Mad for March

by RaeAnne Marsh

Offices that expect March Madness to be disruptive may as well bite the bullet and do lunch where the games can be watched. Here are some favorites with a nice sports-bar menu and a great assortment of TV screens. All open at 11 a.m. during the week.  Arcadia Tavern Arcadia Tavern takes viewing seriously. It’s not just that there are 34 TVs; eight are jumbo screens. Although … [More]

LemonShark Poké: Bowled and Bold

by RaeAnne Marsh

Colors. Flavors. Textures. Poké offers an amazing variety in all these aspects. And LemonShark Poké offers that amazing variety in its fresh, build-to-suit selection. Ahi tuna, spicy salmon, shrimp, tofu, ginger, edamame, red cabbage, corn, mango: These are just a few of the array of ingredients patrons can mix in their poké bowl atop a base that does not need to be the … [More]

That’s Some Crust

by RaeAnne Marsh

Sauce. Cheeses. Toppings. Pizzerias can put their stamp on their pie in many different ways. In Business Magazine wanted to shine a spotlight on the foundational element: the crust. California Pizza Kitchen One of the pioneers that took pizza beyond cheese-and-pepperoni-and-sometimes-anchovies to a whole new world of flavors, CPK added a whole wheat option for crust a few … [More]

French Transplants on Scottsdale Soil: Voilà 

by RaeAnne Marsh

Mix intimate and cozy with the high style of white cloth tablecloths, and … Voilà. Helping set the ambience as quintessentially French, a large rendering of “Luncheon of the Boating Party” by renowned French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir dominates one wall while an adjoining wall presents various views of Paris icon the Eiffel Tower in artsy black-and-white photography. … [More]

Liquid Refreshment for Lunch: Soup

by RaeAnne Marsh

Soups are as perfectly suited for winter meals as smoothies are for summer. Wafting aromas warm the olfactory senses while spoonfuls warm the body. Several fast-casual Valley restaurants make soups a hot choice on their menus. Café Zupas Soups (and salads and sandwiches) are house-made daily. Dishes are globally inspired, and recipes feature spices and flavors from around … [More]