Travel & Dining

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Grown Up

Grown Up

By Keith Rosenblum HERMOSILLO – A visitor to this enormous desert sprawl, Mexican style, is advised to:Lose a few pounds, because you’ll gain that back if you enjoy steak and seafood, both regional favorites. Forget stereotypes about Mexico as home to the downtrodden; there are Hermosillo neighborhoods that make Paradise Valley look ordinary. Tote those […]

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Free ‘spin’

Free ‘spin’

By Hilary O’Byrne Tucked away in the lush forests of Flagstaff, a new sound can be heard among the tranquil breezes and chirping birds — the swish of Frisbee-like discs whizzing between trees and through the air. And just like Frisbees, the game of disc golf is soaring. The geographic nature of Flagstaff provides a […]

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Turning Tables

Turning Tables

The old metal chairs with puffy foam cushioning are among the first memories Carolyn Chavarria has of her parents’ Restaurant Mexico. The name of the restaurant was painted on the windows, and the place was so tiny customers would walk in through the kitchen. At the time, basic ingredients needed for her mother’s trademark salsa […]

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Toast to the past

Toast to the past

By Coty Dolores Miranda Jose Cuervo, Don Julio, Don Eduardo — we know their names like those of our relatives, though we may call them more often. These are popular brands of tequila – and in 2007, there are more than 700 with which we can get acquainted. But the road to tequila becoming the […]

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All together now

All together now

By Joy Hepp Once deemed a paradise for wayward fishermen and wild spring breakers, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, has matured into a destination for the entire family. There is still an abundance of party-style bars, like Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo and The Giggling Marlin, but by day there are opportunities for everything from hiking to […]

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Quiet refuge

Quiet refuge

By Keith Rosenblum PATAGONIA – It is a telling sign when news of a Gray Hawk’s return to flight following an injury takes precedence over discovery of a border drug tunnel. Yet, that juxtaposition of stories in the Patagonia Bulletin (headline: Raptor Spreads its Wings and Soars Away) optimistically underscored how wonders of nature still […]

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Summer wine

Summer wine

Now that we are enduring scorching heat, fruit-flavored iced teas are consumed hourly, it seems. But when it comes to ordering something more adult, the season has more to offer for those who want to keep it light. And homemade sangria is perfect for a backyard pool party on the patio. A standard sangria recipe […]

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After-dark bark

After-dark bark

By Anita Mabante Leach It’s the last of summer (we hear you sighing, “Thank God!”) and soon we’ll be back to cooking full-on meals for our families. No more Tuesday tacos from the takeout down the street, drive-through windows for pizzas, or Sunday night nachos for dinner. But we’ll miss wienies the most, for this was […]

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Laid back

Laid back

By Keith Rosenblum Banámichi, Sonora – So just what’s been going on in Banamich of late? Well, how about the last four centuries? There is an array of wonderful reasons to visit this picturesque village along the Rio Sonora. But, even if there wasn’t, does it not boggle the mind that a community within a half-day’s […]

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Truth about tequila

Truth about tequila

By Anita Mabante Leach Long before comic character Cantinflas or American children’s TV show host Pee-wee Herman were immortalized dancing to the jazzy saxophone riffs of Tequila, the drink held a place in Mexico’s history. Tequila’s popularity can be traced back to the mid-1700s, when cultivation of agave plants was undertaken for the King of […]