The only thing better than Arizona sunshine and moonrises are the delicious foods of the Southwest. In the North Valley, it’s not only the smoky bite of anchos, the kick of serranos, or the fun in experimenting with prickly pear, saguaro seeds and other desert bounty that makes for a good meal; it’s the brilliant infusion of local ingredients with other national and international flavors to create something wonderful.
The brilliant blue feathers of a macaw, the glistening red eye of a tree frog and the individually nuanced threads of fur on a cougar cub—they’re all part of Kyle Cass’s ever-expanding body of work. The collection is especially impressive considering that the artist is just 15 years old. Throw in the fact that Cass is colorblind and it’s practically astounding.
If you’ve ever slipped on a pair of high-end European shoes and experienced the feel of buttery soft leather gently cradling your heels and toes, you understand the allure of the opulence.
If you live anywhere in Arizona, you know that Larry Fitzgerald is more than kind of a big deal, on and off the field. He’s dedicated his entire professional career to the Arizona Cardinals and his personal time to charitable causes. He’s breaking records and earning a reputation both as a football great and an all-around good guy.
You’ve probably seen the fleet of white vans with blue Foothills Caring Corps emblems painted on the side. You may even know one or more of the many people who make up the army of Foothills Caring Corps volunteers. What you may not be aware of is just how important they are to hundreds of people.
PB&J Breakfast bars are the perfect on-the-go snack! Skip the peanut butter and jelly—these bars are packed full of protein and good fats! I use grain-free granola and found dried strawberries at Whole Foods. For storage, these are great kept in the refrigerator.
If you live in Anthem and experience perpetually sunny days and the beauty of our perfectly manicured community park on a daily basis, it’s easy to forget what a gift it is to call this place home. Each year, Anthem Days provides a chance to spend two days celebrating with thousands of friends and neighbors.
In Mexico City, when the sun begins to set and the work of the day is done, the streets fill with music and delicious smells fill the air. Neighbors and friends share drinks, smiles and laughter, and everyone enjoys fresh and delicious tacos and tamales made to order by chirpy street vendors.
Painter, printmaker, occasional mask-maker, and former ceramicist, Monica Aissa Martinez is a Phoenix-based artist who is of the region rather than merely inhabiting the region, her heritage reflected in subtle and not-so-subtle ways in her work.
Anthem resident Lanny Nelson, known affectionately as “Lan the Running Man,” has logged about 75,000 miles in his running shoes. Recently, he embarked on a new, more challenging journey: surviving prostate cancer. Lanny has chosen to share his battle, and his hope, with our Images Arizona family.