Travel & Dining

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Hungarian connection

Hungarian connection

By Anita Mabante Leach Chiles and onions sautéing in a pot. That’s the aroma that hooked a young Nathan Slattery on Mexican cooking. He’s the new executive chef at Scottsdale Waterfront’s Pink Taco, where the young and beautiful rub elbows. Slattery’s juvenile olfactory sense picked up the connection between the indigenous ingredients of Mexico and […]

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Wilderness paradise

Wilderness paradise

By Anita Mabante Leach You don’t have to show a passport to enjoy the sovereign nation of the White Mountain Apache Tribe in northern Arizona. An interest in history and wildlife will suffice. The Apache believe they were placed in the White Mountains by their Creator to become Ndee – The People. At least a […]

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Heaven and earth

Heaven and earth

By Keith Rosenblum Cananea, population 50,000, an hour’s drive from the Arizona border, is most certainly not the idyllic Mexican retreat depicted in the glossy ads. Glamor? No. Beach? No. How about one public pool? Shopping? Well, yes, if you’re looking for nondescript, run-of-the-mill markets. Yet, for a select group – the historian, adventurer, outdoorsman, […]

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Geotourism guide highlights best sites in southwest

Geotourism guide highlights best sites in southwest

By Anita Mabante Leach Arizonans are a lucky to live in a region where they can enjoy scenic, unspoiled desert habitats, a bounty of wildlife and picturesque towns that welcome tourists. The area’s unique geography is a huge draw, one that government tourism agencies perpetually promote to out-of-state visitors. Travelers who take care to vacation […]

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Thoughts on Cinco food while kickin’ back in a friendly lounge

Thoughts on Cinco food while kickin’ back in a friendly lounge

Cocono’s expertly mixes island, Mexican tastes Central Phoenix diners at the legendary Such Is Life knew they’d lost a great chef when Moises Treves relocated to the west Valley to open Cocono’s Mexican Island Kitchen. But we’re here to tell you his deft touch is worth the drive to 82nd Avenue and Union Hills. The […]

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Getting down to the business of eating

Okay, we’ve read in other publications that the business lunch is back, that breakfast is the new power lunch and happy hour is…. still happy. With that in mind, we’ve cooked up a list of places that have a Latino spin on business meals and, just for contrast, paired them up with non-Latino restaurants so you […]

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Home spun

Home spun

By Anita Mabante Leach If you are an unabashed carnivore, you probably love churrasco. Churrasco is a barbecue style of cooking meats, developed by Brazilian gauchos of the past who would cook fresh meats over a charcoal fire every night while out on the range. According to churrasco lore, twice a year ranchers would host […]

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Quick! Before the weather gets warm again – order a bowl of ‘sopa’

Quick! Before the weather gets warm again – order a bowl of ‘sopa’

By Anita Mabante Leach Chalk it up to global warming, but it seems most of Arizona dips into the frostier temperatures only one month of the year. Thankfully, there are nearly five weeks in January 2007, allowing us ample opportunity to enjoy the wintry soups our Latino culture has survived on for hundreds of years. […]

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Mom-and-pop places serve up heavenly homestyle dishes

By Anita Mabante Leach Blame it on our collective response to popular restaurant chains: mom-and-pop diners today are less patronized because we can’t be sure we’ll get what we want. National chains have trained us to expect consistency at their booths, wherever they are located. That’s not the case with smaller establishments, but the number […]

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Late-night noshing

Late-night noshing

There are times when you’ve gone to a concert and you are simply ravenous for something to eat. Alas, there have been few late-night bistros open in the Valley, but now there is hope in the east Valley. The Olive & Ivy has opened on the Waterfront in Scottsdale, boasting a luscious  Mediterranean menu that […]