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Phoenix Resort Offers 116 Record-Breaking Heat Deals

Summer means hot deals in Phoenix and following July 24’s record setting heat of 116 degrees, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort is offering special discounts and deals when guests mention the code “116.”

The AAA Four Diamond mountainside resort will keep golfers on its Lookout Mountain Golf Course cool and hydrated with two complimentary non-alcoholic beverages when mentioning code “116” to the beverage cart attendant. Resorts guests and locals can also enjoy an 11.6 percent discount at the mountaintop Terrace Room lounge when mentioning code “116.” Situated high above the Valley with stunning views of the city, the Terrace Room lounge offers the perfect setting to enjoy panoramic views of the city and desert mountains from the cool comforts of the indoors during the summer months.

The all-suite resort is also continuing to offer deeply discounted room rates from $89 per night now through Sept. 7. Rates include access to special summer programming to keep guests cool, including weekend dive-in movies, animal encounters with Wildlife World Zoo, and poolside games and crafts. Guests can also splash into their choice of eight resort pools each delivering a unique experience, including the expansive Falls Water Village featuring two large pools lined with 23 private cabanas, a water slide, poolside café and sport court.

Discounts when mentioning code “116” are available now through August 24, 2014. For tee time reservations at Lookout Mountain Golf Club, visit http://www.tapatiocliffshilton.com/resort-golf or call 602-866-6356. The Terrace Room lounge is open Tuesday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to close, for more information visit http://www.tapatiocliffshilton.com/terrace-room-restaurant or call 602-866-6350.

Resort room rates from $89 are available for stays now through Sept. 7, 2014. For reservations, request rate code “SUNTC” when booking online at www.tapatiocliffshilton.com.

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How to protect AC unit during monsoons

Is your air conditioner ready for the dust storms, torrential downpours, thunder and lightning that is monsoon season? When an air conditioning system stops working during an Arizona summer, it is the worst and it can be very costly to repair or replace. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping you cool in the hot summer months.

“We live in an area where the nature is acute all the time, so we are always susceptible to failures,” said Erik Bryan, owner of Precision Air and Heating. “When you add a monsoon, it just amplifies the fact we are in a critical climate in the desert.”

Monsoons are a fact of life in the valley, but they do not have to be disastrous. The biggest threat to an air conditioning unit during monsoon season, according to Bryan, is the humidity and electrical surges from the lightning. Make sure your central air conditioner is protected from those strikes and power surges with a surge protector to stay safe and cool during the season. A surge protector for an air conditioner can be insurance for your unit.

Lightning does not have to hit a home directly to cause a power surge. A lightning strike within a half-mile of a home can damage the air conditioner. Each strike delivers up to 20,000 volts of electricity through a home, which is more than enough to take out a central air unit.

“We use power strips at home for our computers to prevent a spike of electricity from damaging components inside,” Bryan said. “An air conditioner is no different.”

It can be crucial for those living in the valley to make sure that their systems are protected from the monsoons that flow into Arizona, but do not forget about making sure everything is running smoothly with your heater when the cooler months arrive.

Preventative maintenance is still essential, but a much bigger concern exists for people who have gas heat to make sure everything is checked so there are no leaks.

“Carbon monoxide asphyxiation is a very very real thing, it is a silent killer. We lose people ever year who turn their heaters on without getting them checked,” stated Bryan.

If the temperature is not just right, being comfortable is very out of reach. Air conditioning is one thing you should not take your chances with, so do not let monsoon season get in the way.

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Westward Look Grand Brings the Baja Coast Closer

Experience the Baja coast in Tucson this summer with Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa’s “Baja Bound” summer special. Offering rates starting at $99 per night with no resort fee from May 18 through Sept. 18, 2014, the special includes a passbook of savings that guests may use at the resort’s restaurants and Sonoran Spa, as well as for tennis, horseback riding and more.

Guests can relax in a beach-like atmosphere with margaritas by the pool, Baja-influenced food like fish tacos and specialty entrées with a Mexican twist at the resort’s restaurants.

At the award-winning GOLD restaurant, “Baja Bound” specials include:
• Breakfast: Multi-grain and roasted pumpkin seed pancakes with prickly pear agave syrup; a Baja omelet with shrimp, avocado, queso fresco, pico de gallo, skillet potatoes and grilled flour tortilla; and a Bloody Maria with 100% blue agave tequila, spicy tomato juice and accented with fresh lime.
• Lunch: Cheese crisps with lime-cilantro diced chicken; street taquitos; shrimp poppers; and beach tacos with batter-fried Mahi-Mahi, grilled Ahi tuna or tequila-spiced shrimp
• Dinner: Pacific wahoo fillet with saffron broth, vegetables and tomato; and Baja skillet with sautéed shrimp and crab meat in garlic lime butter on a bed of rice, topped with poblano cream and queso fresco.

The resort’s casual hangout, Lookout Bar & Grille, will feature:
• Teasers: Cheese crisps, street taquitos and shrimp poppers.
• Beach Tacos: Guests can choose from batter-fried Mahi-Mahi, grilled Ahi tuna or tequila-spiced shrimp.

To book the “Baja Bound” getaway at the award-winning Westward Look Wyndham Grand this summer, please call the Reservations Department at (800) 722-2500.

The offer is valid for stays from May 18 through and including September 18, 2014, and rates are subject to availability. Taxes are not included. Restrictions may apply.

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The Dish: Cocktail Popsicles

Stay cool by the pool this summer with these adult popsicles. Of course you can make them non-alcoholic and they’ll still be delicious but that little extra kick just makes them so much more special.

This recipe for super simple strawberry margarita popsicles is amazing! Replace the alcohol with the same amount of sprite or fruit juice for the kiddos. Use different color sticks to tell the difference. For an added margarita touch, sprinkle a little course salt on the pops when you take them out of the molds.

Invest in a popsicle mold. Seriously. I bought one a few years ago and it’s one of the best purchases I ever made. They’re so cheap but a wonderful investment. Instead of buying popsicles all summer make your own in any flavor you want! They’re healthier and take no time at all to make.

Look for the original of this recipe and many more summer treats on my Pinterest page, Scottsdale Living: The Dish.

Strawberry Margarita Popsicles

yields 18-20 cocktail Popsicles (2-1/4 ounce Popsicle)

1-1/2 oranges (about 2 medium-size oranges)
12 ounces strawberries (about 12 medium strawberries)
5 ounces tequila
3 ounces triple sec

1 tsp course sea salt

*Liquid should total 8 ounces if you’re substituting alcohol for soda or juice

Instructions:

Cut and skin oranges into small pieces. Halve strawberries. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Pulse until pureed, about 30 to 40 seconds. Mixture will be slightly pulpy. Do not strain. The fruit pieces will help the alcohol to freeze.

Pour mixture into preferred Popsicle mold.

If you do not have reusable plastic molds, place foil on top of form and score edges with finger. Using the tip of a knife, gently pierce the foil in the middle of each well to create a hole for the Popsicle stick.

Insert Popsicle stick and transfer mold to freezer to set.

Remove frozen margarita Popsicles from freezer and run hot water on the outside of mold for two to three seconds to release Popsicles. Careful not to melt the popsicles.

If desired, sprinkle a little course salt on the pops for an extra margarita touch.

Photo and recipe courtesy of SheKnows.com

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ASU offers career fair series this summer

ASU Career Services is offering a summer career fair series of events for ASU students, recent graduates and alumni of all majors on May 19, May 28, June 11 and July 21.

Prospective employers from a variety of local, regional and national companies will be available to educate attendees about local job opportunities and recruit for full-time, part-time and internship positions.

“The summer career fair series is designed to connect job seekers with professional opportunities,” said Elaine Stover, director of ASU Career Services. “This is an excellent opportunity for students to interact with local business managers and network with professionals in their chosen fields.”

Summer career fair series:
May Career Fair
2 – 4 p.m., May 19
ASU Tempe, Memorial Union, Second Floor

Arizona’s Career Mixer
4:30 – 7:30 p.m., May 28
ASU SkySong
Hosted in partnership with University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

Community and Public Service Career and Internship Fair
10 a.m. – noon, June 11
ASU Downtown Phoenix, A.E. England Building
Online registration is preferred.

July Career Fair
2– 4 p.m., July 21
ASU Tempe, Memorial Union, Second Floor
Attendees should bring a current resume, dress professionally and be prepared to network with prospective employers.

For a list of attending employers and tips on preparing for a career fair, visit https://eoss.asu.edu/cs/summercareerfair.

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JW Marriott Starr Pass creates luxury summer stay package

Visitors to JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa will be offered full days of fun and adventure, leisure and luxury at a great new summer rate. The Play Your Way package features rooms that start at $199 on weekends and $179 on weekdays and include a resort credit of $100 per day for use at any of the venues for the resort.

Father’s Day weekend will be special at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa as memorable activities will be featured, including:

  • “Old Tucson” style gunfights
  • Craft beer tastings
  • Live music
  • BBQ

The resort credit accumulates during each day of your stay, so Play Your Way turns JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa into an all-access, pick-your-pastime zone for visitors, allowing them to create their own summer getaway. Some may wish to design their day around the 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, or they may wish to immerse themselves in serenity at the newly remodeled Hashani Spa. For a more active adventure, splash away with the Starr Pass Water Collection, a trio of venues that includes tubing on the Lazy River, a twisting water slide and refreshing pools. Food enthusiasts have extensive menus at the five resort restaurants, including Primo and Catalina Barbeque Co. + Sports Bar, while family fun awaits at the tech-oriented Blur Teen Lounge and Rising Starr Kids’ Club.

The JW Marriott Starr Pass Play Your Way luxury summer stay package will be valid from May 19-Sept. 14. The resort credit cannot be applied to room rates, tax or resort fee and may not be redeemed for cash. In order to reserve your room, call 800-228-9290 or book online at jwmarriottstarrpass.com, using the code P42.

For more information about JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, or summer events and specials, please visit www.jwmarriottstarrpass.com.

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The Dish: Pesto

Take advantage of the last moments of spring with delicious homemade pesto. Use basil from your own garden for the best tasting pesto you’ve ever had!

Find this recipe and more summery delights on Scottsdale Living: The Dish on Pinterest.

If you want to save your pesto and use it throughout the summer and even in to fall and winter, try freezing it. Ice cube trays are perfect for portioning out pesto to use year round. Simply make your pesto up to the point where you add cheese. Leave the cheese out (it doesn’t freeze or defrost well) and portion it out in to ice cube trays. Once frozen, you can pop the pesto cubes out and place them all in a zip top bag to go in to the freezer.

*To use after freezing simply defrost however many cubes you’re using, toss in some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and stir! You and your family will be enjoying fresh pesto year round!

Pesto

4 cups fresh basil, rinsed
3 cloves garlic
1 lemon, juice and zest
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 cup max extra virgin olive oil
1 cup max Parmesan, grated
salt and pepper to taste

Pack food-processor with basil. Pulse 3-4 times to break down leaves. Add garlic, lemon juice and zest, and pine nuts. Turn processor on and through the feed hole in top drizzle in olive oil until consistency is smooth. Pour in to bowl.

If freezing, at this point portion out pesto into ice cube trays using a tablespoon. Properly sealed pesto will be good up to 6 months in the freezer. Follow instructions above for what to do after freezing*

If using right away, stir in up to 1 cup of cheese, less if you’re freezing a portion. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let flavors meld for about 15-20 minutes on the counter.

Toss with fresh pasta or spoon on the grilled meant and vegetables for a fabulous summer dinner. Try spreading some on a sandwich instead of mustard or over your salad instead of dressing.

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Arizona Biltmore unveils new summer of fun

With a chic multi-million-dollar enhancement underway that will bring a sophisticated new look, combined with ramped up guest pampering poolside and increased activity and entertainment options that include everything from DJ Pool Parties and Kids Cooking Classes to guided hikes and Summer Iced Tea, this summer the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is kicking off a new era of luxury at the legendary property.

“Summer will usher in a new era of luxury and guest fulfillment at the Arizona Biltmore to mark our 85th anniversary this year,” said Ben Fusco, Area Vice President, Hilton Resorts and Hotels-Operations. “The first of our newly remodeled guest rooms will come on line, coupled with a dramatically elevated poolside guest experience and an array of new amenities, services and entertainment choices. Yet the Arizona Biltmore will remain affordable with summer rates starting at just $109 per night and an all-inclusive package for two from only $209.”

The fabulous Paradise Pool, with its three pools in one and 92-foot waterslide, will be the hub of the summer scene with DJ Pool Parties, live music, popular foods grilled poolside, and movies watched from floats at Splash Cinema. Guests will enjoy cooling Evian spritzes and other items at the pool along with sunblock, be pampered by Pool Servers delivering refreshing drinks and tantalizing morsels, and receive mini cooling treatments from the Poolside Spa Team. The 15 newly remodeled cabanas will be a highlight of summer at the Paradise Pool featuring a spacious and comfortable indoor sitting area with HDTV and full bath, private patio area with chaise lounges and table and chairs, and special food and beverage service.

The lazy days of summer will be filled with classes, activities and experiences. Wine tastings, Moonlight Yoga, kids cooking classes, salsa-making demos, guided hikes in the adjacent nature preserve, “glow-in-the-dark” golf at night on the putting course, S’mores on Squaw Peak Lawn, fireworks on holiday weekends, summer tennis camp for kids, aqua exercise classes at the Catalina Pool, Beer Dinners in Frank & Albert’s, Summer Tea in the Tea Lounge and more will be part of the summer excitement at the Arizona Biltmore.

“Summer will introduce the new Arizona Biltmore with nonstop fun, activities and entertainment for the entire family complemented by enhanced guest services and amenities,” said Fusco.

The major renovation of the landmark resort, scheduled to be completed in fall 2014, is being implemented in phases with one self-contained building being redone at a time, eliminating disruption and allowing for continuous operation of the resort for the duration of the project. Guest rooms and suites, meeting spaces, ballrooms, pre-function rooms, spa and salon, as well as the prohibition-era Mystery Room, are being re-mastered with a sophisticated new look that recalls the seductive style of the resort’s early years. Modern and refined accommodations are being created while preserving the historic architecture and design that distinguish the grand dame of Phoenix.

Room rates this summer, Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 26 through September 1, 2014), start at $109. Best of Waldorf Astoria Summer Rates are from $134 per night and include a $50 resort credit per paid night that can be used for spa, retail, and food and beverage. An All-Inclusive Summer Package, starting at just $209 for two, is an incredible summer getaway deal that includes Classic accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner, 30% off Spa a la carte services, self parking and Resort Charge. For more information and reservations, call 800-950-0086 or visit online at www.arizonabiltmore.com.

View More: http://eyes2see.pass.us/arizona_biltmore

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Summer Solace at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

There’s no time like the present to engage in a little self-reflection and no better place to seek summer solace than at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. The resort is as Zen as they come, from its enviable perch on Camelback Mountain, enhanced by the red rock formations, to its exquisitely landscaped grounds, luxurious guest casitas and Asian-inspired Sanctuary Spa.

The setting is the perfect backdrop for a unique program called Satori that paves the way to enlightenment. The program, available year around, offers guests a customized, potentially life changing spa experience that addresses each participant’s needs and goals. Now it can be enjoyed at an all-inclusive summer package rate (available between June 1 and Aug. 30, 2014) when booked by May 29. The per-person package includes:

  • Three nights in a luxurious casita or suite
  • All meals prepared by Sanctuary celebrity chef Beau MacMillan and his award-winning staff (excludes alcohol)
  • Two 60-minute spa treatments of guest’s choice
  • Unlimited participation in daily classes in the movement studio
  • Choice of one fitness activity (e.g. personal training session, assisted stretch, private Pilates or tennis lesson)
  • Full access to Sanctuary’s extensive resort amenities
  • Meet and greet sedan service to and from Sky Harbor Airport
  • Welcome gift

For check-ins Sunday to Wednesday, the package price starts at $1,700 for single occupancy; $2,600 for double occupancy. Thursday to Saturday check-ins will pay $1,900 for single occupancy and $2,800 for double occupancy.*

*Rates include tax and gratuity for meals, transportation and spa treatments. They do not include alcohol, meals or snacks not part of the package and a daily resort fee and tax of $29.42. The offer is limited and cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion, and blackout dates apply.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call (480) 624-8513.

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NYPD launches summer menu

NYPD Pizza, a locally owned and family operated pizza kitchen with ten locations throughout metro-Phoenix, released its spring/summer seasonal menu today. The menu features Roasted Caprese Pizza topped with fresh rosemary, Strawberry Fields Forever Salad mixed with almonds and Gorgonzola, and a sweet twist on cannoli for dessert, the Strawberry Pizzoli:

Roasted Caprese Pizza
The seasonal Roasted Caprese Pizza is topped with slow roasted, vine-ripened tomatoes and a hint of fresh rosemary. Add delicious smoked mozzarella, a drizzle of sweet and tangy balsamic glaze and freshly chopped basil, and the Roasted Caprese Pizza is a refreshing take on summer.

Strawberry Fields Forever Salad
Back for an encore performance! Mixed greens, fresh strawberries, Fuji apples, sliced almonds and Gorgonzola tossed with tangy, low-fat Zinfandel vinaigrette.

Strawberry Pizzoli
NYPD Pizza has taken its famous homemade cannoli recipe and turned it into a tasty pizza dessert pie. A thin and delicately flaky sweetened pizza crust is topped with NYPD Pizza’s authentic cannoli filling, layered with sliced strawberries, sliced almonds and finished with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Perfect for sharing.

“We selected dishes that are both fresh and sweet,” said Rich Stark, CEO of NYPD Pizza. “Our Roasted Caprese Pizza is topped with fresh ingredients like chopped basil, rosemary and vine-ripened tomatoes, and we are sweetening up our seasonal salad and dessert with fresh strawberries. The spring and summer menu offers a refreshing escape from the heat.”

In addition to its seasonal menu launch, NYPD Pizza recently announced its plans to open two new locations. This spring, NYPD Pizza will open at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 2. This summer, NYPD Pizza will open a new location in the heart of Tempe’s Mill Avenue District on the Northwest corner of 3rd Street and Mill Avenue (222 S. Mill Avenue, #127, Tempe, AZ 85281).

For more information or to learn more about NYPD Pizza’s ten locations throughout metro-Phoenix, visit www.aznypdpizza.com, or follow on Twitter: @NYPD_Pizza and Facebook.

About NYPD Pizza
NYPD Pizza has served more than 2.5 million pizzas to families throughout the Greater Phoenix Area for more than 17 years. Locally owned and operated by Richard Stark, CEO and majority shareholder, NYPD Pizza has ten neighborhood restaurants and is the only pizzeria in the metropolitan area that offers a private-label beer, called NYPD Uptown Amber Ale™, custom crafted by The Phoenix Ale Brewery. NYPD Pizza is the proud winner of the 2013, 2012 and 2011 Phoenix New Times Readers’ Choice award for “Best Pizza Slice.” Carryout, delivery, express lunch specials and catering services are available at all ten Valley-wide locations. For more information please visit www.aznypdpizza.com.

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Scottsdale Living Magazine – SUMMER 2013

Summer 2013

Health & Beauty
Staying cool and healthy

As an Arizona native, the topic of summertime beauty renews itself in my mind every hot, dry season. Every sprinkler and poolside summer and every sunburnt experience has led me to where I am today: to a desire for healthy (and protected!) skin that glows from the inside out; to a need for an energy-boosting exercise routine and to a pursuit for that one swimsuit that will enhance all the right places and conceal all the wrong ones. I also find myself stubbornly fighting the lethargic effect of those first triple digits; instead of staying inside, I crave our gorgeous sunshine, I’m inspired to be a fish whenever I can and I just want to wear that swimsuit (if I find it!) that I’m sure I decided I can’t live without.I imagine you can relate – if so, you’ve picked up the right issue. We dilineate eight easy, healthy ways (because really, who has time for 10?) to rock your swimsuit (two of my favorites that are surprisingly simple: exfoliate and wash your face every night). We share exercises you get to do at home and even nutrition tips that give your healthy summer glow an enduring jolt. I believe in the advice we share and you can trust I will be trying out these tips myself! The summer isn’t going anywhere yet; let’s make the best of it!

Stay cool and healthy!

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Hanna Hayes
Associate Editor

Home & Garden
Homemade memories

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Michael Gossie
Editor in Chief

One of my fondest memories of childhood was sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen on cold Upstate New York days and watching my grandmother make me grilled cheese sandwiches in the cast iron skillet that had been handed down to her from her mother, who got the same skillet from HER mother.The kitchen in my memory has no resemblance to the kitchen of today. Grandma’s countertops were laminate, but a generation of laminate that bears no resemblance to the slick marbled granite look that is available today.  e only island in Grandma’s house was in an Encyclopedia (remember those?), not in the kitchen.

I’m sure Grandma — who died in 1985 — never pondered the need for granite countertops, let alone some of the innovative and nontraditional countertops that Hannah Hayes writes about in this issue of Scottsdale Living. I’m sure Grandma never considered durability or appearance when she thought about her countertop. In fact, I’m sure she never thought she had a choice when it came to countertops. She just cooked on the counter that came with the house.

We are blessed to have choices today. My kitchen has granite countertops. I have an island. But some things never change. Memories are still created in the kitchen, and Grandma’s cast iron skillet still makes amazing grilled cheese sandwiches … but now it’s in my kitchen.

Take it with you! On your mobile, go to m.issuu.com to get started.

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Praying Monk Presents "Summer School at the Monk"

Scottsdale’s Praying Monk is offering an opportunity to enjoy and learn about some of the most interesting beers from around the world, as well as the dishes that compliment them, during what they are calling “Summer School at the Monk.

The beer café’s new general manager, David Johnson, is a beer aficionado and will be extending his encyclopedic knowledge of adult beverages to the public during four Tuesday sessions this summer, where those who attend will also be able to enjoy award-winning cuisine provided by Chef Aaron May.

“Not only do we want guests to taste this interesting beer but understand them as well; we 166138907want to expand every ‘students’ knowledge and love of beer,” Johnson said.  “The combination of great beer and Chef May’s amazing food is unbeatable.”

Each class will expose the “students” to a different type of beer.

  • June 25: Ales and Lagers.
  • July 16: Geographic Styles
  • July 30: Micro Producers of the World.
  • August 13: Unique and Specialties.

“Praying Monk has rededicated itself to beer,” Chef May said.  “These classes are the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that.”

Tickets will $30 per-class, or $100 to attend all four.

For more information visit: PrayingMonkScottsdale.com.