Tiffany Acosta, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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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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Tucson is part of the UNESCO gastronomy list, so it only makes sense to explore the city via food. Not only does Tucson boast a formidable culinary culture, but it also offers a unique historical heritage. Check out these must-try restaurants. ¡Vamos a El Charro! Take a stroll down memory lane at this century-old café. Home of the original chimichanga, El Charro provides an array of authentic Mexican food. It’s also Arizona’s oldest Mexican restaurant...

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Summer is in full swing, but if you haven’t booked your staycation yet, don’t worry – Valley resorts and hotels are generally amenable to last-minute reservations. One we neglected to mention in our May/June staycation guide: Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown. The year-old hotel was inspired by a “desert oasis” and boasts work by local artists as well as ALIBI, a rooftop bar specializing in global street food. “Bringing our vision to life has been...

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Ni Hao Tea | Photo by Tiffany Acosta    There are many reasons why you should travel south to Tucson – we outlined many of them in our Southwest Escapes feature last month. But taking a tour of the city’s burgeoning foodie scene is at the top. Check out these three must-try local restaurants. Grab a Slice at Caffé Torino When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie… you go to Caffé...

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El Berraco | Photo by Tiffany Acosta    Taking a trip down to Tucson? Take a tour of the city’s flourishing foodie scene while you’re in town. After all, UNESCO designated The Old Pueblo as a distinguished City of Gastronomy in 2016. Grab a Cuppa at Cup Café Ready to get out there and embrace the world again? Start with brunch or dinner at Cup Café, located in the century-old Hotel Congress. Helmed by executive...

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