8 Perfect Places in Arizona

Luxuriate in these eight beauteous, nostalgic or otherwise magical places within a few hours’ drive from metro Phoenix.

5 Big Takeaways from Dominant Cardinals Win Over Browns

Opponents can't afford mistakes against the Cardinals.

Destination Lake Havasu City: Celebrating the London Bridge’s Golden Anniversary

As a born-and-bred Arizonan, I have frequented a fair amount of hotspots throughout the state. However, Lake Havasu City is one I had never experienced. Imagine my excitement when I was recently invited to check out the charming burg for the 50th anniversary of its most famous landmark: the London Bridge. Lake Havasu City is a three-hour drive from Downtown Phoenix and is located on the border of Arizona and California, just south of Las...

Aioli Gourmet Burgers and Bitter & Twisted Partner on New Food Menu

Both Aioli Gourmet Burgers and Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour are all about being innovative and ever evolving. The two award-winning concepts are now joining forces to bring an expanded menu of elevated street food to Downtown Phoenix. Aioli’s executive chef, Vicktor Velez, has taken the reins as the head of B & T’s in-house food program, introducing a gourmet, globally influenced menu that pairs perfectly with the cocktails at the lauded Downtown lounge. Bitter...

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Top Real Estate Profiles 2021

Top Real Estate Profiles 2021

Buying or selling? Consult these superlative real estate pros.
What’s in Your Hype Bag? with Zanezor

What’s in Your Hype Bag? with Zanezor

Rapper Zane Clark Waxman aka “Zanezor” shares his “hype bag” of tricks to get the crowd pumped.
Spotlight: Carlos Garcia

Spotlight: Carlos Garcia

Phoenix City Councilman and newly elected Vice Mayor Carlos Garcia talks about his imposter syndrome, activism and the most important issue facing the city.
Scoop: Phoenix Art Museum Grapples with Another Leadership Change

Scoop: Phoenix Art Museum Grapples with Another Leadership Change

Phoenix Art Museum is all about innovation as it looks beyond the pandemic and seeks a new leader following director Tim Rodgers’ abrupt and unexpected departure.
History: Into the Wild

History: Into the Wild

Ruess wandered Depression-era Arizona, capturing its beauty, until he mysteriously vanished in southeastern Utah.
Meet Your Makers: Chase and Dawn Albright create custom furniture at C + D Industry in Glendale

Meet Your Makers: Chase and Dawn Albright create custom furniture at C + D Industry in Glendale

The Albright’s combine their talents to create custom furniture at their downtown Glendale business.

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4 Best Things We Ate This Week

Desert DigestFood & Drink4 Best Things We Ate This Week

Photo by Nikki Buchanan   Eggplant with Calabrian Chile Marmalade and Burrata at Restaurant Progress Chef-owner TJ Culp recently put a new fall menu in place, and it’s the most playful one I’ve seen from him yet. Imagine raw oysters topped with caviar and steak tartare (what??) or French onion soup dumplings, fashioned like gyoza and served with beefy jus. One of my favorites of the evening was two big slabs of eggplant, breaded and…
First Dish: Two New Menus at Tarbell’s

First Dish: Two New Menus at Tarbell’s

Photo courtesy Tarbell’s    When you dine at Tarbell’s, you will embark on an odyssey of opposites. This, you’ll soon learn, is a large part of its lasting charm. Mark Tarbell opened the restaurant in 1994 to immediate acclaim. The eatery soon became synonymous with fine dining in the Valley, attracting a welter of well-heeled patrons and possessing a certain je ne sais quoi that generated a positive buzz. Nearly three decades later, the Tarbell’s…
Mesquite Fresh Street Mex to Give Away 40,000 Tacos to Local Businesses

Mesquite Fresh Street Mex to Give Away 40,000 Tacos to Local Businesses

Mesquite Fresh Street Mex co-founders and brothers Ahmad and Naser Alatrash  are taking a different approach to marketing their modern Mexican cuisine. Instead of spending money on social media and other advertising, they’ve launched a “Free Taco Tour” available to businesses located within a four-mile radius of their Surprise, Gilbert, Mesa and Happy Valley locations. The tour gives the brothers an opportunity to connect with local businesses and area residents, Ahmad says. To take part…
First Dish: Via Della Slice Shop

First Dish: Via Della Slice Shop

A new family-run pizzeria has opened in Downtown Phoenix. While it’s still finding its footing, it’s jumping off to a tasty start. Located on the corner of Van Buren Street and Fifth Avenue next to We’ve Got Flowers! is the new Via Della Slice Shop. Its housed in a historical warehouse, which I discovered after scrolling back through Via Della’s Instagram. I learned that the building was originally built in the 1920s as a car…

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511 of the Awesomest (is that a word?) People, Places & Things in the Valley!
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