Tiffany Acosta, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Obon Bisutoro, a Japanese bistro specializing in sushi and ramen, officially opened its doors in Phoenix’s Biltmore Fashion Park in late March. I was recently invited to the restaurant – the third Obon concept in the Valley – for its soft opening. Walking into the dimly lit restaurant with complimentary Champagne in hand, I was amazed by the flawless interior design. Wood paneling is a signature décor element present in Obon’s two sister restaurants in...

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The Mosquito Squad of Greater Scottsdale recently partnered with AquaSafe Swim School to provide 10 swim school scholarships for children ages 1 to 4 years old as part of a communitywide effort to educate families about safe swimming. Parents will have the opportunity to submit a letter explaining their desire to participate for a chance to win two months of swimming lessons with an AquaSafe instructor at the school’s Scottsdale or Gilbert locations. “As a...

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On February 24, prominent Phoenix muralist Pablo Luna was hospitalized due to undiagnosed diabetes. The local community quickly rallied behind him to raise funds and awareness. Silvana Salcido Esparza, who owns the vaunted Barrio Café in Phoenix, will be hosting a fundraiser for Luna’s medical expenses on March 19 from 4 to 11 p.m. The event will include an art show, food, live painting, music and a raffle. Luna’s work graces buildings in Downtown and...

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In the days leading up to Dish Fest, we’re presenting our readers with exclusive chef interviews so they can learn the stories behind the Best Dishes being served at the inaugural festival. Conceived and delivered at The Gladly, chef Donald Hawk’s cult favorite brown butter hiramasa crudo now resides at his new Melrose all-day diner, Valentine. A uniquely harmonious mélange of ingredients – satiny slices of hiramasa (yellowtail) graced with artfully toasted butter, raisins, tomatillo-and-fish-sauce vinaigrette...

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In the days leading up to Dish Fest, we’re presenting our readers with exclusive chef interviews so they can learn the stories behind the Best Dishes being served at the inaugural festival. The name alone should tell you this is no ordinary destination to order street food in Phoenix. Random AF Taqueria creates the best quesabirrias (beef folded into a tortilla with melted cheese and served with a side of consommé for dipping) in the Valley,...

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In the days leading up to Dish Fest, we’re presenting our readers with exclusive chef interviews so they can learn the stories behind the Best Dishes being served at the inaugural festival. Dining at Weft & Warp is an immersive experience, from its art-adorned environs to its seasonal bill of fare. Executive chef Dushyant Singh changes up the global menu several times a year, introducing new flavors and influences. Agnolotti del plin is one of his...

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In the days leading up to Dish Fest, we’re presenting our readers with exclusive chef interviews so they can learn the stories behind the Best Dishes being served at the inaugural festival. Tempura Takeover owner AhDana Dejarnette describes Tempura Takeover as a “pop-up street eatery,” where establishing genuine connections is just as important as the sustainable seafood she cooks. She’ll be bringing both to Dish Fest, during which she’ll be serving her signature dish – the...

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Tucson is often touted for its desert landscapes, rich history, historical landmarks and interactive experiences. But the southern Arizona city is also known for its melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Check out these must-try restaurants in the Old Pueblo.   Photo by Tiffany Acosta  Start Your Day at The Dutch Eatery & Refuge Tucson native Nicole Van Winden and Marcus Van Winden, who originally hails from Holland, discovered a cozy, convenient space next to...

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OBON Sushi + Ramen recently announced its third location will be opening at Biltmore Fashion Park this February. The Arizona restaurant chain currently has two Scottsdale locations and delivers both innovative and traditional dishes including tuna carpaccio and mackerel toast served on local bread. OBON chef Paul Im will helm the new location with a dedication to sustainability and the use of locally sourced ingredients. The new OBON will use the Japanese hard charcoal grilling...

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Phoenix’s food scene has been growing rapidly but family-owned food purveyors on the west side have been slinging solid meals for decades. Check out these three hidden gems next time you’re in the West Valley. Start Your Day Off at TJ’s Homestyle Restaurant Looking for a classic, comforting morning meal? This family-owned rustic restaurant has an old diner feel, complete with farm animal figurines, ’50s advertisements and traditional American comfort food. The Farmers Breakfast features...

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The holidays are over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop eating delicious desserts. Going into the new year with a sweet tooth? Check out these three places for treats around the Valley. Dough-Not Miss Out on Express Donuts This local donut shop serves the classics: glazed, Boston cream and apple fritters but also switches things up with Asian-inspired drinks like a Thai iced tea smoothie. As you enter the donut shop you will...

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Fashion designer Natalie Maddon had no idea her homemade bra would lead to a lifestyle brand. “It started as a creative outlet that I could do after work,” she says of her DIY lingerie. “Something to do for fun with my mom and my husband.” In 2016, her fashion photographer husband, Joey, posted a picture of Maddon posing with the handmade bra, and Solstice Intimates was born. The line allows people to feel confident and...

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Need a relaxing beach getaway? Take a road trip to Oceanside and explore the Pacific Coast getaway with these three new local spots. Mission Pacific Book a stay at the brand-new Mission Pacific hotel overlooking the Oceanside Pier. The self-styled “sanctuary on the beach” evokes California coastal living with activities such as surfing, biking and more. It also boasts local art curated by the Oceanside Museum of Art. missionpacifichotel.com Badlands Vintage Browse one-of-a-kind finds at...

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As recently as a few years ago, people regarded marijuana as a dangerous “gateway drug.” Today, the stigma has subsided and it is being recognized for its healing properties, and even being implemented in chef-driven, multi-course meals. “Elevations” is an educational culinary experience dreamed up by chefs Derek Upton and Jordan Savell. The intimate cannabis-infused dining experience allows guests to microdose, or ingest small doses at a time, and control their portions. “Cannabis-infused foods are...

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Phoenix is known for its vast foodie scene, ranging from a slew of Asian eateries in the East Valley to a cluster of coffee shops Downtown. The Westside of Phoenix is known for its mouth-watering Mexican delights, ranging from street tacos on handmade tortillas to authentic antojitos (Spanish for “snacks”). Check out these four family-owned hot spots in the West Valley.   Photo by Tiffany Acosta    Get Hot Tamales at Tamales Guadalajara Start your...

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