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MICHAEL FITZMAURICE, MD Founder of the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute Double Board Certified Hand Surgeon

Have you noticed that one or both of your thumbs have become stiff and irritated, locking in a bent position that makes everyday tasks difficult and even painful? You may be suffering from a condition called trigger thumb. Stenosing tenosynovitis, also known as trigger thumb, is a condition in which the flexor tendon that controls the movement of the thumb becomes irritated, swollen, and constricted. In many cases, trigger thumb is caused by putting repetitive strain on the flexor tendon; however, it is also common in those with diabetes, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Fortunately, the revolutionary EndoTech® Endoscopic Trigger Thumb Release is available exclusively at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix to help those suffering from trigger thumb find the permanent relief they need. Using endoscopic technology, cutting-edge platelet-rich plasma therapy, and only a small incision, Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice will help you get back to the activities you love.

he weather is beautiful, the city is buzzing with action and the cactus league players have reported for practice, which can only mean one thing – spring training season is back! What began as a quiet time in Major League Baseball where players would get ready for the season ahead, turned in to a huge tradition in the Valley. Residents and visitors alike come out not only to watch their favorite players prepare for the upcoming season, but also to experience the phenomenon that spring training has become in Arizona. We were lucky enough to catch up with new Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller (page 30) on his experience with the team thus far! The recent Phoenix resident gave us the inside scoop on his move here, his exciting hopes and plans for this season, and got us really excited to go out to a game. If you’re just as excited as we are, check our list of places to grab a hot dog (page 78) before or after the game! Whether you’re visiting for the month or you live here permanently, you may not know about some of the awesome other things to do in the Valley during spring (other than catch a game). We’ve compiled a list (page 48) of 20 things to do, places to see, restaurants to grub at, and events to attend this month. Let’s not forget that it is also St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re feeling green, indulge in some of our Irish libations (page 76) we found throughout the Valley, or avoid being pinched by adding a pop of green decor (page 56) to your home this month. Best, Gabby Richman Editor-in-Chief Find our magazine on Facebook!


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Though she hasn’t donned her badgefilled vest in more than 25 years, Susan Brichler Trujillo remembers her days as a Girl Scout, which indirectly played a part in preparing her for her future success. “To this day, I even remember the Girl Scout law, which is fitting is given I ended up an attorney,” she says. “Looking

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up close back, everything we did in Girl Scouts was designed to help us grow into wellrounded adults equipped to successfully meet the future, which included instilling in us the desire to help others.” Today, Trujillo is both a partner Quarles & Brady LLC as well as its Phoenix Health Law Group practice chair. “But scouting didn’t directly lead me to law, at least not at first,” Trujillo says. The road she took was, in fact, a winding one. “Not only was my mom a Girl Scout troop leader, but she was an emergency room nurse, along with several of my aunts. And, my brother went on to become a doctor,” Trujillo explains. “So I actually started out studying to become a doctor, not an attorney. That is, until organic chemistry – and my lack of chemistry at anything having to do with the class – ended that adventure.” However, while in school, where she would study English then eventually law, Trujillo took a part-time position as a pharmacy technician. “Though I couldn’t directly care for patients in the pharmacy like I would have in an ER, I felt like I was helping people,” Trujillo says. Once she started at Quarles & Brady in Phoenix, first as a summer associate and then in the Litigation practice, her pharmacy background certainly got the attention of then-Phoenix Health Law Group practice chair Roger Morris, who was himself a third generation pharmacist. “As soon as a position in the Health practice opened up, Roger worked to get me in. I was back in healthcare, albeit in a very different way than I initially planned,” says Trujillo, whose desire to help people continued despite her rapidly growing list of clients and cases. First, she would get involved with Quarles & Brady’s own community outreach program, Quarles Cares, which is focused on connecting directly with local communities to understand the residents’ needs. Through Quarles Cares, attorneys and staff commit themselves personally to civic and charitable efforts, and their personal growth is reflected in the workplace. Trujillo would eventually lead

the program as its chair. A natural leader, she would also be chosen to represent Arizona on behalf of Quarles & Brady, serving as a Fellow in the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, one of only 26 leaders selected statewide At that time, Trujillo also got involved with Wills for Heroes, providing free estate planning legal services to first responder personnel in Arizona. “Through Wills for Heroes, attorneys like me prepare, at no cost, a will, living will, and powers of attorney for American heroes – first responders and our armed forces,” says Trujillo, who proudly displays an enormous ax from the organization in her office to this day, given to her for providing over 100 hours of service to the organization. “I am clearly better helping people through my knowledge of the law than I ever would have been using my knowledge – or lack thereof – of chemistry,” she quips. Trujillo also currently volunteers with Community Legal Services, where she



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serves at present as the president-elect, and will begin her role as president this summer. “Community Legal Services is dedicated to providing legal assistance, advice or representation; self-help materials and legal education so people can know their rights,” Trujillo explains. “We focus on helping survivors of domestic violence; assisting victims of consumer fraud and abuse; protecting tenants from unlawful/unfair practices by landlords; foreclosures; legal problems affecting agricultural workers, wage claims and other employment matters; and federal and state programs affecting peoples’ health and economic stability.” And her final act of leadership in the Valley? “I am a proud mom of boys – which I love. But I missed the Girl Scouts,” Trujillo says. “So last year I made the move to join the board of the local Girl Scout council. I want to help girls grow up with the passion to succeed and help others that I did.”

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ork is just a job when your heart is not fully in it. Kristi Hall, CEO and Founder of Conscious Connections (, believes that discovering and doing our right work is the path to realizing our highest potential and making the greatest impact. Originally from Texas, Hall calls Arizona home with her two decades’ worth of service in Valley business and nonprofit communities. She has done it all, from directing cause-related marketing and philanthropy at The Arizona Republic to leading Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce's business program and founding and managing Human Dynamics – a consulting firm focusing on behavioral assessments. Hall founded Conscious Connections, an enlightened community for awake, grounded, spiritually-curious and driven women, in late January 2014. The company expands the souls and enriches the mindsets of its members – comprised of bright and passionate female business owners and leaders. Hall's newborn venture offers impactful speakers and training programs so that its members can make a difference and create a profitable career or business that their hearts are fully present in. “The energy at our events is inspiring and palpable!” Hall says.


What do you love most about your job? The women! I learn from them every day. I’m also loving writing and speaking. When I founded Conscious Connections, I saw myself building a platform for empowering messages. Other people’s messages. I did not consider that I would be one of the messengers, but it’s part of the role and I’ve grown to enjoy writing and speaking immensely. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I’m a huge art and independent film buff. You can find me at Harkins Camelview soaking up smart, thought-provoking movies. UPTOWN |


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eauty meets fundraising for Kendall and Beate Ong, co-owners of Maine Attraction Salon. On March 6, Maine Attraction Salon will host their annual fundraiser for RESCUE (Reducing Euthanasia at Shelters through Commitment and Underlying Education), raising money for cats and dogs at risk of euthanasia. Since founded in 1995, the nonprofit has been responsible for saving the lives of 9,700 Valley cats and dogs by providing them with the love, care and support that they need, and getting the pets ready for adoption and into loving homes. After the Ong’s adopted their two dogs from RESCUE, they wanted to find a way to give back so they decided to put together an event to benefit the cause. By providing donated salon services, silent auction items and pet-themed vendors, the salon has raised nearly $240,000 over the last 16 years of the event. For a minimum donation, pet owners and their pups are welcome to the salon to enjoy this event. While the humans are beautifying, pets can be pampered with an on-site mobile dog groomer or take a stop and talk to the on-site pet psychic. For more information, visit www. or


What do you hope for the future of Beauty to the RESCUE? Our hope is that Beauty to the RESCUE continues to grow and raise awareness for homeless pets and pets at risk for euthanasia across the Valley. What is the best thing that has come out of this event? We love how organic and natural this event has come together throughout the years. We started this as a passion, and each of our vendors come through word of mouth or someone who knows someone who wants to participate. That’s the best thing, this is all because everyone believes in the same cause. UPTOWN |


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eborah Capaldi, owner of Pucci Salon, took her first makeup job in college at a local theater and at that moment, she knew that she had to change paths. After graduating from college, she enrolled in esthetician school to chase her passion. From there, she worked for Lancôme, taught makeup at the school and worked as a receptionist at hair salons in Boston. When she made her way out to Arizona she opened her own salon, which is now celebrating 25 years of business. Capaldi, who describes her style as “classic,” typically wears traditional colors like white and black, but adds a splash of color to her look with either a red lip or a scarf. Though she likes to remain professional and stylish at work, her off duty look consists of comfortable pieces like jeans and tops with a denim jacket. Although she likes to shop at local boutiques like Nove’ and Heidi Boutique, Capaldi also frequents Nordstrom. In her free time, she enjoys entertaining, watching movies and spending time with her friends and family. Capaldi also sits on the board for her homeowner association as the social event organizer.

What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is “The Wizard of Oz.” The Tin Man says my favorite quote, “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others." What do you love about the beauty industry? What isn't there to love about the beauty business? With fashion, hair and makeup always changing, it always makes me feel good. What’s your hope for Pucci in the next 25 years? These past 25 years went so fast. As for the next 25 years, I want to continue to inspire young professionals, mentor them and provide a place where they can make a meaningful living. I'll happily keep doing what I do best. Only time will tell.



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t’s an understatement to say that Arizona native Skyler Irvine has a lot on his plate – but he does it all in style. He is the co-founder and principal at Myriad Real Estate Group, creator of a financial education website, author of one book with another on the way, and founder of, a digital marketing and consulting firm. Irvine begins his days by exercising and meditating, followed by writing and breakfast with his daughters. Then, he goes to a coffee shop to do a little work before heading to the office to continue researching, reading and developing. Irvine’s go-to outfit is a collared button-down shirt with pants and boots, or a suit if he’s looking to dress up. You can typically find him wearing clothing by rag & bone, J Brand, John Varvatos,AG Jeans, Culturata, Jeremy Argyle NYC or New England Shirt Company. When Irvine goes shopping (although that is only about once or twice a year), he usually heads to Nordstrom or SuitSupply, and has recently become a Trunk Club member to make shopping easier. In his little free time, Irvine enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and sitting as a board member of Scottsdale Active 20/30 club.

What are a few of your favorite local golf courses? Definitely Kierland, We Ko Pah and both Ambiente and Padre courses at Camelback Golf Club.  The Camelback Golf Club has been a great Scottsdale 20/30 Partner, hosting our annual NiteFlite Golf Tournament and I never turn down the chance to play either of their great courses. What are some of your most-visited coffee shops in the area? I am a major coffee snob. When it comes to espresso, the two best spots I have found are Echo Coffee in South Scottsdale and Lux on Central in Midtown Phoenix. A good espresso requires more than just a nice machine and these two shops have more than figured it out.

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1. Tara Kirkpatrick, Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon dress.

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READY TO HIT THE FIELD New Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller talks life on and off the mound March is here and the weather is just about perfect in the Valley for spring training! Pitchers and catchers reported a couple of weeks ago, the full squads for the teams a few days ago and, of course, most eyes in the area are focused on the Arizona Diamondbacks, including young All-Star, right-handed pitcher, Shelby Miller. This past December, it was announced that the Atlanta Braves traded Miller and Gabe Speier to the Diamondbacks for Ender Inciarte, Aaron Blair, and 2015 number one Major League Draft pick Dansby Swanson.



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Baseball has always been a part of Miller’s life – even from a young age it has been a focal point for him and, especially, something that has brought his family together. “I played since I was a little kid, I honestly played most of my whole life,” he explains. In fact, when Miller played Little League as a child, his father was his coach from T-Ball all the way up until his high school years. Even in his Little League years, Miller’s team stood out among the ranks, winning two state championships and Miller, himself, was a shining star with a talent that certainly did not go unnoticed. While playing at Brownwood High School, he was honored with a scholarship and committed to play at Texas A&M in 2008 but, as life often does, things quickly took some twists and turns, and, as they say, the rest is history. “I ended going into my senior year not really knowing what to expect and then I was selected my first round draft pick out of high school and the year just began to fly by and it really changed from that point on,” Miller says. “I was blessed with a better situation and I was just excited to see where it all went from that point on.” He started his career straight out of high school when the St. Louis Cardinals drafted him out in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft. For the young player, the entire process has been a whirlwind of activity ever since he graduated. “I went straight from high school to Iowa and I’d never really left Texas,” he says. “I packed my bags and moved out of state and was living on my own for the first time, in a new place for the first time and I didn’t really know what to expect.” Miller ended up playing three years in the minor leagues with the Cardinals, a learning experience he says he will never forget. It was those formidable years, he says, that lead him to where he is today. “The minor leagues are kind of rough, but at the same time I felt very lucky,” he says. “I knew I had to grow up pretty quickly and learn things fast. I adapted pretty well and had fun doing it.” Following the minors, Miller made his major league debut in 2012 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and then played for UPTOWN |


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the Atlanta Braves before heading out to Phoenix for his next venture. But, after all the years he has spent playing baseball, Miller adds that it isn’t just his time on the field that keeps his focus and energy moving forward these days. On November 16th, 2013, Miller married his wife Amy, who he says has always been 100 percent fully supportive of his career, through both the easier times, when they were close to home, and the more difficult times when he was traded to other teams that we’re located a bit farther away. “She is so humbled and excited for all of these experiences,” he explains. “She is just as excited about baseball as I am, she understands what it all means and couldn’t be more proud of what I am accomplishing on the field.” Miller says the change, while it might take some adjusting, has been exciting for him and his wife, who are both excited to build a future in Arizona. “We are getting settled in step by step. Obviously, I’d been out here to Arizona before but never been out here to stay for long periods of time,” Miller says. “My wife and I are just looking forward to getting settled with our two dogs, a Maltese poodle and an English bulldog and starting our new life here in the Valley.” As Miller sets his sights on Arizona and back on the field, he is preparing for a new season, a new team and a whole new set of goals. “My personal goals are first and foremost to stay healthy because you can’t go out and complete if you aren’t healthy,” he explains. Miller says he hopes to go out on the field and to perform his best, with his eyes set on being named an All-Star this season. However, the team player’s main goal is simply to see the team win. “I hate losing and when you are on a losing team in general, it isn’t fun to play,” he says. Miller says he would love to see the Diamondbacks have a successful, winning season, move onto win the pennant and eventually the World Series. “I think we have the team to do it this year,” he says. “I believe we have the guys on the field to make it happen and now it is about going out there and putting it

together and see it through until the end.” Miller is just one of the younger teammates this year with hunger in his heart and mind. For him, he sees that it is just a matter of using the tools the team already has in hand and showing up each and every day, using that heart and hunger in the right manner and there will be no stopping them. Although he will have a family within his teammates, Miller is also also excited that Arizona will be a great location for his parents to travel and see his games. MARCH 2016 |



“My parents love baseball as much as I do and they watch as many of my games as they can, they are excited as well to see this season progress. I am hopeful my dad will be coming out to Arizona a lot this year to see me play,” he says. Miller says parents fully support his career, no matter where he is living or what team he is playing for. So it looks like the Arizona Diamondbacks have not only gained a brand new player in the off season, but also a few new fans as well.

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The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort, recently added a flying trapeze program to their signature experiential activities. Through April, the resort is offering a 90-minute trapeze class ($70) every Tuesday-Sunday under the guidance of I.FLY instructors. Learn how to swing, lock your legs on a bar and complete the celebrated wrist-to-wrist catch. 480.599.2345; or

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Two new pampering products to purchase Extend Your Blowout Travel Kit Your hair might look fabulous from your recent blowout, but how do you make it last longer? The new kit ($29), available starting March 3 exclusively at Sephora and Drybar, makes your blowout last for days. Maintain your style using all of the products: The Morning After Show Cap, Detox Dry Shampoo and Conditioner, and the Lil’ Leon Drop brush. Detox Dry Conditioner You’ve heard of dry shampoo, but what about conditioner? This new product ($13-$23) provides all of the benefits of a conditioner without even needing to wet your hair – or blow-dry it after. The conditioner, which works best paired with the Detox Dry Shampoo, smoothes, hydrates and detaingles your hair in between washes. Some ingredients to note are argan oil, mango butter, tiare flower and Marrakech woods fragrance.

Raffle for Relief

Childhelp, a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children, recently announced its first ever Mega Raffle. Participants have the opportunity to win more than 2,900 prizes, valued at $2.3 million. Some of these prizes include: a luxury home package, a selection of 12 new top-of-line cars, 24 dream vacations and the latest in electronics. Net proceeds from the raffle will benefit Childhelp’s programs and services for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The last day to purchase tickets for the drawing is March 24. $100 per ticket or $250 for a limited number of three-ticket packages. or 1.800.211.4515. UPTOWN |


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Pasta, Please

Lunch Break Bites

It can be tough to grab a quick yet still yummy lunchtime meal between meetings – but that is all about to change. Chef Sean Currid of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix has launched a new menu that promises delicious dishes designed to get you in and out within an hour. The menu is filled with classic favorites with a southern twist, including starters, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Some of the standouts include The BHKC Chop Salad, BHKC BLT, Ham & Cheese sandwich, and Crab Cake sandwich. $5-$18. 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.

Creations in Cuisine Catering recently launched their local freshly made pasta and sauce brand, Pasta Rea. The company, which launched in January, made its debut at the Uptown Farmers Market and is available there every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fusilli, rigatoni, campanelle, conchiglie, linguine, and tagliatelle are all offered at $7-$9 per pound. In addition, a selection of sauces including pesto, Bolognese, and marinara are for sale. Pasta and sauce from the line may also be ordered in advance for pick-up at the market. 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.485.9924;

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Cutting-edge Cooking Classes Les Gormettes Cooking School is at it again with a schedule of amazing menus and guest teachers. Barbara Fenzl, owner of Les Gourmettes, is the author of three books, television host, past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and a member of the James Beard Restaurant Award committee for 10 years. You have six chances this month to join her for an evening or afternoon, making spring dishes with ingredients like corn, avocado, crab and fresh raspberries. Guest chefs for this month include Gio Osso of Virtu, Joanne Weir, author and host of PBS series “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class,” and Josh Herbet of POSH restaurant in Scottsdale. $80 per class. 6610 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.240.6767.

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21st Annual Cocktails & Clothes

March 5, 6 p.m. The annual black-tie affair is back again. The elegant evening, featuring live music and a pre-dinner wine tasting reception, has a winethemed auction, exciting raffle prizes and a five-course gourmet meal. Wine-lovers will enjoy expertly paired wines served by representatives of wineries who will share stories from their experiences at vineyards. $350.

March 8, 4:30 p.m. Ready to clean out your closet for a cause? Head to the Arizona Biltmore to donate your new or gently used clothing to restock the Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) free Clothing Boutique. AWEE participants entering or re-entering the job force can visit the boutique to find clothing for job interviews or the first week on the job. Guests will enjoy a raffle featuring custom-designed gift baskets, live auction, cocktails and hosted appetizers. $65.

14th Annual Teaming Up For Girls Luncheon

2016 Celebration Dinner March 16, 6 p.m. Join Teach For America at the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa for their largest fundraising event of the year, as they write their next chapter after 20 years in the Valley. Get the opportunity to celebrate their corps members, alumni and Phoenix community members who are all helping to end educational inequality in Arizona. The evening’s proceeds go toward recruiting and developing outstanding leaders.

March 10, 10 a.m. Kidnapping survivor and author, Jaycee Lee Dugard will be the keynote speaker at Florence Crittenton’s signature fundraising event. The luncheon, held at the Arizona Biltmore, will also feature a delicious meal and silent auction. This year’s HOPE Award recipient is Julie Johnston, Arizona native and 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup Champion. This event raises money to help at-risk girls and young women in the Valley. $275.

Governor’s Arts Awards March 23, 5 p.m. This annual event, held at the Sheraton Grand, welcomes guests to a night of fun and celebrations, with entertainment by some of Arizona’s most talented performing artists. Enjoy a cocktail reception with a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and an awards presentation, including The Shelley Award and Governor’s Arts Awards. $150-$200.

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March 25, 5 p.m. The Phoenix Symphony invites guests to celebrate the life, legacy and music of Hollywood composer, Elmer Bernstein. The multimedia experience takes you behind the scenes to learn more about the legendary creative genius. His sons, Peter and Gregory Bernstein, along with actress Mary Badham will share iconic scores and movie clips from the Bernstein library. $250.

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do Year by Phoenix Magazine, who called them the embodiment of the energy of early rock and soul music. March 11: The Brazen Heads The Brazen Heads are a raucous, bawdy, fun-loving band that kicks out high energy "Celtic mayhem." Featuring their own brand of traditional and Celtic rock tunes, they’ve been rockin' their Irish style for years! March 18: The Rave British invasion takes over the Valley as The Rave. The Rave brings the audience way back to the swinging ‘60s. The band performs covers of classic tunes from The Beatles, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, The Animals and more. March 25: Dom Moio Local jazz percussionist extraordinaire Dom Moio fills the air with beautiful Latin Jazz melodies. Moio is in his 20th year with Arizona State University's jazz faculty, studied with Cuban percussionist master Walfredo Reyes in the 1980s and is considered one of the premiere jazz musicians in Arizona.

ASU WIND ENSEMBLE AND WIND ORCHESTRA: BAND FAN FAVORITES March 1, ASU Gammage Join the talents of the ASU wind ensemble and wind orchestra for a night that will bring music to your ears…literally. The evening includes music that is sure to please all band fans, including audience requests. Come cast your vote for your favorite band piece and hear it live. 7:30 p.m. Free. 2016 MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT March 1-6, Fountain Park in Fountain Hills More than 200 professional and 200 amateurs compete for cash prizes and trophies at the 2016 Memorial Championship Golf Tournament. The six-day event includes various courses, an awards ceremony, beer garden and a tournament after party. Golfers and spectators alike will relish in the beautiful greens nestled in Fountain Hills. $100 to play; $60 to attend after party. 16TH ANNUAL BEAUTY TO THE RESCUE FUNDRAISER March 2, Mane Attraction Salon Pets and their families can enjoy a posh beauty treatment as they help raise money for RESCUE (Reducing Euthanasia at Shelters through Commitment and Underlying Education), a local non-profit animal rescue organization that helps find loving homes for the more than 45,000 unwanted pets dropped off at shelters across Arizona. For a minimum donation, anyone can partake in a day of personal pampering – or even treat your pet to a stylish new look. The event also features complementary beverages, delicious bites, live music, shopping, prizes and discounted beauty treatments. Now, that is what we call catching some rest and relaxation. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $10$30. JAZZ IN AZ: DIVAS 2016 March 2, ASU Kerr Cultural Center The women of jazz take over the Valley this month as Jazz Divas takes the ASU Kerr Cultural Center's stage. The show features Delphine Cortez and Sherry Roberson with Holly Pyle, Renee Patrick and Diana Lee, each vocalist possessing a uniquely compelling style that will have audiences’ jaws drop. That is what we call girl power. 7:30 p.m. $30-$45. MUSIC IN THE GARDEN SPRING CONCERT SERIES March 4, Desert Botanical Garden Spring is in full bloom and to celebrate this turn of a new leaf the Desert Botanical Garden welcomes the return of Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series. The concert series features some of the best musical performers that the Valley has to offer. See favorites from years past and bands making their debut on the Ullman Terrace stage. 7-9 p.m. $25. Here is a schedule of this month's performances: March 4: The Sugar Thieves Arizona’s own “Meat-Shakin’ Blues Band” The Sugar Thieves was named 2014 Band of the


Classics: Ravel’s Bolero March 4-5, Symphony Hall

One of The Phoenix Symphony’s most beloved guest conductors, Andrew Grams, returns to lead Maurice Ravel’s most famous work, Bolero. The crowd pleasing performance delights through the longest-sustained single crescendo of any orchestral work and inspires a visceral and sensual response. Pascal Roge, whose name is synonymous with the best piano performance of the French repertoire in the world today, also joins The Phoenix Symphony playing Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 2. 7:30 p.m. $18-$79.



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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PLEIN AIR LUNCHEON March 4, LON's at The Hermosa Inn Outdoor painting, or plein air, was popularized by French painter Claude Monet and his fellow impressionists. Join critically acclaimed plein air painter Carrie Curran for this artist in residence luncheon at LON's, as she shares her passion for this art form while spreading the message of the ever-growing plein air movement. She will also share expert advice on collecting, painting tools and techniques and a current collection of her plein air pieces will be on display. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $65. 5K FOR HEROES March 5, Papago Ball Park 5K for Heroes is a 5K obstacle race where 100 percent of proceeds benefit Camp Hometown Heroes, an organization that supports the children of fallen service members. The race is unique in that the race's “obstacles” are actual trainers and staff from top level training facilities throughout the Valley. As runners dash throughout the course they will be challenged to complete various training regimes designed by these elite trainers at various stations. Attendees and runners will enjoy delicious bites from local food trucks, refreshments and an awards ceremony following the race. 5:30 a.m. $5-$40. THE 58TH ANNUAL HEARD MUSEUM GUILD INDIAN FAIR & MARKET March 5-6, Heard Museum This world-acclaimed cultural event draws nearly 15,000 visitors and more than 600 of the nation’s most outstanding and successful American Indian artists. Attendees will meet traditional and cutting-edge contemporary artists as well as young artists selling their art alongside their relatives. All proceeds support the museum’s mission of educating the public about the arts and lifestyles of Indigenous peoples of the Americas with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $20-$125.

do TOO HOT TO TROT RACE March 6, Steele Indian School Park Too Hot to Trot is part of the 32nd Annual Salsa Challenge, a two day-long festival featuring the No. 1 condiment in the nation... salsa! Amateurs and professionals will compete for the judge’s vote while attendees enjoy all the chips and salsa they can eat! Too Hot To Trot 5K adds to the fun with free early admission to the Salsa Challenge with breakfast, music and your choice of beer or margarita in the Runners VIP Area. Proceeds to benefit The Arizona Hemophilia Association. 9 a.m. $40. GAL'S NIGHT IN March 7, Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia Grab the gals and get pampered from headto-toe this month. The Gal's Night In package begins with your choice of a 50-minute classic massage or transformation facial, followed by a retreat to the luxurious Grand Palace Suite for champagne, gourmet popcorn and a private screening of your favorite broadcast. This is a girl's only club...sorry boys. 7 p.m. $145. JULLIARD STRING QUARTET March 10, Piper Theater at Mesa Arts Center The Julliard String Quartet, widely known as the quintessential American string quartet, is bringing their memorizing melodies to the Valley. Founded in 1946, the Julliard String Quartet was the first ensemble in the United States to play all six Bartok quartets, and its performances of Schoenberg's quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet literature. 7:30 p.m. $30-$70. MARIA BAMFORD March 10, Stand Up Live This one-night-only, special event is one worth marking your calendars for. Maria Bamford is a leading female comedic; in fact, Rolling Stone just named her one of their 50 Funniest People. Bamford's long list of acclamation includes her role as Debris Bardeaux on Netflix's Arrested Development, she is the first female comic to have two half-hour programs on Comedy Central and she has made countless late-night appearances, most recently on Conan and The Late Night Show with Craig Ferguson. Do not miss out as Miss Comedic Genius graces her presence in our beloved Valley. 8 p.m. $25. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND: THE RIVER TOUR March 10, Talking Stick Resort Arena The E Street Band has been musician Bruce Springsteen's primary backing band since 1972. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, the band along with Springsteen take center stage to play crowd favorites to a Valley audience. The show will feature a full-length sequential performance of Springsteen's 1980 album, The River, in celebration of it's 35th anniversary. This is truly every rock 'n' rollers dream show come true. 7:30 p.m. $55-$150.

M7 Street Fair March 5, Melrose District

Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair celebrates everything local under the sun. This award winning event will include over 150 vendor booths, delicious fare by local food trucks, a craft beer and margarita garden, live entertainment and a kid’s zone. There will also a classic car show for all you gear heads. The show will feature over 200 classic, antique and vintage cars and trucks. Head on over to the M7 Street Fair for a guaranteed fun-filled day where the community comes together. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

ARIZONA WILD WEST FESTIVAL March 11-13, Downtown Cave Creek Rally-up your family and friends and head over to Arizona's newest and largest western music festival! The Arizona Wild West Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that features a number of activities the whole family will love. The two-day event includes a western music competition, gunfighter and rodeo performances, art exhibition, period vendors and other entertainment. Don't miss out, cowgirls and boys. For ticket prices and times, visit: MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL March 11-13, Hence Park Downtown Phoenix What combines community, culture and charity together? Why, the McDowell Mountain Festival, of course! The Valley will be taken over a weekend in March by the music industry's most beloved mainstream and alternative

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musicians/bands. This year's lineup includes names like Kid Cudi, The Avett Brothers, Animal Collective, Beck and more. Festival goers will enjoy live performances by their favorite musicians, delicious fare from local restaurants, activities and much more. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital and UMOM. 4 p.m. $70 each day or $160 for a 3-day pass. TODAY'S MASTERS BALLET March 24-27, Orpheum Theatre Spring begins with a program of contemporary ballets that represent the continuing development of the art form and its artists. The performance features choreography that pushes the boundaries of classical ballet, including the works from notable choreographers from around the world including Ballet Arizona’s very own Ib Andersen. 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $25-$129.



incredibly easy, and decided to share her dishes with everyone. Whether you have a gluten sensitivity or not, you’ll find that some of her gluten-free items are better than their gluten-y counterparts. From quiche and waffles to pancakes and even a warm-yourbelly-and-your-soul biscuits and gravy, you’d be hard-pressed to make out or even notice what’s missing. Jewel’s also offers healthy breakfast bowls and filling sandwiches perfect to cover any brunch craving you might have. Sit back, relax and have a cup of Cartel coffee on the patio while you’re noshing.

hat was once known as a “hunt breakfast” back in the late 1800s, has now become one of the awaited events of the week. The original brunch featured the day’s catch after a hunting party returned and later evolved into a “varsity meal” for hungover college students. In more recent years, brunch has developed to a lingering feast of varied flavors, cuisines, daytime cocktails and the perfect excuse to gather with friends and family to reflect on the week passed. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best spots with patios to partake in the popular brunch phenomenon, while you enjoy the sunny spring weather.


Central Bistro 3160 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 480.646.8560 Central Bistro invites their guests to “Drink, Dine & Unwind” in their inviting yet elegant neighborhood eatery. Their brunch menu is extensive and pretty much covers all of the bases. You’ll find your standard omelets (which are anything but standard) along with chilaquiles, five different variations of eggs benedicts and even a few breakfast pizzas. You can also opt for a sweet start with their corn pancake, stuffed French toast or chicken and waffles. If you need a little detox, choose their kale or superfood salad. If you are looking to re-tox, they also offer bottomless bloody Mary’s and mimosas.

Corduroy 2601 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 602.374.7585 The space that Corduroy inhabits previously housed a grocery market that was built in 1928, and they have worked hard to preserve as many of the original details and elements as possible. Their open patio looks out onto Central Avenue, ensuring the best chance to enjoy the spring weather. Their brunch menu includes all of your comforting favorites like their crab cake benedict, biscuits and redeye gravy, as well as some southwest fafvorites like enchiladas and tacos. The little diners in


2014 N. 7th St., Phoenix 602.258.6264 Nami has quickly evolved from the go-to spot for vegan soft serve treats to a fullservice restaurant. Their decadent pastries are a no-brainer, but they also have unique items like their A-maiz-ing Grits, which come dressed with a spicy lemon-garlic cream sauce that is so indulgent you’ll all but forget your having a healthy dish. Their chilaquiles are so flavorful and complex that you’ll want to steal the recipe, and their wing ding dang (spicy “wings” special) will have you asking for proof that there was not chicken involved. Make sure you leave some room for their sticky buns or one of their vegan doughnuts, which come in flavors that are as playful as they are delicious.

Vincent Market Bistro your party can also partake in brunch with choices like krispy katsu chicken strips, a ham n’ cheese sammy or parmesan butter pasta. Corduroy offers a variety of breakfast cocktail carafes including the elderflower grapefruit mimosa, which is a lovely floral alternative to your traditional mimosa.

Jewel’s Bakery & Café 4041 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix 602.714.5243 Jewel’s Bakery & Café came about when owner Julie Moreno needed to create gluten-free meals for her family that would please everyone’s palate. This was not an easy feat, but owner Moreno made it look UPTOWN |


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3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 602.224.3727 There is no debating that Vincent on Camelback is a treasured French cuisine staple in the Arcadia area. The Bistro offers a more casual alternative to the fine dining restaurant and serves up an indulgent brunch every Saturday morning. Settle in on their quaint patio and rejoice in the welcoming croissants; warm, flaky, buttery goodness. Their ratatouille omelet has everything you need to start your day out right – the perfect blend of fluffy eggs and a variety of hearty vegetables. If you are looking to splurge, look no further that the brioche French toast with fresh fruit.





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predictably and reliably with minimal pain—the number one reason why patients and dentists dislike the Traditional approach. Pinhole Surgical Technique was designed to help those who suffer from Gingival Recession procedure that is considered the most painful procedure in Dentistry. Dr. Svans and Dr. Chang were two of the first dentists in Arizona and the United States trained and certified as Pinhole Surgical Technique™ Providers. During your Complimentary Consult, they can educate you on this amazing procedure and how they can help correct your receding gums without sutures and with mild post operative pain.



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Celebrating two decades of support BY GABBY RICHMAN


resh Start will celebrate 20 years of tradition with their annual Gala. This year, 600 attendees will gather for a black-tie evening at The Phoenician. This year’s event honors Fresh Start’s past, while launching its future. The fun-filled night will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet dinner, live entertainment and dancing.

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WHAT: 20th Annual Fresh Start Gala WHEN: March 12, 6 p.m. WHERE: The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix TICKETS: $600 INFORMATION:



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Pamela Overton Risoleo and her husband, Jim Risoleo, are chairing the event this year. Pamela, a founding member of Fresh Start’s Executive Board of Directors, has held many leadership positions throughout her years on the board and received the Fresh Start Founders’ Award in 2012. Her involvement with Fresh Start is coming full-circle as she served as the co-chair of the very first Fresh Start Gala. This year, the Fresh Start 2016 Founders’ Award will be given to Nancy Hanley at the Gala for her longtime devotion to Fresh Start and the community. The honorary chairs of the event are Ina and Murray Manaster. Fresh Start presented Ina with the Founders’ Award in 2011 for her involvement and support with the organization. Fresh Start’s mission is to empower women to change their lives through education and engagements. Their programs and services concentrate on their three core values: economic self-sufficiency, education and personal development. Their services are made to be affordable and available to women over the age of 18. The organization serves thousands of women each year.




he Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) will host their annual gala March 19 at the Arizona Biltmore. Approximately 1,250 guests will gather for an evening in the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom to recognize 13 extraordinary Club teens who are competing for the title of Youth of the Year within the metro Phoenix area. The contenders for the prestigious honor will share their stories about the obstacles they have faced and how they

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WHAT: Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars WHEN: March 19, 5 p.m. WHERE: The Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix TICKETS: $700 INFORMATION:

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overcame them, and succeeded in academics and at their clubs. One teen will be named Youth of the Year for the local area at Stars, and then go on to compete within the state’s competition. The winner of the state’s division will then go on to the nationals. BGCMP will also honor Champions of Giving, Bob and Renee Parsons of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, at Stars. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and large silent auction, featuring more than 200 items. Gala-goers will be able to bid on items like jewelry, restaurant experiences and sports memorabilia. The night continues with dinner and a live auction, as well as a program created by Michael Bernard, producing artistic director for Phoenix Theater. There will also be a special appearance by BGCMP alum and San Francisco Ballet Company dancer, Anthony Spaulding. The evenings proceeds will go back to the local BGCMP programs.


WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CHEF? My Italian Grandma. It blew me away by what she could make with her hands as she made every shape imaginable of pasta. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DISH YOU HAVE EVER MADE? I make a pretty mean Bolognese. WHAT IS THE MOST ESSENTIAL ITEM IN YOUR KITCHEN? A well seasoned cast iron skillet. IF YOU WEREN’T A CHEF, YOU’D PROBABLY BE…  Something in design. Probably interior. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEAL TO MAKE? I love to work with proteins. There's nothing like a perfectly seared piece of meat. WHAT FOOD IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food® WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DISH TO EAT? That's a hard question. There are so many great dishes out there. But, if you are in San Francisco and have the opportunity to eat at Provisions State Bird, the garlic cheese bread is life changing. WHY IS USING LOCALLY SOURCED AND GROWN INGREDIENTS SO IMPORTANT? Quality, freshness, and, of course, supporting your local peeps. HOW DID YOU TRANSITION FROM CATERING TO OWNING A RESTAURANT? Not without a couple of hiccups. Every day I learn a new, smarter way to do it.

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ou might not be able to tell from its name, but Sip Coffee & Beer Garage’s cocktail menu is one of the highlights of the Phoenix hot spot. Sip teamed up with local mixologist Casey Wallin to create The Shifter ($12), one of the menu’s standouts, along with a variety of other approachable spirits made from craft ingredients. The sipper is made with Hendrick’s Gin, lime juice, Cocchi Americano liquor and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. All of the ingredients are shaken with ice and garnished with a grapefruit twist – a featured flavor that acts as a nod to the Arcadia locale, which was originally filled with citrus groves. The entire menu of drinks offers a fresh take on classic cocktails, with The Shifter as no exception. The mixer is their version of a traditional gin and citrus cocktail – a bright and refreshing libation that has a smooth herbal kick and a crisp aftertaste. “It’s the perfect non frou-frou sipper for a sunny day spent on our oversized patios,” says Alex Cardineau, General Manager of Sip. As for what food to order to go along with it? Cardineau recommends pairing The Shifter with one of their mouthwatering sandwiches like the hearty yet refrehing California club or the chicken sandwich featuring peppery arugula tossed with bright lemon vinaigrette. 3620 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.900.5188; MARCH 2016 |



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Live Like a Visitor


ways to make the most of March BY GABBY RICHMAN AND CHELSEA YOUNG

With spring training beginning and the weather warming up, the Valley is filled with visitors and residents who are out and about. Whether you’re here for the weekend, month or live here permanently, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do in March to fill your days and nights. And, of course, even if you live here, that doesn’t mean you’ve done all there is to do in town. So, this month, go on a mini-vacation in your own backyard with these 20 exciting ways to soak up the Valley of the Sun. UPTOWN |


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Public Art It’s no secret that art makes the world more beautiful – and here in the Valley, the same rings true for adding an artistic touch to our desert landscape. In the rush of your day-to-day life, you may walk or drive by one of these public artworks without even taking notice. If you’re looking for a photo op with a loved one, snap one at the iconic Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. And in Phoenix’s downtown civic area, the vortex-like Her Secret is Patience installation is a visual masterpiece that reflects light and makes unseen patterns of wind visible through color. Check it out at night (when it glows) and each season, as it changes throughout the year.

Espresso Yourself Looking for a fix of java? We’ve got a few cool coffee spots that won’t disappoint. Altitude Coffee Lab is a locally owned artisan cafe and roastery that overlooks the greenbelt and a local lake. Maverick Coffee is another Scottsdale shop that’s trendy and cool yet still down to earth and relaxing. Head over to Uptown to check out hipster hotspot Lux, an eclectic eatery and coffee bar that also serves wine, beer and cocktails, or Copper Star Coffee, a renovated gas station (with a drive-thru) turned fan-favorite for locally roasted coffee and sandwiches.

Farm Fresh If you’re looking to soak up the sun, rent a beach cruiser and ride on over to one of the nearby farmers’ markets. Enjoy locally made foods, seasonal produce and freshly picked herbs and flowers. Try your luck at SkySong Scottsdale Community Market or Old Town Farmers’ Market in Scottsdale. If you’re in the Phoenix area, cruise to The Capitol Farmers’ Market or Uptown Farmers Market. For dates, times and addresses, visit and Uptown Farmers Market MARCH 2016 |




Sugar Rush In the need of a sweet treat? The Valley has one-of-a-kind spots all over the place! Craving ice cream? Step on over to the Sugar Bowl for an old-fashioned feel; Churn for a fresh, all-natural choice; or Sweet Republic for funky, unique flavors made with pure ingredients. If you’re in the mood for something other than ice cream, there’s also Born & Glazed for donuts, Rocket Fizz for soda pop and candy, 21 Cakes, Urban Cookies Bakeshop, and Belgian waffles, among other things, at Chocolade van Brugge.

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Luck o’ the Irish Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by attending Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant’s 24th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Street Fair, sponsored by the Arizona Firefighter’s Emerald Society. The high-energy Irish hangout is known for its live music, classic bar food and numerous Scotch and whiskey choices. The party, held March 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., features a beer garden, tons of traditional Irish pub fare and live performances by Seanachie, Saints of Eirinn and The Sea Merchants.

Posh Patios There’s nothing quite like parking yourself on a patio to soak up a spring day (or night). Located at the historic Wrigley Mansion, Geordie’s pairs 360-degree city views with a distinctive menu of Italian-inspired food and award-winning wines. And for a true backyard experience, head to Culinary Dropout at The Yard, where you can chill among cushy living room furniture in an expansive indoor-outdoor setting. Nestled within the shadow of Camelback Mountain, jade bar at the Sanctuary on Camelback Resort & Spa is a beautiful place to enjoy an equally beautiful cocktail among flickering fire pits and the natural elements of the surrounding landscape. At The Phoenician’s J&G Steakhouse, enjoy your scenic view with a side of superb steak; nab a table near the window, a seat in the lounge or outdoors on the patio. UPTOWN |


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Scenic Spots

Orange Sky

Between the sunsets, mountain views and beautiful desert landscapes that Arizona has to offer, how could you not seek out places to admire the views? One of the most dramatic views of the Valley is from Different Pointe of View restaurant at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Situated atop Phoenix’s North Mountain, as you dine you can gaze at the landscape below from the patio or inside through floor-to-ceiling windows. Heading to the other side of the Valley, catch spectacular views of Pinnacle Peak from Talavera at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North as well as CopperWynd Resort and Club’s restaurant, Flourish, which boasts breathtaking sights of Four Peaks and the surrounding desert. Orange Sky, at Talking Stick Resort, is aptly named for the incredible sky-high panoramas at this 15th-floor restaurant, which is especially popular during sunset.

Go Western Crank up the volume and get ready to two-step your way through bars celebrating cowboy culture. Head to some of our favorite boot-kicking spots to get your country on. If you’re looking for something local and low-key, make your way to Scottsdale hangout Handlebar J. For a twist on the Old Town bars, check out a mix of popular country music and the typical Scottsdale party scene at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row or The Rusty Spur Saloon, which has live music and an authentic feel. Lastly, park yourself at The Horny Toad, an iconic rustic restaurant and bar located in Cave Creek that has been an Western staple for 40 years.


Best Bars

The Horny Toad

It’s true that we have bars galore, which makes it hard to narrow down the list. The following few blend well-crafted cocktails (or stellar wines) with intriguing ambiance. In downtown Scottsdale, a wine lover must is Kazimierz World Wine Bar (hint: come for the wine, stay for the live music). Nearby, AZ88 serves up some of the most fashionable martinis in town, and for craft cocktails among a kicked-back vibe, try Phoenix’s Windsor or Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour. For an experience sure to impress, head to Dominick’s Steakhouse at Scottsdale Quarter. Well-known for its poolside dining, Dominick’s bar is another visual focal point, with liquors displayed in an artistic fashion among lavish decor. MARCH 2016 |



Troon North Golf Club

Pinnacle Peak

Tee It Up Arizona is known for its reliably sunny weather, which makes it one of the top golf destinations in the country. People travel from all over the world to enjoy the gorgeous greens our state has to offer so while you’re here, why not play a couple of rounds? Nestled in the high Sonoran Desert, Troon North Golf Club features two courses – Monument and Pinnacle – which wrap around the northern slops of Pinnacle Peak. And as one of Arizona’s original golf gems, Camelback Golf Club offers two championship 18-hole courses.

Take a Hike If ever there is a time of year to hike, it’s now. Right in the heart of Phoenix are two challenging hikes – Piestewa Peak (Squaw Peak) and Camelback Mountain (both the Cholla and Echo Canyon trails). These two summits are the highest points in the Phoenix Mountains. For an easier hike that still has unbelievable views, make your way through Pinnacle Peak Park or try Lost Dog Wash Trail in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which is also a dogfriendly excursion. For a more challenging climb in the preserve, try Tom’s Thumb Trail, which climbs more than 1,300 feet through impressive boulders.



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Hit the Casino Located on the Salt-River Pima Maricopa Indian Reservation, Talking Stick Resort has plenty of entertainment to offer hotel guests and nonguests, but the casino is definitely a big draw. Voted a 2014 “Best of Gaming” winner by Casino Player, the main casino floor includes more than 50 table games like Blackjack and 3-Card Poker as well as more than 800 slot machines and Keno. Here, you’ll also find Arizona's largest poker room – The Arena Poker Room – which features Texas Hold ’Em, Omaha, 7-Card Stud and regular tournaments. Try your luck at the casino 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Scottsdale Fashion Square

Let it Brew Craft breweries are popping up faster than you can say, “Pour me a pint.” And this season practically screams that its time to kick back with a cold one. Small-batch brews, native-to-AZ ingredients and seasonal sips are trending. Check out these breweries for all of the above: Old Town’s Goldwater Brewing Co. (try the Desert Rose Cactus Ale) and Phoenix’s Wren House Brewing (the Hi Jolly features desert wildflower honey). Other breweries doing interesting things with ingredients include Fate Brewing (Hatch Chile Cream Ale) and The Phoenix Ale Brewery (Watermelon Ale).

Shop ‘til You Drop Arizona is known for some of the most luxurious shopping in the country. You’ll find almost every high-end store you can think of at Biltmore Fashion Park and Scottsdale Fashion Square. Or, head downtown to Melrose on 7th Avenue if you’re looking for some vintage garb. Finally, visit outdoor centers like Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons (which are just across the street from one another) to shop around while you’re enjoying the beautiful spring weather. MARCH 2016 |



Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Get Cultural Whether you’re a fan of the Old West, into visual arts or interested in music, the Valley’s museums have you covered. One of the area’s newest museums, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, features rotating exhibitions of hundreds of Western artworks and historic artifacts, while the Phoenix Art Museum has showcased more than 18,000 works of art in the last 50 years. And at the Musical Instrument Museum, the only global musical instrument museum in the world, you’ll find more than 6,500 instruments from around the world (even John Lennon’s piano!).

Vino While You Visit Nothing pairs better with a colorful Arizona sunset than a glass of wine. Whether you’re in the mood to taste or just looking for somewhere that has the latest and greatest selections, we’re in the know. Sorso Wine Room at Scottsdale Quarter provides a unique experience with 150 wines by the bottle and a self-serve tasting “buffet” for by-the-glass buyers. Pair your glass with their gourmet noshes – choose from selections like bruschetta, charcuterie, salads and sandwiches.

Sunrise Jewelry & Gallery

Dress the Part It may be a bit of an exaggeration to say that all Phoenicians wear cowboy boots, hats and turquoise, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to sport the gear every once in a while. There are tons of little shops in downtown Phoenix and Old Town Scottsdale that have these things, but here are a few of our favorites for Western digs: Sunrise Jewelry & Gallery (for Native American and contemporary jewelry and art), American Leather Company of Arizona (carries jewelry and makes custom leather belts and wallets), J Gilbert (for traditional footwear), and Saba’s Western Wear (carries clothing, boots and hats). UPTOWN |


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Joya Spa

Spa Time

Always Authentic

There’s no better way to recharge and feel like you’re on a mini-vacation than with a spa day, and, luckily, the Valley has some of the best in the country. Tucked away amid the backdrop of Mummy Mountain, you can relax at the Spa at Camelback Inn with desert-inspired services like the Sonoran Rose Facial and the Desert Nectar Honey Wrap. And if you love to shop around, make sure to drop into the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, an upscale spa at Biltmore Fashion Park that’s perfect for a post-shopping breather. For a luxurious experience focused on energy, intention and New Age treatments, find your bliss at Joya Spa at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.

You can’t visit (or live) in the Valley without truly experiencing genuine Mexican food, so here are some of our top picks for a food fiesta. In the Phoenix area, check out Los Dos Molinos, Tee Pee Mexican Food, Mi Patio, Presidio and Al Fuego Mexican Restaurant. If you’re headed to Scottsdale, don’t miss Juan Jaime’s Tacos and Tequila and Frank & Lupe’s Old Mexico.

See a Show The Valley has many venues in which to see performances, and one of the most historical is Celebrity Theatre. Located east of downtown Phoenix, this venue originally opened in 1964 with the musical “South Pacific” and has since hosted such greats as Diana Ross, Billy Joel and Etta James. The 2,650-seat theater is unique in that its stage can function as regular-facing or as a theater-in-the-round, meaning the stage rotates throughout the performance. With this capability, there really is no bad seat in the house! MARCH 2016 |





Casbah stacking chair, $139.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987.

Pick one (or a few) of these pieces to add a bright, bold pop of springtime color to your home BY GABBY RICHMAN ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

Animal print wool and silk rug, Kate Spade New York, $126$1,400 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111.

Organix large bowl, Kosta Boda, $150 at

Garden stool, $99.95 at Pier 1 Imports. Snake vase, NasonMoretti, $285 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000.

Chartreuse cutaway pillow, MacKenzieChilds, $295 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.



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Florals can add color, interest and intrigue to any outfit, not to mention a feminine touch. Crafted in GUCCI’s blooms printed leather, the Italian-made Dionysus Blooms Shoulder Bag makes the perfect springtime accessory, with cherry red leather showcasing blooming florals in shades of pink and tangerine. Smaller in size, the bag is versatile in function; it can be worn as a shoulder strap or as a top handle thanks to an adjustable chain strap. Its textured tiger head closure is a statement in itself – this detail, found on all bags in the Dionysus line, references the Greek god Dionysus. $2,490. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue,

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Let your spring wardrobe flourish with one of our fresh footwear favorites BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH

(Clockwise from top left) Candy leather platform sandals, Saint Laurent, $995 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Marine slide sandals in apricot, Gucci, $660 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Seava Hawaii low-top sneakers, Christian Louboutin, $795 at Neiman Marcus. White platform sneaker with crochet floral detail, Stella McCartney, $225.95 at To Be Continued ‌ A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Black espadrille flats, Dolce&Gabbana, $495 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Cecile leather mid-heel sandals, Tory Burch, $295 at Saks Fifth Avenue. UPTOWN |


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Choose one of these happening hats to complete your ensemble and shield you from the Arizona sun BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH

(Clockwise from top left) Straw fedora with striped ribbon, $19 at Honey B’s Boutique, 480.292.8912. Chiffon scarf sun blocker, Sun ‘N’ Sand, $23.10 at Honey B’s Boutique. Pale pink cowboy, Conner Hats, $40 at Judy Arizona, 480.585.9190. Black and tan brimmed, Conner Hats, $40 at Judy Arizona. Wide brim floppy, $29 at Elan Style, 480.941.5575. Black wool with brown detailing, Tart Collections, $65 at Diva Divine, 480.585.2570. MARCH 2016 |



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his contemporary, 3,255-square-foot home is located in the Canyon Estates neighborhood, which is close to some of the Valley’s best golf clubs, resorts, restaurants, gyms and shopping. The 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath estate has floor-to-ceiling windows, bringing in tons of natural light and showing the unmistakable views of Camelback Mountain. As you walk through the house, you’ll see German engineered hardwood oak flooring, with varied shades of wood, which gives off a fresh and clean look.



Follow the path from the front door and step in to your kitchen to get ready to cook. The trendy eatery features custom light wood and gray cabinetry, CesarStone countertops, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator and double-ovens. Then, make your way to your own master suite, which has a private patio, walk-in closet, spa tub and comes eqipped with heated floors. Walk out on to your own private patio and enjoy the mountain views that your desert oasis has to offer. The backyard, which is fit for an entertainer, boasts a pool, gas fire pit and built-in grill. 5820 N. 46th Place Phoenix, AZ 85018 for $1,125,000. Listed with Joe Janus, The Janus Group at HomeSmart, 602.620.6267. UPTOWN |


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vital stats: 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Base price: $23,995 Price as tested: $26,540 Seating: 4 Engine: 1.8-L turbocharged four-cylinder

2016 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE DUNE The Baja Bug reimagined

Horsepower: 170 hp Fuel economy: 25/34 mpg city/highway Fab features: Awesome Baja styling Fun, attractive interior Sandstorm Yellow color option



olkswagen’s most iconic vehicle, the Beetle, has been nothing short of spectacular in releasing special edition trim levels over the years, and the all-new Beetle Dune is the latest. The Dune is actually a throwback to VW’s Baja 1000 off-roading days. As one of the world’s most grueling races, drivers trek across 1,300 miles of unforgiving roads up and down the Baja peninsula in VW Beetles. But before you get fired up, there are a few things you need to know about the new Dune. First and foremost, it is not an offroad vehicle. It isn’t all-wheel drive, and it’s only about 10 mm taller and 14 mm wider than a standard Beetle. Dune is basically an MARCH 2016 |



appearance package that gives the Beetle a more rugged, sporty look. However, there is a lot you do get with the Dune. While it forgoes the Baja Bug running boards, there is nice black plastic cladding along the lower body and wheel openings, a “Dune” striped graphic, silver-painted mirrors, great looking 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, and a more aggressive treatment to the front and rear fascias. The Dune is available in three colors: white, black and the vibrant Sandstorm Yellow (tested here). The color of the exterior is carried through to the inside of the car across the doors, instrument panel and even the gauge clusters. Two-tone seats are standard with a combination of leatherette and cloth nicely trimmed with color-matched stitching and piping on the seats. And, it has one of the best looking steering wheels I’ve seen in any vehicle. Overall, the Dune looks terrific. The interior is surprisingly roomy as is the rear cargo area, which has a big hatch in the back. Rear seats fold down so there is plenty of room for your luggage and gear. Available trim levels include either a coupe or convertible, powered by a 1.8liter, 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. I love the way the car drove. It had great handling; a solid, confident feel; and adequate power with an overall experience that puts a smile on your face. While the Dune is mostly an appearance package, it does have a unique look that sets it apart from other Beetles. And best of all, it offers you more than you would expect for your money. Automotive writer Jim Prueter is a spokesperson for AAA, and his auto reviews and travel stories appear nationally in print and online. You can catch him on several local TV stations, and can reach him at



Turn your backyard into a golfer’s oasis BY CHELSEA YOUNG


f you’re a golf lover, why not bring the greens right into your backyard? Southwest Greens of the Valley creates custom putting greens at your home that are “built to suit,” meaning that no putting green is the same since no yard is the same. Since 1996, Southwest Greens has specialized in synthetic turf grasses, play areas, putting greens, tee boxes and tee lines. Fast-forward to today, and Southwest Greens has evolved into the largest synthetic turf installation company in the Valley. For golf aficionados, a personal putting green has become a must, especially ones by Nicklaus Design (one of the company’s design options), and in fact, Southwest Greens is the only synthetic turf company to have a working relationship with the top golf course UPTOWN |


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designers in the world. Their greens have also received accolades from the pros, including golfers like Jim Furyk and Hale Irwin. To get started on your own green, set up a free consultation, where a designer will scout and measure your space, give you turf choices, and then provide a design that matches your vision.

places that encourage indoor-outdoor living. Enjoy meals at Cibola in the clubhouse, or at any of the 20 restaurants and 13 bars on the resort’s sister properties, as part of the all-inclusive package. Montecristo is an ideal spot to vacation, with plenty of fun by the pool, on the beach, in the spa, or at the Quivira Golf Club. Just minutes away, you can experience Cabo’s nightlife, shopping, snorkeling and whale watching.

Adults-only Retreat If you prefer the tranquility found at an adults-only resort, head to Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. Situated right on the beach, the 154-room resort is a romantic escape where you can relax poolside, dine on Mediterranean fare at Siempre or feast on fresh fish at Pescados. For a special treat, have the concierge set up a special table for two on the beach. You can also dine at the Cabo sister properties of Sunset Beach, Rosé and Los Cabos.

Spend a Day at the Spa


he luxurious Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts, along with Quivira Golf Club, sit on Baja’s Pacific shore near Cabo San Lucas. These five all-inclusive resorts, located just two hours by plane from Phoenix, offer a customized luxury getaway for two, a funfilled girlfriends’ escape, or a relaxing retreat for the entire family.

A Luxury Villa Escape


Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts showcase the best of Baja BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM

Your luxury villa awaits at Montecristo Estates, each complete with a private infinity pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, maid and butler service, and unlimited access to the bars, restaurants and facilities at all of the Pueblo Bonito properties in Cabo — Sunset Beach, Los Cabos, Rosé and the adults-only Pacifica. Each three-bedroom ocean-view villa includes a full kitchen and gorgeous patios MARCH 2016 |



As a guest at Montecristo or Pacifica, you can book a treatment at Armonia Spa at either resort. At Pacifica, relax in the lounge, soak in the hot tub and enjoy either an indoor massage or opt for a treatment in a beachfront cabana. The spa at Montecristo has the feel of Old Mexico with its candles, brick walls and Mexican decor, all among a serene desert theme.

Play a Round of Golf at Quivira The exclusive Jack Nicklaus-designed, 18-hole golf course at Quivira has a worldclass layout and dazzling ocean views boasting granite cliffs, undulating desert foothills and windswept dunes. This new course, which opened in 2014, has quickly become popular with guests of Pueblo Bonito Resorts. Players can refresh at four comfort stations throughout the course. And at the 8th green, the Oasis serves up tasty bites prepared by the resort’s chef along with cool drinks, cervezas and top-shelf margaritas. Back at the open-air clubhouse, you can relax with friends or grab lunch overlooking the Pacific. To book your luxurious all-inclusive stay, visit

NECKLACE: Pearl and shell long, Silpada, $34.95. TOP: Pink collared tie-up blouse, Equipment Femme, $44.95. SHORTS: Green print, Free People, $17.50. All from My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. SHIRT: Pink plaid short sleeved button-down, Bogosse, $17.50. WATCH: Black, Burberry, $225. PANTS: Five-pocket denim jeans, 7 For All Mankind, $49.95. All from Well Suited, 480.556.9750.



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Spring training looks for women and men guaranteed to be a grand slam


SHIRTS: Orange polo, Polo Ralph Lauren, $12.50; blue button-down, Howe, $19.95. SHORTS: Plaid, Union, $9.95. SHOES: Off-white, L.L. Bean, $24.95. All from Well Suited, 480.556.9750.



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TOP: Pink cable knit sweater, Ralph Lauren, $59.95. SHORTS: Floral, Trina Turk, $19.95. SHOES: Orange pointed toe flats, Marc Jacobs, $59.95. All from My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575.

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DRESS: Black-andwhite striped, Ted Baker, $59.95. BRACELET: Gold ball set, $14.95 each. All from My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575.



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SHIRT: Knit T-shirt, Custo Barcelona, $9.95. JACKET: Cream cargo, G-Star Raw, $44.95. PANTS: Black drawstring cargo, RLX Ralph Lauren, $19.95. All from Well Suited, 480.556.9750.

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TOP: Blue-and-white striped sleeveless, Equipment Femme, $49.95. BRACELETS: Pink heart bangle, Janna Conner, $19.95; floral cuff bracelet, Tory Burch, $34.95. SKIRT: White, Missoni, $39.95. SHOES: Silver braided sandals, Carlos by Carlos Santana, $12.50. All from My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575.



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SHIRT: Plaid shortsleeve button-down, True Religion, $34.95. BRACELET: Leather cuff, Gucci, $99.95. SHORTS: Red corduroy cargo, True Religion, $19.95. SHOES: Blue canvas, 7 For All Mankind, $34.95. All from Well Suited, 480.556.9750.

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Lisa Shover-Kackley, Rebecca Ailes-Fine and Lee Courtney

Elizabeth and Bryan Saba

Syd Mead and Robert Servick


Arizona Science Center hosted their annual celebration on February 6th to benefit the center’s STEM educational programming that includes science, technology, engineering and math. Guests enjoyed a night of pop culture and technology at the Science After Dark After Party located in their new community space CREATE. Tracey and Larry Lytle

Chris Barker and Edward Eyth Sue Glawe, Leslie Rachels and Dana Saylor

Dr. Jeremy Babenger, Andi Fourlis and Susan Farretta

Amy Packard Berry, Rick Berry and Linda Tate Rabert Atkins and Maritza O’Neill

Stacey Bennett and Caclyn Baudhuin

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Dennis and Kimberly Collins

Dick and Stacie Stephenson

Roger Norman, Budd and Laurie Florkiewicz, and Elise Norman

Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Anniversary Gala

Party-goers headed to WestWorld of Scottsdale for the highly anticipated celebration, which kicked off the auction week. Guests enjoyed samples of gourmet food and drinks throughout the venue, and a surprise performance by Zac Brown Band. Carolyn and Craig Jackson, George and Johnnie Benson

Ruthie and Gordon Johnson, Doug and Angela Ducey


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Miranda Lumer and Nick Woodruff

Joseph and Sherylin Sandor

Jim and Kathryn Heffernan

Gail Forshey and Tom Rogers

Ballet Arizona’s Pima Circle Reception

Adrienne and Charles Schiffner

Over 100 guests enjoyed an exclusive evening at the Ballet Arizona headquarters, filled with a program by Artistic Director, Ib Andersen, a gourmet dinner catered by Tarbell’s and a post-performance reception. The loyal donors and Pima Circle members were then able to interact with the many dancers of Ballet Arizona.

7th Annual A Love Not Forgotten Gala

Jeffrey and Angela Glosser

Kasey and Joshua Farley


The 1920’s, back- and white-themed event raised almost $150,000 during an evening at the JW Marriot Camelback Inn, benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter. Mark Mitchell and Amy Hartley

Laura Pastor and Harry Mitchell

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Molly Dalton and Peggy Tice-Lanese

Kathryn Petsas and Kelly Persellin

Kathryn Petsas and Suzanne Kesler

Independent Woman Luncheon BY ANDREW GLEASON

Ben Menke, Justin Nee and Marvin Wilkinson

Guests gathered to celebrate the contributions of creative and successful women as they support Phoenix Art Museum. Attendees enjoyed listening to keynote speaker Carolyne Roehm, noted author and trendsetter, as well as purchasing centerpieces from the event that were made by some of the Valley’s top designers.

Amy Cohn and Matthew Boland

Debbie Samartzis and Laura Finsterwald

Elaine Ryckman, Margee Cullinan, Susie Hersker and Shannon Miller

Beth Smith, Jennifer Wright, Lois Wright and Nancy Steele

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Fresco 74 Photo courtesy of Spinato’s Pizzeria

The Drunken Leprechaun


earching for something a little more creative than the average green beer this St. Patrick’s Day? Look no further than these great bars and restaurants in the Valley, each of which offers clever, creative cocktails using melon, lime, mint and a variety other seasonal ingredients – rather than just a little food coloring.

Black & Bleu American Grill Cocktail: The Drunken Leprechaun Details: This sparkling cocktail features a heavy pour of Champagne and shot of Sour Apple Pucker, along with the special ingredient – a Sour Patch Kid! Cost: $8 Info: SOL Cocina Cocktail: The Irish-Rita Details: With sweet melon liquor, this spin on the traditional margarita is made with Tequila Fortaleza, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. Cost: $15 Info: Paul Martin’s American Grill Cocktail: Classic Mojito Details: Containing muddled fresh mint, lime and cane syrup, this traditional treat stays tasty using Bacardi Superior Rum and is topped off with a soda float. Cost: $13 Info:

The Green Drink

THINK GREEN, DRINK GREEN Irish-inspired libations perfect for St. Patrick’s Day BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Coup Des Tartes Cocktail: Napoleon Details: This sweet-and-sour cocktail is as dangerous (dangerously delicious, that is) as the man himself, and is a combination of Genever gin, Genepi liqueur, maraschino, muddled mint and fresh lime. Cost: $11 Info: The Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar Cocktail: The Green Drink Details: Featuring Jun Kombucha Wild Tonic from Sedona and your choice of rum or vodka, this green sipper comes in several flavors including cilantro ginger, lavender love and blackberry mint. Cost: $6 Info: UPTOWN |


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Classic Mojito Photo by Bob Hodson

The Green Goddess Photo by Hanna Leeke

Spinato’s Pizzeria Cocktail: Fresco 74 Details: Named in homage to the familyowned business’ first year in operation, this vodka-based spirit features both cucumber and green tea. Cost: $6 Info: Modern Margarita Cocktail: The Green Goddess Details: This handcrafted margarita is made with cucumber, jalapeño and freshsqueezed juice. Cost: $13 Info: The Vig Cocktail: Irish Exit Details: With Jameson whiskey as the base, this mixture then combines it with Amaro Montenegro liqueur, ginger beer, lime and plum bitters. Cost: $10 Info: Grassroots Kitchen & Tap Cocktail: Grassroots Gimlet Details: This family-owned, Southerninfluenced American restaurant serves up a cucumber-infused libation complete with Hendrick’s Gin, basil, agave nectar and lime. Cost: $10 Info:

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We have good news – the Uptown location of Flower Child is now serving breakfast. What’s even better news? The menu includes crushed avocado whole grain toast, which is the perfect mixture of healthy and hearty. The dish ($6) includes egg, crushed avocado and white cheddar on multi-grain bread, topped with toasted amaranth, black sesame seeds, and smoked sea salt (YUM!) If your mouth isn’t already watering, just think about the perfect balance of the crunchy texture of the toast balanced with the soft egg and avocado. The combination results in a tummy full of fiber, healthy fats, whole grains and protein. Breakfast is served Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 480.212.0180; MARCH 2016 |



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et’s be frank – the beginning of spring in the Valley has long been marked by the arrival of spring training. With 15 teams arriving to play in eight of our Valley cities, there will be hordes of local fans along with out-of-state visitors making their way to the stadiums to watch their favorite Cactus League teams prepare for the official start of baseball season. What goes hand in hand better with baseball than the tried and true American favorite hot dog? While your regular run off the mill dog may be suitable for an afternoon on the lawn during the game, we wanted to find some additional stellar options available at your favorite restaurants for before or after you catch a game. We searched and were able to comprise a list of the most magnificent “haute” dogs waiting for you just down the street. Here are a few of our favorite finds:


America’s favorite baseball bite gets elevated to an elegant level BY TARYN JEFFRIES



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Short Leash Dogs: Biltmore Union 2505 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 480.620.8479 Short Leash Dogs’ mission, since their beginning solely as a food truck, has always been to create a unique twist on a beloved classic. Their dogs, all named after some of their favorite canine friends, are made up of natural ingredients, mainly sourced from local purveyors. Aside from an extensive menu of their personal signature combinations, you also have the option of creating your own signature dog with their 25 available toppings. They offer five different types of dogs from Schreiner’s Meats ranging from regular, beef, spicy beer hot, bratwurst, organic chicken, as well as a veggie dog. All of their dogs are served on naan flatbread

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which, in itself, adds a new texture and taste profile. What to order: Bear This creative dog is composed of nothing you ever thought would belong atop a hot dog. Toppings of peanut butter, cracker jacks, smoked gouda, bacon and BBQ sauce are all fantastic on their own, but when combined create a new sort of magical flavor. You get the salty components from the bacon, sweet from the cracker jacks, creaminess from the peanut butter and gouda, and then a slight bite from the BBQ sauce. It’s a seemingly complex flavor combination, but the end result is unique and delightful.

Sierra Bonita Grill 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix 602.264.0700 Sierra Bonita Grill specializes in dishes that pay homage to the flavors of the Southwest; traditions and flavors alike. Almost all of the dishes served here come with a welcomed kick; an ever present burn from the skilled use of just the right amount of chilies, whether as a staple ingredient in an entree or a highlight to a side dish. That heat permeates the menu in the perfect proportion every time. What to order: Sonoran Hot Dog If you arrive for happy hour, be sure to seek out your only opportunity to enjoy their Sonoran hot dog. A truly unique and regional item, once only available by taking

with media outlets around the country. Whether you have a taste for the decadent dishes like caramelized banana and pecan brioche French toast or something on the lighter side like lox and eggs, Over Easy has you covered. What to order: Waffle Dogs Now, I realize that breakfast food might not be what you think of immediately when it comes to hot dogs, but why should you have to wait for lunch or dinner to enjoy the hand-held treat? This breakfast beauty consists of 3 two-ounce breakfast sausages dipped in Over Easy’s malt waffle batter, fried to a beautiful, crisp golden brown. These sweet and savory delights arrive with a dusting of powdered sugar and a side of both maple syrup and hot sauce that, when combined, create an explosive flavor that you will be craving no matter the time of day.

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a road trip to Tucson or even further south into Mexico, when done correctly is a sight to behold. It all begins by wrapping an unassuming hot dog in a slice of bacon. You could stop there and have a delightful handheld treat, but, because more is better, they keep going. Once it is perfectly charred, the dog is then topped with a combination of mayonnaise, refried beans, cotija cheese and Indian salsa. This delectable concoction certainly could not stand up to a traditional bun, so it finds its home on a bolillo roll, the same oblong roll used when creating a torta.

Over Easy 4730 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 602.468.3447 Over Easy offers up Midwestern hospitality, flavors and comfort each and every morning. Their clever twists on classic breakfast dishes have gained popularity, not just amongst locals but also MARCH 2016 |



2337 N. 7th St., Phoenix 602.843.6246 Restaurants that inhabit former homes seem to have a special kind of charm about them, and The Main Ingredient is no exception. The cheerful ambiance along with the eclectic art adorning the walls provides an additional level of comfort and familiarity. The menu has a little bit of everything, including snacks to share, salads, tacos and hot sandwiches. While the interior dining area is intimate, their patio space provides a great place to enjoy your meal and the city’s beautiful spring weather. What to order: Coney Dog Truth be told it’s not the fanciest of dogs, but sometimes simplicity can set a dish apart from others. Without a myriad of topping ingredients, the frank’s flavor is allowed to shine. This jumbo Schreiner’s all beef frank is perfectly prepared and then topped with red onion and a spicy prohibition amber ale mustard on a toasted sourdough roll. The simplistic preparation stands up well to the hearty roll and the mustard accentuates the spices used to create the hot dog. The final product is simple and refined all at the same time.


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ARCADIA TAVERN Local sports fans flock to Arcadia Tavern for happy hour and game days, and for good reason. This is a great neighborhood spot to grab a beer and some comforting bar fare all while hanging with great friends in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Arcadia Tavern is also very family friendly, so if you want to head out with your tiniest sports fans, all are welcome here. 4801 E. Indian School Road., Phoenix; 602.840.3950;; $$ DELUX Gourmet burgers and sushi under one roof? It’s a happy truth, at Delux you can find both being created daily with high quality ingredients like Niman Ranch beef. You’ll find your fries, whether in regular or sweet potato form, arrive in little mini shopping baskets. As far as sushi goes, you’ll find all the regular players as well as some creative Delux originals. 3146 E. Camelback Road., Phoenix; 602.522.2288;; $$ DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW DPOV is home to one of the most comprehensive views of the Valley, and is delightful at sunset. Executive Chef Anthony DeMuro is creating some of the most interesting and informative dinners here, with an incredibly informed staff. Live a little and opt for the Chef’s Tasting Menu to ensure that you can fully experience all that this restaurant and its people have to offer. 11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 623.866.6350; www.tapatiocliffshilton. com; $$$$ HALF MOON SPORTS GRILL If you are a transplant from Illinois, as many in the Valley are, this is the place for you! The owners are from the Chicago area and have worked hard to create a place that pays homage to their home town as well as to tip their hats to their new home.

All of their hot dogs are true Vienna Beef and they have Eli’s Cheesecakes flown in weekly. You’ll find thin crust Chicago style pizzas, spicy Italian sausage as well as “wet” Italian beef sandwiches. Giardiniera is optional but suggested! 2121 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix; 602.977.2700;; $$ HARVEY’S WINEBURGER Harvey’s has been a local favorite for as long as I can remember. While you won’t find a lot of frills here, you will find great burgers on the cheap. Their famous Wineburgers are crafter with a 100 percent fresh ground beef patty and a splash of wine. They also have great daily specials that won’t break the bank. 4812 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.248.9950;; $ KEEGAN’S GRILL ON CAMELBACK Focused on American comfort foods, Keegan’s provides a welcome environment that caters to a variety of diners. Hefty burgers like their smoked jalapeno bacon burger and ample entrees like their grilled filet medallion stroganoff can cater to the pickiest of eaters. Their social hour menu is impressive as well with discounted appetizers and even a $10 Maine lobster tail. 3114 E. Camelback Road., Phoenix; 602.955.6616;; $$ RICO’S AMERICAN GRILL Whether you are looking for a filling breakfast to start your day or a comfortable place to take your family for lunch, Rico’s fits the bill. Here you can enjoy no-frills, back-to-basics dining that still "wows" with flavor, service and atmosphere. Rico's features farm-to-table cuisine, boasting only the finest locally grown ingredients. 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.997.5850;; $$ SEASONS 52 Seasons 52 provides diners with an opportunity to indulge without the weighty repercussions. With no single item on the menu exceeding 475 calories as well as all items containing the freshest in season ingredients you can feel good about any choice you make here. The wait staff are fully educated from the individual dish ingredients to the spirit options. 2502 E. Camelback Road., Phoenix; 602.840.5252;; $$


CHERRYBLOSSOM NOODLE CAFÉ Don’t be fooled by the strip mall location, this little eatery is full of amazing noodle options. From ramen to udon there are options for everyone. They even offer up some Italian options, most of which have a Japanese flair. Looking for a little spice? The udon suki hits all the right notes and that slight heat sneaks up on you! 914 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.248.9090;; $$ CHINA CHILI Whether you are looking to enjoy Cantonese, Szechwan or Hong Kong styled dishes, you will be met with many options at China Chili. You’ll find many familiar dishes as well as some potential new favorites. Their seafood blossom soup and chicken corn chowder soup are local favorites. Service is always friendly and food comes out of the kitchen in ninja like speed. 302 E. Flower St., Phoenix; 602.266.4463;; $$ MOTO SUSHI If you’re looking for a new experience, Moto Sushi offers a variety of dishes that are a fusion of cultures that will surprise and delight diners. You can start off with their Asian nachos, which is a clever



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concoction of crispy wontons, soybeans, salsa and guacamole. If you have a healthy appetite, you can come in on Saturday’s for their all you can eat sushi special. Like it a little hot? Go for their exit wound bowl, complete with moto hell fire sauce. 6845 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.263.5444;; $$ SHABU FONDUE It may seem strange to go out to dinner and then put in work to make your meal yourself, but in the end the experience and the end result are the absolute reward. Shabu Fondue has an extensive menu, complete with plenty of vegetarian options. All of the meats are perfectly seasoned and you are provided with ample instruction and assistance to ensure that you create a perfect meal. Kids would love to be involved in the experience and a dinner here could end up being a delicious education for your whole family. 7822 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.870.3015; $$


ACACIA CAFÉ Quaint, cozy and homey. Just a few of the words that have been used to described Acacia Café. You won’t find a complicated menu with too many options; the menu offerings are succinct and separated by sandwiches, burritos and scrambles. Can’t stick around to eat in the café? They have a more robust take out menu for both breakfast and lunch. 3701 E. Indian School Road., Phoenix; 602.904.7675;; $ CHESTNUT FINE FOODS & PROVISIONS Looking for a causal spot in Arcadia to grab a relaxed and refines breakfast? Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions easily offers that and so much more. You’ll find first rate pastries and a variety of coffee options if you’re in a rush. If you plan on settling in and staying awhile you’ll find a variety of fresh and decadent menu items. The tart lemon ricotta waffles offer up a light and fresh taste while the morning bibimap bowl offer up unique and savory flavors. 4350 E. Camelback Road., Phoenix; 602.08.7679;; $$ ESSENCE BAKERY CAFÉ When looking for the perfect pastries for morning meeting or a rich and filling breakfast to start out your day, put this stop at the top of your list. Their almond croissant is perfectly decadent with the perfect level of sweetness surrounded by light, buttery and flaky layers. The natural decor is inviting and welcoming. 3830 E. Indian School Road., Phoenix; 602.296.4958;; $$ OVER EASY Laid back and approachable, Over Easy serves up delicious breakfast dishes for every palate. Whether you are looking for something on the healthy side (the Mediterranean omelet) or are looking to really indulge (caramelized banana & pecan brioche French toast) you will surely find your new favorite breakfast dish here. The reese’s pancakes almost make you want to order off the kids menu. Great service and great food in a fun and funky environment. Can you think of a better way to start the day? 4730 E. Indian School Road., Phoenix; 602.468.3447;; $$


COUP DES TARTES Large potions abound in this petite bistro, designed to be a cozy and intimate location. On the surface the menu items may appear to be a bit innocuous, but the execution and attention to

guide detail make them shine. Make sure to start your dinner with the perfectly constructed three onion tarte before your entree and don’t forget to bring your own bubbly. 1725 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix; 602.212.1082;; $$$ VINCENT MARKET BISTRO Located just off the main dining room of the main dining room of Vincent’s on Camelback resides Vincent Market Bistro, the perfect place for a more casual dining experience as well as the perfect place to pick up some of chef Vincent Guerithault’s very own creations. The bistro is quaint and cozy, but still holds all the character, service and satisfying dishes of its big brother. 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.224.3727;; $$


GARAGE WINE AND TAP A transformed auto shop serving up re-envisioned comfort foods is filling up the tanks of Uptown residents and visitors alike. Your knowledgeable service staff will be able to pair any type of drink up to your menu choices and with the great beer list you just might need a little assistance. 1534 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix; 602.265.4125;; $$ THE ATTIC Looking to enjoy an original (and huge) burger along with an exquisite craft beer? Head over to The Attic and the staff there will match your burger of choice with a perfectly paired ale. You’ll be able to catch some pretty epic views of Camelback Mountain or hang out at the bar, depending on your mood. 4247 E. Indian School Road., Phoenix; 602.955.1967; $$


AIELLO’S SALIMERIA Dine in, delivery, take out and catering; Aiello’s does it all. One of their best features is their Dinner for Four special, featuring a different entrée every day. Call in your order and then pick it up on the way home and dinner is taken care of guaranteed to be delicious. Have a special request for in-house dining? Just say the word and Aiello’s is more than happy to oblige. 777 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix; 602.547.3354;; $$ CHRISTOS RISTORANTE Open since 1986, Christo’s is one of the longest standing independent Italian restaurants in the area, and with a track record like that they must be doing something right. The backdrop of the restaurant in romantic elegance, the perfect spot for date night. Whether you’re looking for the simple flavors of a dish like their pasta maison or something more complex and layered like their veal christo, you’ll find something for every taste and occasion here. 6327 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.264.1784;; $$ CRUDO Chef Cullen Campbell is turning your ideas of Italian cuisine upside down. You’ll find four main menu elements at Crudo; raw, cooked, cheese and grilled. The ingredients are simple but exquisite and you can order a la carte or in coursing options. The menu here changes from time to time, but be sure to ask about their feature dish. 3603 E. Indian School Road., Phoenix; 602.358.8666;; $$$ L’AMORE Expect to be greeted with a warm smile and welcoming interior at L’Amore. Fine dining with

a family atmosphere is more than just a catchy tagline here. The family run restaurant treats every diner as if they were guests in their home, from the hospitality, setting and love in every dish. Their chicken saltimbocca is a lovely introduction to their menu; the flavors are stellar and the quality shines through in each bite. 3159 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix; 602.381.3159;; $$$ NOOK KITCHEN Whether you are looking for a light lunch or a full on comfort dinner, Nook has offering to satisfy any appetite. This high energy spot is bringing a little fire to the Gaslight Square area. Expect a little spice in your pizza crust, but if pizza is not your thing the chicken marsala is the stuff dreams are made of. 3623 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.651.1390;; $$


GREEKTOWN This family owned and run restaurant is serving up some of the best tasting Greek food in the Valley. While their gyros and hummus are delightful, look outside or your comfort zone and try some truly outstanding traditional dishes. Dimitri’s leg or the mega spanakee are great interpretations of tried and true dishes. 8519 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.674.8881;; $$ ZOE’S KITCHEN Zoe’s Kitchen is offering up quick and healthy dinner option with a Mediterranean flair. Stop in after a long day and enjoy a southern favorite; their Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich. You’ll find classic sandwiches and salads as well as fresh and zesty hummus to start with. They also offer heartier entrees like a chicken pita pizza and kabob options. You’re sure to get a filling and healthy meal! 1641 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.263.9637;; $ COUSCOUS EXPRESS You’ll find Couscous Express situated just off of the 51 Freeway and McDowell Road, making arriving here convenient. The interior is dimly lit and adorned with delicate teapots on display and beautiful Moroccan lanterns, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into owner, Abdul’s own dining room. His personal collection of recipes will delight you with heady and rich traditional flavors. 1915 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix; 602.252.7777;; $$


AJO AL’S MEXICAN CAFÉ Far enough away from the nearby shopping centers, Ajo Al’s has stood the test of time in this neighborhood as a go-to for familiar flavors and service. Serving up New Mexico style fare, you’ll find lots of family friendly options. The tacos del mar and spinach enchiladas are local favorites. This location also features a fantastic breakfast menu with plate combinations as well as a la carte choices. 5101 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.222.9902;; $$ ASI ES LA VIDA You’ve likely driven by a number of times, the large colorful building with the parrot on the sign is hard to miss. Within those vibrant walls is some of the most authentic flavors of Mexico. Head in for dinner and enjoy the mellow live music along with masterfully crafted margaritas. The menu is very tradi-

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tional and will expand your ideas of what makes a great Mexican meal. 3602 N. 24th St., Phoenix; 602.952.1255;; $$ EL PACIFICO RESTAURANTE Y PESCADERIA Looking for a quick nosh or a big family dinner that can recreate that great dinner you had while visiting the beaches of Mexico? El Pacifico can serve all your needs with their authentic seafood tacos. The set up here is much like a small beach restaurant, so don’t expect many frills, but once you taste the food none of that will matter! 3311 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.277.5639;; $$ ESCOBAR MEXICAN KITCHEN This family owned and operated casual restaurant is dishing out authentic Mexican fare (think Mexico City) in ample portions and full of bright flavors. The menu is solid and all dishes are created with fresh ingredients. Their house made guacamole and tortillas are undeniable in taste and authenticity. Regardless of your entrée options, you’ll want to make sure to leave room for their unique pineapple tamale to finish your experience. 1219 E. Glendale Ave., Phoenix; 602.296.4432; $


CULINARY DROPOUT: THE YARD While you could easily pop in and out for a quick meal, this is a place you will want to settle in and stay awhile. The restaurant is a bit quirky, but in the best sense of the word. There are countless games to play while you wait for your meal or after you’ve already eaten. If you’re not the game-playing type, it’s a great spot for people watching as well. 5632 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.680.4040;; $$ INGO’S TASTY FOOD Some restaurants get tripped up with huge menus and diners can get overwhelmed with so many options. Ingo’s Tasty Food is concerned more with the quality of their offerings over the quantity. So pick a table outside and head up to the window and place your order and expect to receive a high quality grass fed burger on a LGO handmade bun. The Ingo Burger comes in a hearty portion and is topped with cooling kraut. Make sure to grab a beer and an order of their fresh shattered potato chips to make a perfect meal. 4502 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.795.2884;; $$ THE LITTLE WOODY A little hard to find, but definitely worth your efforts, The Little Woody is one of those places that everyone feels comfortable at. Whether you pop in after work for a quick bite and drink to let go of the stresses of the day or if you want to make a night of it, you’re always welcomed warmly. After your dinner, enjoy a game or two from foosball to skee ball. 4228 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.955.0339; $$ THIRTEEN NORTH GRILLE This cleverly named spot features a welcoming vibe which is reverberated in the friendly service you will encounter, whether you opt to saddle up to the bar or enjoy a full meal with family or friends. The appetizer menu leans more towards seafood creations than traditional “bar food,” they even have four different versions of mac and cheese. With a friendly, welcoming environment, great American fare and friendly service, thirteen could easily become your new favorite number. 1301 E. Northern, Phoenix; 602.795.1397;; $$

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hack Shack is coming in hot. What began as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s first art installation quickly became a fanfavorite, leading to Shake Sack opening its first kiosk in 2004. It expanded quickly from there, with locations sprouting up everywhere: from other citites in New York to multiple states across America, and even expanded internationally. Now, the Shack is finally coming to Phoenix, giving residents a chance to taste the famed food. The Phoenix location of Shake Shack will have all of the restaurants classics dishes. Their famous burgers are 100 percent all-natural and feature antibioticfree Angus beef, with no hormones added. The menu also has their griddled hot dogs, crispy crinkle cut fries and a selection of fresh-made frozen custard concretes, showcasing varied local Phoenix vendors.


Popular burger spot makes its Phoenix Debut BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTOS BY EVAN SUNG

The Phoenix location of the restaurant made the revived Uptown Plaza its home, located at Camelback Road and Central Avenue. “We couldn’t be more excited to be planting roots in Arizona, especially since several of our long-standing team members call the area home,” says Bryan Murphy, Arizona Area Director for Shake Shack. “Uptown Plaza’s iconic 1950s heritage is a perfect spot for our modern day American ‘roadside' burger stand, and we UPTOWN |


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can’t wait to welcome guests to kick back on our patio with a ShackBurger and shake in the sun.” The design for the Phoenix location of the burger joint stays true to the history of Uptown Plaza, using exposed original brick walls mixed with a steel structure. In addition, the restaurnat will also re-use the original steel trusses to support the outdoor canopy for the patio, which seats 50 patrons, allowing restaurant-goers to relax and enjoy the Arizona sun while grubbing.

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