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MERCI French Cafe & Patisserie

Last week, a friend took me to lunch at a little café tucked away in a strip mall on the northeast corner of Indian School & Miller Road, near Downtown Scottsdale. MERCI French Cafe & Patisserie occupies the space where Scratch, another French restaurant, was a few years ago. It turns out that the new owners and chef are the same ones who ran Scratch, and I think the food is better than ever! The vichyssoise (cold potato and leek soup) is amazing and perfect for a warm Arizona summer afternoon. Their …

Livewire – New Music Venue in Downtown Scottsdale

Downtown Scottsdale has a new live music venue, Livewire. It’s in the heart of the entertainment district on Indian Plaza Lane, in the former Axis/Radius spot. This chic, 14,000-square-foot space is two stories and has state-of-the-art sound and lighting, a huge HD video wall, VIP seating, a dance floor, and two bars.

Livewire

Livewire hosts a variety of national touring acts along with …

Scottsdale’s New Museum of the West

After more than 30 years of dreaming, Scottsdale finally has its Museum of the West. The building was designed by local architecture firm Studio Ma and reflects the desert and Western heritage in a beautiful, contemporary way. You enter through the Scottsdale Charros Gateway Lobby, where the artist Maynard Dixon’s dramatic 1935 mural Kit Carson with Mountain Men is on display. The 43,000-square-foot museum has two levels with ten galleries, a sculpture garden, and a theater. It’s a short walk from Hotel Valley Ho, only a few minutes …

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery

Arizona is becoming known for its grape-growing regions and wine production. So it was only a matter of time before the wine tasting rooms followed. Some of the best grape-growing conditions are in the Chiricahua Mountains about four hours south of Scottsdale, a little far to go for a wine tasting. So Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca have brought their wine to us and Scottsdale has its first completely local estate wine tasting room!

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