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COVER FEATURE Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey dishes on his Scottsdale restaurant, his new ABC show The Taste, and running a burgeoning restaurant empire VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE Gift ideas to jump-start your love

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Make The Most Out Of Your Fitness Clothes

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HOME & DESIGN TRENDS The hottest design looks for the season


Arizona’s Longest-Running Nature Show • now through March is Eagle Watch. in addition to bald and golden eagles, you may see Great Blue Herons, Coopers Hawks and kestrels. • on February 10, Rhythm on the Rails returns to Verde Canyon. Seven diverse musical groups featuring rock, country, folk and story-telling will move through the train and play a private concert in each car. • Verde Canyon railroad sweetens your Valentine experience with the 11th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Train February 12-17.

...and don’t forget • The Easter Bunny Express on Sunday, March 31 • It’s a Cinco de Mayo fiesta on Sunday, May 5 • Celebrate National Train Day on Saturday, May 11 • Throw Mama ON the Train for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12 • See the stars come out during the first Starlight Tour of 2013 Saturday, May 25

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44 Technology: Gadgets and gizmos 54 Entrepreneurship: What does SEO mean today 70 Auto Trends: The Audi A5: One fine coupe 78 Event Calendar: What’s happening in the Valley


69 Jewels: Tips on upgrading your diamonds 73 Relationships: How to determine if he's The One 77 Flavor: Braised Beef Ravioli 80 Adopt-A-Pet: Furry friends








62 Investments: Investing in IRAs


56 Style: Making the most out of your fitness wardrobe 58 Beauty: Innovative weapons for the battle against time 60 Fitness: How to stay committed to fitness goals 64 Golf: Going the distance 66 Health: Should you be taking supplements?


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76 Kona Grill: Restaurant unveils new look 82 Fiesta Bowl: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Invitation


20 LOCAL PROFILE: Anthem’s Joe Bacal 22 ARIZONA SKIES: Rare appearances by planets and comets 31 VALLEY VIBRATIONS: Hogjaw, a Deep South band from out West 32 ART & CULTURE: Desert Stages Theatre 34 AZ FUN FACTS: Stagecoach travel was far from first class 35 SPORTS: ASU softball team gains ground 36 ENTERTAINMENT: Best in TV, Music, and Movies 38 HOT SHEET: What’s new in the Valley 40 TWO CENTS: The Dearings chime in 41 GIVING BACK: Organization empowers young women 74 BOOKS: New and noteworthy



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On the Subject of Work…


our work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” Attributed to Buddha, this quote aptly illustrates the journey of the celebrity chef/ restaurateur featured on our cover. Brian Malarkey had to go searching for his life’s work. And like most of us, he didn’t find it overnight, but once he did, success certainly wasn’t instant. Malarkey did stints in different colleges, worked in various kitchens, and ultimately set off on a three-month backpacking journey through Europe, where he slept on docks and snuck into restaurants. Once he got hooked on cooking, he was in 100 percent, and he approached his craft with a fervor and creativity that gained him plenty of notice. While we should all be so lucky, it’s this kind of determination and passion that contributes to success in any form. And there’s nothing better than a success story—see if you don’t agree after reading a bunch of Malarkey (we couldn’t resist) on page 24.

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While we’re on the subject of success, we’re happy to honor three Valley philanthropists and their organizations that are making a local difference. You can make an impact, too. Beginning at midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at and pledge their financial support to the nonprofit of their choice during Arizona Gives Day. Read more about this statewide initiative on page 42. The Valley is known for a good number of things, and golf is definitely one of them. We have so many great courses here that it’s difficult to pick one that’s a standout. So we enlisted the help of golf professional Scott Sackett to put together a dream round of one-of-a-kind holes from around Scottsdale to put on your playing wish list this season.


For those of you who prefer other pursuits, we’ve got you covered. From exotic travels to home-design trends along with tips to make the most out of your fitness wardrobe and innovative beauty weapons for the battle against time, you’ll find at least something that interests you. Cheers!



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Scott Sackett, GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999, was recently voted as one of “Golf Digest”s best teachers in the state for the fifth year in a row. He is also director of instruction at Park Meadows Country Club in Park City, Utah. While in Scottsdale, he teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. Contact Scott through his website at, or email him at scott@


Audriana Gates is an Arizona State University alumna. She is a freelance writer specializing in music and social events and currently resides in Arizona. When not writing, Audriana can be found at many of the Valley’s live-music events.


Michael Torres is a Texas State University alumnus who majored in journalism. He is a freelance writer and sports enthusiast currently residing in Mesa, Arizona.


Greg Rubenstein is a freelance automotive journalist and deputy editor for, an auto-enthusiast Website. He has been writing about and racing cars for 25 years.


Michelle Pelberg is a Phoenix native whose passion for animals began at a very young age. Her talent for photography was not discovered until later on in her life. When not tending to her small zoo at home, she helps educate the minds of high school kids as an assistant teacher of photography.


Scott Bohall is the owner of Treasures Jewelers. The Treasures staff has won more design awards than any jeweler in Arizona. Scott is a past president and current board member of the Arizona Jewelers Association. He travels the world to find gems and speaks throughout the state on jewelry-related topics.


Jennifer Zach is a freelance writer who ventures to the North Valley from her home in Ahwatukee. Jennifer and her family enjoy Saturday morning trips to Fountain Hills to visit grandparents and eat oven-baked pancakes at Flapjack’s.


Diana Bocco is a freelance writer, a coach, and an author. For the past decade, freelance writing has taken her from the dusty streets of Phnom Penh to the manicured gardens of Tokyo to the cobbled alleyways of Prague. As a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant, she specializes in health and beauty topics.


Kim Miller is a commercial and fitness model/talent, a freelance writer, and a stylist. Her client portfolio ranges from Columbia Sportswear to Pepsi Corporation, and her articles can be seen in a variety of publications. She holds a Master of Science degree from Miami University and is an avid runner. A strong advocate for clean eating, wellness, and balance, Kim is the co-founder of Fit Mom Diet. 14



He has been called a cowboy singer, a humorist, and a storyteller. He is Arizona’s official state historian, but Marshall Trimble’s most treasured title is teacher. He hopes people will realize the importance and fun involved in Arizona history and culture.


Lea Friese-Haben is Arizona’s number-one dating expert. She is happily married to Cpt. Greg Haben of Southwest Airlines and has three children. Lea is a certified holistic practitioner and is a regular guest on channels 3, 10, 12, and 15.


Matthew Grunwald has been whipping up culinary delights in his mother’s kitchen for years and loves to bring his original recipes to a television audience on “AZ Midday” and “Valley Dish” segments. He is training at the Culinary Institute of America and plans to once again distribute a line of mouthwatering cookies through local stores very soon.


Steve Kates/Dr. Sky® is a locally and nationally known broadcaster of both radio and TV. He is president of Dr.Sky Inc, a multimedia company that produces the Dr.Sky Show on KTAR News Talk 92.3 FM, and appears as a regular on the Morning Scramble on AZTV with Pat McMahon.


Julie Carlson is a freelance writer. She’s had articles published in the Town of Paradise Valley Independent as well as Phoenix and Desert Living magazines. Julie is also an aspiring screenwriter—her book review blog, “That’s Swell!,” is part of her company, Reel Swell Productions. Julie is also a former police clerk with 11 years experience in law enforcement.


Scott E. Whitney was trained at the Navy School of Photography and has traveled the world as a photographer. From portraits to weddings and events, Scott has done it all. He is also a successful real estate broker and investor at Whitney Realty and Investments. As a photographer and broker, Scott is bridging both professions, complementing each in a very rewarding way.


Jon Kenton is principal consultant and owner of JRDR Marketing. Originally from London, he has been living in Arizona with his family for the last eight years. Jon has worked in computing and communications for over 20 years. If it connects to a TV, a camera, a network, or a computer, Jon has probably used it.


North Valley resident Eric Twohey loves to experience new places and meet new people. He enjoys painting and traveling. His other interests include music, photography, sports, and entrepreneurship. Eric earned two degrees from CSU Sacramento and served on the university’s student-government board of directors.


Heather Sanders is a local home-style expert with an affi nity for livable spaces and budget-friendly design options. She has been a repeat style scout on ABC 15 Sonoran Living Live and has been featured in 202 and Go Gilbert magazines as well as The Arizona Republic. She resides in the East Valley with her young family.


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For Him & Her Valentine’s Day gift ideas to jump-start your love.

Fondue for Two Dip your way into bliss. The Melting Pot offers a menu crafted for couples in love for the entire week of Valentine's Day. From the fruit-infused Love Martini to sumptuous cheese fondues to luscious melted chocolate courses with delectable dipping accompaniments, you’re sure to experience an evening of romance you’re not likely to forget.



Musical Valentine Let the sound of music fi ll the heart at the Musical Instrument Museum’s Very Vintage Valentine’s Day celebration on Feb. 14. Instead of treating your Valentine to another dinner and movie, spend an evening under the stars and embark on a global journey through music. This special evening features live tunes and dance, piquant dishes from the global community, wines, gallery tours, a photo booth, and more. $60.

Parisian Macarons Nothing says romance like something French. In this case, the way into your lover’s heart may well be a colorful French confection with origins dating back to the 1600s. At 21 Cakes in Scottsdale, owner Linda Schneider makes traditional Parisian macarons from scratch. These petite mouthfuls of rich flavor characterized by a thin, crispy shell; a chewy inside; and a light creamy fi lling are bound to surprise and delight. $1.60 each.

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A LUXURY BOUTIQUE inn, Las Posadas is an enchanting spot to test the power of Cupid. There couldn’t be a more romantic destination closer to the North Valley than magical Sedona. Ideally situated at the gateway to Sedona’s Red Rock Country, this charming inn boasts professionally decorated villas and spacious two-room suites perfect for romantic interludes. Embracing the timeless beauty of the surrounding red rocks, Las Posadas features warm colors and plush furnishings in every well-appointed 650-square-foot suite, while their three luxurious 1,500-square-foot villas take the luxury even further. All accommodations are ideal for a couple seeking a romantic getaway with the perfect combination of privacy and service to keep your stay feeling intimate and all your own. Because Las Posadas is a smaller and more intimate setting, you’ll receive all the personal attention you desire. At check-in, you will be escorted to your suite. Each morning, you'll be treated with a complimentary Southwestern gourmet breakfast. Las Posadas and its staff are there to take care of all those things that make your trip memorable: concierge services, wireless Internet, afternoon snacks, restaurant recommendations and reservations, tour bookings, hiking, bicycling information, and (we hope, ultimately) a massage in the privacy of your own suite. Book your suite or villa at



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Jennifer Zach chats with Anthem resident Joe Bacal about winning the SCORE Baja 1000 Peninsula Run and his fight against cancer. IN THE EXTREME conditions of offroad racing, you have to stay cool and in control. You also have to be smart about what lies ahead, especially if you’re setting out to win the SCORE Baja 1000 Peninsula run, widely recognized as the toughest off-road race in the world. On the 1,122-mile stretch from Ensenada to La Paz, drivers face highly technical sections, push through silt-filled washes, and navigate populated areas at high speed. As Anthem resident Joe Bacal prepared to race the 45th Annual Peninsula Run for the third time this past November, he knew he had to be in excellent condition if he wanted to finish the race, let alone win it. He had to be in control. The race is extremely gruel-



ing, both physically and mentally, and he wanted to “Iron Man”it–– drive it solo. Bacal grew up in Southern California, racing motorcycles and dirt bikes as a teen before embarking on a career as a test driver/ technician with General Motors in Arizona. Eventually, Bacal joined an elite driving evaluation group,working with GM and Nissan and finally becoming the lead off-road specialist with Toyota. Bacal and his wife, Teresa, moved to Anthem with their new baby, Greyson, in 2001.They were drawn to the new community by the parks and surrounding mountains. It has proven to be a great place for family life. “Anthem is a good place to be,” Bacal says. “People here like where they live, and they watch out for each other.” In 2006, their world was turned upside down when Bacal was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Through 2007, he initially underwent treatment at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa. After successfully fighting

off, and on Nov. 21 of last year, Bacancer, Joe and Teresa decal finished first in his class after cided to pursue his dream driving solo for 38 hours and 22 of starting an independent minutes through the punishing professional driving business course, with no rest stops. It was a and competing in worldtough race, but Bacal and his team class off-road racing. They ran it without so much as a flat tire, established JT Grey Perforrepeating their 2009 victory. mance Driving, and just months after finishing chemotherapy and Off-road racing takes extraorradiation, Bacal crossed the finish dinary stamina and a great support line of the 2007 Baja Peninsula run team, which are also key to beating in a Class 7s truck. cancer. The Bacals are committed to helping other cancer patients Although driving and racgain control over the chaos of caning take Bacal all over, he relies cer in their life–– on key support together they here in the Valfounded Chip In ley. Bacal races To Cure, a founin the S toc k dation committed Full-Size class, to raising funds to driving a profight cancer and duction model to supplement Lexus LX 570, Cancer Treatmodified by ment Centers Geiser Brothof America. Joe ers Racing in Bacal takes every Peoria. “Geiser chance he can get builds all the top Joe Bacal and a pal after a race. to tell his story trophy trucks for and encourage off-road racing,” other cancer fighters and patients Bacal says. “Mine is the only facto never give up. tory truck that they have done.” Bacal also trained at SWEAT “Life isn’t over after canIndividualized Training in Ancer,” he says. “It will make you them several times a week for six a stronger person. You can put months prior to the race. yourself in the driver’s seat and The months of training paid take control.”

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The Universe Has a Message for You! Rare appearances by planets and comets mark 2013. THIS YEAR OFFERS up some amazing events

to look at, and some of these are easy to see with the naked eye. February 2013 skies provide us with our first good look at the innermost planet—Mercury! Mercury is becoming one of the most amazing planets in our solar system. Mercury’s one of the densest planets that we know of. It was named for the Roman mercantile god of the same name who was often associated with the Greek deity Hermes, the messenger god. And the planet does have a message for us: It has polar ice at its north pole, which may be remarkable considering that it’s the nearest planet to the sun. But even more amazing is the possibility of organic material under that ice. Of course, we won’t know for sure until the Messenger spacecraft—note the name!—returns more data on Mercury. For a glimpse of Mercury,

look low in the southwestern sky on the evening of Feb. 11 some 30 minutes after sunset, and you’ll see the thin crescent moon and the planet Mercury under the moon. Just below Mercury, closer to the horizon, is the planet Mars. Additional planets adorn the night sky in February and March. Jupiter remains high in the southern sky at sunset and is worth viewing through your telescope. Saturn and Venus remain the morning planets visible during this period in time. Catch the moon in February at the following phases: last-quarter moon on the 3rd, high in the southern sky at dawn; the new moon on the 10th––this is Chinese New Year, the Year Of The Snake; first-quarter-moon on the 17th; and the Full Snow or Wolf Moon on the 25th. With the return of March, the seasons change on the 20th at 4 a.m. local time. The moon in March is found on the following dates: last-quarter moon on the 4th, new moon on the 11th: first-quarter moon on the

17th, and the Full Worm Moon on the 27th. March has a few great planets visible, too. Still high in the southwest at sunset is Jupiter, and Saturn is high in the southeastern sky at midnight. The big news is the new comet that may be very bright in our March skies. This vagabond heavenly body is known as Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan STARRS). Discovered back in 2011 in Hawaii, it will come closest to the sun around March 9 and 10, when it will be some seven degrees high in the west after sunset. This comet may become quite bright as it gets higher in the western sky each day. After perihelion (the point in the orbit of a comet where it is nearest to the sun), the comet may have a lot of dust in its wake and add to the sky show. Now is the time to get your cameras and telescope ready, as this may be one of the best comet sightings in a long time. If this comet doesn’t live up to expectations, get set for the bonus round––comet C/2012 S1 (ISON)! Discovered last year, this comet will come within 680,000 miles of the sun on Nov. 28 and light up like a torch. The comet will then be very close to Earth on Dec. 26, 2013. The comet may be the brightest comet in our lifetime and should be easy to see in the sky for most of December 2013. This may be the return of the great daylight comet of 1680— certainly a great sight then, and now we have the technology to enjoy it further. Get set for an amazing 2013. Above all, always remember to keep your eyes to the skies! Join Dr. Sky® for the many Dr. Sky programs around Arizona, monthly events at the beautiful Las Posadas Resort in Sedona, and monthly “Dr. Sky Cruise to the Cosmos” on the Dolly Steamboat. Listen to KTAR News Talk 92.3 weekly for the Dr.Sky Show, 3 a.m. Saturday mornings. Find the good stuff on Dr. Sky’s websites at and E-mail Dr. Sky at You can find him on Facebook.








COME EARLY STAY LATE is the title of Chef Brian Malarkey’s new

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cookbook, and that’s exactly what you’ll want to do after stepping inside his recently opened Scottsdale restaurant, Searsucker. A fresh take on dining, it’s the latest iteration of his wildly successful group of Southern California restaurants that he’s dubbed the Fabric of Social Dining. With restaurant names like Burlap, Gingham, Herringbone, Gabardine, and, of course, Searsucker (that’s sear, not seer—get it?), his clever concept fits well with his quirky persona. Indeed, it’s Malarkey’s offbeat, try-anything personality and cooking style that helped land him a role in season three of Bravo’s Top Chef and from there, guest spots on the Travel Channel, Project Runway, and what he describes as a “silly appearance” on an episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County. But it’s his starring role in ABC’s new primetime cooking competition, The Taste, that’s poised to make Malarkey a household name. He’s bringing his unique perspective to the show as one of four celebrity judges tasked with mentoring chefs. Malarkey’s gastronomical adversaries are no-holds-barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, and expert chef and author Ludo Lefebvre. In a setup similar to NBC’s singing competition, The Voice, each of the four celebrity judges and Taste mentors coaches a team of four competing pro and amateur cooks chosen from a nationwide casting call as they vie to create the best-tasting dish. In each episode, the groups face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through several elimination rounds. At the end of each episode, the mentors judge the competitors’ dishes blind, with no knowledge of whose creation they’re sampling, what they’re eating, how it was prepared, or whom they could be eliminating. The Taste debuted Tuesday, Jan. 22, in a primetime slot, and so far, the buzz has been overwhelmingly positive. Malarkey attributes it to the interesting dynamics of the judges, including Bourdain, who almost voted Malarkey off twice on Top Chef back in 2007 after Malarkey presented an exotic, complex dish of rattlesnake and eel. “Time ran out, and I only had half my dish on the plate,” explains Malarkey. “I thought for sure I’d be kicked off the show.” While the dish landed him in the bottom four, it served a purpose. “Bourdain said I had bigger balls than anyone,” recalls Malarkey, who went on to win the next two challenges and ended up in the final four. It was Malarkey’s signature bravado that landed him on Top Chef in the first place. The producers of the show contacted him after hearing about some shenanigans he pulled while cooking for the San Diego Liver Foundation Gala. Admits Malarkey, “Let’s just say I was wearing a giant lion’s head, I had a team of servers with flames on their fingertips, and I nearly set the ballroom at the Omni ablaze. The guests were kicking and screaming with delight and amazement. The hotel and the Liver Foundation? They kicked me out.” Malarkey honed his distinct style of cooking at an early age––the flamboyant showmanship came later. Growing up on a 90-acre horse farm in Bend, Oregon, his extensive knowledge of different cuts of meat started with a harsh reality. “I had a pet cow named Al. I didn’t know why we were taking such good care of him, feeding him all this great grain and hay and getting FEBRUARY | MARCH 2013 NORTH VALLEY


that point, I was hooked,” Malarkey says. The internship turned into a job at Citrus. “I was promoted to a roundsman within two years, meaning I could work every single station in the restaurant.” After Citrus, Malarkey moved to Minnesota, where he alternated his time taking photos at the Churchill Downs racetrack for his uncle and honing his skills in restaurants. “At that point, I was going out looking at menus, looking at food, tasting, drinking––I was just a sponge,” he says. When he had enough money saved up, he went backpacking through Europe with a friend.“We snuck into kitchens, got kicked out of kitchBrian Malarkey has his own way of spicing things up, and that's exactly ens, talked to fisherman. We what seems to be the concern of Anthony Bourdain.

him all fattened up,” Malarkey says. “When I was walking down the driveway after being dropped off by the school bus one day, I saw this truck with something hanging off the back of it only to find out it was my pet cow, Al.” That was part of living on a working ranch, and Malarkey embraced the concept. “When you live on a ranch, you smell it, you see it, and you feel it. This was ranch to table, not farm to table,” he says. Besides helping deliver foals and raise sheep, he also got hands-on experience in the esoteric. “In the spring, we would have young calves, and we’d have to brand ’em and doctor ’em and make sure they weren’t bulls. Then, we’d have a big ball feast at the end of the day that was influenced by Rocky Mountain oysters,” says Malarkey, who features a version of the delicacy, which he coined Cowboy Caviar, on the Searsucker menu. Once out of high school, Malarkey wasn’t very focused. He studied business at the University of Portland for a while and then wound up in Santa Barbara at the city col-

lege studying histor y and theater arts. “My dad came down from Oregon and saw me in a play in Santa Barbara at one point. He said, ‘Kid, you gotta get another job. You suck as an actor,’” Malarkey recalls. “It’s funny. Everything I kinda studied in college actually played out for me. You can’t be a good chef without being a good businessman. Check. You can’t appreciate your cuisine and the history of it unless you appreciate history, which I love. And there’s always a little showmanship and flamboyance, which I did in college, too,” he says. At the time, a formal college education wasn’t panning out, so his dad suggested culinary school. Malarkey enrolled at Western Culinary Institute in Portland (now accredited as Le Cordon Bleu), which led to an internship at a popular restaurant in L.A. called Citrus under renowned chef Michel Richard. “The kitchen smelled great. The food was beautiful and magnified. The patrons could see us through a big glass window and check us out. The food became art. At

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backpacked everywhere, cooked in restaurants, ate on the docks, slept on the beach.”After visiting 13 countries in three months, Malarkey came back with an updated understanding of how to stand aside and let really great ingredients shine.

prove on, thinking I was the next Bobby Flay or Giada.” All his hard work got noticed, and Malarkey and partner James Brennan were able to get funding for the original Searsucker. The restaurant opened to acclaim in a prime spot in San Diego in the trendy Gaslamp District. “James really likes to keep the pedal down, and within two years, we opened up Burlap in Del Mar, Gingham in La Mesa, Gabardine in Point Loma, and Herringbone in La Jolla,” Malarkey says. Bringing the Searsucker concept to Scottsdale seemed an obvious choice to Malarkey. “We have so many people from Scottsdale and Phoenix come out to Southern California for the summer, and so many people were saying, ‘We’d love to have you in Scottsdale,’” he says. “And the idea that it’s only an hour and five minutes away on Southwest Airlines is very reassuring.” In between shooting eight episodes of The Taste and running his five California locations, Malarkey opened Sear-

Let’s just say I was wearing a giant lion’s head, I had a team of servers with flames on their fingertips, and I nearly set the ballroom at the Omni ablaze… When he got back to the states, his path seemed golden. He wound up working for highly regarded chef Kevin Davis at Oceanaire in Seattle before being offered the opportunity to open an Oceanaire in San Diego. He was working there when Top Chef came knocking. He had a commitment to stay with Oceanaire, so for the 18 months after his stint on the reality show, he worked there while

racking up accolades and awards. He says, “I realized what a powerful influence TV was because sales went crazy at the restaurant. We shot up about 15 to 20 percent in sales, and it was already a busy restaurant.” Meanwhile, he started doing a little morning television program on the local news and started practicing his cooking trade more while working on his presentation. “I did it methodically and practiced,” he says. “I watched myself on TV to see what I could im-

sucker next to Neiman Marcus in Scottsdale’s Fashion Square last fall. He now shuttles between Scottsdale and San Diego every other week to assure that his burgeoning restaurant empire runs smoothly. Since the opening, reviews have been solid, and buzz is picking up. Local restaurant icon Sam Fox even called to welcome Malarkey. “He’s been very supportive. He has a house in Coronado in San Diego and he said if there’s anything we need to let him know,” Malarkey says. When he’s in town and not manning Searsucker, Malarkey hits up The Mission. “It’s got a great vibe and makes me do an excursion through Old Town. I’m also not opposed to walking directly across the street and eating giant king crabs and having a martini after a hard night of work,” he says, although those downtimes are rare as he gears up for further expansion in between helping his wife of 10 years raise their three children––2-year-old twins and a 4-year old. So, what’s next for this celebrity restaurateur? “I have a hard time looking past next week,” he says. You’ll just have to watch for what he cooks up next.

The Taste stars Anthony Bourdain, Brian Malarkey, Nigella Lawson, and Ludo Lefebvre.

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Flaming Cock” mural that’s a focal point in his Scottsdale restaurant, Searsucker.

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The 18th hole at the McDowell Mountain Ranch Golf Club offers a challenge, along with sweeping vistas.

Love to play golf? Try this dream round of local picks from golf professional Scott Sackett.

16th Hole

TPC Scottsdale, Stadium Course 17020 N. Hayden Rd. (480) 585-4334 Every year, the PGA tour visits the Scottsdale area and moves into TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Open, erecting what can only be de28


scribed as an entire city for the one-week event. The star attraction of this show is never the golf but the par 3, 16th hole. At 162 yards, it isn’t the distance that creates the allure, or even the difficulty. Instead, the roughly 20,000 fans that surround the hole create a stadiumlike atmosphere for the players to display their skills, (or in some unfortunate cases, lack thereof ). In the weeks leading up to and following the Waste Management Open, everyday golfers can experience the thrill of playing a par 3 completely enclosed by seating and maybe, for those few

seconds, experience a little of what being a PGA Tour player is all about. Expect to shell out upwards of $300 in the weeks surrounding the event, and book well in advance. These weeks are the most demanded tee-time reservations all year!

Ninth Hole

Kierland Golf Club, Acacia Course 15636 N. Clubgate Dr. (480) 922-9283 The history surrounding the game of golf is chock-full

of unique tradition, amazing stories, and an even better soundtrack. Book your tee time accordingly; you want to be marching down the ninth hole at Kierland Golf Clubs’ Acacia Course near dusk. A downhill par 5 with views of the beautiful hotel and fading sun in the backdrop, it measures only 531 yards in length. After hitting your drive and continuing down the cart path toward the fairway, an attentive ear will catch a faint sound in the distance. As you approach the green, the sound will suddenly dominate the air, identifying itself as Scottish bagpipes playing in the back-

ground. Michael McClanathan, a bagpiper with 40 years of experience, delights golfing and hotel patrons alike as he delivers a memorable performance every evening before and continuing through sunset. Golfers of every skill level will appreciate ending their round with such a punctuating tribute to the game of golf ’s ageless soundtrack. Ranging from $69 in the summer and upwards of $220 in the winter, Kierland’s bagpipes are a must for all members of the family! For a bagpipes schedule, visit

18th Hole

McDowell Mountain Ranch Golf Club 10690 E. Sheena Dr. (480) 502-8200 The 18th hole at the newly renovated McDowell Mountain Ranch golf club has grown some teeth after its renovation process. A slightly uphill dogleg-right par 4 measuring a U.S. Open-worthy 508 yards from the back tee gives even the longest drivers and lowest handicappers a challeng-

ing finishing hole to close out their round. This hole is brutal—out of bounds and the largest bunker in all of Scottsdale guards the entire right side of the hole. Because of its sheer length, this hole tempts even the best of players with different tee-shot lines, each cutting more distance off the hole. Be careful—severe punishment is lurking for those brave enough to take a line their drive can’t cash. To a disciplined player, this hole is played for a score of 5 to assure that 6 is out of sight and 4 is within reach if good strategy is complemented with solid ball striking. Incredibly affordable for its prime location, the newly renovated McDowell Mountain Ranch golf club offers a memorable experience for all players.

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15th Hole

McCormick Ranch Pine Course 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy. (480) 948-0260 McCormick Ranch Golf Club has been a staple of Scottsdale golf longer than most of the stars on the PGA tour have been

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Michael McClanathan, a bagpiper with 40 years of experience, delights golfers near the ninth hole at Kierland Golf Club every evening.

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Grayhawk Golf Club’s 15th fairway.

alive. Blessed with a location in the heart of Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch continues to bring in business with its competitive price point, and despite the competition of the big-name draws of North Scottsdale, has found a way to thrive in a down economy. Contributing to its success are two 18-hole designs that leave no player without an enjoyable albeit testing experience. In fact, the PGA tour has chosen in the past few years to hold the Monday qualifier for the Waste Management open on the Pine Course. In what has been labeled through the years as the hardest hole

on the property, the 15th hole on the Pine Course has without a doubt stood the test of the time. Often a deciding factor in the Monday qualifier for the Waste Management, the 470 yard par 4 offers a plethora of strategic options challenging even the most veteran of tour players. A peninsula fairway surrounded by water can only be described as plenty wide and warmly welcoming to the player who might miss both left and right. Choose your tee shot wisely—a three-tiered green measuring almost 50 yards from front to back with steep slopes leading to water short, left, and long best

accepts shots from the far-right side of the fairway. Th is isn’t a hole you try to make birdie on. Play smart—take your par and keep it out of the water! Scott Sackett, “GOLF” Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999, was recently voted as one of “Golf Digest”’s best teachers in the state for the fifth year in a row. He is also director of instruction at Park Meadows Country Club in Park City, Utah. While in Scottsdale, he teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. Contact Scott through his website at

THE ONCE-A-YEAR HOLE Tommy Bahama Desert Marlin Classic’s Dry Heave Grayhawk Golf Club 8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy. (480) 502-1800

At the beginning of each year, a who’s who of the PGA tour pairs up with a select group of scratch amateurs for the Tommy Bahama Desert Marlin classic at Grayhawk Golf Club. The event, hosted by Gary McCord, has no ticket sales and is closed to all members of the media. Aside from the tournament itself, the Desert Marlin gives participants the opportunity to play what can only be described as the most unusual hole in all of Scottsdale. Contested as a hole only once per year and staged from the 10th tee to the 18th green of Grayhawk’s Raptor Course, players hit approximately a 100-yard shot over water with none other than Gary McCord on the microphone ferociously roasting each player before, during, and after they hit. The players compete for a closest-to-the pin cash prize for the Desert Marlin Dry Heave, which over the years has become something of a Scottsdale legend. Don’t expect to play this hole next time you visit Grayhawk Golf Club, but if you happen to find yourself standing on the 10th tee, be sure to look across the water to the 18th green and ponder for a moment how close you think you could hit Grayhawk Golf Club’s 18th green. after McCord has done his homework on you! 30


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Hogjaw’s their Name and Music Makin’ is Their Game Audriana Gates chats up a Deep South band from out West. Photo courtesy of Hogjaw WITH OVER 20 years of friendship backing up

Hogjaw, founding members JB Jones, Elvis DD, Kreg Self, and Kwall have been going strong since the band’s inception in 2006 and have remained remarkably solid. “We are not the kind of band that has a revolving door,” Kwall says. “This is it. If one goes, the whole thing goes.” This self-classified rock ’n’ roll band is a hodgepodge of classic sounds ranging from country to Southern rock mixed with a little residual 1980s metal to sweeten the deal. Hogjaw is what you get when you put a truck driver, a gunsmith, an electrician, and an IT person on a stage and give them guitars and drums. Jam-packed full of flavor and soul, this band delivers to your ears a genuine blend of Southern-comfort rock.Their motto is “Hogjaw likes to rock!” and with a slogan like that fronting the pack, it’s a given that you’re in for a good time when it comes to listening.This is the style of music that makes you want to bump down a dirt road in your pickup truck all while playing a guitar and drinking the cheapest beer you can cop. The band is good-old-fashioned hootin’ and hollerin’ bar music with a Southern twang. A National Geographic magazine may not be the first place you might go to find a band name, but that’s where this Phoenix band found its peculiar moniker. “There was a photo in there with a guy that had a sign around his neck that said,‘Hogjaw’s my name and eatin is my game!’ The name was just magnetic to us,” Kwall recalls. Hogjaw has performed with musicians of varying styles: country, Americana, rock, metal, and punk. Kwall believes that there’s a sense of ingenuity and truth to all music and finds this same feeling in the Arizona music scene, Phoenix in particular. “I have personally been involved in this city since 1992,” he says. “I have seen the upside and the downside, but all in all, there is definitely a community that is very strong. Being a kind

Hogjaw: Kreg Self, Jonboat Jones, Elvis DD, and Kwall.

of crossover band, we have had the privilege to be a part of a broad market.” Hogjaw is smooth and their style sweet. JB Jones has a voice that resonates in your bones like a swig of sweet whiskey on a cold winter day. Guitarist Kreg delivers an undeniable sound that captures your soul. Combine this with the backings of Kwall on drums and Elvis DD on bass, the magnification of their sound leaves a lasting impression that you can both hear and feel at every beat. One listen and you’re hooked. With a fourth record, If It Ain’t Broke,

set for release in June, Hogjaw isn’t trucking away from the music scene anytime soon. After years of playing and touring as far abroad as Europe, it’s been one welltraveled road, and the four friends are still enjoying themselves. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it is a good philosophy to stick by, and this well-oiled machine has nothing but smooth country roads ahead of them. It’s great to be invited along for the ride. Catch the latest Hogjaw news at and Download their music on iTunes. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2013 NORTH VALLEY


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SHOWTIME Julie Carlson visits Desert Stages Theatre in downtown Scottsdale. WHEN THE STAGE character Annie Oakley sings “There’s No Business like Show Business” in Annie Get Your Gun, the words of the song ring true for every aspect of the entertainment industry, especially the theater. Working in the theater is fun and rewarding work, but it can often be grueling, whether putting on a dramatic play, a musical, or a dance production. If a theater is successful, it runs shows almost 365 days a year, even on holidays. The best part about attending a theatrical show? It’s live. There’s no one to yell “Cut!” or feed an actor his or her lines if a cue is missed. The Valley may not be the theater mecca that’s New York or Chicago, but it has its share of delightful theatrical venues, including Desert Stages Theatre in downtown Scottsdale. DST first opened its doors in 1995 on the corner of McDonald Drive and Granite Reef. Approximately 10 years later, they moved to their present location near Scottsdale Fashion Square. The 6,500-square-foot art-deco building features two theaters: Cullity Hall, where the Mainstage series and Children’s Theatre series take place, and the Actor’s Cafe. “Parents and the community have really helped us to become who we are,” says Laurie Cullity, cofounder and executive director of DST. Cullity Hall is a 136-seat theater-in-the-round, and the Actor’s Cafe is a proscenium-style 65-seat theater. Both are extremely intimate and make the audience feel as if they are a part of the show instead of merely a spectator. The building includes a front lobby with a box office, a small area to purchase reasonably priced snacks and drinks, dressing rooms, and storage space. “We went from a 99-seat theater to here,” says Cullity, who started DST with her husband, Gerry, and her mother in-law, Joan Thompson.



“My husband said, ‘Let’s change it because we need to be unique, or else they’re not going to come.’ We did, and it changed our business.” Gerry passed away in 2005, but his wife has kept the vision alive. Originally from New Jersey, Laurie, a former dancer and instructor, and Gerry, an actor, director and lyricist, met working in theater. They eventually went into business for themselves, owning several mystery playhouses, dinner theaters, and children’s theaters in the Garden State. Later on, they made their way out to Arizona. DST initially began as strictly a children’s venue, but the parents soon came to the Cullitys asking if they, too, could act on stage. Since that time, DST has become a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community playhouse and has grown to include both children’s and adult shows as well as the Academy of Theatrical Arts. Artistic Director Terry Helland joined the team in 2006. Helland hails from Minnesota and has a background in theater, particularly community theater, on stage and behind the scenes. Cullity is in charge of the children’s productions. Helland runs the Actor’s Cafe and also the adult performances on the Mainstage. “We get great actors from the Valley coming here,” Helland says of the Actor’s Cafe. “Not just community theater actors but professionals.”

But as both of them stress, if it weren’t for the community of volunteers who help them day in and day out, along with the theater’s patrons, DST most likely wouldn’t have kept going. As of now, they produce over 400 performances every season. “Desert Stages has weathered the storm,” says Cynthia P. Dunne, who manages DST public relations. “These last two, three years have not been easy, but it’s because of the dedication of the actors who do it for the love of the theater and the families who participate that makes it rewarding.” Funding for DST comes from ticket sales, the purchase of $100 hearts for the theater’s Wall of Hearts, multilevel Star sponsorship, and fund-raising events such as their annual gala. This year’s gala, Pink, Black, and Blonde, will be held at DST on April 6, coinciding with the upcoming spring production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. But one of the most important aspects about DST is the theatrical training they provide to both children and adults. “That’s why it’s called Desert Stages. It’s stages of an actor’s life,” says Cullity. Cullity and Helland give each actor, especially children, the confidence and opportunity that are required of actors. DST alumni include Matt Dallas, star of Kyle XY; Tanner Maguire, who appeared in Hangover 2; Max Crumm, who won a reality competition to portray Danny in Broadway’s 2007 run of Grease; and Catherine Ricafort, who is currently on Broadway in Mama Mia.

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“We take children who are all parts of the stage and family of Desert Stages,” Cullity says. “We have passion, respect, and love. If you can put those three things into a child or an actor, then you’re going to have a great experience.” DST also has children’s workshops and a quarterly production, called Show Your Stuff, where anyone can perform a variety of acts to showcase his or her talent. “The art of the theater is still played here,” Helland says. “You should come see us for a unique intimate experience but also for the quality of our productions. We do some great theater––both musical and dramatically. You’ll be blown away.” Upcoming productions on the Mainstage and in the Actor’s Cafe are “The Elephant Man” (Feb. 1–March 10), “The Little Mermaid Jr.” (Feb. 22–March 24), and “Legally Blonde: The Musical” (April 12–May 11). Desert Stages Theatre is located at 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd. To find out more about these shows and other productions, visit or call the box office at (480) 483-1664.





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Stagecoaches: No Place For Sissies State Historian Marshall Trimble describes the hardships of stagecoach travel. STAGECOACH TRAVEL wasn’t for weaklings or crybabies.

Rafael Pumpelly, who rode the Butterfield Overland cross country in 1860, described a typical journey:

Having secured a seat in the overland coach as far as Tucson, I looked forward to 16 days and nights of continuous travel. The coach was fitted with three seats, and these were occupied by nine passengers. As the occupants of the front and middle seats faced each other, it was necessary for these six people to interlock their knees; and there being room inside for only 10 of the 12 legs, each side of the coach was graced by a foot, now dangling near the wheel, now trying in vain to find a place of support. My immediate neighbors were a tall Missourian, with his wife and two young daughters. The girls [were] overcome by seasickness, and in this having no regard for the clothes of their neighbors.

Leaving the station, the driver gathered up the “ribbons” and shouted, “Turn ’em loose.” Passengers bumped their heads on the roof as the coached bounced along the dusty road. It was sheer novelty at fi rst, but as night fell, the hardship of coach travel was brought to all. Some managed to doze amidst the rumble of the coach, but never for long. Sheer exhaustion allowed some to sleep after a couple of nights on the road, but others were driven insane by the ordeal. It was reported that during one trip across southern Arizona, a passenger suddenly leaped from a moving stage and ran off screaming into the desert, never to be seen again. One passenger recalled how a runaway team pulled his coach down a steep bank, bouncing the body completely off the running gear. The mules bolted, dragging what was left behind them. After a short distance, the wheels f lew off, and when the mules were caught, they were dragging just the axles. One passenger was badly cut and the others were stunned, but in one hour, after patching the stagecoach together, they hit the trail again. 34


Another wrote: “Twenty-four mortal days and nights…must be spent in that ambulance; passengers becoming crazy with whiskey, mixed with want of sleep, are often obliged to be strapped into their seats; meals dispatched during the 10-minute halts are simply abominable, the heat excessive, the climate malarias [sic]; lamps may not be used at night for fear of non-existent Indian raids.” A surefire way to handle customer gripes was developed by one driver: “We had a way of managing them...when they got very obstreperous; all we had to do was yell ‘Indians’ and that quieted them quicker than 40-rod whiskey does to a man.” The driver had unlimited authority on the expedition. Women were special and were treated with great respect. The standard punishment for those who took liberties with a female was being set afoot, whether in dangerous Indian country or elsewhere. It was also considered unwise to discuss politics or religion on board. Passengers were appalled by the dirt and squalor that greeted them at the station. Built of adobe with f loors, “much like the ground outside except not so clean,” as one wrote, and with interiors black with flies, there was little to attract the discriminating traveler. Meals were worse: tough beef or pork fried in a grime-blackened skillet, coarse bread, mesquite beans, a mysterious concoction known as “slumgullion,” lethally black coffee, and a “nasty compound of dried apples” that masqueraded under the name of apple pie. This went on day after day. The story was told of the stationmaster who set a plate of fat pork before a traveler, who said, “Thank you, but I can’t eat it.” “Very well,” was the reply, “jest help yourself to the mustard.” Many stagecoach relay stations had toothbrushes hanging on strings for the passengers. All for one and one for all. Such was the life of stagecoach A trip by stage across country wasn't travel. for the weak of heart or stomach.

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Gaining Ground Sports writer Michael Torres discovers that Arizona State’s softball team has a lot to prove this season. Photos by Steve Rodriguez IN JUNE 2012, the Arizona State softball team suffered a crushing loss in the Women’s College World Series. The Sun Devil softball team was eliminated from the postseason tournament by Oklahoma after having won the national championship in 2011. This season, the Sun Devils seek redemption and will embark on a season that fans can look forward to. The softball team looks to bounce back from last year’s WCWS in a big way. The Sun Devils play in one of the toughest softball conferences in the country: the Pac-12. Despite the stiff competition, head coach Clint Myers knows that playing in the Pac-12 only makes the team better. “Statistically, you look at the number of national championships that we have and the number of teams that get into the college world series—it is undoubtedly a postseason type of experience every time we play

conference games,” Myers says. Sun Devil fans can look forward to seeing a relatively young group gain experience as the season progresses.The roster consists of only four seniors, allowing the team to get better with experience each game. “When you have that many kids that are young, there’s a lot of teaching that goes on,” Myers says.“The biggest thing we can do is gain experience.” A great example of someone who’s gained experience as the season goes on is sophomore catcher Amber Freeman. Freeman started 57 games for the Sun Devils last season and hit for a .346 batting average with 12 homeruns.Those statistics are expected for a veteran starter, but Freeman was only a freshman. She finished the season by being named to the WCWS AllTournament Team and raised her batting average to .370 in postseason play. Needless to say, Freeman finished the season as a better college player than she started as. The scary thing for opposing teams is that Freeman still has room to grow. “She’s still learning a lot, but she’s getting better,” Myers says. “Again, it goes back to experience and truly understanding what

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Dallas Escobedo and Amber Freeman continue to put the work in teamwork.

your capabilities are as a player.” Freeman, although only a sophomore, tries to help all of her teammates. She has a firm grasp on the importance of being on the same page as her pitcher and earning her trust. She has also passed her knowledge on to the new p l a ye r s t h i s season while continuing to get better as a hitter and catcher. Freeman and the rest of the Sun Devils remember all too well what it felt like to lose to Oklahoma. “Last year, we didn’t exactly finish how we wanted to, so this far, we worked harder than ever,” Freeman says. Another player who has gained plenty of experience and understands her capabilities is junior pitcher Dallas Escobedo. Coach Myers sees Escobedo as one of the top pitchers in the country, and for good reason. In her two seasons at ASU, Escobedo has earned a total of 61 wins, 24 of which came last sea-

son. She’ll lead a strong group of pitchers who hope to continue the success that ASU had been known for. The entire team, in fact, will be getting plenty of experience playing under Myers. Myers has brought two national championships to ASU, and preaches that “greatness is a way of life,” which makes his players Amber Freeman great, according to Freeman. “Coach Myers is definitely a tough guy to play for,” Freeman says. “I love playing for him though. He is so knowledgeable about the game, which is why our team is the smartest team in the nation.” With every passing day during the season, the Sun Devils should continue to get better and grow as a unit. Myers breaks the season down into three parts: out-of conference, Pac-12, and postseason play. By the time the final third rolls around, expect this Sun Devil team to succeed once more. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2013 NORTH VALLEY


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✒ The Who: February 6 at Arena Legendary English rock band The Who land at Arena to perform their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its entirety, along with other classic Who tunes. The critically acclaimed Quadrophenia is the band’s sixth studio album and second rock opera—after Tommy—and was a smash hit on the U.S. Billboard album chart in its day. Founding members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will be joined by Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr’s son) (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (Pete’s younger brother) (guitar/backing vocals), and others for this once-in-a-lifetime performance. Vintage Trouble, an American soul and rock band, opens the evening.

✒ Pink: February 13 at US Airways Center Pop sensation Pink performs at the US Airways Center. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter is known for her rousing vocals and nonstop energy on stage. Her Valley performance supports her new album, The Truth About Love. Since her national debut in 2000, Pink’s seven albums have sold over 40 million units. She’s had 12 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Meanwhile, 15 of Pink’s singles have reached number one in at least one or more countries.

✒ Eric Clapton: March 14 at US Airways Center Arguably one of the greatest guitarists in history, Eric Clapton kicks off his latest North American tour in Phoenix at US Airways Center with special guests The Wallflowers. The only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once as a solo artist and separately as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream, Clapton was ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and fourth in Gibson’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time. Clapton and his band will visit more than a dozen cities in the U.S. before ending the tour with a two-night performance at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.


✒ Dark Skies: February 22 Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum serves up this psychological thriller that follows a suburban couple whose lives turn into a nightmare when a horrific alien entity enters their home nightly to prey upon their young sons. As the violence escalates, family and friends grow skeptical of the couple’s erratic behavior. Starring Keri Russell, this alien-invasion film has thrills and chills as the couple takes matters into their own hands to get to the bottom of what’s terrorizing their family.



✒ OZ: The Great and Powerful: March 8 A prequel to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, this adventure film begins when small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is hurled out of dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. Diggs, a man with dubious ethics, encounters three witches—Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he’s the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Against powerful forces, he must transform himself into a great and powerful wizard to solve the epic problems facing the Land of Oz.

✒ G.I. Joe: Retaliation: March 29 G.I. Joe returns to the big screen in this action thriller sequel to 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Written by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, this movie stars Bruce Willis, Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, and Channing Tatum, who reprise their roles from the first film. This time around, G.I. Joe operatives are framed by Zartan, who’s impersonating the president of the United States, and labeled traitors to the U.S. Most of the G.I. Joe team is exterminated, leaving a small band of survivors to overthrow Cobra Commander’s evil plans to destroy the world.


✒ Zero Hour: Premieres on February 14 on ABC Staring Anthony Edwards of ER fame, Jacinda Barrett, and Scott Michael Foster, this new show revolves around a bizarre twist of fate that pulls Hank Galliston (Edwards), a man who’s spent 20 years as the editor of a magazine directed at skeptics that debunks mysteries and hoaxes, into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history. After his wife is abducted from her antique clock shop, Galliston must follow the clues found in an old clock in his wife’s workshop to solve the mystery surrounding her disappearance.

✒ All-Star Celebrity Apprentice: Premieres March 3 on ET The Celebrity Apprentice returns with 13 players fired from past Apprentice contents, including one notable winner, Bret Michaels. A Valley resident, Michaels was featured on the Aug./Sept. 2011 cover of North Valley Magazine. As the first All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, this go-around is expected to bring on even more drama as Donald Trump, the host and boardroom boss, once again stokes the competitiveness of the celebrity contestants as they face off in business tasks that pit them against one another.



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SWEAT Personal Training Gym Undergoes Transformation Anthem’s SWEAT personal training gym has a permanent home after being forced to move from its former location that was damaged by a rainstorm last July. SWEAT owners Josh and Laura Rogers totally revamped their new space to create an open, airy surroundings where they can train their clientele. From

Celebrity Fight Night Returns to the Valley Celebrating its 19th year, the Celebrity Fight Night gala returns to Phoenix March 23 for a power-packed night of incredible live-auction items and musical performances by many of today’s brightest starts. Presented in honor of featured guest Muhammad Ali, celebrities and professional athletes from across the United States come together for an actionfilled evening to raise money for charities. Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $5,000.

new state-of-the-art treadmills and other equipment to a fresh website and training approach, the Rogers bring a unique fitness concept to the Anthem community. SWEAT is located at 3655 Anthem Way. Call (623) 551-5753 for a tour and free trial or visit



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Matthew Dearing

Leeann Dearing

The Dearings chime in on some of their favorite things in the Valley. GO DADDY CHRISTMAS PARTY

Matthew: My favorite part of this event is Bob Parson’s

Leeann: This is not your typical office holiday party where co-workers swap Starbucks gift cards. Oh no—this is the granddaddy of all holiday parties, brought to you by Bob Parsons and! Since I shot their Super Bowl commercial in 2009, I’ve been lucky enough to attend the festivities each year, and let me say that their latest holiday shindig did not disappoint. Go Daddy rents out Chase Field and throws a bash for 5,000 employees and friends. Not too shabby!

Matthew: I’m going to be honest—I’m no fashionista. I usually wear whatever my wife picks out for me. My knowledge of fonts is limited to Times New Roman and Comic Sans, which, my wife assures me, is the worst typeface in the world. The need for a visionary was clear, and Sadie took the reins. Not only did she help us consolidate our ideas but she also brought some great new suggestions to the table!

Leeann: Nothing brings people together like a custom hoodie, am I right? So, naturally, our business, The Dearing Studio, decided to release a “fashion line”—that’s what we’re calling it—of T-shirts, beanies, hoodies, and totes. However, my husband and I quickly realized that fashion designers we are not. Enter Sadie Davis Designs. We explained our vision to Sadie and her husband, and they came up with designs that thrilled us.


Matthew: James Beard-award-winning chef Robert McGrath and acclaimed chef Matt Taylor have teamed up to offer a full-flavored experience. After seeing the menu at Market Street Kitchen, you can tell that these master chefs know what they’re doing. A wood-burning rotisserie takes center stage, offering marvelous smoky flavors and exciting pairings. I loved the seared sashimi ahi served with rotisserie-roasted pineapple and spicy kale poke. Each day of the week boasts a delectable special—I’ll be coming back on a Thursday to try the woodroast Sonoma lamb.

Leeann: Calling all foodies! Market Street Kitchen in DC Ranch is an absolute must-try! The decor is as enticing as their food—rustic materials, distressed wood on the walls, exposed bulbs, and classic old-world Scottsdale touches. Their classic cocktails are not to be missed! I tried the Market Street Manhattan and went crazy for it. They throw in some orange bitters and ginger-spiced orange. The result is magnificent. They also offer some delicious meat and cheese platters. Do yourself a favor and order Pati’s Rum Cake for desert. I told my husband that I need that to be the last thing I eat before I die.

Matthew: Actors are used to having their pictures taken, and we know a good photographer when we meet one. Byron offers high-quality work at a great price. I loved his energy and creativity during our shoot. Byron photographs plenty of editorial and fashion as well, which definitely translates to his work. He also has an extensive knowledge of Photoshop.

Leeann: We hired Byron Medina and his wife, makeup artist Sylvia Medina, to shoot our family Christmas card. We were so happy with the outcome! Byron had so many creative ideas for posing our (rather large) family. His wife, Sylvia, did makeup for my mother, my grandmother, and me. We all felt and looked fantastic for our photo shoot. He had the images to us within a week, and we all loved the results.



generosity to his employees. He gave out $1 million in cash prizes by drawing names out of a hat. This is just another way that Go Daddy contributes to our local economy and continues to be an inspiration to business owners like me. A party with a purpose—this is my kinda guy!

Matthew and Leeann Dearing own and operate the local Dearing Acting Studio off Shea Boulevard and 32nd Street ( Leeann is one of Dr. Bob Parson’s official Go Daddy Girls. For more of their thoughts and suggestions, follow them on Twitter @LeeannDearing and @DirectorDearing. Would you like the Dearings to come review your business? Send an email to 40


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Building Confidence Jennifer Zach introduces the Girls Rule! Foundation, an organization geared toward empowering young ladies to dream big. “WE BELIEVE IN you. We believe in your dreams.” That was the message heard by 200 teen girls at the inaugural Shine Brightly Teens & Women Summit, held this past December by the Girls Rule! Foundation. Teen girls and their mothers, grandmothers, and mentors gathered for a day of workshops, inspirational speakers, and fun––all geared toward empowering girls to dream big and go for those dreams. Self-esteem is a fragile thing for teen girls who are bombarded with negative messages from all directions. Too often, the message that they hear is “You’re not enough.” Five years ago, a group of like-minded women with a passion for empowering girls established the Girls Rule! Foundation with the intent of delivering a different kind of message. Jenn Kaye, Dena Patton, Stephanie Millner, and Laura Anderson worked together to create Girls Rule! programs centered on teaching self-confidence and self-esteem and also equipping girls to plan for and achieve their dreams.

“Girls Rule! is about helping girls build a bright future,” says Patton, who is a coach and speaker and also founder of the women-oriented Chat, Chew, and Chocolate social network. “We help girls first to understand the power of the choices they make and then how to map out their dreams. What do you want to be? How will you get there?”

The Girls Rule! educational programs are based on four key principles: building and maintaining self-esteem; making wise and healthy choices; leadership skills and goal setting; and creating a plan and identifying the tools, resources, and education to get there. The foundation is also piloting a program called “The Interruption” to inspire and empower incarcerated young women. Just before the Shine Brightly Summit, nomina-

gifted leader.” The nomination came as a complete surprise to Turner-Rogers, who attended the summit with her mom, Tangie Turner. “It was so nice to have my mom there, learning the same things so she can encourage me,” Turner-Rogers says. After accepting the award, the teen showed her fearlessness by spontaneously jumping up on the stage and dancing with the Phoenix Mercury dancers. “That was probably the best part of the whole day,” she says. This busy young woman has been elected the first student-body president at ASU-HYSA. Although she’s a freshman, she already has her sights set on attending UC Davis and pursuing a career as a veterinarian. In the meantime, she’s dancing with her Young Champions of America Company, working hard in Girls! Rule Foundation founders Jenn Kaye, school, and getting inStephanie Millner, and Dena Patton, with Alayzia Turner-Rogers volved in activities like the International Day of the Girl, a global campaign live that spirit out in actions in to raise awareness about the her community? One girl rose importance of educating girls to the top of the list: Alayzia around the world. Turner-Rogers. Turner-Rogers would love Turner-Rogers, a Glendale other girls to know about the high school freshman, was Girls Rule! Foundation and nominated by her teacher, Dr. come to the Shine Brightly Robyn McKay, for her leaderSummit next year. “It’s an emship and example. “Alayzia is powering foundation that helps brilliant. She’s also fearless,” you see you can do whatever said McKay in her nominayou set your mind to!” she says. tion. “As a member of the inaugural class at ASU’s For more information, visit Herberger Young Scholars Academy, she stands out as a tions were invited for the Brilliant, Beautiful and Bold award. Parents, teachers, friends, and relatives had the opportunity to nominate a teen girl who was a role model in their community. Nominations were received from all over the state and evaluated against two key criteria: Does the nominee embody a spirit that inspires the people around her, and does she



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Meet three Valley philanthropists and their organizations that make a difference in the community. By Alison Bailin Batz


Anne Rita Monahan Foundation Anne Rita Monahan, a heroic ovarian cancer fighter, established the Anne Rita Monahan Foundation (ARM) in 2007. Until Monahan’s passing in 2009 following a 20-year battle with the disease, Monahan urged women to “ARM yourself against ovarian cancer.” The ARM Foundation is dedicated to educating and raising awareness about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer to increase early detection and thereby decrease instances of misdiagnosis. The Foundation also raises finances to help fund the discovery of an effective, reliable screening tool that will help detect this type of cancer early and give women the best opportunity for full remission. The ARM Foundation is Jennifer Graves, ARM Foundation president important to the Scottsdale

community because ovarian cancer affects women everywhere. The president of the Foundation lives in Scottsdale, where their annual fund-raising event, Tea for Teal, is held. ARM Foundation president Jennifer Graves has been involved with the Foundation since its inception. “Knowing Anne personally, this is a cause that is very close to my heart,” Graves says. “Anne’s mission was to raise money and awareness for this very deadly disease, and it is an honor to continue to work with the Tea for Teal ARMy to help fulfill her dream.” In the past four years, the ARM Foundation has been able to raise and donate more than $100,000 for an ovarian cancer study at the Translational Genomics Research Center (TGen). The fifth annual Tea for Teal will be held at the Doubletree Resort Scottsdale in September.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provides a positive, safe, and enjoyable environment to help Valley youth of all ages and backgrounds reach the power of their potential. The nonprofit organization offers more than 100 youth-development programs to 16,000-plus children through the organization’s nine branches and 12 outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Desert Ridge, Mesa, Fountain Hills, and the Salt River PimaMaricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. In 2012, the Club’s Vestar Branch in Desert Ridge was chosen from nearly 4,000 chartered 42


Clubs as the top branch in the nation—the second time in the past three years that a Scottsdale branch earned the honor. The Club branches focus on five key values: accountability, integrity, leadership, respect, and teamwork. Guided by these values, each of the more than 100 programs provided to the children offers enrichment in one or more of five key areas: the arts, character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, and sports, fitness and recreation. “I feel so strongly for the organization because youth who attend a Club more than 75 percent

of the time have an average GPA of 3.19,” says Rick Baker, chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “In addition, 57 percent of elementary-age youth say the Clubs help them like school better.” According to Baker, 63 percent of middle school youth say they exercise and eat healthy because of the Clubs, and 88 percent of h i gh s c ho ol youth say the Clubs help inf luence them to better the community. Rick Baker, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale chairman

SPOTLIGHT ON ARIZONA GIVES DAY This March, every resident in Arizona (this means you!) is being asked to do one simple thing—give. WHY?

VIRGINIA KORTE Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services Since 1973, Scot tsda le Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) has been providing services for individuals with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and a wide array of other cognitive and developmental disabilities. Teens and adults from Scottsdale and throughout metro Phoenix connect with job training, employment opportunities, day programs, and art classes at STARS Osborn Campus and at the Cholla Special Needs Community Campus in north Scottsdale. STARS also provides community workshops on a variety of topics relating to disabilities, including benefits, financial and legal

planning, housing options, job/work-force development programs, and advocacy. In addition to recently adding a specialized program for adults on the autism spectr um, STARS work s c losely w it h t he Scottsdale Unified School District to better meet the needs of high school students w it h d isabi l it ies. Approximately 50 percent of high school st udents with disabilities graduate without any future plans or connections to resources to help with obtaining a job or postsecondary education options, which makes many of them reliant on government support. “Our Transitions Program helps so many participants

Virginia Korte, president and CEO of STARS

and their families by helping them be a viable part of our community after they graduate from high school,” says Virginia Korte, president and CEO of STARS. “Along with the support to the families, what makes me so proud of this organization is our connection to the businesses in our community. We offer our participants training services and an opportunity to have a ‘whole life’ experience.” STARS efforts greatly improve self-esteem and help to ensure that these young adults have an opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives. Visit for the latest philanthropic news. You can also post your next charity event for free. Discover today!

“On March 20, the state of Arizona will observe the first-ever Arizona Gives Day,” says Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. McWhortor helped develop the initiative in partnership with the Arizona Grantmakers Forum and a team of statewide leaders. Beginning at midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at and pledge their financial support to the nonprofit of their choice. “Give even just a dollar, and nonprofits in Arizona can show you change,” McWhortor says. “Together, we hope to raise more than $2 million on this single day.” According to McWhortor, donations made on Arizona Gives Day will help our nonprofits do the following: • rally volunteers • change lives • build leaders • develop networks • fight for rights • champion critical community causes In addition, our local nonprofits are hoping to use this day as a launchpad to build new relationships with donors of every shape and size as well as share their stories of impact near and far. Every little bit will help the more than 20,000 deserving organizations statewide. “It doesn’t take a John D. Rockefeller- or Bill Gateslevel philanthropist to be philanthropic,” McWhortor says. “During the recent economic downtimes in Arizona and beyond, individual giving has suffered. This is our chance to bring it back in a big way. And for those of us out there who want to give but need to be reminded, the HOW TO PAR TICIPATE website has a GIVING IS AS EASY AS 1-2simple Remind 3! 1. On March 20 Me button , visit anyone can 2. Click on Don at click on right 3. Choose your e. nonprofit of now.” choice, and give to For more heart’s satisfact your ion. information, visit



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IN EARLY JANUARY, as many of us were just starting to figure out how to use all the features of the new smartphone or TV set or digital stove that Santa left us, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas. CES is the premier global hightech event when retail buyers from around the world come to see what new gadgets and gizmos will be available for them to sell next holiday season. As you wander around the huge exhibit area (larger than 393 basketball courts!), you cannot help but stumble over one of the 150,000 attendees or one of the vast array of new products that use the latest technology in highly innovative ways. New entertainment systems, mobile devices, home robots, smart cars, and hundreds of other types of products wink at you, talk to you, and do things that dumb devices have never done before. Where last year’s big deal in TV sets was the 4K screens (four times the resolution of today’s hi-def screens), this year’s action is making the screens bigger. TV makers such as Samsung are introducing 85-inch screens, and others are showing off screens over 100 inches.The huge screens are expensive (even the cheapest is well over $10,000), making them interesting for use in business, billboards, and sports stadiums. But within a couple of years, the price will come down impressively. Manufacturers are also making televisions smarter by adding Internet connectivity and the ability to run applications. This year, a record number of eight automakers exhibited their latest telematics technology at CES. While our cars have had advanced electronics for auto safety, engine management, navigation, information display, and entertainment for some time now,

cars that can drive themselves are now being tested and demonstrated. Yes––a driverless car! Shades of the Jetsons! The intention of the new technology is actually not to get rid of the driver but rather to “help the driver” in difficult situations or hard maneuvers such as parallel parking. One vendor said that the new technology will also make driving safer by acting as an autopilot, handling the car on long stretches where drivers tend to get bored or even fall asleep. The kitchen is also gaining more attention from electronic engineers. Appliance maker Whirlpool has a new Bluetooth-equipped refrigerator with stereo speakers embedded in the doors. Later this year, you will be able to install a refrigerator that allows you to stream your favorite Spotify playlist to the

fridge. Whirlpool is also bringing out more Internet-connected appliances that can be turned on and off from your cell phone. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for home-security systems that send pictures of intruders to your cell phone. Sports monitors that have a built-in altimeter to tell how many steps you have climbed. Cell phones with larger screens. LEGO toys that include processors allowing your 5-year-old to build a robot that works. Games. Cameras. Pick any type of device you wish, and you can probably find a “smart” version of it at CES––and perhaps on your holiday gift list for 2013.


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RESORT TO GUSTO! Puerto Vallarta offers something for everyone By Eric Twohey When considering a vacation anywhere in Mexico, make indulging in all of magnificent Puerto Vallarta’s spectacular offerings a priority. With 26 miles of beaches stretching along the emerald Pacific waters, this vibrant, sun-drenched Mexican pueblo has evolved into a priority international destination all in itself, easily navigated and filled with as much beauty, adventure, and culture as one could desire during a stay of several days or as a cruise-destination spot. 46


PV is nestled in the Mexican Pacific Coast about 500 miles from Mexico City. It’s considered the soul of Jalisco, the culturally inspired Mexican state that presented the world with treasures such as mariachis and tequila. Its rich influences are evident within the art, music, and bevy of entertainment options that saturate the region. The year-round warm, tropical climate draws vacationers, adventurers, and romantic wedding seekers. The town has a

population of around 350,000 and so provides a true change of pace from big-city life, making it a superb option for leisure and family travel. The scenery is magnificent, with Sierra Madre mountain views and white sandy beaches surrounding Banderas Bay. It's a perfect setting for the seven world-class golf courses, seasonal whale watching, and year-round deep-sea sport fishing. The annual Puerto Vallarta International Fishing Tournament has gathered anglers from

around the world since the 1950s who seek out trophy fish such as mahi mahi, bonita, sailfish, dorado, tuna, and blue marlin. Abundant luxury lodging in the hotel district highlights a few beachside gems, including the new Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort, the company’s first all-inclusive resort in Mexico. Featuring contemporary design concepts throughout, complete with functional-art lobby decorations swaying in the gentle sea breeze, they’re conveniently

Puerto Vallarta’s Los Arcos Amphitheater.

positioned a short distance between the International Airport and the Malecón, PV’s art- and entertainment-oriented seaside boardwalk promenade. Upon arrival to one of the Hilton’s divine 259 luxury rooms or suites, guests are presented with top-shelf amenities that include upgraded bath products, rain-shower bath, LCD TV, and most importantly, a heavenly Hilton Serenity Bed. Lower-level rooms have patios leading to their own personal wading pool, and rooms on upper levels are equipped with private patios with soothing hot tubs overlooking the resort and complemented by epic beach and ocean views. Guests have ample opportunities during their stay to indulge in resort accommodations such as the fitness gym, the acclaimed “flotarium” experience at tranquil KI Spa, Rhythms music lounge, a kid’s playground, and the lobby and beach bars. Each of the four restaurants has a unique, diverse menu of international flavors. Business travelers will be pleased to discover over 10,000 feet of functional work space housed in the resort, including several meeting rooms equipped with the latest in business technology and catering options available for corporate gatherings. All resorts and restaurants in the area offer and use purified water filtered and cleansed by a 20-year FEBRUARY | MARCH 2013 NORTH VALLEY


Seahorse statue along the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta.

certified system. For travelers seeking accommodations inspired by authentic local cultural influences, the nearby lavish Krystal Vallarta Hotel and Resort is a genuine Mexican hacienda. You’ll be struck by the rich historical design elements as soon as you enter the vast lobby with its own fountain and a cupolastyle ceiling.The views from this luxurious 25-acre beachfront property yield examples of regional design, elements such as beautiful Colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, Mexican aqueducts, and three spacious pools set off by over 40 majestic fountains. Minutes from the resorts is the mile-long Malecón that meanders along revitalized downtown Vallarta and over the Cuale River, serving as the cultural epicenter for local artistic expressions. Visual highlights include the Parish Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an iconic landmark in the heart of downtown, and Los Arcos (the Arches), a large outdoor amphitheater where entertainment and attractions reflect the proud

history of PV. In the town’s center, visitors can gaze at the many art sculptures that line the waterfront boulevard and interact with performance artists, living sculptures, and traditional dancing that can be enjoyed daily. The Malecón seasonally hosts an elaborate weekly Wednesday Historic Center Art Walk that runs October through May. The shopping and culinary district is dotted with clubs and lounges that come alive at night, serving as the heartbeat of the lively, energetic atmosphere populated by tourists and locals alike. Tasting opportunities abound for tequila, wine, and raicilla––a drink made from a species of agave native to the area––and the entire area boasts more tourism-friendly features than ever, including free public Wi-Fi throughout, tourist police available to offer guidance, and over 40 strategically placed security cameras. Many fascinating natural

Los Arcos National Marine Park near Puerto Vallarta.

wonders are located throughout PV, including the Estero del Salado—the El Salado Mangrove Estuary—an urban water path that consists of a protected natural 415-acre area. Located close to the airport and flowing out through the Marina Vallarta into Banderas Bay, the transnational environment has freshwater from feeding rivers mixing with saltwater from the Pacific. This unique climate is a key part of the local ecosystem

and is home to hundreds of species of local flora and fauna, including cranes, crabs, and white mangle and palm trees that provide copious up-close photo opportunities. Daily riverboat tours of this lagoon are a top priority for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers. Visitors can inform themselves about the area while relaxing in its calm atmosphere. Another unique natural attraction in PV is the sea-turtlerelease season that runs from

Puerto Vallarta’s seaside promenade at night.



June through early December at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort’s beachfront property. This beloved rescue program supports mother sea turtles returning to the same beach where they were born to lay their own eggs. Local biologists orchestrate the remainder of the cycle by patrolling the beaches and gathering turtle eggs to be safely incubated.Then, when the monitored hatchlings emerge from their sand nests, the public releases them at sunset on the beach near the bay’s edge under staff supervision. For thrill seekers, a variety of adventure-based excursions for a diversity of ages is offered through the elite Vallarta Adventures tour-and-activity operator. Travelers can swim with dolphins, scuba-dive, or take the highly recommended zip-line tour over a breathtaking protected tropical forest a short distance from PV. Elevated treetop platforms and a raised pathway of suspended walkways and hanging bridges separate a series of stimulating zip lines, highlighted by Mexico’s longest and quickest line that’s over 4,000 feet in length and reaches speeds of up to 60 mph as you cruise through a picturesque treetop canopy. Boating and underwater tours should be part of any PV experience, too. Several phenomenal boat excursions in Banderas Bay are available daily to offer snorkeling at the naturally divine Los Arcos, deep-sea sport fishing, and romantic sunset tours. Mike’s Fishing Charters houses a fleet of charter boats ranging from average-sized vessels to luxury boats to facilitate your preferred adventure. They even offer a seasonal deep-sea sportfishing guide, allowing anglers to choose the best time to target preferred catches. PV is infamously referred to as the gourmet beach capital of Mexico. Following each day of excitement, delving into the

local gastronomy opportunities is certainly a priority, especially during the annual Restaurant Week in May and November’s International Gourmet Festival. A plethora of amazing restaurants await, including El Arrayán and La Leche––two wildly different concepts each offering a bounty of mouthwatering culinary masterpieces. El Arrayán, named after a regional tree species, features a warm, welcoming décor showcasing elements of the country’s customs and traditions. Their innovative dishes are inspired by a foundation of select traditional M e x i c a n re c i p e s complemented by high-quality pre-Hispanic ingredients and finished with different salsas to further enhance the delightful flavors. La Leche is an ultramodern, minimalist-themed restaurant decorated in all white. The recipes used locally sourced ingredients, and the menu presents artfully crafted compositions of well-executed cuisine from a daily-changing menu featuring a stunning array of robust flavor combinations. The invitation is open! Indulge in the wondrous Mexican Pacific and savor experiences indigenous to the most picturesque Mexican town––stunning Puerto Vallarta. 

Another unique natural attraction in PV is the sea turtle release season, running from June through early December at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort’s beachfront property.

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On Trend Home stylist Heather Sanders offers up the hottest design looks for the season. Photos by Beba Photography TREND. THAT WORD conjures either utter de-

light or deep panic. For some, the excitement of what’s new provides the possibility of fresh changes and an excuse to shop. For others, the thought that there’s something hot on the horizon equals pressure to buy into the trend or replace everything. The upside to staying in the loop with

what’s trending is that you are in control. For those with the inclination and budget to change things up frequently, being trendy means that your style and home evolve through the years. For others who love their personal style or belongings, you can add in a few seasonal fun items that can be swapped out like a purse or a scarf. Whatever your fashion or form, stay true to it. Buy only what you love, and keep the bones and mainstays classic. Getting trendy should be fun and not about keeping up with the Joneses. The economy has done wonders for the world of home design. Many homeowners

have happily been forced to be content with less, tackle DIY projects, and use what they have. A focus on savvy shopping and simplifying means out with heavy colors, excess, and ornamentation and on to cleaner shapes and lines, high-impact items or elements, and bright colors. Many retailers and big-box stores have brought in stylish and affordable accessories that are right on trend. Pinterest has provided a free and endless supply of inspiring interiors, and the popularity of home blogs has supplied step-by-step instructions for projects and sources for products.Today, it couldn’t be easier to refresh your space. Here are a few of the larger trends for this year. You can go all out or test-drive a new ambience with some new pillows, a fresh coat of paint, and a new chandelier. Happy decorating!

Color Your World

Nothing is as powerful or easy to change as color. Gray is the new brown, and it looks like it’s here to stay. You can’t go wrong with gray—it’s excellent as the neutral base for the home. It’s also the perfect way to tone down the other hot colors of this season. A bright future filled with hope and happy thoughts is the best way to describe the bold, bright hues you’ll see. Lemon yellow, grass green, violet, and blushy coral will be big. Blue will continue to be a darling of the design world, with shades of classic royal, navy, bright aqua, and muted gray-blues. Finally, no discussion would be complete without mention of Pantone, the world leader in forecasting color trends. Pantone has named emerald green as 2013 color of the year. You can easily infuse these color trends into your décor with paint, pillows, accents, or lamps.



Play with Pattern

Go big or go home when it comes to pattern. The geometrics are fan favorites, with variations of gate, quatrefoil, chevron, and Greek key topping the list. Also in vogue are globally inspired patterns like ikat and suzanni. Large-scale classics such as stripes, houndstooth, and florals are still hits. Easily incorporate these trendy patterns on walls with stencils or wallpaper and in textiles.



Keep it Classic

You know what they say about everything coming back again, which is good news for purists and lovers of all things tried and true. The classics, though they never went out, are back en masse. This trend is best seen in kitchens, where cabinets and woodwork are getting painted white or black (again). Counters are marble or have little movement. and backsplashes are glossy porcelain in classic sizes like subway and hexagon. The fresh take on the trend is the use of a darker grout, switching tile pattern throughout, and mixing cabinet finishes. Hardware is seen in simple knobs and bin pulls. For lighting, it’s a return to industrialera cage and pendant lights plus mod drum shades. Also back are wall treatments such as wainscoting or board and batten. You can easily take this trend on by painting tired cabinets or accent furniture crisp white or changing out a stone backsplash with subway tile.

Mix It Up

The economy has inspired us to use more of what we have, which means mixing it up. This overall trend is still big, acceptable, and encouraged. After all, the most interesting spaces are not “matchy-match.” They comprise collected furnishings and treasures and mix texture, style, old, and new. We see this trend played out nicely in the mixing of styles in the modern cottage look or the mixing of woods and chipped finishes in the industrial look. Pairing metals is also on trend, which means that you can use various finishes in your home or room. Texture is trendy and gives you license to pair shiny with rustic or matte with glossy. There’s no need to ditch everything; instead, incorporate a little of trends that tickle your palate—or in this case, palette—with the classic pieces you already own!



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Now more than ever, content truly is king. Keep in mind that the search engines were created with user needs in mind. It may have

been possible in the past to build a keywordstuffed, link-happy affiliate site and game the system, inching out profits. However, is that an Internet that any of us really want to browse? Search-engine updates and sophistication are fantastic because they result in a better experience for the user and force innovative, ideadriven websites to the top. All things considered, people crave real information, creativity, and personality. Fill your website with content that brings something to the table, and then focus on making consumers and readers aware of what you offer.The best marketing strategy is still word of mouth. In fact, the entire web is essentially one giant holding tank for the information pipeline.

Keep it Fresh Trending, likes, status updates, and their bedfellows have given even more power to the common web user. Search engines increas-

ingly respond favorably to “fresh” subjects, and why shouldn’t they? Thousands and millions of nods of approval add up and demand attention. Update your site regularly with information that’s valuable to your audience, but don’t become obsessed with trying to fill it with content that ends up being uninspired. If you try to jump on a bandwagon, you’ll probably get lost in the crowd. If you can forecast a trend, go ahead and make some moves. If you can create a trend, you’ll have the rest of the group following you.

Keywords of the Future SEO is about putting yourself in the position of somebody using a search engine. You know from firsthand experience how this goes. You seek an answer, you formulate a phrase that hopefully reflects your question, you type, you scroll, and you browse until you find what you’re looking for. Hopefully, it’s on the first page. The more you click and scan, the more frustrated you become and the more likely you are to give up. Always go through this thought process when you’re considering your keyword selection. Include your targeted keyword(s) in your article title, perhaps in the description, and once or twice in your post, depending on length. Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of stuffing your content full of keywords in an attempt to “grab” all the searches you can. Your writing will suffer, your readers will suffer, and your SEO will have failed before it even started.

A Link to the Past Quality trumps quantity, and nowadays, your site will actually suffer if you stuff it full of unhelpful links. Search engines will seek you

out for penalization. Focus your efforts on including links from highly ranked sites that are trusted authorities in their fields, and find a way to organize and track your backlinks. Additionally, the influence of social-media websites can’t be underestimated. Maintain a presence on the major sites by building a reliable online reputation, seeking high ratings, posting shares from other reliable sources, and engaging with your audience.

Accessibility User experience is once again paramount. Create your website with the user in mind and you won’t go wrong when search engine bots scroll it for consistency. Site navigation and user experience don’t need to be complicated or flashy. Make sure your site is intuitive to use, loads quickly, and has relevant, active links.

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Fashionably Fit By Kim Miller Photos by James Patrick Clothing by Calvin Klein Fitness bag by Fitmark Bags



Investing in high-performance transitional-fitness apparel, such as dark-color bottoms and solid-color tops, makes for a more enjoyable, fashionable workout.

Making the Most out of Your Fitness Wardrobe. WITH NEW YEAR’S resolutions just passed and summer around the corner, people have vowed to focus on their exercise routine in an effort to get fit, get healthy, and build a better body. Everybody wants to look and feel their best, whether at the gym or out for a night on the town. Busy schedules and limited financial resources require that we make the most of our time and money. Although clothing doesn’t make the workout, experts say that feeling good at the gym can lead to a more enjoyable and productive exercise experience. According to Arizona-based personal fashion stylist Fawn Cheng,“When we know that we look stylish, we feel more confident in ourselves. Looking fashionable doesn’t stop at the social scene. You can carry it forward to every facet of life.” Consumers tend to agree, as seen by the amount of money they spend annually on fitness wear. As a result, retailers in the fitness-clothing industry have taken note by designing clothing that is both functional and stylish. With that in mind, it’s easier to make greater use of exercise clothing and to find ways to transition them from daytime gym wear into evening apparel. What can you do to make the most of your clothing investment? Below are five suggestions to help you turn your exercise clothing into fashionable night-on-the-town outfits.

vests and jackets. The benefit of fitness tops is that they tend to be form fitting, thus helping to hold everything in place. This makes them ideal to double as a camisole.Tops of all colors, including basic neutrals such as black, white, and beige, are essential items to your wardrobe and are easily paired with almost any outfit.

Make Use of Sports Bras Sports bras are an excellent investment because they are comfortable and functional and can be worn in a variety of ways. Layered under fitness tops, they add extra support and a pop of color. They can also be worn alone under zipped jacks or casual shirts. Consider looking at the color wheel and selecting shades that work well together when pairing sports bras with exercise tops.

Add Accessories

The adage that accessories make an outfit is an ageless truth. Simply adding pieces such as scarves, jewelry, hats, and handbags can completely change the look of an outfit. Fit-

ness daytime clothing tends to be worn with limited accessories, making it easy to dress up. Consider adding flashy handbags, colored and patterned scarves, and accessories to complete the outfit.

Color and Texture What makes a look unique is an unexpected twist. Often, this can be easily accomplished with a splash of color or a textured pattern. Brightly colored accessories and tops add interest to a neutral outfit, while fur, leather, and velour can bring interest to an ensemble. Keep these strategies in mind when creating an overall evening look. Purchasing quality fitness apparel can be worth the investment. Not only will it hold up at the gym but it can also be used for other occasions. Doubling up items in a wardrobe eases the burden of having to create entirely new outfits from scratch, makes packing for trips easier, allows people to maximize the budget, and makes gym fashion fun.

Invest in Transitional Bottom Pieces When selecting fitness clothing, invest in dark-color solid bottoms of various lengths and cuts. Fitted gym pants can easily be worn in the evening when paired with a dressier top. Consider wearing riding boots over leggings; even capri-length leggings and the right boots can work together. This is an excellent option for warm-weather climates such as Arizona’s. Leg warmers have been a staple item on the shelves this winter and can be worn with either daytime fitness clothing or inside a boot in the evening.

Purchase Solid-Color Tops Solid color tops are always versatile, and adding color is a great way to brighten up the dark days of winter. For an evening look, find pieces that can be easily layered, such as Versatile daytime gym wear transitions into evening casual threads with the addition of boots or dressy heels and accessories.



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THE ANTIAGING INDUSTRY is set to command

$291.9 billion in revenue by 2015, according to a report published by Global Industry Analysts. With such a strong market, it’s no surprise that thousands of new products are introduced every year—leaving you to guess what works and what’s just hype. The good news? More and more antiaging products and treatments are now available for home use, saving you a visit to your cosmetologist and possibly thousands of dollars in the process. If you have sensitive skin or other dermatological issues, remember to talk to your dermatologist before you try these products—and then go have a terrific time searching for the Fountain of Youth!

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Chemical peels can solve a lot of issues that come with aging skin: sunspots, fine lines, rough skin. The problem? A professional chemical peel can set you back hundreds of dollars at your doctor’s office.

Brazilian Peel is the first do-it-yourself treatment of its kind available in the United States. In fact, it’s five times stronger than any other glycolic product on the market. Containing 30 percent glycolic acid and açai (a natural antioxidant native to the Amazon rainforest), the peel can help smooth out rough patches, restore fi rmness and tone, and noticeably brighten your skin. It can also stimulate collagen production, essential to keeping the skin looking young. The professional-strength peel comes in a pack with four once-a-week applications. Worried about burning or irritating your skin? Don’t be. The peel contains a built-in neutralizer to prevent that from happening. While the Brazilian Peel was created to be “minimally invasive,” you should check with your dermatologist if you have sensitive skin, as you might not be able to handle glycolic treatments.

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Furlesse Patches are a needle-free alternative to Botox. Both work on the same principle: Stop the twitching and contracting of certain muscles, and the lines in the area will eventually disappear. Botox stops muscle contraction by actually paralyzing the muscles on your forehead, frown, or around the eyes. Furlesse Patches, on the other hand, stick to your skin, helping “freeze” your muscles into position while you sleep—so you wake up with relaxed skin that’s line free and younger looking.

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FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5

Retinol (a form of vitamin A) has been used for decades to treat blotchiness, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, lighten age spots, and eliminate skin roughness. The problem with old-school retinol-rich creams is that they also caused redness, irritation, and scaly skin. FutureDerm is part of the new generation of retinol creams. Although it contains a powerful 0.5 percent of pure retinol, FutureDerm is packed in the form of a light-

weight gel formula, complete with moisturizers, anti-inflammatories, and antioxidants to keep the skin soft and avoid irritation. Created by medical student Nicki Zevola, FutureDerm can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by 30 percent in two weeks or less.

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Age a ffecting your hands? Tr y Proskins GOLD gloves, compression garments, infused with 24-karat gold, that were created to help fight the signs of aging. Why gold? According to the manufacturer, gold nanoparticles naturally help generate hyaluronic acid, which is needed to keep your skin moisturized and supple. Although the human body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, production diminishes with age, leading to dry, sagging skin that is prone to fine lines and roughness. In addition, the gloves also help protect the skin against the production of free radicals, which also age the skin. Simply wear the gloves at night (or all day during cooler days) to get the most benefits. Don’t need help with your hands? Proskins GOLD also produces leggings (which help with cellulite) and a scarf (to help with aging neck skin).

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On Track

Fitness expert Ted Baird offers suggestions on how to stay committed to your health and fitness goals. THE MOST POPULAR resolutions are typically related to health and fitness. Over 60 percent of all Americans have made some kind of resolution to get in shape in January. Unfortunately, those commitments made at the start of a new year seldom last beyond a few months. Now that we’re a couple months into 2013, chances are your health and fitness resolutions may have fallen by the wayside. Not to fear—here are some steps to reenergize and motivate you to get back on track with your wellness program.


Before you can begin to look and feel different tomorrow, you have to act differently today. Your current fitness level is a result of your health habits, be they good or bad. So, if you want to look and feel different tomorrow, you have to change your health and fitness behavior today.


How much weight do you want to lose? How often will you work out? When do you want to achieve your goal weight? How many calories will you consume each day? What days of the week and what times will you train? All of these questions have specific answers. Many goals are never achieved because they aren’t specific. If you say, “I’m going to drop a 60


few pounds”or “I think I’ll start working out,” you may have good intentions but your goals aren’t specific enough. Drill down and get detailed in your approach toward getting healthy. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!


We have probably all walked around the gym at the beginning of a new fitness goal and wondered what to do with all those machines.This leads to becoming overwhelmed and walking out of the gym without ever having worked out. What is needed is a plan of action. We can have all the equipment in the gym at our disposal, but if we don’t have a plan of action, we won’t be successful. Know what body parts you are working on for certain days of the week. Understand rotations and the importance of cardio in your workout. Outlining a plan of action moves you beyond just talking to your neighbor on the treadmill—action is the key to personal change.


Taking on a new fitness goal will require the help of many people. You need a trainer who understands your goals and capabilities. Tell a friend about your goals and ask him or her to hold you accountable. Get a workout partner. Have someone who will encourage you to keep going, especially on the days when you feel like skipping your workout. Don’t try to do it by yourself.

FIT & FRESH Wish you could look like a natural beauty even when you’re gleaming with sweat? These simple tools and tips will help you look your best whether you’re struggling to pull through on your last mile of spin class, posing in the compromising position of downward dog at yoga, or running around just about anywhere. These beauty products will help you look fresh and flirty before, during, and after your active trainings. DON’T STRESS THE SWEAT Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes are biodegradable cleansing wipes that act as an environmental shield to protect skin from irritation, rash, and redness. Adventuress skin care offers all the beauty essentials your active lifestyle needs in order to keep skin looking as healthy as your body. $22.

MIRACLE SKIN TRANSFORMER SPF20 Face is a multifunctional tinted skin enhancer that creates a natural and flawless complexion. Whether you’re eyeing that buff trainer or simply wanting to look refreshed after a hard workout, this enhancer is just what you need. Simply drop a dime-size amount onto your fingertips and blend evenly. Try mixing it with your daily moisturizer for added hydration. Available in seven shades. $48.

INVIGORATE THE SENSES WITH PEPPERMINT EmerginC deglazing toner is an active, soothing antibacterial toner that is perfect for oily adult problem skin associated with breakouts. Not only does this toner swipe the sweat away but also it invigorates the senses with the active ingredients of peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, and camphor for a clean, refreshed feeling. $29.

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Three Ways Your IRA Can Hold Real Estate By J.P. Dahdah DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN PURCHASE AND HOLD REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS WITH YOUR IRA? WELL, YOU CAN! Contrary to what your accountant, attorney, or financial planner may have told you, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds are not the only allowable investment choices within your retirement account. If you have become increasingly dissatisfied with your stock-market-based retirement-plan portfolio, now is the time to shift your diversification strategy and begin to buy and hold real estate tax free within your IRA. THOUGHT YOU DIDN’T HAVE THE MONEY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LOW PRICING AVAILABLE IN TODAY’S REAL ESTATE MARKET? YOU PROBABLY DO BUT JUST DIDN’T KNOW IT. If you have money saved in a retirement account, you can begin to implement all the wealth-building real estate techniques you learned in this article. Self-directed IRAs have become increasingly popular as more and more Americans desire increased control over their retirement investments. The attributes of investing in real estate with an IRA are many— greater profit potential, no rental income taxes, tax-deferred or tax-free growth, added diversification, and decreased volatility. HOW DOES A SELF-DIRECTED IRA WORK? The first step is to establish a self-directed IRA. Once the account is established, complete a few forms to initiate the process of transferring the money you want to use to buy real estate from your current custodian. While your custodian may be telling you that their products are your only choice, the truth is that the federal government allows IRA account holders to invest in virtually unlimited types of assets, including real estate. Once your transferred funds are received into your self-directed IRA, you can begin directing your tax-favored retirement savings into your desired real estate deals. Each purchase strategy below has distinctive features and benefits. The good news is that you are in complete control of how you structure your real estate transaction within your self-directed IRA.



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Going the Distance Golf professional Scott Sackett on how to hit the ball farther using proper angles. AFTER TEACHING FOR 28 years and giving over

50,000 lessons, I’m still waiting for the student who says, “Scott, I’m hitting it too far, and we need to fix that so I can play better golf.” I can assure you that will never happen. That said, I know without a doubt that you want to hit the ball farther. When looking for more power, it’s vitally important for you to

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understand a term called swing direction. This term comes from Trackman III (photo one), the radar system used to measure all the PGA Tour players’ distance data. Trackman is an extremely accurate, highly sophisticated launch monitor that I’m fortunate enough to be using every day on the lesson tee for every session. Using the Trackman III data surrounding-swing direction, I’ve given everyone––not just someone who has or understands Trackman III—a visual to generate more distance off the tee. I have included a few visuals on how to improve your swing direction, which ultimately leads to longer drives. The second photo shows a HulaHoop. As you c a n s e e, t h e hoop is square to my target. W hen doing this drill, it ’s best to put an alignment rod or shaft down, pointing to the target so that it’s Picture 1 not aiming left

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or right of the target. Photo three demonstrates the top of the swing and shows the hoop aiming toward right field. This is the ideal position to try to get into with the driver. Photo four shows it aiming over toward left field. Here is the significance of those three pictures: If from the top of your swing you get the hoop to aim over to the left, then you’re over the top. This is where 95 percent of all golfers play the game from, and it will regularly produce a slice. However, if you can get that Hula-Hoop pointing over to the right, as in photo two, you’ll see a dramatic improvement in your total driver distance. When you can consistently learn to apply swing direction to your game, it will change forever. After putting each student I teach on Trackman III, I’m able to get an average of 7 percent to 10 percent more total distance with the driver by improving only swing direction. I did not say seven to 10 yards but 7 percent to 10 percent more total distance! I see this happen day after day and lesson after lesson—this is the power of swing direction. So, if you’re interested in getting more distance, it would be well worth your time to contact me and let me show this to you firsthand. On the other hand, if you’re happy with your current distance, then maybe short game would be an area that you and I can concentrate our efforts on. To learn more on Trackman III, read Scott’s blog, or see Scott’s latest tips and drills, visit

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Scott Sackett has been a “Golf ” Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999 and was recently voted as one of “Golf Digest’s” Best Teacher in the State for the fifth year in a row. He is also director of instruction at Park Meadows Country Club in Park City, Utah. While in Scottsdale, he teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. If you would like to reach Scott, you can contact him through his website at 64



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Should You Be Taking Supplements? Health writer Diana Bocco explores the use of vitamins in a well—or not so well— rounded diet. TO TAKE OR not to take vitamin supplements?

Seems like an easy choice, doesn’t it? After all, what harm could there be in adding some supplements to your diet? Plenty of harm, it seems, but only because people aren’t using them properly. “Vitamin supplementation should supplement your nutrition, but your nutrition should come from your meals,” says Dr. Michael J. Robb, DC, BA, AAS, a chiropractic physician in the metro-Phoenix area. “Nature’s way of creating biochemistry cannot simply be substituted with vitamins.”

Toxicity Vitamin toxicities are rare today, says Karlene Karst, RD, a registered dietician and co-author of Healthy Fats for Life. “The main ones to be concerned with are the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K,”she says. Even then, excesses are rare. “It’s not that Americans take too many vitamins; it’s that there’s no direction,” says Benjamin Gonzalez, MD, the medical director of the Atlantis Medical Wellness Center. Rather, Gonzalez believes the direction comes from marketing pushes and celebrity-sourced advice and not from well-trained nutritionists or physicians knowledgeable in diet supplementation. Quality control is another serious issue, Gonzalez adds, explaining that there are welldocumented cases of high levels of lead and selenium found in multivitamin formulas, all because of poor quality control.“It’s difficult to know what is quality and what is not in overthe-counter vitamins,” he says. Buying your vitamins based on what’s cheaper is a sure way to end up with poor-quality nutrients. 66


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Because most people don’t meet even the minimum standards of a balanced diet, it’s good nutritional insurance to take a moderate-dose, well-rounded multivitamin to fill in the gaps, according to Karst. Also, some nutrients are difficult to get in optimal amounts from diet alone. “For example, vegetarians who don’t eat seafood have no source of omega-3 DHA, which is important for mood, mind, memory, and more,” says Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D., a registered dietitian and the author of Eat Your Way to Happiness. A sustainable, algae-based DHA supplement is their only option. Somer adds that vegetarians may also be missing other key nutrients in their diet, such as vitamin B12.

Somer adds that women of childbearing age should take a multivitamin to ensure that they get enough folic acid, a B vitamin that lowers birth-defect risk. Folic acid works its magic in the first few weeks after conception, before a woman knows she is pregnant. “By the time the pregnancy test comes back positive and she considers taking a folic acid supplement, it could be too late,” Somer says.

What Americans Are Missing About 99 out of 100 Americans don’t meet even minimal standards for a balanced diet, according to FDA data. And, according to Karst, Americans are particularly low in vitamin D, mainly because outside of milk (which many adults don’t drink), vitamin D isn’t as widely

You can’t eat fast food and junk, then take a supplement and think you have covered all your nutritional bases. –Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.


available in our diet. “Research shows we lack exposure to sunshine—anyone living in North America outside of Florida, California, and Arizona is likely not manufacturing enough vitamin D,” Karst says. We’re also not getting enough omega-3s fatty acids because our diet doesn’t contain enough fatty wild fish. Karst cites omega-3s as essential nutrients for heart, joints, brain and emotions, skin, memory, and focus. And no vitamin is an island unto itself.“Vitamins work as teams,” says Somer. “If your diet is low in one nutrient, it’s low in others, too.” For example, if you are low in vitamin C, you probably are also low in vitamin A and folate (folic acid). Gonzalez agrees, adding that a common problem today is the strong focus on single vitamins, antioxidants, and special herbs.“There really is no true single vitamin that’s more important than another or one that everyone is missing,” he says. To these ends, keep in mind that supplements are meant to help you stay healthy and should not replace a well-balanced diet. “You need to eat really well and supplement responsibly,” Somer says. “You can’t eat fast food and junk, then take a supplement and think you’ve Village_North Valley Magazine_Feb_2013 1/8/13 11:23 AM Page 1 covered all your nutritional bases.”



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Diamond Exchange Jewelry expert Scott Bohall offers 10 tips to follow when upgrading your diamonds. WHETHER IT’S DIAMONDS for Valentine’s Day or the Diamonds of spring training, this time of year is a fun one to be in Arizona, especially while much of the country is experiencing bad weather. Many of our winter visitors are in town, and we see a trend that we haven’t seen in several years—more and more people are upgrading their diamonds. There are some easy ways to make sure you come out with the best quality and price combination when trading in a diamond for a larger or a higher-quality one. 

HERE ARE THE TOP 10 THINGS TO LOOK FOR: 1. Stay away from one-day events. Take your time to find the best deals and shop around.  2. If you are trading in a diamond, negotiate for the best price on what you are purchasing first, and then bring the trade into the mix. 3. Keep any paperwork for your original diamond, such as a certificate from a lab or original receipt for the quality and weight of the diamond.  4. Don’t get fixated on the amount for your trade––consider the net difference. If you want a diamond that costs $9,000 and you have a trade value of $3,000 for one you own, that’s a worse deal than the same diamond selling for $7,000 and a trade value of $2,000. 5. Ask an independent appraiser for an estimate of what the average store would sell the diamond you want for as well as what the average jeweler will give you for your trade. The $50 consulting fee from the appraiser will save you a lot of money if you have that information when searching for a diamond. 6. The person selling the diamond and

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The Audi A5: One Fine Coupe Auto expert Greg Rubenstein reviews the 2013 Audi A5. as a 2008 model, Audi’s two-door A5 has been a compelling option for drivers seeking a blend of performance, style, and luxury. For 2013, Audi has infused this four-seat coupe with incremental upgrades including a facelift, new comfort, and luxury gadgets, and there are a few mechanical changes added. From the outside, the A5 cuts a handsome profile—arguably one of the best-looking cars available. Its sleek, flowing styling adds character along with muscular fender flares, while the restyled grille and headlights now align with Audi’s corporate design seen in its sibling four-door A4 sedan as well as the larger A6 sedan. Inside, changes from the previous iteration are subtle, with a new steering wheel, gauges, and interior illumination leading the list of visible updates. Touch surfaces are finely crafted, and fit and finish remain best in class. Audi’s interiors remain a design study for competing manufacturers and should be a required visit for every new-car shopper to see how well it can be done. Technology continues to progress in luxury manufacturers, and Audi’s MMI multimedia interface has finally matured to the point where it’s more functional than frustrating. The optional MMI Navigation Plus package, present on the tested A5 Premium Plus model, provided navigation with voice control, color driver-information display, electronic




parking-brake system with rearview camera, “Audi connect” WiFi hotspot online service, and Bluetooth audio streaming. Of particular note is Audi’s Google Mapsinfused nav system. Selecting Google Maps instead of the standard map display provides a 3-D view where streets and highways are highlighted on top of the real-world map. It’s highly functional in itself and is made even more so with speed-adaptive scale—go faster and the map zooms out, slow down and the map zooms in. The adaptive scale functions in both Google and standard map views, too. Other trim levels include Premium Standard, Premium, and the range-topping Prestige. The Premium Plus slots just below Prestige. The basic-trim model carries a base price of $38,745, including destination charges, and with an as-tested price of $47,035. The Premium Plus option adds $3,550 for auto-dimming interior and exterior side mirrors, heated front seats and xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and rear taillights. In addition to the $3,050 MMI Navigation package, this test vehicle was also upgraded to the tune of $800 for 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with summer tires, $750 for the Sport package (sport suspension and front sport seats with four-way power lumbar), and $140 for polished exhaust tips. Under the hood, the A5 gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission delivers that power to all four wheels via Audi’s quattro

all-wheel-drive system, which is also available with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The most notable mechanical change for 2013 is in the power-steering assist. The new system uses electric boost instead of a traditional hydraulic. Primarily done to improve fuel economy, this is a growing trend among many upmarket manufacturers, including Porsche. In the A5, steering feel hasn’t been overtly compromised by the change, but it’s hard to quantify any improvement in feedback from the road or responsiveness. The A5 is EPA rated at 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined. Driving with an enthusiastic right foot returned an average of 28 mpg over a week’s mixed driving. For drivers seeking more punch when plunging the accelerator, the S5 is available with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine producing 333 horsepower, and the RS5 can be had with a 4.2-liter 450 horsepower V-8 engine. Base price is $51,795 and $69,795, respectively. While the added grunt of the turbocharged V-6 or super-zippy V-8 makes the S5 and RS5 faster cars, the lighter, four-cylinder A5 is plenty peppy. Its handling is responsive and balanced, and the overall driving experience is wholly satisfying. While not a featherweight sports car—it tips the scales at about 3,600 pounds—the A5 is still about 200 pounds lighter than the V-6 version and about 400 pounds shy of the V-8 model. With less mass and the ride heightlowering Sport package, the A5 is a blast to drive, returning satisfactory economy, value, and plenty of grins.


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The Critical Eye: Relationship Appraisal Relationship expert Lea Haben offers suggestions on how to determine if he’s The One THE QUEST FOR true love has been around since the beginning of time.

Although the ways to hunt for the perfect mate have become more sophisticated, the ways to determine if it’s real have not. Are you questioning the validity of your relationship? Here are a few signs that will help determine if he or she is The One.

outweigh the other? Seeing them in black and white can really help determine your next move. When evaluating your ideal mate, remember that no one is perfect because perfection doesn’t exist in this world. However, make sure that you’re in the relationship for the right reasons and not simply settling to avoid being alone.


Although opposites attract, they eventually repel. Were you raised with the same values as your mate? Do your research up front and find out if there’s common ground. Accept red flags for what they are—they are there to signal you about your future. If your values aren’t in alignment, accept and move on. Don’t ever change who you are to fit in someone else’s world—it never works.


Using your inner-guidance system is important and should be one of the ways we evaluate our relationships. Intuition can be a sense or a feeling that our beloved is The One. It can also tell us that we’re not suited for each other.


Respect is an important factor when entering a relationship. We all know that we want our loved ones to respect us, but just as important is our respect for the person we’re in a relationship with.


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One of the hottest trends in fiction is “new adult” books. The genre is geared toward older teens and women in their 20s and 30s who enjoy YA but want to read more mature subject matter. Beautiful Disaster is about Abby Abernathy, who leaves behind her old life to follow her best friend to college. Th ings change when Abby meets campus bad boy Travis Maddox, who bears a tough exterior of tattoos, rides a motorcycle, and belongs to a secret fight club. He’s also the ultimate playboy. Travis is attracted to Abby’s I’m-not-going-tosleep with you attitude. She tries hard not to be smitten with Travis, but to no avail. When readers fi rst turn the pages, they will sink their teeth into the story’s intensity, but as it continues, they might begin to question Abby’s naivety and Travis’s abusive nature and violent streak. Abby is also an immature mess, and her best friend isn’t any better. The book (originally self-published) was titled Red Flag, and aha! maybe this is the key to the whole concept. Beautiful Disaster is an example of why women should be leery of possessive and controlling men. Abby and Travis’s train wreck of a relationship reveals their dark pasts and why they act the way they do.

Baldacci’s The Forgotten, the second novel in his series featuring Army Ranger John Puller, is a smash hit. Like all his novels, Baldacci gives readers tons of twists and turns, taking them by surprise with another exciting adventure. John Puller is the kind of guy you’d like to have around. An investigator with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, he’s requested by his father, a decorated war hero suffering from dementia who resides in a VA Hospital, to check in on John’s aunt. But when John arrives in Paradise, Florida, he discovers his aunt is dead. Because of the small-town atmosphere geared toward wealthy tourists, the local sheriff asks John to investigate. John discovers that the town called Paradise is anything but. Baldacci’s knowledge of Florida, particularly the Emerald Coast and the Gulf, makes his expertise in military affairs and technology shine on the pages. His books usually have some romantic suspense angle, which ups the ante and gives his protagonists more dimension. All his characters in The Forgotten interact with one another deftly and realistically. If you’re a fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, then John Puller is your man. The Forgotten is not to be—well, forgotten!



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Braised Beef Ravioli with Jus Reduction and ParmigianoReggiano Chef Matthew Grunwald whips up a romantic dish. I HAVE A new obsession with ravioli making. Of course, getting your

hands a bit dirty is required when making pasta dough. A simple dough of eggs, “00” flour (which is high in gluten), water, and salt are all that’s required to prepare perfect pasta. When considering a filling for ravioli, you needn’t go any farther than your own pantry and refrigerator for ideas. The combinations are endless, ranging from a simple Italian sausage filling to deep-fried chocolate served with a peanut butter sauce––but that’s a different recipe. Today, I’m going to teach you the way that Italian nonne—grandmammas—prepare ravioli––without the pasta machine and with a rolling pin. This recipe comprises the three Rs of February: rich, robust, and of course, romantic. Braised hind shank is the perfect ingredient for ravioli stuffing. Onions, carrots, celery, thyme, rosemary, shallots, and garlic are flavorings that are incorporated into the braise to create different flavor notes that set this dish apart. As any chef would agree, the best food consists of a simple dish that has been given a lot of love and is executed properly, so let us not forget the sauce. Reducing the liquid that the hind shank cooks in is the simple element that creates a dish that you will find served in the finest Manhattan bistros. Finishing with true “protected designation of origin” parmigiano-reggiano, which comes from Emilia-Romagna, Italy, will truly set this dish apart.

BRAISED HIND SHANK 3 pounds hind shank, bone in 5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 8 tbsp. kosher salt as needed to taste for seasoning at the end 5 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper 2 each yellow onions, Ω-inch dice 3 each carrots, washed, peeled, and sliced into 1-inch pieces 5 stalks celery, washed, sliced into 1-inch pieces 5-6 cups red wine (cabernet sauvignon/ merlot blend works beautifully) 4-5 cups chicken stock 12 sprigs fresh thyme 4 sprigs fresh rosemary 5 each bay leaves ∑ cup whole black peppercorns Choose a roasting pan to cook with that will allow the stock and red wine to cover the meat completely while it’s cooking! Preheat the oven to 290°F. Heat roasting pan to high heat. Pat the hind shank completely dry with a paper towel and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Press seasoning into the meat. Add extra-virgin olive oil to the roasting pan and let the oil start to smoke. (The hotter the pan, the better the sear and the more flavor you’ll enjoy!) Add hind shank into the pan when the oil is smoking and let sear. Do not move the meat around—this will cause it to steam and you will not get any color on the protein. Cook the hind shank for about three minutes on each side until the meat is a very deep brown. It's OK if there is a small amount of charring on the meat— this will add flavor to the dish. When the meat is completely seared on all sides, remove from pan and reduce heat in the pan to medium. Add in the onion and scrape the bottom of the pan. Let the onions cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add in carrots and celery to create a mirepoix. The reason you add in the carrots and celery separately is because you want to maintain the bright flavor of the carrots and if you cook celery too long, it gets bitter. Cook the mirepoix until the carrots start to brown and all the vegetables are slightly tender. Deglaze the bottom of the pan by adding in all the chicken stock and red wine. Scrape the bottom of the pan. Let the braising liquid simmer on medium heat for about five minutes until it reduces by a fourth of the volume. This will concentrate the flavors. Before adding in the herbs to the pot, rub them between your hands to awaken the aromatics and natural oils. Add the thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, and black peppercorns to the pot and let simmer an additional two minutes. Add the hind shank back into the pot, and make sure that it’s completely submerged in the braising liquid. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper accordingly to your taste. Cover roasting pan with foil and tightly wrap. Place the braise in the oven and let cook for four to six hours. The longer that it cooks, the more the flavors will

increase. Remove the braise from the oven when it is fork tender and let cool for 20 minutes. When the hind shank is cool enough for you to handle, remove from the pot and shred the meat. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside. SAUCE Strain the vegetables, herbs, and peppercorns from the braising liquid. Save the liquid, and discard all the rest. Keep the braising liquid in the roasting pan and return to high heat on the stove until the sauce reduces by half. Set aside. PASTA DOUGH 1.5 cup “00” flour or all-purpose flour 1 egg ∑ cup water as needed In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together and turn out onto a flour surface. Knead the dough with a back-and-forth rocking motion for five minutes until the dough is tacky, a bit wet, and elastic. This will develop the gluten strands in the dough and result in excellently textured pasta. Wrap with plastic wrap and allow to sit on the counter for one hour so that the dough can rest. (The gluten strands will relax so that you can roll out the dough.) CREATING AND ASSEMBLING RAVIOLI Rolling pin Damp towel Pizza cutter Pastry brush Braised hind shank filling Pasta dough All-purpose flour as needed Egg wash as needed Unwrap the pasta dough and flour a flat surface. Dust the dough with flour on each side, and cover the rolling pin with flour. The dough should be room temperature at this point. Roll out the dough to about ¬ of an inch thick. Carefully pick up the dough and stretch it out with your fists, being careful not to tear it. Once the dough has been stretched, flour the work surface and the dough. Roll the dough 1 out to a 16—∑ of an inch thickness. Flour the top of the dough again, and flip to the other side. Cut the dough into four large equal squares and cover with damp towels. With the corner of dough you are working with, cut 2-inch-by-2inch squares with the pizza cutter. Place 1 teaspoon of the braised hind shank filling onto the dead center of each square. Place a damp towel on top of the dough with the filling on it. Work with one 2-inch-by-2-inch square at a time. With your index finger, coat each side of the dough with the egg wash. Fold the dough in half. Working from the center out, remove any air from the center of the dough. Gently but firmly pinch the sides of the dough together to seal each side into one cohesive envelope. Place the finished ravioli onto a floured surface. Once all the ravioli have been made, you can either freeze them for up to two weeks or cook and serve. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2013 NORTH VALLEY


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Things to Do… FEBRUARY

Thunderbird Artists, producer of award-winning fine art and wine festivals, lines the banks of the Scottsdale Waterfront with a solid selection of juried fine arts, fine wines, delectable chocolates, and musicians in the Southwest for the Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival. Downtown Scottsdale.


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Haute Chocolate Market & Festival will host a juried chocolate competition, chocolate and chili sampling, and a tasting of chocolate wine. Heard Museum. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.


Enjoy the tunes of cult classic Morrissey. Marquee Theatre. 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe.


See the world’s most beautiful Arabian horses at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. WestWorld. 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.


See hawks, owls, falcons, and other wildlife when you ride to raise money for the rescue efforts of the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center at the Bikers Soar for Wildlife Motorcycle Event. Buffalo Chip Saloon, 6811 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek.


Jam to the cool sounds of G. Love & Special Sauce. Martini Ranch. 7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale.


Arizona community superstars partner with professional dance instructors for dazzling performances at the Dancing with the Stars Arizona 2013 to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. The Phoenician. 6000 E. Camelback Rd.,


Filmmakers and audiences celebrate some of the best new domestic and international films that include documentaries, animation, foreign films, and shorts at the 19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival.

23-Mar 3

The Carefree Spring Festival music series returns to el Pedregal on Sundays. Marmalade Skies performs during the season opener. El Pedregal, Scottsdale Road and the Carefree Highway.

24-May 12

Known as the world’s largest horse-drawn parade, the Parada del Sol event kicks off—literally—the Trails End Celebration. Old Town Scottsdale.




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Enjoy community, friendship, and fun at Anthem Days.


Tour de Cure is more than just a ride–– it’s a lifechanging event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to stop diabetes and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education, and advocacy. Reach 11 Sports Complex. 2425 E. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix.


Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s 20th Annual Beach Ball Gala benefits the hospital’s children’s heart center. The Phoenician. 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale.


The Scottsdale League for the Arts (SLA), responsible for bringing the Scottsdale Culinary Festival to life, kicks off the festival a month early with their premier dinner event––the Friends of James Beard Dinner. The Westin Kierland Resort. 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival showcases nearly 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and Canada along with live music and entertainment and delicious cuisine from the Valley’s gourmet food trucks. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale.


Attend the star-studded 19th annual Celebrity Fight Night. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix.


Rock out to The Shins, Balkan Beat Box, and more at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival. Margaret T. Hance Park. 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix.



Celebrate the Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures at the Arizona Aloha Festival. Tempe Beach Park. 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe.




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Katy Katy is an adorable 6-year-old snowshoe mix. She came to AAWL after

Odin is a 1-year-old Alaskan husky/ boxer mix looking for someone to take him hiking, biking, and for extra long walks. He loves the outdoors and open air so that he can burn off all that puppy energy. He’s a young guy who’ll need a lot of daily exercise, plenty of toys, and mental stimulation. Because of his age, he would probably be best crated while his owners are out and about. He’s friendly with everyone, but you’ll need to make sure all family members can cope with his energy level. Bring the whole family down (including any dogs) to meet with Odin. You could be the one he is waiting for! Odin’s adoption fee is $175, which includes his microchip, neuter, and vaccine.

Monsoon Monsoon is a 1-year-old exotic medium-hair mix. He’s been at the shelter almost his entire life. He arrived when he was only four weeks old! Monsoon is a quiet guy who would love nothing more than a nice lap to sit on or some soft mice to play with. He likes treat time and gets along well with other cats (even the bossy ones!). Monsoon does have some special needs, but the adoption counselors can explain them to you. This special boy really needs a forever home. His adoption fee is $50, which includes his neuter, microchip, and vaccines.

Malbec Malbec is an adorable 5-year-old Australian terrier mix. He would be just as happy to hang out on the couch as he would be jogging down the street with you. He always has a smile on his face and loves everyone. He’s good with other dogs and would love to go to dog parks, on walks, hiking, or anywhere his new owners would like to go. He’s eager to please and really wants a new home. Malbec’s adoption fee is $125, which includes his microchip, neuter, and vaccine.

being abandoned outside a Valley pet store. The note left with her says she does not like children or loud noises. Katy’s dislike of loud noises may be because she’s blind and gets very nervous in new situations. Katy would do best as an only pet, as other animals can easily sneak up on her and frighten her. She will need a calm, adult-only home where she can have time to adjust to her surroundings and get to know her new family at her own pace. Once she gets to know you, she’s a chatty lap cat who loves attention. Katy’s adoption fee is $50, which includes her spay, microchip, and vaccines.

Brody Brody is a 2-year-old Chinese shar-pei mix. He loves everyone and everything—except maybe cats. He’s as comical as he is handsome. Brody loves to run around in the yard with his other shelter buddies and play chase, retrieve tennis balls, and swim in the kiddie pool. He also likes to take long walks and hike anywhere his owner is willing to take him. Won’t you make Brody the newest member of your family? Brody’s adoption fee is $175, which includes his microchip, neuter, and vaccine.

Logan Logan is a 2-year-old gray-andwhite domestic shorthair. He was

abandoned at our shelter because his family lost their home and they couldn’t keep him. He’s kind of shy at first, but once you get to know him, he’s just a big, sweet boy. He loves to sit next to you, get rubbed, and be offered a few treats. He doesn’t seem to like dogs, but he gets along well with other adult cats and is tolerant of older children. He would love a home where he could sit by a window and watch birds while waiting for his family to come home. Logan’s adoption fee is $50, which includes his neuter, microchip, and vaccines.

These pets may already be adopted. Please visit for a current listing of pets available for adoption at the Arizona Animal Welfare League. All dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered, are up-to-date on their shots, and will go home with a microchip inserted. The Arizona Animal Welfare League is open from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. AAWL is located at 30 North 40th Place in Phoenix. For more information, call (602) 273-6852. 80




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Guests rang in the New Year at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Invitational. Held at the Phoenician Resort and sponsored by Michael and Ellie Ziegler, the evening was filled with five-star dining, dancing, live entertainment, and a silent auction. Photos by Samantha Peck

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Arizona’s Longest Running Domestic Violence Shelter

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