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Macayo’s Mexican Grill in Scottsdale

If you love Mexican food, put Macayo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina on your to-do list. Macayo’s opened their first location in Phoenix in 1946. Now the family has 12 restaurants in Arizona and two in Las Vegas. They are known for their delicious Mexican cuisine made with locally grown ingredients, including their own farm-fresh chilies. I got to sample the new menu at their remodeled Scottsdale location and it was amazing. New favorites include the Fried Avacado, Jicama Shrimp Tacos, and Bosio’s Shrimp with chipotle sauce.

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Shop, Eat + Read at The Newton

The Newton is a neat complex at 3rd Avenue and Camelback that includes Southern Rail restaurant, Changing Hands Bookstore, and Southwest Gardener. Originally, the building housed Beef Eaters restaurant, which opened in 1961. Each spot has a unique personality. You can enjoy dinner and drinks, browse the bookstore, and find some unique gifts.

Southern Rail

Southern Rail is the new restaurant from Chef Justin …

Cask-Aged Spirits & More at VOM FASS

Have you heard of this lovely new store that opened at the Scottsdale Waterfront a few months ago? VOM FASS offers exclusive cask-aged vinegars, oils, wines, and exquisite spirits direct from the cask. “Vom fass” means “from the cask” in German. These products come directly from the producers in casks, and you can taste before you buy.

Vom Fass

Stop by for a wonderful tasting experience. They …

Take a Hot Air Balloon Trip with Hot Air Expeditions

Every morning I drive through the Sonoran desert in North Phoenix, in awe of the beauty of the mountains and natural landscape. Sometimes I even get to see hot air balloons floating through the sky. I experienced a hot air balloon trip myself, and it felt like I was riding on a cloud. I booked my trip with Hot Air Expeditionswhich has been in business for 24 years. They have a wonderful safety record and their pilots are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Bootleggers in Old Town Scottsdale

Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse opened this location (their second) in 2013. The décor is a cool mix of modern and rustic, and there is a lovely patio with a fireplace, smoker, and twinkle lights. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you can smell the delicious aroma of barbecue.

Bootleggers

Chef Brian Dean and Mixologist Jason Horton (formerly of T. Cook’s) serve upscale barbecue …