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Date Night: Scottsdale Living Magazine

Date Night: SOL Cocina, ZuZu Lounge And More

Looking for a date that goes beyond the basic dinner and a movie?

Here are five ways to create a date night to remember:

Last-chance workout

Sometimes a workout is just what you need to boost your confidence before date night. Mountainside Fitness offers more than 80 group fitness classes each week, stadium-style cardio equipment with personal TVs, certified personal trainers for personalized butt kicking, and Mountainside even offers “Parents Night Out” because parents need date nights, too.

N.E. corner of 116th St. and Shea Blvd.
E. Sahuaro Dr.
(480) 889-8889
mountainsidefitness.com


Date Night: Make MeaningShow your creative side

Make Meaning, which recently opened at the Shops at Scottsdale Quarter, offers visitors the opportunity to get their art on with opportunities to create and customize soap, candles, jewelry, design glassware, and even decorate cakes. Make Meaning also offers “Make It After Dark,” a schedule of programs and specials exclusively for adults. It’s the perfect unconventional date or after work happy hour with a twist.

15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 845-0000
makemeaning.com


Date Night: SOL CocinaGet your Baja on

SOL Cocina bring authentic Baja California cuisine — which originated from the fishing families and ranchers who came from mainland Mexico — to Scottsdale. Look for staples like beer-battered mushroom tacos ($6), peanut-crusted goat cheese in chipotle syrup ($11.50), fish pibil ($25.50), build-your-own guacamole with a add-ins like bacon, pineapple, strawberry, tequila, chicharrón, sugar walnuts and cheese ($12-plus).

15279 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 245-6708
solcocina.com


Cheers!

Date Night: ZuZu Lounge

If you’ve got a mid-week date to plan, ZuZu Lounge offers its Ho Wine Experience every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Sip wine, meet representatives from top wineries, and learn about how the wine is made. If it’s a weekend date, ZuZu offers sHOwdown from  5-7p.m. on Saturday nights. A different drink is featured each night, all created by ZuZu’s expert mixologists. The featured wines and drinks also remain on special all night.

6850 E. Main St.
(480) 421-7997
hotelvalleyho.com


Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Talavera - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Taste Talavera Serves Extensive, Seductive Wine Pairings

Tasting Talavera: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale’s Talavera serves extensive, seductive wine pairings


Did you know that one of Scottsdale’s most comprehensive and innovative wine programs has — of all things — a boss’s daughter to thank?

“I grew up in Long Island where you either worked at the local mall or worked at the local mall in high school,” says Bryan Feigenbaum, director of food and beverage at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. “Determined not to work at Micky D’s, I walked over to the local golf course at 15 and asked for them to give me a chance.”

The chance, it turns out, would be the one of a lifetime.

While doing everything from washing dishes to sweeping floors even before he could drive, Feigenbaum was eventually asked to step in and help cater the understaffed boss’s daughter’s wedding.

An ample extra pair of hands, things only looked up from there for Feigenbaum, whose culinary education would eventually take him to Hawaii and wine-centric San Francisco, before the Four Seasons recruited him in Scottsdale.

Ever since I took on this career, which is truly more of a lifestyle, my primary focus has been giving people romance on the plate and in the glass each day,” Feigenbaum says.

And romance, he provides in spades via Talavera’s deliciously intimate, yet un-intimidating, Taste Talavera wine dinners.

The focus is seemingly simple: develop artfully-crafted, four-course menus accompanied by specialty wines and staffed by winemakers themselves.

“The flow-style evening allows patrons all the alone time they wish while still enjoying personalized attention from some of the best sommeliers and chefs across the globe,” Feigenbaum says. “There is no formal presentation, simply roving experts ready to share at our guests’ leisure.”

This perfect date night activity for lovers of any age starts with cozy seating inside or outside at the dark and dreamy Talavera, overlooking Pinnacle Peak Mountain and the city lights. Once seated, each guest receives his or her own personalized menu, prepared for just that evening.

“This is the fun part,” Feigenbaum explains. “Behind the scenes, our team plans out every single ingredient of these evenings for months in advance. We sip. We savor. We think about what our own loves would want most during the evening.”

TalaveraUsing locally grown farm-to-table ingredients whenever they can, each course is a feast not just for the eyes and lips, but for all of the senses.

And the expansive wine pairings do more than sizzle — they seduce.

In recent months, the resort has welcomed Napa’s award-winning Gabrielle Collection to pour its Vintner’s Collection, which includes high-end yet approachably-named blends, such as “FISH,” “CHICKEN” and “MEAT” to pair eloquently and cheekily with the chef’s plays on fish, chicken and meat dishes.

“But this ain’t your grandma’s menu,” Feigenbaum says. “The chicken might be laced with duck breast and rabbit, while the meat might be from a local farm down the street and paired with aged bleu cheese and Arizona-grown root vegetables.”

Another dinner included pairings from Hanzell Vineyards in Sonoma, focused on pleasing pinot noirs and rich chardonnays combined with sweet, salty and savory selections. They’ve also been honored for their innovative efforts, most recently by Wine Spectator with the highly-coveted Award of Excellence.

And, the series has become so popular that the Four Seasons recently expanded its “wine dinners” to include additional “spirited” elements, including cocktails, mixology and chocolate-laced libations.

“But wine — with all of its seductive appeal — still remains a hallmark for our guests and their special someones,” Feigenbaum says. “We even infuse the wines into our recipes as we dream them up.”

In April, Talavera began offering Hangar One Vodka starting at $95 per person.

“We’ve also got our summer series on tap, which has included ‘lights out’ Earth-day focused dinners, farm-to-table dinners and more,” Feigenbaum says.

And, couples looking for the perfect date night destination on any given weekend need look no further than Talavera. With special wine tasting sessions each Saturday at 3 p.m. and a regular menu that includes Wagyu flat iron steak, Maine lobster, bacon-infused buffalo tenderloin and prickly pear-infused salmon, Talavera has romance on tap.

For more information on the Taste Talavera events or the abundance of other date night activities on-site, please visit talaverarestaurant.com.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Date Night: Scottsdale Living Magazine

Date Night: Elan Style, Jo Paris Salon, Posh And More

Date Night: 10 hot tips to create the perfect night out


Getting dressed

Date Night: Winter 2012Elan Style offers a sophisticated mix of contemporary clothing and accessories for every budget, all in a comfortable setting for shopping and socializing. Easily find that great outfit for a night out with the girls, the perfect sexy dress for that hot date or a fun accessory to complete your look.
15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., #H-103, Scottsdale
(480) 941-5575
azelanstyle.com


The perfect shoes

Date Night: Winter 2012Whether you want to make a fashion statement on your dinner date or need the proper shoes for an active date, E & J’s Designer Shoe Outlet carries your favorite designers. Whether you are looking for that Cinderella glass-slipper or something to keep your tootsies in comfort on a hike, you will find an abundance of styles and colors to choose from. To complement shoe choices, top quality handbags are also available.
8666 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 607-0170
ejshoes.com


Primp and circumstance

Date Night: Winter 2012When you think of fashion, you think of Paris. That is why Jo from Jo Paris Salon & Spa is the perfect person to turn to before a date for cutting-edge and up-to-the moment hair styling, colors, French balayages, Brazilian blowouts, nail services or extensions. Jo developed his signature style and technique by learning from the masters in Paris before opening his Scottsdale salon.
14202 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 663-8994
joparissalon.com


Relax before the big night

Date Night: Winter 2012Based on the Native American belief that turquoise is a color of protection and good energy, the Turquoise Wrap Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort includes an invigorating body exfoliation, a warm turquoise clay wrap, an application of moisturizing honey butter and a harmonizing rain-stick ritual, the perfect treatment to relax you before your date.
N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree
(480) 595-3500
theboulders.com


Last-chance workout

Date Night: Winter 2012What better way to prepare for the Valentine’s dating season than with yoga classes to make you feel good about yourself and your health? Blissful Yoga, with a new location in the Scottsdale Quarter, is the perfect place to get your mind, body and soul right before date night. Yoga not only helps for relaxation and health purposes, but it also results in more energy, a happier mood and better focus, among other beneficial things.
15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., #155, Scottsdale
(480) 636-7661
blissfulyoga.net


Fun and food

Date Night: Winter 2012POSH is an improvisational, no-menu restaurant in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale operated by Chef Joshua Hebert. It’s fine dining, but has a relaxed atmosphere with an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs in action. The improvisational component — Posh offers a list of main ingredients, requesting you to cross off which items you dislike, then its creative chefs surprise you with the remaining selections — offers an alternative to traditional restaurants and is definitely a good place to impress your date.
7167 E. Rancho Vista Dr., #111, Scottsdale
(480) 663-7674
poshscottsdale.com


Smile, you’re on a date

Date Night: Winter 2012Laughter can be both the best medicine and the best date. Stand-up, Scottsdale! — the brainchild of ASU grad Howard Hughes — brings some of the most edgy and popular comedians from shows such as “Chelsea Lately” and Comedy Central for evenings filled with high-octane laughs. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
6820 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale
(480) 882-0730
standupscottsdale.com


Join the club

Date Night: Winter 2012Cream Stereo Lounge is a high-intensity entertainment club with Dynacord sound and an eight-foot Roman bathtub inside the venue that displays tasteful, yet enticing visual entertainment to complement the extraordinary sound system and CO2 dance floor.
4252 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 717-6000
creamstereolounge.com


Drink and dessert

Date Night: Winter 2012There are two great ways to end a perfect date: either with dessert or a nightcap. Lee’s Cream Liqueur Ice Cream Parlor in Old Town Scottsdale lets you do both with alcohol-infused ice cream. Featured among the flavors of adults-only ice cream is margarita, appletini, chocolate swirl, strawberry daiquiri, limoncello, Long Island tea, piña colada and champagne. They’re priced at $3.75 for one scoop, $5 for two.
7137 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
(480) 429-5337
leescreamliqueur.com


Get home safe

Date Night: Winter 2012Thinking of enjoying date night with a few drinks or too many scoops of Lee’s Cream Liqueur Ice Cream? Clean Air Cab is the smart and sustainable option for getting you and your date home safe and sound!
(480) 777-9777
cleanaircab.com


Scottsdale Winter Magazine Winter 2012

Date Night

Date Night: Kalibre, Kazimierz, Mabel's And More

Choosing the right outfit

Offering a unique collection of styles, Lindsay Lou is the perfect
one-stop shop to get that great date night outfit — and even a few
other pieces.

Lindsay Lou
6107 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 443-2522
lindsaylou.com

Perfect jewelery

To match the outfit you spent hours picking out, you’re going to
need some great jewelery. With the distinctively creative pieces
from Kalibre, you’ll adorn your spectacular outfit with
one-of-a-kind jewelery.

Kalibre
7101 E. Stetson Drive
Scottsdale
(480) 946-8055
kalibrejewelry.com

Last-chance workout

Save time for that last minute workout before the night. To look
absolutely spectacular for your date in a quick way, try out Koko
Fitclub of Scottsdale for its 30-minute workout using the
Koko Smartraining System. This new technology creates a
personal training plan without the expensive trainer.

Koko Fitclub of Scottsdale
6245 E. Bell Rd.
Suite 113
(480) 588-6602
kokofitclub.com

Get your nails done

Pamper yourself pre-date night with a manicure or pedicure from
Polished Nail Spa. Offering a clean and inviting atmosphere with a welcoming staff, treat yourself to the simple pleasures of a great mani or pedi.

Polished Nail Spa
10243 N. Scottsdale Rd., #2
(480) 948-8055
polishedinscottsdale.com

Relax before the night

A perfect way to relax before the big night, treat yourself to a Date night message
calming hot stone massage. With affordable pricing, you can enjoy a nice massage to work out those date night jitters.

Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa
15233 N. 87th Street 100
(480) 991-5100
handandstone.com

Wine & Dine

A downtown hidden jewel for live entertainment, more than 3,000 Date night food and drinks
wine options, cocktails and appetizers, Kazimierz World Wine Bar is a cozy restaurant complete with mood-setting light.

Kazimierz World Wine Bar
7137 E. Stetson Drive
(480) WINE-004
kazbar.net

Join the club

If you’re looking for a great lounge that includes food, drinks,date night club and lounge
music and a friendly atmosphere, Mabel’s on Main offers just
that. With a friendly staff and date-friendly atmosphere, this
bar and lounge provides the perfect space to chat, dance, eat
and drink the night away.

Mabel’s on Main
7018 E. Main St.
(480) 369- 3665
mabelsonmain.com

For your (sweet)heart

Before you call it a night, squeeze in a tasteful after date night dessert, Photo: sweetrepublic.com treat. Stop by Sweet Republic, and enjoy a plentiful amount of treats sure to please any palette. If the 24 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet don’t satisfy your sweet tooth, try one of their sundaes, shakes, specialty drinks, cookies, ice cream sandwiches, pies and cakes. This last stop of the night will literally put the cherry on top of a great date night.

Sweet Republic
9160 E. Shea Blvd
(480) 248-6979
sweetrepublic.com