March 2018

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Phoenix Files

Newcomers’ Guide to the Valley

Folks keep moving to Phoenix.

According to Census data, more than 30,000 new residents joined us in 2017 alone, the biggest such spike in the nation.

The Lobby

Things we love and loathe this month

Land Zo! – Getting Into Dodge

Are even the “bad” parts of Downtown being blessed by the revitalization fairies?

Business Buzz – Direct Marketing

Phoenix ad executive Roger Hurni gives app algorithms a go with LighthousePE

Rage Against the (Fax) Machine

Act out everyone’s favorite printer-smashing movie scene at this so-called “rage-release room.”

Artists in the House

Rub elbows with painters, potters and photographers at the Valley’s various artist-in-residence programs and workshops.

Bear Necessities

Phoenix retiree June Rector crafts personalized Teddy bears out of heirloom furs

Artist of the Month: Alexandra Grounds

The 19-year-old oil painter’s photorealistic portraits seduce the eye

Survival Skills

Phoenix entrepreneur and activist Tahirah Ogletree brings domestic violence survivors to beautiful, crushing light in Survivors: Celebrating Life Beyond Domestic Violence.

Top 3 Arts Events March 2018

Our top picks for March’s best arts events

Art Break: Studio Snapshot with Coley Kuyper

Motherhood informs hand-lettering artist Coley Kuyper’s feminine signs and illustrations.

What’s in Your… Bar Kit with Jackson Donahue

The Canal Club cocktail-slinger Jackson Donahue opens up his bar kit.

Milk Money?

Governor Doug Ducey is setting aside at least $100 million for schools in the next budget, all without raising taxes. Chump change, say education advocates.

Jill Johnson

Phoenix Rising Tour Company founder Jill Johnson is the docent of Downtown Phoenix

Explore

AZ Utopia

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page

Puerto Vallarta Getaway

Mexico’s glamorous, tropical beach town should be called Resort-o Vallarta.

History

Mile-High Motown

Prior to superstardom, The Jackson 5 played to enthusiastic crowds in Winslow – the siblings’ first performances outside their home state of Indiana.

Robin Hood of Food

When John van Hengel founded St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix in 1967, he started a global revolution in food distribution.

Eat Beat

Recipe Friday: Helio Basin Brewing O’Odham White Tepary Bean Dip

If you’re looking for a vegetarian appetizer that packs a protein punch, chef Tamara Stanger of Helio Basin Brewing Co. shares a user-friendly recipe for white bean puree (akin to a creamy hummus). Stanger uses Ramona Farms white tepary beans, a product that has been cultivated for about 1,000 years by Native Americans in the Sonoran Desert. (Buy online at ramonafarms.com.)

“You can sub other white beans, but these are very buttery and have more protein than any other bean,” Stanger says.

Stanger uses crème fraiche in her recipe, but you can substitute sour cream or cottage cheese and vegans can use silken tofu, she says. Also, feel free to throw in any pickled vegetables or olives you have on hand. “This dish is really good for entertaining and it celebrates Arizona.”

Mowry & Cotton

The Phoenician’s new modern-American restaurant makes for a fine culinary playground – but beware the romper room service.

Glai Baan

Thai’d for the very first time? Cat Bunnag’s superb midtown bistro will make even the most jaded panang lover feel like a culinary virgin.

Hidden Gems

How much stock can you put in a Yelp review? Our reviewer visited these lesser-known four- and five-star eateries to find out.

Odelay Bagel Co.

Ryan Probst makes bagels the old-fashioned way at his Ahwatukee bagel shop Odelay Bagel Co.

Fried Guac

Guacamole gets the “state fair” treatment at The Coronado, where orbs of avocado and pico de gallo are fried until crisp

Amuse-Bouches March 2018

Tasty local news bites to whet your appetite

Jus Marvelous

Hold your own dunk contest with French dips and other broth-boosted sammies.

Buck of the Irish

Have a wee bit o’ midweek fun at these Irish pubs and restaurants. Sláinte!

Buttered Rum Punch

The Gladly mixologist Mike Liberatore’s buttered rum punch hearkens back to Benjamin Franklin’s barfly days

Recipe Friday: Hotel Adeline’s Selfmade Salmon

Back in January, Hotel Adeline quietly opened in Old Town Scottsdale. The new hotel has a hip vibe reminiscent of Hotel Valley Ho and a stellar view of Camelback Mountain, if you’re lucky enough to be poolside. The property also has two promising restaurants – Good & Proper, a casual café with breakfast and lunch menus, and Selfmade, the hotel’s full-service dinner restaurant.

Recipe Friday: Mountain Sunrise Cocktail (for charity!)

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month and Octane Raceway in Scottsdale has created a special cocktail to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Mountain Sunrise is $10, with $2 going to the charity, which funds research of the debilitating disease of the central nervous system.

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Recipe Friday: Match Restaurant & Lounge Sea Bass

If you’re ready to tackle a multifaceted fish recipe for a special occasion dinner, this one’s for you.

Match Restaurant & Lounge executive chef Alex Stratta offers a sea bass recipe that’s complex in preparation, but uses simple ingredients. “This is a very traditional Provencal application,” Stratta says. “It reminds me of the south of France.”

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