Marilyn Hawkes, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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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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Campo Italian Bistro & Bar | Photo courtesy Studio Alcott Openings 810 Billiards & Bowling 810 Billiards & Bowling offers a full complement of entertainment as well as American pub grub and specialty cocktails, beer and wine. 3455 W. Frye Rd, Chandler, 480-576-2449, 810bowling.com Barro’s Pizza This popular Valley pizza restaurant has opened a new location at S. Idaho Road and Old West Highway in Apache Junction. 480-982-8900, barrospizza.com Buono’s Pizza Look for New York-style...

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I think it’s safe to say that desert dwellers are always looking for ways to cool off, especially this week. With temperatures hovering around 115 degrees, we thought it might be a good time to share a refreshing cocktail from Culinary Dropout. The crowning touch, Ron Zacapa 23 rum from Guatemala, sends this drink into nirvana territory. Enjoy this rum cocktail poolside, or visit Culinary Dropout and sip along with an order of beer-battered fish...

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Now that the dog days of summer are here (apology to all the dogs), it’s time to crack out the cool, refreshing drinks. Top of the list: Cold brew coffee. Andrew Robertson of Press Coffee has shared a recipe with us and a couple of tips on how to make the best cold brew. When making this full-bodied coffee, it’s beneficial to use reverse osmosis water or distilled water with the addition of Third Wave...

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Renata’s Hearth | Photo Courtesy Arizona Biltmore   Now open 5th Street Burgers & Fries If you’re looking for a burger, 5th Street has 10 varieties, including a build-your-own option. 1158 W. Washington Tempe, 480-912-1621, 5thsteetburgers.com Artichoke Basille’s Pizza New York-based pizzeria opens a second location in Phoenix, featuring 16- and 22-inch pies, slices and  “not pizza” starters and entrees. 6031 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-314-6776, artichokepizza.com Brooklyn V’s Pizza Brooklyn native Vito LoPiccolo opens his...

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Hidden on a side street in south Scottsdale, Chadwick’s Urban Market sits amid a forest of low-slung, mid-century modern apartment buildings.  It’s the perfect hub for a neighborhood that lacks a casual hangout and a supermarket. But don’t mistake Chadwick’s for your typical grocery store. This charming market has coffee, breakfast and lunch, wine and beer (to drink and take away) provisions for a picnic and a slew of local products. Chad Chase, and his...

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Even though we’re heading into summer, there are plenty of folks who still want to eat a hot, hearty meal.  And if you don’t feel like heating up your house, visit The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen for some comfort food classics, including mac and cheese and double crust chicken pot pie. If you’re keen on making the pot pie at home, The Lodge’s chef Jose Dominguez has shared the recipe with us. A couple of tips...

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  Photo by David B. Moore   Most barbecue fans don’t wait for a special holiday to eat their favorite smoked meats. Nevertheless, May 16 is National Barbecue Day. And if you miss going out on May 16, no need to fret because May is National Barbecue Month. To help you celebrate, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite Valley barbecue spots. Make sure you ask for extra napkins. Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue If you...

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Merkin Vineyards in Old Town Scottsdale’s new executive chef, Steve Zimmerman, has been busy developing new dishes for the winery’s tasting room menu. Zimmerman, who started a few months ago, was previously the executive chef at Widewaters Hotels in Tempe (Tres Kitchen and Bar) and the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix. He brings more than 25 years of culinary experience to the farm-to-table, vine-to-glass tasting room. Having spent the bulk of his career in resort...

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Photo courtesy The Maggiore Group  Opened Barrio Queen One of the Valley’s most popular Mexican restaurants opens its seventh location in Avondale, with a 3,095 square-foot covered patio. 10455 W. McDowell Road, Avondale, 623-257-3900, barrioqueen.com Biscuits East Valley favorite for breakfast and lunch opens an outpost in Sun Lakes. 9542 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, 480-895-4041, biscuitsrestaurants.com Eat My Taco Tempe adds a Day of the Dead-themed taco shop to its roster of restaurants. Close...

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