You’ve come a long way, bebÉ. From old-school chimis to Mod-Mex burritos, we present this head-to-tail guide to the Valley’s favorite sort-of-foreign cuisine.
The Chile Whisperer
Are you a Mexican food fan with a DIY streak? Elote Cafe chef Jeff Smedstad shares his favorite recipes for sublime Mexican cuisine.
In his early 20s, Jeff Smedstad roamed interior Mexico, falling in love with the cuisine and the people after attending Scottsdale Culinary School, he opened Los Sombreros with then-wife Azucena Tovar in 1994.
Two Valley moms capitalize on the retro craze with Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market.
Like a good thrift-store score, Lindsey Holt and Coley Arnold’s business was pure serendipity. The two met in a class for young married couples at Scottsdale Bible Church and clicked immediately over their similar broods (they’re each mothers of three) and their love of “junking,” or scouring vintage, thrift and antique shops and estate sales for singular items with a story behind them.
¿Estás cansado of wine- and beer-pairings? Take tequila for a spin..
Poor tequila gets a bad rap. Sullied by tales of youthful overindulgence and shots-shots-shots-induced sickness, Mexico’s mejor spirit is worth a second look. Brent Karlicek, beverage director for the Upward Projects roster of restaurants, says, “Tequila, as a spirit, I appreciate maybe more than any other because I feel very close to products that reflect a place.”
When they’re not busy healing bodies and saving lives,these industrious Valley docs find time for some rather amazing side gigs.
A young girl dances joyfully. Nearby, a young woman dances seductively. Two hooky-playing boys swing on rope, laughing. A Navajo warrior stands proud, rifle in hand, while a Native mother and her child pick peaches.
(AKA “The Other Side of the Hill”) - Technically part of phoenix, Ahwatukee draws its name from one of the first homes in the foothills, the Ahwatukee Ranch, built in 1922. The word “Ahwatukee” means “house of my dreams” in the language of the Crow Nation.
Wherever these mobile boutiques stop, you can shop.
Fashionable, affordable and on the move, the modern mobile boutique is the lovechild of your friendly neighborhood food truck and a hip urban clothing shop. Often featuring locally-made or designed products, fashion trucks push the pedal to the metal when it comes to inexpensive, in-vogue designs.
Scottsdale’s eagerly anticipated West-themed museum is off to a galloping start.
On the lookout for a place to see antique David E. Walker saddles with your 5-year-old wannabe cowboy (or girl), Georgia O’Keeffe and Ed Mell paintings with your artsy friend, or pieces of Old West history such as saloon card holdouts and Navajo blankets with your parents?
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