A Taste of Sonoma County

Chef Wiley likes to let ingredients speak for themselves; he calls it the “lost art of un-embellishment”. The art of simplicity can also be applied to wine. Mark Lyon, the winemaker for both Sebastiani and Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Wines, will be joining us for A Taste of Sonoma County on March 10. He and his father bought a 122-acre vineyard in Alexander Valley back in 1980, and Mark’s hands-on management of the vineyard has allowed him to develop a tremendous knowledge of wine, particularly Bordeaux varietals. …

The Mystery of the “Superstition Ho” Hotel

Many people are familiar with the Westward Ho, built in 1928 and formerly the sister hotel of the Valley Ho. But have you heard of the Superstition Ho? Associated Federal Hotels decided to build a third “Ho” hotel in the Valley, and selected a location in Apache Junction.

Superstition Ho

The spot was chosen for its proximity to the Apache Trail, Lost Dutchman Mine, …

Hula’s Modern Tiki – A Welcome Addition to Downtown Scottsdale

Just in time for spring training, Hula’s Modern Tiki has added a second location, in Downtown Scottsdale. The new spot is a very hip, mid-century-esque restaurant with a great urban feel and fabulous food. The front completely opens up onto 1st Avenue, which is a great place to enjoy our wonderful weather, do a little people watching, and be part of the bustling downtown scene.

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Grab a Bite (and a Margarita) at Joyride Taco House

We love Upward Projects, the folks behind Postino, Windsor, Churn, Federal Pizza, and the new Joyride Taco House. These five spots are all right next to each other in Midtown Phoenix, with some other locations around the Valley as well. Upward Projects takes mid-century-modern buildings and adapts them into unique restaurant spaces.

Joyride Taco House

Joyride has a cool vibe and a …

Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona Shares Her Favorite Spots in the Valley

We sat down with Kimber Lanning to find out about her favorite local places around town. She’s the founder and executive director of Local First Arizonaand also owns Stinkweeds and Modified Arts. We’re a proud member of Local First, a non-profit that supports local businesses to help build vibrant communities.

Kimber Lanning

What is your favorite coffee shop?
My big secret is …