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34 SoUTHwESTErn powDEr 36 40 VALLEY CHALLEnGES For YoUr MInD, BoDY, While phoenix sees nothing but sunshine year-round, many opt to head north and hit the snowy slopes, enjoying Mother nature at her wintery finest. if you are one of these snow birds, check out our region’s best slopes. By Rodric J. Bradford




With the help of local health and lifestyle experts, we’ve compiled 40 things you can do to shake things up this new year. Try one, two, or several of them to feel refreshed, renewed, happy, and ready for 2013. By Nissa Hallquist and Jennifer Purdie


an island of many moods enveloped in clouds of mist and effusions of easy and immediate cheer, Kauai has mostly avoided the invasion of tiki-tacky tourists. Valley Lifestyles gives you an exclusive guide to the four corners of this mystical, magical island. By Jennifer Thornton

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very January i dust off the boots and winter coats hidden in the back of my closet. i dig out my woolen gloves for late-night jogs and switch on the heater in my car to full power for my morning commute. Contrary to tourist belief, arizona’s temperatures can dip near freezing. it’s always hard at this time of the year to remember the intense summer heat when buttoning up our jackets and sticking our hands deep into their pockets. Luckily the daytime temps hover around 65 degrees and when we turn on the news and view stories of the states battling snowstorms, we remember why we love this area! Come appreciate all the offerings of this state during wintertime with our Jan/Feb issue. For those missing the true seasonal experience, we take you to top ski resorts where the powder is perfect and those leg muscles will receive some pain. if you desire a more tropical getaway and even the Phoenix area is too chilly, our feature on Kauai will both delight and tempt you to book a flight. also in this issue, we prepare you for Valentine’s Day with chocolate decadence, great dates for couples around the Valley and haute red options for the home in our article “Seeing Red.”

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Treat the Senses CaLLing aLL FaShioniSTaS aCCeSSoRizing for winter, playing dress up for Valentine’s Day, what to wear with that little black dress—Valley Lifestyles caught up with fashion guru Katie Boddy of Black Label Styling in Chandler for tips.

what do you recommend for shoes in wintertime?

Boots are the best shoes for winter; they are comfortable, fun and super stylish. even here in arizona, it gets cool enough that you can get away with wearing boots. The top boot and shoe trends for winter 2013 include bold color, mixed textures, thigh high, fur, chunky heels, exotic prints, color blocking, and metal tips.

what kind of jewelry pairs well with heavier clothes?

Chunky necklaces, bracelets and earrings are great for winter. They add a fun and colorful touch to the sweaters and jackets that we pull out for the season.

what trends are you seeing in jewelry for winter 2013?

Chunky jewelry is all the rage for the winter 2013 season. These pair very well with heavy sweaters and jackets. The top trends include black jewelry, military inspired and bursts of color.

ChAnge up your lbd this winter with A splAsh of Color

How can you accessorize the little black dress (LBD) for a winter event?

The play’s The Thing actors youth theatre will open tuscany theatre in the Gilbert tuscany Village early this year. the 5,000-square-foot space boasts a professional theater stage with tiered seating, as well as classrooms and rehearsal studios. With this new facility, the organization will also provide scholarships and numerous benefit performances, donating all profits to charitable arizona organizations. on the docket for January and February are Macbeth and Disney’s little Mermaid, Jr. tuscany theatre will also be home to the Black Mustache Melodrama theater—arizona’s oldest premier Melodrama theatre. More information:, (480) 907-7050

i would recommend adding in a burst of color. Pair your LBD with blue or silver in January. if it is cold out, i would pair your LBD with a black blazer and roll the sleeves up to your elbows. This adds a classy, yet warm touch to the outfit.

Any special advice for a woman dressing for Valentine’s Day?

Wear something you feel sexy and comfortable in. You want to be able to relax and enjoy your night and wearing an uncomfortable outfit will make it hard to do so. a great tip is to wear something that complements the color of your eyes. if you have green or hazel eyes, purple will make them shine. if you have blue or brown eyes, you can never go wrong with red.

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what: Ragnar Relay Del Sol, a 200-mile overnight running relay race that begins in Wickenburg and ends in Phoenix. when: Feb. 22-23 Details: Ragnar is a team relay made up of 6-12 individuals with two vans of runners; each individual runs three legs. each leg varies in distance and elevation ranging from 3-8 miles. Teams often race in costumes, decorate vans and get little to no sleep over 30+ hours. as Ragnar says, “it’s a slumber party with no sleep.” More information:

end of the Tracks aRiZona hiStoRy BUFFS will appreciate this popular attraction in Chandler. Dedicated to the railroads of the southwest, the arizona Railroad Museum preserves the antiques, artifacts and mementos of the heritage railways. Founded and incorporated 30 years ago as a non-profit and educational organization, this museum regularly attracts tourists, school groups, history enthusiasts and those with generational ties to the railway industry. it also operates on a volunteer staff. popular attractions include touring the inside of a train, viewing equipment restoration and inspecting the new Frisco 14-4 sleeper train, donated to the museum in 2010. the museum is free to enter the Display yard and take a selfguided walk. Costs to enter display cars are $2 per person and $5 families/groups. take note: museum cars are not configured for the disabled. Group tours are available by appointment on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. THE ArIzonA rAILroAD MUSEUM 330 e. Ryan Rd., Chandler (480) 821-1108 | hours: Sat/Sun 12-4 p.m.



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Sweet Temptations Alisha Chasey shows us how a little indulgence does a body good By Marlene Montanez “When people think healthy, they think ‘I’m going to be miserable!’” says Alisha Chasey, certified nutritionist and the dessert diva behind Innocent Indulgence. “I love helping people see that healthy foods can taste amazing.” Although to many, “healthy” and “delicious” may sound like somewhat of an oxymoron when used in the same sentence, Chasey’s business sets out to prove that misconception wrong. Through Innocent Indulgence, Chasey offers nutrition counseling, coaching and group classes to show people how to live a better, healthier life, without having to sacrifice great-tasting meals. “I worked in dialysis for six years, and the end results that I saw were so many people who never took care of themselves,” Chasey explains. “People drinking two to three liters of soda everyday and wondering why they were there.” After that, Chasey began working at a cancer clinic, marking the beginning of a completely new journey for her. “We did raw foods, juicing, Vitamin C, as well as really low dose chemotherapy. I could see people with cancer healing naturally; it was such a contrast.” she says. After seeing these results and dealing with some personal health issues of her own, Chasey’s passion for sharing the benefits of a healthy diet grew. And with that, Innocent Indulgence was born. Aside from classes and training, what’s perhaps most “tempting” about Innocent Indulgence is the line of decadent sweets available. From seasonal cheesecakes to Coca Nib Squares and even chocolate fudge, there are many not-so-sinful sweets to try. »




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“it’s colorful, full of flavor and made out of ingredients that will benefit the body,” Chasey says about her desserts. “they are primarily all nuts, fruit and flavor. We use only natural sweeteners, raw honey, dry fruit, things that boost your immune system, not depress it like traditional sugar.”

Sugar, in fact, is what Chasey identifies as one of the biggest health culprits we face. it secretly lurks in mass quantities in our drinks and processed foods leading to inflammation, heart disease and

“We use only natural “people come back and thank me for making food come to life when dealing sweeteners, raw with food allergies. ‘i can’t believe how many things there are to eat!’ they say. honey, dry fruit, [Some] people are healing and getting past health challenges, with others it’s things that boost weight issues or stabilizing from heart i just want people to be your immune system, conditions. feeling their best and live the life they were meant to live.” not depress it like you can find innocent indulgence online and at select Whole Foods traditional sugar.” throughout the Valley. “healthy tastes suppressing your immune system. in fact, according to the american heart association, americans are swallowing 22 teaspoons of sugar a day—something that Chasey hopes to help change through her classes and training. “With people, i just love seeing it click and they really start making the changes and then seeing their life and health improve, it’s so rewarding,” Chasey says.

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Running 101 Of all the possible physical activities and forms of exercise, running is by far the easiest to begin. Running comes naturally to human beings and is linked to all sorts of health benefits, emotional perks and disease prevention. By Tere Derbez-Zacher To get running you don’t need to learn much. You don’t need any specialized equipment or locations, just head out the door and run. Starting a new running habit, however, can feel overwhelming to a beginner. It’s completely normal if you’re feeling intimidated or nervous. Whether you want to run for health, fitness, weight loss, competition or fun, instead of starting this new habit blindly, it’s helpful to learn some basic info. Here are a few tips: Use a run/walk approach: Try mixing intervals of walking alternated with intervals of running. Start by walking two minutes and running/jogging for 30 seconds. After a couple of days increase the running time until it matches the walking time. Then start decreasing the walking time until you are running the whole time. This approach will help you improve your aerobic condition without risk of getting injured if you try to do too much too soon, and it will help to keep your motivation up. Set a goal that is meaningful to you: It could be losing weight, becoming more active, or finishing your first 5K race, the important thing is to have a destination that will keep you running when your mind tells you to stay home and watch TV instead. Make it fun: Change your route sometimes, listen to music that you like, talk to your friends or family members about running with you (this will hold you accountable as well and provides great time for conversation). Go to your local running store and consider joining a running group: This is a great way to make new friends and to learn from other runners with more experience. Most of our local running stores have several organized workouts for runners, and generally the employees love to answer any questions you may have. They can help you find the right shoes for you and discuss upcoming Valley races or events. Register for a race: It’s not about finishing first or in a certain time; it’s about finishing and feeling the adrenaline and the sense of accomplishment. This is a great opportunity to meet other people, have fun and keep running even in the days when you’d rather sleep in late. Tere Derbez-Zacher is an elite runner training for the 2016 Olympic Games.




Upcoming Races In The Valley

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January 1 Lifetime Commitment Day 5K (Phoenix) 12 Family Fitness 5K (Chandler) 20 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon (Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe) February 3 Runner’s Den Classic Road Races 10K, 5K run, 5K walk (Phoenix) 11 Skirt Chaser 5K (Tempe) 23 IMS Arizona Marathon/Half Marathon & 5K (Glendale) March 1 Phoenix Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K (Mesa) 2 Ostrich Festival 5K (Chandler) 10 Mountain to Fountain 15K (Fountain Hills)

How to Buy Shoes

It’s best to go to a running-specialty store where experts can evaluate your foot and running style and make recommendations. You don’t need to buy the most expensive, but investing in a good pair of running shoes is a smart idea that will help prevent injuries and increase your comfort while running. Ask the employees about how often they recommend changing your running shoes to avoid injury (yes, running shoes have an expiration after certain mileage).



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Day to Night on a Budget WiTh heCTiC LiVeS that take us from the gym to work to play, it can be a total pain to stop for constant wardrobe changes. not to mention, stay on a budget! But these fresh spring picks are not only right on trend, they’re wallet-friendly, too. Take a peek at some of our favorite fashion finds that will fit just about any of your life’s scenarios. BY maRLene monTanez


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1 C9 by Champion women’s novelty fleeze zip hoodie, $24.99, Target. 2 hot pink padded sports bra, $24.95, h&m. 3 pink hooded sweatshirt, $24.95, h&m. 4 spinning tights, $34.95, h&m. 5 sports socks, $9.95, h&m.




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9 6 C9 by Champion Women’s Premium Tech Fleece Jacket, $44.99, Target. 7 C9 by Champion Women’s Premium Quarter Zip, $39.99, Target. 8 C9 by Champion Women’s Cardio Tank, $16.99, Target. 9 C9 by Champion Women’s Premiums Reversible Knee Tight, $34.99, Target. 10 C9 by Champion Women’s Seamless Cami Strap Bra, $16.99, Target. 11 Lumene Gentle Cleansing Wipes, $6.99, CVS.



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Work Wear

black and white gets interesting with mixed prints and a pop of color.

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1 pink Afternoon topper, $198, ann Taylor. 2 lime green Viscose blend Cardigan, ann Taylor, Chandler. 3 bubble statement necklace, $68, ann Taylor. 4 ink blot peplum blouse, $68, ann Taylor, Chandler. 5 black pencil skirt, $40, h&m. 6 Merona black strip soft phone Case, $9.99, Target. 7 Mossimo black diamond scarf, $14.99, Target. 8 Mossimo supply Co. Cereal box tote, $29.99, Target 9 shiseido shimmering rouge lipstick, $25, Sephora. 10 Merona zip phone Case, $14.99, Target. 11 pour la Victoire black patent wedges, $149, e&J’s Designer Shoe outlet.




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Party Wear

with a quick accessories swap and a new top, the classic pencil skirt easily transitions from day to night


1 leopard-print peplum top, $34.95, h&m. 2 Mosaic earrings, $38, ann Taylor. 3 Mosaic statement necklace, $58, ann Taylor, Chandler. 4 Mosaic stretch bracelet, $48, ann Taylor, Chandler. 5 balenciaga paris, $95, nordstrom. 6 two-tone envelope Clutch, $48, ann Taylor. 7 Vince Camuto “Timmons”, $79.99, e&J’s Designer Shoe outlet. 8 black pencil skirt, $40, h&m (see photo, page 32).







snow birds

Southwestern Powder

Reap the Benefits of the Region’s Best Slopes

While Phoenix typically sees nothing but sunshine year-round, many opt to head north to hit the snowy slopes and enjoying Mother Nature at her wintery finest. If you are one of these snow birds, check out our region’s best slopes. By Rodric J. Bradford mountain high

Southern California Mountain High

Mountain High consists of three separate resorts: East, West and North. Each is complete with ticket windows, rental departments, sport shops and dining facilities. The West resort has a young and energetic feel with everything from wideopen beginner areas to challenging black diamond trails. The East resort offers the greatest vertical in southern California serviced by a single highspeed quad. The top elevation of 8,200 feet is comparable to Big Bear resorts.

Get Grizzly

The Grizzly Café is a family-owned café nestled in the mountain village of Wrightwood, California, known for its famous Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib Dinner every Thursday, huge cinnamon rolls for breakfast and their signature strawberry lemonade that will quench your thirst no matter the weather!, (760) 249-6733




snow birds brews & beavers

One of Flagstaff’s most popular eateries is the Beaver Street Brewery, located just one block south of Flagstaff’s historic train station. Woodfired pizzas, fondues and unique sandwiches make the menu a favorite among locals., (928) 779-0079

Flagstaff, Arizona Arizona Snowbowl As one of the oldest, continuously run ski areas in the U.S., Snowbowl boasts a summit elevation of 11,450 feet and a vertical drop of 2,300 feet. Their 40 different runs are equally separated for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers; with an average annual snowfall of 21 feet, they also feature nearly 800 acres of skiable land. Recognized nationally for the safety of their slopes, Snowbowl has two lodges for skiing and a terrain park for snowboarding. Private lessons and a sport shop are also available onsite.

Flagstaff Nordic Center Flagstaff Nordic Center is a

favorite for cross country skiers in the region, as well as those who enjoy snowshoeing. Tucked into the San Francisco Peaks in the Coconino National Forest about 15 miles from downtown Flagstaff, the Nordic Center has nearly 25 miles of non-redundant trails, even more if you include distant loops. The central location of Flagstaff Nordic Center makes it a great final destination or a stop on a road trip. Flagstaff Nordic Center is located 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon and two hours north of Phoenix.

Geer, Arizona Sunrise Park Resort In the middle of Arizona’s White Mountains next to the New Mexico border, Sunrise Park Resort offers ski trails, sledding and tubing areas. With three mountains available all winter and 65 runs, skiers and snowboarders alike flock to Sunrise Park Resort. For those looking to stay overnight, the Sunrise Park Lodge overlooks Sunrise Lake and offers 100 rooms as well as dining, an indoor pool, a lounge and a game room.

meet molly

Known for its prime rib and aged steaks, Molly Butler Lodge was named one of the 101 Best Places to Eat in Arizona by Dining in Arizona. The awarding-winning Prime Rib Chili recipe was given to Molly’s from President Herbert Hoover., (928) 735-7617



40 Valley Challenges for Your Mind, Body, and spirit with the help of heAlth And lifestyle experts, we’ve found 40 things you can do to shake things up and try something new in the areas of fitness, nutrition, dental care, relaxation, beauty treatments and alternative approaches. try one, two or several of them to feel refreshed, renewed, happy and healthy going into 2013. by nissA hAllQuist And Jennifer purdie



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if you have to commute to work and the distance is suitable, you may be able to bike or jog to work. This type of exercise is great as it serves many purposes: health benefits and saving on gas. J.Scott Warner, Psionova Sports Mastery Research



You’re more likely to stick with exercise if you don’t view it as grueling punishment. Listen to music while out jogging or watch your favorite TV show when you’re on the treadmill. Change up your exercises each day to keep from getting bored.


MAKE A SMALL TIME CoMMITMEnT Three times a week for 45 minutes to an hour will make a huge difference to someone’s quality of life. Jody Cranston, Connection: Corporate Health


You have to let go of what is holding you back. Celso Cukierkorn, author “The Miracle Diet: Lose Weight, Gain Health... 10 Diet Skills”


HAVE FUn the easiest way to get in shape is to find something active in which you can have fun. if you like dancing, try zumba. if you like being outside, try boot camp. if you like running, try hills. if you enjoy what you’re doing, it’s much easier to stick with it and get in shape. Jaylin Allen, Bootique Fitness, www.


BrInG oTHErS ALonG For THE rIDE exercising with friends will make the experience more fun and will help motivate you and keep you accountable.


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if you have a desk job, you can periodically (and discretely) move and keep yourself loose by doing knee raises paired with rotating ankles, rolling your neck and clenching your behind. Use your chair’s swivel and twist from side-toside to work your core.






eat something small six times per day. it’s almost like magic; you’ve now become more fit and healthy and those skinny jeans will fit in no time.


VIEw THE worLD AS YoUr GYM There are opportunities for physical exertion all around you: Take the stairs instead of the elevator; park in a spot further away from the mall entrance; walk up and down every aisle of the grocery store.

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DITCH DInnEr AnD A MoVIE many famous athletes and celebrities have what they call “workout dates.” instead of getting together with your BFF for drinks, try making a date to workout together. many have benefited from this and it’s a lot of fun. J.Scott Warner, Psionova Sports Mastery Research, (619) 500-1576




EAT A wELLBALAnCED DIET eat equal amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats to ensure good blood sugar control. Heather M. DuquetteWolf, RD, Chandler (480) 540-7865


eat real food, nothing processed! Shop around the edges of the supermarket and avoid the processed stuff in the center aisles. Be sure to eat a good breakfast—it sets up your metabolism for the day. Glenda Glass, clinical microbiologist, St. Joseph’s Medical Center

ForGET THE FADS most weight loss programs and fad diets are noT synonymous with health, which means most of the time you might have changed the number on the scale but you did not improve your health. Joseph Toth, The Center for Transformational Health, (602) 490-0305



eat mostly whole foods and avoid processed foods with artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils. Heather M. Duquette-Wolf, RD, Chandler, (480) 540-7865



Why are you going to torture yourself for 30 days, 60 days or even 90 days to lose weight, if you have no plan to how to keep it off? make a plan. Joseph Toth, The Center for Transformational Health, (602) 490-0305



Confidence begins with a bright smile and fresh breath. it only takes a few minutes twice a day to properly care for your teeth. Floss so that it scrapes the sides of each tooth. Brush each tooth, your gums and the roof of your mouth with a soft bristle brush in a circular motion. Finish things off with a bacteria-killing mouthwash.

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GET STrAIGHT Correct your overbite, underbite or crowding with a custom fitted orthodontic device. You can go the traditional route with wire braces or be more discrete with a set of invisalign trays.




if you have multiple problems with your smile, speak to your dentist about the possibility of a complete mouth makeover. a thorough examination will determine the type and amount of work needed to whiten, straighten and/or completely replace your teeth (ala veneers or dentures).

SCHEDULE onE FULL DAY oF rEST Rest and recovery are just as important as working out. To reap the benefits of exercise, we must nourish and rest our bodies accordingly. exercise breaks down our body; when we rest and eat well our body builds itself back stronger. i recommend scheduling at least one full day of rest per week. it doesn’t have to be the same day each week, just whatever works with your schedule. my favorite rest day activity is a hot bath and a good book followed by some light stretching or yoga. Misty Hyman, Olympic Gold Medalist and swim coach at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, Scottsdale, (480) 948-2100



our culture puts such a strong emphasis on work and “being productive” that we feel guilty and indulgent slowing down and focusing on ourselves. But it is, in fact, essential to health. Relieving stress has been shown time and again to reduce illnesses related to stress, such as heart disease, anxiety and other mental issues and even cancer.




ever wonder why anger is often diffused by counting to ten? Because as they’re counting, the person also takes deep breaths. The act of deep-breathing itself as well as the increased amount of oxygen brought into the body has been proven to improve one’s sense of well-being and calmness.



Release stress quickly by tapping lightly with a flat hand on the collarbone, the point where the neck joins the torso, a few times while taking deep breaths. it is a very quick and effective to calm down, especially at times of great stress. Dr. Chrs, www.



it may seem counterintuitive to make yourself relax at a certain time, but doing so actually helps you decompress sooner in anticipation your reward. and it doesn’t take long to feel rejuvenated. Taking just 15 minutes to soak in the tub, take a quiet stroll or sit and relax on the back porch will do wonders for your spirit.

EXErCISE BETTEr BY GETTInG MorE SLEEp Whether you need to keep your weight in check, stay heart healthy, stress less or aim for better recovery after a day’s work or a hard workout, 90 more minutes a day of sleep have proven to significantly improve athletic performance.




SLEEp SEVEn To EIGHT HoUrS A nIGHT There is a definite relationship between sleep and obesity. it’s due to many factors, but chief among them is the production of excessive amounts of the appetite stimulating hormone ghrelin and decreased amounts of the appetite suppressing hormone Leptin. getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night seems to reverse these hormonal changes. Dr. Robert S. Rosenberg, Sleep Disorders Center, Prescott Valley, (928) 72-6422


DITCH TECHnoLoGY Sleep is the ultimate R&R, if done properly. To ensure complete rest, complete sensory deprivation is needed. This means no cell phone, television or other stimulating electronic devices in the bedroom; ideally, the bedroom should be dark and quiet. invest in a more supportive mattress if you find yourself tossing and turning or waking up feeling achy.







many of us have long been taught that drying out your skin is the best way to control acne. it’s not. Drying out your skin will cause it to produce more oil to gain back its protective layer. Washing your face with a mild gel and rinsing with cool-lukewarm water will keep your skin clean and clear without drying out.



if you look a little shiny and don’t have any blotting papers on you, take a Kleenex and separate the facial tissue; the absorption of a single ply is much more proficient at taking down the excess oil. Bruce Grayson, make-up artist


USE A GooD EYE CrEAMEr The thin tissue around the eye is subjected to more stress than are other areas of the face, making it one of the earliest problem areas.

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hydration is the key to good skin; you cleanse yourself from the inside out.

USE propEr proDUCTS


Look refreshed by using products that contain antioxidants and antiinflammatory properties such as caffeine to reduce redness and puffiness. Amanda Tzavaras, Makeup By Amanda, Phoenix, (480) 359-6681

TAKE CArE oF YoUr SKIn Prepping the skin is essential for creating a flawless makeup application. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse the skin day and night, exfoliate at least once a week, and hydrate using your favorite moisturizers and serums. Take it a step further by using a makeup primer to smooth out texture, reduce redness and enhance the wear of your foundation. Amanda Tzavaras, Makeup By Amanda, Phoenix, (480) 359-6681

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We have never had so much material stuff, and yet, we have less happiness in our lives. Like the happiness you get when you help others to help themselves. Derek O’Neill, author “More Truth Will Set You Free”

pArTAKE oF nATUrE The more you are in harmony with nature, the healthier you become. Dr. Youssef Al Sheikh, Amnah Clinic



not only does it burn calories, but it’s good for the mind, providing you with a form of meditation other exercises don’t.

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Before you grow the body, you first must water the mind. i’ve put so much emphasis on changing one’s perspective in order to change one’s life. i encourage my clients to change from the inside as they change on the outside. Berké Brown,, (949) 278-6703

MEDITATE in order to make a change in your life, the one thing that must be incorporated is stillness through the practice of meditation. all true change comes from the inside out. The ability to be still can be difficult if we are plagued by stress and toxins. one of the best ways to fast forward yourself into a successful meditation practice is by practicing hot yoga, also known as Bikram Yoga. it will remove the toxins and the tension that prohibits your ability to truly be still and start the practice of going inward. Helena Monica, Bikram Yoga

SEE A CHIroprACTor persistent headaches and pain in your back or neck can be addressed through the manual manipulation/ massage, exercises and counseling offered through chiropractic medicine. it can also help prevent such pains from happening in the first place.


ACUpUnCTUrE…AnD MorE acupuncture has been used in the United States since 1972 for such health issues as chronic pain, immune disorder, nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, allergy and asthma, addiction, obesity, and neurological damages caused by strokes or accidents. and the scope of practice of TCm goes beyond acupuncture. Licensed acupuncturists also use moxibustion (moxa or mugwort burned on top of an acupuncture point), cupping, acupressure and herbs to treat. Teresa Chen, PCMC




Regular adjustments and expert exercise advice from a gonstead chiropractor may be the boost you need to help you finally follow through on your new Year’s resolutions. it’s very important to maintain joint movement that will lead to greater balance and strength, increased energy, and flexibility while reducing your chance for injury. adjustments will also help your organs function properly by enabling the nerves to supply them with the essentials. Dr. Lucas, Upward Living Chiropractic Wellness, (805) 636-9729



health matters

Stress-Free New Year’s Resolutions Every January, thousands of Valley residents fill the neighborhood gyms and yoga studios to shed a few holiday pounds. But many give up before the month even ends. Mary Cornely, owner of Chandler’s Joyful Yoga Studio, offers up a few ideas on how to find the right yoga class for various personalities. Now you’ll have no excuse sticking to those resolutions. Workout Newbies I recommend a Gentle Yoga class for beginners or those returning to a yoga practice. Typically, a Gentle Yoga class is designed for beginners. However, it is recommended that you review the class description and instructor certification. A certified/experienced instructor will work with you in whatever level class you attend.




HEALTH MAtters Short on Time TRx—an amazing total-body conditioning practice combined with cardio! We offer 30-minute classes; students are in and out quickly! High Energy There are quite a few options. if a student is looking for a “high-energy, intense practice” i would recommend Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, Bikram or Sumits. These classes are cleansing and purifying and energizing. however, it is highly recommended that you have previous yoga experience before attending one of these classes to be sure you have a good foundation of alignment and breathing. i have found that most students who are looking for a high-energy class really need a slow, meditative class to bring balance and grounding into their every day life. Stressed to the Limit Restorative Yoga is the perfect choice for those looking for a more meditative practice. Restorative Yoga is yoga without muscular activity, only rest, relaxation and healing. another option is Yoga nidra. one hour of Yoga nidra is equal to four hours of restful sleep. This is my preferred choice for a meditative workout.

Trapeze U

Shake up your Valley Lifestyle 1. get your children off video games: Try out Jumpstreet, the indoor trampoline park 2. spend more time with your honey: Dance lessons at Fred astaire Dance studio 3. advance your cooking repertoire: Free cooking classes at shar’s Kitchen

Timid and Shy a gentle Yoga or Beginners Yoga class is great for those shy to the practice. Typically, these classes are very low key and do not include challenging poses. it’s important to review the class description/instructor certification. also, many studios offer a “Yoga 101” or “intro to Yoga” series that is perfect for someone shy about the practice. These classes are small and provide a more hands-on, one-on-one practice. Students will be in a group with others on the same level.

4. perform service: Become a Dignity health volunteer

For MorE InForMATIon 3900 W. Ray Rd., Chandler (480) 726-6399

9. stay in touch with your community: subscribe to Valley Lifestyles magazine (it’s free)

5. Do something outside your comfort zone: Join a trapeze school at Trapeze U 6. get your husband off the couch: Test a class at power MMa Fitness 7. expand your mind: Visit Chandler Museum 8. spend more time with the family: enjoy a Bird Walk at the riparian institute



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PROFILES Arizona’s East Valley is home to many top medical and health professionals. These select few men and women strive to remain on top of their respective fields, keeping abreast of the latest research and cutting-edge technology, all the better to offer you the best health care and services available. Passionate about their work and the communities they serve, they are even more passionate about you and your well-being. Read on to meet these exceptional men and women.




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20261 E. Ocotillo Rd., Ste. 120, Queen Creek (480) 987-8768 |

Dr. Scott Harris is a graduate of University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, one of the top dental schools in the country. Dr Harris considers patient comfort and quality care his top priorities. He is a very conscientious person who can put even the most fearful patient at ease during their visits. Dr. Scott has received numerous accolades, including the Arthur A. Dugoni Award for Excellence in Implant Dentistry. He has received advanced training and education in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, “Teeth in a Day” implant-supported dentures, oral conscious sedation, Invisalign®, and CEREC® CAD/CAM technology. He is a member of the Crown Council, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Arizona Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Harris recently traveled to Moala, Fiji where he provided dental services to residents of several small villages. He continues to provide charity service and has been involved in helping Harris Dental raise over $120,000 for children’s charities. Dr. Harris loves to be involved with his community and enjoys running, cycling and spending time with his wife Rachael and sons Duke and Boss.




smiles by garza John A. Garza, DDS

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754 S Val Vista Dr., Ste. 106, Gilbert (480) 539-7979 |

Dr. John A. Garza is a licensed general dentist and has been practicing dentistry in the valley since 1994. He earned his first degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1990, and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1994. Dr. Garza is an affiliate member of the J. Dean Robertson Society and is a recognized active member of the dean’s circle. He holds current licenses to practice dentistry in Arizona and Oklahoma. Dr. Garza has lectured both internationally and domestically, exchanging concepts on dental technology, cosmetics and Cerec. He has traveled as far as Shanghai, China and as close as The Scottsdale Center in AZ. Dr. Garza’s emphasis is in cosmetic dentistry and smile makeovers. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 Dr. Garza demonstrated, advised and trained other dental professionals at the Western Regional Dental Convention in the use of Cerec technology. Dr. Garza offers digital x-rays and flat screen televisions in each operatory. Patients can sit back, relax and watch a movie during dental treatment. For a unique experience, our touch screen monitors present your charts and x-rays right in front of you. Dr. Garza interactively co-diagnoses your treatment with you. Building rapport and eliminating questions regarding your care. Moreover, Dr. Garza is an innovator. He has created the optimal crown/bridge removal tool that maximizes patient comfort while minimizing the time in the dental chair. Learn more at




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savage smiles Robert A. Savage, DDS


1929 E. Ray Rd., Ste. 2, Chandler (480) 334-5402 |

Dr. Robert Savage is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Creighton Dental School. He has practiced in the East Valley for the last 24 years. He is married with three teenagers. When not tending to his fatherly duties he is busy providing quality dentistry for his patients. Dr. Savage has built a solid reputation and a dedicated patient base. He prides himself on developing relationships with his patients so as to better reach their dental goals. Dr. Savage surrounds himself with the best specialist and staff to insure his patients receive the most comprehensive dentistry. Dr. Savage loves to create beautiful smiles but, he knows his biggest reward is making you smile. Please visit his website and on his Facebook page for more information. He looks forward to making you part of the Savage-Smiles family.




Funktional Fitness

Arizona’s Premiere Fitness Training Studio Luis Galindo and Jeremy Jones

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Two great friends that shared a common passion – helping others – founded Funktional Fitness in October 2008. This passion continues to fuel a training studio that focuses on delivering results while providing world-class customer service. The philosophy behind Funktional Fitness is fueled by the same passion that Luis and Jeremy share. Helping others achieve their fitness goals by providing the best customer service, education, and accountability are all part of what makes FunkFit unique; it’s the emphasis on customer service, however, that really makes their members’ experience memorable. The entire team – the First Impressions staff, fitness coaches, cleaning crew, and the founders – do everything they can to make sure that not only do you feel welcomed every time you walk thru the doors, but that you feel refreshed – mentally and physically – every time you walk out the doors. Funktional Fitness is a community where “everybody knows your name,” and you will develop great friendships and healthy relationships amongst the staff and other members. Luis and Jeremy are extremely grateful for the FunkFit Team and each and every one of its members, and we all look forward to helping you live a healthier lifestyle!

213 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert (480) 503-2307 |

summit health chiropractic Dr. Chris M. Robinson, DC, CICE

Queen Creek 21321 E. Ocotillo Rd., Ste. 125, (480) 677-4800 West Mesa 1982 W. Main St., Mesa, (480) 655-5104 East Mesa 2919 S. Ellsworth Rd., Ste. 102, Mesa, (480) 986-4800 Chandler 312 N. Alma School Rd, Ste. 18, Chandler, (480) 655-5101



GET THE CARE YOU DESERVE! At Summit Health Chiropractic we want to make sure that you receive quality and thorough medical- chiropractic care. We currently have offices located in Queen Creek, Chandler, West Mesa, & East Mesa. The focus of Summit Health Chiropractic is the treatment of injuries related to auto accidents. We will provide medical care following your auto accident on a lien – which means you will have no out of pocket costs during the course of treatment. We also have a network of physicians, including orthopedists, neurologists, imaging centers, pain management that will also work on a lien. Dr. Chris M. Robinson, DC, CICE is the founder of Summit Health Chiropractic. Dr. Robinson is always striving to provide the most up-to-date medical care after your auto accident. He has advanced training from the Spinal Research Institute of San Diego and he is certified through the ABIME to perform independent & impairment evaluations. Call to schedule (480) 677-4800 or visit us online at


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desert shore pediatrics Robert A. Savage, DDS


3336 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Ste. 132, Gilbert 965 W. Chandler Heights Rd., Chanlder (480) 460-4949 |

In 2006 Desert Shores Pediatrics opened its doors at their Gilbert location. Dr. Christine Mohler had a dream to create a pediatric practice that focused not only on the child but also the family. Since that time, a dynamic team of highly skilled pediatricians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants has been created. Now with locations in Gilbert and Chandler, Desert Shores Pediatrics is leading the way in technology with electronic medical records and prescriptions faxed directly to your pharmacy. In addition to same day appointments, the office is open for late appointments and has Saturday hours. Desert Shores Pediatrics consists of a collaborative staff that works together seamlessly in order to provide first-rate pediatric healthcare here in the valley. The office provides the full spectrum of pediatric healthcare including well care, sick care and urgent care from birth to 18 years of age. Procedures offered include: laboratory services (limited), hearing and vision testing, breathing treatments, splinting, wart removal, catheterizations, ear irrigations, laceration repair, removal of foreign bodies, abscess drainage, and circumcisions. Desert Shores Pediatrics believes that children are important and deserve the finest care. Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of children by providing quality healthcare in an environment built on KNOWLEDGE, INNOVATION, HONESTY and FUN.



Kauai TropICAL getAwAy

Mystical, magical, enchanting

An islAnd of MAny Moods enveloped in clouds of mist and effusions of easy and immediate cheer, Kauai, the most verdant of all the hawaiian islands, has mostly avoided the infestations of tiki-tacky tourism. while travelers can still find statuettes of be-bopping hula girls, most visitors come to this pacific islet for an authentic island experience—or experiences, rather—found on all of its four distinctively different, but equally spectacular, shores. by JENN THoRNToN

Kilauea point Lighthouse



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tropical getaway


THE NORTH SHORE where to stay If seclusion is what you’re after, you’ll get what’s advertised at Bird Song Cottage (not to mention a rousing chorus of chirps at 6 a.m. and a brilliant way to economize with a kitchen for cooking). And that outdoor shower? Very Balinese.

island secret Queen’s Bath, a large lava-rockprotected swimming hole, is a Kauai can’t miss—and you will if you’re not paying attention. Located in Princeville (at the end of Punahele Rd.), the trails of locals will lead the way.

Eden on the Garden Island, the North Shore is hammock country— an otherworldly outpost known for its unhurried surf alcoves, golden beaches, and rustic wilds marked by spidery trees, spiny overgrowth, and shimmering jewel-toned seas. Not many places this idyllic (at dusk, the backdrop recalls colonial Southeast Asia) can also claim hippie cred, but that’s the charm.

Shoestring Ride the waves at Hanalei Beach, gorge on gargantuan produce, and sip world-famous smoothies at Banana Joe’s Fruit Stand. Spot monk seals from the Kilauea Point Lighthouse, snorkel at Secret Beach (the “secret” is out, by the way; go early and escape around 11 a.m.), and take in the sunset from the grassy knoll to the right of the Princeville at Hanalei hotel. Lastly, count your blessings at the Wai’oli Hui’ia Church and Mission House.

splurge Shop and dine in Hanalei. Stand in line at Wishing Well Shave Ice (look for the colorful van and the beach bums) and order minty Mojitos at Barracuda. Hop a catamaran headed for the Na Pali Coast (the best are not usually advertised, so ask a local for the most reputable) or pilot a kayak to this rugged coastline to explore otherwise inaccessible sea caves.


the east side where to stay Although the Eastside’s most famous resort—the iconic Coco Palms (of Blue Hawaii fame)— is now shuttered, Kauai Sands Hotel in Wailua offers a similar throwback vibe and a better beachfront address.

island secret Whoa, who invited the monks? It’s an improbable find, but Kauai’s Hindu Monastery is absolutely magical. Occupying 458 acres, this spiritual center boasts gorgeous temples and lush, upland rainforest. (No one knows it’s here, either.)

Even Kauai’s centrally located “Coconut Coast” hub is low-key. By urban-dwelling standards the traffic is next to nothing, but to locals, it may as well by 5 p.m. on the Bay Bridge. This stretch boasts plenty of economical lodgings, plus bustling shorelines and shops.

Shoestring Tear into a juicy cheeseburger at Duane’s Ono Char-Burger. Paddleboard the Wailua River, hike the trail to the Sleeping Giant (but not if you’re short on stamina), or trek through the Fern Grotto. Cycle along Kealia Beach, or get a traditional Lomilomi massage at Angeline’s Mu’olaulani. And don’t forget to stop for retro knick-knacks at the Tin Can Mailman.

splurge Spring for fresh sushi at Kintaro and a join an off-road caravan to big-screen Kauai, a surprisingly good behind-thescenes film tour. (Look out for Pirates of the Caribbean.)



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THE south SHORE where to stay Six words—The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa. Expect jawdropping panoramas and authenticity on a grand scale (think Gilligan’s Island imagined by Richard Branson). Its luau is pretty killer, too.

island secret It you miss the Samoan fire show at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau, catch the Polynesian Dance Show, a no-cost mini version at the Po‘ipu Shopping Center, where you can also pick up a handcrafted grass skirt to take home.

Offering the island’s biggest dose of “resort” vibe, the South Shore is heavy with aromatics and blooming exotics, and claims the most luxury hotels, all with majestic views of azure seas just steps away.

Shoestring Take a senses-awakening tour of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, beach comb at Po‘ipu Beach Park, cliff-dive at Makawehi Point and boogie board at Shipwreck Beach.

splurge A three-tank scuba dive to Ni’ihau is tops, and an evening of jazz and cocktails at the Grand Hyatt Stevenson’s Library lounge is a favorite of the stogie and cognac set.

THE westside where to stay Nestled smack dab in the middle of a palmfringed coconut grove, Waimea Plantation Cottages embody the spirit of colonial Hawaii. Simplicity, privacy and proximity to the best of the Westside are the hallmarks of this sublime hideaway.

Kauai’s Westside remains under the radar (and unappreciated) for its rugged, frontier-like appearance. But what this earthy region lacks in fertile landscape it makes up for in an expanse of ecological freedom that you won’t find anywhere else on Kauai. Oh, and those pink-painted sunsets…

Shoestring island secret The artist’s colony of Hanapepe— Kauai’s answer to the “Old West”—is truly unique. At the Hanapepe Art Walk, a Friday night staple, a slew of art galleries open up their wooded storefronts while locals serve shaved ice from makeshift stands. Things really get cooking when the food trucks roll up with heaps of fresh fish tacos.

Stroll along the sands of Kekaha, hit the area’s deserted plantation-era towns, watch the southern horizon expand from massive Waimea Canyon, and backpack to the Alaka’i Swamp.

splurge All hail the open-air chopper tour! Make no mistake—wind whipping through your hair and mist caressing your face is the best way to experience Kauai. Or, if you’ve got the guts (and the bucks), take an ultralight flying lesson at Salt Pond Beach Park. One lesson zips you around the island.







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Asian Nirvana at Otaku Sushi It’s hard to decide what makes Otaku Sushi so distinctive – its eclectic menu or its impressive decor. Or maybe it’s both. story Melissa Wenzel photos SARAH BEL GRAY




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oPeneD JUST oVeR a YeaR ago, otaku Sushi is working to establish itself as a destination sushi and asian fusion restaurant by offering their guests high-quality specialty fish like uni, live ama ebi, sayori and delicious toro. “We offer fresh and exotic fish not that many places would have in the Valley,” Vaney Wong, owner of otaku Sushi said. “We offer both sushi and asian fusion food so people can enjoy a different variety of food at one location.”

When it comes to the sushi, Wong says their specialty fish offerings are especially popular. “guests from all over Phoenix come after reading our announcements for the week’s fish delivery,” she says. “The spicy ‘Fire in the mouth,’ ‘Cheetah’ and our refreshing rendition of ‘Lollipop Rolls’ are all very popular.” in addition to a well-rounded menu, otaku staffs a bar offering a variety of beer, sake and cocktails such as their Cantaloupe martini. Design as Unique as its Menu When Wong and her partners began drawing up the plans for otaku Sushi, she said they envisioned providing their guests with a unique experience both with the food and the aesthetics. “We envisioned an environment where people would enjoy both the inside and outside seating without a lot of foot traffic to disturb them,” Wong said. “We also wanted to separate ourselves as a high-end restaurant in the southeast Valley so you don’t need to go to Scottsdale for a fantastic night out.” everything in the restaurant is custom designed and built, including a glass wall etched with a collection of old Chinese stories. one of the first things guests will likely notice upon entering otaku Sushi is its sprawling bar, allowing them to witness the skill and precision of rolling and preparing sushi without having to sit behind a glass partition. “When guests sit at the sushi bar, instead of pointing and ordering the fish in front of them, they can talk with our sushi chefs and get recommendations about our special fish for the day,” Wong said. “our chefs work directly with each guest



exclusively to ensure they have the best experience.” The distinctive ambiance is further accentuated with the presence of a tree situated peacefully in the center of the restaurant. Roughly translated, “otaku” means “geek or nerd,” an attribute Wong hopes her guests feel about her fresh maki and sashimi. “We want people to come in and be obsessive with our food.”

oTAKU SUSHI 2430 S. gilbert Rd., #5, Chandler (480) 821-9308, HoUrS: otaku Sushi is open Tuesdays–Sundays for lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m. happy hour runs from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. each day.

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The Art of Chocolate Pairing

Sweeten Up Your Valentine’s Day With These Two Aphrodisiacs

By Lindsay Higginson, General Manager, Arizona’s Pillsbury Wine When pairing wines with chocolate, your best bet is to match lighter, more elegant-flavored chocolates with lighter-bodied wines; likewise, the stronger the chocolate the more full-bodied the wine. Similar to “formal” wine tasting, if you will be experimenting with chocolates, work from light to dark. Start with a more subtle white chocolate and end on a dark or bittersweet chocolate.

White Chocolate

White chocolate tends to be more mellow and buttery in flavor, making it an ideal candidate for a Sherry –this will pick up the creaminess of the chocolates and any fruit tones on the scene. You can go another route with the contrast pairing approach, which is a little riskier, but the match can be exceptional. For example, taking a wine like a Zinfandel, which tends to have a heavier tannic content and often a higher alcohol level, and partnering it with a creamy, buttered white chocolate can have an unusual “melding” effect. The tannins get softened out by the fat content and make for a remarkable potential for pairing.


A lighter-body Rose will complement a nutty toffee, a creamy chocolate mousse or chocolateaccented cheesecake. Dessert wines tend to hold up well to mild milk chocolates. Also consider a sparkling wine or Champagne for pairing with milk chocolate dipped strawberries.

Truffle Dark or bittersweet chocolate Truffles need a wine that offers a roasted, slightly robust flavor itself, with perhaps a hint of its own chocolate notes. Petit Syrah, Cabs, Zinfandels or Port have a history of perfecting the dark chocolate match, resulting in an unparalleled tasting combination. For more information, visit, (480) 773-4488

Pairings straight from the experts Milk Chocolate The Velvet Devil 2011 Merlot is a smooth wine with deep flavors of black cherry, wild berries, licorice and vanilla. Together, the balanced tannins and velvety texture of the wine match perfectly with the rich and creamy flavors of pure milk chocolate. It’s sassy and delicious. – Chris Sawyer, Celebrity Sommelier, Wine Journalist, Blogger for Dark Chocolate The Dedication offers rich blackberry, currant, plum and loads of jammy cherry flavors with very faint seasonings of dark chocolate. Because of the unique terroir on Spring Mountain and the soil type, it creates a smooth, rich, elegant wine with a strong sense of minerality and tannin which helps bring out the dark cocoa flavors in the wine and intensifies those same flavors in any dark chocolate it’s paired with. – Carly Shepherd, Marketing for Schweiger Vineyards




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SanTan Brewing Company

8 south san Marcos place Chandler| (480) 917-8700 $$

LoCaTeD in DoWnToWn ChanDLeR, SanTan Brewing Company prides itself on the belief that “great craft beer and great craft food can be the inspiration for the conversations that can change the world.” This lofty ideal shines through in its quality brews, signature stuffed burgers and renowned reputation among local beer enthusiasts. Recognized as the fastest growing brewery in arizona, this establishment is the perfect locale for a little winter tapping or Superbowl viewing with friends. Popular menu items include the soft pub pretzels, brew pub pizzas and stuffed bacon cheeseburger. While many come for the grub, most stay for a pint. Try the Devil’s ale, the highest rated pale ale in the state, or the SanTan hefeWeizen, an unfiltered Bavarian wheat beer.

Chandler ABueLO’S 3440 W. Chandler Blvd. (480) 855-0960. Original flavors of Mexico abound with specially crafted cuisine. Famous for their tortilla soup. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

CHINO BANDIDO 1825 W. Chandler Blvd. (480) 889-5990 a fusion of asian and Mexican, this restaurant keeps your taste buds guessing. Open for lunch and dinner. $

CORK 4991 S. Alma School Rd. (480) 883-3773. a small-plates restaurant with new american cuisine and a 250-bottle wine selection. Open for dinner. $$$


JIMMy AND JOe’S PIzzeRIA 3950 W. Ray Rd. (480) 963-6633 Offering an array of speciality pies, this pizzeria includes options such as chicken pesto and popeye pizzas. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$

KAI 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. (602) 225-0100. Located within the sheraton Wild horse pass resort and spa, the cuisine incorporates the influence of the pima and Maricopa. Open for dinner. $$$$





68 W. Buffalo St. (480) 855-9990. Old World italy in the heart of Chandler. Try the brick oven pizzas. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$$

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28 S. San Marcos Pl. (480) 722-0303 Famous for its large patio, fine Mexican food is served in a casual, laid-back atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner. (see review page 56.) $$

DInInG oUT guide LATITuDe eIGHT 11 W. Boston St. Ste. 5 (480) 722-0560 With its modern, sleek interior, this asian/Thai restaurant serves affordable fare. it’s also vegan friendly. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

OTAKu 2430 S. Gilbert Rd., Ste #5 (480) 821-3908 in Japanese, “Otaku,” means obsessed, hardcore fan, and you will be too after eating their fabulous sushi offerings. $$

SHIMOGAMO 2051 W. Warner Rd. (480) 899-7191. sushi lovers take note—start with the sashimi plate and work your way up to more Japanese wonders. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$


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SANTAN BReWeRy 8 S. San Marcos Pl. (480) 917-8700. With “craft beer for beer drinking,” this establishment prides itself on a variety of sanTan brews. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

THAI CAFé (see page 62) 3450 W. Chandler Blvd. Ste. 9 (480) 821-4070. enjoy happy hour specials and 21 inexpensive entrées. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

THe LIVING ROOM 2475 Queen Creek Rd. (480) 855-2848. Fill your palette with flavorful sandwiches in a sophisticated environment. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

VINTAGe 95 95 W. Boston St. (480) 855-9463 This wine lounge tempts patrons with creative bruschetta, flatbreads, soups and salads to accompany their libations. Open lunch and dinner. $$



BLue 32 SPORTS GRILL 1524 E. Williams Field Rd. (480) 963-0032. Watch the big game, share a pint and taste the loaded fries. Open for lunch and dinner. $$



LoCALLY grown breAd pudding with dried figs 2 small dinner rolls 1 croissant 1 cream cheese Danish 1/3 C sliced dried figs (thick slices) 1 egg yolk 1/4 C sugar 6 Tbsp heavy cream half vanilla bean, cut lengthwise 1/2 Tbsp brandy 2 tsp rum 1 tsp softened butter BrAnDY SAUCE: 1/3 C heavy cream 1/3 C granulated sugar 1/2 Tbsp brandy Whipped cream for garnish

Figs (The forbidden fruit) by KAtie donAhue FigS aRe BeLieVeD BY Some SChoLaRS to be the notorious “forbidden fruit” of the garden of eden. True or not, today we can enjoy the many health benefits of this fiber-rich fruit. Loaded with good-for-you antioxidants, figs even outrank more common fruits when it comes to their calcium, iron, and potassium content. Some varieties grown in arizona include the Calimyrna Fig, mission Fig, Kadota Fig, and adriatic Fig. Figs have a long, storied history that spans many eras and countries, including ancient greece, Rome, and the middle east. Records indicate that the Sumerians and assyrians were aware of this fruit and that its origins likely lead to southern arabia. Figs are at their best when grown in a mediterranean climate, much like arizona’s, and the trees can grow between 15 and 30 feet tall. This naturally sweet fruit can be eaten fresh or dried. i Fig season starts in may and continues through mid-December, which makes January a perfect time to enjoy them in their dried form. Figs make for a great ingredient, whether you want to add them to a salad, bake them into a delicious bread, or build a main dish around them.



Cut rolls, croissant and Danish into 2-inch cubes; turn into large bowl and add sliced figs. Combine egg yolk and sugar in small bowl; whisk together and set aside. measure cream into a nonreactive saucepan; add vanilla bean. heat to simmer, but do not let temperature rise above 180 degrees. Slowly pour hot cream into egg yolk mixture, while whisking vigorously. Discard vanilla bean; stir in brandy and rum. Pour mixture over bread and figs; mix together to combine well. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide and spoon mixture into 8 buttered, individual baking dishes or ramekins. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top. For Brandy Sauce: combine cream and sugar in saucepan; stir constantly over low heat until thick enough to coat back of spoon. Remove from heat and add brandy, as desired. To serve, spoon Brandy Sauce over reheated puddings and finish with dollop of whipped cream. Serves 8.

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Photos and recipe courtesy of California Fig advisory Board and The Cracked Pepper Bistro, Fresno.

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DINING OUT guide Crostini with Fig, Apples and Pecorino Romano 6 dried figs, halved 1/2 C simple syrup, recipe follows 2 Tbsp brandy 1/4 C chopped toasted hazelnuts or almonds 24 baguette slices Olive oil, for drizzling 1/2 C grated Pecorino Romano 1 large apple (Granny Smith or Braeburn), thinly sliced into 24 slices 1/4 Lb chunk Pecorino Romano, for shaving 24 pieces

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the figs, simple syrup, and brandy. Bring the mixture up to a simmer. Turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Place the fig mixture and the hazelnuts in a food processor and blend, pulsing a few times, until pureed. Set aside. Place the baguette slices on a heavy baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Top each slice with 1 teaspoon grated Pecorino Romano. Bake until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted and golden, about 7 minutes.  Top each slice of toast with 2 teaspoons of fig jam, a slice of apple, and a piece of shaved Pecorino Romano. Transfer the toasts to a serving platter and serve. Serves 8.

Francisco’s Brick Pizza and Pita’s

2080 E. Williams Field Rd. (480) 722-9250. With its cool, trendy vibe and choice of libations, this restaurant is a local hang out for the Gilbert community. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$$

Brio Tuscan Grille 2150 E. Williams Field Rd. (480) 917-9177. With insalatas, zupas and house specialties, you’ll feel transformed right into Italy. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

3765 S. Gilbert Rd. Ste. 103, (480) 855-4448. Conveniently located near the 202 and Gilbert Rd., this laid-back pizzeria is family friendly and totes its use of only quality ingredients. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Joe’s Real BBQ 301 N. Gilbert Rd. (480) 503-3805. It’s known for barbecue slow-cooked over pecan wood. Come early as you’ll usually find a line. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Texas Roadhouse 3961 S. Gilbert Rd. 480-726-7427 Take a trip east at this reasonablypriced family steak house. The ribs will keep you licking your fingers. Open for dinner. $$

Thai Chili 3641 E. Baseline Rd. Q-102, (480) 219-8330 Promoting authentic Thai cuisine with exceptional service, this Thai establishment offers an array of lunch specials as spicy as your palette can handle. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

The Farmhouse 228 N. Gilbert Rd. (480) 926-0676. With a rustic feel, patrons enjoy the simple fare. Open for breakfast and lunch. $

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar 2240 E. Williams Field Rd. (480) 821-1500 Steak lovers rejoice in their selection of premium meat cuts. Popular sides include the twice baked potato and Keg fries. Open for dinner. $$-$$$

Queen Creek

Kona Grill

Del Piero

2224 E. Williams Field Rd. (480) 289-4500. Inspired by Hawaiian flavors, the menu features tender steak, sushi and designer cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

25062 S. Meridian Rd. (480) 888-9290. Located at the Olive Mill, this Tuscaninspired restaurant features local and organic products. Open for breakfast and lunch; Fri. and Sat. for dinner. $-$$

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San Tan Flat

230 N. Gilbert Rd. (480) 892-1900. Serving Gilbert since 1935, this local institution offers pizza and sandwiches hot off the grill. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

6185 W. Hunt Hwy. (480) 882-2995. It’s grill-meets-saloon at this Westernstyle, wooden establishment. Be sure to try the Wisconsin cheese curds. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Romeo’s Euro Café 207 N. Gilbert Rd. (480) 962-4224 Celebrating 21 years of business, this Gilbert tradition offers up an eclectic menu infused with Mediterranean flavors. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

The Deli 18914 E. San Tan Blvd. (480) 279-3546. This family-owned delicatessen supports local farms and uses organic, flavorful ingredients. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Temari Fine Japanese Cuisine 919 N. Val Vista Dr. (480) 539-0159. This casual eatery serves everything from sushi to garlic chicken wings. Open for lunch and dinner. $$



10 great dates

10 Great Dates

Special February Edition by Melissa Wenzel Tierney Sutton

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many Valley couples are gearing up to celebrate Cupid’s holiday with their special someone. Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year and if going out in the middle of the week is unmanageable, take heed–we’ve got a roundup of spectacular ways to celebrate love all month long!

The Boulders Romance Package The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, 34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, (888) 579-2631 Self-proclaimed as one of the most romantic settings in the world, the Boulders offers its Romance Package guests an abundance of intimate treats and decadence including: • Accommodations for two in a private casita • Bottle of sparkling wine • $25 per adult food and beverage voucher per night • Complimentary access to their awardwinning Golden Door Spa Book online at, or call (888) 579-2631, and be sure to request the “Boulders Romance” package.

Come Away with Me: An Evening of Romance with the Phoenix Opera February 10, Mesa Arts Center One E. Main Street, Mesa Let the Phoenix Opera serenade you and your sweetheart with favorite Broadway love songs from musical greats such as Gershwin, Bernstein and Webber at the Mesa Arts Center.

Chocolate Affaire February 8 – 9, Historic Downtown Glendale, in Murphy Park, 58th Ave. and Glendale Ave., Glendale, What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? Take a stroll with your sweetie down the streets of historic downtown Glendale the weekend before Valentine’s Day and be treated to a deep-fried chocolate bars, organic dark chocolate and other handcrafted confections. The event is sponsored by Arizona’s own candy makers, Cerreta’s, who will be offering tours of their factory all weekend long.



February 14, Mesa Arts Center One E. Main Street, Mesa If tickling your funny bone is more to your liking on Valentine’s Day, catch comedian Bill Cosby in concert Valentine’s night at the Mesa Arts Center.

MusicFest 2013: A Perfectly Elegant Valentine with Teirney Sutton and Shelly Berg February 14, Fairway House at Grayhawk, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, Surrender to the sweet notes of jazz music with Grammy nominee Tierney Sutton and pianist Shelly Berg at the beautiful Fairway House at Grayhawk. This evening of music comes complete with a gourmet three-course dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $45.

Take a Gondola Ride Nightly, with rides running from 6-11 p.m., Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Rd., Scottsdale You’d be hard-pressed not to feel romantic aboard an Italian-style gondola at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. Snuggle with your sweetie beneath a blanket big enough for two as your gondolier takes you around one of Gainey Ranch’s beautiful waterways. Complete your Venetian evening with dinner at Alto Ristorante e Bar.

Bill Cosby

Romeo and Juliet

Romance in the Garden

February 14, Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N 2nd St., Phoenix On Valentine’s night, one of the greatest love stories ever told will be brought to life by the Phoenix Symphony. Amid impressive sets and unmatched local talent, Shakespeare’s timeless classic, Romeo and Juliet, will be brought to guests of Phoenix Symphony Hall.

February 16, Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, Spend a cozy, candlelit evening underneath the beautiful Arizona sky at the Desert Botanical Gardens. Guests will be treated to an outdoor concert featuring Valley legend Dennis Rowland. Cocktails and dinner will be available for purchase. Send your events to Be sure to include dates, location, and photos if possible. While our event listing is a free service, Valley Lifestyles does not guarantee inclusion.


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February 13, U.S. Airways Center 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix This Valentine’s, if you favor rock and roll to flowers and candy, a Pink concert might just be the perfect expression of love for you. Round out your rockin’ evening with dinner and drinks at nearby alice Cooperstown.



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relinquishing resolutions by Kelly pollArd neW yeaR 2013 iS Upon US and the resolution-making process stumps me this year. For those that don’t know me, understand that this is not normal. i am obsessed with goals. i write them out in list form, in diary-style rants and even on elaborate spreadsheets. When i’m in the zone, i create daily, weekly, monthly and, yes, yearly goals. it’s a constant quest of selfimprovement with a healthy dose of procrastination thrown in. My resolutions evolve with the different stages in my life. in high school, i factored in my blatant geekiness (Must get straight a’s!) and my teenage hormones (Do anything possible to make Jonny notice me!). College was more or less the same tune, with a gradual shift toward career goals and surviving crazy roommate situations. Marriage and two babies later, my resolutions sounded more like desperate pleas. Shower daily? yeah, that was a tough one in the early years. My sons grew older and my aspirations grew along with them. i wanted to be the woman who had it all. the immaculate house would be mine. afternoons whipping up batches of homemade play dough and baking cookies would be the norm. i would be the room mom for each classroom and team mom for every sports team. i would never raise my voice. Somewhere in there, i wanted a writing career and to fit into size 7 jeans again. i believe January is the lens that refocuses what is important in my life. the problem with this year is i simply have resolution burnout. i want to take care of my family, contribute to the boys’ school, go out on more date nights with my husband and more girlfriend getaways. the issue isn’t my resolve. it’s the lack of time and my not possessing the skills to prioritize what’s important. i say yes to tasks better left delegated to someone else and deny my kids mom-time because i over-schedule our lives. i want more quality time with my family. yet i’m the guiltiest of the bunch as far as scrolling on Facebook updates while they play handheld video games and my husband watches pawn Stars. We’re all together, but not really together.

i don’t want to measure my health by the weight on the scale anymore, but by how many times in a week i manage to make it onto a tennis court with my friends. i don’t want to spend unreasonable amounts of time on my feet in the kitchen when a frozen pizza as the main course for dinner can easily do the job. i want to contribute to the awesome school my sons attend, but i need to learn that automatically raising my hand to run events or run copies doesn’t always make sense for my life. i need to be more conscious of when i should say yes and when i should recognize that no is

i believe January is the lens that refocuses what is important in my life ... i want to take care of my family, contribute to the boys’ school, go out on more date nights with my husband, and more girlfriend getaways.



probably the best choice for my own sanity. and yes, it’s awful to lose my patience and yell at my boys. But if i balance the moments of frustration with consciously expressing my appreciation on a daily basis, it almost cancels out the one bad moment in a sea of giggles and memories. So this year, i resolve not to make any formal resolutions. i will go with intentions instead, knowing that there is room for failure as long as i pick myself up and learn from my mistakes. this year, i give myself and my family the gift of flexibility. Kelly Pollard is a writer and mother of two boys in elementary school. She has another intention to blogging more at

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Valley Lifestyles January 2013  

Valley Lifestyles Magazine January/February 2013. The area's finest lifestyle magazine capturing that entertains, inspires and informs those...

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