According to doomsayers, the end of the Mayan calendar on 12-21-12 spells oblivion for us all. Make a day of it.
Packed your bags and gassed up the minivan? Stocked your mountain compound with cans of tomato soup and crates of dehydrated milk? Neither have we. Nobody knows what December 21 will bring – zombies? tornados of fire? a new Creed album? – but one thing is certain: Your Mayan day of reckoning doesn’t have to be all survival prep. You gotta live a little, too. Consider this your end-of-days planner for the eve of the maybe-apocalypse.
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La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria
4410 N. 40th St.
This upscale market and deli serves a few simple but elegant breakfast selections, good sandwiches, great pizza (dinner only) and fanciful desserts baked by Tammie Coe. The kid-friendly pizzeria makes wonderful (and often trendy) pies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $-$$
From Fido-friendly restaurants to cat-sitting options to animal-welfare volunteer opportunities, your guide to Valley pet ownership begins here.
Dog- and Feline-Friendly Dining
Cave Creek Coffee Company
The aroma of locally-roasted coffees fills this cozy café at 6:30 a.m., just in time to grab a java on the rickety wood porch before heading out for a hike with your pooch. The brews are even named for two nearby, dog-friendly trails – Spur Cross and Black Mountain. Come back later for wine and martinis. Patio only. 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-488-0603, cavecreekcoffee.com
This November 6, pour a flask of hooch into democracy’s collective punch bowl with your own Election Day party.
Let them eat...
Whether you’re a Romney rooter or an Obama mama, a baked confection from Honey Moon Sweets takes the cake. They’ll customize an election-themed devil’s food cake (pictured above, $90, serves 25 people) or provide you with