A Jewel in the Desert
A JEWEL IN THE DESERT
Phoenix is home to over 20 Native American tribes, communities and nations. Public art reflects the history of the city and it’s clear that its roots haven’t been forgotten. Tucson lies an hour north of the Mexico border and as expected, there is a strong Hispanic influence in this smaller but vibrant desert oasis.
Metropolitan Phoenix is quickly becoming a foodie destination. Up-and-coming chefs are pleasing the palettes of Phoenicians in a wide array of culinary genres. A James Beard finalist two years in a row, Kevin Binkley has restaurants in Cave Creek, Carefree and Central Phoenix. Residents can enjoy inventive menus and cocktails at Lon’s At The Hermosa located in scenic Paradise Valley. James Beard winner chef-owner Chris Bianco offers three locations for diners to delight in his Italian influenced fare. Metro Phoenix is also home to many family owned restaurants featuring cuisine from El Salvador, Peru, India, Greece, Cuba, Germany and Japan.
Phoenix is also a mecca for public art. Because it’s a relatively new city, urban developers understand the value of art in everyday places. Highways, overpasses, bus stops and parks feature art work, sculpture and design. It adds beauty and also effortlessly blends this fair city into its natural environment.