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Searsucker Scottsdale's New American Dishes With A Twist Are A Hit

Searsucker Scottsdale
January 17, 2013 by in Blogs

Only at Searsucker Scottsdale is it possible for the food to overshadow the fact that I both shook Brian Malarkey’s San Diego-tanned hand and exclaimed in my starstruck stammer that “Everything is incredible!” at least three times when he made his rounds that typical Tuesday night. As someone who obsessively watches Top Chef (even during… Read More →

Winter Wines To Please The Palate

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January 16, 2013 by in Blogs

A change in seasons means a change in a lot of things — from the weather to your wardrobe. But it also means it’s time to change what pleases the pallet, and in this case, we’re talking wines. No longer are the airy, sweet notes of summer an appropriate pairing to bring out the best… Read More →

Tech Q&A: What is cloud computing?

Eric Marcus, CEO of Marcus Networking.
December 29, 2012 by in Blogs | Featured | Tech

Question: What is cloud computing? Answer: Everyone is talking about cloud computing.  So, what exactly is it and it is right for your business? Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet). The real question is should you use a… Read More →

It takes fuel to win tech race

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December 26, 2012 by in Blogs | Featured | Tech

Many of us can relate to thinking of Arizona’s economy as an automobile race. To win, you need a smooth race course, a fast car, a winning driver and high-powered fuel. Carrying that analogy into Arizona’s technology sector, it’s clear that a lot of resources have been invested and progress has been made in building… Read More →

Tech Q&A: Outsourcing vs. consultant

Eric Marcus, CEO of Marcus Networking.
December 22, 2012 by in Blogs | Featured | Tech

Question: In this economy, does it make more sense to outsource IT or utilize a consultant?   Answer: Outsourcing is more cost effective than a full time person and you gain 24/7 support, whereas an employee only works a certain shift like 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Outsourcing means you are getting more than just… Read More →

Tech Q&A: Year-end budgeting

Eric Marcus, CEO of Marcus Networking.
December 15, 2012 by in Blogs | Business News | Tech

This is the first of what will be a continuing series of technology questions answered by Eric Marcus, CEO of Marcus Networking in Tempe. Question: What technology or telecommunications products should we purchase before year-end? Answer: December is an excellent time to evaluate your IT needs for the coming year and with Section 179 Deductions… Read More →

Six Tips for Hiring Right

Economy
December 12, 2012 by in Blogs | Featured | Workforce

I think the hiring process is broken. Over the last few years, we’ve let resume scrapers, personality tests, and other technology take too big a role in how we process resumes, interview candidates, and hire new people. Successful candidates today write their resume and cover letters to keywords and search terms to hopefully help them… Read More →

Governor’s task force making right moves on sales tax

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December 8, 2012 by in Blogs | Featured | Politics | Small Biz

One of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s top legislative priorities for 2013 is to simplify our state’s sales tax system.  Our sales tax is so complicated that you might be surprised to learn that Arizona does not technically have a sales tax. Rather, we have a transaction privilege tax (TPT), something that requires… Read More →

Sapporo's Tips For A Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

Tips for Preparing, Serving Thanksgiving Dinner
November 21, 2012 by in Blogs

Whether you’re heading home for the holidays or you’re hosting your family, Thanksgiving can be a stressful time. A time to be spent with family and friends can quickly turn bad as the pressure is on to make a delicious and memorable meal. Thankfully, there are some tips to help alleviate some of that stress-at… Read More →

Renegade Tap And Kitchen's Chef May Serves Unique, Eclectic Cuisine

Renegade Tap and Kitchen
November 9, 2012 by in Blogs

Photos of James Dean, Albert Einstein and Salvador Dali cover the walls. Dali, a painter, was a master of the creative, radical style of surrealism. Einstein, a physicist, may be considered the most influential scientist of the 20th century. Dean, an actor, was known as a rebel without a cause. What do these men all… Read More →

Cocktail Creations: Pumpkin Martini From Kelly's At Southbridge

pumpkin martini
November 5, 2012 by in Blogs

October may have come and gone, and we may have said “goodbye” to our Jack-o’-lanterns, but that doesn’t mean pumpkins are out of the picture. At least, not at Kelly’s At Southbridge in Old Town Scottsdale. They’ve created a new, dangerously-delicious martini to celebrate the holidays — the Pumpkin Martini. Pumpkin Martini Ingredients: 2 oz… Read More →

Sam Fox's Newest Project Invites All To Drink, Eat And Play At “The Yard”

Fox Restaurant Concepts' "The Yard" coming soon to Phoenix.
November 5, 2012 by in Blogs

Sam Fox, owner of Fox Restaurant Concepts, is at it again. In early 2013, be on the lookout for Fox’s newest project, “The Yard.” In conjuction with WDP Partners, Fox is redeveloping a section of 7th Street south of Montebello in Phoenix. The Yard, a neighborhood-inspired project, will occupy what once was the Ducati and… Read More →

Ecova Takes Energy Savings to the Bank with National Bank of Arizona

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September 28, 2012 by in Blogs

Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, announced that National Bank of Arizona – a premier bank in Arizona with more than 70 branches – has successfully implemented a complete energy management program. National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) can now accurately and efficiently track energy consumption and cost data monthly and leverage that data… Read More →

Kitchen Lore: Biggest Culinary Myths Revealed

Kitchen Lore - Revealed
September 20, 2012 by in Blogs

So true — or so false? Over the years, various superstitions and myths have been passed along from kitchen to kitchen. Because cooking can be very tricky, we often rely on these so-called “myths” to help us with our culinary challenges. While many cooks swear by these so-called myths, there are others of us who… Read More →

Floyd's Kitchen: Come For The Atmosphere, Happy Hour

Floyd's Kitchen, Photos: Johna Hege
July 19, 2012 by in Blogs

When it comes to date night or an evening out with the girls, I love to find new locations that offer a unique atmosphere. I am even willing to sacrifice menu options if I feel like I have discovered a diamond in the rough. For a recent night out with my sister, I decided to… Read More →

Summer Date Night: DIY Sushi

DIY Sushi
July 18, 2012 by in Blogs

Warm temperatures have you and your date hot and bothered? With temperatures on the rise, it can make going out for date night difficult; but, going on a date doesn’t have to mean dining out. Do-it-yourself (DIY) dinners can be a fun and exciting way for couples to beat the heat this summer. Bring the… Read More →

Mastro’s Restaurants Celebrates 10 Years In Scottsdale

Mastro's
July 5, 2012 by in Blogs

This falls marks the 10th anniversary of the three Mastro’s Restaurants here in the Valley. Mastro’s City Hall and Mastro’s Ocean Club opened in 2002 while the Original Mastro’s Steakhouse opened in 1999. To celebrate, all three locations will sell select signature cocktails at a discounted price of $10 starting in September. In addition, for… Read More →

Happy Hour Hot Spots: Praying Monk

Praying Monk
July 3, 2012 by in Blogs

All hail the beer God: Praying Monk. Happy hour at this new, Scottsdale hot spot is a beer connoisseur’s dream. Enter hipster heaven, L.A. style: Reclaimed-wood-covered walls, leather-upholstered booths and sultry candlelight. As far as first impressions go, Praying Monk makes a very rustic-chic statement. The casual ambiance transports you from the usual Old Town… Read More →

Mimosas & Mexican Food: Brunch At SOL Cocina

SOL Cocina
June 26, 2012 by in Blogs

On June 23rd, SOL Cocina began serving brunch with a south-of-the-border, Baja twist. When I think brunch, I picture myself, mimosa in hand, mingling and schmoozing with socialites donned in their Sunday best — nay, more like their Kentucky Derby attire (floppy hats, sun dresses, the whole shebang). But, in reality, brunch is nothing like… Read More →

Keeping Chicago-Style Food Simple With K.I.S.S.

K.I.S.S.
June 22, 2012 by in Blogs

Old Town Scottsdale is making room for a Chicago-style eatery, K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple, Stupid) this July — located in a sleek space next to The Venue Scottsdale and V2, a two-story, 8,000-square-food lounge opening 2013. At 900 square feet, K.I.S.S. offers exactly that on its menu ― simple ingredients in its Chicago- and New… Read More →

Eat, Drink and Be Social: Dining Apps

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June 20, 2012 by in Blogs

Dining out? Check your phone first (if you aren’t doing that already); here are some dining apps for you to consider. With today’s plugged-in landscape and social media savvy society, websites, blogs and smartphone applications are quickly becoming the go-to source for daily tasks like hunting down recipes, shopping for restaurant deals and connecting with… Read More →

Seasons 52: A Classy Biltmore Dining Experience

Seasons 52
June 18, 2012 by in Blogs

It’s not breaking news that I love food. I love to cook food, I love to read about food, I love to watch shows about food — I even write about food! However, when I hear the creak of the bathing suit drawer come open, I don’t love food. For this particular review, I went… Read More →

Summer Fare with a Refreshing Sapporo Flare

Sapporo Summer Fare
May 15, 2012 by in Blogs

When we reach those 100-plus-degree days in Arizona, the last thing that tempts the taste buds is a heavy meal. While it may be a “trend” elsewhere, it’s been a mainstay to the eating habits of Valley residents for … ever. According to the Meatless Monday initiative, which encourages Americans to forgo that form of… Read More →

TK's Urban Tavern: Fantastic Food In A Trendy, Sophisticated Atmosphere

TK's Urban Tavern
May 10, 2012 by in Blogs

I have to admit that when it comes to Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarter and CityNorth, I have a hard time keeping up with what is new and where it is located within the three similar destinations. A friend of mine recommended TK’s Urban Tavern located in Scottsdale Quarter, and I was looking forward to checking… Read More →