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10 Valley restaurants’ special menus on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year. Looking for a restaurant to celebrate? Here’s a list of 10 Valley restaurants to do such the thing. Reservations are recommended. (This is part one of a two-part series.)

Scottsdale

“Pair of bubbles”  Valentine’s Day at TAGGIA 2015

Taggia at FireSky Resort & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel, 4925 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-424-6095, $85 per couple++

Chef Massimo de Francesca offers the following menu:

Tartine / Canapés: A platter of avocado, with queso fresco and truffle; Gamberi: Shrimp cocktail with spicy tomato cocktail sauce / gf; Asparagi: Prosciutto wrapped asparagus with lemon aioli / gf

Antipasto/Appetizer: Carpaccio: Thinly sliced beef carpaccio, cilantro crema, crispy capers, parmesan, arugula and lemon / gf; Insalata di Mozzarella: A salad of marinated fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, heirloom tomatoes, red onions, basil, olive oil and saba  / gf

Secondo/Entrée: Manzo: Grilled New York striploin “fiorentina”, rosemary-garlic potatoes, heirloom, carrots, Broccolini, Barolo demi glace / gf; Risotto: Langoustines, scallops, lobster, crab, tomato, basil / gf

Dolce/Dessert: S’Mondu: a play on the classic s’mores and fondue. Toasted marshmallows, graham cookies, strawberries, sliced pear and warm nutella sauce

Valentine’s Day 2015 at Rusconi’s American Kitchen

Rusconi’s American Kitchen, 10637 N Tatum Blvd. Ste 101, Phoenix, 480-483-0009, $55 per person+

Executive Chef and Proprietor Michael Rusconi offers:

First course (Choice of one): Baby greens with apple-pears: Amish blue cheese, spiced almonds and pomegranate; the “kitchen” caesar salad with cotija cheese; creamy garlic dressing, roasted corn relish, smoked bacon, and basil pesto; Lobster bisque: Cilantro crema and american caviar; Grilled vegetable risotto: Parmesan cheese and sherry jus; Guajillo seared ahi tuna: Chilled quinoa salad with mushrooms, tomato, olives and pesto; Pan roasted gulf shrimp: Creamy grits, cured tomato, and roasted corn

Main course (Choice of one); Grilled natural breast of chicken; Creamy white corn polenta, French beans and baby Portobello mushrooms; Granny smith apple glazed pork tenderloin: Butternut squash spaetzle, wilted organic spinach and port wine jus; Smoked tomato crusted rack of lamb: Fingerling potatoes, fennel, and black olives; Pan roasted sea bass: Cauliflower potato puree, small green beans, and herbed butter sauce; Pecan wood-grilled beef tenderloin filet: Spaghetti squash, wilted spinach, goat cheese gnocchi, and pomegranate syrup

Dessert (Choice of one): Grilled Anjou pear beignets for two: Hazelnut chocolate and blackberry sauces; Duo of crème brulée: Dark chocolate and vanilla bean; Passion fruit budino: Tropical fruit and strawberry jus

Local Bistro, 20581 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, (480) 302-6050, $65 per person+

Executive Chef Andrea Volpi features the following menu:

Starters (choice of): Capesante: Seared giant scallops, lobster roe- foie gras mousse, truffle oil; Carpaccio Palmetto: Shaved beef, watercress, hearts of palm, pioppini, picked mustard seeds, salsa verde and Grana crisps; Mushroom Bisque: Vegetarian cream of wild mushrooms soup, black truffle shaving, truffle oil

Salad (choice of): Spring mix, tri-color quinoa, carrots, tomato, red onion, yellow peppers, shitake, roasted poblano vinaigrette; Arugula, strawberries, toasted Marcona almonds, goat cheese, lemon oil dressing; Heirloom tomato, Gorgonzola, anchovies, fried onions, lemon-basil, warm cherry vinaigrette

Main course (choice of): Lobster in Nero: Black ravioli stuffed with lobster and wild mushroom, lobster-crab jus; Lamb chop Lollipops: Lamb chop, mint aioli, garlic French fries, red beat puree; Sea bream alla Plancha: Crispy seared sea bream, citrus beurre blanc; Eggplant Parma: Eggplant paper, mozzarella di buffala, velvet tomato sauce, grana padano

Dessert (choice of): Amaretto coffee bomb love cake; Zuppa Inglese; Champagne zabaglione with wild berries, Saba

Central Bistro, 3160 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 480-646-8560, Centralbistroaz.com, $65 per person+

Executive Chef Chris Mayo’s menu includes the following:

First course (choice of): Winter squash soup, duck confit, cider-soaked currents; Caramelized sea scallops, cauliflower puree, fennel, apples, grapes, cured lemon; Warm asparagus salad, crème fraiche, salmon caviar, and pistachio vinaigrette

Optional course: $20 supplement: Ricotta gnocchi, butter-poached lobster, parmesan fonduta

Main course (choice of): Wood grilled filet of beef, sunchoke creamed spinach, potato pave, and red wine-truffle jus; Pan roasted sea bass, artichokes, braised leeks, and warm mushroom vinaigrette; Crispy skinned duck breast, farro, root vegetables, citrus

Dessert (choice of): Lavender honey poached pear, candied hazelnuts, champagne; Black Forrest cake, cherries, grand mariner; Raspberry cake, coconut, basil, white chocolate

Each couple who dines at Central Bistro and Local Bistro will receive one voucher for Kendra Scott jewelry*. For anyone who is looking for a more vibrant atmosphere or is currently unattached or in a “complicated” arrangement, SumoMaya is celebrating all relationship statuses. At SumoMaya, each individual in the party who makes a reservation will receive a Kendra Scott voucher.

*Rayne necklace, Danielle earrings or Elle earrings, while supplies last in-store. Only one voucher can be redeemed per person at Kendra Scott.

SumoMaya, 6560 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, (480) 397-9520, sumomaya.com, $65 per person+

Executive Chef Matt Zdeb will feature:

First course choice of: Strawberry and Cucumber Gazpacho: Olive oil and Marcona almond; Lobster Ceviche: Grilled lemon and truffle; Fluke Crudo: Yuzu vinaigrette and candied kumquats; Bacon wrapped dates: Chorizo, queso Cotija, caramelized onion foie gras sauce

Second course choice of: Oyster trio: Thai basil mignonette, yuzo kosho with black salt and daikon puree, uni with citrus ponzu; Baked Crab and seared Waygu Beef roll: Lobster sauce; Chicken Mole with Crispy sweet plantains: Vegetarian “tofu mole” upon request; Filet wrapped asparagus: Sizzling on a hot rock with soy caramel

Something extra… $44 supplement: Seared Japanese Waygu beef (3oz) with a red miso glaze and citrus ponzu

Third course choice of: Wood Grilled filet of beef: Sautéed asparagus, soy-mirin reduction (add seared foie gras  $15 supplement); Dou of grilled duck breast and pork belly: Roasted apples and cauliflower-truffle puree; Soba Noodle vegetable stir fry: Green tea soba noodles and tamarind yuzu glaze; Grilled Chilean Seabass: Tatsoi, miso-truffle sauce

Dessert choice of: Mexican Chocolate Mousse: Chocolate mole, tamarind caramel, churro; Tres Leches Cake: Sweet vanilla milk reduction, toasted marshmallow fluff; Sake poached pear: Coconut sorbet, orange rosewater, sweet and salty marcona almond

 

Los Sombreros Scottsdale, 2534 N. Scottsdale Road, 14795 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-994-1799, lossombreros.com, $75 per couple 

Tasting menu includes:

(all portioned in smaller, tasting sizes)

Corn Chowder Soup

Two Crispy Hibiscus Taquitos

Fig and Panela Cheese Salad, with greens in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Crab & Mango Salad with honey lime vinaigrette

Snapper with Esquites

Trout with Almonds in Lemon Butter with Capers

Corn Cake Soufle with Mole Sauce

Pechuga Rellena, grilled chicken breast, stuffed with goat cheese and huitalacoche in a chipotle tomato sauce

Pork Chop with Tamarind Mole

Pilconcillo Ice Cream or Damiana Flan

Pink Pony Scottsdale, 3831 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-945-6697, Prices vary

In addition to the regular menu, the Pink Pony Scottsdale will be serving a special Valentine’s menu that includes:

Bubbles: Henriot Champagne, half bottle ($25)

Crab Cakes & Greens: Blue Crab cakes, poached pears, arugula, tarragon vinaigrette ($12)

Scallops: Day boat scallops, carrot and ginger broth, braised greens, fried ginger ($14)

Devils on Horseback: Bacon wrapped date, marcona almonds, scallions, Iitoi onion & ginger vinaigrette ($9)

Lobster & Veal: Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Veal Ravioli, Chive oil

Lobster Butter Broth (AQ)

Niman Ranch Pork “Osso Buco”: Cassoulet, bacon, leeks, natural jus, citrus gremolata ($25)

Something Sweet: Red Velvet Cake, Mascarpone, Midnight Ganache ($9)

Complimentary Truffles For The Table: Rosemary, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnuts

Bistro du Lac, 8320 North Hayden Road, Suite D-101, Scottsdale, 480-203-2075, bistrodulacaz.com, $65 per person

Appetizer (choose one): Wild Mushroom Bisque: with Tellagio filled profiterole, truffle essence and mushroom chips; Salade De Magret De Canard Fume: Salad of baby greens, with smoked duck, baby gem lettuces, shallot vinaigrette tomato and smoked pine nuts

Entrée (choose one): Grilled Atlantic Salmon:Red pepper beurre blanc, pancetta pomme puree, arrowleaf spinach roasted tomatoes on the vine; Filet De Beouf Aux Morilles: haricot verts with lardons, wild mushroom-spinach crepe cabernet-mushroom broderlaise, sunnyside quail egg

Dessert (choose one): Cannele De Bordeaux: With vanilla bean gelato, myers rum sabayon; Chocolate-Gianduja Crunch Cake:Red raspberry couli, praline ice cream, chocolate honeycomb

East Valley Restaurants

Umami, 21 E. 6 Street, Tempe, 480-625-4565, umamitempe.com, $40+ per couple

Includes:

Two customized ramen bowls

1 bottle of sake

Desert Bento Box with strawberries, bananas, pound cake and marshmallows for dipping in melted chocolate

Perfect Pear Bistro, 9845 South Priest Drive, Tempe,  & 1241 East Chandler Boulevard, Ahwatukee, perfectpearbistro.com

Bottomless Mimosa Valentine Brunch $44.99++ per couple

Choice of 2 Frittatas served with Fresh Fruit and Sweet Potato Tots

Mimosa options include Fresh Orange Juice, Pear or Pomegranate.

Complete menu available online

Social Box Neighborhood Eatery, 1371 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, 480-899-6735, Socialboxeateries.com, $75 per couple

Includes:

Shared bruschetta appetizer

Simple salad per person

Choice of Spinach and Prosciutto Stuffed Pork Loin OR Herb Dijon Crusted Escolar, per person

Shared Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster Ice Cream

1 glass of red or white wine or non-alcoholic beverage per person

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Bake the sweetest gift this Valentine’s Day

Learn how to make delectable, chocolaty desserts for the sweetest holiday of the year, including Truffle Tarts, Italian Chocolate Bread Pudding and more! Bring your sweetheart or bring a group of pals – it’ll be a time to share the love (of chocolate!).
On Friday, February 13, come to Luci’s Healthy Marketplace and learn the art of making Valentine’s Day Desserts from Chef James Monaci. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m.
All classes come with wine and cost just $49.99 a person. Make your reservations by visiting www.lucishealthymarketplace.com/cooking-classes.
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace is a unique café that boasts a full menu, coffees and drinks. People can shop for healthy items to make nutritious meals in the marketplace. Located on the corner of Bethany and 16th Street, this neighborhood spot is a staple in central Phoenix.
Visit www.lucishealthymarketplace.com for more about the locally owned business.
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Enjoy ‘Love On The Rocks’ At Hilton Sedona

Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa is delivering the ultimate in romance amidst the stunning red rocks of Sedona just in time for Valentine’s Day with the “Love On The Rocks” package.
Loaded with all you need for romance, the “Love On The Rocks” package is priced from $329 per night and includes two-nights in a newly renovated king suite, $150 credit for use at the resort’s eforea: Spa at Hilton,  breakfast for two each morning, a bottle of wine or sparkling cider delivered at check-in, and bouquet of fresh flowers. Just for Valentine’s Day weekend travelers, guests booking the package over the dates of February 13-15, 2015 will enjoy a special Valentine’s Day amenity.
For a truly local spa experience, travelers can opt to apply their credit towards the spa’s signature Full Circle Message, a 90-minute service inspired by the metaphysical properties of Sedona. The experience includes aromatherapy, meditation to discover intuition, massage, energy balancing and visualization, and is delivered by one of the spa’s therapists that are certified to practice “energy medicine.”
Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation delivering redesigned guest rooms and an entirely new lobby experience focused on relaxation, rejuvenation and new spaces to socialize and stay connected. Bringing the essence of Sedona through the doors of the resort, guest rooms have been refinished and redesigned with locally-inspired elements and materials selected to create a sense of haven and reflection. The experience continues into the lobby, offering a respite from the moment you enter the resort with a soothing color palette of earth tones and artwork, furnishings and finishes that reflect the natural elements of Sedona.
Named “the most beautiful place on earth” by USA Today Weekend, Sedona is nestled among a geological wonderland just 90 minutes north of Phoenix where vivid red rock formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a mesmerizing setting. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres that provide instant access to a plethora of outdoor adventures, recreational activities ranging from hiking and biking to jeep tours and more. Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal with vortex energy centers, has a vibrant art scene and is an emerging wine destination with nearby vineyards and tasting rooms.
Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa is located along Sedona’s Red Rock Scenic byway, delivering breathtaking views of red rock landscapes. With 219 guest rooms, resort amenities include three heated pools, an expansive 25,000 square-foot spa, fitness and wellness facility and an adjacent 18-hole golf course.
The “Love On The Rocks Package” is available with rates from $329 per night with a two-night stay required. For more information about Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa and to book the “Love On The Rocks” package, visit http://www.hiltonsedonaresort.com/hsr/specials or call +1 928 284 6900.
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How to Be Your Own Valentine

With everyone trying to get ready for Valentine’s Day this weekend, it can be hard to feel happy as a single person. But don’t worry, there are plenty of singles activities and ways to avoid of feeling down on the overly romantic holiday.

First and foremost, own your singleness! It’s okay that you haven’t found that special someone or that you never want to. Everyone has to go through their own process and find what works for them. It is better to be single, confident and happy than stuck in an unhappy relationship. Think about all the great things about yourself and how you are a whole, confident person on your own.

Remember that you are not alone! There are plenty of single people out there looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day. Round up your single friends, go on a website or go to a bar to find other single people who are happy to be single on Valentine’s Day. Whether it is time to moan about the corporate nature of Valentine’s Day or make fun of all of your sickeningly in-love friends or revel in your single attitude, find others who share your feelings and bond over the occasion.

If you are really feeling down in the dumps about being single, try making a pro/con list (focus more on the pros). Think about all the great things about being single (I promise there are lots!). Focus on things you can’t do, or do as often, as a couple like hanging out with your friends, watching whatever you want on TV, making a mess and leaving it for days, taking up the entire bed or blasting the radio to your favorite song. You never have to compromise as a single, but can do whatever you want!

If you need some activities to keep you busy, but you don’t want to meet other singles there are still plenty of things to do. Pick your favorite actor and have a movie marathon. Read that book you have been meaning to finish. Get in a long workout. Go to a spa and pamper yourself. Do anything but wallow and feel sorry for yourself.

The last suggestion is to treat yourself on Valentine’s Day. Show yourself some love because you deserve it after all. Instead of spending money on a date and gifts for someone else, buy yourself some chocolates and flowers, a nice massage, a mani/pedi or a night on the town with some single friends.

You don’t have to wait for someone else to treat you nice and make you happy. This Valentine’s Day feel happy about yourself and your place in life. Own your singleness!

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Drunk In Love: Valentine's Day Cocktails

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 created the Fraise Sauvage cocktail. This drink is delectably pink and refreshing on the lips. It is not sugary sweet but has a bit of tartness to keep you interested and wanting more. On the other hand, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse’s cocktail, Sweet Love, is the epitome of a chocolate-covered strawberry. With a chocolate liqueur and strawberry puree you will never have tasted anything so perfect. It is even garnished with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Make these yourself with the following recipes or go out on the town for a lovely Valentine’s Day date!

J&G- Fraise Sauvage PhotoFraise Sauvage at J&G Steakhouse – $15

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ oz Plymouth Gin
  • ½ oz Strawberry vanilla puree
  • ¾ oz Lemon juice
  • ¼ oz Simple syrup
  • 2 oz Prosecco

Directions:

  • Pour all ingredients except sparkling wine into a mixing glass
  • Add large, cold ice
  • Shake vigorously
  • Pour sparkling wine into a Martini glass
  • Top the sparkling wine with shaken mixture
  • Garnish with half a strawberry on the rim

DSC_0382 (1)Sweet Love – $12 regular menu, $7 happy hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce Malibu rum
  • 1 ounce strawberry puree
  • ½ ounce Vanilla vodka
  • ½ ounce crème de cacao

Directions:

  • In a shaker tin with ice, add all ingredients and shake vigorously
  • Pour into a chilled sugar rimmed martini glass
  • Garnish with chocolate covered strawberry and whipped cream in the center
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Pomegranate Linzer Hearts

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 cookies. These delicious little sandwich cookies are typically made with almond flour and filled with raspberry jam. I’m changing it up with a jar of organic pomegranate jam I found at the store. Pomegranates will add an unexpected tang and as an aphrodisiac they’re perfect for this holiday. Cut into heart shapes these cookies are the perfect way to say “I love you.”

If cookies aren’t your think we’ve covered plenty of other recipes that would make for great V-Day gifts. Maybe those truffles you’ve been dying to try or make your own marshmallows flavored with rose water and dipped in chocolate. Check out these recipes and more from The Dish.

 

Linzer Cookies

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/3 cups almond flour

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup sugar

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 egg

1 tsp dark rum

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp grated lemon zest (optional)

about 1/2 cup seedless jam such as raspberry, strawberry, or pomegranate. Nutella or dulce de leche can be substituted as well

1 Tbs. water or lemon juice

powdered sugar for dusting

Special equipment:

A 2″ heart cookie cutter and a 1/2″ heart cookie cutter

 

In a bowl, mix flour, almonds and salt until well combined. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon, beat sugar and butter until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until well blended. Beat in rum, vanilla and lemon zest. Reduce speed and slowly add the dry ingredients. Beat until just blended. Knead with your hands if necessary.

Divide dough in half. Place each half between sheets of parchment or waxed paper. Working with 1 piece at a time, flatten dough into a disk; roll dough, occasionally lifting paper on both sides for easier rolling, until 1/8″ thick. Chill dough in paper until very firm, at least 2 hours. Dough can be made 2 days ahead. Cover; keep chilled.

Arrange a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 375°F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.

Working with 1 dough disk at a time, remove top sheet of paper and, using 2″ heart cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Transfer to baking sheets, placing 1/2″ apart; chill. Repeat with remaining dough. Gather scraps; repeat rolling, chilling, and cutting until dough is used.

Using 1/2″ heart cookie cutter, cut out a star from the center of half the cookies. Working in batches, bake cookies until light golden brown, dry, and just firm to the touch, about 8-10 minutes. (Cookies will firm up as they cool.) Transfer to a wire rack; let cool. Cookies can be baked 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Bring jam and 1 teaspoon water or lemon juice to a boil in a small saucepan; let cool slightly.

Arrange whole cookies flat side up. Spoon 1 teaspoon cooled jam in the center of each, dabbing slightly to spread. Arrange cookies with cutouts flat side down on a wire rack; dust with powdered sugar. Set atop whole cookies, lining up points and allowing jam to push up slightly through center.

Cookeis can be assembled 8 hours ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

 

 

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2014

Valentine’s Day — you either love it, hate it or (sometimes) forget it. If you have a special someone (yourself included!) to celebrate this glorious holiday, take a quick stroll through the Scottsdale Quarter. With the help of the Stephanie Ingersoll, who knows the Quarter better than even the most dedicated shopper, Scottsdale Living has compiled a gift guide to the most excessively romantic day of the year.

look oneThere’s nothing more romantic than a sensual fragrance. If you’ve been dating a long time and your S.O. Knows every word to Seal’s “A Kiss From a Rose,” there’s a good chance this gift will go over well.
Try: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Gift Trio, $144.25 or Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Gift Set, $90 from Sephora.
look twoDoes the Sun have nothing on the warm fuzzies you get when you look at your honey? Help buffer that beautiful shine with these products.
Try: GLAMGLOW Clearing Treatment, $69-$88 or CLARISONIC Mia2 Hollywood Lights Collection, $150 from Sephora.
look threeAt the heart of a budding relationship is laughter and good times. Plus, you know the saying — the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. These appetite-satisfying gifts are great for a guy (and gal) whose eyes are bigger than their stomach.
Try: Edible bra and panty, $9.99; an XL beer glass that holds four brews, $14; box of chocolates or giant candy bars, $7 to $19.99, from It’s Sugar.
look threeShow your better half how well you know them with a gift that aligns with their passions.
Try: Marilyn Monroe gear — $13 to $39.99, from It’s Sugar.
look threeIs your beloved a classic? Don’t be afraid to take the classic route of gifting jewelry! For trendy items, Kendra Scott has both of you covered with cufflinks for him and gorgeous jewelry sets for her.
Try: Emerson, Daniel or Loren cufflinks, $44 to $75; Stevie necklace, Marissa earrings or an Erika cuff bracelet, $150, $125, $160, from Kendra Scott Jewelry.
look threeIf your lady has high-end taste, you may want to check out the LUXE Collection’s offerings.
Try: Baquette Caged Tennis Bracelet in Black Tourmaline, $450; Stone Nest Pendant Necklace in Black Tourmaline, $250; Pave Oval Stud Earrings in Black Tourmaline $195, from LUXE Collection.
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Massage Envy Introduces New Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy

Whether it’s your job, the daily grind or an intense workout that causes your feet to feel worn out, the best way to find relief is to give your feet some serious tender, love and care. Beginning today your toes will thank you with the launch of the new Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy, available at any of Valley’s 28 Massage Envy clinics. Ideal for reducing daily stress or the pain and discomfort caused by dry callused skin, a Sugar Foot Scrub treatment can be added to any massage session for only $10 ($15 for guests) as part of Massage Envy Enhanced Therapies menu.

Massage Envy’s partner, Bon Vital, helped formulate the sugar foot scrub exclusively for Massage Envy customers that combine fortified sugar with jojoba, olive and safflower oils, and lavender essential oil. Massage Envy’s specially designed formula contains extra fine sugar granules and less oil than a typical sugar foot scrub, allowing for easier absorption into the skin. The scrub cleans and exfoliates, removes dead skin cells, and soothes the surface of the skin while stimulating lymph flow and increasing circulation. Following the sugar scrub, a whipped Bon Vital Body Butter, which is blended with cocoa butter, Shea butter, beeswax and lavender oil, is also applied to add a hydrating protective layer to the freshly scrubbed skin.

“Our new Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy is perfect to treat tired feet,” said Steve Cook, Massage Envy regional developer for Arizona and Las Vegas. “The winter weather can take a major toll on our feet, but the Sugar Foot Scrub will be sure to smooth away rough spots and drench dry skin to create the ultimate therapeutic massage experience.”

In addition to this new service, all Valley Massage Envy clinics are offering special Valentine’s Day deals for members and guests through Feb. 14. Gift cards for massages and facials make a perfect present for your loved one and Massage Envy is offering specials with the purchase of $50, $75 and $100 gift cards. When you purchase a $50 gift card, you will receive a certificate for a free enhanced therapy, when you purchase a $75 gift card, you will receive a complimentary half-hour upgrade and with the purchase of a $100 gift card, you will receive a free one-hour massage session.

With a membership at Massage Envy, customers can choose from a variety of monthly massage and spa treatments including Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal and Geriatric. As part of the revamped Enhanced Therapies menu that includes AromaTherapy, Deep Muscle Therapy and Hot Stone Envy™, the new Sugar Foot Scrub will allow members and guests to further customize and boost their wellness experience. The proven benefits of routine massage include improved circulation, joint flexibility and posture, relief from pain and swelling caused by arthritis, reduced blood pressure, fatigue, migraine pain and stress, as well as improved sleep, concentration and overall sense of well-being.

Additionally, Massage Envy Spa offers facials designed by Dr. Murad, the leader in skincare science. With a monthly membership, customers can choose from four different Murad® Healthy Skin facials including Environmental Shield®Vitamin C, Clarifying Enzyme Acne, Anti-Aging and Sensitive Skin.

Massage Envy clinics are open late, seven days a week. For Massage Envy locations or to schedule an appointment, call 602-992-ENVY (3689) or visit massageenvy.com.

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Massage Envy Introduces New Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy

Whether it’s your job, the daily grind or an intense workout that causes your feet to feel worn out, the best way to find relief is to give your feet some serious tender, love and care. Beginning today your toes will thank you with the launch of the new Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy, available at any of Valley’s 28 Massage Envy clinics. Ideal for reducing daily stress or the pain and discomfort caused by dry callused skin, a Sugar Foot Scrub treatment can be added to any massage session for only $10 ($15 for guests) as part of Massage Envy Enhanced Therapies menu.

Massage Envy’s partner, Bon Vital, helped formulate the sugar foot scrub exclusively for Massage Envy customers that combine fortified sugar with jojoba, olive and safflower oils, and lavender essential oil. Massage Envy’s specially designed formula contains extra fine sugar granules and less oil than a typical sugar foot scrub, allowing for easier absorption into the skin. The scrub cleans and exfoliates, removes dead skin cells, and soothes the surface of the skin while stimulating lymph flow and increasing circulation. Following the sugar scrub, a whipped Bon Vital Body Butter, which is blended with cocoa butter, Shea butter, beeswax and lavender oil, is also applied to add a hydrating protective layer to the freshly scrubbed skin.

“Our new Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy is perfect to treat tired feet,” said Steve Cook, Massage Envy regional developer for Arizona and Las Vegas. “The winter weather can take a major toll on our feet, but the Sugar Foot Scrub will be sure to smooth away rough spots and drench dry skin to create the ultimate therapeutic massage experience.”

In addition to this new service, all Valley Massage Envy clinics are offering special Valentine’s Day deals for members and guests through Feb. 14. Gift cards for massages and facials make a perfect present for your loved one and Massage Envy is offering specials with the purchase of $50, $75 and $100 gift cards. When you purchase a $50 gift card, you will receive a certificate for a free enhanced therapy, when you purchase a $75 gift card, you will receive a complimentary half-hour upgrade and with the purchase of a $100 gift card, you will receive a free one-hour massage session.

With a membership at Massage Envy, customers can choose from a variety of monthly massage and spa treatments including Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal and Geriatric. As part of the revamped Enhanced Therapies menu that includes AromaTherapy, Deep Muscle Therapy and Hot Stone Envy™, the new Sugar Foot Scrub will allow members and guests to further customize and boost their wellness experience. The proven benefits of routine massage include improved circulation, joint flexibility and posture, relief from pain and swelling caused by arthritis, reduced blood pressure, fatigue, migraine pain and stress, as well as improved sleep, concentration and overall sense of well-being.

Additionally, Massage Envy Spa offers facials designed by Dr. Murad, the leader in skincare science. With a monthly membership, customers can choose from four different Murad® Healthy Skin facials including Environmental Shield®Vitamin C, Clarifying Enzyme Acne, Anti-Aging and Sensitive Skin.

Massage Envy clinics are open late, seven days a week. For Massage Envy locations or to schedule an appointment, call 602-992-ENVY (3689) or visit massageenvy.com.

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Do Something Different for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day rolls around again, many couples will find themselves in the same old flowers-and-dinner routine.

There are many places around the Valley that offer something a little different this year, whether for first dates or long-married couples. Here are some to think about:

1. Romance in the Garden: On Feb. 16, the Desert Botanical Garden is hosting a candlelit outdoor concert by Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble. Dinner, wine flights and bottles of champagne are available. Can’t celebrate on Thursday? Take Saturday to hear sexy music under the stars with a glass of wine.

Ullman Terrace, 6-9 p.m. Dinner tickets must be purchased ahead. 480-481-8188

2. Chocolate Affaire: From Feb. 8-10, experience downtown Glendale’s festival of chocolate, wine and romance. Watch chocolatiers making their specialties and sample treats like chocolate-covered bacon. Bring the kids for crafts and rock-climbing, and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the historic district.

Starts Friday at 5 p.m. Park in garages at 59th Ave & Glenn Dr.

3. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar: Fragrances definitely play a big part in everyone’s Valentine’s Day. Melissa at Citrine will take time to blend you a customized fragrance from the purest organic essential oils. Ingredients like Somalian Frankincense and Egyptian Jasmine are aphrodisiacs, or try a blend that matches your astrological sign.

At UNION Biltmore. 602-955-2354. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

4. Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Written by Steve Martin, this play is being performed by the Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale. Think Einstein and Picasso at a Paris café in 1904, add Steve Martin’s intelligent humor, a special cameo and great acting, and you have an idea of what to expect.

7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat through Feb. 23. Tickets $20. Brelby.com. 6839 N. 58th Ave.

5. The Spouse Whisperer: If you’re looking for laughs, head over to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino to hear Mark Cordes’ tongue-in-cheek, sharp-witted humor about marriage and middle age. This hysterical look at couples’ life is a great change of pace for Valentine’s Day.

Ovations LIVE! Showroom, 7:15 p.m. Tickets $15. 877-840-0457

6. Roka Akor: While prix-fixe menus are a staple of many V-Day dinners, this one stands out. Items like wild boar bacon, lobster tartare and mushroom tempura will be served in three seatings: 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Voted one of the top ten sushi restaurants in the U.S., Roka Akor is an excellent date spot as well as a culinary destination. This menu will be served through the 16th if you can’t make it Thursday.

$98 per person. 7299 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-306-8800

7. The Bassics of Love: On the 14th, the ASU Kerr Cultural Center is featuring Chunyang Wang, who studied at Julliard and played in the New York Asian Symphony Orchestra. Wang will perform timeless classics from Rachmaninov, Mozart and Piazzolla on double bass and piano.

7:30 p.m. Tickets from $10.50: vip.me/AAMOdCWkHBM. 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.

 

strawberries

Do Something Different for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day rolls around again, many couples will find themselves in the same old flowers-and-dinner routine.

There are many places around the Valley that offer something a little different this year, whether for first dates or long-married couples. Here are some to think about:

1. Romance in the Garden: On Feb. 16, the Desert Botanical Garden is hosting a candlelit outdoor concert by Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble. Dinner, wine flights and bottles of champagne are available. Can’t celebrate on Thursday? Take Saturday to hear sexy music under the stars with a glass of wine.

Ullman Terrace, 6-9 p.m. Dinner tickets must be purchased ahead. 480-481-8188

2. Chocolate Affaire: From Feb. 8-10, experience downtown Glendale’s festival of chocolate, wine and romance. Watch chocolatiers making their specialties and sample treats like chocolate-covered bacon. Bring the kids for crafts and rock-climbing, and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the historic district.

Starts Friday at 5 p.m. Park in garages at 59th Ave & Glenn Dr.

3. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar: Fragrances definitely play a big part in everyone’s Valentine’s Day. Melissa at Citrine will take time to blend you a customized fragrance from the purest organic essential oils. Ingredients like Somalian Frankincense and Egyptian Jasmine are aphrodisiacs, or try a blend that matches your astrological sign.

At UNION Biltmore. 602-955-2354. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

4. Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Written by Steve Martin, this play is being performed by the Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale. Think Einstein and Picasso at a Paris café in 1904, add Steve Martin’s intelligent humor, a special cameo and great acting, and you have an idea of what to expect.

7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat through Feb. 23. Tickets $20. Brelby.com. 6839 N. 58th Ave.

5. The Spouse Whisperer: If you’re looking for laughs, head over to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino to hear Mark Cordes’ tongue-in-cheek, sharp-witted humor about marriage and middle age. This hysterical look at couples’ life is a great change of pace for Valentine’s Day.

Ovations LIVE! Showroom, 7:15 p.m. Tickets $15. 877-840-0457

6. Roka Akor: While prix-fixe menus are a staple of many V-Day dinners, this one stands out. Items like wild boar bacon, lobster tartare and mushroom tempura will be served in three seatings: 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Voted one of the top ten sushi restaurants in the U.S., Roka Akor is an excellent date spot as well as a culinary destination. This menu will be served through the 16th if you can’t make it Thursday.

$98 per person. 7299 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-306-8800

7. The Bassics of Love: On the 14th, the ASU Kerr Cultural Center is featuring Chunyang Wang, who studied at Julliard and played in the New York Asian Symphony Orchestra. Wang will perform timeless classics from Rachmaninov, Mozart and Piazzolla on double bass and piano.

7:30 p.m. Tickets from $10.50: vip.me/AAMOdCWkHBM. 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.

8. Vampire’s Wedding: If you’re in the Tucson area and looking for a laugh, head to Tucson Dinner Theatre on the 14th. “Murder at The Vampire’s Wedding” is a 3-act interactive show at Arizona’s oldest dinner theatre. A 3-course meal and champagne toast will be served, and the ladies will receive a ‘Keepstake’ rose.

2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 520-624-0172. Tickets $42. Show starts at 7 p.m.

9. Orange Sky: If you prefer something a little more traditional, Orange Sky at Talking Stick is offering an excellent $70 prix-fixe on the 14th. What makes Orange Sky different is the romantic, award-winning view of the Valley at dusk. The wine room is stunning and a sommelier can help you choose the best bottle.

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. Reservations: http://www.talkingstickresort.com/orange-sky.aspx

Dress code enforced: see site for details.

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Resorts Spice Things Up For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and if you’re like most men you’re currently thinking, “What am I going to do this year?”

While the normal ideas — eat at the same restaurant where you had your first date/proposed/etc., cook her a special meal at home, rose petals on the bed — are always a good way to go, it says a lot when you go out of your way to impress your Valentine.

Whether you’re going somewhere neither of you have ever been before or doing an activity neither of you have ever done before, that extra effort oftentimes means the world. For those who are still at a loss, here are some ideas for Valentine’s Day:

STAYCATION

With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, it’s a bit hard to get time off work and head out of town; so in this case, a staycation is your best bet. Whether it’s Harrah’s Ak-Chin or one of the many other resorts throughout the Valley, there are plenty of options and packages that resorts are offering, specifically for Valentine’s Day.

For guests who are romantic at heart, Harrah’s Ak-Chin will be offering a Valentine’s Day package, including a guest’s choice of room accommodations and breakfast in bed for two ($50 in-room service food/beverage credit) per stay — with package rates starting at $129 per night and available with the offer code PLOVE.

In addition to packages such as this, many times guests can go the extra mile by asking for champagne and strawberries to be sent up to the room, have rose petals on the bed upon arrival, or any other surprises you have up your sleeve for that special someone.

WINE & DINE

When you’re eating in every night, there’s no better time than Valentine’s Day for a romantic dinner for two. Restaurants Valley-wide are offering special prix fixe menus for the evening, in addition to a set menu of dinner for two, such as the menu available at Harrah’s Range Steakhouse. The restaurant’s Surf & Turf for Two is $100 per couple and includes the following:

Course One:
Potato Encrusted Kumamoto Oysters and Classic Mignonette
Course Two:
Baby Roasted Beet and Field Green Salad with Horseradish Citrus Vinaigrette
Course Three:
Grilled Frenched Bone-in Rib eye with Garlic Butter Sautéed Shrimp
Course Four:
Raspberry Mousse

Two things to remember: 1) Dinner always goes better with drinks (be it your favorite wine or popping some bubbly in celebration of the occasion), and 2) always make a reservation, as this is one of the busiest nights of the year. To make a reservation at Harrah’s Range Steakhouse call (480) 802-5000.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

When all else fails, head to the dance floor. While many men may see this as a last resort, your Valentine would be extremely impressed when asked to have the next dance. Maybe a lesson or two would be in order beforehand, but well worth it when it becomes the highlight of your Valentine’s night.

Be it jazz trio, a pianist or the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley who will be holding a free performance at Harrah’s at 8 p.m., these smooth sounds will ultimately lead to even smoother night out.

For more information on Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort call (480) 802-5000 or visit harrahsakchin.com.
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:

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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