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We are very excited to present to you a new format, an exciting look,
completely prepared by the group above. I
yet with familiar faces. Four times a year, we’ll combine our lifestyle
arrived at the event, because it was just that
magazine with our home and design magazine. Luckily for us, our
and I do not use the word “event” lightly,
readers are loyal as well as communicative and we’ve taken all your
as I heard the photographer ask, “What’s
comments to heart. So, with the mentality of always wanting to keep
the plan?” as she eyed the sweet potato
abreast with the newest and the latest, we’ve followed the direction
hummus with herb-rubbed pita, and the bed of
of People Magazine and Phoenix Living, and we introduce to you on
tomato, red pepper, onion and garlic base for
the front, The City Magazine and when you flip it over, surprise, our
the shakshuka. It was clear, however, that no
home and design magazine known as The City Spaces.
matter any of our food choices, the rosemary grapefruit old fashioned was top of mind and
Why? It is our goal to shine the light on everything good about our
tasted by all present.
city by being a landing page, a must-read for every person who cares about the city we live in. This combines our readers and introduces
In this issue, you’ll learn new kitchen
readers who follow the founding magazine but might not “yet” be an
terminology. Did you know that in the kitchen,
avid reader of another publication under the same umbrella. I can’t
the phrase “in the weeds” means they are
wait to hear all of your comments.
backed up with orders? You’ll also have an opportunity to see the before and after shots of a few local chefs.
The evidence of summer is here: Sidewalk tables are suddenly re-
The calm looks in their eyes prior to beginning their day, then the
appearing at the local eateries; backyard tables are wiped down and
exhaustion or “I’m glad the day’s over” look.
cleaned from the layers of winter grime; colorful seat cushions are fluffed and brought out from their winter storage; potted planters
Identifying the best food categories is without a doubt one of the
prepared for the summer and our freshly-manicured yard has turned
newest and exciting projects of the year. After searching for more than
green after a winter of boring brown. It’s summertime and I couldn’t
three months, because we love showcasing up-and-coming talent
be more ready for the season.
and welcoming culinary thinkers into the thoughts of City Magazine readers, we’ve come up with a list of quirky categories celebrating
Though we’re only halfway through the year, I already know that
the local food scene. This gives us a peek into the future of eating
one of my favorite memories of 2018 with the magazine team will
in El Paso, so it is with honor that we unveil to you, the 2018 Dine
be the morning we shot our July cover. Was it the early morning
and Drink Awards. Some of our local food bloggers (our local experts)
mimosa—ok, let’s be honest, several mimosas—or was it walking
helped with this project as they, along with many others, judged the
into a home with the smell of everything edible in the air? Or was
categories. Chefs and eateries won’t be the only ones thrilled about
it knowing that this was the day that months of preparation for the
their awards; we hope that you pick a new fun place to eat every
food issue would come to pass? This was the grand finale, the day
week off of the list of winners and let us know your favorites.
the collaborative effort to put this food together. It was fun to watch, so I did just that—watched the excitement as our in-house “self-
I hope this inspires you to “get cooking,” but if you’re more like me
proclaimed” foodies went to work. Their concept was a group of
and the only thing you make is reservations, I hope it inspires you to
friends on a beautifully manicured backyard, passionately reinventing
make reservations at your favorite local restaurant.
the outside brunch. Our Managing Editor, Kim, was the leader of the “brunch bunch” (someone had to be) which consisted of our in-house
Until next month, ciao!
chef and food columnist, Jesse (account executive by day), Andy (our junior graphic designer), who is a self-proclaimed foodie and Taylor (editorial assistant), home chef extraordinaire and another member of the foodie group. Hours of preparation went into the table setting, securing the perfect place in the backyard, as well as the food, 14
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Cancer Art Show July 23 | Starts 5:00 PM | Dave & Buster’s Family fun for a good cause! The 2nd annual art show hosted by Dave and Buster’s, Green Octo and Make-A-Wish is around the corner. The event hosts a range of local artisans where proceeds go to your local Make-A-Wish. It is a great opportunity to get involved and make the dreams of a child come to life. Buy art, donate and have a great time doing it!
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h c n u r B s u th i W July, 2018
Brunch. You either cherish it as a commonplace gathering of friends and family to spend those fleeting hours of the morning that amalgamate into the lunch and early afternoon or you are on the side of the coin that views it as a term people yield to justify day binge drinking and finding yourself thigh deep in mimosas. Well, we went with the former definition. Food is a subject that transcends political, sexual, geographical and sociological walls. Breaking bread is one of the purest forms of human love that one can express; especially if the bread you break was forged by your hands, taken from the earth concerning the raw materials and brought together with labor, heat, and love. On an early Sunday morning, we got together with coworkers who we are fortunate enough to call friends and labored in a kitchen together. We shared laughs, advice, opinions and a few drinks. Looking through these photos and recipes, my only wish is that you take with you what it means to have connection with others, in the words of the late great Anthony Bourdain, â€œYou learn a lot when you share a meal with someone.â€? | Photographed By: SHARILYN WELLS |
SWEET POTATO HUMMUS HERB-RUBBED PITA HONEY LIME FRUIT SALAD SHAKSHUKA ROSEMARY GRAPEFRUIT SWEET POTATO HUMMUS OLD FASHIONED
SW E E T P O TAT O H U M M US
W I T H H E R B - RU B B E D P I TA | By: ANDY MARTINEZ | SWEET POTATO HUMMUS 3 pounds sweet potato, peeled and diced 4 garlic cloves, crushed 4 tablespoons tahini 2 tablespoons smoked sea salt 1 pinch pepper 1 large lime, juiced 1/4 cup water 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Mint (for garnish) 1. Preheat oven to 400. 2. Place the sweet potato and garlic on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil to evenly coat the vegetables, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast the potatoes and garlic in oven for 45 minutes or until fork tender and slightly browned on the outside. 3. Allow to cool at room temperature for 20 minutes. Once cooled, blend in food processor while gradually adding water until smooth throughout. 4. Add lime juice, salt, and tahini, blend until well incorporated. If the puree isnâ€™t smooth, add individual tablespoons of water until the desired consistency is achieved. 5. Refrigerate hummus in a covered bowl until 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with olive oil, large salt crystals and chopped mint leaves. 6. Serve with fresh peppers and herb-rubbed pita (recipe follows) Do ahead: Hummus can be made two days ahead.
HERB-RUBBED PITA 1/4 cup parsley, fresh 1/4 cup mint, fresh 1 tablespoon thyme, dried 1 tablespoon oregano, dried 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil 5 pita breads 1. Preheat cast iron pan on Medium-high heat 2. While cast iron heats, combine chopped fresh and dried herbs with lime juice in medium bowl. 3. Slowly pour in the olive oil while mixing herbs until completely incorporated. 4. Evenly rub the mixture onto both sides of each pita bread and grill until lightly crisp. 5. Chop each bread into fourths and serve.
d a l a S Fruit July, 2018
H ON E Y L I M E F RU I T SA L A D | By: JESSE MAYNES | 2 mangoes 1/2 cantaloupe 1/2 pineapple 2 kiwis 2 bananas 2 honey crisp apples 10 Strawberries 1 lime, large 4 tablespoons local honey 2 basil leaves, large edible flowers for garnish (optional) 1. In a medium mixing bowl, juice and zest lime then whisk together with honey. Cover and set aside. 2. Peel and chop fruit any way youâ€™d like. 3. Add cut fruit to lime honey mixture and stir. Make sure every piece of fruit is coated. 4. Cover and let sit for minimum 4 hours refrigerated, natural juices will release and mix with honey lime mixture creating fruit salad liquid. 5. Top with fresh cut basil and edible flowers just before serving.
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| By: TAYLOR HINES | 1/4 cup and two tablespoons olive oil 8 cloves garlic 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed, crushed 1 1/2 teaspoon caraway seed, crushed 2 onions, medium, finely diced 1 tablespoon red chili flakes, optional two 12 oz. jars roasted red peppers one 24 oz. can crushed tomatoes 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 1/2 tablespoon curry powder 1/4 cup sambal oelek Salt /Pepper 6-8 medium sized Eggs 1/2 package feta cheese, crumbled 1/2 bunch cilantro, garnish 1. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil on medium heat in heavy bottomed 14in pan. 2. Take 3 cloves of garlic and cut into evenly sliced chips/ slices and combine in small bowl with cumin and caraway seed. 3. Add seed and garlic mixture to hot pan. Stir the mixture regularly until seeds become fragrant and garlic begins to brown around the edges. 4. Remove the garlic and seed mix from oil and drain on a paper towel, allowing it to dry. Keep infused oil in pan for further use. Season seed mixture with salt and pepper and return pan to medium low heat. 5. Mince remaining 5 cloves of garlic, and finely dice 2 onions. 6. Add garlic and onion to infused oil, stirring regularly until onion becomes translucent. Add red chili flakes (optional) 7. While garlic and onion cook, drain both jars of roasted red peppers and coarsely chop into large chunks. 8. When onion becomes translucent add roasted red pepper and stir to combine. 9. Let roasted red peppers simmer in pan for 5 minutes, while stirring regularly. 10. Add sambal oelek to peppers, stir to incorporate, let simmer for another minute. 11. Add crushed tomatoes, curry powder, smoked paprika, and a few grinds of sea salt and pepper. Stirring to mix. 12. Bring mixture to a medium heat creating a low simmer (looking for small bubbles of air to begin forming) and continue to mix so it does not burn or heat too rapidly. After 10 minutes, turn heat to low and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes allowing flavors to combine. 13. Remove pan from heat, take the back of a large spoon and create 6-8 divots. Carefully crack your eggs into each divot so they rest within the base, not sit on top. Salt and pepper each egg. 14. Return pan to stove on low heat, evenly sprinkle with feta, cover and cook for 6-8 minutes. Alternatively, entire pan can be finished in a 350-degree oven for approximately 10-12 minutes. We are looking for “jammy eggs”—solid whites but runny yolks. 15. Garnish with garlic and seed mixture, fresh cilantro, and drizzle of remaining olive oil. Serves well with a thick and crusty bread and hot sauce.
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R O S E M A RY GRA P E F RU I T O L D FA S H I ON E D | By: TAYLOR HINES | Whiskey or Bourbon of your choice Grapefruit Bitters Large Ice Cube 1. Take a rock glass and fill with .25 oz of rosemary simple syrup and 2 dashes of bitters 2. Pour 2 oz of bourbon (Bulleit works well) into glass 3. Peel a sliver of grapefruit skin with a paring knife. Twist it into the glass to release the oils and drop it in. 4. Add a large ice cube (Round or cubed) 5. Stir until well combined. ROSEMARY SIMPLE SYRUP 4-5 Rosemary Sprigs Water Sugar
1. Combine equal parts water and sugar in a medium saucepan on low heat. Stir mixture until sugar is dissolved. Add in sprigs 4-5 of fresh rosemary. 2. Keep heating until it begins to simmer and then remove from heat. Leave the sprigs in the sugar/water mixture for 10 minutes and then remove. 3. Let cool before use (can store for extended periods of time)
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Good food lives here. That’s why, for this year’s annual food issue, we took what we’ve experienced in the El Paso food scene; old and new, well-known and obscure, fine dining and ruggedly-fine and came up with a list of this year’s restaurants and bars to visit. Foregoing the traditional categories, we decided to look further than specific dishes and take into account the overall experience of each establishment. So, instead of looking at these as “categories,” think of them more as subtitles or a description of each winner. Take this as an opportunity to expand your tastes and learn a little bit more about us and what El Paso has to offer. Chosen by its staff and contributors, The City Magazine welcomes you to whet your appetite and say hello to the winners of The City Magazine’s Dine and Drink Awards 2018!
Tony’s Pit BBQ
Hillside Coffee & Donut Co.
Block Table & Tap
Blackbird Cantina Deluxe
Bella Cora Bakery
Ardovinoâ€™s Desert Crossing
Mesa Street Grill
Ruli’s International Kitchen
INFLUENCERS Food photography, food writing and food tasting are these folks bread and butter. When we were putting together ideas and categories/ nominees for The City Magazine Dine and Drink Awards 2018, we as a staff turned to their expert knowledge on the gastro world of EP. The aforementioned “folks” are a group of local food influencers who have fed the world’s appetite with their social media presence. Providing you with an endless supply of food pics to gaggle over, they are the ones peaking our interests on where to dine at any given time. The City Magazine extends a thank you to all those involved, including, the nominees, honorable mentions, and most importantly our committee of food bloggers. Raise a glass, give them a follow and let’s dive in.
ROBERTO Roberto Cortez, our February 2017 cover star, is a chef with an emphasis on expressing food through design and artistry with unlimited creativity. @robertocortez08
LISA Librarian by day, food critic by night—my blog and Instagram combine my profession and passion for all things culinary. My gastronomical knowledge comes from Bon Appétit, television, and a stint in a high school Culinary Arts program. This in turn created a food snob that happens to be vegetarian. @epvegsnob
CHRISTINE I’m Christine and I’m the gal behind El Paso Eats. I started my instablog a little over 3 years ago. I was initially inspired by all the delicious food feeds I was seeing on Instagram, and realized there really wasn’t any representing El Paso’s food scene, so I took it upon myself to create one. @elpaso.eats
BRITTANY Brittany is a local lifestyle blogger and influencer. She started her blog and Instagram, A Little Britt of Fun, as a way to showcase new places and things in and around El Paso. She strives to find AND share the fun in any location! You can follow the fun by following her Instagram, @alittlebrittoffun
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Adair Margo | By: ELAINE GORDON |
Mary Wakefields’s Chicken Pot Pie Serves 4 | (Adapted for ease by Adair Margo)
dair Margo, El Paso’s First Lady, has been
married to Mayor Dee Margo for more
Boiled chicken, boned and chopped
You can make enough for two servings to
than 40 years. A mother and grandmother,
(roasted chicken from the grocery store
freeze half if you prefer for next time.
Adair received her B.A. in art history from
Vanderbilt University, and earned an M.A. in art
1/3 cup of butter
Ingredients for Crust:
history from New Mexico State University.
1 cup each of an onion, celery
(or substitute a Pillsbury pie crust)
and carrots, chopped
2 cups of flour
Founding the Tom Lea Institute in 2009, Adair
1/2-1 cup frozen corn, green peas and lima
1/2 teaspoons of salt
recorded and co-edited the award-winning,
beans (or any frozen mixed vegetables)
Dry rosemary, thyme and basil
“Tom Lea, An Oral History” and co-authored
1 small red potato, cubed
1 1/2 sticks margarine
“Tom Lea, Life Magazine and World War II”
1/2 cup of flour
3 tablespoons shortening
with scholar, Melissa Renn.
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup ice water
1/2 tsp. pepper Adair served as chairman of the President’s
2 cups chicken broth
Directions for Crust:
Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
1/2 cup milk
Combine flour, salt and dry herbs together and
and was also appointed to the U.S. National
mix in a food processor.
Commission for UNESCO in 2003. She has
hosted many dignitaries including former First
Melt the butter in a large pan. Add
Cut in 1 1/2 chilled sticks of margarine, and
Lady of the US, Laura Bush (a long-time friend),
onion, celery, carrots and other veggies
three tablespoons of chilled shortening, into
and former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.
including the red potato. Cook, stirring
the food processor with the other mixture.
until carrots and potatoes are tender,
Blend until coarse. Slowly add 1/4 cup of ice
Perhaps most impressively, in 2008, Adair
about 10-15 minutes. Add flour and stir
water until the mixture forms a ball.
received the Presidential Citizens Medal from
until smooth. Gradually add broth and
President George W. Bush for strengthening
milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring
Remove dough from the food processor, wrap
international relationships from our neighboring
constantly, until mixture is thickened and
in plastic wrap and chill at least one hour. Then
country in Mexico all the way to China.
bubbly. Then stir in chopped chicken, salt
roll out and fit over the top of the baking pan.
and pepper. Pour into a lightly greased 9”
Cut slits in the top of the pie crust.
We are very fortunate to have Adair Margo
x 13” pan and set aside.
serving the people of El Paso. This weekend
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until
try her favorite comfort-food recipe, Chicken
golden brown, covering edges with foil after
20 minutes to prevent excessive browning.
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School; the concept tickled his mind in 2017 when he decided he
taken from the Mayan word for coffee.” He declares. This is more
wanted to open a coffee shop that wasn’t your typical cup of joe.
than a coffee house and wine bar though; “Boxha is a community space where all are welcomed.”
Drawing heavy inspiration from ancient Mayan culture but giving it a contemporary twist is where Pedro developed the branding behind
Boxha is the place that fills the gap between leaving the house for work
his venture. “When I asked myself, what was most important to me
and returning home at the end of the day. It is your in-between zone that
it came down to my heritage. I needed to honor that.” Upon entering
caffeinates you in the day and serves you unique wines in the evening.
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Entrecôte & Co. “A Taste of France in El Paso”—That’s exactly what you’ll find at Entrecôte & Co. Owner and native of Grenoble in the French Alps, Olivier Cohen, co-founded his new French bistro alongside his father and partner, Felix Cohen. His father suggested the idea following their success in Notting Hill, London where he and brother, Dan Cohen, opened their first French bistro known as Cépage[s]. Using only the finest ingredients like real French butter, and imported cheeses, meats and even escargot, their dishes are based in authentic family recipes and feature mouth-watering specialties like Entrecôte Ribeye, Duck Confit Tacos and Scallops Au Gratin. Savory appetizers like French Onion Soup and Charlotte’s Salad, and scrumptious desserts like Crème Brûlée and Pineapple Carpaccio, are an absolute must. The unique ambiance of Entrecôte & Co. won’t be overlooked either, and entices with amazing Paris photography, a signature 19th century bar and an impressive “wine cellar” that welcomes guests at the floor of the entry, beautifully encasing several wine bottles nestled over a bed of wine corks. A warm, inviting atmosphere and delectable, French bistroinspired dishes, accompanied by an exquisite, vast wine selection from around the world, promises to be a culinary delight for Sun City foodies and makes Entrecôte & Co. a dining experience that’s, truly, one of a kind.
Entrecôte & Co. 5825 N. Mesa St. El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 300-0022 entrecotebistro.com
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The Black Orchid Lounge 6127 N. Mesa, Ste. A El Paso, Texas 79912 (773) 851-0213 email@example.com
The Black Orchid Lounge “When I got to El Paso I couldn’t find any spots like I had back in
The Black Orchid Lounge prides themselves on being the go-to
Chicago, so we created one.” The Black Orchid Lounge came out of
spot for craft cocktails, craft beers and a carefully crafted ambiance.
the question of, “Where would I like to drink?” Owner Michelle Fierro-
Michelle and her team draw inspiration from all around the world and
Quintero was born and raised in our sister city, Ciudad Juárez, and
implement only the best new practices and concoctions. “Our menu
made the jump to Chicago—returning thirteen years later with a thirst
is all based on craft cocktails.” The menu tips a hat to the cocktails of
that could only be quenched by the libations she imbibed in during her
the past but with a twist. The aesthetic plays off the strength of her
stay in the Windy City. A strong bond exists between the three cities;
background as an interior designer and allows for patrons to get lost
all being sites during the prohibition era that folks could find their fix.
for a few hours, with a stiff drink in hand and good company all around.
That connection and history created a drinking culture that today is reinvented at The Black Orchid Lounge. By: TAYLOR HINES photographed by: JENN MÁRQUEZ
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Track One Still considered a true hidden gem, this iconic railcar-encased eatery and
Originally considered a place to simply drink and socialize, Track One
bar known as Track One is one of El Paso’s must-haves for tasty eats,
has become a go-to for tasty eats like their award-winning “Double
savory drinks, and unparalleled ambiance. Winner of Best Wings for six
Dip” wings, scrumptious sandwiches, mouth-watering burgers,
consecutive years by The City Magazine and What’s Up, the 45-year
steaks and kabobs, and much more. An extensive drink list and
establishment was founded by Robert Neilson and H.F. “Smitty” Smith,
specialties like their revamped “Riunite Rita,” a vast selection of
who repurposed a 1920 vintage Southern Pacific dining car, caboose
“International Mules” and refreshing seasonal beers, work to further
and reefer boxcar into what is, today, a dining experience like no other.
their unmatched tradition for calling it a day. Affirming it as a place that just can’t be duplicated, Lolly also largely credits their fun-loving staff
Current and longest-standing owners, Ken and Lolly McDermott,
and amazing patrons, for making Track One what it is today.
pride their operation in the preservation of Track One’s historic walls and storied tradition, but not without enhancing their menu.
“Roll-in” to Track One for unrivaled food, fun and atmosphere!
Track One 1330 Robert E. Lee Rd El Paso, Texas 79925 (915) 779-2170 firstname.lastname@example.org trackoneelpaso.com
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Blake’s Lotaburger www.lotaburger.com Facebook: Blake’s Lotaburger 7017 N Mesa St. El Paso, TX 79912 (915) 730-6264 12371 Edgemere, #215 El Paso TX 79938 (915) 313-5112 7122 Gateway Blvd. El Paso, TX 79915 (915) 500-1441
Blake’s Lotaburger There are a LOTA reasons to love Blake’s Lotaburger. And we love
breakfast burritos, perfectly seasoned fries and specialty milkshakes that
you too, El Paso.
have been bringing a LOTA great food, and a LOTA smiles, to El Paso.
There are a LOTA great reasons why Blake’s Lotaburger is unlike any
As passionate as we are about making the world’s best Green Chile
other burger place in El Paso. But it really all comes down to a LOTA
Cheeseburger, we’re equally as passionate about showing a LOTA love to
great food … and a unique culture that has made Blake’s a household
the communities we serve. Here in El Paso, you’ll find us donating our food
word throughout New Mexico for generations—which is bringing El
to local causes and events. We’re also a proud supporter of the El Paso
Paso a whole LOTA love, too.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and our regional manager, Claudia Oakes, serves on the advisory council at the Women’s Business Border Center.
Named by National Geographic as the “World’s Best Green Chile Cheeseburger,” our juicy, seared-to-perfection Lotaburgers and Hatch
A LOTA great food … and a LOTA love. The right combination. Right
green chile are unequalled. Not to mention our world-famous gigantic
here in El Paso.
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Briar Patch Nearly ten years have passed since the world lost a shining beacon and champion of love in Klaus Schmidt. He had one mantra, and that was love. In these turbulent times, love is the one thing we all could use more of. An open acceptance of any and everyone was the vision that he had when he took over control of Briar Patch, and his team carries those traditions forth today, from “creating a safe place where everyone feels loved,” to “developing a nature of giving and giving back,” it is clear to see that Briar Patch is more than just a bar, it is a feeling and active sense of commitment to one another. One of the biggest testaments to the nature of belonging associated with the Briar Patch is the tenure some of its employees boast; many of the staff being in service there for 12 plus years when the industry standard is typically two years. Klaus created a family that extended past the walls of Briar. He also never wanted the bar to close its doors, even on holidays. “The bar never closes, and that’s because Klaus knew that this was home to many people. They may not have anywhere else to go on holidays, so we are here for them.”
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Gusto 5860 N. Mesa, Suite 130 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 307-3346 firstname.lastname@example.org gustoelpaso.com
The newly-revamped Gusto offers a unique dining experience where casual meets upscale. Their new management team led by Humberto Enriquez and Vicente Santaella, Managers, as well as Victor Rodriguez, Executive Chef, recently introduced the reinvention. The collaborative effort delivers delightful cuisine amidst high-end ambiance at any price-point. Their happy hour is deemed the “best in town” with half-off drink specials on the entire bar selection, enjoyable on their beautifully-illuminated onyx bar from 3-7 pm daily and making for the perfect, end-of-day retreat. The reinvented menu is fused with flavors from Asia, Europe and Latin America, and includes their top-selling Chilean seabass, miso chipotle lobster tail and grass-fed, 40-ounce Tomahawk steaks. Of course, tantalizing appetizers like grilled octopus with popcorn-pureé and Venezuelan-inspired arepas with fillings like duck, shrimp Al Pastor and chicharrón are a must. This new management team is big on supporting local and strives to use only fresh, locallyfarmed produce to elevate traditional flavors. With signature cocktails like their highly-sought after Guava Sangria as the perfect aperitif and live music every Friday, Gusto is a go-to for fabulous dining at affordable prices. Private rooms also promise a memorable experience for your special occasion. As Humberto affirms, “It’s a restaurant for everyone.” Savor the “new” Gusto today … Your taste buds will thank you!
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Poke3 3535 N. Mesa El Paso, Texas (915) 759-4025 email@example.com poke3.com Instagram: Poke3EP
Poke3 Launched in March 2018, Poke3 (pronounced “pokay cubed”) has
The only ones in town to offer steak along with vegan options, a drive-
made healthy, fresh fast food a reality for the Sun City. Owners,
through window and a beer and wine license, Poke3 is successfully
Humberto Enriquez and Vicente Santaella, introduced the hundred-
setting itself apart from the rest and very much abuzz. Adding of
year Hawaiian tradition that’s been trending in California and quickly
the restaurant’s overnight success, Humberto says, “It exceeded all
becoming an El Paso favorite. Their scrumptious bowls include cubed
expectations … across the board.” Coming soon by popular demand
raw or cooked proteins like fresh ahi tuna, steak, chicken and tofu, to
is the sushi “burrito” that guarantees to be a hit! Sharing his thanks
name a few, layered over a bed of brown or sushi rice, mixed greens
to El Paso for embracing their innovative concept, Humberto believes
or kale and topped with an endless array of toppings like vegetables,
expansion plans beyond their newer far eastside location “are in order.”
edamame, crab salad, seaweed and so much more. Complimented by a wide selection of savory sauces like honey sirracha and sweet
Fresh. Fast. Healthy. That’s the Poke3 promise and savory alternative
chile lime, this is a delicious and healthy meal for on the go, or not.
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Joy Tree Often times, when we can’t find what we are looking for, we have to
will reflect their main concerns in life: a healthy body, a healthy mind
either move on or create it ourself. Luckily for El Paso, sisters Mayra,
and a happy heart that is open and able to care and support others.”
Lili and Yajaira Alba opened up Joy Tree’s doors in 2016. Whoever
A desire to heal through food, coupled with a menu that is vegan and
tried hammering the idea that healthy food doesn’t have the capacity
vegetarian-friendly (and impressively diverse) was the goal and Joy
to taste good was apparently wrong and has never graced their taste
Tree definitely scored.
buds with a trip to Joy Tree. Health and sustainability extend past the menu options and has A commitment to the health and well-being of their customers is one
seeped itself into the fiber of the business. Joy Tree is a reminder that
of the founding pillars behind the restaurant. It also grew out of a
our eating habits not only affect us but our environment. Let them
need and desire from the founding sisters to create “a business that
feed your appetite and your soul.
Joy Tree 12135 Montwood Dr., Ste. 106 El Paso, Texas 79936 (915) 249-6670 www.joytreehealthfood.com
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s t e e w S s s e c c u S Sharing
| By: LLOYD HAMILTON photography by: ARTURO FLORES |
elcome to El Paso, where the sunny-side is always up,” is an El Paso phrase kindly repeated to visitors touring the Sun City. Being compared to how eggs are
prepared best blends well with our clear and sunny skies,
our grand horizons and through the aspirations of El Paso
Community College. El Paso Community College has managed to bridge an economic gap by providing quality educational opportunities for anyone with sky-sized horizons. The college shatters glass ceilings by constantly surrounding students with professionals who have had similar dreams and have now manifested success. The community college has equipped students with firsthand knowledge and skillfully organized events where students are able to be influenced by visionaries such as self-made, extraordinary man from France, Chef Roland Mesnier. The community college often invites him to visit El Paso to teach a culinary class for students who would possibly never receive such instruction at another institution. Roland has published seven books filled with recipes and memoirs of his career in the White House. He is a dessert artist, sharing photographs featuring unreal edible components. “I am a chef, therefore, I must like to cook everything and anything you could imagine. Even if I don’t know how to make it, I look up a recipe and try it.” Roland has spent 53 years as a professional cook after humble beginnings growing up in France. Before coming to the states he acquired an extensive resume serving as a pastry chef for high rollers around the world. With his passion for food and desire to learn English, Roland served the finest desserts for the world’s top Savoy Hotel in London as well as cooking for the world’s richest billionaire, Daniel Ludwig. During his escapades, Roland’s success and expertise carried him from France, England, the Virgin Islands and Bermuda. After baking up a notable reputation and briefly serving in France’s military, Roland was recruited by First Lady Mrs. Carter and began a twenty-six-year career as a presidential chef. He served the finest treats to President Carter to President George W. Bush and became the longest-tenured presidential pastry chef to serve the White House. For the Senate Ladies White House Luncheon, Roland created an elaborate fully-edible lotus flower. Despite all of his success, Roland holds fond memories of preparing glorious desserts for family birthday parties and anniversaries. He expressed the joy it brought him of feeling like a presidential family member. Chef Roland now shares that same joy with ambitious El Paso Community College students. “I want to put some good stuff in their heads, you know? I want them to think clearly for their future,” says Roland.
Careers in Food
he food industry is one of the
| By: TAYLOR HINES |
largest industries around and one
of the oldest … except for, well, I
think we all know what the world’s
oldest profession is. The business of
food is one that extends past those
working in a kitchen with their brow
heavy in sweat and small oil burns
splattered across their arms; the industry comprises
scientists, farmers, sommeliers … Okay, maybe you have seen a few food shows, or have read a few articles in food magazines and are saying, “Yeah Taylor, obviously these are pretty visible career paths in the gastronomy world that everyone knows about, are you daft?” To that I answer, touché and at times yes, but how many of you can tell me about the art of chicken sexing? Or the sophisticated palate of a dog food taste tester? Can you tell me what the world record is for eggs peeled in a minute? A hush blankets the crowd. Just as there are endless careers in the food world, so too are there off-beat and
Chicken Sexer In the chicken world/market, sex matters and hatcheries pay top dollar for personnel
peculiar paths that one can take. Maybe
who can distinguish the gender of the chicks at the drop of a feather. The sexer is a
you have what it takes to be a professional
person of utmost importance in the hatcheries because the sex of the chick dictates
food trendologist or are curious as to how
their path in this market. The practice of “sexing” a chicken can also take many ways;
a professional food buyer spends their day.
the methods that are implemented range from vent sexing to feather and color sexing.
And to that, I say, bon appétit.
Legend has it that the hardened vets of the chicken sexing game are able to distinguish sex by some Jedi mind trick, waving their hands over a bunch of chicks and knowing where to send them (okay, maybe that’s not accurate).
Fortune Cookie Writer “Reading the City Magazine
Dog Food Taste Tester When man was able to domesticate dog, a bond formed that has spanned the test of time. The
symbiotic relationship across species has been one of the purest forms of love the world has
great prosperity to you. Your lucky
witnessed. So, why do we still feed our best friends the way we do? Dog food taste testers
numbers are 4, 7, 5.” Gathering the knowledge
are here to save the day. The title says it all, these men and women taste Fido’s chow before it
of the ancients and then transferring it to small
reaches his bowl. They are the sommeliers of the pet food world; examining the complexities
pieces of paper is the daily life of a fortune
of taste, textures and “bite.” Their mission is to ensure that your pupper is eating food that is
cookie writer. These professional writing gigs
enjoyable to them. Even though the palates between man and pet are different, there are still
are vastly different from other writing jobs, in
similarities between what is appetizing for all. These talented tongues are compensated for their
that, what may take someone like me 100 words
taste buds, where an experienced taster can earn upwards of $70,000.
to convey a message, the fortune cookie writer has ten. Quick wit and a depth of wisdom are needed to pump out message after message.
Egg Peeler You forgot to make your contribution for the “friends” brunch, so as you are on the way you stop in at the supermarket to pick up pre-made deviled eggs because your friends expected you to forget and showing up with anything at all will actually impress them. We’ve all been there, right? You can thank an egg peeler today for helping you somehow stay in your friend group and being the reason you are still receiving Facebook event invites. As with many professions in this world, the focus is to rely on machines and the human hand is in charge of pressing buttons and pulling levers.
Culinary Trendologist Rainbow bagels, deconstructed anything, and avocado toast: you may
Alas, there are still the select few who
have eaten one or all of these. Just like the latest presidential scandal,
took the lessons in the Terminator
we all consume it until the next one comes around and then move on—
series to heart and decided to do
with no lack of consumables. I’m talking about food trends—mostly
the people behind them. Culinary Trendologists craft and examine the
Barbara Dale-Avant is the
current trends in the food and drink world. A mix of statistics, social
intelligence, and in-depth knowledge of the food world is a must for
peeling and set the world
these folks. Their expertise is called on by chefs, professional buyers,
record for most eggs peeled
and grocery store supply managers to direct them in their creation/
in a minute, which is 48.
stocking of the latest and greatest. In this field being first and staying
relevant is essential.
Best Thing I Ever Ate
Roman Wilcox Oscar Herrera Gabe Valencia One Grub Community Stanton House
“The most amazing thing I’ve
“Hummus.. would you believe
“When it comes to eating, there
“Best thing I ever ate was the
ever eaten was on an island
that Hummus and Pita was one
is nothing better than being
burger at Hopfields in Austin.
called Bainbridge in Seattle.
of the best things I’ve ever eaten
If I could only eat one thing
After an overcast, rainy and
in my life! It was in January of
unexpected. I especially enjoy
for the rest of my life it’d be
actually freezing cold day in
this year. My wife and I were
venturing out to recommended
hamburgers and if I could only
this new city, I took a ferry out
recommended to eat at Shaya
local spots that when you arrive
eat one hamburger for the rest
to this little island to go whale
(a James Beard Award Winning
you see they are small in size,
of my life, that’d be the one. I
watching. Even though there
Israeli Restaurant) while in New
they lack kitchen equipment and
had it in 2014. I had just driven
were no whales there was no
Orleans for the One World
the one I like to share with you
into Austin and as you know that
disappointment because I ended
Everybody Eats Summit. This
now doesn’t even have a sitting
drive is boring and tiresome af.
up at Harbour Public House
hummus was a cloud of chickpea
My buddy suggested we wet
where I had the most amazing
and tahini that was kissed by the
in Mexico City meets all the
our whistle at Hopfields because
clams steamed simply in white
gods. I have never experienced a
aforementioned points, yet their
they have a great craft beer
wine, shallots and about a pound
texture in this everyday snack like
food is exceptional. The suadero,
selection. I hadn’t eaten all day
of butter. Coming from El Paso
the one i did there. Sometimes
maciza, and the campechano are
so I glanced at the menu, saw
and having seen the ocean for
only a few of the delicacies offered
they had a burger and I ordered
the first time in this trip I felt like
absolutely perfect are the best
at this establishment and a must
it. Naturally. I recieved a medium
this meal was the embodiment
surprises! Anyway, that’s the
go when in Mexico City.”
rare party cooked to absolute
of the beautiful town I was in
dragon that I chase these days,
and what I’ve been missing living
the perfect cloud of hummus!”
camembert cheese sitting atop
in a desert. The literal taste of
a pile of thinly sliced cornichons.
water with just a hint of extra
The bun was soft brioche, and it
seasonings. Top it off with my first
also included caramelized onions,
hot toddy and bam! Saying it was
grain mustard and the thickest
one of the best meals/days in my
cut bacon I’d ever seen. This
life would not be an exaggeration.
burger was everything. Oh and
I can’t wait to go back.”
the pommes frites came with the most adorable one ounce mason jar of house-made aioli. I dream about that meal to this day.”
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1. 86 – Out of a certain product, or don’t add to plate (Example: To server staff – “Hey guys, 86 oysters, we’re out.” To cooking staff – “Let me get that burger, 86 tomato.”) 2. All Day – Total amount of a specific ordered dish (Example: Table one ordered three porkchops, table six ordered two porkchops = five pork chops all day) 3. Do the Dance – Everyone in the kitchen doing their own tasks seamlessly sharing space during service 4. In the Weeds – Backed up with tickets/orders 5. On the Fly – Needs to be done asap, drop what you’re doing and produce instantly 6. Mise En Place – Preparation for service 7. Heard – Kitchen version of “10-4” 8. Five out/three out – Amount of minutes until a dish is ready to serve (Example: “three out on that”) 9. Four top/six top – How many heads at a table. (four top = four people, etc…) 10. Behind/atras – When passing behind someone in the kitchen—safety standards are to let them know you’re there. (Example: Passing behind someone on the line yell out “behind” or “atras” (Spanish)) 11. Burn the ice – Take all the ice out of the ice machine to clean 12. SOS – Sauce on side 13. Back of house/front of house – Back of house is kitchen area/front of house is dining area 14. Campers – People that sit at a table way too long. Don’t be a camper 15. The boogie man – Health inspector
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rom east to west El Paso, local businesses and restaurants are sprouting, flourishing and brightening up our landscape. They are opening their doors and welcoming El Pasoans to support local while devouring their food. In hopes of giving back and
“Restaurants seeking the seal must be local and need to be in business
returning that support, these restaurants are partnering with El Paso
for one year. They need to have their own designated meter and have
Water in efforts to reduce water consumption across the city.
responsible disposal of their fats, oils and greases,” explains Norma.
For nearly 20 years, El Paso Water has been making strides in the
The program is completely voluntary and carries no penalties if
conservation of water and sustainability. According to research done by the
restaurants do not meet the criteria. Those that do pass are then
utility, restaurants account for 15 percent of water use in the commercial
given a site survey conducted by an official EPW staff member. EPW
sector. Through education, incentives and programs EPW made the natural
screens all areas of the establishment from the kitchen to bathrooms
move into restaurants through the Certified Water Partner Program.
as well as determining whether the establishment has landscaping or native plants.
Since its inception last spring, the program has joined forces with over 30 local restaurants. It provides restaurants the opportunity to learn
Upon completion, restaurants are given a comprehensive report with
what it means to be water efficient.
recommendations on how to use better water practices. By installing water efficient appliances, reducing water use in the bathroom or
“This program benefits El Pasoans as a whole because it rewards
by using certified green laundry services, restaurants can help reach
those businesses that are exhibiting the best water management
EPW’s goal of reduction in the city.
practices. In turn, it benefits the city because it will help sustain El Paso’s water future,” says certified water specialist Norma Guzman.
Every Certified Water Partner is also eligible to participate in EPW’s Conservation Hero program. Restaurants are scored based on their
Popular spots including Angry Owl, Casa Pizza, Malolam, Ripe Eatery
water management practices. Those that accumulated the most
and Sabertooth have sought partnership and have earned a seal
points win and are awarded a rebate to purchase an approved water
defining them as a “Certified Water Partner.” Although, program
partners must meet certain qualifications before earning that seal.
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Martita’s Lunchbox is a program partner and last year’s hero. Owner, Martin Rios, told EPW that their participation was for the future of our community, for the kids and our grandkids. Martita’s Lunchobox has a desert landscape which conserves a lot of water. All the faucets are water efficient, water is only served upon request and the water fountain also recycles water. “Our toilets use water pressure and air pressure, so they are only using one gallon per flush. You can notice on the water bill that it’s a bit less than usual,” said Martin. Creating the Certified Water Program is just one piece of the big picture. In addition to hopefully having every restaurant in town participate in the program, EPW will eventually reach out to other sectors including El Paso Zoo, local libraries and work alongside specific apartment buildings. “We live in the Chihuahuan Desert and on average we only get eight to 12 inches of rain per year and so in order to maintain the quality of life and maintain a vibrant economy, El Paoans have to reduce our water use because it is our most important, precious and natural resource.” Norma encourages every restaurant to reach out to EPW to see if they are eligible to participate as well as to realize that there are things that you can do to reduce that water usage. “Our hope is that the community will look for restaurants that have that seal and support them. Because the restaurants are doing their part and going above and beyond to bring down water use. It’s a win-win for everybody.”
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Father John Misty “God’s Favorite Customer” Someone call Paul and Ringo because John may still be alive and co-writing and composing music with Josh Tillman, or as we like to recognize him under his world-famous pseudonym, Father John Misty. In the
ood, water and shelter (and
latest installment of his fourth studio album as a solo artist, Father John Misty delivers more critiques and
the occasional emotional connection
inspections into society, human nature, and instrumental arrangements that sink their fangs in. In “God’s
from another human being) are
Favorite Customer” there is the opportunity to hear it in two modes (as with other Father John Misty
essential to sustain life. They are
albums). On one hand it is rhythmic and moves from track to track, with its folksy and blues undertones
the corner stones of the hierarchy
and riffs from the piano that hold the capacity to awaken the late great Nina Simone on certain tracks. From
of needs that must be fulfilled in
a holistic standpoint, the album offers up a melancholic attitude from the point of view of an artist locked
order to move on and climb the
away in a hotel room from which he may not ever return. With not a single merely just-average track,
pyramid towards enlightenment and
“God’s Favorite Customer” is a listening journey that I implore all to give a complete start to finish respect.
self-fulfillment. I would argue that
Treat it like a fine wine; allow it to breath a bit, swirl it around and look for the flavor notes and profiles (but
good music should be another of the
for the love of god, don’t be pretentious when talking about it to impress those around you…).
basic human needs, but I’d bet a few scientists and other “ologists” would argue that claim. Until then, here are my new music picks and the albums you should have assault your ears with the intensity of a cheetah on fire. This isn’t a music review, instead I request to be your music Sensei.
Arctic Monkeys “Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino” In their sixth full-length album, Arctic Monkeys present “Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino.” It is an album that you may not initially enjoy if you are an old timer fan of the group, but like a weed with beautiful flower pods it grows on you and engulfs you. Taking a hard right turn off the freeway known as their typically sound, the band stops in at the Tranquility Base and gets separate rooms … toiling away on side projects that come together somehow. It is iconoclastic, but fantastic, all at once. With haunting backgrounds, and a lounge-esque swagger, Alex Turner (one of the best modern lyricists) showcases his poetic mastery of the 26 letters of the alphabet in his arrangement of words and tempos. Thematically, lyrically and instrumentally the album reminds me of a singer in a smoke-filled (hand rolled cigarettes only) lounge who is aware that Death is enjoying a bourbon at the bar, savoring every sip until his glass is drained, but at the moment, death has not closed out the tab and is signaling for a refill. Haunting and elegiac the album is as though the group broke up to start another band together, with great possibilities and futures ahead. And now for some local ear candy:
Oh, why is it not July 27 yet?! Medvedi are gearing up for the release of their next album, “Unwind.” Coming off an acoustic album released in April, the guys decided to plug back in and crank the amps up to MAX. Two of the thirteen tracks have been released on their Bandcamp and boy, they are complete bangers. Staying with their tune and sound the band has remained true to the sound all of us have come to love. Surfer rock rhythms with heavy garage presence, 60
the two tracks that have been released thus far, “Always the Same” and “I Can See Heaven” are just plain fun and movement inducing.
drink of the month
Ingredients 1 1/2 ounces Mezcal 1/2 ounce Ancho Reyes Verde 1/2 ounce Honey 1 cube Pineapple
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3/4 ounce Lemon Juice Pinch of Salt Bitters Salt Rim Prep salt concoction - Coconut palm sugar, turbinado, and organic sugar. Fresh coconut, hibiscus, and a pinch of salt. Garnish Chirata branch and lemon Directions 1. Add pineapple to your pint glass or shaker base, muddle to break down. 2. Add Mezcal, Ancho Reyes Verde liquor, honey, lemon juice and a double dose of bitters. 3. Shake roughly 20 seconds 4. Prepare your glassware with your salt and sugar concoction, only rim half the glass. 5. Strain and pour into your glass, garnish with lemon round and chirata branch. Burn branch end and let smoke aerate the cocktail. Serve immediately while branch is still smoking for full effect. A Mezcal-based foundation that’s eased with the sweet acidity from fresh-muddled pineapple. A spicy bouquet of ancho that’s carried into your sinuses by the natural and prevalent smoke from the Chirata branch. It’s a celebration of flavors that all came together when the subtly sweet hibiscus salted rim was thrown into the mix. Not only was the taste exceptional, but visually, it’s a homerun. “Smoke & Mirrors” is a must have in any home bar.
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t all began with a simple smoothie bowl back in 2015. No one thought that a basic blended smoothie in a bowl topped with fruits, nuts and seeds could change the universe as we know it, until it did. Quickly moving
beyond breakfast, the bowl family extended to lunch and dinner with burrito/taco bowls, protein bowls, Buddha bowls and possibly the greatest trend of 2018, the Poke bowl. The concept of eliminating the common side dish completely by combining it with the entrée (and a bunch of other food) is so simple, it’s mind blowing. Let’s dive into what exactly people are loving about these bowls and why. For one thing, bowls are now considered healthy go-to meals because they usually
Smoothie bowls may not come in all shapes and sizes because bowls are round, but they do come in endless flavor options because you can make your smoothie base however you like. For example, you can toss some bananas,
cocoa powder, almond milk and peanut butter
Much like the smoothie bowl, the açai bowl
into a blender with some ice, and there you have
is simply a smoothie bowl but contains the
a delicious chocolate smoothie. Pour it into a
Brazilian fruit açai. Blend the açai package
bowl and top with banana slices, almonds, chia
(usually frozen) with a combination of almond
seeds, granola and whatever else your heart
milk or coconut milk and fruits like bananas
desires and voila. You can change up some
or berries. After creating your açai smoothie,
or all of the ingredients to create any kind of
top with any of the toppings you would a
smoothie with any toppings you like.
smoothie bowl. The benefit of acai is in the fact that it’s a super food. This means that it
has disease fighting properties and contains
Nuts, cacao nibs, berries, banana, kiwi, mango
more vitamins, antioxidants and minerals
pieces, coconut flakes, granola, seeds, (chocolate
than the body requires to meet its nutritional
shavings if you’re feeling naughty).
include a protein, carb, veggie and healthy fat source. All of the nutrition needed for a balanced meal is found in a single delectabowl. Sorry, I had to. This new trend is so different from the high fat, high carb, on the go meals many are used to, hence the reason the healthy community is obsessed. Bowls are a quick healthy option that are easy to make, or can be bought for about the price of a fast food meal. Not only are they healthy but have we talked about their looks? These bowls are colorful, precisely layered, perfectly
Buddha bowls are the trendy way yogis are
Ole! Most burrito or taco bowls include
taking part in bowl-mania. Buddha bowls are
portioned and most importantly, photogenic.
pulled chicken or ground turkey, some sort of
vegetarian/vegan and include an assortment
carb like brown rice or quinoa and everything
of raw or cooked vegetables such as; purple
you would expect to find in a taco or burrito.
sweet potato, radish, carrots, cucumber,
Spinach or lettuce, chile, lime, corn, roasted
avocado, sprouts, brown rice, broccoli; you
peppers, cilantro and cheese topped with
get it, a rainbow of health. At the heart of the
tortilla chips. Basically Chipotle, but you can
Buddha bowl is balance. It is the idea that you
also easily make this at home.
get little bits of every vegetable but not too
much of one nutrient source.
We might as well call this a bulking bowl. The protein bowl contains some kind of lean meat, beans like lentils, healthy fats like avocado and as much veggies as you like. Throw in eggs, cheese or Greek yogurt to your bowl in any way to increase protein intake.
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Our world is being taken over by poke bowls and I’m not that mad about it. The most trendy bowl this year starts with a layer of rice or low carb options like zucchini noodles topped with diced meat or often times raw fish, and seasoned with scallions, sesame seeds, pink sea salt, soy sauce or lemon juice. Then come the veggies, which include avocado, onion and seaweed, and finally this fabulous bowl is topped with some kind of hot chili. It’s the modern version of sushi and no one will ever be the same.
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FAMILY | By: ZAK HANSEN |
For more than 90 years, L&J Café—“The Old Place by the Graveyard”—has been satisfying El Pasoans’ cravings for Tex-Mex. Antonio and Juanita Flores opened the restaurant, as Tony’s Place, in 1927 on the then-outskirts of El Paso. Through the waning years of Prohibition, Tony’s Place served as a speakeasy, offering up “home cooking, homebrew and slot machines.” In 1968, Lilia Flores and husband John Duran took charge of the restaurant, renaming it L&J Café. In 1988, their son Leo and his wife Frances took charge, and today, L&J Café’s outlaw spirit continues to thrive under the management of Vanessa Duran—granddaughter of Antonio and Juanita. The now-centrally located L&J Café was voted the No. 1 Tex-Mex Restaurant in Texas in the 2018 USA Today 10 Best contest.
AVILA’S Founded in 1952 by father and son Evaristo and Guillermo Avila in the Toltec building on San Antonio Street under the Leo’s name. In 1962, the restaurant moved to the west side Coronado Shopping Center, bringing the total number of nearby restaurants to three. After 10 years, they moved to the current location on Mesa Street. Current owner Andy Avila has been at the restaurant full-time since 1975. In 1988, the restaurant rebranded as Avila’s, and today the family connection remains strong. Along with his sister, Annette Avila-Chavez and her husband Roldan Chavez, Andy’s staff includes his two sons, James and Tommy, as well as nephew Roldan Jr. Avila’s is very much a step back in time to “old El Paso,” kept alive by a family dedicated to tradition. It’s served them well. 64
LUCY’ ’S CAFÉ With four full-time locations around town, you’re never far from a Lucy’s. Founded in 1978 by Lucinda “Lucy” Lepe, the Lucy’s family—Lucy’s Coffee Shop, Restaurant, Café West and Café North, along with a seasonal location at Sunland Park Racetrack—is now in its third generation. Lucy’s five children, Albert, Javier, Sandra, Gustavo and David, now steer the family of restaurants into its fourth decade. Known for its signature machaca and Tacos Antonia, Lucy’s has gained regional and national attention, landing on the pages of Texas Monthly magazine and featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Taco Trip,” hosted by El Paso chef Aaron Sanchez.
TONY’ ’S THE PIT BAR-B-Q
Tony Vargas Sr., his wife Lidia and their children opened the first The Pit Bar-B-Q on June 23, 1958, on Magoffin Avenue. After more than a decade, the Vargas family moved the restaurant to its current location on Myrtle Avenue. The Pit cemented its status as one of El Paso’s finest barbecue joints under Tony Jr. from 1970 until his retirement in 1995; grandson Bobby Vargas took over until 1999. For nearly 20 years, Christina Vargas has continued the work her grandfather started six decades ago. The Pit Bar-B-Q has had its share of press, landing on the pages of Texas Monthly twice—in the 2003 Top 50 BBQ issue, as well as a 2015 feature on its famous brisket hash—slow-cooked brisket trimmings with potatoes, peppers, onions and spices.
JULIO’S MEXICAN FOOD
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In 1944, Julio and Guadalupe Ramirez opened the first Julio’s restaurant in downtown Juárez. Tending to the small, four-table space, Julio greeted and served while Guadalupe worked in the kitchen cooking her family’s own recipes. Word began to spread about the small, neighborhood diner, known then as Café Corona, and soon, Julio’s made the necessary move to a larger space at Avenida 16 de Septiembre, near the Americas bridge, with its famous terrace and chinaco bar. In 1981, Julio’s Café Corona opened its Gateway Boulevard East location in El Paso and, later, its second, on Joe Battle Boulevard. With a west side location set to open fall 2018, Julio’s continues to serve Guadalupe’s family recipes, like mole and cochinita pibil, under the leadership of third-generation owner Francisco Orrantia.
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DOÑA LUPITA TAMALES
For more than 30 years, Mundo Carrillo’s Lupita Tamales has been a fixture in Canutillo. Working with a recipe from his grandmother, Lupita Escarsega, Mundo’s traditional red chile pork tamales became a local favorite. Mundo’s son, Gilberto Carrillo, came to work with his father at 15 and, after more than a decade, decided to open up shop on the east side with Doña Lupita Tamales—its name a respectful nod to the generations before him. A third location, under Adrian Carrillo, opened at Alameda and Midway. Though they’re independently managed, Tamales Lupita keeps it all in the family, serving their signature chile con queso, chicken and green chile, red chile pork and sweet tamales to new generations of El Pasoans.
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In The Kitchen
e sit at their tables for an hour while they have been up for the past 14, toiling away in a hot kitchen. Tickets come in and food comes out. Orders from the night before requiring five different calls never arrive adding to the mountains of stress that compiles. They wouldn’t trade this life for anything. Women in the food industry are often times overlooked, especially those running kitchens, creating menus or crafting edible works of art. Fortunately, we got to meet and shoot the women feeding El Paso’s hungry stomachs, capturing them from when they put their aprons on and to the last minute before they took them off. It’s all in a day’s work and often times it requires a glass of red at the end.
Kassandra Maillard after a 12-hour shift Sabertooth Food Co.
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July, 2018 After
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Jose Sanchez of Black Orchid Lounge
e get it. You told your buddies that
you could only stay out for a drink or
“If the hangover is bad enough I grab an orange Pedialyte. Orange because I think it is the best
two because you had to get back to
flavor and once I finish that bottle I feel good as new from that boost of hydration.”
the house, but Dan just ordered a round of tequila shots for the table and you can’t let
Hair of the Dog
Dan down can you? The warmness fills to
“Fernet and Coke is a perfect hair of the dog. First off, it is full of bitter herbs and other
your toes and you get a slight rush to contin-
spices and combined with the sweetness and carbonation of Coke it always settles my
ue the night, but just for one more drink you
stomach. Plus the caffeine from the Coke makes the day easier.”
promise yourself. Dryness comparable to the
Sahara fills your insides, pressure is building up in your skull, you are hot and cold at the same time, and your stomach is a cesspool waiting to be drained; welcome to hell. Your
of The Palomino Tavern
night of grabbing a drink or two between
Hair of the dog
pals turned into a bacchanalian evening of
“I usually like my Bloody Mary’s very spicy
“Greasy pizza helps me
overindulgence filled with libations. You have
and limey, but I prefer it this way when I
get back into the groove
checked into the hangover hotel and we,
have a hangover!”
with the help of some of our local bartender friends, are here to help you check out.
1/2 ounce ancho Reyes verde 1/2 ounce Tito’s vodka 2/3 ounce pickle juice 1 whole lemon 1 egg white Pinch of salt Pinch of chili 1 1/2 pinches of pepper 6 dashes of Worcestershire 2 dashes Angostura bitters 2 dashes Tabasco 4 ounces Clamato Dry shake (because of the egg) then pour into a pint glass over ice with a salt and chili rim.
Cesar Muniz of Murray’s Hair of the dog “If the hangover is real, then you need a real remedy like a Corpse Reviver #2 or a Savoy Corpse Reviver.” Hangover cure “If it’s not that bad, a Topo Chico and a bag of Rancheritos will do!”
Anais Chavira OF Electric Cactus Hair of the Dog “My go-to hair of the dog cocktail would probably be an ice-cold Dos X michelada— it’s straight to the point but the salt and lime juice add a little kick to the cool and smooth Mexican lager that immediately gets rid of that pounding hangover.” Hangover Cure “My favorite hangover food is going to have to be Jimmy Johns sandwich—it’s fresh, but it has a lot of bread to “soak” up the alcohol (supposedly)…”
Let’s Keep it | By: ANGEL TORRES |
hen given the opportunity to find El
even” bottle stands atop the wood paneled
suggestion of the bartender. I start off with
Paso’s eastside “Hidden Gem” the
glass shelved bar (currently Louis XIII). This
one of their signature cocktails, the “Hibiscus
one place that immediately came to mind was
classy yet comfortable restaurant compliments
Old Fashioned.” Similar to the classic Old
the fairly new, locally owned steak and seafood
well with its “Cheers” type atmosphere,
Fashioned cocktail, with the exception of an
restaurant my mom recommended I take her
where everyone knows everyone and if you
ounce of well bourbon, they use two ounces
to for Mother’s Day. Conveniently located near
don’t, you’re made into a friend quickly. Music
of Don Julio Anejo tequila, served over a
the intersection of Montwood and Yarbrough,
is played at a fair volume and can be heard on
hibiscus-infused ice ball. Gazing through the
the large martini glass outside is an instant
the pet-friendly patio where there is furniture
menu, there are a number of dishes I want to
eye catcher, its bright neon glow allures your
and TV’s for those who enjoy the spring breeze
try, mainly the seabass and prime rib tacos.
temptation to stop in and grab a cocktail.
and summer nights. Thirty 5ive is a place for
However, I felt it only fitting to pair it with
people of all ages to enjoy themselves in a
the signature house dish, the “Thirty 5ive
casual yet fine-dining setting.
Combo,” consisting of an eight-ounce filet
Thirty 5ive Tavern & Grill is a contemporary
mignon served with three jalapeño bacon
steak house with uncommon attributes. The gold name plated wine lockers grab your initial
On my second visit to Thirty 5ive I sit
wrapped shrimp over a bed of rice pilaf and
attention as you walk in and a luminous “break
down on the wide top wood bar, taking the
an Eiffel Tower-sized key lime pie for dessert.
sual July, 2018
The aroma alone had me salivating even
credit goes to our kitchen staff. Our back of
signing the receipt to tab out, a man sitting
before the plate was placed in front of me.
the house is outstanding, those guys take
to my left greets me, “What’s up brother, my
immense pride in their work which allows our
name’s Anthony, my son Shane and I are the
While indulging in my meal I notice couples,
front of the house to operate smoothly, and
owners.” Duncan, who I found was a former
families and groups of friends enjoying each
the kitchen manager, well the majority of our
President and Hall of Honor Inductee of the
other’s company above all the candle lit
regulars are in here because of him. He has a
Texas Restaurant Association, sips his martini
tables and bar tops. As I come down to the
minor cult like following since his days with
and says, “glad you enjoyed everything bud,
last few bites, refusing to give up until my
our owner at Hudson’s back in the 1990s, his
come back and see us!”
plate is empty, the manager walks up to me
name is Mario (Torres) he’s sitting right there
with a smile, “How did everything come out
across the bar.” I glanced over noticing him
This summer Thirty 5ive will be celebrating
tonight sir?” “Everything was amazing,” I
drinking a Heineken and talking to a couple.
its first year of business. With great food,
replied, “the service was great and the food
The manager mentioned that toward the end
superb service and a friendly environment,
… man this food was incredible!” The young
of the night, regulars usually invite Mario over
not only would I consider this place a “hidden
managers retort explained it all, “Thanks man
to have a drink with them, often praising his
gem” I would go as far as calling it El Paso’s
we appreciate that, but in all honesty the
cuisines and shooting the breeze. As I am
best kept secret … for now!
UNION PL AZA D istric
Hop To It Have your taste buds indulge in locally brewed beer at Deadbeach Brewery— and don’t forget to try the pizza. Don’t leave without filling a growler with your new favorite beer.
Want to see a live show? Check out Tricky Falls, where a
The Most Famous
variety of music can be enjoyed on any day of the week.
From the London Fashion Week Show to the feet of rock stars and
Make sure to go to Trickyfalls.com and see what show
celebrities, you can’t miss stopping at Rocketbuster Boots. Say hi
you’ll be in town for.
to owner Nevena Christie and get a look at the extravagant boots.
Get Creative If you’ve got kids in tow, then heading to Creative Kids is the perfect activity. Channel your artistic side as a family and get creating.
The Venue If you’ve got an event and no spot, look no further. With a gorgeous patio, large bar and inside space, host a wedding, a business gathering or anything else you had a mind. The floor is yours.
Support Local Every Saturday from 9am-1pm, local artisans, artists and farmers and food trucks gather on the street in Union Plaza. Enjoy a nice morning and try to leave with just one bar of soap (it’s hard!).
Any foodie will be glad to stop into Tabla. Serving food in the traditional Spanish style of tapas, order several dishes to share amongst your party. Pro tip: you can never go wrong with the Brussel sprouts.
PRIDE PATIENCE | By: DANIELLE MOTON |
taff stands in place, surrounding the lion exhibit anxiously awaiting for the door to open. Familiar voices echo over staff radios announcing that the time has come—the night house door opens and all four lions sprint out with the male, Rudo, leading them into the exhibit. All four lions make their way to a shaded area in front
of the public viewing area while cautiously taking in their surroundings. They begin to relax and lay down to enjoy the light summer breeze together, as a full pride for the first time in four years. The El Paso Zoo is celebrating the end of an amazing and important achievement and can now exhibit a family pride of four lions that was four years in the making. In 2010, the zoo acquired three lionesses, Zari, Malaika and Kalliope, but when the newest member of the family, Rudo, arrived in 2014 it was clear the introduction process would be a long one. At 1½-years-old, Rudo was not prepared to join the pride of adult lionesses. His youth and immaturity made him vulnerable during social interactions with the more mature and familiarized females. Zoo staff felt he needed to mature, gain more confidence and courage before it was safe for him to be around the lionesses. Staff in the Africa section of the zoo spent two years closely monitoring the lions’ behavior during carefully staged introductions, making sure all of the lions were doing well together during each progressive step. Planned introductions are important to allow animals to feel comfortable around each other and avoid injury. These introductions begin at a rate of minutes, to several hours with a goal of daily interactions that are healthy and progressive to the animal’s behavior and wellbeing. Intros begin behind the scenes in their night house, where there are protective barriers put in place for the lions, but they still have the ability to see, hear and smell one another. “This has taken an enormous amount of staff time, patience, planning, initiative, flexibility, ingenuity, expertise, decision-making and all-out love and dedication for the animals and our work,” said El Paso Zoo Africa Collections Supervisor, Amanda Leverett. “Our staff couldn’t be happier for Rudo and his new family. It was worth the effort everyone put in. It is truly heartwarming to see them all together now.”
E L pa s o zo o
Every day the El Paso Zoo creates
The El Paso Zoo alongside the El
opportunities for people to rediscover
Paso Zoological Society supports a
lion guardian, Kuresoi ole Purdul. He
animals that live here are conservation
monitors what is known as the Olbili
ambassadors for their species and
zone in Mbirikani Group Ranch. This zone
habitats around the world. Lions are one
is a high-conflict area as it adjacent to the
of the leading animal ambassadors for
Chyulu Hills National Park where there
conservation, helping the El Paso Zoo
have been several cases of lions being
bring awareness to the wild lions in Africa
caught in snares or poisoned, in the past.
whose populations are largely in decline. One way to trace conservation efforts
There are countless ways for the local
is through the Lion Guardian program.
community to get involved by supporting
A lion guardianâ€™s sole job is to protect
conservation efforts. One way to help
lions in wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya and
during a visit to the zoo is by rounding
Tanzania. Lion Guardians (a conservation
up food and gift purchases. The money
organization dedicated to finding and
raised goes to support wildlife field
enacting long-term solutions) currently
conservation efforts, to one of three
trains and supports a team of more
animals of your choice, across the globe.
than 80 East Africans who are actively
Next time you visit the zoo be sure to
protecting lions covering approximately
round up your purchases. Together,
1.3 million acres.
we can make a difference, while we experience a part of the world right here in our own backyard.
Through Foods | By: MICHELLE CROMER |
he ancient Chinese philosophy of yin
and yang may sound obscure and difficult to understand for many of us living in the West. Yet, when we
understand a few basics about the yin and yang nature of foods we can achieve balance, which will help us with weight loss and cutting cravings. “Yin and yang” is an ancient Chinese theory based on the perspective of continuous change and balance. For thousands of years, this theory has been integral to the Chinese culture dating back to 700 B.C.E. The theory is that all things in the universe have an opposing force, and though they are opposing, they are very interconnected. Everything contains yin and yang; one cannot exist without the other because they are never separate. For example: above and below; left and right; fire and water; energy and matter; and day and night—day is yang and yin is night. Day looks different from night, yet it is impossible to have one without the other. Both create a totality, a complete whole. According to this philosophy, good health is a state 78
where opposing energies of yin and yang are balanced in the body. Each food has its own yin and yang forces
Spiritualit y whole foods as much as possible, instead of see-sawing between strong or extreme yin and yang foods such as meat and sugar. This philosophy is not just about nutrients and counting calories. And this unique approach, practiced for many centuries in East Asia, has helped many thousands of people improve their health and even recover from difficult health conditions. So I encourage you to use this yin and yang perspective in your daily food choices to achieve health and equilibrium. When our yin and yang energies are balanced, we feel good not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and even spiritually.
Common yin foods include: • soy products, such as tofu and soybean sprouts • certain meats, such as crab and duck • fruit, such as watermelon and star fruit • vegetables, such as watercress, cucumbers, and can be said to be energies that influence the mind toward more
carrots and cabbage
expansive or contractive tendencies. Eating too much of either yin or yang
• cold drinks and water
foods can either upset or help the body balance. A person that is quick to anger has too much yang energy and can balance this disposition with yin foods such as green tea. The nature of yin is relaxing and cooling. Sometimes when eating a very yin food, we may crave some yang foods to balance. Wine, which is yin, balances cheese, which is yang. Beer, which is yin, balances salty pretzels, which are yang. Alcohol, which is yin, balances meat, which is yang. If a diet is too far to one side, it may stimulate cravings
Common yang foods include: • foods that are high in fat, protein, calories and sodium • certain meats, such as chicken, pork and beef • warm spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger • eggs, glutinous rice, sesame oil, bamboo and mushrooms
of foods from the other extreme in an attempt to achieve some balance. If one extreme yang food is eliminated from the diet, often it is best to eliminate an extreme yin food to maintain balance. So, if we give up beer, we may maintain the balance better if we also give up pretzels. We already know how to make this yin and yang balance by eating certain foods instinctively. When the weather is cold, we naturally crave nice and warm comfort foods such as soups or stews. Whereas on a hot and humid day, a chilled drink or cold salad would be our natural choice. Sugar, alcohol and caffeine are on the extreme yin end of spectrum, which have a strong effect on our body. Salt, eggs, cheese and meat are on the opposite end, categorized as extreme yang foods. When eating these extreme foods, our body naturally tries to make a balance by eating the opposite foods, which act as cravings. The best strategy is to eat a balanced daily diet, namely whole grains and vegetables that are grown locally and are in season, and other plant based
| By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |
Cookout Guide It’s a struggle… trying to find the balance to stay on your diet and look good in your swimsuit, but also have fun at summer cookouts with your family and friends. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy yourself while avoiding any bloat or weight-gain: 80
Choose a lean protein as the main dish When we think of cookouts we often think of hamburgers and hotdogs. These are meats that are high in fat and high in cholesterol. Instead, swap these options out for a lean meat such as fresh fish, which can be grilled up whole or put on a kabob. Whole chickens or chicken breasts are always a good lean option that the whole family can enjoy. Make sure to remove the skin to keep it leaner and marinate it for more flavor. Turkey burgers are a healthy way to get the burger craving out of the way— make a few beef and a few turkey for the guests to choose from. Grilled vegetables make for a great side dish, especially veggies with hearty flavors like squash, portobello mushrooms, peppers and onions. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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Add a healthy side dish Swap out those high-fat potato chips and sugary options for something healthier to snack on, but still full of flavor. Fresh fruit kebabs are always a favorite! Try putting melons, strawberries, grapes and pineapple on skewers to keep with the cookout theme, or just toss them all in a bowl for a fruit salad. Instead of fried chips, swap them for veggie chips. You can buy dried veggies at your local health food store, which are a little healthier than the bagged veggie chips. Corn on the cobb is always a great cookout favorite that is still low in calories. You can
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mix it up by adding a variety of toppings on the corn like lime juice, or Parmesan cheese. Fresh whole pita bread with dipping options like dressings or hummus is a delicious option instead of bread rolls. And if you just can’t do without the creamy potato salad, substitute fullfat mayo with light mayo or even a light sour cream. Use small amounts of creamy toppings or instead swap it out for pickle juice or lemon juice for flavor.
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Summer Snacks for Kids
his week, the high is supposed to
Children and toddlers grow and change at a
As a mom with two under two, it is quite a
be 102 across the borderland. Yikes!
very rapid rate. As parents, we strive to do all
challenge at times to find a healthy snack.
As a mom of a very active toddler and
we can to foster the growth and development
Sometimes it’s just easier to pour a few
fresh-faced newborn, I dread the days of
of our children the best way we can. That
Goldfish crackers into a bowl and call it a day.
intense heat. Hot summer days mean a day
is why it is so important to offer our kids a
That is why over the summers I do my best
spent indoors with the air conditioner on full
variety of healthy snacks and foods that will
to prep healthy snacks over the weekend
blast. With a living room littered with toys,
help them develop, explore and grow. A well
that will last us all week long! I’m sharing
messy beds from pillow fights and hide
balanced diet with a combination of different
my top three favorite summer snacks for
and seek, it is not a surprise that my snack-
types of foods will ensure that our children
a growing toddler. I hope you love these
loving son is constantly running towards the
will get the right nutrients they need to help
snacks as much as we do!
pantry for food! We play pretty hard around
them excel as well as assisting them in
here, which means we have a continuously
learning about new flavors while developing
healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.
Mini Zucchini Pizzas
Frozen Yogurt Bark
Delicious healthy pizza bites in
Enjoy this easy-to-make protein packed
15 minutes of less!
Ingredients: 2 cups Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon Craisins 1 tablespoon raisins
1 tablespoon olive oil
Peanut Butter & Banana Popsicle
3 zucchinis, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
This two-ingredient snack will have
1/3 cup marinara sauce
your kids wishing there was more!
1/2 cup finely grated mozzarella
1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon shredded coconut
2 large bananas
5 fresh strawberries, chopped
1/4 cup pepperoni minis
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1. Combine yogurt and honey until well mixed then
2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high
1. Blend the bananas and peanut
heat. Working in batches, add zucchini and
2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and pour
butter together in a food processor/
cook on either side until golden, approximately
the yogurt mixture on top. Using a spatula spread
blender until smooth consistency.
1-2 minutes on each side; season with salt.
the yogurt evenly across the baking tray.
2. Pour banana and peanut butter
3. Place zucchini rounds onto a large baking sheet.
3. Sprinkle the chopped strawberries, chocolate chips
mixture into popsicle molds,
Top each zucchini round with marinara,
and shredded coconut on top of the yogurt. Place the
insert a wooden stick and place
mozzarella and pepperoni.
baking tray in the freezer for 2-4 hours until it’s frozen.
the molds into the freezer.
4. Place into oven and cook until the cheese
Directions: add Craisins and raisins and stir.
1. Preheat oven to broil.
4. Remove from the freezer and use a sharp knife to
3. Freeze for 2-4 hours and enjoy
break the bark into pieces. Voila! Enjoy this afternoon
5. Serve immediately, sprinkle with
delight anywhere any time! The bark can be stored
in the freezer in plastic baggies.
a sweet healthy popsicle!
has melted, 1-2 minutes. Italian seasoning.
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walking distance you are sure to find what
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enough to find signed originals hiding within
may have found yourself inside one of the
copious amounts of shops and storefronts and seen more Billy the Kid memorabilia
While you are here, catch a flick at the historic
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Canteens and glass bottles We have to stay extra-hydrated in the summer months, especially while working out. Doctors say “eight glasses a day,” but that can also mean three glass bottles or even two canteens a day. They are available at almost every store you go to, from Target to sporting goods stores. Look for something durable and easy to wash, that will withstand these summer heat waves. Most are insulated and made for hot/cold beverages, so pack in the ice. Throw some lemon wedges or mint leaves to add flavor and make it easy to drink your “eight glasses.” Take it everywhere with you and keep count, make sure you are fulfilling your daily requirements.
summertime sangrias Your favorite fruits can mix really well into a sangria. Prepare in advance and pick one to two fruits, chop them into small bite size pieces and throw them in a pitcher with white wine, prosecco, Moscato or rosé. Refrigerate for over 4 hours or overnight. Add seltzer, club soda, ginger ale or lemon-lime soda and maybe a little whiskey, bourbon or rum. Try this one: 4 cups of peaches, 4 cups of strawberries, one bottle of Moscato. Chill. One liter of lemon-lime soda and 6 ounces (four shots) of bourbon. Serve and enjoy!
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PICACHO COFFEE ROASTER’S FARM-TO-CUP EXPERIENCE
arm-to-table has taken the country
This moment led Chad to investing in the
by storm—through farmer’s markets
continuation of learning how to roast coffee
to restaurants practicing the same
and the details of the art of roasting coffee.
mantra, it begins to lose it’s meaning.
Ubiquitous in modern time, it’s easy to be
Flavor profiles are paramount in creating the
deceived by false advertising. But filtering
quality behind Picacho coffee. Each pound
through what is local and what is not—
being roasted is carefully crafted—Chad
Picacho Coffee Roasters based in Las Cruces
monitors the heat and time of roasting,
makes it easier to enjoy a fresh, local “farm-
observing through a looking glass on the
to-cup” of Joe.
roaster, he also listens to the cracking of the coffee cherry as the heat continues to rise, he awaits the perfect aroma. Chad aims to roast
Roast master, Chad Morris had been roasting
the coffee to taste it’s best, even sometimes
five years prior to establishing the official Picacho Coffee Roasters brand. Beginning
surrounding his coffee grew among the staff
with specialty grade, fresh roasted coffee
and so did demand.
roasting the batch multiple times. “There is beauty in brewing coffee to allow
and a popcorn-popping machine, Chad got his start in a Las Cruces teacher’s lounge at
“The next Christmas that came, almost the
it to manifest and open up the way it was
the school where he taught music. A buzz
entire school wanted coffee,” Chad says.
meant to be,” says Chad.
In addition to the coffee cherries being
believes that the Southwest will be an
sourced from single farms (also known
upcoming contender in coffee roasting as
as estate farms) that are typically multi-
opposed to the Northwestern coffee states
generational family owned farms from the
like Washington and California where major
Americas, Africa and the Pacific, Chad also
chain coffee companies like Peet’s and
works with special growers in several small,
independent farms such as Rwanda and Kenya to offer limited production coffees. In
“My game is to keep it fresh and try to give
grinding out the “farm-to-cup” experience,
people a good coffee experience every time
they make a cup,” says Chad.
farmers and ensures special care for the coffee shrubs and the quality of the coffee
Chad’s personal favorite—Ethiopian, Sidama
cherries in order to produce a 100 percent
Ardi, is a natural, single origin coffee from
specialty grade roast with an exceptional
small growers in Kilenso Moconissa. This
taste and aroma without defects.
medium bodied coffee offers notes of blueberry and raspberry, the body is enriched
Through 18 different locations in El Paso
with cocoa and finished off with flavors of
including Eloise, Savage Goods, Dead Beach
cedar-tobacco. By brewing in an hourglass-
and six locations in Las Cruces, Chad says
shaped filter coffee brewer, called a Chemex
they have three fully manual five and 12-
(or as Chad calls it, “the laboratory”) you can
kilo roasters to help produce thousands of
prepare your nose with the aroma of the
pounds of coffee each week.
coffee as the hot water prepares the grounds for “a clean cup that exposes you to all the
“People know who we are, they know the
nuances in the coffee.”
quality of the product, but years ago that was A single-estate coffee from Chiapas, Mexico
not the case,” Chad says.
is the most popular blend in El Paso and Las Prior to the various locations in the area, Chad
Cruces, Chad says. This medium bodied-
says he “pounded the pavement” looking for
dark roast from Rancho San Francisco offers
anyone that would allow him to showcase
notes of brown sugar, oak and spice.
his coffee. At a coffee shop neighboring Tricky Falls, many musicians playing at the
“It’s a classic cup of coffee,” says Chad.
venue and locals would stop for a cup of coffee, including neighboring building owner,
As for the future, the plans continue to
Jim Ward. Chad’s opportunities continued to
percolate—a new home is on the horizon for
grow through music.
Picacho Coffee Roasters, allowing the public to observe the coffee roasting process, connection—through
taste and purchase coffee. Beer and coffee
collaborations in coffee and music, you
collaborations with local El Paso brewers,
meet people and I really dig that they are
Dead Beach and Spotted Dog, will continue
really genuine about it. I think it’s putting the
as well as a larger production of cold brew.
Southwest on the map.”
We can also expect a few surprises as the
year progresses. Through
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ood oftentimes does not receive the credit it
deserves. It’s the one thing everyone can relate to, regardless of the many various preferences held by people all over the world. It’s also one of
the things we cannot live without. And one of America’s favorite foods is the old fashioned hamburger. What
once was a simple beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion and sometimes cheese between two buns has taken the world by storm. Today, you can find them on almost
any menu and you can fix them up with the most
exquisite toppings that traditionally you may not have thought of. Toppings vary from jalapeño Cheetos, onion
rings, chorizo jam, mac ‘n cheese and Nutella—to name a few. Undoubtedly, some of these will require a fork. This past year, the Make-A-Wish® Foundation made a wish from a 17-year-old El Pasoan come true that he could literally sink his teeth into. Levi is your average teenage boy. Like many boys his age, he loves food and he loves to watch TV. One of the most unique wishes to come out of the El Paso Regional Office this year was when Levi wished to go try the number one burger in the United States according to the Food Network at Au Cheval in Chicago. As part of his send-off to Chicago,
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famous Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago
Geske, launched a promotion that included
Cubs, the aquarium and other fun events.
a burger named after Levi. The burger was comprised of a double cheeseburger with
On a national level, many food and beverage
three different kinds of cheese and a special
establishments are also corporate partners
“Levi Sauce” that resembled the burger
with Make-A-Wish Foundation. These various
he was headed to try in Chicago first-hand.
partnerships allow wish kids to have their
Approximately $1,000 was raised thanks to
wish experience enhanced by having wish
the burger combo featuring the famous Cabo
reveals and send-offs at their respective
Joe’s beer-battered fries.
locations. In El Paso, Dave and Buster’s and TopGolf host wish kids each month and hold
“Partnering with Make-A-Wish was a great
various promotions to raise funds throughout
opportunity to help kids who are going
the entire year, making a tremendous impact
through some very challenging times,” said
on the lives of children facing critical illnesses
John Geske. “This wish was unique since
and their families who endure so much
Levi’s wish was food based. It was a perfect
together during a child’s treatment process.
way for us to tie his send-off into something where we can help the organization and
Every eligible child needs a wish to count on
other kids who are also presently facing
and we rely on the strength and endurance
of our community! To learn more about how to get involved or to donate, visit ntx.
Levi got to try other things on his trip to
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Chicago with his family, including a tour of the
El Paso at (915) 855-8700.
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nformed by a life spent along the U.S.Mexico border and inspired by those making a difference in our resilient binational community, El Paso artist Tino
Ortega has dedicated himself to exploring the idea of “connectivity through diversity.” Growing up in El Paso and frequently traveling across the bridge helped foster this idea of connectivity—and first exposed Tino to the stunning, colorful murals that sprang up in Juárez over the years, in a time that mural work wasn’t as common as it is today. He recalls the “shock and awe” of turning a corner to stumble across a new mural. Though El Paso and Juárez are geographically connected, Tino said he’s found inspiration and influence in the more abstract, intangible divisions between two distinct worlds. “We are separated by a bridge and a border, but we are also divided by worlds,” he said. “We can be international travelers just walking over the bridge. We are so close, but still worlds apart, and you still see that shock factor just from one part of town to another.” Through his work, Tino puts an “emphasis on how our differences bring us closer together”—an especially prescient theme in the country’s current political climate, especially along the U.S.-Mexico border. Tino points to the centuries of commingling and clashing cultures that formed contemporary Mexican civilization as a good example of this connectivity. “A lot of Mexican culture is derived from other cultures—there are Spanish aspects, Indigenous aspects, even German aspects,” he said. “A lot of combination goes into creating your own identity and realizing where that identity comes from can help you build onto it into the future.” His bright, colorful murals seem inspired by stained glass, with patches of rich, bold color surrounding his figures. There is a mosaic quality to Tino’s murals and paintings that seem both tightly controlled and free, one
that draws equally from fine art and street art, delicately toeing
Tino has collaborated on several projects with City Councilman
the balance between the two.
(and fellow artist) Peter Svarzbein, including the 2012 “Temple to the Future” project, which drew more than a dozen artists
His work features those who have made or are working to
from both sides of the border to create art on the abandoned,
make a difference in the community at large—the likes of
set-for-demolition Saddleblankets Building. The two also paired
artist, activist and icon Frida Kahlo, as well as Texas Rep. and
with Mitsu Overstreet, Dave “Grave” Herrera, Edwin Stewart
underdog Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, who tweeted a
and Elena Lightbourn on “La Mansion,” transforming the façade
picture of Tino’s mural on the San Carlos Building.
of a historic Union Plaza structure into a site-specific art project.
July, 2018 Though many know him for his large mural and street artwork found around El Paso and beyond, Tino has currently poured himself back into pencil drawing, in part to keep skills sharp as he works on his next project. “I go back to old mediums I’m not really too keen on at the moment,” he said. “I don’t like being too comfortable in anything I do—I like to jump back and forth.” While his work features those shaping and giving back to the community, Tino has found himself doing the same. He’s donated paintings that now brighten the walls of The Children’s Hospital and is currently producing a limited-run “thank you” print for United Way donors, along with another piece for the El Paso Community Foundation’s Border AIDS Partnership.
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GERMANY VIKING LEGENDS â€¦ In the Land of
| By: MARIE MOORE |
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July, 2018 utting boldly into the belly of Scandinavia,
from the most northern part of Germany,
is the state of Schleswig-Holstein that was once the land of Vikings. In fact, Angles, Saxons, Vikings and Danes all inhabited this area at some point in its tumultuous past.
Lubeck, Kiel, Flensburg, Gluckstadt, Neumunster and Hamburg are located there, but it was the town of Schleswig which once heralded as the main seat of the Viking nation, that captured my imagination most. Exploring
immersed me in legendary Viking culture because this is where authentic fortifications still stand in a historic, open-air, Viking settlement. Walking the settlement pathways led me through a light morning mist and back through centuries of time, to experience in part what must have been one of the most fascinating periods in human history.
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July, 2018 I learned a lot about Vikings; from the intricately detailed models of their boats mounted next to colorful exhibits of items which were typically used in their everyday lives. The multi-lingual placards were easy
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to understand and I was delighted with the selection of beautifully illustrated reference books available for purchase in the book shop. If you haven’t already visited, it’s the perfect time to plan a trip to Schleswig. Seven Viking homes, a jetty and a newly refurbished, guestfriendly museum center have reopened at Haithabu this spring. The museum will be
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open from 9 till 5, April through October. Arrive early for the best light of the day and don’t forget your camera. Also of note, is the overall history of the area included in the museum tour. For instance, the town of Schleswig became part of Germany in 1920. Before that, it
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was Danish and even earlier, it was home to the dukes of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf (related to the rulers of Denmark and Russia). Their residence was the Schloss Gottorf (Gottorf Castle). Today, Schloss Gottorf houses the SchleswigHolsteinisches Archaologisches
you can complete your ancient civilization education
“Moorleichen,” which are prehistoric corpses preserved in peat. Seriously, it’s creepy good! All this cranial exercise is bound to work up your appetite and that is never a problem in Germany. With the Euro converting around $1.24 per Euro, you may find German food expensive, but believe me, it is hearty fare that rarely disappoints. Schleswig has an abundance of eateries and most of them offer the region’s best beers … did I mention it’s a beer drinker’s paradise? Prost!
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THE CITY CALENDAR JULY 2018 1
El Paso Ice Cream Fest ::: July 1
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Convention Center Plaza This fest is for all things ice cream! Admission: $13-$15 Info: icecreamfestep.com
Viva! El Paso
::: July 6, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
8:00 PM This colorful musical spectacular celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced the Sun City â€” Native American, Spanish conquistadors, Mexican and Western American. Admission: $10+ Info: vivaelpaso.org
9:00 AM Downtown El Paso Out run the bulls (roller derby girls) as you pay homage to the historic event in Pamplona. Admission: $30 Info: facebook.com/borderlandbulls
GECU Presents Music Under the Stars ::: July 4
Cohen Stadium Every summer, thousands of people enjoy free live music at Music Under the Stars World Music Concert Series. Admission: Free Info: elpasolive.com
4K Restoration Yellow Submarine ::: July 8
::: July 6, 13, 20, 27
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Convention Center Plaza Alfresco! Fridays showcases the best regional talent performing a fun, diverse mix of music including: Mariachi, Salsa, Classic Rock, Cumbia, Tribute, Jazz, Reggae, Funk and more. Admission: Free Info: elpasolive.com
5:00 PM â€“ 7:00 PM Alamo Drafthouse Come and enjoy the classic, Yellow Submarine on the big screen. The 4K restoration of the film delivers it to audiences retouched and polished. Admission: $9.74 Info: drafthouse.com
WestStar Bank Presents Cool Canyon Nights ::: July 5, 12, 19, 26
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre Cool off and enjoy FREE music and entertainment. Admission: FREE Info: elpasolive.com
Running with the Bulls ::: July 7
UTEP Movies on the Lawn ::: July 6
8:30 PM University of Texas at El Paso Lounge on the lawn and watch a movie on the big screen! Admission: Free Info: utep.edu
Summer Camp for Kids at UTEP: Dance ::: July 9-20
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM University of Texas at El Paso The summer camps are centered on providing your child with a fun and educational three-week process in the art of dance. This camp focuses on the dance rehearsal process. Admission: $190 Info: utep.edu
Kids Camp: Life in 19th Century El Paso! ::: July 11- 13
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center Join us for some live-action role-playing! Attendees will play the parts of the early settlers of El Paso and create their own version of our city. Admission: $60 Info: visitelpaso.com
Third Friday Ghost Tour ~ San Elizario ::: July 20
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM 1551 Main St, San Elizario, TX Tour the San Elizario historic district and keep an eye out for anything paranormal. Admission: $10 Info: visitelpaso.com
UTEP Dinner Theatre Presents South Pacific ::: July 12
7:00 PM UTEP Dinner Theatre The Roger and Hammerstein classic returns to life. Dine on an amazing meal while singing along. Admission: $40.50 Info: utep.edu/liberalarts/udt
Alameda Auto Electric 3rd Annual Benefit Car Show ::: July 22 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sunland Park Mall Music, entertainment and plenty of activities. Come gaze at all the hard work people have put into their beautiful rides! Funds raised for Child Crisis Center of El Paso. Admissions: Free Info: visitelpaso.com
Creative Community Meeting ::: July 19
6:00 PM â€“ 8:00 PM Artspace El Paso Lofts Join in this monthly meetup for creatives! Share ideas, brainstorm and connect with like-minded individuals. Admission: Free Info: facebook.com/AIGAELP
Last Sunday Hike ::: July 29
7:00 AM â€“ 9:00 AM Wyler Aerial Tramway A guided hike with park rangers as they take you up Ranger Peak. Learn about the land, wildlife and enjoy the view from the top. Admission: Free Info: facebook.com/ WylerAerialTramwayStatePark
On June 7 we celebrated the unveiling of our June “Men’s” issue on the beautiful patio at The State Line and jammed all night to the fun sounds of the FM Junkies!
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On June 1, Sun City PrideFest
took over downtown El Paso with thousands of attendees enjoying live music and entertainment, dancing and shopping. | Photos by: JENN MĂ RQUEZ |
Over Memorial Day weekend, the heart of downtown El Paso came alive with the
8th annual Neon Desert Music Festival.
More than 20,000 people daily came to enjoy one of the most diverse music festivals in the country. | Photos by: JENN MĂ RQUEZ |
Anson 11 $$-$$$
303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400
204 E. Mills Ave. | (915) 228-9050
Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the
From the same people that brought you 150 Sunset, Park Tavern is a
military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was
new lunch and dining experience in downtown. With many options
Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson
available, from creamy chicken pasta to buttery fried fish, this new
11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H
addition to the block is a welcoming place to satisfy your cravings.
The Downtowner $$ 325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200 Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF
Edge of Texas
8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak youâ€™ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.
$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H
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WESTSIDE June, 2018
5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034
6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621
Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner
Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips
Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest
and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will
seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,
satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have
and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O
lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR
Jerusalem Grill $$
Westside’s 3rd Hole
5380 N. Mesa St. | (915) 500-4357
1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577
Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros,
There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated
baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is
as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El
complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita
Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We
and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing
saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H
array of dishes. Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat. • We cater large or small events
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and www.thecitymagazineelp.com celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
Italian Kitchen West
450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoor Italian.Kitchen. Westpatio
or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside.www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.com Italian Kitchen West m is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from 125 an ocean away. O, PR
Mesa Street Grill $$$
150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881
Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner
Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple
with views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The
Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is
Kitchen at 150 Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners,
crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this
with a specially curated menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself.
dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
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R E S TAU R A N T & B A R
150 W. Castellano Drive Ste. D | (915) 229-6674
5860 N. Mesa St. Suite 130 | (915) 307-3346
Nosh creates delicious, freshly made, craft salads & prepared food items. A
Gusto is El Paso’s newest and most unique restaurant on the west
sustainable, fresh and fun concept, NOSH focuses on providing El Paso with
side. It features international cuisine that blends European with Latin-
healthy and delicious meals. Whether you’re on a specific diet or not, Nosh has
American flavors. Gusto will transport you to a different place with
something wholesome for you - including vegan, vegetarian, keto and paleo
a totally new taste experience. Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a
modern environment. PR
King Crab $$$
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200
1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697
This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working
You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre
ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O 126
bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood www.thecitymagazineelp.com is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H
140 Montecillo Suite b-1 915.504.9269 nicholasreyeshair.com www.thecitymagazineelp.com
JULY Advertiser INDEX
Ben Bridge Jeweler.......................................................Pg. 11
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon...........................................Pg. 127
Casa Buenavista................................................ Pgs. 130, 131
Ortho El Paso...............................................................Pg. 116
Edge of Texas................................................................Pg. 63
Park Tavern Pg................................................................... 129
El Paso Behavioral Health System.................................Pg. 95
El Paso Rhinos.................................................................Pg. 6
Pure MedSpa.................................................................Pg. 81
Elyse Simons Beauty...................................................Pg. 111
Farmers Insurance.........................................................Pg. 63
Southwest Plastic Surgery............................................Pg. 15
Fox Auto Group.......................................................Front Fold
Southwest University at El Paso............................... Pgs. 2, 3
Gardea Construction......................................................Pg. 16
Spectrum Technologies.................................................Pg. 17
GECU.................................................................... Inside Front
Subaru El Paso...............................................................Pg. 39
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 90
Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 71
Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists........Pg. 97
Hotel Indigo.................................................................Pg. 104
Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 67
Indicium Display Network.......................................... Pgs. 119
The Hospitals of Providence.................................. Pgs. 9, 102
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino.................Pg. 7
The Italian Kitchen West..............................................Pg. 115
Institute Regenerative Medicine.................................Pg. 115
The State Line...............................................................Pg. 77
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1
Jerusalem Grill...............................................................Pg. 59
Walgreens................................................................. Pgs. 4, 5
Westend Hair Company & Day Spa...............................Pg. 83
Mesa Street Grill............................................................Pg. 29
Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers...................................Pg. 55
Mix/Milan Salon & Day Spa...........................................Pg. 57
Beautiful Historic Patio Live Music Signature Drinks Amazing Culinary Choices Breakfast Monday - Friday
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We are very excited to present to you a new format, an exciting look, yet with familiar faces. Four times a year, we’ll combine our lifestyl...
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We are very excited to present to you a new format, an exciting look, yet with familiar faces. Four times a year, we’ll combine our lifestyl...