Travel & Dining

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Free and falling

Free and falling

By Joy Hepp Experts say that a fear of heights can be brought on by a traumatic event early in life. This could be anything from falling out of a crib to being dropped by a clumsy babysitter. As for me, I blame the coatimundi. For as long as I can remember I’ve suffered from […]

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Bomberos is the bomb

Bomberos is the bomb

The Valley of the Sun lacks for authentic restaurants and bars owned by South Americans with South American themes, drinks and cuisines. Whenever one pops up, it quickly becomes a magnet for transplanted South and Central Americans. There’s Inza Coffee in Scottsdale, a coffee house owned by a Colombian with specialty empanadas and international coffees. […]

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Tapatío underworld

Tapatío underworld

By Joy Hepp According to some Tapatíos, or natives of Guadalajara, the entrance to hell lies beneath Jalisco’s secretary of tourism office. The average tourist strolling through the colonial streets of Guadalajara is surrounded by cultural history; from the cobblestone roadways, to the spires atop the centuries-old Catholic churches, it’s easy to take in something […]

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The Valley venerables

By Coty Dolores Miranda Valley residents have long had cravings for good authentic Mexican food as evidenced by three area Latino restaurants that are celebrating decades of longevity. La Perla One of the longest lasting local restaurants is Glendale’s La Perla Café, one of Arizona’s oldest restaurants. Serving authentic, home-style recipes for more than six […]

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Paradise Found

Paradise Found

By Joy Hepp Christopher French searched all along Mexico’s Pacific coast for his own little slice of paradise. He was offered beach-front property in San Blás near Puerto Vallarta but after slapping at mosquitoes he realized he didn’t want to be dealing with the little blood suckers all of his life. He was about to give […]

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Last Stop

Last Stop

By Sonu Munshi Cronkite News Service SELIGMAN – Angel Delgadillo remembers when train passengers in suits and silk promenaded into the Havasu Hotel to relax and dine in luxury. With the finest crystal and china, immaculately polished silverware and a menu featuring delicacies such as chestnut spaghetti and marsala scallopini, the Fred Harvey hotel was […]

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Eating to End Hunger

Eating to End Hunger

By Coty Dolores Miranda Sure, any event bearing the Super Bowl XLII logo bears a hefty price tag, but proceeds from the 17th Annual Taste of the NFL are earmarked to help local food banks. Considering the cadre of nationally known chefs, celebrity NFL football stars and even the TNFL founder and executive director are […]

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Pouring it Slim

Pouring it Slim

By Coty Dolores Miranda Let’s admit it, Thanksgiving through New Year’s was a caloric mine field fraught with diet dangers for the average person, let alone someone battling to lose, or even maintain their pre-holidays weight. Not only was there a parade of temptations – like Tia’s homemade pork tamales, and all those delicious baked […]

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In Step

In Step

Story and photos by Joy Hepp Some of my most powerful experiences in Mexico have also been the most unexpected. One Monday morning in October I was amazed to see a warrior carting a massive basket of pan dulce on the back of his bicycle. Only two days earlier Toño had been dancing next to […]

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Extending a Hand

Extending a Hand

By Stephanie Sanchez “¡Válganme las víboras! (For goodness’ snakes!),” a brochure warns guests treading among the towering cactuses in Saguaro National Park. Those visitors often include school groups from Mexico hiking with bilingual rangers. During the summer, the ranger might be a teacher supplied by a Tucson school district with a large student population of […]

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