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Phoenix Coyotes Owners Have Big Plans for the Team, Including a Name Change

For the first time since 2009 the Phoenix Coyotes have an owner, IceArizona. IceArizona is a group composed of several business leaders from across North America. Renaissance sports and entertainment LLC will act as managing partner of IceArizona.

“It has been exhausting yet very rewarding, we are thrilled that we have been able to finally own this franchise and we are just really excited for what the future holds for us,” said Anthony LeBlanc.

LeBlanc and the other members of IceArizona successfully purchased the Coyotes on August 5, 2013.

“It is the first hockey team I have owned and I certainly anticipate it will be the only hockey team I own,” says LeBlanc.

LeBlanc’s background in business and marketing is one of the reasons he is not just the owner of the team, but also the CEO and president.

“I think that is the reason that I am one of the members, or really the only member of ownership group that is here in an operational roll, is I do have a unique background in sales and marketing and we felt that that was one of the key areas that this franchise needed assistance with and I am thrilled to be able to be the person to provide that,” he said.

In addition to his business experience and skills, LeBLanc also brings a passion and love for hockey.

“I think that it would be rare to find a Canadian boy who wouldnΓÇÖt want to own a hockey team, so it is certainly something I have always wanted to be apart of,” LeBlanc says.”But we really realized, well a couple of years ago when we first looked at the franchise, but we really realized at the early part of this year once we partnered with George Gosbee and the rest of the ownership group that this was something that we could really make a reality.”

The new owners are are confident that Phoenix is the right place for a hockey team.

So far the 2013-14 season has gone smoothly despite the ownership transition.

“It has been really solid,” LeBlanc said. “On the ice we are thrilled with how the team is playing and on the business front we focus on three key metrics. Ticket sales are up about 20 percent year-over-year. From a revenue perspective, sponsorships are looking like they are going to be the best year in Coyotes history, and we have sold an additional 12 suites so far this year on a full-time basis and our suite rentals are up almost 100 percent year-over-year.”

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Gadzooks' "Anatomy of an Enchilada" mural. | courtesy of Amanda Ventura

Whole 'Lada Love: Best Enchiladas in the Valley

The official definition of Enchilada, according to The Real Academia Española, is a rolled maize (corn) tortilla stuffed with meat and covered with a tomato and chili sauce. These qualifications are pretty restrictive to most contemporary gourmands who experiment with recipes and flavor combinations that veer too far from the traditional definition.

However, at least in America, people’s idea of what is and what isn’t an enchilada is much closer to the Merriam-Webster’s broader definition. Webster defines it as a corn tortilla rolled around a savory mixture, covered with chili sauce and usually baked. Scottsdale Living has rounded up some of the best enchiladas in the Valley. Even though they don’t all fit The Real Academia Española definition, they are all really good.

The Quick Fix: Costa Vida, 1324 S. Rural Rd., Tempe

If some one is looking for a cheap and quick ‘lada Costa Vida offers a sweet take on this classic Mexican dish. For one Raspberry Chipotle Chicken Enchilada you will have to pay $5.99, and to get an additional one it’ll cost you 2 more dollars. The flavors of this enchilada are unique and delicious, one might be surprised that it cost them so little! At Costa Vida the Raspberry Enchilada starts with a home made tortilla that is filled with cheese or meat based on your preferences. Next it is covered in one of three sauces — red enchilada, roasted green chile or tomatilla cilantro. The final customization offered is choosing if one wants to pair black or pinto beans with the cilantro lime rice that every one receives. If people wanna keep the cost of their meal low, Costa Vida’s Raspberry Chipotle Chicken Enchilada would be the best option in the category of cheap Mexican food. But like most things in life, a spending little more money will improve the quality of whatever you are buying.

The Custom Design: Gadzooks: 3313 N. 7th St., Phoenix

Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soups takes the customization of one’s dish quite a bit farther than Costa Vida. Cost Vida allows their customers a chance to alter different parts of a dish, but Gadzooks offers people a chance to pick every aspect of their ‘lada, allowing people to enjoy their perfect idea of this dish. The process of creating the dream enchilada is broken up into 8 steps, choosing it, filling it, covering, adding to is, salsa-ing it, topping it, dressing it and combining. After the customer has decided what combination of meat, sauce, cheese, etc they want they are ready to enjoy their customized concoction. The prices start at $6.50 and go up to $6.90 depending on what meat is chosen. Add-ons like an additional enchilada, $2 more dollars, and chips and salsa will increase your bill.

The Wallet & Gut Buster: Bandera: 3821 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

If your wallet can handle it, Bandera’s Butternut and White Cheddar Enchilada with Green Rice and Cucumber Salad, incorporates delicious fall flavors. It branches out from the typical enchilada filling and gives the diner a chance to enjoy flavors that one wouldn’t expect. The dish is still topped with a spicy red sauce so it is still clear that this is in fact an enchilada. Bandera’s take on this classic Mexican dish will cost you $17 dollars, but the quality of the food is worth the increase in price.

The Homebody: DIY Enchiladas

You don’t have to leave your house to enjoy a delicious enchilada, here is a recipe you can make in your own kitchen. This recipe for White Chicken Enchiladas comes from Baking at home will save you money and time. These ‘ladas will only take 22 minutes to bake, for some less than the time it takes to drive to a restaurant. When the wait at the restaurant is also added to the time it takes to drive there, cooking at home is definitely a time saver. This recipe is simple enough that even inexperienced chefs will be able to master it.


10 soft taco shells

  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken

  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • 3 Tbsp. butter

  • 3 Tbsp. flour

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan

  2. Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese. Roll up in tortillas and place in pan.

  3. In a sauce pan, melt butter, stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.

  4. Stir in sour cream and chilies. Do not bring to boil, you don’t want curdled sour cream.

  5. Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.

  6. Bake 22 min and then under high broil for 3 min to brown the cheese.

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Work-It-Out Wednesday: Music Videos to Get Your Motivated

It can be hard finding the motivation to workout. Sometimes almost anything else is more appealing then getting off the couch and sweating in the gym. One creative way of motivating yourself is by watching music videos. Seems like a crazy idea right? But in their own individual way, these five videos will give you the extra push to go to the gym.

“Hung Up” by Madonna

Running on the treadmill or lifting weights isn’t for everyone, no matter what the motivation is. Madonna’s music video shows her in a pink leotard in a dance studio. She preforms classical dance moves at the start. By the end, she is street dancing along with other performers. Seeing talented dancers and Madonna’s impressive body gives the viewers to reasons to put on their dancing shoes.

“Physical” by Olivia Newton John

Olivia Newton John is literally trying to make people workout in this video. She is unsuccessful at the start, but two men “get physical” when she starts to shower. Sure this song has sexual undertones, but if you take it at face value it should help you get the gym — and get physical.

“Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams

Not only does this song have a great beat to it, but the songs can make working out a whole lot better. The lyrics make “Drop It Like It’s Hot” the ultimate squat song. You don’t even need to go to the gym to squat. You can watch this music video and start dropping like its hot in the same room.

“Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears

This iconic music video features Britney and her classmates dancing around in scandalous uniforms. Britney’s toned abs are on display the entire time. The only way to get abs comparable to hers is buckling down and doing those crunches.

“Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself” by The White Stripes

Kate Moss just doesn’t know what to do with herself…so she dances (rather sexually) on a mysterious box and pole. This video could motivate you in two ways. Like many other music video stars, Kate Moss has a body that many women envy. If wanting to look like her isn’t motivation enough, her dancing skills may inspire you to take a class or two.

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5 Things to Do This Week: Oct. 30 to Nov. 5

From costume contests to haunted houses, this week is the final chance to celebrate this spooky, sweet holiday — here are some must-try/see events for this week and weekend. Don’t forget to share with us your photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

October 30 —Costume Contest at Talking Stick Resort

The Talking Stick Resort (9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.) is hosting its 14th annual Halloween Costume Contest. The pre-halloween bash will start at 6 p.m. and be open to registered members of Players Rewards club who are 21 years old or older. The first 150 people to enter the costume contest will be eligible to win prizes in three categories, most original, creative and scary. For each category, the first-place winner will receive $1,000 plus memorabilia, the second will get $300, and third-place winner gets $200! Whoever is lucky enough to win Best in Show will be given $3,500 and memorabilia!

October 31 — Get Spooked for Halloween

For some people, going to a haunted house is a Halloween activity that can’t be missed. There are numerous haunted houses in the Phoenix area. If someone doesn’t have a go-to house, here are three recommendations.

Crypt & Asylum Haunted House is located just off of the US 60 and Alma School Road in the Fiesta Mall parking lot. It will cost between $5 and $35 depending on what activities you want to do.

The Dark Scares Haunted Attractions admission price is $20 for adults and $15 for guests 14 years old and younger. This spooky attraction is located at 1900 E. University Drive in Mesa.

Scream Park is at 8823 E. McDowell Rd. in Scottsdale. Scream Park and Haunted House will cost more than the others, tickets start at $29 and go up to $75.

If you have younger kids or simply don’t like to be scared, the Pumpkin and Chili party is open until 4 p.m. on Halloween. The $17 admission fee gives customers access to a myriad of activities including hay rides, corn mazes, a petting zoo, miniature golf and other attractions. For an additional fee people can have access to even more fun!

Nov. 1— Pastry Baking Class at Sur La Table

Baking French pastries and having them turn out like you want often seems like an impossible feat. Sur La Table is offering a croissant workshop that will make sure you can bake the perfect croissant in a three-hour class. Chef Ethan Pinkwasser will teach the students techniques and fundamental skills that will allow them to become a better cook. The class is $48.96 and will take place from 12 to 3 p.m. at the store’s Scottsdale Fashion Square location. You must be at least 18 years old to sign up. Sure La Table is located at 7014 E. Camelback Rd. in Scottsdale.

Nov. 2 – DIY Ornament Workshop

Halloween is over, but getting spirited for the holiday seasons is just getting started! Phoenix Center for the Arts is hosting a workshop about how to create ornaments by fusing glass. People will leave the class with a new skill and multiple ornaments they can put on their christmas tree or gift to friends. This fun fusing class will cost $49 and will be taught at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, located at 1202 N. 3rd St.

Nov. 2 – Take a Bite Out of Fall

For a lot of people, the holiday season means attending more parties and enjoy cocktails they haven’t tasted before. Elements at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain will be offering an interactive class for $30 on November 2. Mixology 101 give a group of 10 people the chance to learn how to make (and drink!) three to four cocktails. Elements at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is located at 5700 E. McDonald Drive. 

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Top 5 Things to Do in Scottsdale This Week

This weekend is all about getting outside and enjoying the fall weather! Here are some must-try/see events for this week and weekend. Don’t forget to share with us your photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Oct. 17: Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks

An Arizona Cardinals football game, can appeal to a large spectrum of people from a die-hard fan or a family who is looking for an activity they can all enjoy together. This week the Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks who are currently first in the NFC West. Even if your aren’t a football fanatic you will still enjoy the electric atmosphere. Before the game even starts, you can stop by The Great Lawn, which goes on for over 1,000 feet, where you will find Cardinals setting up their tailgates so they can get into game mode!

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 W. Cardinals Dr.,  Glendale

Time: 5:25 p.m.

Tickets: $40+

Oct. 17-20: The Great Pumpkin Festival

For four days, the Desert Botanical Garden will be home to the Great Pumpkin Festival. Guests will be able to participate in various fall-themed activities. Guests will be able to take a hayride out the the pumpkin patch, explore a hay bale maze, play some carnival games and admire all the animals at the petting zoo. The Great Pumpkin Festival is just the cost of admission to the garden and is free for children and members. Guests 12 and under also get a free pumpkin when they stop by the festival.

Location: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

When: Thursday & Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tickets: $8 to $18

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October 19: Taste of Chandler

On Saturday you can enjoy craft beers, fine wines, spirits and gourmet food selections from more than 40 East Valley Restaurants at TASTE, Chandler’s Culinary Festival. TASTE is all about being local; it features various local business and restaurants and is benefiting local charities. Attendees will have access to unlimited samples from the restaurants while supplies last. Tickets are required for this event, but they come with 12 drink tickets.

Location: 2855 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler

21+ Event

Tickets: $65, adv

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Oct.19: Scottsdale Showdown

This isn’t your average bull riding event. The Scottsdale Showdown is an all-star event where 20 of the best bull riders will hop on the 20 toughest bulls to find out who is No. 1. Even though bull riding offers non-stop action, the showdown will also present a concert and a tailgate. The Bud Light Bullpen Concert will feature country music by Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Niemann and Maggie Rose. Grab cowboy hat, wrangle up a group of friends and head on over to the Scottsdale Showdown.

Location: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 6601 North Pima Rd.

Tickets: $55 to $150

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Oct 19-20: Arizona Taco Festival

A two-day extravaganza that is centered around 30+ taco teams who are battling it out to find out who makes the best chicken, beef, pork and seafood tacos. Five other awards will also be handed out for the best salsa, guacamole, veggie taco, anything goes taco and booth design. Taco lovers will also be able to watch Lucha Libre Wrestling matches, and enjoy live music all weekend long while they enjoy $2 tacos. If attendees feel like competing themselves, they can enter a hot chile pepper eating contest or an arm wrestling competition. The Taco Festival has other events planned that you won’t want to miss so make sure to fit the Arizona Taco Festival into your schedule this weekend.

Location: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd.

Tickets: General Admission: $12 Single Day, $20 Weekend; VIP: $85 Advanced Online / $100 at Door; Kids 12 and under are free

  • Tequila Expo: $20 (Saturday Only)

Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily


Foodie Friday: Where to Play With Your Food

The Duce

525 S. Central Avenue

The Duce in downtown Phoenix combines a vintage lounge atmosphere with an assortment of All-American snacks, cocktails and fare. The repurposed warehouse is so much more than a bar — from a boxing ring, to picnic tables stacked with vintage board games, a kitchen in an airstream trailer and an army surplus store with Etsy-ish arts and crafts speckled throughout. Whether you’re DD or enjoying your spiked lemonade from a mason jar, The Duce will have you entertained for hours. The Duce has created such a unique environment that it appeared on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

The Yard

5632 N. 7th St.

Fox Restaurant Concepts opened an second Culinary Dropout location in Arizona, but with the new location came a new name and a new twist. The Yard still has a delicious menu that is very similar to its Scottsdale counterpart, but it offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The Yard, a repurposed auto warehouse, is also home to a grassy plot for fun and games as well as alternative dining at Little Cleo’s.

Bad Mother Cluckers

26 E. University Dr.

The Valley has multiple restaurants that specialize in chicken, including Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles, Raising Cane’s and Bad Mother Cluckers. Just like Lo-Lo’s uses its addition of delicious waffles to distinguish its menu, Bad Mother Cluckers provides a giant version of the classic game“Jenga” and encourages a side of healthy competition with your finger-licking good chicken.

Saddle Ranch

9375 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale

In the mood to ride a bull or cook some s’mores over an open fire? Glendale’s Saddle Ranch, a western rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurant, describes itsself with three words that encompass the entire experience: “Steaks, Bulls and Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Saddle Ranch not only has an extensive menu with western references but provides a venue that would lend itself to a night on the town with the girls or a fun first date.


The Arizona State Fair is back and ready to sizzle

The Arizona State Fair is back again and is better than ever! There is an activity for people of every age and taste. The classic attractions combined with some brand new additions will keep the whole family entertained! The Fair will be taking place between Oct.11th and Nov.3rd. The gates will open at noon on Wednesday through Friday, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to the the Arizona State Fair is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors (ages 55+) and kids (ages 15-13); children under 5-years-old are free. Fairgoers can enjoy more Fair fun for less, by taking advantage of the plethora of online and onsite deals and discounts available.

This year the Fair has added six new Midway rides, a Star Trek exhibition, Tyzen tFair 3he Hypnotist, and more. When guests need a little rest they can take advantage of the two all new respite areas. One is The Hangout, which is geared towards adults, and an indoor PlaySpace that features fun activities for kids eight and under.

The 129th annual Arizona State Fair will still host its concert series that features  artists from multiple genres and generations. Legendary headliners such as Jerry Lewis, Trace Adkins, ZZ TOP, The Wanted, Prince Royce, and Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion will all be preforming. Additional acts fairgoers can enjoy for free with paid Fair admission include Alabama Shakes, Zendaya, Billy Currington,  Megadeth, Old School Jam, and the KIDZ BOP KIDS first live concert.

People can also attend sporting events such as Demolition Derby, All-Indian Rodeo, and BMX Freestyle Team. Or enter Coco’s Pie Eating competition, and Sonic’s Frozen T-shirt Contest. Activities will also include fan favorites like, Beerfest presented by Hensley Craft Beer Division, the Great American Petting Zoo, High Fly’n Zip Lines, and Kerr’s Farm Tours presented by Arizona Milk Producers.

The 129th annual Arizona State Fair will be located at 26 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85007


PERK eatery to sell sauce at new locations

Any one looking for a gourmet, all natural topping that is made without preservatives? Well look no more, PERK eatery is well known for making just that. Their signature Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce is one of the reasons that PERK has amassed such a following of locally devoted fans who, who, flock by the dozens to experience Chef/Owner Pauline Martinez’ highly acclaimed condiment. The sauce has  had such a positive reaction that it was featured by Food Network’s hit show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Fans of the sauce no longer have to go to actual eatery to get their fix of this versatile sauce. It is now available to be purchased online at, and ll over the Valley at Whole Foods locations!

This fan favorite has a wide variety of uses including a healthy topping for eggs, marinade for chicken or steak, grilling sauce or seafood glaze.

“I’ve seen people use the Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce as a salad dressing or drink it straight from the bottle, it’s that good,” said Martinez.

PERK eatery plans to continue to increase their distribution efforts by selling it at local farmers’ markets. The store itself is located at 6501 E Greenway Pkwy #159  Scottsdale, AZ 85254.


Wrigley Mansion Revamp

Geordie’s Restaurant & Lounge located inside the historic Wrigley Mansion Club has reopened for the season with a handsome new look and an all-new menu. The menu showcases Italian influenced steaks and seafood. The 80-plus-year-old estate is also looking better than ever thanks to a remodeling that includes,crisp new paint across the Mansion’s interiors and exteriors, while Geordie’s boasts new table settings. The wait staff wasn’t left out of the update. They received stylish new staff outfits, including classic white dress shirts offset with black ties and black vests.

The fresh look continues right into the completely modernized kitchen, where new Executive Chef Robert Nixon, a veteran of prestigious kitchens such as Christopher’s and Donovan’s Steakhouse, has planned a all new menu.

The menu incorporates house-made pastas and breads, and herbs fresh-plucked from the Wrigley’s on-property garden. Expect decadent starters such as crunchy crostini bread served with creamy Ricotta and honeycomb, from-scratch zuppas (soups) such as the Crimini & Portobello topped with a Parmesan puffed pastry, as well as an extensive selection of farm-fresh salads, and hearty sandwiches such as Italian Steak with giardiniera (pickled veggies). Plus, enjoy a daily selection of pastas, risottos, and pizza-like flatbreads from their in-house bakery.

Main courses also have a timeless Italian flare, including tagliatelle served with the chef’s daily seafood selection and pappardelle with roasted seasonal vegetables. For meat lovers, there’s an extensive selection of top-quality chops, including Pork alla Milanese (breaded, sautéed, served with arugula, olive oil, charred lemon, and shaved Parmesan), and the signature Bisteca alla Fiorentina (porterhouse for two-served with choice of three sauces and two side dishes). Meanwhile, Seafood fans, will love the ever-changing Pesce del Giorno (fish of the day), or the build-your-own Fruiti di Mare (seafood platter.) Main courses are customizable with a choice of six decedent sauces, including Peppercorn Grappa and Lemon-Pesto, while the more than a dozen family-style side dishes range from creamy Pancetta Mac & Cheese and smoky Roasted Acorn Squash, to a daily risotto special.  stk20341wnePair it all with a handcrafted cocktail or a fine wine from the Wrigley’s world-renowned collection.

The Wrigley Mansion Club is located at 2501 E. Telawa Trail in Phoenix, AZ 85016.  Due to zoning restrictions, the mansion must maintain a private club status. Social Memberships are only $15 annually, while VIP Memberships are $50 annually and includes 20% – 35% off every bottle of wine in the Wrigley’s globe-straddling collection. For more information or to make reservations please call 602-955-4079 or visit

Corks and Cooks

Scottsdale League for the Arts presents Cooks & Corks

Calling all food and wine lovers across the Valley! Scottsdale League for the Arts is hosting a one-night-only event under the stars that features fabulous food and world-class wine. Cooks & Corks presents the creations of Four Seasons Scottsdale’s Executive chef, Mel Mecinas, along with other prominent Valley chefs and winemakers.

Along with many delectable dishes, guests will be able to dance to the tunes of a live band that will be providing the sound track for the night.This self-guided, outdoor culinary night out will take place from 6-9 p.m.. The cost is $95 and will be limited to 250-300 attendees. Tickets can be purchased at

Cooks & Corks takes place at the  beautiful Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North’s lush fountain Terrace lawn. For those who want to enjoy the Four Seasons for longer than three hours, the Four Seasons is offering a special discounted rate of 350 dollars per room.

Nearly everyone enjoys a night of sampling high-end food, but the event impacts more then just the food and wine connoisseurs. All funds raised at Cooks & Corks will go towards supporting the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts in its effort to promote the arts and arts education in Arizona.

The current line up promises not to disappoint, and includes, Executive Chef Frank Belosic and Sous Chef Lee Hillson of The Phoenician Resort’s Il Terrazzo; Chef Michael O’Dowd of Renegade by MOD; Chef Matt Carter of Zinc Bistro, The Mission and The House Brasserie; Chef Matt Taylor of Market Street Kitchen; Executive Chef Beau MacMillan of The Sanctuary Resort; Executive Chef Roberto Madrid of The Westin Kierland’s Deseo; Executive Chef Jadan Sheive of J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge’s Stone Grill; and Executive Chef Michael Cairns of Montelucia’s Prado.

The Four Season is located at 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 86262