May 2018

Recipe Friday: U.S. Egg Arizona Frittata

According to the American Egg Board, the United States produces around 75 billion eggs a year, representing about 10 percent of the world’s supply. That’s a mind-boggling amount of eggs and cause for celebration just in time for National Egg Day, Sunday, June 3.

6 Egg-cellent Ways to Celebrate National Egg Day in Phoenix

Be careful what you say around egg whites. Everyone knows they can’t take a yolk.

Why were the eggs running? Because they were afraid of being beaten!

Dear lord, I’m egghausted from these puns. So let’s get down to brass tacks: This Sunday, June 3, is National Egg Day, and Valley restaurants are celebrating by with some truly inspired egg dishes.

Our round-up of the best (half) dozen egg creations (and deals) in Phoenix:

Recipe Friday: Kneader’s Bakery Pretzel Crust Key Lime Pie

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which marks the official kickoff of summer barbecue season. If you’re hosting or going to a gathering over the holiday weekend, don’t just offer up a boring dessert like chocolate chip cookies or brownies. Why not try making a zippy, summer-y key lime pie with a pretzel crust?

Travel Bag Bites: May 2018

As editors of a city lifestyle magazine with a travel section that covers locales far beyond our beloved Phoenix Valley, you can imagine that we get pitched A TON about new and exciting travel offers around the country. Of course, we can’t fit everything into a 200-page monthly magazine that only allots five of those pages to regional travel. Sigh… ’tis the nature of publishing.

But it pains us too much to kill all of our darlings. So each month, we scrape a few travel tidbits off the cutting room floor and bring you Travel Bag Bites – bite-size travel-related goodies (special offers, activities and deals) to snack on while planning your next great escape.

New Around Town: Maricopa

Arizona’s unlikeliest boom town – strangely located not in Maricopa County, but in Pinal – incorporated as Arizona’s 88th city in 2000, with a population of 1,040. By 2002, its population soared to 15,934, and today it hovers around 48,602. Here’s what’s new in this swelling desert city, located about 35 miles south of Downtown Phoenix.

Just Back From: Austin with Susie Timm

Knife & Fork Media Group president Susie Timm had her priorities straight for her second visit to Austin to see family this past Christmas. “Instead of seeing the ‘sights’ we mostly focused on eating as much barbecue, tacos and queso as possible,” Timm says. “The ratio of taco to human is near 1:1. There’s more than one taco place per strip center in some spots… It’s an excellent place to visit to enjoy Texas hospitality and truly amazing food.”

She walks us through her epicurean scavenger hunt.

May Team Picks: Fish Dish

Each month, we of the PHOENIX magazine editorial team ask ourselves a different question about our favorite dining and drinking experiences in the Valley. Our picks are usually hidden in the back of the magazine among our Dining Guide restaurant listings. Not any more. Our picks are going digital! Feel free to follow us on social media (at least, those of us who tweet) and be sure to tag us (@PhoenixMagazine on Twitter and @PHXMagazine on Instagram) on pics of your favorite picks.

Happy May! As we celebrate our annual out-of-state travel issue, we’re going pescatarian and asking ourselves, “What is your favorite local fish dish?”

Film Review: “Hippie Family Values” Documents Aging Hippie Community

A running gag in pop culture for the last few decades has been the image of the defeated hippie—cutting his hair, donning a suit and tie and joining the rat race like every other Joe. This may have happened plenty of times, but documentarian and UofA professor Beverly Seckinger’s Hippie Family Values demonstrates that it didn’t happen every time.

Recipe Friday: Grilled Arizona Peach Flatbread

There are many ways to eat fresh peaches, but have you ever thought about grilling them? This week, executive chef Robert Nixon of Toscana’s Restaurant & Lounge at PebbleCreek (Robson Resort Communities), offers up his grilled Arizona Peach Flatbread recipe.

The recipe calls for pizza dough, which you can pick up at Trader Joe’s in lieu of making it yourself, but Nixon says you can also use lavosh or French bread. Arizona peaches are coming into season, so it’s the perfect time to for some local fruit love. “The season is about two months,” he says. “All the farmers’ markets are going to have them soon.”

Recipe Friday: Oregano’s Power Greens Salad

In February, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro rolled out the Power Greens Salad because Oregano’s founder, Mark Russell, joked that he wanted a healthy salad he could eat after going to the gym, says Nadia Salem, Oregano’s Director of Culinary. So Salem and Russell put their heads together and came up with a kale-heavy salad that customers can’t seem to get enough of. “It gives you so much power and energy because of the protein and vitamins,” Salem says. “It’s been such a popular salad for us.”

Mamma Mia, Here We Sing-Along Again!

For a truly low-budget Mother’s Day outing that you can be reasonably sure Mom’s never been offered before, why not take her to a free, sing-along version of Mamma Mia! at Harkins Camelview at 10 a.m. this Sunday, May 13? The Scottsdale multiplex is one of 25 theaters around the country to show the special version of the 2008 “jukebox musical,” showcasing the songs of ABBA.

Mother’s Day Gift Round-Up for Every Phoenix Mom

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, landing this Sunday, May 13. In case you’re a last-minute planner (like most of us), we are here to help out with ideas for every type of mama in the Valley, from fair foodies to courageous campers.

Fringe Appeal

Americans love an underdog. We profile six Arizona underdog candidates gunning for office this November who refuse to be muzzled by the staid, dusty rules of America’s political process.

10 Southwest Summer Festivals

Cut a rug – or score a nosh – at these weekend-oriented seasonal gatherings.

Camp Quilts

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page.

The Lobby – 7 Questions

Growing disenchanted with the desert? Not to worry – hometown boy Roger Clyne will make you fall in love with Arizona all over again.

Suddenly Slimmer – Face the Facts

The most popular non-surgical aesthetic procedures in 2018

The Lobby – Dashboard

Things we love and loathe this month

Red Ledges Utah – The Best of the Rockies

A CEO’s Vision and a Family’s Dedication to Building a Community – and a Lifestyle

What’s in Your… Purse? with Olivia Fierro

Good Morning Arizona host Olivia Fierro lets us peep inside her purse

Ramble On

With fresh blackberries, banana liqueur and fresh ginger, the Ramble On alludes to Led Zeppelin and goes down easy.

Seventh (Street) Heaven

Cruise crazy happy hour deals on Central Phoenix’s vaunted Seventh Street dining corridor.

Have a Ball

Top Valley chefs turn the humble meatball into a flavorful culinary canvas.

Amuse-Bouches May 2018

Tasty local news bites to whet your appetite.

F&A Veg Board

The F&A Veg Board at Federal Pizza helps alleviate gluttonous guilt over too much pizza, wings and beer.

Juice Core

Mother-daughter duo Katie and Patty Flanigan cold-press their nutrient-rich, organic Juice Core blends.

Out With the Old…

Our reviewer revisits four seasoned storefronts in the Valley recently converted into all-new eateries.


Just a man, his wood-fired grill and some really good fish.


Our latest “discovery”: this well-known but underrated resort restaurant, where chef Samantha Sanz is making the Valley’s most exciting Latin-inspired cuisine.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Tennis star Bethanie Mattek-Sands hopes to be Wimbledon’s comeback kid after recovering from a nasty 2017 injury.

Sign of the Times

Casa Grande will soon illuminate the city’s history with a new downtown park featuring its orphaned commercial signs.

Art Break: Studio Snapshot with Stacy Eden

Stacy Eden crafts wickedly cool metal crowns under her Clutch Jewelry label.

Music Notes: 5 Best Intimate Venues

5 Best Intimate Music Venues + Drink Pairings!

Top 3 Arts Events May 2018

Our top picks for May’s best arts events.

Read It: Things of the Past

Phoenix history buffs Robert Melikian and Paul Scharbach show us Phoenix Past and Present.

Artist of the Month: Bassim Al-Shaker

Iraqi artist Bassim Al-Shaker paints scenes of (im)migration.

Creature Features

Taxidermy is enjoying a resurgence, thanks to quirky design trends and millennial irony.

Day at the Museum

Keep the kiddos cultured – and cool – at Valley museums this month.

Calorie Knockout

Channel your inner karate kid or krav maga maven in self-defense classes.

Business Buzz: Medicine Men

Boutique pharmacies provide a mom-and-pop option for filling prescriptions.

Land Zo! – (Not Just) Phoenix Rising

Downtown Phoenix gets all the attention, but these three Valley suburbs are also jumping on the downtown revitalization trend.

No-Huddle Offense

Citing budget woes, football programs are being cut at Maricopa County’s four community colleges. But players and coaches aren’t going down without a fight.

Raiding Spaces

Space-sharing chefs say there’s no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen.

Kate Expectations

No longer one-half of a political power couple, Councilwoman Kate Gallego is riding solo and running for mayor of Phoenix.

Escape to the Rockies

Summer heat getting you low? Go high – really high! – with this soaring salute to the West’s favorite fir-covered mountain playground.

Lope and Change

Having tripled its campus footprint and grown twentyfold, Grand Canyon University sets its sights on respect from the higher-education community.

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