Alyssa Fuentes, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Spend some time in Tucson for a mix of nightlife, restaurants and hiking trails. Tito & Pep Located in Midtown, this Southwestern bistro with a mesquite grill offers items for all to enjoy. Chef and owner John Martinez provides a menu full of vegetarian and meat-based dishes, such as caramelized zucchini and crispy chicken tortas. El Crisol This mezcal bar can be found in the back of Exo Roast Co., a coffee shop on Sixth...

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What’s a party decoration company to do when big parties are verboten? Take it outside, says Mari Salas of Pretty Balloons AZ. Salas and her mother, Maribel Cardozo, are originally from Venezuela and started their entertainment company last year in Tampa, Florida. After moving to Mesa and rebranding as Pretty Balloons AZ, they started doing balloon twisting in restaurants and creating elaborate party decorations, from balloon versions of Disney princesses to helium-filled aquatic scenes. “We...

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“Restorative. Liberating. Healing.” That’s how Arizona Facial Plastics owner Felicia Taghizadeh describes her recent trip to Israel. For 10 days in March, she traveled through Israel as part of a religious pilgrimage. Staying at Carmella Boutique Hotel by the Mediterranean Sea, Taghizadeh explored from Jaffa, a port city, to the Bahá’í Gardens, which she says were a must-see. Here are some of her Israel recommendations for when international travel is safe again. Adina Plastelina This...

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Sick of 2020? Travel back in time or venture to another world with the Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel’s Rail Baron Charters. This feature, which opened last December, allows guests to rent out their own train cars or even whole trains for get-togethers with friends and family, from retirement parties to a visit to the “North Pole” aboard the Polar Express. Guests can add options like a personal chef, a professional photographer or even an...

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Case Count Surpasses 188,000 With 1,213 new cases reported today, August 11, Arizona’s total COVID-19 case count has risen to 188,737, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Cases have risen by 4.6 percent since last Tuesday, August 4. Death Toll at 4,199 The ADHS reported 45 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to 4,199. People aged 65 and older continue to remain the most affected, at 71.7 percent of total deaths. Testing...

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Though it began as a hobby, upcycling used wine barrels has become a business for artist Jim Daut. The owner and sole designer of JSD Barrel and Wood Creations in Chandler, Daut has been creating home decorations out of wine barrels for eight years. It all began when he visited Napa Valley and discovered a market for home goods made out of recycled wine barrels. When he got home, he ordered some barrels and turned...

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Explore some of Sedona’s new and exciting developments this summer. visitsedona.com Trail House at Enchantment Trail House at Enchantment Resort will highlight outdoor activities and offer a gathering space for visitors. With coordinated bike rides and hikes available through the resort, the Trail House offers information and resources for those looking to connect with nature. Enchantment Resort closed due to COVID-19, but re-opened in May with new sanitary policies and guidelines. Trail House will be...

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Faly Rakotohavana is on a roll. With a new Disney+ movie coming out this fall, the 17-year-old Madagascar-born actor – and former Phoenix resident – took the time to talk to us about his inspirations, his goals and what to expect with his upcoming role. Start in Acting Rakotohavana always dreamed of being an actor – “pretty much as long as I can remember,” he says. Growing up in Madagascar, he watched television and envisioned...

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Case Count Surpasses 180,000 With 1,008 new cases reported today, August 4, Arizona’s total COVID-19 case count has risen to 180,505, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. This is an 8.8 percent increase in cases since last Tuesday. Death Toll at 3,845 The ADHS reported 66 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to 3,845. Nearly 450 deaths have been reported since last week. People aged 65 and older remain the most affected,...

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Case Count Surpasses 165,000 As of today, July 28, the Arizona Department of Health Services reports a total case count of 165,934, an 11.6 percent increase since last Tuesday. The ADHS reported 2,107 new cases today, and numbers show that Maricopa County remains the county with the highest reported COVID-19 cases in the state, at a total of 111,446. Death Toll at 3,408 With 104 COVID-19 deaths reported today, Arizona’s death toll has reached 3,408....

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Case Count Nears 150,000 With an addition of 3,500 new cases reported today, July 21, Arizona’s total reported COVID-19 case count has risen to 148,683. This is a 16 percent increase since last Tuesday, July 14. The Arizona Department of Health Services’ Data Dashboard also shows that with 98,988 total reported cases, Maricopa County has the highest number in the state – 67 percent of the total. Death Toll Nears 3,000 With 581 new deaths...

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Case Count Surpasses 128,000 With 4,273 cases reported today, Arizona’s total reported COVID-19 cases are at 128,097, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. This is a 22 percent increase in reported cases since last Tuesday, July 7. The ADHS Data Dashboard shows that Maricopa County makes up 65.8 percent of Arizona’s reported cases. Death Toll at 2,337 The ADHS also reports that as of today, July 14, Arizona’s COVID-19 death toll has reached...

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Case Count Surpasses 100,000 This week, Arizona’s COVID-19 case count surpassed 100,000. At 105,094 total reported cases as of today, July 7, Arizona has seen a 422 percent increase in cases since June 1. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 3,653 new cases were reported today, and Maricopa County remains the county with the most reported cases. Death Toll Nears 2,000 The ADHS reported 117 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to...

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