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  • April 2013
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Sweet Treats from Julia Baker Confections

While I was shopping at the Biltmore Fashion Park, I came across the most delicious-looking store called Julia Baker Confections. You can shop her fabulous treats, sip a glass of wine at the bar, and celebrate being in heaven!

If you do not know about Julia Baker, she has an impressive background. She studied classical French cooking at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She found her calling, graduating first in her class with diplomas in both cooking and pastry.

Julia is known as “Chocolatier …

Taliesin West: Inspirational, Breathtaking, Awesome

I recently took my first 90-minute Insights Tour of Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and architecture school. Visit the website for wonderful details of the tours. The pictures and words don’t do it justice; you have to go there to really experience it.

The Garden Room

Not only is the tour informative, but the tranquil feeling of the buildings …

Get Your Kitsch on Route 66

There was a slower, simpler time before the interstate picked up the pace of today. Back then, Route 66 was the Main Street of America.

Starting near Ash Fork and ending in Topock, Arizona has the longest remaining stretch of old Route 66. It goes through arid tribal lands, high desert sagebrush, and mountain switchbacks. This is one of 25 scenic byways in Arizona, and much of it is still preserved by locals who’ve been there for generations.

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Frozen Delights at Cool Gelato Italiano

Letizia de Lucia and Alberto Della Casa learned the art of gelato from Italian masters and opened Cool Gelato Italiano on Valentine’s Day, 2012. My daughter said that Cool had the best iced coffee drink she ever had, so their gelato must be good. We strolled down Main Street to the Scottsdale Mall to experience real Italian gelato.

Gelato Flavors

It was like a scene out of “When Harry Met …