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The Coronado PHX
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Cactus Clutches and Other Accessories by Madalyn Nault
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Phoenix Fashion Week "Shop Garment District" Fashion Show at Moxy Tempe

The Coronado PHX

The Coronado PHX / Phoenix restaurant review / vegetarian eatery

The Coronado PHX / Phoenix restaurant review / vegetarian eatery

Nestled in a charming bungalow-style converted home off of 7th Street, is the Coronado PHX- a vegetarian eatery that also offers coffee drinks and alcoholic beverages. I had driven by that place often, and it wasn’t until early this month, that I finally stopped in to satisfy my culinary curiosities. The interior was quaint, with multiple small dining rooms, an outdoor patio, and the ordering area (bar and bakery case included). During my first dining experience, I tried the Monte Vista Torta and fries, while washing it down with a chai latte. Ok guys, I hate to admit, but after the first bite of that torta, I literally had a “When Harry Met Sally” moment. The masa battered zucchini, mixed with fresh tomato, romaine lettuce and vegan mayo, was just BURSTING with flavor! The hand cut fries that came with the torta had just the right amount of crispiness. I dipped them in the housemade ketchup, that also had a joyous amount of zest. The chai, which is sourced from Maya Tea in Tucson, was also delicious (and even had a subtle spicy kick to it).

Monte Vista Torta / fries / food / The Coronado PHX / Phoenix restaurant

During my second visit (of many to come), I had the pleasure of meeting the owner- Liam and his wife, Emily. I was able to sample a few of the restaurant’s best-selling dishes and also chat about Liam’s history in the culinary industry and how that transitioned to his current project, that is- the Coronado PHX.

LAFS: Tell me about how you got started in the culinary industry, as well as the vegetarian side of it?

Liam: I’ve been in food service for most of my adult life. I was a barista at Jobot, when a friend of mine, Dom Fasano, who was the chef at the time, suggested that I look into it; so I attended Le Courdon Bleu in Scottsdale while working at Jobot. Going to culinary school actually helped make me a vegetarian. In French cooking, they teach you to use every bit of the product in front of you to show respect to the person who worked to bring it to you, and also to the product itself. So, you save you onion skins for making stock, but that’s also why they make things like liver pate, sweetbreads, and so on. Something about being vegetarian always seemed right to me, I had been vegetarian on and off my whole life, but I never really had an understanding as to why I felt that way. I realized that if I could not eat the liver pate and such because I thought it was gross, then clearly I wasn’t respecting the effort someone put in to it, or the animal themselves. Around the same time, my brother got sick with Lymphoma, so I started wanting to try and be more healthy, it was kind of a perfect storm, and I’ve been vegetarian since then. Very quickly my wife, Emily, and I realized there weren’t very many vegetarian options, and started planning a restaurant with a friend. We opened Bragg’s Factory Diner, a full vegan/vegetarian diner, we busted our butts and even racked up a few awards in the short 2 1/2 years it was open, but it was an uphill battle from day one, and I guess just wasn’t meant to be. Around the time that closed (last year), I opened the Coronado PHX, and it’s back to busting our butts and trying to push ourselves and what we can do.

LAFS: What inspired the name the “Coronado PHX?”

Liam: When I first moved to downtown, the Coronado Cafe was in the spot that we are in now, and they had been for years. Downtown was just starting to really blossom. There weren’t a ton of funky restaurants in old houses and stuff, Coronado Cafe kind of blazed that trail, and stuck their neck out before anyone else really was. So when the opportunity came up to move in to this location I thought it seemed only appropriate to name it the Coronado PHX as a kind of shout-out to the previous owners and the city.

LAFS: Where do you source your fresh ingredients?

Liam: We try to focus on local at the Coronado, we get our bread from MJ breads, our coffee from local roaster Xanadu Coffee, we get veggies for our FarmYard Scramble from a local CSA called FarmYard who literally farm in peoples yards and then bring us a basket or 2 every week, we get our goat cheese from Crow’s Dairy in Buckeye, and our milk from Danzeisen. The list goes on and on. We carry local wines, liquors and beers, but those are on rotation to try and give everyone some love.

LAFS: What inspired the restaurant’s decor?

Liam: The space when we got there had been painted kind of monochromatic in shades of greenish-brown, the house itself is so beautiful, so we wanted to try and perk it up a bit. My good friend Liz Tavarez, from Grey House Designs, was working on building her portfolio, so she helped us out. Initially when she said to go black and white, I was hesitant, like it would be too plain and too easy to get dirty and maybe I was just a ball of stress at the time, but I eventually relented and I’m glad I did. The place is so inviting and warm, people assume all the time that we’ve been open for years because it just feels great, and not too “new”.

LAFS: What do you think sets the Coronado PHX apart from other vegetarian restaurants?

Liam: I think what sets us apart, is that we try to make sure we are set apart. I’ve tried to focus on creating a menu that isn’t on someone else’s menu. I want to make food that is representative of the southwest, and that is approachable, but I’m also an artist and musician, so I want to be as creative as possible with it. I don’t do much in the way of veganizing, I try to let the vegetables, fruits, grains, spices and so on do the work. All the time I hear “I hate cauliflower, but I LOVE those cauliflower tacos.” I also have a family, and so it’s REALLY important to me that our menu be affordable. I can’t tell you how many times (especially when I was in school) we would be excited to try something, then go home and eat more because we couldn’t afford a big meal out on our budget. We’re never gonna be the cheapest thing in the world, we’re not Taco Bell, but just because we’re making healthy food with fresh ingredients in house, doesn’t mean it can’t be affordable too.

Speaking of the Cauliflower Tacos, that was one dish I tried. It was definitely a hit in my book. I loved the flavor of the masa based beer batter that the cauliflower were fried in. “The Cauliflower Tacos are, hands down, our number one seller. we get our fresh tortillas from Ranch Market everyday. We pick them up warm. We use a masa based beer batter and fry the cauliflower and that goes with guacamole, organic spinach, pepitas, our creamy Avocado dressing and limes on the side. It gets compared a lot to a fish taco, without all that fishiness.”

Cauliflower Tacos / Coronado PHX / vegetarian eatery

The next dish was the Jalapeño Marmalade and Goat Cheese Quesadilla. You guys….I’m still dreaming about this dish. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, like, were the jalapeños going to be super hot, etc. Completely the opposite. It almost tasted like a mild green chili paste that also had some sweetness to it. The flavor of the goat cheese with the jalapeño marmalade really mixed well, without being too overpowering. I’ve had many quesadillas in my life, but these have risen to number one for my taste buds. Be prepared to bring something to wipe your hands with, as the marmalade gets a little sticky. But otherwise, be prepared to be WOWED. “It’s definitely not a traditional quesadilla. I actually made this as a special at another restaurant I worked at, but the owner didn’t go for it, so it’s been sitting in my back pocket for years waiting to see the light of day. We used Crow’s Dairy Goat Cheese and house made jalapeño marmalade, then dust it with a little smoked paprika and cilantro.”

Jalapeño marmalade and Goatcheese Quesadilla / Coronado PHX / vegetarian eatery

The last dish on the list was the Street Corn. I’m not a huge fan of the traditional street corn that is normally found at flea markets and such, but this dish was different. The corn-on-the-cob was fresh, while the vegan mayo, cayenne, cilantro, Cotija cheese, and lime mix felt light, and looked (and tasted) healthier. “The Street Corn we do is just a classic street corn. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Fire roasted corn, coated with Just Mayo (a pea based Vegan Mayo instead of a soy base), Cotija cheese, cayenne, cilantro, and lime. Hold the cheese and it’s vegan!”

Street Corn / Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

I also had a Funfetti Scone, which was so tasty, that it didn’t need butter or other dipping sauces; just the chai to finish off the desert.

Funfetti Scone / Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Chai Latte / Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Check out more behind-the-scenes…

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

Coronado PHX / Vegetarian eatery

The Coronado PHX is open: Sunday – Thursday: 6am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday: 6am – 11pm,
Happy Hour: 4pm – 7pm.

LOCATION:
2201 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Be sure to check out their WEBSITE and FACEBOOK for local happenings and such.

Liam: We love hosting community based events. Craft and Charity nights every third Friday of the month, where we pair a local brewery with a local charity. The brewery takes over all our beer taps and then a portion of the sales from the night go to the charity. We host an event called Vinyl Voices, which is part story telling, part DJ night. Participants bring in a vinyl record, tell a story of that record and then we’ll play a track. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s intense, or sad or whatever. Being a musician myself, it’s so fun to hear people’s relation to music and how it shapes significant moments in their lives. We also host a Simpson Trivia Night, poetry readings, acoustic music, board game nights, and anything we can think of, really.

NOTE: I was given complimentary food in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Cactus Clutches and Other Accessories by Madalyn Nault

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

There are many things in life that make me giddy… Vintage, the desert, estate sales…and cacti. Now, by cacti, I am indeed referring to the desert plant…but also all the cacti decor and accessories that have been popping up everywhere lately.

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

I was introduced to Madalyn Nault’s version of cute cactus clutches via Instagram, and immediately fell in love with them. I was able to meet the Phoenix based maker a couple months ago, at her studio. She showed me her quaint workspace, complete with a vintage sewing machine and piles of fabric neatly stacked in shelving. I also saw some of her other handbag and wallet designs. When I was choosing which cactus clutch I wanted, I had a very difficult time choosing because not all the cacti designs were the same. Once my clutch was chosen, Madalyn and I had a brief chat about her brand.

LAFS: How did you get started?

MN: I’ve been sewing since I was very little. I would sew doll clothes or make little stuffed animals or pillows, and other random stuff. When I got into high school, I was really awkward and wanted to be super punk rock…so nothing was ever cool enough. I started just making purses for myself that I could put band patches on. When I started doing that, I would have friends asking me to make them bags, and then it just organically grew from there; until what my brand is today. As I grew up, and my style changed, so did what I made. It’s been a long process. Probably within the past three to four years is when my brand became a “brand,” and I just stumbled into it. I just started making a style and it stuck, and people recognized the style. It’s the craziest thing to me — that people can recognize my brand. I don’t take it for granted because I think it’s the coolest thing ever!

LAFS: When was your official launch?

MN: The brand just organically grew. I’ve been doing shows ever since I moved to Arizona, probably about seven or eight years ago. I’ve never really had an official start date, it just all of a sudden worked.

LAFS: Materials used?

MN: I get a lot of hand-me-down fabrics. My parents live in a retirement community. My mom and my friends’ friends know that I sew, so I’ve had instances where my friends would say, “Oh my mom is moving out of her house, so I’m going to give you 15 boxes of fabric,” or “Oh, does Madalyn want this?”and it’s a stack of awesome fabrics. But there’s a couple unique fabric stores here that I go to. They get what they get, which I love, because sometimes I can make a handful of purses out of it; or sometimes I can only make one. Sometimes it is vintage, depending on where I find it and how it gets to me, but sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it looks vintage and sometimes it’s not. I usually will tell people if I’ve made something that’s made out of vintage fabric, because I think it makes it extra cool.

LAFS: What makes the Madalyn Nault Accessories brand unique?

MN: My brand is 100% unique, even if I make the same thing, something about it is different. Every single piece I make it unique, whether it’s the lining, pocket inside…something about it is different. I pick all these different fabrics and sometimes I can never get them again. Sometimes they’re vintage and sometimes it’s the way I paired them… You’re not going to see anyone else carry the same bag as you.

LAFS: Do you have any best sellers?

MN: Classic color combinations, wallets, cactus clutches… Though it’s hard to pinpoint best sellers because I do each piece so differently.

LAFS: Price range?

MN: Wallets start at $15, and then clutches, depending on size and materials…the most I’ve gone up to was $65. The clutches are usually between the $30 and $45 range.

If you are a Phoenix/Arizona local, you can find Madalyn Nault Accessories at the following: Frances Vintage, The Roose, Copper Whale in Prescott, PHX Flea, Pineapple Triangle/AZ Share That You Care, Crafeteria, and Festivus at Phoenix Public Market.

You can also find her on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, and her WEBSITE.

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

** Images (of me) by KLM Photo **

(Vintage Cactus Dress- MRS Couture, Vintage Concho Belt + Tribal Belt- thrifted, Vintage Heels- Deja Vu Fashions Resale Shop, Sunglasses- random vendor, Cactus Clutch- Madalyn Nault Accessories.)

Madalyn Nault Accessories | supplies | Phoenix maker

Madalyn Nault Accessories | supplies | fabric | sewing machine | Phoenix maker

Madalyn Nault | fabric pile | Phoenix maker

Madalyn Nault workspace | Phoenix maker | sewing machine

Madalyn Nault | handmade clutches | Phoenix maker

Madalyn Nault | handmade clutches | Phoenix maker

Madalyn Nault | handmade clutches | Phoenix maker

Madalyn Nault | handmade clutches | Phoenix maker

Phoenix Fashion Week "Shop Garment District" Fashion Show at Moxy Tempe

Phoenix Fashion Week‘s Shop Garment District fashion show was the first Phoenix fashion event I recently attended since my equally recent move to the city. The Shop Garment District event helps to bridge buyers with the selected emerging designers in person, and to shop some of looks straight off the runway.

The “Kick-off” event, in anticipation of October’s main fashion festivities, was held at the uber-trendy Moxy Hotel in Tempe. The event highlighted eleven designers and three accessories designers. There was plenty of time to do some pre-show shopping to be had in the Style Villa. While I didn’t do much shopping, I enjoyed speaking and meeting with the emerging designers from all over the country, each with their own unique stories behind their brands, while also seeing some of their past collections up close. It was also a continuation of the Model of the Year contest, where 40 top models will compete for the “Model of the Year” title, which will ultimately be determined during the main runway event at Talking Stick Resort.

The PHXFW team first presented their collection of tees and other basics, based upon the inspiration of the Olympics (and that the event was held the same night as the Opening Ceremonies in Rio).

Let me give you a brief introduction of the designers…

Aconav was launched in 2008 by Loren and Valentina Aragon and is founded on the basis of the connection of their Native American cultures of the Navajo and Acoma Pueblo. Loren’s apparel and jewelry designs are inspired by the monochrome and polychrome pottery designs of his Acoma heritage. He also learned the art of silversmithing from family members. He uses parts of the pottery culture that are used as highlights to modern attire and blends that with traditional dress elements of the women of the Acoma community. Aconav is based in Phoenix, Arizona. My favorites were the black and white cocktail dresses with strong Native American pottery influences, as well as the jewelry.

Washington, D.C. based Amanda Casarez specializes in reinvented classics that focus on an androgynous inspiration. She is currently the designer-in-residence at the Macy’s Metro Center in D.C., and is in the process of further developing and expanding her contemporary womenswear brand. Her S/S17 collection is inspired by her color palette- the pink deconstructed rose. The collection was demure, yet classic. I thought that the looks were also wearable for both work and play.

St. Louis designer Barbara Bultman gave us a hint of her F/W 2017 collection called “Voltaic.” Barbara gained her inspiration from the concept of natural energy resources, such as: solar panels and wind farms. The structured black and gray hued collection featured silky dresses; eye-catching tops: one being a chic halter crop top, while the other sleeveless top having cage detail that subtly shows the midriff; and a drifty maxi skirt. She completed the looks with her cool leather fringe neckwear, belts and earrings.

Next up was a sneak peek of Los Angeles designer Jenine Nerecina’s dreamy and whimsical collection “Dream of Romance.” Beautiful lacy gowns, mermaid-esque silhouettes, dramatic off-shoulder crop tops and flowy maxi skirts swirled down the runway. Topping off the looks were amazing clear crystal headpieces, also another specialty of Jenine’s. Find out more about Jenine’s brand- Cosmogyral.

Emmanuel Hightower created menswear brand- ForgivenLove in 2008. He wanted his t-shirts to convey positive messages and to create a huge impact on the world, in hopes that more people out there will follow in the ForivenLove footsteps and create their own story of change. With messages like “Love & Forgiveness,” “One Nation Under God,” and “Inspiring the World;” I’d say they are off to a good start.

Isy Obi, of Isy B. Designs, credits her mother for being a major inspiration of her becoming a fashion designer. She grew up playing with fabrics in her mother’s atelier, creating clothing for herself, her friends and dolls. Years later, she now runs a fashion business that is based in the Cayman Islands. After one too many outdoor cocktail hours in the tropical heat, and in uncomfortable clothing, Isy decided it was time to make chic dresses that were more breathable and more comfortable to wear in warmer climates. Her S/S17 collection featured bright yellow and tropical Caribbean printed flowy dresses, some of which also featured asymmetrical hemlines and color-blocking. I could definitely see myself breezing through the day wearing one of Isy’s refreshing skirts, caftans, or dresses.

Tucson’s sustainable fashion designer sweetheart- Laura Tanzer gave us a glimpse of her Contrappunto collection. “Contrappunto” is counterpart in Italian. “Inspiration for the collection comes from my love of all things architectural, juxtaposing with fluid movement. So, I utilized architectural elements for structure in the linens and soft knits for fluidity. The noir et blanc color scheme is an ongoing theme for me. In this case, less neutral by juxtaposing the two colors in form, fabric, and trim,” Laura explained. The collection was effortless and sophisticated, yet with a hint of edge. I can imagine wearing pieces from this collection both casually and dressed up for a night out on the town.

Navajo designer Marisa Mike showcased four dresses with elements of her Native American culture implemented in each design. For example, one dress with strapless bodice and flowy chiffon skirt was inspired by the decorative ribbon trim on NAC prayer robes from the Kiowa tribe. Another dress (and my personal favorite) was made from the ‘Chief Joseph’ Pendleton blanket. There was another strapless dress with the bodice that was inspired by the ‘storm’ pattern on Navajo woven rugs. I’m excited to see what the rest of Marisa’s collection looks like in October.

Emily Smith credits her upbringing in Botswana, Africa, as being her main source of inspiration for her brand- Mowa by Emily Smith. She is currently based in Florida, but tries to go back to her second home to Botswana often. When she is home, she does all her fabric shopping, centering around the same shops. The ladies in the shop always remember her and will ask how she and her business are doing. She sources bright traditional African fabrics, and designs edgy and clever creations, in hopes that it will complement the wearer. After seeing a few looks from past and the present collections, I can see that Emily really pours her heart into her work and creates unique pieces that myself, along with other women, would enjoy wearing.

Nune and Mariam Hovhannisyan are the sister duo that make up MxN Clothing. The Seattle-based design house creates ethical clothing that is ethically manufactured, environmentally friendly and animal product free. Their F/W16 collection delves into denim and knit fabrics, paired with fringe and faux fur trim. We also got to see their promo crop tops for their Rock Candy collection, which will be debuted in October (they were also giving out rock candy at the booth). I thought that the fringe leggings and the fringe top were the show-stoppers for the brand.

Structured romanticism, finding inspiration and beauty in unexpected concepts and bringing them to real life is how designer Ricci Janse van Rensburg describes her brand- Ricci JvR. The Cape Town, South African brand showcased four easy looks, however, there were unexpected design details in each garment. Some examples of those details were feminine flares at the ankle of the pants, a dramatic open back and flutter sleeves for the romper, and a razor back vest top with frill detail. I personally loved the pants with flared ankles and the ruffled vest top.

Jewelry designer- Monica Mauro presented her Druzy Collection. Her one-of-a-kind Druzy agate necklaces were featured alongside several of the fashion designers collections.

Rhinestones & Relics designer- Kelley West also collaborated with a group of fashion designers. Her Fall 2016 collection featured dainty body jewelry, tassels, polished stones, and other relics.

The last designer to collaborate with the fashion designers was Ines Shanks- the founder of Shanks Shoeware. The innovative Austrian brand creates heels that are designed with the utmost comfort for a woman’s foot in mind. The shoes are made with high quality leather, padded leather insoles and a non-slip bottom sole. The shoes also have a hidden 3 cm (or 1.18″) platform, which allows for more comfort when walking on a 12 cm (or 4.72″) heel. Ines also creates heel caps, that are available in a variety of colors of leather. The heel caps are not only cool shoes accessories, but they also help prevent feet slipping out of the shoe. Lastly, the ankle strap also makes a cute wrap bracelet!

Well Phoenix Fashion Week, with the talent that I saw at this event, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for October! Be sure to grab your tickets HERE.

Congrats to models: Faith, Andreas, Cierra, and Nicholas for winning BEST PHOTOS for the 2016 Model of the Year Print Challenge.

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