Downtown Phoenix Archives

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The Dressing Room at MonOrchid in Downtown Phoenix recently added weekend brunch to its repertoire. The restaurant features all-day breakfast, but chef Joe Rodger has added some new items, including shakshuka, a popular egg dish in Israel and other countries in the Middle East. Most shakshuka is made with red tomatoes, but Rodger puts a Southwestern spin on the dish by using tomatillos. When making this recipe, Rodger suggests wearing gloves while handling the tomatillos....

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A chic new restaurant has materialized in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The newly opened Josephine sits inside a refurbished historic house off of Portland and 3rd streets, offering globally inspired cuisine, craft cocktails and an extensive wine selection. I was invited for an introduction experience and I was dazzled. The 1919 historic bungalow is a choice location for Josephine. The matte-black exterior boldly stands out among the surrounding city buildings and looks oh-so dapper....

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Downtown Phoenix got its first full-service grocery store several weeks ago when Fry’s Food Store opened on First and Washington streets. The highly anticipated store boasts an innovative urban design and cutting-edge technology, along with all the amenities of a typical Fry’s including online ordering and pick-up, made-to-order sushi, a deli, a bakery and a pharmacy. But the state-of-the-art store isn’t the only new development for Downtown denizens. In fact, Fry’s is just the first...

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Dia de los Muertos returns to Downtown Phoenix in festival form this November. Also known as “Day of the Dead,” the Mexican holiday honors the dearly departed through a series of traditions and celebrations. The sixth annual Dia de los Muertos Festival is coming to Phoenix as an outdoor, family-friendly event hosted by St. Mary’s Basilica on November 3. Here are a few ways to celebrate the holiday at the festival. Devoted Doll Face Painting ...

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Once Charlie Levy and his team found out that more than 160 different languages are spoken in Phoenix, they knew they had to do something to showcase the city’s diversity. “We were just discussing how there’s so many different cultures and people from all over that live in Phoenix and how little we knew about this,” says Levy, who owns popular Downtown haunts The Van Buren and Crescent Ballroom. Enter Phoenix Unknown: World Food and...

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The calendar may have only just flipped to September, but Phoenicians—and Disney fans—already have one great excuse to get into the holiday spirit early: Downtown Phoenix (and possibly the Glendale Tanger Outlets mall) features in the upcoming Disney holiday comedy Noelle, starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader.  For obvious reasons, Arizona typically gets a raw deal when it comes to representation in Christmas movies—why have one set here when the Valley doesn’t look classically Christmas-y?...

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In spring 2020, Downtown Phoenix will welcome a new branch of one of Arizona’s more unique businesses, Superstition Meadery, owned by Jeff and Jen Herbert. The original meadery and tasting room is located in downtown Prescott. If you don’t know what mead is, you’re not alone. Mead is wine made from honey, but it’s not all sweet, Jeff explains. When you visit the tasting room, the Herberts and staff will give you the lowdown on...

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I love birthdays and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Yes, I am the type of person who declares that it’s their “birthday month.”  Yes, I like to plan out how I’m going to celebrate weeks in advance. Yes, I enjoy having one day a year when I can bask in gifts and compliments – let a girl live!  Hence, here is my guide to planning a unique birthday party in the greater Phoenix area....

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I know it might seem odd that the person who’s written a blog about an introvert’s night out and an introvert’s date night is now writing about dancing in a crowded room filled with strangers, but trust me, it’s actually a really good time.  If you’ve paid even the slightest bit of attention to your Facebook feed in the past few years, you’ve probably seen people mark themselves as “interested” or “going” to themed dance...

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