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Different Pointe of View

Different Pointe of View’s summer menu is breathtaking

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 was just

Yes, that's chocolate-covered popcorn, fudge strips, peanut butter ice cream and cheesecake.

Yes, that’s chocolate-covered popcorn, fudge strips, peanut butter ice cream and cheesecake.

moments before “The Golden Hour,” when shadows play into the creases of the mountains, the sky turns to rich hues of yellows and purples and neighborhoods slowly become iridescent in the distance as the sun sets.

This is the kind of place for special occasions and trying new things — be it something off the restaurant’s 16-page wine menu or one of Chef Anthony DeMuro’s new summer menu items (many of which are being offered as part of a prix-fixe $39.95 special.)

DeMuro is the kind of chef where if he offers to do the ordering for you, take it. He began with a kicky amuse-bouche: seared ahi tuna with peppery cabbage and wasabi aioli. If first impressions are everything, this plate meant we were in for a night of creative combinations with a little kick of modernism.

Seared ahi tuna with chipotle aioli.

Seared ahi tuna with chipotle aioli.

The dish was followed by a basket of three breads and spreads: a delicious olive oil and goat cheese dip, subtle pomegranate butter and savory tomato basil sauce.

DeMuro’s signature is an artistic stroke of flavor, swiped across the plate to underline the appetizer or entrée.

The first entree of the night was pork belly with an asparagus puree and polenta. The pork belly, while it doesn’t sound like the finest dining option on paper, was some of the juiciest, most tender meat of the night. The pork, delicately punched up with a smoky sweet sauce, really spoke for itself, but its plate-mates, a cheesy polenta cake, a sweet endive and baby asparagus served over a drizzle of asparagus puree, were perfect companions.

Pork belly atop an asparagus puree and polenta cake.

Pork belly atop an asparagus puree and polenta cake.

Next up was a refreshing chopped salad. While the art of a salad lies in the surprising pops of flavor made by forkfuls of its ingredients ― this salad was really about the decadent lemon vinaigrette that tied them all together.

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At the suggestion of Luis, our waiter and extremely entertaining wine enthusiast, we cleansed our palates before the fish entrée with a Treana white wine. This made way for a three-story tower of lobster (a lobster tail beneath a spicy lobster ravioli topped by a sweet and delicious lobster knuckle) over a cauliflower and saffron puree and two crisp broccolini.

The three-story lobster dish served over a cauliflower and saffron puree.

The three-story lobster dish served over a cauliflower and saffron puree.

Once again, we cleansed our palates with a tiny scoop of lemon sorbet before taking on the hangar steak. With this, Luis suggested a smoky white Albarino wine that smelled just as lovely photo 3as it tasted. The hangar steak was served cross-sectioned over a bed of English pea risotto with a Chipalini onion redux and mandarin oil to boot. The steak, known for being the cut of a cow that butchers like to keep for themselves, was so tender. Its bark was flavorful and a great, smoky match for the bite of the pasta beneath.

We were then poured a thick, raisin-esque wine ― a Pedro Ximenez ’85 ― that could have been a dessert in and of itself. Much like fernet, but with more of a prune than black licorice taste, the Ximenez is said to aid digestion. It certainly prepared our taste buds for one last adventure into an even more decadent point of view (this time, of pastry Chef Lara Coleman) ― a Tahitian vanilla crème brûlée topped with fresh berries and served with a lemon cookie. While that dish was gloriously smooth and the perfect way to end a night ― the real finale was the chocolate cheesecake topped by peanut butter ice cream paired with chocolate caramel corn and strings of fudge.

photo 4Chef DeMuro’s summer prix-fixe meal includes a choice of three courses (appetizer, entree and dessert) from selected items on the summer menu for $39.95. The real “insider view” kicks off in September, DeMuro says. For these dinner experiences, 15 guests can watch the chef prepare a five-course meal with the view of the Valley behind him.  Make reservations here.

Valentine's Day Events 2012

Valentine's Day Events 2012

Not sure what to do this Valentine’s Day? Here’s a list of Valentine’s day ideas with restaurants and events that are sure to make your date unforgettable.

Table for Two at Different Pointe of View

Valentine's Day Events 2012Why settle this Valentine’s Day for a traditional indoor restaurant when you can have breathtaking views and exceptional cuisine at Different Pointe of View? Enjoy a five-course meal with your choice from four delicious entrée options: Cedar River Grilled Filet Mignon, Pan-seared Pacific Cobia, Citrus-scented Olive Oil Poached Main Lobster, or Seared Muscovy Duck Breast. For dessert, Different Pointe of View is offering a choice between Chocolate Temptation and traditional Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee.

Call (602) 866-6350 for reservations.
5 p.m. seating: $99
5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. seating: $110
Wine pairings are an additional $40 per person

Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix
(602) 866-6350
differentpointeofview.com

Pamper Yourself with Rich Treatments of Wine, Roses and Romance

Treat yourself (and your sweetheart) this Valentine’s day with one of the following decadent choices offered by Jurlique Spa at FireSky Resort:

Valentine's Day Events 2012

The Tuscan Wine Therapy Body Treatment — a wine-drenched Italian decadence, featuring a mix of Mediterranean olive oil, crushed grape seeds, blackberry fibers and red wine, it’s available for $125 per person for 60 minutes, including gratuity (regularly $150).

The Rose Harmony Duo pairs a rose-petal soak with a rejuvenating massage, leaving your skin sweet-smelling and petal soft thanks to Jurlique’s signature rose petal body oil. This 90 minute treatment is available for $180 and includes gratuity (regularly $216).

The Sweetheart Chocolate Facial & Lip Scrub marries enticing aromas, hold-and-cold sensations and a relaxing facial massage with the bliss of a milk-and-chocolate antioxidant mask. Available for $135, this 60 minute package includes a peptide-firming System or RAW Man Kit (regularly $194 – $204).

Kimpton’s FireSky Resort and Jurlique Spa
4925 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
(480) 945-7666
fireskyresort.com

Romance in the Desert at El Chorro

Valentine's Day Events 2012This Valentine’s day El Chorro restaurant will feature a menu filled with romantic options. A few of these include: Hearts of Romaine with Lobster Vinaigrette or Roasted Valentine Pepper Bisque with crispy red beets, a Lovebird Duo of pan-roasted chicken breast and leg confit with herb crust; a Center Cut Filet with Sweet(heart) Potato Gratin and Chilean Sea Bass with Wild-for-you Mushroom Ravioli.

For dessert, Chocolate Hearts features a dark chocolate cake served with white chocolate mousse and milk chocolate ganache. All these delicious creations are by Executive Chef Charles Kassels and will be served in charming historic surroundings with spectacular mountain views. A special menu of wine pairings will also be available.

El Chorro
5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
(480) 948-5170
elchorro.com

Keyboard Conversations With Jeffrey Siegel: “From Heart to Art — The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt”

For the musically inclined, pianist Jeffrey Siegel will be performing romantic compositions by Franz Liszt, including “Liebesträume.” The performance will include a state of the art video display that allows the audience to see the pianist’s hands moving across the keyboard from any seat in the theater. Jeffrey Siegel will converse about each composition after performing it, while offering insight about the composer’s life.

Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket price range: $29 – $39

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 
7380 E. Second St. Scottsdale
(480) 499-8587
scottsdaleperformingarts.org

The Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Valentine's Day Events 2012This annual event in the historic part of Downtown Glendale celebrates chocolate and romance. With more than 30 chocolate specialty vendors, there is no shortage of this delicious treat. The event will occur at Murphy Park and admission is free.

Friday February 3, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday February 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday February 5,  from noon to 5 p.m.

City of Glendale
(623) 930-2299
glendaleaz.com

Exotic Art Show –  Exotic Phantasmagorical Spectacular

The Exotic Phantasmagorical Spectacular Exotic Art Show will take place on Friday, February 10. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and performances will begin at 8 p.m. This exhibit will showcase sensual, personal, provocative, and audacious art from over 60 artists. The Exotic Phantasmagorical Spectacular Exotic Art Show is the longest running exhibit of erotic and art in the country, so prepare for boundaries to be crossed and the line between performance and spectator to be blurred. Advance tickets highly recommended.

Friday, February 10. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and performances will begin at 8 p.m.
Tickets $20 in advance ~ $25 door
Must be over 21 to attend

Alwun House Gallery and Garden Stage
1204 East Roosevelt Phoenix
(602) 253-7887
alwunhouse.org

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar’s Valentine’s Day Special

Valentine's Day Events 2012A delectable dinner, romantic music and a complimentary rose are all included in District American Kitchen and Wine Bar’s Valentine’s Day special. This three-course feast is filled with delicious options like the Truffled Ricotta Stuffed Rigatoni, Vanilla Butter Poached Lobster, and for dessert, Chocolate Molten Cake with Strawberry Ganache. If you can’t attend on the 14th, don’t worry; their Valentine’s Day menu will be available from Saturday, February 11th through the 14th.

Call (602) 817-5400 for reservations
$49 per person
Wine pairings are an additional $30 per person

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar
320 N. 3rd Street
(602) 817-5400
districtrestaurant.com

The Saguaro Hosts the I Heart AZ Party

On Saturday, February 11 The Saguaro is hosting an I Heart AZ Party in celebration of both Valentine’s Day and Arizona’s 100th birthday. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Tony Martinez band will be featured, along with wine tasting, a pop-up shop, locally-grown hors d’oeuvres, and a charity kissing booth. The Saguaro’s art exhibitions will have a special show by 3 Car Pile Up, then from 7-10 p.m. the party will continue with music by DJ Melo.

$10 before 7 p.m.
Free after 7 p.m

The Saguaro is also offering special offers this Valentine’s Day:

Dinner and a Movie (Pool View rooms at $351+tax)

  • Distrito Tasting Menu for Two
  • An in-room movie credit
  • Breakfast in bed

A Suite for You and Your Sweetie (Suites at $1,011)

  • Overnight Suite Accommodations
  • In-room couples massage
  • Private Poolside Cabana Dinner with Distrito Valentine’s day Tasting menu & a bottle of champagne
  • Breakfast in bed
The Saguaro
4000 N Drinkwater Boulevard
(480) 308-1100
thesaguaro.com