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JULY 2019 VOLUME 84

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Pan Y Agua MEET THE CITY’S TOP RESTAURANT GROUP

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Food Awards THE VOTES ARE IN

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rowing up on a working cattle ranch in New Mexico, there were two things constant in our house: We always ate dinner together at the same time every

night, 6:00 p.m., and if we didn’t like the meal that was prepared that evening,

there was the option of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches ... make it yourself

of course. There were rules at our table—one hand in your lap holding a napkin, no

elbows on the table ever, no smacking or you’d get thumped on the forehead. Dinner at my house was the old style of life, where we learned about each other’s days, shared both the good and the bad, and just re-connected. Our table was full of laughter. We passed the milk (always whole milk, never skim), the meat and potatoes, and everyone had to try the vegetables if they wanted dessert. Yes, we had dessert at every meal. The recipe card box was empty, the cookbook that was given as a wedding present was never opened and everything was homemade. It started with a pinch of this and a little of that. Those were my food memories growing up. We didn’t ask the calorie count; we didn’t even know what vegetarian was and we’d never heard of the keto diet. I can only imagine my mother’s face as she took her apron off to sit down for dinner if we mentioned we’d become pescatarian that day. Yes, those were the good old days. Times change and the media teaches us about cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease. We learn that everything we put in our mouth settles somewhere we might not want it settling, and that no matter how you slice it, or bite into it, anything with white sugar might not be the healthiest choice. So … what makes a good recipe? What

makes a balanced meal? Only the experts, the foodies know, and it seems to change often. This month our team spent a Saturday afternoon together as they prepared, bossed each other around, got a little competitive and carefully calibrated each dish as they produced our City Magazine cocktail party that can be seen on pg. 34. The results were delicious, the styling amazing, and the team had a great time bonding. As in days gone by, they laughed, probably didn’t care that the napkins weren’t in their laps, that there were elbows on the table, and I think there was a bit of smacking—but there was laughter. Do I cook today? Do I use a recipe book? Probably not. Today, I make reservations. No matter how you consume your food, I hope there is laughter involved.

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Benefit Night with Irvin Rockets Reunion July 25 at Taco Cabana on Hondo Pass | 5:00 p.m. Irving High class of 2009’s 10-year reunion is coming up, but they need a little help. They’ll be hosting a fundraiser at Taco Cabana on the 25th of this month. 20% of your purchase will go towards making their dream reunion come true. Tacos never tasted so good.

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Valdes or Nick Salgado, but odds are you’ve

enjoyed a meal and a drink (or two) at one of

their numerous concepts throughout El Paso.

Their Pan y Agua Group is the force behind some of the best dining El Paso has to offer and has been instrumental in bringing the city into its current renaissance. While Pan y Agua’s success story may be a familiar one—a lot of hard work and preparation, coupled with a little bit of luck—the path they’ve forged is entirely their own, offering snapshots of who they were, and who El Paso has been, along the way. The trio’s first venture together was Crave Kitchen & Bar, which they opened in 2008 on Cincinnati Street. El Paso’s restaurant scene in 2008 was far different than the one we enjoy today. “People were kind of doing the same thing with restaurants, and

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“We see ourselves a little bit in each

allowed their chefs to push their own creativity,

and trendy,” said Octavio of Crave. “Crave

concept,” Rudy said. “We do try to give

led the group to its next concept — Independent

is pretty simple —it’s a three-meal concept,

people everything they want, but we put in

Burger & Bar, which opened in 2013.

with breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with

quite a bit of ourselves into everything we’ve

brunch on the weekends,” Nick said. “It’s

done—what we’re eating at the time, what

“We had customers regularly tell us they

just feel-good food. When we first opened

we’re drinking, what we’re listening to.”

loved our burgers at Crave and asked about a burger spot,” said Nick. “That really got the

up, we gave people exactly the kind of comfort food they wanted.” Though it’s

“Crave is very much a snapshot of who and

gears turning. Instead of doing it weekly on

spawned three sister locations and started a

where we were in 2008. We did things there

burger nights, we thought we could change

small-scale empire for its owners, Crave has

that we might never have done today. As we’ve

things up daily.”

maintained its status as a casual, comfortable

grown, the concepts really reflect that change.” Sticking to its slogan—“Keeping it real”—

neighborhood restaurant and has helped Following Crave’s almost overnight popularity,

from its ground-fresh-daily beef and baked-

Pan y Agua opened the concept’s second

fresh-daily buns and breads, to its locally

Crave is a good example of the almost

location, on Rojas, in 2010. The restaurant’s

grown organic produce and its chicken

biographical nature of Pan y Agua’s ventures.

popular Tuesday “burger nights,” which

and turkey, raised free-range and without

anchor the reborn Cincinnati Street district.

“Crave is pretty simple —it’s a three-meal concept, with breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with brunch on the weekends,” - Nick Salgado

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“We’re not an incubator, but we wanted to be a starting point for businesses, offering micro-spaces and spaces in a location like this, for ‘The Independent Modern Entrepreneur.’” - Octavio Gomez

hormones, Independent prides itself on

spaces and spaces in a location like this, for

y Agua opened its third Crave, on Resler, in

using the freshest ingredients possible, in

‘The Independent Modern Entrepreneur.’”

2014; the concept’s fourth location, at The Fountains at Farah, opened the following year.

unique and surprising ways. “Independent gives us some freedom to do some crazier

Today, TI:ME at Montecillo houses a handful

things than Crave with our burgers,” Octavio

of clothing and home boutiques, a local print

Also, in 2015, the trio returned to a then-

said. “We were in the process of building

shop, local chorizo company, hookah shop,

empty Cincinnati Street to open the desert

TI:ME and the apartments were coming up,

record store and the popular Tin Man craft

dive bar Fool’s Gold—an oasis amidst the

so it just made sense.”

beer growler filling station, along with four

Cincinnati Street college crawl, the perfect

Pan y Agua concepts—Cantina Malolam,

place to get away for a cold beer and a plate

The group’s largest project to date, the two-

Hillside Coffee & Donut Co., El Cuartito and

of nachos or tacos al pastor.

year TI:ME at Montecillo, opened in July 2014.

Electric Cactus.

“We wanted to do something more than

The high-energy Malolam—one of El Paso’s

and TI:ME at Montecillo, with the group

restaurants, for other people who wanted

top alcohol sellers for five years running—

opening Mexican ramen shop El Cuartito—

to start their own businesses,” said Octavio.

offers hand-crafted cocktails, ice-cold beers

marrying Japanese and Mexican cuisines into

“We’re not an incubator, but we wanted to be

and spicy eats in an open-air cantina setting.

something truly one-of-a-kind—and Down

a starting point for businesses, offering micro-

After completing TI:ME at Montecillo, Pan

TIME, a three-story, 11,000-square-foot retail

2017 was another busy year for Pan y Agua

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July, 2019 space at the Montecillo Smart Growth Community. Next door to Malolam, in the space previously occupied by Stonewood Modern American Grill, the group opened Electric Cactus in 2018. “The nightlife here (at Malolam) is incredible, so we wanted to bring something that complements that but a little different, more casual,” said Nick. “That’s who we were then, wanted a bar that we could hang out, have drinks, eat some pizza and have a conversation—a little different from Malolam’s high-energy,” Octavio said. Just six months into 2019, the Pan y Agua group has remained typically busy. In early June, Independent Burger and Hillside Coffee & Donut Co. opened new east side locations, at 2260 North Zaragoza Road, near the intersection of Zaragoza and Tierra Esta. Later that same month, they were joined by a second Fool’s Gold; before the end of the year, El Cuartito, too, will begin serving the city’s east side residents. “El Paso has been amazing to us,” Rudy said. “A lot of things have gone right, and it’s because of the support we have here. We’re incredibly grateful for everyone

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here who’s supported us, who currently supports us.” With more than a decade under their belts, Nick, Rudy and Octavio have seen it all in their ventures. “It’s so cool to see eight-year-olds who used to go to Crave who are graduating high school,” Rudy said. “We’ve been open long enough that we’ve seen people grow up and change. We’ve seen proposals and breakups—the full human spectrum—in these restaurants. So many celebrations and shared experiences have happened at Pan y Agua concepts, and that means so much to us. It’s a part of our fabric.” More than serving great meals to a happy public, the group’s successes have allowed them to impact their city for the better. Some of the group’s 450 employees have been there since day one, making their way from the bottom to the top. “We have people who started as hostesses and dishwashers who are general managers today—people who have invested their time in us and helped us grow. We wouldn’t be where we are without them,” Nick said. “That’s life-changing growth for people—to start at washing dishes to being a general manager,” Rudy said. “Their lives are very different now. At the end of the day, the three of us can’t do it all, so it’s a credit to our employees. To be able to affect that many people’s lives in a positive way means a lot to us.” Octavio added, “El Paso is on the brink of something really cool.”

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TOP Good food lives here. That’s why, for this year’s annual food issue, we took what we’ve experienced in the El Paso food scene; old and new, well-known and obscure, fine dining and ruggedly-fine, and came up with a list of this year’s restaurants and bars to visit. Foregoing the traditional categories, we decided to look further than specific dishes and take into account the overall experience of each establishment. So, instead of looking at these as “categories,” think of them more as subtitles or a description of each winner. Take this as an opportunity to expand your tastes and learn a little bit more about us and what El Paso has to offer. Chosen by its staff and contributors, The City Magazine welcomes you to whet your appetite and say hello to the winners of The City Magazine’s Dine and Drink Awards 2019!

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Food photography, food writing and food tasting are these folks’ bread and butter. We as a staff turned to their expert knowledge on the gastro world of EP. The aforementioned “folks” are a group of local food influencers who have fed the world’s appetite with their social media presence. The City Magazine extends a thank you to all those involved, including, the nominees, honorable mentions, and most importantly our committee of food bloggers. Raise a glass, give them a follow and let’s dive in.

Annie’s Adventures promotes El Paso, local businesses and the surrounding area. She even takes you on her travels and shows you ways to live like a baller on a budget. She is a five-time winner of El Paso’s Best of the Best Local Blogger/ Social Media Publisher. You can find her her weekly podcast on Dialog Internet Radio where she interviews local businesses in depth so they can highlight their businesses to EP. @anniesadventuresep

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I’m Christine and I’m the gal behind El Paso Eats. I started my Instablog a little over 4 years ago. I was initially inspired by all the delicious food feeds I was seeing on Instagram, and realized there really wasn’t any representing El Paso’s food scene, so I took it upon myself to create one. @elpaso.eats

My page started as an effort to provide exposure to local eateries because I really wanted people to discover new dining options and local business owners deserve the publicity. I am just here to eat good food, support my community, share my perspective, and hopefully encourage you to try new places. @eatingoutep

Librarian by day, food critic by night—my blog and Instagram combine my profession and passion for all things culinary. My gastronomical knowledge comes from Bon Appetit, television, and a stint in a high school Culinary Arts program. This in turn created a food snob that happens to be vegetarian. Thank you, Lisa @epvegsnob

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Think about when you usually have cocktail parties: on the weekend. Once reserved for the ultra-privileged, it wasn’t until the 20th century that labor unions succeeded in procuring five-day work weeks for commoners. Now it’s considered a basic human right. So, when you next decide to get your friends and family together for an evening sip, remember how good you really have it. There’s no need to fret about the details. Getting wrapped up in anxiety about the preparations for the “perfect” cocktail party can often keep you from even having one. Keep it simple (but go ahead and dress up … why not?) and enjoy the privilege of drinking, snacking and relaxing in the company of friends. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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Adobo-Glazed Chicken Skewers with Chili Yogurt Sauce By: ANDY MARTINEZ 3 pounds boneless chicken thighs 4 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup white vinegar 1 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar 3 Bay leaves Scallions 17 ounces greek yogurt 3 jalapeños 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 teaspoon black pepper Salt 1. Combine garlic, white vinegar, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, bay leaves and pepper in a jar, shake vigorously to combine and allow it to steep in the refrigerator overnight. 2. Roast jalapeños under the broiler, turning frequently until completely charred on the surface. Remove jalapeños from oven and allow them to steam in a covered bowl for 10 minutes. 3. Once cool, peel the charred skin from the jalapeños by massaging with a paper towel. 4. Cut the jalapeños lengthwise to remove seeds. Mince finely and combine with greek yogurt and lime juice. Season with salt to taste. 5. Cut chicken into 2 inch strips. Toss in half the marinade and allow it to marinate for 20 minutes. 6. In a small saucepan, bring remaining marinade to a simmer until reduced by half and thickened. 7. Set grill to medium-high direct heat and rub with oiled towel. 8. Fold each strip of chicken and thread onto skewers, compactly stacking 4-5 strips per skewer. 9. Grill over direct heat, allowing each side to brown before turning, about 4 minutes per side. 10. Once browned all over, move onto indirect heat and begin brushing or spooning over the reduced marinade onto the skewers, turning and covering with marinade about once per minute until a glossy glaze forms and chicken begins to char, about 8 minutes. 11. Serve chicken drizzled with yogurt sauce and garnished with scallions.

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Tip: Mix a couple of tablespoons of water into the sauce to thin out the consistency for a smooth drizzle.

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HALO HALO DAIQUIRI By: ANDY MARTINEZ 1 3/4 ounces white rum 1 3/4 ounces pineapple juice 1/2 ounce coconut milk 1/2 ounce simple syrup 1 pineapple chunk Ube ice cream 1. Pour rum, pineapple juice, coconut milk and simple syrup in a shaker full of ice. 2. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is very cold, about 10 seconds. 3. Scoop a ball of ube ice cream into a cold coupe glass. 4. Strain cocktail into the glass and garnish with a pineapple chunk.

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Prosciutto & Melon Skewers 1 cantaloupe 12 slices of prosciutto 1 block feta cheese Honey, for drizzling Hot sauce of your choice 1. Halve cantaloupe and scoop out seeds. Using a melon baller, scoop out 12-24 balls depending on the size of your baller. 2. Assemble the skewers by layering cantaloupe and prosciutto 3 times. 3. Add several dashes of your favorite hot sauce to the honey and drizzle over the skewers. 4. Crumble feta cheese over the top and serve immediately.

Lemon Crab Bites 1/2 pound cooked crab meat, shredded 1 lemon, zested and juiced 1/4 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 celery stalk, minced 1 bunch radishes, sliced 3 tablespoons fresh chives Salt and pepper 1. Add crab, sour cream, mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice and chives into medium-sized bowl and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. 2. Top each radish slice with a small spoonful of the crab mixture. 3. Garnish with chives and lemon zest.

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Grilled Shrimp with Spicy Corn Puree By: JESSE MAYNES 1 pound large shrimp, peeled/deveined 4 ears corn, peeled and kernels removed Shishito peppers, handful 2 carrots, peeled rough chop 3 tablespoons oil 3/4 cup chicken stock Green onion (garnish) Salt/pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. With shishito peppers, remove stems and slice into rounds. 3. Toss shishito peppers with 2 tablespoons oil, corn and carrots. Bake on a foil lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring half way through. 4. Broil on high for 3 minutes until corn is charred and carrots are fork tender. 5. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, add to blender and blend on high while slowly pouring in warmed chicken stock. 6. Remove from blender and push through fine strainer with the back of a spatula. Cover and set aside. 7. Lightly toss shrimp in 1 tablespoon oil, salt and pepper. Grill on medium/high heat until cooked through and tender, 3-4 minutes per side. 8. Plate and serve.

Tip: Hold off on roasting for a sweeter purĂŠe.

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Boulevardier 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth 3/4 ounce Campari Twist of orange peel for garnish 1. Chill a cocktail glass by filling with ice for 3-5 minutes. 2. Pour bourbon, sweet vermouth and Campari into a mixing glass. 3. Fill mixing glass 2/3 full of ice and stir about 30 seconds, until chilled. 4. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with orange twist

Kentucky coffee 4 cups strong black coffee 6 ounces bourbon 4 teaspoons raw sugar Cream (optional) 1. Add 1 teaspoon sugar per glass, top with 1.5 ounces of bourbon and stir/muddle until dissolved. 2. Fill glass with 1 cup hot coffee. 3. Finish with cream, if desired.

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Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum Adolf Hitler gets a lot of well-deserved attention as the 20th century’s most evil actor. But his contemporary, Joseph Stalin, was pretty bad too. This book details the Soviet autocrat’s heartless decision to deprive Ukraine of grain in order to boost the USSR’s economic clout. Millions died as a result.

You And I Eat The Same by Chris Ying and René Redzepi Us humans have a nasty habit of obsessing over our differences. However, under close inspection, one will quickly realize that those differences pale in comparison to the many, and much more profound, things we have in common. For example, we all eat.

Modernist Cuisine by Chris Ying, René Redzepi We often romanticize the traditions of various cuisines. Authentic food, the way it’s been made for a really long time, is assumed to be better than a plate that departs from some gastronomic legacy. Well, as much as I appreciate grandma’s cooking, the cutting-edge contemporary chefs are probably better. This book gives you a comprehensive look at the most important 21st century cooking trends.

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n a t r s u a t s e R Profiles


Tacotote Tacos ran deep in Pacifico Hera’s DNA. His abuelita, Doña Dora, had

hit. Pretty soon after, the family opened a location in El Paso.

raised the entire family, and much of their neighborhood for that

Another hit. Patrons on both sides of the border were crazy about

matter, on massive platters of delicious mexican delights. In the

the fast service and, more importantly, great tacos. Pacifico’s son,

1960’s, her children opened a restaurant called Nubes, introducing

Pacifico Jr., who’s since taken over the business, credited Tacotote’s

the entire Juárez community to the Doña’s gastronomical expertise.

success to a dedicated kitchen staff and superior ingredients: “Our

By the time Pacifico came of age, however, it was the 1980’s and

teams arrive two hours before opening to start cooking and getting

dining trends were changing. The world had become obsessed with

ready. They butcher the meat, and then make the tortillas and salsas

the efficiency of America’s fast food chains. Pacifico dreamed of

from scratch. The ingredients are all fresh and the meat is the best

fitting his family’s recipes into that same operational format, without

available. The sirloin, for example, is seriously stuff you could get at

sacrificing a bit of quality.

a steakhouse.”

His idea came to fruition in 1988 with the opening of the first

Of course, you can’t talk about Tacotote without mentioning their

Tacotote in Juárez. Just as he had imagined, it was an immediate

self-serve salsa bar. It’s the stuff of legends. They keep it stocked

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with salsas, ranging from the mild guacamole to the super picante

awarding UTEP scholarships and, through his position as president

salsa roja. The newest addition, jalapeno salsa, became a mainstay

of El Paso’s Restaurant Association, Pacifico Jr. hopes to cultivate a

after beating out five other novel inventions in a customer vote last

new generation of local chefs and restaurateurs. “It’s time we really

year. Opposite the salsas, sits a medley of veggies and toppings. Just

start giving back to the community that made all of this possible,”

like the ingredients that are used in Tacotote’s kitchen, everything is

explained the CEO.

fresh and prepared daily. Moving forward, Tacotote’s team is dedicated to maintaining the

Tacotote

same core principles that have gotten them this far: The best

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Sotol Pride

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Juan Quintero

W

e live in a special part of the

tequila is actually just a variety of mezcal.

world. It’s sunny all year round,

Even around Juárez, only knowledgeable

people are friendly, and the food is great—

drinkers seem to know of it. Furthermore,

it’s Mexican food, after all. But there’s

of those familiar with the name, most have

something else that’s tough to put your

never actually tried it themselves. They

finger on, a unique flavor that coats

warn that it’s extremely potent and possibly

experience around here. Chalk it up to the

even dangerous. It’s a moonshine to them,

desert climate or our history—the Mexican

consumed exclusively by impoverished, rural

revolution was born here—El Paso Del Norte

men for no other reason than to get drunk.

is raw and exhilarating. According to Juan Quintero, co-owner of The That feeling, whatever exactly it is that

Black Orchid Lounge in El Paso, that stigma

characterizes life in this slice of borderland,

has unjustly dogged sotol for close to a

is perfectly embodied by our local spirit—

hundred years now. “My wife Michelle grew

sotol. Distilled from the hearts of wild-

up in Juárez and she thought it was nasty.

harvested desert spoon, the drink is hard

That’s the reputation it had and, unfortunately,

and earthy—like the desert air right after a

still has to some degree,” he explained.

much-needed rain—and has been crafted by Chihuahuan and Duranguense sotoleros for

For centuries, sotol was wildly popular in

hundreds of years.

the northern Mexican states of Chihuahua, Durango and Coahuila. In fact, by the turn of

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Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of the

the 20th century, Chihuahua was producing

stuff, not many have. Sotol isn’t nearly as

200,000 liters a year for its 340,000

popular as its cousins, mezcal and tequila—

residents—that’s over half a liter per person

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Jesús Navar on right

without even subtracting

as their forefathers had done before them.

the kids. But the golden

Sometimes, bottles would find their way into

years of sotol wouldn’t

the dive bars of Juárez and Chihuahua City, but

last much longer. In 1920,

for the most part, sotol could only be procured

the

amendment

from the producers themselves. They sold it

went into effect, officially

out of their houses, often in old two-liter Coke

kicking

and Fanta bottles.

18th off

the

United

States’ prohibition era. Of course, that didn’t stop

In recent years, however, sotol has started

Americans from drinking.

to experience a small resurgence. A short

Appalachian

bootleggers

list of proud, Chihuahuan entrepreneurs have

switched into high gear

gotten behind artisanal sotoleros; branding,

and smugglers on both

bottling and distributing their liquor. It’s

borders started crossing

started to gain traction in the trendiest big

alcohol illegally to make sure gringos got

market cocktail bars, reported Juan, who

their fix. One of hottest ports of entry was

carries five different brands at The Black

right here, between Juárez and El Paso.

Orchid. “My wife and I first saw it a few years

Savvy Mexican business people were quick

ago in New York at Please Don’t Tell, which

to take advantage of the new opportunity,

is like one of the best bars in the country ...

refashioning sotol production sites into

a couple weeks ago, an Italian came in here

bourbon-style whiskey distilleries—a drink

and started ordering different sotols. Turned

more in line with tastes up north. At the

out he was the owner of an upscale bar in

behest of the new whiskey dons and a

Rome and was headed to Chihuahua to do a

Chihuahuense elite that had never liked

little sotol tour.”

sotol to begin with, law enforcement began tracking down what was left of small-scale

One of the figures responsible for sotol’s

sotol producers and making them close shop.

sudden visibility is Jesús Navar, co-founder of Flor Del Desierto Sotol. A native of Juárez

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Sotol never completely disappeared, however.

now living in El Paso, Jesús started the

Far from the cities, maestros de sotol

artisanal sotol brand alongside his sister,

continued to make the spirit artisanally, just

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one located in Chihuahua’s desert plains and the other high up in the mountains. Jesús explained that a sotol’s taste differs significantly depending on where it’s made and the sotolero’s skill. He happens to think that his two solteros are some of the best around: “Don Gerardo Ruelas and Don Jose Armando Fernandez Flores both learned from their fathers, who also learned from their fathers. It’s really cool because they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve.” They’re also both finally getting the pay they deserve, he went on to explain. Although sotol is certainly growing more popular, it’s still unclear if this is the start of a boom, similar to mezcal’s meteoric rise, or if it’s destined to remain a niche product. Ismael Gomez, who sells Flor Del Desierto in the U.S. through his Laika Spirits distributing company, doubts that it will ever reach the level of mezcal or tequila:

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“I think it’ll get much bigger than it is now, but I don’t ever see it getting huge. That’s not a bad thing, though. There’s a lot of stuff happening in mezcal that I really don’t like right now, quality wise and in terms of environmental sustainability.” Juan, who’s originally from Jalisco, the home of Tequila, believes sotol could be the next big thing in Mexican spirits. However, he explained, it must first be embraced by locals: “I remember growing up in Jalisco, everybody was like a little marketing machine for tequila. We were proud of it and wanted the world to know about it. That has to happen with sotol.” That local embrace is long overdue in this writer’s opinion. Those interested in trying sotol should head over to The Black Orchid Lounge where it’s served neat and in a number of delicious cocktails. Or, if you prefer drinking alone, you can grab a quality bottle at Juanito’s Liquor Store.

Salud.

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July, 2019

| By: GRACE THE PSYCHIC LADY |

ink Himalayan salt is believed to be the

A few other benefits to mention from using

When pink Himalayan salt is used to create

most natural, beneficial and cleanest

Himalayan salt besides increased energy

a lamp, it provides your space with cleaner

salt available on earth. Himalayan salt has

include: more regular bowel movements,

air. One of the main Himalayan salt lamp

many therapeutic and nutritional properties

increased libido, better joint movement,

benefits is its supposed ability to clean the

with 84 trace minerals and elements that are

mercury and heavy metal detoxification, less

air by attracting vapor to it and air pollutants.

essential for optimal health. Many commercial

cravings and snoring, anxiety reduction and

The water vapor evaporates due the lamp’s

table salts undergo a bleaching process

much more. An easy way to incorporate it

heat, but the dust and allergens remain in the

which can contain aluminum derivatives and

into your diet is to add a pinch of Himalayan

salt instead of being ingested into your body.

other ingredients known to be highly toxic.

salt to your water—it tastes great, hydrates your body and provides electrolytes.

Saltair Wellness Center located in west El Paso recently opened and has an amazing

Pink Himalayan salt’s rich mineral content could help balance your body’s pH levels.

According to the Lung Institute, salt is

Himalayan

You may not think this is a big deal, but when

antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and helps

Himalayan salt boulders in their raw form.

your pH has a healthy acid-to-alkaline ratio,

loosen excessive mucus and speed up

Enjoy a relaxing 45-minute session in the

it makes a huge difference in your overall

mucus clearance, and removes pathogens

salt cave while reclined in a darkened room

health. A proper pH helps to foster your

in the air like pollen. This can be beneficial

with soothing music for your comfort while

immunity and promote digestion. Since pink

for many with respiratory issues, allergies

the salt gets pumped into the space. Yoga

Himalayan salt contains sodium as well as

and sinuses. Benefits show it may also aid

classes and meditations are also offered

other electrolytes, it can have a direct effect

in reducing the duration of colds and flu. Skin

while breathing in the beneficial salt. They

on the pH of your blood. It is a homeopathic

disorders such as acne, eczema and psoriasis

also have a child’s playroom area for young

way to re-mineralize, and potentially balance

can be greatly helped with Himalayan salt-

children to play as they receive benefits

the PH factor of your body in an effort to detox

infused baths—this ionic salt solution helps

which may be helpful to children with

and regulate our energy levels. Conversely,

to extract the toxins out of your skin and

allergies or asthma.

it is also said to help us experience a more

tissues and penetrates your skin, leaving it

restful sleep due to its high mineral content.

feeling refreshed and nourished.

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The EPTX Steak-Out

Those of us that enjoy a perfectly grilled steak know that when the preference is to go out for a meal as opposed to making it yourself at home, there is absolutely no shortage of options. We are Texas, and it shows. Some believe we love our grilled meats so much that for every grill in a backyard in Texas there is a nervous herd out on a pasture somewhere. Put that visual aside for the moment, just hop in the car and cruise around the different sides of the city. In no particular order: east side, west side, northeast and central. We’re going on a steak-out! Here’s a short list of some of the best steaks in El Paso and where to find them. Leave your utensils at home. All you need is an appetite and some cash to cover the bill!

West Thoeuxases C hop Their 16-ounce ribeye is sterling silver premium beef. The steak is hand-cut on site and wet aged

for 28 days. The process includes vacuum sealing the meat in plastic and leaving it refrigerated sitting in its own juices. Some of the advantages to wet aging cuts of meat are added flavor and tenderness, as well as the fact that the cut retains its weight right up until it’s on the grill. The 16-ounce ribeye at West Texas Chophouse comes with a baked potato loaded with butter, sour cream, bacon and chives. Located on Airway, not far from the airport.

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A well marbled ribeye sourced from Three Sisters Ranch in New Mexico

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slab of beef isn’t “Texas” enough? Just ask, and they will custom cut a ribeye in-

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in-house for their guests. With a number of sides to choose from, such as coleslaw, ranch style beans and corn on the cob, the Cowboy at Cattleman’s Steakhouse won’t leave you hungry once you hit the trail.

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In place of the commonly used inside skirt, Corralito Steakhouse puts a higher quality outside skirt through a 30-to-45 minute tenderizing process with some of the seasoning already added. The result is a juicier and more robust taste for the guest lucky enough to order the 10-ounce or 20-ounce Arrachera Steak. Corralito’s best-selling steak plate is also available as tacos. There are multiple Corralito Steakhouses throughout the city.

t a e r G n a c i r e Am ouse Steakh

Just off I-10 on Valley Chili Rd. in Anthony, Texas is the place to

get a 20-ounce bone-in ribeye generously covered in a blend of Great American’s own seasoning. It tops the list of their best-selling steaks. The highly rated Josper

charcoal oven can be found in many well-known steakhouses and brasseries. An oven and grill in one with the ability to sear, smoke and grill simultaneously. Great American uses their Josper to grill up a ribeye that is each patron’s own idea of the perfect steak. All 20-ounce bone-in ribeye plates come with baked beans, a pineapple coleslaw, and choice of baked potato, mashed potato or grilled vegetables. 62

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s h u t Ris ' Chr use o kh a e St Simply seasoned with a little salt and pepper, some butter and freshly chopped parsley, this 40-ounce USDA prime aged bone-in steak can be found on the menu under “Tomahawk Ribeye” and comes a la carte. Like any ribeye, the flavor and juiciness is all in the marbling and superb grilling. The five inches of rib bone left on the specialty cut of beef will likely be a topic of conversation at some point of the meal. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is located off I-10 at The Fountains at Farah.

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| By: HENRY CRAVER |

Diligent Plans K

are put in high-intensity team building scenarios.

put students in hands-on, controlled adversity

Those activities, and the almost overwhelming

learning situations–similar to Beast Barracks

ris Yagel was just a normal kid from

adversity that defined them, brought Kris and

at West Point. For example, one activity has

rural Pennsylvania. He played football

his team members together, he remembered:

teams compete in a comprehensive land navigation trial on the Appalachian Trail.

and, like most of his buddies, assumed

“I came out of bootcamp with closer friends

he would go on to Penn State after high

than I had ever had in my entire life.” He also

school. There, he’d study engineering, but

came out a competent leader.

This summer, Diligent Plans will be running a program for teens aged 15-17. The team has

wasn’t really sure of much beyond that. His life path, however, took a sudden and unexpected

Kris continued to hone his leadership skills at

done similar courses for Chinese exchange

turn near the end of senior year when he

school, and then as a military police officer.

programs before, but this will be their first

got a letter from The United States Military

His last assignment saw him transferred to

time offering their expertise to domestic high

Academy, better known as West Point. He

Fort Bliss to manage a 95 person security

schoolers. Gray Mountain, the name of the

had applied just for the heck of it in the fall and

unit. Eventually, after a litany of neck and

camp, will last one week and take place on

assumed he’d been denied when the general

joint injuries, Kris retired from the military

West Point grounds. “The kids will learn and

acceptance period came and went without

to start a career in the private sector as

take away the same core lessons that our

any word from the renowned institution. But

a project manager. He enjoyed the work;

adult students do, but the activities will be a bit

he hadn’t been denied, he was in.

but was horrified by the poor leadership

more physical,” explained Kris. The company’s

exhibited by many of his colleagues and

president also stressed his excitement to

West Point, and the military career that

associates. He decided to tackle the problem

bring kids along on full and partial scholarships

followed directly after, would have a profound

by creating a leadership program based on

based on need: “This is a really special and

effect on Kris’ development as a young man.

the fundamentals found at West Point.

useful experience for the kids, something that will help them immensely moving forward in

Unlike the typical freshman fall-semester, full of frat parties and video games, the Army put

Diligent Plans has now been up and running for

their lives. So, we want to make sure nobody

Kris and his classmates to work right away.

over six years. Kris and his team, all of whom

is excluded for financial reasons.”

Upon arrival, West Point students embark on

are U.S. military vets, work with private and

an intense 6-week bootcamp called “Beast

public establishments to get them running

If you’re interested in signing up for a Diligent

Barracks.” In addition to cramming in military

smoother. To that end, Diligent Plan consultants

Plans program, check out their website:

basics, like how to shine shoes, the neophytes

impart wisdom and, perhaps more importantly,

diligentplans.com

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July, 2019

| By: OSCAR ACOSTA photography by: HENRY CRAVER |

nthony Bourdain said, “Being a vegan is

It Up has something going on. So much so

According to Pato, his plant-based menu

a first-world phenomenon, completely

that they were voted #1 food truck at The

is not so much about an ethical alternative

self-indulgent.” So what? Edgar Delfin,

City Magazine. Also, Guy Fieri, the guy with

to

“Pato” to his friends, didn’t want to cook

the blond spikey hair on TV—an American

about producing good food. It’s not about

with meat. This is a highly-developed country

restaurateur, author, game show host and

being judgmental, or political, or about

with a competitive market that has many

Emmy Award-winning television personality

badgering you to death about the ecological

needs and demands to meet, and Pato has

from The Food Network—happens to have

and economic cost of a meat-based diet.

tapped into an underserved market. Offering

filmed a TV show about it. Did I mention

It’s about taking Mexican food in another

an exclusively plant-based menu in the

that there are two upcoming “Munchies”

direction. It’s about taking those delicious,

backyard of indie darling bar Monarch, Lick

episodes on VICE coming out soon too?

mouth-watering flavors, that greasy, salsa

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meat-based

consumption.

It’s

more

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loaded, textured masa of the gordita, that

that friend who insists veganism is the

you can get at a food truck in central Juárez,

solution to all our world’s problems, from

and being creative. It’s about using what is

acute poverty to cancer? But, those that have

already there and spinning it into something

had a few beers and just want some tacos

novel. It’s about doing more with less. It’s

can dig it too.

about doing art that pays. That is where Lick It Up is special. Defying To borrow an analogy from a much better

Bourdain’s view that, “Vegetarians are the

author, working in a kitchen is very much

enemy of everything good and decent in

like being a modern-day pirate. For some,

the human spirit, an affront to all I stand for,

working in an office, talking in the breakroom

the pure enjoyment of food.” Pato is leading

about GoT, on a straight 9-5 is more of a hell

his ship against this current for a better

than they can manage. That’s for normies.

understanding of what the limits are for a

If you’re not cramped into a tiny, under

plant-based diet. It’s not for health. It’s hard

ventilated room with a hot stove and other

to say that those delicious seitan-infused

spatula wielding collection of burn-outs and

flautas, also fried in oil, are any healthier than

high-school rejects with a line eight deep

shredded beef flautas. Regardless, they still

clamoring for your delectable treats, then

hit the spot. Go check them out. For two years

you’re not really working, you’re just clocking

they have been based out of Monarch on Rio

in and clocking out.

Grande, but by the time you read this, they

will have opened a full kitchen at International

Pato’s version of plant-based food is the

in downtown El Paso. I’ll be there during

metaphorical equivalent of that tattooed,

lunch hours if you want to argue over the

pierced misfit that doesn’t quite fit into

economics or health benefits of veganism

corporate America. Sure, the “Hezbollah

with some half eaten gordita in my mouth.

militant-style vegans” will like it—you know

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IMMORTAL

HEALTH ELIXIR

| By: TONI MOON |

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ver the past couple of years,

says Jacqueline Cordova, owner of The Green

It is not only important to understand

we have seen Kombucha hit

Ingredient Express. This process of fermenting

the difference between fresh and store-

the shelves of our grocery

tea has been around for over 2,000 years and

bought Kombucha, but also pasteurized

stores with a wide range

the Chinese consider it to be an “Immortal

and unpasteurized Kombucha. During the

of brands and flavors, but

Health Elixir” due to all the health benefits they

process of pasteurization, Kombucha is

only few know how it’s actually

believe it to provide. But how do we know

stripped of all its nutrients and probiotics.

made. Kombucha is fermented black

what we are drinking is the actual “Immortal

As a result, the pasteurized Kombucha is

Health Elixir” and not something else?

basically just flavored fermented tea without

or green tea and sugar that can have natural

any of its benefits. Many stores carry brands

flavoring added to it. Kombucha has many health benefits, including: support for a healthy

Jacqueline Cordova makes and sells her

that contain pasteurized Kombucha. So you

immune system, antioxidants, detoxification

own Kombucha in her shop. So what is the

might think you’re getting your probiotics in

and various vitamins. This is due to the process

difference between fresh and store-bought

for the day when you’re actually not.

of fermentation using a SCOBY disc (symbiotic

Kombucha? “The process of fermentation

colony of bacteria and yeast). A SCOBY disc

never stops in Kombucha, so the longer it

Adding Kombucha to your diet can be very

is a light brown colored dough that grows

stays on the shelves the more fermented it

beneficial to your overall health when

and ages while producing all the probiotics in

gets, resulting in a higher alcohol content,”

bought correctly. The best way to go is with

Kombucha. Since it is bacteria, SCOBY can

says Jacqueline. “Children should only drink

fresh, unpasteurized Kombucha with all the

reproduce itself, resulting in a young and old

fresh Kombucha because it has not had that

nutrients and health benefits you’re looking

SCOBY. “When the SCOBY is young it can

long to ferment.” Also, on the back of store-

for, while also being conscious of your wallet.

be used to ferment the black or green tea,”

bought Kombucha there is a warning for pregnant or breastfeeding women to consult with a doctor before consuming, but that is not the case for fresh Kombucha. Not only is fresh Kombucha safer to drink, but the nutrient content is also higher because it has not been overly processed. Fresh Kombucha also doesn’t have as much of a vinegar taste as the store-bought variety. Jacqueline brews her own Kombucha every day and ferments them with lavender, ginger and other ingredients for extra flavor. You can buy a large mason jar of fresh Kombucha from The Green Ingredient Express for just $9— nutritious and economical!

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life changing accident jump started the idea that has blossomed into Aurellia’s Bottle shop and Brewhouse. Three years ago, owner Justin Gibson was hit by a drunk driver. The experience made him reflect on life and how he wanted to live it. It was at this point that he really began thinking about how something like

this could be. “That stuff is going to happen to you whether you take risks or not, so you might as well take some risks,” he explains. Previous to this, Justin had worked in all avenues of beer establishments, whether it was retail, supply or as a distributor. While he was no longer complacent is the avenue of distribution, Justin thought up the idea of creating an organic situation where people can come in and

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an

automated

system

called

“Aurellia’s.” Although he wasn’t even sure if they’d go commercial, they did and have been open since May. Aurellia’s has a cyberpunk theme and, for those who are unfamiliar, is based off science

fiction

and

features

extensive

human interaction. The name came from the artificial intelligence software that was built to automate the brewing process and, while the human element is very apparent, the tech integrated into a lot of different facets. “I really like to not call us a brewery, but

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July, 2019 more like a beer project,” Justin says. “Our story is about two dudes learning to work with their robot AI and removing the human element of error.” Besides featuring an all-electric system, what makes this bottle shop and brewhouse stand apart from the rest is the responsible energy consumption. There are no gas emissions and there is talk of making the entire thing solar. There is also a full kitchen available that is focused on ethical consumption and uses cruelty-free protein with no antibiotics. Organic produce is used when possible and they are involved with sustainable farms and fisheries. The back of house consists of two chefs who work in tandem to make just about everything from scratch every day. Besides Justin, brewing is done by William Paden, who has been brewing for eight years and had previously worked in other breweries around the city. Brewing is done four to five days out of the week and upon

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entering the establishment is a window that

being able to shop for beer and wine to go,

allows visitors to peek into the magic of the

while focused on responsible energy and

beer that is available and made on site.

ethical consumption. “This is her [Aurellia’s] place not mine … we’re finding new ways

As a first-time business owner, Justin has

to make beer better and we want people

brought to life a unique establishment for

to be tethered to that experience, we want

the El Paso community. It allows you to

customers to understand that we’re all in this

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DEZIRABELL By: Henry Craver

The definition of “influencer” has changed. Yes, influencers still

content, but she does it with her own nerdy twist, often

have influence, but not all those with influence are influencers.

sporting cosplay getups and fantastical makeup. The approach

The term is now used as a tag for individuals who have attracted

comes naturally to Sarah, who’s been attending Comic Con

large social media followings specifically through their activity on

and other similar conventions since she was just 13-years-old.

the platforms. So, while Lebron James certainly has both influence and lots of social media followers–49.3 million on Instagram at the time this is being written–he isn’t an “influencer” per say because his celebrity comes from basketball, not Instagram itself. There doesn’t seem to be any discernible recipe for becoming an influencer. Some influencers are clever, some are pretty, but many seem to have tons of followers for no good reason at all. Regardless of their merit, however, the importance of influencers is unquestionable. They have our attention, and that’s of great value to advertisers. In fact, owners of the most popular

Instagram

and

YouTube

accounts

often

command

upwards of six figures for brand features and shoutouts.

Despite a massive following, Sarah has yet to really monetize the application. She does live feeds about twice a week and says she usually receives about $60 in donations from her fans during those sessions. Advertisers, however, are the real key to making money off social media and, so far, they’ve been hesitant to invest much in TikTok. Afterall, although it’s hot now, TikTok could easily fade away or end up getting strategically squashed by its competitors (à la Instagram’s adoption of video to render Vine irrelevant). Whatever happens in the end though, for the moment Sarah Sanchez is thoroughly enjoying the chance TikTok gives her to showcase her creativity–and the donations don’t hurt either.

You won’t find any such bluechip influencers here in El Paso, but there is a sizeable group of local men and women making good money posting selfies and sharing memes. The purpose of this feature will be to highlight one of them each month. At first glance, Sarah Sanchez seems like an ordinary 20-year-old El Pasoan, albeit an especially attractive one. She’s a college student who bartends on the side, loves video games and cartoons, and enjoys tacos al pastor from El Cometa. However, beneath the veneer of normalcy lies a social media starlette. Sarah, or @dezirabell across social media, has just over 160,000 followers on TikTok, and by the time this article is published she may have many more. Although she had toyed around with TikTok before, it was only this past November, following the platform’s breakthrough, that Sarah decided to give it a serious go. She found success almost immediately, quickly surpassing the Instagram follower count she’d spent so much time cultivating. Only launched in 2017, TikTok is a relatively new application that allows users to create short music videos 3-15 seconds long, as well as livestream with their followers. It’s popularity exploded in 2018, becoming the most popular app of October and hitting 1 billion total downloads a few months later. Asked

for

the

secret

to

going

viral

on

TikTok,

Sarah

admitted that she wasn’t sure, saying: “I don’t know why I’ve been so popular. I think it’s important to keep up with the trends but also be unique, if that makes any sense.” You only have to browse her feed for a couple minutes to understand her point. She recreates much of the trending 80

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FOOD

Pairings

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Food on people, people on food. We often pay no mind to what we consume, however, we’re all aware that our food exists before, after and beyond the plate. We paired each item in its most obtainable natural state to a complementary model to see just how we can interact with our sustenance beyond fork to food and into the mouth.

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BEST Eyebrow | By: ELYSE SIMONS |

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ymmetrical brows are ideal, although you can never expect them to look

exactly the same. Eyebrows are a very

BEAUT Y

What type of tools will you need to tweeze your brows?

for a softer brow look. Try Senna Form-ABrow or their Powder Brow Styling Pencil (sennacosmetics.com)

practical part of the face. First, they help us

A great pair of tweezers. Always slide the

see better by keeping perspiration, oil and

tweezers along the skin and grab the brow

Brow gels are a great finishing touch and

debris out of our eyes. Most importantly, our

hair by the root, then pull in the direction

are all about tinting or coloring the hair and

brows frame the face.

of the hair growth. Try Tweezerman Ultra

adding subtle hold and fullness to the brow.

Precision Slant Tweezer (ulta.com)

My daily, quick, easy, groomed brow is done by first taking any extra product from the

Brow trends have changed over the years. The ‘80s was the bushy brow decade and

A double sided angled brow brush and

spoolie on an angled brush and filling in any

the ‘90s was the skinny brow decade. Since

spoolie. Use the firm angled brush to apply

sparse spots. Then I brush the product in the

then, fashions have changed more rapidly,

brow powder and draw individual strokes or

direction of my brow hair growth to smooth

being shared on platforms like Instagram.

hairs where needed. The spoolie is then used

them out. Try Strike Rich Brow

The overly filled in, same on everybody brow,

to brush the brow powder through the hair for

Gel (limelifebyalcone.com)

as well as the bold tattoo (because it’s the

a softer, more defined look. Try the Classified

thing to do brow), are definitely on the way

Brow Tamer #14 (limelifebyalcone.com)

out as we approach 2020. Try to avoid trends and find out what looks best for you.

Hair removal options and their pros and cons: Waxing Pros: It’s quick and inexpensive.

Brow pencils are a waxy hard pencil—very different texture from an eyeliner pencil— and best used if you have gaps in your brows, or sparse tails. Most pencil users tend to be heavy handed, so apply lightly. Try Kimiko Super Fine Eyebrow Pencil Automatique (kimikobeauty.com)

Cons: It creates loss of elasticity from pulling and can burn the skin; also the long wait in

Brow powders are a drier formulation

between appointments for hair re-growth.

than eye shadow and should not be light

Tweezing

reflective. They are great for people who have sparse brows and they add color where

Pros: It’s easy to do yourself, is less painful,

any is missing. Most brow experts agree that

can be done as often as desired and the eye

anyone can use a powder if they are aiming

area will age slower if done correctly. Cons: You can get pluck happy and over tweeze.

Threading Pros: It’s quick and inexpensive. Cons: The feeling can be uncomfortable and it can be unsanitary if the thread is being held between the provider’s lips and teeth.

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1 The Lost Explorer | Environmental Protection Lotion Sick of being mosquito fodder during vacation? Working both as a hydrator as well as an insect repellent, this lotion deserves a permanent spot in your travel bag. There’s no longer a need to reek of chemicals or endure that sticky, uncomfortable feeling in order to enjoy an itch-free getaway, jungle trek, hike or backyard cookout. Cedarwood oil keeps the buggers away, citronella soothes any potential inflammation and lavender flower oil aids in healing.

After

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2 Heath | Hand Salve Trekking the wilderness can toughen you up, but that doesn’t mean that your hands have to suffer for it. Give your abused hands some love with this potent hand salve. Fast-absorbing and non-greasy, the mint and lavender scented formula gives your hands the care and

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3 ESPA | Fitness Body Oil Perfect for use after the gym or a day-long walk around a new city, this soothing oil helps relieve stress off those achy muscles to help you rest and relax. Use after showering and massage into the skin until it has been absorbed. The warming effect of the indian bay and clove bud-infused oils along with the lavender scent help to simultaneously soothe the mind and body for a fully relaxing experience.

TIGHTEN SKIN REDUCE DARK SPOTS GROW AND LIFT YOUR LEGS AND GLUTES REDUCE YOUR WAISTLINE

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July, 2019

Rhinos Pre-Season Schedule Sept. 21 at 7 pm: Black & Orange Game Sept. 28 at 7 pm: Rhinos Host Mexican National Team Sept. 29 at 4:30 pm: Rhinos Host Mexican National Team

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El Paso Residents

Showcase Their Enthusiasm for | By: LAUREN CANCIENNE |

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lways eager to lend a helping

Known as “The Sun City,” El Paso can

Community College’s fifth annual Spring

hand, the El Paso community has

consistently be depended on to shed

Fashion show in March. Wish children were

a longstanding tradition of rallying around

some light on wish kids and their families.

given the task of modeling “Decades of

wish kids. From golf outings to fashion

The community continuously searches for

Fashion” and they delivered with stunning

shows, sporting events to silent auctions, and

opportunities to host fundraising events in

precision and contagious enthusiasm. The

motorcycle rides to bowling tournaments,

the most engaging ways possible. A plethora

wish children models strutted down the

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of exciting events for all ages have already

runway wearing clothes created by the

Paso community to find creative and unique

been held this year for Make-A-Wish with

EPCC Fashion Technology Program and

ways to showcase their talents at fundraising

many exciting ones still to come.

local clothing stores. Fashion show goers watched decades of clothes pass by them as

events to help make wishes come true. Glittering masquerade masks and ruffled

doll-collared 50s dresses, poofy-sleeved 80s

dresses paraded the runway at El Paso

dresses and 90s-inspired denim jackets were


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on full display. The theme, “Decades of Fashion,� showcased the longstanding impact that El Paso Community College has had in the community as they celebrated 50 years. All ticket proceeds benefited Make-A-Wish to help build hope for children battling critical illness. Passionate El Paso Comic-Con fans filled the room of the first annual Charity Poker Tournament hosted by House of Kings Card Club. Poker players nervously peeked at their cards in anticipation of winning their hand; but every player truly went all-in to make wishes come true with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish. Comic-Con fans are known for being some of the most creative, exuberant, and dedicated fans in the world. Not only did they showcase this kind of passion for their favorite shows, comics and games; but they also exhibited all of these characteristics and more for Make-AWish. The House of Kings Poker Tournament is a tremendous example of how clubs and groups saw an opportunity to host a fundraising event 94

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July, 2019 and was able to successfully implement the idea with the full support of the El Paso and Make-A-Wish community. Events such as the Spring Fashion show at the El Paso Community College and the House of Kings Charity Poker Tournament are just two of the many incredible fundraising events that El Paso residents have hosted and rallied behind. A creative idea could be the roots for a blossoming of fundraising events to help wishes come true. The El Paso community’s creativity and dedication to Make-A-Wish is inspiring to us all. Wishes need you. Do you have a creative idea to raise funds for future wish kids? We can help you get started now. Share your plans with us for a fundraiser to benefit MakeA-Wish by contacting Stephanie Gorman, Development Officer at sgorman@ntx.wish. org or call our office at 915-855-8700.

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The festival has over 40 vendors and pop-up boutiques. There will be meal prep and restaurants serving healthy meal options, supplement companies handing out samples, and a kid’s zone with jumping balloons.

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l Paso’s local fitness movement, #LIVEFITEP, is holding its fifth annual Fitness Festival

on August 17th, at the downtown convention center. Organizers of the event, Shane and Lizzie Martinez of Sun City Athletic Club, and Marc and Amy Duchene of 915 Sports, expect over 5,000 attendees this year. “We had over 4,000 people in attendance

“The goal of this festival is to showcase El Paso’s many options for fitness enthusiasts and to inspire others to start living healthy as well,” said Amy Duchene. Shane Martinez added, “We received awesome feedback from competitors that came in from out of town saying they definitely will return to compete next year, so we’re excited that this event will continue to bring tourism to El Paso!”

last year and had competitors from all over the Southwest and Mexico including

#LiveFitEP started as a hashtag in order

Dallas, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Chihuahua

to create awareness of different fitness

and Guadalajara. This year we have added a

activities around El Paso. We always felt like

wrestling tournament so we expect a very big

people would always complain about El Paso

attendance,” said Lizzie Martinez. The festival

not being a healthy city, so we united to do

has over 1,000 athletes alone competing

something about it! LiveFitEP was created to

in categories of CrossFit (El Paso Desert

unite all health and fitness businesses as well

Games), Desert Jui Jitsu Championships,

as gather people who are interested in the

Rumble in the Desert Karate Tournament, the

same activities. It was also created to inspire

EP Iron Open powerlifting competition, the

those who do not have a fitness community

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to come out and find a community based on

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Tangier, Morocco

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youth and my senior years. I gave it

Morocco

some pretty serious thought —was

continent, where cold grey waters of the

or me, turning 65 was a landmark event, a line distinctively drawn between

sits on the northern edge of the African

I going to age gracefully, reminiscing

Atlantic Ocean wash against warm blue

on my wealth of life experiences, or

waves of the Mediterranean Sea. The

plunge head first into my bucket list and

blending point is equally remarkable on

experience it all while I still had time?

land where native Berber, and imported Arabian and European cultural influences

I guess those who know me best watched

mix in a multi-layered history lesson that

this pensive process with amusement. By

defies the imagination.

the time I’d admitted I’d never been an “age gracefully kind of person,” it was time

Morocco’s capital is Rabat and currency the

to plan a day that lived up to the occasion.

Dirham, but many retailers accept Euros and Pounds as most tourists enter via Gibraltar

Something exotic … something fun …

and Spain. Locals often understand English

something different than anything I’d

but it’s common to hear French and Spanish,

done. Something Africa!

especially in the souks (marketplaces) of the ancient medinas (medieval quarters).

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Tangier

Embroidered shoes and scarves in the Old Medina

From the moment my toes touched African

souk and many of the narrow alleyways and

coast of the Strait

soil, the excitement and intrigue grew.

squares that define neighborhoods within

of Gibraltar and has been a strategic gateway

Looking up from the dock at Tangier’s

thick and ancient medina walls. Arched

into Africa from European shores since

whitewashed hillside medina, I knew it

and architecturally detailed gates introduce

Phoenician times. Just minutes by plane or little

would be a glorious day.

countless Bazaar stalls where Berber women

sits on the southern

in colorful garb and straw hats sell intricately

more than an hour by boat from Tarifa, Spain, it’s one of the easiest cities to add to a European

Our walking tour was centered on the Plaza De

tour and the perfect choice for my quest!

La Kasbah, venturing into the ‘Grand Socco’

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embroidered shoes and mountains of scarves.

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ancient Superman lived here after he tore the continents of Africa and Europe apart, with his bare hands. I could see why. I could have stayed for days. Of course no trip to Africa is complete without a camel ride on the beach. My “ride” was adorable! She had eyelashes to die for and kept nuzzling up to the neck of my husband’s camel, causing him to make loud, raucous groans (the camel, not my husband). Our walk was surprisingly comfortable and combined with the waves crashing on the beach and exotic backdrop—Wow! I can’t wait for 66.

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| By: ELAINE GORDON | Richard Wiles is currently serving his third consecutive term as Sheriff of El Paso County. As such, he’s responsible for managing and directing the 1,000 public servants who keep our

Sheriff Wiles’ Pork Pie

growing community safe. He runs two county jails and oversees the execution of both criminal and civil processes in the region’s numerous county and district courts.

Ingredients: 4 bone-in pork chops

Prior to being elected sheriff, Wiles served the El Paso Police Department

1 large onion

from 1982 to 2007 in various positions. After starting out as a patrol

1/2 teaspoon sage

officer, he was promoted to Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain,

1-2 potatoes, cubed

Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief and then finally Chief of Police in 2003.

1 baking pie crust (homemade or store bought) Salt and pepper to taste

Mr. Wiles has served on numerous Boards and Committees and is currently a Board Member of the Rio Grande Council of Governments and

Directions:

the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation Consortium Executive Committee.

Submerge pork chops in a pot of water and slow boil them with

He also serves as co-chair for the Criminal Justice Subcommittee,

the onion, salt and pepper. When the pork chops are fully cooked,

addressing mental health issues in the criminal justice system.

remove from the pot and cut the meat into small pieces.

Sheriff Wiles is also a member of various professional associations including

Add the meat and cubed potatoes back into the pot of water with

the National Sheriff’s Association, FBI National Academy Associates and

the onion, then add the sage and let simmer for a bit.

the International Association of Chiefs’ of Police, to name a few. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. When the oven is ready, add the He has a Master of Science in criminal justice from Sul Ross State

meat and potatoes into the pie crust with some of the juice from

University, where he was honored as the “outstanding criminal justice

the pot. (Optional, if you prefer to add some onions, remove the

graduate student” by the President of the University. He obtained his

onion from the pot, chop half of it and add to the pie.)

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at El Paso and was also a part time faculty member at UTEP where he taught

Bake the pie until the crust starts to barely brown, then turn down

in the Criminal Justice Department. In addition, he graduated from the

oven to 375 degrees and cook until the pie crust is browned to

Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and other institutes

your preference.

and law enforcement facilities in Texas. Mr. Wiles has been a recipient of many honors, including a spot in the El Paso Democratic Hall of Fame, the El Paso Project Amistad

Note: This recipe was originated by Sheriff Wiles’ grandmother and passed down to his mother and now to him and his siblings. The recipe is a simple basic meal because according to Sheriff Wiles, times “were tough” for his grandmother and there were not a lot of food options.

Lucy G. Acosta Humanitarian Award, the El Paso Mexican American Bar Association Community Advocate Award, the MADD Diamond Leadership Award and the Texas Jail Association Award.

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Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the

At Cinnaholic you can select from over 20 unique frosting flavors and

military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was

a variety of fresh and decadent toppings. Mix and match flavors to

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8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only

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

breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers

steak you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.

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.

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July 2019

July 2019

02 Mystery Skulls July 2 | 7 P.M. Lowbrow Palace This mysterious indie group from Dallas is visiting us in July. Let’s show them why West Texas is the best Texas.

The City Calendar

Admission: $13+

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06 Luis Miguel 2019 Tour

July 5 | 8 P.M. Plaza Theatre

July 6 | 8:30 P.M. Don Haskins

One of today’s most influential Mexican bands, Intocable is sure to put on a show for El Paso.

Ahora te puedes marchar...all the way to the Don Haskins Center to see one of Mexico’s biggest stars.

Admission: $49.50+

Admission: $63+

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Intocable

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Triple-A Homerun Derby July 8 | 7 P.M. Southwest University Park Skip the boring pitching duels and let’s get right down to the fun part: homeruns.

Admission: NA

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Ysleta Mission Festival

Book of Love

July 12-15 | 6 P.M. Old Ysleta Mission

July 13 | 10 P.M. Lowbrow Palace

This annual event attracts thousands of music lovers and all around fun seekers every year. Don’t miss it.

There’s a reason this 80’s synth duo is still going at it...people love them.

Admission: NA

Admission: $25+

Da Baby & Special Guests July 14 | 6 P.M. Coliseum Enigmatic rapper, Da Baby, comes to El Paso. He’s bringing friends along, but nobody knows who.

Admission: $35.25+

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July 2019

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04 Fresno at Chihuahuas

4th of July Parade

July 3 | 7 P.M. Southwest University Park

July 4 | 9 A.M.

Catch Fresno’s Grizzlies take on our mighty Chihuahuas. What better way to spend a summer night than at the ballpark?

The parade route begins at Thunderbird & Shadow Mountain, travels down Shadow Mountain to Mesa Street, then turns right on Mesa St and ends on Mesa St at Coronado High School.

Admission: $11+

Admission: Free

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10 Vansire

Triple-A All-Star Game

July 10 | 7 P.M. Lowbrow Palace

July 10 | 7 P.M. Southwest University Park

If you haven’t already, you should really check out this dream-pop duo from Minnesota.

The best Triple-A has to offer are all coming to El Paso. You gotta catch these soon-to-be big leaguers strut their stuff.

Admission: $10

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20 Israel & New Breed

Kansas

July 20 | 6 P.M. Coliseum

July 21 | TBA Plaza Theatre

One of the greatest gospel groups of all time, Israel & New Breed are sure to have you feeling the Holy Spirit.

The country’s largest interactive classic rock band is coming to the border. Catch the old timers before they become dust in the wind…

Admission: $17+

Admission: $44.50+

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Alzheimer’s Association.................................................Pg. 71

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino...............Pg. 15

Ben Bridge Jewelers.....................................................Pg. 11

Intraceuticals.................................................................Pg. 90

Benjamin Law Firm........................................................Pg. 60

Leo Marketing...............................................................Pg. 67

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

Lucchese Boots.............................................................Pg. 27

Chio’s Reshaping Body Esthetics..................................Pg. 89

Mesa Street Grill............................................................Pg. 45

Cinnaholic......................................................................Pg. 55

Mix/Milan Salon & Day Spa.........................................Pg. 105

Connor Family Dentistry................................................Pg. 79

Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 81

Cool Canyon Nights.......................................................Pg. 51

Pacifica Homes............................................................Pg. 103

Cumbres and Toltec.......................................................Pg. 26

Quicksell Investments...................................................Pg. 77

Deutsch & Deutsch Jewelers..............Pgs. 9, 73, Back Cover

Sharkdogs Sports Grill...................................................Pg. 16

DWTNSpaces................................................................Pg. 46

Southwest Plastic Surgery............................................Pg. 17

El Paso Behavioral Health System.................................Pg. 61

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

El Paso’s Children’s Hospital.........................................Pg. 43

Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 91

El Paso Rhinos...............................................................Pg. 92

Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists........Pg. 96

El Paso Spine Center...................................................Pg. 107

Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 78

El Paso Water Softeners...............................................Pg. 97

The Black Orchid Lounge..............................................Pg. 14

Elyse Simons Beauty.....................................................Pg. 76

The Hospitals of Providence..........................................Pg. 13

Farmers Insurance.........................................................Pg. 55

The Italian Kitchen West..............................................Pg. 103

FPI Management...........................................................Pg. 57

The State Line...............................................................Pg. 33

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

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

Geico.............................................................................Pg. 95

Vitalant...........................................................................Pg. 65

Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 95

Walgreens................................................................. Pgs. 4, 5

Indicium Display Network.................................... Pgs. 63, 111

Xcleaning Professionals.................................................Pg. 99

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The City Magazine El Paso July 2019  

In this issue: Restaurateurs at the top of their game, Let's go on a Steak Out, 2019 Dine & Drinks Awards, Demystifying Sotol and much more!...

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In this issue: Restaurateurs at the top of their game, Let's go on a Steak Out, 2019 Dine & Drinks Awards, Demystifying Sotol and much more!...