Leah LeMoine, Author at PHOENIX magazine - Page 2 of 27

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Many people enter the deliciously haughty realm of beverage snobbery as craft beer or wine snobs and only later become coffee snobs, translating their discerning phraseology – esters, tannins, noses, mouthfeels and finishes – to America’s ubiquitous day-starter.   I went the other way, starting with single-origin pour-overs and balanced espresso blends at Press Coffee’s Scottsdale Quarter location, which was just downstairs from our old office at the Quarter. Owner Steve Kraus and his crew of roasters and baristas taught me about coffee growing regions, introduced me to the flavor wheel, showed me how coffee is roasted, invited me...

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Private travel is more appealing than ever before. For the financially able, there’s Set Jet, Scottsdale’s membership-based private jet charter company that offers direct flights to destinations including San Diego and Las Vegas. According to a company spokesperson, “Set Jet was the first company in Arizona to test its employees for COVID-19” and announced it would “provide free testing to any of its members who wish to travel on a Set Jet flight.” setjet.com

Ladera Taverna y Cocina may be temporarily closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a tipple or two from its award-winning mixologist, Colton Brock. He won Arizona Cocktail Weekend’s Last Slinger Standing competition in February, but lately he’s been slinging simple mezcal drinks at home. We caught up with Brock and asked him to share a couple of recipes for us to try.   What have you been mixing up at home? I predominantly drink mezcal and other agave spirits,...

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The first time I heard someone talk about tiki drinks in a positive light was at a “lunch and learn” with famed mixologist Jason Asher at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa six or seven years ago. I was new to professional journalism and new to drinking – green in every sense of the word. Instead of partying, I’d spent my high school and college years studying, working and being a designated driver for my “wild” friends (in retrospect: not wild at all). At 25 or so, I was playing major catch-up, trying to educate myself...

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In this (short-lived, we hope) series, the PHOENIX magazine editorial and art teams share what quarantine is like for them, from who they’re sheltering in place with to where they’re ordering takeout.   How have you been moving your body?   Craig Outhier – Editor-in-Chief Like other dispossessed gym rats, I’ve been making do at home with a routine of weird, furniture-based resistance exercises. I’ve also been riding my bike to work once a week, and hiking Piestewa Peak as responsibly as possible (mask, wide berths, etc.).     Leah LeMoine –...

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While the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways has us feeling like we’re living in the Middle Ages (Black Death vibes abound), there are bits of happiness and hope to be found. For drinkers, there are many. We’re learning how to make our own drinks! We can order cocktails to go! We don’t have to worry about getting home safely because we’re already home!   For appreciators of agave spirits and “support local” devotees such as moi, there’s a huge burst of happiness: We are at the beginning of a Golden Age for locally...

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In this (short-lived, we hope) series, the PHOENIX magazine editorial and art teams share what quarantine is like for them, from who they’re sheltering in place with to where they’re ordering takeout.   How have you supported local during the pandemic?  Craig Outhier – Editor-in-Chief Besides take-out meals and drive-by beer, we’ve made a point to continue using local service-economy businesses that can and have moved their products online, or adapted to social distancing. Case in point: my son’s taekwondo class at Squaw Peak...

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We’re pretty spoiled with our hiking bounty here in Arizona. Perhaps nobody knows this more intimately than lifelong hiker Mare Czinar, head of production at PHOENIX and our sister publication, Phoenix Home & Garden. In PHOENIX magazine The Hike Book (Cities West Media, $19.95), Czinar writes practically and poetically about 228 of her favorite Arizona trails, from easy urban treks to arduous high-country climbs. User-friendly symbols mark hikes for their suitability for children and animals,...

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In this (short-lived, we hope) series, the PHOENIX magazine editorial and art teams share what quarantine is like for them, from who they’re sheltering in place with to where they’re ordering takeout.  What has been your quarantine takeout of choice?   Craig Outhier – Editor-in-Chief  There are two places in my ’hood that I’ve made a point to patronize as much as possible, because life (and, possibly, my property values) would be poorer without them: Luci’s at the Orchard, which was...

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In December, Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously in favor of Gentry on the Green, a redevelopment project that will transform past-their-prime apartment complexes along the Indian Bend Wash and Camelback Road into a hub for bicycle tourism, the arts and retail. ColRich will lead the redevelopment of the 41.5 acres as part of a $375 million investment. colrich.com

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“I have respect for beer!” Russell Crowe shouts, thrusting his arms skyward, in his portrayal of mathematician John Nash in 2001’s A Beautiful Mind.   I can relate. While beer has never been my thing, I have interviewed many talented, thoughtful brewers and written quite a bit about local breweries. Beermaking is a beautiful mix of art and science that never ceases to amaze me. The craft beer community has my utmost respect, especially in how it has pivoted during the pandemic to reach customers in new and innovative ways.   Not...

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When Jon Ford travels the state talking to groups about wellness, he asks people the first word that comes to mind when he says “health.” “Every single time it’s doctors, medicine, hospitals,” says Ford, director of strategic initiatives at Vitalyst Health Foundation, a statewide advocacy organization. After that, “it’s always ‘Well, I should lose weight and exercise more.’ This is the default frame that we have in America, that health is either ‘health care,’ or...

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Anyone with experience with addiction knows the most crucial time is after treatment, when the person reenters society. To help people and health care providers navigate sobriety and continuing care, Phoenix-based tech expert Sean Gunderson and entrepreneur and health advocate Brad Wilde developed iTether, an outpatient care coordination platform. It helps physicians maintain contact with patients, provide resources and offer accountability partnership. Inquire for details. itethertech.com

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