Marilyn Hawkes, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Mesquite Fresh Street Mex co-founders and brothers Ahmad and Naser Alatrash  are taking a different approach to marketing their modern Mexican cuisine. Instead of spending money on social media and other advertising, they’ve launched a “Free Taco Tour” available to businesses located within a four-mile radius of their Surprise, Gilbert, Mesa and Happy Valley locations. The tour gives the brothers an opportunity to connect with local businesses and area residents, Ahmad says. To take part...

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Photo courtesy Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant  Openings Air Guitar Combination corner store and coffee bar with grab-and-go meals and a nice beer and wine selection lands in Gilbert. 1566 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert, airguitar4life.com Blue 32 Sports Grill This popular East Valley sports bar has opened a third location that serves everything from Buffalo wings and salads to burgers and steaks. 2028 N. Gilbert Rd., Mesa, 480-590-3569, blue32sportsgrill.com Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant A...

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It’s official: Fall is finally here. The days are getting shorter and cooler temperatures are replacing our sweltering 100-degree days. Autumn in the Valley also signals the return of many farmers markets that have been closed during the summer months. Vendors differ from market to market, but most will offer local and seasonal produce, fresh baked goods, natural meats and seafood and a good assortment of locally crafted food products. Farmers markets are a great...

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Natural light streams into Bettina Chow’s pottery studio, filtered through a carob tree just outside the window. “The light is pretty and inspiring and romantic,” she says. Largely self-taught, Chow, a researcher and educator in the health-care industry, has been throwing pots for about eight years and still feels humbled when someone wants to buy her work. “I absolutely love working with clay. The process is meditative, and the results are beautiful. I love connecting...

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When Kimhak Em and Eugenia Tai opened their brick-and-mortar coffee café, Pair Cupworks, in February 2020, they had no idea that three weeks later, they would be forced to close due to the pandemic. Rather than focusing on all the negative aspects surrounding the closure, Em turned it into a positive. During the shutdown, Em made in-person deliveries of whole coffee beans to customers in the area. “So when we reopened, we had already established...

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Openings The Caspian Cup Gourmet shaved ice, popsicles, ice cream, handmade drinks and virgin Jell-O shots headline this San Tan Village sweet shop. 2268 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, 623-401-2720, thecaspiancup.com Flaming Pig This Phoenix Filipino restaurant features barbecue on sticks and platters along with rice and noodle-based dishes, soup, appetizers and house specials. 1534 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 623-999-7446, flaming-pig.com Fryd Bird Your one-stop shop for fried chicken is now open in Fiesta Commons...

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Ryan and Caitlin Jocque are no strangers to the restaurant industry. The duo, who are behind the popular Valley eateries Original Chop Shop, Diego Pops, The Montauk and The Hot Chick, recently opened Eat Up Drive In, a new fast-casual concept in Arcadia that pairs homestyle meals with convenience. When the Jocques first saw the property at 40th Street and Indian School Road, they immediately thought it would be a great location for a drive-in...

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Ask Rabbi Jordan Brumer why he purchased Kitchen 18, a kosher restaurant in Scottsdale, and  he’ll tell you he fell off a chair, banged his head and the next thing he knew, he owned a restaurant. All kidding aside, “It was a childhood dream of mine,” says Brumer, the former director of Jewish Arizonans on Campus. When Brumer bought the restaurant from Nathan Uvaydov in May 2021, the kitchen and dining room had recently been...

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photo courtesy Kähvi Coffee + Cafe   Open 36 Below A new speakeasy has taken over the former UnderTow space located beneath Sip Coffee & Beer Garage. 3620 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 480-336-8812, 36belowaz.com BlackSheep Wine Bar & Merchant “Uncork and unwind” at Chandler’s newest wine bar and eatery. The restaurant serves everything from brunch to late night snacks. Watch for daily specials. 98 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, 480-912-1212, blacksheep.wine The Bread &...

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If you’re a big fan of watermelon, now is the time to indulge – the juicy fruit is at the peak of its growing season. Watermelon is not only sweet and refreshing, it’s also a low-calorie snack that provides much-needed hydration during scorching Arizona summers. You can eat watermelon straight from the rind or use the luscious red fruit in a variety of dishes. To that end, we’ve rounded up five places in the Valley to enjoy watermelon salad.    Alma West x...

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Now that most restaurants and bars are back in full swing, many have transitioned to summer menus. The Americano in north Scottsdale is no exception, according to Nicholas Padua, the restaurant’s wine and beverage director. To that end, The Americano has rolled out some new summery cocktails, including the “Pop Rock & Drop It,” made with Franciacorta (Italian sparkling wine), Amaretto and strawberry essence garnished with a Pop Rock-studded strawberry. For those not familiar with...

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