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Get Ready to Rock the Guac

Celebrate National Guacamole Day at Rock the Guac, where the Valley’s top chefs will be competing for the title of Top Guac. The event is Friday, September 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., held here at our Sands venue and hosted by the founders of the Arizona Taco Festival. Enjoy all the guac you can eat, snacks, two Patron margaritas or Corona cervezas, and live music.

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Global Fare at Sel in Downtown Scottsdale

Sel is a wonderful new restaurant in Downtown Scottsdale, serving up food that is “global, simple, and delivers a punch”. From the moment you walk in, you know that you are in store for something special. They feature artisan cocktails, a fine wine list and a prix-fixe menu that changes weekly. You can also order a la carte.

Sel

Among the dishes we sampled were the Squash Blossom …

Head North to the Verde Canyon Railroad

I recently took some out-of-town guests on a special trip to the Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale. The four-hour journey follows the Verde River through the Prescott National Forest and Coconino National Forest. From 1912 to 1988, the railroad linked the smelter at Clarkdale and copper mines at Jerome to the Santa Fe Railway.

Verde Canyon Railroad

Today, the train is purely for passengers to enjoy the trip from Clarkdale …

Postino Highland Now Open

When we heard Upward Projects was opening a new Postino just down the street, we had to check it out. The newest restaurant and wine bar is at Scottsdale and Highland. It’s in a wonderful, mid-century modern building by Frank Henry, formerly a Valley National Bank branch. Postino Highland has a beautiful 18-seat bar and lots of seating inside along with a spacious patio featuring original water fountains.

Postino

Shimmy Over to Shake Shack

We love a good burger so we had to check out the new Shake Shack at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Shake Shack started as a hot dog cart in Manhattan, and after ever-increasing lines it evolved into a collection of restaurants around the globe.

Shake Shack

They use all-natural Angus beef, ground fresh and served on a potato bun. Choose from classic burgers or specialties like a …