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Chef Richard Garcia’s Favorite Local Restaurants

No one knows food better than a chef! That’s why we asked our own Chef de Cuisine Richard Garcia of ZuZu about his favorite spots around town.


Where do you like to go for barbecue?

Rudy’s. They’re based in Albuquerque and have two locations in the Valley (one in Chandler and one in Goodyear). They have the best brisket, I haven’t seen anyone else come close!

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Shop, Eat + Read at The Newton

The Newton is a neat complex at 3rd Avenue and Camelback that includes Southern Rail restaurant, Changing Hands Bookstore, and Southwest Gardener. Originally, the building housed Beef Eaters restaurant, which opened in 1961. Each spot has a unique personality. You can enjoy dinner and drinks, browse the bookstore, and find some unique gifts.

Southern Rail

Southern Rail is the new restaurant from Chef Justin Beckett, …

Loose Leaf Teas at TeaTime

Are you a tea drinker? TeaTime in Downtown Scottsdale is the perfect place to explore over 100 loose-leaf teas from around the world, including flavored black tea varieties, herbal blends, green teas, oolongs, rooibos, and white teas. Some of their top sellers are Champagne Raspberry White Tea, Hazelnut Black Tea, and Blood Orange South African Rooibos Tea.

TeaTimeTeaTime has all the accessories you could need, from teapots …

How To Incorporate Vintage Accessories Into Your Summer Look

We love Robert Black of Fashion by Robert Black. The man knows style, and has an amazing collection of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Get his tips on how to incorporate fun, vintage accessories into modern summer outfits. All of the accessories pictured are from Robert’s store in Downtown Scottsdale, and model Kirin of FORD/Robert Black Agency (a.k.a. Red Haute Mama) provided her own wardrobe.

Robert Black

“I love to combine …