The Valley of the Sun has a lot of musical talent that spans across all genres. However, when it comes to heavy metal, the desert spawns some pretty killer musicians. So we decided to take a look at some of our favorite heavy metal shredders. There's no way to really define the best guitarists -- ev ... More >>
With the massive popularity of tequila, the increasing profile of Oaxacan mezcal, and the omnipresence of Mexican beer, it's easy to forget that Mexico produces other varieties of liquors. It's time to learn more about one of these beverages (and a taste of northern Mexico), the regional mezcal of t ... More >>
Chicago has its celery salt and pickles, and New York has its sauerkraut and mustard, but here in the Southwest, we've got Sonoran dogs. The baconified dog (usually wrapped) is covered in mayo, tomatoes, beans, onions and a variety of other sauces, typically served with a roasted pepper on the side. ... More >>
The problem with traveling to eat is that by 11 a.m., with terrible coffee, pastries, tortillas and seafood in my stomach, I was full to the point of wanting nothing more than a nap in an air-conditioned room. You know that sun that spreads out throughout the Valley of the Sun? That same sun focuses ... More >>
A few weeks ago, I started counting the years since I've visited my hometown of Hermosillo. After removing my socks so the writing may continue, and hitting the very high number of 10 fingers and 7 toes, I was glad to have toes to spare, but I panicked at my increasing age and resolved to stop the c ... More >>
Growing up in Hermosillo, in northern Mexico, in the 1980s, my school lunchbox was filled with healthy and delicious snacks of juicy orange wedges, crunchy cucumber spears, jicama slices drizzled with lime juice and sprinkled with salt and chile powder, and a cold can of Jumex brand mango nectar. I ... More >>
There's something that's just so priceless about Sheriff Joe Arpaio having to thank the Mexican authorities for helping return an inmate who escaped from one of his jails months ago.From his general immigration-enforcement policies and the multiple racial-profiling lawsuits against him, to specific ... More >>
Dearest Taco: I'm sorry, but we have to break up. No, it isn't me; it's you. You've changed. You're not the same robust, cheap, and juicy meal you used to be. You used to be as big as my hand, now you're the length of my index finger. I thought portion sizes had grown out of control, but you've don ... More >>
Welcome to Minervaland. In Minervaland, all food is Mexican -- or should be -- and tostadas are easily consumed all the way through without breaking. Strawberry ice creams bars can be found on every corner, every cup of coffee is face-smackingly strong and is always served with a concha; those dome ... More >>
See also: FnB Line Cook Minerva Orduño Launches Muñeca Mexicana Product Line When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matter, an exact science. In this series, we're going behind the bakery case and into the kitchens of some of Phoenix's fines ... More >>
Minerva Orduño Rincón, the pig-tailed line cook at FnB, swears she's not a pastry person by nature, citing her lack of patience for "all that measuring" as the reason. But the proof is in the pudding, or, in this case, the coyota ($3), an utterly delicious little Mexican pastry she began selling ... More >>
Department of Public Safety"Cocaine's a hell of a drug" - Rick JamesTo the right is what 85 pounds of cocaine looks like. This pile of coke, as well as about $28,000 in cash, was found in a Peoria home yesterday by officers from the Department of Public Safety. The home, at 8014 W. Yucca Road i ... More >>
Construction on a second lane into Mexico at the U.S. Port of Entry in Lukeville, the gateway to Rocky Point beaches, will begin by the middle of next year, state officials say. The easier cross-border access will be among the topics discussed this weekend at the Arizona-Mexico Commission Plenary Se ... More >>
Image: Wikimedia CommonsPhoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Councilman Claude Mattox and officials with the Sister City program will kick off a fundraising effort this morning to benefit families of children burned in a Mexico day-care facility fire. At least 44 children were killed in the blaze. Abou ... More >>
Phoenix Sister Cities are doin it for themselves at Hance Park
By Ray Stern Pacts signed recently by top law enforcers in Arizona and Mexico seem to be a good step in boosting the crime-fighting cooperation efforts of both countries. After all, as the Tucson Citizen noted in an opinion column on Sunday, "people and drugs flow illegally from Mexico into the Un ... More >>
The hellacious hooter watches Mayor Goober lay a colossal huevo, and wishes a heavenly millstone on the neck of a nativist numskull
North High student Joe Arvizu, who passed this Monday morning... Joe Arvizu's funeral took place yesterday in a small town near the Mexican city of Agua Prieta, across the border from Douglas, Arizona. The precise cause of his death is unclear, though the teenager (some say he was 17, others 18) ha ... More >>
El Break proves there's more to Spanish-language radio than ranchero music
For most Mexicans who're flooding our borders, it's a life-or-death choice
Ugly urban sprawl's the problem, not drought. Metro Phoenix has water to support 10 million souls
Family traditions find their way to Oasis Raspados' offerings
Art exhibit highlights best of the West
Make downtown attractive to locals, not to outsiders wearing knee socks and nametags. It only makes sense.
Scouring 16th Street for the tastes of seaside Sonora.
Skippy to Phoenix: "It's All Good"
The Valley is now the prime way station for ruthless smugglers engaged in the lucrative trafficking of human cargo -- illegal immigrants
Cocaine from Mexico is the currency that drives gangster economics
Ivan Reyna wins a contest and gets less than he bargained for
A dying narcotics agent opens his files, and out pours Miguel, just one of a legion of Mexicans who embraced drug-running as their ticket to the American dream
A couple hours from Phoenix, tens of thousands of Mexicans work on maquiladora assembly lines for $1 an hour, making the toys and tools of American convenience. Critics say the maquila system lets U.S. corporations maximize profits on the backs of Third W
A maquila worker's 600-kilometer trek to the farming village where she was born
Drug Enforcement Administration records contain multiple references to a company controlled by a business partner of the Symington family
Business partner of Symingtons gets pass good for one year
U.S. authorities suspect a Mexican vegetable grower with business ties to the Symingtons is involved in drug trafficking
Every weekend, about 1,400 vendors set up at the Great Southwestern Swap Meet in Phoenix. They sell a little bit of Mexico to people who need it.
How Governor Symington misused state resources to further the cross-border business interests of his friends and family.