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efore diving into this month’s fun-filled content, I supposed I should start at the very beginning. After all, that’s always a good place to start, right? You may notice a new photo to the left, and perhaps some new flavor and flair within the magazine. That being said, I’d like to officially introduce myself as the new Editor-in-Chief of So Scottsdale!. Although it’s not quite the new year, and holiday season has just begun, I’m already feeling the sense of wonderment, excitement, and joy that we so often experience on the cusp of something new or in the days leading up to our favorite holiday. I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the vibrant, dynamic community that is the So Scottsdale! family — from the local restaurants (page 128) and resorts (page 66) to businesses and boutiques (starting on page 82) — as well as our contributors, and, of course, our readers. In combination, these make Scottsdale so wonderfully Scottsdale. Almost three years ago, this city welcomed me with open arms (apparently you can take the girl out of Texas!) and I haven’t looked back since. Perhaps it’s because of all the exciting events; check out what’s happening this month, starting on page 56. I know my indulgent side would tell you it’s all of our crave-worthy culinary and cocktail creations (pages 70-72). It could also be Scottsdale’s fashion-forward sense, which, this time of year, offers up plenty of glitz and glam (pages 83-84 and 90). Or, perhaps it’s because of the kind-hearted, creative, and downright inspiring people who call Scottsdale home (see page 31 for our newest addition). In the pages ahead, the generosity of spirit in our community is evident. Gracing our cover is actress Laura Munoz-Bottini (page 46), who, beyond having the Old West in her roots (John Wayne is her grandfather), is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. So, here’s to a new beginning, a new journey, and an (almost) new year. Whatever new beginnings lie ahead for you, I hope that within these pages, you’ll find many ways in which to welcome and celebrate them.

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n November 7th, we lost a loyal supporter and very special friend of So Scottsdale! Magazine. His family issued this statement: Dr. Gino Tutera, MD, FACOG SottoPelle® Founder and AntiAging Pioneer, Passes Away

Internationally recognized and respected leader and innovator in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and anti-aging died peacefully on November 7, 2015. Gino Tutera, MD, FACOG, an early pioneer of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), died on Saturday, November 7, in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife Carolann and family by his side. An accomplished physician, Dr. Tutera was listed in America’s Top OB/GYN in Arizona, The Leading Physicians of the World, as well as The International Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He served with distinction as a medical director, vice chairman, and chairman of multiple hospitals and medical centers. Dr. Tutera successfully practiced medicine as a board certified OB/GYN for over four decades in Kansas City, Missouri; Rancho Mirage, California; and Scottsdale, Arizona. He initially specialized in obstetrics and gynecology and then moved on to treating hormonal imbalances in women. After recognizing the potential benefits of hormone replacement therapy for both men and women, he performed his own research, testing, and analysis in the field of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. The result was the development of SottoPelle®, his own proprietary, pellet-based, individualized, bio-identical hormone delivery system now utilized by physicians around the world. Dr. Tutera was a visionary and saw the importance of treating hormonal imbalances in relation to a myriad of medical conditions and symptomology. This was well before the connection of nutritional and hormonal health were mainstream, and before the connection between diet, health, and hormones was readily accepted or understood. Dr. Tutera was committed to helping everyone live and age well. Above all else, Dr. Tutera was a healer and was devoted to improving the quality of life for everyone. His efforts also included working with those with Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injuries, and countless other conditions where BHRT is able to play a vital role in healing and improving health. Dr. Tutera was kind, caring, and devoted to the health and well-being of his patients and there has been an immediate outpouring of accolades and sorrow from around the world. Dr. Tutera’s wisdom and legacy, encompassed and embodied within SottoPelle®, will continue to be practiced by the countless physicians he has trained and who will continue to be trained by SottoPelle® in the years ahead. Dr. Tutera will remain in our hearts and minds as we continue to grow and help others live and age well. Dr. Tutera is survived by his loving wife, children, grandchildren, friends, and countless patients. RIP Dr. T.

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up close Hurst, who holds a doctorate in executive leadership, will be moving to Scottsdale from Knoxville, Tennessee, in January 2016 to serve as president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (which encompasses nine branches), an organization she’s been an integral part of for three decades. “I’ve been working for Boys & Girls Clubs for 30 years, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the clubs in Scottsdale,” she says. “Personally, I’m really excited about experiencing new cultures, and in particular, our clubs on Native American lands and working with the board to develop our vision for Scottsdale’s kids.” Focused on serving and empowering youth, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America are made up of a diverse group of young people from all walks of life. The organization’s mission is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” Hurst believes the Scottsdale board is poised to dream big and execute in a bold, progressive manner. “The bar will be set very high because it is our goal for our clubs to be Scottsdale’s talent pipeline,” she says. “We expect every single member we serve to be globally competitive graduates, 21st-century leaders, and focus on being the healthiest generation.” As a swimmer who has called Tennessee home for most of her life, Hurst is looking forward to Scottsdale’s outdoor living, as is her husband. “[My husband] loves to golf, so when I asked him if he would consider moving to Scottsdale, it took him all of 30 seconds to say, ‘Sure!’” Hurst, who has two grown children, says her 5-year-old granddaughter is already excited about her grandparents’ move to Scottsdale, while one of her daughter’s, who attends medical school alongside her husband, may be looking to relocate as well. “They are excited about coming to Scottsdale to do internships because they are aware of the wonderful hospitals here,” she says. “I’m very proud of my girls and very excited to have my family embrace our journey to Scottsdale.”

But even more than Arizona’s beauty and great weather, Hurst is thrilled to lead an organization that has always been integral in impacting kids’ lives. She believes it takes a dedicated group of generous people with big hearts and forward thinking to touch the lives of youth. “It is such a privilege to provide young people with hope and opportunity, while significantly equipping them with the skills and values needed to realize their full potential.”  Hurst comes at time when the need has never been greater at Boys & Girls Clubs in communities like Scottsdale. “Boys & Girls Clubs hold the intrinsic belief that every child deserves an equal chance to pursue the American dream, to have a genuine opportunity to pursue their dreams, and achieve a great future,” she says. She tells a story of a former club member who donates a bicycle every year after he experienced a life-changing gift as a child. Fifteen years ago, this young man’s father lost his job, so their family didn’t have any money for Christmas gifts. “He told me, ‘I cried myself to sleep because I knew I wouldn’t have any presents, but

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when I woke up, and saw that bike, I was so excited. Every Christmas, I think about that day. I always told myself that when I had a job and could afford to buy a bike, I was going to take it to the Boys & Girls Club. I wanted another little boy or girl to feel like I did that Christmas morning.’”   It’s stories like these that keep Hurst doing the work she does. And with a staff of youth development professionals qualified to address the many challenges facing young people today, the new leader of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale says she is committed to providing world-class programs that will change lives, literally.  “How many people get to go to work each day and say that [they can change lives]?” Hurst says. “I believe I am the most blessed person in the world. This is a mission for me and the many others who serve the kids who need it the most. I believe I was called to serve the youth of the Boys & Girls Clubs, and I have a strong conviction I was led to Scottsdale for a reason.”   To get involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, visit www. bgcs.org, or call 480.344.5520.

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Scottsdale 's Top Colorist! Rodney Gentry Discusses Hot Hair Trends for 2016

After the muted tones of autumn and winter, it’s always exciting to start the new year with a new hair color and for 2016 it’s all about big, bold tones. Scottsdale’s top hair colorist Rodney Gentry has been bringing the latest hair trends to Scottsdale for years, treating his customers’ tresses to the latest looks from the world’s catwalks and red carpets. Now, he shares his tricks and tips on how to stay on trend as we head into 2016. “Think bright and beautiful when it comes to color for the new year. Platinum blondes and glowing, head-turning coppers are just perfect for the coming season. Cuts are going to stay neat and simple, so start 2016 with bold, intense color that makes a statement.” Opt for simple, sleek styles to stay on trend. Whether your hair is short or long, treat your locks to a smoothing treatment like Brazilian Keratin Therapy to keep them looking their best. Alternatively, opt for a glaze or toner to achieve the ultimate gloss effect. “Hair trends in early 2016 are going to have a really powerful element,” Gentry continues. “This isn’t the season for wallflowers, although there are still some great options for those who don’t want to make too strong a statement with their hair. We’ve seen some really pretty pastels popping up on the catwalks of late, so if platinum blonde just isn’t for you then engage your playful side and experiment with some streaks in pretty pink or baby blue for a soft, feminine look that is incredibly up to the minute.” Curls are definitely out this season according to top colorist Gentry, who is based at Scottsdale’s renowned Sachi Studios. Straighten and relax hair to keep it super straight, whatever the length, and be sure to keep it nourished as part of your coloring routine and at home. In the salon, Gentry recommends the Goldwell Colorance range. Not only are Goldwell products able to achieve fantastic color, but they also actively improve the condition of the hair while it is being treated, thanks to their patented IntraLipid

some fun with your color and make a bold statement.” For customers who want to remain on trend color-wise but want a more natural effect, Rodney Gentry recommends his expert highlighting services or Shatush hair technique. Both offer customers the chance to brighten and refresh their hair, while keeping it looking delightfully natural. Whether you want bold hair that gets you noticed or sleek, natural-looking color, top Scottsdale stylist Rodney Gentry is your go-to colorist this season.

Technology. And to keep hair looking its best, Goldwell’s Elixir with Argan oil and Tamanu oil offers weightless gloss, silkysmooth softness and exceptional shine. It even enhances the color, keeping tresses looking salon-fresh for longer. “2016 is about feeling glamorous and standing out from the crowd,” Gentry concludes. “It’s about making the most of your hair, whatever the length, by opting for bright colors and brilliant shine. You want hair that people are going to notice – that is going to make people turn to you and say, ‘Wow, I love your color!’ It’s a chance to have

Rodney Gentry can be contacted on 480.639.2000, via rodneygentry@rodneygentry.com or at www.rodneygentry.com. Visit him at Sachi Studios, 10201 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 28, Scottsdale AZ 85258.

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Carla Engel is out to transform the world of lingerie BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE

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s a mother, Carla Engel leads by example to demonstrate to her 14-yearold daughter the right way to express herself through clothing. “Personal style is reflective of our personalities, and lingerie is no exception,” she says. After all, most would agree that what a woman wears is not a one-size-fits-all equation – and neither are the garments worn underneath. This is exactly what motivated Engel to create Just Rightie Nightie (www.justrightienightie.com), an online boutique that allows women to design a nightie catered to their individual body type and style preferences. Engel’s nighties provide women of all sizes an ideal fit without compromising fashion, individuality, and comfort. The semi-customization allows selection of bra size, bra style, fabric, and length. “I want a woman to choose her level of comfort in an otherwise potentially intimidating wardrobe situation,” she says. With Just Rightie Nightie, Engel’s vision is to help every woman feel beautiful and “just right” in her own skin. Engel also loves sharing in the creative process with her daughter, Ginger. “We make road trips to Los Angeles to pick out fabric and meet with bra vendors,” she says. “It’s been so much fun, and it also provides me an opportunity to talk with her about how clothing choices say a lot about a person.”

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STUNNING DESERT CONTEMPORARY Premium lot on the 10th hole of Pinnacle Course at Troon North Golf Club. The negative-edge pool showcases an amazing 180-degree view. Clean lines, dramatic lighting, and expansive glass windows and doors are stunning. An open floor plan, guest casita, master wing with an impressive bath, gourmet kitchen and wet bar complete this custom estate.

10267 E. Cinder Cone Trail | Scottsdale, AZ 85262 4 Bed + Office | 4.5 Bath | 6304 SF | MLS 5359083 | Asking $2,975,000

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What’s your favorite local restaurant? I love Italian and we’re blessed with several great Italian restaurants in North Scottsdale: Spiga, Sassi, Pane E Vino, and Gianfranco.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market is perfect for a good but casual experience. I would highly recommend the brisket.

What gets you out of bed in the morning? Meeting my pilates instructor. She gets me off to a good start!

What’s your favorite book to read? All of Tom Clancy’s books make my reading list.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? Being awarded the 2015 Emerging Realtor of the Year from Scottsdale Area Assocaition of Realtors. My work is very important to me and receiving recognition for it is very rewarding!

What’s your favorite book to read? Hard to pick an absolute favorite but I do tend to love self improvement and motivational books. Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of my all time favorites. What’s your favorite professional sports team? That’s an easy question for me - I’m a big football fan and a huge Arizona Cardinals fan. The Cardinals team can probably hear me cheering, even at the away games.

What is your favorite sport to watch? My favorite sport to watch is basketball. Especially the Phoenix Suns. Floor seats are even better! What’s your favorite event in the Valley? Definitely the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. It’s a fun event where you can see all the action and enjoy the nice walk. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you? I swam competitively and played water polo.

What’s your favorite golf course to play? Troon Country Club, especially the back nine. The views are incredible and the course is challenging. What’s your favorite local restaurant? Pony Express has the best breakfast burrito in town! What gets you out of bed in the morning? Receiving Darren Daily text messages with the inspiring and motivating Thought of the Day. This always gets me started on the right foot. What’s your favorite book to read? The Seven Levels of Communication by Michael J. Maher.

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SONORAN HIGHLANDS Reminiscent of vintage Hollywood glamour but with modern luxuries, this designer estate has breathtaking city light and mountain views. Sonoran Highlands peninsula shaped lot surrounded on three sides by expansive natural area open space for maximum privacy. Featuring a nine-car garage: four upper and five lower with a classic motor court. With dramatic interior features, architectural curves, Venetian plaster walls, picturesque windows and three centerpiece stone fireplaces, this home is unrivaled.

 24200 N. Alma School Road 53 | Scottsdale, AZ 85255 5 Bed + Office | 5 Bath | 9 Car Garage | MLS 5348728 | Asking $2,990,000

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| TROON VILLAGE TROON FAIRWAYS 26291 N. 104TH WAY Impeccably maintained custom home on a Troon Country Club golf course lot features dramatic picture windows revealing beautiful mountain views and allowing ample lighting into the open living and dining area.

Asking $1,025,000 3 Bed | 3 Bath | 3131 SF | MLS 5328485

QUAIL RIDGE 11151 E. DE LA O ROAD Located in the desirable Troon Village at gated Quail Ridge, the open floor plan with no interior steps allows for modern living with the kitchen, family, and dining all having views of the McDowell Mountains. Featuring a gorgeous centerpiece water feature, three car garage, and a home office.

Asking $965,000 3 Bed + Office | 3 Bath | 2932 SF | MLS 5339688

TROON MOUNTAIN ESTATES 11417 E. CHAMA ROAD Mature, lush desert landscaping frames the negative-edge pool surrounded by flagstone decking. The southern exposure takes the stunning Troon and McDowell Mountain views to another level from the rooftop view deck.Â

Asking $995,000 4 Bed + Study | 3.5 Bath | 3648 SF | MLS 5338400

SKYE TOP 25555 N. WINDY WALK DRIVE 49 Professionally remodeled and found at the base of Troon Mountain, this Skye Top home features a guard-gated entrance, community pool and spa, and workout facility.

Asking $395,000 2 Bed + Loft | 2.5 Bath | 1623 SF | MLS 5333028

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WHISPER ROCK On the 6th fairway in Whisper Rock, this custom residence is reminiscent of an authentic Spanish Colonial estate.

7326 E. Sonoran Trail | Scottsdale, AZ 85266 4 Bed + Office | 4.5 Bath | 3 Car Garage | 4452 SF | MLS 5352215 | Asking $2,218,000

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| NORTH SCOTTSDALE CANYON HEIGHTS 10109 E. CALLE DE LAS BRISAS Beginning at its gated drive, this Arizona territorial residence on a private 1.78 acres complete with a generous setback, offers expansive views of the desert vistas and nearby McDowell Mountains.

Asking $1,450,000 4 Bed | 3 Bath | 3800 SF | 6 Car Garage | MLS 5342901

SONORAN HIGHLANDS 24200 N. ALMA SCHOOL ROAD 7 Possessing the refinement of an estate, while maintaining the warmth of home, this custom abounds with amenities at the base of Troon and McDowell Mountains: wood plank flooring; outdoor cooking station; pool; oscillator misting system and breathtaking up close mountain views.

Asking $1,049,000 4 Bed | 3.5 Bath + Resort Backyard | 4065 SF | MLS 5209319

THE ROCKS 27440 N. ALMA SCHOOL PKWY 111 The Rocks is a resort property that delivers high-end resort amenities – designed for the owner that wants everything taken care of for them. There are 40 Villas at The Rocks on approximately 22 acres of breathtaking high Sonoran Desert located next to the Four Seasons Resort in North Scottsdale.

Asking $799,000 3 Bed | 3 Bath | 2917 SF | MLS 5339816

SINCUIDADOS 8300 E. DIXILETA DRIVE 259 Exquisitely set at the base of Lone Mountain offering uncompromising views framed in every room, this custom exudes the detailing demanded by the most particular buyer.

Asking $1,025,000 3 Bed + Office | 3.5 Bath | 4260 SF | MLS 5352820

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PINNACLE CANYON This one-of-a-kind custom estate features historical architectural details, Old World charm and breathtaking views.

28383 N. 106th Street | Scottsdale, AZ 85262 4 Bed + Office | 4.5 Bath | 3 Car Garage | 6446 SF | MLS 5344482 | Asking $2,600,000

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TROON RIDGE ESTATES 23674 N. 113TH WAY Custom built as the personal residence of the builder, this stunning home features clean lines, retractable glass walls, and stacked stone accents to frame the up close views of McDowell Mountains seen throughout the home.

Asking $1,149,500 3 Bed + Office | 4.5 Bath | 4228 SF | MLS 5302931

CRESTA NORTE 37706 N. 102ND PLACE Situated in gated Cresta Norte, on a 1.52 acre cul-de-sac lot and oriented to enjoy dramatic mountain vistas and sunsets year round. Open great room plan has flowing living spaces with high ceilings, tile and wood flooring, walls of windows and retractable doors framing lovely views. Detached guest casita.

Asking $839,900 4 Bed + Office | 3.5 Bath | 3561 SF | Private Listing

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MIRABEL VILLAGE 10808 E. SCOPA TRAIL This new home has all the elegance you are looking for with the bonus of Energy Star Certification. Enjoy incredible mountain and sunset views from the many loggias, courtyards, and decks surrounding the home with an attached casita and custom-designed pool perfect for out-of-town guests.

Asking $765,000 3 Bed + Office | 3.5 Bath | 2999 SF | MLS 5323522

BELLASERA 30858 N. 78TH PLACE Exceptional home backs to Natural Area Open Space (NAOS) and fronts to Conservation Area - one of 15 homes on 50 acres. Resort-like backyard with extensive lighting, ramada, built-in fireplace and BBQ, two-tiered rock waterfall, reverse negative-edge Pebble-Sheen pool.

Asking $875,000 3 Bed + Office | 3.5 Bath | 4143 SF | MLS 5346257

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LADERA VISTA Privately nestled on 2.37 acres in Scottsdale’s acclaimed Troon area, this custom residence defines the best of Southwest living.

10267 E. Whispering Wind Drive | Scottsdale, AZ 85255 3 Bed + Office | 4.5 Bath | 5367 SF | MLS 5355895 | Asking $1,850,000

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| NORTH SCOTTSDALE LOS GATOS 21802 N. CALLE ROYALE This custom residence maintains integrity with its original hacienda design boasting high wood-beamed vaulted ceilings. Main house plus two detached casitas. Outdoor setting frames views of both mountains and city lights.

Asking $1,350,000 5 Bed | 5.5 Bath | 4571 SF | MLS 5331988

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DC RANCH COURTYARDS 18650 N. THOMPSON PEAK PARKWAY 1088 This fantastic modern townhome in the desirable gated community of Courtyards at Desert Park backs to natural area open space for wonderful views and privacy from your living room patio. A great room floor plan offers kitchen, family, and dining all opening to each other.

Asking $634,900 3 Bed + Office | 2.5 Bath | 2352 SF | MLS 5348182

DC RANCH MARKETSTREET 20801 N. 90TH PLACE 139 Great ground-floor condo in The Villages at DC Ranch. This condo features a great room floor plan with two bedrooms, two baths, and built-in desk/office area. Kitchen has granite counter tops and oak cabinets with upgraded carpet throughout.

Asking $248,900 2 Bed | 2 Bath | 1298 SF | MLS 5336494

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DC RANCH COUNTRY CLUB 9290 E. THOMPSON PEAK PARKWAY 238 Located on a private cul-de-sac with beautiful upgrades and one-of-a-kind heated pool with custom sparkling glass tile. The kitchen has granite counters, two wine refrigerators, wine cabinets, six-burner gas cooktop, eat-in island, stainless steel appliances, and cherry-finish cabinetry.

Asking $1,275,000 3 Bed + Office | 3.5 Bath | 3707 SF | MLS 5341547

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BOULDER PASS Meticulous details define this beautifully crafted, Lee Hutchinson designed home with custom finishes and private casita.

11260 E Desert Troon Lane | Scottsdale, AZ 85255 3 Bed + Office | 4.5 Bath | 3907 SF | MLS 5349208 | Asking $1,225,000

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| NORTH SCOTTSDALE BOULDER PASS 11071 E. DESERT TROON LANE The outstanding resort yard frames the up close dramatic view of Troon Mountain to be enjoyed all year round with south facing orientation. Interior continues to embrace the views throughout and is complimented with a tasteful use of territorial accents that lends to all types of decor styles.

Asking $1,200,000 3 Bed + Office | 4.5 Bath | 3893 SF | MLS 5361751

DESERT SUMMIT 11257 E. CAVEDALE DRIVE This half-acre backyard is perfect for entertaining with north/ south exposure, views of Troon Mountain, lighted putting green, kiva fireplace and a diving pool with waterfall. This spacious home in gated Desert Summit features five bedrooms plus an office and loft with three and a half baths.

Asking $899,000 5 Bed + Office + Loft | 3.5 Bath | 4615 SF | MLS 5341540

PINNACLE CANYON 10862 E. RUNNING DEER TRAIL This Troon North residence at Pinnacle Canyon offers views of the surrounding majestic desert scenery and the 12th tee box of the Monument Golf Course. An open designed kitchen features views of the pool, granite surfaces, and tile back splash. A true Arizona sunroom completes this lovely home.

Asking $532,500 2 Bed + Office | 3 Bath | 2078 SF | MLS 5315638

ON THE GREENS 28523 N. 101ST WAY This spacious townhouse boasts exceptional views of the 9th fairway at the Monument Golf Course in Troon North. Comfortable living space with fireplace and well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar. Community amenities include pool, spa, golf club, tennis courts and park.

Asking $399,900 2 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 2106 SF | MLS 5341587

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| LOTS AND LAND FOR SALE PINNACLE PEAK RANCH

YEARLING ESTATES

Jomax and 120th St. Lot 8

26125 N. 116th St. 1

10 Acres Asking $1,200,000

3.93 Acres Asking $745,000

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LADERA VISTA

9889 E. Happy Valley Rd. 4

10195 E. Santa Catalina Dr. 19

.65 Acres Asking $650,000

1.85 Acres Asking $615,000

ESTANCIA

TROON RIDGE ESTATES

9717 E. Estancia Way 75

23818 N. 114th St. 41

.65 Acres Asking $499,000

.80 Acres Asking $485,000

PINNACLE CANYON AT TROON NORTH

TUSAYAN AT TROON VILLAGE

10399 E. Mark Ln. 25

10902 E. Tusayan Trail 67

.69 Acres Asking $417,000

2.21 Acres Asking $399,000

DESERT CREST AT TROON RIDGE

CANDLEWOOD ESTATES

11845 E. Mariposa Grande 74

2.02 Acres Asking $350,000 WINDY WALK ESTATES 11212 E. Troon Mountain Dr. 179

.74 Acres Asking $345,000

29121 N. 105th St. 127

.60 Acres Asking $350,000 PINNACLE PEAK RANCHOS 31225 N. Black Cross Rd. 63

4.46 Acres Asking $279,000

BOULDER HEIGHTS

TROON VERDE

36621 N. Northview Ln. 38

11306 E. Monument Dr. 18

1.18 Acres Asking $249,000

.91 Acres Asking $210,000

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When it comes to the North Scottsdale lifestyle and area Real Estate, The Luckys are proud to be the eminent source for their clients. With 100s of millions of dollars in sales under their belts, The Luckys are honored to be reputed as the most proficient and skilled in the industry. Whether you’re considering listing your North Scottsdale property, or are interested in acquiring North Scottsdale real estate, working with consummate professionals is of the utmost priority. Allow The Luckys to demonstrate to you their experience, knowledge and expertise: three hallmarks that truly set them apart among industry colleagues.

Over the years Lisa Lucky has been recognized as: TOP 250 AGENTS IN THE US The Wall Street Journal

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TOP 10 WOMEN IN RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE The Arizona Republic 2015

LAURA LUCKY EMERGING REALTOR OF THE YEAR 2015 Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors

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ezza Blanquera’s floral fetish is strong. “It’s kind of abnormal how flowerobsessed I am,” she admits. Upon moving to Scottsdale earlier this year from Sydney, Australia, Blanquera took time to contemplate the direction of her life story’s newest chapter. “I thought about things that made me happy, and things that electrify me,” she says. “One of them happened to be flowers. I knew combining my entrepreneurial spirit with the floral industry was my destiny.” Blanquera followed this calling and opened My Little Posy, an online floral shop that designs artisanal bouquets of fresh, hand-picked flowers each business day and delivers them to the PhoenixScottsdale area for a flat fee of $30. Just like Airbnb changed the hotel industry and Uber revolutionized taxi services, My Little Posy is turning a new leaf in the floral industry, making flower delivery more personal — arrangements are handdesigned, notes are hand-written, and bouquets are hand-delivered. For the holidays, you’ll see the likes of red roses or white daisies, but also unexpected touches, such as glitter on bouquets. Interested in ordering your own pretty posies? Each Monday through Friday morning, check out www.mylittleposy.com and the company’s social media pages to see the posy of the day.

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What are your favorite retailers? When I do shop on my own, it is usually outdoor stuff from REI. I do have a few things from Brooks Brothers and J. Crew. What do you love most about your job? Seeing people with thyroid disease get back to great health. This is such a common disease, and so many people still have symptoms. I also love the camaraderie of working with my team. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I love being outside with my family, climbing, mountain unicycling, and exploring.

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What are your favorite shops in the Valley? Fashion by Robert Black has the best vintage dresses. I also love going to Glam Squad for color-rich gowns and DSW because shoes and sales are my two favorite words. What was it like to win the title Mrs. Arizona America 2012? It was a dream come true! I’ve met many of my best friends through pageants. Beauty queens are some of the nicest women you’ll ever meet – and they really do want world peace. For mothers who want to be comfortable yet still fashionable, do you have any tips for them? Buy yourself three to five figureflattering dresses that are on sale and make you feel pretty (and that you can comfortably eat a meal in!).

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reams of being a famous actress are starting to become reality for Scottsdale resident Laura Munoz-Bottini. “Things are really exciting right now. This summer I just wrapped up a movie that’s coming out in April called, ‘People You May Know.’ And I just found out I’ve been cast in a new television series called ‘Shot.’” The local actress, who’s done many stage plays in the Valley, as well as commercials and infomercials, is feeling the itch to segue into more mainstream TV and movies, noting that the timing is just right. “I’ve done a couple of smaller movies and TV shows, and I’m really looking forward to taking on this new role.”

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You could definitely say acting is in Munoz-Bottini’s blood, as she is the granddaughter of the great Western legend, John Wayne. However, that doesn’t mean that casting directors and agents are automatically rolling out the red carpet for her everywhere she goes. “You’d think that with John Wayne being my grandfather, it would be easy for me to get roles, but that isn’t the case at all,” she says. “I have to prove my chops just like anyone else and show I have what it takes to hold my own in this business.” Even though she grew up with Wayne as her grandfather, MunozBottini’s parents sheltered her from the limelight, keeping her and her siblings away from the Hollywood lifestyle quite a bit. “My parents were not very supportive of my acting ideas when I was younger since my mother had already experienced all the craziness [of being John Wayne’s daughter] when she was younger. In fact, Munoz-Bottini graduated with a degree in psychology and didn’t act for several years after college. Regarding how her parents feel about her acting now, she says, “Now they see how much I love it and how happy I am. They’re very supportive and are there for me all the way.”

Remembering The Duke Although the legacy Wayne left behind is significant to his fans and Munoz-Bottini, his memory is quite different in her eyes. “He was ‘granddaddy’ to us, no matter who he was to everyone else,” she reflects. “We would have dinner with him every Sunday night. At his home, he had so many fun things – tons of toys for us, a giant movie room, and exercise machines.” Munoz-Bottini says she really didn’t notice anything extra special about growing up with Wayne until a shopping

trip with her grandfather. “One day, we went shopping for an appliance, and he was swarmed by so many people that we couldn’t get through. I couldn’t believe how many people wanted to be around him and get his autograph.” She recalls him handling this with such grace. “He told everyone he appreciated them all for being his fans, but today was family day and we went on our way.” Munoz-Bottini says it wasn’t until that point that she realized just how influential and how much of a star her grandfather really was. For Munoz-Bottini, it was pretty typical to see Hollywood all around her growing up. “As kids, we hung out with people like Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, and Maureen O’Hara. It was wonderful because I’ve been exposed to old Hollywood all of my life.” She adds that while she is grateful for each and every role that comes her way, she would love to play a cowgirl one day and follow in the footsteps of her beloved grandfather.

A Heart of Gold Beyond her acting career, Munoz-Bottini is also a wife and mother of three. With one son in college and two kids in high school – and splitting her time between Scottsdale and the Los Angeles-Newport Beach area – she says the work-life balance can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. “With kids and traveling, it’s nuts. But, they are also very supportive of my career and are very excited for me. They ride the wave right along with me, and they’re my biggest fan club,” she says. When she isn’t onstage or in front of a camera, Munoz-Bottini is very involved in a number of philanthropic ventures. One that is, of course, very near and dear to her heart, is the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. “Several years ago, I got involved with Team John Wayne. We raise funds that go to Providence Saint John’s Health Center [in Santa Monica, Calif.], which houses the John Wayne Cancer Institute and the funds go to sponsor those in the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program.” Team John Wayne also raises funds for Roundup River Ranch, a children’s cancer survivor camp in Colorado. DECEMBER 2015 |

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Members of this group and her family recently began bottling and selling their own Duke Bourbon, a specialty blend made from a bourbon The Duke used to drink while on his movie sets. Proceeds from the bourbon sales will also be used to benefit the organization. For Munoz-Bottini, these charitable acts just scratch the surface. “Locally, I work with Circle the City, which raises funds to help build and support a respite center for the homeless. This wonderful public charity helps homeless Valley residents heal once they leave a hospital, rather than head back out on the streets.” Another organization Munoz-Bottini is passionate about is boys team charity, which helps former refugees relocate and get an apartment, provides food, and aides them in starting a new life. “This is a good chance for me to not only lend a hand to those who severely need it, but also is a chance for me to work with my sons to show them just how fortunate we are and what the real world is like outside their neighborhood.” Munoz-Bottini is quick to point out that while her grandfather does have a lot to do with where her career is moving forward today, she owes a lot of her passion to her father as well. “My dad’s family is Mexican. He was born in Colorado and lived a poor childhood. They struggled and worked very hard, but are now living the American dream. “My father’s family influenced me to set my mind to something and to go for it. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are. We forget that in our country, we get the chance to do and say what we want to be when we grow up and make our own choices. Not every country is like that. I have such a great balance in my life now and feel very fortunate to live here.”

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Perfect your visions of sugar plums at one of Scottsdale Quarter’s most recent additions, Warby Parker. This New York-based retailer specializes in custom eyewear by designing prescription and nonprescription glasses in-house, which allows for high-quality glasses at a fraction of the usual cost. Beyond making customers look good, Warby Parker is doing good by providing a pair of eyeglasses to someone in need with every pair sold through it’s “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program. Their first Arizona store is a sight itself, with a 17-foot cathedral ceiling and suspended globe lighting, all intended to pay tribute to the desert’s landscape. 480.498.6540; www.scottsdalequarter.com.

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One of the hottest cocktail trends has found its way to Agave, The Arizona Spa at the Westin-Kierland Resort in the form of a Fireball Facial. This new 50-minute facial features the spiced cinnamon whisky paired in an invigorating harmony with cooling herbal skin care by Éminence. The bonus? After your treatment, indulge in a complimentary Fireball Cinnamon Whisky cocktail – either The Fiery Mule or Spiced Fireball – from the resort’s Waltz & Weiser Whiskey Bar & Cantina. Prices start at $159. 480-6241202; www.kierlandresort.com.

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T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort and Spa The new Sunday Market Brunch at T. Cook’s highlights local, seasonal ingredients with an array of brunch specialties. Signature items include Chef Todd Allison’s paella, whole-roasted carved meats from the fireplace, made-to-order omelets, and “From the Bakeshop” selections such as housemade bread and pastries. Or, play chef yourself at culinary action stations, like a waffle station equipped with scrumptious toppings. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $49 (ages 6-12 are $26, ages 5 and under are free). 602.808.0766; www.tcooksphoenix.com. Salty Sow Last month, Salty Sow introduced a Sunday brunch buffet featuring breakfast and lunch items reminiscent of the farm-to-table eats the American gastropub is known for. Stand-out items include rosemary-dipped fried chicken and waffles, breakfast sausage biscuits with pork belly hash, and carved-to-order roast porchetta alongside arugula salad with focaccia and green herb sauce. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $18.95. 602.795.9463; www.saltysow.com. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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recreated, inspired by Osio’s very successful brunch menu at Central Bistro. The new brunch menu features several healthy options like an acai bowl and smoked salmon avocado toast, as well as more decadent dishes that are creative and enticing by description alone. How does a root beer waffle served with vanilla gelato (yes, gelato!) sound? Or, try The Elvis, mascarpone-stuffed French toast topped with peanut butter maple syrup, caramelized bananas, and bacon. Local Bistro’s tempting social hour (and reverse social hour) features many shareable eats, such as calamari fritti. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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Lightly breaded, these are topped with padrón peppers and lemon conserva, and served alongside a Calabrian chili aioli, creating a delicious blend of heat with a hint of sweetness. The lunch and dinner menus take their cue from rustic Italian influences — think wood-fired pizzas, innovative pastas, and mains like chicken Parmigiano. There’s also an impressive wine program, which runs anywhere between five to 10 percent below comparable restaurants in the area. Osio has a deep respect for his diners and this restaurant, which is evident in the high standard of food and service, and the sense of community and soul that inhabits this space. He notes that the totality of these features are just a small example of what has made this restaurant more approachable and a neighborhood favorite – and truly, a local bistro. Local Bistro: 20581 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.302.6050; www.localbistroaz.com.

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Through Jan. 3, 2016 The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess may just be one of the most merry places in town. Festivities include a petting zoo, holiday character appearances, a visit from Santa Claus, holiday light display, strolling carolers, a 6,000-square-foot ice skating rink, and a four-story, musically animated Christmas tree with 70,000 LED lights that twinkle along to holiday music. This event is open to resort and non-resort guests. Free; certain activities are extra. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.

Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This 30th-annual luncheon and fashion show benefiting Phoenix Art Museum League, Phoenix Theatre Guild, and Phoenix Youth Symphony will be held at The Phoenician. This year’s theme is “Gifts of the Season,” and guests will also enjoy a raffle and wonderful shopping boutique. $90-$120. jcfaris@cox.net.

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Dec. 5, 6 p.m. Celebrate the joy of giving as the Arizona Burn Foundation raises funds to benefit programs for the burn survivor community. Held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn, this annual gala includes cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, and a live auction of decorated trees. The festivities continue the next day when the trees are delivered to the home of the highest bidder for each one. Single tickets are $300, table of 10 is $3,000. www.azfestivaloftrees.com.

Dec. 5-6, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Girls, grab your favorite dolls and head to the JW Marriott Desert Ridge for a fun-filled event. There will be a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions that shows how clothing has changed over the years to reflect history, culture, and girls’ individual styles. The event benefits The Emily Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric consumer health library in the southwest. Individual tickets are $70, table of 10 is $750. www.phoenixchildrensfoundation.org.

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Dec. 12-13, 12-8 p.m. This family friendly, beach-themed festival is the first sand sculpting competition ever hosted in Arizona. Organized by renowned multimedia artist Sean Fitzpatrick, this live competition at Salt River Fields features 10 world-class artists building one-of-a-kind sand sculptures. Enjoy live entertainment, holiday shopping, and free sandcastle lessons, too. $23. www.saltriverfields.com.

New Year’s Eve Celebration Dec. 31, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. End the year on a high note with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall. This year’s performances include the famous Strauss waltzes and seasonal classics, as well as Broadway and contemporary favorites – all with a complimentary glass of champagne to ring in the new year. $18-$83. www.phoenixsymphony.org.

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Dec. 22, 6:30 p.m. Held at The Phoenician, this ball hosted by the Desert Foundation Auxiliary presents debutantes who live in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and Carefree to the community and also raises money for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational causes. Ticket prices vary. www.desertfoundationauxiliary.org.

Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Welcome 2016 in style with this black-tie “Black and Bling” celebration. This elegant event includes an appetizer buffet for guests who purchase the Hors d’Oeuvres Package, a table, or a booth; cocktail specials; festive entertainment; a balloon drop; party favors; and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Event admission is $50, Hors d’Oeuvres package is $75, booths and tables are $700-$850. www.talkingstickresort.com.

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ARTrageous Benefit Gala Dec. 5, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The ARTrageous Benefit Gala showcases the talents of Tony and Emmy awardwinning actor and comedian Martin Short. Guests will enjoy a reception, delicious dinner, and performance by Martin Short. Proceeds support the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council and the programs of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and Scottsdale Public Art. 5 p.m. $109$1,000. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

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CAROLYN WONDERLAND Dec. 1, Musical Instrument Museum Escape into a winter wonderland this holiday season with the enchanting melodies of Carolyn Wonderland. With the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin and the guitar-slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues with the wit of a poet. 7 p.m. $27.50-$32.50. www.mim.org. SIPS AND SOUNDS SERIES Dec. 2, Shops at Gainey Village The Sip and Sounds Series is a free concert event that features live music, drinks, and food every first Thursday of the month through March. The series kick-starts this holiday season with Urban Electra, an electronic rock string quartet with influences from hard rock and pop to electronic, jazz, and original film music. The series will have food and drinks for purchase from many of the center’s restaurants. 6-8 p.m. www.theshopsgaineyvillage.com. HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING AND HOT COCOA STROLL Dec. 3, Market Street at DC Ranch Market Street at DC Ranch hosts this event throughout its shopping center and surrounding scenic landscapes. Residents and visitors alike will enjoy a lovely walk with hot cocoa in hand (marshmallows included!) and a treelighting spectacular toward the end of the evening. Free. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.; tree lighting at 7 p.m. www.beonmarketstreet.com.

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HOLIDAY PET FESTIVAL Dec. 5, WestWorld of Scottsdale Sponsored by Banner Medical Group, the Holiday Pet Festival celebrates the Valley’s furry friends. The festival promotes animal health and wellness with a day of interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions, on-site animal care professionals, animal adoptions, and the latest in animal merchandise from pet foods to pet products. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. www.holidaypetfestival.com. A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS Dec. 6, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Internationally recognized for its signature brand of electroluminescent artistry and poignant storytelling, New Orleans’ Lightwire Theater creates and delivers innovative theatrical experiences to audiences worldwide. Brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s “A Very Electric Christmas.” Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship, and hope set to a timeless holiday soundtrack including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, and Tchaikovsky. 2 p.m. $29$49. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. HOLIDAY ARTWALK Dec. 10, Main Street and Marshall Way (Old Town Scottsdale) Hundreds of fine artists are shown by Scottsdale galleries each Thursday, and during the holidays, the ArtWalk is extra special. Stroll through galleries at your own pace, dine at the surrounding restaurants, and enjoy the scenic landscape of Old Town Scottsdale. 7-9 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalegalleries.com. SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS LUNCHEON Dec. 11, The Phoenician Scottsdale Leadership, a nationally acclaimed leadership development and community stewardship organization, hosts its 16th Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards. This event honors individual and corporate leaders who have contributed significant time, energy, and resources to improve Scottsdale’s community. This year’s event is particularly special, as it kicks off Scottsdale Leadership’s 30th year. Award recipients include Dr. Frances Mills-Yerger, Honorable Mary Manross, Grace C. Taskinsoy, and Cactus Flower Florists. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. www.scottsdaleleadership.org. THE NUTCRACKER Dec. 11-27, Symphony Hall The magic of “The Nutcracker” illuminates the stage with more than 150 performers, hundreds of costumes, and the beauty and athleticism of Ballet Arizona’s nationally recognized dancers. Choreography by artistic director Ib Andersen is set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. $25-$164. For showtimes, visit www.balletaz.org. GRIMALDI’S PIZZERIA CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISER Dec. 12, DC Ranch Grimaldi’s Grimaldi’s Pizzeria celebrates the season of giving by collecting new and unwrapped gifts

Las Noches de las Luminarias Through Dec. 31, Desert Botanical Garden

The Valley’s brightest holiday event is back and brighter than ever before. More than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags will light up the desert sky this holiday season at the Desert Botanical Garden. Enjoy picturesque views of the desert landscape, listen to live performances, and watch the night sky sparkle. Select nights only; check event website for details. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $30. www.dbg.org.

for Toys for Tots at all Valley locations. Toys for Tots is designed to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the whimsy of the holidays. The fundraiser will conclude on Dec. 12 at the DC Ranch Grimaldi’s, where the collected gifts will be presented to the Toys for Tots organization. Attendees will enjoy free refreshments, live entertainment, and pictures with Santa Claus. 12-2 p.m. Free. www.grimaldispizzeria.com. MÖTLEY CRÜE Dec. 19, Talking Stick Resort Arena Alice Cooper’s annual Christmas Pudding takes a break this year. But fans fear not; he stars as the special guest during Mötley Crüe’s final tour, “All Bad Things Must Come to an End.” 7 p.m. $21-$126. www.talkingstickresortarena.com. HEAR THEM RING Dec. 19-20, Musical Instrument Museum The Musical Instrument Museum will be jingling all the way as chimes and jingle bells fill the halls to celebrate instruments that ring. Attendees will experience performances featuring handbells, vibraphones, and more.

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Try your hand at the gamelan and learn how these instruments make their unique sounds. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $20. www.mim.org. WHOLE LOTTA GOLF GALA Dec. 27, The Phoenician Golf Club Practice your golf swing during this fun, easy game at one of the Valley’s most beautiful golf courses. Groups will be paired into teams of four and make their way around the Oasis golf course — with the benefit of putting into oversized 15-inch cups. Individual ticket prices include one drink ticket with light appetizers. 3 p.m. $70. www.thephoenician.com. NEW YEAR’S EVE 2015 Dec. 31, Talking Stick Resort Ring in the new year during this three-in-one party at Talking Stick Resort. The festivities include three party spaces each offering unique entertainment, including The Boogie Knights, DJ Diverse, DJ Tranzit, and tribute performances for AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. A dinner package includes an all-you-can-eat buffet. Doors at 6:30 for dinner, 8:30 for the party. Dinner package is $150, party package is $125. www.talkingstickresort.com.

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is the season for shopping – and the inaugural Wonderland Market is sure to bring you good cheer with a three-day shopping extravaganza at WestWorld of Scottsdale. From Dec. 4 to 6, approximately 100 exhibitors, hand-selected from across the United States, will be under one giant tent for the largest holiday market Arizona has ever seen. Shoppers will find everything from clothing, jewelry, and accessories to home decor, gourmet foods, and toys. While shopping for friends and family, visitors can also enjoy holiday music and special features such as Bailey’s Shop, Sip, Sparkle Lounge; the Wonderland Market Cafe presented by M Culinary Concepts; and a gift-wrapping and shipping station. Oil & Vinegar, the market’s official sponsor, will be offering free tastings in addition to other food, beverages, and cocktails available for purchase on-site. The event’s director, Mindy Argovitz, is thrilled to present this holiday market to Valley shoppers. “It’s so much more than a shopping event,” Argovitz says. “Anyone who loves the sights, sounds, and flavors of the holiday season is going to enjoy the Wonderland Market.” Get an exclusive sneak peek of all the action at the VIP Preview Party, Dec. 3 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at WestWorld.

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and appetizers, plus entertainment from a DJ. Half of combined ticket sales will go to Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. For those who want to get the most out of their shopping time, download the Wonderland Market app on iTunes and Google Play to see all participating vendors and how to navigate your way around the fun and festivities. And amid all these festivities, know that you’re shopping for a good cause – a portion of ticket sales benefit local charities.

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or six decades, Candlelight Capers has been a tradition that raises funds to support the programs and services of Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix. This year’s gala celebrates the history of medical education and clinical excellence at Banner and looks ahead toward a bright future for continued medical advancement. Held at The Phoenician, attendees will enjoy cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and dancing as well as an inspirational guest speaker, Jim Craig, the gold medalwinning goalie of the heroic “Miracle on Ice” 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Craig led his squad to one of the most historic victories ever over the Soviet Union. Sports Illustrated called this win one of “the single most indelible moments in all of U.S. history.”

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Among the festivities also will be the first-ever Big Dream Drawing. This lavish raffle includes a weekend luxury package at The Phoenician; a signed basketball by NBA MVP Stephen Curry and two tickets to the Feb. 10, 2016, Golden State Warriors at Suns game (with limousine transportation); Chicago Cubs spring training experience package; Apple iWatch; a getaway package to Tucson’s Casino Del Sol Resort; and a signed Jim Craig hockey jersey. This year, the proceeds will have an even greater philanthropic impact, as they will benefit academic medicine across the Banner Health system, which includes Banner - University Medical Center Tucson and Banner - University Medical Center South, aiding Banner in continuing to provide best-in-class health care to Arizona residents.

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jade bar, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa jade bar is always abuzz with activity. Indoors – with the backlit jade onyx bar –you can catch the magic of the master mixologists. Outdoors, the patio is ideal for cool evenings, where you can sip a cocktail while cozied up to the gas fireplace and take in stunning views of Camelback Mountain. jade bar’s exquisite cocktails feature premium spirits and farm-fresh local herbs, vegetables, and juices. For something that adds a bit of Southwest sizzle to the holidays, ask for a Fiery Mandarin. This vodka drink features muddled jalapeño with orange zest and cranberry juice. 5700 E. McDonald Drive; 480.607.2300; www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com.

Last Drop Bar, Hermosa Inn Last Drop Bar is a hidden gem in Paradise Valley. Alonzo “Lon” Megargee, original owner of Casa Hermosa, painted “The Last Drop” of a cowboy and his horse, which still appears inside every Stetson

Phoenix; 602.808.0766; www.royalpalmshotel.com.

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The Mix Up Bar, Royal Palms Resort and Spa

cowboy hat. The bar might be small, but it’s filled with big flavors featuring Arizona liquors and beers, and cocktails crafted with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Warm up fireside on the resort’s mesquitecovered outdoor patio while sipping a spirited concoction; try the Mesquite Sour made with High West Campfire Whiskey. Live entertainment all winter features local Arizona musicians. 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley; 602.955.7878; www.hermosainn.com.

The Mix Up Bar, Royal Palms Resort and Spa The Mix Up Bar does just that – it mixes up traditional flavors into innovative concoctions. The dark wood interior has brilliant gemstone and gold accents that create a fun and eclectic spot for sipping a garden-to-glass cocktail. Ask for the Seasonal Smash; this muddled drink changes daily and features seasonal fruits and herbs. 5200 E. Camelback Road, SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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The patio at Onyx Bar & Lounge is ideal for catching the sunset with breathtaking Valley views. This December, Onyx Bar offers a special treat with its Bubbly Bar, featuring glasses of top-tier Champagnes, usually only available by the bottle. You can select a flight of three pours of your choice of Dom Pérignon, Chandon Étoile Rosé, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, and Krug, paired with a caviar parfait. 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive; 480.515.5700; www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale.

The Plaza Bar, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess The Plaza Bar is a chic indoor-outdoor space at this iconic North Scottsdale resort. During the holidays, you can snuggle up outdoors by the fire pits, sip a hot buttered rum or Irish coffee, and watch a four-story musical tree twinkle and shine in time with the music. Throughout the holidays, you can also get a seasonal beer on tap or opt for a smoke from the selection of fine cigars. 7575 E. Princess Drive; 480.585.2694; www. scottsdaleprincess.com.

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Three milestone anniversaries commemorate Scottsdale’s commitment to the arts BY JENNIFER PARKS

o say it’s been a big year for the arts in Scottsdale might be an understatement. That’s because when it comes to the city’s art, Scottsdale is celebrating three huge milestone anniversaries: the sweet 16 of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), 30 years for Scottsdale Public Art, and 40 years for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council, which oversees all three organizations, exists to “develop, advance, and deliver high-quality arts, cultural experiences, and opportunities in Scottsdale to residents, cultural institutions, artists, and visitors.” And deliver it does.

Bruce Munro, Ferryman’s Crossing, 2015. © Bruce Munro. Photo: Sean Deckert

The Organizations SMoCA (www.smoca.org), which celebrated 16 years this past February, is Arizona’s only permanent museum dedicated solely to modern works of art, design, and architecture. Situated on 21 acres in downtown Scottsdale, it hosts 9 to twelve exhibitions each year. Outdoors, you’ll see the impact of Scottsdale Public Art (www.scottsdalepublicart.org), which helps make Scottsdale even more beautiful with numerous permanent and temporary public art installations throughout the city. Scottsdale Public Art will hold its own 30-year celebration Feb. 26, 2016, during its Canal Convergence event along the Scottsdale Waterfront. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org) showcases dance, music, theater, and film with more than 1,000 performances, educational programs, festivals, and other events each year. Its education and outreach programs reach nearly 20,000

children and adults each year, making it an integral contribution to the continued growth of the arts in our community.

The Celebration With multiple milestone anniversaries in one year, the Scottsdale Cultural Council continues to uphold its commitment to the advancement of the arts – and will be celebrating all of them at one major event this month, the ARTrageous Benefit Gala on Dec. 5, headlined by award-winning actor and comedian Martin Short. At this year’s gala, attendees will witness a 360-degree art experience and enjoy exhibitions on display at SMoCA, including Bruce Munro’s exciting light exhibit, Ferryman’s Crossing, comprised of SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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shimmering rows of reflective compact discs lit by pulses of light. At the gala, a fascinating public art exhibition designed by local artist Jeff Zischke will be unveiled. This temporary installation, suspended above the walkway between SMoCA and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, is called GemTones. It includes eight colorful, polygonal shapes with cut-out designs that resemble gems. High-powered LED lights will illuminate the sidewalk with gleaming, gem-colored, geometric patterns. Once unveiled, the public will be able to enjoy this exhibit throughout the winter season. The gala committee selected Jeff Zischke’s work after Scottsdale Public Art’s call for artists. “While all of the finalists were great, we felt Jeff’s work best represented our celebration of the three anniversaries,” says Gerri Smith, chair of the 2015 ARTrageous Benefit Gala and vice chair of the Scottsdale Cultural Council Board of Trustees.  Proceeds from the gala benefit the variety of performances, exhibitions, and arts education and outreach programs presented by the Scottsdale Cultural Council and the programs of SMoCA, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and Scottsdale Public Art. “All three of our divisions have stepped up in a big way this year to be represented,” says Smith. “We’re encompassing exposure to our modern art exhibitions, viewing a new public art installation, and, as always, enjoying a wonderful performing artist.” To learn more about the Scottsdale Cultural Council’s initiatives, visit www. sccarts.org. PHOTO BY GENE DEVINE

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But why is this education so important? “It’s easy to just raise your hands and say, ‘I don’t know, just fix it,’ and that’s what dishonest auto repair shops are banking on,” Shahe warns. “They tend to constantly offer low ball specials and low pricing to lure customers in. They also have artificially low hourly rates and pricing which is made up in non-transparent ways.” One of his favorite quotes is “The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” Unfortunately, this wisdom is not pervasive across the auto industry, and people often find themselves the victims of unscrupulous business practices. To help avoid this, Shahe offers these tips: • Free diagnostics charges are not “free.” • “Check engine light trouble code reading” is not diagnostics. • Low-ball pricing is the intent to lure you in. • “Hard sell” is done through scare tactics. • Beware of free oil changes for life. • Beware of $99 brakes. As a repair shop owner, Shahe finds the concept of swindling innocent people appalling – and that’s why he speaks out against it. “Consumers need to understand the games being played along with how to pick to honest, competent, caring repair shops. They’re out there, but sometimes hard to find,” he says. “Even if you don’t do business with me, I want you to seek out shops that are ethical, competent, high-quality, fairly priced, and truly care about their customers. Yes – you can get all of this from the right repair shop!” For more information, contact Mazvo Auto Car Care Center, 4610 North 7th Street, Phoenix, (602) 248-8711, www.mazvo.com

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2:27 P.M. Grecia Magdaleno, Dutch Bros. Coffee, Camelback Road and Central Avenue

10:10 P.M. Marshall Way, Old Town Scottsdale

11:37 A.M. Peter Harden, Scottsdale Fashion Square

12:35 P.M. Central Bistro, 32nd Street and Camelback Road

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Misty Guerriero, 5th Avenue and Marshall Way

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Tia and Lacey (dogs), 5th Avenue, Scottsdale

CJ Kessler, The Shops at Town & Country, 20th Street and Camelback Road

6:51 P.M. Susan Kricun, McDonald Drive and Cattletrack Road

4:17 P.M. Charity Silvera, 5th Avenue and Marshall Way

7:24 P.M. 5th Avenue, Scottsdale

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8:14 P.M. Chantelle Field, Bevvy, Scottsdale Entertainment District

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Marsha Bishop, 5th Avenue boutique, Scottsdale

Simone Hall, 5th Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard

3:42 P.M. Cory Missall, Camelback Road and Camino Allenada

6:52 P.M. Chad Little, Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive

8:27 A.M. Bruce Munro, “Blooms” installation, Scottsdale Waterfront

9:25 P.M. Main Street, Old Town Scottsdale

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BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Warm up with these cozy items

BY GABBY RICHMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

Chunky gray knit blanket, $79 at West Elm, 480.948.1950. Retro hot chocolate maker, Nostalgia Electrics, $50 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Cup warmer, Jura, $209 at Sur La Table, 480.292.9426. Nadra fireplace screen, $199.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Zira fire pit table, $269.95 at Pier 1 imports, online only, www.pier1.com. “Cold hands” thermal travel mug, Kate Spade, $18 at Nordstrom. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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This holiday season, let your accessories be the life of the party with these glittery, vintage-inspired, acrylic clutches from Edie Parker. Taking cues from acrylic handbags of the 1950s and ’60s, Brett Heyman founded Edie Parker in 2010, aiming to add an essence of fun and lightheartedness to luxury evening bags. Clutches range from sparkly to striped, and are offered in a rainbow of colors with creative designs and words that pop. Design one of your own at www.edie-parker.com, but keep in mind these cheery holiday-themed handbags are exclusive to Saks ($1,295-$1,495), www.saks.com. DECEMBER 2015 |

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GIFTS THAT GLIMMER

Bedazzle a loved one (or yourself) in jeweled pieces guaranteed to bring good cheer this holiday season

BY GABBY RICHMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top left ) Double Trouble Rose gold white and champagne diamond double ring, $3,435 at Isaac Jewelers, 480.941.9090. Rising Star Pave diamond double-star rose gold fashion pinkie ring, $1,695 at Isaac Jewelers.

Topaz Time Laser-cut London blue topaz necklace with diamond accents, $4,200 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688.

Cuff-ing Edge 18-karat rose gold and multi-colored diamond cuff, Lisa Garber, price upon request at Galicia Fine Jewelers.

Beautiful in Blue London blue topaz & diamond cocktail ring, Lisa Garber, price upon request at Galicia Fine Jewelers.

Simple and Stunning Yellowgold 16-inch diamond by the yard necklace, $5,895 at Isaac Jewelers.

Lace Love Yellow gold lace dangle earrings with diamond pave flower, $5,395 at Isaac Jewelers.

Say Yes to Yellow Yellow diamond briolette cocktail ring, Lisa Garber, price upon request at Galicia Fine Jewelers.

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STANDOUT SCARVES

Keep your neck warm and your outfit fashionable with one of these striking scarves BY GABBY RICHMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(From top) Button-down Knit maroon scarf with wooden buttons, Pure Handknit, $89 at Classy Jazzy Cutique, 480.513.1480.

Go Wild Lightweight animal print scarf, Kala, $110 at Judy Arizona, 480.585.9190.

Golden Ticket Gold glitter scarf, Van Klee, $24 at Diva Divine Boutique, 480.585.2570.

Pretty in Pink Sheer rose scarf with sequined bottom, Tolani, $99 at Honey B’s Boutique.

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Totally Tweed Multicolored tweed scarf with fringed bottom, Chanel, $495.95 at To Be Continued… A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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Hippie Power Blue tie-dye scarf, Truehitt, $41.80 at Honey B’s Boutique, 480.292.8912.

Fur-ever Fashionable Brown and tan ombre fur scarf, Love Token, $135 at Judy Arizona.

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Judy Arizona

Now Open Mon-Sat 10-6 Sunday 11-5

Bring this in for $10.00 off of $75.00 or more

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The Pinnacle of Scottsdale

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Blue scarf with fringed bottom, $29.95, Gap at Scottsdale Quarter. Cropped wool blazer, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, $595, Intermix at Scottsdale Quarter.

Cropped navy and red collared shirt, Rails, $138, Intermix at Scottsdale Quarter, 480.991.0365.

MAD FOR PLAID

Winter’s most coveted pattern puts a sophistcated twist on classic comfort BY GABBY RICHMAN AND CHELSEA YOUNG PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

Lavender button-down, $138, Joie at Scottsdale Quarter.

Steel silk V-neck, $258, Joie at Scottsdale Quarter, 602.283.9828.

Black and blue button-down with tribal back, Tolani, $114, Diane’s Beachwear at Scottsdale Quarter.

Gun metal button-down with pockets, O’Neill, $50, Diane’s Beachwear at Scottsdale Quarter, 480.596.3410.

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Wool miniskirt with zipper detailing, $59.95, Gap at Scottsdale Quarter, 480.991.2861.

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Scottsdale’s most stylish and creative shopping destination

OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE 7111 E. 5th Avenue Ph: 480-970-1894

BILTMORE 3147 E Lincoln Drive Ph: 480-513-1480

HAYDEN PEAK 20567 N. Hayden Road Ph: 480-513-1480

www.classy-jazzy.com

Luxury styles by: Frank Lyman, IC Collection, Liberty Garden, Holt, Savee, Sky, Atina Cristina, Robert Graham and Old Gringo.

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ALL THAT GLITTERS

’Tis the season to shimmer, sparkle, and shine

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hat’s more festive (and luxurious) than a touch of gold? Add a bit of glitz to your wintry beauty routine with these luminous finds that simply glow.

Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust. Dust this versatile, shimmering gold powder wherever you want an extra glow — your face, décolleté, shoulders, hair, or skin. You can even mix it into your favorite hair styling product or moisturizer. $15.99 at Verde Maison at Scottsdale Quarter, www.janeiredale.com, and select spas and salons. Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle 24k Gold Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask. Energize pre-party skin with this all-natural cotton sheet mask that’s pre-soaked with hydrating hyaluronic acid, anti-aging actives to help minimize fine lines, and laced with illuminating 24-karat gold. $68 at select Valley Sephora stores, www.sephora.com. Drybar Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-In Conditioner. This shineimparting hair treatment infuses lightreflecting Mica (aka sparkles) with olive oil and jojoba that leave locks soft, polished, and with a subtle glimmer. $29 at Drybar salons, www.thedrybar.com. Orogold 24K Multi-Vitamin Day Moisturizer. A rich cast of vitamins and antioxidants team up with delicate gold particles to nourish skin with a glowing daytime elixir. $178 at Orogold at Scottsdale Fashion Square, www.orogoldcosmetics.com. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Can’t Be Tamed. A glittering honey gold hue makes this nail polish the perfect party accessory. Pair it with festive ruby red or a deep shade of noir, or simply rock the sparkly lacquer on its own. $20 at Nordstrom and www.deborahlippmann.com.

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ituated on a premium lot along the 10th hole of the prestigious Pinnacle Course at Troon North Golf Club, this stunning, 6,304-square-foot home boasts clean lines, modern finishes, dramatic lighting, and expansive glass windows and doors. Amazing, 180-degree golf course views serve as backdrop to the spacious outdoor patios, which feature a sunken fire pit with built-in seating, barbecue, fireplace, and multiple entertaining areas, plus a spa and negative edge pool. The office is well-appointed with box beam ceilings, wood flooring, furniturequality built-ins, and a stacked stone fireplace. A spacious, open floor plan features a gourmet kitchen, wet bar, and a master wing including an impressive master bath with its own exercise room. A separate guest casita completes this custom-built estate. Set on 1.27 acres with four bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths, more detailed finishes include designer carpet, a glass- and metalcrafted entry door, slab granite surfaces, and a temperature-controlled wine room. 10267 E. Cinder Cone Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85262. Listed for $2,975,000 with The Luckys, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, 602.320.8415 or lucky@russlyon.com.

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Cool Deck Restorations

BY FUTURA Since 1988

Cool Deck just completed, Paradise Valley

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We take your existing Cool Deck surface that may have unsightly stains, cracks, or missing areas due to a variety of circumstances and perform our exclusive restoration service which will transform your pool/patio decking to new like condition and protect it from future damage. Futura’s high performance restoration coating system provides a clean protective color shield, for a long lasting, time tested restoration service that restores, enhances and maintains cool decking areas like new.

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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

Soak up quiet coastal life in picturesque Mendocino BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM

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endocino, about a three-hour drive north of San Francisco, is filled with diverse landscapes, from vineyards and rolling hills to redwood forests and rocky shores. Its temperate climate lends itself to vacationing any time of year (just be sure to pack layers!), and there are activities aplenty. Mendocino is a place where life slows down a bit, affording you the chance to take in stunning seaside scenery, peruse boutiques and galleries, and savor the local flavors of both food and wine.

The Drive to Mendocino As you head north on U.S. Route 101, you’ll pass through Sonoma Valley, home to undulating vineyards and some amazing wines. The town of Healdsburg is worth a stop to explore the quaint downtown area’s shops, restaurants, and, of course, wineries. Pop into Costeaux Bakery (www.costeaux.com) on Healdsburg Avenue for a slice of their award-winning Princess Cake, often garnished with holly for the holidays. As you leave U.S. Route 101 and wind across the countryside on state Route 128, you’ll pass by some of the country’s best organic wineries. The landscape transforms when you reach the towering redwoods in Navarro River Redwoods State Park. You soon end up on the Pacific Coast Highway just a few miles south of Mendocino Village.

Exploring Mendocino

A Luxury Inn Brewery Gulch Inn (www.brewerygulchinn.com) will make your Mendocino visit even more memorable. The quaint, 10-room inn was constructed on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean using 150-year-old eco-salvaged, firstgrowth, virgin redwoods pulled from the mud in nearby Big River. This boutique inn has accolades as a AAA Four Diamond property and has been a top hotel with both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast. Certified by the Green Hotels Association, the inn blends environmental consciousness with a luxury experience. Your stay includes a gourmet breakfast and an evening “light dinner buffet” that features Northern California’s rich culinary bounty. Dinner always includes a selection of local wines and brews along with delectable food that is usually natural, organic, and local. Meals are served in the Great Room alongside a four-sided fireplace with picturesque views of Smuggler’s Cove.

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The historic town of Mendocino Village, perched on the headlands above the ocean, boasts cafes and charming boutiques. Stop by the Village Toy Store, which is filled with European toys. Then, pop into The Gallery Bookshop, a cozy independent bookstore with spectacular ocean views. About 15 minutes north of Mendocino Village is Fort Bragg, home to Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (www.gardenbythesea.org). With 47 acres overlooking the Pacific, this is one of only a few public gardens that reaches the coast. During December, thousands of twinkling lights fill the gardens. While in Fort Bragg, opt for dinner at Mendo Bistro (www.mendobistro.com) on Main Street. The locally sourced options include housemade pastas and hearty meals of duck, venison, quail, and seafood. You can’t leave the area without a wine tasting, and the famed Anderson Valley is just a short drive away. Here, you’ll find wonderful pinot noir at Lula Cellars and great sparkling wines at Scharffenberger Cellars and Roederer Estate. Whether you’re hunting for the best pinot, embarking on a whale watching excursion (yes, they have those too), or simply seeking a chance to slow down and relax, you’re sure to discover a bit of your own quiet paradise in Mendocino.

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vital stats: 2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali

2016 GMC YUKON XL DENALI

Base Price: $67,745 Price as Tested: $76,600 Seating: Up to 9 Engine: 6.2-L EcoTec3 V-8 Horsepower: 420 hp

One of the best luxury SUVs in the world

Fuel Economy: 14/20 mpg city/highway BY JIM PRUETER

Fab Features: Exceptionally luxurious interior appointments Technologically advanced Lots of room for people and cargo Better-than-expected gas mileage

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hen you think about it, what has happened to the GMC is remarkable. A brand once known as a hay hauler on farms is suddenly in the ranks of brands like Rolex and Prada. The Yukon XL Denali, the redesigned, full-size, sport utility vehicle has quickly become the ride for more brand-appreciative drivers. It also goes to show that, even though the full-size SUV market isn’t what it once was, there are still sufficient buyers to constitute an appealing market segment. Today, modern SUVs are primarily crossover vehicles built on platforms used for passenger cars. The Yukon XL Denali

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is a throwback vehicle, among the few that are still built on a truck-like, body-onplatform chassis. Car-based SUVs certainly ride more comfortably, handle better, and get more impressive fuel economy, but traditional SUVs like the Yukon XL Denali easily out-muscle them, with true fourwheel drive (true meaning the driver must manually select this mode), 8,000-plus pounds of towing capacity, and a voluminous 62.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Yukon XL Denali’s fresh styling easily beats its rivals, and it is much betterlooking than the previous generation. The interior is classier, and there are more hightech electronic amenities, optional power fold-flat second and third-row seats, and advanced safety features. Beyond being amazingly quiet, my real-world fuel mileage wasn’t bad and actually close to the window-sticker numbers, which almost never happens. I got 15-plus mpg in the city and 19.2 mpg on the highway. My top-of-the-line four-wheel drive Yukon XL Denali was exemplary, with a powerful 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Inside, many premium options come standard: perforated heated and cooled leather front seats, a heated steering wheel and second-row seats, a rearview camera, and a Bose CenterPoint Surround Sound audio system. The infotainment system also boasts an 8-inch color touch screen. New options for 2016 include an Enhanced Driver Alert Package, which adds active lane-keeping assist, forwardcollision alert, lane-departure warning, and vibrating seat alerts if you wander out of your lane. There are eight different 22-inch wheel choices and a foot-sensing power tailgate. So, for those who want and need maximum cargo and passenger capacity, combined with four-wheel drive, big-trailer towing capacity, and a luxurious interior, the 2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali is an excellent choice. Jim Prueter is a spokesperson for AAA, and his auto reviews and travel stories appear nationally in print and online. You can reach him at jmprueter@yahoo.com.

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C Patio, a new luxury patio furniture purveyor in Scottsdale, is the latest hot spot to warm you up this winter with its custommade fire pits. Whether you’re looking for a unique holiday gift, or wanting to add a romantic centerpiece to your own backyard, CC Patio’s fire pits can be tailored to fit any personality, taste, or size. Ranging from the season’s hottest fire pit trends, such as transparent onyx and stained glass, to traditional styles using granite and marble, CC Patio’s 16,000-square-foot showroom features a wide range of fire pit options that can also be mixed and matched. To get the most out of your fire pit year-round, opt for adding one of CC Patio’s state-of-the-art countertops on the fire pit of your choosing. These countertops can be converted to a luxurious flower or succulent garden in the spring when the weather warms, seasonally transforming the fire pit into a year-long backyard centerpiece. The metal base of the fire pit can also be custom designed into any shape or size to fit a backyard’s spatial needs. Crown your fire pit with beautiful glass pieces, faux wood, marble, or custom pieces that compliment your backyard decor. Today’s chic fire pits replace traditional coal or wood fires with environmentally friendly propane tanks; electrical heating (custom-order only); or safe, long-lasting, wood-burning logs, depending on personal preference and aesthetic. Prices start at $1,800 based on size, materials, and design. CC Patio’s showroom is located at 7001 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale; 480.949.4500; www.ccpatio.com.

WINTERTIME WARMTH CC Patio offers luxurious, customizable fire pits BY SKYLER SCOTT

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THE OF FASHION FROM DAYTIME CHIC TO CAPE: Mandarin knit, $129. NECKLACE: Natural stone pendant, $149. TOP: Black tank, Frank Lyman, $95. HANDBAG: Lock & Key shoulder bag, $249. SKIRT: Printed, Eva Varro, $159.

NIGHTTIME GLAM, THESE LOOKS BLEND BOLD PRINTS WITH CLASSIC COLORS AND BRIGHT HUES

PHOTOS BY CARL SCHULTZ | STYLING BY STACEY RICHMAN AND SAMANTHA LAPID MODELS FROM FORD/RBA AGENCY AND LEIGHTON AGENCY | CLOTHING FROM CLAZZY JAZZY CUTIQUE, WWW.STORES.CLASSY-JAZZY.COM HAIR AND MAKEUP BY CHANDRA CHRISWISSER AND SIMONE HALL OF ’OHANA SALON, WWW.OHANASALONAZ.COM SHOT ON LOCATION AT SHEMER ART CENTER, 5005 E. CAMELBACK ROAD, PHOENIX, WWW.SHEMERARTCENTER.ORG. ALL ARTWORK PICTURED IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.

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EARRINGS: Pearl Swarovski crystal drop, $149. DRESS: Watercolor print, Frank Lyman, $295. BRACELET: Pearl and onyx, $395. RING: Pearl and onyx, $229.

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EARRINGS: Tiger’s eye, $229. NECKLACE: Tiger’s eye, $695. TOP: Mustardcolored knit, $189. SCARF: Mustard, $39. PANTS: Printed leggings, Eva Varro, $169.

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EARRINGS: Swarovski crystal stud, $99. DRESS: Beaded neck gown, Frank Lyman, $395. BRACELET: Handmade crystal, shell, and leather, $459. RING: Swarovski crystal clear and smoke, $229.

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EARRINGS: Handwoven dogwood bloom, $179. TOP: Silver tunic, $219. NECKLACE: Handwoven dogwood bloom, $295. PANTS: Gray suede leggings, $239. HANDBAG: Pewter shimmer clutch, $159.

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EARRINGS: Handmade pearl and crystal drop, $195. TOP: Floral print with ties, $195. PANTS: Black skinny leggings, $189. HANDBAG: Pink crocodile bag, $895.

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DRESS: Animal print, Sky, $269. BRACELET: Diamond hologram, $495.

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EARRINGS: Onyx, Drunzy, $259. TOP: Cream knit three-way, $295. NECKLACE: Gold and quartz pendant, $495. BRACELETS: Gold and onyx, $149, and Druzy cuff, $149. HANDBAG: Twotone studded tote, $189. PANTS: Printed leggings, Eva Varro, $169.

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Tim and Mariana Mason Dr. Bryan and Heather Gawley

Casino Night and Silent Auction

Poolside casino games, a silent auction, and raffle prizes were at the helm of this event at the home of Dave and Christine Kingen. Funds raised benefited HaitiChildren, an organization that provides care and education to children in Haiti. Dave and Christine Kingen

Jaclyn Luke and Sheila Clary

Jessica Petelin and Lisa Turley

Lori Goldberg and Mary Korn

KK Williamson and Nita Bonilla

Mellisa Wall and Rachel Earnhardt

Julie Kurtz, Erin Scheidt, Samantha Deetz, and Kerrie Kulak

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Jeff and Tahra Inman

Tara McGillicuddy, Tyler Butler, and Erin McGillicuddy

Amy Jo Schoeberl and Christine Kelley

Live & Local

Guests gathered at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall to enjoy entertainment and creative food and beverage. Presented by GoDaddy in partnership with the Arizona Restaurant Association, this event’s proceeds benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

Lavinia Corb and Jessica Tancredi

Mikealina Mederos and Alexa Dionese

It’s your time to shine

A sophisticated mix of contemporary clothing and accessories for every budget. Find that great outfit for a night out with the girls, the perfect sexy dress for a hot date or the perfect accessory to complete your look.

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Renee Zabel and Tracy Seabaugh

Michele Sonkin, Becky Newnam, and Shanni Tromp

Carley Myers and Ashley Cheatham

AJ Schoenberger and Alexia Suarez

Lindsey Bates and Kate Timpani

Diane Roseborough and Barbara Chavez

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NOW OPEN! Michelle Zeman and Lauren McCarthy Alex Porter and Kristen Miernicki

Because every woman has a story, a crazy adventure, or just wants to feel beautiful!

Weekend Jetaway Culinary Casino Classic

Golfer Tom Lehman hosted this fête that took place in a private jet hangar at Scottsdale Airpark. All proceeds benefited Elevate Phoenix, a program dedicated to elevating the lives of the Valley’s youth.

Suzanne Emch and Emilie Hatch

Allison Batz and Mel Mecinas

Bridget Davis and Krislyn Gonzalez

Monday - Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm Sunday - 11:00am to 5:00pm

480.292.8912

15425 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 130 Scottsdale, AZ 85254

(Northeast corner of Scottsdale Rd. and N. Greenway Hayden Loop, across from Scottsdale Quarter)

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The colorful display of the charcuterie board at EVO is crafted with so many different, delicious flavors and textures, you may find yourself wondering where to dig in first. At $22, this swoon-worthy starter features a variety of artisan cheeses, cured meats, pickled veggies, and “house treats” – bone marrow, nuts, and corn on the cob are all fair game – alongside grilled Noble bread. Share this over glasses of wine, or let it be the first accompaniment to a lingering meal of Italian classics, like made-from-scratch pasta, with a modern twist. 4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.265.9814; www.evoscottsdale.com. BY CHELSEA YOUNG

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Paul Martin’s American Grill, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

MAD Greens, Caribbean Chicken Soup

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SAVORY SOUPS

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here’s something oh-so-comforting about a warm bowl of soup on a crisp wintry day. Steam wafts from the bowl, and the fragrance of familiar seasonal ingredients wrap around you like your favorite sweater. While we may not have snow and ice, we certainly get cooler, brisk temperatures this time of year. Here, we’ve sourced some of the tastiest soups in town for warming up when the chill strikes.

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Roasted butternut squash often conjures images of cozying up on a cold winter day. The best butternut squash soups are ones that balance the sweet and savory notes of the squash, and Paul Martin’s version does that seamlessly with an unexpected ingredient.

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Cornish Pasty Co. has expanded into four locations since it first opened in Tempe in 2005, and their signature pasties have never wavered in quality or taste. You’ll be welcomed into this cozypub-meets-modern-bistro by the fragrant, buttery scent of pasties. The restaurant features several traditional pasties (shepherd’s pie) as well as a few regionally inspired items (chicken tikka masala). Before diving into a pasty, enjoy Cornish Pasty Co.’s take on traditional, and some not so traditional, soups. Best Bowl: Cream of Leek, Potato, and Stilton This velvety version of cream of leek soup is a delectable take on a classic. Typically refined with a dollop of whipped heavy cream, the addition of Stilton – an English blue cheese – in this version imparts much more flavor than the original. The strong flavor of the cheese melds with those of the leeks, and the potato assists in the creamy finish.

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PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN GRILL

There’s no question that Merci French Cafe offers some of the best French cuisine in town. The contemporary decor is the perfect backdrop for the edible, made-daily artwork in the form of classic French pastries, sandwiches, and salads. From start to finish, the level of care and dedication to their culinary craft shines through in each from-scratch creation. Whether you opt for a classic French dish like duck confit or a more “American” option like crab cake, you’ll find a loving nod to the French in every bite. Best Bowl: French Onion au Gratin Where else would you (or should you) go for French onion soup than a French cafe? This soup can sometimes be prepared in such a way that it is heavy, a little greasy, and a little too boozy. That is never the case here; Merci’s take on this classic is light and airy with fragrant herbal notes and a delicate touch of white wine. The soup is then topped with housemade bread and Gruyere and Swiss cheeses. Try this on a rainy day, and, if you close your eyes, you just might think you’re in Provence.

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MAD Greens is quickly gaining traction in the Valley as a great option for quick, healthy meal options. Their motto is simple and to the point, “Eat Better,” and they provide plenty of creative options to help you do just that. All the ingredients are prepped in-house and made fresh every day. Salad creations have clever names, but the kitsch ends there. The greens are serious about being healthy and filling – and the soups are, too. Best Bowl: Caribbean Chicken Ease your chill factor with this hearty, seasonal soup. A bowl is filling enough to be a meal, or you can order a smaller cup to accompany your greens for $2.50. Although the soup is creamy, it’s dairy-free (and gluten-free, too!) and comprised of tender chicken, sweet potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes, all simmered in a handcrafted chicken stock. White rice and red beans give the soup substance, while traditional jerk seasoning and a hint of molasses and coconut provide a spicy, yet sweet, kick.

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6186 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480.991.9342 www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com There is a quiet class at Paul Martin’s, from the airy space and soft lighting to the warm and attentive staff. The experience here encompasses everything you’d expect from a restaurant serving time-honored dishes such as steak frites and cedar plank salmon. The soups here are quite filling; pair one with an appetizer, enjoy one on its own, or order before a heavier entree if you dare! Best Bowl: Roasted Butternut Squash Roasted butternut squash often conjures images of cozying up on a cold winter day. The best butternut squash soups are ones that balance the sweet and savory notes of the squash, and Paul Martin’s version does that seamlessly with an unexpected ingredient – Sonoma sage pesto. The herbaceous flavor of the pesto cuts through the sweetness of the squash and elevates the earthy tones of the soup for a rich, silky flavor, while a garnish of croutons adds a scrumptious crunch.

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DINING GUIDE BY TARYN JEFFRIES

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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 chelsea@richmanmediagroup.com.

breakfast restaurant. By focusing on early risers and providing the best quality offerings for breakfast and lunch, you get quick, high-quality dishes and friendly service. From hearty traditional dishes to protein-packed bowls and everything in between, you’ll surely find something for everyone in your party. Head in after a hike and load up on a healthy Siesta Key Cocktail or their Floridian French Toast. 16455 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.248.9602; www.firstwatch.com; $$ REMINGTON’S Remington’s is nothing short of a classic steak house with traditional dishes along with some surprises. All of their steaks and chops are grilled to order over mesquite coals, allowing the flavors of the meat to shine through. Their Tournedos Oscar are the perfect melding of surf and turf with a heavenly béarnaise sauce. Dine among live music every Friday night. 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.951.5101; www.scottsdaleplaza.com; $$$ TOM’S THUMB FRESH MARKET An artisan market, car wash, wine bar, and barbecue joint all in one place? Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market is a one-stop-shop for all the things you didn’t know you needed. Enjoy their brisket sandwich or a half rack of St. Louis ribs, get your car washed and detailed, and pick up a unique gift all at this eclectic and charming spot. 9393 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; 480.513.8186; www.tomsthumbfreshmarket.com; $$

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C3 KITCHEN Whether you live or work in the area or find yourself famished while shopping at Scottsdale Quarter, C3 Kitchen offers an approachable menu in a relaxed and modern space. Their C3 chop salad offers up an interesting combination of flavors and textures, and it’s the perfect size to revive your energy and get you back on your feet. 15147 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.998.2880; www.c3kitchen.com; $ DOWNSIDE RISK BAR & GRILL Boston had Cheers and Scottsdale has Downside Risk Bar & Grill. The mahogany bar, brick walls, and oak floors provide a rich and welcoming environment with a familiar vibe. You’ll find familiar favorites on the menu, like wings, chips and salsa, and nachos. You might, however, be surprised by the sushi options available — playful rolls, sashimi, and nigiri. 8989 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.245.6513; www.downside-risk.com; $$ EMILY’S CAFÉ Emily’s Café serves up food from the heart day after day. Come in and feel like you’re right at home at your grandmother’s house. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner most days, and while all their menu items look absolutely delectable, the true standout is their Sunday brunch. Pomegranate mimosas, eggs Benedict, perfectly crispy fried potatoes; there is no greater comfort meal. This family-run restaurant knows the key to great customer service and healthy, whole foods. 8700 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale; 480.513.2000; $$ FIRST WATCH In 1983, First Watch saw a need for a focused

ARI SUSHI Ari Sushi offers a variety of Japanese dishes that will please the tastes of everyone in your party, from sushi to teriyaki. Using only the freshest ingredients available and an artful touch, your dishes will arrive to your table with a beautiful presentation — and will taste as good as they look. Besides excellent dinner options they offer up three rolls for $13 at lunchtime. 29605 N. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, 480.585.9709, www.arisushiandgrill.com, $$ LING & LOUIE’S ASIAN BAR AND GRILL What happens when a native of Shanghai and an all-American guy from Ohio fall in love and create a restaurant? Ling & Louie’s happens. The restaurant offers an edgy and affordable experience that will please a variety of diners. The energetic atmosphere and the easily navigated menu guarantee that no dinner here will be boring. 9397 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.767.5464; www.scottsdale.lingandlouies. com; $$ SUSHI KO RESTAURANT Touted by some as the Japanese restaurant where the Japanese eat, Sushi Ko has a reputation of providing authentic fare and hospitality. The portions are generous and the restaurant features a variety of specialty items, especially during happy hour. If someone in your party is not keen on sushi, the salad options here are fresh, light and filling. 9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.860.2960; www.sushikoscottsdale.com; $$ SUSHI ROKU Sushi Roku offers a bold and diverse menu that incorporates non-traditional ingredients to create art on your plate. They offer a unique culinary experience while melding new ideas and SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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techniques into their menu. With exciting dishes like salmon sashimi carpaccio and American Kobe meatballs, as well as intriguing sushi creations, your meal is guaranteed to be an experience to remember. 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.2121; www.innovativedining.com/restaurants/sushiroku; $$$ YUME SUSHI GRILL Yume is home to a meld of sushi and Korean dishes living in mouthwatering harmony. Their varied menu is sure to have something for everyone in your party. From their chicken bulgogi and vege udon to the many sushi and sashimi combinations, you’ll receive hearty portions for reasonable prices with a side of attentive service. 16459 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.247.8708; www.yumesushigrill.com; $$

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BUTTERS PANCAKES & CAFÉ With all of the breakfast dishes that you expect to see like fluffy pancakes, flavorful omelets, and crispy French toast, Butter’s delights the pickiest of eaters. For the diners looking for something a little different, they also offer up creative dishes like the Mexicana omelet, Irish benny, and the eggs verde. 8390 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale; 480.629.4333; www.butterscafe.com; $$ OVER EASY Sometimes breakfast needs to be just that, with no crazy re-imaginations of tried-and-true dishes. Over Easy is doing breakfast right morning after morning. Their menu features from-scratch items that conjure up the comfort and charisma of the Midwest. You’ll find your favorite dishes served in large portions and with a smile, time after time. 9375 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; 480.270.3447; $$ PERK EATERY The popularity of this breakfast joint will almost guarantee a wait, but it will be worth it the moment your meal arrives. The restaurant is family-run and owned, and features a Midwest mentality that will ensure that you will get to know a little about the staff before you’re done with your coffee. 6501 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.998.6026; www.perkeatery.com; $$ THE EGG I AM Whether you are looking for a decadent or light breakfast, The Egg I Am fits the bill. Their crab cake Benedict is sinfully decadent, while their Vera Cruz chicken and avocado omelet is de“light”-full. If you have room, make sure you try their salted caramel mocha hot chocolate. It is rich and full of so many levels of goodness. 10155 E. Via Linda; Scottsdale; 480.451.3447; www.theeggandirestaurants.com; $$

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ALBERTO ITALIAN RESTAURANT On any given day you can find Albert, the restaurant’s namesake, entertaining tables or in the back preparing pasta and sauces from scratch. The fresh-made bread, served with an array of dips and olive oil, is a great way to start your meal. For an interesting take on a fettuccine Alfredo, opt for the fettuccine Alberto, which is served with a cheesy tomato sauce that’s so comforting it feels like you’re being wrapped in blanket of delicious love. 7171 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.488.5800; $$

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guide LA FONTANA TRATTORIA-PIZZERIA This Italian eatery has garnered a lot of praise for providing an authentic European feel. With their housemade pastas, exquisite sauces, personable service, and approachable prices, the praise is sure to keep coming in. A first-try dish would include the capellini alla checca, a simple-seeming dish, but with the proper ingredients and preparation the flavors sing in perfect, delicious harmony. 8018 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.5100; $$ TIRAMISU RISTORANTE Charming and romantic, Tiramisu offers up a legitimate Italian experience. Open since 1991, you’ll find this family-run restaurant creating exciting and comforting dishes with the freshest possible ingredients. The dining room is very intimate so reservations are a must. Their ravioli mandorle and crema is an exciting take on ravioli, served in a cream sauce with almonds and cranberries. 10435 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley; www.tiramisuristorante.biz; $$

MEDITERRANEAN

PARS PERSIAN CUISINE If you’re looking for authentic Persian food you can’t do any better than Pars Persian Cuisine. Their chicken sultani is tender and juicy from their secret marinade. They have a vegetarian dolmeh entrée that could make you forget all about meat! Make sure to take a little food home so that you have room for their Persian ice cream sandwiches. 11144 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.551.3222; www. parspersiancuisine.com; $$ VIRTÙ HONEST CRAFT Located in the boutique hotel, The Bespoke Inn, is the charming and homey Virtù. The menu features contemporary cuisine inspired by Chef Gio Osso’s Mediterranean roots. The menu is thoughtfully crafted and plays up exciting flavor combinations. In the event that the food isn’t enough on its own, the staff mixologists are constantly coming up with new drinks featuring artisan spirits. 3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale; 480.946.3477; www. virtuscottsdale.com; $$$

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BARRIO QUEEN With all of the eclectic dining options in Old Town, Barrio Queen is a great option for Mexican food, and the decor and feel of the restaurant make it a shining star in the area. With top-notch tacos on the menu like the cochinita pibil, nopalitos cactus y huevo, and al pastor paired with the daily specials and an intoxicating drink menu, you’ll find yourself wanting to settle in and stay awhile. 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.656.4197; www.barrioqueen.com; $$ THE MISSION This highly lauded spot provides a sophisticated backdrop to your dinner. Pork is king at The Mission, with the pork belly pibil and the crispy pork and cola lime glaze are two of the best interpretations of pork belly in the Valley. All menu items offer vibrant flavors, and the Spanish-influenced ambiance makes this a great date spot. Pair your dinner with an unusual (but delicious) avocado margarita. 3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale; 480.636.5005; www. themissionaz.com; $$$

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THE HOUSE BRASSERIE If you’ve visited The Mission or Zinc Bistro, the other local dining concepts by Chef Matt Carter, you’ll certainly have expectations for your experience at The House Brasserie. The vintage atmosphere will take you back to a bygone era while the food will wow you. The smoked burrata starter is an absolute must. Venture into the entrée selections and treat yourself to the delightful seared diver scallops, all the while inhaling the aroma of vintage elegance, modern comforts, and the warmth of great service. 6936 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.634.1600; www.thehousebrasserie.com; $$$ ORANGE SKY Housed inside Talking Stick Resort, Orange Sky is definitely somewhere you go if you are looking to impress. With the attentive staff, breathtaking views, and intimate booths, you are sure to have a dinner to remember. Dine high above the city, on the 15th floor of the hotel to be exact, as you take in the breathtaking sunset. Take advantage of the chef’s tasting menu for a truly indulgent experience. 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale; 480.850.8606; www.talkingstickresort.com/ orange-sky; $$$$ SECOND STORY LIQUOR BAR Love the charm and class of days long ago, but still want top-rate creative dishes and impeccable service? Second Story Liquor Bar has an eclectic menu of cocktails and specialty drinks. Their take on the gin fizz and julep are divine. Their happy hour menu is crafted of delightful munchies; try their maple-glazed pork belly or the well-crafted caprese burger. 4166 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.945.5555; www.secondstoryliquorbar.com; $$$

SEAFOOD

SALT CELLAR Salt Cellar has been a staple in the Valley since 1971 and ranks among the top seafood restaurants year after year. Since the chef is able to procure different seasonal fish throughout the year, you will see their menu changing, which can equate to a new experience every time. 550 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.1963; www.saltcellarrestaurant.com; $$$ CHART HOUSE The Chart House is like a seafood desert oasis. While we may not have ocean views, the ducks swimming along the lake provide a beautiful backdrop for a romantic dinner. Some of the more exciting features of the restaurant are the Southwest-inspired flavors incorporated into their seafood dishes. The coconut crunchy shrimp features crab fried rice with a citrus chili sauce, which imparts a complex sweet and spicy flavor to the approachable entree. 7255 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.951.2550; www.charthouse.com; $$$

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BLACK & BLEU AMERICAN GRILL This restaurant is full of shimmer and shine, fitting of an upscale eatery of its ilk. You’ll find a menu complete with Black Angus offerings paired perfectly with Moody blue cheese, the focus of this restaurant’s name. A diverse DECEMBER 2015 |

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menu features starters like black mussels in a garlic chili sauce and charcuterie starring meats like boar salami and duck prosciutto. For dinner you can linger over a prime, 45-day, dry-aged rib-eye rubbed with Maldon sea salt and tellicherry black pepper. Contrary to other steakhouses, you will find that Black & Bleu offers more traditional complete meals, as opposed to all a la carte items. 9343 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.767.1810; $$$ BOURBON STEAK Any dinner that starts off with complimentary duck fat fries has all the signs of an amazing experience. The dining room is created to invoke a romantic and intimate feel. With so many enticing selections, your best bet is to leave it all in the hands of the chef with the tasting menu. All that’s left for you to do is settle in and prepare to be dazzled. 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.513.6002; www.scottsdaleprincess.com/sip-savor; $$$$ J & G STEAKHOUSE When making reservations, be sure to ask for a seat by the window to enjoy amazing views of the city. Couple that with a sophisticated selection of classic dishes of premium meats and fresh seafood, crafted by Chef JeanGeorges Vongerichten, and you have a foolproof setting for a special occasion. 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.214.8000; www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com; $$$

WINE BARS

LAWRENCE DUNHAM VINEYARDS While the actual Lawrence Dunham vineyards are a car trip out of town, in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills, you can now enjoy wine tastings after a much shorter drive. The owners of the vineyard opened a tasting space where guests can enjoy their wines in Downtown Scottsdale. The vineyard’s wines are courted by a delightful menu crafted in the open kitchen. Try the Flights & Bites series, which includes perfectly paired wines and appetizers along with live acoustic music. 6951 E. 1st St., Scottsdale; 480.664.4822; www.ldvwinegallery.com; $$ SORSO WINE ROOM Whether you are in need of an approachable everyday wine or something truly remarkable for a special celebration, you will find all that your inner sommelier’s heart desires. There are 32 wines on-tap, allowing guests to taste their way through different regions and vintages with a full glass or just a taste. Additionally, they offer more than 100 wines from all over the world, by glass or bottle. The small menu is full of items hand-picked to pair perfectly with your chosen glass of vino. 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 150, Scottsdale; 480.951.4344; www.sorsowineroom.com; $$ THE LIVING ROOM If you desire a relaxed atmosphere, a place without pretention, and the energy of a bar, the Living Room might be perfect for you. They boast a delightful sangria that is made in-house, and a wine list that covers all corners of the globe. The menu options range from light appetizers to creative sushi rolls and sophisticated dishes to rich burgers. The wait staff are sure to meet your every need, even providing patio diners with blankets for comfort in the cooler seasons. 20751 N. Pima Road, Ste. 120, Scottsdale; 480.404.7465; www.livingroomwinebar.com; $$

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hirty years ago, Hanna Andersson began as a catalog clothing brand for children, with the intent to make clothes more comfortable and kiddos happier. Today, it continues this legacy with its catalog and retail stores across the country – and now calls Scottsdale home. Hanna Andersson (www.hannaandersson.com) – known for its bold striped sleepwear, iconic dresses, and tees – opened its first retail store in Arizona at Kierland Commons Nov. 6. Since its beginning in 1983, the unique, Swedish-inspired brand has developed into one of the leading premier children’s lifestyle brands in the United States. Hanna offers clothing for babies through preteens, a women’s collection

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