Leah LeMoine, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Once upon a time, three finicky foodies met up for happy hour at what they’d heard was a hot new restaurant in town. The restaurant had tagged one of the ladies’ social media accounts incessantly in its posts leading up to its opening – a misguided attempt to generate buzz that left her feeling more besieged than intrigued – and they had high hopes. After ordering wine and glancing at the menu, they were underwhelmed. The...

“A lot of thought and care went into engineering this happy hour,” chef/owner Chris Collins said as he leaned over the table, perusing the happy hour menu with me. I don’t always get to speak with the chef for these little happy hour outings, so I was pleased to hear about The Macintosh’s HH menu from the head honcho himself. “When we came up with this menu, we knew when we were rebranding it from...

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Fans of psychological thrillers like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will find much to enjoy in Girl in the Rearview Mirror (William Morrow, $26.99), Arizona State University alumna Kelsey Rae Dimberg’s debut novel. Though she currently resides in Milwaukee, Dimberg’s tale of political intrigue, betrayal and corruption is steeped in its Phoenix setting, and you’ll feel the heat radiating off the page. Dimberg follows the travails of Finn Hunt, a recent college...

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“I had to skip wine,” CRUjiente Tacos chef/co-owner (and big-time wine guy) Rich Hinojosa says, his face full of regret. “We kind of focused on food and all the architecture.” This past summer, Hinojosa and his 15-year-old daughter visited Italy for the first time, traveling through Rome, Modena, Florence and small villages in Tuscany with family friends. He shares their highlights. Da Nerbone “There were two things I had to eat when we got to...

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Phoenix Fashion Week, Arizona’s premier style event, returns to the Valley October 3-5 for its 11th year. More than 5,000 attendees are anticipated for the showcase of Holiday 2019 and Spring 2020 collections by established and emerging designers. Don’t miss: Fashionably Pink Celebrity Fashion Show Celebrity breast cancer survivors strut their stuff for charities including Don’t Be a Chump, Check for a Lump on October 3. Style Villa Marketplace Buy locally designed and crafted clothing...

I remember when I was in high school and a Pita Jungle location finally opened on my side of town, the chain-rich West Valley. Finally, something local in the Arrowhead Towne Center area my friends and I haunted, something more sophisticated than food-court fare, something with options for the vegetarians among us.

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Cigarette butts are getting second (healthier) lives thanks to a pioneering partnership between Tempe golf course Rolling Hills, waste collection and repurposing company TerraCycle and environmentally conscious smoking solution company EZ Products CLS. This year, seven golf carts at Rolling Hills were equipped with cigarette waste receptacles thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful, and so far more than 20,000 butts have been shipped to TerraCycle, which turns them into everyday products such as:...

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Most wallpaper begins its life as pixels on a computer screen. Phoenix designer Caroline Cecil does things differently: “All of the designs originate as my own paintings.” Cecil grew up in Maine with a professional watercolor artist grandmother who inspired her to paint. She later studied painting, printing and dyeing at Maryland Institute College of Art before working for a fabric atelier, Target headquarters and a couple of Silicon Valley startups as a design director....

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