So Scottsdale April 2021

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T H E H O M E AWA R D S A look at some of the best luxury houses on the market



PINNACLE PEAK RANCHOS 8702 E Lone Mountain Road, Scottsdale 4 Bed + Office + Media Room + Bonus | 3.5 Bath 5,406 SQ FT | 10+ Car Garage $1,625,000

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ESTANCIA 9828 E Running Deer Trail, Scottsdale Three Residential Lots: 1, 2, and 3 | 4.51 Acres $950,000

ESTANCIA 27581 N 97th Place, Scottdale 4 Bed + Den | 5.5 Bath | 5,985 SQ FT | 3-Car Garage $3,995,000

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SAGUARO CANYON AT TROON VILLAGE 23840 N 119th Place, Scottsdale 4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 3,669 SQ FT | 3-Car Garage $1,145,000

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When it comes to the North Scottsdale lifestyle and area real estate, The Luckys are proud to be the eminent source for their clients. With 100s of millions of dollars in sales under their belts, The Luckys are honored to be reputed as the most proficient and skilled in the industry.

TOP 1% OF RUSS LYON | SOTHEBY’S AGENTS Since 2006 RANKED WITHIN THE TOP 15 VALLEY AGENTS Phoenix Business Journal’s Book of Lists | 2013-Present HONORED AS A "TOP 250 AGENT" IN THE NATION Wall Street Journal | 2018 TOP WOMEN IN REAL ESTATE Women’s Council of Realtors 2015 - Present

ESTANCIA 26797 N 98th Way, Scottsdale LOT 227 | .772 Acres $1,650,000

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Redefining Real Estate SOLD

20724 N. 112TH S TREE T SC OT T SDA L E | $15,500,000

6850 N. 39TH PL ACE PA R A DISE VA L L E Y | $7, 250,000

5 BEDS | 5.5 BAT HS | 12,132 SQ . F T. | 1. 23 ACRE LOT

4 BEDS | 4.5 BAT HS | 6,965 SQ . F T. | 2.17 ACRE LOT

SIEN A DORSE Y 602.885.4 887

M A RILYN CAVA N AUGH 602.859.5999 JIM CAVA N AUGH 602.859.3287 SOLD


PAR ADISE VALLEY | $5,850,000 4 BEDS | 4.5 BAT HS | 5,333 SQ . F T. | 4 8,129 SQ . F T. LOT



A DRIA N HE YM A N 4 80.465. 2620



6 BEDS | 8 BAT HS | 7, 4 46 SQ . F T. | 0.81 ACRE LOT

6 BEDS | 6.5 BAT HS | 8,312 SQ . F T. | 1. 21 ACRE LOT

ERICK A L A SSIT ER 4 80. 203.1013

A DRIA N HE YM A N 4 80.465. 2620


5 BEDS | 6 BATHS | 6,800 SQ. F T. | 1.09 ACRE LOT


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10087 E. TROON NORTH DR. SCOT TSDALE | $2,750,000

5 BEDS | 5.5 BAT HS | 12,132 SQ . F T. | 1. 23 ACRE LOT

4 BEDS | 5.5 BAT HS | 6,612 SQ . F T. | 0.88 ACRE LOT

A DRIA N HE YM A N 4 80.465. 2620


21810 N. CAL L E ROYAL E SC OT T SDA L E | $ 2,700,000

5013 N. 69TH PL ACE PA R A DISE VA L L E Y | $ 2,199,900

6 BEDS | 7 BAT HS | 7,815 SQ . F T. | 1.37 ACRE LOT Y VONNE M AT E JK A 4 80.33 4.9590

4 BEDS | 4 BAT HS | 3, 251 SQ . F T. | 15,13 4 SQ . F T. LOT JOHN SEL M A N 4 80. 220.0875



6665 N. 39TH WAY PA R A DISE VA L L E Y | $ 2,650,000

3709 E. HA ZELWOOD STREE T PHOENIX | $1,350,000

5 BEDS | 7 BAT HS | 5, 270 SQ . F T. | 10,5 49 SQ . F T. LOT

4 BEDS | 4 BAT HS | 3,376 SQ . F T. | 14,697 SQ . F T. LOT

M A RILYN CAVA N AUGH 602.859.5999 JIM CAVA N AUGH 602.859.3287

KIMBERLY LOW E 4 80.363.1622 SH A NNON EL L ERM A NN 4 80.466.6174



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Redefining Real Estate SOLD IN FLAGSTAFF


2100 N. KR AMER S TREE T FL AGS TA FF | $1,300,000

1219 S. MINS TREL L ANE WIL L IA MS | $1,150,000


3 BEDS | 2.5 BAT HS | 3,376 SQ . F T. | 10 ACRE LOT

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3019 E. LOS GATOS PHOENIX | $1, 200,000

6511 E. DRE YFUS AVENUE SC OT T SDA L E | $ 850,000

6 BEDS | 4.5 BAT HS | 3,817 SQ . F T. | 8, 450 SQ . F T. LOT

3 BEDS | 3 BAT HS | 2,695 SQ . F T. | 10,658 SQ . F T. LOT


KIMBERLY LOW E 4 80.363.1622 SH A NNON EL L ERM A NN 4 80.466.6174


2624 N. 80TH PL ACE SC OT T SDA L E | $750,000

1 E. L E XINGTON AVENUE #1503 PHOENIX | $ 525,000

4 BEDS | 2 BAT HS | 2,063 SQ . F T. | 8, 273 SQ . F T. LOT

2 BEDS | 2 BAT HS | 1,169 SQ . F T.

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A Passion for Real Estate Law The Combs Law Group takes a team approach to provide high-quality legal assistance in a professional and informative environment while strengthening client relationships. With a team of professionals dedicated to real estate matters, the lineup includes Attorneys Elizabeth Heims and Darlene Z. Twiss and Paralegals Amy Gallagher, Pam Brimhall, and Holly M. Ayala.

MEET THE TEAM Darlene Twiss, Esq. Darlene graduated from Providence College (magna cum laude) and Brooklyn Law School (cum laude). She has a broad range of experience representing borrowers, lenders, owners, purchasers, landlords and tenants in real estate finance transactions, purchases and sales of real estate, commercial leases and business transactions. Darlene practiced in the New York and Los Angeles offices of a major international law firm. Darlene says, “I like to use creative solutions to solve problems, and I enjoy working directly with clients.”

Elizabeth C. Heims, Esq. Elizabeth graduated cum laude from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2012. She has been an Assistant Attorney General for the Arizona Attorney General’s office and has extensive experience in the areas of commercial, business, and real estate law. “I am skilled at using every minute of my time efficiently and productively to keep all the balls I am juggling smoothly up in the air,” she shares.

Pamela Brimhall, Paralegal Pamela is a transactional paralegal who started at Combs Law Group 12 years ago. Pam is dedicated to excellence, and obtained her Associate’s degree with Highest Honors from Scottsdale Community College. She assists the attorneys in drafting purchase contracts and leases, easements, shared-well agreements, promissory notes/deeds of trust, and other real estate documents. “Our team regularly works with real estate agents, title companies, surveyors, and other experts on a variety of real estate issues and are knowledgeable, experienced and motivated to help our clients in all aspects of real estate law,” she says.

Holly Ayala, Paralegal Holly graduated from Arizona State University (cum laude) with a Bachelor’s degree in social justice. Holly obtained her Advanced Certified Paralegal credentials in 2019. She has been able to further provide specialized support in the area of real estate principles and litigation. “My passion for the law and our clients’ success allows me to establish a personal connection while providing top notch legal support,” she says.

Amy Gallagher, Paralegal Amy graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a master’s degree from Emory University. She is a licensed Arizona real estate agent. Amy assists the attorneys in both real estate litigation and transactions. “Most of our team has their real estate license, so we are truly able to understand the finites of every dispute and transaction,” she says.

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9908 E KEMPER WAY Stunning Santa Barbara style home in the luxurious Silverleaf. Features 4 bedrooms plus a casita, 5 full baths, 3 powder rooms and 4 car garage. Stacey Kretchmer: 602-430-5711

7965 E SOARING EAGLE WAY Showcase home situated in Winfield’s custom enclave ‘Montesano,’ offers quality finishes throughout: gourmet kitchen, Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances, custom cabinetry, polished travertine floors, cantera stone & slab granite. Kaye Hert: 480-387-7575

12063 N 98TH ST Luxury exquisite resort style estate located in North Scottsdale, you will love this light and bright transitional open floor plan. Kristen Petronio: 602-370-2774

10948 E MARK LN This home is warm and inviting from the moment you walk into the door. Nestled in the guard-gated community of Candlewood Estates at Troon North is the perfect home for you. Kristen Petronio: 602-370-2774

9856 E LEGACY LN This magnificent luxury 2015 guard-gated Silverleaf home spares no expense from the marble herringbone floors to the 100 year old roof, this house has it all. Billy Bisignano: 602-677-7109

14904 E LOWDEN CT Exceptional Gated 5 acres Equestrian Estate with Breathtaking Views! Enter thru courtyard into a sophisticated yet comfortable home and see immediate views of 4 Peaks and the Mazatzal Mountains. Liza Deer: 602-329-1117

5521 E LAS PIEDRAS WAY Contemporary gem in Monte Vista! Truly the perfect floor plan Toll Brothers has to offer and owner has all the right finishes for today’s buyer! Enter through Private Courtyard entry and walk into the beautiful open floor concept. Matt Horton: 480-227-3311

DC Ranch $1,350,000 Sunridge Canyon Estates SOLD

9528 E MOUNTAIN SPRING RD High-End remodeled and professionally designed soft contemporary home in gated DC Ranch. Matt Horton: 480-227-3311 480.794.1694

13641 N CATCLAW CT This stunning, energy efficient home with Guest Casita is LEED Certifiable. Dramatic, Expansive views of Mountains and Golf Courses are yours from a PRIVATE cul-de-sac lot that sits on about a half acre. Justin Miller: 480-274-8846

Contents Escape the real-world hustle by booking an appointment with your favorite Scottsdale color expert and master stylist, Rodney Gentry. Kick back and relax in Rodney’s private salon suite while he works magic on your hair, taking the utmost care with your beauty and your health. Look gorgeous and feel fabulous this spring!

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Features 54 THE HOME AWARDS A look at some of the best luxury houses on the market

70 FASHION Going with the flow

spring color trends

in your step Put a with the season’s hottest

2020 was, of necessity, all about low maintenance colors, but now it’s time to start having fun with your hair color once more. 2021’s hottest spring trends are all about leveling up your lockdown look, according to Rodney Gentry of Scottsdale’s Saachi Studios. “Spring’s hair colors are showing that it’s time to come out of hiding and start enjoying the world once more,” he says. “From rich, all-over color to fabulous tones for highlights and lowlights, it’s time for your color to be bright, bold and beautiful.” For all-over color, expect plenty of red tones this spring, as well as lighter browns that leave the darkness of winter behind and carry hints of the summer sunshine that’s yet to come. Social media has been awash with influencers framing their faces with bold streaks of color, also known as e-girl streaks. Reds, along with a whole spectrum of other colors, are expected to make an appearance in e-girl streaks this spring. This season, this trend will be taken further, with two-tone streaks and some dazzlingly bright colors. “While e-girl streaks look fabulous set against dark hair, they can also look stunning with blonde locks, making this a versatile and accessible style for everyone to experiment with this spring,” Gentry says. In terms of techniques, balayage will continue growing in popularity over the course of the spring. The hand-painted style produces beautiful, natural-looking color in all tones, while it’s also ideal for pastel colors, for a truly fresh spring look. More traditional coloring techniques also remain popular. “Both highlights and lowlights will continue to remain popular, even as a growing number of clients try out balayage,” Saachi Studio’s Gentry says. “What’s different this spring is that clients are going for brighter highlights and richer, deeper lowlights. 2021 really is the time to celebrate color in a wide range of ways.”

Full-service designer and hair color specialist Rodney Gentry can be reached at Sachi Studios in Scottsdale, AZ. Call 480.639.2000 to make an appointment or visit for more information.

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Contents It’s no secret that the housing market in Scottsdale and its surrounding areas is flourishing. Between existing Valley residents relocating locally and transplants from California, Oregon and more heading into town, houses are going quick right now. Take it from someone whose hobbies include regularly checking out dream houses on Redfin (anyone with me there?). Speaking of beautiful homes, we’re featuring five amazing houses on the market today (page 54). Each is highlighted for what makes it uniquely special, from an amazing pool to golf course proximity to incredible views of the city. Additional home highlights this month include lively, colorful decor (page 64), a pizza oven to rival any barbecue feast (page 79), a new luxury community at The Phoenician (page 84) and reds from Washington to enjoy on your patio (page 88). Whether at home or out and about, spring is in the air and it’s only natural that people will be looking for any excuse to get outside. If looking for something to do out of the house, check out: Old Town Scottsdale’s Western Week (page 41), new restaurants and shops in town (pages 48 and 52), and unique spots to work remotely (page 46). For more that screams spring, we’re sharing lunch and dinner dishes incorporating eggs (page 92), a lavender mimosa (page 90), a seafood-filled paella (page 89), and a few colorful trends (pages 61, 62 and 66). Looking to enjoy the season elsewhere or planning ahead for summer? Consider a quick trip to Mexico’s Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (page 82), where the main focus is on curated cultural experiences; or Portland, Oregon (page 86), which is known as a foodie playground and nature paradise. Whether you’re spending this month lounging in your pool, hanging around town or headed to out of the Valley, we hope you enjoy the sunny days of April.

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Francis Tesmer, CEO of ROLFS Global, is at the forefront of an educational movement A global entrepreneur and lifelong philanthropist, Francis Tesmer, CEO and partner of ROLFS Global, has pioneered the development of the first higher education program for beauty professionals. The revolutionary degree program brings Tesmer one step

closer to her ultimate goal – making affordable education available to all, especially women. When Tesmer assumed leadership of her family’s companies, focused primarily on international trading and logistics, at age 21, she was one of the only women involved in making major

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Pulse UP CLOSE decisions. This firsthand experience imbued her with a passion for women’s empowerment that hasn’t wavered since. “I strongly believe that in a family, if mom is healthy, educated and happy, the family is,” Tesmer says. “It’s the same in our communities and in the rest of the world – women are the backbone of anything and everything.” Throughout her decadeslong career – which includes roles such as economic senator of the German Senate of Economy and president of the World Trade Point Federation of Hamburg, Germany – Tesmer has helped countless entrepreneurs bring their products and services to the global market.

A Powerful Path Tesmer’s love of humanitarianism took a front seat after her world turned on its axis when her mother developed cancer for the second time. “When I lost my mom after many years of battling cancer, I knew I wanted to do something completely different with my life moving forward,” says Tesmer, who fell in love with Arizona when their search for the best treatments brought them to the Valley. “Philanthropy has always been an integral part of my business life, but at that point, all I wanted to do were the things I loved. I didn’t want it to be business anymore – it just became my passion.” With plans to establish a wellness clinic of her own in Arizona, Tesmer connected with longtime friend Rolf Lohse, founder of ROLFS Salons and ROLFS Global ( When Lohse suggested that Tesmer’s devotion to both women and health made her a perfect fit for the beauty industry, she was initially skeptical. “I thought it was just superficial stuff, but Rolf shared with me how incredibly powerful this industry is,” she says. “It’s so much more than lipstick and haircuts. He told me that beauty and health are two sides of the same coin. When you transform someone’s look, you give them confidence, you support them.” Intrigued by the opportunity to get involved, Tesmer researched the beauty industry and found that there was much to be excited about – and much to improve upon. “In America alone, we have several million beauticians, hairdressers and makeup artists, but they don’t make much money, and there’s no prestige or place in the community.” After learning that most beauty professionals don’t even have college degrees, Tesmer resolved to make a change. Ever since becoming a partner of ROLFS Global and ROLFS Salons 11 years ago, she has been dedicated to developing a higher education program that would change the landscape of the industry.

The Future of Beauty Now, after over a decade of hard work, Tesmer and ROLFS Global have launched an accelerated degree program that allows licensed cosmetologists to pursue an Associate of Applied Science in beauty and wellness from Maricopa Community College (MCC) before applying to Arizona State University for a Bachelor of Applied Science in health, entrepreneurship and innovation with an emphasis on personal care.


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The curriculum, which can be completed online or in person in just three years, equips students with the tools for success in everything from finance, business and marketing to leadership, ethics and evidence-based decision making. With the first 12 students – who were awarded full scholarships through ROLFS’ Third Space Institute, which supports over 3,000 different charities – graduating from MCC this upcoming May, Tesmer knows this is just the beginning of a worldwide movement to help beauty professionals secure the knowledge, respect and financial security they deserve. “If we empower them, they could be an amazing positive force in the world, at the forefront of lifting everyone up,” she says. As part of their mission to transform people’s lives through beauty and education, Tesmer and Lohse pioneered the world’s first Salon of the Future. Located at The Shops Gainey Village, the cutting-edge salon strikes the perfect balance between art, technology, compassion and sustainability, incorporating augmented reality and water- and energy-saving technologies alongside custom flooring made from paper and recycled wood. There’s even a monthly book club to further the personal and professional development of the internationally trained team of beauty professionals. To celebrate what women are capable of when provided with the tools to lift people up, Tesmer plans to open more Salons of the Future around the globe, in addition to rolling out the higher education program to 30 colleges and universities nationwide. “We plan to be at the forefront of something positive and inspiring, to tell people that you’re beautiful just the way you are, and you don’t need to look like someone else,” she says. “Beauty is about truth and authenticity. It’s a value as important as goodness, and now more than ever, it’s about innovation, inclusivity, championing important social matters and inspiring everyone to not only look their best, but to become better human beings.”


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I hate to hear that foot pain is keeping someone from their everyday life,” says Dr. Kerry Zang, podiatric medical director of CiC Foot & Ankle. Just because you’re on your feet all day or are getting older, doesn’t mean your feet should hurt. Another big reason why people live with chronic foot pain, is because they didn’t get relief from prior treatment and are not aware that there may be other options. “The thing that excites me most about being a doctor is finding new ways to help my patients. Regenerative medicine is the latest answer,” says Zang. “It doesn’t matter if you are suffering from arthritis, an old injury, Achilles tendonitis, heel pain or plantar fasciitis, pain after surgery, the list goes on and on. Regenerative medicine may be able to help.” Regenerative injection therapy (RIT) uses growth factors to help repair and restore tissue, ligaments, and joints. Until recently, anti-inflammatory medication and steroid injections, like cortisone offered the best chance for relief. But, these options just reduced the symptoms. “While cortisone stops the swelling and

pain, it can also interfere with the healing process and more damage can occur,” explains Zang.

“While cortisone stops the swelling and pain, it can also interfere with the healing process and more damage can occur.” Now, doctors are able to deal with the underlying problem that is causing the pain. RIT helps the body initiate its own healing response, where the body replaces, repairs, reprograms and renews diseased or injured cells. “Sometimes the body just needs a little boost to encourage the regenerative process. The growth factors in RIT do that,” says Zang. A recent patient of Dr. Zang’s has seen wonderful results from RIT. A patient had been suffering from ankle pain after an injury and surgery three years

ago. Cortisone injections, physical therapy and pain medications did not help. He needed to wear a brace because his ankle was unstable and painful. “I couldn’t recommend additional surgery because while it may have addressed his ankle problem, I believe it would have just transferred the pain further up his leg, and most likely affect his knee,” says Zang. “I felt his best option was a growth factor injection.” Dr. Zang recognized that the patient was skeptical, and explained, “I’ve seen excellent results with ongoing pain after prior surgeries, and believed he had on opportunity to benefit as well. I advised him it could take a bit of time, but it may offer the relief he needed.” A few months after the injection, the patient noticed the pain was nearly gone. Soon after, he realized, “I [haven’t] noticed any pain…this is an unbelievable outcome so far, and I thought this could never happen. The shot works!” Dr. Kerry Zang, a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot & Surgery, is the Podiatric Medical Director at CIC Foot & Ankle and can be reached at (602) 954-0777 or

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SENTIMENTAL SCENTS Kelly Kussman bottles up memories with fragrance business, Cayla Gray


Throughout her teenage years, Kelly Kussman immersed herself in beauty articles from magazines. Of all the beauty topics she read about, fragrance was her absolute favorite because of its incredible ability to transport the wearer to a specific moment in time. “I can’t tell you how many of my childhood memories are associated with scents. The smell of a tomato plant brings me back to my mother’s garden, and the perfume Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker reminds me of my college days,” she says. After a 17-year career in retail, buying and sourcing fragrances for major department stores, Kussman wanted to create something of her own. So, she learned the art of perfumery from a master perfumer and, last November, launched her online fragrance business, Cayla Gray. “It wasn’t easy to launch a brand during a pandemic with so many raw material and packaging delays, but after almost losing my life in 2017, I realized life is short and I didn’t want to wait any longer,” Kussman says. Cayla Gray ( is Kussman’s way of honoring the children she tragically lost in two ectopic pregnancies. Cayla Gray is the namesake of Kussman and her husband’s first baby. “I get to create products that make memories for people,” she says. “These are memories that I was not able to make with my little ones, so it’s beautiful to see new moments captured in their honor through my products.” The product line includes perfumes and 100% soy-based, hand poured candles, both of which are available in the brand’s four scents that represent the seasons: Petals (spring), Water (summer), Cozy (fall), and Hearth (winter). In addition to these signature scents, Kussman plans to launch up to four limited-edition fragrances a year. All Cayla Gray products are made of premium-quality materials, are void of parabens and phthalates, and are cruelty-free. A storefront and full-time staff are some of Kussman’s long-term goals for Cayla Gray. The entrepreneur also has plans to launch a give back program, where a portion of sales will get donated to her customers’ charity of choice each quarter.


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Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson’s new book emphasizes healthy lifestyle practices for healing


Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson always dreamed of becoming an Olympic figure skater. Hoping to realize this dream, she vigorously trained and competed from a young age until a skating injury forced her to permanently hang up her skates in her early 20s. During her recovery, Stephenson became disillusioned with conventional medicine and pharmaceuticals. So, she set out to pursue medical school, with the goal of doing better for future patients. “It wasn’t until my friends took me to see a lecture on functional medicine by Dr. Jeffrey Bland that I changed the course of my career,” she says. Today, Stephenson is a certified nutrition specialist, doctor of chiropractic medicine, a recognized physician, and a lecturer in functional and integrative medicine. Since moving to Arizona in 2013, she’s been the chair of functional medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. “I call myself a lifestyle medicine doctor,” she says. “I have always championed a whole person approach to disease prevention and healing, with an emphasis on healthy lifestyle and natural medicine.” Hoping to spread her knowledge to prevent chronic disease through lifestyle changes beyond her patients, Stephenson launched a health and wellness media venture, VibrantDoc ( She also released her first book, Vibrant, last month. From self-assessment tools to practical advice and meal plans with recipes, her book is a digestible program for readers who want to take control of their health and wellness. “Arizona is already a vibrant place, but I hope that [my book] can help to make it even more so,” she says. As well as influencing the Valley’s medical landscape, Stephenson and her husband are widely known for their philanthropic giving. They have supported several organizations and causes, including Celebrity Fight Night and the American Heart Association. Later this month, Stephenson will receive the prestigious Childhelp Woman of the World Award, which will put her in the company of past recipients Oprah Winfrey and Nancy Reagan.


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INTERNATIONAL FLAIR Derek Ong’s minimalistic style is inspired by his global travels


As the market director of Market by Modern Nest, the retail store of local custom home company Modern Nest, Derek Ong is surrounded by design on a daily basis. His taste in home accents translates to his fashion sense and he favors minimal, sleek silhouettes. An Arizona native, Ong is a pro at dressing for his desert surroundings. At any point in the year, you’ll typically find him in jeans and a T-shirt paired with a great pair of shoes. “Yes, it is something simple, but it can easily be elevated depending on how you style it,” Ong says of his go-to look. Ong is an avid international traveler, and always carves out time to shop while on a trip. In fact, his two favorite brands – Comme des Garçons and Homme Plissé Issey Miyake – are rarely found in Arizona. “Traveling has influenced my style tremendously and I find myself more inspired by street style and how culture influences the trends,” he says. When it comes to color, Ong prefers a palette of neutrals and limits the amount of patterns. Ong’s finishing touch for any ensemble is a spritz of one of his favorite scents. “It’s something that is not seen, but it completes the look. My current favorite is Hwyl by Aesop,” he says. What is your No. 1 style tip? Confidence is my number one style tip. I never want my clothes to wear me. When you feel good and wear something with confidence, it radiates to the people you encounter. If you love something, do not allow others to determine what you wear. Embrace your personal style, that’s what makes everyone unique. What is your most prized possession in your closet? My Homme Plissé Issey Miyake jacket. I purchased it in Japan and every time I wear it, I remember that trip. What is your favorite store and why? My favorite store would be Now or Never here in Downtown Phoenix. They carry items that you cannot just go to the mall and find.


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FUNDRAISING IN FASHION Philanthropist Ivy Ciolli has an effortless, feminine sense of style


Ivy Ciolli is always on the go. In addition to co-founding Grimaldi’s Pizzeria with her husband, Joey, she’s a busy mom of two and a philanthropist. As such, her wardrobe is casual chic to fit with whatever the day brings her. “My philanthropic meetings allow me to dress casually or throw on a cute dress,” says Ciolli, who has been fundraising for no kill shelters and rescues for cats and dogs in the Valley for almost 20 years. She has also been chairing and hosting fundraisers for Healing Hearts and Childhelp for the past eight years Ciolli is no stranger to fashion. In the past, she owned her own jewelry line and an organic, eco-friendly boutique. These days, the Scottsdale native’s go-to look includes Moussy jeans with a graphic T-shirt, a pair of Golden Goose sneakers and her favorite Celine sunglasses. She favors brands Zimmermann and Love Shack Fancy for their feminine styles and Stella McCartney for her commitment to cruelty-free, sustainable and organic fashion. “I don’t have style icons; I just follow the brands I like on my favorite shopping sites,” says Ciolli, who also turns to her friends for style inspiration.

What are your favorite colors, patterns, and trends? I love pale pinks, navy, black and white. I don’t do many patterns but love anything feminine and soft cotton materials. I stay away from trends and get timeless pieces. Have you decided on a dress for the upcoming Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala? I have not chosen a gown, as we are still navigating whether it will be an indoor or outdoor gala. If it is outdoor we will shift to cocktail attire. My dress will be the theme colors of midnight blue, gold, silver, and lavender. What is your most prized possession in your closet and why? Usually my latest purchase. My most recent was my Alaia heels. I love a great heel that makes a statement and completes my outfit.


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Grab your boots, put on your hat and say “yee-haw” because Western Week returns to town this month. Hosted annually by The City of Scottsdale to honor Old Town’s rich heritage, history, cultures and experiences, the event will take place April 10 through 18. Attendees can expect a series of educational activities and entertainment for visitors and residents alike to explore the city’s Wild West past and Native American influences. Highlights include the Scottsdale Art Auction at Legacy Gallery, a weeklong display of neverbefore-seen artifacts of Scottsdale’s rodeo history at Old Town Scottsdale Rodeo Museum, the Western Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk, the 63rd Hashknife Pony Express Arrival, a performance by Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, and the Arizona Indian Festival. See website for specific dates and times, and more events. So Scottsdale! April ‘21





SPREADING POSITIVITY Take destiny into your own hands with the new installations in The District at both Desert Ridge Marketplace and Tempe Marketplace. Titled Miracle Maker and created in partnership with local artist Courtney Larsen to spread positivity, this interactive community chalk wall’s theme is “Words to Live By.” Marketplace patrons are encouraged to interact with the art work and leave their own mark by writing their thoughts in chalk. Larsen is the lead artist and designer behind Spindles Design Co., a fine art stationery and custom mural business. www.


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Engaged couples can now take the fuss out of wedding planning thanks to the new Desert Nuptials package at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows. The elopement package accommodates up to 24 guests in a personalized, intimate wedding celebration in

one of the resort’s ballrooms or outdoor venues. Across the 23-acre resort and nearly 50,000 square feet of outdoor and indoor space, couples can get married among lines of orange and lemon trees, lush lawns and cactus gardens. The

package includes a boutonniere and a bouquet or centerpiece arrangement, a three-course dinner complete with wine service, a two-tier wedding cake, and an overnight stay for the newlyweds in a suite. Starting at $2,500.


Indulge in a little fun at Scottsdale Quarter this month with a new spring selfie station. Inviting diners and shoppers alike to snap a photo, the station will be on display through April. With a faux greenery wall and bright flowers that are over 6 feet tall, the installation – located in the main courtyard area of the shopping center – surely screams spring and will make for a great social media post.




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The warmer temps in Scottsdale means it’s officially seltzer season and there’s a new hard seltzer in town: Becky. The seltzer was developed by Old Town Scottsdale entertainment district industry trendsetters and friends, Sheldon Wiley and Eric Burdick. Branded as “personality juice,” Becky is available in four flavors: pink lemonade, passion fruit, mango, and tropical cherry. The canned beverage is sold at select retailers, including Total Wine, BevMo and AJ’s Fine Foods. It’s also sold at a number of local restaurants and bars, including Bevvy, Sip, Diego Pops, Montauk, Maya Day and Nightclub, Bottled Blonde, El Hefe, Riot House, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, RnR, Loco Patron, and Sandbar.


A photo-worthy bar and artisanal spirits are two ways to upgrade a party – and Blue Clover Distillery is now in the business of both. Old Town Scottsdale’s first microdistillery recently launched mobile bar rentals and cocktail catering services, equipped with custom cocktail menus made with farm-to-bottle spirits, along with wine, beer and nonalcoholic beverages. Hosts can choose from a full-service craft cocktail bar that has been converted from a former horse trailer with a rustic and Western aesthetic, or a smaller mini bar, both options being on wheels. The bar package includes mixers, disposable glassware, napkins, straws and garnishes, with ice service and signature cocktails available as add-ons.


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Carefree’s CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa recently announced a new wellness program in partnership with world-renowned health icon Dr. Deepak Chopra. Taking place twice monthly, the resort’s new Whole Health Retreat is a five-night, physician-led Ayurvedic program designed to balance the mind, body and spirit. The experience includes daily spa services, educational sessions, daily yoga and meditation, one-on-one sessions with a physician trained in Ayurveda, and chef-created plant-based meals. Guests will also have access to a selection of individual spa and culinary experiences developed with Chopra. See website for dates and pricing.


After a brief hiatus, Lincoln Steakhouse, located at JW Marriot Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, is now open Thursday through Sunday. Helmed by executive chef Paul Valenzuela, the menu features hand-cut Cedar River Farms beef and Prime steaks seared at 1,200 degrees in the Valley’s only Josper Charcoal Oven. Choose from the contemporary dining room or the patio, which showcases 180-degree views of the Sonoran Desert and Camelback Mountain. The modern American steakhouse boasts a refreshed menu, with new cocktails. www.marriot. com.

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OUT OF OFFICE Unique remote workspaces in town

Thanks to COVID-19, many have transitioned to a work-from-home model over the past year. While exciting at first, the novelty of working in pajamas has gotten redundant for some. If seeking inspiration, explore some of these spaces for working remotely in Scottsdale.


Coffee Shops Forgo traditional coworking spaces, and grab a cup of joe at a local coffee shop while tackling your to-do list. Press Coffee at Scottsdale Quarter provides caffeine on-demand and a noteworthy selection of food, as well as beer and boutique wines by the glass and bottle, just case your work day turns into happy hour. Pop in to North Scottsdale’s Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea to enjoy a wide variety of espresso-based drinks. You’ll also find an assortment of tea; globally inspired drinks; and pastries, cakes, and quiche to keep your energy up all day long. and www. Museums If you’re not a member at a local museum, maybe this will inspire you to become one. Members have access to rotating exhibits and often a cafe on-site, not to mention peace and quiet. Explore a world of music at the Musical Instrument Museum when you need to take a break and absorb all of the culture enveloping you. Spark your own creativity at Scottsdale's Museum of the West which celebrates the spirit, history and culture of the American West. The outdoor amphitheater, cacti garden, and sculpture-filled courtyard make a great alternative to a standard cubicle. and Public Parks According to numerous studies, research shows that natural scenery improves your mood and productivity. Enjoy the spring weather and get work done at George "Doc" Cavalliere Park, an award-winning, nature lover's oasis in Scottsdale. Take in the wildflower viewing area and desert-inspired design and see why the park has been praised for preserving open spaces and minimizing disturbances. Another perk? Bring your furry friend to the “office” with you! Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, located in the center of Old Town Scottsdale features almost three acres of pristine open space, perfect for setting up shop outside The picturesque gardens, lagoon complete with swans, and easy access to shops, restaurants, clubs, and museums makes this park a great place to be when the workday ends. www.scottsdaleaz. gov/parks.


Hotels Many of the local resorts are offering day packages for those seeking something new for their working environment. The Sanctuary Resort and Spa offers high-speed Wi-Fi, hiking at your door step, and in-villa room service courtesy of celebrity chef Beau MacMillan, making work less stressful, more picturesque, and truly tasty. Another resort option is the Andaz, offering an Office for the Day package. Enjoy private use of a guest room from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; coffee, tea and bottled water; premium Wi-Fi; and office supplies. Discounted dining and access to the fitness center, pool, and spa make break time magnificent. and


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New establishments popping up around Scottsdale BY GABBY LEIGHTON

Pinkberry This is the first location in Greater Phoenix for the frozen yogurt trailblazer. The kiosk, found at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall near the Camelview Harkins Theatre, offers shoppers and moviegoers alike a chance to choose from original tart or chocolate hazelnut frozen yogurt and customize with a variety of toppings, including fresh fruit, granolas and nuts, and specialty chocolates. The brand was launched in Los Angeles in 2005 and was recently acquired by Scottsdale-based Kahala Brands. Beauty & Propaganda Located at the Grove on Hayden, this bright, airy lifestyle salon is owned by two Valley sisters. Offerings include a variety of services that can be done in tandem, including blowouts, manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions, makeup, and spray tans. The salon also hosts classes, such as makeup tutorials. If planning on being a recurring customer, opt for the membership (starting at $80), which includes a credit toward a service and member discounts. Bandolero Cocina de Mexico Open in late 2020, this Mexican and Spanish eatery is located at The Shops Gainey Village. The interior is warm yet modern, with earthy green accents and colorful artwork. The dog-friendly patio has ample greenery as well as shade, misters and portable heaters. Whether dining in for dinner or lunch, expect classic appetizers like guacamole and empanadas, ceviche, tacos, tostadas, enchiladas and tamales as well as house speciality entrees. Hampton Design & Closets This is the first showroom for the local, womanowned closet company. The Scottsdale Airpark location invites consumers to peruse her offerings, which include options for his and her closets, the kitchen, the laundry room, mudrooms, offices, and entertainment spaces. Those looking for a luxe closet look can explore the shelving, glass cases, designer inlays (including Louis Vuitton) and lighting options. Sanderson Lincoln Boutique A unique way to shop for cars, this Scottsdale Quarter boutique offers an elevated experience complete with an artisan cafe. Try out the custom fit studio, which is a digital configurator that brings Lincoln creations to life, or the Black Label + Revel sound pavilion, which immerses visitors in curated themes. Customers are also welcome to test drive current Lincoln models. Leela Market This Old Town boutique opened a second location (right across the street from its first) in late 2020. The airy shop sells desert- and sea-inspired apparel, accessories, gifts and home decor. In addition to two stores, Leela’s online shop is set to launch soon. www.leelamarket. com.


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Laura Spalding Best skillfully transforms the landscape of modern art through her work at SMoCA and beyond BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

The lens through which people view contemporary art changes consistently. It takes a savvy artistic mind to navigate the art scene, and an intrepid personality to translate and present contemporary art in a thought-provoking way to an audience. Laura Spalding Best, an accomplished artist in her own right, is consistently transforming the art landscape at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) as its celebrated exhibitions manager. “Truthfully, I didn't even know a job like mine existed when I first stepped into the museum as a temporary preparator,” she says. “It was an awakening, and it felt like my calling right from the beginning.” Best began as an assistant preparator at SMoCA in 2006, and quickly graduated into her current position as exhibitions manager, where she has managed thousands of exhibits with the work of local, national and international artists. She empties and refills the museum three times per year, keeping the pace with contemporary art. Through this task, she measures and hangs artwork, installs audio and visual components, packs, ships, demolishes, cleans, and even does carpentry and fabrication as part of the art display life cycle. “In the past fifteen years I am tempted to say I have seen it all, but contemporary art is always unpredictable and surprising, and I've learned numerous unique skills along the way,” says Best, noting some of those varied skills include everything from growing algae farms and sustaining an indoor butterfly garden, to maintaining a pyramid of thousands of fresh oranges and building an architectural structure only to burn it down on purpose. As an artist herself, Best is able to understand the objectives of SMoCA artists, and work closely and effectively with them. “It's really important to have trust when someone else is carrying out the installation of your artwork, so my knowledge of the artist's work and their intent help me to convey their meaning through the logistical layout of the museum space,” she says. Best’s artistic pursuits began at age 10 when she began drawing, making still lifes around the house and sketching portraits of family and friends. Upon graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in painting in 2003, she immersed herself in the local art scene. Today, she paints interpreted scenery, inspired by the urban landscape, with oil on “found objects,” such as teacups and ironing boards. Her painting style ranges from straightforward interpretation to a swirled, dreamlike imagery. Best’s work will be on display at Phoenix Art Museum in June and she has plans for a solo exhibition at Walter Art Gallery in November. Her public art installation entitled Rise is currently on display at Danelle Plaza in Tempe. Learn more at


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THE PANDEMIC TREND IS SHIFTING INTO PERSONAL CAR OWNERSHIP Industry professional Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Car Care Center, weighs in on the changing faces of public and private transportation.

THERE IS NO question that almost everyone has had to change their daily mobility habits during the pandemic. Although the amount of travel has been reduced significantly for many people during the crisis, those who require transportation in some way or another have found themselves using their own cars more frequently as opposed to opting for public transportation. This is especially the case when children or older parents are involved who require doctor visits, or rides to and from child care centers or school. In light of Covid19, personal transportation just seems less risky. Prior to the pandemic, the auto industry was bracing itself for an anticipated slowdown of personal car ownership with the success of ride share companies and public light rail transit convenience. But Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Car Care Center, tells us that the trend has shifted. “Right now, all of the data I see is really indicating in the opposite direction, where cars are more relied upon,” he says. It makes sense; recent research shows that more than 40% of people planning to buy cars are looking to avoid ride sharing, and almost 50% of them say they want to decrease or stop public transit use. And as a longtime professional, Shahe is more than familiar with

the ups and downs of his field: “Having been in the auto industry for almost 40 years, I have witnessed previous trends come and go — like in 2008, when people started buying small, fuel-efficient cars. That only lasted a short time, and then people went back to buying a vehicle that suited their wants, not necessarily their needs.” With so much mobile technology that is integrated with modern vehicles’ onboard use, it has become an important part of the solution to car consumers’ desires and requirements. Vehicles that bring their owners safely and efficiently to their destination seem to bring the peace of mind and intelligent solution they are looking for. And because these attractive technological features combined with the safety considerations of the pandemic are leading to greater personal mobility, they’re also contributing to a further increase in traffic density — a potential change that Shahe says we all should be aware of. “Thinking strictly about our beautiful state of Arizona and its rapid growth, we as Arizonians need to be open to a shift back in the near future,” he advises. “With so much growth in Phoenix and its surrounding cities, traffic will accelerate, and we do not have enough open and connecting highways to handle daily traffic jams.” Thus, he says, our

communities could possibly see the trend revert back to public transit, as it will look more convenient once parking and traffic become tough; then the shine might once again fade away from private car ownership. Let’s be clear — there were benefits of owning a car before the coronavirus changed our lives, and there are certainly benefits now. Each day, we work to navigate life amid the pandemic. As we see the uncertainty of changes that include mask-wearing and social distancing, and the back and forth of closures and ever-evolving mandates, it’s very understandable to see fewer people rely on public transportation and ride sharing and prefer the safety and comfort of their own vehicles. One major thing the pandemic has brought to light is the importance of car ownership, and now more than ever it’s important to ensure that your vehicle is reliably maintained. As for Shahe, nothing about his mission has changed. Industry trends will come and go, especially when there’s a pandemic throwing a proverbial wrench in the way we do things. But throughout it all, Mazvo Auto Car Care’s commitment to providing car owners with honest and reliable maintenance, and empowering customers to learn about their vehicles, is something that will always stay consistent.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opens its first Western location at Scottsdale Promenade


If a snowbird or Midwest native, the name Cooper’s Hawk likely needs no introduction. That’s because when the original Cooper’s Hawk opened in a Chicago suburb in 2005, it was the first venue in Illinois to have both a winery and restaurant under the same roof. Its success quickly led to locations throughout the Midwest – including Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Ohio – as well as expansion to the Northeast and Southeast. Today, Cooper’s Hawk produces more than 700,000 cases of wine each year. Its winemakers source grapes from across California and the Pacific Northwest and then blend and age each wine in Illinois for use at its locations to fulfill its wine club orders. According to the ownership team, in recent years, Arizona residents – perhaps due to the high number of Midwest transplants – started to make up more and more of the brand’s wine club membership. So much so, it only made sense to bring the full concept to the Valley. Open since late 2020 at Scottsdale Promenade, Cooper’s Hawk marks the brand’s first expansion into the Western


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U.S. and 43rd location nationwide. Upon walking in, expect an expansive wine bar one might see at a vineyard tasting room in Napa. There, guests may order flights of wine – both Cooper’s Hawk brand and curated selections from across the globe – as well as purchase wine to-go. Among the most popular branded wine offerings are the Cooper’s Hawk Lux Chardonnay, which is full-bodied with notes of lemon, nuts and butterscotch; Cooper’s Hawk Lux Pinot Noir, which is bursting with ripe red fruit, vanilla and spices; and Cooper’s Hawk Lux Meritage, a full-bodied varietal with aromas of mixed berries and cassis and dark chocolate on the palate. Members enjoy several complimentary tastings a year as well as discounted bottles and members-only events, but anyone may come in and experience a tasting or glass for as little at $10 per person. As the tasting room transitions to the dining areas, there are barrels of the specialty wine of the month lining the walkway so guests may enjoy a complimentary barrel sample before being seated. From there, the space diverges into three separate areas: the bar and lounge, the main dining room and the outdoor patio. Once seated, guests can enjoy a wine tasting or order full bottles, specialty sangria, beer, and cocktails ranging from mules and Manhattans to margaritas and mojitos. The lunch and dinner menus both feature several dozen elevated takes on comfort classics, pasta, sandwiches and fusion options including the Italian sausage and whipped burrata flatbread ($10.99); shrimp and scallop risotto ($28.99); the cilantro ranch chicken sandwich ($14.99); and churrasco grilled steak ($30.99). Cooper’s Hawk is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. Cooper’s Hawk, 7361 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; 623.473.9463;




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High-end retreats are a staple of the Valley, but each one puts its own twist on luxury living. From sprawling ranches to contemporary hideaways, these five homes, all for sale now, are best in show in their own way.


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Best Ranch Golden Spur Ranch, a 10-acre estate in Pinnacle Peak with five bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, takes refinement to a new level. The regal circular drive gives way to a luxurious living space with custom tile floors, a statement fireplace and high, beamed ceilings. An extended stovetop, a spacious island and a breakfast bar make the gourmet kitchen worthy of any professional chef. The home also boasts a theater, a study and a home gym. But it’s outdoors where this modern ranch house sets itself apart – the one-of-a-kind backyard features a 5,000-square-foot pavilion with a misting system, a pool and spa, a putting green and an outdoor kitchen. To top it off, the property includes two guest quarters, two RV garages and numerous outbuildings to store one’s collector cars or riding equipment. Combine this with state-of-the-art equestrian facilities and you’ve got a ranch fit for royalty. 8185 E. Alameda Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. 17,400 square feet. Listed for $14,950,000 with Bob Hassett of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; 602.750.1000;

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Best on the Green Located near the 15th fairway of Cochise Golf Course at Desert Mountain, this six-bedroom, 8 1/2-bathroom home enjoys an unobstructed panorama of the green. The Southwestern style architecture, reminiscent of traditional adobe homes, hints at the warmth to be found inside, where wood beams and rustic stone floors tie the interior and exterior together. The luxury kitchen, with multiple ovens and a large island, serves as the heart of the home. In addition to an office, a sauna and a wine room, the property includes a casita with a game room and a home gym. Outside, the pool and spa offer unbeatable views of the desert landscape, nearby mountains and, of course, the picturesque golf course. At the end of the day, the inviting balcony serves as the perfect place to kick up your feet and enjoy the stunning desert sunset over the fairway. 10641 E. Prospect Point Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85262. 8,700 square feet. Listed for $6,995,000 with Karen Baldwin, Kathleen Benoit, Anne Morrissey and Bee Francis, all of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty;; 602.708.7300.


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Best Pool Behind an elegant, gated courtyard rests this tranquil six-bedroom, 7 1/2-bathroom home. Located in the Country Club at DC Ranch, the living spaces are flooded with natural light that bounces off the granite countertops in the newly remodeled kitchen. The entertainment room, which opens to the elevated library upstairs, is surely a highlight. Other notable features include a wine cellar and tasting area with room for over 500 bottles, a home theater and a guest house. Easily accessible through French doors is the property’s biggest showstopper – a heated pool and spa to strike envy in the heart of any resort. Dotted with graceful fountains, a cove-like pool under the covered patio opens up to a larger swimming area and lap pool, making this multifaceted water feature perfect for play, exercise and relaxation. 9290 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy. 470, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. 10,444 square feet. Listed for $4,000,000 with Tracey Gray and Kim Leinweber, both of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. Tracey: 602.980.2243,; Kim: 480.980.1427,

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Best View The Spanish architecture of this custom five-bedroom, eight-bathroom estate in Silverleaf is the perfect complement to the surrounding Upper Canyon McDowell Mountain preserve. Inside, chandeliers adorn the high ceilings and multiple fireplaces set the scene for intimate gatherings. Adjacent to the wine room is the formal dining area and gourmet kitchen, complete with expansive double islands. A wood paneled executive office, a game room and a master suite with a sitting area and a spa-like tub round out the interior of the home. Outside, the view speaks for itself. The ten patios and outdoor living areas on property provide relaxing vantage points to admire the natural landscape of the preserve, while the stately pool and spa, the outdoor kitchen, the garden and the fire pit sitting area all serve as prime spots to watch the sun set leisurely against the mountain. 10835 E. Mountain Spring Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. 12,289 square feet. Listed for $8,999,000 with Allan MacDonald of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; 480.220.9724;


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Best Contemporary Design This five-bedroom, 5 1/2-bathroom home is the epitome of modern-day architecture. The calming natural materials used by Tennen Studio, from mesquite and walnut to limestone, marble and concrete, create an inviting yet polished atmosphere. The kitchen continues the trend of clean design with sophisticated millwork and carpentry, Gaggenau appliances and custom hardware. Other standout features include a two-way fireplace separating the master suite from the luxurious bathtub, in addition to a wine room and a wet bar. A covered patio, a barbecue, a fireplace sitting area, and a pool and spa make for a seamless transition to outdoor living. Throughout the home, windows frame the nearby mountain like a piece of art while maintaining privacy, further proof that aesthetics and functionality can coexist in harmony. 6310 N. 47th Place, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. 6,418 square feet. Listed for $5,350,000 with Joe Bushong, Chad Christian and Grant Almquist, all of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; 602.770.6733;

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Embrace the visor trend revival with the Tresor De La Mer Scarf Visor by Versace. Showcasing an under the sea motif – the iconic Italian label’s theme of the season – set on a vibrant orange scarf background, the chic warm-weather accessory features a woven brim to protect your face from the spring sun in style. The back of the visor, adorned with an exaggerated bow, incorporates the brand’s famous bold aesthetic. Founded in 1978, Versace is known for luxe clothing and accessories that allow its customers the ultimate freedom to express themselves. $475 at Saks Fifth Avenue,

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SHADES OF SPRING Pucker up in bold, vivid hues this season

Liquid matte stain in Chill Spirit, Yves Saint Lauren, $38 at Sephora, www. Lip oil in Cherry, Dior, $34 at Nordstrom, www. Lip gloss in Color Me, Nars, $24 at Nordstrom. Creamy lipstick in Sugar Kiss, Guerlain, $38 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. Lip mousse in Guava, Dear Dahlia, $32 at Neiman Marcus, www. Limited-edition lip gloss in Happily Single, $38 at Joan Dominique, www. joandominiquebeauty. com.


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Permanent Make-up

& BEYOND Microblading

BEYOND MICROBLADING As a permanent make up technician and trainer for nearly 30 years I’ve seen many trends come and go. These days one of the first things I hear from people inquiring about services is “I don’t want tattooed eyebrows. I want the soft powdery look that you did for my friend.” This is when I educate the public on the truth about permanent make up and the truth is it’s all tattoo. Years ago when permanent make up was just a fledgling industry in this country many of us worked in the offices of plastic surgeons. We called the procedure micro pigment implantation. Then different techniques were marketed using trade words like soft tap, and recently microblading has been all the rage. Known as the “queen of conservative” My specialty is custom blending colors for each person. Shape, color, technique and science are what create the artistry for beautifully natural eyebrows. Eyelash enhancements. Due to the lockdown most people have lost their eyelash extensions. This is the perfect time to touch up permanent eyeliner before reapplying lashes. I love to create a rich smokey looking lash line rather than a harsh eyeliner look. Safety first. Due to the intimate nature of these procedures safety has always been at the very top of the list. Hospital grade disinfectants are used on surfaces between clients and most importantly all instruments are new, sterile and disposable. Yea! With your safety in mind I will be wearing a mask through your procedure and if you like I will happily provide you with one as well. Because my studio is completely private you need not worry about ever encountering a crowded salon environment.

Contact Rachell Hall at 480.368.9239 8075 E. Morgan Trail, Suite 2 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (Off Hayden, between Mountain View and Shea)

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COPACABANA COOL Channel the vibrant energy of South America in your space

Candle holder, Versace, $395 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Rattan desk, $399 at Aerin, www.aerin. com. Dot rug, Pappelina, $165 at West Elm, Leaf print, $4,495 at Jonathan Adler, www. Tropical side table, Deny Designs, $165 at Nordstrom, www. Flamingo tray, Bamboo Table, $35 at Neiman Marcus, www.


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DC RANCH COUNTRY CLUB 9820 E Thompson Peak Pkwy 832 Scottsdale AZ 85255 5 Bedroom | 5.5 Bath | 7,464 Sqft | Offered at $5,000,000

HIDDEN HILLS 14371 E Kalil Drive Scottsdale AZ 85259 4 Bedroom | 6.5 Bath | 9,066 Sqft | Offered at $3,250,000


















DESIGNED BY VERNON SWABACK 10050 E Jopeda Lane Scottsdale AZ 85255 4 Bedroom | 4.5 Bath | 4,400 Sqft | Offered at $2,500,000

CRESTVIEW AT FOUNTAIN HILLS 10815 N Ventura Court Fountain Hills AZ 85268 3 Bedroom | 3.5 Bath | 3,568 Sqft | Offered $2,400,000















CRESTVIEW AT FOUNTAIN HILLS 10637 N Arista Lane Fountain Hills AZ 85268 5 Bedroom | 5.5 Bath | 6,033 Sqft | Offered at $2,200,000


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PARADISE VALLEY 3256 E Palo Verde Drive Paradise Valley AZ 85253 5 Bedroom | 3.5 Bath | 4,616 Sqft | SOLD FOR $1,475,000

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Style SHOP


LEMON LIME Serve up a sporty style in tennis ball tints

Sports bra, Girlfriend, $38 at Nordstrom, www. Rectangular sunglasses, Fenty, $340 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. Terry cloth knotted headband, Lele Sadoughi, $65 at Nordstrom. Ribbed biker shorts, 12.99 at H&M, Sneakers, Balenciaga, $995 at Neiman Marcus, www. Shoulder bag, Bao Bao Issey Miyake, $730 at Saks Fifth Avenue.


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Style SHOP



Dare to be different in clothing and accessories showcasing an array of species

Black T-shirt with gold bees, Alice & Olivia, $225 at Nordstrom, www. Dragonfly pearl drop earrings, Tanya Farah, $7,600 at Neiman Marcus, www. Violet spider jeweled round sunglasses, $790 at Alexander McQueen, www. alexandermcqueen. com. Multicolor scarf watch band with snakes, Wristpop, $55 at Nordstrom. White striped sneakers with bees, Gucci, $790 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. Tan butterfly jeweled headband, Lele Sadoughi, $195 at Saks Fifth Avenue.


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Get to know Tonja Howard Tonja Howard is known for her ability to work interconnectedly with her partners for a seamless real estate transaction every time. “My team has been in the Top 1% for the last five consecutive years, solidifying our experience with our everchanging market,” she says. As a Luxury Realtor with Cashman Partners Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, specializing in DC Ranch and Silverleaf but representing buyers and sellers in the luxury home market throughout North Scottsdale, nurturing relationships is something she stresses while leading by example. “I truly love helping my clients navigate their real estate transitions!” she shares. An avid fan of watching the market change over the years, Tonja has always had an affinity for residential real estate thanks to her nearly 10 years as a residential home investor. While working with her team, clients receive over 30 years of industry experience and knowledge. So what sets Tonja Howard apart? Her extensive knowledge of the market as well as maintaining continuous communication from the start to the finish and being proactive and paying attention to detail, Tonja works for her client's best interests. “Our fresh, innovative approach to selling real estate brings together technologically savvy marketing, creativity and true partnership with our buyers and sellers,” she shares. Inspired by her family, Tonja strives to be the best version of herself that she can be. “I am motivated daily to perform at my highest in my real estate career and also in my personal life as I know they are watching me!” 480.371.0607 7669 E Pinnacle Peak Rd, Suite 110 Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Going with the


DRESS: White floral maxi, $139.95. From Kabana, www.


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TOP: Pink pleated with floral embroidery, $119.95. From Kabana, www.

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DRESS: Multicolor printed maxi, $119.95. From Kabana, www.

DRESS: Blue printed with ruffle sleeves, $169.95. From Kabana, www.


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DRESS: Multicolor floral strapless, $119.95. From Kabana, www.

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DRESS: Multicolor mosaic-printed high-low, $119.95. From Kabana, www.


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DRESS: Indigo printed short, $149.95. From Kabana, www.

DRESS: Multicolor patchwork midi, $159.95. From Kabana, www.

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APRIL HILL Shattering the Stigmas About Abuse and Recovery. Welcome to Abuse, Recovery, Success - a powerfully raw podcast that explores the interesting journey of

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April Hill, the owner of the most prestigious Salon in North Scottsdale Arizona, The Hills Beauty Lounge,


Day and Med Spa. A brave exploration of sexual, physical and psychological abuse, recovery and


overcoming trauma April also shares the success she’s found on the other side of her own darkness…

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A mission to bring awareness to child abuse and addiction.


pril Hill, owner of The Hills Beauty Lounge, the most prestigious Salon, Spa & Medspa in North Scottsdale is on a mission to bring awareness to child abuse and addiction with her podcast, Abuse Recovery Success - a powerfully raw broadcast that explores her personal journey. “Abuse Recovery Success is a podcast for those who have suffered and to help them go from surviving to thriving,” she shares. Her international audience tunes in to listen to the transparent discussion ranging from sexual molestation and starvation to the physical abuse Hill has endured. “I have listeners and guests on the podcast that have experienced abuse or trauma later in life and we show them that at any point you can rebuild a life,” she shares. Hill’s motivation for starting the podcast was to share her story after getting sober as a way to help those suffering. She uses her platform to shatter the stigmas associated with trauma, abuse, and addiction and to help listeners trapped in shame to find healing and light on the other side of their own darkness. Although the impact and abuse Hill has endured leaves a lasting effect on her, overcoming both child abuse and addiction has been a powerful tool that she’s embraced. “Too many of us suffer in the shadows but I am a part of the movement to bring this into light and to fight back against it!” Hill shares. At the center of Hill’s mission is Child Crisis Center Arizona (CCA) because CCA is an organization that takes care of every single child. They look to help children with not only everyday needs like protection, safe harbor and nourishment but they aim to build resilience, adaptability

and perseverance while creating more permanent solutions for children that have faced the unimaginable. “Partnering with Child Crisis Center of Arizona, we are able to reach, serve and protect more children,” Hill says. “There should be no forgotten child and when we look to heal our children, we change the future.” So, what does the future hold for Hill’s podcast? She wants people to understand that trauma is often a gateway for addiction and dysfunctions through adulthood. “If you are being hurt right now know that I believe you and if you are fighting the disease of addiction, I promise you can overcome this,” she says. Please show your support and donate to Child Crisis Arizona: @april_thehills


W H E E L S / WA N T / H AU T E P R O P E R T Y / P L A C E S


Elevate your spring dinner parties with the Ooni Koda 16 Gas Powered Pizza Oven. Doubling as a showstopping party trick and a vehicle to craft a delicious lunch or dinner, this oven makes stone-baked fresh pizza in just 60 seconds. Also used to create flamecooked steaks, fish and vegetables, the convenient appliance boasts a wide opening, a large cordierite stone baking board, and an innovative L-shaped flame. Simply switch on the gas ignition and the oven will be ready to go, reaching up to 950 degrees, in 20 minutes. Headquartered in Scotland, Ooni was the first company to produce a portable wood-fired pizza oven and now sells five different models. $499 at Ooni,

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2021 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 110 The iconic off-roader is built for adventure BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: 2021 Land Rover Defender 110

With large SUVs back in vogue, Land Rover recently brought the Defender – one of the world’s most iconic nameplates — back to the U.S. market after a 22-year hiatus. Introduced in 1948 as the Land Rover Series 1, the model was a simple, off-road capable, four-wheel drive vehicle. But it quickly became dated and, unable to keep up with changing tastes as well as safety standards, was discontinued for the U.S. market in 1998. For 2021, there are two versions — the four-door 110 (tested here) and the two-door 90 — and a choice of two engines: a turbocharged 296-horsepower 2.0-liter inline four cylinder, or a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 395-horsepower six cylinder with mild hybrid assistance. Both pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission and have an impressive 8,200-pound towing capacity. When driving paved roads, it’s evident that the Defender is reminiscent of the Land Rover brand – smooth, quiet, and comfortable. Expect whatever doubts you may have about


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the Defender’s off-road chops to be quickly dispelled, thanks in partial to the Terrain Response System which has settings like sand, rock crawl, and wade. Some Defender models also include an intelligent auto mode that picks the transmission, suspension, and traction settings. It has a reported maximum climbing angle of 45 degrees. Aesthetically speaking, the Defender has a retro yet modern exterior, with design elements that nod to past Land Rovers, like safari windows and an anachronistic rear swing tailgate. Inside, you’ll find outdoorsy durability: molded rubber mats, leather seats trimmed with strong canvas-denim like fabric, and exposed rivets. There are plenty of nooks and rubber-lined trays for items like headphones and GoPros. Overall, the Defender feels far more special than other SUVs, built to take on the wilds. There is a cost, given it carries the Land Rover badge, but considering its incredible standard equipment and go anywhere, do anything capability, it’s a reasonable price.

Base price: $50,500 Price, as tested: $73,230 Engine: 3.0-L V-6 Horsepower: 395 Fuel economy: 17/22 mpg city/ highway Seating: 8 Fab features: Extreme off-road capability “Wade” mode setting Cool retro/mod design


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Meet Carlos Suescun M.D. THE most INTERESTING DOCTOR in SCOTTSDALE Physician & Triathlete

Every single visit is with Dr. Suescun. At most hormone replacement centers, you will NEVER see a doctor. You also have direct access to Dr. Suescun via cell, text & email. There are no weekly visits required as with most hormone replacement centers. All medication is taken at home. We schedule your visits at your convenience including evenings and weekends. Membership with Elite includes body composition monitoring to achieve your individual goals. We follow your progress by analyzing & tracking your body fat percentage, muscle mass, weight etc. to track tangible results. All plans are completely individualized and doses of medication carefully adjusted for patients to meet their specific goals based on hormone levels and biochemical markers. We stress the importance of nutrition in reaching the ultimate level of fitness, strength, and health and therefore provide our clients with personalized nutritional advice along with exercise and fitness counseling. Our goal is to help you stay in the best shape of your life and to achieve optimum health.

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Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita takes guests on a cultural journey with curated experiences


Last summer, the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita – located in Mexico’s enchanting Riviera Nayarit – completed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renovation. The 52-acre Forbes Five Star award-winning resort now boasts re-imagined casita-style guest rooms, private villas, beach homes and residences; a free-form infinity-edge pool with an extensive deck and cabana space with ocean views; and new outdoor wellness, fitness and children’s activities in addition to its sprawling beaches, serpentine jungle-entrenched lazy river, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, expansive Apuane Spa and lauded epicurean offerings (notably Bahia by celebrity chef Richard Sandoval). Focused on offering guests a secluded beachfront paradise to discover new passions, reconnect with one another and harness the spirit of authentic Mexican culture and personalized service, the Four Seasons offers several complimentary enhancements to any level of room or package booked. Among the gratis offerings are kayak, bodyboard and fishing rentals; snorkeling tours; water aerobics; salsa dancing classes; kite making; Spanish classes; art classes for both children and adults; games; nature walks; cultural workshops; sea foraging demonstrations; guided ruins hikes; indigenous nature programs; stargazing; and both tequila and Mexican chocolate – or xocolatl – tastings. For those seeking something a little more intimate and exclusive, there are also a la carte enhancements. These specialty events and programs,


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ranging in cost from less than $100 to several thousand dollars (though in pesos when down south) will likely check off a few items on anyone’s bucket list. Among the most impressive: Apuane Nights, Octopus Catch and Cook, and From Sea to Table. Apuane Nights is geared toward couples. This package takes place in the evening at the spa, which is closed to the public for the ultimate intimate date night. The experience begins with a ritual using copal, which is native frankincense with healing benefits. It is followed by a signature couples massage and private use of the award-winning hydrotherapy circuit, which includes whirlpools, steam and sauna rooms, and plunge pools. Champagne and fruit round out the night, and private dinner service may be arranged for an added charge. $620 per person excluding tax and gratuity. During Octopus Catch and Cook, which is limited to six participants who are scuba certified, guests are given a spear fishing lesson before taking a private guided tour of octopus nesting areas with the resort’s executive chef Jorge González. From there, guests will scuba dive and catch live octopus, bringing them back on shore for a cooking demonstration and great small bites. $295 per person excluding tax and gratuity. The ultimate package is From Sea to Table. The daylong adventure whisks guests on a private, well-appointed fishing boat for a day of deep-sea fishing and foraging with naturalists and González. Guests will learn how to catch the seasonal bounty of the Pacific, including tuna, red snapper, mahi mahi and more before taking part in a full culinary course on cleaning, cutting and cooking seafood and then sitting down to a private, multi-course dinner with the choicest catches of the day. $1,200 per couple excluding tax and gratuity. Learn more at puntamita.

Find your next passion. All your boutique studios under one roof. With a huge variety of classes, fully-loaded facilities, the best instructors in the Valley and all-inclusive pricing, you can try it all. The Village offers the best variety of activities, sports and training options anywhere in the Valley. In addition to our core staples of cardio, weight-training and group fitness classes, our memberships include aquatics, racquetball, tennis, basketball and squash. All available to you in our clean and safe state-of-the-art facility.

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Cullum Homes, an award-winning design and build company specializing in luxury homes, recently introduced Ascent at The Phoenician. Located on the lower eastern slope of Camelback Mountain, the community yields stellar city views. A total of 51 detached, hillside homes, starting at 3,000 square feet, comprise the community. Modern elegance echoes throughout the community, starting outside. Each property boasts sharp lines, light stone siding, industrial accents, and pavestone driveways, with stylish garage doors that look like accent walls. Traditional desert landscaping with hints of flowers dress front yards, entry paths, and driveways. Inside, houses sing similar tunes. There are six curated one-, two- and three-level floor plans to choose from, all showcasing timeless yet modern designs. In addition to ready-to-build plans, there are also customized plans, or the builder’s in-house architecture team can design a one-of-a-kind home. Custom homes can be built on single or double lots. To visualize the designs already set out for those that have ready-to-build plans, imagine contemporary lines accentuated by bold statements. Highlights include brick accents, stone and marble fireplaces, mahogany cabinets and high-end stainless steel appliances. In addition to expansive windows, each house comes with an outdoor area (or two) equipped with a fireplace, plenty of space for entertaining, and 180-degree views of the Valley. Amenities include a private pool and fitness center exclusively for residents. Additionally, 21 homes will be located on the ninth fairway of the new Phoenician Golf Club and will be in proximity to the new Phoenician Tavern Restaurant and Golf Clubhouse. For a limited time, homeowners will also have the option to join The Phoenician Amenity Access Program which will include discounts and access to the hotel property’s redesigned amenities. 6900 E. Camelback Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Starting in the $2 million range. Listed by Scott Grigg of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; 480.540.5479;



t’s now officially been a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic which halted everything, including cancer screenings. According to an analysis by the Epic Health Research Network preventative cancer screenings dropped substantially nationwide in 2020. More specifically, cervical cancer screenings declined by 94 percent and colorectal cancer screenings were down 86 percent compared with the same time period in previous years. The data continues to reflect a persistent decline in cancer screenings, which may result in hundreds of thousands of missed screenings – or worse yet – finding late or advanced stage cancers because of a delayed screening. This is why it is imperative to resume routine screenings now. When to be screened for some cancers may depend on your risk. Below are recommendations from the American Cancer Society (ACS), the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). BREAST CANCER: high risk individuals include those with a family history of breast/ ovarian cancer with two or more close relatives on the same side (especially when diagnosed before 50), inherited genetic mutations (BRCA1, BRCA2, CDH1, PALB2, PTEN or Tp53), or a breast biopsy showing atypical cells, lobular carcinoma in situ or atypical lobular hyperplasia. Women with dense breasts, family history in distant relatives, diagnosed in their fifties are considered at moderate risk. Most women in good health and no family history are considered to be at average risk.

Recommendations: USPSTF: women 40-49 make individual decision; mammograms every other year for women 50-74; and annual mammograms at 40 for high risk women. ACS recommends yearly mammograms for women 45-54; every other year for women 55+; and MRI and yearly mammogram for high risk women. ACOG: yearly mammograms for average risk women 40-75; women with BRCA1/BRCA 2 mutation, or one or more family members with the mutation: twice yearly clinical breast exams, annual mammograms, MRIs and regular breast self-exams. COLORECTAL CANCER: risk factors include patients 45+, obesity, type II diabetes, sedentary lifestyles, tobacco use, moderate to heavy alcohol use, personal history of colorectal polyps, family history of colorectal cancer, African American or Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, history of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colitis or Crohn’s disease, and Lynch syndrome or other inherited gene mutations. Recommendations: ACS: screening colonoscopies at 45 and every 10 years after if no polyps are found. Those with a family history: 10 years before the youngest case in the immediate family, and every five years after. Lynch syndrome patients: between 20—25, or 10 years before the youngest case in the immediate family, followed by every 1—2 years. IBD, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease patients: every 1—2 years. CERVICAL CANCER: risk factors include smoking, multiple sexual partners, three+ childbirths, five+ years of birth control pills, HPV, HIV or another condition that compromises the immune system. Recommendations: USPSTF: women

21—65: Pap smears every three years, or women 30—65: a combination of a Pap smear and HPV testing every five years. LUNG CANCER: high risk: 30+ packyear smokers age 50—80; 30+ pack-year smokers who quit fewer than 15 years ago, age 50—80; or 20 pack-year smokers, age 50+ with additional risk factors (e.g. radon exposure, prior radiation treatment (particularly head and neck cancer/lymphoma). Moderate risk: 20 pack-year smoker age 50+. Low risk: those younger than 50 who smoked fewer than 20 pack years. Recommendations: USPSTF: low-dose CT scans for current smokers 55—80 with a 30 pack-year smoking history and former smokers who quit within the past 15 years. PROSTATE CANCER: risk factors include African Americans, advanced age, highfat diet, sedentary lifestyle, immediate blood relative with prostate cancer, exposed to Agent Orange, and BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Recommendation: ACS: discuss risks and benefits of prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood tests and/or a digital rectal exam (DRE) at age 50 for average risk men. High risk men – those with first-degree relative diagnosed – before 65, African Americans at 45, and higher risk men – those with more than one first-degree relative diagnosed at an early age – 40. Screenings have also been developed for a number of other cancers. It’s important to gather your family history and share the information with your doctors to best determine your risks and appropriate routine screenings. For more information visit Call 602-883-1463 today to schedule a screening.



Adventure abounds in the posh foodie playground of Portland


All eyes are on Oregon this spring. On April 1, Bravo’s Top Chef debuted its 18th season which is focused in the Beaver State and was primarily filmed in its biggest city: Portland. Named among the best culinary cities in America – both for affordable eats, thanks to thousands of food trucks, as well as more elevated epicurean exploration by internationally lauded chefs – Portland should be on any food lover’s travel to-do list.

Chow Down So, what should be atop the gastronomic bucket list when one arrives? That’s easy. Start with 13-time James Beard Awardnominated (and two-time winning) chef Gabriel Rucker and both his fine dining institution, Le Pigeon, and its sister concept, Canard. Often called a master of “haute comfort cuisine,” Rucker’s ability to marry a five-star dining experience one would expect in New York City with a more laid-back vibe and rustic ingredients of the Pacific Northwest (such as at Le Pigeon), as well as his love of inventing new ways to serve foie gras, has earned him culinary legend status in the region (and likely beyond). And though less decadent, Canard has been named among the best restaurants in the city for its ability to please palates no matter the time of day. Before the sun goes down, enjoy it as a quaint, little bistro. Then at night, watch it transform into the most popular wine and small bites bar in town. And that just scratches the surface for what awaits your taste buds during a visit. Just a few other mouthwatering options include: Southeast Asian-inspired Gado Gado; seasonally influenced Coquine; experimental and exquisite Quaintrelle; Pacific Northwest cuisine icon Paley’s Place Bistro & Bar; French food standout St. Jack; impeccable pasta-focused Campana; sushi hot spot Nimblefish; and high-end pizza and ice cream spot (yes, really!) Lovely’s Fifty Fifty. There are some seriously impressive watering holes downtown, too. Don’t miss Portland Cider Company, which was founded by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. Of course, Portland is also home to the original Voodoo Doughnut, an eclectic doughnut maker that – thanks to appearances on No Reservations, Man v. Food, Donut Paradise, Attack of the Show!, and The Amazing Race – helped put gourmet doughnuts on the culinary map across the U.S. It happens to be a mecca for gourmet food trucks, too. Declared by CNN as home to the world’s best street food, there are more than 200 individual food trucks within the city limits. The best way to sample around and find favorites is to seek out a food truck pod, which is a collection of carts that stay in the same place versus those that


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are mobile and always in a different locale. There are four pods in downtown Portland alone, including one right at the courthouse square.

Embracing Nature Beyond making delicious discoveries around every turn in Portland, the city will also find a special place in nature lovers’ hearts. Nicknamed the “City of Roses,” Portland is home to the International Rose Test Garden, the oldest official continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. There are well over 10,000 roses on property as well as stunning views of Mt. Hood in the distance. Both the Portland Japanese Garden and Lan Su Chinese Garden are also well worth the visit. The Japanese garden features 5.5 acres of tranquil streams and an authentic tea house, while the Chinese garden was built by Suzhou artisans as an homage to their treasured Ming dynasty style gardens and takes up an entire city block in historic Chinatown with its human-made lake, mediation areas, bridges and rich landscaping. And then there are the waterfalls. Located just outside of Portland, the Columbia River Gorge boasts the highest concentration of waterfalls in North America. There are 90 in total, and at 620 feet, Multnomah Falls is the largest. Among the best ways to explore as many as possible in one day is via a guided bike tour, some of which leave directly from downtown Portland, including Pedal Bike Tours, which also boasts an energetic Portland bike tour and a local brewery bike tour worth checking out. Or, if seeking a less exercise-intensive way to explore, hop on the Portland Aerial Tram, which travels 3,300 linear feet at 22 miles per hour and offers sky-high views of the entire city and surrounding waterways. There are also some excellent afternoon and sunset cruises offered along Portland’s Willamette River, notably the Portland Spirit, which offers picturesque views of the city skyline as well as impressive dinner and bar service. Speaking of the Willamette River, splurge and stay at a hotel right along the water while visiting. The Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel is an ideal option. Just south of downtown along a pedestrian river walkway, Condé Nast Traveler named RiverPlace among the top hotels in the Pacific Northwest for its spacious waterfront suites – notably one- and two-bedroom options with marina views, full kitchens, romantic fireplaces, and ample patio and deck space. Additional highlights at the hotel include organic massages, wildcrafted body treatments and the indulgent seafood restaurant, Tide King Fish and Shell. Truly, Portland is a paradise you will want to eat up, in more ways than one. Learn more at So Scottsdale! April ‘21




WINE IN WASHINGTON Impressive reds from the Evergreen State

Washington’s first wine grapes were planted in 1825. By 1910, they were growing in many areas of the state, following the path of early settlers. Today there are more than 1,000 wineries statewide, making Washington the second largest wine producer in the country, behind California. Here are some of Washington’s most brilliant bottles.

Novelty Hill 2017 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Syrah Hand-picked and fermented in small lots, this syrah is both refined and a touch spicy thanks to its big black pepper punch. There are also notes of plum on the palate and just the slightest aromas of both smokiness and coffee on the nose. $28. Sin Baderas 2017 Red Rhône Blend A marriage of syrah and mourvedre grapes sourced from Yakima Valley, this blend, though smoky, takes an unexpected twist. The following flavors of cherry preserves, red currants and milk chocolate make for a sweet yet fruity finish. $32. Gifford Hirlinger 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon This deep ruby Walla Walla winner is remarkably drinkable, with fruit, minerality and earthiness in every sip. Everyone seems to taste something different here including everything from wild blackberries, cherries and rose petals to sweet tobacco, sandalwood and roasted walnuts. $40. www.giffordhirlinger. com. Powers 2016 Reserve Champoux Cabernet Sauvignon Delicate aromas of blueberry, cedar, violets and vanilla will dance across one’s nose before giving way to flavors of spice, black currants and cranberry to the taste. The finish is especially exquisite with oak, acidity and earthiness all at once. $48. Reininger 2016 Syrah XM Named among the best U.S. syrah and red rhones by Wine & Spirits, this floral offering impresses from the start with scents of lilac and


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blueberry. Silky on the palate, ripe dark fruit and woody tannins take center stage, followed by black pepper and ripened boysenberries. $60. Three Rivers 2017 Svelte Bordeaux This blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, petit verdot, cabernet franc and merlot showcase the Columbia Valley AVA to a tee. It is a mouthwatering combination of espresso, black cherry and anise with a soft acidity at the finish. $54. Kiona 2015 Estate Red Mountain Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain is known for its bold cabernets, and this 100% estate wine is no exception to that. Expect complex layers of dark fruits including blackberries and plums, tobacco and rich spice on both the nose and to the taste. $75. Woodward Canyon 2018 “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon The 1987 “Old Vines” vintage was the first Washington wine to be on Wine Spectator’s top 10 list. Its quality has only gotten better since, especially this sophisticated expression bursting with baking spice, cedar, graphite and blackberries and a long, luscious finish. $99. 2017 Aquilini Cabernet Sauvignon Named by Wine Advocate as one of the top 100 wine discoveries of 2020, this cabernet is powerful and opulent with concentrated flavors of dried herbs, sweet oak spices and stone balanced by fig, plum and black cherry. $110.




In the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s O’odham language, Tash – pronounced th-o-sh – translates to “sun” or “day.” Talking Stick Resort chose this name for its newest eatery in homage to the tribal community and to best describe the venue, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive patio, both providing stunning views of the sun setting against Camelback Mountain. Among its signature dishes is the Paella Mixta ($29). Bomba rice, imported directly from Spain, and saffron are simmered with chicken stock, garlic, piquillo peppers, onion, Campari tomatoes and spices. Butter, shrimp, littleneck clams, chicken and Spanish chorizo sausage are then added, and the mixture gets simmered once more. The paella is garnished with olive oil, sliced lemons and parsley, and the pan is presented tableside. Tash at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale; 480.291.5618; So Scottsdale! April ‘21



MORNING MAGIC Snooze’s Abri-ca-lav-ra Mimosa showcases fresh flavors


Since 2015, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery has been waking up residents across the Valley with its modern take on brunch. “Our CEO also often says that while we didn’t invent day drinking, through our cocktail menu we think we’ve perfected it,” says Becky Fairchild, senior brand manager of Snooze. From coffee-infused cocktails to bold takes on bloody marys, the bright and welcoming eatery’s drink menu is anything but a snooze, especially when it comes to the mimosas. Among its most popular takes on the sparkling sipper is the Abri-ca-lav-ra Mimosa ($10.50). “To make, we start with Giffard Abricot Du Roussillon Liqueur, which is delightfully aromatic and delicately sweet,” Fairchild says. To open up the bouquet and add a bit more sweetness, both honey and lavender-infused simple syrup are added to liqueur. “Lavender is also naturally relaxing, something we all need these days,” Fairchild says. After a quick shake with ice, the ingredients are poured into a coupe glass that’s been rimmed with sugar. Then, the cocktail gets a healthy pour of Snooze Sparkling. “This is our proprietary prosecco, which we keep in kegs so we can avoid wasting up to 100,000 bottles each year between all of our locations nationwide,” Fairchild says. “Created by our founder Jon Schlegel and made for our restaurants, it is a blend of chardonnay, arneis and cortese grapes, and every sip bursts with apricot, lime and ripe apple notes.” Garnished with a fresh lavender sprig, this bubbly, aromatic and slightly sweet treat awakens all the senses no matter what time of day. Snooze, two Scottsdale locations;


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Richard Pelz of Ember at We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort


As the chef de cuisine of Ember at We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, Richard Pelz creates dishes featuring USDA prime and Angus wagyu beef, game and seafood from around the world.

What attracted you to cooking? I grew up around food and wine. My mother was a Francophile, so foie gras, caviar and the like were common at home, and my stepfather dabbled in making wines in the mountains of Santa Cruz. Then, after dropping out of college in 1990 to explore the world, I spent downtime in their home as an adult, often cooking for my dates. One day my mother said I should just cook for a living. I listened. Sort of. Sort of? I was accepted into The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park to study hospitality management, focusing on the front of the house. It wasn’t until I saw professional kitchens firsthand that I realized it was my true home. So, I put on a chef’s apron there and didn’t look back. Tell us about your journey to Arizona. I graduated CIA in 1997 and have been lucky enough to work at restaurants around the world, including Restaurante Martin Berasategui in Spain, Citrine in Hollywood, Alinea in Chicago and both Bottega and Redd in Napa Valley. I also owned Goblin Market in New York City. How did you make your way to Ember? Pre-pandemic, I was consulting in Rancho Mirage and a friend asked me to be part of an Arizona concept he was planning. After COVID19 thwarted the restaurant, I met with leadership at We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort. When I heard what they envisioned for Ember, I knew I wanted to be part of it. What are the “must” items on the menu? I’d have to start with one of our filets or 16-ounce rib-eye steak. We get all our USDA prime and American wagyu meats from Meats by Linz out of Chicago and prepare them on a mesquite wood grill. Our Ujih Hot Stone appetizer is a big conversation piece and sells really well. And our Ember Flaming Liquid Chocolate Truffle dessert also has that “wow” factor. What would readers be surprised to know about you? I am a triathlete and have completed six Ironman races. I also eat almost 100% plant-based. Ember at We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, 10438 Wekopa Way, Fort McDowell; 480.789.8544;

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EGG-CELLENT! The a.m. MVP shines as p.m. powerhouse, too


Chifa Style Fried Rice

Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar Leave it to Toro to bring chifa fusion dishes to the table by blending the bold flavors of Peru and China into the perfect umami dish. In a well-buttered griddle, cooked white rice is tossed with soy sauce, chicken, spicy chorizo, sauteed vegetables and fried eggs, adding both a salty kick and contrasting texture. Though technically shareable, you’ll likely want to keep this dish all to yourself. $24. www.

Traditional Scotch Eggs

Thirsty Lion Gastropub A long-standing favorite throughout England and the United Kingdom at large, scotch eggs have become a popular starter at Britishthemed pubs and gastropubs across the United States, too. This crispy, creamy take stays true to the original recipe with hard-boiled eggs that have been wrapped in pork sausage. The wrapped eggs are coated in breadcrumbs and then fried until golden brown. $8.95. www.

Tonkotsu Ramen

We all enjoy eggs in the morning, and they are certainly a key ingredient in recipes ranging from sauces to cakes. The incredible egg, however, can do much more than play a supporting role. Here are some dishes that showcase the versatile protein well beyond brunch and birthday cakes.


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Clever Ramen A specialty dish of Japan’s southernmost island, this ramen is made with a base of pork bone broth. It’s topped with bamboo shoots, earthy mushrooms, scallions and chashu – or braised pork belly, versus the often used barbeque style in many ramens. A shoyu egg, which is a nearhard-boiled egg that has been marinated in soy sauce and garlic, completes the dish. $13.

Deviled Egg Dip & Chips

Windsor Rich and creamy, this dip is a modernized take on grandma’s deviled eggs. The base is a combination of egg yolks, spices, salt, pepper, and a saucy combination of mayonnaise and mustard. Then, oven-fresh, smoky, tender belly bacon bits and Gorgonzola cheese are mixed in. The dip is topped with even more bacon and served with homemade potato chips. $9.50.

Deviled Eggs

Bandera Known by many names – deviled eggs, stuffed eggs, Russian eggs and even dressed eggs – these barbeque and holiday staples are an American classic. Bandera’s signature version are reminiscent of a picnic. In addition to the classic ingredients and preparation – eggs that have been hard-boiled with a middle shelled out to create a delicious mixture before being piped back in – these eggs feature the restaurant’s iconic Ding’s pickle relish and scallions. $8.

Shrimp Egg Foo Young

Sesame Inn Carefree Thoughtfully crafted from their Chinese roots, the in-house team at Sesame dish out an Americanized take of this fluffy egg pancake. To make, beaten eggs are combined with bean sprouts, carrots, peas and fresh shrimp before being cooked much like an omelet and plated much like a potato latke onto a plate. It is served with a gravy-like garlic sauce for dipping. $16.95.

Spaghetti Carbonara UOVO

Craft 64 Nearly every ingredient in this white pizza is sourced from across several local farms and it features fresh, homemade mozzarella. In addition to mozzarella, the delectable dough is topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano, ricotta, spinach and cherry wood smoked bacon. While the pizza is cooking in a wood-fired oven, it’s topped with two almost over easy eggs, which finish cooking with the pizza. $21. www.

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana Northern Italian native and restaurateur Stefano Fabbri and his team craft this rich dish with fresh pasta dough, which is made by hand in-house daily using imported Italian semolina flour. For the sauce, farm-fresh egg yolks from Arizona vendors are combined with crispy pancetta, pepper and copious amounts of Pecorino Romano, which is a hard, salty Italian cheese, $16.95.

Hangover Burger

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers The base of this meaty marvel is a half-pound of handformed, never frozen ground chuck that has been grilled to medium (unless otherwise requested). It’s topped with pepper jack cheese, sugar-cured bacon, caramelized onions and grilled tomatoes on the diner’s choice of brioche, wheat or pretzel bun or gluten-free bread. The burger is topped with a perfectly fried egg and served with handmade chips. $15.50.

Steak Farina

Ocean 44 & Dominick’s Steakhouse Named to honor the late film and television star Dennis Farina – a longtime Scottsdale resident who lived for a perfectly cooked steak topped with an egg – this 12-ounce responsibly farmed, bone-in filet is wet-aged 28 days before being cut in-house by a master butcher and grilled to order. True to Farina’s famous preference, it is topped with a fried egg that’s still a little runny. $63.;

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CAFÉ MONARCH Chef and owner Gus Lewkowicz’s award-winning Cafe Monarch is recognized as one of the most romantic restaurants in America. This fine dining establishment is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions or even just an extravagant night out. The four-course, fixed-price menu changes weekly and the kitchen revolves around local, organic, sustainable and overall responsibly procured ingredients. Reservation only. 6934 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 480.970.7682; www.; $$$$ RUSCONI’S AMERICAN KITCHEN Rusconi’s American Kitchen offers seasonal, sustainable cuisine with several items cooked on a woodburning grill and an extensive wine list. Starters include grilled baby octopus and sweet potato and roasted apple soup. House favorites

include roasted chicken and grilled beef tenderloin medallions in a red wine reduction. Sides include both truffle-scented and green chili mac and cheese as well as a variety of veggies. 10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480.483.0009; www.; $$-$$$


LING & LOUIE’S ASIAN BAR AND GRILL In the realm of Asian fusion, Ling & Louie’s combines modern Asian dishes with American comfort food. Meats and vegetables, cooked in a wok, are served on a sizzling platter alongside wasabi mashed potatoes but the Evil Jungle Princess, a peanut-red curry entree, is the restaurant’s claim to fame. Many of the dishes can be made gluten-free as well. Happy hour and late night specials daily. 9397 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.767.5464; www.; $$

ROKA AKOR Roka Akor is an award-winning upscale Japanese restaurant that offers steak, seafood and unique sushi plates. The contemporary robata grill is the visual center that draws diners in with the sweet aroma of a Japanese barbecue. Menu features include Australian wagyu steaks, fresh fish flown in daily, tableside shaved truffles and artisanal sauces, and house-infused sochu cocktails. Happy hour in the lounge daily from 4:30 to 7 p.m. 7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.306.8800;; $$$ SHINBAY At Shinbay, executive chef Shinji Kurita, who was a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef Southwest in 2013 impresses with his luxurious omakase menu. For the adventurous diner, relish in a dynamic multicourse meal with fresh and mostly raw seafood and Japanese small plates, meant to regale with every bite. Chef offers two seating times Wednesday through Sunday, at 5:45 and 8 p.m. Advanced reservations only for this exclusive culinary experience. 3720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.361.1021;; $$$$ VIET KITCHEN Viet Kitchen takes pride in delivering the flavors of Vietnamese cuisine through a dynamic menu and varied offerings with top-notch service and excellent food that keep customers coming back. Menu favorites include the flavor-packed pho tai with rare beef and the barbecue pork with rice noodles. There are also vegetarian options. At Cave Creek Marketplace, 20235 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix; 602.788.5535; www.vietkitchenaz. com; $-$$


BERDENA’S Berdena’s is a petite specialty coffee shop in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale that that serves organic and locally sourced food and drinks when possible. Don’t miss unique lattes such as the honey lavender and cardamom rose variations. Breakfast items include an award-winning avocado toast, a breakfast sandwich and a variety of housemade pastries. Closed Sunday. 7051 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.256.1403; www.; $-$$ ECHO COFFEE Echo Coffee is a micro-coffee roaster and coffee shop in a friendly setting perfect for meetups, working or relaxing. Along with traditional coffee and espresso drinks, Echo

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Coffee’s food menu consists of fresh, healthy options like a hummus plate and yogurt parfait as well as a large variety of delicious pastries. Free Wi-Fi is available for those who may want to linger, connect to the internet, and snack on a sweet treat or two. 2902 N. 68th St., Scottsdale; 480.422.4081;; $-$$ FOURTILLFOUR Founded in 2007, Fourtillfour is a small coffee shop that serves Four Barrel Coffee from San Francisco. Notably, this cafe plays host to monthly meet ups for a variety of motor clubs. Stop in for a cup and admire all the vintage cars that are on display every Sunday morning. 7105 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 602.888.3583;; $

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FRESH MINT Owner and executive chef Mai Ly is putting her own Vietnamese spin on vegetarian dishes. The spicy lemongrass noodle soup and golden curry vegetables are flavorful favorites. The menu also features vegetarian versions of other popular Asian dishes such as kung pao soy chicken and pad Thai. Fresh Mint specializes in vegetarian, vegan and kosher dining. Gluten-free menu available. Closed Sunday. 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale;; $$ MIXT The California chain focused on fresh seasonal ingredients opened its first Arizona location in 2020. The menu includes salads, grain bowls, sandwiches and market plates with a choice of protein, sides and sauce including herb roasted chicken breast, steelhead salmon, tofu skewers, parmesan cauliflower mash and sesame rainbow quinoa. Vegetarian and vegan options available. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15125 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 415.296.8009; NEKTER JUICE BAR This healthy, fast-casual juice bar serves made-to-order cold-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls. Nekter also offers vegan ice cream, chia parfaits and pre-packaged juice cleanses as a grab-and-go option. Order online or via the eatery’s app to skip the line. Six locations throughout Scottsdale.; $

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WOW WOW HAWAIIAN LEMONADE Say “aloha” to this Hawaiianinspired lemonade shop. Wow Wow Lemonade’s menu consists of handcrafted lemonades and limeades in dozens of flavors, like lavender-black-

berry and mango pineapple. For more filling options, the menu features superfood smoothies, acai bowls, a variety of avocado toast offerings, grain bowns, and flatbread sandwiches. Pick up one of Wow Wow’s eye-catching reusable mason jars to fill with your favorite refreshment. 6501 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.508.6036;; $


THE BLIND PIG The Blind Pig is a modern Mexican restaurant and bar serving traditional dishes and twists on familiar classics. Menu favorites include the adobo-braised short rib taco and the pig wings, which are bone-in pork shanks grilled in a chipotle glaze. Try the Mexican pizza with your choice of chicken or housemade chorizo topped with refried beans, pico de gallo, cheddar and spicy chili sauce. 3370 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.994.1055; $$ CASA AMIGOS This contemporary Mexican restaurant is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale with a menu

that features a wide selection of tequilas and mezcals along with tacos, burritos and enchiladas. As a bonus, guests can head upstairs to Skylanes, a boutique bowling alley and balcony bar for some high-tech interactive bowling fun. Happy hour Tuesday to Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale; 480.361.3440; www.casaamigosaz. com; $$ JALAPENO INFERNO This Mexican bistro offers filling and flavorful Southwestern dishes like green corn tamales; monster nachos; fajitas platters with steak, chicken, seafood and veggie options; and taco-enchilada combination platters. Lighter menu offerings include a spicy hatch chile bowl and a roasted poblano chile stuffed with grilled chicken and black beans. Libations include a wide range of margaritas, frozen black cherry sangria, the sparkling blackberry paloma and many more. Two North Scottsdale locations: Pinnacle Peak and DC Ranch; www.; $$ RUSTY TACO Everything on the Rusty Taco menu

is made with fresh ingredients that pack unforgettable flavors into several affordable dishes. From handmade street tacos and breakfast tacos, served all day long, to homemade sides like guacamole and queso, Rusty Taco is also known for its frozen margaritas made with fresh lime juice and cheap tequila. The kids menu also serves the perfect portions for little tikes, making it a go-to spot for the entire family. 9290 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale; 480.291.7020;; $-$$ TOCAYA Tocaya Organica offers modern Mexican cuisine with bold flavors and healthy, fresh options to accommodate a variety of dietary preferences including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free in a casual, bright setting. Diners have a choice of salads, tacos, bowls and burritos with a selection of proteins like turkey picante, adobo tofu, shrimp and carne asada, and cheeses including chipotle jack, cotija and vegan mozzarella. For beverages, There are watermelon, strawberry basil and cucumber mint agua frescas as well as a variety of margaritas including prickly pear, tamarind and

passion fruit. Two Scottsdale locations: Scottsdale Fashion Square and Kierland Commons;; $$


MUNICH GYROS Munich Gyros serves tasty and affordable Greek fare in the Fountain Hills neighborhood, specializing in the gyro – tender slices of a beef-lamb combination served with lettuce, tomato, onion and tzatziki wrapped in warm pita bread. Other menu items include hummus, Greek salad, falafel and delicious baklava for a sweet finish. 16948 E. Shea Blvd., Fountain Hills; 480.816.3647; $ PERSIAN ROOM The Persian Room, a fine dining restaurant with an elegant atmosphere and flavorful dishes, has been a North Scottsdale staple since opening in 1985. Start with pita and hummus then enjoy meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes, such as kebabs and strews, featuring exotic flavors like turmeric, cardamom and saffron. 17040 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.614.1414; www.; $$


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