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ne of my most enduring childhood memories is that of my mother in
why future dining experiences will be boring once you’re affected by the
the kitchen. So when the magazine this month started unfolding, I
emotion of his plates. In today’s era, he re-defines the food experience.
instantly thought about those days: the smells that made our home
welcoming as one entered, the planning and preparation she put into her
So I ask myself, has this trend of being called a “foodie” run its course? Has
cooking. She was from the JFK and Jackie O era, and in those days food
it hit the wall, or maybe the can? Is there still a foodie audience? I’ve learned,
was an experience. My mother’s cooking was her greatest labor of love,
so I share, that the term “foodie” made the list of words to be banished
as was that food tradition, when living the cattle ranch life. Our meals
from the Queens English for misuse, overuse and uselessness—it has run
were hearty: meat and potatoes, vegetables, homemade bread—meals
its course. Among people with a passion for all things food, “foodie” is
had to “stick to your bones.” My mother never would have served only
pretentious, a shallow put-down, a catchall that says nothing about cooking,
a salad. Later in life, I’ve realized our “hearty dishes” weren’t always so
dining, serving or food quality. Among food writers, the word has become
healthy, and salads are a welcome sight.
non-grata, so I will follow their lead.
I still use the very worn (stained with food of days
I am not a true food aficionado. My only qualification
gone by) Betty Crocker Cook Book, mainly during
is that I like to eat. I’ve had success boiling eggs, but I
Thanksgiving and Christmas. This past holiday, I
leave the “new” cooking to others. At dinner parties,
summoned to the kitchen the young women in
my talent is setting a beautiful table, or if my husband
my family, which consisted of my 30-year-old
is unavailable, manning the corkscrew. Nevertheless,
daughter, my 18-year-old niece and my four-year-
I agree that the term foodie is meaningless, so I will
old granddaughter. I pulled out the hand-written
begin to remove it from my vocabulary.
recipe cards from my mother and grandmother, reminiscing with them about the tradition of
Once again, we at The City Magazine embarked on our
what was always placed on our holiday table.
annual “food field trip.” Pizza was our topic and finding
They asked how you measured a “pinch” and
the best was our desire. We’ve all seen this fixation on
found the cooking language they’d never heard
pizza and the magazine staff was no different. So, they
before frustrating and sadly, I can’t help but
put our local pizza to the test. The trip was lead by our
wonder if the old recipes—this old language—
fearless editor and seasoned by our sales team. With
will be forgotten by the modern world of foodies.
the group loading into a van, provided by our friends at Casa Nissan (because why Uber when you can pack into one big van?), their travels brought them to
It seems we’ve lost those moments; we’re missing those daily experiences in our fast-pace, dine-out world that have
conclusions about the local pizza world of El Paso. Their experience can be
defined “good food” as the world of “foodies.” It makes me question
found on page 33. They are now self-proclaimed pizza experts.
the foodie world and what makes up that quirky word. Is it someone that loves the idea of food, one who sinks into its taste, or one who enjoys it
In closing, I’ve realized that past memories of good food reminds me of
presentation? Nowadays, there are few who combine all three emotions:
the power of food as it relates to memory and place, and how it knits
the thought, the presentation and the indulgence. There are few who can
together past, present and future.
fit in the category of a food artist, at least from my perspective, from my 50-something years of putting a fork to my taste buds.
Great food doesn’t just cook itself and great memories don’t just happen, they are made.
At the magazine, we’ve experienced and been in the presence of one of those very special food artists. His concept of food is unique, his dining experience is that, an experience, and when he describes a bite, he describes it with his aura. It seems his interest in food is particular; he is a person with a discerning palate. He is by definition an epicure—one who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink. He re-defines the food experience. He is Chef Roberto Cortez and after you’ve turned the pages, you will understand
Bon appétit, now go create a memory…
FEBRUARY 2017 VOLUME 57
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Moving our community forward by always giving back. As we look back on an amazing 2016, The Hospitals of Providence is also looking forward to a brighter future for the greater El Paso region for next year and many years to come. That’s because we’re working in partnership with our city, local businesses, universities and organizations to live out the mission of our name, Providence – divine guidance.
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Innovative Culinary Creator Satisfying Hunger, Arousing Senses | By: LAUREN MACIAS-CERVANTES photography by: ROBERTO CORTEZ |
Chef Roberto Cortez
any of us choose our meals based on taste, nutritional
Cooking peaked his interest after watching
Cuisine du Soleil”), and studied in Italy,
a commercial about a cooking school on TV.
Canada, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland and also attended a seminar with Albert Adrià
value or convenience, but for chef Roberto
at Spain’s Chocovic.
Cortez, consideration of color, emotion and
“I didn’t know how to cook. I had done a little
mood are part of the selection, then the
bit of prep work at a restaurant just to get a
job, but I didn’t know how to cook,” Cortez
The chef said his time in France made a
explained. “I didn’t grow up with that want or
significant impact on his view of food. While his
desire, I fell upon it.”
knowledge of preparing different dishes grew,
The El Paso native has been a private chef for
so did his appreciation of nourishing concoctions.
more than a decade, but without hesitation, shares that he had no idea he would become
He began a new career path and soon left the
a chef. After graduating from Burges High
“It became more than just making a nice dish to me, I wanted to know everything about it,”
School, he moved to Austin. He had been a guitar player for 12 years and moved there
“I realized that if I wanted to be the best chef
Cortez recalled. “After time, I just realized I
to be in a band. Plans changed after he
I could, I needed to go to France,” he said.
loved the artistry that’s connected to food. The sensory elements that are connected
developed tendonitis, just two weeks later.
Cortez trained in France (Ecole Lenôtre,
to what we eat, it was more than just sound
École Ritz Escoffier), Bellouet Conseil, Le
and vision,” he said.
Cordon Bleu and L’Amandiers “École de
It’s easy to see Cortez isn’t your standard
have our comfort foods to lift our spirits like
chef; the way he prepares a dish is distinct.
macaroni and cheese or ice cream, and we
He not only considers how a dish will taste,
are all definitely familiar with being “hangry.”
but what emotions the ingredients will induce. It’s not something many of us think
Cortez said when you get hungry you get
about while eating, but certainly a connection
really grumpy. “All it takes is just one bite and
we are all familiar with.
that’s it, the screaming lion is calm now and happy,” he said smiling. “Whether people pay
We all have food favorites that take us back
attention to it or not, after eating, people are
to our childhood and make us feel happy like
no longer that angry one or that irritated one.”
mom’s flour tortillas or grandma’s sopa, and www.thecitymagazineelp.com
Chef Roberto Cortez
The world-trained chef is always focused on
“I created this dish that mimicked the flavors
cooking the best dish possible and considers
of us being young, growing up with our
it ‘icing on the cake’ if his creations move
families, and I studied different cultures and
someone emotionally. Cortez has been personal chef to Microsoft’s Paul
Griffith and Eddie Murphy, just to name a few. His experiences gained across the globe are unforgettable. “Being able to do dinner for people like Mick Jagger and some of the biggest bands in the world, and getting a standing ovation afterwards is very emotional; obviously, it’s incredible.” The trilingual chef says the most significant customer response on his journey happened in London when his conceptual dining experience resulted in a very real emotional reaction.
I realized that if I wanted to be the best chef I could, I needed to go to France.
I studied different colors to make us feel at home with our family—something we really don’t realize until we are older and we miss home,” he explained. “This girl from Finland tasted it. She was eating and she was laughing and giggling, and next thing I know, she ran out of the dining room. They came and got me to talk to her. She said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry. It was just so good it made me happy, then started to make me miss my family. I started to think about them and I started to cry.’ I wasn’t trying to make anybody cry, but it actually touched someone so much she cried. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to touch somebody emotionally,” he said. The chef now has 12 of those themed creations. Cortez says he gets bored very easily and is always looking for new ideas.
Chef Roberto Cortez
“It’s really pushed me to come up with ideas I
is that I never ever heard one single person,
Cortez says the most challenging part of
never really would have thought of,” he said.
or one single woman, ever ask how many
his culinary journey is promoting his work
calories were in something or how much
because, while everyone relates to food, it’s
He will be sharing some of his emotion-
fat was in something,” said Cortez. “Their
niches that relate to what he does with food.
engaging dishes via his book “Senses in
connection to the food is pure happiness and
Sucrose: The Art of Emotions in Sweet
all that is steeped in culture. I’ve never seen
As for the most gratifying, “The most
Form,” but don’t expect a cookbook—it
people so passionately moved about eating
rewarding is to see myself in this position, in
doesn’t include any recipes.
every single time, it was beautiful to see.”
this state, that I never thought, that I would
The culinary architect encourages people to
After traveling the world and working for
here and I am doing absolutely everything
start noticing what they’re eating and start
some of the most famous, Cortez is now
I wished and hoped I wanted to do—I’ve
looking for flavors. He says there are many
back in El Paso working as a private chef and
actually done it,” he said.
different ingredients that affect people in a
occasionally traveling to host global dining
different way—something that became very
ever imagine being in,” he explained. “I sit
you’ll have to stay tuned for the details. In the
clear after living in France and experiencing their culture.
The private chef has big plans in mind, but
While he doesn’t really have a favorite food,
meantime, you can buy his book or try to get
because it all depends on his mood, he does
a coveted spot at his upcoming “cre8” dining
“The way that they think about food, it’s very
have a couple of ‘go to’ ingredients that are
experience. Visit robertocortez.com.
different, very unnatural to me being that
always in his kitchen—olive oil from the
when I was in France and one thing I noticed
south of France and sea salt (he has many types of salts depending on the dish).
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Children’s House Guide at New World Montessori School What exactly do you do at your job?
How is a Montessori different from regular school?
“I teach children different aspects of academics as well as
“At Montessori we encourage independence, so a child
how to be self-sufficient, which is really important.”
is free to choose what material he or she wants to work with. The materials that we have in the classrooms are
What’s the best thing about working with kids?
from areas such as math, biology, language, geography, art
“I love how they discover the world, you never know what
and practical life. However, at Montessori we do not only
you’re going to learn from them. I also love their spontaneity,
focus in the intellectual growth, but also the emotional and
never a dull moment when you work with kids!”
physical growth of the child.”
Where’s the best place to unwind in El Paso?
Apart from teaching, what’s another passion you have?
“It’s going to sound cliché, but definitely home. After a long
“Linguistics and Dance. I started dancing with my mom
day of working and then going to school, I like to unwind at
when I was 3 years old, then moved to the Champion
home. After a nice shower, cuddle up with some tea and
Studio. Folklorico and Ballet followed, but right now I just
a good book.”
focus on contemporary dance and I love it.”
Nicole De La Torre
Cosmetologist at Gunznclipperz Barbershop What hairstyle is the most common amongst
Where do you get your favorite meal in El Paso?
men in El Paso?
“Definitely at my mom’s house, there’s nothing like mom’s
“I’d have to say the Comb Over, which is pretty easy to
cooking. I love her German Apple pancakes, they’re delicious!”
maintain, with a mid-skin fade, El Paso boys love a good fade” What is your favorite branch of cosmetology? What do you love the most about your job?
“Hair, I love to cut men’s hair. You can detail their head
“I’m going to have to say the team I work with, we are
better with the machine, so you get a little bit more of
all very close and I love them all, also my clientele. Feels
good to make connections with your clients and have them satisfied.”
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“We got inspired to open NOSH because
launched the catering version of NOSH as a
now open with a storefront for
we wanted to open a health concept and we
portfolio out of school. Her move to open a
everyone to enjoy in West El
studied the market and decided the best way
storefront in the Monticello area, amidst the residential section, was strategic.
Paso. NOSH opened its doors
to do it was to go local, support local farms, be
in January and offers fresh salads, wraps,
sustainable and create something by locals,”
shakes, cold pressed juices and organic
said owner and executive chef, Tara Livingston.
“We have a captive audience here at Monticello and a lot of these people live a very
broth. Dishes are prepared in an open kitchen and are made with seasonal ingredients
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was to start with a captive audience.”
feel it’s very important that each of them know exactly why we’re here and why we’re
The eatery has a walk-up outdoor counter, an
doing what we’re doing,” she explained.
indoor option and a patio environment customers
“They’re passionate about the mission and
can choose from. The business nurtures a
they all bring something different to the
low-waste green environment — embracing
table. We also encourage them to come up
recycling and promoting sustainability.
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February, 2017 You’ll find some unique items on the menu like curried
the Cesar Chavez (pepitas, parmesan and cilantro) or you can create your own garden combination and add your choice of protein including poke. Sauces are made with little dairy; many are vegan. “Food is such an important element and at NOSH our goal is to provide a delicious healthy new option,” said Livingston. “We produce authentic, whole foods created with passion and with only the highest quality ingredients.”
thing to make … NOSH, because
NOSH also offers local, organic bone broth.
she loves the ingredients.
Livingston said the broth cuts sodium, prevents leaky gut and helps decrease cellulite.
“We take a lot of pride in being transparent where our food comes from, what we do
When asked about the name, Livingston
with our waste and how we handle our
said NOSH is a Yiddish word and means to
operation,” she explained.
snack or eat a light meal. And her favorite
While there are some people that may shy away from the healthy alternative, Livingston said they should give the fresh choice a try. “Everyone that’s come and made an effort to be healthy has left with a smile on their face,” she said. “We strive to make it not feel healthy and not boring it’s always fun and it’s always changing. I’ve had a lot of clients who don’t eat salads and have tasted and eaten and they are full, satisfied and very happy,” she said. If you would like to try NOSH, it is located at 150 W. Castellano Suite D and is open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. You can also order online at nosh-nutrition.com. 44
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round the corner from the El Paso courthouse, situated in an inconspicuous brown building, downtown’s newest restaurant welcomes hungry people with specially made cuisine
in a casual setting. Desert Moon Café, only six
months old, is the brilliant food child of Chef Nico Rodriguez. With a keen sense of flavor and food you want to savor, this is not just food to fill you up. The restaurant is on Florence Street, what some might consider the outskirts of what is becoming a lively downtown. Through a black metal grated door, smells of handmade pasta, blackened mahimahi and seasonal vegetables waft through the air. The restaurant is bright with white and blue walls, metal chairs and wooden tables to sit at. Chef Rodriguez is welcoming and passionate about what he does. “I really like the challenge of being in the kitchen,” he tells me. Growing up here in El Paso, Rodriguez left to attend Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado when he was 21 years old. He gained a lot of knowledge on French cuisine and techniques with the heavy instruction taught at the school. Having both parents that were excellent cooks and a grandmother who used to own a restaurant in the 70s, Rodriguez was not new to the kitchen. “I’ve always been interested in food and I like the work atmosphere,” he says. He also adds that some of those French techniques are implemented in his cooking at the restaurant. His experience is vast, having worked at seven different restaurants, starting from his days at culinary school. In New York, he worked with world famous (so I learned) Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Learning from a chef who would create French-Asian Fusion dishes, Rodriguez says, “I would say I learned a lot about balancing flavors from him, from working at that restaurant. He’s a pretty big deal, so I didn’t get to work directly with him.”
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This balancing of flavors and understanding
“Even up to three or four years ago I had no
Rodriguez also does a fair amount of baking,
of different geographical dishes, spices and
interest. It really grew when I moved back to
with made-from-scratch pastries that can
techniques has allowed for Rodriguez to get
El Paso. When I was living in New York I was
also be eaten at the restaurant.
a clear grasp on the flavors he uses and the
like, ‘No way’. But I moved back and thought,
regional and seasonal vegetables he uses in
I could do good here, “ he laughed. “I felt like
“I say that we specialize in unique El Paso
his dishes. Aside from New York, he has also
[El Paso’s culinary scene] could use a fresh
flavors. What I try to do is make things that
worked at a restaurant in Savannah, Georgia,
take.” And that is exactly what Desert Moon
are unique or special to the area. It would be
learning the ways of Southern cuisine.
Café is bringing – a fresh new take. His menu
hard to find these dishes anywhere else.”
consists of French lentils, grilled salmon Chef Rodriquez did not always have hopes
sandwiches, made-from-scratch vegetable
With the restaurant, open Monday to Friday
of opening his own restaurant though.
fettuccine and a special fried chicken entrée.
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the trouble to get there during your lunch hour. The savory meals that Chef Rodriquez creates are just the things that El Paso and downtown were missing. “A lot of our customers are from the courthouse, so there’s a lot of suits, but we are starting to see a younger crowd. I want it to be a cool hip place that’s accessible to everyone. I try to keep the prices pretty reasonable.” In the future, Desert Moon Café hopes to have a beer and wine license so they can expand their operation hours. For now, make it out to the restaurant and enjoy the meals available. Your mouth will not be disappointed. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
Food is a gift. It’s a need satisfied by the diosyncratic sense of taste, both vital and enjoyable. Whether the gift of a meal to the hungry, a favorite homecooked dish for a loved one, or a sit-down dinner at the new eatery around the corner, food is one of life’s true pleasures and ever-craved delights. And like the gift of food, the following pages feature some of our Sun City’s most delectable gifts to those looking to indulge their senses ... and their appetites. We now invite you to read over our tantalizing Restaurants showcase and make plans to treat your palate to some of our city’s best local eats. Bon Appétit!
Edge of Texas Steakhouse & Saloon 8690 Edge of Texas Street El Paso, Texas 79934 915-822-3343 edgeoftexassteakhouse.com
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Edge of Texas Steakhouse & Saloon This landmark restaurant not only makes history; it makes our mouths
perfection. In fact, there’s something for everyone. With an exclusive
water! From top to bottom, the walls of the delicious Edge of Texas
wine list and daily happy hour Monday-Friday 4-6 pm, Edge of Texas
Steakhouse & Saloon are adorned with history, and the stories that
makes for the perfect retreat and break-away from the usual dinner
owner and restauranteur, Lupe Acosta, along with husband and
routine. Plus, there’s a banquet room with an outdoor patio that offers
partner, Juan Quintana, tell about it’s remarkable past, combine to
the same “western elegance” you’d expect and promises to make
make for a truly irresistible dining experience. Celebrating 20 years
your graduation, wedding, or any special occasion, a memorable
in November, this incredible establishment is a literal relic that still
event and one where Acosta assures, “We take care of everything.”
boasts a collection of original paintings throughout and showcases
And it shows! A stickler for detail, Acosta is diligent with her staff in
heirlooms that date back even further. As the story goes, cowboys
keeping them trained to the highest level of customer service, takes
would retire to the old restaurant, tie up their horses and “gather,
pride in the restaurant’s cleanliness and overall runs an operation
drink and dance,” according to Acosta. Today, three authentic
where employees are valued and customers are happy!
stagecoaches outside the restaurant remain from those days. Even the dining room furniture is completely original and tells the story of
With $10 daily lunch specials Monday-Friday from 11-2 pm, Edge of
having been cushioned to better-seat tired cowboys’ behinds from
Texas offers fine food at prices that are easy on the wallet. And the
their daily horse-riding.
location is not what some might think. Situated in the Northeast off the 54 Patriot Freeway and Dyer, the drive is not unlike heading across
And of course, there’s the food! Everything from 28-day aged steaks,
town from east or west El Paso. Truth be told, our Sun City’s lucky to
hand carved in-house from as small as four ounces for small appetites,
have a place like this in our own backyard and for out-of-town guests,
all the way up to a hearty 14-ounces, to even their very own red and
makes for an exciting destination for great ole’ western food and flair!
green chilies that go into that perfect enchilada complement to your steak. For seafood lovers, rest assured that the lobster is cooked to
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Sunny’s Sushi The myriad of voters spoke and this year’s “Best of The City 2016” award for El Paso’s “Best Sushi” went to none other than Sunny’s Sushi. Stop in and you’ll taste just why! The sushi has not only been voted, hands-down, the best in town, the authentic, warm and friendly establishment keeps hungry fans coming back for more. And when Sunny Ji, owner and 20-year industry veteran, tells of her successes in the art of sushi, among her other savory specialties, it’s her love and appreciation for her customers that rings loud and clear. With huge thanks to all her fans, Sunny’s Sushi isn’t new to the list for being the “best” in class, and has won other local awards and five-star reviews. From Japanese to Korean cuisine, the menu caters to all tastes, and offers delicious steaks and seafood for those looking to satisfy other cravings. Celebrating nearly 10 years at the Redd Rd. location, Sunny’s Sushi has seen a most loyal following, and that’s no surprise coming from the beloved owner’s impeccable hospitality. With low-priced, daily sushi and bento box lunch specials Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2:30 pm, and Saturdays from 12-3 pm, prepare to have your taste buds swooned by top-rated sushi that’ll leave you wanting more and more!
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The Arena Sports Bar and Grill Most hear “sports bar” and assume the typical sports bar flair. The
and tailgating events complete with outdoor screens make them
Arena Sports Bar and Grill will change that! Prominently located on
the new major player in town. The outdoor patio will soon feature a
El Paso’s booming Far Eastside, they offer a refreshing spin on the
sports dome-shaped roof, full-bar service, screens and curbside take-
usual sports bar scenario with the edgy blue neon bar, the arena-
out. They offer premium sports packages and pay-per-view, and their
style sports memorabilia, cozy booth-seating, outdoor patio, and
upcoming Super Bowl party is the place to be. (Their mouthwatering
seriously delicious food! Owners, Shane Troxler and Robert Madrid,
wings come in party trays perfect for game day, your place or theirs.)
alongside business partners, Tony Munoz, Jr. and Lionel Dominguez,
Get out of your usual rut and discover The Arena Sports Bar and Grill;
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your taste buds will call you their new MVP!
customers who keep coming back for more! The Arena Sports Bar and Grill With a full menu of delectable eats like juicy ribeyes, specialty dogs
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cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapenos (a crowd favorite), The
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The Grape Italian Steakhouse | By: JACQUELINE AGUIRRE photos courtesy of: BOBBY GALLAGHER |
ucked away at the foot of the Franklin Mountains, sits the Italian-inspired neighborhood of Piazza Escondida in west El Paso. Warm, sandy brown colors and soft beige tones grace the open-brick structure and play well into the Venetian vibe. Within this neighborhood, lies the hidden gem that is an American-Italian bistro, The Grape Italian Steakhouse. Youâ€™ll notice people enjoying the warm weather with a stroll or lounging in The Grapeâ€™s patio with a glass of wine or an enticing dish before them, deep in enjoyment of the ambiance. What began as a catering business by personal trainer and chef, Michael Laster, grew into something greater as more customers increasingly desired his artisanal affairs in the world of healthy food. As cliental increased, Laster also gained connections with the developers
of the Piazza Escondida and the Winton Group, which yielded the opportunity for a restaurant.
February, 2017 “It’s been open for six months, but it’s been two years in the making,” he says with gratitude. One of the dishes, considered a big hit according to Laster, the spinach infused burger: a 10-ounce spinach burger infused with fresh green spinach and topped with salted mozzarella cheese. Served with either fruit or a salad, he stresses the importance of the best produce. “The good thing is that when I go shopping for the produce, I get what’s freshest, crispiest and I choose my vegetables according to that. I don’t have a large walk-in freezer, so it all has to be fresh,” he says. Laster adds that with his daily produce shopping, he enjoys changing the menu in relation to the seasons. He explains that sometimes, up to 40 percent of the menu can change each time. Just when you think Laster has mastered the art of a perfect meal, he enhances your healthy experience with the carefully crafted wine list to pair with each
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Hidden gem item on the menu, from appetizers to desserts and everything in-between; even hosting monthly wine dinners with an exclusively delectable meal to pair to each wine. In the springtime, Laster coordinates events for locals to enjoy such as yoga brunches, weekly classic movie nights and small concerts on the patio. “If we do work with anybody, it is always local. We like to work with the local establishments around the city,” he says.
The Grape Italian Steakhouse has continued to prosper; it remains a home away from home to many. Located in a secluded area, it is an exceptional location for lunch or dinner. When you arrive, you’ll be surprised to find how many people already know each other and you’ll be left wondering why it took you so long to find out about El Paso’s best kept secret.
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Love with Improv 62
y hugs are awkward. They are a perfunctory
communicates something grander. And I began to notice that improv
gesture mandated by social etiquette and colder
was something much deeper. I instinctually knew that I was being asked
than day old oatmeal. They are short where they
to be fundamentally open-minded, to be brave, to be adventurous.
should be long, rigid instead of soft and they end as abruptly as they begin. They have the soothing qualities of a traffic cop and just as
Improv is not about memorizing a script and performing a scene, it’s
much sex appeal. When finished, I don’t even look back and I consider
about showing up and being more of yourself. Those who learn to
my duty done. Hugs are a profound weakness of mine.
paint like Da Vinci imitate a master; but as long as their own inner mastery remains unknown, they are imposters. They may grow by
I would never had considered changing the way I hug – or lack thereof
following the brushstrokes of an original, but only become themselves
— if the director of my new TV project wouldn’t have noticed. After
by grasping their own originality. The great teachers and artists can
a situation where I needed to hug someone at the end of the show,
indicate genuine paths to follow; yet following them can only take us
he stopped and said, “Are you kidding me with that? Does anyone in
so far. In order to emulate a saint or a teacher, those who follow must
your life believe your hugs?” Then he suggested I take improvisation
eventually take their own lead and make their own footsteps.
lessons. We may enter paths where others have found meaning and even Returning to El Paso, I made one phone call to the only friend I know
transcended; that’s a worthy way to begin a quest. But in order to
who has experience in acting. He called several people and found an
answer the question of our own lives, we must risk taking our own
improv teacher named David who agreed to teach me.
steps. The only genuine safety in this world comes from risking oneself completely in order to become oneself more fully.
Nervous, I entered David’s home and the first thing I noticed were his eyes, which are brown, but not like chocolate or honey or chestnuts.
Improv demands that you show up, jump in and go deep. After one
His eyes are the color of forest mushrooms, earthen brown in a way
especially charged emotional exchange, I sat with the devastating
that brings to mind old sepia photographs. They could melt you with
emotions I was feeling and cried. And cried. And cried.
their facade of chocolate, but then they would crush you with their under-layer of earth and soil.
As I was leaving, David walked up to me slowly, wrapping both arms around my shoulders and hugged me. I felt my body press into his
I was pleased to see his silver hair and relieved to feel he had that
and I sank into the warmth of his body, appreciative of the simple
teacher/dad vibe. He has a face like some guy you’d ask for directions in
gesture, which made me feel as if my own father had his arms around
the street, non-threatening, but handsome. In a suit, he could be a news
me. I could feel the world around me melt away. His hug made the
anchor, tall, clean cut, but with a loveable smile that is only ever removed
room warmer somehow and the future seemed less bleak. It was
from his features when he needs to be serious. His movements are
pure. Unselfish. Undemanding. Free.
unhurried, choreographed and deliberate. His voice is deep. Improv has made me question every promise I ever made to myself. Over the course of several lessons in a couple of months, I appreciated
It made me open up when I didn’t want to let myself in. It helped me
the way David courted my opinion and listened to what I had to say.
to breathe when I didn’t want to anymore and it helped me see that
For the most part, I understood what was going on with the structure
it’s okay to feel. And so often there are no words for the emotions we
of improv and periodically he stoped to address me directly, to explain
are experiencing. So we hug. Deeply.
the next exercise and what its purpose was. It was oddly comforting to be treated so much like a child, yet all along I felt in control, like all
They say that sometimes your
I had to do was whisper “stop” and he would.
biggest strengths are also your biggest weaknesses, but sometimes
I thought improv was just a way to make jokes or sophisticated guidelines
it’s your weaknesses that become
for brainstorming. But something in the language of our culture
your greatest strengths.
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ur annual ‘foodie’ issue, packed with savory stories on tasty new eateries, trending topics
in food, must-have recipes and much more,
serves up a fresh look at the culinary delights at
the forefront of our booming city. As such, it seems
highly appropriate that when discussing matters of food, we also consider the other side of what is plain and simple, a basic survival need that requires satisfying daily. According to national standards, however, roughly 45 million Americans are currently living in poverty and certainly, food is scarce in these households. For some, these statistics might come as a surprise, but for one locally-owned business, it’s a catalyst for success. Enter KB Realty, or KBYREE (KB Realty Your Real Estate Experience) as they’ve come to be known. A synergistic, real estate powerhouse, considered a one-stop destination for every possible real estate transaction imaginable, owners Preston Brown and Tony Delgado, have commanded
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the entire gamut of their industry since
providing them with information on families
the company’s inception in 2008. When it
deemed to be in need. During the holidays,
pertains to feeding needy families along our
KBYREE stepped up its efforts in a big
border, KBYREE’s upstanding commitment
way and fed even more families through a
to corporate social responsibility is not
massive city-wide food delivery initiative on
only a philanthropic aim, it’s the entire KB
December 23rd, by way of the combined
efforts of 20-30 agents, of whom graciously packed their cars and delivered enough to
Surely, Brown’s humble roots from his
feed roughly 30 families. That same spirit
upbringing in a mobile home park in Canutillo,
of holiday giving fed 20 families the week
Texas, play a role. The spirit of enthusiasm,
before. The typical contents of these care
however, that this real estate guru visibly
sparks in his agents, eager to embark on
unpacked on the spot to often speechless,
regular food drives geared at feeding hungry
yet clearly touched families, is enough for a
families, is what’s clearly unmistakable.
family of four at three square meals a day, for
What’s more, KB Realty has grown its simple,
an entire week.
benevolent mission into a coordinated effort
that draws from the assistance of the El Paso
Feeding needy families alone is a noble act
Independent School District (EPISD), more
of kindness that anyone of us, willing and
recently the Socorro Independent School
able, is capable of carrying out. What makes
District (SISD) and today, feeds an average
the KBYREE mission remarkable, however,
of 50 families every month. In fact, EPISD
is not our area’s leading real estate firm’s
has been hugely supportive, with school
financial ability to doing so, but rather the
counselors and at-risk coordinators steering
KB Realty’s efforts in the right direction by
authentic sentiment that lies at the core.
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genuine “addiction” to helping others and
commitment to making a difference and the
the contagiousness of that spirit among
discovery that real success comes only from
his agents, who he says have become
“enjoying the true essence of life.”
“hopelessly addicted” to such profound acts of goodwill and generosity. These are busy
The feel-good experience that comes from
professionals who dedicate time out of their
touching the lives of the needy, and which
already full schedules to help impoverished
bonds the agents of KB Realty is exactly
families who struggle for what most take
what the company holds as its vision for
for granted. Food purchases are also made
El Paso. With hopes that their local efforts
directly by the company, as opposed to the
“create a seed that goes viral,” rest assured
more common food drive scenarios where
that the company will continue to be a
food is publically collected through donations
major player in town, both in matters of real
before finally being dispersed. As Brown
estate acquisitions, property management,
elaborates, “We use profits to feed El Paso.
investment lending, construction and every
We were from poorer backgrounds chasing
other aspect of real estate that KBYREE has
success. Once we figured out what we were
pioneered, but also in matters that, above all,
good at, money got boring.’ As it happens,
come before any of that. Interestingly, the
Brown emulates the utilization of success
company’s website says that a great agent is
and profits for the betterment of humanity
“worth their weight in gold.” We must then
from mentor and renowned life coach, Tony
presume that a KB Realty agent also has a
Robbins, whose nationwide philanthropic
heart of gold, where feeding hungry local
efforts helped feed roughly 100 million
families lies at the heart of what matters!
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he reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other
... but to be with each other,” stated Christopher McDougall in his book, “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.” People who don’t run don’t understand what it takes of enduring countless minutes, let alone hours, varying temperatures and stretches of land that can seem never ending. After conquering something so big, and seemingly beyond a single person, you begin to feel resilient. Lauren Reasoner can relate. Reasoner was the first female to cross the finish line in last year’s ninth Michelob Ultra El Paso Marathon. Reasoner became serious about racing around six years ago, when preparing for her first marathon. She built up slowly by doing walking/running intervals to attain longer distances. Her preparation now includes training year-round to maintain fitness, and about 10-12 weeks out from a marathon, committing to long, mostly hilly, runs of 17-20 miles. To avoid injury she implements cross-training, and for strength-training she incorporates a weight lifting class or two weekly. She adds that getting fitted for shoes is a must. Physical preparation is necessary, but mental discipline is imperative. Reasoner says, “The beginning of a race is always full of excitement and adrenaline and it can be hard not to start off too fast. The middle miles are about keeping focus, but also not dwelling on how much further you need to run. The last six miles become the true test of mental strength. No matter how much you train, those miles hurt. Your legs and your brain are telling you to stop, but you just need to push through. Seeing the finish line, and crossing it, is one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. The sense of accomplishment, knowing all the effort was worth it, makes you want to run another marathon, no matter how much it hurts.” While every runner’s preparation is different, so is every race. In honor of its 10th year, the Board of Directors decided to do something extra special this year by re-branding the race. Treasurer Lee Ellen Banks and Race Director Mike Coulter say www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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February, 2017 the new edgier logo for the new Springfoot El Paso Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K better reflects the Sun City. The treads of the running shoes include unique images of El Paso such as the desert yucca, desert cactus, UTEP’s Bhutan-style buildings, the Star of Texas, Southwest University Park, El Paso’s mountain star, the bridge between both countries over the river, and of course, the sun. After a year of planning, implementing, filing city permits, soliciting sponsorships and filing traffic control plans, organizers hope runners will enjoy this year’s route. The Michelob Ultra Marathon, TFCU Half Marathon and the Up and Running 5K Run / Walk will provide a scenic course and give a “taste of the city’s different neighborhoods, from upscale new developments in the far east sections to the urban Victorian homes on Montana Avenue that date to the 19th century.” The starting point is at the east El Paso campus of The
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Hospitals of Providence and the course will head east on Tierra Cortez Avenue to allow some soaking up of the sunrise over the Hueco Mountain to the northeast with “miles of rugged desert for as far as the eye can see.” All three races will finish in Southwest University Park. As always, the full marathon course is certified as a Boston qualifier. Coulter says last year’s race included runners from 40 states and four countries, drawing in runners from Canada, Italy, Germany, and
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over 200 from Mexico. Near or far, all who participate can agree on one goal: To get to the finish line. Race day undoubtedly creates
a motivational movement that leaves a lasting
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punishment, but a freeing experience with a privilege of having a multitude of people uniting to work towards the very same prize you do.
Consideration for Our Mate | By: JOANN WARDY |
We often take one another for granted and
Treat your mate’s friends courteously, even
forget the importance of little things. The
the ones that are not your favorites.
foundation of a good relationship is built day by day with consideration and respect for
Be punctual with your mate for all business
one another. Here are some tips:
and social engagements.
Major disappointments or difficult situations
Be compromising on all family decisions
require extreme patience, sympathy and
especially those involving the children.
motivation, and may require putting your mate before your children.
When giving your mate a gift, be imaginative and give something you know they will love.
A mate needs encouragement and support, and should not be mocked or degraded.
Joann Wardy owns and directs “The School of Etiquette and Enrichment” and was certified
It is important to be particularly nice to your
at “The Protocol School of Washington.”
mate’s parents and family, even if you don’t have a close relationship. Never prevent your
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In our society, we seem to struggle with defining what love is, although everyone has a different perception of what love entails, the ancient Greeks had it down to a T. They defined the meaning of love into seven categories. I think we all go through a different stage at some point in our lives. If you’re intrigued to find out which category the kind of love you seek or give falls into, here are the seven kinds of love according to the ancient Greeks.
Eros (love of the body): is known as the Greek God of sexual passion and desire. The Greeks feared Eros and the kind of love he brought. Eros would shoot his arrow onto the hearts of both mortals or immortals without warning. Eros was viewed as a dangerous and irrational form of love, a love that could take control of you and possess you. Eros
is formed on sexual attraction which is where the term “erotica” comes from. Philia (love of the mind or deep friendship): this form of love is what we know as platonic love. A love that is felt for a friend or comrade. Developed for the deep comradely friendship between brothers in arms. Philia is a love found for someone who shares the same values and ideas as you, and a love that
is reciprocated. The Greeks valued this type of love far more than Eros sexual love, because Philia is about showing loyalty to your friends.
Ludus (playful love): this type of love is usually found in the affection of young lovers or child-like flirting. We have all been there at some point in time when the flirting and teasing of an early relationship. It’s a form of love that is mostly accompanied by dancing or laughter, it’s a fun
flirtatious kind of love. Pragma (longstanding love): the love between a married couple who has grown throughout time. A love that through tribulations, compromise, patience, and respect grew to become a long-standing love. Pragma was the highest form of love; it’s about
making an effort to give love rather than expecting to receive it. It is pragmatic that’s why the term is “standing in love” rather than “falling in love”.
Agape (love of the soul): a selfless love that you extent to loved ones or distant strangers, a simple love for humanity is what agape is all about. Agape is about showing compassion, helping, and sympathizing with people whether we
know them or not. The term agape was later translated in Latin as caritas, now known as the word “charity”.
Philautia (self love): this type of love is delegated into two categories the good and the bad. The negative version of philautia is usually associated with being overly self-centered where fame, wealth
and selfishness usually lead to narcissism. The positive side of philautia is about loving one’s self in a healthy manner. The idea is that by loving one’s self and feeling secure with yourself you can then love others. As Aristotle once wrote, “All friendly feelings for others are an extension of a man’s feelings for himself.”
Storge (love of a child): this is associated with the love a parent feels for their children. It’s based on natural feelings and effortless love. Storge knows
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he most frequently asked question by my clients
Next, it is important to clear out your past relationships.
are always about love.When will I find somebody?
How can you make room for someone new if you
Is there true love for me? We all try to find that
are holding on to the past along with all the pain and
other person who compliments us and makes
hurt? For example, if you are hurt because someone
us whole. It is part of who we are as humans
was unfaithful then you are hurting only yourself.
to seek out companionship. Through my own
Take this as a lesson to yourself and manifest that so
personal experiences, as well as what I have learned
the next person will be loyal. I often suggest to my
professionally, I have found there are several things
clients to write a letter to their past partner that hurt
we can do to manifest love in our lives.
them so deeply. Express everything you need to say, like they were sitting right there in front of you and do
First and most importantly, you must love yourself.
not hold back. Now you do not have to mail them the
Like the saying goes, “like attracts like.” If you are
letter, instead burn it on a full moon to help you let go.
not loving yourself first, then how do you expect
Putting it down on paper helps to let the energy go
someone to love you the way you desire? It is not
instead of carrying it inside of you.
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their responsibility to make you happy, it is yours. When you learn to put yourself and your needs first,
Also, sit down and make a list of ten things you
then you will find someone who is also complete,
are looking for in a partner and make sure they are
happy and ready to love another because they already
realistic traits. For instance, they are faithful, honest,
fundamentally love themselves.
humorous and hardworking. Make sure this is what
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you “need” in a partner. If you say you “want” a relationship it is harder to manifest because the word “want” means to lack and not have. I often refer to the Rolling Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Clients often ask when and where they will meet this person as well. My reply is not where you will meet them, but when you are ready to meet them. Allow the universe to manifest it for you. I find more people find love when they aren’t even looking. It is important as well not to settle for the first thing that comes along, look back at your list and see if this person meets the things you wrote down. If not, then move on and be patient and wait for the one with your specific needs. This could just be a test to see if you are genuinely ready. Finally, you can utilize the crystal rose quartz as well, as it is known as the stone of love. It is helpful in attracting a new loving relationship and can be worn as jewelry. It helps to heal you from old relationships and attract love. I hope that some of these suggestions are helpful to you in your search for finding love at last. www.GraceThePsychicLady.com
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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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RESILIENT February, 2017
E L PA SO
hen Amri walked into the Purple
Gallery on December 30, she was surprised by a group of family,
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friends and well-wishers who were waiting to celebrate her and the wish she would receive from Make-A-Wish® North Texas El Paso Regional Office. The send off party featured the El Paso teenager’s original artwork via the special exhibit. Amri has a high appreciation and love of art, starting from as young as she can remember. As a special way to incorporate her love for art into her send off party, MakeA-Wish, volunteers and the Purple Gallery collaborated to surprise her with her own show, titled “Resilient,” in recognition of the strength she has exhibited over the years. Many different people from the community came together to make sure that this send off party was as special as it could be for Amri. “Make-A-Wish is a great organization that does amazing work. Any chance we get to assist is always a great and fun time,” said the event coordinator, who wished to remain anonymous. “The people of this organization have big hearts and do great things for the community, especially in the lives of those kids that have gone through tough times.” Supporters arrived at the gallery early to help set up before Amri’s arrival. Those in attendance shouted “Surprise!” just as Amri and was greeted by her wish granters— volunteers who serve as liaisons between
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always happy, with your beautiful smile, and you made it better. You made me realize that this is why I continue as a teacher. I’m really happy you came into my life.” When asked about the name, “Resilient,” for the exhibit, Amri’s mom, Irma, said it was a process to come up with the correct title. “When I was trying to come up with one word to describe Amri I came up with so many,” she said. “She’s strong, she’s
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he bought a small parrot and decided to train
these birds back to health, partnering with
that bird to perform the same behaviors that
local rescue groups to rehabilitate the birds
he saw larger parrots on television do. A few
and re-release them into local habitats. It’s an
years later, one of his teachers suggested
amazing feeling, the swoosh of a bird’s wings
that he give a bird demonstration for her
as it takes flight, whether it’s being released
students, and voila! Krathwohl discovered
into a new home or soaring right above you
the thrill of presenting trained birds. At 14, he
in the Wildlife Amphitheater.
was given his first large birds by owners who could no longer keep them, a Triton Cockatoo
The Birdman has performed live across the
and a Blue and Gold Macaw. The rest, as
United States, around the globe, and on
they say, is history. As The Birdman gradually
numerous local, network, and international
acquired more birds, he continued studying
television shows including the Late Show
bird behaviors, presenting traveling free flight
with David Letterman and the Tonight Show
bird shows, and working with local wildlife
with Jay Leno. Now you can see him—and
centers to rescue and re-release abandoned
the birds—daily at the El Paso Zoo!
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Winentine’s Day Don’t have the perfect gift for your significant other, but you know they love to drink? Well don’t look any further. Now there are several websites that allow you to pick the perfect set of wine bottles for that loved one. They can be customized to their taste, or even to what you’ll be having for dinner. The pairings are pretty big, and the cost is very affordable depending on the type of wine you’d like. So drink the night away, clink your glasses and your hearts (if you know what I mean).
Out of the box dates Ever been with your significant other, and when you guys are deciding what to do, you encounter the dreaded “I don’t know” or the “Whatever you want”, and end up doing the same old thing? Pinterest is the place to go to find original ideas for dates, dates that are a little bit more out of the box. A hike, daring each other to karaoke, trying exotic foods a picnic. Something out of the ordinary is always nice, and what better way to experience it than with your loved one.
Gal-entine’s Day Don’t have a significant other? Celebrate Galentine’s Day with your best pals. Why waste money on someone who could break your heart, when like the Spice Girls said, “Friendship never ends”. Gather your best friends for a special lunch or dinner and exchange stories about bad partners, fun partners, or anything really. Take them small but meaningful gifts to let them know they’re the only girls in your life.
Eye-see you faking it
Where to start – aren’t glasses (for some people) really uncomfortable to wear? Some people like to use fake glasses as a fashion statement, but let’s be honest, they just look dumb. If you don’t have any eye
problems, why try to fake it? It doesn’t make you look smarter. I mean, we’ve seen people use the 3D glasses they give you at the movie theatre, yikes!
Selfiever You woke up cute, you’re feeling yourself, take a selfie! Post it all over your social media, nothing wrong with that. But when your Instagram is full of selfies, well, it’s not that cute anymore. I’m sure your friends know damn well what you look like, there’s no need to remind everyone how “cute” you look pouting your lips. Show us more about what you like, maybe some food posts (even though they’re a bit cliché too), an exotic location, pet pictures, pics with your friends, show us more!
Balloons A lot of people love to give a handful of helium balloons with their gifts, sometimes those balloons live enough to sag away until they experience disinflation, but others just fly away into the sky. Balloons sure a beautiful way to decorate, but they also pollute the environment.
A First-Hand Readerâ€™s Account: Non-Invasive Fat Burning | By: MATTHEW ABRAHAM |
s Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us
Six weeks after my last Vanquish treatment, I
have abandoned the New Year’s resolutions
still had troublesome pockets of fat on my lower
that we had vowed to stick to only a month
abdomen and flanks that didn’t seem to be going
prior. Luckily, 2017 offers a variety of new
anywhere. I decided to try SculpSure on these
non-invasive fat burning procedures that
stubborn areas. SculpSure is a non-invasive laser
can help jump-start your journey to a
treatment for the reduction of stubborn fat. While
beach-ready body by summer.
most commonly used in areas like the abdomen and flanks, this kind of technique works very well
One fat reducing option that promises a slimmer
for any body, any shape, size or skin type and can
waistline without surgery is Vanquish. Vanquish
be applied to any body part, such as the arms,
is an FDA-approved body contouring procedure,
thighs or calves. The procedure takes 25 minutes,
which uses radiofrequency energy to heat and
is minimally painful and requires no downtime.
kill fat cells in a non-invasive way. The treatment
Over time, the body naturally eliminates the
is not intended for massive weight loss, but for
disrupted fat cells with results seen as quickly as
the reduction of the abdomen from flank to flank.
six weeks and optimal results usually seen in as
The procedure is virtually painless and requires
few as 12 weeks. Clinical trials show an average
zero downtime with results typically achieved in
of 24 percent reduction in fat volume after a single
four to six 45-minute treatments. Unlike the other
treatment. As opposed to the Vanquish, which
non-invasive fat burning procedures, Vanquish
covers the entire abdominal area, SculpSure has
is totally contactless and offers the largest
paddles, which attach to the specific areas that
treatment area of all the options. The goal of
you want to target for fat reduction. I chose to
Vanquish is to reduce the entire circumference
target my love handles and the pocket of fat in my
area of either the entire abdominal area or to
lower abdominals. The procedure was virtually
tone the legs. After the treatment, the fat cells
painless and over in no time. With just this
that are destroyed are slowly eliminated
one treatment, in six weeks I saw a significant
from the body’s lymphatic system for
reduction in fat in the areas treated. A difference
several weeks, with end results typically
I had not seen with any previous diet or exercise regimen, and I was down another three inches
seen six weeks post-treatment.
in my waistline. Needless to say, I have already I underwent eight Vanquish sessions
booked my second SculpSure appointment.
on my abdomen and flanks over four weeks. While the treatments were
It is important to note that diet and exercise
painless and relatively easy, I did
play an integral role in helping to maximize and
find it difficult to remain completely
maintain results from these procedures. The
healthier your diet is and the more consistent
procedures. I did four weeks of
your workouts are, the better your results will be.
back-to-back procedures on my
The results I saw from both of these procedures
abdomen and flanks, known as
have boosted my self-esteem and made it
the “shrink wrap” procedure to
easier for me to jump out of bed each morning
achieve the highest degree of
and hit the gym. While these procedures can’t
circumferential fat reduction. Six
replace a healthy, active lifestyle, they definitely
weeks from my last procedure,
can be a secret weapon in helping to jumpstart
I had lost almost four inches
your 2017 body transformation or help break
from my waist.
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physique to the next level.
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he first step to a successful visit in Tavira,
evaporated into the fresh, clean, wonderfully
There is much to discover in Tavira. Ancient
Portugal is to dial it down a notch, take a deep
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visitors have left well-hidden traces of their
breath, slowly inhale the smell of the sea and
of your journey and marks the day you can
former presence. Phoenician walls still
then dial it down some more. In fact … it’s
settle in and get to know the town, its people
stand near Islamic edifices. Towering keeps
also the first thing to do each morning as you
and their culture.
suddenly appear in the most unexpected places and stoically reach for the sky. I
sit on a balcony overlooking the shimmering waters of the Atlantic or the brightly painted
It took me four days to register 0 on the dial.
am going to the Almohad district today.
fishing boats clinging to the banks of the
Just four. I got a little help from two scoops
Yesterday, I climbed up the side of a hilltop
scenic River Gilao.
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castle ruin, looking down onto a courtyard
the sun’ in front of this quaint sidewalk café.
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Pointed arches found in many of the old
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buildings but a few new ones are planned
gates speak of the Gothic period. From the
in the carefully preserved town archives.
and promise to offer very modern faces. Revitalized public spaces include a colorful
Renaissance eraâ€” Igreja da Misericordia, which I hope to visit soon. I wonder if it is the
Whatâ€™s new in Tavira? The stark contrast of
riverside park (on both sides of the River
source of the bells that ring at midnight. And
ultra-modern architecture can be seen at
Gilao) and bike trails that take you further
then of course, there were the Romans, who
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Love February, 2017
IS IN THE AIR | By: ELAINE GORDON |
February seems to be synonymous with Valentine’s Day, a celebration
What I have created on this very special day of love is a very romantic,
of love and affection. It is the time of the year when we have an
candlelit Italian dinner that not only warms our hearts and our palate,
opportunity to reflect inward and focus on the most important foods
but also creates an extraordinary memorable experience with that
of all, our primary foods, which are our love and our relationships with
very special person in our life.
others who touch our lives. Let us also not forget our wonderful feline and canine companions who also bring us much love and joy.
The cuisine I have chosen is an organic mouthwatering, air-chilled Chicken Cutlet Parmesan, smothered with black and green olives,
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day, is an annual holiday
pimento peppers and artichoke hearts.
celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named
Organic rigatoni pasta, infused with ricotta cheese and gourmet
Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial
tomato basil with parmesan cheese, sets the mood paired with a great
celebration in many regions around the world; although it is not a
bottle of Italian Sangiovese (Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina, or Rosso
public holiday in any country.
di Montalcino) red wine, or try a fabulous bottle of Montepulciano. Bon Appétit!
Organic Italian Panko Breaded Chicken Cutlet Parmesan with Ricotta Rigatoni Pasta Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 4-6 (6-ounce) organic air-chilled chicken breasts, pounded thinly (1/4” thick) 4 cups Italian Panko bread crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs) 4 large organic cage free eggs 2 cups of coconut flour seasoned with salt, pepper and Italian spices 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt or to taste, divided 1 small sweet onion, chopped finely 3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely 1/2 teaspoon of cracked black pepper or to taste, divided 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning, divided 4 fresh basil chopped, 4-leaves whole for garnish 8 tablespoons of organic olive oil, divided during cooking 16-ounces of fresh organic mozzarella sliced thinly 1 cup of parmesan cheese, divided 1/4 cup of 2 percent organic milk 3-4 25-ounce jars of organic basil tomato sauce 2 ripe organic heirloom tomatoes (purple or red) cut in 1/4 . 1 bay leaf 1 box of Whole Foods Market organic rigatoni pasta 8 ounces of organic ricotta cheese (part skim milk) Sea salt to taste Black cracked pepper to taste Extra virgin olive oil (for the pasta cooking water) 4 black Kalamata olives, pitted (olive bar or small jar) 4 green olives, pitted (olive bar or small jar) 4 artichoke hearts (olive bar or small jar) 4-6 slices of Italian red pimento peppers (olive bar or small jar) Olive bread or garlic bread sliced and heated
tomatoes, remaining Italian spices, salt, pepper,
Place the coconut flour on a flat dish and
bay leaf, onions and garlic, and cook for 20
add the 1 tablespoon of Italian spices, Âź
minutes or until the fresh tomatoes are soft.
teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of cracked black pepper. Beat the eggs in a bowl and
Using a large glass baking dish or two, add
add 1/4 cup of 2 percent organic milk and
the already cooked tomato basil sauce to
continue to beat the eggs until the milk and
the bottom of the baking dish, then add
eggs are blended. On another plate, combine
the chicken cutlets and top the cutlets with
the Italian Panko breadcrumbs and add 1/2 a
additional tomato sauce and cover with the
cup of grated parmesan cheese and mix well.
slices of mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, green and black olives, red pimento peppers
Take the thinly pounded chicken cutlets and
and artichoke hearts. Then sprinkle a bit of
cover them in the coconut flour, shaking off
parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste.
any excess flour. Transfer to the bowl with
Bake covered for 20-30 minutes or just until
the beaten eggs, turn and coat well allowing
the cheese melts.
the excess to drip back into the bowl. Coat the chicken with the panko mixture, pressing
In the meantime, bring water to a boil for the 1
to stick. Then place all the prepared chicken
pound of organic rigatoni pasta. Add salt and a
cutlets on a separate dish.
small amount of olive oil to the water, so that the rigatoni does not stick together. Cook the pasta,
Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a large, heavy
stirring frequently until the pasta is cooked for
stainless steel skillet or a cast-iron frying
12-15 minutes or until al dente (slightly on the
pan over medium-high heat. Working in 2
harder side). Drain and rinse in cold water to
batches, cook the cutlets and continue to add
stop the cooking process, and set aside.
the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil to the
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pan in between batches until the chicken is
When ready to serve the pasta, reheat a pot
golden brown on both sides and thoroughly
of water, place the already cooked pasta in the
cooked. Pierce with a fork to see if the
hot water just to warm. Drain and place in a
chicken is white on the inside, as opposed
large serving bowl, add the 8 ounces of ricotta
to a raw coloring. Place the cutlets on a dish
cheese, salt and pepper to taste and mix well,
with a paper towel underneath to absorb any
then pour some tomato sauce on top and the
excess oil and set aside.
rest of the parmesan cheese, and serve.
Open the organic tomato sauce jars and pour
Heated olive or garlic bread is also a great
into a stainless-steel pot and add the heirloom
compliment for this spectacular Italian meal. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
Steamed Broccoli with Olive Oil, Garlic and Lemon, Chilled Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 1 large bunch organic broccoli (1 lb.) 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1/8 cup of organic extra virgin olive oil 2 fresh large organic lemons, slicing one lemon and cutting the other in half Sea salt to taste Cracked black pepper to taste Directions: Discard tough lower part of the broccoli stem. Peel the remaining stems and cut in half. In a steamer set over boiling water, place the broccoli and squeeze half a lemon over the broccoli, steam until crisp and tender, 4-5 minutes. While broccoli is steaming, place the chopped garlic in a small skillet combined with the extra virgin olive oil, squeeze lemon juice from the second half of the lemon and add salt and pepper to taste. Heat the garlic mixture over moderate heat until the garlic is fragrant. On a large serving platter, place the steamed broccoli, garlic mixture on top and garnish with lemon slices. Cover and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes, uncover and serve.
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Camila Elypse Tour ::: February 9
8:00 p.m. One Pioneer Plaza Latin pop rock trio Camila visits the Sun City ready to thrill audiences and put on an unforgettable performance. Admission: $50-$125 Info: visit ticketmaster.com or call 915-231-1100
Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan ::: February 11
8:00 p.m. One Pioneer Plaza Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan ensemble has been around for five generations. Enjoy a night of “gritos” and other sing alongs with one of the finest mariachis in the world. Admission: $30-$100 Info: visit ticketmaster.com or call 915-231-1100
Michelob Ultra Springfoot Marathon ::: February 19
7:00 a.m. El Paso Up and Running presents the Springfoot Marathon through the wonderful city of El Paso, so lace up those shoes and get ready to run. Admission: $35-$90 Info: springfootelpaso.org
Jewel Box Series
Dancing With The Stars Live ::: February 10
8:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Enjoy your favorite stars from ABC’s hit TV show live at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Admission: $40-$500+ Info: ticketmaster.com or 915-231-1100
2:30 p.m. One Pioneer Plaza Experience the enchantment of the El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series as they present Disney’s Beauty & The Beast. Admission: $16 Info: ticketmaster.com or epcf.org/give/donate
Lone Star Hundred ::: February 11-12
Franklin Mountains State Park Race through the Franklin Mountain State Park. With an altitude of 4800’ climbing into 7192’, the run begins and concludes in the pavilion area circle inside the State Park. Registration varies, so visit trailracingovertexas.com/lone-star-100/ or call 832-472-4453
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Showtime El Paso Presents Alina Kiryayeva ::: November 18
::: February 19
6:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Abraham Chavez Theatre hosts the American Contemporary Christian band, Mercy Me on their Texas Takeover Tour. Get your tickets quickly before they sell out! Admission: $45 Info: ticketmaster.com or 915-231-1100
Jimmy Eat World ::: February 25
7:30 p.m. Tricky Falls Abraham Chavez Theatre American rockers, Jimmy Eat World visits El Paso as they One Civic Center Plaza Alina Kiryayeva, a talented renowned pianist and cham- embark on their 2017 tour celebrating the release of their ber musician visits El Paso to present a night of beauty new album ‘Integrity Blues’. This is sure to be a fun concert! Admission: $25-$40 through her music. Info: ticketfly.com Admission: $30 Info: ticketmaster.com or 915-231-1100
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Texas Country Music Fest ::: February 25
7:30 p.m. El Paso County Coliseum Tracy Lawrence, Wade Bowen and the Josh Abbott Band partner up to bring you a night of country music! Admission: $30-$65 Info: ticketmaster.com or 915-231-1100
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The Music of Prince ::: February 25
8:00 p.m. Plaza Theatre Presented by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, it is a night of celebrating the iconic Prince. A full band teams up with the EPSO bringing you a night to go crazy about. Admission: $30-$75 Info: tickets.epso.org
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7:00 p.m. Plaza Theatre The Plaza Theatre hosts a journey through Elvisâ€™ various stages of life. A full band, back-up singers, dancers and tribute artists will take you back in time to the very best of Elvis. Purchase tickets quickly before it sells out! Admission: $30-$65 Info: ticketmaster.com or elvislivestour.com
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Anson 11 $$-$$$
House of Pizza $$
303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400
208 N. Stanton St. | (915) 533-3424
Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the
The vintage and trendy House of Pizza offers their most popular
military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was
specialty pizza, which is called the House Special. It includes
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pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage, mushrooms, black olives,
11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H
onions, bell peppers and irresistible extra cheese. O
ALL OVER TOWN
The Downtowner $$ El Taco Tote
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.
201 East Main St. | 2921 N. Mesa St. | 1000 Magruder St. 1461 N. Zaragoza | 9933 Kenworthy St. | 9910 Montana Ave. 3480 Joe Battle Blvd. | (915) 838-6000 This is not fast food, this is Real Mexican Grill food that weâ€™ve made just for you, El Paso. Changing the face of Mexican food, we offer different variations of tacos ranging from: barbacoa, pork, chicken, shrimp, fish and much much more. Also on our menu, try our new veggie taco.
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
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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
The Green Ingredient
201 East Main Street #201 | (915) 298-1010
Westside’s 3rd Hole
1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577 The Green Ingredient is a restaurant that offers delicious, nutritious, personalized meals, teas and more. Offering people the
There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated
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Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We
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saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H
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 celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
The Smokehouse BBQ, Ribs and More $$
Mesa Street Grill $$$
8414 North Loop Dr. | (915) 592-RIBS (7427)
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881 Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this dessert once and it’s sure to become a
Meat lovers! Welcome to a little piece of rib-heaven in El Paso. The Original Baby Back Ribs are just one of their specialties of the house with their own original recipes; prepared fresh and slowly cooked to perfection using apple wood during the whole process creating a magnificent flavor. H
summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
King Crab $$$ 1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697
Rulis International Kitchen
4176 N. Mesa St. | (915) 313-4806 Take a bite out of any of the delicious plates being served at Rulis’ International Kitchen. As winners of Best Beer Selection for Best
You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H
of The City 2015, there’s also a good reason to stay and drink. On Sundays try their savory Paella dish or stop in for Happy Hour Mon. - Fri. 4 – 7 p.m and Th-Sat 9 – 11 p.m. O, H, PR, DF
Edge of Texas The Garden Grill
8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 $$
111 W. University Ave. | (915) 351-2121 Enjoy American cuisine with influences from around the world. Try the popular green chili soup, sip on some wine after work or class and enjoy El Paso’s weather on our outdoor patio. Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn, this treasure is for all of El Paso to experience. O, H
Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.
The Arena Sports Bar and Grill
The Notorious B.L.T. at Murray’s $-$$
2301 N. Zaragoza Rd. | (915) 270-9979
1580 George Dieter, Suite 105 | (915) 328-1808
Crowd pleasing, signature burgers and other delectable eats from
Home to the ‘Best Cocktails’ of 2016 is also the spot for another El
the new MVP! Hit a touchdown with “The Cowboy,” topped with
Paso favorite: The Notorious B.L.T. food truck at Murray’s are some
savory cream cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapenos. Wings are
of the best tacos you’ll find around town! Their Mexican street-style
grilled to perfection, then fried, and available in take-home party
tacos have quickly taken Murray’s-goers by storm and are available
trays. Weekday lunch specials 11-2pm, plus Happy Hour and food
daily until 11p.m. The perfect complement to their top-rated
specials 3-7pm, make for the perfect play on your day. Full menu
cocktails makes for an official, win-win bar experience! DF, H, O
with other tasty treats, full bar and more! H, O
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200
Sunny’s Sushi $$
This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working
910 E Redd Rd. | (915) 842-9508
ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular
Winners of The Best of The City for Best Sushi, you don’t want
sunsets! PR, O
to miss out on what this restaurant is cooking up. With incredible hospitality and great attention to taste and detail, you can be sure to enjoy any dish you choose to eat. With weekday bento box lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., prepare your taste buds for the top-rated sushi in El Paso. 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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February Advertiser INDEX
A + O Group................................................................. Pg. 37
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon............................................ Pg. 60
A1 Kitchens.................................................................... Pg. 2
Quatermane Salon...................................................... Pg. 103
Casa Buenavista..................................................... Pg. 18, 19
RGU Cancer Center...................................................... Pg. 71
Coffebox..................................................................... Pg. 111
Scott Asbury, Allstate Insurance................................... Pg. 72
D’ansa Jazz Stage......................................................... Pg. 37
Shannon Quartermane............................................... Pg. 101
D’Lox.......................................................................... Pg. 111
Southwest Plastic Surgery............................................. Pg. 3
Dr. Keith Johnson......................................................... Pg. 43
Southwest University at El Paso............................ Pg. 12, 13
Edge of Texas............................................................... Pg. 71
Spectrum Technologies................................................ Pg. 47
El Paso Coyotes............................................................ Pg. 87
Stonewood Modern American Grill.............................. Pg. 66
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique..................................... Pg. 105
Grace the Psychic Lady................................................ Pg. 51
Sunny’s Sushi............................................................... Pg. 82
Hotel Indigo.................................................................. Pg. 11
Sunset Funeral Homes................................................. Pg. 51
Hughes Financial Group................................................ Pg. 67
Table Occasions............................................................ Pg. 74
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino.................... Pg. 5
The Green Ingredient.................................................... Pg. 61
Intraceuticals.............................................................. Pg. 123
The Hospitals of Providence........................................... Pg. 9
KB Realty...................................................................... Pg. 15
The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital.......... Pg. 80
KTSM News Channel 9................................................ Pg. 75
The Italian Kitchen West............................................... Pg. 83
Matthew Abraham Make Up........................................ Pg. 42
The State Line............................................................ Pg. 109
Mattress Firm.............................................Inside Back Cover
The Woodhouse Day Spa............................................. Pg. 52
Mesa Street Grill............................................................. Pg. 7
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc........................................... Pg. 1
Mix Salon and Spa...................................................... Pg. 122
Walgreens............................................................... Pg. 16,17
Murray’s...................................................................... Pg. 102
Wyatt Underwood........................................................ Pg. 39
New You Gym............................................................. Pg. 108
77 Stone..................................................................... Pg. 112
Published on Feb 7, 2017
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