Sunday, December 21, 2014

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¶lim¶Toque Off

Two Valley culinary schools, alike in dignity... and delicious French cream sauces. Which will reign supreme? 

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Chef Jon-Paul Hutchins of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Scottsdale, left; Chef Dominic O'Neill of the Scottsdale Community College (SCC) Culinary Arts program, right

Joe Dunham, a student at Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale, chose his culinary school based on reputation. “Le Cordon Bleu is such a prestigious name,” he says.

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¶lim¶Si Mangia Italiano!

Do you speak Italian? Or should we say: Do you speak pasta, pizza and spicy, aromatic sauces? Find them all in our first ever ITALIAN DINING GUIDE, your Valley roadmap to Old World comfort-food bliss.

Titans of Italian
Legendary restaurateurs Angiolo Livi and Tomaso Maggiore joke, reminisce, bash Olive Garden.

Top 10 Countdown
Food writer Gwen Ashley Walters names her 10 most essential Italian restaurants in the Valley.

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Mom-entous Occasion

PHM 500x500 FPOCelebrate Mother’s Day with an array of events and local gifts.

When late humor columnist and Paradise Valley resident Erma Bombeck wrote “When God Created Mothers” for her Mother’s Day column in 1974, she described the “standard model” as nothing short of a superhero that runs on black coffee and leftovers, with six pairs of hands, three sets of eyes, 180 moveable and replaceable parts, and “a kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair.” Forty years later, mothers are still all that and more, juggling cooking, cleaning, career and kids with aplomb. Give them a break with these Mother’s Day treasures and specials from around the Valley.

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Litchfield Park

AKA “West Side Mayberry”

RUBBER BARON: Litchfield Park was founded in 1926 by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company executive Paul W. Litchfield, who relocated from Ohio 10 years earlier to cultivate Egyptian long-staple cotton. Goodyear used the cotton to reinforce tires for World War I armed services vehicles. PARK AVENUES: The city’s signature pathways snake through well-manicured lawns, rows of palm and orange trees, scenic parks and sidewalk cafes. Most pathways are interconnected, letting you navigate the city by foot or bike without venturing onto a main street. FLY BOYS: Luke Air Force Base borders Litchfield Park to the north. Jets can be seen and heard flying overhead at Falcon Golf Club – named for the F-16 Fighting Falcon – on Camelback Road.

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App-y Days

Local pride? There’s a smartphone- or tablet-based gizmo for that.

You get your olive oil from Queen Creek Olive Mill, your sausages from The Pork Shop and your wardrobe from Frances, but what about those glowing rectangles glued to your hands? Your smartphone and tablet could use a little Arizona love, too, in the form of these locally-developed software applications. Check out these variously useful, touching, polarizing and surprisingly fun Valley tech offerings.

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The Local Well

Draw inspiration for healthy living from these Arizona-made products.

Arizona’s beautiful hikes, endless swimming pools and fair weather lend themselves to a healthy lifestyle. But sometimes you need a little more than yoga to stay on top of your game. From a piece of artisanal soap to a fragrant peace of mind, these Arizona-made products promote health and wellness for all.

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¶lim¶Smoke & Mirrors

E-cigarettes could usurp tobacco as the nation's nicotine delivery system of choice, and Scottsdale-based NJoy leads the charge. But how safe is “vaping”?

There are no Marlboro Men lassoing cattle in the “wild west” of North Scottsdale, especially not here in the Kierland Commons corporate offices of NJoy, a Valley-based manufacturer of electronic cigarettes. Instead, there’s curvy custom furniture, cushiony cubicles, and offices framed in full-panel frosted glass walls, inside of which hang dry erase boards filled with formulas and scientific scribbles. The clean, streamlined office design – along with the three 30-inch Apple Studio monitors on his desk – reflects company president and CEO Craig Weiss’ love of the high-tech.

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