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Volume 9 / Issue 2 PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER

Adam Toren adam@northvalleymagazine.com Matthew Toren matthew@northvalleymagazine.com

EDITORIAL

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> PUBLISHERS' NOTE

Blue Skies As the rest of the country experienced a series of frigid cold snaps over the past few months, we’ve been blessed here in the Valley with gorgeous weather, nary a polar vortex in sight, and a bevy of wonderful events and activities that have allowed us to take full advantage of blue skies and balmy temps. With that being said, it was hard for our cover girl, Destinee Quinn, to recently say goodbye to her Arizona hometown and head to the country-music capital of the world. When we caught up with the rising singer-songwriter, it was freezing in Nashville and she was pining for the Valley. Read her story (pages 56–58) to learn how this head turner, who’s competed in local beauty pageants and appeared on American Idol and The Voice singing competitions, plans on making her mark on the music charts.

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Next, we turn our attention to our first (ever!) North Valley Magazine Cutest Pet Contest. Visit our website or Facebook page to enter, and submit a photo of your cuddly (or not so cuddly) friend by March 12. All pets qualify—dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, gerbils, lizards…you name it. If it’s your pet, you can enter it in the contest. We’ll showcase all the entries in our April/May issue with directions on how to vote for your favorite. The animal with the most votes will get a professional photo shoot, grace the cover of an upcoming issue, and win valuable prizes. Since a lot of us have cute videos of our pets, we also encourage you to post yours on Facebook and tag North Valley Magazine on the video to get more exposure. We’ll feature the funniest animal videos on our website in addition to the photo entries. Before you get down to the other engaging local content inside, take a quick glance through the magazine. You'll notice a couple of changes. As we near almost 10 years of bringing news and information to the Valley, we’re looking to expand and bring you even more in-depth hyper-local coverage. Are we missing anything? If so, we want to know. Feel free to shoot us feedback on this subject. We appreciate all your comments and suggestions and encourage community conversation. Until next month! Matthew Toren Publisher

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NEW YEAR’S EVE FETE WHERE

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THE PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW WHERE

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February 1 Native Trails is a free outdoor festival celebrating the Native American cultures of the Southwest through song and dance. Each event brings together traditional instruments, colorful dances, and authentic attire to enhance the stories of southwestern tribes. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. scottsdaleperformingarts.org

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B last off on an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts at the Arizona Science Center Galaxy Gala. The newest featured exhibition, The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, will be unveiled, and a raffle, a cocktail reception, dinner, and entertainment will add to the enjoyment. Arizona Science Center 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. azscience.org

Scottsdale, AZ @scottsdaleaz Don’t get too behind on everything happening in Scottsdale! Check out events going on in February!

 he Desert Foothills T Woman’s Club invites you to don your muumuus and flowered shirts for a festive afternoon of authentic Hawaiian entertainment held at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Fairway House, 8620 Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale. For more details on the event or information on joining the Desert Foothills Woman’s Club, call Nedra Williams at (480) 773-3753.

22– You won’t want to miss Mar 2 the Sedona International Film Festival, an annual eight-day extravaganza of screenings and events. sedonafilmfestival.org

28– The 19th Annual Carefree Mar 2 Fine Art & Wine Festival, produced by Thunderbird Artists, will be making its way into downtown Carefree. Admission is $3; Carefree residents receive complimentary admission. Parking is free all weekend. thunderbirdartists.com

15 The Fountain of Youth Scottsdale @Scottsdale #Sanctuary offers a variety of luxury #wedding venues perched on #Camelback Mountain http://qoo.ly/c4sc #planning

is no longer a myth in Scottsdale as physicians, presenters, and local vendors band together to provide yoga and meditation for a full day of education, entertainment, and a youthful outlook. DC Ranch Homestead. cloudninehealth.com

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Cookout Adventure is alive with family fun, a delicious cookout, wildlife, music, championship hoop dancing, and western games. 4–8 p.m. MacDonald’s Ranch, 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. gppaaz.org /great_adventure.html

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Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate & Fine Art, as up to 100 exhibitors of art, crafts, chocolate, and other confections present their wares, along with music, entertainment, and more. Carefree Town Garden Center at Sundial Circle. magicbirdfestivals.com

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Cancer Society’s 31st annual Climb to Conquer Cancer of Phoenix, where thousands will hike South Mountain to bring awareness to cancer and the Society’s lifesaving work while celebrating survivors and honoring loved ones who lost their lives to the disease. phoenixclimb.com

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Check out Art from the Heart, where some of Arizona’s most respected artists are donating their works to be auctioned off to benefit Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. Bid on art from such local talents as Ed Mell, Mayme Kratz, Emily Costello, and Frank Ybarra. 6:30–9:30 p.m. Neiman Marcus, 6990 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale. freeartsaz.org

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Irish Run. Enjoy live Irish music, costumes prizes, and more. Plus, kisses for all finishers (chocolate, of course) and a beverage compliments of McFadden’s. 7 a.m. Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale. irishrunaz.com

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Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema Series: Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Don Juan legend crackles to life in the hands of the world’s most well-known composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. $12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, (480) 499-8587.

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Week. Highlights of this third annual celebration include the signature Cocktail Carnival at Hotel Valley Ho, the Southwest’s premier bartending competition, statewide “Imbibe n’ Dine” specials, expert-led mixology seminars. and tastings. arizonacocktailweek.com

28–30 Pull on your boots, grab your hat, and

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George Strait and Martina McBride US Airways Center Country music sensation Martina McBride joins George Strait as he takes the stage for The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, to take place at US Airways Center. No country music fan’s year is complete without seeing this superstar duo performs smash hits like “Go On” and “If You Don’t Know Me by Now.”

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The Lego Movie

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Demi Lovato will kick off her Neon Lights Tour this February. The pop-rock songstress will embark on a 27-date tour across North America to promote the 21-yearold entertainer’s fourth studio album, Demi , released in May. Lovato’s tour is sure to delight!

Everlasting diva Cher will be dressed to impress her fans for the Dressed to Kill Tour set to begin in Phoenix. The trek is being staged to celebrate her new Closer to the Truth album. Besides being the Goddess of Pop, Cher is an Academy Award Winner for best actress in Moonstruck (1998), an Emmy winner, a Grammy winner, and a threetime Golden Globe winner. See her sing her new collection, it’s a “Woman’s World”— and Cher’s a woman with a capital W.

Based on Robert Edsel’s 2009 book of the same name, George Clooney’s upcoming World War II movie is about the search for and recovery of Nazi-looted art. The film is founded on revelations that more than 1,400 stolen artworks by Picasso, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and others were found in a Munich, Germany, apartment and are believed to have been removed from German museums. Clooney co-wrote and stars alongside with Matt Damon in this movie shot on location in Germany.

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Lego minifigures will be invading the big screen this spring. The first-ever full-length theatrical Lego adventure from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Arnett and features notable Hollywood stars such as Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson. The original 3-D computeranimated story follows an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Legos minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person in existence and the key to saving the world.

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Wes Anderson co-wrote The Grand Budapest Hotel with newcomer Hugo Guinness. The film is set in and around an elite European hotel in the 1920s and follows the journey of Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), the resident’s legendary concierge, and his trusty lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori.) This comedy features a roster of such stars as Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson.


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The Winter Olympics NBC The XXII Olympic Winter Games—the 22nd Winter Olympics—are scheduled to take place Feb. 6–23 in Sochi, Russia. Ninety-eight events in 15 winter sports will be held. Tune in as athletes such as 18-yearold U.S. Alpine phenom Mikaela Shiffrin thrill the crowds and strive to dominate in their events.

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Suits USA Network

The original hit series will return on ABC in February, with all new episodes. This one-hour mystery is laden with twists and turns as it follows Danny Desai, a charismatic 16-year-old with a troubled past, who returns home after spending five years in juvenile detention. Suspicion, mystery, and twisted secrets will have you wondering if this young teen is a hopeless victim or in fact truly a murderer.

The legal drama starring Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams will return for another 16-episode run. As a leading cable production, this program draws a passionate and loyal young audience by promising to deliver a provocative fourth season.

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smileinducing days of familyfriendly fun

The Scottsdale Arts Festival Writer Julie Carlson goes behind the scenes of a longtime Valley event. Founded in 1971 by a group of Scottsdale artists and local civic leaders, the Scottsdale Arts Festival now draws thousands of visitors a year. “Back then, it was a monthlong event and took place in a variety of locations, including Scottsdale High School, Kerr Cultural Center, City Hall, and the Safari Hotel,” says Janice Bartczak, the event director. “The festival featured exhibiting artists from the Scottsdale Artists League and performing-arts organizations like the Civic Ballet Company and the Chamber Music Society.” After the construction of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, the Scottsdale Arts Festival moved to its present location on the lush open grounds surrounding City Hall, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts. Come rain or shine, almost 200 artists from across the country exhibit a wide variety of media: photography, painting, sculpture, glass and ceramics, jewelry, and much more. The highly recognized and award-winning festival also showcases two dozen musical acts, including many of Arizona’s top bands, on two outdoor stages. This year, the Sugar Thieves from the Phoenix area will perform their high-energy blues music reminiscent of New Orleans, Memphis, and Chicago. Another toe-tapping group performing is Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns. The seven-member band has been performing its rhythm and blues music throughout the Valley for 20 years. But the Scottsdale Arts Festival is not just for adults. Children can have loads of fun at the Imagine Nation family area where they can participate in art-related activities. “New in 2014, in collaboration with Scottsdale Public Art, the festival will present the U.S. debut of the Happy Rainbow exhibition by the Los Angeles-based 28

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200 awe-inspiring artists from coast to coast

Lynda Ladwig, Lafayette, Colo. Prow Oil and Vinegar Set, 2010 Ceramic, 6 x 8 x 3 inches

Julie Carlson is a local freelance writer and an aspiring screenwriter.


artist duo FriendsWithYou,” Bartczak says. FriendsWithYou is an art collective founded by Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. Since 2011, they have been creating paintings, public playgrounds, live performances, and other art spaces for people young and old by reinforcing the positive theme ”Magic, Luck, Friendship.” While walking around the festival, you might get hungry when the delicious smells waft your way from food trucks from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition. Visitors can select a variety of dishes from up to 15 trucks. Short Leash Hot Dogs, Mama Toledo’s Pie, and Pizza People are among the trucks that will be at this year’s festival. Visitors can buy art at the festival or through an online art action during the event. Proceeds benefit the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the festival can be purchased in advance or at the event. Single day passes are $8, and two-day passes are $12. There’s also special pricing for students and children as well as SMoCA and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts members.

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LONDON CALLING

Brilliant design with a British accent" Bengt Hokanson & Trefny Dix, Durango, Colo. Blue Sail Blown glass, 18 x 12 x 4 inches

The Scottsdale Arts Festival

When: March 14–16 Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale Info: scottsdaleartsfestival.org

480.488.1162 201 Easy St. #101, Carefree, AZ Open every day - 11am to 4pm.

One of America’s top arts EVENTS, the award-winning Scottsdale Arts Festival will showcase nearly 200 artists from coast to coast on March 14–16 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Jesse Tallman

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> FRESH/PROFILE

Photo by Patti Jares

Play It Again, Sam Patti Jares catches up with “Uncle Sam” Fasano to hear what he has playin’. It’s Saturday night at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, and the Raun Alosi Band is rocking JD’s Lounge. The music is cool and exciting, and the crowd feels good. As the last set fades, Alosi looks into the crowd and invites “Uncle Sam” to come up and play a few tunes. A whitehaired man makes his way onto the stage as Janice—his biggest fan as well as his wife of 58 years—watches him, grinning like she’s about to be serenaded by Sinatra. He gets comfortable on a stool and pulls out his harmonica. The crowd looks a bit skeptical—he is decades older than the other band members. Fasano doesn’t notice. He closes his eyes and begins to fill the lounge with the blues—sweet riffs that evoke wide-eyed silence and then cheers. Uncle Sam Fasano can make his harp sing, and the crowd loves it. The 84-year-old musician was first invited to play with the band a little more than a year ago. “I knew he had talent,” says Alosi, who is a close friend of Fasano and his entire family and calls him “Uncle” as a term of endearment. “So I asked him to sit in, and the audience loved him.” Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Fasano grew up in a neighborhood where the Catholic church was

a hub of activity, and the priest, Father Cavanaugh, recruited area youth to focus their energy on plays and musical events, much as Bing Crosby did in the 1944 hit Going My Way. Fasano performed as a lead singer and an actor for crowds of more than 2,000, and it was during this time that he picked up the harmonica. It came easy to him. After years of playing, Fasano put the harp away but started again three years ago when he was resurrected by triple heartbypass surgery and a valve replacement.

“I was tired all the time,” he says. “I thought I was just getting old, but after the surgery, I had all this energy. I picked up the harmonica, and I’ve never played better. I love playing the blues, and performing with Raun makes me feel alive, watching the expressions on the audience’s faces. It’s amazing. Who would believe this, at my age?” Alosi, who’s entertained for 35 years in Arizona and the U.S., has opened for music legends such as Journey, U2, Chicago, Santana, Styx, and more.

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Band members Dave Hecker, Dave Wolter, Steve Jurich, and Bruce Stodola have played under Alosi’s former name of Sixty Degrees North and, more recently, the Raun Alosi Band. Alosi enjoys Fasano’s contribution to the band nearly as much as Fasano does. “I love to share the stage with him,” says Alosi, who invites Fasano to play with the band one or two times a month. “Uncle Sam’s always welcome.”

Arizonian Patti Jares has been a freelance writer for more than 20 years.


> FRESH/OPINIONS The Dearings chime in on some of their favorite— and not so favorite— things in the Valley.

Johnnie’s Chicago Style Pizza (602) 867-0811 johnnieschicagostylepizza.com Leeann: I am by nature a pizza person. Any pizza is pretty much good pizza in my mind. And I thought I knew every pizza place in the greater Phoenix area because most of them are on my speed dial. Stop judging me with your eyes, reader! So when we discovered Johnnie’s, I was simultaneously thrilled and horrified— thrilled with the delicious, thin-crust Chicago style goodness and horrified that I had only just now discovered it. Where have you been all my life, Johnnie? Matthew: Unlike my crazy Sicilian wife, pizza is not my thing—it holds very little appeal for me. That being said, Johnnie’s is the best pizza I’ve discovered in Phoenix thus far. Think I’m being hyperbolic? I’m not. It’s actually the only pizza I look forward to in our neighborhood. That should tell you something. The only downside? No delivery option right now.

Beco Baby Carrier

becobabycarrier.com Leeann: As a good millennial hippie, I do three things consistently: I cook with coconut oil, I clean with steam, and I wear my baby/toddler. The Beco baby carrier is what we call a soft-structured carrier, which basically means it’s dummyproof. Lightweight, easy to use, no wrapping involved! It has taken us from Jack’s infancy up until now (22 months), and we’re still going strong! He absolutely loves to be carried on our backs. We find that when we go to the mall or for a family walk, he does so much better in the carrier than he does in the stroller. Matthew: Three words for you, dads. Hands. Free. Parenting. Wearing your kid on your back allows you to do the important things you need to do in your life: changing the channel so you can watch all the games at once, refilling your chips—you get the idea. Here’s another reason: the Beco is worth the price ($120– $150)—it takes up no room in your car. Toss it in the trunk and ditch the stroller. Bam! You’re streamlined! And I have to say, our little man is happy as can be in there. We plan to use the same model for our newborn daughter when she arrives.

After It Training (480) 789-3531 afterittraining.com

Leeann: At seven months pregnant, there’s not a lot of fitness options other than yoga and walking that sound really appealing to me right now. But Nick Murrieta at After It Training changed my mind. I’ll explain: My number-one criterion for a workout is that it has to be fast. I can give you 20 to 30 minutes, but probably not more than that. The good news is, Nick’s whole philosophy is just that! Workouts can be fast and effective once you learn “movement as a skill“ —Nick’s words. I know, he’s like a fitness Buddha. Matthew: New Year’s resolution: six-pack. Laugh it up, but I mean business this time. I’ve been running every day with our dog, but when it comes to weight training, I feel like I’ve got a small bag of tricks to draw from and that’s it. Nick Murrieta is offering a 2014 Get Fit Challenge—with which he promises that you can transform your body in six days. The package includes unlimited access to his GroupFit and yoga classes plus seminars and individual guidance from his staff. The price? Get this: $175! (It’s normally $350.) This is a killer deal for those of you serious about getting fit this year!

Matthew and Leeann Dearing own and operate the local Dearing Acting Studio. Visit their website, dearingstudio.com, or follow them on Twitter @LeeannDearing and @DirectorDearing.

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Liquid Sol Fest 2014

Lynette Carrington on the inaugural multiact music festival set to rock the Valley.

BANDS PERFORMING AT LIQUID SOL MUSIC FESTIVAL The All-American Rejects Blind Melon BoDeans Buckcherry Cracker Ed Kowalczyk (of the band, Live) Everclear Fuel Gin Blossoms The White Buffalo Tonic Vertical Horizon

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Liquid Sol Festival 2014 March 15, 10 a.m.–11 p.m. Sportsman Park

(Outside University of Phoenix Stadium)

1 W. Cardinals Dr., Glendale liquidsolfest.com

Massive multiact music festivals are always an enjoyable event for fans, great exposure for bands, and a way to raise awareness and funds for worthwhile causes. The Liquid Sol Fest 2014 will be a daylong music event that showcases the best in music while also raising funds for several worthwhile causes. Even in its inaugural year, Liquid Sol Fest is going big guns and will turn up the heat at Sportsman’s Park on March 15. Liquid Sol Entertainment Group has partnered with Glendale Firefighters Charities to benefit their local foundations, 100 Club of Arizona and Hope for Hunger, in addition to helping the community of Yarnell and families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The festival is a highly anticipated event that provides a mix of live multigenre music entertainment and an extensive beer garden. The specially designated area will feature dozens of craft brews from more than 35 breweries for concert patrons over the age of 21. For those that have a little too much liquid fun, there will be a Safe Ride Home program. Multiple interactive activities will offer something for everyone, from an adventurous zip line and rock-climbing wall to a firefighter-challenge agility course that shows just how hard our firefighters work each day. There will also be a live simulated extraction that demonstrates how people are rescued from vehicles when there has been an accident. The management team of Liquid Sol Entertainment Group consists of many talented people, and their leaders offer years of experience in the festival industry, including Country Thunder, and deep ties to the entertainment community. These two assets alone help to position Liquid Sol to offer an organized and efficient event that offers top-tier talent. If all goes well, the event may even grow into an annual event over several days. The philosophy of the group is to provide the best talent available to fans, build a memorable experience, expand community integration and cultural development, and provide the best value for the entertainment dollar. Scottsdale-based company GSI Global is helping Liquid Sol Fest revolutionize the festival industry through video integration and custom video on demand. They created the Liquid Sol website and will also offer some unique opportunities for people around the globe to also watch Liquid Sol 2014 as it unfolds. To buy tickets, visit liquidsolfest.com. Also, stay up to date by following Liquid Sol Fest at facebook.com/liquidsolfest, as more artists are expected to be added to the lineup prior to the festival.


> FRESH/READS

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By Julie Carlson

MORE BOOKS TO TRY Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War By Robert M. Gates

From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vividly written account of his experience serving presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Short Guide to a Long Life By David B. Agus, MD

A practical and concise illustrated handbook for everyday living. Author Dr. David B. Agus offers up simple daily habits that could lead to a vigorous, lengthy life.

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans By Michelle Tam

Crackling with humor and bursting with flavor, Michelle Tam’s book offers a fun, fresh approach to cooking with whole, unprocessed ingredients free of grains, legumes, and added sugar.

OUT OF THE EASY By Ruta Sepetys Best-selling author Ruta Sepetys gives readers another fantastic novel with all the heroic and villainous characters her work is known for. Out of the Easy is about a young teen named Josie Moraine who has grown up the daughter of a prostitute. The story is set in 1950 in the French Quarter of New Orleans. When a man is mysteriously killed, Josie takes it upon herself to solve the mystery. The main characters and even minor ones are well developed and fleshed out. One of the more interesting of them is the madam Willie Woodley, who has taken care of Josie throughout her childhood. Out of the Easy sparkles with thrilling moments and will have readers quickly turning the pages. It has a Boardwalk Empire -type feel with a dark underworld of gangsters, bordellos, and exciting twists and turns.

INFERNO By Dan Brown It’s no surprise that Dan Brown’s latest novel, Inferno , was given the distinction of being the top thriller on Goodreads 2013 Best Books of the Year list. Brown created legions of fans with his protagonist, Robert Langdon, a symbology professor from Boston. For his fourth book, Langdon finds himself in Florence, Italy, where he wakes up in a hospital not knowing how or why he’s there. Dr. Sienna Brooks wants to know too, especially when an assassin comes after him. The two flee across Florence, on the run from the government and a secret society. Inferno is at times an exciting thriller similar to James Bond and Jason Bourne’s adventures, but Langdon’s often egoistical nature might also get under some readers’ skin. However, the story is interesting, particularly the backstory of Dante and his Divine Comedy , and the action scenes are cinematic.

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE By Neil Gaiman Fans of Neil Gaiman, rejoice! He’s back with a delightful and intriguing read for both adult and teen readers. In the story, alternately told from the narrator’s viewpoint as a boy and a man, the main character visits his childhood home and recalls the unusual family, especially his friend Lettie Hempstock, who lived down the lane. After a mysterious suicide sets off a series of dark and dangerous events, Lettie protects her friend through her magical ways. Gaiman’s haunting prose makes the story and quirky characters leap off the page. There are some parts that are a little confusing, especially Lettie’s magical world, but Gaiman’s writing makes readers think and dig deeper with them. Ocean was awarded the top fantasy novel of 2013 by Goodreads, and the reason is clear from the first page.

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> FRESH/TRAVEL

By Sondra Barr

SUNNY, WITH 100 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW Sunshine, snowmaking, and a smidgen of nostalgia during a weekend escape to Arizona Snowbowl. It’s been awhile since I considered heading to Flagstaff to ski and even longer since I actually did. A bit odd, considering that back in the day (I’ll spare you—and myself—just how far back), my high school girlfriends and I would hop behind the wheel of my family’s wood-paneled Jeep Cherokee and head to Arizona Snowbowl from the Valley every chance we could get. Unfortunately, “every chance we could get” frequently translated into not very many because for all the days Snowbowl actually had snow to ski on, there were just as many days during the ski season that it didn’t. Alas, driving an extra five or six hours to reach Telluride to ski started to make more sense for extended weekends until one day I just up and moved to Colorado to try my hand at being a ski bum—a adventurous idea until the reality set in that being continually cold and broke wasn’t any fun for a Valley-bred, heat-loving gal. Snowbowl would probably have remained a distant and forgotten memory if it hadn’t all of a sudden become the thing to go skiing within my circle of influence. Recently, photos of folks on skis and snowboards started popping up on my Facebook and Instagram feeds and my 16-year-old started mentioning 34

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how his friends had just gotten back from snowboarding. Peer pressure is a powder—err, powerful thing, but holiday break was winding down and there was no time to plan an extended trip before school started up again. Then it dawned on me: what about Snowbowl? Wait. Did they have snow? Was it still around? A quick Google search confirmed that Snowbowl was indeed open thanks to recent infrastructure upgrades and the addition of extensive snowmaking capabilities that ensure a consistent snow surface and a regular season. That’s all I needed to hear. The next day, my hubby and I, along with our son and his friend, hopped in the car on a Friday afternoon for the quick two-hour drive to Flagstaff. After checking into the Woodlands Hotel, which is undergoing a sizable remodeling project, we left the boys in their comfortable room and drove to Fat Olives on the recommendation of a local. One of Flagstaff’s newest restaurants, Fat Olives features Neapolitan-style and artisan pizza cooked in an oven handcrafted in Italy and imported to Flagstaff. Since they went to so much trouble to get the oven to Arizona, we ordered some bruschetta, a couple of pies (delicious ones!), and the requisite (for us adults) vino at this laid-back locals’ hangout before heading back to the Woodlands for some shut-eye. When you live in the Valley, where it rarely dips below 50 degrees even on the coldest days, your internal cold-weather gauge is usually broken, so the following morning, I sweetly instructed the teens (both of them relatively new to the experience, with each having a previous trip to a ski area under his belt) to bundle up in layers because it often gets cold on the chair lifts. Surprisingly, they listened, likely because the anticipation of their snowboarding lesson had them wide-eyed and eager to begin the morning without a lot of nagging. After a quick stop for my requisite a.m. drink (a rich and frothy latte) at KickStand Kafé, a quaint little neighborhood coffee joint on the road to Snowbowl that

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IF YOU GO STAY Woodlands Hotel 1175 W. Route 66, Flagstaff (15 miles from Arizona Snowbowl) (928) 773-8888 flagstaffwoodlandshotel.com DINE Fat Olives 2308 E. Route 66, Flagstaff (928) 853-0056 fatolivesflagstaff.com KickStand Kafé 719 N. Humphreys St., Flagstaff (928) 779-5393 kickstandkafe.com

used to be a bike shop, we made our way to the base of the San Francisco Peaks, ready to strap on our gear. In my opinion, it’s always much easier to rent equipment at the ski area rather than lug rentals from the Valley. Plus, if something goes wrong with the gear, you can always get it fixed or changed out onsite. It was a pleasant surprise to get through the Snowbowl rental line quickly, thanks in no small part to the efficient staff that paired us with the proper equipment. After dropping off the boys for their snowboarding lesson and my hubby for his private skiing instruction, I was anxious to experience some of Snowbowl’s out-of-the-gun white stuff and relive a bit of my youthful memories gliding down the blue Southern Belle or black upper Casino runs, but first it was up the Hart Prairie double chairlift to shake the rust off on the beginner run. It’s easy to dismiss Snowbowl when considering the options among the venerated list of great Western ski areas, but you’d be missing out to do so. As one of the longest continually run ski areas in the country, Snowbowl has a lot to offer skiers and snowboarders, and it’s a mere two hours away! Not only does it possess some of the largest beginner terrain in the Southwest but it’s also been listed as a top-40 ski resort with the highest vertical drop in the upper 48 states, which makes it fun for both beginners and the more advanced folks looking for a challenge. Of particular note is the Sunset Terrain Park, which offers a challenging assortment of boxes, rails, hits, spines, and more for boarders and skiers looking to catch some air. I wish they’d had those features back when I was a daring, risk-life-and-limb teen, but I must admit it’s fun to be an observer from the relative comfort of the chairlift, watching adventurous souls catch air and wipe out every once in awhile. Speaking of catching air, it just so happened that on the day we were there, Snowbowl was hosting the US Airbag Winter Demo Tour, where every skier from beginner to professional was practicing Olympic-like moves before safely landing on a huge inflated pillow. I was tempted to give it a go—next time. When we regrouped for lunch, the boys’ eyes were alight as they recounted their success on their boards. Meanwhile, my hubby had an equally successful morning learning the basics: stop, go, turn. After lunch on the deck of the Hart Prairie lodge, the boys had a blast demonstrating their prowess getting on and off the chairlifts and using their boards to carve wide and sometimes graceful turns that they’d learned during their lesson. Yes, there was a tumble or two, but nothing detracted from their satisfaction at spending an afternoon tackling intermediate runs serviced by the Agassiz chairlift. As I watched them, it made me recall all the fun times I’d had at Snowbowl, and it made me eager to create more memories—something that’s now virtually guaranteed thanks to the snow makers in this Arizona ski area. 36

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GETTING THERE Once you reach Flagstaff, I-17 becomes Milton Road. Continue driving north for 3 miles. Milton Road will go under the railroad tracks, and the road will bear to the right. Take a left at the first stoplight (Humphreys Street). At the third stoplight (Hwy 180), turn left. Continue 7 miles to Snowbowl Road, and then turn right. The resort is 7 miles up Snowbowl Road. arizonasnowbowl.com

HELPFUL TIPS FOR THE FIRST DAYS ON THE SNOW WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR Keep it warm and dry: • Keep boots, gloves, helmets, and any other gear you wear in an area in the car or bus where it’s heated, not in the trunk. • Take an extra pair of dry socks to put on when you arrive. It is a good idea to have dry socks just before you hit the slopes to be sure you have warm feet. Do not wear two pairs of socks; it will make your feet colder. • Wool is good; cotton is bad. This includes all clothing items. Dress in layers: • It’s worth investing in a pair of waterproof ski pants, as jeans get wet and will allow you to get cold. It is best to dress in layers, as temperatures can vary throughout the day. Sunscreen protection and lip balm: • Bring sunscreen! Between 9,000 and 11,500 feet, the atmosphere is far thinner and sunburns happen quickly, even in cloudy conditions. Forgot your sunscreen or a lip balm? The town’s Sports Shops carries them for your convenience.


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Around the block. Around the clock. There’s a new place closer to home where you and your family can get quality care from trusted, health care providers who are tops in their fields. The John C. Lincoln Sonoran Health and Emergency Center brings a 24-hour emergency department – along with a medical imaging center and breast health care center – to your neighborhood. On I-17, south of Carefree Highway.

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Sensual Jasmine Vanilla Massage Oil, $16 @bathandbodyworks.com

DONA by Jo Aphrodisiac-Infused Massage Candle, $6 @amazon.com

20 SPICY V-DAY SUPRISES

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Spicy Subscription Gift Box, from $29.95/month @spicysubscriptions.com


Lacoste Men’s Spicy Cologne—Rouge Energetic Red, $41 @shop.lacoste.com

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Hidden-Message Collar Stays, $39.95 @redenvelope.com

Hot Getaway Personalized Branding Iron, $40 @tbonebrands.com

Love Bets: 300 Wagers to Spice Up Your Love Life, $12.15 @amazon.com

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Las Posadas of Sedona, an enchanting spot where you can heat up your romance A luxury boutique inn, Las Posadas is a magical destination nestled in Sedona’s picturesque Red Rock Country. This charming inn boasts professionally decorated villas and spacious two-room suites perfect for romantic tête-à-têtes. Embraced by the enchanting beauty of the surrounding area, the inn exudes romance and 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 experience even further. Perfect for couples seeking an intimate getaway with the ideal combination of privacy and service to assure your stay meets all your expectations. Because Las Posadas is a smaller and more intimate setting, you’ll receive all the personal attention you desire. At checkin, you’ll be escorted to your suite. Each morning, you’ll be treated with a complimentary Southwestern gourmet breakfast. Las Posadas and its staff 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 more. Book your suite or villa at lasposadasofsedona.com.

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> HOME/TEAM

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

Goldschmidt batted .302 and led the NL with 36 home runs, 125 RBIs, and a .551 slugging percentage while also snagging a Gold Glove as best-fielding first baseman.

Top Hitter

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is coming out swinging. Sportswriter Marc David catches up with “Goldy” to get the inside scoop on the new season. Arizona Diamondback fans look back at Paul Goldschmidt’s 2013 season and say, “Wow!” There was plenty to boast about for the D-Back first baseman who led the National League in five offensive categories and finished second in the Most Valuable Player voting to Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen. But don’t count Goldschmidt among the gloaters—he’s too busy preparing for his third major-league baseball season as the big man in the middle of the Arizona batting order. 40

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“Last year is over,” he says. “You move forward. Everyone is looking for ways to improve. I can be more consistent.” It’s hard to imagine the 26-year-old Goldschmidt being any more consistent than he is. He batted .302 and led the NL with 36 home runs, 125 RBIs, and a .551 slugging percentage, while also snagging a Gold Glove as the best-fielding first baseman. And yet Goldschmidt looks ahead to being even better in 2014 and expects better things from the team

Marc David is a Valley-based veteran journalist, an author, and an avid runner. that drafted him in the eighth round of the 2009 draft. “I can improve on everything,” insists Goldschmidt, who has called the Valley home since his August 2011 call-up. “There are little adjustments and different ways to improve. You gain more experience and get more familiar with pitchers. Of course, they get more familiar with you as well, so you need to keep doing what it takes to stay ahead.”  Goldschmidt doesn’t like to get caught up


in Most Valuable Player talk or that Arizona Sen. John McCain publicly added his two cents about Goldy being last year’s best player. He is more concerned with the year ahead. He took six weeks off after the 2013 baseball season ended before beginning workouts at Salt River Fields three or four times a week. Goldschmidt spent time in the weight room,

Last year, Goldschmidt was the recipient of the

Hank Aaron Award as the top hitter in the NL.

running and doing agility drills. And now, with the spring baseball season nearly upon us, he is raring to go. “Each year is a different year,” he says. “Last year is done. You move forward. Every [team] is looking for ways to improve. We have a different coaching staff and some different players. Everyone starts over.”  The D-Backs have even more to look forward to as they open the season early with games against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia. Goldschmidt went “down under” twice during the off-season to promote baseball. “The guys are excited [about the trip],” he says. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, playing the first games that count in the Southern Hemisphere.” Arizona Diamondback fans are excited about prospects of another stellar season from Goldy, the humble, soft-spoken superstar who makes time for fans and charitable causes in the area. Just don’t expect him to rest on his laurels. The 2013 season is so last year.

STATS Paul Goldschmidt Position: First Baseman Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 245 Born: Sept. 10, 1987 School: Texas State University Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the 2009 amateur draft Debut: Aug. 1, 2011

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Photo by Barry Gossage

Phoenix Suns President Jason Rowley (right) at a community event.

Initiative

Phoenix Suns President Jason Rowley lends a fresh perspective to the team’s involvement in the community, as writer Michael Torres quickly finds out. Phoenix Suns president Jason Rowley has traveled an interesting path that led to his current position, having interrupted his education at University of Arizona where he obtained a bachelor’s and a law degree, with a stint in the United States Navy. The military experience helped shape him into the resilient, determined Suns president he is today.

Rowley considers his challenging time in the armed forces one of the most formative in his life. He takes his education from the Navy and turns it into strength that serves him in his current position and gets him through stressful and difficult situations. “There has to be a toughness and resilience because it’s not an easy life to be in the mili-

tary,” Rowley says. “It gives you a perspective on life that’s hard to get anywhere else, and when you get back out into the civilian world, it really serves individuals well. You look back and realize you were able to endure difficult times and situations in the military—it gives you toughness and perspective.” One of the challenges was finding a way to give back to the

Michael Torres is a freelance writer and a sports enthusiast.

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community in an enjoyable and helpful way. Rowley is proud of the Suns’ Commitment to Community tickets program, which recognizes military officers, teachers, nurses, police officers, and firefighters and offers them season tickets to Suns games for $149. This averages to less than $4 a game for each spectator. The organization benefits from having as many


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people as possible support the Suns and allows Rowley to show commitment to those who give so much to the Phoenix area. “We feel those groups give so much back, and it’s a great way for us to give back to them,” Rowley says. When the local service employees watch the Suns live, they get to see the Suns’ new look in an arena with many upgrades. They include more than 50 new dining options at US Airways center, an expanded team shop, increased WiFi connectivity, improved seating, and enhancements to the digital signage. US Airways Center is the fifth-oldest arena in the NBA, but fans wouldn’t know it with all the improvements, especially the $2 million digital-signage project. The Suns are the first NBA team with large-format boards on all four sides of the arena. This allows for vibrant videos as well as clearer replays and statistics, resulting in a better experience

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for fans. Rowley is also pleased with the stronger emphasis on customer service. “Overall, from a customerservice standpoint, our goal is to ensure every customer, from the time they get here from the time they leave, has the best experience possible,” Rowley says. “We want people to know they’re welcome here and appreciated.” The Suns organization continues to improve with Rowley as team president. The upgrades to the arena and a team that is consistently competitive has led to a positive employee atmosphere. Everyone is working hard as a team to create the best experience for those attending Suns games. With Rowley taking initiative to provide a firstclass experience, Suns fans can expect just that. “In terms of how we face the fans, I’m proud of and want to continue to have dedication to it,” Rowley says.

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By Marshall Trimble

Arizona’s official state historian, Marshall Trimble, is a cowboy singer, a humorist, and a storyteller.

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Sunbaked Arizona beckons with a beguiling mix of myths, legends, and truths. Arizona is a place that lives by its myths and legends. Located in the wild, untamed country between New Mexico and California, it was a wild, desolate, sunbaked land of jagged mountains and barren deserts. Travelers passing through the stark pinnacles rising from the desert floor dappled with low, scrubby vegetation claimed the wind was hot as dragon’s breath, so dry that the lizards carried canteens and so hot that cowboys could heat their branding irons just by aiming ’em at the sun. But those mountains held a king’s ransom in gold and silver, and that’s what attracted the wide gamut of boisterous, devil-may-care reprobates to stampede to the area in search of the elusive mother lode. Rumors ran amuck, and each one sent thousands of wouldbe millionaires tramping up nameless canyons. In one of

my writings—I can’t remember which—I imagined one of these rounders yipping, “If ya stumble on a rock, don’t cuss it, cash it. Window curtains assay out to $10 a ton after a dust storm, and if ya wash yer face in the Hassayampa River, ya can pan four ounces of gold dust from yer whiskers.” Wherever there was a rumor and a hole in the ground, they built a town around it, gracing them with picturesquely whimsical names like Tombstone, Total Wreck, Bagdad, and Timbuktu. Each one claimed its streets would soon be cobbled with golden nuggets. Following on the bootheels of the miners and prospectors in hopes of “mining the miners” were the tin-horn card sharks and other such obstreperous riffraff as Jake the Dude, Jimmy the Harp, and Coal Oil Georgie. They were

Wherever there was a rumor and a hole in the ground, they built a town around it, gracing them with picturesquely whimsical names like Tombstone shown above.

In 1911, the Theodore Roosevelt Dam became the first of a series of dams to harness the capricious Salt River.

Arizona is the nation’s sixth-largest state, with nearly 114,000 square miles. Only 17 percent is privately owned.

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joyously joined by “soiled doves” like Crazy Horse Lil, Frenchy Mustache, and The Roaring Gimlet. Arizona was also the last of the refuge of the rapscallion desperadoes of the Old West. Its rugged mountains, lack of roads, and proximity to the Mexican border made it ideally suited to men riding the “Owl Hoot Trail.” Stagecoaches and railroads carrying express boxes loaded with gold and silver coin along with large herds of cattle made for easy pickings in the remote regions where outlaws were still operating well into the 20th century. The Apache wars began prior to the creation of the Territory of Arizona in 1863 and continued until the surrender of Geronimo’s tiny band in 1886. All of this added to Arizona’s wild and wooly image. Arizonans began lobbying, to no avail, for statehood in the

Salt River Valley with enough water to guarantee a bright future in the forthcoming years. World War II and the post wa r yea rs brought new industries that would bring great changes. That, along with the advent of affordable air conditioning, made the Salt River Valley a desirable place to live year around. The geography and biotic life are more diverse than anyplace else in the nation. Elevation varies from over 12,600 feet in the San Francisco Mountains to sea level in the south-

In 1950, Phoenix was the 95th-largest city in the U.S. Fifty years later, it was the fifth largest.

1890s. Opponents declared Arizona was cursed with cactus, heat, rattlesnakes, scorpions, gila monsters, marauding Indians, and outlaws and wasn’t civilized enough to become a state. After years of trying, statehood finally came in 1912. A year earlier, Theodore Roosevelt Dam became the first of a series of dams to harness the capricious Salt River. The 13,000-squaremile watershed in the mountains to the north provided the

western corner of the state. The disparate climate can yield both the highest temperature across the nation and the lowest temperature across the nation on the same day. All this leads to the question of what people love the most about Arizona. In a word, it’s lifestyle. Our state is a great place to work and play. It has a moderate climate, beautiful scenery, and the four seasons of the desert: 1) almost summer 2) summer 3) still summer and 4) Christmas Day.

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Valentines for All

Photos by Elaine Kessler Photography, elainekesslerphotography.com Props: Cupcake liners, straws, bottles, heart stickers, and a huge balloon: thetomkatstudio.com

Spread the love this V-Day—party planner Jamila Watson shows you how.

Valentine’s Day is the day that you show your loved ones how much you care. I adore celebrating Valentine’s Day with my husband and always try to make it meaningful and thoughtful. But did you know that Valentine’s Day is not just for couples? Everyone, no matter what age or stage of life they’re in, can celebrate this love-filled day! Here are a few tips to make your next Valentine’s Day extra sweet!

Children: Kids love to celebrate Valentine’s Day and have fun bringing in treats for their classmates. Celebrate with your little sweethearts by surprising them with a fun Valentine’s breakfast with heart-shaped pancakes and fruit, make up some cute goodie bags with their favorite treats, or have their favorite cupcakes ready for them when they come home from school. Make your cupcake display look extra-special with a few Valentine décor accents!

Couples: We all love roses, dining at fancy restaurants, jewelry, and chocolates. These are all great, but why not add the unexpected! This is the year to be spontaneous and think out of the box! What would wow your sweetheart and still keep his or her interests in mind? Plan a romantic mini-getaway to a local resort, celebrate at a restaurant he or she has never been to, write your own heartfelt message in your Valentine’s card, or surprise her at work with a dozen roses and a giant-size heart balloon! Celebrating in a way that’s unexpected is sure to make this Valentine’s Day your best yet!

Singles: Yes, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day if you’re single! Don’t let this be just another date on the calendar! Grab a couple of your unattached friends and host a singles dinner party or take a salsa dancing class.

Spread the love! I love surprising people with small acts of kindness. Why not surprise a neighbor that you know will be alone for Valentine’s Day with a small gift, or bring red roses to a nursing home to hand out to residents? Just that little act of kindness and love can be a great example of the real meaning of Valentine’s Day!

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Heat Up Your Relationship

Get out of your romantic rut. Kristin Caliendo has some ideas about how to spice up your love life. Are the days of romance over once the I dos are said and the stork swoops in? As our relationships get more complex and our children take center stage, do we ultimately hang up our courtship hats? Do long-stemmed roses that once were delivered for no reason at all now only arrive on anniversaries and birthdays, and do visits to the lingerie section yield comfy flannel pajamas and not Chantilly lace? Are you in a romantic rut? Here are some ideas to tow you out.

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Your Bedroom Is a Place to Reconnect! Your bedroom is not your office. Bills have no business being in your business. If you take your iPad, laptop, and phone to bed, your love life is in desperate need of a digital cleanse. There are more stressrelieving ways to unwind other than Facebook! Go to bed device free. Pick a no-TV night. I wouldn’t suggest nixing Monday Night Football, but ditch the remote and focus your attention back on each other. Sensual Scents. Toss an herbal sachet into your lingerie/pajama drawer. Scents such as lilac, rose, and jasmine are aphrodisiacs and will heighten both your senses. Making spritzing your bed with linen spray a part of your bedtime ritual. Need some inspiration? A sultry romance novel can help you brush up on your skills. Here’s a tip for the guys or handy housewife. Set the stage for romance with mood lighting. You can easily transform bright lights with a trip to the hardware store for a dimmer switch. They’re a cinch to install. Not handy with tools? A simple switch from LED to three-way light bulbs will do the trick.

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KORA Organics Three-Step Facial Care $159.95 @koraorganics.com A three-step process that cleanses and nourishes skin without harmful chemicals.

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Clairvoyant Blue Green Algae Body Polish 4 fl. oz., $43 @ clairvoyantbeauty.com Dead skin be gone! This light exfoliate polishes your skin and is rich in vitamins, minerals, and oxygen, while blue algae aids in collagen formation and cell repair.

PCA Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 $32 @drugstore.com Created by a Valley-based company, this broad-spectrum sunscreen offers amazing protection for sensitive skin, with no burning or irritation.

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Ben Nye Final Seal $5.50 @camerareadycosmetics.com Come rain, shine, or perspiration, your makeup isn’t going anywhere if you apply this product.

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Fashionably Colorful Style guru Nadine Bubeck on the power of color.

We welcome Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s pick color of 2014—an enchanting mix of fuchsia, purple, and pink that symbolizes confidence, health, and love. The rosy shade complements olive and deep greens and pairs well with turquoise, teal, and light yellow. According to surveys, nearly 75 percent of young children prefer purple tones to all other colors. All this Radiant Orchid research got me thinking about color. Before you stock up on new spring essentials, consider how color is perceived. Based on my online due diligence, colors have meaning and significance. So, here are my findings. Let color play a role in your Valentine’s Day outfit, your job-interview dress, or a first date.

Yellow is the cheerful color of sunshine. It represents intellect and energy. Dull yellow: caution, sickness, and jealousy Light yellow: intelligence, freshness, and bliss

Red is the color of fire, sending a message of strength, power, and passion. Light red: joy, sexuality, and love Pink: romance, friendship, and femininity

Orange broadly represents enthusiasm, fascination, creativity, and success. It stimulates mental activity without being as aggressive as red. Dark orange: deceit and distrust Red-orange: pleasure, domination, and aggression Gold: Prestige, wisdom, and wealth

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Blue is the color of the sky and sea, symbolizing trust, loyalty, faith, and truth. Light blue: health, healing, and understanding Dark blue: knowledge, power, and integrity

Green is the color of nature and money, signifying growth, harmony, and fertility. Dark green: ambition and greed Yellow-green: cowardice and discord Olive green: peace and tranquility

Brown is the color of stability and masculinity. It’s a serious, down-to-earth color signifying structure and quality.


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By Portia Wolff

A Bag for Every Gal Boho

The Connected Individual Crossbody is ready to go at a moment’s notice and is never too heavy or too big to weigh a girl down. This handbag is perfect for the lady who knows good things come in small packages.

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Bag Lady

Creating functional purses is all in a day’s work for this Scottsdale mom. For JR Marriott, a 40-year-old mother of twins who’s lived in Scottsdale since 2001, the challenges of fulfilling a dream were more difficult to deal with than most. Diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, Marriott jumped extreme hurdles to graduate from high school and college, yet she persevered and went on to successful stints at the Ralph Lauren fashion house and other international retailers. She’s also published the nonfiction book How to Get Your Dream Job, which has parlayed into speaking at women’s conferences where she motivates women to get the tools to achieve their goals and dreams in life. It was Marriott’s frustration with the common handbag that led her in a surprisingly new direction. After noting that women are constantly complaining about the bottomless pit inside their purses, Marriott got the idea for one that had specific compartments to neatly and effectively organize all the things a gal needs on the go. It wasn’t long before Marriott had crafted her first sample and created Tantrum Handbags, which has grown into a line of functional bags that offer solutions for women seeking a beautiful, impeccably detailed purse that provides organization for life’s necessities. Tantrum Handbags are available nationally at select Bloomingdale’s during special trunk shows. They can also be purchased online at tantrumbags.com.

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Middle Section receipts earbuds kid-related items (when she needs them) tampons or a scarf

Back Section Kindle Fire (in its own padded pocket in the handbag) lipstick lip gloss cash a Square for charging sales Tylenol

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Techno-Color The sky’s the limit when it comes to colored gems. It makes me crazy to see a commercial for something that’s promoted as “new” when independent jewelers have been selling these gems for decades. But there are a lot of gems to choose from, so here are some suggestions to get you started. For those who like the color green, most stores will offer emerald, peridot, and occasionally a tourmaline. Tsavorite, jade, chrysoprase, diamond, alexandrite, sapphire, and a few others offer every shade of green. For those who like the color blue, most stores will offer sapphire, topaz, and possibly aquamarine. Tanzanite, spinel, iolite, diamond, tur-

quoise, azurite, tourmaline, and some others offer every blue on the spectrum. For those who like yellow, citrine and, rarely, a yellow diamond may be in stock. Tourmaline, topaz, zircon, sphalerite, opal, and a few more are yellow choices. We carry over 50,000 gems, some interesting, some rare, and some beautiful. Some have been uniquely cut, and some are just ordinary. And some cost more than others. The more variety there is, be it choices of ice cream or choices of gems, the happier you can be with the decision to spend your hardearned money. To learn more about fine gems, visit jewelry expert Scott Bohall’s website at treasuresforyou.com.

Topaz* Scott Bohall is a member of the Arizona Jewelers Association. The owner of Treasures Jewelers, he travels the world to find exceptional gems.

Chrysoprase* A favorite of Frederick the Great of Prussia, chrysoprase has a bright apple-green translucent hue. It can be seen today decorating many buildings in Prague, including the Chapel of St. Wenceslas.

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The Egyptians said that topaz was colored with the golden glow of the sun god. Shades range from amber gold to the blush of peach, and there are rare, exceptional examples that run from pale pink to sherry red.

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Rising Star Country music singer-songwriter Destinee Quinn opens up about competing in local beauty pageants, appearing on NBC’s The Voice singing competition, and making it big in Nashville.

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By Anissa Stringer Photos by Tammy Martin Photography, tammymartinphotography.com

You might recognize Destinee Quinn from ads for Mane ’n Tail shampoo in Cosmopolitan magazine, or perhaps you remember her as Miss Fiat of Scottsdale. But Destinee isn’t just another pretty face. Her dream is much bigger than that. When Quinn was in fourth grade, she performed in her school’s talent show and discovered a skill she didn’t know she had. It’s something she still remembers quite clearly. “I was extremely nervous, but there was something inside me that pushed me to do it,” she says. “The feeling I got while onstage was indescribable.” That was the moment she realized that singing made her happy, but it wasn’t until later that she knew she wanted to make a career of being a country music singer and songwriter. At the age of 13, when many young girls are thinking about boys and makeup, Quinn began writing songs. She also taught herself to play guitar. She began competing in talent shows and open-mic nights as well. While attending Liberty High School in Peoria, Quinn was involved in the choir. Despite her enthusiasm and drive, she still managed to be a normal ’tween and teen. She hung out with friends at Polar Ice in Peoria and remembers kicking off the weekends with Friday night football games when she was still in high school. Outside school, she continued to enter talent shows, and she also got involved with Arizona Chicks with Picks, a nonprofit organization that helps all ages with music and in turn helps those in need through music. Arizona Chicks with Picks taught Quinn how to book her own gigs and to network. northvalleymagazine.com northvalleymagazine.com FEBRUARY FEBRUARY| MARCH | MARCH2014 201457 57


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“People dream of some sort of fame or fortune, things that are very materialistic and come at a great sacrifice and cost.” “The best part,” she says, “was being motivated and inspired by all the older female artists.” Her mentors provided her with living proof that it’s possible to make a living doing what she loves. Of course, Quinn’s family has also been instrumental in her success. Her parents (a firefighter and a special-needs teacher) both love their jobs and have always wanted their daughter to succeed in her own dream career as well. Part of becoming successful was learning how to promote herself and work hard. For the past two years, she’s played at the Hideaway Grill in Cave Creek. Working at the biker bar, which has been featured in several motorcycle magazines, challenged her to grow both as an artist and a person. Musically, it forced her to learn the cover albums for many different genres, something that has helped her with her songwriting skills. However, it was just as difficult learning to work a crowd. People come to the Hideaway Grill to socialize, and Destinee had to learn to capture their attention. Rather than being frustrated by the challenges, the job made her realize that the size of her paycheck and the attention of an audience aren’t the most important things—she just loved making and sharing music. Quinn has now appeared at many other venues throughout the Valley. She’s been the opening act for Jamie O’Neal, Eric Church, and Alice Cooper. To this day, she says her very favorite show was opening for Eric Church at the Marquee Theater in Tempe. Quinn has also modeled for Mane ’n Tale Shampoo, been a Miss Arizona USA contestant and a competitor on American Idol, and was crowned Miss Fiat of Scottsdale in 2012. However, it’s her appearance on NBC’s The Voice (Season Five) that she’s most excited about. “I got to work with vocal coaches, film crews, makeup artists, wardrobe, and hair stylists who are all best of the best in this business,” she says. Although she was knocked off The Voice after singing Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again,” a song that has special meaning to her, the disappointment of being eliminated hasn’t been anything more than a small bump in the road for this determined young woman. The experience helped her understand what it takes to be successful in the music business, but even more importantly, she learned to never let fear or self-doubt get in the way of doing her best. northvalleymagazine.com FEBRUARY | MARCH 2014

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“The feeling I got while on stage was indescribable.”

Although she’ll terribly miss the beautiful sunsets we have in the Valley of the Sun, Quinn has begun a new chapter in her life. She recently moved to Nashville to further her career— she just signed a publishing contract with The Song Factory as a writer. She believes that even though things don’t always turn out the way you’d like them to, you can still be successful. “People dream of some sort of fame or fortune, things that are very materialistic and come at a great sacrifice and cost,” she says. Instead of focusing on those things, she believes we should dream about happiness by finding the peace that comes from doing our best and enjoying the journey. That’s what living the dream is to her, and it’s not all talk. In keeping with the philosophy of Arizona Chicks with Picks, Quinn regularly and enthusiastically supports many good causes. She can’t choose just one as her favorite, though. “I support any cause that lifts people up and helps them realize that they are capable of doing so much more than they give themselves credit [for],” she says. So, where will Destinee Quinn go from here? Wherever her road takes her next, she’ll continue to pursue her dream of being a country music singer and songwriter by writing, recording, and sharing her music with the world. You can stay up-to-date with the Valley of the Sun’s newest rising star by visiting her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also visit her website at destineequinn.com. 60

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> BETTER/BODY

Partner Up

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Get working on your fitness as a pair.

At the beginning of each New Year, motivation to get fit is at its highest, but despite our best intentions, motivation tends to fizzle by February. One of the key ways to successfully achieve your fitness goals is to develop a solid support network. So grab a partner and get working on these muscle-building moves!

1. High-Five Push-Up Set-Up: Get in push-up position facing your partner. Place hands directly under your shoulders, with legs extended and abs engaged. Action: Both partners perform a push-up, bending elbows 90 degrees. Push back up to starting position and give each other a high-five. Continue push-up and high-five combo for 30 seconds.

2. Crunch Climber Combo Set-Up: Partner #1: Lie faceup on the ground with knees bent. Place hands behind head. Partner #2: Place hands on partner #1’s knees. Position one leg forward and bent under body, and extend the back leg.

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Action: Partner #1: Curl up and forward so your head, neck, and shoulders blades lift off the ground. Pause, and then slowly lower back down. Perform for 30 seconds.

Partner #2: Holding the upper body in place, alternate leg position by pushing hips up while extending your body in a plank position. Both feet leave the ground as you drive one leg up and reach the other back. Perform for 30 seconds, then switch.

3. Plank Hop-Overs Partner #1: Assume plank position, with forearms at a 90-degree angle. Straighten your body, but keep your neck and spine neutral. Hold the plank position until your partner is done hopping. Partner #2: Jump side to side over your partner for 30 seconds, and then switch positions.

4. Burpees Set-Up: Squat down with your arms outside your legs and hands on the floor. Kick your feet backwards until you are in push-up position. Action: Bend your arms and do a single push-up. Then, jump your feet forward between hands and jump as high as you can. Repeat for 30 seconds.


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> BETTER/RELATIONSHIPS

Money Matters Is it just as easy to love a rich man as a poor man?

Experience Will Make You Rich, or God Bless the Chick Who’s Got Her Own Dear Lea, I’ve been single for almost seven years and am raising the last of my three children. My marriage was a nightmare, as I was married young and married the first man I dated. I’m almost 50 and just finally got my degree, but life has always been hard. I’d like to think that I can finally begin to think about finding a special relationship, yet I’m plagued with self-doubt. While I’m attractive and work out, I still struggle financially and have nothing put away for retirement. My friends say that I should just marry someone well off. I

keep thinking about the saying “It’s just as easy to love a rich man as a poor man.” I feel desperate. What should I do? Dear Desperate, If you want to finally have a quality relationship, you should start working from within. Most of the intelligent, kind men I know are looking for a woman who has a great sense of self and knows what she wants and where she is going. The men that you describe who will support you are probably not good relationship material, as they are looking for someone who looks good on their arm. They control the money, and they will control you as well. I would focus on becoming happier with yourself and taking better control of your assets. Take a course on finances, join a club, learn how to budget better, and get yourself a financial planner. The more confident and independent you become, the better your choices of a future mate.

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> BETTER/GOLF

Trackman 101

Golf professional Scott Sackett on simple ways that players can improve their game. There are some basic definitions and concepts that every player can learn and benefit from whether they are using a Trackman or are on the range without one. In my recent YouTube series, I discussed these Trackman Fundamentals. Here, we revisit some of these definitions and concepts. Keep in mind that the following is based on a golf shot that is struck in the center of the face and applies to a right-handed golfer. Face Angle: Face angle is the most fundamental concept that players can wrap their arms around. Without getting into too much detail, face angle is the primary force that drives from where the golf ball starts. It’s important for a player to gain awareness while practicing as to where the ball’s starting point is in relation to their target line (R/L). This can be accomplished by using an alignment rod or string on your target line (seen below.)

Club Path:

Attack Angle:

Club path, or where the golf club is moving through impact, is the force driving curvature in a golf shot. Assuming a face angle of zero (square to target line), a club path moving to the right (in to out) would produce a draw, and a club path moving left (out to in) would produce a fade.

Attack angle is the amount in the direction of up or down at which a player hits at the ball. With a driver, it’s imperative that the average golfer hit up at the ball. At 90 mph, an attack angle of negative five (down) versus positive five (up) will result in a shot-carry differential of 23 yards!

To summarize, the ability to comprehend just a few of the many Trackman definitions and concepts can result in a dramatic improvement to understanding of your own ball flight.

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TO GET THE MOST OF THREE TRACKMAN FUNDAMENTALS, TRY THE FOLLOWING: 1. Get in tune with where your golf ball starts. Adjust the face angle to the opposite of where the ball is starting to change your ball flight.

2. Note how your ball is curving. If it’s curving too much one way, try moving the club path toward the direction in which the ball is moving. (If hooking, swing more left; if slicing, swing more right.)

3. Hit up at driver! Tee it high, and check your ball position. I recommend putting it off your left big toe. As the ball moves back in your stance, it becomes increasingly difficult to hit up at the golf ball.

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> BETTER/WHEELS

By Greg Rubenstein

Mainstream Luxury Introducing Acura’s New High-Tech Flagship, the 2014 RLX. As an all-new-for-2014 model, Acura is hoping its premium RXL sedan will attract savvy high-end buyers who favor technology over pure performance. Replacing the RL sedan, the RLX is much more suited as the brand’s flagship—it’s larger, more refined, and has better power yet returns superior fuel economy. The front-wheel-drive RLX comes in five configurations, starting at $49,345, while the as-tested range-topping Advance configuration rings in at $61,345. Even in base trim, the RLX comes nicely equipped with a 310 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted to a leatherwrapped steering wheel, LED headlights, heated power seats, rearview camera, electric parking brake, eight-inch infotainment screen and seven-inch touchscreen systems display, three-zone climate control, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and 10-speaker audio system. Standard safety equipment is also extensive, boasting features such as forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems, stability, and traction control, seven airbags including a driver’s-knee airbag, and front seatbelt “e-pretensioners.” This latter item is the first seat-

belt-tensioning system using electronic controls to reduce tension for more comfort during normal conditions while incorporating front, side, and yaw (measurement of the degree of the vehicle’s rotational motion during turning) motion sensors capable of providing nearinstantaneous tension when needed in an emergency. The additional four trim levels between base and Advance—essentially $12,000 in options—puts oodles of high-end, high-tech goodies into the RLX. Highlights of the pages-long list of features include voice-recognition navigation with AcuraLink, an Internetconnectivity system that provides media, convenience, and security services through a smartphone interface. There’s also all-wheel steering, an active-handling system that automatically applies single-wheel braking to improve turn response with less steering-wheel input. Adaptive cruise control also augments handling, and to make stop-and-go driving nearly hassle-free, automated low-speed following is included as well as automatic brake hold that will keep the RLX stopped without having to maintain pressure on the brake pedal. There are also rain-sensing wipers, cooled front

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seats and heated rear seats, and a premium Krell 14-speaker audio system favored by audiophiles that performs on par with the top custom-sound setups. Acura’s new top dog delivers handling that is crisp, secure, and responsive. Power, too, satisfies, providing smooth and authoritative thrust from a stop or while overtaking on the highway. This five-seat luxury sedan also returned an observed 26 miles-pergallon overall after a week of mixed city and freeway driving, besting the EPA estimated rating of 24 mpg combined (20 city and 31 highway). The RLX offers styling that is smooth and organic, with a swept grille that flows into a subtly domed hood. The windshield melts into shallow driver and passenger windows, while a high beltline, a wide rear window, and a stubby trunk create a presence that is solid and large although perhaps just a bit bland. Where most luxury manufacturers today seem to strive for angular, creased, or edgy designs that evoke a love-it-or-hateit reaction, Acura’s aimed squarely at the mainstream. This isn’t a car that will get you noticed, but not everyone is looking to be watched. If that sounds like you and you seek high-end technology infused with luxury and reliability, the RLX should be on your short list. Looking for even more cutting-edge tech? The RLX Sport Hybrid with all-wheel-drive (and 377 horsepower) will likely fit that bill quite nicely.

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> TASTE/COOK

By Erika Monroe-Williams

Short Ribs with Ricotta Gnocchi For the short ribs:

2  pounds bone-in short ribs (you can find these at the butcher’s or higher-end grocery stores) 1 Tsp. salt 1 Tsp. freshly cracked pepper 2 Tsp. vegetable oil 1 cup celery, chopped 1 cup carrots, chopped 1 onion, chopped 2 Tsp. garlic, minced finely 1 6-ounce can tomato paste (about ¾ cup) 1½ cups red wine

2 cups beef stock 1 Tsp. chopped fresh sage 1 Tsp. chopped fresh thyme 1 bay leaf

For the gnocchi: 1 15-ounce container wholemilk ricotta 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1¼ cups grated ParmigianoReggiano ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg 1¼ cups all-purpose flour ¼ Tsp. salt ¼ Tsp. pepper

> Start the short ribs. Preheat oven to 275˚F. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper. In a heavy ovenproof Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat and sear each side of the short ribs until they’re a nice caramelized brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from the Dutch oven and set aside (do not rinse out). > Purée celery, carrots, and onion in a food processor. Add to the Dutch oven along with the minced garlic over medium heat. Sauté until tender, scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in tomato paste and sauté another minute. Add wine, and deglaze pan, making sure to incorporate any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add sage, thyme, and bay leaf followed by beef stock, and stir well, cooking until the liquid starts to bubble.

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> Add short ribs to the Dutch oven, and cover. I like to coat the ribs with the braising liquid. Place in preheated oven and cook for about 3–4 hours, until the short ribs are very tender and fall off the bone (I do mine in 3 hours, and they’re quite tender). This will still need a seasoning of salt and pepper when it comes out of the oven. > Start the gnocchi. When the short ribs are about 30 minutes from being taken out, start prepping the gnocchi. They can be cooked right before the ribs come out. Stir together the ricotta, eggs, parmesan cheese, nutmeg, and salt and pepper. Add flour, stirring to form a soft, wet dough. If too sticky to roll out, add a little more flour. Shape the dough on a well-floured surface with lightly floured hands into 2 1-inch-thick ropes. Cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces with a lightly floured knife. Put in 1 layer on a lightly floured parchment-lined baking sheet.

Treat your love to a romantic night in the kitchen whipping up scrumptious short ribs with ricotta gnocchi

> Bring a medium to large pot of salted water (3 tablespoons salt for 6 quarts water) to a boil. Starting with half the batch, add few of the gnocchi at a time to the pot, stirring occasionally until half the gnocchi are in the pot. Cook until cooked through (cut one in half to check), 3 to 4 minutes per batch. Lift out with a slotted spoon, and drain in colander.

I think cooking in the kitchen with your significant other is so romantic. One of the first dates I had with my husband was cooking pasta together in his kitchen—what a fun night that was! There’s something about getting your hands dirty together, laughing at your mistakes, and cheering your triumphs—it brings the two of you close! In the end, you have a delicious meal you’ve created together. Pop open a great bottle of wine, and the night is perfect.

> Finish short ribs. Take the short ribs out of the oven and remove them from the sauce. With two forks, pull the meat off the bone, removing the fat and bones and discarding. I like to leave in some big chunks of meat along with some shredded meat. Some ribs are more fatty than others. If there’s a lot of fat on top of the sauce, use a baster and remove some of the fat. If the sauce is too thin, place on a burner over medium to medium-high heat and reduce the liquid until the sauce is thicker. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste after reducing. Put the meat back into the sauce, and toss to coat. Spoon sauce/ribs into each bowl or plate and top with gnocchi. I like to add some more sauce to the top. Enjoy!

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Erika Monroe-Williams is a local television personality and the face behind thehopelesshousewife.com.

Fun fact: In Tuscany, gnocchi is called strozzapreti, which translates to “priest-stranglers.” Legend has it that a priest choked to death after eating these delicious dumplings too quickly. Eat slowly, and enjoy! This recipe for short ribs with ricotta gnocchi is one of my most popular ones. It’s gone pretty viral, and I receive lots of emails from people who say that it’s now one of their favorite dishes. This is just perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner—lots of rich, lick-off-the-bowl sauce with tender pillows of ricotta pasta and fall-off-the-bone short ribs. Yum! This is actually a very easy dish to make. I would put the short ribs in the oven about 2 ½ hours before you both start making the gnocchi together, which kills two birds with one stone—the house will smell of the delicious short ribs when you start cooking together, and you will also have made half the dish in advance, leaving the gnocchi for you two lovebirds to have fun making.

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> TASTE/COOK

Inside Dish

Young culinary gun Chef Matthew Grunwald on what it takes to put together a television-ready recipe. Since the age of 9, I have been cooking in front of a camera. Sometimes, my on-air time lasts a couple of minutes and sometimes a half-hour. Here’s what goes into prepping for a segment. Create the Recipe / It all begins with the producer. Like an orchestra conductor, a television producer sits high in the control room and develops content for the show. The producer will chose carefully from the lot of ideas constantly pitched to him or her and then set a format for talent to follow, for example, low-calorie appetizer for Valentine’s Day in five ingredients or less. This is when the chef in my head begins to turn on all the burners to create a television-worthy idea. Boom!—it usually just comes to me. I send the recipe, along with a hook, to get the idea approved.

Gather the Ingredients / Then it’s shopping time. On an average shopping trip, I will spend about two hours looking for five to 10 ingredients. Let’s say I’m using pineapple in a dish. I thoroughly inspect every single one to find the perfect fruit that’s going to show well on camera. I don’t need only one—I also need a perfect duplicate for the swap-out.

Prep the Ingredients / When I get home, I sort through the ingredients and label those that are going to be utilized for the actions shot (cutting, smashing, searing, etc.) and ones that will be used in the beauty shot. It’s all about making the set look full and beautiful. Yes, I may only need one jalapeño for my guacamole, but I’ll buy six to filter a message into the lens of the camera.

Get Ready to Pop It in the Oven / No matter how early a segment is scheduled for—and that’s frequently subject to change—I’ll make the swap-out dish the day of the video. If not, the dish will lose its luster. This is especially tricky when baked goods come into play. Let’s just say that I don’t get much sleep. I really don’t mind, though—it’s my passion!

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Eggnog and Mexican Chocolate Bread Pudding— rich, creamy, and delightfully decadent!

2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk, beaten 1½ cup eggnog 1 cup brown sugar ½ Tsp. freshly grated nutmeg 1 pinch ground cloves 1 pinch ground cinnamon ¼ cup Kahlua 3 cups day-old challah bread, medium diced (challah bread can be bought at kosher bakeries and delis such as Chompie’s) ¾ cup shelled pecans, chopped roughly 4 oz. Mexican chocolate, chopped finely cooking spray > Preheat the oven to 350˚F. > In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, eggnog, brown sugar, spices, and Kahlua. Whisk until fully incorporated. > Toss together the challah bread, pecans, and Mexican chocolate so that the chocolate is evenly distributed throughout the bread. > Pour the wet ingredients into the bread and evenly coat all the pieces. Allow the bread to soak up the moisture for 5 minutes before transferring to a 7-inch springform pan, well coated with cooking spray. > Place the bread pudding into the center rack of the oven and allow to bake for 20–25 minutes until it sets and no longer jiggles when you shake the pan. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the counter for at least 30 minutes before thoroughly enjoying.

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A trendy spot on Camelback a couple of streets down from the Biltmore Fashion Park, the Parlor was listed as having one of the Food Network’s 50 Best Pizzas in 2011. The interior space features contemporar y cement f loors, wood beams, and gray brick. The open kitchen offers a view of the hustle and bustle of the food being prepared. On a Tuesday night, it was hopping with a mix of young professionals and 40-somethings.

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Yes, she’s one of those people always taking photos of food with her phone in restaurants.

ON THE TAB

THOUGHTS ON… THE BATHROOM Clean. Extra bonus for having paper towels (I despise hand dryers). Bonus—carrying the parlor theme into the loo with a vintage hair dryer chair. THE SERVICE The hostess was pleasant and sat us immediately. Meanwhile, our competent server had an indifferent attitude (a little personality would have been welcome), but he got the job done. Bonus— water glasses were kept full.

Risotto

Carnaroli Arborio/Root Vegetables/Crispy Duck Quite simply, amazing. Duck is best served crispy. Pair it with properly cooked risotto and earthy veggies, and you have a winning dish, which this is. The proportion of the dish was also perfect because it left room for dessert!

Salsiccia Pizza

Schreiner’s Parlor Blend Sausage/Grilled Radicchio/ Sage/Saba The consensus in our group: pretty good. Exceptional? No. Of note, however, was the crust, which is crisp and airy. I was dumbfounded by the listing of saba in the ingredients, but a quick Google search informed me that it’s a type of vinegar. Fancy.

Pappardelle Bolognese

Rustic Meat Sauce/Pecorino/ Rosemary Oil It’s hard to go wrong with Bolognese. I had a bite—it was solid if a bit pricey at $13.50 for the small serving.

The Wine

THE BAR It’s a nice touch having barber chairs as bar stools.

On a Tuesday night, we weren’t going to order the pricier stuff, but seeing as how we consumed four glasses of vino, we should have ordered a bottle.

Tiramisu Luscious and creamy with a sprinkling of peanut brittle—need I say more?

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> TASTE/EAT

Stone & Vine

9343 E. Shea Blvd. #100 Scottsdale (480) 451-1850 stoneandvine.com

A restaurant on Shea, just east of 92nd Street, it’s a spot that attracts an upwardly mobile crowd that tends to live nearby. As the name suggests, the menu features pizza and a decent selection of wine. As an American-style Italian restaurant, you’ll also see the required chicken parmesan/Marsala/piccata and pasta dishes on the menu. They also feature a nice assortment of appetizers and seven different types of bruschetta that you can mix and match (four for $13). The atmosphere is upscale and inviting yet laid-back. Of note is the striking mural of Sophia Loren that serves as a focal point to the bar area. We stopped in on a Wednesday evening when most of the tables were clearing out.

ON THE TAB

Godfather Pizza

Tomato sauce, homemade mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, and pancetta We have a friend who raves about this particular pizza and claims to have it twice a week. There was far too much Italian sausage on it for my liking. I’d prefer to taste more of the homemade mozzarella.

Pasta Primavera

Angel hair tossed with olive oil, garlic, fresh seasonal vegetables, and basil

Yes, these are iPhone photos!

THOUGHTS ON… > THE SILVERWARE I was raised never to trust a restaurant that uses cheap utensils. How can you tell? If you press down on a fork and it bends, get the heck out of there. The reasoning is, if they’re tightwads with silverware, they’ll scrimp on the quality of food. Stone & Vine passed the fork test. > THE SERVICE When you’re dining, you should never, ever have to ask for water. We had to here—twice.

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The presentation of this dish looks messy. Call me nitpicky, but serving this dish in a red bowl gives it a lowbrow look. As for the taste, it offers a nice balance of vegetables that included mushrooms, broccoli, and zucchini, and the amount of garlic was just right.

The Wine I get that restaurants make most of their money at the bar, but $11 for a glass of Picket Fence Pinot Noir is steep for a vino you can buy a bottle of at the grocery store for about the same price. On the flip side, they do offer $5 select glasses of wine throughout the restaurant during happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.


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St. Francis 111 E. Camelback Phoenix (602) 200-8111 stfrancisaz.com

Another trendy dining spot on Camelback. For the past couple of years, there’s been a tremendous amount of buzz and accolades being heaped on St. Francis. It’s been sitting on my list of must-try restaurants, so I was excited to try it out. Mixing old and new, the interior and exterior of the eatery are urban chic with a mix of brick, wood, and concrete combined for a modern, happening vibe.

ON THE TAB

Beet Salad

Honey goat cheese, grapefruit, shaved fennel, arugula, walnut pesto The perfect salad—light, bright, and bursting with energetic flavors, with just the right amount of every component. I could eat this salad every day, especially since it’s a bargain at $8.

French Onion Burger

Smoked bacon, Gruyère, crispy onions

Iced Tea You’d think I was a Southerner for how passionate I’m about iced tea. I can usually even discern what brand is served just by the taste. Also, tea out of a gun doesn’t fly. I always ask. It has to be freshly brewed on site a couple times daily and flow freely. It’s fresh-brewed here and quite good—if only they’d filled our glasses more often! 78

Check out the cool metal counter that serves as a sink.

THOUGHTS ON ...

This burger’s description sounds fantastic. It also looks amazing. Unfortunately, ordering it medium-well translated into it arriving at the table severely undercooked. We tried to flag someone down to see about getting it replaced, but that proved impossible, so we finally just accepted our fate. On the other hand, the accompanying fries were outstanding.

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THE PARKING

THE SERVICE

THE BATHROOM

There is very limited parking. We cruised in and parked in one of a couple of available spaces on a weekday afternoon, but I can see how parking could be a problem when the restaurant is busy. I was a bit surprised when the onsite valet came to our table as we were finishing up and asked if we valeted. Which left us wondering: Were we supposed to, and who valets in the Valley at 2:30 p.m. for a quick meal?

We were quickly seated, yet no one stopped by to take our order for what seemed a long while. It was an extended-enough time to hear the couple seated next to us complaining about how terrible the service was, along with their drawn-out debate about whether they would tip accordingly. I have to agree—the service was lousy. Of particular note was that we were thirsty, and our ice teas and waters ran dry with nary a refill in sight.

There are two single unisex bathrooms that I saw on the first level. While unisex bathrooms are no bueno in my book, it must be said that this one was well furnished and clean.


> BUZZ/ANSWERS CROSSWORD ANSWERS

Across

1 Famous golfer Phil’s nickname 4 Arizona governor Jan 8 TV chef Rachael 10 Time for love messages and flowers (2 words) 13 “Let It ______” 14 French for love 17 Great golf-hole results 21 Present moment 22 Let’s _____ lunch! 24 Beloved English princess 25 The Bachelor flowers 27 “Bang Bang” singer and the lady in a famous couple (goes with 42 across) 30 Deeply personal 32 Star Wars Jedi first name 34 Blue 35 Belief 36 Former Diamondbacks pitcher who went to

school in Phoenix 39 Expression of delight or pleasure 41 ”Two Hearts Beat as ____,” U2 42 Husband of 27 across 43 Tragic lover in Shakespeare

Down

1 Message on a Valentine’s card, perhaps (3 words) 2 “________ your heart,” romantic advice perhaps 3 Deep desire 4 Groom’s partner 5 Conducted a campaign 6 Ogle 7 Conclude 9 Golf course designer Pete _______ 11 Abe’s role in The Godfather 12 They’re sculpted on infomercials

15 Query from Miss Piggy 16 City the Girl from Ipanema was walking in 18 Billboard displays 19 Start 20 Biblical verb ending 23 One part of Brangelina 26 Rare and wonderful 28 ”So Much ______ Love,” 1963 soul hit by the Tymes 29 _______ biloba, herb that is said to be an aphrodisiac for men 31 Three-time NBA Coach of the Year Pat 33 First name of the actor who is married to Jennifer Garner 34 Scottsdale-born actress who starred in The Help Emma ______ 37 Babe 38 Lodging 40 Type of TV

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> BUZZ/CROSSWORD

By Myles Mellor

34 Down Across 1 Famous golfer Phil’s nickname 4 Arizona governor Jan 8 TV chef Rachael 10 Time for love messages and flowers (2 words) 13 “Let It ______” 14 French for love 17 Great golf-hole results 21 Present moment 22 Let’s _____ lunch! 24 Beloved English princess 25 The Bachelor flowers 27 “Bang Bang” singer and the lady in a famous couple (goes with 42 across) 30 Deeply personal 32 Star Wars Jedi first name 34 Blue 35 Belief 36 Former Diamondbacks pitcher who went to school in Phoenix 39 Expression of delight or pleasure 80

41 ”Two Hearts Beat as ____,” U2 42 Husband of 27 across 43 Tragic lover in Shakespeare

Down 1 Message on a Valentine’s card, perhaps (3 words) 2 “________ your heart,” romantic advice perhaps 3 Deep desire 4 Groom’s partner 5 Conducted a campaign 6 Ogle 7 Conclude 9 Golf course designer Pete _______ 11 Abe’s role in The Godfather

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12 They’re sculpted on infomercials 15 Query from Miss Piggy 16 City the Girl from Ipanema was walking in 18 Billboard displays 19 Start 20 Biblical verb ending 23 One part of Brangelina 26 Rare and wonderful 28 ”So Much ______ Love,” 1963 soul hit by the Tymes 29 _______ biloba, herb that is said to be an aphrodisiac for men 31 Three-time NBA Coach of the Year Pat 33 First name of the actor who is married to Jennifer Garner

34 Scottsdale-born actress who starred in The Help, Emma ______ 37 Babe 38 Lodging 40 Type of TV

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THE NORTH VALLEY SURVIVAL GUIDE TO V-DAY! As a married guy and someone whose romantic skills are questionable, to say the least, I had to dig deep to find the right sort of things to put in a survival guide for V-Day. I mean, gosh, it sounds like D-Day and conjures up images of husbands and boyfriends storming a beachhead amidst mortar bombs and grenades and rushing through barbwire and metal blockades to get a good table at a trendy restaurant. If this is what comes to mind when you start planning a romantic evening, then perhaps a few tips couldn’t hurt.

MAKE RESERVATIONS

You’re not Tony Soprano. Nor are you the queen of England. Make a reservation. Don’t be overconfident or think that you’re connected like some goon from Goodfellas. I get it—some people don’t want to be beholden to a schedule and think spontaneity is the only way to be romantic, but if you were truly spontaneous, you wouldn’t be out on V-Day trying to make up ground in the trenches. So call ahead.

SIMPLICITY RULES

Don’t go too far overboard with extravagant event planning, No one wants to go on a scavenger hunt for hours or be out in public until his or her feet blister.

Restaurant owners and managers are going to hate me for this one, but you should have a second reservation at a different restaurant and at a later time. What happens when you get to your date’s house and she’s still trying on dresses or doing curls in front of a mirror or in the middle of a bad-hair nightmare? You’re late, that’s what happens. Have a Plan B in case a hostess refuses to seat you because you’re 30 minutes late.

CHOOSE FOOD WISELY

This should be common sense, but chose your food wisely. You don’t want to be afraid to breathe or fighting a breeze from the aft. Mexican food is never a good choice if you hope to get closer and more personal. It goes without saying: Avoid garlic, onions, or anything else that may foul your breath or the air close by.

HAIL AN UBER

LIMIT YOUR CONSUMPTION

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BEWARE OF ALLERGIES

You don’t want to take someone to a place that has wall-towall shellfish if they might go into anaphylactic shock. One time, I cooked dinner for a woman who had peanut allergies. I unwittingly ate a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup to curb my appetite while the food was on the grill. One little kiss, and we were in the emergency room.

PLAN B

Drinking too much is not romantic. You aren’t funnier or a better dancer, and you’re statistically 10 times more likely to get caught leering at your server’s physique. It’s okay to have a drink to loosen up and get a little groove on, but you have a long battle ahead and you will need your faculties to carry you through the night. Remember, we’re in it for the long haul, and no one wants to go home early, or alone. Pace yourself.

M.D. Thalmann is a local writer and author. To see his work, visit mdthalmann.com.

Many of the other V-Day warriors will ignore the tip at left and get behind the wheel after opting for a second (or more!) drink. Don’t do it— you’ll be putting other drivers and your date at risk. Uber it. If you don’t know what that is, visit uber.com and download the app. Your date will be impressed that you’re in the know and can have a ride at a moment’s notice.

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DESSERT AT YOUR PLACE

It might be presumptuous or bold, but I like to have a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries in the fridge and a bottle of white wine or champagne chilling at home next to some candles and rose petals. If the date goes south, then it will be nice to move all that to the bath and polish off the drink and dessert by yourself while you reflect on what went wrong.

LIMIT YOUR CONSUMPTION (PART TWO)

No buffets, all-you-can-eat, or family-style restaurants. Unless you’re taking an escaped circus bear out for dinner, you don’t need to pack away three pounds of meat and cheese.


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