Thursday, October 23, 2014


Pet-Friendly Restos

Like our Pet Guide? Enjoy this bonus list of pet-appropriate restaurants and bars in the Valley.

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. $-$$

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The Pet Guide

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,

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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

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The Ash Avenue Strip

AKA “Old Town Tempe”

GREEK TO US: Tempe takes its name from the Vale of Tempe in Greece.

FERRY DUST: The city, originally known as Hayden’s Ferry, incorporated in 1894.

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In the last decade, Arizona wine has gone from dubious to divine, which is great news for the Valley's viticulture vultures. Here's our guide to local wine bars, vino-centric restaurants, tastings, events, Arizona wines, vintners, and more!

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¶lim¶Local Beer

The Valley’s craft beer scene is exploding... and when the smoke clears, you’ll need a place to drink. Check out our guide to local beers, breweries, bars, drinking events, brewmeisters, and more!

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Filmic Freakout

In our cinematically-challenged Valley, we look at the weekly smattering of new indie flicks at the Harkins Camelview and consider ourselves lucky. Well, why not send your fortunes into overdrive at the Scottsdale International Film Festival? Now in its 12th season, this annual goodie-bag of art-house-filmmaking looks to be Arizona’s top fall film festival, featuring more than 30 films including The Eye of the Storm, starring Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine) and other buzzed-about films such as Denmark’s Teddy Bear, starring bodybuilder Kim Kold, and the British-Irish IRA drama Shadow Dancer, starring Clive Owen. Sounds like a lucky star to us. Runs October 5 through October 9 at Harkins Shea 14. Visit for more information.