Tuesday, June 28

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The Standard

The Standard is Scottsdale's newest innovative luxury living experience. Located in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, the community features unique apartment homes that draw inspiration from mid-century modern style to compliment the neighboring Hotel Valley Ho. For more information, visit www.experiencethestandard.com.

Hotel valley Ho chef makes Thai Crunch Salad with peanut dressing from ZuZu Restaurant at Hotel Valley Ho, demonstrating room service amenity of The Standard. Hotel bartender makes a delicious drink: Standardtini, signature drink for The Standard.

Thai Crunch Salad 
Yield:  4 servings                                                                 
6 cups                     Spinach 
4 cups                     Napa Cabbage 
1 sm                       Red Peppers (julienne)              
1 sm                       Yellow Pepper (julienne)
½ each                    Cucumber (seeded and cut on the bias thinly)
½ each                    Red onions (julienne) 
2 each                     Avocado (diced) 
1 ½ cups                 Dry roasted peanuts
2 Tbsp. ea.              Thai peanut dressing (recipe below)
To taste                   Sesame Seeds Toasted (black and white)
To taste                   Salt & Pepper
2 cups                      Fried wontons (thinly sliced and fried)
1.    In a mixing bowl add the spinach, Napa cabbage, rep peppers, yellow peppers, and cucumbers, red onions, avocado, dry roasted peanuts and mix till all items are incorporated. Once all is mixed add the Thai peanut dressing, enough to coat the greens. Once all is coated add the sesame seeds, fried won tons and salt and pepper to taste. 
2.    Separate into 4 or your favorite large chilled bowls and serve.
Thai Peanut Dressing
Yields: 2 ½   cups
¼ cup                     Soy sauce
½ cup                     Rice wine vinegar 
2 tsp                       Dijon
1 clove                   Garlic
1oz                        Ginger
1 sm                      Shallot
¼ cup                    Peanut butter
1/3 cup                  Honey
½ cup                    Cilantro 
3 ea.                      Green onions
1 ¾ cups                Salad oil
1.    Place all ingredients in a blender except salad oil and start to blend on high till smooth. 
2.    Then, slowly add the Salad Oil and blend until all oil is incorporated. You may need to add a little water if it becomes too thick.

The Standardtini:

In a stainless steel shaker:
4 - 5 ice cubes
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Lemonade
Muddle 4- 5 blueberries
Shake and strain into a martini glass
Garnish with 2-3 floating Blueberries and an Orange Twist

The Standard
6811 E. Main St, Scottsdale 85251

AZ on the Rocks

AZ on the Rocks. Arizona's Largest and fully air-conditioned indoor climbing facility, where no experience is necessary and no reservations are required. Climbing for all levels, including those who have never climbed before. Full service yoga program through Yoga on the Rocks and RockFit, a group exercise program for all levels that includes training on our climbing tread wall. 

For more information visit: http://www.azontherocks.com/

16447 N. 91st Street, Ste 105. Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Major Cross Streets: FLW and 101 in N. Scottsdale. 1 Blk north of Westworld
(480) 502-9777

Avenue Q at Phoenix Theatre

Avenue Q is an R-rated, laugh-out-loud look at life after college with puppets!
Mature audiences only.
At Phoenix Theatre now through July 17. Tickets are going fast! 

Visit http://www.PhoenixTheatre.com or call 602.254.2151 for tickets!

Phoenix Theatre
100 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
(Central and McDowell)

D-backs 4th of July

Paul Goldschmidt Bobblehead giveaway on July 2 for 20,000 fans, courtesy of Gila River Casinos.
All-American Weekend which includes military discounts on tickets all weekend long (at www.dbacks.com/military
Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular after the game which is an expanded fireworks show on Monday (July 4). 
    -Plus we have $1.50 hot dogs and soda, so it is affordable!

The Diamondbacks will also be wearing special Stars and Stripes uniforms on Fourth of July in which we will sell at our D-backs Authentics Shop and funds will go to Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation.

Shark Week themed baby and kid products

Here is a list of some the Shark theme baby and kid products you can buy.

  • Munch Mitt
  • Marcus & Marcus Teethers
  • SoapSox Tank the Shark
  • Lassig 4Kids Mini Backpack
  • HABA Water Party Silicone Ice Cube Tray

To find these Shark Theme toys and products visit these Links:


Laura Walsh will be performing the National Anthem for the Diamondbacks July 3rd & Tempe Town Lake Fourth of July

Declared the soloist winner of the 2014 Alice Cooper Proof is in the Pudding talent search, Laura added pop country to the lineup at Comerica Theater as she shared the stage with some of rocks biggest legends including Alice Cooper himself at the annual Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding concert. Not foreign to large shows and festivals, Laura has performed with other national rock and country acts including the Arizona Liquid Sol Music Festival, with the likes of Train, The All-American Rejects, Buck Cherry, Tonic, and at the Country Thunder festivals in Arizona and Wisconsin with headliners such as Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan and more. In conjunction with these, Laura has shared the stage and opened for artists such as Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Eli Young Band, Chris Cagle, Craig Campbell, Sugarland, Jerrod Neimann, Dustin Lynch, Frankie Ballard, Jimmy Wayne, Jessi Colter, and The Swon Brothers among others. 

Laura, a solid songwriter in her own right - released her debut album "Take Your Time" featuring her original singles "Hit and Run", "How Many Days", and the title track "Take Your Time" which landed local airplay on Arizona's biggest country music radio stations and national television exposure from ZUUS Country promoting the music video to her original single "How Many Days".

As a solo artist, Laura has performed in front of thousands of sports fans and shared the stage with some well know artist in front of thousands of country fans as well as music lovers in general.  As further testament to her vocal abilities Laura has become a regular singer at major sports arenas from Patriotic performances of our country's National Anthem at MLB and NBA games to performing halftime shows at NBA games and concerts at new MLB facilities. 


Kids & Tragedy: How to talk to your child about tragedies

It is normal for parents to be worried and concerned
    -Model calmness and confidence- children take cues from parents
    -Turn off the TV coverage- young children don't need to see the news coverage
    -Listen to and answer your child's questions age appropriate
    -Keep your normal schedule normalcy is helpful
    -Play with and be with your child, humans are hungry for connection

Here is a link to an article that discusses how to talk to your children about tragedies:

Dodie Blomberg