August 2019

3 Rooftop Bars to Visit Right Now in Downtown Phoenix  

These rooftop bars in Downtown Phoenix offer fresh air, great food and festivities for days.

Beyond Avocado Toast: 5 Ways to Celebrate National Avocado Day in the Valley

From avocado toast to guacamole, here’s a food crawl to help you celebrate the green fruit. 

Just Back From Hermosillo, Mexico with Rene Andrade

We chat with chef Rene Andrade of Ghost Ranch and Tempe Public Market Cafe about his recent travels to Mexico.

New Around Town: Seattle

Venturing to the Pacific Northwest? Add these new Seattle stops to your itinerary.

Taiwan-Based Sharetea Comes to Desert Ridge Marketplace

There’s a new kid in town this summer at shopping, dining and entertainment destination Desert Ridge Marketplace: Taiwan-based Sharetea.

Trending: Backup Bands

“Backup bands” are less expensive and more resilient rings that show you’re taken but won’t break the bank if you have to replace them.

Restaurant Mexico on Mill Avenue Closes After 40 Years

Restaurant Mexico, which has been a Mill Avenue mainstay for more than 40 years, is closing its doors on Thursday, August 15.

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center Reports Spike in Orphaned Animals

Officials at the nonprofit wildlife refuge in Scottsdale say the number of orphaned native animals increased by 50 percent.

Ocean Prime Reopens with Seasonal Deals

Ocean Prime in North Phoenix recently reopened its doors after a series of renovations. To celebrate, the award-winning seafood spot is offering a slew of deals throughout the summer.

Last Minute Staycation: Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson

Make the short trek to Tucson for a relaxing weekend getaway. You can check Instagram and catch up on emails later.

Pav on Juice: AZ Wine by the Numbers

A monthly look at Arizona wine with Valley dining impresario Pavle Milic.

4 Arizonans in the News this Month

Check out these local names making headlines.

Tempe Fashion Incubator F.A.B.R.I.C. Hosts Designer Showcase

F.A.B.R.I.C. is a one-of-a-kind fashion incubator that provides aid to emerging designers in Arizona. Its AAF Designer in Residence Accelerator program culminates in a can’t-miss fashion show this Saturday.

Friday Flicks July 26: “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” and “Luz”

Check out a nostalgic, star-studded Quentin Tarantino flick and an eerie German horror movie this weekend.

Recipe Friday: The Bang Bang Broccoli at The Larry

Broccoli lovers will swoon over this dish, but if you’re not a fan, this crunchy, cruciferous powerhouse from The Larry might make you think twice.

Last Call for Summer Cocktail Camp

PHOENIX magazine shakes things up with an exclusive opportunity to sip on some of the summer’s most refreshing mixed drinks.

6 Dishes and Drinks We’re Looking Forward to Sampling in August

Six items from around the Valley we’re excited to try this month.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Offers Splash into Summer Staycation Package

This is your last month to take advantage of jaw-dropping discounts on resort stays and spa treatments.

Tech Corner: PRE Open House

Check out this app that allows users to search for open houses without sharing personal information.

Pineapple Paradisio

Classified on Tommy Bahama’s menu as a martini, this frothy, feminine cocktail bears little resemblance to James Bond’s macho cocktail of choice.


The Scookie Bar offers build-your-own deep-dish skillet cookies out of a food truck.

Punching Back

Mesa’s police chief made headlines by publicly reprimanding his officers. Now some are calling for his resignation.

New Restaurants 101

With the new school semester comes a fresh batch of student-appetite-friendly eateries.

MODERN Oysterbar Chophouse

Another high-end Valley steakhouse? Don’t scoff – this swank Scottsdale newcomer is genuinely the bomb.

Veggie Antipasto

Cibo Urban Pizzeria may be known for its glorious, crusty pies and quaint 1913 bungalow, but it also deserves a shoutout for its mixed vegetable antipasto.

A Tale of Two Sals

Conservative Sal DiCiccio wants to upend Mayor Kate Gallego’s agenda with two controversial initiatives, and he’s getting help from an unlikely source: left-wing firebrand Sal Reza.

Bill Woodbury

Behind the scenes of how Bill Woodbury became the most recognized armored fighter in the U.S.

Water War

Carefree and Cave Creek are wrangling over water customers.

History: Religious Conversion

A former Methodist church in Phoenix repurposed as the Taco Guild restaurant still attracts faithful parishioners.

Self-Care Strategy

Scottsdale’s Massage Envy is the No. 1 employer of wellness professionals in the U.S. Who knew?

What to Do in Heber-Overgaard

The twin communities of Heber and Overgaard boast a quaint small-town charm sprinkled with a colorful history.

Sharpe to the Point: Dirty Jobs

Opinion columnist Jim Sharpe weighs the pros and cons of professional decisions.

Museum Roadshow

Phoenix Art Museum CEO Amada Cruz raised the visibility of the museum on a national level. Despite her recent resignation, her vision lives on.

The Roaring 20

August 2019 Editor’s Note

Is Mesa the Next Nashville?

Recent changes in Mesa have champions of the sleepy burg thinking big.

La Marquesa

CenPho’s newest Mexican gem invites diners to get their goat… along with many other delightful permutations of Jalisco-style cuisine.

Cob Salad

Crunchy, cooling elote is a Mexican summer meal unto itself.

Thunderbird Lounge

Parked at the end of the historic building that also houses Melrose Pharmacy and Restaurant Progress, Thunderbird Lounge is a quirky time capsule.

West Texas Road Trip

Looking to get out of Arizona for a spell this summer? Consider an asphalt voyage to the Lone Star State’s quirkiest clime.

Raising Phoenix: Dancing Queen

Late Valley dance teacher Frances Smith Cohen leaves behind a legacy of pirouettes, pliés and full hearts.

What’s In Your Purse? with Arrianee LeBeau

The new general assignment reporter for 3TV/CBS5 lets us have a peek in her handbag.

Las Palmas Cantina Transforms into Chandler Yacht Club This Fall

Las Palmas Cantina will be getting a tropical makeover this fall when the Chandler restaurant closes and reopens as Chandler Yacht Club.

5 Local Botanical Gardens to Check Out Right Now

Phoenix may be in the desert, but the area is abundant with lush gardens and a plethora of plant species. Explore these 5 desert oases around the Valley.

Rosé All Day: 3 places to sip pink wine this summer

Bubbly, still, semi-sparkling or frozen, rosé is decidedly the go-to drink of the summer. Here are a few places to get your sip on in the Valley.

Bar Pesce Says Goodbye with Weeklong Celebration

Beloved local seafood spot Bar Pesce is closing after 7 years, but it’s not going out without a bang.

4 Tips for Safe Hiking this Summer

High temperatures are expected to exceed 110 degrees over the next week, so here are some tips for staying safe if you hit the trails.

Sustainably Stylish: 5 Local Shops for Vintage Swim Suits

Vintage swimsuits are flying off the shelves this season. Find one that, um, suits you at one of these five local shops. 

4 Phoenix Artists You Should Follow Right Now

Check out these four Arizona artists on Instagram for some aesthetically pleasing inspiration.

Phoenix Finds: 5 Local Goodies Every Arizonan Needs

Check out this locally produced merch if you’re a true Arizonan.

Nonprofit Inspires Future Filmmakers at Phoenix Art Museum

Nonprofit organization Made In Her Image empowers young filmmakers to share their stories through a one-day camp at Phoenix Art Museum.

Recipe Friday: Chopped Salad Pizza from Fired Pie

Mix things up with this salad/pizza combo from Fired Pie.

Friday Flicks July 19: “The Farewell”

“Based on an Actual Lie” is the promotional line for this family drama, written and directed by Lulu Wang.

Sun Sounds of Arizona presents Jule’s Verne’s ‘From the Earth to the Moon’

Radio dramatization of Verne classic celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing

Press Coffee Opens Flagship Roastery and Café in Phoenix

The Press Coffee empire is expanding its passion for community and quality java with a new flagship roasting facility and café.

Local Artist Spotlight: Clyde Thompson

Local muralist Clyde Thompson has a passion for painting and traveling.

Happy Hour: The Lola AZ

A new locally owned eatery is welcomed at Westgate.

4 Places to Get Your Pho Fix in Phoenix

The Vietnamese soup varies in flavor from place to place — here are four delicious restaurants around the Valley to satisfy your pho fix.

Tech Corner: Cove

A new dating app launches in the Valley, which aims to provide a more intense vetting process than apps like Tinder or Bumble.

6 Places to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day in the Valley

Wednesday, July 17 is National Hot Dog Day. If you didn’t get enough of them at your 4th of July BBQ, these deals are for you!

2019 Valley Dentists

Get to know the Valley’s premier dentists providing unparalleled levels of care in their practices.

Innovation in Education

Learn valuable information to propel learning through secondary and higher education, and into the 21st-century career of your dreams.

8 Frank Lloyd Wright Works Are Now UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Taliesin West in Scottsdale is one of eight Frank Lloyd Wright sites recently inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Celebrate National French Fry Day with these Local Loaded Fries

National French Fry Day is this Saturday, July 13 and what better way to celebrate than sinking a fork into a hot plate of poutine?

Recipe Friday: The Tomato and Watermelon Salad at Doughbird

It’s watermelon season! We can’t get enough of the refreshing tomato and watermelon salad at Doughbird. Here’s how to DIY.

Friday Flicks July 12: “Miss Arizona” & “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love”

Don’t miss this indie dramady and emotional documentary in theaters this week.

First Bite: Merkin Vineyards Old Town Scottsdale

The beloved Jerome winery sets up shop in the Valley.

ASU Displays Moon Photography at monOrchid

Art and science collide in a new exhibit presented by ASU, True North Studio and Downtown Phoenix’s monOrchid gallery.

OBON Celebrates Grand Opening at The Grove with All-Day Happy Hour

Fusion fare is all the rage right now and OBON Sushi + Ramen is at the forefront of the tasty trend. Check out the new location at The Grove in Scottsdale.

New Around Town: Ak-Chin Indian Community

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino got a multi-million-dollar expansion and facelift this year. Here are our favorite nips and tucks.

Happy Hour: Hush Public House

Happy hour highlights at Hush Public House include $2 off drinks and a small but satisfying food menu.

4 Local Comic Book Artists Appearing at the Phoenix Independent Comic Show

The comic-book community is thriving in the Valley. Bookmans Phoenix will host a diverse array of local artists on Saturday, July 20.

Must Try in July

Dishes and drinks we’re looking forward to sampling this month.

Pav on Juice: Arizona Sparkling Wine

A monthly look at Arizona wine with Valley dining impresario Pavle Milic.

Shop Local: Travel Trailer

Phoenix-based Turtleback Trailers manufactures customizable off-road camping trailers.

After 100 Years, The Grand Canyon is Officially a Dark Sky Park

The Grand Canyon received its International Dark Sky Park certification in June, just months after celebrating its 100th year as a national park.

Recipe Friday: The Braised Pork Shank Ragu from MODERN Oysterbar Chophouse

Craving a hearty home-cooked dish even when it’s blazing hot outside? Try MODERN Oysterbar Chophouse’s recipe for braised pork shank ragu with pomme puree.

5 Phoenix Summer Rites of Passage

Here are five things that serve as badges of honor for surviving Arizona’s warmest season – if you dare to venture out of the air-conditioning, that is.

Read It: Safety First

Read local with these books by Arizona authors.

The Week in Valley Music: July 1-5

Looking for some live music to enliven your pre- and post-Fourth of July revelry? Here are some weeknight options to weigh.

Get your Buzz on with These Coffee Cocktails

Coffee cocktails are quickly becoming the pumpkin spice latte of the summer, and we’re here for it.

Dining with the Stars: Where every zodiac sign should enjoy their next meal

“Always finding the balance in life, Libras will love Green New Vegetarian restaurant. They know the food is good for the planet, but vegan burgers are good for the soul.”

From Haboob Globes to Hawaiian Shirts: 5 of the Most Iconic Diamondbacks Giveaways

Here are some D-backs giveaways—past and present—that make the trek downtown to the ballgame just a bit more worth it.

3 Spots to get Spicy Dishes (& Drinks) this Summer

Embrace Phoenix’s scorching summer heat with these spicy dishes.

4 Places to Get Pan Dulce in Phoenix

From conchas to banderas, there’s a sweet treat for everyone.

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