October 2019

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Happy Hour: Pita Jungle

I remember when I was in high school and a Pita Jungle location finally opened on my side of town, the chain-rich West Valley. Finally, something local in the Arrowhead Towne Center area my friends and I haunted, something more sophisticated than food-court fare, something with options for the vegetarians among us.

Mean Streets

Why is Phoenix the deadliest place in the country to take a walk?

Hot Pocketitos

A new wave of Salvadoran eateries in the Valley brings an exciting uptick in pupusa options.

Peak Performance

Scottsdale spine surgeon Ed Dohring realized his dream of summitting Mount Everest last spring – but he also found a nightmarish landscape fraught with deadly overcrowding and aggressive amateur alpinists.

Sharpe to the Point: Stick Up

Opinion columnist Jim Sharpe weighs the pros and cons of gun laws.

Little Miss BBQ

Our food-line-averse critic finally gets her first taste of the Valley low-and-slow legend.

Desert Resurrection

Notorious Hollywood evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson reappeared in Douglas, Arizona, after “drowning” weeks earlier in the Pacific Ocean in 1926.

Spotlight: Corbin Randall

Corbin Randall is a witch, but you won’t find him riding to brunch on a broom or stirring up sludge in a cauldron.

What to do in Litchfield Park

The West Valley’s premier resort community is anchored by historical hotel The Wigwam and its sprawling golf course.

Arizona Wine Trails

The weather is ideal, the colors are beautiful and Arizona’s flourishing oases of high-desert wineries are hives of activity.

Business Buzz: Brewing Business

After a successful few years in Phoenix, The Teapot is expanding – to Baltimore.

In Vino VeritAZ

October 2019 Editor’s Note

What’s in Your Costume Shop? With Sandahl Tremel

The costume shop manager at Arizona Theatre Company let us peek into her costume kit.

Volley of the Sun

With only two expansion spots left, Phoenix Rising is upping its game to woo Major League Soccer with millennials and Latino fans. But does it really need to leave United Soccer League to succeed?

Veg Out: Cauliflower Vindaloo

Try this cardamom- and cumin-heavy dish at the Merkin Vineyards Scottsdale tasting room.

Fall Festivals

Put some awesomeness in your autumn with our roundup of the season’s most promising music, art and food festivals. Bonus: The inside scoop on PHOENIX magazine’s inaugural Best of the Valley party.

Raising Phoenix: Thumb, Meet Green

In the land of year-round sunshine, a deadbeat plant parent finally finds her inner farmer.

UNESCO Dreaming

In July, Taliesin West in Scottsdale earned UNESCO World Heritage Site distinction as one of a collection of eight Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings.

BeCe Kitchen

Go east, Beaver Choice. Shuttered last spring, the European comfort-food favorite reappears in SanTan Valley with a new name and trimmed-down, fast-casual menu.

Space Case: Welcome Diner

Artist and entrepreneur Sloane McFarland opened the original Welcome Diner in a renovated Valentine diner on Roosevelt Row in 2004, aspiring to mingle his interests in community development and the emerging farm-to-table movement.

Drink This: Date Night

This pale green refresher from The Covenant is like a martini jazzed up with fresh lemon juice and Kiwi Reàl.

Trick or Eat

Scare up some fine vittles at these new, October-appropriate dining haunts.

Local Product: Harmony Boards

Linda Hopkins fashions beautiful spreads for all occasions, chock-full of fruit, cheese, cured meats and more.

Land Zo: Boomtown

Chandler is having a moment as a slew of new developments unfolds throughout the city.

Have Houseboat, Will Powell

Realize one of Arizona’s great bucket list vacations by houseboating on Lake Powell.

A Different Kind of Udall

: Mesa math teacher Michelle Udall is the rare Republican from the legendary Udall political clan to hold office in the state. But as a GOP lawmaker who wholeheartedly supports public education, she’s hardly easy to pigeonhole.

Happy Hour: Angry Crab Shack

There’s a saying in New Orleans, “Laissez le bon temps rouler,” a French “loan translation” of “Let the good times roll.” They certainly take that maxim to heart at Angry Crab Shack, an Asian-Cajun seafood joint that started in the Valley and is rapidly expanding beyond Arizona.

Women’s Health & Wellness Guide

Valley professionals aid women looking to improve their health and wellness at any age.

Five Star Wealth Management

Wealth managers help individuals navigate finances with ease.

Get Out of Town Guide

Cool temperatures, festive activities and gorgeous scenery await at these fun road trip destinations.

New Around Town: Payson

Adventure north to the scenic town of Payson – known as the unofficial capital of Rim Country – for a monster dose of mountains, lakes and trails, along with some new stuff.

4 Incredible Ways to Explore Fall in San Diego With Manchester Grand Hyatt

Are you curious why San Diego locals call fall “secret summer?” Psst, we’ll reveal the secret – it’s because you can experience summer weather fun without breaking the bank, and avoid the crazy crowds hopping from attraction-to-attraction while you’re at it.

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