Dining Archives

Thirsty Thursday: Los Sombreros’ Margaritas

Margarita, WEB

There’s no shortage of Mexican food restaurants in Scottsdale, but Los Sombreros has come out with a new happy hour menu that will make you think you’ve crossed the border and landed in Mexico City. The chips and salsa have the perfect amount of spice and the guacamole is fresh and delicious. Add a margarita… Read More →

The Dish: Homemade Girl Scout Cookies

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Did you miss your chance to buy cookies this year? Did you already devour every tasty crumb of the ones you bought? No adorable little girls selling in your neighborhood? Worry not, you can easily make your own cookies to hold you over until next year. The internet is full of recipes for and using… Read More →

Burger 21 Signs First Scottsdale Franchise Agreement


Burger 21®, a new better burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., announced the signing of its first franchise agreement in Scottsdale. Burger 21 restaurant will soon be bringing its crafted burgers and hand-spun shakes to 7001 North Scottsdale Road, further expanding the brand’s footprint to a total of nine… Read More →

Drunk In Love: Valentine's Day Cocktails

Drunk in Love, WEB
February 12, 2014 by in Date Night | Dining | Lifestyle

Are you still looking for that romantic Valentine’s Day date idea? Maybe a classy, romantic night on the town? A steakhouse with a special Valentine’s Day cocktail is the perfect choice. Both J&G Steakhouse and Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse have come up with some deliciously romantic cocktails for the occasion. J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician… Read More →

Pomegranate Linzer Hearts

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If there’s ever a good time to be a little hokey, I say Valentine’s Day is it.  Instead of getting your sweetheart the usual heart-shaped box of just-okay chocolates and a teddy bear holding roses why not surprise them with something homemade. When I want something delicious and just a little bit hokey I make Linzer… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Pasta Brioni’s New Cocktail Menu

Pasta Brioni, WEB

Scottsdale’s Pasta Brioni is the epitome of a classic Italian restaurant. Over the last 23 years, it has expanded from a small bar to a classy restaurant. With its expansion has come a delicious cocktail menu comprised of a peach Bellini, strawberry basil martini, and Chianti sangria. The Bellini The peach Bellini is a perfectly… Read More →

The Dish: Crepes

Dessert crepe filled with chocolate and chestnut cream

Late late late Sunday night, I had a sudden and deep craving for crepes. I haven’t the faintest idea where this desire came from, but it was all-consuming and I was driven to make crepes this week. These delicious French pancakes are popular throughout Europe and are filled with everything from Nutella to meat and… Read More →

Review: Old Town’s Bottled Blonde

Bottled Blonde
January 31, 2014 by in Date Night | Dining | Lifestyle

Attractive servers, a nice variety of beers, overpriced parking – Bottled Blonde is another Scottsdale sports bar in a sea of sports bars. While there isn’t much that makes Bottled Blonde stand out, it’s clean, comfortable and convenient. The owners have remodeled the once bland Axis-Radius club into a welcoming pizza and beer joint. There… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Kona Grill's Red Sangria

Red Sangria, Kona Grill

As one of the many restaurants at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Kona Grill has not only updated its decor to a newer and lighter feel with fantastic fish tanks, television screens playing major sporting events, and light silvery tables and flooring, but it has also updated its cocktail menu. Kona decided to put a twist on… Read More →

P.F. Chang's Launches New Winter Seasonal Menu

January 29, 2014 by in Business News | Dining

Just in time for the Chinese New Year, P.F. Chang’s is introducing its latest seasonal menu at locations nationwide. The new Winter Seasonal Menu, available now, features fresh and savory flavors that bring warmth to guests during the coldest months. With six new dishes, two desserts and two cocktails, guests will find plenty of ways… Read More →

The Dish: Lime Popcorn

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January 27, 2014 by in Dining | Uncategorized

Closing out our month of citrus it’s time to talk about limes. I had a surprisingly difficult time coming up with a recipe to adequately showcase these little green buggers. With award season and the Super Bowl upon us I thought this would be a great opportunity to make some snacks for while you’re gathered… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Grammy-Inspired Cocktails to Sip in Style

Ruffino Grammy Drinks, WEB

Whether you are having a girl’s night in to watch all of your favorite music artists take the stage at the Grammy’s, or you are looking for a local hot spot to watch the most anticipated music award show of the season, here are a few cocktails from Ruffino Italian Cuisine that honor the “best… Read More →

Nailing the Red Carpet Trends: Grammy Awards Edition

Grammy Nails, WEB

The red carpet’s most anticipated nail trends   By Kaitlyn Carl   When people think of the Grammys, two things come to mind: music and fashion risks. On top of the quirky and unique dresses that we can expect to see from Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, we can also be on the lookout for… Read More →

The Dish: Fresh Orange and Beet Salad

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My ultimate go to salad for any occasion is this orange and beet salad. I found it in a cookbook on New Orleans cuisine years ago and I make it every chance I get. It’s great for serving a crowd or makes a light lunch during the week. This salad is perfect for the winter… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Toast to Charity at Arizona Cocktail Week — Wristbands on Sale Now

Cocktail Woman

Any regular reader knows we at Scottsdale Living love our cocktails — shaken, stirred, through a straw, out of a fish bowl; we’ll try anything once. Our patronage of local mixologists can really add up after a drink or two, which is why we are literally counting down to the third annual Arizona Cocktail Week.… Read More →

Old Town Scottsdale to Get a Jimmy John's

Jimmy Johns, WEB
January 15, 2014 by in Dining | Lifestyle

“Free smells” are coming to Old Town! After a night of pub crawling, you can fill your stomach with delicious subs make freakishly fast! SRS Real Estate Partners announced Wednesday it has leased another space for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. The former Qdoba space is 1,875 square-feet, located at the southwest corner of Indian School… Read More →

The Dish: Lemon Curd

Lemons, Deborah Missel 2013

There are a lot of lemon curd recipes out there but my personal favorite comes from pastry chef Stella Parks and her whimsically delicious website BraveTart. It’s all natural, incredibly easy, and surprisingly light. I’ve used this recipe for several years and its never let me down. It’s intensely lemony and there’s no need for any cornstarch… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: A Round of EVO

EVO Drinks

This Thirsty Thursday is being brought to you by EVO where I will introduce to you four lovely drinks that will have you coming back for more! EVO is this hidden little gem in Old Town that opened in May. I just discovered it, and let’s just say I am in love. Everything from the… Read More →

Sprinkles Cupcakes Introduces Bite-Sized Treats for New Year

Mini Cupcake
January 7, 2014 by in Dining | Lifestyle

“New Year, New You” is the mantra this month at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale. Just in time for those who are cutting back on their sweets, Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale now has mini cupcakes! Sometimes bite-sized takes the cake! Sprinkles offers these miniature creations in their regular and seasonal flavors like s’mores, strawberry or chai… Read More →

The Dish: Spicy Spaghettini with Preserved Lemon

preserved lemons

Preserved lemons are an amazing addition to pasta dishes, roasted or grilled meats, vegetables, even cocktails! Their tangy and salty flavor adds a Mediterranean vibe to any dish. Preserved lemons can be bought at specialty food stores or ordered online, but if you have a lemon tree in your backyard like I do, try your… Read More →

The Dish: Citrus Salad with Star Anise

citrus platter

Any Arizona native can tell you that this is the best time of year for citrus and for the month of January I’ll be giving you refreshing, pucker worthy recipes to utilize these tangy fruits. To start off the new year right, try this light simple salad. Splash it with your favorite anise liqueur like… Read More →

The Dish: Xmas Morning Strata

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The last thing you want to worry about Christmas morning is what you’re going to feed your family after they’re done tearing through presents. Strata is the perfect solution. A savory bread pudding, great hot or at room temperature and can be made ahead of time and either cooked later or reheated. Assemble the strata… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Hot Chocolade van Brugge

Hot Chocolate, WEB

If you’ve ever wanted to experience chocolate like Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp on the cover of “Chocolat” — or the tubby kid in Willy Wonka’s factory — now’s your chance. Frederiek and Christine Verbeke have opened a confectionery that serves up 60 different chocolate creations inspired by Frederiek’s Belgian hometown of Bruges. Chocolade van… Read More →

The Dish: Infused Oils

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Flavor infused oils make a great gift for the holidays or any time of year. They’re perfect for a house warming party when you don’t feel like giving yet another bottle of wine. Use a plain olive oil, peanut oil or vegetable oil for making infusions. They’re flavorless, keep for a long time, and heat… Read More →