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 "Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." — Henry James, American author (1843-1916).

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"One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you'll be a
national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do."

— Earl Nightingale: Was a motivational author and speaker

Gene Schmitz wants to tell you about his out of body experiences and face to face meeting with Jesus in Heaven. 

Check out his new book "Beyond the Physical"


  • There are no rules here, we're trying to accomplish something. Thomas Edison
  • The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it. Ayn Rand
  • I'll keep my Freedom, my God and my Guns...You keep the Change...
  • A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. -- Thomas Jefferson
  • Victory is won not in miles, but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.— Louis L’Amour
  • “The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” ―Ben Stein
  • The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. Margaret Thatcher
  • "The best way to predict the future is to create it."
    — Peter F. Drucker
  • "As we increasingly master our perceptions, beliefs, and
    thought/feeling patterns, we magnetically attract
    that which we most desire."

    — Luanne Oakes
  • Vendor Fair August 13th Saturday 9am-6pm
    Grand Finale Birthday Party for 110 Year Old !

       The Success Center at 4220 N. 19th Ave., Suite #201, Phoenix, AZ 85015, will host a Vendor Fair August 13th Saturday 9am-6pm. The public is welcome and FREE passes are available from any of the vendors exhibiting.  The Grand Finale for the day will be a Birthday Party for 110 Year Old Bernando DePallo!

       The Success Center holds various events for social networking and education of the public on financial success through small business ownership and the value of drinking healthy water and living an active caring lifestyle.

       The facility has a cool secure covered free parking garage, easy access to Suite #201 up the elevator. Guest will enjoy the complimentary beverage stations serving  water, iced tea and lemonade. Birthday cake will be served at 6PM!

       Larry Chebowski, the Success Center’s Director, expects 25-50 vendors of all types of businesses to exhibit in the air conditioned professional office space that was the former corporate offices to the Phoenix Suns. Attendance is anticipated at 500 – 1000 attendees. Each vendor is given passes to share with the public.  

        Vendors are still being solicited with tables 8’ long at $25 or 5’ long at $20. Merchants can haul up that morning at 7am to build their displays. Thus far vendors signed up include real estate, authors, fitness trainers, water and supplements, publications, gifts and jewelry.   

        A number of Contests with vendor provided prizes are being offered. Everything from gift certificates, movie tickets and beauty supplies are up for grabs.

        Speakers spots every 15 minutes throughout the day will feature Fitness Trainer to the Stars Fernando A. Mendivil. His training videos on YouTube display the power of his words when put into practice.


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Speaker Line up scheduled so far:

·        9:30am Toastmaster Champion Bill Chamber on Kangen Water

·        10:30am Trainer to the Stars Fernando A. Mendivil on Importance of Physical Fitness

·        11:30am Author Gene Schmitz on his book “Beyond the Physical”

·        1:30pm Ask the Doc – Doctors on stage to answer your questions

·        2:30pm Trainer to the Stars Fernando A. Mendivil on Importance of Physical Fitness

·        3:30pm Toastmaster Champion Bill Chamber on Kangen Water

·        4:30pm Larry Chebowski  on Access Entertainment

·        5:30pm LeeAnn Sharpe on Sales Opportunities

·        6:00pm Birthday Cake for 110 year old Bernando DePallo!


 "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence,
herefore, is not an act, but a habit."— Aristotle

"You must remain focused on your journey to greatness."— Les Brown: Motivational Speaker

 “The magic is inside
you. There ain’t no crystal ball.”― Dolly Parton

“I have not failed.   I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”     ― Thomas Edison

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there.  — Cecil Selig

Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together that they can't see anything wrong with each other.  — Rene Yasenek

Patience is the companion of wisdom.  — St. Augustine

Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. — Ayn Rand

If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room. — Anita Roddick

Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries. — Mark Twain

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.  — Anonymous

Happiness is a direction, not a place.  — Sydney J. Harris

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals. — Henry Ford


Dates Events (click for details) DISCLAIMER: AZPHM  makes every effort to verify that the information on events we print is accurate. However, details can change up to the last minute. We advise that you call and confirm that ALL information is correct. Where
  SEPTEMBER 2011  
September 11 Def Leppard with very special guest Heart Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion (formerly Cricket WirelessPavilion, Phoenix, AZ
August 15, 2011 Death Cab for Cutie Coamerica Theatre 400 W. Washington

September 2 - September 25, 2011




Steel Magnolias  September 2 - September 25, 2011

The quintessential story of friendship and trust, Steel Magnolias serves up a southern slice of life as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie! In the familiar sanctuary of Truvy's local-homegrown beauty salon, six very different women come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while keeping up with essential neighborly gossip! From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they share each moment in their lives with grace, determination, humor and, of course, perfectly coiffed hair.

Arizona Broadway Theatre 7701 W Paradise Lane Peoria AZ  623-776-8400 
September 8 Alejandro Fernandez Presented locally by Pro's Ranch Markets Coamerica Theatre 400 W. Washington
September 10

AZDance's MOVEMENT E-MOTION "Hand To Hand" Fundraiser

28248 N. Tatum Blvd., B1-453, Cave Creek, 85331
August 20 at 12:00pm - September 10 at 12:00pm
248 N. Tatum Blvd., B1-453, Cave Creek, 85331
September 16-
May 27,2012
Actors Theatre 2011-2012 Season

Actors Theatre
September 15, 2011 Bon Iver & Fleet Foxes Coamerica Theatre 400 W. Washington
September 18 Santana Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion (formerly Cricket WirelessPavilion, Phoenix, AZ
September 14 Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs with Brandi Carlile Coamerica Theatre 400 W. Washington
September 20 Ke$ha Presents The Get $leazy Tour Coamerica Theatre 400 W. Washington
September 30

           ZZ Top

Coamerica Theatre 400 W. Washington
  OCTOBER 2011  
October 1 Herberger Theater Center 222 East Monroe Street 
October 5 Incubus: If Not Now, When? US Tour Coamerica Theatre 400 W. Washington
October 13-16 Herberger Theater Center 222 East Monroe Street 
October 16 Billy Idol at Arizona State Fair Arizona State Fairgrounds - Arizona Exposition and State Fair Park 1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix
October 20 Judas Priest at Arizona State Fair Arizona State Fairgrounds - Arizona Exposition and State Fair Park 1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix
October 23 Miranda Cosgrove at Arizona State Fair Arizona State Fairgrounds - Arizona Exposition and State Fair Park 1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix
October 26 Three Doors Down at Arizona State Fair Arizona State Fairgrounds - Arizona Exposition and State Fair Park 1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix
October 20-23

World Premiere!
One of the world's most beloved fairytales comes to life
Choreography by Ib Andersen
Music by Sergei Prokfiev
Performed with The Phoenix Symphony
Thursday October 20 7:00 PM
Friday October 21 7:30 PM
Saturday October 22 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday October 23 1 PM & 5:30 PM
At Symphony Hall

Ballet Arizona
  NOVEMBER 2011  
November 2 Weezer at Arizona State Fair Arizona State Fairgrounds - Arizona Exposition and State Fair Park 1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix
November 18 Herberger Theater Center 222 East Monroe Street 
  DECEMBER 2011  
December 3-18

Frances Smith Cohen's Snow Queen

Herberger Theater Center 222 East Monroe Street 
December 20 Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Coamerica Theatre 400 W. Washington
December 9-24

The Nutcracker

A magical Holiday tradition for the entire family
Choreography by Ib Andersen
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed with The Phoenix Symphony

Friday December 9,7:30 PM
Saturday December 10, 2&7:30 PM
Sunday December 11, 1&5:30 PM
Wednesday December 14,7:00 PM
Thursday December 15, 7:00 PM
Friday December 16, 7:30 PM
Saturday December 17, 2&7:30 PM
Sunday December 18, 1&5:30 PM
Tuesday December 20, 2&7:00 PM
Wednesday December 21, 2&7:00 PM
Thursday December 22, 2&7:00 PM
Friday December 23, 2&7:30 PM
Saturday December 24, 2 PM
At Symphony Hall

Ballet Arizona
December 12

Spirit of the Season Dance West

Herberger Theater Center 222 East Monroe Street 
  JANUARY 2012  
  FEBRUARY 2012  
February 9-12
The Sleeping Beauty

All the charm and grandeur classical ballet has to offer
Choreography by Ib Andersen
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed with The Phoenix Symphony

Thursday February 9 7:00 PM
Friday February 10 7:30 PM
Saturday February 11 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday February 12 1 PM & 5:30 PM

At Symphony Hall

Ballet Arizona
  MARCH 2012  
March 29 - April 1
Director's Choice

A vibrant collection of movement

In The Night
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Ib Andersen
Music: selections from Massenet and Rossini

Choreography: Olga Evreinoff and Marius Petipa
Music: Ludwig Minkus

Thursday March 29, 7:00 PM
Friday March 30, 7:30 PM
Saturday March 31, 2 & 7:30 PM
Sunday April 1, 1:00 PM

At the Orpheum Theatre

Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams
  APRIL 2012  
  MAY 2012  
May 31 - June 3
All Balanchine

Three masterpieces by the genius choreographer

Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Music: Igor Stravinsky

Episodes-Arizona Premiere
Music: Anton Von Webren

Music: Igor Stravinsky

All choreography by George Balanchine
All performed with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall

Thursday May 31, 7:00 PM
Friday June 1, 7:30 PM
Saturday June 2, 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday June 3, 1:00 PM

Ballet Arizona
  JUNE 2012  

Les Misérables

June 7, 2011 - June 12, 2011
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ASU Gammage
Friday June 3, 2011

Club Doors @ 6:30 PM
Theatre Doors @ 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM

Row 1-8 = $50.00
Rows 9-13 = $35.00
Rows 14-25 = N/A
*PLUS Applicable Service Charges.
Seating is in the Round.

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KANSAS' first public statement appeared on their self-titled album in 1974, "From the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music different and we hope we will always remain so." Little did this legendary rock group realize that back in the early 70's, what "seemed to be different," was actually ahead of its time. Read More
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Celebrity Theatre
440 N 32nd St
June 28 • 8:00 PM
Ted Nugent
Club Doors @ 6:30 PM
Theatre Doors @ 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Rows 1-5 = $60.00
Rows 6-13 = $50.00
Rows 14-25 = $35.00
*PLUS Applicable Service Charges.
Stage is a 3/4 House and will NOT rotate.
Sections A3, A10. B3 and B12 are on the side and may have obstructed views.

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio appointed rock legend Ted Nugent deputy and was sworn in last summer in Arpaio’s downtown Phoenix office. Nugent is known for his conservative political views and defense of hunting and gun ownership rights. He has served on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association and is a spokesman for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education, National Field Archery Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
At 62, the veteran rocker’s no holds barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits and more than 30 million albums sold. Both as a solo artist and with the Amboy Dukes and Damn Yankees, Nugent has amassed a sizable list of well-known hits, including "Journey To The Center Of The Mind," "Stranglehold," "Free For All," "Dog Eat Dog," "Wango Tango," "Cat Scratch Fever," "Motor City Madhouse," cult classic “Fred Bear,” "High Enough” and “Love Grenade.”
Hailing from Detroit, Nugent’s guitar talents and over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned young Ted the moniker of "Motor City Madman." Get your Nuge on! His fire-breathing intensity and the sound he wrings from his almighty Gibson Byrdland have placed him among the all-time greats of rock & roll.
In addition to music, Nugent is a New York Times best-selling author of Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto and his autobiography titled God, Guns, & Rock n' Roll. He heads up his own hunting camp, owns his own hunting supply store and sells his own beef jerky.
Celebrity Theatre
440 N 32nd St
  JULY 2012  
July 15 • 8:00 PM
Chris Isaak

Friday July 15, 2011

Club Doors @ 6:30 PM
Theatre Doors @ 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM

Row 1-8 = $75.00
Rows 9-13 = $65.00
Rows 14-25 = 45.00
*PLUS Applicable Service Charges.
Seating is in the Round.

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Mr. Lucky -- Chris Isaak’s stunning new masterpiece -- perfectly balances the ecstasy of great romance with the agony of pure heartbreak. Mr. Lucky offers passionate music that feels decidedly lived-in. Like some rocking Sinatra album for the 21st Century, Mr. Lucky is a song cycle about the good luck we earn and the bad luck we just can’t seem to shake. Right from its killer opener -- the wonderfully tortured “Cheaters Town” -- to the concluding and uplifting “Big, Wide Wonderful World,” Isaak takes us all on a dark but beautiful ride -- one you will likely recognize as your own. Read More»
Celebrity Theatre
440 N 32nd St
August 29 • 8:00 PM
On Sale Tues 5/24 at 10 am!
An Evening with
Donny Osmond

Monday August 29, 2011

Club Doors @ 6:30 PM
Theatre Doors @ 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM

Rows 1-8 = $70.00
Rows 9-25 = $40.00
Seating is in the Round.

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Donny was born December 9, 1957 to George and Olive Osmond in Ogden Utah. He is the seventh of nine children: eight boys and one girl. The entire Osmond Family have a long and varied career, which had a humble beginning singing barbershop harmony on Main Street Disneyland. Soon thereafter, Donny and his siblings became very successful teen idols worldwide. READ MORE
Celebrity Theatre
440 N 32nd St

Dining in the North Valley: Bistro 33 at Sonoran Village  

  by the Cowgirl Connoisseur
Check out 33 Bistro & Lounge, located at 15680 N. Pima Road, 200 yards north of the Sonoran Village Theatre at Frank Lloyd Wright and Hayden. It’s a busy shopping area and I have found myself there for other business and in need of refueling on more than one occasion. Several choices are available and all have been delightful in the past, but 33 Bistro has become a favorite. It has one of the most beautifully appointed dining rooms in North Scottsdale and is owned by the same folks who run Foster's, with 33 Bistro & Lounge they focused on “great food at great prices.”.

 Natural earthy tones with a beautiful hard wood floor appointed in a modern style keep lines clean and pleasing at 33 Bistro’s 3,500 square feet of upscale yet casual dining. Oversized booths are comfortable as well as the seating at tables or the sofas in the lounge. I’ve never found it over crowded and service has always been friendly and efficient. You have to love any restaurant with a sparkling clean open kitchen.

 “Our mission was to create an unpretentious neighborhood restaurant that serves simple, home-style food in an elegant atmosphere at reasonable prices,” said 33 Bistro & Lounge co-owner, Bill Deacon. Menu items include grilled chicken, fish, steak, hamburgers, pizza and pasta and more. Most range from $3 to $17, with several daily specials.

 For appetizers I enjoyed the Spinach Dip and homemade Tortilla chips at ($8) fresh spinach and artichoke hearts blended with asiago, parmesan, aged cheddar and onions make this a delight. One of my standards for rating a restaurant is their Calamari ($9) which was excellent. New Zealand calamari rings are lightly battered and deep fried with sundried tomato chipotle aioli and cocktail sauce or you can request them sautéed with homemade marinara. 

 The Classic Burger ($10) is delicious with cheddar cheese and bacon. Everything has a special touch like the Pepperoni Pizza ($12) with a “homemade sauce, aged pepperoni, and mozzarella”. Or try the Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken very reasonably priced ($10), a chicken breast stuffed with cream cheese, topped with a brandy cream sauce and served with asparagus. In the mood for beef? You will not be disappointed with the Tuscan Filet ($19), an 8 oz. filet grilled to order and sliced, served with mashed potatoes, asparagus and a roasted garlic basil demi glace. 

 The “Homemade dessert selections” include a Chocolate Chip Cookie Crock for ($6) with the original toll house recipe baked to order in the pizza oven, served with vanilla bean ice cream (please allow 15 minutes for baking). This is a great pick me up anytime of day!

 The lounge at 33 provides a warm, intimate setting where relaxation is paramount. Guests can enjoy a martini on the leather sofa or have dinner in the oversized booth with six of their friends. The lounge also offers the best place to enjoy fresh appetizers including bruschetta, chicken skewers, shrimp cocktail with several varieties of bottled beer and beers on tap, as well as a wide selection of wines and liquor.

 Hours are Monday through Friday: 11am to 9pm, Saturday: 4pm to 9pm, Sunday: Closed. Late Night Lounge: Friday and Saturday: 10pm to 2am. Reservations can be made by emailing aaron_cordova@fostersseafood.com  or by calling 480.222.3366. To take a 'virtual tour' of 33 Bistro & Lounge go to their website at http://www.fostersseafood.com/33.  The entire menu can be found online.

 33 Bistro & Lounge is owned by Bill Deacon, who also owns Foster’s, a seafood establishment at 10510 North 90th Street, Scottsdale. Foster’s is the Valley's “only traditional New England Seafood House”. They say, “We wanted to be THE place to go for great clam chowder and steamed lobster. We wanted to be the ONLY place to go for fried clams, steamers and broiled haddock.” With family roots in Maine, you can understand while Foster’s has long been a family favorite. 

Cowgirl Connoisseur may be reached at azphm@earthlink.net, P.O. Box 11105 Phoenix AZ 85061.

Dining in the North Valley: Mancuso's at the Summit
By the Cowgirl Connoisseur

    Mancuso's at the Summit is one of several Mancuso family restaurants in the valley. If you know about the excellent long-standing reputation of this family’s treasured recipes for fine Northern Italian cuisine, you won’t be disappointed at Mancuso's at the Summit.
     Mancuso’s at the Summit offers sophisticated casual dining coupled with a well-stocked wine bar. The menu includes pizza, pasta, salads, chicken, duck, veal, lamb, beef, and seafood. Prices range from $18 to $30 for entrees, except for some market priced veal and seafood.
     The entire menu can be found online in a printable pdf format. This is especially nice if you want to peruse the menu and wine list prior to leaving home for the evening.  Their wine list, recently updated, offers a top-notch selection of fine wines. With an emphasis on the California wines, prices range from $24 to $225 a bottle or $6 to $15 a glass. They also carry a nice selection of wines from Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Washington State.
     As for my personal recommendation on the menu, the Duck A L’Orange or L’Raspberry with a special sauce is incredible. Moist and flavorful, a “to die for” experience! And I always love a good Marsala and theirs is delightful. But to capture the full experience of Mama Mancuso’s cooking you must try the pastas. If you can’t decide which to order, get the Combination and find a little bit of Heaven!
     Recent reviews online indicate similar feelings. “Amazing food, I have never been more stuffed in my life...GREAT place to take your loved ones.” Or “This is the place to go for a unique and wonderful evening. The food is great and the staff is great. We had an anniversary dinner there and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!“
     Mancuso's quality, from ingredients, to preparation, to service, will make your dining experience a joyful occasion.  Whether a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day treat, graduation celebration or a romantic evening, Mancuso’s at the Summit is a delightful place to make a lasting impression. 
     Mancuso's at the Summit invites you to come in for appetizers and drinks, pasta or pizza or a dinner of signature Mancuso's classics. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 4 to 6:30 p.m. with $1 off wine by the glass, beer & well drinks in the lounge and $2 off appetizers.
     Mancuso's at the Summit, located at 32527 N. Scottsdale Road, (north of Ashler Hills at Thirsty Cactus Lane south of Carefree Highway) Scottsdale, 480-575-1600 is online, with virtual tours, at www.mancusosrestaurant.com. The other Mancuso establishments in the greater Phoenix area include Frankie’s Little Italy at Scottsdale Road and the 101 at the Cine Capri Complex and Bobby’s a Jazz club and restaurant at Kierland Commons.
     Cowgirl Connoisseur may be reached at azphm@earthlink.net, PO Box 11105, Phoenix, AZ 85061.

Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon

by Cowgirl Connoisseur
The old time cowboy restaurant is almost a thing of the past with all the modern development taking over much of Arizona’s cowboy country. One of the last remaining cowboy restaurants is Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon located at I-17 Exit #225 West on Pioneer Road. This part of the past can still hold claim to good old-fashioned cowboy food and entertainment. They claim to be “Where Arizona’s Old West is re-discovered and the taste of Arizona’s new West is found”

 Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon sits on the Pioneer Living History Museum Old West town property. You enter the restaurant without going into the museum proper. Many events from weddings, corporate parties to the September Wild Western Festival combine the restaurant and its services with the museum.

 Open Wednesday through Sunday, 6am to 9pm, Pioneer serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner in a comfortable old west style dining room and bar. On Sunday they have an All-U-Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast sure to satisfy any appetite from Hoss to Little Joe. Thursday night is All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti and Meatballs; Friday night is the “Famous” All-U-Can-Eat Fish Fry. Gather up your posse of family and friends for this one! Saturday night is Prime Rib and All the Fixin’s. The food has always been served with generous portions and cooked to your request.  

Friday through Sunday you can enjoy entertainment from honky-tonk piano to cowboy singers. Bring your out-of-town guests in for a taste of the old west. Their website at www.westerndestinations.com  tells you all about a variety of activities available.

Review by Cowgirl Connoisseur June 3, 2009 www.steakandlemonade.com

Baby's Steak & Lemonade (623) 561-2229 8582 W. Union Hills Dr., Peoria, AZ 85382  OUT OF BUSINESS

They tell me they have another location in Chicago. The story of the two owners and their new location just north of the Walmart on Union Hills is posted right inside the door so stop there to read it… no use me recanting here. You will want to go there anyway. It is easy access right along Union Hills and the light entrance to the shopping center. Look for the bright yellow and green signs with the big lemon baby sucking a pacifier. Cute logo.

The décor is very hip modern with art deco inspired lighting, a fireplace in the corner, big tv monitors up above in a couple of locations. Seating is comfortable and the order counters are chic and clean. Everyone was very nice and eager to let me try tastes of new lemonade  flavors.

The Classic Philly Cheese Steak is what they are famous for so that is what I tried and I could have gone back for more if I wasn’t already full. The very nice flavor of the steak, peppers and onions with a homemade fresh roll was fabulous!

It was reminiscent of the old Bitter Creek steak shops here in the valley where we would line up in downtown Phoenix or the north valley for an hour to get in and enjoy the delicious sandwiches. Those were the days…

Well Baby's Steak & Lemonade has taken that delicious flavor and kicked it up a notch!

They have Italian Beef, hotdogs, Burgers, salads, pitas, Gyros, Sandwiches including Pastrami, soups, baked potatoes, wings, nachos, a kids menu and ice cream and cookies for dessert.

Don’t worry I will be back to try them all later… that is if I can pull myself away from the great Philly Steak! 

Glendale Carvers Steak & Chops,  
8172 W. Bell Road, Glendale, 623-412-0787

By LA Sharpe

 When the occasion calls for an extra special dinner, such as Mother’s or Father’s Day, I would suggest Glendale Carvers Steak & Chops, 8172 W. Bell Road, (in front of Best Buy) Glendale, 623-412-0787. Prime rib is the house specialty but they have an extensive and impressive menu. Prices range from $20-$30.

Carvers is opening an hour early at 11 a.m. for Mother's Day. You can order off the menu or from the chef's Mother's Day menu that will offer a fish, steak or combo special. Reservations are encouraged.

The ambiance is relaxed upscale with plenty of private rooms for those special intimate parties.

To start we nibbled on the Calamari Fritti, lightly fried with sweet red peppers and onion drizzled with ancho chili mayonnaise $9.95. Yummy. Just the right taste to set the appetite on fire.  A companion had the French Onion Soup au Gratin $5.00 which I sampled and enjoyed the deep rich flavor without being salty as many onion soups can be.

 I especially enjoyed the Filet Mignon Carver’s Cut $26, their most tender cut, with Sherried Mushrooms $5.00. The Filet is served with salad and potato. From the wide range of choices I selected the spinach salad with honey mustard dressing that was to die for delicious.  You have your choice of garlic, au gratin, baked or French fries for the potato. I took the backed loaded and it was perfection. They also offer rice pilaf or vegetables.

My friend had the Prime Rib Carver’s Cut $29. They say it is award winning finest Midwestern beef with a herb crusted slow roasted overnight to ensure the most tender prime rib available. It is wonderful, tender and juicy as it should be.

Dessert was the Chocolate Oblivion $6.00 which I hope left me oblivious to the calories. It was enough to share with my dining partner leaving us both satisfied. Coffee to keep me awake after this delicious meal.

I should mention we finished off three bottles of wine between the four of us. A nice list to choose from and our waiter was very good at making recommendations. Their list allows by the glass or bottle and plenty of general wine information. You can view the list online prior to your visit to expedite selections.

They also offer chicken and seafood which I may try on another visit… haw.. the steaks are too good!  I would highly recommend Carver’s in Glendale to anyone looking for a fine dining experience. The service was exceptional and the food perfection.

Carvers is part of the Paragon chain. From its modest beginning with the Jolly Ox Restaurant in San Diego in 1967, Paragon Steakhouse Restaurants, Inc., has grown into one of the country's leading steakhouse operators. Paragon prides itself in a commitment to hospitality, quality, service, and of course, steaks and prime rib. While Paragon's brands range from the upscale, classic American steakhouse to the more accessible sit-down dinner house, the company is best known for serving quality, award-winning choice steaks and prime ribs. The group also included the Hungry Hunter, The Whaling Company and Mountain Jack restaurants. 


  Dillon's Restaurant Review                                  

By LA Sharpe

 Recently two male business associates asked me choose a restaurant to have a business lunch. Dillon's Restaurant was the first place that came to mind knowing these guys would probably love bbq and with Dillon’s you can’t go wrong. And boy was I right!

 The soup of the day was a hearty creamy potato and practically a meal in itself. I’ve never seen two guys dig into soup with such intensity. The conversation was at a standstill as they lapped up spoonful after spoonful of the heavenly homemade concoction. Sure it was a cold day and hot soup is nice. But this went into almost hypnotic trance of taste bud delight. 

 Dillon's claim to fame is their Barbeque and they do it well on everything from ribs and chicken to sausage. The main course today was the Carolina-Style Pork Sandwich, for one of my friends and he was thrilled. I’ve had it before and the sweet sticky sauce is great on the slow cooked bbq pork. Today I choose the Dillon’s Dip, a crunchy French bread roll with perfect beef and creamy cheese and grilled onions along with a full flavored beef au jus sauce for dipping. Delicious! And my other companion tried the Pulled Pork Sandwich which he enjoyed very much. They are both still talking about how much they enjoyed that lunch!

 In the past I’ve taken family for dinner and enjoyed the Prime Rib, Slow-Smoked Pork Spare Rib Plate, and BBQ Beef Brisket Platter. All outstanding. Their menu has some interesting different items including Midwestern Hot Beef, Spinach Enchilada Platter, Country Fried Chicken Platter, Country Fried Steak Platter , Lemon Pepper Cod, Catfish Platter, Smoked Salmon Filet.

 Event the appetizers include a number of surprises. Appetizers include Onion Rings, Crispy Chicken Wings, Mushroom Bonanza, Sweet & Spicy Wings, Flautas, Fried Pickles!!, Beef or Chicken or Spinach Quesadilla, Nachos, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Stuffed Portabello Mushroom.

 The atmosphere with a nice fire burning at the entry and a community of birdfeeders outside the picture window is as friendly as the people. I felt that the servers were there when you needed them, but knew how to serve without hovering over your table. The food was excellent and each order every time I have been there, which is many, lived up to my expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend Dillon's to friends. I'll surely visit Dillon's often in the future.

  Dillon’s was created by Rich Dillon and George Valverde.  Since Dillon's beginning in 1999, they have expanded to three locations, as well as provide valley-wide catering.

 Another friend told me to try the pulled pork with Cajun sauce. Of course, the Chicken-fried Steak was good, too. All the food has a great taste to it. The baked beans are the best I ever had. The appetizers and entrees are huge, but the price is definitely reasonable!  

Every weekend there's live entertainment. Check the website at http://www.dillonsrestaurant.com . They are located at 8706 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria, Arizona 85381 Just west of I-101 on the north side of Thunderbird. It’s a tough place for parking on occasion but there’s plenty of room inside!  623.979.5353
Llunch hours Mon - Friday 11:00am – 4:00pm Dinner served Mon - Fri 4:00pm – Close Sat- Sun: 11:00am – Close. Dillon's accepts Visa, American Express,MasterCard, & Discover Card. Sorry, no personal checks.

El Encanto Restaurant in Cave Creek

 by Cowgirl Connoisseur
 For years when out of town guests would visit I would take them shopping and out for lunch at the original El Encanto in the heart of Cave Creek. The children especially loved to sit along the water of the picturesque pond with the playful wildlife, including ducks, and turtles. The adults enjoyed dining in a romantic old-world Mission-style restaurant with a great menu and cocktails!

 They say the menu is authentic handmade Mexican Cuisine, with specialties from regions all over Mexico, including daily fresh fish specials. “All of the Mexican Cuisine at El Encanto is authentic and handmade, from the freshest ingredients, and is considered by many to be the best Mexican food in the Valley.”

 They make wonderful Frittatas of Three cheese (Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Jalapeno Jack) $6.20 or ham, mushroom, onion and Swiss $7.10. They also have Chicken, Avocado, and Swiss $6.75 or my favorite Avocado, Monterey Jack and roasted green chilies $6.50. The fresh spinach, mushroom, onion and Swiss $6.50 is also great.  

Lunch is served 11 am to 3pm everyday and includes all of your usual Mexican food fare, well made and reasonably priced. You can get combo plates with rice and beans or A la Carte.  

 Some other great choices are the shredded beef taco, cheese Enchilada and beans $7.45, the cheese Enchilada, rice and beans $6.95. Chile Relleno, rice and beans $6.95, Chicken Enchilada with rice, beans and sour cream $7.55, Taco salad, topped with beef or chicken $5.75, or the Folded Quesadilla "El Encanto" with chicken or shredded beef $6.85. There are so many more great selections that you will want to come back time and again. The Seafood Enchilada with green chili sauce and a dollop of fundido sauce and served with rice. $6.95 is especially nice as is the grilled sea bass, served with rice and flour tortilla $6.85.

 El Encanto A la Carte Chimichangas of Chicken, of shredded or Machaca beef, green chili beef or vegetables $7.15 or seafood $7.30 are all wonderful.  Burros, Flautas, Tacos, Enchiladas, Rellenos, Tamales, or Tostadas, offer no better way to warm up on a cold winter day!

 At dinner you may want to try speciales De El Encanto which include the most special Rellenos of Ancho Chile Relleno, fresh roasted Anaheim chile stuffed with mesquite grilled chicken breast and beans, covered with a savory ancho chile sauce and Monterey Jack cheese served with black beans and rice $15.75. If you are daring, you will want to try Carnitas Poblano Relleno, a large fresh roasted Poblano chile stuffed with tender pork carnitas and topped with green chile sauce and Jack cheese served with black beans and corn rice $15.75. Chile Relleno or Chile Relleno Con Carne or Pollo Fundido is great too.

 From The Mesquite Grill try the Sizzling Hot Fajitas marinated strips of chicken, beef, pork or vegetables, mesquite grilled with fresh peppers and onions served sizzling hot at your table with warm tortillas, beans, guacamole and Pico de gallo salsa $14.65 Shrimp $16.95 a bargain when compared to Fujitsu elsewhere. And it creates and exciting atmosphere when that sizzling skillet appears!

 Mole is a blend of red chiles, sweet dark chocolate, a hint of roasted nuts and spices. If you like Mole, you will love El Encanto’s Mole. Along with all the this great food they also have steak, chicken, fresh Sea Bass or Guaymas Shrimp and they are served in several ways and all are delicious. 

 El Encanto has opened its second restaurant, El Encanto Dos, along Carefree Highway in Desert Hills. The new restaurant has the same great food in a different setting. It also has the feel of Mexico with vibrant colors, tile scenes and wrought iron accents. There is plenty of outdoor dining next to a small creek, where guests sit next to a picturesque fireplace and enjoy their meals.

 Both restaurants have uniquely designed indoor/outdoor Cantinas with views of the enchanting setting. Intricate handcrafted details include a bar top made of Swirlstone; inlaid Mexican tile; and handmade wrought iron wine racks and chairs designed by local artists. El Encanto Dos also boasts a sports bar with five large plasma televisions. The cantinas carry more than 40 different tequilas that can be sampled in flights, and a distinctive wine selection from Mexico, Spain, South America, California and Oregon. The Cantina Tapas menu offers a selection of smaller, more specialized items to the bar clientele.  

The owners, Bill Nelson and his daughter Christine, have tried to create an authentic Mexican atmosphere in which to enjoy similarly authentic and in many cases unique to Arizona Mexican specialties. 

 In the many years of dining at El Encanto, I have experienced many varied levels of service. But I must say they have always been warm and friendly and have done their best to make it a good meal. At times it’s crowded and busy and the noise level can get up there on those raucous occasions. But I’ve never been unsatisfied with the food and continue to return frequently. I guess you can say they have earned an endorsement as a favorite place by the Cowgirl Connoisseur and you can tell them so the next time you dine at El Encanto Restaurant in Cave Creek. If you want more information give them a call at (480) 488-1752 or just stop by the original at 6248 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. Or the new El Encanto Dos Restaurant in Desert Hills at 1112 E Carefree Hwy Desert Hills, their number is (623) 780-5948. Hours are 11am-10pm weekends 8am-10pm at both locations. You can also checkout their web site at http://www.elencantorestaurant.com/ .

Caffe Boa

By Cowgirl Conniseur

We all end up in Tempe for one reason or another with so many fabulous shows and festivals in the area. So while there, schedule time for a meal at Tempe's Caffe Boa on Mill and 4th Street. The sign is tucked back behind trees, so it might be tough to find, but park near 4th and walk the west side of the street. You will find the darling little patio with a European café air. Inside the décor is modern with clean lines and earthy colors. A mix of photos and art adorn the walls and dining areas are broken up into smaller more intimate areas by ancient red brick arches, ceiling to floor drapes a mix of dark and light wood. It’s all very clean, attractive and comfortable.

 At first look, the menu is very different. There are so many unique combinations of flavors, next to a few old favorites. My advice is jump in and try something new. Everything my party has tried on several visits has been delicious. Rosemary-and-twine tied white linen napkins set a mood and all that follows reminds us this is more than just food, it’s a see-touch-smell and taste experience.

 The “First Bites” or Appetizers we enjoyed included a wonderful “Caprese.”$6.95 Fresh beefsteak tomatoes topped with bufala mozzarella, basil and our reduced balsamic dressing. The balsamic was so great we had our server get the name for us and it is made by the Queen Creek Olive Mill in Queen Creek, Arizona. Online at http://www.queencreekolivemill.com/ they say they are Arizona’s first working olive farm and mill, pressing the finest extra virgin olive oil from nine different varieties of olives hand picked and blended to make one of the world’s finest extra virgin olive oils. They even offer tours to experience a true Tuscan tasting experience. Amazing how one great little first bite can lead to another great discovery! Caffe Boa is famous for their meatballs “Ragusa” $8.25 sliced and served with sautéed red onions, bell peppers, marinara and melted provolone. This could be almost a meal in itself if you are a light eater and love flavor over volume.

 The menu boasts an extensive selection of “Insalata” blending ingredients in such a way as to make it more than just a salad. You can add Cajun or Garlic chicken, Italian sausage or shrimp to any of the salads for an additional $4 making another light eating option. My favorites are “So. Cal Love”, $9.95 a chicken breast, sliced almonds, avocado, alfalfa sprouts with oh so delicate butter-cup lettuce topped with a champagne/lemon Vinaigrette that compliments but does not overpower the ingredients. The “Istria Insalata” $9.95 with organic spring mix with fresh raspberries, candied walnuts, Belgium endive, chevre, and apple slices, tossed with a raspberry vinaigrette is very filling. I added the Cajun chicken for $4.00 extra.

 As for the pasta dishes, “Voodoopenne”$14.95 is a great Cajun spiced chicken breast grilled to perfection and tossed with fresh tomatoes, tri-colored bell peppers, light cream, and penne and it was delicious with a delicate mild Italian sausage. But to die for was the “Ravioli Rakovi” $17.95 the most requested special, now on the menu. Jumbo square ravioli filled with fresh pulled crab, marscarpone, ricotta, and herbs, tossed in a light lemon cream with tarragon. Silly me I took a bite off my date’s plate and fell in love! Entrees we enjoyed included the “Filettomignon” $23.95 of 100% certified Mid-Western grown and fed, top quality, 6oz. fillet mignon, grilled to taste and served with Cabernet/Porcini Mushroom reduction and fresh seasonal vegetables. If you can eat all of this hooray for you because it is a lot of delicious rich meat!  “Lucasmeatballs” $15.95 are their family perfection of a classic! Italian sausage, premium beef, veal, pork meatballs, made daily and simmered in fresh marinara and tossed with spaghetti.

 Mine are all grown, but if you have little ones they also offer a “Luca's Special Kidz Menu” for the under 12-year-old crowd.

 Caffe Boa has been voted Winner of the Phoenix New Times, and Get out Magazine 2006, Best Happy Hour, everyday at the Wine bar 4-7pm with 1/2 off ALL appetizers, 1/2 off ALL wines by the glass, 1/2 off Specialty martini/drink list, and $2 for our premium draft selection. Open 7 days a week Sun-Wed 11am-10pm and Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 11am-11pm (bar open later). 398 S. Mill Avenue in Old Town Tempe. (480) 968-9112. http://www.cafeboa.com/



Alberto's Italian Restaurant

by Cowgirl Connoisseur

 Alberto's Italian Restaurant located at 7171 E Cave Creek Road, in Carefree. This quaint little spot is about to take off to fresh heights with a new wine bar to complement the rich traditional award winning Italian cuisine of Chef/partner Alberto Liani.

 Check out the walls on the way to the immaculate restrooms and you will find a collection of wonderful reviews, that only a lifetime of great cooking can accomplish. And this review might as well join all the others because it contains only glowing words of flattery for Alberto's recipes created with only the finest of fresh ingredients. The food was excellent, the service as good as it gets, and the ambiance was warm and inviting and the people especially gracious.

 Salvatore greeted us as we arrived and made recommendations from the menu and took our orders. A plate of homemade crusty bread and a dish of fresh olive oil with herbs appeared with an excellent Merlot wine.

 Caprese $10.95 for an appetizer satiated our hunger as we awaited spinach ravioli and spaghetti with sausage. The mozzarella was delightfully smokey and fresh, sliced equally to the large vine ripe tomato that seems impossible to find in the produce section these days. Fresh basil must have come from somewhere other than Arizona because mine from the garden has been too bitter when in the hot sun, and this basil was just perfect. And the balsamic had a gentle bite and yummy flavor. The bread, that large holed yeast bread with a hard crust, was delicious too. The menu offers a full array of traditional Italian fare. The Pasta a Fagioli soup $6.95 at the next table looked hearty and the gentleman sipping it says it was delicious.

 A special brick oven brought from Italy bakes at super hot temperatures to make a crisp crust and melt the cheeses to bubbling perfection. Over a dozen pizza combinations with an average price of $14.90 makes me wonder why we would ever order a pizza from anywhere else. Fresh hand tossed, created with the magic only a master chef with over 40 years of experience can attain, means each pizza is a masterpiece.

 Pasta is all fresh homemade. "Nothing frozen!" says Liani. "That's what makes it taste so good." Simple traditional recipes from Rome where he still maintains a home. "I try to get back to Rome for a little time every year."  The Spinach Ravioli (pre-spinach problems) was delicate and flavorful, and only $15.95. For $19.95 the Spaghetti with sausage had a mild spicy flavor and very filling

 A wine list with over 200 wines on hand was impressive. Many are imported from Italy but they also carry many fine domestic wines as well. 

It would take many trips to this marvelous restaurant to try everything on their varied menu. You could tell many patrons are regular customers, which always bodes well for the quality of the food. 

The new wine bar will open this month, and will add yet another dimension to enjoying the ambiance and companionship at Alberto's Italian Restaurant. The restaurant is open 4pm-9pm Tuesday - Sunday, give them a call today at 480-488-5800. Go see Alberto and Sal and say the Cowgirl Connoisseur from Panorama Hills Monthly sent you!


Skeptical Chymist 

by the Cowgirl Connoisseur
    Skeptical Chymist, is located on the east side of the Sonoran Village at Frank Lloyd Wright backing to the Pima 101 access road. It's hidden back in a corner of the shopping area and well worth the search once found! Entering you are taken to a turn of the century (early 1900's) Irish pub/apothecary. Dark woods and dim light embrace you; a welcome relief from the summer sun and heat. Cabinets filled with hundreds of little drawers,glassed shelves of antique apothecary jars and interesting artifacts that you can imagine would be found in a chymists shoppe in county Cork Ireland, as many were purchased in Ireland. In times gone by, often a pharmacy or grocery would double as a pub. Customers would tend to take a Guinness or whiskey to relieve their flagging spirits as they came to purchase their provisions. Your apothecarists or "chymists" would fix you up quick as a wink and customers left feeling fine.
    The name, Skeptical Chymist, came from a book written by Robert Boyle, The Sceptical Chymist, published in 1661. Boyle was born at Lismore Castle, Munster, Ireland, the 14th child of the Earl of Cork. He was committed to the "New Philosophy", which valued observation and experiment at least as much as logical thinking in formulating accurate scientific understanding and played a key role in founding the Royal Society to nurture this new view of science. That's pretty much science as we know it today.
    So much for the name. Skeptical Chymist claims to be Arizona's first Irish owned and managed, traditional Irish pub. Owners have operated Fibber Magees in Chandler (Phoenix New Times "Best Irish Pub" 2003, 2004, 2005), for years. Guinness, Harp and Smithwick's as well as an impressive list of Irish whiskeys are on hand.
    As far as filling your belly. Try the "Harp Beer Battered Fish and Chips" our waitress says is their most popular item. It's a 10 oz filet of northern Pacific Cod in homemade Harp batter, served with thick cut chips and mushy peas. Tarter sauce, mild vinegar and ketchup served on the side. $12.95 at lunch or dinner. Delicious and filling. The thick cut chips add up to a whole large potato! The mushy peas had a good flavor and consistency and I was surprised to enjoy. A crisp Pear Guinness was delightful and light to wash it all down!
    My companion tried the Peppercorn crusted 10 oz filet mignon served with a jameson, three peppercorn sauce or cashel blue and horse radish sauce, caramelized onions and mushrooms, served with champ or whiskey scalloped potatoes and fresh vegetables at $21.95. He says it was as good a filet as he has ever had, and I can tell you he's had a lot! All was served hot and timely. Our server was there when needed and very efficient and delightful. Colcannon Cakes are an Irish favorite. Pan fried served with savoury sour cream and tomato compote. Guinness Beef Stew of top sirloin and root vegetable braised Guinness gravy while great on a cold winter day didn't seem appealing while the temps are still triple digit. Neither did the Shephard's Pie (not the traditional lamb of a true Shephard's Pie) of lean minced beef and diced vegetables in a savoury gravy topped with champ and melted cheese. We shall to try these on return once the temps leave us needing a warming up meal.

    Also on the menu Guinness mustard encrusted pork tenderloin stuffed with spinach and Irish bacon rashers, drizzled in Strongbow apple cider reduction for $15.95, Curry brushed grilled Lamb chops, served with an apricot, honey and tarragon sauce $19.95, Grilled Salmon over saiteed spinach, covered with their own Guinness hollandaise sauce $14.95, and Char grilled Tuna steak accompanied by a roast spring onion and tomato relish $18.95 or Seafood pasta medley of cockles, mussels, shrimp and cod simmered in a white wine garlic broth with tomato, served over bow tie pasta $17.95. So many choices to look forward to in a return trip.
    Their website http://www.skepticalchymist.com/  will keep you updated as to the live entertainment onstage and events. So you need only go as far as Scottsdale for a glimpse of old Ireland! Sample the delights of Irish cuisine and sip on many fine Irish beverages. 15688 N. Pima Road Suite #C6 , Scottsdale, AZ. 85260. (480) 609 8677. Cowgirl Connoisseur may be reached at azphm@earthlink.net , P.O. Box 11105 Phoenix AZ 85061

Bill Johnson’s Big Apple Restaurants: Come Celebrate 55 Years of Arizona Cookin’ Done Right

Valley of the Sun Landmark is the Place Where Residents and Visitors Alike Turn To for Delectable BBQ in an Authentic Western Atmosphere

(Phoenix, AZ) – Bill Johnson, the legendary showman, once said of his namesake restaurants: “Bill Johnson’s Big Apple Restaurants are where the sidewalks end and the Old West begins.” 55 years later, the sentiment rings truer than ever – the Arizona landmark is still thee place where Valley of the Sun residents, snowbirds, and visitors alike turn to for some of the best BBQ on the planet in a nostalgic western atmosphere where the servers make you feel like part of the family.

Besides the mouth-watering food (Winning countless chili cook-offs and voted best BBQ and best deep-dish apple pie in the state) and provider of the famous Bill Johnson’s Big Apple Barbeque Sauces, family just may be the “secret sauce” and key to this eating and drinking establishment’s longevity. Sherry Cameron, the new CEO, is a third generation member of the Johnson family who is now leading one of the Southwest’s most famous brands into future; and delighting a whole new generation of customers. This dedicated consistency entices people to return again and again for the generous portions of food, the western atmosphere and the colorful wait staff duded up in western garb.

“We’ve been around so long, now we’re back in style,” smiles Cameron. It’s not often that a family-owned and operated restaurant has the kind of longevity we’ve had, but we treat our people right – and we treat our customers like family. Now, I want a new generation of people to think of us when they’re looking for a place where families and friends can sit around a table and enjoy a good time.”

Visitors to Bill Johnson’s Big Apple Restaurants often feel as if they’ve walked into a western movie set as they’re greeted by a sawdust covered floor, the only one of its kind thanks to a special proclamation by former Arizona Governor Rose Mofford. At the Westside location of the restaurants, instead of being welcomed by John Wayne, waitress Sandy Davison says “Howdy Partner,” as she has for 43 years. Davison’s daughter Heidi Hodges, wearing a holster and pistols, has also worked at the restaurant on-and-off for over 30 years and her infectious smile and friendly banter immediately put you at ease.

“Families and groups have always made our restaurants the gathering place for celebrations and reunions,” laughs Hodges. “I have a group from Colorado that visits twice a year for the NASCAR races. We hung their antique license plates on the wall and I like making people feel at home here in our cowboy atmosphere.” So much so that Hodges knows all of her regulars by name and they bring her Christmas bonuses as sign of their deep appreciation. “You’ll get taken care of here,” acknowledges Hodges. “I’m a waitress, not a food server – and proud of it. It’s fun here and you’ll leave with a full belly and great memories – along with a hankering to come back soon.” When pressed for the best kept food secrets that locals already know, Hodges doesn’t hesitate to tip-off out-of-towners: “For breakfast, you’ll be in heaven with our chicken-fried steak with biscuits and gravy! For lunch, I love our old west buffalo Pattie melt – it’s a ½ lb. buffalo patty topped with grilled onions, pepper jack and cheddar cheese on grilled rye bread – delicious. For dinner, it’s got to be our signature all-you-can-eat BBQ ribs – and I can guarantee that you’ll be a customer for life.”

Hodges isn’t exaggerating either, over the years country legends such as Tex Ritter, Gene Autrey, Roy Rogers, Wayne Newton, Rex Allen, Roy Clark, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings have frequented the establishments, along with countless celebrity musicians and actors including the Everly Brothers, Liberace, and Doc Severson, as well as numerous Arizona dignitaries and regular folks just like you and I, looking for authentic comfort food at a place where you’ll feel special. Bill Johnson’s Big Apple Restaurants retains its signature reputation for serving real food for real people — the way it’s always been, and always will be.

Big Apple was the name of Bill Johnson’s favorite western dance from the famous musical, Oklahoma! by Rodgers and Hammerstein). Gene, his wife, was the cook and inventor of the now-famous barbeque sauce, while Bill Johnson, an entrepreneur, pilot, actor, stuntman, hypnotist, inventor, and cowboy set out to create a restaurant experience that would both nourish and entertain. Soon, Bill Johnson was broadcasting a rebel radio show out of a makeshift broadcast studio in the restaurant that overlooked Van Buren Street, and people would show up, eat some great food, and chat with Bill while Arizona listened.

Today, Ralph Moser, who has worked for the company for 40 years, carries on this dynamic legacy at the original Van Buren location. “I grew up with the Johnson family and I’ve served three and four generations of customers,” relates Moser. “It’s incredibly gratifying to now be serving their kids and grandkids and if you’re coming in for the first time, this is still the best place in Arizona to come in and enjoy yourself.” Moser recommends the BBQ pork ribs: “It’s a whole rack – along with soup, salad, dinner rolls – you won’t go home hungry,” Moser chuckles. “Finish it off with our quintessential deep-dish apple, peach or cherry pie – and then, a lot of our customers end up having our barbeque sauces shipped to their home, so our western flavor can follow them anywhere in the world.”

Dena Cameron, the eldest daughter of Bill and Gene Johnson, who ran the company for many years after the passing of her father, was recently elected to the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame – its highest honor. “Our restaurants have always been a family affair and after more than 50 years in the Valley, we’re now proud to be entering an exciting new chapter in our company’s history,” states a proud Cameron. “My dad was a very spontaneous person and when he decided to move here in 1955, Van Buren was out in the middle of nowhere,” laughs Cameron. “We’ve had a lot of ups and downs and experienced a lot of transition,” adds Cameron, “but we’ve managed to run a viable business. Bill Johnson’s Big Apple Restaurants seem to be an institution destined to keep on going, stronger than ever.”    For more information, visit www.billjohnsons.com .  

Arizona’s Original Steakhouse, The Stockyards,
Continues Search for Arizona’s Best Recipes

 PHOENIX (December 7, 2010) - The Stockyards, Arizona’s Original Steakhouse has partnered up with the Arizona Centennial Commission to create the Centennial Taste of Arizona , the official menu of Arizona’s Centennial.

 Leading up to Arizona’s 100th birthday in 2012, The Stockyards is asking citizens from across the state to submit recipes from a favorite Arizona restaurant or from grandmother’s kitchen. The menu will serve as a lasting legacy for future generations to add to and enjoy.

 The last day to submit a recipe is December 15, 2010. Final menu selections will be determined by the Centennial Commission and featured at The Stockyards beginning February 15, 2011.

 Governor Brewer established the Commission to develop and implement various events and celebrations surrounding the 100th anniversary of Arizona’s Statehood. The Commission recognizes the Stockyards as a historic landmark with nearly 65 successful years in business.

 “As Arizona’s Original Steakhouse, the Stockyards is an important part of Arizona history,” said Gary Lasko, co-owner of the Stockyards. “We are honored to celebrate the centennial alongside the Commission and hope Arizonans from across the state contribute their all-time favorite Arizona recipes for a chance to be a part of the official Centennial Menu.” 

 If you would like to submit a recipe, please visit the Stockyards new website www.stockyardssteakhouse.com.

 The Stockyards, Arizona’s Original Steakhouse:

In 1947, The Stockyards, Arizona’s Original Steakhouse opened and quickly became a place where

history was made and business was done. Recently added to the City of Phoenix Historical Register for both its central role in Arizona’s cattle industry and its relevant architectural style, the Stockyards is considered one of Phoenix’s favorite steakhouses. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday thru Friday, and dinner nightly. For more information, log onto www.stockyardssteakhouse.com or dial (602) 273-7378. The Stockyards is centrally located in Phoenix at 5009 E. Washington Street.

 Arizona Centennial Commission:

Established by Executive Order 2008-24 of the Governor, the Arizona Centennial Commission (AzCC) was created to execute a comprehensive plan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Arizona’s statehood and to coordinate national, regional, state, and local observances of the Centennial. AzCC members represent a broad cross-section of Arizona communities and interests, including business, cultural, tribal and political leaders.

 The AzCC, through its non-profit arm, the Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation, will organize a high concentration of Centennial Signature Projects, Signature Events and promotions to take place between September 2011 and February 2012. Additionally, the Commission will sanction community-generated “Official Centennial Events” taking place between February 2011 and December 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.arizona100.org/.


Recurring Events


 Every Monday Arrowhead Hospital Blood Pressures Arrowhead Hospital is now doing blood pressures in center court, near Guest Services from 7:30 - 10:30am every Monday morning.  This is a great opportunity to get accurate and complimentary blood pressures.


Every Tuesday... Carefree/Cave Creek Rotary Club, 7:30am breakfast at Horny Toad. Call 480-575-1409.

Cave Creek Saddle Club Monthly meetings, 3rd Tues., 7:30 p.m. at Harris Bank, Scottsdale Rd. and Carefree Hwy. Call President Susan Dryer, 623-465-1374 or visit www.cavecreeksaddleclub.org .

Every Tuesday... Carefree Corridor Business Group, 7:00am breakfast at Pioneer Restaurant. Call 480-560-7841 Tom Buckhardt - no membership fees, open to one business professional in each field, pass leads, share experiences, guest speakers www.carefreecorridorbusinessgroup.com .

Hospice of the Valley, Paradise Valley Grief Support, meets at PV Senior Center, 17402 N. 40th St., every 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Call 602-636-5390 for info.

"Women with Spirit" Tues. at 7:30 a.m., Kashman's Deli at the Summit. All women are invited to enjoy coffee and conversation. Call 480-231-9927 for info, sponsored by Desert Mission United Methodist Church.

Every Tuesday... Soroptimists Meeting, 7:30am www.sisfoothills.org

Panic Relief, Inc. ;has a program geared to help anyone suffering from these disorders. Held in Cave Creek/Carefree, Mon., noon - 1 p.m., Tues. 7 - 8 p.m. Call 732-940- 9658 if you are interested in attending.


Every Wednesday... Kiwanis Club of Carefree, 11:30am at Harolds. Call 480-488-8400.

American Girls Club, for 2nd – 6th grade girls who just want to have fun! Meets 1st and 3rd Wed., 4 p.m., Vineyard Church, 42105 N. 41st Dr., Anthem. Call 623-742- 7329 for info.

 Awana Youth Program, 3 years – 6th grade, Wed., 6:15 to 8 p.m. Black Mountain Baptist Church; 33955 N. Cave Creek Rd. Call 480-488-1975 or visit www.bmbcaz. com.

Awana Youth Program, 3 years – 6th grade, Wed., 6:25 to 8 p.m. SonRise Community Church;  29505 N. Scottsdale Road. For info call Diane at 623-516-0691.

Women’s Domestic Violence Support Group, meets Wed., 6:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 35500 N. Cave Creek Rd., Carefree. Drop-ins welcome. Call 480- 488-1090 for more information.


Every Thursday evening, Old Town Scottsdale’s many art galleries keep the lights on. ArtWalk runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays,  around Main Street and Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Free. (480) 990-3939 or www.scottsdalegalleries.com  

Unite to Fight Illegal Immigration Town Hall Meeting Childress Auto Mall, 2223 W. Camelback Rd., every Thurs., 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. For more information: www.immigrationbuzz.com  or 602-433-3760.

Las Palmas Grand Ballroom Dance Thursdays Set 4- Oct 2, 2008 2550 E. Ellsworth Rd Mesa 480-982--0577

Downtown Chandler Farmers Market Every Thursday, 3-7 p.m., beginning Oct. 9 Dr. A. J. Chandler Park


Every Friday... Carefree Farmers' Market , 9:00am- 1:00pm at Carefree Town Center in the Amphitheater at 101 Easy Street, Carefree, AZ 85377. Click here or call 480-488-3686

Every Friday Night 6-9pm ... ALL CARS WELCOME FRIDAY NIGHT CAR SHOW  ,at Big Earl's Greasy Eats 6135 E. Cave Creek Rd Cave Creek , AZ 85331. l 480-575-7889


Rotary Club of Anthem Weekly breakfast meetings every Fri., 7 a.m., Ironwood Country Club, 41551 N. Anthem Hills Dr. Contact Larry Evans at 623-225-6342.

Every Friday Wine Classes at 6:00PM. $10 to try 6 wines with the best food in the valley at any wine tasting at 21023 N Cave Creek Rd.  just east of the intersection of Cave Creek Road and Rose Garden (the first street north of the 101).  www.cavecreekwines.com.

BINGO sponsored by the American Legion & VFW. 1st & 3rd Fri. Boulder Creek High School. Public Welcome.

Fish Fry Sponsored by American Legion Post 34 in Cave Creek, will resume October 5.

Every Saturday November 2007 – April 2008:1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Arizona’s Singing Cowboy in Old Town - Enjoy the award winning team of Gary and Dusty while they return you to the “wild west” with your favorite old western tunes, humorous cowboy poetry and funny stories. Gary and Dusty are on the streets of “Old Town” every Saturday afternoon For additional information 480-312-7750  

Anthem Legislative Update;. Senator Pamela Gorman's 1st Friday/Month legislative update meeting, 9 a.m., Anthem Community Center. Call 602-926-4002.


Every Saturday... Farmers Market at Roadhouse Cave Creek 9am

Arizona Archaeological Society, Desert Foothills; Chapter, ;meetings to resume in the fall.


Scouts Computer Swapmeet: 3rd Sunday of each month 6 AM to 10:30 AM at Scottsdale Pavilions, 9069 East Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale (West of the loop 101 Freeway). See: http://scoutscomputerswapmeet.com/.

ART TOUR time varies, based on date Location:  downtown arts district Phone:  (602) 488-9494
An exclusive tour of the downtown Phoenix Arts Scene. This tour targets the arts enthusiast and buyer, providing a guided tour of The Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue Arts Districts.
ARTOUR's provided for groups large and small, in town and out of town. Each ARTOUR caters to the tastes and flavors of the attendees, and offer intimate connections to our downtown arts culture. Tours can be any length of time and personalized for your group to include suggestions for culinary, musical and theatrical endeavors to compliment your experience in our emerging Downtown Arts Scene.
Tours are $100 per person, per hour for the tour. Transportation can be provided for an additional fee, cost varies based on references. Group Rates are available.
North Scottsdale Polo Club plays weekly during the spring and winter months;  visit their website to confirm dates and times www.northscottsdalepolo.com

Downtown Phoenix Public Market 8 A.M. - 1 P.M.  SE. Corner of Central and McKinley streets  On the southeast corner of Central Ave and McKinley St. (2 blocks south of Roosevelt)  602-493-5231  Admission:  Free  Event Date: Every Saturday of Each Month.
Experience the best in Arizona agriculture, cooking and creativity as vendors from across the state will offer fresh flowers, fruits & vegetables, meat & dairy products, roasted coffee, mouth watering honey, jams & chocolates, baked goods & prepared foods. For grocery and gift shopping, a meal with friends and neighbors and more - the Downtown Phoenix Public Market welcomes YOU. VISA, MasterCard, Food Stamps & AZ Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks accepted. FREE parking is available on-site.

Natural Medicine with Dr. Jen Weekly Seminars for Women & Children
Curves of Anthem  42323 N Vision Way Suite 105 in Anthem, AZ 85086

Natural Pediatrics with Dr. Don Monthly Seminars for Parents & Children
will be offered at Sylvan Learning Center of Anthem 3434 W. Anthem Way, Suite 136 Anthem, AZ 85086

WestWorld  Scottsdale

Cactus League Schedule   Arizona's 53rd Cactus League season starts March 1st. It is expected to boost the state's economy by more than $200 million according to league officials.

Arizona Diamondbacks Schedule

Arizona Cardinals Schedule


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