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Best Place to Grab Coffee: Blue House Coffee

By April 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

It’s 7:30 a.m. and Sam Beger and Nick DiPastena have already wheeled to work, or rather, wheeled their work- a self-made bicycle cart, to the corner of College Avenue and University Drive. see more

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Best place to grab coffee: Liberty Market

By April 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

As far as food is concerned, downtown Gilbert boasts some of the best and most memorable establishments in the East Valley. But none of these restaurants dominate the downtown scene as much as Liberty Market has over the past few years. see more

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Best hidden treasure: Skyspace: Air Apparent

By April 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

“Skyspace: Air Apparent” is an exploration of the phenomenon of light. It is Tempe’s best hidden treasure because its private location behind the Biodesign Institute attracts few visitors. see more

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Film alumnae entertain web with 'SpaceCatCasio'

By January 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

After graduating from ASU's film school, two students took a comedy sketch they had worked on a students and turned it into a "Portlandia"-inspired web series, "SpaceCatCasio." see more

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All Work and Play

Photo by Luu Nguyen

By November 26, 2013 at 8:00 am

Michael Hoenack is a medicinal biochemistry freshman in Barrett. He’s also 13 years old and an accomplished pilot. see more

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Q & A with a Trans* Community Member

Ira Bohm-Sanchez discussestrans* community issues, challenges and personal milestones.
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By November 20, 2013 at 8:00 am

State Press Magazine sits down with Ira Bohm-Sanchez to discuss transgender issues and his experience with his transition from female-to-male. see more

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Q&A: Tilt Magazine

By November 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

Former SPM writer Kharli Mandeville talks about her new project in Tilt Magazine, a feminism and society-driven magazine. see more

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Short Leash Food Truck's Permanent Location Doesn't Dissapoint

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By November 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

We take you to a downtown restaurant offering a creative outlook on a classic, American favorite. see more

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A Growing Pho-nom-nom-nom-enon

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By October 2, 2012 at 12:00 am

Vietnamese restaurants near three ASU campuses cook the traditional dish "pho" (pronounced "fuh") from scratch, much to the satisfaction and amusement of one SPM writer. see more

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Sno Ball of Energy

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By August 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

Jeff Wiggs, the owner of New Orleans Sno Ball, brings unexpected flavors and communities together with his icy concoctions. see more

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Paisan's Aiming for Perfection

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By April 18, 2012 at 12:00 am

Paisan's Pizza and Italian Kitchen hopes to stand out on Mill Avenue, where an array of other pizza joints stands strong. see more

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Top Cupcake Shops

Photo by Stephanie Pellicano.

By March 13, 2012 at 1:32 am

The cupcake craze has everyone craving those miniature cakes on a daily basis; here are the top seven stops around the Valley where you can give into temptation. see more

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Cruise Into Flight Lounge

Photo courtesy Flight Lounge.

By February 23, 2012 at 12:00 am

Flight Lounge + Bistro has landed in Old Town Scottsdale and will open soon, giving new meaning to the "Mile High Club." see more

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Hookah Havens

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By September 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

Tempe's top five hookah lounges to satisfy that underage itch. see more

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Get Tsom

Photo by Jessica Heigh.

By April 20, 2011 at 8:13 am

Tsom restaurant features exclusively vegetarian and vegan dishes, many healthy and low-calorie, bringing a whole new flavor to vegan dining in the Valley. see more

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Meet the Hippy

Photo by Joseph Bergdoll.

By April 13, 2011 at 12:01 am

Andy Goldstein, creator of the Valley's Two Hippies restaurants, shares the story behind his psychedelic-inspired comfort-food chain. see more

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East Meets West at Cherryblossom Noodle Café

Photo by Jessica Heigh.

By April 4, 2011 at 12:01 am

Tucked into a Phoenix strip mall next to a Domino's Pizza is Cherryblossom Noodle Café, an unimposing restaurant whose storefront looks like a traditional Italian café — until you crack open the menu, that is. see more

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Musical Instrument Museum celebrates Latinos

Photo courtesy MIM / Sara Blackwood.

By March 29, 2011 at 12:01 am

“American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music” at Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum explores the historical influence Latino artists have had on American tunes. see more

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Make the Beaver Choice

Photo by Peter Lazaravich.

By March 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

It has a silly name, but Tempe's Scandinavian eatery Beaver Choice doesn’t require you to take it seriously — only that you love to eat and enjoy the absurd friendliness of its staff. see more

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Happy Hour Spots You Can Rail To

Photo by Vivian Padilla.

By March 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

If you want to save your hard-earned cash but still be able to eat and drink out, there's good news. The ASU Tempe and Downtown campuses are both light rail stops away from some of the Valley's best happy-hour spots. see more

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The Duce: Phoenix's Mixed Bag

Photo by Jessica Heigh.

By March 21, 2011 at 12:01 am

The Duce is a lounge, restaurant, gym, soda fountain, farmers market and vintage clothing store all packed into one 14,000-square-foot 1920s downtown Phoenix warehouse. see more

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Graceful Thrifts

Photo by Lauren Melby.

By March 9, 2011 at 12:01 am

Located less than a mile from ASU’s Tempe campus, Gracie’s Thrift Store has served the community for more than 40 years, selling secondhand goods to starving families and starving students alike, all for a good cause. see more

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Steals From My Sister

Photo by Alex Karamanova.

By March 3, 2011 at 12:01 am

Here's a question to ask yourselves, bargain shoppers: Do you need professional clothes? Do you want to treat yourself to an upscale, but reasonable, shopping experience? Step away from Savers and raid My Sister's Closet. see more

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Reel Luxury

Photo by Jessica Heigh.

By February 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

Modern art, velvet rope, plush leather seats — this is not your average Harkins or AMC. This is iPic, Scottsdale's new luxury theater that seems more like an opulent resort than a movie theater. see more

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Bosa Donuts: A Sweet Seekers' Refuge

Photo by Peter Lazaravich.

By February 21, 2011 at 12:01 am

Bosa Donuts, a 20-year-old, family-owned local donut chain, is the ultimate sweet spot for those 2 a.m. cravings. see more

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Beers and Crafts

Photo courtesy Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.

By February 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

Feb. 19 marks the start of Arizona Beer Week, a statewide celebration of craft brewers and their beers. The idea is to celebrate small breweries that often get left out of mainstream drinking. see more

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Coffee and Philanthropy

Photo by Alex Karamanova.

By February 17, 2011 at 12:01 am

In November 2009, a Scottsdale church opened Sola Coffee Bar. It wasn’t an unusual move — many churches operate cafes on or near their campuses. But a mere year after its opening, the faith-based coffee shop has transformed into a neighborhood beacon that is anything but typical. see more

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Tonight: Devilpalooza Brings Bands, Snow and Wheels

By February 11, 2011 at 12:01 am

This year’s annual Devilpalooza is ready to whirl you around — literally — and supply enough entertainment to fuel a state fair. A Ferris wheel, live music, sports and games are only some of the highlights of Devilpalooza, a free and open-to-the-public event presented by ASU’s Programming and Activities Board, Undergraduate Student Government and the […]

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10 Items or Less: Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket

Photo by Peter Lazaravich.

By February 10, 2011 at 12:01 am

Chandler's Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket is a unique commodity to the Valley, offering products with exotic tastes, smells and textures. SPM goes on a grocery run to find 10 items you (probably) won't see anywhere else. see more

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Mellow Mushroom Preps for Mill

Photo by Ana Anguiano.

By February 7, 2011 at 12:01 am

All the fun of craft beers and quality pizza will soon be at Tempe’s fingertips. Mellow Mushroom, an East Coast-based pizzeria chain currently only serving Arizona in Happy Valley, will be opening a new location on Mill Avenue, promising to be “refined and better.” see more

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At the Kore

Photo by Joseph Bergdoll.

By February 3, 2011 at 12:01 am

With a shop that seems more like a cool kid’s garage than a bike boutique, north Tempe's Kore Bicycles and its passionate owner focus on the core of biking — the riding experience. see more

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February Music Calendar

By January 31, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Well hello, February. School’s back in, the holidays are over, and there’s a need to celebrate for something. Why not have a party for the shows coming to town? Instead of searching event-listing sites, hoping you don’t miss a show, The State Press has your bases covered. So rock out to whatever your taste may […]

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Comfort Food Remix: Citizen Public House

Photo by Vivian Padilla.

By January 31, 2011 at 12:01 am

After two years of planning, Citizen Public House had its grand opening on Jan. 16 — and has already built quite a reputation. Located in Old Town Scottsdale, Citizen extends an inviting hand with a modern-comfort-food menu piled with delicious, completely original items. see more

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Mesa's (Almost) Chinatown

Photo by Jessica Heigh.

By January 26, 2011 at 12:01 am

A 2-year-old Asian shopping center on Dobson Road and Main Street blends the traditional and modern, the cultural and commercial, into an oddly functional retail destination. see more

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Tonight: Native + You at the Heard Museum

Jacob Meders 2011 ASU MFA candidate. Photo courtesy Kate Crowley.

By January 21, 2011 at 12:02 am

A stark white building tucked away on the Encanto Blvd./Central Ave. light rail stop, the Heard Museum is known for its extensive collection of American Indian artwork and history — content that, on the surface, does not always mesh well with college students’ interests. However, on Friday, Jan. 21, the Heard Museum’s free third Friday […]

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Ice Cream of the Crop

Photo by Jessica Heigh.

By January 19, 2011 at 12:01 am

It may be January, but with temperatures hanging around the '70s, we haven't lost our craving for super-cool treats. Here are five ice cream joints around the Valley that promise to satisfy even the sweetest of teeth. see more

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Tempe's Bros, Brews and Brosenbrus

Brosenbrus Café. Photo by Alex Karamanova.

By November 30, 2010 at 12:01 am

With its prime location on the first floor of Tempe's Vue on Apache and a menu that includes breakfast, lunch, a full coffee bar and a variety of sandwiches and salads, the quirky new Brosenbrus has become a popular spot for ASU students and Tempe residents alike. see more

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War Games

The Gamers' Inn. Photo by Lauren Melby.

By November 11, 2010 at 12:01 am

In Mesa, Gamers' Inn gives serious gamers a place to meet, play and get loud — 24 hours a day, every day. For the players and the ASU student behind the counter, what does a weekend there look like? see more

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Blondies Replace Librarians on Mill Avenue

Photo by Jessica Heigh.

By November 8, 2010 at 12:01 am

In May, the scantily-clad "librarian" waitresses of Mill Avenue's Library Bar and Grill moved out. This month, cheerleaders are moving in. The space's new tenant, Blondies Sports Bar, is planning to open on a hot corner of Tempe's party district, catering to ASU sports lovers. see more

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Eat, Drink in Arcadia

Photo by Diana Martinez.

By November 1, 2010 at 12:01 am

Nestled between Phoenix and Scottsdale, the Arcadia neighborhood screams "California" and is home to a slew of delicious and hip restaurants. SPM presents the best (and worst) of Arcadia's eateries, with a splash of Biltmore Fashion Park and just one disappointing burger joint. see more

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The Treasures of Melrose

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By October 25, 2010 at 12:01 am

On the curve of Seventh Avenue lies central Phoenix's hidden treasure. Clothing, furniture, one-of-a-kind art and antiques from all over the country fill the Melrose District, a small city stretch lined with vintage troves. see more

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Devils Take the Screen: 3 Places to Watch the Game

With 54 screens, you won't miss anything. Photo by Beth Easterbrook.

By September 20, 2010 at 9:21 pm

With the introduction of Buffalo Wild Wings to the Tempe playing field, SPM holds a meet and greet with some wings and finds two other places to catch the Devils in HD. see more

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Express MiE Sexes Up Exercise

Express MiE makes exercise fun again. Photo courtesy Hayley Brunetto.

By September 13, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Tucked away behind the Trader Joe’s at McClintock Drive and Guadalupe Road is a feminine escape from the harsh landscape of Arizona. Leave behind the prickly cacti and concrete, let someone else run up “A” Mountain for a turn, and enter the welcoming doors of Express MiE for a different kind of work out. see more

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Open Tables at Revolver Records

One of Revolver's Technics 1200 turntables. Photo by Becca Bever.

By September 10, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Every other Thursday, two Technics 1200 turntables and a sign-up list sit on the counter by the front door. A spin on the classic open mic night, Open Tables lets amateurs and professionals alike spin 20-minute sets of whatever their hearts desire. see more

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Escape to Blue Nile

The bean table. Photo by Stephanie Pellicano.

By August 20, 2010 at 9:35 pm

A cozy corner for vegans, vegetarians, raw foodies and fans of homey cuisine with flavor and flair, Blue Nile Cafe is an Ethiopian restaurant that provides wholesome and organic meals in a living room setting. see more

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Republic Ramen

Ramen means 'food for college students' in Japanese... not really. Photo by Janessa Hilliard.

By April 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Don't call it a comeback. For students, ramen is cheap and easy, making it synonymous with the college lifestyle. As a result, ramen has long been a staple in the diet of college-aged kids everywhere, an aspect that new restaurant on which hopes to capitalize. see more

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The Farm at South Mountain

Diners eat outside at The Farm at South Mountain. Photo by Peter Lazaravich.

By April 8, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Driving about 10 minutes south of ASU’s Tempe campus, one might think they took a wrong turn and ended up in an entirely different state. Instead of concrete, rocks and cacti, there is a 12-acre farm filled with grass lawns and canopies of pecan trees. This green, thriving and organic setting is The Farm at South Mountain, but it’s more than just an area for growing produce and raising chickens. see more

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