Monthly Archives: January 2010

Valentine’s Day Resort Deals

With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, and the what-to-get-my-significant-other stress is about to accumulate, we thought we’d help you out with some ideas. Yes, flowers, chocolates and perfume is nice, but you can’t beat a romantic experience.  So we tapped our top local resorts for their packages and want to pass them along to you. (But if you really want to thank us, send the flowers and chocolates here.)


“Romance Package & Poolside Dancing”
• Offering overnight in a suite and breakfast for two in the Lobby Grill
• Starting at $199 on Saturday, February 13
• Bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and rose pedal turndown included
• Upgrade to a villa with all other package amenities from $399
• “Island Nights” poolside dancing under the stars from 7pm-10pm on Saturday night
• Live music, dancing at Oasis pool and full bar. Free to all guests 21 and older
• Valentine’s Dinner at Lobby Grill offered Friday-Sunday at $39 per person
• Call (602) 438-9000 or visit and mention code: PROVAL


“Hermosa Hideaway”
• $699 includes Two night stay for two in newly remodeled casita in Paradise Valley
• $100 dining credit towards LON’s, AAA Four Diamond restaurant
• Champagne & strawberry amenity delivered upon arrival
• Breakfast for two
• Call (602) 955-8614 for reservations or visit


“All You Need is Love”
• Valentine’s menu at Five Star/Five Diamond Kai restaurant offered on February 13 and 14
• Five course dinner $150 per person, Seven course dinner $185 per person
• Complimentary Kids Club offered to Kai guests (up to 2 children per couple) ages 4-12
• $359 room package includes one night stay, breakfast for two, rose pedal turndown, champagne and chocolate covered strawberry amenity, $25 credit to Aji Spa and late check-out
• Three-course Valentine’s menu at Ko’Sin Saturday and Sunday at $65 per person
• For restaurant reservations only visit:
• Call (602) 225-0100 or visit: and mention code: LOVE2010


“Won’t You Be My Valentine?”
• Guestrooms start at $229 Friday, Feb. 12-Sunday, Feb. 14
• Romance Package start at $320 and include half bottle of Veuve Clicquot, fruit amenity, turndown service, one in-room movie and breakfast for two at Café ZuZu
• Special one-day Valentine’s menus offered at Café ZuZu and Trader Vic’s
• Call (480) 248-2000 or visit


“Awakening Aphrodite”
• Overnight package starts at $375 per couple and includes aphrodisiac welcome amenity and breakfast in bed
• Available Friday, February 12 – Monday, February 15
• Additional resort offerings include “Latin Lovers” dinner at La Hacienda, $48 per person
• “Organic Temptations” dinner at LV Bistro, $38 per person
• “Cupid’s Caviar Crush” four-course dinner for two at Bourbon Steak, $149 per couple
• “Sensual Seafood” dinner at The Grill at TPC, $58 per person
• “Romantic Rituals” at the Willow Stream Spa starting at $399 per couple
• “Best Places to Kiss” suggestions around the resort
• Call (480) 585-4848 or visit


“Indulge Package”
• Overnight on Valentine’s, February 14, starting at $379 with this romance package including:
• Sparkling wine and strawberries for two
• Breakfast in bed
• 4pm late check-out (based upon availability)
• Learn the art of “Muddle Drink Making” at deseo from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
• “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” Therapy offers three 25-min Valentine’s spa treatments for $169
• Call (800) 354-5892 or visit and mention code: RPKGWEB


“Suite Romance Package”
• 2 or 3 nights at Enchantment Resort
• Romance gift upon arrival, $140 value – includes soothing CD, candle, massage book, body oil, body wash, bath soap, bath salts, and lotion
• One 60-minute spa service per person once during stay, or combined in our couples treatment room at Mii amo
• Dinner for 2 one night with either a bottle of house wine or house champagne, or pre-fix sumptuous Valentine’s Day dinner at Yavapai on Sunday, February 14
• Complimentary activities including medical expert’s relationship workshop, as well as chocolate cooking demonstration, sweetheart yoga, aura soma readings and star gazing
• Package includes $22 daily resort fee, all applicable taxes, 16% gratuity on spa services, and 18% gratuity on dinner
• Two-night packages start from $1,384, and three-night packages begin at $1,742.
• Call (800) 826-4180 or visit


“His & Hers Golf & Spa Getaway”
• Private Casita Accommodations
• Daily choice of one round of golf or $150 credit for Spa services (per adult)
• $25 per person food & beverage credit
• Unlimited Golden Door Spa and fitness facility access and fitness classes
• Package is $525/night (double occupancy) from February 5-April 11, 2010.
• Valentine’s menu offered at Latilla with champagne toast
• Private enhancements include Private Tee Box dining overlooking the fairway
• Private Mountain Top Dining via private helicopter (helipad on the resort grounds)
• 50-minute Chocolate and Champagne Facial for $129 at Golden Door Spa
• call (480) 488-9009 or visit


“Valentine’s Weekend at Il Terrazzo”
• Savor the chef’s sumptuous tasting menu for $65 per person
• Offered Saturday, Feb. 13 or Sunday, Feb. 14, from 5pm – 10pm.
• Fancy a crispy black bass or tender New York steak & chocolate dessert buffet
• Call (480) 423-2530 for reservations or visit


• Valentine’s Tasting Menus at Talavera and Crescent Moon
• Talavera’s Six Course Menu offered at $125 per person
• Crescent Moon’s Four Course menu offered at $55 per person
• Both include champagne toast, signed menu, red rose for ladies, take-away chocolates

The Parlor Pizzeria

On the Phoenix dining scene less than a year, the Parlor Pizzeria has quickly become a favorite among locals. I had the good fortune of checking it out recently and loved the whole experience, from the warm, hip ambiance to the yummy pizzas and dessert. Even though it was December, we were able to sit in the outdoor area and be perfectly comfortable – the outdoor heater was more than enough to keep us cozy. It’s worth noting that the location of the restaurant is the former Salon de Venus, a beauty parlor (hence the name) that served Phoenix for more than 50 years. The bar stools are actually old beauty parlor chairs – very cool!

They have plenty of options to get you started including an amazing meat and cheese selection, soup and salads. They do offer more than pizza for an entree but since it was our first visit, we decided to go straight for the good stuff. The table shared a variety of pizzas: the Funghi, Margherita, Pepperoni and a Make-Your-Own (chicken, sundried tomatoes and onions).





Of course, we couldn’t pass up dessert (or dolci, as they call it). We couldn’t even decide on just one, so we shared three…yes, three…and all were delicious: Chewy Caramel Sundae, Tiramasu and last, but definitely not least, Zeppole, these warm Ricotta fritters rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with seasonal dipping sauces.


Chewy Caramel Sundae

Your mouth is probably watering at this point so go give it a try.

The Parlor Pizzeria

1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix



Majerle's sports bar in downtown Phoenix

Majerle’s has been a staple of downtown Phoenix for years, particularly on game nights for the Arizona Diamondbacks or Phoenix Suns. Both teams play just around the corner from this sports bar hub, and with the brick walls, numerous television screens and renowned wings, it fits the bill for the quintessential pre-game or post-game festivities.

When Majerle’s opened in 1992, all of the Phoenix area was infatuated with Dan Majerle’s success on the court for the Suns, he was the good, clean guy – almost like Opie. Everyone loved Dan Majerle, so why wouldn’t you love his new place? The food was (and is) great, atmosphere fun (complete with the “Back Room” for extra space, packed when the Suns are on a roll), and it was just what Phoenix needed.

Inside Majerle's Sports Bar

Now 18 years later, it’s still full of suits for lunch and happy hour, fans for dinner and drinks. Just like any other hometown staple, they have a specialty. Burgers. Their burgers are huge, juicy, not too greasy, and all-around hit the spot. Their wings are also amazing, and many of the locals will tell you to go for the chili pepper garlic over the regular buffalo style.

Stop in when you’re in downtown, and if it’s a game night, you just might see some players there for a cool down.

24 North 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ‎
(602) 253-9004‎

Mayor Phil Gordon’s Phoenix Dream Day

We’ve asked local know-it-all’s like Mark Tarbell, Angela Johnson and Kathy Cano-Murillo to show us what they would do in Phoenix on their perfect “dream” day.

But who better to ask than the Mayor of Phoenix himself, Phil Gordon, who took office in 2004. People around town know he’s a jogger and a coffee lover, so this is the time to find out his favorite spots, as well as his favorite pizza spot.


Naples is in Phoenix. Oh, yod didn’t know? Yes – well – a little piece of Naples, anyway, which can be found at Cibo.

Entrance to Cibo

Cibo is a historic home turned restaurant in downtown Phoenix that is an absolute favorite of locals. It has a front patio with fountains, shaded by trees strung with white lights that really makes it magical, especially at dusk. But the interior of the “home” is just as cozy. The bar and wood burning pizza oven are right in the entry, and you can dine in one of the quaint rooms.

As great as the ambiance is, it’s the food that keeps everyone coming back. At lunch, it’s the Italian sandwiches and salads that will steal your heart. I recommend the Spek, a hot sandwich with spek (smoked prosciutto), sliced tomatoes and smoked mozzarella. Get a friend to get the salads and try ’em both – delightful. For dinner, though, keep the salad idea and add at least one pizza. The crust is crispy and bubbly, the mozzarella is smooth, creamy and fresh, and the herbs are straight out of the garden.

Cibo Pizza

The owners, Karen and Tony Martingilio, took care to keep everything authentic Italian infused with local flavors, and you’ll notice the details, like the wine list, the dessert, and the overall personality of the staff.

One of the bonus perks of Cibo is that there is rarely a wait, but if there is, you won’t mind lounging on the front patio.

Cibo Welcome

603 North 5th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 441-2697