Drink Like an Arabian Prince in Dateland

Date Palm Trees

DATELAND — It turns out that there is a definite connection between royalty and date milk shakes. Milk shake consumers from around the world make that discovery when they visit the Dateland Travel Centers, one of the few stop-offs between Gila Bend and Yuma.

The Making Of Olive Oil Slippery Job

Olive trees in Old Town Scottsdale.

Q: Being Canadian and never having seen real olive trees, I am delighted to find one on my daughter’s property in Paradise Valley. What do you do with them? I have visions of dancing and crushing them beneath our callused Canadian feet for the first press of a famous new olive oil. A: One day last winter I wrote something mildly snarky about winter visitors and got calls and letters from grouchy snowbirds for days afterward.

A Stompin’ Good Time at the Harvesting of the Vine Festival

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ELGIN – Deep within the souls of most human beings, there lies this urge to jump into a vat of freshly picked grapes and stomp. Most never get to satisfy this yearning, but occasionally a small window of opportunity arises. One is the Harvesting of the Vine Festival, scheduled this year for Sept. 28-29.

World’s Largest Pipe Organ Delights Pizza Lovers in Mesa

pipe organ

MESA – Organ Stop Pizza possesses all the ingredients of a great pizza parlor, yet people aren’t just drawn here for the Spicy Italian or Hawaiian pies. They are mesmerized by the melodies of The Mighty Wurlitzer – the world’s largest pipe organ.

Easy Southwestern Super Bowl Recipes

football game eating

As you gear up for the big game, consider these quick and easy crowd pleasers with a Southwestern twist, originally published in Clay Thompson’s Enormously Big Official Valley 101 Cookbook.