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Middle School Hero READ ABOUT THE FOOTBALL COACH WHO SAVED A PLAYER’S LIFE
Life Saver THIS WOMAN IS SAVING LIVES IN HER CAREER AND DAILY LIFE
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The American DREAM ONE UTEP STUDENT’S JOURNEY AS A DREAMER By: MARIE MOORE
A Rescue Mission LAW N PAWS IS THE ANIMAL RESCUE SHELTER YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT By: KAYLA MELSON
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Artist Spotlight TURN THE VOLUME UP FOR THE CHAMANAS By: JACQUELINE AGUIRRE
Hidden Gem CREPE AND CO. IS SERVING THE FOOD YOUR STOMACH WANTS By: KRYSTA AYERS
Where Are They Now? OSCAR MOLINAR IS A RISING STAR AND BEAUTY INFLUENCER FROM EL PASO By: ANGEL TORRES
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his month we honor the unsung heroes of El Paso, those who might go unnoticed, whose nature isn’t to brag; they do what they do because their hearts are good and their good deeds often go unnoticed because humility is their badge. Thus, the cover
story of Coach Eric Palomares from Hernando Middle School in the Socorro Independent School District. Coach was placed in the right place at the right time and with the right skill set to save a young football player’s life. When you read the cover story about his heroic efforts, his humility, you’ll breathe a breath of confidence about the hands you place your children in when they go to school. Coach Palomares is hailed as a hero for saving the life of one of his players. Read the cover story yourself and meet the man on page 20. There are an estimated 750,000 DREAMERS in the United States. Those who are at no fault of being brought into the United States illegally by parents wanting a better life for their children. They go to school, contribute to society, and walk a straight line often in the shadows, always looking over their shoulder with the threat of being deported. Most of these DREAMERS have never visited their birth countries, have no ties to relatives and if deported, would be entering a country as strange to them as it would be to us. I can’t imagine living in a world of what-ifs, hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Meet a brave young UTEP student, David Gamez, who walks those shoes daily. This month we also celebrate the many real estate professionals in the El Paso region. As we grow, they grow, and the cream of the crop is highlighted in our July Issue. Those classy individuals who take the time to get to know us, learn our family wants, maneuver us through budgets, then search this great city for the perfect home for us to raise our children, play with our dogs, barbeque and swim in the summer sun. They find us our homes where we share a lifetime of memories. That brings us to the beauty article and updating those professional headshots. Girls, glamour shots are a thing of the past and if you’re still using yours on your business card it’s time for an update. Nothing is worse than showing up to meet your business appointment and not recognizing each other because of years gone by. Read our beauty article for tips on the latest do’s and dont’s, and embrace your beauty today and say goodbye to your younger self. You couldn’t get me to go back— well, maybe a few years. Enjoy the read,
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“Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002”
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If you aren’t familiar with best-selling author David Sedaris, you should
In a suburb outside of Cleveland, Ohio, a community of Indian
be. In his new book, “Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002,” he gives
Americans straddle the boundaries of West and East cultures. This
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Erik Larson beautifully tells the true story of the White City, a glorious
The house is minimalist in design—just as the architect intended it
architectural structure from the 1890’s. At the same time, as the
to be—with pale stones, tall windows and even taller ceilings. The
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others around the world, a new serial killer emerges and uses the
no books, no throw pillows and no personal clutter. The space is
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supposed to transform the occupant—and it does. First was Emma,
to be rewritten for the big screen, read the book first and get the
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ric Palomares, Assistant Football Coach
eventually found his love in the world of coaching
at Hernando Middle School in Socorro
football, never realizing the importance and more
Independent School District, woke up to
so, the purpose his EMT background would have.
just another day, excited about the Friday night football game. It was August of 2016,
It was during the football game, after a helmet-to-
and little did he know that average day was
helmet crash, that the head coach yelled “player
soon to take a turn. He would suddenly be
down” and motioned for Eric. When he reached
thrown into the spotlight during an almost
the player, the words “head injury” came out of
tragic event at his team’s football game.
his young mouth, his voice diminished, his eyes closed and then he stopped responding. Eric went
Although all coaches are certified in CPR,
into high alert and since the player was laying
Coach Eric Palomares came to the team with
head-first, he took precautions and held his neck
a strong background in the medical world. After
to rotate the young man. There was no pulse and
graduating Bel Air High School, where he studied
his breathing had stopped.
EMT in their magnet program, he then attended
UTEP and aspired to be a doctor. He studied pre-
As Eric describes it, he went into the zone; he says
med before discovering that passing the MCAT was
it was as if he stepped out of his body. He began
tougher than he thought. Eric got a job working as
CPR and fought to save the young football player’s
an EMT for a private ambulance company, which
life. He yelled for an AED, but it was locked inside
he did for four years. As life took its turns, Eric
the school and time was of the essence. Eric kept 23
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asking how far away the ambulance was
years ago that he’d lost a 15-year-old young
After the ambulance left, Eric started picking
knowing the clock was ticking. The crowd
man in similar circumstances. “It was real
up the medical equipment that was scattered
gasped, minutes passed as he continued CPR
sentimental to me,” he says, “because I’ve
from the intense situation when he realized
while waiting for the ambulance. When they
done that at work before, but I’ve had no
that no one was helping him. When he
finally arrived, the young player had a pulse,
emotional attachment to someone that I’ve
looked up he saw that those around him were
but his breathing was sporadic. It wasn’t until
done that for. When I saw him, and [knew]
standing in shock, staring at him. They called
the ambulance took over, placing the player
how hard he and all of my players have
the game, something that only happens
on the stretcher, that the coach realized the
worked all year, it was surreal.”
when things have gone bad. They had just
gravity of the situation. It was only a few 24
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“You need time with students outside the classroom, and that was the best opportunity for me. I started as assistant coach at the Catholic school and it made me happy. They need good role models. then watched as their coach resuscitated
who almost lost his life on the field that day. I
JR: Were you involved in sports or
him. Without Eric and his experience, the
asked him what he remembered and he laughed
extracurricular activities as a kid?
outcome of this situation would have no
and said, “It was the second quarter, I was
doubt been grave. He was soon hailed as
playing a 2.1 conversion and I made a couple
EP: Yeah, just in middle school. I wasn’t
a hero for his quick response in saving his
of hard hits.” He remembers waking up in the
that good. That’s what makes me a better
ambulance and hearing his mom crying. I asked
coach. I went out for seventh grade football,
him if he could describe the bond between
tried out for all the sports and didn’t make
I asked Eric to remember what happened
himself and Eric. The young football player said,
anything except football because they didn’t
next and he said he took some time before
“I want to say a big thank you, give him a hug
make cuts. So, I made the team and stayed
going to the hospital. He rode with his players
for saving me. He saved my life, I thank God
on the team in eighth grade because I loved
on the bus back to the school. When asked
for this man and that he’s here.” When asked if
how the players were, he said, “They were
he’ll play football again he says, “Yes ma’am.” JR: What is your favorite part of the job?
all devastated.” He adds, “Unfortunately, it was an away game, so on the bus ride home
Our writer Jennifer Ross also got to interview
they looked at me to explain the whole story
the heroic coach.
but about life. You never know when you’ll
and it was a very teachable moment to them. I explained to them that you never know
EP: Impacting students, not just my subject,
JR: Why did you become a coach?
be given an opportunity to be successful. I tell them once you find something you love,
how fast your life can be taken away and you’ve got to enjoy it. And even now with my
EP: I wanted more one-on-one time to motivate
students in my classroom, I teach them to
them and get the best of them. I didn’t speak
work hard to prepare for things. I tell them to
until I was five-years-old. They wanted to put
JR: What do you want people
do the best to their ability.”
me in Special Education. My brother was older
to know about you?
you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
than me and he would always answer all of my Two and a half hours later he got to the
questions. We were always together. But my
EP: I don’t want to be recognized. I’m actually
hospital. “I expected the worst and he’s
kindergarten teacher is the one who worked
surprised I said yes to this interview, but I
there laying on the bed, he’s awake, his eyes
with me. She spent a lot of one-on-one time
think when you do your story, people will see
are open, he couldn’t recall anything that
with me. Fortunately, it was a small Catholic
who I am as a person.
happened,” Eric says. “It was nice that I was
school. She brought out the best in me. Thank you, Coach Eric Palomares, for
the first one that talked to him and explained You need time with students outside the
being ready when life threw a curve
classroom and that was the best opportunity
ball, specifically, to you on that hot
For a brief minute during the photo shoot, we
for me. I started as assistant coach at the
were able to talk to the young football player
Catholic school and it made me happy. They
need good role models.
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inger Mariah Carey said it best when she said, “There’s a hero if you look inside yourself.” For El Pasoan Diamond Price, being a hero began many years ago – though she is far too humble to admit it. At the age of 16, Diamond became a mother to her oldest of five children. With the fad of “Teen Mom” shows and stereotypes, some would assume
that her chance at ever being successful was a lost cause. However, rising above the negativity and statistics of teenage motherhood, Diamond not only graduated from high school, but went on to become a medical assistant which became her career for over 20 years. Currently, she is only two classes away from completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and she won’t be stopping there. Her fascination with the human brain sets her standards no less than becoming a doctor in neuroscience. Aside from her devotion to motherhood and her career success, Diamond is an avid member of the El Paso community—working as a lobbyist which encouraged our city to make Veteran’s Day happen outside the Fort Bliss area. Her second passion is assisting veterans with disability
claims where she works closely with the Veteran’s Administration.
Though, what really makes her standout
set up a meeting between the family and
circumstances. I believe it is so important to
is her heroic act this past February. While
me.” Though Emily will undergo different
know how to perform CPR—you never know
driving to lunch with a friend, she witnessed
therapies on her road to recovery, she is here
when you might need to use it,” she adds.
a horrific traffic accident involving a father
today because Diamond happened to be in
“What is even more vital, in my opinion,
and his four-year-old daughter, Emily. Despite
the right place at the right time.
is to never let fear control you in these situations. So many people want to stop and
being certified in CPR since her start in the medical field, this was her first time
Since the accident, Diamond admits that she
take pictures and record tragedies without
ever needing to apply it in an emergency
has heightened senses and a constant stream
knowing—or being afraid to—help. If I could,
situation. “All I could think was what if this
of adrenaline. “There are really no limits in
I would love to make learning CPR a law for
were my five-year-old daughter laying there,”
my life anymore,” she said. She wants to
everyone because life is far too short.”
Diamond said. She began walking Emily’s
use her ability to help people as much as
father, Gabriel, through giving Emily breaths
she can. She is currently an ambassador at
Diamond has perfected turning a mess
while she performed compressions. “It was
a university and enjoys setting an image for
into a message. As a single mother, she
such an adrenaline rush—I don’t remember
students by motivating and helping them
has enabled her children to become just
seeing or hearing anything around me.”
reach their goals. As one of the faces of the
as capable of saving lives and protecting
university, she is known for possessing high
themselves as she has. Each of her children
integrity and morals.
have learned how to perform CPR and how to
After what seemed like an eternity, medical
use a handgun in the event of an emergency,
crews arrived and rushed Emily off to the hospital. “I had no idea if she was even okay.
“I have always been compassionate about
especially since their house was recently
I ended up posting a status on Facebook to
the brain and helping people with post-
broken into. It is safe to say that Diamond
see if anyone in town had heard anything.
traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain
exceeds the teenage mother stereotype.
Luckily, one of my high school friends was
injuries,” said Diamond. “My dream is to
the sister of Emily’s grandmother. She
one day open a center for people with those
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The Dream Act
According to a Congressional address delivered by Congressman Beto O’Rourke: There are an estimated 750,000 DREAMERS in the U.S. They are beneficiaries of an executive action by President Obama. It is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or “DACA.” This act is applied to people brought here at an early age, by their parents, from other countries. They go to school, live by our laws, are productive, make contributions to their communities, and sometimes strive to serve in the military or perform other community or civic services. It ensured they are able to reside in America after volunteering their personal information, fingerprints, contact information, names, addresses, telephone numbers and registered identity with the government to satisfy legitimate security concerns about undocumented immigration. DREAMERS satisfied those concerns. This temporary reprieve from deportation allowed DREAMERS to continue to live in and contribute to the safe and wonderful communities they occupy. It is no accident that El Paso has more than its fair share of DREAMERS nor that it is also the safest city (not just along the U.S./Mexico border or State of Texas), but in the United States. A commitment by President Trump to terminate DACA could reduce the security of communities where young people no longer feel comfortable approaching or working with law enforcement for fear of deportation. This could produce extreme anxiety and fear in those who’ve lived here for the majority of their lives. Consider someone who arrived at age three and only knows life in the United States; only speaks English; has lost family connections and has no home in their country of origin. The Department of Commerce estimates that these 750,000 DREAMERS will earn up to $4 www.thecitymagazineelp.com
trillion of taxable income over their lifetimes if they remain here.
The Dream Act
The Dream Act
he issue of El Paso’s DREAMERS is one that tears
working student get deported a day after being found in public
at the very fabric of our city. Although it is based on
without his papers.
a political premise, for many, it’s really just about people like David Gamez who was brought to this
But I also find myself being better organized and more prepared.
country as a young boy by a mother who was left
This situation makes you realize how important it is to stay on the
homeless in the wake of a hurricane.
right side of the law, to save diligently, have money in the bank for unexpected problems and have a lawyer standing by, as should
But the plight of Gamez is impacted by legal dynamics.
ALL DACA participants, in case of a deportation notice.
El Paso Attorney Cynthia Lopez has been practicing Immigration Removal
It has taught me to make the most of my time here; that
Defense for six years. She’s a graduate of Loyola University and DePaul
DREAMERS must excel in English, develop personal skill sets and
University College of Law.
acquire a degree or certification so we can succeed wherever we are, but especially if we’re deported.
Cynthia explains, “There are no defined avenues by which a DREAMER can attain citizenship. Some work visas convert into legal permanent resident status but those are limited and there’s a big difference between LPR status and U.S. citizenship. For a DREAMER to become a LPR or citizen, a legalized family member must generally petition for them (spouse, parent, child over 21, or sibling). After three to five years as an LPR, the DREAMER can then apply for citizenship. “After DREAMERS graduate and get a job, an employer can sometimes petition on their behalf, but usually only for temporary visas. This process is lengthy and complicated and must go through the Department of State, so employers must willingly open their books and prove where their income originates and generally show they have unsuccessfully sought candidates with legal status for employment here.”
“Because most DREAMERS don’t have family members or employers to petition for them and they were brought into the U.S. illegally, DACA is probably their only option to avoid deportation.” As a DACA participant, David Gamez lives in El Paso, Texas. His story represents most DREAMERS so I asked David how current administration policies make him feel. Here is his story in his own words. Before and after becoming president, Donald Trump promised to make the DACA Agreement stronger (in our favor) but he hasn’t really come through on a lot of his promises. It’s very, very difficult—feeling like you’re living on a tightrope all the time, waking up every single morning with fear. At times I’ve questioned the legitimacy of the DACA program—especially after witnessing a hard-
DREAMERS must overcome the opinion of others who believe Mexicans are here “to live off the government” so I’m always reading, always improving myself. I research business opportunities so when I finish school in three to four years, I can pursue my career dreams. I’d like to work with a company that’s developing better energy sources. I’m very passionate about working in the Energy Sector and inspired by Tesla and Elon Musk. Eventually, I’d like to create a company that promotes the arts AND technology—because as well as being an electronic engineering student, I enjoy being a graphic designer and painter. In the meantime, I’m part of a group working with congressmen, the Border Network and El Paso City officials to develop a process that DREAMERS can implement to become American citizens. So, how do I summarize my feelings? I guess the bell of fear is always ringing at the back of my head. Always.
But I’m not afraid to speak out or to try and inspire a different perspective—to change the way things are. Your strongest weapon is your mind and growing your skill set is the ammunition in your arsenal. DREAMERS are not here to tear the country or this city apart—we’re here to grow, to set an example and be the pillars of this American society.
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Alonzo Real Estate Group With the team at Alonzo Real Estate Group, you can expect quality care
all the difference in the world,”
and professionalism. This strong team has combined experience of
says Victor Alonzo. He’s led the team to being Top Producers at
over 35 years, making them incredibly knowledgeable about El Paso’s
both KB Realty and around the city. Together they have achieved an
real estate market and surrounding areas. Beyond that, Alonzo Real
impressive accomplishment of producing over 25 million dollars in
Estate Group works diligently and incredibly hard for each individual
real estate. Victor Alonzo is also a Top Producing Agent who’s been
client, giving them full attention and a personable experience.
named one of the Top 15 Agents of El Paso and, currently, ranked as NAHREP’s #62 Realtor® in the nation for 2016.
The team echoes the same sentiments about “working” as real estate agents. The difference between them and other agents is that it’s not a
To help them achieve their high rankings, Alonzo Real Estate Group
“job” to them, it’s their craft - their passion. “Every day, I love what I do
uses the most modern technology and promotes their homes vastly
and helping people realize their dream of being home owners makes
through social media. They’re also involved with a myriad of selling
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Alonzo Real Estate Group 1035 Belvidere, Suite 280 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 276-4639 Alonzorealestate.com
and buying options such as resale homes, investment properties, new
Group. The team of agents are completely aware of how stressful,
construction and commercial spaces. Currently, the team represents
yet gratifying, it is for someone to commit to such a large investment-
several local home builders and has strong partnerships with several
-the purchase of a home. That’s why the agents with Alonzo Real
mortgage lenders to better serve their clients.
Estate Group are tenacious and work that much harder when dealing with new families, young couples, investors, or second and third-time
The most important factor in their success is that they’ve mastered
homebuyers looking for a home.
their unique market. They understand that this is a diverse community, calling for multiple ways of selling and buying. With Fort Bliss at close
“It’s not a job, it’s a passion,” says the team. With a team of agents
proximity, for example, the influx of military families looking for a
who share your vision while guiding you through an exciting process,
place to call their own are well taken care of with Alonzo Real Estate
you’re sure to find the most suitable home to meet your individual needs working with Alonzo Real Estate Group.
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Claudia Abraham REALTOR® Claudia Abraham was born and raised in the El Paso/ Juárez area and being that she is a 3rd generation real estate agent, she has strong ties to the real estate community. Claudia’s reputation in the industry stands for her honesty, excellent communication skills, great work ethic and her willingness to go above and beyond to ensure a smooth transaction from start to finish. She graduated from UTEP with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences and minor in Nutrition, however she knew her passion was in real estate. Claudia started her real estate career at Home Pros Real Estate Group and soon joined the Alexander Cordova Luxury Real Estate Group in El Paso. Given her background, perseverance, customer service, ability to connect with clients, attention to detail and unique skill to truly understand the client’s needs, it was no coincidence that Claudia became one of Alexander Cordova Luxury Real Estate team’s top producers and has helped, and continues to help, her city and its surrounding area with its growth and economic development. When she’s not assisting clients, she spends her time off participating in activities in her community such as playing volleyball, volunteering, crossfit/bodybuilding and enjoying family and friends.
Claudia Abraham REALTOR® Alexander Cordova Luxury Real Estate Group powered by Home Pros 714 Belvidere St., Ste. A El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 787-6464 email@example.com
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Jese Gonzalez The Real Estate Matchmaker Matching Buyers & Sellers The Real Estate Power House 5823 N. Mesa, Ste. 732 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 549-1962 www.SellingEP.com
Jese Gonzalez The Real Estate Power House They say home is where the heart is, but for Jese Gonzalez, homes
It has been Jese’s diverse background, broad knowledge and substantial
are her heart. Beginning her journey at a young age, Jese grew up
awareness of the communities’ needs that have facilitated vast success
around the industry through her mother, who was also in real estate.
and ultimately created an impressive resume within her career.
Originally from New York, Jese came to call El Paso her home after relocating due to her father’s profession in the military.
Jese has now started her real estate team, within The Real Estate Power House, to provide superior service and convenience to clients
Graduating in Economics & Finance from UTEP, Jese pursued a career
by being proactively involved across all social media outlets.
as a Cost Analyst for Boeing. After starting a family, she decided on a career change that would provide more flexibility and became a teacher.
It is Jese’s dedication that has established profound relationships with her clients. To Jese, her work is not just a transaction; it is building
But with her heart never straying far from her love of real estate—she
a foundation of trust during one of the most emotional and financial
pursued her real estate license during summer break from school,
aspects of a client’s life.
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Tony Delgado, KB Your real estate experience With 26 years of real estate experience, one would expect only the best when working with Tony Delgado, Partner/Broker, of KB Your Real Estate Experience. He’s a Sun City native, and a proud Austin High School graduate, class of 1978. He says that for him, “life really started in June 1978” when he graduated and a week later married his wife, Rose Delgado. Recently celebrating 39 years of marriage, they have two sons, Antonio Jr. and Jason. They have five grandchildren from son, Jason, and his wife, Vanessa. In fact, making family his priority parallels a flourishing career marked by the same longevity. This firm is one of the most progressive real estate firms in the country with its synergistic business systems, which afford their agents with multiple revenue systems to include property management, residential and commercial real estate, roofing and construction, home flipping and asset based lending. Thriving locally between two offices, he also operates a third office in Fort Worth, Texas. Tony’s secret to long-lasting success? “We have to remember this is not just a real estate transaction, it’s ‘Your Real Estate Experience.’” And that’s what working with the best sounds like! Tony Delgado, Partner/Broker KB Your Real Estate Experience 2077 N. Zaragosa, Ste. #B203 El Paso, Texas 79938 (915) 857-6800 Tonydelgado817@gmail.com www.mykbyree.com
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Rebuilding Together El Paso Over 725 El Paso homes belonging to the elderly, disabled and
their time and efforts. They’re also the only organization in town that
veterans in need have been revitalized through the dedicated effort
can make critical improvements, such as leaky roof repairs, unlike
put forth by Rebuilding Together El Paso. A non-profit organization
other local organizations that often refer their own applicants. Their
comprised of an all-volunteer board, their mission is clear: “Restore,
vison, according to Julie Kae Vasquez, Director of Public Relations, is
Renew, Rehabilitate” and make homes to those in need a “safe,
“revitalization of the community through the community.” See The
healthy and warm environment.” With over 500 volunteers and
City Magazine’s “Charity Register” this month for information on
valuable partnerships with Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wells Fargo
how your fully-deductible donations help Rebuilding Together El Paso
and Bank of America, to name a few, as well as several licensed
continue its purpose.
contractors, Rebuilding Together El Paso has restored the American dream for many disenfranchised El Pasoans since 1991. Rebuilding Together El Paso Impressively, over 96 percent of donated funds are allocated to their
6400 Airport Rd.
projects from the board’s commitment to low overhead and expenses
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Gianna Yanez, KB Realty Gianna Yañez is young, ambitious and making some incredible strides
estate agent in the early stages of her career, and her accomplishments
in her career as a real estate agent with KB Realty. Celebrating her
continue to add up. She is producing a high turn-around rate, currently
one-year anniversary this month, Gianna is not to be underestimated.
selling her listed homes 50 percent faster than the typical agent, with
After six months of being a part-time agent, Gianna decided to go
her houses being on the market for an average of 38 days. She is eager
full time after falling in love with her work and seeing how much she
to work with the community and help people buy and sell their homes.
could help people. She also sells new homes, currently working with Loyalty Homes and Since November she has also been a part of El Paso Cash Home
their new developments in far east El Paso. Her self-motivation, and
Buyers, a company that will buy your home in cash and flip it. Being
sincere love of what she is doing, will surely keep her at the top of
invited to work with this company is quite an achievement for a real
the game, so if you need someone to call on, let it be Gianna Yañez.
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Jan Engels of Bear’s Bilingual Mobile Signing Services In our fast-paced, competitive marketplace, companies must find
A team of full-fledged notary publics and loan couriers, Jan and her
innovative ways to stay ahead of the curve. With around-the-clock
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services marked by “speed, accuracy and professionalism,” Jan
phone call away. Their mobile business model offers these services
Engels and her team at Bear’s Bilingual Mobile Signing Services do
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just that. With over 14 years in operation, these certified signing
traditional office. Her team is thoroughly background-checked and
agents offer reliable, mobile signing services for: title companies,
certified by the National Notary Association, and holds memberships
mortgage companies, reverse mortgages, home equities, refinancing,
to several notary associations. It’s no wonder Jan’s commitment to
depositions and affidavits all across Texas. Their four-person notary
excellence earned her a nomination for the 2014 National Notary of
team is fully bonded, and backed by over 10,000 mortgage refinancing
the Year award. That same standard of excellence upheld by Jan and
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Denise Torres CEO of The Torres Real Estate Group of El Paso Realtor KB Your Real Estate Experience WCR Vice President of Membership (915) 276-5261 DeniseTorresRealty@gmail.com www.DeniseTorresRealty.com
Denise Torres, KB Realty Besides being extremely welcoming and personable, Denise Torres is good at what she does. As a listing agent for Pointe Homes, 2016 Builder of the Year, she prides herself in her hard work, her dedication and being a successful woman in a male-dominated industry. With twelve years in the real estate world, she also has the experience and knowledge you’re looking for. Raising two children to become good, kind hearted and goal driven
Denise is an advocate of supporting other women and empowering
adults is her biggest accomplishment. Her personal struggles and
them to work at their full potential. “Working my way up to the executive
childhood have taught her to be resilient and remain positive. She
board of the Women’s Council of Realtors has allowed me to be in a
draws her strength from past experience “but also from knowing I
position not only to empower myself, but other women as well.” She
help others achieve their dream of homeownership.”
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Being Their Voice:
Law N Paws gives abused animals a second chance | By: KAYLA MELSON |
L aw N Paw s
I think all animals deserve a chance.
t was when she learned of an animal
only leads to insufficient punishment. “We
abuse case in the Fall of 2016 that Vanessa
need to educate people on getting stronger
Acosta discovered her passion.
laws, because a lot of times [abusers] just get a slap on the hand and nothing happens
El Paso Animal Services officers rescued
to them,” Vanessa says.
Raven, a 1-year-old Black Labrador mix, when they found her with a four-inches-too-
Raven’s case inspired Vanessa to begin her
small collar painfully embedded in her skin.
own non-profit rescue organization, Law
The collar, which was intended to be worn
N Paws, to help save more abused and
by a cat, was so tight that Raven required
neglected animals. “They don’t have a voice,
so we need to be their voice,” she says. “We
wound. “She was a victim … and she
have to protect them.”
deserved a second chance,” Vanessa says. “I think all animals deserve a chance.”
Law N Paws currently works by rescuing animals in abusive situations and placing them
Several months later, Raven is now in a
in the homes of the organization’s five foster
loving home. Her abuser, who has been
parents. Typically, Vanessa says anywhere
arrested and charged, bonded out of jail and
from 40 to 50 dogs and cats in their care at
is still awaiting a court date. Vanesssa says
any given time. “We’re still looking for more
this happens all too often and, many times,
fosters so we can take out more,” Vanessa 61
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July, 2017 adds, “they just keep coming in.” So far, Law N Paws has helped approximately 20 animals find their forever homes. A longtime dog-lover and 17-year veteran with the El Paso Police Department, Vanessa officially started Law N Paws in February 2017 using her own money and donations from friends and family. While half of its title is named after her career field, Vanessa says the organization is something she does outside of her work. “This is … separate from my job—this is my passion,” she says, holding one of her rescues in her lap. Vanessa, a detective, says her co-workers at the department also contribute to Law N Paws by donating, fostering and helping at its fundraiser events. “We’re a big family—we all want to help each other out,” she says. “People see that law enforcement does care about animals ... we’re human too!”
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Vanessa created the organization with the
Law N Paws. “A lot of people don’t care
leads to child abuse, elderly abuse, domestic
help of her mother, Maria Acosta, who also
about the animals, so somebody has to care.”
violence and it just goes to bigger things.”
retired, Maria helps with the business side
In addition to helping save animals, Vanessa
Carrie Teran, a foster parent and volunteer
of Law N Paws, including handling donations,
is also working to raise awareness of animal
for Law N Paws, agrees. “I think a lot of it
deposits and expenses. She also chooses
abuse and the serious implications it can
is ignorance and lack of education,” she
names for the animals based on their
potentially have. “No matter how many you
says. Carrie has worked with Vanessa since
personalities and physical characteristics.
save, it’s going to continue to go on and on
March and says she’s in it for the long haul.
because people don’t understand that it’s
“[Vanessa] is the real deal because she’s
“We’re all really proud of [Vanessa] … and
a big issue,” she says. “What people don’t
doing it for the right reasons,” she says,
thankful,” she says of her daughter starting
realize is that this transferred aggression
adding that some rescues focus more on
made a living in law enforcement. Now
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money and popularity. “I believe in her and I trust her,” Carrie says. Going forward, Vanessa hopes to eventually expand Law N Paws into a large facility in order to save more animals. In the meantime, she says she tries her best to save as many as possible. “We can’t help everybody—I wish I could, I wish we had more funding, but unfortunately, we’re limited,” she says. “But we do what we can … that’s all we can do.” Until the organization is able to save more lives, Vanessa finds solace in the countless animals Law N Paws has already rescued. “You see that smile on the dog and you see that you helped that dog and know they have a chance at getting another home,” she says. “They appreciate everything you do for them and it’s just a great feeling.” Anyone interested in helping or adopting from Law N Paws is encouraged to visit the organization’s Facebook page or donate to its GoFundMe and PayPal accounts using the email LawNPaws@gmail.com.
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Dreaming U p A Reality
Dreaming Up A Reality
he cold, harsh wind blows on a
which are keeping her warm through the
While taking a graduate course, she met
Tuesday evening of a weekly, free
dropping temperatures. Others simply kept
Aman Wraich, a fellow Geology student from
yoga session at the University of Texas
their eyes closed, relaxing, breathing and
Canada, who would later become co-founder
at El Paso Centennial Plaza. As people
allowing their troubles to be carried by the
for Dare to Dream.
begin to arrive, others unroll their mats and
wind that continued to blow past them. Rachelle and Aman clicked right away and
remove their shoes, ready to begin their Currently a PH.D student in Geology at the
have been close ever since. While Rachelle
University of Texas at El Paso, Rachelle
already struggled with finding a location
Founder of Dare to Dream Yoga, and the
explored a dream of her own—leaving her
to teach and practice yoga in town, she
instructor for the evening session was,
job as an Exploration Geologist in Houston
discovers that Aman was a certified yoga
for Shell Oil Company. Working in a stressful
instructor in Bikram yoga. Complimenting
environment, she felt the negativity from the
Rachelle’s certification in Vinyasa yoga, they
“Bring gratitude into your awareness and
buildup of the daily grind. Feeling incomplete
decided to teach each other as a way to
presence,” she says in a low, soft, gentile voice.
working for Shell, she decided to put the
continue their practice in yoga.
money aside, pushed the “dark side” away Rachelle, who stands on a green yoga mat,
from her path, left her job and came to
In September of 2016, the two practiced
expresses her gratitude over her socks,
UTEP on scholarship to pursue her dream of
yoga at the Centennial Plaza inside the
earning her PH.D.
university. As they practiced, Rachelle says
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“We want to create a group in our community where we are uplifting and helping out our neighbors. It starts with that. That’s what Dare to Dream is.”
July, 2017 that people would often join them. A couple turned into a few, and that few turned into a much larger group; even running into trouble with Student Life at the university for having too big of a class without being properly registered. As they registered their class, Dare to Dream gained attention through their social media outlets as well as wordof-mouth. With plenty of regulars, the group continues to grow every session. Dare to Dream Yoga is unlike anything you’ve experienced before—each session is held in a different location outside of a traditional yoga studio. Their aim is to create a unique energy for each experience. With locations like the Rooftop Skygarden & Grill, local CrossFit gyms and boutiques, and even the Chihuahuas’ stadium, they provide free yoga with ease. These adventures are open to people of all ages and all levels of experience. Among the many locations, one of Rachelle’s most powerful experiences occurred at a retirement home during a chair yoga session with the elderly. One woman in particular, who received a hand massage, wept and admitted that she had not been cared for that way in years. The one-on-one connection with that woman had a lasting effect on Rachelle. Being able to impact people’s lives by bringing in peace and relief, without having
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| By: GRACE THE PSYCHIC LADY |
ive me your hand and I will expose all of the mysteries of your
can represent guardian angels. A life line that branches out closer to the
future!” That sentence is what we all immediately think of
wrist can mean you will have a life filled with many changes in general.
when we hear about palm-reading. While many of us think
of Palmistry as a novelty or something we do for fun, it turns out that
The middle line in the palm is your head line. A short head line can
the practice dates back thousands of years and does hold
indicate the person is not an academic while a long head line
some weight to it. According to Greek mythology, Hermes
across the entire middle of the hand is someone who will be a
was the messenger of God and responsible for us helping
lifelong learner. In rare cases the head line and the
us to understand the maps of our hands.
love line merge forming a single line. This is called the Simian Crease which alludes to the following
While many of us think that our fingerprints
personality traits—high intelligence, short temper
are the thing that are most unique to us, it
and stubbornness. A headline that forks off at the
should also be known that our palms are just
end represents someone who is
as personalized and informative. Our hands
generally impartial. If the end of
reflect many things- for example, even when
the headline branches out with
visiting the doctor’s office, they usually ask
three lines then it represents
to see your hands. This can give the doctor
immediate signs of illness. For example, areas of redness may indicate circulatory
The third major line is the
problems, or yellow may indicate disorders
love line found right under
of the liver, and pink hands are a sign of
your fingers. The depth of the
love line indicates how deeply you love and how you are romantically. If your love line is shorter than your head line, you tend to be more practical. If your love line is longer, than you tend to fall head-over-heels quickly in
A good palmist will look at not just
relationships. If your love line curves
from the index and middle finger this
reading them but also
is indicative you have a love for the
take into consideration
finer things in life. Another way to
gain romantic insight is found when
shape of your hand, and
making a fist. When doing so, lines
the length and curvature of
will appear on the side of the hand
your fingers. The most telling
below the pinky finger. The number
information will be in the three
of lines could indicate the number of
major lines of your palm: the life
serious relationships in your life.
line, head line and love line. Both hands should be considered when The line closest to the thumb is the life line.
having your palms read to see if they
A lengthy life line translates simply to possible
match or have variations in them. Your palms
longevity and older age. Having a short life line
also change with the times and experiences
does not necessarily mean your life will be short;
we have in life.
instead, it can indicate life-altering events. A line across your life line is called the Sister Line and
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“The goal has always been to mirror France’s 2015 law in diverting what would be perfectly edible food to landfills on to people’s plates. France passed a law that has grocers of 4,000 plus square feet nding hunger in America seems like a basic idea that everyone should understand and support, right? The answer should be an easy, “yes.” Unfortunately, the process of educating and getting local government
backing is a battle in its own. Understanding a broken system is the first step to fixing it. EP Foods has since become a forefront of the movement by teaming up with local grocery stores to turn “b-grade” products into healthy meals for everyone. They have built a mission statement from the idea that 40 percent of all food manufactured, processed, and produced ends up in landfills. Instead of figuring out a way to reduce that percentage, companies want to produce more food to make up for that loss, instead of figuring out a system that reduces the actual amount of that waste. EP Foods has stepped up to fulfill that need in our local communities through action and education. There’s no incentive for doing what they do. They do it because they understand that any way you look at it, food is about the community. Rudy Parra was my first contact with the movement. Through opendiscussion type forums, Rudy organized meetings all around the city to gather information, educate and plan for the next steps in the food waste movement.
signing contracts with local pantries and food banks to divert edible food from the landfills into those pantries. Food waste is the world’s dumbest problem, not only could we end unnecessary hunger, but we could also put a huge dent in climate change. In the same year that France passed their law, the W.H.O deemed the agriculture industry to be the top producer of greenhouse gases, more so than the fossil fuels industry. Food waste is a climate issue that we need to start talking about. With this resolution council passed, El Paso has become one of, if not the first, city in the U.S. to start this conversation.” – Rudy Parra Within all the efforts being carried out on a local level, the El Paso City Council has appointed a Food Policy Council, a citizen-lead movement that works with city staff to create a realistic food waste reduction strategy by 2018. Declaring 2017 as “The Year of Food Waste Prevention and Recovery in El Paso,” is a huge step in the right direction. This new council doesn’t operate alone. They are working closely with EP Food to combat these issues into a fullscale movement that will eventually find its way into the restaurant industry. Foundational guidelines put forth to push the movement include largescale education and actions appropriate to help El Paso become a national leader in food waste prevention and recovery, as well as sustainable food systems.
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Food waste at a commercial level is just the beginning. We are lucky enough to have a handful of people going out of their way to help an untapped issue. If you love El Paso, it’s a city that will love you back. We’ve come a long way in the fight towards waste reduction and together we can help steer this ship to an even more resourceful and thriving environment on all levels. Facebook@EPFood.org
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Ambassadors to the Wild | Written and photographed By: DANIELLE A. MOTON |
Ambassadors to the Wild
here are changes taking place at the El Paso Zoo,
but it’s important to understand one of the key
players in making those changes possible—the El
Paso Zoological Society (EPZS). The EPZS is a private,
non-profit support organization, and their primary
mission is the growth and success of the El Paso Zoo. The
El Paso Zoological Society not only supports operational
costs, but also works to obtain funding for extraordinary
facilities at the zoo including capital improvements, landscaping, visitor amenities, advertising, and animal exhibits. In some past projects, the Society obtained funding for the construction of the Foster Tree House Playground, the Hunt Family Desert Spring splash pad and the McKee Giraffe Shade Structure and Giraffe Hut. As the zoo moves forward with its Quality of Life Bond projects, the EPZS is moving along with the new Hunt Family Endangered Species carousel. This new 36-foot carousel will be a feature of the new entrance to the Asia area of the Zoo. This new entrance is part of the Quality of Life bond, but the endangered species carousel is being funded by the Hunt Family Foundation. It is an $800,000 carousel that includes a poly-ground structure that will protect the carousel from the extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather. However, in order to ensure the carousel remains a shining fixture at the zoo for years to come, the EPZS is allowing the general public to “sponsor” one of the 30 animals that will be on this ticketed attraction. The animals will range from endangered to extinct, and each hand crafted, hand painted animal is up for a set donation amount along with a plaque providing an opportunity for advertisement or as a remembrance piece. There are three primary donation levels ($2,500, $5,000 and $7,500), and the donation amounts are based on the animal selected and where that animal is located on the carousel. For example, animals on the outer and most visible part of the carousel, like the African lion and white rhino, are $7,500, while animals in the innermost level of the carousel like the red panda and tapir are $2,500. Anyone who sponsors an animal will also receive a number of carousel ride tickets based on their level of donation. There are also two larger fixtures that fall into their own sponsorship level—the spinning bird’s nest, made for families/groups, and the swan chariot which will be ADA accessible for wheelchairs. Sponsorship for each of these fixtures requires a $10,000 donation and comes with 100 carousel ride tickets. Both are still available, but there are a few animals that have already been sponsored, including the triceratops, spotted leopard, hippopotamus and gorilla.
Renee Neuert, El Paso Zoological Society Executive Director, emphasized that this carousel is an important addition to the zoo. â€œNumber one, [this carousel] showcases some of the endangered species found all over the world, so each animal becomes an ambassador to the wild.
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are significant animals that are highly endangered in the world which is cause for concern. One of the El Paso Zoo’s priorities is to actively save wildlife from extinction through conservation work both at the zoo and in the field. Renee Neuert, El Paso Zoological Society Executive Director, emphasized that this carousel is an important addition to the zoo. “Number one, [this carousel] showcases some of the endangered species found all over the world, so each animal becomes an ambassador to the wild. They will remind us that what we do here today affects our planet tomorrow. They will reinforce some of the key messages of the El Paso Zoo. Number two, the El Paso Zoo and the El Paso Zoological Society are both focused on families and this carousel allows children to learn about these ambassadors to the wild while having fun and spending time with their family.” For information on how to reserve your carousel animal, call (915) 212-0245. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
The Spirituality of Our Pets | By: MICHELLE CROMER |
ears ago, while in Lyon, France, I stumbled onto what the locals told me was a “healing” well. It was named after my favorite medieval saint: Saint Guinefort.
In the 13th century, a Dominican friar, Etienne de Bourbon was preaching near Lyon, when he heard during confession that many of the local women had taken their children to Saint Guinefort. Etienne had never heard of this saint, and wanted to learn more, so he investigated. Much to his surprise, he discovered that Saint Guinefort was actually a dog, a greyhound in fact. As the hagiography of Guinefort goes, he was a dog on a large estate. One day, when his master and mistress had left the house, a snake entered into the castle and began to approach the baby’s cradle. Guinefort attacked and killed the snake, but was badly hurt in the fight. He stayed to guard the cradle, but when the parents returned they 80
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found the cradle knocked over, and both dog and cradle covered in blood. Assuming that Guinefort had attacked the baby, the lord killed him with his sword—only to find the baby safe and unharmed and the corpse of the serpent torn to pieces. Realizing their error, they made a shrine for the unjustly slain Guinefort, and began to venerate it. Etienne was none too impressed with the locals’ veneration of a dog as a saint. He made them destroy the shrine and burn the remains of Guinefort—but that apparently did not end the cult of St. Guinefort,
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In many, if not most cultures, animals have served a variety of spiritual functions. They have acted as guardians and shamans, and have appeared in images of the afterlife. Many ancient creation myths depict God with a dog. That animals touch us in a deep and meaningful place is not a new phenomenon, but one that pervades the history of the human-animal relationship. Throughout history, they have offered us something fundamental, a direct and immediate sense of both joy and love. We recognize that animals seem to feel more intensely and purely than we do. I know I yearn to express myself with such abandon and integrity. In having a relationship with our animals we can recover that which is true within us and. Through the discovery of that truth, we can find our spiritual direction. Simply, animals teach
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The Shamans of Music | By: JACQUELINE AGUIRRE photography by: DARIO LIZARRAGA |
usic is medicine for the soul. The elements of each song create special vibes that can change your mood like a flip of a switch. El Paso-Juarez band The Chamanas mix their
own medicine using pieces of the culture from El Paso and Juárez.
Their wordplay of “shaman” turned them into The Chamanas. The medicine men and
woman behind this band are: drummer Alejandro Bustillos, bassist Manuel Calderon, guitarist Hector Carreon and newly appointed lead singer of the band Paulina Reza.
With a blend of Mexican folklore, Pop, Brazilian, Bossa Nova, Indie and “other obscure
sounds,” the music of The Chamanas is certainly unique. Half of the members are from our
neighboring city, Juárez, and the other half are from El Paso. Their sound is shaped by the
culture of the two cities to allow a special harmony in their lyrics and their sound.
Their debut album, “Once, Once,” explains the fusion of two cultures on the border city that coexist as one. This won them the Best Pop Album in Mexico’s Independent Music Awards (IMAS) in 2016. They were also nominated for Best New Artist at the Latin Grammys later
that year. “We were up against some really good bands. We don’t write and play music for recognition, but it’s awesome to gain it,” Bustillos says. After some changes, the band decided to introduce a different sound along with a new singer. Reza, who is their current lead singer, was just a fan before her audition for The Chamanas. While she already knew the members of the band through other collaborations, she was excited to add her touch into the band. “I love this genre and now it is in this new album that I can really put my own voice, my own essence,” Reza says In August, Reza completes her full year with The Chamanas. Growing at an international level, they have played music festivals in the US such as: South by South West (SXSW), Latin American Music Conference in New York, Beach House Texas Tour and in Columbia and Mexico. “We’ve grown to a good rhythm, and we’ve been told that,” Bustillos says. While they have collaborated with Beach House, Portugal, the Man, TV on the Radio and many others, the band rides on good vibes to bring into their music. Each member of the band teams up with each other to write music. Allowing the meaning of the lyrics and the mood to take over them, they transmit the emotion into the song. “I feel completely happy when I sing. Sometimes so neutral, and so involved … I feel complete when I sing,” says Reza. Their continuous growth, locally and internationally, has helped them through the production of a new album called “Nea.” Altering their image to their newer alignment, this album is about love, loss and the many occurrences of life. “This new disc is more happy. It has more hype, more punch,” says Bustillos Reza adds that there is more experimentation on the new album. She says that there’s a new, fresh vibe to their sound. While keeping that nostalgic element from their last album, they’re excited to bring a more positive feeling generated throughout their album. Behind the name, “Nea,” stands a person who was very special to the band. Brother of the guitarist, Hector Carreon, Nea passed last year. To honor him, the band collectively decided to name the album after him. As for the future of The Chamanas, they plan to continue to work on their sound, and will embark on a month long, twelve-city tour after the album release. The Chamanas plan on staying busy. Catch The Chamanas as they drop their album, “Nea” on the 12th of August at The Lowbrow Palace. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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or every self-proclaimed foodie in El Paso, there are now a handful of new locally-owned restaurants and hidden gems
to eat at. The downtown area in particular has seen an influx of new storefronts and lunch spots. Apart from being local, which
we should always support, these new places also offer us an outlet in which to broaden our palettes. With El Paso being known for its never ending supply of Mexican food, it is a welcoming thing when new food is available, especially when it’s done right. Crepe and Co. is one of these new places. With crepes growing popular in Europe and Mexico, the three owners—Paola Herrera, Carlos Herrera and Hugo Borja— thought it would be a good idea to bring them to El Paso. They wanted to make sure that consumers would have a local place that provided quality crepes to try and keep coming back to. Taking up a small space on the bottom corner of the International Building, Crepe and Co. opened up at the beginning of this year to welcome downtowners, business people, tourists and young foodies. Being inside this historic Trost & Trost building lends to the unique dining experience. The
windows offer a front row seat to people watching, and outside is an intimate café vibe reminiscent of Europe— but with Trost buildings all around, you can’t forget you’re in El Paso. Some may recall this spot as the previous home of the quick delicious lunch spot, Healthy Bite. Paola is also the owner of Healthy Bite and when the business expanded and grew out of the location, she was determined to keep the same spot. “I really wanted to keep the same space, it was good juju,” she said. While she kept the juju, the inside has completely changed. But enough about the backside—what is important is the food. Paola says that if you try anything on the menu, try the “Maria” and I agree. This savory crepe contains prosciutto, goat cheese, arugula and a sweet compote. You can never go wrong with goat cheese and prosciutto, and when you put these ingredients into the thin crepe, all the different tastes compliment each other perfectly. For any foodie, this is the mouth-watering goodness that your camera lens and taste buds will fully enjoy. If you have a sweet tooth, try the “Strawberries and Cream” or the “Dulce de Leche.” While both are on the sweet side
of the menu, the flavors balance each other out so that it’s not too sweet. Carlos, Paola’s brother, admits that it was Paola that got the family into trying different food and branching outside of the regular Mexican dishes. Another pretty dish she serves is a crepe with ham, avocado and chipotle sauce. The fresh avocado and hefty drizzle of chipotle sauce is all you really need in life—especially when it’s your lunch hour and you’re not just looking for something to fuel you, but something that is really good. Paola says, “I want to serve you something pretty and something good.” She also says that customizing the dishes to satisfy her customers is something that they will do to adapt to their client’s needs. Don’t like the salad dressing served with each salad? No problem, they can easily change it for you. Not set on being so permanent on their www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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selection, the owners decided to call the restaurant Crepe and Co. in case they ever expanded their menu. In fact, when they were first conceptualizing the restaurant, they intended to include bagels on their menu. For now, it’s all crepes, save for the egg donut that is available for breakfast. But who knows what will become in the future? The proactive small business owners talk a lot about the growth of El Paso and how excited they are to contribute to it. Carlos says that he had a teacher once tell his class, “El Paso is not small, you’re small.” The three owners have taken that mentality and implemented it for their restaurant. So, as you sit on the stool inside, fork and knife tearing into your delicious crepe, take in the fact that you are in El Paso with views that no other city could offer you. Don’t forget to chew. 93
“Don’t worry. You’ll find someone when you’re not looking.” I do believe that if you’re wanting to be in a relationship then you must also be on the look out, or at
least have an open mind about dating. I’m not saying you should be constantly looking for your soulmate, but don’t shut yourself out from completely looking. If two people meet, at least one of them had to be looking for a relationship, right?
We have all been there and know the struggle of dating. Not only is dating exhausting, but simply listening to people’s advice can also be a burden. I’m sure we have all heard the same old dating clichés over and over. Well, it’s time we break the rules and start breaking some of these old-school clichés.
there is such thing as dating fatigue. Whether that means you’re constantly swiping and messaging on tinder, or
going on several dates per week, it can all get exhausting. Don’t over do it. It’s okay to take some breaks from dating.
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“You need to put yourself out there!” Believe it or not,
“Opposites attract.” While I do agree that there can be certain differences that may enhance a relationship, being in a relationship with someone who is the complete
opposite of you can also have a negative affect. If you’re a neat freak and he/she’s a slob then there may be some issues.
“Don’t over analyze things and have fun.” Under thinking can sometimes blind us from a reality check and potential red flags. I’m not saying you must analyze
every single detail, but thinking critically can help you stray from the bad relationships.
“Don’t have sexual relations right away.” This may vary from person to person. My suggestion is do what you feel is right. There are people that may disagree, but
we are all adults and ultimately, it’s your body and your choice. “If he can’t handle you at your worst, he doesn’t deserve you at your best.” Ah yes, the infamous quote that “Marilyn Monroe” once said (which we all know
is BS). We all want a partner that can handle our flaws and is understanding of them. More importantly, if you are just taking the part of “me at my worst” literally, that can be a problem. Don’t let this cliché phrase absolve you of fixing your flaws.
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f you ask around, not many will
Beginning his volunteer work while attending
with him that they gave him a chance to run
remember that, once upon a time, El
Austin High School and EPCC, his first big
the pageant for the following years. “I was
Paso was the host city of the famous
break came along when a judge of the 1988
only 21-years-old at the time, which was
Miss USA pageant. Don’t believe me?
Miss USA pageant missed their flight to El
kind of a big deal,” he says. So much so, that
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Paso, leaving the pageant short a judge.
the El Paso and Juárez media “ate it up.”
the smiles, sparkling dresses, cowboy
Now, some might say it was luck, I call it
Some might have not realized that this was
hats and boots and the choreographed
good karma for hard work, which Oscar
only the beginning.
dancing by all 50 contestants. One of the
firmly believes in. A producer took notice of
people behind the scenes of that amazing
Oscar’s hard working attitude and offered
Oscar then began representing talent and
production, was a success-hungry volunteer
him to be the replacement judge for the
started his own licensed talent agency,
from El Paso, Oscar Molinar.
pageant. This was an incredible opportunity.
one of few in Texas at the time. “I was
Not only did he meet all the other producers
dealing with over 100 beautiful and talented
and “big wigs,” but they were so impressed
contestants, and usually the top three were
given endorsement deals or other opportunities, so I wanted to help out the other girls who I knew could make it in this business, but were not being represented properly.” In Texas, talent agencies used to have to be licensed and bonded in order to be considered legitimate through the Texas Agency Act, but as of September 2016 the act has since been abolished. This deeply concerns Oscar, who believes that a lot of models and actor/actresses can now be more easily exploited. “There were a lot of copycats at the time. I wanted to be licensed and bonded because I wanted to do it the right way … I was trying to look out for the best interest of the city and the girls.” After doing several minor commercials in the 1980’s it was in 2014 that Oscar made his second stint in television by being featured on San Antonio’s number one daytime talk show, “S.A. Live,” as one of their beauty experts and named as “S.A. Live GlamSquad.” This worked out well for Oscar, seeing as he had made a name for himself as a make-up artist working with huge names in the industry such as Mary Kay, Bobby Brown Cosmetics and so on. Not to mention, he had a great personality and the wherewithal to work with and handle talent. Being the youngest of ten-five sisters and four brothers—has molded Oscar to become a humble individual. When you ask nowadays what he’s up to, his responses are simple, “I’m just riding the waves of life, taking everything one day at a time.” Fortunately for him, simplicity meant making his third run in television. Oscar has taken advantage of every favorable circumstance that has come his way. When presented with a chance to be a “featured extra” in multi-episodes in season two of USA Network’s new hit series, “Queen of the South”— which has already began airing—and filming the pilot for “The Gospel of Kevin”—which will air on ABC—he jumped at the chance, calling it a “God send.” Now, I can’t forget to mention his other hobby of being a mobile make-up artist, though it’s a big trend nowadays. He has a running YouTube channel called, “On Location ProStylist,” where he gives viewers beauty tips on facial and skin care, some behind the scenes access while on set and some funny footage of himself and his friends being silly. Oscar has been at it for 25 years, working with some of the top talent in the entertainment industry, as well as your average person who just wants their look to be as fierce as can be. So, the next time you’re watching the Miss USA pageant or getting your make-up done at the mall, remember El Paso’s very own Oscar Molinar, had a big influence in the way things are done.
| By: KRYSTA AYERS |
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Fa s h i o n i s ta
uy yourself a little white dress. For the lightness and sunshine that comes with summer, this is a staple piece to have in your closet. Just like its sister, the little black dress, it offers a myriad of options when it comes to styling up or down. In picking one little white dress as
your staple piece, make sure you find something with a comfortable length, you know, something you can also wear at the office. Finding the right fabric is also key. You don’t want anything heavy for the summer. Pick something out that’s breathable and allows for layering.
Once you have this foundation piece, you can start styling it in different ways and get the most out of this investment piece.
Keep it Simple
classic. It’s also so simple, you can’t do it wrong. Grab your favorite
Keep it simple with dainty gold jewelry—one or two rings
denim jacket, a cute crossbody (preferably in a bright color to bring
and one necklace—some killer heels and your purse. You
some pop to the outfit) and some nude heels. You can also pair this
don’t need to go overboard with belts or tons of jewelry.
with some stylish sneakers for a more relaxed, weekend outfit.
Plus, this look will create an effortless vibe about your
The denim jacket with a little white dress is a timeless and effortless
If you’re in a hurry, wearing a dress is also a fast solution.
What we love about pairing a LWD with a blazer is that with a few accessory changes, this is so versatile. Top your dress with a tailored
It’s summer in the Sun City—and you know what that
black blazer with simple jewelry for an office look, or complete your
means (hint: scorching sun rays). Pair your LWD with
look with a bright blazer, some statement jewelry and a clutch. You
a wide brimmed fedora, long brown-toned necklace,
can also wear a slouchy, boyfriend blazer and go for a trendier office
shades and comfortable shoes. This look can take
look—the key for this outfit is wearing a white blazer to keep a
you to a patio brunch, the farmers market or a nice
polished work attire.
stroll around downtown.
| By: ELYSE SIMONS |
Professional Headshots It’s time … time to update your professional headshot. Business relationships are built on trust; ditch those high school yearbook photos, selfies and 20-year-old glamour shots! We all want to look younger and appear our best, but people expect to meet the face that’s in that photo. Keep your headshot photo professional and updated. If the image doesn’t look like you, it’s not! 10 Makeup Tips for Your Professional Headshot
Apply your makeup in natural light, this will help ensure you have
Use black mascara to give your eyes definition – no false
an attractive and even look.
Never apply sunscreen for a photo shoot, as this can “flash back”
in photos by giving a white halo under your eyes and on your cheeks.
Foundation should always match your neck/chest area, don’t
forget about your ears. Apply your foundation in light even layers.
Lips should be a natural color that enhances the color of your lips.
A bit of lip gloss applied to the center of the lip will make your lips
Eyebrows are important since they frame the eye. Lightly fill in
your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil.
8. 9. 10.
Blush is a great tool to give your cheeks a rosy, slightly flushed look.
Contour your cheekbones lightly to give some definition to your face. Finish your makeup with a touch of translucent powder to
Remember to be yourself during your photo session, relax and
Eye makeup should be a beautiful everyday look, using mostly
matte neutral or complimentary tones.
smile. Now you’re ready for your portrait! 103
His Prerogative | By: ANDY MARTINEZ |
Clarins Sunscreen Care Milk-Lotion Spray SPF 50+ It takes less than ten minutes for the sun’s UV rays to begin deteriorating your skin’s collagen and accelerate the aging process. Living in the Sun City, we need to take extra precautions, and no, it doesn’t matter if it’s a little overcast outside. In order to maintain firm and wrinkle-free skin without the heavy sunblock feeling, Clarins’ lightweight sunscreen offers a moisturizing formula that is water and perspiration-resistant. Vitamin-rich kiwi fruit extract nourishes; aloe vera softens, moisturizes and soothes; and senna extract helps defend skin from sun damage. Pick up a 3.5-ounce bottle at clarinsusa.com for $36.
Fatboy Boss Dog Styling Hair Cream During the summer, the last thing we need is a heavy hair styling product that retains the borderland’s heat. Fortunately, Fatboy offers a hair styling cream that maintains the integrity of your hair’s texture while letting any semblance of a breeze roll through your scalp. This versatile styling cream has just the right amount of slip and slide to give your hair the perfect hold. Find it at fatboyhair.com for $21.
Korres Mint Tea Shower Gel In order to maintain nice moisturized skin during our dry heat, it’s important to take as many steps possible to keep your skin from drying out. The creamy shower gel contains emollients and humectants that provide a lasting moisturizing effect and help to maintain the natural moisture level of the skin, as if you have used a leave-on product. The 14-ounce bottle is available at korresusa.com for $19.50.
Aesop Herbal Deodorant Nobody wants to feel the heavy gunk of bar deodorants under their arms as they go through their day. That’s why Aesop has developed a light evaporative mist formula to combat that unpleasant odor that might develop as your day goes by. The natural sage leaf aroma is also a nice change from the typical, sometimes overwhelmingly, synthetic smell of other deodorants. Pick up the 1.5-ounce mist bottle at Aesop.com for $35.
| By: KRYSTA AYERS |
Romping Around A new trend has emerged in full force and we are all about it. Join the rest of us in our wardrobe laziness and stop spending time matching your outfit. Whether you’re male or female, the romper is everywhere in cute colors, patterns and graphics. For men, the romper even has a flap to make bathroom breaks just as easy as wearing jeans (lucky you!).
#StayWoke It’s important to know what’s going on in the world—more so than ever. Download a reliable news app, stay current with the political changes and be sure to immerse yourself in important conversations and issues. It is no longer cool to be apathetic and clueless in the face of current affairs.
Do the Dew When we describe our face, we would prefer to use adjectives like, “luminous”, “radiant” and “dewy”. Save the matte for your lips and use foundation and serums that show off your skin in the best way. Just remember to stay in the spectrum of dewy and not shiny.
In the Clurrrb Dress Images of women in this too-tight dress taking mirror selfies flood
and assault my mind. This trend is never coming back so go ahead and throw these dresses away. You’re not in Vegas and you’re not a Kardashian/Jenner.
“Who’s Mick Jagger?” The band tee made a huge comeback recently. While we’re all for promoting our favorite music, if you can’t name a Rolling Stones or Metallica song, don’t wear the shirt. This trend has only been embarrassing for the “trendy” people pulling these shirts off the H&M and Forever 21 racks. Wear a solid tee instead.
Smoke Out We are not in an episode of “Mad Men”. It’s 2017 and the effects and harms of smoking are widely known, so why are people still flooding outside patios with second-hand smoke? You don’t look cool, you smell horrible and you’re aging faster by the minute. Save your money for an order of tacos instead.
Pool Courtesy | By: JOANN WARDY | If you are fortunate to have a friend who owns a swimming pool, here are some things to remember: • Never invite yourself, wait for an invitation. • When you are invited, do not extend the invitation to others or ask to bring other friends. • Being invited to the pool does not mean you have free reign to the rest of the home. • Bring your own towel and other necessities. • Do not run around the pool area, it is very easy to fall and get seriously injured. • When in the pool, do not splash if there are other guests within distance. • If your children are with you, make sure they are in your view at all times to keep them safe and quiet. Joann Wardy owns and directs “The School of Etiquette and Enrichment” and was certified at “The Protocol School of Washington.” For children, adult and corporate programs call 584-3930.
FITNESS July, 2017
Are you having trouble seeing results after following all the different fads to get fit? Could it be that you’ve become a victim to bad advice? While we do have a wealth of information available about health and fitness, it isn’t always accurate. Here are the top 7 busted fitness myths and why!
Doing a lot of crunches Lifting weights can will flatten your stomach: make women look bulky:
Kids can’t lift weight or they will not grow:
Performing a crunch is a small motion that
Studies have shown that while for men
This belief stems from the idea that weight
doesn’t burn a lot of calories. Calorie burn is
weights can build bulk, that is not the case for
training can cause damage to a child’s
the best thing to tone your mid-section. So
women. Women typically have less muscle
growth plates, causing them to stay short.
instead, perform movements that involve the
tissue, and with less testosterone it is far
While having your child on a strength training
whole trunk of your core working together to
less likely for women to bulk up. Instead do
program does come with a small risk of
burn more calories like planking.
the opposite and lean-out.
growth plate damage, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that there is more risk involved as opposed to playing sports or any other cardiovascular activity.
S MYTHS ! d e t s u B July, 2017
| By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |
If you eat a good diet, you don’t need to take supplements.
While being on a good diet is a great start,
it doesn’t mean you’re meeting all your
The more you sweat, the more calories you burn:
Coming out of hot yoga drenched in sweat does not necessarily mean you burned more calories—sorry! Sweat is just the bodies natural response to cool your skin and control your body temperature. It’s not an indicator of how many calories you may or may not have burned.
Stretching helps your muscles recover faster.
body’s nutritional needs. Your nutrient needs can fluctuate due to age, stress, health and
physical activity level. Think of supplements as an insurance policy to fill in the gaps where you may not have fulfilled your nutritional needs from food.
Protein Supplements make you fat. The only way to get fat is from eating an excessive number of calories. When you consume more calories than you burn, you store fat. Protein is the building blocks of muscle, and high protein diets are the best
The University of Milan recently conducted
way to lose weight. So, don’t be afraid of this
a study on post-workout recovery methods
supplement, it can be a meal replacement or
and found no significant changes in blood
even a supplement for lean muscle.
lactate level between people who stretch after a workout and those who don’t. While
There you have it! Get those myths and
stretching may not benefit muscle recovery,
wrong mentalities out of your head and go hit
being limber does have its benefits when it
the gym or whatever activity you enjoy with
comes to training and everyday life. After a
less stress and more success!
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The Impact of | By: KAYLA VILLEGAS |
y name is Kayla Villegas and this is my story. I was born in August of 1993 in El Paso, Texas and am the youngest of three kids. I was born with a rare genetic disorder called Mucopolysaccharidosis type IV A. (a.k.a. Morquio or MPS
IV A). Morquio is a lack of a specific enzyme in the lysosome cells that is supposed to break down or recycle cellular waste. In more common terms, our lysosome cells are purple. To make purple, you need the right amount of blue enzymes and the right amount of pink enzymes. My body doesn’t produce the blue enzyme that the cell needs which causes abnormalities to occur in the body. Between the ages of two and six, my body started developing lots of physical changes. My knees rotated and rubbed against each other, resulting in me needing to use leg braces and crutches. I developed barrel chest, which caused pulmonary complications, that developed into shallow breathing and sleep apnea. It prevented my ability to participate in regular musical activities such as running around with other kids. I remember walking into the doctor’s office one day, struggling to make my way with my leg braces and bright, neon pink crunches. My mom and I were waiting for the doctor to walk through the door. I noticed my mom was getting more nervous. She was always nervous every time we were waiting for test results. Finally, after what felt like hours of waiting, the doctor entered. He asked my mom for a moment to talk, so I left the room. I waited, looking at my mom from the hall. I saw her eyes water and I knew they weren’t happy tears. I was seven years-old when I was given the news that I was never going to have a “normal” life. I was strong; I didn’t cry. I looked at my mom and I saw she was beating herself up about it. She felt at fault of what was happening to me. We went home that day to deliver the news to my dad; I will never forget that day. Shortly after, my family and I were informed that my diagnosis was labeled “terminal.” We were told that there was no cure or a way to treat Morquio. Receiving such news was devastating. As I continued to follow up with my doctors, I was eventually asked if I was interested in placing a request to be granted a wish by Make-AWish and, of course, I said yes. I wasn’t aware of what it was at the
time. I was excited to hear that
happy memories. My wish was a chance for
it grants wishes to children who
my family and me to experience “normalcy.”
have been dealing with similar challenges. Time passed and a
I came home one day and my mom and dad
wish granter was sent to speak
had me sit at the table where there was a big
with me and ask me questions
envelope waiting to be opened. My parents
about myself. I was asked if
told me I received mail and it was important
there were places I’d like to go
that I open it.
and see, someone I’d like to meet, something I’d like to do or
To celebrate my 13th birthday, I was going
if there was anything I wanted to have. I
to Disney World and Sea World. My wish
debated between Hawaii (I was obsessed
was granted! I felt like my prayers were
with Lilo and Stitch at the time) and Walt
answered and God sent me a blessing. Prior
Disney World Resort. I decided Disney World
to my wish, my family and I were given new
was the place to be where the whole family
shoes from Rack Room Shoes, who were
could be together and get in touch with their
also a sponsor for granting me my wish.
inner child. That year was my brother’s final
As we got closer and closer to the date of
year in high school, so it was the perfect
the trip, I grew more and more excited. I
opportunity for us to do something big and
got happier as I saw the excitement in my
exciting, together, as a family. I wanted a
brother and sister’s faces, the faces of my
vacation where my family could be worry
parents were as excited as we were.
free, with no doctors, having fun and making
Finally, the day arrived. We landed in Orlando, and waiting for us was a man holding up a big sign with my name written on it. I couldn’t believe it was really happening! As the shuttle took us to where we were staying, we saw an alligator walking along side of the road. It was thrilling to see one so close. We arrived to our destination; the place we were to call home for the next week, Give Kids the World Village. It was as magical as Magic Kingdom itself. They had little houses called huts in which each family stayed at, a cafeteria, movie theatre, game hall, miniature golf course, ice cream shop, pizza shop, swimming pool, carousel and much more. The best part was that it was all wheelchair accessible; I was able to do everything! After we checked in to Give Kids the World Village, we were heading to our hut when my dad asked me to remove my hearing aids and give them to my mom. I grew confused with my dad’s odd request. As soon as I did what he asked, my dad ran, pushing me into the splash pad, running in circles and laughing as hard as possible. We marked the beginning of an unforgettable experience. Our week was set for us; each day was a new resort. We started with Magic Kingdom, then two days at Universal Studios, Animal Kingdom, Sea World and Epcot. We got to taste different types of food from all over the world. We saw parades during the day and night. I even got to watch Tinker Bell fly down and around the castle! Make-A-Wish allowed me to have more than just a vacation granted. It made me feel different in a positive way, a way where I felt special. The experience changed life for both me and my family. We gained new ways to connect to each other and it gave us time together where we didn’t have to worry or be strong for one another. There was sheer happiness and carefree love. My wish gave me hope and the wanting to push myself to do great things in this world. I gained a passion to make a change in peoples’ lives in ways that Make-A-Wish had done
26 YEARS OF
for me. Although I face challenges on a daily basis, I want to show others that nothing can stand in their way to accomplish what they want in life. I see every day as an opportunity to make a difference. Now, I’m 23 years-old, working on my Bachelors in Social Work and being an advocate for children through CASA of El Paso.
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Every time I hear or see the words Make-A-Wish, I smile because I remember the happiness they brought to my family and me, and
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how they saved my life. I want to represent Make-A-Wish as much as possible and be a part of the history, transformation and hope that Make-A-Wish brings to families the way it did for mine. I want all children to know they’re great and worth so much despite of what cards they were dealt. To every individual who is considering helping out with Make-A-Wish: you’ll change the lives of children. See past the disabilities, the sickness and the medical equipment with an open mind and a big heart. Let it be known that you’re there for them and only them. Make-A-Wish will forever be in my heart, and you can have the same impact on future wish kids all over the world.
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Naan About It
| By: JESSE MAYNES |
southeast/central Asian oven-baked flat bread called
For round two, it’s summer— so of course we’re going to grill.
Naan (pronounced – Non), is the perfect canvas
Preparing a soy and garlic marinated flank steak, we’re going
for creative meals throughout the entire summer.
to slice it and use it for an unforgettable sandwich. Tying it all
I personally like to use it as a crust for baked eggs
together with an artichoke and pepperoncini aioli in between
or for pizzas. Naan has tons of uses and even comes in different
grilled ciabatta. As awesome as grilled steak already is, the tangy
flavors. Easy to find at your local grocery store, just heat it up in a
artichoke and pepperoncini aioli really compliments the heaviness
pan (like a tortilla) or warm it in an oven. Naan goes great with most
of grilled steak making a perfectly balanced combination you’ll use
things, especially hummus. So, don’t hesitate to try a new way to
time and time again.
amp up old classics. 116
Naan Baked Eggs—Two Ways Vegetarian—Makes Two Ingredients
1 package Naan bread
1. Preheat oven to 400
4 eggs 1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/2 cup button mushroom, thinly sliced Red onion, thinly sliced, half reserved
2. On a baking sheet, sprinkle one cup of mozzarella on each bread. Using your fingers, make two small pockets in the cheese. Crack open two eggs into the pockets so they are secured on the Naan.
2 cups shredded mozzarella
3. Arrange your thinly sliced onion, bell pepper and mushrooms equally on the Naan bread,
Avocado, pitted and sliced
a sprinkle of salt and pepper for each and you’re ready to bake!
Pico De Gallo (for garnish)
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are browned.
Salt/Pepper to taste
5. Remove from oven and top with sliced avocado and pico de gallo. Serve hot.
Meat Lovers—Makes 2 Ingredients 4 eggs 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and drained 1/2 pound Canadian bacon, diced, cooked 2 cup shredded mozzarella Spring mix, for garnish (or desired greens)
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Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
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fingers, make two small pockets in the cheese. Crack open two eggs into the pockets so they are secured in the Naan. 3. Arrange your meats evenly on both cheese is melted and edges are browned. 4. Remove from oven and top with greens. Serve Hot.
Artichoke & Pepperoncini Steak Sandwich Ingredients
1 package flank steak (roughly 1.5 lb)
1. Clean flank steak. Cut off any excessive fat buildup and remove silver skin. Itâ€™s extremely
1/3 cup Soy Sauce
important to remove the silver skin, no matter how much you cook it, it will only get tougher.
3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2. Once trimmed, place steak in a gallon size Ziploc bag with soy sauce, crushed garlic, red pepper and Worcestershire. Let sit for a minimum of 4 hours and maximum of overnight.
3. While steak marinades, we can start on the aioli. In a blender, add the artichoke hearts,
1 cup artichoke hearts, canned
pepperoncini, lemon juice and heavy pinch of salt and pepper. Blend 3 minutes making sure
everything is evenly incorporated. Cover and refrigerate.
1 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup mayonnaise 4 ciabatta rolls Arugula, sandwich topping
4. Remove steak 20-25 minutes before grilling, let sit on counter top or sink to shake some of the coldness off. Make sure your grill is hot so when the meat hits the grill it immediately starts to sizzle. I used an indoor grill, so I made sure my pan was smoking hot before placing steak on it. Grill 3-4 minutes a side for medium rare. For a more well done steak, finish the steak off in an oven at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes after grill marks are achieved. 5. Let steak sit for 10 minutes after cooking. While steak sits, slice ciabatta in half and grill. I like to get a heavy toast on the bread, it helps with juices and will prevent a soggy sandwich. 6. Slice steak against the grain to desired thickness. Place on toasted ciabatta and top with a generous amount of artichoke aioli. Finish off with a small handful of arugula and youâ€™ll have a steak sandwich you wonâ€™t forget.
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cuddling and sun-bathing. Her body is too long for her short little legs so when she sits she has to curl her butt to the side. She’s extremely sweet and, as you can probably tell, a model in the making.
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Choosing a Retirement Plan that Fits Your Business | By: TRAVIS HUGHES, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER |
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HOW MUCH CAN MY BUSINESS AFFORD TO CONTRIBUTE? The cost of contributions may be managed by the plan type. A simplified employee pension plan (SEP) is funded by employer contributions only. SEP contributions are made to separate IRAs for eligible employees.² Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees of Small Employers (SIMPLE) IRAs blend employee and employer contributions.³ Employers either match employee contributions up to 100% of the first 3% of compensation, or contribute 2% of each eligible employee’s compensation. A 401(k) is primarily funded by the employee; the employer can choose to make additional contributions, including matching contributions. A defined benefit plan is entirely funded by employer contributions.
WHAT PLAN ACCOMMODATES HIGH EMPLOYEE TURNOVER? The cost of covering short-tenured employees may be reduced by
The 401(k) and defined benefit plan must cover all employees who
eligibility requirements and vesting.
are at least 21 years of age and who worked at least 1,000 hours in a previous year.
With the SEP-IRA, only employees who are at least 21 years old and have been employed in three of the last five years must be covered.
Vesting is immediate on all contributions to the SEP-IRA, SIMPLE IRA and 401(k) employee deferrals, while a vesting schedule may apply to
The SIMPLE IRA must cover employees who have earned at least
401(k) employer contributions and defined benefits.
$5,000 in any prior two years and are reasonably expected to earn $5,000 in the current year.
DO I WANT TO MAXIMIZE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR MYSELF (AND MY SPOUSE)? The SEP-IRA and 401(k) offer higher contribution maximums than
The SEP-IRA and SIMPLE IRA are straightforward to establish and
the SIMPLE IRA. For those business owners who are starting
maintain. The 401(k) can be more onerous, but complicated testing
late, a defined benefit plan may offer even higher levels of
may be eliminated by using a Safe Harbor 401(k). Generally, the
defined benefit plan is the most complicated and expensive to establish and maintain of all plan choices.
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Music Under the Stars ::: July 2-23
7:30 p.m. Cohen Stadium The Sunday summer concert series, sponsored by GECU and presented by the El Paso MCAD, is a great way to spend your night. Unwind and gather with your family for music under the beautiful El Paso sky. Admission: Free Info: elpasolive.com
West Star Bank Presents: Cool Canyon Nights ::: July 6-27
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. McKelligon Canyon Every Thursday is set for a night of this free concert series. Hosted at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, you can enjoy craft beer, food trucks and live music. Admission: Free Info: coolcanyonnights.com
El Paso Chihuahuas Baseball ::: July 7-28
AAA baseball team’s home games are all at Southwest University Park in beautiful downtown El Paso. Chihuahuas vs. Salt Lake July 7-8 @ 7:05 p.m. July 9 @ 10:05 a.m. Chihuahuas vs. Omaha July 21-22 @ 7:05 p.m. July 23 @ 6:05 p.m. July 24 @ 7:05 p.m. Chihuahuas vs. Iowa July 25-28 @ 7:05 p.m.
Annual Ysleta Mission Festival ::: July 7-9
Ysleta Mission On the grounds of the 334-year-old Ysleta Mission, this three-day festival is fun for the whole family. With live music, food and arts and crafts, you’ll get a taste of El Paso tradition and history. Admission: Free Info: guestlife.com
Movies on the Lawn ::: July 7,21
8:30 p.m. UTEP Centennial Plaza Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets! The UTEP Office of Student Life presents Movies on the Lawn Summer 2017. Admission is open to the public. July 7- Sing July 21- Beauty and the Beast Admission: Free Info: utep.edu
First Light Credit Union Presents: Alfresco! Fridays ::: July 7-28
6:00 p.m. Convention Center Plaza Back for its 15th season, enjoy free live music every Friday of the month during Alfresco Fridays! Hangout downtown, enjoy food from the Strike Zone Café and enjoy the outdoor event. Admission: Free Info: alfrescofridays.com
Viva! El Paso ::: July 7-29
8:00 p.m. McKelligon Canyon Ampitheatre Celebrating 40 years, this outdoor music event celebrates the beauty of our city. Watch the history unfold! Admission: $10 Info: ticketmaster.com
Minus the Bear ::: July 8
8:00 p.m. Speaking Rock Casino Enjoy a free night of live music from indie rock band, Minus the Bear. This is an 18 and older event with free parking and food and drinks inside. Admission: Free Info: speakingrock.com
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Farmer’s Market ::: July 8-24
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Every Saturday enjoy some of the best vendors in the city. With a lush variation of fruit, home goods, jewelry and other great local finds, this market is the perfect place to go.
Downtown Art & Farmers Market ::: July 8-24
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Union Plaza Hang downtown and enjoy all of the local vendors at Union Plaza selling art, food and activities for kids. Admission: Free
Tour The Vines ::: July 15
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. St. Clair Winery and Bistro, Las Cruces Get the VIP tour of wineries and vineyards starting at St. Clair Winery and Bistro. Transportation is included. There’s only 10 spots open, so hurry to reserve your place. Admission: $69 Info: stclairwiner260.corecommerce.com
7:30 p.m. Tricky Falls Lead singing in bands Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, Andrew McMahon is now touring his new solo album “Zombies on Broadway.” Admission: $28 Info: trickyfalls.com
Andrew McMahon ::: July 22
Shamaley Ford Summer Music Series ::: July 12-26
8:00 p.m. The State Line Don’t miss Wednesdays as Shamaley Ford presents their annual summer concert series. Donations of nonperishable food and money will be donated to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger food bank. July 12- Max Stalling July 19- Valerie Ponzio July 26- Whitney Rose Admission: Free Info: countyline.com
7:30 p.m. UTEP Don Haskins Center Get ready for some good ol’ rock n’ roll as Journey comes into El Paso. Admission: $32 Info: ticketmaster.com
7:30 p.m. UTEP Don Haskins Center If you’re feeling nostalgic, this old school music concert is what you need. With artists like: Morris Day and The Time, The Dazz Band and Shock G of Digital Underground, it’ll be an old school party. Admission: $47.95 Info: ticketmaster.com
7:30 p.m. Tricky Falls Get ready for Taking Back Sunday as they come to El Paso for their new album, “Tidal Wave.” Admission: $40 Info: el-paso-theater.com
Old School Throwback Jam ::: July 14
Taking Back Sunday ::: July 25
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David Blaine ::: July 21
8:00 p.m. Plaza Theatre In his first-ever North American tour, David Blaine will mesmerize audiences with his magical performance. He has been called a revolutionary modern magician and this will be a show you don’t want to miss. Admission: $49-$287 Info: davidblaine.com
Last Thursday’s Art Walk ::: July 27
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Downtown El Paso Enjoy galleries and follow a map around downtown to enjoy the local art. Admission: Free Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Anson 11 $$-$$$
303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400
204 E. Mills Ave. | (915) 228-9050
Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the
From the same people that brought you 150 Sunset, Park Tavern is a
military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was
new lunch and dining experience in downtown. With many options
Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson
available, from creamy chicken pasta to buttery fried fish, this new
11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H
addition to the block is a welcoming place to satisfy your cravings.
WESTSIDE Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat.
The Downtowner $$
• We cater large or
325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200
Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.
Italian Kitchen West
450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoorWest patio Italian.Kitchen.
www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.comm or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside. Italian Kitchen
West is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from an ocean away. O, PR
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF
$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H
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5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034
6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621
Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner
Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips
Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest
and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will
seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,
satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have
and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O
lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR
The Green Ingredient
201 East Main Street #201 | (915) 298-1010 The Green Ingredient is a restaurant that offers delicious, nutritious, personalized meals, teas and more. Offering people the real perspective of health, you can get balanced meals that are nutritious, free from additives, preservatives, GMO’s and extremely high quality. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Westside’s 3rd Hole
1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577 There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H
Bogart’s Steakhouse $$$
The State Line
5825 N. Mesa St. | (915) 307-4159
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371
We have created a menu of dishes using the finest seasonal
Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four
produce. Taking inspiration from around the world, our dishes
principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous
showcase an array of flavors with ingredients that are paired to
portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and
perfection. Simple, yet bold, our menu offers many options for
celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
everyone to indulge in. PR, O, H
King Crab $$$
150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801
1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697
Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner with
You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre
views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The Kitchen at 150
bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils
Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners, with a specially
and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood is brought
curated menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself. P, H, DF, PR
in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200
Mesa Street Grill $$$
This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881
ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple
while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O
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 summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
Rulis International Kitchen
Edge of Texas
8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343
4176 N. Mesa St. | (915) 313-4806 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak Take a bite out of any of the delicious plates being served at Rulis’ International Kitchen. As winners of Best Beer Selection for Best 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
you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.
july Advertiser INDEX A + O Group..................................................................Pg. 74
Shannon Quartermane..................................................Pg. 34
Casa Buenavista...........................................................Pg. 4,5
Southwest Plastic Surgery...................................... Pgs. 9, 33
Edge of Texas................................................................Pg. 79
Southwest University at El Paso.................................Pg. 2, 3
El Paso Live...................................................................Pg. 35
Southwest University Park............................................Pg. 45
Elyse Simons Beauty...................................................Pg. 115
Spectrum Technologies...............................................Pg. 121
Fox Auto Group.............................................................Pg. 71
Stewart Title................................................................Pg. 131
GECU.................................................................... Inside Front
Stonewood Modern Grill................................... Pgs. 126, 127
Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 79
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 95
Hal Marcus Gallery........................................................Pg. 69
Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 65
Hotel Indigo.................................................................Pg. 120
Hughes Financial Group.................................................Pg. 81
The Green Ingredient...................................................Pg. 108
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino...............Pg. 11
The Hospitals of Providence..................................Pg. 13, 112
The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso......................................Pg. 27
KB Realty.......................................................................Pg. 19
The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 69
KTSM News Channel 9.................................................Pg. 17
The State Line.............................................................Pg. 114
Mattress Firm............................................. Inside Back Cover
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1
Mix/Milan Salon and Spa.............................................Pg. 135
Vistra Properties Trial Lawyers......................................Pg. 89
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 63
Walgreens................................................................. Pgs. 6, 7
Pasotex Realty LLC.................................Pgs. 59, Back Cover
Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers...................................Pg. 75
RGU Cancer Center.....................................................Pg. 118
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