HOTLINE: Sunday, Dec. 8

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by Sophia Patten

azfamily.com

Posted on December 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 11:11 AM

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P.O. Box 25732
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
480-668-6014
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602-241-2945
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Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

10600 E. Crescent Moon D.
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
480-515-5700
www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale

Pies and Sides

"Pies and Sides" returns to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North this holiday season.
Cut down on prep time when cooking for holiday gatherings by ordering pies and side dishes to-go.The dishes are prepared by Proof, a restaurant in the hotel specializing in home-style comfort food.
Jams and jellies are $10, side dishes are $13, and pies are $25.
Each order requires 48 hours of notice.
To order, call 480-513-5088.
Items are available for pickup Dec. 21 to Jan. 5.

Holiday Happenings

On select December dates, guests can enjoy complimentary hot-roasted chestnuts and steaming apple cider, while listening to local high school and middle school choirs sing holiday carols.

The hotel is also offering special holiday rates.

On Christmas Eve, the hotel will serve a special three-course dinner in Talavera Restaurant, featuring parsnip and truffle soup, and king crab and beef roulade. For the main course, guests can choose between wagyu striploin steak and slow-roasted goose. Gingerbread cake with eggnog mousse and cranberry sorbet will follow the main course. Dinner runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and costs $85 per person.

On Christmas day, Proof will feature a special holiday dish for lunch and dinner. The restaurant will be open normal business hours, and offer the regular a la carte menu in addition to the holiday menu.

Talavera will feature a holiday buffet that will stretch into Onyx Bar & Lounge. Buffet items include beef tartare and caviar, oysters, duck breast, lobster, and a carving station with bone-in ham and whole-roasted pancetta-wrapped beef tenderloin. Dinner begins at 12 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. The cost is $87 per person.

The festivities will continue on New Year's Eve, with five- and seven-course menus at Talavera. Guests can ring in the new year with a champagne toast and party favors in the Onyx Bar and enjoy live entertainment. The five-course dinner is $87, and seating is between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The seven-course dinner is $155, and seating is between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Also on New Year's Eve, Proof will offer live music and a unique spin on traditional New Year's dishes from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Children can enjoy a New Year's Eve with refreshments, games and other activities.

Proof will also serve a New Year's Day breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a build-your-own bloody mary bar.

Holiday Pitbull Awareness & Adoption Event

Standing Proud Pit Bull Rescue is teaming up with the Pit Bull Awareness Campaign of Arizona for the Holiday Pit Bull Awareness & Adoption Event.
According to the organizations, pit bulls are taken to the county shelter more than any other dog breed, and many of them are never adopted.
Sunday Dec. 8 at Kiwanis Park in Tempe
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.facebook.com/standingproudpitbullrescuecenter
www.gofundme.com/standingproudpitbulls

Simple Tips for Preventing Holiday Weight Gain

While some statistics claim the average person gains between seven and 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's, the Calorie Control Council reports that average weight gain during the holidays is between one and

"It is entirely possible to celebrate the holiday season without packing on the pounds.

While some statistics claim that the average person gains between seven and 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years, the reality is that winter weight gain is not that significant for most people. The true average weight gain is one to three pounds, according to the Calorie Control Council.

"The bigger problem is that most people don't tend to shed the weight before the holidays roll around the next year, said Jeff Mason, director of food and nutrition services at St. Luke's Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke's Hospital. "Before they know it, they've gained a significant amount of weight over the course of a few years."

He recommends following these tips to avoid holiday weight gain:

1. Eat in advance. Before heading to a holiday party, eat a small, healthy meal to curb your appetite. You'll be less likely to overindulge on appetizers.
2. Watch your alcohol intake. Alcoholic beverages are filled with sugar and calories and offer no nutritional value. If you choose to drink, don't forget to have a glass of water in between to stay hydrated.
3. Opt for the healthier version. If you're cooking a holiday meal for friends and family, make healthier alternatives to the typical high-calorie, high-fat and carb-loaded foods. For example, choose grilled turkey breast over a whole roasted turkey, roasted root vegetable in place of mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans instead of a green bean casserole, and a side salad in place of dinner rolls.
4. Eat in moderation. Limit yourself to one plate of food without going back for seconds.
5. Exercise. Stick to your regular exercise routine.

If you do happen to overindulge, New Year's resolutions involving highly restrictive diets (e.g., low-fat, low-carb, etc.) and unrealistic exercise regimens almost never work. Instead, make modest and sustainable changes to diet and activity over the full course of the year.

Jeff Mason, M.H.A
St. Luke's Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke's Hospital
1-877-351-WELL (9355)
www.stlukesmedcenter.com
www.tempestlukeshospital.com

skyMall LLC

SkyMall is known for entertaining weary travelers with catalogs on airplanes. The company now has a website for the non-travelers.
www.skymall.com

Mia Bella Cupcakes

Mia Bella Cupcakes is a specialty cupcake boutique located in the San Tan Valley. The boutique specializes in cupcake bouquets, and offers cupcake-making classes for kids and adults. 602-702-6408
www.miabellacupcakes.com

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