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El Panzon y Frida – Scottsdale, AZ
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Kimono Playdate with Kimono Zulu
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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit at the Heard Museum

El Panzon y Frida – Scottsdale, AZ

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

The story of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s love is a tale of twists and turns; of passion and drama. They were an odd pair, as Diego was twice Frida’s age, portly, and masculine; while Frida was fragile and sensitive.

Restauranteurs Luis Montaño and Veronica Fernandez were inspired by the duality of the famous couple. Hence the name- El Panzón y Frida. El Panzón is Spanish for potbellied. They used that inspiration as a guide when designing the interior and creating the menu. Everything in the restaurant has a duality- something very masculine, and something very delicate and feminine.

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

I love how the restaurant just fills with natural sunlight, brightening the industrial-meets-rustic interior in all its’ glory. The owners really took the ‘duality’ into consideration when combining the tile with the concrete, the wood with the brick and pressed tin. I feel that the flower motif that was stenciled in and is seen throughout the space, contributes to the decor’s femininism.

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

Executive Chef Paulina Martinez has always been inspired by the arts, especially while spending her youth painting with her grandmother in Sonora, Mexico. She went on to study culinary arts at GLION Institute of Higher Learning in Mexicali. After spending time immersing herself in the world of hospitality, food styling, fine dining, and other various aspects of the industry, she eventually found herself in Scottsdale, AZ.

I’m so glad that she was chosen to help with the creation of the artsy dining establishment. The restaurant is branded as a place that serves international and New American cuisines, yet if she can’t find a certain ingredient, she’ll just substitute for a Mexican ingredient. She creates dishes that are largely inspired by Frida’s paintings. “I would describe the menu has very intense.”

Since I’m vegetarian, with some exceptions of dairy and salmon, there’s unfortunately not a whole lot of meat-free options on the menu, however, there are a couple options that I HIGHLY recommend. The House Gyozas ($10) are inspired by Frida’s flower crowns, and just happen to be my favorite dish. The little flower-like dumplings are stuffed with sweet potato, carrots, and beet puree; while floating on a punchy citrus soy sauce. Edible flowers are sprinkled on top as a sweet finishing touch to the exotic dish. I usually have to ask for bread to dip in the sauce once the gyozas are gone, as I can’t stop eating it. I also love the Classic Tomato Soup ($8). Chef Paulina really took this childhood classic and amped it up by adding goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, and pesto. It hit every taste bud at exactly the right time. I usually wash everything down with the iced green tea, which is steeped at the table. The tea and coffee are locally sourced from Passport Coffee– a company based in Scottsdale. Their wines are boutique, and beers/cocktails are craft.

They’ve recently added brunch to their menu. It’s available Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. You guys, you MUST try the Amaretto French Toast ($10). Have you ever seen such a beautifully-plated dish, that it makes you almost burst into tears? Welllll…. I almost did. Chef just puts her whole heart into her cooking and plating. She also adds her signature edible flowers as a finish to the dish. Its’ flavors include amaretto, lemon curd, micro mint, and I also tasted some cinnamon as well.It is probably the best French toast I’ve ever tasted. I also suggest getting the French Pressed Coffee, as it was the perfect accompaniment.

Chef tells me about her most popular dishes. “The Grilled Octopus ($14) is remarkably popular, as it takes time to prep and cook it, but it’s worth it. The Sea Bass Ceviche ($11) is a very colorful dish. The Bone Marrow ($16) is a messy, eat-with-your-fingers rustic dish… We use techniques and dishes from all over the world and make it our own.”

I do think that if Frida and Diego were around today, they’d approve of this concept!

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

El Panzon y Frida, scottsdale, restaurant, AZ, arizona

Huge shout-out to all the wonderful staff! You guys are always so friendly and welcoming!

 

El Panzón y Frida is located at:

7323 E. Shoeman Lane

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480)659- 1544

@elpanzonyfrida

#PyF

 

Have any of you visited the restaurant? If so, tell me in the comments, what were your experiences? Favorite dish(es)?

Kimono Playdate with Kimono Zulu

 

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Tina Zulu knows kimonos. The niche market PR and branding guru launched her passion project- Kimono Zulu – September 2016, and it has been growing organically ever since. She officially launched at Launch HTX, and currently hosts pop-ups, trunk shows, and even offers kimono playdates; one of which happened while I was visiting Houston a couple months ago. I met up with Tina, along with the brand’s muse-  Zoe “Fashion Plate” at Launch, where the kimonos were set up on a clothing rack. Tina also brought along other fun props and accessories. We also utilized some pieces from Launch HTX, such as: gloves from Inclan Studio, bracelets from Burdlife, handbags from Magpies & Peacocks, and necklaces from Modern Artifacts. As you can see from the photos, we clearly had a blast!

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Tina, in a way, is like my soul sister, at least in regards to fashion. She’s always had that eclectic style and creative spirit. “Vintage is a part of my personal style — I love mixing old and new, high-end designer pieces with vintage gems and thrift scores to express myself.

Throughout the 90s, she ran an event production company called Urban Sugar Productions, where she met a thorough list of artists, models, designers, etc., most of whom she still works with today; like graffiti artist- GONZO247. “On a whim, GONZO tagged a couture evening gown for me for a graffiti themed gala. I loved it so much, and it inspired me to work with other artists to embellish our kimonos. GONZO really inspires me and I’m so proud of the work he does to brand and represent Houston’s creative spirit.”

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Tina has always been a fan of Japanese culture, which started with Hello Kitty (I mean…who isn’t a fan of HK…). She’s been collecting the cute cartoon kitty memorabilia since its’ launch. When she took her son to the Japan Festival last year, she came across a booth that offered vintage kimonos. She immediately connected with the vendor and invited her to do a booth at Houston Vintage Festival. When that vendor was unable to do so, Tina offered to do the booth on her behalf. “I think it was at that moment, that I realized I wanted to be a kimono hustler! So, while filling out Houston Vintage Festival vendor form, I had to enter a company name and upload a logo so that’s when I came up with “Kimono Zulu” — when you marry someone with a cool family name like ZULU, believe me, you’ll use it for everything!”

So the concept of Kimono Zulu was born…..

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

“Our brand muse- Zoe is a long-time friend and personal inspiration — not only in the fashion sense, but also by the way she lives her life. Zoe’s fun-loving attitude, creative energy, and generosity is contagious and we are grateful to have her support as we spread Kimono fever to all.”

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Since launching, the brand has collaborated with several fashion designers and multimedia artists to reimagine and embellish vintage kimonos. These artists have done anything from screen printing, hand painting, to spray painting their designs on the kimonos; while the fashion designers cut and re-design the kimonos, transforming them into new and sometimes more modern silhouettes. Collaborations to date have included: Selven O’Keef Jarmon, Katsola, Christy Karll, Rene Cruz, Elijah Coccetti, Dandee Warhol, Jennifer Gabiola of Dawning Soul, Royal McGee, Ann Brooks, Mina Gaber, Soi-K, Judy Masliyah of My Flaming Heart….and stay tuned for more!

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to be showcased among so much local talent. I made great relationships with fellow designers and wonderful people that have since kept in touch with — and even collaborated with. They helped me “launch” Kimono Zulu and introduce it to a broader audience and for that, I’m forever grateful!”

Every kimono I have is special, a one-of-a-kind treasure. One of the oldest I’ve had was patchwork silk kimono of beautiful shibori (Japanese form of tie-dye) fabric from the 30s.”

Prices start at $150-$325 for vintage kimonos and $250-$525 for artist collaboration pieces. For more information, visit the brand’s Facebook page, and follow on InstagramFollow @kimonozulu on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to find their next trunk show or pop-up! Or schedule a kimono playdate with Tina Zulu, tinazulu@zulucreative.com, 713.581.4788.

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

 

 

** All images c/o Tina Zulu **

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit at the Heard Museum

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.

– Frida Kahlo

If only I had lived in her time, or she in the present; I have a feeling that we would’ve bonded. Most days, I often think that I’m pretty strange, at least in the eyes of everyday society. Actually, all my life I’ve been regarded as strange or weird by my peers. Nowadays, I refuse to be like everyone else. I march to the beat of my own drum. I make my own trends and fashion ideals, and I refuse to let magazines nor the fashion industry dictate what I can or cannot wear; during which season, etc. I’m a rebel in my own right, just as Frida was in her day.

I was ecstatic when I heard that there was a Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit in town. When the Mr was in town, I thought it was the perfect time to finally see it. Of course, I dressed for the occasion…and we ventured over to the Heard Museum.

It was actually my first time at that museum. It was founded in 1929, and is dedicated to helping with the advancement of American Indian art. It was also fun to tour some of those exhibits after Frida. The Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit has 33 works by both artists on display; over 50 photographs of the couple, taken by Edward Weston, Lola Álvarez Bravo and Frida Kahlo’s father- Guillermo Kahlo; as well as a fashion section that featured clothing and jewelry of the style and region that she would’ve worn. There is also a room off to the side, where the kiddos can have an interactive experience. Honestly, I probably could’ve stayed at the exhibit all day, but to each their own.

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Below are a few photos that I loved. It showed her life with Diego, her personality, and her style:

  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

 May I present, the fashion portion of the exhibit (please bear in mind that the below outfits were curated in respect to what Frida would have worn):

  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

More paintings:

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

In closing:

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

The exhibit goes until August 20th, 2017. Admission is $7 (on top of the museum admission). Get your advanced tickets HERE. For more information on the exhibit, go HERE.

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