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In October 2021, John “Dr. B” Badolato and his family made a meaningful pilgrimage to Southern Italy. The team dentist for the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks capped a tour of the bottom of the boot with a visit to Badolato, the town his grandparents left when they immigrated to the United States and their family’s namesake. “We started in Rome and went all the way through Sicily over the span of two weeks,” Badolato...

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There’s much more to Tijuana than cheap tacos and cervezas. Restaurateur Michael Babcock say’s it’s a bona fide foodie destination. “The food scene is really vibrant. It has a mix of deeply rooted traditional northern Mexican food meets [the] San Diego progressive restaurant scene,” he says. After serving as culinary director for Welcome Diner for seven years, Babcock started Instrumental Hospitality Group two years ago and launched Belly, a Japanese- and Southwest Asian- inflected restaurant...

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Peixoto Coffee Roasters owners Julia Peixoto Peters and Jeff Peters celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary last fall with a trip to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Lake Louise “had just flash-frozen overnight, we got to see the blue waters underneath a thick layer of clear frozen ice,” Peixoto Peters says. “A completely unusual sight for this Brazilian girl living in Arizona!” She shares their Banff highlights. Park Distillery “We were not expecting much foodie...

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Diya Marketing owner Kirti Dwivedi was a food and beverage “influencer” long before the term was coined, so her vacations often revolve around food and drink. Her recent trip to Napa and the San Francisco Bay Area with boyfriend Bobby Borszich was no exception. “In the Bay Area, there are so many amazing cocktail bars and restaurants that you really can’t go wrong,” Dwivedi says. The Morris This eatery in San Francisco’s Potrero Flats immediately...

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Chris Collins, owner of The Macintosh and The Collins Small Batch Kitchen, recently spent a weekend at sea with Chula Seafood owners Jon Heflin and Hogan Jamison, who supply Valley restaurants with fish they catch on their own boat. “This is not done anymore. There are only a handful of boats in Southern California that are [harpooning swordfish],” Collins says. Before and after setting sail from Newport Beach and zigzagging across hundreds of miles of...

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Chad Nikkel travels internationally three times a year, and he always makes sure to stay away from the common tourist itinerary and immerse himself in the local culture. “I’m anti-touristy,” says the Aquaman Pools founder. “It’s OK to see the palace or whatever, but I like the local feel.” His recent trip was to the seaside town of Cascais, Portugal, famed for its historical Cidadela de Cascais fort and picturesque marina. Nazaré As the owner...

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