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These 6 Hawaiian restaurants in Metro Phoenix Have Spam Musubi.

These 6 Hawaiian restaurants in Metro Phoenix Have Spam Musubi.

August 8 is National Spam Musubi Day, which serves as the ideal reminder to indulge on delectable dishes, or grinds as they are known in Hawaii. Hawaiian food called "spam musubi" looks like a huge piece of sushi. It consists of a block of sticky rice covered in a...

About the City of Phoenix

Phoenix was a magnificent bird revered as the sun god in classical Greece and ancient Egypt. According to legend, the Egyptian phoenix had eagle-sized proportions, vivid crimson and gold feathers, and a musical call. There was only ever one phoenix in existence, and it lived a very long time—no ancient source estimated its lifespan to be less than 500 years. The phoenix created a nest out of fragrant branches and spices as its demise drew near, lit it on fire, and was engulfed by the flames. A fresh phoenix appeared mysteriously from the fire, and it carried the father’s ashes to Heliopolis (also known as the “City of the Sun”) in Egypt, where it placed them on the altar in the temple of Re, the sun god of Egypt. According to an another version of the narrative, the dying phoenix would fly to Heliopolis and commit self-immolation in the altar fire before emerging as the youthful phoenix.

The phoenix was a symbol of immortality to the Egyptians, and this symbolism was popular in late antiquity. The phoenix was compared to eternal Rome, and the Eternal City is represented by it on the currency of the former Roman Empire. It was also frequently understood as an allegory of the resurrection and life after death, concepts that emergednt Christianity found appealing.

The “anq” (Persian: smorgh), a big unknown bird (perhaps a heron) that was initially created by God with all perfections but afterwards turned into a plague and was slain, was equated with the phoenix in Islamic mythology.


Phoenix is the capital of the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona. Known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures, it anchors a sprawling, multicity metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun. It’s known for high-end spa resorts, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf courses and vibrant nightclubs. Other highlights include the Desert Botanical Garden, displaying cacti and numerous native plants.

Area: 1,338 km²
Elevation: 331 m
Population: 1.658 million (2020)
Area codes: Area code 480 (East), Area code 602 (Central), Area code 623 (West)