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The Ice Man
U.S. men's figure skating champion Max Aaron wants to warm the podium at the Winter Olympics. With his dark, curly locks, big brown eyes and boyish smile, Max Aaron may look like one of the Jonas ...
Elaine G. Coffee
ARTIST OF THE MONTH Foodies flinging forks at Razz’s Restaurant in Scottsdale might not strike most artists as a muse-moment. But it’s gold for Cave Creek painter Elaine Grant Coffee, whose co...
Decades of Thunder
Turning the corner on 50, Phoenix International Raceway looks back on its long lap from nowhere to NASCAR. These days, Mike McComb only sees Phoenix International Raceway on TV – every March and...
Bling It On
Ice your pad with sparkle and sheen. Last year, “bling-bling” celebrated the 10th anniversary of its inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary – a decade of decadence. Channel that celebrat...
Box of Chocolates
Cellophane-wrapped hearts and teddy bears are so junior high. Shoot an arrow straight through your lover’s heart with Barrelhouse’s sophisticated Box of Chocolates, a buttery martini sweetene...
Gourmet Pot Pies
Valley chefs elevate a humble comfort classic. Hint: Lobster helps. Bourbon SteakIf the last pot pie you ate came in a flimsy tin from the freezer, it’s time to get reacquainted with this time...
T. Cook’s
A semi-sacrilegious makeover at the Valley's most beloved resort restaurant tastes divine to us. It was a calculated risk. Widely recognized as the most storied “romantic evening” restaurant i...
Todd Martin
Author and Adventurer Even in today’s world of GPS and Google Earth, there’s a bounty of unexplored territory in our backyard. Five years after probing the Grand Canyon’s least-traveled slot...
  • T. Cook’s

    PHM0214Flash-1-2aA semi-sacrilegious makeover at the Valley's most beloved resort restaurant tastes divine to us.

    It was a calculated risk. Widely recognized as the most storied “romantic evening” restaurant in the Valley, T. Cook’s at The Royal Palms underwent a remodel last summer to modernize the decor and cuisine. Logically,… Read More +

  • Game Time

    The Valley’s pro sports teams have a passionate following in the stands – and an even bigger one on local bar stools. Make a play for bargain booze and ballpark comestibles at these three fan-worthy bars.



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  • Todd Martin

    PHM0214Flash-2-1Author and Adventurer

    Even in today’s world of GPS and Google Earth, there’s a bounty of unexplored territory in our backyard. Five years after probing the Grand Canyon’s least-traveled slots using the techniques of canyoneering – which variously combines climbing, rappelling,… Read More +

  • Michael Stackpole

    Gaming guru and star wars scribe

    Since moving to the Valley in 1979, Vermont-reared game developer and author Michael Stackpole has carved out quite a niche in the realms of fantasy and sci-fi, penning New York Times best-selling novels set in the Star Wars universe, popular BattleTech-based books, and most recently, books based… Read More +

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When Valley TV personality Tara Hitchcock goes somewhere, she goes big!

Follow her adventure in Tara's Big Travels

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  • Wave of Madness

    Despite a marketing whitewash and new state laws, “bath salts” remain Arizona’s latest dangerous designer drug of choice – and a thriving local industry.



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  • Hunger Games

    Proposed federal cutscould have devastating effects on the one in six Arizonans who use food stamps. But can we afford to feed millions of people?



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  • Class Dismissed

    As the constitutionality of Arizona’s ethnic studies classes law is debated in court, the question still simmers: How can schools teach American history without marginalizing – or militarizing – some groups of students?



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  • Popped Culture

    Arizona boasts some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. But how tough is too tough?
    Beverly Mason Biggers has a good reason – the most personal of reasons, in fact – for devoting herself to the fight… Read More +

  • Incarceration, Inc.

    Private prisons profit from government contracts while touting taxpayer savings, secure facilities and superior services. But following high-profile escapes, do our corrections need correcting?On July 30, 2010, three convicted murderers – John McClusky, Daniel Renwick and Tracy Province –… Read More +

  • Hidden Cultures: Refugees

    Phoenix isn’t famous for its diversity. But peer into its margins, and you’ll find a city flush with people from around the world. In the final installment of a three-part series, we delve into the Valley’s Sudanese, Bhutanese and Burmese… Read More +

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  • Cheap Eats

    Contrary to popular belief, "eating well" and "spending little" can be synonymous. From $4 meatball hoagies to low-dollar delicacies from the best local kitchens, we present this definitive guide to the Valley's most bodacious bargain cuisine.



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  • 7 Wives Saison

    These days, beer is increasingly nudging wine aside as the preferred food-pairing potation. So it’s fitting that Scottsdale-based Sonoran Brewing Company is teaming up with four Valley chefs to brew small batch beers (1,000 bottles or less) made with local… Read More +

  • 2012 Best New Restaurants

    Our annual guide to the Valley's newest crop of culinary keepers.

    Astor House
    2243 N. 12th St., Phoenix
    Opened: April 2012
    Cuisine: American
    Price: $
    Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Su;… Read More +

  • Spiked Shakes

    These chilly adult milkshakes, kissed with a bit of liquor, deliver the ultimate brain freeze.

    Brat Haus
    3622 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

    As the name suggests, this hip, spanking-new eatery celebrates brats and sausages, but… Read More +

  • Cuoco Pazzo

    Chef Peter DeRuvo and Mario Rana Jr.’s seasonal Roman-style dishes bring fresh flair to Old Town Scottsdale.

    Have you ever known a couple that seems to have nothing in common, and you wonder how they ever got together?… Read More +

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  • 52 Weekend Adventures -2012

    From historic hollows and Hummer half-pipes to dapper dude ranches and to-die-for drives, we’re serving up a bountiful birthday helping of 52 weekend adventures to help you christen Arizona’s second century of statehood. Plus: New… Read More +

  • The Boutique Beaches of San Diego

    No use denying it: PHOENIX magazine is in the bag for San Diego. You could set your seasonal clock to our annual San Diego-themed headlines: “San Diego: A Paradise for Tourists,” “Swimsuits… Read More +

  • The Arizona Trail

    Celebrate the completion of the state-long Arizona National Scenic Trail with these highlight hikes.Finally, outdoor lovers have a boots-on-the-ground way to experience our state’s mesmerizing diversity, border-to-border. Just in time for Arizona’s Centennial, the state-traversing Arizona Trail has debuted… Read More +

  • 52 Weekend Adventures

    PHM0214Flash-1-8The “work hard, play hard” philosophy is easier… Read More +

  • Great Arizona Campsites and Cabins

    From cowboy-chic cabins and high-altitude campsites to recreation-rich mountain retreats and old fire guard stations, we've mined the Copper State for gems of nature loving lodging.

    Lodging under the stars in Arizona's high country forests doesn't have to mean schlepping… Read More +

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  • Hells Angels Shootout

    After a fierce shootout last year in Chino Valley between members of the Hells Angels and rival bikers the Vagos, it seems a turf battle is brewing. Could Phoenix be a future battleground?

    It was a peaceful Saturday morning… Read More +

  • Where the Boys Aren’t

    Buenas Muchachas - A Ride of Their Own

    Denied membership in the male-only Charros service club, a group of well-connected professional ladies go gaucho on their own.

    On a Friday night in April, roughly two dozen of… Read More +

  • ASID 2012 Design Excellence Awards

    The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) North Chapter is the premier organization for local interior designers. Each year, ASID recognizes its members’ design achievements in multiple categories for residential, commercial and product interior design. The winners were… Read More +

  • A Heady Brew

    When brain cancer attacked his craft-brew-loving wife, Louis Dolgoff devised a charity just for her.

    On August 29, 2009, Laurie Dolgoff was near the end of a long, agonizing journey. The cancer in her brain – a glioblastoma multiforme, the most… Read More +

  • A Fungus Among Us

    A rare, fungus-spawned disease that mimics cancer thrives in Arizona. Just another weird local bug.
    It’s a medical mystery worthy of a House season cliffhanger: A treatable infection that strikes few and far between, with a mere 44 known… Read More +

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