Sunday, February 01, 2015



AZ Pops


The best thing about her gourmet ice pop business, Pam Raphael says, is the flexibility and freedom it gives her to spend more time with her kids. Our vote goes to the fresh, sweet taste of her pops – not to mention the smooth, icy texture, equally delightful in a raspberry-melon or a fudgy chocolate-banana.

AZ Pops was born in August 2011 out of Raphael’s desire to give her kids a healthy snack after school. Since then, she’s carted her pop stand to local farmers’ markets, selling eight to 10 rotating flavors. A best seller is prickly pear with lime, made from cactuses Raphael harvests herself.


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Make it a Coq au Vin Night

Is your Phoenix neighborhood overrun with feral roosters? Don’t get angry... get cooking. Learn how to turn that tough, gamey rooster meat into sublime comfort food with this traditional French recipe, courtesy of


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16th Street and Bethany Home Road

AKA “Mayfair Manor”

HOME STYLES: The stretch of 16th Street south of Bethany Home Road, known as the Mayfair Manor neighborhood, was a seminal development by Ralph Haver in the 1950s. The primarily single-story homes possess a mostly Mid-Century Modern look, with slanted or gabled roofs and concrete masonry.


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Fountain Hills

AKA “Playful City U.S.A.”
Steers Were Here: Prior to 1970, when McCulloch Properties (now MCO Properties, Inc.) established the town, Fountain Hills was one of the largest cattle ranching areas in the state.


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Adult Pool Parties

What’s the difference between a pool party and a pool par-tay? A cover charge and a DJ, usually. Beat the triple-digit heat at these sizzling Valley pool events.


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Rock the Boat

Enjoy Arizona’s celebrated lakes, streams and urban reservoirs with a sleek new watercraft. No pool toys, these.

Paddle Boards at Go Stand Up Paddle
40202 N. 87th Ave., Peoria
Catering to the newest Arizona water-craze, Go Stand Up Paddle satisfies your paddle board intrigue. The Riviera Voyager ($1,100) has a slick fiberglass design and is a great beginners’ board. Stand Up Paddle also offers rentals, lessons at Lake Pleasant and yoga classes – yep, yoga! – on paddle boards. Let’s hope your downward-facing dog can swim.


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The Perfect Marg

Preparing and serving a splendid margarita isn’t as easy as it looks. First rule: Dispense with any and all store-bought margarita mixes. That high-fructose sludge has no place in a discerning drinker’s glass. With that cardinal rule in mind, master mixologist Kris Korf from Scottsdale’s Citizen Public House offers this tutorial


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