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Experience a touch of Frenchness to your Hair At Jo Paris Salon, they welcome you with open arms and treat you just like a part of their extensive salon family. From the warm welcome of the front desk to the inviting conversations from each one of the stylist, Jo Paris offers the most comfortable salon experience in town. A salon run by French husband and wife team, they strive to make sure every client is accommodated and welcomed into the salon with a certain relaxed professionalism that they have come to been renowned for. With their dream to one day open a salon with the reputation of being one of the best in town, the salon opened it’s doors in 2011. It quickly became the go to spot for cutting edge designs and color. Jo, a master hairdresser and former official stylist for the Cannes Film festival for 10 years, makes sure each one of his stylists are educated to the highest level to guarantee the absolute best results in hair care. Each one of the stylists are hand picked and trained to the most current level of education and are guided and motivated by the pursuit of ideal customer service. You can bet with the amount of care they put into choosing their employees that you will be matched to a stylist that can best suit your needs and lead you to the most beautiful version of yourself. They are an efficient collaborative team that comes together to give each client the most appealing and desirable of cuts, color and styles. Each haircut is precision and exacting to your wants and needs. You will be pleased and impressed with the delicate attention to detail they offer with their tools and shears. With every extraordinary hair service, you get the opportunity be styled using the premier ORIBE products seen and featured in editorial magazines and used by celebrities and models all over the world.

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A cool reprieve

48 Low-down News to know

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Statewide festivities

52 Calendar

Noteworthy events

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27 Up Close

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Alyssa Flores launches the Alyssa James Foundation

How Shari Lott built a thriving business with a baby blanket

32 Beat Travis Ferger gives us a glimpse into the home technology space

34 His Style

Meet Edgar Ayala

36 Her Style

Meet Neyda Melina

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What women wore to events

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Sweet suites

58 Culture

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60 Cuisine

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62 Cheers

Market Street Kitchen’s Like Strawberry Wine

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indulge 64 Dwell Farmhouse-chic decor 65 Thing

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68 Allure

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70 Haute Property A desert oasis

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METALS IRA ACCOUNTS? I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about PrecIous Metals Ira accounts for gold, sIlver & PlatInuM on the radIo and In varIous advertIseMents. What are the PItfalls to Watch out for WIth these tyPes of alternatIve InvestMents? A: Investors need to consult their own financial advisor before jumping into a Precious Metals IRA. It’s true that the metals need to be purchased from a metals dealer. However coin and bullion dealers are not typically registered advisors and often give faulty information as far as which types of coins can go into a Precious Metals IRA. Collectable coins are not allowed, for example. Since all IRA’s are government regulated, people tend to believe that they can’t be over charged. Unfortunately, this is not true. It is important for consumers to understand that the trustee’s main job is to make sure proper reports are made to the IRS as well as making sure the items purchased for the IRA are accounted for. They do not “price shop” or make sure the investor is paying true market price and getting a good value.

the hoMe storage Ira Is touted by Many dealers on the radIo and on theIr WebsIte as a very attractIve Way for Investors to be able to control theIr oWn Metals and store theM at hoMe. Would thIs be a good Way to Proceed? A: It sounds great. Buy gold silver or platinum and keep it at home or in a safety deposit box…… BUT the fact is the IRS has not approved home storage IRA’s. To qualify for a Precious Metals IRA there needs to be a Trustee filing reports and a registered third party storing the metals. The Trustee also makes sure distributions are made when required.

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t’s around this time of year that I think we all feel a bit of cabin fever. The cabin in this case is the Valley, and the fever is triple-digit temperature induced. On top of that, August is a month that feels a bit in limbo – for Phoenicians, it seems more like midsummer than the season’s end, and the Valley hasn’t quite yet awoken from its summertime slumber. Part of the beauty in my line of work is finding ways to make the most of this in-limbo period. Though you have to hunt a little more, there’s still plenty to do, new places opening (hello to The Vig in North Scottsdale, page 98), and ways to seize the day while staying cool. You could retreat to a spectacular, over-the-top resort suite (page 57), nosh on food of the chilled variety (page 94), get a coconut-cool spa treatment (page 48), or sip on the quintessential summertime drink of sangria (page 92). Bonus: Find out how your pup can catch a break from the heat while still getting exercise on page 48! If an adventure is what you need, check out our roundup of must-see Arizona sites (page 56); I personally have Chiricahua National Monument and Horseshoe Bend on my bucket list. Or, find solace on the waters of Lake Powell aboard a new, state-of-the-art houseboat (page 71). On our cover is someone many of you may recognize: local singer-songwriter Ryan Sims (page 42). Though his roots are in rock, he has now segued into country music and is currently recording his second album, to be released in October. Sims’ story is one of perseverance, a key ingredient in any endeavor but especially in one that involves the arduous path of a music career. There are a handful of musicians, like Sims, who see that perseverance translate into “making it.” And made it, he has. With that, I hope you find plenty of inspiration and amusement in this issue and during this month of limbo. At least we’re in it together.

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hose who know Alyssa Flores call her sassy, hardworking and laser-focused. They say she has endless energy and drive. At work, she has a mind for numbers and in her free time, she’s busy fundraising for charities across the Valley. The wife, entrepreneur and philanthropist is, most recently, the founder of the Alyssa James Foundation, a nonprofit focused on delivering assistance to charitable organizations across the Valley. And her passion for giving back runs deep.


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up close “I was raised in Fresno, California, in a family full of farmers. Growing up in agriculture taught me to appreciate the hard work and the dedication it takes to produce a healthy and successful crop, but it also taught me what to do when resources are plentiful,” says Flores, noting that some of her earliest memories are of her family dropping off spare produce at the Fresno Rescue Mission. “My free time was spent volunteering in local shelters or spending time with elders at our local retirement community.” Pioneering much of this desire to help others was Flores’ grandmother. She not only embodied the ideal of a good Catholic altruism, she also taught her granddaughter about the joys of compassion. “My grandmother inspired me every day,” Flores says. “When she was around, no stomach went hungry and there was

always a cool drink in your hand. She would have given you the shirt off her back. I will spend the rest of my life continuing her incredible work.” This exposure at such a young age made its mark, giving Flores confidence in herself and enhancing her innate drive. She launched a career in manufacturing but soon started brokering her own entrepreneurial deals within banking. Now, as the owner of World Wide Financial Solutions, she is at the helm of a business solutions firm that helps companies reduce costs and increase revenue with services such as microlending, unique lending, and ACH processing, as well as payroll and benefit programs. Beyond her job, Flores is a natural networker. “I love being part of a vibrant community and helping entrepreneurs succeed,” Flores says. “There’s nothing more inspiring than sharing my story and hearing others’ in return. People love to connect in fundamental ways, and I’ve found that those who have the same entrepreneurial spirit as me also have similar philanthropic goals. I started realizing this could be my path to help others.”

The Goodwill Bug In the last few years, Flores has become increasingly more involved with various charities. She fostered fundraising efforts for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Arizona as one of the candidates for the nonprofit’s 2016 Woman of the Year campaign, collecting clothing for Teen Challenge, a women’s shelter in Casa Grande. She has also personally sponsored dental assistance for local military veterans in need of surgical reparations. Most recently, she launched Talk Derby to Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraising event with proceeds supporting veterans. It’s this involvement in so many charities that helped Flores realize her passion and talent for fundraising. Flores says it only made sense to take it to the next step and create the Alyssa James Foundation. While the vision of her foundation is to help as many people in the community as possible, Flores’ greater vision was born out of personal experience. “The ultimate vision SO SCOTTSDALE! |


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is to work with youth who are, or desire to be, emancipated. I was an emancipated minor and was blessed to have a community of people and extended family that supported my journey. “I’d love to focus my work on providing resources, education and direction to children who are faced with the decision to become a legal adult prior to 18 years of age,” Flores says. “But I also want to continue to provide services for disease prevention and help our military families.” Of course, balancing a busy work life, an active social agenda and building a nonprofit foundation doesn’t always come easy. Flores admits that mangaging it all has its challenges. “All the moving parts, including the behind-the-scenes paperwork, working on the website, and attempting to connect with those special people who truly have the vision to give is quite challenging.” Yet, Flores handles those challenges through graceful action. “I am a doer, and I’m not afraid to put in the time to find other doers to make it all come together. There are too many people who need my assistance, and they deserve everything I have to give.” Those who know Flores say she’s steadfast when it comes to planning an event or networking with potential sponsors. She welcomes any opportunity to talk about her passions or listen to other entrepreneurs share their philanthropic experiences. In fact, she believes she’s living in one of the most generous and charitable cities in America, often calling Scottsdale “a community of opportunity.” “Giving back to this amazing community is central to who I am, and I believe in paving that path with integrity,” Flores says. “I love telling the stories of the people I am raising funds for and hopefully others enjoy being part of an amazing event, silent auction or party. So many of them will give, knowing that they helped someone special, and hopefully they walk away with the same ‘goodwill bug’ I was inspired by as a child. It truly is a win-win for everyone involved.” To learn more about the Alyssa James Foundation, visit www.facebook. com/alyssajamesfoundation.

A Connoisseur of Color Rodney Gentry, stylist and color expert at Sachi Studios

Rodney Gentry is one of those people whose Midwestern charm and enthusiasm can’t help but rub off on you. And in his line of work, that’s certainly a plus. Gentry is possibly the Valley’s most adored hair stylist. His clients (some of them might better be described as fans) will happily travel across state lines in order to have him handle their tresses. Many of them simply trust nobody else with their hair. Having operated his own salon in Chicago before relocating to Scottsdale, Gentry brings big city expertise to the Valley, which he combines with his own unique passion for styling and coloring at Sachi Studios. Each client enjoys a truly personalized service. Gentry considers the condition and history of the hair before recommending a treatment program, style and (if desired) color. His focus is on nurturing hair back to full health at the same time as providing stunning styles and fabulous colors. “It’s my goal to make each client feel truly beautiful – and to leave them with a style that they can easily recreate themselves every day,” he says. Part of this comes down to the right products. Gentry only uses the very

best brands available, not skimping when it comes to choosing those products that will bring about dramatic improvements in the hair’s condition. This applies to everything, from daily shampoos to the color treatments that he uses, which are enzyme-based rather than peroxide-based. This means they enhance the condition of the hair as well as give it a wonderfully vibrant color. Color is Gentry’s true passion. From full hair makeovers to the subtlest of highlights or lowlights, he works with his clients to select the colors that are right for their skin tone, the shape of their face and even their preferred color of clothing. “Every single person is unique in their coloring, which is why personalized consultation is so important,” he explains. “You really have to care about each and every client in order to bring out the best in their hair. There’s no one size fits all when it comes to beautiful hair!” Gentry also believes that it is important to stay abreast of trends. From the Oscars to the latest catwalk shows, he’s up to speed with seasonal styles and colors in order to enable each of his clients to achieve a touch of Hollywood

glamour. From super straight blonde locks to superbly highlighted plaits with the tiniest of accessories woven in, Gentry is available to provide advice and guidance on how those in the Valley can look their very best this summer, both color-wise and style-wise. If you haven’t yet checked out Sachi Studios then you’re not giving your hair the love it deserves!

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



How Shari Lott launched a thriving business with a baby blanket BY BRITTANY MARONEY PHOTO BY JAMES PATRICK


hari Lott is considered one of the brightest online retail minds in Phoenix. Lott, the founder of SpearmintLOVE ( might blush at these words, but there’s no denying the fact that she is one of only 11 U.S. small business owners named to Facebook’s Elite 2017 U.S. Small Business Council. Going head-to-head with brick and mortar boutiques, Lott has risen to the top by her savvy brand building and understanding of using social media to power her business. “SpearmintLOVE has grown rapidly because it seeks unique, on-trend products away from the norm,” Lott says. “Telling a story about the product we are selling through visual imagery is a distinct advantage we have in the marketplace.” While pregnant, Shari recognized that new mothers were in desperate need for a place that offered unique, on-trend baby clothing – and that they also desired a visual showcase in which to view each amazing piece. “I was decorating my baby’s room and wanted a Swiss cross blanket as part of the decor. I couldn’t find one anywhere, so I designed one myself and had it made. I quickly sold 10 blankets, and that was how SpearmintLOVE was born.”


Is it hard balancing home life and work? We don’t really balance it. Building a fast-growing company is a 24/7 job. Instead of fighting that reality, we have built our life around the business. We want our kids to see that hard work and sacrifice is the key to success. What are some current trends in the baby apparel you carry? Vintage prints are back and florals are in this year. Unexpected animals such as rhinos, hedgehogs and bison continue to be more popular than the more traditional deers, foxes and bunnies. Graphic and statement onesies like “Baby Gang” are also trending this year. Any advice for other entrepreneurs/mompreneurs? Outwork everyone.



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t seems like there’s no home too grand nor project too complex for Travis Ferger and his team at CCS Presentation Systems’ Home Division. The senior technology consultant has been in the audiovisual business for more than 20 years, starting at a time when car stereos were the new big thing. Ferger also brings a one-of-a-kind touch to each home he tricks out. “I was a DJ for a long time so I’ve always been a music lover, and, at first, this business was very music-forward. That’s what really led me to it.” After taking the helm of CCS’s Home Division two years ago, his success has been unprecedented, something he credits largely to his team of eight, noting that they are “like a dream team of AV experts.” Most recently, Ferger has been working on homes at The Village at Mountain Shadows, bringing a little bit of his past to the present. “My mom married my stepdad at the original Mountain Shadows resort when I was five. It was an iconic property back then, so we always wondered what would become of it,” he says. “I think this is exactly what Paradise Valley wanted, and I am so glad to be a part of it.”


Any major trends you’re seeing right now? Voice control is the latest buzzword in our industry, and it’s something I like to teach people about because it’s not always what it seems to be. What’s one of your favorite features? Probably the one thing I never would have thought about doing in my home and now feel that everyone should do in their home is the lighting. What’s your best piece of advice? I always tell my guys – and it’s one of my favorite sayings – that “no amount of money can compare to a job well done,” and that’s the satisfaction you get on both ends.



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n the heart of Downtown Scottsdale, Edgar Ayala creates cutting-edge haircuts for men at The Manner Barbershop. The San Bernardino native, who has been styling hair for 10 years, curates an artistic atmosphere, paying meticulous detail to everything from vibe to apparel. “As long as you look artistic and like you’re serious about your craft, you can dress however you want,” he says of the dress code. “As an entrepreneur, whether I’m in the shop or elsewhere, I’m always representing my brand.” Ayala keeps his look sleek and simple while adding personalized touches to stand out. Though admitting he’d wear all black 24/7 if he could, you’ll find Ayala rocking everything from bow ties and a blazer to graphic T-shirts and high tops. “I’m not consistent with the individual items of clothing I wear, but I always aim to embody a balance of classic and innovative,” says Ayala, who gravitates toward trends in denim, bright colors and florals. A true artist at work, Ayala notes that his style is unique to his image in the same way The Manner Barbershop is unique to its industry. Yet, both go beyond curating a brand. “I have a style that speaks for itself, and I try to set an example for youth,” he says. “My style influences my brand, and I hope my brand will influence the community. Through barbering, I also hope to influence young men with my passion, character and style.”

Owner of The Manner Barbershop, Edgar Ayala, is a cut above the rest when it comes to the artistry of fashion and hair BY CHELSEA YOUNG PHOTO BY JAMES PATRICK

How would you describe your style? Urban, modern and sophisticated. I try to have an iconic image that stands out enough so that people know what I do for a living. What are some of the boldest cuts you have done? Though we mostly cut men’s hair, many women have come in wanting to do something daring like a man’s haircut with crazy, sharp lines and fades. What are your favorite fashion pieces? Ray-Bans are a must-have – like barbers, they will never go out of style. A timepiece is important in my work, so a watch is a must. I like wearing unique shirts. In fact, it’s almost a goal of mine to get asked where my shirts are from!



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Fashion maven Neyda Melina shares her flair for styles that pop – and the stories behind them BY DANIELLE ACCOVELLI PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE SHOT AT THE CLAYTON ON THE PARK


tour de force in the design industry, Neyda Melina has taken the local fashion scene by storm. As an assistant shoe buyer for Dillard’s corporate and creator of the style blog Truly, Ney (www.trulyney. com), Melina strives to show others that there is much more to fashion than what initially meets the eye. “I want to educate people on some of the stuff that isn’t so obvious with fashion,” she says. “To me, fashion is culture. There is a story behind each garment, because everything from the colors to the fabrics to what’s currently going on in the market has an influence on fashion.” Although she prefers a polished, feminine look – you can typically find her in a pair of wide-leg trousers paired with a basic, versatile blouse and comfortable block heels on weekdays – the self-proclaimed accessories queen always likes to add a pop of color to her ensemble with a scarf and earrings. “I always carry summer scarfs that I can just throw on at any time. I have hundreds in all different colors, patterns and fabrics.” However, Melina also isn’t afraid to push style boundaries. “I find a lot of inspiration in menswear, too, because it breaks the look a little and makes it more interesting,” she says. “True style is really all about owning it, no matter the look.” What are some of your favorite fashion items? I have to mention shoes because I really am a shoe girl. I can’t say how many I have, but I can say one of my go-to classics is a leopard print stiletto. What is your best piece of style advice? I always say wear even the tiniest of earrings because they are like the last topping to every outfit, and then whatever feels comfortable to you and your personality. Any standout summer trends? Anything that’s woven. Woven leather is really trending, and it’s going to be really big for shoes.



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P a s s i o n a m b i t i o That was the one question that seemed to stump hometown musician Ryan Sims. The question asked Sims which trait is most important for a musician to have in order to make it to the big time – because so few do and so many dream of that rise to fame. You may recognize Sims for his gigs at Harold’s Corral, Wasted Grain and Copper Blues. But long before those, Sims, like many musicians, has been navigating the tough industry that is a career in music. The hours are late, the pay is low, and the hard work is often thankless. Musicians must battle the vices that seem to come with late nights in bars and sacrifice the most basic of comforts when they tour on the road. The evenings are filled with heart-pounding live sets, and nights are spent dreaming of that one moment when the right label makes the perfect offer. That journey is one Sims has been on for some time, and it seems like he may be nearing his destination. SO SCOTTSDALE! |


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In April, Sims made an announcement that left his fans eagerly anticipating October. On Facebook, he posted a poignant letter thanking his supporters for their encouragement during his early days in the band EastonAshe and, most recently, with the Ryan Sims Band. He noted that the band would be on temporary hiatus, but there were plans to regroup in October, with exciting news. “I couldn’t be prouder of what the Ryan Sims Band has accomplished,” Sims says. “But this was a dream come true.” At the start of 2017, Sims was approached by Chart Attack/Universal Music Group to record what would be his second record deal. It was an exciting opportunity for the Cave Creek-based singer who had just recently rebounded from a tough year of personal challenges. Even more exciting was the new league of talent this deal would put in place to support Sims’ portfolio of incredible soundtracks. Darryl Jones of the Rolling Stones was being approached to lay the bass track on the record, and Kenny Aronoff (the former drummer for John Mellencamp) was being scouted to lay the rhythm. Even more incredible, Canadian-born Justin Gray, who has collaborated with Mariah Carey, John Legend, Amy Winehouse, David Bisbal and James Bay, would produce the soundtrack. With this announcement, Sims packed up his guitar and set course for Los Angeles, where he has spent the summer recording. Sims admits he finally feels like this may be his year. He’s ready for this album and ready for the next evolution of his career. Sims’ forthcoming album, which is set to debut in October, is heavily influenced by his rock ‘n’ roll roots, but with the unique lyrical emotion of his previous country soundtrack. The singer-songwriter has long had a reputation for his unique blend of styles and genres, as well as for his captivating on-stage presence. With a voice that’s powerful yet emotional, Sims is excited to prove he is at the top of his game.

A Musical Journey At an early age, Sims was influenced by a vast array of musical legends, from punk rock group Offspring to folk singersongwriter James Taylor. Music spoke

to him and he soon found a passion for performing. A self-taught guitarist, he began composing his own songs while at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek. It was upon graduation that he started pursuing his future in music. In 2007, he founded Phoenix-based band EastonAshe and began touring nationally. “EastonAshe really solidified my love for live music,” Sims says. “Every single show, we walked on stage and gave all of ourselves. We delivered energy and commanded attention. Every time we played, it was about honoring the cover song and listener. It was about making a deep connection and having people walk away with a truly exciting experience.” EastonAshe quickly gained national recognition. Famous for their blend of original songs and cover music, they sold more than 10,000 copies of their debut album Can I Drive It. A year later, they won Independent Rock Album of the Year and back-to-back Performer of the Year at the LA Music/Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards. Back home, Phoenix was not about to ignore its own local talent, and, in 2009, Sims received Singer/Songwriter of the Year at the Phoenix Music Awards. His star seemed to be on the rise, when Poison frontman Bret Michaels phoned about a chance to appear on The X Factor. Sims vied at the chance to become a household name and made it all the way to the final 32 contestants. Sims’ time on The X Factor landed him his next opportunity at The Song Factory in Nashville. The independent music publishing company – which has published the catalogs of numerous musicians including Lady Antebellum, Trisha Yearwood and Jon Pardi – recognized Sims’ musical talent but even more so, appreciated his tremendous songwriting abilities. He took a position as a writer, an opportunity to showcase his ability to bring songs to life while connecting with some of the best cowriters and artists in the industry. It was at this time he made the shift from rock ‘n’ roll to country. “Transitioning to country music was a natural thing for me. Country music as a genre had been changing for a while; the narratives were becoming more meaningful and you started seeing more crossover in the composition,” Sims says. “There was now a natural fluidity and complexity AUGUST 2017 |



that fit my style.” This new sound landed Sims his first record deal with Nashville’s iconic House of Blues. There, he worked with some of the best in the industry, including the producer that launched the careers of Matchbox 20 and Collective Soul. A blend of rock-infused country, Sims wrote all but one of the songs on his self-titled debut album, and played alongside lead guitarist Jay Poole, bassist Ethan Newman and drummer Perry Sean. It was to be one of the best and hardest times of his life. “I was facing a lot of personal demons, health issues and private heartbreak during those years,” Sims says. “My girlfriend had left me, and I had a serious surgery that left me in incredible pain and with an intense craving for painkillers. It was such a tough time. I tried not to let my mindset impact the music, but as a musician, those lines often get blurred. Sometimes I look back at those songs and I relive those experiences all over again.” Sims took some physical and emotional recovery time to dive deeper into his songwriting than ever before. He wrote about pain, joy, realizations, heartbreak and the past. And for the first time in a long time, he started looking toward the future. Past the rough times of earlier years and in the studio making music again, Sims has truly experienced the ups and downs of his profession, the heart wrenching feeling of personal defeat, and the rollercoaster of being on the verge of success. He has battled and defeated a tough addiction, healed after heartbreak, and now uses that pain to inspire audiences through his music. Through it all, he has stayed humble and passionate about his music and ambitious about his goals. So, in regards to passion or ambition, Sims says, “I think you need both to survive this crazy industry. You need to balance them to get the best out of your career, and I think that neither guarantees that you get to the top. There are so many amazing musicians out there who never get the chances that I’ve gotten, and for those moments, I’m thankful. I really can’t wait to see what the rest of 2017 will bring.” Sims’ album release party is scheduled for Oct. 14 at Harold’s Corral. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show will include an EastonAshe reunion. Get the latest updates at

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This time of year, perhaps the coolest reprieve is found in the air-conditioned comfort of resorts and restaurants – made even cooler with a cocktail in hand, of course. Here, Laura Chinitz gives a crash course in mixology at The Phoenician’s J&G Steakhouse, demonstrating how to mix, stir and shake liquid works of art. The cooldown at J&G continues every Friday and Saturday night with live music – and on Aug. 11 when culinary craft meets creativity at a special event with author Carrie Bloomston. Photo taken July 14 at 7:38 p.m.

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Labor Day Love

Celebrate Labor Day with delicious indulgences at a steal at Roaring Fork ( and Salty Sow ( during their annual “Dinner on Us” event. On Sept. 4, enjoy a buy one, get one free offer on any entree, beginning at 4 p.m. Roaring Fork will dish out wood-fired favorites such as buttermilk fried chicken while Salty Sow will offer the likes of Sunbru beer-battered fish and chips with duck fat fries.

Raise Your Glass

Recently, Wine Spectator released its annual Restaurant Awards recognizing outstanding wine programs. A whopping 64 Arizona eateries (23 of which are in Scottsdale) made the cut. And while most on the list have been there for a number of years – Vincent’s on Camelback and Ruth’s Chris Steak House have both been recognized since 1997 – there were several new additions including Drexyl Modern American and Rusconi’s American Kitchen. Cheers!

Find Your Paradise

Combat hot summer days with luxurious treatments designed to cool at Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Through Sept. 21, coconut is the star ingredient in these soothing sessions that include an age corrective facial, a massage, a slimming body wrap, and a mani/pedi – all incorporating the unmistakably summertime scent through scrubs, lotions or oils. For pricing and reservations, visit

Puppy Playtime

Though some local resorts allow non-hotel guests to use their pool and spa areas, that isn’t always the case, which is why ResortPass is here to help! The service, which recently launched in Scottsdale, allows you to partake in poolside or spa amenities without an overnight stay. Splash down a waterslide, lounge in a luxe cabana, or soak up all the perks of a spa (with no treatment required). Simply choose your resort online; book a day, cabana or spa pass; and enjoy the ultimate, all-access daycation. Be on the lookout for special online promos, too! SO SCOTTSDALE! |

A Coconut Cool-down

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Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering

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Aug. 10-12, times vary Don’t miss Prescott’s 30th annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering – a celebration where more than 50 performers share their cowboy heritage through poetry and music. Located at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott, attendees will enjoy three days packed with traditions of the American cowboy, from music and yodeling to special sessions on cowboys in Mongolia. This year’s performers will include Dave Stamey, Trinity Seely and Don Edwards, among many others. Day sessions are free; prices vary for night performances.

Aug. 10-13, times vary Tucson is home to a plethora of beautiful bird species, including five-striped sparrows and red-faced warblers. Hosted by the Tucson Audubon Society and Arizona Riverpark Inn in Tucson, the seventh annual Southeast Arizona Birding Festival celebrates these special bird species and many more. Enjoy social hours and dinners with other birders, an extensive nature expo with workshops and programs, and birding field trips led by experts. Registration fee, $15; prices vary per event.

Mile High Brewfest

World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo

Aug. 12, 4-8 p.m. A hot summer’s day and an ice-cold beer go hand in hand, so go ahead and quench your thirst at the sixth annual Mile High Brewfest in downtown Prescott. The event will include beer and wine samples from some of the Southwest’s finest craft breweries and local wineries as well as bite-size treats from local food trucks. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona. Online, $25; at the door, $35.

Sedona Bike & Brew Aug. 26, times vary Mountain bikes, golf and brews are all part of the fourth annual Sedona Bike & Brew mountain bike race. Attendees will enjoy a beautiful bike ride with Sedona’s red rocks as the backdrop, as well as live music, games, brews on tap, and an awards ceremony. The race offers four divisions: men’s open, men’s sport, women’s sport and junior. For riders who choose to camp, the event has reserved the Chavez Crossing Campground along Oak Creek. General admission, $75; VIP, $150.

Aug. 17-19, times vary The town of Payson has been celebrating the tradition of pro rodeo for 133 years with the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, an event that honors the beloved sport of the Old West. See some of the world’s greatest professional cowboys and cowgirls saddle up and take the bull by the horns during barrel racing and steer wrestlers. There will also be a parade, specialty acts, and a rodeo afterparty held at the Payson Event Center. $10$25.


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Flagstaff Open Studios Aug. 26-27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This 20th annual Flagstaff Open Studios will feature more than 80 studios on a self-guided tour that spotlights a variety of art including paintings, sculptures, fiber arts, glass works, jewelry, photography, stained glass, weaving and hands-on art projects for children. There will also be an opportunity to meet the artists. Free.

do and rehabilitates animals. Programming will include: Walk with Wildlife tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.; a New Moon tour that showcases nighttime animals on Aug. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m.; a Full Moon tour on Aug. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.; and a Bat Netting program where you identify local bat species on Aug. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. Online pre-registration is required for all tours and programs. Prices vary. FLASHLIGHT TOURS Through Sept. 2, Desert Botanical Garden Whether it’s date night or family night out, explore the Desert Botanical Garden in a new way. Guests will use their own flashlights along the self-paced trails to capture the night-blooming plants and animals that chirp, whirr and whisper in the desert after dark. Flashlights will also be available for purchase in the Garden Shop until 8 p.m. Flashlight tours available Thursdays and Saturdays. 7-9:30 p.m. Free with admission.


LIVE & LOCAL FRIDAYS Through Aug. 25, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts This year’s expanded Live & Local Fridays lineup will showcase Arizona groups spanning Americana, blues, flamenco, jazz, Latin and pop on Friday evenings. For the first time, the series will be presented in both of the center’s indoor venues, with larger bands performing in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at 8 p.m. and smaller ensembles in the more intimate Stage 2 at 8:30 p.m. The center’s eclectic store and Shop@SMoCA will also be open during Live & Local Fridays, offering summer specials and 10 percent off purchases. 8 and 8:30 p.m. $12-$15. BAR BRAWL Through Aug. 27, jade bar at Sanctuary Resort This annual battle of bartenders will return to jade bar for another cocktail showdown between eight mixologists. With jade bar’s lead mixologist Eddie Aces as emcee, each event will highlight specific spirits and ingredients, with cocktails judged by a panel of local celebrities. This month’s Bar Brawl schedule will pit Kyle Landry (Crudo) against Sam Penton (Counter Intuitive) on Aug. 6, with semi-finals on Aug. 13 and 20 and the championship on Aug. 27. Resort guests and locals are invited to cheer on the competitors while enjoying entertainment and a menu of “Bar Brawl Bites” at happy hour prices. 8 p.m. Free.


WET After Dark Through Aug. 31, W Scottsdale Indulge in pool time fun after hours at the W Scottsdale’s recently launched WET After Dark, a weekly summer night swim series every Thursday. In addition to swimming under the stars, there will be tropical house beats from DJ Circle and Cîroc mojito specials all night long. The dress code is upscale swimwear/resort casual. 8 p.m.-midnight.

SOUTHWEST WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER SUMMER ACTIVITIES Through Aug. 31, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center Explore desert wildlife with special programs and unique tours at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC), which rescues

CULINARY COUNTDOWN DINING SERIES Through Sept. 14, The Phoenician The Phoenician is cooking up a savory summer with the third annual Culinary Countdown Dining Series. Options include J&G Steakhouse, featuring a three-course menu for $40; afternoon tea for $30 (Tuesdays-Fridays); and Relish Burger Bistro, presenting a two-course menu for $20. Times vary. $20-$40. HIP HOP INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS Aug. 4-12, Grand Canyon University Arena More than 4,000 of the world’s best dancers are heading to Phoenix to compete in the 16th annual USA Hip Hop Dance Championship and World Hip Hop Dance Championship. Highlights will include the USA Championship and World Championship elimination rounds, an Urban Moves Workshop, and a free Hip Hop International Expo and Marketplace including makeovers by sponsor Paul Mitchell and nightly dance parties in the Chill Down Lounge. The finals take place on Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. DIANA KRALL WORLD TOUR Aug. 9, Phoenix Symphony Hall Enjoy the music of multiple Grammy Awardwinning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer Diana Krall as she embarks on her world tour. As one of the most respected jazz singers in the world, she has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. Tickets for the show include a copy of Krall’s latest album, Turn Up The Quiet. 7:30 p.m. $48-$128. BRING IT! LIVE Aug. 12, Comerica Theatre Straight from the hit Lifetime TV series, the Bring It! LIVE tour will hit the stage with thrilling high-energy dance, showcasing the elite world of hip-hop majorette competition. Experience hotter-than-ever,



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do never-before-seen routines at this year’s show, including new music compilations, choreography and video segments, plus interactive elements and audience participation. 8 p.m. $31-$104. SUMMER PROGRESSIVE SALE Aug. 12-25, My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited (all locations) Upgrade your summer wardrobe with great bargains from My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited during the Summer Progressive Sale. Shop till you drop, with a sale of 20-70 percent off everything in the stores. And on Aug. 26, the annual Fall Unveiling will reveal never-beforeseen items at My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited locations, with doors opening at 8 a.m. Times vary. Free. MOONLIGHT YOGA Aug. 13, Mountain Shadows Breathe with intention and move with grace at a Moonlight Yoga class. Zen out during the one-hour session on the Camelback Overlook rooftop deck, with elevated views of the night sky. Afterwards, sip a craft cocktail at Hearth ‘61 while you cool down. Ticket includes class, parking and drink voucher. 8 p.m. $25. STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT Aug. 13, Comerica Theatre Longtime comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will play a one-night only show dubbed “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life,” which will include standup comedy, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. Martin and Short will also be joined by the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, a bluegrass band with which Martin frequently performs. 8 p.m. $55-$175. SAM HUNT Aug. 19, Ak-Chin Pavilion Listen to the sounds of one of country’s hottest crossover musicians, Sam Hunt, as he brings his 15 in a 30 tour through the Valley. Opening performers will include Maren Morris and Chris Janson. 7 p.m. $45-$450. THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW Aug. 24, Talking Stick Resort Capture the essence of Pink Floyd during The Australian Pink Floyd Show’s The Best Side of the Moon Tour with this top-quality production, including hits from the legendary albums of Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here. 8 p.m. $55-$220. DIERKS BENTLEY Aug. 26, Talking Stick Resort Arena Join hometown hero Dierks Bentley – along with opening acts Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi – as they take the country party to Talking Stick Resort Arena. The boys will bring the What The Hell tour through the Valley, celebrating the release of Bentley’s latest studio album, Black. 7:30 p.m. $31$475+.

Fitz’s Supper Club Aug. 28, Dominick’s Steakhouse Join Larry Fitzgerald as he presents The Grand Illusion for the 9th Annual Fitz’s Supper Club - Celebrities at YOUR Service, where Fitzgerald will help bring to life the world of magicians and illusionists. Attendees will enjoy a four-course dinner and spirits served by Fitzgerald’s Arizona Cardinals teammates and other celebrity friends – including Carson Palmer and Patrick Peterson – benefiting the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund. For more than a decade, the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund has supported kids and their families with significant gifts of time, money and special resources through numerous associations across the country. 6 p.m. Individual, $750.

PHOENIX CENTER FOR THE ARTS OPEN HOUSE Aug. 26, Phoenix Center for the Arts downtown campus Enjoy a fun-filled day of art, where instructors will offer 20-minute workshops in dance, theater, mosaics, glass, creative writing, jewelry making and photography. Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to observe regular classes in session such as ceramics, painting, dance and guitar. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. WINE GLASS PAINTING Aug. 26, LDV Wine Gallery Savor wine, enjoy light bites and let the creative juices flow at LDV Winery’s wine glass painting class. A ticket includes a glass of wine to sip and a glass of wine to paint. Register by calling 480.664.4822. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $15. BARRE3 SUMMER SERIES Aug. 27, Mountain Shadows Experience a Barre3 class on the Mountain Shadows lawn, where you can enjoy a blend of yoga, Pilates, strength and barre movements while taking in the views. After class, indulge

in brunch at Hearth ’61 with $11 bottomless mimosas or relax at The Citizen Club’s two pools and savor $9 flights from the juice bar. Be sure to bring your own mat. 8 a.m. Class, free; valet, $3. JOSH WOLF Sept. 1-3, Stand Up Live Comedian, actor and writer Josh Wolf has become one of the most sought-after personalities in comedy today. The comedian, most known for his work on Chelsea Lately, After Lately and The Josh Wolf Show, will bring his tour through Phoenix for an unforgettable (and hilarious) night. Times vary. $20. LABOR DAY WITH CONCERTS IN THE CONSERVATORY Sept. 4, Butterfly Wonderland Spend Labor Day with the butterflies! Nouveau Papillon will play live music in the conservatory, all while surrounded by fluttering butterflies. Families will also have the chance to meet – and take photos with – Ms. Monarch and the reptile mascots as well as enjoy face painting. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission.




or more than a dozen years, Phoenix Cooks has been among one of the can’t-miss culinary events of the summer. Hosted by iHeartMedia, it’s a foodie event on the grandest of scales that brings together chefs from more than 50 restaurants and resorts from across Arizona as well as nearly 100 beer, wine and spirit brands for a day of sipping, savoring and supporting a great cause. “This year, proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ), which provides every person with intellectual disabilities a place of welcome, acceptance and the chance to be their best,” says Kelly Manders of iHeartMedia. “The practices learned in SOAZ also impact their life skills – sports training enhances focus and provides a structure for important lessons about perseverance, endurance and setting goals.” According to Manders, SOAZ empowers more than 180,000 individuals, and Phoenix Cooks has raised more than $390,000 for local charities since its inception in 2004.

The 13th annual Phoenix Cooks ushers in food and fun BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

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What: Phoenix Cooks When: Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale Tickets: Advance, $85; at the door, $100; designated driver, $60 Information:



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During the event, guests can expect small bites from popular local eateries including MATCH, Deseo, North Italia, Tanzy Restaurant and The Greene House as well as sips from Hensley and Breakthru Beverage Arizona, which is one of the largest distributors of wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages in the state. Several chefs will also take part in a friendly competition throughout the day akin to Iron Chef, where they will be tasked with preparing a dish using a mystery ingredient in front of a live audience. “We will also be handing over the stage to several famed local chefs and beverage partners – one every half hour, in fact – to allow them to give interactive cooking demonstrations, cocktail pairing advice, and even pull guests on stage to cook with them throughout the day,” Manders says. General admission tickets include all food, wine, beer and spirit tastings as well as stage demos. There are also designated driver tickets available, which are limited to food and non-alcoholic sampling.


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ARIZONA, THE BEAUTIFUL Hit the road to explore the state’s great outdoors


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Chiricahua National Monument Approximately four hours southwest of the Valley near Willcox, Chiricahua National Monument (, often called the “Wonderland of Rocks,” is a fee-free park that is open year-round and the result of a volcanic eruption nearly 30 million years ago. The monument is teeming with wildlife, trees and mind-bending rock formations, including giant rocks balancing on top of each other as if by magic. There is no shortage of hiking options, including both day hikes and longer options, as well as picnic areas, historic tours, wildlife viewing areas, formal birding programs, stargazing, camping, and even horseback riding. Horseshoe Bend Located north of the Grand Canyon, just outside of Page and approximately four hours from the Valley, Horseshoe Bend ( lies on the Colorado River in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and is named for its distinct curvature, which is quite literally in the shape of an almostperfect horseshoe. Surprisingly, hiking to see the formation is a relatively easy 30- to 45minute walk up a sandy and moderate incline. The hike requires no permits, has nearby parking and is accessible year-round. There are several outfitters and tour companies that offer transportation to the overlook, including Colorado River Discovery in Page. Montezuma Castle If you’ve ever made the drive on Interstate Highway 17 toward Sedona or Flagstaff, you’ve no doubt seen the signs for Montezuma Castle ( near Camp Verde, about 90 minutes north of the Valley. While not a formal castle one might see in the likes of Great Britain, these dwellings of the Sinagua people – preserved in a limestone cliff – date back to A.D. 700 and are believed to have been built over the course of 300 years. Beyond the National Monument, the area has hiking as well as prime spots for a picnic. Entrance is $10 per person, but ages 15 and under are admitted for free. Be sure to check out the junior ranger programs available for free – and open to all ages – on site. Walnut Canyon In the pine forests near Flagstaff, the steep Walnut Canyon ( National Monument severs a rolling plateau. Twenty miles long, 400 feet deep and a quarter-mile wide, the canyon was carved by Walnut Creek over a period of 60 million years. There are two main hiking trails along the canyon. The strenuous Island Trail is about 1 mile and offers spectacular canyon scenery and wildlife as well as the chance to see 25 cliff dwellings, while the Rim Trail is an easy three-quarter-mile walk along the canyon rim through a ponderosa forest with two canyon overlooks. There is an entrance fee of $8 per person, but ages 15 and under are admitted for free.

out Fairmont Scottsdale Princess The magnificent 3,225-square-foot Presidential Suite features hardwood flooring, modern furnishings with earthy accents, and a variety of upscale amenities, as well as two full bedrooms. The master bedroom houses a wooden four-poster bed and a dressing area with a full-length mirror plus additional seating, while the master bath boasts an oversized soaker tub and walk-in shower. The large parlor offers a massive flat-screen TV, conference area, dining area that seats six, and a large wet bar. $2,669 to $3,898 per night.

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SWEET SUITES Sleep in splendor at six resort accommodations worth the splurge BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ


t’s no secret that the Valley boasts some of the nation’s best resorts. So, we wondered: What does it take to get the title of “presidential suite?” These jaw-dropping, over-the-top retreats ooze luxury, and while they each have their perks, they all have one major commonality – they are oh-so-suite.

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Mountain Shadows The exclusive Camelback Presidential Suite – a 1,750-square-foot, modern design marvel – offers the most luxurious experience at the recently relaunched resort. The spacious interior has floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a generously sized main patio looking directly toward iconic Camelback Mountain, with a bedroom patio offering the perfect spot for sunset cocktails. $499 to $1,299 per night. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia True to its name, the Montelucia’s 2,800-square-foot Andalusian Presidential Suite offers the ultimate level of Old World luxury, privacy and seclusion. Upon entering through a grand marble entryway, you’ll find two living areas, a private pool and spa, two palatial bedrooms (there’s even an indoor fountain!), 2 1/2 bathrooms, and a private office. Also on property is the Camelback Villa Presidential Suite, a 2,800-square-foot, twobedroom retreat ideal for entertaining, with a private event lawn and extensive patio areas large enough to host gatherings of up to 300 guests. It also features a private gym, spacious living areas, an outdoor fireplace, and an incredible marble bathtub. $3,500 to $5,000 per night. The Camby The Camby’s playful 1,750-square-foot Presidential Suite is bold and a bit avant-garde, yet sleek and upscale. It features a formal dining room, a living area, 1 ½ marble bathrooms, a butler’s pantry, a full bedroom (with the option to add another), and a whirlpool bathtub as well as award-winning artwork. Rates range from $799 to $1,999 per night, but there is an ultra-luxury package, “Exactly Like Nothing Else,” that includes a one-night stay in the suite, dinner for two, a spa treatment, and even a guided hike or cabana as well as other amenities starting at $1,399. The Phoenician A favorite of royalty, professional athletes, CEOs, musicians and actors, The Phoenician’s 1,800-square-foot Presidential Suite at The Canyon Suites was updated in 2016 and now boasts works from local artists, private terraces, a dining table for 10, a full kitchen, a den, an expansive bedroom (with the option to add a second), a master bath with two showers, and a fire pit that seats 12 people. $2,500 to $5,000 per night.

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Beth Ames Swartz channels healing and spirituality through mixed media BY OFELIA MONTELONGO


o understand Beth Ames Swartz’s visual and mixed media art is to comprehend the complexity of human spirituality and transcendentalism. In 1959, Swartz left her native New York City for the desert landscape of Paradise Valley, where she currently resides. Even though she’s been painting since she was five, a trip to the Colorado River was the cause of her breakthrough as an artist, a place where she bonded with the earth. “There is no separation between the earth and yourself,” she says. Since then, the 81-year-old painter began meditating and studying different philosophical systems, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, the I-Ching, Jewish mysticism and Native American healing practices. During an expedition to Israel in the 1970s, inspired by pain and fear of her own mortality, Swartz experimented with fire, incorporating dirt, candle wax, paper and water into her paintings. Through these experimentations and mutilating watercolor paper with a screwdriver, Swartz found her voice. Today, Swartz’s artistic process branches from the desire to understand how knowledge, philosophical concepts, healing and spirituality contribute to societal development. “As I discovered or experienced a wisdom system, I would study it and then try to express it aesthetically,” she says. Her work is presented in various series, each of them based on a philosophical system that is translated into aesthetic

visual experiences. The series are consistent in form but with a different look. A series – which ranges from 30 to 40 pieces – usually takes her about five to 10 years to make, taking the first year to study the wisdom system and the aesthetic language she will later develop into her exquisite multi-shaped paintings. “My projects are like puzzles,” she says. “Each time I start a new series is like jumping off a bridge and learning to fly on the way down.” Often, her multi-layered pieces honor differences among cultures through symbolism and embedded language, reflecting on the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth as well as order, disorder and reordering. The award-winning artist continuously paints to understand life and how the universe works, no longer doing it for her own personal growth. Swartz’s desire is for a painting to contribute to the world and to express that humanity shares the commonalities of compassion and kindness, regardless of what we believe. Although her diverse series explores different areas of knowledge or wisdom, there is consistency in what the works are trying to say: “The essence is to celebrate the sacredness of life,” she says. Swartz is represented by ACA Galleries in New York City and has had more than 70 one-person art exhibitions all over the world. Her artwork has also been published in three different books. You can find her at her home art studio in Paradise Valley or you can visit for more information.



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Executive Chef Christopher Nicosia develops Sassi’s seasonally inspired menus based on authentic Italian traditions and techniques, proudly employing painstaking Old World methods and emphasizing the big, bold flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO COOK? Growing up in Chicago, my Italian family and I were foodies before the term even existed. We traveled extensively, and I had the good fortune to taste food from around the globe from a young age. Then, during summer breaks in high school, I worked at a family friend’s restaurant in Cape Cod, putting on clambakes and food-focused beach parties, which led to my unique college hobby – catering on the side. TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING A CHEF. After college, I took a sales job – and hated it. A year into it, when my dad could see cooking was my passion, he asked me where in the world I wanted to seek my culinary education and told me to book a plane ticket the next day. I chose the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 1996 and never looked back. I worked for LON’s at the Hermosa Inn and Desert Mountain before joining Sassi seven years ago. WHAT ARE CAN’T-MISS INGREDIENTS ON YOUR SUMMER MENU? You are in luck because summer is the perfect time for eggplants, tomatoes and peppers – three staples of Italian cooking.


YOU ALSO BRING IN SPECIALTIES FROM BOTH NEAR AND FAR FOR GUESTS. ANY FAVORITES? Locally, we love to bring in fruits and vegetables from Duncan Trading Co. We also fly in olive oil direct from Italy and a specialty mozzarella that comes from the actual water buffalo of the Mediterranean, the only breed of its kind in Italy.

In the kitchen with Christopher Nicosia of Sassi BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY JAMES PATRICK

WHAT WOULD WE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I am an avid hunter and fisherman. I’ve been known to cook up guineafowl in the middle of a field in South Africa right after a hunt and prepare freshly caught fish while still on the boat, often while still in the middle of the ocean. Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.502.9095;



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t Market Street Kitchen, there are two rules to creating a successful cocktail. “Ideally, we want to educate our guests about a spirit or wine they might not have tried before,” says Garrit Guthrie, beverage director for Keeler Hospitality Group, Market Street Kitchen’s parent company. “But to get people to try it, we play with flavors that are approachable.” Like Strawberry Wine ($11), which is new to the menu, succeeds on all levels. “In this case, the educational element is vermouth, or fortified wine, which most people only know as an almost throwaway ingredient in martinis,” Guthrie says. The vermouth is combined in a shaker with strawberry gin, which adds a complex fruit flavor. To make this element, Guthrie infuses Fords Gin with strawberries using an immersion circulator, which helps the strawberries break down faster. “Once we have the base, we add housemade rhubarb balsamic syrup that gives a bright tartness meant to ramp up the deep berry flavors,” Guthrie says. “The vibrant pink of the syrup also gives the cocktail its signature look.” A hint of lemon is then added for acidity, and the ingredients are muddled with fresh strawberries, then shaken and strained into a wine glass with ice and topped with Topo Chico Mineral Water, giving the drink a refreshing effervescence. A basil leaf serves as the garnish. “The result is a jammy, bubbly, slightly fruity sipper tailor-made for the summer.” Market Street Kitchen, 20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.278.7044;



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Add a touch of rustic charm to your home with farmhouse-chic decor BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

Wire and glass pendant light, $99 at Pottery Barn, 602.957.2297. Large rooster wall clock, $22.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond,

Natural fiber woven rug, Safavieh, $27.99$360.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond.

“Gather” framed wall sign, Stratton Home Decor, $69.99 at Kohl’s, 480.538.1750.

Metal wire storage basket, Spectrum, $12.99-$14.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Small white console table, $219.99 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987.



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Make a statement with girly, gilded trinkets BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Beaded wrap bracelet, $84 at Spartina 449, Amazonite beaded with gold feather and toggle clasp, Explore by Heather Benjamin, $79.24 at Evine, Orange matte leather with Rockstud trim, Valentino, $175 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Bright patterned bangle, $56 at Spartina 449. Gold caged cuff, Elizabeth and James, $275 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. SO SCOTTSDALE! |


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Give your ensemble a pop of pizzazz with these on-trend adornments BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

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Amarte Aqua Mist Toner Restore moisture and awaken the skin with Amarte’s antioxidant-infused citrus spray. Acting as an instantaneous pick-me-up for your complexion, the gentle mist brightens the skin with the added bonus of hydration. Spritz this grapefruit-scented, multi-benefit mist onto the face, neck and decollete after cleansing and anytime throughout the day; it also sets makeup, balances the complexion and is the final step for a dewy, fresh canvas. $67 at Soft Surroundings, 480.696.2986.

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Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask Vibrant skin is hard to come by in the heat of summer, but, luckily, this vitamin-boosting face mask does all the work for you, refining the appearance of your skin with its exclusive vitamin fruit complex. Cultivated with a blend of crushed oranges, lemons and clementines infused with AHA fruit acids, this powerful mask (which feels like marmalade on your face!) exfoliates and improves clarity. $62 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.


efresh your beauty routine with citruspacked products that highlight the fruits of summer – think cheery fragrances from grapefruit and orange to lemon, lime and clementine. We’ve rounded up our fruitforward favorites, loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, that will repair summerdazed skin and hair, leaving both more vibrant (and sweetly scented) than ever.

Indie Lee Vanilla Citrus Moisturizing Oil Ideal for all skin types, this lucid and light moisturizing oil glides on smoothly, conditioning your face, body and hair. Delivering delicious notes of vanilla essence and sweet oranges – encompassed with jojoba and apricot oils for a lavish dose of nourishment – the fast-absorbing formula will improve the look and feel of your skin, giving off a silky and radiant shine. $36 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Oribe Cleansing Crème for Moisture & Control This cleansing and conditioning cream melts into the scalp, rejuvenating your tresses and gently cleansing without surfactants, sulfates or silicones. It’s enhanced with purifying oils, citrus fruit extracts, and a refreshing watermint essence, which work to moisturize and soothe dry or over processed hair. The crème, which also promotes shine, will undo sun damage while extending color treatments and preventing fading. $46 at Neiman Marcus. Viktor&Rolf Magic Sparkling Secret Eau de Parfum Captivate your senses with this truly magical sweet citrus mix. Leading with notes of ginger, orange blossom, sweet lime and grapefruit and topped off with vanilla bourbon and tonka bean, the mixture is like a tropical vacation in a bottle. The luxurious potion, which is actually unisex, will enchant those around you with its fresh fragrance. $220 at Saks Fifth Avenue.



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arm and inviting with a touch of contemporary, this beautiful home located in Scottsdale’s private and guard-gated neighborhood, Lost Canyon, exudes a secluded resort-style setting. The four-bedroom, six-bathroom house takes full advantage of its gorgeous 4-plus acres of pristine desert, complete with its own private wash, boulder outcroppings, and picturesque views of the mountains and city lights. And, the 6,614-square-foot home comes turnkey, which includes all furnishings. Upon entering, you’ll immediately notice how the architecture and finishings marry the home and desert with glass walls that extend into the foyer, perfectly framing a stunning pond feature that is also in view of the formal dining room.

Enjoy seamless entertaining with a chef’s kitchen that includes three ovens, top-of-the-line appliances, a wine cooler, a formal dining room, a wet bar with amazing views, a grand living room with a fireplace, high wood-beamed ceilings, and large retractable doors that lead outdoors. Attached to the garage is an enclosed garage bay/man cave complete with shuffleboard and plenty of space for additional entertainment. Four full suites afford plenty of space and privacy with private patios and access to the pool and spa. Additional rooms include a study with built-ins, an exercise room and a guest bedroom. The master suite provides a spa-like retreat with a gorgeous master bedroom, SO SCOTTSDALE! |


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his and her closets, a cozy fireplace and sitting area, and mountain and boulder views with access to the backyard, all while maintaining privacy. The large master bath has oversized vanities, a large shower, a jetted tub and a steam shower. Outdoors, you’ll find the perfect setting for lounging, complete with stunning views and a negative edge pool with a waterfall and spa, plus multiple fireplaces and a fire pit with plenty of space for dining and entertaining. 10500 E. Lost Canyon Drive 28, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Listed for $3,185,000 with Lisa Westcott-Wadey, The W Group/Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; 480.229.3455;




nyone who has grown up near the water knows a boat’s gentle rock is one of the most peaceful, almost spiritual, experiences. It may seem hard to encounter this among the desert landscape, but Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas in Arizona and Utah are stepping up to offer just that in their newest fleet of six houseboats, dubbed the Wanderer. So, whether you’re planning a getaway with friends or a family excursion, you’ll be spared no amenity on this fleet that was built exclusively for Lake Powell. Houseboats are nothing new to Lake Powell, the second largest man-made lake in the U.S., known for its sandy beaches, pristine water and breathtaking red rock sandstone cliffs. But the Wanderer fleet, which launched in June, is in a class of its own. Each boat in the fleet, which accommodates 12 passengers and is 59 feet long and 18 feet wide, features a monohull design with four queen-sized staterooms, two bathrooms, and a screened upper deck driving helm that boasts a wet bar and barbecue area. The top deck offers no shortage of entertainment, with convertible dinettes, 48-inch LED TVs with Blu-ray players, and an enclosed waterpark-inspired spiral tube slide. Perhaps the most striking part about the Wanderer is that each boat was built with a reverse design. This thoughtful construction places living areas in the boat’s aft section, maximizing views of the scenery from common areas while allowing for privacy in the bedrooms. Of course, comfort was important in creating the vessels. Each Wanderer is 2 feet wider than most four-bedroom houseboats, giving larger groups more space. AUGUST 2017 |


This stay-and-play, on-the-water adventure leaves no stone unturned, providing unparalleled views of Lake Powell’s 186 miles of water and its 96 surrounding canyons, which were created in 1963 when the Glen Canyon Dam held back the Colorado River. Additionally, thrill-seekers in your group can take advantage of Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas’ rentals of powerboats, ski tubes, wakeboards, kayaks, water skis, paddleboards and kneeboards. Each Wanderer’s rental fee starts at $6,833 for a five-day package, the minimum stay available through Aug. 21. From Aug. 22 to Dec. 31, packages of three to seven days are available, starting at $3,485. Available year-round, the Wanderer fleet is in Wahweap Marina, 100 Lake Shore Drive, Page; and Bullfrog Marina, Highway 276, Bullfrog, Utah. For reservations and more information, call 1.888.896.3829 or visit | SO SCOTTSDALE!


vital stats: 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country


Base price: $55,300 Price as tested: $64,540 Engine: 2.0-liter turbo/supercharged fourcylinder

The all-new luxury wagon that’s an impressive alternative to an SUV

Horsepower: 316 Fuel economy: 22/30 mpg city/highway Fab features: Gorgeous exterior styling Luxurious interior with comfortable seats Impressive alternative to an SUV



he all-new 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country is proving to be one of the best luxury wagons. But is it good enough to persuade SUV and crossover-crazed car shoppers to forego high-end utes? You do remember station wagons, don’t you? Although both demand and product availability in the market have shrunk dramatically, few automakers have remained as dedicated to it as Volvo, having sold millions worldwide. While certainly no SUV, the 2018 V90 Cross Country is a large vehicle, measuring within a fraction of an inch of the XC90, Volvo’s largest SUV. It sits SO SCOTTSDALE! |


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almost 9 inches lower, however, making it easier to load bikes, kayaks and skis onto the vehicle’s roof rails. Big, elegant and beautifully crafted, the V90 rides on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, giving it an excellent ride and a roomy interior. It seems like the perfect automobile: large doors, comfortable seating for five, and 53.9 cubic feet of cargo space with 60/40 split-folded rear seats. Volvo really brought its “A” game with its recent design language, and the beautifully styled V90 is no exception. In particular, I like the concave grille inspired by the classic Volvo P1800 coupe, its hammer light design, long hood, and steeply raked windshield. The aerodynamic coherence of the sweeping arched roofline flowing to the raked rear hatch is automotive design at its finest. Slip behind the wheel, and you’re immediately immersed in Scandinavian luxury – elegant, hand-stitched Nappa leather wraps the steering wheel, instrument panel, door trim and seating. There’s even a tiny Swedish flag sewn into the front passenger seat as a reminder of its origin. Most vehicle controls are operated via the 12.3-inch tablet-like, portraitoriented Sensus Connect touchscreen that’s attractive, bright, crystal clear and fast-acting, allowing you to swipe right and left for various operating controls. Volvo’s hallmark is its reputation for safety. The V90 carries on that tradition with a full suite of safety systems, including standard City Safety forward-collision avoidance system, and the world’s first automatic braking should the driver turn in front of an oncoming vehicle. The wagon is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo/supercharged four-cylinder with 316 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Performance is brisk, taking about six seconds to accelerate to 60 mph. If, by chance, I have tempted you to test drive the V90 Cross Country, you’ll be treated to a fantastic vehicle that’s drop-dead gorgeous, incredibly practical, and will have you riding first class every time you slip behind the wheel. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t be surprised if Americans stick with their SUVs.




Now is the prime time to explore this Midwestern hub of art, architecture and culinary delights



hicago might be known as the “Windy City” with long, cold winters, but its summers are delightful, with pleasant weather (maximum temperatures are in the 80s) and festivals and fun aplenty. Situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago is no ordinary concrete jungle, with a whopping 552 parks and 33 beaches. It is also filled with classic architecture and luxury hotels and is home to 26 Michelin-starred restaurants. That being said, it’s an ideal escape from the Arizona heat.

Art and Architecture Chicago grew in popularity during the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 – which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World in 1492 – when an estimated 150,000 people visited the city every single day for six months. Upon arrival, they discovered a city filled with grand buildings. Experience some of this grandeur yourself by booking an architectural tour. One of the most

popular tours is a 90-minute river cruise with Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. You can also take a walking tour to get inside of some of these architectural gems. For example, the Historic Treasures of Culture and Commerce tour, available through the Chicago Architecture Foundation, goes inside the famous 19th-century Palmer House, and you can stand under the breathtaking dome of the original Chicago Public Library. Of course, no visit to Chicago is complete without checking out The Art Institute of Chicago. The second largest art museum in the country, it houses one of the best collections of impressionist paintings, including works by Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir. The modern wing of The Art Institute is a peaceful place to wander. Be sure to check out Marc Chagall’s America SO SCOTTSDALE! |


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view of the city and Lake Michigan. Truly, this is a picture-perfect spot to grab a cocktail or glass of Champagne and toast the sunset. If you’re looking for a bit of a thrill, check out the venue’s latest attraction, TILT. Billed as Chicago’s highest thrill ride (and the first of its kind worldwide), you step into a glass cube and tilt out over the city above The Magnificent Mile and the Chicago skyline.

Stay in Style Windows, which commemorates the American Bicentennial. They once marked the entryway to the museum, but now hang in a dedicated hallway.

Chicago by Night After you’ve had a chance to take in the architectural glories of Chicago by day, head to the 360 Chicago Observation Deck high atop the John Hancock Building to get unbelievable city views at night. Located on the 94th floor (and 1,000 feet high!) you get a bird’s-eye

One of the places you see on a walking tour of Chicago is the Reliance Building at Washington and State streets. This National Historic Landmark was the city’s first skyscraper, built in 1895 by Daniel Burnham, John Root and Charles Atwood. The building, with its unique white terra cotta and glass facade, now houses a newly opened luxury boutique hotel, The Alise Chicago (formerly Hotel Burnham) which oozes Old World charm. With 122 rooms in the heart of downtown, it’s in an ideal home base just blocks from The Art Institute, Millennium AUGUST 2017 |



Park, the theater district, and Michigan Avenue shopping (also known as The Magnificent Mile). The Alise Chicago is also across the street from the iconic Macy’s department store that was originally Marshall Field & Company. Even after a day of exploring, there’s still much to anticipate at The Alise Chicago, such as complimentary treats in the lobby (don’t miss their signature pineapple cupcakes) and custom yellow beach cruisers to see the city in a different way. The hotel is also dog-friendly, and you’ll want to make sure you enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel’s eatery, Atwood, which cooks up seasonal American food and follows the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s seafood sustainability standards.

Dine Around With the aforementioned 26 Michelinstarred restaurants, there’s no qualms about it: Chicago is a foodie town indeed. James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano is a partner in several culinary ventures that offer unique experiences, both close to The Alise Chicago. Two concepts – Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia – are housed in the same location but offer two different dining experiences. The more casual Café Spiaggia is open for lunch and dinner, serving up handmade pastas, shared plates, pastries and coffee. The cafe is a display of Italian home cooking, especially with its Sunday supper menu and family-style dining options. For a more upscale dining experience, book a table at Spiaggia, which has garnered a Michelin star and is a recipient of numerous awards. In fact, it’s consistently named one of “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants” by Wine Enthusiast magazine, giving a nod to its 700-bottle wine list. If you’re in Chicago on a Sunday morning, head across the bridge to River Roast, where Executive Chef John Hogan puts on Blues & Brunch, pairing creative morning-time indulgences with some of Chicago’s finest blues musicians performing live. Be sure to try the rabbit and waffles or mascarpone French toast. Undoubtedly, sipping a bloody mary and listening to the blues is an ideal way to end a Chicago sojourn.

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The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ seventh annual Fourth of July Freedom Fest was a patriotic party, welcoming guests to a delicious backyard picnic; a military tribute; a concert with MJ Live, a Michael Jackson tribute band; and, of course, a spectacular fireworks show. Carmen Cherry and Jaime Cerreta

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GirlTalk’s annual Connect+Inspire event was held at El Chorro, bringing more than 200 women together for an afternoon of empowerment, including motivational speeches from Lori Harder and Sara Happ. The event benefited GirlTalk’s free school program for young women that seeks to support and encourage the next generation.

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Nine refreshing sangrias sure to help beat the heat BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ


s there anything more refreshing than really good sangria in the summer? We think not! Be them fruity, herby, sparkling or sweet, here are some of our local favorites.

JALAPEÑO INFERNO Frozen Black Cherry Sangria, $8.50 The restaurant’s proprietary blend of red zinfandel is blended with almond syrup, exotic cherry and other fruit juices, then served frozen with fresh black cherries. Two locations;

LON’S LAST DROP Cowboy’s Dream, $12 Pinot grigio, aged rum and apricot brandy are combined with fresh lime, pineapple and coconut juices, with a topping of soda water – all in a strawberry-lined glass. 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley; 602.955.7878;



Samba Sangria, $6 Red wine is mixed with cachaça, which is a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice, triple sec and fresh juices. 2922 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.1407;

Rosé Sangria, $8 Côtes de Provence Rosé, fresh peaches, mint and organic agave are blended and steeped for a week, and then the ingredients are strained out and served in a Champagne glass. 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.477.1390;

SALTY SOW Sparkling Sangria, $8 Elderflower liqueur plus lemon, orange, grapes and opal (or purple) basil is topped with a healthy pour of sparkling wine. 4801 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix; 602.795.9463;

SOL COCINA Red Sangria, $12 Both red and white wines are combined with gin, brandy, rum and even tequila, and then fresh juice is added. The concoction sits for 24 hours to infuse the flavors before being poured over ice and served with a splash of Sprite, an orange wedge, cherries and lime. 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.245.6708;

TANZY Sparkling Sangria, $11 Prosecco and hum liqueur, which is a botanical spirit oft-considered an elevated alternative to sweet vermouth or orange liqueur, is mixed with ginger, spices, hibiscus syrup and a fresh fruit salsa. 15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.483.325;

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN Farmers Market Sangria, $10 Organic white wine is combined with spiced brandy, lime and pineapple. 15191 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.265.4500;

BONUS: The Boulders Resort & Spa Try the “Sip and Soak with Sangria” service at the Boulders, which includes aromatic Blueberry Lavender Sangria during an AVEDA foot soak in the salon followed by nail grooming, an exfoliating food scrub, a massage, and a five-minute Dazzle Dry polish application for $79 (available to local residents and resort guests). 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree; 480.488.9009;



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The Roasted Spanish Octopus ($12) at T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa is a can’t-miss summer menu starter. To create this Mediterranean-meets-Southwestern masterpiece, Executive Chef Todd Allison blanches the octopus in salt water, and then braises it in tomato juice, fennel and spices for three hours to elicit flavor and tenderness. For added texture and a hint of crispness, the octopus is cooked in a wood-burning oven. The finishing touches? A sweet-yet-smoky piquillo pepper aioli, charred romaine, and grilled local cactus, which adds tartness and an unmistakably Arizona flair.

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Cool dishes for those hot summer nights



hen it’s this hot, sometimes the best comfort food is that of the cold variety. Luckily, these nine eateries have your back when it comes to beating the heat, with chilled dishes ranging from fresh seafood to supercool soup.



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Grassroots Kitchen & Tap Dish: #1 Tuna Poke, $14 Details: Chef Christopher Collins adds a little Hawaiian flair onto his otherwise Southern-inspired menu with this shareable starter of ahi tuna mixed with shrimp, avocado, scallions, cilantro, jalapeno and agave ponzu, placed on a bed of crisp wontons. 8120 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.699.0699;

Hearth ’61 Dish: Ahi Tartare, $16 Details: Cool down at Mountain Shadow’s signature eatery with ahi tartare, Persian cucumbers, shishito peppers and shaved turnips served with delicate puffed rice shells. 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.624.5400;

S&V Urban Italian Dish: Smoked Salmon Tower, $12 Details: Layers of diced smoked salmon, avocado and tomato relish are piled high and plated in the center of sliced cucumbers and radishes, topped with cracked black pepper olive oil. 9343 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.451.1850; www.sandvscottsdale. com.

J&G Steakhouse Dish: Watermelon Gazpacho, $12 Details: Get a spoonful of summer with J&G Steakhouse’s almost-too-pretty-to-eat watermelon gazpacho. This chilled soup blends fresh watermelon with a secret combination of spices. It’s then poured tableside over a steamed shrimp and accented with tarragon oil. 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.214.8000;

Sushi Roku Dish: Fluke Kumquat Sashimi, $18.50 Details: The mild and slightly sweet taste of fluke – also known as summer flounder – is accented with yuzu vinaigrette and flavorful kumquats for a twist on classic sashimi. 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.2121;

Just A Splash Bar & Grill Dish: Crab Salad, $16 Details: This perfectly light summer salad – that you can eat poolside at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, no less – is comprised of fresh chilled crab, avocado and cilantro with zesty lime and locally made tortilla chips. 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix; 480.293.5000;

Tomaso’s When in Rome Dish: Mozzarella di Bufala Caprese, $16 Details: Start your Italian feast with this year-round staple, which features heirloom tomatoes and freshly pulled buffalo mozzarella, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. 23655 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.404.6085;

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Dish: Smoking Shellfish Tower, market price Details: Before digging into classic surf-and-turf fare, try the impressive, custom-built smoking shellfish tower. Featuring chilled crab meat cocktail, East and West Coast oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, and Dutch Harbor king crab legs, this tower is worth the splurge. 5455 E. High St., Phoenix; 480.347.1313;

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Dish: Peel ‘n’ Eat Shrimp, $14 (half-dozen) or $26 (dozen) Details: Served ice-cold and ready to peel, this appetizer’s shining stars are poached in classic Old Bay Seasoning, which highlights the shrimp’s flavor, and paired with housemade remoulade and traditional horseradish and cocktail sauces. 7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale; 480.596.7978;





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Approximate price per meal for one person with drink, tax and tip.

NOTE: Restaurants are randomly selected from a rotating master list. While the information about each restaurant is routinely checked, changes can occur. Please confirm all information, and we solicit your help in correcting any errors found in this guide. If you wish to have your restaurant considered for inclusion in this directory or have any corrections for this list, please email


EVEN STEVENS Hailing from Salt Lake City, this sandwich shop partners with local nonprofit organizations to give back through donating sandwiches. The menu offers a diverse range of between-bread eats like the banh belly and Reuben, plus salads, breakfast and Sunday brunch items. Catch live music on Thursdays and Fridays. 7217 E. 4th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.634.7255; www.; $ THE GREENE HOUSE As part of the Fox Restaurant Concepts family, The Green House serves up clean, California-inspired cuisine. Being a “scratch kitchen,” everything from pastas and dressings to sauces and desserts are made in-house. Enjoy the popular chopped kale salad or the bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with a bottle of wine on the beautiful wrap-around patio. On Wednesdays, bottles of wine are half price all day. At Kierland Commons, 15024 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.889.9494;; $$-$$$ HAND CUT BURGERS & CHOPHOUSE Specializing in burgers and steaks, Hand Cut serves up 100 percent grass-fed beef – born, raised, and harvested in Arizona. For the famished, their Black Angus tomahawk is an impressive near-40-ounces of bone-in rib-eye steak with a fully loaded baked potato. For lunch, The B.F.D. special includes any burger, fries and a drink for just $10 until 3 p.m. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.494.2008;; $$

RACK Rack is the Valley’s newest pool hall – and the only one in Scottsdale. With a massive patio and wrap-around bar, this is the ideal spot to gather for a game and enjoy classic pub fare like buffalo wings and nachos with an ice-cold beer. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. 3636 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.476.1035;; $$


KYOTO Recently reopened, Kyoto has been a longtime resident of the Waterfront neighborhood. They are known for their teppanyaki, playing host for parties and group gatherings wanting dinner and a show. The revived sushi menu showcases vibrant signature rolls and cucumber specialty rolls for the carb-conscious. Kyoto is open for lunch and dinner, however they are closed on Mondays. 7170 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.990.9374;; $$-$$$ MALEE’S THAI BISTRO This Thai restaurant has been an Old Town Scottsdale mainstay since 1987. Malee’s serves classic Thai plates such as the spicy drunken dragon noodles (pad kee mao) and slow-cooked short rib mussamon curry but also a few Vietnamese and Chinese-inspired originals. With many tofu options, Malee’s is also very vegetarian friendly. Delivery options available. 7131 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.947.6042;; $$ SLANTED RICE This chic Vietnamese bistro is the sister restaurant to Saigon Kitchen in Surprise. The Tran Family has created a menu of traditional and modern Vietnamese food that includes classic pho noodle soups and crispy rice clay pot entrees that can be paired with one of their specialty cocktails. Happy hour drink specials are daily from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with discounted appetizers from 3 to 6 p.m. At The Shops at Hilton Village, 6149 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.696.3116;; $$ SUMOMAYA MEXICAN-ASIAN KITCHEN The colorful and energetic decor is fitting for this Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant. The menu is a mix of Latin American and Asian small plates, including guacamole served four ways, assorted sushi rolls, a variety of ceviche, and non-traditional fried rice and noodle dishes. Their Bottomless Brunch – served on weekends – offers unlimited food and drinks for $39 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 6560 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.397.9520;; $$-$$$


BREAKFAST KITCHEN BAR Wake up to a redefined idea of breakfast because, at Breakfast Kitchen Bar, they have reimagined some new ways to start the day. The kitchen offers a savory shrimp scampi omelet stuffed with goat cheese and basil pesto, and for those who enjoy morning sweets, the churro waffle is dusted in cinnamon sugar and topped with Nutella and vanilla ice cream. Salads, burgers, and sandwiches are also alternatives to breakfast. Gluten-free and SO SCOTTSDALE! |


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vegetarian menus are available. Breakfast is served until 2:30 p.m. daily; happy hour starts at 1:30 p.m until close. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15147 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.361.6698; www.breakfastkitchenbar. com; $$ NOCI CAFE This quaint coffee shop run by the Noci family serves up an eclectic European breakfast and lunch menu. Guests can start their morning with a variety of breads and pastries or with a ham and cheese omelet and a side of hash browns. For lunch, hot paninis and the more filling chicken Parmesan or meatballs with ziti or spaghetti are an option. They are open at 7 a.m. daily. 9619 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.922.5201;; $ SNOOZE A.M. EATERY Hailing from Denver, this vibrant diner dishes out an eclectic breakfast and lunch menu. Known for their creative, dessert-style pancakes, such as pineapple upside-down, and several variations of eggs Benedict, Snooze offers something for everyone, with a familyfriendly vibe. It’s very popular on the weekends, but the wait is made enjoyable with one of their specialty cocktails. At Kierland Commons, 15054 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.664.3133;; $$


D’LITE HEALTHY ON THE GO D’Lite is a health-conscious kitchen and coffeehouse that features a convenient drive-thru for those who want a nutritious fast food alternative. The ‘man’ salad is especially proteinpacked and filing with a housemade tunastuffed avocado, chicken and bacon served on a bed of spring mix greens. The California club is their signature breakfast sandwich while a must-try (and caffeine-laden) smoothie is the breakfast buzz. Their 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 locations in Scottsdale;; $-$$ FLOWER CHILD Flower Child’s menu is great for mixing and matching a variety of fresh vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Items like the crushed avocado toast and hummus are fantastic guilt-free snacks, and the seasonal lemonade flavors are always refreshing. Flower Child is gluten-free and vegetarian friendly. 10460 N. 90th St., Scottsdale; 480.240.4400;; $$ MODERN MARKET Modern Market is a nationwide chain of farmfresh eateries that opened its first Arizona location in early 2017 with two stores on the way. Known for being able to satisfy almost any dietary requirement, they toss their fresh salads with a selection of housemade, glutenfree dressings while toasting hot sandwiches and baking pizzas in their 700-degree brick oven. Breakfast service starts at 8 a.m. daily. 4821 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.1131;; $$ NEKTER JUICE BAR This healthy, fast-casual juice bar serves made-to-order cold-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls. Nekter also offers cold-brew



KALE & CLOVER This mindful kitchen focuses on healthy pressed juices, salads and entrees. Flavors range from a bold, spicy tofu Thai curry to a bright farmers market salad served with a citrusacai vinaigrette. Whether on the beautiful patio or naturally designed interior, guests can enjoy glass of wine or craft beer with their meal. Vegetarian and gluten-free friendly. 20511 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.568.8707;; $$

coffee lattes, chia parfaits and pre-packaged juice cleanses that are efficient as a grab-andgo option. Order online or via their app to skip the line. Five locations throughout Scottsdale.; $


DEFALCO’S ITALIAN DELI & GROCERY This family-run deli is known for the fine Italian ingredients used in their hearty sandwiches and housemade pastas and pizzas. The maximus is a meat lover’s sandwich stuffed with prosciutto, capocollo, genoa salami, mortadella and provolone. As a market, DeFalco’s is ideal for finding hard-to-find Italian imports and specialty sausages. During the lunch hour, expect a line wrapped around the deli counter. Call ahead for take-out to skip the line. 2334 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.8660;; $$ FAT OX Fat Ox is the newest contemporary Italian concept in Phoenix-born chef Matt Carter’s family of restaurants. The restaurant is stunningly well-designed with a wrap-around patio meant for a beautiful dining experience al fresco. The Caesar salad is prepared tableside, and the menu highlights more than a dozen housemade pastas that change seasonally, plus flavorful roasted meats. The full bar offers handcrafted Italian-inspired cocktails, an extensive wine list, and internationally renowned craft beer. 6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.307.6900;; $$$

NICK’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT A North Scottsdale favorite for more than 15 years, Nick’s combines classic Italian dishes in a sophisticated dining experience at a great value. Standout entrees include fresh-made ravioli with a variety of fillings, such as the rich lobster ravioli, and veal plates prepared six different ways, such as the popular parmigiana and marsala styles. Nick’s on Frank Lloyd Wright, 13910 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.314.9445; Nick’s at Pinnacle Peak, 23417 N. Pima Road, 480.515.0096; Scottsdale; Nick’s at Tatum and Shea, 10810 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 602.953.1110;; $$ POMO PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA The Pomo family specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizza baked in hand-built wood-fired ovens. The classic margherita and signature Pomo pizzas are faultless. Their time-tested recipe is certified by the V.P.N. (Verace Pizza Napoletana) and A.P.N. (Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani) organizations, authenticating Pomo’s true Italian pizzeria experience. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. 8977 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.998.1366; www.pomopizzeria. com; $$


HABANERO’S MEXICAN GRILL Habanero’s is a fast-casual Mexican restaurant serving North Scottsdale. The delicious blackened shrimp tacos and Guadalajara-style carniAUGUST 2017 |



tas are a Diaz family recipe, passed down from Arturo’s mother and father who ran a small taco stand in in Jalisco, Mexico. Hot sauce fans will love their fiery signature habanero salsa. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Two locations in Scottsdale; www.habaneros. mx; $ SOL MEXICAN COCINA SOL features Baja California-inspired Mexican cuisine. True to the peninsula region, the menu is an array of vibrant surf-and-turf combinations. Highlights include the almost two dozen types of tacos like the adobo-marinated and grilled fish tacos with a pineapple-cucumber salsa and the filet and shrimp “El Jefe” tacos. SOL also makes more than 24 salsas fresh daily. Tequila & Taco Tuesday goes from 4 to 10 p.m. with live music. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.245.6708;; $$ TORO LATIN RESTAURANT & RUM BAR Toro is the collaborative concept of celebrity chef Richard Sandoval. The restaurant boasts distinct flavors from South and Central America. Featuring a Suviche (sushi and ceviche) bar, the menu has a lot of small plate options that are great for sharing. Sip on a cocktail from their collection of 151 rums while taking the view of rolling golf course greens. At TPC Scottsdale Clubhouse adjacent to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.585.2694;; $$


BOURBON & BONES 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 their 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. Slow-roasted prime rib is a Sunday and Monday special. Happy hour is in the bar on Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. 4200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.629.4922;; $$$ DOMINICK’S STEAKHOUSE An elegant fine dining experience, Dominick’s is a high-end, New York-style chophouse with added Italian dishes. Beyond the quality food (steaks are wet-aged for 28 days and handcut in house), what is most impressive is the luxurious pool in the main dining room. Along with their award-winning wine list, Dominick’s is an ideal restaurant to host a special event. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15169 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.272.7271;; $$$$ HOUSTON’S Houston’s is a part of the Hillstone Restaurant Group that also operates Bandera in Old Town Scottsdale. They serve up familiar steakhouse plates like a chilled jumbo shrimp cocktail, an iceberg wedge salad, and a USDA prime center-cut filet but also originals such as a kale and rotisserie chicken salad tossed in a roasted peanut vinaigrette and a Hawaiian rib-eye steak. At Hilton Village, 6113 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.922.7775;; $$$

new in town


The local favorite eatery opens its doors at McDowell Mountain BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTOS BY LUIGI RITCHIE


he Vig has finally arrived in North Scottsdale. Since it launched its first location in Arcadia in 2006, The Vig and its modern tavern-meets-backyard barbecue vibe has been a hit with the community and media alike, praised for its perfect patios, eclectic menu, creative cocktails and thoughtful touches such as bocce ball courts and live music. Over the past decade, the brand, which is owned by longtime friends Tucker Woodbury and Jim Riley, has since

grown across the Valley with locations in Central Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix and McCormick Ranch. “North Scottsdale has always been on our radar, but the circumstances had to be just right, not to mention the location,” says Woodbury, who scooped up an open space on the southwest corner of Bell Road and Thompson Peak Parkway with nearly 360-degree views of the McDowell Mountains late last year. The expansive property afforded Woodbury and Riley to spread their SO SCOTTSDALE! |


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wings creatively during the design phase, partnering with YAM Properties, AV3 Design, Alexander Building Company, K&I Architects and the City of Scottsdale on a 13,000-square-foot open floor plan heavily inspired by the timeless design of Frank Lloyd Wright while incorporating the beautiful natural surroundings into the restaurant’s setting. “Jim and I both love the simplicity of the iconic structure of Wright’s Taliesin West and the Usonian style of architecture it represents, which was the inspiration for the design of this restaurant,” says Woodbury, noting that they also outfitted the venue with sets of lockers and an outdoor restroom given its less than a mile from the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trailhead, known for its immaculate hiking and biking trails. “The setup makes it easy for guests to clean up after their outdoor activities before lounging on the patio for leisurely meals with friends and family.” Speaking of meals, all of The Vig’s fan-favorite items are available on the McDowell Mountain location’s menu, including The Vig burger, pozole, short rib tacos, and sweet potato fries with curry sauce. New items include a pork belly and watermelon appetizer and a poke bowl. This venue will also feature a cocktail called The Bitty, which is a play on a rum and Coke in homage to the Bitty Cycling Club in the area. Fifty cents from the sale of each of these cocktails will be donated to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, which keeps the McDowell Mountain trails maintained and safe for patrons. On weekdays, enjoy happy hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with food specials from 3 to 6 p.m. A two-day weekend brunch includes bloody mary and mimosa specials from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., plus halfprice bottles of wine all day on Sunday. The Vig McDowell Mountain, 10199 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; 480.935.2949;

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