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Three Days In Marfa

Cibolo Creek Ranch A recent family trip led us to the stark beauty of West Texas and the trendy town of Marfa. Preferring adventure and outdoor activities, we opted to stay at the Cibolo Creek Ranch. Cibolo Creek Ranch is a luxury resort located inside the crater of an extinct volcano in the Chinati mountains on 30,000 acres 30 miles south of Marfa. The resort was …

About Town: Parma Italian Roots and Donut Bar

Parma Italian Roots Parma Italian Roots serves West Coast Italian fare near the Grayhawk neighborhood of North Scottsdale in a space formerly occupied by Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers.  The décor evokes a sense of the Mediterranean, with white walls, blue leather banquets and blue and gold encaustic floor tile throughout.  Executive Chef Jason McGrath dishes out casual, yet elegant, dishes made from scratch, from the …

Top Ten Arizona Highlights – Northern AZ

As part of my summer blog posts, I thought it would be fun to highlight a few attractions in our great state of Arizona. While I have focused on northern AZ for this post, I realize that in the future I will have to shift my gaze southward to give equal coverage. The varied topography and climates of Arizona, the 6th largest state in the …

Picture Perfect Summer

When school lets out, most of my friends take the opportunity to get out of town and celebrate the beginning of summer.  While that is tempting, I find myself at home regrouping and recharging.  The past few months have been exhilarating, exciting and very emotional.  My husband ushered in new decade, one which was accompanied by much fêting and fun, but also a lot of …

About Town: Tocaya Organica, The Sicilian Baker, Dog Haus

Tocaya Organica Santa Monica-based Tocaya Organica opened its second Arizona location on May 5, 2019, in Scottsdale Fashion Square.  I feel the term Fresh Mex was overused in the ‘90’s, so I will describe this concept as Healthy Modern Mex.  Tocaya Organica offers counter-service in a hip, contemporary space with soothing color tones.  Vegans, vegatarians and carnivores alike will be pleased by the wide range …

Three Days in Cairo

Yipee! I finally got around to working on posting about our fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime trip to Egypt. I have split it into two sections: Cairo and the Nile Cruise. The hardest part was choosing which photos to use…I have close to 500. Enjoy!! The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities Commonly known as the Egyptian Museum, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities has been in the current location in …

Vegan Omakase Menu at Sushi Roku

A couple of years ago I took my friend Laura, who is vegan, with me on a photo shoot at a sushi restaurant.  While she couldn’t eat any of the plates, she went along happily and lent me her beautifully manicured nails so that I could get just the right shot (see my post here).  Since then, I have often wondered what vegan/vegetarian eaters like …

Cloth & Flame

Last spring at our school auction, Hubby and I, along with some friends, bought a desert dining experience with a local company, Cloth & Flame.  As a result of following their Instagram page, I had been fascinated by the idea gourmet dining in the desert under the stars in the company of great friends.  When the appointed date rolled around, sixteen of us were picked …

About Town: Tryst Cafe, KOVO and Killer Burger

I am far overdue for an update so please forgive me.  Championship swim season has me traveling from Texas to California to watch my little ones compete.  I play catch up while I am home, and promise to continually be on the look out for the latest and greatest.  On the plus side, I have been able to sneak away and do some fun traveling …

Devour Culinary Classic 2019

The 10th annual Devour Culinary Classic took place over the weekend of February 23-24 in the spectacular setting of the Desert Botanical Gardens. A celebration of the Valley’s culinary scene, this is the largest culinary festival in Phoenix, and one not to be missed. The event is hosted by Devour Phoenix, a coalition of independent, local restaurants whose aim is to promote the local dining …