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“If a man expects a woman to be an angel in his life, he must first create heaven for her. Angels don’t live in hell.”
en, we love them. We love them in suits, we love them in jeans, we love them in uniforms. We just love
them. I’m often asked, “What does a woman like in a man?” Ladies are complicated and often send mixed messages (or do we really?). It is a well-known concept that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. So, as the timing of our June Men’s issue would have it, I was recently in mixed company discussing this topic, and one of my male friends asked, “What do you ladies REALLY like?” I asked a few of my girls for some considerable help with that question. Their responses were a fresh and a thoughtful look at what women like in a man today. Because good advice never goes out of style, I’ve put together a list of what attracts women to men. Here are some suggestions and things to avoid … What women find attractive about a man:
What turns a woman off:
A snappy dresser, good grooming and looking good no matter
22. Giving your cell phone more attention than your lady. Just put
where you are. Women notice great shoes; it speaks to your
style and social status.
23. Never cancel dinner plans with a text. It’s rude and makes
Chivalry. Being a modern gentleman—showing gentleness to a
woman, shows your code of ethics.
24. A man who is insecure and constantly needs attention.
Well-respected. Being well-thought of in your community
25. A dirty car or home. It shows the character flaw of laziness.
is very attractive.
26. Constantly looking in the mirror. It gives the air of cockiness
Talking respectfully to a woman, it makes us smile.
Honorable. Admitting flaws and being man enough to work on
27. Too much PDA. A touch is good, a short kiss is wonderful, but
them. It makes our hearts skip a beat.
don’t mark your territory in public. We’re not fire hydrants and
Appreciate your parents, we like to see your soft side.
your name isn’t Spot.
Being genuine. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
28. A liar. We’d rather hear the hard truth than a lie that we know
We find that very sexy.
Being a giver, generous. The opposite of selfish.
29. Canvas backpacks carried by grown men when traveling means
The alpha male. A man should always pay—drinks, dinner,
parking, etc. We love it when a man takes care of us.
30. Men who complain all the time. It shows unhappiness. Life’s
it away. us suspicious.
and we’re turned off by cocky.
is a lie. you’ve never left the college mentality. Invest in luggage.
10. Honesty. Being able to speak the truth might be difficult,
31. Strong cologne. No one should smell it from five feet away or
but it shows you have character and integrity.
11. Loyalty. Be faithful in every way possible to your oaths
32. Guys who forget that there’s more to their relationships than
five minutes after you’ve left the room.
12. Conviction. Be a man of strong beliefs, it shows you’re in control.
13. A charming personality is both endearing and adorable.
33. Avoid that last scotch. You’ve probably had enough, and you can’t
14. Good manners. Be one who opens doors, pulls chairs and
34. T-Shirts. Even if you think they fit well, chances are they don’t.
orders for his lady.
football, golf, gambling and talking about themselves. have a love affair with scotch. I promise it will never love you back.
15. Be good with animals. It indicates that you’re capable
35. And finally, the worst turn off of all, a man whose head turns at
every glimpse of cleavage and who constantly flirts with another
woman. It shows a dishonorable character and there’s no future in that.
of protecting and caring.
16. Intelligence. Be a well-rounded man of current events, talking
about more than just the last sports bet.
17. Have a good sense of humor, but not always laughing. You don’t
want us to think you’re that immature, good-time-boy looking to please the crowd.
18. Drive. Women are attracted to a man who has goals and is
actively pursuing them.
19. Being fully present in the moment. Listening is the quickest
way to our heart.
20. Vulnerability. All the power, prestige and honor won’t get you
anywhere near fulfilling a relationship if you won’t let a woman
see you emotionally.
21. Own a tuxedo. Buy it before your 30 and stay that size.
So, what attracts a classy woman? A classy man.
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| By: TAYLOR HINES |
You are a Badass at Making Money By: Jen Sincero
The Art of Racing in The Rain By: Garth Stein
By: William S. Burroughs
Strong is the new Pretty: A Celebration of Girls being Themselves
By: Cheryl Strayed
By: Kate T. Parker
Grab a box of tissues and be
From William S. Burroughs,
A visually stunning and
We all cope in different
gain it. We have all been fed
ready to cuddle up next to
one of the late great
relevant photo essay series
ways. Some write, some
this overused and hyped
Fido after this one. We often
beat generation, Naked
on the power of young
drink, some recluse in
mantra for years. Are we
see novels whose theme
Lunch follows no narrative
women. In this collection
solitude, in the case of
anywhere for it? You Are a
centers around family
structure. In a series of
of striking photos, Kate T.
Cheryl Strayed, she decided
Badass at Making Money is
vignettes and snapshots,
Parker captures the raw
to tackle the 1,000-mile
a follow-up to Jen Sincero’s
fights, laughs, tears…but
Burroughs walks us
power and emotion of
Pacific Coast Trail alone.
we never see these stories
through the travels and
young girls from all walks
Following the death of
following the same suite.
told from the perspective
adventures of a junkie who
of lives and backgrounds.
her mother and bouts of
In this rendition, Jen, in
of man’s best friend. Enzo
takes on various personas.
More than a coffee table
substance abuse, Cheryl’s
her comedic voice coaches
recalls his life during his final
This book is not for the faint
book, this collection on the
life is in shambles. She
the reader through steps in
times, recounting all of the
of heart—it is disturbing at
manipulation of light allows
sets out on a road to self-
removing roadblocks and
anecdotes that have brought
its most mild moments—
for a paradigm shift in how
discovery in this recount
obstacles for gaining financial him to where he is now. A
making it to the list of
young girls envision what
of her travels. Sometimes,
security. It can be a bit “think must-read for canine lovers
banned texts in Boston and
“pretty” is and how societal
getting lost is the only way
and you will achieve,” but
and those who need a novel
LA in the early 60s. It has
constructs can bugger off.
to be found. Follow her on
the underlying lessons and
to grip with their heart.
since gained international
her journey and discover
notoriety for its contribution
something inside of yourself
to the literary arts.
as you turn the pages.
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asily characterized as a budding
answer lies in the cyclical nature of the metal
entrepreneur and savvy investor,
recycling industry and the periodic downturns
Lane Gaddy proves he’s much
expected to occur about every five years.
more beneath the surface. We find that what
The uncertainty of these economic crashes,
lies at the core of his work in elevating our
typical of most industries, and the subsequent
city’s image is sheer devotion to El Paso
unease that comes from it is what Lane points
and its people. An MBA graduate with dual
to as the catalyst for venturing
degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship
into new territory. As he
from the University of Arizona, Lane was set
explains, “I realized
on starting his career immediately following
graduation by way of a job opportunity in New York. Yet, as fate would have it, and “at the request and insistence of [his] grandfather to explore options with the family business,” he decidedly embarked on the Sun City. Seeing the opportunities in “cross-border trade,” as he explains, the Albuquerque native accepted his grandfather’s proposal and joined the ranks at W. Silver Recycling,
Inc., a 100-year-old metal recycling company
once operated by his grandfather, Bernard
adds, “There’s a
Fenenbock, who himself succeeded the
crash and the crash is
original founder and his own father-in-law,
very unpleasant,” pointing
to the industry hurdles as to what motivated him to seek out
Today, Lane serves as President of W.
new opportunities, specifically, those in
Silver Recycling, Inc., which operates in
real estate development.
the purchasing and servicing of byproducts produced by the “maquiladoras” across the
Although credited for several notable projects,
borderland. In fact, the company has operations
when asked whether he considers himself
from Calexico, California to McAllen, Texas
a developer, he points to a “10-year rule”
and impressively covers the border region
of steadily working in a profession in order
throughout with facilities in Northern Mexico,
to claim ownership, in this case, to the title
as well. Although he’s come to be known
of “developer.” Still, the magnitude of his
more recently for his innovative mindset
projects is by no means limited to that 10-year
in moving forward El Paso’s downtown
philosophy he holds for himself. A perfect
revitalization agenda, Lane still considers his
example of that is the impressive Martin
main order of business the daily operations
Building restoration with its towering and now
of his full-service recycling company. Since
signature “ElectriCity” marquee. When asked,
joining in 2006, Lane has grown the operation
Lane openly describes it as one of his more
from 25 employees to now over 300 and has
“painstaking” endeavors given the inherent
put the company on the map as a leader in our
challenges of what’s considered an “adapted
nation’s recycling industry.
reuse.” In keeping with the adage “No pain, no gain,” overcoming those hurdles proved
Our city has taken particular notice of Lane’s
rewarding. The massive $7.4 million project
development initiatives and naturally, leads
and certified rehabilitation of the once El Paso
one to wonder what sparked his passion for
Electric headquarters was awarded a historic
reshaping our landscape and spearheading
building plaque in 2017 by Preservation Texas
some of El Paso’s largest projects to date. The
in recognition of Lane’s remarkable revival of
l an e g addy
also considered by Lane as his largest project to date in terms of “gross dollars spent,” but says it was also one of the shortest projects at only three years for a building of this scope. The endeavor called upon the expertise of “an A-class team of specialized national architects” in rehabilitating the roughly 88-year-old, Art Deco landmark building designed by El Paso’s own renowned architect, Henry Trost. The motivation for this particular restoration is what Lane describes as “finding value where others overlook it,” an apparent “recurring theme” that the entrepreneur says he’s come across throughout the course of his projects. the landmark building. Completed in 2016, the 100-year-old plus establishment was
Given his accomplishments in revamping our
readapted to house 42 apartment lofts on
city’s image, it’s no surprise that Lane was
the top five floors, along with office and retail
bestowed the Hub of Human Innovation
space below. Known as the new Martin Lofts,
the renovated mixed-use building is the first
Redevelopment” in March of 2017. The
of its kind for downtown and the towering
award was the first of its kind, and honored
LED sign adorning the building’s rooftop has
Lane for his progressive and innovative efforts
redefined our downtown skyline.
in not just revitalizing El Paso’s downtown
landscape, but also for bringing value to our Before the Martin Building, Lane’s first
community as a whole. With the upcoming
major investment in 2010 was the 11-story
restoration of the landmark Roberts-Banner
Coronado Tower on the westside of El Paso,
Building in the works, another Trost building,
which he refers to as “an unpolished gem.”
we expect the awards and accolades will no
The renovation of the high-rise building,
doubt continue, and rightfully so.
which has remained in rare form for the area from the time it was constructed in 1966,
When questioned candidly on the driving force
initially failed to elicit support from those
behind his literal investment in our city, Lane
in the community who apparently did not
affirms what we’ve now learned, “The people
share in the project’s vision. Much to the
of this city, the friendliness and camaraderie
contrary, the substantial $2 million, 67,000
are the selling points.” He goes on to say
square foot makeover was an overnight
that our characteristically amiable nature is
success and garnered an overwhelmingly
unmistakable when meeting El Pasoans in other
favorable response from the community.
cities. His vision for a “first-class downtown”
Not only has the rebuild enhanced Coronado
is undeniably on the horizon for both residents
Tower’s unique presence in the area, it
and visitors alike. For the moment, Lane’s
helped redefine the building as a viable and
knack for reviving our city’s monumental and
affordable commercial leasing option to the
often forgotten architectural feats is playing a
pricier downtown establishments.
pivotal role in the Sun City’s very own modern renaissance. By the looks of his current
Fast forward to the present and coming
trajectory, it’s certain that he’ll make good on
soon is Lane’s latest acquisition and newest
his own “10-year rule” and even more probable
project—the revitalization of the iconic
that Lane Gaddy will eventually claim his title as
15-story Bassett Tower and what will be a
one of El Paso’s own, true visionaries.
new-to-our-area Aloft Hotel. The makeover is
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Jim Senter UTEP Director of Athletics New UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter came to the Sun City with a vision–Every Person Makes a Difference (#EPMAD). Senter was announced to the position on Nov. 22, 2017, after serving as the director of athletics at The Citadel for the past three years. University President Diana Natalicio says, “his previous experience at the University of Idaho, San Diego State University and the University of Colorado gives him a rich set of perspectives on the complexities of intercollegiate athletics in the 21st century.” Senter has made his way to El Paso and has worked feverishly to increase community support for UTEP Athletics. Senter brings passion, excitement and his ability to fundraise is topnotch. He’s already announced plans to upgrade Sun Bowl Stadium, with the new GECU Terrace, sky lounge, renovated press box and concourse coming soon. His busy first few months on the job have also included hiring football and men’s basketball coaches, as well as engaging various constituents with town halls across the city. Senter says, “I am really honored to be here and be named athletic director of UTEP. I am humbled by it.”
Cory Herman El Paso Rhinos Head Coach Cory Herman has been a staple of hockey in El Paso since 1999 when he first arrived, while helping the Sun City embrace a sport he has immense passion for. Most recently, the El Paso Rhinos were by-and-large the most dominating club in the Western States Hockey League after posting a 49-1-1 record and claiming the WSHL Championship during a 3-2 victory over the Ogden Mustangs on April 15, 2018. It was the third Thorne Cup for the Rhinos (2008, 2014). Herman played one season with the El Paso Buzzards before he founded the El Paso Rhinos junior hockey team in 2006. Herman’s goal is to help youth hockey players achieve theirs by playing at higher levels of hockey, including the NCAA. Herman says the most important part of his job as head coach is practice. “Practice is where they learn everything,” he says. But his team’s success on the ice is not all that matters. The Rhinos are heavily involved with local charities and organizations, while also reaching out to schools all around El Paso.
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Rodney Terry UTEP Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Rodney Terry was appointed the 19th head coach in UTEP men’s basketball history on March 12, 2018. Terry returns home to the Lone Star State, as the native of Angleton previously served as the head coach at Fresno State for seven years. The Bulldogs experienced tremendous success under Terry’s direction, including 20-win campaigns in four of the last five years and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2016. Terry takes over a storied basketball program and says, “I want to build on the tradition, I want to build on the history. I want to have a connection with the campus.” One of Terry’s mentors, Harry Miller–Baylor University’s head coach from 1994 to 1999–gave Terry his first opportunity in coaching. Prior to his time at Fresno State, Terry served a nine-year tenure at the University of Texas as the Longhorns produced nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four berth in 2003. Current University of Tennessee head coach and former Longhorn head man Rick Barnes says Terry, who has been part of teams that posted a combined 461 wins, is a “phenomenal hire” for UTEP.
R Od Barajas El Pas Chihuahuas Manager Rod Barajas was hired as the El Paso Chihuahuas manager on January 14, 2016. The Chihuahuas achieved instant success under his direction as El Paso won its first ever Pacific Coast League championship during his first season in 2016. The Chihuahuas followed with a PCL South Division title in 2017 before falling short in the championship series. Barajas played 14 seasons (1999-2012) as a catcher in Major League Baseball, most notably winning a World Series title with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, playing with the Texas Rangers when he hit 21 bombs with 60 RBI in 2005, while also donning Dodger Blue for a pair of seasons. After a lengthy career and catching for some of baseball’s best pitchers, Barajas managed the Padres Arizona Rookie League affiliate in 2014, while he began the
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2015 season as High-A Lake Elsinore’s hitting coach and was elevated to be Double-A San Antonio’s manager at mid-season. Barajas played with the El Paso Diablos back in 1999 and was excited to make his return to the Sun City, but this time, as a manager. Barajas says he loves El Paso, the community and that it’s a great place to manage and play.
Jon Teicher “The Voice of the Miners”
Jon Teicher will enter his 38th season (2018-19) as the UTEP Football and Men’s Basketball radio play-by-play “Voice of the Miners.” Teicher brings personality and passion over the airwaves as his “touchdown, Miners” call gives goosebumps to anyone listening. Teicher was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring of 2001 and was most recently honored in New York City in December of 2017 as a recipient of the Chris Schenkel Award, for a long and distinguished career broadcasting college football by the National Football Foundation. NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell says, “Jon Teicher has had an exceptional broadcasting career and his voice has become synonymous with UTEP football and West Texas.” When Teicher first arrived to the Sun City, he called play-by-play for the minor-league baseball Diablos from 1980 to 1984 and again from 1988 to 1992. He also broadcast professional baseball in Portland, Ore., and in Wichita, Kan. A graduate of UCLA in 1979, Teicher looked up to the likes of former Dodgers voice Vin Scully and former Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn.
Kevin Baker UTEP Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kevin Baker took over a successful UTEP women’s basketball program and continued the winning ways during the 2017-18 season. Baker directed the Miners to a 17-win season, which more than doubled their win total from a year ago, and a first-round victory in the Conference USA Championships in Frisco, Texas. Baker was appointed as the eighth head coach in women’s basketball history on April 24, 2017 after posting 50 wins in two seasons at Angelo State University (2015-17). The Lufkin, Texas, native also saw success at UT-Tyler for three seasons (2012-15) that included a pair of 27-win campaigns during Baker’s final two years. Baker led both a Division II (Angelo State) and Division III (UT-Tyler) school to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Baker brought an exciting brand of basketball as his offensive style is pressing, getting up and down, and shooting a lot of threes. Baker’s UTEP squad displayed www.thecitymagazineelp.com
mental toughness as the team finished with seven wins in games decided by five points or less, which were the most such victories during a season in program history. Overall, Baker has chalked up 361 victories as a head coach, including 10 seasons as a high school head coach.
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Dana Dimel UTEP Football Head Coach Dana Dimel was announced as the 26th head coach in UTEP football history on Dec. 6, 2017. Dimel brings a wealth of NCAA Division I football experience with over 30 years of coaching. Dimel was the head coach at the University of Wyoming (1997-99) and the University of Houston (2000-02), while serving as associate head coach at the University of Arizona (200708). Most recently, Dimel was the co-offensive coordinator at Kansas State University (201117). On his coaching philosophy, Dimel says “you’re trying to be as efficient as you can, score a lot of points and have an exciting brand of football.” With Dimel calling plays over the last seven seasons, KSU averaged 33.4 points per game with five nine-win seasons. Dimel assembled a coaching staff that has played or coached at Power Five schools, including new offensive coordinator Mike Canales and defensive coordinator Mike Cox. The buzz is out on Dimel and the new era of UTEP football, as he’s already compiled an impressive recruiting class to make a difference during the upcoming 2018 campaign.
Mika Laaksonen UTEP Track & Field Head Coach Mika Laaksonen is currently in his eighth season at the helm for the UTEP Track & Field program. Laaksonen served 12 years as an assistant under legendary USTFCCCA Hall of Fame coach Bob Kitchens. Laaksonen took over a program that saw 143 outdoor AllAmericans, 73 indoor All-Americans and 15 cross country All-Americans under Kitchens’ direction. The winning ways have continued as UTEP star athlete Michael Saruni broke an NCAA record in the 800m after clocking a time of 1:43.25 in Tucson, Ariz., on April 29, 2018. Laaksonen, who was a former UTEP student-athlete and 1992 NCAA hammer champion, has directed the program to a multitude of success that includes the women’s track and field team claiming both the indoor and outdoor Conference USA title in 2017, while also being honored as both the indoor and outdoor Coach of the Year. In fact, Laaksonen has been named the C-USA Indoor Coach of the Year five times following his 2017 recognition. For the UTEP women, it was their third consecutive C-USA Indoor Championship title. In 2013, the men’s side won the C-USA Outdoor title, their first since 2008.
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any business owners will say that owning a
Travis’s idea, one that has ensured the longevity of
business, managing production, ensuring the
the business, was to begin producing pet food. “We
quality of product and services and trying to do
discovered that we could easily compete with grocery
all of that while still being fresh and innovative
stores and the best way to compete was by bringing in a
is no walk in the park. Dean Travis, President of
higher quality product. That’s when the idea of a premium
Valley Feed & Supply, Inc. knows this, but he has
dog food first started showing up in the marketplace.”
made it his company’s primary goal that a walk in the park, at least for your pet, is the only
thing that your loyal companion has to worry about.
The prospect of being a part of a growing industry only solidified Travis’s determination. He began working with companies to produce a premium dog food.
From Las Cruces to El Paso, and all the way to San
Soon after, Travis saw that an increased interest in his
Antonio, Dean Travis has expanded his mission of
product led to having to consistently produce more to
providing the area with the highest quality and care.
put on shelves. “We started growing our Activa line
Travis’s involvement with the company began in 1966,
and our Apetito line. Next thing you know, we went
when he joined his father in a partnership for commercial
from having pickup trucks show up picking up 20 or
livestock feed. Throughout his participation, Travis felt
30 bags. A few years later it was semi-truck loads
that expansion and a shift in focus might benefit the
that were exporting to Mexico.” Now, the company
interest of the company. “I grew up in this industry and
manufactures up to 160,000 pounds of dog food a day.
as I got older I started thinking about the future and the
opportunities within this company. I loved the customers
The Travis family business then began selling its own
and the people that worked in the organization.”
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Instantly recognizable with its bright red
With the intention of creating the best dog
be able to cater to as many pets and their
façade and rural aesthetic, Travis believed that
food they can, Travis realized that there was
owners. With the decreasing quality of big-
the ability to control the quality and fair pricing
more to pet food and a particular dog’s needs
name brands looking to turn a profit above all
of their product was integral to the legitimacy
than meets the eye. The perfect dog food,
else, Travis saw the opportunity to develop a
of the company and its growth. “We control
even as an idea, was something that wasn’t
system that was sure to revolutionize the way
it all the way from the raw ingredients. We
in the realm of possibility. Considering that
that people thought about dog food. “We’re
work with the farms and suppliers all the
much like humans, dogs are all different,
always looking at ‘how do we provide a better
way to the retail stores. Our goal is to make a
not only in the breed, but in age, health and
product that comes closest to meeting that
better dog food all the time.”
specific needs, there needed to be a way to
need of an individual dog,’” says Travis.
June, 2018 Through various processes like manufacturing, shipping and shelf life, the benefits of vitamins, minerals and probiotics are diminished or destroyed, so it was Travis’s goal to reinstate the nutrients back into the dog food in order to give customers the full value of the purchase. “We have developed a system where we can customize a bag of dog food specifically for each individual dog. Because they are all different, there are different nutrient requirements and combinations that we can do with our patented machine and we can do that in 60 seconds.” The machine, which Travis initially proposed to his team through an assemblage of tools and a popcorn maker, is now present at Pet’s Barn stores and customizes dog food for all customers who purchase dog food from their Activa line, allowing up to 55,000 combinations of enrichments, oils and flavors. “There are days where we are up to 600-700 bags in a day, the system works,” says Travis. The constant strive for the betterment and growth of the company, with the customer and their needs always at the forefront, is what has ensured security for Travis, his company and employees. As for advice to aspiring business owners, Travis wisely comments,
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Alaa Alqadi of Jerusalem Grill and Jerusalem International Foods An Arabian Gulf native, Alaa Alqadi, owner of Jerusalem Grill and winner
Eastern dishes. Together, Jerusalem Grill and Jerusalem International
of The City Magazine’s 2017 “Best Mediterranean” award, immigrated
Foods provide a tantalizing culinary experience that will transport your
directly to El Paso with his family over 20 years ago. Alaa’s family,
taste buds to the exotic flavors of Arabia.
originally from Jerusalem, made the decision to join his two brothers, Nader and Maan Alqadi, who had already made their long U.S. journey
Today, Jerusalem Grill is the only upscale Mediterranean and Middle
to the Sun City. The three brothers opened several businesses together
Eastern restaurant in El Paso to provide FDA-approved Halal beef, lamb
including Jerusalem International Foods, a popular Middle Eastern food
and poultry that’s completely natural and hormone-free. What’s more,
market that, ultimately, inspired the now locally renowned, Jerusalem
their mouth-watering dishes are made fresh daily and in-house by
Grill. Their own company, A2Z Professional Remodeling, a 100 percent
chefs who follow Alaa’s own traditional and delightful family recipes.
locally-manufactured remodeling business, in fact, built the alluring
It should come as no surprise that Jerusalem Grill has also been
Jerusalem Grill nearly 16 years ago. Located on Mesa Street near
awarded, among many others, the 2013 Best El Paso Restaurants
Festival Drive, the market offers delicious products that remain unique
award by urbanspoon.com and it should be said that our own “Best
to our area, while the restaurant portion of the operation dedicates itself
Mediterranean” award stems from nearly 186,000 votes casted in last
to serving savory, 100 percent freshly-made Mediterranean and Middle
year’s online contest. As for their numerous awards and recognition,
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Alaa humbly states, “The hard work comes more after this because we need to keep it up ... not to lower our standards for any reason.”
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James Tidwell of TruTEMPS Staffing Group Touching lives is what James Tidwell, President of TruTEMPS Staffing
that we’re servicing.” He adds of those vital partnerships, “I think
Group, prides the operation on. A UTEP MBA graduate with a solid
communication’s key. It’s something that we strive for with our clients …
marketing background, James opened the full-service staffing agency
making sure that we send the best-qualified employee to their worksite.”
in 2016 with the help of his late father, Jim Tidwell. James credits his son for serving as “a big trigger to push the company to make sure it
TruTEMPS and its tentative team are already making strides as a
was successful.” Drawing from his prior sales expertise, James utilizes
proven area staffer in their first two years in business. Currently, there
the invaluable relationships he’s cultivated over the years to build a rich
are two recruiting offices conveniently serving the Sun City on the
client base and the job opportunities that lie therein. From basic entry-
Eastside, Westside and a third corporate office located in Downtown
level to top-level executive placement, the TruTEMPS team diligently
El Paso. “We plan to continue to grow in El Paso, and by year-end
works to help individuals become gainfully employed and productive in
expand to other areas of Texas.” Serving a variety of clients and
our great city. The agency’s core services include temporary staffing,
skillsets across the board, James is making invaluable contributions
payroll services and direct hiring within a diversity of industries to
to our community and says it’s what he finds most rewarding. Today,
effectively assist both employers and prospective employees.
James and his team are paving the way to success for job-seekers and employers alike, and in keeping with his slogan, thrives on “Helping
With clients that include the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso,
Careers and Businesses Grow.”
UTEP, to local small businesses like Agency Ink, TruTEMPS services a wide array of markets proactively and efficiently. A highly tech-savvy
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agency, James points out that TruTEMPS and its team is a leader in
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Adrian Padilla A baby shark is still a shark and Adrian Padilla is a testament to that statement. At only 17-years-old, Adrian Padilla started his now-thriving business, Off The Grill. The food truck scene was slow to take off, he recounts, especially since he started without any guidance, “I didn’t have anyone to turn to. I had to figure this all out on my own.” Figured it out he has, Adrian and Off the Grill have not only won local awards but have also been recognized nationally—including an SBA award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Adrian sees himself as more than a vessel for delivering delicious BBQ to the mouths of patrons, he sees himself as a vessel for developing and nurturing young businessmen and women in our region. He along with a group of other local role models have developed a program called “Shine On” that nurtures and develops local talent in a multitude of areas. Taking his lessons and guidance to heart, he is never stagnant and has found a new and emerging opportunity in the catering business. “Don’t be afraid to take the leap with me,” is Adrian’s mantra and what keeps him moving forward.
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Joel Ehler and David Quelch of Biometrix Biometrix takes a holistic/scientific approach to human health and
amalgamation of their interests, lifestyles and career. Using the latest
performance and the gentlemen behind the El Paso operation are
cutting-edge technology in the medical and fitness world, members
a testament to that. Joel Ehler, CRNA and David Quelch, CRNA are
are introduced to the programming by way of general physicals—this
both anesthetists by trade and have always had a deeply-rooted
allows Biometrix to asses a range of physiological factors to ensure
passion for physical fitness and health. David, who was a client of
clients get the proper regimen of dietary/nutritional advice, vitamin
Biometrix, was approached with an opportunity to buy a franchise.
supplementation, a tailored physical fitness routine and a plethora of
With the partnership of Joel, they moved into operational oversight
other factors that, when coupled, will contribute to a long and healthy
last year in February. On a daily basis as anesthetists they would
functional life. As they said, “The body is a symphony. You can’t only
work with people who shouldn’t have been in the condition they were
work on the strings and neglect the horns. So, we are here to make
in. Moving into a more preventative approach to medicine was the
you sound good.”
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David Veloz of United Blood Services David Veloz has a long history of serving the El Paso community in
or a holiday, patient needs never take a break. For that reason, David
various leadership roles across multiple organizations. His biggest role
reminds the public to continue giving blood. Now that we are up against
to date is that of Senior Director of Donor Recruitment for United Blood
the summer months, there is a greater urgency for blood donations.
Services. Not only are he and his team responsible for the blood supply
David has one appeal, “Please make it a priority to give blood in the next
of El Paso and southern New Mexico, but also that of West Texas, the
few weeks. Someone’s life could be saved with your donation.”
lower Rio Grande Valley and northern New Mexico. His career with UBS started 19 years ago. When he started with the organization, the El Paso
operation was a small operation dependent on other communities for its
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blood supply. Today, El Paso is part of a much larger team (Southcentral
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Jeremy Ryan, Alloy Wheel Repair No stranger to the wheel business, Jeremy Ryan and his wife Melissa
Whether the craftsmanship is done at their remanufacturing facility or
opened up shop in 2009. After 17 years in the tire business, Jeremy
through their mobile efforts at various dealerships and body shops, high-
decided to branch off and open up a local Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists
quality work, customer satisfaction and lifetime warranties are the pillars
franchise as a side business. Growth being at the helm of his vision, he
of their business model. For all of your rim repair needs, look no further
has shifted from relying solely on their mobile business to opening a brick
than the talented craftsmen at Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists.
and mortar storefront (remanufacturing facility) over four and a half years ago. The company has now expanded to over 15 employees and an
additional three trailers. Their services focus on repairing cracks in rims,
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Jose R. Nakid Southwest University’s business department has a new director who is committed to the betterment of our students. Jose R. Nakid has a Master’s in Business Management from the University of Texas at El Paso. As a new member of Southwest University, he shares the mission and commitment to educate and strengthen our students’ academic career path. He strongly believes that his passion and experience in different business areas will allow him to pass along the knowledge to the future of our business world. He is always willing to help students determine the different areas of improvement throughout the program’s duration, therefore guaranteeing students’ success in the program. Having Jose R. Nakid as our new Business Program director at Southwest University will truly make it happen.
Jose R. Nakid Southwest University 1414 Geronimo Dr. El Paso, Texas 79925 (915) 778-4001 www.southwestuniversity.edu
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Justin Underwood & Dereck Wyatt The prosperous firm of Wyatt Underwood was formed in 2004 by Dereck Wyatt and Justin Underwood. After working together at the El Paso County District Attorney’s office, the men decided to branch out, Dereck being the infantryman in that charge, with Justin soon following. They have grown from their original compact office in the Basset Tower to a residence of ample size; needed to handle the volume and gravity of cases they handle on a daily basis. A specialization in criminal cases has led the men to countless victories and has elevated them to be the experts in their fields. Justin Underwood focuses on DWI cases and Dereck Wyatt has an emphasis on drug related cases. Very often, their expert knowledge is called upon by local and national law enforcement agencies, students, and anyone who needs to have a thorough understanding of the law and their rights. Wyatt and Underwood both boast an impressive track record and a winning mindset. The past few years alone, both men have received not guilty verdicts for clients in some of the region’s most high-profile cases; including a not guilty in a case with a false/forced confession. The accolades are endless for the firm, but for the two men it’s not about awards, it’s all about serving the community with the legal counsel they deserve.
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Christian Nassri Photography The City Magazine’s Best of The City “Best Photographer” of 2017, Christian Nassri, is making his mark not only in El Paso and Juárez, he’s honed his craft as far and wide as New York City, Miami, Dallas and even Spain, to name just a few. Although he specializes in weddings, his photography spans everything from engagements and anniversaries, family and children’s portraits, to architecture, gastronomy and fine art. A native of Juárez, Christian always loved photography and got his official start in 2006, soon becoming highly sought out for his stunning works. Interestingly, his background is in industrial systems engineering and he worked for Laboratorios de Ciencias Forenses, Gobierno del Estado de Chihuahua (a forensic science laboratory in Chihuahua, M.X.) as a ballistic forensics expert. Last May, the photog resigned from his government job to pursue a full-time career in photography, a move that this year’s Best of The City 2017 proved worthwhile. Today, Christian enjoys being in high demand for his photography and hopes to eventually showcase his work in galleries and museums, and also looks to someday teach photography. With respect to this year’s recognition as our city’s “Best Photographer,” the humble cameraman says he’s thankful to all his Juárez and El Paso voters, and those who voted for him from as far as Spain. A truly talented and highly skilled ex-engineer turned brilliant photographer, we congratulate and expect to see more of Christian Nassri.
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Ian Hicks of Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling, Inc. With over 30 years of “Keeping El Paso Comfortable” and boasting stellar reviews, Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling, Inc. is a thriving family-owned business proudly operated by Ian Hicks, Vice President. Founded in 1987 by his father and president, Arthur Hicks III, Ian worked for him during high school and quickly learned the inner-workings of the business. A proud 2004 Eastwood High School graduate, Ian jumped on board following graduation. Today he successfully drives forward an unbeatable reputation for impeccable customer service and top-notch quality. Licensed, insured and bonded, Longhorn Maintenance Heating and Cooling, Inc. offers trusted refrigeration conversions, service installation and sheet metal ductwork fabrication all across El Paso. As a plus, they offer zero percent financing for 60 months, which makes the comfort of refrigerated air in our desert area all the more doable and positively, the only way to go in the Sun City. Pointing to “quality workmanship” as his company’s competitive edge, Ian is also a self-proclaimed “people-person” who loves what he does. He considers working alongside his father a “privilege” and enjoys “giving back to El Paso” via charitable funding for local sports teams and the El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association. Highly top-rated, Ian makes it clear: “To be in business this long, you got to be doing something right.” To that we say, it shows! By: VERONICA NEVAREZ photographed by: JOHN HORTA
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ummer is the perfect time for an office feng shui overhaul! Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system, dating back approximately 4,000 years, that helps organize your life to promote the balance and flow of energy that moves through your home and your
office. It’s not just Chinese wisdom; it’s universal common sense. It’s not a belief system, a religion, superstition or magic. You don’t need to believe in it in order for it to work. It’s not about changing your luck but it is about creating a space that promotes a feeling of balance, well-being and happiness. Feng shui works through the interconnections between matter and energy. Everything is connected. When you live and work in a space that feels good to you, your attitude becomes more positive and the quality of your life and your work improves. In order to have an optimal life, you must have optimal surroundings.
| By: MICHELLE CROMER |
June, 2018 Here are some feng shui tips that will help in creating a vibrant energy of abundance in your office space. No matter if you office is a small cubicle, corner office or home office, feng shui can help achieve balance, harmony and success. Apply a few of these tips and watch your productivity increase, your abundance expand, and your well-being soar!
and for the Office
DO sit in the corner farthest from the entrance to the room to have
DON’T have any mirrors in your office, as they can reflect negative
a “command” position.
energy from clients to other people in the room. You should always
sit in line with the door, as you will be in the path of
DO keep your back toward a corner or a wall for support. If a post protrudes from the corner or wall, correct it by covering it with a hanging plant’s draping foliage.
DON’T face away from the door. Business will symbolically come to you through the door; so don’t turn your back on it.
maintain control over the energy in your office.
DO treat the files in your office with respect. They represent your past, present, and future business.
keep the cords to your office equipment well hidden. This
eliminates clutter and allows for the free flow of chi.
DO consistently go through old emails and delete the clutter of any emails you no longer need.
arrange your workspace so that you look straight out
into a corridor or see the stairs, storage rooms, closets, elevators,
DON’T sit underneath a painting of water. This symbolizes being
escalators, or toilets.
DO put your computer in the north or west area of your office to
DO bring in a live plant representing growth.
enhance your creativity. Place the computer in the southeast if you
DO select artwork for the office that represents growth, strength
use it to generate income.
DO place an aquarium or tabletop fountain in the east, north, or southeast. A small aquarium with black or blue fish in the north area of your desk or office will activate your business and career
or wealth to you.
keep your desk clutter free at all times and make a habit of
cleaning your whole desk meticulously once a week.
success. Guppies or a single fish are ideal for an aquarium made of
DO prevent stagnant air and keep the vibrant flow going with
glass and metal.
a small fan.
DO promote a clear mind and lighten the office with an
have a good balance of yin and yang when decorating your
workspace. Balance light and dark colors, soft and hard surfaces, and smooth and rough textures in your choice of window treatments, furniture, and flooring.
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| By: TAYLOR HINES photos courtesy of: THE EL PASO RHINOS |
hen you venture outside our city and tell
Vinny Bohn says that their moment was a collection
people you are from El Paso, the first images
of moments that started before this season and when
that may paint themselves into their minds
hoisting the Thorne Cup overhead was nothing more
are sand, heat, and the ever-expansive desert
than a distant goal.
that we seem to thrive in. Very rarely, if ever,
do people associate the sun city with ice, pads,
Vinny played with the Rhinos over seven years ago and
skates, and sticks; but this is Rhino country. Hockey
missed a Thorne Cup championship win; losing to Idaho.
and El Paso have a relationship that on the surface
“Yea that loss really hurt. When I went on to play NCAA
level, outsiders may say, “It’s never going to work out
hockey my teammates were actually a few of the guys
between the two of you.” We have defied the odds. El
on that Idaho team. They would always make it a point
Paso, somehow, is a hockey town. Grab a seat at any
to wear their rings around me. It was all in good fun, but
Rhino’s game and you can feel the electric buzz filling
yea it kind of pissed me off.” After playing all four years,
the air, you can feel the vibrations on the floor as patrons
Vinny went on to coach college for a stint of time but
around you stomp their feet, you can hear the pounding
always kept in touch with the Sun City and the Rhino’s
on the plexiglass surrounding the field of battle as every
organization. “The Rhinos taught me a lot. You know, I
fan in the sold-out arena is summoning an energy deep
was sort of known as being a bit of a punk and I really
within them—now amplify that feeling at an alarming
grew up and matured here, especially playing under
rate and you get a sampling of the environment on April
(head coach) Corey.” When the opportunity to come back
15, 2018, when the Rhinos charged to claim another
to the organization arose, Vinny grabbed it with ferocity
Thorne Cup trophy. As with any great victory, glory
and fire and had a goal in mind; helping the Rhinos take
does not belong to a single moment—the “aha” factor
home the Thorne Cup. Vinny’s role was heavily focused
is something the cinema created. Assistant Coach
on recruiting and coordinating with players. Whenever 67
a new kid was coming into the program and
was his time. Immediately upon his arrival
here a lot of the guys and even I hadn’t seen
about to make their way down to El Paso,
in El Paso, Kranny hit the grind. “Meeting
him play yet. I remember during a practice
Vinny told them he needed two things from
him for the first time, he had this sense of
he was flying down the lane and took on a
them, a copy of their contract and their ring
professionalism that you don’t see in many
few guys and then drove the puck to the net
size. Jakob Kranabetter wears a size 10.
kids his age. He was focused and elevated
and it went right under the bar. I immediately
everyone around him.” Says Vinny. He went
turned to Corey and said, ‘good deal.’”
Jakob, better known as Kranny, came by way
on to explain to me that their team was
of Valencia in a trade. Kranny and Vinny have
already great. They had only lost two games
There wasn’t a missed step or hiccup adding
plenty in common, the main thing being they
up to this point and some of the players were
Kranny and the other players into the lineup.
both came ever so close to winning a Thorne
skeptical about changing things up at this
The first three lines the Rhinos had were
Cup. Kranny had already been in the league
point in the season. All of their skepticism
already solid. Kranny made them bulletproof.
for five years, and in that time had seen five
was erased shortly thereafter. “He came to
“Goal production went up, physicality went
other teams raise the trophy; this last season
play and to win. One of the first days he got
up, accountability went up, we as a team just
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and the WSHL All-Time Points record with
goal coming into this organization was to
351 points in 196 games. “Winning that
get better every day. Plain and simple,” said
game was seven years in the making for
Kranny. The desire and hunger for the trophy
me. It felt really good. The best part though,
seeped into the other players and staff
not just about that win but about the job,
members. The connection and goal to win
in general, is seeing these kids grow up
became the driving force in every practice,
and become men. They definitely keep me
every pass, every shot, and everything the
young,” says Vinny as he then takes off his
team did leading up to the final moments
hat and moves his hands to his head, “they
of the championship game. The Thorne Cup
also age me more than you know.”
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recommended envisioning yourself in a white light bubble. See yourself inside this bubble from head to toe until you are physically feeling protected by the white light. You may also call upon your guardian angels and/or loved ones who’ve passed to protect you. St. Michael is also great to call upon for reinforcement as he’s known for safeguarding us. Daily meditation or prayer are also beneficial. Other methods to deflect psychic energy can be done more easily. While it may seem contradictory, try wearing the color black if you are in an unhappy environment as the color black will deflect the “dark” energy of the psychic attack. Wearing jewelry or crystals that are black such as obsidian, tourmaline, or hematite are great shields for your aura. If this happens in your residence you can also burn some sage or incense to clear the space. Open windows to let in light or ntipathy is defined as a deep state of dislike or aversion
towards another. At some point in our lives we will all likely express it or experience it on the receiving end. One form of this ill-will can be easily represented in a lesser known idea called psychic attack. Psychic attacks most commonly emanate from our fellow humans that are cruel, envious
of us, or wish harm onto others. Unfortunately, whether or not people outwardly express these feelings or not, psychic attack is still happening as the negative energy is being felt by another.
go outside and get some sunshine. Once the energy is cleared and you are no longer under psychic attack you will feel uplifted, happy, vital and at peace. Remember you get what you give so when someone wishes negativity to others, things will go wrong for them. Karmic law states you get what you give multiplied. Wish them love, peace and most of all, happiness. www.GracethePsychicLady.com
The most common of the psychic attacks is gossip and likened to the common cold as it’s highly contagious and spreads quickly. Most gossip is caused by an underlying sense of envy. We may feel the need to gossip about Jane’s marriage because we have faults in our own. Whether it’s jealousy of a career, relationship, or material possessions, we should never allow envy to infect us and encourage gossip about others as once the words are spoken or thought, the psychic attack has begun. Physical symptoms you may have when under psychic attack can include: fatigue, headaches, trouble concentrating, cold sensation, back pain, depression, anxiety and gastrointestinal issues. One way to find out if someone may be sending a psychic attack towards you is by paying attention to how you feel when you’re around them. For example, you walk into a room and someone glares at you intensely and you feel a chill run up your spine, this person is attacking you on a psychic level. The easiest way to protect yourself is to get away from the person(s) as quickly as possible. If this is not an option, it is www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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FASTING YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH | By: DR. DAVID WARDY |
The concept and practice of fasting is nothing new. Fasting is a dietary approach that we see historically and archeologically all over the world. This ancient healing strategy has been talked about for thousands of years and practiced since the times of Hippocrates, as spiritual fasting is part of many religious practices worldwide. Why are we barely tapping into this amazing healing strategy? Simply put, what we have had indoctrinated into us as a healthy diet and eating habits is so far astray from this approach that as a country we are chronically inflamed. This inflammation leads to immune disorders, hormone dysfunction, weight loss resistance, thyroid disease, and cancer. Fasting is a highly effective tool to incorporate in your daily lifestyle to maximize your body’s innate healing abilities. Many people think of fasting as starving yourself which of course is not the case. Fasting occurs when we abstain from food and drink for a specific period of time. This disruption of our eating patterns enables us to express health through adaptation. Our bodies are much smarter than we give them credit for and when given the opportunity we can activate this innate healing ability to maximize the expression of the perfection within. Benefits of Fasting: 1. Autophagy (self eating)-is how the body naturally removes cellular debris. The body eats bad cells and proteins. 2. Weight Loss—can jumpstart weight loss and aid as a dietary strategy to get fat adapted for a ketogenic diet. 3. Can Reboot the Immune System—Stem cell regeneration of immune cells is seen after five days of a block fast. 4. Reduces Cellular Inflammation 5. Improves Hormone Sensitivity and Increase Growth Hormone/Testosterone levels 6. Helps Athletes—has positive effects on body mass, endurance, and other health markers. 7. Normalizes Ghrelin Levels—reduces this hunger hormone. 8. Normalizes Leptin Levels—which help inhibit hunger and improve energy. 9. Lowers Triglyceride Levels—lowers bad cholesterol levels 10. Anti-Aging—eating less increases life expectancy Depending on what benefit you are trying to achieve determines which type of fasting strategy you can implement into your lifestyle. Each has its benefits and if used properly can make massive changes in your overall health. Types of Fasting: Intermittent-“Cyclic Fasting” range from 16-18 hours Partial-Limited and strategic caloric intake, involves macronutrient ratio of low protein, low carbs, and high fat Block-4-10 days consuming only water/bonebroth Alternate Day-Limited caloric intake on fasting days (about 25% of normal intake) and eating to stomach content on non-fasting days 24 Hour-Fasting for a full 24 hour period (i.e. dinner to dinner) You’re not eating less, you’re eating less often. Remember that fasting is not starvation, nor deprivation. When you do eat be sure to eat delicious healthy nutritious whole foods until your’re satisfied. Be well! **Disclaimer** Although the health benefits of fasting are very appealing, fasting isn’t for everyone. If you are on certain medications or have a health condition, it’s best to consult a doctor about introducing fasting into your lifestyle. However, for most of the population, intermittent fasting can be a really helpful tool in managing your weight and health.
Dr. Wardy practices with his wife Clarissa in Westside El Paso and also coaches clients virtually. Dr. Wardy is 1 of 60 doctors who is a Cellular Healing Specialist. He has over 10 years of experience in his functional approach to spinal correction, nutrition, and cellular detoxification. The Wardy Wellness approach is to teach and empower their clients and patients with the knowledge to continue their healing journey.
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Good Cause | By: MARKO MORALES www.thecitymagazineelp.com photography by: JENN MĂ RQUEZ |
t has often been said that when it
a mentorship program. The annual boxing
comes to winning, the determining
event, Clash of the Titans, where El Paso
factor has more to do with the size
law enforcement, the EPFD and other first
of the fight in the dog, and less to do with
responders go a few rounds in the ring to
the size of the dog in the fight. For four
raise money for charity was created by Tree.
years now, Warrior’s Edge Boxing Gym has
The event itself, that has managed to raise
been igniting that flame in the belly of each
around $75,000 in ten years for organizations
beast that chooses to walk through their
like March of Dimes, and Golden Gloves,
doors and begin training. What began as a
became the inspiration to open the gym.
handful of deputies from the El Paso Sheriff’s Department working out in a coworker’s
Many of the trainers and staff of the gym
garage in 2009, has grown into a full-fledged
have been around since the beginning. WEB
boxing gym where one might just be lucky
strength trainer and 14-year veteran of the
enough to catch a glimpse of some well-
known names toning up for their next bout.
Genera was in that garage back in 2009,
where Tree recalled punching bags being Luis Treviño, affectionately known to his
pounded on so hard, it felt as though the
friends as “Tree” began with a few punching
entire kitchen shook. The gym has relocated
bags and an idea to open up a space where
several times over the years, before settling
fellow deputies could stay fit for the job,
in its current location. For a brief two months
and that youths could utilize while gaining
WEB was located off of James Watt Dr.,
valuable information and guidance through
on the east side of town. As a result of an
VETERANS FELLOWSHIPS COMMUNITY and now
accident while doing some work atop a
suffering from the disorder. The Trigeminal
ladder, the gym equipment was placed in a
Neuralgia Warriors Race will take place October
storage facility for just over a year, while Tree
7, 2018 at Ascarate Park. The 10th Annual Clash
recuperated from compound fractures he
of the Titans, sponsored by the El Paso Sheriff’s
suffered to an arm and both of his legs.
Department is scheduled for September 29, 2018 at the El Paso County Coliseum.
Mother of their three boys and Tree’s wife of
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19 years, Claudia Treviño works as the gym’s
WEB’s cardio trainer, Sandy Hernandez and
CEO, or “CEO/janitor” as she jokingly put it.
Tree first met while working for the Sheriff’s
Much like her husband fighting to get back
Department. Sandy heard through some
to work after his accident, Claudia recently
coworkers about Tree, his gym and the event he
began a fight of her own after being diagnosed
was organizing at the time. Sandy began training
with a rare neurological disorder called
at Tree’s gym shortly after, and even participated
trigeminal neuralgia. Although the disorder is
as a fighter for the department in the very first
considered to be extremely painful, causing
Clash of the Titans. Before her boxing match
sporadic burning-like sensations throughout
even took place, Sandy was already inquiring
the face, Claudia can still be found at the
about possibly passing on what she had been
gym, taking care of business.
taught leading up to the event.
In true fighter’s form, WEB swiftly jumped into
It doesn’t take much time to figure out what
action and began organizing a fun run/walk and
sets Warrior’s Edge Boxing Gym apart from the
5k race to raise money and awareness for those
other larger boxing gyms around the city. Just
Bringing The Fight For A Good Cause
about every trainer and staff member works
Over the years, WEB has played host to
getting some training in at WEB. Coming by
in law enforcement and is there volunteering
several world champions and other well-
way of El Paso’s sister city, Ciudad Juárez,
their time and knowledge. The trainers work
known boxers. Five-time world champion
Mexico is Antonio “Tony” Escalante, and El
with at risk-youth in the community and has not
De Marcus “Chop Chop” Corley, who has
Paso native, Herman Delgado. Both of these
gone unrecognized. Some of the bigger names
stood toe to toe in the ring against fighters
fighters have broken a sweat at the gym.
in the sport who have spent time training in
like Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather,
El Paso chose to train at WEB because of the
spent a year training at Tree’s gym. Both two-
family environment and the gym’s dedication
time champions Devon Alexander and Daniel
to the youth.
Ponce De Leon have also been spotted
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| By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |
WHAT TO DO
YOU START OFF BY MAKING AMAZING PROGRESS. THE WEIGHT WAS COMING OFF, YOUR CLOTHING SIZE WAS GOING DOWN. THEN OUT OF NOWHERE YOUR PROGRESS TAKES AN ABRUPT HALT. NOTHING IS MOVING. YOU’VE HIT THE PLATEAU. This happens to a lot of us and it is best to figure out why you hit this plateau and then figure out how you can get off of it. One reason you may have hit a plateau is that you were not eating enough to start with. Since your body doesn’t know the difference between starvation and dieting, sometimes your body will start to store fat because it goes into starvation mode. If you’re trying to lose weight it’s best to slowly cut your calories. If you start too low in caloric intake, you’ll have
fitness nowhere to cut more calories from and your
your body, just not on the scale, it’s okay
body will begin to think you aren’t going to
because muscle outweighs fat, so you
feed it enough, resulting in fat storage.
may weigh the same but be losing inches or dress sizes. Fat loss should be the goal,
Another reason is you just might be eating
not weight loss.
too many carbs. Your body uses carbs as energy and if you eat too much energy and
You may also want to switch up your
don’t burn it off, it will start to store into fat.
workouts. Sometimes our bodies get used
Try sticking to a low carb, high protein, and
to a certain type of exercise and we stop
high healthy fats diet to lose weight. Once
seeing changes. Try adding in strength
you cut your carb intake, your body will
training or take up a new sport to shake it up
wonder “Where’s all the rest of that energy
and get motivated.
he/she used to give me?” so then it will turn to using fat as energy instead, turning your
body into a fat burning machine.
and water intake. It’s important to be
accountable. If you aren’t watching what you Hormones and stress can also play a big role
eat, you may be justifying extra goodies too
in weight-loss plateaus. As we get older,
often. If you don’t know how to track your
our hormones decline and it makes it more
food, MyFitnessPal app is a great place to get
difficult to keep fat off, especially around
started. Your water intake should be around
the abdominal area. When you’re stressed,
eight 8-ounce glasses per day which is about
cortisol levels rise in your body which can
two liters or half a gallon. This will help your
lead to stored belly fat. It has also been
body work more efficiently.
proven that processed foods that have highfructose corn syrup confuse our leptin levels
If nothing else works, consult a professional.
in the body which is a hormone that tells us if
You can hire a trainer or a nutritionist,
we are hungry or not.
or coach who has shown that they get their clients results in a healthy way. Be
So what can you do to get off this plateau?
sure to choose someone who has plenty of experience, proper certifications, and
First, be patient. Consistency always pays
practices what they preach!
off. Keep at it, even if it takes longer than expected. If you are still seeing changes in
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June, 2018 fter building a name for himself at home, El Paso’s country singer-songwriter Joe Barron, is making his mark in the renowned Music City of Nashville, Tennessee. With an everexpanding network of talented fellow musicians and a deal with a major streaming network, Barron’s presence is about to be felt all over. Barron’s musical memories stretch all the way back to his childhood and his grandfather, who is still a musician today, filling family gatherings and parties with the strum of his guitar. By three or four years old, he said, he’d become “obsessed” with his parents’ George Strait records and the movie “Pure Country,” both of which he credits for turning him on to country music. Though he retained a love for country music growing up, Barron developed an appreciation for R&B and rock. Soon, a college road trip exposed Barron for the first time to Texas country as he traversed the same red-dirt roads as the Texas country troubadours that came before—but his own entry in the scene was still to come. A two- and sometimes three-sport athlete through high school and into college, Barron’s days on the field were ended prematurely after, almost like a country song, a bull-riding accident left him with a torn meniscus, two crutches and an inordinate amount of free time. So he decided to learn to play the guitar and sing. Slowly but surely, Barron found his voice, and two years after his injury and his decision to start making music, he took his project out of the garage, pulling together a full band—Isaac Almodovar on drums, Marcos Molinar on bass and Mark Ramos on electric guitar—and taking any opportunity that came his way to perform. Soon, he said, “it started to snowball.” Over the years, Barron has honed a sound all his own, fusing his classic country roots with the rock and R&B of his adolescence, bringing together the red dirt country of his college years with the pop sensibilities of today’s Nashville country. “I went to Texas State (in San Marcos) for school, where there’s a big Texas country scene, and I fell in love www.thecitymagazineelp.com
with that scene and circuit,” Barron said. “Over the years, though, my sound progressed, and I started following a lot more of the mainstream guys coming out of Nashville. I changed my style and found my sound a little bit. I fell in love with what is going on in Nashville right now and felt like I needed to be here.” So far, the move to Music City has been a boon. A few months after making his way to Nashville, Barron landed a six-day-a-week residency at the world-famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. After a year and a half at Tootsie’s, Barron felt it time for another change and has since taken up a spot of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, considered by many to be the No. 1 spot on Broadway today. Lately, Barron said, he’s hard at work, holed up in a Nashville studio “just writing and writing, concentrating on writing the best songs I can, and either get them cut by a big artist or put together a nice portfolio and maybe get a record deal or publishing deal.” “Just last week I was hanging out with Jason Aldean and Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum),” he said. “It’s weird. Hanging out with Jason Aldean is something I never in a million years thought would
June, 2018 happen. Six years ago, I was in nosebleed seats at one of his shows in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and now here we are taking a shot of Patrón.” Tequila shots with an idol is nothing to scoff at, but Barron notes that’s “just about any night in Nashville—you see celebrities all the time. At any different show, you could meet one of your heroes.” Since making music his full-time gig, Joe’s shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Texas country and beyond— Brantley Gilbert, Josh Abbott Band, Kenny Rogers, Dwight Yoakam and Cory Morrow to name a few. One “insane” standout in Joe’s mind is his 2016 performance with Tyler Farr for more than 10,000 people at Fort Bliss’ Let Freedom Sing Summer Concert Series; just ahead is a hometown opening gig with Craig Campbell on June 16 at El Paso County Coliseum. However, Barron’s biggest moment in music to date came not on stage, but on the small screen, as streaming giant Netflix recently acquired two of his songs for its hit comedy “The Ranch.” Both tracks are currently available
Memories” EP, and are set to debut on the show in June. Though Barron has made Nashville his home for now, there’s something undeniably special about playing hometown shows after being away. “I do love it here, and it’s opened up so many more doors, but at the same time, I love going back to El Paso because, where it used to be me playing every day and people getting tired of hearing me, now I go back once or twice every few months and it’s a fresh crowd,” he said.
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Many times, it seems like there are so many
new products coming into the skincare and
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fact of the matter is that these products have
been around for a long time, though they’ve just
recently made their way into the men’s market.
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Luckily, this toner is suitable for all skin types and works to remove
honest, not all of us shower right after) absorbs excess oils, sweat
excess oil, minimize the appearance of pores and to balance your
and unwanted odors and can simply be brushed away after letting
skin in order to prepare it for the next step, facial moisturizer. Simply,
the formula work its magic. For those with short and dark hair, hold
and with clean hands, pat a small amount of toner onto your face
further away in order to prevent product buildup.
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How to Avoid Being Placed in the
Friend Zone | By: JANNET BUSTILLOS |
There are many men who are or have been placed in what is known as “the friend zone.” Urban dictionary defines this situation as: A situation in which a male inadvertently becomes a ‘platonic friend’ of a female who he is trying to initiate a romantic relationship with. In other words, you thought you were getting close to scoring your crush’s heart, but in reality, you took a few detours along the way and now you guys are just friends. Unfortunately getting out of the friend category can be a difficult task that most men can’t break free from. While I can’t necessarily say I will get you out of the friend zone, I can at least give you some techniques that may help you from falling back into the friend zone in the future.
1. Coming to Your Senses First things first. Realizing you have a problem is the first step to recovery. It’s time you start thinking of what you have been doing up to now and for you to start taking a different approach. What you’re doing is obviously not working or else you would be romantically involved already, right?
2. Define How Your Friend Sees You Identifying how your friend sees you is crucial. Do they see you as a brother, a parent, or a go-to therapist? If this is the case, then you’ve got an uphill climb. Look at yourself from your friend’s perspective and try to figure out what role you are playing in their life. Changing the role you have been playing will allow you to climb out of the friend zone hole once and for all.
3. Confess Your Feelings A big part of getting out of the friend zone is by letting your friend know how you really feel about them. However, there are good ways to do this and definitely bad ones. Make sure your confession is done in person in a quiet and private place. You must be thinking, “it’s okay, I’ll just have a drink to curb my nerves before I confess.” In fact, that’s never a good idea. It’s very important that you and your friend are in a clear and sober state of mind. A wrong time to reveal your emotions would be while you’re drinking, on the phone, or sitting in front of a computer screen.
4. Allow Your Friend to Miss You I know what you’re thinking, “out of sight, out of mind.” There’s no need to be afraid and think of worst case scenarios. Just think about it this way, the more you’re out of the picture, the more your friend will be thinking of you. Creating a separation, forces your friend to realize what life is like without you and to stop taking you for granted. “The Separation” is the most important stage of getting out of the friend zone. If you don’t give them a chance to miss you, they never, ever will.
5. Stay Busy Having a life of your own aside from spending time with your friend is important. It not only shows your friend that you don’t need her on the daily, it also shows that you can be independent without relying on her. The minute you make yourself less available is the minute their curiosity starts to peak.
6. Changing Up Your Look Changing the way you look will make her wonder what else you’re capable of. When changing up your look don’t consult your friend for their opinion, just do it. People like surprises. It’s exciting. Plus, this will keep her wondering what else is new with you.
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The lipstick bullet is back and going strong. This is a sign that “what is old will eventually become new again.” We are craving creamy, hydrating lip formulas. My all-time favorite is Nars Audacious Lipstick with its bold, ultra-saturated colors that stay put. www.narscosmetics.com
Our lips have no oil glands; therefore, they cannot self-moisturize. It’s important to give them a helping hand by adding a layer of moisture to
product of crude oil, which in turn, forms a moisture
barrier that prevents your lips from “breathing.” My
but they are getting an upgrade for spring/
favorite is the matte formula by B3 Brush Beauty Balm.
summer 2018. Whether the formula is
liquefied, or bulleted, matte lipsticks last
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Matte lip formulas aren’t going anywhere,
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Walk for Wishes Provides Wishes for 20 Local Kids | By: ROSE LUCERO photography by: RAUL MARTINEZ |
l Paso could not have asked for a more perfect day to host the Third Annual Walk for WishesÂŽ presented by the Hospitals
of Providence. On Saturday, April 28, the sun was shining, the traditional spring winds in the city had seized and there were smiling faces across the promenade as close to 1,000 people made their way around the beautiful grounds of the Fountains at Farah in east El Paso for a nearly 1-mile leisurely walk, all to benefit Make-A-Wish. This walk was a platform for people to showcase their support for the organization and also allowed them to walk side-by-side with wish kids and their families, many of whom are still fighting their critical illnesses.
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June, 2018 This signature walk for Make-A-Wish is considered the largest public community fundraiser. This year, the organization raised over $100,000 to help fund the organization’s mission to grant life-changing wishes to children between the ages of 2-18 who are battling critical illnesses. This year’s efforts doubled from last year in both attendees and money raised, enough to grant wishes for 20
children from the El Paso area. The event was also supported by various volunteer groups including church groups, corporate groups and school groups that helped execute some of the most pivotal elements of the event. Walk attendees also had the opportunity to partake in the Wish Zone, sponsored by Popular Mattress, that highlighted over 10 previously granted wishes. There were also
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hands-on activities for kids such as “I wish to be a fireman…” or “I wish to be an artist…” If that wasn’t enough excitement, the event stage was filled with entertainment of all kinds, including the El Paso Youth Opera, Ballet Folklorico, area singers and other performances that kept attendees of all ages dancing and active on their feet. Make-A-Wish also focused on integrating their mission into Walk For Wishes as well. This was highlighted by a wish reveal for 13-yearold Rubi who is headed to Hawaii with her family this summer. Rubi was also surprised with luggage courtesy of Walmart. Make-AWish also recognized the top three fundraising teams for the event. They included top finisher Kemarah’s
second place Schneider-Electric ($3,160) and third place Casa Auto Group ($2,759). The Casa Auto Group was also recognized as the largest team with 73 participants. Despite the outpouring of support from our community and success that Walk For Wishes was, the reality is there are still children waiting on their wish to be granted right here in the El Paso area. We need your support! To learn more about Make-A-Wish and how you can get involved, visit www.ntx.wish.org or call (915) 855-8700. Thank you for helping to ensure every eligible child has a wish to count on.
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| Written and Photographed By: DANIELLE MOTON |
or the last seven years, the El Paso Zoo has participated in raising awareness on
many issues that endangered animals face. This includes the Missing Orangutan Mothers (M.O.M.) event hosted at the zoo every year, around Mother’s Day. This event focuses on encouraging the community to help protect this species and their habitats. This campaign is a proactive and positive way to shed light on the crisis that these large apes, as an endangered species, face. In speaking to the orangutan keepers, Zoo Collections Supervisor Griselda expressed the importance of this event with me in saying, “The international M.O.M. event brings awareness to the public of how important orangutan mothers are for the survival of the species. Every day, orangutan mothers go missing due to poaching, black market pet trade and palm oil farms that encroach on their living space. In turn, most of the baby orangutans end up orphaned and in the hands of the black market pet trade, weak, lost and/or starved to death. This event means a lot to us and we contribute by holding this event yearly on Mother’s Day and donating to credible orangutan sanctuaries.”
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Much like humans, orangutan babies and
Not only is this deforestation further declining
mothers have an extremely dependent
the population, but it also leaves the hundreds
relationship for the first few years of their
of surviving orangutan mothers and babies
life before venturing out on their own. They
helpless, with nowhere to go. According to
learn how to live by mimicking their mother’s
their website, “Orangutan Outreach works
actions and habits. These habits include
with professional organizations such as the
how to find food, building nesting areas
Borneo Orangutan Survival and the Center for
and various survival methods. This time
Orangutan Protection to care for more than
of intimacy and growth is often cut short
1,000 orphaned and displaced orangutans
because of a growing demand for palm oil.
until they can be returned to the forest!” The
Palm oil is the most popular vegetable oil in
El Paso Zoo has proudly offered its support
the world, and the cheapest to produce. It is
and encouragement to Orangutan Outreach
used in thousands of products, from cookies
on behalf of the community. “Orangutans
to lipstick. Indonesia and Malaysia produce
are losing their habitat and way of life and
about 85 percent of the world’s supply. This
we need to be their voice to bring about their
growing demand has put a strain on the
preservation through awareness and action,”
orangutan population, in particular orangutan
commented Rachel, area supervisor in the
Asia section of the El Paso Zoo. Both Rachel
mothers are being killed on the islands of
and Griselda work with the residing Sumatran
Borneo and Sumatra in order to access the
Orangutan family at the El Paso Zoo that is
palm oil trees and make way for palm oil
made up of Butch, Ibu and Khalessi, who is
now 3 years old. It is easy to see that their
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June, 2018 commitment to the welfare and survival of this species begins in El Paso and spans across oceans, rooting itself into the deepest jungles. The El Paso Zoo has continuously aided in raising awareness to this pressing issue. They set a leading example right down to details in their events. For their largest event of the year, Boo at the Zoo, the El Paso Zoo only hands out palm oil free, or sustainably made candy. Griselda further expressed that, “El Paso is a community that has shown endless support for all of the hard work done here at the zoo. We are proud to help represent this community in such a program as this. This speaks volumes to the other participating zoos, aquariums and orangutans—that near or far, we care. We care a great deal.”
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but remains essentially architecturally intact, since the mid 1800s.
associated with Disney, but as you get
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of Mecklenburg who were distant relatives
Built on its own island and surrounded by
of the Czar’s family; the building, artwork
exquisite gardens and recreational areas, the
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reflect Russian, Prussian and German design
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Regent Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
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Let your steaks sit for 10 minutes after cooking to ensure juiciness in every bite. 2 NY Strips, 1-½ inch
anta Maria style BBQ is a California classic that can easily take credit for launching the development of food scenes across the state. Of course, classic and traditional recipes have a time and place and today
is not that time, nor that place. Today is Father’s Day, and I want to step it up, my dad does a lot for me and I want to try something special for him. So I’m going to take the base elements of a Santa Maria rub and apply it to a NY Strip. I want a thick cut of meat that will take the high heat and stay juicy and pink in the center. I want that high heat with open flames so I can create a char and crust from the Santa Maria rub. The rub is filled with strong flavors that will complement each other; nonetheless, they are strong flavors. It’s best to serve this with a tangy and fresh salad to cut through the heaviness. Go the Greek salad route, the cucumbers, olives, red onion, and tomato will be the perfect side to a steak dinner.
Reheat grill on high heat with lid closed for 15-20 minutes.
1 tablespoon garlic powder
This will ensure all potential bacteria is removed and grill
1 tablespoon onion powder
Scrape grill grates with grill safe brush and wipe clean
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
is hot enough to create grill marks and form a crust. with an oiled kitchen towel. 2.
towel. A dry outer area of meat will retain the Santa Maria rub evenly while cooking. Place steak on plate or
½ teaspoon sage 1 teaspoon rosemary 1 teaspoon citrus zest, dried
baking sheet while rub mixture is prepped. 3.
throughout the rub. 4.
Drizzle each piece of meat with olive oil (both sides) and season steaks generously with rub mixture. If rub is not sticking to meat, drizzle a little more oil and continually add rub until a dense coating has covered the meat.
Grill on both sides until desired doneness, turn and rotate steak for grill marks and even cooking. Let steak sit for
1 tablespoon pepper olive oil, drizzle
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Remove steak from packaging and pat dry with paper
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hether you're male or female, if you've never tried a good, dry rosé, you're truly missing out –
particularly in the summertime, when they offer a refreshing counter to the outside heat. Over the last decade or so, dry rosé wine is becoming more and more popular among wine drinkers across the country, and it's even gaining some popularity among men and the same wine connoisseurs who once snubbed it. As consumers enjoy rosé more and more, winemakers are also taking notice and producing more types, or varietals, of rosé. Now you can fi nd a good, dry rosé on
just about every fi ne restaurant wine list you come across.
What is a rosé? Rosé denotes neither a grape varietal nor a grape region, and in some countries it's called rosado or rosato. In France it is called rosé, after the “fl ower of romance,” which is the rose, of course. Rosés are usually pink in color, but depending on the grape varietal used and the wine-making techniques, a rosé can range from a pale orange to a vivid,
When a rosé is made through “bleeding,” the winemaker removes most of the pink juice at an earlier stage and ferments it separately from the large batch of “must,” which is a substance containing grape juice, skins and other parts of the grape. The final method to make rosé wine is by simply blending a red wine with a white
wine. This method is seldom used and
The most popular type of rosé however, is
emakers. The exception to this is rosé
white zinfandel, but that's not what we're fo-
is generally frowned upon by most winchampagne, which can be very good, and
cusing on here – we're focusing on dry rosé.
is my favorite type of sparkling wine
How is rosé made?
Rosé can also be made from many
There are three main ways to make rosé wine – through skin contact, bleeding or blending. In the skin contact method, red grapes are crushed and their skins are left to remain in contact with the juice for a period just long enough to turn the juice pink – typically just two or three days. Then it all goes through the pressing process, by which the skins are discarded. Most importantly, the skins of the grape contain tannin, which is a major factor in the fi nal taste of dryness in a rosé. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
different types of grapes, but the most common are zinfandel, syrah, grenache, pinot noir, mourvedre or cinsault.
When do I drink a rosé?
One of the big draws of a rosé is that it can possess some of the hearty characteristics of a red wine and the lightness of a white wine. 'Refreshing' is the word I hear most often when someone tries a rosé for the first time. Rosé is finding its spot “in the sun” as a summer wine. Many people describe the fla-
vor or finish as being very mineral-like. While “minerality” is a controversial word in wine, the finer rosés from the Tavel or Bandol regions of France are often described based on their minerality. Regardless of the proper descriptor, its crispiness and lightness make it a great wine to have by the glass in hot weather. Call me a wine “sissy” if you want, but truth be told, real men are starting to enjoy rosé! I enjoy a good rosé even in the cooler months, when paired with the right food.
THE CITY CALENDAR JUNE 2018 1
Disney’s The Lion King ::: June 1-10, 2018
Plaza Theatre The timeless classic has arrived in El Paso! Watch it come to life on the stage. Admission: $60+ Info: elpasolive.com
Insights - Dinosaur Track Tours (General Public) ::: June 3
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Mt. Cristo Rey Join Insights for prehistoric tour of fossilized dinosaur tracks right in the heart of the border region. Admission: $15 Info: www.insightselpaso.org
Pride Parade ::: June 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Houston Park A parade that closes out Pride week and kicks off Pride Fest—a celebration of love and community. Admission: Free Info:www.suncitypride.org
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Memorial Park 3200 Copper Ave, El Paso TX Family-friendly fundraising event benefitting the non-profit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Admission: Free, booth tickets for sale Info: Eventbrite.com
Carnival for AFSP ::: June 9
Hablemos De Dinero 2.0 - Business Development Program ::: June 7
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Learn the basic skills you need to take your business to the next level! Admission: Free Info: visitelpaso.com
Viva! El Paso
::: June 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre This colorful musical spectacular celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced the Sun City — Native American, Spanish conquistadors, Mexican and Western America. Info: vivaelpaso.org
::: June 2
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM 401 N. Mesa St. PrideFest is celebrating over a decade of strong attendance and this year will be no different as people take to the streets during the day and evening to come together and celebrate. Admission: $20 GA, $75 VIP Info: www.suncitypride.org
Feria Juárez ::: June 8
2:00 PM – 12:00 AM Parque El Chamizal The Juarez fair brings international artists, shows and attractions for all. Admission: 50 pesos
::: June 15
7:00 PM-12:00 AM Tricky Falls 209 S El Paso St, El Paso, TX 79901 Catch one of the world’s biggest acts in the EDM world live. Admissions: $21 Info: Eventbrite.com
Boarder City Game Convention 2018 ::: June 22 - June 24
Battle on The Border ::: June 16
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Nations Tobin Recreation Center The premier tabletop gaming convention for the El Paso area. Admission: Free Info: boardercitygamesconvention.com
7:00 AM Push Fitness 6440 Gateway Blvd E Test your fitness in this annual competition. Admission: $100 per team Info: Eventbrite.com
Mission Trail Art Market ::: June 17
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Main Street - San Elizario The Mission Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier art and craft sale. Professional artisans from across the region present an amazing selection of quality art and crafts. Admission: Free Info: visitelpaso.com
UTEP Alumni Pick-Nic ::: June 23
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Mary Ann Dodson Camp Annual reunion PICK-NIC event for all UTEP alumni, family, and friends Admission: $8, $10 Info: alumni.utep.edu/pick-nic
Glenn Miller Orchestra ::: June 18
7:00 PM Plaza Theatre This is a show not to miss for jazz and swing fans alike or the incurable romantics who want to step back in time! Admission: $75+ Info: eventticketscenter.com
The Neon Paint Party ::: June 30
8:00 PM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2:00 AM Wet N Wild Waterworld Dance the night away with the largest and most colorful wave pool festival of the year. Admission: $20 Info: Neonpaintparty.com
Texas Country Music Fest
On Saturday, April 14, we celebrated the 2nd Annual Texas Country Music Fest at the El Paso County Coliseum, with performances by the Randy Rogers Band, Tracy Byrd, Kyle Park and more! | Photos by: JENN MĂ RQUEZ |
The 12th annual Braden Aboud Memorial 5KRun/5K & 1 Mile Walk
was held on May 6 at Zach White Elementary. The race is the largest in the Southwest and is a fundraiser that gives back to youth all over El Paso. | Photos by: TAYLOR HINES |
Our May Unveiling Party took place May 3 at The Hotel at Sunland Park Racetrack. We donned our finest hats in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and celebrated El Paso’s Women in Business.
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was held on May 19 at the Rancho Santa Maria Polo Club in Anthony, NM. This exciting annual event is a fundraiser that benefits the El Paso Museum of History Foundation. | Photos by: JESSE MAYNES |
Ben Bridge Jewelers
celebrated Mother’s Day and had a Polo Real Pre-Party on May 10. While enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres, guests were able to shop the new luxurious jewelry collection from Roberto Coin. | Photos by: JENN MÁRQUEZ |
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Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the
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The Downtowner $$ 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.
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Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest
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seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,
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Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros,
There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated
baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is
as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El
complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita
Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We
and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing
saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H
array of dishes. Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat. • We cater large or small events
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and www.thecitymagazineelp.com celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
Italian Kitchen West
450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoor Italian.Kitchen. Westpatio
or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside.www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.com Italian Kitchen West m is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from 121 an ocean away. O, PR
Mesa Street Grill $$$
150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881
Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner
Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple
with views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The
Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is
Kitchen at 150 Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners,
crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this
with a specially curated menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself.
dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
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R E S TAU R A N T & B A R
150 W. Castellano Drive Ste. D | (915) 229-6674
5860 N. Mesa St. Suite 130 | (915) 307-3346
Nosh creates delicious, freshly made, craft salads & prepared food items. A
Gusto is El Paso’s newest and most unique restaurant on the west
sustainable, fresh and fun concept, NOSH focuses on providing El Paso with
side. It features international cuisine that blends European with Latin-
healthy and delicious meals. Whether you’re on a specific diet or not, Nosh has
American flavors. Gusto will transport you to a different place with
something wholesome for you - including vegan, vegetarian, keto and paleo
a totally new taste experience. Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a
modern environment. PR
King Crab $$$
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200
1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697
This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working
You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre
ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O 122
bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood www.thecitymagazineelp.com is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H
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Summer Blockbusters | By: FELIPA SOLIS |
It’s the summer everyone has been waiting
the ultimate wisecracking anti-super hero
amazing ladies such as Sandra Bullock, Cate
for...summer 2019. With more CGI, special
character ever. This time he joins three
Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham
effects, good scripts and of course popcorn.
mortals to defend a boy from the all-powerful
Carter and Rihanna ready to go after a $150
We have become so sophisticated in the
and evil Cable. This remains the ultimate
million necklace right in the middle of the
cinema we even ask for truffle oil on our
lampoon of all things super hero and just in
MET Gala in NYC. The film, produced by
popcorn. So, let us begin.
time for the summer. Word is this mercenary,
Steven Soderbergh is the story of Debbie
whose dream it is to be the ultimate bartender
Ocean, the long lost estranged sister of
not summer without
is chock full of gags and is clearly the life of
Danny Ocean, who is fresh out of prison. She
Marvels Avengers, but this one promises to
this party. Early reviewers say that the movie
still has another heist in her and engages her
leave you hanging until the summer of 2019.
lacks a great deal when Ryan is not in the
friends to accomplish the job. “We’ve Come
Avengers—Infinity War, features an all-star cast
room... Stay tuned.
A Long Way Baby!”
1970s. Everyone in Hollywood is in this film.
Oscar winners, tough guys and then some.
story of the young man who found his
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom—In the spirit of the
So, this time around, Thanos, played by Josh
way through the Empire. Solo, played by
world coming to an end, which is the usual
Brolin, is on the hunt for the six infinity stones
Alden Ehrenreich, meets his future pilot,
basic plot twist of most summer blockbusters,
that could either change or destroy the world.
Chewbacca, and off they go to defeat the
we have to resort to dino DNA. You may recall
All of the Avengers have to rally together to
villain, Dryden Vos, played by Paul Bettany.
the Jurassic World scenario in 2015, where
keep it from happening. But don’t worry, even
The film, directed by Ron Howard, also stars
a resort in Costa Rica was overcome by
if the ending is dark and leaves you hanging,
Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton. The
Indominous Rex and other carnivores looking
there is a sequel already in the can for the
underlying theme is very political, in a story
for a little prehistoric annihilation. Chris Pratt,
summer of 2019. Look for Robert Downey
against fascism. The question is whether the
(a strong summer for him), Bryce Dallas
Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Zoe
young Solo, has the charisma, the chops and
Howard and Jeff Goldblum are back, this
Saldana, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johanssen,
all that Harrison Ford brought to the table
time, to save Isla Nubar, from a volcano and
Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman,
from the beginning in 1977. No Darth here,
all new genetic breeds of dinosaurs. This time
Lupita N’yongo, Tom Hiddleston, Benicio Del
but a chance to look at a young actor with
it could lead to the end of the planet, where
Toro, and the list goes on. Make sure to see
very big shoes to fill.
dinosaurs have the last laugh.
Ocean’s 8—This is not Las Vegas Baby!
The summer list is certainly longer than this,
that rivals the amazing disaster movies of the Harrison Ford, this is the
Black Panther, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, as it sheds a great deal of light on this story line.
This is New York City and these bank robbers
but these are films to keep you in refrigerated
Deadpool 2—Ryan Reynolds is back,
are, to quote the chauvinistic lingo of the
comfort where you can sit tight, enjoy and
and also behind the camera as producer of
original film, “all dames.” Ocean’s 8 stars
wait anxiously for next summer’s sequels.
Mixed Drinks and Wine | By: JOANN WARDY |
At a dinner party, your hosts may offer mixed drinks before dinner. When dinner is served however, do not carry your hard liquor to the table or consume it during the meal. Wine will normally be served with your meal. White wine is customarily served with chicken or white fish. Red wine is served with red meat or red fish such as salmon or tuna. Champagne may be served with dessert. If you do not wish to drink what is being served, put your hand over the glass and say “No thank you.” Feel free to ask for a non-alcoholic beverage. Joann Wardy owns and directs “The School of Etiquette and Enrichment” and was certified at “The Protocol School of Washington.” For children and adult class schedules call (915) 355-0992.
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June Advertiser INDEX Ben Bridge Jeweler.............................................. Back Cover
NOSH......................................................................... Pg. 114
Casa Buenavista........................................................Pgs. 4, 5
Ortho El Paso................................................................ Pg. 76
Dr. David Wardy............................................................ Pg. 73
Park Tavern................................................................. Pg. 128
Edge of Texas............................................................. Pg. 105
PUR............................................................................ Pg. 115
El Paso Rhinos.............................................................. Pg. 83
Pure MedSpa................................................................ Pg. 69
Elyse Simons Beauty.................................................. Pg. 126
RJL Real Estate.......................................................... Pg. 102
Farmers Insurance........................................................ Pg. 23
Smallcakes.................................................................... Pg. 84
Flavours Catering.......................................................... Pg. 95
Southwest Plastic Surgery........................................... Pg. 15
Fox Auto Group.......................................... Pg. 85, Front Fold
Southwest University at El Paso................................ Pg. 2, 3
Gardea Construction..................................................... Pg. 98
Spectrum Technologies................................................ Pg. 37
Subaru El Paso............................................Inside Back Cover
Geico............................................................................ Pg. 56
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique..................................... Pg. 119
Grace the Psychic Lady................................................ Pg. 95
Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists..... Pg. 103
Hotel Indigo.................................................................. Pg. 54
Table Occasions............................................................ Pg. 77
Indicium Display Network......................................Pgs. 34, 38
Texas Fabrics & Foam.................................................... Pg. 8
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino................ Pg. 9
The Hospitals of Providence..................................Pgs. 11, 92
Institute Regenerative Medicine................................ Pg. 105
The Italian Kitchen West............................................... Pg. 36
Intraceuticals.............................................................. Pg. 125
The State Line.............................................................. Pg. 55
Jerusalem Grill.............................................................. Pg. 16
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc........................................... Pg. 1
KTSM............................................................................ Pg. 57
Walgreens.................................................................Pgs. 6, 7
Mesa Street Grill........................................................... Pg. 31
Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers.................................. Pg. 29
Mix/Milan Salon & Day Spa.......................................... Pg. 19
YWCA........................................................................... Pg. 99
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon............................................ Pg. 17
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