Haley Smilow, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Salmon Carpaccio from Zinqué | Photo courtesy The Knight Agency  Father’s Day is fast approaching! Sunday, June 19 is a day dedicated to dear old Dad. No plans? We found a few spots around the Valley offering special deals, including discounts, drinks and all different kinds of cuisine. Dapper & Stout This casual coffeehouse is celebrating Father’s Day across the Valley with a buy one, get one free special. Order a coffee, and Dad gets...

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Being in the fashion industry was never Damon Evans’ goal – it was a byproduct of his music empire. The entrepreneur founded Arena, a music production, distribution and streaming platform, in 1998 in the Biltmore area. In 2013, he launched a clothing arm, Arena Merchandising, in Downtown Phoenix. “It made perfect sense, because a lot of the artistic community is based in Phoenix,” Evans says. The idea: Have someone buy a band/musician T-shirt, give them...

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After taking two years off due to the pandemic, Flagstaff Blues & Brews is back this summer. “I’m just excited to produce the event and to see everybody’s faces,” says festival organizer Jennifer Grogan. “We love music. We love Flagstaff.” With more than 10 performers, including Anders Osborne, Cedric Burnside and Mr. Sipp, and 11 different local tap handles, it’s a can’t-miss festival that benefits local schools. Flagstaff favorites like Satchmo’s and Fratelli Pizza are...

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Need a hit of beautiful weather and clear blue ocean water? Head to Los Cabos, on the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula (visitloscabos.travel). Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort This property just underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation. The resort now has six new places to eat and drink and 14 private plunge pools. For family fun, try the new splash zone and kids club. For adults, a private infinity pool and top-shelf margaritas...

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Studies have shown holistic health practices like yoga, mindfulness and meditation benefit children and teens as much as they do adults. Yet all too often, opportunities to learn these tools seem out of reach for kids from disadvantaged homes. Monica Samuels wants to change that. The founder of whole-body wellness facility Quasar Quantum Healing in Scottsdale has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona to help at-risk kids experiencing anxiety, depression, substance-abuse issues,...

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In the days leading up to Dish Fest, we’re presenting our readers with exclusive chef interviews so they can learn the stories behind the Best Dishes being served at the inaugural festival. In less than 24 hours, a cerulean-clawed crustacean snatched from the waters off Maryland will be on your plate at this family-run Ahwatukee eatery. Chesapeake Bay Bistro serves the whole crab steamed with traditional Old Bay seasoning, or shelled and fried Virginia-style during a...

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In the days leading up to Dish Fest, we’re presenting our readers with exclusive chef interviews so they can learn the stories behind the Best Dishes being served at the inaugural festival. The worst iterations of mole, a signature dish of the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Puebla, are chalky, grainy or so chocolatey they read as dessert instead of dinner. Casa Corazón’s version is the very best: poblano chiles, nuts, spices and Mexican chocolate roasted,...

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In the days leading up to Dish Fest, we’re presenting our readers with exclusive chef interviews so they can learn the stories behind the Best Dishes being served at the inaugural festival. Chef Christopher Gross named his iconic ABC Terrine after the A, B and C grades of foie gras used in the three most common preparations of the fine-dining staple, and each is represented here: pâté-like terrine, seared medallions and luscious mousse, one layered over...

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Gabe Hagen and Jesse Shank in front of Brick Road Coffee in Tempe    Cinnamon roll and honey vanilla lattes, croissant-crusted pizza, hand-squeezed lemonade and pomegranate green tea are all on the menu at Brick Road Coffee, a new java joint in Tempe. Customers can expect great food and drinks, but also an inviting community hub. Partners Gabe Hagen and Jesse Shank opened the shop in Fairlanes Village Center in January. Hagen says their vision...

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