Author Archives: Amanda Ventura

Amanda Ventura

About Amanda Ventura

Amanda Ventura is an editor, award-winning writer and pop culture enthusiast. When she's not up against deadlines, she is exploring Arizona, trying recipes that require every dish in her kitchen be used, collecting 5K swag bags and race numbers and volunteering at a local animal shelter. Her bookshelf is full of autobiographies and her desk is covered in Sticky Notes. She dislikes the Oxford comma and still cannot believe she gets to meet and write about interesting people for a living.

Thirsty Thursday: Boss Hog

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, 2045 E. Camelback Road #A17, in Phoenix

Did you know Saturday, Aug. 30, is International Bacon Day? So, we know it’s a Saturday, but don’t hit “snooze” just yet — the Valley will be wafting with bacon bright and early! Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, in Phoenix gets pretty excited about bacon — all breakfast foods, really — and curated a bacon-inspired menu to… Read More →

Social Media Prenups Trending In Valley

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August 24, 2014 by in AZ Business Magazine | Legal

First comes love, then comes marriage, the baby carriage, and, for many Americans, divorce. Even if a couple doesn’t have an estate to divvy, family matter lawyers are reporting emerging trends that may have couples wishing they had signed prenup. As the director of family law at Rose Law Group, Kaine Fisher has prepared many… Read More →

Adolfson & Peterson accepts ALS ice bucket challenge

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The ALS ice bucket challenge has gone viral and it doesn’t appear to be freezing anytime soon. Local construction firm Adolfson & Peterson recently accepted the challenge. “After a challenge from our Colorado office, Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s Bryan Dunn and our Tempe office has ‘called-out’ Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, among others, to participate in… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Kelly’s at SouthBridge Popsicles

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It must be Christmas in July! Kelly’s at SouthBridge has combined three of our favorite things: wine, Popsicles and fruit into a new delicious cocktail on its menu. The swanky pub’s cocktails — which feature a frozen Popsicle served in a glass of wine — comes in three flavors: cucumber melon, blueberry basil and watermelon… Read More →

Mile High Brew Fest + things to do this week

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8/16: Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks The Phoenix Mercury have had a hell of a season. It celebrated the second-longest winning streak (16 games) in WNBA history and will go head-to-head with the team that still holds the record (18 games in 2001) in their last home game before the WNBA playoffs begin on… Read More →

Timberlake and McCartney in one week + more things to do

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It’s gonna be a hot week — and we’re not just talking about global warming’s effects on our sweltering desert. Two of our biggest musical heartthrobs are in town this week: Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney. Plus, there will be some serious grape stomping and theatrical Tombstone shenanigans to get in on! 8/9: Justin Timberlake… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: ‘Marvel’ous nerd juice

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Comicon San Diego is just around the corner, Phoenix! If you were lucky enough to snag tickets to the kind of event where Dothraki, Darth Vader and various incarnations of Doctor Who creep through the halls as one giant Pop Culture du Force, we suggest you celebrate the impending awesomeness with some Comicon-themed beverages, courtesy… Read More →

Agent Kevin Owens holds the key to living in luxury

Southern Cross Ranch. Listing Courtesy Of Kevin Owens, Best REALTOR® In Town
11250 E. Arabian Park Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

Kevin Owens understands the finer things in life ― he sells some of the nicest homes in the Valley to some of the most affluent residents in Arizona. The Scottsdale native, who works with Coldwell Banker, has been in the business for nearly six years. His family has a history in Valley real estate that… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: The Cove Trattoria’s Summer Cocktails

The Cove Trattoria's Blackberry Cooler

The Cove Trattoria, nestled among the shops at Seville shopping center (located at Indian Bend and Scottsdale roads) is a family-owned Italian joint that opened in 2002. While the restaurant’s menu contains a bit of Old World Italy, its space is outfitted as a modern eatery with a cocktail menu that boasts more than a… Read More →

Different Pointe of View’s summer menu is breathtaking

Different Pointe of View

On the summit of Phoenix’s North Mountain sits a restaurant that serves up culinary experience that rivals the dining room’s breathtaking view. Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort’s Different Pointe of View restaurant (11111 N. 7th St.) sits on the edge of the cliff, where an open-air patio looks out over the Valley of the Sun. It… Read More →

James Monaci brings taste of Italy to Luci’s Healthy Marketplace

James Monaci cooking at Luci's Marketplace.

James Monaci has a certificate in craft brewing from UCLA, was an owner of a Picazzo’s Italian eatery for eight years and began working as the sales manager at a wine and spirit distributor two years ago. He’s the kind of guy you wish was always there to fill your kitchen with the finest foods… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Honeydew Cucumber Sour

courtesy of jade bar

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is one of our favorite places to spend a day at the spa. But that isn’t the only way for the resorts’ guests to get refreshed. Sanctuary’s newly renovated jade bar is serving up a new Honeydew Cucumber Sour ($14) with its summer menu, and we can’t wait to give it … Read More →

No Ties Allowed: Five simple Father’s Day gifts

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June 14, 2014 by in Featured | Lists

Dads — the patriarchs of society, the guys who fought refs and umpires for us when we were just in little league and too innocent to defend ourselves, the fellas who took you camping or golfing or bought you a book on investment when you were 15 years old and asked for a car. Once… Read More →

It takes two

The "Class of 2014" advocates visit DMB Associates' masterplanned community Eastmark.

Valley principals host young professionals in inaugural advocates program A look around the room at a Valley Partnership Friday Morning Breakfast (FMB) reveals a who’s who of Arizona’s commercial real estate industry. You’ll see seasoned professionals sitting next to up-and-comers, and though these are an effective networking tool, Valley Partnership took the concept to the… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: National Bourbon Day

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Being so far from the Southeast, Arizonans are as acclimated with America’s rich history with bourbon as they are with the sting of tequila. However, just for a day, we ask you to put down that margarita and consider the beautiful amber spirit that has been all but tattooed across Uncle Sam’s heart. About 95… Read More →