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DECEMBER/JANUARY 2018 VOLUME 67

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IN THIS ISSUE: IN & OUT…110 FITNESS…112 FOOD…124

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A Community Effort AMIGO FIEL IS CREATING A FUTURE ON THE BORDER

Features

One-Stop Shop AN ECLECTIC PLACE FOR CYCLISTS AND COFFEE LOVERS TO STOP

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By: ZAK HANSEN

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Dance, Dance THIS DANCE STUDIO IS PUTTING EL PASO ON THE MAP

Hidden Gem A DOWNTOWN CAFÉ YOU CAN REALLY CREATE AT

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Where Are They Now? CATCHING UP WITH ACTRESS, JESSICA MERAZ By: KRYSTA AYERS

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

DECEMBER/JANUARy Opportunities to Give & Support

Snowmen for Children “Elf” Pajama Party To help benefit Power 102’s Mike Dee’s Big Adventure, Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting a kids pajama party for the screening of “Elf”. The party will be on December 9 at 9 a.m. Tickets are sure to sell out, so hurry over to Alamodrafthouse.com to buy your ticket and support this magical event.

11th Annual Up and Running jingle Bell Run 5k Starting December 14, register in person or online to participate in the 11th annual Up and Running Jingle Bell Run 5k taking place on December 16. The run will start at the Rudolph Plaza Shopping Center, and will end with hot chocolate and tamales. Wearing a Santa hat is strongly encouraged. Proceeds will benefit the El Paso High School girls track team. For more information visit raceadventuresunlimited.com.

8th Annual Clint ISD Super Scholar 5K and 1 Mile Walk Starting at Horizon Middle School, participants can take part in a 5K run or one-mile walk on January 20 at 8 a.m. There will also be a health fair. The first 300 registrants will also receive an official event T-shirt.

Polar Plunge The Special Olympics Texas Annual Polar Plunge is back on January 20. Wear a costume and raise a minimum of $60 in donations ($30 if you’re under 18) in exchange of plunging into icy waters at the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel at 10 a.m. This will support athletes in the El Paso area.

El Paso Del Norte AAZK Chapter The mission of the American Association of Zoo Keepers is to advance excellence in the animal keeping profession and to promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life. AAZK encourages members to be proactive in making the general public aware and educated when it comes to zoo keeping and animals. For more information on how to donate please visit https://squareup.com/store/el-paso-del-norte-aazk/?t=merchant-fb. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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Michelle Cromer

Paul Ward

David Parish

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love magazine-making, meaning the entirety of it: the variety of content published, the business details, the visions, the actions, the personalities of the staff, the

problem-solving, the smell of the ink, the touch of the paper,

the magazine landscape—all of it. I simply enjoy the magazine business; it requires pampering, rubbing elbows with our culture, remembering our

history and celebrating what’s to come. Because of this love, I aspire to set an example of caring about the right things in print media, which are great stories, great design, great magazines and even good social media. The

“where we’ve been,” “where we are now,” and “where we’re going”—it is what we write, our timeline. Often, The City Magazine is referred to as “your magazine” or “The El Paso Magazine” or “The Magazine” and we’ll take all of those compliments. We just want you to keep referencing us, to keep calling us and keep reading us. This month marks the end of the 6th year publishing The City Magazine and 95 total single publications including The City Spaces (Home & Design Magazine), The City Weddings, The City Fitness, The City After 50 (I think that’s self-explanatory), and The Official Visitors Guide (contracted by Destination El Paso.) Ninety five magazines is a landmark for any publisher. What it means is that El Paso, as a whole, supports and appreciates a local lifestyle publication. To you, we say thank you for continuing to let us do what we love. It is a common question wondering where we come up with our “best” stories and it’s been my experience that our best stories just come up in conversation. We listen when you say, “My brother just reached a landmark in his career,” or, “My best friend’s family business has been through ups and downs but they’ve survived 50 years of success.” Others come to us by way of friends at a function, bragging about the history of the Sun City. It is my intention to be at the center of the cultural conversation, but this next year I want to dive in deeper—so if I’ve missed something you know to be a celebration about El Paso, please reach out to the magazine. We pride ourselves in listening, because after all, our readers have the pulse on what’s current, what’s trending and what’s important to you. This year, you our readers, voted 186,000 times on our on-line voting telling the city who you believe to be the best. In this issue, we are pleased to announce the winners you chose. If you have an opportunity to tell them congratulations, tell them. As we as a city move into the next century, I share with you the excitement about the growth our future holds. In my opinion, El Paso is a model for the rest of the country, the untold secret. This city is full of the friendliest people, flavors like no other and the warmest of sunshine. Magazines are a precious thing and it is my sincere wish that you enjoy this issue as we wrap up everything good about El Paso this year.

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Book Club | By: KRYSTA AYERS |

1. UNCOMMON TYPE By Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks proves his talent as a storyteller with this book of short stories. Become enthralled with the lives of different characters and the incredible way Tom Hanks is able to capture romance, humanity and the irony of real life with each embedded story.

2. BEHOLD THE DREAMERS By Imbolo Mbue

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel gives us an insight into marriage, immigration, race and the harsh trapdoors that are involved with the American Dream. Follow a young Cameroonian couple determined to make a new life in New York work.

3. THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS By Rupi Kaur

In her second book of piercing poems, Rupi Kaur is back with a beautiful piece you won’t want to put down. It’s the perfect way to start or end your day, and is a book you will always refer back to.

4. THE ROOSTER BAR By John Grisham

A fake university? Sounds a lot like recent news. John Grisham’s new book follows a group of friends attending law school to make a difference in the world. They soon find out that their school offers no prep for the bar exam, no potential jobs and that everything has actually been a huge scam.

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Creating a Future on the Border

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firsthand what it was like to not have a safe and

Christian-based character series that focuses

that there is a lot of need in the world,

loving place to go. His father was an alcoholic

on developing the basic foundations of good

especially a need for love. People often

and his mother worked all week as a house

character for life. The number of children that

think that in order to help it has to be

cleaner in El Paso, essentially leaving him

Amigo Fiel serves on a daily basis ranges

done in a far off, barren location to

and his five siblings to fend for themselves.

anywhere from 50 to 100. No child is ever

dig a well, or rebuild homes after devastating

In 1993, after living in the United States for

turned away and Amigo Fiel has never, and

natural disasters. These are all amazing things

20 years, he began taking weekend trips to

will never, charge for attendance. Everything

to give your time to, yet it is easy to forget

Juárez with his church. He worked by helping

is 100 percent funded through donations.

all the need that exists in your immediate

build houses and with local orphanages with

surroundings. Particularly, all the needs right

the desire to give back to young children and

The majority of the children who attend

across the border from El Paso.

families like his. This grew into a bigger vision

this afterschool program come from home

that has since become Amigo Fiel.

situations that are similar to that of Carlos’ childhood. Some have lost one or both parents

One organization currently working in Juárez to meet some of these needs is a ministry

Amigo Fiel is a non-profit that focuses on

to drugs, while others have parents who are

called Amigo Fiel, that was started 25 years

providing a safe and loving place for kids to

working long hours to make ends meet.

ago by Carlos Garcia. Growing up poor and

go afterschool for a balanced lunch, help with

Children are left to fend for themselves, lacking

on the streets of Juárez himself, Carlos knew

homework, reading time and an in-depth

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December/January, 2018 Along with providing daily necessities, like lunch and help with homework, school scholarships are provided for any child in need who regularly attends Amigo Fiel. These scholarships have allowed many of these children to complete middle school and high school, but have also enabled some of the youth to attend college over the years. For many of them this means being the first in their family to not only finish high school, but to go even further and get a college degree and an opportunity to better their life, family and future. One thing that has brought the most noticeable change is the Christian-based character series that Amigo Fiel teaches on a

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continuous basis. The series teaches life skills like good manners, integrity and conversation skills. Before starting this series, many of the kids were unreasonable and very rebellious. However, after a few short months, huge changes in behavior began to occur, and today the children continue to make progress

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about cycling, though that could be also be the caffeine. It’s likely both.

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It’s a full-service bike shop offering repairs

real estate clients of Ephraim’s made him

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come ride with us.’ Me, thinking about the

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later, sure enough, they bought a house so

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I went and bought myself a mountain bike and went riding with them.”

Podium Finish is the latest chapter for partners Jo Ann Underwood and Ephraim

He hated it.

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to their careers in real estate, then led to

mountain biking, Ephraim instead took his

cycling, and to each other.

bike to the streets where, in time, he came across a group of guys riding on Edgemere

Ephraim—who may love coffee as much

and they started riding together.

as he does cycling, a fact that becomes clear as the self-professed “coffee addict”

A handful of those riders expressed

pours himself another Café Cubano at 7:30

interest in starting a club. Soon enough,

p.m.—radiates enthusiasm when he talks

that 12-member group had ballooned to

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125. That group—EP Cyclists—now boasts

Soon, the duo was approached by two local

For

upwards of 400 members.

bike shops looking to expand and floated

cappuccinos and lattes, smoothies, salads,

now,

their clients the idea of coupling shop with

flatbreads, sandwiches and wraps and a

For Ephraim, though, cycling is more than a

café. After both declined, Jo and Ephraim

handful of delectable desserts, along with

hobby. In his words, and in Jo’s, it saved his life.

went forward with their idea themselves.

daily specials—pearl-sugar French toast, from-scratch

the

menu

oatmeal

features

banana

coffee,

pancakes,

“Six years ago, I bought my first bike, not

They haven’t looked back since; they’ve

everything bagels piled high with toppings.

counting the one I had as a kid,” he said. “For

hardly had time to.

Podium Finish’s bicycle technician Mosco Garcia holds the lion’s share of Shimano’s

20-something years I was a party animal. I’m not ashamed to admit that. The bike helped

Podium Finish got its start in a much smaller

industry-standard certifications and, in the

changed my life. I started riding and I was

space on Missouri Avenue, but the duo’s

coming months, will complete the set,

hooked. Then I was riding every other day,

big dreams needed space to accommodate

making him the only Shimano-certified

Saturdays and Sundays and, guess what?

them, and in May, they relocated the store to

mechanic in the region.

Partying had to wait.”

its current home. Its doors officially opened

The bike also led him to Jo.

in October, though walk-in customers had

Its cycle training facility boasts six machines,

already placed bike orders before the tape

each virtual-reality enabled, allowing cyclists

was off the windows.

to train indoors, setting goals, keeping an eye on health and training stats, even holding

“When I met the bike, I met Jo Ann the exact same month,” Ephraim said, eyes shining.

It’s already been a whirlwind few months for

virtual “races” against other cyclists the

Podium Finish, but don’t expect things to slow

world over.

When they met, Ephraim was brand new to

down anytime soon. Come January, Jo said

cycling; Jo wasn’t a cyclist at all.

they plan to apply for a beer and wine license

The

Google-licensed

maps

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and expand to a full-service kitchen. Its current

cyclists to train for races in virtual versions of

“She didn’t ride bikes but she became my

café menu — and soon-to-be full-service menu

real cities, free from traffic, stops, inclement

official, only supporter,” Ephraim said with

— was crafted and prepared by Chef Luis

weather — everything that gets in the way of

a laugh. “She would come out to event and

Hernandez, who honed his skills over years

setting and surpassing goals.

support me, drive me to and from events,

spent at some of El Paso’s finest restaurants,

and most importantly, took pictures.”

Café Central and Garufa among them.

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December/January, 2018 In Jo’s eyes, Podium Finish is set to be a one-stop shop for busy cyclists and coffee lovers alike. “You can come in first thing in the morning, have a protein shake, change, punch in on the trainer, shower, change, and I’ll have your coffee and lunch ready for you to take with you,” she said.

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New Year New You P RO F I L ES

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

The turn of the New Year is a time filled with promise and hope—as it should be. Simply put, it’s a time to wipe our proverbial slate clean and begin anew. Whether it’s in the area of health, wealth or sheer self-improvement, the

following businesses look to helping make our 2018 a brighter year than before. Go on, turn the pages for a ‘‘New Year, New You’’ that’s really meant to shine!


Star City Tattoo and Arts Expo The popularity of tattoos is undeniable.

If you’ve thought about getting a tattoo, or want to add to your body,

They have evolved to become a way to

this is a great place to “window shop” and get something from an

commemorate someone or to openly express

artist you might not have met otherwise. Hosted by Aspired Vision

yourself. This has allowed for the Star City Tattoo and Arts

Studio, the integrity and atmosphere of the expo is very important and

Expo to flourish since its conception. Starting small in Fort Bliss,

unique. This is a “no gimmicks” expo where the El Paso community

Mike Alqassimi of Aspired Vision Studio was able to create an expo at

can come and shop for a tattoo and be entertained. “You can come in

a much larger scale and cater to more people outside of the military

with a budget in mind and go through artist’s portfolios and see what

base. What started as 127 artists has expanded to almost 200 artists,

you like,” said Mike. He adds that the show will bring a large diversity

not to mention the growing number of people attending. Star City

of styles, ranging from color to black and gray—something that El

Tattoo and Arts Expo is now in its third year and will now be held at

Pasoans should take advantage of while they are here.

the Downtown Convention Center to allow for more space.


Star City Tattoo and Arts Expo 1 Civic Center Plaza El Paso, Texas 79901 (915) 534-0609 info@starcityexpo.com Starcityexpo.com

The expo will also include live entertainment. You can expect to see The Enigma, the legendary performer known around the globe, Heather Moss, an American model who was named Miss United Ink, and Marlo Marquise, an internationally known suspension artist. While the expo supports local tattoo artists, more than half of the talent will actually come in from all over the United States. The Star City Tattoo and Arts Expo will be held March 2-4 and will be expected to be the biggest event they’ve had yet. Make sure to get your tickets so that you don’t miss out. You can see a list of the talent online or on their Instagram page.

By: KRYSTA AYERS photographed by: JOHN HORTA


Kimberly Brenner Kimberly Brenner’s story is unique, and her mission is simple: to help create healthy working relationships. As a relationship advisor with 28 years of experience, she is able to give straight-forward guidance and feedback to couples of any type (mother-daughter, business partnerships, husband-wife, LGBTQ couples, etc.). She is able to draw from her own life experiences—her and her husband have been married for 45 years now, but the seven years that they were divorced make her story unique. Kimberly is an advisor of high quality. She is a strong believer of the phrase, “When you don’t have love, nothing else matters.” She is diligent and passionate about finding solutions and making relationships healthy again. Her focus lies on communication and creating conversations that create a bond between two people again. She states that when you have a healthy marriage, it leads to being healthy in other areas, such as finances and business. Kimberly understands the shift that marriage roles have seen in recent years, and has been able to modify her guidance accordingly.

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Carlos Aguirre, MBA ASTS – Aguirre State Tax Services 310 N. Mesa, Suite 502 El Paso, Texas 79901 (915) 667-0688 www.aguirrestatetax.com

ASTS – Aguirre State Tax Services The only locally established firm in the Sun City to offer state tax

The team at ASTS-Aguirre State Tax Services knows well the stress

services backed by bona fide Texas state auditing experience, ASTS-

and demands of impending audits that business owners regularly

Aguirre State Tax Services is making strides as a premiere state tax

face. Often times and due to sheer lack of knowledge, these

consulting firm for all businesses, big and small. Former Texas State

businesses miss out on valuable tax credits, or incur liabilities much

Auditor, Carlos A. Aguirre, MBA, along with Former Texas State

higher than they should. That’s where ASTS comes in. “We’ve

Employee, Jacqueline Aguirre, offer a level of expertise unlike any

dealt with very large liabilities. Some get reduced to zero and some

other in our area from state auditing services that aim to “manage,

get credits back,” says Carlos, having saved businesses literally

reduce or eliminate” tax liabilities for businesses. From mixed

thousands of dollars because they “know the process inside and

beverage and liquor tax, sales and franchise taxes, tax payment

out.” With 2018’s tax season around the corner, ASTS-Aguirre

agreements and refund claims, to name a few, these tax gurus have

State Tax Services is a great way to kick in a New Year that’s truly

proven themselves to be a powerhouse in the area of audit defense.

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Jay Welsh Being a businessman is not new to Realtor Jay Welsh. Since the age of nine, he opened a lemonade stand and since then, has been in the business of selling. Maintaining the same eager hustle, he spent 10 years in the automotive industry; working his way up through every possible position, before finally transitioning into Real Estate—something he’s always had a passion for. His techniques include those that he’s learned throughout his years of experience. “I do things differently,” he says. He adds, “I understand that people need a great advocate, negotiator and marketer on their side [when buying or selling a house].” The world of realty has seen a lot of changes in our technological age. Jay focuses on video marketing and professional photography on 100% of the homes he sells. He has an extremely proactive approach when it comes to marketing these homes and assisting people. “I love every aspect of homeownership … and I love helping people get where they’re trying to go in their life,” he says. His passion and his work ethic are apparent. Whether you need to buy a new home or sell an existing home, you can expect for Jay Welsh to have a game plan in place to accomplish whatever you’re trying to do.

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A new El Paso, online-based store, has officially launched, just in time for the holidays! Casita Home and Goods offers artisan-made home décor and gifts from Mexico. From textiles, to ceramics, to fun party décor, Casita’s wide range of product makes it an easy shopping destination for all. Mila Marcus, owner and founder, was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and had dreams of creating her career on the border from a young age. “My mission from the start has been to work closely with some of the very best artisans throughout Mexico to design a unique, quality product using traditional Mexican techniques. Mila built this business working directly with artisans to feed her truest passions and to share them with the world. Her love for Mexico, entertaining, and creating a welcoming Casita of her own has allowed her to create a business that is truly a reflection of who she is. “I wanted to build a platform that allowed me to share with the world why I’m so inspired by Mexico, and to inspire people to open up their homes just as my mother taught me to—to entertain, to create memories, and to spread love and happiness, one dinner party at a time.” So, whether you’re looking for beautiful product to set your holiday tables, or simply in search of inspiration to entertain with, Casita Home and Goods is only a click away! Shop now at shopcasita.com. shopcasita

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he bag you carry can reveal a lot about you, ranging

from style, size, fashion and comfort—it’s tough finding

that perfect expression when there’s so much to choose

from. If you’re like Janean Mann of Junes Bags, you want a bag

that is affordable, versatile, high quality and chic while contributing to a slowdown of climate change. Janean, who I sat across from, sipped from her tea at a local coffee shop before telling me about the first stitch of her story about the idea for her bags.

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“I thought there was a real void in the market for a fashionable, reusable bag that was cool looking and was kind of different looking, while still folding up to fit in your purse and breathable,” she says.

While visiting Juárez, Mexico with her friends, Janean began noticing a multitude of photos of missing women posted all over the city. Feeling a light spark within her, she felt as though something needed to be done. While she continued developing her bag and acquiring the right mesh material she needed, and through many mutual connections, she was able to contact an independent sewing co-op in Juárez. This is a shelter for women and their children who have suffered the wrath of the ongoing drug war and the violence of the city. Janean and the women living in the co-op have been working together for over a year and a half and produce 50% of the product. “That’s something that’s a big conviction of mine. I’m just like, ‘Do something about it’ and this is something—that’s my passion piece,” she says. As for the bags, which are “fashioned after a plastic bag,” they are durable in order to hold heavy loads. With at least one inside pocket for your phone, wallet or keys, these bags are perfect for any situation, from travel to the gym. All with the same stunning fabric, these bags are easy to fold up to fit inside of a purse or even a pocket. Some of the most popular bags include The Mexicana bag, displaying Asian inspired birds through bold and bright colored fabrics, and enclosing a special message that birds can cross many borders and vibrant cultures. Janean jokes about a test run with the bags—she stepped into the bag while her friends pulled the straps, and up she went.

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Photo by: Janean Mann in California. She branded her tour with

you can slowly change the model of what it

“#TradeUpJunes,” which meant to trade

means to carry your own bag.

plastic bags for her Junes Bags to replace over 700 disposable plastic bags. After

“I wanted to be part of this new energy of

many successful trades, she continued to

El Paso. It’s a special place. I feel like what

work closely with the development of more

I’m doing is interesting and it’s important, and

bags with different prints.

what keeps me going is all the love I receive from El Pasoans,” Janean says.

Janean, a self-described “desert rat” explains

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Junes Bags, both the original and the

strengthen the connection that El Paso has

Mexicana bags, can be found through several

with Juárez, especially in this time. By moving

local sellers and stores like Taylor Hood

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L & J Cafe It was during Prohibition, in 1927, that Antonio and Juanita Flores first

their horses to the establishment and tie them to the hitching posts.

established Tony’s Place. The business was renamed L & J Cafe in 1968

The military, active and retired, are still honored and respected with

when daughter Lilia and husband John Duran took over as the second

a discount when they come to eat. The respect and admiration is

generation. Third generation owners, Leo Sr. and wife Frances Duran

mutual, as shown by generals who bring photos to be hung on their

assumed leadership in 1988 after dad John’s passing. Fourth generation and

walls. Law enforcement, fire department paramedics and EMT’s also

General Manager, Vanessa Duran recognizes the importance of carrying on

receive a meal discount when in uniform.

the family values and traditions and says, “Our business was founded on solid values of family, respect for our customers and employees, top notch

Presently, the L & J Cafe has seen an immense amount of success.

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The business is still a popular place for blue and white-collar workers, professionals and politicians. The restaurant is also known nationwide and is the first place for celebrities and out-of-towners alike to come and enjoy an authentic Mexican meal. Some celebrities include First Lady Laura Bush, Anita Perry, former DEA head Karen Tandy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathleen Turner and Ethan Hawk. Multiple generations of families are also reflected in the customers that come in to eat, carrying on the L & J tradition. Affectionately known as “The Old Place by the Graveyard,” due to its proximity to the historic Concordia Cemetery, L & J Cafe continues to serve delicious Mexican food made from scratch with original family recipes passed down from generation to generation.

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sessions. Members are drawn to their supportive and

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motivating environment as it is the “happy place” for

he began. Fast forward to 2017: Raw’Fitness is spread

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captain at UTEP, is using his experience to push these

“Best High School Cheerleading Team” for 2017. Since

girls to their full potential. Already, the girls have raised

June, the 2017-2018 squad have worked tirelessly to

over $4,000 from their supportive community to go

be at the top of their game. The entire squad consists

towards out-of-town competitions. The team is already

of 15 girls on Varsity and 11 girls on Junior Varsity.

expected to compete in the spring at a Cheer and Dance

Their accomplishments started soon after try-outs and

Competition. The team just hosted a stunt clinic that had

becoming a new team. During summer camp, the team

well over 100 participants in attendance. You can catch

came home with several first-place titles, many were

this winning team at any Franklin home game or local

awarded NCA All-American and one girl was named top

competitions, with exciting routines implementing stunts,

All-American—the highest ranking you can receive.

jumps, dancing and tumbling—and of course, a lot of spirit. Franklin High School 900 N. Resler El Paso, TX 79912 (915) 236-2200 www.episd.org/franklin

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Sally Hurt-Deitch Market CEO The Hospitals of Providence Aaron 5 years old, who signaled the new vehicle into service by turning on the siren and lights for the very first time.

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The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital When we talk about top-notch quality healthcare, we’re talking

features an extended cab for families and a distinctly smooth ride

about The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital. Winner of

based on NASA research on vibration minimization, allowing pediatric

The City Magazine’s Best of The City 2017 “Best Hospital” award,

patients to receive highly specialized care while being transported.

The Hospitals of Providence healthcare network as a whole has

“This new state-of-the-art vehicle is an extension of the hospital.

consistently proved to be a winning team for the highest level of care

Patients and families alike can have the peace of mind that they are

offered in our city. Market CEO, Sally Hurt-Deitch, who’s played an

receiving the best care possible,” adds Sally.

integral role in a near one billion dollar expansion of The Hospitals of Providence and ultimately, in their successful patient-centered

One thing’s clear, The Hospitals of Providence healthcare network of

approach says, “It’s all about accessibility. We’re here for you and

high-quality, specialized care centers proves that our city’s well-being

the community we serve.” Their new critical care ambulance is a

lies at the heart of their mission to care and serve. Voted this year’s

testament to that commitment and is the first of its kind in the U.S.

“Best Hospital” is not only an achievement for Providence Children’s

The highly-equipped ambulance is one of the safest in the nation and

Hospital, it truly represents an achievement for our city as a whole.

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are other ways to help the body heal aside from pills and surgeries. I lived it myself, a chiropractor changed my life permanently when I was 23 years old. I was going to go to law school, but after receiving chiropractic care my entire life changed and I was inspired to change my destiny and become someone I could feel proud of. It feels good beyond explanation to be able to hear someone say that their quality of life changed and that they feel alive again. I lived with so much physical pain in my body before I discovered Chiropractic that when I felt what an adjustment could do I promised myself to get on a mission to help others who suffered the way I did. The first adjustment I received took so much pressure off of my body that the feeling was unexplainable. I felt a deep sense of gratitude and shock, I remember feeling disappointed and angry at myself for not having gone sooner. I waited 10 years to go because one of my friends told me it wouldn’t work. Now I get to help people everyday the same way the Chiropractor who first adjusted me did. I feel blessed, honored and grateful beyond measure to be able to serve my community. I’m humbled to be voted El Paso’s Best Chiropractor. Thank you El Paso! Also, thank you mom for all of your sacrifices and everything you did for me. I hope I’m making you proud! I love you.

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of early investment. Loud whispers are heard echoing off the walls of Wall Street and investors are taking notice. For them, these digital currencies are a valuable asset and they are making more money sitting behind their computer than they are working a 9-5. These virtual tokens have made millionaires in less than a year, and now their skyrocketing valuation has given birth to crypto-billionaires.

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But how does one take part, or perhaps go beyond a simple initial investment? It all starts with familiarity with the blockchain (the public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions), and understanding just how cryptocurrencies work. Once a basic understanding has been established, it’s time to jump on in—sitting on the sidelines can be the difference between making it rich or not. In-depth knowledge of the top three currencies is a great starting point. Currently, those are Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Ripple (XRP). Knowing how these work can help a newbie investor dive into the smaller coins that can be the big money-makers. It all starts with taking a leap of faith, so to speak, and diving in head first into a to-be released coin, known as an initial coin offering (ICO). An ICO, similar to an initial public offering (IPO) in the stock market, is where the potential for big profits exist. Rather than creating a stock or a share on Wall Street, companies are turning to blockchain technology and creating cryptocurrencies to help fund their projects. Early investing in these projects can mean getting coins valued in pennies, or even less! Inexpensive coins mean many can be purchased for cheap, and as the company grows, so will their currency. As an example, in January of 2016 Ethereum was valued at 95 cents. In July of 2017, and again in September, it hit an all-time high

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December/January, 2018 of roughly $400. A small investment of only $100 would have bought roughly 105 coins. If sold at $400, a profit of nearly $42,000 would have been made. Due to the volatile nature of the market, Ethereum has hovered between the $300 and $400 range; still a substantial gain for early investors. Many analysts believe that this coin still has the potential to hit beyond $1,000 in 2018, and there are still many others like it. Getting in on these coins when they are cheap is key to making large sums of money, and anyone can do it. It all starts with a simple Google search; typing “upcoming ICOs” will do. Lists of these ICOs are populated, and this is where it all begins. The first thing an investor wants to do is discover a company that they can relate to. Ask questions like: What does the company do? And does it make sense to me? Never invest in something that you don’t understand! If an investor can relate to the company, they are more inclined to believe in the product, and belief in the product makes for a confident investment. Once the company’s purpose is understood, it’s time to look at their roadmap. What are their plans for the future? As a company hits these milestones, the valuation of the token is likely to go up. And lastly, who is behind the company? Every company releases what is called the Whitepaper, a document that outlines everything you need to know before putting your hard-earned money in. It will outline their plans

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and include guidelines for token distribution. Over the last couple of years, there has been a significant increase in crypto-millionaires; from people on welfare to college students. Being an early investor could be the difference between early retirement and a life of leisure, or getting stuck in a deadend job barely making ends meet. This is an opportunity that does not come around very often, and the risk-takers are going to be the

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numbers. This year represented the beginning of a new cycle, since 2017 added to make a one, representing the beginning. If we reflect back, we can see this in our government as an example, with a new president elected. The New Year will focus on partnerships, relationships and intimate friendships. If you were alone last year, the coming year will be

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intimacy between two people. If you are in an existing relationship, the energy vibration will allow you to become more connected to your partner. Unfortunately, if there are underlying issues in the relationship such as resentment or another person, these may be more apparent and magnified. It is a time to focus on our interpersonal relationships. This is the year you find out who your true friends are. The two is a period of things that are hidden beneath the surface. It is a time for us to dig deeper inside ourselves and to get down to our very core. Things may not appear to be what they seem, so go inward to get to the bottom of it. Planning time for rest, quiet and meditation is necessary in helping one maintain an inner peace of mind. It is important, when looking from a health standpoint, to not look at diseases nor symptoms but to dig deeper—to find behaviors, family history and other factors that may be impacting your health. Peace and calm are keywords. The number two reminds us to finish what we started this year, and to polish up on our skills based on goals we set. From a professional standpoint, working with others is heightened at this time. If you are looking for a new job on your own, it will be easier this year to network or hire a headhunter to help you find the position you seek. If you are currently employed, you may find that you need to work alongside your co-workers to be more productive and to get the job done. With this being said, it is highly advisable to avoid office gossip as secrets try to come to the surface. Financially this is a good time to put away some of the money that many of us say we will save for our new year’s resolutions. Be on the lookout in regards to your credit cards, and make sure you are reading the fine print on any financial agreements to avoid hidden costs such as membership fees, balloon payments and variable interest rates. Avoid being impulsive or aggressive this year. Slowing down and going with the flow is of great importance in the two. The vibration of the two is to balance, live in harmony with others and be more nurturing in general. With that said, happy 2018! www.GracethePsychicLady.com

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potting Nomu from the street isn’t hard. This gem of a café is located on the urban corner of Oregon Street, in the new Artspace building that is host to all things creative. Nomu is no exception. Owner Kathy Chen gave insight into how a café like Nomu fits into the Artspace

building. It would be easy to think that this is just another cute coffee shop, but the passion and ethos behind it make it so much more. Kathy explains to me that Nomu was actually an afterthought. The real force of inspiration is the non-profit she and her husband founded two years ago called Fab-Lab, short for Fabrication Laboratory. Fab-Lab is a sort of co-op workspace that features everything from laser wood cutting machines to 3-D printers. The vision behind merging something like a high-tech workspace with a coffee shop was to make intimidating tech more approachable. Through this space, Kathy hopes to create more “makers” in a world full of consumers. She believes that giving people a space to create will continue to inspire the grassroots movement catching on in El Paso. All the materials provided in the Fab-Lab are biodegradable and eco friendly, which is a continuous theme, even in Nomu. I immediately notice that they use paper straws instead of plastic, which was a breath of fresh air for this closet environmentalist. But that is far from the only thing to love about Nomu. The food served is from One Grub Community, which specializes in exclusively vegan dishes. Kathy is quick to point out that she is not 100% vegan. She saw a gap in the El Paso market for good vegan food when her vegan friends would go to big cities and “bathe in all the vegan options,” then basically have zero options for going out once they returned to El Paso.

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I tried a few items from the menu, and they

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made by Savage Baked Goods. Every single

from the café, because most of the food

create a movement, you need a network,”

food item served is vegan and is free of all

around the campus is fast food. The space

says Kathy. That movement, she feels, is

major allergens. You might be wondering if

itself is perfect for study sessions when the

based on a collective demand rising in El

a vegan coconut rum cupcake could ever

dorm room or library just won’t cut it. Plus,

Paso, where people want to know more

taste as good without milk, butter and eggs.

this location is a convenient walk from most

about who is making their products and

The verdict? It does. In fact, if I hadn’t told

office buildings downtown.

where those products are coming from.

baked goods are vegan. Even my not-so-

Kathy tells me that they closed for about

It would have been easy to open a mediocre

vegan mom loved the food cupcakes and

10 days after their first month of business

coffee shop, especially considering that it was

berry Danish. The bulletin board caught my

for renovations in order to make the space

an afterthought. But after one visit to Nomu,

eye because it was full of events going on

more inviting. The changes were made with

you will have a hard time believing that.

around El Paso, as well as workshops that

the intention of making the space more

were happening at Nomu.

welcoming, not only for a quick coffee or tea,

you, you might have never known that the

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Winter

W ardrobe W | By: KRYSTA AYERS |

hen it comes to shopping for new clothes, selecting

pieces that are versatile is key. Why? Mainly because

you’ll be able to invest in these pieces and save more money. These pieces can altogether make different

outfits and still keep your look fresh. For winter in El Paso, it’s important to layer. You never know what the weather will be like midday or long into the night, so layering and keeping easily mixed items (like a striped tee) will be key to your wardrobe. These are also items that you should keep in your closet since they are always relevant and never out of trend. Take a look at the versatile pieces you should have this winter.

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Moto Jacket Every woman should have a moto jacket in their closet. No matter what fabric you choose to get yours in, it is an extremely versatile piece for the fall and winter temperatures—especially in El Paso. Keep it edgy with some black boots and darker pieces underneath, or make it classy with a cream sweater and softer hues. Whether you’re taking yours to the office or going out for the night, the moto jacket is the best way to cover up.

Striped Top

Midi Dress When the temperature lowers, so

There’s probably nothing more

should the hem of your dress (or

versatile than a classic striped

skirt). The midi dress is back in full

top. I wrote about making this

force this season. This is perfect for

an essential travel piece because

anyone that still wants the feminine

of that reason. Whether it’s a

feel of wearing a dress, but wants

sweater or a T-shirt, you can tuck

to keep their outfit in line with the

it into your pencil skirt for work

weather. Find a bold pattern or keep

or pair it with some jeans and

it simple with polka dots, stripes or a

ankle boots for a quick outing. Try

solid color. Either way, there’s plenty

sticking with a black and white

of ways to style it. Pair this with your

combo or navy blue to keep your

moto jacket for an edgier look, or take

color options for bottoms endless.

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Boyfriend Blazer

Do I really need to say anything about

Topping outfits with a blazer is the easiest

scarves during this season? They are the

way to elevate your look and make it office-

perfect accessory to any outfit, plus they

ready (unless you’re pairing it with ripped

keep you warm and cozy. Having a simple

jeans, of course). The boyfriend blazer is a

black one is always the best (in my humble

popular choice, since layering for the winter

opinion), since you don’t have to worry

usually means bulky sweaters. The longer

about matching. Plus, with El Paso’s bipolar

and roomier version of the classic blazer also

weather, you can easily strip this off if it gets

allows for this to be worn with comfort in

warmer throughout the day.

mind. So, even if you’re wearing it to work with a dress or pairing it with high-waisted jeans and band tee, you’ll still be polished and comfortable.

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Prerogative | By: ANDY MARTINEZ |

e’ve made it to the end of another eventful year, and with that, we’ve

also had a full year to age. Fortunately, I’m here to help you hold on

to that youth so that, although we may be wiser, we can appear just as

naïve. Use these holiday get-togethers to show people that yes, you’ve

still got it and you look like you still got it. Invest in nutrient-rich skincare products to counter the effects of premature aging and pick up a bit of style tips to show that you’re doing a good job keeping up. Here are this month’s products to help you confront the new year with a hard look and a soft face.

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H i s P r e r o g at i v e

Root Science Youth I know that the prospect of adding oils to your face might not seem like the most sound idea. Us fellas with skin that seems to become an oil slick even right after stepping out of the shower shudder at the thought of making this issue even worse, however, skin tends to overproduce sebum oils to replenish itself after having them stripped with harsh cleansers. Root Science’s youth serum addresses this problem, and after consistent use, the skin becomes adept at absorbing the serum and rebalances itself. A consistent moisturizing routine is the best weapon against early signs of aging.

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Baxter of California Grooming Cream This versatile hair cream is perfect for those longer locks that we tend to grow out during the winter months. The lightweight hold and natural-looking finish makes it seem like your hair is naturally just that cool. Use sparingly to tame those flyaways or apply a greater amount to achieve a more styled appearance.

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Mavericks Face Kit For those who need a hand with putting a skincare routine together, Mavericks has developed a threestep kit as simple as wash-rinse-repeat, designed to make this task less daunting. The nightly cleanser leaves the skin feeling refreshed and ready for its skin rebuilding component. Rebuild works overnight to aid in collagen regeneration, helping the skin reconstitute itself after the day’s wear and tear.

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Navy Velvet Bow Tie This attention-grabbing accessory might not be for everyone, but for those that are brave enough to sport a bit of velvet around their neck, this bowtie is the perfect add-on. Wear it to holiday parties and use it as a conversation starter.

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Top of the Tier For the ladies, this sleeve trend is coming in hot and is continuing the big sleeve movement of 2017. We’ve seen the bell sleeves, but now blouses are taking it up a notch with tier sleeves. This is so easy to style, and will instantly add some fun to your outfit without you having to accessorize too much. Find silk blouses or blouses with a light material, so that you can transition from warmer to colder weather—because you just never know in El Paso.

Au Naturale In with natural deodorant and out with chemicalfilled stuff. You’ve probably heard about the dangers of the aluminum that is found in deodorant, so why put that on our bodies? Natural deodorant is flying onto shelves and all over the internet. They don’t block pores, won’t irritate your skin and plus, they have evolved (read: You won’t smell like a hippie.)

Gamer Since the holidays are approaching, party games are very much “In.” Nothing provides a better hearty laugh than being with a group of people to play charades or Cards Against Humanity. Get a group together, pour some drinks and let the chaos ensue. 110

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Fade Out If you’re going to invest in dyeing your hair a non-natural color, you should definitely maintain it. The problem with dyeing your hair purple, pink, red, green, etc., is that it is costly, and you’ll be heading to the salon more often than you want. Take care of your locks and your color with shampoos made to make specific colors last. Try out oVertone, a highly-rated hair product, to keep the salon appointments further apart.

Low Rider The early 2000s called and they want their low-waisted jeans back. No one wants to see your underwear popping out of your jeans, plus the style is very hard for some to pull off. On the bright side, high-waisted jeans aren’t going anywhere, and they look good on everyone. So throw away your Christina Aguilera low riders and pick up some jeans with a little more coverage.

Chill Cocktails Since the colder months are upon us, no one needs to sit at a bar holding a cocktail with a huge ice cube. Instead, opt for something to keep your hands warm, like a Hot Toddy or a Tom and Jerry. If you can’t, or don’t want to make them at home, visit your local cocktail bar and have one of the skilled bartenders shake one up for you. 111


Fall

Fashion

| By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ photography by: DREW D. BECKLEY | ere in El Paso, we have it hard in the fall—in the mornings we’re freezing cold and by noon we’re burning up! It can be hard to figure out how to layer our “gym look,” especially when you know you’re going to heat up in the gym. Here are a few of my favorite fitness fashions for this upcoming fall/winter season.

Look 1 Warm tights with a hoodie and sports bra. Find tights that are thick textured to keep your legs warm. A sports bra with a hoodie will make your look more suitable for winter even when you’re actually hot. You can never go wrong a with a good sports bra. Pair it with a Gallon Gear. I found these online and they make your galloon, or half gallon of water, into a convenient purse. You can hold your phone, keys, chapstick, etc. all in one place. Take it to the gym and leave your clunky purse behind.

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Look 2

Turn summer outfit into winter.

Turn your favorite summer outfit into a winter look by adding some

knee-high socks. You can still wear cute shorts to the gym without

freezing on your way there. I usually wear a short pair of socks

underneath so I can take off the long socks when I warm up. A zip-

up jacket is a great way to cover up a sports bra while you’re out and about, and then you can quickly take it off when you’re at the gym.

Look 3 From the football game to the gym. Grab a football crop top and pair it with a matching pair of cropped leggings. Cropped hoodies are also very in-style this season, so grab one in case it gets chilly at the game while still showing off those abs. Finish it off with some Converse—a great way to go from the game straight to the gym.

Keep fit this holiday season by staying motivated in these awesome yet comfy styles. For more fall/winter fitness fashion and fitness tips to stay fit over the holidays, head on over to my blog at www. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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t’s time to put away your sandals and get your feet ready for winter. The thermostat is dropping and we’re putting on our winter boots. You don’t want to head down that slippery slope of letting your feet go to pot during the

winter months. Our poor overworked feet take even more of a brutal beating in winter. So, peel off those fleece-lined leggings, light a candle or two and get ready to relax—your piggies will thank you. Here are some great tips and ideas to keep your tootsies smooth and worry free.

Soak and Soften

Perfectly Polished

Oil for All

Feet are a difficult area to soften since the

When it comes to winter toenails, try a fun

Cuticle oil applied to the toes will keep your

heels tend to harden with everyday activities.

deep berry color or a soft pink polish for that

nails supple during the dry winter months. Look

Get them ready to go with a soothing soak in

chic look. Try OPI nail lacquer in Sending You

for Apricot Cuticle Oil by Essie www.ulta.com.

the tub for about 10 minutes. Try Foot Soak and

Holiday Hugs or Passion www.opi.com.

Fancy Free by Lush Cosmetics or make your own by mixing two tablespoons of epsom salt in hot water alone with some lavender oil www.lushusa.com.

Buff, Buff, Buff

Moisturize

It’s time to work away those flakes and

Time to give your

Remember, you’re the most important

callouses with a hearty supply of elbow

feet a little extra love to

person to impress. Even if the only

grease. Use a pumice stone and a sugar scrub

keep them smooth. Slather on a thick layer

people who are actually going to

to get rid of even the most stubborn dead skin.

of intense foot moisturizer to hydrate and

see your feet during winter are your

Make a homemade scrub by using raw sugar

further soften callouses and revive your

significant other, your children or

and olive oil with a few drops of peppermint oil,

tired feet. One of my favorites is Heel

yourself, at least one of those wonderful

or treat yourself to a scrub like the Mandarin

Genius Amazing Foot Cream by Soap &

souls is going to feel a whole lot happier

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ther magazines will soon interview Jessica Meraz and talk about what she wore and what café they walked into to talk. I won’t do that. What matters is that Jessica is a talented working actress and we get to talk to her and feature her because she’s from El Paso.

Jessica will soon be a household name—she is equal parts talented,

beautiful and ambitious. When we first met her, she was starring in the

show, “Chasing Life.” Three years later and she is now a new core member for the seventh season of TNT’s “Major Crimes.” A lot has happened since the last time we spoke to her. After “Chasing Life” ended, the actress took time out of her comfort zone and started doing standup comedy. “I never thought that I was funny, but people would tell me [that I was] so I tried it out,” she remembers. She divulges that writing material for her comedy was something that she enjoyed. However, it’s not so enjoyable to talk about your past and expose yourself to a crowd, becoming vulnerable

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in a funny way, when you’re also trying to be a working actress with some privacy. She jokes that it wasn’t good for her love life. During her comedic time, she also filmed an episode for “Drunk History,” the hilarious Comedy

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narrators talk about a historic event while actors act it out. Jessica narrates the story of Clark Gable joining the Air Force (played by Josh Hartnett) and Griselda Blanca taking over the cocaine industry (played by Maya Rudolf). If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth going back to revisit. Jessica’s story of joining “Major Crimes” is a classic “timing is everything” story. She had originally auditioned twice before for smaller roles that she did not get picked for. When the time came to cast someone for Camila Paige, Jessica once again auditioned and landed herself the bigger part—a more fitting part that has also granted more permanency. For six months, Jessica spent time filming

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December/January, 2018 and confirmed the long hours required for a show. She also explained never feeling more alive. “I [would] drive to work with a smile on my face,” she said of what working on the show felt like. “There’s so much pain, but the highs are so high and it’s so worth it.” When the season premiered on October 31, she threw a premiere party in LA while friends and family threw one in El Paso as well. The

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and continuing to write. Before Jessica started “Major Crimes,” she was working on something she is calling her “passion project.” She tells me that she wants to bring a comedic take on a news show to El Paso and highlight it in a real way, since outside perspectives are often wrong. She plans on coming back to continue writing and filming for it, but for now she is focused on auditioning for more TV shows for big networks like HBO and CBS. Although talk about Major Crimes being in its last season on TV has surfaced, there is online speculation that the show will continue in the form of online streaming. “I don’t want this to end,” she says. We can only keep our fingers crossed and wait for time to tell if we will continue to see Jessica as Camila Paige. We do know one thing for sure though; this won’t be the last we see of her.

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Pedro Muñoz Owner of Stallion Boots | By: ELAINE GORDON |

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BACHELOR’S 10-MINUTE CHICKEN NUGGETS WITH JAPANESE FRIED RICE Ingredients: 1-bag frozen breaded chicken breast nuggets (we suggest Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods brands) 1-bag Japanese-style fried rice with edamame, tofu and Hjiki Seaweed 1 bag frozen edamame 2 tablespoons coconut oil Fresh green vegetables in season and other vegetable in season of your choice. (corn, asparagus, etc.)

edro Muñoz, besides being the most eligible bachelor in El

1 large fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped

Paso, has made a statement worldwide for the past 38 years

2 cloves of garlic, minced

with his trendy and upscale exotic boot company located in

1/2 small onion, sliced thinly

El Paso. Stallion Boots, which are handmade using signature

salt/pepper to taste

soft tanned alligator and crocodile leathers, but also Mr.

Muñoz uses exotic skins that are not on the endangered list such

Directions:

as calf, ostrich, lizard, stingray, kangaroo, various snakes, water

In a large cast iron or stainless-steel skillet, place the entire bag of

buffalo and bison. Stallion boots are hand crafted by artisans that

Japanese fried rice, breaded Chicken Nuggets, vegetables, salt/

create intricate and stylish patterns for their boots, belts and leather

pepper, garlic, onion and the Jalapeno pepper. Cook over a medium-

accessories. Stallion Boots, with their extraordinary fashion and flair,

to-high heat, stirring frequently, until the food is heated through and

has captured the attention of the fashion world in Europe, Japan and

vegetables are semi-soft, about 10 minutes.

the U.S. Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Celine and Ralph Lauren have all commissioned Stallion to produce special collections for them. Some of the most well-known, high-profile celebrities in the industry that adorn their feet with Stallion Boots are, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Shakira, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Arnold Schwarzenegger just to name a few.

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SEA BASS T With ROASTED CARROT

and red quinoa salad

hink of all the meals you’ve had over the year. Now throw those memories down the toilet—it’s time to step it up and hit the ground running for your first official dinner of the New Year. We’re not playing games

here, people. This is serious business. We have the potential to set the tone for next 365 days. Let’s do it right, let’s make it awesome, let’s make it easy and let’s make it delicious. Sea bass is the rib eye of the ocean—it’s got a great layer of fat under the skin that adds a huge amount of flavor to its

| By: JESSE MAYNES |

1pound sea bass filet, skin on, cut in two 1/4 cup cooked red quinoa, cooled 1/2 bunch upland cress, half of the stems removed 4 carrots, peeled and shaved 1/2 lemon 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Chef’s tip

already buttery texture. Served with a salad that’s as delicious

For a cheaper cut of fish, use cod or pollock

and take this salad to another level. Trust in the food, and it

1 teaspoon ground ginger

So, bring in the new year with your friends (old and new) and family with good food, drinks and company.

2.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine 5 tablespoons of oil with the paprika, turmeric, cumin, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, cardamom and salt/pepper to taste. Set aside and set oven to 400 degrees.

3.

Take ends off carrots, peel outer skin and discard waste. Continue using the peeler to shave the carrots straight into your bowl with the oil and spice mixture.

4.

Once peeled into the bowl, mix to coat every strip of carrot and spoon into a shallow baking tray.

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, mixing half way through, until crisp. Once cooked, spoon onto a paper towel to drain excess oil. Set aside to cool.

6.

Once cooled, toss carrots with upland cress and quinoa. Let chill in refrigerator.

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

2 tablespoons butter

difference in how you feel and how your body speaks to you.

Cook red quinoa according to package, set aside and let cool.

5.

7 tablespoons olive oil

will trust in you. Invest in eating better—it will make a huge

1.

1 teaspoon coriander

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

carrots and quinoa. These textures and flavors will add depth

For the salad:

1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon cumin

as it is easy to make, upland cress is tossed with roasted

For the fish: 1.

In a heavy bottom medium sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium high. While oil heats, generously season

Salt/pepper to taste

your fish with salt and pepper on all sides. Once oil has

Sugar, heavy pinch

skin side down onto pan, away from your body.

reached a light smoke coming out of the pan, lay your bass 2.

Gently press down on the fish so the skin side touching the pan does not curl up for roughly 20 seconds. At this point, DO NOT move or touch the fish for 3-4 minutes. Once the fish lifts and slides around the pan on its own, drop 2 tablespoons

CHop it like it’s hot

watch us cook this recipe on our YouTube! youtube.com/thecitymagazineep

of butter in the pan, remove from heat and flip the fish. Let flesh side cook for 1-2 minutes with residual pan heat while continually basting the fish with butter/oil mixture. 3.

Place cooked fish on top of salad and squeeze lemon across whole dish. Serve and enjoy.


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hey look just like any other dog,

are very leery of it, just wetting their feet in it,

Melissa ended our conversation by explaining

except for their dark hazel eyes and

but CJ will actually lay down in it,” said Africa

how and why painted dogs are on the

rounded ears. They are covered in

collection

Leverett.

endangered species list. “Even though they

spotted patterns all throughout their

Moon Pie has been the shifting leader, and

don’t have many natural predators, it is more a

small, agile bodies. You may notice

has been the most curious and brave. The

human factor than anything, through hunting.”

their teeth with premolars that are

boys are still young, so the pack’s hierarchy

Fighting tears, she went on to explain why

larger than those of other canids,

is still a work in progress.

the conservation of one of the most efficient

supervisor

Amanda

predators in the world is so important.

making it easier for them to consume bone. These are not the tame, domestic dogs with

One of the unique features of the painted

Painted dogs are resilient and have found

which we’ve grown accustomed; these are

dogs is their coloring. Each dog has different

ways to remain top predators, but they still

African painted dogs. After almost a year of

identifying spots, and two of the brothers are

face danger at a high rate because of human

preparation in getting the boys ready for their

named based on the pattern on their front

contact and conflict. “Something so beautiful

exhibit, as well as getting the exhibit prepared

legs. Moon Pie has a white crescent-shaped

still needs to be conserved, because we are

for them, the El Paso Zoo has debuted four

moon on his left front leg, and Black Heart has

responsible of taking care of them and their

painted dogs in the Africa area of the zoo. The

a sideways-shaped heart on his right front leg.

environment,” said Bailey. “Thankfully we have our boys here, and they’re now part of

boys are brothers—Moon Pie, CJ, Black Heart and Notch—and are young, two-year-old

When asked about one of the “coolest” things

our extended El Paso community. By having

pups. We sat down with zookeeper Melissa

about the dogs, Melissa doesn’t hesitate.

them here, we know our community will find

Bailey, supervisor of the Africa section of the

“It’s the ‘no man left behind society.’” Bailey

that connection to them that the keepers in

zoo. Melissa has been with the city’s zoo for a

said. “So, what happens is the two leaders of

this area already have.” That connection is

year and a half, and started as a supervisor in

the pack, instead of dispersing the sick, they

what is at the heart of the El Paso Zoo and

the Americas area until she was promoted to

take care of them. They care for the young all

how they operate—the connection between

her position in the Africa area.

together. They hunt as a pack and everyone

humans and wild animals.

gets food, not just the dogs that took down When talking to Melissa, it becomes easy to

the food.” Melissa went on to explain that

When you get a chance, you should visit the

see how dedicated the keepers are to caring

even if the prey they catch is small, like a rat,

African painted dogs at the El Paso Zoo. You

for all animals, both inside and outside of the

the dog who caught dinner will return back

can find them laying in a heap all over each

zoo. The keepers for the painted dogs have

to the pack and hold the food in their mouth

other, much like puppies, running around their

noticed characteristics that help distinguish

while each dog comes and takes a piece. No

exhibit, playing together—no one left behind.

each brother. For instance, CJ, named after

one is left behind.

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Bariatric Patient

Candida Rodriguez lost

130 lbs.

“I LOVE MY NEW SELF!” The Hospitals of Providence SURGICAL WEIGHT-LOSS PROGRAM

Candida Rodriguez loves her kids. But at 289 pounds she couldn’t

process, she gained so much more — the ability to run and play

run and play with them. With hypertension and pre-diabetes, she

with her children. “I am no longer on medication for hyperten-

lived in constant fear that her health would take her away from

sion or diabetes. I’m no longer at risk of dying young like my

her children — just like it happened to her own mother at a

mother,” said Candida. “The Hospitals of Providence was very

young age. “Getting healthy is a choice I had to make for me, so I

helpful in preparing me for a life change. I love my new self!”

can be healthy for my children,” said Candida. That’s when she turned to The Hospitals of Providence for help. The bariatric weight loss program at The Hospitals of Providence provided Candida with the support and resources she needed in

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order to lose weight and get healthy. This 13-week program treats both the physical and emotional sides of weight loss with services before and after surgery, including support groups, nutritional counseling, gym memberships and more. After her gastric bypass surgery, Candida lost 130 pounds. In the

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Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery. Patient testimonials reflect results achieved by these patients. As each case must be independently evaluated and managed, actual weight loss will vary.


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any children in El Paso are faced with various

critical illnesses that leave them in and out

of area hospitals for undetermined amounts of time. The battles are never easy. For

almost 40 years, the mission of Make-a-

Wish has been creating life-changing wish experiences ®

for children with critical illnesses around the world.

This past summer, 14-year-old Gabriel from El Paso, TX was faced with the news that he had cancer—an inoperable brain tumor. Shortly after his diagnosis, Gabriel started aggressive treatment, five days a week for six weeks straight. Indeed, Gabriel has demonstrated that he is a fighter. During the course of his treatment, he had two volunteer wish-granters visit with him regarding his top three wishes. Gabriel chose Disneyland®, the happiest place on earth, as his first choice. As Gabriel continued with his treatment and waited for the doctor’s approval to travel to Anaheim, California with his two brothers and parents, we also learned that Gabriel wants to be a United States Marshall when he grows up. After learning this information, it didn’t take long for the Make-a-Wish office in El Paso to make contact with the U.S. Marshal’s office to see if they would be part of the www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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wish send-off for Gabriel and his family. Within a few days, the permission was granted for the U.S. Marshal’s office to be involved. To everyone’s surprise, David Sligh, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, happened to be in El Paso the same day as the scheduled send-off. To add to the excitement, not only would the U.S. Marshal’s office help with Gabriel’s send-off on October 13, but they would also swear him in as a Junior Deputy U.S. Marshal. After Gabriel was sworn in, he was taken for a special ride in a marked U.S. Marshal vehicle and was allowed to suit-up in official U.S. Marshall protective gear to help have a “bad guy” sequestered. With Gabriel’s determination, he was able to help put the “bad guy” away. The smile on his face

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speaks volumes. Don’t you agree? A small reception was hosted by the US Marshal staff to help celebrate Gabriel’s swearing in, just as many US Marshals do with their own families after they have been sworn in. Gabriel’s father, Eddie, shared with the Makea-Wish staff how Gabriel could not stop talking about how he was a U.S. Marshal now. Two days after the send-off, Gabriel and his family made their way to California to enjoy his wish trip, which included meeting the Mad Hatter at Disneyland and breathing some clean Pacific Ocean air. This is one example of how, for more than a moment in time, wishes are a profoundly effective way for children to cope with and even conquer critical illnesses. Help us ensure every eligible child has a wish to count on. Visit ntx.wish.org or call

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El Paso Rhinos

::: December 8

El Paso County Events Center Bring your jackets and come and root for the El Paso Rhinos. December 8 v. Blazers 7 p.m. December 9 v. Blazers 7 p.m. December 10 v. Blazers 4:30 p.m. January 26 v. Snipers 7 p.m. January 27 v. Snipers 7 p.m. January 28 v. Snipers 4:30 p.m. Info: visitelpaso.com

Happy Hippie Holidaze Arts and Crafts Fair ::: December 9-10

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hal Marcus Gallery Enjoy live entertainment, local vendors and come dressed as your favorite hippie for this awesome event. Admission: Free Info: halmarcus.com

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12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Downtown Arts Festival Plaza Take the family out to ice skate, see the Christmas tree, inflated snow globe and enjoy the holiday season downtown. Admission: free Info: elpasolive.com

Mark Farina

::: December 9

9:00 p.m. The Lowbrow Palace DJ and producer, Mark Farina is coming to The Lowbrow Palace to play his unique style of jazz, downtempo and house music. Admission: $20-35 Info: thelowbrowpalace.com

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7:00 p.m. Tricky Falls The Drums are here again to bring back a highenergy performance, this time at Tricky Falls. Get ready to dance. Admission: $36 Info: trickyfalls.com

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7:00 p.m. The Fountains at Farah Celebrate Star Wars Episode 8 with a night of lightsaber battle fun. Admission: Free Info: Facebook.com/events/ elpasolightsaberbattle

The Drums

WinterFest

::: December 8-30

El Paso Lightsaber Battle ::: December 16

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker ::: December 23,24

The Plaza Theatre Don’t miss out on the 25th anniversary production of this classical ballet being performed in El Paso’s historic The Plaza Theatre. Admission: $28 Info: elpasolive.com

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UTEP Theater and Dance: A Christmas Carol ::: December 15

7:30 p.m. Wise Family Theater Support our local university students and come watch a classic Christmas story unfold on stage. Admission: $9-$14 Info: utep.edu

Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Music ::: January 6-7 7:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Start the year off right with the kiddos and watch this entertaining Disney show. Admission: $25-$70 Info: elpasolive.com

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Best of The City 2017 ::: January 13

6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Southwest University Event Center Come party with The City Magazine as we celebrate the winners of Best of The City 2017. Admission: $20 Info: thecitymagazineelp.com

EPSO Be Our Guest ::: January 19-20

7:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre In collaboration with EPPM Chamber Music Festival, come experience the Mozart Concertone live at The Plaza Theatre. Admission: $16-$45 Info: epso.org

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Casablanca

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7:00 p.m. Rio Grande Theatre Las Cruces Watch the classic 1942 romantic drama film in the Las Cruces Rio Grande Theatre. Admission: $8 Info: riograndetheatre.org

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Rodney Carrington ::: January 26

7:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Stand-up comedian and musician Rodney Carrington is back for a night of laughs. Don’t miss out. Admission: $61-$100 Info: abrahamchavez.theaterelpaso.com

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RENT

::: January 16-17

The Plaza Theatre In its 20th anniversary tour, be sure to not miss out when El Paso brings RENT to the city. Info: elpasolive.com

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El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert ::: January 28 3:00 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Let your ears be drowned in the sounds of El Paso’s youth orchestra. You won’t be disappointed. Admission: $16-$40 Info: epsyo.org

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DOWNTOWN

DOWNTOWN

Anson 11 $$-$$$

Park Tavern

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 $$

International

325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200

114 A. Mills Ave. | (915) 355-7281

Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel

Grab a carefully crafted cocktail and meet us on El Paso’s first rooftop

Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only

bar. We’re located in the heart of downtown, with views of San Jacinto

breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers

Plaza, so join us for delicious food and drinks. We have everything

great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the

from crispy Brussels sprouts in bacon jam to a classic cheeseburger

amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully

with agave-chipotle pickles. On Taco Tuesdays enjoy $2 tacos and

crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.

drink specials and a newly added brunch menu for the weekend that

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includes tasty El Paso-inspired dishes with a complimentary mimosa. Enjoy the big city feel right here in downtown. O, DF Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O

$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF

$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H

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WESTSIDE

Mi Piaci

WESTSIDE

Avila’s

$$$

$$

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

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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

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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 celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!

Italian Kitchen West

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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 an ocean away. O, PR


UNIVERSITY/KERN

WESTSIDE

The Kitchen

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

P, H, DF, PR

EASTSIDE

Gusto

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5860 N. Mesa St. Suite 130 | (915) 307-3346

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

Gusto is El Paso’s newest and most unique restaurant on the west $$$

3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200

side. It features international cuisine that blends European with LatinAmerican flavors. Gusto will transport you to a different place with a totally new taste experience. Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a

This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working

modern environment. PR

ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O

King Crab $$$ 1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697

NORTHEAST

Edge of Texas

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8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood

Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak

boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood

you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.

is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H


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Junior League of El Paso A Christmas Fair Preview Party Night NOVEMBER 2, 2017 | Photographed by JOHN HORTA


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Grand Opening of

8 Hour Sleep Clinic NOVEMBER 9, 2017 | at 2000 LOMALAND DR. | Photographed by JOHN HORTA


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Holiday Open House NOVEMBER 10, 2017 | Photographed by JESSE MAYNES


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December/january Advertiser INDEX Adiuvare Healthcare....................................................Pg. 152

Paso Del Norte Children’s Guidance Center..................Pg. 91

Casa Buenavista......................................................... Pgs. 6,7

r-bar and grill................................................................Pg. 120

Casita Home and Goods................................................Pg. 53

Ray Borrego Real Estate Group...................................Pg. 100

CT Construction.............................................................Pg. 25

Sin Vodka.................................................Pgs. 19, Back Cover

Edge of Texas................................................................Pg. 41

Smallcakes...................................................................Pg. 104

El Paso Rhinos...............................................................Pg. 12

Southwest Plastic Surgery............................................Pg. 11

Elyse Simons Beauty...................................................Pg. 133

Southwest University at El Paso............................... Pgs. 2, 3

Flavours Catering.........................................................Pg. 121

Southwest University Park..........................................Pg. 127

Fox Auto Group.........................................Pgs. 95, Front Fold

Spectrum Technologies...............................................Pg. 105

GECU..............................................................Pg. Inside Front

Stonewood Bar & Grill........................................ Pgs. 144,145

Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 85

Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 86

Gusto.............................................................................Pg. 87

Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists........Pg. 90

Hal Marcus Gallery......................................................Pg. 121

Sunland Park Alfa Romeo..............................................Pg. 43

Hotel Indigo...................................................................Pg. 15

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino............................Pg. 135

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino...............Pg. 13

Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 84

International Bar..........................................................Pg. 123

The Hospitals of Providence.............................. Pgs. 4, 5, 130

Intracueticals...............................................................Pg. 134

The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 25

Jerusalem Grill...............................................................Pg. 59

The State Line...............................................................Pg. 41

KTSM News Channel 9.................................................Pg. 37

United Blood Services...................................................Pg. 21

Mattress Firm....................................... Pg. Inside Back Cover

Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1

Mesa Street Grill............................................................Pg. 63

Walgreens.................................................................. Pgs 8, 9

Mix/Milan Salon and Spa.............................................Pg. 141

Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers...................................Pg. 58

Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 78

Xpress Cleaning Professionals......................................Pg. 85

Park Tavern..................................................................Pg. 126

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Best of The City Magazine 2017  
Best of The City Magazine 2017  

In this issue we present to you the Best of The City (El Paso) in the ares of Best of Our City, Best in Food, Best in Drinks< Best in Fun an...