Taste

The pleasures of the Thanksgiving table include delicious food, friendly fellowship, distinctive décor and spirited conversation. Let’s face it… everything tastes better when professionals handle the preparation and cleanup. Savor an extra dollop of relaxation with your pumpkin pie and take advantage of the fine dining options at one of these ten outstanding Valley resorts. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Best to check each restaurant’s website for the most up-to-date information on menus, hours of operation and pricing.

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Taste

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner is a joy to some and a daunting task for most. Preparing a meal for a large group is a time-intensive project, requiring precision-like choreography in both planning and execution. Add the holiday into the mix and the pressures for perfection compounds the experience. 

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Taste

The Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week ( ARW) is just days away. Channel your inner foodie and book reservations at some of the Valley’s premiere restaurants. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a dinner out, schedule a long overdue get together, revisit a favorite spot or finally try that restaurant on your wish list.

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Albert Adrià’s ENIGMA

After eight years of building a food empire, Albert Adrià has opened the doors to the final, and perhaps most elusive attraction in his Barcelona-based culinary theme park. Welcome to the magical and secretive world of Enigma.

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Wine + Dine

As part of their “Flavors of the World” series, Omni Hotels & Resorts have partnered with Food & Wine Magazine to host a three-day culinary experience devoted to the Rioja region of Spain. The Discover Rioja Weekend is scheduled for September 8-10 at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale.

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Sel: A Winning Recipe for Fine Dining

When asked to describe his restaurant Sel ( the French word for salt), Chef Branden Levine explains that it’s much like its namesake condiment, “It is global, simple and delivers a punch.”

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Pizza + Chicken = Doughbird

Sam Fox has done it again…another winner for the James Beard Award-nominated restaurateur. Doughbird, located on the southwest corner of Indian School Road and 44th Street in Arcadia, is the 16th concept in the Fox portfolio.

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Roka Akor

Roka Akor A Stake In Sushi text by David M. Brown | photos courtesy of Roka Akor “Being typecast as a sushi restaurant was our main problem when we first opened. People said, ‘Oh, Roka Akor, that’s a sushi place. But I don’t like sushi,” recalls Executive Chef Jason...

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Sonoma Is Sweet

by Lori Eccles I’m a little heady from my last trip. And it’s not just the wine. I just returned from an intoxicatingly wonderful four days in the Sonoma and Napa valleys in California. I traveled with two of my girlfriends to get away from all of the rain we’ve had...

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“Pretty” Good Food

Being a pretty restaurant and having pretty good food tastefully coalesce in a variety of places in the Valley. Yes, sometimes we recommend a place that has outstanding food, but it’s so-so for looks. And, often, a new place opens with fanfare, frills, pizzazz and...

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The Secrets Of Wine Ratings

By Marian Jansen op de Haar and Bruce Duffy If you’re like most people, you probably rely heavily on wine scores to make your selections. That is, of course, unless your name is Robert Parker. While the famed wine critic didn’t exactly invent the rating system, he’s...

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