A New Perspective

I have to admit that I am surprised by very little these days.  But my recent physical at Mayo Clinic left me stunned.  My coronary calcium test showed a buildup of calcium in my left coronary artery, indicating that I am 98% more likely than women my age to experience a heart attack or stroke in the future.  While I have been presenting moderately high cholesterol levels for …

Farewell to Cowboy Ciao

The dining scene in the Valley has experienced a major loss.  By now, many of you have read the October 15 announcement that Cowboy Ciao would no longer open its doors to the public.  On their Facebook page, it was posted: Unfortunately, an end of an era has come upon us.  Tonight is the last night Cowboy Ciao will be open.  Thank you to all …

Outstanding In The Field

I have long admired the Instagram account of Outstanding In The Field (@out_inthefield) depicting photos of expansive tables arranged in fields, tables so long they stretch into the horizon, winding through fields and vineyards.  Intrigued, I signed up on their website to be alerted for events in Phoenix, purchasing two tickets for me and Hubby when I saw that they were coming to Mesa this …

About Town: Fair Fare

I am a sucker for fairs and festivals, whether it’s the Luling Watermelon Thump or the Navajo County Fair.  Think about the innovations that were developed for fairs: the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris wheel, and fried Twinkies.  Where would we be without them?  Speaking of, our very own Arizona Exposition and State Fair is in full swing at the Arizona State Fairgrounds where it will …

About Town: New Pastry Chef at ZuZu, Food & Wine Pairings at Hearth ’61, and RA Sushi turns 21

September “Show Stopper” Shake at Zuzu in the Hotel Valley Ho Since December, I have photographed 9 out of 10 monthly “Show Stopper” shakes at ZuZu in the wonderfully retro Hotel Valley Ho.  Not a bad record, but my hips are showing the telltale signs.  Therefore, this month, before heading out to photograph the September shake, I hiked Piestewa Peak in the cool hours of …

Seven Wellness Hacks

Having just returned from a wellness retreat at the Miraval Resort north of Tucson, I feel recharged and ready to make some changes in my life. However, before I dive into this post, I would like to make it clear that this is a commitment I am making with myself, more than a sermon to y’all in how to live a better life.  I have …

New About Town: Ghost Ranch, The Churchill, Ramen Hood

With the kids back in school, I find myself back to exploring the food scene, and there is no shortage of new openings in the Valley from which to choose.  Most recently, I have checked out three new spots in the Valley, from Tempe to downtown Phoenix and North Scottsdale. First of all, there is Aaron Chamberlin’s new concept, Ghost Ranch, a healthy take on …

Mont Saint-Michel

During a trip to France over the summer, I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of visiting Mont Saint-Michel, a tidal island and abbey in the region of Normandy that is one of France’s most recognizable landmarks.  Located at the mouth of the Couesnon River, Mont Saint-Michel was considered a strategic fortification.  Tides can vary greatly, as much as 46 feet, making the island …

About Town: Zookz, Jake’s Unlimited, Mountain Shadows, Teriyaki Madness

New To Downtown Zookz – Best Toasted Sandwiches ‘Round Voted Phoenix Magazine’s Best Sandwiches for many years running, Zookz, has opened a 2nd location downtown at 1 North First Street.  I popped in to visit with founder & owner, Carole Meyer, while learning a bit of the history behind these delicious round pressed sandwiches.  Carole was raised in Libya by her grandmother, who delighted in …

The Organized Fairy

I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with Malka Rodal, aka The Organized Fairy, who, with the blink of an eye like Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeannie, turned my kitchen pantry from a cluttered mess into beautiful rows of labeled bins and canisters. Malka has been organizing for 9 years, since she was pregnant with her first child.  She started by helping friends …