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Contents Now 57 HOT TICKET Immersive Van Gogh

58 LOW DOWN News to know

62 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

66 OUT Western activities

68 OUT Game on

70 CULTURE Abby Bradford

Pulse 33 UP CLOSE Christina Spicer’s Girl Scouts role

36 BEAT Community care with Debbie Hillman Toll

38 BEAT Chelsea Carroll’s victory on the green

40 HIS STYLE Meet Hudson Mapes

42 HER STYLE Meet Caitlyn Salloum

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BADGE OF HONOR

Christina Spicer steps up as co-CEO of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council

Christina Spicer was in the second grade when she asked her mom if she could join the Girl Scouts, a request that would influence the course of her life in more ways than she could have imagined. But Spicer’s mom, who hadn’t been involved in anything similar as a child, was skeptical at first.

“She only agreed because my best friend’s parents let their daughter join,” Spicer says. “During the first Brownie meeting, my mom sat in the back of the room with her arms crossed. However, after a few meetings she could see the magic that was Girl Scouting – and a year later, she was our troop leader!”

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Pulse UP CLOSE And Spicer felt the magic too – as someone who was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age and grew up in a single-parent household touched by mental illness, Spicer spent her younger years searching for a community. “Girl Scouts was the first place I knew I truly belonged,” she says. “It taught me at a young age the importance of having good friends and mentors, something I still carry with me today.” But in fourth grade, Spicer and her mom relocated from California to Mesa, Arizona, which proved a challenging adjustment. And in middle school, Spicer dealt with a life-threatening eating disorder which led to her being hospitalized twice as a teenager. When her mother looked her in the eyes and said, “Stop killing my daughter,” she knew she needed to devote herself to healing. Little did Spicer know that this experience would allow her to touch the lives of hundreds of girls just like her. One day during her recovery, Spicer’s eighth grade PE teacher gave a lesson on eating disorders that left her uninspired – so she asked to get up in front of the class and share her own story of survival. “My testimony was so powerful that I spent the next five years – through the rest of middle school and all of high school – visiting high schools statewide. This experience really sparked a passion for caring for the girls and women in my community,” she says. After earning a bachelor’s degree in communications from Arizona State University – the first person in her family to graduate from college – Spicer started her career as director of the Clear Choices program at notMYkid, where she helped others share their personal narratives in a way that helped themselves and others learn and grow. “It was such a full-circle moment given all the years I spent telling my own story,” says Spicer, who along the way earned a master’s in nonprofit management, co-founded women’s mentorship organization CAMEO (Caring and Mentoring Each Other) and worked at Teach for America Phoenix, growing its annual fundraising by $2 million. In 2014, Spicer experienced another full-circle moment when she accepted a position with the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC), which aligned perfectly with her passion for building safe communities for women. “It felt like my whole life had prepared me for this,” she says. “The Girl Scouts really fueled my belief in the social sector, and I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to the community that helped mold me.”

Building a Better World In her time working in fund development, and later serving as deputy director of the Phoenix-headquartered GSACPC, Spicer has been involved in numerous impactful programs, including a fundraising event in honor of International Day of the Girl. “It was such an honor to lead our Million-Dollar Day of the Girl campaign – we literally raised $1 million for GSACPC in a day. The campaign gave our council the opportunity to show the positive impact Girl Scouting has on girls’ lives and the contributions they make to better our local community.”

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After nearly a decade with GSACPC, Spicer, now a mother of two, is ready to take on her newest challenge – serving as co-CEO of the organization that helped make her who she is today. “Girl Scouts is such an incredible organization, and I’m humbled and excited to step into this role,” she says. “These are unique times to lead, and I’m honored to do so with my executive partner, Mary Mitchell, who has served Girl Scouts for nearly 25 years. Together, we can show our girls the power of shared leadership at the highest level.” As of October, Spicer will actively lead over 11,000 K-12 girls in more than 90 communities across Central and Northern Arizona. And thanks to support from the community – especially the 6,500 adult volunteers who offer their time and energy in support of their Girl Scouts – the organization will continue to inspire curiosity, kindness and leadership in the next generation of girls. “The future of Girl Scouting in Arizona is stronger than ever,” Spicer says. “Our beautifully diverse jurisdiction is full of girls who can benefit from the safe spaces we provide to help them discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges. We’re committed to telling more of their stories so girls from all backgrounds and lived experiences see themselves represented throughout our organization.” And for her younger self, who shared her own story of strength and recovery with so many, Spicer has one piece of advice: “Allow life’s challenges to fuel your passions. Every emotion you encounter will allow you to connect deeper with others, so keep pushing – the world needs empathy.” Learn more at www.girlscoutsaz.org.


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BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

Debbie Hillman Toll believes that everyone deserves access to healthcare – both physical and behavioral – no matter their circumstances. “I actually started my healthcare career in human resources,” Toll says. “This was back when integrating physical and behavioral health care was fairly new. I quickly became interested in the different ways integrated care could have a significant impact on people’s wellbeing. And that evolved into opportunities to make a real difference for people the more traditional healthcare system was leaving behind.” Toll then began working closely with her company’s chief executive officer, a path that led her to the chief administrative officer role at Mercy Care. Through her work at Mercy Care, Toll directly supports access to health care services for Medicare and Medicaid-eligible families, children, seniors and individuals, with special consideration for the underserved and those with complex health needs regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. The married mother of two is a also member of Dignity Health’s Community Benefit and Health Equity Committee and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Health Innovation Committee, and became the chair of the Arizona March of Dimes executive board in 2021. Thanks to a $35,000 grant, she launched an initiative with March of Dimes in 2021 that is focused on supportive pregnancy care, an evidence-based care model that brings pregnant individuals together for prenatal care with their obstetric provider(s). Toll was also part of the team who recently selected more than two dozen nonprofits statewide as recipients of Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment grants. In total, the program awarded $3.6 million to support organizations that address addictions, housing, school-based services, women’s health and food insecurity. “Through Mercy C.A.R.E.S., which stands for Community Action Resources Education and Service, we identify projects that address important community needs and ensure support for our most vulnerable citizens,” Toll says. Among this year’s grantees, awarded funds $10,000 to $500,000, are ACCEL, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Hushabye Nursery, Scottsdale Community College, and Activate Food Arizona’s Farm Express.

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Chelsea Carroll, head golf coach at South Mountain Community College, is chasing the championship title

BY KAYLOR JONES / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

Chelsea Carroll has her father to thank for her love of all things golf. “When I was 7, my dad would take my two younger sisters and me with him on his weekend golf rounds – though we were far more interested in riding in the golf cart, playing in the sand bunkers and rolling down the big hills,” she says. Her early memories on the course stayed with her, and when the young athlete didn’t secure a spot on her high school volleyball team, golf was at the top of her mind. She joined the golf team, and by her sophomore year, Carroll knew it was her destiny. “I came from a family that’s always valued hard work and giving our best in whatever we do. It involved a lot of early morning workouts, lessons and failures, but I was eventually recruited by the head coach at Rogers State University,” she says. After graduating, coaching at her alma mater and working as an assistant teaching professional at Troon North Golf Club, Carroll’s career brought her to South Mountain Community College in 2019. She started part time as the head coach of the women’s team, which at the time had only two players. But Carroll had bigger things in mind – today, the program has grown to 11 athletes and is ranked in the top 25 junior college golf programs in the nation. Now, as head coach for both the women’s and men’s teams, Carroll’s goals are simple: to win the National Championships, which the men’s team accomplished this summer under her leadership. “The next goal is to bring home a national championship for the South Mountain women’s golf team – the first one ever,” she says. The future looks bright for the South Mountain Cougars, thanks in large part to Carroll’s love of the sport and her passion for service. “Coach John Wooden is a big inspiration to me. He won seven national championships in a row and always emphasized falling in love with the journey, not the destination. He was more than just a coach, he was a teacher of life,” she says.

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CLASSIC WITH AN EDGE Hudson Mapes prioritizes looking and feeling his best

BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

Hudson Mapes is in the business of helping people feel better about the way they look every day. As the practice manager for Aesthetic Assets Face & Body Rejuvenation Center, Mapes takes a classic boy next door with a bit of edge approach to his wardrobe, which is a little different than how he dressed as a child. “Growing up I had a preppy style thanks to my influential mother,” he says. Today, Mapes gravitates toward neutral tones and not just because they’re in style – he is colorblind and has a difficult time differentiating colors. Mapes often mixes high-end and affordable items in his looks. When shopping luxe, he favors brands such as Prada, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Hermes, and Ludovic De Saint Sernin. And his love for designer duds continues from head to toe. “You can never go wrong with a good pair of white leather shoes. The majority of the time I’m wearing a pair of Prada on my feet,” says Mapes, noting he also loves Christian Louboutin loafers. Besides a killer pair of shoes, Mapes never leaves home without a good piece of jewelry from his favorite designer, Jacqueline Dadanian. “I’ve usually got a few pieces from House of Jacq and Cartier on with any outfit I’m wearing, regardless if I’m at work or hanging out on weekends,” he says. “Style to me is innate!”

How do you feel about social media and style? I love following creatives of all sorts on social media. I pull new style ideas and find things that resonate with me and my style through photographer, stylists and model accounts. I love to watch runway reels. What’s your signature look? On my days off if I’m out running errands, I like to throw on a pair of jeans – usually Levi’s or 7 for all mankind – and a Prada button-down with Tom Ford tank under. If I’m going out, I’ll throw on a pair of dress pants with a solid shirt.

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DRESSED FOR ANYTHING Caitlyn Salloum favors timeless pieces that are easily adaptable

BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

Building relationships is at the heart of Caitlyn Salloum’s career. As the founder of Key Wealth Management, a financial planning firm that specializes in entrepreneurs, women in transition and clients in retirement, Salloum’s day-to-day is client-focused and so is her style. “I’m all about cute, classy and timeless pieces. If I buy something, I want the ability to wear it and still get compliments on it a decade later,” says Salloum, noting she aims to keep her style sharp and sophisticated when visiting clients. Along with great accessories – Salloum is known for her extensive collection of statement earrings – you can typically find her wearing a vibrant dress from a local boutique. “With the switch of some earrings and heels, you can turn a professional dress into a fun and social look,” she says. The busy mom knows how to dress for ease while maintaining her style, even when she’s headed on a vacation. “If you catch me in an airport, I’m still sporting a dress and glitter sandals,” says Salloum, who has traveled to nearly 50 countries. “I want to land and show up ready to head to brunch, lunch or dinner, especially in the case there are delays or changes of plans.”

What is your must-have fashion item? I love a good shawl! You will always see me with one of these, whether it’s a casual white or blue cotton during the day to keep me warm in a cold conference room or a fancy Louis Vuitton one to classify my outfit and break the chill at night. What is your most prized possession in your closet? Most would think it would be my Chanel bag that my husband bought me for an anniversary gift but it’s honestly my wedding shoes. To me, it’s never the cost of the prized possessions, it’s how the item makes me feel and the memories that come along with them! What is your favorite store? Pretty Please is my main go-to boutique! My sister is the general manger so her team has been great at customizing my shopping experience.

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BY KAYLOR JONES

Guy Fieri opens his first full-service restaurant in Arizona

This summer saw the opening of Guy Fieri’s DTPHX Kitchen + Bar in the all-new Caesars Sportsbook at Chase Field. The concept prioritizes good food and fun, two pillars that Fieri has built his life around. “I’ve been to Arizona so many times for work, fun and everything in between,” Fieri says. “In addition to vacation trips, I’ve enjoyed popping into town to see some amazing sporting events – the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the D-Backs playoffs, NASCAR – big events that the area always does a first-class job hosting. You’ve got amazing weather, a very underrated food scene and a bunch of great folks who know how to have a good time.”

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In addition to hitting up his friends’ restaurants – Scott Conant, Beau MacMillan and Aaron May, to name a few – Fieri has fond memories from the 30-plus Arizona restaurants he’s visited on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (DDD). “One of the misconceptions about DDD is that we’re just about giant burgers, but I’ll tell you, Arizona is a prime example of how that’s not the case,” he says. “Take Chino Bandido, a mashup of Chinese and Mexican food, one of the funkiest joints I’ve ever experienced. DeFalco’s, Barrio Cafe, Matt’s Big Breakfast, the list goes on. I’ve threatened more than a few times to move to Arizona and I’m sure I’ll start doing it again by the end of this interview!” So when Caesars Entertainment and Derrick Hall, president and CEO of Arizona Diamondbacks, approached Fieri, he jumped at the opportunity to open a restaurant Downtown right next to Chase Field. Located on the second floor of the 22,000-square-foot Caesars Sportsbook – the largest freestanding sportsbook in Arizona – Guy Fieri’s sit-down DTPHX Kitchen + Bar serves up scratch-made classics to sports bettors and non-sports bettors alike. With nine betting windows and 13 self-service betting kiosks, the venue is an ideal place to catch a game while enjoying fan-favorite dishes like Fieri’s Trash Can Nachos or the crispy wings tossed in Guy’s Signature Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ sauce, not to mention the selection of beer, wine and cocktails. “To me, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the thick of the Vegas strip or catching a ball game in the desert, you deserve a great experience and that’s our goal,” Fieri says. “And seriously, the Trash Can Nachos are a must. People may think that serving them in a ‘trash can’ is just a gimmick, but it isn’t. By layering the chips and toppings in the can, we make sure you get all the good stuff in every bite. They’re a go-to for all my family and friends – we’ve been crushing them for years!”

A Culinary Empire

While this may be Fieri’s first full-service restaurant in Arizona, it comes on the tails of the delivery-only Flavortown Kitchen, which debuted in the Valley in 2021.

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Available via delivery app, the virtual dining concept makes Fieri’s signature eats – from wings to burgers to fried pickles – more accessible than ever. But no matter how many different concepts Fieri has a hand in, his first business will always hold a special place in his heart. When 10-year-old Fieri tried a soft pretzel for the first time on a family trip to Lake Tahoe, he was inspired to start The Awesome Pretzel Cart, a three-wheeled bicycle cart that he built with his father. After washing dishes and selling pretzels in his hometown of Ferndale, California, for years, Fieri saved enough to study abroad in France, and it was there that his passion for food evolved into the desire to one day own his own restaurant. Today, Fieri and his team at Knuckle Sandwich, LLC, have far exceeded his goal, opening 75 restaurants around the world, from Las Vegas to South Africa to Dubai. “Before I started my Food Network journey, I was doing just fine,” he says. “I had a bunch of my own restaurants, doing food the way I wanted, that


now. It’s not like I had my sights set on TV, but it happened, and the DDD phenomenon kind of came naturally as I treated the restaurants and restaurant people just like I treated my own colleagues, friends and family. Talking food with food people – camera or not – is just what I do, and that struck a chord.”

Foodie Philanthropy

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I thought people would love. But for my entire career, I’ve always felt that you need to be prepared to take advantage of opportunities when they pop up.” His best-known show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, has long celebrated the diversity of the American culinary scene, spotlighting over 1,000 independent eateries in more than 400 cities. Over the years, Fieri’s tireless enthusiasm and larger-than-life persona have sparked something of a pop culture phenomenon – there are even websites dedicated to helping superfans embark on a cross-country road trip that follows the path of Fieri’s iconic red Camaro. “It’s crazy to think that I’ve been on this DDD whirlwind for over 15 years

It’s not just about bleached hair and bowling shirts – at the end of the day, DDD was founded on the conviction that mom-andpop restaurants serve as essential pillars of the community, places that feels like a home away from home. And Fieri knows better than anyone about the sense of family that exists within the restaurant industry. “Like everyone, we’ve been focused on pandemic relief recently. Our brothers and sisters in the restaurant business have been hit hard over the past two-plus years and continue to see the strain,” says Fieri, who was inspired to set up the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to help those in need, raising over $21.5 million to distribute in the form of $500 grants. That’s right – when Fieri isn’t overseeing a global brand, the Mayor of Flavortown makes time to look after his people, from hosting charity tournaments on Guy’s Grocery Games to visiting patients at children’s hospitals. And when wildfires touch ground in California, you can bet the longtime Santa Rosa resident will be behind the grill, feeding firefighters on the frontlines. The Disaster Relief Trailer, one of the Guy Fieri Foundation’s (www.guyfierifoundation. org) signature programs, has served over 120,000 meals in relief of disasters like the 2017 Tubbs Fire, the 2018 Camp Fire and the 2020 LNU Lightning Complex fires, in addition to catering appreciation events for first responders. The Foundation, which was established in 2011, strives to inspire the next generation of chefs through culinary education and scholarships while celebrating veterans and other local heroes. “Every time there’s a need, I try to be a guy that steps up. It’s just that simple,” Fieri says. “It’s the right thing to do. I’ve been really lucky and am very grateful for it all, so whenever I can, I try to pay it forward.” So Scottsdale! August ‘22

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BEST IN BEAUTY & WELLNESS 2022


SCOTTSDALE’S BEST IN BEAUTY & WELLNESS 2022

DEDICATED TO THE DETAILS Charles Small believes that when you look amazing, you feel amazing! Most of us don’t want to age gracefully; we intend to fight aging every step of the way. As the owner of Glo Medspa, Charles Small is at the forefront of that fight, providing some of the most advanced techniques in aesthetic injectables, such as Botox, Dysport, and facial fillers to help his clientele look and feel younger and happier in their own skin. Charles is recognized as a trendsetter and leader in the world of aesthetics, having worked in a hospital for 15 years as a critical care nurse before deciding to change focus. “I started out working in a hospital for 15 years before I decided I really wanted something fun to do that would make people happy,” he said. Charles was introduced by a friend to Aesthetic Medicine and he fell in love with the field. He assembled a team of medical, beauty, and wellness professionals passionate about providing the best services for their clientele, forming Glo Medspa. While many clinics offer aesthetic services, Charles says what sets him apart from the rest is that they provide a fresh view with no sales pressure and an emphasis on creating a natural-looking appearance by offering the latest advancements for full face and body rejuvenation. One new service they recently introduced that sets Glo Medspa apart from their competitors was their introduction of an FDA-approved cellulite treatment called QWO. “The results are permanent and may start to be seen even after the first treatment,” he reveals. Also, on the horizon for Glo Medspa is their Glo Aesthetic

Training program, which is geared towards offering training for medical professionals like doctors and nurses in the area of injectables. “In the world of aesthetics, I stay ahead of the curve in the latest trends,” he says. Charles is an expert in basic and advanced techniques of injections and has won several awards in the cosmetic field. Like many who enter this industry, Charles says what drives him is being able to make people happy and feel good about how they look. “I have always been a leader in Arizona with new techniques I develop myself,” he shares. “We provide a fresh view on aesthetics, where we have no sales pressure and believe in a natural appearance.” His hard work and dedication to his craft earned Glo Medspa a national award for Best Medspa Practice of 2021 last year in Las Vegas, a Best of Scottsdale award in 2020, and he has consistently ranked as one of the top providers of injectables and Botox. He is an active member of the Dermatology Nurse Association as well as the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses. When he’s not developing new techniques and helping clients look their best, Charles says he enjoys playing golf, hiking, doing yoga, and spending time outdoors during his time off. Contact Glo Medspa at 480.245.6881 or visit www.glomedspas.com, 10505 N. 69th St. #1000, Scottsdale, AZ 85253.


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ANNOUNCING THE VALIDATION CENTER Dejaye Botkin is spearheading A Mobile Wellness Experience. Dejaye Botkin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Founder of Extinguishing Fear. She is proud to announce her new project, the Validation Center. Dejaye has been working as a licensed psychotherapist since 2005 on the front lines of the behavioral health industry. “For over 20 years, I have been working with families in crisis. In my early years, I learned that family secrets keep everyone in the household sick, and family members who do not seek treatment often end up with addictive behaviors and repeat patterns of dysfunction with their own children,” she says. In addition to her telehealth practice, Dejaye founded the Validation Center to help clients work through their childhood trauma that often negatively impacts their adult interpersonal relationships and emotional regulation. Dejaye is certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Informed Care, and she brings these modalities into her program. “My passion is uncovering a client’s distressful experiences and teaching them how to reframe their thoughts so they are no longer burdened by their past.” The Validation Center is a weekend workshop for clients seeking therapy for their mind, body, and spirit. The Validation Center is different from other programs because it offers intensive psychotherapy at an affordable cost. Client’s who have attended the workshop brag about how they were able to achieve 15 hours of intensive therapy in one weekend.

“My favorite part of the program is witnessing the moment when a client has an insight about what has been keeping them stuck in negative patterns. The client not only realizes how their thoughts may have been affecting their behavior, but also where the negative thoughts came from, and what to do about them going forward,” she says. During her twenty-year career, Dejaye has been recognized for starting behavioral health programs in New Jersey and Arizona helping teens and their families recover from crisis. Although currently the Validation Center is mobile, Dejaye is seeking an investor to assist in opening brick-and-mortar wellness centers in Scottsdale and San Diego. Her dream is to offer the intensive weekend program along with mental health boosters, family counseling, and wellness programs such as reiki, yoga, and acupuncture all under one roof. Dejaye points out, “Therapy has been stigmatized by many people who assume attending counseling means you must be dealing with a specific problem or have a mental health diagnosis.” She says, “Our environment is full of division and chaos, and there needs to be a safe haven to reset our mind, body, and spirit - and therapy offers this resource. She reminds us, “Never assume therapy will not work for you. You may not vibe with a particular therapist or modality, but if you keep searching for a fit, you will find a path that is right for you. Continuous improvement is the goal.” Contact Dejaye Botkin by visiting www.dejayebotkin.org.


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CONFIDENCE WITHIN Carly Klein restores beauty from the inside out. Like it or not, our culture focuses on appearances more than it should, and the rise of social media influences isn’t helping. People suffering from hair loss can have low self-esteem and body positivity issues. Thankfully, people like Carly Klein, National Hair Loss Med Aesthetics President, can help. The clinic specializes in all types of hair loss, including chemo and wellness-related, and is often the last resort for those who have tried everything else without success. Previously, Carly served as vice president of a dermatology practice and saw many people who suffered from hair loss; through the years, she noticed the demographic of these patients shift. “I used to see clients 55-75; now the average is 14-40 years old,” she says. She added that people’s immune systems are becoming compromised earlier than ever, resulting in higher rates of hair loss across all age groups. One aspect of hair loss many people aren’t aware of is that once it starts, it’s reversible. “When you find that you have a change in your texture or shedding, we can look microscopically at the hair to get to the root of the cause,” Carly says. The clinic also serves patients via Telemedicine. They encourage people who live out of town to take advantage of their treatments and properly care for their hair to minimize the loss. Carly credits injectables as a game changer in getting the hair to regrow. “We have seen so many who have lost ⅓ of their

hair with having COVID or other health issues, and we’ve seen a dramatic improvement within 90 days. Another effective treatment is immune testing, which tests the hair’s root cells and provides up to 40 pages of information on what the patient has been exposed to, including foods, bacteria, hormones, and cardiovascular health,” she shares. Since every person is unique, and there’s not a one-size-fits-all; Carly’s team takes a collaborative approach in treatment. National Hair Loss Med Aesthetics is part of the American Hair Loss Council and has been written up in the Hollywood Reporter, Women’s Health, and Men’s Health. Carly lectures across the country at medical conferences on why hair loss occurs, the common misconceptions, and how to treat conditions like alopecia. They give back to the community by working with oncology offices and hospitals throughout the valley, and they host a support group to help cancer survivors. Carly advises, “Once you see your first area of loss, 50% of your hair has changed. Not knowing is the scary part; having an action plan — even if that means you start six months from now — you know how to fix the concern.” Please call us now for a complimentary consultation for any of your hair loss concerns. Contact National Hair Loss at 602.283.2355 or visit www.NHLMA.com, 7000 E. Shea Blvd. Suite E-110, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.


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MEET THE SUPER SPECIALIST Dr. Ghafouri specializes in cosmetic eye and facial plastic surgery. Dr. Ali Ghafouri MD, FACS is the Founder & President of Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists. As a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon, he specializes in reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery of the eyes and surrounding tissue. He is an expert in minimally invasive aesthetic facial procedures, including cosmetic eyelid surgery, forehead, cheek lift, mini-face lift and laser facial rejuvenation. More specifically, he is an expert in the popular and most common cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). “The eyes are the focal point of the face often referred to as the ‘window to the soul’, also the first area of the face where you see the signs of aging,” he shares. “Therefore, any improvement in that area greatly enhances your overall appearance. Even small imperfections such as wrinkles, droopy eyelids, saggy eyebrows and bags under the eyes can give the entire face a tired, uninterested and sad expression, and this may not reflect the way that you actually feel.” Often times, Dr. Ghafouri combines the eyelid surgery with other procedures such as brow lift, cheek lift, fat transfer, or laser skin resurfacing in order to achieve more comprehensive rejuvenation. It is Dr. Ghafouri’s expertise and experience in this area of the face that sets him apart from other plastic surgeons. Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists is not your typical med-spa. “The vast majority of patients come to us based on referral from dermatologists, eye doctors, and other plastic surgeons from all over the state and country,” he shares. Humbled by earning the trust of the medical community, Dr. Ghafouri has performed surgery on more

than 500 physicians and their families over the past 20 years. “It is extremely rewarding to know that I have changed someone’s life as a result of a surgery I performed,” he says. “Whether they have done an eyelid surgery to look better or reconstructive surgery for skin cancer, the relief and increased self-confidence is priceless.” Dr. Ghafouri and his staff pride themselves on providing their patients with quality and compassionate care to deliver exceptional results. To provide his patients with naturally beautiful outcomes, he takes an individualized approach when evaluating his patients and creates customized treatment plans tailored to the patient’s needs. As the field of plastic surgery changes, so does the scope of Dr. Ghafouri’s work. “Facial aesthetics is an exciting and evolving field. I and our aesthetic providers are committed to stay at the forefront of the profession mastering the most advanced and proven techniques,” he says. Dr. Ghafouri is currently the chief of ophthalmology at the HonorHealth-Scottsdale. He has consistently been voted as Phoenix Top Doc by his peers. He has completed a number of surgical missions to Mexico where he operated pro bono on adults and kids in need of surgical correction. He has been involved with UNICEF since college and enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and traveling with his family. Contact Dr. Ghafouri at 480.905.1010 or visit www.eyelidsurgeries.com.


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THE SKIN CLINIC OF NORTH SCOTTSDALE The Skin Clinic is committed to providing a luxury aesthetics experience. For people wanting a results-oriented home in aesthetics, Briggette DeRienzo, owner of The Skin Clinic of North Scottsdale, has the solution. Briggette says she’s always been passionate about looking as good as you feel. That passion stretches back to her youth working in the fashion industry, where she spent 18 years working for Neiman Marcus, helping people match their personal style with their inner selves. “I always knew there was a deeper, more meaningful way to really make a difference in the lives of others, and along came my passion for aesthetics and eventually The Skin Clinic,” she says. One of the most challenging aspects of the aesthetics industry is how quickly things change and evolve, but Briggette consistently offers her clients the best options in the industry. “Staying on top of the newest technology and ever-changing trends keeps me on my toes and has allowed me to provide an exciting and allencompassing skincare business,” she shares. The Skin Clinic offers various services, and the most popular products come from the SkinMedica line, including TNS Advanced+ Growth Factor Serum and HA5 Hyaluronic Acid Hydrator. Briggette says their most popular services are the PRXT33, or PRX Derm Perfexion, a peel without peeling that helps produce collagen in the skin for a tighter, younger look, and the CoolSculpting Elite treatment. “CoolSculpting is a permanent fat cell reduction treatment that doesn’t involve as much downtime as more invasive procedures,” she says.

The Skin Clinic underwent a complete rebranding this year, including updates to the interior offices and a name and website change. “These changes have allowed us to align with the changes in the industry and to meet our patients’ wants and needs in a skin care clinic,” Briggette says. “Moving forward, we are very excited to continue offering the best in the business and will be offering the Lumenis triLift facial stimulation. As the first skincare clinic in Arizona to offer this treatment, we provide a safe, pleasant, and quick treatment that will give a facelift effect without the downtime or risks of an actual facelift.” Besides delivering state-of-the-art treatments, The Skin Clinic believes in safety first. “We stay up to date with the best in the industry from treatments and products to each individual staff member. Our injectors have a combined 60+ years of experience, and our aestheticians/laser techs have a combined 65+ years of experience.” Briggette’s commitment to her clients and her clinic hasn’t gone unnoticed. They’ve won the City Beat award every year since 2011 and are an Allergan Top 250 partner. Her team is also heavily involved in giving back to the community by supporting The Society of St. Vincent DePaul. She says they donated over 200 pounds of food in 2021. Contact The Skin Clinic of North Scottsdale at 480.681.5509 or visit www.theskinclinicaz.com, 7605 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. #4, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.


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SCIENCE BACKED SKINCARE Bogi Foghi makes radiant, natural beauty accessible to everyone. Many teens struggle with the self-esteem issues due to hormone-based acne. Still, few decide to tackle the issue headon by starting a cosmetics company from the ground up to help people achieve inner and outer beauty through better skincare. But that’s exactly what Boglarka “Bogi” Foghi did. Originally from Pecs, Hungary, Bogi drew inspiration from family trips and vacations to the baths and hot springs where men, women, and children retreated to find natural healing, relaxation, and recreation, and by the accessible local spas that offered affordable facials and skincare treatments. This experience and the self-esteem issues she dealt with as a teen inspired her to help others look and feel comfortable in their own skin. After coming to America, she earned an MBA and Juris Doctorate Degree from John Marshall Law School. She opened her own law firm in the Albuquerque area in 2009 while continuing to study nutrition and the chemistry of maintaining healthy, vibrant skin. This lead to the formation of ENVIE Cosmetics. Hungarian women take tremendous care of themselves, and are known around the world for their exquisite beauty, yet how they achieve it is so vastly different from American standards, so natural and so simple,” Bogi reveals. ENVIE takes a unique approach to skincare; as Bogi explains, “With a science backed and herbalism infused basic line of skincare essentials for men and women, ENVIE appeals to a sophisticated customer seeking true value and European quality.”

Her passion for helping goes beyond skincare and advocacy. Bogi is heavily involved in supporting animal shelters in Arizona and New Mexico and built her love of animals into the ENVIE brand making her products cruelty-free with no animal testing. “Once we get ENVIE into brick and mortars, we’ll be supporting animal shelters with a portion of the proceeds,” she says. “It has always been my goal to be a leader for other women by living with beauty and feminine power. From advocating for women and children in family law practice to being a role model in beauty pageants to being a mother and wife, I have held to these values,” Bogi says. After starting ENVIE, she received an unexpected offer from Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington to take the company to the next level. “This has been an incredible journey. We did not expect to be growing so soon, but I’m ready. We just went under contract and will begin shooting videos in the next few weeks,” she said. Bogi’s been a fierce advocate for the welfare of children and families and women’s empowerment; this, combined with her hard work ethic and traditional values, makes her a woman to watch in 2022. “It’s my goal to share skincare wisdom with my customers through ENVIE, to make radiant, lasting natural beauty accessible to all.” Contact Bogi at 480.448.9171 or www.envieskin.com, 7147 E. Rancho Vista Dr., Suite B34, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.


SCOTTSDALE’S BEST IN BEAUTY & WELLNESS 2022

AGING GRACEFULLY Mari Conteras at Fresh Start Aesthetics Med Spa offers the best in beauty and wellness. Dr. Mari Conteras, the owner of the Fresh Start Aesthetics Med Spa, is dedicated to helping people turn back the hands of time through tried-and-true techniques and the latest advancements. Fresh Start Aesthetics caters to men and women who want to feel better and look healthier as they age. Specializing in Botox, filler, non-surgical face and neck lifts, smart-lipo, and laser services, Mari utilizes her doctoral degree in science, and experience as a physician assistant for the past 12 years. Like any career in medicine, Mari’s journey was long. It included ten years in orthopedic surgery, where she became exposed to stem cell and Botox treatments to assist patients with various illnesses. Mari began implementing Botox procedures to help post-op orthopedic patients in a tiny space in the back of an orthopedic practice. It slowly grew into two locations: Desert Ridge Mall and Silverstone Marketplace on Scottsdale Road and Pinnacle Peak. “I’ve always had a passion for helping people feel better and look better and not let the drastic changes of age and menopause run their life,” she says. While there are many health and beauty services providers, Mari says what sets her company apart from the rest is their personalized treatments that focus on result-driven procedures that provide patients with a natural appearance. She shares that Fresh Start Aesthetics has over 20 years of experience and offers state-of-the-art laser procedures to

restore the youthful appearance women crave as they age. “Delivering a healthy, fresh, natural look is my goal. I do my consultations based on the treatment of my patient’s goals, and together we reverse the hands of time,” she says. Another aspect of the spa that stands out is the staff. “The cumulative experience of the staff ensures safety and experience to offer treatment suggestions. All Fresh Start staff is highly trained with specialized degrees to serve you better.” Besides laser procedures, Fresh Start offers Facetite and Morpheus 8 for patients wanting wrinkle reduction and tighter skin on the face and neck. “We specialize. in the natural, healthy look; we don’t do the exaggerated facial features. We base all of our treatment protocols on chronology correction,” Mari says. At the core of Mari’s values is that safety comes first. “My guiding philosophy is that life-changing cosmetic results should not come at the expense of your health or comfort,” she said. “I try to fit cosmetic treatments into a wider plan for self-care and listen to the wishes and concerns of my clients to develop a customized treatment plan.” Fresh Start has been awarded elite certification from Allergan Medical and the Better Business Bureau and was named the Mindbody Med Spa of the year. Contact Fresh Start Aesthetics at 602.717.0226 or visit www.freshstartaesthetics.com


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L O W D O W N / C A L E N D A R / O U T / C U LT U R E

BY GABBY LEIGHTON

From the creator of the original Immersive Van Gogh that sold over 4.5 million tickets in North America comes Immersive Monet and The Impressionists. Taking place at Lighthouse ArtSpace Phoenix in Old Town Scottsdale, the exhibition, which launched in Scottsdale late last month, uses state-of-the-art video mapping and groundbreaking animation to bring the art of the impressionists to life. Attendees will be fully immersed in the vibrant colors from the 19th century. Highlighted living paintings include Monet’s Water Lilies, Dega’s graceful dancers and more. On display through Sept. 18. www.immersivemonet.com.

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BRUNCH BUZZ

This summer, Hash Kitchen is giving locals another reason to love the buzzy brunch spot: new food and a new design. The already over-thetop menu recently received an update, including a mini cannoli donuts and cream puff Ferris wheel ($20), a loaded baked potato hash ($18), and a poutine fried pork chop hash ($19), along with a few new creative cocktails as well. Additionally, the Scottsdale-based restaurant, which has a DJ booth and famous buildyour-own bloody mary bar, will soon undergo a transformation as it expands to over 20 new locations, with disco bowls, lush indoor greenery and opulent gold accents. www. hashkitchen.com.

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Scottsdale Public Art and artist Annette Coleman recently unveiled a new public artwork near Marshall Way Bridge at the Scottsdale Waterfront splash pad. Titled Pinball Wizard, the piece was created to capture the vibrant vibe of Old Town Scottsdale, and features 30 mosaic spheres and domes of various sizes. There’s also a new concrete wall and bench along with inset waves of vertical glass mosaic pieces. The glass, which is embedded into colored concrete, is cut into random shapes and a variety of colors. www.scottsdalepublicart.org.

SUMMER FUN

Omni Scottsdlae Resort & Spa recently launched Summer of Water + Color, a seasonal program offering room packages, on-site experiences and a wellness-focused poolside menu. Available through Labor Day, the program highlights vibrant, healthy ingredients inspired by the colors of an artist’s palette. The menu options are color-coded, with each of the five colors representing a different facet of health and wellness to support energy, immunity, tranquility, clarity, and positivity. Experiential room packages include interactive tie-dye activities, custom beach towels, and a paint kit for kids. www.omnihotels.com.

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PHOTO COURTESTY OF THE MAGGIORE GROUP

Now LOWDOWN


Are you WAITING for Something or LOOKING FORWARD to it? Do you ever find yourself saying “I can’t wait” when thinking about something in the future? Have you ever thought about the actual words? “I can’t wait” is such a common phrase. It’s so ingrained in our language patterns that many of us, when we feel excited – say, “I can’t wait!” Really!? What you are actually saying to the universe is that you’re not satisfied with the now and are creating a lack feeling, or maybe even anxiety. When you say “I can’t wait” – what you mean is that you are excited – but the words you are using tell another story. They say: I don’t have faith. I am impatient.

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Words have energy. Words are powerful and creative. What you think, what you say, what you do, what you believe – all affects your reality. I’ve created a website to support you in becoming more mindful of the words you use. It’s completely free – www.WatchYourWords.com/scottsdale is a 30-day mini-course with 2–3-minute transformative videos delivered to your inbox each day. It’s my gift to you to live your best life.

So, when you feel excited about something — try substituting not being able to wait with “I am looking forward to…” Can you feel the difference? One is positive and joyful. The other doesn’t feel good. How do you want to feel? I look forward to sending you the gift of positive, mindful words!

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RECHARGE & RECONNECT

SOUTHERN MUSINGS In honor of August being National Wellness Month, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is launching a new retreat this month. Available at the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary through April 30, 2023, the Mindful Journey program is a three-day personalized retreat including nourishing food, spa access and credit, and a reserved spa cabana. Those who book the package will also receive daily spa gifts, a holistic wellness guide with recommended activities, and access to the property’s three saltwater pools and workout classes. Participants will work with a spa concierge to plan a customized itinerary. Starting at $1,000. www.andazscottsdale.com.

Late last month, SugarJam The Southern Kitchen expanded its restaurant with a new gift shop called The Market by SugarJam, full of curated finds from local and national vendors. The space also launched SugarJam ice cream trailer, which is now serving Southern ice cream flavors right next to the restaurant. At the market, patrons will find a rotating assortment of unique handmade candles, artwork, crafts, home goods, and more, with an emphasis on products by multiethnic and women-owned small business. The ice cream trailer presents locally made flavors ranging from bourbon pecan to peach cobbler. www. sjsouthernkitchen.com.

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GIRL POWER

On Aug. 25, celebrate Women’s Equality Day at That’s What She Said. The event, taking place in the Great Room at W Scottsdale, will be hosted by Modern Day Wife, a membership hub for women to connect and find information for their career, family life, social life, and relationships. The gathering will showcase a panel of celebrities, influencers, CEOs, designers, and founders as well as a fashion show, a beauty tutorial corner, exclusive pop-up shops, and Instagrammable moments. Don’t miss the VIP pre-party, starting at 2:30 p.m.; main event, 4-9 p.m. Tickets start at $24.99. www.themoderndaywife.com.

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THE LT&L GROUP

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FOCUSED ON EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE IN REAL ESTATE

tephanie Troy, Tina Lucas, and Courtney Latshaw make up the LT&L Group at My Home Group real estate brokerage and combine their world class experience with their hometown expertise. The trio prides themselves on providing exceptional service for everyone. “We treat every client the same, whether they're buying or selling a $90k condo or a million-dollar home. We want to help first time home buyers, experienced buyers, and sellers alike in this constantly changing market. It's an exciting time and we make it as seamless as possible,” Stephanie shares. The LT&L Group is built on dedication, communication, determination, and trust while embodying the ability to cater and adapt to all their clients Real Estate needs. Stephanie uses her social media presence to create buzz around her listings. “I showcase each listing with a one-of-a-kind walkthrough video and accentuate the positive aspects of the home,” she says. “I include one-of-a-kind tips, real estate ideas, and properties I've recently sold on @YourAZagent on Instagram and TikTok. Motivated by her daughter, Stephanie prefers to work in a high volume setting and prides herself on her communication skills. Her advice to prospective clients? “Choose the Realtor you'd like to work with. Interview different agents, and ask questions to determine the right fit for you,” she says. Tina took the game to another level and obtained her Broker's

To contact LT&L Group call 602.456.1788 or visit www.ltandlgroup.com 8360 E. Raintree Drive, Scottsdale 85260.

License this year as a source of support for her group. She has remained a top producer through 6 years of service and continues to go above and beyond leaving a lasting impression with every client. “I enjoy assisting 1st time buyers or seasoned, with resale or new builds, but I've found a true passion for assisting our military buyers become homeowners and love teaming up to support our troops through charities and volunteering,” she shares. Driven by her faith, the mother of three is inspired to demonstrate what success looks like while creating a legacy. Courtney has been in Real Estate for 12 Years and thrives on building relationships not only with clients but her co-workers and industry partners. “People trust, respect and rely on me because of the integrity I bring to every aspect of my life,” she says. Thanks to her hard work, loyalty and dedication she has also been able to build systems and processes for the group to ensure a unified process for their clients. Being a role model for her daughter to look up to, Courtney believes in trusting her intuition. “I have come so far not just by what I have learned professionally but who I have become as a person. Find something you love doing and surround yourself with the right people,” she advises. As a group, the women of LT&L have a full understanding of the diverse needs to families in the valley market. They shine when it comes to providing exceptional customer service and attention to detail-skills that continually impress their clients and Real Estate peers.


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INTRO TO MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY

Aug. 28, Butterfly Wonderland Want to snap a photo of a beautiful butterfly? Take this crash course by professional photographer Jonathan Cline, who will teach students the basics. Learn how to understand and control depth-of-field, proper exposure, auto-focus methods and settings for still subjects. Guests will leave with a stunning collection of photos and must bring a DSLR camera or a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. 8:30 a.m. $55. www.butterflywonderland.com.

BY LAUREN TOPOR REICHERT

month. Happening on select nights throughout the month of August, this diverse multi-show lineup features an ensemble of local, national and international musicians from varying genres, respectively. Artists Califone, Raquel Denis, Carly Bates, and the Downtown Chamber Series featuring the Mill Ave. Chamber Players are all scheduled to take the stage this month. $11. 8 p.m. www.mesaartscenter.com. Wine Down in Elgin Aug. 12-14, Elgin This summer, experience Elgin. The Southern Arizona wine country destination is home to formidable wineries such as Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery and the award-winning Callaghan Vineyards. And juxtapositioned at the center of it all is an all-inclusive “campciegere” experience. Wine Down in Elgin, hosted by NOAM, is a three-day, glamping retreat that’s equipped with creature comforts like portable hot tubs and queen size beds. The experience will also include optional tours, wine and beer with dinner, and a communal lounge set against a dreamy desert backdrop. Times and ticket prices vary. www.noamhospitality.com. Summer Night Ride Aug. 13 & 27, McDowell Mountain Regional Park McDowell Mountain Regional Park’s Summer Night Ride series will return for two nights this August. Join the community of riders from McDowell Mountain Cycles at McDowell Mountain Regional Park’s Pemberton Trailhead for an evening ride across the scenic desert landscape. Light refreshments will be provided post-ride. Helmets and lights are required for Summer Night Ride. $7 McDowell Mountain Park entry fee. 6:30-8:30 p.m. www.maricopacountyparks.net.

Observing with NASA Through Aug. 31, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Arizona’s highly acclaimed Smithsonian Affiliate Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West was recently selected to be one of the first 10 museums across the country to host Observing with NASA (OWN), an interactive, educational touch-screen experience designed to acquaint curious visitors with the marvels of outer space. Times vary. Tickets are

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included with museum admission. www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org. Southwest Wings Aug. 3-6, Sierra Vista This August, soar into Sierra Vista for Southwest Wings. In its 31st running, and voted one of the top birding and nature festivals in the nation, Southwest Wings will bring out flocks of birders and nature enthusiasts for a multiday festival experience promoting naturebased tourism and environmental awareness in Arizona. The event

will be complete with field trips, exhibitors, vendors, and this year, a keynote discussing hummingbirds. Fittingly so, as Sierra Vista is widely recognized as the hummingbird capital of the United States. Times and ticket prices vary. www. swwings.org. Mirage Summer Music Series Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mesa Arts Center It’s no illusion. The Mesa Arts Center’s Mirage Summer Music Series is in full crescendo this

Pizza Date Night Aug. 10, Queen Creek Olive Mill Pair up with a plus one and find your inner pizzaiolos this month at Pizza Date Night at Queen Creek Olive Mill. Designed for two, this chef-guided pizza-making experience will include three delicious courses and wine pairings, to boot. Guests will learn how to properly stretch and toss pizza dough for a perfect pizza crust and will craft a custom pie with a selection of fresh ingredients including the mill’s signature small-batch olive oils. $75. 6-9 p.m. www.queencreekolivemill.com.



Arizona Cardinals vs. Baltimore Ravens Aug. 21, State Farm Stadium Rise up! The anticipated return of football season, and much cooler temps, is on the horizon. This August, the Arizona Cardinals will make a triumphant return to the gridiron for an action-packed preseason bout facing the visiting Baltimore Ravens at State Farm Stadium. 5 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.azcardinals.com.

SPIRITED SIPPING SEMINARS

Aug. 20, Hearth ‘61 at Mountain Shadows This is one class you won’t want to be tardy to. Taking place at the resort’s contemporary on-site restaurant Hearth ‘61, this educational master class in all-things alcohol will provide imbibers and cocktail aficionados with access to industry insights from beverage experts over the course of an hour-long tasting seminar. There’s no final exam, but guests will certainly have the chance to put their taste buds to the test. 3-4 p.m. $39. www. mountainshadows.com.

Sour & Sweet Beer Fest Aug. 13, The Clayton House Fans of both sweet and sour beers will have a robust lineup to choose from at this beer fest. Presented by Fate Brewing Company, and hosted by The Clayton House in Old Town Scottsdale, the indoor beer fest will highlight 13 participating regional breweries including Huss Brewing Company, Cider Corps, and Goldwater Brewing Company, to name a few. All of which will be sampling their best sour and sweet brews. $10-$65. 1-5 p.m. www.fatebrewing.com.

Experience India Aug. 13-14, Musical Instrument Museum Discover the unmistakable sounds and captivating rhythms of India at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). The two-day musical experience will acquaint museumgoers with immersive live performances and engaging cultural demonstrations. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to explore MIM’s expansive collection of more than 4,300 musical instruments from around the world. $20. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.mim.org.

Arizona Mead & Cider Festival Aug. 13, Pioneer Museum Seeking shade and suds? Find your way to Flagstaff this month for the Arizona Mead & Cider Festival. Centered around craft spirits, this open-air festival will showcase crushable creations from Southwest-based cider, mead, and sake makers as well as live music, food trucks, attention-grabbing Viking-style games, and much more. $20-$50. 1- 5 p.m. www. meadandciderfestival.com.

Release After Dark Aug. 13 & 27, Talking Stick Resort Plunge into cool this summer at this after-the-sun-goes-down pool party experience. Attendees will enjoy live music performances from popular internationally renowned EDM artists and DJs including the Bassjackers, MAKJ, NERVO, and MOGUAI. There will also be on-demand bottle service and luxurious cabana rentals. Times and ticket prices vary. www.releasevip.com.

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Supper Club Aug.18, LDV Winery Bring your appetite to Old Town Scottsdale’s LDV Winery for this vineyard to table supper club, a recurring monthly wine-inspired dining series. The intimate community culinary experience will feature a multi-course meal prepared by Benedict’s Catering and thoughtful wine pairings from the LDV archive. Space is limited to 20 guests per event. $140. 6 p.m. www.ldvwinery.com. Sip + Shop Summer Market Aug. 20, Hotel Valley Ho Sip, shop, and support local this summer in the SoHo Ballroom at Scottsdale’s popular midcentury marvel. Over the course of the indoor event series, marketgoers will have the opportunity to sample a curated cache of specialty drinks and craft bites from local chefs while enjoying live music and shopping for locally made goods and artisan noshables. This month’s theme is Viva Italia, so expect Italian fare and limoncello. RSVP required. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. www.hotelvalleyho.com.

Sonoran Sippin’ Aug. 26, Desert Botanical Garden This summer, savor craft spirits and soak up the sunset at this outdoor spirits-centered recurring monthly series. The event will feature a complimentary welcome drink, full bar service available in two unique garden locations, live music from local artists, and sweeping, unparalleled views of the picturesque garden and its beautiful flora at sunset. 6:30-9 p.m. $10.95-$14.95. www.dbg.org. Barks and Brews Aug. 27, Downtown Flagstaff Flagstaff is going to the dogs, quite literally. The walkable craft beer tasting event, hosted by Canyon Animal Care Foundation, will include stops at several notable dog-friendly breweries and shops including Dark Sky Brewing Company, Grand Canyon Brewing, Historic Brewing Company, Beaver Street Brewery, Lumberyard Brewing Company, Mother Road Brewing Company, and Wanderlust Brewing Company. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, a bandana and water bowl, a lanyard, and a tasting pass. All proceeds will benefit Northern Arizona pet rescue organizations. Noon-4 p.m. $50. www.canyonacf.com. Hopi Arts & Cultural Festival Aug. 27-28, Continental Country Club Driving Range Experience two days of Hopi arts, culture, and education. Established in 2010, this yearly celebration of Hopi culture and tradition highlights Hopi vendors and artisans as well as Hopi performers and musicians over the course of its multiday run at Flagstaff’s Continental Country Club Driving Range. More than 50 Native Hopi artists will have their artwork on display, ranging from Kachina Dolls and jewelry items to paintings and pottery pieces. Plus, a number of cultural performances and entertainment, including cultural social dances and traditional songs, are scheduled over the course of the weekendlong festival. Times vary. $5. www.hopifestival.com.


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CIGAR KING AND ARIZONA FINE TIME ARE THE EMBODIMENTS OF MITCHEL’S PASSION FOR THE LUXURY RETAIL INDUSTRY

THROUGHOUT MITCHEL HIRSH’S 50+ years in business, his philosophy has remained the same; to provide his customers with the highest level of service and the best quality products at great prices. The CEO of Cigar King and Arizona Fine Time serves as Principal and Founder of both Scottsdale based retail companies and treats every customer like family. After spending his first 15 years as a futures trader at the Chicago Mercantile exchange, Mitchel retired at the age of 31 and made the move to Paradise Valley. “I started The Cigar King LLC. in Chicago and ran it as I lived here in the Valley but got tired of the monthly commute,” he says. He purchased a fulfillment facility that includes a retail space, lounge, and warehouses in Scottsdale and continues to grow the internet-based

businesses to customers all over the world. For local shoppers, the Arizona Fine Time boutique is nestled within the Cigar King Complex at Scottsdale Airpark. In essence, Cigar King and Arizona Fine Time are the embodiments of Mitchel’s passion for the luxury retail industry. By implementing a unique way of selling watches, cigars, and luxury goods, Mitchel believes in treating customers the way that we wants to be treated with a laid back, no pressure approach. “Our goal is to make the purchase as comfortable and stress free as possible,” he says. “I am motivated every day by the amazing customers that participate in our retail or our internet business.” Mitchel shares. “We have a very diverse community with customers – both men and women, ranging in age from 21 to 100.”

The lounge and walk in humidor within The Cigar King is a popular gathering spot for cigar aficionados and novices alike. The Cigar King team will happily match guests with a cigar of their choice after chatting about their preferences. The highly prized cigar collection, humidors, and cigar accessories make The Cigar King the most popular spot for locals and Scottsdale visitors alike. Mitchel and his team are some of the most passionate watch and cigar enthusiasts in the business, maintaining a superior level of knowledge regarding the history, nuances of current collections, and pulse of the marketplace. “No other business has more respect than we do for every individual joining us on our journey,” he says. Mitchel is committed to upholding his tradition of quality and innovation when it comes to the world’s finest cigars and watches.

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HOWDY, PARTNER

Discover Scottsdale’s Western heritage Scottsdale attracts tourists and residents ready to immerse themselves in city’s cultural roots. Enjoy local attractions that make the city’s official nickname, “The West’s Most Western Town,” ring true.

BY JORDAN MORENO

Saddle Up Just north of the Loop 101 is a world of wideopen Sonoran Desert to leave the city behind and enjoy the scenic landscape by horseback. Family-owned MacDonald’s Ranch offers yearround group rides, private rides, and moonlight rides for a special night out. The charming ranch presents a taste of Western life for all ages, complete with stagecoaches and tractors, a petting zoo, a picturesque storefront, and delectable authentic cowboy cookouts. www.macdonaldsranch.com. Stay & Play Nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley is the Hermosa Inn, a luxury boutique hideaway known for its sophisticated Southwestern aesthetic and enchanting guest casitas. The inn is rooted in its artistic beginnings, dating back to the 1930s with the original owner and cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee. Nods to Lon’s cowboy artwork can still be seen throughout the property, along with lush landscape, award-winning dining options, refreshing pools and cozy fireplaces, perfect for a romantic staycation. www.hermosainn.com. Learn the History Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has one mission: to boldly immerse its guests in the unique story of the Greater Western region, illuminating the past to shape the future. The building itself, which spans two stories and 40,000 square feet, boasts environmentally friendly architecture as a sustainable work of living art. Once inside, explore the exhibits, artifacts, sculptures and more to truly experience the history of the West. www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org. Kick Up Your Heels Put on some boots and grab a partner for free line dancing lessons every Tuesday and Sunday at The Buffalo Chip Saloon. No Western excursion is complete without a trip to the Chip. The band will be playing and the dance floor will be open in anticipation of troves of tourists and locals alike, ready for a bit of learning and a whole lot of boot scootin’ boogie all night long. www.buffalochipsaloon.com. Dress the Part Every cowgirl needs a great pair of boots! Boot Junky specializes in unique and custom order boots. From booties to thigh-highs, colorful pops to chic neutrals, and night on the town to made for walkin’, residents and visitors alike are sure to find a pair that will turn heads. www.bootjunky. com. Chow Down The Valley is known for its barbecue, and for good reason. Some local favorites include: Naked BBQ (www.nakedq.com), Little Miss BBQ (www.littlemissbbq.com), Joe’s Real BBQ (www.joesrealbbq.com), and Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue (www.bryansbarbecue. com). These places serve up all the goodies, from ribs to brisket and chicken to sausage, as well as all the fixins – think mac and cheese, cole slaw and cornbread – to go with it.

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GAME ON

Local spots to partake in a little friendly competition

The heat is on – literally and figuratively. What better way to shake up a night out than with a bit of healthy competition? Here are a few Scottsdale destinations to play games.

BY JORDAN MORENO

Scavenger Hunt at Puzzle Rides Puzzle Rides Scottsdale is a mobile escape room-style scavenger hunt adventure on golf carts. Participants will use teamwork, combined with elements of the route, to solve a series of puzzles before time runs out. Cruising through Old Town Scottsdale, guests will dot local establishments, visit historic and haunted sites, and solve mysteries. The games are perfect for family bonding or to play with a group of friends. www.puzzlerides.com. Darts at The Little Woody Cheers to a little fun at this bustling hangout in the heart of Arcadia. Here, patrons will find darts, skee-ball, pool, foosball, and more. The Little Woody boasts liquor tastings and local musicians weekly to accompany the perfect night for competitive friends and colleagues alike. www.littlewoodyaz.com. Arcade Games at The Hot Chick Immerse in a bit of nostalgia with arcade games at this trendy throwback bar for free on FreePlay Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. Break a sweat over Dance Dance Revolution and grab one of the bar’s classically curated cocktails while enjoying live entertainment from local DJs. From Ms. Pac Man to Golden Tee, there’s a classic arcade game at this spot for everyone in your friend group. www.thehotchickaz.com. Yard Games at Culinary Dropout This British-style gastropub, located at Scottsdale Quarter, is a local favorite known for its pretzel bites and fondue, craft cocktails and trendy ambiance. Bask in indoor-outdoor dining, live music and laid-back vibes while playing yard games like bag toss, pingpong and more. www.culinarydropout.com. Bowl at Mavrix Mavrix made waves since its opening with stylish bowling lanes and an ultramodern bar, but the venue draws those with a competitive nature for the billiards, laser tag and its unlimited fun pass. With daily specials, events and free kids bowling this summer, Mavrix offers both an escape from the heat and a slew of fun for all ages. www.mavrix.com. Trivia at Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers With 12 locations Valleywide, trivia lovers won’t need to travel far for Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers’ Trivia Night Tuesdays. Every week at 8 p.m., the sports bar and restaurant draws big crowds for a chance at bragging rights or simple entertainment value. Friends and families use their phones to log in, create their team name, and then the fun begins on the big screens around the restaurant. While competing to test their knowledge on all things trivia from 90s music to sports and movies to animals, diners can chow down on a wide variety of beers and burgers. Bonus: Kids eat free on Tuesday. www.coldbeers.com.

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A NEW VISION

Abby Bradford pursues her dream as a professional painter

BY MARCI SYMINGTON

The idea of turning a passion for painting into a profession came to Abby Bradford later in life. In fact, it wasn’t until she was married with three children when she made the bold move. The notion was always percolating in the back of her mind, and eventually she found the inspiration to enroll in classes at the Milan Art Institute in 2019, an intensive art program – offering online and in-person classes – started by John and Elli Milan in Queen Creek, that has recently relocated to Georgia. Not only did the intensive four-month Mastery Program set Bradford on a new path of building a business as a creative, but it also sparked an interest to teach and mentor other budding artists around the world through Milan’s online academy. “I am behind the Milan Art Institute one hundred percent, and love what they do to help artists succeed. To them, there is no such thing as a starving artist,” Bradford says. The artist’s intense commitment and drive has been a key element to her development. “As soon as I finished the (Mastery) program, I started painting every day – even if only for 15 minutes – as well as building my website and being present on social media. I found it important to be consistent, and over years have built a following,” she says. Bradford also credits her continued growth and success to a network of fellow artists she met through Brightside Studio in Phoenix. Offering studio space, art classes, a storefront that sells art supplies, and a coffee shop featuring local Cartel Coffee and live music, Brightside is the community of creatives and art lovers alike. “Brightside has everything you want as an artist. But you don’t even have to be an artist; it is just a great space with a cool vibe for all,” Bradford says. Selling online through her website and Instagram, Bradford paints colorful portraits of mainly women and animals. One of her favorite pieces, New Vision, can be thought of as an allegory of her own life. Depicting a scene of a woman gazing outward, a stream of small white dots flowing from her eyes and into the air, New Vision is more than a representation of a new vision for her life. “New Vision symbolizes the future; it is about having a new perspective,” Bradford says. “As I painted it, it opened my eyes to what I want for myself in the future, and the possibilities are endless. It is possible to have a new vision for yourself and start something on your own, and to pursue your dream.” Learn more about the artist on Instagram @abbylbradford or on her website, www.abbylbradford.art.

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Add a little color to any outfit with the DG Logo Bejeweled Chain by Dolce & Gabbana. The belt features gleaming gold D&G monograms, delicately placed between strings of round-cut stones that sparkle in shades of the rainbow. The adorable accessory, which is made in Italy, has a lobster clasp closure. $2,395 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com.

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Style ALLURE

BY NEYDA MELINA

DEWY DARLING Must-haves to achieve an effortless glow

Primer and highlighter, Valentino, $58 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Setting spray, Anastasia Beverly Hills, $26 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Nonstick lip gloss, $7.99 at H&M, www. hm.com. Antioxidant serum, Kypris, $90 at Citrine, www.citrinenaturalskin. com. Complexion perfector cream, Edward Bess, $65 at Neiman Marcus. Body oil stick, Ciate, $26 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com.

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Experience Rachell Hall’s expertise, NO pain, NO hassle, NO worries, just CLASSIC BEAUTY. As a thirty year expert in the field of permanent makeup, known as the master in the art of custom color blending, Rachell Hall now explains the reality, the myths and the magic of permanent makeup Imagine never having to touch up your makeup. Never having to worry about your eyeliner running after a dip in the pool or watching a tear-jerker on TV. Never sweating your eyebrows off at the gym. Looking your best even when you’ve just rolled out of bed. It isn’t a fantasy: it’s the reality that Rachell Hall brings to her clients every day. Renowned as the foremost expert in permanent makeup by an international clientele, Hall’s artistry provides a naturally gorgeous look. Lash lines are lush, sexy, and subtly smoky. Brows are delicately arched to perfectly frame the eye. Lips are lusciously enhanced with a just-bitten blush. “My basic

2. EYELINER With permanent eyeliner, you wake up with lovely eyes enhanced by your wash and wear eyeliner. It is easy to be ready to go at a moments notice.

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philosophy is classic beauty,” states Hall. “Nothing trendy: this is your go-to, do-anything look.” Permanent cosmetics are the ideal solution for any woman who wants to look pretty and pulled together under every circumstance – without the hassle of applying and re-applying makeup. It can greatly simplify and take tons of time off of your daily routine. Hall’s specialty is custom-blending her own pigments to flatter any skin tone and eye color. She takes into account unique

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

personalities and lifestyles, and works with clients to create an effortlessly beautiful look tailored just for them. Permanent makeup doesn’t run, smudge, or bleed into fine lines: it stays as fresh and polished as if it had just been applied. Again, Hall emphasizes natural beauty, nothing trendy. “I never want my clients to wake up Wednesday morning with their Saturday night makeup on,” she says. “Remember, you can always add more by using traditional cosmetics to enhance your daily look for evening and special occasions.”

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BY NEYDA MELINA

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Style SHOP

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PRETTY IN PURPLE Make a statement in shades of the summer’s hottest hue

Patterned knit dress, $34.99 at H&M, www.hm.com. Slit sequin skirt, Lapointe, $990 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Short sleeve sweater, Givenchy, $790 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Oval acetate sunglasses, Givenchy, $250 at Neiman Marcus. Woven camera bag, Bottega Veneta, $2,100 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Block heel sandals, $59.99 at Chinese Laundry, www. chineselaundry.com.

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Style SHOP

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MINI MARVELS Short hems for warm temps

Red slip dress, $98 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com. Zebra print halter romper, $24.99 at H&M, www.hm.com. Blue smocked dress, Alice + Olivia, $550 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Multicolor silk shorts, Versace, $1,150 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com. Purple crossover skirt, $250 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Green floral velvet skirt, & Other Stories, $89 at Nordstrom.

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A FASHIONABLY GENEROUS GIFT – SCOTTSDALE’S MY SISTER’S CLOSET FOUNDER DONATES $52,600 TO HELP WOMEN

When it comes to giving, Ann Siner can’t resist giving to causes which support women, wildlife and animals. The My Sister’s Closet Founder and CEO has graciously donated in excess of $4-million throughout the years to various Arizona causes and charities, and this summer—in honor of the 86% of Fresh Start’s clients who are mothers—Siner continued her charitable giving with a donation of $52,600 to Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Siner, who owns stores across the Valley and California made a commitment to give 100% of the proceeds from her company’s thrift store – My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store — to an organization that has helped women and their children create a brighter future for three decades. “Fresh Start is an incredible organization and in my opinion it’s really a life-saving organization. They are not only helping women change and transform their lives for the better but often they are saving lives. I am incredibly proud to be part of this organization and to support everything they do,” Siner said. Since its founding 30 years ago, Fresh Start has advanced its mission of providing education, resources, and support for women to positively transform their lives and strengthen the community. Fresh Start’s vision is for every woman to reach their full potential by achieving personal empowerment and financial self-sufficiency.

As the Founder of My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic, Well Suited and My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store, Siner has always had a passion for giving, and especially Fresh Start. She cares deeply about empowering and lifting up women and understands that when you empower a mother and help her build a sustainable future, you are supporting generations to come and building a better collective future for us all. “Whether its Fresh Start or another cause that you are passionate about, I think it’s important that we all give back and

support the causes that are near and dear to our hearts. These organizations were hit hard by the pandemic, and now the recession, so they need our support more than ever,” Siner said. A long-time philanthropist, Siner first joined Fresh Start’s Board in 2012. In 2020, she received Fresh Start’s Founders’ Award, which honors women who demonstrate a remarkable commitment to our wider community and helping others thrive. A majority of Fresh Start’s clients are single mothers and face barriers including poverty, domestic violence, homelessness, and limited access to educational and career opportunities. These factors impact a woman’s ability to become financially self-sufficient. “Every woman who courageously turns to Fresh Start for help comes with her own unique story and dreams, and Ann has always understood that and supported us in empowering women to be the heroes in their own lives,” says Kim McWaters, President and CEO of Fresh Start. “Ann embodies our mission of helping women overcome obstacles, build sustainable futures and thrive. We are truly blessed to have Ann on our side fighting for women and their families.”



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Test your tile skills with the Gio Shagreen Mahjong Set by Aerin. Whether looking for something to do at home while escaping the heat or interested in some friendly competition on vacation, this colorful game is the perfect for summer fun with family and friends. Founded in the 19th century in China, mahjong has since become popular, with other variations of the game popping up throughout additional Asian countries as well as in Western countries. Players can enjoy the embossed shagreen print on the tiles, which are based on Chinese characters and symbols. The rest of the kit is made up with everything needed to play the game. $2,250 at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com.

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VITAL STATS: 2023 Aston Martin DBX

The days of the long, black luxury sedans is dead. The shape of prestige, social power and arrival is now the ultraluxury, ultraperformance SUV. The bigger, the glitzier, the shinier, the better. Rolls Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, and Lamborghini all have SUVs showcasing beautiful, luxurious features like quilted leather and handrubbed African Rosewood. Now, Aston Martin, the legendary British sports car maker, launched its first SUV: the DBX. The brand has taken the styling vocabulary of its low, sweet super sports cars and successfully turned it into an SUV morphology. It has an almost intimidating stage presence, beautiful both inside and out. Arguably, it could win a gold medal as the best looking of all of the luxury SUVs – and in the echelons of super SUVs, bragging rights counts for almost everything, but the car is far from just a pretty face. Other than its tiara “supercar of SUVs” crown for beauty, how much does performance and practicality for daily use count? For starters, the DBX is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter, 542-horsepower V-8 engine that

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makes 516 pound-foot of torque delivered via a nine-speed automatic transmission courtesy of the Mercedes-AMG performance division. There’s also a high-performance DBX707 model ($239,086) with an AMG horsepower of 697 and 664 pound-foot of torque, taking performance honors at the top of its class. The DBX is rear-wheel drive that automatically sends torque to the front axle when slippage is detected at the rear. DBX also delivers a 6,000-pound towing capability and will eagerly take on off-road duties, with adjustable ride height and descent control features. The cabin is replete with cosseting handstitched hides, soft touch surfaces and a microsuede headliner. It can be customized with an endless list of desirable options, including richer cabin materials, advanced driver assist and infotainment technology and connectivity. The ride quality and handling traits are glass smooth and outstanding with acceleration performance indeed summed up as furious, astounding and in every way – outrageous fun in an SUV that’s simply magical.

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PARROT HEAD PARADISE Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana is an all-inclusive tropical escape

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Those seeking laid-back luxury now have a new beachfront haven in Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana. The all-inclusive resort, which opened in late 2021, is located just 15 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport in the heart of the Dominican Republic’s sought-after Playa Juanillo region. Known for its crystal-blue water and pristine white sand beaches, the secluded Playa Juanillo is technically a public beach, though guests must be granted access into the Cap Cana community to access it. Cap Cana is an exclusive gated community that not only features access to five-star accommodations and sparkling beaches, but also private and small-group yacht sailings at the Cap Cana Marina and tee times at the Jack Nicklaus Punta Espada Golf Club nearby. There are 228 suites – including swim-up suites with direct access to pools – and 40 grand villas on property. All rooms boast balconies with hammocks, Adirondack chairs or daybeds overlooking pools, gardens, or the Caribbean Sea as well as custom maritime-inspired furnishings with modern comforts, like smart TVs, Wi-Fi, and international phone service. The nearly

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1,200-square-foot Island Reserve Swim-Up Villa, which is in an adults-only enclave with its own private swim-up bar exclusive to villa guests, is an extra opulent option. It features a full wet bar, an outdoor shower, a walk-in closet, an oversized terrace, and a dedicated steward. The property’s heart is its expansive Entertainment Village, which serves as the main hub of activity. The village features two massive stages housing regular live music, dance classes, outdoor yoga, cooking classes, and rum tastings. Throughout the village, there are 10 restaurants and bars, including the first and only resortbased Landshark Brewery, which debuted earlier this summer. The full-scale brewery and restaurant operation serves a selection of 19 international beers with additional microbrews rotating on tap throughout the year. Guests of the brewery can also be part of the experience with the unique opportunity to participate in behind-thescenes tours while tasting beers and learning about the brewing process from the brewmaster. Beyond Landshark, village standouts include: West Indies, a massive rum bar that explores every nuance of the unofficial spirit of the Caribbean; Frank & Lola’s, an Italian Trattoria with an open kitchen and ample wine cellar; JWB, a classic steakhouse with nightly four-course menus; and Mon So Wi, offering Pan-Asian cuisine. Serving as the jewel in the crown of the village is St. Somewhere Spa, which offers traditional and tropical-inspired treatments. Given the resort is in the midst of its inaugural year, there are several offers from which to choose, including discounts on all-inclusive stays anywhere from 10%-20% off depending on length of stay and several hundred dollars in resort credit to use at the spa or for add-on enhancements including private beach dining. Visit www.margaritavilleresorts.com to learn more.


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Nestled at the end of a quite Paradise Valley cul-de-sac, this newly redesigned home sits on approximately 1.7 acres. With an 8,434-square-foot main house and a 1,208 guest house, the space is perfect for family and friends to enjoy. The space boasts a modern farmhouse design, starting with a striking 10-foot solid wood front door which leads to a grand entry. Guests are immediately taken into an oversized office/den and a spacious great room, both of which showcase unique floor-to-ceiling fireplaces. The great room also features wood beams and access to the outdoor patio space. The kitchen features two oversized islands and custom cabinetry. There is also a hidden butler’s pantry, which contains a refrigerator, a freezer, a sink, a dishwasher, a microwave and ample storage and prep areas. The formal dining room is anchored by a refrigerated 800-bottle wine room. Indoor-outdoor entertaining is made easy thanks to the open concept as well as the oversized windows and entrance to the outdoor kitchen and grilling area. The primary suite screams luxury, with a fireplace, a spa-inspired bathroom with an oversized soaking tub and a 16-foot marble tiled walk-in shower. Other highlights include dual vanities, his and her water closets, a hidden safe room, and a custom walk-in closet with a full-sized washer and dryer. There is also a second primary suite with a private terrace, a gym, a media/game room, and a guest house – which doubles as a pool house – complete with a full kitchen and living room. Outside, expect a 130-yard par 3 golf course, custom designed with sand bunkers and two undulating greens. There’s also a covered pergola overlooking the pool. The oversized garage can fit up to eight cars tandem and has a climate-controlled workshop with storage. 6014 N. La Colina Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253. Listed for $6,950,000 with Lynsie Oksen of The Agency; 303.522.2804 or lynsie.olsen@theagency. com.



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New Buffalo offers a leisurely, luxurious lakefront vacation with ample adventures

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Each year, droves of snowbirds from the Midwest descend into Scottsdale to escape their harsh winters. Isn’t about time we return the favor? Lake Michigan, which features more than 200 miles of sandy white beaches, is bursting with beachfront towns that cater to every level of traveler, and the region especially sparkles during the summer and fall. Among the best spots for those seeking fun both on and off the water is New Buffalo in Southwest Michigan’s aptly named Harbor County. While many towns across Lake Michigan are primarily made up of full-time residents, second homeowners from nearby cities like Chicago, and short-term vacation rentals, New Buffalo is unique in that it has several boutique hotels and resorts nestled right along the water, notably The Harbor Grand Hotel and the Marina Grand Hotel.

Where to Stay The Harbor Grand has views for days and a sophisticated, modern feel that echoes accommodations one might find in the Hamptons. The public spaces are airy with light woods, while both the rooms and suites – all with harbor views – have darker elements including full wall treatments, handcrafted art, and custom bathroom tiles. No matter the room type, guests have access to all hotel amenities, including the large sundeck and indoor pool as well as complimentary breakfast delivered daily. There is also an exquisite Italian restaurant on-site in the Terrace Room. Set along the waterfront, diners are transported to the Mediterranean though multiple courses. Like The Harbor Grand, its sister property The Marina Grand benefits from a prime location along the lake, but in the marina versus the harbor, so it offers views of the most impressive sailboats and yachts in Lake Michigan. Its design is modern and is inspired by Scandinavian architecture, which focuses on merging the structure with the surrounding environment using neutral colors and natural materials. Splurging on a suite here is well worth it, as they have extra-large decks as well as full kitchens; some are even set across two stories. Whether staying at the property or nearby, make it a point to visit Bentwood Tavern, the hotel’s lavish restaurant. The cuisine is primarily New American with farm-fresh ingredients and especially well-prepared seasonal vegetables. It also boasts one of the best cocktail menus in town, using the best of locally distilled libations.

Stop & Sip Speaking of local libations, there are many from which to choose within just a few miles of both hotels, including Journeyman Distillery, which is one of the few certified organic and kosher distilleries nationwide. Founded in 2010, Journeyman Distillery lives in

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what used to be Featherbone Factory, known for making corsets and whips during Prohibition. Today, the space is a working distillery that offers tours. It also features a tasting space, a full-service restaurant called Staymaker, and a 30,000-square-foot putting green. If visiting for the first time, start with a tour and then opt for a taste of the Corsets, Whips and Whiskey, a single-grain, caskstrength wheat whiskey made as a nod to the distillery’s past that recently earned national acclaim with three honors at the 2022 American Spirits Council of Tasters Awards. In addition to Journeyman, New Buffalo is also home to Beer Church and Ghost Isle Brewery and is just a 20-minute drive to Michigan’s most lauded wine country. Beer Church, a small batch brewery with an impressively long list of beers ranging from stout to ale to seasonal specialties, was an actual church in the 1800s. The brewery has an excellent tasting portfolio as well as some of the best Neapolitan pizza in the area. Ghost Isle is equal parts brewery, cider house and restaurant located along 156 acres of protected wetlands known by locals as Ghost Island given its history of rumored paranormal activity. There is also a wine country, which became popular in the area in great part thanks to Round Barn Estate, a working brewery, busy distillery and full-scale winery celebrating its milestone 30th anniversary in 2022. The estate is dog-friendly with live music regularly, a massive restaurant operation, elegant vineyard cabanas, and the option to mix and match a tasting of food, wine, cocktails, spirits, beer, and adult slushies. Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant, Free Run Cellars, Dablon Vineyards, Domaine Berrien Cellars, and Gravity Winery are also nearby, making a day of wine tasting exceptionally convenient for those who wish to partake.

Outdoor Adventures The only thing more convenient than the vast attractions near the lake is the lake itself. There are 10 public beaches scattered across New Buffalo offering a combination of grassy and sandy dunes, ample picnic space, and lookout points. Of note are Dunes State Park, which has a boardwalk with concessions, and Weko Beach, which has a boardwalk as well as a playground. There are also several public beaches with direct access to lush forests, a rarity and welcome juxtaposition of what one might expect along the shore. For those looking to get a little wind in their hair, there is New Buffalo Sailing Excursions, which offers personal cruises, including sunset and night sails, on a 31-foot sailboat led by a skilled sailing captain, so guests may choose to learn some sailing basics or simply sit back and enjoy the ride. For additional tips on where to sip, sail and swim in the area, visit www.newbuffaloexplored.com. So Scottsdale! August ‘22

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Taste DRINK

BY JORDAN MORENO

ON THE ROCKS Unique spins on the classic margarita

Just one sip of a cool margarita conjures up images of white sand beaches, bright culture and delectable Mexican cuisine. Enjoy a mini vacation right here in Scottsdale with mouthwatering margaritas for every taste.

Mango Chamoy Margarita Z’Tejas This frozen dream is made with tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice. There’s also watermelon, mango syrup and cranberry juice, which combine to give the cocktail its bright orange hue. Finished with a Chamoy rim and a full mango paleta, the beverage serves as the perfect summer treat. $15. www. ztejas.com.

Watermelon Mint Margarita Diego Pops As the experts in tacos and margaritas, Diego Pops is shaking up this fruity option for anyone looking to cool down this summer. It contains fresh muddled watermelon, mint, triple sec, watermelon liquor, housemade sweet and sour, and Don Julio Blanco Tequila, creating a refreshing flavor. $12. www. diegopops.com.

Build-Your-Own Margarita The Mexicano At the world's first build-yourown margarita bar, diners mix and match infused tequilas, craft flavors and over 30 divine toppings such as fresh fruit, Mexican candies, boba, and more to bring their dream marg to life! Guests can choose from two margarita options: a standard margarita and a pinata-style margarita, complete with an extra tequila shot and a candy-filled piñata to take home. Standard, $15; pinata, $32. www. themexicano.com.

Blackberry Ginger Margarita SOL Mexican Cocina Anyone searching for an out-of-thebox cocktail should look no further than this unique twist on a classic margarita. Here, Casamigos Blanco tequila is muddled with blackberries and ginger for a zesty twist. The mixologists then include lime juice and agave nectar to add a some of the familiar flavors of a classic margarita. $14. www.solcocina.com.

Huckleberry Margarita Roaring Fork The classic frozen margarita gets a makeover with one key ingredient: homemade huckleberry swirl! The result is both a little sweet and a little tart, keeping patrons craving it all summer long. $10. www. roaringfork.com. Tekiwi Bourbon & Bones For those who like to shake it up, this Patrón Silver tequila-centered cocktail is cut with fresh kiwi, lemon, lime juice, and simple syrup. A refreshing take on a flavored margarita, the sipper is served on the rocks and topped with fresh mint. $20. www.bourbonandbones.com.

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Sumorita Sumomaya This cocktail is a fusion of flavor and culture, and fan favorite of locals and vacationers alike. The base is a frozen blood orange margarita that is topped with a cadillac foam – which includes egg whites, bitters, Grand Marnier and orange juice – for an elevated experience. $14. www.sumomaya.com. Dulce Calor The Spotted Donkey at The Boulders Resort Spanish for “sweet heat,” the resort restaurant serves the best of both worlds with both sweet and spicy ingredients. Habanero-infused Sauza Hacienda Blue Tequila and Cointreau give some heat, while housemade margarita mix and a sugared rim add a sweet touch. $12. www.theboulders.com.


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DRINK / CHEERS / CUISINE / FOOD FILES / DINING GUIDE

BY CHRISTINA BARRUETA / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS

In a chic and sophisticated setting, Santé showcases organic ingredients and thoughtful sourcing through artful, good-for-you dishes. Chef Saul Velasquez’s chilled vegan lasagna is a lighter take on the classic Italian dish, perfect for hot summer days. Thin slices of raw zucchini serve as a vehicle for the flavorful fillings, which include a creamy plant-based “ricotta.” The vegan cheese is made with raw cashews that have been soaked for 24 hours until softened, then whipped with lemon juice, fresh herbs and nutritional yeast to add that cheesy tang. The lasagna is layered with the cashew ricotta and roasted tomato chutney, accentuated with onion and fennel, and crowned with a thatch of fresh tomatoes and microgreens. Chile and chive oil swirls complete the dish. Santé Restaurant, 15507 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.687.3189; www.lovesante.com. So Scottsdale! August ‘22

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ELEVATED AVIATION

The Americano’s summer cocktail menu takes flight thanks to Salvatore Viola

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

This spring, The Americano expanded its beverage team to nearly double its size. “While it is a dream to have so many creative minds behind the bar, there was learning curve to getting our collaboration just right,” says Chris Cuestas, spirit specialist at The Americano. According to Cuestas, it wasn’t until one recipe moved from concept to cocktail that the team fired on all cylinders. That cocktail is the Salvatore Viola ($19), which loosely translates to “violet savior” from Italian to English. “Salvatore Viola is a riff on the classic Aviation cocktail, which is known for its distinctive purple hue and traditionally made with gin, maraschino liqueur, creme de violette, and lemon or lime juice,” Cuestas says. It starts by upgrading the creme de violette. Cuestas and his team collaborated with pastry chef Tina Gamel to develop a shrub – syrup made from fruits, aromatics, sugar and vinegar – using violet syrup, Champagne vinegar and blueberries. “We finish it with cinnamon, which when used sparingly makes the blueberry pop,” Cuestas says. The shrub is combined in a shaker with Monkey 47 Gin, which is less floral than many gins with a hint of berry, as well as lemon juice and Stambecco Maraschino Cherry Amaro in place of maraschino liqueur. “We then add egg white and dry shake the mixture to create a layer of foam before pouring into a martini glass and garnishing it with edible rice paper butterflies, butterfly pea tea leaves and dried roses for added drama,” Cuestas says. Refreshing with a luxurious mouthfeel and both herbal and berry notes, Salvatore Viola was the springboard for the team’s entire summer cocktail menu and a must-try when dining at The Americano. The Americano, 17797 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.573.0001; www. theamericanorestaurant.com.

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CUISINE

CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Landon Post of Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

BY CHRISTINA BARRUETA / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS

Landon Post is the executive chef of Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa. At the award-winning luxury resort, he oversees the day-today culinary operations and its signature restaurant, elements.

Tell us a little bit about your background. Although my family is originally from Kansas, I’ve lived in Arizona all my life. I learned to cook with my grandmother and growing up I always had that interest in food. Over the years it became my passion. Once I was old enough to be able to work in a restaurant, I started as a dishwasher. Working in the kitchen motivated me to learn more, and I knew that I wanted to be a chef. How did you accomplish that? When I decided I wanted a career in the culinary world, I enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale. In my pursuit of culinary knowledge, I also decided to spend time in Napa Valley, where I studied wine, and I developed a love of that too. All of those experiences have helped me to become the chef I am today. What is a must-order dish on the menu at elements? Our charred octopus with marble potatoes and Spanish romesco sauce is fantastic. What is your favorite thing about working at Sanctuary? The people I work with are some of the very best in the industry. And I get to work every day in a place that is beautiful and uses some of the best ingredients around. Do you have any hobbies? I love to garden. There is something so gratifying about growing your own herbs and vegetables. If you weren’t a chef, what would you be doing? Probably something in design or building. I love to create and have an eye for detail. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley; www.gurneysresorts.com/ scottsdale; 855.421.3622.

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SAVORING CHICAGO

Bucket list-level dining sweeping across the Windy City

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Girl & the Goat

Founded by celebrity chef Stephanie Izard, known as the first female winner in Top Chef history, Girl & the Goat was one of the first restaurants to open on what is now the West Loop of Chicago’s popular Restaurant Row, today home to City Winery, Bar Siena, The Bandit, and the Chicago location of Nobu. The New American restaurant seamlessly blends global flavors from both the Eastern and Western worlds and has earned multiple James Beard Awards since opening in 2010. The menu is more tapas in nature than large entrees, with shareable dishes ranging from goat empanadas and duck tartare to chickpea fritters and oven-roasted pig face. www.girlandthegoat.com.

Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

A self-proclaimed love letter to the immigrants who built the city, Heritage is in the heart of west Chicago’s Ukrainian Village and aims to serve the best in eastern European-meets-Asian cuisine as well as showcase caviar front and center on the culinary throne where it belongs. Think charcoal-roasted Hamachi collar, Kopytka potato dumplings with porcini mushrooms, beurre blanc and paddlefish roe, and about a page and a half of caviar and roe options – ranging from $20 to $450 per serving – expertly paired with savory beignets, potato chips and pickles. www.heritage-chicago.com.

Brindille

This posh French bistro is the brainchild of acclaimed chef Carrie Nahabedian and her cousin/restaurateur Michael Nahabedian, whose previous pairing in Chicago – NAHA – earned seven consecutive Michelin stars. The menu, inspired by Michael’s favorite dishes from across Paris, changes regularly and features both an a la carte and chef’s four-course tasting menu offering modern dishes using French ingredients and technique as well as tableside Sturgeon caviar service. Hailed​ ​as​ the ​“​Best​ ​Restaurant​ ​to Open​ ​in​ ​2013”​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Chicago​ ​Tribune, Brindille was also awarded the James​​Beard​​Foundation​ Award​​for Outstanding Restaurant Design in recent years. www.brindille-chicago.com.

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While best known for Chicago dogs, deep-dish pizza and Italian beef, the Windy City is also home to some of the most lavish, over-the-top restaurants in the world. Among them, this once-in-a-bite time list of epicurean experiences is offering gourmet greatness with every delectable dish.

You will want to be next in line to experience epicurean adventure of the highest grade. Founded by Chicago culinary icons Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas – of Alinea fame – Next is a celebration and exploration of cuisine from around the world. The menu changes from top to bottom regularly, with each focused on a particular region or moment in time, be it the World’s Fair or the Swiss Alps. The innovation emanating from the kitchen has earned the restaurant an unprecedented 21 4-star reviews from the Chicago Tribune, a James Beard Award as Best New Restaurant in America and a Michelin star for three consecutive years. www.nextrestaurant.com.

LH Rooftop

Located on the 22nd floor of LondonHouse Chicago which overlooks both the bustling downtown scene and Chicago River, the

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cabanas, daybeds and loungers as well as inside surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass window so as not to lose the view, as are extensive Champagne options and a lengthy menu of classic and more cutting-edge cocktails, many with tropical flair. Insider tip: do not miss the weekend brunch. www.shoreclubchi.com.

Luella’s Southern Kitchen

In 1943, Darnell Reed’s great-grandmother, Luella, relocated to Chicago from Mississippi. Though Reed, an award-winning chef known for his work with Hilton including the famed Palmer House, has traveled all over the world both eating and cooking, nothing has ever quite topped his great-grandmother’s distinct Southern recipes. To honor his heritage and learning’s from Luella, Reed opened Luella’s Southern Kitchen in 2013, celebrating his family’s take on home-cooked food and quickly earning acclaim from the likes of Michelin Bib Gourmand. The storefront and menu are simple by design, but the flavors Reed achieves are complex, thoughtful and authentic in every bite. www.luellassouthernkitchen.com.

Cherry Circle Room

tri-level LH Rooftop is a rare restaurant in that its food is as epic as the magnificent view. The menu changes regularly but always includes a lengthy list of meats, such as Japanese A-5 Wagyu, as well as a tapas menu with whimsical items including bulgogi beef nachos on wontons, chorizo empanadas and lamb chops with shishito-infused salsa. Those who visit before the close of the summer may enjoy Luminescence, a one-of-a-kind illuminated rooftop botanical garden experience with a vibrant array of muti-colored, floral-themed LED lights. www.londonhousechicago.com.

Dark and curved with swankiness to spare, this James Beard award-winning restaurant is an icon in the city. Located in the famed Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, the venue first opened along with the hotel during the World’s Fair in 1893. It exclusively served club members and their VIP guests for 114 years before closing in 2007. Lovingly restored and reopened in 2015, today the Cherry Circle Room looks much as it did back in the day, but with modern amenities. The menu is equal parts an homage to the past, complete with some of the most popular dishes from over the years, and a showcase of the present, complete with modern epicurean expressions both on the plate and in the glass. www.lsdatcaa.com.

Esquire by Cooper’s Hawk

The name Cooper’s Hawk will be familiar as Scottsdale welcomed the winery and restaurant in recent years. However, this three-story culinary jewel in the heart of Chicago – complete with a 50-foot wine tower featuring 1,600 selections of wine from around the world plus a bubble bar, two dining rooms, an outdoor terrace and a massive wine tasting library – is something wholly different. This Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner is dedicated to wine and food pairings and serves as a homebase for lauded chefs, including Tom Colicchio, Carla Hall and Tyler Florence, to create seasonally and experimental dishes for guests outside of their own eateries, available monthly through the restaurant’s visiting chef series program. www.esquire. coopershawk.com.

Shore Club Chicago

Chicago’s famous North Avenue Beach has been upping its culinary game in recent years. Case in point: this ambitious indoor-outdoor foodie adventure with premium views of Lake Michigan. The full menu, an ode to cuisine one would enjoy along the beaches of the Mediterranean with fresh seafood, is available both outside at the

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HUMBLE BISTRO

Perfectly blistered, Neapolitan-inspired wood oven pizza, as well as the restaurant’s take on bruschetta serve as the centerpiece of this Italian spot. Classic, artisan and vegan pies occupy the menu, alongside signature sandwiches, fresh crafted burgers, craveable pastas, fancy fries, and sharable appetizers like shareable boards, meatballs, wings, and more. Enjoy the extensive wine list, and “off the vine” cocktails. Happy hour daily until 5 p.m. 5415 E. High St., Phoenix; 480.502.2121; www.humblebistro.com; $$

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in a friendly, casual setting. The brulee burger and country fried burger have been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Also try the unique French toast fries as a side with your meal. Vegetarian options available. 4001 E. Bell Road, Phoenix; 602.535.4930; www.pvburgercompany.com; $$ REHAB BURGER THERAPY Need a break from the daily grind? Check into Rehab Burger Therapy for some relaxing beach vibes and crazy burger concoctions. The spicy macn-cheese burger is topped with a generous portion of cheesy mac spiked with poblano peppers, jalapenos and green chilis. Or, send your taste buds into overdrive with the combination of peanut butter, grape jelly, bacon and Sriracha sauce on a burger. They also offer a variety of sandwiches, salads and appetizers. Happy hour from open until 6 p.m. daily and all day on Thursday. Open daily. 7210 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale; 480.621.5358; www.rehabburgertherapy.com; $$

Asian

KONA GRILL Kona Grill has a diverse menu to please a variety of tastes. Start with chicken satay, avocado egg rolls, or chicken and shrimp lettuce wraps followed by sweet chili-glazed salmon, miso-sake sea bass, macadamia nut chicken, or surf and turf. The extensive sushi menu offers rolls from traditional favorites to unique creations. Happy hour food and drink specials are available. At Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.429.1100; www.konagrill.com; $$ OBON SUSHI + BAR + RAMEN Known for its bold sushi offerings and hearty ramen, OBON’s menu encompasses a variety of Asian flavors including in the Korean bibimbop, poke bowls and papaya salad. The inventive cocktail list will provide the perfect complement to any dish. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Two Scottsdale locations: Scottsdale Quarter and The Grove at McCormick Ranch; www.fukushuconcepts.com; $$

American

FAMOUS 48 Famous 48 serves a diverse menu of all-American classics, including a variety of drumettes, tacos, burgers, sliders, pizza and sandwiches, prepared with the highest quality and freshest ingredients available, as well as craft cocktails, and a wide selection of beer and wine. Daily specials are available. Guests can enjoy a game on one of the 36 flat-screen TVs indoors or on the patio. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and brunch available Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m., closing at 10 p.m. Sunday. The Shops at Gainey Village, 8989 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.3614933; www.famous48.com; $$ FNB FnB has as enough accolades to fill their highly acclaimed wine cellar and for good reason. The superb seasonally inspired menu is curated by chef Charleen Badman, also known as the “veggie whisperer” for her ability to bring vegetables to life on a plate. The front of the house manager and

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beverage director is Pavle Milic, who has led FnB to an exclusive award for Outstanding Wine Program by the James Beard Foundation. Guests are invited to enjoy FnB’s worldly cuisine and wine pairings Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5 p.m. From 3 to 5 p.m. at the bar, special food and drink offerings are available. 7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.284.4777; www.fnbrestaurant.com; $$$ GRASSROOTS KITCHEN & TAP Grassroots Kitchen & Tap is a family-owned and operated restaurant with a from-scratch menu of classic American cuisine with Southern influences. Menu favorites include the Harris Ranch braised short ribs and Southern shrimp and grits. Craft beers and wines are both available on tap. Social hour is 3 to 6 p.m. every day. 8120 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.699.0699; www.grassrootsaz.com; $$ PARADISE VALLEY BURGER CO. Paradise Valley Burger Company slings traditional and specialty burgers, tacos and other sandwiches

RAMEN HOOD This build-your-own-bowl concept allows diners to get creative. Designed for total customization, pick from ramen toppings including traditional Japanese ingredients and familiar favorites, like naruto (steamed fish cakes), soft boiled eggs and togarashi. Gluten-free options available. 15807 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.275.8104; www. eatramenhood.com; $ REIGN OF THAI At Reign of Thai, chefs Satsay and Sama feature traditional Thai dishes from their hometown and other regions throughout Thailand. They use fresh ingredients and create the sauces from scratch daily. Try the popular pad Thai, spicy basil chicken or the savory coconut soup. Closed Monday. 12032 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix; 602.328.9000; www. reignofthai.com; $$ SHIN BAY 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 dinner 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; www.shin-bay. com; $$$$

Closed Monday and Tuesday. 15111 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.948.6210; www.sjsouthernkitchen.com; $$

SLANTED RICE This chic Vietnamese bistro offers traditional and modern Vietnamese food that includes classic pho noodle soups and crispy rice clay pot entrees that can be paired with one of their specialty cocktails. Vegan and vegetarian options available. At The Shops at Hilton Village, 6149 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.696.3116; www.slantedrice. com; $$

RUZE CAKE HOUSE The mother-daughter baking team behind this popular bakery has taken Scottsdale and social media by storm with their fresh, artistic designs. Beautifully decorated macarons, cactus-shaped cookies and delicate cupcakes are lined up along the pristine counter. The Ruze Boba is a popular signature drink featuring fresh prickly pear puree, housemade rose syrup, prickly pear tea and milk. There is a large selection of vegan cakes and baked goods as well as gluten-free options. It’s the perfect place for special occasions, weddings and custom desserts. 7033 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.438.8692; www. ruzecakehouse.com; $-$$

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BEG BAKERY & CREAMERY A classic bakery reimagined, this sweet spot offering high-quality baked goods and ice cream for all eating lifestyles. The amazing creations are free of butter, egg and gluten. Baker Shawna has spent years perfecting and reformulating her grandmother’s recipes using plant-based and clean ingredients, while achieving traditional tastes and textures. The menu features muffins, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and cinnamon rolls, along with ice cream and beverages. No matter your dietary requirements, BEG has something tasty to offer. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 3030 N. 68th St., Scottsdale; 480.590.0021; www.begbakery.com; $ JL PATISSERIE This French-inspired bakery started out on the farmers market circuit before opening a storefront in 2019. Known for authentic French baguettes and croissants, owner Jenna Leurquin (aka JL) does things a little differently by using sourdough bases and natural fermentation for the baked goods. Don’t miss the carrot cake, a favorite of the baker herself. 7342 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.859.4459; www.jlpatisserie.com THE LOCAL DONUT This donut shop has built a reputation for its delicious and photogenic fancy donuts. Offering yeasted and cake donuts, the sweet spot’s specialties include the PB&J and s’mores with a toasted marshmallow on top. Donuts range from traditional (think classics like old fashions, devil’s food and sprinkles) to fancy (maple bacon, caramel coconut and salted caramel), with seasonal flavors added monthly. The notorious croissant doughnuts are available on Saturday and Sunday only. 3213 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.500.5236; www.thelocaldonutshop.com; $ SUGAR JAM This must-try spot specializes in addictive handmade baked goods like pies, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, scones, and muffins. Many flavors are seasonal, and the menu rotates frequently. The “kitchen” part of Sugar Jam features traditional Southern comfort classics like buttermilk fried chicken, southern grits, catfish, and savory biscuits and country sausage gravy. Custom cakes and larger quantities can be preordered ahead of time.

BOOTLEGGERS This casual tavern and smokehouse features craft barbecue and housemade moonshine cocktails. Starters include boot dumplings with pork belly, shrimp and a mango chipotle sauce; smoked chicken wings; and a bacon board. The menu also features burgers, sandwiches, smokehouse tacos, smoked prime rib, and a barbecue sampler for two or four people. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with mimosa specials and its famous bloody Mary with a cheeseburger slider on top. 7217 E. 1st St., Scottsdale; 480.404.9984; www.bootleggerssmokehouse.com; $$ NAKED BBQ Naked BBQ focuses on rubbing and smoking meats so guests can customize their barbecue with a variety of homemade rubs, as well as sweet, spicy and mustard-based sauces. Meats are available by the pound, as a sandwich or on a platter with sides such as Carolina slaw, mac and cheese, beans and cornbread muffins. 10240 N. 90th St.; 480.912.2102; www.thenakedbbq.com; $-$$ PHAT TURTLE BBQ Phat Turtle BBQ is serving up Kansas City ‘que in the heart of Cave Creek, featuring all the KC favorites like baby back ribs, brisket, burnt ends and pulled pork with all the fixin’s! Phat Turtle has daily lunch and dinner specials and sells meat by the pound. 30845 N. Cave Creek Road; 602.527.3257; www.phatturtlebbq.com; $ STARLITE BBQ & WHISKEY BAR This cozy restaurant offers delicious barbecue smoked with Arizona pecan and mesquite woods. Appetizers include porky fries, crispy rock shrimp and mesquite grilled cauliflower. The wide selection of barbecue includes beef ribs, pork, brisket and meatloaf. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 7620 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale; 480.553.9330; www.starlitebbq.com; $$ THE THUMB The Thumb is a combination gas station and barbecue joint. Guests can stop by for gas, get a car wash, and meander around the kitschy gift shop before popping over for some tasty barbecue. Try

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the hardwood-smoked pulled pork with spicy house barbecue sauce or the famous breakfast brisket stack that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Breakfast served all day. 9393 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; 480.513.8186; www.thethumb.com; $$

Breakfast

MORNING SQUEEZE Morning Squeeze is a groovy brunch spot in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, where traditional breakfast favorites are made with fresh, organic, locally sourced ingredients. Stop in for the popular breakfast tacos filled with scrambled eggs; pepper jack cheese; salsa fresco; and a choice of chorizo, bacon or sausage. For a liquid breakfast, try the bloody mary menu or a seasonal flavor. On the dogfriendly patio, your furry friends can enjoy brunch, too, with doggy biscuits and gravy or the pup cakes off the “tail wager” menu. 4233 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.945.4669; www.morningsqueeze. com; $$ NEW YORK BAGELS ‘N’ BIALYS New York Bagels ’N Bialys brings East Coast-style delicatessen fare to Scottsdale. Fresh bagels (and bialys, of course) are made from scratch daily in the kosher kitchen. In addition to over three dozen types of bagels and bialys to choose from, there’s also hearty breakfast and lunch options. Try the potato pancakes, cheese blintzes or the New Yorker sandwich with corned beef or pastrami, swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing on rye bread. Three Scottsdale locations; www.nybagelsnbialys.com; $-$$ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE James Beard Award-winning diner The Original Pancake House has been a Scottsdale breakfast mainstay since it opened its doors in 1988. Pancake lovers can rejoice at the wide selection of specialty pancakes such as the apple pancake glazed in cinnamon-sugar and the bacon pancakes filled with real bits of bacon. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 6840 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.946.4902; www.originalpancakehouse.com; $$

Coffee Shop

CARTEL COFFEE LAB This hip local coffeehouse chain has several locations throughout the Valley, including one in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Cartel Coffee Lab sources its coffee beans from around the world, and its quality roasts have earned the roasters notoriety among local restaurants and retailers that serve the brew. Coffee drinkers can purchase coffee by the cup or whole beans to savor at home. 7124 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; www.cartelcoffeelab. com; $

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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 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; www.echocoffee.com; $-$$


CELEBRITY STYLIST COMES TO SCOTTSDALE! JOJO COFFEEHOUSE JOJO Coffeehouse is a community-focused breakfast and brunch restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale that dishes up craft products through farm fresh food and drinks. This establishment is thoughtful about using natural and organic ingredients without GMOs and preservatives whenever possible. The build your own omelet option and decadent pancakes are wildly popular. 3712 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.907.6100; www.jojocoffeehouse. com; $$

CREAMISTRY This ice cream shop is a treat for the eyes and taste buds. Creamistry specializes in made-toorder ice cream that creates a foggy chill when liquid nitrogen is added to the custom mixtures. From more than 60 flavors and toppings, fresh frozen combinations can be made into scoops or a shake. The menu also includes non-dairy and vegan options. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15345 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.912.5100; www.creamistry.com; $

PRESS COFFEE ROASTERS With the addition of an impressive two-story roastery in Phoenix in 2019 and several Valley locations, Press has been attracting even more fans with its delicious brews and skilled baristas. Press sources its coffee from farmers around the world, then roasts locally in small batches to ensure the highest quality and consistency. In addition to freshly brewed coffee, Press has baked goods, breakfast items and sandwiches. Two Scottsdale locations: Scottsdale Waterfront and Scottsdale Quarter; www. presscoffee.com; $-$$

LUNA GELATARIA This vibrant gelateria is attached to the popular Pomo Pizzeria in Scottsdale. Guests can find traditional gelato flavors like Sicilian pistachio and stracciatella, all of which use milk from local Danzeisen Dairy. They also offer dairy-free sorbetto in many rich fruit flavors. Additionally, there are focaccias, pizzas, salads, paninis and soups for those who want a full meal. At The Shops at Gainey Village, 8977 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.907.5202; www.lunagelateria.com; $-$$

TEMPTATIONS CAFÉ Locally owned and operated by longtime Scottsdale residents Milo and Nancy, Temptations Cafe is quiet and unassuming. Grab a seat on the petfriendly patio and enjoy a warm breakfast and coffee while reading the morning paper. In addition to a vast breakfast menu, fresh soups, salads and sandwiches round out the lunch offerings. Coffee is roasted locally by Picasso Espresso. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 8322 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.2198; www.cafeinscottsdale.com; $ THE STIR COFFEE BAR Opened in early 2020 on High Street at City North, the Stir specializes in coffee, cocktails and conversation. The menu includes alcoholic and nonalcoholic coffee drinks, breakfast items, sandwiches, shareable plates and desserts including an adult sundae and boozy shakes. At High Street: 5415 E. High St., Phoenix; 480.420.3223; www.thestircoffeebar.com; $$ THE VAULT COFFEE & JUICE The Vault is a coffee and juice bar in the lobby of The Saguaro hotel. Some consider them a hidden gem as hotel guests and visitors alike rave about its freshly squeezed juices and coffee drinks. There’s also smoothies as well as quick bites, such as bagels and muffins. At The Saguaro, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.308.1100; www. thesaguaro.com; $

Dessert

BUTTA CAKES What started out as a challenge to create a dessert for a dinner party has turned into a sweet dream for Butta Cakes owner Perry Hilton. She’s created over 25 flavors of her butter cakes, including banana pudding, cake batter, Key lime and orangesicle varieties, all using all natural, premium ingredients. These little morsels of butter cake are available as a single, half dozen or a sampler dozen and are perfect for party favors, gift-giving or a sweet treat pick-me-up. 20801 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 85255; www.buttacakes.com; $

SODA JERK CO. The Soda Jerk Co. is a modern soda fountain with a retro-inspired design, but it’s also much more than that. The location also serves as a secret (Shh!) entrance to The Nemesis Club, an elevated escape room interactive experience. Guests with a taste for fun and adventure can charge up that sweet tooth at this fully functioning frozen dessert counter, serving craft milkshakes and floats themed to match the games found inside The Nemesis Club. Expect treats with flavors such as cookies and cream, peanut butter with chocolate, and orange vanilla cream. At High Street. 5350 E. High Street, Suite 109, Phoenix; www.sodajerkco.com; $ SWEET PROVISIONS Sweet Provisions is a charmingly colorful ice creamery and sweets shop that will put a smile on all who walk through its doors. They serve ice cream made fresh daily using only local Arizona dairy as well as house-baked goods such as pies, cookies, bars and brownies. Explore their collection of classic candies throughout the shop and take home a bag or two. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 8120 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.275.2676; www.sweetprovisionsaz.com; $ UNBAKED At Unbaked, guests can enjoy both housemade ice cream and edible cookie dough by the scoop. Whether in a cup or a freshly made waffle cone, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with cookie dough choices like brownie batter, funfetti birthday cake or s’mores and finish them with a variety of toppings. There are also gluten-free and vegan options, along with fully baked cookies. Open from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 3 to 9 p.m. on Monday. 3712 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.421.8089; www.getunbaked.com; $

Ethnic

CAVA CAVA was started in Maryland by three friends with a love of Greek food and family time. In 2018, CAVA joined forces with Zoës Kitchen to bring its

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French

CHEZ VOUS The menu here offers more than two dozen types of savory and sweet crepes. For a sweet citrus tang, the Grand Marnier crepe features homemade orange syrup, sugar and a hint of the namesake liqueur. The Forestiere crepe is a filling, savory option with ham, melted Swiss cheese, mushrooms and creamy bechamel sauce. Additionally, there is a wide selection of quiches, sandwiches, salads and omelets. At The Shops Gainey Village, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.443.2575; www. chezvous.restaurant; $$ FRANCINE With acclaimed chef Brian Archibald at the helm, Francine has quickly become a Scottsdale favorite. Located at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Francine dishes up cuisine that evokes the French Riviera. Expect casual elegance and top-notch service. Signature dishes include grilled octopus, beef carpaccio, bouillabaisse, and duck a la Provencal. Guests will be wowed by the grand dining room, equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, unique artwork, a rustic fireplace, and a marble bar. 4712 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.690.6180; www. francinerestaurant.com; $$$-$$$$

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MERCI FRENCH CAFÉ AND PATISSERIE Opened in 2007, Merci is a Parisian-style cafe serving homemade French food and pastries, including crepes, quiche, burgers, omelets, and sandwiches. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, diners can indulge in sweet Belgian waffles, buttery croissants, a croque madame sandwich (add black truffle mushrooms and swiss cheese for a decadent treat), Merci burgers made from beef, lamb or crab cake, and traditional dinner favorites like beef


bourguignon and French onion soup. 7620 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.2777; www.mercifrenchcafeandpatisserie.com; $-$$ THE MICK BRASSERIE While traveling out of the country isn’t as common these days, consider Mick Brasserie as a one-way ticket to France. This modern interpretation of a true French brasserie, with friendly service and a beautiful patio, can be found in the heart of Scottsdale. Options are meant to be shared and include a variety of meat, seafood, vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., wine tastings on Tuesday, and weekend brunch available. 9719 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.210.1102; www.themickaz.com; $$-$$$ VOILA FRENCH BISTRO Chef Jean-Christophe brings more than 30 years of experience to Voila, which opened in 2015. The menu includes traditional French cuisine including mussels, escargot, quiche, sole meuniere, steak tartare, duck á l’orange and foie gras. Succumb to temptation and order a classic French dessert like creme brulee or profiteroles with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce. 10135 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale; 480.614.5600; www.voilafrenchbistro.com; $$ ZINQUÉ A café, bistro and wine bar all in one, Frenchinspired Zinqué opened its first Arizona location at Scottsdale Fashion Square’s luxury wing in 2019. Breakfast items include frittatas, fruit tarts and croissants. Lunch and dinner serve up steak frites, quiche and savory tartines. Zinque also has an extensive selection of wine, cocktails and bubbles. 4712 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 623.745.9616; www.lezinque.com; $$

Health Food

D’LITE HEALTHY ON THE GO D’lite is a health-conscious kitchen and coffee house that features a convenient drive-thru for those who want a nutritious fast-food alternative. The ‘Man’ Salad is especially protein-packed, featuring a housemade tuna-stuffed avocado served on a bed of spring mix greens with chicken and bacon. The California club is a delicious signature breakfast sandwich with eggs, bacon, smoked turkey, tomato, avocado, pepper jack cheese, cream cheese and pesto that cannot be missed. The coffee is fair trade, all natural and locally roasted. D’lite offers a simple and healthy kids menu and guests can even purchase daily turkey and rice leftovers for their dogs. Two Scottsdale locations: Old Town and Shea Boulevard; www.dlitehealthyonthego.com; $-$$ FARM & CRAFT Farm & Craft offers healthy and sustainable food with gluten-free and organic options for brunch, lunch and dinner. Diners can choose from a variety of signature bowls, flatbreads and salads, or order a few of the veggie-packed side dishes to enjoy as a meal. Dinner entrees include flat iron steak, herb-crusted salmon and lasagna Bolognese. Enjoy the indoor-outdoor bar with a cold-pressed cocktail and eclectic kombucha drinks. Happy hour weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. 4302 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.568.8980; www. ilovefarmandcraft.com; $$

KALEIDOSCOPE In addition to its popular juice cleanses, Kaleidoscope also offers cold-pressed juices; smoothies like the strawberry shortcake and the peachy clean; gluten-free brownies and cookies; illuminating waters; and coffee drinks. Other menu items include avocado toast, banana nut toast, acai bowls and wellness shots. Three Scottsdale locations; www.kaleidoscope.love; $-$$ MAD GREENS Mad Greens is a made-to-order salad shop originating out of Colorado. Customers can select from a preset menu of salads or customize their own and watch as their meal is prepared and tossed right before their eyes. The Don Quixote salad is one of the eatery’s most popular, made with shrimp, mango, avocado and roasted corn and mixed with a creamy ginger dressing and the restaurant’s own Mad Spice pepper blend for an extra kick. For non-salad options, Mad Greens offers grain bowls, wraps, soups, and juices. 14418 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. www.madgreens.com; $ SAPIENS PALEO KITCHEN Developed in 2019 by chef Aurore de Beauduy and restaurateur Roman Yasinsky, this BYOB restaurant concept combines the elegance and sophistication of French cuisine with paleo diet nutrition principles Diners can feast on specialties like the paleo bread platter, beet tartar, and rabbit stew. The kitchen is entirely gluten-free and substitutions can be made to accommodate other dietary and lifestyle needs. Reservations recommended. Closed Sunday and Monday. 10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, Scottsdale; 480.7715123; www.sapienskitchen.com; $-$$

Island

CARIBBEAN PALM Scottsdale jerk chicken fans, rejoice: Caribbean Palms is the restaurant for you! The jerk spices on the chicken are raved about by guests and the menu also offers customary Caribbean plates such as braised oxtail, curried goat, and rice and beans. Seafood also makes up a good portion of the island fare. 7049 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.4343; caribbeanpalmscottsdale.com; $$ DRUNK MONK The Drunk Munk a Tiki bar and Polynesian restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale. The island-inspired menu includes dishes like sweet coconut shrimp, specialty sushi rolls and the Munk’s big burger featuring caramelized pineapple. The cocktail menu will send you to the tropics and back with the shareable rum punches and mai tais. Happy hour daily from 3 to 7 p.m. and all night Sunday. Brunch Saturday and Sunday with $15 bottomless penny mimosas. 7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.699.8454; thedrunkmunk.com; $$ HULA’S MODERN TIKI Hula’s is known for colorful Tiki decor, island fare and tropical cocktails, such as the Hurricane featuring three rums, the Pink Bikini Martini with pineapple-infused vodka and watermelon liqueur, and the restaurant’s famous mai tai. Menu standouts include Hawaiian ceviche, pot stickers and wings with spicy Asian barbecue sauce, as well as fresh

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fish plates, tacos and from the land offerings. Happy hour offered varying times daily. Brunch Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m. In Old Town Scottsdale and at High Street; www.hulasmoderntiki.com; $$ LITTLE CAY This lively Latin Caribbean restaurant offers cuisine from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Central America and South America. Tapas include empanadas, sauteed shrimp and ham croquettes. Pressed sandwiches include the Cubano and jerk chicken, among others. Diners can also enjoy lamb curry stew, ropa vieja and mofongo. The menu also features Latin and Caribbean desserts, coffee and cocktails. At Paradise Village Gateway, 4912 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.534.4110; www.littlecayaz.com; $$ TOMMY BAHAMA Embrace the island life while dining and shopping at Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store. Tommy Bahama’s vibrant theme is well represented in its tropical concoctions, like the Tahitian limeade and the second-story lanai-style dining room. The restaurant is known for its world-famous coconut shrimp with papaya-mango chutney and is a proud partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, serving sustainable seafood. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. At Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.505.3668; www.tommybahama.com; $$-$$$

Latin/Mexican

AGAVE DEL SCOTTSDALE At Agave del Scottsdale, dishes are made using authentic blends of spices and ingredients from various regions of Mexico. The wide-ranging menu features mole, ceviche, enchiladas, seafood and steak options, and small plates. They also have a great selection of mezcal and signature cocktails to accompany any meal. Vegetarian options available. At Mercado on Hayden: 8390 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale; 480.248.6901; www.agavedelscottsdale.com; $$ DILLA LIBRE Originally the United Luchadores/Luncha Libre local food truck, Dilla Libre is the brand’s official brick-and-mortar operation. In addition to more than a dozen gourmet, signature quesadillas (also available as bowls) the menu features street tacos, burritos, and shareables. Signature cocktails, beer and wine available. Happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. Closed Monday. 8018 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.5100; www.dillalibre.com; $$ CALIENTE MEXICAN GRILL The Diaz family opened Caliente in July 2020, bringing their authentic recipes and 25 years of restaurant experience to Scottsdale. All of their dishes are made in-house, from scratch, drawing on family recipes from Jalisco, Mexico. All-day breakfast, including revueltos, burritos, chilaquiles, and huevos rancheros are highlights, as are the variety of tacos like adovado, chorizo, blackened fish, lobster or traditional favorites like chicken, ground beef or carne asasda. Burritos and bowls, and lunch and dinner specialties like rellenos, enchiladas, mixed plates, and camarones a la tequila are not to be missed. Friendly service and delicious food. 15600 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.597.6467; www.calienteaz.com; $$

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CARLOS O’BRIEN’S A Valley staple since 1978, Carlos O’Brien’s is a unique fusion of a Mexican restaurant and an Irish pub that combines Mexican staples like chimichangas, fajitas and enchiladas with a few Irish favorites like fish and chips. To drink, Irish beers and whiskeys are served alongside Mexican beers and tequilas. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6:30 p.m. 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix; 480.367.0469; www.carlosobriens.com; $$ DIEGO POPS Diego Pops is a fun, modern Mexican restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale with an ambience as electric as its neon sign. The tacos and burritos are packed with flavor, and the basket of six salsas presented with each order adds to the experience. The Brussels sprouts nachos are a must-try! Glutenfree options available. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and $3 tacos all day every Monday. 4338 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.1007; www. diegopops.com; $$ EL ENCANTO The atmosphere at El Encanto is vibrant fiesta of food and fun. The eatery, which has been serving up the classics since 1989, is a celebration for the senses, with a vast list of margaritas and authentic Mexican cuisine. The slow-roasted pork carnitas and cheesy pollo fundido are some of the most popular entrees. The cantina carries more than 40 different tequilas and a distinctive wine menu, along with a tapas menu with smaller, specialized dishes meant for sharing. 6248 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, 480.488.1752; www.elencantorestaurants. com; $$ SOFRITA Sofrita is a unique eatery in Fountain Hills featuring food influenced by Puerto Rico and Latin America. They are known for their seafood and fish tacos, mango salsa and fresh guacamole. Along with traditional items like tamales and black bean soup, there are also bruschetta boards and a variety of salads. Breakfast served all day. Vegan options available. Closed Monday. 1684 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills; 480.816.5316; www.sofrita.com; $$ LA HACIENDA A favorite with locals and visitors alike, La Hacienda does Mexican cuisine the way only Fairmont Scottsdale Princess can. Upscale yet approachable, the restaurant’s dynamic, modern cuisine is complemented by the unparalleled tequila bar. Fine details are everywhere from the decor to the freshly prepared dishes. Menu favorites include the tableside guacamole and the carnitas hacienda. The famous flaming coffee is not to be missed. At Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.585.4848; www.scottsdaleprincess.com; $$$

Pizza

CRAFT 64 Craft 64 makes mozzarella in house daily and specializes in artisan, wood-fired pizza. Guests can choose from an extensive wine and craft beer selection including Craft 64’s own brews. Pizza

options include the White Smokehouse pizza with house-smoked sausage and onions, the Honey Bee with pepperoni, jalapeno and honey, and a vegan pizza. 6922 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.946.0542; www.craft64.com; $$ CRISP PREMIUM PIZZA Crisp is a local pizzeria serving trays of square – yes, square – pizza in Old Town Scottsdale. Pizza chef Adrian Langu has his craft down to an art, from the housemade dough to the hand-crushed tomato sauce. His crisp and airy pizzas can be ordered by the slice or as small or large pies. Get creative with the long list of toppings, but you can’t go wrong with the traditional mozzarella, pecorino, tomato sauce, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil. Happy hour every day from 3 to 7 p.m. 7111 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.874.2747; www.crisp-pizza. com; $$ EURO PIZZA CAFÉ Euro Pizza Café is a casual stop for brick oven pizza with views of the famous Fountain Hills fountain. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, cafe guests can enjoy items like the breakfast calzone and meatball parmigiana sandwich. In addition to pizzas and calzones, the entrees provide chef specialties, some classics and some unique creations. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. 12645 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills; 480.836.0207; www.europizzacafe.com; $$ IL BOSCO PIZZA Once you step inside Il Bosco, your senses will be immediately awakened by the aroma of crusty handmade artisanal pizza cooking in the 900-degree, hand-tiled, wood-fired oven. To complete your dining experience, share a plate of roasted seasonal vegetables with burrata cheese and a glass of wine or draft beer. Gluten-free crust available. 7120 E. Becker Lane, Scottsdale; 480.335.8680; www.ilboscopizza.com; $$ RAY’S PIZZA This New York Italian pizzeria offers dine-in and take-out service with both Neapolitan thin crust and Sicilian thick crust pizzas reminiscent of classic New York slices. The menu also features strombolis, calzones, hoagie sandwiches, salads, wings, and pasta entrees like spaghetti with meatballs and baked ziti with ricotta and mozzarella. Gluten-free menu available. 15577 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.368.0610; www.rayspizzaaz.com; $-$$

Steakhouse

BOURBON & BONES CHOPHOUSE & BAR A modern and upscale steakhouse located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Bourbon & Bones specializes in top-quality, wet- and dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood. And as stated in the restaurant’s name, the bar is stocked with more than 75 high-end bourbons. The interior consists of studded leather and crystal lighting, perfect for an intimate evening. Enjoy the slow-roasted prime rib dinner every Sunday and Monday special. Happy hour in the bar Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. 4200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.629.4922; www.bourbonandbonesaz.com; $$$


BOURBON STEAK Bourbon Steak is a sophisticated steakhouse by award-winning chef Michael Mina. Guests can indulge in fine cuts of beef and poultry slow-poached in butter along with modern American sides like black truffle macaroni and cheese. The tuna tartare with ancho chile, Asian pear, a quail egg and pine nuts is an exquisite appetizer. Beef connoisseurs may be particularly interested in the selection of both Japanese and American wagyu beef. Call on the in-house sommelier to find the best wine to pair with dinner. At Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.629.4922; www. scottsdaleprincess.com; $$$-$$$$ EDDIE MERLOT’S Eddie Merlot’s is a premium chain of steakhouses that serves prime-aged steaks, seafood, and an extensive wine list to complement. The posh dining room makes this restaurant an ideal setting for celebrating or a romantic night out. The restaurant sources high-quality fresh produce and makes many items from scratch. For the steak connoisseur, Eddie Merlot’s USDA prime beef is aged a minimum of 21 days to give exceptional flavor and richness. 23207 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.699.0480; www.eddiemerlots.com; $$$$ LINCOLN, A JW STEAKHOUSE Lincoln is a polished contemporary American dining experience with a refined steakhouse menu sourcing many ingredients from local purveyors. Some signature items include the impressive seafood table tower and any of the fine cuts of meat cooked in the Josper oven with add-ons including king crab Oscar or a crab cake crust. The classic cheesecake – decorated with raspberries and mint – makes for a decadent finish. Guests dine in a serene setting with vistas overlooking Camelback Mountain. Dinner served daily from 5 to 10 p.m. At JW Marriot Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.905.7979; www.lincolnrestaurantpv.com; $$$-$$$$ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE Morton’s is a nationwide chain of steakhouses known for serving some of the best cuts of USDA prime-aged beef in the country. The recipes are so popular that they are published in Morton’s Steak Bible and Morton’s The Cookbook for home chefs to replicate. Don’t forget to add some surf to your turf by pairing your steak with seafood selections like the Alaskan king crab legs. Private dining rooms and catering are also available. Power Hour beverage and food specials in the bar Monday through Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close and all day on Sunday. At Kierland Commons, 15233 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.4440; www.mortons.com; $$$-$$$$ PRESTON’S STEAKHOUSE Executive chef Charles Schwerd honors his grandfather’s legacy in the meat industry and commitment to quality by serving certified USDA prime cuts of meat including the original recipe Delmonico steak, porterhouse, house-smoked prime rib, and New York strip. Preston’s also offers fresh seafood in a variety of preparations including halibut, salmon and sea bass. 8700 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale; 480.629.5087; www.prestonsscottsdale.com; $$$

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FROM MAINE WITH LOVE Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls debuts at Scottsdale Quarter

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Without a doubt, Maine is the lobster capital of the United States. Lobster were so abundant in the area in the 1700s that they were known to wash ashore in piles, leading them at first to be considered a food for the poor and working classes. However, by the 1800s when chefs in the emerging culinary regions of Boston and New York City started using it in recipes, lobster took its rightful place in the upper echelon of ingredients. Among the most popular of its many preparations: the lobster roll. Longtime New England lobsterman – the proper name for a professional lobster trapper – Dan Beck fancied himself a connoisseur of lobster rolls, so much so that in 2014 he invested his savings in Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, a fast-casual concept on the East Coast offering freshly made iterations of the famed sandwich. Fast forward to 2021, and Beck has opened 17 locations in partnership with franchisees nationwide, yet none farther west than Colorado. Enter East Coast native Chad Dodd – who is now a Valley resident – and his wife, Andrea Clinton.

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“During the pandemic, we spent a lot of time out East, where Chad ate his weight in Maine lobster,” says Clinton, who, at the time, worked for Apple in project management while Dodd worked as an electrical engineer. “Though it took some convincing, he eventually persuaded me to help bring the Mason’s brand to Arizona.” Now open in the 2,000-square-foot space that formerly housed Dog Haus, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls is true to Beck’s original concept, complete with white shiplap adorning the walls and a light, bright aesthetic. “We have lobster flash frozen at the source and shipped to us three times a week, so we are ensuring freshness despite being landlocked in the Sonoran Desert,” Clinton says. There are six preparations of lobster rolls on the menu including: the Classic served chilled with mayo and lemon butter ($22); the Lobster Salad Roll served chilled tossed in celery, mayo and lemon dressing ($22); the Connecticut served warm and tossed in butter ($22); the Lobster BLT with bacon, lettuce and tomato ($22); the Bar Harbor served in any of the other styles but with 50% more lobster and the tail on ($27); and the Shrimp Roll with shrimp in place of lobster tossed in mayo, celery and lemon ($16). The menu also features lobster-infused entrees and sides including Lobster Salad ($22), Lobster Grilled Cheese ($16), Lobster Mac ’n’ Cheese ($16), Lobster Bisque ($8), and select non-lobster items for kids including hot dogs ($6). In addition to soft drinks and water, there are local beers including Huss and SanTan available as well as select wines by the bottle and glass. The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6:30 p.m. Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, 15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.427.3857; www.masonslobster.com.


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