Alrighty kids, lets jump right to the point for this restaurant. This meal burned into my taste buds as some of the best cuisine I have ever had the privilege of crying over. Let me explain.
Phoenix is blessed to have two Los Dos Molinos locations (the original on Central Avenue in South Phoenix and the newer Washington Street location). Each one dons its own style and boasts the challenging phrase, “Some Like it Hot.” Now, I know what you are thinking, ‘I can handle a little heat. In fact, nothing is too spicy for me. Bring it on.’ Easy there, buckaroo. Back in the South, when we would eat food this hot and go running to Mama, she would slap a spoonful of buttered grits into our crying mouths to cool us off. So, folks, this is some seriously hot stuff. I nearly called my mama.
Right off the bat, they bring out some chips and salsa — pretty standard. But, let me remind you that included in the cute little history of this place on the menu is the phrase, “I do not know how to make ‘Mild.’” Those quotations suspended there just represent how fictitious the heat index of “mild” is. There are two bowls — one with a “less spicy” green salsa and the other with a frightening dark red salsa. I’m pretty sure I had to take a gulp of water after I looked at it each time.
When my meal arrived, there was a current of air that wafted the exquisite smell up my nose and placed loving/spicy tears in my eyes. By this point, the salsa had numbed most of my face, but I was willing to dive into this plate. These country-style pork ribs were some of the softest I have ever had. Literally, they cut like butter. They melted in my mouth. Yes, they were marinated in New Mexican red chili. Yes, a tear ran down my face with each bite. I like to think they were primarily tears of joy for what I experienced, mixed with my body’s reaction to hot food.
I ate every bite of those ribs, and I have two words to describe them: Fantastamazing sauce. If Los Dos Molinos started a religion, I would convert primarily for the after-service dinners. If you have yet to experience one of the greats here in Phoenix, then you are missing out. Just be sure to have your buttered grits ready.
Los Dos Molinos is located at 1010 E. Washington St. — light rail station at Washington/Jefferson and 12th St. 602.528.3535
The 22nd annual Willo Historic District Home Tour & Street Fair will take place this year on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Willo is one of the largest historic neighborhoods in Phoenix, with somewhere in the vicinity of 700 homes. With construction predominately taking place in the 1920s through the 1940s, Willo features a wide variety of architectural styles. Some of those styles include 1920s bungalows and 1930s Tudor Revival, Greek Revival, American Colonial Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival and Pueblo Revival homes. Post-Depression styles include French Provincial, Monterey styles and lastly, the good old Ranch-style home.
Tour-day headquarters will be at 3rd Avenue and Holly Street. In previous years, you could enjoy live music, grab eats and drinks and check out many vendor booths all at this centralized location, so I’m assuming that’s what will happen this year as well. You can purchase tickets in advance online and get more tour details here.
The Willo neighborhood is generally bounded by Central and 7th avenues and McDowell and Thomas roads. There are currently 15 homes on the market in Willo, ranging in price from $225,000 to $710,000.
For more information on the Willo Historic District, please see the district website.
Lyle Plocher is a licensed Arizona real estate broker with the Urban Connection Realty team at HomeSmart. Lyle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today I let myself get upset about something that I don’t care about. I was watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and saw his expose of John McCain’s flagrant flip-flop on the medieval Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that is now being debated in Congress (by the way, for a great synopsis of McCain’s “opinion” on the matter, go to PoliFact).
I’m not sure if it is the pressure from his upcoming primary challenge from local blowhard and intellectual broccoli J.D. Hayworth, or if he truly despises gay people, but McCain’s reversal of opinion on the draconian military policy — in the face of every leader of the Armed Forces asking that the ban be lifted — is at best inexplicable, and at worst inexcusable.
There’s only one problem. As a person whose political and economic philosophy is somewhere between Ludwig Von Mises and Emma Goldman, I am completely opposed to the very existence of an organized coercive force like the military. I shouldn’t be offended by a ridiculous opinion about a military that I don’t really even think should exist. Yet somehow I am. Sure, I could wrap it all up in a bow of justification by saying that I see the change in the policy as a reflection of a general change in society to be more accepting of gay people. This is precisely how I found myself so unhappy with the results of gay marriage propositions in several states like Arizona and California, and happy with the results in places like Iowa. In my deep philosophical core, I don’t believe that a coercive state should have the ability to place its imprimatur on any relationship, gay or straight, but I still see these decisions as a reflection of society’s acceptance (or lack of acceptance) of gay people.
This has turned so-called gay issues into a guilty pleasure. Not a guilty pleasure like listening to Lady Gaga with the sunroof open, but a sort of philosophical guilty pleasure — a chance to feel like I am part of a play that is taking place on a stage that I don’t even believe should exist.
I do the same intellectual tap dance every time I ride public transit. I absolutely love the convenience of getting on the train and taking it where I need to go. But, I can’t help but think that every time I get on the train, I am actually pulling a couple of dollars out of the public till in the form of subsidies from the government that are required to keep the trains running. If it were up to me in my mad Austrian world, John Galt and I would form a private company to provide fast, clean transportation through the city at a market rate. Alas, that isn’t the world I live in. Instead, I live in a world in which I get on a train that is paid for by the tax dollars of a family in Missouri trying to make a house payment on one income because a family member lost a good-paying job at a factory. Now that is an odd ethical dilemma for a single, financially OK, city-dwelling guy like me.
Call it cognitive dissonance or just the ravings of a madman, but I have somehow figured out how to live out a few guilty intellectual pleasures while maintaining my sanity, and getting to Downtown without the need to drive through the First Friday hullabaloo.
Previous week’s games
01/28/10 SUNS 112, Mavericks 106
01/31/10 SUNS 115, Rockets 111
02/01/10 SUNS 109, Hornets 100
02/03/10 SUNS 109, Nuggest 97
This week’s games
02/05/10 Suns @ Kings, 8 p.m., My45
02/10/10 Suns vs. Blazers, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
A week ago, the Suns had lost three of four and were heading into a primetime showdown with the Dallas Mavericks on TNT, a network on which they had lost 18 straight games. One of the few bright spots for the Suns during that tough four-game stretch leading up to the Dallas game was the play of Goran Dragic. Dragic continued his impressive play, scoring 13 points and being a +8 in helping Phoenix break the TNT curse and starting the team’s current four-game win streak by defeating the Mavericks a week ago today.
DPJ caught up with Slovenian guard after practice, and he was beaming with positivity before heading out on the Suns’ current road trip.
“We had lost 18 in a row, it was kind of a curse, but [it] was a great win against Dallas. We played great on defense and on offense,” the second-year guard said. “Now we just have to keep doing these [things].”
From his rookie campaign a year ago to halfway through his second season, Dragic has made huge strides in his on-court productivity. “Last year was a little tough for me,” Dragic said. “Different culture, different people. The league is a little different than in Europe, so I needed a little bit of time to adjust.”
And adjust he has, doubling his scoring average from 4 in his first season to 8 this year on an impressive 47% shooting from the field. More than raised stats, though, Dragic has a new swagger to his game, playing with a lot more confidence and even receiving crunch-time, fourth-quarter minutes on occasion. El Dragón, as some of his teammates call him because, as he says, “my last name is hard to pronounce,” attributes this progress to time spent with assistant coaches Dan Majerle and Igor Kokoskov and the added confidence he received when Alvin Gentry took over as head coach midway through last season.
“Alvin gave me this confidence that I needed,” said Dragic. “Every time when I lose the ball, I was looking at the bench and I was nervous and he just told me, ‘Kid, forget all the bad things. If you’re going to lose the ball, if you’re going to miss the shot, just play your game.’ And really, that helped me a lot. This year I’m not thinking about missing the shot or if I’m going to make a bad pass. I’m just going to play my basketball.”
Not only has he grown on the court, but he’s also grown fond of a city of which he virtually knew nothing about before his arrival. What little Dragic knew about Phoenix when he was drafted he learned from former Phoenix Sun Marko Milič, a fellow Slovenian player most famous for dunking over a car. When asked if he could dunk over a car, Dragic laughed, “Not me. Marko is a great guy. He can dunk. I remember, I was 8 years old when I saw that dunk.”
Spending most of his free time hanging out with friends around the pool or taking in a movie (he recently saw Avatar, but not in 3-D, because as he mentioned, “it was sold out”), Goran appears to be liking Phoenix. “It’s awesome, I like the weather. In Europe, it’s really cold. The city is nice, the people are very nice. Now I know a lot of people, have some friends here… my cousin is here. So far, so good.”
So far, so good, indeed, young El Dragón.
Dragic digs your tweets
A few of our faithful tweeps tweeted questions for Goran Dragic. We haven’t quite convinced him to start tweeting (yet), but he was happy to answer the questions.
@jose602: Any restaurants or places in Phoenix that you like to go to when you’re homesick?
Dragic: “My mom is Slovenian and my father is Serbian. Here there is a lot of Serbian people. There was one Serbian restaurant called Nostalgia, but now they closed it. So, that was the only, how do you say, the only restaurant from my country.”
@EnemyEny: Given your recent performance, what do you think of the Ricky Rubio to Phoenix rumors?
Dragic: “Ricky’s [a] young player; he’s really good. He could be good in the NBA. I played against him last summer. [The Slovenian] national team played against Spain. I play really good against him, but if he’s going to practice hard, he’ll be a good player.”
@pjspaws: What is the biggest difference between European basketball fans and American fans?
Dragic: “Fans? Phew, lot of different. In Europe there’s more pressure from the fans. When we play in Serbia and Belgrade, sometimes after the game I have to have a towel over my head because they are throwing coins and all this stuff. It’s a little bit crazy, more intense. More pressure and everything… here in the NBA it’s a little bit different. Some teams have great fans. Golden State, Utah [and] our fans are great, but it’s a huge difference than in Europe.”
From the Arizona Room is a weekly column examining the historic, reuse and infill structures in Downtown Phoenix. The inspiration for this column stems from the ever-expanding resources in Burton Barr Central Library’s Arizona Room (located on the fourth floor). For further information on this and other historic structures in the area, visit the Arizona Room during normal library hours.
618 N. 5th Ave. in Roosevelt
Sitting on the patio at Cibo, you may have noticed a quaint little stuccoed apartment complex directly across 5th Avenue. Though it may look younger than most 82-year-olds, this two-winged complex has been on site since 1928. Dubbed Fifth Ave Court (a rugged, Wild West-like sign still hangs over the peaked entrance today), it is one of the Roosevelt district’s original apartment complexes. Remarkably, little has changed in eight-plus decades.
W.A. Wells & Son was the contractor assigned to the job. In today’s south Roosevelt, this part of 5th Avenue was hardly affluent back in those days, as the well-to-do tended to live further east near Central Avenue or further north near present-day streets like Lynwood, Wiletta and Portland. Though still close to the city center, Fifth Ave Courts were virtually suburban back when construction began.
A one-story stuccoed brick residential structure — literally a court, with two wings forming an “n” shape around a common area with front entrances — Fifth Ave Court is a prime example of the Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style that was prevalent in the late 1920s in the area. Though a re-stuccoing and a paint job or two may have been necessary over the years, little else has changed. The original plans called for nine residential units (four in each identical wing and a larger central unit in the back), and it is so today.
The 618 address is part of the south Roosevelt revitalization of the past decade, with several small apartment complexes getting fix-ups, as well as a number of historic homes and bungalows being rezoned for commercial use — just within one block there’s Cibo, Local Breeze, the Allstate office and a number of law firms.
And, at the time of this writing, there is a rental available in the building. With a location like this, it won’t last long.
Source: Phoenix Historic Building Survey by Charles Hall Page and Associates, Sep. 1979
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