May/June 2021

Editorial StaffMay 1, 2021
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May/June 2021 Editor’s Note

Features

13 Southwest Escapes

Is that Bahamas trip or Parisian sojourn still not in the cards?

Summer Staycations 2021

With widespread vaccination and decreasing COVID-19 numbers, this summer offers shimmering hope – and smoking deals – for some good, old-fashioned fun at Valley resorts. Smiles are returning to the faces, indeed.

11th Annual Readers’ Photo Contest: The PEOPLE of ARIZONA

With the COVID-19 pandemic drawing down, we decided to focus our latest showcase of reader-provided photographic beauty on the thing people were most deprived of during the quarantine: people. In all their joy, sadness, motion and rest.

Recovery on the Rocks

Peter Kasperski and Richie Moe were two of the most illustrious names in Valley dining until bankruptcy and substance abuse sent them tumbling to Earth. Now the longtime friends have banded together to open a hit Roosevelt Row restaurant – and keep their demons mutually at bay.

Phoenix Files

11th Annual Readers’ Photo Contest: The PEOPLE of ARIZONA

With the COVID-19 pandemic drawing down, we decided to focus our latest showcase of reader-provided photographic beauty on the thing people were most deprived of during the quarantine: people. In all their joy, sadness, motion and rest.

Recovery on the Rocks

Peter Kasperski and Richie Moe were two of the most illustrious names in Valley dining until bankruptcy and substance abuse sent them tumbling to Earth. Now the longtime friends have banded together to open a hit Roosevelt Row restaurant – and keep their demons mutually at bay.

Raising Phoenix: Can Kyrsten Sinema Get a Grip?

Washington could use more iconoclasts like Senator Kyrsten Sinema – but her recent pleas for attention cross the line.

Steven Spielberg No Phone Home?

Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie about his Arizona childhood will likely not be filmed in Phoenix, renewing calls to reinstate a filmmaker tax incentive.

COVID-19 Hair Scare

The latest pandemic-related plague: hair loss.

Land Zo: Luke Air Force Base Distributes Bottled Water in the Wake of Groundwater Contamination

Luke Air Force Base is distributing bottled water to nearby residents due to groundwater contamination – but the problem can’t be washed away.

Business Buzz: Nikola Keeps on Trucking

The manufacturer looks to motor forward after a disastrous year.

Show Low Musician Punks Arizona Legislature

Did a Show Low musician really punk the Arizona Legislature with a sham campaign to create an apartheid county?

Sharpe to the Point: ID Mania

By now, most Trump supporters have moved on – but not the Arizona Legislature.

Phoenix Home & Garden Takeover!

From prime seasonal plantings to lush beautifully appointed home gardens, here is a sneak peek of what’s inside the current edition of our sister magazine.

Spotlight: Morgan Harper Nichols

We sat down with self-help poet Morgan Harper Nichols to chat about her recent move to Gilbert and how it influenced her art.

What’s in Your Phone? with Katie Raml

ABC15’s Katie Raml shows us the apps that keep her going.

Explore

13 Southwest Escapes

Is that Bahamas trip or Parisian sojourn still not in the cards?

Travel Guide San Diego

Flee from the heat this summer with a getaway to America’s Finest City.

Summer Staycations 2021

With widespread vaccination and decreasing COVID-19 numbers, this summer offers shimmering hope – and smoking deals – for some good, old-fashioned fun at Valley resorts. Smiles are returning to the faces, indeed.

Day Trip: Queen Creek

Things to do and places to eat in Queen Creek, an East Valley town – situated mostly in Maricopa County, with portions in Pinal – incorporated in 1989, and in 1990 its population clocked in at 2,500.

Puerto Vallarta Romp

Find that old spark for Mexican travel at the Conrad Punta de Mita.

5 Incredible Things to Do on the San Diego Waterfront

Planning a stay in “America’s Finest City” this summer? Be sure to visit downtown’s magical slice of shoreline.

Be Aware of Fire Restrictions and Prescribed Burns This Summer

Be safe and responsible while outdoor recreating this summer by respecting fire restrictions in the forests.

History

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Forgotten Capitol

In the 1950s, Frank Lloyd Wright’s futuristic design for Arizona’s statehouse divided the city.

Eat Beat

Restaurant Review: Chantico

The latest restaurant from Ocotillo maestro Walter Sterling fills a Z’Tejas-size void for bougie Mexican fare with an epic patio.

Four Corners: May and June Food Reviews

Monthly dining reviews from all over the Valley.

3 Local Products to Try this Summer

Try sangria in a can, cocoa frilling rub and spicy shoyu sauce from local purveyors this month.

Beer Meets Barrel

When a spirits-centric Scottsdale restaurant puts its barrels to use, beer magic happens.

Three Bites: Tartines

Bruschetta-like tartines lend some French zest to Valley small plate menus.

Drink This: River’s Edge from Jade Bar

Learn how to make the River’s Edge cocktail from Jade Bar at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.

From Our Partners

Travel Guide San Diego

Flee from the heat this summer with a getaway to America’s Finest City.

5 Incredible Things to Do on the San Diego Waterfront

Planning a stay in “America’s Finest City” this summer? Be sure to visit downtown’s magical slice of shoreline.

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