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Chef Wiley’s Favorite Arizona Restaurants

Executive Chef Charles Wiley of ZuZu is known for being passionate about great ingredients and classic food preparation. Get the inside scoop on his favorite restaurants in the Valley:

What’s your favorite Asian restaurant?
Sushi-Ko
. They’ve got amazing hamachi and salmon skin rolls, and they’re one of the only places in town that serves ama-ebi. Their mirugi is so tender. Dai-San will just warm it a bit and serve it with a yellow miso sauce. They also have the freshest, sweetest uni.

Hike the Apache Wash Trailhead

I recently moved to beautiful Anthem, Arizona and heard about the new Apache Wash Trailhead off of Interstate 17 and Cave Creek Road. I decided to drive through the area instead of on the freeway. If you are traveling north to Sedona or the Grand Canyon, you can take this drive and enjoy the scenery. Exit the 101 Freeway going west at Cave Creek Road and then turn left on Sonoran Desert Drive and follow it 10 miles through the preserve. The road changes …

Espresso, Beer & Wine at Cartel Coffee Lab

Cartel Coffee Lab has several shops around town, including one in Downtown Scottsdale. This is a great place to enjoy not only a coffee or latte, but also craft beer, wine, and tea.

Cartel Coffee Lab

Cartel is serious about its coffee. All baristas are trained extensively and many are certified with the Barista Guild of America. They make excellent espresso, lattes, and coffee, serving …

European Chocolates in Downtown Scottsdale

I just love to visit new stores that open near the hotel, especially if they sell chocolate! Chocolade van Brugge is a wonderful shop featuring luxury Belgian chocolates. I heard a rumor that they had chocolate croissants and hot chocolate, which are my favorite foods. I got to taste both and they were delicious!

Chocolade van BruggeWhen you first enter the store, you can smell …