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Father’s Day at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Louisiana native, Paul Fleming, has left a lasting mark on the restaurant scene in my adopted home of Arizona.  From opening Ruth’s Chris on Camelback Road in 1985, to developing P.F. Chang’s in 1993, to the rolling out of Pei Wei Asian Eatery and most recently Paul Martin’s American Grill, Paul Fleming has been a leading innovator in the restaurant industry.  After selling his Ruth’s …

About Town: St. Francis, PNPK, O.H.S.O.

ST. FRANCIS Local favorite, St. Francis, on Camelback Rd. east of 1st Street has been sold to new owners.  Aaron Chamberlin, owner of Phoenix Public Market Cafe, Tempe Public Market Cafe and Taco Chelo, has sold St. Francis, his first Phoenix restaurant, and plans to focus on new projects, including a New Mexican-inspired restaurant called Ghost Ranch (the name of Georgia O’Keeffe’s famous adobe abode …

Wrigley Mansion

When I moved to Arizona in 1993, the restaurant scene was a bit smaller than what you experience today.  However, you would recognize a few names – trailblazers, if you will – of the AZ dining scene: Vincent Guerithault, Mark Tarbell, Chris Bianco, Nobuo Fukuda and Christopher Gross, to name a few.  Speaking of Christopher Gross, I was thrilled to hear that the James Beard …

Where to Sleep, Drink and Eat in Sonoma County, CA

We just returned from a wine-soaked weekend in Sonoma County, CA, and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite recommendations!  xoM Where to Sleep? Hotel Healdsburg, h2hotel, Harmon Guest House Fifteen minutes from the Santa Rosa Airport, at the confluence of the Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys, Healdsburg is a quaint town that is an ideal spot from which to …

Restaurant Mixtli, San Antonio

Last summer, on my annual trek to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, I met Chefs Rico Torres and Diego Galicia who had been named to Food & Wine’s list of best new chefs in 2017.  Since October of 2013, Chefs Torres and Galicia have been enchanting diners in San Antonio with their celebration of Mexican gastronomy at their restaurant, Mixtli.  I was so excited …

Summer Cocktails from The Sicilian Butcher; Lobster Carbonara from EVO

The Sicilian Butcher has released a new summer cocktail menu designed by Sheldon Wiley, The Maggiore Group’s mixologist and Guinness World Record holder for Fastest Bartender.  In case you were curious, Sheldon holds the record for the most cocktails made in one minute with 18, and most cocktails in one hour with a jaw dropping 1,905.  The YouTube video from his record breaking feat is pretty fun to …

Finding Enlightenment at The Bodhi and in San Carlos, Mexico

Crossing over the Salt River onto the ASU campus in Tempe feels like entering another world.  It’s fun to see all the kids scurrying to class on bikes and battery powered skateboards, and is a reminder of the importance that ASU plays in our town of 1.6 million plus.  It was on College Street across from the Mona Plummer Aquatic Complex that I had the …

Wei Better Orange Chicken, Death by Milkshake, and BLT Pizza From Fired Pie

Pei Wei Better On Its Own At the end of 2017, Pei Wei Asian Diner split from its parent company, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, and moved its corporate office from Scottsdale to Irving, Texas.  Experimenting with a new logo and brand, Pei Wei has been mixing things up, like tapping into the trend of healthy dining with additions to the menu like quinoa, salads and …

Helio Basin Brewing Spring Equinox Dinner

Helio Basin Brewing Company owners, Mike Conley and Dustin Hazer, bring something unique to the Arizona dining scene.  In their mission to raise awareness for Arizona beer and cuisine, they have found a partner in Chef Tamara Stanger, a Utah native with a passion for Arizona.  Supporting local farms and small businesses, the team at Helio Basin has created a menu decidedly Arizona-centric.  What does …

Springtime in Scottsdale: Skylanes, Cavalia’s Odysseo and the Scottsdale Quarter

This is the time of year where we are reminded of why we live in Arizona. The weather is nothing short of glorious, and everyone takes advantage by dining al fresco and spending as much time as possible outside. This past week was no exception: Hubby and I celebrated our 22-year wedding anniversary with a six-mile hike, I attended a bowling event at Scottsdale’s new …