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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…


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Not Your Average Chef ROBERTO CORTEZ IS SURPRISING OUR TASTE BUDS IN THE KITCHEN

Food Field Trip SO WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GOOD PIZZA IN THE CITY

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A New Health Concept NOSH IS BRINGING HEALTHIER VIBES TO A GROWING COMMUNITY By: LAUREN MACIAS-CERVANTES

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A Hidden Gem THIS NEW RESTAURANT IS COOKING UP EVERYTHING THAT YOU WANT TO EAT By: JACQUELINE AGUIRRE

Here and Now

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Downtown’s New Cuisine FINDING HANDMADE AND CAREFULLY CURATED FOOD IN DOWNTOWN

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Giving Back KB REALTY KNOWS THAT FOOD MATTERS By: VERONICA NEVAREZ

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The Boderland Takes Flight THE EL PASO ZOO BRINGS EXCITING NEW THINGS

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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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Our tax payments of over $17.4 million help support the infrastructure our community needs to thrive.

Every year we invest over $230 million in salaries, wages and benefits for our team of over 4,400 employees here in El Paso.

We spent $141.5 million in 2016 with investments in new construction, new technology, building renovations and facility expansion projects and over $500 million in the last eight years.

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In the last year alone, we’ve contributed over 50,000 volunteer hours and over $680,000 to community and non-profit organizations to support th imporant work they do.

In 2016, we established The Hospitals of Providence Children's Hospital Fund with The El Paso Community Foundation with $280,000 in seed money to support programs for children.

Recruited 31 new doctors to El Paso in 2016 – an investment of $15.5 million in our community.

A Few Of Our Community Partners Are Listed Below ABUNDANT LIVING FAITH CENTER ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ANTHONY POLICE DEPT ASSOCIATION OF THE US ARMY AUTISM SOCIETY OF EL PASO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EL PASO BORDER AIDS PARTNERSHIP BOY SCOUTS YUCCA COUNCIL BURGES HIGH SCHOOL BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMENS ASSOCIATION CANUTILLO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL CENTER AGAINST SEXUAL & FAMILY VIOLENCE CREATIVE KIDS DIOCESE OF EL PASO EL PASO CENTRAL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION EL PASO CHIHUAHUAS EL PASO CITY BALLET

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FEBRUARY Opportunities to Give & Support LULAC Annual Male Fashion Show Event: El Paso Community College hosts the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 6-9 p.m., as they present their male fashion show and dinner catered by Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. The proceeds will be shared with the El Paso community members, as it will support their education and enrichment in their lives. Along with the fashion show, patrons can enjoy special guest from “The Voice,” Elia Esparza.

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Cupid’s Chase 5k Event: Grab your sweethearts and run in Cupid’s Chase 5k at the Old Mesilla Plaza in New Mexico on Saturday, February 11th at 9 a.m. with over $8,000 already raised for people living with disabilities, join a team or start one of your own for a good cause!

Details: Registration is at 7 a.m. and ranges from $30-$40. Visit comop.org/cupidschase. Over the Edge For the El Paso Zoo Event: The El Paso Zoological Society along with Over the Edge brings a unique and adventurous way to raise funds from Friday, February 17-18. Rappelling from the Anson Mills Building in downtown El Paso, participants will raise money to benefit wildlife care, education and conservation efforts of the El Paso Zoo.

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Michelob Ultra Springfoot Marathon Event: The El Paso Marathon Foundation presents the marathon on Sunday, February 19 through the various neighborhoods of El Paso. Beginning at the east campus of the Hospitals of Providence, the course will end with a sunset over the Hueco Mountain to the northeast. The foundation is inviting non-profit organizations to apply for consideration to benefit from the proceeds from the El Paso Marathon Foundation events scheduled for 2017.

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Chef Roberto Cortez

Photo by: Katarzyna Widmanska

Innovative Culinary Creator Satisfying Hunger, Arousing Senses | By: LAUREN MACIAS-CERVANTES photography by: ROBERTO CORTEZ |

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Chef Roberto Cortez

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any of us choose our meals based on taste, nutritional

February, 2017

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

preparation process.

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

United States.

“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.

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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

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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.”

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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

Allen,

Antonio

Banderas,

Melanie

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.

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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

experiences.

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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Natalia Portillo

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

creative freedom.”

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New Health Concept Opens in City’s Smart Code Community | By: LAUREN MACIAS-CERVANTES photography by: GABRIEL GURROLA |

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once catering-only business is

“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

The El Paso Community College Culinary

healthy lifestyle so we are excited to be here

sourced from local farms.

Arts Program graduate said she was always

and help support this community. We have a

in the kitchen when she was a little girl and

lot of loyal clients from varied age groups and

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“We cross train our employees because we

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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NOSH

February, 2017 You’ll find some unique items on the menu like curried

cauliflower

and

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

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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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Downtown Eating at the

Desert Moon Cafe A

| By: KRYSTA AYERS photography by: BOBBY GALLAGHER |

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.

from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. it will be worth

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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

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RESTAURANT PROFILES

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;

opened last November to a surge of sports enthusiasts and satisfied

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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and signature burgers like “The Cowboy,” topped with savory cream

El Paso, Texas 79938

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Arena provides a tasty twist to typical tailgate food! Plenty of parking

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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. You’ll notice people enjoying the warm weather with a stroll or lounging in The Grape’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.

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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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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

Realty experience.

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

packages,

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.

lovingly

hand-delivered

and

benevolent mission into a coordinated effort

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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

wholeheartedly

KB Realty’s efforts in the right direction by

authentic sentiment that lies at the core.

selfless

and

powerfully

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One of the Strongest

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Investment Management Financial Planning Executive Benefits More specifically, it stems from Brown’s

Robbins for paving the way for KBYREE’s

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

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families lies at the heart of what matters!

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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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Etiquette

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

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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”.

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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.”

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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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February, 2017 Bariatric Patient

Candida Rodriguez lost

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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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hen Amri walked into the Purple

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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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The Birdman began his career at age 10 when

at the zoo plays an integral role in nursing

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.

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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.

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A First-Hand Reader’s Account: Non-Invasive Fat Burning | By: MATTHEW ABRAHAM |

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beaut y

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

still

minute

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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

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TAVIRA

T

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

aromatic air. That moment is the true beginning

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

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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.

of Italian Gelato at Tavira Romano, ‘taking

castle ruin, looking down onto a courtyard

the sun’ in front of this quaint sidewalk café.

rose garden that smelled like heaven.

Repeat this exercise until ALL of your stress,

You’ll find it next to the Roman Bridge in the

Classical musicians played haunting tones as

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Pointed arches found in many of the old

the River Gilao, brought many gifts outlined

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 era— Igreja da Misericordia, which I hope to visit soon. I wonder if it is the

What’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

the Alvaro de Campos Library. Museums

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Food

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

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Directions:

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

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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

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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

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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

Mercy Me

::: 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

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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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Elvis Lives!

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7:00 p.m. Plaza Theatre The Plaza Theatre hosts a journey through Elvis’ 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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DOWNTOWN

DOWNTOWN

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

Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson

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 we’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

$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF

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

To highlight your local restaurant in The City Local Eats email: info@thecitymagazineelp.com


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

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

real perspective of health, you can get balanced meals that are

as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El

nutritious, free from additives, preservatives, GMO’s and extremely

Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We

high quality. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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!


EASTSIDE

UNIVERSITY/KERN

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

NORTHEAST

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.


FAR EASTSIDE

EASTSIDE

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

WESTSIDE

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

$$$

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, 2017

February Advertiser INDEX

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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

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

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


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