Recovery on the Rocks

Peter Kasperski and Richie Moe were two of the most illustrious names in Valley dining until bankruptcy and substance abuse sent them tumbling to Earth. Now the longtime friends have banded together to open a hit Roosevelt Row restaurant – and keep their demons mutually at bay.

11th Annual Readers’ Photo Contest: The PEOPLE of ARIZONA

With the COVID-19 pandemic drawing down, we decided to focus our latest showcase of reader-provided photographic beauty on the thing people were most deprived of during the quarantine: people. In all their joy, sadness, motion and rest.

Summer Staycations 2021

With widespread vaccination and decreasing COVID-19 numbers, this summer offers shimmering hope – and smoking deals – for some good, old-fashioned fun at Valley resorts. Smiles are returning to the faces, indeed.

13 Southwest Escapes

Is that Bahamas trip or Parisian sojourn still not in the cards?

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Deep Cuts Episode 1 with Ring Finger No Pinky

Deep Cuts Episode 1 with Ring Finger No Pinky

Welcome to the first episode of Deep Cuts, PHOENIX magazine’s new music podcast. In this episode, Griffin Brown and David Erickson of Ring Finger No Pinky join associate editor Madison Rutherford to discuss their influences, guilty pleasures and future collabs – and even teach us some new slang. Ring Finger No Pinky is a Phoenix-based rock band dedicated to challenging the status quo with upbeat guitar riffs, pounding drums and provocative lyrics. To learn more,…
Park Ranger Samantha Nickel: Lifeguard of the Desert

Park Ranger Samantha Nickel: Lifeguard of the Desert

City of Phoenix park ranger Samantha Nickel is uniquely qualified for taking on the crowds at some of the city’s hiking hubs. Nickel draws upon her experience in corrections, caregiving and airline bag wrangling for her current position in the city’s East Park district, which includes Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, Dreamy Draw and Papago Park. Being able to work diplomatically with diverse populations in busy, physically demanding outdoor conditions comes naturally to the native Arizonan…
Be Aware of Fire Restrictions and Prescribed Burns This Summer

Be Aware of Fire Restrictions and Prescribed Burns This Summer

Be safe and responsible while outdoor recreating this summer by respecting fire restrictions in the forests.
Meet Your Makers: Keri Mosier of mer made jewelry

Meet Your Makers: Keri Mosier of mer made jewelry

Our new video series explores the personal side of Valley creatives who make local goods and services.
Visit Central Oregon This Summer

Visit Central Oregon This Summer

There are plenty of amazing trips in this month’s 13 Southwest Summer Getaways feature (pg. 104), but if you want something a little greener, a little cooler, head to the Pacific Northwest. Katie Johnson, a proud Oregonian and communications manager for Visit Central Oregon, says the Beaver State “provides really cool vacation experiences for all types of travelers. You can have a meal on a patio, but also summit a mountain!” Johnson recommends Sunriver Resort…
5 Incredible Things to Do on the San Diego Waterfront

5 Incredible Things to Do on the San Diego Waterfront

Planning a stay in “America’s Finest City” this summer? Be sure to visit downtown’s magical slice of shoreline.

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Cassie Shortino Departs from Tratto to Focus on New Culinary Venture

Desert DigestFood & DrinkCassie Shortino Departs from Tratto to Focus on New Culinary Venture

When Tony Andiario left Tratto four-ish years ago, I worried that the place would not be the same without him. Then Cassie Shortino, who had been working for Cullen Campbell at Crudo before it closed, stepped in and filled those shoes like a boss. I remember arguing back then with a food-loving pal of mine about the virtues of Andiario’s elegant chicken liver mousse versus Shortino’s far more rustic seared chicken livers with strawberry jam…
Happy Hour: Campo Italian Bistro and Bar

Happy Hour: Campo Italian Bistro and Bar

THE SCENE Oh, I forgot how wonderful it is to visit a new restaurant. To sit down at the bar and really drink the place in. To try a smattering of dishes to truly get a sense of the chef’s headspace. To actually feel the vibe, not just observe it from the takeout counter before rushing home.  I rediscovered this pleasure this week at a media happy hour at the week-old Campo Italian Bistro and Bar, the newest incarnation of James Beard Award-winning chef Alex Stratta’s space in The Village at…
Cold Brew Recipe from Press Coffee

Cold Brew Recipe from Press Coffee

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…
First Dish: Que Chevere

First Dish: Que Chevere

Que Chevere — the brick-and-mortar Venezuelan restaurant in downtown Mesa that evolved from a popular food truck of the same name — has been around almost a year, and I marvel that I never found it before. Maybe I’ll just blame that little lapse on the pandemic. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Orvid Cutler and Maria Fernanda (he manages, she cooks), it’s a plainly furnished but charming little spot whose good vibes come from…

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