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See Inspired Glass Art by Dale Chihuly at the Desert Botanical Garden

It’s hard to imagine the Desert Botanical Garden being more beautiful than it naturally is, but somehow the installation of glass art designed by Dale Chihuly manages to do just that. The organic shapes of Mr. Chihuly’s glass designs juxtaposed with the desert plants is truly inspired. I experienced the glass at night when the pieces were lit, adding a glow to them. They seemed to naturally grow from the desert floor as if they have always been a part of the landscape.

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Marshall Shore, The Hip Historian

Today we caught up with Marshall Shore. He was named the “2013 New Times Best Phoenix Historian” and does fun slideshows and tours of the Valley and beyond.

Marshall Shore

Marshall grew up in a farming town of 25 in Indiana. His “love affair with information” led him to get his Master’s Degree in Library Sciences. After living in New York City, Marshall moved to Phoenix 14 years ago. …

Outrageous Olive Oils & Vinegars in Old Town Scottsdale

I was walking in Old Town Scottsdale and stumbled across a store called Outrageous Olive Oils & Vinegars. Wow, when you walk into the shop you are surrounded by delicious smells of various olive oils and vinegars. They offer pieces of bread so you can dip them into the different oils to taste them.

Outrageous Olive Oils Entrance

They have olive oils infused with citrus, herb, …

See “Women Who Rock” at MIM

I did not know what to expect when I decided to go to theWomen Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibit at the Musical Instrument Museum. Needless to say, I was thrilled! The exhibit was actually created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. I am a big fan of 60s music and they displayed some of my favorites. The women all have their own story of how they started out in the business and became stars. …

Fine Dining at T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms

Last week I went to the newly renovated T.Cook’s restaurant and The Mix Up at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. The romantic ambience of the dining room and courtyard are perfect for the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, and the views of Camelback Mountain from the patios are stunning.

T. Cook's Dining Room

Executive Chef Paul McCabe blends local and regional flavors to create Mediterranean cuisine that is thoughtful and …