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A Taste of AZ

Best Brunch Spots in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ

In our eyes, brunch rules the weekend. Neither too early nor too late, a munch and a mimosa may be the best way to kick off your day. Here is a look at some exceptional epicurean adventures in the A.M. as well as some dishes and drinks that will delight while there. O.H.S.O. While O.H.S.O. stands…

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Fine Dining in Scottsdale and Phoenix

Anthony Bourdain provided copious pearls of wisdom during his life, but none touched me as much as deeply as this: “Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” I like to ride. A lot. And, every so often, I like to ride in style, even if it costs a little extra. Here are some…

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Chef Chat: Alex Strada at Campo

I recently sat down with James Beard award-winning chef Alessandro “Alex” Stratta in his new restaurant, Campo Italian Bistro and Bar in McCormick Ranch. Campo opened June 1st, shortly after Alex closed Stratta Kitchen, a Mediterranean concept that opened August 2020. Changing gears while staying…

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The Mick Brasserie

In the summer of 2020, The Mick Brasserie quietly opened its doors and quickly became a neighborhood favorite. “I joke with the ownership that, as difficult as COVID was, they had the best soft opening,” says wine director Jeff Menzer. “It’s incredible the momentum we’ve seen in two years.” The…

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An Interview With Carlson Creek

“It’s just good to have something in your hands representative of your family at the end of the day,” observes Robert Carlson III in my book, Arizona Wine: A History of Perseverance and Passion. His intertwined family relationships are just as important to Carlson as the grapevines that weave…

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