March 2020

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March 2020 Editor’s Note

Features

Cast Away

Jeff Flake sacrificed his political career to defy the GOP and President Donald Trump. So why is this man smiling?

A Boy and His Fairway

Get acquainted with the assorted characters and misfit retirees that frequent the fairways at Shalimar Golf Club in Tempe.

2020 Bucket List!

Dig into this collection of heart-pounding, eye-widening Arizona experiences like it was your last spring on Earth.

Phoenix Files

Cast Away

Jeff Flake sacrificed his political career to defy the GOP and President Donald Trump. So why is this man smiling?

Arizona Thunbergs

Where climate change activism is concerned, Sweden doesn’t have a monopoly on motivated Gen Zers.

Cyber Status

Valley social media mavens shed light on the perks and pitfalls of online influence.

Sharpe to the Point: Kiss the Cook?

Opinion columnist Jim Sharpe chronicles the tumult currently surrounding state lawmaker David Cook.

Creative Funding

Arts advocate Joseph Benesh challenges constituents to raise the bar.

Raising Phoenix: Resist. Agitate. Embroider.

She just wanted a hobby. Instead, she found her voice – one valentine and jump-stitch at a time.

Spotlight: Letitia Frye

If you’ve ever put your paddle in the air to pledge $10,000 to a charity, it was probably at the behest of Letitia Frye, the designer-clad, stiletto-wearing force of nature known as The Auctiontainer.

A Boy and His Fairway

Get acquainted with the assorted characters and misfit retirees that frequent the fairways at Shalimar Golf Club in Tempe.

Business Buzz: Slow Style

Scottsdale’s Healing Seams leads a local movement to reduce the environmental impacts of fast fashion.

Land Zo: Westward Expansion

Arizona State University adds the Thunderbird School of Global Management to its growing real estate portfolio.

What’s in Your Backpack? With Chris Pardo

Chris Pardo, an architect, designer and co-founder of ARRIVE Hotels and Restaurants – opening its fifth hotel in the Valley this year – let us peek inside the travel bag he totes around the country.

Explore

Day Trip: Camp Verde

Bucolic Camp Verde gives visitors a taste of the frontier lifestyle, but with modern essentials like coffee shops and wineries.

Boise Revealed

Idaho’s capital has a lot more going for it than potatoes. (Don’t skip the potatoes, though.)

Ageless Adventurer

Dede Rand of Scottsdale sees hiking as an important part of her lifelong commitment to maintaining her physical and mental fortitude.

TV Personality Tara Hitchcock’s Favorite Spots in Greece

Last fall, Tara Hitchcock headed to Crete and Santorini. Here are her recommendations for where to eat, stay and explore.

History

Starlight Screens

Valley residents flocked to drive-in theaters after World War II, but movies weren’t necessarily the main attraction.

Eat Beat

Space Case: The Stockyards Steakhouse

Gary Lasko, who co-owns The Stockyards with siblings Mike and Gary Smith of Jokake Construction, is full of stories about this fabled restaurant.

Drink This: La Otra

Vecina bar chief Miguel Mora captures a less-is-more mentality with this three-ingredient spring cocktail that looks feminine but packs a manly wallop.

FLINT by Baltaire

Like some enchanted upscale reimagining of Pita Jungle, this spot-on Mediterranean import from L.A. could ignite a dining renaissance at the beleaguered Esplanade.

Four Corners: Spring Globetrotting

From Detroit to Lima to Japan, the new restaurant scene in the Valley is an international affair.

Local Product: Guacbox AZ

Check out Myriah Castillo’s popular avocado spreads that stemmed from a health-focused Mexican meal prep service.

Three Bites: Unripe and Irresistible

A staple of Southeast Asian cooking, the green papaya salad is not what you think it is.

Poppy

Newly gentrified RoRo gets an airy, agreeable, millennial-friendly restaurant all its own.

Veg Out: Vegetable Hash

Every now and then a breakfast dish – even a vegetarian breakfast dish – comes along that steals your heart and satisfies your longings. To wit: Hearth ‘61’s vegetable hash.

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