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inding your fitness lifestyle is really a personal journey. My own path has recently taken a turn. To be completely honest, I’m not one to wake up at 5 a.m. to go work out. And, I’m especially not that person telling my friends about my latest diet endeavors. To my surprise, earlier this year my husband signed us up with a personal trainer at our local gym. When he told me about it, I didn’t know whether to be offended or thankful, but I went with it.

As if working out with a trainer isn’t intimidating enough, before I could begin I had to do an “evaluation of my body fat vs. muscle.” Let’s just say that’s not something at the top of my Bucket List. I survived, and it helped us in the goal setting process. My husband did playfully call me after his evaluation to inform me that he had “won.” I also learned after my first hour-long session that eating pizza before you work out is not a good idea. So be encouraged, if I can decide to put my love for chocolate aside and workout twice a week, anybody can. We’re fortunate to live in a place where our environment supports healthy living, and in this issue we’ve shared a lot of great stories about people and places to inspire you. You will get an inside look into the Village Health Clubs and the Madison Improvement Center. Whether you’re looking for a great place to start a healthy lifestyle change or for community to journey with, these two places may be a great fit for you and your family.

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Good Times


Around Town


Hot Spot

20 Family Feature


Parent’s Corner


Field Trip


Page Turners

30 Lifestyle Calendar

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14 The Madison Improvement Club


Parting Thoughts

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Childhelp® Charity Gala at Arizona Biltmore The 10th annual “Drive the Dream” event raised $1 million for Childhelp®, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children. Highlights included a performance by Emmy® and Tony Award® winner, Kristin Chenoweth. Photography Loren Anderson

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only Arizonan who made the first or second team. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize players who have proven to be the world’s premier junior golfers. This year’s selections distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 114 national events. The teams are comprised of 97 junior golfers, ages 13-18, from 24 states, Puerto Rico and seven foreign countries (Bolivia, China, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand and Zimbabwe).



NOW OPEN: TACO HAUS Dave Andrea and Payton Curry, the owners of Old Town Scottsdale’s hit brat and beer spot, Brat Haüs, are transferring their success from German tastes to Latin escapes. Their new concept, Taco Haus, blends culinary influences from Mexico, Spain and Central and South America. Located in the spot previously occupied by Blue Burrito Grille at Scottsdale and Shea (7318 E. Shea Blvd.), Taco Haus showcases an open rotisserie live fuel cooking station, as well as a ceviche bar, tortillas made in house, seafood flown in fresh, and Niman Ranch pork and beef. A special takeout menu offering family-style tacos, ceviche and whole rotisserie chickens is also available. For more information, go to

After more than 12 years, locally owned CITYSunTimes is under new ownership. Indigo Publishing, Inc. President Lorrie Pomeroy is the new publisher of the community publication serving more than 80,000 readers. A Paradise Valley resident and mother of four, Pomeroy takes over for Founder and Publisher Hope H. Ozer, who will continue to serve as Publisher Emeritus. CST offers personalized news delivered monthly to area homes and businesses in several northern Phoenix cities including Paradise Valley. To learn more about the CITYSunTimes, visit

PARADISE VALLEY JAZZ PARTY Top-level musicians from across the nation perform at the 37th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party, one of the longest running live-jazz events in the world. Seating from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at reserved cocktail tables in the Sonoran Ballroom of the Scottsdale Hilton Resort, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road. 10 Paradise Valley Lifestyle | March 2014

The inaugural Scottsdale Giant Race benefiting the Scottsdale Charros will take place Friday and Saturday, March 7-8 at Scottsdale Stadium. Race distances will include 3 mile, 9k and Kids Race/Family Relay. Scottsdale Charros is an all-volunteer, non-profit group of business and civic leaders that help build the community by supporting youth sports, education and charitable causes. For more information and to register, visit

SPRING BREAK CAMPS FOR KIDS Scottsdale will host a variety of camps this spring to keep your kids active during break. First through eighth graders can participate in the sport activity camp led by experienced recreation professionals from 8 a.m. to noon, March 10-14, at Chaparral Park. The cost is $60. For more information, call 480.312.7657. The cost is $80 for other camps offering activities including crafts, sports and games cost: • Mountain View Park camp; Grades 1-5; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Horizon Park camp, Grades 1-5, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Paiute Neighborhood Center camp; Grades K-5; 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 480.312.2584 or visit



Hannah O’Sullivan, a sophomore at Xavier College Preparatory, was named to the 2013 Rolex Junior All-America Team American Junior Golf Association and Rolex. She received “second team” honors and was the

You can “Swim the Seven Wonders” by visiting any Scottsdale aquatic center this March. By simply tracking your miles, you can swim your way to great prizes, better health and fun destinations. There

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Simple Foods Equal Wonderful Flavor Article Kathleen Blair | Photography True Food Kitchen


ox Restaurants Concepts Owner Sam Fox seems to have a knack of picking winners, even with a new concept like a healthy food restaurant. With the nudging of Andrew Weil and the culinary talent of Executive Chef Michael Stebner, True Food Kitchen opened in October 2008 at the Biltmore Fashion Park. Much to my chagrin, this restaurant slipped by me. Even though I try to eat healthy most of the time I had not visited this restaurant until now. I can bet there are many others like me who have yet to try it. Could the reason be there’s the stigma that if something is good for you, it probably doesn’t taste that good? Let me assure you that in this case it is a total fallacy and a trip to True Food Kitchen will prove it. The food not only looks great, it tastes great, too.

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As I entered the restaurant, I was impressed with how open and bright it is with a healthy theme of yellow and green colors. General Manager Jessica Gant met with me. She started her career as a server at another Fox restaurant, Olive and Ivy, and then moved over to True Food Kitchen when it opened and was later promoted. “My favorite thing is teaching people how to eat just a little bit better,” explains Gant. “We serve great food that just happens to be good for you.” I started out by sampling all the Natural Refreshment beverages. It was fun sipping all these tasty drinks. I started with the Medicine Man, which is filled with antioxidant items like pomegranate, buckthorn, cranberry, black tea and soda. Other drinks I tried included the Natural (ginger, agave and soda), the Cucumber

Refresher (cucumber and honey lemonade), the Pomegranate Limeade (includes chia seed); the Green Arnie (green tea and honey lemonade), the Carrot Lemonade (ginger, honey and lemon), the Hangover Rx (coconut water, pineapple, vanilla and orange juice) and the Kale-Aid (kale, apple, cucumber, celery, lemon and ginger). The beverage tasting tantalized my taste buds and I was excited to try some of the food items on the menu. I began with an appetizer, the Caramelized Onion Tart. It was love at first bite. The flavor of the smoked garlic, black fig and gorgonzola cheese was absolutely delicious. This is a definite “do over” for my next visit. I also tried another appetizer, the Edamame Dumplings that were light and enjoyable, made with edamame, ginger, daikon radish, miso and white truffle oil. I moved on to sampling one of the house specialties, the Tuscan Kale Salad. It is made with bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon and red pepper. I was amazed at how good it was – probably the best kale salad I’ve ever had. In fact, this was the salad that convinced Sam Fox to open a restaurant that served nothing but healthy items

when Weil served it to him using the kale from his own garden. There are five other salads on the menu that sound equally good and can be served with either grilled chicken or grilled steelhead salmon. “We use only ingredients at their peak so the natural flavor can be tasted,” comments Chef Brad Brunin, who has been at the Biltmore location for three years. He previously worked at Cork and Different Point of View. I found that to be true in all the items I sampled, especially with the Wild Mushroom Pizza. As soon as I bit into it, I could really taste the mushroom flavor. In fact, there are three different types of mushrooms plus spelt, flax seed, taleggio cheese and roasted garlic that make this pizza simple and wonderful. Three other pizzas are also offered on the menu.

The restaurant offers six sandwiches: a grilled Albacore Tuna Slider, Turkey Burger, Shaved Turkey, A Quinoa Burger, Andy’s Favorite TLC and Bison Burger. I sampled the “Inside Out” Quinoa Burger which consists of two quinoa patties that serve as the bun, hummus, tzatziki, tomato, cucumber, red onion, avocado and feta: A generous portion and quite tasty. I liked that the menu pointed out which items were for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets. If you have other diet restrictions, just let Chef Brad know and he’ll go above and beyond to create something wonderful for you. And, for meat lovers there are steak tacos, bacon burritos and the chicken sausage pizza. You can be sure that no GMO’s are used and if a vegetable or fruit is on the Dirty Dozen list, the restaurant makes sure what they serve is organic.

This year the restaurant is helping the Boy’s and Girl’s Club build a community garden to further introduce good nutrition to the younger generation. And for those who want to cook healthy for their family, True Food Kitchen has its own cookbook, True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure, by Sam Fox, Andrew Weil and contributions by Chef Michael Stebner.


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Madison Phoenix Where Fun and Hard Work Come Together Article Lisa Allen | Photography Madison Phoenix


ne of Andrew Varela’s favorite books is Richard Branson’s Screw Business As Usual. After twenty minutes of conversation or one Party on a Bike at the Madison Improvement Club (MIC) you’ll understand why. “Our goal is to create a community space and workout programs that you actually want to come to,” says Varela, co-owner, instructor and value-based venture capitalist. With his mother, Mary Swanson, Varela and his team have taken what was once a vacant, neglected building and transformed it into a destination spot for anyone who craves a little fun with their workout.

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Our classes are like parties. We have the sound system, the lighting, the music and the attitude. It’s about more than just killing calories: Our instructors are putting on a show.

Located on the northeast corner of 38th Street and Indian School in the Madison district, the building was known as the Amico Bingo Club for 40 years. Varela and Swanson spotted the for-sale sign during an afternoon drive and decided to take a look. What they found is what interior designers refer to as ‘good bones.’ Working to maintain all of the original 1917 structure, the team kept prime features like the original oak wood floor. The result is a place that, like its founders, honors tradition but celebrates innovation. Unlike a traditional gym, the MIC focuses on three distinct pieces: Party on a Bike, Phenomenal Flow and s.e.e.d. café. Varela explains it this way: Cycling gets the blood pumping, yoga promotes flexibility and mindfulness and the offerings at s.e.e.d., the restaurant located on-site, nourish the soul as much as they fuel the body. The unique mix is a distinct reflection of the family that has built the MIC. Swanson, founder of the Silver Sneakers program, has a proven track record in creating successful and innovative

programs. Varela returned home to Arizona after playing golf at San Diego State University and, in addition to serving on numerous boards, is an angel investor and value-based venture capitalist. His father also brings restaurant experience to the table. “She’s all about preventative healthcare,” says Varela, speaking about Swanson. “After retirement, she re-wired as opposed to retired and started getting involved in passion projects. I’ve learned from her how to be an entrepreneur. She’s a visionary, and it’s been a blast working with her. There’s so much she knows that I’m learning, and I bring information about what’s current to the table. Together we’re a good team.” MIC has been open for 16 months now, and Varela is working with architects to open a second location in Tempe in October 2014. With family and community ties to San Diego, Varela says that expansion options are open, but for now they’re focusing on Phoenix and finding ways to give back to the community. “We love the Arcadia community, and it was important to us to maintain the history and the inherent feel of the place,” says Varela. Not only did they preserve the old glass alcohol flasks and the time capsule they found during renovations; they even still host BINGO events. The BINGO events are part of a larger mission to contribute to the community they call home. Each quarter MIC chooses a charity to benefit. Not only do Varela and his team raise money continued >

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It Takes a Village Everybody is family at the Village Racquet & Health Club.

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ven if you’ve never picked up a barbell or swung a racket, you’ve probably heard of the Village Racquet & Health Club located in the Arcadia neighborhood in Phoenix. Originally built in the early 1970s, this posh private club in the shadows of Camelback Mountain has proven so popular that the owners have opened two sister properties in Scottsdale and are constructing a fourth location in Chandler. So how has this longtime health and racquet club stayed in such great shape? The answer is obvious from the minute you step through the doors.

lo-shirt-wearing staff members are there to smile and greet you as you walk into the soaring two-story space. To the left there’s a small boutique filled with the latest yoga pants and other stylish workout gear. To the right, sunlight streams in from the expansive floor-to-ceiling glass windows that perfectly frame both the crisply blue-painted tennis courts and the million dollar views of Camelback just beyond. But then you start to notice something you don’t often see at health clubs: families. Lots of them. Moms with young toddlers, grandparents cooing over their grandkids, and teens chatting in the café. Sure, there are plenty of singles around, especially in the adults-only lounge located just off the lobby. But it’s a surprisingly family friendly environment. And that’s not an accident. “Camelback Village has such a long history in Phoenix and we still have dozens of the original members from the 1970s as well as their children and grandchildren as members,” says Judi Buterbaugh, the club’s long-time tennis program director. It’s all part of the Village’s commitment to making their club a community. Village Health Club President Carol Nalevanko calls it a home away from home.

We are different than the standard health club because we put a high focus on the social element. That’s why we have so many clubs within the club that bring our members together… Tucked behind a massive bronze sculpture of a knocked-down boxer, the Camelback Village’s lobby is exactly what you’d expect from a high-end health club. A gaggle of fit, young and po18 Paradise Valley Lifestyle | March 2014

“We have multiple generations of families who have grown up at the Village,” she says. “When you walk into the club you will see your neighbors and friends everywhere. It’s almost like a fun block party every day.” But that’s not to say they don’t take their fitness seriously there. “We have 15 personal trainers on staff, a registered dietitian, Pilates instructors, basketball coaches, swim instructors, tennis pros, and more,” says Lia Pulver, fitness director at the Camelback Village. “We have one of the most stringent qualifications for hiring personal trainers in the Valley. Each trainer has at least a four-year degree, if not a master’s degree, in the field of exercise science or exercise physiology, and we also require them to have a national certification such as ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), ACE (American Council on Exercise).” And as you can imagine with all those highly qualified instructors on-hand, the Camelback Village also offers a workout to suit almost anyone’s needs. Following a recent renovation, this stateof-the-art, 82,000-square-foot facility features everything from a heated, resort-style pool and 15 championship tennis courts, to a full-service day spa and salon. There are multiple areas brimming with all the latest equipment, as well as group exercise rooms offering more than 125 classes every week, including Kinesis, CrossFit, Zumba, not to mention a dedicated Pilates studio and a dedicated Mind-Body Studio for Yoga. “One unique offering is our rooftop yoga where you can practice yoga under the stars with a great view of Camelback Mountain,” says Nalevanko. Where else in the Valley can you take a fencing class and then follow it up with a squash match against a nonagenarian. “We offer fencing classes for members of all ages, especially encouraging members over 40 to get started in the sport,” says Tennis Director Judi Buterbaugh. “We also have squash, with players starting as young as 5 and we have one player who is 91-yearsold and still competing.” However, as anyone who’s ever signed up for a gym membership can tell you, it’s one thing to have access to all sorts of fancy bells and whistles, and another to actually use said workout equipment. “That’s why one of the first ‘gifts’ a new member receives when they join is a complimentary session with our on-staff nutritionist to address their specific needs and answer any questions,” says Kim Burch, assistant general manager. “Another gift they receive is a personal training session with a personal trainer, a trainer who’s selected specifically based on the needs of the new mem-

ber, not of the needs of ‘Who needs a client?’ Our employees will even jump in with members when they are looking for motivation and take a class with them to encourage them and make them feel comfortable in the class.” Buterbaugh says when a member joins, they are contacted by at least 3 or 4 managers to offer them a spa service, a personal training session, a free racquet sports lesson and to answer any questions. “This way, they know people within the club so they don’t feel so alone,” she says. “We go out of our way to make sure members meet other members so they have ‘buddies’ at the clubs.” In other words, if you’re looking for a faceless place where you can workout in anonymity, then the Village is probably not for you. “It’s every Village employee’s role to help weave new and existing members into the Village fabric,” Burch says. “We are always searching for opportunities to introduce members to other members who share the same interest, job title, or even like the same type of wine.” Nalevanko says the Village takes a unique approach. “We are different than the standard health club because we put a high focus on the social element,” she explains. “That’s why we have so many clubs within the club that bring our members together, including hiking clubs, swim clubs, triathlon clubs, running clubs, tennis socials and tournaments, fitness challenges, etc.”

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Family Feature

At Home with Ed and Patsy Lowry Article Becca Mulder | Photography provided by Ed and Patsy Lowry


hen I hear the names Ed and Patsy Lowry, words like genuine, committed and creative come to mind. But they certainly don’t paint the whole picture of this amazing Paradise Valley couple of more than 50 years. A third-generation Phoenician, Patsy is a wife, mother, grandmother, hostess, cook, teacher, realtor, author, speaker and artist. She enjoys teaching those around her the importance of creating lasting family rituals that can be carried on through the generations. Her colorful artwork is shown in numerous museums and galleries throughout the nation. Among many of her accomplishments she graduated from Arizona State with a Bachelor and Master of Arts. Patsy has just finished her third book, “Truly Scrumptious! It’s To Dine For!” She shares her heart and vision behind it. “My book focuses on giving readers specific information about how to create lasting memories through rituals and celebrations,” she says. “I encourage them to create events that will add something special to their lives with step-by-step recipes, cooking and entertaining shortcuts, tips on how to be a great hostess, how to creatively set tables with flair and style.” Ed obtained his bachelor’s and law degrees from Stanford University. He had the privilege of serving Paradise Valley as mayor for three consecutive terms from 1998 to 2004. He is currently organizing his 50th consecutive trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon this June. Ed also shares a love of writing and is finishing up his book on the adventures of his many times 20 Paradise Valley Lifestyle | March 2014

rafting the Colorado River. The book is titled, “Excuse Me Sir, Is This the Grand Canyon?” The couple has been married for 51 years, and remains completely in love, a huge accomplishment in this day. Their love and commitment encompasses their children and grandchildren, Rachel Elliot and Edward “Ace” Lowry and two grandson’s Kelley, 11, and Butchie, 10. They love calling Paradise Valley home and consider many of the residents lifelong friends.

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Parent’s Corner tell other people what and how to eat nor make a scene on what our family has decided to eat. We would be sensitive to the giver of the food and accept it if the person’s feelings were on the line but not necessarily eat it.

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top! Don’t eat that!” yelled my 4-year-old, Allison. Our family friend paused with the pizza right at his lips. “It has pepperoni which is a brain killer,” Allison explained. We all laughed and moved on with the night. Then another day arose when my dad offered my children some candy. “No thanks, they contain high fructose corn syrup,” they replied. We didn’t laugh as much on this one, rather it created a silent pause as everyone thought about it. And then the awkward moment arrived at a family party when the cake was being handed out and one of my girls asked loudly, “Does this icing have dyes in it?! I can’t eat dyes!” This health thing wasn’t helping our relationships with those we loved. We needed to have a family talk. Our healthy lifestyle was obvious to those around us but it wasn’t being communicated with ease. Furthermore, I knew our kids felt the tension as they would strive to obey only to have others roll their eyes. Often they sat at events with nothing to share or felt rude to those who tried to share a treat with them. We seemed at a crossroads: give up on being healthy and let the kids do whatever they wanted, or create some basic understandings that put everyone at ease. We decided to stay healthy and created some guides for communicating about health in positive ways: • Role play “health manners.” Talk through how to appropriately handle your family’s health decisions without making others feel inferior. This can take time to develop understanding. We determined we would ask questions about the food privately to one adult rather than announce it to the whole table. We would not

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• Decide what truly is not allowed. If the lines are gray it can be difficult for the child to know when to say no and when to say yes. For us, we choose to avoid MSG, high fructose corn syrup, and dyes completely. These are three things the children don’t even have to ask about when deciding. And yes, that means most candy. But don’t feel too sorry for the kids. We can still do select cookies, cupcakes, chocolates, popsicles and frozen yogurt but something such as candy is just always a “nope.” This will cut out the please and sad faces of “can I mom” in moments when it’s hard. In addition, we decided we would only do one treat a day (or none!) but would allow for two treats at parties and holidays. If they want more they can save something for the next day. This causes them to be aware and carefully select their items. • Teach the children the reason behind eating healthy so they understand it is to help them. My younger kids are still learning this but my older three ages 8, 10, and 11 are at a place they don’t want the junk because they understand what it does and what it can lead to in life. Their taste buds have adapted and if they do eat unhealthy they don’t feel well and know why. This has helped them make their own wise choices when we aren’t there to guide. Once a child has their own convictions it takes quite the burden off of the parents because they trust the child knows and will do what is right. • Keep healthy treats readily available as an option. This has worked wonders in our family. We take a trip to the local health food store and let the children pick out several fun and tasty treats. It may even include the “candy” stuff just without the dyes and high fructose. These items are something they really like and when school, church, friends or extra activities offers treats there is a back-up plan. • Be consistent in the decisions but not obsessive. “Mom, at the sleepover there was a game that used Skittles that we had to catch in our mouths and if I didn’t play then we wouldn’t have had equal players.” Sometimes being aware and making a situational judgment is good enough. We express appreciation and affirm our kids when this happens. Look at the overall pattern of the decisions made and whether or not there is a direction of consistency or habit. We have come a long way since our kids would correct others in what they were eating or announce to parties what wasn’t allowed. This generation most likely knows more about health than what my friends and I were aware of growing up, but I want it to be communicated and understood in wholesome expression for all involved. Although, I will say having my four year old yell out “brain killer” to people who eat pepperoni is a favorite memory.

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’m alone. Well not really alone. My steed is moving with a slow gait across the sandy terrain. The last set of mountain passes nearly killed us, but if we press on we’ll make it to our destination by nightfall. The sun is hot under my gnarly beard, and I long for a hot meal and a cold beverage. In the blink of an eye, I’m snapped out of my highway hypnosis by a car horn blaring nearby. I see my wife peering over at me from the passenger seat of our car. A mile marker draws near and we are elated to see Santa Fe listed on it. We left Oklahoma that morning, and were weary from the road. We wouldn’t reach California, our final destination, for a few days. My childhood memories of Santa Fe were fond ones, so I thought it would be the ideal place for an overnight stay.

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margaritas. Its pages were full of various agave elixirs, concoctions and serums. The ‘Dirty Old Man,” the “Boogie Woogie,” the “GetA-Clue-Nee.” After further investigation, I noticed the list also included tequila-related information. Maria’s takes pride in using only 100% agave tequila made by fermenting 100% agave juices (other tequilas often contain sugar and water). As I read I learned about the ageing of tequila: Silver—fresh from the still; Reposado—60-plus days in an oak barrel, Anejo—1-plus years on oak. After careful consideration, we knew which margaritas we wanted to try. I ordered “My Old Hometown,” a 100% reposado with Bols Triple Sec; my wife chose “The Cheap Date,” 100% agave silver tequila mixed with Bols Triple Sec (I’m not sure if it was the altitude, my wife’s lack of body mass, or the tiring drive that day, but it was a cheap date indeed!). We also ordered New Mexican tacos and a Hatch Green Chile stew, both were phenomenal. I made a mental note to thank Arvin the following day, as his recommendation proved valuable. The next morning, we woke early and readied ourselves for another bout of gastronomic jousting. I knew we would be pressed for time, so again we went with an Arvin suggestion and made our way to Tia Sophia’s, the Hispanic-inspired café near the Plaza de Santa Fe. Despite it being early on a Sunday morning, the drive downtown was relaxing. People were out walking and riding bikes as the smell of burning wood filled the air, and music could be heard in the distance, as if the city had provided its own soundtrack. I had to make sure my highway hypnosis wasn’t creeping up on me again. The streets were quiet, with the exception of a few shop owners as they tidied up their small boutiques. As good as my chorizo and greenchili breakfast burrito at Tia Sophia’s was, it was overshadowed by the morning light as it reflected off adobe buildings interlaced with continued > bright hues of blue, turquoise and pink. We pulled into the outskirts of town on the tail end of dusk. The mountains glowed with gold and pink hues as the temperature dropped. After a short search, we located a guest house—a quaint place south of the plaza area—aptly called the Exquisite Sanctuary. Arvin, the kind gentleman running the guest house, warmly welcomed us and gave us a short tour. After unloading our bags, we asked him to recommend a place to eat. He quickly suggested a popular place named Maria’s, “… a quaint place with hundreds of different margaritas,” he said. He explained how the margaritas are made and spoke about the other items on the menu. We were sold. Maria’s reception area was full of patrons in a chipper mood. Even those waiting seemed happy. We were seated in the waiting area and handed an “encyclopedia” of March 2014 | Paradise Valley Lifestyle 25

Field Trip


We made our way down East San Francisco Street toward the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a truly stunning church. The first “phase” was constructed in 1610 by Franciscan Friars who accompanied Spanish colonists that were exploring the area. The version that stands today has changed significantly from its original adobe façade, but I highly doubt the prestige of this cathedral has ever been lessened. The church, named to honor the Patron Saint of Santa Fe, was elevated in 2005 to a Basilica by Pope Benedict XVI, meaning the church has a particular importance in Rome, as well as in other areas abroad. Churches that are honored in this way are done so due to their importance in spreading Catholicism. After visiting the cathedral and enjoying its splendor, we meandered along nearby streets and came upon a small outdoor market. Artisans were selling woven rugs and colorful ceramic skulls honoring Dia de Los Muertos. Plump red peppers bunched together were set out to dry on racks as flute-playing Kokopelli sculptures stood guard nearby. By mid-morning the area was bustling with activity. People of all ages walked along the streets as art galleries displayed works as seen through open doors.

A hearty, middle-aged man sat playing his guitar, which echoed melodic bass notes off surrounding stucco walls. Too soon, my time in Santa Fe came to an end. It was time to hit the road. I was sad to be parting with this nostalgic, time-capsule of a city. Santa Fe is how I remembered it; a friendly place where locals and tourists alike mingle and enjoy one another’s company, and where good conversation is surpassed only by the food and drink. To me, there’s a familiar feel to Santa Fe. Its ambiance is laid-back, intelligent and artistic. The city is full of history, with stories ready to be shared … after a few margaritas of course.


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Page Turners

Still Alice Written by Lisa Genova Reviewed by Tracy Sullivan


n the eloquent, compelling novel Still Alice, author Lisa Genova gives an insightful glimpse into the world of dementia. It is rare for a book about Alzheimer’s to be told from the perspective of the person with the disease. Though Genova’s book is a work of fiction, the author, who holds a doctorate degree in neuroscience from Harvard University, describes Alice’s descent into Alzheimer’s so accurately (due to many years of research and interviews with patients who have the disease), that the story feels like a biography. Genova’s story about Dr. Alice Howland, a 50-year-old woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s (i.e. before age 65), touchingly and honestly shows how the patient feels. Genova does a brilliant job of conveying the frustration, sadness and isolation that

millions of people with the disease are going through. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease now affects more than 5 million people ages 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 people under the age of 65. Still Alice does a wonderful job of communicating information about the experience of Alzheimer’s Disease. Alice Howland is a woman in the prime of her life, at the height of her career. She works as a Harvard professor who gives brilliant lectures across the country and is highly respected in her field. She’s still madly in love with her husband John and a loving mother to their three grown children. At first, she attributes her forgetfulness and disorientation (such as getting lost a few blocks from her home) to menopause or perhaps a brain tumor. As her symptoms progress and she is finally diagnosed, Alice’s life begins to unravel. She takes the reader on a journey increasingly filled with muddled thoughts, lost words, repetitious behaviors and fear of the future. Howland is forced to retire from her job at Harvard and becomes increasingly dependent on her husband and children to

help her through daily routines and ensure her safety. As a formerly independent woman, she struggles with the knowledge that one day she will be completely dependent on others. Howland’s husband tries his best to be supportive, but his unease and distress about his wife’s condition is apparent. He, too, is a successful educator and scientist but doesn’t want to put his career on hold to be a full time caregiver to his wife. Still Alice is a must read for anyone with a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, or for those in the health care field who work with our aging population. Even those who are not touched by this cruel disease will find Genova’s story interesting and unforgettable. Lisa Genova is the New York Times bestselling author of Left Neglected and her newest novel is Love Anthony.

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Enjoy music, theater, comedy, food and drink, crafts, games and knights jousting at one of the largest renaissance festivals in the nation. Highlights include 13 stages of live entertainment, outdoor circus, Medieval Arts & Crafts Fair, Jousting Tournament, and daylong feast. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. No pets; free parking.



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Explore the works of nearly 200 nationally acclaimed exhibiting artists at the 44th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival on the Civic Center Mall. Enjoy 20 toe-tapping Arizona bands and entertainers, 12 mouth-watering gourmet food trucks and lots of other fun. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit

This 26th annual craft beer tasting extravaganza will showcase over 200 brews from more than 50 breweries from across the state, country and around the globe. The festival also features live music, food, and fun for people ages 21 and over. All proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona. 2-6 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park. For tickets,


The City of Scottsdale and Petco present the 4th Annual Paws in the Park. Bring the whole family to Chaparral Park from 8 a.m. to Noon for a fun event both you and your dog will enjoy. Highlights include Pet Expo, Pet Drive, and a Sniff and Stroll walk. Event free; $10 per human/dog for walk benefitting Off Leash Dog Parks in Scottsdale. Visit to register.


Devoured Food + Wine Classic is the region’s premier annual culinary event hosted at the Phoenix Art Museum. Features food and wine tastings from local artisans, farms, restaurateurs, food producers and vintners. Tickets range from $80-150. To purchase tickets, log on to


The Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale offers a large variety of arid-adapted plants, pottery and other garden accessories for purchase. Garden professionals are on hand to answer questions and assist. No admission charge to enter the Spring Plant Sale held 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday.


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Celebrate the season with art, music and interactive activities at Scottsdale Public Art’s Canal Convergence Spring Equinox. This free, four-day festival takes place on the Scottsdale Waterfront. Enjoy engaging and inspiring art installations, hands-on activities, live music, performances and the Artisan Market’s urban marketplace experience. For more information, visit


This 11th annual family-friendly festival celebrates Asian culture with two days of dragon boat races, vendors, food and craft booths and performances by martial artists, musicians and dancers at Tempe Town Lake.


Sanctuary on Camelback’s award-winning musical series returns with live music from top performers on the patio of Jade Bar from 2-6 p.m. along with a gourmet picnic experience. In addition, two special marquee events will be held on Paradise Views and the lower lawn. Tickets are $5 or $15 depending on the event. Go to for more details.


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Parting Thoughts

Waking Up to a Fresh Start Words Hona Amer


lace up my tennis shoes, open the door and the crisp air reminds me that a new day has dawned. My brain is in resistance as I start on my morning walk. I know that if I just start moving that it will warm up. As I take the first few steps, the sun peeks over the horizon to greet me. A couple of birds start singing a sweet melody that I had forgotten existed. I breathe in and fill my lungs with fresh air, followed by a sigh. I am so glad to be alive. I continue on my journey. I wave at a neighbor whose dog is frolicking in the front yard. The world seems to be slowly awakening from its slumber. In the quiet moments of the morning, the worries of the coming day seem to be distant, and I am reminded how something as simple as a morning walk can bring order to one’s day. It creates space in your life that busyness wants to crowd out. As my path takes me around a curve in the road, I am reminded that a healthy lifestyle is more than taking a walk every once in a while, but it is about finding alignment in multiple areas of our lives. We need to create space and margin in our lives. As we create the much-needed margin in our lives, our life’s pace takes on a new rhythm. Many times, creating space equates to not booking our days and schedules so full that we don’t have time for the simple things. If exercise is the only thing on which we focus to create a healthy lifestyle, we miss the other key parts of the equation. We miss eating well because we run out of time and forget that what we put into our body matters. Choosing to eat clean impacts not only our bodies but our mental outlook as well. We need space to cook healthy food instead of always choosing convenience.

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Margin gives us time to read a book and rest when the tasks of the day have made us tired. It allows us to have people and relationships in our lives that bring joy to our hearts; we are not meant to do life alone. We have time to invest in our emotional well-being by taking care of ourselves, letting go of toxic relationships, giving to others, and finding fulfillment in our lives. My breathing gets deeper. I finish the last few paces of my walk and sense a shift in my perspective. I unlace my tennis shoes, feeling physically rejuvenated and ready to face the day. As I step inside and realize the day has already begun, my heart is thankful for moments where I can pause, moments where I can be thankful for the blessings in my life. It’s not just about having a healthy body, but it’s about having a healthy life.

Hona Amer is the author of the book, Smart Work U, a book that focuses on helping prospective college students achieve the most from their college experience, in the most cost effective manner. She received her M.B.A. from Missouri State University. Hona Amer is an adjunct professor at Evangel University. She is the founder of The H Group, a creative marketing company. Her weekly inspirational message, Monday Morning Coffee with Hona, can be found at




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