February 2020

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February 2020 Editor’s Note

Features

There Will Be Festivals

Get into a festival mindset early with this curated menu of high-season outdoor fun in Greater Phoenix.

Black and Blue

A doll stolen by a 4-year-old black girl sparked a year of intense introspection for Phoenix law enforcement – and a string of lawsuits led by two of the oddest political bedfellows the city has ever seen.

52 Weekend Adventures 2020 Edition

Our annual calendar of quick-trip Arizona adventures returns with an emphasis on remote high-country hikes, gorgeous glamping spots and rickety saloons.

Phoenix Files

Mental and Behavioral Health Awareness

Arizona treatment facilities are making mental and behavioral health care more accessible than ever before.

There Will Be Festivals

Get into a festival mindset early with this curated menu of high-season outdoor fun in Greater Phoenix.

Black and Blue

A doll stolen by a 4-year-old black girl sparked a year of intense introspection for Phoenix law enforcement – and a string of lawsuits led by two of the oddest political bedfellows the city has ever seen.

What’s in Your Briefcase? with John Reyes

John Reyes programs dynamic art shows for guest and locals at Mountain Shadows resort. He let us peak inside his briefcase.

Surprisingly Local

These hometown heroes frequently surprise Valley dwellers with their localist cred.

Cooking Out of Bounds

No restaurant, no problem for these guerilla chefs.

Spotlight: Julian Wright

Fork & Dagger Hospitality founder and CEO Julian Wright ruminates on industry gambles and inspiration for his forthcoming concepts – Lucky Lounge and Sake Haus.

Spotlight: Julian Wright

Fork & Dagger Hospitality founder and CEO Julian Wright ruminates on industry gambles and inspiration for his forthcoming concepts – Lucky Lounge and Sake Haus.

Sharpe to the Point: Sobering Thought

Opinion columnist Jim Sharpe discusses his sobriety journey.

Scoop: Meter Aid

A few Downtown Phoenix parking meters got a philanthropic makeover.

Lost in Juvie

Evaluating the grim scene at Arizona’s lone remaining lockup facility for juvenile offenders.

Land Zo: Testing the Tipsy Waters

Desert Ridge Marketplace now allows shoppers to stroll with booze. Will more plazas follow?

Who’s the Boss?

When Arizona’s cities attempt progressive legislation, conservative state lawmakers often step in.

Explore

Adventure Guide to the West

Arizona is ground zero for all things Western. Make an adventure of them.

52 Weekend Adventures 2020 Edition

Our annual calendar of quick-trip Arizona adventures returns with an emphasis on remote high-country hikes, gorgeous glamping spots and rickety saloons.

Day Trip: Heritage Square

Spend a day discovering this Downtown Phoenix enclave.

Savoring Sedona

Take a tasty tour of Red Rock Country’s flourishing foodie scene.

History

The Best Little Hitchin’ Post in Arizona

The Grand Canyon State’s marriage laws once made Yuma a popular round-the-clock wedding destination for California couples.

Eat Beat

Space Case: Century Grand

We asked owners Jason Asher and Rich Furnari about the Art Deco environs of Century Grand.

Local Product: Mediterra Bakehouse

Using a brick hearth hand-built in France, Nick Ambeliotis and his crew craft about 20 different varieties of slow-fermented bread.

Three Bites: It’s a Date!

Confronted by the mystically sweet meatiness of Medjool dates, Valley chefs have but one logical course of action: Stuff them.

Veg Out: “Pow” Cauliflower

When chef-owner Chris Gruebele designed Verdura’s menu, he sketched a picture of what would become the restaurant’s popular General Pow Cauliflower.

Vecina

Fronted by a pair of dining vets, this new Arcadia eatery is part Mexican, part New American and all awesome.

Persepshen

Get to this sensational, butcher- and baker-run restaurant in Uptown Phoenix as soon as humanly possible.

Drink This: Oak-Smoked Old-Fashioned

At FLINT, the Oak-Smoked Old-Fashioned is decidedly new-fashioned.

Four Corners: Love at First Bite

From Glendale to Mesa, there’s a new restaurant with your Valentine’s Day plans written all over it.

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