Phoenix, the biggest city in the state of Arizona, is known for numerous excellent restaurants. If you’re looking for cuisine with international flavor or a new cultural experience, there are many different restaurants to choose from. Try these three ethnic restaurants for delicious, unique food.
Princess Mediterranean Deli & Market
This family-owned supermarket and restaurant has been in Mesa, about half an hour away from downtown Phoenix, for more than a decade. You’ll find Greek, Arabic, and Mediterranean dishes like chicken shawarma, kababs, and delicious lamb shanks. Try the veggie combo for a variety of delicious dishes. It comes with stuffed grape leaves, also called dolmades, baba ghannouge, falafel, and tabouleh. Desserts include baklava filled with walnuts, cashews or pistachios, namura, a traditional Lebanese coconut cake, and more. Every entrée comes with fresh, light hummus and pita bread, and everything is made from scratch. Continue reading
Many families need the space and versatility of an SUV, but most new models are expensive. Fortunately, there are lots of comfortable, reliable, used SUVs available for thousands of dollars less than a new model. The most inexpensive SUVs are compact, but they can still have most of the features of a larger model. A less costly used vehicle should help you save money on your insurance premiums as well. Here are some of the best budget-friendly SUV models.
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox
The five-seat Equinox crossover is available with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3-liter V6. Both have a six-speed automatic transmission, and you can find front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive versions. The optional MyLink entertainment system lets you use services like Pandora internet radio when you connect a compatible smartphone. Continue reading
Teen drivers are usually looking for the coolest car they can find, but price and safety are important as well. Most people buy used cars for their teens to save money. Since used cars are less expensive, insurance premiums are lower as well. This helps offset the higher rates most companies charge for teen drivers. These used cars are fun to drive and safe for teens.
The 2010 Ford Fusion
The 2010 Ford Fusion has a spacious trunk and a roomy cabin, so it’s great for students who need to carry sports equipment. The back seats fold down for large objects, allowing this car to carry surprisingly large instruments.
It’s easy to get lost in the beauty of the stunning desert scenery as the sky changes into oranges, pinks, and purples. But when the sun finally takes a bow in Phoenix, a whole other desert comes to life and inhabitants are exposed to the thriving nightlife. Part of this desert nightlife culture is the wide array of musicians that rock the stages. Discover concerts that can’t be missed in 2017.
Celebrate the Start of Fall with Great Tunes
Phoenix locals who are happy to trade the heat of summer for slightly cooler fall can combine these balmy evenings with a great fall lineup. The 1st of September kicks off with a bang at the Marquee Theatre with Amigo the Devil, Tiger Army, and Dave Hause and the Mermaid. Lacuna Coil is another act that sets the tone for September, making their appearance on the 17th of September. Other acts to keep an eye out for during September include the Swingtime Jazz Quartet, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Imagine Dragons. Continue reading
Most families spend a lot of time in the car — so much time, in fact, that it can feel like your second home. But unlike a regular home, this one moves and its interior can get as hot as an oven. Commutes to and from school and work, vacation trips, drive time between sports practices and games, etc. can be so much easier and more pleasant when you know a few great hacks.
Corral Your Stuff
When you take some time to organize all those little things you carry around in your car, life is better. Not only will you find your items when you need them, your car will stay cleaner too. Pill bottles are perfect for keeping change for toll roads and vending machines. Empty eyeglass cases make great storage boxes for the dozen or so chargers and earbuds you’ve got scattered around the car. Shoe organizers and shower caddies hung on the back of the passenger seat are handy for toys, snacks, craft supplies and more. Use an empty water bottle to store crayons, markers, and colored pencils. Continue reading
When you’re trying to get your kids to school on time, mornings can get crazy! Since you spend so much time in your car that it sometimes feels like a second home, it makes sense to get it organized and stocked in advance to make the back-to-school commute a lot easier.
Studies show that skipping breakfast has a serious negative impact on kids’ school performance and that what they eat matters, too. Skip the sugary cereals and stock your car with shelf-stable, brain-power foods like granola bars, kale chips, fruit and nut bars, snack-size bags of almonds, dried fruit, or even beef jerky. Be sure to include lots of trash bags, napkins, and wet wipes. You can organize your stash with a remote control caddy or plastic shower pockets hung on the back seat. Continue reading
The Dodge Avenger was originally released in 1995 as a replacement for the Dodge Daytona. The earlier models were basic level vehicles with limited features built to serve the Daytona enthusiasts. This collaboration between Chrysler and Mitsubishi introduced the first vehicle of the Diamond Star Motors line. Since the initial rollout of the Dodge Avenger, the vehicle has taken on many changes and features, catering to a variety of customers.
The Early Dodge Avenger
The earlier models of the Dodge Avenger were available in the coupe version only with the option between a V6 and a 4-cylinder. By the year 1999, a sportier 2-door version was available. This included a spoiler and higher cast aluminum wheels. One of the biggest selling points of the earlier Avenger models was the high fuel economy rating of over 30 mpg. Another prominent early selling feature was the fully independent wishbone suspension. Continue reading
Are you in the mood for a drive? Grab the family and get in the car, and head out on one of Arizona’s many scenic roads. You don’t have to go far from Phoenix to enjoy some beautiful landscapes, interesting sites, and even sample some delicious local wine.
Highway 89 / 89A
If you’re in love with winding roads, Highway 89 won’t disappoint. Starting at Wickenburg, 60 miles west of Phoenix, you’ll steer along curves uphill toward the Weaver Mountains and twist along through the Prescott National Forest. In Prescott, you can explore the historic downtown and grab a drink in a Whiskey Row saloon, soaking in the Wild West ambiance. The road continues through Jerome, a former mining town that currently boasts a lively arts scene. Finish your afternoon in Sedona, home of New Age vendors, gourmet restaurants, and stunning red sandstone formations. Continue reading
Buying a new car can be difficult if you don’t have the funds or your credit score isn’t great. These two issues can really limit your options. However, there are dealerships that can sell you a car for a good deal and even if you have a low credit score.
At Rocky’s Auto Credit, the only thing holding you back from getting a car is finding one that is right for you. Rocky’s can help you find a great used vehicle and help you finance it as well. If you are looking for a Kia with some help in financing, then here are some great models available at Rocky’s Auto Credit.
Kia Forte (2010-2014)
The Kia Forte is a reliable, mid-sized sedan with a good combination of performance and style. It makes a great family vehicle for small families that want to keep their vehicle and fuel costs low while having something exciting to drive. You can easily manage a family of four with a well-maintained Kia Forte. Kia Fortes are popular vehicles on Rocky’s lot, and they come and go quickly since they are such high-quality. Continue reading
Your credit score is an important factor in getting a car. It can be the determining factor between getting the car you want and getting the car you have to settle for. Cars are expensive, which is why most dealers offer some form of financing. There are even companies that will loan you the money to pay for your new vehicle.
While many of these places promise that you won’t be turned down for a loan, the truth is that there is a real chance that many might turn you down under the right conditions, no matter how positive the institution is. You can do something about them, but only if you know what’s going on. Here are reasons you may be turned down for an auto loan.
A Failing Credit History
The most common reason for being turned down for an auto loan is your credit score. If your credit score is very low, below 400, you are likely to be denied a loan on the basis that you have bad credit. Giving you credit is an investment for a company; companies will not invest in you if they think that you cannot meet your obligations. Continue reading