A Star-Spangled July Fourth Feast

njoy warm weather, abundant outdoor activities and all the fun of July Fourth with a flavorful and festive gathering. Independence Day only comes once a year, so make it count and invite your favorite guests over for a memorable event. You’ll go out with a bang when you serve up these palate-pleasing dishes at your patriotic party.

Stay and Play

Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician provides a sun-soaked oasis for those looking to escape the dry desert heat of summer. Also the perfect place to experience family-friendly luxury, the resort is offering summer stay packages from May 25-September 7. Spend the day cooling off poolside at one of its seven glistening pools, including the famed Mother-of-Pearl…

Botanical Beauty

If you are like many of us who stay in town during the summer, you may be looking for something new to do while waiting for cooler weather. I recently discovered Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park and recommend you discover it, too.

Where Sashimi
and Italian Collide

As soon as I pulled my car 
 around and saw the charming entrance, I knew I was in for a delightful experience. Crudo is tucked away in the Gaslight Square Plaza on 36th Street and Indian School Road. The setting adds to the charm of this establishment, which is recognized as being one of Phoenix’s finest.

Summer Travel Smarts

The kids are out of school and you’ve been stockpiling your vacation time for months. It’s prime time to hit the road (or skies) for a well-deserved getaway. But before you dust off that suitcase, take some time to assess the protection of one of your most valuable travel tools — your smartphone.


When I was a kid, our family vacations followed the same route between Colorado and Minnesota every summer. Our minivan followed the I-80 as it cut through the corn fields of Nebraska, and after recuperating over Godfather’s Pizza and a good night’s sleep at the Super 8 in Grand Island, we headed to Iowa early the next morning before shooting up…

Puppy Belly Deli

Shortly after graduating with a music degree from ASU, Shelly O’Donin found herself living in New York City. There she decided to  pursue another passion--a passion for food--and enrolled in the French Culinary Institute. She knew she wanted to work in a kitchen, but not one under the control of a tyrannical chef with an ego the size of a classic French cookbook.…

As You Wish

Walking through the doors of As You Wish, a pottery painting studio, you are instantly hit with cool, damp air mixed with the smell of clay and paint. One wall of the studio is lined with shelves full of eclectic pottery pieces, ranging from vases to figurines, just waiting for someone with a spark of creativity to come along wielding a…

Desert Glory

Proving that the desert can be much more than miles of barren landscape, one of Arizona’s most breathtaking sites, the Painted Desert, offers an abundance of stunning vistas in an awe-inspiring display of nature’s glory. Vibrant layers of rocks in shades ranging from romantic lavender and deep gray to radiant red, orange and pink create and ever-changing palette of colorful…

July 2015 Around Town

North Scottsdale's AXA Advisors Southwest, a leading provider of financial services for consumers and businesses, recently announced that North Scottsdale resident Anvita Gupta, who is a high school senior attending BASIS in Scottsdale, will receive $25,000 as a national winner of the 2015 AXA Achievement Scholarship in association with U.S. News & World Report. Gupta is one of 52 students…

6th Mother’s Grace Foundation Brunch

The heartwarming event, held in Paradise Valley, featured a tribute to graceful mothers and their inspirational work with a champagne brunch, shopping and a guest speaker, further showcasing their support of families enduring life tragedies.

10th Annual Delta Dental Foundation Golf 4 Smiles

Presented by Carrington College at Grayhawk Golf Club, the event raised more than $100,000 and featured interactive holes with free blood pressure checks, massages, the opportunity to “beat the pro” in a silent auction, and even Suns dancers.

Celebrate Summer!

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