

by playing music, burn a scented candle or incense. Add fresh

refrigerator and purge old and expired foods. Fill it with fresh, vibrant

flowers and consider decorating with light colors and fabrics for an

fruits and vegetables. This not only helps keep the area clean, but

uplifting environment. It’s like I tell my clients, “Clear the clutter,

carries obvious health benefits.

change your life!”

Children’s rooms have a lot of clutter that can affect them in school

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toys, setting up storage and clearing trash will help them to think more clearly and improve concentration.

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Internet searches for this Danish rooted concept, particularly on Pinterest, have considerably boosted as of late and this trend is officially IN. Pronounced “hoogah,” the idea of Hygge embodies all things simple and cozy. It means warm foods, soft blankies, flickering candles and extra comfy everything. We can definitely cuddle up to this new trend!

Green Like recent celebrities, you will be on trend by adding a bright lime, warm emerald, or deep forest green to your home in any which way this spring. From wall paint to rugs, it will be everywhere. The color is also said to attract money and abundance! Who wouldn’t want that?

Copper 2016 was brass overload but now copper seems to be the popular choice. Whether the metal touch is as slight as a small light fixture, or used as a bold room center piece, copper is in.

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Single Time Period Styles

It’s all about the mix and match. Quirky, futuristic looking pieces mixed with antiques give a room the look of diversity. According to interior designers, sticking to a single time period is so out.

Cheaply made or DIY Items Professional woodwork and items that require a great deal of skill to create will be invested in more heavily this spring. People are even resorting to high priced antique furniture because of the quality that has proved to last over time. Although precious and thrifty, a DIY or low price piece can wear away more quickly, which is more of a hassle in the end.

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Three Ways to

Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month

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| By: JESSE MAYNES |

here’s a world of comfort behind each bite of a grilled cheese and I

truly feel for the ones who are lactose intolerant. You don’t deserve the

aftermath of indulging in one of the world’s greatest gifts. And because it’s a gift, we as humans made a month out of it. Welcome to National Grilled Cheese Month! So let the cheese ooze from between the perfectly buttered and grilled slices of bread. It never gets old, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get better. The game has changed and grilled cheese sandwiches have evolved into a culture of their own. Different cheeses, different breads, different fillings and flavors all added to create a unique GC (grilled cheese) experience. It’s almost impossible to go wrong when working with such a simple idea. That leads me to believe that maybe there’s no such thing as the perfect GC … so experiment! Not sure where to start? The City Spaces has you covered! Our first grilled cheese is a play on a dessert from the Midwest. Apple pie is often served with a piece of melted cheddar. We took that, threw in some Texas and made it even better. Jalapeno Waffles, sharp cheddar, granny smith apples, bacon and a side of maple syrup make this a contender in the race for the perfect GC. Secondly, there’s the French Onion GC. Respectively stealing the top layer of melted Swiss from a hot French Onion Soup, this sandwich will bring all the layers of a savory and deep flavor from caramelized onions into the perfect sandwich. Lastly, this GC is one of the best I’ve ever had. My good buddy, Chef Michael McCann, was gracious enough to share his upscale creation. Using ciabatta, three different types of cheeses are melted into, and in between, the bread. It’s as awesome as it sounds and we have the recipe. It ain’t easy being cheesy, so take these recipes and make the magic happen!

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Jalapeno & Maple Grilled Cheese Ingredients - Makes 4 Sandwiches 1 Waffle Mix (recipe prepared according to box) 3 Jalapenos, finely diced 16 ounce bag sharp cheddar, shredded 1 Granny Smith apple, cored, thinly sliced 8 Slices bacon, cooked Non-Stick Spray Maple syrup for dipping Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400. Cook bacon in a pan on medium heat until crispy. Set aside on paper towel to absorb excess grease. 2. Prepare waffle mix according to directions on box 3. With waffle iron hot and ready, spray with non-stick spray and drop your waffle mix in. 4. Add fresh diced jalapenos to mix and close waffle iron. 5. Cook until evenly browned and transfer to baking sheet. 6. Top with shredded cheddar, and bake until melted. 7. Once melted, remove from oven and top with bacon and granny smith apple. 8. Cut diagonal and serve with maple syrup. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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French Onion Grilled Cheese Ingredients – Makes 4 Sandwiches

Directions:

1 White onion, thinly sliced

1. Warm oil and 2 tablespoons butter in a large sauté pan. Once

8 Slices Swiss

warmed through and glistening, add the thinly sliced onions, bay

Rosemary potato loaf, sliced

leaves and sugar. Stir every 4-6 minutes for 30 minutes or until onions

1 Bunch Upland cress

are caramelized. Once evenly browned, add the Worcestershire into

1 lb. Deli sliced or pulled rotisserie chicken

the sauté pan and stir to lift fond off the bottom of the pan. Let the

2 Bay leaves

liquid dissipate and be absorbed back into the onions creating a jam-

1.5 Tablespoons Worcestershire

like consistency. Remove from pan and set aside.

1 Tablespoon sugar

2. Spread onion mixture on one slice of rosemary potato bread, layer a

2 Tablespoon olive oil

quarter lb. of the chicken and the Swiss cheese. Close sandwich with

6 Tablespoon butter

other side of bread.

Salt/Pepper

3. Grill with 1 tablespoon of butter for each sandwich until cheese is melted, open sandwich and add a few leaves of upland cress once ready to serve.

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Inside Out Grilled Cheese by Chef Michael McCann Ingredients – Makes 2

Directions:

2 Rolls ciabatta

1. Warm oil and 2 Tablespoons butter in a large sauté pan. Once warmed through and

1 cup Crumbled Feta

glistening, add the thinly sliced onions. Stir every 4-6 minutes for 30 minutes or until onions

4 slices Swiss cheese

are caramelized. Once evenly browned, pour the red wine into the sauté pan and stir to lift

1 cup Arugula, fresh

the fond off the bottom of pan. Let the liquid dissipate and be absorbed back into the onions

4 Tablespoon Boursin Gournay cheese

creating a jam-like consistency. Remove from pan and set aside.

1 White onion, thinly sliced

2. Slice ciabatta rolls in half, if not already sliced. Warm 2 tablespoons butter in sauté pan on

1/2 cup Red Wine

medium heat for each sandwich.

6 Tablespoons butter

3. While butter warms, turn sliced ciabatta inside out, spread Boursin Gournay on the outer

2 Tablespoons Canola oil

crust of the ciabatta. The porous side will be the outside of the sandwich.

Salt/Pepper

4. After the boursin is spread, layer one slice of Swiss, 1/2 cup arugula, 2 tablespoons caramelized onion, and the other slice of Swiss. Finally, top with the other slice of ciabatta, once again making sure the porous sides of the bread are facing outward. 5. Place 1/2 cup crumbled feta on hot pan, place entire assembled sandwich on top of feta and lightly press until cheese is set and golden brown inside the pores of the bread 6. Turn sandwich over and brown opposite side, making sure sandwich is warmed through and cheese is melted. Slice diagonally and serve.

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THE CITY SPACES HOME & DESIGN

spring SPACES 2017 Advertiser INDEX A-1 Kitchens by Sierra.......................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 2

Casa Buenavista............................................................................................................................................................ Pg. 16-17

Claudia Avalos.................................................................................................................................................................. Pg. 100

Definitive Homes................................................................................................................................................................ Pg. 61

Designs by LL Power....................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 101

Edge of Texas................................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 102

Hotel Indigo........................................................................................................................................................................ Pg. 97

KB Realty............................................................................................................................................................................ Pg. 60

KTSM NewsChannel 9....................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 11

Mattress Firm.................................................................................................................................................. Inside Front Cover

Morrison Supply......................................................................................................................................................... Back Cover

Sandy Messer & Associates............................................................................................................................................. Pg. 103

Southwest University Park................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 7

Spectrum............................................................................................................................................................................ Pg. 73

Sun City Emergency Room..............................................................................................................................Inside Back Cover

Walgreens..................................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 14-15

77 Stone............................................................................................................................................................................. Pg. 96

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