Some Like It Hot

Dara Thai Café spices up Anthem’s culinary scene with authentic flavor Story and Photos by Madison Rutherford If you ask me about some of the more memorable Thai dishes I’ve consumed in the last decade, a few key culinary experiences come to mind, chiefly sitting cross-legged on a beach in Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand while devouring creamy kaeng khiao wan over a fluffy foundation of jasmine rice, or squeezing int ...

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On ‘Cue

The Tennessee Grill & Bar serves superb smoked meats and more By Niki D’Andrea The smell of slow-smoked meats and tangy barbecue sauce fills the large and bustling space that is The Tennessee Grill & Bar every night, creating a mouth-watering wait on especially busy nights, like Wednesdays, when tender, smoked chicken wings are on special, and Fridays, when the all-you-can-eat fish fry draws locals ...

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La Hacienda Gets Hotter

New look, menu at Scottsdale icon By Alison Bailin Batz 10 Lively Libations at La Hacienda Smoked cocktails Rose: reposado tequila with lime, orgeat, orange bitters, rose water and smoke ($16) Port: rich mezcal with lime, agave-infused port, ginger beer and smoke ($16) Margaritas Barbary Fig: blanco tequila with lime, prickly pear and hibiscus ($14) Avocado: blanco tequila with lime, chartreuse and avocado ...

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Officer-Friendly

Phoenix Police Museum shares history of men and women in blue By Julie Carlson Did you know the Miranda Rights given to a person when they are placed under arrest were the results of a real case based in Phoenix? Learn all this and more at the Phoenix Police Museum, located in the historic City Hall on the northeast corner of Second Avenue and Jefferson Street. So, what’s the Miranda Rights case? In 1963, a ...

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Cool and Clean

West Coast Plumbing & Air owners provide customers with life essentials By Alison Stanton As co-owners of West Coast Plumbing & Air, Michelle Ricart and her husband John Ricart IV offer plumbing and HVAC services to residential and commercial customers. “We provide all plumbing and HVAC services from garbage disposals and toilet repairs to barbecue gas lines,” Michelle says, adding they al ...

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Auto Tune

New Look Collision expands with new facility in Scottsdale By Eric Newman When Michael Whittemore began fixing an old Camaro and Pontiac Firebird at age 17, he knew he had a passion for cars. He parlayed that passion into an 18-year career as an auto technician, but never imagined he’d be the owner of his own automobile service center with multiple locations. His first New Look Collision shop opened in Hend ...

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Fine Farriers

Pieh Tool Company carries on a family legacy in horseshoeing and blacksmithing By Eric Newman When Bill Pieh, founder of Centaur Forge Farrier and Blacksmith Supply, passed away in 2000, his youngest daughter, Amy, took it upon herself to continue the family legacy. Though the family sold Burlington, Wisconsin-based Centaur in 2002 – 42 years after its founding in 1960 – she is still a mainstay in the indus ...

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From the Capital of Casual to the Coconut Coast

Exploring two destinations in the Caribbean Story and photos by Eric Twohey The Caribbean paradise island destinations of Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have much to offer. Those who choose to come relax, explore and embrace the wealth of natural wonders, exclusive cultures and luxurious accommodations are rewarded with lifelong memories. Negril, Jamaica If you’re into warm, tropical water with stunning ...

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Engines of Change

Carolyn Jackson leads Barrett-Jackson’s Driven Hearts campaign By Niki D’Andrea Philanthropy is as deeply ingrained in the annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions as a passion for one-of-a-kind wheels. Since the world-renowned car show began, co-founder Russ Jackson, his wife Nellie, and sons Craig and Brian focused on giving back to their communities and raising awareness and funds for a variety of c ...

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Glow City

Illumination: Symphony of Light returns bigger and brighter By Lauren Wise To date, 96 Guinness World Records have been set in Arizona. They include some odd but awesome accolades: largest cornhole shot (110 feet, set in Cottonwood in 2015); fastest speed barefoot water skiing (135.74 mph, set in Chandler in 1989); most Caesar salads made in one hour (108, set at Yuma Territorial Prison in 2010); and longes ...

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Light ‘Em Up

Black Bottom Lighters pair with Pepper for new single By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Black Bottom Lighters singer Ryan Stilwell arrived at a studio collective in Redondo Beach, California, to work on the band’s latest single, he was nearly in tears. He sat in the same chair as late Sublime singer Bradley Nowell, members of Guns ‘N Roses and “any punk band you can imagine.” “Literally, you could feel the ...

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Close to Success

76th Street performs at Phoenix Festival of the arts, plans EP By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Haley Gold and Spencer Bryant of pop band 76th Street have kept their shows intimate and personable since they began singing together in a Scottsdale elementary school. That all changed this year. Their personalities are shining through even more, and the venues are growing. Earlier this year, the duo released its s ...

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Making the Scene

Musical Theatre of Anthem carries tunes through June By Kenneth LaFave For most of the year, Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is exactly what its name indicates: a company devoted to producing shows such as Cats and Les Misérables. The MTA opened its 2018-2019 season in July with Footloose, and will close it in June 2019 with Freckleface Strawberry. But for a sliver of days between November 29 and December 2 ...

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Full Circle

Beth Hyatt unveils new work at Arizona Fine Art EXPO   By Sue Kern-Fleischer   In some ways, Beth Hyatt has come full circle. She loved to draw as a child and even moved to Chicago to pursue an art career at the Art Institute of Chicago, but she was swept into the world of fashion, where she worked as a model. Several years later, she and a friend started Model Image Center, Inc. to help new models lea ...

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Kilstrom Was Here

Anthem original retires from football announcing By Garrison Murphy For Anthem original resident Eric Kilstrom, community involvement is a way of life.  One of his favorite methods of involvement has been announcing football games at Boulder Creek High School. He has been doing this for 12 years, and this is his final season.  “I love it, I love the kids,” Kilstrom says. “But my son is a senior and he’s don ...

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