January/February 2021

Editorial StaffJanuary 1, 2021
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Features

52 Weekend Adventures 2021 Edition

We scoured Arizona for monthly trips for four different interest types, from luxe indulgences to family-friendly overnighters.

101 Reasons to Get Psyched About Valley Dining

Here are 101 reasons to celebrate dining in the Valley

Family Ties: Five Legendary Valley Dining Clans

Five legendary Valley dining families. Five tales of blood, sweat and cornmeal.

High Hopes: Will Prop 207’s Aspirations of Empowering Minority Communities Go Up in Smoke?

Proposition 207 will legalize marijuana in Arizona, but without sound policy, its aspirations of empowering minority communities will go up in smoke.

Reinventing the Wheel: Are Self-Driving Cars Empowering or Endangering Those Who Can’t Drive?

Autonomous Vehicles provide those who can’t drive with a sense of agency. But are the potential impacts on public health and security purely positive?

Beyond the Backrub: Five Wellness Resorts to Reclaim your Mojo

Most resorts and spas promote well-being through R & R, but the five dedicated wellness retreats profiled here take health-seeking to new heights.

Phoenix Files

High Hopes: Will Prop 207’s Aspirations of Empowering Minority Communities Go Up in Smoke?

Proposition 207 will legalize marijuana in Arizona, but without sound policy, its aspirations of empowering minority communities will go up in smoke.

Raising Phoenix: The Pandemic Intensified Our Love-Hate Relationship with Social Media

The COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified our love-hate relationship with social media.

Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Soar Amid Pandemic

Fraudulent unemployment claims soared during the shutdown. Is the Arizona Department of Economic Security prepared for another wave?

Land Zo: What Does the Sale of Controversial State Trust Land Portend?

Does a controversial State Land sale mean the wounds of the bubble are fully healed?

Business Buzz: Independent Restaurants in the West Valley

Is the tide turning for indie restaurants in the West Valley?

What Will Happen to the Commercial Real Estate Market as Lifestyle Trends Shift?

As restaurants shutter, shopping habits change and remote work becomes the new normal, what will happen to the Valley’s real estate spaces, offices and commercial centers?

Sharpe to the Point: 2021 Predictions

Opinion columnist Jim Sharpe throws caution to the wind and makes several predictions for this year.

Behind the Scenes of Concert Promoter Danny Zelisko’s New Book

Danny Zelisko’s All Exce$$ goes all out on 50-plus years of concert promoting.

Spotlight: Chef McKenzie

Valley rapper and producer Chef McKenzie spoke with us about building the city’s rap scene and what music and food have in common.

What’s in Your Hat Wardrobe? with Joe Johnston

Gilbert entrepreneur Joe Johnston let us peek into his antique French armoire where he keeps part of his collection of more than 50 hats.

Which Workout Class is Right for You?

Take our brief quiz to find out which exercise class is best for your goals to get in shape.

Evicted Families Double Up as Postponed Rent Comes Due

As postponed rent comes due, evicted families “doubling up” with other households may rise – along with COVID-19 cases.

The Valley is a High-End Rehab Hot Spot

The Valley continues to be a hot spot for high-end rehabs of all sorts.

Local Businesses Pivot to Provide COVID-19 Cleaning Services

Local businesses pivot to COVID-19 cleaning and safety.

What Does Urgent Cares Frequently Changing Names and Ownership Mean for Patients?

Urgent Cares seemingly change names and ownership as often as sports venues. What does that mean for patients?

Reinventing the Wheel: Are Self-Driving Cars Empowering or Endangering Those Who Can’t Drive?

Autonomous Vehicles provide those who can’t drive with a sense of agency. But are the potential impacts on public health and security purely positive?

Beyond the Backrub: Five Wellness Resorts to Reclaim your Mojo

Most resorts and spas promote well-being through R & R, but the five dedicated wellness retreats profiled here take health-seeking to new heights.

What’s in Your Office? with Dr. John Badolato, D.D.S.

John “Dr. B” Badolato is the team dentist for the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks, he’s amassed a museum-quality collection of memorabilia from his high-profile clients.

A Guide to Valley Hospitals

We can’t always control when we end up in the hospital, but we can decide which hospital to go to, and thankfully, the Valley has dozens of options.

Explore

52 Weekend Adventures 2021 Edition

We scoured Arizona for monthly trips for four different interest types, from luxe indulgences to family-friendly overnighters.

Adventure Guide to the West

From golf to the Grand Canyon, there’s something for every adventurer.

Day Trip: East(ern European) Bell Road aka Moon Valley Lite

A stretch of East Bell Road just northeast of Moon Valley boasts a host of Eastern European gems and a nearby slew of other things to see, do and eat.

The Mexican Connection: Four South-of-the-Border Escapes

Pandemic or no, a flurry of new direct flights from Sky Harbor has us envisioning an escape to one of these four south-of-the-border ciudades.

A Hiker’s Guide to Kiwanis Trail at South Mountain Park

Phoenix’s preeminent hiking guru Mare Czinar guides us on a hike of Kiwanis Trail in Phoenix.

History

Phoenix’s Commercial Fishing Industry

A Great Depression-era government program launched a commercial fishing industry in the Salt River lakes that thrived for three decades.

Eat Beat

101 Reasons to Get Psyched About Valley Dining

Here are 101 reasons to celebrate dining in the Valley

Three New Japanese Restaurants That Go Beyond Maki and Miso

These three new Japanese eateries go well beyond maki rolls and miso soup.

Four Corners: Monthly Dining Reviews from All Over the Valley

Check out these new restaurants from Scottsdale to the East Valley.

Three Local Products to Try in 2021

Try small-batch chocolate, ginger beer and hatch chile rubs and sauces from local purveyors this month.

Liquid Arizona: Absinthe Minded

A pair of Valley absinthe enthusiasts want to put wormwood on your brain.

Three Bites: Grilled Romaine Salad

Grill-savvy chefs give the humble romaine salad a scintillating makeover.

Drink This: La Chocolat Sazerac

The Sazerac, designated the official cocktail of New Orleans, has various origin stories. Begin your own origin story at home with this simple recipe.

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