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ON THE COVER: Lindsey Schwartz. Photo by Claudia Johnstone.

Features 36 POWERHOUSE WOMAN Lindsey Schwartz has cultivated a platform to help women connect, collaborate and pursue their greater purpose

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Contents Pulse 21 UP CLOSE Paige Lund takes the reigns as the first female leader of JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn

24 BEAT Lindsay Cohen travels near and far for brides, blush and braids

26 BEAT Michael W. Obenauf leads others in the rink, into retirement and into college

28 HIS STYLE Meet Angelo Rea

30 HER STYLE Meet Zenobia Mertel

32 NOTICED Women on the scene

Now 43 HOT TICKET Spirited Sipping Seminar at Mountain Shadows

44 LOWDOWN News to know

48 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

52 EVENT Dance the Weekend Away

54 OUT Stunning resort suites

56 OUT Frozen fun

58 CULTURE Author Katrina Shawver

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It’s hard to believe it’s already July, though our hot temperatures have only begun! Should you find yourself hanging at home, rather than escaping to cooler climes, we’ve got you covered with plenty of ways to help you keep your cool and make the most of this month. Despite being in the desert, frozen fun abounds from an ice bar to a cold plunge pool to a showstopping chilled seafood tower (page 56). Keep the icy adventures going with Scottsdale’s most innovative frozen cocktails (page 86) and beauty products designed to chill (page 62). Of course, resorts offer a welcome reprieve from the heat and your daily grind. Check out our picks of Scottsdale’s top suites to snag at a steal this summer (page 54), how you can enjoy resort pools and spas for the day (page 44), and W Scottsdale’s brand-new Penthouse Suites (page 44). Prefer to bring the party to your own pool? Discover decor for your next backyard bash (page 64) – and some tropical looks to don yourself (page 70). For those eager to escape this time of year, consider a luxury lodge on Lake Tahoe (page 83) or a closer-tohome restaurant road trip to Verde Valley (page 90). On a personal note, I am very excited about our cover girl this month – Lindsey Schwartz, the founder of the Powerhouse Women event and community, an author, the host of a podcast, a former fitness competitor, a wellness entrepreneur, a mentor to so many women, and overall, the living definition of a powerhouse woman. Lindsey and I actually go back about five years; we first met before either of us was doing what we do now. It’s been inspiring to watch her journey unfold over the years, and I’m proud to say “I knew her when.” Now, you – our readers – can get to know her too, on page 36. Here is to an inspired, happy and hopefully very cool July!  ll the best, A Chelsea Young Editor-in-Chief chelsea@richmanmediagroup.com Instagram: @young_chelsea  onnect with us! C Facebook: @soscottsdalemagazine Instagram: @so_scottsdale_magazine

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Paige Lund takes the reigns as the first female leader of JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn

There are defining moments in all of our lives, moments that help shape who we are and who we will be. For Paige Lund, who grew up in a small Minnesota town called Mound with a population of less than 10,000, there were several defining moments that helped set her on the path to

making Arizona history. “When I was 13, I took a job at the Country Kitchen in the middle of town,” Lund says. “From the day I walked in the door, I knew hospitality was my fate.” Lund fell in love with hosting guests, turning strangers into So Scottsdale! July ‘19

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Pulse UP CLOSE friends over service and the fast pace of the kitchen. “I decided by high school in the late 1980s that I would one day run my own restaurant,” says Lund, who began researching college restaurant programs while in high school. “I settled on Northern Arizona University (NAU) as it had the small-town feel and familiar weather of my hometown, but with the world-class School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.” Lund’s second defining moment would also take place in high school. “At just 40, my mother retired from the workforce to dedicate her life to volunteerism with Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) in Minnesota,” Lund says. “CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children during court proceedings and in other settings so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.” Inspired by her mother’s dedication, in addition to diving into her studies once at NAU, Lund joined Gamma Phi Beta, whose philanthropic mission is to provide experiences and resources that build resiliency in girls. While there, Lund would also meet her now-husband of 25 years, Clark Lund. “In 1993, as I prepared to graduate and get married, I set my sights on a role with Old Spaghetti Factory, which had been recruiting me for some time,” Lund says. “But, in an effort to practice my interview skills, I met with one last company first.” That company was Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “This sounds funny now, but when the recruiter noted all the restaurants I would be able to manage and even wholly run if I chose to go the hotel career route, I was dumbfounded. Yes, even though I was in the hotel and restaurant program, it never occurred to me to even explore the hotel side of the coin,” says Lund, noting this turned out to be a third defining moment in her life.

Shifting Gears From that day forward, Lund would make the hotel and resort industry her career. “I started with Wyndham in 1993, taking a position as a food and beverage manager in development back in Minnesota, though Arizona is where Clark – a native of Lake Havasu City – and I longed to put down roots long-term,” says Lund, who would also work for the brand in Illinois and Georgia before earning a position at The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix in 1998. The next 20-plus years would fly by, with Lund serving in various leadership roles at a laundry list of Arizona’s top resorts including The Ritz-Carlton, Boulders Resort & Spa, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, The Wigwam and Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, among others. Along the way she would also welcome two daughters – Allyson Faith, now 15, and Abigayle Grace, now 13. “During this time I also continued following in my mother’s footsteps as it relates to servant leadership,” Lund says. She began volunteering with various organizations such as Grace & Mercy Foundation, Washington Elementary School District, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. She also joined the board of

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directors for HopeKids Arizona, an organization that brings hope to children with life threatening diseases. Lund also took on several leadership roles within the Arizona hospitality and tourism sectors. Today, she is a member of the board of directors for the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, an advisory board member for City of Phoenix Tourism and Hospitality, and a member of the national advisory board for the NAU School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. “I’ve worked hard, but would be remiss if I didn’t note that none of this would be possible without my dedicated husband, who himself is busy helping develop a church in Desert Ridge. We clearly both like to take on big opportunities,” Lund says. Speaking of big opportunities, what’s next for Lund? “Recently, I made the decision to join the iconic JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa as its first-ever female general manager,” says Lund, who took on the role at the historic resort beloved and often-visited by Mr. Marriott himself as it completed a series of multimillion-dollar renovations to public areas and event spaces. Over the next two years, Lund will lead the resort as it undergoes additional enhancements, including facelifts to the guest rooms, the spa, and various other areas throughout the property. “Our mission is to honor the history of the property while helping usher it into the 21st century with state-of-the-art enhancements and thoughtful upgrades,” Lund says. “I’m honored to work with an amazing team and look forward to raising the bar even higher for this iconic property while still maintaining its Southwestern charm and heritage.”


Celebrating 8 Years in Scottsdale Rodney Gentry, Top Hair Color Expert

Rodney Gentry is not only a color connoisseur, but also an expert with fine hair. His charm and zeal, in part, are why his clients adore him and refuse to settle for anyone else. Simply put, many of them do not trust anyone but Rodney with their hair. Keeping an open mind is how Rodney maintains his long list of loyal clients. “I keep communication open between a client and myself. I listen to people and what they have to say; their concerns or struggles with their hair. I think listening has turned into a lost art, but it’s something I do naturally,” he says. Based at Sachi Studios in Scottsdale, Rodney says he is happier than ever, having experienced many successes in Scottsdale over the past eight years. After a biking accident, Rodney moved to the Valley from Chicago, where he had owned and operated a studio. “I wanted a better, dryer climate. The humidity and cold of Chicago no longer held appeal for me.” Here, he opened a very successful studio, but running it took time away

from his true passion: coloring and styling. “I found myself reevaluating life and what was most important to me. I got back to my roots and back to what I love to do.” Rodney’s true joy and expertise is color. He specializes in creating a natural look that highlights the features of a client’s face and their complexion. By considering the history and condition of the hair, he provides each and every client with a unique experience catered to the individual. Rodney focuses on the needs of their hair, nurturing it back to full health, and providing a style that can be easily cared for at home. Rodney stays on the cutting edge of new and current trends. He is extremely knowledgeable with styling products, and almost exclusively uses Goldwell styling and color products. Enzymebased rather than peroxide-based, Goldwell color products nurture the hair at the same time as giving it a remarkably vibrant color. Along with color, Rodney performs wonders for fine hair to add volume and texture. His clients are amazed at

Hair color specialist Rodney Gentry can be reached at Sachi Studios, 10201 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 23-A1, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. For an appointment, please call 480.639.2000, or visit www.rodneygentry.com for more information.

how different their hair looks after a color treatment. When talking with a client, he can recommend highlights or lowlights to achieve the desired texture and volume. Simple drying techniques can also make a big difference for those with fine hair. Part of why clients rave about Rodney is that he shows them how to achieve the same styled looks outside of the salon. “It’s important to live authentically and to do what you love. I’m happy where I’m at because I’m able to meet really great people and provide personalized care for each,” Rodney says.


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Lindsay Cohen travels near and far for brides, blush and braids

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

Lindsay Cohen is in the business of making unicorns, and she is willing to travel to do it. “I was in my first wedding 15 years ago,” Cohen says. “That one, and every one since, have had the same problems: hair and makeup needs, and often issues.” According to Cohen, the most common issues brides have are finding enough space to host their wedding party, missing or forgotten products and – of course – unsatisfied brides who have to rush off to get to the venue for wedding photos. Enter Cohen’s first business: All Done Up by Lindsay. With mobile hair and makeup that travels to brides and their squads, Cohen takes the glam-related stress and logistical maneuvering off the bride’s already full plate altogether. “I’ve even made my way outside of town – as far as New York and Mexico – to help brides in extreme style-related circumstances,” Cohen says. In recent years, her business has also evolved into primping both women and men for other special events, and then in 2018 it evolved in a much bigger way. “I was inspired by photos of what some might call ‘unicorn hair’ on Instagram,” Cohen says. “I’d already done every braid and updo under the sun for over a decade, so adding glitter and color to achieve this whimsical style was a snap.” Enter Cohen’s second business: All Done Up for Kids. “Over the past year, I have partnered with shops, resorts and boutiques and even traveled to kids’ birthday parties using my unicorn technique to transform girls’ hair into something out of their wildest dreams,” says Cohen, who also offers adults “braid bar” classes using mannequins to help teach parents, especially dads, how to do basic and wild styles on their own children. Once Cohen began posting images from both the unicorn hair events and braid bars, a third business emerged: All Done Up for You. “It turns out that women want unicorn hair and braids as much as the girls,” Cohen says. So today, in addition to her other offerings, Cohen even has adult braid bars and a mobile “unicorn unit” for adults prepping for music festivals, pool parties and more.

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Michael W. Obenauf finds fulfillment in leading others in the rink, into retirement and into college

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

While playing youth hockey in his native Illinois, Michael W. Obenauf’s teammates voted him “most likely to be a coach” one day. “At the time, I dreamt of playing in the NHL and laughed off that title,” says Obenauf, who eventually realized that his passion for the sport outweighed his skill, and that the NHL was more of a pipedream than a legitimate career track. With the NHL out, Obenauf moved to the Valley in 2011 to study business at Arizona State University. And though he would move back to the Midwest to complete his bachelor’s degree at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee, Obenauf eventually chose Scottsdale as his permanent home, laying down his roots and beginning a career in financial services in 2016. “My approach is to coach clients and educate them. I talk to them, not at them,” says Obenauf, who is now an investment advisor representative at Scottsdale’s Wilde Wealth Management Group. But that is not the only coaching Obenauf is doing. “Last year, I began coaching youth hockey at the Ice Den,” Obenauf says. “The first time I stepped onto the rink, I could hear my former teammates shouting ‘I told you so’ in my head.” Beyond work and hockey, Obenauf has also been busy with a passion project over the past several years. “I paid for the lion’s share of my education, which was excruciatingly difficult,” Obenauf says. “So, I set out to launch a nonprofit to help enterprising young people gain access to scholarships and grants, thereby easing their financial burden.” But, as his career took off and he began dedicating more personal time to coaching hockey, Obenauf had to pivot his philanthropic plans. “Through friends, I leaned about the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club,” Obenauf says. “Already established and with over 30 years of giving under its belt, the organization raises critical funds for Valley youth and gives members a chance to take part in hands-on activities to mentor and – dare I say it – coach kids toward goals.” Obenauf was formally accepted into the organization in May, making him a coach three times over. “Looking back, I can’t believe a group of my 12-year-old teammates knew me better than I knew myself,” Obenauf says.

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Angelo Rea has perfected the art of “farm chic” looks for work and play

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Angelo Rea, an apprentice master blender at Queen Creek Olive Mill, divides his wardrobe into work and play. As part of the family that owns and runs Queen Creek Olive Mill, Rea finds himself dressing simple yet professional as a face of the brand.  “On the weekends, I’ll rock floral shirts, black jeans and a denim jacket. My work look is definitely more refined and professional – some like to call it ‘farm chic!’” he says.  Olive oil isn’t the only thing Rea is pioneering in Arizona. He also likes to be the first to try new styles. “I love making a statement,” he says. “Bright colors and bold patterns are my go-to.”  Besides being a frequent shopper at Bonobos thanks to their comfortable, classic and sophisticated staples, his favorite place for online shopping is Nordstrom Rack.   The most prized fashion element in Rea’s closet? His Hawaiian shirt collection, which he has been curating for years.  When it comes to living in the desert, Rea says fairly stable weather makes his fashion choices much easier. His best fashion advice is to be comfortable and be yourself, and for the stylish olive oil expert, sometimes that means wearing a pair of Thursday boots every day of the week.

What would someone say if they looked in your closet?   “Why do you have so many boots?”  What is your must-have item when it comes to fashion?  Well-fitted pants – 7 For All Mankind on the weekend and Bonobos during the week.  Do you consider yourself a trendsetter?   I guess I’ve never really thought about it. My friends constantly copy my outfits so, yes, maybe I am! 

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As a mom of three, Zenobia Mertel celebrates others and life in style

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As a contributor and columnist for Inspired Media 360, Zenobia Mertel covers life and style around the Valley, which gives her an upper hand when it comes to current fashion and trends. Mertel has a feminine edge behind her personal style and is influenced by forward-thinking interior designers found in magazines like Architectural Digest thanks to their affinity for textures, color and luxury fabrics. Following in the footsteps of icons such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Culpo and Caroline Daur, Mertel prefers to wear pieces by designers like Retrofete, Prabal Gurung and Temperley London. Always one to evolve in her fashion sense, Mertel’s must-have closet staple is a thin, well-cut black turtleneck because it is sophisticated and easy to dress up or down. “I have paired mine with ballgown-style skirts, skinny jeans or short silk shorts,” she says. “A fabulous pair of sunnies usually tops off my look!” Although Mertel’s career helps drive her style, she shares, “Since I cover lifestyle-centric topics, I tend to be influenced by design and pretty looks. I also enjoy dressing in a way that inspires people to push the boundaries of their own personal style.”

What is your No. 1 fashion tip? Dress for your shape and what makes you feel beautiful, and err on the side of sophisticated versus trendy. How do you transition from work to nighttime? For events, a statement heel or boot and faux fur (if in season) usually does it for me. I love wearing a top knot and a clutch for the evening, too! How does living in Arizona influence your style? It’s so casual in AZ! I like to keep it interesting by mixing casual and dressier looks (like layering) if it’s not too hot, favoring maxi dresses, wedges and classy rompers in the summer.

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Authentic, creative and passionate, Lindsey Schwartz embodies what it means to be a powerhouse woman. An author, speaker and the founder of the Powerhouse Women movement, Schwartz has fostered a community of collaboration born out of the desire to motivate other women to ditch their self-doubt and go after their big ideas. Like many women, Schwartz started out feeling like she lacked a clear connection to her purpose. Originally from the Midwest, she moved to Arizona in 2007 for her first “real job” – selling commercial carpet as a manufacturer’s representative for a flooring company. “There’s really no way to make that sound more glamorous than it is!” Schwartz says. As the recession hit the commercial construction industry, Schwartz became aware of the importance of having a backup plan and started a wellness business, her first foray into entrepreneurship, in order to pad her savings account. Schwartz quickly found that working in the personal development space was unsurprisingly more rewarding than selling flooring. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘no one has ever told me I changed their life by selling them carpet.’ Heck, I didn’t know if I ever even heard a thank you!” Schwartz says. “It felt so fulfilling to know I was making an actual difference in people’s lives, and I knew that was how I wanted to feel for the rest of my life.” After five years with her wellness business, Schwartz began to notice that numerous women in her life were stopping short of chasing their own entrepreneurial dreams, trapped by fear or self-doubt. “I saw the need for more honest conversations about the ups and downs of what it really looks like to pursue big ideas in order to show women that they don’t need to have it all together to get started,” Schwartz says. It was from this realization that the Powerhouse Women community was born. Today, Schwartz prides herself on sharing the stories of women who – just like her – have overcome their insecurities and limiting beliefs to achieve success, whatever that may look like for them. For Schwartz, motivating ambitious, purpose-driven women to accomplish their goals is all about transparency. “I’ve always been most inspired by people who have

not only achieved success but are willing to share just as much about their struggles as they do their highlight reel of wins,” Schwartz says. “The more I saw that the people I admired from afar experienced the same fears and insecurities that I felt on a daily basis, the more it gave me permission to move forward in spite of my self-doubt. I want to do the same thing for other women.”

Fiercely Female

Schwartz is no stranger to passionately pursuing her goals time and time again. Years ago, after finding herself admiring the strong women on the covers of her favorite fitness magazines and thinking she could never be like them, she asked herself one simple but transformative question: “Wait … why not me?” Those four little words sent her on a journey of self-discovery as Schwartz hired a coach and learned what was needed to become a successful fitness competitor. “It taught me that I’m fully capable of reinventing myself at any moment I choose if I’m willing to put in the work and learn the

skills and mindset necessary to become the woman I want to become,” Schwartz shares. This philosophy followed Schwartz as her career continued to evolve. Her book, Powerhouse Woman: How to get out of your own way, fulfill your unique purpose, and live a powerful life, was a work in progress for years as she dealt with fears of judgement and criticism. “I am not a writer,” Schwartz shares. “I had a health and fitness blog for over three years and published one new article per year – yes, there were exactly three articles on this blog and I’m pretty sure my mom was the only person who read them! Committing to writing a whole book – and then actually keeping that promise to myself – was the most transformational experience of my life.” Her book, published in 2017 and inspired by her “why not me” mentality, has evolved into a larger movement than Schwartz could have predicted. Now, her annual Powerhouse Women event draws a national crowd of those who are also looking for the encouragement and inspiration to pursue their big ideas. The event gathers like-minded women for a day of genuine connection, support and real-world advice designed to propel the tentative into action. In her constant quest to get out of her comfort zone, Schwartz recently launched the Powerhouse Women Podcast (available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify), which shares even more real stories about women who are chasing after their dreams. On the horizon for her are new programs based around the experiences that have had the biggest impacts on her journey. “I’m leaning into collaboration more than ever before, so a lot of my upcoming projects are also giving me the opportunity to link arms with other successful women that I adore, and I’m loving it!” Schwartz says. “As women, we’re most successful when we collaborate, share resources and genuinely root for each other to win,” Schwartz says. “I believe that women are designed to create, and that when women get into action around their big ideas, the world works better. We’re not meant to do business – or life – alone!” Powerhouse Women 2019 will be held on Sept. 7 at The Clayton House in Scottsdale. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.powerhousewomen.co.

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2019 Top Scottsdale Realtor Under 40

A Realtor To Go The Distance Lindsay Rusk

Lindsay Rusk is a licensed real estate agent specializing in buying and selling homes in Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area. Lindsay deeply cares about her clients and wants to ensure they enjoy the process of selling or buying a home. She puts their needs first, showing as many homes as needed to find the perfect fit, while understanding that patience is key. “Every day is different, which is probably what I love the most! I get to be the driving force of helping people make one of the biggest purchases of their lives. I think that’s pretty special,” Lindsay says. As a Realtor, Lindsay’s priority is to be an intermediary for her clients, handling issues before they arise. In this way, she alleviates the bad stresses that can arise when purchasing or selling a home, while keeping the process fun for her clients. “Too many agents don’t realize how stressful and sometimes scary this process can be for people so I think when you let them enjoy the process

to the fullest, it makes the transaction a lasting memory.” Previously, Lindsay worked in the interior design field, but did not feel challenged. With the support of her dad, a broker for over 40 years, she decided to follow in his footsteps to join the family tradition. In the next year she hopes to obtain her Broker’s license. “The process of buying and selling a home is something I truly enjoy. I get to meet and spend time with great people, who often become friends,” she says. When she is not working hard to make her clients’ dreams come true, Lindsay stays active with running, biking, and swimming. She is a two-time Ironman Finisher and Boston Qualifier, among others. “This sport has taught me how strong I am. I feel that pushing myself to do hard things has elevated my levels of both learning how to problem solve and keeping a positive attitude and a winning spirit.” Lindsay also volunteers within her

local race community, and has personally raced alongside two kids to complete their first triathlon at a local school program. In addition, she raises money for an animal rescue group located in Rocky Point, Mexico. With the motto to “always do the right thing,” Lindsay is both fierce and thoughtful in negotiations for her clients. Her high standards of integrity, combined with spitfire energy and a strong passion for real estate, allows Lindsay to skillfully guide clients through the entire process. “Having successful transactions and happy clients makes my heart sing, but so does being a good person. Being honest in both business and personal dealings, along with being a good friend, wife, and family member are just as important to me in feeling like I am doing life ‘right.’” Lindsay’s photo was taken at Vinum 55 in Scottsdale Hanger One. To contact Lindsay Rusk, please call 480.202.6448, or visit www.lindsayrusk.com.


2019 Top Scottsdale Realtor Under 40

Offering Peace of Mind in the Real Estate Business Jeffrey Serpa

Jeffrey Serpa is a licensed real estate agent who specializes in helping his clients buy and sell homes in the Scottsdale area. He goes above and beyond throughout the entire process, providing personalized attention to each and every client he represents. “The luxury I provide is not about price, it’s about service.” As a top-producing agent at Bloom Van Omen Luxury Group, Jeffrey is no stranger to hard work and hustle. His strong passion for real estate continually and exponentially rewards his clients when it comes to discovering off-market inventory, creatively negotiating contracts, and successfully selling homes that previously went unsold by other agents. “I aim to consistently exceed my clients’ expectations whether they are buying or selling. That is my #SerpaCertified promise,” he says. Jeffrey continues: “My profession grants me the opportunity to change lives one house at a time. I feel blessed to have an opportunity to meet so many fascinating and wonderful clients every day—many of

whom have become close friends.” Jeffrey possesses an insatiable appetite for understanding the real estate market. His extensive market knowledge and intuitiveness for opportunity, along with a systematic approach for buying and selling, offers his clients a unique edge for their real estate goals. “I strive to build lasting relationships wherever I go. I greet everyone with a smile and am always interested in serving others.” Jeffrey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from ASU and an MBA from Grand Canyon University. He is a recipient of the 2019 Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors 40 Under 40. In addition, he has been named Top Producer in 2018 by BVO Luxury Group. In 2018, he received Best Negotiator Award and Millionaire Agent Award for Outstanding Closed Production from BVO Luxury Group. Jeffrey practices his motto: “Teamwork makes the dream work!” When a client hires Jeffrey, he brings with him the entire BVO team of top producing agents, highly efficient transaction coordinators, and experienced

title partners and vendors. This collaborative, team-centered approach makes it difficult for the competition to compete. When not working tirelessly for his clients, Jeffrey volunteers with Feed My Starving Children and Habitat for Humanity. Recently, he was selected to be a part of BVO Luxury Group’s unique mentorship program to assist in the growth and success of newly licensed agents. Jeffrey takes advantage of what Arizona offers by playing tennis, hiking, and enjoying golf. As a member of Arizona Land Rover Owners, he spends times on roads less traveled. “Success is a state of mind that begins with being happy and confident with yourself. I think the key to success is liking who you are, what you do, and how you do it. Defining and measuring success by these guidelines make it possible to achieve a life you deserve, not simply one you’ve settled for,” Jeffrey says. To contact Jeffrey Serpa of BVO Luxury Group, please call 480.689.8901, or visit www.bvoluxurygroup.com.


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There’s no better time to find your perfect summertime wine than at Mountain Shadows’ Spirited Sipping Seminar for just that. On Saturday, July 20, this monthly event at the resort’s culinary epicenter, Hearth ’61, will focus on rosé in its Rosé All Day class. During the event, learning and libations will be facilitated by Jim Gallen, Mountain Shadows’ food and beverage manager (and resident wine expert!). You’ll learn a bit of history paired with plenty of samples and have extra time to linger with your newfound knowledge – and, perhaps, a glass (or two) of your favorite rosé. The seminar, which is complimentary for overnight guests and $30 for non-resort guests, begins at 3 p.m. and lasts 30 to 45 minutes. www.mountainshadows.com.

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Now LOWDOWN

BY CHELSEA YOUNG

PASSPORT TO CHILL PHOTO BY JOANIE SIMON

SUNDAY SIZZLES

This summer, Sunday nights are sizzling at Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse in Carefree with the restaurant’s all-new Prime and Wine Special. Through Sept. 22 from 5 to 9 p.m., dig into a 10-ounce prime rib, a choice of two sides, dessert and a glass of house wine for just $45 per person. Feeling famished? Diners can opt for a larger 14-ounce cut for an additional $5. Reservations can be made online. www.keelerssteakhouse.com.

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As temperatures rise, beat the heat with summer specials at resorts – even if you’re not staying overnight – thanks to ResortPass, a hotel booking platform that provides passes for the day, to the spa, and so much more. Many Scottsdale-area resorts – including Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, and Hotel Valley Ho – are part of ResortPass, offering deals at the spa and on cabana reservations as well as entrance to pool areas. With a spa pass, enjoy discounts on treatments and access to spa amenities,

while day passes are especially great for family fun at the pool. Traveling? ResortPass is available in more than 70 cities and at 150 hotels and resorts, so check out what’s available in your destination, including specials on dining and fitness, too. www.resortpass.com.

PENTHOUSE DREAMS

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, W Scottsdale just unveiled a collection of six new Penthouse Suites, which marks the first phase of an ongoing property-wide renovation this year. The Penthouse Suites feature lavish master bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, full kitchens, hardwood flooring, and en suite laundry facilities. Designed with individually distinct layouts, each suite is accessed via a private elevator to ensure ultimate exclusivity for guests. Summer rates start at $859; high-season rates start at $1,699. www.wscottsdalehotel.com.


A Transformation Story Real results from a real patient of The Hormone Zone

The Hormone Zone’s Cristina Romero-Bosch and John A. Robinson have over 24 years of combined experience in naturopathic medicine. They are experts in weight management, hormone replacement therapies and sexual regenerative medicine. Their goal is to help patients discover and maintain optimal health. For Paul, a 51-year-old patient of Robinson’s, the latter could not be truer. At his sister’s recommendation and after struggling to lose weight for years, he sought help from The Hormone Zone in 2017. Fast-forward to today, Paul has lost more than 40 pounds and has regained his zest for life. WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO GO TO THE HORMONE ZONE? I felt like my metabolism was

beyond slow. I was sluggish and couldn’t lose weight despite exercise and dieting. I was tired, my libido was low, and I didn’t feel like myself. It was time to get my life back. SHARE WITH US A BIT ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY WITH DR. ROBINSON. To start, Dr. Robinson performed a comprehensive lab analysis and measured my metabolism. He thoroughly explained my results to me in a way that other doctors never did before. After diagnosing a thyroid disorder, Dr. Robinson put me on a natural prescription of thyroid hormones and gave me a specific regimen of supplements. My energy, motivation and focus instantly

improved. He provided me with a comprehensive health plan; he didn’t just tell me what to do but how to be successful and do it right. Every time I see him at The Hormone Zone there is something else that we work on together to optimize my health. I feel fantastic and motivated!

other doctors that I have worked with are extremely friendly and helpful. They are professional and really care about your success.

WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT DR. ROBINSON AND THE HORMONE ZONE? I constantly rave about Dr. Robinson and The Hormone Zone to friends, colleagues and anyone who will listen! Dr. Robinson truly wants to optimize a person’s health, with the goal to maximize how you feel and your health potential. Plus, the rest of the staff is great! All the

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SAY CHEERS BURGERS THAT BENEFIT

Just last month, Mowry & Cotton at The Phoenician joined forces with OHSO Brewery & Distillery to launch Local-Love Happy Hour. Taking place Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to close, guests in the bar, dining room and on the porch (which is climate-controlled!), can sample their way through a vibrant selection of $5 OHSO Arcadia Vodka cocktails, which use the distillery’s own craft spirits in refreshing flavors like Meyer lemon, cucumber or rosemary vodkas, among other vodka, gin and rum selections. www.mowryandcotton.com.

Throughout the remainder of the year, Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers is providing diners the opportunity to round up their credit card purchases to give back to local charities as part of a partnership with Round It Up America, a nonprofit organization that promotes the simple yet impactful round-up practice. This summer, through Aug. 31, the charitable beneficiary is UMOM, followed by Prostate Onsite Project (Sept. 1-Oct. 31) and Pat Tillman Foundation (Nov. 1-Dec. 31). And there are plenty of deals to round up, including weekday happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and unlimited toppings on mac and cheese (Mondays) and burgers (Wednesdays). www.coldbeers.com.

NEW NOSHES

Think Italian food is always heavy? Think again! Pomo Pizzeria has rolled out a new menu that includes plenty of light options to combat the summer heat. Start your meal with bright, colorful items including prosciutto and melon antipasto; burrata bruschetta; and a pureed cold soup featuring tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, avocados and olive oil. Two summer pizzas both include burrata di bufala and prosciutto with varying fresh accents like spring mix, heirloom tomatoes, arugula or caramelized peaches. For dessert, top things off with fresh pineapple slices and blood orange sorbet drizzled with a Grand Marnier sauce. www.pomopizzeria.com.

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STATE OF HYDRATION

We all know and love Four Peaks for its brews, but now there’s a new reason to be a fan. The locally based brewery has partnered with Arizona State Parks to provide more than 50,000 cans of water to hikers this summer – for free – to help people stay hydrated during the heat. A bonus: The cans are 100 percent recyclable aluminum to help sippers reduce their carbon footprint. Find the free H2O at weekly events such as trail walks, bird-watching and stargazing camp-outs at state parks in Arizona through the end of August.


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SUMMER SPECTACULAR ARTWALK

July 11, Downtown Scottsdale Taking place primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way, this artistic endeavor will showcase galleries from the members of the Scottsdale Gallery Association, allowing guests to wander through the different styles of art at their own pace while enjoying the beautiful statues and fountains dotting the area. One of the eight yearly Gold Palette ArtWalks, this special incarnation of the well-loved event features extended hours and is themed around all things summer. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalegalleries.com.

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college basketball players and two hours of open court time. In the afternoon, kids can wind down in the youth-friendly social lounge, decked out with video games, movies, board games and massage chairs. Parents can book by day or purchase multiple-day packs. Full day, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and $75; half day, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and $50. www.dreamteamacademy.com. LIQUID SUNSHINE POOL PARTY Through Sept. 1, Hotel Adeline Make a splash every Saturday through Labor Day weekend at Hotel Adeline’s pool party series, complete with DJs, inflatable floats, and signature cocktails. Guests can purchase a daybed or cabana for even more fun in the sun. 1-6 p.m. General admission, free; daybed and cabana reservations vary. www.liquidsunshinepoolparty.com. FOAM FUNDAYS July 2 and 16, Desert Ridge Marketplace This family-friendly event provides the perfect excuse to enjoy some summer suds. The splash pad at Desert Ridge Marketplace will fill with a foam zone, dancing, live music and lawn games as kids and parents alike attempt to escape the heat with some soapy, foamy fun. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. www.shopdesertridge.com. CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION July 6, Arizona Biltmore This interactive illusion show combines old-world magic with the humor of vaudeville theater. Held in an intimate boutique setting, the evening will provide guests with an up-close view of nostalgic, old-school fun. This clean show is best enjoyed by guests over age 8. 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $42-$60. www.carnivalofillusion.com.

BOTTLES + BITES Ongoing, ZuZu Calling all foodies! End your weekend on a delicious note with a bottle of wine and two small plates for $35 at Hotel Valley Ho’s ZuZu. Executive chef Russell LaCasce will use top seasonal ingredients to serve five off-menu small plates that change weekly. The dishes will be paired with a spectacular bottle of featured wine, available on its own for $20. Care to curate your own experience? The savory bites are also available individually from $8 to $14. Bottles + Bites takes place every Sunday evening in the lounge or restaurant. 4-10 p.m. www.hotelvalleyho.com.

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TINY UMBRELLAS Ongoing, The Scott Resort & Spa Every Saturday this month, break out your tropical vintage wear and spend an evening lounging by the pool, whether you prefer a fireside seat or a private cabana. Sip on Tiki-inspired cocktails and kebabs of all creeds while relaxing island music fills the resort. 7-10 p.m. Free. www.thescottresort.com. FLASHLIGHT TOURS Through July 27, Desert Botanical Garden The desert will come to life this summer as it fills with flashlight-toting garden-goers. These

self-guided adventures, taking place on Saturday nights, will provide friends and families with a chance to investigate blooming foliage and nocturnal animals, then grab some after-dark food and drink. 7-9:30 p.m. Adults, $14.95; children, $9.95. www.dbg.org. DREAMTEAM SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP Through Aug. 5, DreamTeam Academy This basketball camp for ages 7 to 13 gets kids out of the house and onto the court. Each morning at the state-of-the-art youth facility will include three hours of training from current and former

SIMPLY SUCCULENTS WITH DIG IT July 6, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Give your green thumb a workout at this succulent workshop hosted by horticulture experts from Phoenix’s Dig It Gardens. Learn how to create and care for a succulent terrarium in a desert climate while enjoying light refreshments. Noon. Individual, $30; pair, $45. www.smoca.org. CHEFS + FARMERS MARKET SERIES July 6 and 13, Hotel Valley Ho ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho is combating the summer heat with an


Now CALENDAR indoor farmers market that will unite top chefs and purveyors from across the Valley. Guests can savor bites from ZuZu’s expert chef, sip on spirit and wine samples, and peruse booths of local produce. A cash bar with bloody marys and mimosas will sweeten the experience all the more. This month, markets will take place on July 6 and 13, with “backyard grillin’ and chillin’” and “sweet treats” themes, respectively. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. www.hotelvalleyho.com. SHAWN MENDES July 9, Gila River Arena Spend a night dancing to the chart-topping hits of this multi-platinum artist during his third global tour. This year, the pop star is coming to the Valley with special guest Alessia Cara, a singer-songwriter who, like Mendes, is known for smooth vocals and the youthful energy she brings to the contemporary music scene. 7:30 p.m. $45+. www.gilariverarena.com. WINTER IN JULY July 13, Phoenix Zoo Step inside a summertime winter wonderland, where even the animals get to join in on the frozen fun. The zoo will come alive with a variety of chilly activities, including hourly “blizzards” and over 35 tons of snow to play around in. The family-friendly morning will feature a splash pad, a maze of misters, and live music and games for the guests as well as icy snacks, snow flurries and rain showers for some of the zoo animals to enjoy. 7-11 a.m. Included with zoo admission. www.phoenixzoo.org. EXPERIENCE FRANCE July 13 and 14, Musical Instrument Museum Just in time for Bastille Day (July 14), embrace your inner Francophile and celebrate the national day of France with live musical performances and a French-inspired cafe menu. Vive la France! 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Included with museum admission. www.mim.org. BAR BRAWL July 14-Aug. 4, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa Witness the battle for the title of Bar Brawl Champion as master mixologists from the Valley’s top hotels and bars face off every Sunday during this seven-week craft cocktail competition. Entry includes happy hour pricing for food and drinks. 8-10:30 p.m. Free. www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com.

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HARVESTFEST 2019

July 27, Sonoita Vineyards Join hundreds of fellow wine lovers at a celebration of everything red, white and rosé. Tickets to this annual festival include six wine tastings, four food and wine pairings, tours of the winery and vineyards, and a grape-stomping session. Upgrade to VIP for a private room and balcony, a lunch voucher, an exclusive gift, after-hours tours of the winery and vineyard, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission, $25; VIP, $85. www.sonoitavineyards.com.

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT July 16, Talking Stick Resort Arena Returning to North America with their largest production ever, Queen – including original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor – and longtime frontman Adam Lambert, is taking centerstage for another showstopping tour. Following the wildly successful biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, the band will rock audiences with a timeless setlist. 8 p.m. $296+. www.talkingstickresortarena.com. BEER ‘N’ BINGO July 19, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art What’s better than a good brew and some friendly competition? Get ready to laugh at this evening of craft beer and bingo hosted by comedian Anwar Newton. Tickets include a beer sample, and a cash bar and snacks are included. 7 p.m. $15. www.smoca.org. THE HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR July 19, Salt River Grand Ballroom Now in its ninth consecutive year, this show celebrates the enduring

hits of the ’60s and ’70s. Featured in the nostalgic tour will be The Turtles, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), The Cowsills and The Classics IV. 8 p.m. $30+. www.talkingstickresort.com. THE HEAD AND THE HEART July 22, Comerica Theatre This indie folk band will celebrate the release of their fourth studio album, Living Mirage, with a stop in the Valley on their newest North American tour, showing music lovers far and wide that folk really can rock. The opening act will be indie rock band Hippo Campus. 8 p.m. $33+. www.comericatheatre.com.

CAPTURING SUNSETS AND LIGHTING July 27, Desert Botanical Garden Perfect your picture-taking skills as the effortlessly photogenic Desert Botanical Garden transitions from golden hour into a beautiful Arizona sunset. Hosted by instructor Joanne West, the workshop will include an introduction to the best camera settings and techniques, followed by a hands-on shooting session. Required equipment includes a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or mirrorless camera and a wide to moderate zoom lens. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nonmembers, $63; members, $50. www.dbg.org.

THE DIAMOND JUBILEE OF CADET NURSES IN AZ: STORIES OF SERVICE July 23, Mustang Library Auditorium In honor of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII, this installation of the PastFinders Lectures series will allow attendees to view and discuss the accounts of cadet nurses who participated in the program. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. www.mcdowellsonoran.org.

KITTEN POP-UP ADOPTION SHOPS July 27 and 28, Scottsdale Quarter Scottsdale Quarter isn’t just for retail therapy – consider picking out a new furry friend for your family. The Arizona Animal Welfare League’s pop-up animal adoption shops will help find families for the hundreds of kittens that find their way into the organization during the summertime. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.aawl.org.


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Visit Dr Wolin’s website at www.andrewwolinmd.com to view his patient¹s unbiased comments on their care and surgery. Dr. Andrew Wolin has been a leader in the plastic surgical community of Scottsdale since 1985, and his extensive years of experience benefit each patient. His top-notch reputation as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and for cutting-edge procedures draws patients from near and far. Dr. Wolin is the Medical Director of the Wolin Plastic Surgery Center. His practice offers a full-range of face and body procedures, including facelifts, browlifts, nose surgery, facial fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, fat transfers, fotofacials™, laser skin resurfacing, ear surgery, breast augmentations, breast implant/exchanges, breast reductions, breast lifts, arm lifts, bodylifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, and Coolsculpting to freeze away your unwanted fat. Dr Wolin also offers the newest technology in Permanent Hair Restoration, NeoGraft for men and women. Dr. Wolin is located at 8415 North Pima Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale 85258. You can call 480.945.8440 or visit www.andrewwolinmd.com to set up a consultation to learn more about these incredible procedures. So Scottsdale! July ‘19

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Now EVENT

DANCE IN THE DESERT

Jazz things up at a wellness retreat hosted by Dancing with the Stars’ Lindsay Arnold

BY MANDY HOLMES

If you’ve ever dreamed of dancing with a champion from ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, now is your chance. From July 25 to 28, Dancing with the Stars season 25 winner Lindsay Arnold is bringing the dance-floor to the desert at CIVANA resort during her Dance the Weekend Away retreat, which is organized by Retreats Unlimited. Arnold is currently in her 13th season as a professional dancer on the popular competition series and has made it to the finals with her celebrity partners a total of four times since joining the cast. She won the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy in 2017 with Hamilton sensation Jordan Fisher and is looking to spend a little bit of down time gearing up for next season with her fans in Scottsdale. “I’m so excited to be able to relax poolside with everyone, laugh, dance, and do some truly ‘hot yoga’ in Arizona outside in the mornings!” she says. Throughout the dance-filled weekend, Arnold will lead attendees in choreographed dance routines and cardio fitness. As a believer in mindfulness, there will be interactive activities including journaling and workshops, where Arnold will give special insight into her fitness regimens and connect with her guests on a personal level. Beyond dancing, Arnold is passionate about supporting other women. “I was raised by amazing parents who made sure that my three sisters and myself are not the kind of women who will ever put others down, but will lift them up instead. Being the oldest, I have always had a great opportunity to lead by example,” she says. Tickets include a four-day, threenight stay at CIVANA in Carefree and all meals and beverages (excluding alcohol and snacks), as well as a 75-minute

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spa treatment and a take-home gift bag designed by the dancing queen herself. Besides helping attendees learn new moves and increase body confidence, Arnold will focus on healthy mindsets and a new approach to fitness while providing a surplus of fun. “This weekend is about coming together to let go of insecurities, learn to move your body, give yourself some personal time, and more than anything, have fun and laugh,” she says. “No matter if you have two left feet, love dancing to your favorite song in your bedroom, or can have a dance-off in the club and win, this weekend is for everyone! Just bring a good attitude and a smile. I’ll take care of the rest!”

IF YOU GO… What: Dance the Weekend Away When: July 25-28 Where: CIVANA, 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree Tickets: $550$2,699 Information: www. myretreatsunlimited. com


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Now OUT

THE “SUITEST” THING

Stunning Scottsdale resort suites to soak up this summer Locals know summer is the best time to take advantage of resort staycation deals Valleywide. But few know that it is also the best time to upgrade one’s stay from a traditional room to a swanky, super-sized VIP suite. Enter some of the most stunning and spacious options in Scottsdale.

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort Framed by Camelback and Mummy mountains, The Scottsdale Plaza Resort features 40 acres of flowering gardens, Spanish-inspired architecture, and rooms that are more akin to mini palaces. In fact, their “suites” are full-sized homes. Its most exclusive – the 3,100-squarefoot Presidential Suite – is two stories and features two bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a dry sauna, a full kitchen, a formal dining room with seating for 10 people, a wet bar, a library, and a living room with a baby grand piano and fireplace. www.scottsdaleplaza.com. The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician The two 1,800-square-foot Presidential Suites at The Canyon Suites were updated in recent years, along with the entire boutique hotel that is nestled on The Phoenician’s iconic property. The interior of each suite features a marble dining table for 10, a full kitchen, a master suite with a sitting area, and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi, plus the option to add on a second bedroom. Beyond that, each has a massive, amenity-rich private terrace with a full-sized gas fire pit, plush seating for 12, surround sound, fans and a flat-screen TV. www.canyonsuites.com. JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Famous for being among Mr. Marriott’s favorite places to vacation, the resort’s 1,500-squarefoot Jackrabbit Suite boasts a full butler’s kitchen, a wet bar, a massive master bedroom, surround sound, and additional guest sleeping quarters and office space. It also happens to have a full backyard overlooking Camelback Mountain and its own full-size private pool in addition to being walking distance to the private spa pool nearby. Here’s the inside scoop: The suite will be getting a series of upgrades later this summer to add even more amenities for guests. www.camelbackinn.com. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North The Four Seasons’ Sedona Suite boasts two full bedrooms and more than 2,000 square feet of living space. It has three connecting patios, two outdoor garden showers, outdoor and indoor fireplaces, and a private telescope for stargazing. It also has direct access to one of the most picturesque desert walking paths in Arizona and a dramatic view of nearby Pinnacle Peak. A bonus wow-factor feature is the private outdoor plunge pool flanked by a dramatic boulder formation. www.fourseasonsscottsdale.com. The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch In recent years, each of the resort’s 325 rooms and suites underwent a multimillion-dollar makeover. The most impressive facelift included the updates and upgrades to the hotel’s three Presidential Suites on property. Each now has 1,375 square feet of space for entertaining with beautiful views of the championship golf course as well as deep soaking tubs, a formal dining room, an office area, and a full-sized connecting master suite. www.thescottsdaleresort.com.

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Now OUT

FROZEN FUN

Beat the heat with Arctic-inspired activities

This summer, don’t let high temperatures keep you down. There are plenty of ways to keep your cool without having to leave town, whether you’re into soothing your senses at the spa or submerging yourself in an icy pool.

BY MANDY HOLMES

On the Rocks For an eye-catching, ultra-chill seafood feast, dig into Modern Oysterbar Chophouse’s newest showpiece tower: the High Tide. This icy extravaganza serves four to six people and includes one lobster, three king crab legs, six crab claws, six grilled and chilled shrimp, and eight oysters – all served over two tiers of ice. $160. www.modernoysterbarchophouse.com. Cool Treats Scottsdale’s newest wine bar, Merkin Vineyards Old Town, offers more than locally made wine. Their housemade gelato and sorbetto (available by the pint) use Arizona-produced dairy and fresh ingredients grown in the Merkin Vineyards greenhouses, gardens and orchards. Flavors include lavender Malaysia (made with wine grapes!), vanilla bean and booze, and pomegranate and lemon. $11. www.merkinvineyards.org.  A Chilly Escape Even if it’s 115 degrees outside, it’s guaranteed to be a little below freezing at Polar Play Ice Bar. Guests are invited to drape themselves in luxurious faux fur coats and parkas before stepping into the ice palace to play games like frosty shuffleboard and marvel at LED light shows. Between ice sculptures and frozen couches, a bar area serves up “sloshies,” “coldtails,” and beverages suitable for all ages. www.polarplay.com.  Take the Plunge  Spa Avania is an indoor-outdoor oasis at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch that offers soothing treatments, mineral water therapy, and a cold plunge pool to jolt your senses. Aiming to increase circulation, enhance mental performance, and boost the immune system, the cold plunge at Spa Avania is the perfect way to combat triple-digit temperatures while keeping your energy up. www.hyatt.com.  Ice Cream Dreams   Luna Geletaria offers a cool way to stay refreshed with a uique take on cocktails using gelato. Located inside Scottsdale’s Pomo Pizzeria, Luna serves up adult beverages including affogate al caffe, with coffee gelato, cream, espresso, and a shot of Caffe Borghetti liqueur and the orange spritz, featuring blood orange sorbetto, Aperol, Campari, prosecco, and a fresh orange slice. www.lunagelateria.com.   Soothe Your Skin Give your skin a breath of fresh air – or, more specifically, pure oxygen paired with hyaluronic acid. The Enhanced Oxygen Treatment ($219) at the Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess creates a cooling effect with oxygen under high pressure. For more cool, the Desert Botanical Facial ($175) uses Arizona-inspired products and iced facial rollers to improve circulation. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.  Fitness on Ice Ice Den’s public skating combines fitness and fun for all ages and abilities. During the summer, Fun Fridays features two hours of skating for $6 with festive lighting and a DJ. Dress warm, because the average temperature at the rink is 56 degrees! www.icedenscottsdale.com. 

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Now CULTURE

PUTTING PEN TO PAPER

Local author Katrina Shawver shares the evolution of bringing a Holocaust survivor’s story to life

BY HEATHER LYNN HORVAT

Katrina Shawver, author of Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America, is curious by nature, but did not initially set out to write a book. Without ever taking a college journalism class, Shawver landed a job with The Arizona Republic after writing a letter to the editor in response to a story published by the newspaper. She stayed with the newspaper for more than 11 years and wrote hundreds of columns, including a short piece on Henry Zguda, a champion swimmer who was imprisoned for three years in Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a Polish political prisoner. “After that initial interview for the newspaper, I knew there was a bigger story. Henry made such an impression on me in a short time, and I became friends with him,” Shawver says. “You don’t spend so much time writing someone else’s story unless you like the person.” Shawver says that meeting Henry was a gift from the universe and something that was meant to happen. She met with him twice a week for six months, recording his stories. Henry and his wife, Nancy, did not have any close relatives to share these stories with and if it were not for Shawver, they might have been lost forever. “Henry was one of a kind. I was simply the messenger,” she says. Henry passed away in 2003, a year after they met. But it was not until 2010 that Shawver began to write his story in earnest. After transcribing his recorded interviews, she focused on compiling one story at a time. Through many years of research, she was able to verify 95 percent of Henry’s stories of his camp experiences, exactly as he told them. In 2014, she experienced an aha moment when she located numerous documents with the International Tracing Service on Henry’s experiences at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. “Curiosity makes a good writer. You have to dig for the facts below what people tell you at face value,” says Shawver, also sharing some sage advice for aspiring writers: To simply to sit down and write. “Writing is hard work. It’s like going to the gym. Give yourself permission to write badly, and keep going. Edits come later.” Shawver is working on her next book while continuing to write on her blog and for her monthly newsletter. She also teaches writing workshops and does speaking engagements at libraries, book festivals, book clubs, social organizations, and bookstores. Her book, Henry, can be purchased at various bookstores around the Valley, including both locations of Changing Hands. Henry is also available at local libraries and through the Arizona Talking Book Library community. This month, Shawver will be at Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek on Aug. 13 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for an author talk and book signing. To learn more, visit www.katrinashawver.com.

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Style

A L L U R E / D W E L L / S H O P / FA S H I O N

BY KAYLOR JONES

Glam up your outfit in a cinch with the GG Marmont Web Stripe Belt from Gucci. The iconic double-G buckle combines the seamless look of modern goldtone hardware with the head-turning flair of a Gucci belt. A red, white and blue strap adds a dash of patriotism, making this accessory the perfect addition to any Fourth of July fiesta, while the white leather keeps it neutral enough to don any other day of the year. Made in Italy, the fashion-forward belt encompasses the Florentine craftsmanship that makes Gucci well-loved (and wellworn!) by many. $450 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue.com.

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Style ALLURE

BY GABBY LEIGHTON

CHILL OUT

Cooling products to help you survive the summer heat

Illuminating antifatigue cooling eye gel, Lancome, $42 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Conditioning lip balm, Indie Lee, $22 at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, www. citrinenaturalskin.com. After sun skinsoothing aloe mist, Herbivore Botanicals, $12-$20 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Rejuvenating eye gel patches (30 pairs), Patchology, $50 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Calendula and aloe soothing hydration mask, $45 at Kiehl’s, www.kiehls.com. Moisturizing cool gel cream, La Mer, $85-$325 at Nordstrom.

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Whether you are challenged with short, sparse, or thinning eyebrows, Rachell Hall’s 28 years of expertise in makeup artistry, custom color blending, art and science will be your perfect solution plus... Remember, discounted prices are not an indicator of value in permanent cosmetics. Trust YOUR face only to the very best. For over 20 years Rachell Hall has eased the makeup woes of an international clientele with her exclusive perfected signature procedures. Be beautiful at breakfast and still look fresh at four! Work out or go out your permanent make up will be perfect! Save time with any procedure. Always natural, always pretty, always perfect. Don't you deserve wash and wear beauty? • Powder soft eyebrows create the illusion of fullness, frame your eyes with the perfect arch, and of course save all that time in the morning! • Smokey eyeliner, never smears, enhances your lash line and eliminates daily tugging at delicate eye tissue • Custom contoured lips- naturally full and blushed lips with contour and colors blended just for you! • Restores lip fullness without the "duck lip effect" and eliminates lipstick bleeding into fine lines • Breasthetics, 3-d nipple areola restoration post mastectomy

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Style DWELL

BY NEYDA MELINA

POOL PARTY Necessities for a backyard bash

Wooden cantilever umbrella, Premium Sunbrella, $1,499 at Pottery Barn, www. potterybarn.com. Yacht pool float, Funboy, $128 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Geometric Versailles coasters, $88 at Jonathan Adler, www. jonathanadler.com. Six-piece pool cup set, Lilly Pulitzer, $58 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Wooden wine trough with pineapple design, Cathy’s Concepts, $128 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com. Outdoor coffee table, Roar + Rabbit, $599 at West Elm, www.westelm.com.

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Driving on the course, fun. Driving to the cleaners, not so fun.

Specializing in premier quality dry cleaning, with complimentary pick-up and delivery to your home or office for your convenience. Organic Dry Cleaners is a full-service dry cleaning company with locations in both Scottsdale and Phoenix. We pride ourselves on focusing on high quality pressing, being tough on stains, but eco-friendly, using only organic, non-toxic, dry cleaning solvents. Your garments will last longer and look exquisite!

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Style SHOP

BY NEYDA MELINA

FRUITFUL FINDS Rock this summer’s ripest trend

Citrus-printed halter dress, Forest Lily, $130 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com. Banana retro T-shirt, Ban.do, $38 at Nordstrom. Lemon-printed shorts, $12.99 at H&M, www.hm.com. Lemon drop earrings, Mignonne Gavigan, $425 at Farfetch, www. farfetch.com. Red apple raffia bag, Mercedes Salazar, $420 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Strawberry sneakers, Gucci, $730 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com.

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UPDATE YOUR LOOK, IMPROVE YOUR IMAGE! New York Trained Custom Clothier Opens Arcadia Location Q. Contrary, a local custom clothier, recently opened its first retail location in Arcadia. New York trained designer, Mary Zarob, owner of Q. Contrary, assists men and women with styling and creating a wardrobe of business and casual clothes that fit better, allowing customers to achieve their best look in today’s fashions. Q. Contrary offers custom made and ready made suits, jackets, slacks, and shirts. In addition to tailored clothing and alterations, Q. Contrary offers a line of Travis Mathew golf attire and men’s accessories. With the opening of Q. Contrary’s Arcadia location at 3188 East Indian School Road, the latest spring fabrics have also arrived. Visit the store or call 602-301-6987 to update your wardrobe for the new season.

‘I studied men’s fashion at FIT in NYC and designed for Macy’s and Calvin Klein Jeans. Over the past 15 years, I have studied many successful men to fully understand what it takes to be more effective in business. What I have found is it all starts with how you present and feel about yourself. If you need to update your look, improve your image, or find clothes that fit, contact me. I bring my keen eye for fashion and design skills to create the right look for you and your lifestyle. Let me help you take your business to the next level.’

3188 East Indian School Road 602-301-6987 • www.qcontrary.com @qcontrary.mary


Style SHOP

BY NEYDA MELINA

HAIR FLAIR Crown your ’do with fun accessories

Spectrum Swarovski crystal headband, Lelet NY, $278 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Circle barrette, $12.50 at Madewell, www.madewell.com. Knotted floral hair tie, $15 at J.Crew, www.jcrew.com. Knotted silk headband with stars, Lele Sadoughi, $170 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Printed scarf, $98 at Johnny Was, www. johnnywas.com. Pink imitation pearl barrette, Alexandre de Paris, $184 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com.

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BY CHELSEA YOUNG

Eye-catching ensembles from Lilly Pulitzer’s summer collection

ROMPER: Sammi blue, green and white print, $178. From Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer. com.

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DRESS: Jane maxi in whisper blue, $298. From Lilly Pulitzer, www. lillypulitzer.com.

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HANDBAG: Sirena crossbody, $168. DRESS: Lanora stretch shift, $198. Both from Lilly Pulitzer, www. lillypulitzer.com.

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Left: EARRINGS: Maritime navy, $50. ROMPER: Alessa coral lace, $168. Both from Lilly Pulitzer, www. lillypulitzer.com. Right: TOP AND SKIRT SET: Alpinia white eyelet, $228. HANDBAG: Playa Blanca straw tote, $118. Both from Lilly Pulitzer, www. lillypulitzer.com.

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DRESS: Avalyn pink gingham stretch, $198. From Lilly Pulitzer, www. lillypulitzer.com.

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TOP AND SKIRT SET: Larissa striped and pineapple print, $198. From Lilly Pulitzer, www. lillypulitzer.com.

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DRESS: Darlah pink stretch, $218. From Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer. com.

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DRESS: Kassandra maxi caftan, $278. From Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer. com.

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18501 North Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85255


Luxe

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

BY KAYLOR JONES

Keep your summer treats cool in the classy but sassy Studio Fridge by Big Chill. At just under 5 1/2 feet tall, the retro-inspired appliance is perfectly sized for a vacation casita, lending a funky-fashionable personality to any small space. The fridge combines the nostalgia of decades past with the comforts of modern technology, featuring automatic moisture control, a temperature management system, and an optional interior ice maker, all wrapped up in a chrome-trimmed package. Available in nine standard colors (pictured in Jadite Green), the fridge features the choice of a left- or right-sided handle, and design buffs can choose to upgrade to one of over 200 available custom colors for an additional $400. $2,895 at Big Chill, www.bigchill.com.

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Luxe WHEELS

2019 CADILLAC XT4

This all-new subcompact SUV is a winning addition to the American maker’s portfolio BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Base price: $34,795

With the Escalade, Cadillac has had one of the best-known luxury SUVs on the market. But, lacking other utility-vehicle options, its portfolio was far from complete – until recently. The mid-sized XT5 crossover arrived in 2017, and 2019 saw the debut of the much-needed subcompact XT4 crossover. The XT4 comes in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. The only performance advantage of the Sport, which was tested here, is optional active sport suspension, making it mostly an appearance package. Each trim is powered by an all-new 2.0-liter, 237-horsepower, twin-scrolled, turbocharged four-cylinder connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. The turbocharger spools up quickly, providing immediate low-end punch without the turbo lag common in competing vehicles. The high-speed power available for overtaking and passing slower traffic is impressive. However, the engine gets buzzy under full acceleration. The XT4 seats five on standard faux leather upholstery. With an upgrade to real leather comes an eight-way power passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and

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a hands-free rear liftgate. Passenger comfort is excellent in both the front and rear, where legroom is surprisingly ample. There’s a decent amount of cargo space behind the second row of seats, and more when the seats are folded flat. An 8-inch infotainment display is tastefully showcased in the contoured dash. The redesigned optional Cadillac User Experience (CUE) operating technology – with embedded navigation, Bose audio system surround sound, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – is one of the most pleasant surprises. It’s vastly improved over the previous, generally disliked CUE system. The downside is the readability of the small buttons on the center console. The XT4’s reasonable starting price quickly soars when adding options like cold weather and technology packages, dual panel tilt, a sliding sunroof, and dark blue metallic exterior paint. Desirable active safety features will cost extra as well. Overall, the XT4 is more than just a downsized XT5 – it has excellent design presence, is enjoyable to drive, easy to maneuver and park, and especially comfortable. If this is the future of Cadillac, the brand is certainly moving in the right direction.

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Luxe HAUTE PROPERTY

SPOTLIGHT: ALFRESCO ABODE BY KAYLOR JONES

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This 3,892-square-foot retreat in the gated community of Paradise Reserve features four bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, and unrivaled views of Camelback Mountain and the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Noticeable upon first entry are the 24-foot-tall ceilings that lend an even more spacious feeling to the expansive living spaces. The great room includes a Cantera stone fireplace that is offset by natural wood ceiling beams, and large sliding glass doors mean you’re only steps away from the outdoor entertaining space. The kitchen boasts cool gray granite countertops and a dark tile backsplash that provides a sleek, modern contrast with the custom white cabinetry. The eight-burner range, multiple ovens, six-foot wine cooler, and a second sink and dishwasher embedded in the island all work together to bring the kitchen and adjacent formal dining room to gourmet status. The master bedroom is outfitted with a luxurious en suite bathroom, an oversized walk-in closet and another Cantera fireplace, situated beside a door that leads directly to the pool and patio. Both additional guest bedrooms are also complete with en suite bathrooms. The outdoor living space includes a fire pit, a barbecue and a pool perfect for entertaining in the summer months. The durable travertine tile patio seamlessly blends in with the natural hues of the mountains that provide a picturesque backdrop no matter the occasion. The tasteful landscaping similarly accents the desert foliage that rests on the other side of the backyard wall. The home also features a three-car garage as well as a 548-square-foot guest casita with a full bath and a walk-in closet. 6715 N. 39th Way, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Listed for $1,790,000 with James Cavanaugh of The Agency; 602.859.3287; jim.cavanaugh@theagencyre.com and Marilyn Cavanaugh of The Agency; 602.859.5999; mcavanaugh@ theagencyre.com.


Luxe

WANT

ESCAPE TO EDGEWOOD Serenity awaits at Lake Tahoe’s most luxurious lodge BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Imagine smooth-as-glass, crystal blue water that is bordered by icecapped mountains (yes, often in the summer) and towering, forest green pine trees as far as the eye can see. Now, stop imagining. Heaven on Earth like this not only exists, but has its own sandy beach, luxurious spa and private beachside pool. This haven is The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe, both the 2019 Preferred Hotels & Resorts Hotel of the Year and the 2018 Travel + Leisure Top Resort Hotel in the United States. Located in South Lake Tahoe just steps from Heavenly Mountain and Heavenly Village, Edgewood Tahoe opened to international fanfare in 2017. A combination of casual comforts and classic refinement, the 235-acre, LEEDcertified lakefront resort – with the area’s only private beach – boasts 154 luxury guest rooms and suites, an 18-hole championship golf course, a spa, a salon, three acclaimed restaurants, stone fire pits, a coffee bar, and more. Each room has an in-room gas fireplace, a terrace or balcony, a flatscreen TV, plush bedding, and a rainfall shower. Plus, a stay grants you

access to the year-round heated lakeside pool, wellness activities including meditation and yoga, nightly s’mores, a state-of-the-art workout facility, and Mercedes-Benz shuttles. For elevated luxury, look no further than the 1,000-square-foot Edgewood Suites or the 1,500-square-foot Edgewood Presidential Suite. Each Edgewood Suite offers plenty of room to spread out and relax, complete with cozy leather couches and an expanded bathroom. The jaw-dropping Presidential Suite goes a step further with a full formal dining room, floor-to-ceiling views of the lake, and a balcony so large and well-appointed (complete with an indoor-outdoor fireplace, couches and lounge chairs) that it could easily accommodate a family reunion, a girls’ trip, or a bachelor(ette) party. Just steps away are a selection of on-property places to drink and dine: The Bistro, Edgewood Restaurant and Brooks’ Bar & Deck. Each a wholly different experience, The Bistro offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a view, not to mention expertly crafted cocktails and a sommelier-curated wine list, while Edgewood encompasses destination dining for dinner. And while open all day, Brooks’ Bar & Deck is the go-to spot post-golf or for a generous happy hour. Speaking of golf, Edgewood Tahoe’s historic 18-hole course was designed by PGA legend George Fazio and originally opened in the 1960s. It has been named several times over as among Golf Digest's top golf courses and offers a choice of four sets of tees, ranging in length from 5,343 yards to a demanding 7,529 – providing a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. And then, of course, there is The Spa at Edgewood. The 8,500-square-foot space takes up nearly the entire second floor of the resort and is inspired by the natural beauty and serenity of the area. Insider’s tip: enhance your service with hyperbaric oxygen, native gems, crystals or stones. For more information and to book your stay, visit www.edgewoodtahoe.com.

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Luxe PLACES

ONLY IN AUSTIN

Texas’ capital balances big-city attractions with small-town charm

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTOS COURTESY OF VISIT AUSTIN

“Keep Austin Weird” has been the unofficial slogan of Austin, Texas, for nearly 20 years. However, given its impressive arts, culture, culinary, outdoor and music scenes, the motto could just as well be “Austin Keeps Wowing.” In fact, there is so much to do one that would be hardpressed to fit it all into just one visit – but you can try!

Austin’s Accommodations One must, of course, start with accommodations. There’s no shortage of hotels and resorts in the area. Before booking, consider the type of trip you’re organizing. If planning to spend most of your time downtown, book a hotel in the thick of everything that’s awash in amenities like the Hilton Austin, which offers views of both the state Capitol and Lady Bird Lake. It is also walking distance to the famed 6th Street and features a full-service spa and two award-winning eateries. If you’re seeking something away from the bustle of the city when you’re not exploring, consider Wayback Cafe & Cottages. Just outside of town, each of the eight cottages at this boutique hotel overlooks the Hill Country and offers access to a private saltwater pool with cabanas, a fire pit, and a farm-to-table cafe.

Tool Around Town Once checked in and bags unpacked, look around. It’s beautiful! Austin is just not full of amazing city architecture – it sits on Lady Bird Lake. Beyond its beauty, this reservoir running through Austin offers several recreational activities, including one of its chief attractions: the bats. Every March to October, Austin becomes the home to 1.5 million wild bats. And each night, they emerge from under Congress Avenue Bridge and sail over Lady Bird Lake. Several operators, notably Live Love Paddle and Capital Cruises, offer kayaking and small boat cruises during “bat season” to see the flyover firsthand. Beyond that, there are canoe rentals, paddleboarding classes, hiking paths, and bike tours. Rocket Electrics is a leader in biking options and even features rides with stops for cocktails and brunch. And if seeking to take a dip any time of the year, visit Barton Springs Pool in nearby Zilker Park, which measures 3 acres in size and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68 to 70 degrees. In addition to Lady Bird and Barton Springs, Austin is also home to Deep Eddy Vodka’s world headquarters and offers daily tastings. If more in the mood for beer, try the Family Business Beer Company. Like Wayback, this microbrewery is just outside of town but worth the drive. During summer, expect infusions of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus in their impressive lagers, IPAs and ales.

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Food & Fun There’s no doubt that Austin is a culinary and cocktail mecca. First, there are the food trucks – more than 1,000 of them! There are several apps available to seek them out, but there are also dozens of pods throughout town where different trucks gather to provide a twist on a progressive dining experience. Among the best: Pangea Lounge, Rainey Street Food Trucks, East Riverside Food Trucks, and The Picnic. For non-truck dining, options range from traditional Texas barbecue with craft beer to tacos and tequila (or mezcal) to Asianfusion and high-end chef’s tables. ATX Cocina is a great stop for Mexican food lovers, and it has a local Arizona connection as one of the co-owners is Nick Foles, the former University of Arizona quarterback who rose to fame when he was named the 2018 NFL Superbowl MVP. Among the other owners is his father, Larry Foles, the man behind Roaring Fork, Salty Sow and Eddie V’s. For a standout Asian option, look no further than Sour Duck Market. In recent months, the eatery’s chef, Bryce Gilmore, was in the running for the James Beard Award for the Southwest. Though edged out by Scottsdale’s Charleen Badman of FnB, his food is a feast for all five senses. Or, for a bit of a twist on Asian flavors – as well as traditional Texas barbecue – head to Loro, which is helmed by James Beard Award-winners Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin. Speaking of barbecue, you cannot visit Texas without tasting some of its world-renowned options. Kerlin BBQ is a great place to start. Recently named the top barbecue spot in America by Business Insider, this husband-and-wife run restaurant excels at all things brisket and ribs. Then, of course, there is the ultra-popular Franklin Barbecue, headed by James Beard Award winner James Franklin. Fine dining also abounds across Austin at venues such as Wink Restaurant & Wine Bar, which offers a daily chef’s tasting menu, available in five or seven courses and with optional wine pairings, as well as a daily vegetarian tasting menu.

Entertainment Abounds And then – of course – there is the music. Austin has more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation, and most of them are on or near an area of town called 6th Street. One would be hard-pressed not to find several dozen live music acts performing nightly. And beyond even the music, 6th Street offers a host of other things to see and do, notably a haunted hotel (The Driskell), breweries, theaters, restaurants, galleries, clubs and more. A hidden gem: Esther’s Follies. The ever-changing comedy show skewers all political parties and news of the day through a quirky, clever combination of sketch comedy and original songs. To learn more, visit www.austintexas.org.

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Taste DRINK

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

ICE-COLD

Frozen cocktails to help you keep your cool PHOTO BY J. MARTIN HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY

Undoubtedly, you’ll need to chill out this summer, so here are some of our favorite frozen cocktails around town to help you keep your cool – no matter how hot it gets.

Passion Mango Martini Kasai Asian Grill This slushy stunner starts with Bacardi Citrus Rum, Absolut Citron Vodka, fresh ginger, and passion fruit and mango juices. It’s topped with a heavy pour of raspberry liqueur for a hit of spirited sweetness to complement the fruit. $12. www.kasaiscottsdale.com. The Sully Morning Squeeze A sparkling summer slushy, The Sully is blended with Svedka Vodka and fresh mango juice, then topped with a float of sparkling wine. Think of it as a twist on a classic mimosa, but with the hot Arizona summer in mind. $10. www.morningsqueeze.com. The Matador Hand Cut Burgers + Chophouse This fan favorite starts with a combination of Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila and pineapple and lime juices. The contents are poured over freshly shaved ice, and then topped with flavor-enhancing cinnamon as garnish. $13. www.handcutchophouse.com. Sub Zero Whiskey ‘n’ Coke Bourbon & Bones Bourbon & Bones takes bourbon and Coca-Cola, then transforms them into a slushy. Though great on its own, opt to add either Madagascar vanilla bean syrup or cherry syrup ($2 more) for an explosively tasty Vanilla Coke or Cherry Coke variation. $14. www.bourbonandbonesaz.com. Slushed Brandy Raven Gastropub Founder Brian Vogel based this cocktail on a long-loved family recipe, and it uses ingredients from his family’s home. The orange and lemon juices in the cocktail, which are combined with brandy and tea

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for a truly unique flavor combination, are sourced from trees near his family’s front porch in Wisconsin. $12. www.ravengp.com. Fro-Mosa Mowry & Cotton Mowry & Cotton offers three sorbet-infused takes on a mimosa, each combining sparkling wine with a scoop of homemade sorbet. Flavors include blood orange, raspberry or passion fruit. $9 each/$18 flight. www.mowryandcotton.com. Frozen Thai Mai Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill This take on a mai tai features Cruzan Mango Rum, pineapple juice, and white rum. It’s combined with orgeat syrup and tropical juices, then topped with Cruzan Black Strap Rum, making it as potent as it is pleasing. $11. www.lingandlouies.com. Frozen Coconut Mojito Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar Minty fresh and frothy, the Frozen Coconut Mojito combines Cruzan Coconut Rum with Coco Lopez (a creamy coconut addition), freshly squeezed lime juice, and fresh organic mint crystals for a chilly cocktail concoction. The icy drink, completed with mint crystals, tastes as cool as it looks. $12. www.tommybahama.com. Mango Habanero Snow Cone Margarita Diego Pops An adult take on a childhood classic, this upgraded snow cone is crafted with Don Julio Blanco Tequila, triple sec liqueur, and housemade sweet and sour, served with shaved ice. It’s then drizzled with Diego Pop’s own mango-habanero syrup for a sweet – and slightly spicy – kick. $11. www.diegopops.com.


Taste

DRINK / CHEERS / CUISINE / FOOD FILES / DINING GUIDE

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS

From its decadent menu offerings to its sophisticated ambiance, Mastro’s Steakhouse is the definition of upscale elegance. A nearly unparalleled seafood dining experience in the Valley, Mastro’s features specially sourced and brilliantly plated options including chilled shellfish, oysters Rockefeller, sauteed scallops, ahi tuna, sea bass and – of course – lobster. A guest favorite is chef Rob Klink’s Twin Lobster Tails ($68). These cold-water lobsters are flown in fresh several times a week from eastern Canada and weigh between 7 and 8 ounces. Each shell is cracked open down the center so the meat can be butterflied. Then, they are seasoned with whole butter and paprika before being baked. The succulent tails, firm and slightly salty, are plated with hot clarified butter as well as fresh lemon, then deshelled tableside. Mastro’s Steakhouse, 8852 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale; 480.585.9500; www.mastrosrestaurants.com. So Scottsdale! July ‘19

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INSPIRED INFUSION

Blue Clover Distillery’s Blood Orange Martini features its housemade vodka

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS

Blue Clover Distillery’s cocktail program is different than most. “Many of our cocktails are made with spirits we distill ourselves,” says Lynda Gurnsey, a mixologist at Blue Clover. “We distill our own vodka and gin, so other than a few tequila and whiskey options, our menu predominantly focuses on showcasing those.” To do so, beyond traditional cocktail offerings available, Blue Clover offers “infusions.” “To make, we take our vodka or gin from the still when it is about 160-proof and infuse it with the zest of fresh fruits, whole fruits or even peppers,” Gurnsey says. These infusions sit in specially made buckets for up to a week and are then cut down with filtrated water that has gone through reverse osmosis until it’s transformed into a servable, 80-proof spirit packed with flavor. The vodka is currently offered in five infusions (lemon, grapefruit, chili pepper, strawberry and blood orange) while the gin is offered in three infusions (apple berry, sour cherry pineapple and orange). While available on the rocks or with club soda ($7), Gurnsey recommends that guests try infusions in a martini ($10). “Our Blood Orange Martini is a favorite,” Gurnsey says. “It is made by combining our blood orange infusion in a shaker with lemon juice and hit of agave syrup.” “The contents are then shaken and strained into a coupe glass, often with a little blood orange pulp to add vibrant color, and garnished with a blood orange or two as well,” Gurnsey says. The result is bright with refreshing citrus and just a touch of sweetness. Blue Clover Distillery, 7042 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale; 480.946.1062; www.bluecloverdistillery.com.

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Taste

CUISINE

CHEF CONVERSATIONS

In the kitchen with Michael Siggins of Pasta Brioni and NPX: A Neighborhood Joint

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS

Michael Siggins is the executive chef and owner of Pasta Brioni, where he specializes in traditional Italian cuisine, as well as NPX: A Neighborhood Joint, where he delivers twists on American classics.

So, you almost went the NASA route instead of the pasta-making one? After graduating from Chaparral High School in 1999, I began studying aerospace engineering at The University of Arizona. But throughout high school and into college, I worked at Macaroni Grill, first in Scottsdale and then in Tucson. In 2000, I was named the youngest executive chef in the history of the company and left school to pursue it full time. But you didn’t stay in the culinary world, or Tucson? In 2002, I enrolled at Arizona State University to study business, exhausted from 90-hour work weeks in the kitchen. To help with tuition, I also worked full time as Starfire Golf Club’s executive chef. When I graduated in 2004, I opened my own accounting firm, focused on assisting restaurants with their finances, while pursuing graduate school. How did you transition back into the kitchen? My first client was Pasta Brioni, and I bought a small share of the company in 2006. It was then that I slowly started finding myself cooking for them. By 2013, I purchased Pasta Brioni and jumped back into the kitchen for good. Tell us how you’ve evolved Pasta Brioni since taking over. Aesthetically, we’ve done a total face-lift with one big project every summer. Menu-wise, we started making all of our own pasta, stuffing our own ravioli, and now change our menu seasonally as well. And how did you come to open NPX? I have always had several restaurant concepts in my mind, one of which is a sports bar with family-friendly touches. When I saw the space, it lent itself perfectly to my vision. So, in 2018, NPX was born. What would readers be surprised to know about you? I am an aspiring Olympic curler. Our fourman team won the U.S. Club National Championships earlier this year! Pasta Brioni, www.pastabrioni.com; NPX: A Neighborhood Joint, www.npx.life.

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Taste FOOD FILES

RESTAURANT ROAD TRIP Eat your way through the Verde Valley

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Cornville

JAVELINA LEAP VINEYARD, WINERY & BISTRO

Most people recognize the Javelina Leap name thanks to its award-winning wines, known for taking home top honors at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. But tucked behind the winery’s tasting room is a hidden culinary gem. Its bistro and private patio garden are small but mighty in both charm and flavor. The menu features imported artisan meats and cheeses, tapas and handmade chocolate truffles. www.javelinaleapwinery.com. UP THE CREEK BISTRO AND WINE BAR

More than 60 years ago, Up the Creek was a small-town grocery store and gas station. Then, in the 1970s, this piece of Arizona history was transformed into a restaurant. The present-day owners are dedicated to continuing its legacy while elevating the menu. This delightful restaurant now offers high-concept dishes like brandied duck liver pate and venison and lavender-infused chicken as well as comfort foods including ribs and steak. www.upthecreekaz.com.

Cottonwood

NIC’S ITALIAN STEAK & CRAB HOUSE

Every aspect of this dinner hot spot is inspired by the look, feel and tastes one would find at an old-school East Coast steakhouse. Think polished brass, deep green upholstery, and a mahogany bar you would expect to see in a classic mob movie. The food is as rich as the decor and includes standout items such as New Zealand green mussels, creamy carbonara, bone-in rib-eye steak, lobster, and clams Portofino. www.nicsaz.com. PIZZERIA BOCCE

The Verde Valley – notably Sedona, Cottonwood, Cornville and Jerome – boasts both award-winning restaurants and rising culinary stars. If taking a road trip up north to escape our Valley’s heat, here are some can’t-miss foodie finds.

The hand-stretched, wood-fired pizzas are the stars here, though the craft cocktails, spinach pie, chocolate chip cookie skillet, bocce court, and massive fire pit with seating for more than two dozen guests are pretty impressive too. Executive chef Michelle Jurisin initially learned to cook from her Italian grandmother, so when she started planting the seeds of Pizzeria Bocce she wanted to do it right – she traveled to Naples, Italy, to become certified in the art of pizza by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, AVPN. www.boccecottonwood.com. CREMA CRAFT KITCHEN & BAR

This colorful breakfast and brunch cafe, known for its ultra-cool courtyard featuring a bright orange bar and whimsical umbrellas shading each table from both sun and rain, excels at exceeding the expectations of the most discriminating of tastes. Spice lovers will delight in the chilaquiles and chorizo biscuits and gravy. Traditionalists can treat themselves to

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executive chef Franck Desplechin – known for his work at three Michelin-starred restaurants in France as well as a leading culinary role with the St. Regis brand – the food and drink are similarly special. From sweet to savory, his elevated take on American classics using seasonal ingredients and many items grown on-property should be on any Arizona bucket list. www.lauberge.com.

Jerome

THE HAUNTED HAMBURGER

As quirky as it is delicious, expect to hear ghost stories from the staff and to see some truly unique things – including a bookshelf built into the ceiling – during this dining experience. Beyond the delightful oddities throughout the space, the patio offers views of the entire Verde Valley and the San Francisco Peaks, and the menu boasts some of the most indulgent burgers around. Of course, the bestseller is the haunted burger, which is piled high with bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, mushrooms, green chilies, grilled onions, and guacamole. www.thehauntedhamburger.com. GRAPES RESTAURANT & BAR

Benedicts, pancakes and seasonal frittatas, and those with a sweet tooth will be well-satisfied by the bread pudding French toast and banana Nutella crepes. www.cremacottonwood.com.

Sedona

CHE AH CHI

Enchantment Resort’s signature restaurant Che Ah Chi – the Apache name for Boynton Canyon where the resort and restaurant sit – offers stunning views through its floor-to-ceiling windows as well as alfresco dining with unparalleled views of the red rocks. Every ingredient on the menu is sourced from their own garden, local and neighboring organic growers, artisan cheesemakers, and sustainable fish traders and ranchers. www.cheahchi.com.

It is hard to believe that this intimate dining room and bar was the town’s Pony Express 100 years ago. Refurbished from head to toe, the space now feels more like walking into a good friend’s home than an old-time mail house. The menu features several small bites as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza and entrees that range from light options such as seared ahi tuna to heartier fare like shrimp scampi. Each dish is also made to be paired with wine from the restaurant’s extensive list. www.grapesjerome.com.

CUCINA RUSTICA

Owner and executive chef Lisa Dahl – a multiyear James Beard Award nominee and a 2018 Arizona Restaurant Association Top Chef winner – is often credited as the food pioneer of Sedona. Today, she oversees four concepts across the city with two more slated to open before year’s end. One of the keys to her success is this long-standing, rustic-yet-sophisticated Tuscan grill with perfectly executed Italian classics that use fresh organic produce and sustainably raised meats. www.cucinarustica.com. ETCH KITCHEN & BAR

Located at L’Auberge de Sedona and open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this indoor-outdoor restaurant is surrounded by lush sycamore trees and is just steps from the bank of Oak Creek. As a result, its patio dining is nearly unrivaled. Thanks to expert direction from

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RUSCONI’S AMERICAN KITCHEN

Rusconi’s American Kitchen presents a robust, affordable menu of regional American cuisine set in a fun, casual atmosphere whether it is for happy hour, lunch or wine flights. Signature menu items are cooked on a wood-burning grill. Try the Arizona desert sweet shrimp with goat cheese and roasted garlic polenta, local linguica sausage and carrot jus for a starter and the chardonnay steamed mussels with grilled bread, one of their many main courses. Happy hour daily in the bar from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480.483.0009; www.rusconiskitchen.com; $$

BY RHEANA TECHAPINYAWAT / PHOTO BY JOANIE SIMON

AMERICAN

DOG HAUS Originally founded in Pasadena, Dog Haus is a national chain that crafts gourmet hot dogs, sausages and burgers on grilled Sweet King’s Hawaiian rolls and serves them with creative toppings. Plant-based options available. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.508.4930; www. doghaus.com; $$ GEORGIE’S DINER Locally owned and operated, Georgie’s Diner is a quaint eatery that serves the Fountain Hills neighborhood. The menu is a mix of classic American dishes and familiar Mediterranean plates. Open daily starting at 7 a.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 13407 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills; 480.556.1733; www.georgiesdiner.me; $$ HIGH & RYE High & Rye’s menu is upscale Southern comfort food. Featured items include smoked trout deviled eggs, a watermelon salad, fried chicken, and barbecued meats. Enjoy a cocktail made from one of over 25 rye whiskeys at the spacious bar. Open for lunch and dinner daily, plus brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Happy hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. 5310 E. High St., Phoenix; 480.634.4143; www.highandryeaz.com; $$ HUSH PUBLIC HOUSE Hush Public House is a small, 40-seat establishment that is creating buzz for chef Dom Ruggiero’s masterful meat and seafood dishes with global influences and their solid bar program. One can’t-miss dish for the carnivore is the Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich with braised oxtail smothered in giardiniera sauce. The food pairs well with their robust cocktail menu of signature and classic drinks, like the boulevardier. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. with social hour from 4 to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Closed Sunday and Monday. 14202 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.758.5172; www. hushpublichouse.com; $$ PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN GRILL At Paul Martin’s American Grill, you’ll find classic American cuisine using exceptional ingredients in a venue ideal for the business casual diner. They source antibiotic- and

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hormone-free beef and humanely raised chicken. The happy hour menu is much more sophisticated than the average, with their bistro burger and craft beer pairing as a highlight. Open daily at 11 a.m. Happy hour daily from 3 to 7 p.m. 6186 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.9342; www. paulmartinsamericangrill.com; $$

HEALTH FOOD

FARM + CRAFT Farm & Craft combines healthy and sustainable food in a communitystyle atmosphere. Their Wellness Menu focuses on dishes that are created with gluten-free, organic and hormone-free ingredients. Enjoy their indoor-outdoor bar with a cold-pressed cocktail and eclectic kombucha drinks. Breakfast and lunch are served in a fast-casual setting Monday through Friday. But after 5 p.m. and all day on Saturday and Sunday, they are a full-service restaurant. 4302 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.568.8980; www. ilovefarmandcraft.com; $$ FRESH MINT Owner and executive chef Mai Ly is putting her own Vietnamese spin on vegetarian dishes. The spicy lemongrass noodle soup and golden curry vegetables are flavorful favorites. The menu also features vegetarian versions of other popular Asian dishes such as kung pao soy chicken and pad Thai. Fresh Mint specializes in vegetarian, vegan and kosher dining. Gluten-free menu available. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; www. freshmint.us.com; $$ KALEIDOSCOPE Kaleidoscope juices are 100 percent organic, raw, cold-pressed, and never high-pressure processed or pasteurized. While the juice cleanses are quite popular, the spot also offers cold-brew organic coffee; healthy cookies like chocolate chip quinoa or vegan peanut butter protein; and a catering menu that includes breakfast, lunch, dessert, and on-site juice bar options. Two locations in Scottsdale: Old Town and Optima Sonoran Village; www.kaleidoscope.love; $-$$ PITA JUNGLE Pita Jungle has been demonstrating the art of eating healthy across Arizona for over two decades and counting. The hummus trio is a go-to appetizer for many. Their wood-fired pizzas are distinguished in their lavash crust. Any of their pita or lavash wraps make for an excellent lunch.


Happy hour is very popular for the tapas menu and sangria specials. Check individual restaurants for hours. Multiple locations in Scottsdale; www.pitajungle.com; $$

ITALIAN

EURO PIZZA CAFE Euro Pizza Café is a casual stop for brick-oven pizza with views of the famous Fountain Hills fountain. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, cafe guests enjoy items like the breakfast calzone and meatball parmigiana. The full menu plus bottles of wine are also available for takeout. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. 12645 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills; 480.836.0207; www.europizzacafe.com; $$ LOCAL BISTRO Local Bistro offers a contemporary approach to Italian cuisine with seasonal menus of wood-fired pizzas, risotto and pastas, salads and sandwiches, and meaty entrees of seafood and steak. Gluten-free and kids’ menus available. Social hour from 2 to 6 p.m. daily and reverse social hour from 9 p.m. to close. Lunch and dinner served Monday through Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Sunday brunch starts at 9 a.m. 20581 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.302.6050; www.localbistroaz.com; $$ MAUI PASTA COMPANY Maui Pasta is a pasta factory cafe, take-out restaurant and market that serves fresh pasta, sauces, paninis and hoagies, and desserts. Order takeout or shop the marketplace so you can prepare dinner at home. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. At Shops at Gainey Ranch, 7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale; 480.750.2400; www.mauipasta.com; $$ PICAZZO’S HEALTHY ITALIAN KITCHEN Picazzo’s has long been a staple for those with food sensitivities as they have a near gluten-free, organic kitchen and dairy-free and vegan menus. Popular gluten-free items include the quinoa bowls and signature pizzas made in a dedicated gluten-free oven. Multiple locations in the Valley including Scottsdale on Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Paradise Valley on Cactus Road; www.picazzos.com; $$

LATIN/MEXICAN

THE CANAL CLUB The Canal Club offers a fusion of American and Cuban cuisine and craft cocktails among a 1930s Havana aesthetic. Get island fever with the

morning-time Caribbean Benedict – layered with plantains, poached eggs, smoked ham and jalapeno hollandaise – or the Cubano sandwich at lunch. From the bar, pick a unique rum punch or sangria to complement your meal. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At The Scott Resort & Spa, 4925 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.424.6095; www.thecanalclubaz. com; $$ JUAN JAIME’S TACOS & TEQUILA Juan Jaime’s is a fiesta of Mexican street tacos and tequila cocktails. The menu consists of tacos, burritos, taco salads and enchiladas. Guests can choose from a variety of grilled meats and seafood and corn or flour tortillas. Head over to the salsa bar for their housemade salsas and then over to their actual bar for an ice-cold margarita. Happy hour specials are from 4 to 8 p.m. every day. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. 20343 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.515.5826; www.juanjaimes.com; $$ LA FONDA DEL SOL La Fonda Del Sol has been familyowned and -operated since 1990. They serve authentic Mexican and American fare and signature homemade salsas. Try the homemade chili relleno or the signature fajita dinners. Happy hour is from 2 to 5 p.m. Open Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. 7223 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.991.9282; www.lafondadelsolscottsdale.com; $$ SOL MEXICAN COCINA SOL cooks up Baja California-inspired Mexican cuisine. True to the peninsula region, the menu is an array of vibrant surf and turf combos. Highlights include the almost two dozen types of tacos. SOL also makes over 24 salsa fresh daily. Tequila & Taco Tuesday goes from 4 to 10 p.m. with live music. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.245.6708; www.solcocina.com; $$

SEAFOOD

COCONUT’S FISH CAFE Famous for its fish tacos, Coconut’s Fish Cafe is a Hawaiian-based eatery. Home of the Zagat-rated “Perfect Fish Taco,” they use grilled ono and mahi mahi tossed with organic tomato salsa, housemade coleslaw and mango salsa on a white corn tortilla. Guests can choose between a variety of grilling seasonings as well. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday. Two locations in Scottsdale: on Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and on Shea Boulevard; www.coconutsaz.com; $$

EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD Eddie V’s is known for its superb seafood and lively cocktail lounge. Fish is flown in daily, and the crab cakes are made with a half-pound of jumbo lump crab meat. Guests can enjoy live jazz music in the lounge every night. Happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Open for dinner nightly at 4 p.m. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.730.4800; www. eddiev.com; $$$-$$$$ OCEAN 44 Ocean 44 is the latest seafood creation by the Mastro brothers, occupying 12,000 square feet in the former Harkins Camelview Theatre space near Scottsdale Fashion Square. They offer an array of upscale seafood dishes as well as premium steaks like their sister restaurants Steak 44 and Dominick’s Steakhouse. Look for the smoked salmon hash brown pizza, and don’t miss out on the raw bar offerings. 4748 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.867.0044; www. ocean44.com; $$$

STEAKHOUSE

BUFFALO CHIP SALOON Since 1951, Buffalo Chip Saloon has grown to become an Arizona icon and destination for a Wild West event and dining experience. At the saloon, guests can learn how to line dance, watch live bull riding on Wednesday and Friday nights, or bring the entire family in for the all-you-can-eat fish fry. Can’t-miss menu items include the mesquite charcoal-fired steaks and the beef brisket sandwich. Open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight or later. 6823 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.488.9118; www.buffalochipsaloon.com; $$ CHOLLA PRIME STEAKHOUSE & LOUNGE Cholla is the fine dining choice at Casino Arizona, offering steakhouse classics such as filets and lamb chops. Menu favorites include crabstuffed prawns, New York steak and elk tenderloin. They also offer many wines by the glass, half and full bottles. Open for dinner service daily starting at 4:30 p.m. At Casino Arizona, 524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale; 480.850.7736; www.casinoarizona. com; $$$ NELLIE CASHMAN’S Get a taste of Arizona and the Southwest at Nellie Cashman’s. Highlights of the dinner menu include the Arizona Prime options, which are USDA-graded prime cuts of

beef from select ranches throughout Arizona. Pair your meal with a handcrafted cocktail using fine Arizona spirits. Sunday bottomless brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daily breakfast buffet from 6 to 11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Inside The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.624.1202; www.kierlandresort.com; $$

WINE BARS/LOUNGES

BITTERS As a gastropub and cocktail lounge, Bitters Bar boasts handcrafted, creatively named cocktails like the mezcal-based The Bitter Truth and the bourbon-based Bitter Happiness. They also offer rotating microbrews and wine. From the tapas menu, snack on craft popcorn flavors and short rib tacos. Happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Open noon until late Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight. Closed Sunday and Monday. At ASU SkySong, 1455 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.550.5088; www.bittersbar.com; $$ GRAPEABLES WINE BAR Grapeables is Fountain Hills’ neighborhood wine bar. Upscale yet comfortable, it offers a changing list of wines available by the glass or bottle as well as select draft and bottled beer. There is also a fine selection of sandwiches, cheese plates and desserts for guests to enjoy while sipping. But for a more substantial meal, guests can order off the full menu of their neighbor Arrivederci Cucina Italiana to enjoy at the wine bar. Open daily starting at 3 p.m. 12645 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills; 480.816.5959; www.grapeableswinebar.com; $$ UNCORKED WINE LOUNGE & EATERY Kick back with a bottle of wine and a cheese tray at Uncorked Wine Lounge & Eatery. Since 2005, Uncorked has been a cozy haunt for folks to gather, sip and dine. The wine list is diverse yet not overwhelming. And for food, standout nibbles include duck confit nachos and a savory Parmigiano-Reggiano cheesecake with sliced pears and served with a toasted baguette. There are also flatbreads, salads and sandwiches. Happy hour specials change daily. Pouring Monday through Friday starting at 11 a.m. until late and Saturday starting at noon. Closed Sunday. 17025 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.366.4021; www. uncorkedscottsdale.com; $$

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URBAN RESIDENCES KICKOFF PARTY

Hosted by The Agency, this kickoff party at The House Brasserie celebrated the Urban Residences, Old Town Scottsdale’s newest modern homes. Speakers included The Agency’s Raul Siqueiros and Jack Luciano with industry expert guests C.P. Drewett, Rich Brock and Mara Green. Guests received beautiful collateral pieces of the luxury homes and enjoyed wine and cocktails.

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Shelly Lynott and Rick Daugherty

Yari Resendiz and Cara Baldwin

Christopher Walkup and Megan Viterbo

Jack Luciano, Laura Green and Raul Siqueiros

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Held at Mountain Shadows, the annual Ovation Gala featured live musical performances, student stories, dinner and an auction. All proceeds benefited Rosie’s House, a music academy for children.

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KENTUCKY DERBY LAWN PARTY

In celebration of the 145th annual Run for the Roses, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and its Bourbon Steak restaurant hosted this festive lawn party. Guests enjoyed food and beverages, a fashion contest, lawn games, and a DJ.

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Kelly Potts and Jennifer Mendoza

Bobbi Jo Kelly, Jaime Cerreta and Diana Brandt

Kim Quintero and Zahid Arab

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Alisha Baer, Kyle Sebestyen and Amanda Laraway

Chloe English and Michelle Witkowski

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CHILDHELP WINGS FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON

To commemorate 60 years of service, Childhelp hosted this annual event, themed “Shine Bright like a Diamond,” at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. With proceeds that helped victims of child abuse, festivities included lively auctions, lunch, and a star-studded fashion show.

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NATIONAL HAIR LOSS GRAND OPENING

The grand opening of National Hair Loss’s newest location, which is at Scottsdale Quarter, drew more than 200 attendees who enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, wine, luxury beauty bags and raffles. The evening included a special appearance by radio host Johnjay Van Es, who shared the newest treatment in hair restoration during a live scalp micropigmentation session.

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Brandy Lesaffre, Carly Klein and Ruth Bender

Elisabeth Peabody and Donna Blau

Hannah Reid and Alexandra Vlachos

Patricia Harris and Marlene Anthony

Douglas Penno and Brandie Barclay

Laine Germann and Tammy Balner

Debbie Davis and Kimberly Max

Elisa Lane and Suma Bhat

Sara Weber, Christine Provino and Jessica Caurso

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Cocktail destination MercBar hosted a party with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to celebrate the bar’s Eastern Promises cocktail. The gathering featured food, a photo booth, and a chance to enjoy the tropical drink.

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PASSING THE TIKI TORCH Drunk Munk opens in iconic Scottsdale locale

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After 21 years, Scottsdale mainstay Cowboy Ciao closed late last year. “As longtime area business owners, we knew immediately we wanted to help bring something special to that space,” says Greg Donnally, co-owner of nearby Geisha A Go Go. Enter Drunk Munk Tiki Bar + Restaurant. The 4,600-square-foot Polynesianthemed restaurant – for which Donnally serves as co-owner along with Andrew Nam, who is also executive chef – is inspired by what they call “the island life.” “We developed the menu as well as the cocktail program and all of the decor as homage to the islands of the South Pacific, the beaches of Hawaii, and the surf culture of Mexico,” Donnally says. According to Donnally, the restaurant is also meant to bring back memories of another former Old Town Scottsdale hot spot: Drift Lounge. “Drift Lounge was a staple in the Scottsdale dining and nightlife scene for a decade before it closed in 2012,” Donnally says. “With a blend of the old and new, Drunk Munk revives the Tiki culture look and feel of Drift with a midcentury modern twist.”

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Upon entering, expect vibrant reds, a wood-laced ceiling meant to give the feel of entering a hut, a massive “Tiki god” statue behind the bar, and several other Tikiinspired totem poles throughout. “Once you walk in and take in the surroundings, our culinary program is meant to kick the island vibe into overdrive with dishes one would expect on vacation,” Donnally says, noting the menu includes flaming pu pu platters, coconut shrimp, sushi rolls and Korean short ribs. Among their most popular dishes is the Big Island Loco Moco. “Loco moco is a Hawaiian comfort food featuring white rice, a hamburger patty, a fried egg and homemade gravy,” Donnally says. “Ours pays respect to the classic preparation, but we also add some leeks for texture and give guests the option to substitute short rib or pulled pork in the dish.” A perfect complement to the decor and the dishes is the massive cocktail list, all with distinct Tiki flair. “We have two dozen classic Tiki cocktails ranging from mojitos to mai tais as well as seven frozen drinks and three sharable options we call our ‘Party People’ cocktails,” Donnally says. The Party People Grotto cocktail, for example, is $10 per person and served in a big, shell-shaped porcelain bowl with straws. Bursting with tropical flavor, it features rum, Blue Curacao, fresh orange, pineapple, and lemon and lime juices. Happy hour is daily from 4 to 7 p.m. with discounts on food and drink. Weekend brunch is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with island-infused twists on breakfast standards. Drunk Munk is open Monday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Thursday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Drunk Munk Tiki Bar + Restaurant, 7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.699.8454; www.thedrunkmunk.com.


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