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Five Tips for Eating Healthy Without Breaking the Bank

February 16th, 2019

Did you resolve to eat healthier in 2019?  Eating healthy is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, right up there with “spend less money” and “exercise more.” Healthy eating can be expensive if you’re on a tight budget, but it can be done with a little thought and creativity.  Here are some easy tips for eating healthy on a budget: Plan your meals. If you plan your meals, build a shopping list, and only buy what’s on the list, you’ll spend less on stuff you don’t need.  You can save even more if you take a look at what’s on sale at your grocery store... Read More

Moby Dick + Wild Things + The Matrix = WTF

February 16th, 2019

One of the most valuable things in life is honesty; particularly, the honesty of someone calling out your bad ideas. When someone cares about you on a personal or professional level, they’ll do their level best to pull you back from the brink. I cannot emphasize how important that is, but let me explain with my own idiotic example. I do screenwriting on the side. Years ago, I was batting about script ideas with my writing partners. As we kicked around ideas, I was struck by the Bad Idea Fairy. “Guys, guys, so there were gold reserves in the sub-basements of the Twin Towers. What if, in the... Read More

A Million Shattered Pieces

February 16th, 2019

Movies aren’t for everyone, though people think they are. A bunch of years ago, my wife and I caught the very good film Adaptation in the theaters. If it’s been a minute since you’ve seen or thought about it, Adaptation is about a lonely screenwriter struggling to adapt a book about an orchid thief. It’s got strong performances by Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, and a great deal to say about the creative process. Joining us in our cinematic excursion was an Unnamed Member Of Our Extended Family. He’s a great guy, but the film tastes of the aforementioned UMOOEF, as he will be known going... Read More

Access to Green Space is a Predictor of Well-being

February 16th, 2019

People often struggle to find ways to preserve health and happiness when they live in stress-inducing urban environments. Recent research suggests parks have a unique capacity to enhance physical health and foster a sense of community for city dwellers. A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, used information from the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index, the U.S. Census Bureau, and a variety of other sources and combined this analysis with city-level data on park quantity, quality and accessibility... Read More

It’s Natural to Crave Sugar! – 4 Tips for Managing Sugar Intake

February 16th, 2019

Sugar is both a delightful treat and the bane of our existence because, while it is delicious, it also seems to be addictive. Scientific evidence is mounting to suggest that too much added sugar in our diets could lead to true addiction. Sugar is linked to addiction because when we eat it, dopamine and opioids are released into the bloodstream. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that creates a reward associated with addictive behavior. Once dopamine is released into the system, it gives us a pleasurable “high.” Why do we crave sugar? The main natural source of sugar is fruit. Thousands of years... Read More

Bobby Q’s Scottsdale

June 14th, 2018

As I walk into the dimly lit restaurant my scent is flooded with the sweet smell of Barbecue sauce. The smell is instant, it makes me hungry. Bobby Q’s is a modern American Barbecue restaurant. The outside is hidden from tall bushes and nicely planted flowers. As you walk inside of the building it is lit with candles spread throughout the dining room. Brick lined walls give it an older rustic look with antique decorations. The interior design of the restaurant brings a calm and relaxing ambiance. This is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail filled with great conversation and delicious barbecue... Read More

Cave Creek Balloon Festival

May 16th, 2018

Enjoy a beautiful summer night outdoors with Cave Creek’s annual balloon festival at Rancho Manana Golf Course. From 5:30 to 10:30 pm, you can enjoy the stillness and beauty of hot air balloons in our own desert sky. Not only do you get to enjoy watching the glow of balloons grace into an abyss, but you also get an eccentric firework show, live music from local bands and delicious food! In celebration of Memorial Day weekend, you will find red, white and blue everywhere so feel free to show your American pride and stunt our nation’s colors! Before the balloons go up at 7:30 pm, you can enjoy... Read More

Just Peachy: Peach Festival Schnepf Farms

May 9th, 2018

Get sticky and enjoy the sweet and rich flavor a peach brings at Schnepf’s Farms’ annual peach festival; a yearly festival focused on the celebration of the softest, and sweetest fruit- a peach. Here you will enjoy a variety of peach dishes; both sweet and savory, all while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in Arizona. You can start off your morning bright and early with a to die for, “Peachy Pancake Breakfast”, a 9’’pancake with freshly picked and cut peaches, whip cream and other delicate toppings with a side of sausage. (Tip: you can order a gluten-free pancake option as well)! After... Read More

Culinary Dropout

May 4th, 2018

Looking for a place with great food and a great atmosphere to bring your group of friends and enjoy a few cocktails? Stop by Culinary Dropout and you will experience just that. The atmosphere is social hour driven by an amazing food concept. You will find Tv’s spread throughout the dining area for sporting events of the night, and a stage at the front of the restaurant for live music on the weekends. This hip restaurant is the place to go to enjoy your Friday night! The interior of the dining area is dimly lit with large antique crystal chandeliers (one of my favorite parts of the restaurant),... Read More

Desert Night Cinema

May 1st, 2018

Sit back and enjoy the magic of a movie theater under the stars with The Desert Night Cinema. An event located in Arizona’s own beautiful Desert Botanical Gardens. Whip out your blankets and comfy chairs and enjoy classic movies in a beautiful hidden garden. The event takes place on Thursdays each month; a few upcoming dates feature E.T. (May 3rd ) Grease (May 10th ), and future movies and dates are still being determined. So make sure to check their website at; https://www.dbg.org/events/desert-night-cinema to find out which movie will be played on what day. You can even vote for your favorite... Read More