Leah LeMoine, Author at PHOENIX magazine - Page 2 of 23

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“Fancy Fry’s” just got more fun: At the Fry’s Signature Marketplace at Tatum and Shea boulevards, you can now stock up on sliders, Reubens, matzo ball soup and other prepackaged meals from Chompie’s. We’ll have a pastrami on rye with our Cab at the wine bar, thank you.

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Felecia Rotellini Opining that President Donald Trump had “aligned himself with ISIS,” the Arizona Democratic Party chair (and erstwhile attorney general nominee) churned up a minor October controversy, drawing rebukes from GOP counterpart Kelli Ward and Fox News. The comment came as U.S. troops pursued ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Kayla Mueller In a related narrative, the late Northern Arizona University grad student and humanitarian aid worker once again made headlines when “Operation Kayla Mueller”...

THE SCENE It’s grand indeed at Century Grand, the 1920s-inspired cocktail compound from the minds of Jason Asher and Rich Furnari of Barter & Shake. You feel like Jay and Daisy from the moment you walk into the Arcadia building that houses Century Grand (a Prohibition-era cocktail bar with dim sum carts bearing nibbles, cocktails and wine), the Grey Hen Saloon (a tasting room and spirits shop where Valley whiskey maestro and general manager John...

THE SCENE I must admit my bias at the start: The Hermosa Inn is one of my happy places. I’ve covered political fundraisers there, enjoyed romantic staycations with my beloved there (we even brought our firstborn fur son one year, since the hotel is dog-friendly) and feasted on countless media dinners and happy hours with friends and colleagues there. I even wrote a profile of owner Ron Allred (and his lovely wife, Joyce) a couple...

THE SCENE There’s a very “young Scottsdale” vibe at Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse at Scottsdale Waterfront. The décor is polished, but energetic – shiny wood floors and tables, white subway tiles, bright yellow high-top stools perched on squares of faux grass, a green wall festooned with golden cow heads, a white tile bar with cushy black leather stools. It’s fun and eye-popping, with splashes of emerald and daffodil everywhere. The staff and clientele are...

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“For birders, there is no better place to live or visit than Arizona.” Native son Charles J. Babbitt – a member of Arizona’s pioneering Babbitt family – begins his book, Birding Arizona: What to know Where to go (R.W. Morse Company, $19.95), with this biased boast and spends the rest of the text making a case for the Grand Canyon State’s avian superiority. Birding Arizona is written for beginner and intermediate birders, with an eye...

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Nick Menninger isn’t from Arizona – his dad’s from Colorado, his mom’s from Fiji and he grew up in Southeast Asia. But when he moved to Flagstaff 18 years ago, he fell hard – both for the state and one of its native daughters. “I am in love with Arizona,” he says. “I even married a native Arizonan from Globe.” That love for the Grand Canyon State and its natural scenery – specifically hiking and...

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Scrunchies – those voluminous early-1990s hair ties – are back in a big way, with celebrities from Jennifer Lopez to Selena Gomez donning them on the red carpet. Paradise Valley-based Pomchies makes scrunchies from swimwear fabric scraps in spirit colors (to coordinate with your favorite sports teams) and fashion colors, which include these new fall patterns ($3.99-$4.50 each; $10 for a pack of three; pomchies.com). Carrie Bradshaw may not approve of the trend’s resurgence, but...

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Just in time for fall and winter, Tempe comfort wear brand Sportiqe debuted its first collection of chinos, those coarse, twilled cotton pants that carry menswear from day to night. Drawing on its leisure roots, Sportiqe incorporates spandex in its chinos for a light stretch for comfort and durability. A pants-to-pants comparison of its two new styles, which are both available in khaki and olive: Tyler Chino Pant $75 Classic look Athletic fit Wear: to...

THE SCENE While I love our new office at The Quad business/restaurant complex in the south Scottsdale/Arcadia area, there are quite a few things I miss about our old office at Scottsdale Quarter in north Scottsdale. Chief among them are Press Coffee (where I was a daily visitor) and Sorso Wine Room, the first wine bar I fell for as a nascent wino and a frequent happy hour haunt for PHOENIX and Phoenix Home &...

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If you’ve juggled school drop-off with morning meetings, you understand the need for HopSkipDrive, an app that launched in the Valley in July. Billed as “Uber for kids,” the company was founded in Los Angeles in 2014 and is now in California, Colorado, Virginia and Washington, D.C. “CareDrivers” undergo background checks and ferry kids to and from school and extracurricular commitments. hopskipdrive.com

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In October, Laguna Beach jewelry boutique gorjana opened its 12th retail location at Scottsdale Quarter. Owners Gorjana and Jason Griffin Reidel met at Arizona State University. “Opening a store in Scottsdale is more like a homecoming, as our family has roots here,” Gorjana Reidel says of the beachy chic shop, which will showcase hand-picked crystals, a “power gemstone” wall, necklaces and more. gorjana.com

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