Leah LeMoine, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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“Grief is itself a medicine,” wrote 18th-century English poet William Cowper. Phoenix psychotherapist – and fellow poet – Gigi Veasey knows this deeply. As a counselor and grief consultant, she has spent years shepherding countless clients through the loss of parents, siblings, children, friends and pets. Her experiences led her to develop her own therapeutic processes, which she shares with readers in Me After You: Surviving the Loss of a Loved One (Hopes Road Publishing,...

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Burned by one too many Facebook Marketplace transactions gone awry? Download Oana, the “pay-it-forward marketplace” developed by Phoenix friends Maggie Fearnow and Tom Hutchison to create an easier, friendlier way to buy and sell goods online. You can even barter or offer goods and services for free or at a deep discount. The free app is available on Apple and Android devices.

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“Sustainable” and “plant-based” aren’t just buzzy menu descriptors anymore. With Phoenix company DYPER, even baby tushes are getting the eco-treatment. It offers subscriptions to unscented bamboo diapers (also available: cloth diapers) sans alcohol, chlorine, latex and lotions. “I started the company to solve three problems: never running out of diapers, treating my daughter’s bum with no harmful chemicals and leaving a better planet behind for my three children,” owner Sergio Radovcic says. The company’s REDYPER...

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“The party is here on the west side,” quoth hip-hop poet Montell Jordan. With the April debut of Heritage at Sportsman’s Park, that lyric is ringing true. The tri-level, 10,000-square-foot venue on the Great Lawn adjacent to State Farm Stadium in Glendale boasts a garden patio and chef-driven kitchen. “Heritage has so much to offer the West Valley,” says general manager and executive chef Marshall Reichert, who will run it as a restaurant open to...

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Photo courtesy Tía Carmen All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Felicidades: Tía Carmen is now open! The hotly anticipated restaurant from Top Chef alum Angelo Sosa made its debut early this month at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The contemporary Southwestern eatery boasts globally inflected Southwestern/Mexican dishes including tuna crudo with chilled corn-coconut broth; Southwestern-style Wagyu tri-tip kebabs; lamb ragù with mesquite noodles; and the restaurant’s signature dish, chicken guisado, a...

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Expand your Cinco de Mayo horizons with these unorthodox margaritas. Lychee Margarita Agave migrates to Southeast Asia with this Sake Haus original ($10), which introduces blanco tequila and lime to ginger liqueur and lychee. sakehaus.net Marijuarita There’s no booze in this marg from Sweet Dreams Vineyard, but there is some THC. Mellow out with this citrusy sipper (10-100 mg.; $14-$18). sweetdreamsvineyard.com Barbary Fig Margarita Some say Barbary fig. Here in the desert, we call it...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh.      Genuinely Exciting: The Genuine, the long-awaited restaurant from Genuine Concepts (The VIG, Ladera Taverna y Cocina, Campo Italian Bistro & Bar, et al) opens this Thursday, April 28, on 16th Street north of Bethany Home Road, in the former The VIG Uptown space. Chef Jeremy Pacheco will helm the restaurant, with menu highlights including wood-oven-roasted mussels with orange blossom ale and Schreiner’s sausage, roasted chicken, pastas...

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THE SCENE “Hidden gem” is one of the most cliché phrases in a food writer’s tattered toolkit, but in S. Maranto’s case, it is literally true. The bright little bistro, a modern spin on a classic Italian American joint, is downright difficult to find in the sprawling Scottsdale 101 shopping plaza at Mayo Boulevard and the 101 – technically in Phoenix, though it’s literal steps from Scottsdale city limits. It’s smack-dab in a sea of...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh.  Flower Power: To honor National Autism Awareness Month, on April 14 Flower Child will donate 5 percent of its sales – up to $10,000 – to The Autism Community in Action. This year marks the restaurant’s third Give Back Day to TACA. It has raised more than $33,000 for the nonprofit since 2019. Reason enough to feast on the Flying Avocado wrap and gluten-free mac and cheese.  Meat...

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Phoenix-born and -bred author Peng Shepherd (The Book of M) is back with another page-turner. The Cartographers (HarperCollins, $27.99) is a thriller that follows cartographer Nell Young as she attempts to solve a mystery left behind by her late father, himself a legend in their shared field. Her journey is complicated by an enigmatic yet destructive map collector and a race against time. Through her fast-paced narrative, Shepherd introduces uninitiated readers to “phantom settlements,” intentional...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh.      Tea Party: Fancy a spot of tea? Head to Mountain Shadows on April 21 to celebrate National Tea Day with the new Library Teapot. Conceived as an addition to the resort’s Library Coffee Cart (with specialty coffee drinks holding court with design books), the Library Teapot will feature Royal-Tea, a custom tea concoction created by Allison DeVane of Phoenix company Teaspressa. Royal-Tea combines Teaspressa Charles Grey...

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March is National Frozen Food Month! Keep a chill supply of local essentials from these Valley brands. Pierogi Channel an Eastern European grandma and fry up some frozen pierogi ($9.99-plus/dozen) from Mesa dumpling emporium All Pierogi. allpierogi.com Pizza Order take-and-bake (or take-and-freeze) personal pizzas ($5.50-$7) at Saffron JAK’s North Phoenix bakery and café or its Downtown Phoenix outpost at Walter Station Brewery. saffronjak.com Ice Cream Stock up on pints ($10) of your favorite flavors (vanilla,...

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Some of Mesa artist Nicole Manchester’s most treasured moments have revolved around handwritten words. From saving old high school notes about crushes to re-reading cards from her grandmother, “keeping in touch through writing has always been important to me,” she says. “Writing really is an artform, and it’s an easy way to make loved ones feel special.” After nannying for many years, Manchester started her own stationery line, The Polka Dot Pug Collection, in 2015....

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Cool new lodgings are popping up around Arizona. Senna House Old Town Scottsdale’s buzziest new hotel opened in December 2021. Marvel at the succulent-draped “living walls” and dine at coastal Mediterranean eatery Cala, helmed by chef Beau MacMillan. thesennahouse.com The Citizen Hotel This Tucson hotel opened in fall 2021 in the building that once housed the city’s oldest newspaper, the Tucson Citizen. Now its tasting room is a hot spot for winos. thecitizenhoteltucson.com The Jenesis...

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